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Save Money and Energy at Home

Making smart choices at home includes budgeting, saving and the like. Sometimes we miss out on other important things like being energy efficient that can lead to saving more money. So I decided to make an easy-to-do list on how we can save energy at home.

Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the Energy Star label.Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
Unplug TV's, DVD players, toasters, cellphone and other chargers when they’re not in use, or plug them into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).Don't use air fresheners that have to be plugged in.Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.When in the market for an appliance, make sure you buy what suits your needs. Items too large or too small waste electricity and your money.Upgrade to Energy Star products. Not all appliances are equal. Whether you…

Producing Restaurant Placemats as an Advertising Medium

The concept is simple: Give free paper placemats to restaurants in your area with either a prominent color ad or their menu in the middle, and 2" x 2" ads around the edge. These ads will make so much profit for you that if you run up against a stubborn restaurant owner, you can even pay him or her to take your placemats and come out way ahead. They'd be a fool to refuse!

The first step is to contact printing establishments in your area and find out what kind of blank or ready-made paper placemats they can either print or have printed for you. Get a quote on at least 5,000, including at least two-color printing. Compare your quotes and find the printer that will do the best job for the best price. Make sure this is a printer that will work with you on the layout of the placemats, if this is new to you.

Once you have your printing costs, which will be your primary costs, you can figure out how much profit can be made. Your profit will depend, in part, on how many ads you can…

How to Put Up a Hardware and Construction Supply Business

With the increase in population, the demand for living quarters also increase. No doubt, the market is there. It is up to you, as an entrepreneur, to tap and take a share of that market.

Capital Investment

"How much capital do I need?" That is always the first question that pops up in our heads when we think of business endeavors. Let me just clarify that question. I think there is a more appropriate way to ask that because from there, we can determine the kind and extent of hardware/construction supply business we intend to undertake. It should be: "How much capital do I intend to invest? Is it or will it be enough to start the business?"

Okay, so let's break down the capital investment into two: Fixed capital and operational/working capital.

Fixed capital refers to immediate expenditure like construction of the place of business, rental; registration fees, cost of printing of invoices, delivery receipts, other business forms; store equipment and fixture such as t…

Ten Ways to Survive the Depression & Make a Profit

Only attempt to make money where you KNOW you can really make it. Don't attempt to make money in new directions unless you can 'test the water' very cheaply and can afford to lose the time and money that you have invested.Have a good long look at your expenses. Where can you obviously cut down? What can you do without?Try to pay all your bills immediately. By doing this, you gain greater peace of mind because you can always delay paying if necessary. You may need a cushion to fall back on which you won't have if you are already paying bills at the very last moment.Keep track of your spending and try to spend less. For example, when you go shopping and normally spend $20, take only $19. This will FORCE you to cut back. If you are in business, keep track of each days expenses compared with each days takings. Never spend more than you take. Compete with yourself on the smallest weeks expenses and largest weeks takings.Look, look, look all the time for LOWER prices on the …