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1. Welcome and Update from Elena
2. Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Online Copywriter
3. Feature Article - Six of One, Half a Dozen of the
4. Write-A-Book Tutorial Part 2 : Three Magic Words
5. Tips for Newbies
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!
Last week's excerpt from Steve Manning's "Write A Book" online
course received such a good response it will continue as an
ongoing tutorial. This week's instalment is at segment 4.
I received this email during the week from Lucia, a long-time
"I just wanted to tell you that I've rejoined the employed. I thank you
for your newsletter because it actually helped me to see I wasn't cut
out to be an entrepreneur. I have accepted a wonderful position and
things are working out very well. ..."
I was delighted to receive this email. AHBBO is not here to
convince you why you should work for yourself or work from home.
It's here to tell it like it is, to throw light on the realities of home-
business ownership AND working for someone else to help YOU
decide which is right for you and for your circumstances.
So, in keeping with this theme, this week's article is something
of a checklist summary of the pros and cons of working for
yourself compared to the pros and cons of working for someone
else. Only you can decide whether the pros of one outweigh its
cons, and whether the pros of one outweigh the pros of the
Finally, in this morning's email I received copies of all of the
AHBBO ezines and exclusive mailings I had sent over the past
month or so. I'm HOPING I'm the only one who received these
and it's nothing more than a glitch at my ISP's or webhost's end but
if you received these mailings also, I apologize. I haven't heard from
anyone about this so fingers crossed.
As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this week's
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 - Online Copywriter
Here's a business idea for those of you out there who are good at
putting words together. Why not refine that skill by learning what
it takes to be a good copywriter in the online environment and
offering your services to those in need of such a service (and there
are PLENTY of them out there)?
There are many, many resources for learning about copywriting
online, some free, some not.
When you start your research you will quickly learn the common
denominator - AIDA - Attention, Interest, Desire, Action. Master
the AIDA principle as it applies to online copywriting and you will
be well placed to offer a valuable service to internet marketers
without the time, ability or inclination to master the skill of effective
copywriting for themselves.
You will find as you progress in your research that copywriting for
the online environment is a very different proposition to what works
in the offline world. One major difference is that your copywriting
has to be geared with the search engines in mind. Anyone looking
to you to create copy for a home page will, even if they don't
express their needs in these terms, be expecting that the copy
you produce will be written not only to grab and keep the attention
of the reader and motivate him or her to action, but also to optimize
the page for search engine purposes. This means understanding
the importance of keywords and how to write keyword-rich copy
without compromising the effectiveness of the message of the copy.
This can be tricky.
For the rest of this report: http://www.ahbbo.com/ideas/copywriter.html .
There are many more ideas like this at the AHBBO Home
Business Ideas page at free home based business ideas
with more being added all the time.
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3. Feature Article - Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other
© 2017 Elena Fawkner
You've read many articles I'm sure about the advantages and
disadvantages of working for yourself from your own home.
Many of them I've written myself, in fact. But how many
articles have you read that give equal time to the advantages
of working for someone else compared to working for yourself?
This article seeks to redress the imbalance by comparing and
contrasting the respective pros and cons of running your own
home-based business and working for someone else.
When you work for yourself from home, your commute is,
at most, a few steps from one end of the house to the other.
When you work in a traditional paid "job" your commute may
be a five minute drive or it may be an hour and a half or worse.
Both ways. That can add up to a substantial chunk of time
over the course of a week, a month or a year.
If you work from home, you can be around for your kids. If
you work outside the home, you may be spending a fortune
on childcare if your kids are too young for school and worrying
about what they're up to between the end of the school day
and when you get home if they're not.
On the other hand, having kids around while trying to run a
professional business from home can be a major distraction
and constant source of interruption. You may find you need
to use childminding services occasionally to take care of
INDEPENDENCE AND AUTONOMY
When you work for yourself, you call the shots, you make the
decisions and you do it without anyone looking over your
shoulder and breathing down your neck. When you work
outside the home, you are subject to the decisions (good and
bad), whims and control of your boss. Your boss dictates your
On the other hand, along with decision-making autonomy
comes an awful burden. If you get it wrong, you may not make
any money this week.
When you work for yourself, you can set your own hours -
both the actual hours you work and the number. When you
work for a boss, you work when and for how long you're told
(within limits, obviously).
Although setting your own hours may sound like freedom
to you, all too often working your own hours translates into
working all hours so you need to be able to set limits for
Also, when your boss dictates your hours, that may or may
not fit in with your body clock. One of the real advantages
of working for yourself is that you can choose to work during
your peak concentration time and not at all during your
sluggish times of the day. If your peak time is 5:00 am
through to 10:00 am, you can work those hours and another
couple sometime in the afternoon catching up on brainless
type tasks. If you work for someone else, you work when
you're told and if that doesn't work with your body clock, too
If you're a professional in the paid workforce, you may enjoy
a certain status and prestige, if that's important to you. On
the other hand, working for yourself you may find it difficult
to be taken seriously at all. Again, whether that's a relevant
factor depends on how important things like "status", "image"
etc. are to you. If they are important, take this seriously.
Although it may sound shallow, if it's going to be a thorn in
your side, give it some serious thought.
When you work for someone else, you have a ready-made
structure. There is a time for work, and there is a time to go
home. When you work for yourself, these boundaries can
become blurred over time, so much so that you may find
you have difficulty turning work off since you are, after all,
living in your work environment and vice versa.
If you're a personally disciplined person, working from home
will probably suit you very well. But if you find it difficult
to motivate yourself to do what has to be done and you
find yourself procrastinating over starting a particular work-
related task, you may find the distractions of being at home
particularly difficult to resist. If you find yourself doing laundry
and gardening when you should be working, this may be a
problem for you.
This is one of the biggies. THE big advantage of working
for someone else is that you have a regular paycheck coming
in. Leaving aside any worry of downsizing, assuming you do
your job competently, you can reasonably expect to receive
a certain, known amount of money at regular intervals. When
you work for yourself, however, the amount of money you make
and when you receive it can be, at best, spasmodic.
On the other hand, the money you make from working from
someone else is limited to your salary. When you work for
yourself, the sky's the limit provided you are successful at
what you do.
When you work for someone else, your boss is responsible
for capital expenditure and day to day expenses and you
don't have to worry about it or even think about it, for that
matter. When you work for yourself, however, you're responsible
for buying your capital equipment (computer, photocopier, fax
machine) and paying for repairs as needed. You're responsible
for paying your own electricity and phone bills, printing costs and
advertising expenses ... you name it, it falls on you.
Similarly, when you work for someone else you get to participate
in your employer's pension plan, you get paid health insurance
and vacations as well as numerous other benefits. When you
work for yourself, to get any of these things you have to pay for
them out of your own pocket.
Your employer pays for various insurances to protect the
business unit from risk. The types of insurance taken out will
depend on the nature of the business but will include, at a
minimum, products liability, business interruption and the like.
Again, as a home business owner, you must foot the bill for
Your employer is responsible for ensuring that the business
obtains and maintains all necessary business licenses. If
you're the boss, this is your responsibility.
When you're an employee, you get paid vacations. When
you're self-employed you don't. And even if you decide to
take a couple of weeks off, who's going to run the business
in your absence? Can you really just walk away for two
weeks? In reality, when you work for yourself, true vacations
are a thing of the past.
As an employee, the most you have worry about is paying
your state and federal income tax and claiming whatever
credits you're entitled to. When you're an employer
you have to think about all of that as well as self-employment
tax and a myriad of other business-related tax issues. An
accountant becomes an absolute necessity. Also, as a self-
employed person, no-one's withholding tax from your checks.
Make sure you put enough aside to pay the tax bill!
Security is relative. For some, security comes only from
working for someone else. For others, this is merely an
illusory form of "security" since none of us really knows
what's around the corner. We could be next to be laid off.
For some, real security can only come from being in control
of their own destiny and that means working for oneself.
As a self-employed person you need a broad skill set. Not
only must you be able to perform the main skills inherent
in the business you have chosen for yourself, you must also
be able to handle the myriad other jobs around the office
that your secretary would otherwise do for you if you were
in the paid workforce. This forces you to be something of
a generalist which in turn dissipates your focus from the
central core of your business. When you work for someone
else, you are generally more able to specialize in a particular
area and, over time, develop something of an expert status,
increasing your marketability in the workforce.
In the corporate work-world, you have a certain professional
image to uphold. When you work for yourself, at least
on days when you don't have to meet with clients, you can
wear what you want, even your rattiest sweats, if that's what
you feel most comfortable in.
Some people think that leaving the paid workforce to work
for themselves from home means they will work less hard
and fewer hours. The reality is usually the opposite. In the
early days of a home business you will probably find you
need to work harder and longer, only to make less money
than you did in your paid job. This will get easier over time
but in the early days, expect to have your nose to the
Who's going to provide for your retirement when you work
for yourself? You've got it, you! No more employer-funded
pension plans for you.
When you work for someone else you get paid like clockwork,
even if your employer hasn't yet been paid what he or she
is owed from clients. When you work for yourself, whether
your client pays often determines whether YOU get paid. So
you need to be diligent in following up slow payers and take
appropriate action in response to non-payers.
When you work for yourself you can kiss goodbye the
endless office politics that used to drive you crazy. On the
other hand, you're also out of the loop.
ISOLATION AND LONELINESS
Along with being out of the loop comes the isolation monster.
Although the early days of your home business may be an
absolute luxury compared to the rigors of your corporate work-
life, over time you may find you start missing the office
politics and lunches with colleagues.
OUT OF THE LOOP
Once you leave the corporate life for home-business
entrepreneurship you may find it hard to get back in, if that's
what you decide to do. Many employers will label you as
"not corporate enough" if you've been out of the workforce for
any length of time. They may also, however unfairly, figure
that you couldn't make it in the corporate world which is
why you left to start your own home business and now that's
These are just a few of the issues you need to think about
when deciding whether working for yourself or working for
someone else is right for you. It's crucial to be brutally
honest with yourself about your particular strengths and
weaknesses, as well as your emotional and mental make-up.
A good way to dip your toe in is to consider moonlighting -
starting a home business on the side while you continue to
work your full-time job.
Sure, this will mean some both-ends candle burning but better
that than making the break and then finding out you made a
mistake. Another alternative that may work well for some is
to telecommute. Work for someone else out of the comfort
of your own home. These types of positions are pretty rare
and usually can only be negotiated by long-term employees
in positions that lend themselves to individual, as opposed to
team, projects. But don't let that discourage you. If you
have particular expertise in a field that lends itself well to
telecommuting and your boss won't go for it, start looking
around for companies that will hire you on this basis.
This article touches on some of the major areas that you
need to think about when deciding whether the self-
employed or employed option is best for you. For a more
detailed treatment of these and other issues, check out
the following articles at http://www.ahbbo.com/articles.html :
=> And Never the Twain Should Meet
=> Checklist for the New Home-Based Business
=> Entrepreneurship: Do You Have What It Takes?
=> Flipping the Switch: How to Turn Off Your Business and
and Turn On Your Life
=> Focus Your Light
=> Getting Paid ... Minimizing Bad Debts in Your Home Business
=> How the 9 to 5 Grind Could Be Costing You More Than You
=> Look Before You Leap ... Is a Home-Based Business REALLY
=> Moonlighting's Greatest Challenge ... How to Beat the Time
=> One Foot in Each Camp
=> Overcoming Isolation in Your Home Business
=> Overcoming Procrastination in Your Home Business
=> Putting Theory Into Practice ... A Personal Perspective
=> So You Want to Be a Freelancer
=> The 9 to 5 Home-Business Tug O'War
=> The Telecommuting Alternative.
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4. Write-A-Book Tutorial - Part 2: Three Magic Words
by Steve Manning
In the next few paragraphs I'm going to show you how you can
turn five minutes of time into more first-class writing than most
writers produce in an entire day! How you can take just three
magic words and banish procrastination... forever. Interested in
never suffering from writer's block? Read on!
By the way, since last week's instalment, several dozen writers
from around the world have ordered the writing success system,
"How to Write a Book On Anything in 14 Days or Less! ...
Guaranteed" They read the same special report you can at
and they acted!
In a few days, most will have already received their package of
information, manual, tapes, complete video seminar as well as
all the bonuses. They'll be astonished at the results they're
getting. Bill Harrison, who edits the industry newsletter "Book
Marketing Update" has told me this is a system that every writer,
fiction or non-fiction, should get hold of.
Anyway, back to our lesson.
Your mind needs only three words to create a complete story,
a complete scene, a complete picture of imaginary events, or
real-life information. I don't know why this is, but it's the case
everywhere I go in the world. Three words are all that's needed.
Now we're going to do an exercise. I hate telling you this
because any time you tell someone they're going to do an
exercise their first reaction is to bolt for the door. But hold this
thought in mind. This exercise is the very foundation of
speedwriting. If you'll just give me five minutes... that's all, just
five minutes, your writing will change forever.
Skeptics in my seminars have been bowled over by this exercise.
They've been astonished at their own results. People who were
hoping the technique actually works wouldn't stop talking about
the results they were getting... and students who doubted they
could actually write, were amazed at what was happening right
before their eyes. One person in Detroit even described the
process as 'magical' .
You're going to write for five minutes. That's all, just five minutes.
And you're going to send me the results so I can see them!
(Remember, I'm obsessed with your success. You don't participate,
you get zapped from the class!) No one has ever been hospitalized
from this exercise, so don't just bypass it. If you do, you'll be
bypassing the opportunity of a life time. As I tell everyone in my
seminars around the world, treat this exercise as seriously as you
possibly can. If you're cavalier, thinking the exercise not worthy of
all your efforts, you'll get that kind of result. If you're serious, I truly
envy what's about to happen to you.
You're going to write for five minutes. You must write as fast as
you can for five minutes. If you stop the writing process at any time
during those five minutes, I will find out where you live, visit you,
and punish you. (I'm kidding, I'm kidding!) But you must write for the
full five minutes.
Next rule, you must write as quickly as you can. Remember, the
faster you write, the better you will write. I know you don't believe
that right now... I have three words of advice for you... Get Over It!!
Write as quickly as you possibly can. Don't worry about what
you'll be writing. I'll explain that to you in a few moments.
Next rule: don't think! If you think, you'll just screw things up! Now,
I don't mean you literally shut down your brain. Nobody can do that
(I hope). What I mean is don't second guess your writing. Whatever
comes into your brain, that's what you put down on paper. Anytime
someone has difficulty with this exercise, it's because they were
thinking too much. They were editing their writing as the writing was
taking place! Don't do it.
You're trying to write a story. A coherent, understandable story. I
don't want you to simply list a string of random thoughts. This is a
story. It's not a biography. You're not in it!! Don't use the word "I".
And it's not a speech, where you get to tell me what you think about
something. It's a story!! Yes, you may want to write non-fiction, but
for the next five minutes, you're a story writer. Not a biography, not
a speech, not news, not weather... a made-up, fictional, story,
Now the real power. I'm going to give you three words. That's all,
just three words. You must start your writing with one of the three
words. The other two must appear in the first paragraph. So you
can't start your writing with 'It...' 'A...' 'The...' 'Once upon a time...' ,
nothing like that. You must start your writing with one of the three
words I give you, and the other two must appear in the first
Got your watch or clock ready? The three words are about to
appear. When you see the three words, write them down on a
piece of paper or copy them to word processing software. You'll
have only about 15 seconds and then the screen will go back to
my Special Report. Understand you can't type on the screen that
appears. Take the words and go to your word processing software
... or your pad and pen. Start writing immediately. Remember, the
faster you write, the better your writing will be.
You should also understand that there is a lot more information
about this process that I simply haven't got the space to tell you
about here. But these fundamentals will get you started. If you
want all the details, get yourself to
and read the report, get the system and your book will be ready 14
days from now!
Here are the words. Click on this link. When you do you'll be sent
to a web page with the three words on screen. You'll be able to
see the words for about 15 seconds, so make sure you write them
down at the top of your paper (or copy them if you're going to use
a word processing software) and then start your five minutes. If you
want, you can add an 'ly' or 's' or 'ed' or some other ending to the
word. But you must start your first sentence with that variation.
Don't start with 'The...' No cheating now!
I'll give you an example. If the three words were witch, chair, and
stapler, my first sentence might be: Witches gathered around the
table for the meeting. Or, 'Chairs slid across the ice as the children
began their Sunday morning skating lesson.' Or, 'Staplers had to
be used instead of paper clips, according to the Italian dictator.'
And in each case, the other two words would be used in the first
paragraph. The words change regularly.
Oh, one more thing! I want you to email me the results at
Just click on that link. An email form should appear on your
screen with the subject already there. If you want to cut and
paste the email address, great, it's
put My Writing Sample on the subject line (it just makes it easier
I'll take a look at your writing and give you some honest,
professional, suggestions. No autoresponder stuff, this is me
talking to you. So it may take a while. Remember, I get dozens a
day. And please don't send your writing as an attachment. Too
many viruses floating around these days. Cut and paste it to your
Ready to write?... got your watch ready?... Write as fast as you
can... Don't edit or change what you write... click on this link...
You can receive daily instalments of Steve's free Write-A-Book
tutorial by signing up at his website.
Click here to go to Steve's site:
Steve Manning is author of "How to Write A Book On Anything
In 14 Days Or Less ... Guaranteed! -- An Expert's Step-by-Step
5. Tips for Newbies
TIP #1: How to put an address bar in the taskbar.
Windows 98 has a cool feature that lets you put an address bar
for web sites or even your hard drive on the taskbar. Just right
click a blank area of the taskbar. Then, from the menu that
appears, point to 'Toolbars' and click Address. You can now
type a URL into this 'always on' line and if you're online,
you'll be whisked to the website address of your choice via the
browser that's set as your default page reader. Cool beans!
TIP #2: How to move your taskbar to a new location.
Tired of the taskbar and its Start button parked at the
bottom of the screen? No? Big deal! You can still change it
anyway, just for kicks.
Windows 98 allows you to position the taskbar on either side of
the monitor, or at the top. Left click on the taskbar, and hold
the mouse button down while dragging diagonally. The taskbar
will suddenly snap to attention in the new location. To move
it again, repeat this process, angling toward the new location
of choice. Top, side, bottom. Whatever turns you on! If you
park it on the side, you'll want to drag it a bit wider. Works great
on bigger monitors!
Tips by Tom Glander and Joe Robson of The Newbie
Club. The best Newbie Site ever to hit the Web.
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