Friday, April 30, 2010

It's Giveaway Time!

What do GE, Trader Joe's and MTV have in common? They are wildly successful large companies that that started during hard economic times. Hardknocks and I have been adamant in telling our readers that this is the time to start a business, preferably doing something that you love. I, for one, am practicing shitlaw again. You can knock it, but the facts are that I enjoy the hustle, the client contact, the responsibility and the challenge. I'm just not making any money, which is a minor detail for now. But maybe, with time, my business will grow.

But you don't have to wait! We are offering 100 free 4x6" glossy, full-color, 2-sided advertising postcards. You must be 18 or older and live in the United States. You come up with the design and the message and send it out to potential customers and watch your business grow exponentially. is sponsoring this giveaway and we thank them. I wish they would give me some free post cards... (hint! hint!)

In order to win, please tell me what type of business your started during the recession and what do you love about your new business. Post a comment and make sure to become a follower and/or leave your email address so that I can contact you. You can also email me if you'd like to remain anonymous. However, I will be posting your answer if you win.

I will check back on this post for the winner on May 6, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. I can't wait to see what my readers are doing!

I hope you choose a better design than this one.... They look cheesy as hell.


  1. That post card looks great. Personal injury does have a target market.

  2. I started a business consulting with start up entrepreneurs and small businesses looking for help with social media and sales and marketing. My personal background is sales and marketing, but I have been involved in the internet since...well, since before it was called the internet, and I am active in social media, and have discovered that many businesses don't understand how to use social media for marketing.

    Thanks for a great giveaway! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Actually my son started the business after being laid off. He repairs computers, removes viruses and other pests and holds tutorials in people's homes and installs new software. Just by word of mouth and a sign posted out near the main road he is getting a lot of business. Seems that during the recession people are less eager to buy new hardware and software and seek to have what they have repaired. Also he has had luck giving tutorials in people's homes as they mostly want to learn new software and how to better use their computer's tools. I am secretary, gal Friday, duster of equipment and Mom.

  4. I am started a business making and selling one of a kind dolls and also selling my paintings (and prints of my work) as an etsy shop. I am also staring a supporting blog. I love working with my hands and this will give me a chance to continue as a stay at home Mom with my young boys despite the huge financial hit my husband's paycheck has taken in this new economy.

  5. I started a business selling little girls dresses and kids aprons. I have marketed these to other SAHMs for birthday gifts and they have been a huge hit! I'd love to be able to send out postcards to market to a larger group!

  6. We started a flooring business. Its great because of the flexibility.

  7. Sheila CalabrettaMay 5, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Hubby and I (in our 60's and 70's) have become farmers. Yep. We raise goats, sell their milk, make cheese and goatmilk soap. We actually sold 2 babies (goat kids) last month. We need to make money to counteract the vet bills. We are thinking of calling our homestead Lazarus Ranch since 3 have come back from the other side...0) We don't exactly know what we're doing yet, but we're learning. We'd love to use these marketing tools to pay off future vet bills...;)

  8. Please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you!

  9. My wife has started a cheese making business!
    I also have started doing freelance graphic design work.

    My wife likes the freedom of staying home and still contributing to the household income!

    I love doing freelance work because it lets me be passionate about what I love to do, but still be "picky" on what jobs I take!

    Thanks for the chance.

    henrysgraphics (at)

  10. My friend has a photography exhibit coming up & needs postcards!

  11. We started a family law business!!
    Lots of people getting divorced during these hard times! :(

  12. we started a lawn care business and so far so good. i love that my husband doesn't have to work for someone else who takes advantage of him anymore!



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