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Can You Make An Income From Building Websites? (Using A Forklift Licence Website As An Example)

It seems every day, in Australia, you hear more bad news about people losing their job. In the last few months we have had some huge companies announced that they are closing the door on their Australian manufacturing operations and moving these operations overseas.

And in each case thousands of Australian workers will lose their job.

Ford and Holden are the two highest profile examples of this, but there have been many over the last twelve months.

The sad result is that many people will be unable to get employment after being laid off. The reality for many older workers, particularly for any work is over the age of about 50, is that it is now extremely difficult to find a new job once you’ve been laid off.

Many of the people who are being laid off have worked for these companies for their entire life. They have skills and experience specifically related to the work they did but these skills and this experience is hard to translate into other jobs.

Can these people work from home building websites?

If someone is completely unable to find new work they have limited prospects. Of course the dole is always available but this pays very little money. Do they have any other options assuming that they are unable to find alternative employment?

Yes they do, however managing to learn the skills and turn these skills into income will not be easy.

I’ll use myself as an example. With no experience I managed to learn how to build websites. To develop a basic level of skill probably took me six months but after that time I was able to build a presentable website. (Here’s an example, one I did about forklift licences, here’s another one I did about Installment Loans)

And gradually, over time, I was able to build up a small base of clientele of people who are now turn to me to build a website for them.

It started out as a bit of fun. I was interested in building websites and so I decided to see if I could do it. Not for any income opportunity but simply to see if I could learn.

So is this realistic for anyone?

So can anyone who is laid off and who is unable to find work learn a skill like this and turn it into an income working from home?

Yes and no. Some people will be able to, however these people will need to have a significant interest in building websites and significant computer skills. Without those two things I think it’s unlikely to work.

And they will also need to have some serious marketing skills to get out there and attract business, at least at the beginning. If they’re good at producing websites they will eventually start to get referral business.

The reality, however, for most of these people is that they will not have the ability, or the interest, to learn skills like this and to turn those skills into a small business that they can run from home. Sadly many people I have recently lost their jobs shall remain unemployed right through the rest of their working life.

Unfortunately that’s the way things are heading in Australia now.

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April 24, 2014
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Coping With Stress In Your Work

Excessive stress and worry at work can be very harmful and cause emotional and physical problems that affect your health and work performance. When you are overwhelmed, your body releases adrenaline which increases your heart rate and blood pressure.

Too much worry is one of the biggest contributors to a vicious cycle of tension. The stress on your muscles, insomnia, headaches and other factors lead to further stress-inducing thoughts. The negative thoughts then aggravate the unpleasant physical feeling and so the cycle repeats.

There is no difference between stress that occurs inside and outside work. Nowadays, dynamic, team oriented organizations require creative, flexible and sustainable performance. This can only come from people who are able to balance the urgent demands of jobs and their personal life without neglecting either one of them. If you feel you are suffering from stress, you should find out which aspects of your life are causing it. If you are female and have no idea why you are unusually stressed, it may be part of the first symptoms of pregnancy, in which case you will want to think about a pregnancy test so you can be sure to write this possibility off.

Although you may not be able to avoid or change some aspects of your life, you can make some simple adjustments to the way you handle your affairs such as putting more time into managing and organizing your workload. First, ensure your desk is neat and organized at all times, then list and prioritise all the tasks you have to do, their deadlines and how much time you are going to allocate for each task. By having a planned time schedule, you will be able to keep track and not miss out anything. You may want to set a reminder or alarm on your computer system, smart phone or calendar etc to remind you of certain meetings and appointments.

Try to figure out how you can cope with time pressures, responsibilities, changes, deadlines etc by developing a new mental approach to stop them from overwhelming you. It will be great if you are able to get rid of unnecessary tasks. When you are overwhelmed by stress at work, you may ask yourself these following questions. How much can I realistically do here? Is the deadline acceptable? Is this task so important?

Excessive stress is bad for your health since it will disrupt your ability to think clearly and calmly about things. This is especially true if you are thinking about the things that are making you stressed in the first place. Try to think afresh about your current job and work out what the main causes of the stress might be and ask yourself if you can do the job differently. Be flexible in how you approach problems.

You should be realistic and delegate tasks if possible. What adjustment do I need to change? Since it may be hard for most of us to assess our symptoms especially if you are struggling with significant stress, you shouldn’t be afraid to consult a mental health professional for help as you will certainly not be alone in your problems and there may be proven practical steps that will really help.

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April 23, 2014
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Medical Niche – Make Money Online by Blogging

The internet is great place for just about everything. It allows you access to all kinds of information like books, music or video within seconds, simply by clicking a few buttons. You are also able to keep in touch with your friends at all times, no matter where they are in the world. But apart from using it for education and entertainment, the internet can also be used as a means to provide you with an additional income or even allow you to make a living full-time online.

There are numerous benefits of this. For example, you would be your own boss. If you make a living online there will no one breathing down your neck which makes your life less stressful. You will be able to abandon the fear of losing your job too, since you are self-employed and ultimately in control. Those among you who hate getting up early in the morning, or lead very busy lives will appreciate the fact that the work hours are completely flexible. And speaking of hours, you work as much as you want, depending on how much you are looking to make.

As for how you can make money online, it is possible to market and sell almost anything including things which are not physical products. Obviously, software developers and engineers have the edge, but you can also make money online as a designer, photographer, artist, voice actor, architect or a writer. Information type websites can be a great way to make money online, blogging.

I’d like to talk about how you can make money by blogging and blogging for medical niche websites in particular. You see, a career in medicine is very promising and people are looking for more information about it every day. For example websites like this one offers a lot of information about specific nurse salaries: Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses and LPN, LVN salaries. It also covers things like – chances of employment, and where to look for a job. One of my friends is a medical professional, and seeing as she has a lot of experience in the field, we’ve decided to partner up and start a similar site, which would provide real-life impressions and advice for those who are looking to become trained medical professionals.

There is an unlimited earning potential when it comes to blogging about medicine/salary, since nursing is shaping up to be one of the most promising careers, with an estimated steady growth in the next ten years. As such, people are reading about it and looking for useful information and facts on the subject, and that’s where we come in. The other great thing about this type of niche is that the cost of online advertizing is quite high – meaning greater earnings potential for your websites.

If you happen to be working in the medical field, and have something useful that you can share, give it a shot. You might just be surprised how well it goes. Plus, you would be providing a valuable service to those who are looking to make career out of caring for others, like yourself. There are lots of opportunities if you get a little creative.
Of course, you can make money blogging about anything you are passionate about. It’s even better if you are knowledgeable in several fields, because you can run several blogs at the same time and earn more money that way. If you have any experience in medicine, I advise you to try that particular niche first, because it is highly sought after, and that means you can potentially earn more. Just another idea of how you can get started making a business online.

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April 19, 2014
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Make money from home selling generators online with Amazon

Well some people like to travel to work in the morning and spend their time with other colleagues, you get some people who would prefer to spend their days at home and make money from there. It doesn’t seem legit, but it is one of the easiest ways to make money.

Once you have decided on what portable generators to sell all you need to do is decide on a selling plan on Amazon. The Individual plan or the Professional plan. The Individual plan is where you can sell a limited amount of portable generators a month, or you can choose the Professional is where you pay a small fee every month but can sell more than 40 items a month.

The last step is to register and set up your account. This is setting up your notifications, shipping options and your payment options. You can also choose how you want to advertise and what your preferences are. You can make everything to suit your needs and wants with a click of a button!

From here all you need to do is list your portable generators like for instance the Durostar 4400 on your Amazon account and let the customers come to you! No need to work from an office and start finding customers for your portable generators, all you need to do is advertise your portable generators, the price and the condition of the portable generators. The buyers can click on Buy Item and from there you receive your money into your bank account and you need to ship the portable generator to the customer. The shipment fee is included into the pricing system.

Amazon is an easy to use online selling service where you can sell your portable generators quicker than at the shops, because online shopping is so much easier than having to go into an actual shop and speak with someone. Nowadays all you need to do is logon to the online shopping realm and shop away! You don’t need to meet any customers face to face and your selling options are so much better, because you can sell to anyone in the world, and not only in one state or community like a shopping centre.

With Amazon, the customer needs to purchase the item before it is shipped which means your money will be deposited into your account and you will receive proof of purchase straight away. This method of shopping is also safer than other methods, as you do not need to travel with loads of money for the portable generator but purchase it online in the safety of your own home.

One needs to understand that online shopping is taking over quite rapidly and this is the new way to shop. If you want to make money you need to start thinking on the ball and start selling your portable generators online at the right price. Selling portable generators no longer needs to be a hassle but more of a money making option that should not take up all your time!

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April 18, 2014
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Commercial espresso machines: less caffeine, a much better taste

espresso-vs-coffee-300There is something I really think I cannot do without, and that’s my coffee.

Not only do I love its rich, creamy taste, especially if I manage to find the time to sip it slowly and take my time, but I also revel in the great effects of caffeine.
As all coffee-lovers know, caffeine is a huge helping hand when you need to be awake and productive and you are feeling everything but.

Maybe I might have had less sleeping hours than usual or just had a long week beforehand, and I might be feeling very tired – this happens quite often.

Then I just make myself a nice, strong cup of coffee and I enjoy the long-lasting regenerative effects, which leave me active and ready to work hard for a while longer.
Just like most Americans, I used to be addicted to my long, strong American coffee: a big cup that gave me lots of energy and good taste.

Still, I was not completely satisfied.

This is why I got curious and started researching on the web.

What I found out was a bit unsettling, I must admit, but then I realized how helpful it could actually be.
I discovered that the average cup of American coffee (about 100 ml) contains between 95 and 125 mg of caffeine.

This really is a lot! Caffeine has good effects on your body, but it can also be quite damaging when assumed in too-high quantities.

Therefore, I started looking for solutions.
I discovered something I hadn’t been very interested before: espresso.

Espresso is the classic Italian coffee.

It’s shorter than American coffee and it only contains about 60 to 80 mg of caffeine.

The most amazing thing, though, is that the taste is actually much better than the American one! You should try it to fully understand what I’m talking about.
You might be wondering whether the smaller amount of caffeine means that espresso won’t keep you awake and alert like an American coffee does – I was doubtful at first, but I easily found out that it gives you the same amount of energy, or even more.

The thing is, it’s not just caffeine that keeps you active when you drink a coffee: it’s also the good, rich taste that comes with it.
Having discovered the wonders of espresso, I decided to buy a commercial espresso machine.

It is cheaper than going to a coffee shop every time on the long run, plus it’s more comfortable and it tastes better.

I went for a commercial espresso machine because I wanted the absolute best, and I did find it! Now I drink at least a couple cups every day, and I’m more awake and full of energy than ever.
My brand new commercial espresso machine is currently making me a delicious cup of coffee, and believe me when I say it tastes delicious.

It’s also convenient, because it’s very quick, and when you have people over you will definitely impress them with the most wonderful espresso they have ever tasted.

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April 16, 2014
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Rechargeable flashlight: when the garage has a blackout

garage-night-300A quite annoying accident happened to me a few days ago.

I was in my office, in the garage, working on a very important project that needed to get done by the next day, when all the lights suddenly went off.
I checked everything and there wasn’t a problem in my house, so I reckoned it had to be a blackout in the neighborhood.

I waited patiently for a while, without being able to keep working, since there is no natural light in my garage.

When I realized this would take a while, I searched my house for something to use for light.

I found a candle and had to work with it until it lasted – which wasn’t very long.

Never mind that it took me at least twenty minutes to find matches to light the candle with.
The light returned about two hours later, fortunately, but by then I realized I had to do something about it.

It wasn’t the first time a blackout occurred in my neighborhood: it’s actually a quite common occurrence.

Therefore, the following day I headed out to a specialized shop with the purpose of buying a flashlight.
I had never had much experience with flashlights before, to be honest.

I am not an expert and I thought, quite naively, that it would be very easy purchasing one – I would just have to pick one that didn’t cost too much and seemed good and that would be it.

Of course, that wasn’t the case.

There were so many models and different characteristics that I felt overwhelmed.

I asked a very nice clerk, who kindly explained all the differences between the models that justified the various prices and appearances.

It was illuminating (literally so)!
I ended up buying a quite common flashlight.

There are some special ones for people who need them for work or for doing sports.

I explained the clerk what I needed for and he showed me a simple one, suitable for many different uses.

The main features I didn’t know I was looking for – but, thinking about it, it was pretty obvious – were a good, strong light for working, long-lasting light, and ease of use.
The flashlight I bought is very basic, but it’s also quite big and LED-driven, which means that though it cost a bit more, it is very bright, enough for me to work without problems.
The clerk also suggested me to buy a flashlight that supported rechargeable batteries, so I did.

It is undoubtedly an advantage, because batteries can be very expensive and flashlights can consume them extremely quickly.

I had to buy a battery charger, but it wasn’t too expensive.

In the long run, rechargeable batteries are definitely convenient.
I tried my flashlight as soon as I got home and I was very satisfied.

It is very useful and it can also serve different purposes: it can be brought camping, trekking, or just on holiday as an emergency tool.

You never know when you may need some light!

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April 13, 2014
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How to Gain Useful Skills from Home!

I spend a fair amount of time here talking about the different ways you can build a successful internet business or earn money working from home. I know that many people want the option of setting their own hours or having the freedom to stay home with children while still earning an income.

It has come to my attention, though, that many people are seeking a job outside the home but they lack the opportunity or the financial means to gain the education or skills necessary to obtain outside employment. For this reason, I have decided to compile a list of resources for those seeking to learn new skills from the convenience of their own home.

Online Universities

If you are interested in furthering your education but are bound by financial or geographical reasons, you might want to consider taking some college classes online. There are a variety of college courses available online, and you can even obtain a degree in your chosen field without leaving home.

A great resource for online classes or degrees is the Open Universities website. You can look up the different courses available or what degrees can be obtained online. There is also information about financial aid and how to apply. Online classes offer a flexibility that traditional classes don’t. This can be especially beneficial if you are working on establishing an internet business but need some specialized training to run it!

Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificates

Another great option for training at home is taking an online course to receive your Responsible Certificate of Alcohol (RSA) certificate. In case you are not aware, an RSA certificate is required if you are going to be selling or serving alcohol in any establishment in Australia. The training is designed to help lessen the risks for both people selling and people drinking alcohol!

I think taking an online RSA course is an excellent way to prepare yourself for an outside job and also allowing you the convenience of studying in your home. This could be an excellent option if you are planning on taking a summer job serving drinks at a local pub or even traveling and picking up a few odd jobs here and there.

If you are interested in this type of course, you can look here for more information.

The Benefits of an At-Home Course of Study

While taking courses from home isn’t technically a way to make money from home, it is definitely away to receive an education while at home. There are many benefits to online or at home courses, including:

  • The flexibility of allowing you to choose courses that work well with your schedule.
  • The ability to complete coursework at your own pace.
  • Online courses are typically less expensive by far than going to a University or paying for in-person training.
  • They can be a great way to increase your skills and expertise if you already have an established at-home or internet business.

Regardless of your reasons for desiring to further your education or learn a new skill, having the opportunity to do so from the comfort of your own home is an excellent way to do so!

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April 11, 2014
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Working from Home vs. Working Out? You Can Do Both!

The digital age has brought us many new and exciting things: Personal computers, the internet, cell phones, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, High-Definition, and so on and so forth. But, in addition to innovations, it has also changed the way we do certain things. For example, you can do all of your shopping online and have the items delivered to your doorstep from any corner of the world. Or chatting with your friends and family via Skype, adding that much-needed visual component which phone conversations lack. Dating even takes place online as well, although I’d love to see how they can replace the real thing. Or perhaps, I rather wouldn’t!

The World Works from Home!

But, since all of those things can be done in a few simple clicks, it was just a matter of time before people started doing their jobs online as well. Some occupations have caught on more quickly than others but nearly all jobs can be done, at least in part, online. You don’t have to be a software developer to be able to work online.

There is a ton of work to be done online for marketing experts, architects, designers, artists, musicians, photographers or writers. Yours truly has been working online full-time for years now. It started off as a temporary solution, until I found a “real job”. And I’ve kept on doing it, much to dismay of everyone around me. That is, until it started bringing me more money than the coveted real job.

Why You Must Exercise

Having everything within an arm’s reach is great except when it comes to your health, which is why you need to consider working out from home as well. Even the simple physical effort of travelling to work has been removed from many people’s lives, thanks to working from home. Trying to incorporate some proper exercise into your daily life is more important than ever.

Most of us fail to realize how getting out of the house and being active has an effect on our health. Working out not only benefits your body but your mind as well because your brain will be supplied with more oxygen during the workout, which means your mind will function better allowing you to be more productive. Also, strengthening your upped body muscles will improve your posture and stance which is probably horrible because all you do is sit, work and eat, and not much else. Getting in shape or at least not letting yourself go completely is something you need to think about if you are working from home.

Home Exercise Equipment can Help

Of course there are many ways to go about getting fit from swimming to gym membership. Many home workers like to buy home exercise equipment giving them freedom to exercise when it suits them. I long ago learned the benefits of staying fit whilst working from home. Exercise has an amazing effect on your productivity. I chose the home exercise route and bought an elliptical trainer – amazing bits of kit! With a home elliptical machine you can have as heavy a workout as and when you please.

Haven’t heard of elliptical machines? I recommend you visit Elliptical Machine Advice.com – they have lots of information on elliptical trainers including reviews and a buying guide. Of course there are many alternatives to ellipticals such as home rowing machines, treadmills and exercise bikes. The important thing is to find something which fits your lifestyle – and use it regularly.

There are many benefits of working from home. You save a ton of time on commuting, not having to drive to work and get stuck in traffic. Not having to drive means you also save money on gas – plus you are doing your bit for the environment as well. You can earn more by taking on more work and controlling your hours at times that suit your lifestyle. And you can wear sweatpants! That one sold it for me. But, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. The truth is, you could be heading in a very unhealthy direction, unless you get some regular exercise during your downtime. Take some time out and get some exercise!

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April 5, 2014
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Medical Billing from Home is on the Rise

As you are aware, there are many options available today for using the Internet to make money from home. If you have some experience in the medical field (and are familiar with anatomical terms), accounting or billing you may be able to make a living doing medical coding from home.

There are a lot of scams out there about this though. They promise that all you need is access to an Internet connection and you will be rich overnight. THIS IS NOT TRUE. But with a lot of work and a willingness to learn it will be possible to build up a very profitable over time.

The first (and most important) step is to be aware of the scams that I mentioned. If scammers could put their talents towards doing good, the world would be an amazing place. They are really tricky. They pretend to be helping you to learn the trade, sell you some ridiculously priced (THOUSANDS of dollars) software and provide you with a list of doctors ready to hire you that is as real as a $3 bill.

You will need to take a course. Spend some time researching and evaluating the provider of the class. Check them out on the Better Business Bureau website. You should be able to distinguish between a real and fake opportunity pretty easily once you know what you are looking for.

I am not going to get too far into the educational aspects, that deserves it’s own article. Once you have attained your education and certification, you must begin to acquire clients. This is honestly the hardest part of the whole business. There are a variety of ways you can do this, and there are plenty out there looking for help.

In fact, as the number of patients rise (insured patients have risen exponentially because of Obama care), there is more and more demand for qualified professionals. There is more expected job growth in the field of medical coding and billing than in any other job out there.

There are a number of coding jobs that remain unfilled as well. Up to 20%, in fact. With the unfilled positions, more and more health care professionals are turning towards virtual (or home) based solutions. This is exactly why it is such a great time to get involved in this industry!

The startup costs can add up quite fast. You can expect a significantly lower cost than a traditional brick and mortar business, but the required training and software are not cheap. There are free versions of the software available, with limited access. If you have no prior experience, I would suggest you try out the free software to get a feel for if this may be something you’d actually like to do. (Before investing thousands of dollars and a ton of hours).

You can expect to earn a good living once you get your business rolling. There are some tax benefits to working from home. You will also save money by not commuting. There will be an adjustment to switching to a home office as well. You will find more temptation trying to pull you away from your work, and it will be up to you to decline!

There are many reasons that medical billing and coding is an attractive field. Job opportunity and growth, in my opinion, top the list. You will earn a competitive salary for whatever region you live in and enjoy the “freedom” of being your own boss. With just a little training, some software and the persistence and diligence to follow through, you will be well on your way to a rewarding career from home!

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April 4, 2014
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Spreading the Word about Your Local business

Marketing a local business is both easy and hard. Sure there is much less competition to deal with when compared to a national or international business, but the same principles need to be applied in order to achieve success.

One method in particular, which I have seen being used more and more on local level, is content marketing. The basic premise behind content marketing is that you provide a huge amount of useful content via a blog and / or social media resulting in a build up of social shares and natural links from other sites.

The industry I’ve recently been approach to work in is the cosmetic surgery industry, for a business that focuses specifically on breast augmentation and liposuction for women. As I began to come up with a plan for this potential client I was confronted with a wealth of high quality informational sites out there that are a prime target to be reached out to.

If I am successful in landing this new plastic surgery client, I plan on contacting many of these website owners both directly via email and also connecting with them via social media. The potential client I have is the biggest female cosmetic surgeon the city (which I won’t give away just yet) specifically for women looking for liposuction and breast implants. For my marketing strategy, this means that if I can reach out to these large and respected informational sites I can potential provide some useful content for their site in the form of guest posting or maybe even helpful interviews from respected surgeons to drive traffic back to my client’s website.

It’s also worth noting that with this strategy the most important thing is to “be everywhere” online, meaning that no matter the size of the website or its popularity it is still well worth contacting them. Say you have a client that deals with cosmetic rhinoplasty in Denver, if you have guest posts and possibly even banner advertising on a number of these general information sites, you will begin to drive traffic from people that are not necessarily searching for the exact search term of “Denver”.

As part of my preparation for this cosmetic surgery client, I have already reached out to a number of blogs including this site for breast augmentation pricing information, and this site for liposuction pricing information. While these sites are not necessarily ranking high right now, they are both the best resource I found online for the cost of those specific plastic surgeries, meaning that overtime they will rise in popularity as other websites begin to reference their content. These two sites would be great initial targets for guest posting and banner advertising.

As for social media, it can tough to keep on top of everything but I try to connect with as many other businesses as possible in the same industry via social media and make relevant and helpful comments. I am able to do this effectively because I don’t really deal with a large number of clients, but instead I focus on a small number of clients with a larger budget to spend with me. This allows me to outsource some tasks and also to spend my entire work week servicing just a few clients.

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April 3, 2014