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Did you know that you can market mail order materials in
your own area, to your own friends and co-workers without
losing any money? It's easy! All you have to do is find a
product, mark up the price to take care of your commission
and sell it.
One of the easiest items to sell in your local area is printing.
Call any print shop (Minuteman, Quik Print, Pip, etc.) and
ask them the price for printing 1,000 copies of the same original
(one-side). Prices will differ across the nation, but I have
found the medium range to be between $60 and $90. However,
most mail order printer's prices range between $20 and $30
for the same job! That's about a 50% difference _ even going
by the lowest local rates.
Okay - now we have an idea. Let's do our preparation and
I'll lead you step-by-step into the marketing of this idea.
Let's stick with our example of printing. Before you begin
to advertise printing services in your local area, you need
to locate an honest and good mail order printer. If you don't,
you will be stuck with unsatisfied customers if the order
In order to locate a good printer, you will need to read
mail order publications. Compare prices and services. Look
at the quality of their advertisement. Is it professional
looking? Does the printing look sloppy? Find a printer with
the lowest prices but the most services. It is more important
to have someone who is reliable, ships on time and never lets
you down versus saving $1 per order. Three printers we recommend
are Kem's Graphics, 549 Friendship Rd, Seneca SC 29678; JRS
Printing, PO Box 2508, Calcutta OH 43920 Tom Leash, 64 W Main
St, Dallastown PA 17313.
However, there are many other good ones in mail order. To
get a current Big Mail of up-to-date information, write to
George Norr, PO Box 70268, Salt Lake City UT 84170 or G&B
Records, PO Box 10150, Terra Bella CA 93270 and request a
copy of their current publications to get you started.
Once you've narrowed your company selections down to a few
choice ones, you probably will want to send each of them a
small order. Keep records of the date you sent each order
and how long it took to get back. I would mail all my orders
on the same day. This way, you would automatically know "which"
printer was the fastest in shipping orders. (This fact is
very important when dealing with local customers who want
their order yesterday or last week.)
Now, compare the quality of the printers you have selected.
Choose the best! Remember, when you deal with local customers
you will have to provide the same type of commercial quality
they are used to receiving locally. Even though they will
be paying less, no customer should expect "less."
Your business will grow if you offer the same quality for
After you have selected the printer you want to use, write
them a letter. Explain that you are going to market their
services locally and would like to obtain their "best"
price. Often times, they will discount their prices even more
just to get repeat business. This brings you in more commissions.
Now, all that's left is to make yourself a price sheet listing
YOUR prices (marked up from the prices your printer charges
you and how much the same item sells for locally). Pass these
price sheets out at work. Place on car windshields. Tack on
bulletin boards. Advertise in the paper. Drop off at small
business establishments. Contact people in the paper who are
planning a wedding or pass out flyers in your neighborhood.
When you get an order, you keep your portion of the customer's
money and send the order to your printer, who normally dropships
to you or your customer.
This is only one idea for selling mail order printing in
your local area. There are 1,000's of other mail order products
that are superior as well as a lot of talented folks who provide
exceptional products that cannot be purchased at all locally!
Just choose one that interests you and find a way to sell
it in your neighborhood.
Another way of selling locally is by contacting Coal Publishing,
27 South 4th Ave, Highland Park NJ 08904. Start a newspaper
in your area and have local businesses place advertisements.
When you have secured advertisers, send the ads and payment
to Coal's "Small Business Keeps America Growing"
newspaper services. Copies are professionally printed and
shipped back to you. Have kids and teenagers help you distribute
them and you're in business. This idea can net you as much
as $1,000+ per week once you build up the advertisers for
Selling locally is the quickest and easiest way to start
a business of your own without any money. It's better than
working for McDonalds. Just look around - opportunities do
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