Work At Home


To Work at Home You Need to Be Well Organized

When you decide you want to work at home setting up an online business, you need a dedicated space for your computer, your books and any information you might have printed out. You also need to persuade your spouse or anyone sharing your living quarters that the work you are trying to do is important so that they respect your time and your work space.

Managing your time online

Now that you’ve established a base for your  work at home enterprise you need to have a plan so that you can get right to doing whatever task will help your progress within the amount of time you have available. It helps if you have lists of jobs that you need to get done. Then when you have time to spend at your computer you can pick one you hope to complete. Once you’re online it takes discipline to stick to that job, I know I used to sometimes wander over to check my email and if not mindful of the passing of time I would end up not finishing what I was supposed to do. Very frustrating when I only had myself to blame so I put an end to that!

Giving priority to jobs that contribute to making money

Sometimes it’s hard to really remember why we’re working on our blog! We get mired in the details of improving its presentation or other things that may have some importance, but ultimately our work at home plan is to produce an income! If at all possible, your to-do list should include some tasks that will further that goal. Then if you still have time, work on the next most important task. Depending on type of business, some examples could be:

  • get your affiliate link to promote a product
  • write a draft of your next blog post or article
  • re-purpose something you’ve already written
  • send out a reminder for your last promotion

Whenever you might feel discouraged it helps to imagine what it would take to open a business on the street. Thinking about the money, the time and the amount of physical work it would take plus the time spent on satisfying demands of the regulatory agencies boggles the mind. That exercise can renew our determination to make a go of our home business and get all the information and support we need to succeed. To your success, Fran :)






Working at Home When You Have Young Children is Great! Or is It?

For some new mothers,switching to working at home after having their first baby seems like the only choice. There is no way they could imagine leaving that precious baby with strangers!

There are also many families where there’s a role reversal!

It’s daddy who takes on the balancing act while Mommy goes back to a job. And maybe another baby has even been added and you’ve managed with the possible help of a grandmother or an aunty, and an occasional paid sitter that you’re able to supervise!

Trading care with another work-at-home parent

Work for a few hours without distractions will result and that would be helpful too when the three-old goes off to preschool for a couple of hours. You might get to enjoy the breather by yourself or with the second baby!

It gets easier with children old enough to be in school

The work-at-home parent can prepare some activities for the days when the children are out of school. That will work best with young children who are not dependent on constant attention because the stay at home parent has fostered their independence. The child whose needs are willingly met is accustomed to being with a parent who feels confident about accomplishing what needs to be done.

A relaxed beginning of the day together

Enjoying breakfast time talking and maybe planning an outing for later in the day or another day of the week like going to the store, to the park or the beach on one or two of the days off and then being able to talk about it later. Then it could be time to get some household chores done in the kitchen and their room before you settle to get some of your work done while they play ball in the yard with neighbor kids or on the front porch with their toys.

Activities that most children like to do

Coloring for instance,even while they are watching TV! Little girls like to make up stories while they dress and undress their dolls while boys often like to play with toy cars and hero figures. I certainly don’t mean to set any girl/boy activities in stone, there definitely is much overlapping!

 The plaintive “there’s nothing to do”

That’s when it’s time to dig into your bag of tricks, meaning activities you have thought up for just such occasions! Depending on the ages of the kids, you could:

1. Ask them to create a play in secret that they can perform for you when done – try to set the time for the performance before lunch or at snack time,giving yourself one or two hours to complete a task.

2. Have them sit beside you with a computer and toy phone and “play” work.

3. Have special toys that they only get to play with while you’re working. Give out one at a time, not all at once.

4. Older – have them write out ideas for activities they can do without your help on scraps of paper and put them in a jar to pull out when needed. Younger – you write them out.

5. Set up a craft station near you.

6. Have special coloring books or activity books on hand only for this time.

7. Give them “homework” to do.

8. Suggest a birthday party for their favorite stuffed animal. They’ll be spending time wrapping their toys up as presents and setting up an area to stage the event!

9. Have an older neighborhood child that your children like come over and play with them.

When we focus on being positive in all our interactions with our children, getting some work done along side their activities is much less of a challenge.

 A loving positive attitude and creative ideas

I believe that creative ideas combined with a loving positive attitude can help a working parent get some work done and even make the out of school days enjoyable!

If you are a work-at-home parent please share some of your experiences and suggestions.

Fran ?)

How Can You Find Time to Work an Online Business?

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How many times have we all said, “If only I had more time then I could get more done in my online business?” The solution is not getting more time – we all have the same amount. The key is to manage the time we do have and make it work more effectively for us.

Could You Be Using Your Time More Efficiently?

Even if you think you don’t have time to take on anything else, you might be surprised to discover how much time you’re actually wasting during the day. You may be able to start an online business whether you hold down a full time job or not!

Sometimes when it comes to starting a business, many people have the mental picture that it’s all or nothing – that in order to be their own boss, they have to take the plunge, quit their day job and put all of their effort into building an online business.

If you have a day job that pays the bills and provides you with health benefits, keep the job while you work on launching and growing your business part time. You could get up an hour earlier in the mornings to work on your business.

You could spend your lunch hour working on the business. Since your business will be online, you’ll be able to access it anywhere. If you commute to work
via train or other method where someone else is in charge of driving, you
can work on it then too.

You can also temporarily give up some of the hours you used to spend sitting
in front of the television. You can give up one hour of sleep at night to work on the business and work a few hours on week-ends.

It seems like a lot of time, but if you have a plan on how to work it around your day job and stick with it, you migght be able to steadily increase your income from your online business until you can comfortably afford to let go of the job you now have.

What if you no longer had your job?

For some reason, let’s suppose you’re in a position now where you can no longer wait to leave your day job – it’s become unbearable, the stress is going to wreak too much havoc, or you’re somehow forced to abandon your current career now.

Suddenly, you find yourself having the same forty plus hours you gave at the office to work on your online business. Always begin right away. If you start out working your online business only when you feel like it, you could lose valuable initiative. Let the excitement drive you and propel you forward.

With the benefit of working your online business full time, you’ll be able to devote the steady attention the business needs to continually grow.
Rather than squeezing it into the schedule, you’ll have the time you need.

Start a Notebook Where You Focus on Planning.

It’s not so much about finding the time as it is taking the time and if you’ve always wanted to start your own online business, then do some serious planning preferably by starting a notebook where you jot down everything about your online research and how to come up with some solutions to cover some income shortages while you get going.

Today will soon be yesterday and you might not ever get that opportunity back!


This is the first article in a series of articles about different aspects of the Work at Home life. Please share your thoughts in a comment :)

Planning for a Successful Year 2013

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Making 2013 the Way We Want It

I’m a little late with my Happy New Year wishes but here I am ready to begin writing some helpful posts for my readers after spending time with relatives and friends for the last couple of weeks. My friend Alice Seba, who is a great resource for marketers and writers, published an inspirational blog where she shared 13 thoughts.

Here is my version!


By finding and publishing the information you need and responding to your questions and comments with targeted information


A lot of learning happens when bloggers are interested in one another’s experiences. Most of them are very generous in sharing what worked for them and what bombed. Having  enough experience to be able to spot any b.s.  helps me share only valid information on The Apprentice Marketer blog.


Many people prefer getting the information I share through their email because they don’t have the time or inclination to visit many different blogs and having a trusting email relationship allows me to help those subscribers grow their business


The Apprentice Marketer  focuses on three ways of work at home income:

1.making a living through some form of writing services

2.product creation and marketing, such as ebooks, reports, Kindle publishing etc.

3.affiliate marketing.

You, my readers are invited to receive updates to the helpful content that relates to those areas of  working at home


Creating information products, ebooks, apps and other digital products can be learned rather easily and repeated over and over again for a steady source of income






Learning to use tracking links, split test and paying attention to results


Ghostwriting, Freelance writing and Private Label Writing are all ways to make an income from home as a long term occupation or as a way to earn while building the business you really want to


The way we approach changes in our life makes a big difference in how much we will be able to achieve. Also, when deciding to work from home there may be others impacted by changes in
the living arrangements for the worker and others in the home.

I hope I can contribute  some helpful articles.


Can be great as a helpful means to creating social proof but the activities that truly grow our business must always take precedence.

I plan to write a few posts to elaborate on some points.  Even though I was never near a computer these last couple of weeks, I did a lot of thinking about my goals for this year.

Please share some of your ideas about your plans to make money from home this year and beyond.


Working At Home and Maintaining Our Energy Levels

Stress Management

 Working at home can place extra strain on us because we’re assuming some extra roles! We are responsible for managing different aspects of our home business besides putting out the actual work so we can make money. This can really wear us out, and people are complaining of low energy levels in ever-growing numbers.

If you’re one of the many people who feels affected by low energy levels, then no doubt you’ll be wondering if there’s anything you can do to change this. Although doctors can offer medication to help with some energy level problems, there are actually natural ways of improving your energy levels that don’t require a trip to the doctor or any special drugs


One of the worst things you can do for your energy levels is to skip meals. Your body gets its energy from the food you eat, so eating less food means having less energy. And if you really must skip a meal, make sure it’s not breakfast. By the time you wake up in the morning it will already have been a long time since you ate dinner, and missing breakfast only increases this. That’s a long time to go without a source of energy for your body!


Getting enough sleep is essential to having good energy levels. What many of us now take for a good sleep is actually inadequate. Although the amount of sleep needed varies from person to person, for most the optimal amount of sleep is 8 hours. This period of sleep should be as uninterrupted as possible. There are many ways of improving the quality of your sleep which you can easily learn about through searching online

Exercise might cause some temporary tiredness  but getting regular exercise has a profound effect on your energy levels. Regular exercise improves your physical fitness and gives you greater stamina which means you can carry out activities for longer without getting tired as quickly.

Stress is a big factor in sapping energy levels . Feeling stressed can drastically decrease your energy levels making it difficult to stay focused or even stay awake. Find ways to reduce your stress and you will almost certainly see an improvement in energy. Exercise is one great way to reduce stress levels.  Another useful stress-busting tip is to make lists of the things you need to do tomorrow not long before bed. It can help clear your mind of unnecessary thoughts and worries.

I hope the above suggestions can be helpful for some of my readers and I’m sure many of you could share some more tips that have worked for you.

Please share in your comment.







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Building an Online Work from Home Income | Frustrations and Rewards!

In this post I want to provide information and direction to readers who wish to produce a work from home income.

In the past few weeks I’ve been narrowing the direction of this blog in an effort to provide useful information about building an online income.

There are at least two aspects of living your life on your terms that need to be considered 1. being mentally ready to  make the transition from a ‘JOB’ and a paycheck 2. deciding how to earn enough to pay the bills!  There are all kinds of practical consideration like having a little chunk of money saved up before cutting loose … I’ll skip over that since it so elementary!

Most of us took a job after getting out of school and were congratulated for being responsible! Now that you wish to live life on your terms,  take time to consider some alternatives or you might be getting involved in various online schemes that will waste time, money and energy because they didn’t work out!


‘Income Trilogy Report’ by Steve Scott of ‘Steve Scott Site’

Steve Scott of  Steve Scott Site, one of the sources of information I’ve been referring you to has written an excellent ebook ‘IncomeTrilogyReport.pdf that he offers for free at his blog.  He draws on several years experience he has in making a good income with affiliate marketing, to describe three basic ways to make an on online work from home income.

Briefly, these are 1.writing for a living, 2.affiliate marketing 3.publishing ebooks etc. Since these match some of the ways I have directed my efforts to earn a work from home income I have decided they will be the focus of my writing on this blog.

Steve Scott’s Income Trilogy Report’s 88 pages are divided as follows: a few pages answering Internet questions and then pages 14 through 35 about different aspects of writing for business, pages 37 through 54 about affiliate marketing and pages 56 through 77 about information products he labels as long term income. Then some more general and valuable information about business.

I have written some articles about the business of freelance writing, ghostwriting, PLR etc. on this blog – titles will show as related articles below this post – and of course writing is required for a lot of the online business you might be doing such as affiliate marketing.

Writing for your business would not be like writing for your english teacher … you need to be able to describe a product or get a point across like you’re writing to a friend, and you’ll do fine even if you make spelling mistakes as long as you take time to proofread before you publish.

If you don’t feel confident creating or promoting information products or even writing articles there are freelance professionals you can pay to take over and PLR providers who research subjects they write about and sell their packs of 5 or 10 articles at very reasonable rates; this helps get around the problem of lacking inspiration and all that is needed is to slightly rewrite these articles to add your personality.

I will be writing more  about the other parts of Steve Scott’s report.  There is plenty of ground to cover and I will continue to write on these subjects.

In the meantime I would like to get some feedback from you if you picked up Steve’s report or even if you didn’t! Maybe you have some questions about starting a business at home?






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Work at Home | Firepole Marketing | Steve Scott Site | Tiffany Dow

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If you’re thinking of earning ‘work at home’ money as an internet  marketer I highly recommend the following:

This email I got today from Danny Iny, Firepole Marketing says:

I’m writing today because I’d like to make an introduction.

As you may remember, back in January we ran the Marketing That Works Ideas contest on Firepole Marketing.  Lots of marketers submitted ideas, and we picked the 20 best ones to feature on the blog.

We ranked them based on the interest our readers showed in them, and then our readers voted to pick a winner.

The person that I’d like to introduce you to is Cassie Hicks (@CashMachineGal on Twitter). She won the contest, and she’s got a guest post on our blog today, called:
5 Key Insights to Guarantee Business Success with any Niche, Brand or Product.”

I read the article and really enjoyed it … I hope you will too.


Steve Scott Site

I want to share a great post on Steve’s site, a life-changing post for him:

The Most Important Post You Will EVER Read

The email message I got from Steve said:
The title says it all!
Today’s post will be the most important thing I’ve ever written on this blog.
So do me a favor…
…Spend five minutes to read the entire thing.
It will change the way you look at blogging and how to run an Internet business.
The people who truly *get* this will be one step closer to their dreams of online success.
To paraphrase a famous movie quote:
This blog post is kind of a big deal.

Below the post, there’s an invitation to sign up for my exclusive newsletter and get a FREE COPY of my eBook, 111 Affiliate Marketing Strategies for a Six-Figure Income

I have downloaded it, read it and also the comments from readers on Steve’s blog who are subscribed to the newsletter as I am … it is a blog changing experience for me and could be a business changing experience for anyone wanting to make money with affiliate marketing.
Check it out.


Tiffany Dow Announces Part 2 of the Internet Marketing Course she is writing.

This gem is 40 pages of information that introduces the newbie to the career possibilities in Internet Marketing. It’s an overview of services, info product creation, affiliate marketing, membership sites, website flipping, ad revenue, and bringing offline clients into the online world.

 And because she wants as many people as possible to get educated, she has put a $5 pricetag on it.

She also tells you how to get Part 1 for the same price in this Warrior Forum Post

Your comments are appreciated!



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Easy Article Starters! Great PLR! Free for Life When You Win!

Yes, it will be Article Writing easy street for the lucky person who wins Peggy
Baron’s drawing and it could easily be you since all you need to do to win a life-time supply is send an email to( and request to enter the drawing.

This is a big deal – ALL Peggy’s PLR: articles, reports, complete ebook packages she creates after March 16th she will personally email to the winner each time when  ready.  NO purchase is necessary to enter the drawing and win! :)

It will be held March 16th.


Romatic Poetry, Music, and Art

Categories at AllStarPLR are:
PLR You Can Resell (limit sold 25)
Complete PLR Packages (limit  sold 100)
Niche PLR
Easy Article Starters

Visiting AllStarPLR is always an interesting experience for me, because there is such a variety of articles, reports, complete PLR packages and now Done-For-You Goodies … I have visions of projects I could easily put together and promote, kind of like when I’m in a fabric store and I have visions of all the neat little summer things I could be sewing mostly for my grandchildren nowadays … and then my shopping buddy says “when are you going to do all that Fran?”

Whoops, got to choose between writing and sewing! Even a work at home grandmother has time limits!

Still, if I won that drawing I could be writing so much faster with all that ready made help and I’d have time to do some sewing too!

So I’m not going to miss signing up for the drawing! how about you?

Send an email to Peggy @ and request to enter the drawing.

Important PS. I forgot to mention that Peggy is also offering a 30% off coupon (freeforlife) on purchases over $30 until the end of March! It is NOT linked to the drawing as everyone who emails Peggy once, is entered into the drawing.

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