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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
07/16/05: Internet business

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From Carrie=== Hi Webby, There is so much written about making big money on the Internet. Since most of that is in spam, how much of that can be believed ? I want just a small business without the stress that comes with a big company. Is there something that would fit for me? Thanks Carrie Dear Carrie If you want "just a small business", then crochet doilies and sell them to relatives. You will make more money than any of the gullible suckers who believe what they read in spam. If you want an Internet business that pays you more per month than working as a part time greeter at Walmart, then you have to follow some basic rules: 1) Clean up your credit rating enough so that you can get a credit card merchant account or a PayPal merchant account. 2) Set up a web site. However, be careful and limit your time! It's really easy to do, but if the creativity bug bites you, it's too much fun and becomes addictive, and it's easy to forget that the reason for it is your business. It's quite OK to play, but budget your time! If you don't know how to write pages, take the free HTML course that you see in the left side margin. 3) Start writing a regular newsletter. Absolutely nothing except postcards will generate as many contacts and friends. 4) As you are getting comfortable with pages and newsletters, it's time to find a niche that suites you. Don't pick anything that requires x amount of hours to make, but something that you can duplicate easily or buy easily. 5) Get yourself a coach. Life is too short to make all the mistakes yourself. Avoid those who claim that they are a coach or successful but are actually so poor that they resort to spamming. They are like the fortune tellers on the street, who can't even predict when they are going to be arrested. Instead find somebody who is running a successful business and has done so for a long time. 6) If your coach recommends an on-line course or book that you can afford, invest in it! There is some excellent material available that is only whispered about, out of fear that a competitor might learn the same tricks. Don't waste your money on stuff that needs a flashy advertising. Go for what worked for your coach. 7) Stock up on a small amount of whatever you are planning to sell and sell it to friends. ABSOLUTELY refuse to accept cash. I don't have the space here to explain it, but that will ruin your business for sure. Tell them that you need to test your order form or your merchant account, or whatever, but don't accept cash! Make everybody go through your order form or shopping cart, and keep that money totally separate. You can write off a lot of things, and pay yourself generously, but only if you keep a very strict separation. Anything else will just get you yelled at by your accountant and by the tax authorities, cost you more and waste a lot of time. 8) As you gain experience from selling to relatives and friends, promote your goods on your site and in your newsletter. For that to work, you need credibility. This is getting too long, so I'll write about that tomorrow. Have FUN! Dear Webby
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