Business Opportunities from Home

March 31, 2011

One way to combat this problem is to look the circular over for any major changes in the ‘type

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One way to combat this problem is to look the circular over for any major changes in the ‘type.’ If the circular appears to be tampered with (and there is no special membership number assigned) you should question it before sending in your money. You might even consider requesting the name of the prime source without the address to prove the validity of the circular if you want to spend the time.

March 28, 2011

The German philosopher Immanuel Kant said that if you sit at home alone at our empty kitchen table,

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The German philosopher Immanuel Kant said that if you sit at home alone at our empty kitchen table, eventually, the ‘whole world will come to you.’

March 26, 2011

If you refinish, you may need to strip the surface of the coatings already on, and restain and

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If you refinish, you may need to strip the surface of the coatings already on, and restain and varnish the piece.

March 25, 2011

But staying in the home has it”s own set of headaches

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But staying in the home has it″s own set of headaches. How convenient is your location for your clients? Is there plenty of parking? Where do you put your new employees as you grow? Do you have the capital to provide the additional equipment for the employees use? And are you ready to be less available to the occasional client showing up on your doorstep after hours, on weekends, or even on a holiday? When you have an office at home, you may find yourself having a difficult time getting away from your work. You hear the telephone ring after hours, and if you”re short of work, you may want to take the call even if it″s midnight.

March 24, 2011

Profits From Selling Special Coupons

Look in your mailbox
Profits From Selling Special Coupons
Look in your mailbox. What do you see almost every day? Coupons. Look in your newspaper. What do you see EVERY day? Coupons. It seems like coupons multiply like rabbits Why? Prices are rising, unlike a majority of people”s incomes. Coupons only make good financial sense. But what if you discovered that someone”s making money from coupons? They are, and so can you, by selling a special type of coupon.
Manufacturers use coupons primarily to attract new customers. The money savings entice people to try products they might otherwise not have. The same can be true of local businesses in your area. Sure, they put coupons in their newspaper ads. But you can give them the opportunity to get their coupons into the hands of the exact customers they need, and at a far better price than the local newspaper. You can produce a Local Business Coupon Book easily, inexpensively, and profitably, if you follow the steps outlined here.
The first step in running a successful coupon publishing business is to find the businesses that will advertise with you. Any business that relies on local advertising is a good prospect. Here is a short list of businesses you should consider: Theaters; Hair Salons; Fast Food Restaurants; Record and CD Stores; Dry Cleaners; Supermarkets; Car Washes; Muffler Shops; Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Shops. Basically, any store that could reasonably use a coupon to draw in new customers is a prospect. You may want to specialize in one area, such as fast food restaurants. Or, cover the whole gamut. Look through your phone book for businesses you might not have thought of. When you approach these businesses, target a group within a five mile radius. It will be more time-efficient for you, and you can use the area grouping in your sales pitch. Stress the fact that around 80 percent of their business will come from that five mile radius.
Tell them that you plan to distribute the coupon book within that radius, so it will draw the best results. To be really profitable, you should get at least 15 to 25 businesses in the book. The more, the better. How much to charge? That depends on how many books you will be distributing, and what your costs are. One coupon book producer charged $100 for a coupon going to 1,000 people in an eight mile radius. His total cost was $300, and he sold 11 businesses coupons. This gave him an $800 profit in one week! The second step is to create the coupons. If you have a computer, the job of designing the coupons can be quite easy with some of the word processor/graphics packages available. If not, talk to your printer. He or she will more than likely have some ready-made templates for coupons. You can just fill in the blanks. If your printer doesn”t have blank coupon sheets, you can get an attractive sheet of six coupons with blanks for advertiser names and addresses, offers, and expiration dates by sending $5 to Pat Flanagan Publishing & Design, 540 Imus Dr., Mishawaka, IN 46545, and include your business name and address, as well as your coupon book”s title.
They will be attractively typeset along the bottom of the coupon! Be sure to put YOUR business name on the coupon (in small print, so it doesn”t distract). Subconsciously, people will remember your business name and associate it with saving money. In any case, you will need to put the advertising business” name, address, phone, logo (if any, many businesses will have them premade for you to use), the amount of the discount, any conditions they may have, and an expiration date. Your printer can help you with the layout, if you are inexperienced, or you can find easy to use layout boards at an office supply or art store. Assembling the coupon books can be done in a number of ways.
The easiest, and recommended, way to start is by simply stapling them together. Only one staple will be necessary, on the left side of the stack of coupons. Make a cover coupon with your business name and the name you”ve chosen for the coupon book. Put that on top of the stack before you staple. Other methods are perforating/padding, and perforating/perfect binding. Your printer should be able to provide pricing information on these and other binding methods. The third step is distributing. You have already identified the radius within which you will distribute your coupon books.
There are two methods of delivery you can use. You can either deliver them by car or foot, or you can bulk mail them. Bulk mailing is infinitely easier and more efficient, but requires a bit of paperwork and registration fees. If you are delivering in one zip code area, you can use either five digit presort mailing, or carrier route presort mailing. You should check with your postmaster regarding rules and fees. As soon as you have mailed the coupons, deliver a copy of the coupon book to each business that has advertised in it, so they know that customers will now be bringing them in. The fourth and final step is follow up. You need to know how your coupon books are doing.
Ask the businesses that advertise in your book to write the amount purchased by the coupon-bearing customer on the back of the coupon, and to hold them for you. Stop by at least once a week and pick up the redeemed coupons. Besides giving you purchase totals that you can refer to in future sales to new customers, this also gives you a chance to talk to the businesses about purchasing coupons in new books. You can show them right then and there the results they have gotten, and they should be enthusiastic about signing back on. It is important to maintain a good relationship with the businesses who advertise with you. Show them that you are committed to helping them increase their business. If you care, so will they. This is a fun business that can be started part-time, and can easily move to full-time. Remember the man who cleared $800 his first week in this business. He was just starting out, and you can do that, too!

March 23, 2011

And what a haystack! Thanks to today”s overwhelming increase of computer usage, thousands of

And what a haystack! Thanks to today”s overwhelming increase of computer usage, thousands of entrepreneurs, major corporations, government agencies, etc., are all able to compile libraries of information ranging from the effects of oil spills on inland lakes to the state with the greatest number of horse breeders. And all this information is available on some data-base somewhere. But how does the average ‘Joe’ access that information?

March 21, 2011

Wagon Jobbing And Rack Merchandising

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Wagon jobbing and rack merchandising are very similar businesses that are often intermingled
Wagon Jobbing And Rack Merchandising
Wagon jobbing and rack merchandising are very similar businesses that are often intermingled. The ‘jobber’ sells outright while the ‘racker’ places his own display racks in client stores and usually consigns the merchandise they hold. There are definite advantages and disadvantages to each, as we will see.

March 18, 2011

You should put your initial marketing efforts into finding corporate business, especially business

You should put your initial marketing efforts into finding corporate business, especially business that will require your service on an ongoing basis. Finding a large company with name recognition will also help much in finding other customers. Direct marketing, advertising and, most importantly, calling on companies both in person and by phone will all be good sales approaches. Initially zero in on a relatively small geographic area for your customer base. This will make it easier to cover a lot of ground and to provide fast service as you find clients.

March 17, 2011

The U

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce & The U.S. Small Business Administration both have books available through the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (202) 783-3228

March 13, 2011

We”ve just covered the creative end of 3-D photo figures, but now we must find an outlet for them,

We”ve just covered the creative end of 3-D photo figures, but now we must find an outlet for them, first establishing a business. You”ll need official stationery for this, so decide what you will call your business, or just use your own name; John”s 3-D Figures or something like that. Any local quick print
shop can print your name and address on letterheads and envelopes, and it would be a good idea to also include business cards as well as Statements and Order Forms.

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