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Business Success without Sacrifice

I am on a mission.

I am looking for a simple, proven method to raise my children.  I don’t want to pay any money, I don’t want to lose my free time, and I don’t want to work hard doing it.  Oh, and I want perfect results too.

My children must be godly, obedient, and polite, loving God with all their strength.  Of course, this should happen naturally – I don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on it.

Where can I find a program like that?
For that matter, where could I find children like that? 

Just imagine, godly children without any sacrifice of time, money, or effort.  Now that would be perfect!

Of course, I’m joking.  You can’t raise children without sacrifice.  It just doesn’t work.

Why talk about raising children, when this article is about starting your own online business success ?  In both cases, a person would be a complete fool to think that they could do so much without any sacrifice at all.
Business Success without Sacrifice
Children are a gift, and much more important than your business.  If you find that business is getting in the way of time with your family, perhaps you need to reevaluate your priorities.  One great way to build your business and still enjoy your family is to include your children in business decisions.  Help them towards independence, while teaching them valuable entrepreneurial skills. There are many small businesses kids can start. Check out this website for more ideas.

All this talk of raising families and building businesses highlights some similarities.  Let’s look at some lessons of raising children that can also help you to “raise” your online business success.

You need money to raise a child, as you need money to grow your online business.  Of course, the amount of money you spend is up to you; however, money is still needed.  Every day, people write and phone.  They are all looking for the perfect business, one that will help them:

  • Quit their day job
  • Gain financial freedom
  • Get out of debt
  • Work from home
  • Teach their children entrepreneurship, business skills for an independent life.

And all this without spending a dime!  Does that sound reasonable?  Of course not.

Those people also fall prey to Internet “opportunities”, promising huge rewards and easy money.  Get the websites, the products, and even the customer list… simply send money and…

Here we are, back to the money issue again.  It’s a fact – you have to spend money to make money.  You don’t have to spend a lot, just enough to get yourself started. You only need a few items to build your online business.

Your most important investment is a computer with an Internet connection.  It is possible to build an online business and run it from Internet coffee shops; I don’t recommend it.  You don’t need a superfast connection, though you may find some services too slow for your needs.

Once you have a computer, you will need a domain name, or URL. I pay from $8-$15 each year for my domain name.  I use godaddy.com for our clients. You can save up to 30% or get your FIRST domain for only 99 cents at godaddy. Choose whichever special is best for YOUR business.

You can also expect to pay “hosting fees” to the company responsible for putting your webpage on the Internet.  Reliable hosting is available from $50 per year. However, godaddy.com has a hosting special right now for $1/month…and it includes your domain.  That’s a deal ($12 for an entire year hosting & domain)

From that point, the sky is the limit.  Find and download free tools, like website creators, graphics programs, shopping carts, and more. By searching for free tools, you keep the costs down.  I’ll be sharing some of my favorite resources for online business success in future blog posts. Start your online business for about $65 a year, assuming you already have the Internet connection.

Of course, there are many small businesses kids can start online. With your love and support, they can pursue their entrepreneurial adventure.  Give them a competitive advantage – help them build their business today!


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What is the Top Priority in Your Business?

I just got back from a 2-week trip to El Salvador. (I tried to post while I was there, but had a few issues). I want to challenge you about the top priority in your business.  Before I share this business info, let me share how God is working.  On June 3, eleven of our girls promised to commit to Christ and purity in a beautiful quinceanara ceremony.
I was honored to spend time with them over the quince weekend, discussing their commitment to God and to purity until marriage. Praise God for His work in 11 young ladies’ lives here in El Salvador.
Before  the top priority is divulged, I do have ONE favor of you . . .
Would you take 4-5 minutes and fill out our FamilyEbiz survey? Click here to fill out the survey. This will help me provide good, solid business information in areas YOU need . . . not what I think you need.

We are often asked a lot of questions about selling on the Internet. By far the most common question is, “What do I sell on the Internet?”

The answer is…you are asking the wrong question.


Because products come and go, but the people you are marketing to remain forever. Meaning, the product you are selling this year may not be the same product you are selling next year, but you will be selling to the same people. That is, if you are collecting their name and email on your web site.

That is why your top priority as an online business owner (after you determine your niche) is to collect the emails of your visitors. This can be done with a simple email capture form available with any autoresponder service. I personally use Aweber because it works and is easy to use. You can get their complete course on writing emails for free … by clicking here!

Once you have your autoresponder service, you may send sequential messages to the people on your email list.

For example, if Bob joins your email list (via your email capture form at the top of your home page) on Monday, he will begin receiving an email every 7 days about who you are, what your credentials are, what you are selling, why they should buy from you as opposed to the other guy, and so on. If Sally joins a month later, she will start receiving your messages in the order she needs to receive them.

Sally will not receive the same message 17 that Bob is receiving because she needs to receive messages 1 through 16 first! The messages that Bob is receiving since he joined a month before will not make sense to her. That is why you need to send sequential emails through an autoresponder.

Think about that! How many of your products require more than one email to answer all the objections your customers have? Or how many of your products require some basic knowledge before your customers realize they can’t live without it? Nothing is better than sequential emails for getting the job done.

Another benefit of sequential emails is that people will see them eventually even if they join your email list at month later. This catches the missed sales that are so prevalent when online business owners have a single promotion that misses everyone who came to the web site after the promotion is over.

So, get an email capture form and place it front and center on your home page or most popular page. Offer something really valuable in exchange for their first name and email. It doesn’t have to be expensive, a downloadable report, mini-course via email or a link to a video will do, but it should be something that your customer really wants to entice him to give you his most prized possession…his email address!

Concentrate on building that list of email subscribers and you will have an online business for years to come. Neglect building an email list and you are at the mercy of products that may not last past year’s end!



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Top 5 Freebies to Add Subscribers to Your List

Recently, I realized I’ve used a variety of incentives to get new subscribers.

In fact, my email list has grown from 6,000 to 24,000 in three years.

I believe it’s because of the many freebies I’ve used.

Top 5 FREEBIES to grow your subscriber list - they really work ~ from StephenBeck.com

Here are the Top 5 Freebies that worked for me:

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How to Promote Affiliates Without Hype

Over the next few weeks, my wife – Kerry, is going to share some ideas to make money with a blog. She’s been doing just that for the past 5+ years.

Let’s face it, earning affiliate commissions helps support your blog and your family. But, most readers do not want to read blogs with a lot of hype about buying products. They want to know more about you & read stories about your life or your niche.

So, how can you include affiliate links without a lot of hype?

Basically, I recommend writing posts that are helpful to your readers. Show them you care about them and want to let them know what is working for you & your family. Here are 3 ways I’ve included affiliate links that are very natural.

Hyperlink Products in a List

One of my favorite type blog posts are lists. Lists of our favorite books to read aloud. Lists of my favorite homeschooling books. Lists of our favorite activities.

Each list includes items that are available on Amazon. I hyperlink those items with my Amazon affiliate link. To be honest, I haven’t made a lot of money. But a few clicks here & there add up over time.

Tell Your Story

When you review a product, tell your story. Include ways you are personally using that product.

• If you are reviewing a curriculum, show how it helped your family in your homeschool.
• If you are reviewing a book, tell stories about the impact the book had on your life.
• If you use the product, tell stories how you’ve used the product.

As you tell your story, be sure to include images that “show” your story. Hyperlink each photo with your affiliate code.

The Advent Calendar, Table Runner & Flip Chart worked well for me during the holidays. You’ll see the advent calendar on our refrigerator and the flipchart next to our centerpiece. Click on the image to see how I shared ways to use these items.

how to use affiliate links in  blog posts

Or, click here to see how I told my story about the Easter Countdown Puzzle that had an affiliate program.

Videos Share Affiliate Links

Videos work like a charm for me. Yesterday, I had a homeschool mom message me from eBay about a writing resource. She mentioned Bryan, Texas and I replied saying we used to have a curriculum store in Bryan. A few hours later, she left a phone message asking about more writing resources.

I called her back and shared my thoughts about the three resources. During our conversation, she told me she had been watching this lady on youtube talk about the writing resources. In the middle of watching the videos, she realized it was me.

The videos on my website are also on youtube. I earn money when people buy from those videos. It doesn’t matter if they are on my site or on youtube. I still get paid. Here’s an example of one of my video reviews:

Best Affiliate Marketing Tip Ever

In closing, let me share one tip. I try to call my affiliate products, resources. Resources sounds like an item that will help you. Products sound like an item to be sold. It is a subtle difference, but people are more accepting of resources than products.

As you plan your next blog post to promote an affiliate item, remember to be natural & encouraging. Your readers will be glad & you’ll make more affiliate commissions.


.Question: What is your best affiliate marketing tip? You can leave a comment by clicking here.


Skies of the Cross - Easter Family Bible study from HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com
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How to Integrate Autoresponders In Your Business

An autoresponder can be a valuable time saving tool when promoting online business opportunities. The challenge is that most business owners simply do not know how to maximize autoresponders to their best use possible and as a result lose out on golden opportunities to generate more sales and work more efficiently.

Email Signatures

For instance, you can use an autoresponder by attaching a signature at the bottom of your emails. What this does is brands your message. They work just like business cards. In the signature you should include your name, the name of your company, contact information and send out a quick message.

Your signature should be including in every email that you send out. What this does is continues to remind the reader of who you and what your business is all about. Each time they see your signature that creates another impression of you and the online business opportunities that you promote. In addition to building impressions a signature at the bottom of your email also has the added benefit of making your emails look more professional.

A good email signature is typically anywhere from four to six lines and is no more than 70 characters per line. Check your text and make sure that it does not get cut off. Your signature should consist of your name, the name of your company, email address, phone number and other methods of contact such as fax numbers.

Finally you want to make sure you also include a brief message about the online business opportunities that you are promoting. Focus on the benefits your products and services offer and the credibility of your company. You can include this message in the PS section.

Importance of P.S.

PS is a good idea to include in your signature. The reason why this is a good idea is that some readers skip the message but read the PS. Include a great call to action in the PS.

By utilizing these steps you will be well on your way to maximizing the benefits of an autoresponder. A signature can be set up very quickly. Therefore set yours up today and maximize the profitability of your online business opportunities.

Create Mini-Courses

When you start a consulting business an autoresponder is also a great tool to help you create courses that promote your business. You already have a topic that you are an expert at because you are a consultant. The course that you design should deal with a specific topic within your area of expertise. You can offer the mini-course as a free bonus for visitors to your website. The autoresponder is the way you deliver the mini-course.

After selecting a topic of interest, divide the topic up into several sub-topics. Give anyone that visits your consulting website a 5 or 7 day course where you cover each sub-topic on each day of the course. Day 1 should consist of an introductory message letting the reader know what will come next. The key is to build interest, clearly communicate your points and offer information of value so that the reader feels that he or she is getting quality actionable information.

In the mini course you use when you start a consulting business, make sure you include the lesson number, topic title as well as information about your company. Conclude with a sneak peak of what the next lesson is about.

The key to creating a good mini-course is to provide valuable information and build curiosity. If you fail to do this, the reader will unsubscribe and will not read your mini course the next day.

As far as how you create the course, there are several ways you can do this. I suggest that you create it in a word processing application or a text based program so that you can have a central location for all of your content. After creating it and reviewing it, the next step is to transfer the course over to your autoresponder application. You are done!

Now the mini-course works on your behalf. Visitors to your website automatically begin to build rapport with you and have a greater level of trust in your abilities as a consultant while you continue to build your business. As a result, you will find that it will help you land more clients as you start a consulting business.

Stephen Beck

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Alligator Sausage & What It Taught Me

A few years ago, my daughter played in a softball tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  Although we homeschool our children, Idaho’s public school system welcomes home schooled kids into their sports programs. It’s been a wonderful experience, and our children have been warmly welcomed by their teammates. Of course, it helps that they are great athletes!

The stakes were high – whoever won the next game would play in the State Championship!  When my daughter came to bat, she nailed the ball, a real screamer to right field.  She made it to home plate, scoring the tying run as she went.  Our team went on to win the game.  Gentry came home with MVP honors… we couldn’t be more proud!

That evening, I learned a valuable lesson.

After watching seven hours of softball, we were hot, sticky, tired, and badly sunburned.  We didn’t feel like going out for supper.  We decided to order pizza, and asked the front desk if they had any suggestions.

pizza schmizzaBoth front desk clerks immediately and enthusiastically suggested the local Pizza Schmizza (honest, that was its name). They both began to rave about the wonderful pizza, great sauces, and gourmet toppings.  Not only did Pizza Schmizza offer traditional pizzas, they even included spicy Thai options, even alligator sausage!

“How did you hear about them?” I had to ask.

They responded, “Each week, the owners bring us pizza for our break.”


Front desk clerks at a hotel are often great sources of information for weary travelers.  They are often asked for recommendations on restaurants, local entertainment, and more.  By giving free pizza, Pizza Schmizza increased sales. Your lesson? twoFind out who your prospective customers connect with, and reward the middleman.

But I can hear the objections now.  “Why should I give my product away for free?  I need to make money like everyone else, so they should pay like everyone else!”

You are thinking too small.  Free samples do not cost much in the grand scheme of things.  That small cost will be meaningless once your product gets into the right hands.

Now, I am sure that Pizza Schmizza has given away dozens of pizzas to front desk clerks in the area.  But what a marketing strategy! Sure, not all the front desk clerks will recommend Pizza Schmizza.  But some clerks recommend them, and very highly too.

There is a risk that someone may copy your product, then present it as their own.  The copycats are everywhere.  But your business isn’t just about the product… you provide great follow-up, and even offer higher-end merchandise to customers who want more (or, as we say in the biz, you’ve got a “killer back end”). That will keep your loyal customers coming back!

So learn a lesson from Pizza Schmizza on business promotions and marketing ideas – offer free samples to strategic people who will spread the word.  Your business will grow and prosper, and you’ll be happy you did!

Stephen Beck



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Blogging Ebook Bundle

Last week I recommended Tabitha’s Pinteresting ebook.  You might wonder why I recommend a book about Pinterest on a business blog.

For the past several months, Kerry’s homeschool site has received more traffic from Pinterest than any other site.  That’s right Pinterest is the number 1 driver of traffic. So take note.  Learning Pinterest is well worth your time.

Tabitha messaged Kerry today and let her know that her ebook is available as the weekly ebook bundle about blogging.  So, we took a look at the ebook bundle and have to say, it is great.
BundleoftheWeek.com, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

I haven’t read the other books, yet.  However, I do know some of the other authors and they can help you improve your blog so it makes sales.

So, why should you grab this bundle of ebook?

The price is right at $7.99.  (5 ebooks for $7.99, that’s $1.59 each)  If you bought these ebooks individually, you would pay $25.95 – Grab the bundle by clicking here & you’ll save $17.96

The content is excellent.  Take a look:

Learn the secrets of successful bloggers and take your blog to the next level with this week’s ebook collection. From balancing your blog and family and setting boundaries for your online presence to monetizing your blog, writing an ebook of your own and using Pinterest to grow your brand, this bundle is packed full of resources for bloggers. And it’s available for 70% off this week only!

Blogger Behave, by Laura Booz
At the end of the day, your blog is just one part of your life, and Laura shares the secrets that have helped her blog well and live well. Learn to develop a vision statement for your blog, strategize blog content that benefits your life, blog authentically without regrets, gain control over blogging time and much more!

Pinteresting, by Tabitha Philen
Pinteresting: Pinterest Strategies for Brands and Bloggers is a step-by-step guide for understanding Pinterest from Tabitha, a professional blogger and Pinterest expert. You’ll learn how to create a show-stopping Pinterest profile page, keep your account fresh and inviting, build a solid community of followers who are actively engaged, develop solid strategies for your Pinterest account, optimize your website by making it more Pinterest-friendly and find the tools to help you manage your Pinterest campaigns.

Blog at Home Mom, by Christin Slade
Christin offers both practical and encouraging tips to help moms balance their life at home with their blog or online business in Blog at Home Mom. You will find ideas for organizing and prioritizing your blog and writing time, as well as setting goals and keeping balance with your home and children.

25 Simple Steps to Make Money Blogging, by Tara Ziegmont
It is possible to make money from your blog, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! In 25 Simple Steps to Make Money Blogging, Tara shows you how to monetize your blog through increased readership, ads (including the pros and cons of various different types of ads) and paid writing opportunities. She even shares what works (and what doesn’t work) on her blog.

30 Days to Make and Sell a Fabulous Ebook, by Angela England
In 30 Days to Make and Sell a Fabulous Ebook, Angela draws from her own ebook publishing experience (earning five figures a year!) to speed you on your way toward producing, marketing and selling an ebook. You’ll find 30 bite-sized daily lessons, daily challenges, additional resources and quotes from experts to help you create and publish a successful ebook!

The Blogging bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 5/13. Get yours today right here: Bundle 19: Blogging Bundle

Stephen & Kerry

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Start Book Club Starts Today

Our first online book club starts today. We’ll cover the 1st chapter of the book. If you copy hasn’t arrived, you can download the first chapter for free right here:  The Start Book

jon acuff start book from How to Homeschool My Child.com

If you still need to get a copy, here’s a link to Amazon.


Let’s get on to the questions…Feel free to post your response as a comment on this post. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

1. What stood out the most as you read this first chapter that introduces the Start book?

2. Jon relays a story about his girls thinking they have lots of imagination & they are awesome. How can we encourage our kids to continue thinking they are awesome?

3. How can we help our teens to realize the statements below? (Teen & Adult question)

    • Retirement is dead
    • Hope is boss
    • Anyone can play

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Pinteresting {Book Review}

No matter what your reason for opening a Pinterest account (personal, business or blogging), you need to read Tabitha Philen’s book, Pinteresting. I’m amazed. I’ve still got lots to learn, but let me share what I’ve discovered so far.

pinteresting from How to Homeschool My Child.comRight now, I’m headed to a blogging conference in Florida where I’ll be with fellow homeschoolers. I’m excited to meet some of my blogging friends in real life. I decided to read Tabitha’s Pinteresting ebook on the plane while eating dinner. I’ve just started reading books on my ipad…this is the 2nd one so I was excited to read it in the dark.

I had to make myself slow down & not skip the basics of Pinterest. I’m so glad I did because I’ve already learned some advanced strategies & techniques in using Pinterest. I’ll be implementing them tomorrow after I get to Florida.

I’ve been on Pinterest 14 months. I started pinning after the Houston Quilt Show last year and was immediately addicted…you know what I mean! I’ve read a few articles about using pinterest more effectively, but Tabitha goes over & beyond you online articles or blog posts about Pinterest.

  • Did you know there were secret boards on Pinterest?
  • Do you know how to organize your boards to promote your brand?
  • Should you have one or two boards?

Whether you are using Pinterest for personal organization, to drive traffic to your blog or promote your business, Pinteresting is for you. I guarantee you will learn something new about Pinterest.

Right now, you can grab Pinteresting  for a mere $2.99 by clicking here

Question: What tips do you have about Pinterest? You can leave a comment by clicking here.