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          A Home-Based Business Online


           January 7

            Sent to 7,057 Subscribers

          Editor: Elena Fawkner
          Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
           Home Business Ideas and Information
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        1.  Welcome and Update from Elena
        2.  Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Mobile Notary Public
        3.  Feature Article - Standing Up to School Yard Bullies
        4.  Tips for Newbies
        5.  This Week's Subscriber Web Site Pick
        7.  Subscription Management
        9.  Contact Information

        1.  Welcome and Update from Elena

        Hello again and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers who
        have joined us since the last issue!

        Happy New Year!  This is the first issue of AHBBO for 2001.  I
        hope you're well recovered from the new year's festivities and ready
        to get down to business with a vengeance.

        This week's article looks at a prevalent but seldom-discussed
        problem for anyone conducting business online.  The school yard
        bully.  If you've been in business online for any length of time,
        you'll know what I'm talking about.  If you're a more recent
        entrant, be prepared.  There are some nasty types out there and
        they'll throw you off your game if you're not prepared for them.

        As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this week's

        Remember, this ezine is for YOU! If you have comments
        or suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed,
        or would just like to share your experiences with other
        subscribers, I want to hear from you! Please send comments,
        questions and stories to Contact By Email .

        2.  Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Mobile Notary Public

        Do you have a desire to work from home? Would you like to have your
        business based from your home, but leave the home to do your job?
        Would you like to do something that doesn't require manual labor?
        Then a mobile notary public business may be just what you are looking

        Mobile notary publics are notaries who travel to their clients. Since most
        people work a nine to five job, they can't make it to the local notary's
        office in time to have forms notarized. Others prefer to relax on the
        week-ends and not have to deal with leaving the house for a simple five
        minute notarization.

        For the full report visit How to Become a Notary Public


        There are many more ideas like this at the AHBBO Home
        Business Ideas page at free home based business ideas
        with more being added all the time.

        3.  Feature Article - Standing Up to School Yard Bullies

        © 2017 Elena Fawkner

        Picture it.  You run your own business.  You've worked long and
        hard for the past 18 months to get where you are today.  Long
        hours, no weekends, anxiety attacks in the middle of the night
        worrying about whether you're going to be able to meet expenses
        for the month.  Your phone rings.  You answer it.  "Stop sending
        me your rubbish!", the belligerent voice at the other end yells
        in your ear before slamming down the receiver.  "Fruitcake", you
        mutter to yourself, dismissing the caller from your mind as you
        turn to more important things.

        The phone rings again.  You answer it again.  "Where the hell
        is that information I asked you for yesterday afternoon? You call
        yourself a professional?!", another belligerent voice bellows
        in your ear before slamming down the receiver.  If you'd been
        given the chance to respond before being attacked, you might
        have been able to explain that the information so charmingly
        requested was put in the mail yesterday afternoon and would
        be arriving with the morning's mail.  But, of course, you weren't
        given the opportunity.

        You get another couple of calls a day for the next month, just
        like this.  What's going on here?  What's wrong with the world
        all of a sudden?  That's what you'd think, right?  Has everyone
        lost all sense of how to relate to their fellow human beings?
        Is this really how people have been raised to interact with one

        Of course not.  Such a thing would never happen in the real
        world would it?  Oh sure, you'll get the occasional nutter.  But
        you wouldn't expect one or two a day for weeks on end would
        you?  No.  The world and the people who populate it just don't
        operate that way.  If they did, no-one would get anything done. 
        Everyone would be sniping and retaliating and feeling generally
        hostile towards everyone they came in contact with in case it
        was one of THEM.  Thank heavens the real world doesn't work
        that way.

        So why do we put up with it when it comes to the online
        world?  If you've started an online business of your own, you've
        no doubt heard over and over again that you have to develop
        a thick skin.   Why do we have to expect and accept bad
        treatment from certain people we deal with online?  We
        wouldn't put up with it offline.  So why is it something we tell
        each other to ignore, turn a blind eye to, don't respond to lest
        we make ourselves a target just because it happens online?

        Enough is enough.  It is NOT acceptable to treat each other
        this way whether online or offline.  And those who will ignore it,
        turn a blind eye and not respond appropriately, only perpetuate
        the problem.

        Particularly over last two or three months, I've received my
        fair share of episodes like this.  All newsletter publishers do.
        It "goes with the territory", as they say.  They still surprise me,
        even now, though.  I wonder what kind of an individual is it who
        goes feral (there's no other word for it), because I send them my
        newsletter?  They asked to receive it after all.  But maybe
        they forgot they subscribed?  Maybe someone subscribed them
        using their email address and they didn't read the message they
        received in response telling them how to unsubscribe themselves?

        Or perhaps their email program doesn't work properly and
        when they click on the link at the end of my newsletter telling
        them that if they want to unsubscribe all they have to do is
        send a blank email to

        and instead of the email program automatically putting
        the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line, as this coding
        is intended to do, it leaves the whole thing intact and as a
        result the hapless subscriber receives an error message
        saying that the address is not a valid email address.

        Perhaps these people have good reason not to send me a
        simple email saying "Hi Elena, I've been trying to unsubscribe
        but I keep getting an error message.  Can you help me?",
        in response to which I would simply unsub them manually.
        Perhaps these people have a good reason to instead send
        me personally abusive email accusing me of spamming and
        scamming, and God knows what else. 

        Perhaps that prospective advertiser the other week who placed
        an advertising order but didn't follow up with the ad copy
        had a good reason for rudely proclaiming, when I followed
        up by email, "I tried the form on your site but it didn't work. 
        It suggest you fix it NOW.  When will my ad go out and
        how many subscribers will receive it?".  Maybe that prospective
        advertiser had a good reason for emailing me a second time,
        less than an hour later (and well before I had even read the first
        message) saying "You still haven't answered me.  When will
        my ad run and how many subscribers do you have?!!!"  (Maybe
        these same people also have a good reason for never using fewer
        than three exclamation marks to make their point.) 

        Maybe they had a good reason.  But I can't for the life of me
        imagine a good enough one.

        No doubt that particular would-be advertiser is sitting there
        scratching his or her head (this person didn't even have the
        courtesy of including their name in the email), wondering why
        my response was to issue a refund for their ad purchase and tell
        them to go advertise somewhere else.

        You know what?  I DON'T CARE what these people think
        of me.  I'm DELIGHTED when people like that unsubscribe
        from my newsletter.  I DON'T WANT to do business with
        people like this.

        Why do we take it?  Why is this sort of behavior and
        attitude accepted online when we would never tolerate it
        in a bricks and mortar environment?  Why?  Because we
        would never HAVE to tolerate it in the so-called "real world".
        People would never DREAM of behaving like this in their
        "real life".  Who on earth would approach someone they
        wanted to do business with in such a fashion?  Certainly
        not someone who had any sense of common courtesy,
        respect or dignity for themselves or anyone else they
        came in contact with.  They'd just be avoided for the mad
        hatters they are.

        But something happens to certain people when they get
        behind a computer screen.  The anonymity of it emboldens
        them, allows them to act out with faceless strangers the
        frustrations that build up within them as a result of their own
        inadequacies in dealing with the "real world": strangers
        who, they have well come to know, will just accept what's
        thrown at them without any risk of retaliation because the
        recipients fear more of the same. 

        These are the very same kids (or people very much like
        them) that you and I remember from our early school years. 
        They picked on the one person that they perceived to be the
        least able and likely to retaliate.  There's a word for people
        like this: bully.  And all bullies are, at bottom, nothing but gutless
        cowards.  Pure and simple.

        I for one have had enough of it.  All we achieve by ignoring
        these idiots is reinforcing the wrongheaded idea that it is
        acceptable to treat people this way.  That it doesn't matter
        how you treat people if you're not face to face with them and
        you're never likely to be. 

        I doubt any of us really has any question that the Internet is
        here to stay.  It will continue to play a bigger and bigger part
        in our everyday lives.  The day may well come, and perhaps a
        lot sooner than any of us expects, when we will no longer have
        to leave the house to go to work.  We may all be working out
        of the comfort of our own homes from our computers.  Online
        forms of communication may become the predominant way
        of communicating, at least when it comes to our working
        lives.  What kind of world are we creating by allowing this
        groundswell of unfocused hatred against our fellow humans to
        go unchecked?

        Don't take it.  You deserve better and your business deserves
        better.  There are some things you just shouldn't have to
        take just to make a buck.  Call me a heretic, but some business
        just isn't worth having.


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        4.  Tips for Newbies

        TIP #1: How to make your own desktop icons (Win 98):

        On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and
        then click Paint. On Paint's Image menu, click Attributes.
        Enter 32 pixels in Height and Width. Now create an icon using
        the paintbrush or pencil tools. Name and save your icon.
        To replace an existing icon on your desktop with your new one:
        Right-click the shortcut on your desktop and then click
        Properties. Click Change Icon. Click Browse. Locate the folder
        containing the icon you created. The icon you created will now
        replace the original on the desktop. Create whatever you want!

        TIP #2:
        Here's a list of frequently used keyboard shortcuts
        (to replace mouse functions). We suggest you print this
        list, and post it where you can refer to it as needed:

        Shift-F10-----------------Right-click selected item
        Ctrl-Esc------------------Display Start menu
        Alt-[underlined letter]---Select menu command
        Alt-Esc-------------------Switch to Taskbar's "next" open window
        Alt-Tab-------------------Switch among open windows
        (hold Alt and continue to press Tab)
        Alt-F4--------------------Close active window
        Alt-Spacebar-N------------Minimize active window
        Alt-Spacebar-X------------Maximize active window
        Alt-Spacebar-R------------Restore close active window
        Alt-Spacebar-C------------Close active window
        Ctrl-F10------------------Switch focus to menu commands (in any
        Explorer window)
        Ctrl-Tab------------------Rotate through dialog box tabs
        Ctrl-Shift-Tab------------Rotate through dialog box tabs in reverse
        Ctrl-Alt-Del--------------Display Close Program dialog box

        Tips by Tom Glander and Joe Robson of The Newbie
        Club. The best Newbie Site ever to hit the Web.

        5.  This Week's Subscriber Web Site Pick - Fun4Susieskids.com

        Bill Sims writes:

        "Dear Elena:

        "My sister, Susie, and I both retired a couple of years ago. Susie
        had spent many years working with kids, mostly as Director of
        Children's Ministry in some large churches. During this time she
        had develop many successful techniques and numerous activities
        to teach and entertain kids. She had a desire to share her
        experience with others.

        "She was considering writing a book. She also talked about several
        games she had developed for kids that could be helpful to others
        (church leaders, teachers, daycare center staff, families and other
        organizations that work with kids).

        "We discussed trying the Internet as a method of letting people
        know about the book, games, etc. So, she wrote the first book and
        we used a PC to develop several games. To keep costs down, all
        books and games are self-published and printed on demand as
        orders arrive.

        "Although we are both retired, we each put up a little money. Our
        original objective, which is still true, is to help others. However, we
        would not be opposed to a making a little profit. Thus, we decided
        to price the offerings at a level estimated to initially cover costs. If
        sales volume increases, we can then make the little profit and/or
        lower the prices.

        "We purchased a Web Page Builder software package and contracted
        with an Internet Service Provider. We then developed our own web site.
        Developing a web site was a challenging and sometimes frustrating
        experience for two people who had never set up a web site before.
        However, we have learned a lot and believe we now have a pretty good

        "There are now 6 books, numerous games, and a newsletter available.
        We have ideas for more offerings. A few months ago we began to offer
        a "FREE IDEA of the Month." In that short time we have over 1,000

        "We have found the most difficult challenge is to get the word out. You
        can have the best web site and products in the world, but if people
        don't know about it; they won't visit.

        "With our limited resources we could not afford to buy large ads or
        banners. We found it very difficult to get a high ranking or even a listing
        on the most common search engines. Thus, we concentrated on
        classified ads and free listing on web sites directories with common
        interests or audiences. Any ideas from you or your readers would be

        "Also, we have read about E-books in your newsletters. The concept
        intrigues us, but we are not sure how to go about making a book into
        an E-book. Also if we had an E-book we are not sure now to make it
        available to the public.  Again, any ideas from you or your readers
        would be appreciated.

        "We invite your readers to visit our site and give us any suggestions or

        Susie's Kids


        Bill's message epitomizes the experience of most of us struggling to
        get the word out about our websites and products.  Especially when
        it comes to search engine listings, oftentimes it seems that it simply
        isn't worth the effort.  Quite frankly, unless you're able to get your
        site a top 30 listing in the search engines, you're better off devoting your
        limited time and energy to more productive avenues of generating

        Bill and Susie are certainly on the right track by publishing a
        newsletter.  That is cardinal rule #1.  It is THE best way of staying
        in touch with your website visitors and prompting subscribers to
        visit your website.  If you write original articles for your newsletter
        on a regular  basis, submitting these articles to content-providers
        is a great way of generating new subscribers and website visitors too.
        The other main way of generating traffic that has been successful
        for me has been partnering with other websites for reciprocal links. 
        This brings more traffic than you would think.  So get out there and

        E-books are ridiculously easy to produce.  Just get hold of some
        e-book publishing software (there are many programs available).
        One I have used (E-ditorPro) is so easy that all you have to do
        is to create webpages for your content and then, once you're
        done, the software takes the pages you've created and turns
        them into an e-book with the touch of a button.  Takes all of five
        minutes once the webpages are done.  So, no mystery and dead
        easy.  Then, once you've created your e-book, promote it from your
        site (use the traffic generating strategies discussed above), in your
        newsletter, make it available for free to other publishers in exchange
        for a recommendation in their newsletters, and so on.


        If you want your site seen by thousands, write and tell me
        about it!  But make sure it's one you've created yourself
        or have had created especially for you.  No self-replicating affiliate
        sites please. 

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