The Best Opportunities for Success
Opportunities for success in life present themselves in unusual ways. Sometimes the opportunities appear, at first, to be misfortunes, but if you look at them long enough you will see they are a ‘diamond in the rough’.
My opportunity came when the place I worked was ‘acquired’ by another firm.
First, they ‘downsized’ and eliminated half the people I worked with. Then as assignments began getting shifted to other work groups, some of the remaining people left for other companies, some followed the assignments to the new work groups. Eventually it was me and three others in a small department on a middle floor where we came in and did almost nothing, forgotten by everyone except payroll.
Walter had his system set up to live stream his favorite sports and Mike took up knitting. Evelyn was pregnant and determined to fly under the radar until she could leave on maternity leave and I was trying to keep up the facade of looking very busy so I wouldn’t get ‘downsized’. But eventually I ran out of work.
I started exploring the features built in to my computer, and eventually I started fooling around with ‘Paint’. I started making designs and learned to caption them. When I was feeling ‘blue’ I would send them to my friends.
One of my friends suggested that I have my designs printed and I sell them. I didn’t understand, but he had an e-book on working from home and one of the careers was fabric and wall-covering designer. I never knew that was a ‘thing’.
I downloaded it for myself and read what was up. I could make my designs available to thousands and thousands of people who could buy fabrics, wall-coverings and even gift wrap with my art on it. I would get a commission from each sale. I would retain ownership of my art. I wouldn’t have to pay any fees, and I wouldn’t need to build and maintain a website.
I opened an account – it was free. And then I uploaded my work. ‘I can do all this through He Who Gives Me Strength’. I promoted myself on social media and I used the nice marketers at Fiverr to help push my designs so I would make money.
Somewhere along the way, Evelyn had her baby and our department was eventually closed. But I had already started my new career designing fabrics and wall coverings.
I would have never discovered my inner design talent, if I had not first lived through misfortune
If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. Isaiah 58:10
But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.”
Successful Websites Take ‘Marketing Magic’
It takes a little Marketing Magic to make your website successful.
One of the big problems many people have happens after the time and money have been spent to build a website. The smart business person will have not only created an attractive website, but also populated it with their products (if it is a retail site) or articles and advertising (if it is an information or entertainment site).
The savviest entrepreneur, however, may not take into account the multidimensional aspect of an online business. If you are a HVAC company – for example – you may have the website only to support your locally based business. You do not sell directly on line, but you want to have customers have a way to contact you for a service that will be performed in their homes. You may not find it necessary to heavily advertise your on-line presence, so you use the internet as a business directory.
Everyone else MUST rely on the internet to get the attention of more than just the people within a sixty mile radius. You need to use the internet to gain the attention of people worldwide. You cannot do that if your business is in the basement of a building that is under a tent in a courtyard off an alley surrounded by windowless buildings that are abandoned on an island that is guarded by angry guards.
That is where your internet business is unless you remembered to take steps, earlier.
Yes, it is very hard to get to that building. Advertising is important, but even more, you need to optimize your website so search engines like Google and Yahoo ‘like’ it. To do this you select ‘key words’ relevant to your website – ones that are repeated on your website, and you or the person who built it will manage those keywords so your website is one of the results when those words are searched.
Additionally you should create links to your website in social media. You must encourage people to visit the website and like or promote it on Instagram, Facebook and other media. Many companies will do these services for different levels of fees.
Promote your website right and get off the dark shrouded island of despair and into the ‘super mall’ of profitability.
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Love Must Be Sincere. Hate what is Evil; Cling to What is Good.
Peacefully Organize and Stop the Evil
By the Sensible Man
- Reprinted with permission and encouragement from www.nodouchebagsallowed.com
Nazis are marching in the streets in the United States, these days. This is a shocking statement to make, especially when, only 65 years ago, this is the same country that fought to end Nazism and Fascism across the planet. Didn't hundreds of thousands of Americans die fighting Nazis? Almost everyone I know had a parent, grandparent, Uncle or Aunt die fighting Fascism. So how is it that the people of the United States Allow Nazis in their streets?
The Japanese government - the Japanese, and remember that Japan was a Nazi ally in WWII the Japanese Government does not allow Nazis to march in the streets. The Chinese government does not allow Nazis to march in the streets. In every single video game, movie and novel written since WWII, we get to relive the reasons why Nazis are evil.
The last time the Nazis and Facists were tolerated, it resulted in the deaths of 85 million people on the planet Earth - and the development of weapons of war that would sterilize this planet, and now these people are just being allowed to practice their particular type of insanity without even a modicum of counseling?
In reality, the tolerance without question of any ideology that preaches hate and eradication of anything that is simply going about its' life and being a productive member of this planet is a dangerous slide into psychosis. It should be questioned thoughtfully and then replaced with the humanity which will guide us with love and joyful bounty to the future.
Americans: You are lucky YOU can write to your senators and representatives and tell them to STOP HATE : https://www.senate.gov/general/contactinformation/senators_cfm.cfm
Everyone else: you can nicely and respectfully request that your American friends write to the people in their government (above) and request, with kindness, that they Stop Hate.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
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Now is the time when we all start planning the larger events that will take us through the spring and summer and into the fall. Mild weather tends to make us think of projects that need to be done and people we would love to see. Whether the project is rebuilding a playground, painting the home of an elderly neighbor, staging a ‘fund raiser’ carnival, or just helping to host a luncheon, there are many tasks that need to be done and the most ignored is refreshments.
When you organize any group effort, especially a large one, remember that many of these people are willingly giving up their time. Although volunteers are not there to be compensated, good people deserve to have some type of refreshment. Refreshments are a polite way to say, “Thank you, you are appreciated.” Sometimes a simple cooler full of cold water is all anyone wants, but other times, especially with all day fundraisers, the people who support you both deserve and need more.
Deuteronomy 31:12-13 - Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and the strangers within thy gates.
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New business owners ask – “I own this business – so how do I get paid?”
The answer is – You REALLY are allowed to pay yourself.
Many business owners – especially those new to owning a business – think that they are only ‘allowed to keep’ whatever cash is left over at the end of the month. Then they panic when they do not have money for their own expenses and wind up ‘taking money’ from the cash drawer, ‘until they have the ‘extra’ money to pay it back.
That is a bad business practice that leads to employee resentment, past due bills and ultimately bankruptcy and ruin for the business owner.
Instead – when you are starting a new business – as the owner, plan on making YOURSELF an employee. You may think to yourself – but I am just starting – I cannot afford to pay myself…I will be paying myself my own money! But, that is only partially true.
Whether you started with a bank loan, saved money for years or have investors – no body expects you to work for free (except you) Yes, it is true, some people are able to start a business, run it and not pay themselves – but these people either have a year of salary in a savings account they can use, a spouse or partner who has a job that pays all of the bills, or they have a job themselves and operate their business as an ‘absentee owner’. Everyone else should put themselves on the payroll at a reasonable rate that will cover their expenses without being excessive.
Payroll is a normal business expense that ALSO happens to be tax deductible at the end of the year. When you pay YOURSELF a salary, you are expensing away BUSINESS INCOME that will be taxed at a higher rate than personal income, and basically saving yourself money. And – at the end of your tax year, you and your accountant can work to distribute extra cash to your employees AND yourself to reduce the amount of taxable income that your business will have to pay taxes on before it is moved to your ‘Retained Earnings’ account.
So, when you get your business plan together, make certain to include yourself as a paid employee not only to help yourself but also to reduce the taxes that your business will have to pay at the end of the year.
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Are you having trouble paying your rent? Do you cut employee hours because you can’t pay them? Do you stay closed several days a week because you cannot afford to pay the utilities? This happens to many small businesses – especially when they are just starting. Today’s world offers many challenges to small organizations, especially the businesses who exist to serve their communities, such as clothing boutiques, restaurants and small convenience stores. If you are a small, ‘micro company’, you know the monthly stress you often experience because of a repair bill sometimes less than $100.00.
Because you know that success in your goals depends on maintaining contact with your regular patrons, and establishing contact with potential new customers; you have built and spend money, time or both to maintain a website that shows your stock, menu, available services and hours.
You KNOW that you can use your website to passively generate income for your business, but do you know how to start?
This is so simple, you will laugh when you realize how easy this is! There are many companies that will place interesting yet dignified ads on your webpages and they pay you every time someone clicks on one of those ads. Companies like Bing, Google, Chitika and others PAY YOU as much as 99 cents, every time someone clicks through one of the ads to a website.
You want to have your own business in the neighborhood where you live. That has been a dream you have entertained daily, but you have not taken that first step because you did not know if you could make a profit. After all, you have heard that 50% of new businesses fail within the first five years.
The fact is that 50% of all businesses started in the USA are still open and running after five years. These businesses are paying their owners and managers a decent income and providing jobs, goods and services and stability to the communities they serve. The businesses that fail do so usually because the owner dies or becomes sick, they are in a bad location, they have bad products and/or customer service, and most of all – they start with no business plan.
But you can be successful!
Now you can get the business plan you need to start your own shop or boutique business. A privately owned clothing, fashion or retail store had a net profit margin of 7% in the USA in 2013. In comparison, home furnishings stores had profit margins of 3.98%, computer service shops were at 5.56% and print shops had 1.3% profit margins, which makes a small shop or boutique an ideal business.
If you look at one of the Career Portals available, you will see that a store manager in the apparel/fashion industry made approximately $3,420 per month in 2015. This means that starting a retail boutique shop may be a winner for you!
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How Your Road to Success Can Run Right Through a Restaurant
People have to eat food in some form every day, and people like variety. Have you ever tried to save money by eating the same cheap food every day? Whether it is packaged ramen soup or bologna and cheese sandwiches, it becomes dull, almost to the point of inedible, if you have to prepare it yourself and eat it every day. It is the preparation of even the simplest meals that drives people out of the kitchen and away to restaurants.
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Now –‘THE SALADRY’ gives you that basic starter business plan. You get several pages of charts, in addition to planning and basic direction. You get the great sample budgets for this standard (cafe' or restaurant) basic expenses. Approximate starting expenses, employee expenses, and where the profit is are all laid out for you to study or customize. All expenses have been estimated. That’s not all - You get a basic, generic but tasty menu you can print out immediately or change to fit your idea. This basic plan has prices and the delicious descriptions of food that make customers come back for more. You can use this menu or you can have your food manager or chef change it to suit local tastes or your own preferences. This contains a section of what to do when you want to franchise along with a few great recipes to get you started. All food costs are averages, and will vary depending on what fresh and local food is sold in your area
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Everyone needs a budget, but not everyone can make or keep a budget, even though a good budget can free your soul from worry and stress.
You remember the wisdom in Proverbs 21:2 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.” And, we all know that person whose inability to make a budget leaves them in debt. Being in debt leaves them vulnerable to the predators with ‘get rich scams’ that promise them everything but take their money.
These people are the same people who find themselves unable to move forward in their lives because they have never been taught the money planning skills that are part of budgeting. The inability to budget can mean an endless cycle of late fees, service charges and penalties that people struggle to keep up with.
That struggle means that a smart and able person may find themselves living in their parent’s home or a friend’s basement with no real hope of getting a car, an apartment or a house. Once again this is echoed in Proverbs 25:28 “He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a broken down city without a wall.”
Now you have the tool to not only become diligent – but to also fix that city and build a wall!
Finally, please keep in your heart the message of Luke 14:28-30“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it; lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all those seeing begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.”
Start a Profitable Franchise:
Look – you do not have to go to business school or even graduate college!
Just because you do not happen to be a person who has gone to business school and spent thousands of dollars to do that – that does not mean you will not be successful. The founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Harlan ‘Colonel’ Sanders left school in the 7th grade. But Kentucky Fried Chicken is one of the biggest franchises in the world.
How did that happen? How did a guy with a 7th grade education and no ‘Business College’ do this thing that people say is impossible?
He did not listen to the ‘haters’. He just kept cooking his chicken and seasoning it up the way the customers liked it, and when he outgrew his space, he took his original idea, his recipes and his customers and created a FRANCHISE by immediately opening several more.
This is an easy formula to follow. You start this year. Even if you do not have ‘recipes’ for success, you can still open a successful restaurant franchise by spending a little time learning about and researching the subject.
“The Saladry” is an excellent manual that will give you detailed information that you will need to make the decision to start your franchise business such as:
Employee costs – How much you need to budget to keep both employees and payroll taxes paid.
Opening Costs – How much do you REALLY need to have in the bank before you open? (Hint it is NOT a million dollars!)
Menu – What do I serve people to make money?
When and HOW to open additional locations.
Most Business Plans are not only expensive – in the $500 range and up -http://businessplans.com/ but they are ALSO totally SPECIFIC to one shop at one location in one city.
If you are just curious about what it takes, if you just want to read a detailed plan and THEN make the decision, you do not want to pay lawyers and accountants hundreds of dollars to make a plan that you might not decide to use!
The ‘Saladry’ is a perfect manual that incorporates a great, yet basic business plan with menu planning and cost breakdowns that are generic enough that you can use them in any city, and not be limited to one location in one city.
You can use this plan as is or you can change it to suit your needs. If you want to be strictly VEGAN, you can easily eliminate the meat from the menu – if you want more deserts, you can add them in. You can even schedule a day to be closed.
Once you get it, this is YOUR plan.