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I have met a girl who is a single mother and wants to start her own business. I am looking for ideas for single person type business for her and have been having trouble finding anything logical on the net. We live in a small community of 8,000-10,000 people, with no outlying area. She has worked in an office most of her adult life and is now brushing up at school. I would love to see her succeed. Any ideas or places on the net to get such info? Thanks in advance.

Don Baker

Answer from our Guest Expert Allison Gaea Jucha of Yes!Coaching

Dear Don,

If everyone was as nice a friend as you, all our networking problems would be solved!

Even in such a small town, your friend has a number of possibilities available to her -- from contracting with local businesses to offering globally needed services, such as web design,word processing, proofreading, and career counseling -- all of which can be done either over the Internet or by telephone.

Is She Doing What She Loves?

The most important place to start is not so much with what she cando; rather, it's starting with what she wants to do with what she can do. From there, she'll discover what additional skills and training she may need to fulfill that dream.

Discover Business Needs

To start locally, she can talk with business people, community groups, even local government to discover their unmet business and communication needs. She may find that she may not be able to meet those needs herself, but may have a great talent for finding and matching other people and resources to those businesses in need. She may choose to start her own placement agency, helping recent high school and college grads, other parents, or the general public findwork within the community.

Resources for the Work-at-Home Moms

There are many reputable resources available for your friend, including books, web sites, and groups for women and parents starting and running businesses at home. The web sites offer additional links to related sites. Here are some to check out.

  • Books:
  • How to Raise a Family and a Career Under One Roof by Lisa Roberts
  • Inc. Your Dreams by Rebecca Maddox

    Web Sites:

  • www.snowcrest.net/folger -- Bizy Moms site by Liz Folger, author of The Stay-At-Home Mom's Guide To Making Money.
  • www.homeworks.com -- Working From Home Forum.
  • www.neosoft.com/~acoustic/wwwwahrs.html -- Wise Women of the Web's Work-at-Home Resources and Support Network.
  • www.advgroup.com/books/books.html -- This is a home-based business bookstore.
  • www.neosoft.com/~acoustic/wwwajwah.html -- The homepage of a work-at-home mom. Short and supportive.
  • www.folksonline.com -- Good all around resource.

    Associations:

  • American Association of Home-Based Businesses
    PO Box 10023
    Rockville, MD 20849
    202-310-3130
  • Work At Home Moms
    2515 Stenson
    Cedar Park, TX 78613
    512-918-0670

With a Little Help from her Friends!

You'll also find a great number of books in local bookstores concerning mothers and work. These books address the needs your friend will encounter around the issues of childcare, continuing friendships, family time, and time for herself.

What a gift she's already found in a new acquaintance - You! Already you have added more value and possibility to her life. Ireally want to acknowledge your kindness and thank you for your concern for this woman.

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