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What Is A Home Based Travel Agent?

Many people are unclear about the travel industry. Travel agents are often thought to be the same as real estate agents. Becoming a travel agent or more specifically a home based travel agent is an exciting career change or retirement option. Some people do it full time while many do it as a part time business.A travel agent books travel for customers and is paid by suppliers a commission on the booking. For bookings that suppliers do not pay a commission on, a travel agent also can charge the client a service fee for his/her time. An example is if you were to book a hotel for a client, the hotel would then send a check to the agency after the client checked out. Most hotels pay 10% of the price of the hotel before taxes and fees. A $100 per night hotel reservation would mean $10 a night for the travel agent who made the booking. This hotel would cost the same whether the customer uses a travel agent or books through the hotel directly. In many cases the travel agent can get a better price. It costs the customer nothing to use the travel agent unless the travel agent charges service fees.Can anyone do this? In order to work with suppliers, you must have an account set up with the supplier. Most require an agency to hold an IATAN, CLIA or ARC number. IATAN stands for International Airlines Travel Agent Network. CLIA stands for Cruise Lines International Association. ARC stands for Airline Reporting Corporation. Each of these memberships requires different things including sales, money in the bank, experience or training in the industry, and membership fees. Many will require Errors and Omissions insurance of $1,000,000 or more.For the average travel agent, membership is not a possibility with some organizations so the agent will team up with an agency and work as an independent agent or outside agent. There are also advantages of working with an agency because most travel agents cannot make enough in sales with a particular supplier to obtain higher commission levels and bonuses. Working with an agency with many agents can increase the commission percentages the agent gets because of the joint sales of all the agents at the agency. Support is also a very important aspect of being a successful agent. Agents who do not work with others tend to feel more isolated and have to learn to do it all solo. Since no agent can have the experience of being everywhere in the world or staying at every hotel or resort, having others that you can get advice from is really helpful.The future of travel agencies is always questioned. The truth is the industry has changed in many ways. Some changes were for the better, some for the worse. Many airlines have cut commissions for travel agents. However, there are many other suppliers who are paying travel agents more than they were ten years ago. Cruises used to be booked by only the rich and now people in every income book cruises. Each year more and more people go on cruises. Most people say they want to go on a cruise at least once and many who go on their first come home to want to book another.You can earn commission on many travel reservations.

Rental Cars

Tour Packages


Some airline tickets

International airline tickets

Travel insurance

Ground transportation including limos

Attraction tickets

Train tickets

People all need travel arrangements at some point in time. Those who take road trips need hotel reservations. Those who need to travel for business need airline tickets, rental cars, and hotel reservations. Families want to experience vacations with their loved ones. People visit family and relatives. Most people who win money say they are going to spend it to take a nice vacation. Newly married couples go on honeymoons. You are not selling something that is hard to sell. People contact you for help, you are not calling them or approaching them trying to sell them something they don’t want.Educating the public is the main thing any travel agent must do. Most people put travel agents into the same category as real estate agents. They believe it costs additional to use a travel agent. This is untrue. In many cases a travel agent can get a better price than the general public through the suppliers who work only with travel agents. Many people do not know all the options for booking a vacation. A good travel agent does. Once people are educated on how a travel agent gets paid, they are more willing to work with travel agents. If a person knows that if he or she let you book a hotel and it will cost the same price regardless, she or he will work with you. It is important to let people know how you can help them save time and money on their travel arrangements.So how do you get into the industry? Many people think they must go to school or become certified. This is not true. You can get into the industry and begin training. I don’t recommend anyone spend thousands on a travel school until he or she knows this is a career that he or she will really want to pursue. The truth is you do not have to spend thousands to get trained. There are many courses free to travel agents from suppliers. There are also organizations such as ICTA (Institute of Certified Travel Agents) who offer courses as you get more years experience in the industry. CLIA also offers courses. There are some agencies that will offer training. Even if you decide this is a career you would like to pursue, you do not need to spend thousands to become an educated and competent travel agent. There are many courses you can take with suppliers and organizations to get a better education in travel. I truly believe a hands’ on approach is the best way to become a better travel agent. Learning to work with suppliers and how to find the information your clients need is an important part of becoming a good travel agent.How can you find an agency to work with? There are a few organizations dedicated to independent travel agents. NACTA and OSSN are the top organizations. NACTA stands for National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents. OSSN stands for Outside Sales Support Network. You can also search online for home-based travel agent programs. I would never recommend anyone spending a lot of money to start this business. It is key to first try and see if it is something you would really want to do and get training before you invest too much money into it. Get involved in the industry first and see if it is really a career that is best for you.Jennifer Dugan CTAOwner of Dugan’s TravelsTravel agent since 1993[http://www.duganstravels.com]Copyright 2004 Jennifer Dugan

Internet, Jeff Buckley Music, Websites, Epiphanies, Following Your Dreams…Everything’s Connected I

This may come across as a strange article contextually as I am a writer for a web hosting company who likes for me to spread the word about how cool the Internet is, so average people, if they ever get to read this stuff, may be inspired to partake in this new aspect of our collective, privileged, contemporary society. I have been an avid music listener and player for many years of my life and I want to give you the simple story of how the Internet has now connected once again with my life’s journey. I have a deep-seated dream of one day producing some music while I’m here in the world, but as in many cases, we humans have fears in relation to the ideas and feelings that mean the most to us. Recently I first heard music from a guy called Jeff Buckley.This Jeff Buckley fellow can really play, I mean he could really play. His music spoke to me instantly; he plays guitar and sings in a way that touches and even haunts the soul. For a person like myself who hopes to one day become a ‘real’ musician and not just a hobbyist, this guy is a true inspiration. Buckley died at the age of 31 years. So how did I find out about the guy? The Internet. I even read the lyrics off a website to the song I was listening to at that very moment. Looking at photos, reading his biography; the experience of hearing the music at the same time as ‘seeing’ and learning about Buckley added a whole new dimension to the experience. The Internet let me feel the music in a new way, and resulted in a moment of epiphany-and don’t these moments mean so much to us?So what am I alluding to? What am I getting at here? The idea I think I’m trying to articulate is that the Internet can add dimensions to our experiences. Of course there is nothing wrong with listening to music on its own, simplicity is one of the most beautiful ways to live life. But for me in this particular instance, adding visuals, lyrics, and information about the musician seemed to make the feelings I received via the music grow and swell in the moment. The experience became multidimensional, both a reflection and a new vision simultaneously felt.The result for me was like a big kick in the ass. If you want to make music, stop procrastinating. This guy Jeff Buckley gave it his best, made beautiful music and then died. He didn’t get to hang around very long, and the same thing can happen to any of us. If I don’t follow my dream now, in the present, I might just leave this place before I use the opportunities that have been given to me.All I’m trying to say here is that the Internet is becoming a tool that we can use in our daily lives that can add richness and texture to our lives. Like all internal and external stimulus in our world, it too just might be the medium that ignites the ‘light bulb’ idea that changes the rest of your life.

Four Models of Successful Internet Business Sites!

One of the best methods of learning how to succeed in your Internet business is to first find a successful site to model your business on.Over the years I have studied many successful web sites to try to find out what it is that is making them a successful Internet business. And not just in one particular field, but many fields, from the many different types of websites out there. Next time you view an Internet site that you know is very successful, stop for a moment to try and decipher why it is so successful.You will find successful sites on just about any subject matter you care to think about. There seems to be no barrier to developing a successful site in any field. You name it, people are probably making money out of their website in that specialized area.Just about anything, if planned appropriately, can be sold online. If you want to be successful too, why not look for examples of businesses which have already achieved the success you would like, and model your business after that, i.e. play follow the leader.It would be too much information to try and describe every single model of success, but I would like to introduce you to just four model websites which keep springing up. Sites that are obviously benefiting from being a successful online business model.Look at these models to see if you are on your way to becoming just like that type of business.Model No.1 – Opt-In List BuilderThis is a good model to build your site around by providing a free newsletter or ezine. If you are building a mailing list this way, then you must provide high quality information to your list on a weekly or monthly basis. Never send just ads or useless information. If your newsletter is just an excuse to push ads you can be certain it will not grow. On the contrary, your subscribers will opt-out quicker than you can replace them, and you’ll probably not make any sales anyway. Learn how to write effective testimonials instead of blatant ads. These should be a sm milf porn all part of informative articles. They should fit in nicely and naturally along with this information, indeed be a part of it! Once your list gets into the thousands, you should start to see an almost guaranteed income. Continue to use your website to build your list up each month and watch your monthly income grow alongside it.It can be an effective way to create income, but you have to be willing and able to write a weekly or monthly newsletter. It doesn’t have to be long, in fact it shouldn’t be. But it does have to be informative. If you hate writing this may not be the route for you.Model No.2 – Free ServicesThere are many services on the Internet that people like to use, or even desperately need. Examples include such services as providing an autoresponder service, traffic generating services, providing free webspace, reciprocal link checking etc. Sites which provide something valuable for free can often become extremely popular. Once this popularity is achieved, and you start getting a lot of daily traffic, then you can start to charge for allowing advertising on your site. You’re probably thinking something like “how could I possibly provide such a valuable free service, surely you need lots of programming knowledge and experience to run such a thing?”. In reality it isn’t that difficult. All you need is the right pre-written script to add to your website. Have a look here: http://www.cgi-resources.com. This website provides many CGI programs, many of which are low or NO cost. Some of their scripts could make great traffic generators for you if you use them on your site in a highly relevant fashion.One of the biggest advantages of this web business model is you don’t necessarily have to pay for any advertising. A good press release might be all you need, particularly if you are providing something unique. The hard part is coming up with a good idea. But if you can, because you are providing a valuable free service, word of mouth can get round very fast.Model No.3 – One Product PageIf you have a hot product that you want to sell, then create a good sales page and focus all of your marketing efforts towards bringing that page to people’s attention. When you present just one choice at your site, you decrease any distraction which may come from offering multiple alternative pages.Getting interested people to click through to this web page can produce excellent profits, but this is also the hard part. You will probably have to pay for all of your traffic so a well thought through pay-per-click campaign may be your best choice for this business model.Model No.4 – Affiliate ProgramsA popular website model for new webmasters is to create a site that catalogs many different (but hopefully related) products within their site. To do this you will either need a number of different affiliate programs to sign up with, or you’ll need to join an affiliate network such as Commission Junction or Clickbank. These bring a huge number of affiliate programs together – under one roof as it were (i.e. all available through the same intermediate provider).In order to make this work you have to develop a specialized site. It needs to be an information source primarily, but definitely not a sales pitch. Your visitors will want to be provided with up to date information related to their subject of interest which brought them to your site in the first place.You have an unlimited array of possible subjects to choose from, but you should opt for something that interests yourself very much. This way you’ll have no problem deciding what other people with the same interest will want to read, learn or talk about.Within this context you can then have recommended products directly related to whatever you think people will be interested in, so long as it is genuinely related and of value to your readers. If your visitors value your site and are interested in your opinion you will make sales.The real beauty of developing this kind of site is you can potentially do very well in the search engines, and that can provide you with a lot of free traffic. I have provided lots of information to help you with this at my site; http://www.websmart-marketing.com. Working your pages around popular keywords is how its done, and when people type these words into their favorite engine, you want your site to come out as close the number one spot as possible.Each of these website business models represents a possible online business for you. Can you integrate the one which interests you the most in with your favorite hobby or pastime? What do you enjoy doing the most? What do you like to think about when you have the free time. Whatever this is, there’s probably a wide audience of people with the same interest. Why not build them a website they can visit. You could find it relatively easy to make money at the same time.Best wishes for your future.–Publishing Guidelines: This article may be copied for use on websites or ezines providing it is not altered in any way (which includes the small “article by” paragraph at the end) and all links are live and clickable. If adding to a website I have made it easier for you, simply copy from this html version: [http://www.websmart-marketing.com/ibs.html] (c) Copyright 2004. All rights reserved.

Email Accounts: Why More Than One

If you’ve been doing business online for any amount of time, more than likely you’ve discovered the need for multiple email mobile porn accounts.Many of us have an email addy for work and one for “play” if you will. And chances are, you’ll need even more than the two cited above.As an online marketer, you’ll want to submit your site to search engines. And each and every time that we do, the search engine companies feel compelled to send us a warm and fuzzy thank you message, piggybacked by additional emails that are merely advertisements for one of their clients. After all, search engines thrive on advertising bucks!Now consider the consequences when posting to an FFA (Free For All) site. Many of us are guilty of endless postings in an attempt to spread the word. One submission alone results in an avalanche of thank you’s and, sadly, it cannot be stopped nor construed as Spam since the site owner told you at their site you would be added to their mailing list when you submitted.Internet marketers generally have at least one web-based account to be used alongside their primary account. This web-based account allows for the URL thank you’s while at the same time not cluttering up the primary account.Another reason for having more than one email account is if you are using an ezine to court potential customers. In many cases, you’d want to have a distinct address to be used solely for your publication. In this manner, if someone writes to you as the editor of this newsletter, you might feel that it is important to keep those contacts in a separate account. More than anything else, this is a matter of organization.Yet another reason is the rampant use of email harvesting software by spammers. Any email addy used to submit an ad posting, discussion group posting or to be utilized on a website is a viable target for the email harvesting software in use.The uses of multiple accounts are as numerous as the activities that you might pursue on the Internet. A big drawback, however, is that you now possess several accounts to monitor and that consumes time….lots of time!

Realities of Success, Failure, and Working From Home

Getting Started At Home in Your Very Own BusinessFirst, let me say *congratulations* on deciding to take lifeinto your control.You are so close to being the richest person in the family,the wealthiest person in your group of friends, the workerall the other slaves will talk about with awe andadmiration long after you have retired to become the Boss.I’m not kidding.There is an awesome power contained within you that canshoot you to the stars. It will bring you the wealth,happiness and freedom normally shared by a group of peoplecombined, not usually enjoyed by only ONE.Does this mean I’m telling you to have more by others havingless? Absolutely not!Most people exist on the scraps and leftovers, not thebounty life intends you to enjoy. But fear pushes theminto a half-life. Fear of having less ‘relax’ time, fear ofnot doing what’s expected of them, fear of trying andfailing, fear of hard work.But don’t you agree.. working for someone else sucks bigtime?I really don’t like people telling me what I have to do nextor that I didn’t do it well enough or that I can go tolunch in 10 minutes. Life holds so much more than that, whywalk to the beat of someone else’s drum?Once you begin to live the dream of being ‘The Master OfYour Life’, you will look at all the other 9 to 5 slaves,toiling away unappreciated to make someone else rich, andshake your head in disbelief.”Why do they do it? Why do they live life only halfachieved, only partially fulfilled?”Believe me, once you see things from my side of the fence,you won’t be able to work for someone else again. I refuseto do it, I won’t go back.Make your dreams come true and you will feel the same, Ipromise!Here’s a little about me..My name is Murray Hughes and I’ve been building my ownbusiness since April 2003. Starting from scratch, withabsolutely zero experience, I wasted heaps of dollars andeven more time.But my persistence has paid off and now each and everymonth, thousands of dollars find their way into my bankaccount as a direct result of my Internet businesses.Don’t let “Internet Businesses” put you off. I know afterreading that when I first started out, I would have thought- ‘This guy is obviously way out of my league, I mean he’stalking =businesses= for pete’s sake! I just want to add afew hundred dollars to my bottom line.’Well let me be the first to tell you I’m no rocket scientistnor some naturally talented business guru. In fact, basedon my record I may even be business impaired ;-) .But I do have an abundance of something that will overcomeany inadequacies you or anyone else may have.PERSISTENCEBeing persistent means working hard on a regular basis andnot letting any obstacle stop you. Sure some obstacles mayslow you down or even bring you to a halt for a period oftime, but if you keep working and learning – failure isimpossible.Failure can be reduced to a single split-second moment.. doyou know when that is?It’s the moment you give up.FAILURE – The decision to give up and QUIT FOR GOODSure, obstacles, or mini-failures, will be frequent. Heck,nearly everything I have tried online has been a completeflop. But I never for a moment thought of giving up.Instead, I understood my mini-failure was another way to NOTdo things. And often, with a bit of re-thinking andre-application, a mini-failure can be turned around andbecome a champion.So let me finish up by saying what my own experience hasproved to me’Succeeding in your very own business won’t be easy,especially in the beginning. It will take many hours ofworking and learning.’BUT’If you are truly, really persistent, success in your veryown business is 100% inevitable, 100% unavoidable and willbe enormous.’Imagine your dream, think of it often, smile to yourself inknowing that it is inevitable and start your unhaltingmarch toward it. Its waiting for you to arrive!Until next time, remember persistence pays off – BIG TIME.Your Friend,

Why Am I Afraid to Sell?

Relationship marketing. It’s the backbone of a successful online business. Fail to forge online black porn relationships and your business will suffer. Simple enough concept, right? But what does “relationship marketing” really mean? Simply put, it refers to the principle that, in order to be successful in business, especially online since it’s such an anonymous medium, you need to establish a relationship of trust with your site visitors and ezine readers before you can expect them to do business with you. It requires a commitment to customer service and a willingness to help others for no certain reward other than the satisfaction of helping another and building for yourself and your business a reputation of credibility and trustworthiness.At the end of the day, though, if your business is to be successful, you have to turn a buck. One of the most common anxieties expressed by new (and even not so new) online entrepreneurs, though, is that they don’t want to come across as “selling something” to those with whom they have forged the very relationship that is a prerequisite to actually making the sale!In other words, the focus on “relationship marketing” has been so much on the relationship that the marketing begins to feel crass and a violation of trust. Many new online business owners report that they feel like they’re taking advantage of the trust of those with whom they have forged a bond. Of course, there’s no reason to feel any such thing so long as you believe in what it is you’re selling and that it’s something that will benefit your customers. If you don’t feel this way, then your bad feelings are well placed. You ARE taking advantage!The discomfort associated with selling is not restricted to the business owner, either. I have received several indignant emails over the course of the past year or so from readers of my ezine in response to promotions I have run for programs I actively promote. The recurring theme of these sorts of communications is that I have a “responsibility” to my readers because they’ve come to rely on me as an authoritative source of information and I have somehow breached this responsibility by doing something so crass as to actually market the programs I promote to earn part of my online income. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that, since I accept paid advertising in my ezine, I should be content with that revenue stream and not seek to make money by promoting outside programs.My response to this line of reasoning is simply that I’m running a BUSINESS. I’m not working nights and weekends on my site and on my ezine out of the goodness of my heart. I’m just not that noble, believe me. I have a profit motive. Despite what some people seem to think, a profit motive is NOT, in and of itself, a Bad Thing. A profit motive is only a Bad Thing when one misleads, deceives and otherwise takes advantage of the trust of another to pursue that profit. There’s no reason to apologize or feel guilty for wanting to make an honest profit.How about you? Do you have just a twinge of uneasiness when it comes to marketing your products and services? Here are some ideas to help you overcome the reticence you may feel in pursuing sales from your prospective customers and how to manage these relationships so that your customer understands that, although you are there to help them, you are also out to help yourself by earning an honest living.CRYSTALLIZE YOUR PURPOSESThe very first thing you need to do is decide what it is you’re really doing when you create your website or publish your ezine. Is it a hobby or is it a business? The difference, respectively, is the absence or presence of a profit motive. If it’s a hobby, fine. Don’t try and turn a profit, just enjoy yourself and make just enough to cover your expenses if you can. But if it’s a business, understand that making a profit is non-negotiable. It’s the reason for your business’s existence. You will no doubt have several purposes. But the profit motive is key.Do whatever it takes to crystallize your purposes. For some people, just thinking about it and making a mental decision is sufficient. For others, crystallization requires seeing it in black and white. If that’s you, write down your purposes. Again, though, if you’re running a business rather than indulging in a hobby, turning a profit must be on your list of purposes (unless, I suppose, you’re running a non-profit business but we’ll leave that aside for present purposes). Recognize that purpose for what it is. Embrace it. PURSUE it with a vengeance. It’s nothing to be ashamed or coy about. So long as you intend to do so, and actually do so, by legitimate, honest and ethical means, give yourself permission to aggressively chase a dollar. Why crystallize your purposes in this way? Because they’ll keep you on track when you’re confronted by the naysayers who’ll inevitably pop up in your porridge.BE BUSINESSLIKE AND PROFESSIONALThe concept of “relationship marketing” does NOT mean getting up close and personal with your customers. You’ll save yourself a lot of grief and angst if you just keep things businesslike and professional – friendly to be sure, but not *overly* personal. It’s possible to be friendly and helpful in a professional, businesslike manner without stepping over the line into the personal. The people you’re dealing with are not your friends, they’re your customers. Of course, over time, you may become friends with certain people who started out as customers. But don’t start from the position that you have to be friends with your customers in order to engage in relationship marketing. You don’t. Keep it businesslike and professional and you won’t raise any unrealistic expectations.ACT IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR BUSINESS’S BEST INTERESTSOne way of keeping yourself in check is by constantly testing your decisions against the criteria “is this decision in the best interests of my business?”. If so, do it, recognizing that something can be in the best interests of your business even if it doesn’t involve cash flowing in your direction. If not, don’t. Occasionally, it will be in the best interests of your business to do something that may be perceived by your customer as a personal favor. An example might be giving a refund for a purchase under circumstances where the customer is not strictly entitled to one and where you have an ongoing relationship with the customer. You do so in the interests of customer service and this is certainly an example of something that is in your business’s best interests.Sometimes, however, customers can take advantage of such a policy. To forestall this type of problem, if you decide to do something that benefits your customer/reader/visitor over and above what they have an entitlement to, make it clear, in a subtle way, that you are doing so for business reasons. Be prepared to set limits though. Know how far you are prepared to go before it stops being a business decision and becomes a personal one and to the detriment of your business interests.Being uncomfortable saying “no” is not a good enough reason to sacrifice your business’s best interests if that’s the right decision in all the circumstances.BE DIRECT AND HONESTDon’t be shy about promoting your products and services and letting your prospective customers know you would like for them to purchase from you. Be direct, open and honest about it. For example, if someone emails me and asks for my advice about how to get started in an online business of their own, I’ll recommend products that I think will benefit them. Typically, I recommend Cookie Cutter and Cash Cow if they’re new to internet marketing. Why? Firstly, I believe in both products and think they give the newbie an efficient, cost-effective way of learning a lot about how online businesses work in a short period of time.Secondly, I am an affiliate of both programs and earn $20 a pop each time I sell one. Would I recommend any products that are directly relevant to my business that I don’t have a financial interest in? No. Why? I have a profit motive. My time is money. The key is, I believe in the products. If I thought there were better products out there than the ones I was promoting I’d recommend them too. But only after I signed up as an affiliate so I could make a profit from my recommendation.On the other hand, occasionally I’m asked to recommend a webhost. I’m an inactive affiliate of one of the major webhosting companies but I never recommend them because I think they’re too expensive. In this case, I refer the enquirer to the webhost I use for my own site. I’m not an affiliate of theirs and I have no financial interest in making the recommendation. I’m not particularly interested in webhosting as a product to promote so I haven’t bothered (yet) to sign up for my webhost’s affiliate program. It’s just an honest recommendation, just as Cookie Cutter/Cash Cow is an honest recommendation. The only difference is, I make money on the latter and why not? The point is, so long as you’re making an honest recommendation, there’s no reason why you can’t make a profit at the same time. It’s a win-win situation. So stop being afraid to sell. It’s the reason your business exists and it won’t if you don’t.

Work at Home Jobs and the Internet

People with work at home jobs should use the Internet to maximize their businesses. The first necessary Internet tool is a website. You can market and sell just about any product or service via a website.How do you get a website? There are sites that provide website hosting services. They may be free or not. With a free host, you usually have to let them place advertisements on your site; you don’t have any say in the advertising content. So if you opt to go with a free host, see what kind of advertisements they post. With a host you pay for, you determine the ads and other site content. Also, you can get more bandwidth or room to put content on your site.With work at home jobs, a domain name( for example http://www.yourbusinessname.com) is important. A free host may put their name in the domain name which would look unprofessional. You can purchase your own domain name at certain sites to use with free and paid hosts.Once you have a website and a domain name for work at home jobs, you have to determine how to build the website. You can build it on your own, or you can pay someone to design it for you. If you do it yourself, you can use templates and programs such as DreamWeaver to build your website.Many of these can be downloaded for free off the Internet. You can read books and website content to guide you in website design. The basic knowledge you need is html, the language used on websites. You don’t have to know what an experienced website designer would, but the more you know the better. If you want someone to design the site for you, you can find designers at various prices on the Internet.If you’re going to have work at home jobs on the Internet, you need an email address, preferably a professional looking one with no cute names such as koolkat@email.com. Also, it looks better if the address is not part of a free service such as yahoo.com or hotmail.com. Use your internet service provider’s email account or an account provided through the website host(if there is one).Less important but helpful items in work at home jobs are auto-responders and ebooks. An auto-responder will send an already written message to someone asking about your services. This helps to manage many requests at one time especially if you work by yourself. This allows the potential customer to get your information immediately, and you can make contact after that.Ebooks or electronic books about working at home, marketing, and website design can be valuable tools in building your business. The authors are usually people who were in your position one time and can teach you from their experiences. Ebooks are sold are on the authors’ websites or on websites that relate to the books’ subjects. Using what the Internet has to offer can help you to work at home.

All In The Perspective

Today I almost rented an office.I know, I know. How on earth could I ever consider giving up working at home?Well, I did say, “almost”. But there are days when an office looks pretty darn good.Because I work from my home, there are distractions and demands placed on me that just didn’t exist when I worked outside of the home.Take today, for example. I was trying to work on a programming project that required my concentration. Of course, the kids are home from school for the summer and it seemed like every 5 minutes one of them needed me for one reason or another.”Can I have another snack?”"Watch me, Mommy!”"But I’m DYING of thirst!”You know what I mean.I began to wonder how it would be for my husband to have to deal with these types of demands while trying to do his job.So, I started fantasizing about his workday:He works for the local phone company and drives one of those big trucks with the bucket that lifts him up to the tops of the telephone poles. I envisioned him up there in his bucket, needing to concentrate on which wire goes where- with the kids up in there with him.”What’s that, Daddy?”"Can I have a snack?”"I have to go to the bathroom.”So then, I thought about when I used to work in an office. I imagined being at my desk, interviewing someone, when in walks my daughter, “Mommy, will you play a game with me?”A stage whisper conversation ensues:”Honey, I can’t play right now. I’m in the middle of an interview.” “But you said you’d play a game with me, and that was like 50 HOURS AGO” “I’ll play a game with you, but you need to wait patiently until I finish.” “You NEVER want to play a game with me!”At this point, I’m smiling at my interviewee through gritted teeth while I give my daughter THE LOOK.What if I was a doctor? A surgeon?”DON’T TOUCH THAT!”"Mommy, would something bad happen if I accidentally dropped my gum in there?”Suddenly, my reverie is broken my 5-year-old loudly complaining, “Mommy, Lauren burped and she won’t say ‘excuse me’!”Ah well, I’ll just have to do that programming project some other time.I guess the things that are most rewarding about working at home can at times be the most annoying.It’s all in the perspective.

Starting A Successful Sewing Business

Do you want to start your own sewing business? Do you love to sew? Are you good at sewing? Are you meticulous? Do you pay attention to details? Are you responsible?If you can answer yes to these questions, then you have a good start on what could become a very successful and rewarding sewing business. To be successful in the sewing business, you must love to sew, you must pay attention to detail, take pride in your work, be reliable, and be a businessperson. Unless your business strategy is to hire out certain aspects of this business to other people, there is no getting around needing to possess these attributes to be successful. All of these attributes will help make a name for you in the industry.Everyone’s business technique is different. You will learn things as you go along. Take classes on different sewing techniques, join a sewing group, participate in e-lists on the internet, and make as many friends within the industry as possible.Each of these activities will promote professional growth and your business will flourish. Find better ways of doing things, and then share the knowledge with others that have the same zeal for the business, and those who may be new to it. Everyone can benefit and learn from one another, and there is plenty of work to go around!There are so many aspects of starting your own business, we have just listed a few basic areas in this section. Buy or borrow business start up books, do more research on the internet, and educate yourself so that you will know what to expect when you go into business for yourself. It can be stressful, but it can also turn out to be an extremely rewarding project. Visit the SewingCity.com website for more about starting a sewing business.

The Invisible Opportunity

How would you feel if you had cartoon porn been searching desperately for something, some magic solution to a problem, and come to find out it was right there in front of you the whole time– you just failed to see it?For many searching for a way to work from home, this is exactly what they’re doing.There is a common misconception out there that’s preventing a lot of people from realizing their dreams of working at home. Is it holding you back too?Time and time again I hear this sentiment, “I don’t want to start a business. I just want to do clerical work for a company” or, “I see so many opportunities, but they’re all scams because they charge a fee”.Now, before you say “well, isn’t that true? Shouldn’t there never be a fee?” realize that there is a big difference between a telecommute job offer and a business opportunity. And I hate to tell you this, but companies just don’t hire teleworkers to do clerical work for them. There are plenty of telecommute jobs out there, but they are for highly specialized skills that require specific training. If you have a knack for sales, there are no shortage of companies that will hire you to do cold-calling from your home office.So, that leaves us with two options: To get the training that’s required for a telecommute job (programming courses at a local college, for example), or to start a home business.For some reason, the idea of taking courses or going back to school is usually met with resistance. “I can’t afford it” or “I don’t have time” are typical responses. But think of it this way: Your goal is to land a telecommute job. All telecommute jobs require specialized training or skills. Doesn’t it make sense to obtain the training that’s required for the job you want? Isn’t it worth investing in some classes if it means that you will be qualified for telecommute jobs?Ok, so maybe you’re not interested in working in sales or becoming a programmer. The other option is to look at a business opportunity. This suggestion is not usually greeted with enthusiasm. And this really is the issue at hand: Why not a business opportunity?This is where so many people overlook the chance to work from home; the idea that if an opportunity charges a fee, it’s a scam. It’s a common misconception that stands in the way of many a would-be home worker.The truth is that almost all business opportunities require an investment. You can’t expect to start a business without some expenses, can you? The really exciting thing is that with the Internet, it’s possible to start out with a much smaller investment than in the brick-and-mortar world.The important thing is to be able to discern the legitimate offer from the scams. There are some simple checkpoints that can help you to determine if a business opportunity is legitimate.–First, look at the product. Is there a product? There should be. The Federal Trade Commission considers a company to be crossing the line into pyramid scheme territory when all marketing efforts are geared toward getting others to sign up. There should be a focus on the product first, recruiting others should be secondary.–Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been complaints filed and if so, how were they handled. Remember that it’s not out of the ordinary for a company to have had a few complaints. It’s whether or not they were resolved to the customer’s satisfaction that matters.–Do some research to see if there are any articles/discussions pertaining to the company in question. This can be useful in picking up news articles that could alert you to potential problems (ABC Company Hit With More Class-Action Suits!) or positive feedback (CEO Joe Owner Receives Award For His Company’s Philanthropic Achievements).With effort and determination, business opportunities can be very lucrative. They can also be a stepping-stone to earning the extra money you need to take some courses or to finance your own start-up.Give the invisible opportunity another look. It may be the key to your office at home.