Review of: Once Upon a Company

Once Upon a Comany A True Story by Wendy Anderson Halperin

In Grandma Rie’s Money Camp each summer, the kids have traditionally run a one or two day business of their own – usually a drink and snack stand at the lake. The last two years I’ve tried to introduce making and selling a physical product. The in 2013 we did hand made soaps and last year they tried their hand at paper mache piggy banks.

I’ve been toying with the idea of trying to establish an ongoing company where we could make things and sell them year round – or at least on a more consistent basis.

So when I saw this book, I though it would be a good one to introduce that idea – and I think it will be! Continue reading

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Blinds On A Budget: How Can You Compromise?

Below is a guest post.  Blinds can be expensive, so anytime you can save money on them you can use it for other purposes!

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They can save us significant amounts of money, but get your buying choices wrong and blinds can cost a fortune to start with. Fortunately, compromises can be made and this is the direction this article is going to head in.

We’re by no means suggesting that you should go out and buy the cheapest set of blinds. While that particular product might serve a purpose for some homes, you should still look to get as much as you can from your money by shopping around for the features that suit you. Therefore, we’ve quashed the article into three ways which you can compromise by spending less on your blinds, but still getting plenty of functionality in the process. Continue reading

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Millionaire Story: Sara Blakley – SPANX Inventor

What have you been doing the last decade or so? I retired in 2010 and thought I was doing great by starting several websites and landing writing jobs at several others.

After reading Sara Blakley’s story, I feel like a real slacker!

In just four years she went from working as a saleswoman for someone else to inventing a new product, starting a new company, getting noticed by Oprah and meeting Richard Branson. In the following years she went on (with her CEO Laurie Ann Goldman) to grow her company (SPANX) to a multi-million dollar enterprise and landed on the Forbes list of self-made billionaires (she is now just 42 years old). Continue reading

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How to Write a Multi-generational Family Values Statement – Step Three

Our family (my spouse and I, our two sons and their wives) have been working on a values statement for quite some time. I have written about our past steps in:

How to Write A Multi-generational Family Values Statement – Step One
How to Write a Multi-generational Family Values Statement – Step Two.

In this years family meeting, we once again kicked the topic to the curb to work on outside the meeting.

Since my last post on the subject, I took all of the answers everyone supplied to several questions (which I hoped would elicit thoughts on what values we hold dear) and combined them into one statement which ended up being rather long.

It had a section explaining why we are trying to come up with common values; sections listing things we want our future generation family members to be and to have; a section for the values themselves and a final section (to bring things home and make them more real), naming each of our grandchildren and step-grandchildren and what we as a family hope that they will be able to do using our values.

The statement was over 600 words long, coming in at 2 pages.

We decided it was too long. At the meeting we (the working committee) promised to each work on this draft to shorten it up. We let the boys decide how long we had to get the job done (since we are retired and have more time, I didn’t want to impose deadlines that might be unrealistic for them).

Surprisingly, both boys were swift to complete the task. I finished my shortened version today.

Help us out by picking your favorite from our three versions!!! Continue reading

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