There’s No Point In Being A Damn Fool About It

Over the FallsIf at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” ~ W. C. Fields

I received an email last week from a reader who asked about giving up. I mentioned briefly about “knowing when to get off” in the “The Path of the Entrepreneur Is a Toll Road” post, but haven’t really written much about it. Giving up that is.

So when do you know it’s time to chuck it and move on?

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Is Your Success Outgrowing Your Nest?

Outgrowing Your NestChar Polanosky has an interesting discussion going on over at Essential Keystrokes regarding business growth. I’ve been in Char’s situation a few times, so I know what a struggle it can be. As I began writing out a long comment, I decided it would be much better as a post.

When it comes to growing and expanding your home-based business, there are some important things to consider. I recommend a 2-step assessment approach to help decide if, when, and how to take your home-based business to the next level.

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5 Things to Expect When You Start Working from Home

watercooler-talkI’ve been tagged again – twice. This time, by my friends Carolyn and Griffin. I guess that makes me either one of the slowest kids on the playground, or just popular. I’m going with popular ;).

So rather than subject you to more off-topic stuff about me, I thought I’d bring the meme back to my topic and do 5 things, home-based business style. So without further ado, here are 5 things you can expect when you start working from home…

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A Business That Accommodates Your Life

reader-guyPam Slim over at Escape from Cubicle Nation has a terrific post on how to Avoid becoming the stressed-out, overworked entrepreneur:

One of my readers recently asked this very astute question:

“Some of the people I know that actually own a business (most of them selling some sort of product or franchise), they complain that they work a lot more than on a regular job. You can see them working weekends much more than other people. I’d like to know if this holds as well for consultancy based businesses. (one of the reasons to have your own business is to increase quality of life and time with family, so it seems contradictory)”

Pam outlines some important things to consider about designing your business and offers some recommendations on dealing with overwork.

Many parents leave the corporate world to work from home, only to find that they’re working more and have less time. The key is to create a life that accommodates your business, and a business that accommodates your life.