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E-Commerce and a New Beginning

E-Commerce and a New Beginning

After a long hiatus from our blog and a year plus of e-commerce experience through our Amazon FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon), it’s time to step back and evaluate what we’ve learned over the past 18 months. Like so many of my friends and relatives we were lured to the Internet with the hopes of building a business that would eventually replace our full-time incomes we’re not seeing the results we expected. We ARE making money…BUT…just barely breaking even at this point. Again, like so many of our friends and relatives…and I’m sure many of you, what we found was a maze rather than a road map to success.

Like so many novices we were inundated with “the latest and greatest” method to build a successful online business. Many of those who approached us were nothing more than multi-level marketing companies trying to disguise themselves as legitimate business opportunities. Others were pitch men with the latest and greatest software “guaranteed” to get your website to number one on a Google search. Sound familiar?

It seems every “successful” entrepreneur who can spell e-commerce has made at least $100,000 their first year and for the low, low price of $xxx they’ll share how they became successful—right!

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How Safe is Your Business?

How Safe is Your Business?

As the United States heads into an election this year many small business owners are asking how safe is their business.

How Safe is Your Business?

Government regulations from state, local and federal sources have continued to put a damper on new start-up businesses as well as established businesses.

Regulations contained in the “Affordable Healthcare Act”, sometimes referred to as “Obamacare” seem to target small business owners and force them to pay more than “their fair share”, especially when it comes to paying employees for healthcare. It is somewhat ironic that what started as a way to get around government regulations has become an even greater burden for business owners.

Did you know during the Great Depression, the Roosevelt administration froze all pay raises for employees under the National Reform Act? Employers were not allowed to give employees pay raises; if they did employers could be imprisoned. To keep good employees and help provide for their employees’ families business owners turned to increasing benefits over pay and began providing health insurance as incentives.

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Work from Home

Work from Home

Work from home, is it your dream or is it your nightmare? In today’s economic times with high levels of unemployment,

Work from Home

underemployment and downright frustration maybe you have to work from home.

Friday’s job report of 8.2% unemployment and only 80,000 new jobs added to the US economy once again reminded us of how fragile of an economy we have. Unemployment and frustration in Europe is further proof of hard times for many. Is their any good news?

In a word, yes!

Historically some of the greatest innovations and companies have sprung from poor economies. In fact, today with so many out of work and traditional jobs we are actually seeing a rise in business start ups. Interestingly, however, these start ups are not the traditional brick and mortar businesses we have seen in the past, instead, we are seeing a significant increase in online businesses. The kinds of businesses that allow many to work at home. Read the rest of this entry

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5 Keys to Attraction Marketing

5 Keys to Attraction Marketing

Attraction Marketing

Attraction marketing has become pretty much the new standard in online sales. If you’re not familiar with attraction marketing, the be premise is rather than “pushing” your product or service on potential clients or customers, you “attract” those potential customers to you by provide value before attempting a sale.

It seems like common sense; you fulfill a customer need or desire without the sale and later the sale will come because the potential client has been attracted to your honesty, your expertise, and you integrity. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand this type of marketing is much more efficient and rewarding than the old “push” marketing. Read the rest of this entry

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

Memorial Day 2012

A heartfelt thank you to the families and friends of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. May their memories remain in your hearts and the hearts of a grateful nation, forever.

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Blog Syndication—2 Ways to Get the Word Out Quickly

Blog Syndication

Many small business owners have turned to blogging in order to drive consumers to their websites. Publishing a blog and establishing yourself as an expert in your chosen profession can generate large numbers of leads.

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The Coca Cola Analogy

The Coca-Cola Analogy

In case you didn’t know the Coca-Cola Corporation is a multi-billion dollar company. Started in 1886 the company began selling its new beverage for $0.5, that’s five cents. How did a company selling a beverage for a nickel go from zero to over $50 billion dollars in under a century you ask? One word….VOLUME. Read the rest of this entry

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Best Home Business

Best Home Business

In the current economy many are turning to home-based businesses to supplement if not replace jobs. What then are the features of the Best Home Business choices?

Today’s question: is home-based business lucrative and if so what are the features of the Best Home Business choices?

To be successful a business, whether home-base or otherwise should be simple to operate, inexpensive to start, and provide appropriate training and support.

THE BEST HOME BUSINESS WILL BE SIMPLE

As most home businesses start as a supplement to other businesses or a traditional job a good home-based business will be simple. By simple we mean it is one that doesn’t require expertise that may be beyond the scope of the new business owner. Read the rest of this entry

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Is the US Economy Getting Better?

US Econmy Getting Better

Is the US Economy Getting Better?

The Dow Jones ended lower today although jobless claims fell to their lowest since 2008. Sales in March were up for retailers and the NASDAQ closed up today. Gold was up, the Euro was down and oil hit over $103 per barrel.

Confused? I know I am and it appears that the stock markets are as well. As I look at the news and the market results for the day I can’t help but wonder whether what we are seeing in the markets is a turn around or false hope.

Now I’m no pessimist. I am probably one of the most optimistic persons you’d ever know. I am a glass half full kind of guy and don’t really like being around half empty glass folks. All I know is what I see around me. Read the rest of this entry

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Make Money Online

Make Money Online

If you do a Google search about making money online, you can be overwhelmed with the number of money-making ideas on the Internet. Everything from making money fast, making money easy, how to make money, XX numbers of making money online…well, you get the picture.

The question boils down to simply, if money can be made online then HOW does one make money online? That, as they say, is in fact the million-dollar question.

Today we look at online blogging to make money online

Blogging is one of the simplest, least-costly, and perhaps easiest ways to begin making money online.

Let’s break down a couple elements of what making money with a blog will consist of. This isn’t, by-the-way an all-inclusive list just one that will hopefully get you thinking and perhaps motivated to start writing. Read the rest of this entry

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