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Wayward Girls are… Internet entrepreneurs, work at home moms (WAHM’s), small business owners, and home based workers… people who have taken a step off the usual career path to look for something more rewarding — personally and possibly financially — than just a J.O.B.

Whether you’re already a Wayward Girl, or you’re simply dreaming about becoming one, you’ll find resources and information here to help you find your perfect work from home telecommute job or grow a successful home based business.


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  • Home Business Ideas: The Sure-Fire No-Fail Formula For Success
    I've long been uncomfortable with many of the “info products” marketed to people who hope to make a living with a website. Too many of them make unrealistic promises of nearly effortless wealth — all you have to do is follow a few “simple” steps, the same steps allegedly followed by the “guru”, and you'll b...
  • Boosting Sales: How to advertise your new service business
    A member of the Small Business Ideas forum, a writer, asked how to get started advertising her new freelance writing business. I started thinking of ways she could get started with it, and before I knew it, my answer was waaay longer than a forum post. And I realized it also had advice applicable to almost any type of professional service provide...
  • Pricing & Profits: Pricing For Future Growth, Even in a Down Economy
    When the economy is tight, you may be tempted to cut prices in an attempt to stimulate sales. But depending on what you're selling and how you're trying to position your business, big price cuts may not be such a good idea. When you lower your prices too much, you affect how people perceive the quality of your offering. If you're priced waaay lo...
  • Marketing & Ads: Four Tips For Making a Living With a Crafts Business
    The Wall Street Journal (of all places) recently featured an article with four crucial tips for crafters who want to sell their wares online. So, what does the WSJ advise? Be true to your vision. If you simply try to follow trends, you're likely to find yourself behind the curve as often as not, either totally out of fashion or facing a ton of...
  • Business Growth: Don't Get So Comfortable
    So, I just got back from the Small Business Marketing Unleashed conference in Houston, TX. What a blast that was! I picked up so many helpful tips and ideas it's going to take me awhile to assimilate them all. But I wanted right away to pass one along I found tremendously inspiring and important for us as people working from home, or aspiring to...
  • Doing Business Online: Make Money with Social Networking?
    I received a spam email the other day claiming 70% of Americans use social media sites. I'm not going to link to the site they directed me to, because (A) I don't want to give them any more publicity and (B) the site has a really annoying exit script installed that won't let you close the window without clicking through several JavaScript alerts....
  • Business Startup: How Do You Decide What Kind of Business to Start?
    I participate in several online discussion forums targeting small business owners. Very often, new members want guidance about what kind of business to start. Of course, the more experienced among us usually advise them to think about their interests, talents and experiences, and build a business based on those. That's because building a new bus...
  • Search Engine Optimization: Make the Most of Google Local
    Have you noticed changes in the search results as displayed in Google lately? Like videos and images and local search results all mixed in with the “regular” listings. It's called “Universal Search,” and it's the wave of the future with Google and the other search engines. Ask.com is doing something similar and calling it ...
  • Business Management: Are you PCI Compliant?
    What is PCI compliance? According to a July 27, 2007 article on the Internet Retailer website, Visa USA is now focusing more of its attention toward bringing small merchants into compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. According to Visa, more than 80% of the data security breeches involving customer information occurred...
  • E-Books & Downloads: Business Idea E-books
    Here are a few ideas for home based businesses for your consideration. These e-books are written by experts in the field and offer practical, down-to-earth, usable information for those who are looking to break into the field. Bed & Breakfast Owner Cartoonist Caterer or Personal Chef Cleaning Business Life Coach, Career Coach or Motiva...
  • Other Resources: Miscellaneous Resources
    Pdf995 Suite Free software! Create PDF (Acrobat) format files from any document, such as Word or Excel. You'll have to put up with a splash screen every time the PDF program launches as long as you're using the free version. You can get rid of it by purchasing a license for a very reasonable fee. The suite is full-featured, allowing you to inc...
  • Web Development Resources: Web Site Building Tools
    Site-Build-It! Why just build a Web site, when you can build a Web business? Ken Evoy has a reputation for "over-delivering" with all his products and services, and this is no exception. Site-Build-It! is packed with everything you need to build and grow a viable, income-producing web site. You don't need to know anything about searc...
  • Home Business Resources: Business Start Up Tools
    BPlans.com A solid business plan can be your key to getting the financing you need or to attracting investors to your small or home-based business. This site offers help with writing that business plan, as well as plans for advertising, marketing and Web strategy, including free sample plans. They also sell the stand-alone business planning so...
  • Copywriting: The Devil is in the Details
    How Errors in Grammar and Spelling Can Derail Your Business © Diane M. Aull I recently received an invitation to a grand opening celebration for a new advertising agency opening up in our (very small) town. The owner of this agency had gone through the trouble of getting a full-color glossy invitation printed up. It was to be a gala event ...
  • Web Site Design: Master Course: The Webmaster Business
    The Business of Web Design by Diane Aull Success Requires More Than Creativity Thinking about hanging out your shingle as an independent Webmaster? Your timing may be right. Many small business owners don't have the time or skills to build and maintain their own sites. As a result, they are actively seeking affordable Webmasters. You can capi...

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