Helene K. Liatsos
|How to Start and Operate Your Own Home-Based Business|
|Entrepreneurship – What it Takes and What it Gives|
For over two decades, my business, Home Office Management Experts, has been dedicated to helping the home-based business owner. I started my business in 1987 as a Professional Organizer for small businesses, but I soon discovered that most of my customers were working out of their home. Files, supplies, equipment, etc. were scattered across the room; closets and filing cabinets overflowed with papers and reports. Organizing the physical space was one thing, but organizing how they operate their business was quite another.
This niche in the marketplace was created when I began consulting with those who wanted to operate a home-based business but had no idea on how to get started. Many people know how to make a product or provide a service, but they don’t know how to create a business. A client’s profile is typically the person who needs guidance in selecting a business that is right for them and giving it a name that is appealing and original; this person also needs to learn how to register the business name, get permits and licenses, understand banking and basic accounting principles, write a business plan, identify the marketplace, network effectively and fashion a professional image for their home-based business. Balancing their life between business and family is a most popular topic of discussion and customers find that it is often the hardest to apply.
In addition to private consultations, I teach an Online Course on “How to Start and Operate a Home-Based Business” that is offered nationwide and in Canada; I also teach in Southern California Colleges Adult Extension Programs, in the field of Entrepreneurship.
My recently produced DVD on “How to Start and Operate a Home-Based Business” is a thorough, step-by-step practical guide that covers all the aspects of setting up a home-based business of your own.
The idea of working from home appeals to everyone. They dream that this will guarantee them working less, making more money and being stress free! And I am here to set them straight! Yes, you can be your own boss! You can do the work you want to do, when you want to do it, wearing those cute little bunny slippers! But, to be really successful, it also takes a lot of motivation and discipline.
What comes across, clearly, when I start to speak, is that you CAN take control of your life, you CAN have the freedom to make your own decisions and you CAN make a living doing the work you love to do. The key is to first understand your self – What makes you happy? What do you want to do? What do you know innately? (Don’t you just love those people who take 2 screws and make a lamp that actually works!!!)
I ask this all important question: If you had a magic wand, what would you design for yourself? Make that dream big and make it successful. Then, take the steps that will take you there. Want to be a great caterer? Learn the business – intern, volunteer or work part-time for a caterer. What are the FDA regulations on cooking in your home kitchen for public consumption? Test your recipes on willing family and friends and ask them to rate the tastiest and the tasteless.
My presentations are fun and realistic; the audience will be educated and entertained; they will leave with the desire to quit their mundane job and become an Entrepreneur!
They will hear my confession: Over 50 million people are doing it…and, much to my mother’s chagrin, I was adamant about “if everybody else is doing it, then so am I!”
…”Helene comes in as the “grand finale” for my redesign clients. I teach them the techniques on how to redesign and Helene tells them how to run their business. She’s thorough, articulate and quite funny too!
-Pamela Smith Redesign, Agoura, California
“This course is one of our most popular…our feedback has been enormously positive because of the amazing amount of information and advice Helene gives to our entrepreneurial students.”
-Marian Suckut, Pierce College, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Urban League 70th Anniversary
Home-Based Businesses – Entrepreneurial Opportunities of the 90’s
…”Helene was incredible. Her energy and enthusiasm delivered a powerful message about entrepreneurship and motivation.”
-Beverly Johnson, Culver City, California
Entrepreneur Magazine’s Expo
Long Beach Convention Center
…”This was the best presentation. Helene gave us practical information on what it takes to start a business in your home and keep it running. Using her own, often hysterical, experiences to make some key points was priceless.”
-Robert Ingersoll, Bellflower, California
West Los Angeles College
Seminar on Home-Based Business
…”Helene is better than watching TV! She is so very knowledgeable about home-based businesses and they way she tells the story is wonderful. Some people ask stupid questions, but Helene handles it all with humor and class. She really is very funny.”
-Erica Phillips, Marina Del Rey, California
Woodland Hills, Chamber of Commerce
Home-Based Business Chair
Featured speaker at various networking events
…”If anyone had any doubts about the professionalism and effectiveness of a home-based business, Helene did away with them the moment she came to the podium. It was easy to see how Helene has been able to help so many others establish their business from the comfort of their own home. Very real, practical information to be put to good use immediately, if not sooner”
-Linda Garcia, West Hills, California