How A Guy Made $18,078 From A Fish Bone

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Source: Kickstarter.com

The above image that you see is of a small but excellent engineering model created by Brent Garcia. The project idea is simple yet amazing. It allows you to tie up ropes without making a knot.

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Source: KickStarter.com

As you can see from the image, you can use this knot to tie up items. This project has got more than $18,078 from the backers which is amazing.

 

7 Amazing Google Search Effects

Google has become the king of search and is used by many of us everyday. We love to see the Google Doodles which they show according to the latest happenings or anything about the history.

Following the same idea, some websites have developed some amazing pages like Google Doodles (and some are of Google itself). Here are they,

1. Google Gravity

On opening the website, the search bar along with the menu falls at the bottom showing gravity has gone to 0. More interestingly, if you search anything, the results would drop on the old stuff already dropped at the bottom of the webpage due to gravity.

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2. Let Me Google That For You

Used by many people to teach other people how to search and also used by people who want to point out to another person that this information is available on Google but he has might have not searched it yet.

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3. Google Pac-Man

Google Pac Man was actually created by Google sometime ago and it was played by a large number of people.

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4. Google Mirror

Google Mirror shows the search results in the form of a mirror.

Google Mirror

5. Google Hacker

Google Hacker shows Google webpages words in numeric form.

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6. Epic Search

Epic search keeps getting bigger and bigger in size. This is an interesting zoom effect on a webpage.

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7. Google Sphere

Images and text rotates around Google search bar.

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8. Do a Barrel Roll

The webpage rotates 360 degree and comes back to its original position.

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Reinventing the Toilet and 6 Other Bill Gates Lessons for Entrepreneurs

What do black soldier flies, electrolysis and the Tidy Bowl man have in common? Bill Gates, of course. Gates, an innovator and philanthropist, issued a global challenge in 2011 to universities through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His goal — to stir up the creative minds of the world’s most talented scientists, entrepreneurs and inventors to design and build a better pot to . . . well, you get the idea. Some of the toilet solutions included using black soldier flies to convert fecal matter to compost and electrolysis for water purification.

Since indoor water closets replaced chamber pots and bedpans, Western civilization has been trying to reinvent the toilet. According to Alfredo Behrens in the Financial News, Gates’ focus was on fighting disease and improving lives. Delivering sanitary options to third world countries with limited water resources could be life changing for millions.

Business owners see potential for new startups and niche markets on the horizon through an entrepreneurship lens. If you have been inspired to start a business of your own, consider a few tips from successful entrepreneurs, including Bill Gates.

Be Persistent and Persevere

“There is nothing that was overnight,” Bill Gates once said. When John Harrington built the first flush toilet circa 1596 for Queen Elizabeth I, the English culture did not rush to embrace the new fixture. Bill Gates did not immediately have an enthusiastic captive audience for his graphic interfaces either. If you believe in your products, stay focused and make improvements when necessary — responding to the market. Ideas aren’t told, but shown. If your client has an issue and you have the solution, show it to them.

Lead Your Team

As your business grows, delegate, but to not abdicate. Even though you might have to relinquish some duties, like assembly or shipping — never forget you are ultimately responsible for the quality of your company’s products and services. Keep an eye on both your team and your product to ensure every item meets your standards.

Webhosting

One strategy for tech startups is securing unlimited web hosting. Having a reliable platform with unlimited data storage and options to grow will allow you to focus on your business. Managing multiple domains and email addresses from one server is less expensive and easier than switching between providers.

Outperform the Competition

According to Naveen Jain, developer of Intelius, you have to provide the best product on the market. He says that “flawless execution” overrides innovative breakthroughs. Jain says this strategy allowed him to eliminate all of the 100 competitors he faced when he launched his information services in 2003. Streamline production or improve efficiency, whatever it takes to outshine competition.

Push Yourself to Your Limits

An Entrepreneur Magazine article recounts a story about Bill Gates trying to sell a BASIC interpreter to a company before he had completed the development process. When the company executives asked for a demo — he and his partner scrambled to provide a working interpreter. Deception is never a good strategy, but pushing yourself to tackle projects beyond your comfort level can lead to growth. Embrace possibilities tempered with probabilities.

Learn from Failure

We’re often told to reflect on our successes and learn from them. According to Gates, this can cloud vision and cause businesses’ to become over confident and unprepared for new challenges. Instead, his advice is to not learn from success but from unhappy customers or failure. Don’t ignore patterns of success, but don’t cling to them either.

New self-cleaning technology developed for the challenge, may lead to the demise of the Tidy Bowl man. Bill Gates has once again shown he thinks beyond what is, toward what can be. What about you?

How to get sponsors for your niche website

You’ve finally found a niche you can write extensively on and you have set up a website to publish all the very best regarding that niche. The questions remains that how do you get sponsors for your website? The answer lies in offering people something they want and not what you want.

First things first

You need to have a substantial amount of visitors to your website. The visitors mostly come in through search engines and for search engines to rank you website, the website must have content. For a steady stream of people you should at least be having one hundred good quality posts. Search engine optimize the articles so that more traffic comes in.

Next

Put up banners on your website stating that sponsors are welcome to put up their advertisements. Plan some packages that are reasonable and affordable to the niche businesses. It is advised that you put up stats about how many visits you get each month and something to brag about like the number of subscribers and interactions you have on your website each month. Also create a pdf file for the entire package including how many months worth of advertising will you offer. How many conversions the businesses could expect and why is your website the best place to advertise.

Then

Google up a list of businesses that are related to your niche and you think might be interested in being your sponsor. Using your website email id email the businesses regarding your proposal for a sponsorship opportunity.  Be creative and humble with your message and do not be pushy. Get a friend of yours to review it and send it off. Beware that the conversion rate is low but if you negotiate and are lenient you will be having sponsors at the end of the day. You can also post about this opportunity on forums such as digital point. Fiverr.com here would be an excellent tool as you can find loads of clients to deal with.

Tell us how you bring in sponsors? We would be glad to know.

5BuckBooksOnline–An Online Ebook Site

5BuckBooksOnline is an online ebook site. The site reminds me of Fiverr where you can get services for as less than $5. Here, you can get ebooks for $5.

According to the site, they have the full seller rights of the ebooks that they are selling at such a low price. Once paid them for a ebook, you can download that ebook whenever you want.

Here are the list of ebooks available on the website,

Ebook Publishing Secrets

This book guides you on how to publish your own ebooks.

The Fastest Ways To Make Money Online

If you have failed to make money online and want somone to consult you in ways you can make money online than this book seems to be worth trying.

Easy Software Profits! No Programming Required!

The book teaches you how can one make profit from softwares without having technical knowledge or programming.

They site is not just selling ebooks, it has something more to offer. There are two other services being offered,

Software Maker Pro

A software that creates softwares easily.

Niche Site Maker

A software that creates websites easily.

If you are interested to buy any of the items or want to subscribe to their site, you can do that on their official website.

How to make money with Squidoo

What is Squidoo?

squidoo_money Squidoo is one of the most innovative ideas of Seth Gordin. Squidoo basically is a more interesting and fun way of blogging. At Squidoo you create lens instead of making posts and you have to dedicate a lens to every topic you write on. You can add images, videos and a lot more to your lens to make it more fascinating.

What is a Lens?

make-squidoo-lensA lens is similar to a blog post which indicates a topic.Your lens can also support links to other lens of yours, a game and pretty much about everything.

Who is Seth Gordin?

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Seth Gordin is one of the world’s most successful and celebrated bloggers. Having many blogging books to his name and running a huge online entrepreneurship, he truly is a great blogger.

How Does One Make Money?

On Squidoo if you are to make money you should write about topics that are hot and trending. You can make money by a wide variety of ways. For example,

  1. Squidoo allows you to place Google ads, place items on Ebay.
  2. If someone buys the item via your lens, you get to keep a fraction of the sale. That is why the more readers you have, the more sales you are likely to get.
  3. Another great money making technique on Squidoo is to place your own affiliate products between posts so that you can have maximum control on what is being sold on your lens.
  4. You can also sell your services via your lens and make money.

Tips To Success

  1. Use relevant and high quality images and add videos of what you are writing about. Give sub headings using the modules.
  2. There are a few people who do make thousands of dollars per month but its more of dedication and persistence rather than luck that enables them to make good money.

Push Up Your Lens

To spread your use social bookmarking sites such as Stumbleupon and Reddit.com to spread the lens. Use social media such as Facebook and twitter to propagate your lens. In order for you lens to remain active you need to update your lens regularly.

How has your experience been on Squidoo. Do let us know !

Startup Tips For Young Entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs are doing a great job in the industry and have been coming up with awesome ideas. Following are some awesome startup tips from young entrepreneurs of the world.

Have a Plan for Actually Making Money

“We are no longer in an era where potential investors or acquirers go after companies who focus on their user count.”

– Kyle Vogt, Justin.TV

Do Your Homework

“Be really clear about the assumptions you’re making about the business you’re going into, and check those assumptions as quickly as you can — whether it’s building a prototype and testing it with people, or just talking to other people in the industry.”

– Can Sar, Apture

Be Prepared

“Educate yourself on whatever you’re going into. If you don’t know what you’re doing, people will take advantage of you. Exercise your right to negotiate, especially as a woman; don’t be afraid to walk away from an opportunity that you don’t think is right for you; and be realistic about your budget. Figure out how much you need to save and then try to keep yourself on a strict budget.”

– Kyle Smitley, Barley & Birch

Stay Genuine

“Do what you know… and love! It will resonate with your customers, employees, and potential investors. And make all the hard work worthwhile.”

– Susan Gregg Koger, ModCloth

Don’t Manage Angry

“Be as stern as you need to be, but nothing good comes from you bringing your lack of emotional control into the work.”

– Adam Rich, Thrillist

Don’t Be Afraid

“If you have an idea, do it. When you’re in your 20s or 30s, that’s the time where you can be aggressive and be a risk-taker. That’s the beauty of youth.”

– Michael Nardy, Electronic Payments

You Can’t Mask Mediocrity

“Steve Martin said it best. Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.”

– Anthony Volodkin, Hype Machine

Do What You Love

“It’s a common saying, but vitally important. The more you enjoy your job, the easier it is to work, and that’s important, especially when starting up your own company. You will be amazed at the amount of time and energy it will take to make your company successful.”

– Jamail Larkins, Ascension Aircraft

Stick With It

“Start-ups don’t die, they commit suicide. In other words, 90 percent of start-ups fail because the founders get bored, discouraged, or something else, and they move on to other things, not because of some catastrophe. No matter how dark it is today, things will always better tomorrow.”

– Justin Kan, Justin.TV

Simplify Your Mission

“I would encourage other entrepreneurs to spend a lot of time boiling down what their business is, what it does, and what it represents. If you nail down a 60- to 90-second synopsis, that will pay a lot of dividends throughout the life of your business.”

– Eric Koger, ModCloth

Ditch Your Safety Net

“As a senior at Babson, I lined up a job at Goldman Sachs. I thought I was pretty smart since this would give me a backup if IdeaPaint wasn’t working out. Looking back now, I realized that having that in hand was a reason not to push harder and higher. The day before the job started, I told them I wanted to pursue IdeaPaint. They thought I was crazy, but I think it has worked out pretty well.”

– John Goscha, IdeaPaint

Exceed Expectations

“We knew we only had one shot at this, so there was nothing throughout our start-up that we didn’t purposely over-deliver on — from the way we pitched our distributors and investors to the way we rolled out in the market. If you always over-deliver, it is going to draw attention and you will likely be successful.”

– Jeff Avallon, IdeaPaint

Do More With Less

“That is something we’ve definitely exemplified. When you have limited resources, you constantly have to be really creative about the way you can make things work.”

– Morgan Newman, IdeaPaint

Don’t Go It Alone

“Surround yourself with an awesome team because you’re going to need them to overcome all the obstacles that come with starting a company. Lots of people have great ideas that they try to tackle by themselves, but I think it’s almost impossible to do everything by yourself.”

– Emily Olson, Foodzie

Be Nimble

“The landscape no longer changes every two, three, four years like it did in 2002. If you’re not quick on your toes, you will miss opportunities.”

– Tristan Harris, Apture

For more startup tips from young entrepreneurs, stay connected with us.

Top Ten Checklist For New Entrepreneurs

Below are the top ten checklist for new entrepreneurs,

Lack Of Business Plan

You should not fall into the trap that the business plan is of no worth. The whole business is dependent on your plan.

Lack Of Revenue Model

Revenue model is the architecture by which a startup or a business makes money from its services.

Take example of Facebook. Facebook’s revenue model includes,

  • Displaying advertisement to its users.
  • Allowing users to promote their fanpage by using credit.

These are just two out of money ways Facebook must be making a lot of money. You need to jot down all the points from which you can make money from the service that you provide.

Market Research

. Sometimes it happens that the idea is very good yet the business does not make significant money. Just you and some other people thinking that people buy your service will not make people buy your service. You need to do a significant researchto find out what about its market.

Risk Taking

Many new entrepreneurs which come up with million dollar ideas fail to execute them as lacking guts. You need to be risk taker in order to make million dollars in this business.

An idea is worth nothing. Its all about the execution.

Competition

You need to do a significant research to find out about the competition in the market. While finding competition, you might come up with 3 results.

First is that there is no competition. This can be a danger sign for your idea as there might be no one interested in that service. If you want to make sure that people are in need of that service, Google for the service that you are providing. If you get about 10 results in searches, it means that there is a market for your product or service.

The second thing that you may come up with is that there is a huge competition. Even a huge competition is a sign of big danger. You are stepping into a market which is already saturated. Your idea needs to be strong enough to beat the competition.

Lastly, you might come across with a medium competition. This is something you can easily go for as capturing your niche would not be very difficult in that case.

Copyrights And Patent Laws

You should get your idea patent so that it becomes copy proof. This is something you should do as you start to execute your idea. The name of the business, the idea and everything which is worth copying should be patent to avoid copying of your idea before you execute it.

Looking For Investors

The fact is that investors are looking for people and not just ideas. They are looking for real entrepreneurs which have some experience in the industry. If your are new, try looking for a partner who has experience in that field.

Understanding Money Flow

Don’t get over-motivated with your startup and just leave your job until you start to generate a significant amount of money. Also, keep a good eye on the flow of money. A little money used properly can generate a lot more money and a lot of money used improperly can bring you on the road.

Marketing

Marketing has become a very significant aspect of a business. You need to make your product visible in the market. Build a strategy and invest a good amount of money for marketing.

Giving Up Early

Never, never, never give up. History shows that if you don’t give up you are likely to succeed. One of the good example is of Steve Jobs. Even though he faced too many set backs but he never gave up and continued with his dream and finally, Apple is one of the top electronic brands in the world and has a huge fan following.

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What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About Bankruptcy

Even if you’re not in any immediate danger of financial ruin, it’s still important for business owners to be aware of how bankruptcy could affect them. You never know what might happen in the future that could cause bankruptcy. Business downturns, problems with your personal finances or even something as simple as late payments could quickly spiral into a financial nightmare. That’s why it pays to educate yourself about small business bankruptcy facts.

What Is Bankruptcy?
Bankruptcy doesn’t leave you totally bereft of possessions like movies might have you believe. Instead, bankruptcy happens when your debts grow larger than your assets, or when you have so much debt that you’re completely unable to pay it back. For many business owners, bankruptcy can provide a sense of relief. Bankruptcy provides respite from angry creditors and a financial clean slate.
Bankruptcy consolidates all of your debts. Depending on how you choose to deal with your bankruptcy, you could have to make repayments to your creditors at no interest for several years. You might also have to sell off your assets and pay back your creditors. At the end of the process, you may be granted debt relief and all your debts may be wiped out. This all depends on which type of bankruptcy you file, as well as whether or not you follow the laws that apply to your case.
How Can Bankruptcy Affect My Business?
Whether or not a bankruptcy touches your business depends on a few different factors. The most important one is how your business is organized. If you run a sole proprietorship or are a member in a partnership, your personal finances could affect your small business. That’s because, in both of these cases, the business isn’t protected from its owner or owners debts. An LLC or corporation will have more protection, but may still be affected.
Whether or not you lose business assets depends on the type of bankruptcy you’ve filed, as well as whether or not your assets are protected. Each state has different laws, but typically, some of your assets will be protected even if your business is a sole proprietorship.

Does Bankruptcy Mean I Can Never Have Credit Again?
Contrary to popular belief, it’s completely possible to build your credit back up following a bankruptcy. In fact, as soon as your case is finished, you may be able to apply for a secured credit card. Your clean slate may even make you more appealing to creditors. The trick is to build solid financial habits so you don’t fall back into debt.
You can also continue to manage your business following your bankruptcy in most cases. Sometimes, you may lose some business assets, but will technically be allowed to continue running your business. If you’re unsure of how your case will be handled, it’s important to speak with a bankruptcy attorney.
Bankruptcy is a challenging issue. When you run a small business, it becomes especially challenging. However, it’s critical that you’re aware of what bankruptcy does in advance of any financial issues. That way, you can better protect yourself and your business.

About the Author

Carly Lance loves to blog about personal finances whenever she can. She also is employed as the blog and marketing manager at Personal Bankruptcy Canada, a company that deals with people going through bankruptcy in Canada.