Friday, January 25, 2008

Some blog tips

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Here are some blog-sticky tips according to Patrick Schaber.
Give readers something new. They should come away with a pleasure of having learnt something from your blog. Give them this pleasure! (This also means bloggers need to work harder to bring in quality content - content which needs to fulfill the aims of your blog.)
Post frequently. In my opinion, you should post frequently if you have good posts or information to share. If none, you can always blog about what you did and what you learnt because your readers can learn through what you learnt!
Maintain focus. This is a good one. It’s easy to stray from the topic of your blog because let’s face it, things get boring after a while. But do not give in to the temptation of wanting to write about other things. For instance,
Krista’s soup blog focuses on Chinese soups only. Not Western soups. She says it’s tempting sometimes to talk about other types of soups but it’s also going to be detrimental to her blog readers.
Add visual interest. This is another good point. A lot of blog readers love photos and nothing speaks louder or better than photos. That’s why we use photos when we want to bring a point across. It’s best to make a photo or visual image relevant too.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

eBay way to earn a living

KUALA LUMPUR: Chris Chan is a 30-year-old graduate who, like many in her generation, says no to a 9-to-5 office regime and refuses to be a slave to money.
Instead, she is trying to combine work with a balanced life. She has found a suitable income-generating way by selling through eBay.
“I earn about US$1,000 (about RM3,300) a month selling collectibles on eBay. I own my time and I can combine my love for travel with work, since I do need to go overseas to source for supplies,” she said.

Chan: ‘One will need to invest time, money and energy if one wants to make it big in business.’“Selling through eBay is something a person can do to earn an income. Just like any other business, one will need to invest time, money and energy if one wants to make it big,” said Chan, an architecture graduate from Australia.

Chan started selling on eBay during her student days in Australia to earn pocket money. She first started by putting her used handbags and other things on sale online.
“My first sale was exhilarating. It was a pleasant surprise that others actually wanted to buy things I had used. From then, I was interested in eBay business and went through their online course to be a certified power seller,” said Chan.
The certification also allows her to train others on the art of selling professionally and ethically on eBay.

Chan will be sharing her experience at a talk How to Earn Extra Income via eBay and Google at the MCA 9-point party exhibition to be held at Putra World Trade Centre from Jan 18 to Jan 20. Her talk is on Jan 19.

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Friday, January 4, 2008

Where’s my money gone?

MOST of us work hard and long hours from Monday to Friday, sometimes even on weekends. We wake up early, drive through maddening traffic every day, rush through lunch, battle the same maddening traffic to get home and collapse in front of the TV at the end of the day. We start thinking, “When can I finally have enough money to afford my retirement? Where does all the money go every month? Why isn’t there more of it in my savings account?”
Sound familiar? In fact, people who earn a decent living and still have problems making ends meet are probably in the majority. But you can make your hard-earned ringgit stretch further by adopting a healthier attitude towards money management and becoming a careful spender.
The biggest monetary wastes
First, you need to figure out where your money is going by drawing up a budget. Once you know what you are spending on, it’s surprisingly easier to spend less and save more. This is because a budget helps you to identify the biggest wastes of money.
Extravagant dining: Malaysians just love to eat. As families in Malaysia become more affluent and more air-conditioned food outlets are opened, eating out becomes a social norm and we spend more at restaurants.
Gambling: I read an interesting fact once that the chances of striking it rich at lotteries was slimmer than being hit by terrorists! According to one report, gambling can be more addictive than smoking or drinking and is potentially a silent but quick robber of our savings.
My advice is simple – just stay off gambling altogether except during the occasional festive season get-together with relatives or friends – if you celebrate Chinese New Year, the gambling must end on Chap Goh Meh.
“Premium” coffees: It is okay to treat yourself occasionally with a premium coffeehouse blend. But if going there is part of your routine every other day, I suggest you kick your caffeine addiction and put the savings somewhere else more profitable.
Cigarettes: If you are a heavy smoker, it’s unlikely that you understand the economic significance of a daily packet of cigarettes over a lifetime – presuming, of course, that the smoke you inhale permits you to live a full lifetime.
Say a young man starts smoking a pack a day at the age of 20 and continues until age 70. Assuming the current cost of cigarettes remains the same at RM8.20 (which is most unlikely), the money that has gone up in smoke over 50 years is RM149,650 or RM2,993 per year. If he puts that amount away in a risk-free investment instrument at 4% per annum, after 50 years he would have RM456,932 stacked in his retirement account!
Paying too much interest: Do you routinely pay your credit card balances promptly and in full, so that you are not charged an interest?
Those of you who carry unpaid balances over from month to month may find that you are on your credit card company’s list of super customers. Speak to your bank to structure a loan for you in order to settle those unpaid credit card balances. Manage your credit cards by:
 Paying off your card balance in full every month.
 Using your credit card wisely to take advantage of the 21-day free interest period. Get your credit card company to vary the payment cut-off dates.

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