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How I Started
My Color Scanning Business
by Annie Douglas
I began a business in computer
scanning last Spring after receiving a color scanner as a Christmas
gift. But more important, I saw a need for this kind of service
in our area. I also wanted a little extra income yet be able
to continue to stay at home mom with our twins.
We live in a small rural town
and the closest business that would do computer scanning was
about 30 minutes away -- and they charged an exorbitant amount
for their scanning service. I knew that many people in our area
were adding computers to their homes and many wanted to get a
web page up or just send photos to relatives via email.
My set up began with an application
for a service vendors licence and registering the name of my
business. Your local or county municipal building should have
these forms. Next I worked up a pricing schedule and set up forms
that the clients would have to fill out; this included a disclaimer
for copyrighted materials. I designed a simple web page with
all of this information and printed up business cards as well
as fliers for advertising at local computer shops and bulletin
boards. Later I purchased floppy disks for sending clients their
Total cost for my set up (including:
scanner, licences, fliers, business cards, software to manipulate
pictures and floppy disks ) was approximately $450.00.
I advertised all over the Internet,
including message boards, our local ISP classifieds and local
town classifieds. I posted fliers at local computer shops and
Since I am a stay-at home mom
I am usually busy with "mom" stuff during he day, so
most of the work I do for my business occurs after the kids go
to bed and on weekends.
Advice for new WAH moms:
- Set realistic financial and
- Review your plans with your
accountant, attorney and insurance agent.
- Talk over goals and plans with
your spouse and see how he can help with achieving those goals.
Be sure to thank your husband for helping in these areas. I wouldn't
be able to do what I do if it weren't with the help of my wonderful
- Plan one chunk of time each
week to devote to your business and get a sitter if needed to
come to the house.
- If you have to work every day
on your business, set limits for your time. It's so easy to get
caught up with work and forget about meals, cleaning and your
- Try not to feel guilty about
the time you put into your business. I know I fall prey to this
very often. I think of it as my mentally stimulating exercise
for the day!
- Lastly, keep your priorities
in line! My family always comes first, no matter how busy my
business gets. I know that the time that my children are young
and at home is very short :-)
- Annie Douglas is the owner of Douglas
Computer Services, featuring fast, affordable scanning.
You can reach her via e-mail, [email protected]
or her web site, http://pages.sssnet.com/dtwins/scan/