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Bulk Buying of Books From Friends of the Library

Unlike other online business opportunities, starting an online book selling business can be done with only a couple hundred dollars. If you have bulk used books as part of your own personal collection, you can start selling them online. You will not only make a profit out of it; you can also declutter your very own shelf space. If you want to widen your inventory and meet other people who like books in the process, you may want to invest on buying and reselling used books.

Before you start to sell used books online, you must know where to find salable books at low cost. An excellent way to begin is buying books from Friends of the Library, an organization which raises money for public libraries by selling used books. These books are often well priced and in very good quality.

Libraries make new shelf space by liquidating older copies of books or duplicating copies to sell them to the public. Friends of the Library is a nonprofit charitable group which aims to support libraries in their communities. These are volunteers working collectively and independently to preserve, promote and strengthen library services in cooperation with library management and policies.

Volunteers contribute their time and effort in the lifelong education of the public by the promotion, support, assistance and improvement of libraries through various activities conducted by friends and user groups. One of the organization’s fundraising project is an annual book sale. Here you can find a wide array of collections of used books which you can use to grow your list of titles. This in turn can give you free access to the biggest marketplace for selling books–book lovers and library-goers themselves.

You can buy high-quality books at a low cost from the Friends of the Library. You do not want to end up with a pile of used books that nobody wants to purchase. By buying books from the Friends of the Library, you can rest assured that there is a market for the books you are about to sell. Be it literature, textbooks, reference books and other non-fiction rarities, the fact that they are lifted from the very shelves of public libraries guarantees that you are selling some classic stuff. Who knows, some of them might even turn out as first edition collectibles you can sell for a much higher price.

In some counties, Friends of the Library book sales have grown into a year-round operation. You just have to inquire at your local library about the organization and their book sale activities. Keep in mind that not only will you find well-priced books here; you are also helping the organization to fund several community projects.

So the next time you pass by a library selling bulk used books, it is noteworthy to check them out and when you go shopping for books, buy with selling in mind. There are people who become relatively successful in online book selling and even put up their own online bookstore. In this kind of business, the important thing is to always update your inventory and listing.

Family Library

“I cannot live without books” Thomas Jefferson once said. No one should live without books! Books uplift. Books inspire. Books teach. The teaching done through books encompasses many areas: vocabulary, life experiences, knowledge, learning, and the list goes on and on. There is no doubt that books are important.

A library is, according to Webster’s Dictionary, “A place in which literary, musical, artistic, or reference materials (as books, manuscripts, recordings, or films) are kept for use but not for sale.” A Family Library is more than just a collection of books that a family accumulates. A family library is a library of books that a family accumulates for themselves and their posterity. Great care should go into the collecting of books for this library, because the family knows the worth of such a library. Many great men in history had their own extensive family libraries. Thomas Jefferson sold his collection of 6, 487 books to re-start the library of congress. That is an admirably sized library!

Why have your own library of books?

Why go through the expense and trouble of creating your own family library? There are many reasons, but I only plan to include the more important ones.

The first reason is so that you and your family are always learning. “It is a great mistake to think that education is finished when young people leave school. Education is never finished.” Mrs. Child in The Mother’s Book. A good friend of mine, in a recent email correspondence about my collecting a library of books for my family, related the following:

“What is really interesting about having so many books in your home, as it relates to my recent splurge, is that a book I purchased has a chapter about the economics of good test scores in schools. The study tried to identify what parents do that has an impact on how well their children do on standardized tests. One positive correlation they found was with the availability of a large number of books in the home. This had a stronger correlation than even reading to your children every day. Really interesting, huh? The more books your older kids have access to at home, the more likely they are to just be reading for fun, rather than having to wait for weekly trips to the library.”

I have been homeschooling my children using the philosophy of A Thomas Jefferson Education inspired by Oliver Van DeMille, Founder and President of George Wythe College . This philosophy of learning is based on the reading of classic books. Clifton Fadiman said, “When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.” Classic books also make you smarter and wiser! The wisdom comes in the examples in the lives of the protagonists. You see consequences to choices made- whether good or bad. Classic books are not ashamed about including God, morals and good values in the text and influences of the story.

“It is within our power to guide our youth in their reading and to cultivate in their hearts a desire for good books. It is most unfortunate where a person is not possessed with the desire for good reading. The reading habit, like charity, should begin at home.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 3, pp. 203-4).

Carefully Choosing Literature

It is important to understand the worth of a good book when you are deciding what books to add to our family’s library. Just as in movies and other influences in our lives they can affect our thoughts and choices. They can affect whether or not we improve our minds and lives or remain stagnant.

Inappropriate literature has always been around. What concerns me is how deceptively modern political agendas, sin and other filth are creeping into literature even for the youngest people; and how they are becoming so widely accepted. They are now found in school and public libraries. Sadly, many people today believe that it’s okay to make allowances here and there. Some don’t even know what is in the literature that their children are reading. Now is the time to make a change. It is important to be careful about what we read.

“There is no question that books do something to us. Some works of art can lift our spirits and ennoble us, while other works can degrade and debase us-or they can affect us at any number of points between those extremes, for literature is seldom simply good or bad…

Reaching a solution through the Spirit, it seems to me, leads us to realize that because life and time are short, we will be able to read only a few thousand books in our lifetimes. When we pick any book, we are ruling out hundreds and thousands of other books. How important it is, then, to choose time-proven great books that will foster the Holy Spirit and enable us to rise to greater levels of truth and beauty and insight and understanding and, hence, spirituality. Many great men and women have found that a steady, systematic approach to literature has enabled them to fill their beings, in a lifetime of good reading, with the great thoughts of men and women of all the ages, for through reading great books we are put in touch with the great minds of all time, and we become their spiritual and intellectual heirs.” George W. Pace in Nov. 1993 New Era

Mrs. Child, author of The Mother’s Book (1831) who wrote the following, “With regard to the kind of books that are read, great precaution should be used. No doubt the destiny of individuals has very often been decided by volumes accidentally picked up and eagerly devoured at a period of life when every new impression is powerful and abiding. For this reason, parents, or some guardian friends, should carefully examine every volume they put into the hands of young people.” By creating our own family library of good, wholesome books we can be careful what goes into the minds of our family members.

What Books To Add

I suggest beginning by creating a book list that you wish to read. Only put the books on there that will improve you, inspire or teach you. Get access to as many recommended Classic book lists as you can.  Do a search online for extensive classic book lists for ideas.

Surprisingly, classic books are very inexpensive. I try to get hardcover only for those books that I think will be read often. There are many great places to find them online and also locally. Check out used books stores. Don’t forget to go with your lists!

“It is the duty of every parent to provide in his home a library of suitable books to be at the service of the family. The library need not be large, nor the books of the most expensive binding, but there should be a well chosen variety of the most select that can be obtained.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 3, pp. 203-4).

If good literature is important enough to you, you will find a way to afford it. Enjoy putting together and working on your family library.

Multilevel Marketing Books Will Not Teach You This Successful Marketing Strategy

Good education and training are essential to be a successful professional. This is true for any field that can qualify as “Professional.” Multilevel Marketing (MLM) is also on such profession but there is lack of educational content in most high school curriculum. Even general studies within college and university curriculum do not offer a course on this. Thus, people interested in MLM often resort to trusted teachers or educate themselves using books on this subject.

In case you choose the self education method, I recommend you to buy at least 2-5 Multilevel Marketing books. This will help you by providing variety of material on specific subjects. You will be able to refer to the nuances of marketing tactics by different experts.

The following topics should necessarily be a part of your Multilevel Marketing Books Library:

The first and foremost criterion is the evaluation criteria for selecting a MLM opportunity. As I mentioned, no school or university curriculum will teach you about MLM. Thus, the first company you choose to represent and your upline will be the primary source of training in this field. Hence, a good book should provide general do’s and don’ts while selecting a good MLM opportunity. Success in the first opportunity is essential for new people in this field. Hence, look for material on evaluating the prospective company as well as asking questions to your up line about the same.

An SEO (Search Engine Optimization) can help enormously in endorsing a marketing strategy. Jonathan Budd has a success story on this. He earned finances for his personal business through a successful SEO work. He scored a spot on the first page of Google for one of the companies represented by him. As all of us are not very computer savvy, hence, a good Multilevel Marketing Books Library should have a book on SEO. Information such as configuration of SEO, its timing and technique will be very helpful for all your marketing work.

Another value addition to your library will be by books with advice from experts of MLM on Time Management. This is especially applicable if you were working before in an organization with standard operating procedures and you work involved fixed timelines. MLM is completely different. Hence, tips for home based business by veterans will be very useful.

In a Multilevel Marketing opportunity, you will use the product of the company you represent but the success of your business will depend on your own marketing strategies. Your image and team management efforts will define your success. Most MLM companies have corporate offices. But if you are successful on your own, you will not be required to have much contact with these offices.

You can still learn from these organizations if they provide training through veterans who have been successful in MLM. Team webinars will also add to your knowledge base as you can learn from others about their campaign ideas. But in the end, you will decide your own strategy. You can work out on how you will generate leads by building content to drive traffic. How much time will be spent on responding to emails and how much money will be spent on different aspects like PPC advertisement?

It is wiser not to rely too much on corporate trainings. A successful MLM distributor will leave little money for founding distributors and financers as more of the margin will be paid as commissions. Hence, many companies do not offer good training programs and support from their back offices is also not up to the mark.

Therefore, yours’ and your team’s image will be crucial for success in an MLM effort. Even if you are successful in building your brand and pull a lot of leads, majority of these people and distributors will still do a research on their own before they come forward to join you. This is irrespective of the niche you are attracted to.

Still an effort to do a research justifies an interest in the opportunity provided by you. Most people like to be safe by making sure that they are not entering a scam and losing their precious time and money.

If you can establish your image as a successful team leader and this is reflected in their search, then people will trust you with their time and money. You will start receiving calls from interested people to join you and not just for enquiring about the opportunity. Your effort on generating leads will thus be minimized. Hence, establishing yourself and not the organization you represent, as a successful MLM opportunity provider is the ‘most important’ factor in this industry. You might not find this in your books library but it is entirely true.

You will understand the importance of this concept by doing a study on how many new MLM’s are created on a weekly basis. This is the most important criterion for the success of your MLM opportunity. A successful self brand is the key to establishing a successful, high revenue generating organization. Still do refer to the Multilevel Marketing books to learn about different topics, especially the ones mentioned above.