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Save Money. Get Your Personal Budget In Order – Inscribd

Published on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:32

Sometimes just hearing the word ‘Personal Budget’ is enough to make us shudder. Budgets have been given a dull reputation by overzealous financial fanatics, yet they are nothing to be scared of and neither should they be avoided. In fact, a personal budget is something all of us should have.

In fact the great entrepreneurRobert Kiyosaki even said,

“It is important to create a budget and stay faithful to it. Keeping track of what you spend is the best way to avoid buying things you cannot afford.”

A personal budget is an accurate plan of how much money we have coming in and going out each week, fortnight or month, depending on the timeframe we choose to set. It lays out in black and white all income, fixed expenses and discretionary spending money we may have.

A budget is a great way of keeping track of where we are spending money. Once we know where our money is going, we are able to tweak our spending habits to gain more control over our money.

In order to create a workable budget, we first need to know and do these four things:

1. What is our income?

Generally our income is our wages, but this can also include any interest from savings accounts and any social welfare benefits.

The figure that is important to note is our net income, this is the amount we have left in our hands, so to speak, after any taxes are paid.

It would be helpful to record your budget on a excel spreadsheet or notepad to make it easier to read. When doing so, place your net income dollar figure at the top of the page, as this is the amount we need to start with to create a working budget.

2. What are our fixed expenses?

Fixed expenses include payments like rent or mortgages, insurance and rates, utilities such as power, phone, internet and gas, transportation expenses such as petrol, insurances, registration or train and bus ticket costs and finally any other debts or loans like student loans, car payments or hire purchases.

Other possible fixed expenses will change depending on your circumstances, such as needing to pay for childcare or any gym or club memberships you might have.

These fixed expenses do not vary much, if any, each week/fortnight/month. This makes is easy to budget for them, or in the case of petrol, to make an accurate estimation.

Simply subtract each expense from your net income and you are left with your discretionary income.

You can create a column for each of these areas under your total income figure and this makes it easier to see the amounts of money that each area spends.

3. What is our discretionary income?

Our discretionary income is a nice name given to the money we have left after we have paid all our bills.

However, our discretionary income is not just for buying clothes, entertainment or shopping money, but also the more fundamental things such as groceries and pay for doctor appointments, for example.

So, record the dollar amount of your discretionary income underneath the fixed income expenses columns and then we move onto identifying our variable expenses.

4. What are our variable expenses?

Variable expenses include everything else we might use our money for such as groceries, entertainment, regular saving deposits, clothing, medical appointments, haircuts, vet bills, lawn mowing and any little shopping spree splurges we might have.

Everybody’s variable expenses are different, so take the time to record each item in its own column underneath the dollar figure of your discretionary income.

Then, it is time to allocate a fixed amount to each area and make an educated guess of how much you usually spend.

Now comes the fun bit, you get to add up all your estimated variable expenses and see if you have enough discretionary spending money to buy the things you want!

The goal is to have your fixed and variable expenses equal your net income. If you have spent too much, simply reduce the dollar figures you have allocated for your variable expenses. While if you have surplus money, add it to your saving deposits.

A personal budget should be seen as our friend. Yes that does sound weird, but a budget allows us to see where we are spending money and gives us the chance to change our spending behaviors.

Don’t worry if your budget does not work the first time you use it, instead tweak it until it fits. After all, one size does not fit all.

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How To Make Money Online With Google AdSense

There are tried and tested techniques to make money online with Google AdSense. You would already know that Google makes ten of billions of dollars each year by selling advertising, not just in it’s search results but also across millions of other websites.

An advertiser can sign up to the AdWords program and place ads based on keywords they want to rank for. For example, a pet shop might be happy to pay Google $5 every time someone searches for “pet shop” and then clicks on their ad.

The flip-side of the advertiser program AdWords is the publisher side called AdSense.

“Google AdSense is a flexible, hassle-free way to earn revenue by showing relevant and engaging ads alongside your online content. You can easily show AdSense ads on your website, mobile sites, and site search results.”

Contextual Advertising

AdSense is a “contextual advertising” program that allows people with a website (known as “publishers”) to host Google ads on those sites.

When someone clicks on one of those ads on your website, Google charges the advertiser and gives the publisher a cut. Google recently revealed that they pay out between 60% and 70% of click revenue to the publisher.

The reason AdSense works so well is that Google examines a website’s content and finds the relevant keywords or phrases to figure out the website’s topic. Google also knows how one website links to another, such as by linking the words “pet shop” to a pet business.

To make money online with AdSense, you’ll need to create an “authority” website – one with a lot of information about a narrow topic. If you already have a website using Adsense or you’re thinking about it, read Joel Comm’s eBook Adsense Secrets 5 which goes into details about how to optimize Ad placement, the how’s and why’s.

Find Your Niche

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If you already have a blog for your business or want to create a brand new website for the purpose of generating revenue through AdSense or affiliate marketing, you’ll need to find your niche – your narrow area of expertise – and write blog posts about it.

This narrow focus helps AdSense determine the topic of your page and display appropriate advertising alongside your content.

If you focus heavily on this subset of a broader topic, you will find it easier to dominate over your competitors in the search engine results.

To find the best keywords to focus your efforts, Market Samurai software does a great job at finding new keywords and analyzing the competition to make sure you can rank easily.

Once you have mastered one particular niche topic, you can broaden your range and expand your traffic potential.

For example, a business that offers personal loans may decide to first focus on the smaller niche of, say, “bad credit personal loans” and write a series of blog posts specifically about “bad credit personal loans”.

Each post should be at least 500 words in length and be 100% original. You should not include duplicated content in your blog or copied content from other websites.

Once you have exhausted your niche topic, you can move on to the next, say, “no credit check personal loans” or “unsecured bad credit personal loans”.

You should aim to write at least 2 substantial posts per week and keep at it for several months to ensure your blog becomes indexed in the search engines and start ranking.

KEEP AT IT! This is the most commonly heard advice in blogging circles. If your website is new, don’t give up. Keep posting, don’t get yourself down by staring at statistics.

Keep the front page of your blog fresh and dynamic, which Google loves to see.

The purpose of doing all this is to rank highly in Google search results for your keyword, in our example, “bad credit personal loans” – hopefully in #1 position or at least Top 3.

It’s highly recommended to do your research about what keywords you’d be more likely to rank for. I use Market Samurai to analyze SEO competition and find untapped keywords.

But it’s important to realize that only 0.1% – 3% of people visiting your website will click on advertising (known as the click-through rate), but each click earns you commission from Google. Joel’s eBook Adsense Secrets goes into more detail about earning better commissions.

Ad Placement

The best way to maximum your click-through rate is to play around the the placement of your advertisements. Often, ads placed in a column separated from the main content does worse than ads placed directly within the content.

However, and this is crucial, ad placement that annoys or distracts your readers can be a turn off and those readers may never return to your website. Return visitors, and building an audience, is just as important as building revenue.

When your website is small and only has a few dozen visitors per day, ad placement may not matter too much. At 1% click-through rate, you’d need to wait a week or two before receiving a click.

When your website is receiving a decent amount of traffic, tweaking your ad placements can mean an increase to your click-through rate and result in earning a few extra dollars a day.

I’ve read studies of large websites fiddling with their ad placements that change the click-through rate by just 0.5%, but due to their huge traffic, this resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in extra revenue every month.

If only we could all be so lucky… which brings us to the clincher.

Traffic = Visitors

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We can’t talk about making money with AdSense without addressing the elephant in the room.

Without visitors to your website, you’ll earn nothing. It doesn’t matter how fantastic or insightful your posts are. If no-one knows you exist, what’s the point of all your effort?

And since the click-through rates are mere single-digit percentages, you need a lot of clicks to earn serious money. Therefore, you need a serious amount of traffic.

You could use software like Backlink Beast to help boost the number of websites linking to yours. That’s one strategy.

How to get more traffic? Well, that’s a whole big kettle of fish.

Let’s see…

Do your keyword research with Market Samurai (they have a free trial version).
Read 10 Easy Ways How To Get Backlinks To Your Website.
And also How Copywriting Killer SEO Page Titles Destroy The Competition.
Definitely read 8 Google SEO Mistakes That Will Choke Your Search Ranking.

Buy the Adsense Secrets 5 eBook.

Drop a few dollars on the Google Sniper course to learn how to create Adsense money-making websites.

Best of luck. Let us know your progress.

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Make Money On The Side In 5 Different Ways

 

You might be in between jobs or simply have some spare time on your hands, so what better way to put your valuable time to good use and make money on the side using the Internet.

While I’ve written many articles about how to earn money on the side or putting your full force behind a business model, this article is more geared towards casual earnings. This is something you can do when you have a few extra minutes here and there. All you really need is a spare email address.

I don’t recommend using your personal or work email address for any of the following. Why? Well, you’ll be spammed. You’ve been warned, okay? Get a new email address from gmail.com or yahoo.com. If you already have a website and domain, create a new email address such as [email protected]

Also, be sure not to fudge your details. Use your real name and postal address when asked, otherwise you won’t receive any money or cheques won’t be made payable to the right person.

Okay, so let’s get started.

Make Money On The Side

1. Fill Out Surveysearn money on the side

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Marketing and product companies love hearing from their customers and potential customers. These companies pay agencies to conduct market research so that they can better understand their target market.

Those agencies, such as Get Cash For Surveys help conduct the research and will pay you for taking part. There are hundreds of different surveys to participate in, and most of the forms only take a few minutes to complete.

While Get Cash For Surveys have examples of people who have earned thousands of dollars, I’d expect those are extremely rare cases and not the norm.

There is a joining fee, but you can find 50% off by scrolling right down to the bottom of their website and click on ‘Order’.

The joining fee can quickly be re-paid after taking a few surveys and then it’s all profit from there.

Paid Surveys At Home offer a similar scheme where you can take online and phone surveys as well as participate in focus groups.

2. Sell Sketches, Photos and Artwork

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If you are the artistic or creative type, why not sell your artwork?

Not only can you sell sketches, drawings, paintings, computer generated graphics and other digital art, you can also sell your photos, regardless of whether you’re a beginner or an expert.

Especially for those who have a smartphone with a decent camera, you already have all the equipment you need to make money on the side.

Get Paid To Draw is just one example of a broker who will publish your art across multiple locations to give you a broader reach and higher potential to earn money.

Get Paid To Draw and Get Cash For Surveys is run by the same guy, so they have a vast network of resources to help you be successful. Like before, there is a joining fee but you can find 50% off on their website by scrolling to the bottom and click on ‘Order’.

3. Be A Mystery Shopper

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Dollar Frog offer paid surveys like option 1, but also the opportunity to become a mystery shopper.

You are shown how to get paid to shop, eat out, play golf, take a cruise or watch movies. It sounds too good to be true, so I advise caution with this one.

4. Upload Videos To YouTube

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If you’re a bit shy to put your face on camera, don’t worry. You can still make money on the side by sharing other people’s videos.

TubeLaunch offers a model for businesses to promote their videos and products to viewers on YouTube. In order to do that, they need lots of regular people like you and me to re-upload their videos and help them get more exposure.

After choosing which businesses you want to be affiliated with, you download their videos to your computer and then upload them to YouTube. TubeLaunch teaches you exactly how to do this.

You will also find tutorials and tips to gaining more YouTube views, bringing more exposure to the companies you promote, and therefore get paid more money for doing so.

5. Sell Other People’s Products

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Have a read of Affiliate Marketing Basics. Earn Hefty Commissions The Easy Way.

In the above article, Jackie talks about several affiliate networks where you can sign up and browse through thousands of products that you can sell on your website.

You can also learn How To Make Money On eBay Without Any Products In Stock

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Top 10 Ways Of Making Money Online And Work From Home

Throughout the ages, there has always been just one fundamental way of earning a dollar. That is, by selling something. Either you’d sell a product, a service or your expertise. But the internet has brought about new ways of making money online and the barriers how to earn money has been lowered for everyone.

Here are the top 10 ways for making money online (in no particular order).

1. Making Money Online Selling Through eBay

eBay is a phenomenon unto itself. Even if you don’t have products in stock, you can STILL make money online with eBay. How is that possible? Through dropshipping products directly from the warehouse and the supplier handles it all for you.

Read: How To Make Money On eBay Without Any Products In Stock.

eBay is one of the easiest ways to make a quick buck, even if that means looking around your house for items you no longer need. It could be jewelry, electronics, magazines, toys, just about anything.

When you find items on eBay going cheaply, there’s a very real opportunity to purchase and re-sell for profit.

Best yet, making money online from home has never been easier and you don’t have to worry about overheads like renting office space, hiring staff and all that goes with a bricks and mortar shopfront.

Some people do nothing all day but find objects to sell on eBay.

2. Selling For People

Do you love chatting to people and socializing? You’d probably make a good salesperson. There are plenty of businesses out there that are not good at selling, and that’s where you can help.

Create a profile with Elance where you can offer your unique skills.

There are plenty of businesses looking for a specific skillset who don’t advertise job positions. They just want to hire freelancers for the odd job or semi-recurring tasks.

You can get niche specific too for businesses searching for, say, fishing experts, they’ll find you (if that’s your thing).

Selling someone else’s product is much easier than creating your own products. Although, creating your own products is a great money-maker too.

3. Making Money Online Through Affiliate Marketing

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Affiliate marketing is a huge part of making money online. If you have your own website or blog, email newsletter or a big social network, you can earn money by selling someone else’s products and services.

Read: Affiliate Marketing Basics. Earn Hefty Commissions The Easy Way.

You sign up to become an affiliate, where you’ll receive a percentage of each sale you make.

But just because you have popular website doesn’t mean you will make sales. You need to make sure you’re offering the right products to your audience at the right time.

4. Consulting

If you’re an expert in some field, you have a lot of potential in from of you.

Offer your expertise via video, such as YouTube or one-on-one business consulting through Skype.

There are many opportunities and methods you can utilize but you’ll have to find out which one suits you and your potential clients best.

Read: 12 Ways To Increase YouTube Views Without Begging Your Family.

5. Counseling

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Whether it’s business or personal problems, counseling people is huge opportunity online. If you are well-versed in a certain field of psychology or have personal experience with touchy subjects, you can find people who need your guidance and would be willing to pay for it.

If you become popular, you could setup your own podcast or blog radio channel.

6. Virtual Office Administration

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Every entrepreneur needs a little help every now and then. As mentioned before, Elance will allow you to offer your services for general data entry, bookkeeping, attending to emails, or customer service.

There are always companies looking for people who work from home on the internet. Often, you can work in your own hours in the comfort of your own home or small office.

7. Make Money Online Negotiating Deals

Do you have the good manners and skills to bring a buyer and seller together? To don’t necessarily need to be a salesperson to act as the middleman in a negotiation.

If you can facilitate a deal between two parties, you can charge a fee for negotiating higher prices for the seller or better contract terms for the buyer.

This can be a huge source of income if you get the big deals.

8. Trading

Trading of all types can be very lucrative, and you don’t need to be sitting in the New York Stock Exchange to do it. All you need is the internet.

There are great opportunities to trade in virtual currencies like Bitcoin due to their price volatility. Buy low, sell high. With the current Bitcoin market, there’s plenty of opportunity to do just that.

Stock trading is one possibility but if you’re not into traditional stock trading, how about the trading of physical items?

Like I mentioned before, eBay gives you great opportunities to get stock at cheap prices, which you can trade up for higher priced items by placing ads in classifieds like Craigs List.

9. Making Money Online By Writing

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The skills of writing are in huge demand on the internet. Writers with great English skills can earn a very healthy full-time income online and enjoy working regularly for multiple clients.

Freelance writers may provide articles for online magazines, blogs, professional reports and brochures, script development and all sorts of writing tasks.

More prominent writers have their own website where they can showcase their skills and link to articles they have written as a showcase to potential new clients.

It all depends on skill and determination. Again, Elance is a great resource for both writer and employers searching for writers.

10. Proofreading

If you’re a stickler for spelling, grammar and correct formatting, why not try you hand at proofreading?

Businesses with an eye for quality and concern for professionalism always have their marketing materials and website proofread by a human being.

Once you get hired by a medium to large business, you can expect an avalanche of copy to proof.

What other ways have you found for making money online?

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Fax Via Internet Saves Your Business Money And The Environment Too

Fax via internet has revolutionized the business world, just the same as when fax machines were first introduced. From the mid-1970’s we’ve had the ability to send and receive documents almost instantaneously through the telephone line, without the need to use a courier or the snail mail service.

But nowadays with the introduction of fax via internet services, businesses no longer need a fax machine or even a telephone line.

Yet many offices still use this redundant technology, particularly governments, hospitals, schools and councils.

Some private businesses also remain in the dark ages, possibly due to a lack of knowledge about the more effective technologies available on today’s market and the many benefits that using an fax over internet can bring them.

But some individuals also still remained hooked on the old fashioned faxes, such as the British actor and author Stephen Fry, who said,

“I’m afraid I was very much the traditionalist. I went down on one knee and dictated a proposal which my secretary faxed over straight away.”

In order to move into the future and leave the 1980’s behind, let’s find out a bit more about using fax via the internet.

eFax and MyFax are two fax over internet service providers, both of whom cater for personal and business use. To use either of these services, all you will need is internet access, an email address and an account with either provider.

How Does Fax Via Internet Work?

Both eFax and MyFax work in similar ways. They give you a private phone number for people who have an old fashioned fax machine. They would still fax you in their usual way by entering your fax number when they need to send you a facsimile.

eFax and MyFax receive the fax and digitize it into an image, which is then sent within seconds to your email account, with the fax being in the form of an attachment, such as a PDF document.

From there you can read the document, do any editing, attach your digital signature and email a digital copy through the online fax service which automatically forwards your fax right back to the sender’s fax machine. That’s right, to their fax machine!

The recipient of your fax does not need to have email access, nor do they need to be a user of an online fax service.

9 Quick Benefits Of Fax Over Internet

Using eFax, MyFax or another fax via internet provider will give you plenty of benefits. These include:

  1. You don’t need a physical fax machine – keep that money in your pocket,
  2. Reduce your business costs as you will no longer need to buy paper,
  3. No need to purchase fax toner,
  4. No need to have a dedicated phone line for your fax machine,
  5. Save money on dialing international or interstate numbers (no dialing required at all with online faxes),
  6. Fax from anywhere you have internet access (not just from your office),
  7. Store all sent and received faxes digitally,
  8. No more shuffling papers and save the environment by reducing waste,
  9. Multiple fax accounts mean individuals in an organization can have their own fax line for privacy.

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Bonnie Brady, an avid user of email to fax services said,

“I’m not tied to the fax machine. I can pull up faxes on any computer I can get access to. It’s streamlining my life”

But before you rush to take advantage of the free 30 day trial periods, let’s take a moment to compare some of the other features of eFax and MyFax side by side.

Smart Phone Apps iPhone and Android Apps  iPhone App
Digital Signature Available Not available
Security used when faxing Yes, encrypted server used Yes,  encrypted server used
Email address use Can send faxes from 5 email accounts Can send faxes from 5 email accounts
Able to send large files Yes, up to 1GB No
Number of countries available in Can send and receive faxes from 46 countries Can send and receive faxes from 48 countries
Free local or toll free fax numbers Yes Yes
Fax attachment file formats PDF, EXF, TIFF PDF, TIFF
Client packages available Personal, small business Personal, small business, corporate
Monthly pricing plans $12.95 plan $10, $20 and $40 plans
Free trial Yes, click here Yes, click here

eFax and MyFax both have a 30 day free trial period where you can try out their product obligation and risk free.

eFax’s 30 day free trial will allow you to send and receive 150 fax pages, gives you a personal fax number, free keyword searching of your faxes in archival storage and the ability to fax to multiple addresses at the same time.

The same benefits are then available for you for USD$12.95 per month, with any additional sent and received faxes being billable separately.

MyFax’s 30 day free trial allows you to send 200 and receive 100 fax pages, gives you a personal fax number, multiple address fax sending ability and fax archive searching ability.

The same benefits are then available for USD$10 per month. Two larger packages are also available for USD$20 and USD$40 if you use faxed documents more often and a corporate package is available on request.

Let us know how much your office environment has changed thanks to fax via internet services.

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Personal Budget

Personal Budgeting Tips To Get Your Money In Order


Sometimes just hearing the word ‘Personal Budgeting Tips’ is enough to make us shudder. Budgets have been given a dull reputation by overzealous financial fanatics, yet they are nothing to be scared of and neither should they be avoided. Personal budgeting is something all of us should do.

In fact, the great entrepreneurRobert Kiyosaki even said,

“It is important to create a budget and stay faithful to it. Keeping track of what you spend is the best way to avoid buying things you cannot afford.”

A personal budget is an accurate plan of how much money we have coming in and going out each week, fortnight or month, depending on the timeframe we choose to set. It lays out in black and white all income, fixed expenses and discretionary spending money we may have.

A budget is a great way of keeping track of where we are spending money. Once we know where our money is going, we are able to tweak our spending habits to gain more control over our money.

In order to create a workable budget, we first need to know and do these four personal budgeting tips:

1. What is our income?

Generally our income is our wages, but this can also include any interest from savings accounts and any social welfare benefits.

The figure that is important to note is our net income, this is the amount we have left in our hands, so to speak, after any taxes are paid.

It would be helpful to record your budget on a excel spreadsheet or notepad to make it easier to read. When doing so, place your net income dollar figure at the top of the page, as this is the amount we need to start with to create a working budget.

2. What are our fixed expenses?

Fixed expenses include payments like rent or mortgages, insurance and rates, utilities such as power, phone, internet and gas, transportation expenses such as petrol, insurances, registration or train and bus ticket costs and finally any other debts or loans like student loans, car payments or hire purchases.

Other possible fixed expenses will change depending on your circumstances, such as needing to pay for childcare or any gym or club memberships you might have.

These fixed expenses do not vary much, if any, each week/fortnight/month. This makes is easy to budget for them, or in the case of petrol, to make an accurate estimation.

Simply subtract each expense from your net income and you are left with your discretionary income.

You can create a column for each of these areas under your total income figure and this makes it easier to see the amounts of money that each area spends.

3. What is our discretionary income?

Our discretionary income is a nice name given to the money we have left after we have paid all our bills.

However, our discretionary income is not just for buying clothes, entertainment or shopping money, but also the more fundamental things such as groceries and pay for doctor appointments, for example.

So, record the dollar amount of your discretionary income underneath the fixed income expenses columns and then we move onto identifying our variable expenses.

4. What are our variable expenses?

Variable expenses include everything else we might use our money for such as groceries, entertainment, regular saving deposits, clothing, medical appointments, haircuts, vet bills, lawn mowing and any little shopping spree splurges we might have.

Everybody’s variable expenses are different, so take the time to record each item in its own column underneath the dollar figure of your discretionary income.

Then, it is time to allocate a fixed amount to each area and make an educated guess of how much you usually spend.

Now comes the fun bit, you get to add up all your estimated variable expenses and see if you have enough discretionary spending money to buy the things you want!

The goal is to have your fixed and variable expenses equal your net income. If you have spent too much, simply reduce the dollar figures you have allocated for your variable expenses. While if you have surplus money, add it to your saving deposits.

A personal budget should be seen as our friend. Yes that does sound weird, but a budget allows us to see where we are spending money and gives us the chance to change our spending behaviors.

Don’t worry if your budget does not work the first time you use it, instead tweak it until it fits. After all, one size does not fit all.

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Cost Of Press Release – 5 Do’s And 5 Don’ts To Save You Money

There’s a good way to write a press release and then there’s a bad way. Because of the cost of press release, we want ours to stand out from the crowd and have an impact, but only for the right reasons.

Anyone can submit a press release that is sent to major search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing, as well as 30,000+ journalists and bloggers around the world for just a few hundred dollars.

The publicity that can be generated has the potential to bring in more business than you can imagine, just for the cost of a press release. Companies like the #1 press release agency PRWeb offer 10% off your first news release.

PRWeb also deliver your press release to 250,000+ PRWeb subscribers and keep your news release on PRWeb.com forever, serving over 3 million visitors each month.

If you go to the trouble of learning how to write a press release and the cost of press release is within your budget, there are some things to keep in mind. Let’s start with things not to write in a news release. Commit any of these errors and the cost of a press release will just fly out the window and go to waste.

How To Write A Press Release – The Don’ts

1. Don’t Be Demanding

No-one likes being told what to do, especially journalists and bloggers. Remember, when writing a press release, your target audience are primarily journalists.

Journalists are very busy people who see hundreds of press releases each week, so always be courteous, polite and don’t ask straight out to be given free promotion. Obviously, that’s the goal and journalists know it, but give them something to write about, so show some thought and appreciation.

2. Don’t Render Press Release Text Into An Image

Presentation goes a long way to make a good impression, but press releases are usually found in a specific format. When using images, don’t render a chunk of small font text. Sending a press release as an image (jpeg, gif, etc) makes it unusable because text is likely to become distorted when resized or printed. You can’t include clickable links in the image and the text is unsearchable by the search engines.

3. Don’t Blast A Press Release To Unwilling Recipients

Don’t spam people! If you have an existing mailing list, make sure they are your target audience and not just random people. If you have collected email addresses of journalists, bloggers and news agencies, blasting spam through the wrong channels could just get you into their bad books – forever. If someone asks you to stop sending them emails – don’t send them emails!

People working in the media industry subscribe to services like PRWeb to find news stories so they are already a willing audience.

4. Don’t Be Self-Centered

Don’t write your press release in the first person using words like “me” and “I” unless you are using a direct quote. Journalists would have to change everything to the third person because they need to generalize the story to not have it written from your perspective. Write in the third person.

5. Don’t Be Boring

Why would a journalist want to write about a boring story? Press releases don’t have to be boring. What makes your business interesting? What is interesting about you, the business owner. What makes your product better than your competitors?

Think about why it’s interesting and be sure to make a point of it. Don’t make the press release all about how great you are.

How To Write A Press Release – The Do’s

1. Do Introduce Yourself

Write a very brief, factual statement about who you are and what your business does. If you want someone to promote you, your business or your product, the least you could do is introduce yourself.

2. Do Include Your Website Address

This should be a no-brainer. Get your website in order prior to sending out a press release. Make sure to include either a ‘media’ section for journalists to gather more information about your services or products and also write a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Include a link to your website within the main text portion of the press release. This allows journalists and general readers to easily click through. Press releases are also great for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) purposes when linking your website to your target keyword. eg. “John offers a comprehensive service of mufflers in Chicago.”

3. Do Include Images or Video

Give readers a face to your name and include an image of yourself or your product or business. If you have the resources, also record a video specifically for the press release which will make a great impression on journalists.

4. Do Give Great Consideration To The Headline

A great headline is all you need to ensure a journalist or blogger will read your press release. But writing a great headline can be tough and it’s recommended to spend at least 50% of the time it takes to write the press release on the headline itself. If it takes an hour to write the press release, spend at least 30 minutes working on a great headline.

Read our article How To Write Great Headlines.

5. Do Follow Up

If a journalist or blogger has written an article based on your press release, follow it up with a thank you email.

By doing so, it’ll establish a positive connection between yourselves and open the opportunity for further publicity down the track.

The Cost Of Press Release

Press release agencies such as PRWeb offer discounts on your first press release, which start at $99 and range upto $1,000 depending on the agency.

Spend your money wisely and take advantage of first-time discounts where possible.

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10 Best Ways To Save Money In The Office

As the joke goes; If money is the root of all evil, why should we save money? When we’re running our own business, it’s very important to keep a keen eye on cash flow. Saving money should be right up there on our priority list, together with making more of it.

But we have all heard about how to do it, right? Figure out budgets, set up savings accounts, make sure to earn more than you spend, etc. Boring! So how about we spice up our saving money advice and check out the 10 best ways to save money in the office.

1. Saving Money On Advertising

When posting things like invoices or receipts, be sure to include your advertising material in the same envelope. Including things like newsletters or coupons when sending products out to customers encourages repeat business and avoids expensive advertising. Piggyback your advertising and pay once.

2. Save Money on Phone Calls

Use VoIP for phone calls. This is an internet based telephone and it is cheap to use. It does cost more to implement than a traditional phone, but the running costs are considerably less, especially for long distance calls. It is best installed when you are upgrading a phone system to avoid extra expenses.

3. Save Money on Lighting

Install motion sensors to control the lighting bills. They will automatically turn the lights on when entering a room and off after leaving. Why should we pay for something we are not using?

4. Hire contractors or freelancers

Sign up to Elance where you can find contractors and freelancers who will work for us only when we need them. This would reduce the size of office space we need and the amount of consumables such as electricity being used.

5. Save on Electricity

Purchase laptops instead of desk top computers. Laptops use up to 90% less electricity than a standard PC. Don’t worry about security, a laptop can be locked down with a Kensington lock which prevents it being stolen, but can be removed so you can take the laptop away if needed.

6. Word of Mouth Advertising

Ask clients to advertise for you. They could use word of mouth and tell their customers and colleagues about your services and even write a testimonial for your website. In return, you can do the same for them. Both parties would benefit from the free advertising. It’s a win-win!

7. Work From Home

Rotate staff so that they work from home one day a week or once a fortnight, possibly even in exchange for a small reduction in that day’s pay. This would save on power, phone and wages; they will save on transport, possibly even childcare! Now days we have many ways to communicate via the internet and suitable work can be scheduled to be done on those home days.

8. Share Office Supplies

Create a shared group area for office supplies. By having one area or even just a table in the office dedicated to office supplies, we will avoid repeated expenditure and wasted resources. We would only need to buy one stapler, one hole punch and even only one pair of scissors!

9. Buy Second Hand Products

Buy used products, not new. We can save a bundle of cash by purchasing second hand furniture, computers and even carpet for our offices. Pretty much everything we need can be brought from a dealer, shop, garage sale and even over the internet.

Other businesses are closing down or simply replacing items in their offices with the latest model or design. Make use of their splurging and buy up their things for a super cheap price and our bank balances will reap the rewards!

10. Ask For Specific Advice

Find a business mentor, somebody who has been where you are and done that. Sign up to websites such as LinkedIn and other social media and networking sites or ask around others who are also in your area of business.

A good mentor will often donate their time to share their ideas and experiences with you and be able to take an outsiders view to see other ways of how to save you money in the office.

It would also be really helpful to have our work colleagues on board with our money saving ideas too.

Perhaps we could set up a competition within the office that the person who saves the most money wins a reward, such as maybe working from home once a week or having ten minutes added to their lunch break for a month.

So saving money in the office can actually be fun and rewarding in ways other than financial. But it’s still great to see the money piling up too!

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Ebay

How To Make Money On eBay Without Any Products In Stock

Thousands of average people have struck it rich by learning how to make money on eBay. Some start out by selling unused items from around the house or by creating art and crafts from the comfort of their living rooms.

If you don’t have a production line of family members trawling through the garden shed or sewing cross-stitch day and night, your potential earnings are limited.

eBay Success Stories

But there are sole operators who are making money on eBay – a lot of money! They operate like a business and use eBay as their shopfront, such as Beth Van Doren from NouveauQueen.

Beth sums up one of the key problems selling while selling on eBay.

“Finding inventory is a big problem … It can take an enormous amount of time to find products.”

Stay at home mother, Brandi Tolley from Buy BIG From Brandi is another example of a huge eBay success story, earning up to $200,000 per year.

Brandi came across 75 large and tall Tommy Hilfiger men’s shirts in a closeout sale in a local shop and paid $3 each.

She then on sold these for as much as $55 each online. She decided to specialize in clothing for big and tall men but finding a constant supply was a headache.

Brandi realized,

“If I can find sources for this kind of product, it can be a really good way to make a living.”

Meg Williams, former CEO of eBay said,

“Everyday the eBay marketplace becomes indispensable to more people and small businesses around the world.”

How To Find Products To Sell on eBay

First, sign up for a business account with eBay.

To make serious coin on eBay, you’ll need a steady supply of products, and establish procedures to manage orders and get them out to customers on a daily basis.

This is a huge stumbling block for most eBay sellers. To make money on eBay you have to source, store and ship your products. Visiting stores, developing relationships with wholesalers and taking many trips to the Post Office are extremely time consuming jobs to do.

What about taking photos of products and writing descriptions? Being an eBay seller can be a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be!

eBay Product Sourcing Solution – Dropshipping

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If you’ve never heard of the term “dropshipping”, it’s a business technique where the seller does not keep goods in stock, but instead transfers customer orders and shipment details to the wholesaler. It is the wholesaler who then ships the goods directly to the customer.

The wholesaler also supplies all product information and images to the seller, who makes a profit from the difference between the wholesale rate and the eventual selling price.

eBay have strict rules about dropshipping and there is only one wholesaler on eBay’s Certified Providers list. It’s a badly kept secret that Doba have supplied millions of products to eBay sellers, earning them huge profits for very little work.

Doba is a product sourcing company which has done all the hard work for you. They have already created relationships with wholesale distributors and manufacturers, and offer an online catalogue of over one million products ready for you to sell on eBay.

Doba have made it really easy to find products and get them listed under your eBay account. With their application ‘Push To Marketplace’, all you need to do is select the products from Doba’s catalogue and then with a few clicks they are pushed to live auctions and sales immediately.

The products on Doba’s catalogue are priced significantly lower than most wholesalers too. When you list the goods on your eBay page, you make the purchase price higher than what you will pay Doba for their catalogue price and when they sell, you keep the difference in profit! Too good to be true, right?

It is true and Doba has helped thousands of sellers make money on eBay.

How To Pay For Products Before Selling Them?

Another common problem for eBay sellers is cash-flow. You need money to buy products first, and then only profit after the product is sold. Sometimes it could be a month between purchase and sale, so getting your money back as quickly as possible is very important.

This is where Doba is different.

You don’t need to pay money upfront for any products; you only pay when you have made a sale and the buyer has paid you. That’s when you order the product from Doba and pay them the wholesale price.

Doba then organizes all the shipping for you. During the whole selling process, all you are really doing is clicking your mouse here and there. You do not need to find anywhere to store the products, nor do you need to arrange any labeling, packaging or shipping!

Doba is a fabulous tool for entrepreneurs to use to set up their own online retail company and start making money on eBay. With the added bonuses of no money upfront, pay only when you sell a product, not having to source, store or post any products and their low purchase prices, it seems like a no-brainer.

For a limited time, Doba are offering a free 7 day trial, so there’s no excuse not to try it out.

Happy selling!

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