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           December 3

          Editor: Elena Fawkner
          Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
           http://www.shelteredturtle.com
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           IN THIS ISSUE


        1.  Welcome and Update from Elena
        2.  Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Event Planner
        3.  Feature Article - Is a Home-Based Business Really For
          You?
        4.  Tips for Newbies
        5.  This Week's Subscriber Web Site Pick
        8.  Subscription Management
        10. Contact Information



        1.  Welcome and Update from Elena


        Hello again and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers who
        have joined us since the last issue!

        This week's article looks at the REAL realities of running a
        home-based business.  As tempting as it sounds, it is by no
        means a bed of roses!  If you're thinking of a home business as
        a way of escaping your particular rat-race, read this article.
        You may decide that being a rat isn't so bad after all.

        As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this week's
        issue.

        Remember, this ezine 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 .





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        2.  Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Event Planner


        An event planner is someone who arranges special events on
        behalf of clients, either corporate or private.

        The client will tell the event planner what kind of event is proposed
        and the budget for it. The event planner then arranges the whole
        thing including finding the right venue, issuing invitations, catering,
        transport to and from the event, and accommodation. In addition,
        the event planner will be responsible for meeting any special needs
        of attendees and, in the case of corporate functions, probably
        also the availability of presentation facilities such as audiovisual
        equipment and the like.

        The first step is to ascertain the client's objectives for the event
        and whether it is a corporate or social event. Often, corporate
        meetings will also include a significant social aspect so the event
        planner for a management retreat, for example, may also need
        to arrange for sightseeing or entertainment in addition to the
        corporate side of the event.

        Once the objectives are clear, the event planner will then work
        with the client to set a budget for the event and decide with the
        client where to hold the event. The event planner needs to know
        who the attendees will be and where they are travelling from so
        that accommodation and transport can be arranged as necessary.
        In addition, the event planner will arrange for catering,
        communications, labor, meeting facilities, printing and supplies,
        entertainment, speakers, gratuities, awards, insurance and
        anything else that may be required for the specific event in
        question.

        The event planner, of course, relies on third parties to actually
        provide these services and will have an established network of
        contacts with suppliers and vendors among caterers, hotels,
        travel agencies, printers, furniture/ equipment hirers and so on.
        Event planners vary in their approach to billing. Some take as
        their fee a fixed percentage of the total cost of the event (say
        10 - 15 percent). Other charge clients on an hourly basis. In
        either case, event planners will require a deposit (usually a
        percentage of the budget) to be used to make advance payments.

        The beginning event planner should expect long hours and low
        pay when first starting out. The money will improve with experience
        and reputation, but the hours will always be long because although
        the planning occurs during the day, the event is usually at night or
        on the weekend. Personal qualities required in an event planner are
        leadership, organization skills and attention to detail. A calm
        disposition is essential as the event planner will have to cope with
        many last minute "disasters" and personalities.

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        There are many more ideas like this at the AHBBO Home
        Business Ideas page at free home based business ideas
        with more being added all the time.


        3.  Feature Article - Is A Home-Based Business Really For You?


        © 2017 Elena Fawkner

        Working from home sounds wonderful, doesn't it? No commute;
        no boss breathing down your neck; no fixed schedule; reward
        for effort; control; work/family flexibility; not having to
        worry about being laid off; leaving the office politics way
        behind; not having to get dressed up; being with your
        children. Is this what comes to mind when you think about
        what it would be like to work from home? If so, take a
        good hard look before you make the jump from paid to self-
        employment.

        Although these are all indisputably strong benefits of
        running your own home-based business, they need to be
        weighed against some pretty harsh realities if you are to
        make an informed decision whether a home-based business is
        truly right for you. These realities can be grouped into
        three main areas: personal, financial and situational.

        PERSONAL REALITIES

        -> Commitment - you must be totally committed to making a
        success of your business. It is important to distinguish
        between commitment and mere interest. If what you want to
        do as a business is only an interest, your enthusiasm and
        motivation may wane over time. You must be absolutely
        committed to the success of your business if you are to
        achieve the success you desire.

        -> Risk-Taker - one of the benefits of owning your own
        business is that you don't have to answer to a boss. The
        other side of the coin is that there is no-one to fall back
        on if things go wrong. If you make a mistake or suffer a
        loss, you wear it. For this reason, you must be comfortable
        taking calculated risks. If security and stability are very
        important to you, perhaps paid employment is a better option.

        -> Self Motivation - again, there is no boss to wave a carrot
        under your nose to get you moving. You must be able to
        motivate yourself to do what needs to be done and that
        includes the stuff you don't particularly enjoy doing.

        -> Self Discipline - being your own boss means exercising
        personal discipline to ensure that the work gets done.
        There will be no end of distractions to tempt you away from
        the task at hand when you're working from home. You will
        need a healthy dose of self discipline to ensure you stay on
        track.

        -> Patience - starting a home-business is one thing; turning
        a profit is quite another. You will not make a profit
        overnight. Be prepared to be patient and frugal during the
        first few months of your new venture.

        -> Reasons - closely related to the need for self-motivation,
        your reasons for wanting to work from home will keep you in
        the saddle. If your reasons are to get rich quick or work
        fewer hours, think again. A home-based business will
        definitely not deliver.

        -> Flexibility and Adaptability - you may have come from a
        corporate environment where you enjoyed a certain status.
        You may have had a secretary or assistant to take care of
        the more routine aspects of your job description. In your
        home-based business you will need to be prepared to wear
        many hats, at least in the beginning. This means being
        flexible and adaptable, being prepared to learn new skills
        and willing to take on new tasks.

        -> Willingness to Sacrifice - especially in the early stages
        of your business, be prepared to make sacrifices in terms of
        time and money to get your business off the ground. You
        will need to be prepared to put in long hours and, more
        likely than not, get by on less money than you were bringing
        home from your paid job.

        -> Work Ethic - the backbone of all of the disciplines you
        will need to practice in your home business is your work
        ethic. If you have a strong work ethic then the need for
        personal discipline and sacrifice will come as no surprise.

        -> Stress Management - the burden of your business's success
        or failure will rest squarely on your shoulders. That's a
        lot of responsibility. Consider your capacity for stress
        management. If it's not high, learn ways to increase it.

        FINANCIAL REALITIES

        -> Cash Reserves - if business is slow to start, do you have
        sufficient cash reserves to see you through? If not,
        perhaps you should consider starting your business part-time
        until it is bringing in enough of a profit to sustain you.

        -> Retirement Planning - say goodbye to the employer-
        sponsored pension plan and hello to the world of IRAs
        (Individual Retirement Accounts). You need to think
        differently about your retirement plans and should seek the
        advice of a qualified financial planner in the early days of
        your new business.

        -> Health Insurance - say goodbye too to the perks of paid
        employment such as free medical, dental, life and disability
        insurance. You will need to take out your own cover for
        these risks.

        -> Vacation - no-one's going to pay you while you take that
        two week vacation any more. And, while we're at it, who's
        going to run your business while you're away?

        SITUATIONAL REALITIES

        -> Hard Work, Long Hours - if you think that working for
        yourself means you won't have to work as hard or as long,
        think again. Most likely it will mean more of both.

        -> Interruptions - if you have children at home, be prepared
        for constant interruptions. Being with your children, of
        course, is one of the main advantages of working from home
        but you will need to set limits if your business is to get
        sufficient attention. The same goes for your spouse!

        -> Distractions - beware of the temptation to take care of
        household tasks during the time you have allocated to your
        business. It's very tempting to run a load of washing or
        vacuum the carpets instead of facing up to that business
        task you don't feel like doing right now. Self-discipline
        is crucial if you are to avoid procrastination undermining
        your productivity.

        -> Isolation and Loneliness - if you come from a busy
        corporate background, at some point after the novelty of
        working from home begins to wear off, you may begin to feel
        isolated and even lonely. Be prepared with strategies to
        keep the isolation blues at bay. See "Overcoming Isolation
        in Your Home Business" at
        http://www.shelteredturtle.com/Overcoming_Isolation.html for some
        suggestions.

        As you can see, although there are many wonderful reasons to
        work from home, there are also many strong reasons why a
        home-based business may not be the right choice for you.
        Take a good hard look at the above realities and your own
        personal qualities and motivations. Do you have what it
        takes to make a success of your business? Are you prepared
        to do what has to be done? Whatever that is? If so, a
        home-based business may very well be just what the doctor
        ordered. But, if you have any doubts, look very hard before
        you make the leap from paid employment to your own home-
        based business. You could very well be jumping from the
        frying pan into the fire.

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        4.  Tips for Newbies


        #1 How to get your speaker icon back:

        Did the little yellow speaker that controls audio volume
        disappear from your taskbar's system tray? If so, open the
        Multimedia Control Panel. Under the Audio tab, check the "Show
        volume control on the taskbar" option in the Playback section (in
        Win98, the option is at the bottom of the dialog box). Click on OK,
        and the yellow speaker should return. If not, try reinstalling your
        audio driver and then repeat these steps.

        #2 How to set up a your universal command post:

        One of Win98's most powerful hidden gems is a universal
        command line. From here you can launch programs, open
        folders, go to Web sites and more. Right-click on the taskbar and
        select Toolbars/Address. When the Address box shows up on
        your toolbar, click and hold on the word Address and drag it to
        the top of your Desktop. Right-click on it and select Always on
        Top. Now, when you maximize applications, they'll expand
        between your Address bar at the top and your taskbar at the
        bottom.

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        5.  This Week's Subscriber Web Site Pick - SalesAutopsy.com


        http://www.salesautopsy.com

        Dear Elena,

        I have a home-based web publishing business that collects
        stories at http://www.salesautopsy.com . The stories are the
        confessions of worst or most embarrassing sales experiences.
        Most of them are quite funny and I offer an expert analysis or
        'postmortem' of what went wrong. I want people  to get better
        at selling by avoiding the mistakes of salespeople who have
        'fallen' before them.

        The stories are beginning to be picked up by print and online
        publications, so I'm now in the syndication business. Early
        next year the Sales Autopsy book will be published, too.

        The stories are quick reads and everyone knows someone who
        sells, so who can't relate to these funny and frustrating
        experiences? If a story gets published, the person sending it
        receives a watch with our chalk-outline 'dead guy' logo on it.

        I'd love to read some of the experiences of AHBBO subscribers.
        As home business owners, we have much more at risk if we sell
        poorly - as we are usually not funded like a large company. So
        please pay a visit, laugh and learn. And confess a story. Imagine
        winning that watch and having people say, "Is that a dead guy
        on your wrist?"

        Sincerely,
        Dan
        847-798-8515
        =================================
        Dan Seidman, the War Correspondent of Selling
        http://www.SalesAutopsy.comSales Horror Story Library, read
        'em and weep (or laugh)

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        If you want your site seen by thousands, write and tell me
        about it!  But make sure it's one you've created yourself
        or have had created especially for you.  No self-replicating affiliate
        sites please. 



        10. Contact Information


        Elena Fawkner, Editor
        A Home-Based Business Online
        Contact By Email
        http://www.shelteredturtle.com


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