There are 3 main reasons why I created Fire My Boss.
- A place for people to rant or tell funny stories about bosses
- Help people find a cure for the common boss
- Help people break their addiction to paychecks
My Boss Is An Idiot!
I’ve had every kind of boss you can imagine over the years. Some of them where great, some of them…… well…… I’m surprised they could operate a door knob to get out of the house everyday! If you have a rant or funny story about your boss or an ex-boss, click on over to the Story section and drop it in the comment box. I’d love to read about it.
I’ve noticed that quite a few people have been spamming the YouTube comment sections lately talking about a program called atoce.com. I was curious enough to look into it and thought I would write a review. My investigation of this program lead me to some interesting things.
What Is Atoce.com?
If you’ve been searching online for creative home based business ideas, you’ve probably been finding lists full of the usual suspects. Suggestions such as “Consulting”. What does that even mean? Then there’s tutoring, yoga instructor etc. In other words, many business ideas that require you to leave your home!
I want to talk about creative home based business ideas in which you can actually run a business from your home! A business that doesn’t require licenses, specialized knowledge or prior experience. I will tell you up front, I am going to be talking about internet based businesses so, If for some reason you don’t want anything to do with online business or you are looking for a get rich quick scheme, this article may not be for you. If you think you might be interested, read on.
Creating A Business From Scratch
One of the most popular questions being asked by “work at home” income seekers today is, “Are there any real, legit work at home jobs?” I believe the emphasis is on “real” and “legit”. It’s no wonder with all of the scams out there. There are many programs disguised as “work at home” jobs that actually teach affiliate marketing (badly).
Don’t get me wrong, I think affiliate marketing is great. It’s what I do for a living. But, it’s not a traditional job where you put in your hours in exchange for a guaranteed amount dollars per hour. It’s a business and it requires the mentality of a business owner as opposed to an hourly wage earner.
What Kind Of “Work At Home Jobs” Are You Hoping To Find Online?
Welcome to my Empower Network review. So, what is the Empower Network? I’ll show you the entry price, the many up-sells and what the up-sells are for. Hopefully, I can even help save you a few thousand dollars!
Product: Empower Network
Price: $25 per month – Up-sells: $19.99 per month, $100 per month, $500, $1,000, $3500
Owners: David Wood & David Sharpe
Overall Rank: 20 Out Of 100
If you want to achieve success online, the first thing you’ll need to do is learn how to build a website for affiliate marketing. A well built affiliate marketing website can bring you you a steady source of extra income well into the future. No more worrying about being “downsized” or worrying about whether or not you’ll be able to retire. No more hoping your boss will give you a raise and no more begging for time off. You won’t have to worry about any of that garbage ever again!
How To Start Building Your Own Website
I’m going to cover the first few steps you’ll need to take to get a website up and running.
- Purchasing A Domain Name
- Hosting Your Domain Name
- Getting Setup With WordPress
- Basic Site Structure
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You have probably seen many courses being promoted to teach affiliate marketing. It’s a multi-billion dollar a year industry but does it really work, or is affiliate marketing a scam? There was a time when I was starting to believe it was all one big scam. I knew some people were making money with affiliate marketing, but I believed they were guarding secrets that simply weren’t for sale.
I had purchased a number of courses and memberships believing each time that “this would be the one”. I did learn a few useful techniques here and there but they all fell short somehow. It’s as if they took me 90% of the way there but left out the 10% that I needed to reach success.
To be fair my lack of success was, in some part, due to my lack of effort. Not because I wasn’t willing to do the work. I just never knew exactly what I needed to be doing next. The courses I bought always seemed to lack the step-by-step instruction I needed. Trying to build an online business without having a proper direction mostly leads to frustration.
Outdated Affiliate Marketing Courses
One of the largest problems in the affiliate marketing training industry today is all of the outdated courses that are still out there. As long as they continue to sell, they will never be taken out of circulation. This causes many wannabe affiliate marketers to get stuck in a cycle of buying one outdated courses after another.
Many of these courses have been so heavily promoted for so long, they are often within the first few results found when people look for online money making courses. Many of them also have a reasonable entry fee. Who wouldn’t plunk down $37 one more time for the course that will make all of your financial challenges disappear?
Finding Scam Free Affiliate Marketing Opportunities
If you want to learn affiliate marketing without getting scammed, you need to do a little investigating. Don’t get caught up in the hype and promises of quick money with little to no effort. That just doesn’t exist. Learn as much as you can about any program you’re considering becoming involved with.
- What kind of training do they offer?
- Is their training up to date?
- Do they have a support system?
- Do they offer business building tools?
- Are there up-sells?
- Do they offer a free trial?
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Domain flipping has become big business over the last few years. People are setting up companies now to buy up recently expired domain names and immediately resell them for 15 times what they paid for them! You may not be in a position to do something like that, but there are other ways you can make money flipping domain names.
What The “Flip” Is This All About?
You can think of a domain name as being comparable to real estate. I like to think of it as “virtual” real estate. And just like bricks and mortar real estate, domain names can have value.
Flipping real estate (physical or virtual) is the art of spotting value that others seemed to have missed and capitalizing on it. Buy low and sell high. Some times you luck out and you can sell it “as is”for a nice profit, sometimes you need to do a bit of remodeling.
How does “remodeling” relate to domain names? The comparison lies in the content associated with that domain name. Whereas real estate is measured in square footage, virtual real estate is measured in content.
Learning How To Flip Domain Names For Profit
Domain names (that haven’t been purchased for resale) cost pretty much same depending on the service you use and the type of domain extension your looking at. For example, .com’s at namecheap typically cost just under $12 per year at this time. Since domain names can be purchased by anyone at the same price, it is not the intrinsic value but rather, it is the “perceived” value where the profits can be found.
There are entrepreneurs out there claiming to make over $10,000 per week by simply buying these $12 domain names as reselling them in certain venues. One of them runs a program called The Millionaire Society.
The screen capture to the right is their introduction page. I have no personal experience with this program but there is a 60 day money back guarantee.
He claims to purchase cheap .com domain names and immediately put them up for auction on sites such as flippa.com for huge profits!
How To Add Value To Domain Names
If you haven’t heard of flippa.com, this is a site where people buy and sell domain names and websites. Almost like a stock exchange for webmasters. For people who know what they’re doing, there are many opportunities to buy undervalued websites which can be quickly improved and resold for big profits.
The typical capitalization rate for a website is 10 times it’s monthly revenue.(There are always exceptions) Because many people don’t know how to properly monetize their sites, investors will buy these sites, get them monetized and flip them for sizable profits. A website that receives a decent amount of daily organic traffic but earns no revenue is usually a sign of an undervalued site.
Some of these also create great buy and hold opportunities. You could pick up an already built site for $100, throw up some Google ads, add a few affiliate links and earn a monthly cash-flow. Just be sure that the traffic is real traffic before investing in one of these sites. If most of the traffic is paid for or comes through social sharing, you could be stuck with a site that needs major improvement before you will see any profits.
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Have you recently been “downsized” because you are no longer “economically viable“? Or maybe you’re just sick and tired of being sick and tired and want to take the steps necessary to fire your boss once and for all! Either way, you’ll probably need some sound advice on becoming self employed.
There are a number of things to consider depending on which path you take to self employment.
- Marketable Skills
- Start Up Costs
- How Long You Can Maintain Without Income
- Type Of Business Entity (LLC, C-Corp, etc.)
Getting Paid For What You Know
Many people possess skills that they could easily build a business around by cutting out the middle man (the boss). Most people will never capitalize on their skills because, let’s face it, it’s easier to put time in at a job than it is to build a business. If you find yourself in this situation and have decided it’s time to go out on your own, here are a few things to consider.
- Evaluate any skills you have that you can offer directly to the public or to another business. Take your time and really think about everything you can offer. You may have idea’s that you boss (or former boss) wouldn’t even consider.
- Learn all you can about your market and your potential clients. Is there a need for a specialized service within your industry that others seem to be overlooking? These are where some of the biggest opportunities can be found for new entrepreneurs!
- Be willing to put your services to the test. It can be tough to break into a market when you have no previous clients to speak of. If this turns out to be the case for you, you may have to offer a freebie. Yes, working for free sucks, but sometimes that’s what it takes to get the ball rolling.
What If I Have No Marketable Skills?
Not all acquired job skills are useful for becoming self employed. I can certainly relate to this. I grew up in the North East and never pursued a formal education. That seemed to have doomed me to a life of physical labor and factory work. I was a good factory worker, but my skills weren’t marketable to anyone outside of other factory owners!
I found that I needed to learn a whole new set of skills if I was going free myself from the shackles of employment and make my own way in the world. This created a whole new set of challenges however.
- What Industry Do I Want To Work In?
- What Skills Do I Need To Acquire?
- Where Will I Acquire Those Skills?
How you answer the first question can have a huge impact on how you answer the next two.
- Do You Need A Degree, Or Can You Get By With Just A Certification?
- Is Either One Of Those Even Necessary?
- Do You Have The Time Or Financial Resources (or both) To Pursue A Formal Education?
These are not always easy questions but they are important to consider. Due to my personality type, I am often plagued with agonizing bouts of indecision. It took me many years to find a path that ultimately worked out for me.
Can You Afford To Start A Business?
So, your plan is in place and you’re ready to stake your claim and get your share of the pie. Great! Now, you’ll want to make sure that you have everything you need to make your move. Some of the costs that my be incurred when starting a new business may include:
- Entity Selection
- Registering Your Business
The first three items on this list are not always necessary. However, if there is any chance that you could potentially be sued, you should strongly consider protecting your personal assets by operating through a business entity.
Marketing your business is NOT optional. In fact, it may be the most important aspect of your business! This doesn’t have to cost a fortune when you’re just starting out. Some of the more economical methods of marketing are:
- Business Cards
- Website (Don’t overlook this!)
- Word Of Mouth (The best kind of advertising!)
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And of course, don’t forget about social media.
Should You Quit Your Job Or Start A Business On The Side?
This is a BIG one! A decision that cannot be taken lightly. If you rely on income from a job to survive from week to week, giving that up to venture out on your own can be extremely risky.
Many new businesses can take six months to a year to become profitable. There are always exceptions to this but you must be sure that you are one of those exceptions before you quit your job without enough cash put away to cover living expenses while you build your business.
If you cannot predict with any kind of certainty when you may be become profitable, starting a side business is probably the safer way to go. In fact, many big businesses where started by people who worked on their business in their spare time.
How Can I Build A Business When I Work During Regular Business Hours?
This is one of those “catch 22’s” that prevents so many from going out on their own. Some businesses are restricted to certain hours of operation. How do you start a 9 to 5 type business when you’re already working 9 to 5? This can be challenging but it is NOT insurmountable! It just requires a little resourcefulness.
For example: Are you planning to start a service type business where you will be working with clients? There are no rules that say you can’t start prospecting for clients before your business is officially launched. If you learn to properly market your business online, you may even have clients looking for you!
In fact, it isn’t too uncommon for people to get a payment from a client up front and use that money to fund some of their start-up costs. For an entrepreneur, the work begins before there even is a business. Lining up clients is part of that work.
Do I Need To Form A Corporation?
The forming of a corporation can be a complicated subject. It is advisable to consult with an Attorney for this one. As I’ve previously mentioned, they can be useful for keeping your personal assets away from the prying eye’s (and hands) of some lawsuit happy, disgruntled client. There are also many tax advantages to incorporating.
There are many business models that will work perfectly well with a sole proprietorship. They are the easiest types of businesses to setup and operate and no red tape to deal with.
If you are relying on your fist payment from a client to get your business officially launched, you can always print out a client agreement which is worded in a way to insulate yourself from lawsuits.
To learn some of the many advantages to forming a corporation, I would highly recommend the book, Own Your Own Corporation by Garret Sutton Esq.
I want to know how to achieve online success! I have been fooling around with this internet marketing stuff long enough and I want to know the secrets! I have been working hard on my online business and I’m getting nowhere! What do I have to do to finally become successful?!!!
Have you ever made statements similar to these?
So have I and so have many others who have achieved online success. So, what was the tipping point? Did they finally stumble upon the right techniques?……. Did they finally find the perfect niche?….. Actually, it has nothing to do with any of that.
In fact, let’s remove the word “online” and focus on the “achieving success” part of the equation since the underlying principals are the same whether we are talking about online or offline success.
What IS Success?
You can ask 100 people if they would like to have more success in some aspect of their lives, and 100 people will say “Yes!” But ask them to define what success means to them and you will get 100 different answers. It’s an interesting thing when you think about it.
The concept of wanting to achieve more success in our lives is one of the most universally agreed upon ideas, yet it is one of the most ambiguous words in our vocabulary. Every single one of us gets to define what success means to us and there is no wrong answer!
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthwhile dream“
That is the BEST definition of success that I have ever read and that is how I have defined success ever since. Maybe it’s because I like the fact that success can be defined as progressive rather than being thought of as a final destination. Anyone one of us can make progress every day. Even if you spend an entire day working on something that turns out to be a disaster, at least you have learned what NOT to do next time. Progress is still progress!
Do YOU have A Worthwhile Dream?
If you have not clearly defined what success means to you, then how can you ever expect to achieve it?
And sadly, most people never bother to define it for themselves. How do I know? Because I see many people abandon their online businesses after only a few months. They are focusing on the “price” instead of the “prize“.
A worthwhile dream cannot be simply defined as something you hope will happen. That’s nothing more than a wish. If you’re wishing your online business will be successful, you might as well just wish to win the lottery and save yourself the aggravation!
Once you have a clearly defined dream, you will focus on the prize and the price won’t mater. Paying the price and overcoming the obstacles is all part of making progress. If the dream is big enough, the facts don’t count.
Do You Expect Success?
Have you ever noticed that we hardly ever get what we hope for but we almost always get what we expect? Why do you suppose that is? The difference between hoping for an outcome and expecting an outcome usually comes down to our actions leading up to that outcome.
For example, when someone says; “I hope my business earns a full time income by the end of this year”, they are making a wish. They are relying on circumstances beyond their own control hoping that things will go their way. It’s almost like hoping to win a coin toss 10 out of 10 times!
When someone says; “I expect my business to earn a full time income so I can leave my job by the end of this year”, you can see a huge difference in this persons’ mindset. When we expect a certain outcome, we take action that moves us toward those expectations. This doesn’t guarantee success of course, but it gives us much more control over guiding our success as opposed to hoping for success.
What Do YOU Expect To Achieve?
Learning how to achieve online success isn’t magic and it’s not a secret. It all lies within that 6 inches of gray mater between your ears. It’s how you think. Define success for yourself and find a worthwhile dream. Find steps you can take to make progress toward that dream everyday and expect progress!
Automated Cash Cloud is a program that claims they can teach you to make $1,000 per day after a simple 5 minute set up process. Their “team” will do all the work…… autopilot……. no work on your end…. blah, blah, blah. The same old BS you hear in every other scam out there! In this review, I’ll let you in on what Automated Cash Cloud is what their REAL agenda is!
Name: Automated Cash Cloud
Price: Claims To Be Free But You Must Choose An Overpriced Hosting Package
Overall Rank: 0 Out Of 100
Automated Cash Cloud Scam
If you were unfortunate enough to subject yourself to the sales video, you could probably tell pretty quickly that there is no way this can be true. I will admit that the guy is good. He could probably sell ketchup Popsicle’s to a woman wearing white gloves!
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, the spokesman claims that they are giving away 20 free websites every day for 5 days only. And guess what? Today is the LAST day! And if you check back tomorrow, THAT will be the last day too! I do appreciate the fact that they did this because now, it only takes 24 hours to find out they are full of shit. (Thanks guy’s)
What Happens Inside Automated Cash Cloud?
If you can’t read what’s in that image, the $89.70 is for a 6 month hosting package with Cloud PRO Hosting. That is the lowest entry fee. They do give you a free website but I don’t know if it’s a premium domain or a sub-domain. It doesn’t really mater either way. A rip off is a rip off!
The owners of Automated Cash Cloud are Cloud PRO Hosting affiliates who’s only goal is to sell you a hosting package so they can earn a commission. And guess how you will make money? By doing what they do. I don’t know what the commission rate is and I don’t care. To send enough referrals to make $1.000 per day isn’t going to happen on autopilot tomorrow!
That Doesn’t Sound So Bad, Right?
It get’s worse. It turns out that Automated Cash Cloud is a lead generation system used by a company called Professional Learning Institute. They collect your personal information when you sign up for hosting and then call you and offer some kind of success coaching for thousands of dollars!
So they are going to teach you to build an online business but they conduct their own business by cold calling people. Things that make you go hmmm…….
I cannot find a single pro to Automated Cash Cloud. That is a first for me when it comes to writing product reviews.
Yes they are! I can’t find anything about this that isn’t a con. Another first!
Who Is Automated Cash Cloud For?
Here is a list of people for whom Automated Cash Cloud would be perfect for:
- People who don’t like keeping their own money
- People who enjoy having their hopes dashed
- People who enjoy being burned once again
- People who have “SUCKER” written on their foreheads
Okay, I am being a bit facetious there but you get the point.
Please don’t fall for this scam!
Automated Cash Cloud Training
As far as I can tell (from some of their victims) there isn’t any to speak of. I’m sure they will encourage you to spam the social media sites until you lose every last friend and follower. That is the ONLY free method of sending people to an affiliate offer the day you sign up and I can tell you from personal experience, your friends don’t give a rat’s back side about your affiliate link!
When you contact them to ask them why you aren’t making any money, they will tell you it takes a few days to start working. No advice. Just wait.
My Final Opinion On Automated Cash Cloud
You are NOT going to learn how to build a profitable business with Automated Cash Cloud. You can make money online but you are going to have to work! There is no way around it!
Name: Automated Cash Cloud
Price: Claims To Be Free But You Must Choose An Overpriced Hosting Package
Overall Rank: 0 Out Of 100
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