Highlighting Wendy Shields, a VIP Private Coaching Student…

Summer Workshops at Ladybug Wreaths Studio Have Been AMAZING!

Wendy and Her Beautiful Wreath

My VIP, Private, and group workshops this summer have been totally amazing!  I have formed friendships with ladies which will NEVER be forgotten.

As each day of learning wreath design, bow-making, laughter, fun & smiles ends, my heart is always filled to overflowing.  I watch ladies who have captured special places in my heart, load their cars and drive off with beautiful smiles covering their faces.

You see…I know the doors that have been opened for them after a day of gaining confidence in their own skills.  I know the amazing opportunities which await.  I know the excitement and joy they will feel as they arrive home “itching” to get started on their own, and knowing “They CAN DO it”!

Oh, how I wish those types of doors had been available to me in the beginning when I started my business all alone, with practically no help.  That is why I, personally, enjoy these days as much, or more, than my students do!

Not a single wreath has left my studio which could not be put online to be sold immediately!  They are ALL beautiful!  I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of many of these, and certainly agree with me.

So, today… we are…

 

Highlighting Wendy Shields, a VIP Private Student…

 

REALLY NOW — CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS IS THE FIRST WREATH WENDY HAS EVER MADE?

Yes, it is absolutely true!  And what an amazing job she did!!

Wendy contacted me some time ago.  She was in the process of taking over their family business, the “Haymore Garden Center”.  Wendy has lots of new and exciting ideas as well as new lines she will be introducing into their garden center.  But, there was one thing she really wanted to be able to offer their faithful customers.  And that one thing was something she had no experience, and was not trained in…custom designed, one-of-a kind wreaths.

 

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Note From Wendy:

“My VIP session was wonderful!! I felt so at ease with you and the way you teach put me in a good place and ready to learn and absorb all of your knowledge and talent. No Pressure!! I had no doubt in my mind that I could bring what I learned from you and the tools you gave me and practice and make beautiful wreaths.

Well, my first wreath officially “on my own” was sold before it was even displayed on the wall!! The salesperson still had it in her hand and it sold. beginners luck? Maybe not. The next wreath sold very quickly as well. I’m working hard and looking back at your wreaths to draw ideas for my own.

Your way of using ribbon is so unique and different and I think that is what is drawing many customers to this style of wreath.

Thanks so much for all of your help! Wendy”
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Although Wendy had made bows before, she had never made a wreath.  She drove a long way from Virginia, and spent the night to get an early start the day of our workshop.  She wanted to make sure she received as much instruction as she could in one day.  The VIP, Private Coaching, was the best way for Wendy to develop her skills — and that she did, in such an amazing way!

Wendy is very talented, and, as a student, she was very easy to teach.  She was also a joy and such a pleasure to work with.  She received hands-on training exclusively with me, as well as tips and hints from my design assistant, Kim, and from another VIP student, Beverly who filled in as our photographer and videographer for the day.

Having Way Too Much Fun

JUST GETTING STARTED — EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR!

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IT DIDN’T TAKE WENDY LONG TO GRAB A GLUE GUN, AND GET STARTED!

Wendy left that day with three different styles of wreaths made and ready for sale — that is if she can convince herself to sell her first wreath!  They ARE very special, and she didn’t know if she wanted to let go of these particular ones or not.  So, I suggested that she go ahead and put them on display in her store with signs saying more are on the way!

Nancy and Wendy Beautiful Wreath

 YES, WE WERE LAUGHING IN THIS ONE, BUT JUST LOOK AT THIS “WILD & WOODSY” NATURAL WREATH.  THE CLAY POTS ARE EMPTY AND READY TO BE FILLED WITH LIVE PLANTS FROM THEIR OWN GARDEN CENTER!

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AND, OF COURSE SHE COULDN’T LEAVE WITHOUT A BRIGHT AND GLITTERING CHRISTMAS WREATH.  WENDY MADE THIS ONE ALL BY HERSELF ALSO — INCLUDING THE BOW!

Since Wendy’s VIP special training day with me, we have gotten together online with some additional Facebook training for the Garden Center’s Facebook Page!   And, Wendy has been working very hard preparing to take over her new position on August 1 – just a couple days from now.

I just looked at the Haymore Landscaping and Garden Center Facebook page, and saw many of Wendy’s new wreaths ready for sale.  If you would like to check out their page, here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/HaymoreLandscapingAndGardenCenter.  I’m sure they would appreciate it if you would “LIKE” their page!

WOW Your Family & Friends With NEW Christmas Designs

STUDIO DAYS WITH NANCY ARE EVEN MORE AMAZING

AS WE NOW START OUR NEW CHRISTMAS WREATH SERIES!

FREE Christmas Wreath

These days are Filled With Instruction, and…Invaluable
Hands On; One-on-One Experience With “Nancy”!

Be Sure To Apply For One of Our Upcoming Classes
As Our NEW CHRISTMAS SERIES Begins

Deco Mesh Christmas Door Wreath


Next Scheduled Studio Days With Nancy are:


August 29, 2013

September 10, 2013

http://passionintoprofits.com/workshop1/

 

 

 

 

Online Image Hosting – For Your Creations

If you don’t have a website, use image hosting websites!

You don’t have to have a web site to have pictures of your creations on the Internet.  There are plenty of free image hosting websites!

If you are going to sell your stuff online, you need to have pictures of what you have created!

I recently did a Google search to see which photo hosting site got the best reviews.
http://online-image-hosting-review.toptenreviews.com/

 

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I was pleased to see that my favorite site was #1!

I have used several over the past 8 years: Photobucket, Flickr and Picassa.

Of those 3 Photobucket has been my favorite!

Why I like Photobucket:

  1. Simple to use
  2. Free
  3. Easy to copy a URL for your image to use with other services
  4. Easy to upload images
  5. Easy to share images

Photobucket has several other great functions but most of them I don’t need and therefore don’t use.   When I go to Photobucket, there is a clear upload button.  That is the first thing I want to do is upload my images.

They have drag and drop feature which is easy to use.  I can also add from Facebook or a URL.  (You can also just open a window and pick the images to upload.)  There is a dropdown menu so I can pick the album I want to upload to or create a new album.

You can use up to 2GB for free.  If you need more space, you can upgrade at reasonable prices.

In the right sidebar there is a widget called links.  You can get links to the picture or the page where the picture is or even various HTML code.  I use the ‘Direct Link’ option 95% of the time!

Photobucket also provides a stat tracker so that you can see which pictures are the most popular and how many impressions there have been for that image. You can even track where the visitors came from.

However, Photobucket is not the only site.  This site gives the top ten for 2013 with several details of the pros and cons.  Pick which one is easiest for you to work with  and start using it!

Make sure that you display your creations/wreaths well so that others can see their beauty and want to buy from you.

Linda Joseph
PassionIntoProfits.com

 

 

Video 3: Yes You Can…

flower-post-emailsIf you want to sell your stuff online, you will want to listen to our free call. We give you the basics for getting started.

Video 1 of this short series covered some of the mistakes that wreath designers make when they first start out.  If you missed this video, go here to watch all the videos in this series.

If you didn’t hear about our free call, “Secrets of Exquisite Wreath Making and Selling Online,” you will want to learn more about this free call!  Just sign up in the right sidebar to listen to the recording while it is available.

Linda and Nancy hosted an ABSOLUTELY FREE call called “Secrets of Exquisite Wreath Making and Selling Online” We covered several strategies and gave advice on how to create beautiful wreaths.  We also covered how to sell your stuff online.

WatchThird Video

Here are just a few tidbits from the third video:

  • Are you stuck? Learn how to keep going.
  • Are  you desiring to make money from your craft?
  • What is the fastest way to online success
  • Is your health holding you back? (Nancy still fights health issues!)
  • Would you like to feel good about the joy you would bring to others with your passion?
If you missed the second video, it is also on the same page.  In the second video Nancy share my heart and the pain I suffered for years. I don’t want you to feel sorry for me but I do want to inspire you!

http://passionintoprofits.com/free-video/
Linda and I (Nancy) are excited about 2013!  And we are ready to make a difference in your life!

Go sign up to listen to the free call.

Nancy and Linda

Free Video #2 – I never thought I would get this far…

flower-post-emailsLadybug Wreaths is proud to introduce to you a brand new, exciting, extension of our business: Passion Into Profits.

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If you didn’t hear about our free call, “Secrets of Exquisite Wreath Making and Selling Online,” you will want to learn more about this free call!

Linda and I are hosting an ABSOLUTELY FREE call on January 30th called “Secrets of Exquisite Wreath Making and Selling Online” where we’ll go over TONS of tips and strategies for you to become a successful wreath maker and seller.

Watch Second Video

 In fact, you’ll learn:

  • Are you making one of these mistakes when you create your wreath?
  • Is one of these Marketing myths keeping you from selling on the Internet?
  • Do you want to learn my secret tips to making an exquisite wreath?

It’s easy to join us for the call – just register here:

http://passionintoprofits.com/freecall/
Last week I recorded a video on one of the mistakes I made when I first started making wreaths and how to fix that mistake.  My second video I just recorded should be very inspiring to you!  I know that many of you suffer from debilitating diseases or emotional trauma and think you could never do anything like I have.  I want you to go over right now and watch my second video:

http://passionintoprofits.com/free-video/
Linda and I (Nancy) are excited about 2013!  And we are ready to make a difference in your life!

Go sign up for the free call here:  http://passionintoprofits.com/freecall/

 

Nancy and Linda

Ladybug Wreaths Introducing… “Passion Into Profits”

flower-post-emailsLadybug Wreaths is proud to introduce to you a brand new, exciting, extension of our business: Passion Into Profits.

I have been teaching ladies like you how to make beautiful wreaths for many years. It has been such a joy to hear how my videos have helped you to make the wreath of your dreams. I have enjoyed seeing each of your creations!

When you requested help in learning to sell online, I partnered with Linda Joseph to teach you how to make and sell wreaths. But it hasn’t been enough… I get countless requests and emails asking for more training and coaching options.

The result: a new business with my partner Linda that is focused on coaching ladies like yourself.

Whether you want training on making more professional looking wreaths or coaching on how best to sell online, we have a program for you!

Over the next several days, I’ve put together a handful of free videos for you to give you crucial information about how to create exquisite wreaths, and then sell them online for a very nice profit. So check out the first video here and learn about one mistake I made when I first started making wreaths and I see today with many of my students — and — how to fix that mistake.

DO keep your eyes on your email for more videos to come. But the most important thing is that Linda and I are hosting an ABSOLUTELY FREE call on January 30th called “Secrets of Exquisite Wreath Making and Selling Online” where we’ll go over TONS of tips and strategies for you to become a successful wreath maker and seller.

In fact, you’ll learn:

Are you making one of these mistakes when you create your wreath?

— Is one of these Marketing myths keeping you from selling on the Internet?

Do you want to learn my secret tips to making an exquisite wreath?

It’s easy to join us for the call – just register here: http://passionintoprofits.com/freecall/ or fill in the form on the right.

Linda and I (Nancy) are excited about 2013! And we are ready to make a difference in your life!

Nancy and Linda

How to Make Money Following Your Passions

Pursue Your Passions, Let the Money Follow

I am sure your have passions.  Some may be strong and others passions come in more strongly in certain circumstances.  Look at your passions.  See what you love and think about how that might benefit others.

I have a passion for healthy marriages.  I did not go into this passion to make money.  It was an existing passion and as I talked to other about this passion I discovered that most everyone enters into marriage wanting a happy and fulfilling marriage.

Happy marriages just don’t ‘happen.’  They need a lot of work, sacrifice and commitment.  This is not a marriage counseling post!  Maybe another time I can go into some helpful tips but for now I want to share how this passion it bringing in income.

I have heard about the print on demand service that Amazon has called Merch.  I am not a designer and not a very creative person and didn’t have a lot of interest in pursuing this until Chris Green kept badgering me look into it.  I signed up and had to wait months before getting into the service.

I now have a Merch account, what kind of shirts do I make? I have a son that rock climbs and so we made a few shirts on that.  I wanted a shirt to show what my husband meant to me and my designer came up with several designs.

True Love Lasts Forever

This is one of my favorites!

“True Love Never Gets Old”

After 32+ years of marriage, I love him more today than ever! Yes, it is not always great… we have our moments but over the years they do get less and less.

So here is how our ‘passion into profits’ works:

    • o Sign up for Merch (merch.amazon.com)

 

    • 0 While you wait to be accepted, start brainstorming ideas

 

    • o  Look at shirts that are selling to get ideas

 

    o  Remember, just because you like it doesn’t mean it will sell.
    For more information on Merch and how we make money from home, sign up for the newsletter.
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Want to Sell Custom T-Shirts — At No Cost?

Merch by Amazon is another way to make money on Amazon!

For a limited time, you can get this course for free!

Merch by Amazon allows anyone to create and sell shirts right on Amazon’s website with no upfront costs or minimum print runs. Anyone can now easily create custom branded shirts that their fans will love to wear. This course will help you get started and learn how to use the platform both optimally and creatively.

This course includes video demos of shirt designs in Adobe Photoshop as well as actual creation of an Amazon product page for a new shirt design. If you want to learn how to take advantage of this incredible new platform to not only create awesome shirts but to also make money along the way, then this course is for you.

Learn for free!  Click Here

All you have to do is enter your name and email and you can get access to the course for free!  I have not done this yet but setting up a Merch account is one of my goals for 2017.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Linda

Holiday Sales – How to Maximize Your Education

During the Holiday season I take advantage of sales in two ways:

  1. Buy products to resale at a much higher margin
  2. Buy education at a discount to build my business

I just found out about a 24 hour sale on the #1 Amazon FBA Seller Course.  The regular price for this course (PAC) is normally $349 and it NEVER goes down. But for 24-hours only, November 17th, the price drops to ONLY $249!

Click here now to take advantage of this sale.

What is this amazing Amazon FBA product?  PAC – Proven Amazon CoursePAC Proven Amazon FBA Course

1. Invest in your online education now with the Proven Amazon Course (the PAC) and you are locked in with no future investments required when new content is added – 12+ individual courses & guides included at no additional costs to current members!

For several years now, every course Jim Cockrum and his team have created that has ANYTHING to do with selling physical products on Amazon is addepac-proven-private-labeld at no additional charge into the PAC family of courses! This means you invest once and you get updates of the most creative content indefinitely as a member of the PAC community. And, the price of PAC never goes down…until now (see below).

EXAMPLE: There are many PAC students who purchased the PAC years ago who are still actively benefiting from the steady flow of new ideas and content being added into the PAC constantly – without ever spending another penny on content!

2. Amazon sales are growing – rapidly!

Anyone paying attention knows more and more buying is done on the internet and Amazon is THE BEHEMOTH in the game. They sell tens-of-milliopac-proven-bundling-coursens of items per day. What some people don’t realize is that Amazon doesn’t actually “sell” all of those products – it can’t – the demand is too much. So, Amazon allows 3rd party sellers to offer products through their fulfillment system. It’s call Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA).

This is where PAC helps entrepreneurs profit. The Proven Amazon Course teaches you what you need to know to set up and grow a profitable, thriving FBA business – and so much more.

3. The PAC is the best in the world and it keeps getting bettpac-prove-product-bundlinger.

If you are building (or just starting to build) a business on Amazon you won’t find any other course on the market with the stacks of success stories, the track record, the reputation, the continual updates, the massive support team and the dozens of creative inventory sourcing strategies that are all under the one roof of the “PAC.” No other course even comes close to the Proven Amazon Course!pac-proven-team-buildng

EXAMPLE: Jim hears from students all the time who compare his course to far higher priced courses costing thousands or more – and they easily call the PAC a far superior choice! Visit  PAC (& enter the coupon code “thankful” in the shopping cart – no quotes) info page for hundreds of specific examples and testimonials!

4. The PAC is the ONLY place where you’ll learn the 8 figure “golden gaps” strategy!

“ProvenPerformanceInventory.com” or “PPI” which is taught only by Jim’s partner Brett Bartlett is the EXACT battle plan that lead Brett from $400 in the bank to an 8 figure business on Amazon.pac-proven-performance-inventory

PPI is no longer available to the public (it’s permanently closed). The ONLY way to gain access to the PPI course now is to buy the PAC course.

EXAMPLE: PPI students have learned how to force Amazon to tell them what products they should sell. No one else in the world teaches this!pac-ebay-to-amazon

Visit the below PAC info. page now and take advantage of the lowest price you’ll ever see on the #1 Amazon “how to sell” course in the world!

http://passionintoprofits.com/pac
Enter the coupon code “thankful” in the shopping cart (no quotes)

5. The price of PAC is normally $349 and it NEVER goes down… until now during this unheard of sale for 24-hours while it’s ONLY $249.

Jim has been told hundreds of times that his course is priced waypac-az-refund-guide too low – and I agree. With a team of nearly 70 paid contributors and constantly adding new content at no additional cost, it’s shocking that he is willing to sell it at $349 – so I was floored when he told me the price is dropping to $249.

Don’t miss this amazing deal.
Proven Amazon Course – PAC
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Promoting Your Products for Free!

You know that I am all about creating multiple streams of income.  I do it in order to retire earlier.  You may be doing it to quit you ‘job’ and pay of debt or provide extras for your family.  Whatever the reason, I recommend that you do not rely on just one stream or just one platform.

For instance, if you are selling on Amazon or eBay, you want to build that business to where it is running smoothly and then diversify.  Amazon is a great platform for selling but I will not base my entire retirement on it. I am spreading my business’ to other platforms that I have more control.

Before selling on Amazon, I did Internet marketing and consulting for clients.  One source of great ideas 101-free-marketingis Jim Cockrum’s “101 Free Marketing Ideas”.   His book provides internet-based as well as offline ideas for marketing your products.  For a limited time, he is offering the pdf version for free!  Click here to get your copy now.

I have the physical book sitting on my bookshelf.  Here are a couple of the ideas I have used to promote my products or services:

  • Videos – create a video explaining your product; create a series of videos addressing customer questions   (Chapter 13)
  • Blog – write posts on topics that your customers would be interested in.  Encourage interaction by asking questions.  (Chapter 10)
  • Embed your videos on your blog (Chapter 10)
  • Facebook – use it as a marketing tool (Chapter 46)

This is overwhelming if you try to implement all of them at once.

JUST PICK ONE!

STEP 1 – Get your free copy of the book “Free Marketing 101 Low and No-Cost Ways to Grow Your Business Online and Off

Step 2 – Don’t read the whole book…. Pick what you want to promote and decide what would be the best vehicle for promoting.  Typically I would start with videos and then Facebook.

If you have any questions, just let me know.

 

Amazon FBA – What to Buy to Resell

Amazon FBA – Buying Criteria – Just Got Better!

If you have watched my video overview on have a resell business, you will recognize this chart. The four main criteria for deciding what to buy:resell sweet spot - Gradient

    1. Listed on Amazon – is the product you are thinking of purchasing currently listed on Amazon? (There are advanced strategies where you might want to create your own listing but that option is for another time. If you are new to Amazon FBA, stick with the basics.)
    2. Good Sales Rank – does the product have an acceptable BSR (Best Selling Rank)?   What is best for you depends on your business strategy.  (Get a free chart here which will show you the various ranks for the different categories.)
    3. Few Sellers – how many sellers are on this listing.  The more sellers the more volatile the pricing will probably be.  This is not always the case but if there are 100 sellers on a listing there is no predicting what will happen with the pricing.
    4. Good ROI – If you sell this product at it’s current price, how much money will you make?  I calculate the ROI (Return on Investment) on every product that I sell – pre and post sale.

 

A few thoughts on sales rank: many people just look at a number and not the history.  That is very dangerous because the sales rank is very volatile for many products.  However understanding the history will show you with more accuracy what the product has done and is doing now and allows you to more intelligently predict what the product will probably do short term.

There is a free chart called

Classic Decision-Making Charts
Last Updated: August 5, 2016

Here is a partial screen shot:

amazon fba best selling rank decision chart

Along the left column are the various categories of products on Amazon. Next are the total number of items being sold in that category.  The next series of columns show you the top 1%, 3%, 5%, 10% and 50% numbers.

Here is an example; if I only want to sell products that are the top 5% of the Baby category, I need to buy items to resell which are currently under 85,000 in rank.

What you chose is based on your business model.  Some like fast turns and therefore look for items that are less than 1% of the category.

Next time I will talk about sales velocity… :o)