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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4 02 14
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Yes, you can earn a living working in your home and through the internet. However, it is not an overnight success. As the saying goes “Rome was not built in a day.” You have some decisions to make first. So don’t quite your day job, unless you are without, then put the same hours into developing your new employment.

It is a job, a vocation, a calling, to work from home. The mindset is different. You are no longer working under someone else’s rules. You have the opportunity to write your own. The internet abounds with suggestions, ideas, training materials, and videos telling you how and what those rules should be.

The only rule that is important: You are your employer. What would you do with an employee such as yourself?

Myself? Some days I would fire me. Other days I am the best employee I could hope for. I have a few “jobs” to fill my days. Balancing them all is not easy. There are days when something is neglected, set to the side for the next day. Most of the time it is my blogs. As you can tell from the post dates.

Intent is important. Self-honesty is another necessity. Never take on a task, job, or request that you know deep down you will not like to do and perhaps put off doing. You have the right to turn down any job you wish.

Do you know what you would love to do more than anything else? When I started this journey of being my own boss, some suggestions were to live your passion, do what you love to do and the money will follow. Well, I love to crotchet, knit, create jewelry, garden, train my dogs, raise rodents and reptiles, and sketch or draw. I enjoy being creative more than anything. I also enjoy helping people, watching their eyes light up when a solution works for them or they get an “Aha” moment.

I attempted the craft business, but stopped enjoying crocheting and knitting, even jewelry making. The dust began collecting on my projects and supplies. The same with drawing. My garden is barren, now more because of the drought conditions we Californians find ourselves in. But before that, because I lost the fun. Training dogs is easy, it is the people you have to train and they do not always lend themselves to learning. Many enter the task with the idea you will fix their dogs or cats.

The one thing I truly love more than anything and do not find a chore, unless I have a deadline, is writing. Writing in a way that is helpful and insightful to others. The chore is learning how to write in a way that engages the audience and provides a way to be found through the search engines. I also like research, working behind the scenes.

I continue to try different ways of developing an income, some work, some don’t. Then there are those I do not like. I pick and choose what I wish to work on. I make it by, waiting for the day my riches pour in. 🙂 I continue to research training programs for developing a killer website and a six figure income. Many do not fit me.

The question you need to ask yourself is what do you like to do that would not be a chore? Did you enjoy the job you have held? What about that job did you like the most? Can you see yourself working at home for yourself developing a business doing that kind of work?

Are you willing to put in the hours to build your reputation and learn more about using social media? The suggestions include working a 12 to 16 hour day to build a business. However, I prefer the 4 to 6 hour day. Prioritizing your tasks, such as emails, social networking, play time, personal from business, and planning for the week. Set a goal, then create daily steps to help you achieve your goals. Keep a journal, what tasks did you complete and which ones did you set aside, why?

Keeping your daily ritual simple, set a schedule. Do you work better in the morning, afternoon or evenings? You are not tied to a traditional schedule. If you live on the West Coast and end up with clients on the East Coast, you may need to discuss an optimal time to meet with them, if required.

There are no limits to what you can develop for yourself in your own home. The business ideas are only limited by your imagination and desires. The end point is how to best serve your needs.

I am slowly building a Business Opps page, you will find affiliate and multi-level style business opportunities listed here. Each one brings me a small income each month. The more I work at honing ads, the more interest and the greater the income.

What ideas do you have for developing a home business? Do you think it will generate a six figure income? How much do you want to earn in a month, a year, or even in a day?

I would love to hear from you. Leave me a comment.


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21 01 14
writer training

Ever wondered about what it would take to write an ad, sales letter, or just an article on your favorite topic? If you have ever considered becoming a writer, full time, earning a six figure income, you can do this. The programs are there to teach you the basics and move into advanced copy writing skills.

American Writers & Artists, Inc offer several programs to get you started on developing a writing career. Even if you are full time employed, you can fit the training into your schedule.

Copy writing can be as simple as writing a short letter, or as complicated as creating a 1000 word article about a topic. You can write for products, create “How to” articles, blog topics, the list is endless.

Working from home is not a passing fad. More companies are closing their doors and unemployment rates are rising. The competition for what you do is stiff. And I am not sure of you, but considering minimum wage is so low, I would rather work on creating a six figure income. Each day is another day to creating it.

Just think, if you can fit an hour a day in, say five days a week, you are on your way. A writer’s life can be boring or glamorous, it is what you make of it.

Here is a list of a few of American Writers & Artists, Inc.’s programs:

  • Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting
  • How to Write Your Own Money-Making Websites
  • The Barefoot Writer
  • Copywriting 2.0 Your Complete Guide to Writing Web Copy that Converts

These are just a few of the programs American Writers & Artists, Inc. offers budding writers.

Wishing you the best on your copywriting career.


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13 01 14
setting up a home office

Developing a viable income from home can be tricky and time consuming, not to mention frustrating. There are so many get rich quick schemes, hyped up products, and a variety of sales pitches to weed through. There does not seem to be a sure fire rule to determine the best program for you. You can ask a thousand people and get a thousand different opinions.

Finding the right affiliate network is a personal choice. A few questions you may wish to consider are:

  • What am I interested in pursuing?
  • What products will I feel comfortable marketing?
  • How do I wish to market the products I select?
  • Which niche is right for me?

The above questions are only some ideas of what to consider when designing your affiliate marketing plan. If you have ever seen some of these sites that look like a legitimate health care network or news paper style site, then you have a good idea of one way to market specific products. Coupon websites are another idea to developing an affiliate income.

The bottom line is to be creative. Do not mimic another, if you do add your own twist. Stand out from the crowd. Yet pick products that will sell. Learn how to market, research keywords, phrases, and check out the competition. What do they do that you can repeat?

Here are a few affiliate programs to get you started:

There a hundreds if not thousands of other affiliate programs you can join. The ones I have listed allow you to refer other affiliates and build a “down-line” team. These are the programs I have found the easiest to work with, as well as the products that I like.

Do you have a favorite affiliate program you would like to share? Send me an email with the details, I will be happy to include it. Or send me a blog post about the program, I will feature it.

Affiliate programs are only one way to earn an income from home. When you find something you like, remember to read the small print, ask questions, and be sure it is a legitimate program with legitimate products. Developing an income from home takes time, patience, and testing. Learn through research, reading and giving it a try yourself. Persistence and consistency are both key to success.

Wishing you the best in your working from home endeavor.


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9 01 14

Anyone operating a small business whether it is from your home or another office requires marketing skills and tools. There are many suggestions and as many if not more tools that can help you with creating a marketing advantage.

Website Magazine is one source of marketing information, ideas, and suggested tools.

Today’s article offers a few marketing tools to help you with gaining an advantage in not only marketing your business, but if you are a writer, another way to create relevant content. Research is key to any marketing or writing plan.

Click here to read 10 Apps to Make You a Better Content Marketer

Please let me know what you think of this article, and if you have a favorite tool you like using. I look forward to hearing from you.


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