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          A Home-Based Business Online


           July 9

            Sent to 10,206 Subscribers

          Editor: Elena Fawkner
          Publisher: AHBBO Publishing

           IN THIS ISSUE

        1.  Welcome and Update from Elena
        2.  Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Inventory
          Taping Service
        3.  Feature Article - Lightening the Load ... Getting Help When
          You Need It
        4.  Tips for Newbies
        5.  Subscription Management
        7.  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!

        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! 

        2.  Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Inventory Taping

        Here's a great business to go into with your video camera which
        requires very little in the way of expenses, supplies and, if done
        right, marketing funds.

        Besides your video camera, you'll need an instant camera and
        an engraving tool, which you should be able to pick up for less
        than $100.

        Here's the business in a nutshell You videotape household and
        business inventory and valuables for insurance purposes. Then,
        if a robbery occurs, the owner has video documentation of the
        missing valuables for law enforcement and insurance agents.

        Your primary prospects for this service will be upper-income
        families and businesses that specialize in high-ticket items or
        have a high investment in equipment.

        The first step you should take to run a property inventory taping
        service is to meet with your area law enforcement agencies to
        find out what regulations, if any, apply in your area.

        Good contacts to begin with to drum up business are
        representatives of the Neighborhood Watch committees and
        community services in your area.

        Normally, police agencies are enthusiastic supporters of services
        like this, as it makes their job easier. Others to meet with include
        insurance agents, private detectives, fire officials and attorneys.

        Not only will you gain valuable information from them, you will be
        building up a network for referrals. Be sure to keep a good record
        of who you meet with so you can send them business cards,
        brochures and periodic reminders of your services.

        For the rest of this lengthy report, please visit
        http://www.shelteredturtle.com/inventorytaping.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.

        3.  Feature Article - Lightening the Load ... Getting Help
          When You Need It

        © 2017 Elena Fawkner

        If there's one immutable fact of life when it comes to this
        business, it's that there's so much to do but so little time to
        do it all in. At some point around the one year mark, if you've
        been even moderately successful in your online business,
        you'll find you've reached the limit of what you can do with
        the time you have available. At that point you have a choice:
        to deliberately retard the growth of your business to maintain
        the status quo, or take on additional resources to help you
        cope with a business that continues to grow beyond the
        capacities of just one person.

        That's just the choice I was faced with when I returned to
        the full-time workforce last month after running my online
        business on a full-time basis for two months. I realized
        almost immediately that if I kept on the way I was, my
        business wasn't going to go any further. It was taking all
        my time to deal with the administrative side of the business
        and that left none for the really important business-
        development activities that kept getting pushed to the
        back-burner until I magically found the time to get to them.

        In this article, we look at getting help when you need it. And
        no, I'm not talking about going out and hiring a wage-earning
        full-time employee or even a part-time employee for that matter
        although that, of course, is one option open to you. Instead,
        with a little bit of lateral thinking you may well find you can get
        the help you need for very little (if any) up-front cash outlay.


        Because (I assume) you're still running your business
        on a shoestring, you can't afford to pay someone a wage
        in advance of generating additional income. This means that
        whoever you choose needs to be someone who's prepared to
        work for a percentage of the profits of the business rather
        than a wage. For this reason, the person you choose will
        most likely be close to you ... a family member, spouse
        or very close friend.

        As for the proportion of profits that you pay to your assistant,
        this is up to you and your assistant to negotiate and will
        depend on several factors including the types of tasks your
        assistant performs, the time they have available to work (and
        actually do work) and the overall contribution they make to the
        business. An assistant who takes an entrepreneurial interest
        in the business and contributes to its growth in addition to its
        maintenance should be rewarded accordingly.


        Be sure to get professional advice before you start your
        arrangement with your assistant. You need to think about
        tax and other issues such as whether your profit-sharing
        arrangement might create a partnership rather than an
        employer-employee relationship (this may or may not be
        something you want). Also, assuming you're not intending
        to create a partnership relationship with your assistant, think
        about whether you want an employer-employee relationship or
        whether you prefer your assistant to be an independent
        contractor. There are tax consequences for each of the
        above scenarios so be sure to talk to your accountant about
        your options.


        It should be self-evident that you are going to have to
        convert the time you free up with the help of your assistant
        into income. In other words, if your business doesn't
        generate any more income as a result of you taking on an
        assistant, by the time you split your profits, you're going
        to be behind. So it's crucial that you take the time you save
        and spend it wisely. That means using your time on projects
        that are going to increase the income of your business by
        more than the cost of splitting your profits.


        Now, who should you choose for your assistant? To start
        with, consider who in your immediate circle has both the
        time and the ability to help you in your business. It could be
        a spouse, teenage son or daughter, parent, next door neighbor,
        brother or sister, close friend or colleague.

        In my case, my first choice for an assistant was my
        computer-savvy mother but, because she is retired and on a
        pension, she can't earn an income without jeopardizing her
        retirement income. I therefore didn't consider her as a real

        I then considered one of my sisters but, because
        of technical problems (she didn't have a suitable computer
        and wasn't in a position to get one quickly) that wasn't
        going to work either. Then my other sister, not computer-
        savvy but obviously a lateral thinker, suggested that, instead
        of paying my mother her share of the profits in cash which
        would have jeopardized her pension, why not pay her in airline
        tickets from Australia to the US? Because I have recently
        relocated from Australia to the US, this was a perfect
        solution because it was expenditure my parents would
        have incurred anyway. And, from my business's point
        of view, because my mother works for the business, the
        airfares the business pays for will be tax-deductible as
        our visits will be, at least in part, business-related.

        So, give some thought to your particular circumstances
        and think laterally. Perhaps you have a teenage son or
        daughter who is good with computers and is looking for a
        way to earn additional income. Not only does appointing
        them as your assistant achieve this goal, it also gives your
        child crucial experience working in the ecommerce field and
        that sure can't hurt!

        Perhaps you have a close friend who is a single mother
        and is looking for at-home ways to supplement her part-time
        income. Perhaps a sibling is in a similar position. You get the
        idea. I imagine that most people know at least one person that
        they could strike such an arrangement with.


        OK, so you've lined up your assistant. Let's turn now
        to the kinds of things you can delegate to him/her.
        As a general rule, you want to delegate those tasks that
        are routine, repetitive and which maintain (rather than
        grow) your business. Growing the business is your job.
        That's what's meant by working "on" the business rather
        than "in" the business.

        Consider the following:

        => Processing Subscribe/Unsubscribe Requests

        If you publish an ezine, then you know what an administrative
        headache it can be processing all those subscribe and
        unsubscribe requests even with the aid of automating software.
        Despite your best efforts, and clear instructions in your ezine,
        there are always at least a dozen people who can't seem to
        figure out how to unsubscribe themselves and send you a
        message asking you to do it for them. Then there are those
        who write asking to be added to your ezine list because they've
        been referred by a friend and don't have your subscribe URL.

        So you add them manually too. Then there are those who want
        to unsubscribe but keep trying to do so using an email address
        other than the one they signed up with. They send abusive
        emails to you when, for some mysterious reason they keep
        getting your ezine. They, of course, think you're so desperate
        for subscribers that you have set up your devious systems so
        that once they're subscribed they're on your list forever.

        Annoying as this is for ezine publishers, the real problem is the
        time it eats up dealing with this stuff. So delegate this task to
        your assistant.

        => Processing Advertising Orders

        Another routine task that can be delegated to your assistant
        is the processing of advertising orders in your ezine. Set up
        your systems so that all orders go straight to your assistant
        (with a copy to you so you're in the loop) who then schedules
        the ad, confirms the booking with the advertiser and then
        formats the ad ready for the next issue.

        => Sending Your Ezine

        Actually sending your ezine to your list is something that
        you can delegate to your assistant, too. Just email your
        ezine to your assistant when you've finished it for sending
        to your list. You may even leave your assistant to insert the
        classified ads.

        => Submitting Your Articles

        Another routine task that your assistant can take care of is
        article submissions. I have a list of article submission
        services that I submit my articles to on a weekly basis,
        as well as a handful of publishers who have specifically
        requested to receive them. My assistant sends for each
        article after it is written (they're all available on autoresponder)
        and submits it to the article submission sites/lists I
        specify. A longer-term project is to seek out, on a regular
        basis, new article submission points. That, also, I have

        => Submitting Your Ezine

        Similarly, I have delegated the task of submitting my
        ezine to the various ezine announcement services that
        are always springing up all over the place.

        => Negotiating Ad Swaps

        If you're an ezine publisher, you know that receiving ad swap
        proposals from fellow publishers is a frequent occurrence.
        Delegate the negotiation of these swaps to your assistant.

        => Web Site Updating

        Depending on how computer-savvy your assistant is,
        they may also be able to take on some simple web site
        updating for you. We're not talking about major design
        changes here, just making routine updates to add your
        latest ezine, article or advertising information, that sort of


        By delegating these routine administrative tasks and any
        others that may apply to your particular business, you will
        save yourself several hours of work every week. Don't
        squander this time! Now you have the time you need to
        overhaul your site, write the next month's articles for your
        ezine, investigate and respond to the half dozen joint
        venture proposals you've received this week, create that
        ebook you've been meaning to get around to writing and,
        most importantly, *promoting your business*! As stated
        earlier, you MUST convert your newfound time into dollars.
        If not, your business is just going backwards ... the very
        circumstance you sought to avoid when hiring your


          (Articles are no longer being made available
        via autoresponder due to large numbers of bounced mails due
        to full mailboxes.)



        4. Tips for Newbies

        Are you one of those children of the 60s who enjoyed playing
        with colors while inhaling funny substances? If so, this tip
        is for you! Okay, we're going to change the appearance of
        Windows... make it the way YOU want it!

        Let's change the title bar colors -- you know, those long
        rather blue rectangles that span the tops of your windows.
        Yea, the ones that show the program that's open. Here's
        the way, the truth, and some light...

        1. Right-click on the desktop.
        2. From the pop-up menu, choose Properties.
        3. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the
        Appearance tab.
        4. Find the Item drop-down menu and click it.
        5. Choose Active Title Bar.
        6. Now to the Right of Item you'll see Size, Color

        and Color 2 menus. Choose two different colors.
        In the Preview area above you'll that see the title bar
        morphs from one color to the other. Pretty wild, eh? If you'd
        like it on your desktop, click on Apply and then on OK.


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

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        Elena Fawkner, Editor
        A Home-Based Business Online


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