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THIS is How To Pay for College

pickuoguitarclubBy Guest Blogger Jack Ross
Co-Founder, PickupGuitarClub.com
Like many, Jack Ross, a high school student from Washington D.C., falls in financial aid no man’s land. With most colleges topping $45,000 a year, his chance of leaving school in four years without a crippling amount of debt is bleak. Despite his near perfect test scores and GPA, scholarships are few and far between. So, he decided to fund his own schooling by teaching others.

Jack and his best friend, Brian Abod, recently launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding effort for their music education website PickupGuitarClub.com.

Jack is a self-taught software developer who built his first tablet computer at age 12, and Brian is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. Together they developed a learning environment that is the first of its kind.

Centered on gamification and popular songs, their website turns learning guitar into an enjoyable experience. Jack developed polyphonic note-recognition software that listens to the guitar as it is played, rewarding players’ improvement and demonstrating how to improve where needed. The intuitive user interface breaks down every part of guitar from notes and rhythm to technique and chord shapes, making it easier than ever to follow along.

Brian taught himself guitar through songs and designed the curriculum in the same way. Songs like Sweet Home Alabama, Wagon Wheel, and Hey There Delilah teach all the skills needed to play guitar – picking, fretting, scales, chords, and more.

It is like Guitar Hero for real guitar.

With the funding from Kickstarter, they will finish the development and launch their company. Profits from the company will go towards funding their college education.

Here is their video describing their project:
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If you want to support these young men and their endeavors, visit their Kickstarter campaign page – bit.ly/PickupGuitarClub

A few words from DollarDays:
Jack Ross contacted Marc Joseph, CEO of DollarDays.com about an article Marc wrote last October for the Huffington Post, titled “It’s Too Expensive to go to College Anymore.” Jack asked us to take a look at his story to see if we would publish it, since Marc and Jack are basically coming from the same place about getting an education today: it’s hard to get money to pay for college.

DollarDays hopes you’ll take a look at their project and possibly donate a buck or two. We think these two young men are rising stars to watch!

 

April 14, 2014   No Comments

Dropshipping helps you make money online!

Your OWN business!If you’re an online reseller who sells on Amazon, eBay, etc., or you have an e-commerce site of your own, DollarDays’ wholesale product feed can help boost your sales with over 300,000 wholesale or closeout products! You can pick and choose which products you’d like to put on your site. Plus, we’ll ship the products for you!

We call this DollarDays’ Dropship Program—t’s such a simple way to earn money! With a DollarDays Dropship account, you’ll receive:

  • Access to over 300,000 wholesale products shipped directly to your customers
  • Easy to use administration site for managing and placing your dropship orders
  • Order history details tracked for your convenience
  • Packing slips that reflect your business
  • $9.95 shipping per dropship order in the continental US
  • 5% discount off every order!
  • Dedicated Dropship Specialist to help you

It’s easy to get started. Once you have selected which products you’ll carry, we take over from there! Your customer places an order with you. You order the products from our site and we ship the order to your customers with your logo and address on the packing slip. Pretty easy, right? If you are interested in learning more, click here.

April 10, 2014   No Comments

Distributorships Make it Easy to Start your own Online Store!

something newMaybe you’ve already thought about having your own online store, but realized you’re not tech savvy, nor do you want to put in the countless hours of managing all the functions from inventory to shipping and returns to customer service. It’s just too much time to devote to a part-time income.

You’re looking for a turnkey solution that requires no technical skills and virtually no management. DollarDays’ distributorship is the answer for an easy, extra revenue stream that only requires you to spread the word about your new website.

Here is how a Dollardays’ Distributorship works:
DollarDays will set up a personalized website with your name, company or logo at the top of every page. DollarDays is responsible for adding new products to your site and removing discontinued items as well as the overall maintenance of the site. Promoting your site to the businesses in your town and your neighbors will be the key to your success. Your volume and income will come with satisfied customers who look to you for reorders to keep their shelves full of hot selling merchandise.

Here is what DollarDays handles for you (the time consuming part of the business that most people hate!):

• Full Service Sales Force
• The same personal attention that has earned us an A+ rating with the BBB
• Complete customer service including handling returns
• All customer order tracking and email notification
• Order processing and shipping
• Payment Processing (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, PayPal)
• Responsibility for collections on unpaid or delinquent orders
• Website hosting and daily maintenance of product database
• Manage and warehouse all inventory.

Yep, we handle it all, so you can spend your time promoting your website! Go ahead and compare programs. We guarantee you won’t find any that offers so much for so little. Learn more and get started with a brand new business and revenue stream!

April 10, 2014   No Comments

Nominate a local business to win in our $5,000 Giveaway!

DollarDays is giving away $5,000 in merchandise to small business owners who YOU nominate! All you have to do is go to our Facebook page to enter. Wouldn’t you love to see your favorite store be a winner?
Eighteen businesses will be selected after April 30 and the $5,000 in merchandise will be dispersed to 18 winners this way: First place is $2,000, second place is $1,000, third place is $500 and 15 winners will each receive a $100 shopping spree. DollarDays pays for shipping too! The winners have until the end of the year to redeem their award with an online shopping spree at DollarDays.com!
Tell a friend. Your office. Your church—gang up on a business you love and get them nominated so many times that their chances of winning is good!! (Winners are selected randomly by a special algorithm.)

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April 8, 2014   No Comments

Food Bank Winners from our March Facebook $5k Giveaway

mar14contest_160x300 (1)First of all, we want to thank the thousands of people who entered their local food banks to win in our $5,000 in merchandise giveaway. Eighteen winners were randomly selected and here they are! Congratulations to the winners. Each winner will receive a phone call or email with instructions on how to redeem their award! If you see your nomination, call them to let them know!

Rosie’s Place Leominster MA 2,000.00
Andre House Phoenix AZ 1,000.00
Orting Food Bank Orting WA 500.00
Hosea Feed the Hungry Atlanta GA 100.00
Foof fof People Eureka CA 100.00
Leife Net 4 Families Lauderhill FL 100.00
Food Bank NYC New York NY 100.00
Covenant Soup Kitchen Willimantic CT 100.00
Adair County Resource Center Stilwell OK 100.00
Cae rFood Shelf Elk River MN 100.00
Greater Chicago Food Depository Chicago IL 100.00
Audrey’s Outreach Brook Park OH 100.00
Friends of Night People Buffalo NY 100.00
Food for Thought Santa Rosa Beach FL 100.00
Laredo Regional Food Bank Laredo TX 100.00
Mary Martha Outreach Bartlesville OK 100.00
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Tulsa OK 100.00
The Open Cupboard Clinton NJ 100.00

Be sure to enter our April contest by nominating a small business in your community! DollarDays loves small business!

April 3, 2014   No Comments

Helping Small Businesses—Lots of Talk, But No Action

 

blog aprilThe Small Business Act of 1953 established the Small Business Administration (SBA) which came into existence on the grounds that small businesses are essential to a free enterprise system. It was the intent of establishing the SBA to “deter the formation of monopolies and the market failures monopolies cause by eliminating competition in the marketplace,” according to the Congressional Research Service.  Today there are over 5.6 million employer firms who employ 113 million people with a total payroll of $5.16 trillion. Sixty two percent of these employers have four or fewer employees, 89.8% have fewer than 20 and 98.3% have fewer than one-hundred. The SBA has 1,047 different classifications of businesses. The current definition of small business is companies with not more than $15 million in tangible net worth and not more than $5 million in average net income after federal taxes. Overall, the SBA classifies 97% of all employers as small business. These same small firms represent 30% of our receipts in our economy, which means big business is still 70% of our economy. Back in 1953 when the SBA was established, the split was 34% of all dollar value of all sales was small business and 66% was big business. Not much has really changed over the last 60 years despite all the rules,   regulations and the formation of the SBA.

Our country has always been a country of small businesses. In colonial America, 20% of the crops raised and handicraft products made were exported by these small businesses. At the time of our revolution, because of domestic economic growth and exports, Americans had a standard of living higher than most Europeans. Increasing an individual’s standard of living has been the driving factor to open a small business throughout American history. But Gallup just reported that the total number of new business startups and business closures per year, known as “the birth and death rates of American companies,” just crossed for the first time since this measurement began. Annually, 400,000 new businesses are now being born nationwide, while 470,000 are dying each year across the country. This is a trend we must reverse and we need our government’s help to do this.

Sure we can blame it on the recession we have been battling for the last several years, but it is much deeper than that. In addition to new regulations for small businesses in health care reform, an increase in regulatory activity in several industries, and the uncertainty about taxes, several other causes come into play making it hard to open a business today. One reason is there continues to be a shortage of financing alternatives to open a new business. Before the recession entrepreneurs could use the equity in their homes, but in today’s world, how many of us have significant equity in our homes? Another reason is technology, which we think is helping to streamline work and create Internet related businesses, but is also responsible for displacing independent businesses across several verticals. Look at the travel agents who have lost their businesses or the video store, the record store and the bookstore. A third reason is the well-financed big businesses are killing the little guy. Home Depot is pounding the hardware stores, the same thing Best Buy is doing to the electronic stores. Walmart controls close to 50% of some lines of the grocery and general merchandise business, where a generation ago thousands of families made their living selling these goods.

On April 5, 2012 President Obama signed into law the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act. He said at the time “for start-ups and small businesses, this is a potential game changer. For the first time, ordinary Americans can invest in entrepreneurs they believe in.”  This law relaxed regulation for businesses that are emerging growth companies, created a “crowd funding” exemption to allow private companies to raise up to $1M and raised the limit of small offerings from $5M to $50M. It is two years later and nothing in this law is implemented. Anyone close to this new law, such as legislators, practitioners and potential small business owners, have voiced their frustrations with continuing delays in adopting final rules, but to no avail. And we ask ourselves how our government has led us to the tipping point where more businesses close than open

If the US government, who has good intentions but poor follow through, cannot help small businesses, then who can? The Kauffman Foundation and the Case Foundation created Startup America Partnership, which helps entrepreneurs get their companies off the ground by delivering free or low cost services and connecting them with larger corporations for mentoring.  Score is a nonprofit association that helps small businesses succeed by using volunteer mentors who share their knowledge in an effort to give back to their community. At DollarDays, on our Facebook page in April, we are giving away $5,000 worth of products to help small businesses launch or expand, so please nominate a small business in your community that deserves our help.

Every big company started small.  Look at Wal-Mart, where even today over 50% of the company is still owned by the Walton family. Or Bill Gates who is still the largest shareholder in Microsoft. We as a country can’t afford more businesses dying than are being born. The government has let us down with sequestration, shutting itself down when we need it the most, battles over healthcare and battles over the debt ceiling and budgets. When they finally pass a law that makes sense like the JOBS Act, they still can’t implement it after two years. All of us need to reach out to our representatives and tell them to get their “act” together. Here is the link to contact Congress. And if they do not react, we need to vote them all out and start again.

 

April 3, 2014   No Comments

March 29th was National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day!

apr14contest_160x300 (1)National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day celebrates small business owners, much like the business owners DollarDays serves every day. These individuals spend countless hours nurturing and growing their young enterprises. The workload demands coupled with the lack of a hired staff, often translate into late hours and long days. There are missed family and personal events, but they love what they do because they are their own bosses.

New businesses have always been a vital, yet not fully appreciated, part of the U.S. economy. On they retail side, they bring different and unique products to the marketplace. They provide stellar and personal service support. When you call, you are more likely to get a real, live person. And unlike big national chains, they know their products. They are outstanding performers in niche markets. In manufacturing, they create many new concepts and ideas, making them creators of new products. According to the US Small Business Association, there are more than 27 million small businesses in the US today.

Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, every day, by showing your support…shop their stores!

Nominate your favorite Mom & Pop store here and we’ll enter them into a drawing for $5,000 in Merchandise from DollarDays!!

April 2, 2014   No Comments

Our loyal Facebook fan and teacher needs your help

Facebook is an amazing tool to meet new people and help others.

Today we are honored to give a helping hand to one of our biggest fans on Facebook, Mrs. Julie Ahern, a second grade teacher from Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School in Waukegan, IL.  Mrs. Ahern won $500 in merchandise from DollarDays in our May 2013 “Nominate Your Favorite Teacher” promotion. She was so thrilled to win and buy supplies for her classroom! Her class sent us this photo and a handmade thank you card signed by every student—it is a treasure for us at DollarDays, as it reminds us that we are helping others. The card is on display in our office. Since meeting Mrs. Ahern and her students through the Favorite Teacher promotion, we have exchanged many conversations via Facebook and we have even visited her classroom. She is an amazing teacher with a heart the size of Texas. She’s the kind of teacher you hope your child would be lucky enough to have for second grade.

It’s no secret; we are a BIG fan of Mrs. Ahern! This is why we are calling on you to give her a hand—it’s only a mouse click and will literally take five seconds! Julie was nominated by one of her colleagues for an American Federation of Teachers Everyday Heroes Award. She is one of the five national semi-finalists! (WOW!)  The finalist will be determined by a daily voting contest that ends on April 20. The winner will be able to go to the summer AFT convention in Los Angeles.  Julie  would LOVE to represent her community of educators and visit California for the first time.

Ready to help send Julie to the American Federation of Teachers Convention? Click here and Julie’s name is the very first nominee. Click the radio button to the left of her name, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “submit” button. You can vote once a day through April 20, 2014.

Thank you for helping Julie Ahern receive an honor that she so deserves!

thnakyou

March 27, 2014   No Comments

Marc Joseph interviewed in Success Magazine!

marc joseph success magazineSome of you know that DollarDays’ CEO, Marc Joseph, authored the book, The Secrets of Retailing or How to Beat Wal-Mart! to help small businesses compete in the world of big box stores. In fact, DollarDays.com has a wealth of Marc Joseph’s business and entrepreneurial articles, focusing on small businesses for you to enjoy.

But this time, Marc didn’t do the writing; he was interviewed by Success Magazine for an article they titled “Want to write a book? Our step by step guide.”  Marc gave his candid advice for wannabe authors including how writing a book can ultimately help your business. You can read the article here.

March 24, 2014   No Comments

The War on Poverty is back; this time, it’s the people’s burden

 

blogmar14In the United States, one in five children live in a household with not enough food to eat. Feeding America reports that 15.9 million kids under the age of 18 live in this condition where they are unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life. Last month Congress passed a sweeping  that cut an additional $8.6 billion from food stamps (SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) over the next 10 years. This is on top of the $5 billion the program lost last November because the 2009 Recovery Act stimulus bill expired. Forty-seven million Americans currently participate in SNAP, up 47 percent since the Great Recession started in 2008. This means that 15 percent of us rely on this program to eat. Last year the US spent $78 billion on the SNAP program.

We don’t have to be math whizzes to know that a 47 percent increase in participation coupled with a reduction in the funding of $13.6 billion spells misery for millions of Americans. This program has been the federal social safety net for low-income Americans and now this safety net is beginning to tear.

The New York Times reports that more and more people are beginning to show up at soup kitchens and food pantries. The first reduction in November cut out 23 meals per month for a family of four. In New York City, the number of people seeking food aid grew by 85 percent after the November cuts while 23 percent of the city’s food pantries and soup kitchens reduced the number of meals they provided. Food stamps were the signature program of President Johnson’s War on Poverty during the 1960s which led to fewer poor children going hungry or having nutrition related developmental delays. Birth weights also grew for children of poor mothers on food stamps. As a nation, we can’t afford to go back to the nutritional standards before the War on Poverty.

Luckily for us, our nonprofit organizations are stepping in and have created food banks to help fill the void continually shaped by Congress. The world’s first food bank started in 1967, right after the War on Poverty began. St. Mary’s Food Bank was started by John Van Hengel who was volunteering at St. Vincent DePaul in Phoenix, Arizona, serving dinners to those in need. A mother told him the soup kitchens and grocery store dumpsters were the only way she could feed her children. John went to the local parish, St. Mary’s Basilica and shared his vision of collecting food and money for food and depositing it where those in need could withdraw it. They gave John $3,000 and an abandoned building to get the food bank up and running. Today food banks touch just about every corner of the USA.

For example, Ozarks Food Harvest, one of the Feeding America food banks in Springfield, MO, distributes food to 320 hunger relief organizations across 29 Missouri counties reaching 41,000 people a month. To help hungry children, they have a weekend backpack program, where they fill 1,500 backpacks with food so these underprivileged kids can have something to eat when they can’t eat at school. How can you not love an organization that takes care of others every day of the week!

The State of Kentucky is setting an example for the rest of government in how to encourage its citizens to help others. Its legislature has made it easier for Kentuckians to donate to the Farms to Food Banks Program by just checking a box on their state tax returns to have part of their tax refunds to automatically go to this program which brings farm food directly into the food banks. This is how the government should behave in inspiring it citizenship to help each other.

Once again, we as individuals must step in to fill the gap recently created by our Congress. If you can’t devote your time, start by helping with cash to donate for food to our food banks. Here is a link to all the Feeding America Food Banks in your area.  Here is a link to helping Meals On Wheels, which brings together 5,000 local nutritional programs for seniors and deliver over 1 million meals a day.  And at DollarDays on our  Facebook page, we are giving away $5,000 in food and products to local food banks, so make sure you nominate the one in your town.

General Motors Foundation last month donated $500,000 to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen serving the people of metro Detroit. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida recently donated $250,000 to the Florida Association of Food Banks. The Alaska Federal Credit Union donated money to 17 food banks. Businesses with a conscience are beginning to step up to fill this massive void, but so far there is too big a gap to fill.  We have got to make up the billions of dollars lost to support those in the most need in this new order of priorities created by Congress. We as citizens of this fine country need to create a new grass roots effort for this latest War on Poverty. Having 47 million Americans in need of food is not the country our forefathers envisioned. It is also not the country we want to leave to our children.

March 4, 2014   No Comments

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