Developing Free Content... It's not really as bad as it sounds!

Written by Edward B. Toupin


I hear many writers refuterepparttar idea of writing free content. While I agree, inrepparttar 129861 simplest terms, it is "something for nothing",repparttar 129862 benefits of free content actually outweighrepparttar 129863 down-side of writing for free. Is it really for nothing?

--- The Battle for Content ---

The competition for content is fierce. Every Web site owner wants content and hundreds of writers want their content visible onrepparttar 129864 Web. There are so many free Web sites that you can literally advertise your goods, services, and knowledge globally for years without spending a penny.

Of course, there is a cost involved in writing free content---time. However,repparttar 129865 cost in time units is only a fraction ofrepparttar 129866 money that would otherwise be spent in gettingrepparttar 129867 kind of coverage available by supporting content sites with free articles.

--- What about my income producing articles? ---

The idea is not to spend all day writing free content. Generally, once you've completed your articles for paying markets, take an idea and generate one free content article. I usually select a topic about which I can generate an article in a few hours. Don't spend more than two hours onrepparttar 129868 article over an entire day---use it as a gap-filler.

The point is to be able to generate a short article that provides a general overview of your knowledge or work---don't dive too deep. If someone likes your work or idea, let them come to you and pay you for a more, in-depth version. Call it "testingrepparttar 129869 waters."

--- Exercise Your Brain ---

One ofrepparttar 129870 benefits I've found to writing free content is in exercising my brain. I get a chance to generate a short article about something I know withoutrepparttar 129871 added pressure of acceptance and deadlines. This is where you get to write forrepparttar 129872 fun of it and be able to produce industry contacts and resume fodder.

--- Resume Fodder ---

Yes, resume fodder. If some popular site picks up your article, you can use it on your resume. Make sure that you write something that pertains to your areas of expertise. If you post something like "101 Fun Things You Can Do With Toilet Paper" and it's picked up by an unknown MLM site, I'd think twice about adding it to your resume.

Preparing a Business Proposal

Written by Jennifer Stewart


If you dream of starting your own business, there may be just one, small thing standing in your way - lack of funds! One way around this, is to enlistrepparttar support of a "sleeping partner" - no, not that sort of sleeping partner! But someone who will providerepparttar 129858 financial backing for you to set up your business (and allow you to keep control).

There are many places that provide this start up help, such as banks and joint venture companies, but you can approach anyone you think might be willing to back you, if you have a business proposal prepared.

Here's a brief outline of what you need to include in your proposal.

Executive Summary Provide an outline of your vision forrepparttar 129859 business Briefly describe what already exists in this field The niche - as you see it andrepparttar 129860 benefits your business will bring Type of business proposed - benefits you will bring torepparttar 129861 market niche Overall financial goals - anticipated sales and profits Funds required to start up business

Business Profile You must provide details ofrepparttar 129862 following: Business name Principals Description of business - what it aims to do and its target market Vision - ultimate goals Mission - value, service you'll offer The competitive advantage you have - eg flexibility, able to draw on wide base of talents, connections inrepparttar 129863 industry etc

SWOT analysis This is where you analyse your proposed business, yourself andrepparttar 129864 competition - list examples under each ofrepparttar 129865 following: Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats Be honest with these - but only put in threats and weaknesses that you know you can meet and overcome successfully.

Objectives Detail what your short and long-term objectives are forrepparttar 129866 business: atrepparttar 129867 end ofrepparttar 129868 first 12 months of operation after 12 months

Product and Market Analysis This requires some exacting research, so you can provide plenty of detail. Product / Service - description of what you're offering Features Benefits Price structure Industry description and outlook Market demand - percentage of market you think you can capture; competition share you think you can take etc

Operating Plan Outline your resource requirements - what you need in order to operate and what this will cost. Listrepparttar 129869 items and specify prices. Providerepparttar 129870 name of suppliers. Use tables, graphs etc to support your claims.

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