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Making Money With Your Computer

Table of Contents:
PROGRAMS
Business Cards

Flyers

Scanning
Bumper Stickers
Calendars
Posters
Voice Box Service
Dating Service
Titles for Videos
Capturing Pictures On Video
Putting Music to Video Movies
Flyer Distribution Service
Getting Your Advertisement Out to the World
About The Author

Remember, no matter how little you know about computers or printing, someone knows less.

PROGRAMS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER USING

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Please understand, the only affiliation I have with any product or business mentioned is that I am, or was at one time, a customer of the company which offered the product or service. All software names are trademarked and copyrighted blah blah blah legal stuff.

Windows 3.1 or Higher
Windows allows you to cut and paste pictures and text from one program to another. Cutting and pasting means highlighting the text or picture that you want to use by dragging your mouse across the text while holding down your left mouse key, or by clicking on the picture in one program in order to copy it into another. Simply highlight your text or click onto your picture (graphic), go to edit found in the tool bar on top of your screen in your program. Click on edit using your left mouse key. From edit, select copy and then go to the program you want to "paste" your picture in, select paste from edit and in most programs, your picture will appear on the screen so that you can add it to the document you're working with.. The advantage of this method is that you do not necessarily need an all purpose program, such as "Corel Draw" in order to do the things you want or need to do with graphics (pictures) and text. Corel draw and other such all purpose programs now have earlier versions out on the market now. If you can not afford the newest version, you may be able to purchase an earlier version for less. Also check with anyone who may sell used software (always run a virus check on used software). For information on this you may call 573-783-8765 Ext. 3
Windows 95 has better drivers and interfaces and you would probably end up getting that eventually. Windows 95 requires a computer speed of 386 DX or higher. I would recommend at least a Pentium nowadays (1996).

Microsoft Publisher
M.S. Publisher has many formats possible to use including business cards and posters. I personally often combine this program and P.S. Deluxe.

Print Shop Deluxe and Print Shop Deluxe Companion
Print Shop Deluxe together with Companion allows you to do almost anything as far as pictures, posters, business cards, post cards, mailing lists and labels etc..

Keep in mind these are programs I personally like to use. There are many good programs on the market and they should not be excluded in your search for good software.

PROJECTS AND SERVICES


Business Cards

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Check out http://tutor.hypermart.net/business_development.html for my services to train you to make a good advertisement. No you don't know what you want already and the customer may know his product, but not know the best way to sell it. I've been sent to special schools for sales, management, public relations, and advertising. Plus, I am a dual state certified teacher. Which makes me fully qualified to show you the best way to keep your customers by showing you how to make the best possible ad for them!
Just about any business, full or part time utilizes business cards. One of the first things a business just opening usually does is order business cards. Why not from you? Go and see them. They would probably appreciate not having to leave their office. Make sure they see a proof exactly the way the cards will look and get at least a verbal okay.  Don't let them have the proof without fixing it somehow so that they cannot just copy the proof on their own. I personally have never been adverse to getting at least one half down before doing the job (after showing them the proof). When you show them the proof, also show a flyer you had designed for them as well. Again, feel free to leave it with them as long as it says "sample" or something to protect your work from being copied. Business card stock can be ordered through this author if you want to avoid having to hunt for it.

Flyers

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Check out http://tutor.hypermart.net/business_development.html for my services to train you to make a good advertisement. No you don't know what you want already and the customer may know his product, but not know the best way to sell it. I've been sent to special schools for sales, management, public relations, and advertising. Plus, I am a dual state certified teacher. Which makes me fully qualified to show you the best way to keep your customers by showing you how to make the best possible ad for them!

Check the bulletin boards at the Laundromats. Who has hand made flyers on it? Get their number,call them, and tell them you can design a flyer for them at a nominal fee (perhaps $10.00) that they can run off. Or that you can run off flyers for them in color (perhaps charging .50 to $1.00). You need any type of ink jet printer to do this. Dot matrix printers leave white areas in pictures. Microsoft Publisher allows you to make pull tabs, as I'm sure many other programs do. I have found pull tabs help keep my flyers on bulletin boards longer.  When you design a flyer, get full approval from your customer before running off the flyers. Basically follow the same advice I gave you in the business card section. Be sure to give them samples of other work you can do for them such as business cards.

Don't lose contact with your customer. They may be too busy to contact you or may not be aware of other services you offer.

Scanning

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If you're just scanning text, all you need is a gray scale scanner. You may be able to get by with a cheap hand scanner for under $100.00. Your scanner should come with an o.c.r. program (optical character recognition) which will allow you to convert scanned images into editable text. Many companies are trying to get all their correspondence into a computer now and rather than type it in they would rather hire someone to scan it in. You may consider charging $2.50 a page unedited or $5.00  a page edited. This is up to you of course.
A color scanner is almost a necessity if you're going to scan colored pictures in. This has unlimited service potential:

Fixing and reprinting old pictures
Scanning pictures onto disk to be put into the Internet
Scanning pictures onto the hard drive to make a slide show
Part of a flyer, banner or business card graphic
Putting a graphic on disk so they can make their own flyers or cards
Etc.

All scanners come with software allowing you to edit your image which is what is used to fix an old picture, cut someone out of it or, with more difficulty, add someone into the photo. You can also crop images. A very useful tool wherein you draw a box around what you want to keep by choosing a dotted box or arrow, depending on the program, located in a tool box to the right or left usually. Click your left mouse button to choose the tool and press the left mouse button down when drawing the box. Go to edit or image and choose crop. All that is left is what you drew your box around. Don't forget to save your work if your sure it's what you want. If you crop a graphic and decide you don't want it cropped, click onto edit and choose undo located in the first window of edit after you click edit once with your left mouse key.

Bumper Stickers

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Bumper sticker stock can be ordered from yours truly.  Make an original on regular paper with your printer. Simply make a sign using landscape mode and put 2 bumper stickers on it. If you do not have the ability to print your own bumper stickers you may contact me to do so at
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. My prices are still  low enough for you to make a good profit and once again, your customer is getting everything from one source - YOU!

Calendars

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I'd stick with one page for cost effectiveness, unless they want to pay you enough for your time. Both programs I presently use offer a calendar format. Print Shop Deluxe is easier to use, but Publisher seems more flexible.

Remember to use pictures and graphics to draw attention. Do not draw away from the idea of the work you are doing with too many graphics or too much writing in one space. Remember the main idea is to get customers to come to the business. With my experience in sales and advertising I can, with confidence, tell them what probably will and will not work. In the end however, the customer is paying the bill, so they're the boss.

Posters

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The programs I use allow you to print larger than acceptable paper size. In many cases you can make up to a 16 sheet 8 1/2 by 11 inch per sheet poster depending upon your printer. Most printer inks, unless you refill them yourself (another service) with non-water soluble, non-fading  ink, will fade and run in sunlight and rain (ask me how I know). Contact me if you need a poster that will spend time outside or in the sunlight.
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Voice Box Service

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Advise your customer to get call forwarding. You will need a voice/fax modem and the software, which should come with the modem, to create voice boxes for your customers where they can receive voice messages and faxes. With most programs they will be able to check for messages and faxes remotely. By having the customer use call forwarding, your client does not have to give his/her customers another phone number to call. You may want to consider a second phone line for this and/or a second computer.

Dating Service

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With the potential of the software and voice/fax modems, running a dating service with your p.c. is a definite possibility. I would advise doing something special to get ladies involved. They seem to be harder to draw into these services as compared to men. Although I do not mean to sound chauvinistic, generally, if you get the ladies involved, the men will follow wherever they go.

Titles for Videos

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You'll need a camcorder or borrow one from someone. I hate to actually give this one away, but here it goes - in most cases you can make a title for a video right off the screen of your computer. If you have a karaoke machine you can even add special sound effects. You can also get fancy (and expensive) by purchasing a video card with an output to the v.c.r. or t.v. and a sound card with a wave table.

MORE WITH CAMCORDERS AND V.C.R.S
This isn't exactly computer stuff except for the fact that you can use your computer to make a title.

Capturing Pictures On Video

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This can be done either with expensive equipment (a video card with video output to a v.c.r. which can be purchased for under a $1000.00) or, and again I hate to give this one away, using your camcorder and white poster board. Just set your camcorder as close as you can to the picture on the poster board and try as much as possible to just get the picture itself and as little of the poster board on video for about 10 seconds using the zoom. Watch your lighting and make sure there aren't any shadows over the picture, especially moving shadows which ruins the entire effect.

Putting Music to Video Movies

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Using a karaoke machine, you can put music on an otherwise boring video tape. You can also do the same thing with pictures although don't try to capture the pictures and put the music on at the same time unless the music and camcorder are connected by one switch.

Flyer Distribution Service

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Regardless of whether you make the flyers or someone else does you can offer, for a fee less than postage, to deliver the fliers yourself.

If you work on any of these businesses and are serious about it, you will recover your investment in this booklet many times over. However, the bottom line is -  what you get out of any business is exactly what you put into it.

Is This Booklet Worth The Price
ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Considering this booklet contains information it took me 10 years to obtain; considering this booklet gives you ideas it sometimes took me 10 years to think of; considering this booklet tells you mistakes I've made in the past so you won't make them; considering the amount of money this booklet could make you, it is absolutely not worth the small price you pay for it!

About The Author

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James R. (Rick) Kirkham is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with dual certificates in teaching. He is a Black Belt self-defense instructor with 25 years experience presently working as a self-employed in home tutor, dealing with behavioral problems, all subjects, and computers. An affordable, realistic and safety oriented in-home self-defense instructor and body guard, Mr. Kirkham firmly believes the only way to get "steady" work is to work for yourself. "...otherwise your life is always in someone else's hands." You are invited to call him if you have any questions or comments. He also says his computer generally answers the phone so don't be afraid of it, and feel free to use the format as an example for your own system.

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