Ways to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home

Ways to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home

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Ways to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home
by STC Staff Writer

Everyone is after more work-life balance. Some jobs are better than others at allowing at least some work-life integration possibilities, but some business owners are slow to catch on.

If you have a job that would make it simple to work part-time from home, then you’re in a good position to try to convince your boss to let you work full or part-time from home by following these steps.

First Figure Out the Logistics

Before even approaching your boss about the idea of working from home, you’ll need to figure out whether it’s possible. What tools do you need at home that you have at the office to make it work?

Are you willing to come out of pocket and set this up for yourself, or are you going to ask your boss to foot the bill?

Provide a Well Thought-Out Plan of Action

If you can demonstrate exactly how everything will work, including showing up at meetings on time, then you’re halfway there. Create a report for your boss about how you will do each area of your job while you’re at home so that they can visualize the potential.

Provide Supportive Research

Include supportive research that shows people who work from home at least part of the time are more productive, instead of less productive. Be ready to prove this by increasing your productivity when you’re given the opportunity to change your work location.

Develop a System

Set systems in place well in advance so that you know they work. Test them out before approaching your boss so that you know they will work 100 percent.

Ensure that you won’t have dead spots in your house when you answer your phone, or that household sounds like the TV won’t interfere in calls.

Provide Assurances about Required Meetings

If meetings are planned in advance there should be no issues about you getting to meetings on time. But, if your place of business often has last-minute meetings, that could be a problem.

You could set up technology to help with this, but it will require help from others. Alternatively, if you live close to work you can state that you can attend any meeting within an hour or two if they’re important.

Call in Sick but Accomplish Your Work from Home

Prime your boss before approaching them by calling in sick but working from home while you’re sick. Just state that you don’t want to infect them, but you’ll get your normal work done from home.

You should wait until you’re really sick to try this, but you may feel good enough to get some work done.

Ask for a Trial Run

Once you present the idea to your boss, ask for a trial run. Say that you’ll work two days a week from home such as Thursday and Friday, which are usually low meeting days anyway. Then if you get the permission, do a great job.

Over Deliver

Be prepared to up your game if you do get the go-ahead to work from home. Make sure you find ways to connect with your boss and show them what you’re doing so that you won’t be seen as someone not even needed.

Deliver more results once you’re home, and your boss will be pleased and maybe even make it possible for more people to work from home.

Working from home does have its good side and downside, so be prepared to have to work out some kinks and perfect your systems as you go. Many bosses are keen on having some of their employees work from home these days, so why not you?

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Newbies Tips For Starting An Internet Home Business Panic-free

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Newbies Tips For Starting An Internet Home Business Panic-free
by STC Staff Writer

Building a home internet business can be enjoyable, as well as a profitable way to spend one’s time. Some people may be a little nervous at the idea of building a home internet business, especially if they do not consider themselves internet savvy.

However, building a home internet business does not need to be difficult. With a little bit of enthusiasm, the dedication to learn, and the persistence to continue, almost anyone could build a home internet business to be proud of.

Here are a few common sense suggestions

Suggestions for those who may be a little wary of building a home internet business. It goes without saying that building a home internet business means you will need a reliable computer.

You will also want to make sure you have a high-speed internet connection, as this will be the most efficient way of building a home internet business.

When building a home internet business, one thing you will want to do in the early stages is register for your own URL address. This is really the first basic step in building a home internet business. The cost of this is very minimal, and of course, it is very important to building a home internet business.

Then, you will want to create your actual website.

To establish a very professional look with your website when building a home internet business, you may want to hire someone to design the site for you.

However, if you are building a home internet business with very little startup funds, it is definitely still possible to achieve this goal without needing to spend a lot of money.

There are many tutorials and sites available

These sites will enable you to create a web presence when building a home internet business, without needing extensive knowledge of web design and development, HTML code, etc.

However, it probably would not hurt to learn all that you can, because knowledge in this area may prove useful at any stage in building a home internet business.

After your site is up and running to your satisfaction, the next thing you will want to do when building a home internet business is finding ways to drive traffic to your site.

Simply put

The best way to make sales or find clients is to get people to your site. When building a home internet business, some people may be concerned with the costs of advertising.

However, there are many inexpensive ways to advertise when building a home internet business, and a little creativity pointed in the right direction can help a lot in this area.

The key to successful marketing

Success when building a home internet business depends largely on a strategy. Decide who your target audience is, and then find the best places to advertise to these types of people.

When building a home internet business, one thing you will want to do is make sure the methods you use for directing traffic to your site are legal.

Of course, once people begin to stop by your site, your home internet business will be well on its way to being firmly established. You will want to continue advertising, as well as developing your customer base, of course.

As you work at building a home internet business, it is important to remember that ongoing knowledge, strategy, dedication, and a positive attitude can consistently propel your business project to new levels.

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SPECIAL REPORT “What Does the Future Hold for Cryptocurrency? My View”

SPECIAL REPORT “What Does the Future Hold for Cryptocurrency? My View”

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SPECIAL REPORT
What Does the Future Hold for Cryptocurrency? My View
by Maria Vloshchyuk – Expert Guest Author

Cryptocurrency is gaining ground, but could it one day replace national fiat currencies?

When the topic of Cryptocurrency comes up, the conversation inevitably circles back to the latest price fluctuations in bitcoin.  But while this might be interesting in as much as bitcoin is a bellwether for Cryptocurrency as a whole, where the future of Cryptocurrency is concerned, and the borders of discussion extend well beyond the behavior of this particular coin.

Bitcoin was the first Cryptocurrency to launch 10 years ago, and admittedly progress has been slow since then with regards to mainstream adoption.

However, the tide is turning: an increasing number of legitimate blockchain companies are launching, more banks and enterprises are experimenting with blockchain and crypto, and legitimate Cryptocurrency exchanges have been set up in places like Malta and Gibraltar.

So, the question is, is crypto here to stay? And in what ways is it likely to evolve?

“One way to pose this question is to think about the functions of Cryptocurrencies – what functions can they fill that are similar to what existing asset classes or instruments fulfill?

At the most basic level, its three things: The unit of account (like dollars); its store value (like gold, platinum, or any other precious commodity); or as a bet on the future of blockchain,” says Andrew Riem from latest law jobs.

Andrew Riem is the author of a study titled Economics of Cryptocurrency’, which compares Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple to already established asset classes such as precious metals and stocks.

However, Riem’s study defines Cryptocurrencies in their current form as distinct from everything else, in that the returns do not co-move with the returns of other asset classes.

“They are very different but they are still an asset class of their own and in that sense, they’re going to persist,” Riem states.

“So my prediction based on my research is that Cryptocurrency is going to transform, and is going to fulfill some kind of need which is different from traditional asset classes – stocks, commodities, and currencies.”

Will cryptocurrency exist in some form?

To examine whether Cryptocurrency will survive, we need to ask whether crypto offers enough value over traditional forms of currency to endure, and the answer to this is surely a resounding yes.

To take a recent example that illustrates this, consider Ripple, the blockchain start-up whose product, xCurrent – designed to make the checking of information required for transactions easier – is already being used by a number of banks, such as Santander.

xRapid is a more recent product from the start-up – one which relies on Cryptocurrency to work. This product has its application in emerging markets, where pre-loaded local currency accounts are generally required for facilitating payments – pushing up transaction costs and time.

Instead, xRapid will quickly convert (with a transaction time of four seconds) fiat money into a cryptocurrency, XRP, to move it through the system before converting back into whatever the required currency is at the end.

The attributes of crypto make it easier than other currencies to use for micropayments, large transfers and sending money overseas.

However, it’s still not caught on with consumers. “Right now, cryptocurrencies are still too geeky – you have to know too much about how they work,” says Simon Barnes, senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute and co-founder of the first lingerie line that accepts cryptocurrency as an alternative payment method.

“It’s the way computers worked in the 1980s, people would actually change out their own motherboards and put in new cards, people don’t do that anymore. Now, I think we’re moving into the era where we don’t need to know so much how cryptocurrencies work, just what they do.”

It’s widely agreed a breakthrough moment is needed where cryptocurrencies become vastly more appealing for the average internet user. It’s unclear how this shift might take effect – whether it will be through a growing interest in decentralized, blockchain based companies or whether there will be a fundamental transformation in how secure or accessible Cryptocurrency is.

Whether or not crypto catches on will also be dependent on the network effect: “Which is the more people that use it, the more people want to use it,” says Anna, the founder of the first crypto-backed vape marketplace Vapertunity.

“You can see it in a variety of contexts and it’s certainly very strong with money. The more people who use the dollar, the more people want to denominate contracts or sales in the dollar.”

In the end, it will all come down to convenience and ease of use. When choosing to transact in Cryptocurrency becomes as simple as selecting Paypal over entering lengthy card details, or tapping a contactless card over using the chip and pin device – that’s when crypto will truly reach the masses.

Could Blockchain replace national currencies one day?

It’s possible that cryptocurrencies could one day become the de facto mode of payment for internet users. But a different question is vexing economists, future watchers and crypto fanatics the world over – could Cryptocurrency one day replace national currencies?

Cryptocurrencies deflation issue

One criticism generally leveled against Cryptocurrencies, and in particular, bitcoin is that the currency is ‘deflationary’, meaning there is a limited supply to be ‘mined’ and after this point, there will be a constant number of bitcoins in circulation.

It’s this attribute of bitcoin that prompts holders to hoard it, in the hopes that its value will increase. This is why it’s known as ‘digital gold’ and commentators compare it to the gold standard currency model that prevailed in most of the world before the 1930s.

Bitcoin’s deflation issue is one often targeted by economists arguing against its feasibility as a national currency.

The main argument is that people would be encouraged to hoard their cash rather than spend it, which of course has a detrimental effect on the economy because cash remains unused instead of being channeled back into production.

Aside from the fact that once all of the bitcoins have been mined and there is a fixed amount in circulation, many of the parallels between crypto and the gold pegged currency model would disappear, what also must be noted is that the gold pegged currency didn’t fail to work simply because it was deflationary.

There were also fundamental issues that arose through underpinning the system with a commodity, mainly stemming from the government’s promise that anyone could use a certain number of dollars to redeem gold from the bank, and the simultaneous imperative for banks to keep their gold reserves stocked in order to be able to issue cash.

These are issues that would not afflict bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. In fact, cryptocurrencies may have more in common with fiat currencies given that their value relies solely on faith, rather than being tied to any intrinsically valuable commodity.

Another argument against deflationary currencies is that in times of crisis, this form of currency makes it harder for the government to reverse recessions.

However, if we look at the causes of at least two major financial crises – the financial crash of 2008 and the great depression – it was mainly the behavior of over-zealous bankers and lending policies that precipitated them.

In this day and age, it’s not changes in material fortunes that cause crises – for example, a country’s crops being destroyed by drought or flooding. This is not what triggered the global recession in 2008.

The abundance of goods didn’t change; the availability of materials, jobs, and workers stayed the same. It was the black box ‘magic’ of banking which pushed the world’s economy into a slump.

Cryptocurrencies are decentralized by nature

This means that the supply of currency is out of the control of a centralized body – namely, bankers.

Considering that the behavior of bankers pushed us into the last major economic crisis, which in turn led to the worsening of the lives of millions, some would advocate we might just do better without them.

Therefore it may be true that deflationary money makes it harder to reverse a financial crisis, but without a centralized model of banking, these crises may not even arise in the first place.

But even if a deflationary or ‘constant’ model of currency proved untenable, contrary to the belief of some spectators, cryptocurrencies are not completely outside of any form of control.

It would be possible to change the model of a cryptocurrency, with enough consensus that this is the right thing to do. For example, Ethereum stakeholders recently agreed to adopt the currency from a ‘proof-of-work’ model to a ‘proof-of-stake’ model.

Therefore, it’s possible that with enough agreement, bitcoin, for example, could be adapted into a slightly inflationary currency.

To engineer this, what is known as a ‘major fork’ would have to take place (that is, a major change in the protocol).

Therefore, it’s not that these currencies are beyond control; it’s that any adaptation would have to be made with the consensus of the most invested users, rather than governments or banks.

Also, given that Cryptocurrencies are used globally, this would be unlikely to occur in response to the particular economic conditions of any one country.

It’s important to note that as Cryptocurrencies can adopt any model, and there is an increasing number launched every day, the ‘deflation problem’ doesn’t apply to all of them.

In fact, some, such as Steem are intentionally slightly inflationary – with a set amount of new tokens released each year – to prevent people from hoarding.

There is also an increasing number of stablecoins launching that is pegged to commodities such as the US dollar or crypto assets.

In addition, there’s the point that more than one Cryptocurrency could be used for different purposes – bitcoin or a Cryptocurrency with similar attributes could act as a store of value – the commodity selected for a rainy day fund – and another, slightly inflationary currency could be adopted for everyday transactions.

Currency Substitution

The gold standard currency model provides a weak parallel to Cryptocurrencies. For a closer cultural reference point of what crypto replacing national currencies could look like, it’s perhaps better to look at the phenomenon of ‘currency substitution’.

This is where a country accepts a different national currency as legal tender. Another country’s currency could be the only legal tender, or it could be accepted alongside a domestic currency.

The European Union embraces a form of currency substitution

This is done through common use of the euro, meaning that fiscal policy concerning the currency is defined not in accordance with the economy of any one of the member countries.

Substituting a different currency does not mean that prices do not reflect the economic climate in that country. For example, Cambodia and the US both use the dollar but the amount commanded for a motorbike or a property is vastly different in each.

What it does mean, however, is that the country cannot manipulate the amount of money in supply in response to economic factors, which can have the effect of forcing the government to be more prudent in terms of what it borrows, because it cannot simply print money on a whim.

Instead, these countries must rely more heavily on taxation and issuing government debt to raise funds.

It also means that the country cannot act as a lender of last resort to commercial banks in this scenario, again possibly forcing banks in this situation to act with a level of prudence that is severely lacking in countries where this is the case.

This can, in turn, promote greater financial stability but at the cost of losing control over monetary and exchange rate policies.

Therefore, countries that employ currency substitution could provide a blueprint for what the ‘substitution’ of national currencies for cryptocurrencies could look like. However, there are some differences, in that the volume of currency in supply would not be adjusted by an ‘anchor’ country.

Interestingly, Venezuela has examined the possibility of adopting a cryptocurrency instead of the national currency following a period of intense upheaval and rapid inflation.

However, the lack of the ability to create debt in cryptocurrencies – an essential means of creating capital for future projects – would be problematic.

Right now, Cryptocurrencies do not offer an obvious way to create debt, as this is typically controlled by banks. While there are blockchain systems that allow peer-to-peer lending, it’s less clear how this could be facilitated on a grander scale.

There is a need for governments to issue debt to be able to pump money into public infrastructure and services.

Obviously, this creates a problem for governments and implies that at the moment, it seems likely that even if the majority of online transactions shift into cryptocurrencies, national fiat currencies would remain necessary to facilitate certain activities such as raising taxes and issuing debt.

Problems with fiat currency

Cryptocurrencies are not poised to challenge national currencies just yet. “I think it’s actually going to pose more threat not to government money, but to companies like Visa, MasterCard, major banks, maybe other industries – the finance industry,” says Aaron Greenfields, the founder of The Eliquid Boutique and a major investor in the Vape Coin. “That’s where the destruction is going to be.”

But many see cryptocurrencies as a possible antidote to problems afflicting the global economy.

At the moment, the economic system is rigged: fiat currencies have been overtly linked to the increasingly distorted distribution of wealth because pumping more currency into the economy causes cash to accrue in the upper echelons of society.

Fiscal policy aimed at easing financial crises such as quantitative easing has been clearly linked to increasing wealth at the top without causing a downward circulation of wealth.

And while the wealthiest in the world have continued to grow their stocks of cash since the 2008 crash, wages for normal people have stagnated and even fallen in real terms.

This is not an accident

It’s the natural outcome of the global economic system we have in place today, which is underpinned by governments, central banks and their inexorable links with the super-rich global elite.

This, in turn, causes increasing instability in the economic system, because a millionaire will buy fewer consumer products than 10 households each with £100,000. This means less and less money is returned back into the economy.

There’s also the insurmountable fact that smaller households would likely be paying their fair share of tax, whereas the super rich are experts at siphoning off their cash and rerouting it through legal grey areas and offshore accounts to avoid paying what they owe.

The increasing use of Cryptocurrencies would in a sense decouple currency from the workings of the economy and dethrone bankers as the lever pullers. It would rob bankers of their black magic, through which wealth is steadily leached from the lower layers of society and floats to the top as naturally as inhalation of air.

It’s widely agreed by economists that there were not sufficient adjustments to the banking system or great enough retribution for bankers following the 2008 crash, meaning that we are inevitably heading for another global economy crushing implosion sooner or later.

This will be of little consequence to the engineers of such crises – fat cat bankers and the super-rich their systems and institutions serve – but for the rest of us it’s a problem and increasingly, crypto is looking like part of the solution.

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Offline Marketing Strategies for Home Based Businesses

Offline Marketing Strategies for Home Based Businesses

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Offline Marketing Strategies for Home Based Businesses
by Contributing Expert Author Jerome Magnus

The Internet has become the largest medium of communication and has presented a lot of business opportunities. Online home based business owners tend to limit themselves to online marketing methods.

Nevertheless, there is a huge potential to promote your home based business through some cost-effective offline marketing strategies. So what are the most effective offline marketing strategies for your home based business?

1. Word of mouth in your circle of influence
Word of mouth is one of the best free advertising channels. We all have people we interact with on a daily basis, and these are potential customers.

Make a list of all the people you know or interact with and how can you best tell them about your internet business. Be passionate about your internet business and always be prepared to tell someone about it when an opportunity to do so presents itself!

2. Mail-out newsletters and flyers
Mail-out newsletter or flyers can be effective if you target it to a specific ‘group’. You could create one to distribute to local daycare centers just as an example.

And in your newsletter or flyer, highlight the benefits of an online business to the targeted group, for example earning money at home for stay at home moms or dads. Posting your home based business URL on bulletin boards can also be effective.

3. Use and give away free branded ‘stuff’
You can promote your business by having your URL on all your stationery, all written communication and other items you can give away for free.

If you want to get a lot of people to know about your home-based business, you will need to come up with some creative ways of promoting your URL.

You can be limited only by your imagination. Have your business cards with your home-based business URL. Give them out to people you meet, leave them about where you can, such as in your local coffee shop.

Use the BACK of your business card too. Show your products and services. Any FREE or Bonus specials can generate interest in your company.

This makes your business card more of an Advertising Billboard than just a contact card. I laminate my cards. For some reason, I’ve learned people will hold on to them, sometimes for years.

4. Newspapers and magazines
Local newspapers are good for advertising your online business. Most local papers have ‘home business opportunities’ section, so you run a regular classified advert.

In addition, contact your local newspaper or business-oriented magazine and let the business editor know you have a new business and web site and what you offer.

Local newspapers are frequently interested in featuring local business people and their accomplishments. This is free advertising and should always be used.

You can also contact your local magazine and offer to write a monthly or weekly guest column for them, and include your ‘author bio’ and home-based business URL.

5. Joint ventures with offline business
You can get into a joint venture partnership with an offline business which sells a complementary product or service to your home based business.

If you can identify a partner that best fits your business, this is an important offline marketing strategy that can help you succeed in your home based business by enabling you to reach potential customers that you could not reach before.

As an example, if you have a website selling fitness/health products or tips, you could prepare a leaflet and make a deal with an offline local fitness/health shop where they giveaway your leaflet to their shoppers with each purchase.

6.  Promotional Handouts
Pens, T-shirts, Coffee Mugs, Calendars, and other useful items can be imprinted with your company information. Be creative. You can buy imprinted coffee mugs for a low as $1.50 each. For more information visit VistaPrint (Click here).

The offline marketing strategies outlined above can help you grow your home based business. I have used these strategies a lot and they work well. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and promote your business offline!!

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Make Income with Work-at-Home Positions

Make Income with Work-at-Home Positions

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Make Income with Work-at-Home Positions
by Contributing Expert Author Shaniah Turner

Working at home sounds like a dream come true to most people. No tromping out in the cold weather, no need for business clothes, and perhaps a way to truly have integration of family life and work without being fired. But, what sorts of positions can you find that you can do at home?

Inbound Call Center Agent

An inbound call center agent takes calls using their home phone and computer system from the comfort of their home office (or kitchen table), taking orders for products and services.

For example, you may work on a project for well-known home shopping networks or food chain establishments. You’ll be trained, and have practice calls before you get started.

You will make between $8 and $20 dollars per hour from home doing this. Some positions are independent contracting and some are full-fledged employees.

Outbound Call Center Agent

An outbound call center agent makes outbound calls to a list of leads given to them by the company they work with. They will try to sell something to the person they are calling such as magazine subscriptions, vacations, or even provide political information during election season.

It will depend on which company you choose to work with what type of calling you will do. You’ll be trained, provided a script, and learn to be a professional at this type of calling. Typically, in these positions, you’re required to hit a certain level of sales to keep your position. The highest earners make about $60,000 per year.

Fundraiser

Every year you likely get fundraising calls. Well, they hire people who work from home to do the fundraising. The pay is usually hourly, from $8 to $20 per hour depending on the program you’re involved with.

With less experience, you can expect to earn less money since some of this is based on time on the phone and funds collected. Phone work can be challenging, but with more experience, you’ll always earn more money.

Adjunct Professor

Believe it or not, colleges and universities contract with adjunct professors to teach and or grade their online courses. If you can get your foot in the door there are a lot of opportunities with online teaching at the college level.

You will typically need at least a master’s degree in the area you want to teach, and a doctorate definitely will expand your opportunities.

Answering Service

This is a lot like some of the call positions mentioned above in terms of pay, but instead of dealing with sales you’ll be answering for businesses and taking messages and/or transferring calls as needed.

You could be answering for various doctors’ offices, apartment complexes, and other businesses during their lunchtime and off time. You’ll do this from your computer set up right from home.

Customer Service Rep

A customer service rep can work in a variety of ways such as via phone, text, email, chat windows and so forth. You would be trained thoroughly on the products and services and likely need to pass a test for each business you’ll be serving to handle customer problems and issues remotely. The pay can range from $8 an hour to $20 an hour.

Online K-12 Instructor

You may not realize it but there are fully online schools, and also some land-based schools that offer some of their less popular courses online. If you have a teaching certificate in the areas needed and experience teaching, you should have no problem finding an online teaching position.

The pay is depending on the school. Some schools make you a full employee, and others work you as if you’re an adjunct contractor.

Travel Agent

Yes, travel agents still exist and companies are hiring travel agents (sometimes called travel consultants) to answer phones and help customers plan their trips. Usually, you get paid a combination of base pay, and/or a percentage of sales with these types of jobs.

So, you might have to make a lot of sales to make enough money. Generally, you don’t make more than 10 percent per sale. But, many travel agents love what they do and often get travel perks too.

Transcription Service

Many types of businesses use transcription services. There are many work-at-home opportunities for transcriptionists. Most of the time the transcribing is medically based but there are also opportunities for other types of transcribing.

A good transcriber can make about $45,000 a year right from home. Sometimes you’re an independent contractor for several companies and other times you will be an employee, depending on your choice of company.

Appointment Setter

Many businesses such as the insurance industry need appointment setters. As an appointment setter, you’ll be calling leads who have expressed interest in meeting with someone to discuss the product or service being provided.

You’ll simply call the prospect and make the appointments for the business owner adding to their calendar. You may also call back to confirm the appointments 24 hours in advance. Pay can be hourly, or on an appointment-by-appointment basis.

There are many work-at-home positions that you can find today due to the advent of high-speed internet and the relatively inexpensive cost of making long distance calls today.

It’s important to check out any company before committing or offering your information to them before you get started, to avoid being scammed.

Typically, other than buying and providing your own technology, you should not have to give the company any money to get started.

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Tips for Starting A Great Video Marketing Campaign

Tips for Starting A Great Video Marketing Campaign

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Tips for Starting A Great Video Marketing Campaign
by STC Staff Writer

While we all dream of success, only those who reach for the stars will ever get there. Marketing is one way for us to build our business into something respectable. Using video marketing is a great new way to promote your firm, so read on to find out how to do it right.

Create a Video Series

While a single video can do a great job, a series of videos keeps viewers coming back for more. Have each new video pick up from where the last left off and you’ll find people return to your site just to see what’s coming next, and they might even buy while they wait.

Make videos that are newsworthy

If information comes out, or if news happens in your industry, take the opportunity to make a video. Comment on the news and how it relates to your product or your industry. That way, people will feel compelled to share your video because it is newsworthy. That will help more people find out about you and your business.

Run a video marketing campaign

To supercharge your video marketing efforts consider running a video marketing campaign. With a video marketing campaign, you will offer daily videos that will be shared on your website as well as on video sites such as YouTube. Do not forget to share your videos with your customers using email and social media.

Branding is Important

Make sure that you remember to connect your brand with your video in a way that people will remember. Using a catchy song or phrase is a good way to help people relate the two. The better they can remember your brand the more likely they will be to purchase it.

Use Fiverr.com for Inexpensive Video Production

It’s a great idea to hire a professional video team to help you produce your first videos. You can learn from them how to do it right and potentially, in time, start doing it on your own. This will ensure you never put any substandard videos up which sully your reputation. Use Fiverr.com.

Target to Your Specific Niche

When using video marketing to increase your website traffic, you have to remember who you are talking to. Your audience is crucial. You need to target your videos to a specific audience, and you will notice that they will become more engaged, interested, and more likely to make your video marketing a success.

Promote Your Videos

If you are relatively unknown, you need to promote your video so that others will know it is out there. While SEO tactics should help propel you to the first page of Google, this doesn’t happen overnight. Therefore, it may benefit you to discuss the videos on your blog and social media sites.

It is a good idea to subscribe to newsletters and forums that will help you stay current with what is trending. It’s easy to get caught up in what you’re doing and think you know enough when things are working. However, rules and strategies are constantly changing, so stay up to date with this effective and free market research tactic.

Create Demonstration Videos

One good way to make a marketing video that gets attention is to show people how your product or service works. You can have a video along with the frequently asked questions section of your website. This may just help you get fewer people asking questions so you have more time to work on other things.

You should have a detailed outline such as a list of points you want to talk about. When creating and narrating your video relax and be as natural as possible. Edit your video later to get rid of the unnecessary information and adjust it to the proper length.

Utilize Movavi Screen Capture to Make Your Videos

You may have heard of the expensive screen capture video creation software called Camtasia.  It is the premier software of its kind. But a relatively new inexpensive software called Movavi has most of the same features as Camtasia for about 1/10th the price.

Need a simple program to record screen with audio? Try Movavi Screen Capture Studio. This screen grabber is easy to use and has all the tools you need to help you make outstanding screen capture videos.
 
Record streaming audio and video, Skype video chats, webinars, even movies, and TV series. Use the built-in video editing module to create complete clips: video blog content, tutorials, how-tos, and much more. Download a free trial version of Movavi’s screen recorder for Windows now. CLICK HERE to check it out.

In conclusion,

The right way to video market your company has been laid out before you, so you should now be prepared to get down to business. Using the ideas which now swirl in your head, draft a campaign that you believe will work and follow through with it until you reach your goals. Good luck!

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Top Mobile Marketing Tips And Tricks for 2019

Top Mobile Marketing Tips And Tricks for 2019

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Top Mobile Marketing Tips And Tricks for 2019
by STC STaff Writer

Are you ready to begin with your own mobile marketing plan?

Do you know where to start or how to begin? Do you know what will work best for your business? If you have no clue how to answer these last couple questions, the tips that are listed below are for you.

Use a dedicated short code.

They can be pricey, but they ensure that you keep your brand intact. Avoid shared shortcodes if you are a larger company. Not only because you want people to recognize your own code, but there may be some legal consequences if the other company sharing the same code abuses the system.

If you’re not promoting your business via text you’re leaving money on the table! With a 98% open rate, texting is one the best ways to let your customers know that it’s time to visit your business.

Have you heard people talk about a dedicated short code or shared short code, but not know the difference between the two? Derek Johnson, CEO of Tatango discusses the differences between the two different types of shortcodes and why each one exists. CLICK HRE for a comprehensive explanation: Tatango

Reserving a Dedicated Short Code for SMS Messaging. … A short code is a 5 or 6 digit number that you can use to send SMS messages to certain destinations. Shortcodes are often used for application-to-person (A2P) messaging, two-factor authentication (2FA), and marketing.

Here are two companies you can visit for additional information and resources:

Use Text Email instead of HTML

If you are using email as part of your mobile strategy, consider using a text strategy instead of HTML. If you haven’t optimized your HTML creative for a mobile device, the email itself can be incredibly hard to read in a mobile environment. A text email is perfect for mobile users, as it will appear exactly the same way across all email clients and it’s easy to read on small screens.

Personalize your messages.

Use the subscriber’s name and make sure the platform you use can inset the person’s inputted information into the message. Having personalized messages helps improve your relationship with your customers.

You have only 160 characters and the person’s name is included, no matter the length. Try keeping your messages short when you personalize them. The following excerpt from Wikipedia offers an explanation of QR Codes:

Use QR codes

QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional barcode) first designed in 1994 for the automotive industry in Japan.

A barcode is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached. It usually redirects you to a website or application.

A QR code uses four standardized encoding modes (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, and kanji) to store data efficiently; extensions may also be used.

The Quick Response system became popular outside the automotive industry due to its fast readability and greater storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes.

Applications include product tracking, item identification, time tracking, document management, and general marketing.

A QR code consists of black squares arranged in a square grid on a white background, which can be read by an imaging device such as a camera, and processed using Reed–Solomon error correction until the image can be appropriately interpreted.

The required data is then extracted from patterns that are present in both horizontal and vertical components of the image.”  –  Wikipedia

You Could use Delivr.com to generate your QR codes for FREE

Delivr.com website allows you to create QR codes for free and also offers you the possibility to track them. This will help you find out how many people actually scan your codes, and see how much time they spend on your website.

Building Your Email Database

When using mobile marketing, build your database the right way- get permission first. Don’t just add cell phone numbers without a confirmation.

Give customers an opt-out option where they can click either yes or opt-out to confirm. This way you will have fewer complaints from users who don’t want the advertisements.

Be sure to let the recipient know who you are and what you offer right up front.

If they question who you are and what it is that you are offering to them, you are going to have a difficult time trying to get them to invest any of their money into what it is that you are offering.

Sending a reminder message about an upcoming sale or release of a new product is an excellent way to get your customers excited about what is going on.

Try to send the reminder a couple of hours ahead of time. Doing this many days in advance creates a higher chance that the customer will forget.

Do you know how to begin your mobile marketing plan now?

Can you now find a place, to begin with, it? Do you know what will work for your business?

If you can now provide an answer to these questions, then you have read and understood the previous tips, and are now ready to make mobile marketing work for you.

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Don’t Let Your Dream of Owning A Business Become A Nightmare

Don’t Let Your Dream of Owning A Business Become A Nightmare

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Don’t Let Your Dream of Owning A Business Become A Nightmare
by Contributing Expert Author Billy Bob Jackson

To make money takes money, right?

Or so many of us have heard and believed for years. Thus, when an individual seeks to open his own home business, he first seeks a way to obtain that money that he needs to make the money that he wants. The majority of those in this very situation will take the quickest route possible: straight to the bank.

Take only informed Calculated Risk

They will borrow the money they need and in the process risk items paramount to their ability to live, namely, their homes. Across the country, individuals risk those things that they need the most, namely their homes, in the name of establishing a home business.

A wise, and business educated person will know what risks to take, and which one to avoid.  They understand they are an aspiring entrepreneur, and an entrepreneur is a person willing to take an “educated calculated risk in order to gain business and financial success.”

As you can see, risk is part of the game in owning and operating a business, but that risk is relative to making the RIGHT risks.

However, the successful home business owner, the ones that end in the black every time, shun the idea of borrowing money. Instead of drinking the kool-aid of debt, they have discovered a way to pay their way to success.

First and foremost, these individuals do not, under any circumstance, borrow money. They understand that the borrower is a slave to the lender, and thus in order to stay free, they run far away from the shackles that bind so many of their contemporaries. How do they do this?

They have a vivid imagination. They imagine the foreclosure notice coming to their door via the postman, and they imagine their family selling nearly everything they have to keep the home they live in simply because they put their home up as collateral against a loan so they could open their own business.

This image alone motivates them not to borrow against their home or anything else important to them.

Instead of borrowing, these successful home business owners establish their business slowly by growing only as far as they can afford it. They pay for their business items with cash, including inventory and supplies.

When they pay in Disposable Income

They purchase inventory and supplies more carefully because they are using money that they have already worked hard for. This is called “Disposable Income,” income remaining after deduction of taxes and other mandatory charges, available to be spent or saved as one wishes.

Thus they select their investments wisely. They also understand that when they grow a business slowly, the business has time to establish roots and thus longevity. They have the time to manage it because it does not grow out of control.

Finally, if the dreaming-of-a-home-business individual cannot afford to open his own home business with the cash he has on hand, he keeps his dream but does not sacrifice his home to get it.

Instead, he transforms that dream into a goal, and he works all that much harder at his present job to make the dream a reality.

Once he has saved enough money, then he begins investing in the dream, the home business. At that point, the home business no longer is a dream that may turn into a nightmare, but it’s the beginning of an end, with the end being the goal and the beginning is the dream.

The home business owner then has a reason to celebrate: he has just opened his own business without any debt.

Home business owners across the country are sadly declaring bankruptcy and moving their families to smaller homes or apartments because of foreclosures.

The home business does not have to be that same nightmare for every home business owner. Let your home business turn into a dream by paying off your debt and then paying for what you need with cash only. Doing so will lead you to a much more successful and peaceful end.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Start A Home Based Business

Do You Have What It Takes To Start A Home Based Business

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Do You Have What It Takes To Start A Home Based Business
by Contributing Expert Author Mark Dawson

You may see, hear, and read a lot of people constantly raving about the numerous wonders of a home-based business but in reality, starting and managing one isn’t immediately a bed of roses. In some cases, having a home-based business is easier than having a business in traditional settings, but in some cases, it’s absolutely the other way around.

Tip #1 You Still Need the M’s for a Home Based Business

The only difference is that there’s no need for you to pay for rent and possibly, you’ll have lower business costs because your business is based at home. But other than that, the process of starting up and the necessary factors of production are still the same.

Money – It’s rarely possible if at all, to start a home-based business without spending even a dollar for investment and pre-operating costs.

Material – If your home based business is selling products and not services then you’ll still have to ensure that you’ve got the best materials to produce the best products in the market.

Manpower – For a home-based business, you can usually make use of family members – even your kids – to help out and provide the necessary labor for the business.

Machinery – Usually, a home-based business selling services online can function with a computer and Internet access, but if you’re selling products, you’ll naturally need other additional equipment.

Tip #2 You Still Need to Register Your Home Based Business

The fact that you have a business based or you’re working from home doesn’t exempt you from your obligation to pay taxes. You can, however, apply for tax deductions that you may be eligible for due to your home based business.

To qualify for tax deductions, you need to prove that one part of your home is indeed used primarily and exclusively for operating your business. Secondly, if ever personal meetings with your clients, suppliers, and affiliates are required, you use that particular section of your home for such purposes.

Tip #3 Products, Services, or Both?

A home-based business may sell products, services, or both. The success of your home based business definitely depends on how marketable your products or services are. Consider the following factors:

Quality – How does the quality of your products or services fare compared to those manufactured or provided by your competitors?

Cost – How much are you selling them for? Since you’re operating a home-based business, you should take advantage of your situation and use it to lower the price of whatever you’re selling. Lowering your price is something you can afford to do because you have lower costs, and it will at the same time allow you to compete against bigger retailers on the same ground.

Tip #4 Online, Offline, or Both?

The success of your home based business will also depend on how you should advertise your business. If, for instance, you’re selling home-baked cookies, you’ll probably achieve greater profit by focusing mostly on selling to your neighbors and acquaintances in the area then advertising online on the sides. Setting up a home based web designing business, on the other hand, would certainly benefit more from online advertising.

Tip #5 Are You Good at Waiting?

A home-based business will also take time to prove its profitability and stability. Thus, make sure that you’re willing to wait for your business to grow. There are any number of hurdles that your home-based business might face in the future but you need to be prepared to face all of them if you wish to succeed.

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How You Can Tell Legitimate Opportunities from Scams

How You Can Tell Legitimate Opportunities from Scams

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How You Can Tell Legitimate Opportunities from Scams
by Contributing Expert Author Brad Collins

One thing about trying to find a work-at-job or business opportunity that turns people off or frightens them away from the idea is the prevalence of scams. One thing you have to realize is that work-from-home scams have been around long before online work-from-home scams existed.

They were often advertisements in various magazines that promised millions for doing nothing, just send in your money to find out how.

Here are some ways to tell whether a business opportunity is real, or simply too good to be true.

* No Way to Contact the Business – If the opportunity is real, they’ll have a real business website with a real business email address at the minimum, not a Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail address. You should easily be able to look up the people and the name of the business to find out more information.

* Promises of Overnight Riches – Any plan that claims you’ll become rich overnight is a scam. It’s just not going to happen. Working from home at a job, or running your own business, requires skill, work, and more work to make money. You’re not going to just set up a business and do nothing and get paid.

* They Ask for Money Up Front (and Now) – Many MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) programs do ask for money up front, which is a business investment. Even if you do not like MLMs, some of them are legitimate companies with real opportunity.

However, some jobs or opportunities only want your money. You should have plenty of time to do research before giving anyone money. Never pay for a job, although investment in a business opportunity is considered normal.

* You Feel Pressured to Act Now – If you’ve been contacted by someone making a lot of promises to you about making tons of money and claiming you must act right now or lose out forever, it’s a scam.

A real opportunity is going to be there tomorrow. You see a Countdown that says you must act now or it won’t be available after the expiration date.

A small number of these offers may be true, but many are just false ploys to make you think the item won’t be available much longer. And some say only ?? (some low number) more available, then they will all be gone. Generally, this is ludicrous because there is no limit to the number of downloadable digital products they can sell.

They can deliver 10 or 10,000 just as easily. The only time this may be true is when the seller actually will sell a limited number (But is this really true?). But I find this rare where they have actually placed an actual specific number on the item and follow through with their commitment.

I’ve tested several dozen sites using this unethical tactic, and only 1 actually canceled sales after the specified date. Who’s going to turn down more sales?

* It Has Anything to Do with Western Union – Sorry to name a place like this but it’s true; if you need to use Western Union to send money to anyone, run. In fact, any type of money-changing, a bank-involved delivery system is usually a scam and it’s not only that; it’s illegal and you could end up in jail.

* It Sounds Too Good to Be True – You know it in your gut that it’s just too good to be true, but you are tempted. Stop. Take some time to research the company and not just the people and places they give you to research. Do your due diligence and walk away if you can’t prove they’re legitimate.

* Random Email Offering Position You Did Not Apply For Directly – This happens sometimes when you apply for or fill out real job opportunities online. They get the information online and then they send you unsolicited jobs or offers of advice for a fee. It’s no different than a phone call during dinner making you promises. Delete.

* They Offer Outlandish Pay for Low Wage Position Titles – This is a common sign of a scam. You’ll see the advertisement on a seemingly legitimate website that promises a lot of money for many different positions that just do not earn that kind of money. Be realistic. You’re not going to make $45 dollars an hour as a receptionist.

Above all, pay attention to your gut. If it feels fishy, it probably is. Some of these scammers only want you to fill out their applications so they can steal your identity.

To protect yourself if you’re in the USA, get a free employment identification number (EIN) from the IRS so that you don’t give out your social security number. Other countries may have similar set-ups, but you’ll have to check. Otherwise, don’t blindly give out this information to strangers.

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How To Create Your Own Mobile Marketing Plan

How To Create Your Own Mobile Marketing Plan

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How To Create Your Own Mobile Marketing Plan
by Contributing Expert Author Shaniah Turner

In this 21st Century, it’s imperative to add mobile marketing to our Internet marketing campaigns and website presentation. It is estimated that at least 56% of internet users utilize mobile phones and tablets. How can you afford to miss out reaching over one half of the online marketplace?

With all of the different types of marketing that exist, it might be hard to track down what works best with which media type. In the case of mobile marketing, it is pretty easy to narrow down not only what media you want to focus on but also what audience. Read this article for some great tips.

Treat your customers like people – Instead of just bombarding them with sales information constantly, consider messaging them occasionally with relevant information to their everyday lives. If you find an interesting blog on saving money, for example, send them a link. This lets them know you are not just considering them to be a source of income for you.

Consider messaging them occasionally – Keep your mobile marketing messages short and sweet. Although many cell phone and smartphone users are signed up with plans that offer unlimited data transfers, not everyone has this luxury. If your ad consumes a great deal of their monthly allotment of data, chances are good that your efforts will go unappreciated and even resented.

Provide instant rewards – With mobile marketing, you can give your customers what they want, with no delays. Having a delay can make things lose their value or demand. People will participate in your marketing campaign hoping to get the promised reward. The quicker they get the reward, the happier they will be.

Timing is important – When sending out a reminder message in mobile marketing, you should always wait around two or three hours before the event of which you’re reminding people.

When sending out those reminders day in advance suggest they add your event to their calendar. This will help people to remember them. So an advance notice, then a short reminder, a few hours before your event will maximize your effectiveness.

First get their permission – You must get someone’s permission to send them messages. If you do not, it will be considered as spam and you could get in trouble over it. Ask people to sign up as customers, and have them tick a box that said they agree to receive promotional offers via their mobile phones.

Balance your mobile marketing within an integrated media strategyMobile marketing alone will not take your brand to the next level. Neither will direct mail or internet marketing alone.

Use an integrated multi-channel strategy – You need to develop a multi-channel strategy that works in harmony with each other to really tell the story of your brand. If you feel your mobile marketing strategy is acting on its own, now is the time to bring it into your larger marketing strategy.

Make a social marketing policy – Every business should have policies to help dictate proper behavior, and mobile marketing is no different. You should make sure that every member of your company is aware of and understands that policy, and take steps to ensure that it will be followed in any event.

In summation – There are a lot of different ways that you can get your message out there, but few are as direct as mobile marketing. As you saw by the examples in this article, it can be extremely beneficial if you know what you are doing. Hopefully, it works well for you.

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Tips For effective Internet Marketing

Tips For effective Internet Marketing

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Tips For effective Internet Marketing
by Contributing Expert Author Jon Pierre

A collection of tips on how to begin internet marketing makes the perfect starting point for a beginner to emerge and hopefully begin marketing their own website much smoother.

Below is just such a collection that will hopefully assist the eager novice into eventually becoming a pro, when it comes to internet marketing.

Once you tell customers why exactly you like a product and the specific features and benefits, they will be more inclined to at least look at your sales page. They can then make an informed decision, based on what you have told them, to purchase the product or service.

Tips

  1.  Simple (Short) Domain Name – Whenever possible, try to keep your company’s domain name simple, short, and obvious. The ideal site address should be only a few words, if that many, and would be limited solely to the brand name. Make the domain name highly public by including it on all of your marketing and operational materials.
  2. Read Books – An important tip regarding Internet marketing is to buy and read books about the Internet and Internet marketing. This is important because many times, the best information is not always available for free online. You can download the latest business books in Digital eBook format, or Kindle to save a bundle.Despite living in an age where we believe that everything is available online, you will find that often times it pays off to purchase a book as a quick and reliable resource.
  3. Simplify Website Design – Minimize the number of pages that a person needs to go through to get to your content. Visitors are more likely to come back and continue to visit your site if they do not have to suffer through a lot of mouse clicks to get to the meat of your website.
  4. Single-site Advertising – Now that you’ve chosen a banner design for your website, you have to decide if you’re going to use single-site advertising or network-wide advertising. With single-site advertising, you find sites that relate to your product but are not in direct competition with it.
  5. CPM Rate – In most cases, you then pay them a specified CPM (Cost per thousand) amount, usually ranging from two to five dollars. With network-wide advertising, you join an advertising network that can feature your banner on select product-related websites or on all of the websites in the network. This method can set you up with banner ads on dozens to hundreds of different websites.
  6. Newsletters – Offer newsletters to those that visit your site. You want to make sure they remain informed, and you should always be sending them a little reminder of your business, services, and products to ensure that they keep you in mind. You could also offer RSS feeds which could do the same thing, but newsletters remain the most popular option.
  7. Social Media – You can use social media to your advantage. Try joining appropriate social media groups and communities. You will not only encounter like-minded individuals but you can lead more visitors to your site who may become your future clients. Make sure you keep it friendly and professional so that you can be taken seriously.
  8. Coupons – To make an online coupon even more attractive to your customers, think about offering a discount on a graduated scale. In other words, the bigger the purchase, the higher the discount. When customers see the bigger discount offered, they are usually tempted to buy one or two more products to reach the higher discount threshold. That means more sales for you.

In Conclusion

Well, hopefully, the aforementioned collection of tips were enough to give you a great start on what to do and expect, when it comes to marketing your own website. This collection was carefully constructed to add another resource in your arsenal so that you can begin honing your internet marketing skills, which will then begin growing your online presence.

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Should Your Company Accept Bitcoin?

Should Your Company Accept Bitcoin?

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Should Your Company Accept Bitcoin?
By Bob “MAVERICK” Stanford – “The Maverick Entrepreneur™”

First off, the real question is, “Should my company accept Cryptocurrencies?” Bitcoin falls under this category, but there are a few others to consider such as:

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Ripple
  • EOS
  • Bitcoin Cash
  • Litecoin
  • And many more…

Most online businesses accept PayPal, Square, Apple Pay and other payment gateways enabling them to accept credit cards safely, for both their customers and their companies.

As of this writing (01/02/2019), Bitcoin is the most common and accepted Cryptocurrency, with Ethereum gaining supporter ground. The primary benefit of accepting payments in Bitcoin is you’re expanding your market since Bitcoin is the only payment method available, or trusted by some potential buyers.

Though we mentioned a few other Cryptocurrencies, we will primarily refer to Bitcoin in this article, since it’s likely the first Cryptocurrency most businesses will accept in the beginning.

The World becomes Your Marketplace

Bitcoin opens up an enormous expanded market for your products and services. Since it decentralizes the world market and brings uniformity to an accepted Bitcoin, a universal and borderless payment gateway.

You can make sales never before possible, or at least were very difficult to make due to inconsistent, and currency fluctuations requiring constant complex processing for exchange rates (Cryptocurrency isn’t bound by any countries’ exchange rate), losing your time, costing you fess, and slowing done the amount of time for you to get your money.

It’s cheaper, faster (almost instant), and easier for both you, and your customers when you use Bitcoin for your transactions. It’s no secret Credit Cards have ridiculous interests, some upward of 40%.

Bitcoin had none. Of course, credit cards offer credit, while Bitcoin is a payment system requiring the buyer to have funds in his “Wallet” or account.  Though we’re not comparing apples for apples here, this is why many individuals use interest-free Bitcoin.

Paper Currency (Even in the U.S.) is Fiat Money

When you understand what FIAT money is, it should be much clearer why people worldwide prefer using Bitcoin.

“Wikipedia defines Fiat money as:

  • Any money declared by a government to be legal tender.
  • State-issued money which is neither convertible by law to any other thing, nor fixed in value in terms of any objective standard.
  • Intrinsically valueless money used as money because of government decree
  • An intrinsically useless object that serves as a medium of exchange (also known as fiduciary money.”

So, in the final analysis, FIAT money is worthless paper, not back by anything of value like gold, or silver. We can thank Richard Nixon for taking our currency off the Gold Standard in 1971.

Now our paper currency has no value other than the faith it receives from the American people since it is no longer back by gold. And unfortunately, the rest of the world has lost some faith in this currency.

There are a growing number of people losing interest, and faith in FIAT money, and switching over to Bitcoin. There are a huge number of potential international buyers that don’t have access to conventional banks but can make payments over the Internet.

Large payments can take days, or even weeks taking time to clear, making Bitcoin quite attractive for many companies. And high-risk businesses may not have access to traditional payment gateways like PayPal and many debit card accounts used by small companies to accept direct deposits for membership programs.

We live in the Internet Age – Think about It

The younger generation, under the age of about 35, has grown up with computers and experienced online interaction with other individuals, and businesses. Basically, the Net has become as natural as cell phones to them.

The Internet was launched about 1981 but became mainstream about 1993. Cell phones have been around for decades but didn’t really become mainstream until 1995.

I remember my international business clients were shocked to see me carry a cell phone in early 1993.  

I would hand it to them for immediate contact to their partners, accountants, and attorneys, giving me a big competitive edge in closing business deals in the hundreds of millions of dollars range.

So people born since the early 1980s are generally more comfortable with electronic online payment gateways, including Bitcoin,

It truly is a new age on commerce, or should I now say ecommerce?

It was the launch of NCSA Mosaic (the first GUI web browser) in 1993 that made the Internet available to the masses of mankind. 

Children are more adept, and faster at learning computers, cell phones, electronic games, and social media, than most of us “old fogies over 40 (I’m 72),” so life online is as natural to the Gen Y (Born about 1981) individuals, like school.

What is Your Niche Market?

Some industries and companies are more directed to serving specific markets that are natural niches for accepting Bitcoin, especially businesses focusing their sales on Gen Y buyers.

But other, more broadly focused niches are also great candidates for Bitcoin since their niches cross over multiple generations. Much of the younger online generation prefers both the anonymity and simplicity of “crypto” transactions.

The Marketplace has changed dramatically

Have you ever made a purchase on eBay, Amazon, or another online website? If not you are in the small minority of those that don’t.

It’s been estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world that accept Cryptocurrencies, and that number is growing rapidly.

Many financial experts feel that all businesses not accepting Bitcoin will be at a tremendous disadvantage in the world market if they don’t jump on the bandwagon now and start accepting Cryptocurrencies.

Yes, there are some risks involved in accepting Cryptocurrency?

Our next article will cover some of these risks. You need to know them in order to make an intelligent decision as to accepting Cryptocurrencies or not. You may wish to read a recent article from a guest author in our BLOG at https://stanfordtc.com/7532-2 – It will offer a more comprehensive look into the Cryptocurrency arena.

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Show Your Expertise When First Starting Your Business

Show Your Expertise When First Starting Your Business

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Show Your Expertise When First Starting Your Business
by Contributing Expert Author Melanie Williams

When you first start out wanting to work from home and start your own business, it can be frightening and even seem impossible. It’s the old conundrum about how you can get experience without having experience. But, when you start an online business, you can make your own experience and prove your expertise with just a little work, and this is how.

1. Blog Regularly Toward Your Audience – Start a blog on your website and blog directly to your audience with many forms of content, discussing many issues that the audience has. It’s a great way to get traffic, but it’s also a great way to demonstrate expertise.

2. Write a White Paper about a Problem – A white paper is a long report that addresses a problem and then offers solutions to the problem. If you write a paper or two about individual problems your audience has, you’ll be able to show your expertise even though you’re just starting out.

3. Publish a Book about Your Expertise – Writing a book and authorship is always a great way to show your expertise. Direct the book to your target audience and answer questions they may have. Address one problem and solve it and then you’ll get more respect that you do know what you’re talking about.

4. Make Checklists to Help Your Target Audience – If you know the types of things that your audience has questions about, you can create helpful checklists, cheat sheets, or tip sheets that are available for view and/or download on your website or blog.

5. Share Answers Freely on Social Networks – Social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, and even forums and message boards are great places to answer other people’s questions in a way that highlights your expertise.

6. Become a Contributing Writer – Blogs, websites, newspapers, and magazines all want more content and will take well-written, expertly delivered articles. Some of these will even pay you for the content. Write originally for each and rely on your bio to send traffic your way.

7. Get on a Speaking Circuit – Create a couple of presentations that you could easily turn into public speaking fodder. Practice by putting that information on video on your blog, YouTube, and other places that take video. Make a “one sheet” which is one downloadable 8x11 sheet that tells about what you’ll speak on and your prices.

8. Create a Dedicated YouTube Channel – Many people have become famous because of YouTube, and you can too. Use YouTube as a way to demonstrate your expertise on the topics of interest to your audience.

9. Host a Free Webinar or Teleseminar – Technology enables you to do a lot to spread the word about your knowledge and expertise. You can do “how to” videos, and tip videos and more to show the world and most importantly, your audience, what you know.

In Conclusion

These ways to show your expertise when first starting out don’t require you to have a huge client roster, or even a following yet. Doing them will help you gain a following, improve search engine optimization (SEO) and help you build the work-at-home business of your dreams.

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Home Business or Work-at-Home Job – Which Is Right for You?

Home Business or Work-at-Home Job – Which Is Right for You?

The Maverick Entrepreneur™ Series





Home Business or Work-at-Home Job – Which Is Right for You?
by Contributing Expert Author Jerome Magnus

Many people often want to work from home for a variety of reasons. Maybe you just had a child and want more work-life balance, or perhaps you have an illness that makes it difficult for you to get out of the house.

Or maybe you just like being home and want the freedom to work your own way.

Whatever the reasons you want to work at home, you’ll need to choose whether or not you want a job from home, or you want a home business. Here are eight questions to help you decide.

1. Are You Self-Motivated?

If you want your own business so that you can set your own hours, you will need to be very self-motivated. You’ll need to take time out of your day for marketing, interviewing clients, closing the deal and then doing the work too.

You’ll be 100 percent responsible for delivering the work, billing, and collecting. You’ll even be responsible for deciding the methods you’ll use to do the work. To do that you’ll need to be a very self-motivated individual.

2. What Skills Do You Have?

Take a piece of paper and write down a list of the skills you currently have, based on what you’ve already done in the past. Can any of these translate into a business? Label them appropriately. Do any of these translate into common work-from-home positions such as call center agent or transcriptionist? Some skills cross over into both, but which side of the list gets full faster?

3. What Sort of Lifestyle Do You Want?

With a work-at-home job, you’ll be required to “show up” for work on time each day that you’re scheduled, and you may have little control over that schedule. What’s more, with work-at-home positions it’s a lot harder than typical jobs to call in sick, whether it’s you or a child who is sick.

Often the first 90 days you cannot miss your schedule at all if you want to keep the position. Are you ready for that? Or, would you prefer a more family-oriented type of schedule that can be adjusted more easily and is more deliverables-based than hourly-based?

4. Do You Already Have a Business Idea?

If you have already researched a business idea, and feel as if you want to do that instead of working for someone else:

  • can you pull it off?
  • What steps do you need to take to make it a reality?
  • Are you the type of person to be able to organize and take the steps needed to get your business off the ground?
  • Can you find and afford help if you’re not sure what to do to get the business going?
  • Does the thought of all this stress you out?

5. How Do You Feel about Punching a Clock?

For some people the idea of clock-punching is relaxing, for others it feels like a nightmare. Neither feeling is right or wrong as it takes all types of people to make this world work.

If you know up front that you are fine with punching a clock and you’d rather someone else tell you when to be someplace and what to do, then a work-at-home job is best for you. If that feels like a prison to you, then a business is probably better if you can do what it takes to get it going.

6. Do You Have Money and resources to Start a Business?

Starting any type of business, even an online business, requires an investment not only of time, related resources, and money.

  • Have you worked out a business plan and do you know how much money you need to get started?
  • Do you have that money available?
  • If not, do you have a way to get it?
  • Perhaps working at a job first, while you save for and work on your business on the side, is the way to go if you don’t have the funds to start.

7. Do You Need Training and Education?

Both working at a job and owning a business sometimes require skills that you don’t have yet. But that’s okay.

Decide if you want to invest in the training yourself to get your business off the ground, or if you would like to try to find a work-at-home job where they will train you from the ground up even if you have little experience and due to that the pay may be low.

8. What Is Your Biggest Dream for Your Life?

When you think of the future, what do you see? Does it sound relaxing to get up in the morning, have some breakfast, and move to your home office where you sign in to work at your job, taking a break when needed by telling your manager that you have to use the restroom, or go eat lunch and so forth, then when you get off work you’re totally and fully off?

Plus, each week you collect a certain paycheck? Or, do you like the idea of being able to do what you want when you want (and likely working more hours than you ever thought you could) but without the surety of income each week, knowing you’re forging your own future?

It’s Your Decision – Make the Right One

Whatever you decide, neither is right or wrong. They are both good choices for you. Whether you want a work-at-home job so you can sign off after the day and focus 100 percent on your family, or whether you want a business that will cross boundaries into family time and vice versa.

That puts you 100 percent in charge. Both are good choices and choices that you are fortunate to have in this age of high-speed internet. It’s your open door to the world of online ecommerce, and there are vast resources for income opportunities.

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