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PayPal Fees Changing and Your Costs Are Probably Going Up
PayPal Fees Changing and Your Costs Are Probably Going Up

Cover photo by Nate Dumlao

A quick post to make everyone aware of the changes in PayPal fees as of August 2, 2021. Depending on the average cost per transaction, your costs may go down but most likely will go up.

We will focus specifically on the first section of the picture below, the online transaction fees where the % went down from 2.90% to 2.59% but the cost per transaction jumped 19 cents, here is the impact to your profit. The breakeven in this change is $61.30, meaning if your product sale is $61.30, the change does not matter…


Interview Series: Learn from Experience- Create Labs Ventures
Interview Series: Learn from Experience- Create Labs Ventures

Abran Maldonado, Cofounder

Business name: Create Labs Ventures

Year started: 2017

Website: createlabs.io

Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/createlabsventures

Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/createlabs/

Youtube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNjLtmRlmbD5CeIsFxi2Ajw

Twitter — https://twitter.com/Create_Labs

Clubhouse — https://www.joinclubhouse.com/@abran

What business are you in and what is your product or service?

We are in the business of creating projects and opportunities for the underserved community to gain tech skills and access to cutting-edge technologies.

Why did you start your business?

My partner and I didn’t see enough of ourselves in the industries we were in and we felt we were in position to share those cheat codes. Technology can solve so…


Chapter 11) Free advertising with Facebook Groups
Chapter 11) Free advertising with Facebook Groups

Bringing Hobbes to Life Tips

1. Target your customer based. There is a group for everyone and every topic. Join more than one group in the same category.

2. There is probably more than one category that will be applicable. Expand your prospective customer base by engaging and promoting in a second and third category.

3. Offer relevant content. Don’t spam, period.

This is one of the topics that didn’t give me the same results when I tried it on two different situations. When I was promoting Matthew’s website, I joined about 20 different LEGO Facebook groups and would promote…


Interview Series: Learn from Experience- Gibson Girl Designs US
Interview Series: Learn from Experience- Gibson Girl Designs US

www.bringinghobbestolife.com

Business name: Gibson Girl Designs US

Owner- Rose Gibson

Year started: 2016

Social Media Platformhttps://www.facebook.com/GibsonGirlDesignsUSGibson Girl Designs US (@gibsongirldesignsus) • Instagram photos and videos

What business are you in and what is your product or service?

I have a Cricut-based business, creating handcrafted custom/personalized wearables, giftware, party décor, invitations, decals and more. The majority of my sales are personalized tees, decals, and my party décor. My Birthday/Celebration Boxes are very popular, and are customized with the celebrant’s photo and favorite colors and hobbies.

Why did you start your business?


Chapter 10) Promoting Your Business with Print and Online Newspapers
Chapter 10) Promoting Your Business with Print and Online Newspapers

Cover photo by Winnie Chen

Bringing Hobbes to Life Tips

1. Old Fashioned print newspapers can be a great source of promotion for your business. Local and regional newspapers always look for feel good stories for small businesses or unique side hustles

2. Online newspapers can generate worldwide engagement. It can give your business an entire new audience and customer base from the exposure.

Matthew’s Summerfield’s Toys business was really hitting its stride at the beginning of 2020 and his sales were accelerating at a rapid pace. About a year ago, his sales went from $3,000 a year to about…


Interview Series: Learn from Experience- Wanderblust Photography
Interview Series: Learn from Experience- Wanderblust Photography

Business name: Wanderblust Photography

Year started: 2017

Website: www.wanderblustphotography.com

Facebook- WanderblustphotosInstagram- Wanderblustphotos

What business are you in and what is your product or service?

Landscape, architectural, and astrophotography. I sell fine art prints of my work as well as digital licenses of my images for websites and digital content.

Why did you start your business?

After experiencing multiple devastating pregnancy losses, I realized that taking photography more seriously could help me ease my heartache. I needed to literally see the world through a different lens. And, as I honed my craft, I became pregnant with my first child. My children…


Chapter 9) Getting Started with Social Media
Chapter 9) Getting Started with Social Media

Cover photo by William Iven

Bringing Hobbes to Life Tips

1. Pick one or two social media sites to get started. Start where you may have lots of personal connections.

2. Using social media can be very beneficial but takes some work. Set the pages as a business that is linked to your personal account.

Just like everything in life, getting your social media site up and running and growing takes work, a lot of work. This post will cover some of the challenges we experienced in getting subscribers and followers and hope you have better success than we did…


Interview Series: Learn from Experience- novel - Inquire of the Dead
Interview Series: Learn from Experience- novel - Inquire of the Dead

Name: Kristin Sanderson

Title: Author

Business name: novel — Inquire of the Dead

Year started: 2021

Website: Inquire of the Dead — Kindle edition by Sanderson, K.E.. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Social Media Platformhttps://www.facebook.com/authorKESandersonInstagramTwitter

What business are you in and what is your product or service?

I’ve just jumped into the literary world with my debut novel, Inquire of the Dead. It’s a paranormal thriller exploring one young woman’s personal and spiritual awakening as she grapples with her fundamental beliefs in science, religion, and love.


Chapter 8) Creating a Logo
Chapter 8) Creating a Logo

Cover photo by Suhyeon Choi

Bringing Hobbes to Life Tips

1. Match a logo that fits your brand, product or service. It is also important to have it fit your personality.

2. Consider the future possibilities of your business growing. You do not want to be limited by your logo.

3. Leverage free sites or friends to help with logo creation. You might not be creative but someone you know might be.

Picking the right logo for your company can be daunting. Do you want it to be just words or a picture or something abstract or all of the…

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