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                                   Issue 104 : October 15

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                                         Editor: Elena Fawkner
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1.     Welcome and Update from Elena
2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Indoor Fountains
4.     Computer Tips Without the Geek Speak!
5.     Motivational Tip for the Day
6.     Subscription Management
8.     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 in response to an email I received from a
subscriber during the week who wanted to know how to grow
an email list.  Having struggled for a couple of weeks, she still
only had a list of 3,500 and wanted to know my "secret".  As I
told her there was no secret, just many different strategies, all
of which have a role to play.  This week's article is all about those
strategies and how to grow a list of several thousand subscribers
in only a few months.

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

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
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2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Indoor Fountains


Wow, table top fountains! They're everywhere these days,
in gift stores, garden centers, craft fairs, New Age
bookstores, healthy living catalogs. Do fountain artists
really make money? Can you do it as a home based business?

The answer to the first question is, yes, they do if they
plan for success and know their market. And, yes, you can
do this as a home based business. Indoor fountains are more
than a passing fad.

Pump manufacturers, says my supplier, are gearing up for a
20% market penetration by 2013, from the current penetration
of 4%. That is, by 2013, 20% of the US population will have
a water feature--swimming pool, outdoor pond, aquarium,
container water gardens or indoor fountains. Why this
attraction to moving water? And why now?

Fountains appeal because they meet so many needs, spoken and
unspoken. By bringing the natural sounds of flowing water
indoors, we reconnect with nature and create an oasis of
serenity in our fast paced world. People are instinctively
drawn to water sounds for a refreshing pause and visual
treat.

Fountains have many health benefits:

* they clean the air and humidify dry winter air,
* they help us relax into sleep,
* they release negative ions (when water droplets are
sheared) so we enjoy better moods and concentration,
* they are an avenue for creative play and for personal self
expression.

You can follow several approaches for developing an indoor
fountain business. You can:

* sell finished fountains on consignment or at fairs,
* sell on consignment or on Internet stores a packaged kit
of bowl, stones, centerpiece (or fountainhead as it is
generally called), silk plants and perhaps a small Buddha
or turtle for accents,
* sell fountain supplies on your own web site or at fountain
building classes,
* lead fountain building classes at private parties or at
recreation, community or Adult Education centers,
* develop a book or booklet with fountain projects and tips
on maintenance and finding supplies.

Think about what is most convenient for you, how you'd like
to shape the business, and how much time and money you'd
want to invest at first.

Begin researching what is out there:

1. At the library check out books on how to build indoor
fountains:

* Tabletop Fountains by Dawn Cusick (40 projects)
* Water Gardening in Containers by Nash & Speichert
* Container Water Gardens by Philip Swindells
* Do It Yourself Fountains published by Leisure Arts
(20 projects)
* Create Your Indoor Fountain by Paris Mannion (11
projects plus fountain Feng Shui and history of
fountains).

2. Get your retail seller's license so you can purchase
fountain supplies at a discount. Some suppliers have
a minimum purchase requirement ($50-$400), so you might
want to go in with a friend on an order.

3. Using the Internet, look at maybe 30 of the 500 or so
fountain sites (more going up every day). Type in
"indoor fountains" or "table top fountains" to eliminate
drinking fountains and large ornamental fountains from
your results. Order 3 or 4 different pump models to see
what you like best.

Or visit an aquarium or hardware store to see what they
carry. I've found the Hagen Aquapump 1, an aquarium
pump, best suits my needs for a quiet, small, durable
pump with water flow regulator and secure positioning in
the bottom of the bowl.

4. Scan the Garden and Lifestyle sections of your paper to
see if someone is holding fountain classes or being
interviewed. If you can during the day, watch HGTV or the
Discovery channel for fountain building projects.
Kitty Bartholomew at HGTV's You're Home says, "You're
seeing a lot of water fountains and natural scents. The
more scents you use while decorating, the more powerful
the experience." JoAnne Liebeler at Discovery's Home
Savvy says, "Fountains are becoming popular both inside
and outside the home."

6. Think about strategic partners to help promote your
business:

* a massage therapist or chiropractor who might showcase
your work, or
* a garden center that might host your fountain building
demonstration, or
* a hospital that might want a soothing fountain for the
ICU waiting room (positive press release), or
* an interior decorator might want to include your
fountains at a trade show.

Indoor fountains are the Wave of the Future, on the verge
of breaking into mass consciousness. A customer wrote that
she's afraid there will be so many fountain makers that
fountains will be hard to sell. I think the fears are
unfounded.

Most of my 4600 subscribers to Design on Tap, the indoor
fountain monthly Ezine, come from California. Fountain
awareness is gradually spreading across the country. It
will be years before the demand is sated. In fact, my first
teleclass (on a conference line) on How to Lead Fountain
Building Classes just finished. Nine enthusiastic fountain
pioneers are out there now showing others how to build
satisfying, lovely indoor water gardens. Don't miss the
boat!

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Article by Paris Mannion, author of Create Your Indoor
Fountain, How to Lead Fountain Building Classes and
publisher of Design on Tap. Visit http://www.buildfountains.com for further inspiration!

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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.



4.     Computer Tips Without the Geek Speak!


Taking stock of your property holdings.

Windows uses a management system that includes what's
called a 'Property Sheet' for each icon or file you see on
your computer. This is like describing the properties of a
pencil: It's cylindrical, made of wood, has an eraser at one
end, and a graphite writing tip at the other. So what are the
properties of the My Computer icon on your desktop? And how do
you find out?

Easy. Just RIGHT click the icon. In fact, you can RIGHT click
any icon or file on your computer, and a context menu will
appear. At the bottom of that menu will be the 'Properties'
item. A click there and you'll bring up the associated Property
Sheet for that item. Try it. You'll discover a lot of info about
your computer's files this way. Instead of calling it a 'Property
Sheet' you could call it a 'Property Window' if you wanted to.
Whatever. :-)

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




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5.     Motivational Tip For The Day


© 2001 Jan Tincher

Your brain works in pictures.  See what you want so it can bring it
to you.

Do you *wish* you had a better job?

Do you *wish* you had more money?

Do you *wish* you had more energy?

Your brain works in pictures.  *Wishing* is not a picture.  *Wishing*
is so far out there, your brain doesn't even recognize it.  *Wishing*
is just saying something like, *Oh, I wish I could do, have, be  . . .*

Picture having what you want.  Then maybe your *wishes* will
come true.

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Learn unique strategies and techniques for personal success
from Jan Tincher online at
While you're there, sign up for her free e-zine *Tame Your Brain!*



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