Is the Million Mail Program For Real?

If you have been looking for real home based business, you are not alone. Many people are looking for simple programs they can implement from home to make an extra income. The problem is finding anything that will pay real dividends that does not involve scamming others out of their hard-earned money. One of the many online opportunities you might consider is the Million Mail Program. This is a proven business with three years under their belt to prove it. There is a huge potential for profit in mailing programs. There are a few things you want to watch for when it comes to a direct mailing program however and here are a few of the most common issues.

Start Up

What is it going to cost you to start your home based business? Some opportunities today sound fantastic until you calculate the start up costs. You will find plans online that require both an upfront payment and recurring subscription fees to be a part of their program, this is not ideal. When you need to make money you want to be able to put as much of your earnings in your pocket as possible and invest time in growing the business and not worrying about paying all these fees. Another thing to look for before starting a home based business is the conversion rates a program currently enjoys, the better the program converts the quicker you can make back your start up and start earning real money. For instance, the Million Mail program converts at a rate of about 1 in 14, which is not bad at all.

Online/ Offline

To maximize your potential earnings with your home based business it is important that you can operate both online and offline. Many people are tired of virtual “products” and completely internet based programs. This is another area where a mailing program can differ from a lot of the opportunities out there. In the best of circumstances, you will find a home based business opportunity that allows you to operate both online and offline as well as providing an actual product. Look for a program that offers you support on both of these fronts, a good online support program will offer you capture pages, auto responders and more in the way of marketing support. If they offer continuing support and training at no cost, you have a real winner on your hands.

Training

No one is a born marketer, there are skills and techniques that you must learn and a successful training program is one that you can use with your current home based business and any other business pursuit you choose. The training program that comes with business opportunities like MMP are powerful and universal, which means you could apply the techniques to other business pursuits. You can use their mailing lists and post card techniques can translate into many business opportunities.

Getting Started with Work at Home

If you have to spend hours upon hours trying to convince someone to participate in your home based business you are not likely to make much if any money. A good program takes the work out of it and allows you to sit back and watch the methods work in your favor. The best work from home programs provide a fun atmosphere you can enjoy and time to get pleasure from your life. These types of programs are hard to come by, but if you look hard, enough you will find the perfect work from home business.

Schemes, Scams and Frauds

It does not take very long at all on the internet to find millions of scams, schemes and frauds aimed at taking your money. These programs will leave you high and dry or be so difficult to earn back your start up that you simply chunk it and look for the next opportunity. Avoid cash gifting programs, MLM or any scheme like them; many of these are downright illegal!

Work

Finally, do not buy into the idea that you will never have to work for your earnings. There is no such thing as getting rich over night you will need drive, commitment and an open mind to make your home based business work. This is not to say you will be working your fingers to the bone, but you will have to put some effort into the process. When considering home based businesses find the program that offers you support, tools and the potential for making some real money!

The Art of the Inter-Office Memo

Writing a memo in the office may seem like a simple, straightforward activity, but it’s actually a bit more complex. There are a number of things, like tone, spelling, etc., that can affect the way you are perceived by others. There are also a few “rules” you may want to consider, an etiquette if you will, when writing an inter-office memo. Let’s take a look at some of those guidelines:

Tone: Tone is the emotion or attitude that comes across in your writing. It can be polite, authoritative, passive, etc., and even arrogant and rude. After writing any communication, read over it when you’re done. Be sure you’re coming across in a polite manner and not stepping on anyone’s toes. Try not to sound too authoritative or bossy. Your coworkers will notice.

Spelling: It’s actually very important to use proper spelling and grammar whenever possible. Spell-check programs exist on nearly every email or document program. Correct spelling and grammar not only projects intelligence and professionalism, but it also will cut down on miscommunication and confusion. Again, reading over communications before sending is key. Run spell-check and grammar programs if they’re available to you.

Recipients: Be sure to include all recipients required for the communications. Don’t leave anyone out accidentally, but also don’t include anyone not relevant to the matter at hand. This will also project professionalism and proficiency.

Be specific: When writing a memo, be specific and succinct. Write clearly and directly, addressing the issue and what is required (if anything) from the recipients. If you require a response, be sure to include a statement to that effect. Don’t assume recipients will know what you require. Also, don’t include any information which isn’t necessary to the matter. Doing so will only waste your time and the time of your coworkers.

Limit personal material: Ending with a personal favorite quote as a “signature” is fine, but attaching pictures of family or pets isn’t exactly professional. Keep personal material to a minimum. There’s a time and place for everything, but memos aren’t the place for sharing personal details of your life.

Writing a memo can be a very telling and important aspect of your office career. Being professional in your communication projects your own attitude toward your work and your coworkers. Take it seriously and you will be taken seriously in return. In addition, your own memo-writing will be an example to your coworkers and the professionalism will spread throughout the office. See how important professional memo-writing can be?

Disaster Life Support: The 21st Century’s CPR

When cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was invented in the 1970s, the goal was to train as many potential bystanders as possible to help if someone had a heart attack or choked in public. In an effort to educate everyone about the importance of learning basic chest compression and the Heimlich maneuver, even Hollywood got in on the act, incorporating the practices into movie and TV storylines. As a result of great marketing, these days virtually everyone knows what CPR is, and hundreds of thousands of people are trained to do it.

In the new millennium, a heightened awareness of both terrorism and the impact of natural disasters has created a need for a “new CPR”; core skills that will help both laypeople and medical professionals meet the challenges of man-made and natural disasters. Why is this important? Consider this:

o The 1994 Northridge, California, earthquake wiped out eight hospitals and affected twenty million people.

o Last year, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma decimated much of three major Gulf Coast cities.

o In 2004 Hurricanes Charlie, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne laid waste to Florida.

o No one will ever forget the World Trade Center bombings on September 11, 2001.

Today, you need DLS more than CPR

Ironically, many people believe they need CPR training more than they need training in Disaster Life Support (DLS), owing to thirty years of great public relations efforts on behalf of CPR. The fact is you are far more likely to be called upon at some point in your life to utilize Disaster Life Support skills than you are likely to be a bystander when someone experiences sudden heart death, for which CPR was designed.

The key idea here is heightened awareness; like heart attacks, disasters have always happened, but we’re more aware of disasters than ever before and are therefore called upon to respond as never before. The number of people in the last decade who have been directly affected by natural disaster exceeds the number of people who have experienced sudden heart death in the last two decades. In other words, the likelihood that you, your family, or your neighbors are going to need Disaster Life Support skills is actually twice as great as the chance that you will ever need to use your CPR skills!

DLS training available for everyone

If Disaster Life Support is the new CPR, then the National Disaster Life Support Foundation (NDLS) parallels the American Heart Association. Established by the American Medical Association, this group of universities and government agencies saw an evolving risk two years before 9-11 and a need for the lay-public, health care providers, and advanced health care providers to have basic skill sets in the event of a disaster.

Training in Disaster Life Support is offered as a public service, usually through universities. It is not yet consistently well marketed, so you may not know about it in a timely fashion. Though universities and the federal government feel the critical need to train health care providers and first responders, they also offer training to anyone who wants to come to a Disaster Life Support course.

To train citizens to first protect themselves and then deal as first responders and medical responders to natural and man-made disaster, the National Disaster Life Support Foundation designed three courses:

1. Core Disaster Life Support (CDLS) is the equivalent of CPR; it is “for the people.” Designed for the layperson, this course teaches participants how to prepare for a natural or man-made disaster, how to know a disaster is coming, and how to survive the first 72 hours after the crisis when you are likely to be awaiting rescue and are responsible for own and your family’s well-being.

2. Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) teaches rescue personnel and health care providers specifics about treating injuries and other immediate medical consequences of disasters as well as many of the basic skills of the CDLS course, so they, too, can keep themselves and their families safe and avoid distraction as they set about helping others.

3. Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS) lasts two days and involves participants in live disaster drills in conjunction with local fire, rescue, and police departments. Tailored to the community’s needs, the programs may provide terrorism, hurricane, or tornado drills to train high-level, advanced providers who are called upon every time there’s a disaster. The scene is set as if the disaster has already happened, with actors and mannequins as victims. Participants earn certification as qualified to run a disaster scene.

Specialized training in the “new CPR” for businesses

Some large businesses have been doing CPR training in-house for years, so Business Disaster Life Support programs have been designed to offer a specialized core Disaster Life Support course for employees and managers as well as some specialized planning and contingency issues for the business itself, such as providing a model for securing the facility in the event of an evacuation. BizDLS, as the program is known, helps organizations answer important questions such as “When should we stay open and when should we get the heck out of town?” With this training, organizations can better integrate into their communities during the disaster and during the immediate recovery period. Far-sighted businesses have responded well.

Four hour investment = Life-changing empowerment

Disaster Life Support training at all levels must become the standard in the U.S. and internationally, just as CPR did in the 1970s and 1980s. The public must be trained to care for themselves as much as possible, and every doctor, nurse, paramedic, respiratory therapist, and even veterinarian must learn basic Disaster Life Support. That way they can first protect themselves and their families so they then feel safe, secure, and competent to aid the public in the event of a disaster. The ultimate goal is to avoid the chaos of unpreparedness that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and to increase the number of people who are rescued successfully and receive care.

DLS courses are not scary; they are four-hour classes that are fun and empowering as the participant learns to take control in disaster situations. In fact every course for the last three years has sold out, around the country and the world. The training gives the participant a chance, as CPR courses did, to walk out and say, “I not only know how to take care of myself, but I also know how to save lives.” There’s a difference: with CPR you can only save one person, with DLS, you can learn to save your family, your neighborhood, your business, or even your entire community.