Tricia Drevets 

Regular Contributor


Stay Clear of these Work-From-Home Scams

The flexibility that working from home offers appeals to many of us. We like the idea of setting our own hours and saving on commuting costs. However, many unscrupulous companies prey on our desire to work from home with scams. In 2010, that latest year for which statistics are available, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 8,192 complaints from consumers … [Read more...]

Small Business Tax Deductions You Need to Consider

When you run your own small business, you are always looking for new money-saving strategies to boost your bottom line. One of the ways you may be leaving money on the table, however, is by not taking some of the tax deductions for which you are eligible. This oversight is easy to do because the tax laws are complicated, and finding the time to learn about what is and what … [Read more...]

Do You Have Trade Secrets? Here’s How to Protect Them

The closely guarded formula for Coca-Cola is stored in a bank vault that can only be opened by a resolution of the company’s board of directors. Only two Coca-Cola employees ever know the formula at any one time, and their identities are not made public. Also in a bank vault is the formula for Water Displacer 40th attempt – commonly known as WD40. The formula has only been … [Read more...]

Is Opening a Consignment Business Right for You?

Fueled in part by America’s recent recession and by our growing interest in recycling of all types of things, consignment stores are growing in popularity. According to America’s Research Group, about 15 percent of Americans will shop at a consignment/resale shop this year. When you compare that percentage to the 11 percent of Americans who shop in factory outlet malls, the … [Read more...]

Staying Healthy When Your Work Keeps You at a Screen Most of the Day

It crept up on me slowly. It started with a few aches and pains when I woke up in the morning. Then it turned into some occasional stiffness throughout the day. However, it really caught my attention early last winter when I actually yelped in pain as I attempted to look over my shoulder to make a lane change while driving. By this time, I had developed a full-blown neck and … [Read more...]

How to Start a Childcare Business

Working parents rely on quality facilities to care for their kids while they are on the job. Despite the recent recession, growth in the childcare industry has remained sound, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the industry should grow by at least 5 percent through 2020. If you love kids and are looking to launch a small business, opening a childcare business … [Read more...]

How to Boost Your Productivity While Working From Home

When you decided to work from home, it’s likely you were drawn to the flexibility and the independence it provides. You can set your own schedule, perhaps working nights and weekends for a big project one week and then sleeping in the next day or two. You can take a break when you want, allowing you to be there for your kids’ recitals or to take advantage of a perfect … [Read more...]

Patent That. What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Patents

Thomas Edison once said, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Indeed Edison made 1,000 attempts at creating the light bulb before he achieved success. When asked how it felt to fail 1,000 times, Edison responded, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 … [Read more...]

Welcome Home: Tips for Working From Home

What do you think of when you hear the phrases “home business” or “work from home?” How has that image changed in recent years? In the 21st century, working at home no longer means someone working out of the garage or the spare bedroom until making it big – think Apple, Amazon or Disney. Although those kinds of success stories are inspiring and still happen, more than 50 … [Read more...]