Nov 162013
 

…Blog, Blog, Blog while I sing this song… I’m gonna write this post, I’m gonna publish it online… Then I’ll start another, but I don’t know why! (read that as if you were singing it)

Does that pretty much sum up your daily blogging habits? Are you one of those bloggers who thinks you need to be constantly updating your blog as much as humanly possible? If so, I want you to sit back in your chair right now and really think about why you feel the need to write 10 blog posts every day, even if you really don’t have anything worthwhile to say.

Contrary to what you may have been told before, there really is no need to update your blog numerous times per day. In fact, you don’t even need to update your blog once per day! It is much better to write one or two long, informative, useful posts each month than it is to write a bunch of worthless posts every day just for the sake of doing it.

Just think about how much less stressful your life would be if you weren’t constantly thinking about how you need to write a new blog post or trying to think of something to say. Write higher quality posts less often and you will actually be doing yourself and your readers a favor. Heck, you will probably even gain more readers by doing this.

Remember quality is always better than quantity!

Happy blogging ;)

Mar 152013
 

Are you where you want to be financially in your life right now? I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess not. Do you have a bunch of extra spending money laying around? Again, I will assume that’s a big fat NO.

However, I bet you do have a television and I also bet you watch TV an average of at least one hour every day. Studies show that the average American watches about 40 hours of TV every week. That is like having a 2nd full time job where you do nothing but sit on your butt and stare at a screen.

Let’s just say you are on the super low end of what most people watch and put your TV time at just one hour each day. That is still 365 hours every year that you are wasting on something that does absolutely nothing for you. That is the equivalent of more than 2 months working at a full time job.

Now, imagine if you started your own online home business and used those same hours working on it instead!

You could be earning a very solid extra income from your business, which would give you the peace of mind that comes with not having to worry about money anymore. You could take that long overdue vacation or buy that new car, send your kids to college, save for retirement, or whatever else you want to do with the money.

Doesn’t that sound a heck of a lot better than sitting on the couch watching TV every night? It sure does to me!

So, here are the steps you need to take right now:

1) Turn off your TV. And promise yourself not to watch it anymore, or at least watch it a lot less.

2) Start your own online home business. Click here for our top recommended opportunity.

3) Focus solely on building your business every day during the hours that you used to watch TV.

4) Keep at it. You aren’t going to see any results overnight. It takes some time to build any real business, online or offline.

5) Enjoy all that extra money that you now have!

That’s all there is to it. I mean come on, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that using the time you waste watching TV on something productive — like building a home business — is a much more effective use of your time!

Dec 192012
 

One of the gifts of modern Internet technology is it has given millions of people the opportunity to work from home. The only problem is, what starts out for many as a dream come true may turn into a nightmare when they are unprepared to adapt to the change. Whether you are going freelance, starting an online business, or have been given the flexibility to work from home, consider these four helpful tips for making a smooth transition without the need for new heavy equipment or heavy lifting.

Define Your Workspace

When you picture yourself working from home, are you out by the pool all day with a laptop and a tall glass of iced tea? For most that scenario just isn’t going to work, so go ahead and set up a real home office complete with computer tables, filing cabinets, and a comfortable chair. Whenever possible, choose a room that’s secluded from the busiest parts of the house, has good lighting, and is quiet.

Be Your Own Boss

One thing most people seem to love about working from home is not having some overbearing supervisor looking over their shoulder. The proof of worker production has always been in the pudding, so in order to ensure you stay focused and continue to do quality work, you have to be self-motivated. Schedule planning sessions for outlining your daily and weekly objectives, giving yourself the structure you need to stay on target sans the slave-driving boss.

Manage Your Time

Every person is different, but most are more productive when they have clearly defined working hours. Having the flexibility to work anytime you want may seem at first appealing, but causes problems when the lines between your career and home life become blurred. Design a firm schedule for yourself, working during the hours that are most productive and convenient. When the whistle blows, shut down the computer, shut off the lights, and close the door behind you.

Have an Escape Clause

If you asked commuting workers what their favorite time of day is, the lunch hour would surely rank high. Even though you are working from home, you need to step outside at least a couple times a day to recharge your battery and get your fill of fresh air. Look for opportunities to meet with colleagues for lunch from time to time and have face-to-face meetings with clients to add the positive aspect of socialization commonly missed when working from home.

Last Word

Working from home comes with so many positives, from the decrease in time spent commuting to increased flexibility with scheduling. By having a professional home office, managing an organized schedule, and keeping your personal life separate from your work hours, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Apr 092012
 

It’s no secret that people love to jump on the latest trends and fads. And right now social media sites are the cool thing to be on, with Twitter being among the most popular of them all. So naturally, there are thousands of people asking the same question every day…”Is it truly possible to make money with twitter?” The answer to that question is, YES!

However, with that being said, if you are going to be successful using Twitter to earn money online, you need to be absolutely sure you are not one of the many wannabe internet marketers out there doing it all wrong without a clue. This post will help you to avoid the dark side of tweeting for cash.

The first thing you need to know is that if you are going to sign up for Twitter with the intentions of spamming like crazy, you might as well forget about it. You will get reported and your account will be deleted before you have a chance to get anywhere with it. And even if you do happen to slide under the radar without getting deleted, you still won’t make any money because nobody will read your spam posts.

The best strategy for becoming successful at Twitter is by actually building up a following and legitimately participating in the community. It is a social networking type of site so you need to be social. You should talk about yourself and what you are doing with your life and business, give useful tips, be creative, helpful, and entertaining. Share information about your niche that your followers actually want to read.

If you have your own blog then one great way to semi-automate your participation is to integrate your blogging efforts with your social media efforts. Make it so every time you post it gets tweeted on your profile. Or maybe you have written a free report covering something about your niche that you are an expert on? Why not give it away for free to your Twitter followers? When you share useful information you will find that your followers will grow just by word of mouth sharing of your tips.

Obviously a great way to help all of this along is to publish the link to your Twitter profile anywhere it is allowed. This would be in your blogs sidebar, the signature file of forums you participate in, other social media site profiles, and so on. And if you submit articles to directories, they often have an option where each time you get an article published it will be tweeted out to all of your followers.

In the end, what you want all of this to do is build up a strong reputation for yourself. Once that has happened, you will find that the trust and following you have gotten will turn into a lot of sales if you roll out your marketing promotions strategically. Always contribute much more than you pitch sales. That is vital!

If used correctly there’s little doubt that Twitter can be quite profitable. It can certainly be used as one tactic for earning money online.

Nov 262011
 

Are you searching for some ways to earn money at home but have already looked into most of the typical advice for how to make money online and decided it’s just not for you? Well, then maybe you would be interested in one or more of the following three unusual methods for earning money from home…

1) Doggie Sitter – We’ve all either been to or at least heard about babysitters or home day cares for kids, but something you don’t hear much about are dog day cares. They basically work in the same way except you will be taking care of different people’s dogs each day rather than their children. And yes there are plenty of people willing to pay you to “babysit” their dogs rather than leaving them home alone all day, so this can be a great way to earn money from home.

Of course, a few things will be required of you if you plan to become a dog sitter. At the very minimum you will need to love dogs and know how to take care of them properly. You will need a lot of patience to be able to handle all the chaos of multiple dogs running around your house. You will also need to have a decent sized yard that is fully fenced in. And obviously you will need to be home every day when most other people are at work, so you can run your doggy day care.

2) Home Tutor – If you are very knowledgeable about math, science, history, geography or any other subject then you can tutor students at home. There are kids of all ages and levels of school struggling with certain subjects and their parents are often more than willing to pay for someone to help them.

You could also teach older adults and other less tech savvy individuals how to use the internet or computers in general. There are a lot of people willing to pay for that education, especially now that the internet is an integral part of life and work for almost everyone. You can really home tutor on any subject that people struggle with and are willing to pay for help as long as you know enough about it to teach them.

There isn’t much you will need in your home to do this. It could be done from your kitchen table if nothing else. Although, you should ideally have a home office or somewhere else that is quiet and free of distractions for you to tutor people.

3) Crafts Business – For the more creative among you there is always the opportunity to turn your hobbies into a home business. If you enjoy doing crafts or another hobby that creates something other people would be willing to buy, then you can earn money selling them. And almost anything that is handmade and high quality has someone out there that would like to buy it.

You can utilize sites such as ebay, etsy, craigslist, and several others to sell your items on. You could also have your own website built for your crafts business to sell them from. This is a great way to combine the power of internet marketing with a good old fashioned traditional offline home based business.

So, there you go, you now have three unusual ways to earn money at home both online and offline. They aren’t the typical methods you come across when searching for how to make money but they are still great nonetheless. Now, all that’s left is for you to set up shop in your home and get started!