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Month: January 2018

How Profitable is Selling Books Online? A Look at Making Money on Amazon and eBay

If you are new to online book selling or just interested in finding out what the profit potential might be you want to be sure you have a realistic view of the market and its potential. I strive to do just that in this article. For the last five years I have been involved as a third party vendor on Amazon.com, Half.com, and other venues and then as a consultant to online booksellers with my daughter and business partner, Carissa. The aim of this article is to discuss the market potential of online selling. Before we can answer the burning question of how profitable you can be we need to fill in some basic concepts. I will be covering three different markets for books. We will start with the market for new books fresh from the publisher then discuss the market for secondary books or seconds as they are called and finally the used book market. I will discuss sources, wholesale price (what they will cost you as the bookseller), retail price (what you can sell them for online) and how that relates to the business potential. New Books Typically new books can be purchased from a wholesaler starting at half the cover price. If you buy in bulk quantity you can get even better pricing. You can then list the books online for a competitive price to ensure...

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Importance of Discipline in School Life

“If you work with self-focus and discipline, you can achieve almost anything.” Discipline is important in everyone’s life. It helps bring a sense of responsibility, determination to work hard each time after failure and stay focused on achieving success. Discipline is the key factor which helps achieve success in life. It can give us guidelines and improve our standard of living. If introduced at the initial stages, discipline shapes the attitude and will of students. It enables students to develop a mature mind and have an inner control to postpone immediate pleasures for long-term benefits. It is one of the most under-rated, least understood aspect of in every student’s life. During teenage discipline is seen as the opposite of freedom. As at that age the child’s mind is usually combined with a short-sighted, simplistic understanding of freedom. Discipline in school life is as important as breathing. The students cannot be well-educated without discipline. To have a great career in future discipline can play a very important role. It is more important in schools because the set of rules & regulations set as discipline determine the proper code of behavior. As they say, “an empty mind is a devil’s workshop”; if the student’s mind is not occupied in constructive activities they might be led astray. And, these are just the foundation years. If discipline becomes a habit, it holds these...

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How a Hermit Can Earn Money From His Cave

Are you a hermit? Do you like being alone? Maybe you are becoming more of a hermit and wish you could earn money from the comforts of your cave, or home, without all the office politics and gossip swirling around you. More and more people are finding the life of the hermit, or at least a more independent working environment to be their perfect comfort zone. Whether you are still employed for a big company or venturing out into your own business, the less complicated situation of working with yourself can lower stress levels for many, and make others more productive. Back in the old days the hermit had to find himself a cave and basically live off the land. He had little earning potential and probably would have a hard time with those sales calls. Today, even if you lived in a cave, as long as you had the right cell phone you could make sales calls and even work on your website to bring business to you. This potential to earn money from wherever your home is makes a lot of people venture into this perspective and build from the ground up on their dreams. Remember the days when you had to work in a stuffy office separated by mere partitions as your whole existence was a small cube of space with your computer, a phone, and...

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Net Promoter Score (NPS): Real Deal or Have Car Dealers Been Sold a Lemon?

In the car sales arena Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) are King: every sales statistic possible is monitored, from customer visits, test drives, sales, deliveries and finance penetration etc and now customer satisfaction. These KPI’s are benchmarked to provide an industry/dealer standard of performance. It is believed that each KPI has a correlative effect on each other, in that the more people you see, the more you test drive, the more you sell: it is as they sales people say ‘a numbers game.’ Now we believe that we can reverse the algorithm and make KPI’s do the work. By delivering exemplary customer service, a customer becomes a net promoter, advertisement and an advocate for the company. All we have to do is sit back and wait for the satisfied customers or ‘Net Promoters’ to drive the new customers, soon to satisfied and be transformed into promoters, into our businesses and reap what has been sowed. A perfect self sustaining and scalable business model or have the sales people been sold a lemon? What is Net Promoter Score? In recent years there has been an upsurge in the use of Customer Satisfaction Surveys and the reliance upon the’ Net Promoter Score (NPS)’ – none more so than in automotive manufacturers and retailers. NPS is a question within a Customer Satisfaction Survey, where the customer is asked to rate on a numerical...

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"I Carry Your Heart With Me," A Discussion of the Poem by E. E. Cummings

The poem, “i carry your heart with me,” by E. E. Cummings has been a favorite love poem and a favorite selection at weddings for many years. The poem has gained renewed interest since being featured in the film, “In Her Shoes.” It is used with devastating effect in the film’s climactic wedding scene and again to close the movie. Countless fans have been inspired to review the touching words of “i carry your heart with me.” The Poet E. E. Cummings was born Edward Estlin Cummings in 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He died in North Conway, N.H., in 1962. Cummings earned a B.A. degree from Harvard in 1915 and delivered the Commencement Address that year, titled “The New Art.” A year later he earned an M.A. degree for English and Classical Studies, also from Harvard. Cummings joined an ambulance corps with the American Red Cross in France during World War I. The French imprisoned him on suspicion of disloyalty, a false accusation that put Cummings in prison for three months. He wrote the novel, The Enormous Room, about his experience. Many of Cummings’ writings have an anti-war message. Cummings was a fine artist, playwright and novelist. He studied art in Paris following World War I and he adopted a cubist style in his artwork. He considered himself as much a painter as a poet, spending much of the...

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