Earning a Nursing Degree Online – Advantages & Considerations

Nowadays, going to classes at college is not the only way to earn your nursing degree. Online education is an alternative where you can earn a nursing credential from anywhere you like and at the time when it’s most convenient to you. Earning a nursing degree online has many advantages over the traditional learning setting, but there are a few considerations that you must look into before sign-up an online nursing degree program.

Advantages of Pursuing Nursing Degree Online

1. Choose Your Major Regardless of Location Concern

Nursing degrees come with various specializations, but your preference major may not being offered at the nursing college near to your place. You found the nursing degree program with the specialization that you like to major with, is offered by a college at another state or at the college located far way from your convenient travel distance. But, lucky the college does offer it nursing degree online. You can become their online student to sign the nursing degree with your preference major.

2. Flexible Study Time from Anywhere

You can plan your study schedule and log-on to the classes from anywhere as long as you are at a location that has internet connection. Flexible study time from anywhere is the key advantage that will benefit those working individuals who want to earn a nursing degree without giving up their paycheck. Many people have a desire to enter the nursing field, which is a very rewarding and challenging career field, but they are unable to give up their current job to go back to school due to family & other obligations. Online education with it advantages in term of flexibility learning option will enable them to continue their current life while realizing their nursing career goal. This advantage will also benefit those working individuals who need to travel a lot due to their job assignment; they can log-on to the classes from where they are.

Considerations When Taking Nursing Degree Online

Although you can earn a nursing degree online, there are a few considerations you must take into account before you sign up your degree of choice:

1. The Nursing Program Meets Your State Requirement

Each state has it own requirement for nurses, you must make sure that the online nursing degree program that you are going to enroll is a nursing program that is recognized by your state. This is particularly important for preparing for the NCLEX examination, which is required for state certification before you can start your nursing career after graduation.

2. Clinical / Lab Work Facilities

Most nursing degree programs will require you to complete a certain lab or clinical assignments before you can earn the degree. Some nursing schools will require you to complete the clinical experience at the school while other may have co-operation with other health care facilities which may locate near you place to ease you in completing your clinical experience. If traveling to the school is not convenient to you, then you must consider those schools that offer online nursing degree program which can allow you to complete the clinical experience locally.

3. Be Prepare To Be An Online Student

Online learning is different from classroom-based learning style. Most materials are in text format and you must have good reading and writing comprehension. Self-motivation is another key factor that will determine the success or the failure of an online student. If you choose to earn your nursing degree online, you must prepare yourself to face the challenges in your online study and be a successful online student.


Earn a nursing degree online has many advantages that can benefit you, but at the same time, you must consider a few important factors to ensure you can successful earn a degree that can help in your nursing career.

Telemarketing Principals of Commercial Real Estate Today

The process of telemarketing does not work well in commercial real estate if you follow the typical model of ‘pitch and process’. The people that you call do not like to be subjected to a 1 minute sales pitch and questioning process over the telephone. You have to change the rules and develop some real systems to make cold calling or telemarketing much more effective for you. In one word you have to ‘connect’.

Firstly, and before I go further into this subject I would like to say that all commercial salespeople and agents should be making their own prospecting calls wherever possible. They are the best people to connect with their market because they understand what to say in a relevant way when hard questions are created through the telephone conversation.

When it comes to commercial property sales and leasing, there are really only two targets out of making cold call connections and telemarketing. They are:

1. You want to know if the person you are calling has a need or interest in commercial property sales or leasing or property management.

2. You should seek to create a face to face meeting where the person you call qualifies from the previous point, so that you can take matters further.

When you look at these two factors simply, you can see that you should not be meeting with people who have no genuine interest. Your prospecting calls should therefore be based around a conversation or connection and not a sales pitch or presentation.

The only thing that you are selling in the call contact process is an appointment, and you only do that when you know that the person really does have a need. Protect your time and only meet with the right people that qualify as ‘active’ or ‘interested’ in commercial property.

So the telemarketing or cold call process centres on questions and conversation. Through the conversation you can come to understand if the prospect really does fall within your criteria for a prospective client or prospect. On that basis you can then arrange a meeting as appropriate.

Here are some rules that should be merged into your prospecting scripts:

  1. The people that you talk to want to be involved in the conversation. On that basis you need to ask sensible and realistic questions related to the property industry. Be sensitive to the fact that the person you call will not open up completely with you until you have established a degree of trust in the conversation. It is important that they feel relaxed and not threatened by a pushy salesperson. Professional salespeople create good connections over the telephone.
  2. Approach the first cold call or prospect call on the basis of a simple survey questioning process. The call should be about them and not about you. This is where the right questions will help you establish rapport. The reason for your call is to identify their potential property needs. Do not push for a meeting until you understand that they have a genuine need or an interest.
  3. Be prepared to introduce yourself and your business. Be honest through the conversation but allow the prospect to talk at least 50% of the time. It is of great benefit to have a simple script to get the conversation going. Beyond that starting point, Uncategorized conversation should flow and the script should be irrelevant. Your target is to get conversation moving inside of 20 seconds. A good conversation leads to information and potentially a productive meeting.
  4. If the person is unwilling to talk to you or be open and frank in the discussions, then thank them for the ability to speak with them today and then move on respectfully and politely. There are plenty of people to talk to and on that basis you need to move to the next person or the next opportunity.

There is a real skill to the prospecting and calling process. If you diligently adopt the discipline behind the task, you will find that progress will be made within about two or three weeks of making calls.

Activity Internet Report, Part-Time Internet Marketing

Before I start on this one, it may be well to remember the saying,
“where is the best place to meet the high and mighty high?”
hey, at most New Years Eve Parties.

If you want to read a article written by a Internet Guru or English
Professor you can stop reading now. If you’re looking for honest
Internet Information in plain everyday writing this is for you. Read
on, this could save you a bundle and give you enough information to
start part time Marketing on the internet.

I found out the hard way that Internet business opportunities are
almost never all they’re cracked up to be. The only persons who benefit
from the opportunities are the people who start the programs and a
few friends at the top.

Seen all those ads with images of luxury cars, boats, and house? This
is the image of high life you can have if you join a MLM opportunity.
If you believe the above I have a beautiful famous bridge in San
Francisco I want to sell, cheap, doesn’t wait, today only.

As a newbie to the Internet (joining after years of retirement), with 40
years of successful publishing, printing, business off line, it makes
me sick to think people would believe this. Yeh, just join this MLM and
in two months you will be building a luxury house next to Bill Gates.

Scams after scam try to make people believe that pyramid selling laws
just doesn’t apply to the Internet. Many so-called marketers are not just
sneaky, but are out and out liars.

Further, very few offer any sort of resources to help you. To make
matters worst, they make you feel like a real “dumbie” by e-mailing you
2 days after joining, wondering why you haven’t signed up at the very
least 100 members. They make it look like it’s your fault you have not
yet earned enough to pay for that lot next to Bill Gates.

Their scams have given the Internet a real bad name. Just mention to a
friend or work mate about joining or buying something on the Internet.
I will bet you 90% will just change the subject or walk away. So many
persons got sucked into some of these get rich scams that the average
person will not trust the Internet when it comes to buying products,

Webmasters who are now on the web work overtime, researching, and
building trust, which enables them to sell on the Internet.

They know success does not come overnight. They have to work hard,
be persistent, teachable, research. They have to make the effort and
a little bit of cash helps.

If you intend on making a living on the Internet start out part time.
The failing rate on the Internet is over 94 percent, mostly because
they buy into the MLM Marketer that promises all you have to do
is join as a paid member.

In your dealings with others, make sure you have proper disclosures as
required by law. To be an effective marketer, don’t be untruthful, make
false, misleading statements. Further remember you are responsible
for statements made by the MLM marketer if you are an affiliate selling
for them. You too could be charged and fined along with the MLM
you are promoting.

To make sure you are following the regulations for advertisements, and
other rules and regulations check out the following at FTP.

* The Applicability of FTC Law to Internet Advertising

* Clear and Conspicuous Disclosures in Online Advertisements

* Specific Issues in Applying Certain Rules and Guides to Internet Activities.


Here are a few steps you can take to be on the safe side. If your email
program has the option to automatically download attachments, make sure
it is turned off.

Check and make sure your Anti Virus is up to date.

If you have to open an attachment, save the file to your computer or
a disk.

Manually scan the file using up-to-date Anti Virus.

Remember scammers use fake websites, mail redirects. Before sending
any money check it out first. Never just click on the URL provided.
Type in the URL manually.

If you receive an email with the heading Paypal, Clickbank etc., asking
you to confirm your user, password, remember they already have this
information and would not be asking you for it.


If you buy or sell on the Internet, you need a secure reliable firm
for sending,accepting payments online. Paypal (owed by e bay) is one
of the preferred ways of sending or receiving cash online. You are
notified within minutes when you pay, buy or send money. Never trust
using your cards on the Internet. By the time you get your monthly
statement hundreds of dollars could be charged to your account. Play
it save. Get a free account with PayPal today!

I started as an affiliate but it has a lot of drawbacks. Sure they
will supply you with a free website, but then you know there are
hundreds all the same. Search engines as a rule will not list affiliate

Further, the URL given to you to promote with are long, ugly, and it’s
easy to steal your commission. Any one that may have wanted to join or
buy the product your promoting will just cut off your ID code and join.
You lose the commission and an affiliate. Plus the biggest draw back is
you don’t get a list of the persons you promote for the firm.

If you do want to sell a product for a MLM make sure you check them out.
Then you need to get the script that will shorten the URL you are given
to promote with, or learn how to clone the URL so your commission is not
stolen. Join a couple forums, and ask if anyone could give you the
script to be able to do either of the above. Most people in forums will
help because it also gives them a plug.

What business do you know (other then an Internet MLM) gets you to pay for
their advertising and work for free? You’re better off to set up your
own web site and promote as a reseller or get and sell your own products.
This way you can build up your own list.

I hate to admit this but for some reason I got tunnel vision when it came
marketing as an affiliate. I learned how to get free hits to my site, got
number 1 to 8 listing in MSN, Yahoo, Googl for my key words. in fact
have from 2 to 6 listing in each of the top 10 listing for all three of
the above search engines. My hits for December were over 2 million, yet
because I was selling for MLM’s without cloning my URL,just made enough
to cover my expenses.

No person told me everyone could tell I was a newbie and a dummie when
they saw my affiliate URL, not cloned. They would cut off the ID number
at the end if they were interested in the product I was selling, get the
commission that should have been mine, plus what hurt more was I lost an affiliate.

The cost of setting up a web site is minimum. Should you go this route I
highly recommend Robyn at:

No, I have no personal interest in myfriendlyhost, nor do I get any commission
from Robyn for listing her site. Without Robyn’s help I would have quit the Internet.
She is one of the few persons on the Internet who helped me, without
asking for money first.


Now lets see if we can get you to grin again by checking out some of
these great quotes;

“if we let loggers go in and cut down the trees we wouldn’t have a
problem with forest fires”- George Bush

I only hope our Premier Gordon Campbell does not see this. He is just
liable to take Mr. Bush’s advice. With all the forest fires we have here
in BC, Greenpeace would really see some clearcuts.

“that lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass,
and I’m just the one to do it” -A congressional candidate in Texas.

By any chance was Mr Bush ever a candidate in Texas??

My best pick;
“if someone has a bad heart, they plug this jack in at night as
they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the
night. And next morning when they wake up dead, there’ll be a
record”- Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman.

Just goes to prove we all are humans, make mistakes and when it’s
the other person’s slip-up, enjoy it.

None of the free listings below are mine, nor am I a affiliate of any
of the listings. They are listed for your benefit only.

You should also consider selling via ebay. They first started in 1995,
and I am sure few people would have believed they would have over 157
million members worldwide today.

Thousands of persons are making a good living today selling on eBay.
They give you a lot of support with free information, tools and
resources. Really a great way to start on the Internet part-time, as
you have control on the hours you want to spend to make it work.

If you’re interested, below you can click on their URL for free
A Look at Third Party eBay Tools

A free list of some of the top providers of ebay’s, including
name buyer’s, seller’s addresses, plus information on each.

Brings you the most popular and highest rating auctions, free.

If your really interested in Internet Marketing, sign up to a couple
free Internet Marketing Newsletter, and Forums. Learn and earn.

Best wishes, and I hope this article is helpful.

From Goose Farmer to Top Internet Marketer

I was asked the other day ‘What’ it has been that had allowed me to change in such a short period of time my life into better. I was asked what I was doing and which miracle had happened that I had more time and more money at the same time? I was asked if I had found something like an infinite income plan to make money online.

Well, I could have simply answered ‘yes’. But I felt like this was the right moment to going into depth and sharing what I had found and what the ‘secret’ was behind the scenes, behind my change and success: Darren Salkeld’s Infinite Income Plan and how i applied it to learn to earn cash from a top internet marketer and make money online myself – applying what I had learned and am still learning!

Make Money Online Secret Revealed: there was no secret, there is no secret. I wanted to learn to earn cash and simply researched for a real business opportunity online that would meet my criteria. I was blessed to meet Darren Salkeld on an international workshop, where he was presented as a top internet marketer. And this is exactly what Darren Salkeld is and where it all started for me.

The Infinite Income Plan is where Darren Salkeld has put together all his learnings and experience on how to learn to earn cash and make money online. Darren Salkeld put it all together in one place, in the Infinite Income Report.

So who is Darren Salkeld? Today Darren Salkeld stands synonymous for the Infinite Income Plan. Till a few years ago he was a hard working goose farmer and leader in his family business – with a small difference to so many others in his same position: he had a vision! Darren knew that there needed to be some way to learn to earn money and make money online. He went and researched each online marketer he could get hold of and each method he could try, he would do so.

Darren Salkeld today knows all the mechanisms to make money online as he knew how to learn to earn cash and talk with each successful internet marketer he could get hold of. Driven by his vision and solid principles and values that are key to making any income plan and marketing activity a vivid instrument to success, Darren Salkeld has decided to share his knowledge with you and me, with all of us. He even went a step further and created out of his personal instant income plan the infinite income plan which shows all of us a possibility to open our mind to new dimensions.

What attracted me most about the whole Infinite Income Plan, more than all the information on how to learn to earn cash and insights it gives, it is the fact that Darren Salkeld does not talk about tools and techniques only, as many internet marketers do. Darren highlights the importance of our values and believes, of our vision and wish to achieve.

A fast track to learn to earn cash and make money online is part of Darren’s Infinite Income Plan as well as motivational messages and clear guidance on all areas, apart from the pure business aspects, that are all part of our personal success stories.

You can have a list, the famous winning list of people online each internet marketer needs and wants. But it will be of no value if all these people will have no confidence in you. Only the moment that they will trust you, that they will feel that you care for them and about them, only then you will be really able to call your list a winning list! And this is exactly the secret formula that great online marketer Darren Salkeld used and still uses with his Infinite Income Plan.

Shopping For Used Clothing Accessories

We all know that accessories can make or break an outfit. Handbags, belts, shoes, scarves and more help to create a unique fashion statement for their wearers. Keeping up with the latest fashion trend can be expensive for shoppers. Accessories are a great option to create a fashion trend without changing your entire wardrobe each season. For affordable accessories, consider shopping in used clothing stores.

Millions of people donate and sell their unwanted accessories every year to charities, resale shops, consignment shops, flea markets and to online auction sites. A large quantity of used clothing and accessories that are available are barely used and some even have the original price tags on them. When you shop for used clothing accessories you will find quality pieces at affordable prices.

To start, browse your local physical stores by looking in the YellowPages, using your online search engine and asking your friends and family. Make a list of places that you would like to consider and then map out a plan to visit them. If you are looking for newer clothing accessories, consider visiting consignment shops first. Most items that you will find at a consignment shop are between 1-3 years old and you can expect up to a 50%-60% discount off of the retail price. If you are looking for a super bargain, start by searching thrift stores and flea markets. You may need to be willing to dig, but you will be sure to find some very nice, inexpensive items. Next, search your local resale shops as they offer a mix of old and new used clothing accessories and are generally a bit more organized than a flea market or a thrift store.

As you are shopping, be sure to also take an inventory of your current accessories and the items that you are looking to replace. As you are going through your closet, you will probably find unwanted clothes and accessories that you can even sell to generate funds to make some new accessories purchases. Be sure to take those items with you on your shopping trips.

When you are shopping on an online auction or consignment site, accessories are often sold in “Lots”. Lots are groupings of like items that are sold as a single unit. The advantages of lots are that you get a large selection in a single purchase, but the disadvantage is that you may not always know what you are getting. Single items that are more expensive are typically sold individually. Be sure to read the item descriptions carefully so that you know what you are getting and take into consideration what the shipping costs are going to be in your overall sales price. When you are making your online purchases, be sure to use a secure site and a reputable company to ensure your security and your privacy.

Shopping for used accessories online and in physical used clothing stores is a great way to build your wardrobe, to keep up with the trends and to find affordable items.

Commercial Real Estate – Listing Tools and Tactics

Attracting new property listings is an ongoing task that requires constant focus for the commercial real estate agent. Whether they are new or old to the industry, prospecting for new listings is (or should be) ongoing. Clear tactics are required if you want to dominate your market and the other real estate agents around you.

Without new listings you cannot generate the commissions and quality of enquiry you require. What I will give you here is a well proven base plan and set of tactics for generating listing opportunity.

Understand this, the more enquiries you generate from the people you know, the better your real estate business. You have to know a lot of people to be successful in the real estate business.

With the advances in technology today you would think that this is prospecting process is easier than ever before, although some people still struggle with it.

So where can you generate the property enquiry that you need? Here is a list that will help you on the way:

  • Old real estate sales and leasing activity over the last few years will give you the names and dates of transactions that will soon potentially come back in the market. That means you should use the old property sales and leasing records from your region as a base of fresh prospecting and cold calling. Most investment property will change hands every 5 to 7 years. It is a cycle that allows you to target properties that have been held for some time by the same owners. They are likely to need your help soon.
  • Business owners may lease or own their premises. Make the call to these people or drop in at their offices to find out what they need and want in the way of property.
  • Walk the streets that contain the good properties and the good businesses. Leave your business card and pick up the business card of all the managers or proprietors.
  • Ask the people you meet in the local businesses about the local properties around them and any changes that they know about. This is a great source of market intelligence. They know the market around them better than you do.
  • Vacant land should always be researched as to the owner and what they are doing about the property. You can put your sign on vacant land if the owner lists their property with you. The more signs you get up the better for your market image and market share.
  • Old property listings that other agents have failed to sell or lease should be monitored in case the listing can be reactivated. As part of this keep a tally on the time on market for the listings. This will tell you when the market is changing with certain listing types.
  • Make cold calls on developers, solicitors, accountants, and architects. They all have an interest in commercial property and will have clients that need help from time to time.
  • Rent rolls and other property managements held by other agents are prime targets for new business. By their very nature, the owners of these properties are investors, and many investors own more than one property.

You and your daily activities are at the center of this prospecting process. Prospecting is hard for some people given that the level of self-discipline required is high. Many salespeople will find something else to do that is easier. Any excuse will do to avoid prospecting. Many salespeople will take the easy prospecting process of dropping flyers and sending generic mail to hundreds of local businesses where they do not follow up. Does this really work? Yes but only to a minor degree and the road to success is slow.

You have to talk to people if you want to fast track your listings and opportunity.

If you take on this challenge and practice your prospecting processes until they are second nature, then you will create better results. As you improve, the more meetings and presentations you can do, and this leads to listings.

It pays to keep a running tally of your calls, meetings, and conversions to listings. This helps you understand when you are getting better at the prospecting process. So who are you going to call? This is the research part of the prospecting model and every day you do a bit more research into the properties and the areas that you are interested in. This also helps you understand what is going on in your area.

New property listings help you build your database. It is the database that will bring you so much market share and qualified enquiry. The bigger and more accurate your database, the more people you can call when some enquiry or opportunity arises. Your database is a very personal thing and should be maintained by you personally. This helps you take ownership of the process.

When Shopping For Shoes-Make Certain You Walk Away With Style And Comfort

When it comes to footwear, everyone wants to sport the latest styles. However, over the years, following fashion trends has seemingly come to signify that trendsetters must endure a bit of pain on their feet. After all, what counts as fashionable footwear if it’s not high-heeled and narrow-shaped? It’s a notion that’s exemplified in magazines, on catwalks and on the feet of our favourite celebrities. But does the statement, ‘no pain, no gain’ really hold any bearing in the world of fashion?

The answer is simple: absolutely not. Simply put, fashion is all too often considered as something you see – not feel. Thus, too many women un-necessarily force their feet into suffering the wrath of high heels all day, every day, simply for the sake of fashion! If you’re one of these women, perhaps it’s time you considered something a little more comfortable. There are numerous styles of shoes available that can make a fashion statement without needlessly torturing your feet. For example, wouldn’t it be pleasant to slide your feet into a flat, slip-on shoe with a padded insole? Or maybe, think about all the extra comfort you would gain from a shoe with a rubber outing.

Rest assured that comfort can mingle with style – whether it’s by means of colour, shape, design or material; and there are certainly loads of products on the footwear fashion market which aim to show you how.

If you’re required to wear formal shoes within your work environment, you can still wear casual footwear to and from work, as well as on your days off; so, you can finally experience what it’s like to take off a pair of stylish shoes without having to endure the throbbing pain that your feet have come to expect.

If you’re looking for shoes that will make a statement, yet won’t require you to limp your way around town, you’re sure to find plenty of high-street shoe retailers who can provide you with exactly that. For example, Vans’ classic slip diagonal trainers are an eye-catching bargain; moreover, they exude original style and make a distinct fashion statement that everyone around you will recognise. Be confident in the fact that if you take the time to shop around, you’re likely to pick up some great deals on sale items – meaning you’ll walk away with style, comfort and some extra cash in your pocket. When it comes to shoes, there’s no better outcome!

Cookie Decorating and Cocktails: Themed Parties For the Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us, and one of the most timeless, beloved traditions is cookie decorating before Christmas time. Instead of setting aside an afternoon to bake batch after batch of Christmas cookies, why not plan a full-blown cookie decorating party to include friends and family?

How a Cookie Decorating Party Works

A cookie decorating party can work in one of two ways. You can ask all guests to bring their own favorite cookies, undecorated, to the party for a group decorating project. Or, you can ask guests to pitch in and make batches of cookies in your kitchen that you can all decorate together once they cool, fresh out of the oven.

For a smaller gathering with a few friends, baking cookies and decorating together will work well. For a larger party of five or more, it’s a better idea to ask guests to bring their own undecorated cookies so you don’t have to worry about squeezing a large group into a crowded, hot kitchen to bake cookies together.

To plan ahead, make sure that you have all of the necessary decorating supplies set up in advance in different stations throughout the room, including:

• Aprons or smocks
• Paper towels
• Tubes of icing in different colors
• Sprinkles and other assorted decorations
• Food coloring
• Small paintbrushes

From there, it’s time to get cracking! Guests can decorate plain cookies of their choice with different icings and assorted decorations, like sprinkles, chocolate chips, M&Ms, crushed peppermint, and more. You may also choose to splurge on fancy holiday cookie decorations like colored sugar, silver ball candies, and cinnamon hearts.

All of the decorations can be set up in individual bowls for use at each decorating station. Guests can also create their own colored icing with food coloring to paint different designs on each cookie using a small paintbrush.

Adult Beverages for Cookie Decorating

If this is an adults-only party, you have the perfect opportunity to pair holiday cookies with delicious seasonal cocktails to enjoy throughout the decorating process. Depending upon the type of cookies that you decorate, whether they’re plain sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, or even peanut butter cookies, you can pair your holiday drinks accordingly.

Decorated holiday sugar cookies will go well with a warm beverage like Irish Coffee or spiked cider. You can also make a large batch of alcoholic holiday punch with flavors of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, served chilled and topped with a splash of cranberry juice and sparkling wine.

For more flavorful cookies, like peanut butter or snickerdoodle, serve a refreshing holiday favorite like mulled wine, peppermint martinis, or rich yet satisfying alcoholic eggnog.

For an adult-themed cookie decorating holiday bash, make sure to provide guests with the convenience of arranging transportation to and from the venue with a limo rental or luxury town car. This will allow guests to ride safely to and from the party destination so that they can enjoy a few holiday cocktails without having to worry about driving home at the end of the evening. ‘Tis the season!

10 Shopping Tips – Fashionable Finds Are Possible For Under $25!

When it comes to shopping sometimes the $20 sandals flatter you more than the $400 designer sandals. Style is not in the price, but in your approach. You can get more for less if you are savvy about your shopping. Fashionable finds are possible for under $25. How do you do it? Here are 10 Tips to think about when you’re out on a shopping expedition:

1. You Can Find Deals in Unexpected Places.

I got a purse for a steal at a Nine West shoe store in New Jersey. Not a shop I would normally think of to buy a purse. But I spotted it in the front window and fell in love. (Although maybe not as deeply as with my husband.) When I went into the store to ask a sales clerk about it, I thought this gorgeous tan satchel would be expensive. It looks like something that would be appropriate in Grace Kelly’s or Audrey Hepburn’s wardrobe closet. But now it’s in my closet.

2. Set Your Budget and Stick with It.

Yes, you’ve probably heard this before. However, forced to work within a box, you will come up with creative ideas. One year for Christmas, I set a working budget of $25 each for my nieces and nephew. Instead of getting them each one gift, I got them a number of small funky gifts and they each had 3 presents to open. It made opening gifts more exciting for them.

3. Read fashion magazines to get an idea of the trends.

Many clothing companies with budget-happy fashion lines will replicate the “look” or “feel” of pricey designer fashion. I read everything from New York magazine and the NY Times Fashion to Vogue, Elle and fashion catalogs to see what’s happening out in the fashion world. Go to your nearest public library and those fashion mags are FREE! If you learn what is cutting edge then believe me you will find cheaper versions of the trends. Or you will learn how to put an outfit together in your own expressive way.

4. You can find reasonably priced gifts at even the most expensive stores.

For example when I go online to Saks Fifth Avenue I can look under the gift category “Under $50.” Today for “$25 and under” I find: a Kate Spade notecard set, a hip style book on Dolce and Gabbana and Fresh waterlily soap—all would make lovely gifts. The price is so reasonable for the soap you could even include a little something else so that the recipient has another gift to open–always more fun. Go to a pricey chocolate shop. Then buy the smallest, but always tasteful box, sometimes under $15. Put it in a nice gift bag with the heavenly scented waterlily soap. Your gift card can read: “You deserve a little elegance in your life.” What friend wouldn’t be flattered.

5. Be open to new opportunities.

When I travel to new cities I like to explore new shops. I usually end up in the artsy section of town. To me that means galleries, museums, maybe a university–and fun shopping. I collect business cards of the stores I love and make notes or take pictures of what they have so I can call them and order from them later. If a town has a college or university it has plenty of stores with low prices to satisfy the students. And me too.

6. Know your own style.

Allow your self the luxury of an expensive item that you just can’t pass on. Especially if it defines “YOU.” Find deals for other purchases. I coveted a $99 sweater from J.Crew, but then I bought a purse for only $20 for a wedding. You can justify the expensive purchase. The sweater will last for years, amortizing into less money. If I wear the sweater often, cost-wise it pays for itself, while the wedding purse I might only use that one time.

7. Accessories are inexpensive ways to refashion the look of your outfit.

An $8.00 leopard print scarf I bought at H&M compliments my chartreuse cardigan, jeans and black boots. It’s a dressy-casual look that suits my style. And the scarf goes just as well with a knit purple dress and heels. A few strategically picked accessories means less outfits to buy.

8. Consider buying your purchases in the months they are traditionally on sale.

If you’re not in a rush to buy new towels then why not wait until January or August. Or if you thinking of painting your bedroom Robin Egg blue, that paint will be cheaper in April.

9. Sign up for email blasts from your favorite stores.

Stores will alert you to their sales and often give email subscribers exclusive discounts. You will learn about sales before the average customer. Then instead of spending a fortune on the skirt you admired earlier in the season you can scoop it up at a bargain.

10. Shop from your home and comparison shop online.

Yeah, why not. Shop in your pjs, my favorite way to shop. What do you think?

Top 3 Activities to Do If You Want to Succeed in Internet Marketing

Internet marketing is an attractive idea to make money on the side that eventually will become a full time income. Sadly, there is a lot of hype around this activity with thousands of products that promise outrageous incomes in 30 days or less or whatever other hype they can think about. But the overall premise is that you will be a multimillionaire by the time you finish reading their eBook and implement their techniques to dominate AdWords and Clickbank products.

However, the 3 best things to do to succeed are:

1. Learn how to drive traffic to your site for free. This means, learn SEO. Don’t depend on AdWords and CPC campaigns. This can be very costly if you don’t know what you are doing. AdWords is a great way to test a new campaign as long as you know how to properly set it up. Most people fail very fast and go into debt because they fail to do proper keyword research and set up their campaigns the right way. If you want to use AdWords as a way to drive traffic to your site or offer, you should consider reading Perry Marshall’s AdWords Definitive Guide.

2. Don’t buy every eBook that promises huge payouts in a matter of weeks. Most of these are hype and will under deliver. Take your time to research the products that you want to buy to study or to promote. A great place to do this research is 24hrprofits.com You will find consumer reports and product fact sheets without hype or bias and it will save you time and money.

3. Take your time. Don’t get discouraged because it’s been a month and you haven’t made any sales. This will take time. But if you stay the course, educate yourself and focus on the fundamentals, you will succeed.

In my opinion, one of the best products if you are starting on Affiliate Marketing is Commission Blueprint. Commission Blueprint combined with Perry Marshall’s AdWords guide will give a big boost and will be a great resource. Commission Blueprint has a step by step approach and it will show you via online video and training pdf ebooks, how to properly do keyword research, set up your AdWords ads, product selection and scalability of winning keywords and landing pages combinations. The course also includes templates for landing pages that will help you get started if you don’t know how to fully design html websites.

This is by far the best product I’ve seen in a long time and it covers both free and paid methods to set up winning campaigns. The system, if worked as taught will give a huge advantage over other affiliate beginners that are struggling with PPC or other ways to drive traffic to a site. Even if you decide to not use AdWords as a means to drive traffic, it will still be a great way to learn the whole process of affiliate marketing and how to make money online, whether your interest is supplemental income or to eventually make it a full time activity.