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                       A Home-Based Business Online
              November 27,2013

                          Editor: Elena Fawkner
                      Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
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                             IN THIS ISSUE
              1.   Welcome and Update from the Editor
              2.   Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Indoor
              3.   Article - Focus Your Light
              4.   Telecommuting Openings
              5.   Guest Article - The Internet is Kind ...
                   and I Give Thanks!
              6.   Freebies
              7.   This Week's Web Site Pick
              9.   Next Week
              11.  Subscription Management
              13.  Contact Information

        1.  Welcome and Update from the Editor
        Hello again and a warm welcome to all new subscribers!

        By now you should have received an AHBBO Special
        Announcement about the free contest being co-sponsored
        by AHBBO.  In case you missed it, the announcement is
        repeated below in segment 8.

        This week I am making a change to the format of the
        newsletter.  Instead of separate "home" and "online"
        business ideas of the week, from this week we are moving to
        just one idea a week which, although it will be called the
        "Home-Based Business Idea of the Week", may be EITHER an
        online or an offline idea.

        The reason for this change is that, as the weeks have gone
        by, I have found myself including in the "Online Business
        Idea of the Week" section what are essentially home-based
        business ideas that also happen to lend themselves to the
        online environment.  So, rather than 'force-fitting' ideas
        into online and offline categories, I think it makes more
        sense to just suggest one good idea a week and deal with it
        more comprehensively.  Eventually, and for the same reason,
        I will be consolidating the home-based and online idea
        databases at the AHBBO website into a single database.

        Last week I said in the "Next Week" section that I would be
        writing a Thanksgiving article this week.  As things have
        turned out, however, Susan Jackson happened to send me an
        absolute gem that is just perfect for Thanksgiving so I'm
        running that as the Guest Article this week.  Thanks once
        again, Susan!

        Remember, this newsletter is for YOU!  If you have comments
        or suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed,
        or would just like to share your experiences with other
        subscribers, I want to hear from you!  Please send comments,
        questions and stories to: Contact By Email


        2. Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Indoor Fountains
        This issue's Home-Based Business Idea of the week comes
        from an AHBBO subscriber, Paris Mannion, author of "Create
        Your Indoor Fountain: Expressions of the Self".

        Paris contacted me the other week with an idea for an article
        swap but I was so intrigued by her business concept, indoor
        table-top fountains, that I invited her to write the segment
        for this week's Home-Based Business Idea instead.  I'm
        delighted that Paris took me up on it and hope you find her
        article as fascinating as I did.  If you would like to contact
        Paris to find out more, her contact details are below.

        Indoor Fountains, A Home-Based Business
        By Paris Mannion, author Create Your Indoor Fountain:
        Expressions of the Self

        Wow, table top fountains!  They're everywhere these days,
        in gift stores, garden centers, craft fairs, New Age
        bookstores, healthy living catalogs.  Do fountain artists
        really make money?  Can you do it as a home based business?

        The answer to the first question is, yes, they do if they
        plan for success and know their market.  And, yes, you can
        do this as a home based business.  Indoor fountains are more
        than a passing fad.

        Pump manufacturers, says my supplier, are gearing up for a
        20% market penetration by 2013, from the current penetration
        of 4%.  That is, by 2013, 20% of the US population will have
        a water feature--swimming pool, outdoor pond, aquarium,
        container water gardens or indoor fountains.  Why this
        attraction to moving water? And why now?

        Fountains appeal because they meet so many needs, spoken and
        unspoken. By bringing the natural sounds of flowing water
        indoors, we reconnect with nature and create an oasis of
        serenity in our fast paced world.  People are instinctively
        drawn to water sounds for a refreshing pause and visual

        Fountains have many health benefits:
        * they clean the air and humidify dry winter air,
        * they help us relax into sleep,
        * they release negative ions (when water droplets are
          sheared) so we enjoy better moods and concentration,
        * they are an avenue for creative play and for personal self

        You can follow several approaches for developing an indoor
        fountain business.  You can:
        *  sell finished fountains on consignment or at fairs,
        *  sell on consignment or on Internet stores a packaged kit
           of bowl, stones, centerpiece (or fountainhead as it is
           generally called), silk plants and perhaps a small Buddha
           or turtle for accents,
        *  sell fountain supplies on your own web site or at fountain
           building classes,
        *  lead fountain building classes at private parties or at
           recreation, community or Adult Education centers,
        *  develop a book or booklet with fountain projects and tips
           on maintenance and finding supplies.

        Think about what is most convenient for you, how you'd like
        to shape the business, and how much time and money you'd
        want to invest at first.

        Begin researching what is out there:
        1. At the library check out books on how to build indoor
           * Tabletop Fountains by Dawn Cusick (40 projects)
           * Water Gardening in Containers by Nash & Speichert
           * Container Water Gardens by Philip Swindells
           * Do It Yourself Fountains published by Leisure Arts
             (20 projects)
           * Create Your Indoor Fountain by Paris Mannion (11
             projects plus fountain Feng Shui and history of

        2. Get your retail seller's license so you can purchase
           fountain supplies at a discount.  Some suppliers have
           a minimum purchase requirement ($50-$400), so you might
           want to go in with a friend on an order.

        3. Using the Internet, look at maybe 30 of the 500 or so
           fountain sites (more going up every day).  Type in
           "indoor fountains" or "table top fountains"  to eliminate
           drinking fountains and large ornamental fountains from
           your results.  Order 3 or 4 different pump models to see
           what you like best.

           Or visit an aquarium or hardware store to see what they
           carry.  I've found the Hagen Aquapump 1, an aquarium
           pump, best suits my needs for a quiet, small, durable
           pump with water flow regulator and secure positioning in
           the bottom of the bowl.

        4. Scan the Garden and Lifestyle sections of your paper to
           see if someone is holding fountain classes or being
           interviewed. If you can during the day, watch HGTV or the
           Discovery channel for fountain building projects.

           Kitty Bartholomew at HGTV's You're Home says, "You're
           seeing a lot of water fountains and natural scents. The
           more scents you use while decorating, the more powerful
           the experience."  JoAnne Liebeler at Discovery's Home
           Savvy says, "Fountains are becoming popular both inside
           and outside the home."

        5. Join the 2 online support groups I know about, a
           discussion list at ttfountains@onelist.com (go to
           http://www.onelist.com and type in "tabletop fountains"
           under interests) and the Yahoo Club at Water Fountain
           Central http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/waterfountaincentral .
           Some members are hobbyists, some are business people, and
           all are willing to share their encouragement and

        6. Think about strategic partners to help promote your
           * a massage therapist or chiropractor who might showcase
             your work,
           * a garden center that might host your fountain building
             demonstration or
           * a hospital that might want a soothing fountain for the
             ICU waiting room (positive press release)
           * an interior decorator might want to include your
             fountains at a trade show.

        Indoor fountains are the Wave of the Future, on the verge
        of breaking into mass consciousness. A customer wrote that
        she's afraid there will be so many fountain makers that
        fountains will be hard to sell.  I think the fears are

        Most of my 4600 subscribers to Design on Tap, the indoor
        fountain monthly Ezine, come from California. Fountain
        awareness is gradually spreading across the country.  It
        will be years before the demand is sated.  In fact, my first
        teleclass (on a conference line) on How to Lead Fountain
        Building Classes just finished. Nine enthusiastic fountain
        pioneers are out there now showing others how to build
        satisfying, lovely indoor water gardens.  Don't miss the

        Article by Paris Mannion, author of Create Your Indoor
        Fountain, How to Lead Fountain Building Classes and
        publisher of Design on Tap. To subscribe, send a blank
        e-mail with the words "subscribe design" as the subject to .
        Visit http://www.buildfountains.com for further inspiration!


        There are many more ideas like this in AHBBO's Home Business
        Ideas page at and
        Online Business Ideas page at
        with more being added
        all the time.


        3. Article - Focus Your Light
        By Elena Fawkner

        Remember when you were a kid how you could make paper catch
        fire by focusing the sun's rays with a magnifying glass?
        You'd look over your shoulder at the sun, get the angle of
        the rays just right, and move the magnifying glass until
        you could see a small circle of bright light on the piece
        of paper in front of you.  Gradually, that circle began to
        turn brown and the paper began to smoulder until its edges
        began to curl under as the flame took hold.

        How did that humble magnifying glass start something as
        powerful and elemental as a fire?  The answer, of course, is
        concentration.  Concentration of the sun's rays into a tiny,
        intense circle of heat.  In a word, FOCUS.

        We work the same way.  If we truly focus our energy,
        concentration and creativity, we bring an intensity to the
        task that we just can't generate if these things are
        scattered amongst several projects at once.

        Now, to simply say to you, "focus your energy and you will
        achieve greater results" is all very well.  It's quite
        another matter entirely to be able to do it, especially when
        there are umpteen different priorities constantly tugging
        away at you, each demanding at least some of your attention
        and NOW DAMMIT!

        To bring focus to your various activities, you need to break
        the cycle of allowing yourself to be distracted from the
        task at hand.

        -> Identify Priority Tasks

        To start with, you should allocate your time proportionately
        to all of the various tasks you need to do.  Notice I said
        NEED to do.  The first step is to decide what truly needs to
        be done and what doesn't.  If you categorize a task as
        something that needs to be done, ask yourself why it is
        necessary.  Another way of asking the same question is to
        ask yourself, "what will happen if I don't do this today?".
        If the ultimate consequence is that nothing will happen, why
        do it?

        If you find yourself reluctantly concluding, well, I don't
        NEED to do this, I WANT to, then put it into the "need to
        do" category.  Doing things for yourself, for your own
        enjoyment or satisfaction, should be a priority.  Focus is
        not only about doing the things you should do, it is doing
        the things you want to do as well.  By including in your
        need to do list things that are for your own personal
        pleasure and enjoyment, you replenish yourself and this in
        turn allows you to bring even greater focus, awareness and
        creativity to your other activities.  So, give yourself
        permission to enjoy yourself.

        ->Allocate Time to Priority Tasks

        Now that you have identified your 'need to do' activities,
        decide when you are going to do them and estimate how long
        you think they will take.  Then add 40%.  One of the
        immutable laws of the universe is that everything takes
        longer than you think it will.  Save yourself the stress of
        running to keep up with the clock.

        When thinking about when you will do a specific task, work
        with your body.  Are you a morning person, a night-owl, a
        late-afternoon person or something else entirely?  Whichever
        you are, schedule for that time your most intellectually
        demanding tasks.  If you're a morning person, for example,
        and one of your 'need to do' activities is to write a sales
        page for your website, allocate this task to your prime time.
        Then allocate your less intellectually demanding activities,
        such as reading and responding to email, to your off-peak

        Similarly, don't schedule your personal time for your prime
        time.  Again, if you're a morning person, schedule your hour
        lying out in the sun for mid-afternoon, your 'off-peak'

        By making strategic use of your time in this way you will be
        making the most efficient use of your prime time while STILL
        being able to do the things that YOU enjoy, and on a daily

        Compare this approach with a fragmented one.  You're a
        morning person.  You need to write a sales page for your web
        site.  You also need to read and respond to email today and
        you also want to schedule time, just an hour or so, to get
        some sun.

        It's morning but, instead of starting your sales page, you
        decide to read and respond to your email first, to kind of
        ease into the day.  That's a breeze because reading and
        responding to email is not an intellectually demanding task
        and you're at your peak anyway.  You finish reading and
        responding to your mail two hours later.

        Now you think about writing your sales page.  But you've
        used your peak concentration time on email and you've lost
        that sharp edge you always have first thing in the morning.
        That makes writing sales copy, an already intellectually
        demanding task, even more difficult.  You really don't feel
        like it right now.  So you put it off.  You look for
        something easier to do.

        Maybe you could take that hour off now and use the time
        while you're lying out in the sun to get your head together.
        But no, you can't relax if you know you have work
        uncompleted.  So you decide to force yourself to make a
        start on your sales copy.  You write your copy but it just
        doesn't flow.  It feels stilted and contrived.

        You begin to get frustrated and annoyed with yourself.  If
        only I'd got it over and done with first thing I'd be
        dealing with my email right now looking forward to lying out
        in the sun for a while later on.  That's what I should be
        doing!  So, you get annoyed with yourself, and become
        generally irritable.  Which, of course, just blocks the
        creative flow even more.  Lunchtime rolls around and you feel
        like you've wasted half a day.

        What a waste of energy, concentration and creativity!  What
        a lack of FOCUS.  Just look at the energy you've wasted
        feeling annoyed and irritable with yourself.  Just think
        what you could have accomplished if you'd put that energy to
        good use and focused!

        Save yourself the angst.  Identify priority tasks,
        strategically allocate times of the day to each task
        depending on how intellectually demanding they are, and
        exercise personal DISCIPLINE to do the right thing right and
        at the right time.

        -> Concentrate on One Thing at a Time

        When you're doing the right thing at the right time,
        dedicate yourself to that one thing and nothing else.  Don't
        let your mind wander to what else you could be doing.  You
        don't need to worry about that because "what else" has been
        allocated its own time and that time will come.

        Remember, the whole point of focusing is to make maximum use
        of your time, energy, concentration and creativity.  If you
        can do this, you will give yourself the gift of more time
        for yourself and your family.  So remember to turn it off
        too.  Give 100% of yourself to the task at hand during the
        time allocated to that task and then let it go.

        Take care of business but always remember, life is for


        4. Telecommuting Openings
        In the interests of keeping the length of AHBBO down, all
        telecommuting job listings are now posted at the AHBBO
        website at

        This week's positions include:

        -> Travel - Sales/Management
        -> SBT Account Software Developer
        -> Market Manager - Amtrak
        -> PC Help Desk Support
        -> Project Manager - IBM
        -> Writers/Reviewers
        -> Advertising Account Executive
        -> Freelance Copy Editors
        -> Real Estate Listing Service Associates

        Source: Outsource 2013
        If you want to work from home, you will not find a more
        complete source of telecommuting job listings.  For access
        to thousands of job listings just like those above, visit


        5. Guest Article - The Internet is Kind ... and I Give
        By Susan Jackson

        Doing biz on the net.  Ya know, we're all struggling,
        learning, trying our best. Juggling our time to fit our
        online biz in with our "other" life.  So what happens?  We
        screw up!  And that's exactly what happened to me.

        However, through this "screw-up" I actually made a positive
        impact!  How?  Read on.

        I planned, prepared, wrote copy. I re-read my special page
        over and over again. I was ready. I blasted my "Special
        Holiday Offer" to over 1,000 mailboxes.

        Immediately I discovered I have mistyped the URL. Okay, no
        problem, I instantly send out a 'correction'.

        And once again ... I sent the wrong URL! I wanted to crawl
        under a rock right there and then.  I knew my credibility as
        an internet businesswoman was destroyed.  My face burned
        red, and I kicked myself. "How could you be so stupid?" I
        asked myself. What a waste! I awaited the flames.  What came
        surprised me.

        I want to share with you some of the comments I received. I
        wish I could share them all.

        "My sympathies. I do it - again and again, despite my best

        "My sympathies Susan, Get out from under the rock.  That was
        the first time in 3 weeks that I've had a chuckle. You're
        forgiven, You're forgiven, (Twice over).  I've been sick
        with the Flu, feeling sorry for myself, but your message
        picked up my spirits, thanks."

        After getting ALL those Emails, you reminded me of ME.
        Send me a photo of yourself; I must make sure that I'm NOT
        communicating with myself."

        "Ha ha ha...i'm sorry ..laughing my head off.  Just glad to
        see someone else goofs up sometime. That's what can make life
        more interesting! You haven't lost credibility here.  Have a
        happy red faced Thanksgiving!"

        Please don`t feel so bad about that. It`s so refreshing to
        get somebody else making mistakes on the Net as I do so

        "Hi Susan,
        You've just made my day!!  I'm glad to see that I am not the
        only one who has these SNAFU things. Those of us who never
        make mistakes, are the ones who never try anything! Hope the
        rest of your day goes wonderful."

        I believe this message is especially for "newbies" entering
        the world of internet marketing.  Don't be afraid to make
        mistakes or sound "stupid".  We all had to start somewhere.

        And the universal message?  We're all in this together, and
        more often than not, you'll find the internet a kind place
        where we're all willing to help each other out. God bless!


        Susan Jackson

        The "infamous" URL for my "HOLIDAY SPECIAL"


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        6. Freebies
        -> Last week I made available a listing of 450 companies
        that offer work-from-home opportunities.  Here's another 150
        available from autoresponder at:

        -> E-book - Starting and Managing a Business From Your Home
        (463k) - DOS format.  Note: file will be downloaded in
        .zip format so you need an unzipper.  If you don't already
        have one, I recommend Winzip which you can download for free
        (the evaluation version) at http://www.winzip.com .


        7. This Week's Web Site Pick - Business @ Home
        Business @ Home - Making a Life While Making a Living

        They say it best themselves ...

        Welcome to the Business At Home website, your online
        gathering spot and information resource for the working-from
        -home community.

        What you will find here is news-to-use and how-to
        information that helps you and your family survive in
        today's fast-changing business world. There is a "workquake"
        under way in our society that will forever change the way we
        do business. This site exists to help you thrive in this
        time of structural change.

        We have cutting-edge information of interest and value to
        people who work from condos or country cottages, as well as
        for those making the transition from the corporate world to
        a work-at-home environment.

        We welcome professional home-based business owners,
        telecommuters and corporate after-hours homeworkers to take
        advantage of our widely networked experience supporting the
        nationwide return to traditional ways of work, often (but
        not always) supported by more powerful and more accessible

        Business At Home provides more than valuable business
        information. Because the desire to balance our work life
        with our personal life is a major force driving this "sea-
        change" toward working from home, this site has extensive
        resources that help you navigate the waves for smoother
        sailing into your professional future. We offer (and
        encourage) thoughtful, engaging comment on how to make a
        life while making a living.

        John Knowlton


        9.  Next Issue
        That's it for this week, everyone.  Here's what's in store
        for the next issue:

        -> Home-Based Business Idea of the Week: Freelance Writer
        -> Feature Article: Year in Review
        -> Telecommuting Job Openings
        -> Guest Article: It could be yours!  Please send original
           article submissions to
           Contact By Email
        -> More great Freebies

        Thanks for being with us and have a great week everyone!

        11. Subscription Management

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        13. Contact Information

        Elena Fawkner, Editor
        A Home-Based Business Online
        Contact By Email


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