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Scam and Suspicious Chinese Shopping Sites

After reading some posts from Global Scam Fighters group I decided to check for more suspicious shopping websites.

 

How to recognize scam shopping websites?

 

1. Most of these websites have empty meta description, site title etc.  (See page code in Firefox – CTRL + U)

2. Social media profiles are empty. For example, Facebook.com without a full page address.

3. The pages “about us” and “contact” often contain very similar content on these sites, or lack of contact information except email address, often gmail or outlook service.

Many website have About page with following contentAt  ——  we love every passion and interest on Earth because it is a reference to your UNIQUENESS.”

In this pattern I found danezen.com site. This site IP address is 76.223.78.1.

Next, following this pattern I check reverse IP check to see other sites hosted under this IP address.

I found these suspicious sites:

ahome7.com

abbyee.top

qiantoou.com

authmost.com

beauty011.com

bigserenity.com

powerwindy.com

and more.

 

I suspect that most sites from 76.223.78.1 are scam. About 300 domains.

A lot of sites redirect to subdomain.xshoppy.shop

 

Another suspicious and scam sites are hosted on 47.254.52.238 (over 1000 domains!)

Examples:

snatpro.com

fayfio.com

findfor.store

enjoyko.com

crybabieshop.com

guccibox.com

lilyroundings.com

looptips.com

maclucky.com

nicefanty.com

onceangel.com

planeshopping.com

wonderster.com

and more.

These sites are hosted with Alibaba hosting. This is probably a Chinese group of scammers.

All sites listed appear to be scams. You buy at your own risk.

How do you not lose your nerves and money?  Buy in well-known online stores.

Website Hacked Bitcoin Scam

I just received  cunning attempt at scam.

Someone writes that he/she hack ed into the database and would destroy my reputation if I didn’t pay $ 2,000 in bitcoin.

This very similar bitcoin ransom scam  I wrote about here.

Let’s read it 🙂

“PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO SOMEONE IN YOUR COMPANY WHO IS ALLOWED TO MAKE IMPORTANT DECISIONS!

We have hacked your website https://www.projektwww.com and extracted your databases.

How did this happen?
Our team has found a vulnerability within your site that we were able to exploit. After finding the vulnerability we were able to get your database credentials and extract your entire database and move the information to an offshore server.

What does this mean?

We will systematically go through a series of steps of totally damaging your reputation. First your database will be leaked or sold to the highest bidder which they will use with whatever their intentions are. Next if there are e-mails found they will be e-mailed that their information has been sold or leaked and your site https://www.projektwww.com was at fault thusly damaging your reputation and having angry customers/associates with whatever angry customers/associates do. Lastly any links that you have indexed in the search engines will be de-indexed based off of blackhat techniques that we used in the past to de-index our targets.

How do I stop this?

We are willing to refrain from destroying your site’s reputation for a small fee. The current fee is $2000 USD in bitcoins (BTC).

Send the bitcoin to the following Bitcoin address (Copy and paste as it is case sensitive):

1Md6imvB2neTF3s1kFiMG473k1XrBhxQhF

Once you have paid we will automatically get informed that it was your payment. Please note that you have to make payment within 5 days after receiving this notice or the database leak, e-mails dispatched, and de-index of your site WILL start!

How do I get Bitcoins?

You can easily buy bitcoins via several websites or even offline from a Bitcoin-ATM. We suggest you https://cex.io/ for buying bitcoins.

What if I don’t pay?

If you decide not to pay, we will start the attack at the indicated date and uphold it until you do, there’s no counter measure to this, you will only end up wasting more money trying to find a solution. We will completely destroy your reputation amongst google and your customers.

This is not a hoax, do not reply to this email, don’t try to reason or negotiate, we will not read any replies. Once you have paid we will stop what we were doing and you will never hear from us again!

Please note that Bitcoin is anonymous and no one will find out that you have complied.

What can you do if you received this? Ignore it. Don’t pay any ransom to scammers. You can also report bitcoin address to https://bitcoinwhoswho.com/scams

GeekBuying Coupons

 

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Bitcoin scammers found a new tactic on site owners – a threat and a ransom demand

Fraudsters are not sleeping. They are constantly looking for new methods to get free bitcoins.

After trying to sextortion scam they try to scam website owners and webmasters.

Here is a message they sent to webmasters.

Name : [xxxxxxx]

Phone : xxxxxxxxxxx

Email : xxxxx

Message : Hey. Soon your hosting account and your domain [domain name here] will be blocked forever, and you will receive tens of thousands of negative feedback from angry people.

Pay me 0.5 BTC until June 1, 2019.
Otherwise, you will get the reputation of a malicious spammer, your site [domain name here] will be blocked for life and you will be sued for insulting believers. I guarantee this to you.

My bitcoin wallet: 19ckouUP2E22aJR5BPFdf7jP2oNXR3bezL

Here is a list of what you get if you don’t follow my requirements:
+ abuse spamhouse for aggressive web spam
+ tens of thousands of negative reviews about you and your website from angry people for aggressive web and email spam
+ lifetime blocking of your hosting account for aggressive web and email spam
+ lifetime blocking of your domain for aggressive web and email spam
+ Thousands of angry complaints from angry people will come to your mail and messengers for sending you a lot of spam
+ complete destruction of your reputation and loss of clients forever
+ for a full recovery from the damage you need tens of thousands of dollars

All of the above will result in blocking your domain and hosting account for life. The price of your peace of mind is 0.5 BTC.

Do you want this?

If you do not want the above problems, then before June 1, 2019, you need to send me 0.5 BTC to my Bitcoin wallet: 19ckouUP2E22aJR5BPFdf7jP2oNXR3bezL

How do I do all this to get this result:
1. I will send messages to 33 000 000 sites with contact forms with offensive messages with the address of your site, that is, in this situation, you and the spammer and insult people.
And everyone will not care that it is not you.
2. I’ll send messages to 19,000,000 email addresses and very intrusive advertisements for making money and offer a free iPhone with your website address [domain name here] and your contact details.
And then send out abusive messages with the address of your site.
3. I will do aggressive spam on blogs, forums and other sites of your site [domain name here]
After such spam, the spamhouse will turn its attention on you and after several abuses your host will be forced to block your account for life.
Your domain registrar will also block your domain permanently.

All of the above will result in blocking your domain and hosting account for life.
If you do not want to receive thousands of complaints from users and your hosting provider, then pay before June 1, 2019.
The price of your peace of mind is 0.5 BTC.
Otherwise, I will send your site through tens of millions of sites that will lead to the blocking of your site for life and you will lose everything and your reputation as well.
But get a reputation as a malicious spammer.

My bitcoin wallet: 19ckouUP2E22aJR5BPFdf7jP2oNXR3bezL

If you have received this message you can safely ignore, it’s nonsense.

Don’t pay the scammers

 

Domain Scam – Final Expiration Notification For Domain

You can now face many cheating attempts on the internet. Threats do not bypass domain owners.

You can receive payment requests for the domain you once had, even years ago. Criminals act like this. Just received scam attempt from domain scammers.

If you got such an email you can ignore it.

Do not be fooled. This is not a domain registration company. Fraudsters expect you to pay, because they said about suspending your “service”.
Interestingly, the domain in question is available for registration.. So I do not have it anymore. So it means is already expired.

Recommended domain registration companies: NameCheap, Name.com, Godaddy, NameSilo, Porkbun, etc.

 

 

 

Stay Updated, Subscribe to the Latest Technology Blog

If you want to survive in this cutthroat competition in the market, you should stay updated. Especially, when you are in the field of technology, every single hour, there is one of the other update on gadgets or operating systems i.e. software. While it is difficult to keep your eyes on various sources, the best way to stay updated is to subscribe to blogs that cover tha latest information on technology.

Whether you need technology updates for personal or professional use, the latest technology blogs serve the purpose. Such blogs cover the latest news from the electronics companies, product launches, gadget reviews, and many more stuff that you want to know on day-to-day basis.

Staying updated in technology helps you in many ways. If you are an individual, technology blogs update you with the latest gadgets in the market. You may simply search the latest reviews that talk about pros and cons of electronic devices. The reviews can give you idea about which product is better to buy today, and what precautions you should take while using it.

If you run an IT company, subscribing to blogs on technology can help you learn the latest trends in the market. You can guide your team to research and come up with new ideas to be put into your service or product. Technology blogs are the best source to know the features of smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, and the like. In addition, the programmers in your company can learn a lot from technology blogs whenever there is a new operating system announced by Google Android, Windows or Apple.

The latest technology blogs are written by experts in various technologies. A blog is a place where veterans in relevant fields write to share their knowledge and thus, blogs on technology can be trusted for information on technology. For instance, programmers can rely on the blog to know better about the latest iOS SDK by Apple. They can learn the features, and also how to use the SDK to reap all the benefits in their programming.

Technology blogs include the topics on web designing, web development, UI & UX, mobile application development, the latest iOS or Android update, modern devices such as wearables, and other programming languages (like php,.net, Python, Java, etc.). These days, technology blogs also talk about automated mobile app development platforms and cross platform development.

Subscribe to a technology blog and receive notifications whenever there is a new post on technology published.

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5 Things You Must Consider When Starting Your Own Business

Starting your own business may involve a lot of headaches. There’s having to find office space, getting permits, hiring people, and more. Aside from those, you also need a business plan. In what direction do you want the business to go? How much money would you like to make five, ten, or so years from now? Those are very important questions to ask, but since you’re still in the early phases of your business, you should also seriously consider these five things.

1. What sector will you be in?

Let’s say you want to be in IT (information technology). It’s a huge, cutthroat industry, with lots of companies, both big and small, competing for market share. It’s a lot tougher for you as someone just starting if you want to jump into the industry as well. So then, you first have to find your niche. What sort of products or services will you specialise in? What can you offer that your competitors don’t have? Don’t just go with the flow. Be unique and offer something really valuable to your potential customers. Ideally it’s something they’re looking for that your competitors just can’t offer them. That way, your business will stand out above the rest!

2. How much will you invest?

Of course, as a business, you need capital to turn your business ideas into a reality. If you don’t pour in the capital, your home business idea will be nothing but a big flop. One important thing to know is how much money your business needs to both begin and maintain itself.

Where would you get the money? You could use your savings, if you have a lot. If not, you could find some business partners and ask them for an investment. Or, you could take out a loan from a bank or a reputable finance group. You could even try crowdfunding like many startup owners do these days. Last but not the least, you can seek professional advice from financial planners, business experts, or business coaches.

3. Who will operate the business?

Managing your small business by yourself is never an easy task. It’s even less easy when your company is already expanding. One way or another, you will need to enlist the help of well-trained people to help run your business. Their knowledge and skills will be great assets to your expanding small business, helping it grow further.

4. When do you expect to make money?

Certainly you would want to make money at some point. How could any business owner not want to make money? With that in mind, it’s good to set a target date for recovering your capital and earning profit. And if you have a goal, you need an action plan. Let’s say you want to recover capital after one year of starting your home business. What actions will you take to achieve that goal?

5. Do you have what it takes to build your own business?

Running your own small business requires a lot of sacrifices on your part. And there’s even the chance that your business idea won’t work out. That’s something you have to contend with. You can’t avoid running into a few (or many) obstacles along the way. But if you’re convinced that running a business is your road to financial freedom, then go on ahead! By all means, do your best!

You may find these questions far too serious to think about, but one way or another you have to answer them. Starting your own business is a major life decision, and as with any major life decision, you have to be absolutely sure before you say yes. The more you know what you need to do to succeed, the more likely you will succeed. Remember that these questions are not here to discourage you from starting a business. Rather, they serve to prepare you for the journey ahead. So go ahead and start your business, for it may change your life forever!

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Sextortion Emails Scam in Chinese

I recently wrote about bitcoin scamSextortion scams are when an attacker sends emails to people stating that their computer is hacked and that the attackers have been recording the screen and webcam as the user visits adult sites. The scammers then blackmail the recipients by stating they will release the videos to friends and family if they do not receive a payment in bitcoins. Scamemrs are trying new ways and sending sextortion emails in Chinese.

This an example:

こんにちは!

私は数ヶ月前にあなたの電子メールとデバイスをクラックしたハッカーです。
あなたが訪問したサイトの1つにパスワードを入力君た。それを傍受しました。

もちろん、それを変更したり、すでに変更したりすることができます。
しかし、それは問題ではありません、私のマルウェアは毎回それを更新しました。

私に連絡したり、私を見つけようとしないでください。それは不可能です。 私はあなたのアカウントからメールをあなたに送ったので、

あなたの電子メールを介して、私はあなたのオペレーションシステムに悪質なコードをアップロードしました。
私は友人、同僚、親戚とのあなたの連絡先のすべてを保存し、インターネットリソースへの訪問の完全な履歴を保存しました。
また、あなたのデバイスにトロイの木馬をインストールしました。

あなたは私の唯一の犠牲者ではない、私は通常、デバイスをブロックし、身代金を求める。
しかし、私は頻繁に訪れる親密なコンテンツのサイトにショックを受けました。

私はあなたの幻想にショックを受けている! 私はこれのようなものを見たことがない!

だから、あなたがサイトで楽しむとき(あなたは私が何を意味するか知っています!)
あなたのカメラのプログラムを使用してスクリーンショットを作成しました。
その後、私はそれらを現在閲覧されているサイトのコンテンツに結合しました。

これらの写真を連絡先に送信すると素晴らしいことがあります。
しかし、あなたがそれを望んでいないと確信しています。

したがって、私は沈黙のためにあなたからの支払いを期待しています。
私は$896が良い価格だと思います!

Bitcoin経由で支払う。
私のBTCウォレット: 1JDi4GbHUzCrrnT7BCYbnsyLyrFpNK7faP

あなたがこれを行う方法を知らない場合 – Googleに「BTCウォレットに送金する方法」を入力します。 難しくない。
指定された金額を受け取ると、妥協しているすべての材料は自動的に破壊されます。私のウイルスはあなた自身のオペレーティングシステムからも削除されます。

私のトロイの木馬は自動アラートを持っています。私はこのメールを読んだ後でメッセージを受け取ります。

私はあなたに支払いのための2日間を与える(正確に48時間)。
これが起こらない場合 – すべてのあなたの連絡先はあなたの暗い秘密の生活からクレイジーショットを取得します!
あなたが妨害しないように、あなたのデバイスはブロックされます(また、48時間後)

ばかなことしないで!
警察や友人はあなたを確実に助けません…

p.s. 私はあなたに将来のアドバイスを与えることができます。 安全でないサイトにはパスワードを入力しないでください。

私はあなたの慎重さを願っています。
お別れ。

 

In English:

Hello!

I am a hacker who cracked your email and devices several months ago.
You entered your password on one of the sites you visited. I intercepted it.

Of course, you can change it or change it already.
But that is not a problem, my malware has updated it every time.

Please do not contact me or try to find me. That is impossible. Since I sent you an email from your account,

Through your e-mail, I uploaded malicious code to your operating system.
I saved all of your contacts with friends, colleagues, relatives and saved a complete history of visits to internet resources.
Also installed Trojan horse on your device.

You are not my only victim, I usually block the device and ask for ransom.
However, I was shocked by the frequently visited intimate content site.

I am shocked by your illusion! I have never seen something like this!

So when you enjoy on the site (you know what I mean!)
I made a screenshot using the program of your camera.
After that, I combined them with the contents of the site currently being viewed.

Sending these photos to your contacts is wonderful.
But I am sure that you do not want it.

Therefore, I am expecting payment from you for silence.
I think $ 896 is a good price!

Pay via Bitcoin.
My BTC wallet: 1JDi4GbHUzCrrnT7BCYbnsyLyrFpNK7faP

If you do not know how to do this – enter “How to transfer money to BTC Wallet” to Google. It is not difficult.
Upon receipt of the specified amount, all compromised materials are automatically destroyed. My virus will also be deleted from your own operating system.

My Trojan has an automatic alert. I will receive a message after reading this mail.

I will give you two days for payment (exactly 48 hours).
If this does not happen – all your contacts will get a crazy shot from your dark secret life!
Your device will be blocked so that you will not interfere (also after 48 hours)

Do not be stupid!
Police and friends will definitely not help you …

p.s. I can give you future advice. Please do not enter password for unsafe sites.

I am wishing for your cautiousness.
Farewell. ”

You should check your email password, ask your hosting company if you email was compromised. Just for sure.

 

No matter what the cheater writes in the mail, how convincing he would – never pay the ransom.

 

You can report scam on bitcoinwhoswho.com/

Scammer bitcoin address – 1JDi4GbHUzCrrnT7BCYbnsyLyrFpNK7faP

 

 

 

 

 

Email hack scam and Bitcoin ransom

Recently I stumbled on email scam. It’s very interesting, because the scammers use bitcoin cryptocurrency. The scammers claim they know the “secrets” and have access to the e-mail account and social media accounts. If you got such an e-mail, you can change the password to the e-mail account and ask (just in case) if there was any break-in to your server.

Below is the content of the email:

“Hello!
I’m a member of an international hacker group.

As you could probably have guessed, your account [email address here] was hacked, because I sent message you from your account.

Now I have access to all your accounts!
For example, your password for [email address here]

Within a period from July 31, 2018 to October 3, 2018, you were infected by the virus we’ve created, through an adult website you’ve visited.
So far, we have access to your messages, social media accounts, and messengers.
Moreover, we’ve gotten full damps of these data.

We are aware of your little and big secrets…yeah, you do have them. We saw and recorded your doings on porn websites. Your tastes are so weird, you know..

But the key thing is that sometimes we recorded you with your webcam, syncing the recordings with what you watched!
I think you are not interested show this video to your friends, relatives, and your intimate one…

Transfer $800 to our Bitcoin wallet: 1F5csJmyf3yJs5s25tZmYKoFXznR452er9
If you don’t know about Bitcoin please input in Google “buy BTC”. It’s really easy.

I guarantee that after that, we’ll erase all your “data” 🙂

A timer will start once you read this message. You have 48 hours to pay the above-mentioned amount.

Your data will be erased once the money are transferred.
If they are not, all your messages and videos recorded will be automatically sent to all your contacts found on your devices at the moment of infection.

You should always think about your security.
We hope this case will teach you to keep secrets.
Take care of yourself.”

It seems that the fraudsters use ignorance of webmaster.  At the beginning, I checked the bitcoin address on this page. It shows: “Scam Alert: This address has been reported as fraudulent (9 times).”

How do you think how many people can be fooled? Please don’t pay these scammers.

 

Characteristics of a Successful Business – M&A Transactions

Many businesses fall short of their potential valuation or maximum sale price. While there is no such thing as a perfect business without flaws or challenges, the businesses which sell at the top of the valuation range or command the highest multiple embody a number of common characteristics.

1. Increasing revenue/profits. Cash is the fuel of business. Businesses that have strong financials with year over year growth in revenue and profits will be in demand and should achieve an attractive valuation.

2. Clean Books. Having accurate, detailed, up-to-date and professionally prepared financial statements and records is one of the most critical components to a successful business sale.

3. Bright prospects for future. Businesses that operate in an industry that has a strong outlook for continued growth in the years ahead will be highly sought after.

4. No customer concentration. A business that has a diverse and broad customer base will have a lower risk that the loss of any one customer will have a material impact on the revenue and profits of the business.

5. Multiple vendors. Companies with a diversified product and/or service offering with a deep bench of suppliers and partners will be a less risky acquisition than a company who is dependent on only one manufacturer or service provider to generate income.

6. Stable work force. Having a loyal and content work force with long term employees is always a positive attribute for a buyer seeking to acquire a privately held business.

7. Established Processes. A business that has written procedures detailing work flow and operational processes provides greater continuity during a business transfer of ownership.

8. Owner not the business. Companies where the owner lends their expertise by working “on” the business vs. “in” the business are less likely to experience a loss of revenue during a sale. Owners who have become the face of the business where they are one of the chief reasons for customers using their products or services create challenges for the new owner in retaining these loyal clients.

9. Business qualifies for acquisition funding. A business for sale that meets the qualifications for acquisition funding by a bank or SBA backed lender will benefit from their ability to be marketed to a wider audience. Certain issues prevent 3rd party financing from being secured including poor financial performance or messy books with unreported cash and questionable add-backs.

10. Professional Advisors. Successful business sales require a team of professional advisors who are experts in their designated field. Members should include an experienced M&A advisor or business broker, a business attorney who specializes in transactions, and a CPA knowledgeable about tax structuring and asset allocation. Experienced advisors are worth their weight in gold and will add value that far exceeds the fees involved.

Small business ownership involves some level of risk. The price a business is valued at should reflect the degree of risk. While the element of risk can never be eliminated from small business ownership, the ten characteristics detailed above should mitigate many of the issues that cause concern for buyers when pursuing an acquisition. This in turn will enable the business value and sale price to be maximized.

Michael Fekkes is a Senior Broker at ENLIGN Business Brokers in Nashville, TN. Michael is a Certified Business Intermediary [CBI], a Certified Exit Planning Advisor [CEPA], Chairman of the International Business Brokers Association [IBBA] – Communications Committee, as well as a former business owner. He can be reached at 910.691.2202 or mfekkes@enlign.com. ENLIGN Business Brokers is a Professional Services Firm serving the Southeast that is headquartered in Raleigh, NC providing business intermediary services ranging from valuation and sale to exit & succession planning strategies.

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Brainstorming To Start A Small Business – Questions To Answer

Hello readers and potential future entrepreneurs. I understand the feeling; desire to create, operate, and succeed. Throughout my professional career, I have learned that there are numerous steps that must be taken in order to organize opening and operating a small business. I have put together a few questions which aspiring entrepreneurs should, at the very least, consider reading over. There are many questions that may arise with opening a small business, and I will address a few of those questions briefly in the following list of questions one may ask while brainstorming.

What type of business do you want to open? There are various business endeavors an entrepreneur could involve themselves in. It all comes down to what knowledge one has, or is willing to obtain. Are you a restaurateur? Repairman? Plumber? Home health / assistance? Do you have experience managing or working at such establishments? Do you need formal education from an institution? Will you work as a sole proprietor, or a partner / member? Research limited liability companies (LLCs) in addition to sole proprietorships and partnerships. S corporations are another option, but they are for business with stockholders, and may not be right for your particular business application.

What kinds of licensing and/or permits are required? Each business will have different licensing requirements; it all comes down to what the entrepreneur ultimately chooses to do. A restaurant would need food safety licensing in addition to basic business licensing, and if alcohol is on the menu – there is another permit the entrepreneur would need to legally sell alcohol on the premises. Repair oriented businesses would need at least the business license to repair, but if they sell parts as well, they would need to have “retail” listed on their business license in addition to “repair”. Health care services require at least formal education and licensing as an LPN, RN, or one of several other health care related licenses. Be sure to check your state’s laws to ensure what is necessary to operate your type of business.

What training / education / certifications are required to legally run this business? We touched upon this in licensing / permits, however there is much more involved than the required licensing. For example, one cannot operate a vehicle collision repair business without the knowledge of performing those types of repairs. There are schools that can be attended to learn what must be learned to effectively operate nearly any kind of business. However, there are also businesses where experience is enough to operate effectively without needing any formal education (lawn care, house cleaning just to name a couple). Also, there are certifications for training in nearly, if not all, care industries.

Does this business require a storefront? Retail establishments will undoubtedly need a storefront. Bear in mind, retail business will have a much larger initial investment than a service based operation. That initial investment is inventory. Some service businesses may not need a storefront to operate, as much of the service performed could very well be on-site. If a storefront is necessary, be sure to consider delivery or on-site service if it is feasible for your operation.

How much will it cost? This number will vary wildly based on the type and size of business you are planning. For smaller businesses, this number could be as low as $ 200 for a license and/or permit, or as high as a million dollars or more. Obviously, inventory is very expensive, and so are specialized tools for performing extremely precise work. Calculate the expected opening and operating expenses. Determine what size storefront is needed (if applicable), and research local commercial realty properties, locations, and prices. It is absolutely cheaper to rent in the short-term, although the thought of owning property that is paid off is very tempting. Prices on most things will vary based on your location. Employees are another cost, if your business warrants employees. When employees come into the equation as opposed to sole proprietors or partnerships, one must add extra insurance for the business (unemployment insurance comes to mind). Check with your selected insurance company for which types of additional coverage are required, and if offering health insurance can be done reasonably. Those employees will also need to have taxes paid on their wages – part from the employee’s paycheck and part from the company. Another potential cost is repayment of loans, if you don’t already have the capital needed to open your business. Basic operating expenses are not to be forgotten, as heating/cooling, Internet connectivity, and utilities will be regular expenditures for any storefront. On-site service operations cost very little when compared to a physical storefront.

How can an individual pay for this? If you do not have the funds available, which is very common, applying for loans is a way to attain funding. Be sure to have a business plan with projected expenses and revenues. There are other ways to gain funds for a business. Look into grants. While they are not very common, they are a potential source for assistance nonetheless. If many people believe in your dream, one could possibly acquire donations from those individuals.

What about accounting? Bookkeeping is a necessity – research which accounting/bookkeeping software would work best for the type of business you are planning. Point-of-sale (POS) systems are needed for “ringing up” and selling inventory or goods to the customer. POS systems keep track of sales, sales taxes, employee labor dollars spent, and many other items. If you are apt at creating spreadsheets, you may be able to keep track of your own inventory depending on your particular business model.

I hope this brief listing of questions and potential answers has been of assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs. Although there are countless successful entrepreneurs who have little or no formal education in business, it is never a bad idea to research courses regarding administration and management. Be sure to take a look at the Small Business Administration’s website at http://www.SBA.gov for more helpful information.

The author, John Baker, is an educated entrepreneur, with over ten years of experience in small business administration and management. Opening any type of business is no simple task, as many things must be considered. With experience opening, operating, and managing small businesses, the author aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs in realizing their dreams. While the questions are not all inclusive, they are, at the very least, a good bit of information to consider throughout the beginning processes of opening a small business. Take the information provided and begin or continue working on your business plan on the road to entrepreneurship.

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Laser Engraving Business – Is It Right for You?

A laser engraving business is a very profitable business you can start from your home. Have you ever thought of it? If you are looking for a way of pulling out of formal employment, laser engraving offers a great opportunity for you to venture into business. If you are so creative, laser engraving business is right for you. Even if you are not naturally a creative person, the laser will enable you to develop your creativeness.

What’s laser engraving?

Laser engraving is simply the marking and cutting of materials using a laser system. A laser system works like a printer. A laser is a raw beam or heat energy directed to a specific area where an engraving is performed. It takes seconds for a laser beam to create a permanent engraving on any material.

There are many companies that manufacture laser engraving machines worldwide. But the best laser systems I have known are made in the USA. That’s where the laser engraving technology started and spread in the rest of the world. If you need a laser engraving system that won’t frustrate you, I recommend buying one from the pioneers of this technology.

What do you need to venture into a laser engraving business?

To start a laser engraving business, you need the following:

1. Business plan.

A business plan is a great way of defining your business and identifying your goals. You should prepare a business plan. Success in any business requires good planning. It helps you to raise money. It also provides you with milestones to gauge your success. It should be the first step in your laser engraving business venture.

2. Laser engraving system.

To venture into an engraving business, you must buy a laser engraving system. Laser systems are costly. Good laser engraving machines range from $ 8,000 up to over $ 45,000, depending on the size and energy. That’s not little money at all. It could be a lifetime investment to most people. So you should invest in a system that won’t let you down. The good thing is that it’s a one-time investment. Good laser systems last long.

3. A computer.

You need a good computer in your laser engraving business. You may use a desktop or a laptop. Any Windows 2000 upwards, XP or Vista operating system is recommended.

4. Graphic software.

A designing software program is a must-have in your engraving business. Laser engraving systems are designed to run on most Windows-based graphic software programs like CorelDraw, Adobe and AutoCad. But CorelDraw is what most people use in laser engraving.The laser systems come with drivers that print images from any of these programs.

5. Creativity.

People who flourish most in a laser engraving business are those who are creative, sales-oriented and think outside the box. As an engraver, you must always be on the lookout for offering new products and services. The laser system is a versatile machine. With it, you can only be limited by your imagination.

There are numerous products you can produce and put on the market. To do this effectively, perfecting your designing skill in the software program you are using is important.

6. Marketing.

There is no business that can prosper without effective marketing. You have to do a lot of marketing for your engraving business. Visual advertising is so important. People need to see your engraving and cutting examples to really appreciate them.

You have to determine your signature samples, which you can mass produce and send to prospects. They should exhibit the great engraving and cutting capabilities of your laser engraving equipment. You may also customize them as necessary.

Create strong personal relationships to establish a firm foundation for your laser engraving business. Networking is a very good cost-effective marketing technique. Spread the word about your business through networking.

You may also use trade shows to exhibit your products

and services to your prospects. It’s good to target different types of trade shows with specific related products.

Creating a website for your engraving business is a great way to get customers. By establishing your business online, you expand your client base from your immediate geographical area to the rest of the world.

Using the word of mouth is so effective. It’s cost free. It’s easy. Everyone is capable of trying it out. Do it together with flyers and business cards. I like this marketing technique. It’s good to pick the contacts like a telephone number and email address of the people you talk to for business. You may ask them to send to them a newsletter which may eventually turn them into real customers.

What engraving business opportunities can you tap?

There are a number of laser engraving business opportunities. They include among others electronics engraving, marble and stone etching, wood engraving and cutting, logo engraving, medical part marking, photo engraving and barcode engraving. There are also other opportunities. They include laptop customization, signage, wedding memorabilia, corporate giveaways, glass etching, nameplates, toys and games, laser cut cards and invitations, photo frames and albums, wooden models, jewelry and much more.

Engraving services are needed in various industries, markets or occupations. You can explore the following fields to get customers for your products:

– Clothing designers

– Automobile dealers

– Carpenters

– Churches and other religious organizations

– Hospitals

– Home builders

– Jewelers

– Gift shops

– Manufacturing plants

– Restaurants

– Non-profit organizations

– Zoos

– Libraries

– Recreational centres

– Event centres like stadiums

– Schools of all levels

– Interior designers

– Private businesses

– Architectural design firms

– Individuals… and much more

What materials can you use in your business? Ideally, the laser system can etch and cut on numerous materials. The commonest ones are acrylic, wood, rubber, stone, glass, paper, fabric, ceramic, plastic, marble, tile, press-board, slate, granite and leather. You can explore it’s capability to laser engrave on many other materials around you.

Why should you start an engraving business?

1. Profitability.

It is very profitable. An engraved product costs more than twice the cost of its raw material. Products and services engraved on a laser system are on high demand. Most people pay back the money invested in the laser machine within a year.

2. Creative freedom.

A laser engraving business allows the freedom you will rarely find in any other business. You can create what you want. You are only limited by your imagination. Virtually, anything you can imagine and design can be turned into a real object with a laser system.

3. Flexibility.

You may choose to work part-time while maintaining your full-time job. You can also work the hours you want. If you have a full-time job, this is the time to save money. Invest it in a laser engraving business. You will be able to slowly grow your business right from your home. Finally, it becomes a full-time job

4. Low running costs.

Although laser systems cost much money, running an engraving business does not require high running costs like in other businesses. The laser machine can last a long time without making any repairs. And by the time it gets old, you will have made a lot of money.

5. Small manufacturing plant.

There are many people with laser systems. But very few of them know that it’s a small manufacturing plant. Most people limit themselves to engraving traditional items. These are items like plaques, awards, signage and photo frames. But the laser system can do much more than that. Just explore into its other capabilities. You will live to wonder throughout your life.

Conclusion

Starting a laser engraving business is very profitable. To effectively benefit from it, it’s advisable to invest in a very good laser system. Buy a system with a higher wattage. Speed and working area matter a lot in a laser engraving business. Have a plan to clearly understand your start-up costs, business line and profitability.

What laser system would you recommend for starting a profitable laser engraving business?

Charles Kiyimba is a businessman and a passionate blogger who shares with you his business experiences at Goleza Designers Blog. Visit today to get FREE knowledge, skills and ideas on business, marketing and personal development!

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