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Hottest vending machine home based businesses

Hottest Vending Machine Home Based Businesses

A few years back, I worked retail at a paper store. Needless to say, there were many days on which hours would go by without anyone coming in under the extreme duress of needing to purchase a ream of paper. And right between the register and the door was a full-size soda machine and a small candy machine that had m&m’s, Runts, and roasted almonds. I can’t even tell you how many times I emptied that almond canister, popping in quarter after quarter after quarter in pursuit of that savory, salted goodness. And I wasn’t alone; everyone and their business partner managed daily to scrounge up 25 cents in spare pocket change and push it into that coin slot.

Oh, almonds-now I want some again. But that wasn’t my point in telling my silly story; my point is that candy vending is an amazingly profitable business, precisely because the average American can’t avoid dropping a quarter into a machine for a tasty treat-after all, it’s just a quarter. And though a quarter doesn’t sound like much, when all the quarters are added up, some reports estimate that the average vending machine distributorship makes a little over $70 an hour, which is no small wage at all. But before everyone goes racing out to start dropping off vending machines around town, it’s important to choose your vending franchisor wisely. Here are what we would consider the big, trustworthy names in the industry.

Truth be told, most vending franchises are pretty similar, which doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out: machine, candy, and owner pretty much sum up what any vending outfit looks like. Still, there are some that carry an added punch that makes them worthy of a little extra attention. Uturn Vending is one such business, set apart from everyone else by their machines, which are some of the best in the industry. More interesting than the average vending machine, these «money machines»-as the company likes to call them-pivot around a central post, making 8 compartments available where a stationary machine would only have 4. And aside from the increased choices, the machines are some of the most sturdy available.

The machine, though, isn’t the whole story to a successful vending home based business. Of as much importance is the actual stock; what kind of candy do you have? If what your equipment is sporting is a knock-off brand of gumball or-heaven help us-something healthy, no one in their right mind is going to give you their hard-earned quarters. That is why Vendstar also makes the list as one hot vending commodity, providing only brand-name, recognizable treats. Although, there is something to be said for selling a new product as well. All of us like trying something novel-as long as it’s good-and few candies are more novel than the newest creation sold by American Vending Systems work at home franchisees: Buzz Bites. Though I will admit that it sounds like something you’d find at a bar, it’s really much more benign than that. It’s a tasty chocolate chew with a caffeine equivalence of a cup of coffee, and who doesn’t want one of those?

Not all vending machines sell food products, though. In fact, there are three great business opportunities in the vending market that specialize in not selling food, but rather selling everything from DVDs to lobsters-yes, seriously. If what you want is something original in your machines, one of these is for you.

First, the DVDs. The concept has made a huge splash in Europe, but it is just starting out in the US, and that idea is the automated DVD vending kiosk. DVDNow is leading the way in this country, renting out movies without the use of employees or storefronts, which keeps prices drastically lower for both owner and customer. And on the way home from renting a video, the consumer in question could very well stop off at a local supermarket parking lot to visit someone else’s Polar Ice Express franchise, which is prefect because the shopper doesn’t even have to leave her vehicle to use the machine. The ease of use for her is only beaten by the ease of ownership for the franchisee, who merely has to run periodic clean-ups, refill the ice bags occasionally, and keep up relations with the owner of the establishment he is renting parking space from. And finally, if this particular lady is feeling especially culinary, she may want to stop and get some lobster from a Love Maine Lobster Claw vending machine inside the grocery store. I’m not sure how many people actually manage to snag a lobster from the tank, but this machine makes money like no other, off of sheer oddity, because there is nowhere else that a person can actually work to grab their lobster of choice from the tank with the use of a small crane. They all may seem a little out of the ordinary in terms of the classic concept of vending, but DVDNow, Polar Ice Express, and The Love Maine Lobster Claw are all completely legit and well worth the investment of your investigational time.

All in all, there is a lot to be said for vending business opportunities. Kids always manage to get their parents to drop that quarter into the machine, hungry employees will always sacrifice a quarter to tide themselves over until lunch, and the rest of us appreciate the ease of getting a DVD without the trouble of human contact; as a culture, we cannot stay away from either candy machines or other kinds of vending machines. Anyone smart enough to get in on the business can certainly make a pretty penny. All they have to do is choose the right company to go with.

International trade and import & export

International Trade and Import & Export

If you happen walk into a store in London and are able to buy a Banarasi Sari (a Traditional Indian women dress) then you are experiencing the effects of International Trade.

For any Nation that is considered to be a world power, International Trade is an important source of economic revenue and may even have a significant share of gross domestic product (GDP). International Trade has been taking place between countries since medieval times through trade routes like Silk Route etc. In today’s modern times due to industrialization the face of International trade has changed through MNC’s, outsourcing and globalization.

In simple words the exchange of certain specific technologies, capital, goods and services (in bulk) between nations as per their requirements is International Trade. It opens up a sea of opportunities for the nations. International trade allows nations to expand their markets for both goods and services that otherwise may not have been available in other countries. Import and Export is the basic method by which the International Trade occurs. Nature has not endowed everyone with everything, some nations have something and some others have the other things. So in this context it becomes all the more important for trade to take place between the nations. Importing means getting something you need from other nation and exporting means giving other countries what they need from you. A great way to expand your business internationally is by importing and exporting goods. Companies taking part in international business have been known to grow faster and fail lesser.

International trade gives rise to a world economy where supply and demand or prices of the goods and services are affected by global events. Political change in India, for example, might result in an increase in the cost of labor and raw materials, thereby increasing the manufacturing costs for an American Garment manufacturing company based in India, which would then result in an increase in the price in the American Market. This type of trade brings not only increases the efficiency but also increases the opportunity of Foreign Direct Investment in the country. It also helps the countries embark the path of specialization and therefore make more efficient use of resources, international trade has potential to maximize a country’s capacity to produce and acquire goods for example India is world known for IT services, Japan for it’s Technological know-how, China for bulk and cheap manufacturing etc.

Global Trade also gives consumers and countries the opportunity to be introduced to goods and services not available in their own countries. If companies are ready for international trade, the government in each country offers a number of programs to help them get started. There are very strict regulations on import and export business so it is critical that firms understand which of these regulations apply to them and the implications. They also have to abide by the trade agreements regarding the goods between the two nations.

How to make cold calling enjoyable and profitable

How to Make Cold Calling Enjoyable and Profitable!

Five perspectives that will (honestly!) create enjoyment in cold calling. Most of us dread our days of making cold calls. We take a deep breath, pump ourselves up, and prepare to talk with a perfect stranger. Is there any wonder a gray cloud sometimes hangs over our desk?

It really doesn’t have to be this way. Cold calling can be an interesting, intriguing, fulfilling adventure.

Here are five perspectives that will give you an entirely new outlook on cold calling. When you apply these new perspectives, cold calling can actually be enjoyable. It can become personally fulfilling as well as financially rewarding.

1. Focus on Helping the Other Person

It’s against our nature as human beings to create an uncomfortable situation with another person. That’s the core reason many of us get that knot in our stomach when we start dialing a cold call.

When we’re only focused on making the sale, this is not a natural meeting place for both people. We want the sale, but the other person usually wants us to go away! Being intrusive is not the finest of character traits, and on some level we know it.

So how can we feel good about cold calling? We change our mindset from getting the sale into being helpful. We look at cold calling as an opportunity to assist.

How can we possibly feel uncomfortable doing that? Helping people is one of the best character traits we possess.

When cold calling is aligned with our very best way of being, it becomes an adventure. We truly want to help people. We feel very good about this, and it shows in our voice. People hear it. And their response will surprise you.

2. Be Honest and Truthful

You’re in a very good place when you choose to be truthful in your cold calling. If you’re not trying to fool anyone, you naturally feel better about making the call. You know that you’re trustworthy. And people respond to you in a positive way.

When you approach a potential client with integrity and common sense, you’re more personable and less tense. Being fully honest is one of your better attributes. And it gives you an opportunity to enjoy the interaction rather than being artificial or manipulative.

People do seem to have a sixth sense about integrity. When they feel you can be trusted, you can truly shine as a person as well as a potential supplier.

3. Be Yourself

Engage people in natural conversation. The more natural you are, the more comfortable you will feel. This makes the other person feel more comfortable as well.

Avoid playing a role, especially reading from a script. Most people can tell when you’re using a script. There’s nothing personal about it, and they pick up on that.

Being artificial puts you in the «typical salesperson» category, which is exactly the role most of us detest. It doesn’t feel authentic. And unless you’re a born actor, it makes you feel skittish about cold calling.

Give yourself the freedom to go with the flow of the call. Give the interaction «space».» Let it be the kind of conversation you would have with a friend.

Practice this and it can turn your cold calls into pleasant conversations. And you may actually look forward to meeting that new person the next time you pick up the phone!

4. Get into the Other Person’s World

Shift your mindset away from what you have to offer and focus instead on what their problem is.

So many of us have been trained think about our services and products, that we don’t think about the client’s point of view. We aren’t really interested in their issues and how we can help solve them.

Be interested in their world and their challenges. You’ll find this intriguing! Most of us have a natural flair for problem solving. We enjoy «fixing things.» So find out what’s going on with the person you’re talking to.

Make sure the solution you have really does «fix it.» Eliminate any secret motives you have and really take notice of their problems. Show them you’re interested ing them and their situation.

Move outside your own sales agenda to focus on the needs of others. This makes you a better human being and helps you leap past the fear of cold calling.

5. Let Go of Expectations

Never assume anything beforehand. Allow the conversation to be one of exploration and discovery. Stay focused on the dialogue instead of any private agenda.

Determine whether it makes sense to continue the conversation by truly listening. Never presume your prospect should buy what you have to offer, even when it seems they’re a perfect fit.

You’re not trying to focus on your gain, but rather on really solving a problem for your prospect. Simply have a conversation to explore whether you can help them in some way. It takes the pressure of you and the prospect. You’ll be more relaxed and they’ll be more honest about where they stand.

Believe me, once you start applying these perspectives it will transform your day-to-day worklife. Instead of dreading cold calling, you’ll anticipate the adventure of creating a situation where everybody wins.

Javafit – potential business opportunity

Javafit – Potential Business Opportunity?

What is it about MLM that attracts «different» products? Do companies just try the MLM business model to start, just to put their name out there? The companies know that if they make the opportunity good enough, the product doesn’t much matter to the network marketer. Most of «us» will sell anything. Well, I’m hear to say, that’s probably not so smart! In order for you to succeed in network marketing, you need to sell a product you believe in. A product that you can pretty much sell to anyone, and that anyone would actually want to use. I think I may have found one of those products!

The product is coffee. Who doesn’t drink coffee? The market is HUGE! This isn’t just any coffee though. It’s Javafit Coffee! Javafit puts viatmins and minerals in their coffee to make the unique and to serve a certain purpose. Let’s explore the 5 flavors, or «functions» as Javafit likes to call them.

  1. Original Roast – Nothing special about this one, although many people have said they love the taste
  2. Focus Plus Multi-Vitamins – Fortified gourmet coffee that helps you stay focused and fit – get the benefits of the brain-boosting ingredient, alpha-GPC, as well as energy and organ support from the essential vitamins and minerals
  3. Immune Plus Multi-Vitamins – Just what it sounds like – an immune booster that helps you stay healthy
  4. Energy Extreme 62 – contains a blend of gourmet coffee with four clinically-tested nutrients: garcinia cambogia with HCA or hydroxycitric acid, green tea extract with EGCG, an extra boost of caffeine (62 mg per serving) and niacin – Yum!
  5. Diet Plus 62 – Also.. just like it sounds, this is a diet drink, that doesn’t taste like one. With Diet Plus 62 you can increase your energy and lose weight, suppress your appetite and exercise longer

So now that we know the product, let’s get to the fun stuff. MONEY! After all, if we were in this to just sell coffee, we would go to a bulk food store. We are in it to make some green, and that is it. So how do you make money in this company? Well, pretty much the same way you make money in any MLM or direct sale company. You sell their product, and you recruit other people to sell their product. I want to focus on the recruitment part of this. Anyone can sell coffee, but if you want to make any serious cash, you need to learn to leverage other peoples work and time.

So what is the first thing you are going to do when you start with this company? You are going to make a list of everyone you know and try to sell coffee to them, and then you are going to pitch the business opportunity. Right? You are going to call all of your family members, and all of your friends, and some of them may buy some coffee, but 95% of them will say no to your business opportunity. What do you do then? Do you keep hounding them? Do you call them every day to ask them again? NO NO NO NO! Don’t do it. That is the fastest way to lose your friends, and have your family avoiding your phone calls! You do want to be invited to Thanksgiving dinner next year… Don’t you?