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WITH THE NEW school year just around
the corner, are you inspired to do something for kids? In an article on the Intuit
Small Business Blog, small-business
writer Tim Parker offers some ideas for
people who want to help kids while
earning an income.
Tutoring. If you’re a retired professor or have expertise in a particular academic field, consider working with
students who need extra help to pass
state-mandated tests. Becoming a tutor
requires very little financial investment,
and you can work for yourself or for a
private or public institution. Services
like Tutor.com can help to connect you
with parents looking to hire tutors for
Personal training or coaching. If
you have high-level skills in a particular
sport, or are a personal trainer, giving
one-on-one or group sessions could turn
into a profitable business. Verifiable credentials can help you get clients quickly.
Custom apparel supply. Who
supplies school jackets or athletic gear,
T-shirts and other apparel bearing
school logos in your area? How about
you? If you don’t want to invest in a
storefront, you could set up an eBay
store or an e-commerce website.
Mobile food service. Mobile food
service is a hot niche right now. If you
live in an area with large athletic events
or community activities, your great-tasting snacks could be a hit with the
Special-needs R&D. Does your
child have special needs, or do you
have experience working with kids
who do? Perhaps you can come up
with a viable alternative to a mainstream product or service that isn’t
practical for this demographic. In the
past, companies have introduced therapeutic toys for children with autism or
light filters for youngsters with sensory
issues. Look for unmet needs and find
a way to meet them.
To read the complete article, go to
information on Costco’s payroll service
from Intuit, go to Costco.com and
MyCostco Services features
SUMMER IS TRADITIONALLY the hottest
season for home buying. New owners
want to settle in before school starts or
winter and the holidays arrive.
By most accounts, the real estate
market is beginning to stabilize. The number of homes for sale is slowly increasing
and mortgage interest rates are still near
record lows. According to mortgage industry consultant CoreLogic, 4 million homes
returned to positive equity in 2013.
This is good news for people looking
for a new home mortgage or refinancing
their current loan. The new issue of
MyCostco Services highlights information
about how Costco can help members get
access to easy home financing with low
loan costs and interest rates, and exclusive pricing.
In addition, you can learn how to stay
on top of your credit score, and even
improve it, with Six Steps to Better Credit
from Identity Guard. You’ll gain valuable
insights that will help make the loan application process go much more smoothly
BUYING AND REFINANCING
STARTING A BUSINESS
INTERMEDIA HAS RELEASED CallScape
3.0, a real-time call-monitoring application
with greater Microsoft Outlook integration.
Users of Intermedia’s office phone systems
now have the capability to call contacts directly
from Outlook and create a list of favorites for
easy and fast access.
CallScape also monitors the status of the
phone system and lets you see who is on the
phone, who is available and which phones are
offline. The best part: CallScape is free to all
hosted PBX customers.
For more than 10 years, Intermedia has
teamed up with Costco to provide world-class
phones, service and value exclusively to
Costco members. For more information, visit
Costco.com and search “Intermedia,” or call
Intermedia introduces new app
while improving your chances of getting
approved at the lowest rate.
Look for MyCostco Services in your local
Costco warehouse, or go to Costco.com,
click on “Services” and look for the
MyCostco Services banner on the bottom.