BUYING AN INTERNET BUSINESS

Our niece has a baby and was looking for a way to generate some income without leaving the house. So she went to a website we’d never heard of, Flippa.com, and bought a business for $365. She’s already $100 ahead.

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TALKING TEDS

“TED talks” are widely popular 18-minute talks you can watch on the web. We once listened to a woman’s talk on shyness – and so did ten million other people. Having lost our shyness after this talk, we wondered what if we want to give a TED talk? TED is an acronym for “Technology, Entertainment and Design,” which were the initial subjects offered. But the range has gone way beyond that now and talks on virtually any subject can now be called up and sometimes the audience is as large as 12 million. How do you become a TED talk speaker? Go to Ted.com/nominate/speaker to nominate yourself or someone else. If it’s someone else, you don’t have to give their […]

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WHAT CREDIT CARD NUMBERS MEAN

Redshed.co.uk/blog/how-do-credit-card-numbers-work  will decipher the meaning of that long string of numbers on your credit card. The first number, for instance, is the type of institution that issued the card, such as a bank. This is a garden supplies shopping site in England but has interesting information.

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WHITEBOARD MAGIC

Epson has a new projector that turns your wall into a giant iPad. Anything you can do on an iPad you can also do on the wall by tapping on a whiteboard projected onto a wall.

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OUT OF THE POOL AND INTO THE MONEY

Creating smart phone apps for your business can save big bucks. We just found out about a pool maintenance company that saved $35,000 a year.

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THE WARREN BUFFET WATCH

 Investopedia.com lets you practice investing and includes free newsletters such as “The Warren Buffet watch.”

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GETTING PUBLISHED

Publishing your book on the Kindle or the iPad is free and open to anyone, but the steps involved can be tricky. A company called “Tablo” will do it for you.

Tablo is new to the field and charges $8 a month to publish to the iPad and Kindle, but you can use the service for free until you’re ready to publish. They assign the “ISBN” number and handle the technical parts. All you have to do is upload a Word document.

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RENTING YOUR VACATION HOME

We’ve used the website “VRBO” (vacation rentals by owner) to rent a house instead of the typical hotel room. If you’ve got a home to rent to others, the website HotSpotTax.com takes some of the tax complications out. We didn’t like the one we rented, but maybe you have something better.

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THE SIMPLE DOLLAR

TheSimpleDollar.com has tips for saving money. Example: A handwritten note on a blank card may mean more to someone than an expensive greeting card. Also check out: “50 Free Activities My Family Enjoys.”

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BALANCING YOUR CHECKBOOK ON THE COMPUTER

A reader told us his disability is making it tough to balance his checkbook with pen and paper, and he is unhappy with software like Quicken. Here’s an easy way to do it using a free program.

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