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For most of us, finding the balance between work and family is a constant struggle. Many people are finding creative means to try and make it all work. One option, which our three recommended books cover, is starting your own home based-business.

WAH success bibleThe Work at Home Success Bible by Leslie Truex is a mom-centric guide to the realities of turning your hobby or passion into a viable home-based career. It also focuses on ways to transition your current job into a work-at-home situation through telecommuting. There are a lot of factors involved in running a successful business, and Truex's book tackles these components, be they fiscal, legal, or digital. Also, by immediately addressing its advantages and disadvantages, Truex's book makes a stellar guide to figuring out if working from home is the right choice for you.

business from homeStart and Run a Business from Home by Paul Power offers suggestions for different fields you might want to try, including gardening, pet sitting, greeting cards and more. It thoroughly details the elements needed to run a successful business in a step-by-step format. Short, accessible chapters with easy-to-follow checklists make this an essential walkthrough.

creative businessHow To Start a Creative Business by Doug Richard proclaims itself a jargon-free guide, perfect for artistic types who may feel overwhelmed by financial and legal work involved in entrepreneurship. Those with an interest in expanding their creative endeavors to a full-time operation should try this book. Whether your interests lie in photography, crafting, fashion or design, this book will prime you for taking that first step.


All of these books are available in our library system, and you can request to have them sent to your closest branch.

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.


Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”