How to Give Your Home Based Business a Professional Look

You have finally started your home based business. Your success will depend on several factors no doubt but unfortunately one aspect that is often overlooked or neglected is to give a professional look to your home based business. Some entrepreneurs neglect this aspect knowingly thinking that it is a waste of time and money. There are others who neglect this aspect because of cash flow problems. Whatever your problems, it is extremely important that your business projects a professional image to your customers, competitors and to your well-wishers. More so if you have to meet your customers and clients regularly in your home office.1. Professional looking Home Office.The first step to make your home based business look professional is to have a good home office. You have to designate a room, a section of the house or even the garage for this purpose. Create a good working environment, choosing the proper colors for the walls. Equip your home office with essential furniture, equipment and fixtures to start with. You will require items such as, a table, two chairs, telephone, filing cabinet, computer, printer, trays and a table lamp.2. Project a Bigger Image of Your Business.Though all these equipments are necessary for your day to day work it is also important to impress your visitors. The first impression is the best impression. Your clients should get the impression that they are dealing with someone who is organized, knows his or her business and doing well. Your conversations with your clients should also convince them that your home based business is much larger and prosperous than what it appears to be.3. Business Website.Today with the development of the Internet and the availability of the computer in most homes, the website has become a necessity. A website can make your business appear big, professional and organized. With an attractive and informative website you can make your home business appear as big as or bigger than your million dollar competitors. You can give detailed information about your home business, your products, any specials and discounts available from time to time.4. Business Cards.Quite often most of us have made use of other peoples’ business cards to look for addresses or phone numbers but we do not have one of our own. Entrepreneurs new to business do not realize how effective a business card can be. A business card projects professionalism, your business image and credibility. They become very handy to promote your home business in seminars, conferences, trade fairs, and other functions.5. Stationary.Make your envelope and letterhead look professional with your logo and address printed attractively. Print the URL of your website, address and phone number on all printed material that goes out of your business. All this add up to give your business a professional look while at the same time promoting your business.6. Avoid Interference by Family members.One of the major problems faced by home based business entrepreneurs is family members popping in and out of their home office thus distracting them from their work. This must be discouraged right from the beginning. Customers and other businessmen who come to discuss business matters dislike this interference. This makes your business appear cheap and ordinary.Conclusion.The above mentioned ideas will help you to project a professional image for your home based business. The more professional you appear, the more confident your customers and clients will be in doing business with you.

Divorce Law – The Intersection of Divorce and Real Estate Law – What Happens to Marital Domiciles?

If husband and wife own real estate in Rhode Island and are getting divorced and have no minor children then there are many possible dispositions concerning the marital domicile.

The parties agree to sell the property

There may be negotiations during the Rhode Island (RI) Divorce concerning one spouse buying out their husband or wife’s share in the property. The parties can agree to a single appraisal or hire their own appraisors. Some parties simply agree to the fair market value and do not need an appraisal. If husband and wife’s appraisals are different then they can negotiate the fair market value of the property. After determining the fair market value of the property, the parties should look at all mortgages owed and determine the equity of the property. The equity in the property is the difference between the fair market value and all liens and mortgages. This article only pertains to divorce and family law in Rhode Island (RI).

The equity in the property will determine what amount the person who is refinancing should pay the other party to buy out their equitable share. At the refinance closing, husband or wife may deed the property by quitclaim deed. Upon transfer of the deed, the spouse will receive their agreed upon share of the marital equity.

If the parties cannot reach an agreement and there are no children, the property will probably be ordered to be sold at the Rhode Island divorce trial.

In some cases, one spouse may agree to take less then half of the equity in the property. This could be done for numerous reasons including: disparity in earning capacity, admissions of an affair or infidelity, offsets from other assets etc.

Parties may also agree to a multitude of different scenarios which might include one party living in the marital domicile and refinancing in the future to buy out the other party’s share. This usually involves the party who remains in the house granting a mortgage to the other spouse.

There is really no limit to the types of agreements that parties can reach and it is possible that the parties could trade off assets in which one spouse receives a different asset such as a retirement account in exchange for the other party obtaining title to the real estate. Be careful because there may be federal tax implications to such tradeoffs!

This can get tricky because a transfer of the property without a current refinance will not take the person who deeded the property name off of the mortgage and promissory note.The person who deeded the property without refinance must make sure that the other party actually pays the mortgage, taxes and insurance on a timely basis otherwise their credit could be effected.

You should seek legal counsel from a Rhode Island (RI) divorce and family law Lawyer / Attorney concerning all of the possible scenarios.

Division of the marital domicile when parties have minor children.

If both parties agree that one spouse should reside in the marital domicile with the minor child / children they can agree to a deferred sale of the property. The person who is not living in the house with the children often receives a mortgage to secure the rights to receive money in the future.

If the parties cannot resolve this issue the court will determine whether or not it is in the best interest of the minor children to defer the sale of the marital domicile. The court must look at whether or not the parent who is residing in the marital domicile can afford the mortgage, taxes, insurance and upkeep taking into account any child support, alimony or income that the person receives. The RI family Court must also determine how long the sale of the house should be deferred in the best interest of the children.

If the parties cannot determine issues of child custody, visitation and physical placement then the issues become a lot more confusing.

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David Slepkow is a Rhode Island lawyer/ attorney concentrating in divorce, family law, restraining orders, child support, custody and visitation. David Slepkow has been practicing for over 12 years and is licensed in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Federal Court. Free initial consultations. Credit Cards Accepted.

A Simple Product Creation and Product Launching Formula

If you tried to think of people involved in product creation, who would come to mind? You may think of Edison, Franklin, or maybe Henry Ford. Would you ever think of yourself as someone who can create a quality product? Product creation is actually relatively easy and product launching is not that tough either! If you follow a few easy to understand steps, you could be starting the product creation and product launching process sooner than you think.

The first step in creating your information product is to know and understand your market. This can be very time-consuming, especially if you are unsure of what to do or where to look to know your market. Studying your niche market and understanding the buzz words and buying patterns can ease the process dramatically. Personally, I would recommend networking with someone who has had success in the niche market you are considering and learn from their results. If they are into product creation and not very business savvy expect some hesitation. If they only sell products and have nothing to do with product launching or product creation you may your first affiliate (sales person)! Something else you can use to find hot trends is with the Google Trends tool.

The second step is the product creation process. Take your niche market and brainstorm ideas and topics relating to it. There are a lot of product launching contests going on recently relating to a newly created internet marketing tool. There are so many aspects to the mentioned niche that literally, and unfortunately, anything can be considered an Internet Marketing tool. The reason that anyone can basically create an Internet Marketing tool is because of something called Private Label Rights products.

What I use private label rights products for, and highly recommend them in this specific manner, is to cure writer’s block especially when it is lingering. Many people base their entire product creation and product launching on a private label rights product. This is where you can start to shine and build a strong brand for yourself. If you set goals for yourself, short-term goals to be exact, you can see your product creation come into being much faster and there is a good chance with less revision needed. If you keep hitting time restraint road blocks; however there is nothing wrong with a slow and steady approach, you can consider outsourcing portions of your project. Outsourcing can be an extremely huge benefit or just as great of a disaster.

You can find someone to outsource work to at a freelance site such as Guru.com or eLance.com. When reviewing proposals it is almost mandatory you perform a background check on them as you are in essence hiring them. Doing a background check on freelancers is as easy as asking for samples of their work and reviewing feedback on the freelance site from previous customers. Depending on the size and requirements of your project this can add up to a decent sized investment, so caution is very important. One tip I always recommend to people looking to hire an individual is to ask them what they can provide you that no one else can. This simple question gives them a chance to “toot their own horn” and acknowledge where they feel most competent as far as their skill set.

The final portion of the product creation and product launching formula is the launch. This can literally make or break the effort, time, and maybe (if you invested) money you put in to your project. There are numerous aspects to product launching and although their relevance is debated in terms to their effect, experts agree all must be followed. The person in your field who you asked for product advice from can help you substantially if you have kept in touch. If not, the first thing you need to do is to create a visually appealing website with flawless design work.

I also mentioned outsourcing before, this is one aspect of product launching I have little strength in and I always outsource this portion. The website does not have to be large however the content (ad copy in Internet Marketing) must be stellar and as perfect as possible. This is where advertising knowledge or experience is beneficial. When the site is set up you now put a lead capture form on your website.

I put two lead capture pages on all products I create on the internet and is one of the best methods of getting a solid start when you are in the product launching stage. When you gain information from a prospect or someone looking to get paid for referring sales you are able to provide them updates or specials. Many people abuse their prospect or affiliate lists by in turn emailing them with a new product daily and I find the recommendations to be totally unrelated to their original need, problem, or interest.

Another stage in the product launching stage is creating a free report or demo version of your product to entice the product to sign up to your email list. Using proper follow up with this can help generate numerous sales for you. One thing you need to ensure is that your free product completely relates to your main product that you are looking to sell.

You are now ready to advertise your product launching to customers as well as the opportunity to sell for affiliates. This is the single aspect that many product creations and launches fail on. It is actually not entirely difficult. One thing you can do is write articles (and a good amount of them) on topics relating to your product. I am a huge advocate of giving a solution in forums. When you join a forum you are normally offered the opportunity to create a signature. In your signature, you should enter the link to your opt-in or lead capture page. When you respond to posts, you are advertising your opportunity.

It is not impossible to create a product and it does not have to take a long time. You need to setup a plan and stick to it. If you get stuck, look at similar and successful products to your own and try and see how they did it. When you sit down and brainstorm you will be surprised with what you can imagine.