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    NOTABLE! Free Accounting Software: If you need software, use these guys

    I've used Wave for 2-3 years now for my ecommerce business. Free and more than sufficient for me. They also made their software a lot "smarter" last year, and it makes importing and categorizing my transactions in bulk very quick and easy. I definitely recommend it. I've tried QB and Xero in...
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    NOTABLE! You’re not selling wholesale?

    Don't be afraid to ask questions about where they plan to sell, why the order is shipped overseas, etc. Wholesale accounts aren't just a simple transaction like customer purchases. They are an ongoing relationship, and the more you guys are on the same page, the better (if it is indeed legit)...
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    NOTABLE! You’re not selling wholesale?

    Bump. I just wanted to say, if there's only one thing that you take from this thread, it should be this: follow up. Received a wholesale inquiry a year ago. Talks died out several times. Kept following up, and just received my first PO from them. Received another wholesale inquiry last...
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    Significant Change to Upwork coming in May 2019... “Pay to Bid”

    Upwork's fees have always been too high, and they aren't heading in the right direction. It's only a matter of time before another freelancer marketplace comes along with a much better price structure. If I was going to do it, I'd completely get rid of the commission structure and charge a...
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    How much $$$ would you need to significantly change your lifestyle?

    Would you sacrifice cash-on-cash returns in exchange for a greater chance of increasing rents/appreciation? A lower return is likely the result of more investor demand in these primary markets, but a lot of these same markets also probably stand the greatest chance of population and job...
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    How to contact Amazon sellers?

    These are the kind of #'s I was looking for. I haven't tried this yet, but I started the process last night. Just an FYI, FB seems to make you jump through more hoops now in order to upload a custom audience (become "verified", or wait a few weeks). This doesn't make sense, because I've been...
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    How to contact Amazon sellers?

    Maybe you can elaborate on the successes of the 3 sellers you've helped so far? I've known about creating the Amazon lookalike audiences for a while and am curious what peoples' results are like.
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    How to contact Amazon sellers?

    Can you elaborate on how this is done and how/if it complies with Amazon policies?
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    How to contact Amazon sellers?

    Pretty easy solution. As an Amazon seller, I've had people pitch me software or services by email. They find me on Amazon, do a quick Google search, and then contact me through my site. Any Amazon seller worth anything will have their own site.
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    Virtual Office Solutions - What Do You Use?

    This is something I've put off for a really long time simply because it doesn't directly affect the bottom line, but as the business has grown, it's gotten to the point where I feel unprofessional using my home address as my business address. I need something more professional and was looking...
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    EXECUTION Adding More Zero’s – Journey to Market Disruption and Building Generational Change

    I've worked with similar freight forwarders in the past. It was like pulling teeth just to get a simple update on my shipment, and when there was some sort of delay, I would receive no notification unless I asked them about it. I've started working with another freight forwarder a couple...
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    Various "problems" starting a profitable business

    The best motivation I've ever found is having a strong vision of the future, and the discipline to see it through. Not just a vision of your personal life either. Have a vision of what your business will look like in the future, in as much detail as you can imagine. Once you do this, you'll...
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    I just put my house up for sale and no one I know understands why

    Nice! I would take that setup in a heartbeat. I don't want anyone to think I was suggesting him (or anyone) to hold onto property just for appreciation though. My point was, even if the place appreciates 0% over the course of the mortgage (unlikely), someone else will be paying it off for him...
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    I just put my house up for sale and no one I know understands why

    Cash flow is only one part of it. Someone else would also be paying off your mortgage, and it will likely appreciate a decent amount in that time. Don't underestimate these factors--they can add up to a lot more than the cashflow. Even if you hired a property management company and were...
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    GOLD! A new marketing tool I'm using with ridiculous ROI

    Exactly my thoughts when I read this. If I end up pursuing more wholesale accounts later this year, I'm now planning to make a list of prospects and leave them an email with a "soft" pitch basically asking if they're interested in receiving free samples, and then go from there.
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    BOOK Nominations/Vote: Book Discussion (New Poll Posted!)

    +1 on Extreme Ownership Listening to this now and it's extremely well written and full of a ton of great info on leadership and working in teams.
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    Anyone have experience with Assembly.com? (Monthly subscription sourcing team)

    That's my main problem. I need certain material specs met, and this company in Malaysia has been the only one able to deliver. Actually wasn't able to find even one Chinese company to come close. The packaging, product quality, and professionalism has been far superior to the other Chinese...
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    Anyone have experience with Assembly.com? (Monthly subscription sourcing team)

    This would be extremely helpful. Any ETA on this? Any plans on working with non-Chinese sourcing agents? Like I've mentioned before, I've found a great new manufacturer in Malaysia for my products, but I'd like to eventually find a backup supplier and haven't had much luck locating good...
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    Will smoking weed make me lazy/hurt my (good) mindset?

    I wouldn't worry about this. Once you're older and your business is more established and successful, this stuff all tends to stop. Instead, people will begin to respect you for it. Some will even be curious and ask lots of questions. Just focus and do what you have to do to make it work, and...
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    The "Travelocity" of the Outdoors

    +1 I've thought about this a lot lately. The idea needs some refining, but I feel like there's potential for some type of lead gen site in the hunting market. For hunting property, guided hunts, whatever. Guided hunts for example. There's a huge market, and not really any modern or easy way...
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