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Home Based Business
Surf the net and discover a multitude of online jobs available. The category is so broad it is quite likely that there is one to suit your particular interests. The listof online jobs continues: Programming, copywriting, gaming, data entry, photography, etc. We often hear successful people whose work or business started out as a hobby. Success is often credited to their love of work. Let us take for example blogging; it is an engaging hobby that became a moneymaker for many. So, what is blogging and how do we earn online? Let us take a closer look.
Blog is short for “web log.” True accounts of your life updated daily much like a diary for the internet. Usually, a third party host’s blogs. It can be made open for public viewing while audiences can interact with the blogger by leaving comments or if you want, make it private and only friends and family members can view and comment on it. At the present time, political and current events are very popular themes.
There are a few ways to start a blog. The most preferred and fastest way is to join a blog host or company. Typical host charges 10 dollars per month, there are also those that are totally free. Search a host that is known for good service and provide proper support. Choose a specialty, one that you are very familiar and knowledgeable. Search the web for such field and study it thoroughly. Let yourself be known to the circle, leave comments and links so they can visit you too.
How a Blog Leads to Online Jobs
Earn money through advertisements. Advertisement usually pays from 2 cents to 10 dollars per click split between the company and blogger. Blogging online jobs are typically for the purpose of bringing traffic to the company’s side. This is usually achieved by using keyword rich posts. The employer also provides the topics or themes. Use of blogs for advertisement is also common. Advertisers send out opportunities or products, which may be used as topics for blogs, much like product reviews. Average pay is usually 1.5 dollars per post or 3 dollars for 500 words. The basic requirement for a blogger is fluency in English language. The style usually depends on the targeted audience. In addition, to be able to write intensively on a topic knowledge is very important. Ads for blogging jobs generally states the topic involved for the blog to attract the properly suited blogger. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently, I connected with a woman called Lady T through Linkedin and she asked me to write about different ways people can make money at home using the knowledge that they have. One of the nicest things about social media is the connections that you can make. Lady T posted this article on her site and I am very flattered. I have asked her to contribute an article to my blog also because she is a knowledgeable business coach for a home business. Here I would like to share a little of my personal story and how I am using social media to promote my home business and you can, too!
The economy continues to limp along its rollercoaster ride of ups and downs but doesn’t offer any real hope to the millions of people who remain unemployed. In March of this year, the national unemployment rate sat at a whopping 9.7%. As of September 2010 that number only dropped half a percent to 9.2%.
The group most affected by the lack of jobs is the over fifty crowd. Although at 7.2% (the highest since WWII) the unemployment rate for baby boomers is lower than the average, it is a fact that people in this group remain out of work for longer. The average length of time between jobs is 22 weeks. For over fifty unemployed workers, the average is 35 weeks. Personally, I am in this group, having lost my job due to corporate downsizing. over a year ago.
Baby boomers like me are sitting down and taking stock of their current situation. Some are choosing to retire early. Others are going back to school for retraining in other careers. While these are both good options, possibly the best thing you can do for yourself is to start a home business.
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If you are unemployed and looking for a job, if you are working part time for a measly paycheck, if you have given up then you are who I am talking to in this video. Do you know someone in this situation? I can relate because I am part of this group who lost their job due to corporate downsizing. Even if this has not happened to you, creating your Plan B is something you should think about. Do you always want to rely on someone else for your financial survival? My message is short and to the point.
What is a Free Agent?
My last article, Ideas for Home Business – What You Know Could Be Worth Millions, got tons of feedback from people who saw the writing on the wall a long time ago and chose to start a business rather than try to find another job. However, one comment stuck out that I think sums up very well what is happening in the world today.
Debra – You’re right on target with your advice to unemployed boomers to start their own businesses. Our fretting about the economy and creating jobs is misplaced. I believe that the employer / employee paradigm has fundamentally changed; traditional employers no longer want “employees” who need benefits, who are HR hassles and who are on the books whether they’re needed or not. Instead, they want contingent workers or so-called independent contractors who can be brought on for specific projects, then “let go.” Soon we will be hearing about an explosion of small businesses, mostly self-employed, who have figured out they are their own best opportunity.
Dave Ramacitti – www.MarketingOverEasy.com
Dave is absolutely right. According to an article on Fast Company, 16% of America’s workforce are, what Daniel Pink calls, a “Free Agent”. These are people who don’t work a traditional job but rather are freelancers, temporary workers, and independent contractors. They move from project to project, helping companies fill in the holes but never becoming a permanent member of anyone’s pool of labor. The biggest advantage to companies that hire a Free Agent is the cost. When you factor in health insurance, office space, and other resources needed to maintain an employee, it is cheaper to hire a freelancer.
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