Signing up for paid surveys seems to be an easy job for extra cash without exerting too much effort, not like taking on a second (or in this economy, a third) job. However, when it comes to picking which survey groups to join, you have to answer 3 simple questions to see if doing paid surveys would work for you.
Do you have to pay for signing up?
Legitimate survey and market research companies won't ask you to fork over any money. You are the one giving them feedback so you should't be charged anything. Check to see if the survey company has an affiliate program where you also get paid if you refer your friends and family to join in the surveys. Some companies compile directories or lists and sell memberships to these instead. Do some research and check out the reviews on the individual service first.
You made it.You escaped the rat race, got off the treadmill, and now you're self-employed.
You survey your little kingdom -- your very own office, maybe in a large closet, an extra bedroom, or a neat little corner of the living room, one all your own. Due to your planning and networking, you even have work coming in, and the stomach-clenching fear about making a living on your own is gone.
Working from home is pure heaven.You get a month when you become an instant rock star and everyone wants your services. After putting in a few -- well, more than a few-- late nights, you meet all the deadlines and collapse in relieved, exhilarated exhaustion"I did it! I"m doing it! I can do it!"
You decide to relax and give yourself a few days off. After everything you've accomplished, you've earned it, right?
As it turns out, the following week you find yourself off to a bad start trying to make-up for your time off. Before you know it, you find that you're lagging further and further behind. You think resentfully that when you were working for someone else, at least at the end of the day you were finished. What didn't get done just...didn't get done.
It's time to take heart and set a few simple strategies in place that will keep you in control of your time...and your sanity.
Do NOT Accept Any New Work This Week.
Take a good look at what you have on your plate now, and carefully plan the week ahead. Your aim is to regain control. Tell new clients that you are fully booked, but you can put them on a priority list to be phoned next week. This will not only allow you to catch up, but make your services appear highly in demand. Plus, any client who is willing to wait means he really want your service. That's an ego-boosting charge right there.
Build In Time For Leisure and Rest.
Not only for this week, but EVERY week. Every DAY, in fact. A half hour walk; a twenty-minute break in the sun with a cup of coffee and SPF 30 sunblock; a quick swim or a movie outing with friends - all these activities can recharge your batteries. You will find that you can achieve far more when you are rested and alert. (How many times have you just sat and stared at the computer screen with that funny floaty feeling because you were over-tired?)
Tackle Urgent Tasks First.
If your house is burning, you don't take the time to iron the curtains, right? If you're behind, your first step must be to contact all clients and arrange firm new deadlines. Make sure you base these new deadlines on what you can achieve, not what you hope you can achieve. If any existing client needs your services or products urgently, bump them up the queue.
Prioritize Remaining Tasks.
Scrap anything that is not essential, and delegate what you can. Consider involving family, business associates or friends to handle some tasks. On the other hand, don't hand over tasks that only you -- as the principal of the business -- can carry out . Your reputation is important. Take care of it.
Set Achievable Daily Goals.
If you finish a task ahead of schedule, begin the next... but adhere to a definite cut-off time each day. What you are doing this week is establishing a system that will continue to work for you.
Getting out of trouble when your business is in overload is just like getting out of debt. Your business rating is similar to your credit rating - nothing can be gained by denying that a problem exists. Nothing can be gained by slipping deeper into the mire. Call a halt; contact the main players; set workable strategies in place and you can quickly regroup.
Before you know it, your home business dream will be on track once more.
3rd of 3 parts
When you first start your blog, you probably have so much to say that you have no problem posting every day. After a while, you begin to run out of ideas and you can't seem to come up with fresh content. Every blogger has this problem from time to time. It's normal.
So how do you keep the blog going - keep it fresh and full of value? Here are some ideas:
Do a top 10 list - Bloggers and their readers love lists.
Lists tend to be easier to write and take less time to formulate. If you can't come up with 10, perhaps you can make it the top 3 or top 5.
Ask an expert - Approach someone who is very knowledgeable in your blog niche and you may find they'll be happy to do an interview, especially if they have a new product just launched and would like the exposure. Put together some thoughtful questions and ask them to write out their answers. The beauty of this blog post is that aside from asking the questions, the interviewee does all the work!
Answer a recurring question/problem - Go to the forums you frequent in your niche and look for a recurring question that people have. Doing a little research and coming up with answers makes for an excellent blog post. You also can become the expert.
Blog about other blog posts - Have you read a blog post recently that caused you to stop and think, or offered up a huge glittering gem of priceless information? Blog your opinions, insights, and inspiration you've gotten from that person's post. Be sure to provide a link back so your readers can read the original post.
Use the weather - Look around you at the season and tie it into your niche. Does the hot weather inspire you to share a story on your internet marketing blog about going fishing while your internet marketing business is still making you money? Does the 4 feet of snow outside make you think about reading your favorite books? If so, you can do a niche-related book review with your Amazon or other affiliate links attached.
What's up in your business world?- Blog about what you're working on now. Using a personal tone, explain what your current project is. Letting a few tidbits escape builds anticipation and helps your readers feel like they're now on the "inside".
Keep a capture journal - This is a catch-all for any sudden idea and stray what-if's that pass through your head as you go on in your day-to-day actions. Watching TV, taking your dog out for a walk, doing the laundry or waiting in line at the ATM, you might just come up with an idea that could be the seed of a possible blog post. Write it down -- or save a text message on your cell phone, whatever works for you -- and then save it in a safe place until you can get back to it at a later date, leaving the idea to stew a little.
These are just a few blogging ideas to help get you back on track providing real,thoughtful and informative value to your readers.
1st of 3 parts
You've heard about online marketing as a way to make some extra money on the side, but you don't have any programming skills and have nothing you can think of to sell that isn't already being offered everywhere. Can you still become successful and make money marketing online? In a nutshell: Yes.
There are a number of ways to make money online without a website. Blogging is one.
Blogging is an activity where you make a web page (Don't worry, you won"t need web wizard skills. Blogger, Typepad and Wordpress, among others, have templates and a set-up process that takes all the guesswork out of making a blog) that you update every few days with posts about your chosen subject. Visitors can comment on your posts for others to see. You can place advertising on your blog - provided automatically by Google - and get paid whenever anyone clicks on one of those ads.
You can also use a blog to sell products as an affiliate. Affiliates get a commission, determined by the product owner, for each sale that is generated as a result of one of your visitors buying the product. Clickbank is used by thousands of product owners as a payment processor and as a method to pay affiliates. It is free for affiliates to sign up and find products they would like to promote.
Pick a market niche you're familiar with as the topic for your blog. Every few days post on your blog. Of course that's not all you need to do. You have to get people to your blog to read it and hopefully click on your paid ads, or on the products you're promoting as an affiliate.
Most of the blog sites are searchable by keywords. Search on the same words you've used for your site to find other blogs. Then leave a comment on the relevant blogs and include your link to your own blog. If you don't have time you can hire people to comment for you. The cost runs between 10 cents and a $1.00 per comment posted.
You can submit your blog's URL to search engines, so if someone wants information on, say, 'how to raise Siamese fighting fish" and that's the subject of your blog, your blog shows up for visitors to find.
You can also write articles with your blog's URL included and distribute those articles to directories. Ezinearticles.com and GoArticles are two directories which are favored by Google. People who read your articles can click on your blog for further information.
With research, concentrated effort and time you can become successful and increase your bank account with Online Marketing by blogging.