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Posted 4/6/17 at 11:59 AM | David Fournier

It Is Not At All Tough To Sell Text Books Online

For all those who do not really know what is to be done with the old text books, there is a fine solution for them. You must be having pile of them? Do you know that you can sell text book online? Yes it is so simple. Instead of dumping them in store room or stacking them on the shelves you can directly sell them online. The newest process of selling them of online is certainly a wise decision and you can even buy new books from the money that you get from the amount that you get selling the old books out.

How to go about it?

  1. First you have to identify the sites which cater to this type of services and then get in touch with them. You have got to tell them clearly how many books you have and the subjects or what all are the text books that you want to sell. They generally ask you about the subjects and the classes those books are for. You can even get the service online with sell textbooks on Booksrun.
  2. The next thing that you have to do is that jot down all the name of the books. The sites who are going to buy them ask are the barcode which are there on the back cover and list them and then you send a mail to them.
  3. After this you have to pack them up and send them across to them through a trusted courier service, all free of cost.
  4. Once they receive the books they match them with the list that you have sent them. Immediately they evaluate the books and they make a total and sent it over to them. If you agree with the value they have given, then you can get back to them and go ahead with the deal.
  5. If you are not ok with them, then you have to negotiate with them and finally settle on the deal. Once it is settled you will just have to wait for day till they send you the payment. This is the normal procedure and this payment terms might as well vary with others who are there in this trade.

Apart from this if you are a writer and you want to sell those text books online then all you do is get them printed yourself if you do not want any publishers to get into it. Then find some sites who buy text materials. You have got to follow the same procedure. Make a list, jot down the barcodes and sent them to them, similarly they get an evaluation. If you agree go ahead and if not you can negotiate. Then it is all, you pack them, send it free of cost. After that all you get to do is for the payment. FULL POST

Posted 4/6/17 at 11:44 AM | David Fournier

Avoiding a Cash Flow Crisis with Effective Order-to-Cash Management

Cash flow is, without a doubt, one of the most critical factors responsible for the survival and success of any business. Even companies with healthy margins and a good turnover can suddenly find themselves in a cash flow crisis, potentially crippling their business.

Roughly 90 percent of business failures can be attributed to cash flow-related issues. If you cannot pay suppliers or procure new stock, you will not be able to make sales to bring in more cash. If you fail to pay your staff on time, you are in for even bigger problems. It is that simple. You need cash to run your business.

This certainly should cause you to pay particular attention to the cash flow situation and especially your order-to-cash(OTC or O2C) process. It is vital that you have an efficient, streamlined order-to-cash process from start to finish. Delays or snags in the system could unnecessarily slow the process down, resulting in a decrease of your cash flow.

First, you need to take an objective, close look at the timeline, from processing to invoicing to the collection of payments. Surprising inefficiencies are often discovered when this is done. Some may have been happening for many years in some cases. Some are minor issues, others larger, but all will slow the process down and most can be resolved relatively easily. FULL POST

Posted 4/6/17 at 11:42 AM | David Fournier

Why Marketing Automation Should be a Part of Your Email Strategy

For anybody thinking about market automation as an enabler for email marketing, a good starting point is to understand what it's all about. Traditional email marketing is about sending out marketing messages to a database of qualified contacts as part of a communication strategy. However, email marketing lacks the punch of personalization, which significantly reduces the effectiveness and conversion ratios of your campaigns.

This is where marketing automation comes in, and brings in intelligent automation of email messaging based on your business goals, the profile of the recipient and with an if-else type response mechanism that helps you sit back as your email marketing hits the auto pilot mode. The next big question - why make marketing automation a part of your email marketing function? Here are the top reasons.

Lead nurturing and marketing at a fraction of the cost

You can reduce your business' sales and marketing department's future employee requirement by adopting marketing automation. By setting up advanced lead nurturing and emailing campaigns over a few months, you can create a fully automated emailing system where hundreds of targeted emails are sent every day to qualified leads. Even with a single digit conversion ratio, you will get more leads, sales queries, subscriptions, and sales than what your best salesman can manage over a week. From a purely long term expense saving standpoint, marketing automation for email marketing is the way forward for staff intensive businesses. FULL POST

Posted 4/3/17 at 11:12 AM | David Fournier

7 Great Ways to Cut Down Your Expenses in 2017

We always talk about saving money but end up spending more! If you have made the resolution to take better control of your money in 2017 then here are 7 great ways to reduce your expenses:

1- Cut Down on Your Monthly Expenses

You can save a good amount of money on an yearly basis if you regularly cut down your monthly expenses.

  • Sign up for automatic debt repayment plans.
  • Ask for credit card rate reduction.
  • Try reducing your cable bill.
  • Cut down on expensive entertainment or dine outs.
  • Cancel unnecessary magazine subscriptions.
  • Use coupons to buy regular grocery items.
  • Stop spending too much on clothing.

2- Reduce Your Energy Costs

Consuming energy costs a lot of money especially in the summer months when the air conditions are running. In order to reduce the energy cost, try the following tips:

  • Promote better airflow into your home.
  • Switch off the lights and AC when not in use.
  • Stop using heat in the washing machine.
  • Switch to LED’s.

Replace old AC’s and other heavy appliances with 5 star rated ones. FULL POST

Posted 3/28/17 at 11:42 AM | David Fournier

Christian Businesses Need Security Too

A strong belief in God is comforting and protects us in times of distress and anxiety. The bible’s words back this up this fact. Surely there are blessings inherent to following the Lord, including protection from evil (Psalm 91:9-12, Psalm 121:5-8). But to use these words like a sword, and expect a calamity-free life, is to invite disaster. Jesus said we would have trouble in this world (John 16:33) and we need to prepare accordingly. After all, God gave us good sense and abilities to avoid potential trouble. So we need to take precautions in every area of our lives. Our business is one of these areas and here are things we need to do to our businesses to protect our workers, ourselves and our property.

Security Lights

Security lights are lights that are placed around your property and triggered by sound or movement. They are usually extraordinarily bright and will illuminate and entire areas of your property. The last thing a burglar wants is to be lit up in a pool of light as he approaches your business. Security lights with motion sensors are essential for any part of your property that might be accessible, but especially the front and back doors and parking lots. FULL POST

Posted 3/25/17 at 2:10 AM | David Fournier

The History of Enterprise Ecommerce & What It Means for Tomorrow’s Shoppers

Shopping and selling online is a fabulous thing. From the comfort of your home you can peruse thousands of digital vendors and purchase pretty much anything your heart desires with the click of a button. Vendors, too, are taking advantage of enterprise ecommerce platforms to reach a global market, even with a limited advertising budget.

But it hasn’t always been this way. Below is a brief overview of the history of ecommerce, developing trends in the industry and what we can reasonably expect from the future.

A Click Back in Time

The specific origins of ecommerce are a little bit murky, especially since the term “ecommerce” wasn’t used coined until 1994 in Frontiers of Electronic Commerce. However, the “seminal act of ecommerce” according to journalist and author John Markoff was the digital sale of marijuana betweenstudents at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technologyover the military created ARPAnet in 1971.

It was during the 1970s and ‘80s that the first building blocks of ecommerce began to emerge including electronic funds transfers (EFT) and electronic data interchange (EDI). But it wasn’t until 1979 that English innovatorMichael Aldrich invented and demonstrated online shopping by connecting a modified TV set, a real-time transaction-processing computer and domestic phone line to order groceries to a disabled woman’s home. What’s even more astonishing is that the invention made no use of a personal computer (it was operated by TV remote) and connected via telephone number (no website or URL). FULL POST

Posted 3/24/17 at 12:37 PM | David Fournier

5 Moral Standards Landlords Should Live By

In Christianity, being rich isn’t necessarily a bad thing—but it certainly can lead to some bad things, including greed, cruelty, and disregard for others.In Matthew 6:24, Christ states, "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."

In a capitalistic society where money is equated with status, and there are ample opportunities to earn that money, this presents something of a conflict of interest. It’s natural to seek profitability and wealth, but we must do so in a way that harmonizes with our core ideals.

The Plight of the Landlord

Homeownership is at its lowest point in over 50 years,according to Green Residential. Millennials aren’t buying homes as often or as readily as previous generations, in part because they’re dubious of the housing market, and in part because they just don’t have the buying power.

Landlords represent a massive inequality between two people; the key defining trait of the landlord is being able to afford a down payment on a home, while a renter cannot. In many cases, the landlord then strives to charge the renter more than his/her average mortgage payment, a situation that could easily lend itself to exploitation. FULL POST

Posted 3/20/17 at 1:25 PM | David Fournier

5 Ways to Improve Safety on Your Next Road Trip

There’s no better way to see the country’s most beautiful sights than by piling into the car for a road trip. The sad thing, though, is that few keep road safety in mind, and often disregard simple precautionary measures before they leave. In this article, we’re going to cover five simple ways to improve safety on your next road trip.

1) Take Your Car in for Service

To set out on a lengthy road trip in an uninspected car is to court disaster. It might break down in the middle of nowhere or worse, in a dangerous neighborhood. Thus, always take your car to a qualified mechanic for a tune up before hitting the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has some tips on what you need to have checked out. They include: seat belts, air conditioning system, and battery. It also recommends you check and top up all fluids, if necessary. If you plan on towing a trailer or driving in hot climates, top up with high viscosity motor oil.

2) Avoid Distractions

Anything that gets your mind off the road should be avoided at all costs. It could be something as simple as wondering whether you activated your SimpliSafe alarm system before leaving the house. In most cases, though, it is texting, looking at a map for directions, or turning to control noisy children in the back seat. Deal with these distractions by keeping the kids entertained with games or music, using a GPS with turn-by-turn directions, and not using your phone while driving. FULL POST

Posted 3/17/17 at 1:46 PM | David Fournier

Preparing Your Car for a Long Trip - The Complete Checklist

A long trip pushes your car to the limit. So, it’s imperative your vehicle be in perfect condition before you head out. Remember, even the smallest problems can turn into a major disaster later if not taken care of. This checklist lists all the important points that you should cover before you hit the road.

Carry Your Car Owner’s Manual at All Times

Grab a copy of the vehicle owner’s manual from the local dealer and keep it in the glove box. Use the helpful instructions inside to handle common problems on the road, such as towing a trailer or changing a flat tire. Download an e-copy onto your laptop or smartphone if you cannot find a physical copy.

Check the Documents

Avoid being pulled up by the cops without any of your documents. Carry your driver’s license with you at all times. Make sure your car is insured. If not, compare car insurance to find the best deal. Getting your car insured before along trip is a good idea. And roadside assistance is a must-have for a solid car insurance policy, especially if you're frequent road travelers. FULL POST

Posted 3/17/17 at 1:43 PM | David Fournier

Why Psychotherapy and Faith Are Not Mutually Exclusive

For generations, it has been a topic of conversation that faith and science, more specifically faith and psychiatry, are somehow mutually exclusive. While that may be the thinking of those faiths that oppose modern medicine in totality, the mainstream religions should be able to understand that science and faith are not diametrically opposed to each other. The benefits to be had from much of our latest technology and many medical innovations can help believers live a better quality of life to practice the faith they adhere to. Psychiatry is one area that seems to bear the brunt of controversy, probably because reason is involved. Here again, reason and faith can reside together in the human psyche if you understand the underlying principles of each.

Reason vs. Faith – Are They Inherently Oppositional?

Part of the problem seems to be that man likes to control his universe. We have put men on the moon, have developed technology that enables us to communicate (in real time) with anyone and everyone around the globe and have machines capable of learning so that they can teach themselves as new obstacles are encountered in what they have been programed to do. We can now cure many kinds of cancer, prevent diseases through vaccines but we cannot cure the common cold. In other words, science which is based on reason is not infallible. FULL POST

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