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How to Become a Travel Agent Without Any Experience

Sponsored by Cruise Planners Cruise Planners Millionaire’s Club Members and mother-daughter duo Terry McKinney, 58, and Andrea Mickan, 34, tell their story of becoming successful work-from-home travel agents Want to jump into the travel industry, but don’t have experience? Cruise Planners is the place for you. Read on to learn more and see if you qualify […] The post How to Become a Travel Agent Without Any Experience appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

13 Important Questions to Ask Before You Sign Up With a SaaS Provider

Every business owner should go into a vendor partnership with a clear understanding of the details. When considering a potential software as a service (SaaS) vendor, what’s one security question that should always be asked? Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year and have created tens of thousands of jobs. Learn more at 1. Where Is Our Credit Card Data Stored? Get a guarantee that your provider won’t store your credit card details on its own server. In a best-case scenario, a provider will use a payment gateway or vendor’s server for processing and maintaining all of your information. Though no measure is cyberattack proof, most of these third-party vendors have the appropriate security and infrastructure in place to handle your sensitive data. – Blair Thomas, eMerchantBroker 2. Do You Use Two-Factor Authentication? By now, most mission-critical systems offer two-step verification. In addition to logging in with a password, a code will be sent to your mobile phone, which you‘ll also need to enter to confirm that you are really you. This additional layer prevents someone who may have access to your password from also logging into vital technical systems and causing damage. – David Ciccarelli, 3. What’s Your Action Plan for a Worst-Case Scenario? When evaluating a SaaS partner, ask them what the worst-case scenario is that they can foresee. It might be a data breach, a service outage or something else, depending on the software. Then, ask how they would deal with that worst case. Ask detailed questions, and make sure you‘re comfortable with the action plan laid out. – Brittany Hodak, The Superfan Company 4. Is Data Encrypted at Rest? Data should be encrypted in transit and at rest. Secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption for data in transit is nearly ubiquitous, but many vendors don’t encrypt data at rest on storage devices. If their network is breached, that data is vulnerable. Ask potential vendors if the data is encrypted, how it is encrypted and who has access to the keys. – Vik Patel, Future Hosting 5. Are You GDPR Compliant? The recent EU General Data Protection Regulation sowed much confusion among online businesses worldwide, but one positive side effect is that it forced reputable SaaS vendors…

3 Scary Things That Can Happen To Unincorporated Businesses

Halloween is right around the corner, and I’ve been thinking about the scary moments entrepreneurs face when they start their businesses. The most frightening moment isn’t when you take out a loan. It’s not when you’re drafting an in-depth business plan. The scariest thing a small business owner can do for their startup is to […] The post 3 Scary Things That Can Happen To Unincorporated Businesses appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

Get Your Home Business Off the Ground with Yahoo Small Business

Sponsored by Yahoo Small Business When I talk to aspiring entrepreneurs, three of their biggest challenges to getting started are lack of money, time, and the technical side of launching. Which I can so relate to. Back when I was researching how to set up a website, I was overwhelmed and confused. I had no […] The post Get Your Home Business Off the Ground with Yahoo Small Business appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

October Special: Become a Stella & Dot Stylist for $99 and Get $500 in Product

Sponsored by Stella & Dot Looking to earn extra spending money? Want a fun, flexible career in the fashion industry? It’s the PERFECT job for Moms! In October, you can join Stella & Dot as a Stylist for only $99* and earn up to 35% commissions! You’ll also receive an additional $150 worth of bestsellers, totaling […] The post October Special: Become a Stella & Dot Stylist for $99 and Get $500 in Product appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

5 Podcasts We Love and Why

Love podcasts? So do we! As a small business owner or someone who is looking to soon become one, you often feel alone in this new world. You may feel like you are throwing yourself into the lion’s den with no guidance. Guess again, friends, because there are plenty of people who have made it through the exact place you’re currently in! Not only are you not alone in this, but many podcasters have great insight into this world and what it takes to navigate through. In honor of National Podcast Day on September 29th, here are five podcasts we love for those who are getting started in the business world.   So Money – Farnoosh Torabi started this podcast as a way to help empower young adults and to help them figure out how to balance life with getting into the business world. Her primary goal was to help them understand their money woes. As her life and experiences morphed and grew in different directions, Farnoosh allowed her podcast and advice to grow with it. She went on to discuss career changes and growth, family balance, and newfound money woes, maturing her conversation to a growing audience that was following her advice through these same struggles as well. Guests on her podcast do not shy away from fearful topics. No issue is left alone as they discuss the good, the bad, and the bitter ugly that exists in entrepreneurship. Episode to try – 750: Ashley Feinstein Gerstley – teaching young women about their worth, wealth, and money.   The Side Hustle Show – This podcast focuses on how to earn money on the side. This really just means for anyone looking to supplement their income or as a means to slowly get out of the corporate world. Nick Loper really focuses this podcast on how to get your financial situation where you want it and out of the depths of debt. Nick basically goes to show that anyone is capable of having a productive side hustle, no matter the reasoning behind the leap of faith. Whether the side gig is…

How to Include Your Family in Your Work-at-Home Business

As a work-at-home mom, I like the idea of finding ways to include my family in my home business. Children especially tend to get jealous when mom has to spend too much time doing work tasks. Finding ways to get the kids involved in mom’s home-based business encourages them to be excited about it rather […] The post How to Include Your Family in Your Work-at-Home Business appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

How to Earn Extra Cash for the Holidays

Every year my sister makes these beautiful hand-knit scarves, I pick out the yarn that I like (last year it was camel-colored cashmere), and she makes me a scarf for my Christmas present. I have also bought these scarves for other family members and friends who always LOVE them! My sister-in-law, on the other hand, […] The post How to Earn Extra Cash for the Holidays appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

Meet the startups in the latest Alchemist class

Alchemist is the Valley’s premiere enterprise accelerator and every season they feature a group of promising startups. They are also trying something new this year: they’re putting a reserve button next to each company, allowing angels to express their interest in investing immediately. It’s a clever addition to the demo day model. You can watch the live stream at 3pm PST here. Videoflow – Videoflow allows broadcasters to personalize live TV. The founding team is a duo of brothers — one from the creative side of TV as a designer, the other a computer scientist. Their SaaS product delivers personalized and targeted content on top of live video streams to viewers. Completely bootstrapped to date, they’ve landed NBC, ABC, and CBS Sports as paying customers and appear to be growing fast, having booked over $300k in revenue this year. Redbird Health Tech – Redbird is a lab-in-a-box for convenient health monitoring in emerging market pharmacies, starting with Africa. Africa has the fastest growing middle class in the world — but also the fastest growing rate of diabetes (double North America’s). Redbird supplies local pharmacies with software and rapid tests to transform them into health monitoring points – for anything from blood sugar to malaria to cholesterol. The founding team includes a Princeton Chemical Engineer, 2 Peace Corps alums, and a Pharmacist from Ghana’s top engineering school. They have 20 customers, and are growing 36% week over week. Shuttle – Shuttle is getting a head start on the future of space travel by building a commercial spaceflight booking platform. Space tourism may be coming sooner than you think. Shuttle wants to democratize access to the heavens above. Founded by a Stanford Computer Science alum active in Stanford’s Student Space Society, Shuttle has partnerships with the leading spaceflight operators, including Virgin Galactic, Space Adventures, and Zero-G. Tickets to space today will set you back a cool $250K, but Shuttle believes that prices will drop exponentially as reusable rockets and landing pads become pervasive. They have $1.6m in reservations and growing. Birdnest – Threading the needle between communal and private, Birdnest is the…

Types of Employees Every Small Business Owner Needs

I love the poem from Maya Angelou called Every Woman Should. A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE one friend who always makes her laugh … and one who lets her cry … Time is a precious commodity, and part of being a business owner is knowing when it’s time to call in the troops for help. When […] The post Types of Employees Every Small Business Owner Needs appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.

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