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               A Home-Based Business Online

      December 4

                  Editor: Elena Fawkner
              Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
                 Contact By Email


                     IN THIS ISSUE

      1.   Welcome and Update from the Editor
      2.   Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Freelance
      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

1.  Welcome and Update from the Editor

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


2. Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - Freelance Writer

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

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

-> "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

-> John Hewitt's Writer's Resource Center

-> Sunoasis Jobs for Writers, Editors and Copywriters

-> The Beginner's Guide to Freelance Writing by Jenna

-> Working Writers Newsletter - The WEEKLY Newsletter for
   Todayís Working Writers

-> Writers' Free Reference

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


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.


3. Article - Year in Review

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

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

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.

4. Guest Article - Reduce Deadline-Induced Stress

by Karen Ludwig

Do you get stressed out at the mere mention of the word

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

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 youíll
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, Iím going to lose this project. If
I lose this project, Iím going to lose this client. If I
lose the client, Iím 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, "Iíve 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, youíll 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 wasnít 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

       Reprinted in association with FindYourDream -
               the home-based connection.


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8.  Next Issue

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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12. Contact Information

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