Why I Need A 16 Hour Work Day

Written by Joe Bingham

Often, I gripe about being behind on my work and how I have so much to do. I'm not unique in this, we all do it. It's just part of human nature. What's funny about it, however, is when I take a close look atrepparttar real reasons why I am behind and overworked.

Typically, I work a 16 hour day. Yes, my work day is 16 hours, minusrepparttar 117806 distractions that is. Afterrepparttar 117807 distraction time is removed from that 16 hours, who knows how much time is left for actual work.

I know, let's figure it out. Here is a quick list of some of those distractions andrepparttar 117808 approximate time they cost me.

"Honey Come Here" -- This distraction consists of opening jars, getting things down offrepparttar 117809 high shelves, walking allrepparttar 117810 way torepparttar 117811 other end ofrepparttar 117812 house to hand something to my wife that was only 4 feet from where she was seated inrepparttar 117813 first place, fixing things, explaining what I'm doing, running off door to door salesmen, and giving kisses.

Time Lost: 2 hours

"Honey Where Are You?" -- This consists of me looking for my wife so I can flirt with her and occasionally... well, that's none of your business.

Time Lost: 1 hour (or so)

"Honey! They're not listening to me!" -- This is time spent beingrepparttar 117814 global superpower that backs up all of Mom's threatening statements torepparttar 117815 kids.

Time Lost: 1 hour

"Dad!" -- This consists of stopping fights, taking away sharp objects, explaining why rooms must be cleaned, helping with homework, stopping fights, holding down body parts while Mom digs out slivers, getting down cups, hiding or throwing away markers and glue, and stopping fights.

Time Lost: 1.5 hours

Sweaty Rump -- Duringrepparttar 117816 rare occasion that I'm left alone to work for a long period of time, sometimes I just need to stand up and 'air' out.

The Free Lunch (And Other Myths)

Written by Elena Fawkner

I have a page at my website that contains a list of home business ideas (and links to detailed articles about some of them). On that page, I invite visitors who have an idea that isn't listed on that page to submit it to me for inclusion. Nine times out of ten,repparttar "ideas" that are submitted are nothing more than ads for various online business opportunities and not true business "ideas" at all.

This evening I received one such email. No greeting, no thank you, just a terse one liner "to be added to your ideas page" and an URL. I responded that this was not an "idea" (which, hadrepparttar 117805 person bothered to spend any time at all atrepparttar 117806 page in question, she would have realized) but an ad for her business opportunity, and that if she wanted her ad on my site, she could damn well pay for it like anyone else (I was a little more diplomatic than that but you getrepparttar 117807 gist).

Hot onrepparttar 117808 heels of this type of approach isrepparttar 117809 owner of an affiliate program for a product which would be of marginal interest (if that) to a tiny number of my ezine subscribers, offering me a fabulous "joint venture" opportunity whereby all I have to do is send a solo mailing to my list (worth $260) in exchange for making maybe $12 on each of three sales. Whoopee. Invariably, these people knowrepparttar 117810 demographic of my database intimately since, according to them, all my readers have been searching high and low for just such a solution to all their problems and *I* can berepparttar 117811 one to give it to them!

Please. Contrary to what these people obviously think, I did NOT just fall offrepparttar 117812 back of a turnip truck so, to whom it may concern, go grow your own list or pay to advertise to mine. Those are your choices. This is a business, not a charity forrepparttar 117813 bone idle.

These are by no means isolated examples.

Those of you running an online business probably have a list of examples like these as long as your arm. Why do people not understand that you get what you pay for in this world? I'll tell you why. The proliferation of "secret" sites that promise to reveal to you, for only a "$60 lifetime membership!" all repparttar 117814 "tips and tricks" you need to know to market your online business onrepparttar 117815 'net "without spending a dime!" and allrepparttar 117816 "insider secrets" marketing courses promisingrepparttar 117817 same thing.

If you're laboring underrepparttar 117818 impression that it's possible to market your business without spending money, here's some not-so-secret tips:

1. There ARE places to advertise your business for free, sort of. They don't come with no strings attached though. For example, although you can submit your site for free to repparttar 117819 classifieds sites and FFA pages that are absolutely everywhere, be prepared for a deluge of email in response. And I'm not talking about requests for more information! Typically, people visit these sites to get your email address so they can send THEIR business opportunity to YOU.

2. Some ofrepparttar 117820 search engines are still free. Many have moved to a paid submission model though and, even if they do still offer a free submission service, those listings are not a priority and tend to be added torepparttar 117821 index whenrepparttar 117822 engines get around to it. Better to spend a few bucks for a submission and get listed beforerepparttar 117823 next summer Olympics.

3. You can write articles and submit them to newsletter publishers and relevant websites. That's actually a good way to get your message across so long asrepparttar 117824 article has real meat to it and doesn't mention your opportunity or product (leave that forrepparttar 117825 resource box). Although it needn't cost you money, it does cost you time and effort and you may well get a better return by simply paying $65 for an ezine ad.

4. You can start your own newsletter and develop your own opt-in subscriber list. Unless you're prepared to pay for subscribers (around 15 cents per subscriber is about repparttar 117826 average) it's going to take a LONG time to grow your list to a decent size. Contrary to what some people will tell you, you will not grow a 'sticky' subscriber base of 5,000 within a month. Oh, you can grow a list of that size alright using some ofrepparttar 117827 various approaches being offered but it won't be a targeted list and it won't be a sticky list (i.e., subscribers won't stick around). With these programs you'll also find that a lot of subscribers are in it to generate their own subscribers and really aren't interested in subscribing to your newsletter. They do so only because it's a condition of being inrepparttar 117828 program. Often these people will use free email addresses that they never check, let alone actually readrepparttar 117829 contents of.

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