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Friday, April 17, 2015

Is Email Marketing Dead? by Marc Charles

8:32 PM

Good morning:

Email marketing is not dead, it's just changed and evolved.

However, one thing has NOT changed....the power of a qualified prospect list.

Most people involved in email marketing have no clue what a prospect is or even a qualified prospect. And so they send millions of email messages and spam to  people who could care less about your stupid offer.

A qualified prospect is someone that has already purchased what you're selling for about the same price, and ideally recetnly and often.

An unqualified prospect is everyone else!

Legitimate qualified prospect lists are VERY HARD to find, let alone rent or buy. You can find them, and you'll pay dearly for the privilege to mail to these prospects.

The best way to reach qualified prospects by email is to enter into an agreement or joint venture with someone that has an in-house list you can use, rent, or advertise on.

You can also buy qualified prospect lists -- Google it, or check out AppBusinessBrokers.com.

Anyway, email marketing is not dead if you use legitimate, qualified prospect email lists.

If you're sending generic email blasts, spam, bogus "list brokers" or any of this stuff -- email markeitng is DEAD.

I've enclosed a question from a subscriber and my response, along these same lines.

Marc

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Question: Dear Marc, what's your opinion of email marketing? I know sending unsolicited bulk email and spam is a no no. And buying bogus  email lists is not the way to go. But what are your thoughts on email marketing in general?
C.P. Tampa FL

Answer Marc Charles:

Hi CP:

Thanks for the question and post!

My opinion of email marketing is very, very high.

However....and that's a BIG however......you need to do it right or you will be thrown out of business, sued, fined or worse.

The Internet community does not like spam....and there are some very serious and skilled anti-email marketing programmers and "techno" geeks to contend with...and so....

The ONLY way to do email marketing is with verifiable opt-in subscriber lists and "advertorials".

Granted, everyone claims his or her subscriber lists are "verifiable" and legitimate. But in reality very few are verified.

I won't go into all of the specifics here....but we'll cover the topic over time.

But legitimate opt-in subscribers are people who have "opt-in" or requested information from someone or a publisher and THEN verifies or confirms his or her email address. This verification is then recorded and stored in a database with the user's IP address for legal purposes.

The good news is.....verified opt-in subscriber lists can be VERY powerful and effective.

The other side of this is "advertorials". An advertorial email would be one that someone with a following or loyal audience would send to his or her subscribers which "soft sells" a product or service.

One of the "masters" in this space is Agora Inc. and Early to Rise. If you read these publications faithfully you'll begin to understand how and why advertorials are so powerful.

http://www.agora-inc.com

http://www.earlytorise.com

You're absolutely right.....DO NOT spam people or send them email they have not requested, and DO NOT buy email lists from companies, brokers or individuals.

I hope that helps!

I invite anyone to post his or her thoughts on the subject.

Marc Charles


Monday, April 13, 2015

Arbitrage Marketing Software Business For Sale by Marc Charles

8:02 AM

Greetings:

I've enclosed an interesting software package and platform for sale.

I like most of the listings by AppBusinessBrokers.com.

The enclosed business generates more than $200,000 annual revenue, with nice profit margins.

Check it out!

Marc Charles
http://www.marccharles.com (review site)

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3) Arbitrage Marketing Software For Internet Marketers:
http://www.appbusinessbrokers.com/properties/148404/

For sale is an automated marketing software tool and
training system that allows users to perform arbitrage
across two very popular sites and profit as a middleman.
However this is not the typical “make money” type of offer.

This is a very well known, respected and established brand
within the internet marketing industry, and has won
multiple awards for its profitability, user friendliness
and anyone-can-use-it business model. It enjoys tremendous
customer loyalty for being a high quality pragmatic product
that is profitable for its users

Revenue = 213,000
Profit = 107,000
Asking = 160,000

Friday, April 10, 2015

James Bay

11:03 PM


Hi Gang:

Here's a fantastic new singer, songwriter, musician and entertainer.....


James Bay


Marc

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

$222k Profit by Marc Charles

6:35 AM

Hi:

I've enclosed an app and platform for sale that generated more than $200,000 in profit last year.

I like apps and web-based businesses. But like all things, most things are way overpriced or overvalued. Negoiate is the rule of the day :)

Enjoy.

Marc Charles

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2) Top Productivity App (Featured by Apple):
http://www.appbusinessbrokers.com/properties/585983/

For sale is one of the top productivity apps for iOS
with 2.5 years of history and 235K premium paid app users.
The app increases efficiency for frequent tasks on iOS
(iPhone and iPad) that targets power users on the platform.
The app is on an a relatively high percentage of users
home-screens (even in the dock) including some very
influential users.

Additional Highlights:
o Loved by Apple and the press
o Editors’ Choice badge and Editors’ Notes on the App Store
o Influential userbase (Credible word of mouth advertising)
o Community of users writing about the app and sharing tips
o No meaningful direct competition
o Unique app where as other apps grow, this one will become
more powerful and users will become more dependent in it
o Poised for a paid update or switch to freemium

Revenue = 242,663
Profit = 222,067
Asking = 675,000

Friday, April 3, 2015

15 Milllion Downloads by Marc Charles

7:22 AM

Greetings:

Once in a while I'll post businesses, apps, websites or services for sale.

I've enclosed a niche sporting game app with more than 15 million downloads for sale.

AppBusinessBrokers.com is pretty cool.

And remember.......EVERYTHING can be negotiated.

Marc

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1) Top Multi-Platform Niche Sporting Game:
http://www.appbusinessbrokers.com/properties/518215

For sale is a top multi-platform niche sporting game with
over 15,000,000 downloads and an average user session of
11 minutes (pretty amazing for most mobile games). This is
a rare opportunity to acquire a revenue generating app with
a desirable user base that still has room for expansion.

Additional Highlights:
o Multi platform - iOS, Android, Amazon and Facebook
o Average user session length is 11 minutes
o Users love this game (250K+ reviews with 90% 4-5 stars)
o Social media in place with room to grow
o Quality users (good demographic of 18 - 44 year old males)
to cross promote other apps
o Multiple sources of revenue from IAP and ad revenue

Revenue = 602,312
Profit = 576,988
Asking = 1,750,000

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to Make Money as a Web-Based Teacher by Marc Charles

6:47 AM

Greetings all!

It's true. A lot of people make money as web-based teachers. You can too :)

Check out this re-post of an article I wrote recently....and enjoy.

Marc

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Dear Entrepreneur:

Thanks for the question!

You CAN make money in online education.

I taught an online course recently and received $150 for three hours of work. 

Actually, 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.

No……I’m 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.

That 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!

My 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! Parents should visit college campuses unannounced to see how their money is spent.

Profit Opportunities!

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. 

More than 85 percent of the tuition paid to schools goes to tenured professors, administrators, management, overhead, taxes, sports, and fees, etc.

One thing colleges and universities could do is lower the cost of their courses. You would think in the current climate and economy they would do this. 

But no…most colleges are increasing tuition and course fees!

22 Million Students and Climbing!

There were more than 22 million students enrolled in distance and online learning programs in the United States at the end of 2014, 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 Classroom and Government Schools are Dying
The “classroom model” of instruction for the past 300 years is dying a slow painful death.
My neighbor is a retired (tenured) professor from Columbia University. He makes six figures tending his flower beds, playing his banjo and sipping cold Chardonnay. 
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!
Anyway, 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. 
You can access the “cloud” from anywhere with multiple devices like a netbook, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Desktop PC, TV, Blackberry or disposable laptops.
Watch how kids teach themselves today….they jump to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or niche forums like Programmers Heaven.
On 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. 
He 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.
The fastest growing online schools with web-based curriculum:
What the Heck is Distance Learning?
Distance 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.
  • You 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).
  • You 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 and flexibility.
Do I Need Academic Qualifications?
Granted, 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…
A friend of mine stumbled upon an advertisement at an online college for an “Internet savvy entrepreneur with bricks and mortar expertise.”
Just 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.
I realize some higher education centers, colleges, and universities require specific academic qualifications, and this doesn’t change with online instruction.
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. 
For 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 . . .
 
If 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.
But 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).
OnlineLearning.net 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.
Starting 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 this.
One 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. 
This search engine would be free to users. Entering into partnerships with the colleges, universities, and learning centers would generate your revenue. 
You 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.
Another 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.
Regards,

Marc Charles
“The King of Business Opportunities”



Action Plan
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.
If 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. 
In 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!
You could also start your own online college! Granted, this strategy would take some research but entrepreneurs are doing it as we speak.
You 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.

Valuable Resources

Online Instructor “Jobs” Too

I prefer approaching the online education market as an entrepreneur or freelance contractor.

For me, there are too many restrictions in a conventional “job”. I also think the money is often better when you work as a freelancer.

But sometimes a traditional job in this market will get your foot in the door.

A job can be a perfect fit for some people. Here are some resources for online instructor jobs:





Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Florida Cardiology Practice For Sale by Marc Charles

9:12 AM

Greetings:

Once in awhile I'll post a business for sale in this blog.

You'll need to perform the proper due diligence, and obtain current, accurate sales numbers.

But this market and business could do very well in Florida:

http://www.mergernetwork.com/clikthru/businesses-for-sale/375049

Feel free to post your opinions or insight!

Marc

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Fun and Lucrative Business Almost Anyone Can Do by Marc Charles



7:22 AM
Hi Gang:
I've enclosed an article I wrote for International Living.
Enjoy :)
Marc

A Fun and Lucrative Business Almost Anyone Can Do
By Marc Charles
I discovered a fun and lucrative business almost anyone can do…from anywhere.
I say “almost anyone” because this is not for everybody. There’s some work involved, a knowledge curve and details that might overwhelm some people.
But, this business is fun, and you can do it “on the road”, in your spare time or work from your kitchen table if you want to.
The idea is to acquire products at deep discounts from more than a hundred countries around the world, and sell the products online at amazing markups.
The greatest obstacle when it comes to selling products online is traffic. You need tons of targeted traffic and qualified buyers (versus tire kickers). The problem is this kind of traffic costs money, unless you can piggyback sites like Amazon, ebay, CraigsList and other shopping sites.
Last week while moderating a forum I set up around this business, I was amazed how people were leveraging this business and making money.
One gentleman from Germany was importing colored computer cables at deep discounts and reselling them on technology shopping sites at huge mark ups.
A young woman, Jenny, is importing Christmas supplies and reselling them to other online retail stores. She’s doing this from her “pantry office” next to the kitchen in Calgary Alberta Canada.
The point is this is a fun and lucrative business almost anyone can do, even if you don’t have a lot of money to get started.
I also discovered a trading exchange that enables entrepreneurs to locate reputable suppliers in other countries and order from them directly instead of going through a middleman. 
I know dozens of entrepreneurs who are leveraging this neat business. You can meet them in this program I’ve developed to help you get started. 
Today, starting a business on a shoestring is much easier than it was 30 years ago—or even five years ago.
There's nothing wrong with building a big business. I’ve helped dozens of entrepreneurs and start-up ventures do it.
But when you run a business from your kitchen table, a back bedroom, or even “on the road” as your travel you can greatly reduce the downside risk and expense.
Almost anyone can do this business. Plus, the weak economy makes this business even more viable.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Can $5 Projects Make You Rich? by Marc Charles

6:15 AM

Dear Friends:

I'm a big fan of Fiverr.com.

Granted, a lot of people are trashing the site, posting bogus reviews of the site, and trying to "game" the Fiverr system.

But Fiverr is still here....and the stupid site works.


I'm a top seller on Fiverr. The key to making money is by providing products and services the MARKET WANTS -- not neccessarily what YOU want.

In other words, all you need to do is research the site and try to discover the highest rated sellers in your areas of interest or expertise. THEN....develop and align your Gig with the bestsellers. You also need feedback and reviews. If you don;t have any yet, you can BUY REVIEWS on Fiverr!

Better yet......

Check out my new program called MicroGig Riches 2015! I'm dead serious....you won't find ANYTHING like my program, material and course online, or on Clickbank. It's really good...and you can read all of the testimonials.

100% Money Back Guarantee -- as always :)

Have fun.

No....you probably won't get rich! But you can easily make money "on the side" with Fiverr. Let me show you how!

Marc

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

All My Books FREE or Deeply Discounted by Marc Charles

6:23 AM

Greetings:

I hope all is well.

All of my books are free or deeply discounted on Amazon this week. Check out most of my books here.

I'm a big fan of Kindle Direct Publishing. I built an entire business around the platform!

Granted, there are dozens of downsides, problems and issues with KDP. But, I've also watched Amazon fix and eliminate hundreds of problems or glitches within a few hours or days. Amazon deserves a lot of credit.

Old World print book publishing will probably survive. Most people love print books, including me.

But Old World publishers, and especially the Big Boys in NYC -- are mostly living off an old, overpriced system.

Digital and mobile publishing is the hot rising trend, not old world print publishing.

Click here for my books

Thanks!

Marc

Friday, March 6, 2015

$50 Import Secret by Marc Charles

9:03 AM

Greetings:

I've enclosed an article I wrote for AWAI and Great Escape Publishing.

The article also talks about my new program called Importing Fortunes 2015.

Enjoy.

Drop me a note if you've got any questions or if I can help your business in any way!

Marc

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$50 Import Secret
By Marc Charles


You could start an importing business for $50.

This is not a joke.

Granted, you probably won’t produce thousands of dollars in profit instantly.

But you will be able to start importing and selling products from anywhere in the world. You’ll also get a feel for how this business works in the real world.

I’ve developed a comprehensive program to help anyone get involved in this fascinating business and market opportunity. You can read about it here.[MCS1] 

Today I’ll show you how entrepreneurs around the world are making money in this market right now.

What’s more, some people discovered how to fund their travel adventures with this business.

The key to making money as an importer (or exporter) is to focus on obtaining inexpensive or small quantities of in-demand products, and then selling them quickly on high traffic Internet shopping sites.

To locate inexpensive products for importing you can check out these sites:

1.    Aliexpress
2.    Amazon.com Fulfillment Program
3.    Taobao – China’s eBay!
4.    Etsy

These sites will enable you to import inexpensive or low quantities of products easily. You don’t have to worry about freight forwarding, complicated procedures, tariffs, regulations or anything like this.

All you need to do is order products (import) and then sell them online.

It couldn’t be easier!

In my new program Importing Fortunes [MCS2] I encourage students to concentrate on in- demand products first and foremost.

Oftentimes entrepreneurs try to force their products or ideas on the market. It makes more sense, and costs less money, to focus on products with a market demand, rather than a “perceived” demand.

Importing Fortunes [MCS3] teaches you HOW to identify the hottest in-demand products quickly.

For example, on AliExpress.com you’ll find dozens of companies and suppliers offering iPhone 5 Protective Cases for under $1, and this includes free shipping.

You could easily import 6 of these products for under $15.

If you conduct your market research as outlined in Importing Fortunes you would find out the iPhone Protective Case enjoys a nice demand.

If you go to eBay and you can see the popularity of this item. Then you could post your iPhone covers for sale.

Note: You should wait until you have the items in your possession before listing them for sale on eBay or any high traffic shopping site. However, I’ll show you a new program offered by Amazon.com that eliminates having to inventory products!

When we search eBay for iPhone Protective Cases we find more than 3,000 search results. But we focus on the product we purchased on AliExpress.

In our illustration on eBay we can see these items sell for $3.79 - $7.99 and up. 

If you purchase a product for $.60 and sell it for $3.79 your profit is approximately $3.10 per item. If you sell 100 items the approximate profit would be $310.

That’s not bad for a few minutes of work.

Getting Started!

Every successful business has a formula.

I’ve developed a successful formula for this business too!

When you’re starting out in this business, and you have a minimal investment, it’s important to understand how and where to obtain small quantities of products, as cheaply as possible and selling them quickly on high traffic Internet shopping sites.

And that is the formula: acquire products cheap + sell the products online with nice profit margins + ship the products to customers = Make Money

You’ll need to investigate potential partners, suppliers and exporters. I’ll show you how to do it with an incredible new website.

We’ve also launched the Importing Fortunes interactive forum! This is a powerful resource to help you connect with other entrepreneurs, importers and exporters.

We monitor the forum throughout the day, post exciting news, developments and new ways to import and export products. We also feature entrepreneurs doing this – which is priceless when someone is starting out in business.

The import export market is a multi-trillion dollar wellspring of cash. The best news is you can leverage this market with a business of your own for $50….all kidding and jokes aside. Check out my new program Importing Fortunes today to find out if this is a good fit for you.