According to cnbc.com, selling counterfeit bags is a billion dollar market.
You most often see these operations in urban communities, largely due to the fact that women in lower income areas also love designer handbags, but lack the funds to afford the hefty price tag.
So, they head to their nearest street vendor or knockoff handbag store and purchase what they think are authentic Michael Kors Handbags, but instead, what they end up with is just an overpriced knockoff.
A person caught selling counterfeit handbags can be fined up to five million dollars or face twenty years in prison.
Another victim of counterfeiting is Coach. The company has filed more than three dozen lawsuits since 2010 against party stores caught selling knock off versions of their handbags.
So, how do you know if the store you shop at is selling real Michael Kors Handbags?
Here is a really good YouTube video to help you spot the difference between a real and a fake Michael Kors Selma bag.
Yes, I love Michael Kors; the real one that is.
Be sure that your bag comes from a store that is known for selling bags of that type, such as Macy’s, Nordstrom and other upscale stores. Your local gas station, no matter how nice, is not upscale and should have random Coach, Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton bags hanging on its walls for you purchase.
Unfortunately, you can’t tell if an online retailer is selling fakes, so I would suggest when looking for a deal on these purses online that you also shop from sites that are known to sell the real deal.
I hope you have enjoyed this post.
Please like, share and comment. I want to know what you think.
Until next time,
I am always on the look out for books that can help me to play a bigger game in both business and life.
I think that every entrepreneur should have a success library full of books that they can use to help keep them motivated and inspired in this walk of being our own bosses.
I understand that there are many people who want success, but don’t want to do those things that will cause success to come to them.
In reading Steve Harvey’s book, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life’s Riches I was blown away by his wisdom and the story of how he arrived at where he is today. He lets you know that he was not always the success we see on television and read about in his books.
He had to start somewhere.
Many people never, ever start.
They will talk about starting, but they will never put one foot in front of the other and start.
One of the biggest things I got from this book is to not be afraid to ask.
It is so important that you understand this.
You know, we are often taught that we should not ask so many questions, or that there are certain things that we should not ask for.
Not asking for help when you need it could be the difference between your success or failure.
Think about it: how many times have you needed help with something but were afraid to ask for help because you did not want people to think that you were dumb, or surprised that you didn’t know the answer already?
(Am I the only person raising my hand???)
Or, how many times were you in need of finances for one reason or another, but did not ask because you did not want people to know that you needed money?
Closed mouths don’t get fed.
Never be afraid to ask for what you need.
The bible even tells us that we ‘have not because we ask not.’
Another thing I learned is that you have to prioritize and plan for success.
What are you doing to show the universe that you are ready for success to come your way?
One thing I have learned from studying the habits of successful people is that they are not lovers of sleep. They take power naps, but they don’t sleep.
The rapper T.I. said in one of his songs that he will sleep when he is buried.
When being a success becomes a priority in your life, you will not love sleep anymore either.
Successful people start their days earlier than most others–some as early as 3:15 am!
I have kids, so I have to work in a few hours of rest where I can.
But I don’t love sleep.
In fact, right now as I type this, it is 1:29 am , eastern standard time.
I have to get up at 7 am for church.
And I will.
I can’t imagine sleeping an entire day when there is so much work to be done in my business!
You need to set goals, and plan for your success.
If you don’t plan, you will fail.
So, I encourage you today to purchase your copy of Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life’s Riches. It will change your life.
Until next time,
You know, yes, I am an entrepreneur. I wouldn’t change the fact that I work for myself for anything in the world.
But let me get real with you for a minute.
I understand that not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. Some people just want to have a little extra money left over every month to help pay the bills.
Some people want to know how to manage their money better than what they are doing.
Some people want to fix their credit.
People want different things out of life.
Do you really know what it is that you want out of life?
Do you know what you want your legacy to be?
In order to know what you want out of life, you have to take inventory of yourself.
Why are you still in the same place today that you were in last year?
Why hasn’t anything changed yet?
Do you really want change in your life, or are you just pretending to want that?
These are the questions that you must ask yourself.
I deal with people everyday; lots of people!
Between social media and my everyday life, I rub elbows and shoulders with so many different people every single day.
I like to start conversations with people to see where they are at.
I ask open-ended questions to get the conversation going.
I might ask a simple question like, ‘what do you do for a living?’
And they tell me.
Then I follow up with, ‘do you like it?’
This is where the conversation gets good.
You see, I also watch a person’s body language when they answer me.
I listen to their tone.
But they will tell you that they do.
But I know the truth.
If a person is sounding dry and dead when they are telling you about the job that they supposedly love so much, they are really just telling you that they love their jobs. Really, they hate their jobs!
They want a way out, but they are afraid to take it.
I mean, let’s face it, entrepreneurship is scary. It’s not a cake walk.
And people are afraid to leave what they think is the security of their jobs.
They know that if they don’t have that job to fall back on and this venture fails, they will probably be subjected to countless ‘I told you so’s.’
I wrote this post to get you to thinking about what it is that you really want to do with your life. What do YOU want?
Take out a pen and a piece of paper and write down exactly what it is that you want out of life.
Now, tomorrow, I am going to give a plan to show you how to get what you want out of life.
I LOVE showing people how to set goals and reach them. In fact, I have written a book that you might find interesting that will really help to hone in on how to do just that. You can find it on Amazon.
And, if you would like to know how you can start your own business, click here.
Have you been going about blogging all wrong? Read this post to see how to make blogging finally work for you.
You will never make money by just blogging.
Yet so many people believe that doing so is a sure fire path to riches.
I speak from experience because I once thought the very same thing.
That if I took to my blog and wrote a post everyday, it would lead to lots of traffic and money for me.
I was wrong. Very wrong.
I had to learn that my blog was a resource, a tool, that is used to educate your prospects about the products or services that you provide.
Your blog is used to generate traffic. It, in addition to other efforts, is how people find you online.
But just posting blogs alone will not result in any money for you.
The money comes from your actual products or services.
You see, your blog’s job is to be good enough to help you show up in the search engines when people search for whatever it is that you are trying to sell. And posting frequently means that you have fresh content on your site, which helps you to get found even faster.
But you don’t want to have a bunch of random blog posts. You want your blog posts to be on the topics that your potential clients and customers are looking for.
People love to use Google in their searches for information, products or services. They use Google to find a nearby hairdresser, clothing stores, people who sell Avon, virtually everything that can be bought anywhere, people get online to search for it.
Your blog helps you to position yourself so that when people are searching Google, or Bing, or Yahoo, or whomever, they will find a great article that you wrote, or an instructional video that you posted, or even a review, and they will click through to your site.
Now, the goal is that when people come to your blog and read your post, or do whatever you want them to do, that you have a call to action on your blog.
Your blog is supposed to capture leads and educate prospects.
Once the leads are captured, you can then take your prospects through the nurturing process, and your customers through the buying process.
So, if you are just writing endless posts on your blog, not even bothering to speak to the needs of the people in your target market, then no, blogging will never work for you.
But, if you begin to write purposeful posts that show your audience that you know what their needs are and position yourself as the person that they need to be talking to, and attracting those types of people to your site, then you will notice that you will start to make money with your blog because you will start to get clients and customers who are interested in what your business has to offer.
If you want help putting together products and services that you can sell online, then I would love to help you. Click here to get started.
It’s a question that you must seriously ask yourself if you are thinking about pursuing entrepreneurship.
Being in business for yourself is no easy task.
Everything falls on you, especially in the beginning.
Including your income.
Being an entrepreneur means that you are responsible for how much money you will make in your business.
Translation: If you don’t do any work, you won’t make any money.
There is no guarantee that you will ever make a penny in your business.
That’s a harsh pill that many would be business owners are not willing to swallow.
Especially those with families who depend solely on you for their livelihood.
I know of quite a few entrepreneurs who have businesses that they operate as hobbies.
They don’t do any advertising or promotion.
They may share their business with a few people, but that’s it.
They don’t invest in ads.
Never thought of ordering business cards.
Yet they will proudly stand up and yell, “I work for myself.”
I’m so sorry to burst your bubble my dear, but you don’t have a business; what you have is a hobby.
A person who is serious about being in business will act like it.
The first thing that they will do is learn all that they can about business and entrepreneurship.
They will find someone who is willing to show them the ropes.
They will realize that being an entrepreneur means that in the beginning, you will have to sacrifice some of your time. You may not be able to attend all of the parties or family gatherings at first; but know that you will be able to later.
You may not be able to get eight hours of sleep. (I don’t know of many serious entrepreneurs who even think about sleep!)
You may have to work while the kids are sleeping or even at school.
You may have to sacrifice spending the money that you would have spent on hair and nails, and instead, invest it into promoting your business.
In entrepreneurship, you have to prove that you want success, because it does NOT come easy.
In fact, running your own business will test every ounce of your faith.
But, if you stick it out and put in the work, I can promise you that you will succeed if you don’t quit.
So, my question to you today is, are you ready for business.
Sit down and take inventory of yourself.
If you aren’t going to take your own business seriously, don’t expect anyone else to.
Even if your plans are to start an information publishing business, you will still have to put in some type of work–even if you plan to hire someone to do all of the work for you.
Until next time,
If you plan to become an online business owner, then you are going to have to face one harsh reality. You are going to need a website.
I have seen far too many business owners today relying on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as the sole promotional tools for their businesses and while these platforms may be good, it’s wise not to use them as your only source of promotion for your business.
Why? Because these are owned by people and like the seasons change, so do people.
If these people ever decide that they want to go in a different direction and do away with their social networks all together, guess where that leaves your business?
And what about all of those loyal fans and customers that you have built over the months or years that you have been in business?
These are the some of the things you have to consider, and it is why I tell my clients that you need to have your own site and use it as the biggest part of your promotional tools.
You need to be sending traffic to your own website, in addition to your social media channels.
You should not only have a website, but you also need to blog as well.
Which is why I always suggest that you kill two birds with one stone and use WordPress.
WordPress allows for you to operate a website and blog from the same platform.
Now, the proper way to use WordPress is with your own hosting package and domain name.
A hosting provider will allow for you to install WordPress directly from your control panel with a one click install.
The hosting provider I use is hostgator. Hostgator provides a very easy and simple to use one click install to have your WordPress site up and running in minutes. They also sell domain names right from the site, and the first year of registration for your domain name is free.
So, here are three reasons why I believe that every entrepreneur should have a website for their business:
1. It works for you 24/7/365. What other sales person do you know that will work for you twenty four hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year, without being paid? Your website constantly displays your message to the world all day, everyday. And hostgator has a 99% uptime, which means that 99% of the time when people go to your site online, your site will be up and available.
2.You can control what people see on your site. With social media, the rules are constantly changing on how much promotion that can be done from your page or profile. With your own website and blog, you can promote your latest sales and more to your audience and know that those promotions will be seen by all, not just the few that social media wants to see them.
3. Your website builds YOUR brand. You can add your own uniqueness to your website, rather than have to stick with the generic cookie cutter designs of social media.
So, should you have a website? If you are a business owner, YES! Definitely.
If you are in need of a domain name and hosting package, head on over to hostgator. They offer monthly, six month, and yearly packages and the longer your package,the less you pay.
Until next time my friends,
It is not a bad thing to have a home based business and still hold a day job.
In fact, according to businessnewsdaily.com, nearly 1/3 of all entrepreneurs depend on their jobs as income while they wait for their new business venture to pan out.
The problem with many entrepreneurs is finding the balance between building the business of their dreams while still holding down a job.
Think about it: when you go to work each day, you are following a work ethic.
You know that you have to punch in if you plan to receive a check.
You have to perform whatever tasks may be required of you for the day.
If you are an organized worker, you know to schedule tasks in the order of importance, and so on and so forth.
When you are your own boss, you still have to perform these same tasks every day, only you decide when each task will happen.
You know that if you don’t go out and talk to people about your business that no one will know about you.
You know that you have to do what your client has paid you to do, or you probably won’t be getting any new business.
You get the point I hope.
I have a day job of sorts, even though I am an entrepreneur.
I am a freelance writer. I write books, as well as lead generating articles for blogs and websites among other things. I also teach others about writing and publishing, and I edit books and papers.
Even though I am already my own boss, I am still trying to carve a path in the cosmetics and fashion jewelry industries.
That requires me to still find clients for my ‘day job’, while immersing myself in getting educated about building cosmetic and jewelry brands that will stand out in the multi-billion dollar industry.
So, I have to learn how to balance my life, my business and my entrepreneurial vision.
How do you balance a day job with a home based business?
I would be lying to say that it is easy because it is not.
The key is sacrifice.
You are going to have to sacrifice a lot.
And it may sound a little scary, but it does not have to be.
Keep the end result in your mind at all times and that will help to keep you motivated.
Double Platinum SVP Tishina Anderson, of 5Linx always says that you make short term sacrifices for long term gain.
It may be hard right now, but if you stay focused, it will all balance out.
Until next time,
The home based business ideas spotlight will be a regular feature here on the blog where I will showcase different types of businesses that can be run successfully from home.
Oftentimes, the biggest hurdle in deciding whether or not to be an entrepreneur, is finding something to do.
Let’s face it, you have to love your business, or you will not ever want to work it.
There are lots of businesses out there that can be run from home, but some of them require a hefty upfront investment in order to get started.
I know that there are lots of moms who are looking for ways to build a business that they can run while raising their kids and taking care of their families.
I know because I am a single mom of four, and I know that working outside of the home is impossible.
I think I need to define what a home based business is.
A home based business is a business that operates from the business owners home office.
A home based business and working from home may not always mean the same thing.
Working from home means that you work remotely, and often times for a company that simply does not require that you come in to an office for work.
It does not necessarily mean that you work for yourself.
I often hear people say that they work from home. The correct terminology for an entrepreneur, to me, would be to say that they have a home based business, because there is a difference.
The home based business ideas that I like are the ones that allow you the opportunity to scale as large as you want, all from the comfort of a home office.
Now, a home based business may still require travel outside of the home, especially if your business involves selling…..and trust me, every business involves selling.
The only difference is that with a home based business, you can schedule that travel time around your life, not your boss’s.
So, look for posts withe the tag, ‘home based business ideas spotlight’ if you are in need of some ideas of a business that you can start from home.
There will also be lots of posts here about mindset.
You have to accept the fact that building a business takes both time and effort.
You have to be willing to put in both in order to see the kind of results that you want.
Don’t worry, we are in this thing together.
Until next time,
In today’s blog post I am going to give you a few pointers on how to find a book editor.
There are lots of people out there who have decided to hang out a shingle and call themselves editors.
All book editors are not created equal.
In fact, many editors are actually proofreaders and don’t even know it; but that’s for a different post.
So how do you find a good editor for your book who won’t take you for a ride and really knows what they are doing?
I am going to give you a few pointers to show you what you need to look for when trusting someone to edit your book for you.
First, look for someone who has experience in editing the types of books that you write.
A person who edits textbooks may not necessarily be a good fit to edit your fiction book.
One book category that gets a lot of flack these day is the urban fiction genre.
If you write urban fiction or street lit, you need to find someone who not only has experience with editing these types of books, but someone who understands the genre.
The same goes for those who write erotica.
Don’t just look for an editor; look for a genre specific editor.
You can start your search by doing a Google search with your genre as the keyword and the word, editor. For example, “erotic editor”, or “editor of erotica”, “editor of erotic fiction”.
Next, look for someone who has edited books before. Your book should not be a guinea pig for anyone. You want someone who has a track record for editing books, and preferably someone who does this as their job. That way, your project will be taken seriously, not treated liked something that is not important.
As I stated before, it is good to do a Google search for an editor in your genre. Most professional editors have a website and contact form. Ask to see samples of their work first and reach out to some of their former clients if possible. Some people may give you a negative review, but if the editor you want to work with has more good reviews than bad, I would choose them anyway if I like the quality of their work. Everybody runs into the occasional ‘hater’.
You can reach out to your local colleges to connect with creative writing students who are looking to build their portfolios. Often times you can negotiate a fair rate in exchange for a testimonial.
Another route you can explore, depending on the type of book you have written, would be to find a retired English teacher. I say retired because they will more than likely have the extra time to invest in editing your book properly and may be willing to work for a negotiated rate.
You can visit online forums that center around writing and publishing to find editors looking for work.
You can post your job for an editor on sites such as elance.com and peopleperhour.com.
I hope that you have found this post to be helpful in your quest to find a book editor.
In the meantime, I offer content editing services. That means that I not only edit for my clients, but, I also proofread. Click here to learn more about my rates and how you could possibly get on my project calendar for the year.
Until next time,