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                                      A Home-Based Business Online


                                       Issue 146 : August 19, 2013

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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 Business Idea of the Week
        3.     Feature Article - The 9-to-5 Home Business Tug of War
        4.     Surveys and Trends
        5.     Success Quote of the Week
        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.

        As one who has recently rejoined the ranks of the full-time
        employed (after having worked part-time for 6 months), I
        thought it was time for an article for those of us struggling
        with full-time work schedules while trying to build a home
        business "on the side".  "The 9-to-5 Home Business Tug Of
        War" is at segment 3.

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

        Remember, AHBBO 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 Business Idea of the Week - Pet Products

        What's one of the biggest industries in the United States today?
        Anything to do with pets. Step into any major pet supply store
        and you'll be dazzled by no end of inventions to make your life
        with pets easier and the life of your pet more fun.

        This ready-made market represents an online business opportunity
        for anyone with a creative streak and who loves animals. The
        possibilities are endless. Collars for dogs and cats with unique
        designs; name tags; handknitted doggie coats for those cold
        climates; ceramic water and food dishes with unique artwork; pet
        hampers for the pampered pooch at Christmas time; frisbees
        painted in your own unique design. You name it, it will sell!

        Your website is crucial. If you do this bit right, you can run this
        business right out of your home, mail order. So start out creating
        a few dazzling samples of your work, have them professionally
        photographed and display them at your site. Don't rush the
        website stage. This needs to be really professional and beautiful.
        It will be a reflection of the quality of the work you do on your
        pet products. If you don't make the right impression here, you
        won't make the sale.

        Plan on including ready-made products in your catalog but also
        offer custom work as well. You can charge much more for custom
        work and your profit margin on these items will be much higher.

        This is a business where word of mouth advertising will be very
        important. So create exceptional pieces and you'll find that the
        word will spread, and quickly. Get set up to accept credit cards
        at your site as soon as possible.

        You'll be able to find good reciprocal linking partners in this business
        too. Look for sites that are dedicated to pets such as pet care,
        what to look for in a pet, that sort of thing, and negotiate to swap
        links with the webmaster.


        This is just one of over 130 ideas from the new "Practical
        Home Business Ideas From AHBBO" e-book.  Find out more at
        Best Home Based Business Ideas .


        3.     Feature Article:  The 9-to-5 Home Business Tug of War

        © 2013 Elena Fawkner

        Perhaps the scarcest commodity the new home-business
        owner just starting out has is time. This is particularly
        so if you are also working a traditional, full-time job and
        building up your business "on the side" in your spare time.

        So how do you go about burning the candle at both ends
        without burning yourself out in the process?

        First off, let's think about priorities. Working a full-time job
        while developing a business requires stamina and endurance
        if other areas of your life are not to be neglected. This
        means being fit and healthy. Make time to exercise at least
        three times a week. Four or five is better. I know how hard
        it can be to commit an hour to working out when you've got
        an endless (and I mean ENDLESS!) list of things you need to
        be doing NOW for your business.   But make the time. It pays
        BIG dividends in terms of stamina and endurance.

        Second, eat right. Don't just grab a McBurger on the way
        home from work and scoff it down as you're driving. Take
        the time to cook a proper meal and relax for a half hour
        or an hour before getting down to business. This gives you
        a break and time to unwind from the pressures of the day,
        making you much more productive when you do get down to
        work. Eating proper meals will keep you in good health and,
        coupled with a regular exercise routine, will help keep your
        energy levels high.

        OK, so you're physically in shape and taking care of
        yourself. The next major thing to think about is time
        management. Every weekend, before the working week starts,
        prepare a business plan for the coming week. This is
        nothing more complicated that writing down the various
        business-related activities you must do over the course of
        the coming week and then scheduling them according to how
        much time you know you are going to have on a particular

        By planning out your time this way, you can schedule
        your business activities alongside your other activities. Take
        care of as many of them as you can through the course of the
        day. Whether you are able to do this depends on the nature
        of your 9 to 5 job but if you have even a little autonomy you
        should be able to squeeze out a little time here and there.
        Not huge chunks, just 10 minutes here and there.

        The nature of your job may mean you don't have the luxury
        of that sort of autonomy. If this is you, then there's
        nothing for it but to free up time before and after work.
        This may mean getting up an hour earlier every day, for example.

        Whatever your personal situation, by planning ahead you will
        at least have the peace of mind of knowing that time has
        been allocated to all important business-related tasks.
        By eliminating the "scatter gun" approach you will find that
        the limited time you do have will be much more productive.

        There are going to be some activities that you have to do
        day in, day out. Decide what time of the day is best for
        you to attend to these routine tasks. The more you can
        integrate business activities into your daily routine the
        more efficient will be your use of time. Let's take email,
        for example. Anyone running an online business has to deal
        with email on a daily basis. I use the time between when I
        get up in the morning and when I leave for the gym for this.
        It gives me time to wake up before I launch into my day
        and is a relatively undemanding task that does not require
        precision concentration.

        Make use of autoresponders for as much of your email
        processing as possible. This will further reduce the amount
        of time you have to spend on this aspect of your business.

        Other routine activities include things like site promotion
        and search engine position monitoring. Now there are a lot
        of great tools to help webmasters with this part of their
        business. For example, WebPosition Gold will automatically
        review your position in all the major search engines and
        report back to you with the results. It can also be
        programmed to auto-submit at appropriate intervals. Be sure
        to use quality automated tools wherever possible. They can
        save you literally hours of work every week and as we all
        know, time is money in this business.

        Keep a journal for a week. Record in it everything you do
        during the day from the moment you get up in the morning
        to the moment you go to bed. What activities can you
        eliminate in favour of freeing up some time for your
        business? Maybe it means getting up an hour earlier.
        Maybe it's forgoing the sleep-in on the weekend. Maybe it
        means giving up those two hours of TV every night. You will
        find even 15-20 minutes blocks here and there can add up to a
        sizeable chunk of time over a week or a month.

        If you travel, keep a copy of your website on your laptop
        and work on it while you're in the air or waiting for a
        flight. Or answer your email ready to send it when you get
        plugged in again.

        As you can see, the trick is to practice the "nibble"
        technique. If you wait until you have a great chunk of time
        in one block, such as the weekend, you'll only waste all of
        those little bits of time you could have put to good use
        during the week and fritter away your "quality" time on
        routine tasks rather than business development.

        One final piece of advice. Take time every week to just
        relax and do something you want to do. Although the
        pressures of a new business are demanding, failing to take
        time out will only lead to burn out.


        ** Reprinting of this article is welcome! **
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        Elena Fawkner is editor of A Home-Based Business Online ...
        practical business ideas, opportunities and solutions for the
        work-from-home entrepreneur. 


        4.     Surveys and Trends

        © 2013 Ryanna's Hope


        Apparently the breadwinners aren't the ones making the buying
        decisions for electronics in American households. Research from
        InsightExpress finds that students, including teens and young
        adults, have the real power when it comes to which consumer
        electronics are purchased when heading back to school.

        The survey, conducted online with 300 students in July 2013,
        revealed that while almost all (90 percent) of the students
        already own a computer, nearly 1 in 4 are looking for
        replacements. Furthermore, 35 percent of respondents would like
        to purchase cell phones; 18 percent prefer pagers; one-third are
        seeking digital cameras; and 30 percent desire MP3 players.

        More than ever before, the buying power for electronic devices
        belongs to students.


        MetaFacts reports that 39.2 percent of households with PCs and
        kids owned a videogame system in 2013, down slightly from 2001's
        figure of 39.7 percent. MetaFacts principal analyst Dan Ness
        attributes the decline to the proliferation of home computers:
        Kids have discovered they can have fun on PCs, the Internet and
        handheld game systems, challenging the traditional videogame

        The presence of both kids and PCs in the household is related to
        the increased use of other technology products in the home
        sector. Digital cameras have increased in penetration of PC
        households with kids, rising to 31.3 percent from 22.5 percent
        last year. Additionally, cell phone use among households that
        have kids and PCs has also increased ?81.9 percent in 2013,
        compared to 73.3 percent in 2001.


        More than 50 percent of U.S. high schools are currently offering
        online courses or exploring them for the future, according to a
        study by Interactive Educational Systems Design, Inc. (IESD). The
        study was sponsored by Apex Learning and Blackboard Inc.
        The researchers surveyed 447 high school principals and 345
        school district administrators, and asked their districts' and
        schools' status, opinions and future plans for offering online
        courses. The survey revealed that more than 40 percent of all
        public high schools are already using online courses or planning
        to start using them during this school year. Another 17 percent
        are interested in offering online courses in the future. The
        study also revealed that 32 percent of public school districts
        will adopt and use an e-learning platform for the first time in


        More than eight out of ten teachers (84 percent) believe that
        computers and access to the Internet improve the quality of
        education, according to a survey by education technology
        nonprofit NetDay, and 75 percent of teachers said the Internet is
        an important tool for finding new resources to meet new

        Two-thirds of teachers, however, agree the Internet is not well
        integrated into their classrooms and only 26 percent of them feel
        pressure to use it in learning activities.

        NetDay also found that nearly every teacher has access to the
        Internet at his or her school and 80 percent of classrooms have
        computers that are online. Seventy-seven percent of teachers
        agree that teachers without Internet access in the classroom are
        at a disadvantage.

        Teachers cite multiple uses for the Internet, but most primarily
        see its potential as a research tool, and say it has not changed
        the way they teach. Forty-eight percent of teachers say the
        Internet has become an important tool for teaching over the last
        two years, yet across every demographic group of teachers, half
        or more use the Internet at school for less than 30 minutes a


        Parents are looking to the Internet as a tool to become more
        involved in their children's education, according to a study by
        Learning Pays.com and Yankelovich Partners.

        More than three-quarters (78 percent) of parents polled say that
        they would become more involved with their children's education
        if they had greater access to teachers, curriculum, and event
        schedules via the Internet as a tool to become more involved in
        their children's education, the study found. More than half (53
        percent) of parents feel that their children would benefit from
        individualized attention, tailored to their unique learning
        styles and capabilities.

        The study also revealed that 48 percent of the parents of school-
        aged children wish they could play a more active role in class
        trips and other educational activities. Forty-seven percent would
        like to be more involved in their children's extra-curricular
        activities. More than two-fifths (44 percent) of parents would
        like to be more involved or aware of their child's homework and
        other assignments. More than one-third (34 percent) would like to
        be more involved in PTA meetings.

        Parents know that they need to be involved in their children's
        education and many are looking for Web-based tools to provide
        them with access to teachers, administrators, counselors, etc.,
        to become involved in a more meaningful way.


        A survey of working adults conducted by Opinion Research Corp.
        revealed that 54 percent believe that college courses offered via
        the Internet are the future of higher education.

        The telephone survey was commissioned by Capella University, an
        online institution of higher learning and was conducted among 667
        working adults in February of 2013.

        The study also found that while people see education as a top
        priority, busy schedules (42 percent) and family and travel
        commitments (10 percent) may keep people from continuing their
        education. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents said
        they are interested in continuing their education, but 48 percent
        said that a busy schedule is the biggest barrier to hitting the
        books, one-third cited high costs as an impediment.

        Assuming the quality of education was the same, 32 percent of
        respondents said they would rather take courses through the
        Internet than go to a classroom. More than half (53 percent) of
        respondents said the biggest benefit of taking courses online was
        the ability to work from home, while 19 percent cited time saved
        from not having time to commute.


        5.     Success Quote of the Week

        There is only one road to true human greatness: through the
        school of hard knocks.
          --  Albert Einstein



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