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Monday, September 9, 2013

Finding the Right Work from Home Opportunity

Searching for a work from home opportunity can be a bit overwhelming there is so much information it may be hard to know where to begin. That’s where I come in I’m hoping the tips and information that I make available to you will help you find the perfect work from home opportunity.

Working from home and what to expect
Working from home has some great perks, you get the freedom to work your own hours there’s no commute and you don’t have a boss looking over your shoulder. Working from home and working outside the home can be almost identical. What I mean is the opportunity that you get may be based on your experience or education. In other words you may not have experience in transcription therefore this will not be a good fit. Maybe your last job was a sales rep, there are many work from home opportunities that involve selling. Motor Club of America is always looking for work from home agents. You would be selling insurance plans or recruiting for agents, by placing ads on several sites everyday. Melaleuca is always looking for sales reps they have all natural and environmental products that you can sell. These jobs will pay you a commission for selling there products or services. After a while, you can make good monthly pay if you’re consistent and stick with it. If you don’t have experience in selling you might think about something like affiliate marketing. There are thousands of affiliate programs that you can sign-up with and market products for and there all free to join if you should ever be asked to pay to sign-up for affiliate programs, don’t they should all be free. Commission Junction is a great place to start. All you need is a website or blog to market the products from. Writing or blogging is another source of income. If you can write articles there are companies that will pay you for doing so such as http://contributor.yahoo.com there are several others just do the research. Just remember that if an opportunity sounds too good to be true then it probably is a scam.

Where to begin
The best place to start is your current employer. Talk with your boss, tell him that working from home could benefit him as well as you. It won’t hurt to ask the worst he could say is no. If this is the case start putting together a resume that you can share with online employers.
Once you’ve got a great resume you can start searching for companies that offer work from home opportunities. Here is a great place to begin your search legitimate companies that hire homeworkers. There are other places you can look too. There’s Monster, Career Builders and Craig’s list to name a few. Be real careful even though these are reputable companies some scams manage to find a loop hole into the job ads. So use caution and do your research on anything you find enticing before you jump in with both feet. I recommend Home Job Stop they do charge a fee, but it’s a small one and worth it and its only a one time fee they’ve been helping people find legitimate work from home opportunities for years.

Work From Home Opportunity Alternatives
If you don’t have the kind of experience that some online opportunities are offering then try an alternative like affiliate marketing. Try www.LinkShare.com they have several affiliate programs and you need no experience to qualify. As long as you have a computer with a website or blog you can market there products.
Speaking of blogs try starting one up at www.blogger.com it’s free!
If you need more information, tips, tools and resources for working online, just click on the link http://www.melaniefellshomebizdream.com/free-resources/

Whatever you choose as a work from home opportunity, know that it will have its challenges and don’t put all your eggs in one basket, there are many opportunities to make extra money online. Take your time, do your research, you want to find the right opportunity that fits you and makes your work from home dream a reality.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tips for Working from Home



I’ve always had dreams of working from home, I thought it would be easy. It turned out to be a challenge. Just because you don’t have a boss looking over your shoulder or a time clock to punch doesn’t mean you can slack on your other obligations, such as your household chores, laundry, cleaning the house cooking dinner etc. You have to make time for this as well. I’m going to give you some tips that I’ve learned a long the way, to make my work from home business work.

First of all make sure that you have a comfortable workspace, you will be spending most your days here so make it inviting. Make sure that things are organized and clutter free to be able to work efficiently. If you don't have an office then purchase a divider, keep your work space separate from the rest of your home.

Your workspace is your workspace don't use it for anything else. In other words don't set up your ironing board and start ironing clothes or fold your laundry on the desk. Keep the household chores out of the office. If you've got a laptop and you want to get away from the desk, feel free to take a walk to another room, except the bedroom you need to set boundaries take a walk outside, sit on your patio if you have one and do a little work. Taking a break from your workspace and getting some air may shed new lite on what your working on.

Some days you might feel unproductive, take a day off reward yourself have a little fun, go have lunch with a friend, go shopping, thats the beauty of working from home you can be flexible in your schedule. When you do work you should set your hours, but make them flexible so you can get other things done and your not tied to your desk for 12 hours a day.  

Ok I know you've seen those ads "I work at home in my pajamas" or "Work from home in your PJ's" don't get in the habit of this,  get out of those pajamas you can be just as comfortable in a shirt and a pair of sweats. 

Even if you work from home you still need to take breaks throughout the day, but a break doesn't mean going from your workspace to doing a household chore. Go for a walk, have a snack, it will give you back some of your energy and perk you up.

Some people think now your working from home it's like your retired, not really working and you have all this time to spare, maybe time you can volunteer for free. If you have time fine, but if not, don't be afraid to say no!


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Affiliate Marketing Basics



Affiliate marketing is really very simple, especially if you have a blog or website.

Want to know where to begin?

Number one, you’ll want to do some research and find popular products that you find interesting.

Then you’ll have to find a network first, then a merchant that has an affiliate program.

Once you find an affiliate program you'll need to start promoting the products adding the links to your website or inserting them into your blog posts. Each link will have a unique tracking number custom made for you, so when someone clicks on that link and buys a product you'll get a commission of that sale.

The nice thing about affiliate marketing is that there is no inventory and no calls to make. All you need is a website or blog. Once your blog or website starts getting a decent amount of traffic you might think of making this a business or means of income, rather than just a hobby.

The great benefit of affiliate marketing is that your not selling products of your own, so you have no products to store or shipping to do. You get to pick and choose the products that interest you.

Find the Network of your choice, the Merchant, then the Products

There are several, such as LinkShare, ShareASale, and Commission Junction these networks are used by many knowledgeable marketers.

Before you think about joining these networks, make sure you have a website, blog or both already loaded with content reason being, some of the merchants want a site or blog that has a lot of traffic or a site or blog that has relevant content. If you have none of these the Merchant may reject you. Some merchants like to take their time and visit your site or blog to see if it suits their needs. Some merchants don't even bother as long as you have a site or blog, they'll just accept your application.

Is this the right Merchant for you?

Take your time, do your research, make sure that the merchant is right for you. Whatever you do read the terms of service for each merchant you choose they may have restrictions on email campaigns or where you can place your links, such as social sites or classifieds every merchant is different. Once you've read the fine print and have your link you'll be ready to copy and paste it into your blog or on your site.

As soon as a customer clicks on one of your links it will take them to the merchants site, if they purchase something within the time period before it expires which is usually 30 days, then you'll receive a commission for it.

Well there you have it, some of the basics to get you started on affiliate marketing. The hardest part or I should say the most time consuming part is directing traffic to your website or blog. Be consistent in writing your posts and advertising your site, thats key to building your traffic. Once you've conquered this you'll be on your way to making good money.

If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, click the link below.