years to pack a toolbox?"
indeedy! I take my responsibility very seriously.
confess, I inherited just a tad of my late pappy's
obsessive-compulsive disorder --
problem for me,
- a virtual insurance policy for you
My choices are the result of seven long years of searching,
visiting, reading, testing, ash-canning, and starting
over. Thus, it is with total confidence that I shriek,
"IT JUST DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!"
this page has earned *MaaMaw's Personal Seal
of Approval* and is guaranteed to fit snugly into the "100%
MaaMaw's Toolbox is a work in progress, so be sure to
bookmark this page and check back often.
One last thing before we start:
I never said this list was exclusive, so don't get your
bowels in an uproar. I'm not here to bash those who
didn't rate or are yet to be discovered but to sing the
praises of the people, places, and products that have earned a
permanent home in
(or is that "Magnificent
note --The old beloved toolbox was battered and worn, and
after Lesley's death, it started suffering from 404-Linkdeath
Syndrome. I'm working hard to update this page, because
in the past she'd linked to so many tools that I had used.)
THE WORLD'S *BEST* WEB SITE HOST
I've been with AllWebCo since time began (seven years
and counting), and I honestly don't believe there is a better
web site host on the planet. Their rates are extremely
low, but somehow they manage to keep their service second to
none -- and that has never wavered, even in the middle of two
devastating hurricanes. I can't begin to tell you how good
they've been to me (but I'll surely try :-) Learn more...
DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION
Yes, I'm recommending AllWebCo again -- not because
I get a commission (I don't), but because they're the
best. Come on, it's only a domain name. Who
cares, right? I care -- and so do they. I
can't always count on myself to stay on top of things. I
need someone who will track me down before I miss a
deadline, and AllWebCo has done that for me time and time
again. My domain names are too important to mess around
with. As far as I'm concerned, peace of mind is well
worth a few extra pennies. Learn more...
QUESTION ABOUT WEB SITE DESIGN?
You can always count on Steve MacLellan to come up
with the answer. A FIB participant for years, he knows
so much it's almost scary, and he's always willing to
help. Visit Steve's discussion board...
NEED TO FIND YOUR NICHE?
Niches are the way to riches -- find your
own little corner of the Internet and market the heck out of
it (and, no, "marketing info products about internet
information products marketing" isn't going to be it, no
matter what kind of chirpy info-letter-pages you run
into. And there's a lot of them out
there, let me tell you!) However, John Thornhill HAS
been writing about and teaching about finding niche internet
markets and reaching them ever since Moses was a corporal (as
my dad says.) His "Niche Navigator" ebook is only $17, and
believe me you can get $17 worth of advice from it
THE BUSINESS FASTLANE
For mere peanuts, you gain immediate
access to articles and ideas by some truly great marketing minds
(including the amazing Don Alm). And oodles of case studies
-- more than 357 of them! -- many of which come complete with all
the "secret details" you need to ethically steal these
rock-solid, tried-and-true business ideas. They range from
everyday to, shall we say, bizarre (hey, don't knock bizarre;
it can make you rich). Some require specialized
skills... many require absolutely none. Learn more...
Success Stories and Case Histories
LIKE A REAL ENTREPRENEUR
Cool Tools (and books!)
If you're all excited now and want to run off and do your own
website -- but can't tell the difference between HTML code and
a really really hard math problem, then trot on over to see Lee Dobbins. She builds custom
websites using Word Press blogging software (which means your
website will be easy to update, easy to install, easy to
tinker with, and all that jazz) -- plus she's one of the Nice
People on Internet. Templates start at $29.00 and
for another $10 or so, you can buy some pre-written articles
so your site won't look so bare.
If you're the same kind of lunatic coder that I am, and don't want to spend
a bazillion dollars on WYSIWYG HTML Editors (and if you know
what that means, you ARE one of us), then check out Seamonkey.
It's the old Mozilla Netscape Navigator with the simple
Composer tool that lets you get on with creating a webpage and
best of all it's free.
That's what I'm using for these pages. Easier than
CoffeeCup. Trust me on this one.
Marketing -- everyone's talking about it and by the time
you get done reading all the pages on this strategy and
that one, your head probably hurts. Mine did.
If you're a fan of the "For Dummies" series (and there are
some great books in the series), you will probably enjoy Adsense
For Dummies. Even the experienced can learn a
few tricks from it, but I think it's a better choice for
people trying to get started with Adsense and wondering what
in the heck it means and how to do it.
is still one of the easier ways of making money. Several
folks recommended Deb Henry's "Fishing
For Niches" as a good starter manual, particularly for
people who love to shop on Ebay and want to try turning a profit
instead of spending all their cash on goodies. Don't get
me wrong -- I like goodies, but I have a garage full of them and
if I could foist them off on other folks for money, I could
get... MORE GOODIES! Anyway, Deb is a certified Ebay
Education Specialist (yes, there really IS such a thing. I
checked. With Ebay.) and has ways to help you find people willing to part
with their money niche customers on Ebay.
KAESER & BLAIR ADVERTISING SPECIALTIES
I was a Kaeser & Blair business owner for a short time, and
I bombed royally. (It was before I figured out that, for
me, waking up every day knowing I had to approach living,
breathing prospects was even more horrifying than a chocolate
famine.) However, I was with the company long enough to
know that the opportunity they offer is absolutely
legitimate. They've been in business for well over 100
years and are highly respected in the industry. So... if
this sounds like it's right up your alley, I strongly recommend
you contact Dennis Bevers. He has been doing extremely
well with K&B for many, many years. If you're serious
about building a successful advertising specialties business,
you won't find a better guide than Dennis. Learn more...
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| PROTECT YOURSELF FROM
SCAMS! Research all business opportunities
thoroughly, and never blow off other people's bad
experiences. Ask around (and listen!).
Message Board is a good place to
start. What's that? You've found a Biz
Op and you're wondering if it's endorsed by
FIB?... Not unless it's listed in MaaMaw's Magnificent Toolbox.
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