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   April 16

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  Editor: Elena Fawkner
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1.  Welcome and Update from Elena
2.  Home-Based Business Idea of the Week -
3.  Feature Article - The Pendulum Swings Both Ways
4.  Write-A-Book Tutorial Part 5 :
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!

Over the past couple of months ago it seems that everywhere
you turn, people are predicting the end of life as we know it -
Internet life, that is.  These doomsayers cite the recent downturn
in tech stocks and internet companies as so-called evidence
that the end is 'nigh.  Well, pfooey, it's nothing of the sort.  It's
just a much-needed, much-overdue reality check and something
that those of us who have been laboring in the real world all along
should welcome.  This week's article explains why.

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 - Errand Service

People are busier than ever and the world around them hasn't
changed. Groceries still need to be bought, deliveries still need to
be made, gifts still need to be bought, etc. You can take
advantage of the needs of these hyper-busy people by running

In essence, what you do is run errands for people and get paid
for it. Think it sounds like a kid's business? Well, you won't make
kid money! If you are in a good sized metropolitan area with steady
clients, you can make $15 to $20 an hour.

You won't need much to start off with. You'll, of course, need a
reliable car or, better yet, a van. The only real expenses at the start
are: business cards and business stationery; a pager; and postage.
Make a list of large businesses in your area, ones with large
numbers of well-paid executives, such as banks, headquarters of
large manufacturers, etc. You should then compose a letter detailing
your services. List as many timesaving services as you can think of:
grocery pickup, dry-cleaning delivery and pickup, post office errands,
gift-shopping services, food pickup and delivery, etc.

For the rest of this report, visit:

There are many more ideas like this at the AHBBO Home
Business Ideas page at http://www.ahbbo.com/ideas.html
with more being added all the time.

3.  Feature Article - The Pendulum Swings Both Ways

© 2017 Elena Fawkner

The first quarter of 2001 has been a shocker for many, if not
most, online businesses, particularly those that rely heavily
on third party paid advertising on their websites and in their
ezines.  It doesn't seem to matter who you are - the Wall
Street Journal or one-person webfront operation.

Hot on the heels of spiralling stock indexes and dot-com
failures, many people are just plain leery of anything that
has an "Internet" label.  As a result, many online business
owners are shutting up shop, figuring that the returns just
aren't worth the investment of time and money.

But wait.  Let's take a deep breath and look at what's really
going on here.  You should be encouraged.


In the beginning the Internet was the new frontier.  With all
those metaphors being bandied about all over the place - talk
of gold rushes, pioneers, gold nuggets just lying there for the
taking - "go west young man (or woman)", echoed in our
ears, "stake your claim to your share of the Internet riches".

And so every man and his dog and every woman and her
cat slapped up a website and started publishing an ezine.
After a while, our pioneer started making actual money charging
for advertising on her website and in her ezine and selling the
latest information product and business was plentiful.


After a while, things started to level off.  No longer experiencing
the heady rush of exponential growth on a weekly basis, things
started to level out.  Business remained solid, however, and
our pioneer, now thinking of himself as a capital E "Entrepreneur"
figured, OK, this is the end of the first big growth phase.  It's
time to start consolidating.  And so our entrepreneur started
investing in already-formed relationships, concentrating on
existing customers, developing his "List" of contacts and
joint venturing like crazy to try and sustain momentum.


But then things started to go wrong in the promised land.
All of a sudden the most promising, courageous and innovative
Internet businesses started to, well, bomb.  All of a sudden,
venture capitalists were demanding business plans that actually
required the business to turn a profit.  No longer was it enough
to be on the cutting edge of an emerging new economy.  Now
all of a sudden the bankers started talking about "returns on
investment", "time value of money", and (shudder), "profit"!

Now Internet businesses were expected to come up with
business plans that looked like those from the real world and
which included real numbers, real timelines and real results. 
No longer were bankers looking through rose-colored glasses. 
That pink ink really WAS pink (or, more precisely, now that we
look at it a little closer, more red than pink, actually).

Suddenly money wasn't being thrown at Internet entrepreneurs'
feet.  Suddenly loans were being called up and businesses
shut down.  Suddenly investors were watching stock prices
dwindle ever so inexorably, day by day.  Suddenly investors
were losing life savings and vowing to never again invest in
the new economy.


After the big bang, the landscape was strewn with the
carcasses of one-time high-flyers, brought down to earth
by nothing more earth-shattering than simple gravity.

But like blades of grass emerging from the scorched earth
following a bushfire, the small, conservative, money-
parched, lower case e entrepreneurs got to their feet.

Unburdened by crippling debt and understanding all along
that an Internet business is no different from any other
business - revenues must always exceed expenses after
all - their businesses survived the great Internet shake-out.

For so long bemoaning to themselves, "How are we
supposed to compete with the big guys?", suddenly a new
realization ... "How are they supposed to compete with us?".
How are the "big guys" able to target niche markets the
way we can so effectively and yet generate the kinds of
bucks necessary to fund their infrastructures; how can they
possibly provide true customer service on a genuinely
personal level, as opposed to employing an army of
autobots?  How can they possibly be nimble enough to
turn on a dime in response to changing dynamics that
occur on a seemingly daily basis?  What their failure tells
us is, quite simply, they can't.

So, although we're all paying the price of the Internet
backlash, over time new norms will be established.  The
pendulum has now swung to both extremes - the goldrush
arc and the backlash arc.  A pendulum, though, finally comes
to rest dead center.

So, hold your nerve, position yourself and your business in that
center, where you've been all along, and you'll be ready to take
your place in the NEW new economy which will soon emerge.


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4.  Write-A-Book Tutorial - Part 5: Why Should I Listen to this Guy?

by Steve Manning

I hope you asked for the free seminar tape that was offered last
week. I'm just going through my list now. Those who did not
request it are unfortunate because we've got some very exciting
things coming up. Like how to create a best seller, how to create
your own technology, how to get an agent in just hours and so
much more. I'd hate to lose you now.

Whenever I lecture, one of the first graphics I use states clearly,
Who is this guy and why should I listen to him? It gets a lot of

And you might be thinking the same thing. So, I would like to
discuss this with you during this lesson.

Ive committed my life to helping people like you write more
effectively, and to developing techniques and strategies that make
it easy for you to accomplish your goal of writing a book.

Ive been a professional journalist for more than two decades now.
Ive written more than 1600 feature articles for magazines, making
me arguably one of the most prolific writers on the continent.
Eight books, more than 30 Special reports, two audio albums and
countless pieces of corporate communications.

I love to write, to develop the written word, to derive from it all that
is possible and to use it effectively as the most important business
tool weve ever been granted.

When you start from that position, is it any wonder you develop
techniques that get the job done faster, faster and still faster.
When I watch sporting events, particularly amateur sporting events,
I am amazed by the feats of human endurance of the athletes. I
am also amazed by how many world records are being broken.
But the same is true of any sport. I love basketball, hockey, and
golf. The Tiger is simply amazing. So was Michael Jordan, Larry Bird
and Wayne Gretzky. Consider me to be the Tiger Woods or the
Wayne Gretzky of the writing industry.

But there is a difference. While these individuals do their thing, I not
only do this, I teach it. Why? Because I have found that one of the
things I like the most is helping others. And the more I help,
the more platitudes and rewards I get. By helping you, you help me.
So, if you want to see how I can help you the most, it's time to
make the decision. There's a book... maybe many books... waiting
for you to write them. You always wanted to... but you never quite
knew how. The answer is just a click away.

It's time to make the dream happen... or give up on that dream.
Hundreds have decided to make their dream happen. Click on
and take a look
at the reason that dream is important to you.

And now my special request. Remember, it's compulsory. You
don't do it, you get zapped! (Oh, I AM a taskmaster!) Email me at
want to write. I look forward to hearing from you.



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 ensure you're seeing the latest web sites.

Whenever you visit a web site, the page that loads in your
browser is also placed in your cache. Cache is just a storage
location for web stuff. Your cache settings are easily accessed
and modified. If changes are made to a page, and you visit
again, the old page that's in your cache will be displayed.
Without refeshing or reloading the page, you won't know if
you're seeing the latest. Let's be sure we're seeing the latest,
shall we? Here's how:

Internet Explorer: Pull down the View menu, select "Internet
Options", click on the General tab, and under Temporary
Internet Files, click on the Settings button. Or, in newer
versions, pull down the Tools menu, and select "Internet
Options" and click the Settings button.

Make adjustments as needed, or just review your settings. If you
want to be sure you're seeing the latest pages on any site you
visit, change your settings to check for newer versions of stored
pages automatically.

Netscape: Pull down the Edit menu and select "Preferences." Click
the plus sign next to the Advanced item, and you'll see Cache.
Click once to display your cache settings. Click the button that
compares the document in cache with the document on the network
to be sure you're seeing the latest.

TIP #2: Save web pages you think you may visit again.

Trying to remember to visit a site is like kidding yourself into
believing you're invincible. It just isn't so. So why not just
bookmark a page if you think you'll ever want to come back?
Don't worry about saving too many bookmarks. From time to time
you can just edit the list, and get rid of any junk. But if you
don't save a page while you're on it, you'll proabably never
go back again.


Tips by Tom Glander and Joe Robson of The Newbie
Club. The best Newbie Site ever to hit the Web.

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