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                                   A Home-Based Business Online


                                             July 16

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                                         Editor: Elena Fawkner
                                   Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
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                                          IN THIS ISSUE

1.      Welcome and Update from Elena
2.      Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Garage Sales
3.      Feature Article - Overcoming Isolation in Your Home
4.      Tips for Newbies
5.      Subscription Management
7.      Contact Information

1.      Welcome and Update from Elena

Hello again and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers who
have joined us since the last issue!

This week's article is for all of you who think how wonderful it
would be to work from home.  Although the benefits of working
from home are undeniable, there are also some pretty tough
downsides.  One of those is the isolation monster.  This week's
article looks at ways of beating the isolation blues in the early
days of your home business.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this week's

Remember, this ezine is for YOU!  If you have comments or
suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed, or would
just like to share your experiences with other subscribers, I want
to hear from you!  Please send comments, questions and stories
to Contact By Email .

2.      Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Garage Sales

Pick almost any city or town in the country, drive through any
middle class neighborhood or residential area on the weekend,
and you're sure to spot at least a half dozen garage sales.

What's being sold at these garage sales? The accumulated
"junk" people no longer use or want taking up space in or around
their homes. Are they making any money with these garage
sales? You'd better believe they're making money! It's not at all
uncommon to make $600 with a weekend garage sale. Is it hard
to put on a profitable garage sale? Well, yes and no. It really
does take some of your time, and also requires an awareness of
a few merchandising tactics. But the problems in running a
successful garage sale are small in comparison to the profits.

Who are the buyers, and how do you get them to come to your
garage sale? Your customers are going to be "everybody," and
you get them over to your garage sale with a little bit of advertising
and promotion.

Let's look at the background: Everybody accumulates the kind
of garage sale items that other people are searching for, and are
willing to buy. These items range from no longer wanted or outgrown
items of clothing, to furniture, tools, knick-knacks, books, pictures
and toys. Many garage sale items are objects of merchandise
purchased on impulse, and later found to be not what the buyer
wanted. Many items found at garage sales are gifts that have been
given to the seller, but are the wrong size or incorrect choice for
the recipient.

The problem with most people is that they haven't the time to
gather up all the items "just taking up space" in and around their
homes and staging a garage sale to get rid of them. Many people
don't know how to stage a garage sale, and many other people
feel that putting on a garage sale is just too much bother and work.

This is where you enter the picture. Your enterprise will be an
ongoing garage sale of items donated and collected from these
people who lack the inclination to put on garage sales of their own.

For the rest of this report, visit http://www.ahbbo.com/garage.html .


There are many more ideas like this at the AHBBO Home
Business Ideas page at free home based business ideas
with more being added all the time.

3.      Feature Article - Overcoming Isolation in Your Home

© 2013 Elena Fawkner

Like most people, when you think about what it would be like
to work from home, you probably think of the obvious
benefits such as working your own hours, not having to face
a stressful, tedious commute every day, actually seeing what
your garden looks like in daylight hours, not having to
answer to a boss, being home when your children are, working
in a comfortable environment and so on. These are, of
course, some of only many wonderful benefits of working from

Before long, though, you may begin to think back to your
previous life and realize you actually miss those umpteen
visitors who were constantly interrupting you when you were
trying to work, the walk in the park at lunchtime with your
best work-friend, drinks on Friday night after work, and
being able to run an idea past a colleague for instant,
valuable feedback.

Now, everything is just, well, quiet. And there's no-one
down the hall to go visit who's over age four. You find
yourself checking your email constantly, wanting to connect
to someone. You find yourself wishing the phone would ring.
You! The person who, when you worked in a job, cursed
constant telephone interruptions and thought voice- and
e-mail was the greatest invention since sliced bread.

Welcome to another reality of home-based business ... home

Here are some ways to avoid the isolation trap when running
a business out of your home:


Nothing is surer to reinforce feelings of isolation as time
that stretches as far as the eye can see like a straight,
one lane highway through a flat, barren landscape. Don't
start each day without a plan of what you intend to do. You
need to structure your time so that it is not some endlessly
vast terrain you must traverse alone. So write a to-do list,
preferably at the end of the day before, so that when your
work day starts you get productive straight away, before the
isolation blues have a chance to take hold.


When writing your to-do list, make sure you include at least
two things every day that require you to interact with
another person. Networking is a vital skill, whether you
work for someone else or for yourself. So make contacts
with people who can add value to your business, as well as
connecting you with the outside

Joining a professional group or club, attending seminars and
trade shows relevant to your business are all great ways to
meet new people who have similar interests and challenges.
Participate in the activities organized by these groups and
take a good supply of business cards with you.


Another way to keep the isolation blues at bay is to joint
venture with other home-based business owners. Team up with
other businesses that offer complementary services to your
business. Not only will you send additional business each
other's way in the form of referrals, you are establishing
professional relationships with your joint venture partners.


Once you have joined various associations and formed joint
venture partnerships, take the initiative and organize
functions that bring you all together. These could be
business-oriented networking sessions or purely social
get-togethers such as a barbeque in the local park. Either
way, you are forging a relationship with people in your new
arena, just as you did when you were working in a corporate
office. The only difference is that now you must take the
initiative to forge these relationships. These are not
people you are going to be seeing every day at the office.


You are, of course, health conscious and physically active,
right? Of course you are! So, why not kill two birds with
one stone ... stay fit and meet new people. If you
establish a routine that allows you to be at the gym at the
same time every day, you will run into many of the same
people and get to know them.


Making online friends is another way of staying connected
with the outside world. Be very disciplined here though.
It's way too easy to spend a lot of work time on social
email exchanges and in chat rooms. Don't fritter away your
time, but do seek out and maintain internet friendships.


Sometimes, it's only silence that reminds you you're alone.
If you come from a corporate environment, your workday was
punctuated by the constant background noise of telephones
ringing, other people's conversations, hysterical laughter
from the other end of the office and lunch trolley pages
over the intercom system. If you find absolute quiet
irksome, turn on the radio and have it playing in the
background while you work. Talk stations are good because
it's like having other people in the next room, but if you
find yourself becoming so engrossed with the talk topics
that you stop working and start listening, switch to a
music station.

There is no avoiding the fact that making the transition
from a corporate environment to a home-based business is
just that ... a transition. Most people will have to
grapple with the isolation monster in the early days of
their work-from-home career. But, as you can see, there
are many ways of keeping isolation and loneliness at bay
just by reaching out and forming new associations. Remember,
just because you work alone doesn't mean you have to go it


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4. Tips for Newbies

Use your keyboard to access the start menu without fumbling
around for your mouse. What are you, afraid of the keys? See
that little window flying between the Ctrl and Alt keys next to
the spacebar (that's where the Jetsons hang out)? Press it. And
wow! Your start menu opens!


Tips by Tom Glander and Joe Robson of The Newbie
Club. The best Newbie Site ever to hit the Web.

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