Summer Sanity for Moms Juggling a Home-Based Career

Written by Lesley Spencer

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-- Technology is a great thing. Look into what you can automate in your business. Perhaps you can set up autoresponders when someone purchases or requests something from your website. A few sites that offer automation solutions include: and

Even with more portability, moms need some time to work, relax, rejuvenate or just catch a breath. So what to do with those sweet cherub-like children squealing and running underfoot?

-- Check outrepparttar summer camps in your area. These days there are camps for just about everything from sports to art to acting to science. Check your local parenting publications. Many of them have summer camp guides.

-- Kid Swap? No, this isn't a bad, new reality TV series. It's an opportunity to pre-arrange some play date exchanges with your trusted friends and neighbors. Kids get to play and have fun and moms get an opportunity to catch up on work or find a little time for relaxation.

-- Consider a Mom's Helper. They can be great playmates and keep your kids occupied while you work. You may hire someone once a week, every morning or whatever your schedule and work requires.

With a little planning and forethought, you can make this summer not only less stressful but actually enjoyable and fulfilling. Take time now to get yourself ready. You and your kids will be glad you did.

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

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!).

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