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Understanding Audio Book Affiliate Programs

In Getting started wah, gigs, home business overview, work at home, work at home basics on February 25, 2009 at 11:45 am

Understanding Audio Book Affiliate Programs


They key to understanding audio book affiliate programs is to understand the terminology used. Misinterpretation of one word in a paragraph can lead to a misunderstanding of the entire idea. Understanding audio book affiliate programs is easy and fun once you gain that basic knowledge.


An audio book is a book that is recorded on tape or CD. People who have trouble reading due to eye problems or blindness use them. Avid travelers and people on the go also use them.


Audio book affiliates are people who promote merchants audio books on their websites. Audio book affiliate websites are usually full of informational content or entertaining by nature. They enter into an agreement with the merchant to place a affiliate link on their website in exchange for a fee.


Merchants are those who offer an audio book for sale and will allow an affiliate a cash amount for each sale generated from the affiliates website.


Sometimes a merchant will require certain policies to be followed by the audio book affiliate. These requirements and rules should be reviewed carefully before deciding on an audio affiliate program. Some of these requirements may be to receive a certain amount of visitors a month, to have a Google page rank of a certain number or to own your own domain name. Go over and make sure that you can accommodate each rule. If not, it may cause your commission checks to be delayed or even stopped.


Audio book affiliates are most successful when the audio book they choose is closely related to the content of their website. Choosing to promote an audio book that is about house training a dog on a website dedicated to health and beauty secrets is not going to sell. Careful consideration and comparisons can be a great investment in your success as an audio book affiliate.


Another big help is to utilize the tools provided by the audio book affiliate program. Many will make available exceptional marketing tools like banners, buttons and other codes. They may also provide some sales and commission reports that make it easy to track your progress.




How to become a Professional Freelance Marketer From Home

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2009 at 10:02 am

How to Become a Professional Marketer From Home


If you’ve always found yourself telling others about the great deals you’ve found and if you have a flair for putting things in their best light then becoming a professional marketer is a fabulous career choice. It can easily be done from home with just a few essential home office tools and fits well into most any schedule.


Consider these tips to get started in this lucrative career:


  • Marketing is a role in any organization that applies a group of processes for creating, communicating, and delivering a specified value to customers and for managing customer relationships in ways that benefit the organization and its stakeholders in a way nothing else can.   Professional marketers are those people who work in that line and are aware of the intricacies of the trade.


  • Taking a professional certified marketers class and passing the complete exam covering all the essential areas of marketing is integral. A Professional Certified Marketer program must meet stringent nationwide professional certification criterion and principles for superiority in marketing. Having this accreditation shows you are a marketer who is dedicated to your profession.


  • The best marketers persistently improve their skills by keeping up with new ideas as well as highlighting their new accomplishments. Show prospective clients that you are motivated, knowledgeable and committed to quality. Be prepared to explain why you are a valuable asset to any team.
  • New marketers start out slow. Taking only one client on at a time may seem like slow going but that is a good thing. In the hectic, fast-moving world of professional marketing, giving one client your all can ensure that you did the very best possible job by not having any other distractions. In the beginning of your career your best bet is to do one job at a time and give it your all. Ask for a review or evaluation when the job is done to evaluate your performance and identify your high and low points.


  • Network, network, network! Explain to all your business associates and prospective ones that you are in the marketing business. If you can benefit in the long run by offering someone your services free or at a discounted rate – do it! Always try to find a way to work in what you do in any situation. Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn. Who better to tout your accomplishments that you? Just be ready to prove your points with hard fact and evidence that you’re the top in your field.


  • Some of the classes and exams can get pricey. Spend your time wisely while your saving. Read marketing publications and opt-in to any marketing newsletters you find. Attend conferences, lectures and seminars to keep up to date on what is happening in the field.


Any research you put into the field is an investment in your own future. The profession is constantly changing with technology and morphing into new and exciting opportunities. Anyone who thrives on a fast-paced environment and enjoys learning and implementing new ideas will be financially successful in the professional marketing business.

Sushi- oh yeah baby

In home life, Kids and family on February 12, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I dont do blog posts like this often. I dont know why. I do videos and all kinds of crazy stuff on my Woman Condemned blog but this one is mainly for telecommuting.

However, I attempted to make sushi today- my all time favorite food in the world and it was a monumental event in my life. My whole family hates it but me. I love it. I dont have to wait to go out to eat to get it! I can have it whever I want it! Did I mention I love it?

I bought the wrap kit at Food Lion.

0212091532a1_edited You have to microwave the rice and then try to get a spoonful of it to stick to the sea weed wrap. I didnt do to good at that my first try. It kept sticking to my fingers and finally the wrap got to wet and ripped and fell apart.

sushi1  But I kept trying ( I just ate all the evidence of bad sushi wrapping before anyone saw it!)

I put avocado and crab meat on top of the rice and eventually I learned not to wait to long before starting to wrap it. They actually looked pretty good before I got to the last one and they tasted great.


I am available for sushi wrapping at your next event. Please email me for details.

Ten Tips for Setting Family Ground Rules for Your Home-Based Business

In Getting started wah, home life, Kids and family, work at home, work at home basics on February 11, 2009 at 5:09 am

One big challenge of running a business out of your home is balancing work and family. If you’re serious about succeeding, then it’s up to you to set up ground rules for your family to abide by.

Here are 10 tips for setting the ground rules that will allow you to run a successful home-based business and keep a happy home.

Establish a routine and stick with it. Families, and especially children, thrive on routines. If you set up specific times for both work and family, you’ll be more productive.

Carve out a workspace. Establishing a bona fide home office sets clear boundaries for family members. Keeping your work confined to your office will keep your business from intruding on your personal life. It will also protect important business information from falling prey to children’s spills, negligence, or well-inteneded but inappropriate participation.

Keep separate quarters. If possible, locate your office in a detached section of your home: garage, attic, furnished basement, or another location away from the main house. At the very least, make sure you have an office door that can be closed to give you some privacy.

Soundproof your office. Do what you can to keep your office quiet. Make sure that the family noises from the houses — dog barking, kids yelling — don’t distract you or intrude on your business phone calls.

Schedule quality family time. Make sure your children and significant other are an integral part of your daily routine. Set up sacred rituals — bedtime, family dinner together — and devote yourself entirely to your family during these times.

Explain flex time. One of the great perks of running a home-based business is it allows you a certain amount of flexible work hours. You can run midday errands and attend the occasional school function in the middle of the day. But explain to your family members that you may not always be in a position to be with them during the workday, that projects and clients might be the priority at a particular time in the day. Otherwise you risk disappointing them when you can’t make it to a school function or take care of a family issue.

Hire help. Hiring a housekeeper or a nanny to take up some of the slack can allow you to focus on your business and be more productive. Consider this part of the cost of doing business effectively.

Assign household chores. Negotiate ahead of time what chores need to be done and by whom. Let your family members know that you are depending on them to help you out, and that you expect and appreciate their help in making your business a success.

Establish telephone protocol. If possible, establish separate work and family phone lines and email addresses. It is also important to teach your children and your spouse that, if they happen to pick up your work phone, they should answer it professionally. They should identify the business and take a detailed message so you can return the call.

Create signals. Create a signal that makes it clear when you do not want to be disturbed. This could be something as simple as closing your office door when you are hard at work or even holding up a “Do Not Disturb” sign when on the phone.


Creative Moms Business Ideas

In Getting started wah, home business overview on February 3, 2009 at 4:50 am

Being a creative person has it’s advantages for sure, but I’ve found it also has it’s disadvantages, especially in the work force.

If you love the idea of raising your children and working from home, but feel like your creativity is being stifled in the process, you’re not alone. The good news is, there are plenty of businesses out there that allow us to not only stay home and make money, but also to feed our creative tendencies as well. The key is to find your “niche” and creatively build a business around it.

There are plenty of businesses that have proven themselves lucrative through the talents of it’s owners. A few examples of these businesses are:

Creating Gift Baskets- Put together beautiful baskets of goodies for clients right from home!

Crafting for Cash- Have a craft that gets oooh’s and aaah’s from everyone? Set up a table at a craft fair and see how well it sells. If it does well, book other fairs and you’ll be rolling in the dough in no time!

Creating Personalized Children’s Letters- write letters to kiddos from such characters as Santa and the Tooth Fairy. Advertise in flyers, newspapers and online.

Create Boutique Style Hair Bows- Nifty with ribbon and a hot glue gun? Put together beautiful bows for little girls hair and sell at craft fairs and on online auctions.

Web Design- Have a website that you can’t quit revising because it’s just so much darn fun? Try offering your services to others!

Logo Design- Artistic? Create logos for large and small companies!

Creative Writing- Like to write? Join an online group of creative writers and find clients who will pay you to write for them!

Of course, these are just a few examples of ways to make money with your creative side. The important thing is that you find a balance between doing something you love and making it fit into your busy mommy life.

It may take a little ingenuity, but if you have the passion and desire to make it happen, it will!

Tonya Nusser is a work-at-home mom and creator of LetterFun 2.0 -an easy to use computer program that allows you to easily create customized children’s character letters from your PC.

Ms. Nusser is also the author of a blog about being a WAHM and the craziness that goes along with it!

If it Costs Money it’s a SCAM!

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2009 at 8:19 am

I know that is the popular consensus. I know that for the most part it is true.

But just to be fair and just to confuse the newbies just a little bit more, I feel I must elaborate.

Home businesses are not scams. There is a reason they cost money to begin and some of them are WELL worth it.

Home business directories are a scam. If someone wants to charge you money to show you a list of places that hire telecommuters its a load of crap.

Software is not a scam. If you need to purchase some software to work, such as for medical transcription or something similar that is not a scam.

It all depends on what your buying. Just because it says “home business” or “work at home” somewhere next to the Price doesn’t mean its b.s.  know this is beat into your head when your starting out but it isn’t always true.

Take AVON and Mary Kay for instance. AVON costs $10 to start. Mary Kay $120. Why? Why should you pay them to begin selling their products? Look at it this way, do you think Sam Walton made everything he sold at that first WalMart? No. He bought it. When you sign on to be  representative for any company you need to stock your store.

These are not scams or pyramid schemes. It is a realbusiness of your own. Sink or swim. AVON cannot send you free products and hope you are really serious or knowledgable enough to make a successful business of it. You have to invest your own money and your own time.

It is entirely possible to make a living selling products and having home parties. Oh yes it is. But it isn’t handed to you. You have to work at it. And its hard work.