(Please note: this piece is in addition to today's article entitled, "The Cost of Convenience" which you will see below.)
I’ve been sitting on some exciting news the past few days but I couldn’t post anything until everything was finalized…which it is today. Forgive me for telling this story like a typical girl. If you’re a typical impatient guy, then just scroll down to the last paragraph and cut to the chase. Otherwise, read on.
You know how I love to refer you all to “this source” or “that source”, right?
And I do so in hopes that the sources will be reliable for you. But last month I had a few e-mails and comment posts come my way that shared with me that folks were having a hard time getting the buckets they wanted, or phone calls or e-mails returned. When that happened, I contacted the company to see what the scoop was. As it turns out, they were going through some major transitions in their personal life and were simply having a hard time keeping up with everything. So, I volunteered my husband to help out. Hee hee. Well, one thing led to another….and wait. I’m getting ahead of myself.
Then my virtual office answering service took on Five Star Preparedness as a client—to answer their phone calls, etc. I shared that with you which is how I was able to get info on the solar oven prices before their site was even launched.
Then Five Star Preparedness filled me in on how much business they were doing before they even had any semblance of a site up. And there were a lot of local folks here in Utah who just wanted to pick things up from them in Orem, but Five Star was having trouble keeping up. So, once again I volunteered my husband to help with the local pick ups. Then one thing led to another and then….wait… I’m not there yet.
So then the two solar oven companies that I recommend all the time started recommending me as an information resource of “how to.” As you know, Preparedness Pro hasn’t been charging for anything as of yet, but we were sure spending a lot of time answering questions on solar ovens, cheese waxing, etc. We started getting just as many calls for solar oven questions as I do for anything else put together. So I got to thinking…
What some of you may not know is that I’m an accomplished marketer. In fact, I even was honored as one of the top 3 marketers in the world about 2 years ago. So needless to say, I just spout marketing ideas off to folks in the preparedness world in hopes to help them out with getting their message to more people.
Ok. So to shorten a long story, after volunteering my husband for so much, and after sharing some marketing tidbits, and trying to find a way to direct some of the information request phone calls I get to somewhere else, my husband now owns a part of Five Star Preparedness. He’s the guy you’ll meet if you pick up your bucket/diatomaceous earth orders locally. He’s also doing some of the long distance deliveries to help save folks shipping costs when the orders are large enough. As you know, I’ve said a hundred times that Preparedness Pro doesn’t sell anything. I simply don’t think I can be credible as an expert if I do. So, in the interest of full disclosure I’m letting you know that Five Star Preparedness is no longer what I would consider an “impartial” recommendation. But then again, I also now have a direct “in” with this growing company and can get deals for my readers. So for that, I’m excited, and you should be too. :) But now I have to charge Five Star Preparedness just like I would any other advertiser (of which we’re lining up on our new site.) So that means that I can finally make my husband pay me for some of the work I do around here. *belly laugh*
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