I've enclosed a new strategy game business for sale.
As usual....the asking price is a little high based on comparable portfolios. But it's not ridiculous.
2.3 million active players!
2) Online Strategy Game with 2.3 Million Players: http://www.appbusinessbrokers.com/properties/493564/
For sale is an established free-2-play browser MMO Game with over 2,300,000 registered players. The game has twice been nominated for Browser Game of The Year (for Story and for Strategy Game) and was originally released in 2010.
Highlights & Key Assets: o Established community of active players and buyers o Original and extremely high quality graphics and art o Optimized conversion rates Active-to-Buyer and Player lifetime retention rates o Fully localized in 19 languages o Very easily customizable, adjustable or upgradeable o Viral players acquisition o A lot of room for monetization improvements or cross platform publishing
For sale is a popular virtual makeover website with 1.8 million registered users and 258,000 unique visitors/mon. The website is focused on women interested in beauty and fashion and allows them to do a virtual makeover with thousands of celebrity styles. The site has been written about in Glamour, Woman and Elle magazines.
Technology for the site is driven by the sellerâ€™s separate business that does virtual mirror ecommerce technology. Full license to the virtual mirror technology and one year of support/updates will be included in this acquisition.
This site was a proof of concept test and has not been fully worked as its own business so the numbers donâ€™t fully reflect what a new owner can do with this site.
Here's a new gaming portfolio business for sale. I like the fact there's been almost 2 million downloads -- so this is NOT a "theory" business :)
Tell em Marc sent ya!
2) Gaming Portfolio - Ready to Scale: http://www.appbusinessbrokers.com/properties/497908/
For sale is a group of gaming portfolios that have had a total of 1.9 million downloads from 284 iOS apps, 61 Android apps and 30 Amazon apps.
The key assets of the business are the team (which will stay in place for a new owner), their library of artwork which can be used across multiple platforms, proven app source codes which have consistently performed well, direct deals with advertisers, in house ASO team, and online knowledge base. This business has been built to scale and requires minimal overhead and interaction from the owner.
For sale is a 2 year old, stable portfolio of Android apps that has 25 million downloads and is currently averaging $50K/month in revenue. The portfolio contains lots of useful tools, games, kids apps, and entertainment apps.
Highlights & Key Assets: o Showing stable revenue for 1+ years o Has good in-app promotion system (whenever releases a new app, it is in the top new free apps in 5-6 countries) o Every app released is a hit in terms of revenue o Under monetized, lots of potential to monetize it further o This business is good for existing companies looking to leverage the user base or new ones starting an app business because it is now much harder to break into the play store.
I hope all is well. Happy 4th of July. I've reprinted a question from a fellow entrepeneur, and my response:
Hey Marc: I’m trying to find ways to make money as an online teacher or
instructor. Do you have any ideas, suggestions or recommendations”?
M.F. Flagstaff AZ
If you want to make money as an online teacher today's column is for you.
You CAN make money in online education.
I taught an online course recently and received $150 for three hours of work.
it took a more than three hours of work. There was some prep work and
research. But it was a lot of fun and super easy to do. And I’m still
getting traffic to my other ventures.
Online education is growing like wildfire!
Heck…. Online education startup Knewton recently
received more than $54 million for rapid expansion. The company
customizes educational content to create a personalized learning
experience for students, it’s pretty neat.
And the best part is….
There are several ways to grab your share of the online education cash flow.
This week I’ll focus on becoming an online instructor. But there are many ways to make money in this market.
The first thing people usually say to me is “I’m not qualified”.
That’s what S.E. said to me during lunch last week in Camden Maine.
Steve is a graphic designer.
He works for a large specialty publisher with print and online products.
Steve’s been honing his craft for more than 20 years. He’s a great teacher.
I sent him links to 9 online instructor opportunities he could look into.
He checked them out and told me two companies are interested in his services.
Customized Education is Fastest Growing Segment on the Internet
The reason online education is growing so fast is money.
But actually it’s the lack of it!
Here’s what I mean…..
People often weigh the pros and cons of traditional schools versus online or distance education.
There’s nothing to compare when it comes to cost.
The cost of online education is only a fraction of what you’ll pay to attend a “traditional” school.
Master’s Degree in 14 Months
Online education is changing the way people learn.
The other advantage is speed.
Online education can slash the amount of time it takes to get a degree.
For example, it can take up to four years to earn a Master’s degree at a traditional college or university.
You can earn a Master’s Degree online in as little as 14 months.
not talking about a “Cracker Jack Diploma” (the kind you find inside a
box of Cracker Jacks). I’m talking about an accredited degree accepted
anywhere in the world.
On top of that, traditional schools require students to be in the classroom at specific times every day.
is one of my beefs with public or government sponsored schools. It
seems like a training ground for jobs in the Industrial Age.
Public schools are like an assembly line.
Everyone glides into the classroom on a conveyor belt at exactly 7:00 AM.
The bell rings, and everyone mounts the conveyor belt for the next class.
What happens when a student wants to spend more time in class studying, researching or exploring something exciting?
That’s unacceptable….get on the conveyor belt!
Time and your physical location are irrelevant with online schools.
A student can work at his or her own pace!
daughter is a sophomore in high school. Yesterday she said, “The
teachers are too slow. They’re always repeating things for the kids who
don’t understand or don’t want to learn. The teachers spend too much
time disciplining kids too”.
We tried to talk our daughter out of going to the public high school.
But the biggest problem at public schools is students are taught as a group, not as individuals.
There is no customized or personalized learning. It doesn’t fit the government “model” of education.
Granted, some kids go to college for more than education.
People go to college for camaraderie, the sports, a new adventure and to get away from mom and dad.
And don’t forget the parties! Parentsshould visit college campuses unannounced to see how their money is spent.
Traditional colleges and universities are nervous because students prefer the Internet for their education.
Granted, some colleges and universities have started to embrace the Internet and distance learning.
The cost of a college course today is ridiculous.
than 85 percent of the tuition paid to schools goes to tenured
professors, administrators, management, overhead, taxes, sports, and
thing colleges and universities could do is lower the cost of their
courses. You would think in the current climate and economy they would
But no…most colleges are increasing tuition and course fees!
16 Million Students and Climbing!
were more than 16 million students enrolled in distance and online
learning programs in the United States at the end of 2010, according to
the U.S. Department of Education.
The demand for online teachers, instructors, and tutors is skyrocketing too, according to Ken White, author of the Online Teaching Guide.
Help Wanted: Web-Savvy Entrepreneurs and Teachers!
Online education offers exciting opportunities for Web-savvy entrepreneurs and for people who can teach.
I recently accepted an assignment as a guest instructor for a distance learning program called Understanding Internet Search Engines. I was paid $2,500 for about six hours of work.
It’s true, most colleges and universities have steep academic requirements for online instructors.
The good news is you don't have to work at top colleges and universities to make money as an online instructor.
But traditional schools may be an option worth considering.
The way people are learning has changed
The “classroom model” of instruction for the past 300 years is dying a slow painful death.
neighbor is a retired (tenured) professor from Columbia University. He
makes six figures tending his flower beds, playing his banjo and sipping
But he said, “The days of tenure of coming to a close. The schools can’t afford it any more”.
Thank God his golden parachute is safe!
the point is….online and digital instruction is available in the
“cloud” now. Cloud computing is here. It simply means the “cloud” or
network covers everything.
can access the “cloud” from anywhere with multiple devices like a
netbook, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Desktop PC, TV, Blackberry or
Watch how kids teach themselves today….they jump to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or niche forums like Programmers Heaven.
top of that, online education is intertwined with online gaming… much
to the chagrin of “old world” tenured professors and teachers.
We homeschool our kids. My oldest son was homeschooled until his Junior year in high school.
received his high school diploma online, as well as certification in
four programming languages. Most of his learning came by way of online
gaming! He secured his first paying “gig” online as well.
learning gives people the option of earning college credits off-campus,
via television, the Internet, satellite classes, web-conferencing,
videotapes, DVDs, correspondence courses, and other means.
Today, most major colleges, universities, and technical school have distance or online learning divisions.
And hundreds of online "virtual" learning centers are being launched every month.
How to Make Money as an Online Instructor
There are basically two ways to make money as an online instructor.
can apply for positions or projects at established colleges,
universities, and learning centers. To do that, you submit your
application to the Human Resources Department (which can usually be
done at the school's website).
can teach as a freelance instructor. If you decide to go with this
approach, you may have to forgo some of the benefits and perks that
on staff teachers usually enjoy -- but you will have more freedom
Do I Need Academic Qualifications?
most conventional colleges and universities require an academic
background or qualifications in order to teach online courses.
But many do not!
I mean yes….you need to be qualified in a particular area in order to teach the subject and GET PAID.
This goes without saying.
But hiring process has changed.
Here’s a funny story…
friend of mine stumbled upon an advertisement at an online college for
an “Internet savvy entrepreneur with bricks and mortar expertise.”
for the fun of it I applied. But rather than submit my colorful
academic qualifications (which are non-existent because I’m a college
reject and drop-out), I submitted a powerful sales letter and a list of
my dismal business failures!
But to be fair I included a brief overview of more than 30 business start-ups I launched.
On top of that, rather than submit the information online, I sent it to the appropriate person in a FedEx NextDay letter!
I was retained for the project within three days.
realize some higher education centers, colleges, and universities
require specific academic qualifications, and this doesn’t change with
But the fact is you have (or can develop) specialized knowledge and the demand in this area is growing like wildfire!
Some online learning centers and distance learning programs compensate instructors on a "per student" basis.
example, the University of Phoenix compensates instructors $40 to $150
per student per course. And there can be anywhere from 5 to 75 students
registered for each course. (Course lengths vary, but are generally from
one to six weeks.)
Let’s do the math . . .
you teach 20 courses a year (two per month, with summers off) with 32
students per course, and you are compensated $80 per student, you would
earn $51,200 per year.
let’s say you’re only willing to teach 10 courses per year, with only
20 students per course, and you only receive $50 per student. Fine –
that’s still $10,000 a year doing something you love.
As you can see, this is an exciting opportunity and a great way to make a living (or a nice chunk of extra money).
is another great resource. You'll find links to course catalogs,
instructor forums, teaching resources, and job postings.
More Ways to Make Money as an Online Instructor or Teacher
1. Become an online researcher.
2. Start your own online college, course search engine, or virtual learning center.
an online college could be a substantial undertaking. But people are
going online in droves to improve and enhance their education. And as an
Internet-savvy entrepreneur, you can't afford to ignore a trend like
way to launch an online college or learning center would be to
specialize and target a specific niche. For example, you could start an
online college that specializes in network security, encryption science,
or Web development.
Another angle might be to create a search engine that provides exclusive "how to" articles like this one: www.howstuffworks.com. You could charge a monthly fee, or micro-payments for specific "how to" articles.
A course search engine also has potential. The idea is to populate a search engine with thousands of online courses
from hundreds of colleges, universities, and online learning centers
around the world. Students could search for a course by title, keyword,
phrase, or popularity.
search engine would be free to users. Entering into partnerships with
the colleges, universities, and learning centers would generate your
could also offer "enhanced listings and links" to those that want to be
featured "foremost" in the search results. It would be similar to the
Google AdWords model.
angle on this idea would be to purchase these courses in bulk from the
individual institutions and then re-sell them to students at a profit.
Remember, these courses would be stored in a database for easy online access by students.
It’s simply a matter of re-selling information that's already been developed.
eLearners.com offers more than 6,300 online courses that can also be downloaded.
Now that’s what I’m talking about!
The potential for online and distance learning is substantial.
Online education and distance learning is a hot rising trend and very profitable market.
“The King of Business Opportunities”
The fastest you get started the easier it will be.
So, apply at the University of Phoenix or one of the other online schools or resources I mentioned in today’s issue.
you Google online education you’ll find thousands of resources. There
are hundreds of opportunities for online instructors at Monster.com too.
A New Market
Edutainment is the combination of “education” and “entertainment.”
Online instruction and distance learning often incorporates both of these areas into the education process.
other words, in order to make education and instruction more
entertaining colleges are integrating high definition video, PowerPoint
presentations, online tutorials, TV, movie clips, texting, live
Internet, and teleconferencing into the presentations.
The more you can integrate these applications and resources into your presentations the better!
could also start your own online college! Granted, this strategy would
take some research but entrepreneurs are doing it as we speak.
could also offer or re-sell courses (or certification) of other
institutions. This would be an affiliate type arrangement. You can
check out the Education Portal for ideas.
Another approach would be to offer small courses (or certification) free of charge, and full length courses for a fee.
Cool Secrets for Grabbing Free Trips, VIP Treatment, Comps, Cash and More!
“Give me a break! These guys WON’T pay me to take a cruise. Get real”.
friend (and fellow entrepreneur) made this comment during a fireside
dinner at the Sunday River Resort in Western Maine. We were skiing with
when I showed J.D. my underhanded secret…and proof, he started working
on “his plan” to get a free cruise….no strings attached. I caught him
typing on his Netbook in the lobby a few hours later!
Here’s the deal………
show you several ways to get luxury cruises to Bermuda, the Caribbean,
the Bahamas and even the Mediterranean absolutely free.
I promise……no gimmicks, tricks or fine print!
What’s more, you won’t have to sit through time share “presentations”, join a club, or share a room with someone you don’t know!
10-day Caribbean cruise can set you back $1000-$3500 per person (and
up). So we’re talking about chuck of change when you buy these things
“off the rack”.
top of that, using my tactics you won’t be forced into “off-season”
trips, or suffer onboard third rate ships or visit pathetic
Not only that…. I’ll show you how it’s done……plain and simple.
But you have to promise me something. Don’t worry - it won’t cost you anything, just few minutes of your time.
If the secrets I’m sharing with you today mean anything…..please provide some comments or feedback on our forum.
I’m starting to think you don’t love us! We offer the forum at The League of Power for a reason.
Feedback makes the world go round!
Okay…back to free cruises.
This has nothing to do with winning contests or buying cruises from bogus liquidators either.
I’m talking about luxury cruises on the coolest ships at sea.
And that’s not all……
In some cases your meals, entertainment and amenities will be included.
even show you how to line your pockets with savings of $1500 (or more)
for your friends and family! They can’t travel free because you’ll be
Anyway lets’ get this party started…
The cruise industry has taken a huge hit over the last 24 months, and I mean BIG.
Cruise experts claim the worst is over, and people are cruising again.
the truth is the cruise industry has not recovered from the recession.
The collapse in housing market has eliminated the cash cow for most
homeowners going on cruises (home equity lines of credit).
Granted, the stock market has been higher lately. But don’t hold your breath. It’s artificially high.
For the first time in history luxury ships are sailing half full!
In some cases ships are running at 40% occupancy!
ships like Genesis and Oasis of the Seas need 85% occupancy to
breakeven, let alone make money (according to a senior cruise director).
Cruise companies are extending huge discounts in an effort to turn things around.
Now don’t worry…
I’m going to show you how to cruise for FREE, not obtain discounts.
But I wanted to give you my insider secret for getting big discounts for your family and friends too.
haven’t mentioned this before…but if you’re flexible, there’s another
way to get phenomenal discounts on cruises. You can walk up to a cruise
line prior to boarding and ask for the “best price available”.
good friend K.R. did this at the Carnival Cruise Line terminal in Fort
Lauderdale Florida. He paid less than $500 for a four-day Caribbean
cruise, in a first class stateroom!
And get this…….
Internet travel “integrators” are offering 20- 55% off luxury cruises.
top of that, travel integrators also resell tickets for other companies
(like Disney and BluesCruise.com), and earn a percentage of each sale.
Acquire Huge Discounts by Going Direct!
We can’t overlook the benefits of going direct to a cruise company to get deep discounts.
Granted, it takes street smarts when approaching cruise lines direct. But it can be done! I’m living proof!
For example, I wrote to the Marketing Director at a top cruise line and proposed a win-win deal.
exchange for a discounted luxury cabin and accommodations, I offered to
write about my experience on the trip and post it to the top 20 travel
In addition, I offered to post my review of the cruise on more than a dozen high traffic travel websites like TripAdvisor.com.
The Marketing Director agreed and I received a 62% discount on a Caribbean cruise, which included a $550 meal voucher!
order to get deep discounts like this you’ll need to talk to someone in
senior management. Entry level managers in reservations, marketing or
sales are rarely in a position to offer discounts or negotiate deals.
The Right Contact Makes ALL the Difference
I’ve provided some contact information for the major cruise lines below.
All it takes is a simple letter or email to a senior manager with a request.
I like snail mail…actually FedEx or PriorityMail….because this forces the prospect to read and consider my proposal.
In your letter be sure to focus on “what’s in it for them”. This will increase the odds of obtaining a deep discount.
For example, you could mention you’ll document your cruise by writing a personal diary, and include HD photos and videos.
could offer to post your “travelogue” on the top Internet travel and
cruise sites. You could even post HD quality videos on YouTube and other
popular online video sites.
Another strategy I’ve used is to build a travel website which focuses on cruises!
This would prove to the cruise lines you’re serious about promoting their products.
How to Grab Deep Discounts on Luxury Cruises
One of the best websites for obtaining deep discounts on luxury cruises is called Cruise Compete.
example, Carnival Cruises is offering a 7-day ALL INCLUSIVE Rock Cruise
to the Caribbean for $848. This cruise typically sells for $2750 and
price includes cruise ship tips ($50pp), alcohol, soft drinks, bottled
water, drink tips, taxes, concerts, and autograph sessions.
The price also includes private Deck Parties and the DJ Club.
If a rock and roll cruise is not your idea of fun, then consider the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines New Year’s Cruise onboard the Oasis of the Seas for $1200.
This cruise is typically priced at $4350 on the most popular cruise sites.
And if you haven’t heard…..the Oasis of the Seas is NOT your typical cruise ship!
of the Seas is a new class of naval-engineering genius. The ship
features the first-ever “neighborhood concept” where everyone can find
their unique experiences in one of our seven distinct onboard
There are 28 ultra-modern loft suites and 2,700 spacious staterooms, contained in a16-deck marvel.
That’s just a snapshot of the deep discounts you’ll find on Cruise Compete.
How to Cruise Like a Celebrity and VIP At No Cost Whatsoever!
You can cruise to incredible ports-of-call free of charge, if you know the right strategies and tactics to use.
Lynn Shaw perfected a great tactic for free cruises.
launched her side venture by reserving a block of cabins on a Carnival
Cruise Lines. Then she sent fliers with the cruise information to a
group of friends.
wanted to attract as many people as possible turn them on to a great
vacation. But Lynn also knew if she sold enough cabins she would earn
free passage under Carnival Cruise Lines “group policy”.
Lynn easily sold 22 people for the Caribbean cruise.
The “group organizer”, Shaw became the “tour conductor.”
conductors work with a travel agency to make all the travel and onboard
arrangements; their primary jobs are recruitment and communication.
All you need for this tactic to work is a group willing to travel together.
example, a family reunion, a birthday, an anniversary, a wedding, a
college reunion — or just plain fun! You can also book trips on “theme
cruises” like the Rock and Roll Cruise, The Investment Cruise, or The
Spring Break Cruise, etc. Sign up enough people and you’ll cruise for
If you have an area of expertise, you could use John Hall’s tactic for getting free cruises.
is a retired Louisiana State University professor of anthropology and
geology. He provides cruise passengers with lectures on the
characteristics of the destination.
In return, he gets a FREE CRUISE with meals, drinks and other amenities included!
John and his wife, Carol Ann (who helps with the presentations), receive a free cabin and meals, and most shipboard amenities.
2002 John has taken a couple of cruises a year. He’s been to the
Caribbean, Panama Canal and Alaska. On the Alaska cruise, John talked
about glaciers and the Klondike gold rush.
Cynthia Barnett became a FREE CRUISE regular soon after she retired in 2003 at age 60.
a typical 7-day cruise, Barnett gives four talks. Cynthia said this is a
“great way to get a free vacation. On some cruises, I've taken family
members as my guests."
Current Presenter Opportunities
Arts and Crafts Instructors
Teach craft classes onboard cruises. Projects range from watercolor classes, pottery, scrapbooking to macramé .
If you enjoy playing bridge you could oversee groups in exchange for your cruise.
cruise lines actively seek individuals who can present classes on
computer basics, the Internet or other related technology.
Have you made money in the market? Great. If you can share your knowledge in a clear and concise way…you’re in!
Do you know and understand the cruise ship port of calls? Sweet. Cruise ships need local experts!
Astronomy is a popular pastime on many ships. If you have any knowledge in this area you could present this to passengers.
Most cruise lines recruit "Gentleman Hosts”!
hosts are typically single men ages 40 to 70 who conduct dance classes
or serve as dance partners for single, divorced and widowed female
However, the “Gentlemen Hosts” must sign an agreement specifying they won't get romantically involved with the guests!
In exchange for “gentlemen host” services men receive a free cruise with all shipboard amenities included!
You can get a job onboard a cruise line!
You could spend winters in the Caribbean and summers in Alaska or exotic ports in Europe, Australia or New Zealand.
people pay between $2,500 and $10,000 to live on the same luxury cruise
ships. You can do that for free (you’ll receive free meals and
accommodations) and you’ll get paid to cruise!
Can you think of a better summer job for students?
It’s impossible to snag free luxury cruises if you don’t take the right action.
What’s more, you need to be persistent.
Think about this for a second…..
How many people do think would love to receive luxury cruises for free? The answer is a lot!
it doesn’t matter how many people want free luxury cruises. They key is
having the right information (which you do), and taking the right
The other key, as I said is persistence. Don’t stop until you get what you want!
Then write to us about your success.
you need to do is decide which these tactics works best for you. Then
contact the decision maker responsible for each tactic.
example, if you’d like to receive a free cruise by becoming a
“presenter”, then you’ll need to contact the individual at each cruise
line responsible for securing “presenters”.
on the other hand, you’d like to assemble a group tour for your
friends, family or business associates, then you’ll need to contact the
person at the cruise line of your choice who can set it up for you – and
extend your free cruise.
no time for discouragement. The cruise lines desperately need your
help! This is one of the best kept secrets in the industry.
Start planning your free cruise today!
You can cruise to exotic locations around the world like a celebrity, and enjoy luxury accommodations - free of charge.
I’ve shown you four ways to do it!
I’ve also included action strategy and contact information at the major cruise lines so you can get started today.
I've completed my third book on Tesla. A very interesting fella.
It's amazing how Edison and JP Morgan tried to crush Tesla on two (probably more) occasions.
People become oddly vicious when they think someone is going to jeopardize his or her "meal ticket".
When JP Morgan realized Tesla discovered the secret to "free energy for
everyone all the time"....and that JP Morgan was unable to "put a meter
on it"....he set to destroy, crush, eliminate and whatever him.
This practice is very much alive today!
As an entrepeneur I recommend reading anything "accurate" you can get your hands on about Tesla. That's it for today...short post....but powerful :) Marc
I've talked about the right way to open and run a successful pawn shop.
Most people approach this business like they do most other things with very little insight, business savvy and major egos.
But I've helped more than dozen entrepreneurs in this business, and I can help you too....if you like this market.
I've enclosed a question from a subscribers....and my response.
I think you'll like this :)
Question: Hi Marc. Thanks for your insight and for this blog...I
love it. I know you've talked about pawn shops and cash advance stores.
But are these a viable business in a depression? It seems pawn shops in
my area are going out of business in droves. Thanks.
T.B. Boston MA
Answer Marc Charles:
If you Google me you’ll see I’ve been talking about the viability of pawn shops for a long time.
But more important, pawn shops can be very profitable in a Depression.
It’s a great show….and you can learn the “essence” of how to make money with them.
Making money is the key. Most pawn shops are either broke, saddled with debt or both.
Pawn shops can be an excellent source of income in a depression.
I’m not kidding.
What’s more, I made an amazing discovery about this market.
First let me warn you ……
Most of the pawn shop franchise opportunities available today are over-hyped and overpriced!
The best way to approach this business is to build and form your own brand…and franchise if you plan to expand.
But I found one franchise which may be worth a look.
I like the concept of a “franchise.”
can be applied to hundreds of markets and products. Franchising your
product, service, or business is a great way to build a fortune.
Wright applied franchising to his software game The Sims in 2000, and
the rest is history. The Sims franchise recently hit the 100 million
units sold. At $39 a pop that’s a nice payday.
On a smaller scale, one-store franchises like The Mail Box Stores can be profitable too.
Sometimes you can acquire an existing franchise and hire someone to run it for you.
The Golden Rule of Franchising: Tap into a Rising Trend
When it comes to successful franchising it’s all about flowing the rising trend.
Trends are constantly changing and some are longer than other.
A hot franchise ten years ago could be history today when the trend is toast.
Pawn shops and cash advance stores tap into hot rising trends.
eBay Drop-Off Franchise Bites the Dust
You probably noticed a business trying to tap into a hot rising trend – the eBay drop-off center.
business caters to people who understand the concept of eBay but do not
have the time post, sell and monitor eBay auction listings.
ISold It on eBay was a franchise designed to help people sell stuff on eBay for a fee.
EBay drop-off centers may be a rising trend but not in the current form.
eBay drop-off centers today are riddled with problems, ridiculous
up-selling fees (like $19.95 to change photographs or images) and
excessive shipping charges.
But the concept of “eBay drop-off center” within an established company or franchise should do well.
An eBay drop-off center is not technically a pawn shop.
An eBay drop-off center differs from a pawn shop in a couple of ways. The main difference is immediate cash.
If you’ve never been to a pawn shop (or eBay drop-off place), let me explain.
someone walks into a pawn shop they usually want cash for the items
being sold (or a discount on an item they want to purchase).
An eBay drop-off center is more of a consignment agreement – people receive money IF and WHEN an item sells on eBay.
The Cash America Franchise Opportunity
Make no mistake about it, pawnshops can be very profitable.
I’ll show you the numbers.
“pawnshop business model” has existed in one form or another for
thousands of years. It’s certainly been around longer than most
Ten years ago, most people wouldn't be caught dead in a pawnshop.
people needed cash they would just borrow from a relative, get a cash
advance on a credit card, or tap into the equity in their homes.
But today the old methods for obtaining cash are drying up.
In other parts of the world, like Mexico, China and India, pawnshops are a common way of doing business.
There are more than 2,500 pawn shops in Mexico today, and the market is growing like wildfire.
Value Pawn and Jewelry in Orlando opened their first pawn shop in Mexico last year.
In the U.S., pawn shops are becoming an acceptable way of getting cash for every income level. The attitude is changing.
If you like the concept of a pawn shop, then a Cash America franchise may be worth considering... for several reasons.
The concept of an upscale pawn shop hasn't caught on with consumers yet.
The trend, though solid, is in its infancy.
But in most cases it will mean the franchises, like those offered through Cash America, are not overpriced (yet).
What the Heck Is a Cash America Franchise?
Cash America franchise is a local store that provides a simple and
convenient way for people to get cash for the items they own.
Customers can sell thousands of different categories of products and items to Cash America on the spot.
America is also a great source of quality pre-owned merchandise such as
computers, jewelry, home electronics, gold, video game consoles,
sporting goods, tools, and even cars and motorcycles.
Cash America has reinvented the pawn industry with its modern buildings and business practices.
Most people will not be ashamed to walk into a Cash America store.
Cash America is a leader serving the needs of the under-banked community in the United States.
The members of this community don’t have access to “mainstream” financial services offered by banks or credit card companies.
include lower income folks, immigrants, people that have recently gone
through bankruptcy, and others. Some experts put this community at
nearly 15 percent of the country’s population.
That’s a lot of potential customers, and despite what you may be thinking, they can be very lucrative customers.
America more than 500 locations nationwide, and the company appears to
be growing. The current owners (franchisors) also seem to be happy.
How Much Does a Cash America Franchise Cost?
cost of opening a Cash America store will vary, depending upon the size
and location. But start-up costs are between $200,000 and $300,000.
I know…….I try to avoid business opportunities with huge start up costs like this.
But we’re talking about a franchise with an established, recognized company in a hot rising trend.
more accommodating when it comes to investing this kind of money in a
viable franchise that is positioned in a rising market.
How Much Money Can I Make?
Oh yeah, it’s all about the money!
amount of money you make with a Cash America franchise (or any pawn
shop for that matter) will depend on your location and how efficiently
you run your business.
Another consideration will be employee costs, and whether or not you want to be an absentee owner.
most successful Cash America franchises are located at busy
intersections, and are typically a short drive to major interstate
Most franchise owners rent or lease retail
space in popular strip malls or shopping locations. However, dozens of
Cash America franchise owners choose stand alone locations.
my research, I’ve found that most Cash America franchises have much
higher cash flows and lower operating expenses than a typical fast-food
For example, let’s say a typical Cash
America franchise in Las Vegas generates $650,000 in sales per year,
with operating expenses (rent, employees, insurance, legal, etc.) of
$250,000. This would leave a net profit of $400,000. Not bad.
the other hand, if a typical Subway franchise at the same location
generates $650,000 in sales, the operating expenses (including food
costs) will usually be in the neighborhood of 70 percent to 80 percent.
the operating expenses for the Subway were 75 percent, that would mean
$487,500. The net profit works out to be only $162,500!
What’s more, I think the employee requirements and turnover would be much less with Cash America.
If you think that’s great, listen to this…
Cash America profit margins will smoke most restaurants (and even most
franchise opportunities). Profit margins on some items and loans can be
as high as 50 percent.
The profit margins for a sub shop or a pizza restaurant can be as low as 8 percent.
Can I Sell the Stupid Thing If It Doesn't Work Out?
It’s relatively simple to unload a profitable franchise quickly if things don't work out as planned.
But, the current economic climate favors buyers.
friend of mine tried to sell his pizza shop on a semi-popular beach for
more than two years. He finally unloaded it at a deep discount.
think a Hungry Howie’s pizza shop franchise at the same location would
have sold much sooner, and without the need to extend a discount.
a franchise has a trusted brand people know and love, selling it will
be much easier. Selling into a hot rising trend is also easier than
selling into a sinking, dying trend.
Think about it
this way: Being an entrepreneur means taking calculated risks. If you
can do this before the masses jump on board you could invest less money
and make yourself a fortune.
How to Money from the Dark Internet “Underbelly” by Using a Little-Known Skill
There's a battle raging under the Internet.
That's right....and there's money to be made :)
In this article I’ll show you how to produce a nice income for yourself…in a great side line business.
Or you can choose to leverage this market in a bigger way.
Here’s the deal…..
I said….there’s a war taking place in the Internet’s “underbelly”. It’s
like the movie The Matrix, but this is real not a fantasy.
actually, it’s not limited to the Internet. This warfare is taking
place on corporate intranets, extranets, wireless networks and
everywhere in between. About the only place you won’t find a battle is on “dead drops”. Which are “off Internet” style P2P file sharing zones such as DeadDrops.com.
The problems are being caused by pesky little things called "bug variants." A "bug variant" is a conscious software programming error which can have many different negative side effects.
example, bug variants in Web browsers cause security breaches,
deceptive downloads, automatic redirects and malicious viruses.
"Variants" are new strains of viruses which borrow code from other known viruses.
A letter or letters following the virus family name usually identifies the variants. For example, AgentBKY, SmallDAM, VBS.LoveLetter.B., VBS.LoveLetter.C., and WareZOV are all “bug variants”.
Bug variants are easy to understand for people who know the basics of programming, viruses, and software architecture.
But get this.
There are incredible money making opportunities surrounding “bug variants” and the programming warfare taking place as we speak.
Heck….network security is the fastest growing sector in information technology!
One opportunity is professional hacking.
you might not be tech savvy or even have an interest in this area. But
you might know someone who is. Give them this information today!
more, you can also invest in entrepreneurs and companies who are
successful in network security, encryption, virus detection, IT
forensics and professional hacking.
Believe me…this is a HOT rising trend.
Who would have guessed you could make money by eradicating bug variants on the Internet?
But it's true!
professional hacking and network security is a legitimate business
opportunity and the demand is growing like wildfire.
Graham, founder and CEO of Errata Security, said, "We’re seeing kids
playing and pretending to be masterminds, but recently, we saw the rise
of the professional hacker. Many hackers are graduating into the
professional ranks too. This development carries serious implications
for corporate security." And this is the opportunity for professional hackers.
How to Make Money as a Professional Hacker
One of the best ways to get started as a professional hacker is to start hacking.
There are thousands of books and online tutorials available to help bring you up to speed.
my 18-year-old son assures me the best “hacking” information and
tutorials are posted online, in hacking forums, gaming chat rooms, and
on encrypted websites.
Hackers get a "kick" out of divulging their escapades!
As Graham points out, ordinary programmers in a “job” write code to pay the bills.
But professional freelance hackers think of this as something to do for fun. Most
hackers are delighted to find someone willing to pay them to do it. But
for many hackers, money is secondary or even relevant.
Don't get me wrong.
not suggesting your break into professional hacker to screw things up,
steal, or cause malicious problems for people and businesses.
confident if more people learn how to hack and become "tech savvy" with
regards to bug variants, viruses, and other network security issues,
there will be fewer opportunities for wayward geeks to get their
money is in providing this service for large corporations, governments,
military, education, health care, and e-commerce.
My preference would be to approach this market as a freelancer rather than an in-house hacker or in a “job”.
Granted, you may have to work with a company on a part-time or intern basis to get your feet wet.
There’s a new job title in networking and security circles, it’s called a "Chief Hacking Officer."
I’m not kidding.
There were hundreds of freelance programmer and hacker opportunities posted online on sites like CodeWalkers, HackingAlert.com, and DICE. If you review these postings you’ll become familiar with what companies are looking for when it comes to professional hackers.
times professional hackers will also be referred to as “code
specialists” and security programmers. But either way you’ll begin to
see a tremendous need for professional hackers.
top of that, the windows of opportunity have opened in three new
sectors too: Google hacking, mobile phone (and iPhone) hacking, and
Linux hacking. You can also join in the fun with online games.
This market is growing in leaps and bounds. Google “hacking” and you’ll see what I mean.
On top of that, the money making potential in this sector is serious business.
Your humble host,
******* Action Strategy *******
If you're new to hacking, and you have an interest in it, it’s fairly simple to bring yourself up to speed.
of the best ways to learn hacking is on hacking websites, forums,
discussion lists, and IT Security websites which are devoted to the
area. There are a certification courses in "ethical hacking" too.
you're already proficient at programming and hacking and you want to
start making money, the fastest way to get started is by posting your
availability on the most popular security boards. I’ve included a ton of links to them in the Valuable Resources section.
Simply post your qualifications and expertise or interest on the top hacking sites and forums.
realize there’s a huge demand for a “high-level” security experts and
hackers is with larger companies, corporations, governments, military,
But there are plenty of opportunities in the small and medium sized business market too.
Direct marketing should be a part of any fast start strategy.
freelance programmers and hackers think marketing is a “sin” (and I
know because I’ve hired, trained and worked with dozens of them).
a simple, persuasive sales letter sent via FedEx to "A Prospects"
(companies who hire professional hackers and security experts on a
regular basis) could be very effective at securing projects.
Another approach is entering hacking tournaments.
you place in the top percentile of these high-profile competitions,
you'll have more work and offers than you could ever handle.
DEFCON hosts one of the largest hacking events in the world.
You can also post a website or blog and “lace” it with security, virus and hacking terms with SEO and SEM in mind.
helped a freelance programmer recently post his bio and expertise with a
simple website and domain for under $100. He told me he receives
quality traffic, inquires and leads every week. He hosts his bio/website
free of charge on DotEasy.com.
Now we’re talking!
security, hacking and virus sector of programming is a HOT rising
trend. If you can hack and you know how to market and close contracts
you’ll have more work and projects then you can handle. Have fun!