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FEATURES Home-Based Millionaires! Entrepreneurs Who Turned a Venture into an Empire.
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50+ “Profit-Building” Home-Based Start-Ups. Check Out This Table of HomeBased Businesses That Offer Opportunities in 2016.
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Beauty by the Box. Beyond
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Family Bonded by Charms.
An Original Entrepreneur.
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ruising down a street lined with palm trees, a dazzling ocean view passes through the window. The hum of a Bugatti Veyron’s engine music to the ears, success has never tasted sweeter. Perhaps another scene inspires a stronger connection. Children, parents, and grandparents smile around a campfire behind a glorious vacation home in Utah, roasting marshmallows and regaling humorous tales. Fortunate to be able to spend summers together free from financial duress, strong bonds are formed and life’s wishes are fulfilled. Whichever outcome is the dream success story for an entrepreneur, diving into the journey of starting a homebased business begins with that first step—an idea—and flourishes through a tried-and-true method: hard work. This issue spotlights eight entrepreneurs who have achieved 7 figures in yearly sales. Discover each unique story that had a common theme: success was not handed to them and did not happen overnight. Take note of the skills they possessed to attain high income levels working from home and get closer to ultimate success in 2016.
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business, Vitabri Canopies. After many years of hard work running the sales & marketing department, Vieille turned Vitabri Canopies into the #1 tent manufacturer in France. In 2010, he sold everything he owned in France to move to America to start his own business. “I had a small apartment in Huntington Beach and just a few Vitabri products.” Vieille started showcasing Vitabri tents at farmers’ markets every weekend and eventually started doing trade shows for brand awareness. In his first year, Vieille only made $1,000 dollars in profits. Vieille joined ASI and Sage, the most popular online distributor channels, to expand his business. He successfully established Vitabri within those platforms as the high-quality manufacturer of tents in the promotional industry.
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Up next, Damien Vieille plans on launching new lines of inflatable furniture and umbrellas that he predicts will be a big hit in the promotional market. He is also looking forward to launching a new website for both wholesale and marketers that are looking for innovative products. Visit www.instent.com.
MILLIONAIRE #2 Business Product Entrepreneurial Team Spearheads Visual Communication with Innovative Workplace Product Robby Whites and Jeremy Rincon, founders of Clarus Glassboards LLC
In 2014, Vieille decided to develop and introduce a new line of products to his business. “We exhibited at trade shows and festivals and always wondered why exhibitors only used pop-up tents; I wanted to bring something new to the table,” he shares. That year, Vieille founded Ins’TenT Industries. Vieille developed the AirDome, an inflatable tent unlike any other that is perfect for showcasing brands at events. Since then, Ins’Tent has brought on such customers as
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LifeProof, Trek, Suzuki, Red Bull, UCLA, and Jack Nadel to name a few. In 2015, it reported earnings in the high $3 million dollar range.
Damien Vieille is founder and CEO of Ins’TenT Industries, a local company specializing in high-performance tents and custom printed signage.
Robby Whites and Jeremy Rincon are the founders of Clarus Glassboards, the leading manufacturer and innovator of glass dry-erase and architectural systems.
In 2009, Robby Whites and Jeremy Rincon were laid off from their jobs as junior analysts at the Stanford Financial Group in Houston because the company was shut down for a fraud investigation. These friends both had a great sense of faith and spirit, and seized the opportunity to create something new. The writing for their futures was no longer on the wall, but little did they know it would be on the glass. Continued on page 16
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Having spent serious time in the corporate world, they had become acutely aware of the mood swings of the financial-services industry, and wanted to work in a sector that did something tangible. They had also come to understand what was lacking when it came to workplace communication.
find an outlet, plug in your computer, and let’s get to work.” From those humble beginnings, today they’ve built a team of over 120 talented employees. After selling a majority stake to Bertam Capital Management last year, the two, now thirtysomethings, continue to work on the business and serve as advisors.
Thinking about a recent business trip they’d taken to Colombia, they recalled visiting an office that used a simple sheet of glass mounted on poles as a writable surface. They saw untapped potential in a market where the only competition was traditional dry-erase whiteboards, a product that had changed little since its introduction in the 1960s and left most users feeling dirty and unsatisfied.
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to dream she would turn her vision into a multi-million dollar company. Once her daughter came along, Costa quickly realized a void in the kid’s playwear market. She searched for good quality clothing that supported play and empowered children with the independence to dress themselves fuss-free, without sacrificing style. Beginning in 2006 and like so many entrepreneurs, Costa bootstrapped her business, building it from her Vancouver, BC basement. With no prior experience in the retail industry, Costa designed and produced her own line of children’s apparel, calling it Peekaboo Beans.
MILLIONAIRE #3 - Kids Playwear Mompreneur Takes Playwear from Her Basement to the Community Traci Costa, founder and CEO of Peekaboo Beans
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Through dedication, quality products and strong sales, Costa made Peekaboo Beans available in many children’s boutiques across British Columbia.
growing their businesses. The business currently has more than 800 sales representatives and is growing at an estimated 30 new consultants every month.
When the 2008 recession hit, local boutiques began closing, no match for big box department stores. With fewer boutiques out of which to sell her playwear paired with an increasing demand for the products, Costa did what any successful entrepreneur and mother would do. In 2011 she adopted a new way of looking at business.
“My team is empowering parents to have their own rewarding entrepreneurial opportunity, encouraging them to love their jobs and live their family values,” says Costa. Visit www.peekaboobeans.com.
Costa turned to the greatest advocates for children, Moms, and offered them the opportunity to develop their own businesses, and earn income sharing a product they love with their communities. Giving parents the opportunity to set their own hours and work from home with their children and for their children ensured the direct sales model was a success for Peekaboo Beans. Peekaboo Beans Independent Play Stylists share seasonal playful clothing lines through their own rolling boutique, bringing a retail shopping experience to living rooms across the country. Top stylists have each sold over $200,000 in product and through training, have built sales teams under themselves,
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Imagine a quiet Saturday morning at a beach in El Salvador, relaxing poolside to beat the tropical heat. Mark Rampolla’s wife was pregnant with their second daughter and she had morning sickness that wouldn’t quit. The only thing that helped her feel better was “agua de coco” — fresh, clear coconut water, sipped straight from the nut. After many years in a successful but unfulfilling career, Rampolla was a man in search of a new future. Little did he know that day that he and his
wife were holding the seed of a great idea right in their hands. In 2004, Rampolla left behind his $300,000 per year job and his path to the top of a Fortune 50 company in order to start ZICO Coconut Water. With ZICO, Rampolla had an ambitious goal: introducing coconut water to the American market while facing steep competition from an already crowded beverage industry. “I wanted to help Americans stop guzzling caffeinated, sugary drinks and reduce obesity nationwide, and also help developing-world suppliers profit along the way,” Rampolla shares. A few years later, ZICO Coconut Water Continued on page 18
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Jola Sonkin and Amelia Kirchoff are the founders of GoMacro, an organic food company that creates plant-based nutrition bars with quality ingredients.
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Finds Success Providing Cosmetic Hair-Loss Solution Salvatore “Ronnie” Passariello, founder and CEO of Hair Illusion
When Salvatore “Ronnie” Passariello went to prison on a drug-conspiracy conviction, he lost everything. He no longer owned his tanning salon and had little hope of reprising one of his former gigs, flipping houses, because of credit loss. “It’s hard to get a job out of prison,” Passariello explains. “So I had to be self-motivated.”
Salvatore “Ronnie” Passariello is the founder and CEO of Hair Illusion, a cosmetic product that helps with thinning hair and bald spots.
the internet and months of research and testing, Passariello created Hair Illusion, a cosmetic product that helps with thinning hair and bald spots. Because it is made from 100% human hair, it looks completely natural and does not budge, even in the wind or during an intense workout. It’s quick, painless to apply, and works for both men and women.
In addition to figuring out how to earn a living, Passariello faced another problem. He was rapidly balding and none of the products he bought to deal with his hair loss were working. Passariello spent his time in prison reading anything he could get his hands on related to entrepreneurship. By the time he was released, he had accumulated two large boxes of notes and magazine clippings. He set up a “home office” in the back of his friend’s tanning salon by hanging up a shower curtain and using a $200 laptop that his friend bought.
It took 15-hour days to get his new product developed, tested, and sold on the market. Passariello primarily promotes Hair Illusion via social media platforms, where customers can see the before-andafter photos of actual product users. Hair
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Jennifer Lopez On Acting in and Executive Producing SHADES OF BLUE, Being the Boss, Diversity on TV, and Fitting in AMERICAN IDOL and Vegas
Q: You had your current television series SHADES OF BLUE (based on a novel by Michael Rudolph called Shades of Blue: 30 Years of (Un)ethical Policing) completely filmed before it went on the air, right? JL: Yes. Q: Did that make it especially unnerving— wondering what the reception would be? JL: It was nerve-racking. Just doing the show itself was very challenging. Doing a one-hour drama is probably one of the hardest gigs in show business, and it’s very demanding, and a show like this is such an emotional roller coaster for me and for a lot of the characters. It’s very challenging — not knowing whether people are going to embrace the show. At the end of the day, you just have to give it your all, put your heart into it, put everything on the line, and see what happens. That’s how I approach everything, anyway.
“I don’t ever think of myself as the boss. I think of myself as a very important piece of this puzzle.” – Jennifer Lopez Q: You mentioned the workload. And, obviously, a one-hour drama, everyone says it’s the biggest grind, but were you noticing things that you are weren’t seeing in film scripts that made you say, “OK, I want to see what I can do with a full TV series run, to actually play a character that I’m not seeing on the movies?” JL: To be honest, for me, right now, the best movies are on television. The characters are better. The stories, like you say, have more opportunities to explore things. It was just 20
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a really exciting opportunity to do something that I hadn’t done in a while in a different way than I had done in a long time. For me, the script itself, the story itself, the idea of it from the very first time I spoke about it with my producing partner Elaine Goldsmith Thomas — I knew that there was something that could go on. It just had enough of a base to really grow into something that hopefully, never gets boring.
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Q: But at the same time, was there a thought of sort of doing something that maybe didn’t stray so far from things that we’d seen you do in the movies as well? JL: No, no. I never think of those things when I’m choosing projects. I just do what excites me, whatever kind of, when I hear it, goes, “Oh, yeah, that sounds good.” It’s very kind of from the gut for me. Q: What does your role of executive producer entail on a day-to-day basis on the set? JL: I have to say that they really give me the space to do the acting that I need, but you’re really involved in every decision that goes on — the way the set looks, what everybody is wearing, the way the scene feels, the development of the scene, reading the scripts and giving your input, casting the show, bringing in all of the crew — everything. It’s actually a lot of fun to create something from the ground up like that and to be involved at such an early stage. And then on the set day-to-day, I have a pretty tough workload. As you’ll see throughout the season of SHADES OF BLUE, my character Harlee Santos (a single-mother NYPD officer, who is forced to work in the FBI’s anti-corruption task force, whilst dealing with her own financial problems) is involved in almost every scene of each episode. Q: Jennifer, being the executive producer, that must create an interesting dynamic with
you and Ray Liotta. He’s giving marching orders on camera, and you’re his boss off camera. Can you talk about that a little bit? JL: He’s boss on and off camera. I don’t really try to challenge that in any way, shape, or form. We have a great time, actually. We really loved working together. I don’t think of myself as the boss on set. I think of myself as Harlee when I’m on set. Then in relation to all of the characters, feel like that we are a family and that he’s kind of our father figure in it, and he’s our leader. That’s kind of the dynamic that exists on the set. I don’t ever think of myself as the boss. I think of myself as a very important piece of this puzzle.
“It’s actually a lot of fun to create something from the ground up like that and to be involved at such an early stage.” – Jennifer Lopez Q: I’d like you to look at the television landscape through your eyes. Every year they talk diversity, diversity, diversity, and maybe we see one or two shows with a minority in the lead. But this year, it seems as though there is a wealth of shows with casts like yours, showing and reflecting real life. With the landscape from your eyes, and as a producer who wants to do projects like these, tell Continued on page 56
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or a firm to become truly innovative, Gary Hamel and Nancy Tennant suggest in their recent Harvard Business Review article all employees should be taught to think like innovators. In this view, explained in a previous blog, innovation is not the exclusive purview of a few creative geniuses, but stems from an environment which percolates and cherishes innovative thinking. Hamel and Tennant offer four specific ways to encourage the pre-requisite thinking. An unrelated article by Morton Bennedsen and Nicolai Foss in the California Management Review attempts to draw links between family assets and firm innovation based on extensive historic examples from around the world. The overlap between the two articles is striking and suggests family-owned firms, when managed successfully, may be the perfect laboratory to teach innovation to the next generation.
“Access to knowledge and capital allow for greater diversiﬁcation and ultimately cross-pollination of ideas within a family.” Challenging Orthodoxies
and use external consultants to challenge accepted norms within the firm. Leveraging Embedded Competencies When family history and public identity are positively associated with brand and product reputation, there may be further opportunities to leverage family identity. Brand extension and Family-owned ﬁrms, when managed successfully, market growth can be aided may be the perfect laboratory to teach innovation by a family name in ways to the next generation. a non-family brand name cannot. As an example, Apple may be able to expand into other identity. Access to knowledge and capital technological markets related to computing allow for greater diversification and ultimately and mobility, but the brand identity may not cross-pollination of ideas within a family. The extend much beyond closely related indus- Rothschilds famously utilized their network tries. In contrast, the Kohler family isn’t exclusively tied to the kitchen and bath accessories When family history and public industry which generated their wealth. They identity are positively associated have effectively extended their family name to with brand and product reputation, encompass a luxury resort and championship there may be further opportunities to golf courses. The name now carries status leverage family identity. and business success, which can be leveraged across industries. The family name can also be leveraged of operations on different continents to amass in networking and investment circles for one of the largest fortunes in Europe. They means beyond the firm, and allow the family were able to open doors that simply aren’t to extend their ventures outside a primary open for everyone because they effectively used the power of their name while sharing new ideas and information across different ventures. The Rothschilds highlight how the power of a family name can carry more legitimacy and be more powerful than brand recognition.
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Finding Your Way When the Ford Motor Company was facing financial difficulties around the time of the Great Recession, Dr. Willie Jolley was one of the men credited with helping it avoid a financial bailout and turning the company around. For the many small business owners and entrepreneurs who might be struggling to find their way, Jolley, who is author of Turn Setbacks into Greenbacks, and is known as “American’s Comeback King,” offers this advice: • Stop commiserating! People who sit around and commiserate are the people who would rather complain about problems than do anything to fix them. We can complain about the dark or we can light a candle and be a light in a dark world. The choice is yours. Business is tough and doing it on your own is hard work. No matter where you are though, commiserating isn’t going to help. • Don’t let your pride poison your prosperity: Some people feel that some work is beneath them, and it would bring a stigma to them if people knew they were doing supposedly “demeaning” work, yet they are struggling to pay their bills. Stop
trying to put up a facade of success and get real. Any work that is moral and legal is honorable. The fact that you are taking a shot at the American dream and entrepreneurship is commendable and honorable. Never be embarrassed about that. • Stretch your financial goals this year: If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re thinking small, you’re never going to make it. Start thinking about success in an uncommon way. Start thinking about making it big. Start dreaming about your bank account full of greenbacks. Thinking big is the only way to think in business. • Stop waiting for your ship to come in: There are two types of entrepreneurs: those who sit around and those who have an action mentality and make it happen. Success is never going to find you on its own. If you want to build a thriving business and a strong financial cushion for yourself and your family, take action and get to work. Build that ship because no one else is going to build it for you. Start thinking like the CEO of Y.O.U, Inc.
• Keep trying: When faced with a challenging time in business, people will say, “I’ve tried everything.” When I ask them if they have tried this or that, typically they will say, “No, I never thought about that.” Grab a pen and paper and list all the things you can come up with. After you have exhausted your own thinking, ask other people in your network. Trust me, you haven’t thought of everything. • Speak positivity into your business: Even when things have hit a rough spot or business is slow, you must speak positivity into your business and your life because your language has a direct impact on your mindset and on the way life will respond to your situation. For instance, never say, “I am desperate for work and I’m never going to make it.” Instead, say, “I am an expert and very good at what I do; I do occasionally have some challenges, but so does everyone and they are always temporary.” What you speak is what you attract.
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etwork marketing certainly is the “People’s Franchise.” The opportunity to succeed in our industry is open to all players regardless of educational, social or economic background. In fact, anyone can be a winner in our business. And the surest way to win the network marketing game is with a handful of “Aces”. In addition to offering the opportunity to everyone we meet, we want to be on the lookout for those business-building leaders we’re calling “Aces.” Here’s what they look like. AUTHORITY FIGURES These are people who have influence over others. It’s not just that these people have their own circles of influence, Aces are centers of influence — men and women who are looked up to in the community or business organization. A positive recommendation from such a person carries a lot of weight. CREDIBILITY We all have varying degrees of credibility with our peers. If our friends and associates value our opinion, we can expect to have our personal recommendation well received by them. Whether it’s a good book, a great restaurant, or a visible opportunity to secure a future residual income, having credibility with people puts persuasive power at such a person’s disposal. ENTHUSIASM There’s just no substitute for enthusiasm that “I Am Sold Myself” (IASM) quality that makes people irresistible to others. Enthusiastic people have a contagious quality as well. It seems that the people around them catch whatever it is they’ve got. Enthusiastic people are not always Aces, but Aces are always enthusiastic people. SUCCESS A person who has developed success in any one area of life generally has formed positive habits that will contribute to creating success in other areas. Again, anyone can succeed in network marketing — but most successful leaders already know how empowering others leads to even more success. They make perfect Aces for your business.
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There are other qualities that define network marketing Aces: Action, Commitment, Excellence, and Service are favorites When you can partner with others and show them how to of ours. The glue that holds have the same winning hand, you’re a master of the network all of these characteristics marketing game. together is belief — the unshakable conviction that We define power as the ability to bring success is inevitable. This means not only into existence with velocity that which didn’t belief in the products and the company, but exist before. Everyone has this potential to be also belief in yourself — a belief that you are powerful, it’s not magic. It’s simply the ability successful. When your self-image is bigger to take Action. than your current reality, that translates into the kind of self-motivation that generates The only way to fail in network marketing powerful accomplishment. — or in life, for that matter — is to fail to take Action. And the truth is, any action will do. This “Bias for Action” is something every Ace Enthusiastic people are possesses.
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If you knew for a fact that everyone you prospected would earn at least $1000 per month — guaranteed — that empowering belief would translate directly into positive action. There would be no hesitation on your part. You’d prospect everyone you met! And guess what? Everyone you prospect can earn $1000 a month in network marketing. All they need to do is get into Action. HAVING A BIAS FOR ACTION Taking Action is what makes the difference between success and failure. The ability to take Action is true power.
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7 Ways to Improve Your Non-Verbal Selling Skills Your Body Language Sends Wordless Cues Long Before You Try To Close a Sale By Bob Phibbs
he more you understand about what your body is saying—oftentimes without our knowledge — the more you can see how often it gets in your way. And that is especially true when you are in a sales situation. That is because oftentimes our bodies communicate fear — and fear makes people look away. Fear can cause you to lose your temper, or silence your own voice when it needs to be heard. Most of all, fear keeps strangers at arm’s length. That’s because 55% of our language to communicate with another person is non-verbal. Our bodies can sense bad vibrations long before someone’s words arrive. So now think about a time you felt devalued by someone. Picture what their body position was. Now picture your own body’s reaction. I’ll bet you averted your eyes and you slumped your shoulders. You might even have curled your toes inside your shoes. Now think what it would feel like to be served by someone whose shoulders were slumped, who didn’t meet your eyes, whose arms were crossed.
Would you feel engaged by them? Of course not! His body was telling you he wasn’t being authentic. His non-verbal cues made it hard for you to trust them. Most people don’t even realize when their bodies are communicating, so the first thing to do is to simply notice your body position.
Once you’re aware of your own body communication, you want to be a student of your customer’s body communication, too.
Do you cross your arms unconsciously?
Do you leave your arms down like a corpse when you talk to someone?
Do your shoulders slouch most of the time?
Those unconscious habits won’t bring customers to you. In fact, they are communicating your unease to them. When you have a whole crew of people doing that, the energy in your entire business turns toxic. It makes customers walk out saying to themselves, “Something just didn’t feel right about that place.” The following are 7 ways to improve your non-verbal selling skills: 1. Lift the sternum (that’s the flat bone at the front center of your chest). This allows more oxygen into the lungs. A good image to maintain is that of a string pulling your posture up from your sternum. This allows your shoulders to become more relaxed when engaging strangers. 2. Lean forward (but just a bit). Yes it’s subtle, but it keeps you from leaning backward, which shows a negative attitude. 3. Smile. A smile is your best tool to get someone to like you, and when you don’t smile, it’s the quickest way to turn someone off.
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4. Meet their eyes. We like people who look at us. Too much eye contact and it can feel threatening, but too little and you
come off insincere. Yes, this is a balancing act to practice. 5. Gesture. Point directly at a feature and look at it with the customer. They will follow your gesture, and so will their eyes as you describe the benefit. Use an open hand or two fingers together, it’s perceived as more open and friendly.
“ Most people don’t even realize when their bodies are communicating, so the ﬁrst thing to do is to simply notice your body position.
6. Arms open. Hold your arms open and loose to show a welcoming attitude. Arms folded over your chest indicate you are unsympathetic, authoritative, and at some level, you are closing yourself off from the other person. 7. Stand side-by-side not faceto-face. When you present merchandise standing by your shopper’s side, it is non-threatening. This allows you to do a sideways lean, which is friendly and non-threatening. An old-school tip says to mirror your customer’s body posture. For example, if they use their hands a lot, you mirror that. If their arms are open, so are yours. If the customer Continued on page 36
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suddenly crosses their legs and arms, you donâ€™t want to mirror that. Their body is telling you they are closed off. You donâ€™t want yours to say the same thing! You need to maintain an open stance and see what you said or did to close them off. Addressing it with something like,
â€œ An old-school tip says to mirror your customerâ€™s body posture.
â€œDid I just say something to put you off?â€? is a good way to bring them back. Yes it takes practice, but once youâ€™re aware of your own body communication, you want to be a student of your customerâ€™s body communication, too. Body posture is something rarely talked about in selling because it is assumed that if an employee is standing upright, thatâ€™s all they need to do. But thereâ€™s much more to it. Begin by noticing your own behavior. In what situations do you lose your voice? At that moment, what does your body look like? When youâ€™re about to close the sale, how does your body look? When do you notice your
The more you master your body communication, the easier it will be to master your verbal communication.
breath becoming shallow? When do you take a step back from a customer? The more you can choose your body posture, the more youâ€™ll find you can also choose your attitude. Your body is just like the car you have to drive. If you arenâ€™t choosing the direction and checking the instruments, youâ€™ll often be taken to a place you didnâ€™t want to be. And while you might still be afraid at some level when engaging a stranger, when you use these tips, you act as if you arenâ€™t afraid
which allows you to place the fog of fear in the background. The more you master your body communication, the easier it will be to master your verbal communication. Bob Phibbs is the CEO of The Retail Doctor, a New York consultancy. As a speaker, sales consultant and author of The Retail Doctorâ€™s Guide to Growing Your Business, Bob has helped thousands of businesses since 1994. With over thirty yearsâ€™ experience beginning in the trenches of retail and extending to senior management positions, his presentations are designed to provide practical information in a fun and memorable format. For more information on Bob, please visit www.RetailDoc.com.
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10 Best Offline Advertising Methods for Affiliate Marketing By Frank O’Hara Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to earn money online, but online promotion can be a struggle, especially with so much competition from other marketers. If you’re trying to promote affiliate products but aren’t getting much success, it may be time to use some offline marketing strategies to maximize your profits. Following are some of the most common and effective ways to promote affiliate products offline. 1. Business Cards It’s one of the oldest methods of promotion, but business cards still have a place in today’s digital world. Use a URL shortening service such as tinyurl.com or shorturl. comto simplify the web address. 2. Posters Printing posters that feature your URL is relatively cheap. You can even print them at home if you have a good enough printer.
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Back in the Filtering Game Entrepreneur Drawn by the Siren Call of the Startup By Shane Kenny
love the fast-paced, see-my-work-havea-big-impact nature of a new startup. I love it so much that, since middle school, I have been part of starting eight businesses. Admittedly, they have not all been successful. Some have been spectacular failures. Despite this, I have been drawn by the siren call of the startup once again. I am now neck-deep in Startup No. 9, FilterSnap. In 1999, my brother Aaron and I started InternetSafety.com. That was right at the peak of what some would later call the “dotbomb era”. It seemed as though venture capitalists were throwing money at any Internet idea they could find – no business plan required. We wanted in. Our idea was to build a dial-up Internet service to compete with AOL, MindSpring and EarthLink. Our difference was that we included an Internet filter so that parents could control the type of content their kids could access while online. It was a great idea. There was just one problem. Soon after we launched, dial-up began its slow, miserable death at the hands of broadband. We had to pivot if we were going to survive. In a flash of brilliance, we took our dial-up filter technology and built a software product that would run on any computer regardless of its Internet connection type. We didn’t know it at the time, but we had just saved our business. We called this new product Safe Eyes. We had no experience in running an Internet filtering software business, but this didn’t concern us. We put our heads down, worked hard, and learned as we went. It worked. In June of 2005 while on vacation with my wife, I received a call from my brother. Safe Eyes had been named the #1 parental control product out of 11 products tested by Consumer Reports. This rating put Safe Eyes on the map. We had beaten out products from Microsoft, AOL
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and Symantec. The best part was that it was a blind review. We didn’t even know they were doing it. The next five years were a whirlwind. We hired a CEO to help us build the business. We received a venture capital investment. We did proj- Shane Kenny is the founder of FilterSnap, a service that ects with the Australian delivers air filters to consumers’ homes on a regular schedule Federal Government and to ensure timely replacement. McAfee. Our little business grew from four employees to over 30. The result was FilterSnap. The idea grew In 2010, the “we did it” moment arrived. from my own struggle to remember to change We received an offer from McAfee to acquire my home’s air filters every three months. I our 11-year-old company. After months of due figured other people had the same problem diligence and reviewing hundreds of pages and came up with a plan to build a service of contracts, McAfee acquired InternetSafety. that would send me my filters when it was com for over $10 million on December 2, time to change them. The arrival of the box 2010. would be my reminder, and I would avoid the frustration of going to the store only to realize I could not remember which filter size I needed. It would be like Dollar Shave Club, We are still very much but for my house.
in the startup phase. But I am back in that fast-paced, see-my-work-have-a-bigimpact startup mode and loving every minute of it.
After the acquisition, I managed the Safe Eyes team at McAfee for two years. In the end, they laid off my entire team. I had been planning to leave anyway. They just made the decision for me before I had a chance to make it. I took a few months off to travel, play golf, and generally live as if I was retired. I quickly became bored so I started doing some consulting work. This helped with the boredom, but it also started feeding my desire to start something of my own again.
Officially launched in November 2014, FilterSnap offers 72 filter sizes and a choice of 1, 2, 3, 6 or 12-month replacement schedules. The service helps customers save money because clean filters use less energy and help avert costly repairs. We are still very much in the startup phase. But I am back in that fast-paced, see-my-work-have-a-big-impact startup mode and loving every minute of it. I’m not sure where this journey will end. Some days I think that Startup No. 9 will be my last. Others, I think, “Who am I kidding?” This time next year or the year after, I might be working on No. 10 and just as exhilarated by the ride as I’ve been since I first felt the thrill of starting my own business back in middle school. Visit www.filtersnap.com.
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Stay Motivated, Focused, and Healthful Whilst Working From Home By Rachel Craig
orking from home is the dream for many people, but it’s incredibly easy to lose motivation and fall into an unproductive and unhealthy routine. With no one looking over your shoulder, the television and fridge can devilish distractions. Heck, sometimes there’s an overwhelming notion to clean the entire house, even though it’s the last thing you’d be excited to do at any other time in your life. So how does one stay motivated, focused, and healthful whilst working from home? Firstly, a good motivation is to remember you’ll have no money if you don’t work. Secondly, introduce these simple, effective strategies and you’ll set yourself on the right track for a more productive and enjoyable working day. Create a Routine This is one of the most important strategies that must not be overlooked. Without a routine, very few people can function at an optimal level. Free styling is a gift that most of us will never understand or achieve, sadly. Try to get a decent amount of sleep by going to bed and getting up at same time each weekday. Write down your plan for the day and stick to it. It’s amazing what you can achieve by simply writing things down and making a physical to-do list. It will help you to prioritize tasks, organize your overactive mind, and spur creativity.
to repetitive strain injury in the wrists; and it decreases blood circulation in the legs, which can lead to deep vein thrombosis and various veins. To combat these issues, you need to do some desk exercises. Stand up and stretch regularly, and introduce some simple leg and arm movements.
It’s so easy to get caught up in work and forget to take a break, but you’ll get more done if you stop working at regular intervals.
Take Regular Breaks and Get Some Fresh Air It’s so easy to get caught up in work and forget to take a break, but you’ll get more done if you stop working at regular intervals. Ideally you should take a break every 90 minutes to 2 hours. Force yourself to go outside for a quick walk, do a spot of yoga or some simple stretches, or even just make yourself a coffee and listen to the radio for 10 minutes. The important thing is to remove yourself from your work for regular, short intervals to give your eyes and head a rest. Eat Healthy Healthy food and snacks throughout the day can transform your productivity immensely. Switch the crisps and chocolate for nuts, seeds, fruit, and whole food energy bars. Most of us
Get Showered and Dressed One of the worst ways to start your home-working day is to skip the shower and stay in your pajamas. Taking a shower can do untold wonders when you’re feeling sluggish and unmotivated. And whilst it’s important to be comfortable, try to wear something that helps you to get into the right frame of mind for work. Do Desk Exercises There’s a tendency for those of us who work at a desk to stay put for hours on end. This is this incredibly unhealthy for so many reasons. It weakens the core; it creates tension in the neck, shoulders, back and hips; it can lead 40
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Without sufﬁcient hydration, your brain will not function properly and you’ll tire more easily.
don’t have time for a long, leisurely lunch, but it’s important to at least schedule a small break to refuel with a healthy snack.
“ It’s amazing what you can achieve by simply writing things down and making a physical to-do list.
Drink Plenty of Water Drinking water is something that many of us actually have to remind ourselves to do, which is crazy. But we get so caught up in what we’re doing and often mistake thirst for hunger. Coffee does not count, unfortunately! Without sufficient hydration, your brain will not function properly and you’ll tire more easily. Invest in a Desk and Good Office Chair This is an added expense that not everyone can afford. But if you can, please do so. You could even get away with just an ergonomic office chair if you can work at the kitchen table. If you’re sitting down for most of the day, a quality chair will support your posture (as long as you stop slouching), reduce the risk of back and neck pain, and relieve pressure on your hips and derrière. Generally, you’ll find it Continued on page 42
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much more comfortable, and this will boost your productivity.
and monotony of working from home. You will have to get up and out for regular walks with the dog in the fresh air; however, this will boost your serotonin, get the circulation going, and keep you active.
Use an Artificial Daylight Lamp These lamps can address low energy levels, fatigue, and feelings of irritability and depression, particularly during the dark winter months. By recreating the look of sunlight, an artificial daylight lamp can increase the production of melanin in our brains and revitalize our mood.
“ One of the worst ways to start your homeworking day is to skip the shower and stay in your pajamas.
Set Boundaries Setting clear boundaries between work life and home life is key to achieving a healthy balance. There can be a tendency for home-workers to just keep on working throughout the day and night. Whilst this is sometimes necessary to meet a deadline, it is not acceptable on a regular basis.
Setting clear boundaries between work life and home life is key to achieving a healthy balance.
On the other hand, friends and family often assume you’re free to chat or meet up at any time. To combat these potential issues, set your working hours and stick to them as much as possible, arrange a dedicated workspace in the home (i.e. not your bed or sofa), don’t take personal calls when you’re working, and communicate to friends and family when you are and are not available.
Q. Should I opt for nursing-home or inhome care insurance? A. When selecting insurance plans, protect against your worst risk first. In-home care is more about maintenance, while care outside the home is focused on crises. Home care is good for when a person needs help getting around. If he has a stroke, he’d need to be cared for outside the home initially, so there is a need for both. Q. What should I select as my daily
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Health and Wellness Links to Check Out How making lists can quell anxiety and breed creativity: www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thecreativity-cure/201403/how-making-listscan-quell-anxiety-and-breed-creativity 10 exercises you can do at your desk: time.com/4019563/exercise-work-desk/
Adopt a Dog This is not an option for all, but it’s great for improving your organizational skills, fitness, and general wellbeing. A dog is also hugely beneficial for relieving the isolation
Planning for Long-Term Health Care? Thanks to Baby Boomers and modern medical marvels, more Americans than ever are heading into their senior years, and will also soon be deciding how to handle their eldercare. Steve Casto, Retirement Income Specialist and author of Is Your Retirement Headed in the Right Direction?, (www.stevecasto.com), says there are important questions and answers to consider before making that critical decision:
Rachel Craig is a digital content writer and editor at Quality Formations, specializing in company formation and regulatory compliance, business start-up advice and healthful living. Splitting her time between a shared office and home office, she has extensive personal experience of the benefits and challenges faced by the home-based worker. Through many a trial and error, Rachel has discovered an effective strategy for optimal health and a successful work-life balance. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.qualityformations.co.uk.
Energy protein bars you can make at home: greatist.com/eat/diy-energy-protein-barrecipes
typical elimination period is 90 days, which means you are responsible for covering the first 90 days of care on your own. Most people believe that Medicare covers the first 90 days, which is dead wrong. It only covers it under certain conditions, and not all patients meet those conditions, which include: • A nursing home stay that follows a three-day hospital stay
allowance? A. If your health deteriorates, a daily allowance of $100 per day could cover all your care outside the home, but only a third of the care inside the home. Your home-care costs could rocket to more than $400 or more per day, so plan for the worst.
• Admission to a nursing home within 30 days of hospital discharge • A Medicare-certified nursing home • Physician-certified need for skilled care on a daily basis Your best bet is to be insured through a long-term care policy for that first 90 days.
Q. What is an elimination period? A. Sometimes referred to as the “waiting” or “qualifying” period, this refers to the length of time between the beginning of an injury or illness and receiving benefit payments from an insurer. With long-term care, the
Steve Casto is founder and president of Strategic Wealth Solutions, Inc. an Omaha, Neb.-based financial firm that manages money for investors in the Midwest. Steve helps clients reduce their tax bill, minimize their risk, and ensure they don’t outlive their money. He’s the author of Is Your Retirement Heading in the Right Direction? and he offers presentations on how to increase income while reducing taxes.
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Family Bonded by Charms 7 Charming Sisters Offer Unique Pieces from Their Online Jewelry Boutique By Alexandra Valdes
fter working together for 10-15 years, a group of passionate females decided to utilize each woman’s different strengths to launch an online jewelry boutique, 7 Charming Sisters. The 7 ‘work sisters’ all bring something unique to the table, seen in the brand’s seven collections. Each collection offers a variety of styles and trends in necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings at an affordable price. Established in 2015, 7 Charming Sisters is quickly becoming a staple jewelry brand. Paula, Kimmie, Jennifer, Donalda, Jessica, Melissa, and Kimberly all come from different backgrounds; different ages, styles, religions- basically everything. Synergy and teamwork can be accredited for the success of 7 Charming Sisters. By taking on particular roles such as a finance director or human resource manager, each woman came together to form a business. 7 Charming Sisters offers an interactive
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lifestyle experience for the modern day woman with a sense of style. With primary customers aged 25-45, the brand’s pieces are targeted towards the everyday woman. From the profes- Founders of 7 Charming Sisters (left to right): Donalda, sionals to stay-at-home moms, Jessica, Jennifer, Kimberly, Kimmie, Melissa, Paula working moms, and career-focused millennials, each piece offers a look for any style inspiration, whether receive a portion of the proceeds sold. that style is classy, flirty, or boho. Their seven Almost all of 7 Charming Sisters’ marlines include, “Life of the Party”, “Girl Next keting strategies are digital. The business is Door”, “Social Butterfly”, “Sexy Nerd”, ‘Classy promoted through owned, earned and paid Chick”, “Super Mom”, and” Fashionista”. marketing. The brand relies on paid ads, Founded on the principle of fun, diversity and a feminine vibe, the company is dedicated to employing people with disabilities, as well as providing customers with insights into daily life and behind-the-scenes action of their business. The individuals with disabilities that 7 Charming Sisters employ design custom made pieces that are also found online, marked with designated badges. The designers
social media, email marketing, promotional marketing with influencers and print and online media. In three years, the sisters’ goals are to eventually expand their jewelry sections to fashion accessories, clothing, handbags, and even pet jewelry! They are also looking to form retail partnerships with established retailers down the road. Visit www.7charmingsisters.com.
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An Original Entrepreneur Traveling Locksmith Invents Innovative Padlock and Founds Business By Rebecca Smith
aster Lock was founded by Harry Soref in 1921. As a traveling locksmith, Soref was always improving lock designs and began inventing as well. In 1919, Soref invented a padlock design that used laminated steel layers to economically produce an exceptionally strong lock body. After major companies declined to purchase his design, he decided to found his own— Master Lock—which he funded through investment by two of his friends, P.E. Yolles and Sam Stahl. In 1924, Soref was granted the first patent on his laminated lock design and continued to lead his company to become a major manufacturer of locks. Soref possessed two primary characteristics that demonstrated true entrepreneurism. First, he created a unique product that was of benefit to the general public, showing that he understood the marketplace. Second, Soref never gave up on his idea. His passion, tenacity and persistence, coupled with
his determination, paved the pathway to his success. Master Lock takes security seriously and offers a complete line of security solutions that offer escalating levels of security and cost. Business owners can choose based on their security needs and budget. Three popular product options are the Extra Large Digital Fire Safe, the New Laser Engraved Lock Box, and the Master Lock Vault. The company advises entrepreneurs to trust instincts, let passions shine and remember that a “no” is one step closer to a “yes”. Soref can be considered as an example. As a lock expert, with many years of experience repairing and inventing, Soref knew the needs of the market and focused on innovations to address those needs. And despite hearing “no” from multiple potential buyers, Soref trusted his instincts and leveraged his passion for his ideas to get a “yes” from his investors and friends. Thus began Soref ’s legacy, Master Lock.
Harry Soref is the founder of Master Lock, an American company that develops padlocks, combination locks and related security products.
Carefully evaluating business assets and typical daily operations to pinpoint unique security needs can determine the overall success of a business. If a business has a large volume of product or cash, conducts a lot of business online or has multiple people accessing the home and workspace, these factors can contribute to the security measures taken and which security products can help prevent financial and emotional strife in the event of theft or natural disaster. Visit www.masterlock.com.
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Epson Offers Small Businesses Five Reasons for Choosing a Cartridge-Free Printer
ith over 28 million unique small businesses in the United States, it is safe to say that all of them want to maximize efficiency to achieve their business goals. Epson is committed to providing solutions that help businesses thrive, and offers a broad portfolio of business printers like its Supertank category of EcoTank™ printers — printers that utilize supersized ink reservoirs instead of ink cartridges, and include up to two years of ink in the box for cartridge-free printing. Home Business Magazine® tested out the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank wireless all-inone printer. The cartridge-free printer came loaded and ready with up to 2 years of ink in the box. That’s an incredible amount of ink — enough to print up to 11,000 black/8,500 color pages, and equivalent to about 50 ink cartridge sets. Powered by PrecisionCore printing technology, the ET-4550 delivers high-speed, laser-quality black text. It also features auto
A cartridge-free printer can be the right choice for a small business. Epson’s EcoTank printers offer high-volume WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank wireless all-in-one printer printing, convenience, unrestricted color printing, low streamlined and efficient. Cartridge-free TCO, and are stress-free to manage. They can print up to two years’ printers like the EcoTank series offer an worth of ink before they need to be refilled, unbeatable combination of convenience and eliminating the out-of-ink frustration of hav- value, allowing you to focus on achieving busiing to buy ink at the most inconvenient time. ness goals without worrying about back-end With ultra-low cost refills, small businesses no operations. Discover the right cost-effective longer need to curb their color printing. When and efficient printer for your home office at it does come time to purchase new ink, small www.epson.com/printers. businesses can save up to 80 percent on ink Epson’s award-winning EcoTank Supertank printer series features ink replacement technology with super-high-capacity, refillable ink with low-cost replacement bottles. . tanks and ultra low-cost replacement inks. These all-in-one printers Small businesses require office technology solutions that keep their operations
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Fruitful Formulations for Hair Hair Expert Turns a Family Tradition into a High-End Beauty Business By Eliza Osborn
long-standing family tradition and a love of hair inspired sisters Jane and Jedi Nyachiro to create Jirano Beauty, a high-end consumer goods business specializing in hair products made for curlyhaired women. Growing up, they remember their mother coming home from the market with all kinds of fruit and transforming the ingredients into amazing formulations for their hair. Their vision was to use their family custom and provide natural hair care solutions using the purest natural products, specifically coconut oil. The entrepreneurial venture started when Jane was at a regular 9-5 job, where she quickly realized she had an entrepreneurial streak and was soon inspired to start a home-based business. Working in the corporate world, she was trying to figure out what her next move would be, and would not take “no” for an answer. “When my job said “NO”, but my mind and heart said “YES”, I knew it was
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mong a growing number of Millennials, there is a real desire to become an entrepreneur, and a belief that starting a business can be a way to attain both independence and wealth. Yet, too many people put their personal finances at risk to launch a business. Tim Steffen, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CPWA®, Director of Financial Planning for Baird, believes it can be done without sabotaging your financial future. He offers the following tips: Delineate between business and personal assets. Set up a limited liability company (LLC) and separate bank account. Not only does this keep a clean line between business assets and your personal or family assets, it can help reduce your personal liability and make tax compliance simpler.
“Consider funding your business with money from outside investors or family members.” If you tap your savings, leave yourself a cushion. According to the SBA, the number one source of financing for new businesses is personal assets/savings. Most entrepreneurs pour some of their own money into a new business. If the business takes off, that can be a great investment. While you may believe your business will be a sure thing, it’s important to set parameters around how much of your personal savings you’re willing to contribute. Be careful about using retirement accounts. For many young people, retirement accounts can be some of their only savings, and it can be tempting to use those accounts believing there will be time to replenish them once the business succeeds. Some qualified retirement plans like 401(k)s allow participant to borrow from the account. Keep in mind, however, that you must pay the loan back within a stated timeframe. If you fail to do so, it will be treated as a distribution from your account and will be taxed. In addition, you may face a penalty for early withdrawal. Tax rules prevent borrowing from an IRA, so any withdrawal from the account will be 48
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considered a taxable distribution, and possibly a penalty as well. Another technique gaining publicity is called “Rollovers as Business Start-ups” (ROBS), which are arrangements in which business owners use their 401(k), IRA, or other retirement funds to fund a new business without triggering taxes.
While you may believe your business will be a sure thing, it’s important to set parameters around how much of your personal savings you’re willing to contribute.
Don’t build your business on personal debt. Financial planners generally recommend limiting your total monthly debt service payments (including housing and personal debt) to 36% of your monthly gross income. If you personally borrow money for your business and it fails, you may have to declare personal bankruptcy. Don’t rely on credit cards if you need to finance the business. Most commercial credit cards charge significantly higher interest rates than other sources of credit such as a business line of credit. In addition, many small businesses owners need to provide a personal guarantee when applying for a business credit card. So even if you’ve kept your business and personal accounts separate, if your business fails, you may be personally responsible for the credit card debt.
“Financial planners generally recommend limiting your total monthly debt service payments to 36% of your monthly gross income.” Consider funding your business with money from outside investors or family members. While most entrepreneurs don’t want to give away a slice of their dream, it can be a way to avoid taking on personal debt and it may force greater discipline as you will have to report to investors. Take advantage of small business loans. If you’re a woman or minority investor,
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Co-Working a Company Recovery Force’s Growth Step Between a Home Office and Independent Space By Sherilyn Colleen
att Wyatt, founder and CEO of Recovery Force, is worlds away from where he started his most recent company. Currently working out of one of 13 office suites that Launch Fishers provides in Fishers, Ind., his business has been able to grow with the co-working space and incubator, which just expanded into a new 52,000 square feet space. Recovery Force is now a 14-employee company working closely with the FDA, the United States Patent Office and complex-contract manufacturers half-way around the world in preparation to begin commercializing a suite of products in 2017. The company makes wearable, active compression technology used by athletes, patients and military personnel. Its products speed the recovery process and help the body perform more effectively by inducing sequential compression: the action stimulates blood flow and extracellular fluids, which reduces muscle pain and fatigue in athletes and reduces risk of blood clots in patients after surgery. Given the nature of the technology, it’s not surprising that Wyatt’s inspiration for Recovery Force came from experience: observing a cumbersome recovery process after his father’s extensive knee surgery. It didn’t seem conducive to healing, as his father was kept in a fairly immobile position due to connective tubing, unable to sleep due to the noise of a pump and he experienced greater
discomfort due to plastic airbladders called DVT cuffs placed around his feet, calf and thigh. “I felt that there had to be a better way to support recovery and the healing process,” says Wyatt. He began the process of research and brainstorming for a solution that would be productive in the healing process—and more comfortable.
Since Wyatt had worked in the medical device industry and been involved in four prior startups, he was familiar with what it would take to bring a product to market. The trick was honing in on a technology that would work. Although Wyatt started the company at home because it was cost effective and convenient, limited space and disruption became an issue. The technical experts vital to his business spent a great deal of time at Wyatt’s home office, which infringed on family life. Home was the intersection of work and family, but it couldn’t effectively serve either role. “I needed more room and separation between work and home, something I think many entrepreneurs encounter,” says Wyatt. “I also knew that once I validated our technology, I would need engineering equipment—and appropriate office space.”
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ichelle Villemaire, the DIY mom on TLC’s new show What She Said, has always been outspoken and ready to share her opinions and creations with the world. Her childhood nickname of “Screaming Mimi” never quite faded away, though the name has always been a term of endearment. When her second child was born, Villemaire realized blogging would be the perfect medium for her to combine her love of writing, crafting and parenting. Formerly a freelance writer until she became a stayat-home mom, Villemaire had been urged by friends to share her crafts and humorous personal essays online. Today, she’s a successful blogger at HomeMadeMimi.com and is building a fan base for her YouTube channel where she empowers women to use their power tools. Villemaire has already begun to attract the attention of major brands and shoots DIY
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donated to women transitioning out of homelessness. The act of creating a home for herself and her family led Villemaire to this desire to help others find a home for themselves, which she says cannot be done without the support of other women. “This was a great way to give back and at the same time teach my children the stories of the women who helped shape our country,” Villemaire says. Subscribe to her YouTube channel (HomeMadeMimi) where she posts DIY projects as well as videos to help you take charge of your garage! Visit www.homemademimi.com.
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Trip to Jamaica Inspires Mechanical Engineer to Design Unconventional Chair By Laurie Graff
ason Lutz had just graduated Ohio State University in 2008 when he headed up to Danville, VT to spend time with his mom. The mechanical engineer major was receiving offers from potential employers, but none had the same entrepreneurial appeal he’d experienced the summer before. Helping a friend construct a house in Jamaica, Lutz had become captivated by the locals’ use of natural resources to create products for exports. The idea of creating a fair trade bamboo furniture company lodged in his brain, he designed a traditional chair with an unconventional seat in bamboo. Lutz mom owned a cedar stand, the perfect setting for a contemplative retreat. The loggers hired to thin out her stand mistakenly clearcut the land, leaving behind a trail of trunks and branches of young white cedars. While his mom was devastated by the disaster, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Substituting
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Starting with the New England craft show circuit, Lutz entered and brought his chairs, selling out at the very first one. Elated by his success, his mom revealed that furniture building happened to be in his genes. Pulling out the family photo albums, Lutz learned that generations of his family had owned the Grand Rapids Chair Company (1872-1973), one of the largest furniture companies in the
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â€œAt the end of the day, you just have to give it your all, put your heart into it, put everything on the line, and see what happens. Thatâ€™s how I approach everything, anyway.â€? â€“ Jennifer Lopez us, has the industry changed? Are we seeing much more progress than we have? JL: I think so, and I think itâ€™s been coming for many years. I think thereâ€™s just no denying what society is right now and all of the different things, and itâ€™s just not race, but itâ€™s also gender. All different types of diversity are being showcased. Thereâ€™s even been more of a shift in the past year or so. I think thereâ€™s just no getting away from it anymore. Television has always been great at reflecting society since way back â€” pushing the boundaries of whatâ€™s happening in life, and I think itâ€™s no different right now. Q: Did you decide to film the episodes before you started doing AMERICAN IDOL auditions, or did you have to run off to do AMERICAN IDOL auditions? JL: We knew that I would have to start 56
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doing the auditions while we were filming the show, so I would go on weekends to film IDOL. It was challenging. It was hard, but we got through it, and I just tried to take it day-by-day. And again, itâ€™s just kind of compartmentalizing when Iâ€™m on the set. I donâ€™t burden my mind with other stuff when Iâ€™m acting. I really feel like it needs my full attention, and then when I go off and do IDOL, itâ€™s a little bit more of a fun thing on the weekends â€” reuniting with IDOL family, listening to people sing, and trying not to take it all too seriously. We balanced it out. It was
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