Friday, February 22, 2008

Posting Your Way to Dollars.

Post on forums

It has been shown that people don't want to post on forums unless there are already posts. New forum owners pay people to post comments, start threads, and respond to other threads in an effort to get some forum action going. As the forum grows, the level of posting increases until paid posts aren't necessary.

Forum topics have a huge variety. There's probably a forum for just about any subject. Usually a paid poster has to have at least some knowledge of the subject to post relevant comments. There can be a minimum word count for the posts. Posts of "I agree," "Me too," and "Thanks for the info," are too short and don't add anything to the discussion, so forum owners don't want to pay for them. Posting on forums doesn't pay a lot, perhaps as little as 10 posts for a dollar. Find the jobs on Internet marketing related websites like Digital Forum.

Post on blogs

You can be paid to post comments on blogs much the same way you can be paid to post on forums. Pretty much the same criteria applies, the posts can't be too short and have to be relevant to the subject matter.

You can search for offers of 5 posts for a dollar. If each post takes a minute you would have to work a little over 8 hours to make $100.

Place ads on craigslist and usfreeads offering your service.

Dee Power

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Organizing Your Email And Increase Your Productivity

Organizing your email can be a challenge for anyone. Email has taken the place of memos in business, correspondence in your personal life and direct mail marketing. There are newsletters, special announcements, updates and of course the dreaded spam. It's easy to just open an email, think to yourself "I'll answer this later this afternoon," and then go on to the next email. Of course the email doesn't get answered and it starts to mount up.

When paper starts to stack up it nags at us to do something with it. Either file it, read it or throw it away. Email doesn't have a physical presence, so the tendency is to let it pile up in our inbox.

Important business emails can be overlooked. Dates can be missed and opportunities lost because the important email is sitting there in virtual stacks of the other emails. When you go to look for an email about the luncheon meeting this afternoon, it could have been unintentionally deleted, in the spam folder, or caught between two announcements of Junior's soccer game.

Organizing your email can be accomplished using the same methods of organizing hard copy papers. Set up folders on your email program under main categories. For example you could have Personal, Marketing, Newsletters, Family, and Important – Needs Attention. This is an over simplification as there are probably 10 to 15 different categories for each of us that would make sense. Those categories depend on your work, business and personal interests.

If you get a lot of email, say more than 50 (not counting spam) a day, go through the new email at set times of the day, once in the morning, once after lunch, and once around about an hour before you're ready to quite work for the day.

Answer the email immediately upon opening if it's just a simple request or requires an easy response, then file it under the appropriate folder. A lot of email is just an update that doesn't require any action on your part so file that in the correct folder immediately as well.

If the email requires research before responding put it in the Important- Needs Attention folder. Every morning go through that folder and address the unanswered emails and then file in the appropriate folder.

Every week go through each folder and delete those emails that have been answered and don't require any follow up. If you prefer you can move the email to a holding folder for 30 days and then delete.


Saturday, February 09, 2008

Why Set Goals for Yourself?

Why take the time and make the effort to set goals for yourself? Wouldn't it be easier and more productive to just get going? That's sort of like deciding you want to go on vacation and then getting in your car and driving. The odds are when you stop driving you won't have a clue where you are. You also won't know what to pack to enjoy the vacation.

Goals are a method of deciding where you want to put your energies and resources. Setting goals gets you focused. Think of a goal as a destination. Once you've determined the destination you'll need a road map and directions. Objectives are the road map. When you've achieved an objective you've reached a milestone on the way to your destination. And those directions? Those are the strategies you'll need to achieve the objectives. Strategies are the actions and resources are how you get to each objective.

An easy way to set goals is to think about where you want to be, or where you want your company to be in one year. Write a paragraph of that description. If you prefer you can also use bullet points. Here's an example that's not business related. At the end of 2008 you want to be thinner and healthier. The objectives then would be to lower your cholesterol by 10 points, stop smoking, and lose 25 pounds. The strategies to achieve the objective of losing 25 pounds might be to lose 5 pounds per month by cutting out all sweets from your diet and implementing a plan of walking for 30 minutes each day.

Goals can help you get where you want to be in your life and in your business.


Thursday, February 07, 2008

In the last few years we've all noticed that the real estate market for houses has become, shall we say, frothy. It's difficult to know where it's headed. Some experts proclaim doom and gloom with prices plummeting to depths never before experienced. Others say that the market is about to stabilize and return to a normal level of growth in value.

Money has tightened up a bit and mortgages are more difficult to come by then they were a year ago. That doesn't mean they aren't available, just that banks are demanding higher credit scores and down payments before they'll grant the mortgage. This doesn’t help those homeowners who may have gotten in over their heads during the boom time with an escalating mortgage. The common thought was that even if their current budget was a bit stretched everything would work out because housing prices would continue to skyrocket.

Housing prices in some areas have not only not increased, they've actually decreased and that's bad news. There is a bit of light on the horizon. Remortgages are available that can take advantage of any decrease in interest rates. Be careful when you're looking to remortage your home. Stick with a reputable company that is willing to find the remortage that is best for your situation and will explain the terms and conditions of the new mortgage.


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

You know that you can lease autos, computers, and other equipment, but do you know about commercial leasebacks? If your business needs cash, and you own the property, you can sell it and then lease it back. Commercial leaseback is a way to get the equity out of your building and put it to work. You'll have cash to grow your company, increase your marketing efforts, or add a new product line.

You won't have to go through the effort of moving, disrupting employees, or letting your customers know your address has changed. No expenses involved with relocating phone lines and other communications. You might even be able to negotiate an option to buy the property back at a later date.

Of course you'll have to pay off any mortgage with the proceeds but in today's market you still could end up with a nice chunk of cash. Just about any kind of commercial property can be leased back from restaurants to warehouses to office buildings.

Selling commercial property is best left to experts. It's a bit more complicated than selling a house. You want to get fair value for your property and at the same time get a reasonable lease rate.

If your business could use an infusion of cash, a commercial leaseback might be the solution to your problem.