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Friday, November 21, 2014

Solotab Business Plan by Marc Charles

7:38 AM

Greetings:

I've enclosed a business plan I wrote for a young entrepeneur in CA.

He sells low cost tablets online.

It's pretty cool.

Marc

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Business Plan
Andrew Francis – Founder
Solotab Inc.
316 Olive Ave Unit 535
Huntington Beach CA 92648
Executive Summary
Solotab Inc. (the Company) is a tablet PC sales company that provides consumers and businesses a low priced alternative for Android based tablets

Products and Service
Solotab Inc. offers high speed dual core and quad core processors, dual cameras, and the latest Android OS, at a price range of $50-100

The tablet PC market is one of the fastest growing sectors in the computer market. The value of the market is expected to exceed $2 billion annually by 2015 according Forrester Research, a leading market research firm

Competition
The tablet PC market is a hot rising trend, and therefore attracts vibrant competition. The Company is positioned to leverage the market opportunity. Solotab Inc. has identified four primary competitors:
Zeepad
Kocaso
Google
Samsung

Solotab Inc. enjoys several competitive advantages. The Company’s primary competitive edge is their online sales expertise with regards to low priced Android tablets



Management
[MCS5] Andrew Francis – Founder

The Company leverages social media, e-mail marketing, and direct mail to qualified prospects and buyers. The Company also utilizes search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) techniques in order to appear prominently in the primary Internet search engines, and this drive targeted traffic to the Company’s website


Solotab Inc. seeks a $100,000 investment, loan or business grant, at market rates, with a four-year note. The Company shall provide security and collateral as required



 [MCS1]You can insert your name, title, company, address, phone, URL and email here

 [MCS2]You can insert your market stats here. I found these on Google. But I was unable to find facts or stats with regards to your particular model. You will need to research your market to find the appropriate figures
 [MCS3]You will need to determine why your company is unique, special or better than the competition.  I do not have this information or insight. But I wrote an example

 [MCS4]You can insert financial information here. It doesn’t need to be extensive, and especially for a startup. But it is usually good to list assets, liabilities and operating expenses.
 [MCS5]You can insert your name and a short bio here. If you have other people helping you or managers you can insert his or her names here as well. The bios should be short and emphasize expertise as it relates to THIS venture.
 [MCS6]You can insert your marketing strategy here. Most entrepreneurs wait until the last minute to address marketing issues and strategies. I think it’s the FIRST thing that needs to be addressed. You can work on your marketing strategy. But I wrote an example.
 [MCS7]If you are seeking investors, financing or business grants you can insert your requirements here. It is best to round off amounts, and show investors or banks how and when notes will be repaid. I wrote an example.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Micro Gig Economy by Marc Charles

7:22 AM

Hi Gang:

I've developed a new money making program called MicroGig Riches.

It's published and supported by Great Escape Publishing and Agora.

The reviews and testimonials are humbling :)

Check it out.

Marc

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A new, fun (and some say crazy)
way to cover your household bills
AND fund your travel account …
in 10 minutes a day or less …

Fast Company … U.S. News … all agree. This is an innovative way to make spare cash.

MicroGig Riches 2015

Read More!


MIcroGig Riches 2015



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Clickbank Product Reviews by Marc Charles

10:11

Hi Gang:

Check out my new reviews of Clickbank products.....

These were selected out of more than 500 products.

Have fun!

Marc

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NEW Clickbank Product Reviews

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Importing Fortunes 2015 LIVE -- by Marc Charles

9:02 AM

Hi Guys:

A quick note about my new program Importing Fortunes 2015.

I review hundreds of programs, businesses and ventures every year.

But when I develop a program for making money you know it'll be good.

If you want to make money "on the side", part time or even as a full time business, check out my new program......

Marc

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Alarm clocks … footie pajamas …
maternity lingerie …

You Can Import a Fortune
from Right there at Home …

And Fund a Live-Anywhere,
Travel-Anytime Life

If you have an internet connection – you can use
the same simple formula as the world’s largest retailer
to create your own money-making business …
and do it from anywhere on the planet …


Importing Fortunes 2015

Friday, November 14, 2014

Why Are Artists Starving by Marc Charles

8:22 PM

Hi Gang:

I've launched, bought, sold, and managed many businesses in 30 years. I've slowed down on the buying and selling businesses in recent years, I'm 55 years old.

But still love launching and advising startups, and writing about them.

I've helped a good friend launch an art gallery. I advised against it, with facts, proof, insight, wisdom and actual numbers. But it was Mr Artist's dream.

He had two things going for him -- he owned the building outright and volunteers (like me which he knows is a big deal).

But still....the first six months have been weak. In fact, I'm the top sales person ...mainly from direct mail, Internet, parties and contacts.

The bottom line is this: artists create from their love, pain, passion or whatever.

Artists typically don;t care what the market wants. And this is why they're starving.

But if artists want to increase sales they need to feed into the current, not future, market demand.

So.....that's my take on galleries and selling art.

Marc

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Copywriting is Talking with People the Right Way by Marc Charles

Greetings:

Copywriting is really very simple.

Oh sure there are millions of products, books, courses, seminars, gurus, and con artists that promise to teach HOW to be a copywriter.

Some of the products are okay, most of them stink.

Copywriting is talking with people the right way. Its focusing on what's important to them not you.

I wrote this letter in about 15 minutes, and with edits about an hour.

Marc Charles

_________________

Hi Gang:

I've enclosed a sales letter for a client in Asia. This simple three page letter remains the "control" for this product.

It only took a couple of hours to write it.

Enjoy.

Marc Charles



As seen on Reuters, AP and MSNBC….

Do Not Hire a Private Tutor Until Your Read This Letter

How to retain a private tutor for a fraction of the cost!

Dear Friend:

The private tutor industry has run wild!

So-called “tutor franchise” companies are charging clients and students up to $200 an hour for private lessons.

But you don’t always get what you pay for when you hire a tutor.

We’ve developed a FREE Report to show you how to get find the BEST tutor, and how this industry works in the real world.

You can retain a private tutor for almost any skill. But the most popular reasons include personalized instruction in English, communications, language skills or to overcome learning disabilities.  Our Special Report will show you how to retain a professional tutor for fraction of the cost.

The Special Report is entitled:


Private Tutor Reveals Seven High-Performance Keys to Noteworthy Advancement

FREE Download Here

Our Special Report will show you:

·       The advantages of hiring a private tutor over a tutor franchise
·       How to advance your career
·       How to improve your English skills
·       How to overcome learning disabilities (like ADHD)
·       How to be an effective communicator
·       How to improve pronunciation quickly and easily
·       How to improve your writing skills
·       How to improve organization skills
·       And more!

You’ll also discover the benefits of having a PERSONAL, private tutor versus a classroom setting. You can ask anyone who has retained a private tutor and they will tell you which way is best!

Retaining a Private Tutor for a Fraction of the Cost!

One of the best ways to retain a private tutor and save money is by going to direct to them.

In other words, the best and most sought after private tutors often work for themselves, out of his or her home office.

The tutor franchise companies don’t want you to know this, but it’s a fact.

If you want personal, customized, professional tutoring in dozens of areas, we can help you.

Our new Special Report will show you HOW to retain your own tutor at a fraction of the cost.

Download Our Special Report Now


If you want to advance your career, improve specific skills, or learn English as a second language…..a private tutor is the way to go.

It’s important to know and understand a tutor’s credentials too.

One of the best ways to check a private tutor’s credentials is by asking their students!

If a private tutor will not produce client names or testimonials then walk away! It’s that simple. You can’t afford a private tutor who can’t teach!

You can receive personal, customized tutoring, in the comfort of your home, from a top-flight professional.

We’ll show you how when you download our Special Report.

If you think that’s great, then you’ll love this.

Having a personalize tutor to help you with English skills, communication, career advancement, writing or email communication, will change your life.


Testimonial #1
“Wow! I don’t know why I didn’t use a personal tutor ten years ago. This is fantastic. I’ve been able to breeze through appraisals at work and advance my career.”
                                                                                                           Tom Gentry

Testimonial #2

Testimonial #3[MCS2] 

Don’t miss this opportunity to retain a personal tutor at a fraction of the cost!

Download our Special Report today!
Click here

There’s no cost, obligation or risk.

Do Not Hire a Private Tutor Until You Get All the Facts
Learn how to retain a private tutor for a fraction of the cost!


 [MCS1]Link to special report or download

 [MCS2]You can insert testimonials here. I provided one as an example (you can use it).

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pawn Shop Proof by Marc Charles

Greetings all!

I've recommended pawn shops in this blog and in my other articles, books, seminars and face to face consultations.....many times.

Here's a repost of an article I did when someone sent me a question on the topic.

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.

Have you seen Pawn Stars on History Channel?

If not, you should!

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.

First off….

I like the concept of a “franchise.”

Franchising can be applied to hundreds of markets and products. Franchising your product, service, or business is a great way to build a fortune.

Will 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.

The 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.

Most 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.

When 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.

The “pawnshop business model” has existed in one form or another for thousands of years. It’s certainly been around longer than most blue-chip companies.

Ten years ago, most people wouldn't be caught dead in a pawnshop.

If 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?

A 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.

Cash 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.

They 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.
Cash 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?

The 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.

I’m 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!

The 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.
The most successful Cash America franchises are located at busy intersections, and are typically a short drive to major interstate highways.

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.

From my research, I’ve found that most Cash America franchises have much higher cash flows and lower operating expenses than a typical fast-food franchise.

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.

On 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.

If 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…

The 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.

A 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.

I 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.

If 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.

I hope that helps!

Regards,


Marc Charles

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to Make Money in the Dark Side of the Internet by Marc Charles

How to Make Money from the Dark Side of the Internet “Underbelly” Over the Next 12 Months Using a Little-Known Skill

8:22 AM

Greetings all....

There's a battle raging beneath the Internet. 

I’ll show you how to produce a nice income for yourself…in a great side business. 

Or you can choose to leverage this market in a bigger way.

Here’s the deal…..

Like 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.

And 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. 

For 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

Granted, 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!

What’s 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! 

Programming, professional hacking and network security is a legitimate business opportunity and the demand is growing like wildfire.

Robert 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. 

I’m serious.

There are thousands of books and online tutorials available to help bring you up to speed. 

But 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. 

I'm not suggesting your break into professional hacker to screw things up, steal, or cause malicious problems for people and businesses.

I'm 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 thrills.

The big 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. 

Many 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.

On 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,

Marc Charles

******* 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. 

One 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.

The Security Certified Network Architect (SCNA) offers one of the most respected courses. 

If 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. 

I realize there’s a huge demand for a “high-level” security experts and hackers is with larger companies, corporations, governments, military, etc.

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.

Most freelance programmers and hackers think marketing is a “sin” (and I know because I’ve hired, trained and worked with dozens of them).

But 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.

If 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.

I 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!

Look….it’s simple. 

The 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!


************ Valuable Resources**************

Top Freelance Hacking Job and Projects
CareerBuilder
IT Jobs Post (UK)
Security Focus Jobs
Craigs List
ITtoolbox
ScriptLance
CodeLance

Premier Hacking Competitions
Zone-H
LinuxSecurity (announcements)
Ghetto Hackers
Hack in the Box (announcements)

Additional Hacking Resources  
HackingAlert.com (Hacking school, competitions, tools, forums, etc.)
SecureRoot
HackersCatalog.com
JINX
The Network Administrator
phpBBHacks
Astalavista (fast crack engine)
Hacker Threads
How to Become a Hacker
Hackers World Portal
Phrack (digital hacker's magazine)
2600 - The Hacker Quarterly
CIO Magazine
W3Privacy

Monday, October 27, 2014

Great Halloween Parties in SF

3:52 PM

Hi Gang:

One of my consulting clients - Jamie Barren -- just lauched a site to promote all of the best Halloween parties in San Francisco -- check it out

Best San Francisco Halloween Parties - http://bit.ly/hallow2014sf



Here's all the Twitter info if you want to RT for him as a gift:


Best #SanFrancisco #Halloween parties http://bit.ly/hallow2014sf #sfhalloween @WSanFrancisco @jamiebarren

  



Thanks.


Marc