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27

Welcome to Making Money Academy

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Welcome to Making Money Academy, the aim of this website is to help people make a full or part time income from their hobby or passion in life.

I make a good income from my own hobby which is “Keeping Chickens” I have spent the last 2 years learning all I can about using the internet and social media to earn a living from my hobby. It hasnt always been easy and I have made lots of mistakes along the way but I have learnt a great deal from my mistakes and I hope that by reading what I have to say you will be able to avoid making the same mistakes.

In August 2012 I published my first book “So You Want To Start Keeping Chickens?” and after only 4 weeks the Kindle version went to No1 on Amazon in Bird Care and after that it went to No1 in two more categories and stayed at No1 and is still there as I write.

My Facebook Page I Love Keeping Chickens has nearly 8000 fans and growing daily, and my Twitter following is nearly at 1000.

As well as my book I also sell several chicken related products online and also offline

I say these things not to boast after all this site is not about me it is about you and what I can do to help you, I say them just so you can see that my little hobby of keeping a few chickens has turned into a big business.

My other passion in life is helping other people and as I have already said my mission here is to help you turn your own hobby, pastime or pasion into cash. I really care about other people and I believe that given the right information and guided down the correct path we all have it in us to succeed, someone once said to me “Mark, you can have anything in life you want all you have to do is find a way to get it”.

I will also be sharing internet and marketing information for online businesses.

I’ll also be sharing some useful resources, advice and internet marketing tips.

So if your up for the challenge please keeping checking back as I will be adding new content on a regular basis, and why not share with your friends so they can benifit to.

Before closing I would just like to say if you have any questions then please DO get in touch via the contact form and I will do my very best to help you.

To Your Success

Mark

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May
24

What Is Leadership

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What Is Leadership?

To me, Leadership isn’t self-seeking. What does self-seeking imply?

Let’s utilize a realistic illustration with our friend “Jim”. Jim sells a business opportunity and says on all of his sites that he’s a leader. Jim tells the individuals who follow him—those who join his business opportunity—that in order to be a leader, they ought to “give back”. And that only the individuals who “give back” are thought leaders.

So of course, when Jim wants somebody to host a training call, produce training, make follow-up calls, or do anything else that’s going to help Jims business, he’s a ready group of “volunteers.”

These volunteers are charged up at the prospect of stepping up to the plate and volunteering their time in exchange for the acknowledgement and status that comes with being one of Jims “leaders”.

It appears to make sense. There are individuals in Jim’s downline who require help and by providing this help; the volunteers are thought to be leaders. This is something that happens daily in many different organizations and downlines in this industry.

Looking At Leaders

As a result, there’s a basic belief that by being a handmaid, you’re being a leader. Actually, the “leaders” are merely followers who donate their time to another persons cause. The only leader in this situation is Jim.

This common misconception gets individuals—who even might be top producers—wedged in a web of trusting that by assisting, they’re being leaders. And so as they spend all their time being in the limelight, demonstrating their leadership while their own real beliefs fall by the wayside and start to disintegrate and no more exist.

The true leader’s notions become the volunteers’ own notions. They forget who they are truly are, what they truly signify, and what is it they really want.

Their brand becomes one associated with assisting the “greater institution” (Jim’s organization). And now the chances of these volunteers (“leaders”) ever quitting their volunteer work is thin to none.

Jim knows this, so he’s happy. As the volunteers’ whole persona gets so engrained with Jims notions and wants—they believe Jim’s beliefs and wants are their own. The volunteers will now champion Jims cause at any cost, whether or not this cause is morally bankrupt.

A true leader is somebody that’s willing to risk his or her own fate, to do what they notion is correct. This implies going against the grain—taking a stand when there are 1000s of individuals who will gladly throw stones.

A true leader is in the end assisting an outside cause that he believes in, for the purpose of assisting that cause—not merely to earn followers. Sure, the leader will likely acquire followers as a result, but this isn’t the only purpose of a true leader’s charge.

A leader isn’t concerned with whether or not he earns followers. His chief focus is in accomplishing the goals or cause that he believes in. The followers are merely an effect.

True leaders don’t have time to be “volunteers” for Jim, or handmaids for those in need of “help”. They’re too busy fighting for what they trust in and working to accomplish their own goals affiliated with their own cause.

This implies that on the outside, being a “handmaid” of the industry or “Jims XYZ Marketing System” might appear to comprise leadership. But, it’s the exact opposite.

While this is a really clever marketing technique utilized in a lot of different ways in the “make cash online” industry, you now have the knowledge to differentiate what a true leader is.

And by bearing this knowledge, you may start to question who you’re following—and why. Ultimately, this will likewise push you to stand up for what YOU trust in.

This will push you to stick up for YOUR cause. Not your sponsor’s cause or anybody else’s, but your own.

Ultimately, you’ll gain the most gratification and fulfillment out of life by remaining true to your instincts, regardless of what others believe.

It’s a tragedy to see how willing individuals are to forget about what they trust in, and to adopt a “leader’s” fresh beliefs for the hope of making a couple of thousands dollars.

My goal in discussing this matter is to challenge what occurs in this industry—in hopes that you never lose yourself and what you really believe in.

For as long as individuals continue to chase this, they’ll be forever stuck in the unprofitable cycle of hype.

I encourage you to begin listening to your hunch and your gut. It’s an excellent gift that you have for a reason. It’s there to guide you and will provide you the cutting edge in an industry where the myth of cash frequently quiets any voice of reason.

But utilizing your hunch, horse sense, and treating your business like a business will bring you payoffs far greater than any empty promise.

My goal is to help you take charge over what you listen to and where your focus is—to produce a Net Business that is not only successful, but satisfying too.

I am enjoying my home business and paricularly the freedom it gives me (and the money is not bad either). My goal for the rest of the year is to help others to realise their dreams and have their own business and work from home the same as me.

So till next time this is Mark signing off and wishing you success.

Regards

Your Friend

Mark

 

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3 Lifesaving Tactics to Stay Afloat In a Constantly Changing Marketplace

Let’s face the facts… old-fashioned marketing tools aren’t going to keep your business a growing and prosperous entity in today’s marketplace.  Hey, this month’s hottest techniques and information will be obsolete in six months.  Now, I’m not saying that old marketing principals can’t be upgraded and incorporated successfully, but as a rule marketers have to stay on top of the latest marketing trends.

If you’re wanting to stay ahead of your business savvy competitors you’ll need to implement 3 tactics to stay one step ahead.

1.  Watch For New Advertising Methods
You never know what will work for you unless you take the time to experiment!  Who knows?  The next marketing experiment you test may be a million dollar idea.  Keep your eyes peeled for the latest marketing news.  

It never pays to put all of your eggs in one basket.  Don’t neglect the tried and true marketing tools that have been successful in the past.  Invest about 20 percent of your advertising budget and time into testing for new marketing strategies that will increase your profits.

2.  Spruce Things Up
Don’t get stuck in a rut.  Yeah, you have products that have been successful for years, but what would happen if you gave them a “face lift?’ Would you attract new customers?  Would your old customers enjoy the change?  You’ll be surprised at what a new packaging will do for old product sales.

Sprucing up doesn’t have to stop with your products.  A few minor changes in the store appearance can bring new life to your place of business as well.

3.  Diversify
The more products you have to offer, the more insulation you have against the decline in popularity of one particular item.  Don’t go out on a limb, when you’ve got a good thing going.  Look for products and services that compliment your current products and services.  

Don’t let the speed-of-light changes in the market take your business under.  Stay afloat with these proven tactics.

I have recently diversified and after setting myself up as a business seller on Ebay I managed to qualify as a Powerseller & Top Rated Seller after only five and a half weeks and I believe anyone can do this with a little bit of hard work and determination, but I’m not stopping there, when I have Ebay well & truly sorted I am moving onto learning the ropes for selling on Amazon.

So, stand still and so will your business always be on the lookout for new ways to take your business forward.

As always, if you enjoyed todays post then why not leave a comment and share the post with your friends.

To Your Success

Your Friend

Mark :)

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Hello I’m Johnny Cash Surprising Lessons For Work at Home Moms

I’ve unearthed some surprising bits of wisdom for new Work at Home Moms by listening to Johnny Cash lately. I thought I would share some of these tidbits from the Rockabilly legend.

1) Understand Your Man …er, target market!

That’s right. Do you understand your target market? Are you aware of her needs, desires and driving ambitions? Does your website speak to your target audience? If not, perhaps you should make some changes or your website visitor or customer will be “as gone as a wild goose in winter” too!

2) A Boy Named Sue

Life ain’t easy for a boy named Sue…and life ain’t easy for a Work At Home Mom either. In your business you will have those confidence killers, dream stealers, fun suckers…whatever you want to call them. You will have people who try to tell you that you can’t achieve your goals, that what you try won’t work. Don’t let them get you down!

Sue’s father told him, “This world is rough, and if you’re gonna make it, you’ve gotta be tough.”

How can you get tough in your business?

3) Man In Black- or Branding 101

J.R. Cash didn’t don the all black suit because he didn’t have anything else to wear. It was his trademark. He wore all black for a reason.

What about you? Are you working on your brand? In a world full of Elvis Presleys and Jerry Lee Lewises, how will you stand apart? And remember, your target market doesn’t have to be just like you- Johnny Cash wrote Folsom Prison Blues and connected with inmates when he had never yet step foot in jail!

4) The Legend of John Henry’s Hammer

This song has two bits of wisdom:

a) Learn your business and you will succeed

John Henry’s Daddy told him to: “Learn to a turn a jack, learn to lay a track, learn to pick and shovel too.” Are you learning all you can about Internet Marketing so that you can succeed in your business? Do you reinvest in ebooks, coaching and mentoring, and software like John Henry’s hammer?

b) Technology has its place but it can’t take the place of humans.

When the steam engine threatened to take the place of men, Johnny proved that in the end, humans are more valuable. Learn to use technology (like autoresponders) but remember that your website visitor is a human and inject some of yourself into your marketing efforts.

5) One Piece at a Time

This ballad is about a man who decides to build a Cadillac. He steals one piece at a time from the assembly line “and it didn’t cost him a dime”. But in the end, it didn’t work out exactly like he planned!

Does your website look like a pieced together jalopy? Are you unwilling to spend any money on your own domain and hosting, content with a free site cluttered up with ads?

6) In The Jailhouse Now

Please don’t throw away your hard work by doing one of the following things:

Spamming
Copying other people’s articles or content
Stealing graphics
Clicking on your Adsense ads
Not keeping records and neglecting to pay taxes

It just isn’t worth it, and you may find yourself in the jailhouse. Much better to Walk the Line so you can sleep at night.

7) Ring of Fire

Maybe you’ve made a bad choice… entered into a shotgun romance with a business that’s not right for you. Don’t be afraid to realize this, chuck everything and start over! Don’t beat your head against the wall if, after working hard on a project, you decide it’s just not profitable. Better to find your match and pour your energies into that.

In this song, June Carter Cash chronicles her growing attraction to John. Though they were both involved with other people, they were obviously soul mates and ended up making music and growing old together for the next 40 years.

May you make beautiful music with your business!

So if you are or want to be a Work at Home Mom then I hope you found this a fresh approach and I hope you can take something from it that will help you in your business.

Untill next time

Your Friend

Mark :)

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Aug
17

How Can Children Make Money

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How Can Children Make Money

I quite often get asked how children can make money so I have put together a few ideas. some may seem a bit strange but just use a bit of imagination and I’m sure you can easily adapt some of them to suit your own situation.

Good Luck :)

When the neighbours are out of town, water their plants, feed their pets, take in the mail, or water their grass.
Plant gardens or weed them.
Mow lawns or rake leaves.
Shovel snow.
Help a neighbour spread mulch.
Be a golf caddy.
Do pool maintenance.
Run errands for an elderly couple or a busy parent with a long commute.
Wrap gifts at Christmastime.
Pack boxes for people who are moving.
Clip coupons from the newspaper and organize them for your mom or the neighbor next door.
Paint mailboxes or fences.
Paint house numbers on curbs.
Set out garbage or organize someone’s recycling.
Run somebody’s garage sale (maybe your own.)
Clean pet cages or aquariums.
Muck stalls.
Clean basements or kitchens.
Clean cars or boats or patios.
Wash windows (not high ones.)
Pick up backyard dog doo.
Organize the neighbour’s garage or their closets.
Serve food at parties or arrive afterward and clean up.
Tutor younger kids in your favorite subject.
Teach an elderly person to use a computer.
Make web pages for people.
Design a newsletter or brochure for someone’s business.
Teach piano, tennis, sewing, or tap dancing.
Ref soccer games.
Be a director. Find some fun scripts (or write one yourself) and put on a play with the neighborhood kids.
Be a personal trainer for little kids.
Paint faces with face paint at fairs and carnivals.
Paint other girl’s nails.
Take “best friend” pictures for kids at school.
Make movies for people’s special events.
Make scrapbooks for people who don’t have time to do it themselves.
Do bike tune-ups.
Tie balloon hats and animals at birthday parties.
Babysit.
Be a counselor at a day camp or a mother’s helper.
Keep an elderly neighbour company.
Be a kid wrangler, and help out at at toddler’s birthday party.
Or organize children’s parties yourself, from invites to thank-yous.
Run a story hour at your house. Tell parents they can drop off their kids and you’ll read them stories and serve snacks.
Do the same things with crafts or games.
Provide after-school entertainment for somebody’s cats.
Walk dogs or groom them.
Sell:
Hot drinks.
Cold drinks.
Paper-clip jewelry.
Bird feeders.
Yard signs (“Thanks for slowing down” is always popular)
Banners to welcome people home or celebrate birthdays.
Hand designed T-Shirts, key chains, or zipper pulls.
Pet treats,cat toys, or personalized pet food dishes.
High energy snacks made of nuts and chocolate morsels.
Sponge-print wrapping paper.
Sleeping bags for the little stuffed toys that all your friends are collecting this year.
What’s the biggest fad at your school? Think of things you can make that relate to it.
Flowers cut from a garden you plant and tend yourself.
Badges that promote school spirit.
Headbands, scrunchies, or scarves.
Oatmeal cookies or cupcakes.
Gingerbread houses at Christmas.
Christmas wreaths and ornaments.
Decorated tins full of chocolate kisses to match celebrating Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or birthdays.

So theres a few ideas to be going on with theres probably loads more if you put your creative thinking cap on.

To your success

Your Friend

Mark :)

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Aug
15

How To Make Money From Chickens

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How To Make Money From Chickens

Make Money From chickens

Make Money From chickens

So, following on from yesterdays post i have to say i am super excited and cant wait to tell you all about my new ebay business and as promised I shall be putting a post together later on this evening.

But in the meantime as some of you know i run my own successful Chicken business, mainly selling egg laying chickens as pets. We also sell everything needed to start keeping chickens and also everything to keep them in top condition afterwards. Obviously you can sell the eggs from your chickens and when you have some experience you could start breeding your own chickens and selling the surplus, but bear in mind some will be cockerels so you need to think what you will do with them.

But there are many ways to skin a cat and today I thought I would tell you about some other ways  of how to make money from chickens which I found on a nice little Blog called http://ourlittlefarms.blogspot.co.uk/

So heres their take on making money from chickens.

Chickens Make Money!
Learn four easy ways to make money with chickens in your own backyard. Chickens are one of the easiest farm animals to raise. They have a very small start up cost and they generate a tangible product, fresh eggs and meat, that everyone enjoys.

things you’ll need:
• Baby Chicks
• Chicken Coop
• Egg Incubator
• Laying Boxes
• Egg Cartons
• Chicken Feed

1. Making money with chickens isn’t difficult. They are easy to care for and their products are easy to market. In fact, raising a few dozen chickens in your backyard is a great way to supplement your income, enjoy fresh eggs and meat, and run your own small business.

The basic business plan for making money with chickens involves you purchasing baby chickens from a hatchery and raising them until they are either laying eggs or ready to butcher for meat. You can also profit by selling baby chickens and composted chicken manure. Once you choose which type of plan you would like to try, you can decide how many and what type of baby chicks to order from the hatchery.
Raising baby chicks is not difficult, however the finer details cannot be explained within the context of this how to guide. Therefore, refer to one of the many books available about raising poultry for more details on that process.

2. One way to make money raising chickens is to have a flock of laying hens.
To begin, estimate the amount of space that you have for raising chickens. Figure at least 2 square feet per hen, to prevent overcrowding. The amount of space that you have, as well as the number of eggs that you think you will be able to sell, can help you decide how many laying hens you will need.

Next, gather your materials and build a chicken coop in your backyard. Chicken coop plans are freely available on the internet or in many books from the library. The chicken coop can be as simple or as fancy as you like, however you must remember that the coop needs to be able to protect your flock from predators.

Also, locate plans and materials for laying boxes. Build one laying box for every 3 to 4 hens. Install the laying boxes in your chicken coop.

Order pullets (baby hens) from the hatchery and raise them to laying age. It takes about four to five months for chickens to start laying eggs. Also, figure that your hens will lay about four to six eggs per week per hen depending on nutrition, age, and time of year.

Once your chickens begin egg production, egg cartons can be purchased in bulk and you can market your eggs in your local area. Remember that eggs must be sold as “ungraded” and you must label the cartons with your name and address.
Further research into small scale egg production can help you understand both the requirements and regulations that you will need to follow.

3. Another way to earn from chickens is to hatch baby chicks and sell them to other small scale farmers.

Many small scale chicken farmers, gradually begin to hatch their own baby chicks each year using their fertilized eggs and an incubator. This helps them to renew their laying flock and selling chicks can also provide an alternative source of income. Just by adding one rooster to your flock for every 10 hens, you can produce fertilized eggs that are ready for incubation and hatching. Baby chicks can be sold by word of mouth, at flea markets and trade days, or with an ad in the local paper.
You will need to perform further research on incubating and hatching baby chicks. Many resources are available via the internet or through your local library.

4. A third way to profit from a small chicken flock is to raise chickens for meat.
Fresh chicken is an excellent product to offer for sale. Many customers are looking to purchase chicken that was raised using a free range method. You can supply this growing market for fresh chicken by buying baby broiler chicks from the hatchery and raising them to maturity. The methods for raising broilers for meat differs from raising chickens for eggs, so further research is required. Once the broilers are ready for butcher, they must be processed or you must contract with a local butcher that is able to process your flock.

Selling homegrown meat is a regulated process and the rules vary from lax to very strict. Be sure to contact your local agricultural extension agent and county health department to find out what the rules are for your area.

5. Finally, another way to make money from chickens is to sell their composted manure to local gardeners.

Collect chicken manure and bedding from your chicken coop on a regular basis and establish a composting program for your flock’s waste. The finished product can be sold to local gardeners as an excellent fertilizer for their vegetable plants.

Well that brings a close to todays ramblings and even if chickens are not your thing I do hope you enjoyed it and may even think about getting some, by then you will allready know how to make money from chickens.

Make sure you drop by soon as I reveal many more ways to start your own work from home business.

Best Wishes

Your Friend

Mark :)

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3 Things You Must Have In Order To Profit From Your Hobby

Turning your favorite hobby into a profitable business isn’t as difficult as you think. But there are three things you absolutely must have in order to succeed.

With over 70% of people who responded to a recent survey revealing that they were thinking about starting a business of some sort, working from home is becoming more the norm than ever before.

The problem for many people is that they don’t really know where to start and how to turn their dream into something tangible.

3 critical things you’ll need in order to turn your hobby into a profitable business are -

#1 – A Positive Attitude

By far your biggest asset in turning your favorite hobby into a thriving business is a positive attitude. I think it was Harry F. Banks who said, “Attitude determines your altitude”.

If you are going to pursue your dream and make it a reality, you must have a positive attitude and the willingness to commit to what it takes to make it happen.

So many people start out on the road to turning their hobby into a business, and then at the first sign of an obstacle, they give up, often just before they start to see results.

A positive attitude will help you to break through the barriers and temporary setbacks and reach your desired goal.

#2 – The Determination To Succeed

Many people who fall in love with the idea of turning their hobby into a business are looking for an easy way out and at the first problem, they give up and let circumstances crush their dreams.

By developing a fierce determination to succeed, your chances of creating a profitable business are infinitely higher and you are virtually setting yourself up for success.

While there are not guarantees that you will eventually make it, having the determination to push on regardless of minor problems and find solutions is the mark of a true winner.

Determination and a positive attitude can work together to help a dedicated person succeed where others have failed

#3 – A Proven System

The final and some would say most important thing you’ll need is a proven system for marketing your products and/or services.

You need a step by step process that you can follow to ensure your success; something that other’s have used successfully to achieve the same goal you have.

It’s no use having an incredibly positive attitude and loads of determination if you choose a system that’s flawed and never had a chance of working in the first place.

Look for proof that other people have followed any system you are considering and become successful.

Unfortunately, many people waste money, and more importantly, valuable time, chasing the latest fad or scheme offered by unscrupulous promoters. Most of these schemes haven’t agot  hope of succeeding, but people fall for them every day.

Don’t ever take the promoter’s word that it will work for you…demand unquestionable PROOF that many people, from all walks of life, have been able to use what he or she is offering to turn their hobby or passion into a profitable business.

When it comes to the system, results are the only thing that matters… nuf said

So there we are, that bringsto a close todays ramblings. I hope you found it useful if so please leave a comment and be sure to share with your friends.

To Your Success

Your Friend

Mark :)

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Aug
14

Work From Home Video

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Work From Home Video

Just hit the play button to watch the video. Its a short video for those of you who want to work from home or make money from your hobbies, enjoy.

 

I hope you enjoyed my little video, if so why not leave a comment and share with your friends.

Make sure you come back tomorrow as I am starting my new ebay business and making my first listing (how exciting)

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Your Friend

Mark :)

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Working At Home Making Money On eBay For Work At Home Moms

Some people throw scorn at making money on ebay is old hat and not a proper work from home business for moms, but let me tell you nothing could be further from the truth.

Some say its not a real business because all you are doing is selling a load of old junk that you dont want and will probably earn you just a few pounds.

But if you treat it as a “real business” then you can make “real money” and a very good living from it, I know a lot of people who do just that.

Anyway todays post will give you a few pointers about getting started selling on Ebay, its really aimed at MoMs who want to work from home but is equally applicable to anyone really, so lets jump straight into it.

It’s hard to be a mom in today’s world, trying to juggle the fact that you need two incomes with the harsh reality of trying to raise your kids at the same time.  Working at home making money on eBay is a prime example of how many mothers are merging the two realities and finding success as work at home moms.

 Often, the income they earn working at home making money on eBay exceeds what their offline paycheck would be if they had to place their children in an expensive daycare facility.  Plus, work at home moms have the added peace of mind knowing their kids are in good hands – their own!

 Working at home making money on eBay as a work at home mom doesn’t mean you just clean out your closets and sell the same items that you’d place outdoors for a weekend garage sale.  It’s a bona fide business opportunity that can help you create a multi-million dollar empire, if your goals and dreams take you that far.

 If you truly want to catch a break working at home making money on eBay as a work at home mom, then you want to map out a business plan and then get started with your own virtual store on this giant auction site.

 You may be able to start with a few items already in your possession, but then you want to branch out and sell multiple quantities of the same items by using wholesalers or distributors who can help you amass a stockpile of goods to sell while you’re working at home making money on eBay as a work at home mom.

 Unfortunately, many people are operating from a small apartment and don’t have the space to carry a large inventory.  If this is your situation, then you might want to consider using a third party dropshipper.  This way, you can market goods on eBay but the dropshipper will deliver the items to your customers directly, without you having to stock or ship a single thing!

 Some parents have come to realize that working at home making money on eBay as a work at home mom is highly lucrative, resulting in both mom and dad quitting their 9-5 jobs to focus on their eBay pursuits full time. 

 As your business grows from a spring cleaning bonanza to a one-stop-shop market on the ‘net, you’ll want to invest in better tools that help you organize and manage your growth as you transition from a work at home mom making money on eBay for a living to a global corporation with unlimited earning potential.

So there we have it, just a short post to wet your appitite and I hope its got you thinking that this maybe just the thing you have been waiting for.

I urge you to start following me as TOMORROW I am going start my own Ebay business just to prove to everyone that it can be done. I will be starting from scratch so why not join in and we will all make some money together. So before long you could be working at home making money on ebay as a work at home mom :)

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Your Friend

Mark :)

 

 

 

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Starting A Work From Home Business My Story

 

I have so far given you a lot of information, hints and tips on how to start your own work from home business and a few people have asked me how I got started.

So in todays post I’m going to do just that, it all started quite a few years ago and at that time I truly never imagined I would have my own successful work at home business and become a number 1 best selling author in the process.

And in the true tradition of stories

“Once Upon A Time”

Which came first the chicken or the egg? Well for Mark and Sharon it was definitely the chicken. They bought their first chickens from a garden center over 25 years ago and have been keeping them ever since.

In 2002, ago they took the huge decision to move from their little 3 bed semi where we had lived for 14 years to a smallholding in rural Lincolnshire to follow their dream and have a go at living the good life.

They took 6 chickens with them and quickly added to this number, now they had more room for them. It has been a great experience and they have few regrets about doing it.

Their front paddock borders the main road so it has been easy to sell the surplus eggs which in turn helps towards the cost the chicken feed. With over 50 chickens that’s quite a lot of eggs and a lot of feed!

However, events would happen that would literally change their lives. In 2009,  a big national company took over the local rest home where Sharon worked part time.

She had worked there for over 4 years. It got her out of the house and she really enjoyed it. Within 2 months of the takeover nearly half the staff had left for one reason or another and they made life so unbearable for the remainder that Sharon said “enough is enough” and reluctantly left.

The problem was she missed her job and her small income but as the nearest town is 9 miles away, it would be nigh on impossible to find another part time job.

From time to time people would call because they had seen the chickens in the front field and would ask if they had any chickens for sale but of course, back then; they only  sold the free range eggs.

Setting Up Chicken House Poultry

However, a while after Sharon had become a lady of leisure, Mark suddenly had a thought, why not start a small business selling a few chickens? That would enable Sharon to have an income again – and she would be doing something we both really loved.

As there was no real competition locally they felt sure it would be a success so they decided to go for it. They bought some breeding stock of rare and pure breeds and went about setting things up.

Mark made a huge sign and put it up by the road side and as the chickens became ready they sold as quickly as we could breed them but it was a slow process.

As word spread it became harder to keep up with demand.

As it was only a hobby business at that point in time, we just left it to tick over.

Let’s fast forward a few months. Because of the increasing demand they began to see the huge possibilities with the business and decided to expand it.

Chooks Away!

They  decided it might be a good idea to supply birds that weren’t available locally and instead of doing the rare and pure breeds they could see the potential in selling hybrid (cross breed) chickens that were friendly, good egg layers, and lived a long life.

After about 50-60 phone calls they found a reputable supplier who would deliver the chickens at 16 weeks old ready to sell. They were fully vaccinated and consisted of 12 different types to choose from so we could cater for everyone’s taste.

The chickens proved very popular and so with the help of their son-in-law they built their first website showing all the chickens they sold and it became very popular and began to generate a lot of enquiries.

In January  2011 with the help of a lovely lady called Jo Barnes, Mark set up a Facebook page and called it “I Really Love Keeping Chickens”. Within only 4 weeks and a lot of hard work they had nearly 1000 targeted fans liking their page. All their “chook-a-holic” friends love the page and it now has a fan base of over 10,000 and rising. (Come and join them!)

Mark has really embraced Social Media and it has been a key feature in promoting the business

It has been a great journey for them and they now have a great way of earning a living and, living their dream and helping other people discover the wonderful world of chickens.

Their business has been featured in the local press on numerous occasions and in some of the popular poultry magazines.

Starting the business also led to mark writing a book on how to keep chickens and this has been a No1 best seller on Amazon, Mark has also been interviewed on local radio.

The business has gone from stregnth to stregnth and now has a well stocked shop selling everything you need to keep chickens and the next stage is to start an online shop.

So there you have it, thats how I got started, but I hope you got something from reading my story and i hope you can see that if you have a passion or a hobby, you to could start your own work from home business, and I heartily encourage you to do so.

Remember I’m here to help you.

To Your Success

I’m Here for Ya

Your Friend

Mark :) 

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Your Questions About Hobbies That Make Money For Kids

Maria asks…

What kind of cheap indoor hobbies can I try to get my shaky client interested in?

She has a computer but the mouse is difficult for her to control (often clicks on the wrong thing). She gets tired of tv or reading. She is very tight with the little money she has, is unsteady on her feet and is always bored. She is only 50 years old and is easily depressed.
Remember….her hands shake so she wouldn’t be able to sew (threading the needle would be impossible)

Mark answers:

First, you might want to check out this page.
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/disabilities.htm

Though this website is primarily about using polymer clay, this “disabilities” page has various links and ideas that might be helpful for all kinds of crafts.
Polymer clay is definitely a possibilty too though… For example, just cutting out shapes from clay or marbled or decorative clay sheets (with cookie and other cutters), or stamping into clay sheets with deep-cut stamps or even things around the house, can look great… And they can also be “painted” over with metallic mica powders when raw, or with acrylic paints (2 coats) when dry, or made shiny with clear acrylic finishes that can be painted on or rubbed on. Those are just a few examples… There should be lots more that wouldn’t require exact dexterity, but still give a lot of bang for the buck.

If you want more info or she wants more suggestions, check out my Kids & Beginners page or just the Table of Contents page to get lessons and examples of all the cool stuff that can be done with polymer clay:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/kids_beginners.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
(….scroll alll the way down, then visit any of the pages by using the alphabetical navigation bar…)

Secondly, you might get some good ideas from any website on Parkinson’s Disease since one of the primary things there is shaking. Here are a few searches that could give you possible links:
http://tinyurl.com/ylnqys
http://tinyurl.com/q7dqe
They should also have other ideas that aren’t necessarily making crafts, but could still be involved in some way with crafts or the arts, or that may not involve art/crafts at all, she’d be able to do and enjoy.

Best of luck!

Linda asks…

How I choose best of my many hobbies for my future career?

I’m super confused, I’m often thinking about this since Junior High School. I have many hobbies: Photography, Drawing, Making Movies (from cartoon and real documentary), editing movies, and know I even like to doing some radio broadcasting in my place. Crazy, too much I can’t choose it. It’s all about art, not far from art. But, do you have any suggestion which one I choose to focus for my future career? Please help meeee, I’m in college now.

Mark answers:

The way I see it, you need to consider these factors.

• Which do you know the most about/have the most experience in?
• Which are you most dedicated to/have the most passion for?
• Which will make you the best money?
• Which is the most secure/realistic?
• What can you do now to advance yourself in any of these?

A career in the Arts is very difficult to land, so keep that in mind. There are many talented people, and only so many jobs to fill. You’ll have to get a good education, good idea of what you’re going for, and do whatever you can NOW to get ahead. I know a kid who wants to be a fashion designer. He was already selling, being featured in shows, and attending fashion week by the age of 16.

Jenny asks…

At what point is it necessary to declare for tax purposes money received for a task?

For example, if I move and pay my friends $100 each to help me load the moving van, obviously no one is going to declare that as taxable income. The high-school kid who mows my lawn every couple of weeks surely does not declare what I pay him.

So when does declaration of income become necessary?

Mark answers:

Declaration becomes necessary the moment you place the C-note into their hands.

Taxes are “cash basis”, so the money becomes taxable upon receipt. And yes, it is, in fact, income. They worked, they earned money, they got paid. (Money from mowing lawns is also taxable. In this case, parents are the ones who need to claim it.)

You are not responsible to pay payroll taxes, such as FICA, FUTA or SUTA, because there’s a 3-day rule. Non-taxed cash payments are allowed for temporary help if they are employed for 3 days or less. (My wife tells me that there’s a $600 rule here, too. 3 days or less or $600 or less, but again, this refers ONLY to payroll taxes.)

The only relavent tax is the income tax, and Congress has declared that all moneys received qualify as income until they say otherwise in an “exclusion”. This isn’t one of them.

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Some of the answers above offer thresholds, below which they say income is not reportable. This is not true. Every $25 you earn puts you in a higher tax “box” in the tax tables, and so the IRS wants all of it reported.

The rules they’re thinking of usually refer to businesses. In my state you don’t need to license as a business until you make more than $400, but you still have to report the income! Under that amount is considered hobby income, miscellaneous income, capital gains or something else, depending on what you’ve done.

(By the way, you are allowed to consider this part of your moving expenes. You would have to go through the rules for claiming moving expenses to see if you qualify.)

I am not an accountant so the advice given is just that ADVICE, It may help if you have any doubts to seek expert advice from the relevant tax authority.

George asks…

How to cope with my mum pressuring me to do all these ‘hobbies’ which i dont want to do?

She acts disappointed in me and constantly compares me to other kids, it really makes me feel down and depressed.

Mark answers:

This happened to me too. Just tell her out straight, “I don’t want to do…..” and if she compares you to other kids, try ignore her. YOU ARE YOUR OWN PERSON! Don’t join a club because your mum forces you to do it! It is a waste of time and most likely a waste of money. This is just my opinion I know some parents like to fulfill their own dreams through their kids. i just dont agree with forcing a child to do a sport or hobby that it has no interest in or dosnt want to do.

Hope I helped!

Sandra asks…

Best way to collect baseball cards and for money?

I really want to pickup baseball card collecting as a hobby. Im not interested in those dumb baseball cards u get in the regular topps. I want to collect the rare topps but not the old or vintage cards. If i want to collect rookies what would be the best and cheapest way to do? I bought 2 packs for 40 dollars of the 2011 bowman chromes and i was hugely dissapointed. Do i need to buy the bowman prospects? Thanks!

Mark answers:

I would buy sets for each year that way you are guaranteed to get all rookie cards. I didn’t do that as a kid and spent hundreds of extra dollars on common cards. Now I buy sets and am guaranteed to get one of everything.

Sharon asks…

How do I get into motocross without spending a lots of money?

I already have an awesome bike set up for racing and i’m a good rider, but I don’t know what to do or how to get into the sport. I don’t want to spend a great deal of money either…please help.

Mark answers:

Ok here is the deal. Motocross is one of the most expensive hobbies you can get into and if money is going to be a major issue for you take it from race to race and dont plan on racing a whole lot
these are the fees at a local track

practice- practice days consist of a 30 dollor entrance fee and the cost of travel (not bad right)

Race day-
20 per person for entrance for the day
20 per class you enter

now assuming your going alone and riding one class
40 right there

then in order to stay competative your bike needs to be well tunes by you or a dealer so you have to factor that cost in(i dont know what bike u have so i cant give u a price on that) that includes:
Oil, Chain lube, coolent, ect.

I dont care how good of a rider you are u need to have spare
handle bars
shifters
levers (clutch and break)
tires
tubes

if u dont have gear then you have to pay for that
helmet-100
chest protector- 80
boots-400 (dont skimp on price on boots)
gloves- 30
knee guards-100
elbow guards- 50
pants and jerseys- 100 bucks (if u get them cheep)

and you have to understand these bikes are under emense pressure all the time in four years of racing i was lucky and only had 2 engines blow on me but i know kids who raced for one year and had his engine blow 3 times (not his fault good rider) so you have to be ready to pay for engine work. Rims get bent, spokes break, clutch perches snap and plastics get ripped off and if u want to race next weekend your paying for that befor practice on wensday.

Like i say in all my posts im not trying to keep u from racing im just telling u the truth that it consumes ur life finacially and personally if u want to be a real racer and not just some one throwing ur bike on the track and praying that it doesnt blow you need to spend money.

Thinking about it i didnt really tell u how to save cash. Well you can travel with a friend, only go to practices and races twice a month. If the bike is busted dont race till u can fix it over time. Get a sponsor.

So that wraps up another great question and answer session although some are slightly off topic they were great questions non the less.

Dont forget to leave a comment and share with your friends :)

To Your Success

I’m Here For Ya

Your Friend

Mark :)

 

 

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