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>Fridays are good days for freebies, so here is another post of freebies for people who are starting a new business or looking for a way to improve the business they own.

Free help is always a nice gift; a free membership into Marketing Profs will give you access to marketers and their forums so you can see what professionals think of your latest tag line or marketing idea. Even the best of products needs good marketing to get the word out, so once you have your tag line, think about going to copywriting to see how to use that line in an ad. There are lessons and examples of good ad copywriting as well as general advice on how to write to your audience. Once you have your tag line and your ad, go to small business brief to get ideas and advice on how to grow your small business from other small business owners.

And when you are ready to go on the road to promote your business (or when you need a break from your business), sign up for the new hotels.com welcome rewards loyalty program which gives you a free night (up to $400 a night) at any of their partner hotels after you book ten nights at any of their hotels. Finally, a free night for those of us who like to book at different hotels in different locations but never get the rewards of a brand specific hotel program.

Sometimes the best things in life really are free.

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Fridays are good days for freebies, so here is another post of freebies for people who are starting a new business or looking for a way to improve the business they own.

Free help is always a nice gift; a free membership into Marketing Profs will give you access to marketers and their forums so you can see what professionals think of your latest tag line or marketing idea. Even the best of products needs good marketing to get the word out, so once you have your tag line, think about going to copywriting to see how to use that line in an ad. There are lessons and examples of good ad copywriting as well as general advice on how to write to your audience. Once you have your tag line and your ad, go to small business brief to get ideas and advice on how to grow your small business from other small business owners.

And when you are ready to go on the road to promote your business (or when you need a break from your business), sign up for the new hotels.com welcome rewards loyalty program which gives you a free night (up to $400 a night) at any of their partner hotels after you book ten nights at any of their hotels. Finally, a free night for those of us who like to book at different hotels in different locations but never get the rewards of a brand specific hotel program.

Sometimes the best things in life really are free.

>Most of us learn about money from our experiences, good or bad, and we take our lessons with us to the next test of what to do when we make or get more money. Without a strategy or an understanding of how to use our money to work for us we are left making poor choices that may well end with us in the poorhouse.

Education is the key to nearly every success in life, and that includes money. The more that you learn about money, the better your decisions. As with any other education, the earlier you start, the better, so why not take advantage of the free lessons available from Schwab Money Wise? They are appropriate for every child old enough to count, to teenagers getting their first job and saving for a car, and on to college students figuring out how to budget their expenses away from home for the first time. They even have a section for teachers to give them ideas of how to introduce lessons in money for their students. It’s a great resource for new investors who want to know what a mutual fund is, how to calculate the cost of a loan, a home, or a saving account with compounded interest. If you don’t know where to start your money education, this is a good place to start.

If you know something about money but want to learn more about business and are planning to apply to a business school, then check out Veritas Prep to help you prepare for the GMAT admissions test. Of all the test preparation services, Veritas offers 50% more class time than their competitors for the price ($1500 for 42 hours), and instructors who are so highly qualified that they only pick one of every eight candidates who apply to be instructors. They are working on developing both law school and medical school online admissions courses; and Veritas realizes that their services are expensive, so they give away 24 full scholarships and 25 half scholarships to those who can not afford the fees.

Education being a good value is a no brainer.

Most of us learn about money from our experiences, good or bad, and we take our lessons with us to the next test of what to do when we make or get more money. Without a strategy or an understanding of how to use our money to work for us we are left making poor choices that may well end with us in the poorhouse.

Education is the key to nearly every success in life, and that includes money. The more that you learn about money, the better your decisions. As with any other education, the earlier you start, the better, so why not take advantage of the free lessons available from Schwab Money Wise? They are appropriate for every child old enough to count, to teenagers getting their first job and saving for a car, and on to college students figuring out how to budget their expenses away from home for the first time. They even have a section for teachers to give them ideas of how to introduce lessons in money for their students. It’s a great resource for new investors who want to know what a mutual fund is, how to calculate the cost of a loan, a home, or a saving account with compounded interest. If you don’t know where to start your money education, this is a good place to start.

If you know something about money but want to learn more about business and are planning to apply to a business school, then check out Veritas Prep to help you prepare for the GMAT admissions test. Of all the test preparation services, Veritas offers 50% more class time than their competitors for the price ($1500 for 42 hours), and instructors who are so highly qualified that they only pick one of every eight candidates who apply to be instructors. They are working on developing both law school and medical school online admissions courses; and Veritas realizes that their services are expensive, so they give away 24 full scholarships and 25 half scholarships to those who can not afford the fees.

Education being a good value is a no brainer.

>Rent A Green Box is one of those companies I wish I had started because it combines the best of useful frugality with green technology. My friend Pel just moved and spent over $300 in moving boxes alone (not to mention tape and packing peanuts); the problem was after she emptied the boxes, she could not recycle the cardboard in her trash and taking them to a landfill was literally trashing $300, with the added insult of having to haul it there.

Spencer Brown had the same problems finding a way to recycle his used moving boxes, and Rent A Green Box is his solution for using landfill products to build reusable moving boxes and packing materials. Imagine the stackable toy and office containers you see in office supply and organizer stores but green (of course, what other color would be appropriate?). Now imagine that these boxes are delivered to you in trucks that run on biofuel and vegetable oil and then they are picked up from your new location a week later! All this for about HALF the cost of buying cardboard boxes (which must be made by chopping down trees). Prices start at $169 for 30 boxes to $299 for 70 boxes of varying sizes, with additional boxes or weeks available for slightly more. I can’t imagine a nicer way to move. They even have packing supplies (no tape required for the boxes) to wrap your fragile items, stickers for your boxes, and palettes to help you stack, about the only thing they don’t provide is someone else to do all the packing and unpacking for you.

These boxes are only available for rent around Los Angeles and San Diego right now, but like all good things, it will grow with word of mouth, so start spreading the green word.

Rent A Green Box is one of those companies I wish I had started because it combines the best of useful frugality with green technology. My friend Pel just moved and spent over $300 in moving boxes alone (not to mention tape and packing peanuts); the problem was after she emptied the boxes, she could not recycle the cardboard in her trash and taking them to a landfill was literally trashing $300, with the added insult of having to haul it there.

Spencer Brown had the same problems finding a way to recycle his used moving boxes, and Rent A Green Box is his solution for using landfill products to build reusable moving boxes and packing materials. Imagine the stackable toy and office containers you see in office supply and organizer stores but green (of course, what other color would be appropriate?). Now imagine that these boxes are delivered to you in trucks that run on biofuel and vegetable oil and then they are picked up from your new location a week later! All this for about HALF the cost of buying cardboard boxes (which must be made by chopping down trees). Prices start at $169 for 30 boxes to $299 for 70 boxes of varying sizes, with additional boxes or weeks available for slightly more. I can’t imagine a nicer way to move. They even have packing supplies (no tape required for the boxes) to wrap your fragile items, stickers for your boxes, and palettes to help you stack, about the only thing they don’t provide is someone else to do all the packing and unpacking for you.

These boxes are only available for rent around Los Angeles and San Diego right now, but like all good things, it will grow with word of mouth, so start spreading the green word.

Rent A Green Box is one of those companies I wish I had started because it combines the best of useful frugality with green technology. My friend Pel just moved and spent over $300 in moving boxes alone (not to mention tape and packing peanuts); the problem was after she emptied the boxes, she could not recycle the cardboard in her trash and taking them to a landfill was literally trashing $300, with the added insult of having to haul it there.

Spencer Brown had the same problems finding a way to recycle his used moving boxes, and Rent A Green Box is his solution for using landfill products to build reusable moving boxes and packing materials. Imagine the stackable toy and office containers you see in office supply and organizer stores but green (of course, what other color would be appropriate?). Now imagine that these boxes are delivered to you in trucks that run on biofuel and vegetable oil and then they are picked up from your new location a week later! All this for about HALF the cost of buying cardboard boxes (which must be made by chopping down trees). Prices start at $169 for 30 boxes to $299 for 70 boxes of varying sizes, with additional boxes or weeks available for slightly more. I can’t imagine a nicer way to move. They even have packing supplies (no tape required for the boxes) to wrap your fragile items, stickers for your boxes, and palettes to help you stack, about the only thing they don’t provide is someone else to do all the packing and unpacking for you.

These boxes are only available for rent around Los Angeles and San Diego right now, but like all good things, it will grow with word of mouth, so start spreading the green word.

>St. Barthelemy or St. Bart is probably my favorite island in the Caribbean because it is one of the few islands where there was never any slavery, very low crime, and a very high standard of living. Add beautiful beaches, French inspired food, and friendly natives, and you have a recipe for a pleasant vacation no matter how much time you spend cooking your skin on the beach.

I rented a one bedroom condo through St. Barth Properties, the Terrasses de St. Jean, close to the airport and across from the beach with a view of the bay for about $1500 a week off season (April-December). It was fully equipped with a TV, DVD player, CD player, all kitchen appliances, linens, towels, and spotlessly clean, and daily maid service is included except for Sundays (be sure to ask if the property you want has Wifi if you want to surf on the internet).

With a nice terrace (hence the name of the property), for the price of a room, this condo was bigger than most suites in a hotel, with the added benefits of a full kitchen and living room. If you need a larger villa, they have full houses for rent starting at about $4,000 for a three bedroom (which sleeps six) with a fantastic view, which works out to about $570 a night for a family that would normally rent several hotel rooms and have to pay for restaurants for every meal. There was a very nice grocery store across from the condo I rented which had all the supplies for breakfast, including great croissants, and perfect picnic food, like pates and roasted chicken, for beach lunches. We had dinner out every night of the week except for one (it was a vacation after all), but for the one night we cooked, everything we needed was at the store.

Renting a property with this company does not mean you must do without hotel amenities, a rental with St. Barth Properties can include all the concierge services at a hotel, from an airport meet and greet to arranging for scuba dives or golf tee times. They are only a phone call away if you need anything, but you have the option of going into seclusion or exploring the island solo if you prefer.

Living like a native is one of the best ways to travel, so why not go native on one of the best islands?

St. Barthelemy or St. Bart is probably my favorite island in the Caribbean because it is one of the few islands where there was never any slavery, very low crime, and a very high standard of living. Add beautiful beaches, French inspired food, and friendly natives, and you have a recipe for a pleasant vacation no matter how much time you spend cooking your skin on the beach.

I rented a one bedroom condo through St. Barth Properties, the Terrasses de St. Jean, close to the airport and across from the beach with a view of the bay for about $1500 a week off season (April-December). It was fully equipped with a TV, DVD player, CD player, all kitchen appliances, linens, towels, and spotlessly clean, and daily maid service is included except for Sundays (be sure to ask if the property you want has Wifi if you want to surf on the internet).

With a nice terrace (hence the name of the property), for the price of a room, this condo was bigger than most suites in a hotel, with the added benefits of a full kitchen and living room. If you need a larger villa, they have full houses for rent starting at about $4,000 for a three bedroom (which sleeps six) with a fantastic view, which works out to about $570 a night for a family that would normally rent several hotel rooms and have to pay for restaurants for every meal. There was a very nice grocery store across from the condo I rented which had all the supplies for breakfast, including great croissants, and perfect picnic food, like pates and roasted chicken, for beach lunches. We had dinner out every night of the week except for one (it was a vacation after all), but for the one night we cooked, everything we needed was at the store.

Renting a property with this company does not mean you must do without hotel amenities, a rental with St. Barth Properties can include all the concierge services at a hotel, from an airport meet and greet to arranging for scuba dives or golf tee times. They are only a phone call away if you need anything, but you have the option of going into seclusion or exploring the island solo if you prefer.

Living like a native is one of the best ways to travel, so why not go native on one of the best islands?

St. Barthelemy or St. Bart is probably my favorite island in the Caribbean because it is one of the few islands where there was never any slavery, very low crime, and a very high standard of living. Add beautiful beaches, French inspired food, and friendly natives, and you have a recipe for a pleasant vacation no matter how much time you spend cooking your skin on the beach.

I rented a one bedroom condo through St. Barth Properties, the Terrasses de St. Jean, close to the airport and across from the beach with a view of the bay for about $1500 a week off season (April-December). It was fully equipped with a TV, DVD player, CD player, all kitchen appliances, linens, towels, and spotlessly clean, and daily maid service is included except for Sundays (be sure to ask if the property you want has Wifi if you want to surf on the internet).

With a nice terrace (hence the name of the property), for the price of a room, this condo was bigger than most suites in a hotel, with the added benefits of a full kitchen and living room. If you need a larger villa, they have full houses for rent starting at about $4,000 for a three bedroom (which sleeps six) with a fantastic view, which works out to about $570 a night for a family that would normally rent several hotel rooms and have to pay for restaurants for every meal. There was a very nice grocery store across from the condo I rented which had all the supplies for breakfast, including great croissants, and perfect picnic food, like pates and roasted chicken, for beach lunches. We had dinner out every night of the week except for one (it was a vacation after all), but for the one night we cooked, everything we needed was at the store.

Renting a property with this company does not mean you must do without hotel amenities, a rental with St. Barth Properties can include all the concierge services at a hotel, from an airport meet and greet to arranging for scuba dives or golf tee times. They are only a phone call away if you need anything, but you have the option of going into seclusion or exploring the island solo if you prefer.

Living like a native is one of the best ways to travel, so why not go native on one of the best islands?

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