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Interview with Bradley Cooper. Actor Comments on His Experience in the Movie Burnt, His Relationships with Co-Stars, Fame, Existential Reflection, and the Gender Pay Gap.


2016 U.S. Presidential Election:


Cloud Computing Technology. Six things that can radically improve your business.


Book/Product Reviews. Hot items to help increase your productivity.


Learn where the candidates stand on business issues.


Election 2016. The Presidential Candidates’ Plans for Business.

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Online Home-Based Success and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Join the Digital Age of e-Commerce and Prepare to Cast Your Business-Minded Vote! As we bid farewell to another season of weekend beach trips, relaxed workdays spent outside on a balcony, and well-deserved tropical vacations, rev into gear for a pivotal change in the business and political atmosphere. It’s the Fall 2016 issue of Home Business Magazine (HBM), so it is time for a home business start-up issue! Due to ever-evolving technology and the increased usage of the Internet and hand-held devices in our society, we chose to offer a cover story on starting and managing an e-commerce business: the new and proven method for achieving prosperity and work-life balance. Sell your products in an online home-based business by following expert advice in this issue of Home Business Magazine. This issue’s cover story covers the basics of: choosing a product(s) to sell online; branding your business; getting a sales tax I.D. (if required in your location); finding trusted suppliers; ordering your products; selecting the best online locations to sell your product(s); setting up your online shop; marketing your product(s) and online business; shipping your products; wrapping up post-sales; and testing your online sales process. Also included in this cover story are additional tips to making revenue online; additional information on kick-starting your company brand; and information on The future of how to pay yourself as an online home America and your business owner. The cover story also offers information relevant for existing online small business store owners that they can use to expand depends upon your and diversify their online businesses. vote in the 2016 U.S. Due to space limitations, the online store start-up cover story just scratches the presidential election. surface of the depth of knowledge needed to survive long-term as an e-commerce business owner. For more information on key subjects such as marketing, online sales, home office technology, raising money, and online business operations, please visit Also check out this issue’s feature articles, which support our cover story’s theme of starting an online store. These articles discuss cutting-edge online business ideas; e-commerce packaging tips for your online store products; and raising funds for your online start-up by utilizing crowdfunding; and much more. Our online store start-up issue lines up with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and so it also includes our regular presidential candidates’ article that outlines where the Democratic and Republican candidates stand on issues important to small and home-based business owners. It is our hope our presidential candidates’ article will help you to make a decision. Each candidate’s influence will have a direct impact on you and your family’s financial and entrepreneurial well-being. Please keep an open and analytical mind on the two candidates when deciding where you align socially, economically, religiously, and politically. Don’t be a single-issue voter! Study the candidates’ stances on issues that not only impact small and home-based businesses, but also on other issues that directly affect your life. Be informed for the upcoming election for POTUS. And most importantly, make the effort to get out and vote. It is your right and your privilege, and the future of America and your small business depends upon your vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Manager versus Leader In a place of work, the terms “leader” and “manager” are often used interchangeably. But in reality, they mean completely different things. For a business to truly succeed, it must be behind a great leader—not just a run-of-themill manager. So, what’s the difference? It’s time to set the record straight.

Transform Failure into Triumph When it comes to the American Dream, we’re told that the world is our oyster. Entrepreneurs are determined to achieve their goals and find ultimate success. But the truth is, there is no certainty. While there are many opportunities to succeed, there are equally as many ways to fail! The key to true success is transforming failure into triumph. My obstacles and failures began early on. I achieved poor grades in school and suffered from severe depression, eventually ending up in a psychiatric hospital. But I learned from each mistake. I moved on to mop floors at a Ramada Inn, and then gained admittance to an Ivy League university. Eventually, I became CEO of a New Jersey Hospital. Dennis C. Miller Author of Moppin’ Floors to CEO: From Hopelessness and Failure to Happiness and Success

Too often what happens is the head of sales keeps the big client happy and manages everyone else. But what if we changed the paradigm altogether? Management screams passivity and status quo. Leaders show people who they are and what they can achieve.

Time Management: It’s All About Energy Many times, I’ve seen business leaders send their employees off on time management courses in the hopes that the training will help increase engagement and productivity. Many times, I’ve seen those same leaders show Dana W. White bewilderment when the training doesn’t seem Leadership consultant and adviser to have any impact—or worse yet, results Author of Leader Designed in employees being less engaged and less productive. Build a Strong Team Why is this happening? Traditionally, When you’re building a business, it’s all organizations have believed that, to create about the team. Whatever the size of your higher-performing workplaces, employees must: company, you’re only as good as your people— ■ Be more committed and dedicated to finding the right talent and making sure the cause; they stay. Now, financial consultants Michele Johnson and Lorraine Kennedy are revealing ■ Stay later and come in earlier; and the ultimate guide to finding and building the best team possible. ■ Make more of an effort — that is, “try It takes a village to raise a family and it takes a good outside support team to run a business. But there is a specific strategy to building a strong team, filled with people who bring

harder” (such as by learning new skills). In other words, organizations seem to think that sheer determination is the key to helping employees perform their absolute best. Now,

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I’m not going to lie: Time management courses can be helpful. But when a person is depleted of energy, all the skills and know-how in the world won’t be able to help them, especially when it comes to managing their time. That’s because wherever you see high performance, you will see the efficient management of energy. Brady Wilson Co-founder of Juice Inc.

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perating an online store presents an excellent opportunity for a source of passive income, but many people don’t know where to start. Just a few easy steps can get you off the ground and turning a profit quickly. Read on to find out just how to break into online sales and gain financial freedom. Also check out the sidebars on additional tips to making money online, how to kickstart your company brand, and how you should pay yourself as a business owner.

1. Choose an Awesome Product There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding what to sell. Personal interest plays a small role — it’s more fun to sell things you are passionate about — but it’s also important to consider the quality of a product, the profit margin, the demand for a product and how many other sellers provide the product. If you have a lot of competition or a low demand, it will make selling a greater challenge. You can obtain this information from software like the SaleHoo Market Research Lab, which allows you to compare products by sale price, competition, number of listings and bids. 2. Brand Your Business with a Name If you’re just starting a company, it’s unlikely you’ll achieve the name recognition of big brands, such as Apple or Target, so a descriptive company name helps potential customers more quickly understand your purpose. Second, try to choose a company name that is easy to pronounce. Word-ofmouth recommendations are incredibly effective, but your 14

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3. Consider the Logistics (Sales Tax) If your state requires sales tax, you’ll need to get a sales tax ID. Identify your tax percentage so you can include this when calculating the price of your product. Visit your state’s website for this information. 4. Find Trusted Suppliers You have a few options for suppliers. Dropshippers are suppliers that ship purchases to the customer on your behalf. The

customers will have a harder time singing your praises if they aren’t sure how to pronounce your company name.

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customers will Just a few easy steps can help you break into online sales and have a harder time gain financial freedom. singing your praises if they aren’t major benefit of dropshippers is that you don’t sure how to pronounce your company name. have to deal with shipping or inventory. This Third, pick a company name that is easy to allows you to offer a lot of different products, spell. Your company name, or at least part but you pay a little more for this luxury — of it, will likely serve as your domain name. generally around $3 or $4 per item. If your domain name is difficult to spell, potential customers are less likely to visit your Word-of-mouth website and even more unlikely to make a purchase. See the sidebar in this article for recommendations are more information on how to kick-start your incredibly effective, but your company brand.

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offer great prices but require massive minimum orders, meaning you have to pay a lot up front. This is a great option for more established sellers who have resources to work with, but can be a challenge for a brand new store.

shipment arrives, do a careful examination of each product. This is tedious but important. If you find any defects, the sooner you can contact your salesperson to have the issue corrected, the better.

Once you have narrowed it down to a type of supplier, you need to find a trustworthy partner to work with. Again, there are many factors to consider: profit margins, recommended selling prices, pricing structure, fees, warranties, shipping policies, and customer service, just to name a few.

Monitor: It’s important to keep detailed records of your inventory so that you have a good supply at all times. If you aren’t keeping your inventory yourself (as with dropshipping), stay in touch with your supplier regularly to check levels of stock.

The major benefit of “ dropshippers is that you don’t have to deal with shipping or inventory.

Directories like SaleHoo exist to make this easier. They allow you to compare these qualities to determine which suppliers are legitimate and offer the best deal. 5. Order Those Awesome Products Once you have chosen a supplier, order a sample product. If you are pleased with the quality of the product, identify the highest

The comment section of blogs and forums within your industry are excellent places to find customers.

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Additional Tips to Making Money Online We can’t all become “dotcom” billionaires, but there are so many nifty and not-too-time-consuming ways to make a few bob on the worldwide web. Explore some top tips below. Content for Cash Increasingly structured and open processes behind monetizing creative content online have made it much easier to find out how to get involved and build an audience. You can set yourself up as a freelance photographer, produce vlogs and video content on YouTube, or build up an audience on Instagram. If you’ve got the ideas and discipline to post well and regularly, there’s huge potential for profit if you can carve out a niche for what you’re producing. Commit to Online Selling If you’ve got something more “offline” to sell, Etsy is a wonderfully simple peerto-peer marketplace for selling handmade or unique arts and crafts items. If you’ve got a flair for designing and creating, there’s no reason not to try and turn that talent into cash. Selling

online can seem like a hassle, but if you can afford to invest some initial time in setting up your account and gaining credibility on whatever selling site suits you, it can be a simple and incredibly profitable way of making money out of your skills and unwanted or unnecessary possessions. Play the Markets Market research is also a huge potential money-spinner for people who are always on the go and in need of additional income. Sites such as Field Agent ( for-agents/) enable users to complete simple “IRL” market research tasks in exchange for fees. These can be as simple as popping into stores to check stock, or even taking photographic evidence of a marketing campaign. Website testing is another lucrative option, while survey sites are also becoming an increasingly popular way of exchanging thoughts and feedback for cash. Fundraising for charity is also a wonderfully rewarding way to do some good on the web.

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marketing your product and how you price it, but it has a smaller customer base. It will also take a cut of your sales. A personal, online store: This option gives you the most control over how your product is priced and marketed. A tool like SaleHoo Stores or Shopify will help you build an online store without any background in web development.

7. Set up Shop Create thorough, detailed descriptions of every item

Your product description is a spectacular marketing opportunity. Use incredible detail, incorporate keywords that you think customers might use to search for the item, and edit for perfect spelling and grammar. Add high-quality images

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want to outsource a professional photographer to take photos of your items, or see whether your supplier has photos that you can use. If not, be sure that you have a clean black or white background, excellent lighting, and a good camera to get a high-resolution shot of your product. Understand the competition

Regardless of whether you choose Amazon as your selling platform, this is where most of your store’s competition will be. This means it’s important that you understand how Amazon works and what it provides to the customer. Amazon’s prices, customer service, and shipping times, among other factors, will be the baseline expectation that you need to exceed in order to be successful. Establish a return policy & customer service

like SaleHoo Stores “orA tool Shopify will help you build an online store without any background in web development.

Amazon’s prices, “ customer service, and shipping times, among other factors, will be the baseline expectation that you need to exceed in order to be successful.

Create a clear return policy and post it in an obvious spot. Make a commitment to respond to customer service inquiries and stick to that commitment. Never take more than 48 hours to respond to an inquiry, or you could find yourself losing customers left and right. Pricing

A highly competitive price is key to becoming a popular store. Sum up your costs — the price of the item, shipping, storage, listing fees, etc. — and decide what you can sell the item for in order to still make a profit. Remember to include the cost of any software or equipment you use, as well as other business supplies.

How to Kick-Start Your Company Brand Alongside your company name, the next order of priority should be your branding. Getting this right is crucial — it needs to be eye-catching, unique and reflect the market you want to attract. There are certain logos you can think of from companies that you’ve either used or just know from their position in the market. This is the power of branding. So, how do you kick-start your branding? What are the key areas that need to be considered to pack the biggest punch to your audience? In this sidebar, Promotional Plus ( discusses how branding can impact your business success and how products can help you do this. Reach Your Target Audience via Colors Your branding will speak to your customers, so think about the products you buy and how these are reflected in the colors you choose from. You may not realize it, but colors dictate whether a product is bargain, mid-range, or premium — from your weekly shopping up to big products such as household appliances. Think about what market you’re attracting — inexpensive tends to focus on the blues and reds, whilst up-market, expensive products will focus around silver and black. To set yourself apart from competitors, you need to ensure your brand colors are on point. Know Your Brand Message Understanding the message received by potential customers from your branding is vital for success as you can tailor all of your promotional material to suit. If your message is right then, people will understand your values and be more inclined to trust your business. Your brand message is about what you stand for and finding your voice that will be carried throughout your marketing, strategy, and team. Getting everyone bought into the message you’re portraying will give a higher chance of success. Maintain Consistency It’s too easy to lose the message when you’re thinking about branding and getting swept up by all of the marketing material that goes with it. You need to ensure there is consistency between those who are representing your business and the material promoting your business. Your website, blog, signage, stationery, and promotional products need to be consistent all the time to prevent confusing customers, clients and members of staff.


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SLUGGISH ECONOMY Remember that you can add tracking and insurance as shipping upgrade options that consumers pay for.

8. Market, Market, Market The only way to turn a profit in your store is to make sure people know about it! Return Customers

Return customers present an excellent opportunity for business. You have already proven yourself in terms of reliability and quality, so encourage your existing customers to return. Collect their information at checkout and send emails about discounts, related products, and accessories.

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Everyone is on social media these days, which means your online store should be, too. Social media platforms can be high-maintenance, as you have to remain active on your profiles, but the effort is worth it. Post diversified content — images, videos, and articles — that may not relate directly to promoting your business, but still appeals to your customers. Continued on page 52

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orking on Burnt posed a significant full circle for Bradley Cooper. Having previously worked as a busboy and a prep cook in his early years in college and trying to get his break in Hollywood, it gave the 40 year-old Pennsylvanian a chance to look back at how far he’s come. “Never before have I worked on a project where it’s felt like I’m coming back to where I was — a very heartening experience.” Cooper may be currently one of Hollywood’s biggest draws, but there remains a pleasant grounded quality afforded to one who didn’t get his big break until well into his mid-30s with The Hangover. Since then, he’s gone on to star in a slew of box office blockbusters, from The A-Team, Limitless,

Guardian’s of the Galaxy and pick up three consecutive Oscar nominations for efforts in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and American Sniper. For his performance in Burnt, he plays a hot-tempered chef, struggling to piece together his life after losing his fortune and reputation. Like a phoenix from the ashes, he starts from the bottom again, amassing a crack team of kitchen wizards including Sienna Miller and Alicia Vikander in creating a world-class restaurant and winning the coveted three stars. But at what cost? In friendly humor, Bradley talks of his experience working on the movie in London under the tutelage of famous chef, Marcus

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According to actor Bradley Cooper in regard to BURNT, “… never before have I worked on a project where it’s felt like I’m coming back to where I was — a very heartening experience.”

Wareing and why he likes to work repeatedly with the same actors — including good pal, Robert De Niro. There’s also words on fame, existential reflection, and the gender pay gap. Question (Q): I’m guessing to do a film dedicated to food, you have to love food yourself?

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Bradley Cooper (BC): I love food — eating it [laughs]. I love all kinds of food. I love pizza. I love pizza too much. I could eat it all day every day [laughs]. Growing up in an Italian household, my grandmother was an amazing cook, and food was highly significant in my family. I love to cook myself, I’m always cooking for friends. Q: Because you did everything didn’t you? No stunt work involved? BC: That’s me, the whole thing. Did it all. There was no shirking responsibility to someone else. Each and every one of us did what we had to do — learned from scratch and got our hands dirty. I got burned a lot, more than the crew realized because I didn’t want to look like a wimp but I kept picking up spoons that were really hot and wincing in the pain through a shoot [laughs]. But it was good. It fed into the character. Q: He’s a great character, but so dislikeable. Is that what drew you in? BC: He’s tremendously complex. I got to go through so many different emotional levels. It was fascinating. Ultimately, it’s a film about second chances — a redemptive, phoenix from the ashes story. This guy is white

knuckling it. He’s tortured. He’s after his second chance, but he has no clue what he’s going to do. He’s inoculated from his emotions, and he spirals further and further down, which was so compelling. It was so humane and honest and frank. He’s fighting the temptation to allow any help in, to allow any assistance. He wants to do it all on his own, but he learns he can’t do that. He can’t achieve what he wants without the help of others.

“I’ve always been someone

who’s had big dreams — always, but there’s never been any intentional planning towards movie stardom.” – Bradley Cooper

Q: What was it like working with Marcus Wareing? BC: Having Marcus watching was a lot of pressure. He is one of the best chefs — two Michelin-starred, he’s one of the greatest. He’s militant in his training, and everything he did and said while on set, was so important to the whole basis of this film. I’d honestly say, 30, 40

“It took me years to get to

where I am today, and I am so unbelievably grateful for the opportunities coming my way.” – Bradley Cooper

percent of the words coming out of my mouth in this movie, he wrote. I would ask him what he thought, what would you say here, what would you do here? I followed his lead all the time. I was basically his parrot [laughs]. Q: And being surrounded by food while working, it was surely the dream job? BC: The food was unbelievable. We were cooking a lot of it. Marcus would set up the menus and the commis would do most of the heavy work, but we got in there and made most of the food you see on screen, and the ton you don’t see, that didn’t go to waste. That went straight to our waistlines [laughs]. Q: You’re one of Hollywood’s biggest stars now. Were you always a big dreamer? BC: I’ve always been someone who’s had big dreams — always, but there’s never been Continued on page 56

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The Presidential Candidates’ Plans for Business


mall businesses all over the country are ready to grow and hire, and entrepreneurs are ready to venture out on their own — if they can just get that next loan, enter a new market, or have one fewer form to fill out. In this time of political change, the livelihood of business-minded Americans must be protected and supported in a nation that fosters growth and prosperity. Citizens have the chance to vote for a candidate that will wield immense authority over the future of American commerce. As we quickly approach the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, it is important to understand where the Democratic and Republican candidates stand on business issues.

or South Korea. Clinton will launch a nationwide effort to cut red tape for small businesses at every level of government. And she will build a regulatory roadmap to help small businesses navigate the regulatory landscape and reduce compliance costs associated with federal, state, and local regulation.

to 50,000 entrepreneurs and smallbusiness owners in underserved communities across the country.” ■

Unlocking access to capital. Hillary

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Providing tax relief. America’s small-

est businesses — those with one to five employees — spend 150 hours and $1,100 per employee to comply with federal taxes. That’s more than 20 times higher than the average for larger firms. Clinton will simplify tax filing and provide targeted tax relief for small businesses — not big corporations that can afford lawyers and lobbyists.

According to https://www.hillaryclinton. com, here’s how Hillary Clinton will make it easier to start and grow a business in America: Clinton is committed to giving small businesses — and in particular, womenand minority-owned small businesses — access to the financing they need to build, grow, and hire. She will ease unnecessary regulatory burdens on community banks, which provide credit to small business owners and families looking to invest in their futures. She will support innovative new financing modes like impact investing. And she will double support for community development financial institutions and the successful State Small Business Credit Initiative, which offer crucial sources of support for small businesses across the country — particularly in underserved communities.

will invest in the roads, bridges, ports, and airports that make it easier for small businesses to reach new customers. She will defend the Export-Import Bank, a crucial financing partner for small businesses across America, and help the bank expand its small business programs. And she will encourage innovations — like Etsy and eBay — that are unlocking new markets through innovative new platforms that let small businesses sell anywhere in America and the world.

Clinton will work to provide “ incubators, mentoring, and training

Hillary Clinton’s Plan for Business

As we approach the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, it is important to understand where the Democratic and Republican candidates stand on business issues.

Tapping new markets. Every small business across America should be able to enter new markets — whether they’re across town or across the world. Clinton

Supporting small-business owners and entrepreneurs. Clinton will

work to provide incubators, mentoring, and training to 50,000 entrepreneurs and small-business owners in underserved communities across the country. And she will support the development of entrepreneurial skills among young people — even kids in high school — so they can increase both their financial and entrepreneurial literacy. These programs will help those with good ideas today become the entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow. Donald Trump’s Plan for Business Per, too few Americans are working, too many jobs have been shipped overseas, and too many middle class families cannot make ends meet. Donald Trump’s tax plan directly meets these challenges with four simple goals: 1. Tax relief for middle class Americans: In order to achieve the

Hillary Clinton plans to simplify tax filing and provide targeted tax relief for small businesses — not big corporations that can afford lawyers and lobbyists.

American dream, Trump plans to let people keep more money in their pockets and increase after-tax wages. 2. Simplify the tax code to reduce the

headaches Americans face in preparing their taxes and let everyone keep more of their money.

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3. Grow the American economy by dis-

You earned and saved that money for your family, not the government. You paid taxes on it when you earned it.

couraging corporate inversions, adding a huge number of new jobs, and making America globally competitive again. 4. Don’t add to our debt and deficit,

which are already both too large. Donald Trump’s tax plan includes the following: 1. If you are single and earn less than $25,000, or married and jointly earn less than $50,000, you will not owe any income tax. That removes nearly 75 million households – over 50% – from the income tax rolls. They get a new one page form to send to the IRS saying, “I win”. Those who would otherwise owe income taxes will save an average of nearly $1,000 each. 2. All other Americans will get a simpler tax code with four brackets – 0%, 10%, 20% and 25% – instead of the current seven. This new tax code eliminates the marriage penalty and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) while providing the lowest tax rate since before World War II. 3. No business of any size, from a Fortune 500 to a mom and pop shop to a freelancer

In order to achieve the American dream, Donald Trump plans to let people keep more money in their pockets and increase after-tax wages.

“Trump plans to “grow the

American economy by discouraging corporate inversions, adding a huge number of new jobs, and making America globally competitive again.” living job to job, will pay more than 15% of their business income in taxes. This lower rate makes corporate inversions unnecessary by making America’s tax rate one of the best in the world.

Political and social unrest due to disruptive forces around the world terrorizing communities has spurred a heightened engagement with the upcoming Presidential election, seen in all ages and demographics across the nation and world. Social media has become a firestorm as each harrowing event has transpired, and the candidates have been scrutinized and categorized in every facet, with the ultimate goal of the media and Americans: to find the next truly deserving leader. This huge engagement with American politics is widespread across the globe due to an understanding of the power of the American government to affect other countries fiscally, socially, militarily, and commercially. When deciding on who to vote for, take into account each candidate’s stance on business — his or her influence will have a direct impact on you and your family’s financial and entrepreneurial well-being. Make an informed decision that intelligently addresses their stances on every important issue, as the approaching change in political tide will mean all the difference in America’s future.

4. No family will have to pay the death tax.

Swipe to Settle Friendly Arguments Business Associates Invent App That Allows Users to Voice Opinions on Life’s Questions Anonymously By Chelsea Gladden


ike so many people, business associates Alanna Markey and Ric Militi got into a friendly squabble during lunch one afternoon. The topic couldn’t be solved by simply googling a resolution. So the two did what most people do when they can’t settle a subjective dispute: they started asking the opinions of as many people as they could. The restaurant server, the bus boy, even people sitting at the next table. Because after all, majority rules. Neither felt satisfied with the outcome, so Militi said, “There has to be an app for this, right?” These two were no ordinary diners. They happened to be key members of “Crazy Raccoons”, a technology think tank in San Diego, Militi being the CEO and Markey the Director of Brand Development. New idea in hand, they consulted with their team and found no other app that simply allows a user to ask a question, enter the two opposing views and get consensus from thousands of other people in real time.

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In fact, it was so novel that they applied for a patent. What makes Zip so unique is the ability users have to: anonymously ask and answer questions, customize settings for categories, ages, push notifications and mature content, track questions of interest to see final opinion results, interact by voicing anonymous opinions with media in real time, and share opinions on popular social networking sites. Zip has primarily been promoted on Facebook, with several news stations also covering the app organically, and it is gaining popularity quickly. Zip gets over 100,000 engagements per day and is outpacing the launch of Twitter! Because of its ability to interact live with audiences, all media outlets are vying to integrate Zip into their formats. iHeart Media has already begun using the app on radio and CBS 8 in San Diego is in the process of integration now. Militi feels Zip’s phenomenal success has

Ric Militi is the co-founder of Zip app, a fun app that settles life’s arguments and subjective questions by tallying votes from other users quickly and anonymously.

become his greatest business achievement as it has been self-funded and is currently gearing up for an investor phase. Militi’s vision for Zip is to have a television and radio partner in every major city within three years, engaging Zip users in thought-provoking topics and gathering data that will also provide media outlets with interesting public opinion. It’s why Militi refers to Zip as a giant ongoing national conversation. Because what’s a better conversation starter than a great question? Visit Fall 2016 | Home Business



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Whimsical and Uplifting Pillowcases Tonsil Removal Inspires Entrepreneur to Launch Heartwarming Company By Sherilyn Colleen


or Founder of Denver, Colorado-based Flipside, Melanie Avjean just knew she was ultimately meant for more than selling something for someone else. When Avjean was 6, she learned that she had to have her tonsils taken out. She was super excited, ice cream and all! The morning they had to leave, Avjean became so scared that her dad had to carry her out the door. Her mom gave her a pillowcase that said, “We love you!” written in marker, and she signed Avjean’s name and her sisters’ names. “That memory came back to me after talking to a friend who works in a hospital,” Avjean says. “It seemed like a great way to make people smile.” At first she was just going to sell to hospital gift shops, but then someone mentioned airports so parents can bring home something besides a t-shirt. She then thought of Christian bookstores because all of the messages are positive, and her target market has grown significantly since.


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Prior to launching Flipside, Avjean was involved in everything from high end jewelry and watch sales to designing kitchens. At Flipside Pillow, she designs and manufactures fabric with whimsical designs and uplifting messages, which is then cut and sewn into pillowcases. Still in the first year of business, Colorado Lending Source presented her with the 2015 Ice House Entrepreneurship Achievement Award. Flipside Pillow is also a finalist in the SCORE/Sam’s Club Small Business Championship. Avjean truly feels that success has come her way because her focus is on giving gifts that matter and encouraging those who are struggling. Flipside’s brand philosophy is to “bring the joy”! Avjean believes “the joys always come back around.” “It is just amazing how much actual work I can get done by myself,” says Avjean. “Someone said to me that an entrepreneur is a person who will work 80 hours for themselves to avoid working 40 hours for someone else!”

Founder Melanie Avjean’s company Flipside designs fabric with whimsical artwork and uplifting messages, then has the fabric cut and sewn into pillowcases.

Working from home surrounded by nature has allowed her to embrace an authenticity and feel at peace: “Being in my own studio, with the mountains in the distance, is delightful!” As for Flipside in years to come, Avjean would like to find a way to remain a homebased business as the company grows. “Perhaps my home-based business will just end up in a bigger home!” she says. Visit

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Challenging Big Pharma 25-Year-Old Entrepreneur Makes Waves in the Health Industry with Scientifically Designed Supplements By Sherilyn Colleen


ucas Siegel, 25, is a successful American internet entrepreneur and health tech maverick. Siegel’s father, one of his mentors and a successful entrepreneur, taught him the basics for building a business by starting with the question, “What problem have you seen in the world and how do you plan on solving it?” After graduating from the University of Colorado, Siegel founded AlternaScript with his friend and futurist tech phenom Matthew Piskorz. While building their business, Siegel and Piskorz discovered nootropics, a cognitive enhancement supplement that helped with focus and attentiveness. They had witnessed numerous friends become addicted to amphetamine-based medications and realized many healthy college students were abusing attention enhancement medication, produced by big pharma, simply because there were not safe, over-the-counter options accessible to help improve cognitive function. Their

epiphany was the creation of the premium nootropic supplement OptiMind with clinically studied ingredients approved by the FDA. Siegel’s company AlternaScript is a subscription-based distribution model leveraging technology such as algorithms and data science to modernize the health industry and bring products direct to consumers and supersede traditional distribution channels. AlternaScript makes premium, scientifically designed solutions that are answers for healthy people looking to enhance their lives and optimize their productivity without taking potentially dangerous products intended to treat conditions they do not have. AlternaScript currently offers three cutting-edge products with clinically studied and scientifically backed ingredients: OptiMind, RestUp (a sleep-aid), and NuCulture, a modern probiotic to help Americans overcome digestive problems and enhance immune function.

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Ten Cutting-Edge Business Ideas For 2016 Focus on Low-Cost Startup and Potential for Huge Growth By David Mercer


xploring and sharing new ideas may not give you exactly the right idea for your own unique set of circumstances, but they can help fire your imagination and inspire you to come up with the perfect idea that you can turn into a profitable business. Steven Johnson, the author of “Where Good Ideas Come From”, says that ideas are not often something that appear in a blinding flash of inspiration. They more often than not come to people who expose themselves to new experiences and other ideas. With that in mind, it’s also important to recognize that 2016 is a fantastic time to be an entrepreneur. There are so many exciting new technologies coming online that are, in turn, opening up new possibilities for creative and energetic entrepreneurs. So many new things to be exposed to. What’s more, there has never been a time when starting a new venture is so cheap and easy. Modern website builders make creating cutting-edge responsive eCommerce websites a snap. Cloud-based software services offer all sorts of integrations to streamline new businesses and reduce their administrative burdens. So what’s the downside? There’s lots of competition. And I mean lots. But, marketing and growth are for another day. For now, let’s get excited and motivated about starting something new. Here’s a look at my top ten business ideas (with permission from SME Pal’s small business ideas resource page) for 2016 that focus on low-cost startup and potential for huge growth.

who are wasting money on unwanted subscriptions every day. That’s a big market for a clever little app that scans your bank bills, finds monthly subscriptions or direct debits, and cancels them (if they prove to be unwanted).

Many exciting new technologies have developed in 2016 that are opening up new possibilities for creative and energetic entrepreneurs.

Unfortunately, you already have competition in the form of Truebill. But, there’s room for more than one fish in this sea. Pity I only found this app now. It would have saved me a packet on gym, cable, and other bills that went unnoticed for way too long.

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mirrors already exists, but no one has jumped on that bandwagon in a commercial way. Use existing tech to create a reflective touchscreen that acts as a mirror, but displays information outside the line of your reflection.

“Instead of making run-of-the-mill garden gnomes, change them up a bit and sell something like Zombie apocalypse garden gnomes.”

to you, have them repaired, and sent back in the post (or potentially delivered back to them via drone — 3. Floating house plants and Amazon style).” bonsai 2. Smart, touchscreen mirrors Wouldn’t it be great to be able to keep track of the time while straightening your hair? Or, catch the latest news and sports headlines while in the shower? The technology to make touchscreen

How awesome would it be to have a bonsai slowly rotating as it floats gracefully above its bowl? Sounds like science fiction? It’s actually very easy to do and looks very striking. Check out this video clip of a Japanese company that has perfected the technique using Bonsai: small-business-ideas#1908.

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Once you have some floating plants, start up a website and sell ‘em online, or locally. 4. Hidden sculpture candles

How many of us have joined a gym, eventually stopped going, but continued to pay the subscription fee for months, if not years? I’ve done it, and there are millions of people out there

Design some tasteful magnetic bowls. Wrap the root mass of the tree in a metallic cover and make sure you get the weight and balance right (this is the tricky part).

Wouldn’t it be great to catch the latest news and sports headlines while in the shower?

The humble candle has been around for quite a long time in its standard form. Sure, there are scented candles and plenty of different shapes, Continued on page 30

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1. SELLING AT GUN SHOWS - There is no better way to sell anything, then face to face. Selling at gun shows allows you to put your products in front of people who are definitely interested in defending themselves, their families and their home.

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There are many other ways to sell these self-defense and surveillance products. How would you sell them?

3. SELL AT FLEA MARKETS AND SWAP MEETS - Another great way to get the products in front of people. The advantage here is costs less and can do it at the same spot every weekend. Some flea markets even allow you to set up permanent displays. 4. SET UP ROUTE OF GUN STORES, PAWN SHOPS, NAIL SALONS, BEAUTY SALONS - We suggest starting with our pepper spray displays as a way to get your foot in the door. Great way to receive residual on a regular basis because the stores reorder. 5. AUCTION SITES, SUCH AS EBAY AND AMAZON - One way to get your products exposed to a very large number of buyers is to sell on eBay and Amazon. Not only are the auction sites good for selling products, but also lead generation.

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colors and sizes, but the time is right for an update to candle 2.0. Create boutique candles that reveal a sculpture as they burn down. Come up with your own ideas. Be creative. Come in at under $45 per unit cost. Then market and sell ‘em via your local stores and online. This is something that would do great on a platform like Etsy. 5. Online drone repair and maintenance service Something like 45,000 drones were registered within two days of the Federal Drone Registration site going live. Potentially, another 400,000 more drones would have been sold over the past holiday season. That are a lot of drones that are going to be flown into trees, buildings, power lines, people, and even other drones.

How awesome would it be to have a bonsai slowly rotating as it floats gracefully above its bowl?

Set up a professional online repair service specifically for drones. Customers can mail their drones to you, have them repaired, and sent back in the post (or potentially delivered back to them via drone — Amazon style).

No one enjoys sitting in traffic jams. What if you could park your car in a secure, shaded lot on the outskirts of town and catch electric shuttles (that run continuously) into work?

6. Solar powered parking lots for city commuters

Buy a patch of land near a main highway. Set up a solar farm with panels that act as parking lot shade. Use the energy to power a fleet of electric shuttles. The beauty is that people will spend less on fuel and city parking, and traffic congestion will ease up significantly. Plus, you’ll probably get tax and other benefits for reducing emissions and taking cars off the roads. 7. Solar powered air purifiers Consider the problem of smog. No one really likes to breathe it in, but there’s more and more of it.

We are not alone. There’s a wonderful world around us. Full of fascinating places. Interesting people. Amazing cultures. Important challenges. But sadly, our kids are not getting the chance to learn about their world. When surveys show that half of America’s youth cannot locate India or Iraq on a map, then we have to wonder what they do know about their world. That’s why we created It’s part of a free National Geographic-led campaign to give your kids the power of global knowledge. Go there today and help them succeed tomorrow. Start with our free parent and teacher action kits. And let your kids begin the adventure of a lifetime. It’s a wonderful world. Explore!

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Luckily, all you need in order to take a lot of harmful stuff out of the air is to suck it through water. This could be powered by wind or solar (on the roof), before being fed into the building’s air system. It would also be a great way to combat pollution in cities. People in countries like China are already prepared to pay $20 for a bottle of fresh Canadian air, so there is a “clean air” market. 8. Hip, stylish accessories for shoes People spend a lot of money pimping out their rides. Why should shoes be any different? After all, shoes are a big part of any fashion statement.

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food products that come with a bit of added caffeine, so that people’s lunchtime sandwich can also be their lunchtime pick-me-up. 10. ‘Twisted’ store for millennials People, particularly younger generations, are looking for something different and unique that speaks to their diverse lifestyles and senses of humor.

Solar powered parking: What if you could park your car in a secure, shaded lot on the outskirts of town and catch electric shuttles (that run continuously) into work? Design and sell a range of hip accessories that can change the look and feel of a single pair of shoes. This will mean people can dress up or down but only spend big bucks on a single pair of nice shoes. You can do everything from flower clips, to lace-in wings, to stick-on decals, to outrageous bling. There’s lots of money to be made by starting the newest fashion craze. Have fun. Be creative.

9. Caffeinated snacks

There are stacks and stacks of traditional products that could be “twisted” to appeal to a quirky new generation. Instead of making run-of-the-mill garden gnomes, change them up a bit and sell something like Zombie apocalypse garden gnomes. A good way to find or create new products would be to follow trends on sites like 9gag. Get it right and you could connect with a huge, generally untapped market of younger buyers.

Everyone loves a good cup of coffee to wake them up in the morning (generally before having to speak to anyone at the office). But why should coffee be the sole provider of pep?

So there’s my list. What do you think? If you’ve recently started a business based on an idea you found online, tell us about it.

Think about other common, household food and snacks that might benefit from a bit of extra zing.

David Mercer contributes to SME Pals (, a blog dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners thrive online. He is a tech entrepreneur and published author with books translated into over 13 languages worldwide and used as recommended reading at places like MIT.

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Virtual Healing and Support Military Life Inspires Counselor to Launch E-Therapy Café By Becca Dugan


r. Jude Black has been in the counseling field for over twenty years and engaged with virtual home-based careers since 2010. As a military spouse, she has always struggled to find a balance between her career and the military life until homebased careers started to thrive. In her almost 25 years of marriage, Dr. Black has moved 17 times, been separated from her husband for military-related activities for over 66 months, and held over 15 different jobs. Her passion for virtual healing began over 20 years ago on a military base in North Carolina. Dr. Black was a young military spouse, her husband was deployed, and she felt alone. The military used Virtual TeleConference to communicate with members stationed all over the world. Her husband’s unit arranged for the family members to speak virtually with their deployed spouse. During that conference, Dr. Black understood the power of technology and connection. For a brief moment, the distance vanished and they were connected.

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After a series of disappointments with the company, Dr. Black resigned as Director of Relationships. That opened the door for her to follow her dreams. E-Therapy Cafe was born both out of frustration and passion. Dr. Black’s passion to be a change catalyst and a desire to matter manifested in bootstrapping Dr. Jude Black is the founder of E-Therapy Café, a peoplethe company and launchfocused, innovative online counseling and coaching platform ing it within three weeks for individuals, couples, families and corporations. of inception. With the help of Amanda Rausch, was and is still actively involved in the military E-Therapy Café’s Director of Relationships and Clinical Enrichment, culture. She can often be found speaking at they created a diversified team of licensed and the Pentagon about Toxic Leadership and certified professionals focused on breaking supporting the troops. down barriers and providing support profes“I see E-Therapy Café as a reliable and sionally, ethically, and affordably. They are one ethical option for securing support in today’s of the few, if not the only, virtual “Boutique” busy world,” Dr. Black says. With people less team of Licensed Therapists and Certified connected to family, friends, and other relaLife Coaches leveraging a “more-than-HIP- tionships, her company gives people a chance PA Secured” Platform to support, motivate, to explore their past, consider their future, and and encourage people all over the world in make the changes right now in order to live real-time. authentically and thrive. Based on the traction E-Therapy Café™ is a people-focused, innovative online counseling and coaching platform for individuals, couples, families and corporations. The company’s team are passionate change catalysts, focused on realistic goals in today’s fast-paced world. The headquarters is in Northern VA with a nationwide and global reach. The company’s mission is simple, “Professional, convenient, affordable expert online therapy for all. Anytime. Anywhere.” Prior to creating E-Therapy Café, Dr. Black was providing virtual and in-person counseling sessions through her private practice, Basic Black Inc. and working remotely as the Client Services Executive with Platinum Luxury Auctions, a Miami-based, market-leading auction firm specializing in the non-distressed sale of multi-million-dollar properties within and beyond the United States. Dr. Black

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echnology has been rising at a dramatic rate in recent years, leading to a boom in Internet retailing. 2015 saw a record rise in online purchasing with predictions from experts that this will increase by up to 45% during 2016. With a typical e-commerce package being composed of 40% air, higher shipping costs now penalize those who package inefficiently with methods including excess cushioning products and extreme box size. Shipping fulfilment is necessary for all home e-commerce businesses. This guide will show how start up e-retailers can deliver their items effectively, reducing the risk of damage while avoiding wasting both packaging and money. Go lightweight Wherever possible, lightweight packaging should be used. Not only does this make the package easier to handle, but should decrease the shipping cost. Items like loose-fill chips are extremely lightweight and can be bought in bulk. The chips settle around the product to ensure it cannot move if shaken during transit. Today, most wholesale packaging peanuts are 100% biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Though consumers are used to receiving packages with outer and inner compartments, this is more often than not completely unnecessary and burdens the receiver with the task of disposing of the excess materials. Amazon recently came under fire for overzealously packaging products, which damaged their brand credibility. Opting for one layer of packaging will set your small business on the right track with your customers, will reduce the shipping cost, and not to mention ease the frustration of your customer. Beware, however, that dimensional pricing means that shipping costs are based on the higher of two measurements: package weight or package size. Packaging an unnecessarily large box packed with lightweight cushioning may be less economical than a smaller item that weighs more. Ask yourself Eliminating extravagances will help reduce costs and when running a small business the


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bottom line is always on your periphery. When considering packaging items to sell, ask yourself, “Is this necessary?” You may find that things you thought were a must are not vital. Colour printing can look beautiful but a simple and low-cost black and white Efficient and low-cost shipping fulfilment is necessary design can be equally as for the success of all home e-commerce businesses. striking. Consider printing directly onto a box, rather than spending extra on unnecessary labels shipping would persuade them to buy. If free shipping is not something your small business and ink. can afford, consider offering incentives for Opting for one layer of repeat customers, or free shipping on higher-priced items. packaging will set your small

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ncentive marketing is a specific strategy to persuade people to do what you want them to do by giving them something, an incentive, in exchange for achieving an objective. Often, these people are your customers and clients. Incentive marketing is your way to maintain the loyalty of your customers and clients to you, your brand, company or services. Incentive marketing is also used to dispose inventory or to push slow-moving products. Nonetheless, incentive marketing is an effective tool to increase your sales. Define Your Objective or Goal To set up an incentive marketing strategy, you need to define your objective or goal first — answering “why you need to do it”. One very common incentive marketing goal is increasing the sale of your product. To make sure of this, however, you need to understand the behavior of your target customers and clients. We say “target” because you can never have an incentive marketing strategy that applies to all. “A glove made for everyone, fits to no one.” Further, you should feasibly be able to reach and connect with your target market and achieve your goal, otherwise, it is useless to have such a program and devote your time and money formulating it. Define Your Budget There are incentive marketing programs that do not require you to put out cash since you just have to reduce the price of your product or the cost of your service. But no matter what type of incentive marketing you will be using, it is equally important to make sure that you know how much you can afford. In the end, if you were able to define your budget, you know how much you have gained. Consider Other Factors There are other important factors that you need to consider when executing your incentive marketing strategy. These include promotion, length of the program and timing, reward, and geographic boundaries. In promotion, your clients must have the knowledge of what your incentive marketing


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is all about. You can send it through email, newsletter, monthly fliers, brochures, posters, and other marketing paraphernalia that will effectively inform your customers about the incentive you offer. There is a budget involved here. Make sure that you have calculated it well during your initial planning.

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The length of the program must be wellplanned. Timing is also crucial. These two factors must go hand in hand and will define if your incentive marketing will work or not. To know when it is the right time to launch this program, study carefully the behavior of your sales during the year. Take note of the highest point and mark the lowest point. Usually, incentive marketing can be implemented during the months where customers purchase your product or take your services the least. Simply put: give them a reason to buy your product or acquire your service when they least need it.

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Media Maven Mompreneur Award-Winning TV Reporter Launches Public Relations Firm from Home Office By Sherilyn Colleen


hristina Nicholson didn’t want to spend her mornings rushing her kids off to daycare, sitting in rush hour traffic, and dealing with a micromanaging boss to make someone else money. After working as an award-winning TV reporter and anchor for 10 years, she left the news business, and started her home-based business, Media Maven. “I stood in hurricanes, toured the Versace Mansion, interviewed David Beckham, and much more,” the Coral Springs, Florida mompreneur says. “I met great people and learned so much more than I ever thought was possible, but it’s very demanding, cut-throat, and not family friendly. I didn’t want to sit outside of a crime scene on Christmas morning anymore.” In July 2015, she launched Media Maven, a full-service public relations firm specializ-ing in media relations, media training, video production, social media marketing, writ-ing and


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blogging. “The part I liked about reporting was the storytelling.” Nicholson says. “Now, I help businesses grow by finding stories to tell that promote their brand.” For Nicholson, promoting her home-based business is easy. What she does for her clients, she does for herself—telling her story and sharing her expertise through the media, videos, blogs and social media. Nicholson shares that her best business achievement is the same as her clients—big media hits, like Today, The Rachael Ray Show, Entrepreneur Magazine, and many others. “I also love creating videos for clients and hearing such a positive reaction after they see what I put together,” she says. “I work mostly on referrals from other clients and that’s the best compliment!” The mompreneur loves that she can take a 10-minute break to do laundry, take her daughter to swimming lessons at 4:30pm, and start working a couple of hours earlier than

Christina Nicholson is the founder of Media Maven, a full-service public relations firm.

if she worked at an office, because at home, pajamas and messy buns are okay! As a small business owner herself, Nicholson understands the task of cutting costs and wearing many hats. For this reason, she has launched Master Your PR. Master Your PR is an online course created just for entrepreneurs who want great public relations for their brand, but can’t afford to hire a firm. In Master Your PR, Nicholson teaches business owners everything she knows, step-by-step, to do exactly what she does for a fraction of the cost. For more information, visit and

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Revolutionizing the Art of Communication Social Networking Entrepreneur Brings Back Verbal Communication with the Vocal Networking App By Sherilyn Colleen


t’s not every day that a developer launches an app that truly changes the way people connect with each other, especially with today’s over-reliance on nonverbal communication methods like texting. However, social networking entrepreneur Joel Schwartz did just that. Growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, a time when phone calls and in-person meetings were the only ways to connect with each other, Schwartz knew that today’s social media world was in need of verbal communication. He solved this issue in 2013 with, the first social networking app based on vocal conversations! After realizing the interpersonal detriments of nonverbal communication via texting, instant messaging, and social media comments, Schwartz invented and introduced to the market the first and only verbal talking network app to bring back the power of deeper, one-on-one verbal conversations. Since its launch, the Parlor app exploded in popularity

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and now has 2.4 million total downloads and over 450K monthly users! Over the last three years, Schwartz has managed many aspects of from the comfort of his own home. This helps to bridge the gap between his work life and his responsibilities as a dad to young kids. To maximize productivity, growth, and company morale, Schwartz says he maintains positive and personal relationships with all of his core team members. According to Schwartz, working from home also amplifies the efficiency of his business: “With most of our team being developers who prefer to work remotely, the travel time it takes to get to the office isn’t time well spent if you’re the only one showing up,” Schwartz says. Another way Schwartz and the team increase productivity and development is by staying up-to-date with the latest in their industry. “Consistently reading about the

Joel Schwartz is the founder of, the first social networking app based on vocal conversations.

latest tools that startups use and discussing new software and technologies with my team helps us think up new ideas and ways to be more productive,” Schwartz says. “To be truly creative and ahead of the app game, we also focus on making innovations fast, fun, and workable.” With 2.4 million users, the Parlor app has already experienced immense success. However, Schwartz has one clear goal for the next year: “Our biggest achievement has yet to come as we march ahead to our goal of reaching 100 million users in 2017.” Visit

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5 Ways to Improve Your Home Business Environment Maximize Productivity Working from Home


By Blaine Kelton


ne of the most difficult things about running a business from home is establishing a suitable working environment at your house or apartment. Sure, it’s easy enough to set up a desk with everything you need to conduct hour-to-hour operations, but eliminating the comforts and distractions in a home is easier said than done. Different solutions work for different people in this regard, and to a great extent it matters what your natural home environment consists of. Is it a large space with room to spare, or a small apartment? Is it just you, or do you have a family and/or pets to consider? There are plenty of different circumstances out there, but these are some general ways that a lot of people running businesses from home can improve their environments to maximize productivity.

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business productivity specifically recommended that people in a work-fromhome situation seek out accountability partners.

1. Clear the Space of Personal Distractions If you’re setting up a home office, you can’t get away with making it 90 percent about work and 10 percent about distractions or personal comforts. This list of tips for home office design ( home-office-tips/) probably put it best: just don’t mix your work with your personal life! That means no TVs (unless you need the news for work or something), no gaming consoles, no magazines or books, and possibly even no smartphone while you’re at your desk (you may want to consider using a separate phone for business). 2. Make Your Office Space Nice That sounds like the most obvious tip in the world, right? But when you think about it, the term “office space” isn’t usually synonymous with a pleasant or well-designed area. We think of home offices usually as being tucked away in rooms no one will notice, rather 40

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than built in naturally to the design of a home or done up to look nice and feel comfortable. As these additional tips point out (http://www. other-rooms/1/10-tips-forWhen setting up a home office space, it is detrimental to designing-your-home-office productivity to make it 90 percent about work and ), a lot of what goes into 10 percent about distractions or personal comforts. designing a productive home office space has to do with you all to interact as if you’re at work together. design and comfort. You want it to feel like a natural room and part of your home, with 4. Let Tech Watch the Kids a comfortable furniture layout, a good chair, Working from home with kids might just be natural lighting, etc. the ultimate challenge in an adult’s life. But if you’ve ever found yourself craning your neck 3. Find an Accountability Partner to peek over computer screens and out the A lot of people may instinctively think that window making sure they’re still in the yard chatting with someone else over the course or playing the way they’re supposed to, modof the work day would count as a distraction, ern technology has offered up an intriguing but in some ways you may be more likely to solution. According to this account of GPS lapse in productivity if you isolate yourself breaking down barriers (http://www.networktoo much. One account of home business ( ers-and-barriers/), companies are now using us/small-business/openforum/articles/9-prothe Internet of Things to connect sensors in ductivity-tips-for-working-from-home/) shoes to apps or computer programs for trackspecifically recommended that people in a ing purposes. The idea is to keep an eye on work-from-home situation seek out accountelderly family members, but it works just the ability partners. Ideally, this would mean same with your little ones and can allow you a friend or colleague who also works from to relax and focus on work if you happen to home, with whom you can chat a few times have young children at home. Problem solved! a day. It’s just a little something to keep you grounded, keep you on pace, and give you a 5. Let Tech Watch You little bit of human contact while you work. If ... Or at least hold you accountable. When you happen to be running a business involving running a business from home, it’s actually other employees or partners who also work surprisingly easy to mix up your priorities or remotely, you may even consider a full group to spend too much time on one task and not chat or network (consider Slack) that allows enough on another. You may end up working a 12-hour day at your desk but find that you zeroed in on one or two things the whole time and fell behind in other areas. Fortunately, there’s an app for that! Or rather, there are countless apps for that. Programs like Habit List and other scheduling/motivation apps are designed specifically to help you stay on task and organize your production throughout the day. Take advantage of these if you happen to be your own boss working from a home office. They provide a sense of accountability that Without sufficient hydration, your brain just isn’t always there otherwise. will not function properly and you’ll tire more easily.

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Six Things That Can Radically Improve Your Business By Kevin Patel


oving your IT capabilities to cloud for a productivity boost? This easy-to-switch, quick-toscale and simple-to-use technology makes a transformational investment that many enterprises today find mandatory. From hardware and maintenance to productivity and capital investment, the cloud makes a smart move in every sense. Today, no business is too small to switch to cloud because every business, regardless of the size and scope, can derive the following benefits from the cloud computing technology: 1. Ease of Collaboration A virtualized hybrid cloud infrastructure gives you the freedom to work from any location at all times. It is an incredible solution for businesses that employ a remote workforce or need their employees to be on the field all day long. It brings agility and scalability that is needed to share data anytime from any device while keeping information away from prying eyes. Industries that can greatly benefit from the flexibility and scalability of cloud computing are finance, emergency services, healthcare, entertainment management, tourism, government contractors, hospitality, real estate, life sciences, banking, and manufacturers of consumer goods in particular. A virtualized hybrid cloud infrastructure leads to improved coordination and greater teamwork, making businesses more connected and productive.

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help you save significantly on every front, from power consumption and server maintenance to system upgrades and software licensing.

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down due to unavoidable peaks and troughs in virtual workloads. As all of the resources are being shared on an open source, they can be easily accessed whenever A virtualized hybrid cloud infrastructure gives business required. This reduces the owners the freedom to work from any location and share processing time from hours data at all times. to minutes, which is a big plus for small businesses that need you to invest in hardware that you may or may a competitive edge. With cloud, it becomes not use. Maximize your uptime with fast and extremely easy to extend resources and share resilient cloud connections that can deliver data from anywhere, anytime. From task lists services on-demand even with limited IT and calendars to e-mails and inventories, resources. everything can be accessed without wasting 6. Extreme Productivity time on manual installations and time-conCloud resources are highly scalable so it suming downloads. The cloud empowers businesses to be proactive with their business becomes easy to manage busy periods, which processes and grab growth opportunities more are one of the biggest challenges when running a small business. Cloud brings along enough quickly. flexibility for the cost you invest so you are 3. Reliable Data Retrieving Ability fully-equipped to enhance operational effiWhen business owners opt for the cloud, it ciency when the need arises, without having comes with the assurance of data backup secu- to overspend. When projects demand quick rity in case of unexpected systemic failures, collaboration and improved productivity, you even if your hardware is aging. Cloud vendors can count on the cloud. It is remarkably fast as employ a dedicated IT team that takes care of compared to a conventional setup, which can every technical problem in times of disasters take up weeks of your working time. All you such as flood and fire. With cloud, all of your need is a reliable internet connection and you sensitive data remains stored off-site in a are all set for outright workforce productivity. safe online location. Many cloud vendors also Selecting the right cloud infrastructure provide geo-redundant backup, which can get vendor plays a vital role in determining the your operations up and running within minflexibility you enjoy with your existing appliutes, as your data is stored on multiple centers cations. To enjoy significant returns on your in different locations for improved security. cloud infrastructure, you need to invest in an agentless monitoring tool that provides an 4. Tremendous Savings Cloud technology can help you save sig- end-to-end view of your virtual infrastructure nificantly on every front, from power con- through a single pane of glass. It will monitor sumption and server maintenance to system the performance of your hybrid cloud infraupgrades and software licensing. A virtualized structure and proactively detect the dangers of hybrid cloud infrastructure eliminates the future resource contention storms to keep your need to maintain hardware and pay subscrip- operations up and running at all times while tion fees for software solutions. The cloud delivering a rich end-user experience. comes with the flexibility to scale up as the company continues to grow, and scale down Kevin Patel (@IamKevinpatel on Twitter) is a Service Assurance following a slack, thus saving your business a Technology Analyst at Xangati ( A self-proclaimed tech geek, with a passion for the ever-changing world of significant amount of money. 5. Supreme Reliability Running your own physical servers requires

virtualized and hybrid-cloud environments. Kevin has a passion for dissecting tech topics such as virtualization, data center migration, storage, networking and cloud. On his days off, he can be found watching sci-fi movies, rock climbing or volunteering.

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Burn Calories at Work and Increase Productivity with an Ergonomic Sequel Lift Desk


equel Office set a new standard for efficient and organized workspaces. BDI continues to raise the bar with the Sequel Lift Desk. Home Business Magazine recently received a Sequel Lift Desk in Espresso Stained Oak finish to test out. The set-up of the sturdy standing desk was straightforward with detailed and easy-to-understand instructions. Exceedingly useful in HBM’s home office workspace, the desk combines functionality with design. Its minimal structure takes up little space and its clean design pairs attractively with any room décor. The desks are offered in four finish options: Natural Stained Cherry, Espresso Stained Oak, Chocolate Stained Walnut, and Natural Walnut. The health risks associated with sitting for long stretches of time have come into focus recently, with extended periods of sitting sedentary leading to increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and back pain. Meanwhile, studies have also shown that extended periods on your feet can lead to other problems such as swollen ankles, varicose veins and knee & joint pain. However, workers can burn an extra 120 calories a day by standing for 4 hours, versus sitting at a desk! Taking all of the benefits and risks into account, the optimum solution is a sitstand desk — like BDI’s Sequel Lift Desk — that allows you to quickly and easily switch between sitting and standing throughout the day. BDI’s new innovative desks are the best of both worlds. Combining beautiful styling, thoughtful engineering and ergonomic design, the Sequel sit+stand desk provides the versatility and ease of movement that every workday requires. The desk features a beautiful and durable micro-etched black glass top, in addition to an optional storage drawer to stow away your daily office supplies and electronics. These height-adjustable desks


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feature a powered leg system controlled by a digital, programmable user-assigned keypad. With the press of a button, the Sequel Lift Desk will rise to your preferred sitting and standing heights. Thanks to four user-programmable presets, there is no need to overthink or continually fiddle with manual adjustments — your work surface is at just the right height every time! The ergonomic Lift Desk is sure to elevate any workday.

Business owners can burn an extra 120 calories a day by standing for 4 hours with the Sequel Lift Desk.

The Sequel Lift Desk partners beautifully with other components in the Sequel collection ( shtml) and features such tech-friendly considerations as integrated cable management — which keeps your work space looking neat, tidy and free of wire clutter — in addition to compatibility with most third-party monitor arms. While standing desks are not new, this one is different because it is: ■

the first lift desk to create a truly collaborative work space, as the wire management feature allows team members to work from both sides, creating a great collaborative space. the first “executive worthy” lift desk that is coordinated with the full Sequel office collection from BDI, so can be coordinated with a matching mobile file pedestal, storage cabinet or desk return for additional workspace.

a beautifully designed, more thoughtfully engineered, higher-end product that outlasts the typical pre-fabricated models on the market.

Has a setting panel that allows you to create customized sit / stand settings for up to 4 people / positions.

Has the most integrated wire management feature among the competition; full featured cable management ledge can incorporate a power strip, so only one single wire is hanging from the desk — and not a mess of wires, like you typically see.

What really sets the Sequel Lift Desk apart from other standing desk solutions on the market is the company’s trademark focus on attractive design, meticulous attention to detail, and versatile functionality. There is no reason why your workspace shouldn’t reflect your personality and style. So take a stand toward healthier work habits today! With the ideal sit-stand desk set up, you can operate at your best all day, while making a significant contribution to your overall health and well-being. For more information on how to order your own Sequel Lift Desk and jumpstart productivity for your home business, visit

The Sequel sit+stand desk provides the versatility and ease of movement that every workday requires.

In 1984, Bill Becker had a vision of making great Design available to everyone. Frustrated by the ‘trade only’ distribution of the best designed contemporary home furnishings, Bill was inspired to build a company that could develop and manufacture Designs that would actually be accessible. Today, BDI has become a force in contemporary home furnishings and an industry leader in home theater furniture. Visit

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Fellowes Brands Introduces Upscale MobilePro Series Products for Professionals to Work Productively On-the-Go


ellowes Brands released a new family of folios that addresses the organizational needs of professionals who conduct business on their iPads, work remotely, or are frequent travelers. The new Fellowes MobilePro Series products provide businesspersons with an innovative and upscale mobile office platform that travels well for working on-the-go. Home Business Magazine received a MobilePro Series™ Executive Folio for iPad Air® / Air® 2 to test out, and found it immensely useful. MobilePro Series folios feature two new, patent-pending innovations designed with business use in mind: The SmartConnect Case™ and the SmartConnect System™. The SmartConnect Case has a built-in stand and durable snap-in tray to allow users to view an iPad at three different angles and in portrait or landscape mode, and is detachable from the folio to allow for free-standing or handheld use. The SmartConnect System securely attaches Fellowes’ new MobilePro Series Bluetooth Keyboard to the line’s folio covers via magnets in the keyboard cover.

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Despite research showing that almost half of all work occurs outside the primary workspace, tablet workstations designed to meet the work and lifestyle needs of businesspersons have been limited to date. MobilePro Series products enable professionals to work productively with an iPad and paper, no matter the location  whether in offsite meetings, on a crowded airplane or commuter train or in a hotel. MobilePro Series products provide users with superior features and premium protection when they are away from the office. Each folio features a durable, ballistic nylon exterior and plush interior, and includes Fellowes’ removable SmartConnect Case, refillable writing pad pocket (adjustable for right- or left-handed use), storage pocket, business card slots and pen loop to keep needed items within quick reach. The product family includes folios designed to work with the iPad Pro, iPad Air or Air 2, and iPad mini 1, 2, 3 or 4. MobilePro Series Deluxe Folios are slim

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mobile workstations designed for iPad Pro or iPad Air/Air 2. The MobilePro Series Deluxe mini Folio delivers a complete, compact mobile workstation solution for working with paper and an iPad mini 1/2/3/4. The MobilePro Series Executive Folio is the ultimate mobile workstation, a slim, all-in-one folio that has everything needed to work on-the-go, including integrated MobilePro Series Bluetooth keyboard. Fellowes MobilePro Series products are available at, in addition to leading retailers including Amazon. com, Office, and others. For further information, visit

Swimming with Abandon Mother-Daughter Trio Bring Modesty & Sun Protection to the Forefront of Swimwear with UnderCover WaterWear By Sherilyn Colleen


t all started when entrepreneur Melissa Chehebar had trouble finding swimwear that was both stylish and would provide ample coverage for her trips to the beach and pool. After realizing this major void in the swimwear market, she teamed up with her mom, Susan Esses, (and later her sister Rachel Tabbouche) and brought her idea for UnderCover WaterWear modest swimwear to life. Undercover WaterWear’s fashion-forward swim dresses, swim skirts, swim tops, and swim leggings are worn on top of your own swimsuit so you can cover up. Made in the USA, all of the swimwear features a special Lycra and Spandex swim fabric that is chlorine-proof, non-clingy in water, and has UPF 50+ — it protects your skin from the sun’s strong rays without having to apply sunscreen. “Our mission is to give women the flexibility to wear what they want, do what

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they want, and feel great about it,” says Rachel Tabbouche, CEO and co-founder of UnderCover WaterWear. “Part of empowering women means that if they choose to cover up, for whatever reason, that’s okay and socially acceptable.” UnderCover WaterWear has given women so much more opportunity to live the life they want without compromising on their standards, whether because of modesty or health. According to Tabbouche, UnderCover WaterWear’s primary customers are “women aged 4-104”. To promote to these consumers, their most successful marketing initiative has been email newsletters. “In the beginning, my father told us to always capture the names and contact info of our customers,” Tabbouche says. “Thanks to his advice, we now have a large email list that helps us stay connected and give great discounts to our customers for repeat purchases.”

UnderCover WaterWear founders Melissa Chehebar, Susan Esses, and Rachel Tabbouche (left to right)

Tabbouche loves being able to be there for her kids’ school functions and plays, but working from home makes it harder to create boundaries. “It helps me stay more involved in the kids’ everyday life, but it also infringes on times that I wouldn’t normally have to work if I had a normal 9-5 job,” Tabbouche says. UnderCover WaterWear’s biggest business achievement was landing a feature on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, which was the most popular article for three days straight! “Our families are so proud of what we’ve built, and it’s such a great example for the many young girls in our family.” Visit Fall 2016 | Home Business



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A Professional Networker’s Legacy 27-Year Veteran Reveals Secrets of the MLM Industry and How to Take Back Your Financial Future By Sherilyn Colleen


f you were to lose your main source of income today, how much time would you have left before you’d be financially ruined? The truth is, over 50% of North Americans are less than 2 paychecks away from financial duress. The good news is that you probably already know this, and you’re reading this article looking for hope and solutions to your own life. The fact is, success leaves clues, and Ted Wilson is no stranger to success within the home-based industry. “I can help you — just as I have helped more than 120 people learn how to make a high 6-figure, or even a 7-figure annual income,” notes Wilson. “This income is passive while working from home, and most of these people only ever worked part-time.” Additionally, Wilson has coached thousands of people on how to create multiple 5-figure annual incomes working his systems approach to network marketing part-time from the comfort of their own home. Since 1989, with Wilson’s fateful introduction to the industry, he was able to go full-time in 1993 and he has not looked back. Wilson builds great successes time and time again, because he continues to study this industry as a profession. He has identified key behaviors, strategies and distinctions that separate those that are merely curious from those that are serious and will go on to great success. According to Wilson, “In every instance, I have been able to build traditional, large organization downlines of customers and marketing representatives quickly and repeatedly that has led to great successes for many people within my organization.” He strongly believes in the duplication of sound teaching to those who are truly committed. Wilson is at a stage in his career where he doesn’t just care about the money and growing a large organization. Instead, he wants to


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“reveal my strategies and help as many people as possible, as the legacy I’m giving Ted Wilson is a Professional Networker with Valentus and the back to the industry creator of the 12in24© Lifestyle 3-drink system. that I love, my conunder the brand name “Prevail” (which, in tribution to the next Latin, prae- + valēre means to be strong, to generation of developing leaders.” overcome). The two-year journey for Wilson One of Wilson’s strategies has been to “idenhas been a fascinating one and he believes his tify a consumer product(s) that offers real valgreatest work achievements. ue, which has immediate curb appeal, where a “Nearly 40,000 customers and represengreat relationship with a trusted brand occurs.” tatives strong have joined our team and yet He emphasizes the importance of the prodour brand, our company, is still a secret in the uct being immediately recognizable, one that home-based industry,” Wilson shares. “Yet, spurs an emotional connection to the benefit it we’ve only just begun. With global sales of offers, without the need to have to sell people just US$3.5M/month, the opportunity for treon its magical properties, or become a trained mendous leverage is just around the corner — what industry insiders refer to as the proverbial “sweet spot” of when a company is Nearly 40,000 customers timed perfectly to the market.”

and representatives strong have joined our team and yet our brand, our company, is still a secret in the home-based industry. We’ve only just begun.”

clinician selling the science trying to convince people why they should purchase a product, or worse — having to rationalize the high cost typically associated with such products. “The product must be immediately recognized as beneficial, it must be affordable without hesitation, and offer hope,” Wilson says. As an industry consultant, Wilson was introduced to a company in mid-2014 called Valentus, who markets a small but focused line of functional beverages in a concentrated, single-serve format. The 2-year old international company markets their nutritional line

Valentus offers a system called 12in24© that Wilson created for their organization. The company launched the product on June 1, 2015. “The results have been nothing short of amazing, and honestly, the products just flat out work!” Wilson says. With the ingenious new product, customers are offered a way to lose 12lbs. or 12” in only 24 days. Wilson asserts, “You’ll look and feel fantastic, and you’ll enjoy a 100% product satisfaction guarantee.”* Valentus’ SlimROAST Italian Dark Roast coffee, a weight management product, kickstarts the body onto a healthy track from cup #1. The instant cup of coffee, to be enjoyed first thing in the morning, acts to suppress an appetite naturally, and will create a natural fat burn in the body called thermogenesis. Ingredients such as garcinia cambogia, phaseolamine, cassiolamine, l-carnitine and chromium are naturally occurring in the product’s formula. Customers find the aromatic instant coffee to be delicious and it burns unwanted

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adipose fat as part of Valentus’ simple-to-follow 12in24© Lifestyle 3-drink system.*

Valentus pays out a “healthy 50% commission back to its loyal product consumers” called independent representatives who are responsible for inviting prospects to consider becoming wholesale customers and/or independent representatives themselves through an independent representative’s unique website(s).

One hour before supper, consumers are to enjoy a bottle of water and mix in Valentus’ TRIM powder for a piña colada flavour explosion! TRIM continues the appetite suppression benefits of SlimROAST, with added ingredient benefits of raspberry ketones, and the maqui berry, among other ingredients.* One hour before bedtime, Valentus advises to enjoy one more bottle of water and mix in Valentus’ IMMUNE BALANCE powder for a delicious array of antioxidants and other natural ingredients that are packed with nutrition to encourage a restful sleep. Sleep deprivation is a massive industry in itself and this product strives to address the main reasons why humans have difficulty getting a good night’s rest. With the “heightened sexual function, detoxification and elimination, and mental clarity and focus”, the 12in24© Lifestyle 3-drink system changes lives for the better!* All three of these products are all-natural, 100% safe, non-GMO formulas that all have less than 4gm of naturally occurring sugar. With a low glycemic index, all of Valentus’ products are diabetic-friendly. 12in24© Lifestyle partakers are advised to consume all 3 of these functional beverages every day for 6 days, take the 7th day off, and repeat for 4 weeks. “The lifestyle requires no shakes, no counting calories, no meal plan, no restrictive diet, no medical exercise plan, and no pain,” Wilson shares. “Just 3 delicious

Nearly 40,000 customers and representatives strong have joined the Valentus team and yet the brand is still a secret in the home-based industry. Valentus markets a small but focused line of functional beverages in a concentrated, single-serve format. The company launched the 12in24© Lifestyle 3-drink system on June 1, 2015. Valentus’ SlimROAST Italian Dark Roast coffee, a weight management product, kick-starts the body onto a healthy track from cup #1. The instant cup of coffee, to be enjoyed first thing in the morning, acts to suppress an appetite naturally, and will create a natural fat burn in the body called thermogenesis.

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“I can help you — just as I have helped more than 120 people learn how to make a high 6-figure, or even a 7-figure annual income.” – Ted Wilson, Professional Networker with Valentus

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Valentus pays out a “healthy 50% commission back to its loyal product consumers” called independent representatives. A one-time, lifetime fee of US$20.00 is all it takes to become an independent representative with Valentus, or free to simply become a wholesale-preferred customer. “With global sales of just US$3.5M/ month, the opportunity for tremendous leverage is just around the corner — what industry insiders refer to as the proverbial “sweet spot” of when a company is timed perfectly to the market.”

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Funds Can Be Raised for Startups Check Out These 6 Best Crowdfunding Sites By Eileen Burton


ne of the great advantages of trying to launch an interesting project today or trying to mobilize a citizen campaign is to have financing methods such as crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the process of asking the general public to provide seed capital for new ventures. The goal is to convince as many people as possible that the project is worth it, where each person invests an amount. In general, crowdfunding sites offer two forms of financing:

Everything or nothing

In this case, it sets a deadline for the goal to be reached. If the full amount is collected by the stipulated date, the project owner takes the money and has a duty to reward investors with previously set terms. This strategy seeks to encourage donations and creates an urgent basis to donors.

“Kickstarter is one of the pioneers in crowdfunding. It has helped more than 6 million people to consolidate their ideas through fundraising.” All help

Here, the author of the project does not have to collect 100% of the money, but must specify clearly the fate of the amount collected, even partial, as well as establish the rewards provided to investors. The following are the 3 types of crowdfunding platforms: ■


The donation, called crowd giving. — Platform to collect donations or contributions which may give rise to different counterparties;

The loan, called crowdfunding lending. — Platform for project financing through loans;

The stake, called equity crowdfunding.

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— Platform to finance entrepreneurial projects through the purchase of securities. If you need money to fund an idea, project or business, Crowdfunding is the process of asking the general public you must have contemplated to provide seed capital for new ventures. resorting to collective financing systems. To help you in one of the most popular crowdfunding sites this task, there are 6 major crowdfunding due to its flexibility, openness and being an websites in the world. Continue reading and accessible option for campaigns around the discover the best options for your case. world where anyone can raise money for film, music, art and more. If you decide to create a 1. Kickstarter ( Kickstarter is considered to be the larg- campaign and launch on this platform, know est crowdfunding site in the world. Since that Indiegogo charges a fee of 5% on the its launch in April 2009, it has raised more funds you plan to collect. Indiegogo does not than $1.8 billion, engaging more than nine require a formal application and is available in million people. The number of implemented any country. projects already surpassed the mark of 88,000 numbers. Kickstarter is one of the pioneers in crowdfunding. It has helped more than 6 million people to consolidate their ideas through RocketHub uses a rewardfundraising. Without fear, I could say that it based strategy on awards has become the most popular site of collective funding. and badges to help foster

2. (

This is the largest crowdfunding site in Latin America. The platform operates in the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and the United States. Ideame primarily stimulates funding through networking (according to the site, 80% of resources come from these people) and accepts collective financing in two modes. 3. Catarse (

Catarse is the largest Brazilian crowdfunding platform. Since its launch, the site has helped fund more than 1,800 projects, raising $31 million by 216,000 people. 4. Indiegogo (

Created a year before Kickstarter, Indiegogo is one of its main competitors worldwide. According to the platform, the performance reaches 224 countries. In addition, 15 million people visit the site monthly. Indiegogo is

interaction between users.”

5. RocketHub (

RocketHub is a platform for collective fund projects including various areas such as art, science, business, and social projects, among others. What differentiates RocketHub from the rest is the great exposure that your project can reach through a strategic partnership. As for the cost of your commission: it’s 4% plus 4% for fees of the transaction if you reach your goal. Otherwise, you will be charged with 8% commission plus 4% fee per transaction. Its interface is intuitive and offers tools for building better projects and businesses. RocketHub uses a reward-based strategy on awards and badges to help foster interaction between users. Continued on page 50

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Dear Friend, Years ago a wise man related a story in his endeavor to explain compound interest to his grandson found the effort more difficult than he had imagined. Now through the years this story has been altered many times but the essence of it, the reality of it, the simplicity of it has never changed and is as true today as it was back then. The grandfather in his attempt to explain to his grandson the benefits of investing and receiving compound interest and how the magic of compounding can literally all by itself make anyone with patience and determination wealthy. He first talked about investing just $1k at a very modest return of only 7% and that $1,000 would double and the investment would return compounded interest compounded daily and in just seven short years that 7% compounded daily interest would turn that $1,000 into $2,000 with no effort on behalf of the investor. The young grandson eager to obtain his own fortune like his grandfather had, was struggling with the concept so... The grandfather offered this example... "Son" he said, "If I offered you $1,000 in CASH now or just ONE PENNY that would double in value every day - it's compounding, - which would you rather have from me?" The grandson quickly answered, "Well, of course Grandpa, I'd much rather have the one thousand dollars now! Are you kidding?" To which the grandfather replied, "All right then, let me tell you what you will be giving up." "If you invest just one penny today, and every day it doubles in value, in just 20 days it will be worth..."

Do the math with me... Day 1: 1 penny becomes 2, Day 2: 2 becomes 4, Day 3: 4 becomes 8, Day 4: 8 becomes 16, Day 5: 16 becomes 32, Day 6: 32 becomes 64 cents, Day 7: 64 becomes $1.28, Day 8: $1.28 becomes $2.56, Day 9: $2.56 becomes $5.12, Day 10: $5.12 becomes $10.24, Day 11: $10.24 becomes $20.48, Day 12: $20.48 becomes $40.96, Day 13: $40.96 becomes $81.92, Day 14: $81.92 becomes $163.84, Day 15: $163.84 becomes $327.68, Day 16: $327.68 becomes $655.36, Day 17: $655.36 becomes $1,310.72, Day 18: $1,310.72 becomes $2,621.44 Day 19: $2,621.44 becomes $5,242.88, Day 20: $5,242.88 becomes $10,485.76 $10,485.76! Wow! From just that first penny! And, that my new friend, and hopeful partner, is the very essence that drives the 2x14 matrix offered at this brand new company that is only $14.95 a month to join. It is truly amazing. When you join, you will be joining on my personal team! And get this: I’m the only person in the world who has put more than 11,000 people, direct signups not downline, into a single network marketing program. And I’ve done this all through email marketing. I'm even told that I’m the only person in the world to have ever put more than 5,000 people into a network marketing program - and I’ve done that with TWO other programs. I don't say this to boast, I just want you to know the nature of the people whose team you will be on. Now I don't expect to do it all myself... Once you join make it your mission, make it your goal to put at least two of your own people - contacts, friends, associates, followers, and of the social media contacts you have... Just get two, share this story, tell them about the team that you are on, use this letter, found in your back office, and your own link, it really is that simple. It is an amazing opportunity all about making money in network marketing. I firmly believe in the importance of multiple streams of income and want to show you how you can make this work for you! It has been years since I have been as excited as I am about this - simple but yet eloquent and powerful network

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marketing company and I'm going to get behind it and fold it into all of my sales funnels and marketing activities. You can stand idly by and watch my team grow, or you can get involved now for only $14.95 and be part of it in a significant way. Imagine earning money from me and those folks who I sponsor in the form of spillover automatically - it will happen, it has to happen, the system is built that way. Imagine having $36,351 + change coming in MONTHLY, just as a result in having a full matrix because you read this letter today and sometime and hopefully in the not too distant future you too are there with me. So whatever you do, don't think of this letter as hype, don't think of this program as some pyramid scheme, don't discount it because it's network marketing. Network marketing is a way for the average man and the average woman who sells a service or product such as this program offers - that is worth it's price despite the fact that commissions are being paid out on it through several levels - to make enormous sums of money for every one. The internet is full of such stories, this company, I assure you, will add to that list of people who become independently wealthy just because they took action and joined the right team at the right time for a very small investment. Sincerely,

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6. FundAnything (www.fundanything. com/en)

FundAnything is another digital platform for crowdfunding addressed to the general public. It can be used to raise money for almost anything. One of FundAnything’s main investors is 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has promoted it on his personal Twitter account. FundAnything charges a rate of 9% commission of the total contributions you get.

Indiegogo is one of the most popular crowdfunding sites due to its flexibility and being an accessible option for campaigns around the world to raise money for film, music, art and more.

“One of FundAnything’s main investors is 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has promoted it on his personal Twitter account.” Remember that these sites are all platforms that drive joint financing, therefore are not linked to any of the projects. Visit these sites and if it is within your reach, support projects that you like and potentially start your own project. Eileen Burton is a media and advertising consultant with years of leadership experience. She currently works for a UK-based company that helps clients who request, “Can you do my assignment for me?” Visit When not consulting, she loves to immerse in her favorite activity, i.e., blogging on leadership and entrepreneurial topics.


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The Top Four Payroll Myths Debunked By Dr. Chandra Bhansali Myth #1: Your business is too small to outsource payroll. Many business owners often believe that in order to outsource their payroll, they need to meet a minimum number of employees or annual revenue. In reality, a small business is often the least equipped to handle the risks of processing payroll themselves. Even a one-person shop has the same stringent requirements for accuracy of calculations, timely deposit of taxes and filing of payroll tax forms as a 100-person firm. The year-end process of generating W-2, 1099’s and federal and state forms is particularly daunting. Furthermore, the penalties for late filing are very steep. By outsourcing your payroll, you ensure that all payroll compliance requirements are met, taxes are deposited on time and all forms are filed on time with 100 percent accuracy. This peace of mind is invaluable, especially for small businesses. Myth #2: It’s easier to do payroll in-house. By outsourcing your payroll processing, you not only reduce your risk, you also save the significant time and hassle of managing payroll-related tasks. According to a recent study by, nearly a third of business owners who handle their own payroll spend more than six hours each month on payroll—one in ten even reported spending over 10 hours. By working with your accountant, the time you spend on payroll will be minimal, giving you more time to do what matters most: growing your business. If you’re adamant about taking the lead on payroll, accountants working on cloudbased solutions, like AccountantsWorld’s Payroll Relief, can customize your level of involvement so that you work collaboratively. Myth #3: Even if I wanted to outsource payroll, I don’t know anyone who could do it. The best person to handle your payroll may be your closest financial advisor: your accountant. He or she knows the latest laws and rulings, such as the new overtime rule announced in May, that affect your payroll processes, so you don’t have to worry about reading and understanding these complex regulations. Additionally, as your company grows, the rules you need to follow will change. In 2013, the IRS issued penalties to 6.8 million businesses that filed payroll taxes incorrectly, many of which were due to failing to respond to changes in staffing and tax rules. Your CPA can work with you to adjust the process to ensure you’re in compliance with the new statutes. Myth #4: Outsourcing payroll will be costly. Larger payroll providers sometimes demand a minimum retainer, but there are plenty of other options for small business owners. Before you spend hours researching payroll vendors, check with your accountant. Because you’re already working with him or her, it makes sense to add payroll to your accounting services, especially if he or she will be handling your taxes. Accountants using cloud-based solutions can even sync with popular payroll programs like SwipeClock, so you won’t have to change your systems. And at the end of the year, you gain efficiencies and save money because your accountant already has your payroll data readily available.

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Entrepreneurial Powerhouse Runs L.A.’s Social Scene The h.wood Group Co-Founder John Terzian Owns and Operates Bootsy Bellows, The Nice Guy, and Other Must-Attend Establishments in the Los Angeles Area and Beyond By Shannah Henderson


os Angeles is the undisputed top hub for America’s most talked-about celebrities and lifestyle scene, and there is one man at the forefront of it all: John Terzian, co-founder of The h.wood Group. One of the most successful hospitality entrepreneurs of the past decade, John Terzian and The h.wood Group have introduced many über lucrative establishments to the upper echelon of L.A., including The Nice Guy (an extraordinary invite-and-reservation-only dining experience solely for friends and A-listers). The h.wood Group is also the creator of the world-famous Bootsy Bellows flagship brand. Terzian’s list of must-attend lounge and restaurant establishments is long and ever-growing. His first endeavor with The h.wood Group, SHOREbar in Santa Monica, has been open for over five years now and is renowned for its jaw-dropping bar program and architecture (it even received an award from Architectural Digest). The h.wood Group also owns The Blind Dragon karaoke lounge in LA (loved by today’s top stars and socialites), the ‘60s inspired Bootsy Bellows lounges in LA and Aspen, Heart of Omnia lounge in Las Vegas, and Henry’s (formerly

Hooray Henry’s), a sleek hotspot in West Hollywood. The h.wood Group also puts on many red carpet events each year, including a star-studded soiree for Coachella and the MAXIM Super Bowl Party. Before becoming the entrepreneurial sensation he is today, Terzian studied fine art at USC and then attended Pepperdine Law School. During this time, he also ran a successful event promotion business on the side, which fueled his passion for entrepreneurship. He now uses his background in art to help design all of his lifestyle venues. “I don’t think I was ever meant to work for anyone,” Terzian says. “I have a very entrepreneurial mindset and wanted to create things. I basically combined my passion for art with business, which

It’s a balancing game; “ you have to balance when to listen to others, when to take another person’s point of view, and when to stay true to your vision and be headstrong,” Terzian says.

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John Terzian is a co-founder of The h.wood Group, a Los Angeles-based lifestyle company specializing in upscale nightlife, event production, and more.

resulted in designing and creating venues.” Although he is extremely busy running Los Angeles’s upscale social scene, Terzian makes plenty of time to give back to his community and support local charities. He is on the board for Imagine LA, which helps homeless families in Los Angeles find a place to stay, find jobs, and live sustainable lives. He also created the Imagine Ball to help raise money for this charity. Terzian is also active with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Fxck Cancer, and Give Love, which helps bring clean water to places in need all over the world, starting with Haiti. “My company is all about giving back,” Terzian says. “I encourage other people that are of my mindset to do the same.” Terzian now manages some of the administrative tasks from his home and lives by his father’s greatest business tip: “Don’t be an asshole.” This piece of advice helps Terzian always stay humble and work hard. He also believes that in order to maintain a healthy life balance, entrepreneurs must stay true to their vision. “It’s a balancing game; you have to balance when to listen to others, when to take another person’s point of view, and when to stay true to your vision and be headstrong,” Terzian says. “I have to live and die by my own decisions, so I might as well go with what I believe in.” The h.wood Group is already working on new establishments, including The Blind Dragon in Dubai. Terzian and his company have definitely experienced enormous success, but his aspirations are higher: “My dream has always been to build something that outlives me,” he says. “Long after I’m gone, I hope my entire brand I’ve created lives on.” Visit

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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

the white cedar for the bamboo, Lutz chose to try his hand at his Jamaican design. The project paid off. Lutz had reinvented the wheel ‌ or rather, the chair! Inspired by the idea of a suspended hammock chair, Lutz constructed a traditional chair with an unconventional seat that floated in the frame, attached to the back and suspended from the sides by rope. The result was an uber comfortable outdoor chair that hugs you like a hammock, and conforms to every person’s body type.

world. Fitting family tradition, he and his wife, Sarah Cooke, created the Vermont Cedar Chair Company.

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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