A Home-Based Business Online
Editor: Elena Fawkner
Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
Contact By Email
IN THIS ISSUE
1. Welcome from the Publisher
2. Home Business Idea of
the Week - Holi-Swaps
3. Online Business Idea
of the Week - Outsource
4. Goal Setting Series -
5. Tutorial Series - How
to Become an
6. Article - The 9 to 5-Home
Business Tug o' War
8. The News Digest
9. This Week's Web Site
10. Classified Ads
11. Subscription Management
12. Contact Information
1. Welcome from the Publisher
Hello again and welcome to another edition of A Home-Based
This week sees a continuation of our Tutorial Series - How
to Become an Information Broker. If this is your first
edition of the newsletter, you'll want to grab last week's
edition so you have Part 1 of the series. As explained in
last week's edition, the tutorial series, once complete,
will constitute a manual for you to sell as an information
product. You can pick up last week's newsletter at
Writers, I am always happy to showcase your work either
here or in the Reference Library so submit your articles
(including resource box)to Contact By Email -- this
is a great way to get free publicity but please make sure
your work relates to ideas or resources for home-based or
Finally, 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
2. Home Business Idea of the Week - Vacation Home Exchange
This scheme was launched in February 2017 and is a great
step forward for Holi-Swaps' well established and successful
web site at http://www.holi-swaps.com Here's what the
company has to say:
"Holi-Swaps is a travel and tourism site built around the
central theme of "vacation home exchange". You perhaps
know the idea - you live in our home for a few weeks, we
live in yours.
Both sides save money on accommodation and get a great
place to stay. Most say it beats a hotel stop hands down,
plus you get to know the home and the local people and area
before you go.
Lots of people own time shares or second homes and can
swap and exchange periods in those too. You need not
both swap at the same time. There are over 10 variations.
Home swapping has been around for over 40 years, so it's a
well-established concept. The internet and e-mail offers
a great way to promote it world-wide.
Holi-Swaps lists home swap offers in dozens of countries
and is especially prominent in the USA, UK, Australia and
Canada. There are considerable growth opportunities in
Europe and other parts of the world as more and more homes
are connected to the internet.
Holi-Swaps has a number of unique advantages. You need
to review the site in detail but here are a few key ones:
1. Each member's page has links to local tourist info
about the country, city or area. Great information for
potential exchange partners.
2. For new home-swappers, a free downloadable tutorial
to answer every "what if" query. You can get to know
home exchange from your own PC and pass a copy on
to friends and relatives anywhere in the world.
3. Free monthly newsletter "Trading Places". Thousands
of people get this FREE by e-mail, keeping them up to date
with the latest news.
4. Discussion group - swap tips, experiences and post
questions with this FREE group designed to promote home
exchange to an increasing number of people world-wide.
5. Weekly updates - subscribers get a list of all new
swap offers added to the site via email.
6. Members have complete freedom as to how they promote
their home and the offer. They can add photos and links to
other web sites and update when needed."
Holi-Swaps is looking for regional partners.
If this sounds like an opportunity you might be interested
in, read the whole story at
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 - Outsource Worker
By Betty Ann Wilkins
A century ago, entrepreneurialism was more than a way of
living; it was a way of life. Whether it was the farmer or
the shopkeeper, the doctor or the nanny, the tailor or the
blacksmith, entrepreneurs ruled the day. That way of life,
however, was severely overshadowed at the turn of the
century by the effects of the industrial revolution. A new
way of life -- called "the secure job" -- began to shape
our society's landscape.
Today, we are fortunately witnessing a resurgence of that
seemingly long lost entrepreneurial spirit -- but not
without cost. While a greater number of businesses are
getting started, many business owners find themselves either
feeling lost or having lost much in the process. In other
words, the rise in new ventures seem to have paralleled
the increase in bankruptcies, competition, and scams.
Obviously, this entrepreneurial spirit is not exclusive to
those who wish to get out of the corporate rat race or to
those who seek the freedom of making a living in the comfort
of their own homes. It also includes, unfortunately, many
scamsters and unscrupulous entrepreneurs. Needless to say,
there is also a tremendous lack in resources for the
home-based worker to successfully "make it" in the world of
home-based business or employment.
That, however, is slowly changing. Companies, such as
OutSource2017, are making strides in providing and equipping
would-be home-based entrepreneurs with resources,
information, tools, and opportunities for turning their
dreams into a successful reality. In fact, OutSource2017
provides a truly interactive forum that contains continuously
updated, credible information relating to all aspects of
working from home -- as well as extensive listings (over
3000) of jobs available from leading home-work employers.
When it comes to comparing a "secure job" to a home-based
business, more often than not, the true "security" people
seek is the range of benefits and resources they possess
from their on-site employment. As a result, OutSource2017
provides enrollment into a complete medical, dental, and
optical healthcare program exclusively designed for home-based
OutSouce2017 claims to be "the one-stop shop" for obtaining
every valuable resource needed to run a successful home-
based business, which is far from being untrue. They provide
access to a multitude of key information: from business
plans, finances, bookkeeping, tax preparation, business
ethics, promotion, and laws, to top employment services such
as nationwide employment agencies, staffing services,
24-hour counseling, and over 11,000 free newsletters and
programs. In short, OutSource2017 truly provides all the
essential ingredients needed for home-based work success.
Interestingly enough, OutSource2017, in itself, offers
remarkable income opportunities. In addition to their over
1000 quality self-help publications one can download from
their site, they also offer a CD called "Power Publisher,"
which contains over 1800 publications, books, reports, and
guides with complete reprint and reproduction rights.
Additionally, one can become an Independent Marketing
Representative for OutSource2017 and make 20% of all sales
personally achieved as well as 10% of all sales achieved
from IMRs one has personally sponsored. However, unlike most
MLM's or pyramid schemes, one is not required to become a
member or pay any fees to get involved with OutSource2017.
Nevertheless, the most important resource OutSource2017
provides is an online advocacy program to which anyone who
feels that a company or individual has taken advantage of
them (i.e., scams) can submit official complaints.
OutSource2017 keeps all such complaints on file and, once
they receive just 10 or more complaints against the same
company or individual, they present those complaints in one
neat little package to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC),
the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the Attorney General's
Office (AGO), and other authorities.
In essence, OutSource2017 is a carefully researched and
fully established company. They provide the largest
interactive online home-based job forum, with the largest
inventory of home-based work related information. For those
who wish to work at home, be closer to their families,
enjoy the freedom of being one's own boss, or continue to
work when traditional on-site employment is prohibitive,
OutSource2017 is a credible company offering an incredible
Members in good standing with the Better Business Bureau and
the Business and Professional Association, OutSource2017 is
truly a breath of fresh air (particularly for those who have
had one too many bad experiences) at an amazingly affordable
investment -- less than $50 for a full-year membership!
Betty Ann Wilkins, Publisher/Webmaster
"At Home Working News" - receive 2 FREE Reports
listing 600 Work-At-Home Jobs when you subscribe.
Archives at http://www.the-work-at-home.com/archives
There are many more online business ideas like this at
with more being added
all the time.
4. Goal Setting Series - Part 4
(c) AHBBO Publishing 2017
By Elena Fawkner
In this series of articles you've learned why setting goals
is important, how to decide what it is you really want, how
to set effective goals and how to create a goal plan by
starting long-term and working backwards in time. This final
article in the series concentrates on how to achieve the
goals you have set.
Now obviously, once you have a daily task list you have in
your hands the steps you need to take to reach your longer-
But along the road to your destination, you are going to
encounter unexpected twists and turns. And probably a
pothole or two for good measure. You may find you get
bored doing the same things day after day. You are going
to have setbacks and crises of confidence.
These are all to be expected and are perfectly natural and
normal. The trick, though, is not to let them derail you
from your course. This is what separates the successes from
the wanna-bes. There are five keys to staying on track:
commitment, flexibility, discipline, determination and
Designing a goal plan and sticking to it requires commitment.
It requires commitment to yourself and to your values and
ideals. Unless you are committed to improving your life,
don't even bother starting with goal setting. It won’t be
worth the effort. Remind yourself constantly of your
objectives. Put up photographs that represent your goals in
prominent places. Write the reasons you want to achieve a
particular objective next to the objective in your goal plan.
Read them every morning and evening.
If your reasons don't compel you to keep striving, then
perhaps they are not good enough reasons. Maybe the
objective is not something you want badly enough. If so,
change it. don't let your objectives lock you into a path
you don't want to go down. Be flexible. Setting and
achieving goals is a lifetime process. Over the course of a
lifetime you will go through many changes. What was important
to you ten years ago may not be a priority any more. If this
happens to you, let it go. Set new objectives that are
consistent with who you are today.
Many of the tasks you have to do on a daily basis to achieve
your longer-term objectives will be laborious and may become
boring. It is tempting when boredom sets in to do something
different. don't! Discipline yourself to carry out those
tasks every day even if you don't feel like it. An objective
to lose 60 pounds is not going to be achieved overnight.
It requires daily exercise and attention to diet. Bored
with your exercise routine? Change your routine but exercise
anyway. Exercise personal discipline. It is amazing the
difference daily performance of seemingly minor tasks can
make over only a relatively short period of time.
When you suffer setbacks, and you will, grit your teeth and
keep going. This is what separates the winners from the
wanna-bes. Anyone can give up when the going gets tough.
Most do, in fact. It is those who keep going in the face of
setbacks who are ultimately victorious.
And finally, persistence, persistence, persistence! Never
give up. Never ever let anyone else make you doubt whether
you can achieve your goals. Your success is in your own
hands. Reach out and take it!
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them up from the archives at
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life: Material, Career, Family, Relationship, Spiritual,
Social, Mental, Financial, and Health. You can review your
goals daily by looking at them in the database, or use the
program's Event Timer to flash them on the screen for
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5. Tutorial Series - How to Become an Information Broker
Part 2 - Start Up Materials and Costs
START UP MATERIALS AND COSTS
Now that we have covered the necessary evils, let's start
looking at some of the things you may need to purchase
in the early stages of your business.
One of the main reasons that a mail-order type of business
is so attractive to the would-be entrepreneur is its low
initial start-up investment.
This list was made with the assumption that you already
own a computer and all the hardware and software necessary
to connect to the internet and send and receive email.
Other than your monthly online charges, as you will see from
the list you really won't have to spend much, if anything!
Any time you take on a new venture, whether it be a
business or a hobby, it's always a good idea to learn as
much as you possibly can about this new interest of
yours. This means you should read books, instructional
literature, magazines and anything else related to your
new area of interest. You can of course get much
information from the internet but you can also purchase
these items or better yet, make a trip to the local library.
The libraries are filling up with information about online
Expected cost: $0 - $100
Registration, Licensing, Permits
You may need to do some form of registration to make your
business legal. As suggested earlier, check with your
local officials to find out exactly what is necessary in
your area. Don't make the mistake of waiting until it's too
late. Do this relatively early in your business start-up
period so you won't need to worry about it later.
Expected cost: $0 - $200
Basic Office Supplies
You certainly can spend a lot of money here, but don't.
Just start with the very basics. Pens, pencils, paper,
business size envelopes and a good notebook should get you
started in the beginning. You can purchase other larger
office supplies on an as-needed basis. Not included in this
basic needs list is shipping supplies. These don't need to
be purchased until you've actually sold your product. You
should look into prices though, to get a rough idea of the
Expected cost: $0 - $20
Business Checking Account
You should open a business checking account sooner or later
to keep all of your business transactions separate from your
personal finances. It is important to have your business
name on your checks to keep a professional image. You should
open this account once you have chosen a name and
registered your new business.
Expected cost: $0 - $50
Most people can probably get by without purchasing any
office equipment at all. Don't go out and buy anything
until you absolutely need it.
If you don't already have a printer connected to your PC
you should think about getting one. You'll eventually need
to print a letter to a customer or envelopes or even sales
literature. Although you don't need to have one right away,
consider the time it will save you in the long run. Anyway,
here's a few things to consider before you purchase.
There are basically three types available. Listed in order
from low price range to high they are the dot matrix, the
ink jet and the laser printer. Of course the laser printer
produces the best quality printing at the highest speeds,
however, you pay dearly for this performance. The low cost
dot matrix type printers print at a decent speed, however,
the quality is generally not as good as the other two.
After much research, I would recommend an ink jet printer
for someone just starting a home-based business. The prices
are sensible and the printing quality is more than adequate.
All three types come in black or color. In the average
prices listed below for each type of printer, the lower cost
reflects black and the higher cost reflects color models.
Dot matrix printer: $100 - $300
Ink jet printer: $175 - $500
Laser printer: $325 - $2,000 or more
You should think about getting good word processing or
desktop publishing software on your computer. There are
many available on the market ranging from $90 to $900. If
you don't already have something similar, be sure the one
you purchase has the ability to do labels and comes with
free technical support. Another very helpful type of software
to have is a mail list or address list program. You can keep
a running customer list and keep rack of product ship dates,
amounts paid, email addresses and other pertinent information.
It is also very helpful when offering new products to existing
The only thing I failed to mention in the list of start up
items is something that you can't purchase ... space. Of
course, you are going to need some space to set up a mini
office type of environment. A spare room, a basement or
even a card table should suffice in the start-up period of
Once your business starts to grow, you will begin to require
more space, so try to plan accordingly in the beginning if at
all possible. It's also a good idea to pick a place where
you can get as much privacy as possible. I know from
experience, however, that sometimes this is virtually
impossible in some households. Anyway, try to pick a good
place at the start since it is very difficult to move
everything once you have settled in.
That just about does it for start-up materials. You will
probably come across a few things here and there but there
won't be many surprises now that you've read this fairly
extensive start-up list. As you can see, you shouldn't need
to purchase much to get started. Actually, most people
won't need to buy a single thing! However, if you do need
to get a few of the items listed, don't do it all at once.
There's no reason to put yourself in the poorhouse before
you have a chance to sell a single thing. Take your time
in acquiring everything you decide to get.
Next week - Part 3 - Getting Down to Business
Missed earlier instalments of this tutorial series? Pick
them up from the archives at
6. Article - The 9 to 5-Home Business Tug o' War
(c) AHBBO Publishing 2017
By Elena Fawkner
Perhaps the scarcest commodity the new home-business
owner just starting out has is time. This is particularly
so if you are also working a traditional, full-time job and
building up your business "on the side" in your spare time.
This is a situation I am all too familiar with. I still
work a full-time 8:30 - 5:00 job while building my own
internet-based business in my spare time. So how do you
go about burning the candle at both ends without burning
yourself out in the process?
First off, let's think about priorities. Working a full-
time job while developing a business requires stamina and
endurance if other areas of your life are not to be
neglected. This means being fit and healthy. Make time
exercise at least three times a week. Four or five is
better. I know how hard it can be to commit an hour to
working out when you've got an endless (and I mean ENDLESS!)
list of things you need to be doing NOW for your business.
But make the time. It pays BIG dividends in terms of stamina
and endurance. For me, this means getting up at 4:00 am on
workout days. If that's what it takes for you, do it!
Second, eat right. Don't just grab a McBurger on the way
home from work and scoff it down as you're driving. Take
the time to cook a proper meal and relax for a half hour
or an hour before getting down to business. This gives you
a break and time to unwind from the pressures of the day,
making you much more productive when you do get down to
work. Eating proper meals will keep you in good health and,
coupled with a regular exercise routine, will help keep
your energy levels high.
OK, so you're physically in shape and taking care of
yourself. The next major thing to think about is time
management. Every weekend, before the working week starts,
prepare a business plan for the coming week. This is
nothing more complicated that writing down the various
business-related activities you must do over the course of
the coming week and then scheduling them according to how much
time you know you are going to have on a particular day. By
planning out your time this way, you can schedule your
business activities alongside your other activities. Take
care of as many of them as you can through the course of the
day. Whether you are able to do this depends on the nature
of your 9 to 5 job but if you have even a little autonomy you
should be able to squeeze out a little time here and there.
Not huge chunks, just 10 minutes here and there.
The nature of your job may mean you don't have the luxury
of that sort of autonomy. If this is you, then there's
nothing for it but to free up time before and after work.
This may mean getting up an hour earlier every day, for example.
Whatever your personal situation, by planning ahead you will
at least have the peace of mind of knowing that time has
been allocated to all important business-related tasks.
By eliminating the "scatter gun" approach you will find that
the limited time you do have will be much more productive.
There are going to be some activities that you have to do
day in, day out. Decide what time of the day is best for
you to attend to these routine tasks. The more you can
integrate business activities into your daily routine the
more efficient will be your use of time. Let's take email,
for example. Anyone running an online business has to deal
with email on a daily basis. I use the time between when I
get up in the morning and when I start my workout for this.
It gives me time to wake up before I launch into physical
activity and it is a relatively undemanding task that does
not require precision concentration.
Make use of autoresponders for as much of your email
processing as possible. This will further reduce the amount
of time you have to spend on this aspect of your business.
Other routine activities include things like site promotion
and search engine position monitoring. Now there are a lot
of great tools to help webmasters with this part of their
business. For example, WebPosition Gold will automatically
review your position in all the major search engines and
report back to you with the results. It can also be
programmed to auto-submit at appropriate intervals. Be sure
to use quality automated tools wherever possible. They can
save you literally hours of work every week and as we all
know, time is money in this business.
Keep a journal for a week. Record in it everything you do
during the day from the moment you get up in the morning
to the moment you go to bed. What activities can you
eliminate in favour of freeing up some time for your
business? Maybe it means getting up an hour earlier.
Maybe it's forgoing the sleep-in on the weekend. Maybe it
means giving up those two hours of TV every night. You will
find even 15-20 minutes blocks here and there can add up to a
sizeable chunk of time over a week or a month.
If you travel, keep a copy of your website on your laptop
and work on it while you're in the air or waiting for a
flight. Or answer your email ready to send it when you get
plugged in again.
As you can see, the trick is to practice the "nibble"
technique. If you wait until you have a great chunk of time
in one block, such as the weekend, you'll only waste all of
those little bits of time you could have put to good use
during the week and fritter away your "quality" time on
routine tasks rather than business development.
One final piece of advice. Take time every week to just
relax and do something you want to do. Although the
pressures of a new business are demanding, failing to take
time out will only lead to burn out.
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What's in this e-book? More than you could imagine,
including business start-up guidance, cyber-sales
strategies, e-marketing techniques, web marketing, software
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8. News Digest
-> Email 'cheat' to sue university
Says she didn't do it and wants her name cleared.
-> Where No Star Has Clicked Before
-> Nordstrom to spin off Internet subsidiary
By Troy Wolverton
-> Vendors Say Bye-Bye To Bandwidth
The buildup of fiber-optic networks and the rollout of new
forms of laser-optic technology will not satiate the
Internet's bandwidth appetite, according to technology
-> Seagate Lays Off 1,600, More Cuts Possible
Seagate Technology, the world's largest independent computer
disk-drive maker, said it will eliminate 1,600 jobs in
Singapore as it cuts costs to become more competitive.
-> Stocks End In Mixed Trading
U.S. stocks ended in mixed trading on Tuesday after the
Federal Reserve raised interest rates by one-quarter of a
-> Gore Unveils In Education Tech Grants
Vice President Al Gore announced Tuesday million in
grants from the Education Department to train 400,000
teachers to use technology in the classroom.
-> Northpoint CEO Takes DSL To Retail
NEW YORK -- The CEO of a large CLEC says he expects to see
more deals where bandwidth will be bundled with computers.
-> School Shoppers Catch Internet Bug
CNN reported Tuesday that a study sponsored by Quicken, the
maker of personal finance software, found online shopping for
school supplies has exceeded purchases made at
-> NextCard Measures Web Transactions
America Online is the top online merchant and Amazon is second,
a credit card company said Monday.
9. This Week's Web Site Pick
Would you like to learn how to sell the knowledge that you
already have in your head?
If you're a writer, author, consultant, coach, speaker,
trainer, entrepreneur or professional who wants to increase
profits by selling your know-how as an information product,
then you've definitely reached the right place.
Sell Your Brain Food! will help you create, compile and
promote a book, booklet, e-book, audio/video tape, or any
other information product that you're thinking about.
Stories From a Brain Food Saleswoman
Never let it be said that Monique Harris doesn't practice
what she preaches! Stories From a Brain Food Saleswoman
chronicles her day-by-day trials and tribulations while
promoting her own information products.
She follows the exact advice offered in her How to
Successfully Sell Information Products Online, manuals. So
if you already have them, you'll get a first-hand look at
everything she talks about. If you don't have the manuals,
or you're a newbie to the world of info-publishing, you'll
get a sneak peek at what it takes to succeed.
You can read Stories From a Brain Food Saleswoman right
at Monique's website. Every day, or so, a new excerpt is
added to the homepage of the Sell Your Brain Food! Web site.
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