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Issue 4  -  Friday 14th April 2000

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Jessica Maybury Shuts Down
We're sorry to report that jewellery manufacturer Jessica Maybury has been forced to shut down.  It seems they weren't selling enough products to keep the factory viable.

Salesman Murdered Women
Kevin Cotterell received two life sentences for the brutal murders of two Norfolk women.  The case has implications for networkers who deal face-to-face with customers.

Landmark Legal Victory Against Spammer
A court in Virginia, Georgia has handed down a landmark ruling against a persistent spammer.

Tell Us Your News
Do you know about something new in network marketing?  If so, email us about it at, and we'll run a front page story about it.  You can be credited as our reporter - or remain a secret "mole" - whichever you prefer.


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Home Businesses - Succeed Or Fail?
You must take care when choosing your home business.  What you choose can make the difference between success and failure.  John Burdis shares his basic check list for analysing a new venture.

What You Need To Succeed
There are actually very few qualifications required if you're to develop a successful network marketing business.  Peter Clothier describes what he has found the key attributes to be.

Rowland's Story
Many networkers have had to try several opportunities before finding the one that worked for them.  Rowland Pantling describes his false starts and eventual success.

New Postage Rates - April 27th
Royal Mail postage rates go up on from April 27th.  First Class post for ordinary letters will rise by 1p to 27p.  Second Class letters stay at 19p.  But, as Carol Nicholson explains, for weights over 60 grammes the price rises are steeper.

Big Number Day - April 22nd
UK telephone numbers are being reorganised yet again!  Cardiff, Coventry, London, Portsmouth, Southampton and Northern Ireland are particularly affected.  Paul Nicholson explains how we'll all have to update our records.

Share Your Experience
We're looking for experienced networkers to write feature articles.  Why not share what you've learned with the rest of us?  Tell us what worked for you - and what to avoid.  If you can make sense for 1000 words we'll be happy to put your article on the front page like this.  In return you can place a free advert at the foot of your article.  How about that for a good deal?  If you're interested check out Authors Wanted or email us at


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Tell Us What You Think
This website is intended for you - the ordinary network marketer.  So tell us what you think about network marketing and the companies and schemes you have tried.  Or if you've got a bee in your bonnet - let it out!  We really welcome your comments - and will happily publish them - provided they are not too extreme!  Just email us at


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Payments And Deliveries
We think companies should be offering their customers the choice - order through their personal contact (the networker) - or direct from the company - whichever the customer prefers.  


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Peter Kindersley Retires
In an email to all DKFL Advisors, Peter Kindersley has announced that he will retire from Dorling Kindersley at the end of April - once the handover to Pearson has been completed.

Tell Us Your Gossip
Have you heard any good rumours?  Has anyone you know done something interesting?  Tell us the juicy details so we can spread it around.

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We're taking a short Easter break so Issue 5 will be published on the website at 6pm on Friday 5th May 2000.  Contributions and adverts need to reach us by 6pm on Wednesday 3rd May.

  Happy Easter to everyone!