Happiness is … Worth $.76!

April 7, 2013

I received another notice that a book sold.  I’ve sold a few dozens books.  Not going to make me wealthy, but that wasn’t the idea.  I knew that a $.99 price point would never make me tons of money.  I am very satisfied and happy that somebody actually wants to read what I wrote.  Definitely worth more than $.76 to me.

I’ve written before and will state again – writing and self-publishing eBooks is not a way to make a fortune, generally.  But, the self-satisfaction and any extra income is GOLDEN.  Write about business, history, fiction, erotica or anything..  Just write and follow our instructions to self-publish on Kindle and SmashwordsIf I can – you can.  Just do it!

Here are the details received in email from SmashWords:

Dear Dion,

Per your request, we’re writing to notify you someone has purchased your book:

Title Qty List Price Coupon Price Paid Gift Discount Proceeds
10 Home Business Ideas for under $100 1 $0.99 None $0.99 $0.00 $0.76

Total items: 1
Total proceeds: $0.76

Time: 2013-04-06 11:40:48 PT
Transaction id: 8DR30865CW181662X

Sincerely,

The Smashwords Team, https://www.smashwords.com

By Dion Shaw

Dion Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

Disclaimer

Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed (Homepreneurs is published on Kindle and SmashWords).  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions or recommendations.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

© Homepreneurs 2010 – 2013, All Rights Reserved

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eBook Published – Home Biz Network Configuration

February 12, 2013

Homepreneurs just published its first of many eBooks: Home Business Network Configuration and Maintenance.  It is now available on SmashWords for sample or purchase.  The book(let) has instructions and diagrams for configuring a home network, including wireless and security features.  Homepreneurs intends to release a series of shorter books that cover a variety of topics we’ve blogged about.  Each will have the same price: $2.99 or in some cases, free.

The link to the $2.99 publication: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/284998

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It is also found when searching for ISBN 9781301911981

I discovered that images in a Word document transfer quite nicely to SmashWords with no errors or problems.

This represents the first (of hopefully many) eBooks to help the reader start and run a home business.

One more time: if I can do this, so can you!!!

Cheers!

Dion D. Shaw

Author of Home Business Network Configuration and Maintenance

Founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

© Homepreneurs 2010 – 2013, All Rights Reserved

 

 

 


eBook Tips – Hyperlinks in a Document

November 8, 2012

Ever wonder how to create internal links in Microsoft Word for an eBook?  For example, this is often used in eBooks in a table of contents.  Clicking on a chapter name automatically links to the chapter target page.  Here are some simple steps for internal document linking if you are using Microsoft Word.

Linking to another page in the same document:

1)     Place the cursor on the target page.  For this example, the first page was used and called “home”.

2)     Use the Insert menu options above and select Bookmark.

3)     Select the “Name” option and type in a name.  Click add.  (Reference figure below)

4)  Highlight the text you want to click on.  For this example, we’ll use Home.  In Microsoft Word this will work.  In WordPress, a new tab in your Internet browser will open.

5) In the Insert Menu, select “Hyperlink”.

5) Select the “Place in this document” option.

6) On the right side of the screen, note “Bookmarks” and the name created – “Home” – in #4.  Select “ok”.  (Reference figure below)

7) Test the link by holding the CTRL button and clicking on Home.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

Disclaimer

Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

© Homepreneurs 2010 – 2012, All Rights Reserved


Homepreneurs Success Story – Women are Game Changers

December 14, 2011

Homepreneurs has mentioned in the past how much we enjoy posting articles about success stories.  This time we had the good fortune to catch up with Vernetta, the editor-in-chief of Women Are Game Changers (WAGC).  In her own words, WAGC’s blog is “A woman empowerment blog that focuses on teaching women how to empower themselves through business, health and family relationships. Also women will be featured sharing their path to becoming a gamechanger.”

WAGC’s Mission:  To create a network of women who are changing the game called life by setting it on fire with our dynamism.

Vernetta is a dynamo: a fitness enthusiast, a writer, and a woman with a serious and noble goal of empowering others.

Vernetta has some very interesting and wise words of advice for start up businesses.  She is quite successful, driven, and her words are sage advice.  I interview Vernetta; what follows is an unedited transcript:

1)      Why did you start your own business?

I want to have more control over my finances. I do not want to depend on someone else to decide how much my skills are worth. I also want the freedom to choose what jobs/contracts to take.

2)      How long has your business existed?

I started my blog in September 2011 and I became self-employed teaching English to corporate employees who come from overseas in July 2011. So I am new to all of this but the learning is fun and challenging.

3)      What industry is your business in?

My blog would be considered a social networking site I believe and teaching English is in the education & corporate industry.

4)      What are the greatest challenges you face?

The greatest challenges I face are having to learn while I am also working in new fields and understanding how to make sure I become profitable.

5)      What advantages does self-employment provide?

The best advantage of being self-employed is working for myself and from home. I only need to leave to meet with clients and to network. I don’t have to worry about extra expenses of renting an office space and commuting.

6)      Do you have any tips/suggestions for those considering entrepreneurship?

The one tip I would like to share is make sure you have some savings for personal use because you won’t always have the ability to start earning a lot of money right away in some cases. That way you are not stressed about paying your personal bills and you can focus on growing your business because that takes time and money.

7)      Do or will you use social media at all (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)?

I use facebook, twitter, linkedin, black bloggers connect, black business women online, blogher, and I am also in three meet up groups. I’ve found all of these great for networking, learning from others and exposure for myself and business.

8)      Where do your greatest number of customers come from?  Word of mouth, networking, social media, advertising?

My greatest number for my blog has come from facebook. As far as teaching English that business is still in the developing stages. I contract my services out for another established company.

9)      If you could change one thing when you started, what would that be? (or change something in planning)

I don’t know what I would change because so far I’m enjoying the learning experience because it is all new to me.

10)   What are the rewards of self-employment?

I get to set my own schedule and take or reject contracts if I want to unlike being employeed by a company. I love the freedom to work from home as well.

11)   What sources do you use to fill in your knowledge gaps? Why?

I have bought and read books by other bloggers and entrepreneuers. I joined a business oriented social networking site to learn from other women who are more established than I am. I read and listen to what other  bloggers are doing.

12)   Please self-identify with either initials or first name & first letter of last name

Vernetta F.

13)   Would you us to publish a link to your business?  If so, please provide an email address, Facebook or Website

Yes I would appreciate it. My links are below

www.womenaregamechangers.com

www.facebook.com/womenaregamechangers

www.twitter.com/womengamechange

www.linkedin.com/in/vrfreeney

www.youtube.com/user/womenaregamechangers

womenaregamechangers@gmail.com

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunities.


How do I Start Working from Home?

December 8, 2011

I received a question from an older friend today who has an engineering background.  The full text of the email exchange is included, with names changed of course.  Bill is interested in working from home or starting a home business with his wife.

Q1: It’s been a time since we talked. I see that you are in the home work program now. Can you please explain program to me, I might be in the mindset to look into something like that. I keep thinking about it being legal, prosperous, no drain on current funds, Is it truly a make money or scam,

Please explain.

A1: Hi Bill, long time.  How are you?
https://homepreneurs.wordpress.com blog is completely my creation.  While I obviously can’t verify all the jobs, many work from home (e.g. telecommute) are with mid to large companies and should be legitimate.

The other portion, home business opportunities, are perfectly legitimate.  I did research to find these and provide links where possible.  Look under home business and work at home categories for listings.

If you have questions or an issue with any of these, please let me know.   Also, please let me know if you are successful in finding something.

Q2: How does one get starrted ???

A2: Are you thinking about a home business for yourself or working for someone else?

If the former, do you have any idea what you’d like to do?  Many things can be done from home these days, thanks to the Internet.  I suggest putting a list together of your skills and interests and let’s go from there.

Q3: There are advantages of working for someone and there are advantages-disadvantages working alone or partners. I would like to do something that either me or my wife, or as you indicated with you as partner as well. My wife was teaching at NIU this last term, but the course isn’t offered this coming term. She will have more time. And as for me, The living in Normal Illinois all week and coming home on the weekends is getting hard. On me, my wife, family, and my car. and my car. I am a systems engineer at xxxxxx and things are really slow now. It is normally slow all the time, which makes the job even more tressful.

Tell me what your thoughts are. I would really like to get into something that we all can make money and enjoy life as well.

A3: Bill,

I agree – sounds like you really need something work from home.
The biggest question you need to ask: What about benefits, especially health insurance?  Buying individual policies is quite expensive and assumes you are in good health too.  This is the biggest barrier to self-employment.
Assuming no health, then you’d want to look at some of the telecommuting jobs listed:
https://homepreneurs.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/work-from-home-as-a-telecommuter-part-3/
https://homepreneurs.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/work-from-home-telecommuting-options-2/
https://homepreneurs.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/work-from-home-telecommuting-options/

If you have access to health insurance and you want to do something with the Mrs., do you have any crafty talents?  Could you make a product that would sell over the Internet, at craft/art shows or both?  If I were you, with an engineering background, I would consider something in the resourced or recycled area.  The ‘green’ field is hot right now.  Unique crafts made from metal will do ok, providing the price point is good.

For a look at some metal products take a look at www.etsy.com and search for ‘metal’.  You’ll find everything from jewelry to figures to wall decor.  If your wife is creative too, she could pitch in a hand.  You’d want her assistance if you do craft shows.

Does this help?

A4: Other options for you include:  teaching at a community college or freelance technical writing.  Neither includes the Mrs, but …

This was over the course of the day and I’ve not heard back from Bill.  I will follow up with him the next few days and see what his thoughts are.

By Dion D Shaw

Dion D Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunities.

Disclaimer

Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

© Homepreneurs 2011


Technology for Home Workers

December 4, 2011

Work at home employees and Homepreneurs need to use semi-current technology to be productive and stay on top of the technology curve.  In previous posts, we covered a basic home network, the merits of tablet computers, and dealing with malware issues.  As part of our ongoing technology tips series, we discuss other common needs for home workers and home – and small – business owners.  This list is a mixed combination of hardware and software but all are useful for a home office.

Computers

–        Laptops and desktops: This is a personal choice as much as a utilitarian one.  Many home office users have both, laptop and desktop.  The desktop functions as a base station that the family can use too, while the laptop is obviously portable both in the house and on the road.  My home office consists of one desktops and several laptops, one for each family member.

–        Apple vs. PC: This debate has raged for years, with Microsoft, Windows, and the PC dominating the market.  Apple was a distant second, preferred by those doing heavy design work.  The iPad has changed the market and Apple owns a majority of the tablet market.  Please reference the tablet computing article for additional details.

Printers – Scanners – Faxes

–        My inclination is to purchase an all-in-one model with wireless capability.  Why buy a printer, scanner, and fax separately when one device will perform all three functions?  The cost of these devices has dropped in recent years, with lower end devices available for under $100.00.  Read reviews about these products here.  HP, Epson, and Canon are leaders in this market.

Headset

–        One name stands out in the headset market: Plantronics.  Purchase a USB wireless headset and you’ll happily talk through your computer all day.

Software

–        Skype: This is a wonderful communications software application that is free to download and provides the following as part of its free package:

  • Skype-to-Skype calls
  • One-to-one video calls
  • Instant messaging
  • Screen sharing

The other party will need Skype as well to take advantage of free Skype-to-Skype calls, but the quality and price can’t be beat.  I’ve personally used Skype for 3 years and never paid a dime, even for overseas long-distance calls.

–        WordPress: Use this product to create your own blog and get noticed in the public domain.  Homepreneurs is hosted by WordPress, and again it is free.

–        Dreamweaver: For basic website design, this is a very good and fairly basic tool.  Dreamweaver is not free, but many free website design tools are available.  Search free website design software with Google.  Kompozer is a solid choice for free software.

–        Dragon Dictation: For hands-free stream of thought dictation, the product runs about $75 for a PC, but is a free app for the iPad.  Talk directly into the computer microphone and watch your words appear on the screen after you are done speaking.

These are some – but not nearly all – useful tools for the home office.  Other useful products include mind mapping software, photo shop editors, and Evernote for archiving and note taking.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs.

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

Disclaimer

Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

© Homepreneurs 2011


Homepreneurs Office Technology Tip – Viruses, Trojans and Malware

December 1, 2011

Homepreneurs continues its home technology tips in this post by discussing the threats to your home network – business or personal – posed by malware infections.  Much confusion exists about viruses, spyware, Trojans, etc.  We attempt to clear up some myths and suggest proactive approaches to keep the bad bugs away.  This topic is very important to home and small business owners; some malware infections such as spyware can steal personal information.  Anti-malware software can keep your accounts and personal information from being stolen or compromised.

Malware is an umbrella term and includes: computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, dishonest adware, scareware, crimeware, most rootkits, and other malicious and unwanted software or program.  According to Microsoft, it is thought that one in every 14 downloads contain malware code.[i]  Malware, removal, and related loss of business production is estimated to cost the world up to one trillion dollars a year.

The three most common types of malware are Trojans (70%), viruses (17%) and worms (8%).

–        Trojans – In general, a Trojan horse is any program that convinces the user to run it, concealing a harmful or malicious payload.  The payload may delete user files or launch additional malicious malware such as spyware.  Used commonly in marketing, current advanced Trojans are capable taking complete control of an Internet browser and even making changes to security settings and a computer’s registry files.

–        Viruses  and Worms – the most well-known, they do not share particular behaviors but rather spread in a similar manner.  Computer viruses typically refer to a program that has infected executable files and when launched, spread to other executable programs.  Viruses can carry a malicious payload.  By contrast, a worm actively transmits itself over a network to infect other computers.  Worms may also carry a malicious payload.

While the above three are quite common, a major recent concern is increasing occurrences of Phishing.  Phishing attempts to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers, by disguising itself as email from a trusted source.  Recent notable Phishing attacks are seen in emails from UPS, FedEx, the IRS, FBI, and other perfectly legitimate organizations.

Most government organizations would not contact an individual via email.  The IRS and FBI would send subpoenas or other letters via the US Postal service.  If one gets an email from these organizations, delete it immediately.  Further any email from an unknown and/or unexpected source should be deleted and never opened.  It may be malware and sent without the sender’s knowledge.

Protection

Many anti-malware programs are available for purchase.  Some of the well-known vendors are McAfee and Symantec.  Other vendors definitely worth looking at: AVG, Avast, Kaspersky, Bit Defender, and MalwareBytes.  A review of some anti-malware products may be found here: http://anti-malware-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

A word of caution: one good anti-malware program should be adequate.  Multiple programs can conflict with each other, causing neither to work adequately.  In emergency cases, if an infection is suspected, a number of free products are available to help remove the threat.  A top-10 list of free utilities is found here: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/10-free-anti-malware-tools-worth-checking-out/2045?tag=content;siu-container .

By Dion D Shaw

Dion Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

Disclaimer

Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

© Homepreneurs 2011

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