Thursday, December 21, 2006

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

The MLM Paradox

Some people like the world of MLM's and others hate it and are convinced they are all a scam.  As you know, I don't believe they are a scheme but that you have to choose your company wisely.  Do all the research, pick a product line that you feel good about and make sure you have a plan. 
I wanted to share this article with you because it is SO true and kind of fun too.  I think it will be important information for you to keep in mind if you are thinking of making an MLM opportunity your way of making money at home:
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Common Sense

It sounds like common sense when somebody tells you to use common sense when evaluating a business opportunity. And yet, 95% of Internet marketers don't do it. They throw all reason to the wolves and pray for miracles and then wonder why they aren't making any money on the Internet. Honestly, it is hard for me to have any sympathy for these people. But assuming that maybe they just don't know any better and honestly believe that the hype they are fed is the actual truth and gospel, I'm going to attempt to show, by example, how ridiculous it is to believe some of the stuff that crossed their path each day.

I was just going through my email box of one of my accounts and saw a subject that read "The best $6 investment you'll ever make." Now, at first I was thinking that maybe there was some piece of software or tool that only cost $6 and did something useful. I mean after all, not everything that is useful has to be expensive. So, I opened up the email. This is what I found.

The person went on about how if you join this site and spend just $6 to join, you can turn that $6 into millions. And then they began to explain to me how this works, more or less. Bottom line. It was another pyramid scheme. But let's say you didn't know that. Let's say this all sounded legit to you. Think about this logically and use some common sense.

In the offline world, would you even imagine being able to make millions of dollars from a $6 investment? If you have any knowledge at all about starting a business in the offline world then you know it takes thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. But let's say you didn't know that and were naive enough to believe you could start a business for $6. You decide that you want to open up a corner store and sell deli. There just happens to be an empty store front around the corner from you so you don't even have to drive to work. So you go to the landlord and tell him you'll like to "lease" the store. You tell him you'll pay him out of your profits. He then laughs in your face and tells you that it's one month security up front and the monthly lease is $3000.

Do you see where I am going with this? That's before you even buy one ounce of deli meat, which I might add is also going to come at quite an expense. You think Boreshead is going to send it to you and tell you that you can pay them later?

The point is this. Name me one business in the off line world that you can start up for $6 and make millions of dollars from. I'd personally love to hear it. Unless you're either a wise guy or so totally clueless that you think Fred Flintstone is a new brand of cream cheese, then you know that making millions from $6 is just not possible.

When you're evaluating a sales pitch or business opportunity, use some common sense.

It will save you a lot of heartache in the long run.

Reprinted By Steven Wagenheim from his Home Biz Help Center.
Cannot be reprinted without permission from the author and must contain the original resource box including site URL

Steven Wagenheim
Honest Income Program - 2 hrs daily = $500 monthly income
Complete Internet Advertising Guide
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Monday, November 27, 2006 is a great little forum for anyone who is looking to find a good and legitimate way to make money working from home. 
The members are always well spoken and very helpful.  I am personally not a member of too many forums but I ran across this one last year sometime and I have never been disappointed with the information I have gotten there. 
They have sections for articles, scam reports, places where you can ask questions about an opportunity you are looking at, get paid to, data entry, reselling, etc.  Most anything you can think of in the work at home world is covered here. 
If you are looking for some good work at home feedback or need information give a few minutes of your time!
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I Love PayPerPost

Are you tired of hearing about PayPerPost from me yet?  There is a reason I talk about it so often and so much.  It's because I love it!  If you are a frequent reader you know that in the beginning I was a little worried that it would turn out to be one big flop.  I have been with them for quite awhile now though and it is only getting better and better.  They have changed the format a bit and you do need to get each individual blog approved and it is taking a little longer to get your posts approved but that is all just a growing pain. 
For anyone looking to make extra money working at home PayPerPost is a very simple and easy way.  Just log in each day and look for an opportunity that fits in with your blog, write a post, include the appropriate links and you are done!  Easy money.  I love that I can have some control over how much money I make on any given day now. 
I have tried other blog advertising programs but I must say I love PayPerPost the most! In fact it is the only one I use these days!  Give it a shot and make some money at home!
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Earn Extra Points!

You all know I love Clubmom.  It is a great website with a ton of useful and helpful information.  Right now you can earn extra points for submitting Playskool toy reviews! 

Click here:  Join ClubMom for FREE today and earn 100 reward points when you review PlaySkool toys.


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Antonio Master Impressionist

Okay so you want to work from home.. Here is a unique opportunity! You can become a Master Impressionist! Im not exactly sure how you make money being a Master Impressionist but it looks like a lot of fun. In this fun video Antonio Master Impressionist performs his greatest feat ever! You will have to watch to see what that is but I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face. Okay so you probably won't make a fortune as a Master Impressionist, Antonio certainly won't, but we all need a break from the mundane working world now and then! Enjoy! You can make some money by joining PayPerPost and writing a blog though!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Are all MLM's a scam?

This is quickly becoming my newest pet peeve.  I was just reading a thread where someone asked if Ameriplan was a scam.  There were three responses, two said it was a scam and one said it is a discount plan.  Now I know a lot of people who work with Ameriplan and love it.  They love the discounts and they love the opportunity to work from home. 
Why oh why do some people believe that every MLM company is just a scam? 
A scam is where you pay for something and get taken.  For instance when you decide one of the "stuff envelopes at home" deals is a great opportunity and fork over your hard earned money to try it out and then find that you are expected to post the same ad you answered and then "stuff" the envelope with the same information telling your customer to do the same thing, that is a scam.   Okay I know that was long winded and probably didn't make much sense but you get the idea. 
I wanted to pass out this information again because it is GOOD information.. MLM vs Pyramid scheme.. how to tell the difference. 
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Friday, November 10, 2006

Working at home choices

I was just thinking.  Actually the post about why I love working at home got me to thinking.  It is really important that when you are deciding on how you will make money at home that you think about what you want to get out of it.  Money is of course one thing you want but what about the lifestyle you want to have. 
If you have been reading this blog you already know there is a difference between working at home and having a job vs working at home with your own business.
If you are picking a job keep in mind that you will have to be more disciplined and keep some regular hours. 
The same thing applies to a direct sales business.  You will need to be organized and schedule regular home parties or flea markets and holiday fairs to keep your income coming in.
Building websites was the perfect choice for me because I wanted to be able to make money even if Im not sitting at the computer.  I love the thought of a regular income and having control over how much I make which was what attracted me to Cha Cha but once I gave it some thought I didn't want to be sitting at the computer to make that hourly income.  I want to be able to move away from the computer at a moments notice. 
I just wanted to give you a few more things to think about when you are choosing how you will make money at home.  
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Get The Job

If you are looking for a job that allows you to work from home rather than starting your own business it can be tough to find a good and honest resource. 
There are a lot of companies that hire people to work from home but they can be few and far between.   The first place most people go to look is online.  The first thing they find is a lot of empty promises.  It is important to use an online resource that you can trust. is a great resource. posts listings from direct hire companies only; meaning there are no postings from headhunters, third party recruiters or too-good-to-be-true scam jobs.
The best thing about this site is that their database covers the hidden job market as well.  You can find positions and jobs in all kinds of different catagories.  I gave it a shot and just searched on the term "work from home".  I was pleasantly surprised to see the top listing was for an "At home Customer Service Representative" in Utah. 
These jobs can be so difficult to find.  If you are looking I would suggest you start at .
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Things I love

What I love about working at home... I think it is important that we remind ourselves of this often... I love that I can get up at 8 am instead of 6 am.. I love that I can stop working and go shopping whenever the urge hits (I actually did just that this morning).  I love that I can pick up where I left off at anytime of day and nothing is affected.  I love that I can eat lunch in my own home.  I love that I can stop and play a game with Katie.  I love that I can spend a day reading a book and know that I am still making money.  I love that I am here to be a Girl Scout leader and a mom.  I love that I can help my friends when they need it.   The things to love about working at home are endless. 
What do you love about working at home?
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Complete guide to buying a house humidifier

Working at home in the Winter also means lot's of dry air, closed up rooms and heat.  If you are like me you will find yourself experiencing a lot of unpleasant symptoms from this type of environment. 
Every since we moved to Boise I have suffered from sinus problems and in the Winter is when they are the worst!  I constantly feel stuffed up and suffer from sinus pressure when the humidity drops.  Most of last year I relied on sinus and allergy medicine.  This year I have done some research.  I could have used common sense here too but I forgot about that!  If the humidity drops and causes you problems the easiest solution of course is to increase the humidity.  You can do this simply with a good humidifier. 
I found a great website that offers a lot of different styles to fit whatever your concerns are.  I never even knew you could humidify your entire house!   Take a moment to visit this website and look over the complete guide to buying a house humidifier .   I think you will be very pleased with what you find!
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On Track

Yea, it's Winter again!  Since I started working from home this has really become my favorite season.  Don't get me wrong, I still hate the ice and when I must drive on snowy, slick streets but when it comes to work, this is when I get the most done.  Or so I thought.  It seems like since cold weather hit I have busier than ever! 
I think what is really happening is that I need to readjust.  I need to get back in the habit of sitting down and getting to work instead of trying to keep the same schedule we had over the summer.  I'm not sure that makes sense unless you are already working at home and going through the same thing.
What I am trying to say is I got in the habit of doing certain things everyday and on specific days.  Now I am still trying to cram everything into a few hours instead of slowing down and taking it step by step. 
I have actually been doing better.  You will notice a lot more posts this week than what I had over the past two months! 
I guess my whole point is that this is something to watch out for in your own home business.  It is easy to get off track and not so easy to get back on. 
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Affiliate Marketing

I was just in the wahmscam blog writing about affiliate programs and what is good and what types of programs are not so good.  I have already written a lot about this here but there are new types of programs popping up all the time.  If you are interested in joining any type of affiliate program it might be good to read!
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Affiliate Marketing Forums

Speaking of affiliate programs.  If this is an area you are wanting to get into you will want and need to learn a lot of information. 
Probably the smartest thing I ever did was join a forum that was specifically about affiliate programs.  This makes it very easy to learn new marketing techniques, keep up with the world of SEO and hear what others think of programs you might be looking to try.  There will always be programs you haven't heard of and getting information on these programs from people who know what they are doing and have already tried them can be invaluable! 
Affiliate Marketing & SEO Forums is just the place to find out everything you need to know to be successful in affiliate marketing.
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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Choosing a Domain Name

While we are on the subject of website building here is an interesting twist!  When you are choosing the name for your website you might want to pop in to the wayback machine and check out the history of the domain name you are selecting.  Read what happened to Katelyn when she built a new website for preschoolers:


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Monday, November 06, 2006

Choosing a webhost

If you are ready to start your website and make some money working from home your first step will be to choose a host for your website.   This isn't as easy as you might think.  There is a lot to consider and I am often asked how you should decide on your host.  You will want to spend some time picturing how you expect your site to look in the end and what you want to get from it.  This is one area where the cheapest isn't always the best.  You can get web hosting for free but there are consequences that go along with it.  I recently saw a question about how to insert HTML into a new and popular hosts program. After doing some research I found out this couldn't be done.  I can't even imagine not having that ability. When I was choosing my webhost it was important to me that I have sitebuilding software that would be easy to use and it was important for me to have easy built in access to traffic tools and emails. 

The bottom line is that you will want to find a host that gives you the tools you need to build your website and that is also within a price range you find acceptable.  Think about the space you will need, the tools you will want, and the price you will want.   If you are new to all this it can be a little intimidating.  I recently ran across a website that can help you figure all this out.  You just plug in what you want and need in a webhost and they show you the best matches for your needs:

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Be careful what you take on!

Being at home means you are percieved as "not working".  This can get you into trouble if you also see yourself as just being an at home mom.  We all know very well that just being a mom means you are working your tail off and if you are at home you are also expected to cook, clean, run errands etc.  This can keep you on your toes and busy!  Now if you throw in an at home business you have doubled your trouble.  Now you must do all of the above plus fit in time to work.  Let others know you are at home and it gets even better.  You will soon be the room parent, the scout leader, the person everyone turns to when they need help and the soccer mom. 
At some point you will have to learn how to say "no". 
This isn't hard.  No one wants to be seen as selfish or unwilling to help out at school or anywhere else.  It is something you will have to learn to do though or you won't get anything done in any area. 
Personally, I have yet to learn how to say "no".. Let me know how you do it!
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Friday, November 03, 2006

PayPerPost updated!

You might remember awhile back when I decided to give PayPerPost a try.  They pay you to write blogs posts about different topics.   Way back when I first signed up you could use your blogs as long as they were at least 90 days old and there were a few other rules.  PayPerPost has since updated and now you must register each of your blogs. 
This is still one of the best opportunities around for bloggers.  I wrote 2-3 posts in my blogs and sure enough 30 days later I recieved my payment!  Since I was just testing it out I only made around $30 that month but it was more than I had made the previous month from those blogs! 
I am still getting the new rules and everything figured out but I am sure looking forward to making more money from PayPerPost
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Monday, October 30, 2006

Break it Down

Life has been crazy!  Here is some good work at home advice I plan on applying to myself. 
I decided that it was a good idea to start numerous blogs and a numerous websites and that it was also a great idea to become a Girl Scout Troop Leader at the same time... haha..
Well of course these are all good things when you take them one at a time but when you try to do it all at once it is a little bit overwhelming. 
So I have all the blogs and I have all the website and I was trying to work on every single one every single day.  This wasn't the best idea.  It wasn't long before I felt overwhelmed and well if I couldn't work on them all in one day I didn't work.
As you know, it has been awhile since I have posted.  Here is what I have finally figured out... break it down... Dedicate one day to each website, two at the most.   This will mean they will all get updated at least weekly.  If I can write two blogs in one day.. good... if not I won't end up feeling like I am failing in my endeavors. 
So that is my new plan.   I am going to try to work in little chunks instead of trying to get it all done all at once every day.   If you are starting to feel overwhelmed in any part of your life or job.. break it down! 
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Johhny Cash and Wahms

Since I am a huge Johhny Cash fan, this article jumped right out and grabbed my attention. It is so much fun I had to share it with you:

'Hello, I'm Johnny Cash' - Surprising Lessons for New Wahms

By: Carrie Lauth

I've unearthed some surprising bits of wisdom for new work at home moms by listening to Johnny Cash lately. I thought I would share some of these tidbits from the Rockabilly legend.

1) Understand Your Man, target market!

That's right. Do you understand your target market? Are you aware of her needs, desires and driving ambitions? Does your website speak to your target audience? If not, perhaps you should make some changes or your website visitor or customer will be "as gone as a wild goose in winter" too!

2) A Boy Named Sue

Life ain't easy for a boy named Sue...and life ain't easy for a wahm either. In your business you will have those confidence killers, dream stealers, fun suckers...whatever you want to call them. You will have people who try to tell you that you can't achieve your goals, that what you try won't work. Don't let them get you down!

Sue's father told him, "This world is rough, and if you're gonna make it, you've gotta be tough."

How can you get tough in your business?

3) Man In Black- or Branding 101

J.R. Cash didn't don the all black suit because he didn't have anything else to wear. It was his trademark. He wore all black for a reason.

What about you? Are you working on your brand?
In a world full of Elvis Presleys and Jerry Lee Lewises, how will you stand apart? And remember, your target market doesn't have to be just like you- Johnny Cash wrote Folsom Prison Blues and connected with inmates when he had never yet step foot in jail!

4) The Legend of John Henry's Hammer

This song has two bits of wisdom:

a) Learn your business and you will succeed

John Henry's Daddy told him to: "Learn to a turn a jack, learn to lay a track,
learn to pick and shovel too." Are you learning all you can about Internet
Marketing so that you can succeed in your business? Do you reinvest in ebooks,
coaching and mentoring, and software like John Henry's hammer?

b) Technology has its place but it can't take the place of humans.

When the steam engine threatened to take the place of men, Johnny proved that in the end, humans are more valuable. Learn to use technology (like autoresponders) but remember that your website visitor is a human and inject some of yourself into your marketing efforts.

5) One Piece at a Time

This ballad is about a man who decides to build a Cadillac. He steals one
piece at a time from the assembly line "and it didn't cost him a dime".
But in the end, it didn't work out exactly like he planned!

Does your website look like a pieced together jalopy?
Are you unwilling to spend any money on your own domain and hosting,
content with a free site cluttered up with ads?

6) In The Jailhouse Now

Please don't throw away your hard work by doing one of the following things:

Copying other people's articles or content
Stealing graphics
Clicking on your Adsense ads
Not keeping records and neglecting to pay taxes

It just isn't worth it, and you may find yourself in the jailhouse.
Much better to Walk the Line so you can sleep at night.

7) Ring of Fire

Maybe you've made a bad choice... entered into a shotgun romance
with a business that's not right for you. Don't be afraid to realize this,
chuck everything and start over! Don't beat your head against the wall if,
after working hard on a project, you decide it's just not profitable.
Better to find your match and pour your energies into that.

In this song, June Carter Cash chronicles her growing attraction to John.
Though they were both involved with other people, they were obviously soul mates and ended up making music and growing old together for the next 40 years.

May you make beautiful music with your business!

Article by:

Carrie Lauth is a work at home Mom of 4 who offers a free "No Fluff" ezine for moms new to online business. Get your copy, plus extra subscriber goodies, at And check out her answers to Mom's frequently asked questions about starting an internet business at


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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Stay at home mommy/daddy zone

Even though we sometimes consider ourselves "work at home" parents we are still "stay at home" parents too.  Working at home means we have double duty.  We need to find time to "work" and make money but we also have the responsibility of entertaining our kids.  That is afterall why we chose to stay home in the first place!   
Somedays it can be easy to find things to do and other days it can be hard.  Somedays are great and somedays are horrible.  Somedays are fun and somedays are boring.  Sometimes we can feel like we are the only ones having those kinds of days and it is nice to find out that we aren't.  There are other people living lives with the same hopes, worries and fears. 
Whenever you are having one of "those" days, click on over and visit the
Stay At Home Mommy/Daddy Zone blog.  Tracey has a great way of making you feel welcome and she has some wonderful stories and ideas to share!
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Abusing the "system"

Summer is almost over!  In a way I am relieved.  It has been so hard to stay focused and get any work done everyday.  There are so many other things to be doing.  This week Katie and I went to the river and collected rocks to paint.  We have played lots of games, went to the park and the library and just had fun.  I wouldn't trade this time for the world but I have felt like I am slacking off.  Isn't that why we work from home though?  We can do just a little bit of work and still see money come in.  At least that is what I keep telling myself.  I know though that in the end I will get out of my business exactly what I put into it.  Winter will be better.   :)
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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Truth in advertising

I've noticed this happening a lot lately in different forums.  Today I was reading a forum where someone had asked for ideas on different businesses that can be ran from home.  Halfway down the thread was a response from someone about the business they were doing and how great it was.  The next response was from someone else who was also in the business and mentioned that he had been seeing and hearing a lot of great things about it in forums.  The funny thing was, both of these people who were in the same business joined the forum on the same day and had the exact same number of posts.  Coincidence?  I doubt it.   Someone else besides me happened to notice this fact and questioned it.  The original person responded that yea it was funny and it must be because this was such a great forum. 
You have to know.  If you are new to the forums everyone knows this trick and everyone hates it.  All it does is discredit you and cause you to lose a lot of respect.  If you want to advertise your business in the forums become a participating member.  Help other people in the forums and give good solid advice.  Don't use the forums as just a means to advertise and don't make up pretend people.  It is always glaringingly obvious. 
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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Not gone

I just wanted to catch up with everyone and let you know I haven't falled off the earth.  We have family in town this week, a family reunion and camping trip planned for this weekend and I have been working on helping a friend get his websites up and going and I will be trying to help promote his e-book.  I will let you know more about all that when it is up and going!    We do have one blog done which you can see at and you can see what it is all about.  I expect life to back to somewhat normal after next Monday and will start righting more. In the meantime I will catch up when I can.   I hope everyone is having a great summer and appreciate your patience!



Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Top Level Domains

 A lot of people believe that having a top level domain is the best way to go as far as search engines are concerned.  This has sent me off on quite an adventure.  When I first started using blogger and gave it some thought I was told it couldn't be done with blogger but you could do it with wordpress.  I tried Wordpress and didn't like the fact that I had no way to manipulate the templates (not that I could find anyway).  I got frustrated and went back to Blogger and decided I really didn't need a top level domain anyway. 
Well here I am again looking into it.  Come to find out you can do it with Blogger.  You just have to use the FTP function.. Well duh, how easy is that?   It actually looks easy enough but when it comes right down to it, I am losing my mind! 

I use Homestead for a host and although it is simple to use when you are building a website I have found out that there file system is not quite like the rest.  For instance I don't have a /public.html/ file.. Don't know what that is?  Me either but I need it to FTP or at least need to know what Homesteads version is. 

So anyway.. this is what I am working on these days.   A whole new world of learning but I think learning is a good thing.   Have a great day!



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Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Once you have your business up and running you will need to advertise of course!  Without some form of advertising no one will ever know your business even exists.  There are lots of different ways to advertise both offline and online.  You have options of free advertising or paying for advertising.  There is a great thread at wahm that is all about places you can advertise.  Scroll through and see what fits your needs and price:


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Monday, July 24, 2006

Four Tips For Managing Your Life

Four Tips For Managing Your Life
 by Abraham Carter
 Good news: from getting organized to maximizing your time, there are some easy ways to stay focused and achieve your goals.
• What Areas Need the Most Work? Watching a reality TV show may be more entertaining than cleaning the green film off the shower stall but it won't keep your home from becoming a biohazard. Establishing and sticking to priorities will help you spend less time worrying about what needs to be done and more time accomplishing your goals. Consider using Sunday evenings, when you normally mourn the end of the weekend, to go over weekly goals and priorities. This is a great way to stay focused on what you want to accomplish without getting ahead of yourself.
• Cut Out the Junk. If you're like many Americans, you keep possessions well beyond their usefulness. When neighbors begin mistaking your garage for abstract art, you have a problem. Consider selling old appliances, clothing and furniture that add clutter to your life; to avoid the hassle of a yard sale, use Web sites such as eBay and Craigslist to sell secondhand goods. One day you may even be able to park your car in the garage.
• Get the Right Equipment. Sometimes you just need the right tools to maximize your results. A good option is Microsoft Works Suite 2006, with something for everyone in the family. Works Suite includes six of Microsoft's most popular home software programs. You can keep a detailed list of your priorities in Microsoft Word 2002; organize upcoming projects and stay on schedule with Microsoft Works 8; and create, manage and track your budget using Microsoft Money 2006 Standard. In addition, the program includes Digital Image Standard 2006, software to help you organize, enhance and share digital photos. Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2006 comes in handy for research; and Streets & Trips Essentials 2006 helps plan, chart and navigate that road trip you always said you would take. Visit for more information.
• Give Someone Else a Spot. Pledging to be more active in your community is an important goal. Instead of shying away from volunteer opportunities, make a point to reserve one day a month for charities or functions. Nonprofit organizations are flexible when it comes to working with volunteers.
None of these tips will take effect if you don't implement them into your daily routine. It only takes a couple days of procrastination before you're smothered by daily tasks and confused about what to do next. You will change your habits only by being proactive and setting constant reminders. Remember, Rome was not built in a day. By being patient with your progress and approaching your goals sooner than later, you may have some great accomplishments to celebrate.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Make money scrapbooking

A fantastic way to earn money from home and one in which I wish I could spend the time to do is to make scrapbooks.  You can make scrapbooks with all the great little details, add stickers, borders, embellishments all the fun stuff but leave room for some pictures and journaling.  You would be amazed how many people will pay for these books! 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Freelance Jobs

So Im borrowing from Gayla again... I know, why can't I be original?   If I wanted to be honest I should probably be directing you to her article on avoiding summer death of a blog.  Summer is definately a time when I can find all kinds of reasons to be out in the sun, at the park, in the garden, anywhere but at the computer working!
However I noticed that she has also written a great article about a place that is helping freelance workers find jobs!  So I will let you sit in front of the computer and work, Im going out to the garden.. yeah.. sure I am.. :)

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Be Ready

Just like in the outside workplace, working at home can be filled with surprises.  Have you ever been in a position of working outside the home and you make a new contact, start talking and suddenly find yourself with a new opportunity?  This just happened to me as a work from home parent!  This weekend I was talking to an aquaintance who has started some websites in the past few months.  After talking for awhile about website building he offered me a partnership.  He likes to write the material but he doesn't have time for the website marketing and maintenance.  This is a great opportunity.  I wanted more websites but haven't had time to build them.  It is almost the end of July and I am one short of my goal!  Turns out that is okay.  By working on this new project I will still be able to make money and grow my business.  Be Ready for surprises and new opportunities everywhere you turn!   Read my blog at to see the website I will be marketing.  It's a whole new venue and Im pretty excited about it!

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Friday, July 14, 2006

MLM's what are they?

It's been awhile and there are always new people looking to work from home.  I wanted to take a moment to revisit the post on the difference between MLM's and Pyramid schemes.  It is really important for anyone looking into a business to understand.  So here we go!

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Internet Marketing Voodoo

Once you have your business started whether it is online or offline you are now going to have to get the word out.  How do you do that?  Internet Marketing Voodoo is a website that can definately help you!  I remember when I first started my website I kept hearing over and over about Viral Marketing.  Now being online anything with "virus" connotations sounds pretty darn evil.  However, I found out is actually a great thing and this website explains all the steps you need to take to make it work for you. 
Internet Marking Voodoo has information on all kinds of different marketing techniques.  You can take all of the marketing techniques they offer and gear them towards making your own products or business standout.   This is definately a website to visit, they can help you learn everything about marketing online, offline and tell you why you need to be doing it.  What I like best is the "Guest Spots" there are some very well known and talented people who are telling you their strategies and sharing what worked for them.  Set aside a day to visit and learn all you can learn!
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Stress is something we all have to deal with and sometimes on a daily basis.  When you are starting your own work from home business venture you will probably feel a great deal of stress.  This will be an ongoing thing.  Don't think it won't!  You will have ups and downs and they will affect your stress level.  There will be times you want to throw in the towel even.  Here is a great article on how to deal with stress when those moments hit you!
The Key To Personal Development And Stress Reduction (And Maybe Even World Peace)
 by Tracy Carreon -
 Wherever you are right now, stop everything (this is important). Take just a moment and sit back in your seat. Now, put your hands on your abdomen with you fingertips barely touching. On your next inhale separate your fingertips by breathing deeply and slowly into your belly, allowing your breath to push them apart. Then exhale slowly so that your fingertips come back together. When you’ve finished, try it again.
There. That’s it…THE key to unlocking the door to your own growth and evolvement, to managing and actually reducing the stress in your life, and to setting in motion a small but resounding ripple in the betterment of the world.
Sound ridiculous? Are you wondering how one deep breath can claim to accomplish so much? The answer lies not in the biological functioning of the breath, but in its ability to focus attention, to bring mind and body into sync and release the present from concerns over the past or future. And when this happens time and space is created for deepening self-knowledge and awareness, which in turn leads to more purposeful, engaged and inspired living.
Sitting quietly for five, ten, twenty minutes a day, following your breath, is a good way to begin creating a personal practice of what is called “mindfulness.” In today’s speed-of-light world, it’s common to feel scattered…for the mind to be thinking about one thing, while the heart reaches toward another and the body hangs out in the space-time continuum. Mindfulness is about bringing all these aspects of the self together. It’s about becoming fully and deeply present, aware of each passing moment. And the simplest, easiest and best place to begin is the breath.
Though it won’t stop there. When you become intentional in the practice of being mindful a deeper process will be triggered. The ability to focus on your own inner experience and to become fully present will begin to flow into every aspect of your life…into your words, and thoughts and actions…into your relationships and work and personal endeavors. You will wake and realize that you are, maybe for the first time, actually experiencing the moments of your existence.
But how does that transfer to saving the world?
Peace, and all roads that lead to it and from it, begin with the individual. Peaceful individuals create peaceful homes, create peaceful communities, create peaceful nations, create a peaceful world.
To truly make progress in your own growth and development…to make the deepest impact possible on the state of the planet, begin with your self. Learn the art of mindfulness. Devote 2…5…10…30 minutes a day to practicing presence. Take time each day to show up fully. Get to know yourself. Create your own personal practice. It can include anything that stills the mind, quiets the heart, calms the spirit, inspires the soul…breathing, meditation, walking, prayer, dance, art, journaling …the purpose is to take time to be in this world of doing, to bring peace to your self so that when you venture into the world you carry it with you like a lantern you pass on to others.
So take another moment, another breath. But this time, breathe like you mean it. It is the key to your own growth, and just may be the key to the healing of the world.

Tracy Carreon MA, is a writer and life coach with a background in education and counseling. Through her website, she offers information, products and services designed to inspire creativity, reduce stress and support personal and spiritual growth

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Monday, July 10, 2006

Key points

Once you have decided what you want to do whether it be a website or something in direct sales or your own idea turned into a business there are a few things you will want to keep in mind.
Check your spelling.  This is probably one of easiest things you can do.  If you are a poor speller you probably know it.  Take the time to check your spelling in a dictionary or at least spellcheck.  Keep in mind that spellcheck will give you numerous different spellings for words that sound alike but you still have to pick the right one.  If you have a spelling error most people can overlook it but if your website or brochures are loaded with bad spelling, your customers will have a hard time taking you seriously.
Customer Service:  Build a relationship.  It is great when someone buys something from you or comes to you for a service but it is up to you to keep them coming back.  If they have a problem and take the time to bring it to you, fix it.  Fix it with kindness and graciously.  Don't be defensive and don't show anger even if you feel they are wrong. This is a tough one to do but very important.  Remember, bad word of mouth advertising spreads faster than good word of mouth advertising. 
Be humble.  Yes you should be the expert in your field but you don't have to come across that way.  You will get much farther by being humble.  If a customer wants to tell you about when they did the same thing and everything they learned, spend some time listening.  Things may have changed in the field but you might still learn something.  Know one likes a know-it-all or arrogance. 

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Friday, July 07, 2006

Would you keep working?

What would you do if you won the Lottery?  There is a new show out called Windfall ( about a group of people who win the Lottery and how it changes their lives.  Personally, I have thought about this a lot as I'm sure most of us do.  It is the ultimate dream come true for most people. 
If I won the Lottery I would keep working at home.  Now you are probably thinking "Yeah right!" but it's true.  I get a lot of personal satisfaction from the fact that I have been able to work from home and be successful at it.  Now of course I would not put in as much time because it wouldn't be such a big deal if I had a bad week or even a bad month.  I would spend more time taking the kids on vacations and spending time together to just have fun and build memories.  I often think I would buy a home, pay off the van, get hubby a new car and pay off the credit cards and I would do all those things but those aren't the most important things I think about.  I try to remind myself every night that when all is said and done all we have is our memories.   Winning the Lottery would give me the resources to just have fun with my family and that is what I would want to spend most of my time doing.   What would you do?  Would you keep working or quit your job?  Would you buy everything you wanted or still live conservatively?
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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Starting a Home Based Business

Starting A Home Based Business - When The Going gets Tough!
by Abigail Franks
 Starting any business is rich with excitement and anxiety.  This is especially true when stepping into a home based business.  All the questions about doing everything right and if I'll be successful are in every business owners mind when first starting up.  The big difference between a home based business startup and a regular or more "formal" business startup is the comfort level in your own home can work against you getting anything actually done.
Going into a store or an office focuses attention on the things that need done that day.  Many typically have those "to-do" lists that outline the goals and objectives of the day.  In a home based business however, it's easy to fall into the trap of not separating the business or work part of your life and the home and family part.  The sofa or chair where you watch television is right in the other room, almost calling for you to take yet another break.  Then there's the refrigerator and snack cabinet. 
Running a home based business, especially a startup one demands a certain discipline that works best if you compartmentalize your day.  Work during times when you've decided to work and be "home" when you've decided to be home. If you set up a schedule that has you working in your home office from 8 am to noon, be at your desk working during those hours. 
Don't fall into the temptation to visit with the family or walk the dog during business or work time.  Stay focused.  One of the biggest problems with any home based business or working from home is having the flexibility to make changes in your work schedule.  When first starting out in your own home business, stay as formal as possible.  Keep business hours, or at least stay as close to the schedule you've set as possible.  The reason for this is to set pattens in your own personal behavior that allow for the maximum potential for the business success.  Later, you can relax a bit and add a little flexibility to the schedule. 
The key to a successful business no matter if it's a retail store, a technology related business, home based or office / retail based, is always the same.  WORK!  Home based businesses don't mean that there's less work.  It means the business can be operated out of your home.  The WORK part still is critical to your success.  We're almost all seen how the corporate world wastes time in endless meetings.  In a small business, we too can fall into patterns that keep us from doing the most important thing to assure success, and that's work. 
In any home based business, stay focused, develop a schedule, and stay on track to a bright future in your own business!
Abigail Franks writes on a variety of subjects such as home, family, and health.  For more information on Home Based Business go to

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Wah goals

The question of the week at Wahm Blogger Network is about goals.  This is good timing because just today I was thinking again about goals and blogging.  I have read numerous times that it is important to write more than once a day in your blogs and update them.  I know I can't do that seven days a week but I really do want to start updating at least twice a day on the days I do write.  My goal is to post once in the morning and once in the afternoon or even more if the mood strikes or a topic comes up.  I am off to a good start with this being my second post of the day on this blog already! 
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They are all scams?

Okay, I just have to laugh.  Recently on a message board someone once again asked the age old question.  "Are there any legitimate work from home jobs?".  Now on this message board awhile back one of the moderators posed a challenge.  List all the legitimate work from home jobs you can.  He had some rules which meant that direct sales type of opportunities were out.  Things like autosurf and all that other type of stuff were out as well.  So of course the list conists of things like starting an in home daycare, starting a backyard mechanic service, making and selling gift baskets, ebay, amazon, dog walking, etc. etc.  All legitimate businesses you can start at home. 
So I directed the poster to that challenge folder.  Guess what happened?  He/she came back and said there was nothing good in there. obviously his/her first impressions were right and everything is a scam!!!!   I am just stunned!  I am also laughing my head off.   I really think that there are some people who just don't get it!  You have to work to make money.  There is no magic bullet.  I know I have shared this type of thing before but this one was so funny I had to share again!


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