#HastingsBizChat: Online Discussion Exploring Home-Based Business

Promo for Tweetchat JanuaryFor those who missed out, we hosted our first Twitter Tweetchat (#HastingsBizChat) on Wednesday, January 27th from noon to 1pm EST.  This was the first of our monthly series for 2016 – each month we’ll be hosting a Tweetchat on the fourth Wednesday (tentatively) of each month (see below for sign-up details to receive reminder emails).  The topics for these online chats will change each month and are based on topics we come across through our Enterprise Facilitation program, meetings with stakeholders, and through our resource partners.

For the January Tweetchat we asked questions surrounding the topic of home-based (HB) businesses.

Here is a summary of the online discussion that took place, and the answers to the questions we asked:

Q1: Why did you decide to start a HB business?

  • Why home based? Family was probably my #1...& #2 toddlers who loved their Mom and Pop.
  • This is the only way to do the work I want to do.

Q2: What has been your biggest obstacle?

  • Organizing my time. But many fine runner-up obstacles.

Q4: Do you have plans to expand to a commercial space?

  • Not currently, as a photographer, much that I do can be HB. In the event I wish to pursue a gallery, then perhaps yes.

Q5: What are your best online apps/services or resources for your HB business?

  • Best resources have been @Square, @Ecwid, and @WordPress for small hb biz. Fees take a hit.
  • We suggest that our members use Canva to create flyers, social media ads and posters.
  • Check out helpareporter.com (HARO) for daily opportunities for valuable media coverage.
  • Evernote, Sunrise Calendar, Trello, Adobe CC. Github. Looking at 17Hats.

And there you have it, a collection from our online discussion focusing on home-based business.  Be sure to mark your calendars for our next Tweetchat on Wednesday, February 24th from noon to 1pm EST.

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