Media

Recharge Magazine

“Locally-Owned Businesses a Key to a Community’s Sustainability”, is posted on the Recharge365 Small Business portal.

 Fox Business News

For tips on Tips for Boomers Looking to Launch their Own Business in Retirement
Read more at

http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/07/26/tips-for-boomers-looking-to-launch-their-own-business-in-retirement/

Costco Connection

Our regular columns appear in Costco Connection.

Business Info Guide

We have an interview posted at BusinessInfoGuide.com

Recent Radio

Paul was a guest and on the Lou Vickery show on March 7 andon the Barry Moltz show on April 20.

Business Authors Show

Paul and Sarah appeared on the Business Authors Show on February 22 and 23. Click the link to hear the show.

Drowning in Debt

Change in  lifestyle was the approach Paul and Sarah took on  the Money, Money, Money  show on Voice America, Thursday, December 14. The theme of the show was “Drowning in Debt.” Click the link to hear the show.

Transitioning to an Elm Street Economy – Peak Moment TV

Peak Moment TV Interview of Paul and Sarah EdwardsIn a world of decreasing resources, Authors Paul and Sarah Edwards ask, how do we financially support ourselves while moving towards sustainable lives? Emphasizing independent income sources, they consider dozens of possible careers from basic services to local-scale technologies. Life choices include lowering costs through simplifying, getting out of debt, and demonetizing (e.g., bartering). Or one can consider an “off-the-map” lifestyle like living abroad, off-grid, or an intentional community. This downturn is not just a cycle, they emphasize: it heralds a sea change.

 

 

A Life of Collaboration and Creativity is the subject of an interview by Karen English of Paul and Sarah Edwards about pioneering efforts for more balanced and sustainable lifestyle in the UMKC QUAD.

Zoning for Home Offices: Recognizing Reality

Excerpt from this article written by Paul in the Planning Commissioner’s Journal:

Regulation of home occupations often fails to take into account the changing nature of home businesses, impinging on the needs of many citizens.

Relaxing zoning to allow people to work at home simply recognizes reality. Prohibitive or overly restrictive zoning results in people hiding their businesses, which:
- Turns law abiding citizens into violators, undermining respect for law and
government.
- Causes people to hide what they do. They don’t select a business name
which may draw business to them, they don’t list their business in the Yellow
Pages, and, in other ways, simply don’t fully market their business.
- Adds unnecessary cases to crowded court dockets and deepens
neighborhood enmities by giving neighbors the ability to extend grievances
by reporting their neighbor to the authorities for working at home.
Communities Will Gain
Self-interest is a second reason to interest communities in updating their zoning. Few local governments today are not pressed for funds. Someone operating a home business that violates a zoning ordinances is not apt to buy a business license. This deprives local governments of needed revenue that would come from many legalized home-based businesses obtaining business licenses. Localities with gross receipts taxes can figure they are losing substantial revenues from unlicensed home businesses.
Looking beyond the immediate impact on revenue, homes have traditionally been the incubators for businesses which eventually expand and move into commercial office space

Relaxing zoning to allow people
to work at home simply recognizes reality. Prohibitive or overly restrictive
zoning results in people hiding their businesses, which:

  • Turns law abiding citizens into violators, undermining respect for law and
    government.
  • Causes people to hide what they do. They don’t select a business name which
    may draw business to them, they don’t list their business in the Yellow Pages,
    and, in other ways, simply don’t fully market their business.
  • Adds unnecessary cases to crowded court dockets and deepens neighborhood
    enmities by giving neighbors the ability to extend grievances by reporting their
    neighbor to the authorities for working at home.Communities Will GainSelf-interest is a second reason to interest communities in updating their
    zoning. Few local governments today are not pressed for funds. Someone operating
    a home business that violates a zoning ordinances is not apt to buy a business
    license. This deprives local governments of needed revenue that would come from
    many legalized home-based businesses obtaining business licenses. Localities
    with gross receipts taxes can figure they are losing substantial revenues from
    unlicensed home businesses.Looking beyond the immediate impact on revenue, homes have traditionally been
    the incubators for businesses which eventually expand and move into commercial
    office space.
  • Zoning for Home Offices: Recognizing Reality
    by Paul & Sarah Edwards

    • this article is currently only available by mail as part of Issue #12.

      Regulation of home occupations often fails to take into account the changing
      nature of home businesses, impinging on the needs of many citizens.


     

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