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Strapped for Cash?

money-in-handA recent trend report from TrendWatching highlighted the increasing number of people who are supplementing their income with a part-time business. This report is full of resources that will help you find your opportunity for some spare cash.

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It’s no wonder that so many people are jumping on this bandwagon. We’ve seen increases in our health insurance, our property taxes, and more. It sounds like there’s more to come.

The three-income family

Isn’t it interesting, though, that just a few generations ago, most families got by on one income? Then we added a second one in the household with more and more women joining the workforce.

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marylynnI don’t think it was purely a financial decision. It was also about fulfillment for many women, but it certainly helped the family’s income.

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Now a number of people can’t get by on two incomes. They need three or maybe more. If you find yourself in this position, it may be good to ask if all the obligations are really worth it.

Is that life on your own terms – being weighted down by the cost of things you thought you wanted? With careful analysis, you may realize they’re not so important – especially if you find you can’t enjoy life because you’re working so much.

So if you feeling that you need a third income, it might pay to look at your obligations to see if there are areas where you can cut. Spending time finding ways to reduce your obligations might get you further faster than spending that same time trying to make some extra money.

This new trend is about something more important than income.

Many of us now realize more than ever how much we want to be in charge of our own lives. The TrendWatching report mentions that people fantasize about being their own boss, even if it’s just for a few hours a week.

Bigg success is life on your own terms. You’re the entrepreneur of your life whether or not you’re an entrepreneur in the traditional sense.

Some people want to be the boss all the time. According to this new report, that trend is still alive and well. But more and more people are finding ways to be the boss at least part of the time.

They have the security of a full-time job along with the freedom that being in charge gives you part of the time. Freedom with security … what a great combination!

When you find fulfilling ways to make extra money in your spare time, you’re getting synergy working in the five elements of bigg success. If you make the right moves with that extra money, you can accelerate your journey to bigg success, to life on your own terms.

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Turning $3 into a multi-billion dollar business

One way that people are making extra money is by selling their expertise. Another way is by selling, or renting, assets. One clever example of this is ParkingSpots.com, which helps people rent their extra off-street parking spaces.

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georgeI heard Michael Krasny tell his story of the founding of what became CDW. Most of us have probably done business with them. They do a great job. Back in 1982, Michael had a used computer he wanted to sell. The Chicago Sun Times was running a special on classified ads – 3 lines for 3 days for $3. He ran an ad and his phone started ringing off the hook. He realized he had a business here. He was right – within about ten years, the business he started from that classified ad became a Fortune 500 company. Michael Krasny became a multi-billionaire, recognized on the Forbes 400 as one of the richest people in the world! Now that’s bigg success!

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You never know … your idea for making a little extra money may turn into the next Fortune 500 company!

What do you do for extra money?

Share that with all of us by leaving a comment below. You never know … you might earn a little spare cash!

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Do you think you don’t have enough spare time to make any spare cash? Please join us next time to see how one group people found the time.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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The Lost Art of Making Change

change We don’t pay with cash too often, but one of our brother-in-laws does. A pet peeve of his is that people can’t (or don’t) make change properly anymore. You know, the way it used to be done. Starting with the amount of the sale and counting back the change up to the amount you gave them.

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It seems like retail clerks either count out how much you have coming back or they just dump the change in your hand. Couldn’t they at least hand us the bills and the change separately? Or have one of those cool machines that spits out the change automatically?

So making change seems to be a lost art. Which made us wonder … what does that say about us?

That we can’t do math?

Because that really is what change-making, the old-fashioned way, requires of us. We depend on computers today, so we don’t have to do the math ourselves.

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georgeMy first real at-risk business was a retail store. We’re going back over 20 years here. I hired a woman in her 50s as a clerk. She hated the new-fangled cash registers we had. But she was brilliant. She could figure out how much change the customer had coming back faster than the cash register!

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marylynnI wonder what percentage of retail clerks could do that today. Here’s another example – have you ever given a clerk the dollars plus some change so you get an even amount back? And they get confused about why you’re giving them extra money!

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Practice makes perfect

We found a fun game to practice your change making skills and we have a link to that site on our site today. You get to see the change accumulating in your little piggy bank every time you get an answer correct.

What counting back change properly says

We’re losing some of our skills while gaining others. That’s part of the evolutionary process, but we need to make sure we’re not losing something in the process.

As we talked about this, we realized that there is a very important reason to count back change the way it used to be done. It has far bigger implications than you might think.

But today, we suspect that many people don’t see the benefit of the custom and it’s a pretty important benefit. By counting back change properly, the customer is reassured that we’re giving them the correct amount of change back. It highlights our honesty and integrity.

So whether we use a computer or not, that’s the reason to do it – it builds trust.

That’s why we’re talking about this today. We have a zest for new technology and that’s good. We are on a quest to be more productive. That’s good. But we have to make sure that we’re not throwing out customs that build our relationships.

It’s one thing to lose a skill that can be done by a computer; it’s a totally different story if we stop doing something that enhances our relationship with people. So, here at Bigg Success, we’re reviewing our practices to make sure we aren’t neglecting actions that solidify our relationships with the people we depend on for our success.

Sometimes the old way of doing things is the right way to do them. Because we rarely distinguish ourselves by some bigg accomplishment. We set ourselves apart by things that seem insignificant. Bigg success often comes from little actions.

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Thanks so much for reading our post today. Join us next time when we continue on this thread but twist it in a different direction. We’ll talk about making change count. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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The Power of Imagination

J.K. Rowling, best known as the author of the Harry Potter series, recently delivered an exceptional speech for the Commencement Ceremony at Harvard University.

It’s an amazing discussion of the power of failure and imagination. It’s definitely worth your time to read the full text, or watch the video. She said,

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we
need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

Each of us has the power within us to change the world. Do you doubt it?

Steve Jobs didn’t doubt it.
He imagined a world where every person could have the same computing power that only large organizations had at that point. He dreamed of a world where computers were so user-friendly everybody could use them.

John F. Kennedy didn’t doubt it.
He had the vision that man could walk on the moon. He set forth his vision with the power of words to direct an entire country’s resources toward that mission. A short time later, Neil Armstrong uttered his famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Martin Luther King didn’t doubt it.

He had a dream that people would be judged solely by the contributions they made to society, not by the color of their skin. His dream led to a movement to bring equal opportunity to all.

You may say that you don’t have …

… the imagination of JK Rowling. To create a world that can inspire millions of young people to read again at a time when everyone thought that only video games could attract them.

 … the creativity of Steve Jobs. To see the possibilities for individuals to have access to technology at their fingertips.

… the vision of John F. Kennedy. To see the impossible as possible and to inspire an entire nation to get behind the effort.

… the oratory skills of Martin Luther King. To put the need for change front and center on the agenda of his country and to move people to effect that change.

The unique power within you.
You do have the power to imagine a better world and make a difference in your own life and the life of others. Your imagination flows from your unique genetic make-up and your personal experiences.

No one else – who has ever walked on this earth, is here now, or ever will be – can duplicate what you have and who you are. You are one of a kind!

It’s up to you to live up to the potential that is within you … just imagine! How will you leave the world a better place? What are you doing now to make a difference in the lives of others?

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Speed Up Your Computer

By Bigg Success Staff
05-22-08

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Is your computer running slower these days?

SpeedItUp!

Over time, your computer begins running slower and slower. SpeedItUp is a FREE download that will speed up your computer running Microsoft XP or Vista.

SpeedItUp! works with a new technology that allows your computer to read data much, much faster – up to 300% faster, according to MicroSmarts, its developer. It also configures other settings so you can get to the internet quicker and run better overall.

It puts your computer in the fast lane!

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Sticky-Notes for Your Computer!

By Bigg Success Staff
03-13-08

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Do you use sticky-notes as reminders?

Now there’s hott notes.

Do you have trouble remembering all you need to do?

Use hott notes.

Do you need to keep your to-do list visible?

Put hott notes on your desktop.

Hott notes is a free sticky-note reminder software program. You can create lists, draw, set reminders, and more. You can even store them away when you’re done with them.

Manage a whole bunch of notes without having a deskful of real ones.

Create notes in different colors, font types, themes, and transparencies.

Hott notes is a great way to stay on track!

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Don’t Jot It Down, Jott It!

By Bigg Success Staff
02-13-08

Leading-edge applications

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Get rid of that cumbersome pad and pencil. It’s a tool of the past!

You don’t need that voice recorder anymore, either!

Even your computer isn’t necessary to help you remember what you need to do!

All you need is your cell phone and … Jott!

Jott insures that you don’t forget ANYTHING so you get EVERYTHING done.

It’s so very simple to use. Just sign up – it will take you less than five minutes.

Then when you think of something you need to remember, just call 1-866-JOTT-123.

You’ll leave a voice mail message and you’re done!

Jott takes it from there!

They’ll transcribe the message and send you a text message and/or an e-mail.

You can also create groups so you can Jott others. You can easily import your contact list or build it from scratch. They don’t even have to join to get your messages!

But be careful what you Jott them – if they do join, they can Jott you, too!

Jott has so many uses it’s almost mind-boggling. Create a to-do list, send yourself a reminder while you’re away from the office, notify a group of people that you’re running late for a meeting, update your blog, and on and on.

Oh, and one more thing we forgot to mention earlier – it’s FREE!

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Facing Off Against Faceless Competitors

By Bigg Success Staff
01-24-08

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faceless_mannequin_jpgAs time has progressed, we humans have moved from small, close-knit communities to large metropolitan areas. Now, we’re becoming a global village, thanks in large part to the internet.

Tyler Cowen recently wrote an excellent article for the Wilson Center called The New Invisible Competitors.

He explains the turmoil that many of us are facing as we move to competition that is faceless. We now compete with someone behind a computer in another part of the world instead of the person down the street. Since we can’t see our competition, it is harder to view them as real. But they are!

Here are the personality traits that will fare well with these faceless competitors:

Methodical planners
These people view their work as a game. They plan their strategies like a world champion chess player. They are self-motivated because they focus on their end game. They are not necessarily that competitive; they’re in it for the psychic rewards.

Early adopters
We all know them … perhaps you’re one of them. People who have to be first. First in line. First to try a new product. First to test a new idea. They are thought leaders. Influencers. Innovators. They create an advantage for themselves by being first. They are highly creative people who worry more about their own activities than their competitors.

Introverts
This faceless competition plays well for those who aren’t “people-persons”. They will thrive in this new environment where you’re only visible through your computer.

Dreamers
Creativity will be more valued than ever. Dreamers develop new products and services or they find creative new ways to market these ideas. Entrepreneurs will continue to thrive in this new era. Young entrepreneurs may have a particular advantage, since they often see the need for new products and services first.

Self-managers
People who can reinvent themselves by interpreting market signals and opportunities will also do well in the coming years. They’ll spot trends and get in before the crowd.

We live in an increasingly competitive world. Match your strengths to this list and then decide on your strategy to face off against the new faceless competition. The opportunities are greater than they ever have been. Imagine that!

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Young Cancer Survivor Inks A Deal For A Cure

By Bigg Success Staff
12-27-07 

Inspirational stories

cartridges_for_a_cure_logo Eli Kahn was three years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia by his doctors at John Hopkins Hospital. Eli endured treatment every other weekend for the next six months, followed by chemotherapy for two years.

He conquered leukemia and now he’s lending a hand in the fight against cancer. A few years back, as his bar mitzvah approached, he talked to his mom about what he would do to fulfill his community service requirement.

His mom suggested that he find something that didn’t involve selling or asking people for money. Eli thought about that – he realized that almost everyone had a computer. Those computers had printers. Print cartridges could be recycled for cash. Voila!

Eli established Cartridges for a Cure. He set up an account with EnviroSmart, the world’s largest recycler of print cartridges. If you go his web site and enter your name, you’ll get a postage-paid box (for your laser printer) or a bag (for your inkjet cartridges). All you have to do is stuff it and mail it.

Your package will go directly to EnviroSmart, who will send a check to Eli. All Eli’s checks are endorsed directly over to John Hopkins.

Eli’s goal was to raise $1,800 by the time of his bar mitzvah. When he passed that goal, he decided to keep going. Now, about three years later, he has raised over $85,000 for cancer research!

This young man beat cancer himself. Now he’s inked a deal to fund research in hopes of beating this devastating disease once and for all. He truly is an inspiration to all of us!

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