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Archive | February, 2016

Home Office – Computer Maintenance

So many people seem to have a cavalier attitude about their computers. As long as they can turn it on and it works and connects to the Internet that is all they are interested in. There are various very simple things that you can run without any gadgets, additional expense or technical expertise to keep your computer running smoothly. Just check around in your start menu or on ‘Computer’/Local Disk C.

Clean it Up!

There are ways you can ‘tune up’ your browser on a daily basis and you will be amazed at how things will run smoother if you are consistent about clearing your browser cache. When you encounter errors online or with anything you may type that is an error, your computer may build a ‘cookie’ to that error state. Now every time you try the same thing you are getting the same error. When a site has been down for a few minutes and has recovered you may still be going to the error for hours and even days through the cookie.

That is why you need to regularly go into your browser settings and delete your history, cookies and temporary files. You will be amazed at how much better your computing and Internet experience will be if you do that at least a few times a week and definitely every time you have been to an error site – whether a link that is not working or which you typed wrong.

Possibly the most critical issue is security. This involves having an up-to-date (up-to-the-minute=live update) anti-virus program preferably with firewall, etc. You can even get some effective free programs that if kept up-to-date will offer you a certain amount of protection. This one for the cavalier is particularly tragic because they will not listen and it will not occur to them until they may need a new computer or serious technical help to recover lost data (costing hundreds of dollars). Sometimes it is not even possible to recover but at least you may be able to get your computer back.

One very important thing you can do that is free, takes only a minute, and is easy to do, is to make sure your browser has the latest version. Just go to the ‘About’ link and it will tell you the version – many of the newer versions can be set to automatically update or at the very least to start the update as soon as you enquire. Out-of-Date versions of browsers are a red flag as hackers know those updates are usually security related and they know how to exploit a breach now that they realize you have one.

The same is true for WordPress versions and especially plug-ins. WordPress will warn you when there is an update available for either and you should take 2 minutes to run them the minute you see the message, because again this can be a serious security issue. Particularly plug-ins are frequently hacked and you can lose all your work. Some will make your site malfunction just if out-of-date. This can be serious where you can’t even login.

Still another and this is the most ridiculous one that is ignored the most, is use secure passwords. The dumbest password in the world is any real word or name in any language – even if you feel you are being clever by adding a number after it. It would take less than 5-minutes for a hacker to break into your account and possibly steal your identity, deface your site, or plant invisible malware links.
… but go on and keep ignoring all this – until that day when you have a rude awakening. Unfortunately that is what it takes for many people to get a clue. Good luck recovering, Rover123.

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Pursuing Careers Online

Particularly in the current economic climate, people are being displaced from their usual careers. The may use job recruiting websites that will help them find new opportunities. Available as well on the Internet are resources to help folks find low-cost and even free online training that may help them to improve their chances of finding a new job opportunity.

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Displacement could be a golden opportunity to find out how existing skills and experience might translate for careers online from home. Of course the additional training mentioned above would also be applicable if it would help the chance for success to enhance their expertise.

Whatever your skill set thus far – be it technical, marketing, sales, management, administrative, or accounting, there are many opportunities either in finding new employment through online resources or starting your own business from home on the Internet.

Obviously you need some money to get out of being ‘between a rock and hard place’. Ideally you have some sort of benefits such as unemployment insurance or severance pay and even possibly savings that you can use to survive until you are able to secure another steady income. If not then the best way to go would be to try to find at least a part-time or temporary job to tide you over. Then you can use your spare time to look for a full-time job or to develop a home business opportunity.

Give yourself a few days to let this big life change sink in and get your bearings. Even if the separation was expected, it is still a shock. Rather than to allow yourself to be scared, which while normal is not very productive, psyche yourself up to move forward. This can be a positive change for you and one that you might not ever have made if you were not forced to!

Be aware of the fact that you are in control of your own destiny. This knowledge can be very empowering if you stop and think about it. Although you may take it for granted, it can be something we often forget when we get into the rut of long-term, stagnant employment. You are driving and it is up to you which way you go and how far.

Be very methodical in your approach. You will find that being organized is not only being professional but it really will help to calm you as you will feel that sense of control when you know where everything is. Treat finding a job or business the same as you would an actual job. Set your hours where you will do various things – for example have hours you will search the job boards for employment. If you can, schedule appointments or interviews and/or make calls or send emails in this regard. Of course you will need to get your resume together and this may be a little time consuming if you don’t have one to use as a ‘backbone’ to build on.

Make some time to look at ‘home business opportunities’ in a search engine like Google.com. Devote some energy to clicking the links to learn about the endless possibilities for starting your own business. Just get some examples of what they do and how it appears they do it. If you can find some programs to join free just as a research project if nothing else. You might find something that really jumps out and make some money.

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Network Marketing Opportunities

Network marketing opportunities might fall under several different business models. For example, there are sales distributorships, aka independent consultants that sell tangible products. This is probably the most well-known and there are a number of very successful mega-billion dollar corporations that are ‘household words’.

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Encompassing both tangibles and intangibles, there are also multi-level marketing (MLM) businesses, which include many different online affiliate marketing programs. With this model people may earn money for referrals as well as by selling the product or service of the company to earn commissions.

The principal difference in the two business models above is that the distributorships focus on selling products, whereas MLM and affiliate marketing programs focus mainly on the business opportunity (referrals). Of course these referrals are made easier if the company has quality products and services and has a good reputation as a profitable opportunity for affiliates.

Participants in most network marketing opportunities are considered to be self-employed. This is an ideal situation because they can work for as many different companies as they prefer. The ‘multiple streams of income’ concept works very nicely in any case. Mainly this is due to the fact that there is no limit to how much money they can earn as there would be with an employee’s ‘salary’ or ‘wages’.

The other major reason having multiple streams of income is a very wise way to build a business, is that there can be a balance where if one company has slow sales for any period of time, it is not as detrimental to the bottom line in that the other companies may be doing fine or better.

Additionally, they do well with the concept of ‘multiple streams of income’ because you can technically earn money in multiple ways within each individual organization. With MLM and affiliate programs you can earn money from referrals as well as from selling the products. As you get more sophisticated you could actually have separate advertising that focuses on either.

With regard to any network marketing opportunities, take advantage of your associations in the various networks and use them wisely. You can “cross-promote” in your own organization or network by ‘back-end’ and ‘OTO’ (one-time-only) sales to your existing clients. That is once a customer buys your products or agrees to participate in a business opportunity you can invite them to follow you into some of your other opportunities.

Networking is always going to emphasize building relationships with people. Get to know your prospects and existing customers. Don’t ever be accused of ‘taking the money and run’ where they will say ‘I was very important until they got my money and now they have disappeared. I can’t get any help and at this point I just want a refund’. Stay in touch.

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