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                       A Home-Based Business Online
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              December 4

                          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 the Editor
              2.   Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Freelance
                   Writer
              3.   Article - Year in Review
              4.   Guest Article - Reduce Deadline-Induced Stress
              5.   Freebies
              7.   This Week's Web Site Pick
              8.   Next Week
             
              10.  Subscription Management
             
              12.  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!

        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
         
         

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        2. Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Freelance Writer
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        A freelance writer works independently, writing for a number
        of different publications.  It is a very solitary business
        to be in so be sure you have the ability to work alone.

        Making a living as a freelance writer is not easy.  A 1995
        National Writers Union survey of American writers with an
        average of 14 years experience revealed that only 17 percent
        were making in excess of $30,000 a year.

        The more successful writers cultivate relationships with
        magazines and other periodicals that will use their work
        regularly.  A regular column can be particularly lucrative
        for the freelance writer as readers who become familiar
        with a writer's work from regular exposure will eagerly
        anticipate the next instalment.  Publishers recognize that
        popular, regular writers can be instrumental in the
        reader's decision to purchase the publication, and
        compensate such writers accordingly.

        The best way to break into the syndicated column market is
        to make your column a success in one local publication and
        then approach established syndicates (refer to Writer's
        Market) or self-syndicate by selling the column to other
        publications yourself.

        A common mistake many novices make is they write an article
        and then scout about for someone to publish it. Professional
        freelance writers instead submit queries to prospective
        publishers.  A query is a one page proposal in business
        letter format offering to write a specified piece for a
        particular publication and addressed to an editor by name.
        The query is the basic sales tool of the professional
        freelance writer.

        Of course, you need a bank of ideas of things to write
        about.  Some writers will specialize and develop a
        reputation as an expert in a particular area.  If you decide
        to specialize, then subscribe to the magazines in that
        industry.  Read the articles and study how they are written
        for the publication.  Then research your area thoroughly,
        writing practice articles to hone your expertise.

        This work will not be wasted.  You will find you can import
        slabs of it into articles you write on spec once you start
        landing assignments.  Once you have a good basic foundation
        in the industry you are interested in, you can begin working
        up your query letters.

        Some of the legalities to be aware of are:

        1. It is not necessary to attach a copyright notice to your
        unpublished work.  In fact, to many editors, this is usually
        a dead giveaway of a rank amateur.  Copyright attaches
        automatically to expressions of ideas (but not, of course,
        to ideas themselves).

        2. There are different types of "rights" to be aware of when
        negotiating the terms of your agreement with your editor.
        These are:

        -> "First serial rights" - the magazine buys the right to
        publish the piece first in any periodical anywhere.  Once
        the magazine publishes the piece, you can then sell it to
        another publication which would be buying "reprint rights".

        -> "All rights" - the magazine buys the right to publish the
        article as many times as it likes and to resell or license
        the rights without paying you anything in addition.  Not a
        good deal for writers and should be avoided if at all
        possible.

        -> "One-time rights" - publication buys the right to publish
        the piece once but is not concerned with whether they're the
        first.

        -> "Work for hire" - the publisher buys the copyright and
        any claim on the piece forever.  Exploitative of writers
        and should be avoided wherever possible.
         

        Useful sites:

        -> Inkspot
           http://www.inkspot.com

        -> John Hewitt's Writer's Resource Center
           http://www.poewar.com/

        -> Sunoasis Jobs for Writers, Editors and Copywriters
           http://www.sunoasis.com/

        -> The Beginner's Guide to Freelance Writing by Jenna
           Glatzer
           http://www.poewar.com/articles/beginner.htm

        -> Working Writers Newsletter - The WEEKLY Newsletter for
           Today抯 Working Writers
           http://www.FreelanceWriting.com

        -> Writers' Free Reference
           http://www.writers-free-reference.com/
         

        Recommended books:

        -> Freelance Writing for Magazines and Newspapers
           by Marcia Yudkin

        -> Freelance Writing Business: Your Step-by-Step Business
           Plan by Christine Adamec

        -> Freelance Writing: Advice from the Pros
           by Curtis W. Casewit
         

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        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. Article - Year in Review
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        By Elena Fawkner

        Here we are at the start of another month, the final month
        of this year and, so some say, the final month of the
        millennium. (Not to be pedantic but this in fact is not true.
        The final month of the millennium is December but I
        digress.)

        Traditionally, the first of the new year brings with it
        resolutions for the coming year.  Do you even remember
        your resolutions for this year?  Even if you do, did you
        keep them?

        I am not a particular fan of new year's resolutions.  I
        believe we should be constantly taking stock of where we
        are in our lives and continuously looking for ways to
        make improvements.  This should most definitely not be
        a once-a-year activity, to be forgotten about by the
        end of January.

        But there is something about the end of a year and the
        promise of a new one that lends itself particularly well
        to stocktaking.  So, as we enter the final month of 2013,
        take a moment to look back at all you have accomplished
        during the course of the year.

        Think about all aspects of your life: work/career, business,
        family, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial,
        material, educational and any other aspect that has meaning
        for you.  What accomplishments have you achieved in each of
        these areas?  Write them down.  Did you launch your own
        business this year, even if part-time after your day job?
        Congratulations!  That was a big step and an even bigger
        commitment.  Or perhaps you've been in business for a while
        but this year you made a profit.  What about family?  Did
        you set aside regular time for yourself and your partner?
        Did you maintain a regular exercise routine and nourish your
        body with nutritious food as a general rule?  Did you
        invest your money wisely, obtain another qualification or
        start a course of study?  Write it all down, no matter
        how small or insignificant it may seem to you at this
        point.

        Now look back over your list of accomplishments for the
        year.  I'll bet there are quite a few.  Take a moment to
        reflect on all you have achieved and give yourself a big
        pat on the back.  It's so easy to forget all of the things
        you have achieved unless you consciously stop and take
        stock of them.

        Now how do you feel about the year just gone?  Did you make
        the most of your opportunities?  Do you feel proud of all
        you have accomplished?  If so, consider this.  You did all
        of that without regular stocktakes during the year.  Just
        imagine what you could achieve next year if you built on
        your accomplishments this year AND took regular stocktakes
        on your progress each month.

        Here's how to do that.  Take your list of accomplishments
        for this year.  These will form the basis of your lifeplan
        for the coming year.  Where do you want to be in all areas
        of your life at this time next year?  What do you need to do
        in JANUARY in each of those areas to take a step along that
        road?  Write it down.  Plan to do that in January.  Then,
        towards the end of January, do the same thing for February.
        Towards the end of February, do the same thing for March,
        and so on.  As you carry out these monthly review/planning
        sessions, also measure your progress against your yearly
        objective to make sure you're on track to achieve your
        longer-term goals in each area of your life.

        By adopting this practice, you bring a conscious awareness
        and discipline to every area of your life.  No longer
        following a random path, you have determined your destination
        AND a route to get you there.

        Once that is clear in your mind, all you have to do to
        attain the life you want is to follow your lifeplan and keep
        your eyes and ears open.  After all, you never know when an
        opportunity is going to present itself to you.  Just make
        sure you can recognize it when it does.
         
         

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        4. Guest Article - Reduce Deadline-Induced Stress
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        by Karen Ludwig

        Do you get stressed out at the mere mention of the word
        "deadline?"

        Deadlines are a part of every business, even home-based
        ones. You may no longer have a boss looking over your
        shoulder, or a Monday morning meeting where you have to
        report on your progress. But you do have clients who expect
        you to deliver your service or product by a certain date,
        and you do work with other agencies who set deadlines as
        well.

        You may find it is even more difficult to deal with
        deadlines since you started you own business, because you
        don't have someone constantly prodding you to make sure you
        get things done on time.

        Depending upon your line of business, you may face deadlines
        for completing projects, submitting proposals, writing
        reports or applying for grants. And all of us face at least
        one annual deadline: tax time.

        April 15 is a classic case study of the effect deadlines can
        have on people. Go the post office on tax day, and you抣l
        see a stream of zombie-like people who have been nearly
        defeated by a deadline. Some of them may feel they have been
        defeated physically, mentally, or emotionally.

        However, deadlines don't have to be a cause for dread.

        The first step in reducing deadline-related stress is to
        stop negative patterns of thinking. A client has just told
        you he needs the annual report you are preparing for his
        company in two weeks, instead of a month from now when it
        was originally due.

        It is easy to slip into a negative spiral of thinking when
        something like this occurs. You think to yourself, "If I
        don't make this deadline, I抦 going to lose this project. If
        I lose this project, I抦 going to lose this client. If I
        lose the client, I抦 going to lose my business."

        Suddenly, you are paralyzed by fear.

        The key is to stop this negative thinking before it even
        starts. Change the way you look at deadlines right now by
        beginning to view them as opportunities instead of
        obstacles. Think of the rewards associated with meeting a
        deadline instead of the consequences of missing it.

        Each time you are faced with a deadline, write down the
        rewards. For example, recognize that completing that grant
        application on time could mean $5,000 for your business.
        don't focus on what will happen if you don't get the grant.

        It may even help to begin calling "deadlines" something else
        less threatening, like "time limits" or "due dates." that's
        all deadlines really are, after all. Unfortunately, many of
        us began learning that deadlines were something more
        foreboding even as early as grade school, when teachers
        issued them like proclamations.

        When you are assigned a deadline, be sure to record it on
        your calendar. But don't zero in on this date right away,
        and think, "I抳e only got three days to get this done."

        It is helpful when feeling overwhelmed by a deadline to
        break a large project down into several mini-projects that
        are more manageable, to estimate how long each task will
        take, and then to set early deadlines for each piece. Even
        go as far as to break the mini-projects down into checklists
        and create a time table for completing each step.

        Instead of worrying about having to organize an entire party
        for 200 people in a month, concentrate on ordering the
        flowers by tomorrow. When you have that finished, focus on
        planning a menu by the following day at noon.

        By the time you near your final deadline, you抣l already
        have a sense of accomplishment for all of the things you
        have already done, and the self confidence that goes with
        it.  This method will also curb your urge to procrastinate.

        It is important to be realistic when setting and accepting
        deadlines. don't agree to take on a project that requires 72
        hours to complete and agree to turn it around in 24 hours.
        Or if you have no choice, don't kick yourself because you
        made a few mistakes, or the end result wasn抰 up to your
        usual standards.

        The publishing industry provides a perfect example. There is
        a reason you are more likely to find errors in a daily
        newspaper than in a monthly or yearly publication.
        Deadlines dictate the standards.

        A writer cannot be expected to write the equivalent of the
        great American novel when the news breaks at 2 p.m. and the
        article has to be on the editor's desk at 3 p.m. Nor can a
        copy editor be expected to find every minute mistake when he
        only has an hour before press time.

        Do the best you can do under the time constraints you have
        to work within, and let then it go. As long as you're not a
        brain surgeon or nuclear physicist, chances are everything
        will work out okay.

        Some people have even learned to thrive under the pressure
        of deadlines. They feel energized by the rush of adrenaline
        it gives them to be down to the wire. You may never feel
        this way, but you can learn to reduce the stress associated
        with deadlines with a change of attitude and some basic time
        management.
         

               Reprinted in association with FindYourDream -
                       the home-based connection.
                      http://www.findyourdream.com
         
         

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        7. This Week's Web Site Pick - Home Income Producing Parents
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        A site for all you parents out there looking to make an
        income from home.  Not the easiest site to navigate with
        frames all over the place (one of my pet hates) but if you
        can look past that to the quality of the content you'll
        find it's a site well worth a visit.

        HIPP's mission statement:

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        organization committed to increasing public awareness on the
        options available to parents in regards to one parent
        remaining at home to raise their family. HIPP feels it is
        important that parents have all the essential information
        available to them when making the decision to have one
        parent stay home. Parents should not feel restricted in
        their choices because of finances and economics. HIPP will
        educate, assist and counsel parents in how to broaden their
        options and feel free to choose the best path for their
        family. The services HIPP provides will help parents be
        empowered to make informed decisions on how they want their
        families managed.

        "HIPP will supply information, education and support on, but
        not limited to, how to select, establish and manage a home
        business, downsizing to one income, family finances and
        family management. These services and information will allow
        parents to utilize their option to have one parent remain
        home to raise their child(ren)."
         
         

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        8.  Next Issue
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        That's it for this week, everyone.  Here's what's in store
        for the next issue:

        -> Home-Based Business Idea of the Week: Internet Recruiting
        -> Feature Article: Not a Marketer?  Got an Online Business?
           Guess What?  You're a Marketer!
        -> Telecommuting Job Openings
        -> Guest Article: It could be yours!  Please send original
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           Contact By Email
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        Thanks for being with us and have a great week everyone.
         
         

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        12. Contact Information
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        A Home-Based Business Online
        Contact By Email

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