Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thinking About Selling On Ebay?

Here is some advice that I tried to post on one of the Ebay message boards but it wouldn't go through so I decided to post it here. If you're thinking about selling on Ebay, I hope this advice will help you.

... i havent started selling yet.. mostly im
trying to learn.......> here is some of my story - im a 24 yr old (almost 25)disabled person(woman)...> . - ive tried going to work, and going back to work and looking for work, finding work and getting fired from work.... in between college, hospital visits, and other things..... ive come to the conclusion recently that i am unable to hold a "normal" job - possibly forever.... but i really got interested in starting a home business - especially when i started talking to an online buddy of mine... we want to start an online store together. i have tons of ideas for our store.. (my part is gonna be mostly homemade soaps and gift baskets) and she has some items to sell as well.... but my only form of income is my disability checks.... and i have barely 50 a month left over to buy supplies... it is taking me forever to buy stuff... and im still not able to start...anyways.....here is my problem....im trying to find an
organization that gives grants to disabled people to help them start a home based business.. i could also use classes that teach all about running a business..anyone know of any such place???? (any one interested in donating to my business?? anyone have any ideas??????

Well its ironic that I saw your post because I do grant research for a living.

There are grant programs for people that want to start their own business and you are at a double plus because you are female.

Like the others have posted it would be a good idea for you to see what kind of benefits, disability and otherwise that you qualify for - the reason being the more benefits you qualify for the more money you will have for your business.

Getting a grant for an online store is not impossible because there have been quite a few grant recipients who have gotten grant monies for online ventures however its the specifics of the kind of online business that you want to start that has to be considered when looking for grant programs to help you start your online business.

You mentioned that you want to sell homemade soaps so you should look into grant programs relating to that such as the fact that you may be using certain ingredients in your soap that there may be a grant program to support that. There are grant programs for research which is something that you may be involved with while making your soaps, perhaps you could tie your soapmaking products with something where there is a grant program for it.

The same thing applies to your mention about adding additional gift basket products. Could they be tied in with a certain customer market like it being a product for disabled persons - something along the lines of that?

It might also behoove you to start a blog and the reason why I say that is because you would be able to put Google's Adsense on that blog and start earning income from that as well.

A "regular" job is a job that you earn money from even if other people don't consider it a "regular" job. I have a Working From Home Blog and you would be amazed at the many and different types of jobs that people have created for themselves!

Looking at your post I see just so many possibilities for you. When you become more familiar with Ebay and have had more experience with it you could start selling for others. As a matter of fact I remember watching a program where a woman with disabilities started selling on Ebay and she became so popular that she started selling for others and even started classes on teaching others with disabilities about how to sell on Ebay.

You have more possibilities and opportunities than you know!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

If You Use Paypal And/Or Ebay - Get Ready For The IRS!

Just found out that starting in the year 2011, Paypal and Ebay are going to have to start reporting member earnings to the IRS! - YIKES!

Now not everyone will have to report their earnings / income from either Ebay or Paypal under certain conditions! It's best to read more about it by clicking here.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What Is Your Favorite Color?

Why do I ask? Because it could determine the kind of career path you should follow!

I took the test myself and here are my results:

You're the investor.

You know the value of money and resources, as well as the intrinsic worth of each co-worker's contributions. Your supportive, yet analytical personality works best in finance, accounting, banking, manufacturing, property management, production analysis, investment, money management, consulting, product sales or teaching.

This does sound a lot like me - LOL!

If you want to take this test yourself, just click here.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

"How Can My Band's Site Be More Profitable?"

"How can I make bands website come off as profitable and stable?
Right now I am learning HTML but I want to know what else is really needed to have a website come off as profitable and stable. This is for a bands website.

It depends on what you mean by "have a website come off as profitable and stable" - what are you talking about?

Do you want to make a profit from the website for your band? Do you want your site to look professional? Are you talking about selling stuff as far as your band goes? You can show pictures of what your band has to sell, take payments via paypal. You can also add adsense ads to your site as well. You earn money when people click on the ads.

A lot of bands have myspace pages but you can't add adsense ads to myspace pages but you CAN have both a myspace and a regular website.

Your band could also get sponsors and advertisers of their own.

You could also start a podcast/talkshow featuring your band - all for free!

There are a lot of free ways to make your site profitable but you have to do the work and not just build a site and then do nothing else to it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

How Much Is Your Time Worth?

I found this very interesting calculator-type quiz that helps to determine how much an hour of your time would be worth - all dependent on how much money you would like to make in a year, how many weeks per year you would want to work, how many days per week do you want to work and how many hours per day would you like to work?

I took the quiz myself and my answer came out to over $1,500 per hour!

How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Believe It Or Not There Are Still Some Companies Hiring!

Believe it or not there are still some companies that are hiring!

I have composed a list of 10 companies that are currently hiring people to work and are still looking for more people to hire!

I have decided to sell this list as an ebooklet:

10 Companies That Are Hiring!

I am selling this ebooklet for $10 and if you would like to order it just look to the left of this blog and you can send your payment via Paypal. Please be sure to include your email address when you make your payment so that this ebooklet can be emailed to you. This ebooklet is in a .pdf format.

Please be advised that once this ebooklet has been emailed to you there will be no refund!

It may be hard to believe in these current economic times but there are still companies out there that are hiring people to work! If you want to be one of these people then don't forget to order my ebooklet!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Are You Interested In A Graphic Design Fellowship?

As I have probably mentioned before, I do grant research. That is I do research on government grant programs and other grant programs for clients who are looking for grant programs that they may be eligible to apply for.

In my research I found out that there is currently a fellowship program for graphic designers in India. I posted about it on my Dream Job Forum.

This fellowship program for graphic designers actually includes a stipend - which means that you will be paid for your graphic design work!

You can read more about it by clicking here

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

...Making $6,000 A Month!

I was watching an episode of Dr. Phil today and it was about getting help with one's financial situation(s).

There was one couple profiled who were in a lot of financial debt a few years ago. They had maxed out on their credit cards and they were having a lot of financial problems! Fast-forward to the present and the wife is making $6,000 a month working online being a virtual assistant! You can do some checking online but basically being a virtual assistant means that you are providing help to other via being online and on the internet. For example you can provide tutoring services to others, you can provide secretarial services as well. There was also a mention of how the wife also had an Ebay business as well.

I'm sorry to say that I forgot what it was that they husband does but he also works from home and he works online as well.

This means that both of the couple are working from home and making a good salary for themselves when just a short time ago they were having very serious financial problems.

This is just another very good example of one (actually two people) being able to work from home and make a living from it!