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by Robert G. Yetman, Jr., Managing Editor, The James L. Paris Report Are you familiar with mystery shopping? While you may have had no direct experience with it as yet, it has been around for a long time, and is something that can provide a way for you to earn reliable “side” money. With mystery shopping, you are essentially working as an undercover shopper for the benefit of a given retail establishment, so that the customer experience can be evaluated and improved upon by that same business. Mystery Shopping Provides Valuable Feedback To Businesses Each of us has, at one... Read more →

There was a time, not too many years ago, that having your name on a college diploma was a really big deal. In today's world, however, a college diploma is the new high school diploma. College degrees do not carry anywhere near the weight they once did. Due to the ease of obtaining student loans, a college degree may communicate nothing more than that you are up to your eyeballs in debt. As a result, the landscape of hiring has dramatically changed, Human resources departments can no longer simply skim through a stack of resumes and separate those with degrees... Read more →

Of course, the rage these days is selling online, but if you sell physical products there are quite a few challenges. If you want to start small, it can be difficult. Finding an assortment of items to sell at wholesale prices is a challenge (especially with today's super low Internet prices). Even more of a problem for many is simply coming up with the cash to set up their starting inventory. Just a modest inventory of even a low priced item can take $1,000 or more to get started. Lastly, the biggest headache of all is dealing with shipping. Well,... Read more →

Staff Writers Of The Internet has long been the new way to communicate, to include advertise, do business, and engage in a variety of other commerce-related interactions. I mean, do you even receive a traditional Yellow Pages book at your house anymore, and, if you do, do you keep it? If you keep it, do you actually use it? The bottom line is that if the Yellow Pages is your “go-to” resource for finding merchants and service-providers in the established Internet Age, you’re definitely behind the curve. What’s more, if you’re not using “old school” resources like the Internet... Read more →

His name is Jason Hanson, and he is a former CIA agent. He has also put together an online training program on how to obtain a Federal Firearms License (FFL). One aspect of this that really caught my attention was that this is a business that can be operated from a home. I also loved the idea of being able to buy firearms and ammunition wholesale for myself. Another segment of the training that was also very interesting is what Hanson calls 'multiple streams of gun income.' This is where he outlines several different profit opportunities associated with having an... Read more →

I ran across a really weird idea this week, but after thinking about it for a few minutes, I quickly concluded it wasn't all that strange after all. With all of the high tech messaging going on in our culture, there is one low tech method of communication that still works very well - T-Shirts. With the upcoming election, and all of the controversial things going on in the country right now, you can bet that funny and clever messages on T-Shirts will be everywhere. Have you ever come up with a one liner that you thought would make a... Read more →

One of the great things about Amazon is that it has EVERYTHING. This is also Amazon's biggest weakness as well. Many times people will find a site like Amazon more than a little overwhelming. If you are looking for a specific item, the large number of choices can make the process very confusing and time consuming. An additional problem for Amazon is that a niche site can easily rank higher in a given category in a search. For example, while Amazon does sell hammers, it would be much easier for a website that exclusively sold hammers to achieve a higher... Read more →

I am always on the lookout for unique opportunities, especially those that can represent a great part time income. There is a lady in my small town that does very well managing social media for a number of the local businesses. I have been looking around trying to find a good course on this topic that I can recommend. PaidSocialMediaJobs is a very interesting program. They even have a news segment from a local TV channel discussing the opportunity. Businesses owners understand that getting new customers today is no longer about buying an ad in the Yellow Pages, but having... Read more →

As many of you know, for the past nine months I have been having a blast with my Amazon Flipping project. For those that are not regular readers, this is what I call my strategy of buying items offline and and reselling them on Amazon. In some circles this is called retail arbitrage. If you do a Google search for this phrase, you will quickly learn that this is the hottest thing since the launch of eBay. What I love about it, is the simplicity. Amazon sells my stuff and handles shipping, customer service, billing, and then deposits my share... Read more →

Note: The Amazon Associates opportunity is currently not available to residents of Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Jim Discussing This Article On Live Radio In Chicago If you are a regular reader, you are no doubt aware that I have been involved in the world of Internet marketing for several years now. In the beginning, I was utilizing these Internet money-making concepts for the purpose of earning a living from this blog and my website ( In hindsight now, I am realizing that a mistake I have made is not taking more full advantage of the Amazon... Read more →

I have been buying offline and reselling on Amazon for several months now. I have made so many mistakes, but seem to have mastered this whole platform now. I want to share with you some of the real game-changers for me, and also some recent examples of actual items I have bought and resold. Amazon Discount Shipping In the very beginning I did not use the Amazon discount shipping option available to Amazon FBA resellers. It was right there in my dashboard, but when they said 'discounted shipping' I thought it was something minor (like 5 or 10 percent off).... Read more →

City Offers Up The Heads Of Six Police Officers To Baltimore Rioters

After experts said that it would be weeks, maybe even months before determining what happened in the Freddie Gray case, all six officers were charged in the Freddie Gray case. Jim shares his outrage about the rush to charge six Baltimore Police officers before any meaningful investigation could have taken place. Western Union enters into agreement with digital currency that some believe is the next Bitcoin, and what vintage electronic device is bringing big bucks on eBay? Read more →

Getting Paid To Shop At Thrift Stores

If you are a regular reader, you are no doubt aware of my recent adventure that I call 'Amazon Flipping.' I stumbled across this weird business opportunity about six months ago, and it has been a very wild ride (and a lot of fun). If you have missed my updates, here are links to a variety of articles I have posted on the topic - Amazon Flipping: A Weird New Way People Are Making Money Online Finding Items To Resell - Amazon Flipping Update Amazon Flipping: Deciding What Items To Sell on eBay Instead Planning To Pocket $500 On My... Read more →

*** Update April 2, 2015: I am excited to report back now that I have received the various products that I bought from China and any last bit of skepticism I had is now gone. We have also made an investment in some new training that we are going through all about finding wholesale sources for products. We are opening up the offer (listed below) until Monday night April 6th at midnight Eastern. I am also going to do a live webinar next week where I will be taking questions from students of this training program. This would be an... Read more →

The Internet is a lot more than sending emails, watching cute cat videos on YouTube, and reconnecting with old friends on Facebook. The Internet is largely how business gets done nowadays, and whether you are a work-from-home entrepreneur or an employee at a company constantly in search of ways to gain an edge over the competition, the business orientation of the Internet is something to which you should be paying particular attention. Why Website Building Skills Will Continue To Be In High Demand This article is not, however, simply a recitation on how important the Internet is to business; it... Read more →