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How To Start Your Home Business (Or: How To Make Extra Money At Home)

Beginning a home business can be a daunting task, especially if you have a family or another job to take care of.

The distractions you have to overcome have the possibility to prevent you from accomplishing anything you set out to do. It is important to establish a plan of attack that gives your idea (or a business) the best chance of success.

Develop a Business Plan. No, I’m not talking about a 110-page detailed report on how you plan on paying back your investment. Those things never work out the way they should anyway. I’m talking about outlining your plan of attack. In this short business plan you should:

1. Describe your product or service you are offering. List the price, availability, estimated time to produce or provide the service. These can be bullet point half sentences, nothing official here, folks.…

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Content Can Make or Break Your Website

It is important that you remember that content can make or break your website. Focus on publishing on the highest quality content, even if it takes days to write, it will be worth it. There is too much junk floating around on the internet and people will appreciate a highly informative article. They will share it on social media, Google will hear about the buzz, and it will rank your website higher. See also this Victoria Hansen video that explains also a lot (excuse the oh so British accent):

Creating a website is easy but creating a website that people will visit on a regular basis is a different story. It all comes down to the type of content that you publish on your website. I’m sure that you are already aware of the need to publish high-quality content on your website, but it can be a little confusing to figure out what exactly “high-quality content” means.…

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Website registration is useful but it has to be set very low

Fact is, most sites don’t offer enough immediate value to overcome the inertia (or patience level) of a casual consumer. Except for gaming and pornography sites, the burden of consumer registration for the rest of e-commerce has to be set extremely low if you want to keep customers coming through the front doors.

Faced with the choice of creating mnemonic information or not, it is all too easy for a customer to enter invented information – especially when there is no requirement to verify an account through an email address – or just to walk away and find a site that will usher them in without the hassle. (How many times have you abandoned a promising Website as soon as a screen-full of empty boxes pops up, prompting you to explain, yet again, your life story in data?)…

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How to avoid distraction when working at home

THE SECRET TO THE DISAPPEARING DOORS PROBLEM

The disappearing doors problem is when you think opportunities you never knew existed will disappear. This post gives some advice on how to manage your opportunities.

A WORK AT HOME INTERNET JOB AND THE DISAPPEARING DOORS SITUATION

Home Internet businesses come in many types. This can create a problem which was identified by the French philosopher Eric Frohm in 1941. He wrote a book called Escape From Freedom, which I thought seemed a strange title. Why would anyone want to escape from freedom?

However, as I have gained experience I can see what Frohm saw all those years ago. The situation we have arrived at in our modern day societies is one of too many opportunities as opposed to too few. We are constantly told of the things we can and should do before we die:

  • 100 places to visit before we die
  • 100 historical sites to visit
  • The next must-see film
  • The next must-visit restaurant

I am saying these choices are neither inherently good nor bad.…

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Operational effectiveness behind the provocation: NoCRM

I have come across YouDontNeedaCRM in a startup contest. It caught my attention right away as I spent several years in big or medium corporation sales organizations. This is because I could relate to the operational difficulties of putting in place a practical and functional sales tool. I had to listen to what they have to offer.

I was pleasantly surprised with their presentation and I asked more details. Sunny Paris, the CEO, kindly provided the below post to my queries. They are going rather viral in the SME (Small/Medium Enterprise) domain and they have a multi-geography implementation. I believe and Sunny confirms that they can be deployed at team level of big accounts.

Enjoy your reading to understand the truth behind the provocation!…

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Starting Your Own Online Business in Internet Marketing

There are many different ways you can go about creating your online Internet marketing business.

The best place to start is by checking out the competition. This is an important step because you need to know what the competitions are doing when it comes to devising your marketing strategy. By checking out what they are doing, it can help you devise a strategy to make you stand out from the crowd.

Next, decide on your goal. You will need to know the end result you require from any marketing campaign. Often, people seem to forget about this when they start out to market a product. What are the results you want to get from the campaign?…

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How to make use of infomercials

Call or click now!

Crucial to all direct-response TV efforts is the industry’s mantra-the call to action. At the end of the day, the primary goal of most infomercials is not to build brand recognition but to motivate the viewer to act, whether that means to buy something or go somewhere.

Every direct-response TV segment includes a toll-free number or Web address or both. Typically incentives are part of the equation. For instance, depending on the cable station airing it, Excite@Home’s infomercial touts offers ranging from free installation to three-month subscriptions at no cost.

“Now that the chips are down, accountability is no longer an option-it’s a requirement,” says Lee Frederiksen, founder and CEO of the Frederiksen Group, the Falls Church, Va.-based direct-response marketing firm that created “The Monster Show.”…

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5 Online Tactics for Small Business

Online promotion and marketing will remain two of the most important aspects for your small business as long as it is up and running. Customers need to know you are out there, and you need a way to quickly find those customers and deliver your message to them.

You need to convince them that you can solve their problems better than anyone else.  Seeking help from an online marketing firm can be beneficial for the sake of getting this stuff right.

However, the 5 following tips will help you out:

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

The single most dramatic effect on marketing and business today has been social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. It seems like almost everyone (including my grandma!) is on them for many hours a day.

Though not as malicious, using social media is quite similar to hunting.…

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On A Serious Note…

icon3Before I left for work this morning I checked my email to see if there had been any update on K.  Nothing in the inbox.  As I arrived at the office, I asked the secretary if there had been any news.  She shook her head and I knew … he didn’t make it.  Turns out, he didn’t even make it through the night.  In fact, when I posted my blog last night, he’d already passed.

K is gone.  He died surrounded by his family and loved ones.  The tubes are out.  He’s at peace.

To some degree, we each have our own idea of faith, religion and the afterlife.  I am Jewish but my opinions/beliefs are not 100% clear.  I know what I want to believe.  I want to believe there is a G-d (I was taught never to write out G-d’s name so it couldn’t be destroyed … hence the hyphen) and that He has a greater purpose.…

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I Saved All My Pennies For The Well

brainwave-entrainmentWell, what do you think? My first made from SCRATCH theme. Whoo-hoo. I think it turned out rather well. The drop shadow didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped but it’ll do for now.

I had the worst weekend. I went home because my dog was really sick (not eating or sleeping, breathing really hard, and bleeding internally) so we put her to sleep on Saturday. I’ve been a basket case since. This was the hardest animal to lose. God, I miss her so much. Anyway, to avoid a completely morbid post, I’ll move on but before I do.

Other than THAT, I graduate in less than three weeks. I’m SO excited. I’ll get out of this 12×12 room or whatever it is and have a real life, as long as I get into law school. I still haven’t heard yet.…

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