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What Business Should I Start?

Do you want to start a business, but don’t know what business to get into?

Here are some tips to help you….

  •  What is your passion?

Are you a Star Wars junkie? Then how about a business buying selling Star Wars toys and memorabilia? Do you love gardening and know a lot about it? Then maybe a good informational product would be right for you. Whatever your passion is, there is a niche out there for that and an opportunity for you to turn it into a business.

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Ask and You Shall Receive

Tips for Getting Discounts

It’s amazing what you can get when you just ask. Even though I’m going to focus on applying this to your business, this can also be applicable to other areas. My wife and I have found favor and received upgrades at the airport and at hotels just by simply asking.

In your business don’t be afraid to ask for discounts – especially with vendors you do a lot of business with. In our furniture business we were able to negotiate a 5% discount with two of our major suppliers. 5% doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you’re talking about a higher ticket item like furniture, it adds up to be thousands of dollars per year in savings.

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Get Started with that Business Idea

Starting a business can be intimidating, but push past that and just get started.

I remember our very first customer after I jumped into the furniture business with my wife. We posted an ad on Craigslist and got a call from a local gentleman. The ad was for a TV stand. We didn’t have a place for him to look at it so he was not comfortable purchasing something he couldn’t see in advance. He was very interested in it and loved the price, but was not willing to commit until he could see it. I didn’t want to take the risk of buying the TV stand from our supplier and then showing it to him, but after we got off the phone, I really felt like he would purchase it if we took the chance. So I called him back and said my wife and I would deliver it to him at no charge and if he liked it he could buy it. If he didn’t like it then we would just try to sell it to someone else. He liked that idea so we ordered it, picked it up, and delivered it to him. He bought it from us and was so impressed with our service that he recommended us to a neighbor who ended up purchasing from us as well. That’s how I got started in the furniture business.

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5 Ideas to Quickly Make Money Online

Making money online is not a get rick quick thing. If anyone tells you that if you purchase this one program for the “insanely low price of $17” and tomorrow you’ll have thousands of dollars in your bank account or 10,000 visitors to your website run as fast as you can the other way.

My wife and I didn’t build our business overnight. It took work. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have faster results that someone else, but in most cases you’ll have to get serious about your online business and build it one step at a time.

However building it one step at time doesn’t help when you need money right now to pay the bills or to get that new Ipad.

Here are some suggestions to make some quicker money:

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3 Reasons Ebay is a Good Starting Point

If you’re wanting to sell physical products (anything tangible that must be shipped) on the internet one of the best places to start is Ebay.

Why Ebay?

There are many reasons, but here are 3 obvious ones:

1. Traffic

Ebay is ranked #22 worldwide for traffic and ranked #7 in the US. You can certainly start with your own website, but then you have to drive traffic to it. Ebay already has traffic so why not go where all the people already are?

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Your Online Business – Don’t Know Where to Start?

So you want to start an online business, but don’t know where to start?

There’s no reason for me to re-invent the wheel here.  I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend one book – The Silent Sales Machine by Jim Cockrum.

Jim lost his “real job” back in 2002 when his wife was 8 months pregnant. He had been selling items on Ebay in his spare time and in confidence told his friend (also his boss) that he was having difficulty staying motivated in his job and was thinking about trying to go full time with his Ebay business in a few months. His friend then told the company Vice President and in 30 seconds they decided to let Jim go. What was horrible news to him and his wife at the time, became one of the best things that ever happened to him.

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