Category Archives: Business

My mother wants me to make an infomercial

My mother has called me to tell me that she recently went to a trade show (she runs her own small business) and met up with some representatives from a company that does commercials and infomercials.

She was all excited about how that kind of company can reach so many potential customers, and she wanted to tell me all about it. I think she wants me to hire them to promote my little home-studio business! Isn’t that so sweet of her to think of me!

My mother is a nut case

When we moved here from New England, I had hoped to start a small business out of my house, teaching decorative painting. It was my plan to simply have a few students come by once or twice a week and conduct a small class, maybe take in some consignment custom orders for painted pieces.

My mother, who lives a couple of hours away, is constantly calling me to give me her opinion on how I should “grow” my little business. I can’t seem to get across to her that this was supposed to be a leisurely type of side line, and not some huge growth multi-million dollar business!

When she calls me with her suggestions, I can’t simply thank her and hang up. I have to research her proposal and then explain why her proposal won’t “work” for me. It is amusing at times, tiring at other times.

Family reunions

I am from a very large family, and we try to get together several times each year for big family reunion meals. I moved here fairly recently and the family has determined that it is time that I hold the summer family reunion at my house this year.

We’ve already bought a large canopy/tent to set up tables underneath the tent. Now I need to get some chairs! I am going to need a lot of extra seating for all of the family!

Cleaning up – no thank you!

I LOVE a clean house!  Sparkling floors, spic-and-span bathrooms, freshly vacuumed carpets, not a speck of dust to be seen! BUT, I hate to clean house. I’d much rather do just about anything else than clean house! I am living in an area that is growing rapidly, everywhere I look I see “McMansions” being built. These large houses are going to be occupied by families that are too busy to clean house, and maid service is already in high demand around here. The demand will only increase in the future. 

A good friend of mine has expressed an interest in going into business for herself, and I have suggested to her that she look into buying a maid service franchise. She’s bound to make money on that business enterprise!

Online personal loans

In my opinion, one of the best benefits of having access to the Internet is the ability to do research for school and consumer products online. Another is the ability to do business transactions, such as opening bank accounts, buy and sell stock, and take out online personal loans without having to leave the comfort of your own home!

Just recently I started to use the Internet for more of my household shopping needs. I learned about the Amazon Subscribe and Save program, where you can order household staples such as paper towels, cleaning supplies, even groceries and pet food online and have all of that delivered to your house (free shipping!) for the same (or less) money as what you can buy at the local grocery store! You just create an Amazon account, link it to your PayPal account (another great financial service you can get over the Internet) or to your checking, savings, or credit account, order what you need, set up a delivery schedule, and you get the goods you need on the schedule that you set! How much more convenient can you get?

And I simply love the convenience of online banking! I was checking out one of the online personal loan websites earlier today because the engine of my car just died and I am going to have to replace the engine. I can’t afford a new car, but I think that I can qualify for the online personal loan through the site that I found. The application process looks quick and easy, and the site promises delivery of the money almost instantly into my account! It simply cannot be any easier than that! Now I just need to find out how much money I actually need to replace the engine before I apply for the loan. I’ve bookmarked the website, and I’ll be going back there in a day or two once I’ve gotten all the figures I need.