Checklist for Starting Your Home Business

Written by Lesley Spencer

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__ Obtain a separate business telephone line.

__ Order business stationary and cards. If you need small quantities, consider using pre-printed paper.

__ Talk to your insurance company about additional insurance to cover your business equipment, inventory, liability, etc. __ Meet with a CPA regarding tax and accounting issues. They may be able to point out deductions you may be eligible for and help you better understand tax issues.

__ Keep complete and separate records for your business. Record each sale, invoice, receipt, payroll, expense, etc. Keep copies of all receipts, invoices, cancelled checks, etc. Record your business mileage in a daily log book that you keep in your vehicle.

Be prepared to start your home business by:

- Developing a business plan.

- Making contacts and networking for clients and customers before you begin your home business.

- Checking on health insurance costs and options.

- Running your business part-time if you needrepparttar security of your job.

- Have financial resources if needed to carry you throughrepparttar 137962 first several months of starting your business.

-Read everything there is onrepparttar 137963 type of business that you wish to start.

As Diana Ennen of Virtual Word Publishing ( states, "Learn howrepparttar 137964 pros have done it to help avoid costly mistakes and get great tips to success as well."

Lesley Spencer is founder and president of the, Inc. Network which includes:,,, http:/ ,, and (coming soon!).

Is it Time for a Priorities Check Up?

Written by Lesley Spencer

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have to use caution not to let that desire for success or money consume you or make you lose focus of your priorities andrepparttar people in your life. The thought of success or making a ton of money can cause us to forget what's really important. Thinking ahead five years, will you be most proud that you made a certain amount of money or that you enjoyed your children while they were young? Will you think back to allrepparttar 137961 rushing around and quick meals and wish you'd spent more time enjoying life? Will you have spent time together with your spouse building a strong marriage? We know good marriages don't just happen. They take work just like everything else. Will your family life be healthy or will everything be onrepparttar 137962 back burner while you make millions and become "successful"? We must take a look at our lives and how we are living often. It is so easy to let day-to-day life consume us. Are you happy? If not, why? Are your priorities in line? Are you placing a priority on your faith and your family or is your business consuming your life? Is it time to re-prioritize things?

Don't put your happiness and your family onrepparttar 137963 back burner. Family and our time together are too precious to waste.

Lesley Spencer is founder and president of the, Inc. Network which includes:,,,,, and (coming soon!).

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