I refreshed the water every day, and the onion began to grow. Daily, illuminated by the sun, what was once garbage became food.
A few weeks later I harvested the onion greens and diced them like chives and they added a wonderful flavor to a fresh salad.
Onions have many layers and within this onion I found a true lesson in success.
They say ...'ok boomer '- YOU say.....
The Sudden Entrepreneur
By J. O’Brian
What if you could work from home?
When you know you have the initiative and will power to start your own business you also begin thinking ‘There must be a business I can work from home.” You may think this because you already have a full time job and you do not want to quit until you have an income stream. It may also be that you are in an area where there are not many work opportunities – and because of that if you start your own business, then you will provide both jobs and goods to your neighbors and community.
Some people have ideas but no interest in pursuing them. Other people have the willpower and drive to succeed yet need a jumpstart on the ideas, and these are the kind of people that scammers prey on. But, you do not have to let the possibility of scammers keep you from success if you have that will power and drive.
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The Amazing Art of Brian McIlwee
This New Internet scam tries to tell you that you send spam!
The Internet Scammer introduces himself as ‘Mark’. He hasn’t even changed his phone number 323-213-7689 since the last time he made the rounds. This time, he tells you your computer has been taken over remotely and is sending spam back to Microsoft. Now, of course, he is from Microsoft and if you allow him on line access – while you are watching- he can fix it for you.
He also has a partner at 323-647-4977 that he refers you to so you can ‘call Microsoft’ and verify his employment
"Working From Home Using Your Computer and Your Brain"
A great new book from Excellence-Success Publishing
Excellence-Success.com has just released this book which explores several ideas for working from home that apparently easy to achieve.
There are many reasons to work from home: You face a hundred mile drive to get there, you are the primary caregiver for a child, an elderly or disabled parent or spouse, you live in a part of town that is virtually unsafe to work in, you have special needs yourself or your co-workers have work habits and attitudes that are in conflict with yours. But, up until now, it has not been easily possible unless you were a member of a huge company or organization that encourages ‘telework’.
Now, with the help of computers, there are many options open to anyone who is willing to take a little time and effort. You no longer have to risk your life or embarrass yourself in a video to have a chance at real income, and you don't have to spam your family and friends with email advertising in an effort to earn a few pennies for each sale of 'affiliate' products.
Working From Home Using Your Computer and Your Brain takes a look at several different work from home jobs you can do. Some of these, such as 'Dropshipper' don't take a lot of skill, training, or even exotic computer programs to do, they just require your time.
If you have ever wanted to run and curate a gallery, open a virtual shop, enter the fashion or gift wrap design business, this will give you a chance to look at your options and begin to investigate what it will take you to start a profitable business.
You can buy it now on Amazon.com.
An On Line Gallery Can Allow You to Create and Curate ....................Paintings and Photographs for Profit.
If you enjoy art shows, galleries and decorating, you may have always wanted your own gallery. Paintings that hang on the wall have always been treasured by people because they add a specific flair to their homes and offices. Being the owner of a shop that specializes in art allows you to patronize your own artists and develop your own personal taste as a design element for the world.
You’ve seen the on line art websites that feature paintings and photographs, and you have often wondered what it would take to get your own group of painters and photographers to populate your website with art you have personally selected to represent.
You no longer have to have a huge upfront cost involved in opening your own gallery. To start, you need to be an artist or have access to an artist who wants their art promoted in this way. Then, you need to buy a basic e commerce website like Shopify so you can sell art.
Finally, you need to locate a company that can reproduce photos of your art in high resolution on a canvas like paper and finish it as an ‘artist wrap’. Most shops that print copies or posters or develop photographs will provide this service. You can even have this done at a pharmacy like CVS or an office supply store like Staples.
To start, if you are not the artist, get the permission of the artist to sell copies of their art on your website. You should offer those people 15% to 25% of the net profit from each sale. They will still own and be able to sell their original; you are selling high quality copies on canvas paper. A popular print may sell 100 copies. Your artist will be well compensated.
Next, you will want use your digital camera or your good cell phone camera to get sharp, high resolution pictures of the art you want to sell in your on line gallery. If you are selling photographic prints, you will already have the digital copies.
Now put the pictures on your website with a description that will make people want to buy them. If you have problems with getting started, you can either pay someone to write them for you or you can read catalogs and websites to get ideas. NEVER copy someone else’s descriptions.
If you have gotten yourself an E-commerce website like Shopify, then you are set up to receive payments. If not, you will need to set up a PayPal account to receive payments. That will allow you to put a ‘BuyNow’ or ‘Add to Cart’ button under each item on your website. Price your art at no less than twice what your printer has quoted you to produce one ‘canvas’ artist wrap of a print.
You will need to check for orders daily. When an order comes in, the customer will have paid for it in advance. Now you email the digital copy to your printer. They produce it and send it back you to you. You pay them and put the rest of the money in your bank account. Now you ship the art to your customer with a receipt that says paid.
If you’ve hired an artist, you will need to pay them their percentage.
Recently, a new book called ‘Now You Can Work From Home’, has promised to give people an ‘instruction’ on many work from home opportunities. Therefore we downloaded it and selected one ‘work from home career’ to start. The one we selected was ‘Wall and Paper Designer’. Although I have a professional graphics program, the book says you can do everything in ‘Paint’ and ‘Word’. So that is what we used.
The book told us we needed to start with original art to avoid copyright infringement. After taking several photographs with a regular cellphone camera, we selected on and opened it in Word, where we made a few ‘image adjustments’ with the tools in Word. We then copied the image and pated it in Paint, where we made a few more adjustments and then saved it as a jpeg. We also created a couple of graphic designs using only the tools in paint and saved that as a jpeg.
The book tells us to join a website called ‘Spoonflower. This, amazingly enough is free! Once you have joined you want to click on ‘Sell’. Now you can upload the design you just created in ‘Paint’. Spoonflower gives you easy tools that you can use to make the design into a ‘repeating pattern’ that you can put on fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap.
Not everything is free, however because, when you are happy with your design, you save it, but Spoonflower does not make your design available to the public until you purchase and approve a ‘proof ‘ sample that will cost you $5. If you upload 10 designs at one time, you will spend $50.00.
But, I understand that you can now take those samples and market your designs to family, friends and local craft shops.
So, the book is correct, this is a real business you can start anywhere, after you create ‘artwork’ that you think would look good as a piece of fabric (to be made into clothing), gift wrap or wall paper.
Spoonflower is a North Carolina, USA based company specializes in helping both artists and individuals get their designs printed and out to the public without charging ridiculous ‘up-front’ fees and forcing you to purchase thousands of dollars of your own design and warehouse hundreds of yards of fabrics at additional cost.
Every time someone orders 100 yards of your $15.00 per yard fabric, gift wrap or wallpaper, you collect a minimum of $150.00. If you sell a lot, the commissions go up to 15%
There are also ways to maximize your sales opportunities. You will definitely want to mention yourself and show your designs on your Facebook and LinkedIn pages. If you do not have one, get Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and even Google+ accounts, and update your followers on your newest designs.
Just remember to do your ‘due diligence’ and make certain to investigate any business you wish to start or invest in. and remember that there are more scams than real opportunities