Setting Up a Home Office on a Budget

Working from home is becoming a more popular option with many in today’s workforce. Whether you telecommute or have set up your own home business, or just simply need a place to land to take care of the bill paying and the home organization chores, a home office has become a necessary space in many […]

Sep, 26

list of steps to preparing for an upcoming conference or trip

I had the lovely privilege of attending Mom 2.0 Summit last year when it was in Houston. This year’s conference is being held in the Crescent City. My husband and I lived right on the bank of the Mississippi in New Orleans for 3 years while he was attending Tulane Law School. We were poor, […]

Mar, 29

list of steps for creating a home or business finance binder

Setting up a finance control center in your home or office is a terrific strategy for staying on top of your family or business finances.  It should not be only a record of what is spent, but it should include your calculations for what will likely be spent in the coming year(s).  This binder or […]

Feb, 10

list of tips for work at home parents in the summertime

For children, summer vacation is the pinnacle of their year.  Swimming, playing, sleeping in, and being at home are a few of the things that epitomize childhood summers.  For parents who work from home, notions of summer vacation are a little different.   Those who operate a service business may need to spend much of […]

Jun, 21

list of ways smead is a perfect complement to a busy home/office

While I believe there are products out there that can be useful to running a family, home, or business, I don’t spend a lot of time or money on them.  I am an advocate for assessing your needs first and then tackling the issues by researching what might work best for your system (or desired […]

Jun, 15

list of essential organizing products for your home office

Because my business in almost completely online, I have not needed that much space for my home office.  Basically, until recently, my home office has consisted of my favorite overstuffed chair, a matching ottoman to hold my laptop and my notebinder, and a small basket to hold my hole punch and pens.  As ListPlanIt has […]

Mar, 29

list of steps to calculating a home office expense deduction

If you will show a profit this year in your business, then you can qualify for a home office deduction when figuring your taxes.  Many business owners have someone else doing their taxes for them, but if you are doing them yourself, then this Home Office Expense Worksheet will help you figure out how much […]

Feb, 11

list of ways to group people and information for future contact

With an abundance of ways to keep in contact with one another, sometime keeping names, numbers, addresses, and emails handy can be a daunting task.  Listing pieces of information in an address book or even on your phone can sometimes lead to confusion when it is time to search a person out.  For example, say […]

Feb, 03

list of steps to preparing for an out-of-town conference

Conferences have become a great way to meet and mingle with a group of people who have similar interests and pursuits. If you have a business, they are also a great way to let those people know of the benefits of your products or services. Twitter is frequently abuzz with conference-goers extolling the virtues of […]

Jan, 25

list of items to keep in your desk at work

I frequently find myself at work, wishing for things that would help to make me feel more confident and/or secure.  I am not talking about a bodyguard.  I mean items that I wish I had on me at that moment. Oh no.  My boss wants to meet with me in his office?  It’s so warm […]

Nov, 16

list of social media goals for your small business/blog

If you own or manage an online business or blog for profit, then you may have discovered the power of social media. Networking has always been an important part of business, but now social media has taken it to another level. Social media can be used for so many aspects such as marketing, taking polls, […]

Jun, 05

list of thoughts as a new work-out-of-the-home mama

It has been a couple of months now since I began to work in the outside world again. In the beginning, there was a lot of juggling, but now that we’ve gotten into some new routines, things are starting to be comfortable. In fact, I am feeling great! I dragged my heels about working. The […]

Mar, 26

list of reasons to love twitter

If you have not yet heard of Twitter, then let me be the first to introduce you to a very fun, new way to communicate with people from all over the world. You can be as familiar or anonymous as you would like to be. Many people who have already discovered Twitter claim to be […]

Feb, 04

list of reasons to LOVE stumbleupon

I recently discovered a new fun tool for exploring the internet. I did not take StumbleUpon as seriously as I should have until I felt the power of it myself. I had to see what this was all about. Here is what I have enjoyed so far. StumbleUpon is a great way to find the […]

Nov, 21

list of ways to efficiently work from home

By Guest Blogger, Christie Crowder Some of us who are blessed to be able to work from home on a full-time or part-time basis can sometimes find it hard to work efficiently due to the many distractions that can present themselves during the day. The lure of household chores, needs of children, phone calls from […]

Jun, 24


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