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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Factors Associated With a Best Rated Home Based Business

These days many individuals are throwing away their desk jobs at corporate headquarters for a convenient job in the home. There are so many reasons why individuals choose to work from home. Some have home-based businesses so that they may take care of their children and still acquire money each month to pay the bills. Others prefer to work from home as they are tired of making long commutes to and from their office and simply feel that they can get more done by working from home. For those who are looking for the perfect work at home position, there are a few factors which equate with a best rated home based business.

Good Work Environment

When an individual chooses to work from home, it is necessary that they have a comfortable and efficient home work environment. This usually entails having a home office set up so that one can work in the home setting yet not have to deal with the daily distractions that may occur without a home office. A good work environment is one factor which equates with a best rated home based business.


In order to be a best rated home based business, the business itself must be lucrative. If a business is not making money and not of a lucrative nature, one cannot say that it is the best business possible as after all businesses are mainly about revenue. A business that is lucrative is one which is considered to be a best rated home based business.

Good Products and/or Service

When an individual runs a business, they are most likely selling a product or offering a service to the general public. One must have a business that sells good products or offers valuable services in order to be a best rated home based business. If the business itself is one which has a high demand for the item being offered, it is one which will be lucrative and ultimately a best rated home based business.


Working from home provides a wealth of opportunities for many individuals. Not only does it provide a way for individuals to gain a steady income but it allows them to cater to their other needs as well. Parents are able to stay at home with their children and not have to put them in a day care facility, and individuals do not have to struggle with long and arduous commutes day after day. In order for one’s business to truly be a best rated home based business, it should be set in a good work environment, lucrative in nature and offer good products and services to the general public. If all of these factors are met, one has a good chance of having a successful business.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

What Is The Best Rated Home Based Business?

Interestingly enough, the answer is not a “what” so much as a “how.” In other words, any home based business will be considered the best rated by a certain segment of users – usually the ones who have figured out how to turn a profit – while others will give the same business opportunity a cold thumbs down. The reason for this rating is not the fact that the business itself is not sustainable, cannot be marketed, or has too high of a start up cost, but instead usually an individual or group of individuals have not been able to make it work for them.

For this reason it is important to be highly selective when choosing a home business opportunity. The business must be something you like, enjoy doing, and can stand behind. For example, if you decide to sell blue-green algae, you need to honestly and truly believe in the product, its benefits, and versatility, while also being familiar with its production, origin, and future applications. If you cannot get excited about blue-green algae, then you should not try to sell it, since the only thing folks will see is your credibility – or lack thereof – not the great product that sells itself.

Incidentally, you can see this scenario played out time and again on a car lot where some salespeople will rake in the sales left and right while others seem to perpetually get the “just looking” crowd. It is not so much the luck of the draw as the ability of the salesperson to exude confidence, knowledge, and excitement about the product at hand. Whom would you want to buy a car from – the person who is pleasant but vague about the ones on the lot, who needs to consult the sales literature to give you the benefits of a given make and model, and who needs to incessantly check in with her or his manager for deals, or the one who can engage you with their own excitement about the benefits of the car, the way it accelerates, the wonderful paint options, the silence of the road when you are nestled inside the seats, and the incredibly low price?

The same is true for any product that you see online. Whether it is blue-green algae, vitamins, credit cards, vacations, or credit counseling – you need to know your product inside an out, stand behind it, love it, know its benefits, and engage your audience.

For this reason it is somewhat futile to look for the best rated home based business, since that which will work for others may not work for you. What good would the rating do, if blue-green algae are simply not something that interests you? It does not matter how many people have made money from it. If it is not your passion, the odds are against you. So instead of ratings, look for business opportunities that interest you, which speak to you, which you can see yourself pursuing not only now but in the long run!

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Brainstorming Ideas for an In Home Business

With the technology that is rampant today, it is much easier to locate or create a work at home position that lets motivated people be able to pay the bills each month. No matter what one’s talents may be, the chances are very good of finding a work at home job that suits them perfectly. There are many great ideas for an in home business which might work wonders for the in-home job seeker.

Technology Jobs

There are so many opportunities for those looking for in home business options relating to technology. One can own websites, perform freelance jobs relating to technology and other interesting ventures. Technology jobs as in home business options are wonderful because many times all an individual needs is a computer to earn a living.


Consultants also find it easy to work from home. They can set their own hours, visit with clients if necessary or simply correspond via email, phone or letters. There are a variety of consultant positions which one can do in the comfort of their own home. This is a great option for those wishing to pay the bills yet not have to work in an office environment 8 hours a day/5 days a week.


There are many sales opportunities for individuals who wish to work from their home. An in home business that revolves around sales is quite possible these days. Whether one obtains sales via phone calls, online means or mail, there are many opportunities for individuals to earn a living at home selling goods or services.


Telemarketing is also a position that can be carried out at home. So long as one has access to the proper phone lines and call sheets, they can prosper as a telemarketer. The individual working from home will work for a corporation in the position of a telemarketer and can work various shifts or do their job at their leisure. Telemarketing is a career which one can embark on from home.

Writing Careers

Writers have long engaged in their writing careers from the comfort of their own home. Whether they are writing articles for magazines or full blown novels, writers can have an in home business which relates to the art of writing.


One can construct an in home business which revolves around a number of various concepts. There are so many ways to make money without having to make a long and tedious commute to a remote location or work in an environment that is structured and unyielding. The previously mentioned items are some examples of an in-home business that will work wonders for the right person. With some independent research, good planning skills and the right concept, an individual can carry out a successful in home business.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Choosing a Home Business System

As a home based entrepreneur, you are on the lookout for anything and everything that can increase your profitability. This is the way it should be. Any business which does not aspire to excellence can soon expect to be overshadowed in our increasingly competitive world.

Whether you are a home business veteran or are just starting out, you need to understand what home business systems can do for you. A good home business system just might be the key to increasing your competitiveness and ensuring your profitability in the years to come.

A home business system is simply a set-up that allows an entrepreneur to earn money from home in a rather efficient manner. There are a multitude of systems available, and the one you choose will be directly related to what your interests are and what you really want to do. However, the best home business systems will have a few things in common. These characteristics include:

Being simple. A good home business system must be easy to understand. If it is too complex, it runs the risk of not working at all. An excellent system is simple, but it isn’t simplistic. It must show clearly just how it can help the bottom line. In other words, you should be able to see how you will be making your money, how fast you will be making your money, and what you can do to make more money.

Being farsighted. In other words, the home business system has a long-term strategy. In any business, complacency kills. When a company is no longer willing or able to innovate, it begins to lose market share. A good home business system provides for a dedicated program of research and development. It doesn’t really matter what industry you are in. You might be in computers, or you might be in discount retailing. You still need to regularly come up with good ideas and implement them, if you are to have any long-term profitability.

There are two basic ways of acquiring a home business system. You can either create one, or you can buy one. When you start your own home based business, you will most probably have to create one, and it will mostly cater to who you are as a person and what you want to accomplish. If you choose to franchise or act as a salesperson for someone else, you will probably use the system which they already have in place. Whichever the case, it is important that you have a system to follow. It gives you direction and clarifies your goals. However, don’t get caught up so much in playing “by the rules” that you forget to inject your own personal brand into your work.

If you are interested in using the Internet as your primary arena of business, and would like to learn more about a step-by-step online "school" for home business success, visit our homepage http://www.HomeNetMonies.com to find links to the membership site of an Australian web biz master, including access to his free audio e-course.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Your Tax Dollars, Your Heart Health, and Free eBooks

Ok, we are not a health website, but when we saw the news that the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH) just released another in a series of free e-books on heart health, diet, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, we thought it was worth a blog post. It's not everyday you can actually get something for your tax dollars and maybe save a little cash. Online you can download these PDF ebooks for free, or pay a small fee to have a hard copy mailed to you. If you don't need this kind of material, probably someone you know does, so pass the information along to friends and family.

National Cholesterol Education Month (September) is a perfect time to read the new publication designed to help you make the lifestyle changes needed to reduce cholesterol and, with it, your risk for heart disease. Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol with TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health details a three-part program of diet, physical activity, and weight management designed to bring cholesterol levels down. For the full story and all the links to this publication series, check out this iHealthBulletin News Healthy Heart eBooks link.

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Free Audio eCourse by Paul Barrs Released

Just to let my readers know that Paul Barrs, the Australian Internet Business and Home Biz Master, has released a Three Ways to Home Business Success Audio eCourse that is free. You can sign-up for it at this URL:



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Friday, August 04, 2006

Wall Street vs. World War III?

Republished from Money and Markets, July 31, 2006

Not long before Dad passed away, we walked in the fields near my home in Florida, debating the likelihood of another world war.

I said it was highly unlikely. The Cold War proved that weapons of mass destruction were a great deterrent. And even the Cold War was over.

He argued that the Middle East crisis had never been resolved, that it was the epicenter of hatred throughout the Muslim world, stretching from North Africa to East Asia.

He did not expect the kind of World War III that we used to fear in the 1950s. But he said he’d be surprised if the world could avoid a low-level world war spreading from region to region.

I tried to dissuade him of that notion. But now it looks like I was wrong and he was right.

Recently, I took another walk, this time by myself. I was in downtown Manhattan, at Ground Zero.

The walk around the cavity is about 12 city blocks. Stopping and starting, it took me about 20 minutes, prompting some thoughts I want to share with you now.

Unfinished Wars

On Church Street, to the east of the cavity, I stop briefly before the WTC Memorial, and I remember the first weeks after 9/11.

That’s when the Taliban in Afghanistan was defiantly refusing to turn over Osama bin Laden. So the U.S. began air strikes against Afghan military installations and terrorist training camps.

Just three months later, the Taliban regime collapsed and its troops fled their last stronghold in the southern city of Kandahar.

Everyone thought that was the end. It was over. We won. But they thought wrong.

Now, here we are, five years later. The Afghan war is far from over. Three new wars have begun. Several more are on the immediate horizon.

Even at this very moment, critical events are taking place that could accelerate the pace of change:

Afghanistan: Right now, it’s close to 8 a.m. in the East, 4 p.m. in Afghanistan, Monday, July 31. NATO troops are in the process of taking over security in the south from the U.S.-led coalition.

But the timing is terrible: The region is going through its bloodiest phase of violence since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Just last week, hundreds of Taliban fighters attacked a western Afghan government building with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns in one of their boldest strikes ever.

Just yesterday, Taliban insurgents threatened to kill an engineer captured in the south.

The new NATO commander, Lt. Gen. David Richards, thinks he has a solution. On Saturday he announced he’s going to do more than just target the Taliban. He says he’s also going after the powerful warlords running the lucrative opium trade.

Problem: NATO has only 9,000 troops to cover rugged mountain terrain the size of Texas.

By contrast, when the Soviets invaded and occupied Afghanistan in the 1980s, they used over 500,000 troops. Their death toll alone — more than 15,000 — was far more than the total number of NATO troops deployed in the country today. And still, the Taliban ultimately won.

Iraq: The Pentagon has just extended the tour of 4,000 U.S. troops, expanding the total number in Iraq. But now the troops have a new, far tougher mission:

Instead of just putting down an insurgency, they also have to stop a civil war. Instead of fighting one amorphous enemy, they’re fighting many — jihadists, Shiite militias and often, even corrupt government forces themselves.

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki told Congress that, if the U.S. loses in Iraq, it will be a monumental victory for worldwide terrorism, an event that could be tragic in its consequences.

What he failed to mention, however, is the corollary tragedy: Even if the U.S. prevails in Iraq, it could be a victory for Iran.

Reason: The U.S. has little more than a short-term alliance with the Shiite leaders of Iraq, based on convenience and expediency. In contrast, Iran has a long-term alliance with the Shiite leaders, based on decades of mutual suffering against Saddam ... long years of joint training exercises ... deeply shared religious beliefs ... and intimate contacts that continue to this very day.

Iran: When most Americans see the news of war between Lebanon and Israel, they still don’t make the connection to the looming conflict with Iran. But others do.

In Tehran this weekend, Iranian officials, former officials and analysts said a conflict with the West is now so likely they’re deathly afraid to even talk about it. Their interpretation: Israel’s war against the Hezbollah in Lebanon is actually America’s first salvo in its coming war against Iran.

The view coming out of Washington this week is very similar, but in reverse: Hezbollah was created by Iran, financed by Iran and armed by Iran. Hezbollah is Iran’s front line. Ergo, Hezbollah’s incursion into Israel is Iran’s way of attacking the West.

This is precisely what I explained here last week. Connect the dots, and you’ll see that, indirectly, Iran and U.S. are already at war.

Syria: Last week, Syria warned it would not allow Israeli planes to approach its borders, threatening to jump into the war if that happened.

But this weekend, Israel bombed targets less than one mile from the Syrian border, destroying the Lebanese immigration office building.

Syrian forces have already been put onto their highest state of alert. Israel has called up 15,000 reservists that could be dispatched as reinforcements to the Golan Heights, disputed between the two countries.

Rockets made in Syria have been discovered among the many fired into Israel. Anger is at the boiling point. Despite diplomatic efforts by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Israel and Syria are edging closer to direct military conflict.

Other possible wars and revolutions. Oil-rich Saudi Arabia, a staunch supporter of the Sunnis in Iraq, could be dragged into the conflict. Turkey, an avowed enemy of the Kurds in Iraq, has sworn to send in troops just as soon as Iraqi Kurdistan splits away from Iraq.

Central Asia is a powder keg, including not only Chechnya, which has been decimated by two wars, but also the former Soviet Republics of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. India and Pakistan are on the brink. North African nations are also shaky.

Wall Street Oblivious
To the Real Dangers

I walk down Vesey Street and stop again to peer into the deep pit. Its depth never ceases to amaze me.

Its proximity to the world’s financial core is also impossible to ignore — the New York Stock Exchange just a few blocks away ... the American Exchange even closer ... the New York Mercantile Exchange where energy futures are traded ... the Nasdaq everywhere and nowhere ... the U.S. government securities markets also scattered in many locations.

But strangely, on Friday, investors in most of these markets celebrated.

They seemed to be happy that U.S. the economy has slowed down. They didn’t seem to care about the causes — the fact that the economy is choking on higher interest rates and feeling the pinch of surging fuel costs.

Instead, these investors think the bad news is actually “good news.” Because, they say, it should prompt Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his cohorts to be more merciful when they meet on August 8 ... maybe to even leave interest rates unchanged for a change.

Ironic, isn’t it?

The WTC Memorial is just down the street. And from the Memorial, it doesn’t take a great leap of logic to connect the dots to the wars raging in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East ... to surging energy prices ... to the main reason why interest rates are rising ... to the main reason why the U.S. economy is slowing ... and to the threat of still more oil price surges and still more rate hikes ahead.

Yet, investors still don’t get it. They buy what they should sell; shun what they should buy.

Until recently, I could understand the disconnect. Many of the conflicts seemed subdued or suppressed. Or they simply failed to rise to a level of significance that might dent the powerful economic growth engines of the industrial world.

But now, all that’s changing. Now, the conflicts are approaching critical mass, with a far greater impact on our economy and on our daily life than anyone dreamed possible a year or two ago.

So no matter how tired you may be of the drumbeat of CNN or Fox News night after night, you can ignore this danger no more. You must sit up, listen and recognize it for what it really is: Not just a worldwide war on terror ... but also, potentially,

A Low-Level
World War III

I’m referring to a worldwide war on terrorism combined with spreading regional wars like we’ve seen in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Lebanon.

Most people, including many experts in many governments, think about these far-away conflicts in just one dimension: Radical Muslim movements; anti-American or anti-Western violence.

In reality, they stem from multi-dimensional, multi-cultural fissures, and many of these fissures have already ruptured ... or seem about to do so soon.

The most critical fissure is economic. With a few notable exceptions, corrupt, filthy-rich despots, monopolists and oligarchs control most of the wealth in the Muslim world.

Even in the richest of them all, Saudi Arabia, thousands of royal princes have a lock hold on the most strategic positions in government, commerce and industry.

At the same time, throughout these regions, desperate, downtrodden urban and rural poor have little or no access to adequate housing and modern sanitation — let alone good health care or education.

The second fissure is ethnic. Within the Muslim world, wealth and power is typically controlled by the Sunnis, the majority sect; while the poor and powerless are more numerous among the minority sect, the Shiites.

Another major fissure is cultural. The elites are modern and Westernized. The masses are not. In a few countries, middle classes are struggling to emerge, but in most areas, they are being squeezed, forced to move out.

A fourth fissure is religious. Islamic fundamentalists clash with more moderate Muslims, and both clash with Christians, Jews, Hindus and others. Even as far East as the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, Muslim fundamentalism is the primary ideological tool used by militants and insurgents to recruit members.

The fifth is historical. The protagonists trace their conflicts through millenniums of battles, wars and massacres. Using a mix of historical fact, legend and myth, they build a pseudo-moral case for revenge and martyrdom.

The sixth and most frightening fissure is military. Virtually all of the hot spots I’ve told you about are like armed camps. That includes established regimes armed to the teeth. Plus it includes ubiquitous stashes of dangerous weapons outside the control of the authorities — in hideaways, places of worship, homes, even schools.

Dangerous Alignment

A wind seems to blow more strongly as I leave the protective barriers of Ground Zero behind me. I remember that all these conflicts and fissures have been with us for many years. So what has really changed?

It’s simply this: In the past, each fissure was on a different plane, with differing consequences, occurring at different times. Now, the globe seems to have rotated in such a way that the fissures — and the anger they generate — are coming into dangerous alignment.

Each of the lines of conflict — the vast economic chasms, the deep cultural voids, the wide political divisions, the die-hard religious and ethnic hatreds — are coming into synch along one axis and with one by-product: violent change.

With the war in Iraq and the latest blow-up in the Middle East, radical movements are gaining far more prestige, public support and financing. Moderate leaders, meanwhile, are losing public support, even becoming a laughing stock.

The impact is self-evident:

First, more inflation. The global conflicts will inevitably disrupt supplies of critical commodities.

Already oil pipelines are being blown up almost daily.

Already, as I showed you last week, even before any significant supply disruptions, most commodity prices have surged.

Reason: Governments all over the world are pumping up the demand for commodities with liberal doses of paper money.

One of the missing elements in the inflation puzzle has been wage inflation. Wages were mostly stable. So economists everywhere said inflation was not a concern.

Now, however, wage inflation is also beginning to kick in. We’ve seen a substantial uptick in average salaries in the most recent government releases. And in the next few days, Congress will approve a substantial hike in the minimum wage.

Last week, the House voted 230-180 to raise it by a whopping 41% from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 by mid-2009. It’s long overdue for the poor. But it’s too much too soon for an economy that’s already suffering from a sinking dollar and out-of-control commodity prices.

Result: Despite the slowdown in the economy, inflation will continue to get worse.

Second, stronger energy stocks. You saw the blow-out earnings. You saw the energy stocks turn sharply higher last week. And you can see that nothing in the long, 3-year-plus trend has changed. This is exactly what we’ve been saying would happen all along. Now it’s moving along according to script.

Third, higher interest rates. If the Fed doesn’t raise interest rates on August 8, it will send a message to the world that it’s not serious about inflation after all. Foreign investors will dump they U.S. dollar. They’ll dump U.S. bonds. And that alone will drive up interest rates regardless of the Fed.

That’s the main reason I think the Fed will raise rates. Fed Chairman Bernanke has already lost credibility by not acting more firmly against inflation a lot sooner. If he wimps out come August 8, he’ll fall even further behind the curve. And later, he’ll be forced to raise rates that much more.

Fourth, major bear markets in key industry sectors. Housing and construction companies. Mortgage lenders. Retail chains.

The silver lining: Higher interest rates also give you the opportunity to earn higher yields — provided you build your savings and you don’t make the mistake of locking in still-low interest rates.

So keep a big portion of your money safe. Stay liquid and flexible. And be healthy.

Good luck and God bless!


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