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          A Home-Based Business Online
            Anniversary Issue
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            July 24

             Sent to 5,604 subscribers

          Editor: Elena Fawkner
          Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
          
             Contact By Email

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           IN THIS ISSUE
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        1. Welcome and Update from Elena
        2. Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Bulletin
         Board Advertising Service
        3. Feature Article - The Telecommuting Alternative
        4. Web Watch - Internet Taxation
        5. Pro-Motion Column
        6. AHBBO Build Your Own Website Tutorial
        7. Free E-Book of the Week - How To Start And Run Your
         Very Own Information Business... From Scratch!
        8. Letters to the Editor - MLM ... Your Experiences
        9. This Week's Subscriber Web Site Pick - jtdbizopps.com
        12. Subscription Management
        14. Contact Information
         

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        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!

        This is a very special issue for me.  It's one year ago this week
        that AHBBO was born.  I know that many of you have been
        with us since the beginning and I'd like to take this opportunity
        to thank you all for your continued support of AHBBO.  If you're
        a more recent addition to the AHBBO community, I hope you,
        too, will be with us for a long time to come.

        Thanks to all of you for your patience during AHBBO's somewhat
        spasmodic publishing schedule over the past month.  All is
        now back on track and we're back to a regular weekly Monday
        schedule.

        In this week's feature article, we're looking at something a little
        different.  Over the past year I've received many emails from
        people who expressed interest in working from home but, for
        one reason or another, didn't want to start their own business.
        Rather, they were in jobs that could be performed just as well
        (and in many cases much better) at home than in a corporate
        office.  In this week's article we look at the arguments for and
        against working from home in your job (also known as
        "telecommuting") and how you might convince your boss that
        it makes sound sense for both of you.

        If you have an online business, then you know that summer is
        a traditionally quiet time of year for your business, because
        so many people take summer vacations with the family and, I
        guess, because of a general preference to be outdoors enjoying
        fun summer activities rather than sitting indoors in front of their
        computers.  For this reason, to help you ride out the slump,
        AHBBO will be running a two for one sale on advertising in this
        ezine for the rest of the summer. Of course, if you reside outside
        the United States it may not be summer where you are.  In this
        case you really clean up!

        Whatever advertising you purchase, if you buy one, you'll get
        one free.  This goes for the full range of advertising options: single
        classifieds, ad paks, super ad packs and exclusive mailings.  If
        you're interested in taking advantage of this strictly limited offer,
        check out segment 11. below.

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

        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 .
         

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        2. Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Bulletin Board
         Advertising Service
        ============================================================

        Believe it or not, bulletin boards actually work as traffic builders
        for just about any small business. They serve to enhance the
        community relations image of a business, and the space
        required to locate a bulletin board can be written off as a tax
        deduction when listed as advertising or public relations expense.

        People use these "business provided" bulletin boards to advertise
        things they want to sell, home-based businesses, and whatever
        they might want to trade for or buy. Then, they come back,
        sometimes morning, noon, and evening everyday, to check on
        them, or to see who else has an announcement posted. Each
        time they come into the business owner's store or shop, they
        may not feel an obligation to buy something, but of course the
        business owner has another opportunity to sell them something.

        Just about anybody can organize a route of bulletin boards:
        charge the advertisers a small monthly fee, keep them up-to-date
        and neat (which will make the business owner happy), and make
        some really easy money in the whole process.

        The first step is to contact as many businesses in your area as
        possible. Grocery stores, drugstores, barber shops, beauty
        salons, service stations, quick print shops, rental shops,
        mobile home parks, shopping centers, apartment complexes
        that have foyers or recreation rooms - and so on.

        Sell these businesses on the idea of allowing you to install and
        maintain a bulletin board service for them. Emphasize the
        community service, the tax write-off, and the fact that you'll keep
        it neat. When you get ten or more signed to allow you to install
        a bulletin board, you're ready to start making your bulletin boards.

        The best plan (and of course the most economical) is to make
        your own. Cut a piece of corkboard 3 feet by 4 feet, mount a 3/4
        by 1 inch frame around the edge, and cover this frame with a
        3-foot by 4-foot piece of plastic. Mount the plastic with hinges
        at the top and a hasp at the bottom. On the back of the
        corkboard, install a couple of hooks for hanging it, and you're
        ready to go.

        Make up a sign - you can even type it out and use it as another
        bulletin board announcement - something like this:

        CITY-WIDE BULLETIN BOARD SERVICES!
        Your announcement or advertisement displayed
        here for only $5 per month! For more information,
        call 123-4567.

        Put your sign or announcement on each of your bulletin boards,
        lock them up, and install them in all your locations. Ten such
        signs with only 50 announcements per bulletin board should bring
        you an easy $500 per month.

        When you put an announcement from the same person up on
        more than one board, charge them $5 per month for each
        announcement on each bulletin board. And one other thing:
        the date the "run of display" ends should be marked on each
        announcement you put up on each of your bulletin boards.

        In all likelihood, you'll have people waiting for space on your
        bulletin boards. Keeping records should be very simple and
        easy. If you don't already have a computer that you can use
        for this purpose, start with a loose leaf notebook, blank
        paper and a couple of packages of 3 by 5 cards. In your
        notebook, write down the date, the amount of money
        received and the number of announcements on display, and
        the contract expiration date.

        On the 3 by 5 cards, write the name, address, phone number
        and expiration date of each contract, and the location(s) of
        the bulletin board(s) that particular announcement is on.
        Arrange the cards in chronological order according to expiration
        date, and file them in a storage box.

        Once you get rolling, you shouldn't have to service your
        bulletin boards more than once a week, and as more people
        see them, more businesses will want you to put one in their
        business location, and more people will want to display an
        announcement. Simple, easy, and a real money-maker for you.

        This kind of business is what the newspapers like to write
        about, and the TV stations like to carry as news of what
        people in their areas are doing as entrepreneurs. So take
        the feature editors out to lunch, make friends with them,
        and push for all the free publicity you can get.

        That's the plan. It's simple, easy, and depending upon the
        population density of your area, it could very well be the very
        thing you've been looking for to supply you an extra income.
        It demands little investment, not much of your time, and no
        special training or education. But, as with any business
        venture, it takes ACTION on your part. You must get out
        there and set it up, and work at making it a success for you!

        ------

        There are many more ideas like this in AHBBO's Home
        Business Ideas page at
        and Online Business Ideas page at
        with more being added
        all the time.
         

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        3.  Feature Article - The Telecommuting Alternative
        ============================================================

        Copyright © 2017 by Elena Fawkner

        So, here you are, Sunday night again, and your thoughts turn
        to the working week ahead. Pretty soon your mind turns to
        the Monday morning commute.  And the drive home again.
        What you wouldn't give to be able to work from home instead
        of downtown, you think to yourself for the umpteenth time this
        year.  How much more you could accomplish if you could use
        the time you spend sitting in traffic doing something that's actually
        productive!  After all, there's no reason why you MUST work
        in a corporate office.  Not all the time anyway.  Well, what are
        you going to do about it?  Maybe the time has come to bite the
        bullet and make a proposal to your boss that you both give
        telecommuting a try.

        Before you launch into such a discussion though, a word to the
        wise.  Many employers are leery about employees working
        from home.  Not that they would come right out and say they
        don't trust you to do what you're paid to do, but, well, how
        would it WORK exactly?  So take some time to plan your
        proposal and anticipate the kinds of objections and concerns
        you might expect to encounter.

        In this article, we take a look at the pros and cons of
        telecommuting and some of the issues that can arise.  By
        taking the time to work through these issues, you will be
        well placed to make a considered, balanced and, most
        importantly, accepted proposal.
         

        THE ADVANTAGES OF TELECOMMUTING

        => Improved Productivity

        By far the greatest advantage of telecommuting is increased
        productivity.  Telecommuters invariably say that the time they
        save not having to commute, coupled with fewer interruptions,
        means that they get more done in their workday than ever
        before.

        Not only that, studies have shown that telecommuters are
        more likely to spend a spare hour in the evening or a few on
        the weekends on work since it is there to be done.  While
        this may be good news for employers of salaried employees,
        some employers will be concerned not to infringe overtime
        rules though, so be mindful of this potential pothole.

        => Retention of Valued Personnel

        The availability of telecommuting as an option means that the
        employer may well retain valued personnel under circumstances
        when the employee may otherwise be forced to resign due to
        changing life circumstances.  Obvious examples include
        pregnancy and relocation to accompany a transferred spouse.

        => Reduction in Office Overheads

        If the business has a number of personnel who telecommute,
        there are cost savings to be made in office overheads.  Smaller
        office space can be negotiated as well as fewer paid carparks.

        => Attract Quality Recruits

        If the business has a telecommuting policy, this will be
        attractive to many prospective employees, allowing the
        employer to better attract more quality recruits.

        => Reduce Absenteeism

        The flexibility inherent in working from home translates to
        reduced absenteeism.  No longer does the working parent
        have to take a "sick" day to care for a sick child.

        => Broadens Labor Pool

        Telecommuting allows the employer to recruit from a
        broader labor pool than would otherwise be the case if the
        employee had to travel to the employer's office each day.
        Geographical boundaries become less significant for one
        thing, but special needs personnel, such as those with
        physical disabilities who prefer not to work in a traditional
        office environment, or with chronic illnesses, can still
        participate in the workforce.  This allows the employer
        to recruit from the broadest talent pool possible.
         

        THE DISADVANTAGES OF TELECOMMUTING

        The disadvantages of telecommuting largely fall on the
        employee rather than the employer, and include:

        => Isolation

        One of the reasons you will be more productive working
        from home is that you will have fewer interruptions.
        That, of course, is a double edged sword.  You may
        find yourself missing those drop in visits and gatherings
        at the water cooler that you think of now as
        interruptions.

        => Out of the Loop

        You will also be out of the loop with what is going on at
        the office.  This makes it difficult to participate in the
        office politics that can be so crucial to the wellbeing
        of your career.

        => Propensity to Overwork

        The fact that you are living and working in the same
        space makes it less easy to turn work off at the end of the
        day.  Say what you like about your evening commute,
        it at least signals the end of the workday.  You may find
        yourself working at 10:00 at night just because you can.

        This can quickly lead to a lack of balance between
        your personal and business lives, the very thing you
        were perhaps hoping to redress by making the move to
        working from home.

        => Invisibility Factor

        You should be alert to the fact that not being in the office
        could lead to something of an "out of sight, out of mind"
        situation.  You need to be certain that your work is
        visibile, even if you are not.
         

        ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED WITH YOUR EMPLOYER

        Now that you have a grip on the pros and cons of telecommuting
        you are in a position to begin making your pitch.  While you can
        certainly use the pros in support of your argument in favor of
        telecommuting, be ready to discuss the cons too.  After all, the
        decision to telecommute must be one that works for you AND
        your employer.  Your employer will feel more comfortable
        with the idea if you demonstrate that you are alert to the
        downside.  This shows that your proposal is considered and well
        thought-through.

        In addition to the pros and cons discussed above, be prepared
        to address the following issues which your employer is likely to
        raise.

        => Why Do You Want to Telecommute?

        Even if the primary reason is because you want to spend more
        time with your young children, answer this question with a
        secondary, mutually-beneficial answer, such as improved
        productivity.  You know that being home for your children
        when they return from school won't undermine your work
        performance (in fact, you plan to work for a few hours after
        they're in bed which will more than compensate), but don't
        expect your boss to believe you.  Focus instead on a win-win
        reason such as improved productivity as a result of fewer
        interruptions and being able to work when you would otherwise
        be commuting.

        => What Happens When I Need You Here For Client Meetings?

        One thing you may want to consider, at least in the beginning,
        is easing into telecommuting by working from home, say, two
        days a week, and in the office for three, gradually moving to
        more time at home and less in the office over time.  Under this
        type of arrangement, it's easy to schedule client meetings for
        those days when you are working.  Sometimes, of course,
        that won't be convenient for the client.  At these times, you
        need to be flexible.  You may have to come into the office
        for a morning or an afternoon on a day when you would
        normally be working from home.

        => Many Clients Will Not Be Comfortable Dealing With Someone
        Who Works From Home

        There is no need for a client to even know you work out of
        your house if you don't want them to.  All that is required is
        a diversion of calls made to your office phone to your home office
        phone.  It goes without saying, of course, that professionalism
        demands that you have a completely separate communciations
        system in your home office from your home.  You need a
        dedicated phone line for your work and family members
        should be under STRICT instructions that that line is to be
        answered by no-one but you.  If your boss calls your home
        office number and your five year old answers, expect
        problems.  Rightly so, too.  Same goes for your spouse.
        That's what voicemail is for.

        => What Will Take Priority: Your Work or Taking Care of Your
        Children?

        Do not believe for a minute that telecommuting means the end
        of daycare.  If your kids are in daycare now, they will probably
        still need to be in daycare if you work from home.  You simply
        cannot attend to a five year old and work effectively at the same
        time.  So, do not think of telecommuting as an alternative to
        day care.  It is not.  At best, telecommuting will give you an
        additional couple of hours a day with your kids; the time you
        would normally have spent commuting to and from the office.

        => What Will It Cost the Company?

        A recent study by Forrester Research showed that the
        average initial investment by the employer on equipping
        an employee to work from home was $4,000.  Annual
        maintenance costs were around $2,500.  If you think this is
        likely to be a major obstacle, consider using your personal
        resources to meet at least some of this cost.  After all,
        you will be saving money in terms of commuting costs,
        lunches and work clothes.  If you already have a personal
        computer at home, perhaps you should offer to use that
        for your work, at least until both parties have given this
        telecommuting business a try and are happy to continue
        on with it.

        As with any negotiation, the best outcome is one with a
        win-win solution.Telecommuting has many advantages
        for employer and employee alike.  But it is not for
        everyone.  If you are not self-disciplined, if you need
        supervision to keep you on track, then it's not for you.
        It's probably not best suited for projects that require
        you to work as part of a team if that means you need
        to be sitting around a table together for much of the
        time.

        But most importantly, telecommuting requires a relationship
        of trust and goodwill between employer and employee.  If
        your employer doesn't trust you, then you will have an uphill
        battle getting this thing to fly.  But then again, if your employer
        doesn't trust you, you have an uphill battle period and it may
        be that you should be looking elsewhere in any event.
        Fortunately, however, there are many more enlightened
        employers who understand that employees treated with
        trust and respect will return the favor.

        -----

        **Reprinting of this article is welcome!**
        This article may be freely reproduced provided that: (1) you
        use the autoresponder copy which contains a resource box;
        and (2) you leave the resource box intact. To receive a copy
        of this article by autoresponder, just send a blank email to
        .

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        4.  Web Watch - Internet Taxation
        ============================================================

        I was contacted this week by the owners of an impressive
        free site that's very useful for keeping abreast of developments
        in (among many other things) internet taxation, an issue that
        concerns all of us doing business online.  The site's
        http://www.incongress.com .

        Here's how the owners describe their site:

        "We post unfiltered issue information from the interest groups
        that lobby Congress. No matter what your issue interests are
        you can subscribe to receive current press releases, studies,
        information, policy briefings, and other important information.
        In many instances you will receive this information before
        reporters. This enables you to keep abreast of the issues that
        affect your life, work and family. If you don't want to subscribe
        you can always research your issues by clicking PowerSearch
        on the incongress.com menu."

        You can find the internet taxation materials by going to
        http://www.incongress.com , clicking on "Hot Topics", then
        "Internet Taxation", then "See all documents in Internet
        Taxation".

        Be sure to read the Executive Summary of the Advisory
        Commission on Electronic Commerce Report to Congress
        which states, in part:  "In addressing whether and how the
        Internet should be subject to taxation, a major priority should
        be reducing or removing barriers to access to perhaps the
        most advanced and useful medium of communications and
        commerce yet devised. That imperative has infused the various
        discussions in this proposal, which will, cumulatively, drive down
        the cost of connecting to the Internet and consequently increase
        the numbers of those who can afford to connect. The advent of
        e-commerce raises new challenges for traditional state and local
        tax systems. It should not be presumed that the collection of
        sales and use taxes on the Internet transactions is an inevitability."
         

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        THE BEST THING SINCE COOKIE CUTTER
        Did you miss out on the Cookie Cutter tidal wave?  Don't
        make the same mistake twice!

        ============================================================
        5.  Pro-Motion Column - Answers for the "Pro in Motion"
        ============================================================

        by jl scott, ph.d., Director, IAPO

        Q. I have noticed that when I run two SHORT articles (as
        opposed to one BIG one) in my ezine, I get a lot of happy
        response from my readers, and it is easier on me, too, frankly.
        My question(s) is (are) what is a good limit to set on articles
        to get two good short ones?

        And, how do I ask the long-winded, though of course very nicely
        written, article submitters if they have any other brilliant
        articles that are not as HUGE as the entire rest of my ezine?
        (Jan)

        A. Ah yes, long-winded articles. <sigh> I may have been guilty
        of that myself a time or two. Short ones are SO much easier -
        for ALL of us!

        As a publisher, I post the length of article I'll accept
        (maximum 500 words) but they STILL send 1000 words! BUT - I can
        then refer them to my parameters on the web site. Of course,
        they usually don't want to rewrite and change their creation.
        But it helps slow them down a bit.

        It's really kind of a pain to have to deal with trying to get
        submitters to do it right. I even sometimes have a hard time
        getting them to give me a link for the ones I want to link to
        instead of publishing right in the ezine. Wouldn't you think
        they'd be glad to have the link send people to their web site???
        Isn't TRAFFIC what everyone cries about?

        None of this has answered your question. One thing you might do
        is take the long ones and run them in two - or even three -
        parts. That keeps the readers interested until the next issue.

        Or - try links for the really good long ones. Write the author
        and ask if it is available on their web site, or by
        autoresponder. Be clear that you want the exact URL for the
        article only. You don't want your readers to have to hunt down
        the article. If it's good, they'll peruse the site while
        they're there.

        * To submit questions to "Pro-motion"

        jl scott, ph.d., Author
        Copyright © 2017, All Rights Reserved

        This article may be reprinted with permission by including the
        following resource box:

        ------

        dr. jl scott is the Director of the International Association for
        Professionalism Online (IAPO) - and
        also the publisher of MONDAY MEMO! - the ezine dedicated
        to upgrading Professionalism on the Web. For your FREE
        subscription:

        ============================================================
        6.  Build Your Own Website Tutorial
        ============================================================

        This week - Week 5 : Transferring Your Webpages to Your
        Webhost.

        This week's instalment will be available by autoresponder on
        Wednesday.  To receive this week's instalment, please send
        a blank email to .

        => To receive previous instalments, just send a blank
        email to:

        Week 1 -
        Week 2 -
        Week 3 -
        Week 4 -

        => Next week:

        Week 6 : Publicizing Your Pages - Submitting to Search Engines
         

        ============================================================
        7.  Free E-Book of the Week
        ============================================================

        => How To Start And Run Your Very Own Information
        Business... From Scratch! by Rosendo L. Cross.
        How to market specialized information online.

        ------

        If you're new to A Home-Based Business Online, be sure to
        visit http://www.shelteredturtle.com/ for many more freebies like
        this.

        ============================================================
        8.  Letters to the Editor - MLM ... The Last Word
        ============================================================

        And the final word on the MLM debate goes to Harmony Major:

        "Hi Elena.

        I'm not too interested in MLM myself, as I think those programs
        and affiliate programs are tons of hard work -- for not as much
        profit. I joined a few "bad" MLM's when I first started out online,
        and haven't been involved in one since then. One still owes me
        money. However, I don't doubt that people can and will continue
        to make money from it, and I know some that do. HONEST people
        too, which is just what MLM needs to survive. :-)

        At any rate, I published an article in my twice-monthly ezine,
        (Straight from the Horse's Mouth), in the current issue that's
        called "Network Marketing ... Friend or Foe?" An excellent article
        by Cherie King. You can get the current issue with that article
        included by emailing:
        ( Or click: ) I think
        you'll enjoy it, as it brings up a lot of issues about MLM from both
        sides of the argument.

        Have a great day!

        Respectfully,
        Harmony Major"

        ------

        To speak your mind in the next issue of AHBBO, send a Letter
        to the Editor!  Just email me at
        Contact By Email?subject=AHBBO_Letters and be
        sure to include your resource box!
         

        ============================================================
        9.  This Week's Subscriber Web Site Pick - jtdbizopps.com
        ============================================================

        This week's subscriber web site pick is Jan Tallen-Dandridge's
        jtdbizopps.com at .  There's so much
        information packed into this site I had to force myself to leave
        to finish putting this issue together!  Here's Jan:

        "Hi, Elena. My site is one that started out 14 months ago as 3
        pages made for me by professional designers and I have
        expanded it to a 25 page lay-out and redone it so much over
        the past year that the only remaining item left from the pros
        is the table format.

        I had started out with a beautiful aqua table background and
        logos, etc. and then got tired of that look after a year and
        tried a pretty, but unsettling to some visitors, rainbow effect
        and now am quite happy with my new clean, crisp white
        uncluttered theme and would love some feedback.

        Thank you,

        Jan Tallent-Dandridge
        Marketing Warrioress

         
        and Rim Digest publisher

        Thanks Jan!  Speaking for myself I prefer a clean white
        page any day.  Keeps the focus on the content of your
        site which is all that counts at the end of the day.

        ------

        I will be featuring AHBBO subscribers' sites in this segment
        for the next few months.  So if you want your site seen by
        thousands, write and tell me about your site!  But make sure
        it's one you've created yourself or have had created especially
        for you.  No self-replicating affiliate sites please.
        Contact By Email
         

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        A Home-Based Business Online
        Contact By Email

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