Opportunities to Work at Home for No Fee

Computers and the Internet have opened many possibilities for working at home that were previously impractical. Some of these jobs can be fully performed online, others with a combination of phone and computer, and still others partially performed online.

Such jobs can be full time (sometimes with benefits like insurance), regular part time, or freelance.

I. Know what you're looking for: job or business

So as to avoid confusion, we are distinguishing here between a job with an employer or independent contractor (for freelance work) on the one side and an being an independent business owner working directly for customers and clients on the other.

In the latter case, one is expected to provide whatever money, equipment, resources, inventory, housing, and so on that are necessary or convenient for customers and clients to purchase what you offer. For example in a typical work multi-level marketing business opportunity, there may be fees for joining, housing at least a minimum of company inventory for display purposes, brochures, website extension, training, or whatever. Or if you own a shoe store franchise, you pay to lease space and pay wholesale for shoes that you hope to sell for retail prices.

That is not what we are talking about. If you are being hired as a regular employee or land a contract for a freelance project, why would your employer demand a fee from you as a condition for being hired to do work for which your employer pays you? Does that make sense? No

II. What fees may be for

The reason I mention that is that online there are a lot of work at home opportunities that start by asking for a fee or investment of some kind upfront in order to make money.

Fees make sense for independent business owners, not for employees … unless we are talking about fees for something else.

For example in the case of the reputable Arise.com, fees are charged for a background check on the applicant and for training to become credentialed in online and at-home customer service work. A bit of equipment is needed too, such as a landline and headset with microphone.

That way Arise can assure potential employers that their at-home customer service workers meet certain minimum standards and are equipped for the kinds of positions the employers want filled. A bit like paying tuition for a college degree.

You may not want to pay such fees, but at least their purpose is legitimate and understandable.

Among less reputable companies offering work at home opportunities, the purpose of the fees may be hidden … and the promises great. They promise much, take your money, and then deliver less than as promised … and often, good luck getting a refund.

At other times the fees (like on some job boards) may be to advertise your need for a work at home job or for training materials or help making a resume, and these may be helpful or not your cup of tea.

III. Some "no fee" opportunities

In the former case, take Elance.com, oDesk.com, and Guru.com, each for freelance work. These sites (and others like them) are clear homes that connect people who are willing to pay for whatever project they want done with those ready and capable to do the project. There are fees for the ones looking wanting to get paid for work, but there are less attractive "no fee" membership versions.

Check out Fiverr.com for a similar similar "no fee" arrangement.

Another idea is to apply for a position advertised for a business site, but request it be moved to a home setting. This will not suit many jobs, so be sure it is feasible. If one already has the position, it would be easier to know if it could be moved to your home.

An employer might be persuaded if he or she could pay a lower salary on account of the absence of commuter costs and possibly office overhead costs. You will need to provide some justification as to why the job could be performed at least as efficiently at home. You employer may need to make special arrangements, such as lending you equipment or granting remote database access or shuttling paperwork, so consider that also.

As examples, writing (website pages, blog posts, textbooks, white papers, etc.), computer coding, language translation, some data entry (beware of scams!) And transcription, sales, and tutoring may become work at home jobs for no fee. But in the end, your creativity and persistence is key to the pay off.

So Just What is Affiliate Marketing?

I had a conversation with a friend today about a new web site that we're planning for him. I brought up the subject of "Affiliate Marketing" and suggested that we incorporated that into his new site.

His response was familiar, as I find that most people do not really understand what affiliate marketing is and how it can add revenue to your bottom line. Here is this article to try and shed a little light on the subject.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing, simply put, is when you Sell Other People's Stuff (SOPS). This can really be as simple as making a recommendation on your web site and getting rewarded for it.

Now, word-of-mouth-marketing has been around forever. Think about how many times you go to see a good movie or eat at a great new restaurant and then tell your friends about it. This is all great and happens everyday. Unfortunately in most cases, however, there is no easy way for that movie theater, restaurant, (or any other brick and mortar business) to track your referral and reward you for it. Would not it be great if they could, and they would send you some money for every referral you sent them ??

Affiliate Marketing works in an online world because technology allows the online merchant to track the referrals that you send to their web site through a special link, and if that referral purchases something … the merchant can then compensate you for the referral.

Let's take Amazon.com as an example. Obviously Amazon.com sells a lot of things, so a lot of different types of companies could benefit from their selection. You can sign up for their affiliate program (Amazon calls it Associates Program). Once you sign up, their system allows you to create special links to specific products on their site or groups of products. This special link has your affiliate ID in it – so it knows who is sending them business.

You can then take that link and put it somewhere on your web site. It can be part of a product review, it could have been embedded in a blog post, or it could have been a banner too. Lots of options.

If someone clicks on that special link and purchases a product from Amazon.com – you get referral credit and they pay you a commission. You simply provided the recommendation and the link – and Amazon took the order, ships the product and handles all the customer service. How cool is that?

There are thousands of merchants who have affiliate programs. Usually you look for a link called Affliate Program or something along those lines. You do not even have to have a web site to participate in some affiliate programs. You can send out your special affiliate link in an email newsletter or post it on your social networking sites or use a Pay per click campaign. Again, the link contains all the information the online merchant needs to track your referrals and pay you if your referral makes a purchase.

Why am I a believer in Affiliate Marketing?

Because I've seen it can be a very important part of a company's revenue stream – on both ends of the spectrum. I've built ecommerce businesses using Affiliate Marketing as the main marketing tool, and I also currently receive a nice portion of my revenue every month from promoting other people's stuff.

So here's how to get started;

* identify merchants that have affiliate marketing programs and products within your industry and sign up for their programs. Continuity programs are great too (like our membership training program) – where you get paid every month for referring someone.

* you can also join affiliate networks such as Linkshare.com or Commission Junction, or clickbank.com. These networks represent hundreds of merchants in one place, so it is easier to join programs and manage links.

* setup a website so you have somewhere to put product reviews and of course the special links (recommended, but not always necessary).

* create the links to specific products or sites using the merchants affiliate marketing tools.

* Place these links on your website, in your email newsletter, on your social networking sites, etc.

* Do not spam, especially on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. I've seen people post their same affiliate link on their Twitter profile 10-15 times in a row – to the point of making you want to unfollow them in a hurry. Instead, add value in other ways, be part of the community, and every once in a while post an affiliate link.

Targeted E-Commerce – 3 Important Points on How to Get Started With E-Commerce

E-commerce is the latest and the newest craze in all points of the world. A lot of people are venturing into e-commerce for so many reasons that are better not to be elaborated at this time. But what is important about e-commerce as the next business medium is that it is capable of providing a better avenue to conduct business to almost all prospective clients there is in the world. For this reason, a lot of people are being goed into jumpstarting a career in the arena of e-commerce. So, if you really are thinking about venturing into this, you may need to take some of these pointsers:

a. If you want to do well in e-commerce, show your targeted clients that you are the most trusted and established business site that they can deal with. It is essential for people to trust the e-commerce because of the virtual medium that is being used on the net. You do not really see who you are dealing with and therefore trust is an imminent factor to have.

b. When you are engaged on e-commerce do not think that sending bulk e-mail to people is something that is allowed and pardonable, just because the technology is there. You need to respect also the privacy of your targeted clients by seeking permission from them if you want to send e-mail to them. And never ever send an e-mail that is deemed unsolicited.

c. If you are determined to be on e-commerce, then it is essential that you come up with an appealing and an attractive name. Giving your e-commerce business site a name that has mass appeal is something that will yield more visits and potential clients because of its name. There is something about names that make people entrenched and attracted, so take advantage of that human nature.

Using Twitter to Promote Your Silent Auction

If you are running a charity and haven’t started using the power of Social Media then it is time to get started. There are so many advantages to having a presence in Social Media that it would fill a book, but we are going to talk about that here, we focusing on just trying to promote your silent auction through using just Twitter, not even your Facebook Fan Page.

First thing to do is try to start the buzz for your silent auction event way before it is ever happening. Start with sending out updates to when the auction will be taking place. But the goal here is to try to keep it vague. You want to have a reason for your twitter followers to want to click on your link leading to your website. It isn’t enough to just put up that you have made a new blog post. It has be intriguing and make people almost not feel complete without clicking on the link in your tweet. For example you could do something of the following:

(Your Charity) gets involved with Elves, Turkeys & Lots of Wine, What is Going ON? (put the link here)

Now from this tweet it is hard to not be curious to what exactly you are talking about. It sounds so ludicrous, that to just let that tweet go on by is not going to be easy. Anybody would want to see what is going on with this. When the person lands on the weblink you included with the tweet you will want to take them to a page that is a blog post about your upcoming Christmas gala, where of course you will probably have Christmas decor, some turkey to eat and then of course a bar. Once they get to the page there is a sense of relief to finding out it is a silent auction. However it is a great idea to have people be placed on your charities mailing list to see about further information coming out soon.

Once people start to join your mailing list you can see if they can help you with getting items donated or getting them involved one way or another. The goal here is to develop the relationship through twitter and then move them to your mailing list, where they can keep up with all of the things you will be doing at your charity event.

Another way to use Twitter once you start getting items in for your silent auction is to tweet about the items that will be on display. This might encourage people to want to attend just so they can bid on that item. While at the same time it is giving your charity more exposure for the event, while still sending out interesting tweets and not just boring everyday news.

There are many other ways to really get your charity exposure on twitter for the upcoming silent auction but you will just have to get creative. One that seems to work really well is using the power of tweetpic and doing a kind of picture diary of the setting up of the event all the way to the end of the event and breaking it down. Doing updates every day or so, people will tend to wait for your tweets if this is the case, and pictures and videos have a lot better chance of being retweeted than say regular text will ever have.