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10 Sites to Find Free Stuff

2013 March 8
by Annie Wallace

The Internet is a goldmine for freebies. Product samples, new items companies want to market to lucky customers, coupons and deals, free shipping, used goods in great condition…you can find almost anything on there. While the free stuff websites in the past were a bit iffy and took a lot of time to find valid offers on, things have changed. You can now discover useful items every day, without having to struggle or waste time.

While everybody has their favorite places for freebies, I am one of those people that keeps a list of bookmarked sites I check on a daily basis. You would be amazed and how much free stuff I have acquired over the last six months alone, including coupons that have allowed me to go out with friends and family on the cheap.

Of all of the sites on the web, these are the ten I have been most consistently impressed with. read more…

How Moms Can Use Pinterest To Promote A Web Shop

2012 November 1
by Annie Wallace

Whether you’re an Etsy seller or you sell independently, it pays to use social media and any other free marketing methods at your disposal. Because that’s exactly what social media is, it is a free marketing tool. And one that can boost your business.

However it’s important to be strategic about and use social networking in a way that helps with your goals. read more…

Learning From Your Experience

2012 October 6
by Annie Wallace

In 1981, Jerome Chazen, the co-founder of the fashion house, Liz Claiborne, took the company public. It was not until 30 years later that Chazen finally came to understand that although the instant profits made by the flotation at that time were exciting, it was not beneficial to his company in the long-term. He states that:

“I think we allowed the growth potential to overtake the company instead of us being in charge of it. But…it was so exciting, for me anyway, to report better and better numbers, especially after we went public … I loved those quarterly [numbers] that were up 20% or 40%, whatever. I think, looking back now, that I got carried away, that we should have done things more moderately.” read more…

The Cost of Starting an Internet Business

2011 November 16
by Annie Wallace

In this economy, which is having trouble bouncing back from the recession, employment has been difficult to come by. Even when the economy is robust, additional costs of employment, such as gas and daycare, take their toll on the pocketbook.

For these reasons, starting an online business can be a dream come true for many people, because the costs associated with child care and transportation are greatly reduced. Nonetheless, if you want to make money and not be stuck with debt from a failed business, you need to be aware of the start-up costs involved in this endeavor.

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Earning Money Without Getting into Trouble: How to Identify Work at Home Scams

2011 October 2
by Annie Wallace

In these trying times of global recession and mass unemployment, an ever increasing number of people are looking for viable ways to earn a living whilst working from home. Whilst it is entirely possible to set up a successful home business, there are many pitfalls to avoid in the process of doing so. The most dangerous of which are the pre-made made home based business ‘opportunities’ and work at home scams.

Research conducted by Staffcentrix in January 2009 indicated that when looking through a sample of 5000 work at home job leads per week, there was a 54 to 1 scam ratio. Offers to teach people how to become a mystery shopper, home typist or envelope stuffer seem to be the most popular methods for enticing people to part with their money, though by no means are they the only types of cons to be encountered when trying to find out how to work from home. read more…

Is There Still Money to Be Made by Blogging?

2011 August 2
by Annie Wallace

Ask the average failed blogger and they’ll tell you there is no money to be made by blogging today. Ask someone like John Chow however (he makes more than $500,000 per year running his blog, and he’ll laugh at you and tell you how silly you sound.

The fact is that it is definitely possible to make money in blogging today. However, you need to know a few things in order to be able to do it effectively. Here’s what you need to know: read more…

Top Tips For Launching A Blog

2011 July 25
by Annie Wallace

Starting up your own blog is so easy it seems everyone is doing it, with just a few clicks you’re online and ready to unleash your thoughts/wisdom/ranting upon World Wide Web.

Although it may seem that even Bozo the Clown can have his own blog but if you want your blog to be successful and you want people to find and read your blog there’s a few things you need to consider first.

Think It Through

Before you publish your first post, before you sign up for your blog account, before you even switch your computer on you need to think about what you’re going to blog about. read more…

How To Write The Perfect Blog Post

2011 July 14
by Annie Wallace

The blog will cover some basic ideas for writing a well structured blog post that will keep your readers engaged so that they read through to the end. Happy readers make good customers.

A blog post should be well planned like any other article, story or document. It should have an introduction, a body and a conclusion. By giving a blog a simple structure you ensure that your readers can easily follow the topic being discussed and always know exactly what your point is. It also helps you to write your blog. read more…

Short Term vs. Long-Term Gain: How to Find a Balance

2011 June 13
by Annie Wallace

Have you heard of the “marshmallow experiment?”

Kids were given a marshmallow each, but were told that if they could wait for the person administering the test to return, they will be given one more.  The children who wanted to satisfy their cravings right away did not hesitate to finish off the marshmallow even before the adult left the room.  Whereas, the kids who kept themselves busy to avoid the marshmallow temptation until the adult came back were rewarded with one more treat.

Satisfaction-on-Demand or Delay of Gratification?

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Considering Work at Home?

2011 May 18
by Annie Wallace

Many people are now struggling with work-life balance. Too much work load, plus the associated commute to and from the workplace, and office politics – all of these are causes of stress that more and more individuals are trying to get away from.

That is why it is no surprise that working at home is fast becoming a popular alternative to income earning.

The independence, freedom, flexibility and convenience of this practice is truly appealing to those who are wanting to leave and are tired from the typical nine to five job.

Some can even claim tax advantages from this practice including utility costs and office equipment. read more…