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January 26, 2000
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- The Funny Things EP Kids Say
What's It Worth? -- "Frugal Resources"
EP Expert Q&As
What's Happening at EP
Oxygen Media Spotlight
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THE FUNNY THINGS EP KIDS SAY & DO!
Submitted by EPnews Subscriber,
At bed time my 10-year old and
I have a "mom moment." This is a quiet time of
snuggles and "How did your day go?" before prayers.
(I found that asking a
second time at bed time I'll get some direct and surprising answers
than the, "Fine Mom" I get after school.) Last night
Nick, my son, was
telling me about his math class. He suddenly burst out with the
theme music. This isn't a show we watch so I asked him where
he'd heard it.
He looks at me and states, "Mom, I learn more than math
in math class!"
Why work at home? So you can hear the funny things your EP Kids
throughout the day. Share with the EP Community something your
or did recently that made you smirk, giggle, or LOL. Send your
via e-mail to:[email protected].
And if you need a stockpile of smiles
to get you through your EP day, pick up your own heartwarming
copy of Grace
Housholder's "The Funny Things Kids Say":
stressed-out EP days, you'll be glad you did!
WHAT'S IT WORTH?
by deB Sechrist
Each time I finish a What's It
Worth article, I find myself wishing I had a
better way to help EP's keep their financial balance. A list
of links here,
an idea thrown out there, but not the full scope of what seems
to be needed.
As an EP I know that many of you want information about how to
meet, how to adjust from two salaries down to one, how to keep
afloat when business is slow or plans go awry. So we've put together
Resource Center to help you find the information you need to
live a frugal
lifestyle that fits for you and your family.
The EP Frugal Living Resource
Center features articles and essays by EP
Experts and member contributors, a list of weblinks and newsletters
forum to share your tips. Many of you have learned from hard
to buy certain items or which substitute item will work and which
Frugal Forum is a place where you can share that information,
and someone is
bound to benefit! There are only a few tips posted so far, but
we hope you'll
drop by and take a look around, maybe even take a moment to share
favorite tip with us.
Visit the new Center at:
and be sure to drop us a line to let us know what you think!
deB Sechrist is the mother of three, Webmanager of The Entrepreneurial
Parent, LLC and owner of deBweB, a web design business. Find
out more about
deB at http://www.en-parent.com/webdsn.htm.
EP EXPERT Q&As
Have a question? Our EP Expert
Panel is available to all EPnews Subscribers.
Visit them at <http://en-parent.com/experts.com>. If your
already answered on our site, then send it in to: [email protected]
They'll be glad to help you out if they can!
Q. I currently own & operate
an auto cleaning/detailing business to which I
would like to add a house cleaning service. This would be a "shoe-in"
business & may even replace the auto cleaning part, which
affected. I am seeking info as to the most efficient way start
& operate the
house cleaning business. Whatever data you can supply me with
greatly appreciated. Thanks.
A. Finding complementary -- or
"shoe-in" -- businesses that naturally fit
with your existing enterprise is a great way to grow your company.
do you (hopefully) already have a clutch of satisfied clients
who might be
game to hire your new business, they might be willing to refer
you to others.
No matter the business, growing it along complementary lines
is an important
growth strategy. Congratulations.
Now, as for finding resources
and information to launch the business, ample
resources exist. Assuming you already know how to run a business
gained from your time in auto detailing), next you have to learn
how to do
the house cleaning work. The easiest way would be to learn by
anyone who already employs a housekeeper? If so, spend a day
or morning with
that person on the job, picking their insights, watching them
maybe even helping out. Find out what products they prefer and
why. Do they
supply their own or require the client carry their preferred
they supply their own, do they buy them in bulk at a wholesale
Costco or Sam's?
If you don't know anyone who
already employs a cleaning service (and even if
you do), go online to learn more. I just did a Yahoo! search
"Housecleaning service" and found seven sites. If you
have Internet access,
go online and do your own search. Contact those outside your
market and pick
their brains, asking the same questions as above.
As for marketing, get some of
your auto detailing clients to agree to provide
referrals, if needed. Then, using your PC or Mac, create a little
can photocopy and distribute, and saturate the neighborhood with
of putting them *in* mailboxes; it's against the law). Go to
Office Depot and
get some business cards made up (around $10 a thousand). Give
them out like
Finally, see if you can register
with an "infomediary" like iMandi.com, which
steers business queries -- for everything from travel to contracting
housecleaning services -- to companies that have registered with
They'll steer any leads based on geography and bid specifications.
Congratulations on your ingenuity
to branch out. Good luck. Here's to a
Prosperous Millennium & Keep Goin' SOHO!
Jeff Zbar, is our EP Dad Expert and is known as the "Chief
He's an 11-year-veteran home-based freelance journalist specializing
work-at-home, teleworking, alternative officing and small business
technology, communications and motivational. Jeff writes the
office feature for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, is a contributing
to Home Office Computing and Entrepreneur's Home Office, and
is a monthly
columnist for Writer's
Digest. He is the author of Home Office Know-How (Upstart Publishing,
a tips book on working from home and teleworking, Your Profitable
Business Made E-Z (on CD-ROM from Made E-Z Products, Inc., 1999),
Office Success Stories, a free ezine on working from home
Jeff ([email protected]),
and his wife and
three young children live in suburban Fort Lauderdale, Fla
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT EP
New Resource Center:
Check out our new Frugal Living
Resource Center at
, where you'll find
information and resources for living on a tight budget and making
the most of
your time and money. Learn how to break down cultural conditioning
change old attitudes and habits, and train your family to conserve
resources. Share your experiences and tips with others, read
experts and friends, and follow the web links to find a whole
resources and ideas.
EP Gift Basket Contest:
Only a few days left to enter
the January EP Contest! Win an EP Gift Basket
full of your choices of goods and services totalling $100. To
the survey question at http://www.en-parent.com/contest.htm
Let's Get It Together is hosting
the 2nd Annual Online Organizing Expo on
March 22, 2000. The Virtually Organized Expo will be held in
"Clutter Awareness Week," March 20-24. This free, all-day
expo will begin at
12:01 a.m. and continue until 12:00 p.m. The expo functions as
a resource to
help people get (and stay) organized. It will provide everything
teleclasses to live chats, streaming audio and video recordings
seminars, and articles. You'll be exposed to several well-known
professional organizers, authors, and event planners. Just to
name a few of the participating experts:
***Lisa Kanarek, author &
professional organizer, Organizing Your Home Office
***Lisa Roberts, author and entrepreneur, Raising a Family and
***Sunny Schenger, author and professional organizer, How to
Be Organized in
Spite of Yourself
***Kathy Peel, author, The Family Manager's Everyday Survival
Debbie Williams, founder and
owner of Let's Get It Together, has teamed up
with sponsors such as Bella-Online.net and GuidryNews.com to
another exciting year of resources that will help you get organized,
stress, and balance your life.
For more information about the
upcoming 2nd Annual Online Organizing Expo
(Virtually Organized), contact Debbie Williams directly by phone:
286-9512; by e-mail: [email protected];
or visit the Let's Get It
Together website at http://www.organizedtimes.com.
A Nationwide Search for the Most Unusual Home Office!
Is your home office located poolside,
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Whether you're a homemaker, home
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TX 75230. The winner will be announced on March 14, National
Home Office Day. Full contest details available at www.homeofficelife.com.
For questions about the contest, please contact Lisa Kanarek
(214) 361-0556 or [email protected].
New Sites to See:
TechEmployment.com -- for high
Children Doc -- pediatric advice
InaQuest, an administrative resource that is an online system
and promotional needs.
Womansdesktop -- Information and support for women
A Few Women's Conference Announcements:
Feminist Expo 2000 -- March 31 - April 2, 2000
Women.future Conference on April 5, 2000
EMA 2000 -- 2nd Emerging Markets International Fair, Sept. 20-22,
OXYGEN MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
Will you be watching the Super
Bowl this weekend?? Look for word about
Oxygen's new cable channel launching on select cable carriers
nation on February 2, 2000 (02/02!). And of course, don't forget
Lisa Roberts at Oxygen any time at:
and stop in for Lisa's weekly
chat open to ALL Entrepreneurial Parents on
Monday nights, 10:00 p.m. EST at:
We look forward to "seeing"
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