Are You Ready To Become Self-Employed

If you are interested in starting a business, or taking over one, you face a daunting task that carries a level of risk and excitement not possible in the ’employee’ world. If the financial independence of self-employment appeals to you – no boss, no income limits as to time and wage, and the ability to let your personal drive determine your compensation – then you will no doubt be eagerly going over the many options available to release you from your current job. However, the rush of financial excitement must be tempered by the necessary cost of time, money and effort in properly setting yourself up independently.

Despite income claims made by business opportunity companies, or competing businesses, you must be ready to accept the reality of not seeing personal income for several months – or even years. Starting a self-employed business on the side, while keeping regular employment as your financial security, is a wise method of ensuring your income. Another option is to have substantial savings that permit you the freedom to pursue your dreams unencumbered with other employment. However, the savings must also be capable of carrying the costs of developing a business along with providing for your material needs. Do you also recognize the time that is required in starting your own business? In some ways it is almost unnecessary to bring up the point since your passion will likely drive you to spend many hours in your pursuits. If you have other obligations; family, job, social etc. then you will have to consider if you CAN devote the time needed to get your business off the ground. Having discussed both money and time, you must recognize that there is much more effort extended BEFORE a business is profitable than at any other time in your business. Yes, once you are getting work and are satisfied with the income level you may be very busy indeed but you will then be compensated for it. When you are still cultivating your business – marketing, doing free jobs, searching for clients and customers – you may not be seeing any income, or a very meager one, which makes your EFFORTS seem immense. Do not falter! If you come to the point when you are working your hardest and doing everything your business requires but still not seeing monetary results, you may hit a psychological wall. This is where truly entrepreneurial individuals see an obstacle to overcome as opposed to a dead-end to their hard work. Passion for their work and the strong desire to work for themselves overcomes any perceived barriers and moves them to keep going and ultimately becoming very successful. By persevering you will certainly see the fine fruits of your labors and prove to yourself and others that the benefits of self-employment far outweigh the mediocre status quo of the typical worker’s daily grind.

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Reach Customers Efficiently With This Mobile Marketing Advice

A mobile marketing campaign is a great way to reach a large amount of people with very little money or time invested. Most people now own some type of mobile device, including cell phones and tablets. Integrate your mobile marketing efforts with your other marketing plans. By having mobile marketing blended with online or print marketing, you present a consistent message to your customer or client base. At the same time, allowing your customers to perform the same activities via multiple channels such as mobile applications or web sites further increases the value of your customer interactions.

Enhance your text messages with other forms of communication. Make use of multi-channel marketing. One form communication isn’t enough for today’s audience. Each style of communication has its own set of pros and cons. This is why it is best to use more than one. Try sending direct mail, e-mail and a text right before something important happens. Have a goal. Do not start a mobile marketing campaign until you know exactly why you want to have one. You may want to have extra revenue or draw in more readers, but whatever the reason, you need to track the information you receive to find out if your program is really successful. Let customers give you feedback.

Some mobile marketers have outgoing only messaging, meaning that a customer cannot text them back without going through a lot of hassle. Let your customers talk back to you to improve the focus of your plan, and know if you may need to do something differently. Develop an app. Apps are programs for mobile devices that interact with customers in many different ways. They provide easy access to your business through the program the customer installs on their phone. Make your app useful and appropriate to attract the most attention and downloads from your current and potential customers.

Make sure your customers know their business is appreciated. Give them special offers, discounts based on hallmark goals or even a simple thank you note. They need to know you value their business or they may take it to someone who will go that extra step. Keep your material clean in order to keep your brand clean. Sending out raw, unfiltered material, even if you think it’s worthy of attention, can be detrimental to your mobile marketing efforts. Things don’t have to be outlandish to draw attention.

They just have to be worthy of someone’s time. If you often have great sales or give-aways, consider using SMS to get the word out. Text messages shine in their ability to cut through the clutter of an otherwise busy, application-filled mobile device. The messages usually trigger a pop-up notification on the system, making SMS a terrific choice for getting the word out about a sale that can’t be missed. But be careful to only text message customers who have signed up to receive them, as many people feel SMS mobile marketing is invasive. It could have the opposite effect than your intent.

You should expect mobile marketing to grow since the use of mobile platforms keeps increasing. Within the next few years, most people will own a smartphone. The best way to take advantage of this trend is with a solid mobile marketing strategy. By using the these tips, you will be ahead of your competition and in position to effectively promote your products through this new form of marketing. Good luck with your mobile marketing campaign.

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Affiliate Search Engine No Holds Barred Approach To Making Money Online

As you might have guessed, affiliate search engine marketing has become one of the quickest ways to make a fast buck online. In fact, many business owners have jumped on the affiliate marketing bandwagon as a way to promote their companies. On the other hand, affiliate search engine marketing is a surefire way for anyone to begin a home-based business.

You see affiliate marketing is the best of both worlds. Don?t worry; if this is the first time you?ve heard of this unique type of marketing you are not alone. But more on that later. You may not know this but search engine marketing has taken the world by storm. Listen to me carefully now. Many people are using this technique successfully. But many others treat affiliate marketing like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Bear with me as tell you how to get started. Here goes? For starters, you?ll be glad to know that affiliate search engine marketing is easy to understand. Quite simply, as an affiliate marketer you will be promoting websites and rewarded for sending visitors or customers to the site. Understand this: compensation varies depending on the type of program you choose to promote.

For instance, some websites will pay for every visitor you send to their site. However, other sites pay you a percentage of the sale of a product or service If you think that?s nothing, think again. One sale could net you a profit of $50 or more. It?s true; some products are priced lower than that. But the beauty of affiliate programs is the fact that you get to choose which products you promote. Honestly, you can choose to only promote programs that pay no less than $20. It?s all up to you. Here?s something else.

If you need a way to promote you home based business, affiliate marketing could be the diamond in the rough you?ve been looking for. In this case you recruit affiliates to promote your site for you. And get this: you don?t have to pay them unless they meet certain criteria. For example you could pay them based on the action the customer performs such as filling out a form, or per sale. What this all boils down to is that you can get your site promoted for you with will little effort of your own. Look, I?m not kidding around. The majority of business owners choose a pay per sale program.

Here is the reason why?they never have to pay out a dime unless the affiliate makes a sale. It?s a win-win situation for both. And best of all, you can make a full time income promoting other companies products and services. Just let this sink in for minute – affiliate search engine marketing may be one the best ways to become financially secure. But don?t take my word for it.

Try it for yourself.

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Benefits Of Article Advertising Or Article Marketing

Article advertising or article marketing can be the key to not only making money but having a successful business. If you have a product or service that you are trying to promote then one of the best and most cost effective ways is by using article advertising.

Article advertising is a type of marketing effort in which you write short articles, about 400-600 words, related to the product or service you wish to promote. If they are well written they will, after getting distributed to various online article directories that will be easily found on search engines and read by people interested in what you have to offer.

In article advertising, well written article will be constructed in such a way that it has strategic placements of keywords and keyword phrases used by those who are searching for what you have to offer. This will make your article easily found by search engines and can help get you noticed earlier by future consumers. Some of the benefits of article advertising are:

1) It is a great way to gain respect in the niche you are trying to reach. If they see your well written and informative article they will see you as an authority. The more that you have written about a certain area, the more trusted you will be and the more likely they will be to buy what you offer.

2) It is very cost effective. If you write the article yourself it will only cost you the amount of time and energy you put into researching and writing the subject. If you can’t write well, you can easily find those who are able to write for you who are affordable and will let you put your name on it, aka, ghostwriters. These are many times very affordable, though you need to make sure that they are able to give you unique content and are native speakers in the language you are trying to market in.

3) Links are also a great benefit to article advertising. Your well written article will have a link back to your website and will also have a resource box with a strong call to action. This will invite those reading the article to go to your site to find out more about what you have to offer. This will also help your search engine ranking.

4) It helps you reach a much larger target audience than you otherwise would have. Those who are really interested in what you are offering will be the ones who read your article. You won’t be putting your marketing efforts in front of people who may or may not care about what you have to offer. It will be read by people who are truly interested in what you are doing and are also very likely to buy what you are selling.

Article marketing or article advertising is a great way to get attention to your products or services, if it is used correctly. Take some time to learn how to do it the right way or find a good ghost writer to do the work for you and you will find customers who are not only willing to buy from you, but trust that you are going to meet their needs and may come back to you for other purchases. Done correctly, article advertising can help you climb to the top and make you a success.

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LinkedIn – To Open Network Or Not

As an avid LinkedIn user, and as a member of the LinkedIn Open Networkers group (aka LIONs), it is a question I see being asked on LinkedIn and at other social media platforms and services on a regular basis. I actually think that the answer is more varied than simply the two options of "open networking" or "closed networker," and your individual answer depends on you and your objectives in creating a LinkedIn profile.

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LinkedIn system

The reason that the question exists to the extent it does, is that LinkedIn has created an online network which at its basic level is fundamentally different to any other Social Media network. LinkedIn positively discourages members to connect to those that they do not know and have not met. They even enforce the systematic structure by making supporting statements in both their terms and conditions as well as their User Guidelines. This is in stark contrast to the social side of others online networks which most will be more used to in the form of Facebook, where chatting and connecting to people who seem to be much like you is part of the whole ethos.

But, and here's the crucial difference: LinkedIn users have an average household income of over $140k, with 80% over $75k, the spammers would see an open network as list building shangri-la! Further, when 60% are senior executives and 90% are college educated, it would mean that any affiliate or direct sale would inevitably come with a high commission return.

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Hence from a market trust view point, making it difficult to connect is ensuring just that: consistent, believable and hence trusted online networking. Further, that is what LinkedIn's target audience want. They are not used to the fast moving and Farmville-powered coffee corner that is Facebook. They want something more akin to a select and stable club, where one can mix with like minded people, and then be introduced by acquaintances when mutual needs which are mainly business orientated arise.

LinkedIn networking

So, what options are there between open networking and closed networking which can be adopted by LinkedIn users? Firstly, lets be clear here: there is no such thing as closed networking on any social network, including LinkedIn. If you choose to be wholly "closed" in your networking, then you wouldn't even have a LinkedIn profile, let alone connect to known friends whom you work with directly or meet with on a weekly basis. You choose to join a club or network and stay there because it gives you a professional marker post in a popular place, and opens up opportunity on both a personal, professional and business level.

But on the other hand, nor does truly open networking exist. If you were truly open, then you would accept every invite that any "profile" sent to you. The reason I mentioned those statistics about LinkedIn at the start of this piece, was because however difficult a systems designer makes connecting to others, those membership statics much like the challenge of stealing the British Royal Crown Jewels or the Mona Lisa from Paris will always attract ambitious opportunists.

While as a recruiter and CV writer I never encourage non-artiste job applicants to place a photo on their CV, in online networking one of the first signs of a spamming profile is the lack of profile image, or use of one that you may have seen once or twice before: its amazing how many photos of Rod Stewart, Bono and Sir Tom Jones are available! Then there are the names, most often three letters as that is the minimum LinkedIn will allow; or the incomplete profile records of both education and work history: one term at Harvard and a three months on Wall Street doesn't fool anyone!

So in reality, everyone is the same type of networker, but at different points along a line of how much trust they require to develop in others before they decide to offer to connect.

List of Social Networking Sites

This is a quick list of social networking sites, which can be used for traffic generation, or just getting your name out there for marketing and credibility.

Facebook – This was developed for the collegiate market and later expanded to professionals as these people graduated from college. The interface is clean and crisp, without a lot of extraneous stuff. It allows people to connect with others in their own network. It offers a profile and several ways to market yourself to your friends, although you are not allowed to spam marketing hype on your profile or elsewhere. It has many applications you can add to boost your profile or add marketing features to your profile.

LinkedIn – This social networking site has a far more business-like and professional flavor. It is noted for helping people network to find new jobs or business opportunities.

Squidoo – This site allows you to define your brand and even promote and market products. It is more of a marketer's social network and is based on the creation of lenses that are focal points of interest that you want to highlight about your personal expertise or your business.

Twitter – A social networking site with minute-by-minute updates, if that's what you like. It's unlike the other sites, but hugely popular, particularly for mobile phone updates.

By the way, do you want to add a LinkedIn coaching program to your business? If so, join me in Markethive and I will introduce you to someone who provides training. There is no cost to either of these. Good luck.

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FiddyShare is it possible! Only Time will Tell

 

Here’s where the story begins! Its up to you to determine the outcome.

If you are not a (professional marketer) do NOT try to make sales,
we are NOT a sales based system., we ARE a viral sharing platform.
Simply Share Your FiddyShare Promo Link on Facebook groups and pages
to stockpile your I.O.U’s.

If you try and tell people that they can earn $50 dollars a click you
probably scare them off, it sounds completely outrageous.
Same as if they think they need to sell something or find referrals
in order to make money. The ONLY thing they need to hear is that you
are making $50 dollars a click and you don’t give a damn if they sign
up or not, ALL you want them to do is to click your link.

FiddyShare is worth sharing! Believe it or Not

In that skit there is no pressure to buy anything, they clicked it
willingly and probably read the entire website. Once they get to the
leaders page they will see the FiddyShare Marketers who are racking up
the I.O.U’s, this will put a thought in their head that it might
be possible. The more we share the more they will see us, the more
they see us the more they see the number of leaders as well
as the incomes amounts increasing.

So I want you to pay ZERO attention to making sales and 100% attention
to sharing your promo link on as many places as possible with the focus
being Facebook target groups and pages. If people think you are making
$50 dollars just because they clicked on your link they will be
more likely to buy it then if you told them they can earn from it if
they bought it. Make sense?

If you stockpile 50k in I.O.U’s this system will pay you UP TO
50k from sales it makes, if you stockpile 100k same thing. This is a
viral sharing platform where all you have to do is share it and the
the money WILL come.

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Rebirth of Email Is Coming in 2016 – Really?

Email marketing was ignored, under-resourced, and declared uncool and dead during the rise of social media.

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Now that leased media is morphing into paid media, and paid media is morphing into blocked media, brands are returning to permission-based email marketing to find that it has new synergies, powerful new capabilities, broader integration, and fresh blood.

Prediction #1: We’ll see many more positive media stories about email marketing than negative in 2016.

It has always been the workhorse behind eCommerce, but now email marketing has become a driving force behind content during the meteoric rise of content marketing. Thanks to advancements in personalization, dynamic content, and predictive analytics, email newsletters have become “the new homepage,” in the words of Contently’s Jordan Teicher.

The Rise of Mobile

Email marketing has also become central to mobile strategies. Reading email has been a top activity on smartphones for a long time, and the growing adoption of responsive email design is boosting smartphone conversion rates to make the most of this opportunity. This holiday season has been a breakout one for mobile shopping and the momentum will carry into the New Year. Beacons, geofences, mobile bar codes, and app behavior triggers will further intertwine email and mobile in 2016 and beyond.

Prediction #2: The majority of email opens will occur on mobile devices in 2016.

Prediction #3: The majority of brands will use responsive design for their marketing emails in 2016.

The Integration of ESPs

Email marketing is also benefiting from broader integration across business functions, thanks to more than $6 billion in acquisitions of major email service providers (ESPs) over the past few years by Salesforce, Oracle, IBM, Adobe, and others. Rather than experiencing a wave of consolidation, where ESPs buy other ESPs, the email industry is experiencing a wave of integration, where ESPs are being melded into customer relationship management, digital marketing, and enterprise resource planning suites.

Prediction #4: Another major ESP will be acquired in 2016 by a software titan.

Together, these advancements have elevated email marketing’s stature and put it on a clear path to achieving the 1-to-1 marketing paradigm, as brands are increasingly empowered to facilitate customer journeys and maximize lifetime value. But it’s not just that it’s getting well-deserved attention again—email marketing is actually kind of cool again.

Whereas the email industry suffered an exodus of talent to social media and mobile during the mid-2000s, now there’s an influx of new talent, most notably from the world of web development. This fresh blood is driving the industry in a new direction, one where emails don’t always act like simple gateways to landing pages.

Sometimes the email will facilitate more of a customer interaction before the clickthrough to the destination, whether it’s through hamburger menus, email carousels, embedded video, or live Twitter streams—and sometimes the email will be the destination itself, where subscribers can take action or convert without leaving the inbox.

Pioneered by innovative companies like Rebelmail, interactive email experiences will bring new energy to the industry over the next 12 to 18 months as familiar web experiences make their way into the inbox.

Prediction #5: The first brands will offer checkout experiences that are fully contained within emails in 2016.

The cumulative effect of all of these developments is that email marketing will experience a second coming of age during 2016. It will be a time of accelerating competitive advantage for brands that are committed to investing in high-ROI subscriber-centric strategies. And it will be a dangerous time for brands whose resource-starved email strategies have never matured beyond batch and blast.

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Garret Jacobs wins the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition

This year N.C.. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition winner is my brother Garret Jacobs! While this achievement may seem long overdue for some, I knew this day would come. Winning any competition that's open to anyone nationwide is always an accomplishment. I honestly think that his biggest accomplishment just might be that this may have been only his second attempt in entering the N.C.. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition.

It reminds me of what may have been his 1st art competition that he entered years ago back here in Burlington City NJ. Each participant could enter  this art competition either as a professional or armature based upon upon the competition rules. As my brother received his armature credentials and setup his table (a little further down from our original spot), I had to get his paintings out of the car from where we were parked. I carried each painting to the new table locations and we sat there as people came by looking. What we kept noticing over a 90 minute span was that people kept taking a wide path around a tree that was about 50 feet from us (where we first parked). Some would even stop, stare and point but we didn't get it.

My brother asked me to walk over to that tree and try to see what people were looking at. So only as the baby brother could do, I did just what he asked. When I got down to that tree to see what people were looking at, all I could do is laugh. As I walking back with both hands behind my back, I stopped and he asked "Well"? I asked my brother "remember that you said that you were missing a painting"? I said that when I parked the car and got the paintings out, I left the painting of your squirrel. The picture of this squirrel sitting upright against a tree just so happen to be a similar tree that was in the picture. People actually could tell if something was wrong with the squirrel because it never moved. One lady said she walked passed the squirrel twice then told others. Needless to say Garrett Jacobs won but loss this art competition if I remember correctly. They gave him 1st place in the armature division, banned him from future competitions because they said that he should have entered as a professional.

For years I've watch my brother paint one masterpiece after another, only to white them out and draw over them again, I can remember doctors would want to be my friend in hoping that it could land them a little closer to one of my brother paintings. He even had a couple of doctors that were willing to produce his prints and get him started but I know "trust" was big to him. In winning this year N.C.. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition, I hope this gets him started. Whether it's the hair popping of the painting or almost seeing what these animals are looking at through the detail of the animal eyes, his life like renditions of wildlife is something the world needs to see.

Please revisit this post as I will try to update you when his 2016 award winning 2016 North Carolina Duck Stamp prints becomes available. See the North Carolina Washington Daily News press release article about Garrett Jacobs winning the 2016 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition at http://hive.pe/c5

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Wow App! Changing the lives of those wanting a fresh start.

The technology industry is changing rapidly as we all can see at a fast past. There are apps for just about anything you can imagine these days, and its not about to slow down. WowApp has now come on to the market with a twist to their app, and you can earn on the things you do at WowApp. You already know Skype, and there is WhatsApp, and now we want to make a difference. This could be a good fit for Markethive users only time will tell.

WowApp helps the community to make a difference through sharing and in return you feel the happiness of giving hoping that it will continue to spread like a viral wave across the globe changing the lives of a vast majority of people all looking to make a difference it the next person that hears about WowApp. This a Game changer! You can choose to do good for others by donating to one of the nearly 2,000 charities in over 110 countries or to do good for yourself by cashing out.

In WowApp you can earn real revenue by doing what you do best: connect, chat, make audio and video calls and share with all the people in your life.

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WowApp is creating a Buzz in the Market

WowApp – The Power of Sharing!
Connect, communicate and contribute on all your favorite devices.

Because WowApp is based on our community and sharing between real people, access is invitation-based. In order to join WowApp you need to receive an invitation from an existing WowApp user, so ask any of your friends who already has a WowApp account to share their personal page with you. You’ll be able to create your account and join their network from there.

Doing Good through the Power of Sharing

WowApp helps the community to make a difference through sharing and to feel the happiness of giving. We share more than 70% of our own revenue/margin from the international paid calling market – a $5 Billion per year market and from digital and mobile advertising – a $135 Billion per year market. Next, the choice is yours. You can choose to do good for others by donating to one of the nearly 2,000 charities in over 110 countries or to do good for yourself by cashing out.

In WowApp you can earn real revenue by doing what you do best: connect, chat, make audio and video calls and share with all the people in your life.

Based on Wowism – the New Economy of Sharing

Wowism is the new economic system in which the majority of economic benefit is shared with the community. The community in turn shares in order to do good in the world.

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