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Making Money with Storage Units and Yard Sales

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 06:03:02 GMT

Do you want to make money with the buying and reselling of merchandise found at mini storage auctions? If so, you need to find a great way to resell your purchases. While you do have a number of different choices, you may find hosting a yard sale to be your best option.

Before outlining how you can use a yard sale as a way to profit from merchandise bought at self-storage auctions, it is important to focus on those items. When bidding at a storage auction, you are urged to use your best judgment. Do not place a huge bid when you do not know what is inside. If you can catch a glance at the items up for bid, look for name brand products, household appliances, antiques, and furniture.

Hosting a yard sale is recommended when you have many items to sell. One table of sellable items may not be worth your time. If you buy a storage unit that packed to capacity or if you purchase the contents of multiple bays, a yard sale will be worth the time and energy. Also, remember that you can add your own unwanted personal items to the sale.

When looking to make a profit reselling merchandise, you are urged to limit your business expenses. After all, the less you spend, the more money you make. This is true, but yard sales rely heavily on advertising. If you do not live in a heavily populated or a well-trafficked area, no one will know that you are having a sale. That is why advertising is important.

As for how you should advertise your yard sale, visit Craigslist.org. There, you can place a free advertisement online, just find the closest city to make your posting. Buy advertising space in your local newspaper. Most have a section just for yard sales. This will cost money, but it will be more than worth it. Always include your full address, the date and time of the yard sale, as well as a sample of what you have for sale. On the day of your sale, hang bright colored signs with your address or rely on arrows.

When using yard sales to resell items bought at a mini storage auction, keep your asking price affordable. Yes, you want to make a profit, but remember that people visit yard sales to find the best deals. That is why you are urged to have a lot of items on hand. The good news is that if you buy the contents of a whole storage unit, as opposed to a few closed bins, you should get a lot of things to sell.

Before preparing for your yard sale, one step you will want to take is using the internet. Do you have any items that look like they could be valuable or antique? You can use eBay.com to see. Perform a completed auction search of each item. If it sells online for more than what you would make at the yard sale, pull it from your sale pile. Do not expect to get full price for antiques at a yard sale. Instead, sell them online or contact an antique dealer.

Before your sale, start labeling all items for sale. Blank yard sale stickers are available for sale at most dollar stores and office supply stores. Pricing your items is important, as not all shoppers stop and ask for price information. If some don’t see prices listed, they will just move onto the next sale.

The day before your sale, visit your local bank. Ask for change. If you get buyers who stop because they saw your sale when driving by, they may not have small bills. Be sure to have plenty of dollar bills and quarters on hand. Keep your money in a well-secured location.

The day of your sale, start laying out items for sale. Group similar items together. For example, did you get a couple of boxes of movies, toys, and books? Make sure all books appear together, and so forth. Clothes can be folded on a table or hung from makeshift racks. Never lay items flat on the ground, especially if you have other options.



How to Find the Perfect Fashion School

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:31:40 GMT

Are you interested in having a career in fashion? If you are, there is a good chance that you may be interested in attending fashion school. While it is more than possible to make money as a fashion designer, a fashion seller, and a fashion consultant without having a degree, you will find that having one may improve your chances of running a successful business.

As nice as it is to know that a degree from a fashion school or at least a certificate of completion may improve your chances of having a successful business, you may be wondering exactly why that is. If you are interested in being a professional fashion designer, you may already know that thousands have tired to do so and failed. Unfortunately, many of those individuals ended up making many simple mistakes. By getting a degree and the training that comes along with it, you are less likely to make some of these common mistakes and you may learn many other helpful tips and tricks. The same can be said for running a fashion store or working as a fashion consultant.

Now you that you know the importance of attending fashion school, you may be wondering what it the best fashion school to attend. When it comes to finding the best fashion school for you to attend, there are a number of important factors that you will want to take into consideration. One of those factors is the type of school you would like to attend. Fashion schools and fashion training courses come in a number of different formats. For instance, there are traditional two and four year colleges and universities where you can walk away with a degree. On the other hand, there are training schools that provide you with a certificate of completion, which is, in a way, like a degree.

Location is another factor that should be taken into consideration. If you are preparing to graduate from high school, you may find it easier to find a fashion school to attend, as you may be more willing to relocate than someone who has roots already established or a family. If you want to stay local, you should still have a number of fashion schools or at least fashion training courses to choose from. In all honesty, the larger the city that you live in or around, the better your chances are of having more options.

Perhaps, the easiest way to go about examining all of your options, in terms of fashion schools, is by using the internet. When using the internet, you may want to think about performing a standard internet search with a phrase like “fashion school.” If you would like to stay in a particular area, you may want to incorporate that city or town into your internet search, as it will provide you with more tailored results. You should thoroughly examine the websites of all fashion schools that you come across to see what type of training is offered and how much that training costs.

You may also want to ask those that you know for recommendations or any information that they may have on fashion schools. Although the person that you are speaking to may not necessarily have attended a fashion school, they may know of someone who has had. Colleges and training schools are often something that is regularly discussed among friends and acquaintances; therefore, you never know what information you can get through word of mouth. In addition, if you are still a high school student, you may want to think about speaking with your guidance counselor for assistance.

As a reminder, attending fashion school is something that is optional, especially if you are interested in starting your own business. Despite being optional, you may still want to take the time to examine fashion schools. You may actually be surprised with how much you can learn by attending one.



Credit Counseling: Help For The Weary Debtor

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:30:30 GMT

Many people across America have dug a deep hole with debt and find it hard to escape this burden. With so many people having problems with debt, new credit counseling agencies spring up to help people get out of the debt they owe. Although there are many great credit counseling companies, there are also those that are fraudulent that can cause even more damage to your credit. It is important that you know what to look for in a great counseling company so you can avoid fraud.

Look for NonProfit Companies
If you need credit counseling, consider looking for companies who run as a nonprofit. You should only use these companies as a last resort and not as a way to escape your commitments to your creditors. However, if you feel you cannot manage your debt load, you should seek help to find a solution to your financial problem.

On the other hand, if you can take small steps to pay off your debt without outside help, you will build good money management skills. You can, for example, call your creditors and explain your situation. This means you have a chance to hear what the other party thinks about your delinquent account. Most times it is not what you are thinking. Most creditors prefer to work with you to help you repay as much money as possible. They don't want you to declare bankruptcy because they stand to lose all their money.

You can also decide to make a larger payment on your credit cards. This may mean taking another job or selling some of your valuables, but it is a step in the right direction. However, if you decide to work with a credit counseling firm, you should do careful research about the company. Check with the Better Business Bureau in your local area to see if there are any complaints on file. You could even have a friend visit the company and pretend she is looking to work with the company.

Avoid Fees
A warning sign that a credit counseling company may be fraudulent is if they require that you pay any fees before they begin working with you. While a small fee may be all right, a company charging excessive fees may cost you more money in the long run and offset any savings you might get from consolidating your debts. Remember that you want to lower your debt, not add any extra costs to your existing debt. If the fees seem unreasonable, you may want to ask your friends about them.

False Advertising
If you are looking for a credit counseling company, you should avoid those companies that offer a quick fix for your credit. It likely took you a long time to amass your debt, and there is no program that can help you get out of debt overnight. If the company promises to wave a magic wand and wipe out your debt, or fix your credit history without any effort on your part, there is a good chance that they are a fraud. Often, any steps they might take to try to fix your credit may be illegal and cause you more harm than good.

Unsolicited Emails
If you are in need of a credit counseling company, it is important that you go and look for a company yourself. Many people receive unsolicited emails offering credit counseling and, many times, these are scams. If you contact a company and then they contact you, this is acceptable. But those who come looking for you are usually companies to stay away from.

Credit counseling can be an important way to help you get control of your debt, especially if you are close to bankruptcy. If there are ways that you can help yourself work to get out of debt, this may be a better answer than turning to a counseling company. If you do find yourself in need of a credit counseling company, be sure to check out the company to be sure that they are legitimate. Remember that choosing the wrong company can get you into even greater debt.



Start Your Own Computer Support Business

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:29:47 GMT

Anyone with some a little training and experience can find themselves among the most valuable assets in the world of computers and small business as a computer support person. Many computer users will find themselves in predicaments that have them on the verge of panic and will think the sky is falling on them. They will have a small computer glitch or problem that can be pretty easily remedied and find themselves wanting to go out and buy another computer. That may not be necessary and you can be instrumental in not only saving their day but creating a loyal customer for years to come. Even the smallest computer repair can seem like a big deal to those without the proper knowledge that you have.

For those who rely on computers to run their own at home business, their computer is their lifeline. Most do not know much about how a computer works. Their greatest fear is having the computer freeze up and lose everything that they need. Most do not do what they need to make sure that everything is backed up on removable hard drives or online storage system. There are so many things that you can do to make their lives easier they will look to you for help first when they do have major computer problems.

You will most likely want to get started locally so that you can either be called out to take care of on site repairs or so that they can bring their computer in to you to take care of. After you have found a good workspace that is clean and organized you will need to get a business license which will bring about credibility and also seek to get insurance for your business to help cover you in case unforeseen things happen that could cost you your business.

Make sure that you have the latest software to help you diagnose problems and make sure they are up to date. Also make sure that you have all the most up to date virus knowledge and scanners available to help keep your computers from being infected but also those you are working on.

Build a website. There is no doubt that having a web presence can help make you known, even in your area. For getting a good start to your computer business look for ways to have your website optimized for local searches on all the major search engines. As someone working with computers this is something that should be an essential par of your business plan.

The most of what it takes to be successful starting and running a computer support business you may already have. What may be the hardest part of it is marketing but if you take care of your customers they will spread the word and bring more business opportunities. People love to have the dilemmas solved and will gladly tell others about their hero that saved their say. It may not seem like that big of a fix or problem to you but in as you start your computer support business you will find it is a big deal for others and your bank account.