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DIY Envelope with String Closure

DIY Envelope with String Closure

This is what we're making today: A sturdy kraft cardstock envelope with a string closure. The finished size is about 6.75 inches by 3.5 inches. Each envelope kit comes with the base (pre-folded), two sturdy circular tags, two brads, 13 inches of twine, and instructions. Get the kit here: DIY Envelope Kit  They come in a pack of 2 or 10. STEP ONE: Fold the envelope and mark where you want the circular tags to go. (I lay the circles on the envelope to see where I like them & put a dot of ink through the center.) STEP TWO: Unfold...

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Homemade Gifts For the Birds

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Homemade Gifts For the Birds

Do You Feed the Birds, or Know Someone Who Does? If so, you'll want to take a look at these great ideas for feeding the birds. They're both super fast to whip up and they make great gifts. Best of all, you'll be helping our feathered friends, who are on the decline. Burlap Bird Feeder This easy to make bird feeder was a great hit with all of my birding friends last Christmas. I made myself a few, too, and it was a hit with my birds, as well, as you can see from the picture above. I wasn't sure...

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Potato Success!

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Potato Success!

Yesterday felt like fall, and after a long summer in South Jersey, that's a real treat. I went up to the office early and got to work so I could get out into the yard. I packaged all the Rolodex cards and dividers and study cards that needed to get mailed, and then I went out to play. My first stop was the vegetable garden. I had planted potatoes in mid-April and I wanted to check on them. I've never tried potatoes before, so I had no idea what to expect. I wasn't expecting much, since all I did was...

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Scaling Your Mini Biz - Part 2

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Scaling Your Mini Biz - Part 2

In my last post, I talked about the importance of fixing your business before you grow it. But what if you don't know what needs to be fixed? That's what this post is all about. I've been helping my clients manage their companies since the '90's and I've come up with a simple way to objectively evaluate a small business. Ask yourself, and any employees you have, these three questions: What frustrates you? What do you do that you shouldn't be doing? What do you avoid doing? Take your time in answering. Think about it as you go about your day....

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Scaling Your Mini Biz - Part 1

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Scaling Your Mini Biz - Part 1

What is Scaling? Let's be honest, when you first start selling, you're happy just to get sales. And if you start getting more sales, you're thrilled. You're growing. But that kind of organic growth will only take you so far. If you want significant growth, you have to take a hard look at the business you have pieced together and make some changes. That's where scaling comes in. It's fixing the problems your business has so you can grow with less effort and expense. It's working smarter. I use an expensive adhesive when I make my Rolodex dividers. When I first...

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