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Making Money Using Profit-Series Books, Spin-Off Titles, Videos and Public Events

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Logo for Profit-series products.

My book in progress Profit examines the proposition that, “There is nothing in human experience that cannot be turned into profit by an inventive mind. Profit is now being written with an expected completion date in 2015. It will be near-simultaneously published as an E-book and in softcover. The first derivative work based on the Profit concept is a short-form E-book, Ideas for new businesses, that is exclusively available on Amazon.com as an interactive E-book that Amazon Prime customers may read for free. Others may download the E-book for $2.99, and Amazon.com has a free APP to enable it to be read on almost any computer or portable electronic device, including smart phones. The interactive content in the E-book are links to 20 YouTube videos explaining how to start a new business. IMG_1151The soft-cover version of ideas is similar to the E-book in that it contains universally accessible sources for new business ideas that are available to anyone and a new entertainment/theraputic  concept called “Hand Dancing.”   In addition,  the softcover has three log-book sections and pages for additional descriptions providing a portable, private non-hackable record of idea generation that may be posted anywhere. These written records  provide tangible proof of your idea, when you generated it and it may be updated anytime inspiration strikes. The full retail price of the 46-page book is $11.95, but it can be purchased by U.S. customers from my website, http://www.hoveysmith.com for $10.00 plus postage using a PayPal button immediately below the book’s description. Ideas for New Businesses will be introduced at a major international business conference in Asia before an audience of Fortune 500 and Forbes 2000 CEOs and Cabinet-level officials from Pacific Rim countries. I was invited to present a paper “Finding the “Creatives” in your corporation and country” and exhibit at this event. This paper will also be published in E-book form and as a chapter and/or appendix in Profit. I expect to also produce blogs and videos of the conference when I return. I anticipate that my activities will result in other invitations to speak, but these will be limited to six a year. Two videos have already been produced. The first “Profit Video 1” outlines the purpose, scope and objectives of the book. It explains that this title is largely based on my experiences and illustrates how one person can generate hundreds of business-related ideas, how to separate them into those that are most usefully actionable at different times in one’s life and offers ample illustrations of how those with a strong-enough drive can launch a business with millions or billions of dollars of potential income. It is not expected that any person would have all the knowledge and skills necessary to launch a major business, but there are many others who do and whose services may contracted-in as needed. With modern E-connections, multi-million dollar businesses can be managed by only a few employees. “Profit Video 2 Revised” has been updated to remove outdated promotions while continuing to offer a one-hour telephone consultation for 10 registrants with a follow-up written report for $200. This video reveals some aspects of the new ideas generated by the book that include immediate ideas for raising money for personal and business uses, six patentable products, new business proposals and many practical suggestions. Those who want a look at the book as I write it may do so on a sliding-scale payment. Until June, this is a one-time payment of $1000 for access to the book manuscript, which will increase in $1000 increments as the book is written. This video may be viewed at: https://youtu.be/2C07QVvKCfc. if you have trouble in seeing it here. As no job, at whatever level, may be assumed to be secure, it is prudent for individuals to have some business-in-progress on their own so as to have something to fall back on if their job should disappear. Ultimately the only job security that a person has is when he is his own boss, and even then unexpected events  may take away that opportunity. The message carried by the Profit series of products is  to always have multiple employment possibilities that you develop for yourself to help insure consistent income throughout life.

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March 28, 2015 at 8:33 pm

How to Become an Outdoor Communicator Seminar A Highly-Rated Success

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Participants for the 2015 "How to Become an Outdoor Communicator Seminar" prepare to film a cooking demonstration.

Participants for the 2015 “How to Become an Outdoor Communicator Seminar” prepare to film a cooking demonstration.

Although only eight of the nine registered participants for my second annual “How to Become an Outdoor Communicator Seminar” attended theSeminar Caption OCS event at Georgia’s Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, those who participated rated the event as a 49 out of 50 possible points for achieving its principal objective of exposing participants to the range of outdoor communication techniques, their usefulnesses and money-making potentials. The registrant who could not attend was down with the flu, and I was thankful that he did not come and infect the rest of us. He has been contacted,  and we may do a hunting video together and fill him in on what he missed.

 

I teach from personal experience and by example. I am a person who is easily bored with any one method of doing anything. I want to try new things and probe the limits of what others consider customary. Consequently, I started outdoor writing as an  area correspondent for local and regional newspapers. This progressed to magazine writing, book writing, being a radio host, doing YouTube videos, TV and working in various aspects of Social Media. In addition, I did, and do, seminars and comedy gigs related to the outdoor industry. Although all of these ventures have not been successful, my thousands of news and magazine articles, year-and-a-half-of radio, 18-25 books (depending on how you count conventional soft-cover and E-books), over 400 YouTube videos (some used on TV) and appearances have  given me an unusually expansive background in communicating outdoor content.

 

Although there had been a period of cloudy, cold, rainy weather in Georgia this Spring, Seminar Day opened with a hard frost, clear and almost no wind. While not scheduled in the 50-page handout that was E-mailed to participants, I decided that we would relocate from the Discovery Center at 11:00 AM,  have our wild-game cooking demonstration at the nearby campground  and have the class  video the event. The week before I had a new version of my sheet-iron grill made at a local welding shop, and I would use it with a propane burner (instead of wood) to make a stir fry from wild hog meat and deer backstraps.  You can view this video  at:  http://youtu.be/85lD1idwVdM .  This part of the program received 47 out of 50 possible points, with one remarking that it was a little long.  Several, after they had sampled both the stir fry and a pre-made stew, commented that I should open a restaurant.  Wild hogs and deer are good, provided that the animals are on good feed and properly worked up.

Soy Sauce being added to stir fry at near its final stage of completion.

Soy Sauce being added to stir fry at near its final stage of completion.

 

As might be expected from the wide range of subjects that would be covered, those who registered came with different expectations. One was interested in wild-life photography, another already had an outdoor radio show, a Florida man makes turkey calls and wanted to expand his opportunities, another wanted to do something outdoor related at home to bring in income and a book project based on his and his son’s experiences in Vietnam and China brought another from the greater Atlanta area. The age range for the group ranged from  the late 20s to 70s.  My task was to stand in front of them and present materials that they were not necessarily in their area/s of interest for eight hours and keep my audience lively during the process.

 

Talking cooking, video methods and outdoor business while getting ready to feed my class.

Talking cooking, video methods and outdoor business while getting ready to feed my class.

A long gig for a comedian is a one-hour show. I was suppose to do this for eight hours while maintaining sufficient enthusiasm to keep everyone interested and awake, even after consuming a good lunch. That is a difficult assignment. Nonetheless, I managed. Using aspects of performance art, story telling, pre-recorded YouTubes, replicating segments of my radio shows, costume changes, having an outdoor segment over lunch that invited personal participation and  being forthcoming  during Q-A periods, I got 47 out of 50 possible points in being able to hold my audience’s attention.

 

Although the outline was not followed to the minute, the Seminar stayed on schedule. Because of the long drive times for some attendees to return home and the need to close the building by 5:00 PM, the formal parts of the Seminar ended at 4:00 PM with a general networking and QA period as I packed up. That night and the next morning I edited the video. Later on Sunday I helped a friend in Atlanta assemble a piece of industrial equipment, returned home, cleaned everything up, attended to dogs, slept and had the video live by 10:00 AM on Monday morning with associated posts on Facebook and Twitter. A link to the video with additional comments were sent to the registrants by 11:00 AM.

 

The cost of this Seminar was $50, including the meal and 50-page workbook. This price will increase to $100 for the 2016 Seminar which will be held in the same location, likely in early March. The Seminar is limited to 25, and it will cover the same content.  If only one person registers, the event will still be held and we will abbreviate other portions of the seminar and concentrate on his/her area/s of interest. My time and ability to continue these seminars may be limited. Today I received an invitation to go, expenses paid, to present to an international business conference in China that will be attended by heads of Fortune 500 companies, officials from world governments, heads of Chinese companies and thought leaders in business and industry. This invitation was provoked by my new book Ideas for New Businesses that is now available as an E-book and next month as a soft-cover and my forthcoming book Profit. I have two videos up on Profit.  The most recent is “Profit Video No. 2” which you can see on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/DUQJU56vxjU.

 

This invitation is a direct result of my outrageous and non-apologetic self-promotion. If you do not toot your own horn, you can be guaranteed that no one else is likely to blow it for you. If you have abilities, skills or products, tell the world about them.  If you can’t, find someone who will.

 

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March 9, 2015 at 9:09 pm

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Managing A New Pup in the House

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Hera has doggy introductions with Senior Momma Dog, Diana.

 Introducing a new puppy in the household is remarkably similar to child rearing, although the stages thankfully progress faster than with human children. Nonetheless, there are 2:00 AM feedings, managing and teaching good bodily waste elimination habits, socialization with older canine household members, visits to the Vet, sleeping arrangements,  shots, diet management, exercise, play periods, sleep schedule, puppy care and teaching life skills. Even language skills are a part of the process. She needs to learn a little English and every dog owner needs to learn a little Dog. Although every pup goes through the same learning stages, each one differs from their littermates to varying degrees. Volumes have been written on selecting the most appropriate puppy. Some pups will be larger and usually  more aggressive, while others may be timid or more intelligent.   While training and nurture can improve some characteristics, genetics play a very important role in determining what  characteristics the adult dog will have. Nature vs. Nurture is as significant an argument in the canine world as in the human one.

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While I can get along with most dog breeds, Labs and mixed-breed Labs, are my hands-down favorites. They are truly multi-purpose dogs that have predominantly friendly dispositions. Their heritage as working dogs provides them with good bone and organ structures, they have a good functional nose, excellent eyesight, strong teeth, good claws, solid feet,  are well furred, their coats feel good to the touch and they are not usually finicky eaters. Although I enjoy duck and quail hunting, I live in a miserable place for both. I don’t have enough regular shooting at either to keep a dog in training. Most of what I need and use dogs for are for intruder warning, deer tracking and finding and retrieving whatever game I happed to shoot; be it squirrel, rabbit, deer, dove, duck, or goose. They also serve the important function of  being good outdoor companions and more than once have warned me of snakes and other  dangers. Most often I waterfowl hunt in small waters from small boats, and I prefer smaller, rather than larger, Labs. For my uses I had rather my dogs weigh about 60 pounds, rather than  100. Where I live in Georgia, our winters are mild, and most of the time these smaller dogs work well for me. When trailing deer with a dog on a leash, one of my more common uses of these animals, I had rather be pulled through the briers and swamps by a 60-pound dog, rather than a 100-pound one. To see a recent video on deer finding go to: http://youtu.be/a7n4-PFa_dI.

What's not to love.

What’s not to love.

Hera, the present pup, is a female yellow Lab that was the largest of the 8-pup litter. Her mother has the look of a pure-blood Lab, while the male has something of the head profile of a pit bulldog, but otherwise looks all Lab. I did not have a chance to see the rest of the puppies. Hera was the first chosen, but for whatever reason was not picked up. Her owners called, said that she was available, and I immediately drove across the county to get her. She had her first visit to the Vet on her trip home. The Vet’s exam confirmed my observation that she was a sound, healthy pup. My next stop was at my local bank. I mentioned to the bank president, a childhood friend, that I had a new pup and he expressed interest. I brought her into the bank and everyone there got their Lab puppy fix for the day, with many comments on how attractive  she was. (Small town America still works like this.) My other Labs, Diana and Casey, 11 and 10-years old respectively, did not have a clue that they were shortly to be joined by a new member of the Whitehall hound-dog herd. Diana, now Senior Momma Dog, inspected the new arrival with a degree of skepticism and gave me a look as if to say, “How dare you bring this thing home without asking me.”  Casey, who was an abused rescued Lab, is very timid.  During the first days she ran from the pup, but now is more assertive, particularly when Hera sinks here needle-sharp teeth into her tail and pulls on it. Both of these adult dogs are now teaching Hera some doggy manners. I had only a few minutes warning that Hera could be picked up, and my first task was to start making a door block from a pallet so that I could keep Hera confined to the linoleum-floored kitchen. I own a large portable dog kennel, and I put it  into the corner of the kitchen to be her new home. I had a cast iron fireplace screen that I installed in the door frame, but she managed to climb over that. The next morning I finished the door block and installed it. I have a video of building the door block at: http://youtu.be/r8xD813NBOE.

Now, several days later, Hera is getting into the household schedule. Up at 2:00 A.M., out, fed, out, play with other dogs, sleep while I work. Up again at about 7:00 A.M., feed, out with dogs, back in, play, sleep, noon feeding, out again, play, sleep, 5:00 P.M. feeding, out, 10:00 bedtime. She has already learned to tell me when she needs to go out. All I have to do is to put her on the top step, and she will let me know when she wants to come back in. It is still intermittently cold in Georgia, and I am letting her stay inside with increasingly more exterior exposures as the weather warms. She is now accepted by the other dogs, and they will let her bed down with them. All told, the hound-dog world is getting along well.

Hera is making remarkably rapid progress towards growing up with every indication of becoming exactly what I need a dog to be –  disciplined, useful and loving. Future training will be to expose her to gunfire, boats, the woods, and activities of everyday life in the rural South.  All indications are positive. Raising a dog which will likely live to be 11-to-14-years old requires a long-term commitment on the part of the owner. It is very helpful to have some older dogs to take on part of the puppy rearing. Any way you cut it, pups, like children, will require a lot of investment in money, time and care. I think that they are worth every bit of it. I don’t think that I will ever be without my dogs.

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March 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm

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