Are 'Blinders' Preventing You from Finding Real Opportunity?

Written by Angela Wu

Not so long ago, I was making my daily rounds to various message boards online that are dedicated to working from home. Alongsiderepparttar usual, 'Is this a scam?' questions was a disturbing post, which basically said:

'I've come to realize that everything's a scam, not just envelope stuffing, typing jobs and craft and assembly jobs, but also MLM and affiliate programs. They are all scams! I have tried them all and never made any money.'

What's even worse was that there were several people who wholeheartedly agreed.

The Internet, unfortunately, is rife with scams and shams about working from home. There is a huge market of people searching for a work-at-home career -- and plenty of others willing to take advantage of it in whatever way they can. It's no surprise, then, that so many people have been 'burned' by so-called 'opportunities'.

But let me say this: An opportunity is not necessarily a scam just because someone didn't make money.

Yes, you read that right. You see, there's no such thing as a 'one-opportunity-fits-all'. I know that many ofrepparttar 117576 opportunities you see online try to make it seem like 'anyone' can succeed... but it's just hype.

For example, Avon is a well-known and legitimate opportunity. Would everyone do well at it? Of course not. A dog-walking business is also a home-based opportunity. A reliable and experienced dog-lover may do well, but someone with a fear of dogs would not for obvious reasons. That doesn't makerepparttar 117577 opportunity a scam.

Are You In a Position to Start an Online Business?

Written by Angela Wu

When I first started my online business, I did everything I could to save a little money -- I didn't want a domain name, not even for a mere $35/year (it was expensive back then!), and I certainly didn't want to pay recurring monthly fees for a web host.

That was a mistake. What I came to realize was simply that if I wasn't willing to make these small investments -- well, I just wasn't inrepparttar position to be starting a business. Sometimesrepparttar 117575 truth hurts!

I came to accept that I could learn fromrepparttar 117576 experiences of successful online entrepreneurs. From them, I learned that it just doesn't help to try to 'cut corners' on certain things. So what are some ofrepparttar 117577 things you need to get started onrepparttar 117578 'net?

= Your own domain. At GoDaddy, , you can register a domain for a mere $8.95/year. There is NO excuse not to have your own domain at these rock- bottom prices! Your own domain will help your business build credibility -- plus, it's easier to remember a simple then something like, !

= Web hosting. Don't skimp on it, but don't get a whole bunch of features you don't need, either. Be willing to spend money for a reliable web host with a great uptime record, one that can offer you excellent customer service. Start your research at TopHosts, .

= Website stats. Knowing who your visitors are, how they're finding your site, which pages they're viewing most, etc. will help you to refine your site and your marketing efforts. Check with your web host first to see what type of website stats or demographics they offer with your hosting package. Other options includerepparttar 117579 AXS Visitor Tracking System, , and WebLog, Both are currently free.

= Ad tracker. An ad tracker will help you to see which one of your marketing campaigns is giving yourepparttar 117580 best results. For example, how much response are you getting from your ad on a website? How much interest did your article generate? You can then focus your efforts on repparttar 117581 marketing techniques that are giving yourepparttar 117582 results you want -- and dump those that aren't. 'AdTrackz' is one excellent ad tracker, and is available from .

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