15 03 14

What do you know about botnets? I did not know they existed until I read this article, discovered what they are and how to clean them. Now it is your turn.

How to battle botnets.

In simple terms your computer may be transmitting personal information without your knowledge.

Find out if your computer is sending your personal information and how to prevent it here.

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27 02 14

As a member of Pinterest and a business owner I am very interested in what makes you tick, so to speak. This article at the Pinterest blog discusses four of the most common reasons people pin and what it can mean to you as a business owner. By the way self-employed, freelancers, you are business owners.

To read more about why people pin click here.

When you are done, share with me your comments and insights. Why do you pin?

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24 02 14

More work from home information. I came across this article by Kerry Hannon, a Forbes contributor. As someone who works from home, information that is relevant to finding more work, managing time, family, and a social life are important. Whether you are a virtual assistant to a specific company, or have several clients you work for, this article may provide you more resources and other options.

10 Tips for Working From Home covers topics such as holidays, work space, balancing your life between work and play.

Please let me know what you think?

For me, I tend to get involved in a project and forget to take time out. When I was a smoker it was easier to remember to take the time since nicotine was my timer. The other assist was working in someone’s office, co-workers would take breaks, lunch, and dash out for a quick smoke, reminding me it was time to get some air.

Working from home, I had to develop a few skills, first the discipline to work and not spend my time playing, browsing or procrastinating. The child within would rather play. If I could get paid for it, trust me, that would be where I am at. However, writing, administrative tasks, budgeting, collecting from clients, filing, and other business tasks are what keep my in food, clothing, and home.

Scheduling is another skill that I find important. Though creating a schedule is easy enough, it is the discipline needed to stick to it. Learning to say no to phone calls, texts, social media posts, and other diversions was not easy at first. I wanted to justify it by saying I was keeping me in the forefront of your mind. Not true, because you were not on line when I was. 🙂

I enjoy working from home. Office Wife is only one of the businesses I operate. I have other interests that bring in a bit of income. Slowly they are growing. Balancing all my interests and earning from them is a skill that continues to be a work in progress. There are enough hours in the week to accomplish everything. The trick is to prioritize and then stick to it.

How do you manage your work week? What keeps you focused?

Share your ideas and tips in the comments.

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17 02 14

Whether you work from home and wish to develop a blog, website, or social media to earn you a decent living, even six figures or work in someone’s office, creating earning websites is a skill.

We do not start out knowing how to use software, write good copy, or attention grabbing messages on your Facebook page.

There are thousands of tutorials, free and paid, lengthy and short. Which one you select is based upon your interest.

Today I am recommending the program offered by AWAI, American Writers & Artists, Inc. The type of website is not important, the content is, and so is the back office work. This program is guaranteed to help you create a winning, money-making website.

How to Write Your Own Money-Making Websites

Even if you have never tried to create a website, this is a terrific way to learn.

Website creating software is easy enough to learn how to use. The tutorials and help files are filled with simple instructions. Time is the biggest investment.

Reading and writing are fundamental skills learned early in life. Sentence construction is next, and creativity with words is left off until you take a special class.

Research, check out the different programs, websites, check out the ones in your niche and learn from all samples. There is no one right way. And there is definetly no one complete instructional program. Homework is for life.

Here is the link again: How to Write Your Own Money-Making Websites

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10 02 14

I have become a lover of free software. GNU licensed software works on any system, well almost any. There are some software that will not work on Mac, yet.

  • The Free Software Foundation provides regular updates in the ongoing battle for freedom from proprietary software. There is a directory available for free software to fit any desire or need.
  • CNet offers a download site for software to use on Mac, Windows, and others. No matter what you are looking for you should find it here. Set up an account, and they will keep you updated on the software you have installed, including the licensed software.
  • I had forgotten about this site: Tucows. The software offered from this site may be found on other sites, but there are a few unique to Tucows only. Software for mobile, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Finally there is ZDnet. They offer similar and unique software downloads. Free, Free to Try, and purchase.

No matter what software you think you need to purchase, remember to search for the free version first. Always check to make sure the software you are considering will save your files to the extension equivalent of the paid software. For instance, there are several free versions of word processing software. Each of them allows you to save your documents in the extensions of the paid versions.

Free software can have its issues. So read the reviews, check the information provided, even contact the creator to ask questions. Remember if you download the software and do not like it, you can always uninstall it. Each provider requests your reviews, but you may want to contact the vendor first and let him or her know what the problems were with the program. Sometimes it is as simple as not a user-friendly piece. I have found a few that were more complicated than the time available to learn more about them.

The biggest issue you are going to run into is installing free software on Windows 8. It is not going to happen unless you partition the drive. This is a skilled job to say the least. To date I have not invested in a Windows 8 hardware. If I do it will be solely for Microsoft and a notepad.

I use nothing but free software on my systems. There is nothing I cannot accomplish on paid software I cannot accomplish on free software. The techs for each piece are helpful, so are the forum members. The Help file is my first go to, if I cannot find the answer then Google Search is my next choice. The language is easy to follow in most help articles. And you can always ask for clarification or go back to Google search with your questions.

Have fun shopping for your free software at each of these sites. There are many more, but so far I have not needed to go anyway where else. The other issue to consider is this: Is the software safe? Always research the website offering free software. And when you install it, make sure you are paying attention, many pieces of software offer toolbars and other programs. Watch what you click, happy installations.

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