Chains in the US and the UK allow publishers to pay for placement of a book -- it's called co-op advertising. This basically means that when you look on the New Fiction table at Barnes and Noble or Borders, a publisher has paid to have a book there for a week or a month -- it has little to do with how "new" it is.Jodi Picoult, Writer's Digest, February 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
- It allows us to pay for our DSL bill and our electric bill so we can keep this blog going.
- It allows us to pay a business license fee when we come up with a fabulous business idea.
- It allows us to buy equipment and services that allow us to effectively telecommute or work remotely for an employer.
- It allows us to open banking and investment accounts to begin our wise, yet small steps into financial success.
For my "creating cash" endeavor, I have decided to use E-BAY, Craigslist and my very junky garage and closets. I'm hoping this money-making endeavor will also allow me to de-clutter my home and push me closer to being uber-organized, thus opening the flow of energy throughout my house . . . which, should increase the flow of monetary energy. (Do I sound too new-age-ish?)
Okay, so let's use "real terms". I need to make money. So, I should liquidate my assets (or better terminology: sell my stuff). I need to get brutal with myself and take everything that I'm not currently using -- and a lot of stuff I don't like -- and sell it, quickly. Bank the cash and move on to the next project.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The second account is what I call my "investment account." This account I will use to invest in myself. I will use this money to pay for listing on E-bay, to buy supplies and equipment for my business to invest into this blog or my book or whatever money-making venture that I decide to participate in. Yes, I must acknowledge, that it does take money (but only a little) to make money.
Also, I thought is would be a safe way to be soft on my goal, because in the past whenever I opened an account that I told myself I would not touch for any reason at all . . . something came up that made me dip into it anyway.
I know, I know . . . that's what an emergency fund is for. Don't worry, I plan to have one of those too. But it just feels better to say that I have started my "savings program." Gives me energy to tackle all the things I need to do. So back off! Let me have my little fun in this.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
If you around my house and you'll find change (coins, monetary metal) everywhere.
Clean my house and you'll have buckets of the shiny (and not so shiny) little round metal thingies. [That's what my baby used to call them when she was three years old -- "little round metal thingies."]
Think about it, all the change I collect could get me closer to my million dollar goal. I mean if I wrap 100 pennies I have $1.00 -- that's 1/1,000,000 of the way toward my goal! Which means I would only have to accumulate 999,999 $1 dollar bills to reach my goal. See, 100 pennies destroyed a comma like that [snap]. Doesn't that task look easier now that a whole comma was destroyed?
And check this out, I have way more than 100 pennies! So, my first task is to find all the change in the house -- which will help me clean up the house -- two birds, one stone -- count it and put it all in my million dollar account.
I'm on my way!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Okay, I've made up my mind, a million dollars is a very simple thing to possess when you think of it as 1,000,000 - $1 bills. I've probably handled more than 1,000,000 $1 bills over half of my life time, I just never thought to keep those $1 bills.
So, I'm going to play a game with myself. It's a simply game really. It's called, how many $1 bills can I actually collect.
Then I can monitor the percentage of the 1,000,000 that I have accumulated:
Collect $100 and I'm 1/10,o00 of the way there . . .
Collect $1000 and I'm 1/1,000 of the way there . . .
Collect $10,000 and I'm only 1/100 of the way there . . .
Collect $100,000 and I'm only 1/10 of the way there . . .
See how easy that is?
It's even more feasible when I think that all I have to do gain 1 million dollars is sell 1 million things for $1. I'm not sure if I have 1 million things, but I'm damn sure that I have over 100,000 things! So, if I could sell 100,000 things and average $10, I'm well on my way to realizing my first goal.
Look around you, do you have 100,000 things? Do you have 10,000 things? Do you even have 100 things? Yeah? Then what the hell are you waiting for, start making money. E-bay, garage sells . . . here I come.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
While reading through my dozens and dozens of writing journals, I discover tid-bits of information about the world of publishing that we "readers" and "aspiring writers" never think about.
The most interesting information about the publishing world is always hidden in articles talking about something else entirely. But these tid-bits are crucile to your survival and success as a writer. What many aspiring writers don't realize is when you venture into the ocean of "publishing" you cruise some dangerous waters. I want to make sure that if you venture into the deep, you survive your journey.
So, whenever I come across critical information about the publishing industry, I'll make sure to publish my findings here. The beginning of the title of these posts will always be, "The Business of Writing."
Sunday, May 13, 2007
The question was recently presented to me:
"You know, I've sent out a few dozen resumes for telecommuting work. But I haven't received any response from the employers. No phone calls, no e-mails, no mailed letters, nothing. What's going on with these people? Do they really have a job to fill?"
Yes they do have open positions to fill, but to understand why they don't answer your applications for employment, you have to jump into the employer's shoes.
First of all, you must understand that there are thousands of people (if not millions) looking for work-at-home opportunities. Most of them are looking for clerical work. When an employer with this type of job opening announces the possibly of working-from-home, the response from job hunters can be overwhelming!
One man I know had a part-time clerical/data-entry job for $7.00 a hour. He offered the opportunity to work from home. He received 4,000 -- yes, four with three zeros -- resumes in three days!
Now to understand how many actual resumes this employer received, imagine a "ream" of paper (a ream of paper is 500 pieces of paper). If you don't know what a ream of paper is, go to any office supply store and ask for a ream of printer paper. Now imagine buying 8 reams of paper and stacking them on your desk. Those 8 reams of paper is the equivalent to height of all the resumes that employer received if they were stacked on his desk.
Now ask yourself, why would the employer advertise for an assistant in the first place? The answer would be, because the work load of his business had gotten so large that he could not run his business, make a profit and do all the paperwork needed. So how the heck is the employer going to sift through all those resumes and get work done that will enable him or her to pay the employee when the finally hires her?
Afterall, they have to keep business rolling. Despite what we may think as employees, many employer's business is not hiring people -- it's providing a product or service that makes money so paychecks don't bounce!
Okay, you're still in the employer's shoes -- let's fast forward to the time that you (the employer) has found a staff person to fill the job. Now, what do you do with the other 3,999 applicants?
Option 1: Do you ask your new clerical assistant to make 3,999 calls to tell all the applicants that they were not chosen?
This would be a waste of your new assistant's time. You hired this person to do clerical work that will bring your business more profit. Not break your budget by creating a large phone bill.
Option 2: Do you ask your assistant to send 3,999 emails?
This is a waste of your new assistant's time as well. They should be about the work of the business -- making profit and assisting the employer. Anyway, if you send out more than 4,000 emails in a 48 hour time period many ISP's will shut down service thinking you're "spamming." But even if they "could" send out that many e-mails without getting accused of spamming, it would take the assistant an entire week to copy/paste or in some cases type in all those e-mail addresses correctly. That week of work can be better used catching up on paperwork that did not get done while you were searching for an assistant!
Option 3: Do you send 3,999 letters?
This is a waste of time and money. First you must mail-merge 3,999 letters which takes data entry (one week - $140 in salary) and 8 reams of letterhead paper ($200), nearly 4,000 envelopes, and over $1500 worth of postage!
Simply put, to tell a bunch of people they didn't get the job you have to spend over $1800.
Option 4: Do you just notify everyone you interviewed (about 10 people) and let the rest figure it out when they don't receive a call?
Noting the above, if you were the employer what would you do? Pretty much what employers are doing today; not calling, e-mailing or sending any type of notice in the mail.
It's really not such a mystery when you look at it from the employer's shoes.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
As a child, I enjoyed the holidays because there was always a Peanuts Special involved. A reoccurring theme in many of the stories was something I could identify with, even though I was a small child.
Charlie Brown was always waiting at the mailbox for a letter or some sort of correspondence from someone, anyone. Charlie would lose days waiting for a letter and never receive anything. Snoopy, to the aggravation of Charlie Brown, always had mail. How in the heck could a “dog” have mail everyday? In Charlie’s eyes a dog was more successful than he was.
I would laugh uproariously at this whole situation because even as a child I understood why Snoopy got mail. Do you?
It’s because Snoopy wouldn’t stop writing letters. That dog was always mailing something out. Then he would forget about it and go back to write and send even more. He would get his good friend “Woody the Bird” to drop the envelope in the mailbox. Then he would stroll back to his typewriter, on the top of his doghouse, and write another letter or another fictional story about the Red Baron. He was always writing something. He understood what many people don’t. Volume is the key. If you want a response -- good, bad or indifferent -- the more you bravely throw things out into the universe, the more likely you will hit a target and the better your chances are for success. Unfortunately, success is just a numbers game folks.
This goes for job hunters looking for telecommuting work. I get messages from those that send out 25, 50, 100 resumes; complaining that they have yet to get a response. I say stop sitting around banging your big head against the mailbox (like lovable Charlie). There are a lot of chances to make money; you just haven't hit the mark yet.
Maybe you need to analyze your efforts or your skills. Maybe the one hundred and first resume will hit its mark. Maybe you should look into other ways to make money while you’re looking for that perfect fit (i.e. register with freelance work sites). Your continued action is all that matters. Sitting back and waiting is a waste of your time. The time is going to pass anyway; you might as fill it up with something. The more you give, the more you will receive. Remember that success is just a numbers game. Which are you, Snoopy or Charlie Brown?
Photo by David HM Spector
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
We've all heard this before and it's true to an extent, but . . .there are people that began construction businesses with just a shovel; there are people who began a salon with a comb; there are people who sell food to millions that started from a home oven with one burner working.
Heck even the largest business successes today: Craigslist, Kinko's, UPS and Yahoo had meager beginnings:
Craigslist began in 1995 as an e-mail newsletter to Craig Newman's friends -- telling them about cool events around San Francisco like the Anon Salon and Joe's Digital Diner. It spread through word of mouth, and became large enough to demand the use of a list server, majordomo, which required a name -- his friends suggested calling it "craigslist" to reinforce its personal and down-to-earth nature. Over time, people started posting items on the list.
Kinko's began as a low-price copy shop for college kids in Santa Barbara. It was founded in 1970 by Paul Orfalea, a self-described mechanically inept and dyslexic, "C" student at the University of California. He leased an 80-square-foot former hamburger stand in Isla Vista, near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and rented a small Xerox copier, charging customers four cents a page.
UPS was founded in 1907 in Seattle, Washington, by 19-year-old Jim Casey as a bicycle messenger service called American Messenger Company. Casey delivered telegraph messages and hot lunches and sometimes took odd jobs to keep his struggling business going.
Yahoo! Inc. got its start in 1994 as the hobby of two Stanford University students who were writing their doctoral dissertations. Jerry Yang and David Filo, spent much of their free time surfing the World Wide Web and cataloging their favorite Web sites. In doing so, they created a Web site of their own that linked Internet users to Yang's and Filo's favorite places in cyberspace. At that time, their site was called "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web."
If they can do it, you can do it too. And damn-it, if I can do it (I began a business with virtually no money) then I know you can do it -- and do it better!
This technique of starting a business with zero or little money is called bootstrapping -- and I've done a lot of it. This article is the beginning of a series to help you begin your home business. Because there is no excuse for you not to begin your business today.
This series will be titled: "Begin with Zero."
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Monday, May 7, 2007
Message I’ve received recently:
Hello, I want to thank you for providing a free list of telecommuting jobs that help me in my search for home employment. But, I must say that I’m disappointed in my job search so far. I’ve sent out 28 resumes in the past two weeks and I haven’t had any success! Could you advise me on what to do next?
Photo by David HM Spector
Friday, May 4, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
The first step in searching for a telecommuting job is choosing which type of telecommuter you want to be. There are three types of telecommuter to choose from; each has its pros and cons. And unfortunately, making the right choice is imperative to finding a telecommuting job. The three types of telecommuter are:
- The corporate telecommuter,
- The freelancer or independent contractor,
- The self-employed telecommuter,
Which one would you like to be?