News for home business workers

Hi - Home businesses aren't widely reported on by the mainstream media.
However, I've found a number of articles in the news over the past few weeks that strike a chord of relevance for all those work from home.

Here are some examples from that paragon of global news, The Economist. First let me say that if I was to criticise this news heavyweight it would be on two fronts - not enough regular news on home working (I might be a bit parochial here) and secondly, they've never got to grips with sport as they have done with just about everything else. Let me press on.....

Apart from the Tappist monk story in my blog below, there was a recent review in the same publication about a book on creativity. The point it made, and one followed rigerously by 3M, described as one of the world's most inventive companies, was the principal of creating subconscious thinking space when trying to solve a problem.

Many problems are solved when you are not directly working on them - remote lightbulb moments if you will - so be sure to turn over a problem in you mind when you are chilled and relaxed and away from the main hubbub (to use a nice word), you are more likely to strike gold.

It works...it's happened to me quite frequently......I should have written that book!
3M, by the way, often have large campus areas attached to their offices and encourage their staff to use them to chill and create at the same time.

In another Economist book review, a little further removerd from home working, it described how language is strongly influence by the immediate environment that people live in. For example, a South American tribe that they referenced lived completely in the present - they did not store food or have any place in their society for matters of tomorrow. Hence their language had no words at all that reflected the future. It's so unimaginable it's cool! Cannot see them being big Facebook users.

Okay, here's a good story about being adaptable and imaginative when it comes to business development, something we all need in spades if we are to be confident about business survival.
A group of Trappist monks in the US found that their normal (and only) source of revenue - the sale of garden/farm produce to locals came under great pressure with the tightening economy. Sounds familiar?
Well fair play to the monks, they started offering burial places for peoples' ashes on their hallowed estate. Their income stream was revolutionised! There were no reports of Trapist monks being seen in Ferraris but the message was clear - stir your imagination and adapt!

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