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Money: 10 Useful Web Sites

Updated on July 14, 2011

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Yesterday it was the US' turn (9/11 and Katrina), today it's Haiti's (Earthquake), tomorrow is...Well, it's up to Mother Nature. So, Be generous!

Money: 10 Useful Web Sites

In the information age, to paraphrase a brilliant mind, what you don't know can kill you. In the digital age, ignorance is not bliss, but a curse.The price of ignorance is always too expensive, never cheap. I am determined to give you a break on that exorbitant an item. For that reason, and that reason alone, I am running a sale on ignorance: buy one, get one free. It's a limited time offer! Hurry up and save! The sale won't last, first come, first served. Any takers? Your lost, not mine!

You get my drift. Let's get down to business.

Work From home

To work, or not to work from home: that's the question. Before you answer that question, I would suggest that you peruse Tory Johnson's Work -from- home tips at:


and Tory Johnson's Tips To Make Money at Home at:


As a bonus, let me throw in women for hire's site for more information on Work From Home, How To Avoid Scams, etc.:


Money in Living Colors by Candle.
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Start a business on a shoestring budget

You've been dying to start a business online, or an online home business, but don't have a dime to your name. The following sites may offer you the opportunity to start an Internet Business, free of charge. Why start an online business, you wonder? It's sexy (LOL!)!

Open an online store. At Zlio*, you can create a free store in just 5 minutes and start earning money now! No web site needed.

Don't put all your business eggs in one basket. Explore other alternatives. Amazon's astore* offers a similar opportunity: that is an online store, with no fees associated with building a store for your site, featuring Amazon's products, on your own web site:


Before you consider the Amazon's astore opportunity, a must-read is:

If you have any artistic talent, or are a gifted artist, you can leverage and capitalize on your talent by exploring a custom t-shirts, kids t-shirts, cool t-shirts, funny t-shirts, or crazy t-shirts business online, with zero upfront costs and zero inventory investment.

What can you sell on Cafepress, a free online store? T-shirts, Prints and Greeting Cards, Stickers, etc._ No web site necessary!


Wanna get paid for your designs and arts? Why not create a free online store on Zazzle*? At zazzle you can sell mugs, posters, t-shirts, etc._ No web site required!

Use some marketing tricks of the trade to promote your business.

A free alternative to eBay for selling your stuff (computers, cameras, clothes, arts, antiques, etc.)? A 100% Free Online Marketplace? Check out Blujay*.


It would be unwise to start a business without exploring an exploiting the vast array of resources at your disposal at the Small Business Administration's site. The benefits of these resources range from Free Online Courses, Online Training, Financial Assistance to Starting a Home-based Business (Need a Job? Consider a Home-based Business) and anything in between.


If you want to explore in depth the ins and outs of home-based businesses, you would do yourself a disservice if you fail to pay a visit to Powerhomebiz's web site, where a plethora of home-based business related information eagerly awaits your curious, inquisitive, and entrepreneurial mind and spirit. "Earn Money from Your Hobby", "Earn Money From Freelance Writing", "Earn Money by Putting Ads on Your Car", Earn Money from Home Online, etc., to name just a few of the nuggets you'll find at the aforementioned site.


Manage your "wealth"

Since you didn't have a dime to begin with, you can not, therefore, afford certain fundamental tools_namely a solid accounting system_essential to running a business smoothly, and without which, running a business is tantamount to driving a car without headlights at a speed rate of 100 mpg in the thick of financial darkness. Until your business begins to shine and thrive, there is, in the meantime, a temporary solution, a stop gap measure of sort: How To Get Free Accounting Software. Check it out.

After you've earned, or better yet, before you earn a ton of money, a boat load of cash (LOL!), following implementation of the preceding suggestions, you'll need financial advice/information to manage the windfall. A good place to start? How about Bankrate?


Bankrate is a treasure trove of information on Mortgage, Home Equity, CDs and Investments, Checking and Savings, Auto, Credit cards, Debt Management, Insurance, College Finance, Retirement and Taxes. Compare Mortgage Rates, CD rates, Credit Cards, Home Equity Loans, etc.

As that fortune of yours continues to grow, you are beginning to be overwhelmed by the accumulation of wealth (thanks to this hub's content, of course. Do I smell inflated ego?), the need for more advanced and sophisticated financial advices will be a pressing and urgent matter. At which point, the following web site will come in handy. Terry's Favorite Web Sites (Finance) for a wealth of information on Retirement, Investing, Market Advice, Investing & Money for Kids, Financial Planning, Credit & Debt (learn How To Get Credit), Savings & Interest Rates, Insurance & Annuities, Student Loans & College Planning, etc.:


Last, but not least, I'll be remiss if I fail to mention_ you guess it_ Hubpages. A free platform for the expression of your view points and counter view points, a soap box for your rants and raves, and the opportunity to earn some money in the process through Google Adsense, Kontera, Amazon, and eBay, just for publishing and sharing your thoughts and ideas, rants and raves, hobbies and pastimes. If you are not a member of Hubpages, feel free to sign up now. Join here and now.


Did I say I was having a sale on ignorance? Sorry for failing to keep my end of the bargain. It was, instead, a (free) sale on information about building your financial empire and the knowledge to manage it. With regard to the "buy one, get one free" offer, I did more than what is called for, went beyond and above the call of duty: lots of freebies and bonuses!

Care to guess what the title of my next hub is? Money: 10 Useless Web Sites (LOL!).

Enjoy! May your business grow, prosper and thrive!

P.S. Words of wisdom: Education is never too expensive. Ignorance, always, is.

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      CANDLE 8 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by Viryabo.

      I am honored to count you among my fans, and will strive to meet or exceed your expectations.

      One good deed deserves another: From this day forward, you can count me among your fans.

      I hope my hubs will be an inexhaustible source of actionable information for one and all.

      Please come back for more. Often.

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      I love the way you write candle. Great hub. In the past couple of weeks i've realised that putting all eggs in one basket is not such a great idea. So i'm kind of trying to branch out.

      I joined a few of the above some months ago, but haven't done much with them. Will take your advice.

      So true. Ignorance is 'no more bliss'.


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      CANDLE 8 years ago

      Thank you for the comment and for being my fan.

      There is only one way to find out whether the information is useful: Apply it. Implement it.

      Keep me posted as to the outcome.

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      Bhawna Sharma 8 years ago from Mumbai, India

      I wish I can use the information you have provided here. By the way, 'P.S.' very punchy.

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      CANDLE 8 years ago

      Thank you Maotianwu201 for your comment and compliment.

      Good info and eye-catching ads go hand in hand!

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      maotianwu201 8 years ago


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      maotianwu201 8 years ago

      good info but more ads !