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We could have done the video at a lot more angles but we have it done how it is currently out there. If this all could be proved by medical science we wouldn't be having this discussion and wouldn't have the issue about making "medical claims". -Your right everyone has a unique ...
Can you create a website for under $100? Of course you can! I did it, and so can you!Is it easy? Maybe yes, maybe no. A person knowledgeable of HTML and CSS can whip out a website very easily for a low price. For someone with little to no skills, then it all depends on your willingness to learn and your intestinal fortitude.Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a web designer. Nor am I a programmer. But I do understand a little of HTML and knows how to use Frontpage (yes, the antiquated and now defunct web authoring software).The Project: Redesigning
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Women Home Business was launched in 2005, and it was starting to look dated (not to mention slow loading). The site was designed in such a way that updating universal features (e.g. yearly copyright information) means painfully going through each page to change the information.We initially thought of hiring a web designer to create a new look and functionality for the site. However, I volunteered to do the project and redesign Women Home Business as I was looking for a new challenge.Redesigning Women Home Business was a three-month long process for me. Since it was not a rush job, I was able to take as much time as I need to do what needs to be done. Was it a good use of my time? Probably not in the sense that my main strength lies in developing content, but the skills and knowledge I learned from the process made it all worthwhile.Here’s a screenshot of the old Women Home Business and here’s the updated look of the site.The new site is a huge improvement over the old look of the site: it is easier to navigate, has stronger aesthetics, and sports a cleaner (and definitely fresher design). Best of all, I did it for under $100.How did I do it? Here are the steps I took:1. The first step is to understand your needs. Before looking at any content management systems or templates, know what you want from a new design. Look at what’s working in your old design, and what you need to change. Ask yourself the following questions:
  • What contents will I have? Group your contents by corporate/company information (about us, advertise, contact us, etc) and your content categories
  • How do you want to present your content?
  • What do you want to show on the homepage?
  • Are you selling or planning to sell advertising? What ad spaces do you need?
  • Do you want to feature some of your content?
  • Are you going to have multimedia features, such as videos?
2. Use a free content management system or CMS. Examples include Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal and many others. I went with Wordpress for Women Home Business. Read the feedback of others in forums to see the pros and cons of using the CMS you are most interested in. I highly recommend checking out the Content Management Systems section of, which typically offers discussions on various types of CMS. It took me about a month to decide on the template I want for When I decided on the Wordpress platform (Joomla and Drupal has too steep of a learning curve for me), I looked at all free and paid Wordpress templates. I studied user comments about the template to determine how easy it will be to customize.3. Search for an inexpensive (and there are even free) templates for your chosen CMS. Then you can start looking for template/s that already allows for what you need. Or find those that you think can be easy enough to customize to suit your needs. I found a template I like from for only $59 (and for $140, you can download and use all of their templates)., the vendor I used for Women Home Business template, has a tutorials section on how to configure and customize the templates, from changing the background color to adding thumbnails on the homepage. For specific questions not addressed by the tutorials, the forum attracts users, web designers and programmers adept at using the design theme. They can help troubleshoot problems and address customization questions.4. Configure the theme design based on how you want to present your content and how you want its aesthetics to look including colors. If you are going to buy a template, do not just consider the design and aesthetics. Consider availability of free customer support, including an active forum of users of the theme.Of course, the level of customization – and how far you want to push the template to avoid making it look the same for hundreds of other sites using it – depends on your skills and willingness to learn.5. Configure the CMS to your liking. What I like about Wordpress is the presence of a huge number of plugins available, from search engine optimization to securing the database to even creating surveys for your users.6. Use the forums. However, before you hit the forums, read and re-read the instructions of your chosen CMS and template. Only when you can’t make heads or tails of the instructions should you go to the forums. You’d be surprised to see many experts willing to help you. The key is to ask the right questions. Be specific in the questions you ask in the forums. Here is an example of good and bad way to phrase your question:
  • Bad: How do I move my Wordpress?
  • Good: How do I move Wordpress from its current directory to root directory?
Better-phrased and exact questions allow you to get better responses. Don’t be afraid to ask even the simplest of questions. I even went to the point of asking what “root directory” means because I honestly did not know!7. Enlist the help of friends. There will be portion where your limited know-how demand that you seek outside help.For Women Home Business , it was the header design. I enlisted the help of a graphic designer friend. For the cost of one lunch, I was able to have a nice-looking and eye-catching logo and header that encapsulated what Women Home Business is all about. Note that I requested quotes from other designers and the quotes I got ranged from $400 to $2000 for the logo and header design.8. Back up your files regularly. You are going to make mistakes, and it is best to regularly backup your files and databases.The key point: If you want cheap, you have to know how to do it yourself, or be willing to learn and do it yourself.

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Making goals is key whether you are working from home or not. I think that staying organized via to do lists and listing your goals and updating them frequently really helps in carving out one's wanted path in business and life in general.
George Rodriguez wrote an interesting article "How to Launch a Successful Startup" where he explored the factors that make a new startup business successful.Starting a business has a lot of unknowns, especially during these hard economic times. As my mother would say, you never know if the moon and stars will all align in your favor.When we hear stories of huge success stories -- Web 2.0 sites such as Digg and Twitter, or even the free dating site -- we hope that our new businesses will enjoy the same level of success. Or at the very least earn enough money to support our need
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s. And the question is - how can we be like them?According to the writer, here are the factors that can help your startup succeed:Have a long-term visionHire the best people – and manage them wellKeep your focusInnovate; don’t duplicateKeep realistic expectationsHave a clear understanding of the market and your competitionRun your business leanGet the right partnersDevelop a culture of success in your organizationConduct regular business and market reviewLearn, and keep on learningPrepare for changesRead the article "How to Launch a Successful Startup"

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Collecting receivables is an important step in ensuring a healthy cash flow for a business, and more so for a home-based business or solo entrepreneur. However, account receivables collection is a time-intensive process that most small businesses just don’t have the time, know-how and energy to pursue. Hence, many turn to third party collection agencies to collect the debts and amounts owed to them.But how do you choose the right collection agency to work for you?American Profit Recovery suggests making sure that the q
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ualities are factors when deciding to retain a third-party collection agency:
  • Member of ACA International; The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. Make sure the collection agency you are talking to is a member and that they subscribe to and follow their Code of Ethics.
  • Personal Referrals: As with anyone looking for someone to do business with, always ask around. Talk with other business owners or members of your local Chamber of commerce to find an agency that others you know may have used.
  • Educated Workforce: When interviewing the representative from a collection agency, ask them their philosophy of who they hire. Do they hire college educated people or do they just bring in anyone to fill a position?
  • Different Approaches: Does the agency you are talking to have several methods of collecting on past due debt? The agency should offer a low cost flat-fee structure along with other proven methods.
  • Record of Community Service: make sure the collection agency you are hiring has a record of community service. The agency should have a track record of giving back to the community in some way.
  • Background Check: It is imperative that the agency you are dealing with and may be calling on your customers pursues background check as part of their normal hiring practices. Anything less is not acceptable. also recommends that:
  • Choose members of the American Collectors Association or the Commercial Law League of America., as both associations require that their members adhere to a code of ethics and are familiar with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Both associations also provide ongoing education for their members.
  • Ask for proof of insurance. Most licensed collection agencies are required to carry bonds for their particular state and Errors and Omissions insurance, which protects both the agency and client for any errors made by the collection agency.
  • Ask about the recovery rate of an agency. Ask for references to verify the percentage.
  • Check to see how long it took the agency to collect and if they collected the whole debt or just a portion of what was owed
There’s also an article over at that discusses what to look for when hiring a collection agency and here are some of the recommended factors:
  • The best thing to do is to network within your community or within your profession to see who other creditors are using that they like.
  • Ask, "Out of every $1,000 that you collect exactly what will I receive?" Asking the question that way eliminates the possibility of additional fees that you did not know was going to be included.
  • Ask the agency for a list of references. Then call some of them to see if the agency is doing a good job for its existing clients.
  • Ask for a 10-day demand letter service. With that service, the first thing the agency will do before it takes over your accounts is send your debtors a letter. The letter will say that your debtor has ten days to pay you before the collection agency gets involved. If your debtor pays you within the ten day time period the collection agency will not get involved and the agency will either charge you nothing or charge you a nominal amount to send out the letter.
  • Ask the agency about what kind of regular reporting you can expect to receive from the agency. This way, you can get feedback from them on how the agency is progressing in collecting the debt.
  • Ask the agency when you can expect to get paid. Will it be on a certain date every month, or is it inconsistent?
  • Finally, with a new collection agency you have never worked with before, it's a good idea to give the agency a limited amount of time to work your accounts. Just say, "Let's try this on a trail basis and see how it goes." Two to three months is plenty of time to know if the agency is going to be able to do a good job for you.

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