As people begin to prepare for their year-end holiday festivities, those who are in the tax preparation industry are beginning to prepare for a busy tax preparation season that kicks off at the first of the New Year. For some, this is a routine process: downloading updates to existing tax preparation software packages, ordering new file folders and even hiring a marketing firm to begin the process of creating a new campaign for the newest tax season. However, for those who are looking to start a tax preparation business, the steps aren’t quite as clear cut. Here are a few tips on how to start a tax preparation business that can help you get started. More »
While most people do not give a lot of thought to PowerPoint presentations, the truth is that a high quality, professional, and engaging slideshow can take some time and a lot of effort to create. Unless you’re lucky enough to pull creativity out of thin air, you can expect to need to set aside time to sketch out draft ideas, look over sample and similar slideshows for inspiration, and then get to work on creating your own slideshow. But if you don’t have that kind of free time, or you simply would rather not be bothered with all of the hassle, consider outsourcing your PowerPoint project needs to a custom designer.
Today’s web designers are also branching out to Microsoft PowerPoint and similar programs, so if you’re in need of a professional, elegant slideshow, then a designer like those found at eSlide.com will certainly be able to help you out.
What you can expect from a custom PowerPoint slideshow designer:
- fast turnaround time – often within two business days
- slideshows in draft form for you to look over and make revisions on
- requests for drafts and ideas as a starting point
- quality, error-free guarantee
In the retail world, every merchant needs to have a safe and effective method to collect money from customers. These days, a significant percentage of shoppers choose to buy items online rather than local brick and mortar stores. Therefore, there has to be a convenient way for making electronic purchases when shopping online. The eCommerce industry has evolved tremendously to accommodate the virtual retail marketplace. Shopping carts are integrated into online stores that accept credit cards as a form of payment. A merchant account is used to collect money from any purchases made by credit card and other forms of electronic transfer.
Some online store owners have the option of opening up a merchant account that comes with minimum fees. For example, most credit card processing agencies charge a commission fee that is based on the total transaction made by each customer. Some companies might charge flat monthly rates for managing merchant accounts. Certain websites may have a difficult time with opening up a merchant account for several reasons. For instance, some merchandise is considered to be high risk according to payment processors. Such an attitude is developed due to the frequency of credit card fraud. For example, thieves use stolen credit and debit cards to buy items in bulk. The price per each product is inexpensive and therefore thieves think that it’s possible to get away. When there are disputes with credit card payments, the merchant account may be temporarily frozen due to investigations.
Certain credit card processors simply do not want to accept high risk clients. Some products qualify for a high risk label including traditional tobacco cigarettes and modern electronic cigarettes. Adult websites also qualify as being high risk merchants that sell services and subscriptions online. Opening up an e-cig merchant account is an example of managing a high risk eCommerce operation. Ethical merchants agree to a full investigation that may result in complete refunds of unauthorized credit card spending.
Duet to taxes and other fees collected by the government regulations, some controlled products in the United States are part of the high risk merchant industry. Great merchant account managers offer viable offers for online shops that would like to sell “risky” items to the rest of the world. International shipping of certain products also contributes to a high risk of a merchant account. For example, shipping and returns may be very expensive for small online businesses.
Oh, this infographic rouses memories…
No, not back the cave man, thank you, I’m not that old, but several years back.
For instance back in 2004, I was contacted by a man who wanted to sell me access to post videos online. Videos online? Oh wow! It wasn’t even possible to send them by email, because they were so big. This would only cost me $97 per month, and video was the future, he assured me.
Or a few years earlier, when I received an email in Russian. I asked a Russian friend what it said, all excited about this strange mail. “It’s spam,” he answered. I was very disappointed.
I believed him, but found his product too expensive. The year after, YouTube was created, and you could now host your video for free.
But take a look at this infographic. There are a lot of interesting details. Lead generation has existed for many years.
Have you seen the first banner ad on the Internet? Do you think it would work today? I think it would. And it’s funny that this first ad actually formed the standard for millions of future banner ads, all made in the size 468×60.
And as you can see, man has always been social. Right from the beginning. We just have it much easier today. More »
When we lived in France, my husband and I were both teaching people how to use the computer. He’s French, so he knew the language well. I didn’t… I had three years of French in high-school. But I knew how to teach Word, Excel and stuff like that. So this was my springboard to speaking better French.
One day, when we were out shopping, I met one of my pupils in the supermarket. She was serving juice to customers in the hope that we would buy. We stopped, tasted the juice, bought two bottles, and then we chatted a littled.
She asked me if I would mind that she came home to me to do a survey. Then she would offer me some samples to thank me for my help.
You see… That was a job back then. Companies paid people to call and do surveys, or to visit people and do surveys.
Nowadays, the companies still pay, but they’ve skipped the middleman, and you get paid instead.
If you live in Australia, you can find out how to make money online by doing paid surveys, getting cashback and other things here.
A website requires something known as a host in order to function properly. There is no website in existence that does not have a host.
Every one of those websites also has to have web design to it.
When looking to set up a website, it is important to look for web design and hosting packages.
When the two are put together like this, the price tends to be lower than if the two parts were purchased separate of one another. This is why the smart website creator will make sure to wait until one of these packages comes along that is set at a fair price.
The first host that comes along is not always the one to select. There is a chance that the host will not always have all of the right features. It also may not be at the right price to make it affordable.
Instead, it is wise to wait until all of the stars align to get the right package at the right price with the right host.
A website that has been created without some of these elements will immediately being to show flaws. People will not want to visit such a website, and the whole thing will be a disaster. It is nice though when it all comes together perfectly and people actually take the time to visit the website.
Hey there As an Internet marketer, you need a domain at least to host your main blog or website. But where do you go to get your domain? A lot of marketers recommend GoDaddy or Namecheap. I don’t. I use another registrar myself. But my choice is not the purpose of this blog post.
Actually, I was asked to do a review of a registrar, who says that they can be used for cheap domain register. So, I’ll mention here what I liked and didn’t like about the site.
Hi there I got my first homepage in 1996, but it was made for my by a publishing bureau. The page was hyper-expensive, and they didn’t do a good job, by the way, so when a neighbour came over and showed me how he made homepages himself, I was intrigued. But oh, wow, did it look complicated?
He was jugling around with “tags” and “H1″ and “HEAD” and “BODY”, and I had NO idea about how he knew all that.
Next you could get programs to help you create pages with. And then blog scripts like WordPress.
True, all that has become much easier, but it’s still necessary to have some kind of techhnical skills, if you want to get a domain, set up your home page, change the design, and maybe even add an auto-responder and webshop.
When I was asked to do a short review of an ecommerce website builder, I thought that might help you, if you lack those technical skills.
Hi there It’s already the last day of this mini-challenge, and Debi J and I came up with an idea for a new one Much easier this time, and very different, but I’ll tell you more about that later.
Squidoo has updated their rankings, and I was pleased to see that my 20 case study lenses have increased their rankings.
They now rank from #27,769 to #77,605 – this means 20 new money-makers, since they are all well above the 85,000 marker. Yay!
What’s that about ranking? And why does it matter?
If you’ve bought Squick Money: 15-Minute Squidoo System from me, and joined the mailing list, you’ll get a mail about that topic (it’s the 4th mail of the series), and how to improve your ranking (in mail #5).
And now on to my five last lenses in this mini-challenge: