Edward Bulwer-Lytton stated "The pen
is mightier than the
sword." These days, not may people use the pen to write with.
More often they use typewriters or, even more frequently,
computers and word processors. But make no mistake, the written
word is still very powerful, and if you own a word processor
you are sitting on top of one of the most powerful money-making
machines ever created.
Most people use their computer to do
simple tasks, such as their
taxes. Or they buy a word processor so their children can write
term papers and get better grades in school. Very few people
realize that their computers can make them money as well as
fulfilling all of these other functions. If your computer is
taking up desk space but not bringing you any extra income, it's
time for you to put that machine to work for you.
Of course, the logical question is "How
can my computer make
money for me?" Computers are extremely versatile and can be
programmed to do almost anything. Many different computer
functions can be incorporated into a home-based business, but
one of the easiest to master is the word processor. There are
dozens of word processing programs on the market, and you should
be able to master one in about five or six hours of practice.
And,if you don't have a computer, don't worry. You can still
cash in on this great business idea. many computer companies
make word processing machines which are like super typewriters,
combining the functions of both typewriters and computers.
Once you are familiar with your word
processor, look out! You
will be ready to take on the world with your home-based, word-
WORD PROCESSING RICHES
Using your word processor to make money
is easy. In fact, it's
easy as finding someone who needs a document created and selling
your service to them. Once you've read through the following
suggestions, you will have lots of great ideas on how to use
your computer to make money.
A successful company needs to keep their
employees up to date on
company activities (such as corporate buy outs, company
recreational events, and policy changes) and trade news (such as
new legislation affecting customers, competition news and
manufacturer updates). The easiest and least expensive way to
do all of this is through an employee newsletter.
The problem with this is most companies
ones, do not have the capital to hire a full-time writer. Many
companies attempt to designate someone within the organization
to write their newsletter, but this person is not a writer, in
fact the one in charge of the newsletter is usually the secretary.
Using nothing more than a typewriter, she tries to produce a nice-
looking newsletter in a few minutes she has to spare between
projects. Needless to say, the result is usually less than
That's where you and your word processor
come in. Using your
computer, you can easily put together a newsletter that looks
very professional--with columns, bold headlines, graphs and even
pictures. Bring a sample newsletter into a business and have the
manager compare it to his current newsletter (if he has one at
all). Then tell him that by subscribing to your newsletter service,
productivity and profit will rise for two reasons. First, because
he will not be paying someone from inside the company to write the
newsletter. Second, his employees will work more efficiently because
they will be better informed.
Before you know it, you will have 10
to 15 companies paying you to
write their newsletter, and will probably be just about all you can
handle. Since each one will be paying you about $300 a month for
the service, you will need to make the decision whether to continue
to expand your service and hire more help, or simply relax and let
the money keep rolling in.
MAIL ORDER REPORTS
Fads and trends come and go, but one
thing that will always sell
is information. With your word processor, you have one of the best
mediums for presenting information, and you can make a bundle doing
Just walk through your local book store
or library and notice how
many self-help, diet and how-to books there are. This should give
you a feel how hungry consumers are for this type of information.
Once you've read through a few of these types of books, you should
know enough about the subject to write a brief five to ten page
report. With the computer, you can make the report look very
professional through the use of page numbers, double columns,
pull quotes in the middle of the pages, and a bold catch title.
When the paper is complete, it's time
for you to begin the
marketing procedure. Take out an ad in the classified section
of your local newspaper. Word the advertisement so that customers
will be enticed to send you a check to learn more about the
subject. Here are a few examples.
Tired of reading through useless diet
books? TRY THE SECRETS OF
CONTROLLING YOUR WEIGHT. Just send $3 to...
Plumbers charge over $100 dollars to
make a house call. BE YOUR
OWN PLUMBER, a new informed book, costs only $5. To order, send to...
Since printing costs will be minimal
(between 25 cents and $1
per report) most of the money you collect will go directly to
profit. And, since these reports are easy to produce, you can
use some of that income to write and print a new report and
sell it the same way. See how easy it is to make the whole
Here are some more subjects you can
easily write brief reports
and sell through the mail:
* How To Grow A Garden
* Selected Mexican Recipes
* Stop Smoking
* How To Paint Your House
* Mail-Order Marketing
* Making Your Own Patio Furniture
* Camping Made Easy
* Easy Baking Techniques
If some of this appeal to you, think
of something else.
Just remember, the idea must appeal to a wide arrange of
customers or you will not sell enough products to defray
your production costs.
When you begin to use your computer,
you will quickly see the
advantages you have over a standard typewriter. You can easily
check your spelling and grammar, set your margins and type face
as you wish, and make universal changes throughout the document
without retyping the entire thing.
Because of these extensive features,
your computer saves you time
and effort when typing documents, and you can pass those savings
on to your customers. With your computer, you can easily input a
document, proofread it, give a draft copy to the customer for
approval, make changes, then print a final version--all in less
time than it would take a standard typist to type a single copy.
This is one of the easiest businesses
to run once you master your
word processor because all you need to know is how to type, no
other talents are required. If you have a modern (telephone hookup)
for your computer, you can even send documents across the country
or around the world just as easily as you can deliver them across
Your main concern in this business is
finding customers who need
typing done. Here are some customer suggestions and tips on how
to get in touch with them:
Writers: There are literally thousands
of people in this country
who enjoy writing either for a hobby or as a source of extra
income. By running an ad in one of the many writers magazines
(such as Writers Digest or The Writer) you will get responses
from writers all across the country who want their manuscripts
Professionals: Small businesses often
cannot afford the luxury
of a secretary. Larger businesses sometimes have large projects
to type but do not wish to hire someone extra. In either case
an outside typist can be a valuable service.
Students: Many high school and college
students don't have the
time to type their own papers even if they do have the ability
to. Especially during mid-terms or finals, a typing service can
really make money at a school. Post flyers in every classroom
and every bulletin board you can find.
The only requirement you need to stick
to in this business is
accuracy. No matter who you are typing for, they will stand for
less than 100 percent perfect documents. Always check, double
check, then triple check your work before you send it to your
COMPUTING THE POSSIBILITIES
As you can see, with a computer or word
processor, you can open
up a whole new world of business opportunities. If you are one
of the few business people who are still operating without one,
you really should look into making that big purchase. While the
initial capital outlay may seem high, a little ingenuity is all
it takes to make the computer pay for itself.
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