Sunday, June 2, 2013

Citrus Rose Potpourri Recipe

An easy citrus rose potpourri recipe to mix up and display in containers.

  • 2 pints rose petals
  • 1 ounce lemon verbena
  • 1 ounce lavender
  • 1 ounce orris root powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 4 drops orange oil
  • 1 drop frankincense oil

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Advice for Starting a Small Home Business

Looking to start your own home business but don't know where to begin? Read advice on finding the right small business for you and how to get started working from home.

Choose Your Business

Every day, more and more people are breaking away from traditional jobs and turning towards starting their own small home business. The first step that successful small business owners take is deciding what type of business they want to start. Starting a home business requires a look into your own personal interests and skills. Ask yourself these two questions and take notes:
  1. What are your interests?
  2. What skills do you have?
Once your answered these questions, decide how you can turn your interests and skills into a home business. For example, if you like talking and you like to help people, you may want to start a seminar business, charging people to help them gain certain skills or motivation.

Startup Needs

After you have chosen what type of business you would like to start, you will next have to look at what you need to get the ball rolling. If you are starting a seminar business, you need to decide:
  1. Who will be the seminar speaker? Will it be you or will you be hiring someone?
  2. Will you be making recordings of the seminars and selling them online? Self help CDs?
  3. Where will the seminars be held? Will they be informal and in your home or will you be renting out space?
  4. Do you have the necessary tools to get started - office space, computer, telephone line, copier?
Rules and Regulations
For any business, you will need to check out your local zoning to find out if you can run your small home business out of your home. If you will be operating under a fictitious name, you may need to register that name in your state. There's also the issue of taxes, permits, and licensing. Visit you local courthouse to find out the laws in your area. You will also want to check out your state's commerce website to learn more about starting a business in your state. Furthermore, contacts the local Small Business Administration office in your area. The SBA offers a lot of free help and classes on starting a home business.


Money is a huge obstacle for many people who want to start a small business. If you don't have money for your start up, contact your local Small Business Administration and ask for help in finding a business start up loan. If getting a loan is impossible, then consider building your business in smaller steps. For example, you don't have the startup money you need to rent a hall for your seminar, but you do have a computer and you can make recordings. Record your seminar and sell it online. You could also break your seminar down into classes and set it up as an online class, charging people to take the class.

Target Market

Who is your business geared towards? Is it age group specific? Gender specific? What are things that your customers will probably have in common? How will you reach your target market: mail, television, online video, email? It doesn't matter how great and wonderful your new business is if people don't know you exist. You will have to reach out and find your market.