• amazon,  business,  entrepreneurs,  merch

    Become a t-shirt seller on Amazon

    with Merch by Amazon let Ron Cubbon show you how Ron Cubbon is one of my favorite small business teachers. He always provides information and courses on the latest ways to make a living as an online business person. I’ve been following his updates on one of his latest ventures: Merch by Amazon. Merch allows you to upload artwork for t-shirts and sell the shirts via the Amazon.com platform. The shirts are print-on-demand, meaning neither you nor Amazon have to maintain any inventory. Ron has done well on the platform, yet I have wavered to try it myself since I don’t feel like I have good ideas for t-shirt art.…

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  • entrepreneurs,  Marketing,  promotion,  work it wednesday

    How to get buyers to buy

    Appeal to human nature Don’t get discouraged if sales start out slow when you are promoting a product or service via an email list, blog posts, and social media. It’s human nature to procrastinate until the last possible minute. This means many of your customers and contacts will wait to make their purchase on the final day of a deal. You can use the following ideas to encourage fast action on a promotion. Work It Wednesday Offer a bonus Bonuses work whether you’re promoting your own product or someone else’s. You could make the bonus a free product. I know I have made purchases because the bonus free item was…

  • entrepreneurs,  Marketing,  work it wednesday

    Solve a problem

    Explain how it works Today I received my new Samsung Galaxy S8+. A month ago, I wasn’t planning on getting a new cell phone. My contract was up, but I was planning to stick with my S6. However, Sprint started sending me emails: first, about the upcoming release of the S8+; next, about all the ways I could buy or lease the device; then, about all the new and improved features; finally, a reminder that the device would be shipping soon. The more I read and researched, the more I thought upgrading wasn’t a bad idea. Now I sit here with the new device in my possession. Work It Wednesday…

  • business,  entrepreneurs,  Marketing,  promotion,  work it wednesday

    Promote and Grow

    How do you make your business grow? This Work It Wednesday I’m starting a series about promoting your business, products, and services. This is directed at you small business owners, but, even if you work for someone else, this information may be helpful. Lady Gaga sings “I live for the applause,” and I believe we are all living for the applause in one way or another. We want people to respond to us, to work with, to cooperate with us, or to like us. So let’s dig into what it takes to promote, and promote well. Marketing Is About Multiple Touches We’ll start with a story. Marcy was excited to…

  • ajg consulting llc,  entrepreneurs,  livelihood,  online training,  wordpress

    My new training site launches

    with a course for Avon Reps September 19, 2016 at 4 p.m. my first course hosted and delivered from my own website launched. Content Writing for Avon Reps utilizes the Coursepress and Marketpress WordPress plugins from WPMUDEV. Incredible Functionality Just five years ago I would not have entertained the idea of delivering training from my own website. Some options were available, but none of them provided the type of experience I wanted for my students. Coursepress meets my needs and beyond. You can use the free option of the plugin or upgrade to the pro version.  Here are some of the features I love: Embed video directly into the course…

  • business,  decisions,  entrepreneurs,  multitasking,  productivity,  this-n-that,  voluntary simplicity,  women in business

    5 ways to get more of what you want done

    I was looking at my calendar today and it occurred to me that there are some tasks I assign myself that I really don’t want to do. You could call it simple procrastination, but I began to wonder why we all sometimes willingly take on projects that really don’t thrill us; consequently, we end up procrastinating or simply defaulting on the task. I’ve come up with five reasons I believe that I (and probably you) do this and some ways to overcome these obstacles to personal productivity and fulfillment. The problem: Feelings of inadequacy. This may be especially common if it’s a task that requires us to stretch our abilities.…

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  • entrepreneurs,  women in business

    Double Standards

    I participate in a number of online forums for business owners and entrepreneurs. One thing I have noticed recently is the growing use of the term “mompreneur.” Entrepreneur magazine defines a mompreneur as: A female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur. I receive many notices for events and groups for mompreneurs and I started to wonder why this term is acceptable to female entrepreneurs, even if they are mothers. Here are just a few questions the term raises for me. Ponder them and draw your own conclusions. Not all female entreprenuers are mothers. Yet, near as I can tell from my…