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What Is Marketing

By Joyce | Jul 4, 2020 | Comments Off on What Is Marketing

What is Marketing and Why You Need It! When I was a little girl during WWII, my mother, sister, and I lived with my grandparents on their farm in Perdido, Alabama. The main part of town was tiny with a couple general stores, a masonic lodge, a Methodist and a Baptist church, and the post … Read more

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Financial Steps for Starting Your Business

By Joyce | Jul 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Once you make the decision to start your business,  one of the most important next steps is getting your financial strategies in place. There are several things you should do — in no particular order.  Open a Bank Account You never want to mingle your personal money and your business money.  You need to keep … Read more

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A Story about Charles Schultz I Haven’t Forgotten

By Joyce | Jun 25, 2020 | Comments Off on A Story about Charles Schultz I Haven’t Forgotten

In our Facebook group, I told you that I would include a personal story since I received such positive responses from the one that I included in the last newsletter. So here it is: Many of you know that I am a professional writer and have been for years as I’ve been published in numerous magazines … Read more

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Today and Tomorrow — Are You Ready To Profit?

By Joyce | Jun 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Today and Tomorrow — Are You Ready To Profit?

We are all adding some new words to our vocabulary during this pandemic. Phrases like “shelter in place,” “social distancing” and “herd immunity.” Another word that all of us need to learn and remember is pivot. “Pivot” simply means to “turn.” Many people in our industry need to learn to pivot or turn. To pivot to … Read more

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Gift Basket Business – What I Wish I Had Known

By Joyce | Jan 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Gift Basket Business – What I Wish I Had Known

In some ways, it seems like yesterday.  In others, it seems like an eternity. For me, the fall of 1992 was the beginning of a new business, a new lifestyle, and a whole new perception of operating a home-based business.  I thought I knew everything.  After all, as a SCORE small business counselor, I had … Read more

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Plan the Future of Your Business and Your Life Today

By Joyce | Jan 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Plan the Future of Your Business and Your Life Today

You are already doing it whether you realize it or not.  Every single day – every moment of every day, actually – we all do things, choose things, and experience things that impact what happens next in our life. When a new year begins, a lot of people – myself included – make promises to … Read more

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Business Spotlight- Mary Babiez-Thoughtful Presence

By Joyce | Nov 2, 2019 | 0 Comments
Mary Babiez - Thoughtful Presence

Mary Babiez – Owner of Thoughtful Presence For Mary Babiez , having her own business was a lifelong dream.  But she kept putting it off waiting until the time was right.  After working for Hyatt Hotels for five years and United Airlines for ten, she finally realized that the time would never be perfect.  If … Read more

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The Zero Cost Business Startup Myth

By Joyce | Jul 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I talk at various small business events or tell others what I do, people are curious about how to make money working from home with a computer.  They seem to think that anyone can start a business for no money and little time. That vision is a myth. The reality is that it takes … Read more

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Are We “There” Yet? A business company’s journey

By Joyce | Jun 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many of you know that my husband is a retired forester – also known as a forest ranger.  When our daughters were in elementary school, we lived in a tiny isolated community along the Klamath River named Happy Camp. Steeped in history, fraught with lawlessness and haunted by the legend of Bigfoot, this settlement of less … Read more

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Creativity and Passion – A Vicious Circle

By Joyce | Jun 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may have started your business for many different reasons.  To stay home with the kids.  Because you heard that the gift basket industry was the place to be.  Where you could make lots of money with little investment and little effort. But that’s not most of us.  We started our business because we are … Read more

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