Saturday, November 05, 2011

Christian Community Credit Card


I mentioned in one of my earlier blog on having a linked Christian Church Business Credit Card , interestingly, I discover a similar organization that issue credit card to Christian missionaries. It's a card that give to missions and serving in a god-honoring way. They offer VISA and Masters Card as well as prepaid, gift card too. Here's more to Christian Community Credit Union.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

4 Scariest Ways To Earn A Living

You think you have it bad at your job? Take a look at these careers, which make earning a living much scarier than dealing with a bad day in the cubicle. 

The Ice Road Trucker
Ice road truckers do what it sounds like they do: they drive big trucks full of tons of freight across a road of ice. Actually, it's not so much a road as just ice, and man-made ice at that. Every year, in order to ship supplies to the diamond mines in Canada, a 40-inch deep, 370-mile long "road" is created. That's the road that these truckers trust. The perks of the job? Well, it's short. Ice road trucking only lasts for a season of about 60 days, and in that time you could pull in up to $250,000. Not bad for a couple of months of work. Just remember that those months involve sub-zero temperature, white-outs, blizzards and potential accidents at any moment.

The Crab Fisher
Like ice road truckers, crab fishers do a job dangerous enough to merit their own reality TV show. "Deadliest Catch" showed the world what you face when you decide to get in on the Alaskan crab fishing action, and it's not pretty. First there's the weather. Alaska is a cold place, and the spot for crab fishing is in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. The Bering Sea is between Alaska and Russia which is another location not known for its summery temperatures. So there's cold, frigid, deep, eat-into-your-soul cold weather. Then there's the equipment: 800-pound crab pots, which are common sources of injury. The pay-off? If you hit the crab jackpot, your boat could pull in $50,000 in under a week, or twice that if you fish for snow crabs, which have a longer season.

The Alligator Hunter
Lots of people hunt, and though the sport involves weapons, it's not considered one of the deadliest jobs (or hobbies) out there. Unless you're hunting alligators, that is, which is precisely what happens starting on the first Wednesday in September in the swamps of Louisiana. For 30 days, licensed hunters who have been approved to go gator hunting get to do just that. The state of Louisiana oversees the hunting, issuing tags and licenses and defining particular wetlands habitats in which it is legal - for 30 days - to venture into the swamps, track and kill the gators before they kill you. For those willing to risk life and limb to the teeth of the swamp monsters, there's good money to be made. Around 30,000 wild alligators are caught annually, resulting in about $10 million of alligator revenue, all in a month's time.

The Window Washer
 Janitorial services may have more than their fair share of negative aspects. There's not much fun in emptying stinky trash cans, but you don't think of a janitor as a big risk-taker. That is, until you see the guy who has to wash the windows on the skyscraper or the surfaces of other enormous structures.From Big Ben to the Space Needle to Mount Rushmore, men and women have braved the extreme height to do a little scrubbing. The workers are either secured by harnesses and straps, on scaffolding or both. Accidents happen, and often those accidents are fatal. Window washers do earn some of the highest salaries in janitorial services, around $50,000 a year with good medical coverage for occupational accidents. It's a good paycheck, but is it worth it? It depends on how much you like a clean window.

The Bottom Line
 If the occasional paper cut or coffee burn is the worst you face on the job, consider yourself lucky to be clear of the dangerous jobs list. It takes a special kind of risk-taker to choose a job that literally puts your life on the line just to earn a paycheck, even if it is a good one. Give it some thought before plunging into the pursuit of a high-risk career. In the meantime, be careful with that stapler.

Article from Investopedia.com

Friday, October 07, 2011

Steve Jobs 10 defining products


Steve Jobs had no formal schooling in engineering, yet he's listed as the inventor or co-inventor on more than 200 US patents. These are some of the significant products that were created under his direction.

1) Apple I (1976) - Apple's first product was a computer for hobbyists and engineers, made in small numbers. Steve Wozniak designed it, while Jobs orchestrated the funding and handled the marketing


2) Apple II (1977) - One of the first successful personal computers, the Apple II was designed as a mass-market product rather than something for engineers or enthusiasts. It was still largely Wozniak's design. Several upgrades for the model followed, and the product line continued until 1993.

3) Lisa (1983) - Jobs' visit to Xerox Corp's research centre in Palo Alto inspired him to start work on the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface, with icons, windows and a cursor controlled by a mouse. It was the foundation for today's computer interfaces.


 4) Macintosh (1984) - Like the Lisa, the Macintosh had a graphical user interface. It was also cheaper and faster and had the backing of a large advertising campaign behind it. People soon realised how useful the graphical interface was for design. That led "desktop publishing", accomplished with a Mac coupled to a laser printer, to soon become a sales driver.
5) NeXT computer (1989) - After being forced out of Apple, Jobs started a company that built a powerful workstation computer. The company was never able to sell large numbers, but the computer was influential: The world's first web browser was created on one. Its software also lives on as the basis for today's Macintosh and iPhone operating system.

6) Mac (1998) - When Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, the company was foundering, with an ever shrinking share of the PC market. The radical iMac was the first step in reversing the slide. It was strikingly designed as a bubble of blue plastic that enclosed both the monitor and the computer.

 7) iPod (2001) - It wasn't the first digital music player with a hard drive, but it was the first successful one. Apple's expansion into portable electronics has had vast ramifications. The iPod's success prepared the way for the iTunes music store and the iPhone.

 8) iTunes store (2003) - Before the iTunes store, buying digital music was a hassle, making piracy the more popular option. The store simplified the process and brought together tracks from all the major labels. The store became the largest music retailer in the US in 2008.

9) iPhone (2007) - The iPhone did for the phone experience what the Macintosh did for personal computing - it made the power of a smartphone easy to harness. Apple is now the world's most profitable maker of phones, and the influence of the iPhone is evident in all smartphones.


10) iPad (2010) - Dozens of companies, including Apple, had created tablet computers before the iPad, but none caught on. The iPad finally cracked the code, creating a whole new category of computer practically by itself.




Sunday, October 02, 2011

The Gold Forecaster

 Why the 'Bull' Market is Far from Over

Some talk of the end of the credit crunch. Some say that the gold bull market has suffered severe damage, which will affect its long-term prospects. If we were to accept these statements then it would appear that the gold 'bull' market is over. But are these statements acceptable and do they reflect the true picture underlying the gold [and silver] markets?

To get the proper perspective let's stand back
and look at the 'BIG' picture. 

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Home Plastic Recycling Made Easy



Another simple home business idea on recycling plastic into crude oil is a sure way to reduce plastic's impact on the environment. A Japanese company, Blest, has invented a machine which can convert several types of plastic back into oil. Costing around $12,000, it has been deployed in over 60 places at farms, fisheries and small factories.

There are other similar machines available in the market but none are as efficient - it is able to convert 1 kilogram of plastics to produce an astonishing 1 litre of oil in about an hour ! The end result is Crude Oil that can fuel things like generators and stove. When refined further, the crude oil can even be pumped into cars, boats, or motorbike.  

Now that's what a sure way to start a business and save the environment as well, don't you think. Want more eco- friendly ideas ? Try More Eco Business Ideas.   
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Friday, March 05, 2010

Christian Church Business Cash Credit Cards


Perhaps someone could come up a Christian Church issued business credit cards with automatic 10% for religious tithing. This will greatly reduce the entire collection process. This might be a good marketing niche idea for banks looking to target specific interest group. The potential is unlimited if you can further expand it to Muslim business credit card, Buddhism business credit cards, etc.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Business Ideas on Solar Energy Industry


In some parts of the states, they have started a program that allows residential homes to receive up to a $5,000 check per year simply for having a solar system on your home (that generates a certain amount of power). You could offer free installation of solar panels on homes in exchange for these yearly checks. A lot of people would jump at the chance for “absolutely free” solar panels.

Outfitting a home with a solar panel system generally costs $15,000 – $20,000. For commerical buildings, the city writes checks of up to $100,000 per year. Looking out at my aparment complex, putting solar panels on each roof would be discreet and bring in 100 grand per year, plus save the complex tons of money. This was an idea I was pretty involved with for a while. The solar industry is becoming huge in the United States, take advantage of it !

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Selling Green the Next Business Wave

Going green is good for business. Even if you’re tired of hearing about global warming, carbon footprints and organic food, this isn’t just about saving the planet (which, of course, is important). It is also about making money. Ultimately, you can improve the environment and your bottom line at the same time.
Sell a “green” product or service.
The market for environmentally sensitive products and services is exploding. If you’re thinking of starting a new business or need to revamp your existing company, consider focusing on serving the eco-conscious market directly.

In many communities, contractors specializing in solar-panel installation are expanding while others are suffering from the housing slowdown. In virtually every field, there are consumers and businesses seeking eco-friendly alternatives, and you could be the source. How about wind-powered energy generators ?

These are far more ethical ideas than engaging into Bio-fuel businesses. You can find out more on my earlier post on
Greed for Bio-fuel to understand why.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Get Your Own Gold-Mine Royalties

Well, I just come across an interesting business that has been going on for years and not very well known....Royal Gold is a precious-metals company that doesn't mine, buy, or sell gold or silver. Instead, it buys rights to the royalties paid out by precious metal mines in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and West Africa. Mine companies benefit by getting to raise capital without selling equity, while Royal Gold avoids capital and operating costs and legal or environmental liabilities.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Niche Celebrity Wearable

Earlier in one of my blog entry, I mentioned about the business idea on making money with celebrity wear. I recently stumbled upon another business idea that uses similar concept in providing wedding dresses apparently a replica of the real thing worn by a celebrity. Here's the example again,
http://www.lightinthebox.com/html/celebrity_wedding_dresses.html?utm_source=sf090818-CelebrityWedding