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February 10, 1999
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The Funny Things EP Kids Say & Do!
A Promotional Opportunity for EPs
EP Times -- An Editorial
What's It Worth?
Making Money Matters
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THE FUNNY THINGS EP KIDS SAY & DO!
Submitted by EPnews Subscriber,
Jeralynn Burke ([email protected]):
My husband sometimes travels for his job. He had to go on a trip
and my three year old daughter asked me where Daddy was. I told
her that he
had to go to Georgia to do some work.
My daughter paused for a moment
and then asked (in the most serious tone of
voice!), "Like Georgia the Jungle?"
Share with the EP Community something your child said or did
made you smirk, giggle, or LOL. Send your submission via e-mail
[email protected] with the subject heading "A Funny
Thing My EP Kid
Said (or Did)". 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
Funny Things Kids Say" @ http://en-parent.com/familybooks.htm.
stressed-out EP days, you'll be glad you did!
A PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR EPs!
Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurial
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triumphs in the legendary, uplifting, Chicken Soup for the Soul
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1999...so EPs -- start writing!
TIMES -- AN EDITORIAL
"Taking Time to Relax...and
© 1999 by Lisa Roberts
Friday night at the Roberts household
is "Take Time to Relax" night. With
weekends being just as busy as weekdays for us, if we don't make
mandatory at least once a week it just won't happen.
I first got my inspiration for
Friday nights from a little book I bought
for my daughter long ago, called (naturally) "Take Time
to Relax" by Nancy
Carlson. It's about two parents and their daughter who are busy
every night, weekday-in and weekend-out. Their "enriching"
cooking, aerobic, tennis, swimming, computer classes and more,
to their career and academic obligations. Saturdays are filled
from dawn to dusk and by Sundays they are all pooped out to move.
It isn't until this family is
snowed in -- and absolutely can't go anywhere
-- that they "take time to relax," enjoying each other's
and simple. The book served as a warning to me not to sign my
myself) up for too many activities, less we grow apart rather
as the years pass by.
EPs in particular need to be
cautious about warding off activity overload.
Because we work at home and are physically on the homefront,
to volunteer for our children's school events is strong. While
to take advantage of our physical locale by attending daytime
(such as plays, concerts, holiday parties, etc.), we should be
to lead up too many of them if the time commitment will compete
For myself, I have taken the
year off from all volunteer commitments for
the first time in ten years. Even so, my kids are as busy as
AFTER dropping Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts from their schedules).
daughter (age11) attends religious class, piano and basketball,
involved (by choice) in community service, sign language and
a math team.
My son (age 8), has religious class, piano and basketball, plus
the Mind." Between these after-school activities, homework,
bedtime rituals, we have a no-TV, no-computer-games during weekdays
rule to keep them focused.
Which brings me back to our Friday
"Take Time to Relax" tradition of a
video, pizza and no-shower-tonight policy. By week's end the
kids are more
than ready to veg out in front of the TV screen, and lately I've
hit on a
treasure trove of entertainment I'd like to share. Old movie
Nothing beats clean, simple fun (OK, I admit, my husband purposely
come home from work until the closing credits of the so-called
movie, but the rest of us consider it fun!). To top it all off,
morning chores now have a new sound that will be eternally etched
collective family memory. I mean, which one of us will ever forget:
"Mess maker, mess maker,
make me a mess!" (from Fiddler on the Roof's
"Matchmaker", sung by the older kids to their little
brother Thomas); or
"If you want your Tinky
Winky, Dipsy, La-La and Po...just leave everything
to me!" (from Hello Dolly's opening song, with "TeleTubby"
names stuck in
to fill the can't-understand-what-she's-saying void); and
"What's playing at Rox City?
I'll tell you what's playing at Rox City! A
guy meets a doll and trips on his shoes, that's what's playing
City!" (from Guys & Dolls signature song, another improvisational
"Melissa....I just met a
girl named Melissa..." (from West Side Story's
"Maria," the day after my oldest son met the new girl
down the block...)
This week, try a musical on your
kids for size. See how it fits. After all,
with such entertaining musical interpretations that could last
filling the house with cheer and chuckle, what more can you ask
Lisa Roberts is the mother of four, Co-Founder of The Entrepreneurial
Parent and the author of "How to Raise A Family & A
Career Under One Roof:
A Parent's Guide to Home Business." For more info on her
book, go to
"My Thrifty Valentine"
by deB Sechrist
I love Valentine's Day. It's
a great opportunity to see how cheaply I can
express my affections! <g> Seriously, it's pretty easy
to go overboard and
spend away -- the retailers count on getting at least a card
sale out of
every one of us. And those heart-shaped boxes are hard to resist.
you're on a tight budget, it's best to ignore the ads and give
from the heart without draining the wallet. Here are some ideas
inspire an inexpensive but romantic Valentine:
---> Make your own cards:
on the computer, with construction paper, or by
recycling old cards on a poster.
---> Send a virtual card from one of the many online greeting
---> Make a love coupon book offering hugs, back rubs, kisses,
or do a
chore that the recipient usually does.
---> Make a special dinner and serve it by candelight.
---> Lead your valentine on a note chase: leave little notes
lead them all over the house to find you at the end with a kiss,
a hug or ?
(use your imagination!).
---> Write a love letter expressing your affection, liberally
cologne and send it to them thru the mail.
---> Bake a heart cake (one square pan, one circle pan --
cut the circle in
half and place beside the top two sides of the square when set
platter like a diamond).
---> Trade off babysitting with another family so both couples
have a few
Cards, candy and jewelry are
all very nice, but the most romantic gesture
is the gift of your time. This year, Valentine's Day is on a
turn off the computer, close the office door and spend time with
ones. Whether you watch a movie, take a walk, go out to dinner
or just read
the Sunday paper together, you can find ways to enjoy the time
and let your
family know that they all have a special place in your heart.
deBorah Sechrist is the mother of three, Co-Founder of The Entrepreneurial
Parent and owner of deBweB, a web design business. Find out more
MAKING MONEY MATTERS
Being available to your kids
and managing a career under one roof sounds to
many like the best of both worlds, but without pulling in some
income what's all the effort for? Making Money Matters! This
week Joi M.
Lasnick of My ParenTime shares her marketing tips with us. You
Joi at [email protected],
or on the Web at http://www.myparentime.com.
1. In a 2-3 sentence statement, explain what your home business
including your target market and "mission statement."
I am the owner/administrator
of My ParenTime, an Internet Web site at
that aims to inform, educate and entertain its
Internet community. Our mission is to inform Internet visitors
anything and everything! Our theme is mainly about parenting,
include information for everyone.
2. What are the most popular
products and/or services you sell? How much
do you sell them for (or what's your hourly rate), and how did
you find the
right price/fee schedule for them?
I have gathered many products
and services for My ParenTime during its
existence. All of them were found through Internet searching.
popular service we offer is our free Internet greeting cards.
From our site
you can send a greeting card to anyone who has an email address.
cards are a great service to offer Internet visitors...and it's
a great way
to keep them coming back! We also offer other free services,
among them a
college information area and a listing of free catalogs to order.
affiliated with many stores, but I'd have to say that eToys (toys)
Amazon.com (books & music) are the most popular. My ParenTime
does not sell
its own products, and does not make its own prices. We get commissions
select services used (free and fee-based services), and products
purchased through our affiliated stores.
3. What are *your* favorite products
and/or services? Why do you like to
My personal favorite service
is the greeting cards (they're a great way to
brighten someone's day!). My other favorite service is provided
you can find out so much if you're looking for car
information. You can compare prices and styles of cars, safety
and order new car brochures...all at your fingertips! A favorite
that we sell is magazines. We offer a wide variety of titles,
and deals of
up to 80% off retail prices!
4. Tell us a bit about your marketing
campaign. When did you start
noticing your first sales (after which marketing technique),
efforts have you noticed yield the greatest results, and how
do you make
your first contact and subsequent sales (via online, phone, fax,
I usually contact others via
email, since this is the easiest way for me.
My first job is taking care of my 3 yr old daughter, so I usually
of my work late at night after everyone's bedtime. People usually
about My ParenTime through word-of-mouth and from other websites.
I spend a
lot of time emailing others to visit My ParenTime, and I find
type of direct contact works for me. I noticed my first sales
after my Web
site became listed among other popular sites. The more visitors
the more chance there is that someone will either buy something
or make use
of one of our services (from which some of those I make a commission
also join any partner program that I think My ParenTime's visitors
enjoy or be able to make use of. I send out a monthly update
informs my subscribers of the latest updates at My ParenTime
listed, new services & products, new articles & polls,
etc.). Keeping my
site updated for visitors lets them know in a way that I care
which keeps them wanting to come back again and again.
5. Any additional comments are
I think the most important tip
for someone starting their own business is
that persistence pays off. Write out a plan, stick with it, and
anything or anyone tell you it isn't good enough. It also helps
if you like
what you're doing. It's hard enough to work at a business that
but if you don't like what you're doing, it's much easier to
Have a question? It may already
be answered in 1 of the 16 EP Expert Q&A
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We'll be glad
to help you out if we can!
Q. I have an idea for a part-time
business at home. I would like to employ
independent contractors, specifically moms at home, to assist
mothers have it all (with a little help of course). I already
have a craft
business that is under the name of Marketplace Promotions. I
name so that it could possibly cover a few ideas that I might
have. I hope
this is legal. Anyway, I would like to call this personal service
working mothers "MOM", meaning "Moms on the Move."
The personal services
would include: 1) Kid transport; 2) Meal preparing; 3) House
Elderly services; 5) Personal Shopper; 6) Laundry services 7)
Catering Services; and 8) New Mothers services. I would like
to know how to
begin this venture. I believe this is a good idea but am in desperate
of guidance. Please HELP!!!!
A. Dear Entrepreneurial Colleague:
Congratulations! You have enough
good ideas here for eight different
Your task now is to narrow down
your ideas to the top two. You'll need to
determine which of your ideas comes with strong, built-in customer
and then analyze this potential market for its size and ability
among other things. Because as you are probably aware "
just because you
have a good idea, doesn't mean you have a business".
Conduct market research, perhaps
forming a focus group of local moms, to
find out which services they'd be most interested in. Find out
these would be services associated with newborn care, or with
the Pre-K to 6th grade, for example. Faced with several strong
possibilities, you can then choose the one that most appeals
to you, or
that most closely complements your skills and interests.
Then figure out where people
would be most likely to hear about the
service: a grocery store, the hospital, a PTA newsletter? Start
inexpensive marketing first, rather than advertising in the local
Yellow Pages.Let word-of-mouth and community marketing tactics
work for you
during your start-up phase.
Starting a business is challenging
enough; adding employees into the mix at
the starting gate can make it difficult to focus your energies
they're most needed. Before you think seriously about hiring,
you may want
to think about starting your business as a solo enterprise, or
partner, laying the groundwork, then adding contract or part-time
your business grows.
Line up your support team now.
Interview prospective bookkeepers, attorneys
and so forth now. (For example: child and elderly transport may
liability exposure, and the need for insurance.) Then when you
services, you'll know where to turn.
You will also want to make sure
you've done your business-planning
homework. There are any number of good books and audio programs
market today designed to help you navigate the finer points of
launching a new venture.
And last but not least, make
sure you avail yourself of the excellent help
available to you through the US government and its small business
Get familiar with the US Small Business Administration; they
toll-free Answer Desk number (800 U ASK SBA), free and low cost
that address all manner of business start-up questions, and a
site that is a must-see for all solo entrepreneurs at http://www.sba.gov.
You will also want to get acquainted
with SCORE, the Service Corp of
Retired Executives, a program partner with the SBA. They offer
business counseling services, among other things, both online
offices throughout the US. Call 800 634-0245 or visit http://www.score.org.
We hope these suggestions will
help you in your planning and lead you to
some top-notch resources. We wish you much success with your
Terri Lonier is the creator of the award-winning Working Solo
offering independent entrepreneurs comprehensive information
through books, audio tapes and workshops. To learn more about
go to http://www.workingsolo.com;
to ask her a question, go to <<http://en-
A brand new site at http://www.fordads.com
...For Dads who are looking for
something to do with their kids online; or who want to help their
learn; or who are new Dads or are expecting to be new Dads; or
looking for a place where they can feel good about being Dads;
or who are
looking for some tips, tools and tricks to help them be better
Dads; or who
could use a little bit of inspiration or motivation; or who would
make their time more productive so that they have more time to
WAHMfest '99...here are the details:
WAHMfest' is a free, day-long
event which will bring moms face-to-face with
business opportunities and helpful business resources all in
to network, learn and grow. It will take place Saturday, March
13, at the
Hiddenbrook Homeowners Clubhouse in Herndon, Virginia, from 11
a.m. to 5
p.m. We believe that the role of "mother" is the proudest
occupation in the
world. However, we also understand, from experience, that moms
something "for themselves" -- and many have a desire
to feel that they are
contributing materially to their family's well-being. WAHMfest
dedicated to helping moms stay at home with their children and
able to fulfill their own needs, as well.
If you are interested in participating
in WAHMfest, feel free to visit our
website at http://www.wahmfest.org,
e-mail [email protected]
or call (703)
742-6694 for more information.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT EP
You asked for it -- now it's
here! Check out the new EP members by Business
Category list at http://www.en-parent.com/mbrbiz.htm. Networking
For those of you who get ZDTV
on your cable channel, you might have caught
Lisa Roberts today (Wed., 2/10/99, 7:10 p.m. PST) on their "Call
show. With a nifty new Netcam camera installed in her PC, she
was able to
be interviewed live by just talking straight into her computer
you missed it, you can catch the substance of the show by visiting:
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feel very strongly that you and deB are providing a very much
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