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Keeping Things in Perspective

by Jackie Beck

Do you have something that you’re struggling with or that you keep beating yourself up over? Especially if it’s something that you don’t have a lot of experience with, or if you have never been taught much about, you may not realize that struggling is normal.

It might be time to put things in perspective. Bear with me for a moment and give this exercise a try. (Really do it, because it’ll take less than a minute.) Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Emotions & Money on 07.28.14 with 1 comment.

The FBA Experiment (Part 2)

by Jackie Beck

The Fulfillment-by-Amazon Experiment, Part 2 A couple of weeks ago I decided to try selling on Amazon (using the Fulfillment-By-Amazon service, to be exact).

My first step was to do a little bit of research. I spent some time learning the basics of how it might work, and what I might purchase to resell on Amazon.

Next up was doing the shopping. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Make Money on 07.21.14 with 2 comments.

How to Recognize a Scam Before It’s Too Late

by Jackie Beck

Tips on recognizing a scamUnfortunately, sometimes it’s relatively easy to fall for a scam — and even easier to feel stupid if it happens, which makes it harder to stop the scammers because people don’t want to come forward. I was the victim of one myself once, and although I didn’t lose much money it still wasn’t fun.

Scams are so prevalent that the FTC puts out scam alerts to inform consumers. How can you avoid being scammed? Well, most good scams have certain identifying features. Avoid them by keeping an eye out for them.

Here are 9 hallmarks of a scam. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Money Management on 07.14.14 with 3 comments.

The FBA Experiment (Part 1)

by Jackie Beck

The Fulfillment-by-Amazon Experiment, Part 1I’m a regular listener to Pat Flynn’s podcast, and a while back he did an interview with Jessica and Cliff Larrew, who have a full time business selling on Amazon.

What she does is called Fulfillment-By-Amazon (FBA). I decided to dip my toe into FBA and report back here on my results for those who might be interested in doing the same. This type of retail arbitrage could be another way to make extra money.

Why FBA vs eBay?

Many years ago, I’d sold a few things on eBay. While it was exciting to make money on things, I hated packaging everything up and sending them out to individual buyers. It just did not appeal to me as more than an experiment, even though I know that even now some folks do really well with selling on eBay on the side.

My thinking with trying the Amazon route is that may have the appeal of finding bargain items to resell & make money on without the pain of shipping to individuals. (Although obviously there will still be shipping involved.) So I’m up for giving it a shot. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Make Money on 07.07.14 with 2 comments.

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