City Wide Garage Sales: Hidden Riches!

Written by Randy Wilson

City Wide Garage Sales:
Most of us remember going to at least one garage sale in our lives. It may have been called a yard sale, garage sale or flea market. The name didnít matter it was allrepparttar same. Other people selling what they thought was trash to people who thoughtrepparttar 144427 items were treasures.

Those people who find treasures arerepparttar 144428 people who feel euphoria atrepparttar 144429 sight of garage sales. These people need to look at these garage sales in a new light. You can take this overwhelming urge and profit from it in several ways. You just have to findrepparttar 144430 way that suits you best.

Before going too far in this endeavor, check with your local government regarding laws and regulations of garage sales. Some places state that if you have more than a certain number of garage sales, like more than five, you have to claim all money made as income. Other places have no stipulations and regulations.

Once you have this knowledge, it is time to start. You may want to ask some of your friends who also enjoy going to city wide garage sales to join your adventure, or you may just want to keep it solo. The choice is completely yours.

Start by cleaning out your own home. As you go though it, price each piece. Place allrepparttar 144431 items together in one area. By pricingrepparttar 144432 items now, you will save some time later for your city wide garage sale.

Call your local newspaper and place an ad to run on Thursday and Friday. Make sure you state inrepparttar 144433 adrepparttar 144434 date, times, location, and any specialty items you have. Always setrepparttar 144435 time for 30 minutes later than you actually want it. This wayrepparttar 144436 people will start arriving when you want and not 20 to 30 minutes before.

The day beforerepparttar 144437 city wide garage sale, put up signs aroundrepparttar 144438 main roads in your community. Make surerepparttar 144439 poster board is a light color and that you use a large tip black marker for your lettering. Includerepparttar 144440 times, date and address ofrepparttar 144441 garage sale. You may also want to preset your items on tables and hanger inrepparttar 144442 garage for a quick start inrepparttar 144443 morning.

Duringrepparttar 144444 sale, hand out flyers announcing that you will be having other garage sales at intervals. Mention that new items will be for sale at each ofrepparttar 144445 city wide garage sales. Hopefully, your customer will tell other people about your upcoming garage sales too. You can takerepparttar 144446 remaining flyers and put them in local stores and community bulletin boards, just remember to always ask first.

So You Don't Have a Business Plan - Why Not?

Written by Valerie Giles

"In today's world of business it is more important than ever to reach, connect and communicate with your customers, because if you aren't, someone else is," said Pauline Tonkin, Principal and Marketing Director of Hunter Marketing Group. This is especially true for a small or home based business trying to create a place for themselves in today's extremely competitive market. 

Looking atrepparttar big picture can be overwhelming. There's an endless supply of marketing options that small or home-based business can take advantage of, such as pres releases, telemarketing, ad mail, brochures, web sites, e-mail campaigns and much more. But without a solid plan, you're just be spinning your wheels.

The sad reality is thatrepparttar 144426 majority of small and home based businesses don't approach their marketing in a strategic way. They may promote their business without clearly identifying their target market, or regularly use marketing campaigns without monitoringrepparttar 144427 results.

Today we are bombarded with technology and new toolsfor reaching, connecting and communicating. But whenputting these new tools to work, remember thatrepparttar 144428 samebasic marketing principles still apply. Understandingand including these principles in your day-to-dayapproach to business is crucial to your success," said Tonkin.

In order to take your business torepparttar 144429 next level, a solid marketing plan is required. Marketing is basicallyrepparttar 144430 key function directed to your target market (customers) that addresses them specifically.

According to Tonkin, marketing communications fits into your overall marketing plan because it represents a collection of allrepparttar 144431 activities necessary to establish a consistent message to your customers. Although many of these activities can work well alone,repparttar 144432 best results are achieved when they are coordinated with other marketing activities.

This means that every customer directed activity is well defined within your marketing plan. That includes how you answerrepparttar 144433 phone, create mail, advertising or product packaging. It all must fit together to create a cohesive impression inrepparttar 144434 eyes of your customers. This consistent image should reflectrepparttar 144435 best aspects of your business and what you have to offer.

Before you can even begin to put together this cohesive image, you first must know your customers. How can you effectively communicate a message when you don't know whorepparttar 144436 message is directed at?

Don't just assume that you already know your target market, take a moment to ask yourselfrepparttar 144437 following key questions:

  1. Who are my customers?
  2. What do they need?
  3. Why will they buy my product or service?

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