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April 9, 2009

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Opportunity Knocks

Time to Break Out of the Job Box 

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Turn Your Knack For Helping Others Discover Their Calling By Training to Become a Home-Based “Outside the Job Box” Career Expert 

In the Garden

Learning Opportunities

  • Turning Interests Into Income

  • How to Create a Small Business With a Big Monthly Cashflow

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Opportunity Knocks: Creative Ways to Make a Living Without A Job

Time to Break Out of the Job Box:
Reader’s Share Cool Ideas for Turning Your Everyday Interests Into Money-Making Small Businesses

Valerie Young

By Valerie Young

Part 1 of a 2 Part Series

In his hour-long interview with Charlie Rose, Bill Gates said something that made me grab for my pen. He said, “This is the best time ever to be someone who is curious.” How true. There are so many fascinating ways to make a living without a job. To see them, though, requires a certain amount of curiosity.

Like Barbara Winter, I’m constantly “interrogating” people about their work. When I spent the night in the hospital last year, I asked a (very taken aback) physician, “Why did you decide to become a hospitalist?”

Then last month I spoke at a gathering of women optometrists meeting at a hotel in Atlanta. While I was testing out the microphone system, the hotel was setting up for a chocolate fondue and martini reception. When I saw a nice young man from a local company wheeling in vats of liquid chocolate, I pounced. I’m sure the hotel staff thought I was a bit odd, but I was curious to learn how someone would dive into chocolate – as a business, that is.

I’m not the only one who is curious. I recently held an “Opportunity Detective” contest where aspiring entrepreneurs competed for a spot in my Outside the Job Box Career Expert course. Contestants were asked to submit 10 unique small business ideas. Here are just a few of the many fascinating ideas I received. Sprinkled among the business ideas are some lessons from me on how you, too, can break outside of the job box!

For Creative Entrepreneurs, Problem = Opportunity

When you view the world from the eyes of an entrepreneur, you understand that some opportunities come disguised as problems – and all the more so in these challenging economic times. For example, there’s a company in California that (and don’t ask me how) somehow sprays green coloring onto brown lawns so homes that are For Sale or bank-owned look lived in.

Not long ago, a cooking show featuring recipes from the Great Depression would have gone largely unnoticed. But today, 91 year old Clara Cannuciari’s Great Depression Cooking segments have been picked up by all the major news outlets. The videos, shot in her kitchen by her grandson, were such a hit on YouTube that he’s packaged up the DVD to sell. They’re also monetizing the site with Google ads, but I could easily see getting big time corporate sponsors like Ronzoni or Idaho potatoes. If you could use a smile check out Clara’s site or track her down on YouTube.

Try the problem = opportunity technique yourself. Think of something challenging or stressful, then find a way to address it. Take for example, weddings. You already know about professional wedding planners. But perhaps the only thing more stressful than planning a wedding is cancelling one. It was Opportunity Detective contestant Erika Harris who turned me on to an actual business someone started as a professional event canceller. What is especially noteworthy about this business is that, like many enterprises (mine included), it started with a personal crisis.

In 2008, Lindsay Riggin went through the painful process of cancelling her own wedding. Obviously it was tough. But it also made her realize that she may be able to put her social work degree to work by helping others in the same position.

Today, this Chicago-based entrepreneur helps her clients by doing everything from notifying guests, calling vendors, re-negotiating contracts, and answering etiquette questions. Obviously, handling all these details takes someone who likes organizing things and has good people skills. But Lindsay also puts her counseling background to good use by offering therapeutic support and advice to individuals or couples.

Like the organizing/detail part, but don’t have a counseling degree? Here’s a work-around: Partner with a therapist in your area to deal with the emotional fall out and you handle the practical side of things!

Finally, sometimes other people see our gifts before we do. When a friend saw John having lots of fun with women at a conference, he encouraged John to create a training guide on “Dating For Over 40 for Men.” John’s friend even offered to market it for him!

This business may turn out to be a great funnel for John’s other idea. He even has a name for it: “No More Nervousness - Complete Confidence for The Best Man - Prewritten Toasts and Speeches for Everyone Who Has to Talk at a Wedding or Reception.” (Personally I think John could start a little side business helping people come up with catchy book and product titles… he’s obviously got a knack for it!)

There are lots of benefits to surrounding yourself with other entrepreneurs. For instance, John has another friend who is a Wedding DJ, and this is one of many add-on services John and he are considering. If you don’t know other entrepreneurs, then make it your plan to seek them out.

And in these challenging economic times, it is all the more important to look beyond – or at least in addition to – the traditional job path.

“Growing” Teen Entrepreneurs

A lot of people share my passion for reaching out and helping teens start a business. When I was at Yanik Silver’s Underground Online Marketing seminar in Washington, DC  last month, the entire first row was reserved for young entrepreneurs. One came as far away as the UK – by himself!

Supervising and advising all of those teens at the event was a dynamic woman named Shonika Proctor. According to her business card, Shonika is the “speaker, author, consultant, and doer” at RenegadeCEOs.com. (That’s her to the right of me in the photo.) Her organization focuses exclusively on training, coaching and promoting entrepreneurial teens across socioeconomic backgrounds and across the globe. Virtual coaching (via phone & Skype) is available for those outside of the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

I just revisited RenegadeCEOs.com and learned that MTV is seeking contestants for a Teen CEO Reality Television Show. Obviously you would have to be a REALLY cool parent to put your family out there on national TV, but if you’re a bit of ham, it’s a great way to get exposure for your teen’s entrepreneurial dream. Unfortunately, the deadline is April 10th so go to www.RenegadeCEOs.com ASAP for details and to learn about this and the other cool things they’re doing to support teen entrepreneurs.

Teens and children were another popular theme amongst Opportunity Detective contestants. For example, David’s dream is to help fathers and children spend more time together by teaching families how to start businesses together. “I want to take teenagers and get them involved in entrepreneurship [as a way to give] the vast majority who will not go to college a different option than 'just a j-o-b.'”

Here are examples of seven cool full-time businesses David says were all started by teens:

  • Popsy Cakes” -- Cupcakes on a stick! The brainchild of an 18-year-old girl enrolled in an entrepreneur program

  • Creating videos and music for special occasions and events

  • Eco Dog Treats - vegetarian dog treats

  • E&E Basket Company – gift baskets for all occasions

  • Tutoring and strategy business for college students

  • Online SAT preparation

  • Selling imported Peruvian jewelry

Walter from Canada shared this enterprising example of an even younger entrepreneur. “Grade eight Ottawa student Charlie Sobcov invented a painted, plastic window decal to save migratory birds from ‘skyscraper slaughter.’ Birds can see the ‘stop signs,’ but the paint color makes the removable decals invisible to humans. Although he’s still only testing the decals, he already has orders coming in.”

Remember how I said problems are an entrepreneur’s best friend? Walter shared another neat example of the problem-opportunity approach in action. After waiting 15 minutes in the icy cold for his bus, only to discover that he had missed it, 16 year-old student entrepreneur Eric Forkosh decided, "There has to be a better way…" So Walter reports, Erik created a hand-held Bus Alert that uses radio signals to alert him when the school bus is coming. How many kids, and parents, would love that!

Home-based businesses are very popular with the home schooling community. Another Opportunity Detective contestant named Olivia tells of homeschooled teen in her area who turned her love of plants and animals into a nature class for homeschoolers. “She teaches plant identification, how to track animals, animal and reptile habitats, etc., taking students on them on nature walks and has the class outdoors,” says Olivia. How cool is that!

Olivia has been teaching her own children to think outside the job box for a while now. Her 11-year-old even has a cake decorating business! Helping children is her passion. “I’m always looking for what their talent is and guiding them that way. After studying home-based businesses for 3 years (I’m a scanner), I’ve decided I want to help women find their uniqueness and how to profit from it. I was shocked when I found your website. It’s what my heart is! Teaching women to spot their children’s gifts and to help them think ‘outside of the box’ instead of just going down the same beaten path as everyone else is another area I want to help with.” Adding, “They’re our future!”

I couldn’t agree more! What I love about Olivia is she “gets” that there really is a way to take the thing she loves to do and share that with others who want to do the same thing. Don’t you wish you had a mother like Olivia? I’m also a huge fan of combining multiple interests into one or more income streams. For an interesting approach, one reader is taking that combines teen entrepreneurs and the green theme, go to the In the Garden section below.

The Opportunity Detective contest yielded dozens of other fascinating small business ideas. Proof that a curious mind is key to thinking outside the job box! What can you be curious about today? Practice flexing your Opportunity Detective muscles by making it your mission to chat it up with at least one business owner you come in contact with today. It could be the person who owns the corner store or the dry cleaners… or perhaps your chiropractor, yoga instructor, the trainer at your gym, the neighbor down the street. Entrepreneurs, like ideas, are everywhere. You just need to look.

P.S. I was supposed to pick just one winner of the Opportunity Detective contest. Note to self: Never run a contest where I have to choose! I ended up choosing 4 lucky winners. They are Erika, John, Jerry and Raghu. Their curious and creative minds have earned them a complimentary spot in the Outside the Job Box Career Expert Course. I feel fortunate that they will be joining this growing community of well over 125 Outside of the Job Box Career Experts!

Too many people waste time daydreaming about being rescued by “Mr. Job,” the career equivalent of waiting for Mr. or Ms. Right. This kind of passive approach is sure to disappoint. Face it: The only person who’s going to liberate you from job jail is you! If you want to be your own boss then take a proactive lesson from Jonathan Winters who said, “I couldn’t wait for success,” he reportedly said, “so I went ahead without it.”

P.P.S. To learn more about this career training and business launch program – and some free marketing tips anyone starting out in business can use – check out the Featured Resource below.

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"Turning Interests Into Income" expert, Valerie Young, abandoned her corporate cubicle to become the Dreamer in Residence at ChangingCourse.com offering resources to help you discover your life mission and live it. Her career change tips have been cited in Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today Weekend, Woman's Day, and elsewhere and on-line at MSN, CareerBuilder, and iVillage.com. An expert on the Impostor Syndrome, Valerie has spoken on the topic of How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are to such diverse organizations as Daimler Chrysler, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Harvard, and American Women in Radio and Television.

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In the last newsletter, I asked you to think about what it would be like to sit at home (or anywhere in the world really) and brainstorm with people over the telephone about creative ways they could make a living without a job − and actually get paid to do it!

Or maybe you’d love to run workshops teaching people how they too can turn their passions into profits…

Or to run workshops on how to turn interests into income…

Or to make money 24-hours a day by selling your own eBooks, CDs, or other information products that help people do work that feeds their soul…

If you are a creative thinker, are entrepreneurial, love to brainstorm, and want to get paid to do what comes naturally, I can show you how to become a career advisor, specializing in consulting with people who want to "do their own thing."

2008 Outside the Job Box Career Experts
2008 graduates out for lunch in
Northampton, Massachusetts


Just some of the many 2007 OJB program
graduates gathered for a business goal setting
and marketing collaboration meeting and brunch at
my house in the country. (Glad those stairs are strong!)


Just a few of the many 2006 OJB course graduates
along with me and Barbara Winter (author of Making a Living Without a Job) gathered for a networking
meeting and cookout at my house.

Since 2006, I have trained over 100 people from the USA, Canada, the UK, Singapore, Sweden, Kenya, and Australia how to start their own small businesses being Outside the Job Box Career Experts.

Many of the program graduates work one-on-one with individual clients, usually over the telephone. Some are niche marketing to people in their current or previous profession like returning vets and military spouses, realtors who need to get another income stream going, and burned out attorneys. Others have taken their lead from me and are quite happy to work with anyone who wants to change course!

Quick Marketing Tip: Sometimes your niche market is right in front of your face. Like the former IT consultant in Canada who plans to specialize in helping other downsized IT workers discover new ways to make money. Since she’s one of them, she knows their world – and where to find them. She can post on IT blogs, write tip sheets for IT newsletters, attend IT conferences, and on and on.

Other consultants love running workshops. One ran her first Teleseminar within a month of finishing the course. Another just picked up a cool $200 for a 90 minute workshop offered by her local library. All the essential concepts are right in my course – all these consultants had to do was share them!

Quick Marketing Tip: Look for win-win situations. You could partner with a local bank to offer free or for-a-fee brainstorming sessions in their conference room. You get free meeting space, the credibility of partnering with the bank, and the opportunity to pick up paying clients. The bank gets to introduce itself to people who may someday need a business loan. Community-minded local newspapers or television stations might be open to hosting a free workshop for recently laid-off workers. Another win-win!

Limited Spots in the Spring 2009 “Outside the Job Box” Career Expert Self-Paced Course

Important Registration Information

This course has always been delivered as either a 16-week Teleclass or as a 5-day live workshop. But late last year, I made available a new Self-Paced version. Not only was it far more affordable to far more people, but being self-study meant the program was no longer time-zone dependent - something my International students love. Plus, people could go at their own pace, learning a new career on their side while still keeping their day job.

To make sure I could adequately serve this new round of trainees, I limited sale of the Outside the Job Box Career Expert Self-Paced Course to 50 people. Once the course filled, I closed the program to new students. That was in January. But since then, there has been a huge pent-up demand for the program.

So I decided to open the doors to more people. I still need to make sure we can adequately serve everyone. For that reason, I am once again releasing a limited number of courses before closing down once again.

Earlier this week, I offered a pre-registration period exclusively to the 937 people who signed up for the “First in Line” priority notification list. I opened the doors at 3:00 p.m. Eastern and the first order arrived at 3:05, the next at 3:06, and it pretty much snowballed from there.

The registration doors had barely opened when we started receiving a barrage of emails like this one from Debbie who wrote…

“I LOVE IT! You have NOOOO idea how excited I am… I'm just so darned excited to find something like this! It's something EVERYone should experience. I think I'm already making my list of potential clients! : )”

REGISTRATION UPDATE: Easy Micro-Payment Plan Extended to 9 Months

The thing I really didn't expect was to have so many people thank me for making this program so reasonably priced. Obviously, the $500 discount came as a welcome surprise.

Due to popular demand, I extended the micro-payments from six to nine months. One person who took advantage of the micro-payments summed it up this way... "Where else can you get trained in a whole new business AND get all the marketing and business start up tools for the same price as a fast food meal a day?"

To learn more about whether the Outside the Job Box Career Expert Course and Business Launch System is right for you, go to OutsideTheJobBox.com. Watch the video and read the course description. Then, follow your gut.

As Charles Handy once said, “For the first time in the human experience, we have a chance to shape our work to suit the way we want to live instead of always living to fit in with our work... We would be mad to miss the chance.”

There’s never been a better time to take action. The world needs career advisors who are trained to think “outside the job box” more than ever before. Bring your gifts to the world and start your new life today.

Registration will remain open for about a week, or whenever the seats fill. Take a moment now to watch my video and read the complete course description.

 

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
~ Danny Kaye

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In the Garden

Planting Seeds and Watching Them Grow

From time to time, I like to feature the progress of subscribers who are actively pursuing their dream of self-bossing. In past issues I’ve talked about how growing a dream is a lot like growing a garden. It starts with the desire for growth. Then, just as you would ready the soil for planting, you must prepare your mind. You may, for example, need to work on believing that you deserve to be happy, that it’s okay to  both want to make good money and find your work enjoyable, too, and that it really is possible to live life on your own terms.

Next, you must plant the seeds. Seeds come in different forms. I routinely hear from people who tell me that something they read here planted the seed of hope. Sometimes an idea or a new piece of information takes root and you suddenly see the world in an entirely different way.

And, just like a garden, dreams require tending in order to bear fruit. Brainstorming, information-gathering, reading, seeking out role models, and finding support are all good ways to nourish to a dream

If you have a big dream that involves making a difference on a larger scale, then you’ll be inspired by the letter I received this week from Outside the Job Box Career Expert Course graduate, Cheryl Young. Cheryl is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurship from cradle to grave. It’s a passion she is applying on a state-wide level as part of a grant she received with the National Department of Labor with the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. Right now she’s looking at how education centers are working to prepare people on unemployment to transition to entrepreneurship.

Pretty exciting stuff – but she has no plans to stop there. Here, in her own words, are some of the other seeds Cheryl is planting to make a difference in the lives of others:

Dear Valerie,

I saw an article that pretty much says what I was saying on the call about Why This is THE Perfect Time to Start Your Own Business on April 5, 2009 in real and personal terms. In classic form, funds have been cut back by 34% two years ago and 30% last year and now these career centers are being hit as never before.....

I am working on two other contracts that you may be interested in learning more a bout. One is RosiesGirls.org which is about introducing non-traditional careers to middle school girls. I am administering/creating a camp this summer at the Career Development Center in Bennington, Vermont. I will be layering entrepreneurship into these careers, which we are also turning them Green.

For example, the students learn to make a tool box. They learn to wire a lamp. The renewable energy teacher will expand that into saving energy, solar, wind etc. We are a pilot for Green. This is a program that has been started here in Vermont by Vermont Works for Women and now expanding into other states. Excellent program!

The other contract is working with a physics teacher/engineer who is teaching a pilot course in renewable energy for disadvantaged youth. We have 7 males in this first class. They have built and installed a solar panel in a home where there lives a disabled man who is in a wheelchair and having to feed his wood stove. Now he does not have to do this and his house is cozy warm. Again, I am encouraging them to think outside the box and create their own installation internships that will lead to certification and ultimately their own business -- making money and having fun! Who would think that is what a class with mostly turned off kids would be doing?

They are no longer just going through the motions. They are engaged in their learning. 

We seek to create curriculum that can be taught across the curriculum at all levels. I see it as a life skill that every student needs to know...1) How to cut costs and save the planet 2) Create a replicable model to bring to other schools 3) Create a funding source for the course apart from tax dollars!

Cheryl Young
Dorset, Vermont

My message to you is to stop dwelling on how much work it takes to cultivate the soil and plant the seeds. And, instead, focus on the bounty your efforts will yield. In an essay “Sacrifice or Stepping Stone?” from her newsletter Winning Ways, author Barbara Winter reminds us of something essential. “Giving up something in the present in order to have something greater in the future,” she says, “is actually a wise pay-off.”

And Cheryl also asked me to pass along a message to her fellow Outside the Job Box Career Experts. “With the economy as it is now, there are many people who need what you have or are considering. Do not be shy and do not let fear stop you. There are many in your community who need your guidance and coaching.”

 

If you only do what you know you can do, you'll never do much. ~ Tom Krause

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Turn Your Interests Into Income Tele-Brainstorming Call with Your Host, Valerie Young

Have you ever wished that you could sit down and have a one on one brainstorming session with Valerie? You know you want to do work you love, you just don't know how! Here's your chance!

Join us this month as we feature three (possibly more) business ideas or challenges that Valerie and her special guests will focus on.

Tuesday, April 21
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How To Make Money Month after Month Like Clockwork: Create a Small Business With a Big Monthly Cash Flow

One of the most challenging parts of being an entrepreneur is the unpredictability of cash flow. Well, what if you could set up a business where you knew there would be a steady stream of revenue each and every month? It’s called “continuity” income and major organizations like Consumer Reports, the Red Cross, and others have been receiving regular monthly payments charge directly to their customer’s credit cards for years. Now you can learn how to put the power of the continuity model to work for your current or future business to work for you!

In this first-ever “Continuity Summit,” friend and mega Internet Guru, Ryan Lee, has put together and all-star line up of incredibly successful online entrepreneurs who have agreed to share their secrets for generating steady monthly income with you.

Whether you already have an online business or are in the “dabbling phase” – there are lots of different ways that small one-person businesses can create continuity income that can fit your “passion, niche and lifestyle” including…

  • Paid membership sites (build a strong loyal tribe)

  • “Micro Memberships” (create a membership site in 2 days)

  • Print newsletters (easy to create and creates great buyers)

  • Tele-Coaching (crack the 7-figure monthly ceiling with coaching)

  • CD or DVD of the Month (simple creation. High profits)

  • Hybrid continuity (unlimited income potential)

In most cases, it’s even easier to create continuity programs than it is regular one-time products.

Because the demand is so high to learn about building continuity income (and there’s so much terrible information floating around) Ryan is doing something completely out of the box. The “Continuity Summit” is the FIRST 3-day large-scale event to focus solely on building your recurring revenue.

In this special 3-day event in Stamford, Connecticut Ryan Lee and some of the top internet marketers on the planet will all come to one place, with one mission – to help you develop your very own continuity program.

Whether you already have information products or you are completely new to the business, this 3-day event will change your financial future forever.

Internet marketing seminars typically cost a minimum of $2,000 to attend. But not this one….

The early registration price is an unheard of $199, but this price is only good until Monday, April 13! (Travel tip: The event rate through the Hilton is $89 but if you pay online in advance you can get a room rate of somewhere around $65. Or use your AAA or AARP number online for a rate in the mid-$70s. Share a room and save even more!)

The (Big!) Continuity Summit
May 15-17, 2009
Stamford, CT
Click Here to Learn More

P.S. I’ll be there, speaking on one of the panels. Plus, because I know Ryan, I was able to barter free seats for 25 people who I trained in my unique Outside the Job Box Career Expert Course and Business Launch Program. They get to learn all about setting up continuity income and, in exchange, they’ll serve as on-site idea joggers to the expected 1,000 workshop attendees. And I’ve reserved a room the night before for a networking and marketing strategy meeting. I love these kinds of win-win barters!

P.P.S. If you think this is something you can’t learn how to do, then consider this…
If you happened to be on the Changing Course Club Opportunity Hour call when Ryan came on to talk about membership sites than you know that Ryan used to be a physical education teacher in the Bronx! Then he discovered continuity programs and in a matter of a few years was earning over a million dollars a year online setting up membership sites in the fitness world (his passion!). If you have a passion – and the desire to learn how you can turn your passion into income – I urge you to join Ryan, the Outside the Job Box Career Expert and me this May!

Click Here to Learn More

 

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~ Thomas Watson Jr., Owner of IBM

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Resources for a Change

Spring Is Here! Make Money Growing Plants, Even if You Have a Small Yard. That's what Mike McGroarty does. And he's made thousands of extra dollars doing it. After years of running a thriving home-based plant business, he finally put the whole thing down into an easy step-by-step format that shows you everything you need to make extra money growing plants from your home. As we move into spring time here in the northern hemisphere, this could be a great seasonal income stream. He’s giving away a lot of free information on his site. You can also look for a link that says “Make Money at Home Growing Small Landscape Plants on 1/20 Acre or Less.” Visit Mike online at ChangingCourse.com/recommends/freeplants

Learn How to Run Your Own Profitable Sports Camp The reality is that there are a lot of parents willing to invest in their kids, no matter what the economy is. Whether parents think their son/daughter can get a scholarship, they want to live vicariously through their kids or just want the best for them, parents are looking for programs to take their kids to the next level. This complete training system will show you step-by-step how to put on and run a profitable sports camp. Combine your love of sports with helping athletes of all ages increase their abilities. They give you the specific details you need to make sure all of your bases are covered, from obtaining a venue to securing staffing and more. I know the two guys who developed this program, and I recommend their training program without reservation. In fact, I was so enthusiastic about their program I kicked in a free bonus! (ChangingCourse.com/recommends/sportscamp)

Love Old Building Materials? Published six times a year Architectural Salvage News brings consumers, architects, designers, and business owners alike news and information about architectural salvage like… antique pine flooring, antique hardware, antique columns, building salvage, antique bricks, or architectural salvage yards. If you love this kind of stuff (I do!) for $16 you can’t afford not to subscribe to start scoping out opportunities to turn this interest into income! (ArchitecturalSalvageNews.com) And if you're really serious...

Guide to Architectural Salvage and Antique Lumber Companies The growing popularity of using antique building parts in restoring old homes, in new homes to add a unique style element, as artwork, and as decorative garden elements led the publishers of Architectural Salvage News to put out the first national list of outlets locally, nationally, and on the Web selling vintage building parts and reclaimed lumber. The Guide lists more than 300 architectural salvage and antique lumber companies by state and in Canada by province including contact information, website and email addresses, days and hours of operation, and a brief description about each company. $12.99 (ArchitecturalSalvageNews.com)

NEW Video: Small Dream + Next to No Money = Big Earnings. If you plan to do business on the Web then you need to know how to take your idea and then get the people who could most benefit from your product or service to actually buy it. If you think the “little guy” can’t compete, then I think you’ll be inspired by this video from my friend and marketing mentor Jeff Walker. The nice thing is you don’t need to enter an email to watch the video about the guy who was on food stamps who took an obscure niche and turned it into six figures. But if you want to see the entire video line up (like the person who working with a small mailing list of only 312 people generated five-figures in sales) and get some great free advice from Jeff, then I urge you to sign up. ChangingCourse.com/recommends/productlaunch

 

 

 

Note: Changing Course does not accept paid advertisements from any of the resources listed here. This list is provided to expand your thinking about just how many interesting ways there are to make a living without a job!