Archive for: January 2013

How to start a business from the ground up

planner-featuredStartup From The Ground Up, written by Cynthia Kocialski, is free today for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. It offers practical insights for entrepreneurs on how to go from an idea to starting a new business. It gives commonsense and actionable advice to entrepreneurs for building a thriving business from nothing but an idea.

cindyCynthia Kocialski has founded three technology companies and has been actively involved in dozens of hi-tech start-ups, and has served on various advisory boards. These startups have returned more than $10 billion dollars to their investors. If anyone knows what it takes to start a business -- it's her.

Do you need this information right now? I guess it depends on where you are in your startup process. When I started my web development business over 15 years ago, I didn't know anything about running a business. Then, after a couple of years of making money with it.... it looked like a keeper. Only then, I decided I would need to learn how to run a business. The idea was:  make money first, learn what you don't know later on. But... if you're 50+ and alone... thinking of starting a business part-time or fulltime, as a hobby, get this book now.

I signed up for a course through the Employment Insurance program. It mostly consisted of a number of lectures from accountants, marketing people, lawyers, successful entrepreneurs, etc. I really learned a lot, and I also helped 2-3 of my classmates get their business out of neutral.

Starting up a business can be an over-whelming experience. There always seems to be more questions and not enough answers. What kind of business should I register? How do I register a business? Where do I promote it? Where can I get help with a business plan so I can attract investors? Should I lease or buy office space? Does my business need a website? What can I write off on my taxes? What can an accountant do for me? Watch the trailer below for Cynthia Kocialski book, Startup From The Ground Up:

In her book you'll learn:

• Why it’s not enough just to have a great product
• How to build a team and keep them, and why a team is more than founders and employees
• How to take a product concept and turn it into a full-fledged successful business
• Why it is so important to start marketing your product as early as possible
• How to get customers to speak with you and how to interact better with them
• When seeking outside funding, what investors will be looking for and how to understand and entice them

start-up-ebookKocialski gets you moving down the right path and thinking in the right direction. Launching a company relies on far more than just having a fabulous new product — this is just one piece to the puzzle, many are needed and all must work together in order to achieve success. Kocialski is the founder of three companies and has been involved in dozens of start-ups; she shares her experiences in a mix of observations, illuminations, and guidance that will change the way you think start-ups sprout up from the ground. Clearly written and told from an expert’s vantage point, Startup from the Ground Up is a guide for how to build a business from the very beginning.

She says: When I began my own entrepreneur's journey more than 15 years ago, I was naïve. On my very first venture into this world, I got lucky. I organized the right team and targeted a hot new technology.  We had the right stuff.  Over the years, I've founded a couple more start-ups and worked with more than 25 start-ups companies. After that many start-ups, I've seen the patterns of what works and what doesn't.  So I'd thought it was about time to share my experiences and observations with you in my book Startup From The Ground Up.

Click here to download your copy now! If you're from Canada, and need a little extra advice, I would be happy to set up a topic in the forums on this site where I might be able to offer some help and advice. Just email me and let me know.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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Baby Boomers & Online Dating

dating-guide-featuredThis whole site is about being 50+ and alone without any partner. Specifically it's for those of you who are "good with that". But... people change their minds. Just because you made a lifestyle choice a few years ago, doesn't mean you can't change your mind. It ain't easy being easy alone, and there really isn't any reason why you have to be.

I know couples who are 50+ and who have used online dating websites. They have had great success. If you're 50+ you might want to consider online dating websites. But.... you need to take some precautions too. You need to learn the ropes.

Watch the video below  when Judsen Culbreth discussed her new book with a CBS News interviewer, 'The Boomers' Guide to Online Dating,' which offers advice to help women feel confident in looking online for that someone special.

Click here to watch the video on the CBS website

Here is an excerpt from Chapter #1:

ARE YOU RELATIONSHIP READY?

Before you even think about browsing all those dating sites, find out whether you're psychologically prepared to embark on a new relationship. Take this quick quiz.

  1. My past relationships, though painful at times,
    have taught me to be more caring and accepting. True False
  2. Men are a lot of fun to be with. True False
  3. I'm a lot of fun to be with. True False
  4. An intimate and loving relationship is a top
    priority for me. True False
  5. I believe I can shape my future. True False
  6. Men are so irresponsible. Frankly, I don't know
    why I'm bothering to look for one. True False
  7. I'm looking for a man to make me happy. True False
  8. Love is destiny. If a relationship is meant to be,
    the right man will find me. True False
  9. I can take or leave sex. True False
  10. Shopping and dining at a good restaurant are
    two of my favorite activities. True False

Scoring: If you answered "true" to questions 1 through 5 and "false" to 6 through 10, you're ripe for love. You've learned a lot from your life experiences. You have a joyful, vibrant, can-do way of thinking, and you're open to sharing with a like-minded, intimate partner. Breeze through this chapter to fine-tune your potential. Did you miss a few answers? You may want to reflect on your feelings about men and rev up your enthusiasm. This chapter will help you feel organized, in control, and headed for a good thing. It's your crash course in relationship-readiness.

boomers-guide-ebookIn her book, The Boomer's Guide to Online Dating, Culbreth understands the lives and yearnings of mature single women and speaks empathetically to the concerns of her audience, addressing worries about their desirability, the safety of the Internet, and the availability of good men. Her book combines research; how-to advice; warm, personal success stories; and quizzes and exercises.

She has has more than 30 years of experience in magazines and TV journalism, serving as editor-in-chief of Working Mother, executive editor of Redbook, and the first work/family contributing editor on Today. She has been seen on Lifetime, CNN, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, and Dateline. She divides her time between New Jersey and Alabama.

So rather than tell me, "I can't do this being alone thing anymore," click here to order this book now.

This book won't be a lot of use to my readers who are men. Unless, of course, you want to understand what women may be thinking. And then, sometimes it isn't a bad idea to be prepared. I've know men who buy women's magazines just so they could try and learn to understand them better.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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The story of Rin-Tin-Tin

rin-tin-tin-featuredOne of the most beloved dogs in our history is the story of Rin-Tin-Tin. He was a German Shepherd dog that was rescued on the WWI battlefield by Lee Duncan, who was an American solider. Rin-Tin-Tin later became a movie star; there were over 20+ movies made with him, and it led to a large increase of popularity for these dogs as pets across North America.

In 2007, a movie was made titled Finding Rin-Tin-Tin, which tells the story of Lee Duncan finding him in France during the war and then later on how he made a movie star out of him. Here is a trailer of the movie below:

If you would like to watch the whole video, it's available on Amazon, and it will stream right to your computer. You can sign up for a one month free trial so it doesn't cost you a thing, and watch this movie with your kids or grandkids this weekend. Click here to get your free Amazon video account and the movie.

rin-tin-ebookAlso today.... and free as an Amazon promotion, you can download a copy of the book (Kindle version) titled Rin-Tin-Tin: The Movie Star. It's a biography of both Rin-Tin-Tin and Lee Duncan, his owner and trainer.

Ann Elwood, the author, says about the book: It places their lives in the context of their times, especially France, where they met, and Hollywood, where Rin-Tin-Tin became a star. At the heart of the book are the questions: “Why did a dog, at that particular time, become so famous?” and “How much of the legend of Rin-Tin-Tin is really true?”

Click here to download your copy, and learn the whole story behind one of the most beloved dogs our world has ever seen.

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$42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks

42-featuredCanadian author Cheryl Kaye Tardif shares her story of how she made over $42,000 in one month selling the Kindle books she wrote through the Amazon KDP Select program. In a recent update she says she made $200,000 in just over 9 months.

I gave up writing ebooks; only wrote 3-4 myself. Didn't think there was much money in it, although the market I was writing for was small. But for anyone who is 50, alone, and maybe even retired, if you like to write, this book will offer you some amazing promotion tips. She says:

I don't normally tell people how much money I make, but I believe writers need to know it IS possible to earn a real income from your books. Seriously, if I can do it, anyone can--if you have the right combination of criteria and techniques.

In this book, I'll share with you what I believe are four key elements you must have in place to see high sales. And I'll reveal the strategic techniques I used during my KDP Select promotions that resulted in earning over $42,000--with $32,000 of that from ONE title alone.

Not only did I earn over $42,000 in ebook sales, I was contacted by Trident Media, one of the leading literary agencies in New York. The chairman, Robert Gottlieb, saw my success when my one title made #4 in the Top 100 Bestselling Kindle ebooks, right under The Hunger Games trilogy. I am now represented by agent Adrienne Lombardo. 

42-book-coverThe Kindle version of this book is free for the next 24-48 hours. Click here to download it. You will need an account with Amazon if you don't already have one. The book is 99 pages long.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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150 Best Windows Apps of 2012

windows-featuredAddictive Tips recommended software is usually free, or the software has free versions, with upgrades if you need more. They suggest software applications for Linux, Mac, Window, IOS, Android and even web based or cloud based applications.

They have put together a list of the 150 of the best Windows Applications they reviewed in 2012. Click here to browse through the list to see if you have everything you need.

If you're looking for user manuals for any Microsoft products, Eric Ligman's has links to a large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more. Click here to visit his site.

If that's not enough, Amazon has a large collection of user manuals and books too, although they aren't free and vary in price. Click here to see the list.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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