Monday, 13 August 2012

Taking a Hiatus

I have been feeling rather stressed lately in terms of not getting "Cooking 101" out by this time, but have decided in order to make it better I really do need to have more time. Summer is always a busy time for me with the garden, helping my Dad and trying to keep on top of my own acreage work. We also sheared alpacas so I have fleece to process now, which will be a whole new experience for me.

In addition to the above, I am also in month number three of the HubPages Apprenticeship Program. It is a program in which I write articles, get paid for each one I submit and earn an additional ongoing revenue based on views. I am also learning more about choosing titles, using HP capsules and SEO. It is an intensive program which I am determined to complete; so in order to do so I have to put something on the back burner. Learning more about SEO will help with my books as well, so I feel the hiatus will be worth it.

My family and I are also taking a mini-vacation in less than a week to Jasper National Park. We have a cabin booked right up at Miette Hot Springs, which will be a nice treat for all of us. I am looking forward to some relaxation time; perhaps even do some writing just for me.

I will keep you all posted on the progress of the Homemaker Helper Series, but for the moment it is being put on hold. I will be working on it off and on; just not releasing any new books for a little while.

Stay tuned for posts on my Alpaca Fiber processing adventures; I will be trying my hand at carding, spinning and felting as soon as I get the proper equipment.

Have a great day!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Home Based Business

Do you currently operate a Home-Based Business? If so, do you sell products or services? Do you have an outlet for your products?

The reason I am asking these questions is because I recently stumbled upon (or should I say, was re-introduced to) a business I can run in addition to my writing/freelancing career. The best part is I can sell my work through the company and earn extra income that way as well.

The company I am referring to is SFI (Strong Future International). I joined several years ago, but let my membership slide. I was very impatient and was not as knowledgeable in terms of marketing and the internet in general. I do admit I was expecting the dollars to start rolling in almost immediately, and became a little disgruntled when they didn't. Being a brick-and-mortar business owner when my children were younger, I should have known it takes time to build a business. Needless to say, I am giving it another chance.

Once I realized I could incorporate what I am already doing in terms of writing and social networking, becoming an SFI Affiliate did not seem so difficult after all. The best part is, it is free to join. There is never any obligation to buy anything. However, each affiliate must earn a minimum number of points per month to be entitled to the perks of the company. These points are easily earned the first month, as they give you every opportunity to benefit from all of the training materials provided.

After the first month you should have started to build a downline of your own, which in turn translates into more points for you. This is a no-risk opportunity, and with the utilization of the internet anyone can be successful at it. It will require some effort on your part, but in time the rewards will be well worth it. I started again at the end of June, and earned Executive Affiliate Status by mid-July. If my calculations are correct, I have made Bronze Team Leader (I will know for sure by mid-August).

There are several ways to earn money with SFI, but the most popular and by far the easiest is to sell TripleClicks Credits. With TC Credits, you can bid on the various Pricebenders Auctions which run throughout the day. As an affiliate you have the option to sell these credits to others, thus turning a portion of the sale into commissions for you. For a better look and understanding of the Pricebenders Auctions, click here. As I write this, the current auction is for 50 CSAs (Co-Sponsored Affiliates) - a win of this auction will increase my commissions considerably. (I do have to say, I have been outbid this round - it looks like I will be needing to add to my TC Credits as well.) I put a cap on how many TC Credits I use per auction; if I didn't I would use them all on one item. I capped this particular auction at 4 credits; tomorrow is a new day.

In addition to earning with the Pricebenders Auction Credits, you can also earn by displaying the TripleClicks decal on your car. Participation is this is free as well, but there is a small shipping and handling fee (less than $2.00) for the decal and other information. I am anticipating a small deposit from my participation in the Wave3 program. For those of you who spent a lot of time on the road, this is an ideal option for you.

Regular sponsorships and listing your own products in the TripleClicks Store will increase earnings exponetially if utilized properly. Keep in mind I make no guarantees in terms of earnings, but if you put forth the effort the earnings will follow. If you have an idea of how much you wish to make, there is an earnings calculator on the membership page as well. Go ahead, give it a have nothing to lose and everything to gain. For the SFI main sign-up page, click here.

Good luck, and I look forward to you joining my team. Have a great day!