Time Tested Tips on Earning Money Online

If you thought that earning money was easy by just sitting in the comfort zone of your home, then you are not completely wrong. Gone are the days when you had to go out of your home and do a typical nine to five job. It is now possible to earn your money by doing simple online home jobs. All you need to have is a computer, access to the internet and of course basic computer knowledge.

Planning your online job is important. Making money online is different from making money online at home. Establish clarity on the type of job you want to do. It could be anything from copy paste jobs to article writing, review writing or writing a sales page for a company. If you want to earn money online at home, first and foremost setting up a home office is important. You need to have a small dedicated space for yourself where you can work calmly and peacefully. Treat the online job seriously and devote time so that it is established.

Set a time for your online job. If you are comfortable during the mornings, you may want to start working from ten to one and take a break and then again continue work from five till night. The choice is yours. But make sure you stick to it, unless there is an emergency. Eliminating distractions when working is important. You cannot have the television ‘ON’ when working as it will distract you and you cannot work seriously. Irrespective of the online jobs you do, make sure to stick to guidelines. You may lose out on valuable business and clients if you are not able to meet deadlines. Hence, sticking to deadlines is very important.

There are a number of companies that offer freelance work to individuals. Make sure you check the repute about the company before beginning work. Go through the reviews posted about the company on the web, check with friends and relatives. If a website requests for money to give online work, simply ignore them. You can never be sure about such companies.

With the internet gaining so much of popularity, new websites are added to the web everyday. All these websites require content to improve their business. If you are adept at writing original articles, you can apply to these companies or check out for SEOs who offer freelance article writing jobs. You will not only brush your English writing skills but also earn good money in the bargain.

Online Shopping: 10 Tips For Safe Online Shopping

Have you ever bought a product or service from the internet?

Yes? Me too. You’re not alone…

Some of the reasons why most people are shopping online are: they can buy anything at anytime because Internet shopping is available 24 hours, all the time.

You can shop from the convenience of your home. You can avoid traffic and crowding at the malls.

Online shopping is one of the best ways to locate hard-to-find items not available in your local stores.

Whatever you buy can be delivered by mail to your house.

Most online stores and companies provide excellent values and discount prices because they do not have to pay the overhead of owning a physical business that will cost them insurance, employee pay, taxes and more.

VeriSign, Inc. says that online sales recorded during the prime holidays shopping season was about $2.2 billion dollars.

According to a study by Forrester Research Company, by 2010, online sales will reach $331 billion dollars.

More consumers are shopping online today than a year ago. The range of products they buy are many: software, hardware, electronics, digital products, music, toys, e-books, books, programs, DVD, flowers, pets, jewelry, clothes, air tickets, insurance, cars, prescription drugs, comic books, games, gifts and more.

They are flocking to buy from online bookstores, software stores, online computer stores, target stores, pet stores, liquor stores, drug stores, music stores, furniture stores, fabric stores, the Disney store, outlet stores, surplus stores, discount stores, thrift stores, gift stores, candy stores, lingerie stores, sports stores, video stores, sex stores, department stores, game stores, clothing stores and others.

Be a smart and savvy online shopper. Shop wisely and safely.

Here are a few tips to help you do your online shopping safely.

(1) Shop at the websites of companies that you know and are popular offline.

If you’re not sure of the company, request their catalog or brochure first.

Be sure they have a physical address and phone, as well as an e-mail address. Call them and speak to a human being first.

Check with the yellow pages and the Better Business Bureaus to be sure the company is legitimate.

Read all the fine print and the refund policy before you place an order.

You may read about product reviews and what other shoppers have to say about a company at:

http://www.epinions.com, http://www.consumersearch.com, http://www.productopia.com, http://www.deja.com

Here are some internet shopping agents’ sites:

[http://www.comparenet.com], [http://vo.infospace.com], http://bottomdollar.com

To read about reviews on shopping stores, regarding ease of use, pricing, selection and service go to:

http://www.gomez.com, http://www.bizrate.com , http://www.ratingwonders.com

To read about web business frauds and get help to avoid being a victim, go to:

http://www.fraud.org , http://www.bbbonline.org , http://www.webassured.com

(2) Keep a record of all your purchases.

Most people are by nature disorganized and unable to keep records. Learn to keep records of all your online purchases. This will help you keep track of your spending and shopping.

Print all receipts or save them on your computer in a folder named “receipts”.

This will help you locate orders that you placed but were never delivered.

The more organized you are the less negative online shopping experience you’ll have.

(3) Keep all your important personal information safe.

Don’t give them to strangers who may call you over the phone or request them by e-mail.

Personal information includes: your address, e-mail address, phone number, social security number, drivers license, age, information about your family.

Don’t give them to any stranger and, also, teach your children not to do so.

(4) Keep your passwords private.

When creating a password, avoid using phone numbers, birth dates or social security numbers.

Be creative. Use a password that is not easy for others to guess, and yet not easy for you to forget.

Change your passwords often. Use phrases to help you remember them.

Don’t disclose passwords to anyone.

(5) Use a credit (but never debit) card to make your payment.

Be sure to keep all credit card payment receipts. Check your credit card account statements to be able to spot any unauthorized charges.

When you buy certain goods and services from some companies, sometimes they will keep billing you thereafter. So scrutinize your statements. If you see a charge you’re not sure of, call the billing merchant and check it out.

Keep your credit cards secure.

Avoid making a payment using your credit card on a public computer.

Report any lost credit cards immediately and have them cancelled. Don’t give anyone that you don’t know your credit card number.

(6) Read the return policy before placing an order.

Be sure that you read and understand the return policy and warranty.

(7) Read and understand the company’s privacy statement (or policy).

A privacy statement tells you how and why a business is collecting your information, and how that information may be used.

You may find the company’s privacy statement (or policy) at the very bottom of the home page or inside their “Terms & Conditions” or “Terms of Service” (TOS).

(8) Use a secure browser and server.

Be sure whatever browser you’re using complies with the industry’s security standards, such as secure sockets layer (SSL).

This security protocol scrambles or encrypts the personal information you send over the Internet to ensure your transaction is secured.

How do you know if the server is secure where you’re making a payment?

If a Web site is using secure technology, its Web address begins with https and a tiny locked padlock appears at the bottom right corner of the screen.

(9) Check out a few stores and compare prices before buying.

Look for hidden costs such as shipping and handling.

(10) Use Yahoo Search Engine for all your searches.

Yahoo continues to be, not only the largest online company, but also, the best Search Engine.

Unlike the other popular Search engine, which keeps companies in a sandbox for many months and refuses to give them rankings for many months, Yahoo is pro business and gives immediate rankings to companies and business.

Their search result is also excellent. That may be one reason why 60% of people online (including me) love Yahoo.

Also, they have the most reliable and the best hosting service in the world.

For these reasons, I strongly recommend you use Yahoo to do all your searches.

Happy and safe online shopping.

Warmly,

I-key Benney

5 Tips To Choose The Right Computer Repair Service

We all have problems with our computers from time to time. If your computer is down, you can do three things. You can go online and read forums to look for a solution. You can talk to a support engine online. Or you can give a call to a local computer repair shop for assistance. If you are a new user and don’t have any computer knowledge, opening your computer case may not be a good idea. What you should do is hire the services of a computer repair service. Given below are a few tips that can help you look for the right provider in your area.

Check Out The Reviews

While looking for a local service provider, make sure you read reviews on them online. You can check out Yelp, BBB or Google, for instance. Checking out reviews will give a great idea about different providers.

Alternatively, you can ask family, co-workers, friends or other pros about the repair services they used in the past. As a matter of fact, word-of-mouth is still one of the most reliable methods of looking for trusted professionals in any field.

On-Site Support

Typically, the technician may also come to your place to diagnose the problem with your computer. This can save you a lot of hassle as you won’t have to take your computer to the computer shop. However, keep in mind that the technician may charge a bit extra for the additional service. But this can be a good option if you have a very busy schedule.

Service Cost

It’s better that you compare different shops and get quotes as you create a short list of candidates. Make sure you stay away from shops that ask for upfront or that charge by the hour.

Today, most computer repair shops charge based on the type of problem you have with your machine. And these rates are fixed.

Warranty

It’s good if you look for a repair service that won’t charge you anything if your problem is not solved. In other words, if they can’t fix your computer, you won’t have to pay a dime. Usually, honest technicians are straightforward and won’t charge you if your computer needs to be replaced, for instance. Don’t forget to ask for any warranty on the labor and parts.

Experience

This is the most important point. You don’t want to hire any computer repair technician. You only want to hire one that has a lot of experience under their belt. An inexperienced technician may end up damaging your computer further, which is something you don’t want to experience.

Therefore, it’s worth the time to find out if the repair service is licensed and experienced. You want to work with a qualified pro.

Long story short, if your computer is out of order, we suggest that you look for a trustworthy repair technician to get your machine fixed. It’s not a good idea to open the case yourself in an attempt to diagnose the problem yourself if you are a novice. Hiring a pro is a safer choice.