I`m a father of 3, and grandfather of 5.
I`ve been full-time self-employed since 1987, selling promotional advertising to business, industry, and government buyers, both online and off, all across the U.S. I also sponsor and train others in my industry.
I started my business at home in 1984, and still operate for a spare bedroom, with no staff, office space, or retail locations. As such, I`m not tied to opening an office 5 days a week and am not burdened with hiring, & firing employees, and unnecessary overhead.
At 57, I look forward to many more years of serving my present customer base and expanding with even more clients, both locally and across the U.S. No mandatory retirement age for us self-employed business people.
What works for me might not interest you at all. But, be very careful as you search for opportunities online. I'm a moderator on an anti-scam site, and we get a lot of post with people inquiring about this guru or that company/opportunity.
By my count, I'd say searching for a legitimate and profitable opportunity online is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. So many people promoting scams, schemes and out-right rip-offs.
I sell promotional advertising (Ink pens, coffee mugs, calendars, caps, t-shirts, and 800K other products) to business, industry, and non-profit organizations both to online and face-to-face customers. This is a 120+ year old industry, with room for more entrepreneurs. Selling, particularly business-to-business selling definitely isn't for everyone, but if someone willing to learn the business, this opportunity has great potential.I started from scratch nearly 29 years old, in a market far from where I grew up - No family, friends, classmates, and few contacts to start a business from scratch. But, selling promos has provided well for my family for nearly 3 decades. My kids are grown and gone out on their own, with almost no memory of my previous military career.Feel free to contact me or check out www.CuttingEdgeAdvertising.com for more info. Even if it doesn't suit you, there could be someone else you know that would love to know about my industry.
There are plenty of genuine business opportunities to be found online today. Unfortunately, they are like the proverbial needle in a haystack among all the scams, schemes, and opportunities that only enrich those who sell the program rather than the products.
I was blessed to find my niche nearly 3 decades ago. At a time when most of the mass media are struggling, promotional advertising still delivers an excellent return on investment for the advertiser.
And all those advertisers have to order their promotional needs from someone. It could be you just as well as me.
And it's well suited to both work-at-home for telemarketing and/or online sales. But, it works equally well as a work-from-home business, as I prefer the face-to-face contact with my clients from SW Louisiana to Houston, TX.
With no inventory to buy, no need for employees, show room, or outside office, it can be started on a very small budget.
If you know someone looking for a new career or needing to supplement an inadequate retirement, suggest the look into promotional advertising. It works for people from 18 to 98 and has delivered good solid income for over a century.
I was fortunate to find my niche in the promotional advertising industry, selling B2B, over 28 years ago. And I'm more passionate about it today than I was when it was all so new and exciting to me.
It's a great industry, that the average person either is born into it through a family member or else discovers it after retirement from their life-long career.
Starting from scratch wasn't easy, especially for a sole-bread winner, but the long-term rewards were definitely worth the lean years in the beginning.
Now, my business is relatively recession and disaster-proof, having survived a direct hit from Hurricane Rita and all the economic turmoil of the past 4 years. In spite of the current conditions, I just finished my latest sales year with a 38% increase in sales and started the new year with a 25% increase for September.
I'll consider retirement in 38 years at my 97th birthday. No way do I want to quite prematurely.
And I encourage others to explore the options of what could be the best low-cost, home-based opportunity for them today!
I was speaking to my old sales manager the other day and he had just hung up the phone with one of his reps.
He told me the conversation went something like this.
Manager:"What does your pipeline look like this month" Rep:"This recession is just killing me" Manager:"Remember what I told you? Put down the paper, turn off CNN, there is no recession"
This manager is very aware we are deep in a recession, but it is his job to get the reps head in a more positive place.
Your former sales manager was trying to do his job. If the sales people stay focused on the recession, their sales will reflect that focus.
I learned a good lesson about recession and high unemployment numbers from one of my clients over 2 decades ago. I had asked about how his sales during the recession (back in the '80s) exceeded those of the former Nissan dealer that he bought out.
His reply - When unemployment is 12%, that means 88% are working and driving used cars to work. I target my advertising and marketing efforts to reach that percent that are still on the job.
When I spend too much time listening to 'negatives' my sales results suffer accordingly. So, I learned to turn off the radio and go to my happy place. I put on the Big Band/Swing music and crank it up. A little Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Bros., Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Will Bradley, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Django Reinhardt, Mel Torme, or other of that era puts a little extra bounce in my step and makes me glad I'm alive.
Then, I'm ready to hit the bricks and make some more sales calls.
Your prospects or clients will feed of your mindset. Go in focused on recession - in person or on the phone, the buyer can detect it and respond accordingly.
Ignore the media's recession focus and the Obama-nomics behind it and watch your sales increase.
That may not apply if you are trying to sell real estate in one of the housing markets that got clobbered by the mortgage crisis.
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