Working From Home: Online Marketing Options

Online marketing is a growing field that is providing opportunities for people to create multiple streams of income in addition to their day jobs, or in some cases, a full-time income.

I have been working at home for the past several years and have successfully created several streams of income through my work.

Online Marketing

There are a countless number of online marketing opportunities available.  For marketing information, a service, or a product, you can earn an amount for each sale or lead.  Millions of people take advantage of these business ventures from multi-level marketing, affiliate sales, and online marketing.

Travel App that Pays

One of the newest and most popular online marketing opportunities is a traveling app that can help you get paid back for travel expenses and travel for pennies on the dollar.  View the informational video here for free.



Looking for several other opportunities?  Here are more online marketing options to help create additional streams of income:

Vanguard Global Ventures LLC – Automated Home Business

Make Money 123 Online

Add Wallet – Social Network for Online Advertising



Interview: Author Digger Cartwright Discusses New Book ‘Conversations on the Bench

Originally published on Yahoo! Voices by Michael Luchies here

Digger Cartwright

Author Digger Cartwright has developed a dedicated following for his mystery writing, but he has recently released Conversations on the Bench, which inspired by actual conversations and lessons learned from a man who was larger than life. The book follows a man named Sebastian who was one of the leaders of the in-depth think tank Thinking Outside the Boxe.

I conducted an interview with Digger Cartwright about his most recent book and about the protagonist in the book, Sebastian.

ML: What was your inspiration behind the Conversations on the Bench?

DC: I was actually asked to write Conversations on the Bench by the founder of Thinking Outside the Boxe as a tribute to his good friend and colleague, Sebastian. I met Sebastian on one occasion and over the course of a couple days got to know him and hear a little of his story. He was a larger than life type of guy, a real life of the party. He just had this tremendous positive energy about him, and he had a story that I knew had to be told. I was a little hesitant at first to undertake a project that was out of my comfort zone, but the more I learned about this guy, the more I wanted to write this book. He was a truly inspirational figure to a lot of people, and I figured it was my calling to tell his story. It was almost as if Fate had arranged this. I get invited to this symposium being held by this think tank that I hadn’t heard of at that point. This was back in 2007. I get introduced to the two principals of this think tank, the real brains behind the operation, and I was intrigued by these two individuals and their story. It fascinated me. Then I get asked to write this book. One thing led to another, and now we have Conversations on the Bench, which is a great tribute to this brilliant individual.

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ML: The protagonist in Conversations on the Bench is Sebastian. Who is Sebastian?

DC: Sebastian was one of the main figures of Thinking Outside the Boxe. He was in his 50s. He was morbidly obese, but he didn’t let it get him down. He was brilliant. He was quick with a joke and with statistics. He had a mastery of economics and a good grasp of world affairs. He could debate with you. He could be devil’s advocate. He was a mentor for a lot of folks. He was the life of the party. He had this aura about him. He just emitted this tremendous amount of positive energy. You couldn’t help but like the guy. The women all loved him; they thought he was a giant teddy bear. The guys loved him because he was like a brother to you. He was always a very positive person. He offered such encouragement and support to his friends. He was just a good man and a good friend to a lot of people, particularly his colleague at Thinking Outside the Boxe, Robbie. They were this Mutt and Jeff duo. Sebastian was this loud, garrulous person, large in stature, who was the center of attention. Robbie was this reserved, quiet, but highly intelligent friend who tried to motivate Sebastian to get out and do more after he became disabled and was forced to retire. Thinking Outside the Boxe was Robbie’s way of keeping Sebastian involved, keeping him “in the game” as Sebastian like to say.

Sebastian grew up in Charleston, South Carolina during segregation and desegregation. He was of Spanish, Filipino, French, American Indian descent, so he didn’t feel he ever quite fit in with the whites or the blacks in Charleston. Growing up, he had to try to find his place in a tough world. And throughout his life he would just keep accumulating these very worthwhile life lessons that he tried to share with anyone who would listen, and he found an apt pupil in Robbie. He encouraged Robbie. He gave him advice. He was a confidant. He was like Robbie’s big brother. And when you read the conversations and understand the lessons he was offering up, you really see Sebastian for the warm, caring, and insightful guy that he was. There are very few people like him in the world. If you’re lucky enough to find someone like him, don’t take them for granted. They have a lot to say, and we can learn a lot from listening to what they have to say.

ML: Conversations on the Bench is inspired by actual events. How much of the book comes from real life experiences?

DC: A good deal of the book is factually based. Once I decided that I had to tell Sebastian’s story, I spent several years, off and on, having conversations with Robbie who recounted a lot of the conversations he had had with Sebastian over the years. On occasion he had tremendous detail about the time, place, and events surrounding the conversations. I understand that he kept detailed notes about things he felt were important. Now there were a lot of gaps in his memory and his notes from time to time, so I had to fill in the blanks and create the scenes. What I tried to do was get a whole chronology from the time he met Sebastian until the time we started writing the book. I had him give me significant events, people in their lives, people who they had encountered at various places, and so on and so forth. What I did was try to fit everything together so I didn’t have to make things up. I did have to make a few people so that the story flowed and made sense, and I did have to alter a few situations so that other people could more easily relate. But it’s important to keep in mind that all of Sebastian’s lessons as discussed in the book were the actual lessons that Sebastian shared with Robbie. The presentation of those lessons may have been dramatized when needed or when there was insufficient information about the circumstances surrounding the conversations Robbie and Sebastian had, but the lessons themselves are Sebastian’s lessons and anecdotes.

ML: Who was the book written for and what do you hope that the reader will take away from the book?

DC: The book is written for just about anyone. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, white or black, young or old, a CEO or a blue collar worker. There is something in this book for everyone. I don’t think anyone can read this book and not take something away from it. Sebastian’s lessons speak to everyone, and I think anyone can relate to something he has to say. I’ve actually had people tell me that they read the book and it’s as if Sebastian is talking directly to them. They’ve currently got a similar situation or they had a similar situation, so they say they can relate to what he’s saying.

I hope readers take away a few things from the book. I want people to be inspired by Sebastian’s personal story. He overcame a lot in his life. He didn’t let his disability keep him down. He looked out for his friends, and most importantly, he made a difference to a lot of people in the world. I want readers to take away some of the lessons he offered in the conversations he had. They’re nothing earth shattering. They’re nothing really ground breaking, but they’re all things that wise people learn through life experiences. People like Sebastian take the time to analyze situations and take something away from each situation. They take time to reflect on life and things that have happened. They take time to share this with other people to help make a difference in their lives. I want people to take away an awareness for people around them and hopefully to treasure someone like Sebastian that they may know. I would hope that people would take away a sense of inspiration that they too can make a difference in someone’s life.

ML: How can people find out more about the book and your writing?

DC: The book is available online at and Barnes & Noble. We have a website for the book itself, You can find a lot more information about this book, my other books, and me at my own website, I also want people to know that I will be donating a portion of the sales price from all sales my website to the Sebastian G. Perey Endowed Memorial Scholarship at Coastal Carolina University through the end of this year. It’s a good scholarship that helps deserving economics students, so you’re getting a good book and helping make a difference through the scholarship.

Unforgettable Conversations; People You Never Forget

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This article was originally published by Michael Luchies here through Yahoo! Voices on 6/3/2013


Most conversations are soon forgotten. I have a hard time remembering what my wife told me at breakfast later that same day, so it’s a miracle if I remember a conversation several days afterwards.

Despite our short term memory when it comes to conversations, there are rare instances in life when a conversation is so meaningful and impactful that you know instantly that it will never be forgotten. I recently had a memorable encounter with author Digger Cartwright about an unforgettable conversation that turned into his latest book, Conversations on the Bench.

Conversations on the Bench is about his conversations with a larger than life man named Sebastian, who was one of the leaders of a think tank and an inspiration to many. The book covers 25 lessons that were learned from Sebastian in a…

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Do You F*cking Love Art? Startup Company Does!

Young Startup Companies

Interview with CEO Charles Banewitz


Many common practices, occupations, and artistic forms have changed in the past century. Many of these changes can be directly attributed to the creation and popularity of the Internet. The arts have been impacted significantly in several ways. Graphic design and web design are now recognized as art forms and their popularity rivals that of painting, drawing, and other forms of art due to the ability to conduct these types of arts through a computer, which was impossible just a few decades ago.

What has not changed is the love of art. There is a new generation of art lovers, and although they’re not as ‘traditional’ as past generations of art lovers, they are passionate.

I am a passionate art lover, but my tastes are much different than that of my parents or the rest of the baby boomer generation. As part of my…

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Do You Have a Repellent Pitch?

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Repellent Pitch

How to know if you are coming off too strong

An overly aggressive pitch can have the same effect as trying to kiss someone with bad breath.  Not only does your audience back up, they often turn away and you lose any potential interest that they may have had if your pitch was delivered more delicately.

Unlike bad breath, a repellent pitch needs more than a breath mint to fix.  Here is how to know if you have a repellent pitch.

How to Know

A true friend will tell you when you need to freshen up your breath or tone down your pitch, but a stranger may just turn and walk away into the abyss.  Figuring out the offensiveness of your pitch before you start is the key to avoid losing future potential customers.  Here are four ways you can detect if your pitch is as repellent as bug spray:

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How’s Your Headshot? the Importance of a Professional Image

Emilie Bourdages


Interview with Bourdages Photography’s Emilie Bourdages

Whether a picture is worth 100 words, 1,000 words, or 10,000 words – you can’t overestimate the importance of an effective image. From an online dating website to a commercial about a fast foodrestaurant, a single image can result in an action by the intended audience. As someone who found my wife due to an online dating website, I can credit professional headshots with assisting me in getting an introduction to my soul mate.

Due to the growth of social media, our online appearance can be just as important, or even more important than our in-person image due to how many people view online profiles including decision makers. While a grainy profile picture might not look as bad to a potential employer as an image of you taking body shots off of a friend at a St. Patrick’s Day party, your profile picture should reflect your attention to detail and professionalism.

Emilie Bourdages is a professional photographer and owner of Bourdages Photography, which is based out of Roseville, California. She specializes in professional business portraits, corporate, and executive headshots. I interviewed Emilie about her business, her start as a photographer, and the importance of having a professional headshot.

Michael Luchies: How did you get started as a photographer?

Emilie Bourdages: A family member put a camera in my hand at the age of five. I was their shadow from that point on. We went on lots of photo adventures. As I practiced daily, I kept craving more, and people kept telling me I should do this full-time because I was born to do this. After much hesitation I started up. I had a very experienced mentor, who still offers valuable support today. Now I’m a busy entrepreneur, I have my own photography business that is flourishing; I’m freelancing for several publications, and serving as a Director on the board for Sacramento Valley Portrait Professionals.

ML: What inspired you to start Bourdages Photography?

EB: People. I love people. Through working in business services for over ten years I had thousands of interactions with really great people. When customers started to value my work and even cry over how amazing they look in their business headshots, I knew it was right. I produce something that is so valuable on occasion people tip me more than the session even costs. That is very unexpected, but reassuring. With all the encouragement from others I pursued my dream of being a professional photographer and don’t let anything get in my way. I absolutely love it!

ML: Many photographers focus on weddings and high school senior photographs, why do you place such an emphasis on business portraits and executive headshots?

EB: Weddings and Senior Portraits are great, but this empowers people and changes their lives by giving them that missing piece when they’re job hunting or being looked at for a promotion. When recruiters look online it helps the job seeker come across as being somebody who cares about their professional appearance enough to invest in it. It takes your standard black and white resume and turns it into a real-life human being. When a hiring manager sees who you are, you stand out and become harder to forget amongst hundreds or even thousands of other applicants. Bottom line is you become a face instead of a piece of paper with words on it.

ML: Why should everyone have a professional headshot?

EB: It could be the difference between $40,000/yr. and the next level which maybe $120,000/yr. I have seen it with my clients, no joke. I think everyone should know to do this, and how important it is over the long run. People who are in executive positions have been strategically doing this for years, it is not sexy, but it is functional. If you could advance your career and give yourself a competitive edge, just by doing something this simple why wouldn’t you, it pays off.

ML: What is wrong with having casual photographs as your picture for social networking profiles?

EB: Nothing is wrong with a casual photo. I’ve photographed business owners at their location on a casual level countless times. The thing is, professionals know professional work when they see it. If you have an amateur photo you’ll be standing out from candidates who’ve done it the right way, with the proper professional equipment and lighting.

The people hiring are highly intelligent people. As much as I’d like to say go ahead and take a picture with your cell phone, you’re not fooling anyone. It comes across as exactly as what it is AMATEUR.

ML: What tips would you give young professionals about their headshots and social networking profile pictures?

EB: I’ve talked to recruiter friends of mine about this quite a bit, often they won’t even look at a person as a candidate unless they have a professional image on LinkedIn. If you don’t have them yet, set them up ASAP and be consistent by using the same photo for all your social networking websites. Also, aside from what people may assume attractiveness, of a person actually makes no difference, what recruiters are wanting is to see the confidence the person conveys in their photo.

So get out there and find somebody to take your professional photograph! Invest in a nice outfit, something you would wear to an interview, and be confident that you are worth every penny of it!!

ML: How can people find out more about your work?

EB: If you’re interested in seeing a small sample of my vast collection of work please I just rebuilt a fresh new site, I’d love to hear what you think!


After my interview with Emilie I immediately checked my online profile pictures to make sure they were what I wanted to present to the world. Although I am not currently searching for a job, you never know who is looking at you. If you are searching for a job, it is extremely important to give yourself every opportunity to shine above the people you are competing against. A professional headshot could be the difference between continuing your job search or landing that dream job you have been searching for. Thank you to Emilie Bourdages for her insight and for the interview.

Pitching Through Rejection; The Adjustment Close

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Overcoming Objections for Sales, Referrals, and Contacts

Pitching Through Objections

All of us know someone who no matter what they are told, never give up.  It may be a stubborn parent or grandparent that we know, or a desperate guy at the bar who will not take no for an answer during his attempts at picking up a date.  Although continuing an aggressive approach after being told no is not a good strategy, giving up after a prospect seems the least bit disinterested is just as bad a practice.  This article will look at the types of objections, adjusting your pitch, and how to overcome those rejections to attempt to gain a sale, referral, or a new and valuable contact.

Types of Objections

Before going into specific objections and how an objection can come in many different forms, it is important to note that your approach (your pitch) has a large impact on…

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ECommerce Ready; is Your Business Ready for the Internet?

According to eMarketer, eCommerce sales were over $1 trillion in 2012 for the first time in history. Sales grew over 21% this past year and are expected to grow another 18% in 2013. More businesses are selling their products and services online than ever before. Even with the rapid growth of internet businesses, is every business fit to sell online? And if so, when is the right time to transition from selling solely through traditional physical locations to taking a business online?

In 2001, I became very interested in the world of eCommerce. I took college courses specializing in eCommerce, started an online business, and joined DECA – a marketing based organization that has clubs and chapters in high schools along with regional, state-wide, and national competitions. My partner and I won the regional competition and placed in the state-wide competition for the state of Michigan. I later used what I learned from my experience in the industry to launch a successful sports memorabilia website.

The world of eCommerce has changed and grown a lot in the past decade. Technology has made it easier to start or expand a business using the internet, but that doesn’t guarantee success. In a short interview with eCommerce specialist and investor Luis Souto, I asked him how to know if a business is ready to go the eCommerce route and start selling on the internet. Souto has spent the last 10+ years as an entrepreneur and developer in the eCommerce field, and is currently operating Based on his recommendations, below are the three keys to knowing if your business is ready to expand to the internet.

How to know if your business is ready to expand to internet

– You Feel Ready

Sometimes a strong gut feeling is enough. If you feel ready to expand your business, then do it. Just make sure that you are preparing yourself to do so and this is not an impulse decision that you will quickly regret.

– Committed

Souto stated; “It is very important that the entrepreneur really wants to expand the business online, is willing to work hard, and is truly committed to the business.” Although there are experts who can help with online ventures, the owner of the business will still be responsible for maintaining and growing the business, and must stay committed and focused.

– Consult with an eCommerce Specialist/Consultant

Taking an already existing business online with no eCommerce experience can be a bad idea without the right help. Make sure to consult with professionals who have experience and have had success owning and operation an online business.


As a business owner, you have to know when it is time to take your business online. There is plenty of support, experts, and consultants to help you along the way, but only you can decide if you and your business is ready.




Define Your Mission; Goal Setting for Your Sales Pitch

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You can’t reach goals that you don’t have.  Goal setting is an important practice that should be applied to your pitch.  Writing down your goals has been shown to greatly increase the likelihood of achieving them.  According to Virginia Tech professor emeritus Dave, people who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as people who don’t.  Before you can write down your goals, you need to come up with them.  Before you shrug this off by thinking that your only goal is to sell your product, think about why you network with people and what you hope to get out of each interaction.

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Here are several examples of goals that might apply to your unique situation:

– Get a sale!

– Setup a phone call

– Setup a meeting

– Referral (ask to be introduced to a contact)

– Give a free trial/session

– Give a…

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Not ‘If’ but ‘When’: Interview with BANGS Shoes’ Hannah Davis

Hannah Davis Founder BANGS

There is something extremely exciting and encouraging about the development and explosion of young entrepreneurs making a difference and impacting the world through their businesses. Hannah Davis, founder of BANGS shoes is a strong example of a passionate young entrepreneur who is making a difference while doing something she loves.

Hannah’s journey to turn BANGS from an idea into a reality is one that would have left a weaker person far behind. Her passion and perseverance would not allow her to fail or even to consider giving up. Even through what seemed to be an endless battle of finding a manufacturer and gaining the resources to produce her product, Hannah knew that it was not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when,’ as she explains in the following interview.

Read the full article here: Not ‘If’ but ‘When’: Interview with BANGS Shoes’ Hannah Davis