September 20, 2010 |
Dear Karen : My home-based business sells $25,000 annually. My clients want credit card payment options, but is that financially viable? Answer: Here's the real question: Can you afford to lose current and prospective clients because you don't accept credit cards? Fees, which will probably run 2% to 4% per transaction, can be built into your pricing structure, says Paul Nisenbaum, a credit card consultant with PaymentMaven.com. "Setting up your business to receive online credit card transactions will involve some initial paperwork, but once your system is in place, it is not complicated for you or your clients," Nisenbaum said.
September 8, 2008 |
Dear Karen: I read your recent column about business valuation calculators. Are the online calculators useful? Answer: Determining the market value of a small company is both art and science, said Steve Garber of FTI Consulting. "A well-developed online business valuation calculator can properly model the science piece of the valuation puzzle but cannot properly incorporate the art -- or human judgment and experience -- part of the analysis," he said. An online calculator can provide a ballpark figure for internal use. But plugging numbers into a formula will not capture the full value of a company, Garber said.
September 1, 2008 |
Scrawled across the corner of her bathroom mirror are the words entrepreneur Sheri Varela tries to live by: "Do what you love." That message helped inspire her to launch a T-shirt business last month that sells tops for women decorated with messages such as "Breathe" and "Attitude Matters." Money has been tight for the home-based business, Sheri Baby Inc. So when Varela heard about a free legal service for small businesses offered by USC, she snapped up a spot. "I needed to get some assistance so I could protect my company as best as possible," said the Valencia resident, a former mortgage broker and onetime teacher.
July 23, 2006 |
Question: I want to start a business at home, but my landlord refuses even to listen to my request. Why would he care? How can I change his mind? Answer: Since there are hundreds of home-based business possibilities, the landlord may be wary of what yours might bring, including outside visitors, noise, parking problems and stress to neighbors. Other concerns might include insurance claims, increased costs for utilities, fire and safety issues and that the business violates the law. Why the fuss?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2006 |
Neighbors in this Kern County community are rallying against a neighbor who wants to house show-business orangutans at his house. Abe Karajerjian is seeking a conditional use permit to allow seven orangutans used in the film industry to be kept in Ridgecrest. He is a zoologist and biological anthropologist and has worked as an animal trainer for 14 years. Neighbors fear a repeat of an attack last year, when two chimpanzees got out of their cage at a Havilah, Calif., ranch and mauled a man.
October 17, 2004
Regarding "Smart Travelers Save by Following the News" [On a Budget, Sept. 26]: As a member of the National Assn. of Commissioned Travel Agents, an organization of more than 2,500-plus home-based travel agents, I am offended by Arthur Frommer's negative portrayal of home-based agents. Close to, if not 100%, of the association's members are accredited agents. Many of us had "brick and mortar" agencies until the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks, which impacted our industry, and many of us opened home-based offices as a result.