Guest Blogger Alaina Frederick Regarding CPSIA

Alaina Frederick of Dinkers & Giggles is our Guest Blogger. Thank you Alaina!

I want to ask you to take a moment and look around your room. How many items do you see for your kids that were made by you, friends, perhaps bought at a fair or online. How many are homemade or made by smaller companies?

If your house is anything like mine then you have lots of wooden toys, handmade animals and stuffed items, wall decor, clothing, cloth diapers, shoes, hats, scarfs, car seat covers, the list could go on and on that were made by work at home parents or smaller companies. High quality items made with love and attention that no machine or oversea factory can duplicate.

Now all the beloved toys, shoes, pretty hair ties and amazing wall decor are in jeopardy of no longer existing as well know it. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is beginning on February 10th, 2009 to enforce new testing laws. As I understand it the new laws will make it so that a hair bow that Sally Jane makes and sells for only $5 will cost her hundreds of dollars to have it tested for lead. Sally Jane uses ribbon and barrettes that she buys from hobby stores and crafts it into beautiful and cute bows for your little girls hair.

Now with this new test Sally would have to pay $75+ for that ONE bow to be tested. I don’t know about you but a $75+ bow for a little girls hair is a little much. It will cause numbers upon numbers of small businesses and hobbiests to no longer do what they love – loosing a source of income and even jobs for the larger of the small businesses. I’m hardely even touching on the snowball effect that this will have, not to mention the millions of dollars worth of product that is already made that will be retroactive under this new law that will be thrown into landfills.

What can you do to help? Still confused as I am?

Join me Wednesday January 28th 2009 at 2pm EST at and listen to some special guests who will help clear up all of this mass amount of information.

Want to act now? Make just 3 phone calls and your voice will be heard!

Call One: Call Rep. Henry Waxman and ask the receptionist to postpone the CPSIA deadlines! Tell them you know only he has the authority to make it happen!
(202) 225-4434

Call Two: Call Nancy Nord of CPSC and ask for help and guidelines for your business under CPSIA
(301) 504-7901

Call Three: Call Chairman of Commerce Com. Senator John D Rockefeller IV – they are fighting for us and let them know how you feel (202) 224-6472

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Alaina Frederick

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Creating an Effective Business Plan – A 4-Part Series Radio Show

I am so excited about our upcoming 4-part series on creating an effective business plan.  Wednesday, November 26th, I will be hosting Part 1 of a 4-part series on Diva Talk Radio.

One of the best things that you can do for yourself, prior to starting a business, is to sit down and write your business plan.  However, if you’re already in business, it’s not to late to plan for the future of your business.

A business plan will help you gain focus and think through each aspect of your business. It will also help you remain focused when you get discouraged or feel overwhelmed. You can figure out how to deal with possible problems before they occur.

I have put together an Action Guide for you to use during our talk show.  At the end of the four weeks, you will have completed an entire business plan that you can start to utilize immediately. Be sure to sign up for the Action Guide by going to  Once you sign up, we’ll email to you the first part of the Action Guide.

So join us as we explore and create an effective road map to your business’ success.  We’ll see you Wednesday!

Until next time…wear your heels well!

Kelli Claypool

Get Your Game-face On!

I’m sitting at the football field watching my son practice for his next game (actually I’m doing more “parent” watching than anything).  He’s one of the bigger boys on his team…solid as a rock.  With his long blond hair flowing under his helmet, I just grin in admiration because he’s so darn cute in his uniform.  When he’s on the field, he’s totally into the game.  When he is told to tackle, he’s determined to take down his opponent.  When told to run the ball, he does it with such force and without hesitation.  He completely has on his game-face when on the field. 

As business owners, that’s how we need to approach our business.  When working on a project, we are to stay focused and determined.  When talking with a client, we are to have our game-face on.  There is nothing more discouraging to a client then to be given excuses of why a project has not been completed on time.  If you know in advance that you will not meet your deadline, you owe it to your client to be upfront and honest with him/her.  Just like my son owes it to his teammates to be totally in the game, you owe it to your client to be completely and 100% into his/her project.  The client isn’t interested in the piles of laundry that you have yet to get done or that your dog has diarrhea.  Keep your game-face on and stay on task. Having a personal business relationship with your client is a wonderful thing to have.  Get to know your client.  What are their favorite foods, favorite color, any kids, school alumni, etc.  By knowing this information, it allows for a great working relationship and a fantastic marketing tool to boot.  However, know more about your client personally than he or she knows personal about you.  Remember it is not about YOU, it is all about your client.

So, I’d like to know what you do to stay focused and on task for your clients.  How do you keep your clients updated on the progress of their projects?  How and when do you stay in touch with your clients?  You’re comments will assist other work-at-home business owners succeed in their businesses.  Thank you in advance for your willingness to help others succeed.  Pay it forward, so to speak!

Until next time…wear your heels well!

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