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At The Sound of the Tone
"At the sound of the tone, please leave your message" is the greeting we often hear when making prospecting phone calls. Often, we will just hang up and call back later, only to receive the same greeting. Let's face it, some people simply refuse to answer their phones.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Do I Have to Approach Friends and Family?
Do I have to approach friends and family? This has to be one of the most frequently asked questions with home based businesses. Most opportunities will give you the 100% true answer. No. You do not have to approach friends and family.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
From First Sign-Up To Director In Nine Days
I should really begin this article by explaining my state of mind and the state of mind of my husband, prior to joining (COMPANY).
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Reach Out and Beat Someone To Death
One of the biggest problems I see with on-line marketers right now is that most people never talk to anyone. They sign up for all of these great tools to produce leads, and expect the tools to close the deal for them.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Safe List Marketing
If you want to pick up a few prospects, and don't mind getting tons and tons, and even more tons, of junk mail, Safe Lists might be a good way for you to go.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Write Articles For Free Advertising
One of the easiest ways to get free massive advertising is to write articles to be submitted to newsletter content announce services. All you have to do is pick a subject that you know something about, write up an article, put a soft advertisement in your resource box, and send it out.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
How To Publish Your Own Newsletter
I get a lot of requests for information on how to set up and operate a newsletter. This article is intended to help those of you who are interested in running your own newsletter get it started.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Long Haired Freaky People Need Not Apply
One of my favorite songs is by a group known as the Five Man Electrical Band called "Signs". One verse goes something like this:
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Dog Jumping Fleas
WOOF! WOOF! Is my opportunity the one you will jump on this week and claim is the best in the world? Will you irritate me and suck my blood until your belly is full or a better looking dog comes along? When you leave, will you talk about how bad of a dog I am, and try to take my other fleas with you?
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Doorway Pages & Marketing
Doorway pages, just as the name implies, are web pages designed specifically to lead you somewhere else. Lets say you are a member of the "Grandma's Glorious Grits & Roadkill" Recipes affiliate program, and they furnish you an affiliate web site. There are a couple of problems with this.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Effective Face-to-Face Marketing Tips
The first thing you need to do when marketing face to face is prepare. You need to have your information and your sign-up materials ready to go before you ever step into the meeting. If someone shows an interest in a product or service, or if someone is ready to sign up, you need to have what you need with you so you can handle right then and there. Be prepared to strike while the iron is hot.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Is Today The Day?
As America today has taken the steps needed to protect our freedom and what we believe in, are you ready to take the steps needed to build a productive and successful business?
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Talk Is Not Always Cheap
Recently a member of our organization (let's call him Bob) had a hot prospect. Bob had spoken to this prospect several times. And, Bob and my partner, Brande, met for over an hour in a private chat room explaining the products and the opportunity. The prospect was ready to go and was going to sign up the next day.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Writing A Great Subject Line
"FED UP TRYING TO WRITE YOUR OWN AUT" Is the above your subject line? If it is, you planned it very poorly.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Straight Talk
Network marketing is not easy. If it was, we would all be billionaires. Network marketing, like all businesses, requires hard work, dedication, and an investment of time and money.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Writing A Sales Letter
My experience has been that one of the skills most people lack is letter writing. I am not one to complain, as my writing abilities are quite questionable. However, I can give you some very simple, yet very important tips for writing a sales letter.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
How To Get Around The No-Call List
Under federal law, each state must now maintain a "no-call list." The no-call list is a list of consumers who do not wish to receive unsolicited telephone solicitations. The fines for calling consumers who are on these lists are upwards of $1,000 per occurrence. I don't think any of us want to pay these fines.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Monitoring & Tracking
Monitoring and tracking are two aspects of business that most people tend to ignore. However, they are two of the most important aspects of business.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Local Prospecting For Network Marketers
Do you feel you have beat all the bushes in your area and there are just no more prospects to be found? Consider these sources:
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
What Color Are Your Marbles?
We all know that network marketing is a numbers game. But I really don't feel too many of us truly understand the numbers. The purpose of this article is to try to put things into perspective.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Conversation With A Typical Network Marketer
CHILD ANSWERS: Ha-woh?
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
No Clickee - No Payee
Marketing on pay-per-click search engines can be a little scary. You pay your hard earned money in advance. You submit your listing. Then, you pray that some of the people who click on your listing will actually buy something from you. There is little more disappointing than to watch you funds dwindle as the curious click away without spending a dime.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
The Ultimate Sales Organization
If you want a great sales organization to emulate, you only have to look as far as your local church. Consider these points:
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Is your first impression HELLO?
We only get one chance to make a first impression. This is very important when soliciting new distributors. We need to have potential distributors perceive us as the professionals in our industry.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Drop Cards & How to Use Them
Drop cards are very similar to business cards. They are the same size and , made of the same material. The major difference is that while a business card will usually present a good deal of information, a drop card is used for a single purpose... to solicit a response through curiosity.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
How Many Presentations Did You Make Today?
How Many Presentations Did You Make Today? If you are like most network marketers, your answer will be zero. This is not a good way to build your business.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
GET STUPID!
am often asked "What is the secret to MLM success?". In this article, I will give you that elusive answer. You might be surprised.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
FOCUS IS THE KEY
Too often, I find myself working on useless things. Things that are "way cool" or "really neat," but do not have a significant impact on my network marketing business. I tend to forget that my ultimate goal is to achieve income. So, every now and again I have to sit back, mentally slap myself, and say "wake up!". Success in this business is really very simple. Sure, there are a lot of tricks and techniques that can increase your production, but the basics are elementary. They are:
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
IS YOUR SPOUSE A SERIAL MURDERER?
Is your spouse a serial murderer? Do they kill time and time again, and take joy in it? Do they revel in death and despair? Do they like to kill slowly, and drool over their victim's desperation? Or, do they kill quickly and savor the power of dealing deadly blows with speed and great precision?
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
DO YOU WANT IDIOTS WORKING FOR YOU?
Recently I was asked "We have been running a lot of straight and to the point ads and getting very little results. What is the fine line between getting quality prospects and not quantity?"
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
How Do You Want To Spend The Rest Of Your Life
Those who have the desire to work for themselves, or in effect run their own business, go through numerous stages.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Lease Purchasing Is The Perfect Home-Based Business
Some call it the 30 second commute. We call it wonderful. What are we all talking about? Working from home, of course.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
How To Give Yourself A $20,000/Year Raise Without Asking Your Boss
Why without asking your boss. Two reasons, one, he or she will most likely say no; and second, he or she will probably have you committed for asking.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
What Can I Realistically Earn In A Lease Purchase Business?
If you're looking at Lease Purchasing as a business, you'll obviously want to earn much more than the $20,000 per year in our "How To Give Yourself A $20,000/Year Raise Without Asking Your Boss" article.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Consulting Your Way To A Six Figure Income!
The following are some examples of the power of Lease Purchase Consulting with both Buyers and Sellers.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Are You Profiting From O.P.P.?
Are you profiting from O.P.P.? If not, why not? We know many of you have the desire and dream of running your own home-based business. But, like so many people, you're not sure where or how to start.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
The Many Ways To Profit From O.P.P.’s Multiple Cash Streams
In a previous article we introduced you to the concept of O.P.P., or Other People's Property.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
How Do You Profit From O.P.P.?
The Strategies First, is the co-operative strategy. It is the easiest for the beginner to start with. The co-operative is used when the seller may not want to give over total control of his/her property. The seller wants some say as to who goes into the property. When we assign the contract to a tenant/buyer, we receive the assignment fee. It typically takes us about two weeks to move a property, and we usually look for a $5,000 assignment fee.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Reprint Rights and How To Use Them To Generate A Steady Income
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to have a step by step guide for sellers and tenant buyers. However, many of you are missing out on other income streams that these step by step guides can generate. In fact, they can become a business in and of themselves.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Calculating Billable Hours Myth Vs. Reality
The first step in calculating your billable hours is to define a realistic working year. If you were employed elsewhere, you would expect or want at least two weeks vacation time, one week sick time, one week personal time and paid holidays. So, where does that leave us - 52 weeks minus four weeks leaves 48 weeks minus about 10 paid holidays, or a total of approximately 46 weeks per year.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Effect of Expenses
Most costs fall into three general categories: business and office expenses; salary and personal taxes; and, benefits and profit margin. In this issue, we will concentrate on the first category, business and office expenses.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Effect of Benefits
Once upon at time, when we were employed, we received a benefits package from our employer. This usually included health, life and disability insurance. Many firms also had available pension programs, profit sharing, dental and vision coverage. In addition, one-half of your social security was paid by your employer.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Effect Of Bad Debts
What happens when you have a client that does not pay you for your services? What happens if a customer goes out of business before your invoice is paid? How will these events affect your own planning? Do you want to take a bad debt write off on your taxes? Do you want to try to include for these contingencies in your fee structure? Your answers to these questions will have a direct impact on how you operate your business.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
How To Raise Your Fees
There comes a time when it is inevitable that you must raise your fees in order to maintain both your profit margin and income level. You will find that the greatest resistance to this comes from your oldest clients.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Business Partners & Marital Partners, Will the Marriage Survive?
With today's economy, and the layoffs occurring as a result of these economic conditions, more and more people are opting to start their own business. Due to the low start up costs, the prevalence of home-based businesses is on the rise, many of these started by husband and wife teams.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Reminders For Running A Better Business
The following tips are from an article we contributed to Compute magazine. These are ideas that we all should know, but many times forget. It constantly amazes us how quickly a basic tenent of business can be shoved by the wayside in the heat of daily transactions.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
In Business, Image Isn’t Everything: It’s The Only Thing!
We have all heard this lament, but how much do we practice it. With all the relaxed rules today, do we really present ourselves in the best light. It seems all the articles I see today are about how old fashioned today's workers find their supervisors or bosses to be in the way they dress, the policies they implement and the old fashioned ways in which they conduct their business.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
How To Improve Your Negotiating Skills
Negotiation will be an important area for every homebased business owner, especially in lease purchasing. Whether you're dealing with suppliers, employees, or prospective clients, you're negotiating. The following tips will help you to negotiate better.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
How To Improve Your Sales Skills
One of the biggest problems for many business owners is the ability to overcome objections. In fact, for many, this skill could be the difference between succeeding and going back to being an employee. Since none of us want to do that, we need to hone our sales writing skills and our in person skills. This article will discuss the in person skills.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
How To Better Handle Your Mail
Letters, magazines, bills, flyers, what to do with them all. There should be only two responses to every piece of mail or e-mail, do something with it, or toss it!
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Defining Your Goals
Probably one of the most important things we do with our Partnering For Your Success students is to help them define their goals. We discuss their need for both short and long term goals. This might sound trite to you, or you might say, Yeah, everyone says to define my short term and long term goals.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
What's In A Name?
Once you decide to start your own business you need to give it a name. Your business name should describe what you do. If this is not possible, for example, the one you come up with is already taken; you can use your own name with a tag line. For example, DeFiore Enterprises, Lease Purchase Consultants.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Getting Started
One of the first things we do with our Partnering For Your Success students is to have them plan out how many hours they can spend on lease purchasing.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Office Set Up
OK, you say, I've decided to start my business. I have my idea, my identity package, my licensing and zoning done. Now I need to set up my office.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Organizing Your Day
One of the hardest things for most individuals working from home is to stay focused. One of the best ways to stay focused is organization. In addition, being organized will help your time management skills. The two are very much intertwined.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Keeping Abreast Of Your Domain ...Updates And Keeping Up With It All
Another major complaint that most business owners have is all the reading they need to do to keep abreast of what is happening in their business area. Again time management and organization can be a tremendous help.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Summertime Scheduling
It's the end of Summer. The kids have been home for awhile and you realize that you've lost a good amount of time this Summer from your business. How do you avoid this happening next year or during the various school year breaks? Read on!
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Organizational Techniques - Tickler and Chron File
One of the biggest problems we encounter in our consulting with businesses, and our students is time management and organizational techniques. This article will concentrate on some good organizational strategies. Two of the best organizational techniques I have found over the years are the Tickler File and the Chron File. This article will concentrate on how to use them everyday in your business.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Taking Charge Of Your Files
One of the first steps is to box up last years file. However, before you do that be sure to go through your files and clean them out. The files that can take up a lot of space during the year, can be easily tossed. For example, your correspondence file, newsletter files, chron files. You can also combine your completed client files for the year, both seller and tenant buyers.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Juggling It All
As we have mentioned in other articles, having a trigger to start your day is very important. One of the major problems with people running businesses from their home is starting the work day. For many of us seasoned home based business owners it's a trigger. A trigger can be making a cup of coffee and taking it to the office, getting the kids off to school, after your morning jog or workout; it can be any one of a number of things. A trigger is very dependent upon the individual.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Business Start Ups...Let's Play Ball
Starting a business is like starting your own baseball team. Start-up (Spring training) is when you are doing your research, deciding on a business name, zoning requirements, setting up your business, deciding on what form your business will take (sole proprietorship, corporation, LLC). You're assembling all the parts of your business (team), getting ready for the season (your opening day).
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Where Business Ideas Come From
I was reading the local paper and came across a picture of the cleanest garage I ever saw. In addition to a picture of the garage there was a picture of a gentlemen, in his late 60's cleaning the cobwebs with an extension pole. I thought to myself I have never seen a garage so clean in my life. The accompanying article was discussing how this individual and another had painted and put cabinets in their garages, and how you could eat off this garage floor.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Unsung Heroes! Small and Homebased Business Owners
The homebased and small business owner is the "Unsung Hero". Why? The small business owner and today even the homebased business owner are the cornerstones of our society. The homebased business owner employs a number of independent contractors. Small businesses account for a large percentage of our economic work force.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Finding Your Niche
Have you found your niche? If you really want to find out, you need to answer the following questions:
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Time Management Self Diagnosis
Many home-based businesses find they have a greater sense of control over how they use time. Working from home affords them fewer interruptions and more flexible ways to work, which makes them even more productive than if they worked in a corporate environment. On the other hand, others have a hard time getting started, sticking to business, and some become workaholics.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Help For Your Time Management and Organizational Issues
Time management and organization of your office are very much tied together. An unorganized office will cost you a lot of time. Time getting started for the day, time finding phone numbers, letters or materials you need.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Networking - It's Important!
Networking opportunities are everywhere. Don't let them pass you by.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Quadruple Your Online Sales in Just 4 Months
If you want a quick and simple way to create regular income online, follow my lead.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Living With Integrity--Handling Broken Promises
Each and every day, we all make promises. We make these promises in many different ways, and in a variety of forms. A promise can be as simple as "I'll call you back", or as committing as "I promise to get that done!"
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
Is Your Online Business Making Best Use of its Consumer Information?
As of this month, I've spent almost four years online. In that time I've filled out hundreds of online forms at various business and consumer websites. Sometimes it was to register for access to the site, or to make a purchase, or just to get some really cool "free stuff."
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-30
 
How To Write Effective Ezine Ads..& Then Some
When writing an ezine ad, there is a big mistake that most people make when writing an ad. That is, they try to sell something in those ads, and there is a good reason why you don't want to do that.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-29
 
Consumers - Fight Back With FTC's Do Not Call Registry
The Federal Trade Commission has rolled out it's National Do Not Call Registry and the registration site already has over 700,000 registrants. This is great news for consumers who have grown tired of annoying sales calls by pesky telemarketers.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-29
 
Refuse to Live Without Art, Poetry and Music
Q: Why should an Internet course in Emotional Intelligence include art, poetry and music? A: Because EQ involves understanding and being able to express your emotions, and art, poetry and music are the most suitable vehicles for this.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-29
 
Top 7 Essential "Hot-Selling Points" To Implement Before Writing
Every part of your book can be a sales tool. When you include the below tips, you will have a roadmap to follow to keep your writing organized and compelling, and you'll sell more books than you ever dreamed of!
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-28
 
How to Develop an Effective Company Profile -- and Why
What is a company profile? A company profile is essentially a resume for your company that you use to establish your credibility with the market you serve. Your company profile helps potential customers to understand your business as well as to understand your company's approach, unique strengths, and relevant experience. Your company profile demonstrates your company's ability to effectively meet customer needs. Your company profile also helps others who are in contact with you such as lenders, the media, and job candidates to better understand your business.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-28
 
Get Your First Sale!
Nothing beats the joy of your first sale. You can plot, plan, market and dream all you want, but until you get that first sale, you're not sure that you have a real business. It's 25 years since I sold my first book to an international publisher. I walked on air for days. To my mind, because real writers wrote books, I was real writer at last.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Learn To Negotiate And Get Paid More
Like to double your earnings without working harder? Learn to negotiate. Everything is negotiable, and you should make it a rule to negotiate on every job. Often all you need to do to get a better deal is to ask. Unfortunately, few freelancers ask. In fact, many of them don't even realize that asking for more pay is possible.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
It's About More Than Money: are you charging what you're worth?
Last April I had a surreal experience with a popular women's magazine I used to write for. An editorial assistant emailed me: "Sorry about not getting back to you sooner about article X. We'd like to publish it. What are your rates?"
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
DDT: Do, Don't Think. Just market
You see funny things when you're walking your dog. A couple of summers ago, late every Sunday afternoon, I'd be out walking my dog and I'd look up to see a sky-writer.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Shaking The Money Tree: Managing Slow Payers
When you're running your own small business, especially if you're a solo operator, you need four pairs of hands, eyes in the back of your head, and psychic abilities don't hurt either.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Getting ideas that sell
(This article is an extract from my new writing workshop, Writing to Sell in the Internet Age.)
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Follow Up And Turn Prospects Into Clients
How long does it take to get a client? First, the client has to become aware that we exist, and then that we can solve his problems with our products or services. That growth of awareness is a slow process. It takes time.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Powerful Presentations Build Your Business
You've set up a meeting with a potential client. You've dressed appropriately, your shoes are shined. You've got your portfolio and your business cards, and you have an idea of what you want out of the meeting. In a word: you want business.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Five Lazy Ways To Market Your Business
There's a store in the middle of our town that's been, in quick succession: a soft furnishings retailer, a record and CD store, a lighting shop, a pet store, and yet another soft furnishings store. It's currently a coffee shop.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Your Online Brand Is YOU
You've decided to make the leap. You're going to start selling your products and services online. You're excited. Wow! Millions of people will be able to buy from you.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Help --- My Writing's Not Selling!
If the definition of insanity is to keep doing what's not working in the confident expectation that it WILL work, then writers and other creatives are nuts.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Ten ways to take control of your time
Taking charge of your time is easier than you think. If you put any of these ten easy but powerful time management tips into action, you'll see an improvement in your productivity. And in your peace of mind.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Start Your New Business TODAY
The right time to start your new business is right now. Today. Whenever I suggest that to someone who's going to start their new business "soon", I get a variety of replies, mostly prefaced by "yes, but".
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Work Your Small Business Dream
Nothing in life happens until you do something. Think, hope, plan, worry and ask as many questions as you like, but to reach your dreams you must take action and keep taking action. I receive at least four e-mail messages a week with a variation of "I want to write for a living, but...."
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Baby Steps To Business Success
You can do, be and have, anything you want. As long as you get started. Take baby steps: one tiny step after another, even when you have no real idea of how you're going to get to your destination, beyond the next step.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Use Your GPS (Goal Positioning System) To Achieve Your Goals
How's your motor running? Are you powering through your daily tasks and accomplishing all the goals you set for yourself, or are you stuck in life's slow lane? Here's how to boost your performance, using your GPS (Goal Positioning System).
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Beat Procrastination With Your GPS (Goal Positioning System)
Researchers estimate we only use around two to ten per cent of our brainpower each day.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Five Easy, Pain-free Ways To Boost Your Productivity FAST (and make more money)
Commit to following these five strategies for a month, and you'll be more productive --- that's a promise. Note: although my strategies are geared to writers, they will work for you no matter what your work happens to be.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Sixty seconds to a more creative you: Ways to get creative fast
* Show up * Trust yourself * Shut up!
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Creativity as a treasure hunt
It's not enough to be creative, you have to be creative at something.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Training Your Creative Self: Five Tips for Ultra-Creativity
If you knew you could be as creative as you wished, whenever you wished, what could you achieve? Surprise --- you can be as creative as you want to be. Creativity is a state of consciousness. And here's the best part --- you can access this creative state anytime.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
7 Tips for an Organized Sales Person
1. Keep a list of your biggest prospects on a spreadsheet. Develop a system for following up with each one. Keep track of where you are in the follow-up system with each prospect.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Entrepreneur: Organize Thyself!
Owning a business requires expert organizing skills in order to keep on top of everything. Follow these steps and make more time in your work day.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-27
 
Coach Meaning, Not Just a Laundry List of To-Dos
The childhood development scientists who authored "The Scientist in the Crib," did so for reasons which apply to coaching as well. "While popular books about science speak to intelligent, perceptive adults who simply want to learn," they wrote, "books about babies typically just give advice, heavy on the how-to and light on the why."
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Date: 2003-06-27
 
How To Make Writing An Ebook Or Sales Letter A Snap!
If you want to get that ebook or sales letter done -- and you're not afraid of using "Marathon Writing Techniques" to get the job done fast -- then let me share some tips to help make writing easier and faster.
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Date: 2003-06-27
 
Watch Out For These Alerts or Scams!
Cashier's Checks as Good as Cash? Watch out for cashier's checks - treat them as a regular check and NOT instant access to cash. Make sure to wait 7-10 days for it to officially clear and call your back for verification of funds being truly cleared. Many scammers are using official looking "cashier's checks" to pay for cars, or for products (and many write the check in an amount over the purchase amount, asking then for an immediate refund in the excess amount). The responsibility is usually on the consumer side, and not on the bank's side. You'll be liable for the deficiency in funds. Do not refund anything or spend any of the money in a cashier's check until at least 7 days of deposit - and verify the funds before spending any of it.
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Date: 2003-06-27
 
Harness The Awesome Power Of Opt-In Mailing List
Ask any successful Internet marketer, and he/she will tell you that creating an Opt-In mailing list (ezine or newsletter) is absolutely a MUST for the success of any online business.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Make Your E-Mail Signature File
You're probably familiar with e-mail signature (or "sig") files - they're the few lines of contact information that many of us put at the bottom of every e-mail we send. Most e-mail software programs allow you to create and use sig files - even the newer versions of AOL.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Busting the Home-Biz Myths
Don't believe all the guidelines and hype about running a business from home. Some of the rules, set out in books and columns such as this one, are sound. Others are hype, horse-hockey or oft-repeated nonsense. Here's a short list of what's true and what's false among the work-at-home myths.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
The Ultimate Self-Promotion Tool Is Right at Your Fingertips: An E-mail Newsletter
If you're looking for low-cost ways to promote your business (and aren't we all?), I hope you've considered publishing an e-mail newsletter, or "e-zine." Here are six darn good reasons why you shouldn't wait any longer:
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
7 Ways to Self-Promote Within Your E-zine
We all know that an e-zine won't attract and keep subscribers without offering insightful, practical content. If you only drone on and on about how wonderful you and your services/products are, your readers won't stick around for long.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Three E-zine Alternatives You May Not Have Considered
During the free e-zine publishing teleclasses I offer every month, I always get a few people who say to me, "You know, publishing an e-zine sounds great, but I just don't think I have the time to do it on an ongoing basis." Or, "I'm not sure if I'll have enough content to publish an e-zine."
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
5 Ideas for Writing Effective Sales Letters
Sales letters, sent via e-mail or snail mail, are an effective and inexpensive way to get your message out. Even if your letter goes out to thousands of people, it can give the feel of a personal communication - IF you write it in a direct and conversational tone.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Working at Home? Here's 10 Ways to Be More Productive
Ah, working at home... Visions of leisurely days, conference calls in comfy sweatpants, increased productivity with fewer interruptions. But the distinctions between work life and home life soon blur. You really should throw some laundry in the wash before you write that proposal. You have an hour before a meeting: Should you balance your books or clean the kitchen? And remember to call that client back right after you empty the cat box.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Mr. Geez is Back in Business! Wanna Know How?
Are you just marketing? I mean marketing just for the sake of generating sales? Sure everybody does it for sales. However, with the increasing online competition, generating enough sales has become even more difficult if not impossible.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Don't Punish Yourself Doing (Type X) Business
Are you type X or type Y? Don't worry, it ain't gonna hurt you until you really understand what you should be? Type X, or Type Y!
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
7 Bullets to Making an Easy Sale
Let's say you already know what a visitor actually want from you, since you're successful in driving targeted traffic. Right? You've tried hard to get everything there is to turn her down as a customer. That includes your website design, guarantees, ease of interface etc.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Success at Spinning Wheels -- The Insider Story
When I get up in the morning, I usually plan and prepare my day's schedule. Sometime long ago I read a wise quote by Benjamin Franklin that says: By failing to prepare, you're preparing to fail Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
How To Solve The Monster Puzzle Using 7 Rules Of The Game
I wrote this series of articles with just one objective in mind - to help you understand how to peel off the confusion, and carve out YOUR way to success.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Lets Blow The Cannon -- Market Aggressively
Do you know what it takes to market your Web site aggressively?
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Make Intelligent Use Of Your Biggest Asset -- The CREDIBILITY!
Given a choice to purchase a book from an online bookstore, which store would you choose to buy the book from, Amazon.com or SomeUnheardBookStore.com?
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
How to Build Relationships that Transform into Sales
Over the past few years working on the Web at a deeper level, I've noticed that only a handful of people are actually working on building customer relationships. Heck, that's where the real money can be made.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
A Niche is in EVERY Neuron of Your Brain
Dr. Ralph Wilson of Wilsonweb.com, a very famous e-commerce consultant once said:
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Chaining Your Future into Niches -- A Global Perspective
This article has been written based on my vision of how online businesses will operate in the near future.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
What Will be the Future Like?
Every week I receive 4, sometimes 7 proposals for joint ventures. Most of them have started giving their informational products for free just as a giveaway to promote their product in my newsletter.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Do You Have a Knack For Finding Your Own Profitable Niche?
Since more than a weeks time, I'm continuously trying to research and identify niches in every imaginable area I can, to quench my thirst for making a long list of unfilled niches.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Opportunities are Shouting -- Are You Listening?
One of my cousins' sister is a student of archaeology. She's got a passion for it. A couple of days back she invaded our house and dragged me to one of her friend's beautiful house backyard where I had some weird but useful discussion with her friend.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Fast Money Using Mini Sites
Most people want to make money faster than the speed of light. While there's nothing wrong with this approach, however, the path followed to make instant cyber-buck$ is usually *flawed* in most of the cases. That's why most people find it difficult to make a living online, and hence give up their dreams.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
How You Can Start The #1 Business Online
Successful businesses are everywhere. Even after the dotcom crash, and the current wave of the economic downturn, some online buddies are making record sales, and are still earning higher profits.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
How To Get Wealthy Using The Power Of Just 2 Words!
Many of you already know that I'm totally crazy when it comes to travelling and adventures. I just love discoveries.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
How To Become An Early Bird Super Affiliate
Ask ANY marketing guru about achieving success on the Net, and s/he will tell you that the ONLY way for a small guy to make a success story is by having a perfect niche.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Internet Gurus DO Sell Products Like Crazy -- Ever Wonder Why?
Back in the early days when I started off my ebiz venture in the online business community, I always wondered why some people make tons of sales while others hardly make a few.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Expand Your Creativity: Stop Thinking!
Want a fast way to get creative? Stop thinking! Most of what we call "thinking" is simply labeling. We're repeating old tapes in our head. This type of thinking is not creative, and there's no way to access our true creativity from this mindset.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Six-figure Professionals: and Their Seven Secrets
In my work with hundreds of coaches, consultants, and small business owners, I have found that there are specific actions that have created their success. Here are seven success elements that they use effectively to earn $100,000 plus a year. By focusing on these important elements, you too can grow your business to reach this goal.
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
Demand the Why, Don't Settle for Just the How-To
I'm with the childhood development scientists who recently authored "The Scientist in the Crib." (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0688177883/susandunnmome- 20 ). Their rationale - "while popular books about science speak to intelligent, perceptive adults who simply want to learn, books about babies typically just give advice, heavy on the how-to and light on the why."
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Date: 2003-06-26
 
The All Important Question: Crack It
The all important questions is: "Do we have to believe EXACTLY what the known gurus have to say, follow them blindly as per their dictum and LOSE Money?"
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Date: 2003-06-25
 
Stepping Stones - For Going Into Business
Many people, when they try to go into business, have at best a loosely defined set of goals. A goal is the purpose towards which any endeavor is directed or in other words, an objective. While the ultimate goal is to make an income, that by itself is not a realistic goal on which to base a business.
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Date: 2003-06-25
 
4 Simple Strategies For Local Business Promotion
If you own a small local business, you wear a lot of hats. You probably don't have time to think up ways to promote your business online. No problem. Here are 4 simple strategies that can reap big rewards for your local business.
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Date: 2003-06-25
 
What's New with Article-Writing on the Internet
My marketing clients are always amazed at what happens when they write articles for the Internet. Their articles start turning up on websites, and their URLs start turning up on the search engines. It's a formula that really works and it's a win-win formula: they enjoy writing and helping others, they increase their knowledge as they write, the readers benefit, and the writers gain recognition.
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Date: 2003-06-25
 
Bulk Email, Spam and Email Marketing
Excerpted from PlanetLink's Enews - an email newsletter delivered for FREE to your computer. To subscribe, go to http://www.planetlink.com. This issue focuses on the effective use of email lists and bulk email for website and business promotion. Bulk email essentially consists of sending the same message to some number of recipients at the same time. Spam is characterized as sending bulk mail to recipients whom you have had no prior contact or permission.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
How much does a website cost?
As a website designer, this is often the first question that I am asked by a new client. The simple answer is that it costs whatever you are willing to spend; anywhere from free to millions of dollars. A more productive process to address the issue of cost is to answer a series of questions.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
How to choose a Website Designer
Now that you have decided that it is time to create a website for your business there are many questions you must answer. One of the most important questions is "Who should create my website?"
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
False Economies of Scale?

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Date: 2003-06-24
 
7 ways to keep web development costs down
Many web development projects - large and small alike - can produce difficulties for both sides of the designer/client relationship. There are opportunities for designers and clients to become frustrated. Most businesses have little experience of commissioning web projects, and for designers it is difficult to communicate their needs to clients.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Five Web Marketing Myths Exposed
Myth No.1: Build it and they will come Traffic is everything. As thousands of webmasters have already learned, you can have a catchy domain name and an impeccably designed website already on the web.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
10 Things I Learned About Marketing This Week (& How You Can Use Them)
1. My grocery store now has a checkout stand immediately inside the front door and beside it is a cooler with milk, orange juice, butter, coffee, bread and the things you'd run into a convenience store for.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 - - What Does It Mean
On Wednesday, May 28, 2003, President George W. Bush signed the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (the "Act") into law. It has been reported that this Act is the third largest tax reduction in our country's history. Since it is such a large tax cut, it will affect most Americans. The purpose of this article is to summarize the Act and examine its effects.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
What’s Wrong With Your Web Copy And How Do I know?
Did you ever wonder WHY or WHY NOT when it comes to your web based sales?
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Kick-Starting E-mail Profit List Growth From One Single Shot!
Perhaps the most critical step in guaranteeing the success of your e-mail promotions is to send your messages to a targeted list of opt-in subscribers who have specifically requested to receive information on a particular topic from you. That's your "in-house" email list.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Things to Know if You're Marketing on the Internet
1. According to Nielson NetRatings, the US accounts for 29% of the global Internet access universe, Europe, 23%, Asia-Pacific, 13%, and Latin America, 2%.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
3 Killer Publicity Strategies!
1) Make Some News
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Your Worldwide Reputation
An important and distinctive factor to remember when weighing in all of the factors contributing to the success of your web site is your worldwide reputation. That's right. Although your market might be vertical or local, everything you do regarding customer relationships contributes to a worldwide reputation for you and your business.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
The Secret Key For Any Offline Business To Profit From The Internet... Even With
The secret key I am talking about has been used by top internet marketing specialists to generate profits for years, but is just now taking hold in mainstream American business. From major corporations to the local restaurant, pioneering companies are finally beginning to learn how they can truly profit from the internet.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
The Most Important Marketing Tool
As an online marketer, there are many tools available to help you succeed.Some are free , while some will cost you money.Essential tools include a computer , an internet connection and the various softwares.Everywhere you turn nowadays, 'gurus' will tell what you need to do in order to succeed.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
What Every So-Called Guru's Affiliate Program Owes You!
You know, there are an awful lot of so-called marketing gurus out there. You've heard the names. Cory Rudl, Terry Dean, Yanik Silver, Stephen Pierce and Marlon Sanders.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Do Not Sell in the Resource Box!
Most people assume the resource box at the end of the article is their opportunity to sell. You write an article and can sell your product or sell yourself via a link or email address in the resource box.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
The New State Of The Art Method For Making Money With Joint Ventures
If you are anything like me, you spend a lot of time researching joint ventures and going through the chore of analysing all the joint venture proposals you get on a daily basis in your inbox. I've often wondered if there was an easier way to find successful joint ventures, as serious marketers online all know the power of joint venture marketing.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Five Easy Way to Collect Testimonials
Besides the word free, there is probably no stronger tool to influence new customers to use your business product or service than testimonials from past customers. As long as you provide an outstanding product or service, most customers are delighted to provide you with their endorsement. Unfortunately, most businesses don't implement an actual procedure to systematically get testimonials.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
The Top Ten Biggest Marketing Mistakes
Marketing is essential in today's business climate, yet it can do more harm than good if done improperly. Avoid marketing's biggest pitfalls by steering clear of these common mistakes.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Using Business Intelligence to Improve Your Sales Process
Business intelligence or "BI" as it is often referred to, is a current hot topic in the business world. Much of the discussion that has taken place around business intelligence has focused more on the technical aspects of BI such as analysis and interpretation of data. Scores of technology companies have jumped on the bandwagon promoting their cutting edge products for data extraction, analysis and compilation of BI. There is no shortage of new technology product announcements promising to be an answer to all your business intelligence needs. So what is BI and how can it provide competitive advantage in selling your products or services?
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Cereal Mom
I recently heard a woman say that being called a "work at home mom" was professionally demeaning. Being one myself, my initial reaction was to agree with her. "That's right, I'm a professional, I'm not just a bored housewife dabbling with a hobby here," I said to myself.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
All In The Perspective
Today I almost rented an office. I know, I know. How on earth could I ever consider giving up working at home? Well, I did say, "almost". But there are days when an office looks pretty darn good.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Is Your Business Running YOU?
I lost a client recently. When I asked why he was making a change he said to me, "Your site used to be in the top three results of all the search engines and now it's not".
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Remind Me Again Why I Do This...
I recently embarked on a large programming project that became the most frustrating, stressful thing I've done since I've been in business.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Assisting You Virtually- How Virtual Assistants are changing the face of the workplace.
Virtual Assistants, or VA's are changing the way we do business. Not only is this field growing tremendously, but it's offering employers and business owners alike an attractive new alternative to hiring employees.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
The Reluctant Entrepreneur
It seems odd to think of a person opening a shop, knowing that they're not at all interested in selling or in face-to-face interaction with customers. But that's exactly what many Internet business owners have done. And they've done it well.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
The Seven Signs of a Scam
It's a shame that there are so many people out there trying to rip off the work-at-home job seeker. It's even more disheartening to see them targeting the stay-at-home mom, the retiree, and the disabled. But the fact remains; they're out there trying to capitalize on your desire to stay home and earn an income. And they're making good money while they're at it, because there's no shortage of people who want so badly to believe their claims of easy income and instant wealth.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
The Webmaster Guilt Syndrome
People don't like to talk about it, but it's time somebody did. Chances are, you or someone you care about suffers from it. It's Webmaster Guilt Syndrome, or WGS.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Invasion of the Email Snatchers
They're sneaky. And stealthy. They're quiet and mostly unobtrusive, but once you've been visited by them, you'll know it. Because you'll be inundated with a seemingly never-ending stream of spam-mails. They're email harvesting robots, and chances are you've been visited by one.
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Shake Up the Status Quo
If you want to get noticed, you need to do something that makes you stand out from the crowd. The last article that appeared in this column, "I Don't Want to Build a Damn List," is a prime example. It made people stop and think. It stood out from the normal drivel, and made people go "Wow, that's the most refreshing thing I've read on the topic lately!"
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
Time Management for Internet Business Owners
Time Management: Does it Really Work When You Have an Internet Business?
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Date: 2003-06-24
 
5 Steps to Better Manage Your Customers' Expectations
You have completed your project on time, well within schedule and with great quality deliverables. You can feel your customer trying to distance himself from you. You are at a loss to understand why.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Showing/Hiding White Space in MS Word 2002
Need more real estate on your screen? When using Print Layout view, you can save screen space by hiding the white space (including any header and footer) at the top and bottom of the page.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Gaining New Customers ~ Bartering
What is bartering? Bartering is the trade of your product/service for another's product/service.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Keeping Your Business's Finances on Track
One of the biggest benefits of operating a home-based business is that it doesn't require any formal training or experience. After all, some of the most successful individuals never attended a single business-related class or workshop.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Time + Effort = Money?
The equation is simple enough. It says it all - doesn't it? Or does it? Why the question mark?
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
6 Basic Rules To Starting An Online Business
So here you are! you've been surfing around the Internet for quite some time. Or you're new and are thrilled by what it has to offer. You say to yourself "Hey! Look at all those people earning big money on the internet" and you decide you want to be a part of it.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Mara and HER money.
A wonderful thing happened this week with a lady who got started in her home business...SHE made money. I keep emphasizing that this is Mara's money because SHE had a hard time believing it was hers.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
WARNING AFFILIATES: If you miss this point you'll lose sales guaranteed!
Yes, there are more than just one mistake affiliate do again and again. And although the mistakes are clearly in front of their eyes, but they don't know do they? Before we start, I have ONE VERY crucial step. You cannot go any further before you read this step. Affiliating is about marketing, and marketing effective developed formula involves...guess what? Targeting.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
How to Come up with Brilliant business ideas
Every morning I have to catch a 1 hour train to go to my university (This is how far I live). First few days, I use this time to study, but then after a while, I get so carried away to thinking about nothing. It might sound funny, but if you are sitting in a bus or any transportation, or probably moments before you sleep, you find out that your mind is wondering by itself somewhere and this is where *click! idea comes to your mind.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Be a Product of the Industry
New distributors hear this as soon as they join, seasoned distributors live it every day, and trainers shout it from the rooftops so their organizations get it loud and clear… "Be a product of the product!"
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Ten Ways To Generate Online Business
Discouraged because your site doesn't get enough visitors? If you want something to help you build a stronger Internet profile, try online networking. Done with creativity, stamina, and integrity, it often results in referrals . . . and referrals have very high value.Good referrals often mean new business. Here are a few ideas that may help.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
What Do Women Want?
Surely you've noticed. Go to any company recruiting or training event or attend any national convention and without a doubt, you will see… women are the driving force behind the direct selling industry.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Starting a Home-based Office Support Business?
Are you tired of the rat race and thinking about resigning your Stress City job and starting an office support business in a month or so? Hmmm. You might want to come back and re-read this article if things don't work out. I won't say, "I told you so!" Promise.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Winning Auction Photos - The Basics of Producing Auction Images
Millions of potential buyers visit the online auction sites every day. In 2002 eBay's 27 million active members participated in transactions totaling over $4 billion dollars. If you are looking for a share of that market, all you need are the items to sell, time, and some auction know-how.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
7 Ways to Work Smarter
The common suggestion that we "work smarter" instead of harder is a good one. Who wouldn't want to do that? Often, however, this advice falls short of actually providing information about what it really means or how to apply it. Here are seven surefire ways you can start working smarter today!
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Working at Home: Both Sides of the Coin.
If you're considering a home-based business, why not begin a special list of the advantages and disadvantages of running such a business. While the following article may seem flippant, there is a serious side to almost every phrase.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
HOW TO ACHIEVE PEAK PERFORMANCE
Welcome to the age of limitless possibility where reality turns out excately what you make it. welcome to the age of massive information where you - you the individual, you the business, you the organisation, you the government can imagined, write out your story and walk into it. Welcome to the era of brain power where the amount of input you feed into your brain determines your output in life. In this time and age, resources availbale at the click of a mouse provides opportunities for individual, business, organisation and government to achieve peak performance in the pursuit of its vision.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Draw More Customers Without Expanding Your Niche
When starting a business offline, the two things that matter most are 1) Location and 2) Location. You want to be as close as possible to a place your potential customers visit. Or on a path they frequently travel.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Ecommerce: Your Opportunities Are Unlimited!
Peter Drucker believes ecommerce will be to the Information Revolution what the railroads were to the Industrial Revolution.* To oversimplify, the Industrial Revolution was a time in which tools were produced that replaced people in the manufacture of goods. In the first thirty years, all was devoted to producing known products with machines.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
The Fundamental Flaws of Recruiting through Headhunters
Over the last few years it has become increasingly popular to use recruiting agencies to find new colleagues. When hiring labourers this way, it may be reasonable, but this huge mistake and is a cardinal sin for hiring colleagues for professional service businesses.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Business Lessons Learned From The Mall
Normally in this column I dispense highly-intelligent small business advice in response to thought-provoking questions submitted by future and fellow entrepreneurs. This week, however, I have a couple of questions for myself, one of which makes me wonder how truly intelligent I really am.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
European Union continues to gum up U.S. trademarks
To compete effectively in global markets, American exporters need trademark protection everywhere they do business. But the European Union is arbitrarily denying U.S. companies the trademark rights they've earned, and the time has come for diplomatic intervention.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Customer-centric Business Strategies
"Customer relationship management is a business strategy to select and manage the most valuable customer relationships. CRM requires a customer-centric business philosophy and culture to support effective marketing, sales, and service processes. CRM applications can enable effective customer relationship management, provided that an enterprise has the right leadership, strategy, and culture." -The CRM Primer, http://www.crmguru.com
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
10 Traits of a Good Team Member
You are a manager of a project and are given the luxury of selecting your people. You can select any 5 of the 10 people. What attributes do you look for in a team member? What is the mix of attributes, traits, skills, talents that you should gather into your team?
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
10 Tips to Gather Business Requirements
Definition: Differentiate between client and customer: client is someone who would like your help in creating a product or service for someone; a customer is the person who pays for some service or product.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Top Ten Pricing Potholes Service Professionals Often Fall Into
These issues have happened to us every now and then. Unfortunately, they are rampant in certain industries, like IT or engineering consulting. These people tend to perform tasks for a price and often end up being traded like sacks of potatoes.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Using Humor in Your Training Session
Experienced trainers have an array of tools in their training toolbox that they use when they need to. Some tools, however, are more difficult to use than others. One such tool is humor. Use it wisely and it will enhance your training session; use it improperly and you run a high risk of failure. You can apply the following humor guidelines when delivering your training session.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Ezines: Creating Potential Customers
If you are not publishing an ezine, start one yesterday. Here's why.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Expand Your Business To The Web?
If you have a successful off-line business, but no web site to support it, you have probably considered building one. Others may even be chiding you because you haven't done so. Despite what you may have heard or others tell you, there is only one valid reason for building a web site and that is to increase profits. To create a site simply to have one, to be able to add name.com to the bottom of your stationery and business cards has a grand potential for disaster.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Fear Can Destroy Your Business
Fear is funny stuff. On the one hand, it keeps us from climbing too high in the tree. And from walking too close to the edge of the cliff. When fear cautions of such things, it pays to listen attentively.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Downtime Strategies For Building eBusiness
When I first began my business I would freak out every time the phone stopped ringing, until I learned the importance of the down times. Now whenever they occur, I simply get away from it for a little while. It seemed that whenever I watched and waited nothing happened but when I left the situation and put my mind on something else, things shifted. By changing my focus, new ideas would bubble up and I would feel more creative. So although it may seem as if you've done all you can, more than likely there's a whole lot you haven't tried yet.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Understanding Counter Offers Can Have Its Benefits
The counter offer is a vital part in the negotiating process of purchasing real estate. It can often determine if you get a good deal or a less favorable one. Ironically, most people (including most real estate professionals) never really have or use a strategy that makes counter offers work in their favor.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
How Do I Bring Consulting Into My Lease Purchase Business
As you are making your cold calls on property, you will run into sellers that are having a hard time selling, however, the numbers just don't work for you to take on the deal. Do you just say, "I can't work with those numbers". Heck, no. In fact, I don't even use that phrasing.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Get The Basics Right
If you want to open a new business offline, here's the secret to success. First pick the business you want, find who is top dog, then open up right across the street from them.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
For Sale By Owner Made Easy
How to Sell Your House For Full Price Without a Broker
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
The Gold Is In Repeat Business!
The success of most retail businesses depends upon generating repeat business. This is as true online as offline. You need to attract people who come to know and trust you, who are confident your advice is sound.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Know Thyself and Thy Business
I recently interviewed a prospective client. I asked her to briefly describe what she did. She said it was complicated, she did so many things. I asked who her clients were. She said she couldn't define them, that she dealt with everyone. I then asked how her business was growing and she said she was losing money, clients and had no referrals.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Selecting A Business Name
Picking a name for your new enterprise can be a daunting task. Spend the time required to make a wise choice on this key component of all of your future sales and marketing efforts. While the quick and dirty solution may seem to be to use your own name or initials or a descriptive name of your locality, the costs down the road to make a change to your business name are enormous.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
How Do You Set Consulting Fees?
One of the most frequent questions I receive from those who are trying to start or grow their own consulting business is: "How and what do you charge clients for your consulting services?"
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
8 Tips for Establishing Successful Reseller Programs
So you're a small but growing company, thinking about establishing some reseller contracts to push your products. Maybe you've decided to expand into a new market where you don't have a presence. Maybe you've hit on a windfall - a company has come to you wanting to resell for you and they already have customers lined up! Or maybe you already have some reseller agreements in place that haven't been as successful as you'd hoped.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
What Does It Take to Be a Good Coach?
I got an email from a client who's in coach training who wrote: "I'm becoming concerned about the controversy over coaching credentials. I read in a magazine an interview with a psychologist who has a coaching school who says coaching should become empirically-based have rigorous credentials, and require post-doctoral training. This would eliminate people like myself from the field."
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Eight Great Ways to Fill a Workshop in a Bum Economy
Yes, you can fill a workshop when spending is down and buyers are wary. If your topic is clear, your marketing materials well-done, your product solid and your title catchy, success shouldn't be tough. The fact is that people are as hungry as ever for the inspiration and stimulus a workshop provides, even when they're nervous about money. And even though most bum economies recover over time, you may find the following tricks helpful enough to keep using even in good times!
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Grouping in Windows Explorer
The XP version of Windows Explorer makes finding files easier than ever by offering a Show in Groups option.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Windows XP Taskbar Tricks
If you are like most people, when you want to visit a specific site on the Internet you begin by double-clicking on the Internet Explorer icon. Once Internet Explorer opens and your default homepage loads, you then type the address in the address bar at the top of the window. If you are the impatient type, this can seem like forever.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Using and Customizing the New Office XP Clipboard
The newly extended MS Office XP Clipboard can now contain up to 24 objects - twice as many as in previous versions of Office! Clipboard objects can include any type of data that will fit in the Windows Clipboard, including graphics, text from Word, or charts, forms and data from Excel or Access, to name a few. You can choose to paste all or one of the 24 objects into any MS Office document.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Using the Excel 2002 Watch Window
Excel's new Watch Window feature lets you track cell properties including workbook, worksheet, name, cell, value, and formula, even when the cells are out of view.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Cell Merge Options in Excel 2002
The Merge and Center button on the Formatting toolbar is now a toggle that can apply or remove center alignment and merge the selected cells. Excel retains only the upper-leftmost data in the selected range in the resulting merged cell. If there is data in other cells, the data is deleted.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Color-Coding Worksheet Tabs in Excel
You can color code worksheet tabs to make them easier to recognize. Tabs for inactive sheets will have a solid background in the chosen color. The tab for the active sheet is underlined in the chosen color. There are 56 colors to choose from.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Using Smart Tags to Link Excel Data in Word
If you want to link Excel worksheet data within a Word document, you can use the Paste Options smart tag button to ensure that formatting changes made to the object in your document are not lost when the object in the source file is updated.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Words Quick Click and Type
Word's Click and Type feature (available only in Print Layout and Web views) allows you to quickly insert text, graphics, tables, or other items in most* blank areas of a page simply by positioning the pointer and double clicking. The pointer icon (examples shown below) indicates the alignment format that will be used for the new text.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Color-Coding Your Outlook Calendar
Outlook XP offers a new feature that allows you to color-code appointments and meetings. If you use the Outlook Calendar to track a variety of appointments and meetings, color-coding will allow you to quickly and easily distinguish between the various types.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Addressing Letters Using Your Outlook Contacts List
You can use your Outlook Contacts list to start writing a letter in Word.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Inserting Multiple Pictures in PowerPoint 2002
PowerPoint 2002 introduces the ability to select multiple pictures and insert them all at once. This can be a real timesaver when you are creating a presentation that is heavy on graphics!
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
PowerPoint’s Multiple Masters
PowerPoint 2002 permits you to have multiple slide and/or title masters within a single file. This makes it easy for you to create separate sections within a presentation or to combine presentations that use different masters.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
The Truth About "Hiding Your Tracks" on the Internet
Ok, ok, I know you've seen them. All those pop up windows claiming that "You're being watched!" or banner ads saying "Your computer is under surveillance!" And all you need to do is buy their product and your computer's visbility will disappear from the Internet. Well, to state the obvious, that's just not true.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
Success and failure are all in your head. Successful people see themselves succeeding. They see opportunity instead of oppression. They see themselves as eventually winning rather than losing. They look back on the good things that have happened to them and through them rather than on the bad.
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Date: 2003-06-23
 
What Does EQ Look Like in Today's Multicultural World?
One of the most important Emotional Intelligence competencies is Resilience, or change-proficiency and it's a good one to develop. The good news emotional intelligence can be learned!
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Date: 2003-06-22
 
Develop a Website that Stands out from the Crowd
Attract your audience with a benefit that is different from other web sites. What is your distinct advantage? What separates you from your competition? What is distinctive about your offer? Why should your prospects choose you over others?
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Date: 2003-06-22
 
Keeping Clients Happy Keeps them Coming Back
Whether you are a seasoned Virtual Assistant (VA), or you have just opened your doors to new clients, your marketing strategy should not only involve bringing in new business, it should also include keeping your current clients, your most important asset, happy and coming back for more or referring your services.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Lend A Hand
Small business owners are inundated with things to do. From making sure their clients are happy to ensuring there is enough capital to sustain the business, there is always something on the go. Some projects that need to be done, whether it's a project for your client or a revenue generating task for your business, can be very satisfying, while others just seem to take up too much of your valuable time. All in all, there just never seems to be enough time left to do anything else in our lives.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Take A Break!
Calgon… Take me away! Okay, sorry about that.. a bit of an inside joke. Or, was it? How many times a day do you find yourself muttering those words to yourself.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Popular Business Misconceptions Cost You Money!
Faulty information costs you money! Which of these popular business misconceptions do you believe?
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Rearrange Your Affairs For Maximum Tax Savings
One way to maximize your business profits is by reducing your taxes. Frequently, income and other taxes could be lowered significantly if only the taxpayer were willing to plan ahead. By taking some simple steps to rearrange your affairs, you could save a fortune!
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Business Menu Planning-Satisfy Your Customers, Don't Stuff Them!
I remember when hair salons offered very basic services. They cut hair, styled hair, permed hair and colored hair and occasionally they did a manicure or even a pedicure for their select clientele. I am a creature of habit. I have been going to the same salon, with the same stylist for 19 years. Nancy knows everything about me and my family and she does a fabulous job on my hair. She's just like family!
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
3 Customer Retention Secrets!
1) Give Unexpected Gifts Give your customers more than they expect. Send thank you gifts to lifetime customers. E-mail them online greeting cards on holidays or birthdays. You could always send a back-end product offer with any contact you make. Award bonuses or points to your customers who make big purchases.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
eBooks: Free Marketing Tools That Promote Your Product
When I first decided to publish an eBook I wanted to test the market, so I produced a free eBook just to work through the process. My aim was to do this as inexpensively as possible. This giveaway, titled "How To Sell Your Competitor's Book Online," is downloaded approximately 100 times a month from various locations.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
How Web Designers Are Sabotaging Their Clients
One of the things that pains me the most as a search engine marketing (SEM) professional is how so many business owners are having their web site's ability to attract targeted visitors compromised by their own web development company.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Making It Online
A few years ago when I decided to do business online , I was a bit in the dark.I was so excited that I didn't even take some time to learn some basic stuff.These were things I wish somebody had taught at the start beginning, but I had to learn them first hand.Here are a few things I learnt as a beginner :
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Stop Slacking and TAKE ACTION!!: tid-bit-tips for online success
If you want to succeed online, you have to do something. (Advertise, Market, Joint Venture, product development) Doing something and failing is a lot better than not doing anything at all.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Go Niche!
One way to guarantee failure of your Internet business is to try to be everything to everybody.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Affiliate Opportunity Scams
What could be better than an opportunity to make money using the power of affiliate marketing, while avoiding the hassle of having to build a site or pay to host your domain? Wouldn't it also be wonderful to have someone else do the work of sending traffic to your site?
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Earning Bidders' Trust with Your eBay Auctions
Monday morning I caught part of an interview on the "Today Show" with an online auction fraud expert. I didn't catch her name, but she was giving tips on how buyers and sellers can protect themselves from auction fraud.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
How To Upsell Your eBay Auction Bidders
Now tell the truth- You sprung for that candy bar near the checkout line last time you went grocery shopping right? My kids are experts at getting me on the impulse buys. As an eBay seller, you have the perfect opportunity to offer your buyers a little something extra just before they pay-- an extra goodie to go along with their winnings. I'm often surprised at how few sellers take the time to do this, even though we see it all the time in brick and mortar stores.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Do it Now!
There is nothing more precious than time. Not money, nor love. Without time, the others don't exist.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
NINE SUCESSFUL ONLINE BUSINESS MUST HAVES
1.) Products & Services - Your products and services must be quality products that you would be proud to offer your Mom. There's nothing worse than providing a shoddy product that you as the owner wouldn't even purchase. Your product represents you and your business. There are millions of whole sale companies and quality products to resell or create your own. Do not settle for less than the best!
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Affiliate Marketing and Spam: The New Realities
With all the tools available to affiliate marketers, nothing quite compares to a well-written email that that introduces you, explains your affiliate's benefits, and piques the prospect's interest. The path to marketing success is then relatively straightforward - you create a killer letter and get it to as many prospects as possible. Simple, isn't it?
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Targetting an audience in Marketing
Some people still underestimate the importance of targeting audiences in marketing. Targeting your audience is a key factor to the effectiveness of your marketing activities online. First, what does it really mean? Targeting an audience in ecommerce simply means concentrating on a particular group of people that are more likely to respond in a positive way to your marketing campaign and what you do.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Finding a Niche Market
You are probably new to ecommerce or have decided to get involved into it. In any case, if you plan to run an ebusiness of some kind, I advise you to read this article. My dear friend you have probably heard that it is easy to make money on the internet with almost anything, and that having a web site with cool products will just make you successful. This is just not true. Be aware that there are a lot of people that are just out to get your money. Now read carefully, it is possible for ordinary people to make money on the internet as well as it is to be ripped off and/or lose big.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Tips To Organize Your Home Office!
You search your desk frantically for an important file. An email you printed only moments earlier is lost under stacks of overflowing files. The telephone is ringing, but you can't reach it because you are at your fax machine retrieving papers across the room.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
How to Market and Protect Your New Ideas
The intellectual property transfer market is now estimated to be worth over $100 billion. If you have a new idea, a patent or an invention, you may be able to license it or sell it for millions of dollars. Many Fortune 500 companies are now making their intellectual property available for sale or licensing at new online intellectual-property exchanges. These companies are trying to maximize their return on research and development investment and generate a new source of revenue by licensing their unused and underutilized inventions to others.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
How To Calculate the Lifetime Value of A Client
First, some food for thought. Jeffrey Pfeffer, best-selling author and Stanford University Graduate School of Business Professor, reported in the December 2002 issue of Business 2.0 a major disconnect between technology investments and customer satisfaction. He found that although one research firm reports that 34% of technology managers continue to invest in customer relationship management (CRM) software (to the estimated tune of $38B through 2005), customer service in several industries is deteriorating rapidly.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
It's not what you do. It's the way you do it.
Does the end justify the means? Does it really matter how you achieve your goal? Is any method justified?
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Getting to know you. Personalization is important
The other day I was making my way through my favorite shopping mall. You know the scene! Crowds of people, canned music the 'noise' of hundreds of people all talking at the same time!
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Businesses - Leisurely Dining Or Fast Food
It occurred to me the other day, that so many people today liken their businesses to the way they eat - fast. Think about it. All over the web we are inundated with... make $1000's of dollars a day, make $10,000 a month, make a million by the end of the year. Everyone is looking for the magic formula or the magic bullet to get rich quick...fast. They want their business to succeed in the time it takes to get their hamburger or chicken sandwich. No wait, no delay of gratification. I want it now, and I want it without having to work at it. I want to sit back and rake in the dollars, my way.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Take It To The Customer
In the past, purchasing ad space was the solution to every entrepreneur's marketing challenge. Then it was direct mail, followed by telemarketing. But with advertising and postage costs on the rise, these tactics have lost some of their appeal.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Brand Valuation: The Seven Components of Brand Strength
The Interbrand model of brand strength - part of their valuation methodology - is a useful framework to consider the performance of your own brand. Reflect on these seven points and you should get a better sense of the strength of your own brand, as well as some ideas on how to move forward…
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Whether You Know it or Not You Gave a Warranty
You may not know it, but when you sell a product you automatically provide the buyer with a very extensive warranty. Article Two of the Uniform Commercial Code provides buyers with implied warranties of merchantability, fitness, and noninfringement. Few sellers are even aware of the existence of these warranties, yet they expose the seller to liability far in excess of the products price.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
The Couch Potato Critic
This is an idea I've had for a while about a Web business. I don't know if it's a good idea - you be the judge. You are free to use this idea because I won't have the time to use it myself.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Learning From Life
The quality of the life we live, is based upon the learning we derive from our experiences. I know that for myself, it is sometimes easy to feel that "Life has taught me some tough lessons, and the scars do not heal easily." When I find myself thinking like this it means that I have fallen into the trap of believing that "It is 'only natural' that an 'X' type event or relationship, will lead to a 'Y' type response." At other times it becomes apparent that if I had somehow learned something different from a particular challenging situation, the quality of my life would be much more rewarding.
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Date: 2003-06-20
 
Chargebacks – How to combat this nightmare.
If you are reading this then you have probably experienced the chargeback problem. Over the last 6 months I have prided myself on not getting any chargebacks from a new Mini Site I created. In fact I did have one in that period and I won that dispute. Then May hit and I got slaughtered with 4 in a row.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Reporting Your Depreciable Property
Hi Wayne: Can I ask you for one more piece of advice? (Two parter)(all on Schedule C) I bought several hard drives/ls-120 drives/ram chips/2 monitors/extra Keyboards/Mice, etc.; all for backups (The "What-If?!" stuff)...
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Deducting Your Next Vehicle Purchase
I have two related quesitons about the section 179 code on deducting a vehicle purchase for my business. First, do I have to be incorporated? And second, does the vehicle have to be registered in the namy of a company, or can it be registered in my name (as a sole proprietor)?
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
The Biggest Employment Change of All - Becoming an Entrepreneur
For many of us, change can be a scary thing. When we are children, there is nothing better than meeting new friends and going to new places. But, when we become adults, change can be something that is less than appealing.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Common Question: Is this business viable?
Starting any small business is, for lack of a better term, a challenge. You can't just jump into it without plenty of thought and research. Running your business is a never-ending roller coaster of good days and bad; ups and downs; rewards and failures; all from which we learn.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Tips for a Successful Trade Show
Well, autumn is almost upon us and with the onset of this season comes cleaner air and colourful outdoor scenery and, it is also prime season for trade shows. Sure, trade shows happen all throughout the year but, with many areas recognizing small business month/week, there is a greater opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their products or services to their target markets.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Networking is Like Playing the Piano
For anyone who has ever read articles I have written or asked me for helpful tips for getting their business up and going, you know that I truly believe that networking is one of the most important aspects to building a successful business. The spoken word has an awesome power for any entrepreneur.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
The Power of Word of Mouth
Most of us remember the commercial that said, "I told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on, and so on, and…", well you get the picture. This commercial, which represented Breck Hair Shampoo, ran so many times that even I remember who the commercial represented.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Joining Industry Specific Organizations Has Many Benefits
Recently, while providing an up-and-coming Virtual Assistant (VA) with some startup information, she asked me a very interesting question, "Why do you and other VA's join organizations?"
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Increase Your Success and Reduce Your Stress by Outsourcing
When you picture a business professional's typical office scenario, what comes to mind?
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Open Doors by Catering to Your Clients
Clients… they are the most important influence in the success of any business. It is vital to keep them satisfied and happy.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER...
However, in the world of business, this cliché may not necessarily be true. Sometimes it can be more like 'Out of Site, Out of Mind'.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Do You PLAN to Succeed?
Running a business is non-stop planning. No matter what type of business you operate, your success is influenced by how well you plan every move you make.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Make the Most of Each Networking Opportunity
Networking is one of the best forms of spreading the word about your business. From mentioning your company to neighbours to attending large networking functions, the opportunities to talk to others are virtually everywhere.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Simple, Cheap and Effective Marketing Strategies
Every start-up business goes through phases of needing to try something different to increase their exposure and bring in new clients. Even established businesses need to revisit their marketing strategies every once in a while to help bring in new and repeat business.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Cheaper Isn't Always Better
Business owners spend a lot of time making decisions. Each decision will have a different outcome for their company.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Coping with Interruptions
This past few weeks has brought into a brighter light one of the obstacles that we, as home business owners, have to endure all the time… unexpected interruptions. Sure, interruptions don't just happen to home business owners but we seem to have the most unique ones.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Finding Time To Be With The Kids
For many parents, finding quality time with our children can be an uphill battle. Our lives are busier these days than they have ever been before, especially when both partners are working.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Working at Home & Keeping the Children Occupied....How?
WAHM is the abbreviation for Work At Home Mom, but they are more than just 4 little letters. They represent a new career title, and for those of us who are work at home moms or dads (WAHD), we love the fact that we are recognized for being both entrepreneurs and parents.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
The PROs and CONs of Kids Being Home For the Summer
Summer…we all look forward to it. Warm sunshine, spending time in the garden, lazing by the pool, and having the kids home….everyday!
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Strength In Numbers
Doing administrative tasks from a home office has been around for many years but the term VA seems to be becoming more prominent and recognized by those who would need our services the most.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
What's the Big Idea?
Can't move any products? Maybe the problem is you don't have a BIG IDEA. What's a BIG IDEA? A BIG IDEA is the thought, phrase and/or concept that makes your offer both UNIQUE and APPEALING.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Design Your Home Page to Motivate Prospective Buyers
Step 1. Headline Start your home page with a compelling, benefit-oriented headline, followed by a subheadline.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Can Money Buy Happiness?
In studying resilience and the sweet uses of adversity, and listening to my coaching clients, I discover the same things over and over again. After a given point in time, the person acknowledges that a lot of good things have come from their adversities.
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Date: 2003-06-19
 
Get Action With Your Consumer Complaint
1. Be businesslike, don't rant. Ranting and raving accomplishes nothing, but makes you sound like a lunatic. Put your rants on www. zinos.com and write something brief and to-the-point to the company.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Computer Virus Warning Signs
If you're conversant with computer code, looking at the actual strings of code in a suspect program can help spot suspicious or out of place commands. But even if don't know your way around codes it may help to look at the contents of a data file anyway. Strange messages are commonly inserted by virus writers and can be read within the code. Look at a data file with a word processing program and search for these.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Finding Niche Markets
Nearly everyone has a hobby, special skill, avocation, or burning interest in something. These interests can point the way to a niche market that can be exploited for earning a little extra money using an Internet storefront. Read below about the Woodburner.com business as a prime example of turning a hobby into a viable business.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Define a Niche, Then Conquer
Looking for a quality baseball cap? Hey, it's easy. Check out the material and workmanship. Grab a color you like, and maybe a team logo. You don't even have to try it on! Thanks to the little strap in the back, one size fits all. A marketer's dream.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Entering The Micro Markets
NICHE MARKETS Internet stores have a distinct advantage over brick and mortar stores: The cost of doing business is less. Leasing space in a viable location and staffing that space are major expenses for the brick and mortar merchant. In contrast, the Internet store is frequently comprised of one person with a desk top computer spending just a few hours each week.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Make Your Niche Market Work
MARKETS Internet stores have a distinct advantage over brick and mortar stores: The cost of doing business is less. Leasing space in a viable location and staffing that space are major expenses for the brick and mortar merchant. On the other hand, the Internet store is frequently comprised of one person with a desk top computer.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Post Process Detection Helps You Avoid Fraud
Unfortunately the holiday shopping season brings with it an increase in the unauthorized and fraudulent use of credit cards to pay for on-line purchases. Fraudsters and hackers will to try and take advantage of you during this season in the hope that you will be too busy to notice a bad transaction.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Charge Backs: Credit Card Issues
According to the Merchant Fraud Squad, an online fraud prevention and education group, a survey of 368 merchant members showed that, for all size retailers, 60% to 70% experienced on-line credit card fraud of less than 0.5% of overall sales and only about 20% reported that fraud accounted for more than 1% of sales.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Taking Credit Cards
Unless you have a special situation, there is only one way to run a successful store on the Internet: Take credit cards.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Shipping Advice
Keep it simple! You've heard this from us before but, we can't stress the point too much. Your Internet store is not for you; It's for your customer.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Taxing eBusiness
Keep it simple! You're going to get tired of hearing us say that but, we can't stress the point too much. Your Internet store is not for you; It's for your customer.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
How to Make a Consumer Complaint
1. Be businesslike, don't rant. Ranting and raving accomplishes nothing, but makes you sound like a lunatic. Put your rants on www. zinos.com and write something brief and to-the-point to the company.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Increase Sales, Subscriptions and Traffic with Action Words
A call to action such as "call now," "order now," and "click here" can dramatically increase your sales. Motivate readers to do what you want them to do with action verbs. Give precise instructions. Tell them exactly what to do. Give them a direct order. Add an incentive or benefit to your order.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
The Two Biggest Web Site Mistakes and How to Correct Them
Mistake One: No reason to buy.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
How to Handle Some Public Speaking Surprises That Can Happen
Need some tips on how to handle some curve balls you may get when you're presenting from someone who's been in the trenches?
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
How to Make Sales Without your Own eMail List!
One of the most difficult parts of running a business online is actually getting started.
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Date: 2003-06-18
 
Write, Sell, Prosper from What You Know
You have as much right to post your article about "what you know" online at Yahoo.com and Google.com as the other 74,000 (and growing) list of people who have already done so.
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Date: 2003-06-17
 
Destroy The Greatest Real Estate Myth
We've all heard it said, "The most important thing in real estate is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!" For years real estate agents have been peddling that line. As many will say, "it's the reason why real estate does or does not sell."
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Date: 2003-06-17
 
Why Meet?
I was recently consulting in a company that seemed to work on wishes. They wished they knew what people were thinking. They wished they could do something about lack of trust. They wished folks would come forward with their issues rather than chatting in halls. They wished they were "all on the same page". Why wish? Meet!
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Date: 2003-06-17
 
10 Tips to Increase Sales Using Premiums
What is the #1 marketing tool used by many successful businesses that propel people to buy a product. And, are you using this remarkable tool to enhance your profits--2 out of 3 businesses are not. Below are 10 tips that will help boost your profit margin using premiums.
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Date: 2003-06-17
 
The New Guide To Winning Venture Capital
First let me say that "yes Virginia" there will be IPOs this year. And yes there will again be overnight millionaires. What do you have to do to get those venture guys in Silicon Valley to give you the money you need to make everyone wealthy?
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Date: 2003-06-17
 
Get it Done
I heard something interesting from Marlon Sanders the other day...
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Date: 2003-06-17
 
Work-At-Home Schemes: How to Identify the Warning Signs
Home based work scams prey on people's willingness to believe, a desperate hope that an opportunity will help them to achieve their goal of working from home. When the scammer runs off with their money, that's not all they steal -- they also steal their dreams.
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
Choosing The Perfect Direct Sales Business
With hundreds of direct sales companies out there, how do you choose the right one for you? Here are a few tips to make sure you choose the right one the first time:
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
Leading the Blind
To a lot of people, there are only two ways to make money. One, agree to sell your soul to the 9 to 5 prison of a "real" job in exchange for a paycheck. Two, break the law in some way and receive your money illegally.
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
Put An End To Ebay "Mystery Payments"
If you are a regular seller on Ebay, no doubt you have received a "mystery payment" or two along the way. A mystery payment is where you receive a payment for an auction with nothing on it to give so much as a clue as to what the person is paying for (or who she is for that matter). I once received an envelope with a $20 bill in it along with a note that said "Thanks!". Nothing else, just the cash and the note. I just about drove myself crazy figuring that one out.
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
10 Tips For Selling Books Through Radio Interviews
William A. Gordon and Stephen Schochet are Hollywood authors and storytellers who, between themselves, have done over 600 radio interviews. Although they work independently, they often share information about specific shows and compare strategies for getting booked. Here they share some of the lessons they have learned about selling books, CDs and audiotapes through radio interviews.
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
Shaking Hands In Business - It Is Not A Choice
There was a story in the news recently about a high school graduate who refused to shake hands with her principal when receiving her diploma. The principal was taken completely off guard by this unexpected behavior. As a result, he has so far refused to give the young woman the actual paper document.
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
eBook Promotion - it's FREE if you know where to look
When I first decided to publish an eBook I wanted to test the market, so I produced a free eBook just to work through the process. My aim was to do this as inexpensively as possible. This giveaway, titled "How To Sell Your Competitor's Book Online," is downloaded approximately 100 times a month from various locations.
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
Unleashing an Ebay Virus
So you've built your website, optimized all of your keywords, created great content, and studied all the traffic-building techniques until you are blind from staying up until two in the morning. You've read the ebooks, bought the packages, set up autosurf programs, and even tried safelists, but the traffic you get is not rush hour. It's a trickle. Let me suggest something.
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
Writing The Book On Great Customer Service
Q: One of the big chain bookstores recently opened up near my small book store. Already I can see my business starting to decline. Is there anything I can do to compete with the bigger store or should I just accept the inevitable? -- Peter Q.
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
Add-on Sales - The Key To Success On The Web
Can you guess the cheapest way to make a sale? Sell to the customer that just bought from you!
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
Cherish Fear
Many argue it's best to overcome fears, to put them in their place, so to speak. For me, that place is right out front where I can meet them head on. Embrace them even.
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
Choose Your Merchant Account With Care
Choosing the right merchant account may be one of the most difficult business decisions you make. There are hundreds to choose from. And they are scrambling for your money as aggressively as do the credit card services for your personal dollars. As in most high pressure advertising, there are lots of downright lies.
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
CRM and Small Business
CRM (Customer Relationships Management) appears to mean different things to different people. I haven't seen two definitions that really agree. The giant companies have many goals when they speak of CRM. One that annoys me, that continues to crop up, is the notion of immediate software response to customer requests.
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Date: 2003-06-16
 
Identity Theft Scams Exposed Part II
"Erase Bad Debt !" "Remove Negative Items From Your Report"
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Date: 2003-06-15
 
Ten Things I Learned About Marketing This Week & How to Apply Them to Your Business or Practice
1. My grocery store now has a checkout stand immediately inside the front door and beside it is a cooler with milk, orange juice, butter, coffee, bread and the things you'd run into a convenience store for.
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Date: 2003-06-14
 
Five Common Web Marketing Myths Exposed
Myth #1: Build it and they will come Traffic is everything. As thousands of webmasters have already learned, you can have a catchy domain name and an impeccably designed website already on the web.
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Date: 2003-06-14
 
Become A Mobile Notary
I became a notary public because I wanted something to work around my family. I wanted to be able to pick and choose when I worked, without the fear of never getting another call back. And, I wanted guaranteed money, I didn't want to worry about commissions or home party sales.
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Date: 2003-06-13
 
Going Solo With Your Own Public Relations Business
Arizona is probably best known for three things: The Grand Canyon, sports and retirement communities. And although America West Airlines and PETsMART call the state home, Arizona doesn't exactly top lists when it comes to business and the media. Jeremy Pepper is hoping to change that, sort of.
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Date: 2003-06-13
 
Should a Newsletter Be Part of Your Marketing Plan?
For some companies, a newsletter may be an extraordinary way to increase profits. It may lead double customer retention and triple the lifetime value of your customers. But, that doesn't mean it's for every company.
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Date: 2003-06-13
 
Give More Options, Fewer Options at Your Site
Am I really telling you two different messages here? Not really - you need to think of offering more AND fewer options on your site. Let me explain:
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Date: 2003-06-13
 
A Business That Requires No Selling?
"I want to find a business opportunity which requires no selling." How many times have you heard that? How many times have you said that?
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Date: 2003-06-12
 
How Not to Mulligan Your Business Golf Game
Spending four hours on a course with a potential client or business affiliate offers you a golden opportunity to build either bridges or chasms. Many believe that how a person conducts himself or herself on the golf course reflects how they perform in business situations. A business golfing date is a time to put your best golfing shoe forward.
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Date: 2003-06-12
 
Fail Forward
How often have you failed? I know that may not sound very encouraging, but it is one of the key questions you need to ponder as you think about the possibility of success.
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Date: 2003-06-12
 
Business Relations: Working With The Graphics Department
The days of bland business documents are over. Well, at least as far as design. Graphics departments - also known as presentation resources - are common in businesses across America. This merging of business and creativity isn't always smooth. As a part-time graphics specialist, I often witness bad client to personnel relations.
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Date: 2003-06-12
 
Business Structures Defined: The Corporation
The corporation is America's most popular and oldest form of business entity. As such, corporate statutes have had the opportunity to evolve over the years and have become quite uniform throughout the states. Today, the most popular forms of corporation include the "General-For-Profit Corporation (or, C-Corporation)" and the "S-Corporation."
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Date: 2003-06-12
 
Business Structures Defined: The Limited Liability Company
IRS Treatment of the One-Member LLC. An LLC with only one member / owner is automatically considered to be a sole proprietorship unless an election is made to be treated as a corporation.
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Date: 2003-06-12
 
Business Structures Defined: The S-Corporation
An S Corporation begins its existence the same way that a "C-Corporation" (discussed here) begins its existence -- as a general, for-profit corporation upon filing the Articles of Incorporation at the state level.
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Date: 2003-06-12
 
Business Proposals: Writing an Executive Summary
When writing a business proposal, the executive summary is arguably the most important component. You should write it as if the success of the entire proposal rests upon it.
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Date: 2003-06-11
 
Every Busines Needs Its Own Slogan or Tag Line
Tell people in a short phrase or sentence what you want them to know or remember about the business. It should conjure up a strong mental image that will be forever linked with you in their memories.
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Date: 2003-06-11
 
The Monkey Bars Law
What do you suppose playground equipment can teach about running a company?
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Date: 2003-06-10
 
How To Write A Winning Business Proposal
Q. I've been asked to submit a proposal for a workshop to a local group of women executives. Where do I start?
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Date: 2003-06-10
 
ON GUARD - Got Street Smarts? part 2
The Red Zone (up to 5 feet away), Yellow Zone (to 15 ft) and Blue Zone (15 plus) were mentioned in Part One of this series. People run into trouble in the street because they react only when someone enters their red zone, and by then it's usually too late to avoid or escape the problem. We need to widen our view to encompass everything from zero to 20 feet and beyond and give it all equal study. Unfortunately the mind cannot assimilate too many visual clues. Only what is closest - in the Yellow and Red zones - gets the most study. Consequently, we only notice threats when they've gotten too close to detour around and by then it may be too late to take any action.
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Date: 2003-06-10
 
3 Ways of Creating Passive Income
A passive income is one that comes in no matter what--even when you are not working (or can't work.) It's something all of us will someday want and possibly need.
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Date: 2003-06-10
 
Identity Theft Scams Exposed, Part I
FACT: It takes 14 months, on average, before an Identity theft victim realizes their identity has been stolen.
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Date: 2003-06-10
 
6 P's of Marketing
Plan, Pick, Price, Package, Promote, Prove
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Date: 2003-06-10
 
The Top 10 Easy Ezine Development and Promotion Tips
Either do it right or don't do it at all Don't create an ezine just because you're reading or seeing that others are creating them. While ezines can be a way to market your business, they are also time consuming. Remember to always market your business while keeping your integrity intact.
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Date: 2003-06-10
 
SOHO Help!
As an operator of a home-based business website, I often get mail that reads something like this:
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Date: 2003-06-09
 
3 Professional Business Tips!
1) Be Prompt Answer all your e-mail messages as quickly as possible. Nothing will lose a sale quicker than not responding to a prospect in time. If you don't, it could anger your customers and they could ask for a refund. You may lose a sale because they want you to answer a question before they order.
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Date: 2003-06-09
 
Sociological Marketing Tactics
Sociologists have been studying the buying habits of American consumers for more than four decades. During this time period, study after study has shown that American consumers tend to follow certain patterns in their shopping behavior.
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Date: 2003-06-09
 
Got Kids? IRS Wants You to Celebrate Christmas in July
You may find this hard to believe, but if you have children under age 17, you may receive a check from the IRS this summer. No kidding!
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Date: 2003-06-09
 
Turn Prospects into Buyers
It may take 4 to 7 visits before your web visitors buy from you. New information, regular changes, and updates keep visitors coming back to your web site. As your visitors develop confidence in you, they will be more likely to buy from your products or services. Follow these tips to keep prospects coming back, win their trust, and increase your online sales.
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Date: 2003-06-09
 
Can Emotional Intelligence Help Your Business with Risk Management?
According to jury behavior studies, yes. Jurors (who are usually also employees) expect emotionally intelligent behavior from companies.
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Date: 2003-06-09
 
Test Your Work-Online Aptitude
How successful will *you* be online? Use these questions as a tool to identify what you'll want to work on as your build your success.
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Date: 2003-06-09
 
Finding Your Niche on the Internet 2
Those who are new to the Internet business world -- heck, even those who have been successfully operating online businesses for some time -- can attest to the difficulty in deciding what to sell.
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Date: 2003-06-09
 
Boy, Do I Get Mail!
As an operator of a home-based business website, I often get mail that reads something like this:
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Date: 2003-06-09
 
3 Easy Steps To Turn Traffic Into Targeted Website Visitors!
Have you ever wondered why car dealerships use crazy tactics like shining lights that point nowhere into the sky, clowns walking on stilts, and balloons that tower into the sky?
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Date: 2003-06-09
 
EQ--For the Agony and the Ecstasy
"The Agony and the Ecstasy" is the title of a novel about Michelangelo, by Irving Stone. When I encountered the title in middle school, I decided to read the book to find out what "agony" and "ecstasy" might be like, states of existence apparently available to uber-humans like Michelangelo. I was sure I had not experienced them.
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Date: 2003-06-09
 
Are You Using All Your Soul's Resources?
"Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed." -- William James
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Date: 2003-06-08
 
Why Am I Panicing and She's Just Sitting There?
"Life is a train of moods like a string of beads and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue.... Temperament is the iron wire on which the beads are strung," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher and writer, in 1844, which may have made him the first person to propose that emotionality is hard wired.
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Date: 2003-06-07
 
Can Emotional Intelligence Help Your Company with Risk Management?
According to jury behavior studies, yes. Jurors (who are usually also employees) expect emotionally intelligent behavior from companies.
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Date: 2003-06-07
 
The Other Side of Online Marketing
With a majority of attention focused on search engine optimization and banner advertisements, it is easy for companies to invest solely in these ventures, ignoring other possibilities for online strategy. While both search engine optimization and banner advertisements are integral and successful in enhancing visibility, there are alternative approaches to online marketing that should be explored. A few of the prominent ‘other' online marketing tactics are viral marketing, opt-in emails, promotions & offers, online public relations, online street teams, newsletters and partnerships. These strategies focus on reaching a smaller more targeted audience as opposed to the larger and unfocused audience banner advertisements and search engine optimization often reach.
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Date: 2003-06-06
 
A Micro-Entrepreneur's Most Valuable Resource
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are roughly 25 million small business in the United States. They account for 47% of all sales, 55% of innovations, and 35% of all federal contracts. And the rate of small business bankruptcies are at the lowest point in 19 years!
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Date: 2003-06-06
 
Want To Expand Your Business? Try Walking Barefoot in the Grass!
I hear it all the time. "I want to expand my business, but I don't know how." Many online small business owners have this challenge. In all actuality, it's not a business problem… rather a creativity problem.
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Date: 2003-06-06
 
So You Think You Want An Online Business
I just finished reading a book by a good friend of mine, Michele Shermerhorn. Her extensive expertise in online selling and auction management has culminated into a book detailing what you'll need to know to plan, start, and run your own successful online business selling product of any kind.
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Date: 2003-06-06
 
Start To Make Your Creativity Pay
Can you make a living as a writer, artist, designer or other creative soul? Yes, you can, if you learn a few tricks.
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Date: 2003-06-06
 
How To Pull More Profits From Your Website Even With Low Traffic
Sure, making money online with tons of traffic is easy. But what if you don't have much traffic? Is it still possible to make a good income online?
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Date: 2003-06-06
 
Business Success Is Rooted In Sales 2
When I launched my first business I had a wildly mistaken view of what business actually is. First off, I thought an enterprise was about money. I thought business was about the accumulation, budgeting and the careful spending of dollars. Certainly that's part of business. But it's not the important part. I also mistakenly thought business was about creating a high-quality product or service that was compelling and clearly needed. Nope, not even close.
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Date: 2003-06-06
 
How to Let the IRS Pay for Your Kids' Summer Camp
With summer day-camp season upon us, here's a way to let Uncle Sam pick up the tab for your children's fun. Many parents take advantage of the child daycare credit. Well, this same credit can also be used for summer day-camp expenses.
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Date: 2003-06-06
 
What is the Truth About Bulk E-Mail?
I'm sure that anyone who has spent a fair amount of time online doing any sort of marketing and advertising has been virtually assaulted by emails with almost identical headlines expounding the virtues of Bulk Email.
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Date: 2003-06-06
 
The Home-Based Reality Check
I Don't Want to Build a Damn List How many times do you hear it? Build your opt-in list!
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Date: 2003-06-06
 
80% of Your Web Site is Maintenance
Once your Web site is up, you must maintain it. Maintenance means changes, and each time you make a change, you may make a mistake. If your visitors get a link that doesn't work or incomplete instructions, or if your copy is lackluster instead of passionate, they will leave your site and not bookmark it.
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Date: 2003-06-06
 
Successful Online Gift Shop Marketing
With all the great wholesale companies available, virtually anyone can throw up a WWW shingle and start a gift shop. Additionally, there are thousands of wonderful gift shops online specializing in everything from apple art to zebra prints. How do you compete with your online gift shop?
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Date: 2003-06-05
 
Collecting Debts From "Big Shot" Business Owners
Q) Dear Jim - I'm an administrative assistant and I do bill collections for our company. Some of the owners who owe us money act like they are real big shots; they just walk all over me so I end up getting flustered, losing my composure and often I don't get the money. I've read your book, "Past Due," and gotten a lot from it, but sometimes I just can't get through those four steps in the collection call before I lose them. What should I do?
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Date: 2003-06-05
 
Tapping Employee Passion For Business Success
Meriwether Lewis set the stage for the Corps of Discovery's success before one single "employee" had been hired. From the outset Lewis and Clark engendered a communications culture that brought in the right prospects, then kept morale high and increased the productivity of those eventually hired.
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Date: 2003-06-05
 
Want To Expand Your Business?
I hear it all the time. "I want to expand my business, but I don't know how." Many online small business owners have this challenge. In all actuality, it's not a business problem… rather a creativity problem.
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Date: 2003-06-05
 
In a Slump?, Rejoice I Say, Rejoice!
Yea, I know........I hear you saying "that's easy for you to say".! Well...... why don't you just pout about it then? You know, I want to tell you a funny story about a salesperson in a BIG slump. This person I actually trained before she moved on to another job many years ago. You'll like this.
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Date: 2003-06-05
 
How To Find Golden Product Ideas On Discussion Forums
Let me start off with a wild guess! You either think discussion boards are a bleeping waste of time - because so many of them are full of junk, or ....you think of discussion boards simply as a method of getting your questions answered.
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Date: 2003-06-04
 
Creating a Passive Income
"Join our program and retire in 3 months..." yeah, right. We all want to get to a place where we have ongoing, hands- off income that continues without us having to work for it. These ads play into that desire by offering us the promise of "easy continuing income."
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Date: 2003-06-04
 
Toughest Decision Of All: Give Up Or Get Going?
Many of us are influenced by the sports ethic: Never give up! When a basketball team is down by 20 with 30 seconds on the clock, the players never stop working. The spectators might be filing out, and the winning team might bring every player off the bench, but the game goes on.
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Date: 2003-06-04
 
Book Promotion Myth -- The Best Place to Sell Books is a Book Store
When authors think of their audience buying books they think of bookstores. This myth sends authors taking the long, arduous road to seeking out an agent, a publisher, hoping their book will become a best seller. It won't. Why?
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Date: 2003-06-04
 
The Trials and Tribulations Of Learning A New Computer Skill
It all started several years ago when I walked out on a well-paid job of 11 years. I needed to get another job fairly quickly. My monthly mortgage repayments were pretty hefty. Something I hadn't thought about during my dramatic exit.
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Date: 2003-06-04
 
Expanding Your View Of What's Possible With Your Internet Business
How much potential do you have? What are the boundaries to what is possible for you? What are the outer limits to your potential? Can these limits be expanded upon? How does your view of what's possible for you impact your Internet business?
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Date: 2003-06-04
 
Hey Bozo, Forget Logic and Kiss This!
I want to relate to you a story, READ it carefully; for in it lay the hidden secrets of the great mystery of the super successful.
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Date: 2003-06-04
 
About that Dream...
"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship." --Louisa May Alcott
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Date: 2003-06-04
 
Nine Successful Online Business Must Haves
1.) Products & Services - Your products and services must be quality products that you would be proud to offer your Mom. There's nothing worse than providing a shoddy product that you as the owner wouldn't even purchase. Your product represents you and your business. There are millions of whole sale companies and quality products to resell or create your own. Do not settle for less than the best!
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Date: 2003-06-03
 
Your Ebay Swipe File
Despite being on eBay for a while and watching the auctions whenever I can, there always seems to be new types of auctions and products sold at auctions popping up every day.
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Date: 2003-06-03
 
Alternate E-Commerce Solutions
Over the past several years, the Internet has emerged as a breakthrough technology that has and will continue to transform the way we live and communicate, and especially the way we do business.
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Date: 2003-06-03
 
Be Bold!
I like what Billie Jean King, the feminist tennis professional, had to say: "Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozey, and don't be afraid to hit the ball." Does the fear of making an error keep you from doing things you say are important to you?
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-03
 
Consumers Can Fight Back With FTC Do Not Call Registry
The Federal Trade Commission has announced that it will roll out it's National Do Not Call Registry beginning July 1, 2003. This is great news for consumers who have grown tired of annoying sales calls by pesky telemarketers.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-03
 
Tips To Ignore When Starting A Business
1. "Career freedom means starting a business." "Clients often assume they can reach career freedom only by starting a business, yet many people feel truly free in a corporate setting.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-02
 
Wake Up! Having Biz Dreams OR Nightmares?
Psychology and Science are formidable and innovative forces taking the business world by storm. And you can benefit enormously from these forgotten secrets, once the preserve of a powerful elite.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-02
 
The Unthinkable: Protect Your Business
You have worked very hard to get your business where it is today. Many hours have gone into finding the right mix of products and/or services, marketing and finding customers, building relationships and so much more. What would happen to your business if you should fall ill or worse yet, the unthinkable, you pass away? Protect yourself, your business and your family by putting a few processes in place.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-02
 
The 10 Commandments of a Successful Online Entrepreneur
Anyone can start an online business, but making it profitable is a whole other ball game.If you were to ask a group of web entrepreneurs what the secret is to their success, you'd get many different responses, but you would find a common thread running through their answers --comprising these simple online "commandments":
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-02
 
How to Purchase Online Advertising
One of the most difficult things for a small business owner to part with is their advertising dollars. Face it, as a small business or work from home mom, we just can't afford to throw money around without a guarantee of results.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-02
 
Don't Wait To Delegate
As an entrepreneur you often have to wear many hats: salesperson, administrator, and accountant. You try to make time for errands and family, but find yourself running out of time and running on empty. The obvious answer is to delegate some of your to-do list, but why do some of us find it so hard to let go?
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-02
 
Five Reasons Your Home Business Needs a Business Plan
Do you have a business plan for your home business? "Don't need one," I can hear some of you saying. "I don't want or need a bank loan or venture capital, so why bother? Besides, I have other, more urgent things to do."
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-02
 
Are You Being Fooled By Your Advertising Results?
You may work hard at tracking traffic. You may calculate a CR (Conversion Ratio) as a percentage, maybe accurate to two decimal places. And track several
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-02
 
No Pain, No Gain
I lift weights. (Hey, don't laugh...) Several times a week I get to go down to my local gym, put on shorts and a T and lift heavy pieces of metal attached to rods. And I love it.
Directory: > eBusiness > Small Business
Date: 2003-06-02
 
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