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What You Need To Know About A Home Based Business

November 14th, 2014

It’s crossed many people’s minds to become their own boss at some point or another. You have probably thought about it as well. Flexibility and job satisfaction make this prospect a good one. Keep reading to find out some great advice concerning your own home business.

If a home business is your main source of income, a fallback option is key. Have backup plans for when your website goes down, not receiving much-needed supplies or equipment and anything else you can think of. When you plan ahead for these types of things, it helps to ensure that your business stays open for good and income continues to come in.

Online forums can offer you a wealth of home business information. A quick search through the internet will give you great sites that you can go to and you will be able to find great information from them. Online blogs may be an additional resource that you could find useful.

You should not put in your notice at your primary job until after you have started operations at your home business. A new business takes a long time to generate any profit; so if possible, keep your current job going. Having a source of income while waiting to build up profits from your new business is a good thing to do.

Invest in professional looking, quality business cards. You can usually find many good deals on business cards, and sometimes you can even get them for free. Your business card needs to include the important contact data, like your name, your company name, phone number and email address. Always include your business email address and a link to your website. That way, customers can contact you via the method that’s most convenient for them.

Select a business name with some type of personal meaning. Even if you haven’t planned a business site, buy the domain name. Buy your preferred domain now before someone else gets it for the low cost of approximately $10 yearly. Even if you are not yet ready to launch your website, list your business’ contact information on the home page.

When buying supplies you should shop online in order to take advantage of wholesale costs. Luckily for you, the Internet is perfect for finding all the prices and requirements that you’ll need when starting up your first home business. Your sales tax certificate will give you the ability to purchase from wholesalers.

Taking advantage of the power and the reach of the Internet is one of the better ways you can market your business, ensuring you are getting as much income as possible. When you write blog posts and other articles or participate in forums that discuss subjects that relate to your business, people will begin seeing you have a strong foundation and start relying on your expert opinions. This will bring customer to your business and increase your profits.

Regardless of what kind of business you have, it is important to be very customer-oriented. You are solely responsible for how well your business does. Keep learning tactics that will help you in running a business. Your home enterprise will start taking off before you know it.

Tips for designing brochures

May 20th, 2015

A brochure is sometimes the best thing you can have to promote your business. It has the power to educate consumers and promote your business at the same time. Also, depending on the size of the brochure, you will be able to provide a great deal of information. The best brochures in my mind are tri-fold color brochures. One issue, however, is that these types of brochures can cost a lot of money.

custom print productsI’m not going to lie. You won’t end up with a good-looking brochure unless you work with a professional designer. I wouldn’t opt of the cheap option with something as important as your company brochure, and just pony up the money for a graphic designer. You don’t always need to spend an arm and a leg to get a decent designer. In this day and age, it’s not hard to find a reasonably priced designer on sites like Elance and Odesk.

Equally important, you must work with a good printing company. Once again, using an online printing company will save you money, especially with all the coupons and other discounts you can get on the Internet. My favorite printing service at this time is Overnight Prints. They do good quality work faster than any other printing company I have tried. And if you use Overnight Prints coupons available at HotPrintingDeals.com, then your price will be quite low.

Before going to press, make sure you show your brochure comp to as many people as possible so that you can get feedback. Also, be very careful about copyediting, since you won’t be able to make changes once the brochure has been printed.

Is playing video games really that bad for you?

May 6th, 2015

For decades now, video games have been maligned. Some see it as an intellectually lazy activity, and others believe it can lead to social problems like violence. While there may be some truth to such concerns, a new study by the American Psychological Association actually shows that playing video games can have benefits as well. Among them:

  1. Better spacial reasoning
  2. Better social skills
  3. Better reasoning
  4. Better memory and perception

This does not negate serious problems like video game addiction, but it does cast things in a different light. As I’ve long suspected, playing video games is not simply a waste of time; it can actually be good for you in certain ways.

Gaming with the gamefly free trial

Now that I’ve justified one of my main hobbies, let me talk a bit about how to keep your gaming fresh and interesting by joining a video game rental service such as Gamefly.

There are many people out there who play just a single game. This is often the case with many role playing games or subscription-based MMOs. But there are also gamers out there who love to sample tons of different games throughout the course of the year.

I find myself in the latter category.

And while monthly subscriptions can make a dent in your wallet, it’s really not that bad compared to gamers who are constantly buying new games to keep from getting bored. Unfortunately, this can become rather expensive.

Luckily, I’ve found a better way, and it’s the service I mentioned earlier, called Gamefly. By becoming a member, you can rent unlimited games, and you don’t even have to go somewhere to pick them up, since they will be delivered to you by mail. To learn more about how the service works, read this article on freetrialspot.com.

Now really, how convenient is that, and what more could you ask for?

Given all that it delivers, Gamefly isn’t all that expensive either. In fact, it costs about the same amount as a monthly subscription to a popular MMO like World of Warcraft. For such a modest fee, I’d say you get a lot for your money by joining Gamefly, and recommend it to other games like me who love to try out new games all the time. Just click this link to check out Gamefly for free. You can also find out about other terrific freebies, coupons, and free trial offers by going to http://freetrialspot.com/.

 

Which printed goods will your business need?

April 30th, 2015

Small business owners sometimes are surprised by start-up costs. There are legal fees if you want to incorporate, government fees like seller’s permits if you want to sell products, website development costs, office supplies, and last but not least, printed materials. Altogether, such start-up costs could be in the thousands of dollars. Starting a small business is therefore not for the faint of heart.

In this article, I’ll talk a little about what printed materials you will need.

1. Business Cards
This is the first and most obvious need your business will have. While the world has gone digital, business cards still remain in wide use, and it would be a mistake for you not to have plenty on hand. One key thing to remember: put your website URL and email on your business card. Sometimes, I see business cards that omit this information, but there is no excuse for not listing this information on your card.

Biz cards from Overnight Prints

2. Brochures or Flyers
You should also have at least one printed piece that describes what your business does in some detail. I like brochures the most, as they seem to have the greatest impact. The downside is that brochures can be a bit pricey. For this reason, I recommend ordering brochures online from places like Overnight Prints. If you use an Overnight Prints promo code, you can get a good deal and save some money while still getting top-notch brochures that are professionally printed. If you are on a tight budget, you may opt to use flyers or handouts instead of brochures. For more information about getting coupons for printing, make sure you go to hotprintingdeals.com.

Some people think brochures and flyers are no longer necessary if you have a website. But I personally would not count on your potential customers taking the trouble to go to a computer or mobile device to look up your business. If you leave a brochure with them, it will stay lying around somewhere and it’s likely they will take a second look at it at some point.

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Matchmaking: Does it work?

April 10th, 2015

Everyone loves to play matchmaker. I can’t even tell you the number of people who have tried to hook me up with a member of the opposite sex. They include friends, co-workers, family, and even neighbors. There’s something really nice about knowing that you had a hand in finding love for another individual. But does matchmaking really work?

popular websiteThe problem with people playing matchmaker is that the strength of the matches relies entirely on who that person knows, and what they perceive will be a compatible partner for you. But how often can people be wrong? Moreover, how can someone, even a family member, truly understand your wants and needs enough to find you the ideal soul mate?

A much better matchmaker than humans, in my opinion, is science. Before you roll your eyes, consider this: Many scientists and experts have devoted their lives analyzing what makes people attracted to each other, and what the components are of a successful relationship. Wouldn’t it be great if you could tap into such research to find your own significant other?

Well, the good news is that you can do just that. Plenty of websites use the science of compatibility to find you matches based on complex algorithms. The most famous compatibility matching site is eHarmony, for good reason. Not only is it one of the most prominent online dating sites, it is believed the site has created more marriages than any other dating service, online or otherwise.

But how can you know if eHarmony’s system will work its magic for you? The answer is quite simple. You can use an eHarmony free trial from sites like Onlinedatingtrials.com. This will enable you to join the site, take the personality quiz, then begin receiving matches all before you pay your first dime. You will be able to see first-hand what kind of matches eHarmony generates before you have to choose whether or not to become a subscriber to the site.

Recent changes even make it possible for you to communicate with your matches to a limited extent. This process is called guided communication, and differs from open e-mail exchange because of its restrictions. But it’s still nice to know you can get the ball rolling before you make your first payment. My suggestion is to join, then engage in guided communication with the people you are interested in. If someone is responsive to your efforts, then it’s high time to pull out your wallet and pay for a subscription. Until then, you can sake by using the site for free. After all, why pay for something before you really have to?

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Is Online Dating The Right Choice for You?

April 7th, 2015

Many people wonder if online dating will work for them, but never try it. Then they continue to use the same, tired old techniques like bar hopping, which has never gotten them the results they wanted. I understand this. After all, we are creatures of habit, and old habits die hard. But what is the sense in continuing to use the same tactics if they are not bearing fruit?

online dating couponsI’ll admit, online dating isn’t for everyone. I’ve known people who tried it and discovered it’s just not their cup of tea. But you should not automatically assume you are in this category. I’ve had a couple friends who resisted online dating for a long time, then eventually they caved in and tried it. One of them is happily married now, and another one is in a long term relationship.

So is online dating what you’ve been looking for all this time? You’ll never know unless you try it. Maybe you’re hesitating because you think that trying an online dating site will cost money. Nothing could be further from the truth. On most dating sites, it costs nothing to sign up, browse around, and kick the tires, so to speak. Other sites, like match.com even offer a free trial. In fact, I first got my taste of online dating by using a Match.com 3-day free trial offer, which I got from Couponleaf.com.

One misunderstanding many people have about dating sites is that they don’t require any effort. They assume that if they join, throw up a few pics, and write a profile description in 5 minutes, that’s all they need to do to get people interested in them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Online dating does require thought and effort. I can’t go into all the dating tips in this article, but I suggest you visit sites, read articles, and familiarize yourself with what you need to do in order to be successful.

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Statistics on Online Shopping

April 3rd, 2015

As you know, online shopping has seen phenomenal growth over the past decades. Just out of curiosity, I looked up the most recent statistics about online shopping by going to http://www.statista.com/topics/871/online-shopping/

Some of the more interesting things I found:

  • There are over 1.4 trillion dollars spent by online shoppers worldwide.
  • Over 191 million people in the US shop online each year.
  • Not surprisingly, Amazon is the largest seller online. The figure of over 67 billion in sales surprised me, however. That’s a lot of money spent online for just one company.

The growth is expected to continue. I read an article recently stating that there will be significant growth in online shopping from 2012- 2017.

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A review of Vapor4life

March 27th, 2015

E-cigarettes have become widely used in recent years, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they become more popular than regular cigarettes in the next 10 years or so. There are quite a few local e-cigarette stores as well as online stores that you can buy your e-cigarettes and accessories from. Today, I will be reviewing a very popular e-cigarette retailer called Vapor4Life.

WOW cartomizers from V4LVapor4Life is a store based in Chicago that sells batteries, cartomizers, e-juice, and other e-cigarette accessories. The prices at the store are a bit high compared to competitors, but they also offer plenty of Vapor4Life coupons you can use on virtually every order. When you factor in these savings, the products are reasonably priced.

I purchased the Vapor King automatic battery a while back. The battery seemed well-made and worked fine, but I was not too happy with this battery because you had to draw pretty hard in order to vape effectively. Compared to other batteries I’ve used such as Halo G6, the batteries required too much effort on the part of the user.

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The cartomizers, on the other hand, were pretty decent. You can get the cartomizers both prefilled or empty, depending yon your preference. On average, they lasted me about a week, and I like the fact that they come in many different colors. The e-juice was also quite good, and Vapor4Life has one of the widest selections of e-juice I’ve seen anywhere. They also offer 100% VG e-juice, which isn’t always easy to find.

Overall, I found Vapor4Life a nice store for everything other than batteries. If you’re interested in trying out this ecig store, make sure you take advantage of the Vapor4Life coupons you can get at e-cigbargains.com.

Comparing prices when shopping

March 14th, 2015

comparing products while shoppingWhen you already know what you want to buy, it always makes sense to comparison shop and see who has the best prices. This doesn’t mean you should buy from just any old seller out there, but in general, among high quality sellers, you should pick the one offering the best price. Don’t forget to factor in things like free shipping and any discounts you can get from coupons when you compare prices.

Online, comparing prices is easier than ever. Sites such as Nextag and Google shopping list reputable stores and even include seller ratings. I generally use Google to find the lowest prices for anything I buy online, be it vitamins, books, e-cigarettes, or anything else.

It doesn’t matter which site you use; the real point here is that you compare prices one way or another. Simply adopting this practice, which only takes a few minutes each time you shop, will easily save you hundreds of dollars over the course of a year.