My two cats have taught me many good home office habits. Most of these lessons have been learned the hard way, so maybe I can help you avoid the heartbreak of blank computer screens and other home office disasters by sharing a few tips I have learned along the way.1. Save your work…again, and again, and again…There are many ways to lose all your computer work. One of them is if your cat falls off the monitor onto your keyboard. (One for Bugger…)2. Always treat your cat with the utmost respect (you are allowed to be excessive in this matter; the more subservient you are, and sometimes even downright grovelling, the better).If you toss your cat off your desk out of anger, her first reaction is to take all paperwork with her. (Two for Bugger…)3. If anything at all EVER goes wrong with your computer, first check the location of your cat.One day I suddenly could not keep a window open on my computer. No matter what I did, no window would stay open, one would flicker on for a moment then disappeared again. I rebooted, that didn’t help. Finally I moved my cat 1 centimeter to the left, away from the keyboard. Voila, problem solved. The cat was ever-so-slightly leaning on the Esc key. (One for Pesto…)4. At the end of every work session, file all your paperwork. Do not leave a single scrap of paper on your desktop.In this case, the excuse “the dog ate my homework” needs to be corrected by exchanging “cat” for “dog”. (Two for Pesto…)5. Never drink while sitting at your desk.When your cat tries to drink out of your glass, she may get her head stuck in it and then…you don’t want to hear the rest, it’s not pretty… (Three for Pesto…)6. Work when it’s time to work, play when it’s time to play.And don’t play in your office, or your cats will come to expect it. Once your cat discovers the cursor, or anything else that moves on the computer screen, she will insist on playing. Typical behavior will include planting herself in front of the computor screen, mere millimeters away, for hours.Or, if you play “offline” in your office with your cat, she may develop the habit of climbing your chest and oh-so-gently pushing your face away from looking at the monitor and towards looking at her. (One for Pesto, one for Bugger, respectively…)And of course if you have more than two cats, the lessons multiply exponentially.If you do find that your furry friends are preventing you from conducting your home business, here is a helpful link, guaranteed to buy you some much-needed alone time:”Cat Bathing as a Martial Art” by Bud HerronEven cat bathing teaches valuable lessons to a home business owner, for cat bathing requires perseverance and courage of conviction.Now that you’ve learned these valuable lessons, good fortune with your home business (and with your pets). You are now armed withjhgj (The rest of this article has been deleted by Bugger)
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The vast majority of web sites are destined to fail before they are even built. Why? Because people building sites almost always put the cart before the horse. Actually, most don’t even include the horse.Evolution of Your SiteNew sites follow a typical evolutionary process.1. The first stage involves slaving over the design of the site to get just the right look;2. The second stage is the publication of the site;3. Third comes the first thought about how to get traffic to the site;4. Fourth, the discovery of pay-per-click options;5. Fifth, the pursuit of PPC campaigns and realization of sales!;6. Sixth, the “misery stage”, occurs with the realization that sales are being made at a loss!;7. Frustration, frustration, frustration;8. The “extinction stage” – With profitability seeming impossible, the PPC campaigns are closed and the site just sits there.Does any of this sound familiar? You need not suffer this evolutionary extinction! Taking one step before you build a site can save you a lot of wasted time and money.If You Build It, Will They Come?The first step to developing a successful web site is keyword analysis. Keywords are the anchors of each page of your site, a collective summary of your products and services.The first step to developing an online business is to identify whether there is sufficient traffic for your business product or service. Let’s look at a very simple example.If your are selling boating products, each page of your site should incorporate boating-related keyword phrases. You must analyze whether there is a sufficient number of searches each month to make your boating site a viable entity. A free method for doing this is to use the Overture inventory tool:http://inventory.overture.com/d/searchinventory/suggestion/In our example, we would do a search for “boating” to see how many searches there are for the keyword as well as other boating-related keyword phrases. A quick search shows there were over 100,000 searches for “boating” and over 4,000 searches for “boating supply” in March 2005. These numbers suggest that there clearly is enough traffic to build a site selling boating products.Alternatively, assume that we want to build a site promoting our hiking guide service in Nevada. If we do a search for “Nevada hiking” using the Overture inventory tool, we find that there are only 100 or so searches a month. Should we go ahead and build the site? Probably not. There simply isn’t enough interest to justify spending the time and money.Unfortunately, we often talk with site owners that have spent significant amounts of money building a site only to find that there is little interest in their product or service. By performing keyword analysis, you can determine whether a site should be built before you spend the time, energy and money on it. There is little reason to build a site that has no chance of success.
Everyone pretty much falls into two categories;(1) Web masters (those who know everything about web site creation, optimization, and promotion), and (2) the rest of us. Although I have put together a few of my own sites, they are very basic, and I would never claim to be a master! So those of you who are like me fall in the second category, read on!Anyone heard of online surveys? Work at home moms and dads can earn supplemental, or even a full time income from filling in company surveys. Paid surveys are a means for companies to find out information about their product or service, and some companies will pay as much as $50 per survey, maybe more. Just join a program, and they will hook you up with hundreds of companies that you can apply to.What is an eBook anyway? An eBook is an electronic clone of your typical paper or hard back novel. But the creation and distribution of the eBook is much easier and cheaper. Can you make money selling your own eBook? You sure can! Decide what you are most passionate and knowledgeable about, and in this high demand informational age, you will find buyers for your eBook . With your computer, a word possessing program (got to have that spell checker), an eBook eCover Creator, and maybe a few other items, you could be well on you way. Find a Work At Home web site or do a Search using the phrase ‘writing and selling your own eBook’ to find more detailed information.eBay you say? Selling on eBay is easier than most people think. Just sign up with eBay and Pay Pal, decide what you want to sell, and start your auction. Of course there is a little more to it than that, but no matter what they may say, it’s not rocket science. Anyone can learn. Need a product? There are plenty of Wholesalers, Liquidators, Drop Shippers, and oh yea, let’s not forget about your eBook. You can sell it on your own store front. You should learn some insider tricks though from those who have been at it for a while, (did some one say eBook?).Google, what a cool word. We all wish we would’ve come up with that one! Google offers you two ways to make money. (1) The use of ADWORDS. This is where you basically place an add to sell a product, or to promote your site. PPC (pay per click) means you pay each time someone clicks your add, which was brought up from their search. Before you use this method of advertisement thought, learn what you can from others with more experience using PPC. It can quickly burn a hole in your wallet if your not careful! (2) The use of ADSENSE. Sign up with Google , then you can copy some code, paste it on your site, and you’ll have the same PPC adds appear on your site that you see on Google. Someone clicks, you get paid. You can also paste code for a search bar. They search, they click, you make money!There are many other ways to make money at home, such as some of the more traditional medical billing, secretarial services, and so on. And although we’ve all heard it a thousand times, and no mater which program or programs you choose, one thing is for certain, if you are to be succeesfull, you must enjoy what your doing!
There are many business skills that need to be learned during your online business venture, but there is one that needs to be mastered. That skill is the ability to not give up, despite many failures along the way.Here are 9 things that you can do when you feel like quitting your online business. cartoon porn It has worked well for me and others. It can help you too.1. When you do feel very stressed out, frustrated, angry, and about to quit, take some nice, deep cleansing breaths. This will relax your mind and body.2. If you feel like quitting, step back and give yourself some breathing room. Don’t spend too much time online. Instead, spend shorter times going through your business (15 minutes each time).3. Exercise is one of the best stress relievers that you should do on a daily basis. Walking, running, dancing, or whatever form of exercise you choose has many benefits for a stress free mind while building your online business. Do this on a regular basis.4. Shut the computer down for the day and turn your attention to other things in your life that make you feel absolutely great. Anything that takes your mind off your business can and will help.5. Tell yourself that you are a winner. Winners like you never quit, and quitters never win. You are not like them. You have to know that you are a winner no matter what.6. Don’t give up and quit when you feel like it. Success could be just around the corner. Desperation has a way of getting your mental juices flowing and there just may be a solution in that flow. Now, if you were just one step away from reaching your goal, would you take that step? What a shame it would be to stop making the effort, when just a little bit more would make it all worthwhile. What a shame it would be to have taken all those steps, only to miss the very last one. The next step you take may very well be the one that makes all the others count. At some point success is just one step away. Keep going and you’ll be there.7. Many successful people online today overcame many obstacles and road bumps along the way. Every time you feel like quitting, think about those people and know that they never quit when things were down for them.8. Reading motivational books and listening to tapes can be a great way to stay motivated. It has great powers to inspire people. Everyone does it and you should too.9. Giving up is NOT an option. Look for other ways to improve your business until you do find what works for you.Copyright 2004 Tal Fighel
Making money selling silver jewelry is simple. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and some basic computer skills, and a suppplier that provides you more than just jewelry.You will be needing a supplier to caters to your specific needs. If you want to succeed selling jewelry on eBay you need to have a large variety of items, beautiful pictures, and new products consistently.Since you would be starting a new business, it would not be easy for you to purchase from suppliers with minimum orders, even a minimum order of $100 is too high for newbies. Silver jewelry costs around $2 and above per piece; depending on the design/make. A $100 minimum would end you up with 50 pieces; and what if the items do not get sold? Most suppliers do guarantee their products, and will refund you for incorrect merchandise. Is there any supplier that would allow you to return products that are not sold within a certain period of time?If your supplier provides pictures, it will save you a LOT of time, taking good pictures of jewelry requires a good camera, the correct lighting, and a lot of time.Further more, if a supplier packages products individually; it would save you a lot of time to package the products. You should be receiving a shipment with all the products prepackged, in either plastic bags, or bubble wrap; so all you have to do is sort them out, insert them into envelopes/boxes and mail them to your clients.You can easily profit up to 200-300% of your buying cost, ie. buying a ring for $3.00 and reselling it on eBay for $10. That is $7.00 profit, from just clicking your mouse.If you list 10 rings a day, it would be $70 In 30 days, for a total of 30 days, that is $2100.00 ; minus 10% for eBay expenses and other costs; you would be left with approximately $1900.00 This is only the minimum, by selling 10 rings / day. You can list a lot more. There are other products too, such as earrings, bracelets, pendants…and more. All of this; and more are profitable items.A supplier that allows you to return items that are unsold, is your guarantee to success. There is no real investment involved, if it does not work; just return the items. However if it works, build on from there.Visit http://www.925silver4u.com, an excellent resource for silver jewelry home businesses start ups.
Are you aware of the reason why most people fail in their online ventures? It is because most of them don’t know and more importantly are reluctant to command the language and gadgets of the web. Put it simply, they are uncomfortable with the technology the internet uses.Just floating a website and starting a business is not enough. This is crucial first step, no doubt. One has to work further on his business to succeed. The lack of web knowledge might prove to be a handicap.Please allow me to be clear. Let me be heard loudly and oppose those who say the opposite. To succeed online one must equip himself with technical know-how.If one does not know the technological part experts can be hired but they come at a price which is almost always unaffordable by a starter of the small business. So this choice is always out. There is no other option left than to know how to do it yourself. Earlier you realize it better it would be.When I started my online home based business I was a novice on the net. Plethora of new terms like HTML, FTP, POP3, email aliases, bandwidth, cgi, php etc. etc. etc. did not make any sense at all.I tried working by approximation but that made me uncomfortable. I could not make the small change in my site that I always wanted to. Every now and then a new or old term would appear again and I was left in a state of confusion.Because I was uncomfortable I could not concentrate on my business. I could not focus where I should have been. Lack of vocabulary and technical knowledge always held me back. I was a businessman who was not confident of what he was doing. I kept incurring losses until my slumber was broken.Then I realized I got to learn my basics. I could not always bother others about “how to do this and how could I do that”. Even if somebody is kind enough to reply, the fear of unknown always diminishes the confidence to take the bold step.Moreover when you get over one, there is something waiting again to be stumbled upon.Earlier you know your gadgets, better it is. Especially the ones which will be needed frequently. Among these the most important is HTML. It is easy to learn and makes you confident enough to bring those small changes in your site or putting up additional by yourself.So is setting up of auto responders or email aliases, how to transfer files between your computer and website server, how to use soft wares for making extra profit.Sooner or later you would need to put your business on autopilot. Knowledge of know-how would make it much easierYou are the master of your ship. To sail smoothly you must know the tools. Get a fair idea of how the internet works. For example what happen behind those graphics when you click or type a URL? It is not necessary to master everything but having an idea is mustGet a good grasp over the web vocabulary. You will emerge more powerful, more confident.It calls for some work but time spent on this would bring rewards in future. There are many good books available. Internet is itself a good source to search for everything. Programmes or softwares also come with inbuilt help. That too enhances the working knowledge. Find ‘the how to’ wherever you can get.By and by you will find that you have accumulated a wealth called knowledge which gives you a cutting edge of many others who don’t possess it.Copyright © 2005 Arun Pal Singh
Is black porn your business still an inspiration, or has the pressure of time and responsibilities started to dull your enthusiasm?Find your best working strategy, and you’ll save time and energy that can be better spent on creative avenues of business and with family.”Defining Your Space”Defining your space is admittedly more about organization than time, but there’s an undeniable link between the two. Have you scanned 100 emails to find that important reference code? Are you still sorting piles of necessary documents on your kitchen counter, just so you’ll know where they are?Here, then, is the reason for creating a specific working area. You may be using the family computer, but make space for a file, incoming mail and a notebook. Enforce the necessity of a cleared working area by providing bins or drawers for other family members, or your own ‘non-work’ related items. (If you choose to organize them as well, all the better, but stick to your priorities.)If it’s a small business, create at the very least five files. One for Expenses, one for Income (let’s hope!), one for Reference Material, one for Correspondence and one for Projects (or Customers). If you deal with very many clients, or companies, give them separate files, otherwise one should suffice.Consider setting up your email with similar ‘folders’ to keep everything organized and easy to find. Perhaps you can sub-categorize even further as there is not the physical space issue.This section could easily go on and on, but for simplicities sake, it would be best to start out with this system. If you’re already well over your head, creating this simplistic organization system may be the best first step, you can refine and itemize the bulk of it easier if you take the time to make these first main files.”Getting Busy”We’ve all done it. A moment arises where you have the chance to get some work done and you go to your computer, or workshop or otherwise, and for 5-10 minutes you browse emails or papers, trying to figure out what needs to be done.With any home business (and this is especially true when children are in the mix) you need, or have created, the flexibility to work when YOU want. So don’t waste time figuring out what you’ll be doing.If you are so inclined, create a To-Do list. This may be for the day, or week, or just a running list that is built upon as things come up. This creates an easy starting point when you are ready to work. Where did you leave off? What was next on the list? Do you have 10 minutes or 2 hours? You will surely have something waiting to be done.If you do not feel the need for a written list, at least have a goal for that day. As a work from home mother, I find that one or two main goals are all I need. And there are always emails to check, accounting, etc. for the slow times.I also have a personal schedule for the week that itemizes my main tasks: writing an article, networking in the forums, checking on orders, etc. This gives me an easy to work from goal map. Although my work periods are broken up, I try to focus on one task a day through to completion.”Going Up…..”Once you have your main task ready to go, than try to follow it through to the best of your ability. Not only will you be free to carry on with your day, but you will feel a sense of accomplishment. If your goal is extensive, for instance you’re training, researching or building on something, than break it down into smaller goals.You will find that a concrete goal will give you the ability to get ‘caught up’ in the process. You had a starting point, you are driven towards the finish. Without the enormity of the full project lying in front of you, you will feel free to focus your attention, enjoy the process more and put quality time into it.”Coming Down…”Especially when you are working on a multi-step project, when you finish task for the day, try to slow yourself down by diverting time to some of the smaller tasks; filing, correspondence, telephone calls etc.If you follow this pattern regularly, you will not only find that both the large and the small tasks get completed, but your ‘work day’ will come to a natural end and you will feel ready to separate it from your family life.”Creating Balance”As with everything, balance is key. Now that is easier said than done, so using this as a guide, find your own natural rhythm. Working with children will likely break this system up even further (I know!). If you are on your own, you may find it easier to plug on for the entire project even if it takes you into the night.Whatever you do, remember your reasons for choosing to work at home. Based on your original reasons, you will find motivation to schedule a working life that benefits you and your family the best.Enjoy your Day!—————————-
Follow-up is super important to building the customer base that you want for your window cleaning business, and for securing the repeat jobs that takes your window washing income to the next level.First…a quick definition is in order. A window washing prospect is someone who has expressed an interest in our service, but for whatever reason, they have not decided to employ us yet.Even though I discuss at length the huge advantages of proper prospect follow-up within my manual How to Start Your Own Residential Window Washing Business, occasionally I still get emails asking “When should I follow up and contact a window washing prospect if they don’t agree to have me do the job right away?” I also have some folks tell me they never follow-up. This is a big mistake. And by the time you get done reading this article, hopefully you’ll see why.The ideal situation is obviously to have every prospect you present an estimate to say “Yes, do the job”. And although I designed a powerful estimate presentation that does an excellent job of turning a large number of prospects into customers, you won’t close 100% of the prospects after presenting your estimate. No window washer does. He or she might want to talk it over with a spouse, or they might be looking at other window washers.So…if the prospect doesn’t say yes right away, always, always, always make a follow up phone call to the prospect at least 3 to 4 days after completing the estimate.Here’s what you should say:”Mrs. Jones, this is Don Roberts calling with Sparkleview Window Cleaning Service. I just wanted to give you a courtesy call to see if you may have had a chance to review my estimate package I dropped off with you a few days ago, and to see if you’re ready to put the sparkle back into your windows.”Then don’t say anything. See what she says.If she’s not ready, no problem. Thank her for her time and give her a call in a week or so unless she tells you to call her back in another time frame.Of course, you don’t want to be a window washing stalker, so a good rule of thumb is to call 3 times. If she still is not ready to commit to your window washing service after the 3rd phone call, then you should just drop a letter in the mail to the prospect thanking her for the opportunity to present your estimate and when she’s ready for clean windows, to give you a call.Include a magnetic business card in with the letter. You can buy 25 peel and stick business card magnets at an office supply store for about 6 bucks. Peel the adhesive paper off, and slap your business card on the magnet.Here’s what your letter should say:Dear Mrs. Jones:Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with an estimate to clean your windows.At this point, I understand you may not be ready for my services, so I’ve enclosed a magnetic business card for you to use when you are ready for clean windows. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.If you use my service, rest assured that you will be getting a top-quality job along with the peace of mind that comes with hiring a professional who is fully insured and bonded.Feel free to contact my references listed in the estimate package you received. These satisfied customers will provide you with the added assurance that you’re in good hands with Sparkleview Window Cleaning Service.Thanks again Mrs. Jones and have a great day.Respectfully,Don RobertsSparkleview Window Cleaning ServiceAt this point you’ve done everything you can, so don’t waste any more energy on them. On the brighter side though, through the efforts of your follow-up calls, you can usually secure the job. After all, she called you initially because she was interested in having her windows cleaned, right?A couple of people I spoke to mentioned to me that they were afraid they’d come across like a salesman and didn’t want to harass anyone.Well…like it or not, even though the estimate package does the “selling” for you, this is still a “sales process”. The good news though is that the prospect invited YOU to THEIR home. YOU spent your valuable time providing them an estimate which THEY requested. You have every right to contact the prospect in the future to see if you can be of service.This isn’t your typical uninvited phone call at dinnertime from an MCI telemarketer looking to sell you some long distance service.The vast majority of my prospects appreciate the follow up call and certainly no one has hung up on me. As a matter of fact, I can’t remember one single person who didn’t respond favorably.Once again, they invited YOU. Even if after your follow up calls, they weren’t ready to get their windows cleaned yet, your name and company name will be kept in the forefront of their mind through your repeated contact attempts.Your competitors will rarely do this (if ever), so the phone will give you a powerful advantage over your competitors. It’s a marketing weapon that definitely WILL increase your business by turning those prospects into cash paying customers.Best Wishes,Steve256-546-2446
Starting a home business requires good strategy, consistent effort, and patience. Key Steps for beginning: research the market you hope milf porn to reach. Analyze what you have to offer. Find a niche that you can fill to provide your service, and be flexible enough to change your focus if the original idea doesn’t work.Rely on skills you already have attained. Millions of dollars have been made by transforming a skill. For example, Colonel Sanders fried some ‘mighty good’ chicken; he turned that one skill into a multi-million dollar business!Get your finances in order, but don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a ‘big’ budget. Many services, like Traffic Swarm offer ways to advertise simply by spending time and clicking on sites.Very important that you focus on a Web site promotion campaign. Here are things to keep in mind: Learn where to publicize your home pages for free. Learn about the search engines, Meta tags, and key words. Use free banner advertising, traffic exchange programs, and list and directory resources. For example, Topica provides list directories you can explore. Another place to promote is through a banner exchange company like SmartClicks offers free targeted advertising.I’ve given you information on getting your home business noticed on the Internet. Many more resources are available. Once you get started ideas will come to you. Seek out a mentor to assist you on your business journey into the complex, exciting world of running your own home business.Keep your goal in mind and dream about being successful, Time is purposeful when you are investing it in your future.Much success to you!
Hold the boat! Why on earth would people use their website contact-type e-mail addresses for their investment program? It looked like the website owner bought or harvested e-mail addresses to use as his “client” list.A lot of the addresses were for the same domain, but with a different “name” – i.e. admin@business, contact@business, help@business, etc. And many of the addresses listed were autoresponders to subscribe to newsletters or receive other information.Here a few e-mail addresses that I got a real kick out of:
But the absolute *best* one is …. (drum roll please) …..
Now, what should I do with that one? You guessed it! I’m sending them a copy of this article. I wonder what they’ll think when they see that they supposedly invested in this program? What I really wonder is how fast they’ll get it shut down so people don’t lose money to such scam artists.In all fairness, I looked at the contact information at the website. Here’s what it says:”Unlike many ‘businesses’ on the internet, we do not ‘hide’ behind our website. You are free to contact us at any time, even the CEO if need be. All the information is listed below, or use our Live Help chat on the left.”Unfortunately, the live chat was “temporarily down” so, of course, I e-mailed the CEO with several questions and I’m waiting for a reply. (But I do find it strange that his contact address is a hotmail account.)At the time of this writing, I checked the list of “clients” again. They’ve updated it and the e-mail addresses I saw 2 days ago are no longer there. Neither are the domain names for those that have taken their place. And most of the addresses now appear to be personal addresses, not those of business websites.They’ve also posted this message:”Sorry, but we had to remove the ending of the email address because we received a ton of complaints about someone spamming our investors”I wonder if that’s the *real* reason. My guess is that at least one of the people I wrote to contacted them, probably threatened legal action, and the website owner bought a new list of e-mail addresses to post as his “clients.”But wait! There’s more! I decided to check the domain registration information at WhoIs.com. And *that* gave me yet another clue that something might be rotten in Denmark.The website name, InvestWithGold.com, was registered on April 19, 2004 – a mere 10 days before I discovered the website and 12 days before I wrote this article. And yet the company claims to have been in business since 1998!The dates the “clients” supposedly earned huge returns on their investments were from April 9th through 16th the first time I visited the site. Today’s update shows profits for April 17th through 23rd.So, unless the owner changed the name of his company and/or registered the new name with a different domain registrar, his “clients” made money *before* he even had his website!Granted, he could have had his business offline until recently. But the copyright at the bottom of the site says “2001-2004″ which indicates that he’s had the website since 2001.Alas! A scammer’s work is never done! They’ll always find a new scam to run and con as many people as they can. They have no integrity and they don’t care who they rip off.Always do your homework before investing in any income opportunity. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the bogus “get rich quick” aspects that can sound so good. You don’t want to learn the hard way that they aren’t what they claim to be.