Thursday, March 30, 2006
I do know that there are a lot of email scams going on and for the most part I just delete them and continue on with my other email. But then I had a thought about wondering how many if any of the people have fallen for it. So I did a little bit of "research" and found some information from Wellsfargo's own legitimate site. Here is the link:
Be sure to click on that link if you have ANY questions about whether or not your email might be a fraud.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Let me tell you a little something about myself - I have always been a night owl kind of person and it shows in the timesheets that I provide to some of my clients. I also know for a fact that there are others just like me and some are even more of a night owl than I am!
My point is this. If you want to be able to work at home be aware that whatever it is that you want to do there is already someone out there who is doing just what it is that you want to do or are doing something close to it.
Time and time again I see people posting about how they want to start their own adult site. I just saw on my local news a profile they did of a guy that owns his own adult site and to tell you the honest truth he is making so much money that it is obscene! If you even made one tenth of what he was making you would be deleriously happy!
Still don't think its possible? Well tell the guy that I mentioned above - tell that to him and he will look at you as if you were crazy!
Saturday, March 25, 2006
My personal opinion is to avoid investors if you can and the main reason why I say that is because once you take on an investor (or partner) your business isn't your business anymore. However if you want an investor or partner the best way to accomplish this is to show them "what's in it for them". Just think about it - why would they want to invest/partner with you? Take the answer to that question and then put it in presentation form and present it to them.
And where can you find "them". Don't let anyone tell you that there aren't any investors around because they are wrong. There are still angel investors, venture capitalists and just plain individual investors around. You just have to know where to find them.
But as for companies that offer legitimate work from home opportunities I have not found any!
Friday, March 24, 2006
So I guess that the answer to the question of whether or not there are "religion" grants out there would be a YES!
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
I have a webcam page.
If you look at the page you will see the latest webcam shot that I took. Now streamlining (in my case) is proving to be difficult because I'm still not getting the setting right to be able to upload the latest webcam shots. But if streamlining is something that you want to do and you don't want to be bothered too much with the technical aspects of uploading recent webcam shots there are websites that will do that for you. Me on the other hand - I'm going to figure out what it is that I'm not doing right and as soon as I do you will be seeing streamlining on my webcam page.
But getting back to those of you that want to start your own webcam business like I said before you will need a webcam. I have a logitech webcam which cost me less than $50 and this was sometime ago. Of course there are more sophisticated webcams out there now. Hopefully you already have a webcam that came with your computer but if you don't you will want to make sure that the webcam that you do get will be compatible with your computer. You should be able to find this out by looking on the webcam's packaging. If not you can always ask the salesperson for help.
Of course you will also need a webpage. If your Internet Service Provider doesn't provide you with your own webspace then you can use one of the free webhosting sites online. And that is what a lot of people do now! There are also some websites that are specifically for webcam users so that's an additional option that you should look into as well.
Since this will be your business you are also going to have to decide how you will be paid. Are you going to charge for membership/access to your webcam page? Are you going to accept advertising? Are you going to "freelance" and take on specific webcam shots for clients? Or you can do a combination of them all!
How will you accept payment? You can accept cash, credit card, money orders and/or checks. Each has their own specific process for being able to accept that kind of payment. For instance being able to take credit card payments will require either you having a merchant account or going through a third party.
There are countless examples of those who are doing exactly this - having a webcam business online and they all don't have to do with sex.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Number 2 - I have also found out that even the government programs have some surprisingly juicy tidbits of information! Did you know that there have been government grant funding programs that have not had enough people applying for them! It is just so hard to believe this kind of stuff! A $50,000.00 (not the program I mentioned above) went BEGGING for applicants! And what kind of program was it? It was grant money to start a business!
This is just too much!
Friday, March 10, 2006
1. An Entrepreneurial Grant program that awards a $20,000 grant to help start one's business. A business plan has to be submitted and judged by a panel so I will include a sample business plan for them to have a reference. A copy of the the program's application will also be included as well as the web site address, physical address and telephone number of the program itself. The deadline is in November so she still has a good amount of time left to apply.
2. Another entrepreneurial grant program that provides $1,000-$5,000 for support of new small businesses. They also have many different programs to help support new businesses.
3. An organization that celebrates independence through education by awarding grants and scholarships to single parent women and their children. This funding program provides money directly to the Colleges, Universities and student loan providers for the purpose of helping these women complete and pay for their education. The program also offer assistance for childcare, books and other basic needs.
So if anyone tells you that there are no grant funding programs for individual or for those starting their own business you can print out this page and show it to them!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
There are also a number of entrepreneurial grants for both minorities and women for financial help to help start their own business. Mind you I said business and NOT non-profit! The government also has grant programs that are open for ALL to apply - meaning the general public and that includes individuals as well as for-profit businesses.
So this is another myth about grants.
If you think that there are grants only for non-profits then you haven't been looking in the right places! As a matter of fact there are some examples of individuals and for-profits that have received grants that I have on my grants page.
These are not made up people and businesses. They are actual grant recipients that are not non-profits. So if you think that only non-profits are eligible for grants then please go to my grants page and read about those that have received grants.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
PS - Don't worry though I'm back at the computer now!
Friday, March 03, 2006
You mention foundations, and yet they are limited by the IRS to limit their giving to non-profits. Anything between 'big business and corporations' and a for-profit entity is a CONTRACT for services, not a GRANT. For-profit entreprenuers try to hire my firm all the time. I never take them as grant campaign clients, knowing that the chance of them receiving any kind of return on their investment is slim to nil. If that doesn't bother you, fine. We're obviously operating from very different motivations. Just let the buyer beware. There is NO FREE LUNCH. As long as you can sleep at night....
We are operating from very different viewpoints. Number one foundations by law are required to give away a percentage of their revenues each year in accordance with their MISSION STATEMENT. In other words the objective of the foundation is what is important and not the entity that applies for their grant.Here is an excerpt from Smartmoney's site:
"ANSWER: The adage "there's no such thing as a free lunch" certainly applies here. The good news is that, yes, in some circumstances the government (at the state or federal level) as well as private foundations will provide grants to people trying to get a fledgling business off the ground. But that doesn't mean the money comes easy."There is a New York based non-profit that provides small GRANTS and business-development assistance to applicants with low income. One woman received $700 to help start her sewing business. Now I already had this information as a result of doing research for a woman that wanted to start her own business. The quote I found because I did research and on and on.As for big companies and corporations operating on a "contract" basis. That is simply not true. There is a big corporation that offers grants in the amount of $100K. Their selection committee invites applications for projects that fall into the following areas: science and medicine; technology and innovation; exploration and discovery; the environment; and cultural heritage. The Selection Committee will choose five awardees who will each receive a check for $100K. What is the eligibility requirement? You have to be an INDIVIDUAL! If a group is applying then one person has to be the designated applicant.Now how did I find this information? I looked!My motivation is this - The one thing that a person needs to start a business is desire. I mean what is one of the primary reasons that we have started businesses of our own? So we can be our own bosses. What motivates me is the fact that people think that there is some kind of secret to starting (and maintaining) one's own business when all there is is work. What motivates (and inspires me) is hearing stories about people who have started their own businesses on LESS than a shoe string. The one that comes immediately to my mind is the woman who is a single mother who started a gift basket business (without a computer mind you!) and got a small grant to grow her business. Another one that comes to mind is a web design company that got a grant because they filled the need of a grant. All examples of "where there is a will there is a way".One more thing. One of the reasons I started this business is the fact that these comments about there being "no grants for no things no time" bugged me no end. I knew this wasn't true for the simple fact that all you have to do is pick up the business section of a Sunday newspaper! Now that we have 24 hours of news, every now and then a business related newstory having to do with grants will come on. So I decided to find out for my own self and I did. I have found more information than one one person could fathom - all on a subject that people say does not exist. The fact that the information is not easy to find does not mean that it is not out there. It just means that it is not easy to find. So people get frustrated, they give up or worse they get angry to the point that they feel that if they can't find it then it doesn't exist! The sad fact of the matter is if you can not find the information you have to keep on looking. That is the only way that you are going to find it. If you want a grant bad enough or your desire is high enough then you will keep on looking - plain and simple!
Thursday, March 02, 2006
On another note - As you know I work from home and that is a lot of what this blog is about. So many people want to work from home and that is one of the reasons that I decided to start this blog. First you have to make the decision that you want to work from home. Many people have started their own business (and I am one of them) simply because they hated their regular jobs.
One thing that concerns those that want to work from home is what kind of job can they do at home. Many times I have said that the fastest way to make money is to find a need and fill it. Businesses such as starting a day/childcare business, doing yard work and running errands are good businesses to start because there is always a need for such services. As an example my next door neighbor hired someone to do his yard work and I had a chance to talk to him and he said that he had more work than he could handle!
Unfortunately a lot of people want the type of work at home job where they can work for a company. I have yet to see a company that legitimately has this kind of opportunity. But that is what a lot of people want.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
1. They reduce the running water caused by storms and in turn that minimizes that might occur in creeks.
2. They provide shade in the summer and help create a barrier against cold winds which in turn helps to save energy costs.
Not to mention that trees are nice to look at.
It's all in an effort to help the community look more nice and trees do provide beneficial benefits to the area and the community.
If you think that your community would benefit from something like this you should definitely take a look into these kinds of programs.