Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

All *NEW* Product's!

The team at A Love of Coffee has been busy in the roasting kitchen creating a complete new line of coffee and espresso blends.

Stop bye the site and take a peek at our new product selections including all organic coffee!

Fall is just around the corner and we have a great pumpkin spice coffee, it's sure to put a smile on your friends and families faces.

A Love Of Coffee


I get asked a lot of questions about wholesaling: the pros and cons, the why’s, where’s, and how-to’s, etc. I used to wholesale, so I’m hoping that what I learned from doing so will benefit others who have the desire to do the same. If you’re just in the planning stages at this point, then you’ll want to gather as much information as possible that will help you to begin. The most basic questions I hear regarding starting to wholesale include the following.

Should I have minimums, and if so, what should they be?
How should I set my prices?
What kind of “Tax ID” will my customers need to provide?
How do I know my customer’s ID/documentation is valid?

Most wholesalers have minimum order requirements; some require product minimums, some total order amount minimums, and many require both. I required both types of minimums. I kept my total order minimum low ($50), so that I made my products attainable to small business owners like myself, who could not usually afford high minimums. But I required the product minimums to help deter folks from buying my products for personal use, rather than for resale. And also, since many of my homemade products are scented, it was a real pain to have to make a room spray in 10 different scents, for example, than to just make 4 in one scent. It was just far easier to manage with product minimums. So my product minimums ranged from 2-6 of a given item; it really just depended on what the product was and how difficult it was to make. And as a side note, when I set my pricing for my products, the price reflected my product minimum (i.e. if I had a minimum of 4 room sprays, then the price of that product was the cost of a total of 4 room sprays). That way, there was no worry about having someone order just one room spray–they were always ordering 4, to meet the minimum.

Some wholesalers do not require minimums, and that is always your choice, of course. But my goal was always to ensure, as much as was possible, that my products were being purchased for resale, rather than for personal use. And minimums help to deter those who would purchase products unethically at wholesale prices for their own use or consumption, which was very important to me.

Figuring out how to price your products for wholesale can be tricky at times. But you can simplify it a lot if you keep the goal in mind: to cover the costs of your materials and to make a profit.

Many wholesalers use the Keystone Pricing method. That is, half the price of retail. So if you are selling a product for a retail price of $10, you would charge $5 for wholesale. I’m sure you’ve encountered this pricing method on many websites from which you purchase products or supplies wholesale yourself. But keystoning isn’t always the best choice, and when it’s not, that’s when you just need to get creative. Many wholesalers will simply use a percentage off–it might be 30% off retail, 40% etc. But there are no hard and fast rules on pricing. You really need to do whatever is best for you, as you keep in mind that goal: cover the costs AND make a profit.

Customer Tax ID’s
In most states, though not all, in order to purchase goods wholesale, a person must have one of the following forms of documentation to legally qualify to do so. Keep in mind, some states do not require any license or documentation at all, so it’s best to verify this if a potential customer tells you they don’t need a “Tax ID.” There’s a link here on OBJ on the Small Business Resources page; it is to the Small Business Administration and it lists all the links for each state’s Tax or Revenue Department. That’s a good resource for following up on each state’s tax requirements.

Additionally, the license or documentation needed may vary from state to state, and they may be called something completely different from state to state as well. So the list I’m including here may not be all inclusive.

Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
Reseller’s License
Reseller’s Certificate
Vendor’s License
Business License
Sales Tax Exemption Certificate

Validating ID’s—to Keep Your Customer’s Honest

When I was wholesaling, it was very important to me to keep my customers as honest as possible. Most of them were anyway, but sometimes it was “iffy” at best. I wanted to be sure that if I was busting my rear to make each and every product that I was wholesaling–and sacrificing retail profits in order to do so–that my customers had the legal right to purchase my products at wholesale prices. So to that end, I required that every customer who requested access to my wholesale pricing to first provide me with a photocopy of their Tax ID (in whatever form their state required). They had to either Fax it to me, snail mail, or email it so that I would have a hard copy on file of their documentation. And then I could verify a number of items:

Customer’s name and address (If they don’t match, don’t approve until you know why–most licenses are only valid for a single address);
Expiration date of the documentation, if applicable (don’t accept it if it’s expired);
State of Origin–so I could verify a state’s requirements, if needed.
Many states have websites that will allow you to search for valid Vendor’s Licenses, Tax ID’s, etc online. I wish they all did! So when in doubt, it doesn’t hurt to check with any state you have questions about.

Some other things to keep in mind as you get ready to wholesale…

It’s important to be aware that while an FEIN is a legitimate form of documentation, a business is generally only required to have one if they have employees (though there are exceptions to this). I often see sites requesting a copy of potential customers’ FEIN, and that’s just not always appropriate, because not everyone needs to have one.

It is quite common for a husband or wife to attempt to use their spouse’s Tax ID to purchase goods wholesale. They may do this for the purpose of resale, or to purchase goods for personal use. Either way, it’s unethical at the very least, and in many cases, it’s also illegal.

In many states, a Vendor’s License (or its reasonable alternative) can only be used to purchase wholesale products that match the genre of the seller’s business. Meaning, if you sell bath and body products, and a customer has a plumbing business and wants to use their Vendor’s License to purchase your products, they are not legally allowed to do so.

It is to your benefit to maintain copies of all your wholesale customers’ Tax ID’s for accounting/tax purposes. If you were to be audited, you may be required to provide proof that you were indeed selling your wholesale products to those who were legally allowed to do so.

I hope this information will serve at least as a good starting point for those of you interested in wholesaling. I am by no means an expert on this topic. But I am sharing my experience and knowledge with you, in hopes that it may be of some use and help.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Wolfgang Vaults Back 2 School Sale!

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

MVP Of The Month

Each month we will feature a new MVP shade and offer a full size container of the shade for the price of a large sample. (you save $7 - almost 59% off!)
August's MVP:

FantaSea Green

This was one of our new shades that was named in our Twitter contest.

It's such a beautiful shade.

I use it as a top eyeliner. It really makes brown eyes pop!
As with all of our MVPs, you can use this shade on your eyes, cheeks, lips or even your nails!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

August Flavor's Of The Month

are two of our most popular children's teas but also loved by adults just as well!
Very Berry!

August Specials

10% off all orders by using the code SUMMER10
All $50 and more orders will receive a $5 gift card to IFTH.
~~Inspirations From The Heart~~

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Our Featured "WAHM Of The Week"

Name: Roberta Boteler

1) Tell us a little about yourself.
I am married.

2) How many children do you have?
I have one 17 year old son

3) Are you married, single, divorced, never married, in a relationship?

4) What kind of work do you do? Are you a stay at home mom? Do you own your own business?
I run my own business from my home. I mentor people to experience success beyond their wildest imaginations, freeing them from physical, mental, emotional and financial pain. Serviing individuals to live their lives in 3D Design, Desire and Destiny.........come join me.

5) Do you enjoy the work you do?
I love it. It is what I was created to do.

6) Did you know that this would be what you'd do as an adult? Or was it just something that happened (fate, fun, destiny, coincidence, financial need, etc)?
Since i was 16 I knew that I would be serving people in a capacity that would set them free and bring enlightment to them allowing them to succeed wildly in their lives.

7) Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself living in Arvada, CO with my husband on 5 acres. On that property there will be small cottages to serve as an oasis for pastors. We will also have an Equestrian ministry working to bring healing to physically and emotionally challenged people. We will also have a Total Health and Wellness center that will bring spiritual, physical, mental, emotional and financial healing to many people. Along with my husband and I, my friend Nancy and her husband and our mutual friend Robert will be in this endeavor with us.

8)Are You With Any Work At Home Mom Social Networks? Or Groups That You Would Like To Share? "IE;"...Cafemom, Ryze, Momspace, Etc.
I am a member of Cafe Mom

9) Do You Have Any Advice You Could Give For Another Mom About Starting To Work From Home?
The best thing I can say is above all enjoy your children at whatever stage they are as tomorrow it will change. As Kenny Chesney's song states, "Don't Blink". As for businesss, I have learned from my search to find my own missing link that in order to be successful there are five elements that must be in place in any company I choose to participate with, they are: 1) The leaders of the company must have proven experience and integrity 2) The timing of the company. Is it a start up company? 98% of all start up companies fail within the first two years, so they must be past that stage for me to consider them. 3) Compensation plan, be certain you are clear on how many people you will need to reach your desired monthly income. ie the majority of companies you have to have 1,000-3,000 people in your organization to create a $10,000/mo residual income. In my company I receive that same $10,000/mo residual income with only 350 people brough in collectively as our company's business model is based on the power of one. 4) The company must have a good product. 5) There must be a proven, duplicatable system in place.
Other than that surround yourself with positive people and influences. Strive to stay in the eight positive emotions 100% of the time and stay away from the negative ones. The emotions are:

Positive Emotions

Negative Emotions.

Continuously work on self development as it is the key to success. Wealth follows personal growth. 1) Must be coachable 2) Need to have a mentor and a team 3) Have a Five pillar company 4) Have a duplicatable system 5) Practice Self Development 6) Be a student of the industry Books I recommend are: #1 The Greatest Secret by Ron Macintosh As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill.

Lastly, if you have any questions, struggles or just want to chat I am at Skype: robertaboteler and my e-mail is Call me anytime at (308) 882 1707.