Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Some People Will Lose Internet on July 9th 2012

Yes, some people will lose Internet on July 9th 2012.  This is after the FBI had caught some people that were distributing malware that infected computers.  Tho the FBI caught them, many computers are still infected without people knowing.

I came across a great article about it that I would like to share with you.  Kim talks about what happened that caused this problem.  She also talks about how you can safely find out if you are infected and how you can fix the problem.

If you are infected and do not fix the problem by July 9th 2012, you will not be able to access the Internet until your computer is fixed.  She shared a great tool that webmasters can use to alert visitors that are infected and how to fix, but I am not sure about using it here.  I love the idea and love the fact that I can help readers, but the banner that pops up (I saw a test of it) looks like things that I would warn you not to click on.  Even tho this one is legit, it comes up like a banner that you should avoid.

I am still playing with the idea of adding it, but I am worried that people will think it is a virus itself.  But if I do decide to use it and you see a banner pop up, email me and I will let you know if it is valid or a problem.  I am trying to figure out the best way to do this!

I highly recommend you read Kim's post about this issue and how to fix your computer if you are infected.  She has some great information for us!

Why Some Of Your Readers Will Lose Internet On July 9th 2012
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Monday, May 21, 2012

London Prepares for Remote Working

As London prepares to receive the Olympic torch, the capital’s businesses are preparing to put business practises in place which should help to ensure that commerce and public transport will not grind to a halt during the games.

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London’s top financial firms, particularly those based in East London have been encouraged by the Cabinet to implement remote and flexible working practises to alleviate travel congestion during the Olympics. The transport network is expected to be flooded with excited tourists, so to ensure that businesses continue to function over the summer, many are implementing new work procedures including remote working, staggered starting times and flexi-time.

The transport authorities in London want to reduce the number of commuters using public transportation during the Games by 30 per cent. They hope this will help to ensure that the transport network can cope with the massive influx of visitors. It means more remote working and altered shift patterns for many of London’s professionals. Companies based in Canary Wharf are likely to be most impacted, as it is just three miles from the Olympic Park.



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But it’s not just financial firms who are gearing up – many civil servants are also being encouraged to work remotely during the games. It led to the Daily Mail accusing civil servants of receiving “a gold medal for skiving” for being allowed to telecommute for the summer. There were also concerns from some business leaders about the amount of useful work which can be done by civil servants under the policy.

Despite the evidence that remote working can boost productivity for many individuals, many are sceptical about it, concerned that it will have a negative impact on the country. Research by the Trade Union Congress has found that there’s been a 25 per cent increase in the number of people working from home over the last ten years, to 3.8 million.

The TUC has been urging business to trial new working practises including flexi-time, remote working and working from home. The research also revealed that 20 per cent of those who are not permitted to work from home would like to do so. Despite technological advances and the evidence that remote working is more productive, employers are still reluctant in trusting their workers.

The Olympics is a great opportunity for employers in the capital to implement flexible and remote working practises. Specially designed hardware and software is available to allow managers to accurately monitor home workers, as well as to communicate with the team and provide access to up-to-date documents and data.

Alan Cairns writes on a number of subjects including project management and mobile workforce management.






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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake - Keep Your Business Real

Happy Wednesday! It is time for another Wednesday's Online Business Mistake.  Today i would like to talk about keeping your business real.  This can be for any business whether you work at home or run an offline business.  I thought of this one after a recent wake-up call from my ex wireless phone carrier.  Yes, I just made the switch from Verizon! I was with them for 10 years and realized that I had enough.  They do not treat their customers like they value them.  They act more like they are the biggest phone carrier and you will deal with them.  That is the vibe I have got from them over the last 10 years of being a high paying customer who had never been shut off.

Now with keeping it real, I mean a few things.  If it is a work at home business, make sure it is a real business.  Don't be scamming people with any work at home scams.  Many online businesses are legit and a work at home business can be for real.  This is not the main point that I was reaching with this topic, but it is a good point of keeping it real!

I will use the example of phone companies for the main point.  When I say keep it real, I mean to keep it simple and make sure you do not get high and mighty.  As I said, I was a Verizon customer for 20 years.  I noticed that they have got worse over the years.  First they used to make sure their equipment would work properly, they also had competitive rates.  Now it seems that it is "not their problem" if equipment is not working.  They will not drop the service fees for whatever service is broken on your phone tho.  So now you are paying for something you can't even use.  I have experienced this a few times over the years.

They keep upping the rates of things and figure that people will just pay that because they are a big company.  Well, the competitor has better service, will make sure your equipment works and also works with you to make sure that your bill is going to be where you can afford it.  They talk you into staying with a certain package by upping the price and letting you know that if you drop the service now, you will pay more later as the price went up.

There is so much of a bad experience I have had with them, tho they are not all bad.  I am not trying to bash them, I have had good experiences with them in the past.  It just seems that the bigger they grow, the more they seem to think that people will just "deal with it" because they are the big company.

Whether you have an offline business or a work at home business, do not let this happen to your business.  Keep it real and keep it competitive.  Don't get the mentality that your business is too big for people to not do business with.  There are always competitors, no matter what business you run.  Keep your work at home online or offline business real and you will have success.  Customers would rather be treated as customers then they would as just having to deal with you.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake - Disclosure on Site

Happy Wednesday! Time for another Wednesday's Online Business Mistake.  Today I am going to keep it real simple.  It is not a mistake that I made, but many people who work at home as an affiliate are making.  This is something that can get people in legal trouble and this is adding a disclosure.

In 2009, the government started to require an affiliate disclosure in all emails promoting stuff and or websites that are promoting anything.  It doesn't matter if the product is work at home related, if you are an affiliate of any product you need to have a disclosure.  I had mine up on Dawn's Work at Home Blog since 2009, as soon as I heard about this.  I don't add it to every post, but I also do not earn a commission on most of the information that I share or recommend.  It is in the sidebar of my blog and has been there since 2009.

This disclosure is supposed to be on your site, in a post where you are going to be compensated for sales or in any emails that you are promoting a product.  So if you work at home as an affiliate, you need to have this disclosure so you do not get into legal trouble.  How do you know if you need a disclosure? This is easy.  If you are going to earn any kind of commission when somebody buys the product that you are recommending, you need to disclose that you will earn the commission.  If you are doing a paid review, you need to let them know that it was a review sponsored by the product or company.  You should note with a review that the opinions are yours, but it was sponsored by the company.

Many people do have the disclosures, but I have seen many people who do not.  If you work at home as an affiliate, or are affiliated with any company, you need to disclose this.  There can be legal action taken if you do not!

Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday's Online Business Mistake - Taking Advice

Happy Wednesday! Time for another Wednesday's Online Business Mistake.  Today I would like to talk about taking advice.  When you work at home, you will see so much information about working at home from so many people.  Yeah I know you have to be careful not to buy every "guru's" book, I don't encourage you to run out and buy everything that will supposedly make you money online.  I also do not think you should run out and buy everything that says it will make your business grow.  So please do not think that is what I am going to tell you here.

Much of the best advice about working at home or running an online business is free, not all but you can get a lot of useful information free.  My mistake here was not listening to some of the bloggers and other people who are really making money working at home.  I mean people who really are and not just saying they are to get a sale or a referral.  

Bloggers like Darren Rowse at Problogger.net know what they are talking about and doing, these are the kind of people that I should have taken work at home and blogging advice from in the beginning.  He is really making money, not just saying he is in a quick sales pitch.  I love his blog and the advice he gives out.  I like to learn more (I learn everyday) from other bloggers and others who work at home still, but in the beginning it would have helped if I didn't brush the advice aside.  Some of it I figured I could do without or oh my blog is different, I don't need to do that.  

Granted I did learn a lot since I first started blogging in 2007, but if I had listened to the right people (not buying crappy information products) I would have been more successful early on.  Live and learn and yes - I have been learning from my mistakes! 

Long story short: If you find somebody reputable, somebody that is not just trying to sell you a work at home opportunity or scam, listen to their advice.  Chances are they are sharing tips that helped them be what they are today! This goes for any business, not just work at home businesses.  Don't run out and buy the latest and greatest opportunity, listen to the people who really know what they are doing.

Hope you are having a wonderful week!
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Work at Home Writing for iWriter

I have been on iWriter.com for a while now as a test to see how well it works.  iWriter.com is a website where you work at home writing articles for clients and after they accept your articles, you get paid for it.  There has been a lot of people saying that you won't make much money at this site, so I had to test it out.  Can you really make money with them?

The answer is yes you can make money with iWriter.  When you first start out, you will not be making as much as you will be a standard writer and the pay is quite low for standard articles.  You will be able to advance to Elite status once you have at least 30 ratings on your account and your average rating is 4.6 stars or higher.  Premium is an average of 4 stars after 30 ratings.  This allows you to earn more money per article.  When you write for them, you do all of your work at home.

There is no test to start writing, but I recommend you do your best to have correct spelling and good grammar or you will not get good ratings.  Ratings are given by clients, not the site.  There are a couple clients that are not specific with instructions and will give you a low rating if you do not realize they really meant something other then what they stated, but overall many of the clients are great to work with.  Just be careful if you write for somebody that has a lot of negative comments in their rating feedback.  Not saying they are bad to write for, just be careful.

I have had to email their customer support and have received a response within 24 hours, so they are dedicated to working with the writers and the clients.  They are free to join and write, they take a certain percentage of each article you write.  This is taken off before you see the "writer's earnings" next to the article, so what you see for the earnings is what you will get.

Another great thing about them is that you can choose to be paid every week.  They have a few options for payments.  You can choose every Tuesday, twice a month or even once a month.  You just have to have at least $20 in your account to receive payout.  If you select every Tuesday, as long as you have $20 in your account, your payment will be in your Paypal account early Tuesday morning- Eastern Standard Time.  Mine is usually in my account by 2 AM.  Many sites that allow you work at home writing articles do not pay out every week.

I am not compensated for sharing this with you, they do not have an affiliate program.  It is a legit work at home site and they do really pay.  I have found them to be a reliable place to write and earn money for articles.  They may not pay as well as some other places, but they are a place to earn quick money and get paid weekly!

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