Offshore Software Development: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Virtual Teams

In today's competitive business environment, small- and medium-sized businesses are often edged out by their larger counterparts. Until now, large multinational corporations enjoyed the advantage of having affordable resources spread out across the globe. Their use of offshore software development meant that they could get the custom software they needed at a fraction of the cost of utilizing in house employees. Times have changed, though, and now businesses of every size can regain the competitive edge by outsourcing software development.

As many executives can attest, however, shepherding projects through to completion using virtual teams can have both advantages and disadvantages. Here is an overview of both:

Benefits of Virtual Software Development Teams

There are several direct benefits of virtual teams. Because they are global in nature, you can take advantage of high degrees of expertise while paying much less than the prevailing wage. Since all parties come together for a single purpose, utilizing an offshore software development company also leads to shorter project durations and balanced team resources. Further, because the team members work from various locations, the risks are more evenly distributed.

There are also terrific intangible benefits to using virtual software development teams. You can have access to highly trained specialists who not only use their expertise to further your project, but who can also share their knowledge with others in your company. Your project can also conform to best practices by implementing quality standards. In addition, you gain the benefit of increased flexibility by having the ability to add team members as the project becomes more complex or labor intensive. This can lead to extremely agile software development.

Drawbacks of Virtual Software Development Teams

Virtual teams have unique characteristics. Unlike long-time staff members who work in the same office, the collaboration on virtual teams is temporary and usually limited to specific projects. This can be a benefit, since the team shares a vision and works toward the same goal, but it can also be a project's downfall, since there may be no infrastructure in place to support quality control and intra-team communication. In addition, virtual team members often speak different languages and work in different time zones, which can make effective communication difficult. Cultural differences can translate into project delays when days of worship or national or regional holidays interfere with deadlines.

Overcoming Obstacles and Maximizing Benefits

While there are both advantages and disadvantages to outsourcing software development, the benefits ultimately outweigh the pitfalls. It's not easy, however, to develop the know-how and management style to successfully supervise virtual teams. In order to do so, it's helpful to look to an offshore software development company that specializes in distributed software development in virtual teams. Their consulting services and training courses can help you develop procedures to avoid problems and increase the effectiveness of your processes. They can also assist you in preparing your employees to become members of virtual teams as well as provide the technical infrastructure to ensure success.

Online Home Business challenge

More and more people are trying to profit joining many types of home businesses and in the same time the numbers of home businesses offered are increasing rapidly. Every internet surfer notice thousands of home businesses advertised and they promise the surfer their ability to make him rich in no time. People sign in to these businesses hoping to get extra income. After they set up the business and feed in all the necessary information find them selves facing fierce competition to sell their products or promote their affiliate programs. Being new to business, most of them get lost searching for a cheap way of advertising their new business and so quit after or during the first month, many wait for a while until they forget the humiliation and start all over again and continue in a vicious circle. Few home business seekers find a good and wreath while business.

The main problem that challenges the home business beginner is how can he sell or promote his new business not realizing that in the world of online, selling is more difficult than offline as you can't see the customer and interact with him, you can not assure him face to face. Whether online or offline , unless the customer get to know you or no about you, he is not going to buy or promote straight away ,so what can a beginner in home business do to attract people as his website(assuming having one) does not rank well for search engines so selling through it is not effective and he can't afford to use paid advertising , what can he do to start a profitable business .First of all he is required to take the subject of online advertising more seriously and read about in more details for the internet is loaded with so many free studies ,books and articles about advertising. The following are some of the advertising method to be used by the online home business marketer:

1.word-of-mouth: direct face to face

2.Free classified advertising sites: Be a member in  thousands of them  ,then start advertising for free.

3.Ezine advertising: be a member in some of these sites to add opt-in customers to your list.

4.Pay per click advertising: Yahoo adword,google       adword,many other sites.

5.Traffic exchange advertising: Free membership and advertising.

6.Newspaper advertising

7.Direct mail.

8.Magazine advertising.

9.Business cards.

10.Joining professional/business organizations.

11.Vehicle advertising.

12.Sending ads with invoices.

13.TV advertising.

14.Radio advertising.

15.Bench/bus stop advertising.

16.Local website advertising.

17.Email advertising.

18.Community involvement.

19.Forums, message boards and newsgroup.


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How to Choose the Right Screen Printer

Imagine if you will that you have taken all the steps necessary to start your own business.  You sit down and decide that although the company could theoretically function, I need some sort of uniform, t-shirts that inspire confidence and let my costumers know that we are for real.  Okay, now where to I begin.  Well truth be told the internet is a great place.  It is the greatest source of knowledge available.  Now the real trouble begins. If one uses the internet, then presumably geography is not of the utmost importance to him.  This is good.  In the modern screen printing industry you don’t need to worry about geography.  Telecommunications allows for all necessary information to be sent via the internet.  The two the things that need to be considered when choosing a screen printer are price and customer service.

Price is a no brainer.  If a company is national odds are they have some scale.  They are probably able to get the job done cheaper then someone who prints only in a metropolitan area.  This is not a guarantee, but often it can help narrow the search.  I often recommend checking what printers are available in your state and local area, but it doesn’t matter if they have a physical presence there.  If you make sure that shipping is included in their quote then you can see more quotes and have a better chance at getting a better price.

Customer service is of equal importance.  The firm that makes you feel comfortable time and time again and never lets you down is worth something.  A firm that lets you know the cost up front or is willing to wave set up or art work is worth considering.  These firms may even end up saving you money because they often want your business.  In my experience the firm that is will to talk to you, give you a quote, and try to sell you on the idea wants your business and will work to get and keep it too.  This doesn’t mean that you want someone who is pushy and tries to force you into something that you don’t need or want, rather look for a firm who is eager to do business and to please.

Think about these things when you do go to buy screen printed t-shirts.  The other thing to consider is killing a few birds with one stone.  My company also produces promotional products which is something else you may consider buying.  All and all do what is right for your business.  In the business world everyone looks out for number one, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people who want to see everyone succeed.  Your best bet is placed with one of these people.  They would love both you to make money and that is why they are what you need to look for in a screen printer: fair prices and good customer service.

How Technology Can Make Your Business Life Easier?

There are a lot of worries involved with running your own business. From wondering whether sales will meet expectations to dealing with employees, worrying about bad checks and verifying the age of customers so you aren't selling adult products to minors, there are many potential problems that could come up any day.

Fortunately, technology can get rid of some of these worries. While it can't solve your disputes with employees, it can make it easier for you to accept payments with confidence and monitor the age of your customers.

The first and most vital piece of technology for making your business life easier is a credit card terminal. If you're not accepting credit cards, you really should be. People these days love to pay with plastic, and you'll turn some customers off by not offering the option.

While you're looking at merchant accounts and payment processing equipment, see if you can get a card reader that allows customers to put in their PIN numbers as well. This will allow you to accept debit cards, providing even more flexibility for your customers (and lower transaction rates for you).

Next, if bad checks are a worry for your business, you'll want to look into getting a check reader. This is sort of like a credit card machine for checks. Just insert the check into the reader and the amount of the check is automatically debited from the customer's account.

You get the payment within 24 hours and it's deposited directly into your account -- you don't even have to drive to the bank and physically deposit the check! Using a check reader can give you peace of mind because you'll know before the customer leaves your shop if they can afford the check they just wrote.

A final piece of technology that is a great addition for people who sell tobacco, alcohol or other adult-oriented products is age verification hardware. Electronic age verification is done with the help of a device that looks like a credit card terminal and scans the barcode or magnetic strip on state-issued identification cards.

The machine then tells you whether the person is of age to consume whatever your product is. This takes the guesswork out of reading IDs and is a lot faster than having a person inspect each patron's identification and do the math to make sure you aren't selling to minors.

In some ways technology can seem like it makes our lives more difficult, always giving us more to read, watch and do. But in the case of your business, picking up some new technology can certainly make your life a lot easier.

Why The Limousine Is A Classic, Special Event Car

A limousine, or limo, is an uniquely long luxury vehicle, which traditionally sports black or white colors, although other colors have also been used like pink, or blue or maroon. Limousines are generally chauffeur-driven vehicles and are often associated with the wealthy and powerful.

Luxury vehicles like limousines usually place more emphasis on comfort, appearance, and amenities such as technological upgrades, higher quality material, and comforts like mini-bars, television sets or bubble baths. Luxury vehicles like these are often built in smaller numbers than more affordable mass-market vehicles.

Generally, limousines are utilized for special occasions such as weddings, funerals, birthdays, corporate events, anniversaries as well as for ferrying important people and celebrities. Depending on what the occasion calls for, the color of the limousine needs to match the same. For example, for a funeral, black limousines usually are the best choice.

Currently, limousine companies offer a wide array of new models to suit each client's needs. New vehicles such as the Audi A8L, Leland Miracle, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Hummer H2, BMW 760li, Lincoln Town Car , Maybach 62 and the Cadillac DTS. Vehicles of this type in private use may contain expensive audio players, televisions, video players, and bars, often with refrigerators. A new version of the limousine is the Limo-Bus, which is actually as large as a bus itself, yet has bigger passenger space, wider bars, and is equipped with dance floors, disco lights and surround sound.

All Limousines are luxury cars that offer spacious interiors. They can carry between 10 to 20 passengers depending on the size and type. There are many types of limousines, ranging from the traditional types of six to eight doors to the party/bus limousine, which is meant to carry a larger group of people who not only want to travel but also want to party while traveling in style. People rent limousines primarily to reflect style and elegance, which is usually the case when celebrities and other officials travel.

A limousine service can vary with pricing. The most simple and standardized limousine service will have the limousine, driver and beverages. When it comes to the driver, the service provider usually will provide a uniformed driver. The driver must be a professional who knows the standard and alternative routes Different types of beverages may be offered on its mini bars, and can range from alcoholic to non alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic drinks may be regulated by authorities in certain areas however.

Some limo services includes extras such as, “Just Married” signs, balloons, bow ties, red royal wedding carpet, interior decoration, flowers, champagne stands, wedding march air horns, and other customizations. Customizations can range from chrome fender trims, chrome post pillar covers with lightings, chrome Cartier wheels, and neon lights. This usually explains how some limousine rentals will cost $45.00 an hour, $85.00 an hour or $125.00 an hour. All of the added amenities are reflected in the pricing, and yet are a worthy investment if one puts a high premium on luxury, convenience, and elegance.


Virtualization is a process set into motion by a software. It is a technology that is changing the very way IT professionals are using computer hardware. Virtualization is a technique that saves IT companies, and almost all establishments that use computer servers, a lot of money, time and man hours. Virtualization is software that ‘virtually' creates multiple servers out of one single, physical server in a rack.

When you hear of an IT professional speaking about virtualization, you will probably wonder at the very word that he or she is constantly using. The term ‘virtual' denotes something that is almost there, or something that is not there. This is exactly what the new technology is deemed to change. When you ‘virtualize' a server you are actually making one server do the work that would normally require a number of servers to accomplish. This is a software that allows multiple server software to run on one physical server and the clients or users who are connected to the server will never be any the wiser of the change. They will still think that they are being serviced by multiple servers, if ever they did know that there were multiple machines running various software or data they are remotely accessing and using.

So why is ‘Virtualization' Necessary?

It is a known fact that a server seldom utilizes a hundred percent of the resources installed in it. The processor itself rarely exceeds 20 percent of its capacity when it runs its software, and the same can be said about the memory and disk space in the server. The server will allow access to and serve client computers connected to it through the network and since the server has been configured to run a particular program the full 100 percent of its potential is not utilized. This leads to a lot of wastage in the form of electricity and investment in hardware because businesses have to invest in additional servers and most of all peripheral and support equipment for the networks. This equipment includes the power hungry switches or hubs for the network cables.

Virtual Freedom

How often do you wish to be freer?  Living in America, we’re afforded more freedom than in any other part of the world.  We can go anywhere we want without asking permission of our Government.  We can hold any job we want for anyone who will hire us, as long as it’s legal of course.  We can marry or cohabitate with anyone we want – gender regardless.  We can start and run businesses.  Our freedom is one of the most coveted rights we have as Americans.  Yet we tie ourselves to offices and desks and towns and schools and so on.  Why?  Why not enjoy more freedom?  Why be tied to all of those things if you don’t have to be?  Why wish; why not do?

Almost 14 years ago, Jim, my now husband and business partner and I were married in the beautiful little mountain town of Ouray (pronounced you-ray) in Colorado.  I’d seen the town and fallen in love with it when I was a teenager and I somehow convinced him to get married there, site unseen.  Well, he fell in love with the town too.  Since that day 14 years ago, it’s been our dream to live in Ouray.  For many years we couldn’t do it.  We were tied to typical corporate jobs, desks, land line phones, a business that at the time wasn’t mobile, and all of the other things we Americans tie ourselves to.  It just wasn’t possible.

Last year, while vacationing in Ouray, it was nearly unbearable for us to leave.  Our business was mobile (I’ll get to that in a minute) so our biggest problem with making a cross country move like we were proposing was school for our daughter who would be entering 6th grade that fall.

We started looking into home schooling and any other options we could find.  We found an online (virtual) grade school, middle school, and high school called Christa McAuliffe Academy  We enrolled our daughter and started making plans to move to Colorado.

So in addition to our business being “virtual” our daughter’s school is virtual as well.  Heck, we’re a totally virtual family!  We could work and school from Timbuktu if we wanted to, if they had internet connection there of course.

Back to our business being virtual.  What many of you may not know is that Team Double-Click is 100%, purely, totally, and undeniably virtual.  The company has but two employees – me and my husband and we both work from offices located in our home.  Because we both talk so much and so loud, yes, we have separate offices or I’m afraid we’d strangle each other!  As for our “core staff” as we refer to them, they’re located all over the country and work from their home offices.  They’re contracted – not employees and they work in places like Florida, Missouri, California, Idaho, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona, and many other states.  So true to what we preach as a virtual staffing agency, we are 100% virtual.

To facilitate the virtual atmosphere and the virtual working environment, we utilize virtual phone systems, virtual fax systems, online accounting programs, online CRM programs, and rely heavily on email, instant messenger, and the telephone to communicate and carry on our day-to-day business.  Editor’s note:  If you’d like more information on the components Team Double-Click uses to facilitate their virtual office, such as fax and phone systems, check out Gayle’s article Setting Up Your Virtual Office at

So what all of this virtual stuff means is that we can very easily go to conferences and work while we’re away – provided we have an internet connection.  When we were in the process of moving, we kept in touch by stopping along the way to check email and of course we spoke to our staff via cell phone regularly.  We can easily vacation most any time we’d like (though we tend not to because we enjoy our work), again because we can connect anytime via the internet and phone!

The virtual aspects of our life are so liberating and so freeing because we can literally pick up and go anywhere, anytime we want to without worrying about phones going unanswered, about who will open the office, who will do this and who will do that.  Our virtual-ness also made our move from Wisconsin to Colorado a breeze!

If you’re at all hesitant about making your company “virtual”, or working virtually, any one of our core staff members, virtual assistants, or clients would be happy to tell you how great and how freeing it is.  Additionally, our core staff are more than happy to help you take the steps to make it happen and show you the ropes.  I encourage everyone to start enjoying the added freedom you deserve as an American and work virtually!

Elusive Images in Stock Photography: Ocean, Water, Life

As humans, our strongest emotional responses - both positive and negative - come from visual cues. That's precisely why the old adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words," has more than a ring of truth to it. When you're flipping through a magazine or surfing the Web, the photos are what make you stop and look. Today, the images that are most effective in capturing the attention of readers and web visitors alike can be summed up in three words: ocean, water, life.

Imagery is Everything

Those who are in the business of advertising or web design understand that developing a wonderful product or a website full of useful information is important, but it's only one component of success. Choosing the proper imagery to communicate to the potential customer or visitor can result in resounding success, while selecting the wrong images can be disastrous in terms of sales and web "stickiness."

Carefully selected images can help to establish and reinforce brand awareness, can help to target niche markets, and can help to build customer loyalty. Today, lifestyle photography is the primary means of conveying consumer messages - so much so that product photography is often a small element of a print advertising campaign or a web design.

Lifestyle Photography Conveys Concepts

The primary purpose of lifestyle photography is to convey concepts. For example, a photograph of waves lapping on the beach can convey relaxation, freedom, luxury, and promise. Photography of crashing waves can communicate agitation, strength, and persistence. Images of still water with stormy skies can convey turbulence, doubt, conflict, and confusion. A hand reaching out of the water can relay a message of hope or of hopelessness. Photography that depicts surfing can communicate youthful exuberance or a hip, active lifestyle.

Finding Unique, Captivating Images

If you use these types of ocean, water, and life images in your advertising campaigns or web design work, you know how frustrating it can be to find the right photography to communicate your key concepts. Most, if not all, major stock photography companies have either a limited number of images, or images that are dated. When you're looking for unique images that evoke the proper emotional tone, it often pays to patronize smaller stock photography companies, particularly those that specialize in ocean, water, and life images. The images that will allow you to stand apart from your competition may very well come from a company that is steeped in the surf and water lifestyle.

Besides offering unique stock images, the right stock photography company should be able to offer you exclusive rights, should you so desire, should track the use of all photos, and should consider commission ideas. In other words, if you need a certain type of ocean, water, or life image, the company should consider shooting the image for you and then adding it to their stock catalog.

With ocean, water, and life photography quickly becoming the most common images used in advertising and web design, it's important to find a stock photography company that can deliver the unique images that will give you the edge and set you apart from your competitors.

Starting Websites with Ready-Made Web Templates

Ready-made ( templates) help the web designers to build their websites in an organized manner. They save a lot of time and effort by offering the desired layout in a precise way. There are different types of ready-made templates that are suitable for different types of websites.

The most common types of website templates are the CSS templates and the table-based templates. The CSS templates are the preferred choice of many because they offer flexible area for adding the contents, both text and graphics, in them. On the other hand, the table-based templates do not offer much flexibility to the addition of contents in it.

There are a lot of ( templates) available over the internet. They are simple and easy-to-use website templates. With the help of these website templates, you can create your own website. provides you a good selection of free website templates that can be effectively used in creating a website of any type. The free website templates are ideal to be used by the beginners. As you progress with your website, you should opt for more professional templates that have more features added in them. The free ( templates) offered by websites are chosen by many webmasters and tried in a number of websites. Thus they have become popular in the internet. Thus, if you use the free templates in your website, it will look dull and unprofessional.  By selecting a customized website template, you can create a unique appearance for your website and thus you can attract more viewers to it.

Business Templates include the popular category of website templates. At, you can find a large collection of business templates that are popular among a large number of businesses.

Under the category of business templates, you will find a number of subcategories such as the B2B templates, Business Outsourcing templates, Client Services templates, etc. osCommerce templates are the most common type of templates used by the websites that offer online shopping services.

You can get a large pool of website templates that have attractive featured added in them. Most of them are fitted with Flash components. The Flash feature is very common in the modern websites. With the help of the Flash animation, the websites attract more viewers to it. Most of the websites, however, restrict the use of Flash to the home page alone. This is because of the fact that the Flash elements occupy a lot of space in the directory of the website and thus result in the slow functioning of the website. However, it should be noted that a small strip of Flash can cause a large difference in the presentation of your website's page, especially the home page.

To sum up, ready-made web templates offer great help to webmasters by providing a layout for including the website's contents in it. After selecting the templates, it is the duty of the webmasters to customise them and give it a unique appearance. Also, they can opt for customized templates that are available exclusively for their websites.

Offshore Employee Outsourcing

Need help in achieving your company’s full potential?

Offshore Employee Outsourcingwould be the best solution for you!

Outsourcing is one of the most powerful business tools to date. Several companies in various parts of the world are deploying this strategy to continually maintain their stability in the overly competitive market while still providing low-priced products and services to their customers.

If you’re not much familiar with the outsourcing industry, several questions must have been currently roaming on your head. And most probably, the first question that would pop-out into your mind is “What is outsourcing all about?”

Offshore outsourcing is a kind of strategy wherein services are procured from external suppliers overseas. It is a set-up in which non-core operations are delegated from an internal department within an establishment to an outside supplier with specialization on that kind of operation. It offers you great cost, quality and time advantages. This helps in substantially lowering overhead expenses and enables you to focus on your company’s core competencies such as strategy and growth.

Maybe you’re now wondering how this strategy would provide you with such advantages. We’ll give you a larger view of how outsourcing will work out well for you.

As an outsourcing company, we will be providing you with these benefits:

•Deferment from the following liabilities: non-productive administrative costs, human resources related fees, government taxes, levies, unemployment insurance costs, in-house training expenses, etc.  Since we will appear as your employee on record, we will take care of all these for you!

•Our leased employees will be submitted to your company fully geared up - with their own office table, computer, internet access, and everything they could possibly need! Wow! Isn’t that a relief from the burden of budget allotment not only for your staff but also for your equipments?

•By outsourcing overseas, you can take advantage of the value of less than par foreign currencies. Imagine you will only be paying us a fraction of the cost in comparison to the actual charges of using local manpower resources in your area.

•Say goodbye to the worrisome budget allotment and time consuming tasks associated with traditional recruitment and staff maintenance matters! We will also handle those duties for you! We will take care of almost all of the routine maintenance and development tasks for you.

•Round the clock service availability! We operate 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, 4 weeks a month.

You can now focus on the mainstream of your business. This will further boost your ability to compete with other large-scaled businesses out there.

Prime Outsourcing is an IT outsourcing and offshore employee leasing company. We specialize in high quality, cost-effective, flexible services that ensure utmost client satisfaction. As a team, we are determined to provide you with the utmost services you deserve. It is our goal to assist you in becoming more efficient and competent.

Our office is located in Manila, Philippines - known as one of the largest English speaking country in Asia. Our employees speak fluent English and are familiar with Western business trends and practices.

Our company takes pride in having highly competent and dedicated professionals who are constantly updated in technological developments and regularly practices the latest in Information Technology. All of them are college graduates and most of them have several years of experience on their respective fields. We have the people who know how to get the work done!

During the course of our leasing program, we continually work on their skills enhancement. We regularly conduct in house trainings and constantly monitoring their progress.

We have the following professionals ready for you:

•graphic designer

•creative writer


•web developer

•general staff

•and much more!

See how Prime Outsourcing can move you one step ahead of the competition!

Contact us today and we will do our best to earn your business!

See Why Over 65,000 Marketers Just Like You Are Using Our

See Why Over 65,000 Marketers Just Like You Are Using Our

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Build Content-Rich, Powerhouse Sites and Automatically Transform Them Into Secret Passive Incomes With Unlimited Potential - EVEN Better... You Don't Even Need To Create Your Own Product!

From the desk of: Matt Callen

Date: Monday, September 17, 2007

Dear Fellow Marketer,

t seems like everyday I read posts in marketing forums about how hard it is to make money with AdSense. Now - I don't want to sound like a grouch here... but to be honest with you, I've started to develop a little pet peeve towards posts like this.

It's easy for me to say this now... But if I were able to turn back time to several months ago, then I'd see myself as one of the skeptical ones too. Believe it or not, I thought it was a complete waste of my time to mess with AdSense and niche sites. Heck, it was eating away at my entire day.

Like most of the "AdSense forum bashers", I just wasn't doing it right. I was throwing all of my efforts into manually creating niche sites. It wasn't long until I learned that if I was going to create multiple niche sites to bring in AdSense revenue and other sources of cash, I was going to have to change my strategies.

And just like any other business endeavor, I knew I should continue to do what worked. "Repeat what works," I kept telling myself. Well - I finally figured out what worked!

But the bad news was that I was still doing it all manually. It was taking me days and days to repeat the process of "what worked".

Trying to create site after site was getting a little ridiculous when I'd spend over a week creating just one site.

I knew that I could hang with a lot of the 'beginners' in the marketing crowd by doing things manually. But if I was going to jump one step ahead of them, I needed to change something soon.

And you know what? Now, I'm several steps ahead. And YOU can be too!

When I hear forum gossip about niche AdSense website creation being difficult and time consuming, I just get a annoyed because I know it's NOT true!

So that's why I've decided to just give away my custom built, niche Adsense website creation software for FREE... To prove those nay-sayers wrong!

Try to imagine how much progress you could attain if you could automate this entire niche-building process. Yes, I'm talking about everything… from adding assorted types of quality, fresh content to including multiple streams of income on your websites. All of this with an automatic switch.

The Truth Of The Matter Is - "If you're like I was, wasting your time on the things in your business that could be automated, your competition will quickly jump to the head of the pack while you sit back and let your lack of progress melt your business away!"

It's Not Your Fault Though Because...

There's an awful lot of people out there who don't want you to know about this - so that's why I'm here to protect YOU, my fellow marketer.

How to Create your own ebook and profit from it…WITHOUT EVER WRITING A SINGLE WORD!

Many people are making serious money online through eBooks. However, many who have tried to do so as well have failed because writing a quality ebook is very hard to do. The good news is, you can now have your own ebook, sell it, and make great profit without having to write a single word yourself! I assure you will make profits in a week! It has worked for me, and it has worked for many other people as well! Here are some tips that will help you get started:

1.     First, find a niche.

Finding a niche is the hardest thing you’ll have to do, and it’s not difficult at all! To find a great topic to write about, spend some time on Google. Search for things like “major concerns of Americans” (or the country where your target audience is located), or “Popular topics”. Also try checking out Amazon’s best-selling books, and get some ideas. Your niche can be about anything you want: from chicken soup recipes, to bike riding in Ontario… just make sure there is an audience ready to spend money on that information.

2.     Find a ghost writer.

This is the special part. It’s hard to write a quality ebook, so why not have someone else write it for you? First thing to do before you start looking is a budget. Once you have one, it’s time to find your freelancer. The best place to get a freelancer to do the job for you is at Elance. There you can look for writers available for hire, or post an offer and wait for someone to accept it. Other places to search for writers include forums like v7n and Digitalpoint.

3.     Sell your ebook.

After you had your book written, it’s time to sell it and make a profit! Start by getting a domain name and a webhost, and setting up your landing page. Remember to make it catchy! When you’re done, try marketing your ebook though paid advertisements, forums, etc. and wait for your first sales. If you do it correctly, you should start gaining profit in a week!

Now that I’ve given you enough information to get started, why not take it further and learn more about the topic? Find out more information on how to more about creating your own ebook and profiting from it without writing a single word yourself, and start making money online instantly!

Check out the ressource box for more information.

How to Find Free Government Grant Money

Finding free government grant money can be time and labor intensive. Identifying the specific agencies and their purposes and specific subject areas can involve a lot of research work. Ads that claim the process is easy usually involve some sort of fraud and are untruthful. Government grant money will need to be answered for very specifically in today's world.

Free government grant money does actually come with at a price. It does not have to be repaid, but it does come with strict conditions and restrictions on how it is spent. There are usually strong sanctions involved when used improperly as it is to be used directly for the outlined project and within the objectives of the funding source.

Locating free government grant money for new and existing for-profit businesses is difficult. Typically, the free grant money is given to non-profit organizations that provide some sort of community social service function and benefit everyone. Despite this, it should be noted that there is still free grant money available from the government to entrepreneurs in competitive fields of business.

The U.S. government's website would be the best place to look to find available free grant money. Here, you will be able to find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal granting agencies online. The application and approval process is automated to improve the process. The site also offers a free sign up for notification of future grant opportunities.

The government's Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) is another source to find free available grant money. The website lists government grants and assistance for homeowners, renters and even small business start-ups. Grant information is available by category, topic and key words. Eligibility requirements are listed for all grants to determine if you qualify for them.

Keep in mind while searching for free government grant money that it is not available in any specific area year-round. You must apply when advertised and meet a deadline if you want a chance to qualify for it.

Legal Details for Panama Offshore Corporations

Articles of Incorporation.

In Panama, two or more natural persons may create a corporation by executing a charter of incorporation. The incorporators need not be citizen or residents of Panama. According to Article 2 of the General Corporation Law or Number 32 of 1927, the charter must contain the follow information:

The Name of the Corporation.

The name of the corporation must include a word, phrase or abbreviation indicating that is a corporation, and distinguishing it from other types of business organizations. The usual abbreviations are: ?S.A.?, ?Inc.? and ?Corp.?. The name may not be the same as, nor be similar to the name of any other existing corporation.

The General Purpose or Purposes of the Corporation.

Panamanian law expressly allows a corporation to engage in any business activity. Thus, the enumeration of particular corporate purposes does not preclude the corporation from pursuing other activities not expressly set out in the charter.

The Amount of the Authorized Capital.

The amount of the authorized capital, as well as the par value of the shares into which the capital is to be divided, may be established by the incorporations since the law does not establish any minimums or maximums. The authorized capital and the par value of the shares may be expressed in the currency of the Republic of Panama or in any other currency. The Panamanian legal tender, the ?Balboa?, has always been at par with the United States dollar.

Shares with No Par Value.

The law permits corporations to issue shares with no par value. If all the corporate shares are to have no par value, the charter must indicate the number of shares the corporation may issue. It is not required that the amount of authorized capital be stated. The value assigned to non par value share may be determined in the charter itself or, if the charter so provides, by resolution of the board of directors or the stockholders. The charter may provide for the issue of both par value and non par value shares.

Different Classes of Shares.

If different classes of shares are to be issued, the charter of incorporation must state the number of shares of each class and all specifications, priorities, privileges, voting rights, restrictions or qualifications of each class of shares. Alternatively, the charter may provide that the specifications, priorities, privileges, voting rights, restrictions or qualifications of each class of shares de determined by resolution of the majority of the stockholders or the majority of the directors.

Registered and Bearer Shares.

The articles of incorporation must state if the shares are to be issued in registered or bearer form. With registered shares, the name of the owner appears on the stock certificate and on the stock register of the corporation, which is not the case for bearer shares, however. The articles of incorporation may also provide that both types of shares, once issued in one form, may be converted into the other form. It should be noted that bearer shares might only be issued if they are fully paid and non-assessable.

The Number of Shares that Incorporators Agree to Subscribe.

Some countries require that in the act of incorporation a certain percentage of the authorized capital be subscribed for and/or paid-in. This is not the case in Panama. Rather, it is sufficient to state in the articles that the incorporators subscribe a minimum of one share each. Once the corporation has been recorded, the incorporators are then free to assign their subscription rights to other parties.

The Domicile of the Corporation.

It is sufficient to state that the corporation will be domiciled in the city of Panama or in any other particular city in the world.

Resident Agent.

Panamanian law requires all corporations to have a resident agent domiciled in the Republic of Panama. The agent?s name and address must appear in the charter of incorporation, and he or she must be an attorney admitted to practice in Panama.

First Directors.

Panamanian law requires that the charter of incorporation include the full names and addresses of the first directors of the corporation. A minimum of three directors is required, who may be non-residents of the Republic of Panama. The law further allows for the appointment of a variable number of directors, with a minimum of three (3). In this case, the exact number of directors is determined by the board of directors itself or by the stockholders, as provided in the articles of incorporation.

Director and Officers.

Unless the articles of incorporation provide otherwise, neither the directors nor the officers have to be stockholders. Furthermore, the officers need not be directors, and the shareholders, directors and officers may be of any nationality. The only exception is in the case of corporations that intend to engage in certain business activities within the Republic of Panama, that are expressly reserved by law to Panamanian citizens.

Meetings and Voting.

The meetings of shareholders and of the board of directors may be held outside Panama where this is expressly provided for in the articles of incorporation or by-laws.

Similarly, where permitted by the articles of incorporation, the directors may be represented and vote at the meeting of the board of directors by proxy. Proxies need not be directors and may be appointed by private or public document, with or without the power of substitution.

Stockholders may do the same at stockholders meetings.

The Board of Directors.

The stockholders elect the board of directors, but vacancies on the board of directors may be filled by the vote of the majority of the directors in office.

The corporation must have a president, a treasurer and a secretary. Furthermore, it may have such other officers as the board of directors or charter of incorporation may determine, such as vice presidents, assistant treasurers, assistant secretaries. It is common for the first officers to be appointed in the charter of incorporation, and any person may hold more than one office.

Other Provisions.

Usually the articles of incorporation state that the existence of the corporation is perpetual, but that it may be dissolved and liquidated at any time by the vote of the owners of the outstanding shares with voting rights.

The articles of incorporation may include various other provisions, for example restrictions on the transfer of shares, pre-emptive rights in the event of the issuance of new shares, and the powers of the officers to bind the corporation.

The Process of Incorporation.

Articles of incorporation executed in a foreign country must be legalized by a notary public in that country and authenticated by a local Panamanian consul. Articles of incorporation may also be executed directly before the local consul of Panama since, according to Panamanian law; a consul may act as a notary public.

In either case, the articles must be registered with a notary public in Panama before they are filed with the Mercantile Section of the Public Registry Office.

The articles of incorporation must, in all cases, be filed with the Mercantile Registry in order for the corporation to be deemed to exist with regard to third parties.

The articles of incorporation may be executed in any language, but must be translated into Spanish by a certified public translator. The public deed may contain both the original version and its Spanish translation.

The real parties in interest need not travel to Panama to carry out the process of incorporation.

Two persons domiciled in Panama may execute articles of incorporation before a Panamanian notary public in accordance with instructions received from parties abroad. As mentioned above, each incorporator must subscribe at least one share of the authorized capital. Once the articles of incorporation have been recorded in the Public Registry, the incorporators may then assign their rights to the real parties in interest, thereby turning over control of the corporation.

Some of the main advantages and features of an Offshore Company are:

* Exemption from tax and stamp duty.

* Confidentiality.

* Minimal government tax and filing fees.

* Flexible administrative features.

* Expeditious incorporation procedure.

* Both corporate entities and natural persons are permitted as and/or officers.

* Appointment of corporate and nominee shareholders.

* Reservation of company names can be arranged.

* Shares may be issued in bearer form.

Without doubt, the main method of making investment in Panama is by means of the creation of a subsidiary.

The simplicity and flexibility of the Corporation law allows a corporation to organize in a matter of days, joining an economy based on the US dollars and strategic location that makes Panama the ideal place for the establishment of regional offices serving Latin American and Caribbean markets.

The Corporation Law offers investors important advantages that allow corporation to dedicate itself to whatever legal business and to even carry out operations that are not mentioned in the company charter; a minimum capital is not required to be paid at the time of its constitution, and this can be expressed in whatever currency. The corporation can issue bearer or nominate shares, with or without a nominal value and there are no restrictions covering the number of shareholders, nor a public register of shareholders; shareholders are only responsible for that amount which they owe according to the price of the shares; the directors and dignitaries can be individuals or legal entities; although annual or periodic meetings of the corporation?s board have never been required, there is now the advantage that directors? and shareholders? meetings can be celebrated by telephone, fax or any other electronic means of communication.

As far as the fiscal aspect is concerned, and in line with the concept of territoriality, only the profits from a Panamanian source, that is to say whatever is produced, earned or created within Panama, is subject to taxation.

Based on the concept of territoriality, the following forms of income are not liable to the payment of income are not liable to the payment of income tax since they are not considered to have been generated in Panama:

1. Sales invoicing from an office established in Panama for amounts greater than those billed to the Panamanian office (re-billing), when the handing of the merchandise or products is exclusively overseas.

2. Transactions that are initiated from an office in Panama, but that are completed, finished or take effect overseas.

3. The distribution of dividends or profit sharing corresponding to income not generated in Panama.

4. The provision of services outside Panamanian territory.

5. Interest, commission for financing and similar income received by individuals or legal entities domiciled in Panama, that are derived from loans, deposits or any other financial transaction with borrowers domiciled outside Panama, when the use of the funds is effected outside Panama, even when the repayment of the capital or interest is materialized in Panama.

6. The disposal of stocks and shares of Panamanian corporations, always when the activities of said corporations are accomplished exclusively outside Panama.

A. General Information About Panama Corporations:

Panama offers the most favorable and most flexible incorporation laws available in the world. Individuals from all over the globe who are interested in asset protection, tax minimization, privacy, investment diversification, affordability and convenience use Panama corporations.

Panama corporations can be used for international trade, to settle trust or foundations, to establish and own bank or brokerage accounts, or hold ownership of real estate or any other type of asset. In some cases, Panama corporations are formed for very private and confidential business transactions such as the movement of funds to another jurisdiction for the protection of the assets.

Panama offers the strictest corporate book and banking secrecy laws available in the world, therefore providing legal protection to your assets and your identity through the confidentiality of corporate business and banking transactions. Most other offshore jurisdictions, such as the British influenced countries, have vowed down to recent legislation that has begun the removal of bank secrecy in those British colonies around the globe. Panama is a totally sovereign nation, not governed or controlled by any other country in the world.

B. Panama Corporation Facts:

* Second Most Popular Jurisdiction in the World: Panama is the registered domicile for over 400,000 corporations and foundations, making it the second most popular jurisdiction to incorporate in the world, next to Hong Kong.

* No Reporting Requirements or Taxes: Panama does not impose any reporting requirement or taxes for non-resident Panamanian corporations.

* No Piercing the Corporate Veil: Panama does not allow, ?piercing the corporate veil?, so your corporate books are maintained 100% private and confidential by law.

* Anonymous Ownership: Panama corporations share certificates can be issued in Nominative or Bearer form (Bearer Share are an anonymous form of ownership), with or without par value. Neither the directors nor the officers of Panama corporations need to be shareholders.

* No Capital Requirements: Panama corporations do not require Paid-In Capital, nor is there a time limit in which authorized capital must be fully paid.

* Directors: Every Panama corporation requires 3 directors/officers (President, Secretary and Treasurer). The directors/officers can be either individuals or entities. Panama Corporation?s directors, officers and shareholders may be of any nationality and resident of any country. The director?s names and identifications must be presented in the public registry when the corporation is formed.

* Nominee Directors: We offer our clients the optional service of using our ?Nominee Directors? for their corporation(s). For purposes of confidentiality, most of the clients prefer that I provide nominee directors/officers for their corporations. When I appoint nominee directors for the entities that I establish for my clients, I always provide my clients with pre-signed, undated letters of resignation from the directors so that my client can replace those directors at any time.

* Directors or Shareholders Meeting: Annual general meeting of either shareholders or directors of the corporation are not mandated or required. However, if meeting are held, they can take place anywhere in the world by proxy ? via telephone, email or other electronic means. Any resolutions passed are valid regardless of whether they are signed on different dates or in different jurisdictions.

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What Kind Of Business Should I Start On The Internet?

If you’re interested in starting your own business, then one of the most important questions you want to ask yourself is what kind of business should I start on the Internet? That’s because today more than ever before the Internet makes not only starting a business but also running one easier than ever.

One type of business you can start on the Internet is selling in online auctions. Selling items through online auctions is one of the hottest occupations there is. It’s also relatively easy to get going, with low risk involved.

People of all ages and walks of life are earning anywhere from a few extra dollars to thousands of dollars each month, simply by selling items online. To be successful at online auction selling, you want to do some research into which sites are best and have the highest customer satisfaction ratings. You’ll also want to know what types of products and services are the hottest and try to provide them in order to earn good money with online auction selling.

Then, you may want to try direct sales. If you have a product or provide as service, you can find all the customers you’ll ever want on the Internet. You’ll want to research the market to see what niche you can fill and then market yourself accordingly. Finding customers is greatly simplified by using email and isn’t as costly as direct mail or other types of marketing and advertising usually are. Again, though, research is key to direct sales success, so take time to do your homework.

Another type of business you can start on the Internet is called affiliate marketing. This is when you market the products and services of someone else. There’s a wide variety of products and services that you can sign up with to become an affiliate marketer. Affiliate marketing is usually done by providing links on your site to the merchandiser or service provider’s site. You can also post ads that contain your affiliate marketer ID, so that when someone visits the advertised site, you get a commission on any sales that are made. Research is important here too, as some merchandisers pay a much higher commission than others, and you also want to learn as much about affiliate marketing as possible to ensure your success.

Multi-level marketing (MLM) programs are another type of business that many people start on the Internet. MLM businesses are often scams, though, so you want to be careful and make sure that the company is legitimate and has not been involved in any legal proceedings. You also want to be sure that the company has a real person to contact, a land address and phone number. If any of these are missing, it’s usually evidence that you’re dealing with a scam.

Too, MLM has its pros and cons. There are many people who are adamant that MLMs are evil and only exist to make others rich. This is true of some, but there are others that are truly a team effort that are designed to make money for everyone. The trick is to choose a MLM that has a product that you believe in and a company that stands behind its product and people. A good rule of thumb is to always be certain that any MLM business you may be interested in to is a company with a heritage and a reputation for service to both its employees and customers. Companies like Tupperware and Avon are examples of successful, long-standing MLMs and should set the standard for any you consider.

Finally, the key to answering the question what kind of business should I start on the Internet is to ask yourself does this business suit me. For any Internet business to be successful, you need to love what you’re doing and believe in your product. Internet businesses take effort and work to get up and running, just like any other type of business. Remember that loving what you do is the most important consideration of all when choosing any career or business opportunity.

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Bar code ribbon and fax ink film are just some of the office supplies that make it possible for you to do your work properly. It is of high importance, when you work in an office to be able to transmit information in different ways. When information has to be sent from one place to another, under a form that has to be put on paper, fax ink film and barcode ribbon are essential to you. Contacts, pictures, deeds or many other valuable papers are now sent by fax in just a few seconds time. But to be able to do this properly, fax ink film must not be missing from your desk. And not only that, but these supplies also have to be the best.

Barcode printers are designed differently depending upon the market they are intended for. Large, industrial barcode printers are used in manufacturing and/or warehouse facilities. These printers are capable of producing a large quantity of barcodes in a short amount of time, which is why they are so prominently used in large businesses. They have a large paper capacity, which provides for more labels, operate much quicker than standard barcode printers and perform better over a longer period of time. For smaller environments, such as offices or retail centers, desktop barcode printers are commonly used to save space.

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Thermal paper rolls in the past is no longer true. While thermal tape used to be an uncommon alternative due to a short lifespan and high prices, it's now the most viable choice. Recent developments have led to better technology, including advanced chemical films and more durable substrata.

Thermal paper is cleaner than your standard ink, produces a crisper resolution, and is ultimately cheaper. Though thermal paper used to be considerably more expensive, the price has come down in recent years, thanks in part to better technology that allows its manufacturers to produce it at a more reasonable cost. Moreover, a thermal paper roll is quieter than bond paper, which is an added bonus for any shopper at the end of a long day.

Any thermal roll of print medium which is subjected to a roll press in its manufacture can be employed in the methods of this invention. Preferably, the impressions are formed when the roll is pressed to align the wound print medium with the spindle.

Made in Italy: excellence in the production of automatic vending machine

Indeed, the espresso has made us famous in every corner of the planet, especially where the coffee is made and served very long (just as in America). This is because the beverage expressed itself retains all the taste and the aromas of roasted coffee beans. In these terms, even in the offices, institutions, structures and organizations around the world is growing, year after year, the demand for vending machines for hot drinks of high quality that can serve an authentic and original product which transmits the scent and the warmth that characterizes our kitchen.

But what is meant by automatic vending machine?

The automatic machine is a machine that delivers, with fee, products or services required from the final customer. Unlike a real store, They are often quite, an automatic coffee does not require staff dedicated to the marketing of products that can be used even in the absence of personnel, or when the business is closed. Moreover, this type of product, has had several applications in the social, just think of: schools, industries, hospitals, highway stops, etc..

A little curiosity about it

It is assumed that the first automatic vending machine has been designed and built by Hero Tzebus in Alexandria in Egypt as far back as 219 BC who invented  an autonomous system for the distribution of water during ceremonies held in temples. The machine, presented inside a simple but brilliant mechanism at the same time, in fact, the distribution was driven through coins that by their weight pressed on a lever that allowed the opening of a valve from which streamed some quantities of water.

The situation today and the market

Today, as in every domain, the technology has allowed a sector that enables vending machines now to sell and market any type of snacks, food and beverages. Also in recent times have spread rapidly intelligent distributors of newspapers and cigarettes , based on rules and timetables established that distribute their products only to certain groups of users, the case in point is that of cigarette distributors that before 9 PM requiring the inclusion of the tax code to get access to products.

With the advent of globalization, Italian companies specialized in the manufacture of vending machines are beginning to invest in Internet to promote their activities and make known their products all over the world.

In these words, the Web looks like the most immediate and comprehensive solution for attacking new countries and markets, promoting the Made in Italy in the World. Again and again.

5 Proven Strategies for Internet and Network Marketing Success

There are many opportunities in network marketing to help you reach your life goals. You can work from home and enjoy a steady cash stream while setting your own hours and doing what you love most to earn an income. But if you're like the majority of people who join a team of online network marketers, you probably aren't sure how or where to get started with Internet and network marketing. Here are five proven strategies to get you started.

1. Start Your Own Network Marketing Website

With your own network marketing website, you can build a profitable business model for your team. Your website can be used to provide information to newcomers as well as update your team members on a regular basis. A website can be used to enhance off-line network marketing as well. For instance, you can print your Web address on your business cards, letterhead, envelopes, postcards, and in printed ads. Those interested in your proposal can visit your website for more information. Your website can contain almost unlimited information that will help convert prospects into team members.

2. Start Your Own E-zine

An e-zine is an electronic newsletter sent by email to a database of subscribers. An e-zine builds trust and establishes you as an expert. At your website, you can set up a subscription form for your e-zine. Those who sign up are obviously interested in your offer, so you can send e-mailings to them weekly and use the e-zine to get them back to your website. This is a great way to turn visitors to your site into network marketing partners.

3. Answer Questions in Forums and Discussion Groups

With forums, you cannot merely advertise your business, but you can answer questions and include a link to your email or website. Find work-from-home forums online that are related to your network marketing business or that might cater to your target audience. Observe and read the questions and answers for a while before posting to get a feel for the people and atmosphere. Then, answer those questions pertaining to your type of business in a truly helpful manner. The person asking the question might visit your website as well as any others who might read the post. It's a great way to meet new people and market your business.

4. Create Network Marketing Excitement

Another thing you can do online is to create network marketing excitement for your team members. At your own website, you can hold contests for your team members, random giveaways, provide hosted space for your team members to create their own profiles or mini-websites, do feature bios on your team members, and more. These will motivate your network marketing team to work harder and increase their cash stream (and yours) while having fun.

5. Content Writing about the Internet and Network Marketing

One of the most powerful ways to promote your website is to add valuable content articles to your website on a regular basis. Articles should be targeted about network marketing and working from home. They should provide your target readers with helpful information. At the conclusion of each article, you can include a signature/bio that will lead the reader to your sales pages.

Add articles to your website on a regular basis and submit articles to free article directories for maximum results. Articles will help attract search engine traffic to your website without any cost to you.

There are also many other methods of Internet promotion for network marketing such as e-zine advertising, banner advertising, contextual or paid search engine ads, free traffic exchanges, and affiliate programs. Whether you are part of a global resorts travel business, a profitable reverse funnel system, or another successful business model, you'll be amazed at the results when you combine all of the promotion methods above for the Internet and network marketing!

You can Earn Money by Blogging!

Indeed this is true. If the first outburst of blogging in the Internet was introduced for hobbyists, now, you can enjoy doing it, while earning thousands of dollars.

Yes, truly and surely, you can make money blogging. Realistically, the most you can make is a few hundred dollars a month that cannot be found on trees or scoffed at. Nowadays, the Chillicious, a social network of bloggers, have provided more options and ways wherein you can maximize your earning potential by blogging.

Do you want to make money blogging? Then, choose an ideal blog site that will cater to your requirements for a blog, sign up, create a blog and publish it right away! Blogging sites allow you to build blogs according to your tastes. Others have HTML and link options. Others have customized templates where you can change your blog page's color and design.

In between signing up and creating a blog, though, you must know what subject to blog about. Your subject is an important consideration, so take your time conceptualizing before jumping into the fray. If you must know, the subject will be the determining factor how much money you can earn with the blog you're going to create.

Try to look for subjects or topics that pay more from per click among others. Check out Google AdWords and AdSense to know how much each clicks on a subject costs. Google AdSense then allows you to place ads on your blog. Once a user happens to open your blog and click on the advertisement, you will earn money on it. Just that!

Once your offering is announced to companies, consequently, they will contact you for an ad space on your blog. Google, meanwhile, will place any ad that has keywords related to your blog. Any which way, you are guaranteed to earn.

Other ways to secure earning from your blogging activities is to become an affiliate partner to another company. There is a popular affiliate program, which provides commission to its partners for every click on the ad, placed on their site/blog. You will also get a percentage from the sale of their product made in your blog.

There are plenty of affiliate programs with varied commission percentages. Others even offer profit sharing.

If you are blogging for a specific cause, you still can take advantage of it in a positive way. You can earn money blogging for a cause. You can ask people to give donations for a specific cause, though most of it will go to you.

You can use the PayPal donation button and put on your site. There is also Amazon with its honor system that sets up a donation button for you.

Are picking up nice ideas already? Well, here is one you will definitely enjoy, how about making money through blogging about unique merchandise and then offering them up for sale simultaneously in your blog site?

There are people who would gladly spend for merchandise that are custom-made, unique and totally out of this world! Edit your blog headline into a catchy one, create your very own logo and then offer up these kinds of items with your logo in it. It will be a sort of brand tag.

There are online companies that allow you to design your own items and those that allow you to custom design your logo, too. You will see how it will boost your blog once people start wearing and using your items with your logo attached in it.

Do not just concentrate on one way of money – earning opportunity. You can even combine these methods and earn more.

As the develops, evolves and takes with it lots of internet users, so as earning opportunities increase by blogging. Just think, you will enjoy blogging as a hobby and earn in the outset, too!

Franchising Information You Can’t Live Without

Franchise businesses can be very lucrative. Perhaps you're thinking of starting a franchise business in your area or another type of brick-and-mortar business. If so, here are some quick tips and franchising information to help you get started. Just like wealthy men such as Donald Trump, Warren Buffet, and Robert Kiyosaki, you too can realize success and build wealth for the future.

What It Takes to Start a Franchise

There are several requirements to start a franchise. Most legitimate businesses do require a start-up investment. You might be required to stock inventory, pay for landscaping, remodeling and advertisements, hire and train employees, pay for legal and insurance fees, and so forth. These are just a few of the costs you may incur. Also, consider the time it might take to make a profit. Sometimes new businesses can take up to a year or two before you can enjoy profits.

You also have to be a people person and be willing to learn from others who have tried and tested techniques before you. In a franchise business you can still be creative, but some methods of business and promotion have already been proven to work. You must be willing to follow in the steps of others on the path of success.

Franchise Success

To realize franchise success, you should also be willing to work hard and be consistent. Keep a steady cash flow so you will have enough capital to operate your business. Find creative ways to meet your business capital needs. Find an established accountant that can guide you through the financial process. You'll need an accountant's wisdom in more ways than one throughout your business years! The Small Business Association (SBA) can also be a great resource of capital.

Study Franchising Information and Sales Techniques

Study all the franchising information you can gather before deciding on a franchise business. This will help you understand how it works and be prepared for any unexpected bumps in the road. Also, study sales techniques related to your products or services. You can have a fancy building, place full-size ads in the local newspaper, place large, attractive signs and banners at your storefront, but you'll need to know how to sell to the customers when they arrive. Your employees will also need to be trained correctly in sales.

Alternatives to Brick-and-Mortar Franchises

If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of starting a brick-and-mortar business, there are lucrative alternatives. With certain types of franchise opportunities, you can enjoy the success of a franchise business without all the hassles of owning a physical business in your local area. Business gurus like Donald Trump, Warren Buffet, and Robert Kiyosaki often readily reveal their secrets in step-by-step training materials to help you start and build your franchise. They benefit when you become a success and share your story with others. You benefit by gaining valuable knowledge from people who have already walked the path of success.

So before getting started, use the above franchising information to determine if you have what it takes to start your own franchise business and also which type of business will work for you.

5 Steps to Starting a Successful Google Adwords Campaign

Does working a couple hours a day at home on your computer and making thousands a month sound appealing to you? Well, there are people who are doing just that by using Google Adwords and loving it.  They have more time to do the things they really enjoy in life. What they all learned is to work smarter, not harder.

What is Google Adwords? Whenever you conduct a search using google you will see a list of search results. These are displayed for free. In addition, you will see Sponsored Links displayed at the right of the search results and sometimes displayed at the top of the results. These are paid advertisements. The Adword advertisements are pay-per-click which means the person advertising pays google every time someone clicks on their advertisement.

People are using Google Adwords, a Pay-Per-Click program, to market their own website and products. In addition, many people are also using it even if they do not own a website. They use it to promote and market affiliate programs. The benefit to using adwords is that you can get instant traffic to your site.

Following are (5) steps to starting a successful google adwords campaign.

Step 1 - Gain Basic Knowledge

Before you attempt to start making money with adwords you first need to educate yourself.  You need to understand how adwords and pey-per-clicks work.  Google has an informative site that provides demos and guides to learn the basics of how it works on their webpage. There are also numerous ebooks on the topic. However, make sure that the authors are credible, experienced, and professional experts.  These experts share a wealth of information, tips and strategies.

Step 2 – Open a Google Adwords Account

After you understand how google works then you are ready to open a google adword account. Google has minimal costs to get started. Google will take you through several steps in setting up your account.

Step 3 - Write a Creative Text Ad

You will need to create your ad.  The purpose of the ad is to get as many people to click on it as possible.  You want to stand out from the rest.  Before writing your ad, study your competitor’s ads.  Then write several different creative text ads and test each one to see which one has the highest click thru rate.

Step 4 - The Keyword List

The keyword list is crucial.  The right list can be the difference between success and failure so you will want to build the most efficient and focused keyword list.  The more focused your keywords are the more targeted and interested the visitors who click on your ads will be resulting in more purchases.  However, the more general your keyword list is the more visitors not interested in what you are selling and this can easily and quickly use up your advertising budget.

Step 5 - Setting Your Budget

Google will ask you what is the maximum you would like to spend, on average per day and what is the maximum you are willing to pay each time someone clicks on your ad. Set your maximum budget at an affordable and comfortable level and never spend more than your visitor is worth.

These are the five basic steps to get you starting towards google adword success.  As you practice and gain experience with adwords, you will keep improving your campaigns performance.  And as you performance improves you will get more targeted visitors that will result in more sales.

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How to get sponsors for your vehicle

What does it take to get a sponsor for your custom vehicle project?

Everybody always asks me, "how did you get so many sponsors?" The short answer is, "because I asked". I know this is an overly simplified answer, but it really is the main key to getting sponsorships. The second key to being successful when soliciting potential sponsors is having something worth sponsoring that is interesting and unique. It sounds easy, but it's not as simple as it sounds. I got the idea for soliciting sponsors from truck I saw in Four Wheeler many years ago called "Project MPG". It was a nondescript, white Ford F-350 dually which had been customized under the hood to produce the maximum miles per gallon possible. Their project truck had about eight or nine companies sponsoring it. When I first began my Custom Ford project, I contacted the owner of Project MPG for some advice. He very quickly gave me the brush off and being unhelpful was an understatement. So I took the initiative, based on my experience in marketing and business in general, and started making 'sales' calls to companies that manufactured the products I needed for my project.

I knew that there would a lot of folks out there with a desire to build a custom four wheel drive truck and hope that they could get corporate sponsorship to lessen the financial burden. So before I even started disassembling the truck, the first order of business was to build a website about the project so that potential sponsors would be able see that I'm not just another "Joe Schmoe" trying to get some free parts. Once the website was created and online, I had a powerful sales tool with which I could contact the companies for which I was seeking products. I never asked for money, and conversely, never received any either. What I did receive was significant support financially through companies providing products and services for my project in exchange for the advertising and marketing opportunities my project provided. This was a win/win program for both of us. I won because I was able to secure products for 'free' or at cost. The sponsor won because they got to have their product associated with a potentially high profile marketing vehicle (pun intended).

The next step was determining who to contact at the various companies when the need arose. Finding the right person with whom to speak in a large company can sometimes be quite challenging. When dealing with smaller companies, it is usually much simpler, but not always. Once you find the right person, the next step is introducing yourself in such a way as to not come across as "wanting something". It is much better to explain why you are calling, what you need and ask if they offer any kind of sponsorship opportunities. This set's the stage for your conversation. The person on the other end now knows who you are, what you want and that you're not trying to get something free right out of the gate. This greatly helps your chances of success. Now you have room to discuss and negotiate with them. Always be honest, but you don't have to show all of your cards up front. Let them speak. They will usually give you a lot of good information about their company and about how they operate. Makes sure you let them know that you're flexible and that even a partial sponsorship such as offering the product at cost or a significantly reduced rate would work as well.

Once you've set the tone, you need to let them know, somehow, about your website. Many times, they are curious and will pull up your site while you're on the phone. Use this to your advantage. They can now see that your project is real and not just some pie in the sky pipe dream. Let them know how their "donation" will benefit them. Answer these questions for them: How will my company benefit? How visible will the vehicle be? (translation: how many shows will the vehicle attend and where). How visible will my company be? (translation: how will people know my company sponsored you?) If you can answer these questions effectively, you have a very good shot at receiving a "Yes". If you can't answer these questions effectively, then you have no business even picking up the phone. All you're doing is wasting their time and yours.

Once you get the much sought after "Yes", the next step is to show you're sincere. Get their name up on your website under the list of sponsors. Make sure that everyone knows that Acme Corp. supplied the XYZ brand muffler bearings for your custom creation. Lastly, when the vehicle is done, get it out in front of the public. If you stay true to your word, you'll have a much better shot at the next company as your project progresses. Good luck and be sure to let me know how your sponsorship quest pans out.

© 2007 Project Responder

Learn How To Make Money Online Step By Step The Easy Way

Most entrepreneurs these days think getting a website and some product to sell online is a great

way to make money, also, most advertisers make it seem quite easy with all the bells, whistles,

promises and the marketing tools they present.  When you are thinking of ways to make money

online, you likely want to know immediately what the best way to make money online is.

There are tons of ways to make money online but nothing matters if you don't know how to work it

yourself.  You see, if you want to make money online you must know how to tap the power of the

Internet.  If you are still at a loss with what you want to sell, because your interests cannot

be turned into profit making products that you can sell online, it is a good idea to consider

selling the products of someone else to make money online.

If you do a Google search on making money online your going to see that today there are

277,000,000 website ready to give you the information you need to turn your dreams into reality.

After all the promises and the marketing “mumbo jumbo” about making money online with website

that people just click and spend, after all the explanation of creating content that holds the

viewers, after all the work to get the information out to potential customer you wind up with

nothing.  Some of those sites are just plain garbage and most of them are affiliate links to the

few hundred marketing gurus that have the market flooded with information, software and online

money making idea that all promise the way to the golden nugget.

Some of the other methods to make smaller amounts of money online are affiliate marketing on a

smaller scale, getting paid to drive, getting paid to shop, and getting paid to take surveys.

Getting paid to take surveys is one of the easiest ways to make money online.  If you are looking

for an easy way to make quick money online, there is no doubt that network marketing is the best


As you can see, finding out what the best way to make money online is not as easy as you would

think.  Now you know the best route to take, the methods that put the successful where they are

today and the real investments that you should be applying, to make money online.

How to End the Cold Calling Game of Chasing a Sale

4 steps to warm up cold calling conversations

Our thoughts are always at the basis of our behaviors. If our thoughts are fixed on the goal of making a sale, then we’re not really being forthright. We’re not focused on the conversation or the truth of a situation. We’re chasing people -- or at least chasing the sale.

Here are 5 important steps to help end the "chasing game" in our cold calling efforts.

1. Avoid reading from a script

Life is not a script, nor are normal conversations. When we read from a script, we’re not being natural. We’re playing a role. And that means we’re chasing a sale rather than enjoying an opportunity to meet someone new and find out if we can help them.

Allowing a conversation to naturally flow helps you enter into a dialogue based on trust, which lets your potential client’s real issues emerge.

Formal scripts, on the other hand, don’t give you the freedom to take conversations in the direction they may naturally want to go. And this feels stilted and awkward.

If you begin to view your cold calls as conversations or dialogues, you’ll find it easy to let go of the idea of scripts. And you’ll sense the shift of the energy in your conversation when the emphasis of the call is about the person you’re talking with and not about your making a sale.

So generate a spontaneous conversation, based on the problems you can help the other person solve. This will diffuse your feelings of being awkward and artificial, and allow you to enjoy the journey.

2. Address a Core Problem

People connect with you when they feel you understand their issues before you focus on yourself and your solutions. Come up with two or three specific problems that your product or service solves. And talk about it with the potential client first, before offering your sales pitch.

When you offer your presentation or solution without first involving the other person by talking about a core problem they might be having, you are focused on the sale rather than the conversation. And your whole energy tends to drive the interaction into a sales mode. Remember, whenever someone feels "chased," they usually run.

So stop for a moment. Convey that you’re a problem solver.  Invite a mutual exchange of information that explores whether there’s a possibility that the two of you might work together. Help them understand that your thoughts and goals are not focused on selling them anything at all.

Most people will welcome your interest in their problem as long as you’re not operating out of the hidden agenda of making a sale. So overcome the temptation to discuss what you have to offer and move into focusing on your caller’s world. Invite discussion, express interest, and stop chasing the sale.

3. Uncover the Truth of the Situation

Make your objective to uncover the truth of the potential client’s situation and to be okay with the outcome, whether it’s a yes or a no.

We can do this by checking in at various times in the conversation to make sure it makes sense to continue the dialogue. If we just move ahead without doing this, we’re in "chase mode." And in this case, we may be chasing something very unrealistic for this particular potential client.

So we ask important questions such as, "Is this a top priority for you to solve right now?"  We may find that the potential client is very interested in working with us, but the budget or staffing may simply be too thin at this time.

We stop at various checkpoints in our conversation to make sure we’re moving ahead together. If our thoughts are fixed only on our own goal of eventually securing the sale, we can miss very important signals that the other person may actually have no intention of following through.

4. Where do We Go From Here?

Here’s something very surprising. Allow the conversation to end without chasing other person into an sales appointment or commitment, and the other person will often be the one who initiates further contact.

So when you feel as if the conversation is coming to a natural conclusion, you can simply say, "Well, where do you think we should go from here?"

This question reassures potential clients that you’re not using the conversation to fulfill your own hidden agenda. It invites the other person to take charge of where things are going, and all you need do is follow along.

When you stop chasing the sale, you’ll be truly surprised at how often the sale gently awaits you within a friendly conversation focusing on the needs of others.

Still waiting on your background Checks

Background checks of an employee is a critical aspect of the recruitment process. All companies outsource the background checks of their employees to external agencies. Now let us understand why background checks are important. The primary reason why background checks are important is to check the past employment records of the prospective employee, education verification and to check whether the employee has been involved in any unlawful activities. Social security number checks are also done by the employers. Pre employment screening has become one of the most important aspect of the employment process without which companies do not generally give the offer letter to the employees. The HR team insists that a candidate with a clean background is an asset to the company because most jobs involve critical information which the company cannot afford to lose to competition. Let us see how this process is executed by professional screening firms which check the records of an employee.

Generally a company may ask the screening firm to execute a fixed set of tasks. These may include social security

number trace, employment history background check, criminal background and general employment background screening. It may include other tasks also such as Federal records check, I9 compliance and driver history. The professional screening agency gets down to these tasks immediately and gives a response within the agreed timeframe. Time is critical in this business because if the employer is taking more time in completing the verification checks the employee may join some other company. Based upon the feedback that the company gets from the employment screening service it is decided whether the candidate should be absorbed in the company or not. However, there are certain parameters that are followed by employers before they reject the employee. If it is found that the details given in the records are not matching entirely, then the candidate is not selected at all. However, if there are minor discrepancies the company may consider the case and take a decision on whether to hire the employee or not. The job of an employment screening agency is critical as it can make or break the career of an employee. Therefore it is important for an employer to hire a agency which can do the job professionally with correct results and within the shortest possible timeframe possible.

Even a decade ago employment verification checks were not considered so seriously by employers except the larger multinationals. However, in recent times even smaller companies ensure that the employee records are verified before the employee joins the organization. As a result employment screening services have come into much demand. Let me give you a brief idea of how this job is executed. The screening agency has agents who either call up the respective educational institutes or if required they visit the place physically to check the records provided. They also check the police records, license records and SSN details of employee that is screened. Drug records are also verified by the screening company. The company that hires a professional screening agency saves on time and money. The average turnaround time for a verification agency is less and a

report is generally submitted within 24-48 hours.

A Coupon at the Pump?

With no end in sight for rising gas prices, fuel retail outlets are eagerly searching for new ways to attract cost-conscious consumers to their pumps this summer.  For gas station operators one solution in keeping gas volumes up while gas prices increase, has been to incorporate a novel concept called Additech, which is basically a “coupon at the pump”. Additech pioneered the "tune-up at the pump" engine care service that dispenses and blends specialty fuel additives into gasoline while consumers pump their gas. The company operates its system at 1,500 fueling positions across 18 states at major retailer fuel centers and expects to have the systems installed at over 2,000 fueling positions in over 450 sites by year-end.  The product offerings range in price from $1.98 - $13.95.

If consumers have any anticipation of saving at the pump this summer, they must be aware of the following data:

·Less than 15% of the energy in gasoline is actually converted into road power; most of the fuel energy is wasted due to exhaust and friction within the engine.

·In a typical gasoline vehicle, 62.4% of the energy is lost in the engine, 17.2% from standby / idling, 2.2% from accessories such as air conditioning, power steering, and windshield wipers, 5.6% from the transmission and other parts of the driveline, leaving 12.6% to move your vehicle down the road.

Improved fuel economy:

·A vehicle that gets 30 MPG will cost you $750 less to fuel each year than one that gets 20 MPG (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.00). Over a period of 5 years, the 30 MPG vehicle will save you $3,750.

Driving more efficiently:

·For each 5 mph you drive over 60 miles an hour, you are effectively paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas (cost savings based on an assumed price of $2.91 per gallon). Driving the speed limit improves your fuel economy by 7 - 23%

·You can save $300 - $500 in fuel costs each year by choosing a fuel efficient vehicle.

Maintain your vehicle:

·Repairing a serious engine problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your MPG by as much as 40%

·Repairing a car that has failed an emissions test can improve your MPG by 4%, resulting in effective gasoline savings of $0.12 per gallon.

·Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your gas mileage by up to 10%, resulting in effective gasoline savings of $0.29 per gallon.

·Keeping your tires properly inflated will improve your MPG by 3.3%. Under inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires.  Gasoline facts:

What we pay for in a gallon of regular gasoline:

·In January 2006 with an average gas price of $2.32 per gallon, 20% went to taxes, 7% distribution and marketing, 13% refining costs and profits, and 60% crude oil

·In 2003 with an average gas price of $1.56 per gallon, 27% went to taxes, 14% distribution and marketing, 15% refining costs and profits, and 44% crude oil

·U.S. consumers purchased an average of 9.145 million barrels a day in 2005, the equivalent of about 35 million fill-ups a day.

·Gasoline imports increased 20% in 2005; averaging more than 1 million barrels a day.

·U.S. refinery output was down about 2% in 2005, and is expected to be about 0.3% less than 2004 levels in 2006, due to outages caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

·The largest U.S. refinery is ExxonMobil in Baytown, TX which produces 557,000 barrels a day.

·Pipelines move about 66% of crude oil annually. There are approximately 200,000 miles of oil pipelines in the U.S.

Convenience Stores:

·The three largest convenience stores in 2004, were Shell Oil Products with 15,821 locations, BP America with 14,200 locations, and Citgo Petroleum Corp. with 13,694 locations.

·Gasoline and Diesel fuel sales totaled $262.6 billion in 2004, accounting for about 66.5% of total sales but only 36.6% of gross margin.

·In 1974 only 15% of convenience stores sold gasoline. In 2004, 79% of convenience stores sold gasoline. Sales increased in a similar manner from 17,370 gallons in 1974 to 107,852 gallons in 2004, a 620% increase.

·Sales of premium and mid grade gasoline have declined from 21.9% in 2000 to 17.4% in 2004 and is projected to continue to decrease as gasoline prices rise and more consumers purchase regular grade gasoline.


·In July 2005, 3,860 hypermarket stores sold gasoline, representing only 2 - 3% of fuel retail locations but 7.7% of the gasoline sales.

·Hyper market retailers sell approximately 298,000 gallons a month, more than double the 108,000 gallon monthly average at convenience stores.

Work at Home. Part time or Full-time!

Get Rich Quick Scams RevealedRead this article before you consider paying for a "get rich quick" program.

From: Step Plans!Everybody would love to make lots of money quickly, working from home, and only doing a few hours of work per week. I've spent the past two years trying to find a great way of doing this. Only over the course of the past few months have I found any "get rich quick" programs worth buying. I've been trying to make money online for a long time. I had a few small websites, but they never made much more than a few hundred per month. It was easy money and didn't require much work on my part, but I knew there were people out there doing better than I was and I knew I could do as well as them. Now, I've seen a lot of "get rich quick" programs. Most of these people make claims about earning $2000/day with Google or something similarly insane. Almost all of these people are complete liars. Even if they were making $2000/day with Google AdSense, it'd be because they had high - traffic websites with a lot of quality content. I'd know, because in one whole month, I never even made half of what they promised I'd make daily with their programs. Maybe you've already been scammed by one of these fraudsters. Anyway, I finally got sick of what was being offered. I decided I'd look through the all of the "get rich quick" programs I could find and see if there were any that were actually legitimate. I found that there were owners selling their programs for well over $100, but the information in them could be found almost anywhere online for free. Additionally, they all contained out-of-date information, had no e-mail support, no money back guarantees, and broken links in the downloads section. In conclusion, almost all of the programs I found were completely useless. The owners knew it, but they couldn't care less about their customers since they didn't offer refund policies! Amazingly, while looking through all of the programs, I actually did find a few legitimate programs. They were run by ordinary people like you and me, and they had found some great methods of making money from their home by doing very little work. I spent some time working with those programs, and my income is now ten times what it used to be. These programs provided a large amount of great information on how to make extra money on your computer doing very little work. Numerous customers had provided great feedback and reviews for their products. Many of them have started to make money just days after buying! Their programs have excellent prices, and the authors have a group of paid staff who are dedicating to helping you or providing assistance if you need any. I must say I was amazed! If you do decide to purchase any of the programs listed below, I recommend you join quickly. Most of the owners tell me they are getting an overwhelming number of sales and plan on raising prices in the near future, so order while prices are still low! To Your Online Success, Step Plans!

Technology & Business Expansion: Matching Your Data Systems to the Business Growth Needs of Tomorrow

Fueling the high growth rate for Retailers, Manufacturers and Distributors is a flurry of mergers and acquisitions. In today’s world of mergers and acquisitions, and heavy usage of the Web, companies are facing a new reality. Software that meets the company’s needs now will not be effective after a new acquisition takes place, or if sales substantially increase as a result of using the Web.

While meeting with a prospective client -- a CEO of a large cleaning supply company -- about purchasing new software, he told me that he was planning to grow his business by end of the year from 300 million to 500 million dollars by acquiring competitors he was negotiating with. When I asked him how he planned to integrate his company’s software with the new companies he was planning to acquire, his response was: “You hit the nail on its head. The software we are using cannot support our future acquisition plans. We will have to let the companies we plan to acquire keep using their current software until we find software that can meet our new needs. Not having the right software will result in a substantial increase of our operating cost. The unfortunate part is that we did not have the foresight to think ahead of the fact that our current software would not be able to support our acquisition plans. Nobody expected that we would grow at this rate and now we have to pay the price.”

Here are 4 unforeseen business disruptions that are likely to happen when your business environment changes:

1. Quite often companies engaged in e-commerce, experience an unexpectedly high volume of sales’ transactions that the current software cannot handle efficiently, resulting in the need for additional labor and excessive operating costs.

2. Frequently, the current software cannot provide the desired analytical information needed, resulting in the downloading of large amounts of data to spread sheets and more complex data manipulation to get the needed reports.

3. When mergers and acquisitions take place, the number of users along with the transaction volume will substantially increase, resulting in the possibility that the current computer system will not be able to handle this sudden change.

4. The acquired company might not have the same business practices as the company doing the takeover, resulting in the possibility that the current software may not be able to handle the new business demands. This can result in multiple software platforms being used creating higher operating costs and additional complexities in the computer infrastructure.

<i>When planning future expansion, steps should be taken to ensure smooth business growth. </i>

Software effectiveness evaluations should be performed the same way as evaluating old equipment in a factory. When evaluating the current software functions, the focus should not be on how well the software meets the business needs today, but whether it can meet the business growth of tomorrow when the company moves to the “next level.” In today’s business reality, which is changing at lighting speed, lack of planning can be a very costly proposition.

Nobody likes change, but not facing the fact that a company’s current software is outdated can result in substantial business disruptions and expenses down the road. The question that should always be asked is: “if the business reality changes drastically resulting in an unexpectedly large amount of new users or volume of data transactions, could the current software be able handle it?”