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           March 25

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          Editor: Elena Fawkner
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        1.  Welcome and Update from Elena
        2.  Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Online Copywriter
        3.  Feature Article - Six of One, Half a Dozen of the
        4.  Write-A-Book Tutorial Part 2 : Three Magic Words
        5.  Tips for Newbies
        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!

        Last week's excerpt from Steve Manning's "Write A Book" online
        course received such a good response it will continue as an
        ongoing tutorial.  This week's instalment is at segment 4.

        I received this email during the week from Lucia, a long-time

        "I just wanted to tell you that I've rejoined the employed.  I thank you
        for your newsletter because it actually helped me to see I wasn't cut
        out to be an entrepreneur.  I have accepted a wonderful position and
        things are working out very well.  ..."

        I was delighted to receive this email.  AHBBO is not here to
        convince you why you should work for yourself or work from home. 
        It's here to tell it like it is, to throw light on the realities of home-
        business ownership AND working for someone else to help YOU
        decide which is right for you and for your circumstances.

        So, in keeping with this theme, this week's article is something
        of a checklist summary of the pros and cons of working for
        yourself compared to the pros and cons of working for someone
        else.  Only you can decide whether the pros of one outweigh its
        cons, and whether the pros of one outweigh the pros of the

        Finally, in this morning's email I received copies of all of the
        AHBBO ezines and exclusive mailings I had sent over the past
        month or so.  I'm HOPING I'm the only one who received these
        and it's nothing more than a glitch at my ISP's or webhost's end but
        if you received these mailings also, I apologize.  I haven't heard from
        anyone about this so fingers crossed.

        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 - Online Copywriter

        Here's a business idea for those of you out there who are good at
        putting words together. Why not refine that skill by learning what
        it takes to be a good copywriter in the online environment and
        offering your services to those in need of such a service (and there
        are PLENTY of them out there)?

        There are many, many resources for learning about copywriting
        online, some free, some not.

        When you start your research you will quickly learn the common
        denominator - AIDA - Attention, Interest, Desire, Action. Master
        the AIDA principle as it applies to online copywriting and you will
        be well placed to offer a valuable service to internet marketers
        without the time, ability or inclination to master the skill of effective
        copywriting for themselves.

        You will find as you progress in your research that copywriting for
        the online environment is a very different proposition to what works
        in the offline world. One major difference is that your copywriting
        has to be geared with the search engines in mind. Anyone looking
        to you to create copy for a home page will, even if they don't
        express their needs in these terms, be expecting that the copy
        you produce will be written not only to grab and keep the attention
        of the reader and motivate him or her to action, but also to optimize
        the page for search engine purposes. This means understanding
        the importance of keywords and how to write keyword-rich copy
        without compromising the effectiveness of the message of the copy.
        This can be tricky.

        For the rest of this report: http://www.shelteredturtle.com/ideas/copywriter.html .


        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.

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        3.  Feature Article - Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other

        © 2017 Elena Fawkner

        You've read many articles I'm sure about the advantages and
        disadvantages of working for yourself from your own home.
        Many of them I've written myself, in fact.  But how many
        articles have you read that give equal time to the advantages
        of working for someone else compared to working for yourself?

        This article seeks to redress the imbalance by comparing and
        contrasting the respective pros and cons of running your own
        home-based business and working for someone else.


        When you work for yourself from home, your commute is,
        at most, a few steps from one end of the house to the other.
        When you work in a traditional paid "job" your commute may
        be a five minute drive or it may be an hour and a half or worse.
        Both ways.  That can add up to a substantial chunk of time
        over the course of a week, a month or a year.


        If you work from home, you can be around for your kids.  If
        you work outside the home, you may be spending a fortune
        on childcare if your kids are too young for school and worrying
        about what they're up to between the end of the school day
        and when you get home if they're not.

        On the other hand, having kids around while trying to run a
        professional business from home can be a major distraction
        and constant source of interruption.  You may find you need
        to use childminding services occasionally to take care of
        business undisturbed.


        When you work for yourself, you call the shots, you make the
        decisions and you do it without anyone looking over your
        shoulder and breathing down your neck.  When you work
        outside the home, you are subject to the decisions (good and
        bad), whims and control of your boss.  Your boss dictates your

        On the other hand, along with decision-making autonomy
        comes an awful burden.  If you get it wrong, you may not make
        any money this week.


        When you work for yourself, you can set your own hours -
        both the actual hours you work and the number.  When you
        work for a boss, you work when and for how long you're told
        (within limits, obviously).

        Although setting your own hours may sound like freedom
        to you, all too often working your own hours translates into
        working all hours so you need to be able to set limits for

        Also, when your boss dictates your hours, that may or may
        not fit in with your body clock.  One of the real advantages
        of working for yourself is that you can choose to work during
        your peak concentration time and not at all during your
        sluggish times of the day.  If your peak time is 5:00 am
        through to 10:00 am, you can work those hours and another
        couple sometime in the afternoon catching up on brainless
        type tasks.  If you work for someone else, you work when
        you're told and if that doesn't work with your body clock, too


        If you're a professional in the paid workforce, you may enjoy
        a certain status and prestige, if that's important to you.  On
        the other hand, working for yourself you may find it difficult
        to be taken seriously at all.  Again, whether that's a relevant
        factor depends on how important things like "status", "image"
        etc. are to you.  If they are important, take this seriously.
        Although it may sound shallow, if it's going to be a thorn in
        your side, give it some serious thought.


        When you work for someone else, you have a ready-made
        structure.  There is a time for work, and there is a time to go
        home.  When you work for yourself, these boundaries can
        become blurred over time, so much so that you may find
        you have difficulty turning work off since you are, after all,
        living in your work environment and vice versa.


        If you're a personally disciplined person, working from home
        will probably suit you very well.  But if you find it difficult
        to motivate yourself to do what has to be done and you
        find yourself procrastinating over starting a particular work-
        related task, you may find the distractions of being at home
        particularly difficult to resist.  If you find yourself doing laundry
        and gardening when you should be working, this may be a
        problem for you.

        CASH FLOW

        This is one of the biggies.  THE big advantage of working
        for someone else is that you have a regular paycheck coming
        in.  Leaving aside any worry of downsizing, assuming you do
        your job competently, you can reasonably expect to receive
        a certain, known amount of money at regular intervals.  When
        you work for yourself, however, the amount of money you make
        and when you receive it can be, at best, spasmodic.

        On the other hand, the money you make from working from
        someone else is limited to your salary.  When you work for
        yourself, the sky's the limit provided you are successful at
        what you do.


        When you work for someone else, your boss is responsible
        for capital expenditure and day to day expenses and you
        don't have to worry about it or even think about it, for that
        matter.  When you work for yourself, however, you're responsible
        for buying your capital equipment (computer, photocopier, fax
        machine) and paying for repairs as needed.  You're responsible
        for paying your own electricity and phone bills, printing costs and
        advertising expenses ... you name it, it falls on you.


        Similarly, when you work for someone else you get to participate
        in your employer's pension plan, you get paid health insurance
        and vacations as well as numerous other benefits.  When you
        work for yourself, to get any of these things you have to pay for
        them out of your own pocket.


        Your employer pays for various insurances to protect the
        business unit from risk.  The types of insurance taken out will
        depend on the nature of the business but will include, at a
        minimum, products liability, business interruption and the like. 
        Again, as a home business owner, you must foot the bill for
        this expenditure.


        Your employer is responsible for ensuring that the business
        obtains and maintains all necessary business licenses.  If
        you're the boss, this is your responsibility.


        When you're an employee, you get paid vacations.  When
        you're self-employed you don't.  And even if you decide to
        take a couple of weeks off, who's going to run the business
        in your absence?  Can you really just walk away for two
        weeks?  In reality, when you work for yourself, true vacations
        are a thing of the past.


        As an employee, the most you have worry about is paying
        your state and federal income tax and claiming whatever
        credits you're entitled to.  When you're an employer
        you have to think about all of that as well as self-employment
        tax and a myriad of other business-related tax issues.  An
        accountant becomes an absolute necessity.  Also, as a self-
        employed person, no-one's withholding tax from your checks.
        Make sure you put enough aside to pay the tax bill!


        Security is relative.  For some, security comes only from
        working for someone else.  For others, this is merely an
        illusory form of "security" since none of us really knows
        what's around the corner.  We could be next to be laid off.
        For some, real security can only come from being in control
        of their own destiny and that means working for oneself.

        SKILL SET

        As a self-employed person you need a broad skill set.  Not
        only must you be able to perform the main skills inherent
        in the business you have chosen for yourself, you must also
        be able to handle the myriad other jobs around the office
        that your secretary would otherwise do for you if you were
        in the paid workforce.  This forces you to be something of
        a generalist which in turn dissipates your focus from the
        central core of your business.  When you work for someone
        else, you are generally more able to specialize in a particular
        area and, over time, develop something of an expert status,
        increasing your marketability in the workforce.


        In the corporate work-world, you have a certain professional
        image to uphold.  When you work for yourself, at least
        on days when you don't have to meet with clients, you can
        wear what you want, even your rattiest sweats, if that's what
        you feel most comfortable in.

        HARD WORK

        Some people think that leaving the paid workforce to work
        for themselves from home means they will work less hard
        and fewer hours.  The reality is usually the opposite.  In the
        early days of a home business you will probably find you
        need to work harder and longer, only to make less money
        than you did in your paid job.  This will get easier over time
        but in the early days, expect to have your nose to the


        Who's going to provide for your retirement when you work
        for yourself?  You've got it, you!  No more employer-funded
        pension plans for you.


        When you work for someone else you get paid like clockwork,
        even if your employer hasn't yet been paid what he or she
        is owed from clients.  When you work for yourself, whether
        your client pays often determines whether YOU get paid.  So
        you need to be diligent in following up slow payers and take
        appropriate action in response to non-payers.


        When you work for yourself you can kiss goodbye the
        endless office politics that used to drive you crazy.  On the
        other hand, you're also out of the loop.


        Along with being out of the loop comes the isolation monster.
        Although the early days of your home business may be an
        absolute luxury compared to the rigors of your corporate work-
        life, over time you may find you start missing the office
        politics and lunches with colleagues.


        Once you leave the corporate life for home-business
        entrepreneurship you may find it hard to get back in, if that's
        what you decide to do.  Many employers will label you as
        "not corporate enough" if you've been out of the workforce for
        any length of time.  They may also, however unfairly, figure
        that you couldn't make it in the corporate world which is
        why you left to start your own home business and now that's
        failed too. 

        These are just a few of the issues you need to think about
        when deciding whether working for yourself or working for
        someone else is right for you.  It's crucial to be brutally
        honest with yourself about your particular strengths and
        weaknesses, as well as your emotional and mental make-up.
        A good way to dip your toe in is to consider moonlighting -
        starting a home business on the side while you continue to
        work your full-time job. 

        Sure, this will mean some both-ends candle burning but better
        that than making the break and then finding out you made a
        mistake.  Another alternative that may work well for some is
        to telecommute.  Work for someone else out of the comfort
        of your own home.  These types of positions are pretty rare
        and usually can only be negotiated by long-term employees
        in positions that lend themselves to individual, as opposed to
        team, projects.  But don't let that discourage you.  If you
        have particular expertise in a field that lends itself well to
        telecommuting and your boss won't go for it, start looking
        around for companies that will hire you on this basis.


        This article touches on some of the major areas that you
        need to think about when deciding whether the self-
        employed or employed option is best for you.  For a more
        detailed treatment of these and other issues, check out
        the following articles at http://www.shelteredturtle.com/articles.html :

        => And Never the Twain Should Meet
        => Checklist for the New Home-Based Business
        => Entrepreneurship: Do You Have What It Takes?
        => Flipping the Switch: How to Turn Off Your Business and
             and Turn On Your Life
        => Focus Your Light
        => Getting Paid ... Minimizing Bad Debts in Your Home Business
        => How the 9 to 5 Grind Could Be Costing You More Than You
        => Look Before You Leap ... Is a Home-Based Business REALLY
             For You?
        => Moonlighting's Greatest Challenge ... How to Beat the Time
        => One Foot in Each Camp
        => Overcoming Isolation in Your Home Business
        => Overcoming Procrastination in Your Home Business
        => Putting Theory Into Practice ... A Personal Perspective
        => So You Want to Be a Freelancer
        => The 9 to 5 Home-Business Tug O'War
        => The Telecommuting Alternative.


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        4.  Write-A-Book Tutorial - Part 2: Three Magic Words

        by Steve Manning

        In the next few paragraphs I'm going to show you how you can
        turn five minutes of time into more first-class writing than most
        writers produce in an entire day!  How you can take just three
        magic words and banish procrastination... forever. Interested in
        never suffering from writer's block? Read on!

        By the way, since last week's instalment, several dozen writers
        from around the world have ordered the writing success system,
        "How to Write a Book On Anything in 14 Days or Less! ...
        Guaranteed"  They read the same special report you can at
        and they acted!
        In a few days, most will have already received their package of
        information, manual, tapes, complete video seminar as well as
        all the bonuses. They'll be astonished at the results they're
        getting.  Bill Harrison, who edits the industry newsletter "Book
        Marketing Update" has told me this is a system that every writer,
        fiction or non-fiction, should get hold of.

        Anyway, back to our lesson.

        Your mind needs only three words to create a complete story,
        a complete scene, a complete picture of imaginary events, or
        real-life information. I don't know why this is, but it's the case
        everywhere I go in the world. Three words are all that's needed.

        Now we're going to do an exercise. I hate telling you this
        because any time you tell someone they're going to do an
        exercise their first reaction is to bolt for the door. But hold this
        thought in mind. This exercise is the very foundation of
        speedwriting. If you'll just give me five minutes... that's all, just
        five minutes, your writing will change forever.

        Skeptics in my seminars have been bowled over by this exercise.
        They've been astonished at their own results. People who were
        hoping the technique actually works wouldn't stop talking about
        the results they were getting... and students who doubted they
        could actually write, were amazed at what was happening right
        before their eyes. One person in Detroit even described the
        process as 'magical' .

        You're going to write for five minutes. That's all, just five minutes.
        And you're going to send me the results so I can see them!
        (Remember, I'm obsessed with your success. You don't participate,
        you get zapped from the class!) No one has ever been hospitalized
        from this exercise, so don't just bypass it. If you do, you'll be
        bypassing the opportunity of a life time. As I tell everyone in my
        seminars around the world, treat this exercise as seriously as you
        possibly can. If you're cavalier, thinking the exercise not worthy of
        all your efforts, you'll get that kind of result. If you're serious, I truly
        envy what's about to happen to you.

        You're going to write for five minutes. You must write as fast as
        you can for five minutes. If you stop the writing process at any time
        during those five minutes, I will find out where you live, visit you,
        and punish you. (I'm kidding, I'm kidding!) But you must write for the
        full five minutes.

        Next rule, you must write as quickly as you can. Remember, the
        faster you write, the better you will write. I know you don't believe
        that right now... I have three words of advice for you... Get Over It!!
        Write as quickly as you possibly can. Don't worry about what
        you'll be writing. I'll explain that to you in a few moments.

        Next rule: don't think! If you think, you'll just screw things up! Now,
        I don't mean you literally shut down your brain. Nobody can do that
        (I hope). What I mean is don't second guess your writing. Whatever
        comes into your brain, that's what you put down on paper. Anytime
        someone has difficulty with this exercise, it's because they were
        thinking too much. They were editing their writing as the writing was
        taking place! Don't do it.

        You're trying to write a story. A coherent, understandable story. I
        don't want you to simply list a string of random thoughts. This is a
        story. It's not a biography. You're not in it!! Don't use the word "I".
        And it's not a speech, where you get to tell me what you think about
        something. It's a story!! Yes, you may want to write non-fiction, but
        for the next five minutes, you're a story writer. Not a biography, not
        a speech, not news, not weather... a made-up, fictional, story,

        Now the real power. I'm going to give you three words. That's all,
        just three words. You must start your writing with one of the three
        words. The other two must appear in the first paragraph. So you
        can't start your writing with 'It...' 'A...' 'The...' 'Once upon a time...' ,
        nothing like that. You must start your writing with one of the three
        words I give you, and the other two must appear in the first

        Got your watch or clock ready? The three words are about to
        appear. When you see the three words, write them down on a
        piece of paper or copy them to word processing software. You'll
        have only about 15 seconds and then the screen will go back to
        my Special Report. Understand you can't type on the screen that
        appears. Take the words and go to your word processing software
        ... or your pad and pen. Start writing immediately. Remember, the
        faster you write, the better your writing will be.

        You should also understand that there is a lot more information
        about this process that I simply haven't got the space to tell you
        about here. But these fundamentals will get you started. If you
        want all the details, get yourself to

        and read the report, get the system and your book will be ready 14
        days from now!

        Here are the words. Click on this link. When you do you'll be sent
        to a web page with the three words on screen. You'll be able to
        see the words for about 15 seconds, so make sure you write them
        down at the top of your paper (or copy them if you're going to use
        a word processing software) and then start your five minutes. If you
        want, you can add an 'ly' or 's' or 'ed' or some other ending to the
        word. But you must start your first sentence with that variation.
        Don't start with 'The...' No cheating now!

        I'll give you an example. If the three words were witch, chair, and
        stapler, my first sentence might be: Witches gathered around the
        table for the meeting. Or, 'Chairs slid across the ice as the children
        began their Sunday morning skating lesson.' Or, 'Staplers had to
        be used instead of paper clips, according to the Italian dictator.'
        And in each case, the other two words would be used in the first
        paragraph. The words change regularly.


        Oh, one more thing! I want you to email me the results at

        Just click on that link. An email form should appear on your
        screen with the subject already there. If you want to cut and
        paste the email address, great, it's
        put My Writing Sample on the subject line (it just makes it easier
        for me).

        I'll take a look at your writing and give you some honest,
        professional, suggestions. No autoresponder stuff, this is me
        talking to you. So it may take a while. Remember, I get dozens a
        day. And please don't send your writing as an attachment. Too
        many viruses floating around these days. Cut and paste it to your

        Ready to write?... got your watch ready?... Write as fast as you
        can... Don't edit or change what you write... click on this link...


        You can receive daily instalments of Steve's free Write-A-Book
        tutorial by signing up at his website.

        Click here to go to Steve's site:


        Steve Manning is author of "How to Write A Book On Anything
        In 14 Days Or Less ... Guaranteed! -- An Expert's Step-by-Step

        5.  Tips for Newbies

        TIP #1: How to put an address bar in the taskbar.

        Windows 98 has a cool feature that lets you put an address bar
        for web sites or even your hard drive on the taskbar. Just right
        click a blank area of the taskbar. Then, from the menu that
        appears, point to 'Toolbars' and click Address. You can now
        type a URL into this 'always on' line and if you're online,
        you'll be whisked to the website address of your choice via the
        browser that's set as your default page reader. Cool beans!

        TIP #2: How to move your taskbar to a new location.

        Tired of the taskbar and its Start button parked at the
        bottom of the screen? No? Big deal! You can still change it
        anyway, just for kicks.

        Windows 98 allows you to position the taskbar on either side of
        the monitor, or at the top. Left click on the taskbar, and hold
        the mouse button down while dragging diagonally. The taskbar
        will suddenly snap to attention in the new location. To move
        it again, repeat this process, angling toward the new location
        of choice. Top, side, bottom. Whatever turns you on! If you
        park it on the side, you'll want to drag it a bit wider. Works great
        on bigger monitors!


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

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