iPoll’s List of Best Home Business Startup Ideas

Do you dream of someday becoming your own boss? As opposed to winning the lottery or a walk-on part in the new Star Wars film, the dream of a home business is quite obtainable. There are dozens of home businesses popping up every day. Just because you have a home business doesn’t mean you can kick back and take it easy. Yes, the commute might be better but to be a success you’ll still have to put in a 9-to-5 kind of day- and probably much more. The ultimate goal would be that your home business grows so big that you’ll have to move out of your home. To get started, here is a list of iPoll’s best home business startup ideas.


Food Spread

Main ingredient for a great party: awesome food, provided by your business! Image Source: flickr source: Hotel Arthur

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Written by Rick B.

August 19th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Exciting Adventures Await with New Product Scavenger Hunt

Want to earn money from home? Google currently has about 144,000,000 suggestions for you. Clearly, you can find something in that long list of web pages to make money. Actually, there are two proven methods of earning money from home and you don’t need to do a Google search for them. The first is to start your own home business. We’ll be diving into that topic this week. The second is to answer iPoll surveys. When it comes to making cash from sitting at your computer, nothing beats iPoll. Of course, you can also make money with iPoll by taking it on the road and completing Mobile Missions. I just checked in with my iPoll app and there is a whole slew of new surveys to complete. This is going to be a good week.

Unique Chips

The newest in chip flavors. Will ice cream-flavored chips be far behind? Image Source: Flickr user Sarah Ackerman

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Written by Rick B.

August 18th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

iPoll’s Ideas for How to Make This the Best School Year Yet

This was back to school week here at iPoll and we’ve presented a great batch of tips for parents to pass along to their kids. For today’s post, however, my suggestions are for the kids themselves. These ideas apply to students of all ages and levels of academic achievement. Consider these the lifehacks you need to make this school year the best ever.

Set a Schedule

Your class schedule will become the foundation for your school year, but you’ve got a lot more scheduling to do. Most important is the homework schedule. The best approach is to set aside a specific amount of time each night to knock it out; you can think of this as the Homework Zone. While you’re in the HZ, your cell phone should be off and your social media use suspended. The horror, right? Actually, you can and will survive. Take it from a world class procrastinator: when you stick to an assignment schedule you won ‘t be beating yourself up for waiting to the last minute.

Your new schedule also has to include “lights out.” You might have had a great summer staying up all night, binge watching The Walking Dead or Instagramming with friends. With the new school year underway, you should plan to cut back on that. You know that feeling of fatigue you feel at certain points in the day, especially in the middle of the afternoon? That’s from lack of sleep. Don’t fall into that trap.

first day of school

School is back in session. Are you prepared to make this the best school year? Image source: Flickr user woodleywonderworks

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Written by Rick B.

August 15th, 2014 at 12:56 am

Back to School: iPoll’s Helpful Tips for Parents

Just between us parents, we all can admit that our first thought when the kids go back to school is a resounding, “Hallelujah!” If you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, then fall marks getting your sanctuary back. Working parents can rest assured that the kids are keeping busy. All eyes are on the prize of getting through the school year successfully. No matter what age your student is, there will be lots of ups and downs. The most proactive way you can fortify their education experience is by showing up. Let’s get specific:

Parents In Class

Yes, mom and dad, you get to go back to school, too! Image Source: Flickr user: woodleywonderworks

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Written by Rick B.

August 14th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

iPoll’s Survival Guide for the First Day at a New School

True story: Before entering into a new school for seventh grade, I went to an orientation with the parental units. This was a big, new place that was sure to be filled with millions of strangers. With my class schedule in hand, I was given the time to map out my route from the front door to homeroom. I had this nailed. Three days later was the actual first day. It marked my first time on a school bus and my first time without a school uniform. The moment I landed in that horde of kids and faculty, I was completely lost. The bell rang and in an instant, the hallways were clear except for me. I slowly made my way to my homeroom and I became that kid who was late on the first day. Ever since that experience, I’ve had a deep-seated fear of orientations.

Not knowing the way around school may be one of the many hurdles that your kid might face on that first day. As much as you’d like to be there with them for every moment, you can’t! This is something they’ve got to work out on their own. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t arm them with some valuable first-day-in-a-new-school survival tips. You’ll be glad you did!

Get Ready For The First Day

Nothing beats buying school supplies for the first day! Image Source: Flickr user: Heather Elias

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Written by Rick B.

August 13th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Dorm Daze: iPoll’s Tips for Life in Residential Halls

If you have a college age kid who will be heading off for their first semester away, then it’s time to pop the champagne cork. You did it! You got them through the first 18 years and now they’re going to take all of those life lessons and cram them into a room that is probably the smallest they’ve ever lived in. Relax; they’ll be just fine. Of course, it won’t hurt to arm them with some valuable dorm life tips, courtesy of iPoll. Yes, they might be going on but you’re still the parent and you still get to “inject” whenever the spirit moves you! Here’s how to avoid dorm daze:

Dorm Life

Just the basics and a few cool posters are all you need. Image Source: Flickr user: Daniel Borman

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Written by Rick B.

August 12th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Mobile Army Monday: What You Can Learn From iPoll Surveys

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. As the proud owner of a “senior” pup, I can attest to that, with the exception of a new treat. When that dog finds something he likes, he’ll gladly perform stunts for the goodie! As for us humans, we should be learning something new every day. That’s another one of those “they say” sayings. For kids heading off to school in a couple weeks, they’ll be filled with learning every day. Hopefully, the transition to a new school or dorm life won’t be traumatic. Thankfully, iPoll is standing by this week to provide all kinds of vital back to school tips and guides. As for what you can learn by taking a Mobile Mission, that lesson would be “How To Make Money The Easy Way.”

Getting To School

Does this image make you happy or sad? Image source: Flickr user ThoseGuys119

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Written by Rick B.

August 11th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

iPoll Tells You What To Watch During Shark Week

Binge watching television is now a thing. Thanks to online streaming and video on demand, you can settle down with your favorite missed series and watch them all in a row. Yes, this means devoting an entire weekend to the viewing but it’s a small sacrifice to make when you can see all of House of Cards or Iron Chef in one sitting. Over at the Discovery Channel, they’ve got the perfect binge viewing programming but this will take you seven days to digest. We’re talking Shark Week and this year promises to be a shark-tastic adventure. Here are the highlights.

Fans of Shark Week

Best way to watch shark week is with a chum buddy. Image Source: flickr user: Jason Meredith

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Written by Rick B.

August 8th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

iPoll Presents The Best Places For Shark Sightings

There are plenty of scuba divers who have a tale to tell about a brush with a shark. This could mean going down to a coral reef to find Nemo only to have an unwanted fish with “dolls eyes” swim by. Then there are those divers who intentionally seek out the sharks. Usually, this would mean going over the side of a boat in a steel cage while giddy deckhands chum the waters. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see Jaws up close and personal. Definitely an adrenaline rush. The only stipulation for anyone going shark watching should be uttering the phrase, “We’re going to need a bigger boat” at least once every hour. You can get plenty of shark action during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. If you want to get closer, then iPoll has the perfect spots for you. Consider yourself duly warned.

Shark DivingShark feeding a.k.a. something I’ll never do in a million years. Image Source: flickr user: Joi Ito

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Written by Rick B.

August 7th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

iPoll Roundup: Cool Shark Flicks Other Than Jaws

As the Discovery Channel is warming up the dorsal fins for its big Shark Week, we will no doubt be inundated with all things selachimorpha (look it up). In fact, if you were to do a Google news search for “shark attack” you would no doubt find a new entry every day. Today’s attack happened to a nine-year-old boy who was boogie-boarding off the Florida coast when a 3-foot shark tried to make him a snack. Luckily, for the kid, his mother was swimming right next to him and managed to scoop him out of the water. He’s got a severed Achilles’ tendon and ligament damage. Plus, the coolest story ever. For most of us, the closest we’ll come to any shark action is watching it play out on the big (or little) screen. Let’s stipulate that Jaws is the greatest shark movie ever made. Once you get over that hump, you can have some fun with sharks. Here is the iPoll roundup of the cool shark flicks other than Jaws.

Jaws Shark

Imagine having this show up in your fish tank. Image Source: flickr user: William Warby

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Written by Rick B.

August 6th, 2014 at 6:54 pm