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From Cafepress 2007 To Cafepress 2016

A Look at Cafepress 2015

If you’ve been keeping up since the beginning you are aware that I found a way to make money online back in 2007 with Cafepress. While I wasn’t convinced you could make enough money to quit your day job, it turned out to be a fairly reliable source for creating some passive income after you got the shop set up. If you need a little extra beer money, or money on your bills, Cafepress would work.

Even though I’ll be adding updates to them, you can still read Part 1 and Part 2 of my series on making money with Cafepress. I think it’s a little funny that I am creating this post the next day after discussing how greedy entrepreneurs are already set to fail. Whey do I think that’s funny? Because failure is exactly where I believe Cafepress is headed.

The Reasons for NOT Trying to Make Money Using Cafepress (Part 1/2)

I am using a sort of ‘star wars’ approach to this by beginning at the ending. I just had to prove how making money with Cafepress was possible before I could prove you shouldn’t. Am I right? Well, we all know that’s not entirely accurate. So I apologize if you happened to read my articles and immediately took action. I commend you on your determination though, and admire your drive. However, I have a commitment to reporting all the realities involved.

You are probably wondering why now I’m saying that you SHOULDN’T use Cafepress to make money. Well, back in the day it was different. It really was a good source for passive income. I certainly hope nobody actually quit their job and put all their responsibilities on what they could earn from Cafepress.

What ruined Cafepress was greediness, pure and simple. That’s what brought them down. How do I know? Well, these last two months are the first two months since I began my store back in 2007, that I made NO sales. This is a first since 2007. So I researched it and became aware of the facts and saw it for what it was – greed.

I am actively pulling my Cafepress accounts and closing my failing business. One reason is because once they see these posts I’ve written they’ll cancel me out anyway. Plus I’m thinking of moving my designs over to Zazzle.com, but I’m still researching that and not making any recommendations as of yet. I just wanted to let everybody know why I changed my mind after all the good things I had to say before. I think people should know the truth, and sometimes that takes some updating. So there you have it.

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Cyber Monday Sales On Vistaprint Business Cards

Cyber Monday Sales On Vistaprint Business Cards

Cyber Monday has arrived, which means that you will discover some of the year’s most enticing deals online today. The NRF (National Retail Federation) estimates that over 131,000,000 people will purchase products online today. This is up about two percent from the previous year.

Vistaprint Business Cards

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If you have yet to do your Christmas card shopping, Vistaprint is offering fifty holiday cards for just $20. The new holiday cards from Vistaprint have over 150 new designs. Better still, you can customize the fonts, messages and colors on these cards to fit your business or family. On orders over $50, shipping is free. With all this choice, you are sure to find the perfect cards to give to your friends and family this season. Be quick though, because this deal is only offered on Cyber Monday.

Also, Vistaprint is offering price reductions on a range of holiday products. If you are searching for a memorable holiday gift, now is the best time to consider buying personalized items, such as mugs, t shirts and calendars. This offer can not be combined with any cash back programs. Move fast, because this offer only lasts until December 6, 2013.

Finally, if you wish to impress investors and customers, you can take advantage of the offer on Vistaprint business cards. For just $10, you can purchase 250 cards, and this offer expires on January 31, 2014. Vistaprint is a leading digital printing company that specializes in serving small businesses, so this deal is well worth snapping up.

 

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Vistaprint Free Professional & Premium Business Cards

Vistaprint Free Professional & Premium Business Cards

Business cards are a must for professional networking and sharing information about a company or an individual. Vistaprint now offer US and CA residents free, professional business cards delivered to your doorstep. With express turnaround times and premium quality, Vistaprint free business cards come in a selection of over forty designs and templates printed on high quality card stock so you can make a great first impression.

 

Vistaprint Free Business Cards

Business card origami (and kirigami) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Vistaprint designs on offer are classic and timeless, with great quality full-colour graphics or imagery, giving you and your brand a professional image. If the designs on file are not what you’re after, for a small fee you can upload your own designs as well as any other optional upgrades including additional text, font type and colours to your cards. Vistaprint free business cards come with a discreet Vistaprint logo on the back of the business card.

Vistaprint designs on offer are classic and timeless, with great quality full-colour graphics or imagery, giving you and your brand a professional image. If the designs on file are not what you’re after, for a small fee you can upload your own designs as well as any other optional upgrades including additional text, font type and colours to your cards. Vistaprint free business cards come with a discreet Vistaprint logo on the back of the business card.

Ordering online has never been easier on Vistaprint’s website; simply select your preferred design, then edit both the front and back of the business card with your details. You can review all the information entered and when satisfied with the look of your Vistaprint free business cards, approve it online and place the order immediately.

Forget about pricey quotes from printing companies; to receive 250 free business cards, try Vistaprint’s offer of high quality, premium cards and pay only for shipping and processing. Vistaprint is one of the fastest-growing companies worldwide and it’s easy to see why with their free business cards offer for both the United States and Canada.

 

 

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Whimsical And Memorable Characters On Peanuts Checks

Peanuts Checks

An ongoing trend that people take great pride in showing their love for almost any item is displaying various characters on checks, including Peanuts checks. The love of Peanuts characters that make up the witty comic is shared by generation after generation. One of the greatest ways to share the heartfelt characters is to purchase Peanut checks that highlight various Peanut characters. Using these checks is a great way to build both business and personal relationships as many people can relate to the characters through a single transaction with a favorite character.

There are plenty of avenues to search and find checks that highlight Peanut characters. Several online stores and banks offer these checks at reasonable prices. The availability of various characters, backgrounds, and the dynamic of Peanuts characters will allow people to pick and choose their favorites to place on checks or encompass the entire gang. The more popular Peanut characters that can be printed on checks include Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Linus. However, don’t forget Snoopy’s sidekick, Woodstock that is also available for representation on checks.

Charles M Schultz had the gift to create these lovable characters that have become iconic with time. The Peanut characters are some of the most recognizable characters that people can relate to with images that are front and center on a check. Most of the checks including the characters are whimsical and bring back wonderful memories at any age.

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How To Benefit From Free Classified Ads

One of the biggest problems facing small businesses and start-ups has always been the cost of advertising. You have to advertise in order to get the business afloat, yet you simply do not have the budget to pay for it. This is why sites providing free classified ads are such a bonus for businesses of this type.

Classified advertising has always been a popular method of marketing. Potential customers look only at the category in which they are interested, meaning the ads are fully targeted at people who actually want that product or service. This is in contrast to TV commercials or billboards, which are seen by everyone, whether interested or not. However, for this very reason, newspapers and magazines charge high fees for insertion of classifieds.

This is why sites offering free classified ads can be such a godsend to small businesses. The ads can be categorized not only according to product or service, but according to geographical location, so they can greatly increase the profile of an enterprise in its local area. However, even more significant than this can be the online exposure – for which, of course, the company does need to have a web site. Not only can the ad be found by anyone in the world searching the web for that particular product, but a link to the web site can mean serious improvements in its ranking. Many of the classifieds sites such as Salespider or Craigslist are seen as authority sites by the search engines, so can provide some big backlink benefits.

However, in order to gain the full advantage from free classified ads sites, there are some principles you need to follow. Because the sites are so widely used, there is a lot of competition, so it is no good just placing any ad and expecting a huge response. You have to construct your ad so it will be seen, and so people will respond to it.

In the first place, because the ad will be found principally through search engines, pay attention to your headline. Do not include your company name as people will not search for this. Research the most competitive keywords that are used when searching for your product or service, and use these in your headline, combining it with a benefit. Examples include How To…, Secrets Of…, Discover…, Introducing… The other important principle is to concentrate on lead generation rather than on direct sales. Give people a reason to make contact immediately, by offering something free, such as a free report, e-book, or consultation. Users are very unlikely to buy straight off the page, but once they have responded to your offer, you have a customer.

Free classified ads are a winning situation for everyone. The sites themselves gain from the huge amount of traffic they attract, customers benefit from finding what they want, and above all the businesses gain from the powerful free exposure. If you are not using this method, you are missing a massive opportunity.

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Ideal Types of Office Décor for a Charity Funded Organization to Invest In

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One of the most fiercely debated questions in charity funded organizations is the one as to whether they should invest in office décor. This is usually followed by a question as what the ideal type of office decorations for such charity-funded organizations would be (if, indeed, investing in office decorations turns out to be the right thing for them to do). Those are the questions we now venture to explore possible answers to. But we first of all need to understand why charity-funded organizations are unique in this context.

Why charity-funded organizations are unique:
There is one major reason as to why charity-funded organizations are unique in contexts like this. The reason is in the fact that these are organizations which operate without their own revenue sources. They depend on receiving money from well-disposed people, and then using that money to help people with various unique needs. Subsequently, they have to be very careful in their administrative expenditures and purchase of things like cars for staff and office décor items, like an office floor mat – lest they be perceived to be wasting donors’ funding, and possibly be sanctioned.

Whether it is right for a charity funded organization to invest in office décor:
Opinions vary on this, but many people are of the persuasion that well thought out office decorations can actually add value to charity-funded organizations. A charity funded organization with good office décor stands to benefit from:

Improved perceptions by external stakeholders: this would be the case, provided the office decorations bought are not perceived as extravagant. It emerges that if the external stakeholders (donors for instance) visit the organization’s premises, and they encounter bare offices with no décor whatsoever, they’d tend to get the impression that it is not a proper organization. There are things an office needs, if it is to look proper: and a certain level of décor is definitely one of them. Now improved perception is important for charity funded organizations because, for one, most people would be very hesitant to entrust their money to an organization which looks dubious from the appearance of its offices. But even where the people overcome that perception, they’d tend to perceive it as a ‘cheap’ organization, and therefore tend to give the smaller donations they henceforth believe it deserves, on account of its ‘cheapness.’

Success consciousness in the internal environment: this would tend to have an effect on the organization’s staff morale and general effectiveness in its central mission. It has been established (through well controlled research) that proper office décor can, for instance, improve performance by as much as 15 percent.

The ideal type of office décor for charity funded organizations:
The ideal type of office decoration for charity funded organizations would be that which looks decent, but inexpensive. The office décor items have to look decent, if they are to serve the intended purpose of inducing the necessary level of success consciousness in the organization, whilst also somewhat impressing external stakeholders who may come visiting. But it has to be inexpensive, if the organization is to avoid creating a wrong impression that it is squandering charitably received monies on unnecessary things, like costly office décor.

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