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Among the 1,352 things that I've done in my life for money, selling beds happens to be one of them.I actually didn't do it for very long because I felt so dirty after work each day, I was tired of taking so many showers.And you thought used car salespeople play games with their customers. They have nothing on bed salespeople.(NOTE:…

I did some panhandling today as mentioned in a previous post. I sent a press release out via PRWeb.com and sent it via email to some of the business editors of the Oregonian (our local paper.)A reporter called me today and did a phone interview and said she was going to pitch it to her editor and see where it…

There may be someone doing this somewhere in the US, I don't know. But I've not seen it if there is.Why not create a cinema experience for the well-to-do? Build a one screen theater (or renovate one of the old downtown style theaters), put luxurious leather, reclining seats in it that are spaced nicely so you're not sharing elbow room…

There are a lot of industries that will be going by the wayside in the next 10 years because of technology.Professional photography studios is one of them. Or at least, studios that charge you for each picture and retain the copyright to the picture in perpetuity.We recently had our annual family portraits done at JC Penney, like every year. But…

I strive to be very honest and up front in my blog. There are many things that people go through in life that they'd just as soon not let ANYONE know about, let alone put it on the internet via a blog.But I've always wanted this blog to be a transparent (as possible) lens through which people can see the…

What's the first thing you do when someone leaves you a post-it on your desk? Read it, right? What if you came home and saw a post-it stuck to your door? What would you think? You'd probably think someone you knew stopped by and left you a note, right?So why not use post-it notes to advertise your business?I've come up…

This was a fortuitous find because I was just thinking I wanted to blog my thoughts on selling things that cater to people that need to have something better than the average folks.Then this came along over at Gizmodo. Can you believe someone would pay $500 for a power cord for their computer?I do. People who have some money to…

If you maintain a blog, take pride in your blogroll. The links you provide to other sites for your visitors should be protected and maintained like they were valuable China plateware in a shop full of rampaging bulls.When people visit your blog, you start with pretty much no trust. The first thing they notice is the overall design. If it's…

I had heard this one before, but while reading The Entrepreneurial Mind I was reminded of it and I thought it was worth repeating here:President Reagan was once asked the difference between a big business and a small business. He said that a big business is what a small business wants to become if the government would just get out…

I was in the USAF for 12 years and worked as an electronic intelligence analyst. Which meant I analyzed electromagnetic energy for its intelligence value. (The official, unclassified, job description.)Before that, going back to around 1977 or so, I have been fascinated with any antenna I could find or see. We lived out in the country too far from civilization…

So many eulogies and tributes can be found everywhere you look on the internet right now. He deserves all of them. But I want to zero in on a lesson Reagan taught our nation's entrepreneurs.Before I go into that lesson, however, I'd like to say something about this great man. I came "of age" during President Reagan's terms in office.…

I've decided to rebrand this blog under my own name instead of Biz Ideas. My direction for this blog is to document my successes as an entrepreneur as well as continue to share ideas that I come up with that I just don't have time to implement.My overriding goal is to create content that will educate and motivate others to…

If you consider yourself an entrepreneur, I KNOW you are reading books that are designed to improve your entrepreneurial mindset.Right?The entrepreneurial talent I'm going to touch on today is marketing.Read Free Prize Inside by Seth Godin.Don't pass go, do not collect $200... don't go to jail first... just go buy this book.Seth is pretty much a master at self-promotion and…

I was meandering along in a salvage/thrift store last month and came across an end-cap stacked high with stencils. There were about 65 stencil images inside an 8.5" b 11" envelope. They had hundreds of these envelopes. They were going for .50 cents each (for an envelope of 65 stencils.)Now, MOST people would just look at that and say to…

So, you have this nifty new website and you're raring to go and start making some moolah. Great. I'm sure you've done all the things you need to in order to get traffic, right? (Biggest reason for failure... bar none.)So, let's assume you have people coming. Should you put audio on your site?I'll answer that without fanfare...If it's purposeful. Don't…

I don't mean your own, of course. Although that can be profitable for someone else but I don't THINK it'll do you much good.I've always had a pretty morbid curiosity with death. I even sold funeral plans for a while. Best part of that gig was working at the mortuary. Something so fascinating working around people who are there, but…

I got a bee in my bonnet recently to test the waters on making liquid nitrogen ice cream. I had read about it in some magazine a while back and since my collectible manufacturing business is slower during the summer and our building is right on a main thoroughfare, I thought it might be a novel way of supplementing our…

I absolutely love my 1994 Lexus LS400. Even though it has more than 200K miles on it, it still runs like a dream and has held up very well inside and out. (Oh! And it's paid for.)I've been ruminating on this idea for a few months. Why not rent used luxury cars for as much as a the big companies…

I love going to the state fair or even the local county fair with my family. It's always a fun time. Especially when you have children the age of my daughter. Haley is just over 2 years old and every day is a new discovery.There are LOTS of young families that go to outdoor amusement activities like carnivals, fairs and…

Every once in a while I'm going to give you some wisdom on tools and resources that are out there to use in support of a business that you may be planning or already implementing.The first one I'm going to write about is one very dear to my heart. It's called Mals-E. The site is named after the guy that…

If you got some time on your hands and you are willing to work, there IS money in this. Probably not much, but hey... I'm just the idea man here. You figure out if you want to actually implement it. :-)I have all my toll free numbers through a nifty company that sells not only regular toll free numbers, but…

I got this idea about 6 months ago or so. I wanted to try out one of those satellite radios (in this case, XM Radio) but I didn't want to buy one before trying it out. I didn't want to have to go through all the hassle of buying and activating it if I didn't end up liking it. I…

I've had this idea for the longest time. We own two cats (or they own us... semantics.) Where ever we've lived, I've always had this intense hatred for the cat box. I hate dirty stuff inside the house, yet they are indoor cats so they have to have a place to go inside. Catch-22 situation.In our last house, I had…

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