The Home Biz Lift Is BeginningWritten by Rob Spiegel
Some weeks ago I speculated that conditions were ripe for a home business resurgence. Millions of workers have lost their jobs and are not likely to find new opportunities soon. Add to this a growing interest in staying close to home after September 11 attacks. Suddenly family is more important and tall buildings are less appealing. Launching a home-based company is a logical solution to these dual concerns.
So I called Stacy Henderson, editor-in-chief of Home Business Magazine, to see if she sensed a greater interest in home businesses lately. The magazine is owned by Stacy and her husband, Richard, who acts as publisher for bi-monthly publication covering how-to and what-to of home-based enterprises. Henderson noted there was a clear increase in inquiries about home business. "We've noticed that people have inquired more about starting a home-based business during months from September to present, in comparison to this same time period in previous years."
She speculated that some of interest in home business was likely due to events of September 11. "Neither Richard nor I have any statistics to support this, but we personally feel 9/11 tragedy could be a contributing factor. It's certainly caused Richard and me to re-examine our own priorities and to renew out commitments to our family and our responsibilities at home."
Henderson suggested that in addition to September 11, economy itself is motivating people to consider starting a home business. "During nine years of publishing Home Business Magazine, we've noticed that whenever economy slows down, interest in home business market tends to accelerate," said Henderson. "People who have lost their jobs are seeking out home-based business alternatives. Nearly six percent of U.S. workforce is now unemployed. Millions of workers are in danger of losing their jobs, and many of them will take their first look at home-business businesses."
In addition to motivation of employment problems and a year to be close to home, Henderson said technology now makes it easier for people to compete in a home-based environment. "Wireless communication, high-speed Internet connectivity, and more powerful personal computer and office equipment have now made home-based business owners and home office workers as competitive as any in economy today," said Henderson. "This increases potential for future home-based business growth."
Dream The Impossible Dream - Turn Your Ideas Into Reality.Written by Noel Peebles
I'm sure you can recall having a sudden inspiration, a brainwave, a "bolt from blue", a brilliant idea striking you like a light being switched on inside your head. But for some reason you never developed that idea or brought it to fruition.
Maybe you have lain awake, unable to sleep, with your mind "racing" through numerous possibilities. "What if I did this? What if I did that?" Maybe you initially thought idea was so original or brilliant, and at last, it was answer you have been looking for. But still nothing came of that brilliant idea. You are not alone. Every day millions, probably billions, of ideas pop into minds of people all around world. In reality though, only a small percentage of ideas are worth time it took for thought. Most ideas are fleeting "sparks" of inspiration that go nowhere, and get forgotten about, before they ever see light of day.
Of ideas that are worth pursuing, very few are followed through to become a worthwhile development in market place.