The Best Books For The Best Price

Hello readers!

So I have written about this before, but I have to write about it again, because it is just too good not to learn about. I became an Independent Consultant with Usborne Books and More last year. For those who are not familiar with Usborne, the company sells books for very young children all the way up until high school. The quality of Usborne Books and More is fantastic, from the graphics, the actual paper the books are printed on, the content, everything. And the best part!….the prices. Seriously, they are so incredibly affordable.

Now before you start thinking about how all I am trying to do is convince you to buy something from a company I have signed up with, go take a look at the website. Usborne is all about increasing childhood literacy and having your student enjoy reading, all at an affordable price. Who doesn’t want their child to love to learn? Please visit my consulting website here to learn more about Usborne, the books, and how you can even get book for free and half priced! Once you have fallen in love with the books, because I know you will, become a consultant with me, that way you can develop your own way of making money on your own schedule, all the while allowing your child to have the best education possible. Our children are the future after all! There is a one time start up fee, in which you receive your welcome kit, as well as other online tools to help get your business rolling. There are no minimums you have to make each month and there are several different programs that you can get involved in. Give it a chance.

Thanks for reading xoxo

Launching a Business…Baby Steps

Hello readers!

I am writing this post as a novice when it comes to launching a business. You see, I am a born entrepreneur, I love the idea of being my own boss, making my own rules, and helping others. I’m sure many of you are thinking the exact same thing: wouldn’t we all love to be the boss in our line of work. Well, I have a question for every single business owner out there:

How did you actually launch the business?

What I mean by this is, literally what steps did you take to get the business going. Yes, I understand about having a business plan, marketing and of course the finances to cover all of the start up costs. What I mean is, when someone says that they started from nothing and then built a very successful business, how did you go about marketing, and going from perhaps the basement in your home to an actual business office. How did you go from being a one person, or a literal family business to having the recourses to pay your staff. I have read many different articles about how people have found a situation that they wanted to solve and thus created a product or business (I watch “Shark Tank a lot as well) and they have said how they “launched” their business. Well, I am one of those individuals who needs to know the EXACT steps these entrepreneurs took to make a success.

I recently thumbed through a book about how a mom wanted to have it all: a family, career and overall enjoy life. Well once again, she used that word, “launched.” Its a great word in the business vocab, but again I ask HOW.

Please feel free to comment how you business folk started. Trial and error always happens, share your thoughts. Please and thank you!

Limited Income….Love Coupons!

Hello everyone! It has been a while since I last blogged, my apologies! A brand new hobby that I’m proud to say I’ve become addicted to is couponing, which will explain my title. I am in my late 20s, on a limited budget and live in a very expensive zip code at home helping a family member with health issues. How do I do it over and above a straight job?  I COUPON to save money, and I’m proud of it. Let me explain how I saved around $100 on groceries and gas this week. Yes, $100 saved.

My family does the majority of our grocery store shopping at Giant for two reasons, its our closest grocery location with great deals, and also gas points at participating Shell stations. For every dollar you spend at Giant, you earn a point, get 100 points, you earn $0.10 off per gallon of gas, 200 points, $0.20 and so on…reach 1000 points, $1.00 off each gallon. Certain items have deals each week, if you buy 5 of the participating items (shampoo), you then earn an automatic $0.50 per gallon, along with all of the other points earned based on the dollar amount you spent for that particular grocery shopping trip. For example, you spend $50 on groceries, and also purchase the participating products for gas that day ($0.50 additional gas points) then you earned a total of 1000 points, or a $1.00 off per gallon. Make sense? It is a bit confusing at the beginning, but it becomes pretty routine and easy once you get the hang of it. Now people have pointed out to me that I’m still spending that money on these items, in order to redeem my gas points, so isn’t it a waste? I say no. My logic is, if I’m going to use the item anyways and it won’t expire  (non perishable items) or pantry goods that have a long expiration date, it really in the end evens out because you are saving at the pump, the same dollar amount you spent at the grocery store.

My most recent triple saver was one I am especially proud of. It was on shampoo. I had a manufacturer coupon for $2 off two bottles of a specific brand of shampoo. The store had a promotion of not only 2/$6 but also, if you buy 5 of them, then you earn $0.50 additional gas points. Bam! I was able to combine all 3 promotions. I ended up saving $20 on gas with previous points earned.

Let me just say this, I’m not a crazy coupon hoarder, I don’t just take items out of the store I don’t need just because I can get them for crazy cheap, or free, I use all of my items. I also don’t store 25 bottles of laundry detergent, I store 20…..kidding! But in all seriousness, I use commonsense when it comes to deals, and have not built any additional storage places in my house, so I have keep in mind the amount of room we have to keep everything.

Last bit I will say on this, as you can tell, I am really passionate about saving money. Go onto different coupon apps, they are a money saver….Ibotta is a major one I use, it ranges from $0.25 off of bread, to $3 off detergent, every penny adds up! I also go to coupons.com and print out deals. Check with your local stores policy, many times they will allow you to stack coupons. Good luck!

 

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

There is the saying “don’t quit your day job.” Here is a very important question and concept to really contemplate: you have your day job that produces the stable income, but if you’re like me, you have always wanted to be your own boss. How does one find the balance of keeping your focus on your day job where you answer to your boss and co-workers, all the while still maintaining the energy, physically and emotionally to create a new start-up business, or product. It can be hard. I have been a big fan of “Shark Tank” and have read books from the “Sharks” on advice. They talk about how you need creativity and the pros and cons of working for yourself. So here is my question: how would you, my readers, go about and come up with a great product, or business idea, get started, all the while maintaining your job that pays the bills, and maintain a family/social life (if you have a family of your own.)

YouTubers…..

So this is a very honest question I have: how do YouTubers become sponsored. There are so many competitors out there creating all sorts of different content; everyday products they use, clothing and makeup purchases, and straight up fun and creative videos. How do you go about getting “discovered.”

My questioning behind this comes with having an entrepreneurial passion. Lets face it; the world has gone digital, yes there are still plenty of tangible ways of life, but a lot has transferred to mobile devices. Social media in its infancy was and is still Facebook, yet, there are newly developed applications competing with one another constantly. Facebook originally was created for personal exposure, and now many consider it more on the professional side with businesses promoting their services, and advertisements on the sides, targeting different members interests. Instagram even has become much more professional. Not in anyway saying businesses don’t have a right to advertise through social media, just that it clearly shows that social media exposure has changed the way our world operates.

People are becoming “Facebook” and “YouTube” stars based on various content they are sharing, everyday content that goes viral. What makes them so much more special and noticed? Just some thought that I have. Feel free to comment.

Usborne Books and More

I am so happy to announce that I have signed up and am now an Independent Consultant through a wonderful company called “Usborne Books and More.” Usborne is a company promoting literacy starting at birth up until high school. The books are wonderful in content, very high quality, and not to mention VERY AFFORDABLE.

The reason I decided to join this amazing company is because everyone, and I mean everyone needs to learn how to read, and enjoy literacy. Bonus: you start making money helping students today develop literacy skills.

The way Usborne works is that you pay a small start up fee, mine was $135 with everything included as a welcome kit. My welcome kit was a medium sized box full of books from different interest and reading levels, a catalog, order forms and information on how to get started. Once you learn how the company works (I learn something new everyday), you can get your business rolling. Basically, you sell the books, and then make a commission on  your sales.

Why not get started in a thriving business that keeps our children educated and learning for life. It all starts at a young age, and the earlier they start learning how to read, the better. The goal here is for children to learn to love to read (and making money while doing such a great thing!) Did I mention that you can work as much or as little as you want. There are no minimums or even maximums on sales, and there are a variety of different ways to make sales (web sales, Facebook parties, book fairs, school programs and more!)

If you are interested in joining, please sign up under me, and we can have a wonderful business to promote childhood literacy! Join me! Happy reading and money making! Here is my personal consultant website,  please visit, learn, shop around for your student and even join! Click Usborne Books and More!