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Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Advantages Of Starting A Home Based Business
Author: Pamela Upshur
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Taking the risks of starting a home-based business can be scary
and thrilling at the same time. The opportunity to share in the
American dream is a tremendous lure. Many people, including
those new to this country, may not have the skills for working
in today's complex organizations. However, they may have the
initiative and drive to work the long hours demanded by
entrepreneurship. The same is true of many corporate managers
who left the security of the corporate life (either by choice or
as a result of corporate downsizing) to run businesses of their
own.

Social attitudes have change. Whereas home based entrepreneurs
used to be asked when they going to get a "real" job, they are
now likely to be asked instead for how-to-do-it advice.

Corporate downsizing has made workers aware that there is no
such thing as job security, leading many to venture out on their
own. Meanwhile, the work of the downsized employees still need
to be done and that is, they are outsourcing much of the work to
smaller companies; that is, they are contracting with small
companies to temporarily fill their needs.

Nearly half of the small businesses in the United States are
run out of the owner's home. These include writers, consultants,
video producers, architects, bookkeepers, and such. Many
home-based businesses are owned by people who are trying to
combine career and family. Don't misunderstand and picture
home-based worker as female child-care givers; nearly 60 percent
are men.

It is important to know that most entrepreneurs don't get the
ideas for their products and services from some flash of
inspiration. Rather than a flash, the source of innovation is
more like a flashlight. Imagine a search party, walking around
in the dark, shining lights, looking around, asking questions,
and looking some more. The late Sam Walton used such a
flashlight approach. He visited his stores on Mondays, and by
Tuesdays every Wal-mart manager in the country knew about it. He
expected his managers to use flashlighting too. Every time they
traveled on business, they were expected to come back with at
least one idea worth more than the cost of their trip.

Computer technology has leveled the competitive playing field,
allowing home-based businesses to look and act as big as their
corporate competitors. High speed Internet connections, fax
machines, and other technologies are so affordable that setting
up a business takes a much smaller initial investment than it
used to.

Advice for potential entrepreneurs:

1. Work for other people first and learn on their money.

2. Research your market, but don't take too long to act.

3. Start your business when you have a customer. Maybe try your
venture as a sideline at first.

4. Plan your objectives within specific time frames

5. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.

6. Don't be afraid to fail. Former football coach Vince
Lombardi summarized the entrepreneurial philosophy when he said,
"We didn't lose any games this season, we just ran out of time
twice,"

For those who are wishing to get out of an office building and
starting your own businesses, you should focus on finding
opportunity instead of accepting security, getting results
instead of following routines, earning profit instead of a
paycheck, trying new ideas instead of avoiding mistakes, and
creating a long-term vision instead of seeking a short-term
payoff.

About The Author: Pamela Upshur is the owner of Upshur
Creative. Upshur Creative combines fresh, contemporary, fully
functional turnkey websites with the best PHP scripts and
databases to create the largest and most comprehensive turnkey
collection for entrepreneurs. http://www.upshurcr eative.com

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Some Directories (Search Engines) to submit your site to

Technorati Profile
Here are 150 directories to get you going. I have not used them all, and so I am not sure if they will all except jewelry stores. Give it a go!

1. Dmoz.org
http://www.dmoz.org

2. Dir.yahomo.com
http://dir.yahoo.com

3. Jayde.com
http://www.jayde.com

4. Dir.google.com
http://dir.google.com

5. Directory.Searchnewz.com
http://directory.searchnewz.com

6. Squidlink.com
http://www.squidlink.com

7. Soveb.org
http://www.soveb.org

8. Search-engine-index.co.uk
http://www.search-engine-index.co.uk

9. Joeant.com
http://www.joeant.com

10. Segta.net
http://www.segta.net

11. Yhay.com
http://www.yhay.com

12. Crrv.org
http://www.crrv.org

13. Campusti.org
http://www.campusti.org

14. Ubdaily.com
http://www.ubdaily.com

15. Brightsidexdr.com
http://www.brightsidexdr.com

16. Nicksyear.com
http://www.nicksyear.com

17. Ptwc.net
http://www.ptwc.net

18. Achx.com
http://www.achx.com

19. Makingmoneylibrary.com
http://www.makingmoneylibrary.com

20. Web1directory.com
http://www.web1directory.com

21. Rssbuffet.com
http://www.rssbuffet.com

22. Jtob.com
http://www.jtob.com

23. Whichforum.com
http://www.whichforum.com

24. Searchza.com
http://www.searchza.com

25. Hp-arena.com
http://www.hp-arena.com

26. Add-your-site.com
http://www.add-your-site.com

27. Mashupdir.com
http://www.mashupdir.com

28. Sportdig.com
http://www.sportdig.com

29. Amwart.com
http://www.amwart.com

30. Slashdirectory.com
http://www.slashdirectory.com

31. Justanotherdirectory.com
http://www.justanotherdirectory.com

32. Xpseo.com
http://www.xpseo.com

33. Directorymania.com
http://www.directorymania.com

34. Firebrand.info
http://www.firebrand.info

35. Directory.sohoday.com
http://directory.sohoday.com

36. Sc4m.com
http://www.sc4m.com

37. Directory.ecommercetrends.com
http://directory.ecommercetrends.com

38. Webdirectory.nu
http://www.webdirectory.nu

39. Dirdir.org
http://www.dirdir.org

40. Suaffiliates.net
http://www.suaffiliates.net

41. Directorysubmit.org
http://www.directorysubmit.org

42. Yooley.com
http://www.yooley.com

43. Deeplinked.com
http://www.deeplinked.com

44. Raiisa.com
http://www.raiisa.com

45. Blogaz.net
http://www.blogaz.net

46. Somedirectory.com
http://www.somedirectory.com

47. Metropolisdirectory.com
http://www.metropolisdirectory.com

48. Androsweb.com
http://www.androsweb.com

49. Crawlr.net
www.crawlr.net/

50. Sc3m.com
http://www.sc3m.com

51. Addlinksuggest.com
http://www.addlinksuggest.com

52. Topdirectorysearch.com
http://www.topdirectorysearch.com

53. Ezinfo.org
http://www.ezinfo.org

54. Pukt.com
http://www.pukt.com

55. Indexme.info
http://www.indexme.info

56. Allthelinks.net
http://www.allthelinks.net

57. Raylegrand.com
http://www.raylegrand.com

58. Allyourlink.com
http://www.allyourlink.com

59. Ausearchengine.com
http://www.ausearchengine.com

60. Cawebsearch.com
http://www.cawebsearch.com

61. Enteruk.co.uk
http://www.enteruk.co.uk

62. Pagedumper.com
http://www.pagedumper.com

63. Linksdaily.info
http://www.linksdaily.info

64. Rankdir.com
http://www.rankdir.com

65. Soredhot.com
http://www.soredhot.com

66. Suggesturls.net
http://www.suggesturls.net

67. Crunchylink.com
http://www.crunchylink.com

68. Helcomi.com
http://www.helcomi.com

69. Afcdirectory.com
http://www.afcdirectory.com

70. Directoryphpld.info
http://www.directoryphpld.info

71. Directorysef.com
http://www.directorysef.com

72. Garunaga.com
http://www.garunaga.com

73. 0ux.com
http://www.0ux.com

74. Bbadmin.net
http://www.bbadmin.net

75. Linksuggest.org
http://www.linksuggest.org

76. Cubicdirectory.com
http://www.cubicdirectory.com

77. Cafioca.com
http://www.cafioca.com

78. 00link.com
http://www.00link.com

79. Smoothdirectory.com
http://www.smoothdirectory.com

80. Linktoyour.com
http://www.linktoyour.com

81. Freeedir.com
http://www.freeedir.com

82. Un-earthed.co.uk
http://www.un-earthed.co.uk

83. Zeorn.com
http://www.zeorn.com

84. Online-shopping-directory.net
http://www.online-shopping-directory.net

85. Ondirectory.net
http://www.ondirectory.net

86. Webhightime.com
http://www.webhightime.com

87. Qqqsw.com
http://www.qqqsw.com

88. W3directory.info
http://www.w3directory.info

89. Webdirectory2.com
http://www.webdirectory2.com

90. Ere.name
http://www.ere.name

91. Freeze-directory.com
http://www.freeze-directory.com

92. Htart.net
http://www.htart.net

93. 19planets.com
http://www.19planets.com

94. Allbloglink.com
http://www.allbloglink.com

95. Fo7.org
http://www.fo7.org

96. Yx8.org
http://www.yx8.org

97. Afreedirectory.net
http://www.afreedirectory.net

98. Executivedir.com
http://www.executivedir.com

99. Hewd.net
http://www.hewd.net

100. Directoryfrog.com
http://www.directoryfrog.com

101. Virtuedirectory.com
http://www.virtuedirectory.com

102. Super-dir.info
http://www.super-dir.info

103. Michelem.net
http://www.michelem.net

104. Simple-directory.info
http://www.simple-directory.info

105. Mylinkdirectories.com
http://www.mylinkdirectories.com

106. 1414.info
http://www.1414.info

107. Tunecircle.com
http://www.tunecircle.com

108. Wd1r.com
http://www.wd1r.com

109. Aliendirectory.com
http://www.aliendirectory.com

110. Duwf.com
http://www.duwf.com

111. Substratdesign.org
http://www.substratdesign.org

112. 0ct.net
http://www.0ct.net

113. Bestfreedirectory.net
http://www.bestfreedirectory.net

114. 1ht.org
http://www.1ht.org

115. Hcdc.ws
http://www.hcdc.ws

116. Freedirlist.com
http://www.freedirlist.com

117. Grandeforum.com
http://www.grandeforum.com

118. Webseek.us
http://www.webseek.us

119. B75.org
http://www.b75.org

120. Daddydeeplinks.com
http://www.daddydeeplinks.com

121. Tela.biz
http://www.tela.biz

122. Advicedir.com
http://www.advicedir.com

123. Lushina.com
http://www.lushina.com

124. F7w.net
http://www.f7w.net

125. Bigdirectorylist.info
http://www.bigdirectorylist.info

126. Intelligentobject.com
http://www.intelligentobject.com

127. Directory.gd
http://www.directory.gd

128. Directoriez.info
http://www.directoriez.info

129. Amazing-directory.com
http://www.amazing-directory.com

130. Frozendir.com
http://www.frozendir.com

131. Urlblend.com
http://www.urlblend.com

132. Hyperlinkdirectory.info
http://www.hyperlinkdirectory.info

133. Tugf.com
http://www.tugf.com

134. Searchspanish.com
http://www.searchspanish.com

135. Linkdrip.com
http://www.linkdrip.com

136. Directoryfrenzy.com
http://www.directoryfrenzy.com

137. Easyshoppingdirectory.com
http://www.easyshoppingdirectory.com

138. Selectedinfo.com
http://www.selectedinfo.com

139. Hirectorypile.info
http://www.hirectorypile.info

140. Directoryoasis.comm
http://www.directoryoasis.com

141. Linklear.com
http://www.linklear.com

142. Ipant.com
http://www.ipant.com

143. Enginedirectory.net
http://www.enginedirectory.net

144. Archiso.com
http://www.archiso.com

145. Browsier.com
http://www.browsier.com

146. Directoryace.com
http://www.directoryace.com

147. Directorychimp.com
http://www.directorychimp.com

148. Submit-link.net
http://www.submit-link.net

149. Wowdirectory.info
http://www.wowdirectory.info

150. Keydirectory.net
http://www.keydirectory.net

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Online news about selling jewelry

Home Jewelry Business Success Tips by Rena Klingenberg is one of the best sources for information on jewelry selling online - http://www.home-jewelry-business-success-tips.com/index.html

Anything you might want to know is written in her e-zine. I suggest that if you have any questions about jewelry and how to sell it online that you read her newsletter and you subscribe to it.

Sites to post your Jewelry


I ran across this site by accident and wanted to share it with other jewelry artists - this is one reason this blog began.

Buy'n Sell Jewelry.com - http://www.buynselljewelry.com/

(FREE ADS FOR LIFE FOR BUYERS AND SELLERS OF JEWELRY! Simply register and begin adding your items for sale or wanted on the fastest growing FREE jewelry selling venue online!)

Ecrater - http://www.ecrater.com/ Sellers receive free website hosting, a free subdomain and a powerful tool to manage their free online stores. All products are posted to Google Product Search as well.


The sites that are familiar to many people for selling jewelry include:

Ebay - recently it is reported that the costs for ebay have gotten higher and higher. This may not be much of a problem because of the volumn of people that go to ebay.

Etsy - this site is for those who craft their own items. All items on Etsy must be handcrafted and sold by the artist. Etsy does not do much for you in the form of marketing, but this is something you can do for yourself with some time.

Ruby Lane - http://www.rubylane.com/ This site is less than Ebay but more than Etsy. Ruby Lane does more marketing for you than Etsy, but they do charge more to list. If you would rather do your own marketing this would not be your first choice.



Sites for Selling Jewelry

There are a large variety of ways to go about selling your jewelry online. My focus will be on low to no cost ways to sell items. Of coarse blogs will be a free way to start your online jewelry business.
You can start with a blog and upgrade when and if you start to sell your items. Of coarse if you find that your blog meets your needs you might not want to progress further than that. Because your blog is free your costs of running your business will probably only include the cost of PayPal when your items sell.

Some free blogs:

Blogger - http://www.blogger.com/
WordPress.com - http://wordpress.com/
Live Journal - http://www.livejournal.com/
Blogs4me.com - http://www.blogs4me.com/
Blog.com - http://blog.com/


This site has over 40 providers of blogs:

40+free blog hosts -- http://mashable.com/2007/08/06/free-blog-hosts/


PayPal - As long as you have a PayPal account that is a merchants account you can put PayPal buttons or shopping carts on a blog site with no problems. Establishing a merchants account is not difficult. It just involves confirming your bank account and linking your PayPal account with your bank account. PayPal does a great job of explaining the how-to's