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Garage Sale Day

Today is garage sale day. The best part is it’s not in my garage.

      See my house doesn’t have a garage. It used to have one under the house but it was converted to a bathroom and family room by the previous owners.

      We had been planning the sale for a few weeks and would have to get up early and haul everything out and hope it doesn’t rain.

      Then the people renting the house next door, that has a garage , moved out.
I talks to the owner and said I was planning a garage sale and had everything I needed except a garage. So he gave me the thumbs up and we were set.

      Last night we moved everything into the borrowed garage, cut the grass for him and watched the rain as we priced everything.

      This is my first time having a garage sale. My parents had one a few years ago and it turned into a two or three week event. They had moved into a new town and didn’t know anybody so they would set up a table with some items on it, put out some chairs and use it as a way to meet the neighbors.

      I’m not sure if they made any money or even sold anything but they knew everybody on the street and some of the employees of a nearby business, and the post man, some truck drivers and I think a cop or two.

      It’s a fun way to spend a few hours and it forces you to slow down, sit in the sun and meet some new people.

      Soon that will be our full time occupation but we won’t be running garage sales. We will be sitting in the cafés of the world, eating little pastries and meeting new people.

      If you could so whatever you wanted to what would it be?

Beaches?

Cafés?

Mountains?

Maybe just more time with your family?

Interested? It All Begins Here.

If you have any comments please post them below.

 

Ken

It’s time for the Gentlemen to make a comeback.

It’s time for the Gentlemen to make a comeback.

     Last night I attended the Small Business Awards with my wife, three teenage daughters and two of my staff from the store.

It was a great event and ran very smoothly. The awards were held in the theatre at the Buckner Event Plaza in Anniston AL. The facility was built in 1930 and was closed when the former military base shutdown but it has been re-opened, freshened up but still has the charm of an old theatre. (including the red painted “NO SMOKING” sign on the marble mall in the men’s room. You know the ones that were made from the old paper stencils).

 

 After there was a reception at the attached banquet hall. It has some old charm as well, with hardwood floors and  steel railings. There was a 3 piece Jazz Band performing to provide entertainment.

 Congratulations to the winner of the Emerging Small Business of the Year, Cheaha Cheer and Tumble as well as to the other nominees and other awards.

      During the awards in the theatre each nominee was called to the stage to accept a plaque and have pictures taken. In some cases it was just one person and in other cases there were a number of people from the company.

 

 

   On the way home from the event my daughter made the comment that I was the only guy to stand to the side and let the women, that work in my store, go on the stage first and after the pictures I went down the stairs and offered a hand to help them down the stairs. They also liked how I went and got the car so they didn’t have to walk after the event.

     This opened up an opportunity for my wife and I to discuss the qualities to look for in a man and a number of other topics.

     To me it seems perfectly normal to let a lady go first, help them up or down the stairs, go and get the car, open and hold a door and many other things that men should do. Does this mean I think less of women or that they can’t open a door themselves? Absolutely not.  It’s just how I was raised and how a man should act.

     I believe that it is time for the Gentlemen to make a comeback. Hold the door for a lady, help her carry a package, go and get the car in the rain. And Ladies, allow a gentleman to do these things for you. They may not be there all the time but when they are accept these simple gestures as a sign of respect.

     And to all of the parents out there, these are simple principles to teach that help your children learn to respect women and even adults. I’ll always thank somebody’s child that holds a door for me at the mall.

     Finally to any guy that expects to impress my daughters… you better bring your A game because I’m setting the bar high and my daughters deserve no less.

 If you have any comments please post them below.

 

Ken

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Small Business Awards

Small Business of the Year Nominee

       Tonight my family and the staff at my brick and mortar business are going to the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards.

         As many of you know I own a chain of Laundromats and split my time between the operation of them , which is not actually that much time, and internet marketing. Each of these are part of the plan for our future. The business income from the Laundromats is being used exclusively to pay down debt and the advertising budget is spent on the online activities.

        Back to the awards. One of my Laundromats, Washin  Golden Springs Coin Laundry was nominated for the Small Business of the Year award earlier this month.

         The award ceremony included 2 tickets to the gala, dinner and reception. A few days later I decided that I wanted to involve my kids so they could see the other side of the business and how important it is to engage with the business leaders. In this case the community business leaders but it is also important to engage with business leaders in any industry whether it be local events, regional meetings or national events.

         As my staff are the face of the business it only seemed right to involve them as well. The business could not run as well without their efforts every day. The customer service they provide and the level of professionalism is why we have so many loyal customers and friends.

           Of course there is always the unexpected consequences, though not always bad , and in this case they involved, what to where, dress shopping, how long will it take to get ready, what time do we close the store etc.  My comments about the store closing were ” Whenever you need to leave to get ready, just make sure we let the customers know.”

It should be a fun night and I am honored to have our business among the list of nominees.

Congratulations to all of the Nominees:

This year’s 2014 Small Business of the Year Nominees are:

 

1st Class Parties & Events LLC 

ABS Business Systems

Benton Nissan

Betty’s Bar-B-Q, Inc.    

Bill Whitaker  AIA

Buster Miles Chevrolet and Ford

C.A.R.E.S.

Casey Family Chiropractic 

Cheaha Brewing Company 

Cheaha Cheer & Tumble, LLC

Gamecock Computers

Howell Events and Party Services

Insurance Planning Services, Inc

Moore Printing Company

Pediatrics Plus, P.C.

Piedmont Outdoors

Pipers Playhouse 

RMC Occupational Medicine

ServiceMaster by Mimsco

Swank Boutique

Tyson Fine Wines and Things


Washin Golden Springs Coin Laundry

 See you at the store

 If you have any comments please post them below.

 

Ken

 

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Development CLICK HERE

Washin Anniston

WGS

Washin Attalla

What Are Your Why’s

Recently I was at a Chamber of Commerce meeting and there was some dicsussion about what kept you motivated when you started your business.

 If you have any comments please post them below.

 

Ken

 

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The Real Problem with Network Marketing and Multi-Level Marketing and my Comments

       There are many discussions and articles about Network Marketing. Below is  great article that hits most of the main issues.

         Even Robert Kiyosaki mentions it many times as a great way to learn sales (we are all in sales if you think so or not), it’s also teaches you how to run a business without the cost of employees, leases, utilities etc.

             The problem that comes up over and over again in many discussions is that people quit too soon or are not properly trained how to do it right. You need the right tools, training and mentors in any business to succeed.

              There are many stories about the Empower Network and how it’s a scam and a ripoff etc which in many peoples minds makes it the same as any Network Marketing company. 

                What I have found working with the company, systems and people is that it is a Personal Development Company that provides a product that can be used to promote anything.

    If you don’t already know my story I’ll tell it to you at the next event.

Ken

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The Real Problem with Network Marketing and Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)

HINT: It’s not the business model itself

By Scott Allen LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE

  • It never ceases to amaze me the extreme polar views on the topic of network marketing and MLM. Some people are passionate about it in the extreme, and there are even top celebrity authors like Robert Allen, Mark Victor Hansen, and Robert Kiyosaki doing it and advocating it. Yet, in many circles, you might as well declare yourself a leper as admit to being in network marketing.

    So, what is the problem with MLM and network marketing?

    Maybe it’s the pyramid structure? But you can’t really take issue with the tiered compensation structure—almost every large sales organization in the world has that. Salespeople get commission, and sales managers get overrides or bonuses on top of that, and sales directors on top of that, and VPs on top of that.

    Or maybe it’s the fact that you have to pay to participate in it? But that can’t be it—that’s a standard franchising model. And I assure you, the franchise fee of most traditional franchises dwarf the sign-up cost of any MLM program by comparison.

    Now certainly, there are illegal pyramid, or “Ponzi”, schemes. This is where the money is all being made off of signing up other people, with little or no real product ever being delivered. But in spite of whatever perceptions people may have, the fact is that Amway, Excel, Meleleuca, PrePaid Legal, USANA, and many others have sold millions upon millions of dollars of products to happy customers, many of whom are NOT also reps. So, there may be a perception problem here, but if so, the perception is out of line with the reality.

    But surely the bad reputation MLM’ers has some more basis in fact than the occasional illegal pyramid scheme?

    The real problem with MLM is not MLM itself, but some of the people it attracts. Network marketing is just a business model, and it really amounts to “micro-franchising”. Its upside is that it has a very low cost of entry, with the potential for exceptional revenue, and there are those who achieve that.

    But those same things that make it attractive make it attractive to many who are NOT really qualified or prepared to become business owners. The salient characteristics of MLM make it attractive to people who:

    Don’t get me wrong—I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with any of these things, or that this describes even a majority of network marketers—only that it describes a disproportionate number of network marketers, and that many of them never do anything about it.

    As a result, many network marketers end up:

    Again, I’m certainly not saying that this describes a majority of network marketers, but it doesdescribe enough of them to tarnish the reputation of the rest. To pre-judge someone based on the basis of a small minority of people in that group is horribly unfair, but we must realize that most prejudices have some basis in reality, even if it has been distorted.

    So what’s the solution?

    There’s a first time for everything. And network marketing/MLM is a great opportunity for people to have their first business, their first sales role, etc. My point is this—recognize it for what it is: it’s a business, and you are a business owner. And if you’ve never owned a business before, if you’ve never done sales before, if you’ve never networked before, you need to learn about how to do so, not just from the network marketing/MLM experts, but from established experts in those fields.

    Network marketers who are serious about building a business should be reading and learning about business fundamentals, the latest sales and marketing techniques, strategies for networking and business development, etc., not just swapping tips at your team’s weekly or monthly meeting. Act like a small business owner, and people will treat you like one.

    • have not done well in their business or profession and have little money saved up to invest
    • have no previous experience owning or running a business
    • have no previous experience in sales
    • have little or no experience developing business relationships other than that of employer/employee/co-worker
    • are not satisfied with their current level of income
    • have unrealistic expectations of the amount of work involved compared to the revenue realized
    • over-selling the opportunity
    • inappropriately discussing business in social situations
    • coming across as desperate
    • over-focused on new recruits and neglecting existing customers as a result
    • being either inaccurate or deceptive when talking about their business

            Again, I’m certainly not saying that this describes a majority of network marketers, but it doesdescribe enough of them to tarnish the reputation of the rest. To pre-judge someone based on the basis of a small minority of people in that group is horribly unfair, but we must realize that most prejudices have some basis in reality, even if it has been distorted.

So what’s the solution?

      There’s a first time for everything. And network marketing/MLM is a great opportunity for people to have their first business, their first sales role, etc. My point is this—recognize it for what it is: it’s a business, and you are a business owner. And if you’ve never owned a business before, if you’ve never done sales before, if you’ve never networked before, you need to learn about how to do so, not just from the network marketing/MLM experts, but from established experts in those fields.

     Network marketers who are serious about building a business should be reading and learning about business fundamentals, the latest sales and marketing techniques, strategies for networking and business development, etc., not just swapping tips at your team’s weekly or monthly meeting.

      Act like a small business owner, and people will treat you like one.

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If you have any comments please post them below.

Ken

What if I told you…

…that it really is possible to recruit people
& build a business WITHOUT calling leads or
“prospects”?

Would you believe me?

And what if you could do it:

WITHOUT bothering your warm market
WITHOUT 3-way calls
WITHOUT home or hotel meetings
WITHOUT passing out flyers or drop cards

Believe it, because my partner Josh is going
to show you how…

Click the link below NOW to see for yourself:

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If you have any comments please post them below.

 

Ken

A few bugs had to be sacrificed.

A few bugs had to be sacrificed.

A few bugs had to be sacrificed.

      For the past four days I had the privilege to spend time with some of the best Personal Development and Internet Marketers in the business today. The location was New Orleans, LA and driving at night through the bayou is gonna kill some bugs. 

      This weekend included people that have been in the business for years as well as a 22 year old Austrian named AK Junior. ( He goes by AK because some of the letters in his name didn’t transfer to English).   

      AK was a waiter until December of last year and decided he was ready to make a change in his life. He signed up and started to take his new business seriously. He had tried many other business opportunities and could just never make it but he studied this company and decided that this was the one that he would be able to make work.

      He set up a 90 day plan and took action. He had no advertising budget and used social media to connect  with many people.

      Also most of the people he was talking to only spoke German.

      He put his plan in place and at the end of 90 days and earned $94,700.

These results are not typical, see our income disclosure at Income.KenBarrett.us

      What would change in your life with that kind of income? What would 10% of that do for you and your family?

      If you are ready to work through a step by step system and make a difference in your life then CLICK HERE and get in.

      After that buy your ticket for the next event in Charlotte NC at the end of June and you can meet and learn from people like AK.

       I’m taking his advice and game plan and making some big changes in my life.

I’m going to do this with you or without you.

  My tickets are booked for Charlotte and I will see you there    

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Talk to you soon

Ken

The Start of IMPACT New Orleans

Today is the start of the Impact Event in New Orleans.
Some of the biggest names in Internet Marketing are already here and others are on their way.
Being successful in life, sports, business or any other activity involves learning from those that have done it or are doing it right now.
Every great athlete has a great coach or has even worked with some one else in their sport.

Business is the same. You can go at it alone and spend years making the same mistake others have or learn the best way to do things and use your energy to make improvements to fit your lifestyle or business model.

If you have any comments please post them below.

 

Ken

PS. Click on the links above or below if you are ready to work on your own terms.