8 08 11

5 Steps to a Freelance Writing Career!

In my internet journey I came across this great article that outlines a plan of action by a work at home person. I especially like the name of the site: The Work at Home Wife.

Her steps give a balanced, sensible plan of action to beginning your writing career.

Take a moment and peruse.

Bless you and see you again.

20 04 11

Another great insight and article from Entrepreneur Online magazine.

Insights into designing your business card. First impressions do count when that first impression is your business card.

Business cards are one of many marketing tools. Ask around at your local shops, doctor’s office, tax person, or other places you frequent about leaving about 50 cards for their clients.

Need a card holder, use card stock to create a small holder and imprint with your logo using your favorite photo software.

Use your imagination and there are limits.

15 12 10

Welcome to another installment of free software available for instant download and no registration or fees to worry about. There are several sites available to download free software, a few have been mentioned. Today this list will increase with a few more sites, plus a couple free programs you can download today, now.

OpenOffice.orgThis suite of software includes word processing, spreadsheet, database, drawing, presentation software, and a math program. The programs are similar to Microsoft’s Office suite. You are able to open, edit, and save your documents in other extensions compatible with Microsoft, Corel, and other similar programs. Write, create presentations, mail merge, develop databases and spreadsheets then save using the Save as command. Free, no licensing, registration is optional, but with the registration you are kept up to date on improvements, additions, and other news from Oracle.

PDF to Word Converter This program will convert pdf documents to a word document. Designed to work with Microsoft Word or Windows WordPad, however, once converted the document will open in you have OpenOffice.org Word. The only pdf documents this program cannot convert are those scanned as a pdf. Otherwise you can edit and save as a new pdf.

Free Download Manager This little program manages all your downloads in a batch or individually. The program monitors browser activity taking over when you click to download anything from the internet, software, documents, videos, and MP3s. The program is user friendly, easy to find your way around, nearly self explanatory. You can see what you have downloaded, where the program is in the download process, stop, start and pause the download. If you change your mind cancel it and start over. Flash video downloads are easy, schedule when you want to download software, videos, or other information.

Free Software Download Site

UBER Downloads boasts being the #1 free software download site. The software available includes business programs, games, audio, video, education, and developmental with other categories. Explorethis site to find what you may use in your own life adventure.

Thank you for taking the time to check this out today. If you have a software program or free site you would like to feature, please contact me. I will be happy to review and share. A link exchange is always welcome.

30 06 09

Are you planning to start your own business from scratch then you should think about buying an existing business instead of starting your own business But one would ask that why he/she should prefer buying somebody else business than starting their own. In this article I am going to decide few advantages which you can get from buying a business.

The biggest advantage you would get is you don’t need to start from scratch. The most difficult part in a business is to take it off the ground and that work would be already done for you. All the basic work like creating initial plans, models and other legal work would be already done for you and you can easily skip this first step and focus on other important phases of business.

The other advantage of buying an existing well maintained business is that you would get an existing customer base which would generate immediate cash flow which won’t be possible if you buy a business from scratch. You could easily earn profits from the first month itself. It would also avoid an undetermined period which every new business face to find new customers.

You can save lot of money which you had to spend for advertising in new business and establishing it as a brand. On the other hand people would already know about the existing business and it would highly reduce your advertising budgets.

Normally when you buy a business you inherit all the assets of business with it which was established by previous owner and saves your lot of time. In addition you would get fully trained and talented workforce with the business who knows completely about the industry. So you don’t have to spend any money in hiring employees and giving them proper training.

The last but the most important advantage of buying a well founded business is that it has a lot of scope of expansion. You can directly focus on its expansion and use your innovation to add new customers to it and take it to new heights.

Andrew R. Cagnetta, CEO of Transworld Business brokers provides services worldwide and specializes in buying and selling of businesses.

17 06 09

From the Google Webmaster Central blog:

Inbound links are links from pages on external sites linking back to your site. Inbound links can bring new users to your site, and when the links are merit-based and freely-volunteered as an editorial choice, they’re also one of the positive signals to Google about your site’s importance.

Inbound links are very important for building your site’s credibility, but how do you get them?  Before you go joining some spam-centric link exchange scheme, let me share with you a great way to get high quality inbound links. 

Write for them.

Bloggers are always (always) on the lookout for high quality content.  For a busy solopreneur or small business owner, finding new and fresh content to maintain a blog can be a real challenge.  If you can provide relevant and timely content for their blogs, they’ll gladly provide a link back to your website or blog.

Where do you find the opportunities to write for other bloggers?  There are several content exchange sites.  I personally like Blogger Linkup.  It’s straightforward, user-friendly, and easy to remember (an email is sent to you each morning with the latest opportunities).

When you write for other blogs, keep a few things in mind.

  • Only write for blogs that are relevant to your target audience. For example, if you target men in their 50s, then it’s probably not a good idea to post on a work-at-home mom site.
  • Try to write about something that is relevant to your target audience. Again, if you’re not aiming to reach your ideal client or customer, then your time would be better spent doing something else.
  • Find a way to provide helpful and meaningful content. If you can provide something that really helps the blogger (by really helping his/her readers), then you may get an invitation to post to that person’s site again.
  • Don’t save your best stuff for your own site. Use that content to capture the attention of new readers.  If you don’t make an impression (and how better to do that than with high quality content?), then they won’t make the effort to visit your site.
  • Remember that it’s not just about the traffic; it’s also about the links. Although it might be tempting to try to only write for established sites with large amounts of readers and traffic, don’t ignore the little guys (who might be big guys very soon – WebWorkerDaily, for instance, started just three years ago and is a very prominent blog today).  You’ll benefit from “growing up with them,” and you’ll get the inbound links.

Write for outside blogs on a regular basis.  With each new post, you get a new inbound link that’s both relevant and focused.  Keep at it and watch your page-rank steadily increase.  Good luck with your writing!

RESOURCE BOX:  Amber Riviere is a web designer with BrownBugProject.com.  You can follow her work through her blog and through her newsletter, Inside Brown’s Brain.