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Working At Home: What Options Are Available?

If you’ve just begun your work-at-home search, you are likely feeling confused and overwhelmed by all the options out there. How do you know what’s legitimate? How do you avoid the scams? Are there really jobs you can do from home? Yes!

So many people are happily working from home, and you can too. You just have to know where to look. This article will explain the types of work you can do at home, which basically fall into four categories:

Working for an Employer – (This is often called “telecommuting.”) There are many legitimate companies that hire people to work from their home offices, and that number is growing every day. Employers are seeing the benefits of having employees work remotely, and many more will join these ranks in the future. (See our list of companies that hire telecommuters.) Some companies will hire you as an actual employee; you will fill out tax forms and the employer will take taxes out of your paycheck, just like if you worked on location. Other companies will hire you as an independent contractor. They will send you a 1099 form at the end of the year, and you are responsible for paying your own taxes. The employer may require you to work certain hours every day, or a set number of hours per week. Pay may be hourly, weekly, bi-weekly, or per piece (as with data entry type jobs). Some telephone jobs will pay you per “talk minute” – in other words, you will be paid only for the time you are actively speaking with customers.

Freelancing – A “freelancer” is someone who hires out their skills to various companies for a specific project. The skills are usually those of a professional nature, such as writing, computer programming, web design and graphic arts, secretarial/administrative and virtual assisting. Some popular freelance websites are http://Guru.com and http://eLance.com. You can browse the jobs available and bid on them. If your bid wins, you get the job. Note that these jobs are usually temporary, for one project only. However, if you build a reputation for good work and meeting deadlines, you will often get offered other jobs.

Home Business Opportunity – You can also start your own business as a representative for an existing company. Most of these companies are Direct Sales or Network Marketing/MLM (Multi-Level Marketing). You’ve probably heard of many such companies, like Tupperware, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Avon, and Pampered Chef. There are thousands to choose from. (See our list of home business opportunities.) There are many benefits to this type of work at home. You are your own boss, you set your own hours, and you are in complete control of how much income you earn (as opposed to earning a set amount of money each week from an employer). There are also some great tax breaks for home-based businesses.

Create Your Own Business – The final option is to build your own company. The possibilities are endless. Just about any skills you have can be turned into a home business. Dog walking/pet sitting, virtual assisting, catering, bicycle repair, childcare, crafts and artwork, etc. The most important thing to consider: is there a market for what you can do? Would people pay for the products or services you can supply? If you set your mind to it, I bet you could come up with dozens of great ideas for businesses you can do.

Avoid the Scams
The number one thing to remember about scammers is that they want either your money, or your personal information. Never, ever pay a “fee” to begin working for a company. (Business opportunities do frequently require you to purchase a start-up kit, however I am referring to actual telecommuting jobs here.) No matter how great they make a job sound, do NOT pull out your credit card and send them money. It is a scam. Rarely, some legitimate companies might charge you for training, but more often they will deduct this from your first few paychecks. If you’re really not sure if a company is legitimate, ask around! Visit work at home message forums and ask about the company. Chances are people have heard of them, or can tell you whether it’s a genuiune job or not. Unfortunately, new scammers pop up every day, so even if you can’t find anything negative about them, proceed cautiously.

Likewise, if you are unsure whether a company is legitimate, do NOT give them your social security number, home address, or any banking information (for direct deposit). An employer will not need this information unless they are actually hiring you. I recommend people to leave those fields blank when applying for a job. If the employer likes your qualifications and wants to hire you (and you are absolutely certain they are legitimate) then you can supply that information. Real employers will understand your caution.

The best way to avoid scams is to listen to your gut. There are always warning signs. Even if everything seems on the up and up, and your gut is giving you a signal that something doesn’t seem right, LISTEN to that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say, “I had a bad feeling but I wanted it to be for real, so I took a chance.” Don’t do that. You have a great built-in warning system. We all do. It’s called Intuition. Use it. Outsmart the scammers.

Professionalism, Patience and Persistence
Finally, remember that work at home positions have a tremendous amount of demand. Thousands and thousands of people are applying for the very same positions that you are. Make sure your resume is in top form and clearly details your experience and qualifications for the job you are applying for. Consider investing in a professionally done resume and cover letter. It is well worth the money if it lands you the job!

If you haven’t heard back after a week or two, why not follow up with the company and check on the status of your application? Send a nice email inquiring, or call them. (Only if the company hasn’t requested that you not do that.) Don’t whine or beg, be professional about it. Express your genuine interest in working for them. Persistence can pay off, as long as you’re not annoying your potential employer.

Patience is important, as finding a work at home position can take many months. If you can’t wait, why not consider starting your own business? Don’t let lack of experience stop you. You can learn anything you don’t know. Talk to other business owners who do what you are considering. Ask them how they got started. There are a lot of great people out there who would be willing to help guide you in the right direction.

Think about what you really want in a home based career. Do you prefer to be your own boss, or work for someone else? Do you need flexible hours, or would you rather have a set schedule? Do you like telephone work, or internet based? Make a definite list of what you do want, and what you don’t want. That will make your search much quicker.

Believe in yourself. You can create the perfect career for yourself. Many others have done it, so why not you too?

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Get Results with your Blog Marketing

Anyone can set up a blog to market their products and services. However, can just anyone that owns a blog do it and do it effectively so that it gets results? Yes, just about anyone that has a little bit of internet knowledge and common sense can market a blog so that it will get the results that you are looking for. If you are wanting to begin marketing a blog that you started a while a go, and are familiar with blogging and what that entails then you are a step ahead of the beginners.

If you are beginner blogger, then there are some things that you will need to know. The simplest thing that you can do is to start one, and just journal in it for a while. This will allow you to learn just what it takes and what it is all about to keep up a blog. When you are just journaling your thoughts and what is on your mind, you have nothing to lose and nothing to gain. You don’t even have to make your blog public if you don’t want others to read what you have to say. That is a personal preference. However, doing this will let you see how it works. Then you can move on to trying to market a product or a service. Just to get familiar with blogging though, you should have a practice one. You will be glad that you did that later.

Content is king, and so very important when you are marketing a blog, website, or what ever you choose to market. When you have your own blog, you are in charge of the content that is posted on it. You can decide what is said, and what is not. You are after all writing it all, right? So, the sky is the limit. Whether you want a blog that does website reviews and takes nominations, or you want to sell things that you make out of your home, the choice is yours. Using a blog to get the word out about whatever you want too is a great way to market and promote something. You will get results that you will love by using good content that is original.

Blog marketing is only as complicated as you make it. You are going to see that anyone can market something if they have the mind set to do so. Getting your blog up and going is the first step and most important one make sure that you have chosen a topic niche that will get you good results as well. As that will mean that there is not as much competition for the topics that you choose, but yet there are many searches that are done for it as well. Finding a niche that hardly no one else has touched is kind of hard to do at times, but can be done if you look hard enough. Start by thinking about things that interest you and things that you like to do yourself. If at all possible, find something that you know all about all ready or can learn quickly to become an expert in that field.

Blog marketing is all about results. If you market long enough and hard enough, you are going to get the results that you want and are looking for. The keys to achieving this are patience and determination. Work hard and you will be rewarded.

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Successful Blog Marketing

Blog marketing is the latest thing to hit the internet. With there being so many blogs out there in cyber world, how do you make yours known and get people to read it. How do you have the most often read blog on the market that you are promoting? Because there are so many people that are trying to all accomplish the same thing, how are you going to stand out?

There are several things that you can do to make your blog marketing a success, and we are going to cover some of them right here. The first thing that you should know is that you should have your blog URL pointing to your market. For example, if you are trying to promote and sell sunglasses from your blog, you want your URL to say www.sunglasses.blogurl.com. Doing so will give you an extra advantage.

The next step would be to customize your blog. Rather than having the same old blog interface like everyone else has, make your unique and interesting to look at. This will also help anyone from getting your blog confused with others that look just like it. There are so many types of blog software on the market that having your own look should not be that difficult to accomplish.

Keyword research is another very important part of blog marketing. If you are not using the keywords that people search on, then chances are no one is going to find your blog. Have a variety of keywords in your blog as well. Not just the same one over and over. Not everyone just uses the term ‘sunglasses’ when they are searching for shades to keep the sun out of their eyes. Keyword research is an important factor to remember.

Using SEO on your blog, which stands for search engine optimization is a great idea as well. SEO will help get your blog out there and read, and will also help you get a better ranking with Google. Being as high as you can be in the Google search engine results is something that you want.

Find other sites and blogs that are in the same market as yours, but not in direct competition with you to exchange links with. This will help you out a lot as well, especially if you can get some good exchanges with high authority sites. The higher the page rank of your link exchange, the better for your blog.

Many people do not realize this, but having a different title tag in the HTML code on each page makes a big difference. If you have given the first page on your blog the title of ‘sunglasses’, you need to be sure that none of your other pages are named this. Doing so will make Google think that you are spamming that keyword, and that will result in them punishing your blog URL.

Once you have done your keyword research, you will want to write content based on the research you have done. Using one or two keywords, make entries into your blog using the keywords will make it easy for your blog to be indexed under those terms. That will also result in people searching on those particular terms able to find your blog.

Pinging your blog frequently is another good way to get your blog seen. Every time that you update it, use the ping tools to ping it. This will let all of the blog directories know that you have added something new to your blog. This also brings you in some more traffic.

Blog marketing is pretty much the same as website marketing. However, if you have never had a website, and are not familiar with marketing these great tips will help you get started. Be sure that you put new entries into your blog on a regular basis as well. Keep your blog interesting and up-to-date, and your readers will keep coming back.

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Your Gateway towards Online Fortunes

Affiliate marketing

You might already be aware that to get something big you have to work big as well. Nothing comes for free or without putting in efforts for it. There are people who are making fortunes through affiliate marketing and you can be an affiliate marketer as well but this does not assures fortunes right away. In order to make money by doing affiliate marketing there are certain skills and techniques which are must for you to have.

In order to be an affiliate marketer, you need to have a platform where you can market your services or products from , it can be either a blog or a website, whatever you like. Then you need to look for an affiliate program to be a part of. Make sure you find a program that carries good quality products, which of course people would love to buy. Avoid going for programs that offer too high commissions since their products usually are not good at all so you would not be making any sales no matter how hard you work. Commissions need to be reasonable while the products or services should be in demand. This is a type of combination you need to promote in order to make money by doing affiliate marketing.

Make sure you only go with one or two products otherwise it will get really hard for you to focus on everything, people who consider promoting multiple products or services at one time often stay confused since their efforts gets divided. Also, go for the products which are of your interest otherwise marketing for something that you don’t like will surely be a real difficult task for you to perform.

Being an affiliate marketer your job is to market products or services so make sure you do not try to sell them at any point. As an affiliate marketer, your job is to attract people towards the products and services you are promoting and after attracting them you need to gain their trust so they can be sure that they are buying something from a reliable source or person.

Let me clear you one more thing here that you cannot make fortunes by doing affiliate marketing if your target audience does not trusts you, so make sure your work hard to gain the trust of your target audience as this will assure you profitable business and long term success at the same time as well.

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Home Party Business Shows Must Be FUN!

home party plan salesWhen the typical person starts a direct sales home party business, there is a very predictable pattern: They call all their friends, have a couple of get-togethers and sell some products. After a couple of parties, people are no longer showing up and no longer buying product and the person gives up.

Key To Party Plan Success = FUN!

The reason people fail so often in the home party plan business is that they forget the business model the entire industry was built on. In one word, that model was ‘fun’. Hosting fun events causes would-be customers to return and makes fellow team members feel more involved.

FUN Shows Keep People Returning

It really is the FUN that keeps people returning to the show. Traditional advertising says that your average consumer must be exposed to an advertising message 7 times before making the commitment to actually buy. You see this played out every day – If you watch 2 hours of television on one channel, think how many times you will see a certain commercial repeated over and over. Now, if someone does not enjoy your events and chooses not to return after 1 or 2 times, it’s clear that you never get to that magical 7 exposures. Yes, you’ll still make sales because the 7 exposures is an average (and let’s face it, some people will buy because they don’t want to look you in the eye otherwise).

These sales though, aren’t a viable business. Now, if you’re hosting interesting gatherings that people actually look forward to and invite friends as an entertaining run night out, imagine how much better sales will be as returning friends are exposed to the products over and over.

It Is A Party!

Too many people think of the gatherings as a “demo”. No one on the planet has ever been excited to see a demo. The easiest way to inject fun into this boring concept is to add a theme and make it a real party. If you sell cooking utensils, don’t just call people asking them to attend a demo, why not invite them to Tex/Mex party? Get them excited. Offer a prize for the person who brings the best recipe. A demo is a lot of people watching while one person tries to get them to buy something. Having them get involved in a theme, using the products and thinking how handy the products would be for their own lives changes the entire landscape of the event. Everyone wants to have fun. How about a margarita party? When you can get people to associate having a good time with whatever product you represent, your chances of success in the business go through the roof.

Consultants Make Home Shows Fun With Games

Many home party consultants like to play games at their shows. If you are and you are having trouble with bookings then consider the fact that maybe the games are not fun. Fun games will help with bookings. Download a FREE party plan e-book for fun home party games.

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Video Marketing Tips

When it comes to creating video marketing videos then you cannot just create a video and start assuming that the task is completed. The first hurdle comes when you have to spread your video in every corner of the web.

Now, you can accomplish this task in two basic ways. Firstly, you can do so manually by visiting all the video websites one by one and start posting your video on every one of them. Secondly, you can simply get your video distributed through a service that will automatically post your video on all such video websites. The first way might be very time consuming since there are many websites and you will have to upload every single video to every one of them. I would strongly recommend that you go with the second option but for this you would be asked to pay to some money for the services that would be rendered by video distribution website or company.

A successful video marketing campaign cannot be dependant over just one or two videos. Your online business is asks for thousands and millions of visitors every day and just a few videos are not enough for this. You have to keep on creating videos, each one should be better then before and all of them should be uploaded over different video sharing websites as well. Making hundreds of promotional videos regarding your business and what you have can only make the trick happen and I must say that this is far better and more effective compared to writing content.

Now many people might not know this point or ignore its importance, your video’s title and thumbnail plays an important role in making your video attractive and appealing. A person might not open it if the title seems to be boring or the thumbnail shows something too common yet non-interesting. Make your video title catchy and also come up with something new for the thumbnail.

Lastly, make sure that your video is not too lengthy since people surfing the internet for information purposes are often short on time and not prefer watching lengthy videos. Your video should be to the point through out and should not be more then five minutes long as well.

Making practical use of the above mentioned video marketing tips can easily provide you the desired outcomes so make full use of these.

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Ebay Internet Home Business

Today, many people are looking for opportunities to earn money online, and selling merchandise on Ebay is one of the popular ways of earning money on the internet.

Regardless of the type of online business you start, there are many benefits that you can enjoy if you have your own business. This article presents the main benefits that you enjoy as an Ebay seller making money on the internet.

  1. You can earn a living the easy way selling products on Ebay. Some people have very stressful jobs that take up all their time, such that they have no time left for their family and other interests. If you start your own Ebay business, you can earn a living at home doing something that is fun and easy.
  2. You are your own boss and you set the targets of what you want to earn from your business. Many people put up with hard-to-please bosses and annoying workmates. If you start your own Ebay business, you get rid of your boss, and you do not have to commute to work every day.
  3. You can pursue your interests. The best way to make money is by doing what you enjoy. Because you can sell anything on Ebay, you can create your own products based on your interests, and sell them on Ebay. Since you will be doing something that you enjoy, you can never get bored or tired of building your Ebay business.
  4. If you start your own Ebay business, you can work from home and you can have a better work-life balance. Since you are your own boss, you can adjust your life to suit your business.
  5. Starting an Ebay business enables you to achieve financial freedom. If you take your Ebay business seriously and professionally, you can make a lot of money on the internet selling merchandise. Very few people can become rich from a job salary. By starting your own Ebay business, you can achieve financial freedom and make any amount of money you want on the internet.

 

Given all these benefits that you enjoy if you have your own Ebay business, it’s a good idea that you start your own Ebay business today!

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Use your Blog to Make Money

Most people who have a blog use it to make themselves money. You are going to find that many of them are blogging for moneyand many are not. The numbers really vary and depend on what you are looking at. If you are wanting a home business that consists of blog marketing, then you would be blogging for money. However, if you just have a blog that you use to write your thoughts and journal more or less, you are probably not blogging for money. Everyone blogs for a different reason.

Blog marketing

Blog marketing to make money means that you are simply blogging for a profit. If you are going to make an amount of money that will add up to become anything, you need to be persistent, and consistent. To do so there are some things as well as techniques and tools that you must know and know how to use. Keep reading for more.

While good content is something that you will need for your blog to make money, you also want to ensure that it is original content as well. You can market a blog with something that is copied and that you do not own the rights. Plagiarism will get you in trouble with Google as well as the person that originally wrote the content. Be sure that all of your posts are ones that only you own the rights too. This is a great thing to know and do when you are marketing your blog to make money. Content is the key to successful marketing lately.

Tracking is another part of blog marketing for money that is so very important. You want to be able to track your visitors and clickers to know where they are coming from. You want to be able to tell what keywords they searched on to find your blog and where they did their searching. Doing so will help take out all of the guess work when it comes to blog marketing and making money while blogging. You will want to know what keywords are working, and which are not. So that you will know which keywords to use more of and which ones to drop.

Another thing that is important when you are blog marketing for money is to find other sites and blogs that are in the same market as yours, but not in direct competition with you to exchange links with. This will help you out a lot as well, especially if you can get some good exchanges with high authority sites. The higher the page rank of your link exchange, the better for your blog. Google and the other search engines will recognize your link exchanges, and the more the better in this case.

Blog marketing for money can be done. You just simply have to know what works and what does not. It is truly a trial and error basis. If you think you might know of a new way to market your blog the most effectively, try it! You just never know if it will work for you until you do. Then if you find something that works and works well, consider making it in to an ebook and marketing that as well. Make your blog work well and make money for you.

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Facebook Is Changing and Not Looking Back

FB Maxed Product Review

FBMaxed To Deliver You To The Promised Land in Facebook?
On March 11th, Facebook will severely deprecate FBML (Facebook Markup Language) and that means you can no longer build Facebook fan pages or apps using FBML!
FBML will be replaced by the NEW Facebook iFrame Pages. The question is, are you ready?

With Facebook marketing becoming the guru mantra of the new Internet marketing generation, we decided to take a closer look at the FB Maxed program. The program promises to be a completely new take on the Facebook marketing systems that have been milling around of late. But, on looking at the system at close quarters, and even putting it into action, we found that this is a system that might deliver on the promises it makes.

The guide teaches, in a step-by-step manner, how anyone can create a complete website onto a Facebook page. You do not just see the guide but you also get the entire system that helps you build the page. You have an option to build a separate page for people who have not yet ‘liked’ you on Facebook, and show a different page to those that have ‘liked’ you. This is an improvement—with the previously used FBML, it was not possible to show a website to people who didn’t ‘like’ you.

The website that you can build is full-fledged. You can add your opt-in form, you can add email contact forms, you can add HTML5 videos and you can build it to be as tall as you want. Thematic changes such as background color changes are possible as well.

The best part, probably, is that FB Maxed is compatible with other versions of Facebook as well, such as Facebook Mobile. It is compatible on several different phone systems, including the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android.

People have already started creating their Facebook website pages and are using them in several ways, such as building their ecommerce websites and using their blogs. It is possible to add various promotional elements to these pages, such as videos, URLs, landing pages, sales pages and calls-to-action. With this guide, people have found a solution to their Facebook marketing methods which have been changing since the beginning of this year.

For people who want to get more acquainted with the product, continuous webinars are being conducted. During these webinars, people get a chance to get up, close and personal with FB Maxed and then you can ask them the details on the product.

On the whole, we would like to say that here is a complete Facebook product that people are fast switching over to because of its immense potential in Internet marketing

In all respects, FB Maxed has qualified as a great Facebook application for promoting an online business and it is not surprising why it is garnering a lot of attention. There are webinars going on currently to get to know the product better. You could take advantage of this opportunity to get a sneak peek of what the system is all about and whether it will work for your needs.

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How to use Internet Blog Marketing to your Advantage

Internet Blog Marketing

The world is abuzz with the news of  blogging being the new marketing tool. However, you have yet to start one of your own, and pretty much figure that you are the last person on earth that does not have one. While you may think that this is true, you are going to be shocked that not everyone has a blog, and most of those that do, have them for internet blog marketing purposes. Internet blog marketing is all of the rage just as much as blogs are. When you talk about internet blog marketing, you are meaning that you use the internet to market things on your blog. That would be the most simplest way to put it.

Marketing things on the internet is not as easy as it was just a few years ago. Everyone is into marketing online because of the pay per click programs that everyone wants a part of. And that means that the competition is fierce. In order to market things online and become successful at it, you need to choose a market. You can not just use one single blog to market a number of things unless they are all relevant. If you tried, you would really get no where and fast.

So, choosing your market is even kind of hard to do. Some people will tell you to choose low competition markets to begin with, that have many searches. However, other people will tell you to choose something that you know and love, and that you are passionate about. Even something that you can be known as an expert about. When you do so, you gain trust in the internet world, and many people will know you for your market and your views on it. And that in return will make you successful. However, you must truly know what you are talking about, or you will be found out. It has even been known that some will choose a topic to become an expert on, and when they do, learn all that they can about it before they begin to promote it. Even if they never knew much about it to begin with.

Internet blog marketing is still easier for some than others. It is easier the sooner you get started with it. Because the internet changes every day and things are not all ways the same, the faster you learn the best marketing techniques and tools now, the easier it will be for you once they change and start to become more complicated.

Not only does the interent change frequently, so do the search engines. For example, Google changes about four times a year. You will find that when it does go through a change and update everything, your page ranks are different, and so are your search rankings. When you might have been in the number two spot on Google search for 3 months, after they go through a change you just might find yourself to be on page three.

Internet blog marketing is all about knowing and becoming familiar with the internet. The more you know about it the better off your blogs will be. If you are new to internet blog marketing it won’t take you long to get the hang of creating a great blog that attracts many readers.

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