Everyone is an expert - who should you believe?

Written by Milana Nastetskaya

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That's because very few people who started their web businesses actually make money. Many of them don't even stay inrepparttar business long enough to see its fruit. "Hey, they told me I could make a million overnight, I guess they lied!", a new webmaster might think and gives up 2-3 months later.

If you decided to go into online business, have realistic expectations. Nothing happens overnight. You WILL have to put some efforts and time into your success. You WILL have find for yourself what works and what doesn't. There is a lot of ways to become successful onrepparttar 117794 Internet, but only a few will work for your type of web site, your personality and your amount of resources.

So who should you believe when you are seeking advice on online business success? Spend at least 1 month on Internet forums such as Entrepreneurial Success Forum (ablake.net/forum) and Friends in Business (friendsinbusiness.com/board1) and you will know exactly who deserves your trust.

You will also be able to identify experts in their fields, such as graphic design, web development, training, traffic generation, e-zine publishing and publicity. Before that don't even think of purchasing any info-products that promise you a fortune, or you might easily take a get-rich-quick scheme for a true goldmine.

I didn't get "burned" with my initial choice of Ken Evoy's "MYSS!" mentioned earlier, but I easily could have. Get to know people first - order from them later.

Milana Nastetskaya is a full time web developer and the author of two books: "Create Your First Busines Web Site in 10 days" and "65 Instant Web Design Answers". http://www.firstbusinesswebsite.com http://www.instantwebanswers.com

Christmas Vacation for Your Home Business - A Survival Guide

Written by Donna Schwartz Mills

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You need to communicate with your customers when you get back as well, especially when email replies have been delayed for a few days due to your absence. 'People are understanding if you offer a reason forrepparttar long wait,' says Terri Seymour of < http://www.websuccesscentral.com >


'I've always thought that I should extend my vacation by two days when telling others,' says Roberta Stubblefield of The Mom Team < http://RobertaS.themomteam.com > 'That way I can userepparttar 117793 two days to catch up on everything withrepparttar 117794 answering machine on, then be ready to start out fresh.'


A virtual assistant could berepparttar 117795 answer to your vacation prayers, notes Kristie Lemauga, who happens to berepparttar 117796 VA at < http://www.kksadministrative.com > Kristie suggests that by forwarding your email to a live person instead of using an autoresponder, your customers can have their needs handled in a personal manner. Kristie says that A VA can also 'process any orders, info requests, data entry, and unsubscribes while you are away, take phone calls for your business, prepare your calender for your return, and assist with administrative tasks ... so you can catch up inrepparttar 117797 areas that require your personal attention.'


As much as we love our children (and for many of us, they arerepparttar 117798 reason we are working at home inrepparttar 117799 first place), they can also be a distraction. You'll catch up faster upon your return if they're having fun outsiderepparttar 117800 house. Terri Seymour arranges an overnight visit with their grandparents, but taking them to a playdate atrepparttar 117801 home of a trusted friend may give you allrepparttar 117802 time you need to focus on your work. (Just be sure your friend knows you'll returnrepparttar 117803 favor soon!)


Remember that you need your break! Bake those cookies - enjoyrepparttar 117804 parties - build a snowman with your kids and warm yourselves up next to a roaring fire. As Angela Strosnider says, 'Working at home is a 24/7 job just like any other when you add a house and family. Take a personal time-out with you and your loved ones, and you will feel much better about working so much later.'

Donna Schwartz Mills is the work-at-home parent behind the ParentPreneur Club: http://parentpreneurclub.com/cgi-bin/art/vc Donna also edits NOBOSS Online, the newsletter for home-based entrepreneurs doing business on the web. To subscribe, send a blank email to: online-subscribe@noboss.com.

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