October 26, 2008

WIFI on the Go

If you have a laptop and are looking to use the internet when you are away from your home or office, look into WIFI. WIFI is a way for your laptop computer to easily access the internet from any place that offers a wifi hot spot.

WIFI has been around for a few years, but since the technology has expanded and has become affordable, more and more people are using it. Wifi hot spots are popping up all over America and today, there are several cities that are making their entire area one huge wifi hot spot so that everyone can enjoy internet access whether they are at home, at the office or at the park.

Wifi usually only requires a wifi card to enable internet access. Most laptop computers today come with these wifi components already built in. A wifi hot spot is very easy to find and most cafs and restaurants set up their own wifi hot spots so that customers can bring in their computers and surf the web while purchasing coffee or lunch. Many hotels and airports are also adding wifi hotspots. Many of these hot spots charge for using the service. Usually the cost can be $5 to $10 an hour or a small fee for a day or months unlimited use. So if you are looking for a great way to access the internet no matter where you are, check out wifi.

October 23, 2008

Build a Home Office with the Right Office Tools

If you have a small business, then you probably are working from the privacy and comfort of your own home or apartment. Many people that start out a business, usually start their business out small and then build it. Most people call home their office for the first few years or a lifetime, if there business is primarily a function to supplement their income. If you are working in a home office, you need the right office tools to make your work more efficient, economical and look professional.

Most people usually start out with a computer system. After all, computers are the most versatile office tools ever created. Not only are they great for email and spread sheets they also are the heart of your ecommerce business.

It is also important to have computer accessories such as a scanner for scanning and recording important papers and a printer for copying out documents or computer created receipts.

If you have an auction site business, look into a professional label printer. Many shipping services such as UPS can rent you a true professional printer for only a few dollars a month. These label printers can save you time and money on shipping out products.

Another great tool to have in your office is a postage scale. If you ever want to figure out how much an item weighs or costs before selling it, then a postage scale is a great idea. So if you are building a home office, make sure that you include the right tools.

October 12, 2008

Investing Your Time to Make Money

There is an old saying: "you have to have money to make money." With today's advancements in technology, this could not be further from the case. If you know where to look, then making money just from your time is easy. These type of jobs do not require any skills what so ever, just time.

Now before you get excited, you must know that the majority of people who attempt this do not actually make a fulltime living off of it, no matter what the ads tell you. These types of jobs are good for people such as college students, stay at home moms, or people looking for a small amount of additional income.

Now, take for example, you are walking through the grocery store and you to a booth that is offering a taste of the latest food. Once you finish the sample, the lady behind the booth asks "So how did you like it?" you reply with your answer and she writes it down and give you a coupon for the actual product. Did you know that you just unknowingly took a survey about that product. In much of the same fashion, online business ask you to try their product or service, and then tell them what you liked and did not like about it. This helps companies imporve and tailor their products and services so that they reach the most customers.

One of the largest make money for free is taking surveys. Thousand of programs are available that directs you to the surveys, some of which require a membership fee, while others do not. The membership fees are typically small, usually less then $40. Once you sign up, you will either have a page that you visit daily to check for new surveys, or have new surveys emailed to you as they come in.

Most survey companies will ask about your life situation and your interests. While this may seem nosey, the real reason is so that the company to match you with surveys that match you interests. The more information you provide, the better opportunities you will have.

Some survey's require you to purchase their product or service before you can take the survey. However, once you complete the survey, not only do they pay you for finishing it, but they also reimburse you the amount of money you spent initially.

You will want to take special care when searching for jobs that do not require money. The internet is full of "get rich quick" schemes. While the promotions may seem great, chances are they are either extremely hard to accomplish, or bogus. Another old saying works well in this situation: "It is sounds too good to be true, then it probably is."

So lets say for example you sign up with a survey company. The next day you receive an email telling you that you are eligible for a survey though a popular online video rental website, and you will receive $20.00 for taking the survey. To receive the service, you must pay $9.99 initially, which covers a month of service. One you analyze the service, you will then take the survey. Once the survey is complete, your account will be credited with the $20.00 for taking the survey, and the $9.99 that you spent on the service.

October 9, 2008

Small Business Databases

Many small business collect a lot of information. It is unfortunate that with so much information that small businesses collect it is very difficult for them to use the information optimally. While collecting information is easy, analyzing information can be very difficult if you do not have a database. Here are some tips on using a database to analyze and organize your small business information.

There are many different types of databases applications that you can use, one of the easiest is MS Access. If you already own MS office, then there is a good chance that you also have MS Access. MS Access has received great grades from many people for organizing and analyzing information. For instance, wouldn't it be great to keep track of all your sales, so you can see when the best business time of year is for you or at what hours of each day you sell the most. You can do this very easily.

You can even pinpoint the customers that buy your products by age, location and gender. This would be great information to have when starting an advertising campaign. Many people are blown away at how powerful a database can be for their business. The best part about databases is that they are very easy to use and incredibly easy to sort information. For instance, MS Access offers premade databases for many common small databases use such as product inventory, customer forms and shipping details. So if you have a small business, look into small business databases.

October 4, 2008

Forex Courses

Forex trading is wildly popular as a way to invest from the privacy of your own home. Forex stands for foreign exchange trading and has been growing in popularity the last couple of years. If you would like to get into Forex, here are some tips on finding great courses to learn how to trade Forex.

Forex while easy to understand is not a trading platform that a newbie should enter without the proper training and information. Forex online trading is just like any other investment vehicle; Forex has risks and can cost you dearly if you are not knowledgeable or responsible. If you are interested in Forex, then you should look into courses that teach the basics of Forex as well as how to minimize your risks.

There are plenty of Forex course that either give instruction at a classroom or online. Many people choose to learn the basics of Forex from the privacy of their own home and on their own schedule. There are many Forex classes available and some of them are very affordable at less than $200. You can find them easily on the net, usually just by doing a search, There are some online Forex classes that actually let you sit in on a real trades in session so you can see the process of trading Forex. So if you would like to get into Forex trading, look into Forex courses.