Tales from the DollarDays World

Small Business Website on a Shoe String Budget

Posted by Joshua Unseth on May 31, 2010 7:43:37 AM

More people every day are turning to the web for shopping. Sooner or later every small business entrepreneur will hear the question: "Do you have a website?" and a yes answer is becoming a real necessity. This situation has a variety of problems.

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Topics: Small Business Advice

Frugal Gardening Tips and Tricks

Posted by Joshua Unseth on May 27, 2010 12:54:22 AM

One of the latest trends that has come to the forefront in the past year is thriftiness. Saving a few bucks here and there adds up over the long haul. Many have taken to home gardening to shave their grocery bills down and that's a positive step in the right direction. There are a couple of things you can do to maximize the effectiveness of a home garden.

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Topics: Frugal Living Tip

Maintain Your Car and Save

Posted by Joshua Unseth on May 20, 2010 12:48:32 AM

Tackling your own auto maintenance may sound like a daunting prospect, but with a little research, some basic tools and determination, you can save a lot of cash. The average consumer has no idea how tremendous the markup is on easy-to-perform automotive services. By investing some time in learning basic car maintenance, you can gain both savings and the personal satisfaction of knowing that you did the job yourself. Three money-saving services that you can perform yourself are changing your oil, monitoring your tire pressure and detailing your car.

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Topics: Frugal Living Tip

10 Tips for Buying Business Cards Cost Effectively

Posted by Joshua Unseth on May 17, 2010 12:31:00 AM

  • Stick to simple business card designs – they usually cost less than premium designs.
  • Use a smaller format, plain rectangular card if you can. Often a card that is smaller will remain in a wallet for longer anyway, so are less likely to be discarded.
  • Consider using recycled card stock. It can have triple benefits! It can often save business owners money, help save the planet, and customers may get an improved perception of one’s business, as it shows care and attention to the environment. Some businesses have won new business or received sales leads, simply because they made an ecologically friendly choice.
  • Don’t buy into “bundled” solutions – these are often top-heavy, in both price and unwanted extras. If one has the type of business that does not led well to being openly promoted by the consumer (such as a sanitary product), those extra refrigerator door business card holders will likely end up in the trash can!
  • Order embossed print on plain cardstock. This is just as eye-catching as a gloss finish card, which is, in fact, harder to read. Embossed print against plain white or colored cardstock lends a classy look, and can save considerable printing costs.
  • Make sure that any information one intends to print on the card is going to stay valid for an extended period of time. Changing a cell phone number the month after cards have been printed is going to be either require a costly re-print, or the business owner will suffer the indignity of correcting them all by hand!
  • Choose a business card supplier carefully. High volume printers charge a lot for small runs. Match the printing batch size to a mid-range card supplier/printer.
  • Order in sensible batches. Having 1000 unused business cards in a desk drawer is the same as putting un-spendable dollar bills there. Figure out roughly what might be used in a six to twelve month period and order accordingly.
  • Shop around on the internet – as usual, a little time spent studying the market can pay dividends in real savings!
  • Check out promotional freebies at sites such as Vistaprint.com. They offer 250 free cards and a host of ready-made designs. Other, similar competitors can easily be found through Google by typing in the following search phrase, “cheap business cards”. The ad sponsors found at the top and the right of the search results page should provide numerous leads for low-priced business cards.

Where do you get your business cards? And if you've got a picture of what they look like, post a link.

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Topics: Small Business Advice

Budgeting

Posted by Joshua Unseth on May 13, 2010 12:46:04 AM

Many people feel like there is never enough money. After paying bills and necessary expenses, there is often times no money for education, savings or an emergency fund. A budget is a way of tracking what you spend, deciding what needs to be paid and figuring out where you can cut back. As soon as you begin your budget, you will soon be able to find out if your money is being spent on things you truly need or just on things that you want. There are many areas included within a budget that you can but back.

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Topics: Frugal Living Tip

DollarDays now Ships to Canada Eh!

Posted by Joshua Unseth on May 11, 2010 7:58:06 AM

DollarDays is proud to announce that as of today, our friends to the North can now take part in the enormous savings that American wholesalers are able to get when purchasing from DollarDays.

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School is ending, but not forever

Posted by Joshua Unseth on May 11, 2010 5:59:11 AM

School may be nearly out, but why not start thinking about the impending month of August when back-to-school is back-in-style?

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Topics: Product of the Week

Charity and Press

Posted by Joshua Unseth on May 10, 2010 12:57:17 AM

Owning a small business and trying to grow and maintain your business can often be a daunting task. You have just a certain amount of dollars each month that you are able to spend on marketing and advertising. The key to successful small business ownership is keeping your business in the forefront of everyone’s minds.

There are several easy win-win suggestions to help you maintain profitability and contribute to the welfare of your community in the interim.

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Topics: Small Business Advice

Wholesale Week in Review - 1st Week of May

Posted by Joshua Unseth on May 7, 2010 2:11:31 PM

Need Help Meeting Exotic Needs? — April 27, 2010
Ecommerce sites must do one thing well if they are to survive: set themselves apart from the multitude of sellers trying to market more or less the same stuff. Offering exclusive or exotic items in a targeted niche is one effective method of attracting customers and keep them coming back for more. The online wholesaler, YourNeedsCompany.com, is offering a new line of sting ray leather accessories including iPod cases. As sting ray leather was used historically in ancient Japanese armor, this exotic and durable leather might appeal especially to the men’s accessories demographic, though they do have sting ray leather wallets for men and women in their product line.

eBay Sellers: Is it Time to Start Your Own Website? — May 03, 2010
EBay has raised its seller fees, again. Some sellers have left eBay in favor of other venues or their own websites. It may be time to consider eBay as an avenue to attract new customers to a website or for the collection of email addresses to be used for newsletters and email marketing. One way is to direct buyers to your “About Me” by offering them a greater selection of items similar to the listed item. You can also include fliers with shipments advertising your website. It may not be possible to eliminate eBay from your selling activities yet; however, it may be time to pull back on your listing and consider those high fees as advertising expenses for your own website.

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Topics: Week in Review

DollarDays Banner Ads Featured on Retargeter

Posted by Joshua Unseth on May 5, 2010 2:14:07 AM

A few days ago DollarDays was featured on Retargeter blog for our stellar banner ads. Maybe you've seen them. They liked our ads' clean look and use of white space, our concise messaging, and clear call to action.

For big and small businesses alike, these banner ads can be hugely effective. So, we thought it would be a good idea to hand off a few tips on how to put together a successful ad campaign.

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Topics: Small Business Advice

Wholesale Everything for Everyone

DollarDays is compassionate

You may just think we are the premier online wholesaler, but we do so much more than delivering small business, non-profits and consumers the best possible margins on over 300,000 wholesale products.

We are proud of our commitment to:

  • Our 5% Giveback Program, where we donate 5% of your order to a non-profit you choose!
  • Each month, we donate $5,000 worth of merchandise to a cause that our fans nominate via Facebook.

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