Live On Less Than You Make- The Strategy That Helped Me Pay Off My House… Again!


Paid house for useIt is nearing the end of October and traditionally this has been a higher sales month for me.  This year seems to be flip-flopped from years past.  October has been one of the worst months in a while… but we’ll get to this in my next income report- so why am I mentioning it?  I created a post some time ago and I’ve been sitting on it for a couple of months- not sure whether or not I should publish it.  In talking to several of you, it seems like it will be beneficial.  Now seems like the perfect time to talk about budgets, particularly because October is not going quite as well as I had personally hoped (though it’s still going great!)  In addition to this, the holidays are coming up and I realize that budgets can struggle for those who celebrate the traditions that are involved.  The information contained in this post explains how I budget and why I don’t freak out during lower sales months (but I used to!)  I hope you gain something from it to implement in your own business and personal finances!  Note, I edited the post slightly to keep it current, but essentially, this was the original content.  Enjoy!

A few months ago, I paid off my house… again!  If you’ve been following,  you know that  starting this online business enabled me to pay off my first house! Continue reading

EPIC FAIL! My Greatest Area of Weakness and Why You Probably Shouldn’t be Listening to me!


2014-08-29 13.50.23Ok, so I’m having a bit of a bad day.  What better time to write about my epic failures?!  Do you ever feel like you don’t have a clue how to run a business?  Me too!  I know, I know, you’re rolling your eyes right now because you’ve read my income reports.  I am the first to admit that I have some things figured out- and these are the things that I freely share.  There are parts of the business that are working for me and I have developed systems that can implemented and repeated over and over for fairly consistent income… but then there are the parts that I simply can’t figure out- Not for the life of me!  If you’re struggling with parts of the business or if there are areas of business that seem harder than learning Chinese (If you are from China, insert the difficult foreign language of your choice) then this post is for you! Continue reading

September Income Report


Sept graphI can’t believe September is already over!  This is almost turning into the “income report blog” as I was barely able to get any content up between the August and September report.  I hate to say it, but it will probably get worse going into the holidays!  September through December tends to be the busy time not only for the business but for the family as well!  Overall, despite “feeling busy” for a variety of reasons, September’s sales were not nearly as high as expected… in fact, my sales are down in almost every account.  It’s strange as September usually begins the upswing.  With that said, I’m certainly not complaining.  This year has been far more consistent than years past! Continue reading

New Amazon Restriction: How I Got Approved to Sell DVDs Over $25 MSRP (After Being Denied!)


green lightYou may have heard by now about Amazon’s latest seller restriction.  Any DVD, or Blu ray with an MSRP of $25 or greater will not be able to be sold unless you gain approval by Amazon.

When I first received the notice, I did not think it was going to be difficult to get approved.  After all, I’ve been selling DVDs for several years and have maintained a 100% feedback rating.  After submitting my information, I was denied!  I did some searches to attempt to look deeper into this new restriction.  I found that articles have been written all over the internet, sellers were talking about it in forums and overall, there is widespread speculation, anger and panic! None of the sources I found provided a method on how to get approved.  I could not even find a single seller on the forums who did get approved!  (I found a lot who had been denied however!)

Today I want to provide you with what I wish I would have found in my searches.  As I’ve said in past posts, I’m happy to provide information that helps you to learn from my mistakes rather than your own!  Through a lot of back and forth with Amazon and several attempts, I’ve been approved!  Let’s talk about exactly what this restriction is and how to get the green light from Amazon!

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August Income Report


coin graphWell, it’s the time again!  I’m writing on the first of September which means Summer is coming to a close (my girls go back to school tomorrow!) and the “busy season” is going to begin!  Traditionally, September sees an increase in sales, though usually minimal.  October, things pick up a bit more.  November sees a huge difference over other months and December is usually double to triple the standard sales!  This is exciting, but even more exciting to me was the fact that Summer was not completely dead as it has been for me in years past!  So…let’s see how things looked in August! Continue reading