Carbonite: The Best Little Computer Backup Program You'll Ever Find. This two-part article details Barbara's experience in using Carbonite to securely and effortlessly backup her hard drive (with special tips and how-to information you won't get from Carbonite).
Do You Really Need a Landline Phone (and the Expense That Goes With It)? How Barbara cut her monthly telephone expenses from $117 to just $25 by switching her local and long-distance service from AT&T to her cable Internet service provider.
Living in the Age of Electronic Friendships. A reminder of all the personal and business friends you have now that you never would have had if you hadn't begun to correspond by email, opened a website, started a blog, or got active on one or more social networking sites.
Tips and Strategies for Living and Working More Safely and Profitably in Today's Unsettling Times—A Special Edition of THE BRABEC BULLETIN on the Web, May, 2014: Discusses several important things Barbara learned from personal experience and diligent research.
Watch Your Mailbox—It's Ripe for Theft! A Reader's cautionary report, with Barbara's comments.
How to Enrich and Empower Your Brain as You Age. As business owners, we all want to stay as mentally sharp as possible as we age, and one way to do this is to pay attention to our overall health, which directly affects the health of the brain.
to Changing Life and Business Circumstances.
Analyzing Sales and Profits. Barbara explains how to use financial reports to study the overall profitability of your business and every product or service you sell.
Counterfeit Money Orders & Credit Cards that Seem to be Okay. Cautionary tips from Barbara and her readers.
How to Get a Handle on Your Schedule C Deductions and Work with an Accountant. Waiting until the last minute in April to think about your tax situation is a BIG mistake. Companion article to Barbara's tax strategies eBook.
Partnership Pitfalls: Look Before You Leap. Carol A. Thelen explains why she dissolved the partnership she had formed with a friend.
Paying Estimated Taxes: Tips for Home-Business Owners, Freelancers, and Other Self-Employed Individuals, by Julian Block.
Profit From Paying Your Kids. Tax attorney Julian Block explains how home-business owners can take care of their kids' allowances or spending money at the expense of the Internal Revenue Service.
Will You Be Still Working In Your Seventies? Here's a story about retirement planning with the simple financial exercise that changed Barbara's life and the way she was looking at work itself. It might change your retirement outlook too.
A Beginner's Guide to Intellectual Property Law, by Attorney Richard E. Schell
About Common Law Trademarks. An excerpt from Homemade Money: Bringing in the Bucks that explains how the phrase, "Homemade Money," acquired trademark status and why it may not be used by others for profit.
Domain Names and Trademark Pitfalls. Barbara's tips on how to avoid a costly mistake, with several resources for more information on this topic.
Judge Rules "Entrepreneur" No Longer Part of Public Domain. A "David vs. Goliath" trademark story by Scott Smith, plus his later update: "BizStarz Alleges that EMI Defrauded the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office."
A Dozen Strategies for Growth and Financial Success in a Difficult Economy. Barbara's ten-point list developed one year when she found herself in a difficult marketing situation.
Doing Business in a Recession. Now is the time to move forward with new ideas and try new things you've never considered before; also a good time to create new products and services that will meet the specific needs of today's hurting consumers and businesses.
How to Create and Use Audio CDs for Profit. Ten tips from pharmacist Dr. West Conner on how to use your voice and your computer to create audio CDs you can sell or use for publicity purposes.
How to Get Media Publicity. PR expert E. Braunstein offers suggestions for successful media publicity.
How to Give a Speech About Your Product or Service, by Silvana Clark
How a Small Business Can Generate Big Publicity, by Alan Caruba
Image Marketing: How to Develop a Successful Business "Persona," by Valerie Giles
Marketing in the "New Age of Skepticism"—Tips from Barbara and her readers on how to build customer trust and get new business.
Nine Simple Marketing Tips for New Business Owners, by Robin Vaccai-Yess
Six Steps to Success in a Mail Order Business, by John Schulte, NMOA
Using PR Web's News Release Distribution Services. Tips from Barbara and PR expert Traci Vanover.
Using Internet Discussion Boards to Advance Your Business, by Eileen Coale
The Value of Customer Opinions and Testimonials, by Val Dunlop
A Perfect Formula for Getting Anything Done. Applicable to all business owners, this idea from a leading business consultant gave Barbara the motivational push she needed when she knew she had to change directions as a writer to retain her enthusiasm for her work.
Are You Pushing Yourself Too Hard? Barbara discusses the importance of making changes to adjust to changing life situations or business circumstances.
Business Deadlines Were Made to Be Broken. (Includes reader feedback.)
Carbonite: The Best Little Computer backup Program You'll Ever Find. Barbara reports on how to save time and stress by securely and effortlessly backing up ALL your valuable data for less than $60 a year.
Discover the Happiness Factor, by Mershon Neisner
What Time is it on Your Cell Phone? A little levity for time-challenged home-business owners. (Excerpts from the three September 4, 2009 issues of The Brabec Bulletin that gave Barbara and her readers quite a few chuckles.
Why Creative People are Sleep-Deprived—and What to Do About it. Barbara's experience coupled with that gained from her interviews with many creative people.
Duped by a Pen Pal in Africa. A new kind of merchandise con game—a "remailing scam" that targets children looking for pen Pals on the Web. (This article links to a second report from a mother whose daughter was also caught up in the same scheme.)
Nigerian Scams on the Rise. This article by Barbara in 2005 continues to generate a lot of traffic because so many businesses on the Web are constantly being targeted. Includes several reader experiences Nigerian scammer.
More Reports from Readers Who Have Been Targeted by Nigerian Con Artists—edited by Barbara Brabec
Online Businesses at Risk. How Nigerian con artists are using the relay telephone service for the deaf to defraud online sellers.
Ship-to Names & Addresses Being Used by Nigerian Scammers—A handy reference list for merchandise sellers on the Web.
Caught in the Middle: The Plight of Relay Telephone Operators (regarding orders from Nigerian con artists) - by "Clear Conscience"
to be a Fearless Dreamer and Reinvent Your Life at Any Age. Barbara's
thoughts and research about the importance of dreaming and changing your life if
it's not all you want it to be.
Are You a Self Employed Individual" or an "Entrepreneur?" An excerpt from Homemade Money
Are You Prepared for Disaster? Barbara's tips for Setting up a Grab-it-Quick Box
Capture Ideas When They Come! - An excerpt from Homemade Money: Starting Smart
Cashing in on Your Creativity: Two Ways to Look at It. "Cashing in on your creativity" is a phrase that fits our current economy and most everyone's need today to both make and SAVE money. Article includes links to several articles on bartering.
Doing Your Home-Biz Homework. Tips from author Robert Spiegel, with an unusual view of what a business owner's "homework" should be.
E-Fundraising: Using Your Website for Charitable Purposes. A report from BeautiControl Consultant, Martha Oskvig.
It's a Crazy World Out There. This special two-page Brabec Bulletin on the Web includes discussions of nine personal and business-related topics relevant to both consumers and self-employed individuals—things Barbara found interesting and sometimes alarming, astonishing, and in one case, ridiculous.
Looking at Your Life in an Exciting New Way. Barbara revisits a book she first read and reviewed twenty years ago, one that could cause today's readers to seriously rethink their whole life and career/job/business ambitions, especially if they are now unemployed or at risk for losing their job.
Yogi Berra's Business Wisdom. Humor from author Robert Spiegel