Feisty Flags (Part 3 – Results)

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Haven’t read part 1 or part 2 yet? You’ll probably be confused.

Read them first.

This has been a fun!

It’s been a few weeks running an online business. I’ve spent money and earned money. Time to tally the results and see what I’ve got.

My monthly sales are $277. Fucking fantastic.

You might think that’s a bad result. Maybe you think that I should be earning more money. Maybe my money spent on building an email list stifles my profit margin. And you’re not wrong.

But here’s the important thing: The arrow is pointed in the right direction. That’s important because I went from making $0/month to $277/month. In addition to working 20 hours a week on the side. That’s not bad for a beginner.

In terms of physical product – I won’t reveal how much these flags cost to manufacture (for my business’ sake). But it’s a GREAT profit margin.

And what about pricing? $35 is a great price for a custom flag. Anyone who disagrees is misinformed.

Why am I writing this?

No clue.

I like to imagine using them as resources 30 years from now living in a California mansion smoking a blunt with my model wife.

Or at the very least – as a written affirmation. The truth is like a fog and I’m trying to navigate through it with better systems. Writing out the business process seems like a good idea.

Maybe only 20 email subscribers will read this.

Oh well. Hope you enjoy it!

https://www.feistyflags.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Is Basic Income The Future?

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Monthly checks of $1,000 might be what we need.

Imagine opening your mailbox and grabbing a $1,000 check, courtesy of your government. No, you’re not on welfare. No, you’re not on Social Security. You’re just an average citizen living their life.

Sign at the top and drop $1,000 into the bank. Crazy, right?

Some futurists believe it’s the future.

A mixed bag of globalization and automation mean factory and labor jobs are becoming obsolete. Which means we need a way to combat unemployment while bettering the lives of people in the 21st century.

Basic income could be that backbone to the economy we’ve been looking for.

In addition to a job, those working paycheck-to-paycheck have the luxury of escaping poverty, while remaining in the realm of capitalism. People can work to save and invest in their future – as opposed to simply survive.

What about the free market?

From a capitalist’s perspective, I know you’re thinking this won’t work. You think people will abuse the system and light their cash on fire with non-necessities.

Here’s the good news – when people have free money they buy more goods and services. Which means more money for the businessman or business owner. Which means a stronger economy.

Maybe you spend that extra $1,000 on a startup. Maybe you invest in the stock market. Maybe you buy a gift for your son’s birthday. Ultimately, you’d choose what to do with it because it would feed directly back into the economy.

Of coarse, there’s still many holes to be filled.

For example: Where will this extra income come from? Will taxes be raised? How will this affect unemployment? etc.

While there’s questions to ask, basic income would provide security to poor people, give employees negotiating power for job prospects, and decrease incentive for money fraud.

Basic income is a serious prospect and people should pay attention to it – because it may well be the future.

 

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.

 

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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