How To Come Up With A Product Idea

product idea - shock top dallas, txSo you want to make money from your own business?  If you are in business, you are mainly selling a product for a profit.  A product could be a physical product, a digital product such as software, an intellectual product such as information, a service, or any number of other things where you exchange something you have for cash.  How do you come up with a product idea?

For somebody in tuned, opportunities pass by every day.  Mainly you are looking for a problem to be solved, that can be solved by your product.  Here are some ideas on where to start.

Something You Know

You can start with your own special knowledge or skills.  What do you do now for a job?  Are there opportunities for improvement that a product or service could help?  Could you use your skill to service your own customers?  Think about any opportunities you come up with and make sure that your product idea can be sold for a profit.

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Forgiveness And Healing

forgiveness and healingI am not a doctor.  Nor am I a priest or a minister.  But I do know that people sometimes have a hard time forgiving themselves.  That is really the first person you must forgive.  If you cannot forgive yourself, take your case to God and ask for His forgiveness.  Ultimately you must get beyond the pain you are inflicting on yourself by forgiving yourself.  Without personal forgiveness and healing it is hard to achieve success.

Forgive Others Privately

The next person or persons you must forgive is anybody who has done harm to you.  This does not mean that you tell the person you forgive them unless they are asking for it, you just need to forgive them privately, to yourself, and let it go if possible.  Similarly to not forgiving yourself, not forgiving others does you more harm than you imagine.  Go through the process of forgiving others.  If God can forgive, why can’t you?

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How To Calm Your Mind

how to calm your mind - with beer i guessMy mind is busy today with all kinds of things so I thought I would write.  By write, I mean something a little more interesting than some of the dribble I have been publishing lately.  So today, grasshopper, I am going to teach you how to calm your mind.

As always, I like to write about things I have problems with myself.  Quieting my mind so I can focus is one of them.  But I know some things that work for me and perhaps they will work for you too.

Stop and Stare

Often busy work gets overwhelming, especially if it is not productive busy work.  Reading email, checking out social media, surfing the web, or interrupting myself with a random thought that leads to more busy work.  The best thing to do when you need to regain your focus is to stop and do nothing.  I usually stare at my computer until I can regain my composure.

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Spider Patience: Sometimes It Takes Time

Spider Patience - Chicago Cubs 2016The Chicago Cubs have waited 108 years for a World Series championship.  Talk about spider patience.  Especially those Chicago Cubs fans that continue to go to games or watch on television year after year expecting different results than the previous year.  How is it even possible to have that kind of patience?

Sometimes in business having patience, even spider patience, can be a virtue.  Sometimes being more aggressive is in order.  How do you tell the difference between the two situations?  As a rule of thumb, you want a new business to show a yearly net profit within 5 years.  Some businesses will show a good amount of revenue early, some will not.  It is up to you to determine what to expect and when to expect it.  Here are some things you can research or be on the lookout for:

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How To Make Money From Home

How To Make Money From Home - Desk in empty houseI have been working from home recently, trading my consulting time for money. These days because of technology, you can be employed full time and work from home. You can have a business that you run from home. You can sell products, sell your time, fix things, create new music, write a book, have an online business, and so many more possibilities. In this blog post, I am going to try to stir your imagination on how to make money from home.

Trading Time For Money

Probably one of the easier things you can do from home is sell your time.  You could be employed by a company or running your own business.  You could be hourly, on salary, or on contract.

For some ideas on the kind of work you could do: You could be a customer service representative, you could work for a call center, you could do data entry, you could do information technology work, you could design web sites, you could do financial analysis, or you could help someone market their product.  There are probably 100 more types of jobs that can be done exclusively from home.

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Retirement Age Coming Up?

retirement age - who says you can't stay active?I know my retirement age is coming, that is the age when people traditionally retire.  It is still nearly 15 years out, but I can hear it like the pounding of a drum.  I also see age discrimination.  It is harder and harder to get full time employment because people think you are not as sharp, that your career life is shorter, that you are bound to incur more medical expenses.  Truthfully, I am not sure what form age discrimination actually takes, but I can tell it is there.

Perhaps you want to retire but like most Americans, your savings is not enough, and will not be enough at the right time.  One solution many take is to increase risk.  While the promises of high returns are enticing, the downside could wipe out much of your savings.  Similarly, people take on risky behaviors to fill in the gaps.  The promise to get rich quick is always there, but almost always designed to take your money rather than provide you more.  So what reasonable options do you have to provide enough for you and your family into your golden years?

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Lose Weight Fast: How I Lost 23 Lbs In 3 Months

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Brian in St Petersburg

Yes, I lost 23 lbs in 3 months time.  Got my A1C down a lot.  Added muscle.  You can lose weight fast too.  In this article I am going to tell you all about how I lost the weight quickly.  But first, what does this have to do with business?

I am a business writer after all.  The problem with business is that we are often working so hard and are so focused that we often lose track of the important things in our life.  Our families, our sidelines or hobbies, and our health.  Health is an important feedback loop because the more we neglect it, the more it impacts our business, and the more we neglect it.  It is important to pay attention to our health regardless of what else is going on in our life.  If we need an hour or two a day to take care of ourselves, do it.

Often taking care of our health is a positive feedback loop.  It gets us away from our daily wallow and often provides us with new ideas worth exploring.  It could be potentially the most productive time in our day.

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Ideas For Success In A Network Marketing Business

ideas for success - Big Texan

The Big Texan

I was thinking of making the title “How To Succeed In Business” because perhaps these tips could be applied to any business and not just in network marketing (or MLM).  Business is business right?  The following are my ideas for success in a network marketing business, that probably could be applied to any business.

Have Your Own Brand

The first step to succeeding in business is to have your own brand.  If you are Joe, the XYZ distributor, you are promoting the XYZ company.  Create your own brand… perhaps Joe Smith, Network Marketing Coach, or Joe Smith Company; something to differentiate yourself from all the other distributors in your company.

Add Value

If you are just “You can buy from me too”, you are adding no value.  You must add some sort of value.  For instance, a while back we made great looking baskets and sold them as a product.  By reorganizing the product the way we did, we added value to the product.

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We Ended Our Retail Operation, Should You?

We used to be a big huge sellers on Amazon.  Big.  We had a basement warehouse and bought by the pallet fulls.  We used FBA on Amazon… sending in shipment after shipment of product.  In fact, at one time we had more product in the Amazon warehouse than in our own stock.

We also sold direct to consumer, which was a bit of business.  We sold locally by delivery and nationally by mail.

It sounds like we should have been rolling in cash but we were not.  Amazon was tricky because we sold a commodity product that others could also be selling.  Lowest price wins, and many sellers would sell for a loss.  So we took a different tactic, we started selling items that were soon to be discontinued or were already discontinued, buying up a large portion so we could outlast the other sellers.  Sometimes we won, sometimes we lost.  We gave away a lot of product that our buyers did not want.

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Declare Your Independence Day

July 4, 2015 in Gilbert, AZ

July 4, 2015 in Gilbert, AZ

Happy 4th of July to those of you who live in the United States.  Back 240 years our country declared its independence from England and set off on its own course, and the rest is history.  How about you?  Have you thought of declaring your own independence from your job?  Becoming your own boss and generating your own income rather than depend on a company you have no control over?  In this post I am going to tell you exactly how to be an entrepreneur so that you can work towards being an independent business person.

1. Find a product or service to sell

A business starts with a product or service that is in demand by customers.  Keep your eyes open for needs that people are having a hard time filling, this is a good clue.  Tune your mind to look for good opportunities.

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