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virtual assistantVirtual assistants are in demand worldwide. As a virtual assistant you could find clients in your own community or half way around the globe. It’s a great way to make a living and work from home. You’ll meet interesting people, learn new tasks and responsibilities and perhaps best of all, enjoy the freedom that comes with being your own boss. Here’s how to start your own virtual assistant business.

#1 SWOT

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. This is a personal assessment. Take a look at what strengths you have that will contribute to a successful virtual assistant business. Communication skills, organization skills, professionalism are some strengths. However, you likely bring a lot more to the table. List your strengths.

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how to start your own writing businessIf you enjoy writing or have a way with words, you can turn that skill into a full-time writing business. There are numerous opportunities for aspiring writers online and off. Businesses need people to write content, to blog, to write sales copy and advertisements. They also need writers to write books, articles and technical manuals. In short, there’s a high demand for writers. Here’s how to start your own writing for pay business.

Step #1 – Decide what you want to write and if there’s a demand for it. For example, do you want to write articles and blog posts? Would you prefer to write books and eBooks? What about sales copy? Additionally, do you have a preference for the topics you’d write on? You can specialize in an industry as well as a content format. 

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article marketing do's and dont'sAffiliate marketing is a fantastic way to earn a passive income. You can also grow your business to provide a full time salary for you and your family. The profits you are able to earn depend on your goals and your level of commitment. In order to succeed and help you achieve your affiliate marketing business goals, we’ve compiled a list of affiliate marketing dos and don’ts:

Do:  Spend time finding the right domain name. Look for one that is memorable, descriptive and includes keywords that people would use when searching for the products and services you’ll be marketing.

Do:  Research and know your keywords. Ideally, you’ll find a number of keywords that have low competition and high search volume. You can find this information by using a number of free keyword tools found online.

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affiliate marketing basicsIntroduction To Affiliate Marketing

This introduction to affiliate marketing basics will explain the subject and tell you how you can start an 

affiliate marketing business. Affiliate marketers have been around for quite some time now. The business model continues to adapt and change as the industry and consumers change. However, it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down as a business model. It is still quite a viable and potentially profitable way to make money.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is an internet marketing business model where a person earns a commission based on sales or website visits they have a direct influence on. Different businesses offer different affiliate programs. Some pay a commission for each sale a person sends them while others pay for click throughs to their website. Generally, most pay based on sales. 

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Creating A WebsiteThere are many things to consider when creating a website or blog. Of course, you need to decide whether or not you are going to have an ecommerce site that sells goods or if you are going to have a content site that provides valuable information. Is it a hobby or a service?

Once you have considered what type of site you wish to create there are several more things to consider before creating your website.

Your Target Audience

Look over your website and make sure that you have nailed your target audience. If your audience is too broad, your message will get lost along the way.

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affiliate goldmineDo you have a strong passion for a particular topic or a hobby you could happily spend each waking hour focused on?  Most people have something that they are passionate about. It could be knitting, making rocking chairs, collecting pencils, soap operas, shoes, making beer, you name it there’s someone who has a passion for it. And that passion could turn into an affiliate goldmine.

What are you passionate about?  What’s your hobby?  Wouldn’t it be great if you could also make money from your unique passion? 

You can as an affiliate marketer. Affiliate marketing is a great way to build an online income part time or full time, you can work from home. It’s extremely low risk and it’s easy to learn. 

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twitterThere are a handful of big players in the social networking world. Twitter appears to be one of the sites that continues to grow in popularity. In fact, according to research complied by Brickfish, as of October 2013 there are 231.7 million active users on Twitter worldwide and 100 million of them log in daily. So what is Twitter and why is it still growing when many of the other social sites are facing challenges? 

What Is Twitter?

Put simply, Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that lets you send and read "tweets.” Tweets are text messages limited to 140 characters. However, within the context of any tweet you can embed links which makes it a powerful marketing tool for anyone with a blog or a website. Being able to link to other URLs means you can share value and information. You can share links from your own site as well as promote your fellow business owners to build relationships with customers, prospects, and associates. 

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Online Turnkey Business WebsiteWithin this article today, we'll look at ways that you can work on creating an online turnkey business website.  When you are looking at creating an online turnkey business website, the initial development will take more time than with a standard website but it will pay off with big dividends in the end for you.  We will look at what types of software you possibly want to use or look for as well as an example of a possible online turnkey business website.

The first key when creating an online turnkey business website is software.  Using and buying software helps create efficiencies that you will need in creating an online turnkey business website. If you have a newsletter and people sign up for it, you will want an email system in place which incorporates autoresponders.

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merchant accountIf you want to accept credit cards for your business, you will need to get a merchant account. Basically, this is a contract between you and the bank in order for you to be given a line of credit. Without it, your customers will have to pay you through other means. 

The merchant account is more important when you open an online business. This is because customers can only see your products using their web browser and if they want to order, this is the one of the means of paying for it. 

The problem with having a merchant account online is the fact that it is very expensive when you are just starting out which also includes filling up various forms and a background check. 

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Free Blogging Web SiteFor first time bloggers, a free blogging web site is a great way to get started in the blogosphere. Popular blogging web sites like blogger and WordPress.com allow users to set up and host a blog without paying any fees at all.

This encourages people to start blogging, because the fact that one of these sites can provide you with all of the tools that you need to get your blog up and running without spending any money means that you have nothing to lose by starting a blog. The fact that it is so easy to find a way to blog for free is one of the reasons why so many people who have never had any other kind of web presence before find themselves drawn to blogging.

 

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linkedinLinkedIn is a specialty social networking site. It’s much more specialized than the others due to the audience it attracts. LinkedIn is specifically for professionals. If you’re looking for a job then it’s a must. However, business owners looking to attract prospects and connect with industry professionals can also utilize it in a productive and prosperous way. 

What Is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with 225 million members in over 200 countries. It’s a social networking site that offers professionals a number of benefits and features. It began in concept in the living room of the owner and was launched in 2003. Ten years later it is a thriving social networking site that can be used in a number of business building ways.

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website or a blogCreating a website for a new business? If so, you may be wondering which is the best choice, to build either a website or a blog. The answer isn’t as difficult as you may think. Here’s how to make the right choice for you and your business goals.

#1 Business model and purpose

Yes, both websites and blogs, particularly a WordPress blog, can support just about any type of business model. WordPress developers have created plug-ins that can turn any WordPress blog into an e-commerce site, a membership site and more. 

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