By guest blogger Laura.Colado of Bongo International
One of the perks of having a small business is that you have more freedom to personalize interactions and follow-ups. However, many small businesses actually fail to use this to their advantage by formalizing processes for customer engagement. Instead of attempting to prematurely “corporatize” your business, indulge in the personal touch that a small business brings to the table.
Fox Business Small Business Center has published a short list of five ways that you can add a personal touch to your small business. This can be accomplished with an array of initiatives such as hand-written thank you notes and a true open-door policy for customers and employees.
Read the full list HERE, and start interacting with your customers on a more personal level today!
June 4, 2013 No Comments
The results of DollarDays’ May Facebook Contest are in!
Our 107,000+ fans told us who their favorite teachers are and why. One thing we know for sure is that there are a lot of amazing teachers in this country. We are pleased that we could provide $5,000 in merchandise to help our 18 randomly selected winners buy school supplies for next fall.
And the winners are:
First place winner $2,000 in merchandise: Lisa Ildefonzo of Sandpiper School
Second place winner $1,000 in merchandise: Colleen Furlong of Kingsborough Elementary
Third place winner $500 in merchandise: Julie Ahern Andrew Cook Magnet School
Our fifteen $100 in merchandise winners are: Kelly Shelby of Linda Herrington Elementary, Erika Breton of Lincoln Elementary, Brian Taylor of Holy Innocents Grammar School, Scott Green of Kennett High School, Breanna Williams of District 279, Zinda McDaniel Brooks County High School, Katherine Perea of Cimarron Springs, Leda Mares Searles Elementary, Dave Burgess of West Hills High, Stacey Smith of St. Francis de Sales School, Melissa Bruno of BirchLane Elementary School, Kim Cole of Covington Elementary, Janeen Weigel of Lincoln Elementary, Ashley Horner of Lickdale Elementary and Anna Kramer of Diamond Canyon School.
This month, our DollarDays Facebook $5,000 giveaway is for charitable organizations. Be sure to visit DollarDays Facebook fan page to nominate your favorite charity.
June 3, 2013 No Comments
Here’s a great value that moms and dads everywhere will appreciate.
We know school is out for summer and the last thing you are thinking about is back to school supplies, but we wanted to share this with you because it’s an incredible value ($100 retail value—what you’ll pay this August if you buy everything separately) and a time saver. But it’s only available through June 30. So, you might consider getting the backpacks now instead of August. We’ve also had many organizations buy them for charitable giving. They sell for $35 on our site, but you can get one for $25 by entering promo code BP4KIDS at checkout!
Just click on the backpack and it will take you to the description where you’ll discover the dozens of school supplies that are packed into this classic Marc Gold designer backpack. Be sure you enter promo code BP4KIDS at checkout to get the backpack for $25!
May 29, 2013 No Comments
“Here we are at the end of another school year, and once again, teachers throughout the US are facing uncertainty,” said Marc Joseph, Founder and CEO of DollarDays. “Will they have a job next school year, and if so, will their classrooms balloon to unmanageable sizes? Congress has not acted and now the impact of sequestration on federal educational programs is becoming a frightening reality.”
DollarDays, America’s premier online wholesaler, works closely with teachers and school administrators across the country, supplying the tools and supplies needed most in public education. We hear the horror stories of budget and personnel cuts from our customers in primary and secondary education throughout the year and the thought of deeper education cuts does not look good for our kids or our teachers.
Who are the biggest victims of the education sequester?
• Special needs kids and Head Start (the pre-school program for disadvantaged kids)
• Poor kids and Title 1 (federal support for low income school districts)
What are the consequences of education cuts?
• Special needs kids may not get the therapy they need
• School districts may become reluctant to classify kids with disabilities because of the cuts to this program
• Art and music programs may be reduced or cut to help the budget gap
Five ways Americans can help our teachers and students now:
1. Communicate with your representatives in the House and in the Senate.
2. Donate to National Teachers Assistance Organization for professional assistance for teachers.
3. At Donors Choose, public school teachers post classroom project requests and you can donate to the project that most inspires you.
4. At Start Donating, they match donors with teachers in need of supplies.
5. And at DollarDays on our Facebook page, we are giving away $5,000 worth of products in May to help teachers across this great country; so please nominate your favorite teacher who deserves your help.
People become teachers because they want to help others and they want to make a difference. Our teachers need to focus on their passion, instead of worrying about if they will lose their jobs because our political leaders could not act to protect the educational system, which has been the backbone of our society. Let’s hope our leaders come to their senses before it is too late for our kids, and in the long run, the future of this country.
“It may seem like contacting a senator or donating supplies couldn’t possibly make a difference, but collectively, we can make a difference—a difference that will help our teachers, our kids and our country. Be sure to visit DollarDays.com and nominate your favorite teacher to win in our $5,000 school supplies giveaway—eighteen teachers will be randomly selected to win,” said Marc Joseph.
May 10, 2013 No Comments
Congrats to the Winners of our April $5,000 Pet Shelter Giveaway!
$2000 winner: Partners for Pets
$1,000 winner: Jefferson County Humane Society
$500 winner: Adams County Pet Rescue in Othello
DeKalb County Animal Shelter,P.A.W.S. Tinley Park, Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary,Pinal Animal Control,HELP Humane in Belton, MO, Clay County Humane Society,Trenton Animal Shelter,Windham County Humane Society,Oconto County Humane Society Oconto,It’s Meow or Never Animal Rescue,Lenawee County Humane Shelter,Eau Claire County Animal Shelter,THE ARK, National Mill Dog Rescue, One of A Kind Pet Rescue
Big thanks to all who entered their favorite pet shelters!
Be sure to participate in our “Nominate your Favorite Teacher $5,000 Giveaway” this month on Facebook!
May 2, 2013 1 Comment
Click on the apple below to learn how to enter your favorite teacher to win in our $5,000 merchandise giveaway this month!
Why do we do it? Because people become teachers to help others and they want to make a difference. We need our teachers to focus on their passion and not have to worry about if they have enough classroom supplies. As our teachers finish this school year and start to prepare for the next, let’s hope this giveaway will make a difference to the 18 teachers who will receive merchandise from this giveaway. At DollarDays, we love teachers and want to do whatever we can to support them. Nominate your favorite teacher and show your support too! Thank you!
May 1, 2013 No Comments
We have a winner! For the past few months, we have been trying to hit the 100,000 fan mark on Facebook, so we made it into a contest. We asked fans to guess the month, day and time when we would hit 100,000 fans.
With thousands of entries and hitting 100,000 fans while you were sleeping last night, we have a winner. Congratulations to Rosalind Suite from North Carolina! And a super huge thank you to all our fans!!
April 24, 2013 No Comments
Most of us own pets. We know the comfort they provide for life’s invisible scars. The unconditional love they provide transcends work issues, family conflicts, death, divorce and other life events. Our pets don’t care if we can read or not, what our skin color is or who we love.
At DollarDays, the nation’s premier online wholesaler, we are doing our part by giving away $5,000 worth of merchandise to help animal shelters across the country—and you can be a part of it. Please nominate an animal shelter in your community by entering on our Facebook page. Additionally, Animal Planet’s hit reality TV show, Pit Bulls and Parolees, will have a donation opportunity for their pit bull rescue center, Villalobos (VRC) on DollarDays’ checkout page during April. Customers can choose to donate $1, $5 or $20 to VRC.
April 9, 2013 No Comments
Winners of our March “Help a Family in Need” Giveaway have all been notified. Due to the sensitive nature of the giveaway, we will only post the winners’ first names and the amount of their awards. Thank you to all who entered!
Julie $2,000, Marci $1,000, Catherine $500 and each of the following received $100: Tammi, Della, John, Judy, Dorrie, Tanina, Karla, Susan, Marla, Kimberly, Cheryl, Sandra, Jayne,
Kimberly, Alice. Congratulations everyone and thank you so much for paying it forward!
This month’s $5,000 Facebook Giveaway is to help pet shelters. Click here to enter.
April 2, 2013 No Comments
By Guest Blogger: Debbie McGrew for Debt.org, America’s Debt Help Organization
So, you want to own your own business? Before starting this new business venture, there are many decisions that will have to be made, and among them is the decision to buy wholesale or retail. Purchasing products at wholesale prices and then selling them at retail value is a great way to launch your own successful, profitable business. However, it is important to understand the difference between wholesale and retail to understand the many benefits of buying wholesale.
- Retail. Buying retail consists of buying goods for sale directly to consumers, not necessarily in large quantities, and for a higher price. Retailers must take other costs, such as employees, rent, taxes and advertising into account when selling their products. These costs are then factored into the price that customers are charged.
- Wholesale. In contrast, the wholesale market consists of a manufacturer that sells products to a middleman, who then sells the products to the public at retail value to make a profit.
However, there is more to running a successful business than buying low and selling high, and there are many reasons why buying wholesale can drive a profitable business.
Wholesale markets improve efficiency in food distribution by centralizing all transactions at a single location, which in turn, allows wholesalers to sell larger quantities of goods at a lower price.
Wholesale markets also provide greater stability of supply and sale of produce, because everything is centralized and easily accessible to operators, which reduces uncertainty concerning supplies and completion of sales transactions.
Popular warehouse stores like Sam’s or Costco offer wholesale prices to their customers. Their prices of manufactured goods could be as much as half of the retail price. However, goods are not always manufactured; they are sometimes grown.
A farmer for example may offer a grocery store his or her products at a wholesale price, because the grocery store would buy the farmer’s product in bulk. A grocery store wouldn’t buy just one apple and a handful of potatoes; it would need to buy large quantities because of its high demand for produce.
The grocery store is then able to sell the goods at retail value to make a profit. And although farmers are selling the product at a lower price, they are guaranteed a regular, large payment.
Buying your products from a wholesale market also allows for some price flexibility, which is important when you are in control of your own business profits. You can buy your products at wholesale prices and put them on sale or clearance, which will make your customers happy, while still turning a profit. The profit of sale items would not be nearly as significant if you bought the products at retail value.
Buying wholesale and selling retail can be a great way to run a profitable business, but it can be, at times, challenging. It’s important to learn all you can before you dive into the wholesale market.
Debbie McGrew writes and blogs for Debt.org, America’s Debt Help Organization
March 14, 2013 No Comments