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Working from Home: Beginner’s Guide

2011 March 22

Many people dream of being their own boss, of setting their own rules and working at their own pace. Indeed, these can be some of the reasons why people decide to work from home.

Opting out of the daily rat race, replacing the morning commute with a walk across the living room or swapping power suits for track suits can make working from home sound like bliss. However, whether you are setting up a new business or embarking upon a freelance role, there are a number of things which must be considered.

So, let our ‘Working from home: beginner’s guide’ set you in the right direction.

Role

To undertake such a dramatic change in your work circumstances you need to be sure that a role exists that you can fill. Do proper research! If you have a business idea, you need to be certain the ‘need’ for your services or product exists. If you are hoping to do freelance work, consider if you can get the clients and jobs to make sure you can afford to cover your bills. read more…

How Stay at Home Moms can Start a Home Business

2011 March 5

Are you a stay at home mom and want to start a home business, but you don’t know where to start? The reality is that all you need to get started is business idea and a small amount of capital, and you will be well on your way to starting a home business.

Starting a home business is a great as it gives you the freedom to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. Many stay at home moms begin the process of starting a home business, but stop in the middle of the process as they get discouraged by inevitable obstacles that will ultimately present themselves.

Here are a few tips to guide you down the path of starting a successful home business: read more…

Make Money Blogging: The Reality of the Road to Riches 

2010 November 20
by Annie Wallace

Blogging has grown to be a very popular pastime and a significant source of income for many people. Have you thought about making money from blogging? It looks as if it’s as simple as registering a domain name, setting up a hosting account and writing about things that interest you. However, the reality is that blogging in its own right won’t make you rich. What a blog can be is a powerful point of leverage to make money.

It’s one thing to start a blog and publish your thoughts about something you’re interested in, it’s another challenge altogether to get people to visit your site and read your articles. In fact, attracting traffic to your website is a must if you want to make money blogging. However, even a considerable amount of traffic won’t necessarily convert into cold hard cash.

It is possible to make money from your blog by selling ad space and displaying Google AdSense ads, but for everyday bloggers, advertising revenue rarely adds up to a significant amount. For example, it’s not uncommon to earn a measly three cents from an AdSense click. read more…

10 Ways to Get More Comments on Your Blog

2010 November 5
by Annie Wallace

This post is a stop along Tanya Peterson’s Blog Tour 2010.  Tanya is the blogger behind Blogelina, where she writes about blogging your way to success.  Be sure to check out all the other stops along the tour and enter to win $100 to use in improving your own blog!

Are you looking for ways to increase your readers’ interaction on your blog?  A big part of the blogging experience is being able to connect with others.  Here are a few tips to help you encourage your readers to start commenting:

Utilize the Top Commenters Plugin to give credit to readers who are actively commenting. Post a list your top commenters in your sidebar or footer and give them credit for taking the time to be active members of your blog’s community.  You appreciate them taking the time to comment so share the love and let others see how great your readers are! read more…

Passion or Profit? Why You Shouldn’t Choose Between Them

2010 October 28
by Annie Wallace

Blogging as a career is so appealing for a number of reasons. You can work from wherever you want, with an audience hanging on your every word, and now it is more feasible than ever — and more people are doing it than ever.

However, to have true success in blogging i.e. get an audience and make money off of it, you cannot just blog for profit. Bloggers that write posts on topics purely because they think it will generate the most revenue simply will not make it. You can and should blog about a passion and have a financially successful blog.

The blogosphere is a harsh place because every single person online can be a critic.

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10+ Must-Read Online Resources to Become a Better Entrepreneur

2010 October 20
by Annie Wallace

Running a business, whether in part or in whole, is something which requires a large range of skills in order to do well.

Luckily, the internet is overflowing with information aimed at helping people develop their business skills.

Figuring out what sites are worth visiting can be a daunting prospect, which is why in this article I’ve gathered together 12 of the best business sites from around the web. read more…

Mom’s Self-Branding: Personal Name or Business Name?

2010 October 13

While setting up any kind of business, it is vitally important to consider what image you want to project to the associates and clients you’ll be dealing with.

In achieving the correct image, your brand name will often be the first point of interaction you have with people and as we all know, first impressions count for a lot.

Your business name will be your domain name and your social media profile names – it will follow you throughout your WAHM career.

So when considering what brand name would best represent your WAHM business, you will need to weigh up the pros and cons involved in using either your personal name or a made-up company name instead.

First lets take a look at why people use their personal names to represent their businesses. read more…

Choosing the Right Avatar to Promote Your Web Presence

2010 September 28
by Annie Wallace

As most people know, you only get one chance to make a first impression. When it comes to people encountering your web based persona, that first impression is often made when their eyes become drawn to your avatar. Which is why it’s so important to make sure you present the right image, whether your writing on a blog, forum or some kind of social media.

Avatar Do’s

When choosing an image to represent you, it needs to be something that is both striking and personal. Though there are a few other details which should be kept in mind for people wanting to build up a professional presence online: read more…

How to Succeed as a Work At Home Mom

2010 August 17
by Annie Wallace

Probably one of the most important roles a women can ever have is that of mother, raising kids is certainly demanding enough to be considered a serious full time position, one which requires way more skills than many non parents would give it credit for. Despite that (or sometimes because of it), many mom’s feel the need to work on something a bit more self satisfying than the desires of their children.

Mompreneurs work hard to find the right balance between their family lives and their careers, but those that do find the rewards are well worth it. If you’re one of these entrepreneurial mothers, or even if you’re just hoping to be, I’d like to offer a little bit of advice to help you succeed in having a profitable business without having to give up being with your children. read more…

The K.I.S.S. Principle – Keep it Simple – Stupid!

2010 May 24
by Dick Schaefer
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Gene Simmons, go back to sleep, this is not a story about you!

My friend Ann was talking about keeping things simple and she is so right! As a matter of fact simplicity is king in blogging and the easier you can make social media and blogging for people, the more converts you will get.

Moms especially can appreciate simplicity, don’t they have enough grief without taking the long road? This blog is about helping moms cut through to the chase, build a blog, put yourself into it and make some money!

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