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How to make the switch to working online part 1

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 05:59:40 GMT

How to make the switch to working online is going to be a short series on how to move from your 9-5 job to a life of freedom and flexibility of working online. This is how I made my move and how you can too, no BS involved.First, it isn’t working online but rather playing online and earning money. If I did not love getting up in the morning doing what I am doing, I wouldn’t last a month. The biggest hurdle you have to overcome while pondering the thought of working online is to ignore what others have done to make money online and to do what you love instead.When people first start out online, they look at the likes of John Chow and Jeremy Schoemaker and think, “I can do this.” What most people realize after about a month of trying is it doesn’t work out that way. Earning money online can be a lot harder than it appears.First Step:Start! I know that seems basic, but it is amazing that most people only think and talk about making a life change for the better. So get going and do it! Learn about the different ways you can make money online and what you are capable of doing.Second Step:Find what you love to do. Motivation is a huge factor in success. When you love your work, you aren’t working. Having fun is probably the most important aspect of doing what you love. Besides loving what you do, you will often know a lot about that particular niche, adding even more to your credibility and knowledge to the trends in that market. Knowing as much as you can about your niche market gives you the edge on top of the passion to pursuit it. It amazes me that even after blogging for a short period of time you will see so many other bloggers come and go as they slowly give up on their pursuit of money. It’s a pursuit of a dream that will carry you through.Third Step:Phase into your online work. I didn’t just wake up one day and start working online. I started by reading blogs. Then I started subscribing to blogs that I liked. I opened up a free blogging account on and other sites, learning the skills of creating a fluid site online. I learned how to and how not to make money online (selling ebooks is not going to get you anywhere unless you know how to market online well). Make the shift from part-time Internet entrepreneur to full-time self employed Internet marketer. Start small and allow yourself to have a life outside of the Internet and your work. As you grow and expand online, you will have to be the judge of when to quit your day job and pursuit your online business. I did this after roughly 4-5 months. I timed vacation and paychecks to give me the most coverage and financial buffer I could. This process wasn’t easy and I had to live on next to nothing for a few months in order to accomplish the transaction. I recommend saving as much money as you can before this part or already be generating a steady income stream from your part-time online ventures. Both are good ideas.Fourth Step:Find a balance in your life and establish a routine. It is a whole new world to work for yourself. There is no longer someone making sure you are accomplishing your work. You have to be your own boss. Treat your time as a commodity that you can no longer take back. Time is no longer worth a fixed dollar amount. It is equated in the terms of value added. You now get paid on performance and the value that you provide. It no longer matters how long it takes you to accomplish tasks in order to get paid but rather how much value you provide your customers. Never cheat your customers on value. You may find that in order to generate the income you want, you only spend 4 hours a day working for it. It is important to find that balance and treat that time like it is pure gold, because it is.Fifth Step:Diversify. The days where you set up a store front and sold hardware supplies to local people are fading fast. In a world that changes in a matter of minutes online, you cannot afford to be stagnate. As soon as you start generating a decent income from your flagship blog or virtual business, you [...]

Rewards For Big Jobs: The Business Credit Card

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:17:53 GMT

Businesses are built like pyramids: there are more employees working on the lower ranks, with all of them supporting the few big bosses at the top. Many major decisions, however, are made by those who govern, so that requests have to be taken through several divisions to be approved. From the bottom down, department after department hears requests for money, until finally, an approval is made and the person who needs the money receives it.

Although seemingly bureaucratic, such a system can save a company money, and can ensure that company money is spent only on things that the company needs. Emergencies, however, cannot be avoided. If a virus or malware suddenly enters the business computer network, all computers will be affected, and important documents may be lost if computers are not fixed immediately. Employees traveling on a business trip for the company may suddenly need paper at the last minute, to print out contracts. They may need to transfer to another country or state to catch up with a client at the last crucial moment. They may need to close a deal, buy equipment, or conduct business while away from the office.

With emergencies such as these, you may need a business credit card to cater to your emergency needs. A business credit card can ensure that your computers will be speedily repaired, and your network will be up and running in time for you to finish your reports. If your employees carry business credit cards while they are out on company-sponsored trips, they can make their emergency purchases, print out their reports, buy important equipment, and close their deals without worry. A corporate credit card, moreover, will keep your employees safe, as it can be dangerous to travel with large amounts of cash on hand.

There are now several business credit card packages available, all of them with rewards that you can use for your company. For instance, some business credit card packages allow airline miles to be added every time a purchase is made. Such a privilege can be useful for employee travel. Other business credit card packages can give you discounts at partner establishments, such as office supply stores, bookstores, and computer shops. Most business credit cards, moreover, have higher credit limits in order to meet the purchase needs of businesses. Moreover, if your business is in good credit standing, the credit card company can waive its obligatory annual fee.

With all these incentives, it can be difficult to track purchases made by business credit card holders. If you are interested in purchasing business credit cards for your employees, you must formulate strict rules and regulations on the use of these cards. Business credit cards should be used to purchase items, goods, and services that will be used for the company. If possible, purchases should be justified if the user is called upon for questioning.

Employees should be required to keep all their receipts from their business credit card purchases, and to present these receipts to your finance department for filing and checking. Such rules should also be printed out and posted for all your employees to see, and in order for your business credit card to not be abused.

If you are interested in a business credit card for your company, then inquire with your local credit card company on what packages are available for your needs. Examine each business credit card package in detail, and make sure that you get only what you need and afford. You can enjoy the privileges offered by your business credit card if your company’s purchases are made wisely and carefully.

Top Home Based Business

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:17:23 GMT

In this article, we are going to look at a few of the top home-based business opportunities that are available for those interested in becoming entrepreneurs. You may be surprised at what is available or you may gain new ideas from the other businesses that are in operation today. Remember that with all forms of advertisement that is available for home businesses do not forgot to utilize the Internet when trying to reach your customers.

Antiques are a great way to make money from old treasures and you will have a great time as well. You can find antiques at garage and estate sales, as well as auctions and browsing through flea markets. You can sell everything from furniture to clothes and toys and everything in between. The financial investment of renting a space or setting up booths at fairs and such is minimal.

Computer Tutor is another excellent way to utilize your skills and bring in money. It does not matter what part of computer experience you excel at you can use your knowledge to help someone learn more.

Custom Jewelry and Accessories is fun for those who have a creative flair. There is always a market for jewelry and there are individuals who are always looking for unique and custom pieces.

Espresso Cart is a great way to bring in a profit everyday that you set up. Having a variety of hot and cold coffees to provide to your patrons will have them coming back day after day. You can set up just about anywhere, of course look into local regulations before you do so, and enjoy a daily profit and a cup of coffee.

Cleaning and Hauling Services is a handy way to make money if you are someone who loves to clean and clear things. Many people out there would willingly pay someone else to clean out their garage or attics and haul their junk away. Especially during the warmer seasons, this is a great way to make extra income. Obviously you cannot do this type of business with a car you will need a pick-up of some type of vehicle that is capable of carrying away a variety of items.

Handyman makes good money going to individuals who need someone to fix up minor things around their house. If you are good at fixing things, this is a great source of income and you will be doing something you love as well.

Medical Transcription can be done at home with a bit of brush up on medical terminology or even through taking a quick course at your community college or other institute. This is a demand that will not slow down anytime soon. Doctor’s offices, dentists, and even veterinarians all need someone to transcribe their records. If you are good at typing and familiar with Word documents and formatting this is a good choice for you.

Business Ideas That You Can Run From A Van

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:16:39 GMT

Here are some business start up ideas that you can run from a van:

Furniture Restorer

You will need to do a course on furniture restoration before you start this business. They are widely available at most large colleges and universities. You will also need a garage or workshop to store all your cleaning materials and equipment.

Your main task will be to preserve and restore old furniture whilst maintaining their original features.

Pest Control

You will need to do a training course so that you are up to the latest industry standards. The training consists of a residential training course mixed in with some site experience.

Your work involves killing or controlling a wide range of unwanted visitors ranging from mice, foxes, pigeons and even squirrels.

Pet Services

If you love animals then why not set up a pet service business? Your work will involve grooming pets, taking dogs for a walk, removing pet waste and minding the animals whilst the owners are at work.

Vehicle Maintenance

If you are a mechanic and would like to work for yourself then providing basic services and small repairs on site could make you a decent living. You can maintain people's cars in their own driveway.

Home Cleaning & Maintenance

This business will suit somebody that has carpentry experience. Your jobs include carpet cleaning, basic repairs & changing locks. Many home owners are now cash rich but lack the time to maintain their homes.

Landscaping and gardening

Do you have green fingers? Why not make it your business? Most people only have time to do basic gardening.

Landscaping a garden involves planting beautiful plants and creating an individual look and feel to a garden. Some people like a wild and natural garden whilst others prefer an ordered English garden design.

Work is wide and varied including, decking, leveling & building a rockery. Assuming you have gardening experience, you will also need to learn how to build and design patios and basic brickwork skills.

Car Valet

Buy a decent second hand van, equip it with a generator, water tank, pressure washers and cleaning material and you are ready to start valeting cars. It is very easy to pick up regular clients as long as you provide a reliable service.


A Van business can be started of with as little as £5,000 if you pick up a nice second hand van & manage to get hold of decent second hand tools

You will need to get the van painted with your livery (artwork, logos and contact details). For marketing you will need business cards & flyers. You will also have to get your business listed in the popular business directories. Advertise your business by leafleting well to do areas and approach local businesses.

The best way to get a new van if cash flow is tight is to lease it. They normally ask for 3 payments up front as the deposit followed by 23 or 35 payments based on a 2 or 3 year lease.

Some of the van businesses require you to have expensive tools that are hard to source second hand. You will have to allow for these in your business plans.

For example, total set up costs for leasing a new van, business insurance, buying a complete commercial valeting kit and including marketing could easily set you back £15,000.

The main advantages of a low cost van business are that you don't need expensive premises and are not stuck indoors.