So many people seem to have a cavalier attitude about their computers. As long as they can turn it on and it works and connects to the Internet that is all they are interested in. There are various very simple things that you can run without any gadgets, additional expense or technical expertise to keep your computer running smoothly. Just check around in your start menu or on ‘Computer’/Local Disk C.
There are ways you can ‘tune up’ your browser on a daily basis and you will be amazed at how things will run smoother if you are consistent about clearing your browser cache. When you encounter errors online or with anything you may type that is an error, your computer may build a ‘cookie’ to that error state. Now every time you try the same thing you are getting the same error. When a site has been down for a few minutes and has recovered you may still be going to the error for hours and even days through the cookie.
That is why you need to regularly go into your browser settings and delete your history, cookies and temporary files. You will be amazed at how much better your computing and Internet experience will be if you do that at least a few times a week and definitely every time you have been to an error site – whether a link that is not working or which you typed wrong.
Possibly the most critical issue is security. This involves having an up-to-date (up-to-the-minute=live update) anti-virus program preferably with firewall, etc. You can even get some effective free programs that if kept up-to-date will offer you a certain amount of protection. This one for the cavalier is particularly tragic because they will not listen and it will not occur to them until they may need a new computer or serious technical help to recover lost data (costing hundreds of dollars). Sometimes it is not even possible to recover but at least you may be able to get your computer back.
One very important thing you can do that is free, takes only a minute, and is easy to do, is to make sure your browser has the latest version. Just go to the ‘About’ link and it will tell you the version – many of the newer versions can be set to automatically update or at the very least to start the update as soon as you enquire. Out-of-Date versions of browsers are a red flag as hackers know those updates are usually security related and they know how to exploit a breach now that they realize you have one.
The same is true for WordPress versions and especially plug-ins. WordPress will warn you when there is an update available for either and you should take 2 minutes to run them the minute you see the message, because again this can be a serious security issue. Particularly plug-ins are frequently hacked and you can lose all your work. Some will make your site malfunction just if out-of-date. This can be serious where you can’t even login.
Still another and this is the most ridiculous one that is ignored the most, is use secure passwords. The dumbest password in the world is any real word or name in any language – even if you feel you are being clever by adding a number after it. It would take less than 5-minutes for a hacker to break into your account and possibly steal your identity, deface your site, or plant invisible malware links.
… but go on and keep ignoring all this – until that day when you have a rude awakening. Unfortunately that is what it takes for many people to get a clue. Good luck recovering, Rover123.
Because of financial necessity many parents believe they have no choice but to leave their children with daycare providers so that they can go to work outside the home. It would be better for the children if this wasn’t the case, and probably much easier if at least one parent had a way to work from home. When a parent works from home naturally they have more of a relationship with their kids.
Another important point is that kids don’t know about economics. What they do realize is that their parents are not there for them most of the time. The relationship does not have a lot of quality time. When you are working outside your home, you see the kids to wake them up, get them ready for the day, and shuffle them off to day care or school. At the end of the day, hopefully you have a nice dinner together, and maybe spend some time with them. Then it is time for them to go to bed.
Just by eliminating the commute times to and from work and daycare, you would have more time to spend with them and feel less rushed. While you are looking at this, don’t forget to consider how much money you can save for child care and transportation. That is money that is no longer going out of your pocket. If you are skeptical because you would make less money if you worked at home at least while you are developing a business, be sure to do the math on what you save by staying home.
When you have the freedom to choose what hours you will work it is really liberating and you will find it much more efficient. Working when your children are napping or at school would be ideal. Of course you can also be working off and on when they are up and running around the house and you can keep an eye on them to be sure they are safe.
There can however be some obstacles to this grand plan like anything else. One is to make sure that your family and friends understand you are actually working even though you are home. They need to respect that time and you can facilitate this by turning on your voice mail for one thing, so you won’t get interrupted. It really helps if you have a room with a door that you can use for a home office and teach your kids that there are boundaries.
There are many advantages if you can see a way to start a business from home, but for parents these are some very important considerations that may encourage you to pursue this idea.
Network marketing opportunities might fall under several different business models. For example, there are sales distributorships, aka independent consultants that sell tangible products. This is probably the most well-known and there are a number of very successful mega-billion dollar corporations that are ‘household words’.
Encompassing both tangibles and intangibles, there are also multi-level marketing (MLM) businesses, which include many different online affiliate marketing programs. With this model people may earn money for referrals as well as by selling the product or service of the company to earn commissions.
The principal difference in the two business models above is that the distributorships focus on selling products, whereas MLM and affiliate marketing programs focus mainly on the business opportunity (referrals). Of course these referrals are made easier if the company has quality products and services and has a good reputation as a profitable opportunity for affiliates.
Participants in most network marketing opportunities are considered to be self-employed. This is an ideal situation because they can work for as many different companies as they prefer. The ‘multiple streams of income’ concept works very nicely in any case. Mainly this is due to the fact that there is no limit to how much money they can earn as there would be with an employee’s ‘salary’ or ‘wages’.
The other major reason having multiple streams of income is a very wise way to build a business, is that there can be a balance where if one company has slow sales for any period of time, it is not as detrimental to the bottom line in that the other companies may be doing fine or better.
Additionally, they do well with the concept of ‘multiple streams of income’ because you can technically earn money in multiple ways within each individual organization. With MLM and affiliate programs you can earn money from referrals as well as from selling the products. As you get more sophisticated you could actually have separate advertising that focuses on either.
With regard to any network marketing opportunities, take advantage of your associations in the various networks and use them wisely. You can “cross-promote” in your own organization or network by ‘back-end’ and ‘OTO’ (one-time-only) sales to your existing clients. That is once a customer buys your products or agrees to participate in a business opportunity you can invite them to follow you into some of your other opportunities.
Networking is always going to emphasize building relationships with people. Get to know your prospects and existing customers. Don’t ever be accused of ‘taking the money and run’ where they will say ‘I was very important until they got my money and now they have disappeared. I can’t get any help and at this point I just want a refund’. Stay in touch.