Comes To Town

Written by Shannan Hearne-Fortner

Milana Leshinsky started her first home business in 1994, making cute magnetic hats for 20 cents a piece. After two months she realized that she wasn't a work-at-home mom... more like a slave-at-home mom, making less than $5 an hour. What a disappointment. And this realization is not uncommon for women starting a business at home.

One ofrepparttar reasons this horrific experience comes to pass is that women do not realize how many incredible opportunities there are for having a home based business viarepparttar 117458 internet.

Six years after this first self-employment experience, after having her second child, Milana tried becoming a work-at-home mom again. This time her business has outgrown any expectations, any predictions and any hopes she has ever had on becoming a home-based mom.

She didn’t just do “okay”, she is completely successful.

Milana's first order arrived in February 2001. In April of 2002 she quit her job -repparttar 117459 job that only a few years ago (after graduating from college) she called her "dream job". "My business brings as much as my salary did, I work only a few

hours a day, AND I actually get to raise my children", Milana says.

This is one of many common themes you hear from women in home based businesses. But it is notrepparttar 117460 only one.

"Women own and run over one-third ofrepparttar 117461 14.2 million home-based

businesses inrepparttar 117462 United States", saysrepparttar 117463 IDC Research Company ( Yet, a very small number of these women own an Internet-based business. Those that do have an online business will agree that it isrepparttar 117464 BEST home business for work-at-home mothers.

Why? Here are just a few ofrepparttar 117465 benefits that other home-based

businesses can not offer you:

- It hasrepparttar 117466 biggest potential at a minimum investment.

- Your business schedule is 100% flexible.

- You can work as little as 3 hours a day & still be successful.

My Project Broker Experience

Written by Paul Bednar

Self-employed people are consistently searching for new and innovative methods to get clients. Inevitably, one comes across a company or service that offers to serve as a project broker for free agents, independent consultants, contractors, and clients. This article explains how these services work,repparttar experience I had, and items to consider when evaluating these companies and services.

Why are independent consultants, free agents, and freelancers drawn to these companies and services? There are two main reasons.

First, these people either do not know how or do not like to market their services to others. The idea of potential clients coming to them is very enticing since it requires little effort. You just have to sit back and wait forrepparttar 117457 assignments to be posted. When you see an assignment that fits your experience and expertise, all you have to do is submit a proposal and then wait for a decision.

Second, these companies offer a means to broaden your exposure inrepparttar 117458 marketplace. The thinking goes that if enough people are aware ofrepparttar 117459 services I offer, I'll get a client.

Now, let's talk about how these services work.

In order to view a list of projects, submit proposals, and ultimately get clients, you need to "join" or "sign up" with a particular company or service. Generally, this process requires 3 things:

1. You provide detailed information about your expertise andrepparttar 117460 services you offer. This information is placed on a web site and is accessible to potential clients and other free agents looking for joint venture partners or subcontractors.

2. You pay a fee that is billed either monthly or annually. This fee gives you access torepparttar 117461 database of projects that are currently listed. For each assignment you get throughrepparttar 117462 company or service, you may have to pay a percentage of your project's total cost as a "finder's fee."

3. You provide references that potential clients can contact to inquire about your work. The company or service you join may want to verify your references to make sure you're as competent as you describe. There is a possibility your references may have to fill out a questionnaire or participate in a phone survey regarding your work and professionalism too.

Once you've provided allrepparttar 117463 relevant information about your expertise and services, your references are verified, and you've paidrepparttar 117464 appropriate fees,repparttar 117465 "sign-up" process is complete. You are now free to searchrepparttar 117466 current project database, submit proposals, and hopefully get clients!

Some years ago I signed up with one of these services for one year. I will not discloserepparttar 117467 company's name but here's what I learned:

1. You can sign up with these services or companies even if you don't meet all of their stated requirements. When I was contemplating joining a particular company, I didn't have enough previous clientsrepparttar 117468 company required. However, when I explained my situation, I was permitted to join. Remember,repparttar 117469 organization doesn't make money if they turn you away.

Cont'd on page 2 ==> © 2005
Terms of Use