I've been an "ENTROOPENEER" (my word) .....most of my life. Relying on ME, MYSELF and I, for my income, in our "Capitalistic Society". I learned, early on that, if ...."IT" (my enjoyments and pleasures and assets...and FREEDOMS).... WERE TO BE....IT WOULD BE UP TO ME"!
So....as a young man with 2 babies and a "Scared" young wife (waay back in the 70's)....I "Ventured Forward"....into an "Unknown World" (to ME)....quit my "job" with a BIG Corp (General Electric) and 2 wks notice....and started my own business (Securitronics Corp)(a Burglar Alarm biz in the burbs of Chgo)...with $3,000.
A few years later...it was a BIG Success (17 employees) and I sold it and....told myself I would NEVER AGAIN do 2 things; 1) Have any employees or ...2) Wear a Tie...(except for weddings of funerals)!
And....since then....I've kept my pledge. Since then...I've been creating business programs and projects that do NOT take much more than $100 bucks to start and have been pretty successful with most all of them.
Mainly because I had a "Sixth-Sense" of what business people WANTED (and needed)
So....I've created MANY business projects from "scratch" (less than $100) that went on to be BIG Sellers.
2 of these I'd like to offer now. Not the "Whole enchilada"...but...just enough to "whet your whistle"....so YOU....can maybe see the potential and come to the realization that..."Hey! If THIS guy can do this...maybe I can too!"
So....thanks for bearing with me with the background. Here's 2 of my many programs I've been successful with. 2 programs that take a little time to make Samples on your puter...print out and go show local Business people how THEIR BUSINESS CARDS CAN BRING THEM .... MORE.... BUSINESS! and....be an INSPIRATION to you and put some Bucks in your pockets.
1) "KEEPER CARDS" - (See Photo below);
A regular Business Card on the front and....on the back are....Special Discounts from other local businesses (free to them) and will cause recipients of the Cards....to KEEP THEM....and USE THEM....to receive Special Discounts....for the next 12 months.
People receiving these Cards do NOT...throw them away!....they KEEP them! ....thus....benefiting the business person on the Front Side...with GUARANTEED EXPOSURE....for the next YEAR!
I have PROVED...over and over again that business people will pay "little Ol' Me"....$185 for 1,000 of THESE cards (I get em for $21/1M)
So...whenever I can use a "Quick and Easy $555"....I go out and show my Samples to local business people....tell them why THEIR Cards are "usually thrown away or used as toothpicks" and why MY Cards are KEPT. And, within an hour...I have 3 orders for $185 ($185 x 3 = $555)
If I continue for another 3 hours...I have at least TEN orders ($1,850) from a Simple concept. (ooops....you do have to go see a few local fast food places offering them a FREE method of getting THEIR business MORE CUSTOMERS!)
2) PHOTO CARDS - (see Photo Below)
This is another of my "Hot Flash" ideas that have paid me well over the years AND...helped local business people.
Here's how this one came about; I was at a Chamber of Comm lunch, sitting at a table with 5 other small business owners. The Topic that day was, "Small Business Promotion"
The speaker was a local printer and he was talking about various ways of using "Print" media (business cards, flyers, postcards...etc)...to promote your small business.
I happened to be sitting next to a guy who had a "House Painting" business. He gave me his business card and his Flyer. Well....his Flyer had some Photos of him doing various Painting Jobs. It was a well done Flyer and....I got one of my Hot Flashes;
I said; Hey! Why don't you put some of the photos of you IN ACTION... ON YOUR BUSINESS CARD?
He responded with; "Hey! I never thought of that! Could the photos FIT on my cards?"
Well....I told him I'd take a look and meet him in the morn for coffee.
So...I went home and on my home pc....created 3 columns on a business card space (2 by 3.5)....with the far right column for "Regular" biz info and the 2 left columns for 4 photos of him "In-Action" showing WHAT he does, so recipients can SEE...what he does....rather than just looking a some "Text"...(boring)...describing what he does.
I learned LONG AGO that a Picture is worth a Thousand words.
So....another "Low-Cost" business start-up...was started....from my home pc.
And...I discovered that business people WILL PAY $185/M for these "Photo" business cards.
Take a look below.
Thanks for reading....maybe I've provided some "Inspiration" to you. There is STILL...."HOPE" in our Great Country!
Don Alm....STILL getting "Hot Flashes"