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Creating a Business From Making Consumer Electronics Beautiful

 

In mainstream culture, there exists an uneasy balance between conformity and individualism. This tension can often be seen in television ads: “Drink exactly the same soda as everyone else, so you can be yourself”.

In another manifestation of this, there’s a great deal of social pressure to own the latest smartphone, but at the same time accessories to personalize your device sell like hot cakes. Some of these feature pop-culture icons like Hello Kitty and Pokemon, but many others are unique, quirky and even downright bizarre.

Anyone can find a good adapter or charger that looks exactly like yours, namely a blockish, “modern” and generally uninteresting object in black or off-white. But this is certainly not what everyone would want, if they are given a choice.

If you have a skill like woodworking, painting or jewelry design, you can easily take advantage of this fact to create a creative yet profitable business. You may not be able to manufacture the electronics yourself, but this is okay: as long as you can turn a merely functional object into an ornament, people will want to buy from you. All you need to do is to change or decorate the housing of the device.

The Meaning of White Labeling

A number of low-cost producers in the Far East are willing to make, or even specialize in so-called “white label” products. The basic idea is that they manufacture some piece of hardware without any kind of branding or identification – in fact, different companies may be buying exactly the same thing from them. Before these hit the shelves, they are simply marked with the distributor’s name and logo, put in some kind of distinctive packaging and sold as if the product is made from scratch by the re-seller.

Is this ethical? It’s certainly accepted practice. Many major brands use overseas production facilities they may or may not own. It seems only fair to allow smaller operators to do the same.

Looking to the Middle Kingdom

Concerns about the quality of electronics made in China mainly date from former decades. Today, companies such as Apple outsource a large part of their production to trusted manufacturers in this region without any worries.

White label factories are often even happy to design whatever kind of device you may be thinking of, whether a kids’ toy or a digital picture frame. They can source an injection-molded housing to your specifications, or simply ship the electronics as boards for you to install in any kind of casing you want.

Presenting Yourself as a Professional Company

Chances are that anyone wanting to sell decorative electronics will turn to internet platforms such as Etsy or Amazon first. Especially when it comes to expensive items, shoppers tend to be very aware of the risks of buying online and quite vocal if they receive disappointing service.

While a fulfillment service can be a great help, your job will not consist only of turning insipid products into fashion statements. A company website is a must, as is some kind of social media presence. Respond to any queries and complaints as promptly as possible, and make sure your returns and warranty policy is both clear and in line with that of whatever platforms you use to market your wares.

Useful Techniques

Getting to the point where you have a salable product will always require some prototyping and experimentation. Whatever materials and techniques you choose, make sure that they can handle any heat the internal electronics may generate.

Making Cases

While it is possible to produce your own plastic parts, this isn’t necessarily easy and doesn’t lead to the greatest results. On the other hand, getting an injection molding company to make one to your specifications is really expensive unless you can order thousands at a time. The best compromise, unless you’re planning on making your housing from some other material (sheet copper and wood come to mind) is to contact a few plastics manufacturers and ask what kinds of shapes they already have molds for.

Veneering

Who doesn’t love wood? Nothing else quite matches its texture, look and feel. While delicate woodworking or carving might be beyond your skill, simply applying a veneer can improve the appearance of many items.

Electroformation

Not nearly as technical as it sounds, this technique allows you to combine materials such as copper, plastic, seashells and semi-precious stones into artwork that looks extremely professional when done right. This method is related to electroplating – looking into both might give you some wonderfully creative ideas.

Painting

If you have some talent and the knowledge to make your work stand up to frequent handling, you’ll be glad to know that hand-painted or airbrushed accessories like cellphone cases fetch a high price. Even if all of what you produce centers on some particular theme, each customer will be happy to know that their purchase is truly one of a kind.

Aquaculture 101: Raising Your Own Fish to Eat, Made Easy

 

There exists a growing trend worldwide for environmentally conscious people to grow their own food – and for good reason.

With the rising concerns as regards the quality of the food we eat, with toxins and chemicals and additives that are present in food, amidst concerns with the growing trend of genetically-modified food for consumption, growing one’s own food has started to catch on with a lot of consumers – one need only look at the bustling market for organically-certified meats, seafood, and vegetables to see how popular it has become. The same is true for growing your own.

And why not? With fish supplies being contaminated with harmful chemicals from man-made activities, more and more people have started to raise their own seafood right in the comfort of their own backyards.

And it’s easier than you think – with a little research and a lot of elbow grease, you can do the same thing yourself. Which is why we’ve come up with a little primer on how YOU can do it yourself.

Know Your Space Requirements

There are two types of spaces required for you to cultivate your own fish. One is called intensive space, which means that you will cultivate fish in a small space. The other type, called extensive space, simply means that you will be cultivating them in a larger space such as a pond or a larger aquarium. We’ll worry about which one is better for your situation – because you can just as easily raise your own fish using both large and beginner aquariums or either. That being said, if you have a lot of space, you can choose to go extensive, but you should first try it out on a smaller space, and thus in an intensive space, so that you see whether it works for you.

What Does Your Garden – Ahem, Aquarium Grow?

The next thing you need to do is to figure out what fish you want to raise. Consequently if you choose to raise a particular fish that can make an impact in the market, you will gain the added bonus of being able to sell it to the market. You can choose any of the following: tilapia, carp, catfish, bass, or trout, for beginners – special attention has to be considered for trout and catfish as they grow fast.

Food For Other Fish

When your pond and types of fishes are swimming happily into the pond, the biggest thing which you have to take care is food. In extensive ponds you need not provide more food because an ecosystem will be created which will give fish enough food to support its entire life cycle. Otherwise you need to feed them properly on right timings. Some of the foods which you can give them are tiny fishes and you can give them some bread crumbs and even chopped puny vegetables and fruits. Growing some of the water plants can be a good feed for fishes. There is a system called aquaponics that is a great option for those of you who intend to grow larger amounts of fish. Try out growing fishes and plants at the same time with same water.

Always Keep The Temperature Constant

The water temperature must be normal to moderate – and treated the same depending on what kind of fish you intend to grow (freshwater or saltwater). There are chances for your fishes to get high temperature when the pond is not surrounded by water. That’s why pond needs some of the green plants or trees surrounding it. It is very important to check for the right temperature for your fishes to grow healthy.

Keep The Water Clean

There are chances for fishes to stay in dirt but more often try to clean all the dirt which is in your pond. There must be enough oxygen for the fish to breathe and grow without restraints.

And that’s pretty much all the considerations you need to keep in mind – with this in mind, you can start from here and then go into the guides for raising fish that many government resources provide for wannabe aquaculturists. Whatever you do, get started!

Yes, Virginia, Environmental Sustainability is YOUR Employer’s Business!

 

Environmental sustainability is no longer a word that companies thrown around to improve their image. Today, it is expected of companies to preach sustainability to their employees through various sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs. For a modern company to remain profitable in this contemporary world, it must embrace sustainability. Not only is this good for the environment, but good for the growth of the business itself.

Successful environmental initiatives can result in increased profit margins, improved business operations resulting from increased consumer demand for greener services and products, an improved public image and lastly, increased savings from available tax incentives.

With that said, let’s take a look at these 5 instances of industrial and manufacturing corporations who are making the effort to reduce their carbon footprint.

1. Nike

In the past, Nike has been marred by accusations of sustainability problems owing to the company’s poor outsourcing and production decisions. Today, Nike has revolutionized how it handles business by altering how the employees of the company and the public access sustainability data. Through the company’s app Making, designers can source information about eco-friendly products.

2. B Corps, Patagonia

This is a maker of high-end gear and outdoor equipment and clothing. B Corps has more than 1300 employees that are trained on sustainability efforts. The company uses materials that are green to produce their products, which means that the materials can be recycled or are organic. The company’s history with sustainability efforts is long; in the 70s, the company would use nuts and runners for its climbing gear rather than pitons because pitons would damage the rocks.

3. Henkel

Henkel is known all over the world as a leading producer of detergents, hair care products and adhesives for all purposes. They produce adhesives for the bathroom fixtures in which we relax and unwind after a hard day’s work, not to mention the shampoos we use each morning – they are literally in every home. It engages its international workforce to participate in sustainable efforts through its sustainability program that plans to roll out energy efficient products such as lighting. Additionally, in 2017, it plans to use sustainable sources for all its paper-based packaging.

4. BASF

BASF is the world’s largest company in charge of production of chemicals. This year, the company has plans to explore alternative ways to produce antibiotics. For instance, the company is reducing the excretion of phosphorus in poultry and pigs since extreme amounts of phosphorous can cause issues on the ecosystem. It also has a program called Accelerator Solutions that allows products to become more resource-light.

5. Panasonic

The Osaka-based electronic company aims to improve its factory waste recycling rate to 99%. This is bound to reduce the amount of water used in the production process as well as the CO2 emissions that are harmful to the environment.

More and more corporations and employers are taking the bold step of pursuing the profit motive with greater environmental conscientiousness – and rightfully so. For so long, profits have been chased at the expense of the environment, and it is just about time that corporations, as well as governments and consumers alike, take notice of what the culture of capitalism has done to the environment.

Five Important Cutlery and Tableware Fairs, Trade Shows and Expositions

 

Cutlery and Tableware Fairs are great places to grow your business. Not only do such fairs and shows give your credibility and much-needed visibility, fairs are great platforms to reach out to new clients and build a credible and reliable brand. For the kitchenware enthusiast, fairs and tradeshows allow one to hunt for precious little treasures that can be added to a growing collection.

Fairs are also excellent avenues to learn about the most recent and upcoming trends in the world of kitchenware, which awards you the opportunity to stay informed and ahead of the game. After all, it is how places like Cut it Fine (via http://www.cutitfine.com/) are able to stay on top of what is the latest in kitchenware and cutlery technology; because as with anything, if you snooze in your industry, you’ll lose.

With that in mind, we bring you 5 of some of the most important cutlery and tableware fairs, as well as expositions related to these household items that every enthusiast should attend. The same rings true for restaurateurs, chefs, and people working in the hospitality profession – you’re only as good as your network, remember that!

1. China Sourcing Fair (Hong Kong)

This fair is scheduled to take place from April 12 to 15 at the Asia World-Expo in Hong Kong. The fair is dedicated to helping buyers and shoppers access creative designs and award winning products. This April, the show is slated to feature wares from more than 300 exhibitors. The Living and Giving Gallery has a lot in store for the tableware enthusiast.

2. Tableware Trade Show Kiev

This is an international trade fair that features tableware exclusively. It is an event aimed at uniting wholesalers, retailers, distributors and buyers from various parts of the world in the tableware industry. The fair takes place twice every year, with the latest edition scheduled to take place in August 2017 in Kiev.

3. The Hong Kong Houseware Fair

This fair is organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and is designed to showcase innovative designs in houseware. This fair is so top notch that it has a designated space to display designer brand names and collections. Aside from kitchenware, it also showcases building material, wine tools, and accessories, gardening tools, as well as sanitary products. The fair is scheduled to take place from April 20 to April 23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

4. The New York Tabletop Show

In the recent past, the New York Tabletop Show has grown to become one of the most respectable shows in the North American region. The show features all things that are innovative in tabletop wares. The show takes place biannually, every spring and fall.

5. China Sourcing Fair in Miami

At the China sourcing fair, east meets west to showcase the latest designs in tableware. The show features a range of products from smartphones and tablet computers to the most luxurious bowls and dishes.

These trade fairs are a great way for you to stay on top of your game and network. So if you’re thinking of going, don’t hesitate – each and every one of these are well worth your time.

The Shared Economy at Work: 7 Applications that Have Pushed a New Economic Narrative

 

Innovations in technology have transformed the way people conduct businesses and how individuals live their day to day lives. The sharing economy is a socio-economic scheme that is centered on sharing physical, human and intellectual resources. As such, it includes the shared distribution, trade and consumption of goods by different individuals and organizations. In barely half a decade, this system has made an enormous impact on how people travel and live.

And it just will keep getting better, as more and more apps are developed. Here are 7 of them.

1. JustPark

JustPark was formerly known as ParkAtMyHouse. It aims to solve the parking issue by allowing individuals to find a parking space without the hassle of circling the block or the worry of being overcharged for parking. It gives ideas on where you can park privately by supplying you with a list of vacant parking spots in your city.

2. DogVacay

DogVacay is like Airbnb but rather than give housing to humans, it supplies cheap housing for dogs. The app connects pet owners with reliable sitters, which allows you to travel without worrying about your pet. All the attendants undergo a thorough application process through reference checks and interviews. Talk about first class all the way for your pupper, huh?

3. Airbnb

This app allows travelers to rent a room or a whole house in any part of the country where the app is functional. Airbnb utilizes GPS technology to find out your location then it shows you available listings for rent in your area code. Not just that, it allows you to earn a nice amount of money from renting your room out for the weekend – many have taken advantage of their unused apartments or homes, jazzed it up with the latest creature comforts, which has subsequently given homeowners an alternative stream of income.

Remember that spare room you have in the suburbs? Well, simply clean it up, put up a nice bed from Foam Nights (you don’t need to break the bank for this, even 12 inch mattresses aren’t always exorbitantly priced. See:http://www.foamnights.com/reviews/12-inch-and-more/), and put it up on Airbnb and watch travelers from all the world inquire and live in your slice of town. You can make friends here too!

4. Uber

Uber is by far the most widely used and most recognized economy sharing app in today’s society. Uber eliminates the tediousness that was previously experienced when hailing a cab. Uber allows you to order a cab from any location at any time. Uber is a reliable way to travel as the drivers and their cars undergo a strict selection process, therefore making it more dependable.

5. Postmates

Postmates has revolutionized how local goods are acquired, received and consumed. The service uses an army of couriers to deliver goods quickly at low costs.

6. Lending Club

The lending Club allows people that are in quick need of cash to get a loan. Rather than engaging in the tedious process of loan applications in a bank, Lending Club can lend money with rates as low as 6%.

7. Spinlister

Spinlister is a peer to peer marketplace that sells and rents sports equipment such as skis and surfboards. Since most sporting equipment is generally expensive and it is only used occasionally, this app provides a perfect way to make money off your dormant gear rather than letting it collect dust in your storage area.

These are just some of the many examples of the sharing economy at work – and that doesn’t even count the ones that are yet being developed.

Preparation Essentials for Holding a Meetings and Seminars

 

Whole day meetings and seminars can get pretty boring. Oftentimes if all you do is talk and talk all day, you will see your audience and participants of the meeting yawning or simply getting restless a couple of hours in. Now, your meeting or seminar isn’t exactly about entertainment so entertaining isn’t exactly what you should be aiming for, but perhaps you need to at least make sure that it remains interesting and even engaging so that the meeting won’t be too dragging.
To make that happen, here are 7 things you need to prepare when holding a whole day meeting.

1. Well-Researched Materials

Whether it’s an office meeting or a seminar or training course, you should always have well-researched materials backed up by facts and legitimate sources. Don’t pretend you’re talking about something you should know very well but in reality, you’re making things up. There’s always a huge chance that someone in that meeting knows better than you and talking nonsense will put you to shame. Furthermore, don’t waste your time by sending out wrong information. Make this whole day meeting useful.

2. Icebreakers

A 6-hour meeting or longer, as mentioned, can get boring. Keep your audience entertained by squeezing in some icebreakers. Perhaps a joke or a related video or even a game would be a great addition.

3. Meeting Agenda

The agenda to your meeting is also very important. Preferably, you can inform your participants or give them a copy of this agenda in advance so they know what to expect.

4. Visual Aids

You don’t want your audience to just be staring at your face the whole time; and you audience probably won’t like that either. It is best to have visual aids such as posters, a Powerpoint presentation, charts and graphs, etc.

5. Questions and Answers

There should always be a question and answer portion at different parts of the meeting. You might be going on and on about the topic but you won’t really know for sure whether your audience understands or absorbs what you’re saying. In order for you to find out and to clarify some points that might be confusing to some, a Q&A portion is a must.

6. Coffee and Refreshments

No matter how hard you try to be engaging and even entertaining, sitting down and just listening to a meeting or seminar for hours can get quite tiring. Soon enough, you will see someone yawn and another person’s eyes getting heavy. You must have coffee readily available so anyone who needs a shot of caffeine can get it easily. Not everyone likes coffee though, so make sure you also have sodas and something that produces low-fat milk products so anyone can get instant energy, whenever necessary.

7. Snacks and Candies

While this isn’t required, it won’t hurt you if you prepare some snacks for your participants. If budget doesn’t allow sandwiches or pizza for everyone, prepare some candies at least. And if you don’t serve food, make sure you squeeze in snack or lunch breaks in between the meeting.

The Value of Arts in the Progress and Development of a Society

 

What would our lives be like if there were no arts? Do you think our daily routines would be the same? Did you know that many important aspects of our lives make use of the arts? Every time you prepare your favorite dish, pulverize the meat and add seasoning, you utilize the fundamentals of culinary arts. If you participate in school or community theater, you take part in the performing arts. Just finished making a smartphone game app or a new video for your channel? Both are art. All of these things simply tell us that art is everywhere and we need it to be a functioning society.

Personal health and well-being

The arts affect our lives in more ways than one. Many studies have found that those that take the time to take part in various art forms are likely to lead lives that are happy and healthy. One study focused on two groups of people: the first group comprised of individuals who went to a play, musical, or cultural event in the last year, and the second group was made up of people who did not. It found that almost two out of three people from the first group had better health status in comparison to the ones in the other group. These data just go to show that the arts can help people be in their best mental and physical forms if they consume art more frequently.

Economy

Art can be anything, literature, theater, music, movies, videos, architecture, culinary, computer, photography, and painting. In a lot of countries around the world today, these art forms have established a pretty good foundation that makes them essential to the economy of their society. Every time a book hits it big time and makes major sales not only in its origin country but worldwide, it helps the author and publisher that made it happen. Every time a new movie from a blockbuster film franchise is made, more jobs are created and more profits are raked in.

Education

Teaching the arts in school is very important, as it introduces the students to works that have stood the test of time. Starting from an early age, children are given the time to learn to draw in class to improve whatever talent or skill they have. They get to practice different arts and crafts activities to work their hands and brains. Tapping into any kid’s potential has to be done as early as possible to allow them to get the necessary training to excel at what they are good at and be able to contribute to the growth of the society.

Starting an Art-Based Business on a Shoestring Budget

 

Starting an business from scratch is in itself hard, but starting an art-based business on a shoestring budget? Formidable.

Make no mistake about it, there isn’t any magic bullet that guarantees that whatever business you start, for that matter, will succeed on the first try. It’s disingenuous to say that you will get it right at first asking.

Thing is, everybody has to start somewhere – and it isn’t too hard to begin, provided you know what you’re getting yourself into.

However, though the intricacies of starting a painting business can be confusing, once you overcome the initial fear of failure the rest is simply business plans, creating and learning the ropes as you go along. A few tips to help you out in the endeavor cannot hurt. Whether you are looking to start a business in general residential or nonresidential painting, wall painting, non-building painting, paper hanging and construction painting among others, you should take a few things into account while doing so.

1. Get Creative And Pick A Name For Your Business

A painting business should have a name that resonates with their subject and is going to be keenly associated with their brand during the initial stages of starting out and as the business continues to grow and expand.

2. Take It Online!

Digital marketing of your artwork is great as it does not require a large capital outlay. By buying a domain and hosting you can launch an online presence for your business and make it visible n social media platforms aside from its physical presence.

3. Get Your Logo Work Done

Creating a logo for your business that will be associated with the brand name, artwork and physical and digital marketing features, you can make it official and more authentic. You can get a logo for as low as $5 on sites like Fiverr.

4. Get Your Legalities Done Right

By making your business a separate legal entity instead of a sole proprietorship, you are shielded from a lot of personal liability in case some things go awry.

5. Pay The Taxman His Due

By getting social security identifying number for your business you are now able to file taxes and comply with legal business requirements.

6. Source Smartly

By purchasing the painting equipment if you have none, you can start the business with little operating costs before breaking even. Get quality supplies but don’t be afraid to find them cheap online if possible in order to cut costs. That includes sourcing your paints and your compressors (compressed based air spray systems don’t come cheap, but you could find secondhand bargains), the rest of your materials, and your manpower.

7. Work From Home

While a physical location can be a statement of competency, starting your business on a shoestring budget means you have to do without separate physical premises for your business. Starting out from your home can help you save much-needed money that can be used to cover overhead costs for a few months.

8. Let Your Network Work For You

While a low budget limits your marketing capabilities, you can, however, offer your services through your site, social media, through friends and family who can offer valuable testimonials and referrals and use flyers among other methods.

These 8 pieces of advice won’t guarantee you that you’ll be a success with your business, but it will definitely help you make a start – and at this point in time, only that is what matters.

The Role of Arts in the Cultural, Economic, and Overall Growth of any Society

 

The arts encompass a wide array of things. They refer to different outlets of expression that are typically the products of cultural, economical, and historical influences. They include performing arts (theater, dance, and music), literature (novels, poems, epics, and short stories), visual arts (sculpting, carving, painting, ceramics, filmmaking, and drawing), and culinary arts (winemaking, brewing, and baking). So, every time you listen to the hottest songs today on a portable speaker from Speaker Digital (such as this one: http://www.speakerdigital.com/reviews/ue-megaboom/) you are actually experiencing a form of arts. The time you spent trying to paint in art class or writing a review of To Kill a Mockingbird? Arts. Even planning an ad campaign for your business involves the arts.
The following are the main reasons why art is considered a key component of any society.

1. The arts break down barriers.

Regardless of what language you speak, your skin or hair color, your educational background, or financial capacity, the message that arts convey can reach you. Awareness and appreciation of the arts go beyond any social, racial, economic, and cultural differences.

2. They are a means for self-expression.

A lot of people have artwork as their means of making a statement. Wherever you are in the world, there are writers, artists, musicians, painters, and more that share their thoughts, views, and opinions on various issues and matters through their songs, books, essays, documentaries, and other works.

3. They provide opportunities for teamwork.

Some of the best artworks in the world are the result of collaboration and cooperation. The most successful movies or records in history are not just the product of one person’s hard work. The greatest architectural wonders, such as the Pyramids of Egypt and the Great Wall of China, were created by different generations over several centuries. The video games, social media platforms, and other online sites that you spend many hours of your time on require the hard work and skills of a bunch of people. Your favorite clothing and shoe brands also utilize the smarts and knowledge of various people to ensure that their businesses continue growing.

4. They serve as exercises for intellectual and higher-order mental skills.

For any human being to become an essential part of a society, they should possess valuable traits that can contribute to the progress of the community that they belong to. Even at an early age, we are exposed to different exercises and activities that can help improve our analysis, problem solving, evaluation, and critical thinking skills. The arts offer many avenues to aid on this and mold well-rounded individuals who can establish and maintain an orderly and functioning society.

5 Organic Dairy Products You Can Sell Commercially

 

The organic movement in sourcing our products is in full swing. More and more people are cognizant and discerning of where their food comes from. This has opened up an entire niche of enterprising, aspiring farmers and marketers to tap into this new segment – and one of these is dairy farming.

Thing is, many of us newbies to dairy farming may not know how we can maximize the earning potential of a dairy farm save for selling the fresh milk. But, there are plenty more avenues for profit while you push your passion of making sure your clients get the freshest dairy products they possibly can.

So, if you are looking to become a dairy farmer, you first need to consider whether you are looking to go commercial by selling your dairy produce to companies that then brand and sell them, or directly to your clients. If your decision is to sell them directly, then the farmers’ market is a great place to do that. The great thing about organic dairy farming is that there is a variety of dairy products. The processes involved in the production of these processes are also inexpensive, meaning that the cost of production and operation would be considerably low.

1. Milk

Milk is of course the first organic dairy product that you can get from dairy farming. It is the basis for the production of all other dairy products. The great thing about milk is that you can either decide to sell it directly or you can alter it to make another product. For instance, you could sell fermented milk, chocolate milk and other kinds of milk to your clients. With more varieties, you will have more customers and make more money.

2. Yoghurt

Yoghurt is yet another organic dairy product that you can sell in farmers’ markets. While commercial yoghurt may not necessarily be organic, what with all the additive and such, you need to make sure that all the ingredients that you use in your production are organic. This will make the huge difference between your yoghurt and the commercial yoghurt sold in the stores. Of course, producing more flavors will guarantee a greater demand and more profit.

3. Cream

Cream is yet another dairy product that has different varieties and an easy production process. You could either sell it as it is to clients who will then use it as an ingredient in other foods. Alternatively, you could sell it as part of the other products, such as in the case of ice cream. You could also sell it as sour cream, whipped cream, heavy cream or any of its variants.

4. Butter

Another organic dairy product that you can produce in small scale and with many varieties and applications that you can take advantage of such as in the case of buttermilk, apple butter etc. I wouldn’t go as far as producing plasma cutters (I landed on a site called Cuts Like Butter when I was searching for the best cutter around), but you still have plenty choice in butter varieties.

5. Cheese

This is yet another organic dairy product that you can easily produce and sell. Here you also have the ability to make different varieties based on the flavors and textures that you wish to produce. You literally have hundreds of options and all you need, is to figure out how to make the recipe organic while retaining all the necessary attributes.

Can You Start a Business that Recycles? Yes – Try Starting a Junk Shop

 

Participating in efforts to lessen your carbon footprint and reducing, reusing, and recycling starts at home. And while a garbage bin is your best choice to start, you can take the next step by actually starting a business in recycling. A junk shop is a good business venture that also plays a giant, but often overlooked role in the ecosystem. You may be against the idea of starting a junk shop as a business venture, but it has many benefits. Still, even though starting one may seem like a fairly easy thing to do, it has its own complex requirements and considerations that you should make.

1. The Three L’s of Every Business: Location, Location, and Location

You need to find a place that has good access, is easy to find, is clean enough and looks presentable – yes, even if you operate a junk shop. The place also has to have enough floor space to hold all the materials that you will be selling. The location of your shop should look inviting to clients who want to sell off or give away their stuff and those who want to buy from you. Think of something along the lines of Pawn Stars – don’t make your business an excuse to neglect how you present it to the world.

2. Starting and Operating Capital Requirements

You need plenty of starting capital to cover the costs of starting a junk shop business. The capital will cover both the cost of operation and maintenance, which should both be considerations. You therefore, need to figure out a rough estimate of the amount you need as starting capital and where you will get the money from, if you don’t have it already.

3. Sources of Goods

It is important to figure out where all the stuff you sell will come from. At the end of the day, the condition of the goods is determined by the source. Either way, you need to have a stable source to ensure that you have a steady supply of goods.

4. Type(s) of Goods

You could decide to sell any and all items, or you could simply focus on single kind of item as your selling point. For instance, you could decide to sell furniture or kitchenware or other kind of household item or even farming tools and equipment. Focusing on a single kind of item is better than just selling any kind of item.

5. Maintenance

A lot of the items that you get to sell might be a little run down. It might be a better business decision to have them refurbished for sale at a slightly higher price than you would have if they were all beat down. Proper maintenance of your items also increases their aesthetic value and the possibility of purchase.

What Role Does a Junk Shop Play in Recycling Initiatives, Anyway?

Instead of stuff piling up at landfills and junk yards, a junk shop helps put them back into the market. This helps in recycling by reducing waste production and ensuring that the once-loved items find new owners, or are reclaimed and repurposed for a new lease in life. Best of all, you help in your own small way for the environment, and get paid, and get paid handsomely at that!

Making Homemade Organic Beauty Products for Fun and Profit

 

The beauty industry continues to grow, with most of it being commercial. However, that does not mean that you need to be in a cosmetic company to provide beauty products to people. In fact, homemade beauty products have become a huge hit and there is an increasing demand for them.

Before you can start a business selling homemade organic beauty products however, you need to consider how to make them.
Fortunately, it’s not as hard as it looks – everyone had to start somewhere. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as the old saying goes….

With that being said, we’ll show you how easy it is to start – your mileage may vary, but you will have to keep going to get anywhere.
Let’s start!

Products

You need to know the products that you intend to make before you start making them. While it might be more profitable to focus on making all the products that you can, I would advice that you focus on each product individually. After covering all aspects of the production of that product, you can then venture into another. When it comes to the product, you need to consider such things as its scent, color, texture, etc.

Do Your Research on the Recipes You Will Use

Guidelines on making beauty products are a necessity considering the fact that these products will be used on people, you need to make sure that you know what you are doing. The mixing of ingredients needs to be precise and followed to the letter. Over time, you grow more confident with your ability and more knowledgeable about the processes. Then, you can alter the recipes to make better products more efficiently, and you can even come up with recipes of your own.

Do the Same for the Ingredients

Another key requirement and factor that you need to be well versed in is the ingredients. The goal is to make homemade organic beauty products, therefore organic ingredients are what you should look into. They key thing here is knowing how all the ingredients relate with each other and the products that come out after. A lot of experimentation may be needed here and even more research should be conducted.

Safety

Since you will be making most of your products by hand, you will need to triple your safety measures – since you will be handling ingredients that may be a risk to your own health. Also, seeing as you might be dealing with many processes that involve the mixing of substances and in some instances, heating or other methods, the observance of safety is a consideration. That said, it is also important that you consider the safety of your clients. How do the products that you make, affect the skin of an individual? Are there any side effects? What if an individual has an allergy to one of your products? Is there an alternative product for such a person?

Packaging

Of course, packaging is also a relevant consideration. You cannot just make products and ignore how they will be packaged, transported and sold. The packaging needs to be aesthetic and functional as well as branded. Then and only then will they be ready for selling – who knows, you may just be the next Bobbi Brown!

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As with every product out there, you need to find your customers. The first thing to do is tell friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and basically each and every person you know. Have your card and brochures ready when on the road.
If you have bigger plans, this may not be enough to get your product off the ground, and you may need to think about advertisement. This can be very expensive though and small companies usually don’t have the funds for professional promotion, so you should try and be creative here. If you’re making lipsticks, for instance, find different reviews and contact the websites to ask if they will review your product. This will be a time insensitive task, but it will be worth the effort.

Conclusion

Starting a homemade organic cosmetics business for fun and profit is easier than you think it is. All you need is the determination, the drive, and the materials you need to begin with, say, soap, lipstick, and other related cosmetics.

Cleaning Services: A Surefire Business Idea in Trying Times

 

It’s no longer easy to start a business nowadays, especially given the financial situation that we have all been stuck in for these past few years. It’s not as easy to throw money around on a pet business project – not unlike the good old days when venture capital would simply throw money at an interesting, even half-baked idea.

That’s why it’s important to come up with a business plan that is bulletproof – especially in trying times like this. There’s no time nor money to waste on pie in the sky projects that will never come to fruition – for every one Facebook that hits, there’s about 500,000 failed business ideas that were simply too unrealistic or too ahead of its time.

That’s why a good business plan is boring. Boring is good – that means it’s well studied, and that it’s a plan that’s been done before, so you know it’s possible. Boring is good.

Starting up a cleaning service may not rustle the jimmies of any New York-based hedge fund managers, but it sure is a low-cost, low-overhead, and low-risk business idea, which can get you a recurring clientele even in tight economic times.

Starting a house or apartment cleaning service is something that may seem complex from the outside but it is actually quite simple once you nail down the specifics. All that you require is adequate planning and knowing all the things that you should focus on at the start of the business.

1. What is Your Business Preference?

There are two kinds of professional cleaning services, commercial and consumer. Before you start the business, you have to figure out which of these you want to provide. The commercial aspect of it covers the consumer aspects as well so it might require more resources and planning in the beginning but it also offers greater opportunities for the business and its gradual growth.

2. Startup Costs and Capital Requirements

You need to conduct an accurate market research to determine how much you will need. Consider all aspects of the business including marketing, equipment and the workforce and figure out where you will get the money to cover all those costs.

3. Equipments and Workforce

You should figure out the most efficient cleaning methods for all areas of cleaning in your chosen niche and then figure out the equipment that is needed, including the advantages and disadvantages of each equipment. When it comes to the labor, you of course need to consider whether they have work experience. If not, you need to consider how to provide that. The greatest consideration of them all however, is whether they are trustworthy. Clients want to know that the people they let into their homes are trustworthy.

4. Base of Operations

Floor space is still a requirement even though most of the business is conducted outside the office. You will need a professional and skilled customer service team that will attend to clients as they come in to seek your services. You also need storage business for the equipment.

5. Transportation

You will of course need to consider how your teams will get from apartment to apartment. Transportation is a huge factor and should be paid strict attention to. You will also need other items such as a multifunctional step ladder – it will do you a world of good to check them out.

6. Licensing and Marketing

Before the business can start officially, you will need to register it under the law and get an operating license. For that, you will need to familiarize yourself with all the legal requirements for licensing. Consult with a lawyer where necessary. After that, you will need to market your business, through all available channels such as websites and social media.

At the end of the day, more than anything you will need to be determined – that goes for any business idea for that matter. You must have great managerial skills and understand all aspects of the business. Nothing should be overlooked.

6 Considerations Before You Make that Shift from an Office Job to Welding

 

The 9 to 5 grind is a soul-destroying, mind-numbing reality for many of us – but a necessary one at that, especially given these economic crises we are facing. It’s as though us office workers are always in jail — just minus the bars.

That being said, it’s not surprising that more and more people are exploring the possibility of changing careers – and there is no more promising career changing field than swapping your suits for work clothes and a welding iron. Yes, we’re talking about welding as a profession and as a freelance business.

If someone were to walk up to you and pitch this idea, it would no doubt seem stupid at first glance. However, it is actually a very brilliant idea that carries a lot of weight and provides plenty of benefits. Even so, a career change is something that cannot be taken lightly just because there is the promise of a better job out there. Instead, let us first assess what you need before you shift you career from the office job to welding, and the benefits of such change.

1. Your Financial Situation

Your first consideration before the career change should be the state of your finances. You need to have a stable financial situation before you can change jobs. The beginning of your welding career might not be very profitable so you need to have money saved up to keep you afloat.

Reason for the Desire to Change

What’s your motivation? Your reasons need to be absolute in such a way that you cannot change your mind. This is also so as to avoid regrets at a later time, if the welding job turns out to be more difficult than anticipated. Your reason for change will also fuel your determination, which is why you need to consider it.

2. Knowledge and Skills in Welding

You need to assess whether you know enough and are skilled enough in welding. If not, you need to figure out how long it would take to gain the necessary knowledge and skills and where you would need to go to get them. Welding is challenging work – make sure you’re tough enough.

3. The Benefits of Pursuing a Welding Career

Welding comes with a great deal of benefits in both the short and long term – welders are in high demand, high paying, but get this — high risk jobs all over the world, too. That’s not counting the mobility that a welding career offers – many firms all over the world are at a shortage for highly-skilled welders, and if you work on your craft, there is no reason that an interested party will hire you, regardless of wherever you came from.

4. Field Travel

Unlike office jobs, you get to move from place to place with a welding job. That means that you get more excitement on the job and the opportunity to go places. All you need is the necessary equipment and you’re ready to go – just check out some welder reviews and you’ll soon be on your way with the right helmets and cutters.

5. Opportunity to Work in Different Fields

Unlike the office job where you have to focus on a single goal or aspect of the job throughout, the welding job gives you the opportunity to work in different areas. You can work in a car factory, for an oil and gas company and basically every other field that requires welding.

6. Growth Opportunities

With welding, the more time you spend working, the better at it you become and the more opportunities you get. Your pay also increases gradually and the demand for your services grows.

5 Easy, Small Business Opportunities You Can Try for Christmas Season

 

While you could indeed use the holiday season as a time to relax and let loose, the better approach would be to use it as a way to earn extra money. That is especially beneficial because we all know that the holiday season comes with a lot of expenditure, most of which comes to haunt us at the end of it all. The holiday season presents us with a huge number of business opportunities that you could take advantage of.

1. Food Catering Services

One of the most sought after services over the holidays is catering. You could provide catering services for families and other clients over the holiday season as they enjoy the festivities. The issue with a catering service is that it needs to be pre-established before the beginning of the season so that you can have a notable client base and a brand name to sell to other clients.

2. Transportation Services

Yet another much needed service over the holidays. There is always a lot of movement, back and forth by people and their guests. Establishing a transport service, for instance a luxury transport company to ferry guests from venue to venue is a great business opportunity and one that you could earn a lot from. That Uber, Grab, or Lyft idea sure sounds good now, doesn’t it? Why not, for a few extra hundred bucks? Not a bad deal, as far as many will be concerned…

3. Handcrafted invitations and decorations

Each of these can be a separate business that is just as profitable. However, offering both services to clients offers you much more opportunity for growth and to earn extra money. Being creative is a much-needed requirement, as you will be facing a lot of competition, especially from businesses that are already established.
During Christmas, for instance, everyone and their mother will set up a Christmas tree, so why not take advantage of that? There are several examples of absolutely excellent suggestions for buying an artificial Christmas tree – you’ll be very sure you made the best choice for your house and your budget once you’ve gone through such lists and individual reviews. There’s an opportunity here for you as well.

4. Entertainment Services

Most people want to spend the money that they have earned enjoying themselves. That means that entertainment services are in high demand over the holidays, which is a great opportunity for business. The great thing about this business is that you have many options, for instance, a club, a gaming parlor, a music band, among others.

5. Event Hosting and Organizing

As people seek to commune and celebrate together, a business opportunity is created. Of course, most of these groups of people will need venues and you can find a way to provide that. Some may even go further as to need event organizers, which is yet another aspect of the business that you could venture into. This can be very lucrative, especially when it comes to organizing Christmas parties for corporates.

The holidays are indeed a great time. You can make that time worthwhile by starting a business that will give you the opportunity to earn extra money and handle the financial crisis that usually comes after the holiday season.