Everybody is a salesman and they don’t even know it

An often over looked aspect of making money is the art of selling. Sales skills are invaluable and should be trained and practiced by everyone. No matter what your line of work, or how you make your money, you are selling something.

Even if you are not directly selling a product, you are selling your time, your skills, or something. What is a resume if not a sales pitch for your product (you)? And the effectiveness with which you do this can be improved with the same skills that would help you sell anything else.

Once you are able to make the transition to working for yourself you will be even more directly involved in selling – affiliate sales, direct sales of your products, advertising, etc.

Some important principles to keep in mind with regards to selling:

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The 6 best things you will ever get for your eBay business

I frequently mention eBay and online selling because it has such low barriers to entry that it is an option for almost anybody when it comes to ways to make extra money and break free from the job paradigm.

If you are going to start an eBay, Amazon, or other online reselling business, then do yourself a favor and make sure you have the 6 things I outline below. They are without a doubt the best things I ever got for my online selling.

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You can’t win the lotto if you don’t buy a ticket

The title notwithstanding, this article is not about my delinquent gambling habits (although I did recently win a prop bet on the correct order of the lewd jokes in the movie “Predator”). What we’re actually going to cover today is spending time on longer-term, lower probability/ higher reward projects, which a lot of entrepreneurs tend to reflexively avoid.

When first starting out on the quest to break free from the job paradigm, you definitely need to focus on creating income quickly and efficiently. This usually means focusing on the opportunities and options that are most immediately lucrative or available to you. And there is nothing wrong with that, but the most readily available options are usually not the ones that have the most upside potential. Something like an eBay or Amazon reselling business can be started very quickly, and begin bringing in income right away. The problem is that after an initial success, many people settle in to this new role and stop trying to create new sources of income, and never put any effort into projects that have a chance to really take off.

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Should you try to save money or make money?

If you have been reading this site, and are a self-motivated human being, you probably have decided you want to own your time; to own your life. The most basic key to a lifestyle of freedom is to self-sufficiency – to be able to take care of your basic needs without having to be a slave. ¬†Despite what many people will try to tell themselves, money is the best path to this kind of self-sufficiency. Not riches, but money. Enough money to take care of your basic necessities so that you how you spend you time is a choice. Some still choose to work for somebody else, and that’s fine – but it is a CHOICE. You have no idea how much easier it is to go into work when you know you really don’t have to.

And for those of us who want to be totally free from the job paradigm, obviously income is needed for that. Like I said above, you don’t need riches, but you do need money. No matter how frugally you choose to live, it is the source of your income that determines if you are free or not.

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