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Starting and Running a Home Based Business

The allure of a home based business is very strong these days with uncertain economic times and the pressures of working long hours for less pay. More and more people are exploring the home based business world to see if it is right for them.More women are seeking home based businesses as the corporate life and pay just don’t seem to justify the time away from home and children anymore. Men tired of working for others and also losing their entire lives with their families to a job that requires more than 40 hours a week just to survive, are learning more and more about the internet and working at home.There are many ways today to start a home based business. The internet offers the easiest, least expensive way to start a home based business ever. Never before have people been able to start up an entire, legitimate business just by signing up for a hosting account and selling information or other products from their web site.Even the least internet savvy person can start an online home based business even if all they know how to do is retrieve and send email. In fact, one you know how easy it is, you will be amazed that you hadn’t started sooner.Any home based business is hard work. But ask yourself this question: Will your current job pay you more for working harder? In most cases the answer will be no. Your current employer will not only happily pay you the same amount whether you work hard or not, they will profit from the work you do because they own the business you work for.The key to true wealth is to own the business, not work for it. A home based business owner is the top dog in their small company. That means any windfalls a new product or service you create or resell belong to you! That also means all the overhead and other expenses belong to you too. With the power of a home based business comes the responsibility too.This is why you should thoroughly research a home based business opportunity to make sure you have all the bases covered and you are approaching working for yourself in a responsible manner.Below are a couple of home based businesses that are very profitable and hot right now:Virtual Assistant: A person that hires their time out to busy executives to complete various tasks like appointment setting and other things busy power brokers don’t have time to do. Executives like doing this because they can hire a virtual assistant for short-term projects and not have to pay for insurance or any overhead since the VA is a private contractor.Information Sales: This is what I do and I love it. I am an affiliate for several top-selling products that people want and buy everyday. My job is to promote my website and recommend products to my visitors. With a little training and guidance from people I have met online, this kind of home base business is a snap and can be very profitable.

Don’t Get Above Your Business

Young men after they get through their business training,or apprenticeship, instead of pursuing their avocation andrising in their business, will often lie about doingnothing. They say, “I have learned my business, but I amnot going to be a hireling; what is the object of learningmy trade or profession, unless I establish myself?”"Have you capital to start with?”"No, but I am going to have it.”"How are you going to get it?”"I will tell you confidentially; I have a wealthy old aunt,and she will mobile porn die pretty soon; but if she does not, I expectto find some rich old man who will lend me a few thousandsto give me a start. If I only get the money to start with Iwill do well.”There is no greater mistake than when a young man believeshe will succeed with borrowed money. Why? Because everyman’s experience coincides with that of Mr. Astor, whosaid, “it was more difficult for him to accumulate hisfirst thousand dollars, than all the succeeding millionsthat made up his colossal fortune.” Money is good fornothing unless you know the value of it by experience. Givea boy twenty thousand dollars and put him in business, andthe chances are that he will lose every dollar of it beforehe is a year older. Like buying a ticket in the lottery,and drawing a prize, it is “easy come, easy go.” He doesnot know the value of it; nothing is worth anything, unlessit costs effort. Without self-denial and economy, patienceand perseverance, and commencing with capital which youhave not earned, you are not sure to succeed inaccumulating. Young men, instead of “waiting for dead men’sshoes,” should be up and doing, for there is no class ofpersons who are so unaccommodating in regard to dying asthese rich old people, and it is fortunate for theexpectant heirs that it is so. Nine out of ten of the richmen of our country to-day, started out in life as poorboys, with determined wills, industry, perseverance,economy and good habits. They went on gradually, made theirown money and saved it; and this is the best way to acquirea fortune. Stephen Girard started life as a poor cabin boy,and died worth nine million dollars. A. T. Stewart was apoor Irish boy; and he paid taxes on a million and a halfdollars of income, per year. John Jacob Astor was a poorfarmer boy, and died worth twenty millions. CorneliusVanderbilt began life rowing a boat from Staten Island toNew York; he presented our government with a steamshipworth a million of dollars, and died worth fifty millions.”There is no royal road to learning,” says the proverb, andI may say it is equally true, “there is no royal road towealth.” But I think there is a royal road to both. Theroad to learning is a royal one; the road that enables thestudent to expand his intellect and add every day to hisstock of knowledge, until, in the pleasant process ofintellectual growth, he is able to solve the most profoundproblems, to count the stars, to analyze every atom of theglobe, and to measure the firmament–this is a regalhighway, and it is the only road worth traveling.So in regard to wealth. Go on in confidence, study therules, and above all things, study human nature; for “theproper study of mankind is man,” and you will find thatwhile expanding the intellect and the muscles, yourenlarged experience will enable you every day to accumulatemore and more principal, which will increase itself byinterest and otherwise, until you arrive at a state ofindependence. You will find, as a general thing, that thepoor boys get rich and the rich boys get poor. Forinstance, a rich man at his decease, leaves a large estateto his family. His eldest sons, who have helped him earnhis fortune, know by experience the value of money, andthey take their inheritance and add to it. The separateportions of the young children are placed at interest, andthe little fellows are patted on the head, and told a dozentimes a day, “you are rich; you will never have to work,you can always have whatever you wish, for you were bornwith a golden spoon in your mouth.” The young heir soonfinds out what that means; he has the finest dresses andplaythings; he is crammed with sugar candies and almost”killed with kindness,” and he passes from school toschool, petted and flattered. He becomes arrogant andself-conceited, abuses his teachers, and carries everythingwith a high hand. He knows nothing of the real value ofmoney, having never earned any; but he knows all about the”golden spoon” business. At college, he invites his poorfellow-students to his room, where he “wines and dines”them. He is cajoled and caressed, and called a gloriousgood fellow, because he is so lavish of his money. He giveshis game suppers, drives his fast horses, invites his chumsto fetes and parties, determined to have lots of “goodtimes.” He spends the night in frolics and debauchery, andleads off his companions with the familiar song, “we won’tgo home till morning.” He gets them to join him in pullingdown signs, taking gates from their hinges and throwingthem into back yards and horse-ponds. If the police arrestthem, he knocks them down, is taken to the lock-up, andjoyfully foots the bills.”Ah! my boys,” he cries, “what is the use of being rich, ifyou can’t enjoy yourself?”He might more truly say, “if you can’t make a fool ofyourself;” but he is “fast,” hates slow things, and don’t”see it.” Young men loaded down with other people’s moneyare almost sure to lose all they inherit, and they acquireall sorts of bad habits which, in the majority of cases,ruin them in health, purse and character. In this country,one generation follows another, and the poor of to-day arerich in the next generation, or the third. Their experienceleads them on, and they become rich, and they leave vastriches to their young children. These children, having beenreared in luxury, are inexperienced and get poor; and afterlong experience another generation comes on and gathers upriches again in turn. And thus “history repeats itself,”and happy is he who by listening to the experience ofothers avoids the rocks and shoals on which so many havebeen wrecked.”In England, the business makes the man.” If a man in thatcountry is a mechanic or working-man, he is not recognizedas a gentleman. On the occasion of my first appearancebefore Queen Victoria, the Duke of Wellington asked me whatsphere in life General Tom Thumb’s parents were in.”His father is a carpenter,” I replied.”Oh! I had heard he was a gentleman,” was the response ofHis Grace.In this Republican country, the man makes the business. Nomatter whether he is a blacksmith, a shoemaker, a farmer,banker or lawyer, so long as his business is legitimate, hemay be a gentleman. So any “legitimate” business is adouble blessing–it helps the man engaged in it, and alsohelps others. The farmer supports his own family, but healso benefits the merchant or mechanic who needs theproducts of his farm. The tailor not only makes a living byhis trade, but he also benefits the farmer, the clergymanand others who cannot make their own clothing. But allthese classes of men may be gentlemen.The great ambition should be to excel all others engaged inthe same occupation.The college-student who was about graduating, said to anold lawyer:”I have not yet decided which profession I will follow. Isyour profession full?”"The basement is much crowded, but there is plenty of roomup-stairs,” was the witty and truthful reply.No profession, trade, or calling, is overcrowded in theupper story. Wherever you find the most honest andintelligent merchant or banker, or the best lawyer, thebest doctor, the best clergyman, the best shoemaker,carpenter, or anything else, that man is most sought for,and has always enough to do. As a nation Americans are toosuperficial–they are striving to get rich quickly, and donot generally do their business as substantially andthoroughly as they should, but whoever excels all others inhis own line, if his habits are good and his integrityundoubted, cannot fail to secure abundant patronage, andthe wealth that naturally follows. Let your motto thenalways be “Excelsior,” for by living up to it there is nosuch word as fail.Fernando SoaveEditor and PublisherCUTTING EDGE MLM[http://www.cuttingedgemlm.tk]Free Cutting Edge MLMNewsletter.This article comes with reprint rights. Feel free toreprint and distribute as needed. 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We Do Eat Our Young: The Story of a Successful Home Business

Whether it is in the world animals, recovering drug addicts, or business if the truth were told we do eat our young. As when I was young I would watch Wild Kingdom every Sunday night, sure enough there it was a big strong fast Cat would be chasing down and eating some young antelope.As a social worker I work with clients with addiction problems and have noticed they display a similar trait as the cats. Once a person gets in recovery for just a short while they tend to be the least tolerant of the new people struggling to get into recovery. In the market of Home Business I have noticed a similar occurrence with the people that have struggled and found they way to having a profitable Home Business.When I was hunting for a legitimate home business to start up, (which is no small task) I found what appeared to be a real business. The definition of a real business is a business that does not make any claim to be fool proof takes real effort, takes at least six months to start making any profit, and one that requires an investment of my own money.Now when you read that definition you may feel confused, however if you stop and think about what has made anything you have ever done successful and real it would include all of the above criteria. Now back to eating our young, just how does this pertain to people in the home business? When I was starting out I knew very little about the home business and nothing at all about how to be a successful marketer in the Internet business on a meager budget.I thought if I want to know how to do these things then I need to ask the people that are already doing it and having some success. Seemed reasonable, however what I found was that most if not all of the people running a successful internet business from home where not only not open but more than glad to sell me all kinds of programs that were to be the root of all my success.Sadly what I found was that these people were making money off of me and not wanting to help me what so ever. I felt very frustrated with not being able to find anyone that was willing to share with me or help me repeat what they had been able to do in their home business. Yes they were eating their young.I finally happened across a group of people that thought like I did. This group believed to be successful them selves they had to pass along all they had been taught by others. This was it, I began to get real marketing ideas that cost very little and took a lot of work. I do not mind the work and the great thing is that with the help of successful work at home business owners I soon become successful in my home business.Of course the only way I can continue my success is to pass on what I have been taught and as long as I do that I will be successful. My success is your success and when you learn the method you pass it on to others. It all seems so simple and the idea is simple the work is hard and it is not free so if you are looking for this type of success, a real home business drop in and let me tell you how I did it.Copyright© Joe Saddorishttp://extra-income-internet-network-marketing.comI grant permission to black porn publish this article, electronically or in print, as long as the bylines are included, with a live link, and the article is not changed in any way (grammatical corrections accepted).

Marketing Your Voiceovers Business Online

The Internet has revolutionized the voice-over business. Today quality remote recording of voiceovers can be done virtually anywhere. With a PC, mic, and Internet connection, almost anyone can set up shop as a voice talent.History of the RevolutionNot too long ago, a remote session entailed a voice over talent standing in a commercial production house studio, say, in L.A., taking direction over the telephone through a “phone patch” from, say, New York City.The next innovation in remote recording was the satellite link. It sounds great on either end, but it’s very expensive, so it’s suited only for sessions with the biggest budgets and most expensive talents.A few years after the satellite link came the more economical ISDN, which stands for Integrated Services Digital Network. ISDN is a digital hookup via the telephone system. Each location is connected to the other through a piece of hardware called a “codec.” An ISDN hookup is preferred by agencies and clients with budgets large enough to accommodate the additional cost of recording an out-of-market voice over artist.The latest, and, so far, most liberating technology available to voice over talents is the now ubiquitous.mp3 file, the same file type used for swapping songs over the ‘Net. A voice talent anywhere in the world can set up a home studio and be in business. The talent records the voiceover, with direction via phone patch, if desired by the client, into a PC equipped with simple audio editing software. Next an.mp3 file is created and then sent as an email attachment to the agency and/or client. No expensive satellite or ISDN linkups. No commercial production facility. Simply put: no middleman.The next evolution of digital voice-over distribution, which is still seeking wide acceptance, is live two-way digital recording over the Internet. Products like Source Element’s “Source Connect” now allow two ProTools-equipped studios, each with Source Connect, to connect directly over the Internet. No ISDN lines and no phone charges. ISDN is still dominant, but Source Connect and similar products will most likely supplant ISDN, once again relegating an obsolete piece of electronic equipment to doorstop status.Is all of this a good thing? Not entirely. The home VO studio explosion can be likened to the desktop publishing frenzy back in the 20th century. Just because you have a powerful printing press in a box on your desk doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to produce coherent, well-designed publications. Everyone thought they could buy PageMaker, print some business cards and letterhead, and, voila, an instant living publishing newsletters. Of course, the vast majority of these desktop publishing newbies discovered it takes more than technology to succeed. First and foremost, it takes talent, training, and experience to use the tool, the software, effectively, and, most important, profitably.With that caveat out of the way, and assuming you have the chops to make a go of your home voice-over business, let’s look at how the Internet also has revolutionized promotion of voice over talents.Drumming up businessBefore the home studio, voiceover artists had to go to studios to record. Promotion included distributing your demo on cassette or CD to production houses, ad agencies, talent agents, and casting agents; making phone calls; sending reminder cards with your latest credits; sending thank you gifts to clients at holiday time; and networking with anyone and everyone. Actually, to be successful, you still have to do all of those things, but now you have additional promotional opportunities via the World Wide Web.So, where to start? First, put up a website. Design it yourself or hire a site designer who specializes in helping voice actors and other performers get their website on-line. What should you put on your website? The most important function of your site is to feature your demos. It also should highlight your credits, contact info, and bio. The best way to learn about voice-over website design is to look at voice talent sites. Do a search for keywords, e.g. voiceovers, voice overs, voice over talent, voice over artists, and any other search terms you can think of and see what other talents have done. If you’re designing your own site, subscribe to a couple of search engine optimization email newsletters, e.g. WebProNews and SiteProNews. They’ll give you lots of helpful design info and help you “optimize” your site, so you get high placement in search engines.OK. You have your website up and hummin’. Now, be sure to put your website’s address on anything and everything you mail to prospective clients: you demos, stationery, business cards, reminder cards, etc. If you still have reams of stationery left, then just include the website address in the letters you type and print. For all those demos, business cards, and reminder cards still sitting on your shelf, buy some labels, print your website address on them, and stick ‘em on.Caveat Emptor!There are plenty of places on the World Wide Web to promote your voice over services, both free and for a fee–BUT BE CAREFUL! Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware) is the operative phrase. Here are some free places to place a link to your website:Radio411.com, Starsnsites.com, Audioworld.comAs for paying for to listed with an on-line voice talent site, be sure the site is legitimate. Unfortunately, like so many other things that start off well, a few bad apples begin turning up. Before you pony up any dough, be sure to speak/write to other talent listed on the site to see if the site has actually gotten them any work. Here are a few legitimate fee-based online casting sevices:MktMania.com, Voice123.com, 1212.com, Voicefinder.biz, Voiceoverselect.com, Voices.com, Commercialvoices.comGroups and forumsThere are a lot of voice over related groups and forums on the Web. Go to Yahoo Groups and type in voice over, voiceovers, voice over talent, voice over artist, etc., and you’ll find many groups where you can drop in and learn from others. Google also has voice-over groups. Also, visit vo-bb.com. Participate if you’d like, but remember, anything you post in these chat rooms stays there pretty much for life. If you might regret saying something, then keep your fingers away from the keyboard.Marketing vs. talentYou may be the greatest voice talent on the planet, but, if no one knows who you are, well, then that’s wasted talent. So, get out there and promote and make your business a success.©Peter Drew

It’s Not Brain Surgery, It’s Just An Online Home Based Business

Back when I first started my online home business I didn’t have a clue concerning how to go about it. I had never done any Internet marketing, and didn’t know anything about websites or search engines or any of that other online business stuff…in short, I was a complete rookie. In retrospect, the two major things that really helped me was that I refused to be intimidatedand I kept a realistic perspective (both in terms of initialfinancial results and the time frame necessary to becomesuccessful).I know from my own years of experience that relatively few business ventures are started on the Internet by people withthe experience, motivation, determination, backing, and support that it takes to even have a reasonable chance of success.Real online business people are those who work hard, who immersethemselves deeply in marketing and advertising, and who put in long hours in the beginning in order to see their Internet-based businesses succeed.Achieving success in an online business is not difficult to comprehend. There is indeed a learning curve, but it’s not brain surgery. The process of learning isn’t as much the issue as are the personal traits of motivation and determination.Develop your marketing plan and execute it. There’s no magic inthis online home based business stuff. We’re talking real worldhere. It’s not nearly as romantic as winning the lottery, yetmany of the thousands of people I have helped to start up their home businesses on the Internet clearly came in with what I have come to refer to as the “magic/lottery” mentality. Many of thosefolks went off to chase another rainbow after a few months, but some of them also came to their senses and buckled down to develop very successful home based businesses.Run, don’t walk, away from all of those people that offer you “shortcuts” or “success secrets” (probably in exchange for some of your money). I mean, if they had it all figured out, why would they sell this “magic answer” to you for a few bucks instead of just keeping it private and then making tons ofmoney for themselves? (I’ll leave it to you to connect the dots)A key point to always keep in mind is that…business is business. Regardless of whether you are on the Internet or operating a business in a shopping mall. The same fundamental principles apply to both businesses.1) You need to have a product, or products, to sell.2) You need to advertise to get customers to buy yourproducts.3) You need to provide support to your customers who buy your products as a result of your advertising efforts.4) You need to build a loyal customer following, so you canmaintain a profitable business over a period of time.Many people fall into the trap of believing that because they are doing business on the Internet, some of these steps can either be skipped or they need to overemphasize one area or another.The bottom line regarding an online business is that you will need to advertise and you will need to take care of your customers.Run your online home business just like a real company because it is, in fact, a real business and you have a real opportunity to either be successful or to fail. The primary difference between an online business and a traditional business is location (no traditional “storefront”). Nearly everything else is essentially the same. You have products and your objective is to sell those products to people who want/need your products.Remember, building a business takes time, determination,and patience. Far too many people seem to think that the traffic is just going to pour in once they have put up their own website on the Internet. As anyone who has had a website for a while knows…this simply is not true, but it is often the reason people get frustrated and quit. The fact of the matter is that you need to diligently promote/advertise yourwebsite in order for your online home based business toflourish and prosper.One of the most important bits of advice that I can pass on to you is that you must be patient. Most people start their online home business with great enthusiasm and high expectations. Often, after a few months, they become disappointed and frustrated because they are not already making a large amount of money.These impatient home business entrepreneurs then often start to jump from one program to another every few months (never allowing themselves enough time to succeed at any of them) and, finally, throw up their hands in frustration and declare that they just can’t make money online.Stick with your business and don’t give up. Dogged persistence (much like the tenacity of a pit bull) is an absolutely vital key to your eventual success. Don’t give up when things become frustrating and you are not achieving the immediate success you expected. Give your online home based business sufficient time to develop and you realize the success you are seeking.There is nothing magical about running an online home basedbusiness. It should be run the same as any traditional “bricks and mortar” business and it will succeed or fail depending on the time and effort you put into it.There are many very ordinary people working at home and making a very good living on the Internet, will you be the next one?—————————————————————-This cartoon porn article is freely available for reprint provided that the resource box at the end of the article is left intact and the article is published complete and unaltered. If you are using this article on a website or e-book, please make sure that the link in the resource box is live or clickable.—————————————————————-

Make Money Online Taking Free Surveys

Is it really possible to make money taking free paid online surveys? The answer is a resounding Yes!! As a stay-at-home Mom, taking surveys was one of the first things that I decided to try. I currently am making an average of $100 to $200 per month, not including any prizes won, and I’d be happy to show you how.The first thing you should know is that you should never pay money to join any survey company. Any legitimate survey company is free to join.Survey companies will compensate you for taking surveys in several ways. Most initiative include entries into drawings for cash, free products, gift certificates, points redeemable for various incentives, and cash via check or pay-pal.You should sign up for several companies in order to maximize your profits. I am currently signed up with all 200 free online survey companies listed on Melody’s Mommy. You can view this list by going to Melody’s Mommy [http://www.melodysmommy.com] and going to the section called Paid Surveys. This gives me an average of five to ten surveys to fill out per day. It takes me approximately a half an hour per day to respond to all the surveys. The more surveys you take, the more invitations you will receive, and the greater the incentives become. It is very similar to building a business.Filling out the initial questionairs on each of the websites can be time consuming. In order to cut down on your time you can use a free form filler to process most of the work for you. One that I personally use and recommend is Roboform. It is free and very easy to use. You can download your free copy at Roboform.Once you’ve completed the initial surveys for each website, the surveys will start rolling in. You want to check your e-mail as often as possible. The reason for this is that you want to respond quickly to the ones that offer higher incentives. These invitations sometimes are limited to a select number of responses. If you scan your e-mail frequently, you will ensure that you don’t miss any of these opportunities.

Should I Be My Own Boss?

You may have been drawn in by a web site or perhaps it was a commercial on television that first got your thoughts focused on starting a home business. No matter what it was, when you realize that you can work from home and be your own boss, it is almost impossible to not feel excited.WHY WOULD I WANT TO?How about those frustrating work days; is it a co-worker that gives you those negative feelings or is it something that the boss says or does?Do you realize that you can feel great about how you earn your living?How does it make you feel when I tell you that anyone can be their own boss?Keep that excited feeling…- BUT -Don’t run out and quit your job just yet.To be straightforward, I’d like to make it clear right now that starting and running your own business from home will require you to invest your time and hard-earned money, but, this pays off. If you work hard, it will pay off BIG.WHAT DOES IT TAKE?Are you the kind of person that never finishes what you start, or do you frown upon hard work?If so, then a home business may not be right for you. To successfully become your own boss, you are going to have to get motivated, set goals and follow through with the goals that you’ve set. Hard work is the key to your success.When you own a home business, your income will be a direct result of your own hard work. Your success will always reflect your efforts…don’t ever forget this.WHEN DOES IT PAY OFF?Every time you make a sale, the immensely exciting feelings you get will pay off more than the money you make from the sale it’s self.When you can choose your hours, choose your days off, choose your vacation length and choose your salary…this is when your home business has truly paid off.SOUNDS WORTHWHILE…- BUT -Being straightforward again, generally, you will start out making a little bit here and a little bit there. Your first month is one of the hardest. As you keep a positive outlook and continue to work on building your business, you will begin to see more sales and you will most likely begin getting feedback from your subscribers and customers.At six months, if you have been working hard, you will be surprised with how well you are doing and solid ideas will be forming.After a year of working from home, you will be impressed. Now, this is the time that you are realizing, all of the effort, time and capital that you are putting in is completely worth it.FINAL THOUGHTS:I’ll keep this short. Be positive, stay motivated, set goals, work until your goals are achieved and don’t let anyone or anything discourage you. Be proud of your accomplishments while you feel the feelings and reap the benefits of your self-built success.Copyright © Chris Brown [http://www.SuperiorIncome.com]This article may be used freely as long as the author’s resource box (at the bottom) is included; the article and resource box must remain unedited.

Work at Home

If you are tired of your present job, laid off, want to spend more time with family, and want to be your own boss, it is possible to work at home. Home jobs can include finance relates jobs such as bookkeeping, writing jobs such as copywriting, computer related jobs such as graphic artist, customer service related jobs such as sales, and professional related jobs such as architecture.In trying to decide what kind of home business to start, you should do research to see if the business can be successful. Look at competing businesses and see what they charge. Read books, and search on the Internet. Also if you live with people, make sure you have their support for your home business. Have a spouse help with the kids. Explain to the kids how they can help make the business a success. Make sure you have enough money saved before you start to work at home. If you were a regular contributor to the household income, have at least six months’ salary saved.A mission statement can help define the purpose of you work at home business. A mission statement consists of your goals for the business. Define your business and write where you hope to be in six months, a year, and so on.You can also write what income you hope to make. A mission statement can be changed as your business grows. Try to set a regular schedule for your business. You will feel more professional if you have certain times devoted to your work. Set aside a place to work. Try to make a home office and have the necessary office supplies. Don’t be shy about setting prices. You shouldn’t overcharge, but you shouldn’t under price your work either.When you work at home, it’s important to keep up with your bookkeeping. Send out invoices as soon as possible. Record your expenses such as phone and Internet bills. Network with other people in your field.Besides online communication, attend meetings, conferences, and trade shows. Choose a good business name, but don’t choose the same name as another business. Determine what business structure you want, sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation.If you need financing, look at loans, lines of credit, and grants. See if you need insurance coverage for your business. Determine if you need to set up a business account at the bank in addition to your personal account. Figure out how much you need to spend on advertising with online and print ads, products( pens, paper, clocks, calendars) with your business name on them, sales kits, and other promotional ideas.The biggest part of starting your home business is to have persistence and patience. There will be failures and setbacks, but as long as you do the proper research and listen to your customers, you can have a profitable home business.

3 Ways to Find Your Niche as a Freelance Writer

To make a six-figure income as a freelance writer, to need to be an expert. You need your name to jump to people’s lips when a particular job or challenge comes up.”Direct mail for software? You should get in touch with Bob. That’s what he does.” Insert your own name and specialty where appropriate.You can’t get that kind of awareness or referral if you’re someone who just writes about anything in any medium. Nobody is going to believe that you are a trusted expert in absolutely everything.So how do you determine a viable ‘niche’? You have three choices…1. Niche by industry…That is to say, work within a particular industry. For years I worked with pharmaceutical clients. All my clients were drug companies. I wrote direct mail, brochures, sales aids, video scripts. I wrote anything, so long as it was about pharmaceuticals. That was my niche. And my clients knew that I was knowledgeable in that area. So they came to me.2. Niche by medium…In this scenario, you make a particular medium your specialty. After my years with the pharmaceutical industry, I decided to specialize as a direct mail copywriter. And for that period, about 15 years, I ONLY write direct mail and associated media…like inserts, fliers, postcards etc. I was a direct response specialist. And I wrote for all kinds of different industries – financial, cable TV, magazine publishers and more.My specialty, my niche, was as a direct response copywriter. Other writers have built their careers around writing annual reports, radio scripts, white papers etc.3. ‘Double-Niche’When you double-niche you are making a specialty of serving a single industry through a single medium. For instance, writing direct response for the financial industry. And ONLY writing direct response for the financial industry.In conclusion…As I said at the beginning, you can’t be an expert at everything…not within every industry, not with every medium. So you need to take some steps to find your niche.How do you choose? First, know yourself. Know what you are good at. Know what you like.Also, be smart. Create your niche where the money is. Find your niche where there is a strong market.And be smart about the size of your niche. Don’t go so narrow that you’re forever starved of work. Don’t go so broad that people view you as a Jack or Jill of all trades, a generalist.

Life as an Island Marketer

For some time now I have been an island marketer and the journey as been worth every moment. When I first discovered the Net, all I used to do was read my emails and surf.Then I realized that the net had more than that to offer to me. There are opportunities being thrown all around at you from all angles as soon as you log on.Schemers, scammers and legitimate marketers are all clamoring for your attention and money. Make $10,000 in 30 days claims, emails from relatives of dead African leaders, various affiliate programs and many more are all common anywhere you go.I used to believe all the hype surrounding becoming wealthy off the Net, but time and experience all changed that. It is possible to make money on the internet, but you better be prepared for the long haul. It takes time to become an overnight success, well that is what I heard and it is so true.I think some of the hype online is true indeed. I have heard of marketers making thousands of dollars in a few days without much effort. This is where so many people go astray. They believe that they can do the same starting today and have money lining their pockets by next week.But the truth is the hype is only half true. What they fail to Tell you is that yes it can be accomplished, it just takes a lot of work and discipline to reach that level. Most marketers work for years before they achieve what the hypers are preaching.But don’t go beating yourself. It is all part of our human nature and many persons suffer from this weakness. Many want to achieve success and live a dream life, but when it comes down to working for it they want to skip out that part.Every successful person deserves to be where they are because They worked for what they wanted. They craved success like any human being, but the difference is that they all put their shoulders to the wheel.In other words, they believe that grime pays. To start, much less run and maintain a business takes guts and a strong belief in one’s abilities and talents. In the long run, it is all worth it though.I would rather work for several years without accomplishing much and knowing that sooner or later it will all payoff many times over. Or I could just ride the currents of life and hope that fortune falls on me from the sky.If you had the choice which would you choose?Copyright © Nicholas Dixon