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October 20, 1999
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The Funny Things EP Kids Say
EP Times -- An Editorial
What's It Worth?
Making Money Matters
EP Expert Q&As
NAEP News -- EP Profile
What's Happening at EP
More Funny Things EP Kids Say!
Editorial Note: EP has moved
from a weekly to a monthly update to make room
in our schedules for the National Association of Entrepreneurial
(NAEP). EPnews is now published and distributed on the 2nd or
of every month, year-round, and The Entrepreneurial Parent at
will be updated (with new content, member info,
Expert Q&As, book reviews, etc.) on an ongoing basis throughout
THE FUNNY THINGS EP KIDS SAY & DO!
Submitted by EPnews Subscriber
Mary Waggoner (mailto:[email protected]),
President of Elderly Care Konnection "Creating a road map
into care giving"
Our family was on vacation for
the first time this past August. We'd gone
to CT to visit my parents as we had never been there since our
three years ago. Friday night, we went out to pizza and actually
ate in the
restaurant. My 14 month old daughter, Lizzie, was bored and done
so her Poppy took her for a walk. Of course, her 7 year old half-brother,
Zach, HAD to go with them, so off he went too. While they were
began pouring down rain. They came running in just as we were
leave. As we walked to the car, I began to remind Zach that he
had to hop
in the tub when we got back, but before I could say "when"
"But I'm as clean as a pig!"
He thought that's how pigs get
Another one was when we went to an ice cream place a few months
was really slow and Zach popped out: "Wow! This place is
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!
-- AN EDITORIAL
"Stomp If You Can Feel It"
© 1999, Lisa M. Roberts
This weekend some friends and
I treated ourselves to a NYC performance that
was a surprising delight. The show, located in Greenwich Village,
called "Stomp" and at first impression looked like
it would pale in
comparison to the sensational theatre productions on competitive
Imagine this. The stage of Stomp was littered with pieces of
straight from a junkyard, the "costumes" were wripped
jeans, overalls and
tee's, and, as the title implies, the music was exceptionally
Doesn't sound too delightful, does it? Yet using Resourcefulness
capital "R," this 8-member cast won over their entire
audience with their
boundless energy, uncanny rhythm, self-efacing humour and corporeal
In short, they wiped from memory every Broadway play I've seen
in the past
Since Sunday afternoon I've been
contemplating how this low-budget,
off-the-beaten-track performance could pull off such an artful
peel that layer of thoughts away and what I've *really* been
what we -- as a collective community of low-budget, off-the-beaten-track
home businesses (OK, I'll just speak for myself here!) -- could
these ingenious folks? What ideas could we borrow from their
apply in our own EP world?
I'd say the first lesson is in
the word that sums up the entire production
-- Resourcefulness. What Stomp is all about literally is taking
(i.e. junk) and making something (i.e. music). With everyday
as brooms (sweep, sweep, clunk, clunk), match boxes (swish, swish,
tap), rubber tubes, toilet plungers and the like, the cast worked
other's inventive beat and turned this small theatre into a rocking
spectacle. Squeezing crowd-pleasing music from paper and plastic
reminds me of the creative ways EPs can and have made use of
limited resources. And how EPs can re-invent a service or product
applying their special skill and talent -- turning the "same-ol'/same
into something undeniably awesome.
But invention alone didn't deliver
the performance of Stomp into the hearts
of my friends and I Sunday afternoon. Added to the mix was the
rapport among the members of the cast, and especially with the
Time and again they needled each other like siblings on a restless
afternoon, pulling us in on the joke at each instance. But they
won us over
completely when they turned their full attention on us directly.
the production they tapped into our desire to be part of the
us to clap and stomp in rhythm to their beat. And just dare to
stand up to
go to the restroom -- the actors on stage would stop everything
wait...with a playful glare...until your untimely deed was done.
about full attention!) To me this indicates an exquisite understanding
"customer service": a highly personable approach; the
to be part of the project at hand; and self-respect as a professional
a project endures untimely interruptions -- even if the interruptions
from the folks financing it all (!).
Finally, the producers of this
show also seemed to understand the
importance of offering a gift that keeps on giving. Instead of
their encore in typical self-congratulatory mode, they used their
send us away with a small but memorable gift -- a bit of long-lasting
rhythm of our own. Patiently (and playfully!) they taught us
experiment with patterns of music, using raw materials such as
the palms of
our hands and the soles of our feet, and in doing so formed a
performer and audience that would outlast our brief direct contact.
in the presence of any Broadway musical star have I ever felt
I could even
*scratch* the performer's talent and take a little home with
me. Yet when
my friends and I left this theatre, with the words "Do you
feel it?" from
the lead actor still echoing in our ears, this is precisely what
each of us
Like the cast, crew and concept
of Stomp, EPs must take control of every
resource we've got, turning challenges into opportunity, whistling
work, and engaging our clients and customers in the process.
In essence, we
need to learn how to squeeze music from a plastic bag -- then
world to join in on our fun. If we can indeed pull this off,
we may just
wipe the memory of any corporate competitor from the minds of
How could we not?
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
and through Amazon, at:
Thanks to all who submitted their
"Take 5" quick-break working-at-home tips
for Lisa's home office column, "Homeward Bound." FYI,
the first column is
scheduled to debut on ka-Ching.com next week (launch has been
slightly). For those new on our list, ka-Ching is the business
site of Oxygen Media, a new media company by and for women.
Oxygen is presently on a nationwide
"Tank Tour" -- a welcome wagon that has
embarked on a cross-country journey to meet women face-to-face
America. The multi-media RV & enthusiastic entourage is in
NYC this week
and next. If you happen to work in Manhattan, stop in on Oct.
Lisa'll be there to greet you! Anywhere else in the country,
go to the Tank
Tour travel schedule to see when (and if!) they'll be in a city
If you can, stop in, it's really
terrific fun and you'll get to walk away
with smiles, tee-shirts, perhaps a free massage & more!
"Of the Essence"
© 1999, by deB Sechrist
It's 9:45 on Wednesday morning.
EPnews goes out tonight. I haven't written
my column yet. I have exactly 90 minutes before I have to pick
youngest from preschool and work for the afternoon at my son's
opportunity to get this done. Time is of the essence. I'll bet
many of you
So I turn the answering machine
down low. Burn some sandalwood. Put my
favorite Enya CD on at low volume. Get a fresh cup of coffee.
Read my last
column to refresh my memory, get back on track.
It's been a difficult month.
I learned just how valuable time can be. At
one point I found myself rearranging priorities to accomodate
task, and finally had to face the "real" issue, which
financial output. To make a long story short, I realized that
overloaded computer was the culprit that was robbing my time.
I did save
some money by choosing to upgrade rather than replace my system,
told is not always a good option, but I've been fortunate with
this Mac and
it works well so far.
All of this taught me many lessons:
to think out of the box, to listen to a
diverse range of experiences in order to make better informed
face situations as they are and not as I'd like them to be, and
myself as others see me and not as I'd like them to believe.
was the final push needed to help me decide to spend the money
and fix the
problem instead of zapping all my energy in trying to find ways
with what I had and not spend any money.
In response to last month's column,
Sue Szlosek Swingholm,
"I believe that time (like
everything else) is just a conversation. What I
mean is that "I don't have time or I don't have enough time,
etc." is only
a conversation, something we say. Really, the bottom line is
What are we committed to? We will make time for those things
that we are
committed to and we will not make time for those things that
we are not
committed to. It's that simple (although sometimes it doesn't
simple). We all must make choices; decide on our commitments
our time to them. The rest is just chaff."
I would add that sometimes commitments
clash and a re-prioritization is in
order. In my case I had decided to put the job first and family
trying to arrange more time to work instead of finding ways to
productively within our current schedule. When my daughter protested
arrangement I had to face the fact that I was approaching the
the wrong angle, and I had to find a way to still honor both
because both are important to me.
This is not to advocate always
throwing money at a situation to solve it.
But if you sense your attitude plunging, or the "chaff"
in your life
beginning to bury you, then don't hesitate to seek help, advice
opinions. Reach out to your EP community, your RL (real-life)
your family -- and make it top priority to regain the balance
you need to
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 month EPnews Subscriber
Denise Turney, EP to a 9-yo son, shares her
money-making marketing tips with us. You can contact her at:
2500 Knights Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.chistell.com
1. In a 2-3 sentence statement, explain what your home business
including your target market and "mission statement."
My business is books! The name
of my company is Chistell Publishing. We
write, print, publish and distribute books. Readers our are treasures!
Without them, we would not exist.
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
right price/fee schedule for them?
Portia is our main book right
now. It's a best seller. Next year we hope
to have Girlfriendz on the market. Portia cost $8.00. Shipping
handling is free. Studying the market is how we found the right
Portia. That and listening to readers. A product that is priced
is seen as being "cheap" by consumers. On the other
hand, if you over
price, consumers think your only concern is money and not quality
best interest. It's crucial to price each product right, otherwise
could lose sales or gain a reputation for being "cheap"
or "too expensive."
3. What are *your* favorite products
and/or services? Why do you like to
Portia is our favorite. Readers
from around the world have enjoyed Portia
and contacted us to tell us how deeply the book touched and encouraged
them. What better reward is there?
4. 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)?
We market via phone (leave a
message about your business on your voice
mail); email discussion lists; "targeted" newsgroups;
we have an
"excellent" newsletter that features incredibly successful
writers-publishers around the world, giving out solid, valuable
press releases -- everyone in business should send press releases
month; business cards; t-shirts; and our web site at http://www.chistell.com
5. Any additional comments are
Treat your customers right and
they will treat you right. Make people feel
like you are more concerned about providing them a service or
will enrich their lives than you are about making money. Do business
integrity and always remember that the greatest value is human
Provide "excellent" customer service! "Connect"
with your customers.
EP EXPERT Q&As
Have a question? Our EP Expert
Panel is available to all EPnews
Subscribers. If your question isn't already answered on our site,
it in to: [email protected].
They'll be glad to help you out if they
This month we've stocked up on
new Q&As that cover topics from job sharing
to idea generating to 3-year old woe-handling and more, all from
following members of our Expert Panel:
Pat Katepoo, EP Work-Family Transitions
Nancy Collamer, EP Part-Time Career Expert
Jeff Zbar, EP Dad Expert
Jodie Lynn, EP Parenting Expert
Silvana Clark, EP Low-Cost Marketing Expert
Jan Zobel, EP Tax/Accounting Expert
Visit them at <http://en-parent.com/experts.com>
(follow the "new" Q&A links).
NAEP NEWS -- EP PROFILE
The National Association of Entrepreneurial
Parents (NAEP) is a "real-time"
membership organization for parents in the SOHO workforce! NAEP's
of professional connection, recognition and education provides
EPs are looking for in today's evolving work-family homefront.
more about NAEP membership benefits, go to:
------->We are very pleased
to introduce you to a new NAEP member, Saba
Kennedy-Washington, whose Member Profile is currently being featured
EP Showcase. Saba is one of the first members of the EP Community
in a truly inspirational essay, "On Becoming an EP: One
We lost word from her
for a long time (perhaps a year?) when she moved and made some
personal/professional adjustments, but she's back and we are
so happy to
have her with us again.
Here are some highlights of Saba's
Profile Page. Please do stop in to view
in full color -- with her daughter's bright & cheery drawing
Saba Kennedy-Washington, EP to
a 4-yo girl
839 Scaleybark Rd.-2T
Charlotte, NC 28209
Email: [email protected]
Home Career Highlights
Home Business: Jesa Promotions,
a full-service advertising specialty,
marketing & promotions company: specializing in emboidery
screen-printing of the corporate logo onto promotional wear,
writing services for press releases, catalogs, product releases
Mission: I would like to see
my business grow to support my child
financially, emotionally and spiritually. I look at my business
something intricately tied into the quality of life I foresee
family. My husband is a co-owner and I decided to name it after
Jesa which is a combination of my husband Jerome's name and my
Top Clients: Reebok, Black Enterprise,
The New York Carib News, PC Magazine
A Voice of Experience
Working at home allows my daughter to see me as a self-sufficient
strong woman. I want her to grow up secure in herself and her
potential. I do not want her to be dependent on anyone or any
one source. I
believe that seeing me work will provide her this blue-print
Stay focused and believe in your vision. Associate daily with
people who share your dream of living on your own terms. Also:
persistent, frugal, consistent, and hold on to your faith.
Remember we introduced you to
Daniel Pink from Free Agent Nation in our
last issue? We found his expertise at another terrific new site
entrepreneurs. Don't pass this one up, guys. As home business
Guru.com was wonderfully refreshing to come across. They are
independent professional community with intelligence, wit and
muscle. Keep your eye out on them -- their site is just a preview
now, but we're putting bets down they'll be a formidable presence
Web soon enough. And that will be more power to all of us.
A bi-weekly webzine about balancing
work and life. Cool graphics and
design; excellent content. Take a look!
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT EP
A warm welcome goes to 150 new
members in August and September!
We've made some changes to make
networking easier than ever. It's now a
snap to find an EP with just the right product or service you
need, or to
locate other EP's who are in the same field. We've also taken
protect our "aspiring" EP's -- that is, members who
are interested in
starting a home business but don't have one set up just yet.
for aspiring EP's are by name only, to prevent spammers from
those email addresses and sending unsolicited email offers.
Navigating the listings is easier
because we've cross-linked the
alphabetical listings (http://www.en-parent.com/Members/memberalpha.htm)
with the business category listings
Clicking on the name of the
Business will take you to the business category page where that
listed. In response to your requests, we've added the state and
country if not USA) for each listing in the business category
Members with websites have 2
direct email links and 2 direct web links from
our member listings. A reciprocal link to EP is required to make
"live": just copy and paste the html code and choose
an EP logo that fits
best for you at http://www.en-parent.com/sticker.htm.
Then drop us an email
<mailto: [email protected]>
to let us know you're linked and we'll add
your email & URL links at the next update.
Finally, help keep our listings
current and correct by using the Member
Update Form (http://www.en-parent.com/Members/mbrupdate.htm)
when you have a change
or addition to your listings. We appreciate your support -- and
welcome your feedback!
What else is new?
Stress Management Article --
Managing Stress With Aromatherapy
by Anne Ramstetter Wenzel and Jeralynn Burke
Your Family Article -- Scheduling
by Amanda Formaro
EP Links -- Sixteen (16) new
links are up on our resource link page! Browse
Lisa will be happily celebrating
her 14th wedding anniversary with her
husband on Monday, Oct. 25th. (Anyone have a good movie to recommend
couple?? There's been mixed reviews re: "The Story About
Some Reader Response from "Rock Solid Love," (EP Times
From: Pete Silver ([email protected]):
Lisa, what a neat dream...best
thing I've read in a long time.....
From: Cathy Woodside RN, Certified
Childbirth Educator, Childbirth Options
Dear Lisa, I thoroughly enjoyed
your article. The recounting of your dream
brought tears to my eyes. I was moved so much by your writing
copied it and sent it to my "rock," my mother. I hope
that is ok. Thanks
for sharing it with me.
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