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Saturday, May 23, 2015

How to Make Money with Coloring Books for Adults



May 24 2015
9:03 AM

Hi Gang:

I've enclosed a great new update from Nick Laight. This is cool.

Be sure to check out Nick's newsletter and products -- he's the "real" deal when it comes to making money and hot rising trends.

I'm going to do this for myself!

Marc

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How to Make Money with Coloring Books for Adults











Hi Marc:

I’ve developed a strange obsession…

About 6 months ago I was in my local Waterstones, wondering what to buy with some old book tokens I’d found at the back of a desk drawer.

Alas, the only other time I visit Waterstones is to check out the latest books and then order them via Amazon!

I’m actually a regular visitor to our local Oxfam bookshop, where I’ve found some amazing buy-sell opportunities. But I’ll leave that for another email…

Anyhow, I was in the art section and I came across a book called Art Therapy Mandalas - 100 Designs for Colouring in and Meditation.  



Intrigued, I bought the book.

Once home I dug out a set of good pencils I’d bought years ago but never got around to using.

And then I got started…

Colouring in is said to aid mindfulness, lower stress and generally aid mental well-being.

And I can vouch for that.

But what they don’t mention is just how addictive it can be!

I always want to make sure I finish a mandala, but on some of the more complex ones, that means 6 hours or more of continuous colouring in!

But hey, it keeps me off the streets and completely chilled after the stresses of the day.

Of course, once hooked, I started searching Amazon for other books to satisfy my cravings…

Most others were more crafty and without sounding like a colouring in snob, a bit too easy.
 
I much prefer something really intricate – after all, it’s the process rather than the end result that matters. (I’ve binned countless pieces I'd spent hours on because I didn’t feel they had the right mix of colours.)

Rather than lower my standards/keep up the challenge I branched out and started downloading images of old woodcuts instead!


Once I had the bug, I’d literally make an excuse just to go to the local art shop to check out their gel pens!

Sad, I know... but I'm probably not alone.

In the last few weeks, it seems like colouring in for grown ups is everywhere.

Suddenly, it's gone mainstream… and is making some people very rich!
 
I was in Selfridges department store last week and they had a dedicated table for the new trend.

And as I type these words, 3 out of the top 10 best selling books on amazon.co.uk are colouring titles.

On the US Amazon.com site it's 7 out of the top 20!

Johanna Basford is the undisputed queen of the genre, selling over 1.4 MILLION copies of her book The Secret Garden since 2013.  


Millie Marotta has sold half a million books!


And I’ve seen a TV ad for an Art Therapy Part Work.
 
This colouring in for grown ups craze started in France where books were explicitly marketed as a de-stressing exercise and it has spread here.

Waterstones has revealed there was a 300 per cent rise in sales of colouring books between Christmas 2013 and Christmas 2014.

Go back further, and the famed psychotherapist Carl Jung first discovered the therapeutic benefits of mandalas with his patients.


If colouring in isn’t your thing, what about doodling?

Whilst researching the subject, I went down a lot of rabbit holes...

And one led me to a whole publishing phenomena called Zentangles.  

According to the website, “with the Zentangle Method anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns.”

Interestingly, one woman is selling her Zentangle doodles as – yes you guessed it – images for adult colouring books!
 
Colouring books for grown ups will be one of the THE major publishing trends of 2015 and if you are so minded, this could definitely offer you extra income opportunities:
  • Create your own colouring books – either illustrate yourself or commission others and sell as digital or print on demand via Amazon
  • Alternatively find images (art/prints) in the public domain – upload to a computer and remove any colour, allowing the colourist to add their own
  • Consider subject-specific colouring books – dogs, cats, flowers, decorative patterns, heraldry...


And the lesson?

Open your eyes.

Six months ago I would have never thought adult colouring books or doodling would become such a publishing phenomenon.

This week, try and be open to the possibilities of what's going on around you.

Are more and more people talking about a specific subject? A film, book, product, company, website...

Listen on the bus, in a queue, at work...
 
I guarantee once you open your eyes and ears and tune in, you'll start to see patterns and new trends.

And make sure you report back with anything juicy!
 
Best regards



Nick

Director of Colouring In
What Really Makes Money
http://www.whatreallymakesmoney.co.uk
 


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Is Your New Business Idea Too Complicated or "Sticky"? by Marc Charles

The “Sticky Business” Factor
May 20
7:14 AM

Greetings:

A business partner said my idea was too “sticky”.

He meant it in a bad way. But at least he said it with a smile on his face.

My partner was referring to a business with endless tentacles, paperwork, overhead costs, government red tape and a potential lawsuit magnet.

I’m sure you’ve heard about or been involved with a “sticky” business on some level.  I tend avoid them like the plague.

That’s why I was surprised when my partner suggested my idea was too “sticky”…..the nerve.
In my launching, reviewing and advising hundreds of business ideas and products over the last 29 years or so, only a fraction of them could be considered “non-stick”.

However, that doesn’t mean sticky businesses aren’t profitable.

The “stickiest” business I ever saw was also one of the most profitable….transporting hazardous (and nuclear) waste. 

The entrepreneurs who worked this venture could make $20,000 to $70,000 per load. The cost (and headaches) of running this business included retrofitted tractor trailers, maintenance (cleaning), drivers, government inspections, insurance, fuel, special licenses and certifications.
I wouldn’t recommend transporting hazardous waste for anyone without political connections, world class insurance, smart people and very deep pockets. 

On top of that, you’ll need nerves of steel. My friends were threatened, shot at and their transport vehicles were sabotaged. 

There is a boatload of businesses in the “non-stick” category. When I dissected the business idea I mentioned earlier for my partner he reluctantly agreed it wasn’t as “sticky” as he thought….the nerve.

Granted, nothing is “non-stick” or problem free all the time.

The bestselling “non-stick” frying pans rarely offer a money back guarantee should something stick.

A great “non-stick” business I found focuses on a hot rising trend called China. 

Actually, the business focuses on Chinese products, commerce and worldwide demand. I’ll tell you about it in a second. 

But first, I’d like to show you some new things developing in China right now. These things leverage the opportunity in a big way.

According the Financial Times China has opened the floodgate of cash reserves to get their “export machine” cranked up again. Apparently some Chinese (in powerful places) believe the financial crisis the last two years is receding. 

Money is flowing to entrepreneurs and businesses again like it did pre-2007.

Granted, Brazil is getting the lion’s share of attention (and money) lately because they’re surpassing the US as China’s largest trading partner.

But entrepreneurs in any country can leverage the China trend and a “non-stick” business I discovered by becoming a “finder”…..more on this in a second.

Another issue is China’s currency.

Import and export entrepreneurs are wondering if they’ll suffer a backlash over China’s currency policy. It’s a no-brainer Chinese wants to control the value of their currency (Yuan) against all other currencies.

But China’s currency has a couple of things going for it. First, China’s economy is relatively stable compared to the US and other countries, and second they have low government debt.

I’m not an economist…but a sound economy and limited government typically increases the relative value of a currency.

In real world currency trading China won’t be able to “control” much of anything, if they plan to do business with other countries.

But overall the Chinese currency should play a major role in international commerce in a good way.

China needs trading partners to survive. The country does not have the resources to be self sufficient. That’s a good thing for the “non-stick” business I found.

China needs to make and export products to the world, as well as import and consume them.

China is a living, breathing money monster which needs to be fed.

Lastly….China’s population is still growing like wildfire despite all the restrictions on having kids.

According to the World Bank China’s population was 1.3 billion in 2009 (1,356,359,928 as of January 2011).

And get this….

Chinese planners want to merge nine cities around the Pearl River Delta in the southern part of the country. This would create the largest “mega city” in the world with a population of 42 million people. This is greater than the entire population of California (39 million)!

China has unlocked the cash vault, the population is skyrocketing and they need trading partners to survive.

A “non-stick” business opportunity…..

The opportunity is about bringing buyers and sellers together and earning a percentage of each deal. This is also referred to as an import export “finder”.

I saw this opportunity in action the first time in Wausau Wisconsin.

The entrepreneur was making money as a “finder” connecting buyers in China with sellers in the US. His product was the herb ginseng. The buyers were Chinese distributors and retail stores.  

The herb ginseng is still wildly popular in China.

The import export “finder” opportunity is one of the hottest “non-stick” opportunities around.

By “non-stick” I ‘m referring to a business minus the tentacles, paperwork, inventory, buildings, employees (unless you want them), red tape, and massive overhead costs.
When you’re a “finder” you match buyers with sellers or visa versa and make money if and when a transaction is completed.

In most cases a “finder” simply facilitate deals or makes introductions to prospective partners.
And the best part is the lawsuit magnet aspect is almost eliminated.
Granted, one downside to this business is the learning curve…..and don’t kid yourself, it takes time. There are no exceptions if you want to learn this business.

But in my research I stumbled on a website which can accelerate the learning curve a hundred fold.

On top of that, I was so impressed with the impact the site, market and trend was having on entrepreneurs I developed what became known as the Importing Fortunes.

Importing Fortunes is the most comprehensive resource library, how to course and interactive community in the world. See what entrepreneurs are saying about it here.

China is on the move again and there’s money to be made.

China was crippled by the financial turmoil over the past two years just like every else. But they’ve opened the cash spigot enabling companies to import and export products again!

In addition, there are more than 114,000 importers and exporters registered on AliExpress.com right now.

There are more than a million companies and entrepreneurs registered on Alibaba.com.

Most of these companies and entrepreneurs are aggressively seeking business partners and deals as we speak.

People have compared AliExpress and Alibaba.com to eBay.

But the comparison is weak.

eBay focuses on the consuming masses. And eBay is a great place to sell imported products!

AliExpress and Alibaba.com focus on businesses and entrepreneurs.

This is one of the great “non-stick” business opportunities of the 21st century.

Is the opportunity a good fit for you? I’m not sure. But it’s worth a peak”.

http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/imf/ms/file/


Marc Charles is often referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities." He is a regular contributor to Early to Rise, The Liberty Street Letter and International Living. He's written dozens of bestselling e-books, courses, and special reports on business and moneymaking opportunities. He recently launched  Importing Fortunes and MicroGig Riches.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

You Can Still Make Money in THIS Market by Marc Charles


Get Rich and Stay Warm This Winter!
This Unique Business Makes Money No Matter What Happens to Price of Oil
May 14
9:36 AM

Dear Entrepreneur:

The check was made out to me for $12,314! 

I stared at the stupid thing for almost a minute.

This was my second check in this silly business.

Now….don’t call the “authorities” claiming I promised you instant riches with absolutely no risk whatsoever.

Come on…..that’s not honest.

There is MAJOR RISK involved in this market and business.

But there are ways to protect yourself, or even get involved on a small scale, and this should help you reduce the risk.

What’s more…..

There are ways to approach this market and business that’ll give you an “edge”.

One “edge” is to know the market by researching and studying it like a professional, not a weekend gambler or football junkie.

I’ll show you how reduce your risk (and in some cases eliminate it) and make money at the same time.

But first it’s important to realize this market is highly leveraged.

That means you can put up a little money in the form of “margin” and leverage or parlay this amount into big gains.

In fact, the futures market is the highest leveraged market in the world…period!

And don’t kid yourself….

You could lose your initial investment in this market and MORE!

So….study, research and learn from savvy professionals.

The market and business I’m showing you today is heating oil futures.

So let’s get started………

There are two basic groups of people in this market:

·        First Group:
Large professional traders, money managers, mutual funds and institutions (like banks, oil companies and insurance companies)

·        Second Group:
Small speculators, traders, investors and beginners

One challenge in this market is to understand how it moves. 

But there’s a closely guarded money making secret I’ll share with now.

Everyone has access to the same information, statistics, charts, and advice.

But novice traders and investors will trade anything that moves. 

As soon as a stock, currency, commodity, or real estate property moves to a new high, everyone wants to buy it!

What’s more, novice traders jump from one market to another seeking the next “big” deal.
I knew a wildly successful futures trader when I started in this business. He said something I’ll never forget:

“You could lose several fortunes if you don’t focus on a specific market”

In other words, when it comes to trading futures (or anything for that matter) it’s better to focus on the nuances of the market you are trading.

Most new traders do NOT take the time to gain an understanding of each commodity market.
New traders don’t take the time to watch how it moves, trading ranges, cycles, or seasonal changes.

Novice traders don’t have a clue where the “Big money” is in a market (these guys control large sums of cash…think hundreds of million or billions).

And that’s not all……

The heating oil market is super easy to learn!

For example, let’s say you expected heating oil prices to rise during the winter months (which it often does but it’s tricky).

Let’s say that you purchased one March heating oil contract “at the market” (this means at the current prevailing market price) at 2.05.

Your expectations proved correct and the heating oil market moves up to 2.65 over the next few weeks. 

Now you decide to sell one March heating oil futures contract “at the market” and grab in your profit.

A heating oil contract on the NYMEX exchange consists of 42,000 gallons. 

When you opened the trade and bought one heating oil contract it was worth $86,100 (2.05 x 42,000 gallons = $86,100).  

A couple of weeks later when you sold this contract “at the market,” it would hypothetically be worth $111,300. 

In this example you would have made a profit of $25,200 (less commissions and fees).
That’s a lot of money for most people including me.

But for some people $25,000 is chump change!

Some of the traders, money managers and companies who participate in the heating oil futures market trade hundreds of contracts

In this example, if you traded 100 contracts on this same pricing move it would have meant 100 x $25,000 or $2.5 million!

Let’s come back to planet earth…..

In order to trade a heating oil futures contract you’ll need to make a deposit – this is referred to as margin. 

The required margin fluctuates daily - but for heating oil it’s currently around $1,000.

Heating Oil “Cheat” Sheet

Heating oil is a flammable liquid petroleum product normally used to fuel furnaces and boilers.
It’s similar to diesel fuel. Both of them are referred to as distillates. 

Heating oil is also known throughout North America as No. 2 heating oil. The market receives a lot attention every winter.

In finance, a futures contract is a standardized contract, traded on a regulated futures exchange. 

Here's the easy part….

A contract is an agreement to buy or sell an underlying commodity at a certain date in the future, at a specific price. 

The future date is called the delivery date or final settlement date. 

The pre-set price is called the futures price. The price of the underlying asset (in this case heating oil) on the delivery date is called the settlement price.

A futures contract gives the holder the obligation to buy or sell. 

This differs from an options contract, which gives the holder the right, but not the obligation

Options are an entirely different market, but they are another way to greatly reduce your risk.
I’ll cover some interesting option opportunities in the weeks ahead.

An important thing about futures contracts…

Both parties of a "futures contract" must fulfill the contract on the settlement date.
The seller delivers the commodity to the buyer. 

Or, if it is a cash-settled future, then the futures trader who sustained a loss transfers cash to the one who made a profit. 

To exit a commitment prior to the settlement date, the holder of a futures position has to offset his position by either selling a long position or buying back a short position, effectively closing out the futures position and its contract obligations. 

The majority of futures contracts are exited before the settlement date. 

Most traders in the heating oil futures market have no intention of taking physical delivery of the commodity.  This is a major point.

The only companies interested in taking a physical delivery of heating oil are those involved the heating oil business.

You can watch heating oil futures prices on all of the major financial news networks, such as Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business, BBC, and others. 

You can also track heating oil futures on the top financial websites, such as Google Finance, Bloomberg.com, CBOT.com, FT.com, Yahoo! Finance and others.

How to Make Money with Heating Oil Futures 

One of the best ways to make money by trading heating oil futures is to avoid losing money.
This isn’t a play on words or a tricky trading rule!

In my experience avoiding losses has been a very big deal. You could become very rich over time if learn HOW to avoid losses and let your winning trades run wild.

As I showed you earlier, the heating oil futures market is easy to understand and even easier to trade. 

However, just because winter is around the corner and temperatures are expected to reach historic lows (rumors) this doesn’t mean the price of heating oil futures will rise.

In other words, it takes a little effort and research to understand how the heating oil market works

We need to understand the “ebb and flow” of the market. 

Historical price charts are a great way to do this! 

Here are two places to obtain historical price charts:

In addition, we need to know when the major players are buying or selling heating oil. You can get this information from the Commitments of Traders Reports.

It’ll also helpful to know the cash price (or dock price) for heating oil.

A bunch of heating oil traders make money specializing in the “spread” - or the difference between the futures price and the cash (dock) price.


Okay…let’s get back to avoiding losses…..

In my experience, there are three ways to avoid losses in the heating oil markey (actually any market now that I think of it):

1) Understand the nuances of the heating oil market (Typical trading ranges, where the “big money” is committed, cash prices, historical price charts, etc.)
2) Under trade. Trade less than you can actually afford to lose!  When your positions are profitable systematically remove profits and start over again small.

3) Use stop losses and options. A stop loss is an order below or above where you entered a trade. It enables you to “get out” of a trade if you are wrong. DO NOT CHANGE stop orders. Call or put options can be purchased above or below your entry points.

I’ve covered my “matrix” strategy in previous issues. But it bares repeating.


Here’s a hypothetical trade using my “matrix” strategy:
Buy one December heating oil futures contract “at the market” (the current market price)
The market moves higher. Your position is profitable.
Sell your one December heating oil futures contract “at the market”.
Then buy two December heating oil contracts “at the market”.
The market moves higher. Your position is profitable.
Then sell two December contracts “at the market”
Then buy three December contracts “at the market”.
The market moves higher. Your position is profitable.
Then sell three December contracts “at the market”.
Now buy four December contracts “at the market”.
The market moves higher. Your position is profitable.
Then sell four December contracts “at the market”.
Remove all of your profit from the market. Then start over again small.
NEVER trade more than four contracts (until you become a seasoned trader).
ALWAYS trade a series of four trades – never more, never less.
ALWAYS start over again SMALL.

You see…..

Rookie, novice traders ALWAYS over trade…especially when they make money. They become overwhelmed at the prospect of becoming “rich”. This is when 95% of the mistakes in judgment occur…in my experience.

Another Way to Avoid Risk is by Using Inverse ETFs

I really like inverse ETFs! They enable you to trade highly leveraged and volatile markets without a lot of risk.

In fact, ETFS are similar to commodity options in that your risk is limited to the initial investment….that’s it.

You can also make money with ETFs (and options) of the price of commodity goes down, stays constant or even goes up a little.

I’ll cover unique ETF and option strategies in future issues.

But for now….it’s important to know you can make a living in this business. 

There has never been a better time to learn this incredible market and business 
opportunity.

In no time flat, you’ll be warming up with your own heating oil profits!

Trade safe….and I always look for ways to reduce risk and losses.

Have fun and play nice.

Regards,


Marc Charles

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Great Copywriting Scam by Marc Charles

May 7 2015
7:33 AM
  
Dear Friends:

I've enclosed a sales letter for a client of mine in Asia. 

This simple three page letter remains the "control" for their product.

It only took a couple of hours to write this letter.

There are millions of so-called copywriters on planet Earth :) But only a small portion of these can actually produce consistent sales with his or her copy.

If you need some help with a sales letter, landing page, email promo, or any copywriting please drop me a note. Maybe I can help.

Granted, I turn down about 90% of the projects I see but you never know.
 
Enjoy.

Marc Charles

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