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           A Home-Based Business Online
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          October 30

            Editor: Elena Fawkner
          Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
          
           Contact By Email

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          This Ezine Is Listed At FreeZinesOnline.
         

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           IN THIS ISSUE
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          1.   Welcome and Update from the Editor
          2.   Home Business Idea of the Week - Wedding
           Consultant
          3.   Online Business Idea of the Week - Online
           Retailer
          4.   Article - Overcoming Procrastination in Your
           Home Business
          5.   Telecommuting Openings
          6.   Guest Article - The Icecream 'Comb' Story
          7.   Freebies
          8.   This Week's Web Site Pick
          9.   Next Week
          10.  Subscription Management
          11.  Contact Information

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        1.  Welcome and Update from the Editor
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        Hello again and a warm welcome to all new subscribers!

        I received an email during the week from Beverly and Shiloh.
        Beverly is looking for work stuffing envelopes.  The problem
        that Beverly has found is that the organizations she has
        contacted all wanted to charge her a fee to participate.

        As I said to Beverly, I am currently researching exactly
        this issue as a number of people have asked me if I know of
        any sources for this sort of work (and email processing) that
        do not charge a fee for participation.  I hope to bring you
        the results of this research in next week's issue, but, in
        the meantime, if anyone has found a source for this type of
        work that does not require a fee to join, please share it
        with the rest of us by mailing me at Contact By Email .

        This week's guest article has been around for a while.
        Normally I steer clear of articles that have 'done the
        rounds', preferring to run lesser-known, preferably
        original, pieces.  I decided to make an exception in the
        case of Rick Beneteau's "The Icecream 'Comb' Story" because
        of its effect on me when I read it for the first time this
        week.  If this is the first time you've read it, you're
        in for something special.  If this is a 'repeat' for you,
        hopefully you agree that it's one of those rare articles
        that is worth re-reading.  I hope it strikes the same chord
        in you that it did in me.

        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 week.

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        2. Home Business Idea of the Week - Wedding Consultant
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        A wedding consultant works with a network of professional
        service providers such as caterers, florists, photographers
        and entertainers and assists the client in areas such as
        proper protocol, etiquette, suggestions on designs and
        styles and questions to help create the perfect wedding day.
        Perhaps the most important part of a wedding consultant's
        job is to attend to every detail so that the bride and groom
        can relax and enjoy their special day.

        According to Gerard Monaghan, president of the Association
        of Bridal Consultants (ABC), about 60 to 70 percent of
        consultants work from homebased offices. He estimates that
        there are 10,000 bridal consultants in the country, so
        there are about 6,000 to 7,000 working from their homes.

        Full report: http://www.shelteredturtle.com/weddcons.html

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        Relevant sites:

        -> Association of Bridal Consultants
           http://www.weddingcircle.com/

        -> Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants
           http://www.acpwc.com

        -> June Wedding
           http://www.junewedding.com

        -> Sell The Bride
           http://www.sellthebride.com

        -> Wedding Careers

        -> Wedding Channel.com

        Recommended books:

        -> The Portable Wedding Consultant; Invaluable Advice From
           The Industry's Experts For Saving Your Time, Money And
           Sanity by Leah Ingram
           Magazine journalist Leah Ingram collects advice on every
           possible aspect of wedding planning from 50 wedding
           planning experts--including Neiman-Marcus, Crane's, and
           the Association of Bridal Consultants.

        -> Wedding Planner And Record Book; Wedding Planning Made
           Simple And Memorable by Deni Bown
           Every detail--planning the reception, invitations and
           choosing flowers, and much more--is covered by
           chronological checklists so nothing is forgotten.

        -> The Everything Wedding Organizer; Checklists, Calendars,
           And Worksheets For Planning The Perfect Wedding by Laura
           Morin
           Complete with dozens of worksheets, checklists, pockets,
           and loads of helpful hints, this handy planner features
           everything a frazzled bride--or groom--needs to get
           organized. Beginning with setting a date and creating a
           budget, every aspect of the wedding is covered, right up
           to the final details.

        Visit for links to
        all these titles.

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        There are many more home-based business ideas like this at
        with more being added
        all the time.

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        3. Online Business Idea of the Week - Online Retailer
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        An online retailer builds a website to conduct retail
        transactions on the internet.  This may be an adjunct to an
        off-line business or may be the sole outlet for the products.

        To start up a business as an online retailer you will need
        the ability to create a website (or the funds to hire
        someone to do it for you) and, of course, you must have
        products or services to sell.

        Affiliate programs sprung up partly in response to demand
        from would-be retailers who wanted to start up business on
        the internet but didn't have products of their own to sell.
        An affiliate program is simply an arrangement between you
        (the affiliate) and a supplier of goods or services whereby
        you resell the goods or services of the supplier in return
        for a commission.

        This is often a good way to start an online retail business.
        The supplier retains responsibility for order-taking,
        accepting payment from your customer, shipping and paying
        affiliates.  All you need to do is concentrate on marketing
        the product you are selling for the supplier.  Your job is
        to attract customers and sell them on the product or service
        you are offering.  Sometimes you don't even need to do that
        much.  Many affiliate programs operate so that all you do as
        reseller is attract targeted customers and refer them to the
        supplier's website. The supplier's website is where the
        actual "selling" occurs.

        Full report: http://www.shelteredturtle.com/onlineretailer.html

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        Relevant Sites:

        -> AssociatePrograms.com
           http://www.associateprograms.com

        -> eRetail.net
           http://www.eretail.net

        -> The Electronic Commerce Guide
           http://ecommerce.internet.com

        -> List of E-Commerce Servers
          

        -> Payment Mechanisms Designed for the Internet
           http://ganges.cs.tcd.ie/mepeirce/Project/oninternet.html

        -> Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
           http://www.thomasregister.com/

        -> Electronic Commerce Resource Center
           http://www.ecrc.ctc.com/
         

        Recommended books:

        -> Starting An Online Business For Dummies With Cdrom by
           Greg Holden

        -> Infopreneurs Online And Global; Taking The Hottest
           Business Of The '90's Into The 21st Century by Skip
           Weitzen
           How to join a new breed of entrepreneurs who are getting
           rich by finding, packaging, and selling information.
           Infopreneurs Online and Global reveals how to update this
           type of business by going online. Practical, step-by-step
           instructions demonstrate how to define and research ideas
           and then apply basic infopreneurial techniques to online
           and global opportunities.

        -> Growing Your Business Online; Small-Business Strategies
           For Working The World Wide Web by Phaedra Hise

        -> Poor Richard's Internet Marketing And Promotions; How To
           Promote Yourself, Your Business, Your Ideas Online by
           Peter Kent and Tara Calishain

        -> "Making Money in Cyberspace" by Paul and Sarah Edwards

        Visit for links to
        all these titles.

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        There are many more online business ideas like this at
        with more being added
        all the time.

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        4. Article - Overcoming Procrastination in Your Home
           Business
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        By Elena Fawkner

        Well, it's Saturday again and time to publish another
        edition of A Home-Based Business Online.  It's also, I
        realize, time to write an article for this week's issue.
        Seven days have elapsed since the publication of the
        last edition of this newsletter.  Why, you may ask, did I
        wait until NOW to write this week's article?  Good
        question.  I'd like to say it's because I didn't have
        a minute to spare during the week.  But that just isn't
        so.  I COULD have written this article three days ago, but
        I didn't.  Not because I didn't have the time ... but
        because I CHOSE NOT TO.  And boy, do I regret it.  It's a
        beautiful sunny day outside right now and I could be out
        there reading some more of Patricia Cornwall's Dr Kate
        Scarpetta.  Instead, here I am sitting in front of my
        computer.

        What's going on here?  In a word ... PROCRASTINATION.  Now,
        mind you, I decided last week I would be writing about
        procrastination this week and so I have done some research.
        Just as well, you might say.

        When I think of the time I spend procrastinating by, say,
        reading and responding to email as it comes in rather than
        allowing it to accumulate and dealing with it in one or two
        sessions during the day, or making a telephone call or
        making YET ANOTHER cup of coffee rather than knuckling down
        and writing an article or updating my web pages or whatever
        it is that I SHOULD be doing, I have to admit that I am
        costing my business time and money.

        What about you?  Do you ever find yourself putting off some
        task rather than dealing with it at the right time?  Does
        the need to rearrange the pantry cupboard or the tools in
        garage seem much more pressing in the face of some task that
        you really can't bring yourself to start?  If so, like me,
        you're falling into the procrastination trap.

        So, why does it happen and what can we do about it?

        According to one study, procrastination is caused by several
        "cognitive distortions" or, in other words, perception
        problems.  These are (in the words of the study author):

        1.  an overestimation of the time left to perform tasks;
        2.  an underestimation of the time required to complete
            tasks;
        3.  an overestimation of future motivational states;
        4.  misreliance on the necessity of emotional congruence
            to succeed at the task; and
        5.  belief that working when not in the mood to work is
            suboptimal.

        Or, in our language:

        1.  "I've got plenty of time to write my article.  It's not
            due until the weekend."  Right.  Well it's the weekend
            now isn't it, and I STILL didn't do it.
        2.  "(On Friday) I don't really need to start it until
            Saturday.  It'll only take 15 minutes."  Yeah.  Right
            again.  It's been half an hour already and I'm only
            halfway through the first draft!
        3.  "I'll do it later in the week.  I'll feel more like it
            then.  I really don't feel like it right now."  Since
            it's the weekend as I write this, I guess inspiration
            didn't rain on down after all.
        4.  "I can't do a good job if I'm just not in the mood."
            Yeah, right.
        5.  "I don't feel like doing it now and I shouldn't because,
            in this mood, I won't do a good job."  Oh, please.

        WHAT a pathetic bunch of excuses!  Time to stop
        procrastinating and take action.  Here are some action
        change steps from "Overcoming Procrastination: A New Look"
        (link below):

        1.  Start with clear, measurable, achievable goals.  For
            example, I am going to spend 15 minutes each day next
            week from Monday through Friday writing the first draft
            of next week's article.
         
        2.  Break the task down into bite-size pieces.  On Monday I
            will write the introduction, on Tuesday the first
            paragraph, on Wednesday the third paragraph etc.

        3.  Commit five minutes to getting started then DO IT!  At
            the end of five minutes, decide whether to commit to a
            further five minutes, and so on.  This is an excellent
            way to break inertia.  Try it.  I did, and 5 minutes
            turned into and hour and a half and a completed article!

        4.  Get organized.  Create three files: (1) catch-up; (2)
            keep-up and (3) get-ahead.  Put the long overdue
            activities you want to finish in the catch-up file and
            set aside time each day to work at the items in this
            file, checking them off as you go.  In the keep-up file,
            emphasize completing priority tasks as they arise.  In
            the get-ahead file, schedule time to initiate steps to
            advance your personal interests.  These steps may be
            planning or activities.

        5.  Negotiate with yourself.  When you are tempted to
            substitute a low priority activity (such as watching TV)
            for a priority project, make watching TV contingent upon
            doing part or all of the priority activity first.  Then
            watching TV will be an enjoyable reward, rather than
            guilt-ridden procrastination.

        Procrastination is unproductive and can even be harmful to
        your best interests if taken to extremes.  It is not just a
        simple act of putting off until tomorrow what you could get
        done today.  Studies show that procrastination is a symptom
        of self-doubt, self-downing, discomfort-dodging and
        irrational guilt.  In turn, the results of procrastination
        can be a further stimulus for the erroneous beliefs that led
        to procrastination in the first place.

        So, break the habit of deferring action until a "better"
        time.  There is no such thing.  If something needs to be
        done, cut the excuses and JUST DO IT!

        -----

        For a more detailed treatment of procrastination and what to
        do about it, read the excellent report at
        http://irebt.org/essays/procrst1.html .

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        5. Telecommuting Openings
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        -> Sales and Marketing
           Loan Pros, an established S. Carolina company, is
           currently seeking people with computers and internet
           access to work from home. Online training provided. Can
           work full or part time.  Great for stay at home moms!
           You will need
           this number to take advantage of this fantastic
           opportunity!

        -> Counselor
           Telephone Counselors needed immediately.  Sincere desire
           to help others and good listening skills are a must. No
           experience necessary - will train. Earn while you learn.
           Flexible schedules - all 3 shifts. Full or part-time.
           Work from the comfort and privacy of your home. Pay: $12
           per hour + bonuses
           C.W.C. Consultants
           1900 Kent Drive
           Camp Hill, PENNSYLVANIA 17011 USA
           Fax:  707-281-7763
           Email:
           Contact:  Rosemary Holbert

        -> IT Recruiting
           AGS, Inc. has begun its Associate Recruiter Program,
           providing a home-based business opportunity in the
           fast-paced, high tech industry. If you are a self-
           starter, highly motivated, organized and wish to make an
           honest living, the ARP may be just for you. AGS, Inc. is
           a professional technical recruiting firm with the utmost
           integrity. We strive to match a candidate's interests
           with the appropriate company culture and guarantee that
           every candidate be treated by our recruiters with
           integrity, respect, and complete confidentiality.
           Our clients are always looking for talented technical
           professionals with at least 2 years of experience in the
           following areas: Application Development, Systems
           Engineers, Network Administrators, Database
           Administrators, Project Managers, Executives, IT Sales,
           and many others. These positions are updated on a regular
           basis and are often new openings. There is much work to
           be done and we need self-motivated, enterprising people
           who are determined to be successful. Please contact us
           about starting a career as an IT Recruiter today.
           A God Send,Inc.
           237 Lafayette Ave.
           Pemberton, NEW_JERSEY 08068-1718 USA
           Phone: 609-726-1365
           Fax:  419-844-9793
           URL:  http://MrEdghill.tripod.com
           Contact:   Mike Dunnam, Associate Recruiter copy TODAY!

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        6. Guest Article - The Icecream 'Comb' Story
        ============================================================
        by Rick Beneteau

        This may very well be the strangest marketing article you've
        ever read, but please bear with me. It's a true story and
        one whose "moral" I believe you can easily apply to your web
        business.

        Here goes:

        She was three. Just released from a far-away hospital after
        life threatening brain surgery, ready to take on the world
        again. I was happy just to have her back. My little "Ms.
        Clean" (shaven head and hoop earrings) and me driving along
        to our local mall.  Hanging out with dad day. I recall her
        words as if it were yesterday.

        "Daddy, can I get a treat?"

        As she was understandably spoiled (if there is such a thing),
        I replied "ok honey, but just ONE".

        Her eyes beamed like the Fourth of July in anticipation of
        that something only she knew at the time.

        We drove around to the new end of the mall on the normal
        seek-and-destroy mission of capturing a parking place. After
        all, it was Saturday. We landed a fair distance from our
        destination, and began walking hand-in-hand towards the
        entrance, her pace gaining momentum with each tiny step. A
        few feet from the doors she broke loose and ran hands-first
        into the thick wall of glass, trying with everything she had
        to swing the big doors open. No luck. With a little
        assistance, she 'did it' and tried the very same thing at the
        second set of doors.

        It was then that I asked her what she wanted for her treat.
        Without hesitation, she matter-of-factly said "an ice-cream
        comb from the ice-cream store". Ok, the goal was set and we
        were in the mall!

        But hold on! What was this? At the end of what was just an
        ordinary looking lane of retail chain outlets she spied
        something new- this huge fountain, water shooting who knows
        how high into the air. The new goal line!

        She ran, and I walked (don't ya just hate it when parents
        let their kids run wild in public?), and we arrived at the
        spectacle at about the same time. The turbulent noise was
        almost deafening.  "Daddy, can I make a wish, can I make a
        wish?" she screamed as she jumped with the kind of pure joy
        we've all long since forgotten.

        "Sure honey, but that will be YOUR TREAT you know" I
        explained (gotta be firm with these kind of things).

        She agreed.

        I fumbled around in my pocket and pulled out what I think
        was a dime (big spender) and placed it in her outstretched
        hand. She cupped it tightly, closed her eyes and grimaced,
        formulating her wish. I stared at that little scrunched-up
        face and said my own kind of prayer of thanks, feeling so
        blessed to still have this ball of energy in my life. And
        then like a shooting star, the coin was flung into the
        foaming water and with it, her wish.

        We happily continued our stroll into the familiar section
        of the mall. An eerie silence ensued, which I was admittedly
        uncomfortable with. I couldn't resist breaking it.

        "Aren't you gonna tell daddy what you wished for?"

        She retorted "I wished I could get an ice-cream comb".

        I just about lost it right then and there. Couldn't imagine
        what the shoppers thought of this lunatic laughing
        uncontrollably in the middle of a crowded mall. And needless
        to say, she got her wish, and two treats.

        Little did I know then that my beautiful little girl would
        soon embark on a long road of seizures, surgeries, special
        schools, medications and end up partially paralyzed on her
        right side. She never learned to ride a bike.

        Today, she is almost seventeen. She cannot use her right
        hand and walks with a noticeable limp. But she has overcome
        what life seemed to so cruelly inflict on her. She was
        teased a lot and always struggled in school, both socially
        and academically. But each year she showed improvement. She
        is planning a career in early childhood education. With one
        year still remaining in high school, she and I, one night
        not too long ago mapped out all the courses she would need
        to take in community college. It was her idea. She volunteers
        weekly at a local hospital, on the children's floor. She
        baby-sits a neighbor's children five days a week. On her own
        this year, she stood outside in line for four hours on a
        cold Canadian January afternoon and enrolled herself, with
        her own babysitting money, into two courses she felt she
        would need for college.

        You see, to her failure was never an option.

        It would almost be redundant for me to explain why I wanted
        to share this story with you. She IS my daughter and I carry
        all those fatherly biases with me wherever I go. But these
        aside, she is a very exceptional person and one that I
        admire and have learned a lot from.

        It is my sincerest hope that her story will have even a
        momentary positive impact on you as a human being, a parent,
        a spouse or even, an entrepreneur.

        I'd like to leave you with a closing thought. As human
        beings, we deserve all the treats, and the multitude of good
        things that life can offer us. We all have wishes and dreams,
        AND the power to make them reality. Just simple truths of
        the universe.

        We can wish for, and get, that ice-cream comb.

        -----

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        7. Freebies
        ============================================================
        -> Web Tutor v. 3.7 (1.5mb)
           Contains four main tutorials:
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           . Table Tutor
           . Form Tutor
           . Frames Tutor
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        -----

        If you're new to A Home-Based Business Online, be sure to
        visit and
        for the many free
        e-books and reports (with complete reprint and resell rights)
        that have been made available to subscribers over the past
        few weeks.

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        8. This Week's Web Site Pick
        ============================================================
        Jim Daniels' BizWeb2017

        Jim Daniels says it best himself:

        Q: What is this BizWeb2017 site all about?...
        A: Teaching you how to profit from the net.
        (And you may be surprised how simple it really is.)

        A note from Jim Daniels, owner of bizweb2017.com...

        I've been at this since the internet started blossoming into
        a small business paradise, back in the beginning of 1996.
        Since day one I made it my mission to learn everything there
        is to know about making money online - and to share that
        very information with my website visitors -- that's you!

        Whether your company is a one person show or part of a
        growing corporation, this site can help you. I've filled
        it with everything from free, expert cybermarketing tips and
        articles, to cutting edge books and software.

        Simply put, BizWeb2017 will help you market your wares on the
        internet... and with a very tiny budget!

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        9.  Next Week
        ============================================================
        That's it for this week, folks.  Here's what's in store for
        next week's issue:

        -> Home-Based Business Idea of the Week: Private
           Investigator
        -> Online Business Idea of the Week: Temporary Help Agency
        -> Feature Article:  Taming the Email Tiger
        -> Telecommuting Job Openings
        -> Guest Article: It could be yours!  Please send original
           article submissions to
           Contact By Email
        -> More great Freebies

        Thanks for being with us and have a great week everyone!
        And, please remember, if you have any free sources for
        envelope stuffing or email processing work, please pass
        them along to me at Contact By Email !

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        A Home-Based Business Online
        Contact By Email

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