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“The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”

Thursday, April 30, 2009

30 Is The New 20…

Some say that “Thirty is the new Twenty” and that “Forty is the new Thirty”. It really does seem like life really starts at around these times and it really do get better. Here at Visualnewbie.com, we like the sound of that. So much so, I decided to create a design for those that just turned thirty and forty. So, happy birthday to those that just turned to that ripe age. It’s prime time…

30 is the new 20. This design comes in a variety of different colors. It comes in Red, Blue, Green and Purple.

Thirty Is The New Twenty Shirt Design

40 is the new 30. This design also comes in the same colors as above. It comes in Red, Blue, Green and Purple.

Forty Is The New Thirty Shirt Design

These birthday designs are a very small sample of what Visualnewbie.com has to offer. There are other great college related humors t-shirts on the site ready to be purchased. These designs can also be found on products like t-shirts, mugs, buttons, magnets, stickers, hats, tote bags and a variety of other items…

If you have any ideas you’d like to see on some t-shirts, please let me know. Also, please continue to visit CommunicatingIdeas.com for the latest news on Visualnewbie.com. Or just visit Visualnewbie.com directly. As always, new designs on the way, so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bad news for Cafepress Shop Keepers!

Bad news for Cafepress Shop Keepers! But, good news for other POD sites like Zazzle. Cafepress is making huge changes to its Marketplace and its Shop Keepers are in an uproar! The key change that many Shop Keepers are upset about is the set prices that Cafepress will be setting to items in the Marketplace. Shop Keepers will be receiving a 10% commission off the final retail price from all Marketplace sales. This important change is to be expected beginning June first. Basically it’s bad news for shops that rely on Marketplace Sales…

With these important/major changes, many Shop Keepers are threatening to leave. And many of them going to PODs like Zazzle or if they already have a gallery there, putting more of their time and effort there. My shops in Cafepress rely on the Marketplace and will soon shut them down if it continues its path to any early grave. My work, as well as other Shop Keepers, is worth a LOT more than 10%!

This is really disturbing! And it comes down to GREED! Shame on them!

Here are some of my shops on Zazzle if you’d like to check them out…
Visualnewbie // Spotees

Monday, April 20, 2009

Other New T-Shirts Designs, Part 2

Here are some somewhat new t-shirt designs added and now offered on Visualnewbie.com for some time now. I bring you, “Sexy is Back”, “I’m not an alcoholic. I’m a Drunk. Alcoholics go to meeting.” and “The Man, The Legend". These are just a few of the great college related funny/humor shirts you can find on Visualnewbie.com

Sexy is back! I’m one that would say that sexy has never left. But that’s just me. But, for those who did bring sexy back, this shirt and the various products that re offered with this design, is for you. Other colors are offered too… Sexy is Back in Red, Sexy is Back in Black, Sexy is Back in Cyan, Sexy is Back in Green, and Sexy is Back in Magenta.

Sexy is Back Shirt Design

I’m not an alcoholic. I’m a Drunk. Alcoholics go to meetings! I’m sure you know someone that lives by this philosophy. If you don’t, you may be that person. Haha. These seem to be real popular with college students for some reason. Go figure… This design comes in I’m a Drunk Green, I’m a Drunk Black, I’m a Drunk Blue, and I’m a Drunk Red.

I’m not an alcoholic. I’m a Drunk. Alcoholics go to meetings! Shirt Design

The man, the legend! I think it speaks for itself. Up top, I’m the MAN. Down below, it’s called the LEGEND. That’s right, I’m a stud amongst other studs. Well, not really. But I’d like to think so and I’m sure there are other guys like me that want to feel a bit special every once and awhile. Again, these seem to be real popular with college type people. And I can see why… These are offered in The Man, The Legend in Black, The Man, The Legend in Blue, and The Man, The Legend in Red.

The Man, The Legend Shirt Design

These “Sexy”, “Alcoholic”, and “The Man” designs are a very small sample of what Visualnewbie.com has to offer. There are other great college related humors t-shirts on the site ready to be purchased. These designs can also be found on products like t-shirts, mugs, buttons, magnets, stickers, hats, tote bags and a variety of other items…

See, I told you that I’ll be making more updates. More updates will be made soon. So, stay tuned for Part 3…

If you have any ideas you’d like to see on some t-shirts, please let me know. Also, please continue to visit CommunicatingIdeas.com for the latest news on Visualnewbie.com. Or just visit Visualnewbie.com directly. As always, new designs on the way, so stay tuned!

Creative People Make Great Business Owners

By: Chris Simpson

Have you always wanted to work from the privacy and comfort of your home? Do you see others owning their dream business and wonder how you can become a successful business owner too? Do you already own a business, but find it's not generating the volume of business that you had hoped?

If you are looking for a way to make your creativity work for you by starting or reviving your own home business, here are a few ideas to get you started.

When starting a business, utilize your creative strengths in determining what kind of work you enjoy and what you are good at doing. Don't limit your understanding of the concept of creativity. You don't have to be a master poet or artist in order to be creative. Creative people come in all stripes, and all of us have the ability to tap into our creativity and come up with ideas for a fulfilling and successful creative home business.

Are you a pet lover and do you have experience in working with animals? You might consider starting a pet daycare or grooming business. Are you an excellent organizer? Can you take a cluttered room and whip it into shape by quickly getting rid of unnecessary items and neatly categorizing the rest? Perhaps a home based professional organizer business is right for you.

The ideas are endless. The point is that you can take a seemingly small thing that you enjoy or excel at and turn it into a profitable business.

You've opened the doors to your creative home business in teaching art classes, wedding planning, event coordination, or some other niche. Now what do you do? It is not as simple as opening your doors and waiting for clients to find you. You will need to create a targeted campaign to reach your client base.

The Internet is an incredible resource and offers many opportunities for free advertising. One great way is to post your services on message boards and forums related to your service. If your service is locally based, look for a local message board. Be sure to follow any message board rules of etiquette, and don't "spam" the board.

Links to a business website or contact information in your signature line are great tools. Also, don't go to message boards or online communities with "hit and run" advertising. Spend a little time getting to know the regulars on the board. That way, you develop trusting relationships and are more likely to get clients. Social networking sites are also an invaluable tool.

A well-designed, search engine optimized website is also an excellent idea. You can utilize the services of professional article writers to help you create informative, quality content for your site. If you provide lots of resources and information on your site, you establish yourself as a professional in your field. People will want to get to know you and your services. A website is a great way to accomplish this.

Consider teaming up with other local businesses to offer your services. Let's say you run a pet grooming business - try visiting local veterinarian's offices with a promotional brochure detailing your services. Ask if you can leave the materials for the clinic's veterinary clients.

You might even offer a small referral bonus to the clinic for clients who contract your services through their office. You can use this concept in a wide variety of business niches. The key is to go to businesses that are not in direct competition with you, but have a similar customer base.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. The main thing is to think analytically about where you will find your customer base. What kind of business do they typically use? In what kind of social venues would you find them? Where is your advertising most likely to be seen by your target customer?

A targeted marketing campaign is more effective than casting your net broad and wide, not to mention doing so will save you time and money. Think outside the box, and focus on building relationships with potential customers and businesses related to your client base.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

I Love College!

I love college! That’s right; I love college and have products and t-shirts that show it, on Visualnewbie.com! Some of my best memories are from my college years. That goes from the partying, education, parties, girls, partying, romance, new friends, parties and girls. Did I say parties and girls! I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I’m sure there are others out there like me that feel the same way as I do.

I Love College or I Heart College Shirt Design

This college design is one of my more popular creations. Click the image above to go directly to the page with the products with this design or click here. Whether you call it “I Love College” or “I Heart College”, I’m sure other students will agree with the message when worn on a t-shirt.

You can also find “I Love College Girls”, “I Love College Boys”, and “I Love College Parties” designs on many products too. So, here are some items like t-shirts, postcards, mouse pads, buttons, magnets, tote bags, mugs stickers, stamps, key chains, and hats to express how much you enjoy(ed) college. They also make great gifts for those who just started college and love it or any college student at heart.

Continue to visit Communicating Ideas by Visualnewbie for the latest updates to Visualnewbie.com.

Friday, April 10, 2009

New T-Shirt Designs, Part 1

These new t-shirts aren’t exactly new, but have been added to Visualnewbie.com for quite some time. They were basically added around the start of the New Year. I figure that now is a better time to add them than never. This is a series of posts that I’ll be making about these new designs. This is part one.

Now I bring you, “Major League Gambler”, “Dropping F Bombs”, “Damn it Feels Good to be Gangster”, “I Use Adverbs Good!”, “Smile”, “Live More, Love More”, and “I’ma Grate Spellar”. These designs are all placed on items like t-shirts, mugs, bags, buttons, stickers, etc.

Here’s the first design. I call it “Dropping F Bombs”. Who doesn’t use the “F” word? Hell, I use it whenever I get the chance to. Now is your chance to use it in some discrete way, like a t-shirt.

Dropping F Bombs

The second design, “Live More, Love More”. It’s a great positive message for anyone. You can never live and love enough. There will always be enough to give.

Live More Love More Shirt Design

I use Adverbs Good!”. Don’t you love my grammar? I know it must irritate Nazi grammar people. This t-shirt would be great if you wore this in front of English professors, teacher and majors alike. I would have worn something like this if I was still in school.

I Use Adverbs Good Shirt Design

I’m such a great speller, I wanted to show the world, scratch that, the universe. That I am the best speller with this t-shirt design, “I’ma Grate Spellar”. Again, it must drive professors, teachers, spelling bee champs like crazy.

I’ma Grate Spellar

Smile! You know what? A simple smile goes a long way. Try to help put a smile on someone else’s face with a t-shirt design like this.

Smile Shirt Design

Here’s a Major League spin for gamblers. 1) Gambler in green, 2) Gambler in black, 3) Gambler in red, and 4) Gambler in red and black. These t-shirt products are great for poker, blackjack, pai gow and any other card player that loves to gamble.

Major League Gambler Shirt Design

Damn it feels good to be gangster! The shirt design says it all. Damn it feels good to be gangster. This shirt is pretty popular on Visualnewbie.com.

Damn it feels good to be gangster shirt design

New designs are always in the works. In fact, I have too many digital ready files needing to be uploaded/added and many more ideas on paper sketched out for my own good. But, the work can’t stop, won’t stop! Continue to visit CommunicatingIdeas.com for the latest news on Visualnewbie.com. Or just visit Visualnewbie.com directly.

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