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Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
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  • mvaughn
    Re: Business Advice Needed Please

    Thank you Wayne for the excellent advice. is an employment agency who hired me to create their site and incorporate eCommerce and back office applications. I developed and (click on the Employers tab). Ablejobs is the employment agency; globaljobscreening is the eCommerce branch. I am using these as examples of my work only.

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  • Steve Workings
    Re: Business Advice Needed Please

    I'll invite you to call me as well. Send me an email at and we'll set a time.

    Alpha needs more more professional developers.

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  • Steve Wood
    Re: Business Advice Needed Please


    Visit and then call me to discuss what you want to do. I've been looking at low or no cost options to promote business and I already have a draft. You've done a great job with ablejobs.

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  • WayneS
    Re: Business Advice Needed Please

    Hanging a sign on the door is nice but it does require some fundamental basics that you might consider before you affix it with nails or perhaps crazy glue. Hehehe.

    I found this article that might help you in these fundamentals. Actually there was a link on this board. Here is the url:

    The author(s) give a pretty good rundown of what you might consider as a pricing schema, or minimally, a pretty good idea of what you might charge for the services rendered.

    I must admit that I am somewhat confused about the focus of what the shingle reads. Are you planning on doing customized software or running a job site?

    If the former then I don't understand the keywords you use: able jobs,available jobs,employment,resumes,job application,interview,longview,white oak

    You might like to do some research on those words, minimally adding something like customized software, software, or whatever it is your shingle would read. Please don't forget to add some entries on the site that actually deal with those type of jobs.

    For backlinks, you might like to write some articles and post them in various places. Ezine articles comes to mind as one possibility.

    By all means, before you jump into the shingle stage, make sure you put together some plan that has realistic goals. Don't expect to make $100,000,000.00 the first year out. Detail your plan as much as possible for the entire year. Then, I recommend, throw it aside for a short time and return to it. You may be surprised at how much you forgot or perhaps didn't put in the plan.

    Hope these few suggestions help.

    Good luck.


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  • mvaughn
    started a topic Business Advice Needed Please

    Business Advice Needed Please

    I've been working with Alpha 5 for almost 2 years now and feel like I am ready to hang up my own shingle on my door. What kind of advice would you recommend for someone just starting out? I was thinking of specializing in developing eCommerce applications. I have no advertising budget but I do have a nice site on my portfolio ( that is entirely Alpha 5 driven. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.