I found this book by Jordan B. Malik over the weekend. It's pretty basic stuff for those who possess the "sell me Baby" mentality.
For those folks less inclined to see every item around them through a $$ For Sale lens, it's a great beginners guide. Lots of tips, links to terrific info, and updates to his book for life.
For me it contains a look into a different thought process altogether than I have ever had. I've picked up stuff at the dump and brought it home and picked up cans etc. for recycle but I don't remember ever taking part in a process of selling parts and pieces that I may have squirreled away around my house. It's certainly different that the retail arbitrage I've been doing for nearly a year. There was some discussion in one of my FB selling groups that this book was a waste of time. Then there was the alternative thought that it was a potential goldmine in the right hands. What I thought is that one man's trash is another man's treasure, that's the basic premise of why we are selling on eBay and Amazon and perhaps around our towns. You just never know what you don't know until you know it! Happy Selling!
This product found me rather than me finding it, and I'm very glad that it did. If I had had it over the many years that I drove many miles a day to and from work in addition to the long drives to town and back, I would have saved quite a bit of money. I admit that it took a couple of exposures to it before I took the plunge. Looking back, I'm not sure why I didn't just jump on it when it was casually introduced to me the first time.... well, now that I put that thought into writing I realize that I do know why I didn't jump on it... I no longer drive crazy miles every day. At the time I started my 6 tank challenge, I was driving approx. 7 miles a day. My office has moved across town now so that has increased to 12-14 miles a day. I just didn't think that XFT would make a difference in my mileage if I was only putting around town. Boy was I wrong! My truck only recalibrates actual fluctuations in MPG at certain points known only to "it" (I've never been able to figure it out), however I can say that at the end of the 1st tank there was a .2 mpg increase, the 2nd tank went from telling me at gas fill that I had 320 miles before empty to it telling me I had 345 miles before empty (actual was 340) and the 3rd tank at fill went from 325 miles to 365 miles before empty (I'm still working on it, about 2/3 of a tank left). I'm not much of a math person so I'm oblivious to the actual mpg, however the dramatic increase in miles before empty just tickles me pink! So far, I'm very happy with this and recommend it highly! It's made by Syntek Global. If you're curious, have a look at the tab "Be My Gas Savings" or just click here: be.mysyntek.com $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Selling on eBay is quite the challenge. Rules change seemingly daily. Your listings get taken down for no reason that the eBay reps can really explain other than a run away computer that they can't control and no one has figured out how to stop, You get drive by negative feedback shooters that get their order in 2 days, don't contact you with any problems and 2 or 3 days later when you notice your feedback score looks a little off, lo and behold that great item that you may have actually taken a loss to sell has somehow became the scourge of the earth and earned you a "negative" or "neutral" feedback... No reason given, the buyer didn't shoot you a message saying "hey, I want my $199.99 back, tell me where to return this thing!" . Instead, they just shoot you a "negative" or a "neutral", are very happy to NOT ask for a refund and happier still to be out their money while your eBay rating tanks. For the next 2 weeks this will just remain a mystery while somehow I manage to hold on to my "Power Seller" rating, however the rules change again and as far as I can tell there won't be anybody left to sell on eBay but Sears... really. Only the BIG and BIGGER Businesses with thousands of transactions will have enough to balance out their negatives and neutrals. So while I ponder this "lack of communication, questions and answers" , I am reminded that there are a multitude of product questions that we get asked that I have no idea how these folks come up with. Answering their questions can be tricky, just like walking in a mine field... so I saw this button and just "knew" that I had to have it for sale in my Store.... If only I could figure out the price point!
Have spent the better part of 3 hours trying to get a post with it's link to a landing page right in FaceBook. I really should have stopped after about 15 min. and gone on to something else, however it had me in it's death grip and I honestly could not move away from it. For some reason any personalized landing page that I chose just would not load up. It would show in the preview, however when I actually posted, it would all go away but the words. If I clicked on the words it would redirect me to the landing page but folks just looking at it would not have been able to tell that you could do that. I went through every landing page choice and every shortened version and finally came back to the one I had that I was trying to replace in the first place.... this is a great example of my internet follies. There is probably a very good reason, something simple that I am not doing however I cannot figure it out and usually I just can't let go of it... wasting time that I really don't have. So I've had my Sunday bone, hopefully I can move on. If you're stuck in one right now... take a deep breath, count to 0, exhale and laugh! Go do something else and take my advice cuz I sure am not using it!
Today has been a total buzz kill in pretty much every thing that I have tried to accomplish. Total meltdown in one of the program groups that I am in over new direction and the new Admin that goes with it. Let's just say that communication skills went right out the window starting with the Admin a couple of nights ago. I'm not sure there ever was resolution today as I finally gave up, however lots of folks put up a valiant stand. Whatever direction the program is going, I will likely follow one offshoot and stay out of the rest. If change is going to happen, that's fine however it would be really helpful for everyone to clearly state what it is and not talk ring around the rosie until everyone is so confused that there is nearly a brawl. Just this one situation took 1/2 the day.
There were others that were just as time consuming and ultimately pointless, however it would be time consuming and pointless to recount them! I'm just blowing the steam off the top of my head before it settles in for good!.
About a bizzillion times a day in every media I go to, I see that in order to be successful you have to "find your Niche". That's supposed to be pretty much all that you can talk about in a blog or a regular website. They have statistics up the wazoo to prove that that is the correct way to go about "putting yourself out there". Well, I want to know who came up with this "rule" and why does everyone buy into it? Life just is not that cut and dry. There is only so much "stuff" you can say about one subject... and most of the time I can do it in about 2 paragraphs. Well, maybe 3 or 4 depending on the subject and how close I am to it and also on how long the paragraphs are.
I'm not really sure how to just focus on one particular subject (I thought Niche was Nietzsche until a few months ago.. really. My brain just would not do the math to separate the two) seeing as how I've been afflicted with Squirrel most of my life and I have the fine dirt of a Western Ranch running through my veins.
That dirt... it's all encompassing, it looks at the broad view and yet hones in on the immediate need and how it plays into the broad view. There is no "niche" in the dirt. You might excel at roping one day and fencing the next. Irrigating has it's special place and so does spreading manure. It's cyclical in nature, depends on the season and the need and just because you rode a good bronc yesterday and brought home the buckle does not mean that you forego baling hay at dusk or chasing rock chucks up a pipe or fishing with no pole. Additionally, withdrawing your focus from the big picture and shutting off your surroundings can get you dead in heart beat.
I've had a difficult time in what others would call the "real world" ... because they couldn't be further from my truth. Mostly their reality is whatever someone chooses to blow up their proverbial rear end today.
So Chris pretty much has it figured out as far as I can tell. Don't need no niche's, just the Highway.
You know, there was a time in my life when I danced and sang and carried on like I enjoyed myself!
The last few years have pretty much taken that away, and then I run across my all time FAVORITE song! I almost dance myself out of my chair! I LOVE this song! Takes me back safe in the arms of memories, even the bad ones are better than the last few years so I'll take them!
If you're having a hard time today, or it's been a really really bad year, or you've had a run of luck like we have... GO FIND YOURSELF YOUR MUSIC!!!!
Here's to all you "Cadillac Lovers".
May they all be pink!
I remembered several times since July 3rd that I should get a post up here. Needless to say, I forgot as many times as I remembered until today. I am truly grateful to have spent my time on earth living in this great land and even more grateful for the rural wild roots and dirt that run through me. There is really no other way to describe growing up in the wild west not too long after it was wild. because it was still pretty much wild. Anyway, salute to our Independence and to our soldiers for fighting so hard to keep us that way.
Redirecting my sites in addition to this one turned out to be much simpler than I remembered. I was able to get them done in under 5 minutes. Great relief! 2Ryanssuccess.com and allstuffcoconut.com. Was able to work through the sign in issues on be.myalureve.com and be.mysyntek.com. All are up and running! I'm working my way through the new training at Syntek Global. Their training within the site is excellent, great videos and step by step. Biggest obstacle is time. I have so many things going to generate income that I feel like a ping pong ball in the Mother of all Tornados! Downline Build Mine finally paid out and paid off.. have been waiting on new site creation and matrix build since early winter. Looking for great success there as well. And then there is eBay BluePrint Mastermind The membership and training site for my selling on eBay... SO, now I have these wonderful Opportunities... GET AFTER IT!!!
This site came about from unseen direction under unusual circumstances. It is a work in progress, some may be good and some not so good. Whether you find anything here or not that will give you pause for thought, thank you for your time!