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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.

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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

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 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 even offer a free trial. In fact, I first got my taste of online dating by using a 3-day free trial offer, which I got from

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

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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