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My thoughts on getting started

OK, this is hard. I have just spent 40 minutes sitting here with a notepad, holding my pen poised above the first blank line.

Didn’t write a thing: just sat there.

I have a writing assignment to do. And I was brainstorming on the subject. I could write about my hobbies or my job and co-workers. I even thought of a story from the perspective of a writer pushing his quill and inkpot aside and using a fountain pen for the first time. Or the writer putting his fountain pen in a drawer and clicking his first ballpoint pen into action. (I like this idea. Maybe at a later date.)

My chosen favorite, drum roll please, “How Not To Write A Book for 48 Years”.

I can blame the first 5 years on having to learn to walk and talk and feed myself. Then the next couple of years were involved with learning the alphabet, printing “cat” and “dog” and learning cursive writing. This time was also filled with naptime and the consumption of that wonderful delicacy, school paste. The next 10 years or so comprised of more and more and more formal schooling. With extracurricular activities and homework, little time seemed to be left for anything else.

The next 30 plus years were full of the activity of being an adult. You know that routine: get a job to have an income to support yourself, provide a roof over your head and a vehicle for transportation so you can get to your job and then home again to clean, cook, do yard work and laundry, go to bed and start all over again the next morning. These were
very good years just very full and busy with all kinds of activities demanding priority treatment.

Writing has always been an interest for me but never took center stage.

Then last spring, I was suddenly downsized from my job in a medical office. Certainly surprised me! I was out of work for four months. This was a very frightening time for me–the first time in my life I had been out of work for longer than 2 weeks. Really brought home to me how tenuous working for someone else can be. Job security is nonexistent in today’s real-world and I never want to be in that position again. I know, I know…after spending the day job hunting, I should have been writing. But it is hard to write anything more complicated than a grocery list (bread, milk, Ramen Noodles) when you are panicking about being out of work.

So here I am, 48 years after my debut into this world and studying to embark on a new but very exciting career. I have no delusions that I will be the next Ernest Hemingway or Stephen King or Patricia Cornwell but hopefully, I can make a comfortable living from the craft of putting pen to paper or more correctly, putting fingers on the computer
keyboard.

Dorothy J Brockman
Just my thoughts on getting started.

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Jump Start Your Site [updated]

Jump Start Your Site FREE How to promote your website without spending money…

Being the owner of 3 sites it is easy to say I need to get creative in finding ways to try and advertise my sites. I do pay to promote my sites on other websites, and also do some pay per click sometimes too, but I soon learned there are many FREE methods of advertising available.

I want to share with those of you who do not already know how to look for free advertising methods. A lot of times a site will offer at least one type or more of some type of free advertising ways for you to promote your site. This is a great way to gain extra exposure for free. You just need to know where to look!

I have listed below the most common free methods that I have found:

1) Link Exchange – this is where you place your text link on the person’s site in exchange for you placing their link on your site!

2) Banner Exchange – Again, like link exchange but you swap banners or button-sized images, which is usually more exposure than just a text link exchange.

3) Weekly or Monthly Stories/Articles – This is where you can submit a work at home story or article you wrote. If your story is featured you will usually receive a link to your site for the credit

4) Top Sites List – add your banner freely to top sites lists. You can get your banner raised higher by putting a vote for you button on your site.

5) Free Classifieds – Many WAHM websites offer a free classified section which usually has a work at home opportunities and sometimes a shopping/selling board too!

6) Webrings – You can make a webpage to place all your webring codes on so you can participate and add your site to as many webrings as you can that interest you.

7) Become a site’s partner – Some sites have an area for you to become a partner with that site, this is usually for those who own their website fully though. Each site has its own rules for becoming a partner.

Good luck in promoting your site and don’t forget to check for all the free advertising methods I mentioned above the next time you visit a website.

A Work At Home Mom’s New Year Resolution

Yes, The New Year. We all know what that means. A new year resolution. Are you already thinking of yours?
Most all of us are, so the answer is probably yes! Since we are all work at home mom’s I would like to talk about work at home business resolutions that I’m sure we all have one or two things we would like to change this year. I know I have many.

There can be plenty of things you might want to do to jump start your work at home business. Or maybe even simplify it? Here are some ideas for work at home mom’s to do if you are not already doing so.

The Resolution:

I will promote my work at home business more online and off.

Example Action:

Offline: Mention my business to at least one new potential customer a day, giving catalogs if you have them.
Online: Network more, purchase advertising space. (if you never purchased advertising online before, a yearly spot is usually a great way to start and usually run around $10-$70 though it is not usually home page advertising but a whole year of potential customers seeing your ad is a great way to start promoting yourself online)

The Resolution:
I will organize my work at home business and my time spent online and offline.

Example Action:
Plenty of us work at home mom’s whom are online find ourselves not very organized when it comes to what we will do online everyday. Working around kids you might find yourself either grabbing a hour here and there each day to jump online and then when you get off the computer you realized you might have answered a few emails and not much else.

So much for networking and organizing your business that day like you had intended! So to make sure you are using your time more wisely start making a schedule for the week. Writing down what you want to accomplish that day so you can check it off and go right to working on the next task right away. I have a card file with index cards on it, and I write down all sites I belong to that need passwords. Whether it’s just a fun message board I belong to, or my credit card sites I have the user names and passwords handy to look for quickly when needed. An index card file can be used for many more things, such as keeping list of customers, you can even write on the back there favorite product they buy so you remember to mention that ‘favorite lotion’, ‘favorite coffee’, ‘favorite note paper’ that they like to buy from you when you next talk with them or send them a catalog.

Organizing your time online and offline:
Do you grab a hour here and a hour there online that it makes you forget what you were trying to concentrate on?

Perhaps time slips away and you found you spent hours and hours online and now the look of your house is paying the price with dishes piled high and dirty laundry on the floor? Do you try and reply to emails with a baby or small child in your lap? All of the above? Yes, I can agree to that! I have done it all too.

Working at home and being a mom is another task itself to think of. You do not leave the house and go to work at have to worry about constant interruptions, house chores, or a child wanting to climb up on your lap as your trying to work. The whole reason for working at home is to be a work at home mom right? To be there for our kids when they need us, enjoy not having a boss and answering only to ourselves if we don’t get a task done each day because we were busy with the kids or whatever. I love being a work at home mom, but to be a successful work at home mom takes a little skill. You need to plan your time. I like to work late at night when the kids go to bed. This allows for a couple hours of working without having to stop for other reasons. I save the important things for that time. During the day, I might catch up on emails, update a few things on my site and smaller quicker and easier tasks. This might work for you, or maybe early morning is better, or while kids are at school if you have school aged kids. Whatever time that you know would be best for you to spend a couple hours of really working for your home based business. This is replying to emails, getting flyers made and ready if you use them, updating your site, delivering orders, placing orders, mailing out packages, etc. If you can set a certain time each day for your work, I am sure you will find it much more easier to accomplish more tasks each week and you will see the benefits.

The same can go for housecleaning too, I like to wake up and start cleaning the house first so during the day if I do jump online to answer emails I know I do not have other tasks waiting for me and it’s ok if I can get a few business things done during my kids nap.

Whatever your new year resolution may be this year, I hope you accomplish it!

Article Written By: Christina Lunceford, a work at home mom of 3 children. Visit her at MommyClassifieds.com and WahmArticles.com

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