Everyone is an expert - who should you believe?

Written by Milana Nastetskaya

When I started my online business a year ago, I was absolutely overwhelmed byrepparttar number of web sites that offer advice. Everyone seemed to know how to make money onrepparttar 117794 Internet, which made it even harder to believe.

The very first product I trusted enough to purchase was Ken Evoy's "Make Your Site Sell". I already knew allrepparttar 117795 technology behind making a web site, but had no idea how to make it profitable. Besides, that book didn't ask for much of an investment - only $17.00 for a downloadable version which was all I could afford "wasting" (so I thought atrepparttar 117796 time).

After spending a few weeks reading "MYSS!" I was willing to give it a try, and spentrepparttar 117797 next 2-3 months building my web site and follow Ken's advice on Search Engines, META tags, and how to get your name out intorepparttar 117798 world. I would spend hours participating in online discussions, and although it was incredibly time-consuming I discovered who wererepparttar 117799 *real* experts.

Names like Marlon Sanders, Ted Kennedy, Simon Grabowski, Ken Evoy, Ken Silver, and a few others clearly stood apart fromrepparttar 117800 rest ofrepparttar 117801 advice-givers. Why? Because I knew their businesses, could see how successful they have become and that following their advice would be a smart move. I own many of their products, and truly believe they ARErepparttar 117802 experts in their field.

So what does this makerepparttar 117803 rest of us? Those who do not yet make millions of dollars each year but simply earn their living fromrepparttar 117804 Internet? Here isrepparttar 117805 answer: whether one makes $100 a week or $1000 a week - he is still inrepparttar 117806 top 10%, roughly speaking, of allrepparttar 117807 online businesses today.

Christmas Vacation for Your Home Business - A Survival Guide

Written by Donna Schwartz Mills

On Monday morning not too long ago, I braced myself for a deluge of email. I had not switched on my computer for three days and just knew I would have a couple of hundred emails.

I was wrong. There were 486.

That afternoon, our postal carrier left a basket of mail that must have weighed a couple of pounds.

'I need a vacation,' I muttered to myself. But that wasrepparttar problem. Monday was my first day back from one, and I vowed I would never take another.

I eventually came to my senses, but I still tend to think of time away from business with a mix of excitement and dread. And those feelings are looming large right now as I anticipate my daughter's holiday break from school - which this year, lasts for three long weeks.

The December holidays were one ofrepparttar 117793 reasons I opted for a work-at-home lifestyle. When I worked outsiderepparttar 117794 home as a corporate event planner, our first big convention ofrepparttar 117795 year always occurredrepparttar 117796 second week of January. This meant I had to work 10 hours a day, six days a week each December (although I got Christmas and New Year off). I resentedrepparttar 117797 fact that everyone else was home decoratingrepparttar 117798 house and baking goodies, and vowed to be able to do that one day. Now that I'm a home based entrepreneur, I can keep that promise to myself.

But as a one-person shop, I need to take steps to insure that my business will still be here afterrepparttar 117799 decorations have been put away. Imaginerepparttar 117800 orders, customer service calls and income opportunities we miss by being away from our posts for a couple of weeks!

The fortunate thing about a December break is that most ofrepparttar 117801 Western world is occupied withrepparttar 117802 same things: holiday get-togethers, family activities and religious observance. All business slows down mid-December as people focus on their faith and families. The exception, of course, is Christmas shopping. If your business involves selling gift items, you may not get a holiday break until December 25. If that'srepparttar 117803 case, I suggest taking at leastrepparttar 117804 week off between Christmas and New Year. A vacation - even a short one - will allow you to recharge your mental batteries, resulting in increased energy and creativity on January 2. It will also help you avoidrepparttar 117805 feelings of resentment I experienced at that event planning job.

The trick to takingrepparttar 117806 time you need and starting back up smoothly is in how you prepare your business for your absence. Here are some tips:


No matter when you begin your holiday break, you need to let your clients know. Two weeks before any vacation, Angela Strosnider of Virtual Office and Business Solutions announces it to her clients, relatives and others. 'I takerepparttar 117807 laptop and check for any emergency mails as well. Besides that I make an autorespond message to all emails about when I'll return,' she says.

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