Small and Home Business Carnival – January 2009

Well it’s a new year and, hopefully, 2009 will be a profitable one for everyone. With the way the economy is going right now, coupled with job losses from many of the big corporations, small and home businesses seem to be the way forward.

As with our previous editions, there are a number of submissions for this month. Each is very informative and carries great advice. Enjoy looking through them and see you next month ….


Brian Terry presents 3 Ways To Make Money With Product Creation posted at Big Marketing Secrets Blog, saying, “The popularity of online shopping has brought so many opportunities for entrepreneurs. Today, they don’t even need to build a brick and mortar business as they can serve their customers better through online transactions.”

Stephanie Chandler presents Take Your Website to the Next Level with Shopping Carts, Credit Cards and Affliate Programs posted at Business Info Guide.

Emmanuel presents 10 Steps to Achieving Your Business Goals posted at Emmanuel Oluwatosin: Inspiring Excellence, Realising Ambitions.

Stephen Pierce presents FREE New Year’s Report From Stephen: Income Is The Outcome! posted at DTAlpha TalkBack with Stephen Pierce, saying, “This FREE REPORT will be the most important first reading for you for the new year… so I encourage you to read it immediately. In this report we will discuss the most overlooked secret to building massive financial success.”

John Crickett presents Can I Start A Business? posted at Business Opportunities And Ideas, saying, “John answers the question “can I start a business” by examining the data on small/home businesses in the UK.”

Louis Burns presents Crafting Mental Movies For Others posted at NLP Marketing Blog, saying, “This article is about not only visualizing your own goals but the experience you want other people to have as well.”

Kathleen Gaga presents Teleseminars – One of the Best Ways to Build Your Business and Your Revenues posted at Street Smarts Marketing & Promotions, saying, “Holding live workshops and seminars are a good way to build a business. However due to current economic trends, the traditional methods of holding and conducting workshops make it very difficult to execute and get participation. In addition, the costs involved in getting a venue, audio visual aids and providing refreshments for the participants make it quite expensive and there are many factors that could prevent the event from being successful and profitable. Learn why teleseminars are one of the best ways to build your business.”

Jeff Roh presents Home Business Ideas and Opportunities at posted at Secrets To My Success Online, saying, “Too many businesses fail to plan, which is nothing more than planning to fail. Don’t go wrong with these tips!”

Brian Terry presents 5 Hot Tips For A Big Selling Squeeze Page posted at Big Selling Website Design.

Sam presents NEW !! New Small Business Tax Tips. For Business Owners, Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs posted at Surfer Sam and Friends.

Sweet Success presents Best Work From Home Jobs posted at How To Work From Home, saying, “How to choose the best home based business for you – and why I decided to develop websites from home.”

Marie presents How to Tame Out of Control Business Cards posted at The Errand World of Personal Assistants, saying, “Small business owners receive a lot of business cards. Here’s a way to organize and store them in a meaningful way.”

Mike King presents Open Ended Questions Make Better Conversations posted at Learn This.

Helen Trump presents Slimy Internet Marketing Salesletters posted at Social Marketing by Michelle MacPhearson, saying, “Blog on how to effectively apply internet marketing through salesletters”

Thursday Bram presents Protect Your Business Information From Identity Theft posted at

Dan-O presents How to Make a Blog and Avoid Mistakes posted at beingpad, saying, “Blogging is the very best way to market your work at home business online. Learn mistakes you don’t want to make when setting up this critical Web-based aspect of your small business.”

Eras Mokei presents Create Your Elevator Speech posted at Integrity Business Blog by Terry Dean, saying, “Creating an elevator speech that you can use in just about any setting is a great way to market your business.”

Thursday Bram presents CPSIA Letter: Not the Result I’d Hoped For posted at Solo Mode.

Rich Vosler presents It Takes A Lifetime To Master Time posted at Sales Training Tips.

Fiona Lohrenz presents Why You Should Start A Day Care In A Recession posted at Child Care Only.

Dr. Rachna D. Jain presents Growing Your Business in the New Year posted at Sales and Marketing Secrets.

Michael Beck presents 5 Secrets To Powerful Chiropractic Ads posted at Chiropractic Marketing | Chiropractic Advertising, saying, “Follow these 5 steps to create effective advertising for any small business”

Elliott presents HOW TO: Build a Small but Powerful Network posted at Good Plum | Personal Develpment, Productivity & Attracting Success.

Melissa Cassera presents Top Things to Do for your Business in 2009 posted at Cassera Communications Blog.

Scott Mahler presents Tips for Creating a Successful Blog posted at JBerry Marketing Consultants, saying, “Blogging has been around for a while, but a lot of people still think of it as something people do to spout off random thoughts. Surf around the internet a bit, and you will see how wrong that thought is. Just about every business I know has either added a blog as a companion to their website, or they are in the process of doing it. But, many of them don’t know how to go about starting it, or helping it grow.”

Susan Tatum presents Simplify Your Marketing – Take Aim | Technology Marketing by Tatum Marketing posted at Technology Marketing by Tatum Marketing.

Shawn M. Driscoll presents Career Portfolio Planning: Your Key to Long Term Success posted at Shawn Driscoll.

Melissa Newby presents Balancing Diapers and Deadlines posted at Daycare News and Articles.

MWM presents 7 Steps to Eating an Elephant (or 7 Steps to Starting a Business) posted at Pizza For A Dream, saying, “Great list of 7 steps for starting a business.”

Robert Hazlewood presents How To Write A Business Plan posted at Ways to Survive Life.

Anja Merret presents What are you offering posted at marketing fundi, saying, “One of the biggest problems facing a new entrepreneur is deciding what service or product he is in actual fact offering to future customers. It really is not as straight forward as you might think.”

Dave Dunn presents The Importance of Creating an Email List – Why You Need To Build Trust posted at Dave Dunn, saying, “One of the first things you will hear when starting out in Internet Marketing is ‘the money’s in the list’. Yes that’s right folks, the money is in the list, and this will hold true for any business online. No matter whether you are selling information products or designer jewelry; you will not have much long-term success in online sales without having the email list to sell to.”


Tisha Tolar presents Overwhelming Workload – YES! You Can Do it! posted at Empowering Mom.

Will Edwards presents On Giving Up posted at Inspiration, saying, “There is no question about it, if you want to be successful on the internet, you need to be persistent. I think most people think they are persistent enough when they start out, but when they give-up, they demonstrate that they just are not.”

Kelly Sonora presents Top 100 Blogs For Small-Business Cost Cutting Inspiration posted at Web Design Schools Guide.


American Entrepreneurship presents Understanding the Functions of Management posted at American Entrepreneurship.

Great Management presents Sports And Business Have Much In Common posted at The GreatManagement Blog, saying, “Sports and business have much in common. Each is about teamwork, graft, discipline and success. And each can learn from each other by sharing knowledge of how best to get to the top.”

money & finance

Money Smart Life presents Incorporate Online With MyCorporation – Start Your Business For Free posted at Money Smart Life.

Insurance Toolbox presents Are You Self Employed? Get Inexpensive Health Insurance With Sam’s Club posted at Insurance Toolbox.

Shaun Connell presents The Get-Rich-Quick Lie posted at Financial Planning, saying, “Finally, someone explains -why- get rich quick schemes don’t work. I explain why it simply isn’t possible to get rich without -creating- something or finding a way to trade something of value. Basic business and economics… a must read for all internet marketers.”

apply4-credit presents Credit Cards Can Help Separate Your Personal From Your Business posted at Credit Card Applications Expert.

nickel presents How do Federal Income Tax Brackets Work? posted at

Destroy Debt presents Make Your Own Debt Reduction Plan posted at Destroy Debt.

Matthew Paulson presents Asking a Friend or Family Member For Money to Fund Your Business posted at American Consumer News.

Thursday Bram presents Tax Hacks » Blog Archive » Pre-Payment Makes for More Tax Deductions — Sometimes posted at Tax Hacks.

Jimson Lee presents Toll-free, Cheap or Free Conference Calls and Web Presentations posted at CRM Help Desk, saying, “How to Save Money on International Conference Calls and Web Presentations”

Credit Shout presents Consolidation of Higher APR’s, Worth the Hassle? posted at CreditShout.


Dave Cheong presents Bootstrapping Mobiusly posted at Mobiusly, saying, “Details the benefits of Bootstrapping a business and why embracing constraints can be advantageous.”

Doug Ragan presents How YOU Can Help Save The Economy posted at I’m A Pundit Too, saying, “Who’s going to save us from our failing economy? Do you really think that Congress can save both big business and you at the same time? It is obvious to everyone that the economy is in big time trouble. But what everyone doesn’t understand is how to put it back together. There is much debate about fixing the economy, bank bailouts (thanks Paulson), auto manufacturer bailouts (thanks Bush), freezing foreclosures (thanks Fannie), expansion of government programs that take jobs from the private sector(thanks Obama), the list goes on. One of the interesting things about this very long list is that it mostly seems to be about what the government can do to fix the economy, instead of what the individual can do. The government has a habit of trying to tell business what to do, then trying to prop business up to keep it from failing. This has created problems that won’t be fixed by more of the same. If you really want to talk about “Change” then you need to talk about what individuals can do to put the US economy back on track instead of what the government is going to attempt to do.”

The Dough Roller presents Small Business Credit Cards | Compare, Review, and Apply Online posted at The Dough Roller, saying, “Small business credit cards make it easy to keep business and personal expenses separate, and come with industry leading rewards such as 0 APR and unlimited rewards.”

online business

Diane Corriette presents Want an easy and low cost way to make money online? Get yourself a blog posted at Online business building with blogs, podcasts and membership sites, saying, “If you are looking for an easy and low cost way to make money online then a blog is one of the easiest ways to get started. Relatively low cost to get started (all you need is a good hosting provider and a domain name) and easy to set up/maintain running your own blog is definitely low investment costs and high potential return”

Jack S. Keifer presents The Ten Commandments For a Stable Internet Business posted at Jack S. Keifer.

Todd Johnson presents Blogging and Social Bookmarking For Maximum Traffic posted at Internet Business And Traffic Generation Blog.

Tushar presents A List of 100 Top Directories posted at TUSHARVICKKIE, saying, “Directories are an important way to obtain a valuable link back to a website. Directories are not maintained by software tools, or run by search engine spiders, but rather Human Editors, which makes them unique. Now continuing from the last post, here one can find the list of top 100 web directories. Here is the list of top 100 web directories.”

Scott Mahler presents SEO and Your Website: How Does it Work? posted at Datex Media, saying, “Got a website or a blog? If so, than you are at least familiar with the term SEO, or search engine optimization. It has become an integral part of any web design, especially if it’s for a business. So we all know it’s important, but many people are still confused as to exactly what it is or how it works. Because of this confusion, many businesses hire companies that claim to be SEO experts, and often times, they are making lofty promises and charging even loftier prices for their service.”

sales & marketing

Tushar Mathur presents Do your Marketing Emails look like SPAM? posted at Build Websites & Start a Business, saying, “Spam is a bigger and bigger problem nowadays. Recently Ralph Wilson, Paul Myers, and other Net marketing gurus have written about the problems that spam is causing honest, hard working Net marketers.”

Dr Martin Russell presents Word of Mouth Marketing For Small Business posted at Word of Mouth Marketing, saying, “I just finished speaking with a woman who runs her own studio. She contacted me because she realized one thing. She has lots of happy client …But She Is Getting ZERO Referrals!”

Paul Gallion presents GUARANTEED Commissions of at Least $125 Within 24 Hours posted at Paul Gallion.


Marcus Hochstadt presents Using A CMS For A Content-Rich Website posted at Marcus Hochstadt, saying, “Marcus describes how he migrated one of his static HTML sites into a Content Management System. Which platform did he choose and why?”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the small and home business carnival using our carnival submission form.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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