A Tale Of Two Widget Salesmen

Many people see sales as an exercise in confrontation. If you’ve ever bought a high ticket item like a car, then you know what I’m talking about. You want to get a cheap price, and the seller wants to make as much money as possible. For the most part, the difficulties in buying and selling aren’t centered around the price, they’re centered around the transaction itself.

Consider somebody who is selling widgets at a booth. Say the booth is at a home show. For every widget he sells, he’ll make a profit of a dollar. Naturally, the more widgets he sells, the more money he takes. If he had his druthers, he’d sell a widget to everybody that passed him by. This is precisely what he tries to do.

He comes up with a huge pitch, designed to lure in as many people as possible. He claims this widget can do anything, so more people will want it. Because he is so good a persuasion, or sales, a lot of people are convinced they want this widget. They get it home, still feeling happy that they’ve bought this widget.

But a few days and weeks pass, and they find they really don’t have much use for this widget. After a while, they wonder why they bought the thing. Soon their friends start asking them why they bought it. They don’t know. They say they were conned into buying it. The salesperson was really pushy. They bought it just to be polite.

Pretty soon this widget seller has developed a reputation as a pushy salesperson. He has to travel to a new city every couple months, because he quickly wears out his welcome. Such is the life of a traveling widget salesman.

Now consider another widget salesman. He doesn’t promise the moon. He just says what the widget does. His reputation is more important to him than anything. Instead of trying to sell his widget to every single person that walks by, he qualifies his customers. He asks them questions to make sure they can get a real use out of the widget. Plenty of people like the widget, think it looks cool, but the widget salesman is clear that they really won’t get much use out of it, unless they really do need it.

So a lot fewer people buy his widgets. But the ones that do, really use it. And enjoy it. And tell all their friends. Pretty soon people that really need this widget are beating down this poor widget salesman’s door trying to buy his product.

Before long, he’s got a huge mail order business, and he doesn’t have to do any more traveling to sell his widgets. He can relax at home, while his business runs itself. He out-sources all the people he needs to handle his orders.

The first widget salesman was worried about not selling anything, and thus created a life of hardship. The second widget salesman was convinced of the quality of his product, and in the interest of his reputation, only wanted to put it in the hands of people who really needed it. As a result, he lives and easy life with easy money.

Which one are you?

Can You Really Make Money By Drop Shipping Products From Home?

Internet retail sales are forecasted to increase to over $245 Billion annually by 2014.

If you choose to select this venue to earn income, internet retail sales could be your answer. Let’s suppose you choose this venue for income and decide this is the way to go and you want to sell Widgets. So you go out and buy 1,000 widgets and stock them in your garage. You expect to sell 1,000 Widgets your first month. Let’s say each widget costs you.50 cents, shipping to you is.25 cents. So far you owe.75 cents X 1,000 or $750.00 you had to prepay.

So you already have your website which is hosted by Google or Yahoo, and the domain is paid for, and you list your widget on your website. Let’s say the annual cost of the prepaid website and template is $120 annually or $12 per month.

So your first month of selling widgets, you decide to list them on your website for $2.00 each shipping included and you have the first month expense of $762.00 (overhead).

Then you get your first order for 10 Widgets. So you earned $20.00 gross income and shipping the 10 Widgets costs $2.00 (.20 cents each bulk lot instead of.25 cents each). So your second order, 3 days later comes in for 990 Widgets at $2.00 each. So your gross income is $1,980.00 and the shipping is $198.00 for the lot (.20 cents each bulk lot instead of.25 cents each).

So, we started out at a monthly gross income on the Widgets at $2,000.00 less your shipping costs to your buyers of $200.00 less your cost of the 1,000 Widgets of $750.00 less your overhead of $12 per month.

So your net profit is $1,038.00 for the month. Not too bad right? Well, let’s say you had to spend 160 hours during the month finding your supplier, ordering Widgets, stocking them in your garage, posting them to your website, answering orders, processing and then packaging them for mailing, and going to and from the post office. (We will assume you already had the other costs prepaid – computer, internet, packing supplies, auto, gas, insurance, etc.). So a net profit of $1.038.00 divided by 160 hours equals you got paid $6.49 per hour of your time.

DROP SHIPPING. Using the above example, let’s suppose you are browsing the internet and you find a drop shipper that will sell you each Widget for.25 cents each and will ship for you for.25 cents each(cost passed on to consumer), so your total costs are.25 cents per Widget before overhead.

Now let’s say the drop shipper offers you a prepaid domain, website template, and up to 1 million products listed on your website. They handle all the inventory, shipping, updating the website, etc. Let’s say the costs are a one-time fee of $149.00 and a monthly hosting fee of $29.99 or for the first 12 months $42.41 per month (overhead) in the first year, then $29.99 per month.

So on the drop ship plan you sold 1,000 Widgets at $2.00 each or $2,000 Gross Income less your cost to the drop shipper of $250 for the 1,000 Widgets and less your monthly overhead of $42.41 equals a net income of $1707.59.

Now, let’s suppose you it took you 60 of your time for the month to monitor the website, change the template, track orders, etc. So $1707.59 divided by 60 equals $28.46 per hour income to you for your time.

So had you rather work for $6.49 per hour or $28.46 per hour?

Customize Your Android Home Screen With Widgets and Themes

The Android home screen is like your desk: It’s where you use and organize your applications in a way that’s most effective for you.

Because you go to the home screen after pressing the convenient Home button, you should dedicate it to shortcuts for your most frequently used applications. Out of the box, Google puts several of the most commonly used applications (Maps, Gallery, YouTube, Market, Phone, Gmail, Browser, and Voice) on the home, along with two widgets: the sleek Google search box across the top and the new News & Weather widget at the bottom.

Customize Your Android Home Screen With Widgets and Themes

The best feature of the home display is that it’s completely customizable.

Long-press a shortcut, widget, or whatever, and a slight vibration (known as haptic feedback) tells you that you that you can move that item. Longpress an empty space on the home, and you’ll be prompted to add a shortcut, widget, folder, or wallpaper to that screen.

In addition to apps, the Nexus One’s home screen can display widgets, which are little apps that display dynamic information on the home. Power Control is another useful widget which allows you to toggle various Nexus One settings; many other widgets display everything from clocks to the weather to your Twitter timeline.

Another great feature of Android’s home display is that there are five of them, so when your primary home screen fills up (as it inevitably will), you can easily add apps and widgets to any of the Nexus One’s four additional home screens. Just swipe your finger left or right to navigate to the additional screens.

When you fill all five home display, you’re maxed out. Android 2.1 currently has only five home screens that you can customize with shortcuts, but the only limit to the number of apps that you can store on your phone is the amount of memory in it.

If you forget which home screen a particular app is in, you can invoke a cool thumbnail view by touching the left/right dots at the bottom of the screen. When you do, you see five miniature home display, complete with miniature app icons and widgets.

When you spot your app, touch its thumbnail to be whisked directly to that particular home screen. Good stuff.

Managing apps and widgets

When you want to remove an app or widget from the home (and this will happen), simply long-press its icon. You’ll notice that the gray Launcher icon turns into a trash can. Simply drag the item’s icon to the trash can to remove it from your home. The icon and the trash can glow red when they touch, confirming the deletion.

This procedure doesn’t delete the application itself from your phone-just the shortcut or alias to the app. To permanently remove (or uninstall, in Android parlance) an application that you’ve downloaded, simply follow these steps:

1. Launch Android Market.

2. Press the Menu button.

3. Touch Downloads.

4. Scroll to the app that you want to uninstall.

5. Press the Uninstall button.

You can also manage certain applications by touching Settings >Applications > Manage Applications and then touching the app’s name to open the Application Info screen. In this screen, you can press the Manage Space button to manage the amount of space that the application is using or press the Uninstall button to uninstall an app update that’s causing problems..

Using the Launcher

The home display is where you store frequently used apps, shortcuts, and widgets. Touching the gridlike icon in the bottom center of the home screen opens the Launcher, which displays a scrolling list of all the apps installed on your Nexus One.

Applications are sorted alphabetically. You can scroll through them vertically by flicking upward or downward anywhere inside the Launcher screen. You can launch an app from this screen either by touching its icon or by pressing the trackball when the app’s icon is highlighted.