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Are Money Making Opportunities for Real?

You can find money making opportunities constantly being advertised all over the internet as well as on television, magazines, newspapers, signs, and just about everywhere else possible. You will see them whether you are looking for them or not, but if are actually trying to find one it can be very difficult to sift through them all and decide which one to do.

Teaching people how to make money from home on the internet or from their own offline home business is a very big industry. In fact, the sheer number of online money making opportunities out there combined with all the hype surrounding them makes people wonder if these programs and systems are real or just a load of crap. Do people really earn a living online with internet marketing, or is it all fake?

The answer to that question largely depends on who you are listening to and what you are expecting. If you plan to start an online business and think you will be making thousands of dollars in a short amount of time then you are going to be severely disappointed. However, there are many people who do make serious money online after several months or years of work. Yes, you can earn a living online, and a very good one at that, but it’s going to take a lot of time and effort before you get there.

The truth is that it takes hard work but most people don’t want to believe that. They want to think they are going to get rich quickly just because they are on the internet and not in the “real” world. Think about it for a minute… if it were really that easy then everyone would do it and we would all be rich.

It is true that some people get lucky and strike “online gold” very quickly but they have usually had business experience before they set out to make money online, and most likely had a lot of existing contacts. They may also have had a lot of money to invest in order to make things happen much more quickly, or perhaps they had no other work and were able to spend all their time building their online business day and night until it was making money. Necessity can be a great motivator.

However, working harder does not necessarily result in success. There are plenty of people who work very hard every day for a small amount of pay in return. “Work smarter, not harder” is a line you will see quite often, and a lot of the time it is true. Successful online businesses usually outsource at least some of their work and they tend to focus on the things that are making them money rather than trying to do it all.

Outsourcing means that you hire somebody else to do the grunt work or the parts of your business that you cannot handle or don’t like doing. An example would be that if you are not technically minded, you could hire someone to build websites for you or if you don’t want to spend half your day on customer support, you can hire that out. This does not mean that you have to have an employee sitting in your house working with you. People are usually hired over the internet to work from their own homes, which may be on the other side of the world.

One very important thing to remember is that if you see a business opportunity being advertised be sure to do your due diligence before investing your money or time in it. Many of these are legitimate businesses but you do have to be aware of scams and know that even in legitimate business you can often find yourself in competition with thousands of other people all trying to sell the same service to the same people. Often times you need to have an edge to stand out from the crowd in order to make good money. One example of a business model that can be difficult for beginners to break into and find success is MLM. It can be a great way to build residual income, but be careful, it’s not as easy as they make it sound.

Often, the secret to making money online or even offline is to “do what I do, not what I say.” In other words, you take a good look at how the successful people are running their businesses. Instead of buying into their program or opportunity along with thousands of others to try to make money the way that they say, model your business around what they are actually doing. Then you may find that instead of struggling to make money with these opportunities, you have thousands of customers of your own.

In conclusion, I just want to say that there are many ways to earn a living other than having a regular job in the offline world. Money making opportunities can be your savior but don’t believe everything you hear and don’t fall for all the hype. Take your time to learn and research before jumping into anything.

Make Money at Home the Easy Way – Ideas for You

If you know how to make money at home then it’s easy to do. That is what a lot of people will tell you. Of course, that doesn’t help you much because it’s easy to do just about anything if you know how to do it already. The difficult part about making money online is actually getting started, learning how, and earning your first dollar. If you can get through those first six months to a year or so, and the money starts coming in, you will find it is easy to make it grow exponentially after that.

It is very important to understand from the get go that it is not easy to make money at home in the beginning. It takes time to learn techniques then implement them and build up a good income. If you plan on being able to make a full time income in your first month, you are certainly going to be disappointed. There are also usually some costs associated with making money at home. It can be done for free but it will take even more time and be harder if you don’t invest at least a little money into your efforts. You might even be spending more than you earn in the first few months.

This can be a real problem for many people when they first start working from home as a self employed entrepreneur or start their own home based business. The way to deal with it is to make sure that you have some money coming in from another source while you are building your real online business.

Let’s use an example… Say you have decided to build websites to make money with Adsense or affiliate programs. This is a fairly simple online business plan, especially if you use a blogging platform like wordpress or blogger where the technical side of things is pretty much done for you and all you have to do is tweak it a bit. However, you still need to learn how to do proper keyword research and get targeted traffic to your site, and it takes time before you start to see a lot of visitors to the site which will be who you earn money from. Your income will depend largely on how many targeted site visitors you have so it may be a few months before you get enough traffic to make anything more than a few dollars.

The good news is that there are a few ways to get around this by making quick money to keep you in profit until the real money starts rolling in. One great way to do this is site flipping. You could sell something like one out of every five websites you create. You can put them up for auction on marketplaces such as flippa or webmaster forums to find potential buyers. Depending on the niche, domain name, how much content you have on the site, and a few other factors — you could earn up to a few hundred dollars or maybe even a few thousand dollars for a new site.

Of course, site flipping is just one example. You could also finance your new online business by spending some of your time freelancing for people who will pay for your services. You might do some market research, customer support, article writing, blogging, outreach, link building, or many other things. There are people out there who are willing to pay for just about any type of work you can do online.

These things may not be what you want to do in the long term, but they can be great ways to get you through the initial rough period when you are just starting out and help your online home business to survive, grow and thrive. When you start out, it is good to find an easy way to make money at home so that your new online business has time to develop and you don’t get burned out before you get a nice income coming in.

How to Start a Home Business for Moms

There are thousands of moms who make money working at home with a “moms home business” on a full time basis or just part time to earn a little extra income. Often times it starts out as a way to make money from home while still being able to stay with the kids, but in many cases it eventually turns into a full time income for the entire family.

For single moms, as well as wives with husbands who have lost their jobs, found themselves in need of another income, or whatever other situation — the need to be a work at home mom can be urgent and necessary.

How do moms start a home business?

You need to be careful when you are looking for ways to make money at home. You will see a lot of ads online, as well as offline, and it can be hard to distinguish the genuine home business opportunities from the scams.

First, remember that legitimate home business opportunities do not use spam or any illegal marketing methods. If you receive an ad in an email from a name you don’t recognize or a list that you did not sign up for, you should delete it right away without giving it a second thought. Of course sometimes it is hard to remember what lists you signed up for and what you didn’t, but if it looks or reads strangely or doesn’t have a physical postal address and a way to unsubscribe automatically, it is probably spam.

If you are old enough then you probably remember the scams that used to run as “job” ads in the newspapers that would tell you they had work available but you had to pay a fee to get the instructions or equipment. People would send the money and wouldn’t receive anything, or if they did it would be useless. These kinds of scams do still exist offline but for the most part they have moved online. Never pay for a work at home job, and if you are paying to join a home business opportunity, always be sure that you are getting something for your money.

One of the benefits of the internet is that it is easy to research a company or business opportunity before you join. There are many online forums and blogs where you can find feedback from people who have joined and will tell whether it worked for them or not. Of course with any opportunity there are some people who will like it and some who will not, but with a real scam just about all of the feedback will be negative. So spend a few minutes checking that before you spend your time or money on a moms work at home business opportunity.

One of the easiest ways for moms to get started with a home business is to look for a network marketing opportunity, sometimes called multi-level marketing (MLM). There are many of these in almost every imaginable market. As a mom, you probably know a lot of people who might be interested in stuff for babies, household goods, health care products, nutritional products, beauty products, etc… You can find a home business opportunity selling any of those. Search online for “network marketing beauty products” or “MLM health” or whatever interests you.

Many opportunities will tell you to start out by selling to your warm market which is just another term for your family and friends. I advise against that because it is not usually easy to sell to people you know. Close family and friends may buy from you once just to help you out but you may feel bad about it. They also may not like that you are using the relationship to try to make money. Instead of asking your friends to buy your products it is often better to ask them to help out by hosting a get together where you can demonstrate the products to other moms that they know.

However, there is a way for moms to succeed in a network marketing home business without doing any of this. It is called attraction marketing.

“Attraction marketing” has become the buzzword of MLM recently. It involves building up your presence so that people start to hear about you and approach you. This beats the discouraging experience of trying to push your products onto everybody you meet. So you should look for a company that will train you in attraction marketing and internet marketing methods rather than expecting you to find all of your customers from among your personal friends, peers, and contacts.

The internet can be a great place to use attraction marketing. You can set up blogs and websites, social medial accounts, and so much more and gradually build up a following on them or get them ranked highly in the search engines by learning how to make money online with SEO. Then people will find you when they are searching for information on the types of products that you sell.

It’s also a lot easier to bring in other members this way to build your personal “sales force” of affiliates or “downline” team as it is typically called in network marketing. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure how to do this right now. It’s easier than you think and there is plenty of information and resources online that you can learn from. You will likely need some help along the way, so look for a mom’s home business that understands the importance of training you in how to use internet marketing to build your business.

How to Get 4 Steps Closer To Landing A Telecommuting Job

You made the decision to telecommute from a home office. Now what? How do you get started?

Follow these four important steps and be prepared for what lies ahead in finding a telecommuting job:

1. Resume
A telecommuting resume is different than your regular type resume. Your resume is your “second” impression; it’s your ticket to getting a job so make it stand out and get noticed!

It is important to include a job objective because this is the first thing a telecommuting employer will see and read. This is a simple paragraph summarizing what you want in a job and what you can offer to the company. Again, add some pizzazz to it.

Highlight your independence, skills and work experience. Volunteer work also counts, so include these as well. If you’ve done telecommuting before, let them know! This will show them you are experienced and it will give them a sense of comfort. Let them know of your accomplishments and special skills. These attributes can be the deciding factor between you and someone else.

Make sure your resume looks professional, uncluttered and only contain pertinent information pertaining to the job you’re applying for. Sloppiness, incomplete and missing information directly reflects who you are. Take the time to proofread or have someone proofread your resume and cover letter for spelling errors, grammar, clarity and so forth.

2. Cover Letter
A telecommuting cover letter is just as important as a resume and it should be customized to each job you’re applying for. Generic cover letters don’t work and will never be seen by the employer.

A quality cover letter is your gateway; your first impression. Stress why you are perfect for the position and how you would be an asset to their company. You can use a particular experience related to the position you’re applying for to market yourself. If you have a stellar cover letter and is backed by a stellar resume, your chance of gaining a telecommuting job has just increased.

3. Research
Researching a company is important in deciding whether it’s a company you would like to work for. The Internet is a free research portal; as with many various work at home blogs and forums where specific companies legitimate and non-legitimate companies are sometimes discussed at great lengths.

4. Consistence, Persistence and Perseverance
Consistency, persistence and perseverance are key contributing factors in finding a telecommuting job. It won’t be easy and it will take a lot of hard work and effort.

Apply, apply, apply and then do follow ups if you haven’t received any response within two weeks or so. Pursue and research every un-researched job lead you’re interested in and don’t get discouraged. Re-evaluate your job search if you haven’t found employment within a reasonable time, but also give it time.

These four steps are crucial to your telecommuting job search so be sure to follow them to ensure the best possible outcome.

The Danger of Inactivity – Don’t Get Too “Comfortable” Working from Home!

There are plenty of internet Marketers, home business owners, and work at home professionals out there who fall under the spell of procrastination from time to time – me included.

But that’s not really what I’m talking about in this post. I’m talking about the physical dangers that lurk in the dark corners of the body of every writer, programmer, web developer, internet Marketer, SEO, and anyone else who sits in front of a computer for too many hours every day.

Of course we all know the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, but that phrase conjures up the image of a lazy overweight slob lying on a dirty sofa stuffing pizza into his (or her – let’s not be sexist here!) mouth whilst watching TV for sixteen hours a day.

After all, that’s not us – we’re working!

Unfortunately the sedentary lifestyle also depicts those like us who work long hours at a desk in front of a computer but don’t balance those hours of physical inactivity with regular bouts of exercise. The impact to health reads like a very long menu to disaster from head to toe!

Some of us have already had nasty warnings, but in a way they are the lucky ones. Worse is not to have any warning at all, just to be typing away one minute and the next… it doesn’t bear thinking about.

So although this post doesn’t have anything whatsoever to do with procrastination or slacking off the workload and sneakily playing a few rounds of computer golf while no one is looking. It has a very poignant message for all of us to set aside some time each day to get outside in the fresh air and get some light exercise, or go to the gym. For me, walking the dog twice a day up and down the steep hills around where I live is pretty good exercise.

Doing even light exercise like that each day could mean the difference between seeing my ongoing projects bear fruit – or seeing the inside of the ER.

I know what I’d rather be seeing!