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Volume 1, Issue 4                     Dave Wray
Date: May 21, 2003                  webmaster@work-at-home-ideas.com

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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Editorial: Take A Little, Give A Lot.
2. Article: Am I Normal?
                  -Jackie Ulmer
3. Marketing Tip of the Week: Wear Your Business!
4. Free Resources: Free Web Site Statistics.
5. Q&A: Have any questions?
6. Marketer's Site of the Week: Yours could be here!
7. Feedback
8. Contact Work At Home Ideas

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EDITORIAL:
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Take A Little, Give A Lot

Over the past few months Iíve been busy promoting my website. It has been a lot of hard work, but I feel that one day it will be well worth my efforts! Just the other day I was feeling a bit sorry for myself. I would look at my competitorís sites and think to myself, "How am I EVER going to have a great site like that with such great search engine rankings?!".

You see, these "other" sites that Iím competing against have been in the "game" for several years and here I am, a brand new site, trying to compare my success to theirs! To do as well as your competition, you must do as your competition does. A well known technique is to try and get other sites to link to yours. What does this mean? Well, I go to site A and ask if they would put up my URL on their site. Usually site A will comply happily. If not, you must move on!

While searching for sites to ask for a link I came across an excellent site that I wanted to do business with. Unfortunately, because I was such a new site, the site owner didnít want to deal with me. Well, I sent him an email back feeling kind of sorry for myself and explaining my dilemna.

Believe it or not, the next day he sends me an email saying that not only has he decided to add my site, but that he would do it without charging me the $25 he charges others!! I simply could not believe my eyes!

Since a few days ago I have been receiving 10 visitors to my site per day from his site because he so kindly linked to me for free! Because of his act of kindness I am now going to list his site on my main page, and in my resource directory in position number one. As well, next month I will pay him the $25 he so nicely gave me.

You see folks, sometimes it pays to be nice. Because this webmaster was so kind to me I will not forget it. And, when my site does become larger and more popular I will make sure his site benefits from it! So, when it comes right down to it, if you give a little, you will get a lot in return.

-Dave Wray

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ARTICLE
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Am I Normal?
Written by Jackie Ulmer

Am I Normal? It's 3:00AM and instead of sleeping, I'm trying to figure out how to get listed near the top of the search engines. Am I normal?

Am I normal? I pondered that question this morning while I quickly checked email one last time before shuffling the kids in the car and off to school.

Am I normal? It crossed my mind again while racing back toward my home office as I watched a group of moms head to the bagel shop for coffee and a chat.

Am I normal? This afternoon, as my neighbors talked intensely about the latest episode of ER, my mind kept wandering back to my web site, and I wondered if that was normal.

My mother tells me I should quit thinking about business so much and just enjoy my children, which I do, but I still wonder, am I normal?

Am I normal? My friends look at me as if they've seen an alien when I tell them that I'm never going back to my corporate marketing career. I'm building an Internet empire from my home, would they like one too?

Now, don't get me wrong. I love life and live it to the fullest, with lots of playtime. But, ambition and the challenge of "building the perfect beast" push me relentlessly sometimes. I figure you can relate if you are reading this article. You are looking to create something bigger than yourself, too!

But, it's a crazy world we live in. A world where people have learned to stifle their dreams, their desires, their creativity. We are taught to "settle" for what we are dealt in life. All too often, when we try to move beyond that, those closest to us try to hold us back, save us from ourselves.

"Consider yourself lucky for what you have." "It's a good job and the benefits are great." "The average American family has thousands of dollars in credit card debt." "It's too risky."

I don't know how you feel, but I want to LIVE my dreams, have my heart's desires and allow my creativity to blossom. I want to be my own boss, work in my pj's if I choose, take a four hour lunch to go shopping and fire myself when I'm not measuring up. (Of course, I'm eligible for rehire tomorrow!)

Normal SHOULD be waking up when your body is rested, not when the alarm clock rings. Normal SHOULD be taking a vacation when it fits your family's schedule, not when your seniority allows. It SHOULD be having a parent at home when a child comes home from school.

To me, normal ISN'T sitting in rush hour traffic twice a day. It ISN'T working fifty weeks in exchange for two weeks off a year, or five days on for two days off a week. It ISN'T wearing my name and picture attached to my clothing.

Everyone must determine their own definition of what "normal" is and isn't. For those of us who have decided to step outside the box, take control of our lives and build our own business, normal is anything BUT normal!

Life is full of risks, it's true. But, everything great that has EVER happened has done so with some degree of risk. I don't want to get to the end and WISH I had taken just a few risks.

I'm urging you to take some risks with me! Step up to the plate! Decide what it is you want out of your life and your business and GO FOR IT! FORGET ABOUT NORMAL! Create your own "normal!"

We are at the very beginning of the new millennium! The Internet is overflowing with possibilities, as it breaks all growth records ever set by anything, and it is just not NORMAL!

As I lay in bed, building my empire (business) on my laptop, I realize just how much I love my other-than-normal life. I wouldn't trade it for anything!

The clock says 10:07 PM.
Ahhh, lunch break!

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Jackie Ulmer, a veteran Home Based Business Owner, has coached and trained thousands of representatives both inside and outside of her sales organization. One of her primary goals is to help others succeed. She can be reached through her web sites at
Street Smart Wealth
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MARKETING TIP OF THE WEEK:
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Wear Your Business!

Wear your business? What on earth am I talking about now?? Donít worry, your eyes arenít crossed, you are in fact reading the correct heading!

But what do I mean? I mean EXACTLY what I say, wear your business! I was talking with a marketing friend of mine the other month on the phone and he told me that he had made a shirt for himself. I thought, "Well, big deal!". He then went on to tell me that he made a shirt and on his new shirt he put his company logo on it.

At first I didnít quite understand what he was getting at, but then it clicked. "Wow, thatís brilliant!" Essentially, as he walked around doing his everyday chores he was advertising his business! Now, my friendís business isnít a well known company and let me tell you, he got a lot of attention from it!

He had people coming up to him asking about his company and what it does. People were going to HIM! Now let me ask you this, if you were selling a product or had just formed a company, wouldnít you like people coming up to you to ask you about it?

This is the best kind of advertising because it is not you that has to break the ice and approach people, other people will come to you! Try it, and youíll be absolutely amazed how intrigued and interested people are in what you wear and what youĎre about. You man even make a sale while youíre at it!

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