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Friday, 17 October 2014 12:37
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While not all of these ideas will make you a million, people have paid the mortgage with most of them!

  1. AV Expertise: sell your audio/visual production services
  2. Admin: perform network administration services remotely
  3. Affiliate Marketing: sign up free with networks like Commission Junction, LinkShare and Shareasale
  4. Apps: create and monetize a mobile phone app
  5. Are You Musical?: record a song then sell downloads online
  6. Be a Promoter: sell your social networking abilities for a fee
  7. Be a Reviewer: sites will pay for reviews with cash or goods
  8. Be an Editor: sell proofreading or editing services on the web
  9. Be the Middleman: if you’ve got the inroads, connect buyers to sellers (think linkedin.com)
  10. Become a Critic: review a local field on a personal blog and trade the advertising for things like free meals or movie tickets
  11. Become a Tester: review things like games, websites and software
  12. Become an Expert: be the best in some online field then charge for appearances or instructional lessons
  13. Blog Commenting: be a paid contributor
  14. Blog for Fun: blog daily about something you love to build a valuable audience
  15. Blogging: monetize by putting up ads that are relevant to your content
  16. Build Niche Websites: sell them on Sitepoint Marketplace
  17. Build a Database: fill it with useful info and sell it at odditysoftware.com
  18. Build a Twitter Network: then sell your tweets to marketers
  19. Crafting: sell your homemade goods online at sites like Etsy
  20. Craigslist: great place to offer a service for a fee (think driving, painting, etc.)
  21. Create AdSense Sites: any website can bring in nominal ad revenue
  22. Create Link Bait: design Infographics or Top 10 Lists then offer them to relevant businesses
  23. Create Videos: offer to create videos for weddings, retirements and corporate functions
  24. Create a Design Template: sell it at sitepoint.com or digitalpoint.com
  25. Create a Membership Site: charge for your content or services
  26. Create a Recurring Podcast: put it for sale on iTunes
  27. Create a Viral Video: promote it on TubeMogul.com
  28. Create a Web Tool: like a plugin or WordPress theme
  29. Customer Support: perform job duties online from home
  30. Data Entry: work from the keyboard at home and earn cash
  31. Develop Software: if you find it useful, someone else will, too (and they’ll pay!)
  32. Directory Sites: set up a local business directory online
  33. Ecommerce: sell your product on eBay or your very own website
  34. Email Handling: find someone to pay you to sort and respond to emails
  35. Email List Marketing: sell your product to the contacts you buy
  36. eMagazine: start a monthly web publication and eventually charge for membership
  37. Fiverr.com: sell any service for $5
  38. Focus Groups: researchers are always looking for participants and usually pay
  39. Forums: charge to host or moderate online forums
  40. Get Creative: create and sell Twitter and MySpace backgrounds and ebook covers
  41. Get Design Savvy: sell your talent to t-shirt and promotional companies
  42. Get Online: if you’ve got a brick-and-mortar company, it’s time to get rolling on an online component
  43. Good at Games?: build up a MMORPG account and sell or trade it
  44. Graphic Design: learn the basics and charge for service
  45. How-To Videos: educate people (think**: dog training, baking, make-up application) through videos you lace with paid ads
  46. Illustrate: sell your designs online or to production houses
  47. Install CMS: help people install things like WordPress
  48. Interviewing: know any interesting professionals? Conduct interviews and sell them
  49. Invest: research and trade stocks online day to day for quick returns
  50. Job Counseling: help searchers find jobs in a specific field
  51. Join Pay To Surf Programs: Yes, some companies pay you for this
  52. Journalism: write for a respected news magazine or paper online
  53. Jury Duty: become an online juror
  54. Life Coaching: it’s a great service to sell online
  55. Link Broker: become a link dealer for SEO and webhosting companies to use
  56. Logo Design: create some logos and sell them at places like digitalpoint forums
  57. Love Social Networking?: sell your expertise to small companies
  58. Map Sites: Update map information regularly in exchange for credits that can be used as cash
  59. Media Monitoring: have companies pay you to monitor their online media mentions
  60. Move Websites: Offer to migrate website files or databases like websitemovers.com
  61. Multi-Level Marketing: build and SEO a site to garner MLM interest and signups
  62. Mystery Shopping: sign up, review, and get paid online
  63. Online Consulting: start a company and recruit clients
  64. Online Newsletter: offer to create, update and run a company’s monthly newsletter
  65. Order Processing: businesses will pay you to perform these tasks
  66. PLR Articles: write Private Label Rights articles and resell them
  67. PayPal: ask friends or site visitors to donate to your account
  68. Personal Shopper: online shop for people for a fee
  69. Photo Editing: get good at Photoshop and sell your editing services to brides and photographers
  70. Photography: sell stock photos online at istockphoto.com
  71. PowerPoints: create professional PowerPoints for business and students
  72. Promotion: help build local business online for a fee
  73. Provide Research: do the legwork and fact-checking for people
  74. Recipes: love to cook? Sell your recipes to food websites
  75. Reward Programs: you can earn cash by shopping like usual
  76. SEO: use your personal or professional experience to charge for consulting
  77. Self-publish a Book: sell it on Amazon or to an eReader publisher
  78. Sell Domains: buy domains that will accrue value over time, sell at a premium later
  79. Sell Domains: offer to help manage the resale of unused websites for a commission
  80. Sell Keyword Research: learn Google Analytics and crunch some numbers
  81. Shop for Cash: utilize online promotions to score gift cards and cash discounts when you shop
  82. Site Audit: offer to perform a content and SEO audit of a website in need of updating
  83. Software Installation: offer help online for a small price
  84. Summarize: read books and watch movies then summarize for sites like SparkNotes.com
  85. Surveys: online survey houses pay in gift cards and cash for your time and input
  86. Swap: use networking or classified sites to barter and trade goods
  87. Sweepstakes: the law of averages says if you enter tons of online contents, you’ll eventually win
  88. Take Good Lecture Notes: then sell them online to fellow students
  89. Tech Support: know a lot about computers? Offer 24/7 tech support for a fee
  90. Telemarketing: all you need is a phone and an Internet connection
  91. The Big Idea: sell a service through your niche website and take a percentage like SendUsOff.com
  92. Transcription: transcribe audio files for cash
  93. Translate: if you speak another language, translate documents online
  94. Travel: offer to be a paid online travel reviewer for sites like Frommer’s or Lonely Planet
  95. Tutoring: teach others another language or skill online for a cost
  96. Use Amazon’s Mechanical Turk: Get paid for doing HITs – Human Intelligence Tasks
  97. Virtual Assistant: web workers need people to do their grunt work
  98. Voiceovers: offer your voice online for the blind
  99. Wake-up Call: offer to email or call in reminders to people like a personal secretary 100.Writing: charge webmasters for your content (use Elance or oDesk) 101.YouTube: become a partner
 
Friday, 17 October 2014 12:37
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While not all of these ideas will make you a million, people have paid the mortgage with most of them!

  1. AV Expertise: sell your audio/visual production services
  2. Admin: perform network administration services remotely
  3. Affiliate Marketing: sign up free with networks like Commission Junction, LinkShare and Shareasale
  4. Apps: create and monetize a mobile phone app
  5. Are You Musical?: record a song then sell downloads online
  6. Be a Promoter: sell your social networking abilities for a fee
  7. Be a Reviewer: sites will pay for reviews with cash or goods
  8. Be an Editor: sell proofreading or editing services on the web
  9. Be the Middleman: if you’ve got the inroads, connect buyers to sellers (think linkedin.com)
  10. Become a Critic: review a local field on a personal blog and trade the advertising for things like free meals or movie tickets
  11. Become a Tester: review things like games, websites and software
  12. Become an Expert: be the best in some online field then charge for appearances or instructional lessons
  13. Blog Commenting: be a paid contributor
  14. Blog for Fun: blog daily about something you love to build a valuable audience
  15. Blogging: monetize by putting up ads that are relevant to your content
  16. Build Niche Websites: sell them on Sitepoint Marketplace
  17. Build a Database: fill it with useful info and sell it at odditysoftware.com
  18. Build a Twitter Network: then sell your tweets to marketers
  19. Crafting: sell your homemade goods online at sites like Etsy
  20. Craigslist: great place to offer a service for a fee (think driving, painting, etc.)
  21. Create AdSense Sites: any website can bring in nominal ad revenue
  22. Create Link Bait: design Infographics or Top 10 Lists then offer them to relevant businesses
  23. Create Videos: offer to create videos for weddings, retirements and corporate functions
  24. Create a Design Template: sell it at sitepoint.com or digitalpoint.com
  25. Create a Membership Site: charge for your content or services
  26. Create a Recurring Podcast: put it for sale on iTunes
  27. Create a Viral Video: promote it on TubeMogul.com
  28. Create a Web Tool: like a plugin or WordPress theme
  29. Customer Support: perform job duties online from home
  30. Data Entry: work from the keyboard at home and earn cash
  31. Develop Software: if you find it useful, someone else will, too (and they’ll pay!)
  32. Directory Sites: set up a local business directory online
  33. Ecommerce: sell your product on eBay or your very own website
  34. Email Handling: find someone to pay you to sort and respond to emails
  35. Email List Marketing: sell your product to the contacts you buy
  36. eMagazine: start a monthly web publication and eventually charge for membership
  37. Fiverr.com: sell any service for $5
  38. Focus Groups: researchers are always looking for participants and usually pay
  39. Forums: charge to host or moderate online forums
  40. Get Creative: create and sell Twitter and MySpace backgrounds and ebook covers
  41. Get Design Savvy: sell your talent to t-shirt and promotional companies
  42. Get Online: if you’ve got a brick-and-mortar company, it’s time to get rolling on an online component
  43. Good at Games?: build up a MMORPG account and sell or trade it
  44. Graphic Design: learn the basics and charge for service
  45. How-To Videos: educate people (think**: dog training, baking, make-up application) through videos you lace with paid ads
  46. Illustrate: sell your designs online or to production houses
  47. Install CMS: help people install things like WordPress
  48. Interviewing: know any interesting professionals? Conduct interviews and sell them
  49. Invest: research and trade stocks online day to day for quick returns
  50. Job Counseling: help searchers find jobs in a specific field
  51. Join Pay To Surf Programs: Yes, some companies pay you for this
  52. Journalism: write for a respected news magazine or paper online
  53. Jury Duty: become an online juror
  54. Life Coaching: it’s a great service to sell online
  55. Link Broker: become a link dealer for SEO and webhosting companies to use
  56. Logo Design: create some logos and sell them at places like digitalpoint forums
  57. Love Social Networking?: sell your expertise to small companies
  58. Map Sites: Update map information regularly in exchange for credits that can be used as cash
  59. Media Monitoring: have companies pay you to monitor their online media mentions
  60. Move Websites: Offer to migrate website files or databases like websitemovers.com
  61. Multi-Level Marketing: build and SEO a site to garner MLM interest and signups
  62. Mystery Shopping: sign up, review, and get paid online
  63. Online Consulting: start a company and recruit clients
  64. Online Newsletter: offer to create, update and run a company’s monthly newsletter
  65. Order Processing: businesses will pay you to perform these tasks
  66. PLR Articles: write Private Label Rights articles and resell them
  67. PayPal: ask friends or site visitors to donate to your account
  68. Personal Shopper: online shop for people for a fee
  69. Photo Editing: get good at Photoshop and sell your editing services to brides and photographers
  70. Photography: sell stock photos online at istockphoto.com
  71. PowerPoints: create professional PowerPoints for business and students
  72. Promotion: help build local business online for a fee
  73. Provide Research: do the legwork and fact-checking for people
  74. Recipes: love to cook? Sell your recipes to food websites
  75. Reward Programs: you can earn cash by shopping like usual
  76. SEO: use your personal or professional experience to charge for consulting
  77. Self-publish a Book: sell it on Amazon or to an eReader publisher
  78. Sell Domains: buy domains that will accrue value over time, sell at a premium later
  79. Sell Domains: offer to help manage the resale of unused websites for a commission
  80. Sell Keyword Research: learn Google Analytics and crunch some numbers
  81. Shop for Cash: utilize online promotions to score gift cards and cash discounts when you shop
  82. Site Audit: offer to perform a content and SEO audit of a website in need of updating
  83. Software Installation: offer help online for a small price
  84. Summarize: read books and watch movies then summarize for sites like SparkNotes.com
  85. Surveys: online survey houses pay in gift cards and cash for your time and input
  86. Swap: use networking or classified sites to barter and trade goods
  87. Sweepstakes: the law of averages says if you enter tons of online contents, you’ll eventually win
  88. Take Good Lecture Notes: then sell them online to fellow students
  89. Tech Support: know a lot about computers? Offer 24/7 tech support for a fee
  90. Telemarketing: all you need is a phone and an Internet connection
  91. The Big Idea: sell a service through your niche website and take a percentage like SendUsOff.com
  92. Transcription: transcribe audio files for cash
  93. Translate: if you speak another language, translate documents online
  94. Travel: offer to be a paid online travel reviewer for sites like Frommer’s or Lonely Planet
  95. Tutoring: teach others another language or skill online for a cost
  96. Use Amazon’s Mechanical Turk: Get paid for doing HITs – Human Intelligence Tasks
  97. Virtual Assistant: web workers need people to do their grunt work
  98. Voiceovers: offer your voice online for the blind
  99. Wake-up Call: offer to email or call in reminders to people like a personal secretary 100.Writing: charge webmasters for your content (use Elance or oDesk) 101.YouTube: become a partner
Friday, 17 October 2014 06:10
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Rule No. 1: If it sounds too good to be true, run — don’t walk — away.

The word you want to use if your friends, co-workers or loved ones propose such a business opportunity to you is “no.” End the conversation immediately and get away from the person making the pitch. Don’t say, “I’ll think about it,” because that will encourage them to try to wear you down.

Rule No. 2: You don’t need to know or prove that the proposal is a fraud to have reason to reject it.

Leave it to the courts to determine fraud. You simply have to know that it is your money and that there needs to be a compelling reason for you to give your money to someone as part of a business deal. If a person pitches you about a “sure thing” that is supposed to pay you a big profit, you know that he or she is lying to you. You don’t have to prove to anyone that the proposed deal is a scam. Anything that sets off even the tiniest warning bells is a perfect reason to invoke Rule No. 1 and say no.

There are all kinds of multilevel investment programs that may be legal (or too difficult to prove to be criminal schemes). The law cannot effectively protect you from such schemes, but you can protect yourself if you look for these warning signs and if you follow Rule No. 1 if any of them are present.

Any “investment” program that requires you to recruit other “investors” in order to be successful is a form of pyramid scheme. Whether the scheme meets the legal test for fraud need not concern you. That’s what Rule No. 2 is all about. You should never agree to “invest” in such a scheme. I stress the word “never.”

A pyramid scheme will typically also require you to purchase products from the company. There are, of course, legitimate franchise agreements — think McDonald’s — in which the owner of the local franchise must purchase products from the parent company. So this feature, in itself, is not a foolproof warning sign. But you do not need specialized expertise to distinguish between a real franchise like McDonald’s with brick-and-mortar stores and a back-of-the-van sales operation that can achieve a big score only by bringing many new “investors.”

Friday, 17 October 2014 04:57
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If the ebola outbreak in the United States has taught us anything, so far, it’s that everyone is faking it, all of the time.

When you’re outside looking in, it always looks like the people in the fancy suits or with the clipboards are so smart, so on top of everything. They seem so smart. Everything seems so well planned.

But if you’ve ever been on the inside, and we all have, you know what it’s like to be clueless, to make decisions without enough information, to shoot from the hip.

And it’s not just you. It’s everyone. And everything.

Everyone is making up everything as they go. Everyone is just shooting from the hip.

The emperor has no clothes. He never does.

But this is good news. If you ever think you’re not good enough or not smart enough, you’re wrong. You are.

Friday, 17 October 2014 01:56
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When starting a new business it’s only natural to turn to your friends.

They’ve always had your back. They were in your wedding. They’re the first you casually mentioned your business idea to. They’re the first to give you free advice, and they’re around when we need a break.

It is rather unsurprising, but more than 40% of new businesses are lead by people who were friends before they started.

Well don’t do that!

Recent research from Harvard Business School indicates that businesses started by friends have an increased risk of what’s called “founder turnover.” Each friendship in the founding team increased the rate of founder turnover by 28.6%!

You’re better off starting a business with a perfect stranger!

The logic is easily understandable: If you were friends first, and business partners second, you have an incentive to preserve the friendship at the expense of the business.

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