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1. For you to effective do affiliate marketing, you have to be very organized. There is no substitute for this because the amount of affiliate programs of products you would be getting involved in as you succeed more may require that you have a detailed format of how you track what is happening where. Arrange you computer, pen paper in a place where you would be coordinating your affiliate marketing warfare. Take it as business and it would become one. Ensure that you map out specific times when you must be at work. This more related to those that work from home. Dont make the mistake of allowing families, visitors or other distraction to derail you online affiliate marketing effort.

2. You have to create your own website and get some form of subscriber list. This will enable you to get the email addresses of those you refer to your affiliate programs before sending them to the page. The emails you gather this way would be useful to you whenever you want to get back to such visitors or when you have another related product to market to them.

3. Make some valuable offer to your potential subscribers. This may be some simple report, newsletter or some re-branded plr rebook. This is to give them the confidence and trust to leave their contact or email address behind for you. One good way of benefiting from this is by setting up a blog and sending out an email to your list whenever you publish new post.

4. You have to be ready to write. Not just write but quality writings. So there is need for you to develop your writing skill or you would be outsourcing your content writing needs to others for some little fees. These write-ups would be posted on your blog and other forums and it is the quality that would help to convince readers to see more in the affiliate link you would discretely add below each article.

5. You should never think of quitting. There are times when you may be so dismayed and feel that the only option is to throw in the towel. This usually sterns from the wrong perception lots of people have about internet marketing. Some believe that they would start swimming in millions the very moment they start an online business. It may happen for just few lucky persons but you can make much more money online if you persist.

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It was not very long ago that the majority of buttons had a shiny, iridescent quality. In fact, take a look at shirts and dresses as recent as the 1970’s, and you might notice these luminous buttons. They are made of mother-of-pearl, which is the inner shell layer of certain mollusks, and is made out of nacre – the same stuff that pearls are made of. Before the late 1800’s, buttons were predominately an import item in the United States. That is, until John Frederick Boepple came along.

Born into a German button-making factory, Boepple honed his craft and expertise in Germany and Austria until 1887, when he reached a big turning point in his life. Prior to that time in 1887, stiffer and stiffer tariffs were being placed on imported material. Since Boepple used predominately imported shells and horns to make his buttons, this hurt his business very badly. To make matters worse, his wife died suddenly. With nothing left to live for, Boepple headed straight to the one place that he knew beautiful shells were abundant and untapped – the Mississippi River in the United States.

He had a hard road ahead. He had no friends or contacts in the U.S. and he spoke no English. He was focused on the task at hand, however, and even while he performed odd jobs for farmers and business owners in Illinois, he learned enough English to get around, and started collecting odds and ends of old machinery to start constructing a lathe with which to make buttons.

Lucky for Boepple, the MicKinley Tariff of 1890 echoed the stiff import tariffs that had been imposed just a few years earlier in Europe. Until this McKinley Tariff, people had been importing buttons from Europe. For the dual reason that the button industry was suffering in Europe because of the unavailability of inexpensive materials and the fact that it became even more expensive in the U.S. to order the already scant amount of buttons available in Europe, the U.S. was ripe for its own button industry.

Boepple realized he needed to strike while the iron was hot, and promptly moved to Muscatine, Iowa, where the Mississippi River had many thick-shelled mollusks for a fledgling button-maker. He built himself the best equipment he could muster out of the odds and ends he had collected, and started making buttons. He was very good at it, and word got around that mother-of-pearl buttons could be gotten in the U.S. and for a reasonable price.

Two investors, I.A. Kerr and William Molis, took an interest in Boepple’s tiny business, and bolstered him enough to create the very first freshwater pearl button factory in the U.S. and even the world, as European button-makers did not make the buttons in factories. Unfortunately for Boepple, Kerr and Molis did not understand the delicacy required of working with mother-of-pearl, and purchased equipment ill-suited to the process. They were anxious to mass-produce the buttons, which Boepple saw basically as works of art. The alliance soon crumbled, and while Kerr and Molis’s factory stayed open and produced buttons, Boepple made buttons out of his home, and opened a new factory that ran the way he wanted it to.

Muscatine thrived with this new business, and by 1905 produced more than 30% of all the buttons in the world at that time. By 1897 there were 53 button companies in Muscatine alone, not to mention the many other button factories along the Mississippi River. It wasn’t very long before someone figured out a good way to automate the creation of mother-of-pearl buttons, thus making Boepple’s old-world craftmanship (and the time it took to make a button) obsolete.

Boepple stopped making buttons, and concentrated on a freelance business that bought shells for other button companies. He soon realized that the quality of shells had diminished, and was dismayed to find out that this “button boom” had depleted the Mississippi River’s natural supply of mussels. He went to work for the Fairport Biological Station, which was an initiative founded by Congress in 1908 to find out how to propagate mussels for this lucrative American industry.

Boepple modified the tool used most frequently to catch mussels – making it so it spared the younger mussels to allow them to grow bigger and multiply. While he was performing the duties associated with this job, he cut his fot on a broken mussel shell. Just a few months later, he died of blood poisoning in a Muscatine hospital.

To this day, Boepple is credited with the creation of an industry that provided Muscatine with jobs and income for many years.

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1. Affiliate Marketing. One of the most popular methods especially for anyone who is new to internet marketing, this is a simple form of making money as you do not need to create your own product, and there are thousands of affiliate programs available online.

All that is really required of you once you join an affiliate program is to promote the program and you will be paid a commission every time someone buys the product through your link. When you join an affiliate company you will be given a personal link or ID which gets added to any promoting that you do. Your affiliate ID or link will appear any time a sale is made through your advertising and you will earn a commission.

2. Network marketing. Network marketing or MLM as it is often called is a business that can be done both online and offline and has been around for many years. This type of business is twofold in that it involves both the selling of products and sponsoring people in to the business and building a down-line of network marketers from whom you will earn a residual income as they build their businesses by duplicating your efforts.

Having a website that you can send prospects to when you first meet them is an extremely powerful method of reinforcing your original sales pitch.

3. Niche marketing. If you have a subject or hobby that you are passionate about then setting up a website that is directed toward your passion is an excellent way to make money doing something that you love. It is not difficult to research if the niche you are keen on is lucrative or not. If it is, then it should be relatively easy to find products that you can sell on your website where you can also write articles with information connected to your subject and if you know what you are talking about people will want to visit your site and purchase what you have to offer.

4. Direct retailing. If you own a bricks and mortar business already or if you make a product and would like to expand and sell on the internet then you can either build a website of your own on which to sell your products or you can offer them for sale on auction websites. This is one of the easiest methods of generating sales. There is a downside to consider with this type of business and that is that you are responsible for the packaging and shipping of your products to the customers, but if you do not mind doing these chores then it is an excellent method to use for an internet based business.

5. Membership sites. This is an exceptionally popular method of generating income at the moment and there is an enormous market on the web if you have specialized knowledge of any kind that you can utilize with a membership site. Basically a membership site makes money through people signing up with a monthly subscription so that they can access the information that you offer where as a specialist in your subject you are able to mentor them.

In order for this method to work you will have to be able to offer really good quality content if you want your subscribers to remain loyal and keep following you.

These are just 5 different ways to make money with an online based business and there are plenty more opportunities online for anyone with a desire to succeed. Provided you are willing to learn what is required with which ever methods you choose and you are prepared to put in the necessary work, there is absolutely no reason why you should not be a success and earn a very lucrative income as your own boss working from home and dictating your own hours. That is the greatest feeling of all.

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As a small business owner, there are instances that you will need extra resources to pay for urgent purchases or emergency expenses while managing your own business. Getting a credit card for business is one of the best option. However, it is important to know when and how you can use this type of credit card. Below are some tips on how you can use your business credit card wisely:

Use your business credit strictly for business. Business owners sometimes tend to use their business credit cards for personal spending such eating out at restaurants or grocery shopping. This is definitely a no-no. If you own a credit card for business, you need to be very strict about the kind of expenses you charge on your card.

Make sure that your business credit card is used for business expenses only. On the other hand, your personal credit should be used only for your personal needs. Know your limits and always exercise self-discipline.

Choose the card that suits your business. Different business credit cards are designed to help different types of businesses. It is your job to find out which credit card for small business caters to the specific needs of your company. You may need to take some time researching about the many small business credit cards available in the market, but taking your time is a smarter move than getting a card that is wrong for your business.

Set a limit to your business spending. Just because you own a company does not mean you can use your business credit all you want. Be wise. A smart business owner sets up a realistic budget that must be followed. Keep in mind that a business credit card should be your partner in keeping your finances more stable and steady and not the opposite.

It is too easy to splurge using a card and get stuck in huge debts later on. Do not forget that each time you charge a purchase to your business account, you have the obligation to pay it back by your due date. Never use your business credit card if you have doubts that you can pay it back on time.

Check your account regularly. Apart from the monthly statements of account and the quarterly and yearly summaries sent by your credit card company, credit cards for small business provide an online account access for its card holders. Thus, you can check your account right from your home office or wherever there is access to the internet at any time. Take advantage of this opportunity to keep track of your charges and to make sure that you are staying within your budget.

Pay your monthly balances in full. A wise entrepreneur knows the value of paying debts on time. Never carry over your balance for the next month if you already have the means to pay it off completely. Remember, it is better to keep your credit to debt ratio in a balance to keep your business credit in excellent standing. Paying off your monthly balance in full protects you from the risk of bad debt and incurring additional interest rates and penalty charges.

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When I first started as a massage therapist and people would walk into my clinic complaining of anxiety, I simply thought they were really stressed and would give them a simple relaxation massage.

Being disappointed with my treatments, I started to do more research on the subject since I believe to really treat somebody well you really need to understand how they feel. I went on the internet and read a variety of books to get a basic idea but quickly decided to go right to source and ask my clients how they felt and what bothered them.

Today, when somebody says they have anxiety, I follow up with a series of questions. The first being: – How do you feel your anxiety’? The answers can vary from – I feel I can’t breathe, like I have a pressure on my chest.?, or – out of nowhere my heart starts beating weird and it makes me panic’I also hear about stomach complaints with phrases like – My stomach feels all twisted and in knots and I seem to have indigestion’ and – my brain feels really foggy and I’m having a hard time staying focused’All these answers lead me to believe that some very important points to work on should be the stomach, the head as well as taking some time to focus on breathing techniques.

This all made perfect sense to me. Anxiety, being a psychological disorder affects our mind making us unable to think properly and clearly( foggy head and unable to concentrate). Also, we all know that psychological disturbance can affect our stomach. For example, being nervous to put on a presentation can give us butterflies ( cramps ) in our stomachs, and when we live a stress out heart beat elevates and our breaths get shorter.

From this point on my simple relaxation massage became much more complex and the feedback from my clients has been extremely good.

How I do it:

Breathing:

At the very beginning of the treatment, I take a few minutes to get my clients to be conscious of their breathing and to take deeper and fuller breaths. After a few respirations I put a pressure on their on their upper chest, just enough to get them to work their breathing muscles and ask them to continue with their breathing. After, I move on to put a pressure on the sides of the rib cage using the same technique. When I stop applying the pressure, they are able to take bigger breaths with a lot less effort and their heart rate is slower. Taking the time to do this allows me to start the massage with a calmer and more receptive client.

The Head:

To relax the head I was inspired by Indian head massage techniques. This specialty offers a wide variety of manoeuvres that focus on the head, scalp, face, neck and shoulders and with a little touch of lavender it works wonders.To finish off this area, I like to go work the points at the base of the skull which are important pressure points in Asian techniques to help with anxiety and stress.

The stomach:

I massage the stomach as usual with the help of essential oils. I use peppermint for the intestines and rosemary for the liver to encourage digestion. I also like to use ylang ylang on the lower part of the stomach to stimulate the hormones which can put us in a better mood and relieve the anxiety. And last but not least, I take a bit of time to work the solar plexus with some lavender. This is where most people feel ‘knoted’ and they enjoy the relief that it offers.

Taking the time to focus on these few points has made a tremendous difference on my clients. They feel like they got a relaxation massage with the added benefits of working targeted areas that really bothered them. I hope this article has been informative for other massage therapists and if your experience has thought you any tricks I would love to hear them.

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1. Barter
If you have a business you should be bartering goods
and services with other businesses. You should try to
trade for something before you buy it. Barter deals
usually require little or no money.

2. Network
Try networking your business with other businesses.
You could trade leads or mailing lists. This will cut
down on your marketing and advertising costs. You
may also try bartering goods and services with them.

3. Bulk
You’ll save money buying your business supplies in
bulk quantities. You could get a membership at a
wholesale warehouse or buy them through a mail
order wholesaler. Buy the supplies you are always
running out of.

4. Free Stuff
You should try visiting the thousands of freebie sites
on the internet before buying your business supplies.
You can find free software, graphics, backgrounds,
online business services etc.

5. Rent
Have you ever purchased business equipment you
only needed for a small period of time? You could
have just borrowed the equipment from someone
else or rented the equipment from a “rent-all” store.

6. Online/Offline Auctions
You can find lower prices on business supplies and
equipment at online and offline auctions. I’m not
saying all the time, but before you go pay retail for
these items try bidding on them first.

7. Plan Ahead
Make a list of business supplies or equipment you’ll
need in the future. Keep an eye out for stores that
have big sales. Purchase the supplies when they go
on sale before you need them.

8. Used Stuff
If your business equipment and supplies don’t need
to be new, buy them used. You can find used items
at yard and garage sales, used stores, used stuff
for sale message boards and newsgroups etc.

9. Negotiate
You should always try negotiate a lower price for
any business equipment or supplies. It doesn’t hurt
to try. Pretend you are talking to a salesman at a car
lot.

10. Search
You can always be searching for new suppliers for
your business supplies and equipment. Look for
suppliers with lower prices and better quality. Don’t
just be satisfied with a few.

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