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Start A Low Risk Business.

We all at some time have an attraction to taking risks which are fun, but when it comes to earning a living most of us tend to be a little more conservative.

This conservative outlook serves us well for most of our working life, but it does tend to strangle any entrepreneurial creative spirit that we may have.

affiliateThe concept of earning multiple streams of income is one that inspires me to create diverse ways to generate cash-flow through many different sources. Since I have retired from the workforce my primary source of income is now internet based trading and marketing through my various websites. I only wish that I had started these businesses many more years ago, because I could have retired much earlier in life.

If you do have any entrepreneurial spirit and if you are looking for a low risk business then you should consider a starting a home based business based upon affiliate marketing. This type of business can be totally risk free because there are absolutely no start up costs, other than having access to the internet. These internet access costs can even be eliminated by using a public computer such as you will find in most public libraries.

Your key to marketing success will revolve around finding a profitable niche for your affiliate marketing endeavours. Finding your own profitable niche will take time but it will allow you to get on with your career and know that you are building a solid part-time business based on the things that you already enjoy.

Take a look at my take on the best affiliate programs for beginners this is a great way to get started. Don’t let life get in your way, the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits and have fun on the way.

Ebola Outbreak Appeal

ebolaIn West Africa the threat of Ebola hangs in the air. As the disease spreads from community to community, the survivors are left heartbroken and countless orphans are left behind.

The countries hit by the disease already have some of the lowest doctor-patient ratios in the world; their health-care centres are collapsing under the pressure.

Local Red Cross volunteers are working tirelessly across West Africa. They are visiting homes trying to locate, quarantine and treat those infected, desperately trying to stop the spread.
But as the disease engulfs West Africa, medical supplies are running out.

You can save lives. Donate now


Helping someone who is bleeding heavily

Everyday First Aid: Bleeding heavily

Helping someone who is bleeding heavily — PUT PRESSURE ON THE WOUND

put pressure on a woundBy putting pressure on a wound, you slow the bleeding and that enables the blood to clot faster. A blood clot is the only way a person will stop bleeding naturally and completely. 

The thing that most people do wrong is they keep removing the pressure to see if it has stopped or not. Remember to keep the pressure on the wound long enough to stop the bleeding and resist your need to look and see. In the case of a small razor cut this will happen soon. In the case of a severe laceration, it may take quite a while.

If possible, before you try to stop severe bleeding, wash your hands to avoid infection and put on gloves.


This is one of 14 videos on an online learning resource called Everyday First Aid – an easy way to learn

Helping someone who is having a stroke

Helping someone who is having a stroke (brain attack)

Carry out the FAST test.

FAST1F- Facial weakness
A- Arm weakness
S- Speech difficulty
T- Time to call emergency services


Stroke symptoms include:

  • SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
  • SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.

This is one of 14 videos on an online learning resource called Everyday First Aid – an easy way to learn basic first aid skills, featuring real people in real-life scenarios.

 What is a stroke?

A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted.

Blood is carried to the brain by the arteries. This blood contains oxygen and important nutrients for your brain cells. When brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they die. The area of brain damage is called a cerebral infarct.

Blood may be interrupted or stop moving through an artery, because the artery is blocked (ischaemic stroke) or bursts (haemorrhagic stroke).

Brain cells can die shortly after the stroke starts. However, some can last a few hours, if the blood supply is not cut off completely.


It’s important to know that If the blood supply can be returned in the minutes and hours after the stroke, some of these cells may recover. So even though symptoms may go away, do not delay, get medical treatment as quickly as possible.



Everyday First Aid: Heart attack

Helping someone who’s having a heart attack

  • Help the person sit downheart attack
  • Call an ambulance immediately
  • Give constant reassurance




Whether you’re at home or overseas make sure you know the local emergency call number.

If someone has stopped breathing then apply CPR, see Basic CPR Information


Common causes of Heart Attacks

Heart attacks are the number one cause of death for both men and women.

They are commonly caused by:

  • Buildup of plaque in the arteries (Atherosclerosis)
  • Hardening of the arteries, mostly due to age (Arteriosclerosis)

Other less common cause of Heart Attacks


Severe spasm (tightening) of a coronary artery that cuts off blood flow.

Spasms can occur in coronary arteries that aren’t affected by plaque buildup.


Arrhythmia is a kind of electrical short-circuit of the nerves that cause the heart to pump, causing fibrillation of the valves. This often leads to full-on heart failure an is a very serious situation where the heart stops and the person can die without immediate treatment.


Men often show the classic pain-in-the-chest and down the arm, but women may not.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Cold sweat
  • Shortness of breath
  • General upper body discomfort

Diet and Exercise

While diet and exercise are important, and reduce some risk factors for heart attack, there is no sure way to prevent a heart attack.

Everyday First Aid: Distress


helpingHelping someone who is distressed

  • Calm yourself
  • Establish trust
  • Show them that you are listening
  • Ask them what they need.

This video is part of the Everyday First Aid online resource — 14 free videos making it easy for you to learn basic first aid skills.


This is a good video, but it’s worth mentioning just a couple of things:

It would be much more comforting to crouch down to the lady in the wheelchair.  This is because standing can be a little intimidating. Holding and stroking hands would also help to calm the distressed lady.

The fallen bike is a trip hazard as it is getting in the way. It could also be damaged and anyone riding off on it could find themselves having another accident.

First Aid For A Diabetic Emergency

Helping someone who is experiencing a diabetic emergency.

Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar:diabetic

  • Pale
  • Hungry
  • Sweating
  • Weak
  • Confused
  • Aggressive

Give them a sweet sugary drink or food.

This is one of 14 videos on an online learning resource called Everyday First Aid — an easy way to learn basic first aid skills, featuring real people in real-life scenarios.

İf you know somebody who is already a diabetic and feeling unwell then give the patient some sugar.

Wait about 10-15 minutes.

İf the diabetic person feels better that’s good an OK.

But, if the patient is not feeling better and perhaps even getting worse then you must seek medical help.

low blood sugar levels are dangerous.

Basic CPR Information

Help someone who is unconscious and not breathing.

Give chest compression’s until help arrives.

cpr instructionsIf a person is unconscious and not breathing then you should start chest compression’s as soon as possible to give the patient the best chance of survival.

Even trained paramedics sometimes find it hard to find a pulse. This video is all about equipping the general public with basic first aid skills so they are able to help prior to the emergency services arriving.

This is one of 14 videos on an online learning resource called Everyday First Aid — an easy way to learn basic first aid skills, featuring real people in real-life scenarios


Take a look at these Basic CPR instructionsThe main purpose of CPR is to sustain life until emergency services arrive to help.

Doing CPR incorrectly is better than doing nothing at all.  Just keep doing it until help arrives.

Home Treatment For Burns


Immediate Home Treatment For Burns is really quite simple, but it is very easy to panic under these sometime adverse conditions.

It may be a child who needs help and other children may be involved or distressed.

It’s important to calm the patient and cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.

Check that the water is COLD (and not hot)

Follow the advice below and watch the short video:

  • Cool the skin with running cool or tepid water for at least 10 minutes, ideally within 20 minutes of the injury happening. This will prevent the burn getting worse.
  • Do not use ice, iced water, creams, or greasy substances (such as butter) to soothe the burn.
  • Remove any clothes or jewellery from around the burn, unless they are sticking to it.
  • Cover the burn using strips of cling film. A clean plastic bag is suitable to use for burns on your hand.
  • If the burn is painful, taking a mild painkiller, such as paracetamol can help. However, always check the packaging to make sure that you take the correct dosage and never give aspirin to children under 16 years of age.
  • Do not interfere with the burn, or break any blisters. If the burn is very painful, or seems to be getting worse.

This is one of 14 videos on an online learning resource called Everyday First Aid – an easy way to learn basic first aid skills, featuring real people in real-life scenarios.



If you’re in any doubt seek further medical assistance. Deep, or large burns, or burns to the face, hands, or across joints, must always be checked by a doctor and may require hospital treatment.

What To Do When Someone Has A Seizure

seizureMost seizures stop by themselves. However, the episode can be very unnerving for anyone at the scene.

Your main role is to ensure that the patient is not hurt or injured during the seizure.

When a seizure occurs, try to prevent the person falling. Lay the person on the ground in a safe area. Clear the area of furniture or other sharp objects and cushion the person’s head.

Loosen tight clothing, especially around the person’s neck.

Turn the person on his or her side. If vomiting occurs, this helps make sure that the vomit is not inhaled into the lungs.

Look for a medical bracelet or ID card with seizure instructions.

Remember These Important Points:

  • DO NOT try to restrain the person.
  • DO NOT place anything between the person’s teeth.
  • DO NOT move the person unless he or she is in danger.
  • DO NOT give the person anything by mouth until the seizure has stopped and the person is fully awake and alert.