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

Selling Internationally – My First Product is Live in Canada!


One WorldI get more questions about selling internationally than probably any other topic!  I must be honest and upfront from the start.  My knowledge on this topic is limited, but I’ve been pushed by a couple of readers to pursue this area of business that I have been wanting to try for a long time, but found myself too intimidated to take action.   Well, I’ve taken the first steps and my first product is now live in Canada! If this goes well, expanding to more countries will definitely follow!  While I am by no means an expert, I’ve learned a couple things along the way which I will share today! Continue reading

July Income Report


July Graph“Summer Vacation” is two thirds over! (it’s not quite “summer vacation for me, but as I’m not waking up early and driving my girls to school, it does feel more relaxed!) Last Summer at this time, business was relatively slow- sometimes so much so that I was often in “panic mode.”  A lot has changed since then and the numbers are showing it!  I’m excited and yet a bit nervous about this upward swing (from last year.)  I can’t help but wonder what the forth quarter is going to be like at this rate.  Time to prepare! Continue reading

Introduction to Buying Wholesale – A Free Source to Get You Started!


WarehouseThe idea of finding the “right niche”, beginning a relationship with a wholesaler, and buying in moderate to large quantities can be daunting and can even induce fear and panic!  The great news is, it doesn’t have to be this way!  In my 6 step business strategy (which I lay out in my free ebook available on this site), I recommend starting small and growing from there.  In my opinion, buying wholesale in large quantity is not the place to start until you get your feet wet.  If you’re nearing step 4 (working with wholesale suppliers) of my strategy, then I’ve got a great “introduction method” that will get your feet wet while significantly lowering your risk and will ease you into wholesale buying! Continue reading

Outsourcing Basics for Business: 5 Simple Tips (#4 Will Have You Laughing Out Loud!)


outsourceYears ago, before starting my business, I remember watching Office Space and deeply identifying with Peter Gibbons’ dream of “doing nothing“.  Office Space is a hilarious movie and now has a cult following. There is a good reason for this.  The movie strikes a nerve with many because it reflects the reality of millions of people (in a somewhat exaggerated fashion of course!)  So many people hate, sometimes even dread going to work!  The politics, the co-workers, the unreasonable expectations leave many feeling that they are just a rat in a wheel- running running running, with a small reward that seldom increases!  Over a period of time, this type of environment will leave most people drained or even in a state of desperation- looking for a way out- perhaps even going to the extreme side where one dreams of “doing nothing” for the rest of their days! Continue reading