We had over 1,000 non-profit organizations nominated to receive Free Socks. Our deepest thanks to each of you who took the time to help those in need.
Here are the winners we’ve been able to contact so far and will continue to update the list as contact is made:
1st place – 300 pairs of socks – Operation Nightwatch, Seattle, WA
2nd place – 180 pairs of socks – The Women’s Center, Waukesha, WI
3rd place – 120 pairs of socks – Soldier’s Angels, Pasedena, CA
4th place – 60 pairs of socks – HERO House, Bellevue, WA
4th place – 60 pairs of socks – Making A Way Housing, Atlanta, GA
4th place – 60 pairs of socks – Mercy House, Santa Ana, CA
4th place – 60 pairs of socks – Beth Dillinger Foundation, St. Petersburg, FL
4th place – 60 pairs of socks – The Providence House, Keithville, LA
4th place – 60 pairs of socks – Community Action Agency of Siouxland, Sioux City, IA
4th place – 60 pairs of socks – Father Joe’s Villages, San Diego, CA
We will update this post with the other winners as we contact them and they accept the prizes. Congratulations to all the non-profits that won and who will be keeping a lot of feet warm this winter. We also wish to thank the 1,100 people who nominated a non-profit. Together we can make a difference!
If you nominated any of the winners, please post it on our Facebook page! You are appreciated!!
We have similar contests every month to help non-profit organizations, schools and small businesses. Our goal for the monthly contests is to help those in need. It’s our pay it forward effort to help those who have supported us through the years.
January 23, 2013 No Comments
DollarDays board member, Eric Best, was quoted in Time Magazine today in an article about why sellers are switching to dynamic pricing. You can read the article here: Eric in Time Magazine.We are proud that our board members have expertise credibility, and that they are just one of our many strengths.
January 21, 2013 No Comments
DollarDays’ CEO Marc Joseph had the opportunity to hear Rudy Ruettiger’s keynote address at last week’s Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas.
Many of you may remember Rudy, portrayed in the 1993 classic movie, Rudy, that captures his determination to overcome the odds to fulfill his dream. Rudy is now a motivational speaker whose message is contagious and inspirational. One of Rudy’s rules to live by was well received by the audience, “It is interesting what happens to your life when you take control. You attract positive people, people willing to mentor you.”
After the keynote, Marc Joseph was able to meet Rudy and get a signed copy of his book.
January 21, 2013 No Comments
With the uncertainty of the fiscal cliff, DollarDays, took a proactive approach and created an exciting business opportunity to help nervous Americans earn extra income in 2013 to offset the hardship of a potential tax increase.
DollarDays CEO Marc Joseph announced today, “In these tough economic times, DollarDays is moving forward with the opportunity for business-minded individuals to own their own online store for only $9.95 per month, with waived activation fees and inspired commission incentives. Through the DollarDays Distributorship Promotion, individuals can own their own store without having to spend money on expensive inventory or pay thousands for an online store build. DollarDays manages the inventory, provides an online store and many resources for success. For $9.95 a month, not only is it a brand new opportunity with great potential, it’s a tool to help Americans have peace of mind about putting money in the bank.”
For those who already own an online or brick and mortar store, there’s quite a strategic opportunity available within the Distributorship Program. Store owners can buy wholesale merchandise through their distributorship store to sell at their existing store, earning commission on their inventory! This is great news for eBay and Amazon sellers, too.
Really, anyone can own their own business and start earning money now—as a distributor or an affiliate, or both. As always, DollarDays’ commitment to small business is our number one goal.
January 9, 2013 No Comments
We had over 1,300 total nominates from all over the country. It was amazing to see our community come together and show their passion for local animal shelters. This dedicated group of people are doing great things and we are honored to help them. As Hurricane Sandy hit was saw a spike in the number of East coast nominations. Our thoughts are with the Humane Society and all the local shelters hit by this terrible storm.
Here are the winners of the Pet Supply Shopping Spree:
- 1st place – Noah’s Animal House – $2,000 in DollarDays merchandise
- 2nd place – Hillcrest Animal Hospital – $1,000 in DollarDays merchandise
- 3rd place – Pinal County Animal Shelter – $500 in DollarDays merchandise
- 4th place – Saginaw County Animal Shelter – $100 in DollarDays merchandise
We are still in the process of contacting the other 14 organizations who won $100 in merchandise. We will update this post as the other winners are contacted. Thank-you again for all the wonderful nominations!
Take a minute to day to nominate any non-profit to win our November Facebook contest.
We are also giving away 100 boxes for free toys to local toy drives! Nominate a toy drive to win!
November 7, 2012 No Comments
Building a business website is more than just throwing some content together, adding a few keywords and hoping that since you built it, the customers will come. You have to devise a way for people to find and stay on your site until they purchase your products or services. How can you make that happen?
The following tips are a great start.
Getting Off on the Right Foot
A good web hosting service should provide you with website builder’s tools, guarantee 99.9 percent uptime, offer excellent customer service, support email accounts through your domain and provide adequate protection from outside threats. A virtual private server is a good route to take if you want to control your own server, which allows your business to produce top-of-the-line customer service because you won’t have to rely on a web host company. Premiere virtual private server hosting has a capable and easy-to-use control panel that helps manage myriad resources across your shared network.
After you choose a web hosting service, it’s time to pick a proper domain name. The name should be either your business name or something describing what you do. It needs to be something customers can remember and spell easily. If a customer can’t find you, you lose sales. Finally, as you’re choosing, don’t make the name so close to another business’s name that your customers can confuse the two.
Design & Links
Have a clean, user-friendly site for visitors to browse through. Avoid flashy multimedia and opt for white space instead of “stuff.” An easy-to-use website that is appealing to the eye will keep visitors clicking through instead of clicking out. If your page only works on certain screen resolutions or browsers, you run the risk of losing visitors because a messy, unprofessional site drives customers away. Check your page’s browser compatibility with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari and their different versions.
Linking to your website helps search engine spiders find it. You should use social media links and trade links with other sites, which is called back linking. If you trade links with someone, make sure their site complements yours, but is not in direct competition with it. The other site can sell the same services and products, but you shouldn’t infringe on each other’s customer bases.
For example, if your site only targets people in Alabama and their state only targets people in Michigan, it’s a great idea for a partnership. If your site sells a widget, but the other person’s site sells an accessory to the widget but not the widget itself, that would also be a good link.
Make your site mobile-friendly. Many people search for things on the go. If a person is looking for a specific product and you carry it, your site should show up in their mobile search results. With a mobile-ready site, a prospective customer can easily navigate your site on a smart phone and get directions to your business.
Contact information is just about the most important information on the website. List your business name, address, phone number, email address and social media information somewhere on every page of the website. The footer is a great place for this information. Create a “Contact Us” page with all the necessary information.
As a final touch, post pictures and videos about services or products. If using YouTube, imbed the videos or link to them directly. According to the Small Business Advisor, YouTube is the second most searched website after Google. Use it to your advantage.
October 19, 2012 No Comments
Small business owners need to be their own primary source of labor. They should learn to work for themselves as it may become costly to hire employees. Hiring cheap labor is impossible if people are unwilling to first of all provide the cheap labor by themselves. The hiring process has to be done effectively with plenty of caution; therefore external help would come in handy. Referrals from friends and family can help come up with trustworthy individuals for the job. There is nothing as frustrating as hiring an employee who consistently thwarts the vision of the business.
It is wise to establish a plan that would guide the operation of the business on a regular basis. The owner should take time to monitor the business in order to determine the amount of money that runs the business. From rent, electricity and all other bills to toner cartridges, coffee and paper, all costs have to be fully drawn. Afterwards a minimum amount of money that is required daily can be set to establish high standards for the business. This would also reduce the rate of wastage with the accountability offered by the records.
Success is inevitable once business owners learn to embrace technology. Cloud applications for instance can transform the storage aspect of the business. This application is inexpensive and allows small businesses to compete with large businesses on a unique scale. Small businesses need to take advantage of the mass storage provisions featured in the cloud. Cloud technology would most definitely leave business with more money to invest by cutting down on the running costs.
Marketing strategies for small businesses must be on point, as they focus less on quantity. Going online would set a perfect backbone for any business. It is important to list the business on search engine local listings; furthermore this service is free of charge. Customers get a more professional outlook of a business that is featured on the web.
Advertising is a very essential marketing strategy for any business, however small businesses should not advertise like the big ones. Large companies often offer costly advertising strategies, which would most definitely be strenuous to smaller organizations. Simple ways of advertising can be employed with the incorporation of offers and awards to draw the attention of prospective customers. Small businesses should reduce the size of their advertisements in order to come up with more adverts at the same cost. The adverts can be so enhanced that they draw more attention than the larger ones. Printed adverts should be placed in strategic positions that feature a large number of the targeted group.
Customers often exhibit various tastes and preferences, and it is very important to cater for their varied needs. Some people would rather have a cheaper version and compromise on the quality. Others on the other hand are willing to settle for a higher price as long as they get the best products or services. It is therefore essential to feature several versions and packages of the same product, which come with different prices. Instead of limiting consumers and clients to fixed prices, a narrow bargaining allowance can be established to encourage them to buy the products.
Regardless of how small a business is business owners should make an effort of getting insurance. This would save the business a great deal sometime in the future if something happens out of the ordinary.
October 8, 2012 No Comments
Hiring an extra employee can help your business expand and provide better services to your customers. Many businesses choose to create an employee contract for each new addition to the company’s team. You must generate a small business employee contract even if you are hiring an old colleague or a friend. Small business employee contracts protect your business and your employee. In addition, they let the employee know what his or her job expectations and the terms of employment are. This includes what hours the employee is expected to work and how much he or she will make while working.
Include All Basic Information in Your Employee Contract
There are certain things that you must include in your small business employee contract in order for it to be effective. For example, you have to include your employee’s starting date. You should also include your employee’s responsibilities while he or she is working for your business. The employee contract also gives you a chance to explain your employee’s compensation package. A compensation package includes benefits, medical leave, vacation time, your employee’s salary, bonuses and stock options if stocks are available. You should also include how often your employee will be paid in the contract.
You will also use the employee contract as a way to explain how many hours your new employee will be expected to work. This will ensure that there will be no confusion about anything later. If overtime is available at your business, provide more information about it in your contract. For example, you will need to explain what the pay structure is for overtime. You also need to include how pay raises are given out and how often performance reviews are done. You should also explain how much notice your new employee has to give you before he or she terminates her employment at your small business.
Use Your Employee Contract to Protect Your Business
In order to protect your business and your employees it is a good idea for you to draw up different employee contracts for each new employee that you hire. This is safer than just using the same standard contract for each employee. Each person you hire will have different compensation packages and job responsibilities based on their experience, knowledge and background. Having employee contracts that explains everything to them can build a trusting environment and that can help you keep your business active and productive. Your employee contract needs to explain everything to your new employee. It should also protect their rights and your rights. Your employees need to know that they are being treated fairly. It also gives you a chance to show that you will respect and value their efforts. Remember to include a nondisclosure agreement in your small business employee contract. Nondisclosure agreements make sure that your employees will not share any business secrets while they are working for you. You should also find out what state laws will affect your employee contract. Everything must be legal. Because of this, it may be a good idea for you to get the help of a lawyer.
October 3, 2012 2 Comments
Most small business owners understand that good communication is vital in being able to run a successful company. Even with this understanding, many businesses still find it difficult to maintain effective forms of communicating with consumers and other businesses. In today’s society, some of the most common forms of communication include emails, traditional print advertisements, virtual ads, tweeting, and much more. When companies fail to communicate in proper manners, this causes marketing campaigns to fail, and this leads to decreases in profit levels.
Fortunately, there are quick fixes that can be implemented to ensure successful communication is maintained. All small businesses should consider some or all of the following communication tips:
Use Social Networks: With millions of consumers taking part in online social networks, businesses will find it very beneficial to dive into these media platforms. Anytime companies choose to take this communication route, it is wise to partner with a social network professional. In doing so, businesses can rest assured their brand is being reflected in a positive manner on the networks. It is also smart to start out by only partaking in one or two social networks because when trying to juggle too many of them, companies often end up developing a bad online appearance.
Utilize Spell-Check Programs: There is nothing worse than sending out advertisements and emails that display incorrect spellings and grammar. When this happens, businesses look unprofessional and are not taken seriously by consumers; this leads to a decrease in customer loyalty as well as in sales levels. It is also smart to avoid using slang. Slang words and phrases are many times only understood by people living in certain regions. In order to captivate the attention of consumers on a global basis, slang should always be avoided.
Be Positive: No matter what type of communication businesses take part in, they should always strive to be positive. Even if bad news needs to be relayed to consumers, employees, or other businesses, there is always a positive way in which the news can be communicated. Messages should not be created by people who are in a bad mood or having a bad day. When this happens, many times, a negative tone becomes apparent in the content of the messages.
Thank You Notes: Consumers and other businesses greatly appreciate it when they receive thank you notes. Many businesses brush off the idea of sending out these types of notes, and this is very unfortunate because such notes can be extremely effective at increasing brand awareness. Thank you notes can be sent out in a number of different situations including after a sales transaction has taken place, a business deal has been completed, or just as a way to tell consumers that they are appreciated for being customers.
Hire a PR Consultant: Hiring a PR consultant can help small businesses maintain effective forms of communication. From handling social media communications to writing articles for newspapers, this type of consultant is definitely worth the investment it takes to obtain his or her services.
September 13, 2012 No Comments
Protecting an office requires unique considerations that are not needed when protecting a home. Sensitive customer data, employee turnover, trade secrets and expensive electronics are all things a small business owner must take into account when designing a security plan. Another challenge when securing an office is that the threat of theft can come from the inside as much as the outside. It would be nice if we could all trust our employees like family but the reality is that an employer must always err on the side of caution. Fortunately, there are many easy and affordable things that can be done to add various levels of safety and protection to your office.
Top Ten Ways to Secure an Office
1. Outside Lighting
If your office has access to the outside you must ensure that all exits are adequately lit at nighttime. Nothing is more appealing to an intruder than an entry point that is dark and hidden from view. You can get inexpensive motion activated lights that will turn on every time something or someone moves near them or you can setup time activated flood lights to illuminate all your entrances. If your business has a parking lot, you should also ensure the entire parking lot is well lit to protect your employees that work late and have to walk to their car in the dark.
2. Computer and Laptop Locks
Computers are expensive enough by themselves. When you consider the cost of replacing the data on the computer, they are priceless. Even if you back up your company’s data onto a server, many important documents may only live on the physical hard drive of the computer. While laptops are especially easy targets due to their small size and portability, a simple laptop lock is all you need to secure the physical device and at the same time protect the stored data.
3. Surge Protectors
Not only do you need to protect your computers and other electronics from theft, but you also need to protect them from the elements. A lightning strike can be a disaster for an unprotected office. Insurance may replace the device itself but it can not replace the data on the computer or the time it takes to reconfigure the device. However, a few surge protectors can easily prevent this situation from ever happening.
4. Lockable File Cabinets
Even though we store most information electronically these days, most companies will never truly be paperless. It is important to keep all sensitive documents and files stored under lock and key to ensure unauthorized individuals do not have access. There are many kinds of file cabinets with locks and you should choose the cabinet that suits your office’s needs. Basic file cabinets with a lock may be enough to keep nosey employees out of important documents, while a Sentry file safe will protect your documents from burglary and fire damage.
5. Key Management
As you add various levels of security around your office, you will inevitably end up with a wide variety of keys. Simply keeping things locked will not provide protection if you do not also protect the keys to those locks. It is always best to minimize the number of available keys floating around your office so they do not end up in the wrong hands, but you should also ensure that you keep all keys locked up. A locked drawer may be enough, but for the bigger offices with numerous keys you can also look at adding a commercial key cabinet. Key cabinets let you store your keys in an organized and secure way. As the business owner, you should maintain control over the key for the key cabinet for maximum security.
6. Data Security
Securing your office’s electronic information is more important than ever but you do not need to invest in an expensive IT security division. Encouraging your employees to use strong passwords for their computers is a good measure that doesn’t cost anything. There are also numerous low cost options for virus protection to maintain network security. It is equally important to protect the data that is no longer needed. A paper shredder that turns your documents into little pieces instead of strips will ensure that no one is able to piece together your old documents. Also, destroying old hard drives before you throw them out is a security measure many employers forget.
7. Access Control
Whether it is high quality deadbolts on your exit doors or an advanced electronic access control system, it is crucial to restrict access to your building so that only authorized employees can get in and out. If you can’t afford a full on access control system with proximity cards and access management software, you can add more advanced door hardware that uses access codes or biometric fingerprint readers. Make sure that you change access codes whenever an employee leaves the company.
8. Video Surveillance
Cameras can be the biggest deterrent to theft or vandalism. When someone thinks they are being recorded, they almost always behave. You can use this to your advantage by installing dummy cameras which don’t actually record but still provide protection. If you want to take it to the next level, a quality DVR camera system will keep recorded footage of all installed cameras on an electronic device that can be reviewed after a situation has occurred. Network DVRs are even more secure as the data is stored off-site and therefore can not be tampered with during a burglary.
9. Alarm System
Alarm systems today are much more advanced than in the past. Wireless alarm systems do not even require wires run throughout your property which can be a huge hassle and expenditure for a small business. Alarm systems can simply sound a loud siren when an intruder is detected or you can opt for a monitored alarm system that is backed by a central station that can deploy emergency response after an alarm is received. Luckily, for those frugal home or business owners, security companies have begun to really cater to those who like to do things on the cheap. DIY home security wasn’t possible 15 years ago. But now with the internet, much of what used to require specialized knowledge is able to be replicated by individuals who simply want to save money by doing things on their own. If you want a recommendation on a good looking control panel that will get the job done, we recommend the Honeywell L5100. This unit is the plain Jane version. For those who want a wireless setup, you can extend it to make the Honeywell L5100 wifi enabled.
All of these steps are important and should be utilized in whichever capacity works for your office. However, even if you chose the most advanced expensive options for each step, things can and will happen. Therefore, it is vital that you have adequate insurance to cover any damag e, theft or false claim against your business.
Follow all of these steps and you can then spend your time developing your business instead of worrying about potential disasters.
August 24, 2012 No Comments