- EPnews -- from The Entrepreneurial
a work-family resource for home-based entrepreneurs
- Volume 3, Issue 8
September 22, 1999
- **SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY
- (EPnews was first launched
Sept. 23, 1998)
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The Funny Things EP Kids Say
EP Times -- An Editorial
What's It Worth?
Making Money Matters
More Funny Things EP Kids Say!
Letter from the Co-Founders
**NEW** Member Voices
EP Expert Q&As
Special Discounts/Contests for EPs
What's Happening at EP
Editorial Note: **NEW** EP is
moving from a weekly to a monthly update to
make room in our schedules for the National Association of Entrepreneurial
Parents (NAEP). EPnews will now be published and distributed
on the second
or third Wednesdays of every month, year-round, and The Entrepreneurial
Parent at http://www.en-parent.com
will be updated (with new content,
member info, Expert Q&As, book reviews, etc.) during the
first week of each
month. See "Letter from the Co-Founders" in Part II
of this Anniversary
Issue for further detail!
THE FUNNY THINGS EP KIDS SAY & DO!
Submitted by Karen Hertzberg
), an EPNews
subscriber who busily works away at building her online writers'
Coffeehouse for Writers (http://www.coffeehouse4writers.com):
My 4 year old son, Ian, set up
an elaborate display of cars and airplanes
on the dining room table and was pretending to be "making
a movie." 18
month old sister, Shayla, watched with interest. She climbed
onto a chair
and looked curiously at the movie "set" her brother
had built. Suddenly,
with one swoop of her little arm, she flung all the cars and
planes off the
table onto the floor and giggled maniacally.
Before I could say a word to
discipline her, Ian shouted, "Hey! That's not
in the script. You are OUT of this movie!"
Share with the EP Community something
your child said or did recently that
made you smirk, giggle, or LOL. Send your submission via e-mail
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!
In mid-October, 1999, Oxygen
Media -- an Internet and TV media company in
which Oprah Winfrey has a partnership interest in -- is launching
of their new women's web sites with a big splash! Lisa is currently
process of preparing content for their business and finance site,
ka-Ching.com, and will continue to do so on a weekly basis after
launch. She would love to throw the spotlight on EPs on an ongoing
This new EPnews column is here
for just that. This is where she'll put out
a call for tips, advice, resources, profile possibilities, etc.
Home Office column. If you are interested in getting your name
out there, with possible hyperlinks to your web sites from Lisa's
then you'll want to keep an eye out right here...
This month Lisa's looking for
tips on taking quick breaks when you work at
home -- fun, stress-reducing, refresher breaks (i.e. NOT folding
that help you return to your desk either physically or intellectually
rejuvenated. Breaks could involve the kids, your spouse, a neighbor,
friend, relative, pet or just yourself, and the more creative
Please send your tip, along with
your full name, business name, email
address and web site URL to: "AMOM
[email protected]" with the subject heading
"Take 5". Deadline: Monday, 9/27/99. Thank you!
-- AN EDITORIAL
"Rock Solid Love"
© 1999, Lisa M. Roberts
New year, new classes, new teachers,
new book bags, new sneakers, new
agenda, new workload, new work schedule, new work goals. As an
EP, my work
life shifts to the rhythm of school life, and each school year
transitions and milestones with it. Right now, on the cusp of
millenium -- and a full year after the launch of EP as an Internet
community -- I feel perched on top a small mountain looking forward,
looking backward, looking up, looking down. I know it will just
moment before I descend back into the nitty-gritty day-in, day-out
all, but for this moment I do see a panaromic view of life...even
life...swirling around me...
In this corner of the country
Hurricane Floyd swept us all into the new
school year with theatrical momentum, peaking with an ominous
air of high
drama last Thursday night, a school delay Friday morning, and
glorious wind welcoming the weekend in. Fortunately, as a family
we are now
basking in the wake of that glorious wind as every child is successfully
transitioning into the rhythm of the new year, but it was definitely
stormy first couple of weeks of school. And now that the air
has cleared a
bit, a whole new perspective has settled in for all of us.
First, my 12-year old daughter
caught herself a cold with her first big
homework assignment and worked herself up into a day-long sneezing
school ("Mom, it was so embarrassing!"). She couldn't
seem to get herself a
good night's sleep all week until I yielded and kept her home
one day to
"catch up." Then, to pull my youngest son *away* from
his first classroom
during pre-school orientation brought on a scene I'd rather not
discuss...(let's just say the screech-whine is still ringing
in my ear).
Finally, we received a call from our fourth grade son's teacher
that he had
been acting up all week and landed himself in the principal's
week of school!), working himself up into a frenzy of fears and
After long talks with the teacher, principal, each other and
our son, my
husband and I were able to get him to stop "sweating the
small stuff" and
focus on the bigger issues, and now he's back on track. Against
backdrop of back to school turmoil I have begun my new position
as the "Home
Office Expert" and weekly columnist for a new media company
for women. With
all of us stepping in and out of each other's new fall schedules,
quite an adjustment.
Last week in the middle of all
this I had a dream about my late father that
couldn't have been more symbolic if I pulled it out of my consciousness.
was one of those dreams where you are watching yourself in action
commenting on the sidelines (like Scrooge and his ghosts). In
this dream I
was watching from a distance (with someone at my side, don't
while my father and I were working on a kind of exercise together.
standing on the ledge of a cliff, where he had tied one end of
around his waist and the other around mine. The "exercise"
had me jumping
off the cliff, swinging myself around the edge of the mountain
working with my father as he pulled me back up by tugging on
the rope. He
was coaching and encouraging me, and I felt myself getting stronger
time I jumped, doing it over and over again until I "got
it right." Then
suddenly I saw from a distance that he was getting weaker, and
looked at him closely I saw that he was physically ill, as he
before he died last summer. I realized he would only have the
pull me back up one last time. Before I jumped, I hugged him
said, "Even when you can't pull me up anymore, I will still
Days after the dream I was driving
my son William home from a birthday
party, just the two of us in the van. William spotted my perturbed
the rear view mirror and asked if there was something wrong.
I happened to
be deep in thought over the dream, and so I shared it with him
By the time I finished I was in tears and said, "And that's
what I want you
to remember too, William. If ever you feel like you're jumping
off into the
unknown, into a scary place, remember you are not alone. Your
father and I
are here for you, no matter what. We'll work with you to pull
you back to a
William was quiet for awhile
and I wondered how much he had understood what
I was trying to say, what my dream symbolized. Finally, my ever-practical,
ever-grounded, ever-perceptive child said, "Mommy, that
must have REALLY
been a DREAM, because if you jumped off a cliff with a rope attached
both you and Grandpa, then Grandpa would have fallen off too."
thought some more and added, "Unless Grandpa was a rock."
Well yes, William, he was --
and still is. You do understand. A parent's
love is rock solid. It is strong and steady and unmoving, and
a child who
is connected to a parent with a love so solid could throw himself
thrown off an emotional cliff and still feel intact. He could
and still feel secure, he could leap without pulling everyone
with him. Even now I look for my father in my everyday life,
I find him in the spaces between science and faith, awareness
memory and foresight. Sometimes I find him in my pre-schooler's
brow and in my pre-teen's hand wave as she laughs off a comment,
or in the
wind and sunlight behind a tree's green summer leaves, or sometimes
the tip of my voice or in the curve of my fingers as I type.
always I feel my father with me when I need him to be, and not
he passed on from this earthly world have I ever felt abandoned.
It's as if
the rope between us is as strong as ever.
Now I look around me and see
the rope that is tied from my waist to each of
my children's. When Jessica develops a cold under the spell of
stress, I find myself tugging on that rope. When William swells
feelings of social or intellectual incompetency -- even though
beside him on every turn -- I tug. When Jimmy gasps for air during
asthmatic episode, or when a friend plays push-pull (you're my
friend--you're not my friend) with him, I tug. And when Thomas
falls out of
his bed in mid-night, or can't find the words to express a fear
frustration, I tug yet again. This is what I can give to them,
it is what
my father and mother gave to me. As children we don't quite see
from the top, but as adults we can see it all. On the top of
mountains we learn that the jump-pull, love-tug exercise we worked
our parents all those years did indeed make us strong, and that
we in turn
can coach our children to build emotional endurance too, bit
As Entrepreneurs may each of
us jump into our challenges with confidence
and skill, and as Parents may we pull our children up with commitment,
conviction and compassion. And when we are jumping purposefully
unknown at the same time we are pulling others through theirs,
remember that after the storm comes extraordinary fresh air...and
look for it, a clear view from the top as well.
is the mother of four, Web Producer 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." Copies of her
book are available for purchase at: http://en-parent.com/order.htm
through Amazon, at:
© by deB Sechrist
When I first started this column
a year ago, I had in mind to discuss the
psychology of saving, frugal living and money in general. Well,
did a better job at it than I did <g> and I agree with
her message. At
least, I think I do. I haven't really read her book, I only listened
part of her seminar on public TV while working on the computer.
EP's, I just haven't had time.
Although I'm still into saving
money, recycling, couponing, DIY and all
that, I've found that one of the most valuable commodities in
my life is
time. There's no question that many of the ways to save money
more time. Saving time is really what our high-powered commercial
engine is all about. It seems that we often have to choose between
time or saving money, we can't have both.
When faced with these choices,
we then have to ask ourselves, What's it
Worth? When things are going well financially, we can sometimes
saving time option and feel good about making that choice. But
families just don't have the luxury of that choice; saving money
only possible option. And when life's time is just so full of
geared toward saving money (and struggling to make money), it
overwhelming. Very difficult to keep up the pace: difficult to
keep up the
positive attitude necessary to be successful.
Many of us are pioneering the
EP movement and finding that it's a lot more
challenging than we had imagined. We expected to tighten our
belts, but are
surprised at how little time we have to make it all work. Over
the next few
months I'll be focusing on ways to manage and save time. Have
you BTDT as a
struggling EP? Your input, ideas, or experiences are welcome
-- just send
an email to [email protected]
with the subject heading Time. Looking
forward to your comments!
Sechrist is the mother of three, Webmanager 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
Member Anne Ramstetter Wenzel, EP to 4 children (ages 6-18),
marketing tips with us. You can contact her at:
Anne Ramstetter Wenzel
2240 Camino a los Cerros
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Please note: If you'd like to
submit a contribution for an upcoming issue,
email: [email protected]
with the subject heading "MMM Survey," and
we'll send you our survey!
1. In a 2-3 sentence statement, explain what your home business
including your target market and "mission statement."
Econosystems is an applied economics
and research services firm I founded
in April of 1999. My target markets are small businesses, research
and independent consultants. My mission is to help busy entrepreneurs
professionals complete research and writing projects (including
presentations and promotional writing) so that they can concentrate
time on running their businesses.
2. What kind of work did you
do before becoming an EP? What skills,
interests, talents and/or experience are you applying from your
history to your new business?
Before becoming an EP I had worked
for 14 years as an economist for SRI
Consulting in Menlo Park, CA,doing primarily research, writing
in economics. I also worked as a credit supervisor, credit authorizer
salesperson for Macy's California, so I have many years of customer
experience as well. I apply my ability to track down data and
-- on the Internet and published sources -- to Econosystems'
Services. My experience writing reports ranging in size from
4 to over 100
pages applies directly to my publication services and promotional
writing. I really enjoyed my experience working in customer service,
am so excited that I can now apply those skills to my own customers!
also enjoy teaching and training, and hope to use these skills
this fall in a new seminar service featuring "Hot Topics"
I'm currently planning a luncheon where I'll speak on the topic
Russian Banking Scandal.
3. 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
right price/fee schedule for them?
My most popular service is my
publication services. I work with the
client's staff editor to produce a 75 page document focusing
developments in the world economy that affect their clients'
publication is distributed to their research professionals and
clients. We arrived at the $4000 per issue price by negotiating.
Initially they offered me $30 per hour for 500 hours max. I countered
a per issue project price arrived at by taking my desired hourly
muliplying it by 2.75 (the wage multiple helps cover payroll
taxes and the
overhead of running a business) times the number of hours I estimated
would take me to complete each issue. They balked at my price.
I really wanted to do the work because I enjoy it and I needed
money for my business. So I offered what I considered my bottom
($4000 per issue, $5000 for the year-end issue with industry
and they went for it! The great thing is that I work so much
efficiently at home that I grossed 2.5 times my desired hourly
4. What are *your* favorite products
and/or services? Why do you like to
My favorite services are my research
services. I love learning new things,
and when I research different topics for my clients it stimulates
for learning! Also, searching the Internet for data and information
broken down into smaller chunks of time, which makes interruptions
rambunctious 6 year old son manageable.
5. Tell us a bit about your marketing
campaign. When did you start noticing
your first sales (after which marketing technique), what marketing
have you noticed yield the greatest results, and how do you make
contact and subsequent sales (via online, phone, fax, mail, face-to-face)?
My marketing campaign includes
primarily networking and mailing flyers.
However, networking is most important. One prospective client
my mailing because he remembered me from my attending National
of Business Economics meetings. My first project came about because
attended a 100 Year Celebration at San Francisco State University.
party I told a professor that I was starting my own business
International Economics was my passion. She said, "Oh, I
might use you!"
I gave her my number and she called a few weeks later. I drove
up to her
office for a meeting, and we negotiated a job for me to help
research project she had been too busy to complete herself.
6. Any additional comments are
I keep reminding myself that
success comes at its own pace for each
individual. Because I rely on networking to generate sales, summer
can be slow. I expect to be busy once the association meetings
again in the fall, so this summer I've been taking time to lay
foundations of my business and learn as much as I can. I've also
enjoying spending more time with my children.
_______________PART II CONTENTS_______________
More Funny Things EP Kids Say!
Letter from the Co-Founders
**NEW** Member Voices
EP Expert Q&As
Special Discounts/Contests for EPs
What's Happening at EP
MORE FUNNY THINGS EP KIDS SAY!
Submitted by EPnews Subscriber, Sherry Warren (mailto:[email protected]):
My 10 year old son and I were
driving down the road when my son asked,
"Mommy, which way do you push the turn signal to let people
turning right?" I replied, "Up." Then he asked,
"What about left?" and I
replied, "Down." He thought a moment and then asked
me, "So...when you make
a U-turn, do you push the turn signal up, down, up, down really
Share with the EP Community something your child said or did
made you smirk, giggle, or LOL. Send your submission via e-mail
LETTER FROM THE CO-FOUNDERS
On September 23, 1998, our first
issue of EPnews was sent out to a list of
350 subscribers, and a media release announcing our new Internet
of Entrepreneurial Parents went out to over 300 media contacts.
later we have grown to 2,320 subscribers (with 150+ coming in
820 registered members (with 75-100 more each month), and the
350+ pages of
the EP Website take in about 1,000 pageviews each day.
After a full year on the Web,
deB & Lisa feel that our site has a healthy
dose of information and other resources to help aspiring EPs
get started, and established EPs find camaraderie and grow. In
heard of new members spending hours and hours of time at our
exploring the content and contacts that are currently up there.
committed to continued expansion of our site and community, it
now for us to move from a weekly to a monthly update since so
many of our
resources are now securely in place.
So the new schedule this year
will be a site update the first week of every
month -- with new EP Q&As, member listings and profile pages,
articles & essays, links and more -- and EPnews distributed
or 3rd Wed. of every month). We hope you will visit just as often,
write in to us whenever there's something on your minds.
In the meantime, we will be shifting
a good deal of our focus this year to
NAEP, our paid membership option that will allow EPs to meet
face to face,
among many other special benefits. We are committed to expanding
membership benefits for this group whose investment in our organization
indicates a strong commitment to this work option and lifestyle.
locally and regionally across the nation, we will be able to
other in ways that reach beyond a virtual community. However,
virtual and real-time communities remain vital to us.
So whether you're a member of
EP or NAEP, or have simply signed on as an
EPnews Subscriber, we celebrate your contribution to the EP Community!
Tonight won't you pop a champagne bottle (or a beer or soda pop!)
and say a
toast to the EP life? It's our Anniversary...and it's been a
thanks to all of you.
We hope you stay with us as we
continue to navigate the entrepreneurial and
parenting waters into the new millenium. Always feel free to
write in and
share your upds and downs with us -- and with each other. And
for those of
you who'd enjoy some more group interaction with fellow EPs in
make sure to sign up for our discussion group at:
See ya all there!
Lisa & deB
The National Association of Entrepreneurial
Parents has made the deadline
to be listed in this year's edition of the "Encyclopedia
a popular reference resource found in every local library across
country. FYI, here's a "sneak preview" of the listing:
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ENTREPRENEURIAL
P.O. Box 320722
Fairfield, CT 06432
Lisa Roberts, Director
Deborah Sechrist, Co-Founder
Email: [email protected]
Founded: 1999. Membership Dues:
$45 for 1 year; $60 for 2 years; $25
renewal; add $10 to dues option if overseas. Staff: 2. Languages:
The National Association of Entrepreneurial Parents helps parents
looking to balance work and family on their own terms. The Association
supports and enables parents to have independent and viable careers
SOHO (small office/home office) workforce, serves as a vehicle
connecting local entrepreneurial parents, and embraces the freedom
pursue personal and professional goals creatively. NAEP recognizes
fathers and mothers as equally suited for "free agent"
life, and encourages
the involvement of members' children in their Association activities
everyday work life in general. Membership includes access to
support groups; a home business book, "EP" T-shirt
or tote; quarterly print
newsletter; membership directory; exchange of information between
through various online activities; year-long advertising on the
"Entrepreneurial Parent" Web site (at http://www.en-parent.com);
card and certificate; and discounts on select business/parenting
and services, including home career counseling sessions. In addition,
than an information and networking resource, NAEP offers a window
opportunity for professional growth and recognition. The Association
ample mentorship and leadership opportunities. Telecommunications
Development; Communications; Public Relations; Web Site Development;
Special Interest Group; Work Ethics Guidelines; Home Career Planning;
Outsourcing. Publications: EPnews, quarterly. Newsletter. Aimed
family first, career a close second, housework a distant third.
Raise A Family & A Career Under One Roof: A Parent's Guide
Business, 224-pp how-to book.
NOTE TO EPNEWS SUBSCRIBERS: To
learn more about NAEP, go to:
MEET FELLOW EPs
Did you know that we receive
about 75-100 new member forms for EP every
month? We thought it would be fun if we introduced you to a few
each month -- through their business names and locale, or with
thoughts as they are first joining the "EP Community."
Also in this new
column we'd love to feature reader feedback. Any time you have
thoughts on your mind -- after anything you've read in EPnews
or seen at
the site -- feel free to write in and let us all know! You can
Feedback" in the subject line and send to "[email protected]".
Some New Member Business Names (selected randomly):
McKinnon Information Services
of Stellarton, NS
Liebesband Animal Services of Mesa, AZ
Hawaiian Things & Notions of Cove, TX
Cheyenne Interactive of Ellendale, TN
Just Peachy... of Victorville, CA
ADM, Inc. of Phoenix, AZ
Cynthia's Boutique of Austin, TX
First In Data Plus, Inc. of Ft. Myers, FL
KEG Enterprises of Maynard, MA
Accelerated Bookkeeping & Tax of Salem, OR
Postal Creations of Renton, WA
A 2 Z Technology Services, LLC of Washington, DC
Corporate Event Resources LLC of Stratford, CT
New Member Voices:
On Sept. 19, 1999, Ann (of Australia?
not sure!), who runs a Business
Services biz, wrote:
"I am thrilled to have found this wonderful site -- I have
the home on a part-time basis for some time but I feel very strongly
home is where I want to be. I enjoy being home, enjoy my children
home and the company of my family. I don't need pressure from
personalities (in the office). I'm happy with my own company."
On Aug. 11, 1999, Dave of MN,
who's a marketing writer, wrote:
"This is Day 2 of my sortie into the unknown waters of home-based
employment and entrepreneurship. I bring with me talent and curiosity.
site is like a friendly stranger and I am grateful to've met
On Aug. 21, 1999, Elaine of FL,
who runs First In Data Plus, Inc., wrote:
"I hope to be the one who will be able to recommend this
site to everyone.
It is very informative, but in a layout that anyone can understand."
On Sept. 10, 1999, Jennifer of
BC, an Import Expoert Coach, wrote:
"So glad to hear there are other EPs out there. I find self
fulfilling and rewarding, but it can also become so reclusive
times of the year. EP is the perfect place to visit to become
Welcome all new members to the
EP Community! Let us know what you're
looking for -- we're listening!
Have a question? Our EP Expert
Panel is available to all EPnews
Subscribers. Visit them at http://en-parent.com/experts.com
"Q&A" links). If your question isn't answered there,
then send it to:
They'll be glad to help you out if they can!
Q. Dear Nancy,
I am 39 years old and live in
Miami. I am married with 1 daughter (9 yrs
old) who is mentally disabled. I have worked most of my adult
my daughter was born I was a stockbroker with Kidder Peabody.
Since then, I
have started and sold my own business, a yacht chartering business
"Sun Saik & Sea." It was perfect for me until it
became necessary for me to
travel out of the country more and more to evaluate the yachts
chartering for our clients.
I sold this business 2 years
ago and since then I have been unable to find
work suitable for my schedule. My daughter attends school from
8:30 - 3:00
pm; after school she has speech and physical therapy. I do help
with his CPA business, but I would like to contribute financially
I would like to find a job that
I can work at home with my computer and
where I can set my own hours. Can you please direct me in the
direction on where to begin? I am so lost.
Thanks so much, I look forward
to your response.
A. Dear Marilena,
Using the computer to work from
home has become an increasingly viable and
popular option for moms trying to balance work and family. The
possibilities are seemingly endless so the real question becomes
can I use my computer to allow me to work from home?" but
"What types of
business challenges can I help solve using my computer that take
of my unique combination of skills, interests and talents?"
To answer that question, spend
some time identifying skills that you would
like to use in your next job. You mention that you worked as
and as the owner of a yacht charter company. What types of skills
use most effectively in those jobs? I would think that you have
sales skills along with the ability to handle customers effectively,
well as financial, research with organizational capabilities.
Make a list
of all the skills you gained on those jobs and then narrow your
to those you really enjoyed using. The list you end up with are
Once you've come up with that
list, the next step in the process is to do
some exploration to learn about ways to use your computer that
advantage of your motivating skills. Read articles in magazines
Home Office Computing or books such as Making Money With Your
Home by Paul and Sarah Edwards. Even by consulting just one or
references, you'll read about hundreds of options for home-based
businesses. As you read through the descriptions, look for opportunities
1) utilize a strong percentage
of your motivating skills
2) can be realistically done on a part-time basis and
3) take advantage of your areas of expertise (i.e. sales, finance,
You will be amazed at the amount
of information you can learn about
start-up costs, training programs, ways to market your business,
these and similiar publications.
It takes some time but the research
you do up front will pay many dividends
down the road. Don't hesitate to call on other entrepreneurs
presently working in businesses that sound appealing. To get
a look at the EP Profiles (http://en-parent.com/Showcase.htm)
sure to find some people with interesting business ideas who
would be happy
to share their insights with you.
All the best,
Nancy Collamer is our most requested "EP Coach" and
the owner of Collamer
Career Counseling, a consulting firm that specializes in counseling
looking to re-enter the workforce on a part- or full-time basis.
more about Nancy visit her website at: <<www.bizine.com/jobsformoms>>
and/or to ask her a single question, go to
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Free Agent Nation Census
Daniel Pink, contributing editor
for Fast Company Magazine and founder of
Free Agent Nation (www.freeagentnation.com), is conducting a
census for his upcoming book on people who work on their own.
Take the link
above and contribute your voice to the movement! Dan also has
site for any EP -- his "Free Agent University" is especially
all the options at: www.freeagentnation.com
SPECIAL DISCOUNTS/CONTESTS FOR EPs
DISCOUNT ON TAX BOOK
A new 3rd edition of Jan Zobel's
"Minding Her Own Business: the
Self-Employed Woman's Guide to Taxes and Recordkeeping"
is due out February
2000. Remaining copies of the 2nd edition are being sold for
includes postage (originally $16.95 plus $3.50 postage). It also
an update sheet that updates the book to 1999. This special price
available only if you order directly through the publisher and
mention that you read about it in this newsletter. By phone,
use a credit
card and call EastHill Press at 800-490-4829. By mail, send $10
Press, 6114 LaSalle Ave. #599, Oakland, CA 94611. The e-mail
[email protected]. Be
sure to indicate if you want your book signed by the
author. Orders must be received by October 31.
NEW CD ROM FOR HOME BUSINESS START-UPS
Want to work from home, but don't
feel like turning pages to learn more?
Then surf on a CD-ROM. [email protected] veteran Jeff Zbar this month
Profitable Home Business Made E-Z, a new CD-ROM that provides
more than 350
tips and insights on how to successfully run a home business
telecommute. Fully searchable with dozens of links to powerful
the "book" also includes checklists that cover the
tools, hardware and
mindset readers need to work amid the solitude of the home office.
to run on Adobe Acrobat, you can print out your list and take
it with you
to Office Depot to buy your goods and get started.
Beginners and veterans alike
will find useful information, tapped from
Jeff's 10 years spent as the "Chief Home Officer" in
his South Florida
home-based freelance writing and SOHO consulting business. Jeff
author of Home Office Know-How (Dearborn, 1998), and Home Office
Stories, a monthly electronic magazine
Online and retail distribution will
be available in early October, but you can order your copy today
includes shipping and handling) by contacting Jeff directly
EV'RY DAY BLESSINGS CONTEST
If you have something in your
life you consider a blessing -- we want to
hear about it! Proud to announce - new contest: "Ev'ry Day
See www.parenttoparent.com for details. Send in your stories
to Jodie Lynn
at [email protected] via e-mail - or snail mail to 16572 Manchester
Suite 131, Grover, MO 63040. Topic suggestions: animals, children,
husbands, gardens, wives, grandparents, anything at all that
you would like
to share with America! Deadline: 06, 2000. You will have a good
be published on the world wide web and in an upcoming book written
Lynn. Hurry and bring a smile to someone today!
MESSIEST ROOM CONTEST EXTENDED!
Do you need a bulldozer to plow
through the clutter on the bedroom floor?
Does it take a crowbar to pry open the door to your kids' safe
your cleaning nightmare)? To help you with the Back to School
Get it Together©, in association with Calendar Systems U.S.A.©
Entrepreneurial Parent is sponsoring an essay contest: Why My
Kids Room is
the Messiest Room Anywhere!
In 1000 words or less, send us
your family's story. We'd love to see
photos, too, and will display them with the winning entry at
If selected as one of our winners, you will receive:
* The Family Organizer, by Amy
Knapp, to start the new school year right
and get your family on the right track.
* How to Raise a Family and a
Career Under One Roof, a book by
Entrepreneurial Parent co-founder, Lisa Roberts.
* An Introduction to Home Organizing,
a live teleclass with Debbie
Williams recorded on audio cassette
Email your essay within an email
message or as a "text" attachment.
(Graphics can be attached as jpg or gif formats.) Send
By Snail Mail: Mail your essay
(photos optional) to Let's Get it Together,
Messy Room Contest, P.O. Box 590860, Houston, TX 77259. Please
name and address on the back of all enclosed photos.
The contest runs through October
30, 1999. Winners will be notified by
email or telephone, and posted on our website November 1, 1999.
entries will also be published in Organized Times, our syndicated
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT EP
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE EP MEMBER
Based on input from our members
and little lessons we've learned over the
past year, we've made some important changes to the EP member
Effective with the September updates:
-- Members who do not actually
have a business yet will be listed by name
only in our Alphabetical overview list. Previously listed members
"pending" or "aspiring" will be removed from
the individual alpha pages
(but will remain by name only on the overview list). This is
email extractor programs from retrieving those email address
from our site
and sending members spam email about "WAH opportunity"
-- Listings will now include
city and state information (or country if not
USA), as many members have suggested. Full contact information
completed on all member forms before listings will be processed.
forms will sent an email query letter to gather the missing information.
-- If you have a web site or
home page, please list the location of your
reciprocal link. When it has been verified, your listings will
hyperlinks to your site, 2 email links, and a crosslink between
and business category pages so your listing can be found more
-- Use our update form to change
or correct your information as necessary.
Update Forms will be processed at the same time the new members
in the monthly updates. You can find it the update form at
We're always listening, so please
continue to let us know how you feel
about the EP Member Listings!
EP Review excerpted from Daniel
Pink's FREE AGENT NATION eNEWSLETTER, Labor
Day 1999 (to subscribe, go to:
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE ZINES (by Daniel Pink)
I'm beginning to believe that
email newsletters are Free Agent Nation's
killer app. These e-zines are cheap to produce and easy to distribute.
And the best, even ones with thousands of subscribers, feel like
note from the author. The problem, though, is that with so many
flying through cyberspace, it's sometimes tough to identify the
To help address the clutter problem, let me recommend four email
newsletters that I think are especially useful and entertaining
agents. (Of course, I have no financial connection to any of
publications --- which shouldn't matter anyway since they're
Hit the "Sound of Music"
soundtrack. These are a few of my favorite zines . .
ENTREPRENEURIAL PARENT. Lisa Roberts and deB Sechrist, who run
National Association of Entrepreneurial Parents, publish this
zine. If you're a mompreneur or a dadpreneur, as I am, their
provides all sorts of smart advice and a few wacky tales from
territory of parenthood and free agency.
That's it until October. Cheers to all of you until then!
The Entrepreneurial Parent, LLC
is not engaged in rendering legal or
financial advice. If expert assistance is required, the services
licensed professional should be sought.
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