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Windows 10 Upgrade On My Home Based Business PC

Not looking forward to it.

Seriously.

But…

That is one of the thrills of working from home, being on several learning curves at once. Proper diet and working from home I am certain is a good recipe for preventing Alzheimer’s.

I hesitated for a bit but everything I read said 4GB was plenty on my PCs.  My next incarnation is going to be a 32GB memory monster but I am so busy with other projects right now I cannot put in the time. I like building my own boxes although I am might tempted to just buy one that is DONE.

Wish me luck!

Tim

UPDATE:

Well, I have to say, I am pleased. The interface is different, but I think I am going to like it. I could not for the life of me find Internet Explorer 11 for a couple of reasons.

  1. That Edge is its replacement was something I missed. I tend to be focused on the intricacies of SEO, social media and the price of gold and silver. That being the full plate that it is, I missed out on Internet Explorer being retired in Windows 10.
  2. I am hard headed and don’t like being told what to do and to use. I saw my Google Chrome links on my desktop and did not want to use it.

Then, I did a genius search asking Google ‘What is the best browser for Windows 10?”

I came up with this link, which, not really surprisingly said Chrome was the best. What did surprise me, again, because of my being focused on other things besides the latest fashion hysterics amongst Microsoft Corporation Interface fashionistas was that Internet Explorer came in dead last on nearly every performance test.

Also, this link gives you the option of joining ZD Net and getting a free guide called ‘How To Get The Most Out of Windows 10 File Explorer.

I  mean, wow.

Edge did come in a dragging second, but judging from the way it opens my pages, I frankly hope everyone uses Chrome. I will re-optimize, of course. Thing is, with Chrome, little seems to me needed.

Best Regards,

home based business

Tim Singleton

 

Online Marketing Tools You Need For Your Business

Online Marketing Tools for Small Business

Online marketing tools for small business are all over the place. They range in price from free to tens of thousands of dollars. Some are subscription based.

Some of the pricey ones are a total waste of time while some of the free online marketing tools are indispensable and cannot be done without.

Some are so arcane in their application that really, they should not be offered in a broadcast way.

A small business owner who simply wants to know how to connect to his customers has no business buying web analytics research papers commissioned by someone like eBay for which he is charged several thousands of dollars.

He or she likely won’t read it. If they do, they won’t understand it. If they do understand it, it is likely it presents no actionable information based on his or her business.

It is a waste in my opinion.

Nope, the small business owner needs to recognize what the successful online marketers continue to say:

“The money is in your list. Building your list is more important than just about anything.”

Your list is composed of the folks who read your newsletter, your blog. They do LOLs at the cat pictures you post on your Facebook profile.

The people on your list are the people who have said to you, “I want to hear what you have to say.”

Making Your Brand Stand Out

Yes, your brand. If you are not up to speed on the concept, many small businesses and entrepreneurs of all stripes are not, you need to focus on this.

What is my brand? What does it mean to my customers? What do people think of when they see my company name, logo, me running around in my truck?

Embrace the idea that your brand speaks for you and your company. If you don’t have a plan, that’s okay. MLSP does have a plan and its track record is quite impressive.

You need to build your set of web marketing tools so that you can build your brand effectively. Doing one thing this week and flittering over to something else next week is going to result in your online advertising tools never having the time to work and your brand remaining undeveloped.

Email Marketing Tools

Email marketing tools can include an autoresponder that automatically sends a thank you email to those who sign up to receive your newsletter or to be notified when you update your blog.

It can also include an automated set of sales letters in a set that are sent out every so many days until the prospect buys or calls it quits.

It is said that the money is in the list…and in the follow up. A Customer Relationship Management product helps with the follow up.

You are running a business. You’re going to need a Customer Relationship Management package. Here’s the one I use.

It provides more power than many packages costing ten times as much.

SEO Tools

Your online marketing tools are going to have to include SEO tools so that you can give Google a reason to send people to your page. A couple of quickie notes that will help:

  • Google loves WordPress.
  • Common wisdom says an article should be between 300 and 750 words.
  • While you will need to use your keyword in the title and in the body of your post, don’t overdo it. Too high an incidence of your keyword and Google will consider it keyword stuffing and penalize you.
  • OnlyWire is a good place to share your articles once your write them. You can pay like $60 bucks and set up a thousand links to which you can post your articles for exposure.

If you enjoyed reading this, please comment and share. If you have questions about anything I shared here, please feel free to ask.

Best Regards,

online marketing tools

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

 

A Quick Link to a Few Awesome Resources

Blogging Resources and Training

You need to go here and review the Blogging – 3Min Expert – Attraction Marketing Edition course. I purchased it and am more than pleased at the depth of education it provides guided by the man who is arguably THE greatest blogger rolling right now. Making money blogging without the use of paid advertising is not only the dream of all bloggers, it is a necessity to many. This will help.

Still struggling with this? Check this out. The Authority Content package supplies you with done for you, unique to you, high quality articles on a daily basis.

Just a quickie!

Tim

Tax Time: Having A Small Business Helps

Start A Business To Reduce Taxes?

Creating a business for tax purposes is an excellent thing to do because the side business deductions can significantly impact your final tax bill.

Now, I know the issue makes a few folks twitchy because you see news stories and made for TV movies about folks having trouble with the tax man.

I know how you feel. I felt the same way.

After doing my due diligence and researching the issue I found that the time and effort required to keep proper records to take advantage  of the tax law also gave me additional tools and information I needed to make my household a more profitable enterprise.

What Is An Eligible Small Business for Tax Purposes?

I don’t think it matters too awfully much. As long as your business is a legitimate business providing goods and services to your customers and it is run from your home I would think it eligible for using as a source of deductions to reduce your tax bill.

Now, having said that let me add this. While I am not a tax professional it is my understanding that after some period of time your business has to generate some kind of income in order for you to continue to use it to generate income tax deductions.

Besides, you have the business, right? You might as well try to make it profitable.

So, it is my opinion that the best business for tax purposes is one that sells products or services about which you are truly excited about using and representing.  If you like what you are selling and believe it to be of value to your clients then the question of which business is best for your tax situation becomes irrelevant

Your Tax Team

You are going to need a tax team of qualified professionals and I am not on it. That is my way of saying I am providing this in an effort to help but you will need your own trained professionals to help you when it comes down to keeping records and filing.

Years ago I was an agent with Northwestern Mutual Life. One of the things drilled into me was that no one can do everything and that the best plans come from teams of professionals.

Your team should consist of the following:

  1. Accountant.
  2. Tax attorney.
  3. Banker.
  4. Life insurance Agent.

You probably won’t need them all starting out but as your business becomes profitable the choices and options expand greatly.  The four types of professionals working together can create a quite strong set of protections between your wealth and those who like to confiscate it.

Tools for Tax Savings

As we discussed above you will need to hire talent. I don’t mean like a full time accountant. You will just need to begin to develop relationships with local professionals so when you have a problem you already know where to go.

In an effort to find ways to reduce taxable income small business owners will have to invest in not only talent, but also some tools.

Quicken or QuickBooks or similar software packages are essential. You won’t understand everything at once but as time goes on and you develop a need for the capabilities of the software it will come.

Which accounting software are you going to use? Money? Quicken?

You might want to get your accountant person in place first, then ask them which one they use. It will save time and you have someone to ask question of besides the software’s helpline which is generally not staffed by accountants.

How are you going to keep records? I use Day Timer but the Franklin Planner or Day Runner are fine, too. You may go through several until you find the one suited to your brain. How will you know? Because it will be one you finally start using every day.

How are you going to manage your relationships with your customers? A CRM, or Customer Relationship Management package is essential. It is my opinion there is a 100% chance you will leave money and lose customers if you do not use a CRM. These can be expensive.  Here is the CRM I use.

Business Loss Tax Deduction Limit

  • You can deduct as many expenses as you incur for the year.
  • If you have income as an employee, you can deduct business expenses that exceed your business income from your regular income.

There are also ways to carry losses forward but that is a subject for you accountant. As you build your business and it becomes successful the issue of how to reduce taxes for high income earners will move from being an issue that puts you out like a light to one that makes you light up like a Christmas tree with excitement.

Here’s to keeping more of what you earn,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

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When You Don’t Feel Like Working

When You Don’t Feel Like Working

Straight disclosure, the inspiration for this article is one by Ray Higdon, one of those I consider a mentor and go to guy on a number of things. His article was entitled ‘What to do When you Just don’t “Feel Like It.”’

Struggling as I have been from an on the job injury and the reluctance to do the right thing on the part of those responsible I have found myself caught between enduring the constant pain of bone on bone pain combined with burning numbness in other areas or taking the medications needed to ease such sufferings. In either case, I simply do not feel like doing what I need to do.

Please take note, I am using the present tense on purpose and with purpose.

Well, guess what? The universe does not care. Even those who say they do will get tired of hearing about it so you might as well’s to man up and do what you know you need to do, ‘feeling like it’ or not.

Nobody Feels Like It

There is not one super successful person who got that way by only working on the days they ‘feel like it.’

I should not have had to have Ray tell me this, but well, hey, it is what it is and I am grateful for the instruction.

It’s embarrassing, really. There is a lady in the Philippines who went direct on a limited product line, from a wheelchair. I am at least walking. It is an ugly walk and I look like I am crossing a deck in 30+’ seas, but I am walking on my on power still. Cannot lift much and cannot move fast but at least I am still moving on my own power.

…so screw this “I don’t feel like it” crap.

I don’t feel like going somewhere 8 hours on many days in order for someone else to tell me what to do all day, either. But I do it because I REALLY don’t feel like not eating or not paying my bills.

Super Successful People MAKE Themselves Feel Like It

Folks like Ray, Rob and Brian are just like you and me. The blood flows through their veins and when they get tired or upset or aggravated, they, too, feel the blood pounding in their heads.

Ray lost it all in the real estate crash. Rob thought he was going to die and leave his family destitute. Brian was a youngen who, at a young age, got a very clear vision of what it would be like to be someone else’s indentured servant until he is my age, like I was, and said, “No. Thanks ever so much for thinking of me, but…hell, no.”

I Don’t Feel Like It Days

On days you don’t feel like it, those are the days when you double down and scream at the universe, metaphorically or actually, as you like… You scream at the universe that you are going to do it anyways.

The ‘I Don’t Feel Like It Days’ are the days that either condemn you to spend your life with the ones who don’t even try or separate you from the wishers and wannabes and reward you with laurels given to those who ran the race anyways and won.

Below are some links to training I have used, personally use and have profited from.

Blogging – 3Min Expert – Attraction Marketing Edition

23 Productivity Secrets ($9)   ← $9, Wow!

Best Regards,

Tim and MaryJane

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

 

 

Twitter Training!

Twitter

Twitter is dear to my heart, folks.

Why?

Because unlike on Facebook where everyone is a Constitutional Scholar, an economics professor and a rocket scientist holding forth regularly, on Twitter you have to be disciplined.

You have exactly 140 characters to make your case and point them to a link to which you hope they will go.

140 characters.

Twitter Manners

Folks seem to be nice on twitter. Perhaps that is because you can use your 140 in a flash rage or you can civilize your response and probably wind with a better result.

We are told on our blogs that it does not pay to bounce around. You need to stay on point. From what I have seen, that is good advice to use in your tweets, too. I suppose it is okay to occasionally tweet about something off topic, but as I think about it a separate personal Twitter account separate from your business account is a good way to go.

Twitter Training

Twitter Marketing Training

Finding a Twitter for business training course that works is maybe not so easy.  A conversation with a well known multiple six figure earner indicated that many times all efforts will go unanswered and unrewarded.

If, like me, you like Twitter and would like to gain some more insight and knowledge on how to use this concise social media platform for marketing or for your business in general, then you need to go here and sign up for tomorrow’s webinar.   I did.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

Again, click here to go to the Twitter training tomorrow night. -Tim

How To Study

How To Study, A Method Called SQR3

The buses are rolling again. Fall is around the corner and parents are relishing the once again quiet of an empty house.

Kids look forward to going back to school with varying levels of anxiety and anticipation. A big part of their anxiety is rooted in their lack of true study skills.

This post is about fixing that problem.

Steps To Successful Studying

There is a five step study method that has been taught by teachers who want their kids to succeed. Its acronym is very easy to remember and helps one recall each stage. SQR3 is the acronym.

SQR3 steps are:

  1. Survey
  2. Question
  3. Read
  4. Recite
  5. Review

Using Survey To Get Started

The definition of the word ‘survey’ is to look carefully and thoroughly at someone or something, especially so as to appraise them. In our case that something is the material that you are trying to master.

I think it helpful to list a few synonyms. Making the decision to ‘survey’ a thing is not a daily routine for most. Survey is generally thought of as a ‘poll.’ As in, “We are taking a ‘survey’ or we are taking a ‘poll.’

Here are those I think will help you survey your study materials efficiently.

    • contemplate
    • scrutinize
    • inspect
    • scan
    • look over
    • consider

Basically, to survey the material you should just flip the pages, scanning to learn about how the material is organized.

Does it have comment boxes surrounded by borders?

Does it have boxes marked “Important Tip” or something similar?

Lots of times there will be boxes in the margins entitled things like “Did you know?” “Something to think about.” Anytime you see this, you know the author thinks this is particularly relevant the subject. You are also likely to see this information on the test, so, you are forewarned.

Question

Ask yourself:

      • What is this material about?
      • Why is this important to me? (Aside from passing a test.)

What does it seem to be saying is important? What is it that the author is trying to teach me? Make a few notes about things that seem to stand out.

Read

Read the material. Do I mean just speed read while your favorite show is taking half your attention? While I suppose it would be better than nothing I doubt it will maximize your comprehension.

When I say read, I mean:

      1. Immerse yourself in it.
      2. If there are audiovisual resources or other resources listed on line, make sure to watch or read them all.
      3. Read at a comfortable pace, moving back and forth in the material, looking for connections amongst the various points made.
      4. Take your time, moving slowly enough to absorb the material, fast enough to keep yourself from getting bored.

Recite

Recite means to read the material out loud. Recite it to the world through the main window. Recite it to your dog. I am sure he will love the attention. Recite it while sitting …everywhere you sit.

Why? You know, I do not have an authoritative explanation, but I do have some thoughts on the matter.

Reading only involves he sense of sight and to a much lesser degree, touch.

Reciting:

      • Involves the sense of sight as does reading.
      • It also involves the sense of sound.
      • If you pace when you recite you are tying all kinds of sensory input to the material.

To sum it up, your eyes see it. Your ears hear it again directing the knowledge to your brain through a second channel. If you pace as you recite you are tying the knowledge to even more sensory input.

Review

Now that you have completed this process, review what it is you now know. How much do you think you have learned? This process can be repeated until you are satisfied with your retention.

Closing Comments

Folks tend to learn best when their studying is disciplined and regular. A fixed study time is helpful because setting one teaches the brain to quickly drop into a learning mode at the appointed time.

Also, they tend to retain smaller chunks of knowledge at a time so pick a time period somewhere between 15 minutes and an hour.

As long as it presents no health problems for you, eating just a little bit of sweet, like a teaspoon of honey, before each study period can enhance retention and comprehension. Why? Most likely it is because the brain is 90% fat by weight and uses exclusively glucose as an energy source.

While it is not part of the SQR3 method per se, I have found it helpful to take intense notes during class and apply the SQR3 method to my notes as well. Using highlighters, clips and post its can also further enhance retention by providing more things to which information can be attached.

I really hope this helps. It is applicable to any and every thing which one wants to master, whether we are talking about 6th grade civics class or PDFs on how to master SEO or how to work from home.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

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What To Write About In Your Blog

writers-block-37580802What Do I Write About In My Blog?

Not knowing what to write about is a common complaint amongst those who are new to the world of blogging. They may be new to blogging, or maybe not so new.

A couple of general tips on what to avoid going in:

  1. Write about whatever you are interested in.
  2. Just write everyday
  3. SEO is a waste of time.

Write About Your Interests

While it is true you should write about that which interests you, you really should make sure your topics are in the same area. For instance, writing about the best dog house one day  and the best mac and cheese recipe the next is not going to earn you many points with Google.

If you are into gold sales, affiliate marketing and MLM, as I am, then all your posts should be along the lines of those subjects.

Just Write Everyday

Writing everyday is a wonderful goal. Unless you don’t have a job there are going to be nights where your eyes are just so sandy you will not be able to keep your focus long enough to do anything but wake up ever 15 minutes when you head hits the keyboard.

I know. I have literally banged my face on my keyboard trying to blog while exhausted from being at work all day.

A much better approach, seems to me, is to write 3 to 5 good quality posts a week. Put some thought into an article. Do a YouTube video and tie them together with links. Add some relevant photos to the body of the blog.

I really do believe, Facebook notwithstanding, that a little attention to detail, to proper grammar and to interesting content that has some real value to your audience will have huge returns in terms of trust between you and your audience.

People buy from those they trust.

SEO Is A Waste of Time

The folks who say SEO is a waste of time are wrong. Sure, there are a few folks who do not do SEO and have enjoyed a world of success. Learn it and prosper more quickly is all I can say.

Learning Google’s likes and dislikes can do nothing but increase your profitability in a much shorter time frame.

Invest, Learn, Teach

Easy as pie, something you can do to recoup some of your investments in all those courses you have bought and paid for.

Do a scan of you hard drive …let me rephrase that. Do a ‘search’ on your hard drive for all files named *.pdf.

You invested time and probably some time into them. If they were profitable to you in any way, take some time and figure out how it was this material helped you. Determine what it was you learned.

Write a blog and teach others what you have learned. This makes you an expert in eyes of the 99% of folks who do not know what you now know and you are providing them with value in return for them reading your post.

Top Ten Lists

All those motivational and business books you have been reading and collecting? The lion’s share of them have some kind of top five or ten lists on some business related issue. Take that top ten list and turn it into a blog post.

Top Ten Lists Rock for Blog PostsFolks love top ten lists. A list takes a ton of information and condenses it down to a quickly mastered distillation of valuable knowledge.  These lists often give you a road map for discovering things you need to know.

Don’t have so many books or are in a tight? Your public library astonishingly has most of these books on their shelves and that is free. Make a run by your local bookstore to see what is hot and then check with your library. If they don’t have it they can generally get it by inter-library loan in a few days.

If this helps you, please comment and share.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

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The Price of Gold Is Up! Horrors! The Price of Gold Is Down? Horrors, Take 2!

Ever notice that no matter WHAT gold is doing, it bodes ominously for the economy and the fate of mankind?

Watch the news; no matter which way metals are moving it is a terrible thing.

My opinion?  …and let me be clear, it is an opinion.

First, quit listening to the television.

Most of the financial experts are on the air because of their ‘gravitas’ ( a solid gag me until I die word if ever there were one) and not because of their ability to call accurately.

Second, keep buying, up or down. Call it dollar cost averaging like in the old days.

If the price is going up, it means what you have already purchased is worth more.

If it goes down, use it as a reason to buy MORE.

People run around bemoaning the fact that the price is so low, that the price of gold is being suppressed by manipulators at J.P. Morgan and like organizations.

So?

If that is true I say we celebrate and act like the capitalists we claim to be and pick up a stack.

I say you should quit worrying about the price of gold and silver and start worrying about coming into possession of a certain number of ounces, in your PERSONAL possession.

Here are my reasons why:

1. Focusing on grains, grams or ounces takes your mind off the theoretical price and onto something you can see taking shape right in front of you. Can you imagine being in possession of a green box of gold or silver? I can.

2. Physical ownership makes things safer and more secure for you should something really bad happen in the world. Shares in some vault makes me skittish. I am not saying you should not do this as I don’t know your situation. I AM saying at least some significant double digit percentage of your metals should be close enough to lay your hands on them anyways.

Best Regards,

Tim

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Karatbars

Sometimes when you sit down to write, your brain gives you the universal sign for peace and there you sit.

You might even manage to hash out a blog post straining through the mental equivalent of having eaten too much cheese. It’s no fun, you don’t enjoy the process and you know the end product ain’t right.

No one reads it; folks know constipated composition when they see it.

Having tried for three days to write a good post on Karatbars, progress was finally made when I went out searching for the term ‘Who is succeeding in Karatbars?’ Yes, it was a fiddling day.

I left a comment on one fellow’s blog where he wrote an excellent post.

I looked at my comment and realized I had written the post I was struggling to write while I was not looking or paying attention.

Here ’tis.

Why Karatbars

Karatbars is something that I joined for free. Nothing was done because I was sooooo busy chasing selling 100% commission digital products.

Frittered about with Karatbars a bit because I like its premise, which is selling gold in affordable amounts so that ordinary people, like you and me, on an ordinary budget can protect ourselves and our loved ones from the wealth transfer that looms over us all like the digital tsunami that hangs over the American coasts in all the disaster movies.

Financial tsunami

Even now we all see it.

It’s right there.

We all act as though it is digital

It is not digital.

The debt tsunami is very real and it will break sooner or later.

KaratBars Appeal

I was totally shocked when someone signed up under me last week with no effort on my part. I am taking that as a sign to get serious about Karatbars.

That is appealing; that is sexy.

LBMA means Karatbars can be used to settle debts, even with banks.
LBMA means Karatbars can be used to settle debts, even with banks.

Selling digital products is a fine business. I am proud of all the digital products I have sold because the product themselves are not the point, but what they do is.

Not all digital products are created equal. It seems to me that a lot of businesses are based on the idea of buy xyz digital product that teaches you to sell xyz digital product so that Joe Bob can buy it from you and learn to sell xyz digital product to Bobbie Sue so she can do the same.

Yeah, you have sold a product but so has the fellow who sells you envelopes to stuff. At their core,  many digital products are not much different from an envelope. This appeals to folks looking for the easy way out and they never stick.

Karatbars sells the purest form of money; you cannot do better than that for a product.

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You Want To Protect Your Family

This goes without saying, but we will anyway.

You want to protect your family, right?

Increasingly, you feel a growing unease about the future, correct?

Who wouldn’t? Many feel we are watching civilization disintegrate.

You saw the Baltimore violence. Did the mayor really tell her police force to stand down so there could be an outlet for destruction? You be the judge as to what that means for the future.

You see the tsunami, standing there, glistening in the sun hardly moving.

What will you do when the economic wizards who built it in the first  place can no longer hold it in place?

By the way, those wizards are buying gold hand over fist while they tell you not to worry.

Numbers don't lie

You want to go here, learn about how simply, easily and affordably you can protect your family from the future that has already been written.

Karatbars was designed specifically to help you help your family.

Regards

Tim and MaryJane

 

 

 

Tim