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The value of living simply

“Live simply, that others may simply live.”

Temple in India

Temple in Manikaran, India

Ever wonder why most of the earth’s greatest teachers lived very simple lives ?   

                 Time.    More time.

If you live simply there is more time to spend on everything, such as:

contemplation, recreation, health, education, family, appreciation, writing, teaching, creating, and rest.

For everything we own or posess physically or mentally, some time must be spent attending to it, fixing it, protecting it, worrying about it, and of course, paying for it, and finally, discarding it.

There’s nothing wrong with having abundant property.   It’s a practical matter.   We should know what the true cost of possessions is, and determine if it’s worth it.     How much stuff do we really need to be content and function efficiently in our work ?      At what point does owning things become more a burden than it’s worth ?

Many wise people figured this out a long time ago.    Live simply, efficiently, thoughtfully.    You’ll enjoy your life much more that way.

“Yeah, but modern life isn’t like that, I gotta have a lot of stuff”

         To some extent that’s true, but there are many options:

         For example, one can often rent or borrow things they like to use, but use rarely.   Instead, in our culture everyone has the same tool or object in their house or garage, gathering dust.   For example, a lawnmower.   Used once a week or so, for a couple of hours.    Cost:   Buy, store, maintain, repair, clean, and eventually discard.  

        Okay, so maybe we need a good lawnmower.   But what about all that other stuff we have that we haven’t used in 3 years, stuff we have totally forgotten about that were once so special we bought them  ?

        Another example;  many people dream of owning a boat.    Then they get one and it costs so much time and effort to use it, store it, insure it, that after a few exciting uses it sits in the garage or yard, eventually to be sold to another dreamer.   A larger family can buy a boat or camper, and they all share it’s use and cost.     In Aviation, collective ownership of an expensive aircraft is common.   Why not apply the principle to other things, like riding mowers, beach homes, cabins, vacation properties, etc.

       If you’ve never done so, spend a few hours at a local landfill transfer station and watch what people throw away these days.   It will amaze you.   I had a friend who used to sell stuff on Ebay that he got for free at the local dump.   He found an item once that he sold for 4,000 dollars.    He made many thousands per year just doing that.

      The fact that there’s a huge industry devoted to getting rid of the stuff we no longer want should tell us something about ourselves as a culture. 

      If you need some cash quickly, take a good look around your house or neighborhood.    You can find something to sell on Ebay for a “buy it now” price.     Or, go to your town dump on a Saturday morning, especially in the springtime, and you could make hundreds of dollars a week extra, working from home.

In business, simplicity is also very valuable.

       For example, many start-up companies buy a whole bunch of junk they don’t need, like luxury furniture, or top of the line, new equipment, or they rent a big office.   That can cause problems.   Young businesses in particular need to keep it simple.

       Get what you really need, and use it well.   When the cash starts coming in, think carefully about where the money goes.    Do you really need a new computer, car, office ?

Give away things and time

      One of the most powerful assets successful businesses have is goodwill.  It’s impossible to measure but it can sustain a business for a very long time.   If as a person, and in your business, you give generously and sincerely, the goodwill you create is magnetic to customers and other associates.    Trust.    To get it, give.

     In an era of highway robbery, false claims, shot-gun style advertising, people stand out clearly when they pause, listen, and respond to their customers, suppliers, and employees.     Be different, be real.

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What do I do if I’m really low on money and need cash FAST

Okay folks,      I know how it feels to be poor, believe me.

First thing, collect yourself, there are things you can do to make some cash soon.     There are a number of things that you can do, not just one thing.

Step one

Do you have a bank account?    If so, go online to Paypal, and set up an account with them.  Paypal asks for a bank account that you can use to transfer money to and from.   What happens is you create an account so you can get paid online from anywhere by anyone who has a paypal account or credit / debit card.    You need that first so you can collect the money you’re going to make.     Look at these option and see if it’s something you can do.

Idea 1

Selling something you got for free on Ebay

Find some stuff to sell on ebay.      If you think you don’t have anything, think again.     Just about everything sells on Ebay, and sometimes you can sell stuff right away, with a BUY IT NOW price to your Paypal account that you set up.  They pay for shipping, too, so don’t worry about that.

Look around your house, yard, ask friends or neighbors, and get some stuff together.   What you are looking for is something with fairly high value ( 30 or more dollars ), that you can easily ship.    It can’t be real bulky, like a bicycle or furniture.    Lego, watches, old pens, clocks, useful small appliances, stereos, CD players, games, quality clothes.     You can research on ebay what stuff sells, so go onto their site and set up an account.     Generally, the higher quality the merchandise, the more likely it will sell fast for more money.  In other words, the name brands.

Just because it’s big or bulky doesn’t mean you can’t sell it on Ebay.   Just make sure it’s worth a good penny, worth shipping or delivering.  You can always lists something as “local pickup only”, great for cars, machinery, furniture, etc.     And, you will be surprised what people in say, Japan, or China, will pay in shipping to get things like vintage cameras, tube amps, etc.     Do some research.

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Take some DECENT pictures of the thing you’re selling

I can’t tell you how many times I got a great deal on something because the photo was terrible, but I knew its value.     You don’t need a pro photographer or camera.    Use a decent point and shoot digital camera, use daylight, or near a window.   Have an uncluttered contrasting background, and take several photos, not just one.  People will buy what they can see.   Give them a good view from several angles.   If it’s a small item and you need a closeup, don’t expect a cheap digital camera to do macro shots, although many of them have a setting for that.   take a photo at a proper focus distance, in high resolution mode, and later crop it down to size so you can see details.

Follow through on the Ebay listing process, load up a few good photos, write a full, informative, and accurate description, and select a price.     To find a price, type is some searches on Ebay for your item, see what’s out there selling, and look at the prices.    Look at completed listings ( ebay has a box you can check to see ended auctions  ).

If you need money really fast, list your item with a very attractive BUY IT NOW price.    You will likely get a fast sale if it’s something in demand.

Selecting the item to sell.

List your best and biggest value items first, get them going.  Then work on the smaller stuff.     They will sell too, but it can take as much time and effort to sell a small item as it does to sell a bigger item.

Choose something you can manage to ship and pack easily.   UPS can pick it up, or you can take it to the post office.      Things that are not fragile are even better, like clothes, or baseball gloves.   You don’t want to have any broken items or your reputation on Ebay will suffer.     Always leave our customers feedback.   Most of them will respond in kind.

Now, watch your auctions, like little baby trees.

See how many visitors and watchers there are.     For every few “watchers”, there will be a   “bidder”.      Try adjusting the price on slow moving items.   If it’s a hot item, you’ll have watchers or even bidders quite fast.

I often use a 10 day auction.   You have to pay a tiny bit, like 40 cents, and wait 3 more days.    It always pays off with more bids and higher sale price.    Include a BUY IT NOW price if you want a fast sale.   Don’t worry if the bids seem low.   A lot of  people but in a minimal bid at first, but they are watching it.     Many times, the last few minutes of the auction is where the price really spikes up.   If you have more than one bidder, that’s a really good sign.

People are looking for bargains, so don’t ask for the moon.

If you need fast cash, sell stuff fast for good prices and just go get more stuff.  There’s PLENTY of stuff around to sell on Ebay.   You can get a lot of stuff free if you know where to go:   yard sales, rummage sales, town dumps ( Yes, people throw away thousands of dollars worth of valuables stuff. )

I have a friend who used to make 10,000 dollars a year selling stuff he got at the dump, before it went into the crusher.   That income saved his house and his marriage, and allowed him to spend a lot of time with his young children.

Take a look around your home, then go onto Ebay.  Start making some money, my friend.   You have hidden cash all over the place.

for some tips, watch this video…

Make money using Ebay, info

 

 

Sell weird stuff

       Did you know there are countless products that you probably never heard of that are in hot demand by specialized industries, and that they would appreciate some help selling online ?  

           It’s true.    There are some very expensive items too,  that industry MUST have to stay in business.   Here are some that you may know about but usually forget.

commercial refrigerators

computerized manufacturing machinery

parts for huge drilling rigs

various chemicals used in industry

and tons of other stuff, powders, liquids, transportation equipment, and so much more.

These companies are lonely, trying hard to get the eyes and ears of the few people who need their stuff.

      You can help them sell.    You may even be in the perfect industry already, but not know how to get involved in this.

Now, some of this stuff is downright strange.  ( Ever hear about Milorganite ).   look it up.  It’s a kind of fertilizer made from dried sewage.   Hint, never let it get wet…. unless it’s in the ground.

Okay, that’s bizarre,

but there are things that are squeaky clean, like stuff for the surgical and dental industries.

Perhaps you can create a great website for them, or an internet marketing campaign.   Sky’s the limit on this if you do research.


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FREEBIES

If someone gave you the manual and key to an aircraft, would you know what to do with it?

Learn, learn, learn.    That’s what.  Then fly, fly, fly.

Yes, there are valuable things that are free, but what will you do with them when you get them ?

Google wants you to make money.   Click bank wants you to make money.   Ebay wants you to make money.   Amazon wants you to make money

Huge, powerful companies want YOU to make lots of money and will help you learn how.   The information is out there right now waiting for you to see it and get going.    And there are a LOT of small companies that also want you to make money.

       Go to the main site of many big companies, and it tiny print ( usually ), at the bottom, or top of the page, there’s a little link that says:  Partners, or Affiliates.    Sign up, read, see what they have to say.    Your current business just might be one Amazon wants to partner with, or you can partner as an individual.

And while we’re on the subject of FREEBIES…..

You can actually make money by giving away free stuff.     When people get frees stuff that is actually useful, they tell their friends, and they buy stuff from you.      Giving away stuff can get you a long list of happy customers.    Just make sure what you give away is useful.

   Information is useful, so write up a little report about something you know a lot about, share it with friends, get some feedback, then offer it to people for free.  On that email or newsletter you can have links to your affiliate products, things you personally recommend.

The scoop on Ebay

Can you really make money on Ebay?

You bet, of course you can.    And not only that, you can BUY stuff and save hundreds or thousands of dollars per year, just by knowing how to do it, what to look for.

What you need is information, how to do it.    For that you need to learn from someone who knows their way around Ebay.

You can do Ebay on a small scale, or do it full time.      Start by selling stuff you get for FREE and learn the process.    Convert ordinary stuff you find around the house, in the garage, attic, basement, and get a little money coming in.

Then, you can start buying stuff to sell.   There are a lot of places you can do that, but you need to know what NOT to buy, and what to pay for it.   That comes from experience or training.

Want to know one of the secrets of Ebay:

Keep a great reputation by delivering good service, ship fast.

another one?     good product photography    Click here to get a 10 page report.    http://www.livingpictures.org/signup.htm

another secret of Ebay — right price for what you’re selling.  You can go to Ebay’s completed listing section and see what similar items sold for, or did not sell for.

Read more about categories, fees, security, and more at http://www.ebay.com

More than likely, you could make hundreds of dollars from stuff just laying around the house.     Kids outgrown the toys?   Of to college?    

Hot sellers:   Lego,  Tube amps and radios, vintage watches, collectible games and memorabilia…

Go look now, take notes, do research.