With Online Tailoring Every Suit Has A Silver Lining

Made To Measure Benefits But Without The Travelling.

In my grandfather’s time, if you wanted a made-to-measure suit, or other garment, then the tailor was probably just along the high street. Visiting him in order to get “measured up” and again for a fitting or two was no problem as it could be done with just a short walk.

Moving along one generation, things began to change – but not too much. More options became available. Department stores and high street outlets began offering a much better range of “off the peg” alternatives to the made-to-measure garment. Although this option was not new as such, the variety and choice was. Also, sizing and variations of fit became much more varied such that those who were not of average height, size and shape could also be accommodated.

With convenience and mass marketing came reductions in cost. It would be unfair to say that quality suffered as a result of this however, instead people’s perception of quality changed somewhat.

If a garment was supplied ready to wear, off the peg, then the consumer began to expect that, whilst it should be of good quality and fit acceptably well, it would not be quite the same in these respects as something that was made-to-measure.

Obviously, off the peg garments vary tremendously in terms of price and quality. Cheap and cheerful is probably fine for something you wear casually, such as a T shirt or sweater, but definitely not OK for the suit you wear to work. Special occasions such as weddings and the like also tend to demand a higher standard in terms of fabric, style and fit.

Worldwide Shopping On The Worldwide Web.

Just as the department stores and high street fashion retailers thought they had it all their own way, along came the Internet to change their minds. Within a few short years the world of commerce had changed to such an extent that many traditional high street stores began to close, or scale down their “bricks and mortar” operations.

The ones who were savvy enough adapted their sales model to encompass online activities and incorporate them into a new online/offline offering. Others, however, sprung up from nowhere on an online only basis and we can all think of many examples of that. The world of commerce had changed dramatically and the pace of that change was ever on the increase. People were ordering more and more online and the choice was growing daily.

The Winds Of Change Were Blowing But Not Everyone Was Flying A Kite.

With change, however, came problems too. It wasn’t all plain sailing, not by any means.

One of the principle barriers to e-commerce was in the “touch and feel” activity that made high street shopping such a pleasure for many people. If you order something online you can’t touch it, or feel it, before you buy it. True, most online retailers would let you sent it back if you didn’t like it and that solved the problem for many.

There was, however, one notable exception – the made to measure suit.

A made to measure suit is, by definition, made for the person for whom it is intended. The customer cannot expect to be able to change his mind once the garment is made because the retailer would be highly unlikely to be able to sell the garment to anyone else. It was made for one person and one person only.

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention and Mother Came up With The Goods Once More

Realising that the touch and feel factors were likely to be a barrier to online sales, a tailoring company in China realised that they had to overcome that hurdle or fall off the online horse.

They had a first class product; they made mens suits and other garments on a made to measure basis, yet they were unable to penetrate the market as extensively as they would like. The solution to this problem was inspirational but, ultimately, very simple and it transformed them into a business that could operate globally without the need to ever meet any of their bespoke clients.

Enter The “Testing Suit” – A Made To Measure Problem Solver.

The concept of a “testing suit” is very simple. First of all the customer would take a set of measurements using an online guide and enter those measurements into the web-based application provided.

The manufacturer then uses those dimensions to produce a suit made from a plain material, i.e. not the fabric that will bill used for the final version, and ships it out to the client.

The client tries on this testing suit and makes a note of any necessary last minute adjustments, relaying those back to the manufacturer.

The final suit is then produced and shipped to the customer. A perfect fit and ready to wear.

So there you have it, a simple but effective solution to one of the many problems that may form a barrier to online sales in the future. Let’s hope that they can all be solved so effectively.



Sell Your Crafts – List of Online Selling Venues

There are so many places online to sell your crafts. The problem is you either don’t know what they are, who they are, or more importantly where they are. I’ve compiled a list of just a handful. I hope these help you on your journey to being a successful crafter AND seller. I’m on a few of these, but I will make no claims as to which are best for you.

I’ve also included their alexa rank. That should at least help you as to what kind of traffic each site receives. They are listed in random order, but I did do Etsy first because I believe this is the best site for handmade goods. Good Luck!

Etsy

Snippet From Website: Etsy is an online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade. Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Our vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice: Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.

Auction Site: No

Store Fee: None

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: $.20 per item

Transaction Fee: 3.5%

Type Of Products Accepted: Handmade, Vintage, Supplies

Alexa Rank: 1157

Url: etsy.com

Dawanda Snippet From Website: Unique Things & Creative People

DaWanda is the place for unique and individual products and people. Buy handmade and hard to find goods, share your discoveries with your friends and create your own collections.

Auction Site: No

Store Fee: None

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None (May change in future.)

Transaction Fee: 5%

Type Of Products Accepted: Handmade

Alexa Rank: 24,182

Url: en.dawanda.com

Lov.li Snippet From Website: What is lov.li? lov.li is a community of people who make art and crafts. Share your art, make friends, and buy things you love. What can you do on lov.li?

# Share your art

# Sell your art

# Create Groups

# Promote Events

# Share Video

# Make Friends

Auction Site: No

Store Fee: None

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None

Transaction Fee: 3.5%

Type Of Products Accepted: Handmade

Alexa Rank: 465,548

Url: lov.li

Mintd Snippet From Website: Buy unique independent goods – direct from the artist. Sell what you make, for free, in a true global marketplace. Show the world your style and make friends. See what’s hot, as chosen by you, the Community.

Auction Site: No

Store Fee: $20 – $100

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None

Transaction Fee: 3% – 5%

Type Of Products Accepted: Not clear from FAQs but from viewing the products – Handmade

Alexa Rank: 409,5267

Url: mintd.com

ArtsEFest Snippet From Website: Our mission is to celebrate the creativity of artists and crafters, through a community, by providing services, information and education. We strive to enrich and promote the livelihood of talented artists and crafters to those who appreciate hand-made goods.

Auction Site: No

Store Fee: $14 – $18/Month

Hosting Fee: $8.00/Month (Link to your website)

Listing Fee: $40/Year (Unlimited)

Transaction Fee: 2.9% Plus $.30 per order

Type Of Products Accepted: Handmade

Alexa Rank: 793,835

Url: artsefest.com

Craft Mall Snippet From Website: CraftMall.com offers a fun and creative craft mall that features unique arts and crafts from crafters around the world. Browse our wide selection of craft categories and enjoy safe and secure online shopping. CraftMall.com is your one stop shop for the best arts and crafts! Auction Site: No

Store Fee: $7.95 – $54.95/Month

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None

Transaction Fee: None

Type Of Products Accepted: Handmade

Alexa Rank: 453,477

eBay Snippet From Website: eBay is The World’s Online Marketplace®, enabling trade on a local, national and international basis. With a diverse and passionate community of individuals and small businesses, eBay offers an online platform where millions of items are traded each day. Auction Site: Yes

Store Fee: $15.95 – $299.95

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: $.10 and up

Transaction Fee: 8.75% and up

Type Of Products Accepted: Pretty Much Anything

Alexa Rank: 18

Trunkt Snippet From Website: We’re a trusted resource for forward-thinking merchandising professionals at department stores, design stores, fashion boutiques, art galleries, hotel gift shops, spa gift shops, museum gift shops and other specialty retailers. We’re also a popular destination for fashion editors, interior designers and other creative professionals on the lookout for amazing new artists. Far from mass market, our audience is style-conscious, international, affluent, urban and influential.

Auction Site: No

Store Fee (Application Applies): Basic is Free. One Time Charge For Upgrade

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None

Transaction Fee:?

Type Of Products Accepted: Handmade (Not OOAK)

Alexa Rank: 190,332

Big Cartel Snippet From Website: Big Cartel helps you create a shop to sell your goods online with as little fuss as possible.

Auction Site: NO

Store Fee: $0 – $19.95/Month

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None

Transaction Fee: NOne

Type Of Products Accepted: Handmade, DIY

Alexa Rank: 11,244

Silkfair Auction Site: NO Store Fee: None

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None

Transaction Fee: 3%

Type Of Products Accepted: Pretty Much Anything minus the usual prohibited online items

Alexa Rank: 64,931

ECrater Snippet From Website: What is eCRATER? eCRATER.com is both a free web store builder and a free online marketplace. Sellers can easily create their own free online store in minutes. Buyers can easily browse and compare between thousands of products. Auction Site: NO

Store Fee: None

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None

Transaction Fee: None

Type Of Products Accepted: Anything (No illegal items allowed)

Alexa Rank: 8,569

UShops Snippet From Website: uShops is the online channel for individuals and businesses who want to increase their profits, reach new customers and speed business growth. Auction Site: NO

Store Fee: None (May Change In Future)

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None (May Change In Future)

Transaction Fee: None (May Change In Future)

Type Of Products Accepted: Anything (No illegal items)

Alexa Rank: 902,611

Main Street Mall Online Snippet From Website: Our Sellers Are Important! MSMO Sellers are independent store owners, free to run their own businesses and deal directly with their own customers. We provide support to make it easier for them but we don’t interfere in their business. We believe independent sellers know more about their own businesses than we ever could. We are glad to support them, not hinder them, in that endevor. Click the “sign up for your own store” button to the left to find out more. Auction Site: No

Store Fee: $30/Month

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None

Transaction Fee: None

Type Of Products Accepted: All (no illegal Items)

Alexa Rank: 263,207

iCraft.ca Snippet From Website: Express who you are! Everyone has a creative side – we help you showcase it. Artists, designers and craftspeople are encouraged to submit their unique, one-of-a-kind items and make them available for purchase by those who appreciate your work. Each unique product featured is made by independent creators from around the globe. Be part of our community!

Auction Site: No

Store Fee: $0 – $35/Month

Registration Fee: $25

Listing Fee: None

Transaction Fee: None

Type Of Products Accepted: Handmade

Alexa Rank: 387,731

Pink Doodle Snippet From Website: Pinkdoodle is an online marketplace to buy and sell creative goods and services. We provide an online platform for Creative Professionals

ranging from Artists, Designers, to Crafters to expose their talent and be able to market

their products and services internationally, offering buyers products and services that are rarely found in the high street.

Auction Site: No

Store Fee: None

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None

Transaction Fee: 3%

Type Of Products Accepted: Handmade

Alexa Rank: 1766,234,

RubyLane Snippet From Website: Welcome to Ruby Lane Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Ruby Lane and discover hundreds of independent shops showcasing quality Antiques, Collectibles, Fine Art and Jewelry items from around the world. Auction Site: No

Store Fee: $20/Month (For Advertising And Marketing)

Set Up Fee: $75 (Refunded If Shop Not Approved)

Listing Fee: $.30 per item

Transaction Fee: None

Maintenance Fees:

After an item has been listed, from the next month on, Maintenance fees are:

o The first 150 items is 30 cents for each item, and then each item over 150 is 20 cents per item Minimum charge of 50 items, or $15 per month

Calculated and charged on the 1st of every month

o First month’s Maintenance fee waived for new shops

o All items are counted, including Backroom, Sold, Sale Pending, etc.

o Dealers with multiple shops are combined for accounting purposes

Type Of Products Accepted: Antiques, Collectibles, Fine Art, Jewelry

Alexa Rank: 17,940

My Art Plot Snippet From Website: MyArtPlot (MAP) is a global community and movement of artists, artisans, enthusiasts, and buyers, fighting to create a united, supportive,

and non-elitist arts and crafts world. Social, professional, and commercial tools thrive here. No more isolation and starvation.

Auction Site: No

Store Fee: None

Hosting Fee: N/A

Listing Fee: None

Transaction Fee:?

Type Of Products Accepted: Handmade

Alexa Rank: 344,921

Good Luck! Happy Crafting And Selling!



7 Great Ways to Make Money Online

There are lots of ways to make money online, but here are seven great ways to grab a buck and work from home.

  1. Set up a Blog

    One of the best and lest expensive ways to make money online is to have your own blog. With your own blog you can make money by advertising products for sale (AdSense Ads, Widgets or TextAds) and you can also sell other peoples products using Affiliate Marketing.

    Both WordPress and Blogger offer free blogs with basic templates and formats anyone can set up for free. And not only are these sites free, the search engines seem to love them. Translated that means you don’t have to wait months before you are indexed by the big guys.

  2. Affiliate Marketing

    Affiliate marketing is where you deliver shoppers to a seller’s website and you are paid a portion of the profit if your shopper makes a purchase. You place a special link on your website, blog, email, ad or article which takes your reader to the seller’s website and you get a commission if the shopper buys.

    According to reports, in 2006 it is estimated affiliates worldwide earned $6.5 BILLION in commissions. That’s not chump change. This is a huge industry – with networks, forums and magazines devoted to providing information on how to make money online.

    The amount of money you make depends on what sort of product you market, how you market it and how hard you work. The three most recognizable affiliate networks are Amazon, ClickBank and Commission Junction.

  3. eCommerce

    eCommerce or Electronic Commerce is the buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet. Any store selling products where the sales originate electronically, whether the product is electronic or an actual physical product which will be shipped to the customer, is considered eCommerce.

    It is always difficult to start a business whether   online  or down the  street . You would be advised to do a great deal of research before you settle on a specific niche for your business or decide what type products you intend to offer.

  4. Creating and Selling Your Own Product

    There are a number of different type products you can offer if you decide to create your own product. It can be service oriented, such as website designs or a form of copywriting; webmasters are always looking for original content. You can also create electronic products such as ebooks, programs or software which could be of benefit to others.

    If you’re a photographer, you can make your pictures available for sale and download. There are a number of websites selling photos done by gifted photographers. The earnings per photograph are small but as your portfolio grows so does your income.

  5. Sell Wholesale Drop Ship Products

    There are a number places you can sell products – either your own or those of others. eBay springs to mind as do eCommerce stores. In case you’re not familiar with Drop Ship Wholesalers, there are several very reputable services.

    With a drop shipper, you take the order and then simply order the product from the wholesaler and have it shipped to the customer. You never have to deal with the product at all.

  6. Online Real Estate or Flipping Domains

    This is a business where you purchase a competitive domain name, develop a website, preferably moving the rankings for the site toward the first page of the search engines. Then you sell the website, complete with backlinks and ranking for a profit.

    Flipping a site as it’s called is named for the practice in the real estate market of buy a house which is run down or somewhat derelict and renovating the property and selling for a profit.

  7. Freelance or Contract Work

    If you are able to design websites, whether in HTML or better yet XHTML you have a skill others are willing to pay to hire. If you’re able to write articles and provide content for webmasters, you can put your skills out for hire on the internet. There are webmaster forums that regularly hire web designers and content writers.

Hopefully, these 7 great ways to make money online have given you a few ideas.



How to Make Money – Online vs Offline

Online, Offline….. what’s the difference?

Today, I wish to ‘talk’ about the difference in opening a business in your high street, or opening a business online.

What drives people to do this?

Is there any difference between the two?

What skills do you need for each?

Let’s suppose you want to open a bricks-and-mortar shop, let’s say a shop selling food products.

What do you need to do before your first customer enters ?

a) Build/compile your Business Plan!

b) Conduct Market Research

c) Find premises, at the right location/rent/price (if you are buying freehold)

d) Formulate a Marketing Plan

e) Engage a solicitor/lawyer to deal with legal issues – Local Government regulations you

have to comply with, leases/contract/exit strategies etc.

f) Research the market to find capital items – till, cash register, freezers, cold counters etc.

g) Fit it out to your style and liking – engage with local builders

h) Arrange financing if applicable

i) Get a business bank account

j) Arrange with your bank to have a merchant payment system

k) Find an Accountant

l) If it is too much for you alone, find staff

m) Arrange insurance – fire/theft/buildings etc., and Public Liability

n) Apply to the local body who issues Health and Safety certificates pertinent to the food trade

(or any other bodies/oganisations for other businesses – there are always some!)

o) Find suppliers for the products you wish to sell

p) Negotiate a good deal with your suppliers

q) Local advertising campaign? – local newspapers, flyers, posters etc.

Hmmmm…..the list is endless eh?

I am sure that there are a lot more than the short list above.

Ok, let’s say you do all of the above… what does it take?

1) A vision

2) Drive

3) Tenacity

4) Expertise

5) A skill-set

6) TIME

7) A sense of humour – very necessary this.

I am sure that you can think of others too.

If, after getting this far, a year-down-the-road, what have you got?

i. A business

ii. Hopefully making you a living, but probably very stressful, but having tight reins on your

cashflow.

iii. A good name in the community you are serving

iv. Satisfaction? – a moot point maybe

v. A Retirement plan?

Not easy is it? Looking at the above and thinking hard about it, it makes one wonder why people set-up in business on their own.

We all have our reasons for wanting to work for ourselves, but when you come down to it, there is only one really.

Having control over our own destiny.

The one single factor why people succeed or fail is the product. If the product is in demand, then the money will come through the door. If it is not in demand, then it will become a fight to make the money come through the door. Furthermore, if you have the ‘fight’ scenario, then it will cost you more to make a profit, which is a reduced profit!

Now that I have outlined (some of) the steps one needs to take to get a bricks-and-mortar business off the ground, what about trying the same thing online?

Is it any different?

Not a lot!!!

For those of you who see online claims that you can do “this”, or “that”, for fifteen minutes each day, (with your laptop sitting on the beach), and live the life of luxury…what do you think of that?

Are you fired-up?

When I first began online, I was…very much so. It’s like showing a child a scrumptious cake. They want it and know they can have it for free, (from Mum or Dad) if they make the right sounds!

Well, it’s just the same here online. If you sign-up with this Guru, or that Guru, and do the things they propound, then you will have that life of luxury.

What they do not tell you, or at least emphasise, is the work necessary, not to mention the tools and expertise you need to make it all work. Think back to the bricks and mortar business…..can it be done without time, money and expertise? Probably not.

There are a few websites who are trying to redress the balance (myself included) and offer to all, the facts and steps necessary to get online, start a business and actually make money doing this.

A good website like the above should show you ‘everything’ that is necessary for you to do to get online, and up-and-running with your own business.

There are many topics that a website such as this should cover. These should include:

o AdSense – Explanation of this and how to….

o AdWords – Explanation of this and how to ….

o Affiliates – why you should try this, why you should not.

o All the Money Transfer options – How to take money online with your website.

o How to protect your links – if you depend on commission earnings, you must do this!

o Copy-Writing – Easy eh? Well, a few rules should be followed.

o Creating an email list – how to, why you should do this…

o Creating a Website – html, other methods, more.

o Email marketing – how to get white-listed, how to avoid spam complaints, more

o Finding a Product – should show you how to do this and the options a#vailable. This is not so hard as you might think, this was my stumbling block in the beginning.

o Necessary Tools – the absolute minimum you need.

o Pre-Selling – sell something before it’s ready!

o Publishing – how to and the best way.

o SEO – Search Engine Optimisation

o Getting Traffic – How to…. Pitfalls and is free hosting good enough for you.

The above is a snapshot of some of the subject matter that should be discussed. But these are just some of the topics that should be covered. There should also be some other resources for you to download. All with the one objective… to get you up-to-speed as soon as possible and to get you actually earning money online.

It is not easy to do all of the above, but if you are determined and persisten, I am sure that all your efforts will eventually reap rewards for you far beyond working for other people as an employee. The secret is, begin small, in your spare time maybe, and gradually work up to bigger and better things as your skill develops.



Klikfire Review

Klikfire is just one more company where you can earn a part time or full time income by attracting online shoppers into Green Back Street, an online shopping portal, and making money from all shopping done by Green Back Street members.

In 1995 Pinnacle Communications International was lauched as a reseller of discount long distance services, then emerging into the worldwide web. In 1999 Green Back Street was launched, offering rebates and immediate cash back to its members for online shopping. Giving instant benefits to online shoppers, rather than accumulating points and then redeeming them in exchange of a product.

Klikfire is a member acquisition program for Green Back Street, teaching other people how to start their own business and attract buyers to their online shopping portal, giving them a free membership to Green Back Street and teaching them how to do the same. To start with this company you must first be a member of Green Back Street, they show you step by step on what you need to do when you sign up.

The way it works, you get a percentage off immediate cash back on all your online shopping through Green Back Street Portal, letting you earn a percentage from enrolling new members into the program, inviting them to do all their online shopping through the portal.

As a member of Green Back Portal you enjoy from up to 30% cash back on all your online shopping to 50% matching referral cash, coupons, review of products, and much more.I believe their program rewards people in a beneficial way by getting cash back from their online shopping and have that extra money to use on other things. Its always good to feel appreciative by getting cash back from all your shopping done through their portal, whereas you can go to any store and you will get nothing in return. Green Back Street feels more like they pay you to buy at their store.

If you think this is not the right company for you the I suggest to you not to join. You must learn and have the mindset to be successful and believe that you can achieve your fullest potential and succeed in this company.

On the other hand if you think this is the company for you here are a few tips for you, ask yourself if you are ready to put your effort, time and energy into this, and know how to market the right way. Don’t expect to join and make lots of money right away, there’s always work involved. Try to learn from your leader, (the person that enrolls you), learn how they are marketing and see how they can help you succeed. You always want to have someone to lead you before you can lead other people.

Keep in mind that any marketing company that you join, you must know how to market. Learn and know how you are going to attract leads to your business, and be successful. Klikfire is a great company for online shoppers! If you like doing all your shopping online, this is your place! What’s better than shopping from home and getting immediate cash back!



Street Magic Tricks Secrets For You

Street magic is impromptu magic and conjured up on the spot. It has very few tools and appliances, no stage or hands as the magician puts in all his skill and mentalism to entertain and fox passersby. The audiences in street magic performances are not regular watchers of magic on stage or on television. They could be first timers watching a magician perform. And the street magic tricks naturally appear supernatural to them. It is very easy to put the moniker of ‘gifted’ or ‘supernatural’ to a magician and his performance.

That is exactly what people did to David Blain when he levitated on screen. But these street magic tricks are no more a secret as online guides have come up with easy to follow steps by which you can replicate the feats of eminent magicians. Street magic secrets are now available online and you can know the secret of David Blain and other magicians and how they perform the magic tricks that were so far known as supernatural feats.

Gurus of magicians have come up with some great stuff that had remained closely guarded so long over the ages. Now people can know and eager to be magicians can also have an idea to the secrets of street magic. You would know how magicians had to master mentalism which is the creation of an illusion or make believe stage. It is only the mastery of mentalism that can make audiences assume certain things as unbelievable while magicians go about putting together their tricks.

Gurus of magic have really brutalized the likes of famous magicians by going online with the street magic secrets. You can know about mind reading, the art and possibilities as well as the creation of an illusion to fox the audience. Not only mind reading, but you can know about the art of holding and taking along the audience with you while you piece together your craft.

And these street magic secrets that are online are available for a very small price and the guides are easy to master mentalism.



Street Safety is Your Safety

No matter how many daredevils claim to crave risks and danger, it is still inherent human nature to crave safety. After all, nobody really wants to suffer injury, be in mortal injury, or even get mugged. Though these things may seem like accidents and may happen purely at random, there are certain things you can do to avoid them. And if you’re lucky, maybe even stop them altogether.

Get Your Bearings

Just because you’re familiar with a certain area, doesn’t mean you’re totally safe in it. Most people make the mistake of becoming too complacent when in area familiar to them. Don’t be one of these people.

There’s truth to the belief that there’s safety in numbers, so as much as possible, stick to well-lit and busy areas. The presence of local police and other authorities are also a plus. Avoid going out after hours, but if you must, don’t even think about taking short-cuts through parks, parking lots, alleyways, and side  streets . There’s no better way to invite trouble than by taking unnecessary risks just to save a few extra minutes. Whatever delay that taking careful precautions will cause you are ultimately worth it.

Walk, Just Walk

Muggings and many other crimes often happen to people on foot. Though you are not discouraged to go places on foot, it’s always best to adapt a walking style that’s more than likely to repel would-be attackers, instead of attracting them.

Walk briskly and confidently. If possible, make eye contact with the people around you. It’s easier to spot a potential mugger this way. Also, by looking like you know exactly where you’re going and that you’re familiar with the area, you’re likely to discourage any misfortune to come your way.

It’s always best to walk in a group, but if you’re alone on foot, safeguard your belongings as best as you can. If you’re carrying a bag or a purse, sling it diagonally over your neck and shoulder for better traction. If you’re carrying a purse over one shoulder, hold on to the strap and clutch it to the front. If you don’t have a bag, you may want to keep your wallet in your coat’s inside pocket, or the front pocket of your trousers instead of the back. You’re likely to notice the groping fingers of pickpockets better this way. The same goes for cellular phones, mp3 players, and any of the other electronic gadgets that you just can’t leave home without. Keep them in a safe place where you can notice anything amiss right away. It’s always best not to talk on the phone while on the  street  to avoid distraction, as well as temptation.

Also, if you find that you’re being followed by a suspicious vehicle, don’t even try to outrun it. Instead, go back the way you came, and don’t hesitate to yell for help.

Indeed, safety should be your – and everyone’s – immediate priority. The world isn’t a safe place, and that’s the reality of it. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. It’ll cost you greatly.



Online Shopping In The 21st Century

Online Shopping is the fastest growing multi billion-dollar business in the world. Online shopping is popular mainly because of its speed and ease of use. Online shopping is when a consumer purchases products or services through the Internet. Online shopping is really remarkably easy whether you’re looking for the latest fashions in women’s clothing or trying to keep up with the latest electrical gadgets and wizardry.

Online Shopping

Online Shopping is all about comparing prices and finding the best deal possible. This can easily be done by visiting a large number of online shopping stores quickly and easily, without having to leave the comfort of your house. Shopping for an intimate item such as lingerie can be intimidating for many people. Online Shopping provides a high level of anonymity as there is no face to face interaction with humans. Online Shopping has become a fun and safe experience due to the increase in online security technology. Online Shopping is already the fourth most-popular Web activity, surpassed only by e-mail, search and news.

Purchases

There are many that would rather go to the local shopping mall to make their purchases. When they decide what they want, they can go home and make their purchase online. Without even leaving your home you can compare products, make purchases, and have gifts sent to your home or directly to your recipients anywhere in the world, fully wrapped and professionally packaged. There is no mistaking the convenience factor of online shopping and the ability it has to save you money on your purchases. The wonders of the internet let us properly research a major purchase before we make it, or buy small goods on a whim.

Products

You have access to thousands of products through hundreds of high street and non high street stores nearly all of which offer a considerable online saving. Online shopping offers a broad range of products from electronics and technology, bedding, furniture, health, beauty, to fashion and accessories. There are also dedicated review sites that host user reviews for different products. There are ratings and prices comparison for various products. Leading Online Shopping sites only publish respected and professional online shopping stores. These sites are a virtual Online Shopping Centre showcasing online shopping stores that offer nearly every product available online.

Online Shopping is on a steep trajectory today in terms of both traffic and sales volume. Shopping on the Web is also likely to expand as online services deliver better solutions, including better data and tools for comparison, more comprehensive product category selections, broader merchant listings (both online and offline), better “electronic wallet” technologies and so forth. Online shopping is safe, secure, fun and easy to use. Online shopping is a vital part of online commerce and will continue to expand as the worlds population continues to get more access to computers and broadband.



How to Protect Yourself on the Street

I’ve trained in many different martial arts for many years and have found out that most moves taught in dojos or gyms are suitable for dojos or gyms, these moves are suitable to win points in competitions but their useless on the street and for that reason I ended up quitting training in various styles of Karate, Brazilian Jujitsu and even MMA. Sure some of these fighting styles had some moves that are suitable for real life situations but I would estimate that over 90 % of what I had learned was useless.

If you want to learn how to protect yourself on the street or a real life situation then I would recommend you either looking online for some self-defence classes in your area and going along and just having a look, if what their teaching looks like nonsense then don’t join, however there is a second way which I found hugely beneficial to me.

The second way was to look online for self defence books, this may seem a little different to what you were probably expecting me to say but it does work. Some books have moves that are so dangerous to the attacker that many self defence instructors won’t even teach it and for this reason getting a book is highly recommended but that’s not all, if you go to a class and the instructor shows you a moves a few times by the time you go home you will have forgot it. If you have a book however you can learn special techniques correctly and quickly.



Wallet Bags – A Friend to Bankers, Street Vendors, and Small Businesses Everywhere

Storage of money for businesses and consumers is important however traditional methods are not always practical. Sometimes people just need an easy way to store paper and metal money when security is not much of an issue. For this purpose, a wallet bag is a perfect solution. Many people may have seen dozens of wallet bags in their lifetime however may have not known what to call it and businesses or consumers alike can benefit from its convenience, versatility and cheap price tag.

What is a wallet bag?

This item is a simple pouch usually made of leather, leather like material or fabric. Many designs are plain however some have designs or pictures of popular characters on them. Other models may have straps so that they can be worn over the user’s shoulder. They usually have a zipper to keep them closed and a general size is about 5 or 6 inches by 11 or 12 inches.

These bags are commonly used to easily store paper and/or metal money as well as a variety of other items. Businesses may use them to keep petty cash organized in a drawer or file cabinet, street vendors utilize wallet bags instead of cash registers such as those running hot dog stands or other mobile businesses. Wallet bags are also a common fixture in the banking industry which uses the common zippered wallet pouch as well as heavy duty canvas locking bags for the transport of larger sums of cash. Consumers can use them for the same types of purposes and many consumer models resemble purses or carrying bags with multiple pockets.

MMF Industries is a popular manufacturer of bags, among other items, and is a leader in security, organization and storage related products. The company sells a variety of small to large bags in vinyl, leather, canvas and nylon. Bags start at a few dollars for a small basic version and go up from there. They come in many different colors such as blue, black, and even clear plastic varieties. A full catalog of the company’s products can be viewed at the mmfind web site.

Now you know the name of those small zippered pouches that you see at the bank, at the street vendor or at the ticket table of a local high school football game.