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            August 12

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          Editor: Elena Fawkner
          Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
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           IN THIS ISSUE

        1. Welcome and Update from Elena
        2. Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Producing
         "How-To" Videos
        3. The AHBBO "Top Three"
        4. Feature Article - Saturday Mornings/Marbles
        5. Web Watch - Rethinking Privacy Policies
        6. Pro-Motion Column
        7. AHBBO Build Your Own Website Tutorial
        8. Letters to the Editor
        9. This Week's Subscriber Web Site Pick - BCountry!
        12. Subscription Management
        14. 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 an ezine publisher, I receive no end of article submissions
        from writers wanting me to run their articles in AHBBO.  I
        invariably delete them without opening them because my
        editorial policy for AHBBO is to run only my own, original
        articles that I write specifically for this ezine.  This week is an
        exception.  I received an email this morning with the subject
        line "Saturday Mornings/Marbles".  Intrigued, I opened the
        email to find an article submission from Bill Thomas.  Despite
        myself, I read the article.  Its message was so stunningly
        simple that I decided to share it with you.  So, I've pulled the
        article I wrote for this week's issue to run Bill's instead.  Although
        not directly related to home-based business, I'm sure you'll agree
        that Bill's article speaks to every one of us.  I hope it will
        touch your life as it did mine.

        From the feedback I've been receiving, it seems that many
        of you have been having trouble receiving the AHBBO Build
        Your Own Website Tutorial instalments by autoresponder.
        I've tested each of autoresponders and they seem to be
        working OK now so if you've had trouble, it may just be
        because you were trying to access the instalments at a time
        when the site was down.  In any event, since this seems
        to be such a widespread problem, I'm going to finish off
        the tutorial during the course of the next week and make
        the whole thing available in downloadable ebook format in
        time for the next issue of AHBBO on August 19.

        Remember, AHBBO is running a 2 for 1 advertising sale
        for the rest of the summer.   So, if your online business is
        suffering from the dreaded summer slump, this may be just
        what you need to shake some life back into it.  Details at
        segment 11.

        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 .

        2. Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Producing
         "How-To" Videos

        A Florida videographer produced a "how-to" wedding planner
        tape and sold over $250,000 worth of videos in just 12 months.
        Think about it: if you sell your video for $25, all you need to
        do is sell around 80 videos a week, or 325 videos a month to
        gross $100,000 a year.

        A typical "small" production can sell as many as 1,500 videos
        a month, or 18,000 units a year, at $25 each.

        It's the topic that's key. If there's one single factor that makes
        or breaks a "how to" video, it's the choice of topic. Another factor
        to consider is the length of the material. To remain interesting,
        the average "how to" video must be fast-paced and relatively
        short, not exceeding 45 minutes. Most successful videos
        are no more than 30 minutes long as this is a tolerable length
        for the viewer yet long enough to effectively cover a topic and
        remain interesting.  The length of your video also affects your
        duplication cost.

        Other factors to consider:

        => The Shoot

        Who's going to do the shooting? If you decide to do it yourself,
        where will you get the camera? What format are you going to
        shoot it in?  Are you going to rent or buy your camera?

        => Editing

        Once you've shot all the footage you need, you edit the work,
        assembling the footage in an orderly and coherent fashion that
        will effectively deliver the thought. Depending on how you shot
        your footage, editing can take 20 to 50 times the estimated
        finished time of your video.  This means a 10 minute video may
        take 4 to 5 hours to edit, and so on.

        Studio time ranges from $40 to as much as $100 an hour,
        depending on the special effects you want to have available for
        your editing project.

        Packaging full color printed sleeves start at around 40 cents a
        piece if you order 1,000 or more. You also need face labels on
        your tapes, as well as shrink wrapping for protection.


        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.

        3. The AHBBO "Top Three"

        From time to time, I get emails from readers asking me what
        income-earning programs I recommend.  In this new regular
        segment, I'm going to give you my current "top three" ... what's
        working for me.  Each of these programs come with my
        unqualified endorsement.


        My regular best earner and all-time favorite, both as a
        business opportunity and a product.  The product is access
        to a members-only site that is nothing short of phenomenal.
        It can literally give you your start in an online business of
        your own.  It's how I started.  Visit the above URL for a full
        description of what you get with a Warriors membership.

        The business opportunity is the affiliate program that pays
        a whopping $30 for every sale.

        Initial investment: $49.95 (one-time, lifetime membership fee)

        CASH COW

        Both a product and a business opportunity, Cash Cow is an
        online internet marketing manual that, once you've signed up
        for yourself, you can then market to others and earn $25
        a sale.  Unlike its similar competitor, Cookie Cutter, you do
        NOT have to pay the owner webhosting fees.  You can copy
        the Cash Cow web pages and host them wherever you like.

        Initial investment: $25.


        Visit the above URL for a full description.  The affiliate program
        pays $65 a sale.


        4.  Feature Guest Article - Saturday Mornings/Marbles

        ©2017 Thomas Enterprises

        The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps
        it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise,
        or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work.
        Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most

        A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the basement shack
        with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning
        paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning,
        turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you
        from time to time. Let me tell you about it.

        I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham
        radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net.

        Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a
        tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind, he
        sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He
        was telling whoever he was talking with something about "a
        thousand marbles."  I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what
        he had to say.

        "Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm
        sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away
        from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young
        fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to
        make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter's dance

        He continued, "Let me tell you something Tom, something that
        has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities."

        And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand

        "You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The
        average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some
        live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about
        seventy-five years."

        "Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900
        which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has
        in their entire lifetime. Now stick with me Tom, I'm getting to
        the important part."

        "It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this
        in any detail," he went on, "and by that time I had lived
        through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking
        that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of
        them left to enjoy."

        "So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they
        had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round-up 1000
        marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear
        plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear.  Every
        Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it

        "I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more
        on the really important things in life. There is nothing like
        watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your
        priorities straight."

        "Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and
        take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the
        very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until
        next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the
        one thing we can all use is a little more time."

        "It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with
        your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. 75
        year Old Man, this is K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good

        You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow
        signed off.

        I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work
        on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up
        with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter. Instead, I
        went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey,
        I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast."

        "What brought this on?" she asked with a smile.

        "Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent
        a Saturday together with the kids.  Hey, can we stop at a toy
        store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles."

        SATURDAYS BE SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!

        Work like you don't need the money...
        Love like you've never been hurt...
        Dance like nobody's watching...
        Sing like nobody can hear you?

        Author Unknown

        Bill Thomas
        "The Write Track"

        ©2017 Thomas Enterprises


        Charter Member of IAPO

        Bill Thomas is Editor/Publisher of "The Write Track"
        Ezine. Subscribers can email

        Home Page

        He also owns the resource site "The Inner Sanctum"

        Interested in Free Websites? Free Educational Courses?
        Go to:

        5.  Web Watch - Rethinking Privacy Policies

        Like a good netizen you do, of course, have a privacy policy
        prominently posted at your site and in your ezine, right?
        Your privacy policy probably says something like mine:

        "From time to time as you explore this site, you may choose to
        provide certain information about yourself to enable Fawkner
        Publishing to provide you with products and services or to keep
        you informed of new developments. It is AHBBO Publishing's
        policy to treat this information as strictly private and confidential
        and under no circumstances will we disclose or release your
        personal information to others unless compelled to do so by law."

        Pretty standard stuff, you say?

        Well, consider this.  What happens when you want to sell your
        business?  An enormous chunk of the value of your online
        business is tied up with your list of email addresses of people
        who have visited your site and provided their email address so
        you can communicate with them, people who have subscribed
        to your ezine, customers who have bought from you ... your "list",
        in other words. To uphold your privacy policy, you would not be
        able to sell that list as part of a sale of your business.  Or would

        This is the very problem faced by Toysmart.com, currently
        enduring an excruciatingly public bankruptcy.  When bankruptcy
        laws come into play, suddenly the rights of creditors are
        elevated over those of shareholders.  And, of course, mere
        "customers", whose data is the subject of the privacy policy,
        never even get a look-in.  So, Toysmart.com's heretofore stated
        privacy pledge that private information "is never shared with a
        third party" is starting to look decidedly negotiable now that it's
        going through bankruptcy.  That list of 250,000 email addresses
        and credit card numbers is worth millions.

        So, how will the tension between bankruptcy and privacy laws
        be resolved?  How indeed?  Not surprisingly, privacy advocates
        are screaming blue murder as are a few dozen state attorneys-
        general.  No doubt the trustee in bankruptcy holds a different

        The Federal Trade Commission has recommended that the
        matter be resolved by allowing the list to be sold as a package
        with the entire website business on condition that the "suitable"
        buyer abide by Toysmart's privacy pledge.  The FTC's
        recommendation is just that, however, and not binding.  It will be
        left to the bankruptcy courts to decide which camp will prevail.

        On a more prosaic level, the Toysmart privacy debacle is a
        harbinger for all of us.  Consider the ramifications when the time
        comes to sell your business of having had a privacy policy
        which states that your list will NEVER be rented or sold.  Perhaps
        a better approach would be to take a less absolute position and
        expressly except a successor in interest from the policy (i.e.,
        someone who acquires your interest in the business).

        6.  Pro-Motion Column - Answers for the "Pro in Motion"

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

        Q. I guess I'm what they call a "newbie" but I would like to
        start an online business. Problem is I still have trouble with
        even some of the basic Internet skills. Can you give me a few
        pointers? (John)

        A. Welcome to the wild, wild world of the Internet! Some of us
        "oldbies" still have problems with Internet skills. I wouldn't
        even know where to start with "pointers" - but I know who does.

        Normally, I don't recommend individual web sites or services in
        this column. However, I receive questions from those new to the
        Internet constantly. Often they are generalized questions which
        are difficult to answer. I also have a great concern regarding
        "newbies" who are being trained incorrectly - especially in
        online business.

        I well remember the trauma of BEING new online! With no one to
        teach me other than some kind hearted souls who took pity on
        me!  Well, those days are over!

        STOMP and CLAP and WHISTLE and CHEER! (That's what
        we do in Texas.) The Internet finally has what it's needed from
        the git-go! My hat is WAAAAY up in the air!

        A brand new web site has now been launched to help those
        new to the Internet - "The Newbie Club!" Joe Robson and his
        partner, Tom Glander, are the geniuses behind this much
        needed web site. Everything's there that any "newbie" could
        ask for. Especially, since they don't know WHAT to ask for.
        Us "oldbies" will smile just at the sight of it. It looks like
        exactly what it is! I just keep going back to it and it just
        keeps getting better and better. A "newbie's" dream!

        Us *smart* oldbies will also jump on the bandwagon and get
        in that affiliate program. The introductory product there is the
        e-book, "Windows for Newbies" - written by Tom Glander.
        Tom's smart as a whip and one of the funniest guys I've run
        into for awhile. They even explain to the "newbie" how to
        download it!  And, that's only the beginning of the resources ...

        The Newbie Club has been Joe Robson's dream to help those
        who need help most. He is a true genius - but you'll never hear
        him try to make you think he is. The sign of a TRUE
        professional! It's a miracle to me that FINALLY someone of
        this caliber is setting out to teach us properly.

        You can't even imagine how much JUNK I go through just
        searching for something I can fully endorse - without reservation
        - that is actually VALUABLE to people out there! This has GOT
        to be one of the biggest hits on the Web.

        * 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

        7.  Build Your Own Website Tutorial

        As stated earlier, because of autoresponder problems, the
        entire AHBBO Build Your Own Website Tutorial will be
        made available as a downloadable ebook in the next issue
        (August 19).
        Previous instalments are still available by autoresponder,
        however.  To receive previous instalments, just send a blank
        email to:

        Week 1 -
        Week 2 -
        Week 3 -
        Week 4 -
        Week 5 -
        Week 6 -


        8.  Letters to the Editor

        Hi Elena,

        I agree whole-heartedly with your comment about the prevalence
        of the lack of truth in advertising on the Internet in your "Web
        Watch" section. I know that many of the ads are from newbies
        who are just using the ones provided for them by their affiliate
        program, hopefully, until they learn better. Not knowing any
        better, I started out that way, too, briefly, a few months ago,
        until I, in good conscience, couldn't continue making the
        claims when they didn't come true for me.

        The primary problem I have with the whole issue is the
        misrepresentation, directed at newbies, about it taking no
        effort to make a lot of money on the Internet. Certainly,
        everybody would like to have something for nothing, but this
        approach creates and feeds an unrealistic atmosphere that
        makes it more difficult to sell honest, reputable opportunities
        that have a great deal of potential but don't participate in the

        Now that I am on my soap box, my second pet peeve, if I may
        continue, is programs that state on their web site "NOT MLM"
        which implies that network marketing by definition is inherently
        a scam. Many of them even have the nerve to go on to explain
        a payment plan that is multiple levels deep!

        I'm with you -- clean up the advertising and let free enterprise
        take its course online the same as offline.

        Just my 2 cents. Thanks.

        Annette Fincher

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        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 - BCountry!

        Hi Elena!

        I have been a subscriber of yours for several months now... and
        I have never been disappointed with an issue yet. Thanks so
        much for the useful info and the insight you bring me in regards
        to my online business.

        And with that said, I would like to submit my site to you for your
        "website pick" column: http://www.bcountry.net .  I am very
        proud (while trying to keep my modesty in check!) of the site's
        accomplishments and my attempt to bring my little business
        to a corner of the world wide web.

        I have been in business for about a year now... and still
        continuing to learn and grow ... mostly by trial and error. But
        I am at a place where I feel comfortable, secure and proud of
        my efforts.

        My site focuses on a specialty group, mostly crafters, which
        has made it easy to "target" my audience. I have found that
        word of mouth has been my best advertising as I don't rank
        very high in most search engines. I have never spent a penny
        on ads (yet... but am considering your newsletter!), and have
        found a way to keep busy every day in spite of my lack of
        advertising. My repeat customers has enabled me to run a
        viable and productive on line business.

        I have tried to follow all the "golden rules" of web site design.
        I created the site myself using a "free" host, which so far
        hasn't bogged me down too much, but I am looking to upgrade
        one day.

        I would love to hear what you think. Of course, constructive
        criticism is what has led me to where I am today, so I would
        never shun any advice you or anyone else can offer. We all
        learn from each other.... that's my motto. :)

        Thanks so much for your time... again, I think you are doing
        a wonderful service for your readers.


        Jamie McDowell


        I think your site is just wonderful, Jamie, you SHOULD be proud!
        It's very well designed, attractive and easy to navigate.  And
        the survey section is a GREAT idea.  Everyone, scoot on over to
        http://www.bcountry.net and check out Jamie's survey page.  Notice
        that it doubles as a visitor email address collection point.
        Whenever I see a site that uses a survey for visitor feedback, I
        just know I'm dealing with someone who is very customer-service
        oriented and that really gives me confidence.  A site survey form
        is something worth considering for all of us.


        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


        12. Subscription Management

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