Summer Sanity for Moms Juggling a Home-Based Career

Written by Lesley Spencer

by Lesley Spencer, MSc; Founder & President Inc.

The relaxed pace of summer is peeking just aroundrepparttar corner. And it is definitely welcome to many of us, butrepparttar 137963 challenge and sometime stressful moments of balancing motherhood and work is not always so welcome.

Like much of motherhood, being flexible is key and planning in advance is a necessity. To help you make this summerrepparttar 137964 best it can be with as little stress as possible, here are some tips for balancing your many roles duringrepparttar 137965 summer: -- If you don't have a laptop, now is a great time to consider getting one especially with wireless Internet connection. You can work just about anywhere with your laptop and wireless connection. That means portability to work in any room in your home as well as work at locations in public with wireless connection - coffee shops, public parks, airports, shopping areas, skating rinks and more.

-- Take convenience a step higher and make your laptop your desktop computer by using a docking station. A docking station allows you to still use your monitor and keyboard like a desktop withoutrepparttar 137966 hassle of using two computer and transferring files and emails back and forth. Laptop prices have dropped dramatically and some laptops are as low as $500 while docking stations start around $60. Now may berepparttar 137967 time to make your business work around your busy life more than ever.

-- If you know your workload is going to be overwhelming, start planning now what you can delegate. Perhaps, its time to hire a Virtual Assistant to help you in your business. There are many talented, capable VAs who can do anything from word processing to data entry, to answering calls to respond to email to much more. You can search for them and other talented home-based moms in a variety of professions at: Diana Ennen, a virtual assistant since 1985, of states to start looking now and train them in what you want them to do to keep things running smoothly. Chances are you'll probably end up keeping them even afterrepparttar 137968 summer is over.

Checklist for Starting Your Home Business

Written by Lesley Spencer

by Lesley Spencer, MSc; Founder & President Inc.

Once you have decided on your home business, you will need to take steps to set it up. The following checklist should help you get your business offrepparttar ground.

__ Before you begin your home business, checkrepparttar 137962 zoning ordinances in your area. Call or look online for your city or county government(usuallyrepparttar 137963 planning department, building inspector or zoning administrator)to check zoning rules. Your neighborhood also may have restrictions.

__ Decide if you will be incorporated. Talk to a lawyer and check out books on repparttar 137964 subject such as, John Kirk, Incorporating Your Business, TPR Publishing. Also decide if you will need patents, trademarks or copyrights on your work.

__ If you will be incorporated, a partnership or have employees, obtain an Employer's Identification Number (EIN) throughrepparttar 137965 IRS. Also if you have employees, callrepparttar 137966 Employment Commission for information on unemployment taxes you must pay. __ Determine if you should charge sales tax on your product or service (by callingrepparttar 137967 State Comptroller's office in most states).

__ Register your business name. Contact your county courthouse. (DBA-Doing Business As)

__ Obtain any state or federal licenses if required by your business. __ Set up your business checking and savings accounts. You may want to deduct a percentage of your earnings to set aside for taxes. Shop around for banks that don't charge monthly fees (such as credit unions) and some others.

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