Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Send Free SMS Text Messages Online

Hey Guys-just to help save a little money we have only one cellphone in the house, whoever leaves takes it with them. Sometimes you just need to send a SMS text though so I found this really cool application that lets you send free SMS text messages online. I installed it over there to the right so you can send your own free text message to anyone with a cell phone. It's free, no catch nothing to sign up for, you don't even have to enter your e-mail address. You can send as many free sms text messages as you want and never pay a cent. The only problem is they can't text you back so you need to keep your free text messages short and to the point. That's it have fun with it come back anytime you want to send a text message online!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Promoting My Home Business

Sorry I haven't posted in a while but running your own at home business is very time consuming! You would think it would be so much easier not to get up everyday and haul yourself off to your 9-5 but the reality of a home business at least in the beginning is that you are working on some aspect of it seven days a week. Since taking the leap to start my business at home-I do Pet Grooming, things have been building up pretty steadily. I have been self-promoting everywhere I go. I made a little postcard flyer that I designed at and I leave some everywhere I go. Since my particular at home business is dog grooming I really want to establish a good relationship with the vets in town so I made sure to introduce myself to them and explain what kinds of services I was offering. I also went out to our local S.P.C.A to volunteer some time. I let them know that I was willing to groom some of their dogs that were in bad shape in the hopes that they would get a nice home now that they looked more like a doggy and less like a leafpile with knots in it. I did let them know that my motives were not entirely altruistic, I hoped to get some referrals from there and possibly a newspaper story about the groomer who was generously donating time to help the dogs in need. See we all win, the dogs get fixed up and I get customers for my home-business. I have also spent some time going door to door in nearby neighborhoods promoting my home business. That has worked out pretty well, people tend to favor a face to face meeting. Always have your appointment book with you wherever you go. I even handed out a business card at a traffic light the other day! I was returning a load of customer's dogs and they all happened to be standing on their hind legs and looking out the windows of my Explorer naturally this attracted the attention of the car next to me so I rolled down the window and gave her a business card. The point is hand out promotional materials for your home business wherever you go. Usually the first rule of opening your business is Location, Location, Location but in the case of a home business it is Promote, Promote, Promote

Friday, January 16, 2009

Legitimate Paid Survey Site

I wanted to share my earnings for Inbox dollars since I signed up last month. Like I said they are kinda slow but if you really worked at it they definitely would add up quicker. Scroll down further in my blog for the paid survey link to inbox dollars. Make sure you put your own referral link on your page as they pay you for those too. I am going to spend a little more time doing paid surveys this month there just to see what kind of earnings are possible. I like them because they don't promise you You can make $5,000 in a week and stuff like that. They are simply a legitimate paid survey site that gets paid from advertisements and passes a small amount of that revenue on to you.
Earnings at Inbox Dollars so far:

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Cash Surveys Earnings
Cash Games Earnings

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Referral Rewards 1
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Dog Grooming At Home

As I wrote about in an earlier post it is a vital first step in starting your own work from home business to sit down and think about what your unique skill set is. I have groomed dogs for more than 20 years always for other people that took a chunk of my earnings so of course dog grooming features high on my list of skills to consider working from home. I haven't had much time to post because I spent some time promoting my at home dog grooming business.You wouldn't believe how hard it was to come up with a name but I finally did-Hot Doggies it conveys everything I wanted it to. Since I had little or no money for advertising I had to come up with low-cost ways of business promotion. One very important one was business cards (very unprofessional to scratch your number on a piece of paper. I bought business card stock from Wal-Mart and headed over to They have a great selection of business promotion items like business cards, postcards and stationary. Best of all it's all free! You can design whatever project you want on Avery's even a monkey can do it online program and using your own printer print them out. Voila you've got free business cards for your at home business. While I was at Avery I also designed some mail-out postcards I just printed these out on some heavier than normal regular printer paper so I saved the extra expense of special post card paper. I am going to mail these out in small batches whenever I have some extra postage money. I am just using the phone book and mailing them at random. Most at home businesses would have success with this. Why buy a list of addresses when the telephone company drops a free one on your doorstep. Read up on some flyer making tips to design the perfect advertisement. I also used the same postcards for my at home grooming business and handed them door to door in neighborhoods around me. I have already gotten several calls about these. Once you've thought of your own at home business idea head over and make up your own free business cards it makes you feel so professional.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Make Money at Home Selling Crossword Puzzles

Chances are if you are here reading this two things are probably true, one you need or would like to make more money and two you are fairly literate to some degree anyway.Maybe like me you are in love with words and any form of them including puzzles. In my neverending research of ways to make money online I made a fascinating discovery-you can make a ton of money submitting original crossword puzzles to various publications, If this sounds like an interesting proposition to you, read on...

Work at Home Business

You're staying home but the bills keep rolling in. One of the most important things for you to do is sit down and have a brainstorming session either with yourself or with a partner. What kind of work can you do from home? Come up with some honest answers about what your skills are.

If you are a writer you can make a decent living doing freelance jobs especially if you already have some published work. Freelance Writing Jobs is a well written blog that list some places to find good paying work at home writing jobs.

Avon is still a great opportunity to make some extra money especially if you have a large network of contacts. Visit their official site for information on becoming a representative.

If you are crafty and have a unique idea a great place to start your at home craft business is Etsy.It's free to register and you can have your very own e-store up and operating within hours.

Working mothers are always looking for quality home child care. There is a lot of money to be made here. If you love children this could be the way to go. The Dabbling Mum offers an ebook on starting your at home child care business that covers absolutly everything you need to know.

Whatever idea you come up with remember not to put all your eggs in one basket but don't spread yourself too thin either. It may take a few tries before you come up with a successful work at home business.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Get Money for Old Cell Phones

We've all seen the ads on television about getting cash for your old gold jewelry, I even sent a broken gold chain in and got $40 for it in about five days! Did you know that those outdated cell phones taking up space in your junk drawer are actually worth something?I still can't figure out why we don't throw away things like that even though we are never going to use them again but the fact is most of us have at least one cell phone hanging around(I have several that made a trip through the washing machine-they didn't make it)and working or not here is what you can do with them both to keep them out of the ever-growing landfill and to put a little extra money in your pocket. Click on the cell phones for a link to my article with step by step instructions to Get Money for Your Old Cell Phone. You'd make even more collecting them from friends and family.

Legit Paid Survey Site

I wanted to share another site with you that I make a little money at-keep in mind that most of these survey sites are total scams but so far this one seem legitimate although it does take quite a while to reach the $30 payout level I really don't do much more than read a couple of e-mails that they send to my e-mail each day. Granted they are only worth a few cents each but they add up. you can also make money a bit more quickly by taking surveys and signing up at their sponsor sites many of which are free to join. So if you don't mind a little more spam in your box (you can cancel these at any time) head over and take a look.

Make Money Writing for E-How

This is one of my favorite ways to make money online. I get paid to write how-to articles on Simply sign up at their site for the writers compensation program. you must have a paypal account in order to receive monthly payments. They have a very easy to use format for writing articles. The how-to articles follow a step-by-step format. You are paid based on page views and visitors clicking on the ads on your pages. Spend some time in the community forum. E-How is a very friendly, helpful community of writers from all walks of life that never hesitate in sharing knowledge to help you develop SEO and keyword skill that are vital to making money online. The minimum payout is $10 in one month but I reached that the first month, in fact I doubled it. The second month I doubled the first month and I am on track to make even more money this month. The best thing about it is that it is residual income, once you write and publish your article it continues to make money without you having to do anything to it. The secrets to successful online money making at E-How are keywords, article quality and writing a lot of articles. The more you write the more money you will make. There are several writers on e-how that make several thousand dollars a month writing. Two of them have e-books that are extremely helpful in helping you maximize your online money making. Janet Ford's e-book can be found here. Another prolific e-how writer who will show you how me makes his living online is Anthony Delgado. They are both really nice people Janet has been busy trying to get her book published so we miss her in the forums. Anthony's wife Jamie is also busy writing for money on E-How.

Quit Your Day Job

I have 5 kids at home. I did something really scary. I QUIT MY JOB! I was working just to pay the babysitter. So here's the problem, the bills are still coming in and those darn house elves still want to eat three times a day (sometimes more) While I was working I was dabbling a bit in making money online but now this has become my fulltime job. I have to make money online and I am going to share with you some of the ways I do it. Some of these ways earn only pennies and some are pretty decent earners but it all adds up.