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Featured Biz Question

Hey There,

I make all kinds of country crafts and would like to start a work-at-home business. I have no idea how to begin. Any helpful hints or advice would be appreciated.

Thanks, Mary Anne

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Here's Your Answer from Expert Liz Folger

Hi, Mary Anne,

I wish I could sit down at the kitchen table and chat with you, I've so many questions I'd like to ask. But first, congratulations on finding something you really enjoy. So many people I talk to are in the "discover zone" as far as figuring out what type of home business they'd like to start. So consider yourself way ahead of the game.

Your Next Move -- A Business Plan

Often, new home biz owners feel they don't need a business plan if they aren't looking to get a bank loan. However, they're sadly mistaken. I love the quote, "Those who fail to plan - plan to fail!" In my book, The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide To Making Money, I dedicated an entire chapter to writing a business plan. It asks lots of questions to get you going.

Here's a "mini biz plan" to help you figure out your costs and market as a home biz crafter.

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Liz is a work-at-home mom expert, author, self-syndicated columnist and public speaker. Her book, The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide To Making Money From Home: Your Complete Work-at-Home Mom Resource, has been featured in major publications. She's ready to share her secrets for making work-at-home easier for you! more

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