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05/07/2010
IconLife#146;s Problem Solvers: Duct Tape and WD40 By Chellie Campbell www.chellie.com #147;All of life#146;s problems can be solved with two things#151;duct tape and WD40. If it moves and it shouldn#146;t, you need duct tape. And if it doesn#146;t move and it should, you need WD40.#148;#151;Unknown This quote makes me laugh every time I think of it. It#146;s a great image that really can be applied to life: you need duct tape to keep you on purpose in your life; to stick to your guns, stick to your ideals, stick to your goals . You need WD40 to get you up and moving; to get out of bed in the morning, to get you to the gym, get you #147;out of the box.#148; Distinguishing when you need to use duct tape and when you need to use WD40 is vitally important. Many businesses have failed because they didn#146;t see a new product or technology on the rise and stuck to the old way of doing things playing it safe. Just like food kept in the refrigerator long past it#146;s expiration date, sometimes people stay in jobs, neighborhoods, or relationships beyond their fruitfulness. When the ship is sinking, it#146;s appropriate to #147;jump ship!#148; Then again, it#146;s very important to use that duct tape and stay the course#151;you don#146;t want to give up on your dream just before it#146;s fulfilled. Maybe the next ship you send out is the one that will bring home the treasure, so heed the cry: #147;Don#146;t give up the ship!#148; The creator of the copier machine took his new invention to Kodak first. The copier is a kind of camera, so it seemed a natural connection. However, the Kodak executives rejected it#151;after all, they had better quality photographic equipment already. They just didn#146;t see the business application of the invention. So the inventor went to Xerox and that#146;s why we Xerox documents rather than Kodak them. The Kodak executives had too much duct tape holding them to their known business model#151;they needed a squirt or two of WD40 to rouse them to act on a new idea. The inventor had plenty of WD40, which helped him create a new business machine, and enough duct tape to refuse to give up in the face of rejection. So how do you know #147;when to hold #145;em and when to fold #145;em#148;? You use the duct tape and stick to your goals as long as you passionately believe in them and are committed to the process of making them happen. When you enjoy the pursuit of the dream, whether or not it is realized. When your intuition tells you to keep going. And most of all, when you know that you will succeed because you#146;re willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. Behind every #147;overnight sensation#148; there were years of study, failed attempts, more learning, small successes, and dogged persistence. Lots of duct tape. This is the path of achievement, and every successful person walks it. Succeed or fail, your passion and commitment to your purpose will be the WD40 that moves and inspires you to get up each day, excited about the new possibilities today will bring. If you enjoy your dream and each daily activity, you#146;ll be happy, and that will mean you are a success every day of your life. Chellie Campbell is the author of The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction , selected as one of Dr. Laura#146;s book recommendations. She created and teaches the Financial Stress Reductionreg; Workshops on which her book is based in the Los Angeles area and gives programs throughout the country. Her free e-newsletter is available at www.thewealthyspirit.com . Permission granted for use on Dr.Laura.com. More >>

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05/07/2010
IconStaying on Track When You Work From Home by Leslie Godwin When I had a 40 minute commute, and a long workday, I fantasized about those lucky people who worked from home. I pictured people relaxing with a cup of coffee and the newspaper each morning, since they didn't need to rush onto crowded freeways. Then, I figured, they got plenty of work done (since they had no distractions) until it was time to break for a festive lunch with the family. Then, it was back to being extremely productive until the end of the work day. It never occurred to me that without a deadline to leave the house, that by the time I finished my coffee, ate breakfast, walked 2 Great Danes, and showered, that it would be time for lunch. TIPS FOR STAYING MOTIVATED WHEN YOU'RE WORKING 'HOME ALONE' Do your plans include working out of a home office, or in a home-based business? Or do you already work from home and want to be more productive?Here are some tips that have helped me stay on task instead of surfing the net or watching a high-speed car chase all afternoon. Know what you need to accomplish each day: Staying focused on your top priorities is especially important when you don't have an on-site supervisor to keep your attention on the big picture, or when YOU are the supervisor. It's way too easy to get distracted by what Stephen Covey calls "urgent but not important" items and lose sight of "important but not urgent" ones. In other words, don't take a non-critical phone call when you should be working on your marketing plan. Start each day with a review of your schedule and to-do list. Do you need to write a Mission Statement? Will some market research help you better assess a new aspect of your business? Should you write a rough draft of the talk you'll be giving next week? Get your top priority items done when you're most productive, and you won't have to go back to work after dinner to finish up something important. Give yourself some structure You're more likely to get that "important but not urgent" item checked off your to-do list if it's scheduled for 11 AM on Tuesday, and not just in a file somewhere on your desk. Help your family and friends understand that you're working When your spouse, neighbor, or mother-in-law pops in, say, "I'm working now, but I can take a break at [specify time]." Your mother-in-law may never fully grasp that you're on the job, but your spouse, neighbors, and friends should respect this boundary. Type up a sign that you can tape to your front door when you're on an important call or on a deadline that says, "In meeting, please don't interrupt." When a child pops in: If you're the primary caretaker of children, working at home with kids is like bringing them to work with you, only worse. Working from home is NOT the same as being a stay-at-home parent. If you're NOT the main person responsible for childcare duties during the workday, and your child pops in, please don't say, "I can't now, I'm working." Your child will always remember that mantra, and it'll eventually cost you thousands of dollars for their psychotherapy. It's better to give them your full attention for a few minutes, then either invite them to bring a book or homework in and join you, or tell them you'll see them at [specify time] ... and stick to it! Remember why you wanted to work from home Build some fun activities into your day. Schedule breakfast with one child one week, another the next. Walk your dog when you hit the wall on a project to get a fresh perspective. And try not to make your friends and colleagues envious that your commute takes less than a minute. Leslie Godwin, MFCC, is a Career Life-Transition Coach specializing in helping people put their families, faith, and principles first when making career and life choices. She publishes a free email newsletter on career and life transition. To subscribe, email godwinpss@aol.com and mention that you'd like to be on the email newsletter list. Permission granted for use on DrLaura.com. More >>

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05/07/2010
IconCash in on Your Expertise Jillian Coleman copy;2003 www.GrantMeRich.com Even though I#146;ve never met you, I know one thing about you. You are an expert. Don#146;t shake your head and smile that shy, self-deprecating smile. Modesty is not the name of the game here. This is about identifying your expertise, owning it, and parlaying it into money. How can I be so sure you#146;re an expert? Easy. Everyone is. Think about it. It#146;s impossible for any of us to go through life without developing a high level of competence in at least one area, and probably more than one. What is yours? Maybe you cook amazing Mexican food. Maybe you convinced your two-year-old to sleep in his own bed. Maybe you make your own clothes, and could show someone else how to do it, too. Maybe you recently bought a sound system, but first you spent months comparing products and features. Maybe you can do ten basic repairs on your car, or your bike. Maybe you know everything there is to know about Pink Floyd. No matter what your area of expertise, there are people out there who want to learn what you already know. And tens of thousands of them are surfing the Internet, right now, looking for you. Despite early belief that the Internet was going to be all about shopping, recent marketing reports show that most people go online for one reason: information. Information products are the hottest products on the Internet today. Increasingly, this information is delivered in the form of e-books. All right, I saw you wince. Writing a book takes years, doesn#146;t it? Well, writing the Great American Novel might take a while, but writing an e-book is very different. Electronic books are a form unto themselves, written with a different goal than printed books. With e-books, the sole objective is to transmit information. Visitors to the Internet want to locate information, get access to it, read it and absorb it #150; quickly. They don#146;t care about a beautiful cover, or the heft and feel of the paper and binding, or how a book looks on a shelf. They want information, succinctly presented. An e-book must be only as long as it needs to be, to transmit the information. Many e-books are thirty pages of 16-point type, but each page is packed with the information the reader wants, and nothing else. A good e-book is a quick, enjoyable read. After you write your e-book, publishing and selling it are much simpler than you may imagine. The Internet marketplace is responding to the demand for information with an array of resources for the e-book publisher. You can take the text from your word processing program and put it into a PDF file such as Adobe Acrobat, or you can use one of the web-based publishing programs. The whole process can be completed in less than half an hour. You don#146;t need your own website to sell your e-book. There are a number of sites that, in return for a percentage of the sales price, will display your e-book and allow buyers to pay by credit card and download their purchase immediately. Some of these sites have affiliate programs, so that website owners who believe your book might be of interest to their visitors can also offer it for sale. In those cases, you share a percentage of the sales price with the affiliate. What you do need is a good sales letter. In fact, I#146;d suggest that you learn the basics of writing a good sales letter and put as much effort into that as you do into writing the e-book. The sales letter introduces the potential buyer to the book, and is displayed on the sales site. You can also develop affiliate sellers yourself, by offering your book through websites you identify. For example, if you are an expert golfer, and you#146;ve written a book describing your techniques, approach the owner of golf or sports-related sites. Many of these sites offer a newsletter to their visitors, and might want to feature your book in their e-zine. So there you have it. Identify your area of expertise, spend a week or two putting it down on paper, format it, write your sales letter, and put it up for sale. Then spend five or ten hours each week marketing it. When those monthly checks start rolling in, you might decide to get to work on book number two! Jillian Coleman is a consultant to businesses and non-profit agencies. Her website, www.GrantMeRich.com is a resource site for small business, grant writers, and consultants. To learn more about this topic, visit the site and click on #147;e-Books#148;. Jillian is the author of books related to grants and business, including Big Bucks for Free: The Complete e-Guide to U.S. Government Grants, and Build Your Small Business Now! Secrets of Success for Entrepreneurs. Permission granted for use on DrLaura.com. More >>

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05/07/2010
IconTop 10 Components of your Entrepreneurial Marketing Plan and 21 Key Items to Track for Results! Kristie Tamsevicius www.WebMomz.com The key to any success business venture is havinga solid plan. While many entrepreneurs have abusiness plan, they fail to plan their promotionalefforts. A marketing plan will help you to create a cohesive approachthat best helps you to meet your goals. It should include specificobjectives, strategies for realizing each objective, and benchmarks formeasuring your results. Below are the 10 key items to include in yourmarketing plan and 21 ways to track your promotional results! EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - Create a mission statementabout what specific objectives you are trying toachieve with your marketing campaign. Includewhether the scope of the campaign is local, regional,national, or international. "SWOT" ANALYSIS (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities,and threats). This will include information aboutdirectly competitive and indirectly competitivebusinesses in your industry. TARGET MARKET: Write a clear definition of your target market, marketsegments, and major market trends and influences. MARKET RESEARCH: This will tell why your product isneeded in the marketplace and what specific ways yourproduct will fill that need. This will include uniqueselling points, competitive advantage, and productbenefits to consumers. MARKETING OBJECTIVES: Your marketing objectives andgoals will include measurable and deadlines by whichyou wish to achieve them. MARKETING TACTICS: Which promotional vehicles you willuse to meet the marketing objectives. DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS: What channels of distribution you will use tobring your product to the marketplace? ACTION PLAN: Here you will includes budgets, costs, and outlinesresources will be required to implement the marketing tactics. This willinclude financial, monetary, personnel, vendors, systems, resources andpartners you need to realize your marketing plan. TEST MARKETING: Make a list of any product research ortest marketing you need you will perform. TRACKING RESULTS: Method of tracking results to determine if yourpromotional efforts are effective. TRACKING YOUR PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGNSAnother idea to keep in mind is testing and trackingyour publicity and promotional efforts. Measuring the effectiveness ofvarious ad campaigns will tell you which ads are working, which onesaren't, and will give you an opportunity to adjust your efforts toobtain optimal results. 21 Key items to track in your publicityand promotional efforts: name of campaign date the campaign was launched cost of campaign newsletters, sales letters, magazines, television, radio stations, or web sites where the advertising, stories, or press releases were sent and run where news story was published list of interviews generated sales inquiries generated new sales generated return customers generated new contacts added to your network new business partners created web traffic generated new newsletter subscribers overall revenue increase increased product revenues market share increase improvement in search engine rankings increase in sites linking to yours number of search engines listed in new speaking engagements obtained number of articles published prospects called Additionally, surveys can provide real-time feedback onproduct titles, product offerings, price points, preferred method ofcontact, and other key items. Survey Monkey ( www.surveymonkey.com ) is a free servicethat allows you to create surveys. What better way to findout what your audience needs them to ask them? Article by Kristie Tamsevicius, America's Favorite Small Business Success Story.This article is an excerpt from Chapter 8 of the new book " I LOVE MY LIFE: A Mom's Guide to Working from Home " by Kristie Tamsevicius - (Wyatt MacKenzie Publishing March 2003Available at Amazon.com Join our community of Work at Home parents at www.WebMomz.com . Permission granted for use on DrLaura.com More >>

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05/07/2010
IconDream Job By Sarah Costa Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from San Diego State University in 2000, I found myself with a dilemma. I wanted to be at home with my then 9-month old daughter as my husband and I agreed that staying at home with her would bring the most value to all of our lives; however, I also wanted to find a part time job to validate my degree I had recently completed and worked so hard to earn. Once Taylor turned a year old, I begin searching for a little part-time work from my home computer. Being only 23 at the time, I felt upon completing my graduation from college, that I seek some sort of position where I would be able to contribute to my family#146;s income at least in a small way and still be able to stay at home with our daughter. I stumbled upon a website called www.moneymakingmommy.com . Listed under available jobs was a remote concierge position for VIPdesk.com , Inc. I immediately was interested as I had just spent the previous few years before my daughter was born working as a concierge at a resort on Coronado Island, CA. At first, I admit I was somewhat hesitant about contacting the company as I had read and heard so much about non-legitimate work at home jobs. I decided to take a chance and just send in my resume. I immediately received a call from a manager at VIPdesk whom interviewed me right over the phone. Talk about convenience! He detailed the job position and the required duties. I had a good feeling about this new opportunity as they offered to train me in Los Angeles, pay for all my expenses in getting there as well as during my stay and never once asked for money upfront. Needless to say I was very excited about this new adventure. A few weeks later I was sent to LA for a few days of training. I had somewhat of a dilemma as to what to do with my daughter, as I was a stay-at-home mom with her being my first priority. They offered to give me a separate room and allow my daughter to come as well as my mother to act as my babysitter during the training. WOW!!! I thought that was the nicest gesture and very accommodating. After meeting my co-workers and completing the hands-on computer training at a computer training facility in Los Angeles, I had such a great feeling about this company and this new opportunity given to me. Basically my job tasks would include assisting clients via phone and email. Clients would send in requests for things such as travel information to restaurant reservations to flower orders to tourist information for cities ranging all over the United States via phone or email where I would be on the other end sending them recommendations. I began working a few weeks later and instantly fell in love with my job. Everything we did was over the computer from assisting clients, to checking our schedules, asking for time off, talking with other co-workers via instant messenger and researching requests. At that time, little phone interaction was even needed, as the Internet was an endless sea of information to sift through. Needless to say, I very much enjoy my job and feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work at such a rewarding position. My company truly values the family unit and the need for positions available for people whom believe in the importance of raising a family as well as seeking a career. I have been with the company now for almost 3 years and have experienced a lot of changes. I would have to say my company really values promoting from within and asking advice from all of its employees when change is needed. My company is based in Alexandria, VA so I had the opportunity to begin my shifts on Eastern Standard Time. I work 4 days a week from 5:00am-10:00am PST from my home computer in San Diego, CA. I now have an 8-month old son as well and have been able to adjust perfectly having two kids#146; home with me while completing my job tasks. This past year I was promoted to Senior Concierge. I feel that I make great money, have the flexibility of working part-time from my home computer while staying at home with my kids, as well as provide a necessary service to our clients. In today#146;s fast paced economy, people don#146;t have enough time in the day to hold down a full time job and make that needed restaurant reservation, purchase those flowers for a loved one, plan a family vacation, research prices and information on household service providers as well as a variety of other tasks that bombard a person on a daily basis. Our service provides that much needed relief for the everyday busy person. Working for VIPdesk has provided me with a sense of accomplishment to be able to juggle both a family and a career as well as contribute to my family#146;s income without any added stress. I feel my journey thus far has been exciting, rich in information and very rewarding. A large part of my co-workers chose to work from home without having to juggle a family or children as well but feel the importance of being able to telecommute in today#146;s hectic economy. I wish others would be so fortunate to be given the opportunity to work for such an appreciated company offering a valuable service to all of its clients. For more information about employment opportunities contact us at www.vipdesk.com . Headquarters: VIPdesk.com, Inc., 324 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, Telephone: 703-299-4422, Fax: 703-299-9767. Permission granted for use on DrLaura.com More >>

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05/07/2010
IconTelevision's Kurt The Cyberguy Picks MYCOOLCAREER.com , Press Release: This Wednesday, April 16, Kurt The Cyberguy's television news segment will feature MYCOOLCAREER.com , a new career exploration site for teens 20s! In late 2002, the site enlarged its scope, overhauled its look to "awesome", and just finished archiving it's 75+ web radio career shows for streaming 24x7 one week ago. And, it caught the eye of Kurt The Cyberguy. The 90-second segment will highlight high school senior, Erin Loveridge of San Pedro, California, talking about how MYCOOLCAREER.com , has helped her. The segment will air on Tribune Company television stations in Los Angeles (KTLA 5), New York City (WPIX), Chicago (WGN), Denver (KWGN), and Indianapolis in the morning and nightly news. It may also air on other Tribune television stations around the country as well. Jill Sanborne, site creator says, "I'm hoping we're helping lots of teenagers! Erin's concerns are typical of many high school students who want to pursue a career that they will love." Sanborne expands, "Erin needs to choose a college that fits her career dreams, she wants to figure out how to narrow the variety of dreams swirling around in her intelligent head, decide on which dreams to focus, get financial aid, and on and on." Sanborne is often heard on radio shows around the country talking about teens and their desperate search for more and better career information, why television is good, how today's workplace has dramatically changed, but the way we prepare our teens for the workplace hasn't, and how parents need to take on a new role: #1 Career Guidance Leader. This week's web radio interview is with Rebecca Morse, Art Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California. This career was requested by a teen in New York who can't decide between being an art curator or a graphic designer. Sanborne says, "I get these kinds of questions all the time! MYCOOLCAREER.com , is designed to help these teens get to know themselves better and shows them how to explore their career ideas so that they can make the best decisions possible by the time they graduate from high school, and provides them with tools for a lifetime." MYCOOLCAREER.com ,, popular career exploration website for teens and 20's, features The 3 Steps To Your Cool Career and the info-packed 30-minute career interviews. Sanborne researches teens' needs and provides solutions to the challenges they face in preparing for rewarding careers, is a regular guest on talk shows, and speaks to teens and parent audiences about how teens can prepare for an awesome future. The site is recommended by CareerProNews.com , endorsed by Barbara Sher and the Los Angeles Unified School District Counseling Services K-12. More >>

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05/07/2010
IconWork Less and Earn More by Joan Sotkin Mary B. is a talented graphic artist. For years, she worked for a large corporation where her work was appreciated. Yet she yearned to be in business for herself. In September, 1995, she took the plunge and opened an independent graphic arts studio. Unlike many new entrepreneurs, Mary had a large enough bank account to survive for six months with a minimum amount of income. She also had many contacts from the corporate world that she could use to establish her customer base. Mary was in great shape to start her own business. Mary knew she was in a good position for success. She was also very conscientious and wanted to make sure that she did everything possible to make her business work. She put in long hours on the phone, going to networking meetings and planning her marketing. She wrote articles for local publications, volunteered her time when she had something to offer, and even appeared as a guest on a local talk show that had a business focus. When she did work for a client, Mary often worked to exhaustion to get the job done as quickly as possible. Mary began to realize that something was out of balance. Her whole life was wrapped around her business, and, although she had created a positive cash flow, she was no where near her earning potential. After a year in business, she was exhausted and constantly worried about where her next client was coming from. What Mary needed was to learn to let go and allow her life to happen -- rather than pushing to make it happen. She also needed to see her work as something she did during the day and not what defined her as a person. Although it was scary at first, Mary learned to set boundaries. She established specific hours that she would work. During the week, she limited herself to eight or nine work-related hours per day. Weekends were for her, not for the business, unless she chose to take a day off during the week. She set aside days that were specifically for her spiritual growth. During these days, business of any sort was entirely off limits.During the hours designated for work, Mary often took people breaks: having lunch with a friend, meeting with another graphic artist, talking to a far-away friend. She learned to have short breaks within her workday when she would focus on something other than her work. Mary also learned to spend 10 to 15 minutes each morning and 20 to 30 minutes every night, sitting quietly and letting her mind slow down. After a few months, she began doing specific meditation techniques. Because Mary had more time for herself, she started exercising regularly and found her energy levels increased rapidly. The big change for Mary was learning to let go in order for her business to take shape by itself. If she really wanted to go to networking meetings to be with other people she did. But she didn't push as hard to get new clients. Whenever she felt the fear of not earning enough coming up, she learned to take deep breaths and not take any overt action. Mary was amazed at the results of her new approach to life. It didn't take long for enjoyable projects to come her way. New clients started coming as a result of referrals rather than her marketing efforts. Within a few months, she was able to vendor out some of the work that came her way so that she could earn more without putting in extra hours. Mary also noticed that her business was moving in a new direction -- one she could not have foreseen if she kept plugging away and doing everything she thought she had to do before. Mary learned to take care of herself and her life became a reflection of that care. The less she pushed to make her business happen, the easier it was for it to support her. Mary's new-found trust in herself and how life works paid off for her. Mary never stopped paying attention to her business. She also had clear income goals and a picture in her mind of what she wanted her life to look like. What she stopped doing was pushing to create what she wanted in the way she thought she had to do it. She let herself believe that she could have what she wanted and let her life take shape. When we aim for a goal, if we don't take pauses in order for the energy of our life to reshape itself, everything we do comes from a previously known point of view. In order for something new to take form, we have to give it time for the energies to gather -- and shape themselves. What we have to do is not do anything and give our creation room to breathe. It may look like goofing off, but there is a lot going on deep within our creative being. Try taking longer pauses in your life. If you find the concept frightening, ask yourself what you are afraid of. Don't let the actions you take come from fear. Let them come from knowing that the action is the right one to take. That knowing can only come from a silent space that you create by not doing. Joan Sotkin is the creator of ProsperityPlace.com , author of "Build Your Money Muscles:9 Simple Exercises for Creating Wealth Prosperity" and "Prosperity Is an Inside Job" and publisher of Prosperity Tips, a free monthly ezine. Visit ProsperityPlace.com .Copyright copy;2003 by Joan Sotkin. Permission granted for use on DrLaura.com More >>

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05/07/2010
IconBusiness on a Shoestring By Kelley Watt I run my own business and what I love about it is that it didn#146;t cost any money to start, I set my own schedule around my family and it pays well. This business allows you to make money by charging whatever fee you feel is appropriate for your time and research. And, it is both fulfilling andfun.. I do textbook reviews and speak to community groups and organizations about the content of the books their children are using. You#146;d be surprised at thenumber of errors and important facts missing. The textbooks I am referring to are the one's provided by your public schools to teach your children. I began this business quite by accident in the winter of 1991. I went to pick up my elementary school aged son and arrived a little early. I noticedin the hallway a stack of books and thought it was a book fair. So I began looking through them and then noticed that they were all math books. Tomake a long story short, the principal of the school approached me and told me that I was not allowed to look at the books (which were positioned outside the school cafeteria in the hallway). I asked why, what were they and he replied "They are books up for adoption by the school district. Mathbooks.#148; He left, and my curiosity got the best of me so I started reading them again. He came over and told me he would call the police if I did not stop looking at the books. Being threatened for arrest for looking at a bookthat my son would be using the following year really got my attention. I knew something was wrong with this picture so to speak. That incident was the beginning of my journey. I started going to the school district and asking to look at textbooks. I was particularly interested in seeing what reading books were being used. The school administrative services office gave me a stack of books to read which were currently being read by first graders (I figured I#146;d start off with first grade and go up from there) and was shockedat what I found. The constant theme was to reward the characters in the stories for disobeying authority, whether it be; parent, grandparent, teacher, etc. After reading the first grade texts (the children would go through 5 books in the course of the year) I was fascinated with what I was discovering and wanted to tell other parents. It didn't take long for me to become known as the local "expert" and was soon being called to speak aroundtown followed by national requests. It's been very rewarding because it alerted me to, if nothing else, the need to remove my children from public education and enroll them in a private school (one that did not receivestate or federal money). I have met people from around the country who have the same passion and interest as I do. Speaking fees range from $25.00 to $250 an hour, plus travel expenses, depending on the size of the crowd and who issponsoring my speaking engagement. Even if you do it as supplemental incomeit really adds up and since very few people in the US are doing textbook reviews you will definitely get speaking engagements. There was a group outof Longview, Texas called "The Gablers" who were the first group to do textbook reviews. You can send off for their reviews for a minimum fee and speak directly from that if that suits you better. For example, go to your school and ask for a geography book then write to the Gablers and see ifthey have done a review on that particular book, if they have, read it and speak out publicly. Permission granted for use on DrLaura.com More >>

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05/07/2010
IconWriting Your Own Ticket By Leanne Ely There are plenty of women all over the country who would love to say, "I ama stay-at-home mom." Reality on the other hand, and the unpaid stack ofbills that greet the family each and every month, may not always give allwomen this opportunity. But that doesn't mean that's that--there are otherways to walk around that obstacle. Working from home could be the answer you're looking for. Working from homecan mean just about anything--from selling vitamins from a catalogue, ordoing medical transcribing, or doing something a little more unusual like Idid. Let me first say that my story is quite different and not the "norm". Andwhile you may look at what I do as being unattainable, the point is in thestory--not what I do. There is a good lesson to be learned no matter whatyour goals are. All my adult life, I've been into food. I cooked in a restaurant, started myown catering company and taught cooking classes. In the fight to keep mylittle ones healthy, I became a nutritionist. Finally, I wrote a book twoyears ago called Healthy Foods that got picked up by a small publisher. Iworked like a dog to get that book to take off and it finally did. Dr. Lauraeven featured it as a Book of the Week. Still, I wasn't bringing home the bacon as much as I wanted or needed to. SoI started teaching classes at the local junior college and sold my books tomy students in my classes and got paid for teaching, too. I wrote articlesfor various publications and got paid for my efforts. I wormed my way into afood writing job for a newspaper and got my own column. I kept writing, keptgetting paid--a little here, a little there, it all added up and helped. Aday didn't go by where I wasn't looking for other avenues to publish mywork. One of my projects was (and still is) a free ezine called Healthy-Foods: join-healthy-foods@ds.xc.org . People write me regularly telling mehow much they love my recipes and tips. I also write for FlyLady giving FlyLady's ladies recipes and tips in my Foodfor Thought column. One day, Marla Cilley, the FlyLady asked me to give theladies on her list a menu for the week with a bunch of crockpot recipes. Ithought throwing a grocery list in there would make it even better and I wasright. It was a huge hit, but it was also a LOT of work. The ladies clamoredfor more. One day my husband said to me, "Why don't you just CHARGE for it?"That resonated in my brain, and Menu-Mailer wasborn. The lesson here is one of perseverance. When you hang tough doing what it isyou love to do, using your God-given talents and abilities, and believing inyourself, miracles happen. For me, it's been an adventure and I've beenblessed to be able to write my own ticket. But the only reason that is so isbecause I worked very hard and pulled out the paper and the pen and wrote itmyself. You can write your own ticket, too. Make an assessment--figure out what itis YOU want to do, what your natural abilities and gifts are and startbuilding goals from there. Then don't back down! Stay dedicated to yourcause and keep your eye on the prize. It's worth the fight! Leanne Ely is the host of the radio show, Heart of a Woman. She is also theeditor of Menu-Mailer , the answer to that perplexing question, "What's forDinner?" and the author of the upcoming book,Menu-Mailer by the Book (Ballantine, 2003) as well as Healthy Foods(Champion Press, 2001) and The Frantic Family Cookbook (Champion Press,2002). Permission granted for use on DrLaura.com. More >>

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05/07/2010
IconThe Millionaire Pattern How many times will you spend money today? Maybe 4-5? How many times will you save money today? Millionaires view expenditures differently than others do. They treat every dollar as a money seed. They know a dollar a day can grow into a million dollars. And they don#146;t just get a discount. They take the money saved and put into something that will create more income for them in the future. Want to reduce your expenditures? Make a plan for what you will spend for at least the next 90 days. Then, every week and at the beginning of every month, review your actual expenditures against your plan. Make adjustments as needed. On a daily basis, invest an extra minute#151;a Millionaire Minute, in each money transaction. Look at a couple of options. Don#146;t buy the first one, unless you just know in your gut, that#146;s the one. Ask for a discount, even if the store or seller isn#146;t offering one. All they can do is say no. Your exercise today is to note each time you spend money. At the end of the day, write in your journal how much you saved from today#146;s transactions. Then, make a conscious decision, #147;What will I do with those savings?#148; If it#146;s useful to you, do this daily until you have established the Millionaire Pattern. Copyright copy;2002 Millionaire Eagles. All rights reserved.Contact Robert G. Allen at boballen@robertallen.com or visit his website at www.robertallen.com for more information. Permission granted for this article for use on DrLaura.com. More >>

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