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Monday, December 20, 2004

Christmas Tree Prices Hit $200 in Hawaii

Wouldn't You Like To Be in the Christmas Tree Business In Hawaii:

Yahoo! News - Christmas Tree Prices Hit $200 in Hawaii: "HONOLULU - A shortage of Christmas trees in Hawaii has raised prices to more than $200 each, drawing complaints from cost-conscious shoppers who are eager to buy trees before the holiday. "

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Got Junk? Here's Any Easy Way to Turn it into Cash!

You've probably heard that you can make some extra cash by listing unwanted household items on eBay. And you probably have a lot of unwanted stuff cluttering up your home: Collectible items, clothes, CD's, nick-nacks, etc.

The problem is it takes a lot of time to create the auction listings. You have to take pictures and come up with inviting descriptions for all the items. And, if you are not experienced with eBay you may have a hard time getting bids on your items.

Of course, if you are wanting to learn eBay, listing your unwanted clutter can be a great way to get started.

But, if you just don't have the time there is another option:

Hire a Trading Assistant.

Trading Assistants are experienced eBay sellers who, for a fee, will list your items on eBay.

You can search for a trading assistant in your area using this directory:

Trading Assistant Directory

Most Trading Assistants charge a percentage of the final value -- usually between 20 and 30 percent -- plus eBay listing fees. Look for Trading Assistants with high feedback ratings. This indicates that they are experienced and will know how to list your items for maximum exposure.

This is a great way to turn your unwanted junk into extra cash.


Saturday, December 11, 2004

Business Idea Journal Posted

I just posted an issue of the Business Idea Journal online. You can access it at this link:



Thursday, December 02, 2004

A Real Work at Home Assembly Opportunity?

You have probably heard of the scams in the "home assembly" type opportunities.

Here is how this scam works:

You see an ad that offers free information on how to work at home assembling crafts. You order the information and they send you a brochure showing you the types of products they are looking to have assembled along with an order form to buy the supplies to assemble the products. You see, even though you could buy the supplies locally for much less, they have to make sure you are using only the highest quality. Of course, they will be the only source for these "high quality" expensive supplies.

So you bite the bullet and buy their "high quality" supplies which they send along with an instruction sheet. You follow the instructions exactly and spend days assembling the products to their specifications. You carefully pack the products into a shipping box and send them to the company for payment. Then you wait.

Six weeks later you are still waiting for payment. Then, you receive an envelope in the mail. Finally a check! You anxiously tear open the envelope, pull out the contents and...

It's a letter rejecting your crafts. You see, you didn't follow the instructions exactly. The glue wasn't applied correctly. A bead fell off during shipping. You should have zigged when you zagged. Or any of 100 canned rejection excuses.

But, why would they do this? Because they have no buyers for the crafts. They make their money selling you the materials.

Over the years I have seen hundreds of these Home Assembly opportunities. None were legitimate.

However, I recently received a recommendation for a company that appears to be legitimate.

The company is Disciples Cross

Basically what you do is make crosses.

You can read all about it in the link above but in a nutshell you can make money two ways:

1) Make the crosses and selling them to others, or gift stores.
2) Make the crosses and sell them back to Disciples Cross.

If you check out this opportunity please let me know how you do so I can report back to others. I am still skeptical because I don't understand why they could not just have the crosses mass produced for pennies instead of hiring "home workers." But my sources have told me they have been paid for the work they did and they are very pleased.

Comments anyone?


Sunday, November 28, 2004

New Business Idea Journal Posted

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

I just got back from visiting my family in Virginia yesterday and was greeted with 690 emails to sort through. The spam really piles up when you take a few days off, doesn't it. :)

I did get a little bit of productive work done through. I am starting to get past issues of my ezine, the Business Idea Journal, posted online.

Here is the first issue:

Business Idea Journal: Parents Making Cash

To Your Success,


Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Revenge of the Turkey!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Unusual Subscription Service

Here is an idea from one of my newsletter subscribers that I thought you would enjoy:

This is a twist on an idea that is already being profitably done. I see no reason why this shouldn't also work.

The model that it is based on is a subscription service for black socks. See http://www.blacksocks.com and www.blacksocksusa.com

Their business is simple. They have a simple website which sells a choice of black calf length or black knee length dress socks. (Actually, they also added white socks for health care workers recently.) You can get a pack of 3 either 3, 4, or 6 times a year. The owner believes in keeping it simple, and it has worked out profitably for him.

See: Business Week Article for more details.

How about a subscription service for white t-shirts (undershirts)?

Just like businessmen need a steady supply of black socks, they also need a steady supply of plain white undershirts. With the wear and tear of everyday use and washing, and sweat staining the armpits, men go through white t-shirts quickly.

You could offer v-neck and regular. Keep it simple. White only. Send packs of 3 or 6 either 3, 6, or 12 times a year.

Wholesale t-shirts can be found easily by doing a search on google. If you ran the business like the guys from blacksock.com, you would concentrate on marketing, and leave the order taking, fulfillment, and shipping to outside contractors. Just as the blacksocks website received a lot of free publicity in the press, I think this concept would too. And I'm sure that wives would order a subscription for their husbands who don't renew their t-shirts often enough!

Submitted by Bill M.

Women may not immediately see the need for this service so ladies let me try to explain: You know us guys will wear the same underwear or socks or t-shirts until they have holes all through them and practically fall off our bodies. Right? I am sure you have seen that first hand. So, why do we do this? Because not only do we hate to shop -- we hate going anywhere that even sells clothes. It has to do with our mom's taking us shopping when we were kids and making us try on clothes. Arggg --it make me squirm just thinking about it. :)