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The Zoo Keeper And The Monkeys

Did you ever watch the Zoo Keeper working in the monkey enclosure?I can recall watching the Zoo Keeper when he was sweeping out the big monkey enclosure. He was industriously sweeping up dead leaves and twigs and the rest of the litter the monkeys had made and he was taking no notice at all of the antics of the noisy crew of monkeys. I guess he was used to their racket. Suddenly one of the monkeys swung down from a branch and snatched the Zoo Keeper’s cap right off his head. The Zoo Keeper hardly had time to react to what had happened before that monkey was out of reach in the higher branches of the tree.The Zoo Keeper looked up, the monkey bared its teeth in that special grin monkeys have and chattered quietly. The Zoo Keeper pantomimed a shrug for his audience: no point in him even thinking of climbing the tree after that monkey. The Zoo Keeper carried on with his cleaning up and ignored the chattering monkey.The monkey tried the cap on for size, on his head, then on one foot, then he sniffed hard at it. The crowd laughed but the Zoo Keeper didn’t bother to look up. The monkey dropped from the tree just a few feet behind the Zoo Keeper, screeched in that way monkeys have and flourished the cap when the Zoo Keeper looked round startled. That sure got his attention!The Zoo Keeper stood, hands on hips. The monkey did the same, putting its head a little on one side as if he was waiting for an answer. The Zoo Keeper took a slow step towards the monkey and the monkey just stood there holding the Zoo Keeper’s cap. The Zoo Keeper took another cautious step towards the monkey and this time the monkey took a step back. The Zoo Keeper tried another step, the monkey stepped back, turned, let out a screech and leaped into the lower branches of his favourite tree. The Zoo Keeper grabbed at his cap but he was no match for the monkey’s swiftness.By now a crowd of children had gathered and they giggled as the Zoo Keeper looked up at the monkey who had again perched out of reach chattering loudly and waving the cap in the air. What the Zoo Keeper didn’t know (but the children did) was that another monkey had removed a small shovel from the Zoo Keeper’s unattended cart and was marching about waving the shovel in the air as if he was conducting some invisible monkey orchestra.When monkey number two started beating the shovel against the bars of the enclosure, the Zoo Keeper did notice and his attention was completely diverted from the first monkey. While the Zoo Keeper crept up behind the monkey with the shovel, monkey number one dropped out of the tree and upset the Keeper’s cart, scattering all the rubbish he had swept up.At that moment, the gate into the enclosure opened and a Feeding Attendant brought in the monkeys’ lunch. Monkey number one saw the attendant and lost all interest in the cap, which he dropped on the ground. The second monkey threw the shovel over his shoulder as he loped in the direction of the food.The Keeper made the most of this opportunity. He rescued his cap, picked up his shovel and walked back towards the strewn litter. Unfortunately, on his way to gather up the litter, he trod in a pile of monkey pooh and had to stop to scrape his shoe clean..What does chasing after monkeys have to do with your Internet business?When I am working at my home based business on the Internet, I often feel as if I am trying to work in a cage full of monkeys. There are so many distractions, so many people trying to get your attention and lure you to their websites. If you do not remain focused on the job in hand, working on the internet can turn out very much like chasing monkeys. If you lose your focus, you will find yourself being led in every direction apart from the one you intended to take. You will spend your morning chasing about and achieving nothing. Suddenly you will realise it’s lunchtime and you have still not managed to complete the morning’s tasks. If you let this situation carry on, you are likely to find yourself in the sort of mess that’s best tackled with a shovel.

Best Home Based Businesses: Four Soul Searching Steps: Step Three

How would you like to have one of the best home based businesses? This article is number three in a four-part series that is designed to assist you in creating your ideal internet home based business. To view Parts 1, 2, and 4 please do an Author search on Ezine Articles for Chrystal Chantel. In the previous articles I asked to you to discover what you love to do, then discover the problems that people in those fields face, and the potential solutions you could develop to help them.Now comes the time to start assessing each of your solutions. You will want to weigh the pros and cons, and the strengths and weaknesses of each idea. Ask yourself these questions for each problem you have listed:
What goals do the people concerned about this topic have? How could I help them meet their goals?

The solutions I have created to solve my own problems, do I need to adapt them for my potential customers, or to reach a broader market?

Could I create an information product such as an ebook that would provide solutions to this problem? Realize that you don’t have to be a famous write to write an ebook. You simply need to communicate from your own personal experience how you have solved a problem that others face. If you can write clearly, you can write an ebook.

Why would you want to create an ebook? Because ebooks are one of the easiest internet products to create and sell on the web. People will gladly pay you for providing them with solutions to problems that really concern them. An ebook provides one of the easiest formats for them to black porn receive these solutions. Some of the best home based businesses make most of their money from ebooks.

Could I put my solutions in a video, an audiotape, a cd, a piece of software, or some other product or service? For example, a passionate home gardener wrote an ebook on how to care for lilies, a plant that is notoriously hard to grow. She also created a video on how to make the huge, beautiful hanging baskets that her garden was famous for. Perhaps your internet home based business could be designed around skills or solutions you are already providing. Let yourself be creative and brainstorm freely. Ask your friends and family what they think. Sometimes when you look at things from many different perspectives, an idea that you hadn’t thought of can easily emerge.By going through this process you could come up with a product that no one else has thought of. You may come up with a unique approach that is all yours. You might identify a target market, a niche that has not yet been flooded with other products. You will likely come up with an idea that you are very interested in, that you have expertise with, that you can write about, that will carry the energy of your own experience, and that will bring you greater success than if you just copied someone else’s idea. These factors will help you to create one of the best home based businesses.Don’t be concerned if your idea is not a huge one. Millions of companies have made enormous sums of money out of making our lives a little easier in small ways. By going through the process I’ve outlined, you may be able to identify problems that are of great irritation to people, and these people may be happy to pay you for the solutions you provide. If you can make someone’s life better, provide them with more comfort, ease, or convenience, you could have a great product idea on your hands. Imagine having an internet home based business where you make the world a better place for others.“We must not….ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”~Marian Write Edelman~Take your time with this process, and then join me for the fourth and last step in creating one of the best home based businesses for you: Research Your Business Ideas.© Copyright Chrystal Chantel, All Rights Reserved.Build Your Dream Business[http://www.build-your-dream-business.net/]I grant permission to publish this article, electronically or in print, as long as All the bylines are included, with Live Links, and the article is not changed in any way.

Are You Selling Hotdogs Or Pretzels?

I live across the river from New York City milf porn and on the days I make my way over there, the one thing you immediately notice are the smells of the street. No… not that smell. I’m talking about food.You’ll find all sorts of vendors selling food on the streets. But you won’t see 20 different hotdog vendors crowded onto one street corner.Common sense tells you that you won’t make much money when you are competing with a bunch of other vendors on one corner who sell the same thing.Yet that is exactly what has happened to the internet marketing “how to make money” game.You are crowded into one street corner trying to sell the same hotdogs as everyone else and you just won’t make much money because their is just too much darn competition.So then you try to outdo your competitors and develop ways to make your “hotdog” stand out from everyone else. And your competitors catch on to this little trick and they start doing the same, making the technique ineffective.You start offering fr-ee toppings with your hotdog but your competitors then also offer those same toppings and even include toppings that you don’t offer.You counter that by doing a little tweeking. You move your hot dog stand a little over to the left, and a little over to the right to see if it can increase your sales. But gosh darn it your competitors start doing the same and you spend more time dancing then you do making sales.You then implant an edible micropchip that makes hotdogs talk… “Eat Me!” but everyone else then does the same thing and everyone’s hotdog talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. (Ok, I know I am getting carried away here)But then a light bulb goes off in your head… you start selling grilled hot dogs instead and become a “niche” within the hotdog niche. But then your competitors do the same and that silly street corner just got crowded again.And in the end… no matter how you cook ‘em, or market them, you’re still trying to sell those darn hotdogs that everyone else is selling.There is just way too much competition for the average Joe to make any “real” money in this type of competitive atmosphere.It’s time to find your niche my friend. Forget the hotdog business. While everyone else is slaving away trying to sell hotdogs…Use the marketing knowledge you obtained trying to sell those hotdogs… and apply it to sell something else instead, like pretzels.You’ll find that street corner has just gotten a lot less crowded and your making more money to boot. And you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank too as you pass by all those poor hotdog vendors who don’t know what you know.The money is in the niche…

10 Tips To Help You Choose The Right Business

With so many opportunities available today, it is hard to decide which business is the right one for you. Choosing the wrong business can cost you both time and money, not to mention the loss of your hopes and dreams.Use the following tips to choose the right business for you on the first try.1. Make a list of your hobbies – Often hobbies can be turned into a business. You want to enjoy your business, so begin by making a list of the hobbies that you enjoy. Look at each item on your list, and determine which ones could realistically be turned into a business that you can start and operate.2. Make a list of what you know – other than hobbies, there are plenty of things that you know about. Do you have a college education? Make a list of the things that you consider yourself to be extremelly knowledgable about. Do not list things that you have little interest in, or things that bore you. Look at this list and determine which of these items can be realistally turned into a business that you can start and run.3. Make a third list from the information on lists one and two. On the third list, only write down the items that can be turned into a business that you can realistically start and run.4. Loving what you do isn’t the only thing to consider when choosing a business. Other people must also love what you do, or need the result of what you do, or you won’t have any customers. With your final list, start doing some research. Begin at http://www.overture.com. Click on “Advertiser Center” at the top of the page. Using the Keyword Selector Tool, type in keywords for the businesses you are considering. How popular are those words? Are people already looking for what you can offer them? If your business will be an offline business, what is the need for what you can offer in your community? It is important to have this information before investing time and money. Mark off the items that are not popular, or are not determined to be needed.5. With the potential businesses left on your list, work up an estimated cost to start and operate each one for the first three months. What is your budget? How much money can you afford to spend on your new business. Remember to add in costs for advertising. You should also consider the costs for your personal/living expenses if you do not have another source of income. Which businesses can you actually afford to start? Is financing an option? Mark the businesses that are no longer realistic off your list.6. Make new lists for each of the businesses that remain on your list. You need to know what is required to start and operate each business. You need to know everything. What equipment will you need? How will you advertise the business? What space is needed? How much start up money will you need? What are you local and regional requirements for running a business from your home? How much money should each business realistically earn each year? Make a list of questions, and answer those questions for each of the businesses remaining on your list.7. How much time are you willing to invest in your business? Look, realistically, at the time requirements for each potential business on your list. Are you willing to put in the required time?8. Locate people who are in the businesses that are left on your list. Find a way to talk with them. Find out what all the pitfalls are, and how to avoid them. Learn as much as you can from them about how they started their business, what it took, from a financial and time standpoint, and what they have done to make their business succeed. It is not a good idea to choose a competitor for this research. Either choose someone who would not be considered a competitor, or don’t let them know that you are a potential competitor. Make the call or arrive at the meeting armed with a list of questions to ask.9. Think about the remaining potential businesses on your list. Think about each one individually. Imagine yourself taking the steps necessary to start up each business. Imagine yourself running each business. Which ones feel right? Which ones feel wrong? Your gut instinct should never be ignored. With some businesses, redundancy can become a problem. Will you get burnt out doing the same tasks over and over? You need to think long and hard about your options, your personality, your likes and dislikes, etc.10.With all of the information you have gathered in your research, you are finally in the best position possible to choose your new business. So, simply make a choice…but don’t throw your list away. You may want to try one of the other possibilities in the future – after you’ve made a success of your first home business!For More business ideas, look through the free work from home database maintained at http://www.onlinebusinessbase.com

Avoiding Home Business Failures

It’s been said that 80% of all small business dies within the first 3 years. And the rest are somehow struggling along with meager revenues. Only a handful is successful. Home based business has an even shorter lifespan. Every enthusiastic home based venture starts out with a big promise, a lot of excitement and enthusiasm.However at the first signs of trouble or a slow take off the people become panicky. Having been accustomed to regular pay check, when the money does not roll in week after week and the bank balance hits the low digits, there is a sense of panic and the exciting home business gets trashed.My own experience tells me this happens just when you are through with organizing, setting up and the difficult transition period of reaching out to the customers, you decide to wind up the business in favor of a job.Now here are a few tips to persevere and make a success of your home business.Plan in advance your finances for running your family for a minimum period of 6 months.Plan every aspect of your business – right from creating the product to final shipments – on paper. Don’t leave out anything. This is what is called a business plan. Make it elaborate and group each aspect under a heading and subheading.Home workers need to set a disciplined work schedule. Having no bosses around or compulsions of commuting may make you take things easy and relaxed. At least for the first 6 month work as if you are in employment and put in the required hours. You can relax and cut down on working hours when you start earning enough.Don’t procrastinate or put things off for tomorrow. Action is one major ingredient for success. If you need to do something do it today. Do it now.It is essential to keep your motivation high. Read about the success of other small business and home business owners and learn what they did right. Duplicating someone else who has succeeded makes it easy to succeed yourself.You may suddenly find yourself alone without the social support of colleagues and friends. Even persons you considered your best friends may avoid you if they feel you are in trouble. That is OK. You get to know who’s who in times of adversity. Learn to depend on yourself than outside support.Be prepared to take the temporary pain and denials. Robert Kiyosaki of ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ fame and his wife slept in their car for a few months and lived in a basement of a friends house for many more months to achieve what they set out – their financial freedom.Believe in yourself and keep going even if the going gets tough. The rewards far outweigh the pains and temporary sufferings. Remember the darkest hour is just before the dawn breaks out and sun rises.

So Close, Yet So Far

What I am going to talk about is something that happens to a lot of people trying to make it online or off-line for that matter.They get to a certain point and then simply quit. The sad part about it is that many don’t realize how close they have been to actually achieving success.What’s my point?My point is you should never quit. Once you set your goal you should simply go for it.People jump from program to program trying to figure out what the problem is with the program. The truth be told – the problem is not with the program but many times with the individual.I’m not saying that every program is for everyone or that everyone does things the same way. But what I am saying is that many people are quick to blame someone or something without taking a deep look at themselves or what is truly not working.Marketers that are currently earning any significant income on the ‘Net (or off the ‘Net for that matter) know that (1) you must never quit and (2) trial and error is many times inevitable. After awhile, you gain experience (which is a nice way of saying you have taken your lumps).Experience is the key.I believe that you should not chase every program under the sun. You need to find a few select programs that really work and truly work them. It is the quality and not the quantity of the programs that will lead to your success.There are just certain tools that every marketer should have to even begin to think about succeeding online. They don’t have to be the exact tools that I use, but they should be in the ball park.Choose the right programs, use the right tools and the right techniques.And most of all – Never, Ever quit.Copyright 2005 Romel Wallace

So You Want to Start a Home Daycare

I hang out with the other mommies. No, I am not a “Mister Mom” or a “Househusband”. I do have one enviable situation, though. I work from home and I have the flexibility to say, “This morning I am going to spend with my mobile porn daughters. I can play with them. I can sing with them. I can laugh with them. I can clean up their ice cream that drips all over me.”Or I can say, “This morning I am taking my daughters to the play center, where they can play with other children, sing with other children, laugh with other children and spill ice cream on other children instead of on me.”So I hang out with the other mommies.I’ve noticed that many mommies want to start a home daycare. The reasoning seams to go like this.
I’m at home within my own children anyway.

So far I have remained relatively unscathed, with few permanent injuries.

How much trouble can a few extra children running around spilling ice cream on the rug cause?

Let’s tempt fate.

I have two children, a toddler and a baby. They are enough of a handful, and the baby can’t even climb on counters…yet.Before setting up your own home daycare, consider this: how many more inspiring diaper-changing hours do you want to spend each day? Little Lady is on her sixth month of perpetual toilet-training. If there is a purgatory, this is it. Too old to just carry her treasures in her quick-change diapers, too young to just go on her own, stuck in the middle in a high-maintenance waiting room of sorts. Little Sister has a nickname: Poopasaurus, because…oh wait just a minute. I have to go clean up a mess. Another mess.I’ve already written about the challenges of dressing a toddler while she’s running bounding over the couch at record-shattering speeds: http://www.thehappyguy.com/toddler-dress.htmlThen there is the atmosphere. Now that Little Lady doesn’t nap anymore, she can get mighty cranky. I know the feeling. It doesn’t take much to get a good wail going. And she has lungs. Or she might break a few rules or a few toys. Or she might just disobey. It doesn’t take long for a parent to lose patience.Crying. Stress. Babies sense it, and Little Sister can get cranky, too. It’s a whole wailing chorus. Before long, the tension in our house can get so thick you could almost cut it with a chainsaw. Almost.Does it get any better in a daycare? Yes. You can take in only children who are completely toilet trained. Unfortunately, those children can climb counters. And chairs. And tables. And balconies.If you still want to tempt fate and see how many children it takes to cause irreparable damage to your house, your car and your body, here are four tips:
Keep all sharp objects, cleansers and medications in a safe place…like another town.

Laminate your couch. And your carpets. And your clothes. And your ceiling. And your food.

Get a good pair of industrial strength earplugs – the kind they give the guy who pushes the rockets off a Cape Canaveral.

Place Velcro strips along your walls…just in case.

That’s about all the advice I can offer. Oh yes, and did I mention to have fun.

Being Successful With Your Home Business

How to be successful with you home based business really depends on attitude, persistence and of course what your business offers.Let’s start with attitude. Everyone starts out with this attitude that man I am going to succeed and be able to quit my full time job by next year!Well I am not going to say that can not happen, but let’s be realistic here. A home based business is just like any other business, the only difference is you are doing it from home.And this kind of thinking that you will get rich over night is usually the death of your business. It is great to have a goal, but keep it within reach. To have a successful home business, the key is watching it grow from month to month.So keeping your attitude good, and not get discouraged when you are not making $20K a month is the first key to being successful. Remember you want to grow each month, as you grow you also expand bringing in more business and revenue.The hardest part about all that is when you first get going in your new home business. You are not known to anyone, so you have to sell your business to the public.I can remember when I first started; one website on the internet where you can put classified ads was not producing for me. And I had seen where it was a very good website for getting business.So after a few weeks went by, I came back to that website, and changed a few words in my ad. Bingo, what do you know, I started getting replies, and next thing I know I had people signing up under me to become affiliates.Now if I would have quit on that site, and said shoot this website is a joke, I would not have signed up all those people who in turn signed up people and they were selling, and bringing commission to me, and to themselves.So I learned quickly that persistence is a key to help make your business grow. I wanted to give up, but I found it in me to keep trying, and trying.Let’s talk persistence, now this is where a lot of people die in the home business arena. They run across failures of some sort, whether it is marketing, people not following through, etc.YOU HAVE to keep at it! Persistence is the key, if it failed once, does not mean it will fail again, you have to keep trying and trying and trying, and before you know it all that persistence will pay off for you.Now we want to talk about what your business has to offer. We all know there are so many scams or so called businesses on the internet.Everything from taking surveys, to getting paid to read emails, to selling Viagra! So what are the true legitimate businesses out there to start in?Well to find that answer out, you have to a lot of research. I have an article on the internet explaining in detail on how to go about finding the legitimate home businesses, and not the scams.You can read that article on my website. I can proudly say that I have found 2 work at home businesses that I am successfully running and making money at.So just remember if you are wanting to start a home business, it will take some work, but the rewards are great! Persistence, attitude, and what your business offers are the keys to being successful.Copyright 2004 Jim Noel

10 Characteristics of A Home Business Professional

Home Business Professionals are unique people. We are all very different people, with very different personalities and thinking processess. However, all successful home business professionals have the following characteristics in common.1. Home business professionals are usually leaders, not followers. We like to set the standards, not adhere to them.2. Home business professionals are always looking for new and better ways to do things. We believe that there is always a better, more effective way to get things done, and we seek to find it.3. Home business professionals are very open-minded. We never say that an idea won’t work without looking at all the facts, and if possible, testing the theory in question.4. Home business professionals are generally very organized. We are our own bosses. There is nobody to tell us when, or how, to get things done. It is something we must do for ourselves, and being organized is usually the first step in getting things done effectively.5. Home business professionals are hard workers. We know that starting a business is hard work, with long hours. However, we know that eventually, we will be able to work fewer hours and enjoy the same success. However, we do understand that work will always be involved, even if the hours are shorter.6. Home business professionals like to help out others. If you talk to a home business professional, the chances are good that you will find that person does charity work of some sort.7. Home business professionals are honest in their business dealings. When they see others being dishonest, they are quick to call them on it, and point it out to others.8. Home business professionals are very dedicated. We love what we do. It is something we have chosen for ourselves. We make our own rules, and we love “going” to work each day. Our love for what we do drives us to do it better than anyone else and keeps us very motivated.9. Home business professionals are very energetic. We don’t have the stresses that the people in the corporate world have. We are not a part of the rat race. This allows us to have more energy. While traditional corporate employees tend to go home from work and stretch out on the couch to watch television, home business professionals walk out of their home offices ready to go have fun. We have a lot of energy left over at the end of the day.10. Home business professionals are happy people. We love what we do. We’ve made our own rules, and we are living the lives that we have chosen to live. Who wouldn’t be happy?

Listen To Your Customers!

What exactly is it that your customers want or need? Is your website catering to their every whim, and if not, how do you gauge both satisfaction and loyalty?Obviously, looking at your profit and loss statement every month should give you a clarion call on what has to be adjusted in order to increase profitability.But, its far simpler to check your customer’s pulse by devising a quick, straight forward survey that includes a scale, say, from satisfied to disenchanted.And, the simpler the survey, the higher the response rate. If your customers get an email with a single question, even a majority of unhappy campers will take a moment to set you straight. The higher the response rate, the more relevant the data you collect.You gain a greater understanding of your customers and potential customers interests and can use the feedback to tailor your services to meet their needs. You will further uncover new or underserved niches and be able to tap into these new profit channels, and all at no cost. After all, how much does writing an email cost?Before starting the survey process, however, you must know your objective(s). Do you want to know what customers think of your opportunity? What they like or dislike about your website? Why they don’t or won’t buy? All of the above?Once the goal or goals are crystal clear, it will be just as obvious who your survey will target. Then, keep the survey short and to the point; make the question(s) easy to read and use simple language.Always remember that the fewer questions you ask, the more responses you will receive, and more responses equal more accurate data collected.Besides email, you could run the survey on your site where you can include color and graphics to draw out the need for responses. Drawbacks, however, are the cost of appropriate software to facilitate this endeavor, unless you possess above norm programming skills, and also the fact it is extremely time consuming.As an enticement to participate, offer customers an incentive such as a free ebook or course, and be sure to end the survey with a cordial thank you that lets them know you have their answers and to expect their free gift soon.