Feisty Flags (Part 2)

In an earlier post I explained my business ventures with Feisty Flags. Before you continue reading, READ THIS first. This is your only warning.

Shipping:

Shipping flags from China to the US can be difficult. There’s communication issues, currency problems, and a slew of errors. Add a $50 shipping fee and headaches are almost certain. I’m not complaining though – getting the same product from Canada would be $30 a flag.

If I order 10 flags, with a manufacturing price of $4 a flag and $50 shipping, this comes out as roughly $9 a flag. Meaning that to make my money back – I’d have to sell flags for $10 a piece. Not bad.

Of coarse, that’s worst case scenario. Keep in mind that I’m in competition with others selling the same/similar flags. And to be perfectly honest; Amazon prices seem like a fucking scam. They take 15% of my sale in addition to $39.99 a month. This means that I have to hustle to make my dough. Luckily, my flags are better.

Anyways, I’m still getting my foot in the door and so I’ll keep you in the loop.

This is just for fun, after all.

 

The Evolution of Feisty Flags

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The great thing about business is that you’re constantly failing towards success. That sums this past week up well. In the past days, I’ve spent $150 of my personal money on Google Adwords promoting flags and sold a grand total of 0. Some might consider that a failure, but I do not.

Because I put $150 towards Adwords, I have a better understanding of how the website works, along with better SEO and keywords. I couldn’t have done that without taking a little risk with my own cash.

I also learned a very valuable lesson; niches are key. Since learning about my $150 loss, I’ve changed my website to highlight historical flags. History buffs are more likely to spend more on their hobby of old flags, which is something I benefit from.

In addition to the brand change, I’ve kickstarted a second round of ads with Google Adwords, spending only $20 a day compared to my previous $50 a day. The hope being to advertise while continuing to experiment with branding.

VERY few people starting businesses will publish their failures. They’re afraid to be ridiculed for failing. That’s why I’m probably crazy for doing so. But the truth is, as long as you extract the helpfulness of each failure – you’re all set.

I’m young. I’m an 18-year-old college bound student. I can afford to take big risks because I can afford to lose. But as long as I’m winning big long term – that’s all that matters.

http://www.feistyflags.com/

 

How To Start an Online Store

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I recently launched feistyflags.com and it’s been a blast. I’ve learned so much with real money at stake. I’m walking on a tightrope and as a result – it’s been fun and risky. Unfortunately, there’s many who want to kickstart their own website, but simply don’t know how to start.

While you might think setting up an online store is difficult, (I certainly did) you’d be surprised at how easy it can be.

I’m about to give you 3 steps to building your own online store and start making big money fast. Much of what I’m about to say is inspired from books like The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich and others come from personal experience. I hope you’ll enjoy:

1.) Pick a Website

For business I’d recommend Wix, Webs, or Weebly.

Wix.com: Wix is fantastic if you’re new to business. They have amazing customer service and make it fairly easy to set up. It’s fully customizable with 0 tech skills required.

Web.comWeb.com has no setup fee. That’s a big deal. If you’re unsure your business will be successful, Web is highly recommended. It’s great for sticking your toe in the water and seeing how well you can swim in the world of online markets.

Weebly.com: I’ll admit it – I’m biased towards Weebly. I’ve used them forever now and love them. They’re good people that help with bad problems. Their platform is spectacular.

2.) Find Your Niche:

“If everybody is doing it one way, there’s a good chance you can find your niche by going exactly in the opposite direction.” – Sam Walton

If you’re planning on making a store for pets or animals stop now. It’s been done before and you’ll never make any money. You want to be as specific with your customers as possible. This might go against what you’re taught and that’s okay.

The sad truth is, as kids we never wanted to be pinned down or labelled. We were distinctively independent in our perception of the world. Those days are over.

Be specific. Find people. Market towards them.

3.) Advertising:

Before buying $500 worth of T-shirts to hold in your garage, make sure you can sell them! Nothing’s worse than hoarding items that can’t sell. To test the waters, start a Google Adwords campaign. This part will involve money.

Spend about $25 a day using keywords involving your product. Just as an example, if you’re selling meme shirts, type: meme, shirt, unique, cheap. They should be common enough to generate sales but not common enough to get trampled by larger website that have already dominated your SEO.

I’ll include a link on how to start an Adwords campaign here: https://support.google.com/adwords/.

Conclusion:

I hope you found this advice helpful. I’m convinced online businesses are the future. The world has never seen people this dedicated with the kind of technology at our disposal. I look forward to seeing what you sell.

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Introducing ‘Feisty Flags’ and Why I’m Happy

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 6.29.18 PM        I don’t start websites to make people happy because that doesn’t make me money. You’re probably thinking I’ve got some hidden agenda to make you laugh or cause controversy, but that’s simply not true. And while I’d like to launch a website for fun, the fact is I’m 18 years old and heading off to college – I need the money.

That’s where an online store comes in.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Feistyflags.comThe World’s Most Trusted Online Conservative Flag Store.

Oh yes, I’ve taken a big plunge and couldn’t be happier.

        With that being said, I want to stress something important: These flags don’t match my views. That’s important because I’m different than my store. I have my own views and beliefs that don’t intersect with this website, and that’s totally fine.

And so if you like sexy artwork, you might like checking it out. If you like conservative flags, you might like checking it out too.

I’d like to thank all my friends and everyone involved in my first ‘business-ish’ adventure. You have absolutely no idea what you signed up for – but it probably will make you happy.

Thank you.

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The Power of Positive Thinking

You’ve probably heard the importance of positive thinking before. Maybe it was at a party where you didn’t want to be present. Maybe at a rough day at work. But whenever positive thinking is brought to the forefront of conversation, everyone is suddenly a professional psychiatrist.

I’m writing this post not because I want to spout feel good nonsense. It’s because like you, I didn’t always believe in it. But the truth is, the power of positive thinking isn’t only real – it’s more real than you can imagine.

The founder of the positive thinking movement was a man called Norman Vincent Peale. He published a book in 1952 titled ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’. While controversial at the time, its lessons have never been more accurate. Unfortunately, applying these lessons aren’t as easy as it might sound.

For example, you’ve already heard all the generic bullshit phrases. “think positive!” or “keep your head up!” comes to mind. And while their intentions are perfectly good, they seldom change our mood. How can we practice positive thinking in our own lives?

Recently there’s been somewhat of a breakthrough of research on this topic. It’s important to note that it’s 100% science. There’s no ancient mysticism in anything related to positive thinking.

I want to share with an ABC article I found recently that delves deeper into positive thinking than I can hear. That being said, I’m a firm believer in affirmations and am inspired by Mr. Peale’s work. I invite you to research positive thinking and come to your own consensus.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/the-scientific-evidence-for-positive-thinking/6553614

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