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10 Jobs You Can Do from Home!

Ah, to ditch the typical 9-to-5, cubicle lifestyle... For many, it's the ultimate dream. Problem is, marketers know that too, and it's too easy to encounter scam after scam while scouring craigslist for "work from home" opportunities.

Here are 10 real jobs that can be accomplished outside an office, and the degrees, programs, and courses that can put you on track to land them.

1. Management Analyst
Related Degrees:
Business Administration
Management
Project Management

2. Web Developer
Related Degrees:
Web Development
Web Design
Database Management

3. Technical Writer
Related Degrees:
Communications
Writing
Journalism
...or a degree in the subject about which you want to write.

4. Public Relations Specialist
Related Degrees:
Public Relations
Communications

5. Interior Designer
Related Degrees:
Bachelor's, Interior Design
Certificate, Interior Decoration

6. Graphic Designer
Related Degrees:
Graphic Design

7. Caterer
Related Degrees/Programs:
Hospitality Management
Certifi…

How To Stand Out In The Facebook News Feed !

A guest post by Reggie Bradford.

There are nearly 500 million users on Facebook every month. And, according to Facebook, approximately 25 billion pieces of content are also shared on the site. That's a lot of people and brands generating and sharing a lot of content.

And brands aren't just competing against other brands for attention; they are competing against all content, including posts from family and friends, everyone in a user's social online environment.

And who is spending the most time bogged down in that content? Teens. Of all the demographics, teens spend more time monitoring, reading, creating and sharing content. According to the Pew Research Center, 73% of online teens, ages 12-17, use social media, most notably Facebook. Not only are teens inundated with content but they are also extremely selective about what content/brands they chose to engage.

So what does all this mean for brand marketers trying to reach teens? Now more than ever it requires you to truly…

Five Don'ts for Marketing in Tough Times!

Unpredictable. Slow. Bleak. Grim. Gloomy. All words that have been used to describe the economic outlook for the balance of 2008—and depending upon who you talk to, the scenario for 2009 and beyond. Standard & Poor’s believes the economic difficulties we’ve been experiencing due to the mortgage mess and skyrocketing oil prices will be at their worst early next year (BusinessWeek.com, 6/13/08). And while the housing market is sure to recover, oil prices may never come back down. That means more tough times for the economy, both in the U.S. and globally.

What’s a responsible business leader to do? Perhaps the slowdown already has made an impact on your company. Or maybe you can see it coming but aren’t sure exactly when and how it will hit. In either case, the most important thing is to keep your wits about you and not succumb to five common mistakes companies often make when times get tough.

1. Be smart and thrifty, but don’t panic. This, too, shall pass.

Economies go through cycles…

Mimosa de Parchita

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INGREDIENTS: Sugar6 to 8 ounces chilled champagne6 to 8 ounces chilled passion-fruit juiceMaraschino cherries with stems (optional) PREPARATION:
Frost the rims of 2 champagne glasses by wetting them and pressing the glasses upside down into a small bowl of sugar. Fill each glass with equal amounts of champagne and passion-fruit juice. Garnish each with a maraschino cherry, if desired. Makes 2 drinks.
~Courtesy of Latina Magazine

Giveaway of Johnson's Baby Products & Johnson's Bag (A $50 Value)!

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I'm so happy to have received my "Johnson's Baby Bed Time Bubble Bath & Wash!" My daughter loves them. My beautiful daughter is blessed with curly hair so the "Johnson's No More Tangles" detangling spray and the "Johnson's Buddies" no more tears easy comb detangler both come in handy. I use them every day after her bath to comb her hair and I must say I LOVE it!

Johnson is doing a giveaway of their baby products and a Johnson's bag (a $50 value). To participate, please  write a comment on my blog (or send me an email) about why you also LOVE Johnson's baby products and the person with the most convincing comments will be selected.

Good luck!

10 Simple Strategies for Business Blog Content!

A guest post by Kipp Bodnar.

Are you sick of business blogging? Do you feel like your brain is empty and out of ideas for blog posts? This is a common feeling. (I know I, personally, have often felt this way.) The reality is that the web is full of too many great ideas and different types of content, that you should never run out of things to blog about, regardless of your industry. When it comes to blogging well and often, it usually comes down to how you see ideas and how well you explain them in a way that matters to your audience. It doesn't matter if you are blogging about manufacturing or swimming pools or any other industry for that matter, the basic process for coming up with great blog content can be applied to any business.

10 Ways to Keep Your Blog Full of Content

1. Answer Customer Questions -- After spending years in an industry, it is easy to use jargon and lose sight of how customers see the industry. A good way to solve this problem to create valuable blog content is…

Babyproofing Your Home from Top to Bottom!

What will your baby get into once he's crawling? Walking? Able to climb? It's hard to tell -- and that's why it's important to babyproof your home. Making a house baby-safe means ensuring that whatever he might try to open, pull on, or play with won't hurt him. It also means making sure you have all the safety basics covered, such as confirming that all your smoke alarms have batteries (and that they work!) and that you have emergency phone numbers posted near all your phones.

Put aside one weekend to secure your house, room by room, to make it safe. It may only take you several hours total, and getting it out of the way will give you peace of mind, even though you'll need to update your efforts as your child grows.
Look at the Big Picture First

Consider how generally safe your house is. Your hot-water heater should be set below 120 degrees F so you won't scald your baby at bathtime. You'll need a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. You'll also want s…