Business Opportunities from Home

May 31, 2011

For example, show a child playing with your toy in your ad (to help ‘plant’ the idea that your

For example, show a child playing with your toy in your ad (to help ‘plant’ the idea that your toys are fun to play with). Plan different ways to ‘push’ your line — give prizes at community affairs (raffle, children”s competitions), try cable TV ads and the local newspaper.

May 30, 2011

Some rental properties, however, will pay a relocation consultant a commission equal to one

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Some rental properties, however, will pay a relocation consultant a commission equal to one month″s rent.

May 29, 2011

(1) Vastly reduced overhead

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(2) Easy access to a global market
(3) Full advantage of telecommunications
(1) Vastly reduced overhead
(2) Easy access to a global market
(3) Full advantage of telecommunications.

May 27, 2011

The Internet is definitely where a lot of innovative things are happening

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The Internet is definitely where a lot of innovative things are happening. It”s a great place to exchange ideas, find out what hot, what”s not, and stay on the cutting edge whatever your particular business is.

May 26, 2011

Monkey Business: Monkeys as waiters in japan…VERY FUNNY!! MUST SEE!!!

ANCHOR:
And now onto an unusual tip to fight off a business crisis. A Japanese tavern owner is bringing up a new generation of customer pleasing waiters: macaque monkeys. Are you ready for some monkey business?
STORY:
This “sake house″ in northern Tokyo employs two popular and unusual waiters. They are named Yat-chan and Fuku-chan (pronounced Yat-tchan and Fookoo-chan), and are a pair of Japanese macaque monkeys.
Four-year-old Fuku-chan has already two years of experience under his furry belt. His main duty is delivering hot towels to customers before they order their drinks. This is how 12 year-old Yat-chan learned the tricks of the trade.
[Kaoru Otsuka, Tavern Owner]:
“Yat-chan first learned by just watching me working in the restaurant. It all started when one day I gave him a hot towel out of curiosity and he brought the towel to the customer.”
Both monkeys are well appreciated by customers who tip them with boiled soy beans.
[Takayoshi Soeno, Tavern Customer]:
“The monkeys are actually better waiters than some really bad human ones!”
Yat-chan is a natural and is always eager to please his customers.
[Shoichi Yano, Tavern Customer]:
“These guys are really adorable. They′re like my kids. Well actually better — my son doesn′t listen to me but Yat-chan will.”
And customers are impressed that Yat-chan understands their order.
[Miho Takikawa, Tavern Customer]:
“We called out for more beer just then and it brought us some beer, right? It’s amazing how it seems to understand human words.”
Both monkeys were once household pets. But now they are certified restaurant employees. The monkey pair work in shifts of up to a maximum of two hours a day, due to animal rights regulations. And so their employer is now ready to train three new baby monkeys this year. He hopes to bring up a new generation of Japanese waiters and waitresses.

May 25, 2011

You should be able to find plenty of used foundry type — since many printers are going to photo

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You should be able to find plenty of used foundry type — since many printers are going to photo offset and computers, and it would not be impossible to locate a used press as well. If you want to go ‘all out,’ Ludlow sells a plastic processor for around $2,000 that should take care of a pretty good sized business.

May 23, 2011

Well, today you don”t need the great mind of a philosopher to make the entire world come into your

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Well, today you don”t need the great mind of a philosopher to make the entire world come into your living room. What you need is a phone jack.

May 22, 2011

Writing For Dollars, A Freelancers Guide

Your novel sits unfinished, waiting for a burst of inspiration to send it out to be typewriter and right to the top of the best seller lists, right? You are not alone
Writing For Dollars, A Freelancers Guide
Your novel sits unfinished, waiting for a burst of inspiration to send it out to be typewriter and right to the top of the best seller lists, right? You are not alone. Thousands of would-be writers are waiting as well. But a few successes under your belt will make the possibility of seeing your picture on the dust jacket in the bookstore window seem less remote. Freelance writing can replace self-doubt with self-confidence and put money in your pocket at the same time. Just as all doctors are not neurosurgeons, all writers are not novelists.
A look into the field yields categories you might never have imagined. Magazine articles, greeting cards, business writing, newspaper reporting-these are areas in which freelance can add do make money. Writing provides an opportunity to earn with very little expenditure. A typewriter with accompanying supplies, a flair for writing and the discipline to stick with a schedule and meet deadlines can start you on your way.
STRINGING
Many local and regional newspapers, unable to maintain enough full-time staff to adequately cover ever meeting or event of importance to the populace, will assign certain stories to stringers, or freelance reporters. Assignments may vary as widely as covering a church circle meeting for the weekly religion page to reporting on a town council meeting in a neighboring village. The editorial staff will tell you what they want, when they want it and what you can expect to be paid. Stringers are paid by the word, by the line or by the column inch, and while rate varies from one newspaper to another, it is a set fee which cannot be negotiated. Building a good relationship with your editor through good writing, dependability and strict adherence to deadlines may enable you to successfully put forth your own ideas for feature stories and articles. You may be able to negotiate a higher rate of pay for these pieces. Don”t forget to ask for a by-line. Part of the thrill of freelance writing is seeing your name in print.
GREETING CARDS
Visit your local card shop. There are hundreds of cards, many expressing the same sentiments. Each one is different, and somebody earned money for each of them. The greeting card industry relies heavily on freelance submissions. Each company has its own style; it is futile to fire off ideas randomly hoping to hit pay dirt. Companies will send writer guidelines to those who accompany the request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE).
This basic checklist will tell you the subject matter of preference (some companies may deal solely with inspirational messages while others want only adult humor studio cards), the correct method of presentation, length of time should wait for a response and the pay range for accepted ideas. You don”t have to be an artist. Greeting card companies want your ideas and captions, although suggestions for accompanying artwork will be appreciated. remember, what may be unsuited to one company”s needs could be deemed irresistible by another. Don”t throw away any ideas in discouragement after one rejection. Submit, submit and resubmit should be your credo.
MAGAZINE ARTICLES
Thousands of special interest and trade publications are sold every year. Each is filled with articles, many of them written by freelancers. The trick is to find the right magazine for your article, and tailor your article for that magazine.. If you”re a whiz at coupon redeeming, refunding and rebating, consider sharing your expertise with others in an article in Supermarket Shopper. No matter what your area of interest, there”s a publication waiting to let you tell it all. Like greeting card companies, magazine publishers will send you guidelines including style and subject matter as well as pay scales. Don”t waste your time sending an article on the joys of a New England vacation to a publication specializing in recreation opportunities in the Ozarks. Guidelines firmly in mind, come up with an idea suitable for the particular publication and follow up with a query letter.
Many publications will not accept unsolicited manuscripts. even those that would rather read a well-written, creative letter outlining a proposed article than wade through a 2,000 word piece to find it acceptable. Your query letter can be open the door that might have been slammed in the face of your unreviewed work-especially if it is an example of proficient writing and piques the editor”s interest in your subject and the angle you”re planning to use. While many magazines will not accept manuscripts currently being considered by another publication, you may wish to send query letters to several at the same time.
If you are fortunate enough to have more than one acceptance, you can always write two articles with different slants from the same research. The time it takes for your manuscript to be considered seems interminable. One way to avoid hovering over the mailbox with hope, dread and anxiety fighting for dominance is to keep the mailbox working for you. Don”t send off one article and wait for the verdict. Send query letters, greeting card ideas, filler items and articles out constantly, never waiting to hear from one before sending the next. If you receive a rejection, move along to the next prospective publisher for that item, dash off a new cover letter and shoot it out again. You can”t sell what”s sitting in a reject pile–only what”s making the rounds on the market. Publishers guidelines will give you specific instructions for manuscript preparation. Regardless of the differences from one company to the next, remember that neatness counts. Use typing correction paper or fluid to repair typographical errors. Strike-overs and hand done corrections appear messy and unprofessional. Each page of your manuscript should have the title of the article and your name, as well as consecutive page numbers for all but the first page.
INDEPENDENT PROJECTS
Newspaper stringing, greeting cards and magazine articles are established fields for freelance writers. Your public library will have books and magazine listing companies seeking freelancers for everything from crossword puzzles to innovative messages for telephone answering machines. But you may wish to explore some areas on your own. Whether you live in a small town or a metropolitan area local organizations and businesses can provide fodder for an impressive client list. Perhaps the local historical society would be interested in your offer to research and write a history of the area. for a fee. The high school alumni association may be looking for a class gift to the old alma mater. A school history, researched and written by a professional freelance writer, would be an handsome addition to the school library, and purchases by class members of yore would add a fund-raising feature.
Is you local hospital preparing to celebrate a founding anniversary?
A prepared history of the institution, from one-room dispensary/infirmary to today”s 200-bed unit would be a wonderful public relations tool for them an a terrific writing job for you. Local businesses and organizations have varied writing needs. Grant proposals can be written for a flat fee or on a percentage basis. Customer relations pieces such as new service or product introductions and collection letters, annual reports, in house or consumer-aimed newsletters all provide grist for the enterprising freelancer”s mill. Even organizations with public relations or customer relations staffs sometimes farm out work on a periodic basis. Unlike established fields, where prices are determined in advance, independent projects such as these require you to charge by the word, by the page, by the hour or on a completed project basis. No matter how you quote your fee, estimate your time as accurately as possible.
Time spent in research, talking to and interviewing people and organizing material for writing is as important as time spent at the typewriter. remember to charge enough to cover expenses in addition to time. Typewriter ribbons, paper, postage and envelopes cost money-so does the gasoline you”ll use when research involves travel. Serious freelancers also have to consider the cost of overhead (heat, water, electricity and a portion of rent or mortgage payments to maintain an in-home office), equipment depreciation and normal employee fringe benefits such as insurance and social security payments when pricing their services. After all, the boss is expected to pick up the tab for these extras. As a freelance writer, you are the boss. And that”s a fringe benefit nobody else can give you.

May 18, 2011

You may decide you want to cut down on the middle-man”s profits by owning the items you find

You may decide you want to cut down on the middle-man”s profits by owning the items you find yourself renting on a regular basis: china, flatware, tents. You may want to enhance your recognition factor by designing a ‘signature’ for instant recognition, for example, painting your logo on the outside of your delivery van. People will see this logo as the van moves around the city and when it is at the site of an affair you are catering.

May 15, 2011

If your business has a lot of drop-in customers or you think there might be a market, you can also

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If your business has a lot of drop-in customers or you think there might be a market, you can also augment your ‘line’ with stock signs from really large operations. They can produce ‘for sale” signs at incredibly low wholesale prices, because they buy the blanks ‘by the ton’ and screen print literally tens of thousands at a time. That means more profit without more work — is that OK with you?

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