A Home-Based Business Online
Editor: Elena Fawkner
Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
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IN THIS ISSUE
1. Welcome and Update from the Editor
2. Home Business Idea of the Week - Herb and Spice
3. Online Business Idea of the Week - Menu Planner
4. Article - Mind Your Manners
5. Telecommuting Openings
6. Guest Article - No Matter How You Slice It ...
Spam is Spam!
8. This Week's Web Site Pick
9. Subscription Management
10. Contact Information
1. Welcome and
Update from the Editor
Hello again and a warm
welcome to all new subscribers!
This week's guest article
is written by fellow subscriber
Susan gives us all a salutary warning
about the dangers of
spam. If you're new to internet
marketing, pay close
attention to what Susan has to say.
She has a message that
cannot be repeated often enough.
Remember, this newsletter
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
See you all again next
2. Home Business Idea
of the Week - Herb and Spice Business
Grow, process and sell
fresh, preserved and dried herbs
such as dill, basil,
cumin, celery seed and cilantro
To be successful in the
herb and spice business, grow things
that do well in your
area -- that you have adequate
facilities and room
for. Of course, you can expand the list
of possibilities with
a greenhouse and various climate
control devices, plus
soil manipulation. At the least you
will probably need a
small greenhouse (or hot frame) to
start your plants and
perhaps a screened area for growing
and/or drying that is
secure from insects and other pests.
Not only can you market
plants and seeds as individual
items, but there is
also a lucrative market in blends of
herbs and spices.
Fortunes have been made with these!
There are many more
home-based business ideas like this at
with more being added
all the time.
3. Online Business Idea
of the Week - Menu Planner
Have you ever tried
to lose weight? If so, you know that
one of the greatest
challenges is adhering to a calorie-
controlled program while
still enjoying the good things in
life. A good imagination
goes a long way. Why not put
your experience to good
use by creating menu plans for
people seeking to reduce
This is an ideal business
to run on the internet. Do your
and put together a few basic menu plans
for different daily
calorie levels. You may consider 1,000,
1,500, 2,000, 2,500
and so on. Also include variations to
cater for special dietary
requirements such as vegetarianism,
Full report: http://www.shelteredturtle.com/menuplanner.html
There are many more online
business ideas like this at
with more being added
all the time.
4. Article - Mind Your
By Elena Fawkner
If you subscribe to several
you will probably have
noticed a lot of people recently
writing about the lack
of professionalism displayed by some
and expressing the concern that the
conduct of these individuals
is jeopardising the good name
and reputation of the
rest of us trying to make an honest
living in this brave
As you are no doubt aware,
ecommerce is coming under the
of government regulators right around
the world. Those
factions in favour of regulating the
internet are getting
up a head of steam because of the
prevalence of internet scamsters and
the general lack of
professionalism displayed by some
Much has already been,
and will continue to be, written
about unethical business
practices ranging from the annoying
(such as spam) to the
more serious, such as credit card
fraud. What I
would like to focus on is an aspect of
courtesy ... and the way we deal with
one another in our businesses.
As you may or may not
know, from time to time I accept free
advertising in this
ezine in addition to paid ads and ad
swaps where I have the
room. I usually only have a couple
of ad spots (if any)
available after my ad deadline so I
certainly can't place
all the free ad submissions I receive.
So, who gets in and
who doesn't? Well, let me put it this
way. Your chances
are much better if you actually ask.
Recently I have begun
receiving a disturbing number of
emails with "free ad"
in the subject line and the text of an
ad in the body.
Nothing else. I assume these people think
I am so desperate for
advertisers to fill up my ad space
that I will be grateful
for the huge favor they do me by
submitting their ad.
WRONG! On both counts.
New policy effective
immediately: anyone who sends me an
email like that is guaranteed
one response and one response
only. My index
finger on the delete key.
Now, thankfully, most
people seeking a free ad are courteous
and professional in
their approach. Here's an example from
just this morning:
>Hi Elena, I am a new
subscriber to A Home-Based Business
>Online. I would
appreciate your running my ad when
>space is available.
You guessed it ... the
person who wrote me this email has a
free ad in this issue.
Please and thank you.
They open doors. Even on the
on the internet.
Small point? Maybe.
But it's symptomatic of a certain
attitude and approach
to doing business. The root cause of
the lack of professionalism
we so often encounter as
is, at least in part, the anonymous
nature of internet commerce.
No one need ever know our true
identity if we choose
to keep it hidden.
It's kind of like the
mentality you see evidence of when
driving. As drivers,
we are anonymous. We don't know the
person in the car behind
or ahead and will never see them
again. Would we
give the too-slow driver in the car ahead
an angry blast of the
horn if that person was someone we
we worked with? A business acquaintance? I
The reason some people
feel free to be so rude and
aggressive on the roads
is the same reason these (I'd be
willing to bet, SAME)
people behave this way on the internet.
No-one holds them to
account. We all hit our delete keys
and move on. People
have come to EXPECT to encounter rude
and aggressive drivers
on the road. They have also,
to expect this behavior on the internet.
Each one of us has a
role to play in reducing this attack
on the professionalism
of our businesses. By setting high
standards for ourselves
and looking for those same qualities
in those with whom we
do business, whether they be
advertisers in our newsletters,
resellers of our programs,
whatever, and refusing
to do business with those who aren't
professional, we all
make a valuable incremental
contribution to increasing
the level of professionalism in
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6. Guest Article - No
Matter How You Slice It ... Spam is
by Susan Jackson
This article is especially
meant for "newbies" to hopefully
save them the embarrassment
of making the mistake I did.
Allow me to relate to
you a personal story of what happened
to me when I first dipped
my toes into the uncertain waters
of internet marketing.
Of course I "knew" that as long as
I had a product connected
to a website all I had to do was
place a few free classified
ads and the money would come
rolling in! Right?
To my surprise I found
there were thousands of people
posting free ads. "Wow!"
I thought. A virtual gold mine of
prospects. Why not just
email them my sales letter? After
all, weren't they looking
for a way to make money just like
me? I'm sure they would
love to hear about my offer. I'll
just send them a personal
To say I was naive would
be kind. Stupid, more accurate!
That day, suddenly and
without warning, I learned the true
meaning of "spam" and
"flame". Very shortly after sending
my ad to an unsuspecting
prospect I received an immediate
response. And not exactly
what I was expecting!
My heart began to pound
and my face turned red as I read
those acid words of
recrimination. "Spam!" they cried.
"Your ISP has been notified".
I was mortified! They were
I quickly sent an apology
claiming "newbie" in my defense.
Fortunately, they never
really did notify my ISP. Nor
did I ever spam again.
I learn quickly!
Another thing. This one
really bugs me. Don't be deceived
into thinking that by
adding some clever little note at the
end of your letter you're
off the hook. The following is a
recent example of exactly
what I'm talking about:
This Is A Compliant,
No Spam, Letter with Remove-Ability
have no interest in an Income Value of this
just reply with "No Thank You Marge" in the
or click on the (mailto) and send a blank
HOGWASH! Her letter
was spam in the purest form. Actually
I find it quite rude
of her to impose on my valuable time
expecting me to send
her an email so she won't spam me
Oh, and the best is when
at the very top of the spam letter
in all caps they write
"THIS IS NOT SPAM". How stupid!
Hellooo ... is this
a red flag? My mouse immediately clicks
on delete. Thanks
for the warning!
ANY UNSOLICITED E-MAIL
IS SPAM. THAT'S IT! IF I DIDN'T
ASK FOR YOUR OFFER OR
INFORMATION, IT IS SPAM. DON'T DO
IT! PERIOD. Any
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