5 Worthy Kickstarter Projects: The Imaginary Marching Band, Sexy Bike Lock & More

Kickstarter is an incredible community. Post a project, and receive funding from generous backers—if, of course, the project is worthy. And backing projects does not demand complete selflessness. Different pledge levels result in different levels of reciprocation—from a simple thank you to receipt of the actual proposed product upon production. Below, 5 entrepreneurial ventures that might spark your own creativity, or tempt you to pledge.

How To: Sell at Your Local Farmers Market

Are you interested in selling your products at the local Farmers Markets? Many small mom and pop food crafters get started selling their artisan breads, homemade cakes, cookies, pies, biscotti, candy, seasoning mixes or regional barbecue sauces direct to customers who visit local farmers markets and farm stands. What better way to start than with those visiting the local farmers market; a captive audience expecting a wide variety of seasonal fruits and veggies; along with specialty products t...

How To: Use a focus group for new brand name candidates

Focus groups strike fear into the hearts of even the most season marketer, and with good reason. In a world where everything is subject to change based on public opinion, from movie endings, to popcorn flavors, to logo colors, focus groups can make or break a new idea, but it doesn't have to be that way. A focus group is just a way to gather opinions in a vigorous way and can be very useful. Watch this video tutorial to use a focus group to develop and test a new brand name or corporate ident...

How To: Market a Self Storage Facility

Self-storage may not be a new industry, but it is one that is rapidly reshaping its operations to suit a progressively more modernized customer base. In order to stay competitive with your self-storage facility, you'll need to keep an open mind, embrace current marketing trends, and most importantly, have a well-defined set of marketing goals. Your main focus should revolve around the following points:

How To: Run a silent auction

Have you ever thought of holding a silent auction to raise money for an organization or charity? It's a great and easy way to raise a lot of money in a short time, making it one of the most effective fundraising methods. In this video, you'll learn how to hold and run a silent auction by yourself.

How To: Write a great business vision statement

In this Business & Money video tutorial you will learn how to write a great business vision statement. Why is the vision statement important? Because, it provides the inspiration for daily operations and motivation for strategic decisions. Vision and missions statements are different. Vision statement answers the question where is my business going; whereas your mission statement states why your business does exist. Vision statements are future focused and written with the end result in mind....

How To: Patent an Idea (Creating and Selling Your Concepts)

Want to know how to patent an idea, but you just don't know how to go about doing it? It doesn't take a lot of money to get a provisional patent. The real thing you want to know is the process of taking an idea that you have all the way up to getting it patent. I will take you through each step from the beginning when you have that great idea all the way to getting your invention marketed.You Need an Idea (Obviously)Your idea doesn't have to be earth changing. It just needs to be something pe...

How To: Select profitable books to sell on Amazon

Have an Amazon store for yourself? Sell books? Well, you may be wasting your time listing certain books when they'll never sell, but there are some ways to make sure you're listing only the most sellable and profitable books on Amazon.com. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to select profitable books to sell on Amazon, and how to know which books aren't worth it and to avoid.

How To: Source products to sell on eBay for beginners

New to eBay? Don't worry, setting up an account and buying and selling doesn't take that much effort at all. Everyone who has an Internet connection has at one point come across eBay, to find the perfect gift for their loved ones, to find the cheapest deals on plasma televisions and computers, or to get rid of their dusty, old record album collection in their web store.

How To: Start a handbag business

Eileen Duffy owns her own handbag business and she is here today to show you the steps she took to get to where she is today. If you want to start your own fashion business, then she has some great tips. Of course, the best thing is to start out by going to school and getting some training.

How To: Make money on Twitter

This might sound like a bunch of baloney, but there are ways to make money using different social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook. Although you can't directly make money by tweeting something or commenting on a video, but there are ways to help attract attention to a song or video that can be purchased by people. So in this tutorial, you'll find out how to make money using some helpful tips, on Twitter. Enjoy!

How To: Create and upload photos to help sell on eBay

New to eBay? Don't worry, setting up an account and buying and selling doesn't take that much effort at all. Everyone who has an Internet connection has at one point come across eBay, to find the perfect gift for their loved ones, to find the cheapest deals on plasma televisions and computers, or to get rid of their dusty, old record album collection in their web store.

Practice Makes Perfect: A Quick Tip for Making Money

Entrepreneur Jason Fried is co-founder of 37signals, a successful Chicago-based software and design firm that has doubled its sales every year for the past decade. Although Fried has a degree in finance, making money isn't a skill he picked up in the classroom or a book. Practice makes perfect, and Fried's experience has taught him that excelling at making money is separate from the product or services provided. Understanding the buyer and experimenting with price models are two of Fried's ke...

How To: Find gold with metal detectors

This how-to video is about gold. Yes, gold! Watch to see how to find gold with metal detectors. You can find gold in the ocean water, on the side of the beach, in the sand, the ground, the iron ore fields, or wherever. See what metal detectors to use and how to use them for prospecting gold.

How To: Make a mock-up sample brochure

Need to make a sample or draft of a booklet from your home computer? Caren Borowitz provides a straightforward way to complete the task. She presents a step by step method for organizing the pages using a total pages grid that can be modified to fit as many pages that your booklet or brochure may contain. She uses straightforward dialogue, visuals, simple tools and supplies to show the viewer, piece by piece, the process of organizing and assembling draft brochures.

How To: Ship merchandise bought on eBay

New to eBay? Don't worry, setting up an account and buying and selling doesn't take that much effort at all. Everyone who has an Internet connection has at one point come across eBay, to find the perfect gift for their loved ones, to find the cheapest deals on plasma televisions and computers, or to get rid of their dusty, old record album collection in their web store.

How To: Pay Off Your Car in Half the Time by Renting It Out with OnStar

Most of the time, asking to borrow someone's car will elicit a really long string of excuses. But unlike letting your buddy use your car, which usually gets you nothing more than an empty tank, GM has found a way to make car sharing beneficial for everyone involved. If you're one of the 6 million people who have a GM vehicle that's connected to OnStar, you're in luck: according to an OnStar employee, you can make up to $1,000 a month just by letting other people rent out your car when you're ...

How To: Manage demanding young employees

A whole new generation, the Millenials as they are somewhat awkwardly called, is entering the workplace and has as a group a different attitude then the previous generation. Many older managers have problems dealing with the younger generation, as they always have. This video offers tips for managers for dealing with Generation Y employees who may seem arrogant and entitled.

How To: Patent an idea

Patent is the best way to keep what is rightfully yours. 1. You need an experienced patent attorney who knows the ins and outs to get you through the gatekeepers. 2. Gatekeepers are the patent examiners who make sure that already existing patents are not copied. 3. Register the idea to the USPTO to get the credit. 4. Once pending, the idea is ready for manufacturing. It can be sold to companies. "It is better to patent your ideas before someone steals it from you. "

How To: Sell your merchandise worldwide on eBay for beginners

New to eBay? Don't worry, setting up an account and buying and selling doesn't take that much effort at all. Everyone who has an Internet connection has at one point come across eBay, to find the perfect gift for their loved ones, to find the cheapest deals on plasma televisions and computers, or to get rid of their dusty, old record album collection in their web store.

Brilliant Business Idea: Sell Cookies Like a Crack Dealer

Sometimes entrepreneurial inspiration comes from the oddest of places— such as, say, down-and-out crack dealer delivery methods. Inspired by HBO's The Wire, Kathleen and Clem of Fat Cookies are attracting a crowd with an atypical model for vending baked goods: oven fresh cookies are lowered via string in exchange for one hoisted dollar (1. pull a string, 2. attach a dollar, 3. get a cookie).

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