The Bottom Line: How To Day Trade

Someone called me up the other day and asked me for the best tips to learn how to day trade. I did not have to think for very long before I gave my answer: Be smart and stay disciplined. Basically, you need to know your strategy cold and execute it, over and over and over.

Don’t deviate looking for home runs. Don’t search around for the big winner that will make you an insane profit for a year.

Start small. Read about the trader that started with $1K and traded up to $8,653 in 30 days. That takes smarts and discipline. One of the keys is risk management. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Make small trades, take small wins and stay steady.

That gain of 750% in one month is not normal. That is the result of an expert trader going back to his roots and seeing if he could still make it work with just a tiny account. Learning to day trade is hard, but making that much profit in such a small amount of time is one of the benefits of years of hard work.

Learning how to day trade takes a lot of effort. But it also takes the right kind of effort and the right kind of training. 90% of traders who give it shot will fail. But not because they are not working hard or putting in the hours. It is because they are not following the proper strategies.

Warrior Trading will teach you the basics of momentum trading, gap and go trading and reversal trading among others. But that is only part of the story. You need the discipline to manage your risk when you are out there trading.

Pick the right stocks, manage your risk, identify winners and then you will ready to look at Level 2. Watching the Level 2 after you have the requisite training and experience means you will being to anticipate where the stock is going to go.

You need to understand profit/loss ratio and what percentage of profit you need to be successful. That is an essential component of managing risk.

So if you think you have what it takes to become profitable off the stock market in 2017, contact Warrior Trading on Twitter. They have the experience, expertise and tools to teach you how to get where you want to go.

Starting a Website is Key to Financial Independence

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I have been in the blogging game for several years now, and I started getting into it long before the world realized the monetary benefits that came along with it. Running a successful website can create wealth that you never thought possible, but you truly have to enjoy creating new content and constantly improving upon your existing site. Regardless, the most frequently asked question that I receive is always about how to start a blog. Truth be told, starting the website is probably one of the easiest tasks to complete in the whole process of earning money online.

The first step in the process is finding reliable and affordable hosting. Companies like Wix website builder are beneficial for newbie bloggers because they offer the all-in-one packages for those just starting out. First, you decide on a domain name and then you register it. They have you covered there. Then you need a package to host your actual domain on a server, which they also provide. Lastly, you need to be able to make the site look pretty and interesting. Their easy-to-use site tools allow even the novice users the ability to create a thought provoking website right from the get go.

As I said before, the process of starting a blog is much easier than getting your blog noticed by others. Website promotion is really the more difficult aspect of running your own site. You want to be able to get your blog in front of as many new people as possible in order to build up and retain a solid readership base. There are a few different ways to go about this. First, consider that a large portion of your audience will be directed to your website via search engines like Google and Bing. This is important because the more the powerful search engines recognize your site as an authority in your related subject matter, the more traffic they will send you on a daily basis. The most important aspect of getting noticed and picked up by the search engines is writing long and meaningful content. The better your writing quality and relevancy to your subject matter, the better your search engine results will be. Next, you have referral traffic. This is the amount of traffic sent to you from other websites. My favorite tool for driving this number is guest posting. By teaming up with similar websites like yours, you can create and post fresh and interesting content on an already established site and use that to capture the attention of new readers that will inevitably visit your blog after reading the article. This is a marketing technique used since the beginning of the internet and I can attest to its effectiveness. Lastly, there is the direct readership base. These are the people that are already familiar with your site, usually based on the effectiveness of the methods mentioned above. They know they already enjoy your articles and site content, so they either simply type your site URL in, or perhaps utilize your Feedburner subscription, or maybe they are following you on Facebook or Pinterest and they catch your most recent content that way.

Once you have a website setup and established, and you are driving real daily traffic to your site, there are a number of ways you can then monetize it. Once your website is viewed as an authority in its niche, you will start to see advertisers email you for direct placements on your site. This could be in the form of an unbiased review written and posted by you, or perhaps something simpler and more prominent like a banner on the homepage sidebar. Then there is the more passive forms of income like CPC ads and affiliate related income. CPC means cost-per-click, which translates into revenue every time somebody clicks on an ad on your site. The easiest way to illustrate this is Google Adsense. I’m sure you have seen those text and image banners splattered throughout the various websites you typically visit. Every time you click on those, and especially when it leads to an end sale, you inevitably send a chunk of revenue to that site owner. Not a bad deal for them, huh? Affiliate income is similar but with a few different twists. This is where you promote products and get a cut of the sale. Consider yourself an online salesperson that is paid by commission. One of the biggest and well known affiliate programs out there is Amazon Affiliates. You can post Amazon affiliate links throughout your site and whenever somebody clicks on them and makes a purchase from Amazon you will then get a certain percentage of that sale. Considering how popular Amazon is now, only the largest online retailer in the world, there is a safe bet that with a little bit of traffic you can bring in lots of money.

Again, the key to making money on your site is driving as much traffic to it as possible, via any means necessary. If you used Wix to setup your website, then you have probably noticed some other nifty tools they offer as well. Consider the built-in SEO wizard that will help you tailor your unique content so that it enhances the traffic to your higher ranking keywords. Don’t forget about the power of creative newsletters! Having a working and viable email list is key to converting sales. When you want to blast out new promotions and other offerings from your site or services, having a tool that manages your customer emails and allows you to quickly send them new and relevant content can be quite powerful. This is particularly where Wix Shoutout comes in handy! They have great interactive social media tools, a detailed stats tracker, and an easy-to-use email editor for those technologically challenged.

Please see this informative video for useful tips

Why You Should Get Your Personal Finances Into Shape Before Starting a Business

If you are thinking about starting up a business of your own, you might assume that it will fix all of your financial problems. However, you should know that the opposite is often true. Even though going into business for yourself can be a wonderful thing, it’s also financially risky. Half of the start-ups that are opened in the United Kingdom fail within the first year, and you don’t want to be a statistic. This is why it’s critical to get your finances in order before you ever try to open your doors.

Owning a Business is Stressful Enough

The truth is that owning a business is stressful enough as it is, especially during the infant stages of the company. Financial issues can be stressful, too, and you probably don’t want to deal with a double whammy of both of these types of stress at once. Eliminating your financial issues before you get started in business can prevent you from staying too stressed out once you open your doors.

It Can Cost More Than You Think

No matter how carefully you have planned out the opening of your new business, there is still a chance that things will be more expensive than you anticipate. Unfortunately, this means that you can go over your budget quite easily while just starting out and while operating your new business after its opening.

If you square away your finances first, you will be better able to handle any additional expenses that pop up with your business, and you won’t have to worry about these costs affecting your personal finances as much.

You Shouldn’t Skimp on Your Business

Some people who start their businesses on a limited budget end up cutting corners to try to save money. Even though there is nothing wrong with looking for ways to save cash while opening and operating a business, cutting corners in the wrong places can be harmful for your new company. If you have a little more money to spend, however, you may be able to afford better things for your new business.

It Can Take Time

Businesses don’t usually take off overnight. It can take time for even the best of businesses to begin to see a true, steady profit. If your finances are in bad shape, it can be tough to make it through these times. If you get your money in order beforehand, however, it’ll be easier for you to wait it out and allow your company to grow.

If you’re thinking about starting a business while your finances are in bad shape, you should know that you are better off getting things under control first. Luckily, you can take out a loan or look into other options to get your finances into a good place before you start your business.

Money Saving Tips for Small Businesses

The world of business is highly competitive and always changing. In order to be successful, small start-ups must embrace a flexible approach and be constantly mindful of the balance between their outgoing expenses and the profits coming in. When competing against well-established companies, it’s important that small businesses do everything they can to boost their bottom line. There are plenty of simple ways that small businesses can save money, and most of them are easy to implement.

Smart Technology Choices

Laptop computers consume around 90 per cent less energy than their desktop equivalents. Think about whether your office really needs to invest in desktop computers, when portable alternatives are cheaper, lighter and will save you money in the long term. You can even go a step further and purchase second hand laptops from specialist retailers like SSC Trade. By using second hand technology, you’ll save a packet on the cost of kitting out your office. Another way to save money is to review your office telephone usage and research ways to reduce this expense. You may want to cut down on the number of phone lines that your office has, change your usage plan or replace your current provider with an internet based service. For instance, When in need of a loan, one can always leverage the equity of their home. It is important to become familiarized with a home equity line of credit.

Office Supplies

How often do you order office supplies? You should order in bulk once a month or once every two month. Printer ink can be very expensive and have a serious impact on your budget, so look into ways to cut down your use of ink. Encourage employees to share printers and print only when absolutely necessary. Moving towards a paperless office is great both for your budget and for the environment. You can also save money by using staff to do simple things like turning their computers off at the end of the day, and therefore reducing your office energy bills. Consider having overhead lights fitted with daylight sensors. These sensors will automatically switch off lights if there’s enough natural light in the office.

Working Remotely

Renting a commercial space can be a very costly endeavour, so it’s important to think about how big your office really needs to be. If some members of staff would be better suited to working at home, why not offer this to them? Employees who have young children or elderly parents to look after will appreciate the opportunity to work remotely, and this will save your business valuable office space. The unused space can be sublet or you could make a deal with your landlord and negotiate not paying for rooms that are not in use.

Shoddy Accounting is one of the biggest reasons Startups Fail

Approximately 90% of all new businesses fail according to statistics, a frighteningly high number that makes you wonder why anyone would even start a new business these days.

If you do plan on starting a new business however, you need to know that poor accounting is one of the reasons many startups fail, and do your very best to avoid both the legal and reputation problems that it can cause.

Today’s blog will look at a number of excellent invoicing and accounting tools that will help you do just that. Enjoy.

The first is QuickBooks,  which has been around for quite a few years. It offers everything you need as far as accounting software is concerned, and can take care of invoicing, payroll, profit and loss sheets, balance sheets and bill management, among other things. You can also use QuickBooks to prepare your taxes, print out checks and also use it to accept online payments, because it’s integrated with Apps like PayPal, Constant Contact and Square. Even better, you can choose the features that you need and only pay for those, and the software comes with a 30 day free trial.

One service with an excellent task management tool is Invoicera, which will track the amount of time that you spend on any particular project and also assign tasks and evaluate their progress so that you can increase your productivity. If you’re a new startup with less than 3 clients you can use Invoicera for free but, at only $19.95 a month for their premium plan, it’s still a good deal.

If an intuitive accounting program is what you’re looking for, Zoho Books might be your answer. It can help you to calculate your taxes, has a time tracking tool and you can use to access customer data and send quotes from any device and, like QuickBooks, you can also integrate it with payment gateways like PayPal.

Over 1 million entrepreneurs and small business owners are already using a cloud-based, integrated accounting software called Wave. Approved by certified accountants, Wave provides accounting software that’s easy to use and understand, let’s you create a business reports and help you to keep records straight by uploading receipts into your Wave account. It’s also, for super low cost startups, absolutely free.

Lastly there’s FreshBooks, an invoicing and accounting tool that Forbes magazine has called “incredibly user friendly”. It allows you to do such things as schedule recurring invoices, track monthly expenses, capture billable hours and even see if a specific client has viewed your invoice or not.

All 5 of these excellent accounting programs and services are readily available to entrepreneurs and small business owners and, if making sure that your accounting stays up to date and correct is important to you (and it should be), using any one of them would be a good idea.

The Jobbie Entrepreneur

When hobbyists want to make money from their hobby, often they end up with what I call a “jobbie.” A jobbie is a hobby disguised as a business or a career. This happens because, as noted, someone decides to make a product or offer a service associated with a hobby. Or, they have a pursuit in an area that they love that doesn’t really make them a full salary. My litmus test is that if you are pursuing the endeavor full time and are not making in profit—not sales—the minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour at the federal level, higher in some states) on an hourly basis and have no real, credible plans to do so, you have a jobbie. Additionally, if you are not pursuing your endeavor on a full-time basis, and are rather dabbling and making some cash on the side, you also have a jobbie.

Jobbies tend to disproportionately affect certain groups, such as stay-at-home moms, creative types, recent college graduates, and good-old dreamers. There is nothing wrong with a jobbie inherently. It is actually great if you can make a bit of extra money from your hobby or can support your hobby, instead of having a hobby that just sucks up your money with nothing to show for it except for some fond memories. Just be realistic about it and know what it is. Make sure that you are not dependent on the jobbie as a source of income. You are not going to do yourself any favors by pretending that you are starting a business that ultimately goes nowhere because it didn’t have the foundation to be a business. Also, when you have a jobbie, you can sucker yourself into buying crazy amounts of inventory, spending an outrageous sum on a high-end website, and costing yourself a lot of money with delusions about your jobbie’s potential. Jobbyists sometimes dream that they will make huge sums of money from their side business. If you think that you are going to make a ton of money, create a real business plan, complete with financial statements and reasonable assumptions, and then evaluate whether it is a bona fide business opportunity or a jobbie.

You can also delay making real money by kidding yourself that this jobbie is actually going to become a full-blown business. Sometimes that is the point of a jobbie—a crutch to fall on so that you don’t have to get a real job. Just be honest with yourself, even if you aren’t with those around you.

That being said, a jobbie may actually be a perfect alternative to starting a real business. If you can pursue your passion and make a bit of side money, you may be able to satisfy your personal wants and needs without taking on an inordinate amount of risk (again, assuming you are cognizant that you are starting a jobbie and not investing at the same levels that you would for a bona fide business).

The Idea of Get Rich Quick Scheme

Many people who want to get compensated for their business ideas are basically get-rich-quick type of people (otherwise known as lazy and/ or delusional). There is no getting rich quickly in business. Businesses require work. Here is my final attempt to demonstrate why you can’t depend on ideas to get rich quickly.

There is a young man who calls me every six to nine months. He was pawned off on me—I mean “referred” to me—by one of the lawyers I do a lot of business with. Sometimes referrals are great, and sometimes referrals are someone’s way of passing the buck. This particular situation is the latter, and I have never forgiven my lawyer friend for this “referral.” I will call this young man Chad. Chad is desperate to make money from ideas, but doesn’t have much else to offer.

Chad first contacted me because he knew of a great niche food manufacturing and marketing business that he wanted to buy. He had a contact (I use that word very loosely, as it was his word, not mine) who was a part of said company’s board of directors. This contact apparently told Chad that the company’s shareholders would consider selling the company for the right price. He wanted to see if I could help him raise the money to purchase the business.

I will keep a long story very short. When asked how much money he was going to contribute, Chad had none. Not $10,000, not $1,000; he literally didn’t have a penny to contribute toward the potentially multimillion-dollar purchase price. When I asked Chad what his previous experience was in the food business that he was going to bring to the table ostensibly to help grow the business and create more value from it, he said he had none. Invariably, I told him with no money and no experience, he wasn’t going to make a great partner for any investors who might consider helping purchase that food company. He was expecting to earn ownership and even a management position in the company, but what was his added value to the business going forward?

His answer; “It was my idea to buy it.” I quickly explained that it wasn’t a very novel idea and that without anything else to contribute, he wasn’t going to be able to make that happen. I thought he understood, and Chad dropped that idea.

Chad and I had many similar conversations relating to other “ideas.” My most recent contact with Chad was a few months ago. I felt a bit of dread when I heard his voice on the other end of the phone, but I always do try to provide a few words of encouragement (or a quick reality check, as the case may be) when possible. This time, Chad informed me that he knew of a business that was struggling that he again wanted to buy, but his “financing” (again, his words, not mine) had fallen through, and he wanted to see if I could help him find new financing. I was shocked to hear that he had financing in place for an acquisition, so I was compelled to learn more.

The Customer is Always Right

I always say that the most important asset of a company is its customers, and I will reiterate that again here. If you have no customers, or more accurately, no paying customers—you have no business. It is impossible to have a business without any customers. This gives your customers unbelievable power, they own you! So, if you believe owning a business means you get to be the boss, forget it; the customer is the number one boss, bar none.

If you think that you have worked for some of the most incompetent, god-awful, foolish, horrible superiors before, they may pale in comparison to your new bosses—your customers. This is exacerbated if you work in a business that services end-customers (rather than a business-to-business scenario, which isn’t a picnic either). I have worked for nearly a decade and a half with businesses that sell products and services to the consumer; let me tell you that customers as a group can be beyond anything you have imagined.

Have you ever spoken to someone who works in customer service? If you don’t work directly with customers in your current job, then I suggest you speak with someone who does before going to work serving customers. Some customers will blatantly try to scam you or steal from you. I have spoken to numerous customer service representatives that have recounted stories about people wanting refunds because their dog chewed up a product and now believe it is “defective.” There are the representatives who work for a major bath and home retailer who explained that every year, right after Christmas, customers would return dozens upon dozens of used holiday tablecloths. One customer even had alterations made to the tablecloth to fit her unusually shaped table. The reasons for those returns—it “just didn’t work for me.”

There will be customers that will try to not pay you, there will be ones that try to nickel-and-dime you, customers who return products as damaged that they actually broke themselves, and customers who will take the product out of the box, replace it with something that you don’t even sell, and try to return it for a full refund. There will be customers who will dispute your charge on their credit card because they didn’t like the way they were treated or who will complain that the meal you served them was too cold and needs to be “comped” or discounted. Then, there will be customers who are so lonely that they will want to keep you on the phone, tied-up in person, or engaged in an email dialogue about all of their personal problems (none of which relate to your business).

You will send promotional emails to customers with a 50 percent discount on one item from May 1–6, and dozens will email back asking when the offer is good through, how much is it good for, and whether they can use it when they get paid on May 10. Guess what? All of these people are your new bosses. Lucky you—as a business owner, these are the people for whom you now work!

Starting a Business in 2015?

We talk a lot about personal finance here on this blog, as our regular readers know. Of course many of our readers are entrepreneurs and, in 2015, many will start a new business.

With that in mind, we wanted to remind all of them (and maybe even you) that there’s one vital step that they need to take, and make, in order to increase their chances of success incredibly. Some of you might say “well, duh we already knew that” when you hear it, but the reason we’re writing about it is because many entrepreneurs simply don’t do it.

The “it” we are talking about is writing down your business goals.

You might call them something different, maybe objectives or accomplishments, but it’s incredibly vital that you think them out, write them down and, over the next days, weeks and months, come back to them and make sure that you’re on track.

Some experts will tell you that, without writing down goals, you can’t make a marketing plan because you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish.

Even a basic marketing plan should include the end result, and without goals you don’t know what the end result would look like or should look like.

Again, some of you might be thinking that this is so incredibly obvious that it shouldn’t even be mentioned, but the simple fact is that many entrepreneurs don’t write down their goals but instead simply just launch their business, even though they still don’t have an idea of where they want that business to end up.

For example, do you want to build your business for a year and then sell it to the highest bidder? Do you want to own a chain of businesses, or just one? Do you have a specific number in mind for how much money you want the business to make, or how long you are willing to take in order to get there.

No matter what you are planning to start in 2015 (or whenever) you need to identify your business goals first before anything else.

One other thing that’s important about goals is this; they need to be measurable.

Every single goal that you write down should have some kind of quantifiable component that you use in order to measure whether or not you’ve been successful in meeting that goal. For example, if you’re launching a small boutique cosmetics store, you should have goals in terms of numbers, sales, customers and so forth. You also need to have measurable goals for your marketing and advertising as well.

As you can see, setting goals is incredibly important part of starting a business and writing your marketing plan. Indeed, writing them out and seeing them on paper is sometimes enough to put a fire under your butt to get going or, in some cases, slow you down a bit to take a look at exactly what you’re planning, and possibly change those plans.

No matter what type of business you begin this year, write down those goals, check back on them often and, of course, good luck!

Four Ways to Finance your Wholesale Business Start-ups

Each year, a number of people come up with attractive ideas to start retail or wholesale business. No matter, how ground breaking your idea for a new business is, you cannot get it off the ground without arranging finance. You need money to make money. You might think that there are many ways to fund your business but most of them are suitable only for established businesses. Following are a few ways that can surely be financially helpful for start-ups.

Contact investors with a well-written business plan

Before even considering financing your business, most of the investors ask for a business plan. Your business plan must be brief with clearly defined short and long-term goals for your business venture along with sale, cost and revenue projections. You will have to mention how much money you require to start the business, how much finance you already have and if you have any assets or resources to start a business. Depending upon the type of investor, you will have to indicate the degree of control an investor would have over your business operations.

Evaluate possible financing options

Personal Savings

On average, more than 60 percent of start-up financing comes directly from the pocket of newbie entrepreneurs. Even if you do not have a lot of liquid assets, there are other ways to finance your new business by leveraging your other assets such as property, jewellery or half-priced items. Your personal investment shows investors that you are personally handling some risk and are committed to your business.

Equity Investment

Equity means ownership and equity investment means money in the form of personal savings from your banking and checking account, loans from any individual including you or other people. Investors agree to fund your business in exchange for a share in the ownership of the business. You must do full homework before considering the equity investment option by first determining how much ownership you are willing to offer and at what price. Remember, if you will sell 51 percent of your business shares, you lose the control of your company.

Angel Investment

Another form of business financing is to approach investors or venture capitalists. These are the individuals or financing companies that fund businesses with high growth potential, based on the merits of business plans. Make sure, you have a proper exit plan when you sign up for angel investment. Most of the angel investors offer money, not as a loan but as an equity investment. Be very careful before accepting angel investment. On the contrary, you do not have to worry about regular payments with varying interest rates as angel investment is not a loan.

Commercial Loans

Commercial loans from banks and financial institutions are considered as the most common form of financing for wholesale businesses. You can go for long-term loans for larger expenses or for fixed assets such as property, machinery and equipment. Banks also offer short term loans that are viable to finance small and daily expenses such as inventory, payroll and emergency items. Short-term loans are usually issued for one year or for a few months and can include revolving lines of credit.

Securing loan for wholesale business start-up is usually difficult but you can increase your chances by making a good impression on your lender with a strong and practical business plan and by showing dependable projected cash flow.