Are 'Blinders' Preventing You from Finding Real Opportunity?

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There are loads of opportunities available -- those you can 'join', and those you create for yourself. And although scams appear to be everywhere you look, legitimate opportunities can be found, too.

Here's another example. An affiliate program is where you sell another company's products or services in return for a commission. Now I know from personal experience that most affiliate programs are not scams. Heck, I was able to quit my corporate job because of my success with them!

That's not to say that I succeeded with all of them. There were plenty of programs I joined where I didn't make a single thin dime (or, in some cases, that's ALL I made!). Does that make them a scam? No. It took time, effort, and experimentation before I foundrepparttar affiliate programs that my audience appreciated.

Healthy skepticism is great, even necessary, when searchingrepparttar 117576 Internet for a way to work from home. Atrepparttar 117577 same time, don't sabotage yourself by putting on blinders and assuming that everything you run across is a scam.

Learnrepparttar 117578 tell-tale signs of a scam so that you can protect yourself. Do your research. And don't be afraid to ask questions, lots of them if necessary! It may take you 1 attempt or 20 attempts to findrepparttar 117579 business that's right for you. Can't find an opportunity that suits you? Create one. Opportunity is everywhere!

"You are never given a dream without also being given repparttar 117580 power to make it true." (Richard Bach)


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Are You In a Position to Start an Online Business?

Written by Angela Wu

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= Autoresponders. These excellent tools help to automate customer follow-ups (you *do* follow up with your prospects, right?) and other tasks, such as mailing out articles or reports to visitors who request them. They typically run about $20/month... but WorkYourLeads offers unlimited autoresponders for $10/month, . Other good choices are GetResponse, , and AWeber, .

= List hosts. You may already know that capturing your prospect's email address isrepparttar one ofrepparttar 117575 most important things you can do -- it gives yourepparttar 117576 ability to build a credible and trusting business 'relationship' with them, and you'll be able to market to them repeatedly. Many Internet businesses offer a newsletter to keep in touch with their customers. To deliver your newsletter you can use either an autoresponder (see above) or a list manager. Two popular list hosts are Yahoo Groups,, which is currently free; and Topica, .

Note that free tools aren't necessarily eitherrepparttar 117577 best or worst choice, and they're not guaranteed to be free forever. Please don't use price as your only criteria.

And finally, don't forget about investing in two more vital keys to success: education (for example, copywriting manuals, Internet marketing courses, etc) and marketing. All ofrepparttar 117578 best tools inrepparttar 117579 world won't do you any good unless you can get interested prospects to visit your site and make a purchase.

The old saying, 'You have to spend money to make money' is true of businesses everywhere... and that includesrepparttar 117580 Internet. Fortunately, starting a business online can be very affordable, even forrepparttar 117581 'average' person.

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