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Medical Coding Jobs From Home

Working from home and being paid well for it is a goal of many individuals. While searching out ways to accomplish this goal many have stumbled upon a niche field in medical administration called “medical coding”.

Medical coding positions are present in hospitals, physician offices, insurance companies, home health agencies, and just about anywhere medical services are being provided and billed for. In addition to traditional hourly employment in this field there are also a number of opportunities to do this type of work from the comfort of your own home.

A standard, hourly, medical coding job is what is usually advertised in the classifieds and help wanted ads. These positions usually require individuals to be present at a specific location, punch a time clock, etc. Employees are usually paid at an hourly rate and receive benefits such as paid vacation, health insurance, and paid holidays.

In contrast, most work from home medical coding jobs are contract positions. This means that a larger company who has multiple clients farm out the work into smaller portions on an individual basis. Individual medical coders who are awarded a portion of this work are called independent contractors and are considered self employed.

Most often an independent contractor will agree to receive a specified amount of work each week, code it within a specific time frame, maintain a certain accuracy standard, and in return are usually paid on a “per. chart coded” basis. While such positions usually do not include benefits such as paid vacation, medical insurance, and paid holidays it does offer an extremely flexible schedule and the ability to work from home, which saves on travel, attire, and other related expenses.

An independent contractor can expect companies that award coding contracts to provide the work and coding software while they will be responsible for providing the computer hardware, internet connection, and medical coding books. Independent contractors are also responsible for withholding their own taxes since their payments are made on their gross earnings. At year end individuals will receive a 10-99 instead of a W-2 and will need to file schedule 1040. This can also be a benefit since work related expenses such as coding books, internet, computer, etc. can be considered a tax deduction.

Most independent contraction positions are available for a specific specialty, such as pediatrics, emergency medicine, or dermatology. These positions normally require that contractors hold either a CPC or CCS coding credential and have a minimum of three years of coding within their specialty.

Each coding specialty has its own bar rate and standard pay rate. These are important to know when discussing a contract. For example, when coding emergency medicine the standard bar rate 25 charts an hour and the average pay rate is between.65 and.75 cents per. chart for professional coding. Based on these numbers and an average work week of 40 hours (for full time) or 20 hours (for part time) an independent contractor can choose the number of charts to contract for each week based on their own speed.

For example, individuals who code the standard 25 charts an hour and only wish to work 4 hours per day (that’s a 20 hour week) should contract for 500 charts per week and could expect to gross between $352 and $375 each week. The faster an individual can code the more money they can make, so an individual who can code 50 charts per hour can either choose to contract for full time work and receive full time earnings while working only part time hours, or they can choose to contract for a large number of charts and increase their earnings.

While speed is important to an independent contractor’s earning potential accuracy is equally important. Most companies who award coding contracts stipulate that the medical coder must maintain a certain accuracy in their coding in order to keep their contract. The accuracy rate usually falls between 96% – 99%. Charts coded by the medical coder are routinely audited by the company to ensure their rates are being maintained.

Prior to being considered for a work from home medical coding job there are several things one must do. The first is to earn either a CPC or CCS coding credential. While there are multiple coding credentials that are awarded by numerous organizations these are the only two that are commonly recognized among employers nationwide.

The CPC stands for Certified Professional Coder, and is awarded by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The second credential, the CCS, stands for Certified Coding Specialist and it is awarded by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Each of the two credentials can be earned by sitting for and passing the 5 – 6 hour coding exam. Proper education prior to sitting for either exam is strongly encouraged and selecting the right organization to prepare you should be done carefully.

Once an individual has earned either their CPC or CCS credential the next achievement should be to gain some on the job coding experience. This is required by most companies that award independent coding contracts. It is also more beneficial for a medical coder to start out this way as well.

Succeeding as an independent contractor is dependent upon both speed and accuracy and a new coder will be neither. It is best to earn an hourly paycheck when starting out when you can code as slow as you need to and you are able to ask as many questions as you may have to.

Once an individual has gained two to three years of on the job medical coding experience they will be considered for most independent coding contract positions. The next step is to find such companies that offer these types of positions or contracts.

Most internet searches for “at home medical coding jobs” and “medical coding jobs from home” usually return more solicitation or articles than job leads. It is better to use search phrases such as “medical coding independent contractor” or “remote medical coding jobs”. Attending local AAPC chapter meetings is also a good way to hear of such opportunities from the local coding community. In addition, an individual may try calling medical coding organizations and ask if the positions they are hiring for have the ability to become remote.

Examples of some companies who hire independent medical coding contractors are avia code, maxim health information services, and med data.

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Make Money Online by Using the Right Keywords

Probably most of us knows Internet and how it works. Millions of web sites can be found in the Internet and this includes web sites for selling purposes. Many products or services are being offered through the Internet and this businesses online are making money. But do you know why these businesses are making money online so fast? Well, there are some things you should know on how these business achieve success and the popularity to customers.

Everyone who has a website has one goal. They want their website noticed, it is that simple. Link Building is one great way to increase the page rank of your web site. In order to do this you will need a good set of keywords. Keywords words are used to search for information relating to an assignment topic. A keyword does not have to be a single word – sometimes it can be a phrase. You should place a good keyword related to your business so that when a certain customer searches the Internet with a particular keyword that is related to your business he can easily find your site. The more visitors your website has, the more customers you will have that, the more money you will be making money online.

You should be careful in choosing a keyword. Remember, keywords must be related to your business. So if your business is selling cosmetics then, your keyword should be associated with it. Keywords serves as a good marketing tool in promoting your products and helps you make money online. If you have the right keyword then you will have no problem at all because customers will surely flock to your websites.

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10 Steps to E-Commerce Success

What makes one e-commerce web site a raging success, while another similar one barely gets a visitor much less sells anything? Ask any small business owner and you're likely to get a range of answers from "Cool technology" to "A really sexy web site", and more likely than not: "Being Number One on the Search Engines."

Important some of these things may be, they're not actually the core elements for success! And it's for this reason that most people go wrong when they go online. In fact, the main factors, or decisions, that make a web site successful or not, take place long before a line of code is written, or a graphic designed or anyone puts finger to keyboard to write any copy. We list below, in order of importance, the ten things you should concentrate on if you want your e-commerce web site to be a rip-roaring success:

1. Do Your Research
The first thing that you must remember (and this is the bit that everyone seemed to forget in Internet "Gold Rush" of 1999) is that the same business principles apply to your internet business as any other. You must: a) Have a product / service with a solid received need; B) you must be able to sell it at a price that is profitable and provides good value to the purchaser and; C) you must be able to reach a sufficient number of potential purchasers (and convince them to buy) to generate enough revenue to make your business viable. And to find out that, you need to research your market. Thoroughly.

The first and most obvious thing you need to find out is the "need" factor. Note I said "perceived" need, sometimes better described as a "want". We buy lots of things we do not need, because mainly we think we need them. So, will people benefit from your product or service? Do you really believe you can convince people they need it? To find that out, you have to ask them! But we're not there yet: it's one thing having a product that people do actually need, but if there are already lots of people supplying it, then you might have a problem with part b. You are only going to be able to sell your product / service at a profit AND and a price people think representatives good value if 1) Not many other people provide it or 2) yours is better (and / or cheaper – but for explained explained Later, this is not usually a good route to take). Again, you must do your research and find out before you do anything else. And finally, can you reach this market cost-efficiently and find enough people to buy from you? This is the one great strength of the Internet and e-commerce: it's much cheaper, it's faster and has a much wider reach that any other communications channel so far invented! But it still costs time and money, and you have to be realistic, so you need to research your market and work out if you have the time and money to reach it.

2. Work on your Strategy
OK, so now you know, hopefully, that there is a need for your product or service, that not many people offer it at the price / profit / value level that you can, and you know that thousands of people who use the internet a Lot and who you know from your research can and do buy online, will want to buy it from you. So now you work on your strategy. This is key. You can not simply say "Hey, we've got a great product and a big market, let's slap up a web site and we'll get rich!" You need to sit down and carefully work on how you're going to do all of this. You need to know what your goals are. If your goal is to "sell lots" you'll sell nothing! I Guarantee it. You need to work out where your want to be in 1, 3 and 5 years time at a minimum and then work back from there. If you start with that and work back, then a lot of the pieces will fall into place. Your strategy should apply to all your business, and your web site or Internet bits will only be a part of it (a big part, perhaps …). For example, if you have a product with a big ticket price, and you only sell 5 a year, then you do not want to start planning in a shopping basket system and credit card payments! Selling on that scale will need lots of relationship building and face-to-face interaction, so you need to work out how your Internet / e-commerce strategy will strengthen and benefit that. A good web site to that will impress people who pay £ 50,000 for your product? A newsletter system to help keep in touch during the long sales cycle? It's a completely different approach to selling £ 20 watches ….

3. Concentrate on Existing Customers
If your business is already up-and-running and you're simply adding an Internet presence or improving on it, then your existing customers should be treated like Gold. They can actually help you bring your business online. Test the waters with them, ask them what they think at each stage, build the system around them and their needs and you'll end up with a template that will help you expand online in the sure knowledge that it will attract and help keep new Customers. And, of course, if you do it right, you can start making extra money online right away, without a single new customer, by using your web presence to save money and improve relationships with your existing customers so they buy more from you.

4. Make Service a Priority
While the Internet can help you cut costs and make your business run more slickly, you've got to remember that it can also be very impersonal. One of the most valuable things I've ever learned is that people buy from people they like. And they do not like to be let down. The media is littered with stories of people who managed to click and pay for something online only to wait weeks for it never to turn up. Emails do not get replied to, phones do not get answered (if the web site even publishes the number!), And they get regularly fobbed off. Yet the Internet is an ideal tool for delivering better customer communication! But many businesses use a flash web site to hide behind … That's another quirk of the Internet – it's possible to gain customers more quickly than traditional methods, but you can lose them like lightening if you provide a poor service. News travels fast on the internet – even faster if it's bad news …

5. Work out your Communication and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) policies and procedures
As I mentioned before, the Internet provides excellent tools and opportunities to build relationships with customers and clients. By this stage of your planning, you're chomping at the bit to "get something up and start selling" but winning a customer is a bit like wooing a woman (please forgive the sexist nature of this analogy!). You do not run up to a woman you like a scream in her face "I want to have babies with you, NOW!" So why do people do this online? You need to build into your plan ways and means of starting and growing relationships with your customers and clients. You need work out ways of opening a dialogue, finding out about them, and helping them find out about you. Did you know that research shows that people generally visit a web site seven times before they feel comfortable enough to buy anything? So what are you going to do that makes your web site interesting enough for people to visit seven times just to look at it? And when they do, what then? Is it like a one night stand? Or do you send them emails asking if they are happy with the product / service? Can you send them a regular newsletter that they find interesting? And do you have a system in place to manage all of this – for example, can you track how many times a customer has been contacted, by what method, and what was said? You can and should build up a valuable database of detailed customer information, their buying habits, what they like / do not like and a system for contacting them on a regular basis.

6. Offline / Online Marketing, Search Engines & Pay Per Click
Ah, search engines. The magic bullet of marketing … or so the search engine promotions "experts" would have you think. The holy grail for many is "being number one on the search engines" and great because that is, your success or failure actually hangs on what happens when all that traffic gets to your web site – it's got nothing at all to do with being No1. In fact you can actually bankrupt your business by being No1. A sudden flood of traffic can burst your bandwidth budget, have you running to Dell or HP or anyone for more servers, bring your web site to it's knees, and, if all those visitors turn up and do not find what they're looking For, you make virtual enemies of thousands – even millions – of potential customers. Once again, before you even think about Search Engines, you must go back to your research and your strategy and start again from there. Ask yourself: What is my ideal customer? What search engines do they use? What key words do they use to find services / products like mine? What's my USP? What magazines do they read? Are there cheaper / better ways of reaching them than via search engines? There are, of course, certain low-cost / no-cost golden rules that everyone should follow. Your web address and email address should be printed on all your stationery. If you send out catalogs, promote your web site in it. Add a promotional message (including a link to your web site) at the bottom of all your emails (this is sometimes called a signature file or sig file). The key is to think about your promotion from your customer's perspective. If you do that, then, at least as far as Search Engines are concerned, you can focus on relevance. Make sure that people who find your site via search engines are actually looking for what you have to offer and are ready to buy. You are relevant to them and they are relevant to you. If my sales target in my strategy is to sell 100 units a week, then all I really need is 100 buying customers from Search Engines. If I use all the tricks in the book and haul a million visitors in who are not even vaguely interested in my widgets, I'm wasting their time and my money. To sum up, you should:

  • Aim for a number one Search Engine listing ONLY for well-researched, highly targeted keywords and phrases
  • Use Pay Per Click facilities such as Overture to get quick results and control your budgets
  • Make sure you do not waste offline opportunities. Publish your web address / email on all company literature and include it in all your adverts.
  • Use Sig files on ALL emails
  • Sign up affiliates and pay them a commission
  • Use a Viral Marketing email campaign
  • Publishing an email newsletters and information to build an email list
  • Research your market carefully to find out what methods people use to find and buy your product / service and concentrate all your efforts on those channels.

7. Make Sure Your Web Site Copy is Clear and Persuasive
Perhaps the most overlooked element of web site development these days is copy – that is, the words were all those pretty pictures, flash animations, and whizzy functions. A great deal of web site copy on the internet today is utter rubbish, and many online shops feature hardly any at all! You get a welcome message, product titles, pictures, maybe a few specifications, and great big "Buttons". Once again, it sees that people jump onto the Internet bandwagon and forget that there's a real human being on the other side of the computer screen and he / she wants information and needs to be treated with some respect. Basic business rules still apply, and with some modification, your approach to your web site should be similar in many respects to traditional mail order or direct / distance selling. And the golden rule of mail order and direct selling? The more you tell, the more you sell! Professional copywriters through the marketing ages have known this all along. The theory has been tested to the ends of the universe and the result is always the same. Long copy outsells short copy every time. But there are some rules and some adaptation of this basic fact when thinking about the web:

General rules:

  • Your copy should be clear and concise in its construction
  • Every sentence needs to be short and snappy, with short words
  • Where possible, one sentence per paragraph (if it's sales copy, editorial is different)
  • Use headlines, sub heads and bullet points
  • Every single statement should contain a fact, benefit or persuasive argument. Do not waste a word!
  • Spend MOST of your time creating headlines, they are the single most important factor in direct mail sales success and the same goes for the web.

Special Web Rules:

  • Break up copy that's more than about 500-700 words long into separate pages
  • Always try to close the prospect at the end of each page as well as having a "more" link to the next page
  • Try to include a close or buy link above the "waterline" (ie before they have to scroll to read the next paragraph or sentence)
  • Try to inject as much "personality" into your copy as possible. A web page can be a particularly "cold" place – so add as much human warmth as possible. Remember, people buy from people they like.

8. Make Sure your Navigation is Easy, and that your Web Site Design and Backend Technology are all focused on a Great Customer Experience
Only now should you be thinking about the build of your web site and its technology. It's at this point, you can finally consider your web site's design and how it will look. Remember, web design (any design) is subjective. No matter how much time or money you spend on it, or how proud you are of it, a certain proportion of your visitors will still think it's crap. But guess what? They do not care, and if you get everything right it has almost no bearing at all on sales. But there are three important elements to web site design:

1. Ease of navigation comes FIRST. Make sure your fancy page design does not confuse and frustrate your customers. Keep it simple. And bearing in mind that no matter how good the site looks, lots of people will hate it, so make sure the design is not overbearing. Make sure that, whether your customer likes your site or not, it's not an issue!

2. Get it done professionally. Good, professional design inspires confidence in your customers, and on the web that's a precious commodity. They may not always like it, but they'll appreciate that it's been done professionally, and that there's infers that your are a professional company.

3. Make sure that the site is clean and uncluttered, and avoid too many flashy animations, whizzy bits, and flash downloads that will slow your site down and annoy your customers, no matter how "cool" you think they are. And whatever you do avoid "front Door", "click here to enter our site" intro-type pages AT ALL COSTS! Especially Flash ones. They are utterly pointless and delay your customer from getting to what they're after, which is information about your company / products / services.

And finally, the technology – especially the "Shopping cart". So long as it works properly, does not mix up customers' baskets, can accept with demand, and deliver orders reliably, then your choice of "cart" technology will have no bearing whatevers on sales success. Other than that, your technology and the complexity of your system will be dictated by what it is you actually need to achieve. We've mentioned newsletters, CRM, customer support & service and so on – all your technology choices MUST be made to make these things easy for you to manage and to enhance them. And most of all, your technology must ALWAYS be geared towards a great customer experience.

9. Get Pricing in Perspective and Think about your Market Positioning and your Value Proposal
There's one final myth about the internet (and business in general) that I'd like to explode and it's this: People buy on price. The myth that you must be cheap, even cheapest, on the internet has grown exponentially, especially with the advent of shopping price comparison engines. Combine this with the widely held (and very correct) belief that using the Internet to sell reduces cost, most people think that price is the only issue, and that you must be cheaper than everyone else to succeed. Nothing could be further from the truth!

A buying decision is a bit like an iceberg, of which the price element is the highly visible tip. The bulk of the decision makes taking place hidden away from view, and many in business ignore it at their peril. When a customer says to you that you're too expensive, they are not actually saying that your price is too high. What they're really saying is that they are not convinced that the benefit your are offering exceed the investment they have to make. They do not like your Value Proposition. The problem is usually that you have not convinced them enough about the benefits, not that you're charging too much. On the internet, this brings us back, actually, to point / step seven where I explained the massive importance of your sales copy. If your web site is simply a catalog of products and prices and a shopping cart, what else has any site visitor to go on when making a judgment other than price? So you've cornered yourself immediately. You have no option other than to go cheaper than your competition to make the sale. If, however, you make a big deal in your web copy about the benefits of buying from you (like prompt delivery, great service, reliability, money-back guarantee, free insurance or whatever you can think of) then suddenly, price is not An issue. People will pay your higher price for peace-of-mind, great service and extra benefits than taking a risk with the cheap, nasty web site that might let them down. And when you feel under pressure to drop your price, say for a special offer, why not try adding a free extra benefit instead? It's much more effective and more profitable! Instead of knocking 10% off, offer 10% more!

Another issue that you need to look carefully at, especially on the Internet where credibility is hard to achieve, is your Market Positioning. Your prices say a lot more about your company than you think. Although people like to say they love a bargain, every single one will make the assumption that cheap = nasty. If your prices are too low, people will assume there's a catch or you're cutting corners. If you want to position your business as the best in its class, then people will only feel good about you if your prices are at the top end of the range. Too low, and suddenly they lose faith in you because "something does not ring true". If your prices are "unbelievable!", Then so are you!

10 Tackle Fraud & Security
Internet fraud is a big, big issue and you can not ignore it. Most online customer will admit to being extremely wary of handing out credit card details online, especially to new web sites that they have never come across before. So, you need to have security and fraud policies in place and (here we go again about copy!) Make sure you tell your customers that you have these and you will take great care of their personal information.

At the very minimum you need:

  • A secure server and SSL certificate for your order pages
  • A privacy policy that clearly informs your customers that you pass their details onto nobody and that you keep them safe.

One of the best solutions is to use a Payment Service Provider (PSP) to process your credit cards for you. The better known and respected ones such as WorldPay are best, because the general public are aware of them and know that they have strong security measures in place. And from your own perspective, you gain some protection against law suits and some relief from the risk and responsibility of looking after customers' valuable credit card information.

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Who Took My Money by Robert T Kiyosaki – Book Review

Title and Author: Who Took My Money by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Synopsis of Content:

This book is by the author of a series of popular wealth books beginning with Rich Dad, Poor Dad in 1997. The author’s goal is to teach people the fundamental principles of successful wealth building. In this book Kiyosaki concentrates on investment.

In Part I he asks the question “What Should I Invest In” from the perspective of a number of financial viewpoints including ranchers, tax advisors, bankers, gamblers, etc.

In addition to the insights provided by Kiyosaki you will find notes from his co-author, Sharon L. Lechter, CPA. Lechter co-authors many of Kiyosaki’s books and provides some hard core financial advice to beef up some of Kiyosaki’s more general principles.

This book contains some redundancy but as a self styled educator Kiyosaki would undoubtedly argue that repetition is essential to education and I cannot disagree. Since many readers only peruse a book once rather than studying it over time the repetition may be a strong point.

There are generally two major schools of thought for average investors: either invest gradually and steadily over time and use the power of long term investing to build wealth or invest with greater risk but greater return using more complex investment methods. Kiyosaki falls in the second group. He belittles dollar cost averaging and so called “slow investing” and heralds “fast money”. As you might guess this bears some caution. People do make large amounts of money quickly in various markets but never without a higher level of risk. Kiyosaki, who brags about his personal financial failures and bankruptcy, argues that the greater risk is worth it and too much caution means too little return. In this regard one must always weigh his advice carefully.

A caution: neither author is a certified financial advisor. They do not provide independent verification of their skill level in investments or of their own personal performance.

Readability/Writing Quality:

As with all his books this one is written reasonably well and is easy to follow. He uses real life illustrations and easy to understand arithmetic to demonstrate the numbers.

Notes on Author:

Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter are authors who have teamed up on a number of books about investing and building wealth. Their books are aimed at the novice, someone who needs to learn the basics about how wealth is created.

Publication Information:

Who Took My Money by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, CPA. Copyright 2004 by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter. Published by Time Warner Books.

Rating for this Book

Overall Rating for Book: Good

Writing Style: Easy to follow.

Usefulness: Useful as a primer on investing.

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Indie Film Financing and Movie Distribution – Dancing Nude

Indie film financing and movie distribution reminds of what it would feel like dancing nude on stage (much respect for exotic dancers at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club!). You show up to pitch your movie project and need to be able to dance to a film investor’s music. It’s their stage and not yours as an indie filmmaker seeking film funding. They want you to make a sellable movie which appeals to movie distributors so the production can make money.

Most investors I’ve met with are not interested in putting hard money into indie art house films because those are tough sells to movie distributors and overseas film buyers aren’t usually interested in seeing them. The dialogue and scenes of certain art house type films don’t translate well to foreign buyers and movie viewers. Action, horror and skin does not need subtitles for people to follow the story is what I’ve been told by distributors. Talking head movies can make no sense to viewers that don’t understand subtle lines spoken in a foreign language.

Independent film financing continues to change as indie movie distribution gets more financially shaky. The place it’s hitting indie movie producers hardest is right at the source – film financing. Film investors right now aren’t feeling excited about putting money into movies that do not have bankable name actors. This is not like so-called indie movies that have A-list actors or are produced for millions of dollars. Those type of indie film passion projects you can make once you’ve made it in the entertainment business at the studio level.

Indie film investors and movie distributors won’t expect you to have an A-list actor, but they do want producers to have actors (B-list or C-list or D-list) with some name recognition or celebrity. The first question film investors and movie distributors ask is who the cast is. This is where most indie movie producers are blown out of the water because they have an unknown cast of actors. Plus there is a glut of indie movies being made because technology has made it more affordable to make movies.

The bright side is that entertaining indie movies are being made that might not otherwise ever have seen light of day before. The downside is meaningful movie distribution (getting paid) for indie produced films continues to shrink as indie films being made rises (supply and demand 101). I talked to one movie distributor that caters to releasing independent films and they told me they receive new film submissions daily.

They were honest saying they get very sellable movies and ones that are less than appealing, but with so many movies out there they no longer offer a majority of producers advance money against film royalties or pay a lump cash “buy-out” to secure distribution rights. Their business viewpoint is most indie filmmakers are just happy seeing their movie released. The term they used was “glorified showreel” for an indie filmmaker to display they can make a feature film. So, they acquire many of their movie releases without paying an advance or offering a “buy-out” agreement.

Not making a profit from a movie does not make financial sense for film investors that expect to see money made. When people put up money to produce a movie they want a return on their investment. Otherwise it’s no longer a movie investment. It becomes a film donation of money they’re giving away with no expectations. I’ve been on the “dog and pony show” circuit meeting with potential film investors and learning invaluable lessons.

I’m in the habit now of talking to indie movie distributors before writing a screenplay to see what types of films are selling and what actors or celebrity names attached to a potential project appeal to them. This is not like chasing trends, but it gives producers a sharper picture of the sales climate for indie films. Sometimes distributors will give me a short list of actors or celebrities to consider that fit an independent movie budget. Movie sales outside of the U.S. are where a bulk of the money is made for indie filmmakers.

Movie distributors and film sales agents can tell you what actors and celebrity talent is translating to movie sales overseas at the indie level. These won’t be A-list names, but having someone with some kind of name is a great selling point to help your movie standout from others. Brief cameos of known actors or celebrities used to be a good way to keep talent cost down and add a bankable name to your cast.

That has changed lately from my conversations with distribution companies. Movie distributors now expect any name talent attached to have a meaningful part in the movie instead of a few minutes in a cameo role. Cameo scenes can still work if there is a visual hook that grabs the attention of viewers in some way. But having name talent say a couple of lines with no special hook won’t fly anymore.

Another way to make an indie film in need of funding more attractive to investors is to attach talent that has been in a movie or TV show of note. Their name as an actor might not be that well-known yet, but rising stars that have appeared in a popular movie or TV show can give your movie broader appeal. If you cast them in a supporting role keep working days on the set down to a minimum to save your budget. Try to write their scenes so they can be shot in one or two days.

When you’re pitching to serious film investors they will want to be given a detailed movie budget and distribution plan on how you plan on making money from the film’s release. The Catch-22 that happens a lot is that most movie distributors that cater to releasing indie films won’t commit to any deal until they’ve screened the movie.

There is not built-in distribution like with studio budget films. Film investors that are not traditionally part of the entertainment business can get turned off when a producer does not have a distribution deal already in place. They don’t understand the Catch-22 of indie filmmaking and distribution. This is where a movie producer really needs to have a solid pitch that explains the financial dynamics of indie film distribution.

Most film investors will pass on an indie movie producer’s financing pitch that mentions self-distribution in it. From a movie investor’s business perspective it takes entirely too long for an indie movie to generate money going the self-distribution route. It’s like the old school way of selling your movie out of the trunk of your car at places, but now it’s done online using digital distribution and direct sales via a blog. That’s a long grind that most investors will not be interested in waiting around for. Moving one unit of a movie at a time is too slow of trickle for investors.

A possible way around the Catch-22 is to reach out to movie distributors while you are pitching to film investors. With a firm budget number and possible cast attached you can gauge to see if there is any meaningful distribution interest in the movie. It’s always possible a distributor will tell you that they would offer an advance or “buy-out” deal. They usually won’t give you a hard number, but even a ballpark figure of what they might offer can let you know if your budget makes financial sense to approach movie investors with.

I know one savvy indie movie producer that makes 4-6 movies a year on very reasonable budgets and knows they’re already making a profit from the advance money alone. The film royalty payments are a bonus. The producer keeps budgets extremely affordable and streamlined at every phase of production. Once you have a track record with a distribution company you know what you can expect to be paid. Then you can offer film investors a percent on their money invested into the production that makes sense.

Social networking with other indie filmmakers lets you hear what’s happening with movie distribution from other people’s real life experiences. A cool thing I’ve been hearing about is that there are film investors that won’t put up money to make movie that is going to be self-distributed, but they will roll the dice on a feature that is going to specific film festivals. Not the art house film festivals. The ones that are very genre specific like for horror or action films. Like Screamfest Horror Film Festival or Action on Film (AOF). Film buyers attend these events and meaningful distribution deals are made.

Independent film financing and movie distribution are areas of the entertainment business all filmmakers will have to deal with and learn from each experience. I was in the hot seat today pitching to a film investor. I’ve streamlined the budget as much as I can without making the plot lose steam.

The jam I’m in as a producer is there are hard costs that cannot be avoided that include lots of gun play including two rigging shots where baddies get shot and are blown backwards off their feet. Badass action films need experienced and seasoned film crews to pull-off hardcore action shots off clean and safe. The cast I want to hire has the perfect appeal and name recognition for this indie action movie to rock viewers. There is nothing that can get lost in the translation in this film for foreign film buyers and movie viewers.

What I think got lost in the translation with the potential film investor today is if I keep taking out below-the-line crew to save money I’m going to have to do rewrites to the screenplay to take out action scenes. These are selling points that will hurt sales if they are written out. But it’s my job as an indie filmmaker to balance a budget that appeals to film investors. We’ll see how this goes. This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing fade out.

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How to Earn $ 1000 a Month Online WITHOUT Tricks, Gimmicks or Gurus (No Bull)

Would earning One Thousand dollars a month, 100% online … change your life? For many people reading this, it would be nice and a plus, but you are probably thinking it's definitely not going to make you rich.

And yet … the vast majority of people will NEVER make $ 1000 a month, simply because they are too busy trying to make $ 10,000.00 or some other inflated figure that the "Guru's' have convinced you is the real goal. And while I agree that Adding ZEROS is the key to building a powerful, profitable and enduring business model that you CAN in make you financially free, learning to set up the system, the structure and the sequence to make that happen ALWAYS starts small.

I'm going to tell you EXACTLY what I did to earn my first $ 1000 in a month years ago. It's going to be SHORT, sweet, simple and straight to the point. (Because underneath it all … that's the way we all want our information, anyway.

1 – Pick a PRODUCT. (Not a niche) Find a popular product that you use in your own house, or that you see on TV, or read about in ads and offers in your local newspaper or magazines of choice. The real key to selling affiliate products is to PICK products that people already want to buy, and all you have to do is build the bridge between your readers, and the vendor.

A good hint? Look for offers that have EPC metrics of $ 100 or more, which means that the average affiliate, or marketer earns one hundred dollars for every 100 visitors they send.

2 – Create Your Landing Page. (Thin is IN and be willing to BRIBE and always ask for a name)

In other words, create a very "skinny" page that gives your readers 2 options: Leave or JOIN your community. (Your mailing list) Offer a bribe, or an introduction that is hyper specific to how to use the product or service you selected in step 1. In other words, if you are promoting a popular DVD rental service, you may offer a 5 page PDF on how to save money on the club, get a 30 day free trial, or how to get an extra movie per month.

3 – Use articles, much like this one, to BUILD your list, and create your community. Send your readers right to the landing page above, from the articles and if you create the right induction, about 30% of your traffic will sign up, starting on day 1.

4 – Create a simple Q and A style blog that is HYPER specific to 3- 5 high paying products.

Basically, ask and answer every question you can come up with that's hyper relevant to those products. Use the product names in your post titles … and simply use a keyword tool, OR just free associate questions you think you'd want to know before subscribing to the service, or buying the products you are promoting.

5 – Recycle your traffic from your LIST to the blog. How? By constantly asking and offering new answers to key questions each week. You "announce" the questions to your list, and drive them back to the blog to read answers offered by other readers, or encourage them to offer their own.

I call this system the "Content Community Continuum", and this is just a fraction of it's power … and in this case, just for promoting offers that are not your own. (Although it can be used to sell your own stuff as well)

If you pick the right products, and use the simple steps above, you will be able to make $ 1000 in just 30 days. Try to find payouts that are HIGH. Why? Because it's much easier to sell 10 products that pay you $ 100, than it is to sell 100 that pay you 10!

(And this is a lesson it took ME, and most other people FAR too long to learn!)

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Advice on How to Make Money With Affiliate Programs

Believe it or not, you can make money with affiliate programs. If you're considering it, do not back down now! Many people tend to think that no one can make money with affiliate programs. However, they've never probably ever tried it themselves. The fact is that the Internet has gone astronomical when it comes to money-making opportunities. There are literally thousands of opportunities waiting for each and every one of us online. So how exactly can we make money with affiliate programs? Let's find out.

Affiliate programs can ether be a means to place a bit of extra money in the bank or potentially become a full-time career. However, we all know you can not just establish a number of affiliate links and anticipate for money to suddenly come streaming in. If you want to make money with affiliate programs as a full time job, you have to put some effort yourself. Yes, it is actually possible to sit in front of a TV or be on a short vacation and still make money with affiliate programs. However, this does not automatically imply that you should not spend some hours of your own time with your online business at the sunset.

Some Tips

Do not mistake affiliate programs for multi-level marketing programs. There are a number of great affiliate programs that ask you to pay to enter, but most actually do not. If you have to buy or recruit others to buy to enter a program, then this is not an affiliate program but rather a multi-level marketing program posting as one. Choose an affiliate program that has a lot to do with or at least have some similarities to the content of your online business. Employ two tiers, the first tier being a position where you get paid for sales that you recommend others to, and the second tier being a position where you get paid if one registers as an affiliate under you and they pass on a sale.

Always be careful of affiliate programs that employ over two tiers. While there are a few great affiliate programs that employ three tiers, these are quite uncommon. More than two tiers are just likely to mean the visitors are not really getting something very good. Search for affiliate programs that provide heaps of marketing tools like nice banners, free articles, automated emails, and giveaway ebooks. If possible, always take note to obtain a "sample" product and assess it yourself before referring it to people. Check on your affiliate links from time to time, as broken affiliate links are a common problem.

Getting Started

Advertising revenue is one of the easiest means to obtain money from your website. You simply have to place the banner there and anticipate some cash to start flowing in. While it will not exactly be as easy as it sounds, you can start earning extra cash in no time if you just persevere and keep learning from your own experiences and outside sources such as ebooks on how to make money with affiliate programs. Study your target market and how to get as many targeted visitors to your offers as you can.

Many individuals quietly look for other ways to make more money on the side, but really do not know where to start. The key is to just do what you want, with the right preparation. The first step you can take is by studying the basics on how to make money with affiliate programs. The second step is to actually try it out. Then, learn from your experience and start applying the more advanced methods.

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Creating An Authority Site With Google AdSense On It

If you're familiar with Google AdSense and you want to know the best way to start earning money with it, you should know that generating lots of traffic is the first step. After you've driven a lot of traffic to your site, you will want to focus on ad placement, and the best areas where you should place your ads on your site.

To keep the traffic going, you will need to create a lot of content for your site. Everyday you should be writing to update your site or blog with new information about your topic. And if you can write a few articles per day, this is even better. It's pretty easy to write about 1 to 2 articles per day and add them to your site or blog. You just have to make up your mind about it.

The bottom line is that if you want to stay in business for the long haul, you will have to stay on top of your game. But it does not take long to do this everyday. Update your site with new content day after day (even on the weekends). This should take you no more than 20 minutes to do – especially if you're creating content that is around 300 to 400 words long.

And if you need inspiration about what new to write about, you may want to repurpose your articles. See if you can purchase some article templates that will allow you to add a new style and twist to your articles, so that you can place them on your site, make them original, and get relevant AdSense ads to show up on your site.

Like I said creating a content-rich site is relatively easy. If you want to make some good money with Google AdSense, create an authority site. An authority site is one main, big site where you focus on one topic, and one topic only. There's no switching around and creating all sorts of different sites with AdSense ads on it.

With an authority site, you can position yourself as an expert in your niche. People will come to love your information, and will visit your site daily. Many will subscribe to your email newsletter and search around on your site to find more of the same good content. And this is definitely what you want to happen.

There is another option outside of the authority site model where people create 1-page "mini sites" that are strictly designed to generate the AdSense click. They have no relevance for the person visiting the site, and people go and create thousands of them. This is similar to the concept of auto blogs (or "spam" blogs).

You do not want to go down this route. Stick with a proven authority site plan that works for a lot of people, and continue to offer more and more information to your readers.

Soon you will start to see trickles of daily income coming into your AdSense account, and over time, it will just grow larger and larger. But more importantly, you will learn how to market your site online successfully, and can take that knowledge and apply it to another online business venture.

Good luck with earning more money with Google AdSense today.

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Mural Painting – Three Ways Make Money Painting Murals

Mural painting is something that has been used throughout the ages by professionals and amateurs alike to publicly display their individual attitudes, a current theme or outlook on life. It is a colorful way to both express ourselves and the times we live in.

It seems that most mural artwork these days is more like abstract art and colorful cartoon-like styles. A good example is The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” style of artwork. This simplicity in design makes mural painting reachable for any artist who loves to paint.

Murals do not have to be real life types of scenes that only the most advanced artist can create. They can be vibrant, exciting works of color, attitude and style.

They can be murals for kids rooms. They can be artwork for public places like libraries and artwork that is suitable for teens or adults to have on their walls.

Anyone that can map out a wall so that his or her work will have proper form and be in the right proportion can do some nice mural work. Mapping out a large area using grid lines is half the battle. The other half is choosing good colors and design. And also using the right paint medium and then taking the time to do neat quality work.

Below are 3 popular types of murals that you can make money painting…

Murals on Stretched Canvas Frames – I like the idea of canvas frames because you can do all your work in your shop and then bring it to the customer when it is finished. You can even have one piece of art or theme carried out on three large canvas frames.

I have seen some nice abstract artwork done this way. The colors are bright and exciting and will look great in a nice home that has contemporary colors throughout the house. You could sell your work online or in consignment shops.

Wall Murals – this type of mural is usually more advanced when done in a nice home. Painters that do this type of work are generally more of an advanced artist than someone who could do an outside wall mural. That is just my opinion only because I think of exterior wall murals as something more along the lines of sign painting or the artwork done around construction sites in a downtown setting.

But I do know that there is some pretty cool and advanced stuff painted on the sides of buildings. To make money you could find jobs through interior decorators and through word-of-mouth.

Ceiling Murals – like wall murals, ceiling murals are usually the more intricate and advanced types of artwork. One type of ceiling painting that is popular although very few ever master it to its full potential is “star mural painting”. This is done using special formulated paints that glow in the dark. The paints usually glow all night long.

Professionally done star murals can mesmerize anyone whether they are art lovers, stargazers or just looking for something to jazz up their bedroom or game room ceiling. This type of art is not just for kids. After all, most kids would be happy with just plain old stick-on stars on their bedroom ceiling.

This type of art, if done by a professional muralist can even have astronomers in awe. Fortunately though, anyone can do an accurate star mural if you they have a few simple tools and know a few tricks of the trade.

You could find work through showing people sample posters. If you are already in peoples homes doing service work you could leave a poster with them with your name and phone number on it.

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Entrepreneurial Mindset 101 – A Positive Mindset Is A Powerful Skill To Develop

How often have we heard motivational speakers say that an entrepreneur must have a positive mindset?

Before I go any further, I want to discuss the idea of a mindset. We all have a brain. In that brain, we place our thoughts, feelings, ideas and our concepts. When you start your own business, your business will take a lot of your time. In addition, you will have to sustain that business for as long as maybe 3 years before you see a return on investment.

Their will be many times in which you will want to quit and you will not want to invest any more capital to keep your company afloat. To give yourself the best chance of sticking it through, you must develop a positive mindset. Developing a positive mindset can be acquired by:

1. Listening to powerful gurus or motivational speakers

2. Listening to uplifting music or music that makes you happy

3. Read positive books or quotes

4. Hang around positive people and strong-minded people

Once your mind is conditioned to focus on the positive perspective on any situation, you will be able to get through the tough and negative times easier.

Me personally, I have had my share of negative moments and times I wanted to quit. However, because of my positive mindset, I was able to get through the tough time and start collecting a lot of returns on my investments.

I started out as a broke college student with a dead end job. I worked on week-ends because I was a full time college student majoring in computer engineering. I had to keep my company afloat on the little paycheck I was collecting every two weeks. However, because I hanged around positive people and only surrounded myself with positive quotes on my walls, the negative times did not crush me.

Bonus Tip For Developing A Positive Mindset!

You must get educated. I recommend doing some research and educating yourself on the type of business or industry you will like to be a part of. If you are able to find out all the requirements it will take for you to succeed in your business, you will be able to brace yourself when the tough times happen.

Luckily for you, there are organizations of powerful business experts who offer free pieces of advise and information to those who are interested in building their own brand from scratch.

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