There's a NEW Mafia in Town

Written by Deirdre Jones

By now you may or may not have heard about a new company called Habeas. If not, let me briefly explain to you what allrepparttar hoopla is about. Habeas is offering all of us "protection" fromrepparttar 109585 bad guys (i.e. spammers), and onrepparttar 109586 surface it sounds all good. That is until you really understand how it will affect you.

I mean, sure, I am tired of getting allrepparttar 109587 emails telling me how I can enlarge body parts I do not even possess and inviting me to look at naked teenage girls. But this is a small price to pay for my freedom - my delete button works just fine, thank you. Oh yeah, and I am wondering, hasrepparttar 109588 rest ofrepparttar 109589 civilized world heard of filtering your email as it arrives to your inbox? I do not needrepparttar 109590 help of my Internet Service Provider for this - my IQ indicates that I am above average in intelligence.

And if you decide not to comply (buy into this "protection") with Habeas, then you will surely be crippled. Sure sounds a lot likerepparttar 109591 Mafia to me. What do I mean by all this? Just stay with me here as I briefly go throughrepparttar 109592 paces.

Habeas (a private corporation, mind you) has proposed that we all pay for a header in all our outgoing emails that identifiesrepparttar 109593 email as legitimate (i.e. not sp*m). And for this "privilege", we will be required to pay.

Small businesses, those who make less than $100,000 a year, will pay a fee of $200 a year forrepparttar 109594 privilege of sending email to people who have legitimately requested it. Outrageous! But that is onlyrepparttar 109595 tip ofrepparttar 109596 iceberg.

Those business owners that make over $100,000 a year will be required to pay ½ cent to 1 cent per email sent, up to a maximum of $3,000 a month. Who died and made these people God?! And I thoughtrepparttar 109597 government was giving it to me inrepparttar 109598 way of taxes every year... Now you tell me that I have to be robbed byrepparttar 109599 common citizen, too?

"So what," you say, "I do not even do business by email..." Well, let me explain to you how this will affect you,repparttar 109600 ordinary citizen. Right now,repparttar 109601 header is free for ordinary citizens to use in their emails. But they ALSO originally said that onlyrepparttar 109602 rich would pay taxes, didn't they?

And guess who is taking it inrepparttar 109603 rear now? The poor and middle class, of course, whilerepparttar 109604 rich hide behind their "tax shelters". So, how long do you think that it will be beforerepparttar 109605 ordinary citizen pays, too?

Sure-fire Tutorial on Attracting Hoards of Customers with Autoresponders.

Written by Chris Kilian

You're constantly onrepparttar lookout for sure-fire ways to attract targeted customers to your online business. Well, what do you know?

Really--what *do* you know? Think long and hard about this, because you can use your areas of expertise, your skills and/or your hobbies as springboards for promoting and selling your goods or services to a captive audience --by offering a free online course.

If It's Free, It's For Me!

Why offer a freebie when you're trying to make a profit from your business? While at first glancerepparttar 109584 concept might not make sense, it is actually one ofrepparttar 109585 oldest and most effective marketing techniques both online and off. People simply love to get things for free, and merchants oblige, withrepparttar 109586 goal of selling additional goods back end. From taste testings at wineries and supermarkets, to product samples delivered door-to-door, vendors have used freebies for decades to promote their products.

Free classes fall into this same "try something for nothing" category.

Again, using a comparable example fromrepparttar 109587 brick and mortar world, considerrepparttar 109588 craft store chain that offers free classes on how to make decorative wreathes. Where will most, if not all, ofrepparttar 109589 people who attend these classes purchase their crafting supplies?

It's a win-win situation; those who takerepparttar 109590 class gain a new skill for free, andrepparttar 109591 store gains new--and probably repeat--customers!

Those Who Can Do, Teach

"But I've never taught anything in my life!"

Chances are, you have--whether showing a child how to bait a hook or bake cookies, or coaching a new co-worker onrepparttar 109592 job, we all have opportunities to take onrepparttar 109593 role of teacher now and then. "Teaching" is simply taking something we've learned, and showing someone else how to do it.

The fact that your instruction didn't involve a structured course plan or weekly quizzes doesn't make you any less of a teacher in these situations.

When developing your free online course, focus on selecting a subject that meets these three criteria:

·One that involves a topic or skill that you consider yourself good at, or even an expert; ·Something that other people would love to learn; ·And, finally, has some sort of tie-in back to your business.

Going back torepparttar 109594 craft store example above, you can see that offering free decorative wreath class successfully satisfies all three of these qualifications.

Still not sure what you could possibly teach in your own free online course?

Begin withrepparttar 109595 third criterion--base it on your business itself-- and go from there.

Let's say, for example, that you operate a marine supply company aimed at sailboat owners; you might offer a free "Safety Tips for Sailors" course, or a "Long-Distance Sailor's Survival" class.

Or if you specialize in providing virtual office services to small businesses, you could conduct a course entitled "Simple Bookkeeping Techniques for Busy Business People," or perhaps a basic business writing course.

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