3 Important Things I Learned About Social Media in 2010

Mixing "social" with "business?"  Is that rather like the division of church and state?  Not really.  But you'd think so when you see the proliferation of articles, everywhere, about what to do and what not to do when it comes to utilizing Social Media and your business.  What's a girl to do? This year of 2010 has been a revelation to me as to the ins and outs of Social … [Read more...]

Entrepreneurial Tip #1: Begin with a Dream

A dream for a small business might be as simple as a sidewalk flower shop.  Or you have an idea for a cozy four-table breakfast shop.  Maybe your dream is to start up a concierge bookkeeping service.  No matter what the business is, it began with a dream. As a writer, I've been absent from Women On Business for awhile as I was working on redesigning my business blog and art … [Read more...]

Notice the Work all Around

I returned recently from a 10-day vacation.  For me ten days is a good length of time.  One day was "get there" day and one day was "go home" day...that left eight days for vacation.  That was enough days to have some solitary beach time, some shopping and "do lunch" time and sightseeing.  While resting and relaxing I noticed the variety of businesses associated with the … [Read more...]

Is your business Opaque or Transparent?

News of yet another possible meltdown on Wall Street in the U.S. is enough to make me yell 'oh my gosh!'  And ask the question: why can't businesses realize that transparency is the preferred dressing and not opacity? In the art world, where I live some of my time, there is an easy test for transparency that I've used in teaching beginning painting students...it works for … [Read more...]

Have you ever considered that place between Prosperity and Success?

Semantics can be defined as the study of meanings, or the science and study of meaning in language.  I think there is importance to paying attention to the meanings of words and how that applies to our businesses and how we see our businesses. Here's an exercise in semantics.  Ask yourself: do you work for success as an end-all or do you see your business as a means or tool … [Read more...]

The Value of SMO-Greater ROI than SEO

I was asked recently about SEO and its importance for my home-based business.  SEO?  Is Search Engine Optimization important for my business?  To be honest I'm not really sure.   I think SMO is more valuable. What is SMO? It's Social Media Optimization.  And for my home-based business I'm much more interested in the ROI on my social media efforts.  [ROI?  That's Return On … [Read more...]

It takes a Beginner to write a Beginners Guide

Linda Smith book

I envy those people to whom numbers come naturally.  In elementary school, arithmetic was not my strong subject and to this day I can't figure out how I got an "A" in my high school algebra class.  My mother, however, was a genius with numbers - she had a successful home business offering bookkeeping and payroll services and doing taxes for folks.  Mom didn't progress beyond … [Read more...]