Archive | Taking Care of Business

Consider It a Warning

This is not the subject I had originally planned for this Monday business post.  But it’s important and applies to everyone.   I just picked up my laptop from the Apple store, where it was repaired.  Nothing major – my CD/DVD drive was acting flaky, brought it in and they replaced it (got to love that […]

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Shameless Plug

I am honored to have been selected to participate in the 10th Women’s Expo.  Being a vendor is a beautiful thing – but browsing and shopping are even better!  Below is a little information about the Expo and here is a link to the Women’s Expo page.  First join my Maria Paray Facebook page for […]

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Do What You Do Best

Many years ago, when our family was young and in a new home – and money was much scarcer – we wanted to spruce up the overgrown backyard.  The landscaper came over and we clearly told him we wanted to do most of the digging, moving and replanting to save money – we only needed […]

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Follow the Money!

One of the things I was most pleased about in my recent business plan is the fact that I finally understood accounting practices.  A business owner must wear many hats – including that of an accountant.  If a business owner doesn’t understand debits and credits then how does she know if she’s making money?  Even […]

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More Graphic Resources

If you are looking for an unusual font for your branding and web site, you need to go to My Fonts.  You will be able to use the site to find fonts for your project, identify fonts you have seen elsewhere and “test drive” fonts.  Once you find the perfect font for your project, it’s […]

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Graphic Resources

It has been a while since I wrote a “Starting a Business” post.  But “Starting a Business” is exactly what I’ve been working on lately.  I would like to let you in on a few great resources that I have been using to come up with ideas for my web site. Now as you may […]

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Silver

If you are wondering why the cost of your favorite jewelry keeps increasing, take a look at this chart of silver pricing for 2009: The price of silver has increased over 60% since January.  When I was in engineering school, I had to know the London Market spot price of metals every day – we […]

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Women’s Expo!

Last June, I submitted an application and envelope full of jewelry photos to the 2009 Long Island Women’s Expo.  This is a very difficult show to get into and I have to admit, last year my application was rejected.  I know, very sad, right?  However, this past August I was thrilled to get a “fat […]

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Business Plan, Redux

Remember, the Business Plan?  Well, today I saw an interesting article on starting a business, in the New York Times online Small Business section.  No surprise, the author, Tom Taulli, recommends writing a business plan as Step 1.  He includes links for many helpful resources and even goes into some detail about the different forms […]

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