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6 Reasons To Open An Office Cleaning Business

It may be a good idea to open an office cleaning business. In today’s economic times, it is best to have a plan B. Having your own business will give you something to fall back on in case you lose your job or if the company you work for closes up. I can think of a few other reasons to start your own cleaning business now.

Financial reasons – A good reason to open an office cleaning business if to have financial security. You can’t be sure that you will have a job to go to next week. A part time job or your own small business can make up for lost earnings in case you get laid off or something. You won’t have to worry about where to get money to pay the bills.

Making it big – You can make your business grow and earn more than you thought possible. If you have the time to focus on it, you may even earn more from your part time cleaning business than from your regular day job. You can open an office cleaning business from scratch and start small. If your customers are satisfied with your service, you’ll eventually have more clients.

Earn right away – You can start to earn within a month after you open an office cleaning business. If you had been soliciting clients right away, you can probably get you first client within a week or 2, get your payment at the end of the month. Provide incentives for your client by offering a discount on your next visit if they can refer new clients.

Small capital – You don’t have to purchase expensive heavy duty equipment right away. Like we mentioned earlier, you can start small by doing projects for small companies. You could rent your equipment for your first few projects or get clients that only need small cleaning services that don’t require heavy duty cleaning equipment. Roll back your earnings back into your company to buy more equipment later on.

You’re the boss – For a change, you can give the orders instead of take them. You can have employees to the dirty work while you manage the business. Solicit new projects yourself, offer your people a commission if they get new projects. One thing you should do yourself though is to handle the finances. Never entrust your earnings to an employee.

Set your own time – A big plus to having your own business is you can set your own schedule. Now, you won’t have to drive to work daily or spend most of your waking hours at the office. You can even see your kids grow up with a home based cleaning business. Once you have employees working for you, you can take it easy, wake late and go home early in time for dinner with the family.

Surf the net and find affordable equipment. Learn how to market your cleaning business effectively to get more clients. Crunch some numbers and find out how much you will need to get started. If you don’t think you have enough money, you can find financing elsewhere like from a bank. This is when you will need to prepare a business plan. You will also need to prepare a contract. Get help from people who can give you tips about how to open an office cleaning business.

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Sakhalin Island, North of Japan. (The ocean swim at midnight was brisk!)

Their transition from a planned economy was slow, and the U.S. was trying to help with the transition with some business coaching sessions. I met with about 40 entrepreneurs, and few of them had any concept of market competition. If they had a manufacturing permit for rototillers, for example, they wanted to ramp to full production, even though their manufacturing cost was far greater than the sales price of the fully taxed Korean imports. (The sentiment was very different, and more hopeful in the newly independent states in the West, such as Estonia, which I also visited in 1998).

Two oil exploration consortia have spent B on this island over the past decade. So the startups that owned their office real estate have done well.

10 tips to transform any home office into a professional and profitable place of business, from Judy Smith, co-author with her brother Dan Smith of “Business Mojo: Achieving Success Through Mystical Exploration.” (www.BusinessSuccessBook.com)

This video offers advice from the practical, including separating your home office work and personal life to the mystical including Feng Shui and using crystals to attract potential clients..

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Learn Why Starting Your Business in a Home Office is More Efficient

When you’re starting a business, and you don’t have substantial levels of capital, then the chances are that you’ve considered whether you should start the business from home or get yourself an office. In this article we take a look at the advantages of waiting as long as possible before taking on any mortgage or rental obligation.

Flexibility

You’ll be able to fit your work around your life far easier when you don’t have to work between certain hours in the day. You’ll be able to pick the hours that suit you, and possibly have an opportunity to spend more time with your family. That’s why it’s common for new parents to start a small business from home.

Savings

You’ll be able to save money you would otherwise waste on office expenses and invest it straight back into the business when you work from home. You might be able to spend this money on advertising to drum up more sales; raise less capital and therefore limit equity dilution; or even spend the money on outsourcing certain jobs to service providers such as a bookkeeper or marketing professional. When you work at home, you will find that your business will be in a position where you’ve got less to lose.

Preparing For Failure

According to government statistics, 80% of UK businesses fail in their first two years. That’s a lot, but it doesn’t mean that yours is going to end that way. However, in the case that it does, it’s best that you have as little to lose as possible, and that’s why you’ll be in a better position if you choose to start a home business. You will not have any contract period to worry about on your office, electricity and line rental bills that will keep coming in for years after your business has ceased to trade. Some of these issues can be addressed by the formation of a limited company, but it’s still best not to have these things to worry about.

Less Travel Time

Any time you spend travelling is time you could be spending growing your business. When you work from home you’ll be able to get up in the morning and start working right away if you choose. Likewise, you’ll only have to walk through to the kitchen when it’s time for lunch. If you can save 2 hours a day in travelling time, you’ve just made yourself, and your business, 25% more effective.

Bills

When you work from home you are able to assign part of your broadband, heating and other bills to your business. This works great when it comes time to pay your taxes, and you’re able to offset these costs against money that your business has earned. You might also be able to complete certain purchases, like a PC that can be used by the whole family, against your business. Remember, it’s always best to consult your lawyer or accountant before making any decisions about the best way to handle your taxes.

Moncton shootings mourners share grief.
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In my hometown, on June 4th 2014, three officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were shot and killed, and two other officers suffered gunshot wounds in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, a city of about 140k residents.

A 28-hour manhunt for the shooter ensued, a 24-year old man in camouflage carrying two long guns and a crossbow. People were ordered to stay home and lock their doors; families were cuddled in basement bathrooms, babies sleeping in bathtubs; public transit was suspended; and schools, government offices, stores, and businesses were closed. The city was on total lockdown.

On 6 June, the shooter was found and taken into custody. The shooting was the deadliest attack on the RCMP since the 2005 that left four RCMP officers dead, and also Moncton’s first homicide since 2010.

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How to Make Money from Your Home Office

Generating income from a home based business is an excellent way to supplement money earned from a regular job. These days, having an additional source of income is almost imperative. Most people find it is almost impossible to have a job that pays all your regular monthly bills. Statistics have proven that middle class income has not grown for decades, while the cost of living has risen. Also, you need to be prepared if you lose your job, for whatever the reason. Many people fear being dependent on one source of income, and unless your income is completely secure, you never know if you will have to face the world without a job to rely on.

The average job lasts less than five years. If you lose your job, you’ll find that it takes a long time to get a new one. Not only is it not easy to find a new job, but it is probable that the new job will pay only a small percentage of what the old one paid.

Fewer jobs are available in the workplace, so many people have decided to find a way to start a home based business from their home office. After all, the start-up cost is low, and almost everyone has a home office where they work and pay bills. Also, making money from home has never been easier. That’s because almost everyone has the basic tools right at their disposal. So, it’s only a question of putting those tools to good use and money will start rolling in – at least in theory.

If you want to start your own home based business, the next step is to decide what kind of business it will be. Usually the choice varies between a service business or a product business. Service business is a good choice for those who have special skills such as consulting or tech-support. Product businesses need to sell physical products or information products. The common issue is to market the product or service, and marketing is a key element that will determine how well the business will do. The internet provides a great way to market a business, because of its relatively low cost and huge exposure. Regardless of the choice of business, affiliate marketing can make it more profitable due to the power of networking.

Many people assume that it would be easier for them to start a service business, because they can offer their unique skills to companies looking to outsource work. However, this does not leverage the internet beyond the search for work. The individual will be working at one job at a time, so they cannot use the power of the internet to leverage their time. Consequently, home based service businesses have limited income.

A common misconception about starting a home based business that sells physical products is that, in addition to marketing, the business needs to buy, handle, store, and ship those products. However, because of technology, these requirements are no longer necessary. As a result, than starting a service business. That’s because the product business does not suffer the same limitations as a service business. Without the limitatioms of buying, handling, storing, and shipping physical products, a business can sell a great variety of products just by marketing them online.

In particular, affiliate marketing is a key strategy of many successful home based businesses. Affiliate marketing techniques allow the average home business to sell a great variety of products.

Without the need to handle products, home based businesses only need to learn how to market their products to generate income. The more a home business owner knows about marketing on the web, the more successful the business will be. Learning marketing becomes the most important factor in determining the success of the business.

Home based business success depends on marketing skill, and one of the best ways to learn virtually everyting about internet marketing is at the Home Office Team. Home business owners can find everything they need to know about internet marketing and internet marketing strategies. The Home Office Team is a place where home based businesses owners can learn and profit.

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Kresge Library Collection Transfer – July 10, 2014
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The Kresge Library Print Collection Transfer to the University Library started Monday July 7, 2014. The last of the books going to the University Library were pulled today, July 10, 2014. The University Library has been working with Kresge on identifying items that are not duplicated within their print collection. In total, nearly 55,000 items will be moving to the University Library from the Kresge Collections that had been on the 4th Floor of Kresge. This represents around 75-80% of our holdings, which shows the unique value this material had on the Michigan Campus. Movers from Corrigan will be working all week moving the print collections and some library furniture that will go to the University Library. The print collections that are taken by the University Library will be moved into storage while a permanent home is found at the University Library. It will likely be late this year when the print items are available for research use. The collection will not be returning to Ross.

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Tips On How To Start An Office Cleaning Business

If you are planning to own a cleaning company, you must be thinking of how to start an office cleaning business. Cleaning offices, homes or apartment buildings is a simple business that can make a lot of money. It is also something you can start on a reasonable budget. The best part is, you can operate the business from home. It would be useless renting office space if most of your work will be done in other people’s offices.

You can do away with paying rent for office space as long as you have basic office tools at home like a telephone, computer, internet connection and office supplies. You may also use your garage as a storeroom for your cleaning equipment and supplies. It isn’t going to be difficult to learn how to start an office cleaning business if you follow these simple guidelines.

One of the first things you need to do is to create a business plan. It will be useful in case you need to borrow cash to open an office cleaning company. Your banker will want to see a business plan that shows you know what you are doing, can make the business work and make profit. That’s because they will want you to be able to repay the loan on time.

Another benefit to making a business plan is; you will discover how to start an office cleaning business covering areas in finance, management, marketing and profit. You will also learn how to procure equipment and supplies, train employees, and know how to go about getting clients. Once you are done writing your business plan, you will realize that you’ve learned more about the cleaning business than ever before.

You will have to buy cleaning tools and equipment such as power vacuums, heavy duty pressure washers, floor polishers, mops, rags, etc. For supplies, you will need floor wax, soap solutions, bleach, shampoo for carpet and sofa upholstery, and bathroom cleaners. You might also have to buy a larger vehicle like a truck or van to take you, your staff, and cleaning tools to the job site and back.

When you are mulling about how to start an office cleaning business, don’t forget to consider getting insurance. Basic liability insurance will save your company from financial liability in case something is damaged during one of your cleaning jobs. When you or your staff need to clean offices, you have to move equipment like copy machines, computers and furniture. If anything is damaged, you can fall back on insurance to pay for the damages instead of paying for them from your own pocket.

Don’t forget to register your cleaning company as a legit business. Pay taxes, get permits and get all legal documents in order. Not doing so can cause big problems for your business later on. It might be a good idea to hire a lawyer and an accountant to get these documents in order. A lawyer can also help you draft an office cleaning contract for clients and prepare waivers and other legal documents.

Marketing is also a major part of how to start an office cleaning business. It is what’s going to bring in customers and help you earn money. Without marketing and advertising, no one will know you exist. There are still a lot of stuff to learn in the cleaning business. Find out as much as you can before you open an office cleaning company. It will save you a lot of costly mistakes later on.

Discover how to start an office cleaning business, get more information about how to make an office cleaning contract at StartingAnOfficeCleaningBusiness.com.

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In the spring of 2014, we came to Paris for a week of relaxed vacationing, mostly to wander around and see some old familiar places. It was a “return” trip for both of us, though in my case I think it’s probably been more than 15 years since I was even here on a business trip.

Business trips to any city don’t really count as a “visit” — since they basically involve flying into a busy airport at night, taking a taxi to a generic business-traveler’s hotel (a Hilton in Paris looks just like a Hilton in Cairo), and then spending several days working in the hotel (if the purpose of the trip was a seminar or computer conference), or at a client’s office (also “generic” in most cases — you can’t even tell what floor you’re on when you get off the elevator, because every floor of “open office” layouts is the same). The trip usually ends in the late afternoon or evening of the final day, with a mad dash back to the airport to catch the last plane home to NYC. Thus, a business trip to Paris is almost indistinguishable from a business trip to Omaha. Or Albany. Or Tokyo.

But I did make a few “personal” visits to Paris in the 1970s and 1980s, so I looked forward to having the chance to walk through some familiar places along the Left Bank. I’m not so interested in museums, monuments, cathedrals, or other “official” tourist spots (but yes, I have been to the Eiffel Tower, just as I’ve been to the Empire State Building in NYC), so you won’t see any photos of those places in this Flickr set.

As a photographer, I now concentrate mostly on people and street scenes. The details of the location don’t matter much to me, though I do try to geotag my photos whenever I can. But for the most part, what you’ll see here are scenes of people and local things in Paris that made me smile as I walked around …

Watch the BEFORE video here:

Phase 1 is complete! I love the changes I’ve made so far. Things are so much more functional. There will be more changes coming soon! For example, I want to make a larger top for the new island and maybe put wheels on it. I need to do something about the unsightly blue cord going around the room and other things, mostly having to do with decluttering. But, I am so happy having my photography area next to the computer now. Before, I was photographing in my kitchen dining area where I could lay things out on the island in there, but this is making things so much more efficient and it really helps me with focus.

Hope you found something inspiring here!
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Home Business Tips – Setting Up Your Home Office

If you are going to own and run a home based business, having your own home office is an important aspect of your success. Although you could perform your duties at your kitchen table, this should be a last resort, as having your own space will enable you to differentiate your home from your business.

It is essential that you have a place that is conducive to work. Having your home office in your living room isn’t favorable to getting work done. You will also discover that finding time to rest or time for your family is impossible if you are encircle by your work, and time for work will be impossible if you are encircled by your family and distractions, such as the television.

So, what does your home office require? Let’s find out.

Office Desk and Chair

You will spend most of your time sitting in that chair, and working at that desk. The more roomy and comfortable it is the better off you are. You may be forced to begin with a small desk and an inexpensive chair in the beginning, but you should upgrade as soon as possible. The chair is especially vital, in terms of comfort.

There are many alternatives when it comes to a desk, but your desk should have a place for your keyboard, a room for your printer, storage space for disks, space for your monitor, and of course space to write and such.

Computer

The computer that you’ve used to browse and send and receive email probably isn’t strong enough to operate a business. You need a reliable computer, but you also require a computer that is suitable for upgrades in the future, as technology advances. Obtain your computer from a well-known company, and be sure to buy the extended warranty.

Office Equipment

This office equipment includes a printer, a scanner, a digital camera, and a fax machine. You may not really need all of these things for your home business, but you should consider your options carefully, and when you’re ready to buy, ensure that the products are high grades, so that they last for a long period of time.

When it comes to printers, you essentially have two options – a laser printer or an ink jet printer. If you will be doing a lot of professional printing, you may want to obtain a laser printer. However, if you want a printer for daily use, such as printing documents and pictures, an ink jet will be great. Either way, ensure that you can print in black and white as well as in color.

Also consider the fact that there are all-in-one systems that allow you to print, fax, copy, and scan, and for numerous business owners, this is the most logical and cost effective option. You will be amazed at how much a scanner comes in handy. It will enable you to scan documents and photographs. With a fax machine, you will be able to send and receive faxes, and in today’s business world, that is important.

Digital Camera

A digital camera may seem less important, but in most cases, it really isn’t. Owning a digital camera will allow you to take your own pictures for use on your web site, such as a photograph of you, or your products. What’s more, there is no film to purchase, and no development costs, as you can transfer your pictures from your camera to your computer in the blink of an eye.

Telephone

Ideally, you will have a different telephone line for your business. Most folks don’t realize the essence of this. It isn’t a case of professionalism; it is a case of keeping your sanity. Your phone line will require voicemail, and this will take care of calls that are received during your personal hours or absence. You also won’t have to be concern about the line being engaged with personal calls.

Filing Cabinet

You will certainly require a filing cabinet. Your business may be an Online Business, but that doesn’t imply that you won’t have offline files. You should save hard copies of everything, and set aside time either daily or weekly to carefully file things away. You should keep hard copies of receipts, contracts, tax information, and other business records.

Office Supplies

Lastly, you will require miscellaneous supplies, such as pens and pencils, a pencil holder, a pencil sharpener, business cards, note pads, envelopes, stationary, address book, paper and ink for the printer, and of course tablets for those numerous headaches you will experience.

Make your office space confidential, and make it a place that you will feel relaxed spending a great deal of time in. While it isn’t important to decorate the home office, it does help to enable it a warm and inviting place to carry out business.

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Decorating Your Home Business Office

There are many benefits to having a home business. One of the great things is that you can be doing what you love to be doing and you can be doing this at home, surrounded by your family and able to stop work at any time to take care of things. However, being at home also means that you need keep your home office from simply being a part of your life.

Meanwhile, not everyone can afford to have a different room that is only for their home business, so many people decide to make an office for themselves somewhere in their homes. Whether it is a corner of the basement or living room or a smaller and unused room. No matter where you decide to be, you have to make sure that your office is somewhere you are going to be able to work without having a lot of hassle.

There are going to be many things that you can do to make this a reality, so remember it all starts with you. First of all, be sure that you are giving yourself plenty of space that is just for your office. Be sure that you have something that separates the room your office is in from your actual office so that you do not feel as if you are in the middle of your regular life.

Then, it is time to furnish your office. Try to do whatever you can to make sure you are giving yourself plenty of chances to have the office of your dreams but remember that you are going to be working form home and therefore you do not need a lot of expensive equipment or decorations. Put up posters and other things that make you feel as if you are at work and encourage you. Also, check your department stores and other retailers, because often you can find very cheap office supplies.

If you are going to be having customers come into your home office, you need to have a place where they can be and actually feel like they are in a business. It is very important in this case that you go to the trouble of creating a real office, because if you do not have one you are not going to look professional and this could hurt your business.

Remember that this is always something you should be aware of. You must always portray what you are trying to get across when it comes to your home office and how you run things. Remember that you are in charge of your office and your business and you are in charge of how you come off to customers at all times. This is something that is completely in your control.

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t, H. S. Adams, Chief Clerk toSuperintendent, Seymour, Ind. William F. Himler, checkman at the Sey-mour freight station, in service since 1903, isan ardent fan for the Cincinnati Reds. Thoughpast fifty years, he rises in time to catch No. 12,due at Seymour at 4.46 a. m. for the QueenCity and returns home on No. 3, arriving aboutmidnight. Mr. Himler had two sons in theservice, one a First Lieutenant. A third son,Hubert J., is office boy in our Superintendentsoffice. Recently an aeroplane did a land office busi-ness in riding passengers over Seymour. Sev-eral business men of the city were eager enoughto take a trip upward, in the hope of getting toheaven first, I guess. In the number wereseveral of our employes, including S. A. Rogers,road foreman of engines; Hubert Myron, opera-tor; Riley Whitman, Red Stants and HallieHolder of the Division Accountants office.George Henry, passenger fireman, enjoyed thenose dive, tail spin, etc. Others say they feela little more secure on mother earth.

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Decorating Your Home Office In A Most Pleasing Way

More and more people are starting their own home based business, and there is a real interest these days in furnishing one of the rooms at home to turn it into an office that makes it easy for the person to actually work from home.

Of course the best place to set up a home office is at home. While people have tried using one table in the living room and working there, this is not as efficient as having their own office for working. Having a separate room makes sure that there is plenty of peace and quiet for the person to be able to properly conduct their business from the comfort of their home.

A home business office needs various pieces of furniture for proper functioning. At the minimum you will need to have a regular table, a computer table, a chair, some filing cabinets and a bookshelf. If you don’t have enough space, you can use your regular table as the computer table as well, provided it is big enough to support the pc as well. Also the chair needs to be comfortable enough, since you will be sitting in it for many hours every day.

When it comes to the size of the room, a smaller place will invite less pieces of furniture than a larger one. There are many sleek and very functional desks that can be bought which take much less space than a regular sized one. Also using a laptop instead of a desktop computer will save space in the room. Also a laptop is highly portable, something that a desktop pc is not.

While working from home, you still need to treat your work as a real job that earns you money. This is why you need to think of it as a real business, and not merely spending time at home. So avoid having any distractions such as having TVs or radios in the room. On the other hand, you can easily decorate your office with a few well placed plants that add a nice ambient to your home office.

Making use of a spiral coil binding machine is a great addition to any home office. For more information visit spiral binding machine.

Museum Tower seen with the Downtown Dallas Financial District to its left and the burgeoning Dallas Arts District in the foreground as well as behind the Tower, June 2010
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Museum Tower, at 560 feet tall and 42 stories costing 0 million dollars, is under construction with completion expected in late 2012. The rendering of Museum Tower in this photo shows what an incredible addition the tower will make on the Downtown Dallas cityscape. Museum Tower has been described as a "shaft of light".

Museum Tower, from this particular view, is visually located to the north of the Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral, JP Morgan Chase Tower, 2100 Ross Avenue Tower, and the Trammell Crow Center with One Arts Plaza to the east. The explosive growth of dozens of skyscrapers and highrises in Downtown Dallas’ Uptown District are immediately to the north of Museum Tower and are not seen in this image.

As seen in the rendering, Museum Tower is literally surrounded by the 68-acre, 19 contiguous block world class Dallas Arts District with its numerous cultural facilities in the heart of Downtown Dallas. The Dallas Arts District is now perceived as the finest in the country, surpassing the Kennedy and Lincoln Centers in New York City: www.flickr.com/photos/52949402@N03/5128988435/in/set-7215…

The 5.2 acre Woodall Rodgers Urban Park is under construction; the park’s construction is not seen in this image. The Woodall Rodgers Urban park is creating a "Central Park" like setting amidst the skyscrapers of Downtown Dallas and will be the "front lawn" to Museum Tower.

The Woodall Rodgers Urban Park is costing 0 million dollars and completion is expected in 2012. The Park will seamlessly connect the traditional Downtown Dallas Financial District to the skyscrapers and highrises in its Uptown District just immediately to the north into one continuous whole.

Woodall Rodgers Freeway is becoming the new 21st century "Main Street" of Downtown Dallas with the intense development that has occurred fronting Woodall Rodgers Freeway from both the south (the traditional Dallas Financial District) and the north (Downtown Dallas’ Uptown District) sides of the freeway.
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Here is a fantastic video of Downtown Dallas from 07-24-10 driving along I-35 on the west side of Downtown that shows the wonderful density that has developed in the Downtown core with its Uptown District from 2006 to 2010. Select 720p HD and full screen. If you pause at 13 seconds into the video, right in the middle of the image between Hunt Oil and One Arts Plaza Towers, will be where the under construction 0 million dollar Museum Tower in the traditional Downtown Financial District will make its presence known. The construction crane seen center left at a 13 second pause is for the 17 story 5 million dollar Perot Museum of Nature and Science that is also currently under construction on the north side of Woodall Rodgers, a couple blocks away from Museum Tower’s location on the side side of Woodall. Woodall Rodgers is the new 21st century "Main Street" of Downtown Dallas. Museum Tower’s almost 600 foot tall 42 story presence once completed in late 2012 is going to make a huge impact on the Downtown Dallas cityscape as it will stretch the Financial District so far north that it will completely meld into Uptown and vice versa:

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This is another fantastic video shot from a helicopter circling Downtown Dallas on 07-09-10. Select 720p HD and full screen. The video generally focuses on the traditional Downtown Dallas Financial District, but if you look on the left hand side middle screen while the video is playing you will again see the incredible dense development that has literally sprung up almost overnight in Downtown’s Uptown District (between 2006 and 2010). From between 5 and 13 seconds at the beginning of the video you can see how impressive the Uptown skyscrapers are from just seeing the edge of Uptown that is directly facing the Financial District across Woodall Rodgers. Also from around 35 to 40 seconds into the video is when you can see the dense Uptown development from a bit broader perspective. Woodall Rodgers is the new 21st century "Main Street" of Downtown Dallas. Also, Museum Tower’s almost 600 foot tall 42 story presence once completed in late 2012 is going to make a huge impact on the Downtown Dallas cityscape as it will stretch the Financial District so far north that it will completely meld into Uptown and vice versa:

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This is another great aerial video that literally offers a birdseye, multi-thousand foot view of Downtown Dallas shot on 10-24-10, in a jet flying over Downtown on its landing approach to DFW International Airport. Select 720p HD and full screen. For purposes of this discussion, freeze the video anywhere from 1 second to 10 seconds. The large mass of buildings in the very center of the video is Downtown Dallas, which includes all of the skyscrapers and highrises in Uptown as well as those in the more traditional Financial District which today forms the largest urban core in the nation outside of NYC, LA and Chicago with over 50,300,000 square feet of office space. The explosive growth of dense urban development in Uptown has vigorously extended Downtown Dallas northward. Downtown Dallas is now a long rectangle, anchored on its northern border by the CityPlace East (42 story) and Azure (31 story) skyscrapers with the mass of buildings stretching from the northern border southward through the traditional Financial District to just past I-30 to include the dense cluster of new developments in The Cedars District (the new City of Dallas Police Headquarters, the new Beat Condominium Tower, South Side on Lamar, and the just announced coup for Downtown Dallas of the NYLO Hotel South Side, etc.) . The W Hotel (31 stories) and The House Condominiums (29 stories) along with the Hyatt Regency Hotel (30 stories), Reunion Tower (50 stories) and the new half billion dollar Omni Convention Hotel (27 stories) clearly anchor the western side of Downtown running along Stemmons Freeway. One Arts Plaza (24 stories) and the dense Downtown Dallas Arts District along with the Sheraton Hotel’s twin towers (42 stories and 31 stories) and the Comerica Bank Headquarters Tower (60 stories) run along Central Expressway anchoring the eastern side of Downtown, and which then extends just a little further eastward to include the massive Baylor Medical District complex (seen in the video as the large mass of white highrises farthest east of the Financial District). Like a beautiful necklace extending just immediately north of Uptown/Downtown in the video, one can see the long chain of highrise apartment and condominium towers in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas tracking the large swath of greenbelt just immediately north of the CityPlace East and Azure skyscrapers. As a pre-cursor for continued vibrant Downtown Dallas growth, a major keystone development that heralds future massive and dense urban development for Downtown can be seen in the video in the form of the instantly iconic new Calatrava Bridge spanning the Trinity River, which will bring billions in new development by extending Downtown Dallas’ golden corridor, Woodall Rodgers Expressway, to the west side of the Trinity River. Woodall Rodgers has become the new 21st century "Main Street" for Downtown Dallas as it sets right in the middle of the bustling skyscrapers located on both the north and south sides of it. In the next ten to twenty years Turtle Creek, Uptown, Victory, Baylor, Deep Ellum, the Design District, the Financial District, The Cedars, and the newest urban frontier of West Dallas will seamlessly meld together to form a super dense core of the most dynamic and largest urban center in the nation outside of New York City and Los Angeles, and rivaling Chicago.

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This cool video from 08-30-10 further reinforces the explosive growth of around 13,000,000 square feet in new Class A and Class AA office space that Downtown Dallas has seen in the last few years in its Uptown and Victory Districts from 2006 to 2010. Select 1080p HD and full screen. The video is shot from the same exact spot throughout but shifts its main focal point from the Financial District to Uptown at 14 seconds. From 0 to 13 seconds the focus of the video is the northern edge of the traditional Financial District with the bustling heavy traffic of Woodall Rodgers Freeway. During this segment one can imagine the imposing and impressive addition to the cityscape that the almost 600 foot tall 42 story Museum Tower will make as it will literally be positioned right behind Hunt Oil Tower, which is unmistakably dressed in its state-of-the-art LED lighting (blue at the time of the video). Still filmed from the exact same spot, from 14 seconds to the end, the focus of the video shifts slightly north looking across Woodall Rodgers Freeway to reveal just a small slice of the significant density of skyscrapers and highrises erected in Uptown mostly since around 2006. Woodall Rodgers is the new 21st century "Main Street" of Downtown Dallas. The construction crane that is clearly visible in this portion of the video is for the 17 story 5 million dollar Perot Museum of Nature and Science that is currently under construction:

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Downtown Dallas is experiencing a renaissance from more than billion in new development that is currently underway in and near the Downtown core. As a result, Downtown Dallas is on the verge of a renewed greatness because of the billions in investment it has made in its Downtown core in general but also in its newest premier district, the Downtown Dallas Arts District.

An article published in the October 2010 "D Magazine" discusses how the relocation of corporate headquarters and businesses into Downtown Dallas is at an all time high. The level of interest in doing so (from out of state, in state and in town corporations) has also reached the highest level ever:

www.dmagazine.com/Home/D_CEO/2010/October/The_Rejuvenatio…

Dallas will surpass Chicago as the 3rd largest metro in the nation by 2030 or sooner, published 03-15-10 in The Dallas Morning News:

www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/columnists/chall…

And another significant recognition and accolade from Forbes Magazine, published 09-02-09, naming Dallas as a "World Capital of the Future" that highlights Dallas’ worldwide reach and influence and its growing significance on the world stage:

www.forbes.com/2009/09/02/world-capitals-cities-century-o…

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A Home Office For Your Home Business With No Room For One

No matter what type of business you have, you have to be able to set up a home office because otherwise you will not be able to conduct business. However, many people are not blessed to have an extra room in their home simply to work in. So, how do you find room for a home office when you simply do not have room for one?

The first thing that you have to do when you are looking for room for your home office is to make sure that you understand how much room you are actually going to need. What are you doing for your home business? Are you simply working online, which means that all you need room for is a desk and computer? Or do you need work space, like a large table? Do you need storage room as well? All of these things are important so that you can make the most out of the space that you need.

If all that you need is a desk and computer, you have it easy. This is going to be the best way that you have to get a real home office, just for yourself. You can find room for a desk and a computer just about anywhere the corner of a bedroom or dining room. The trick is that you have to be able to separate this from the rest of your home.

You might not think that it is important to do this, but if you cannot separate your home office area from the rest of your home you will find that it is too difficult to separate the home business itself from the rest of your life, which is very important in order to run your home business successfully. So, when you are looking at your home office space, you have to have it separated.

If all that you need is a desk and computer, you can separate this very easily. Find a roll top desk or a desk with doors that will close. That way, you can shut down your office when you are done with work for the day. This is something that you can do to make it easier on you, and it is something that you will be able to do quite easily as well.

If you need more room for your home business, you might have a problem. In small houses, or in houses where you have a spouse and kids and pets, you are going to run into trouble. But remember that as long as you can find an area to use that can be separate, you will be ok. Think about using a corner of the basement or garage for this. You can separate areas with room dividers, or even with sheets hung from the ceiling. No matter what, you should be able to make your home office a separate place.

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Sergei Takes a Gratuity
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The ‘smugglers’ who shared the cabin with me on the Trans Siberian always placed a generous cash gratuity into our passports as we were to be searched. Andre ‘the elder’ would assert his authority as the head smuggler and collect all four of the passports… including mine… and he would give them to the officials with a mischevous smile and a nod that said ‘this is my gift to you.’ This is my business. This is what I do.

Andre always put the American passport on the bottom… I think he thought it would draw less attention there…and then he always shushed me with a stern and piercing look as he prepared for these most critical transactions. The first thing the official would do is put the American passport on top. I began to realize that although we shared that cabin and the comraderie of the rails… or confinement thereof… that Andre ‘the elder’ didn’t really think that having an American in his cabin was all that much good for business. It seemed to bring a little ‘extra special’ attention and scrutiny to his little clandestine smuggling operation. Maybe he had to bump up the bribes a notch or two to insure the safe passage of his valuable contraband. Either way you could just tell by watching him that Andre was a bottom line kind of guy.

By the end of the journey though Andre had invited me to live with him and his family in Poland… to work at his store… and to marry his daughter who he assured me had the bluest of eyes and breasts that were the national pride of Poland. Although I never saw him again I came to love Andre as a father in law even though I never met his daughter… somehow I feel like I know her.

It’s no joke either about Polish womens breasts being an object of national pride. Somehow Andre ‘the elder’ seemed capable of working it into any conversation relating to his motherland… to which Andre ‘the younger’ and their female companion would invariably agree with.

This usually led to a toast… a clanking of the glasses… the tipping of a bottle and a slurred chorus of ‘nasdorovia’s.’

Whenever the merits of Polish breasts were agreed on, indeed that meant it was time to drink some more vodka. Even to this day… when I think of Andre or Polish womens breasts… it makes me want to knock back a shot of vodka… but I don’t drink anymore and really I am more of an ass man… but still. I never had the heart to tell Andre that… I mean, talking about Polish womens breasts really seemed to make him so happy. I didn’t want to take that way from him. You’ve just never seen a guy so filled with joy as Andre was whenever his favorite subject was being discussed or debated… it really lit him up from the inside.

Anytime you want to make a Polish national feel good… or homesick… just bring up the fact that Polish women have the best breasts. It’s been good for a lot of free drinks for me.

I had just left Asia… everyday I travelled closer to Europe. With the passage of time and distance Andre’s observations were indeed verified though… the closer I got to Poland… the larger breasts became. I’m not kidding. Andre was right.

The first Russian I met… the man smiling in the photograph… was like most Russians it seemed…named Sergei. A few were named Alexander or Andre. I think Russians have only three names… except for politicians or people of fame. I might have met a couple of Victors and a handful of Igor’s as well. Somebody once said they’d heard of a Russian named Nikolai too. Still… most men in Russia are named Sergei. That’s just the way it is there.

Seconds after I took this photograph Sergei slipped into his pocket without flinch or hesitation the currency that Andre had stashed in his passport. I knew it was coming and I was watching closely for it. I barely caught it. And I grew up in Chicago.

Living on that train with those smugglers was like taking an advanced college course in the subtleties and techniques of graft. It was Andre ‘the elder’ who taught me that you need to keep variable amounts of currency in each of your four pockets… like five in one, ten in the next, then twenty and a hundred…and that you must properly size up the person you are attempting to bribe and choose from one of your pockets the minumum amount you are betting it will take to pacify that official.

That’s helped me more than once in life since then.

Andre also showed me that it was really important to telegraph the bribe… to look the mark right in the eyes and demonstrate that one… you were about to bribe him and two… that you were going to reach into your pocket and take out all of the money you had available to you for this transaction. It was really deep psychology according to Andre. The man had an ethic and he was a perfectionist. It’s always remarkable to watch such a master at work.

Andre pointed out that it was good form to allow your pocket to turn slightly inside out so that the mark could see that indeed you really emptied it. This he noted made them feel really special. Like you went all the way for them. He also taught me that a bribe is never to be peeled off of a larger wad of bills or taken from a wallet… unless you had done business with the mark before but in his opinion it was still a bad idea.

Andre’s bribes never failed or produced even the slightest trace of hesitation. The man was truly a master. Andre ‘the elder’ was the maestro of bribery. And he taught me well. Halfway through the journey he announced that he was getting sick of the train and that he and his cohorts were getting off at Irkusk and flying on to Moscow.

He gave to me a case of vodka and an envelope with additional bribes in it and told me that he would meet me in Moscow with the ‘goods’ next week.

I was proud and honored that Andre ‘the elder’ trusted me with the ‘stuff.’

I was officially a smuggler now.

When I went through Japanese customs they even pulled me right out of line… took me to this little office where I presumed I was going to learn what a rough rectal exam was like. They never even looked in my bags though… they just wanted to know if I slept with any prostitutes in Bangkok… it was a real interrogation too… they didn’t believe me when I said I hadn’t… they even tried to say I must be gay then. the fact that I didn’t seem to take much offense at their calling me gay really seemed to disturb them because thry had a little conference among themselves… in Japanese… so I had no way of knowing what they were saying.

I told them that i did get a killer massage at the James Bond Turkish Bath and Massage House… but there was no happy ending if you know what I mean. I only went in because of the James Bond motiff. I’m a sucker for that stuff… like the cosmonaut cigarettes on the train in Russia.

Still they didn’t believe me but they let me go with a warning… a reminder to call them if I wanted to change my story and they gave me this pamphlet that described all of the symptoms one might have after a hedonistic weekend in the city of angels… Bankok. Reading the brochure it made me really glad I just stuck with the massage. The pictures, even though they were in black and white, they were especially disturbing.

Bangkok… really the only reason I went there is because I loved that song by Murray McMurray… you know the one… ‘one night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble.’ I wanted to see what the inspiration for that song was… and I thought I could use some humbling. Murray was correctamundo… I was indeed humbled.

I dealt with smugglers before in Japan… Nigerians… but dealing with the Nigerians always made me feel dirty. And that was before they became famous on the internet.

Those Nigerians… they are a resourceful bunch though. And the colorful clothing… you haven’t partied until you’ve partied with a Nigerian man wearing a yellow daishiki with a matching hat. I couldda stared at those intricate psychadellic patterns forever. I still felt dirty though. But as a rule, if you ever want anything illegal, if you want to find the corruption or a cities dark underbelly… look for the Nigerians… you can’t miss them the way they dress. Or you can just find cab drivers… who are often Nigerian anyway. Cab drivers are also a valuable resource when you are looking for some sin in a new city. I never once got into one of those three wheeled cabs in Bangkok called "Tuk-tuk’s" without being offered a "massagy-massagy," Not once.

When I was in high school and I wanted some beer or alcoholoc beverages… I’d just call for a cab… and when the guy got there… I’d tell him to go get me a twelve pack or something… then I would do that "rip the twenty dollar bill in half" trick and tell him he’d get to keep the other half when he came back. They loved that. It always produced for me. It’s one of the most secret agent like things you could do… ripping a bill in half like that… it’s an all or nothing move… it’s like saying neither one of us trusts the other but this twenty… that’s what it’s all about. Of course you gotta figure in the cab fare too.

I think Nigeria has the worlds biggest cab driver school or something. Most Nigerian guys grow up to be cab drivers… the ones with more education do internet scams… white collar work. From what I’ve seen… those are your only two career paths if you’re from Nigeria. Smuggling and dealing in hashish is just a very common side gig. And they had this scam where they used a computer to alter prepaid phone cards and increase their value. Nigerians can be geniuses.

It was a Nigerian that taught me that if you took the local train long distance in Japan you could have a friend get on at the station before your destination and give you an extra ticket he bought there for like a buck and you could save hundreds because if you over rode your fair they didn’t check on the train… you just had to pay when you inserted your ticket at the exit. Those Nigerians.

The Japanese didn’t have much an apetite for the devils weed… they preferred amphetamines… something I never did. I always thought it would be pretty hillarious to hang out with some really stoned Japanese people. I wondered what their eyes could possibly look like when they were smoking pot.

The other gaurd in the picture… the mean looking one… noted the transaction as if to say ‘I had better get my cut’ and the money quickly dissapeared with all of the magnificence of a Las Vegas slieght of hand magician.

You could see it in the officers eyes… and he didn’t appreciate my shutter happy finger either. I thought this would be another precious roll of thirty five millimeter lost to the angry hands of the authorities. That stuff is hard to come by in Siberia you know.

It was obvious these men were used to being treated to such gratuities. Probably they sent word ahead… there is a man in the rear cabin who treats security officials very well.

It reminded me of the consulate officer at the Russian embassy in Beijing who informed me that they were ‘all out of visas’ until I produced my last eight american dollars… and even then he motioned for me to show him the inside of my bag because I’m sure he wanted to make it an even ten. That’s why you keep your money in different pockets. Miraculously the rubber stamp that made visas was rejuvenated and after a strong smack on the stamp pad was good for just one more visa.

Our cabin and our bags were never searched. Not anywhere on the entire journey. They could have contained a ton of heroin or four chinese children set out to work in the kitchens of europe.

At this time I didn’t know what the two Andres and their female cohort were smuggling, but I had hoped that it was indeed something that would make the journey more pleasant.

My passport was taken from me there at Manzhoulli and I was issued Russian travel papers that I carried for the duration of the trip. Papers that were stamped with a radiation symbol the morning after we tore ass through the radiated zone caused by the disaster at Chernobyl. To this day I wonder how the passport was returned to me as I departed Russia at the Polish border.

Later Sergei ‘the compensated’ and I sat outside the Manzhoulli station where he smoked a cigarette and asked me questions about America. It wasn’t small talk… Sergei had a deep interest in the way things were there… why our countries grew up in this diabolic situation of mutual assured nuclear destruction. What was so different about us his words seemed to say in a meandering way. I saw then that Sergei was raised too on the same diet of propoganda that I was… just the other end of the spectrum. I remember it seemed as if we both realized that right at the same time… his deep basso Russian laughter overwhelmed mine and carried beyond our immediate confines to precede me into Siberia.

I uncapped the pewter whiskey flask in my bag… the one decorated with the golfers on it that I shoplifted from Carson Perie Scott’s in high school and we shared a sip. The same one the port official in Shanghai uncapped to smell but never dared to partake of. I crushed that flask when I had it in my back pocket when I fell off the back of a moving truck… the flask was empty… which undoubtably had something to do with me falling off of the back of a moving truck… but I was crushed too because I loved that flask. I ended up filling it with water and freezing it repeatedly until the crushed metal expanded outward. Plus I think it’s realy the only thing I’ve ever shoplifted… except for candy and stuff like that. I just fell in love with that thing the first time I saw it. I knew then that I had to have it and I carried it around the whole world.

In Siberia vodka was golden… but whiskey… even the cheap Japanese stuff I carried…Suntory I think… it produced a reaction in my Russian friends like nothing I had ever seen. One sip… savored as if it were sent from heaven above and there were kisses and bear hugs. One sip of whiskey to a Russian then always opened up an immediate and strong friendship. Sometimes it even lasted longer than the fire it produced in your stomach and the burn in your throat.

I watched the sunset there that evening in Manzhoulli. Alone at the side of the rails I wished that someone would have walked over… sat next to me… and even in the silence of those who speak no common language… just appreciated that Manzhoulli sunset with me.

If I could have found one…I would have paid a prostitute just to sit next to me and enjoy that there. But I’ve heard that prostitutes always make you pay extra for weird stuff like that. I did after all have a bag of Yuan’s that I worked out of the black market in China. The ones that I was left with after they wouldn’t let me buy booze with them. The ones only chinese citizens are supposed to carry. Foreigners in China are supposed to carry a different money than the Chinese… they’re called foreign exchange certificates. I called them ‘fecks’ because I like to come up with acronyms or slang names for things. It makes me sound smarter… like I been around the block a time or two.

Chinese money confused me… they rarely used coins… I’d break a one yuan note… worth maybe twenty cents and about the size of a buck… and for change I’d get a bunch of smaller notes of differing sizes. It was like some of their cash was as small as a postage stamp. After a week I had so much of the stuff and couldn’t figure out how to use it… I’d just open my hip bag and let the bus driver or shop keeper help themselves.

It was the hearbreak of the solo traveller… that I should be in a place of such significance and see something of extraordinary beauty and have no one there to even draw breath with in in the way one does when confronted with such magnificence. The sigh of beauty.

Envy was the emotion I always felt as I watched others hold hands or share the entwinement of a lovers arms… those who whispered to each other at these moments… them who had someone stand on the pier or at the station to wish them bon voyage… even more so they who met someone to welcome them to their destination.

I always stepped off of my conveyance alone.

I was there alone as the sun set on Asia… I said goodbye as it was dropping low over Mongolia and casting a gorgeous and firery reflection off of the steppes and the deserts miles distant.

It would be to me my last sunset of Asia.

And my last stupid thought. Possibly it was the vodka the Andres forced upon me there… but I clasped my hands behind my head and layed back on my backpack as the sun rounded the earth… and I entertained myself with a promise that if I were ever to become filthy rich that I would buy my childhood home… the one I grew up in… have it taken apart piece by piece and put into shipping containers where I would then have them shipped here… or maybe to the Steppes of Mongolia in front of me… and reassembled exactly as it was. I didn’t care where… I just thought it would be loads of fun to take my childhood home apart and rebuild it somewhere really far away.

That I might live in my house and look out the window at this place.

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A Home Business Needs Office Space

If you have a home business and you work from home you may not have a dedicated office space you can call your own. Even if you do it may not meet up to your ideal requirements. Unless you are lucky enough to have a separate room for your office and enough cash to fit it out just as you want it, you are likely to have to make do to a certain extent.

Take this opportunity to have a look round at the space where you work. Does it satisfy you? Are there things about it that just don’t seem to really work that well? Are you constantly tripping over things cluttered on the floor? Do you struggle to make the most of the space you have?

Wherever you happen to work, the best way to get the most out your home office space is to take some time to arrange it properly. You could do this over a weekend if you have the time. Alternatively block out an afternoon of your work time a couple of weeks from now and don’t book anything else into that time beforehand. Make a list of the things you want to do and keep that list handy so you can jot things on it over time.

One of the most important things in any home office space is the desk. This is where the majority of your business will be done of course, so it needs to feel right for you and fulfil your needs. If it is messy it will not be the most pleasant space to work in.

When you start your office overhaul, clear off your desk and give it a good clean. You might want to buy some filing trays to have on one side in order to keep your business paperwork organised. This makes things easier to find and keeps the clutter down.

Sometimes just giving your office space a good spring clean is enough to make you feel motivated about it again. But if you still feel unhappy about some aspect of it you can often find out where the problem lies by clearing items and rearranging things carefully.

Keeping whatever area you have tidied is the key to feeling better about your workspace. Buy storage cabinets or filing cabinets if you need them. They will look good and keep paperwork off the floor; you won’t have the problem of tripping over files constantly either. Health and safety applies just as much in your own home office as it does everywhere else. A lot of it is common sense though so make sure you take a look round and identify any potential areas where problems could occur. Make sure there are no wires or leads from computers or printers you could trip over for example.

The point is that there are always things you can do to make your office space more pleasant. Add some plants and keep it clean all the time too. You will find it makes the world of difference to how organised your home business feels.

St Catharines Ontario ~ Canada ~ Mansion House ~ Heritage ~ Original Mural 1820
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The Mansion House is a historical landmark, a restaurant, pub and venue for live music. It was originally constructed in the early 1800s to be a home and store for
William Hamilton Merritt, the main promoter of the original Welland Canal.

In the 1820s the building was turned into a hotel with the addition of a large dining room and office. Life carried on in the hotel, with travelers and sailors boarding in the rooms, and Merritt conducting his business.

In 1859 a fire raged through downtown St. Catharines, and caused significant damage to the Mansion House. During the rebuilding the name changed a number of times, until 1868 when it was re-named The Mansion House.

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Online Home Business Office for Away From Home Dads

If you have a successful home based, online, Internet business there may come a time that you need to choose to take that office elsewhere if only on a part time basis.

Most of you will yell NO! at me through your monitor who are in the home based business online industry. I would do the same thing to tell you the truth. I would not do it either.

However, some people just cannot thrive at their business working from the home office. While the home Internet businesses are an attractive concept to them perhaps their spouse, children or pets do not or will not understand and are too disruptive to your business.

You can possibly avoid this situation with training and give and take with your spouse children and pets. If you are hearing the, you do not love me, line from your spouse children and pets maybe you can meet somewhere in between.

Acts as simple as having your children and pets set on your lap and be quiet while you are working will frequently satisfy them. Take pre arranged breaks for activity with your family to also satisfy them.

Taking agreed on and scheduled breaks to play and work with your different family members will also help. Remind them that you need breaks for yourself to chill out also.

Write a contract with your spouse and children that they help make, sign and agree to the terms. Train your pet to know that they will have play and walk times. Have the family help with tasks so they appreciate your business more.

To keep your business sanity you must get out of your house at least one hour everyday. This is a good time to walk with your dog and talk, offline, with your family. You are refreshed also.

Ideas will come from your subconscious at these rest times. Some will be good.

Do you find yourself too tempted by the TV in the next room or the refrigerator close by? How many modestly success entrepreneurs would you guess succeeded using these useless tools? Correct. None!

It is not that you have not succeeded at your home office online business. It may just be that you will succeed more elsewhere, and you will keep peace in the home too. Or will you?

If you have not left your job yet you must clearly lay out what your family, pets and friends can expect. If you do not do this clearly before you leave the job, disaster will follow. Got it? Good. Let us keep going.

This is only if you can not get your family to agree to cooperate and work with you. Explain that you worked hard and left your job to be home with them. If this fails you will just have to work away from home.

Loneliness could be a factor in moving the home base Internet business from the home. This will be true if you have no family or pets living with you.

An office environment may mean that other business people who run other entrepreneur businesses, like you, are down the hall.

The knowledge that you will run into people with similar business issues and conflicts at the copy machine or in the community break room can be good and helpful.

It is often a comforting thought. More comforting than trying to converse with your three year old about your client problems. Especially if a spouse is not home to support you at this time.

Perhaps just a partial move out is all that is necessary. You will still need to draw limits on your future growth at this time to control your life and happiness.

Friends and relatives will feel they can waste your time by dropping in during your working hours. They will say you are free to play now and even ask you to help them with their chores because you have more time now.

It happens. Just say no to these requests.

This outside, of the home, office environment can result in more productivity. You will be less tempted to waste two hours at lunch with a friend, relative or business associate.

With business growth you might grow out of home office space. This is a common fact. When you hire employees, you need more storage, PCs or other equipment. You may start to have local clients that want to stop by your office.

If this happens once too often and you get tired of finding excuses to meet them for coffee at the local Tim Hortons you might start thinking you need a real office. If you have a family, bring them in on this carefully before you move out.

At this point you need to decide if you want to grow anymore. Is your business becoming the awful job you escaped from?

Is it going to cost you your family and marriage? Talk it over big time with your family before taking the next step out of your home.

A friend of mine moved his home based Internet business to a location where the fax machine kept going off in the middle of the night and calling him.

Cell phone calls can be disruptive at odd hours as well, as clients and business colleagues anticipate getting your voice mail, not realizing they are waking you at home. Email is the answer here.

Set hours that you can answer the phone and let your customers know your hours so they know what to expect. If someone wants to call you at unfair hours, even a customer, you have to draw the line of respect.

Sometimes you might have to let a good customer go. I have had to do this myself. Your sanity and peace come first.

With any major business decision, whether Internet business or large corporation, there are cons as well as pros to consider.

The negatives are that you will be back to commuting, with the frustration, time consumption and even added danger of driving in this day and age when more people go through red lights and stop signs.

You will have the added expenses of furnishings, leasing, utilities, insurance and more stress you left at your old job.

Of course, if you have had to decline potential clients because you did not have the staff, time or facilities to complete their project, the decision might be easy.

If the profit expected from the move outweighs the cost of the move, it may be well worth your time. If it is better than your old job and does not cost you your family, it may be worth it.

Remember, just a part time outside office may be the answer. If you can still be happy, and not ruin your life, go for it.

James M. Lowe writes original articles about home business opportunities .

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The modern concept of small office/home office, or SoHo, refers to the category of business, which involves from 1 to 10 workers. SOHO can also stand for small or home office or single office/home office. A larger business enterprise, one notch up the size scale, is often categorized as a small business. When a company reaches 100 or more employees, it is often referred to as a Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME). (Source Wikipedia)