100,000 Views!

September 9, 2013

Sometime over the past couple days, this blog – homepreneurs.wordpress.com – passed the 100,000 views mark.

 

I am thrilled. 

 

A combination of the words “home” and “entrepreneur”,  Homepreneurs is a blog, website, and other social media sites dedicated to starting and running a home business and work at home jobs.

 

I’ve met many great people and learned a hell of a lot from those wonderful folks.

 

Some in particular I’d like to single out are:

 

WordPress.com – for making blogging very simple.  Could not do this without you.

 

– Patti Hale – blogs at howtofindworkfromhome.com

 

– Mark Holtzman, PHD, CPA who blogs at theaccountinator.com

 

– Rose Chimera – blogs at rosechimera.wordpress.com/

 

– April Carvelli – blogs at ghostofawriter.com

 

Each has taught me how to write, read, learn, and live.  Some have provided lessons in humanity and humility.  Thank you.

 

I am also very, very thankful to all who have stopped by, read and commented.  This represents 3 years of research, writing, and hard work.

 

100,000 views

How did I get to 100,000 views?  A combination of social media, frequent posts, relevant content and YOU.  I will write more on the accomplishment in the future.

I have told you many times before that if I can do this, so can you.  I am not special, unique or amazingly gifted.  I am no different or better than you.  Start your own blog on WordPress.com, pick a unique topic, and write!

From the bottom of my heart – thank you!!!!

Dion

Dion Shaw is the founder of owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs website is Homepreneurs.net

Homepreneurs blogs at homepreneurs.wordpress.com

Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/homepreneurs

Twitter site – http://www.twitter.com/homepreneurs

tumblr site – http://www.tumblr.com/homepreneurs

Pinterest page – http://www.pinterest.com/homepreneurs

A LinkedIn page (Homepreneurs group)

Disclaimer

Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  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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Preview the Future Design of the WordPress Dashboard

April 20, 2013

For all my WordPress blogging friends –

The WordPress.com Blog

Though nothing stays still for long with WordPress, the design of your blog’s dashboard hasn’t changed much lately. While we’ve added new features and made some adjustments along the way, the dashboard has been looking forward to a refresh for some time. With that in mind, seven weeks ago, a scrappy gang of web designers and developers teamed up to explore how to do just that. We asked ourselves the question: “What should a modern version of WordPress look like?” We decided that:

  • It should have a simple, uncluttered design; free of excessive decoration and focused on your content.
  • It should use webfonts for beautiful, legible typography that’s consistent in every browser.
  • It should have a responsive design that’s tailored to PCs, tablets and smartphones.
  • It should do all this while retaining the familiar, user-tested dashboard interface that millions of users already understand.

Screenshot of the new dashboard design

We’ve drawn new icons, increased contrast and font…

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How to Start Blogging

April 6, 2013

This comment came through as SPAM this afternoon from visitor Bernice:  Wonderful blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?  There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused .. Any tips? Thanks!

Bernice, thanks for reading, commenting,and the positive words!  I’ll try to answer some of your questions – they are commonly asked by many other readers.

WordPress.com is a free blogging platform and one of the most popular with 60 million bloggers.  Other popular and free blogging platforms include: Blogger, Tumblr, LiveJournal, Weebly, and Blog.com .(1)   WordPress.com has built-in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and is very user friendly.  The support staff is great and the user community is helpful and friendly.  Just post a question to the group and someone will respond to your inquiry.  We all had to start somewhere as you want to do.

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WordPress.com Start

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Home Business Update -VHS to DVD Conversion

March 7, 2013

Some time ago, Homepreneurs suggested VHS to DVD conversion as a home business option.  Not only is this business inexpensive to start-up, but with current technology, very easy to do.  Further, VHS players are all but gone, superseded by DVD, BlueRay, and tablet video.  VHS tapes also have a limited shelf life and affected by age, temperature, and tape-eating players.

This is an ideal business for a part-time entrepreneur.  One-time costs of software, cable, and devices (if not owned) and you are ready to set up shop.

I’ve noticed that Amazon local deals and GroupOn both offer deals from companies that convert VHS tapes to DVD.  One recent offer was 6 VHS tapes for $39, a savings of 70% off the regular price of $109.00.  Shipping and handling is extra, of course.   Further, only non-copyrighted material is converted, e.g. home videos.  Perform a little research on copyright laws and you may discover that single use (backup) copies of purchased materials are perfectly legal.

vhs-dvd

You don’t need to set up a national operation, but offer services locally via ads in newspapers and through word-of-mouth.  A simple solution to a problem for many.  Get some free business cards through VistaPrint and set up a free web site with Webs.com or Wix.com or even a free blog through WordPress.

Low start up cost, limited expertise required, and a problem in need of a solution.  Get started today!  By the way, this is a great job for high school and college students as well.

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 – 2013, All Rights Reserved


Back Up Your WordPress Blog

December 4, 2012

Homepreneurs advocates backing up data on a regular basis.  This issue was covered in multiple previous posts on this blog.  We use a simple rule of thumb: if you can’t afford to lose it, back it up.  Recreating days, weeks, or months of data is time consuming at best; impossible in many cases.  Can you afford the down time, lost customers, and income?  If the answer is no, back up the data.

Websites and blogs are often equally as important as accounting and customer contact data stored on a desktop or laptop computer.  This post covers steps for backing up WordPress.com blogs.

– Start by logging in to your WordPress account

– Go to the dashboard menu

– Under the Tools option, select Export (see image below)

Wordpress Backup

WordPress Backup

– Select what to export. Choices are:  all content, posts, pages, and feedbacks (comments)

– Click on the blue Download Export File

– An XML file is generated and can be saved to your local computer for transfer to a dedicated backup device

– To restore from the backup, use the Import option under Tools and follow the prompts

It is good practice to back up data on a regular basis – weekly, monthly or quarterly, depending on use.  Perform backups at the same time as weekly billing and you won’t forget to save key information.

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


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