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  1. ljean

    Stocks as a business

    A few years ago I was browsing the bizbuysell listings looking at different businesses to potentially purchase. A few stuck out at me but I ultimately decided I didn't want to buy myself a job, deal with employee and customer hassles, and have my assets tied up in something relatively illiquid...
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    Payroll solution for one employee

    My CPA is recommending I start doing a payroll. Any suitable, cheap options for a single employee (me)?
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    OFF-TOPIC Anyone have a sauna?

    I am considering getting one to put in my basement. I used to sit in the one at my health club regularly before C0VlD. Any must-have or must-avoid features? A lot of them seem to be infrared which heat your body but not the air, but I've only ever experienced the traditional set ups at the clubs.
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    OFF-TOPIC How to instill hard-working values in my kids

    I have spent 15 years grinding to get to the point where my business is essentially on auto-pilot. Will possibly net 7 figures this year. But I now probably appear idle and/or unemployed. My wife & I are at home most of the time; my kids have no idea how most families have to grind to...
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    OFF-TOPIC Help with this eBay scammer

    I sold a barely used video card on eBay last week and the buyer is claiming it doesnt work and wants to return. This is a total scam, he is going to send me back a duplicate card that is fried or something like that. What can I do?
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    OFF-TOPIC Pilot license?

    Anyone here have one? Been kicking around the idea lately. I'm not quite sure how risky it really is.
  7. ljean

    Google Search vs Display Ads metrics

    I have been running a successful google search PPC campaign for my business for many years. Recently I have been experimenting with Google display ads to try to extend my reach (in addition to remarketing ads). Does anyone have any insight as to what sort of conversion rate & cost to expect in...
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    O/T: HEALTH My 11 year old was diagnosed with autism yesterday

    My 5th grader has been having difficulties at school over the past few months and after countless visits with psychologists, counselors, school staff, etc she was finally diagnosed with autism by a child psychiatrist. I'm surprised it took as long as it did but now with the label some odd...
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    OFF-TOPIC The son of a billionaire knocked on my door yesterday

    Sam Steyer asked me to vote for his dad Tom Steyer for president. I should have invited him to come in and sit down and chat. But he caught me off guard and I simply took a pamphlet and said thanks.
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    Anatomy of a 100% IRR real estate deal from cradle to grave

    The following is a breakdown of a real estate deal I recently completed. House was bought in 2017 for $55,000 for cash. It was in pretty decent shape at that time, we spent about $6,000 to get it ready for first occupancy for pretty much just new interior paint & carpet. This was a good buy...
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    Negative interest mortgage

    The central bank must be charging higher negative rates otherwise i have no idea why any lender would do this.
  12. ljean

    Damn you crypto

    I doubled a small investment in crypto last year. I ended up pulling my cash out about 6 months ago after the market was dead. But now there are signs of life again I have FOMO...sonovabitch.
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    OFF-TOPIC Convince me to buy / not buy a new car

    I have never bought a brand new car before. I've had my current daily driver for 5 years, I bought it when it was 3 yrs old. I've always driven cars until the wheels fall off. This one would probably last me another 5+ years with minimal issues. I like it just fine, I have no good reason to...
  14. ljean

    Tools to work remotely.

    I'm vacationing in Ireland for three weeks in June. I was thinking about buying a netbook or some such to be able to connect to and work thru my home computer while I'm away. Any recommendations on hardware & software? My home computer is a PC running Windows 8.
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    Do I need SEO & PPC?

    My website ranks very high for my keywords, #1 in many cases. But of course paid searches rank above mine. Would PPC ads benefit me or just cannibalize my existing rankings? The majority of the time when I search for stuff I ignore the ads and go straight to the organic results.
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    Retargeting ads?

    I have very good SEO for my business so I do not use adwords and the like. However, I wonder if retargeting ads would be useful to stay in front of customers who have visited my website. I have a very low volume, high price high margin business. Any thoughts?
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    OFF-TOPIC What have been your favorite life experiences?

    For those of you who have the money & time to do whatever you want, what have your best life experiences been? I took my wife & kids on a two week trip to London, Paris, & Rome earlier this year - that was pretty phenomenal.
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    OFF-TOPIC Gift ideas

    I need to give my wife some ideas for myself for xmas. Any good new books or gadgets out there? I'm really hard to buy for.
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    HOT TOPIC Stock Market Trading Rotation System

    A few months ago I bought and read the book Stocks on the Move: Beating the Market with Hedge Fund Momentum Strategies, by European fund manager Andreas Clenow. Basically, the premise of the book is to buy top-performing stocks and sell them when they cease to be top-performing stocks and...
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    eBay sales tax scam

    I've noticed recently with stuff I've been buying on eBay, the sellers are illegally charging sales tax. There is no way these sellers are registered in my state to collect tax. Its a sleazy way to try to make another 5% to 10%. It better not be any of you!!
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