Sculpting Time: Creating A Schedule That Works For Your Mac Based Business

Vitamin-R for MacintoshWhether you are interested in making money on your Mac as a full time job, a means of extra money, or as one of multiple income streams, it is important to focus on time management.

The concept of a home business is enticing for many reasons, one of them being that everyone would like to cut their commute time from two hours to two minutes (or the amount of time it takes to walk into the next room). However, it is important for the Mac-using business owner to avoid falling into the trap of allowing every little distraction to take priority over getting things done.

One of the keys to creating a system of time management is by making a list of priorities. Of course, your family comes at the top of the list and you need to plan time with spouse, kids and other loved ones, just as do those who work in a 9-to-5 job.

However, I’m talking about the time you have set aside to work on your business. Just because you may work out of your home doesn’t mean you can be at the beck and call of others any more than if you were holed away in a cubicle at the office 25 miles from home. A home office is still an office, after all, so make it a place where you can work with minimal distractions.
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Where To Buy A Mac – Online Or Offline?

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Apple retail store (Photo credit: Kansir)

Because it’s so easy to buy Macs online, whether at the Apple Store online or from another online retailer, a lot of people wonder why it would even be necessary to go to an Apple retail store in the city.  Besides, there are some discounts to be found online that may not be available at the local Apple Store.

However, a lot of people appreciate the ability to see the computer they are considering buying up close and personal and to talk to a sales associate before purchasing.

Since there are Apple stores in nearly every state (and in many countries around the world) whether you buy a Mac at Apple’s online store or a physical retail location, you will be required to pay your state’s sales tax. This may not be the case if you buy from an independent third party website (although, strictly speaking, you may still be legally obligated to pay sales tax; check with your tax advisor to be sure).
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10 Steps to One Way Link Building

Link-BuildingYou may have the best looking site online, but it won’t do you much good without visitors. In order to gain potential customers, you need to have traffic, and one way to achieve this is with link building.

This does not mean joining some kind of link exchange program, however. It doesn’t involve a site where you can simply click a button labeled “Submit Link” and get onto the first page of Google with thousands of people flocking to your site. It is certainly not an automated link exchange program that gets you links while you sleep. Nor does it mean submitting your link to an FFA (Free-For-All) link site. (Don’t ever do that!)

So what do you do to get some serious link-building mojo? Use the strategies that work:
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A Multitude of Places To Post Your Web Video


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You’ve spent hours planning, recording and editing your video and now It is ready to be spread across the Internet. There’s just one glitch: you aren’t sure exactly where to post it.

After all, there are hundreds of sites that host Web video, but not all of these sites will draw the eyeballs you need and desire. Obviously, you want to give preference to the sites that have the largest audience, which will mean the greatest potential exposure for your web video. Uploading video is time-consuming, and you don’t want to waste time on sites that are unlikely to provide much, if any, traffic.

If you’re going to choose only one site to upload your video to, it will undoubtedly be YouTube. With the greatest traffic by far of any of the video sites, YouTube is one of the top online places people go to be informed, enlightened and entertained. With millions of visitors and a huge selection of existing videos, YouTube is a great place to share what you have to say with the rest of the world.
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6 Internet Marketing Scams You MUST Avoid

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There are certain pitfalls you need to avoid in starting any business, and Internet marketing is no exception. You want to arm yourself with tools for success while avoiding the pitfalls. You want to avoid wasting both time and money. Here are some schemes that you should exercise all due caution with before even considering them.

1. Buying e-mail addresses.

I’m sure you have run across companies that offer to sell e-mail addresses. Some are legit and some aren’t, but the majority are not. Unless you can be certain that the addresses you get are double opt-in, you should avoid them.

For the uninitiated, double opt-in means that a subscriber, after signing up for a list, is sent a link in his e-mail inbox that he must click on to confirm that he did, in fact, subscribe. This keeps nefarious third parties from subscribing those who aren’t interested.

Anyone can tell a lie but sometimes it takes a great deal more inner strength to tell the truth. Sadly, there’s a lot more of the former type than the latter. Fortunately, there are also some trustworthy folks out there with whom you can build a long-term relationship.

One thing is certain, the best way to build a mailing list is to do it yourself. Only in this way can you be completely sure that the e-mail addresses you have are of those who truly want what you are offering to them. Think two or three times before purchasing e-mail addresses, especially if the price is reasonable.
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5 Key Strategies for Boosting Traffic To Your Business Blog

How to Search Engine OptimizationWith competition on the Internet heating up on a daily basis, the need to drive traffic with valuable information increases. Blogs, with their heavy emphasis on text, provide a rich resource for attracting traffic from the search engines, as well as for branding and promotion.

Blogs have become essential for retailers, manufacturers and small businesses in promoting what they have to offer. Nonprofit organizations also make good use of the blogging phenomenon.

However, writing attention- and traffic-getting blogs is as much an art as a science. How can you increase the popularity of your blog? Here are some valuable tips:
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What RSS Is and How It Can Benefit You


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Even if you are new to the Internet, you have no doubt seen references to RSS online and in magazines and have noticed those funny little RSS icons and invitations to subscribe to the RSS feeds of various websites. Yet you may not have a clear understanding of what such a feed actually is.

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication,” and the principle behind it lives up to its name. As you surf the web, you may find topics that you wish to track. This is especially true if you’re a professional or involved in any field of research.

If there are several sites you’re interested in, it can be time-consuming to have to revisit those sites periodically to check for updates. RSS brings information you’re interested in to you rather than you having to go out to it. You needn’t visit new sites all the time to see what’s new because it’s all brought to you.

What’s in it for the site owner? Although theoretically RSS spares visitors a trip to any particular website, what it really does is to spare them unnecessary trips. In the long run, it can actually increase their chances of visiting a particular site from time to time, because they know when they visit that it actually has something new and of interest to offer.
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Apple and Nike – Two Successes Worth Studying

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Apple Inc. New Headquarters (Photo credit: MarkGregory007)

As a student of business, particularly as one who is attempting to get your own business off the ground, it is well to draw as many lessons as you can, not only from textbooks but from careful, first-hand observation.

There’s no better way for the young entrepreneur to learn what works and what doesn’t then by studying the world’s most successful companies and figuring out what exactly they did to get that way.

This doesn’t mean, of course, that you should copy their business model (in most cases, you probably couldn’t) but an examination of their history could give you some useful ideas about how to launch, maintain and promote your own business.

Take Nike, for example. This is the world’s largest provider of sportswear and related products. Whether you’re trying to sell sneakers or infoproducts or computers, you can learn lessons from Nike’s history and its continued success in the world marketplace.

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eBay – Shipping Merchandise to Customers

GarageSale Shipping Options-smallIf you stock your own eBay merchandise rather than utilizing drop shipping, you likely spend a goodly amount of time, money and effort in shipping merchandise to your customers.

The greater your level of success on eBay, the bigger a problem this can be. Packaging and shipping your items can take up more and more of your time unless you figure out how to do it in the most efficient way possible. Therefore, it is a good idea to organize your shipping procedures for maximum efficiency.

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To Sell a Product Online, Find a Problem That Needs Solving. Here’s How!

7531000023What is the best way to make money with a home-based Internet business?

While you certainly have a lot of options online, including creating an AdSense site, selling affiliate products, or being a vendor on a site such as eBay, Fiverr, or Etsy, one of the best ways to make a significant income is to develop and promote your own products. These products could either be physical or information products. Here are some tips that can help.

First, you need to decide what kind of products you will develop for your Internet business. This varies according to the individual, but you should focus on something you have a passion for. You will find it far easier to throw yourself into your work, to write about and develop a product, if you have an interest in that topic. Also, you’ll be far more likely to be able to develop a quality product.

While there are some who claim that you can develop a quality product simply by doing a little research online or at the library, the reality is that you will do far better if you start with something you already know about.

The demand for the product you are considering is also another important factor. This is where online research comes in. After all, if no one is interested in your course on basketweaving in Greenland, you may not succeed in selling a lot of copies! Continue Reading »To Sell a Product Online, Find a Problem That Needs Solving. Here’s How!