Saturday, April 22, 2017

Do I Need A Facebook Account or Website for My Gun Club Business?

April 22, 2017

Dear Cathy:


I am an African American male. I have a facebook.com personal page and a facebook page for my business, which is a gun club, but most people tell me I also need a website so what do you think? Website, Virginia

Dear Website:

If you have only a facebook.com page for your business, then expect to only attract clients and customers who visits facebook.com. However, with a website, you would have the option of attracting many other customers.

Many people don’t like facebook.com so they are not willing to go there to find your business, so you need to decide what type of clients you need to attract.

There are potentially millions of potential customers and clients out there, so you need to figure out your target market or target audience. First of all decide who your clients will be. Are they black, white, young, old, on the internet or in your community.

If you are trying to attract older African Americans or Baby Boomers, then chances are many won’t be on facebook.com or online, so it will be important to have your own website.

You should be fine giving online events and webinars, if you are attracting a younger crowd because most Millennials, and Generation X’s are online and probably on facebook.com. However, if you ever plan on giving community seminars, workshops and training sessions, then you definitely need a website.

The bottomline is with a gun club, you probably need both a facebook.com page or group and a website because many families in these days and time, will probably be interested in your business, but again you need to look at your target market or target audience that you will be serving with your gun club and see where they are located -- online or in the community.



Friday, April 21, 2017

How Do I Set Up A Flyer Distribution Business?

April 21, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I wanted to start a Flyer Distribution Business so can you explain more about this type of business. Flyer Distribution, Omaha
Dear Flyer Distribution:

Most business owners number one issue is obtaining new clients and customers, which they can obtain through marketing, however, most business owners don’t have any idea on how to market their businesses, even though they should be marketing their businesses at least 75% of their time.

So therefore, a Flyer Distribution Business is a good option for adult business owners and especially youth entrepreneurs. You can make the flyer up yourself by using Microsoft Publisher or some other flyer making program or just use the flyer that your customers have already published and distribute those flyers.

You can charge anywhere from .10 to .14 cents for each flyer that you deliver. You can also come up with another set price. It could depend on how far out you travel (5, 10, 15 miles) to distribute the flyers. They can choose a certain area or subdivision for you to cover. They might want you to deliver the flyers only to businesses or homes and businesses.

You can place the flyers on mailboxes with tacks on the wood part or tape on the tin part, unless your city have an ordinance stating that nothing can be placed on mailboxes. Then you would have to figure out how to get the flyer to the customers in their homes, either with a door knob advertisement or newspaper style, where you just throw it in people’s yards.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thinking About Becoming an Etiquette Consultant

Mar. 30, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I am thinking about becoming an Etiquette Consultant. So how can I get started? Etiquette Consulting, California


Dear Etiquette Consultant:

If you have good people’s skills and like working with people then being an Etiquette Consultant might be the business for you. Etiquette Consulting is a booming business today, especially because of GMOs. 

Since GMOs have basically shut off most people’s brains today, many people will have to learn or relearn new skills. So from the corporate world to the school classroom, etiquette training programs are in a tremendous demand.

Etiquette consultants have many career options. You could specialize in coaching adults or children on proper etiquette. For example, with your help, you can teach others everything from good eating skills, especially in public to grooming classes on self/body image.

As an etiquette consultant, you can teach people the etiquette skills they need to succeed in business and in life. They will know the right thing to say or do courtesy of you. 

With all the new technology today, your etiquette training could also include how to conduct yourself at all times, especially while out in public on cell phones and computers.

While many individuals hire etiquette consultants, you might also be hired by corporate clients, where clients are paid up to thousands of dollars a day to present training programs (seminars or workshops) on topics related to etiquette.

As an etiquette consultant you might offer coaching or training programs in all areas of etiquette or you could choose to specialize in an area such as business etiquette, dining etiquette, International etiquette, social etiquette, communication etiquette, and children etiquette.





Monday, March 27, 2017

Family Talented With Their Hands

Mar. 27, 2017

Dear Cathy:

My sisters and brothers are all talented, especially with their hands. We make jewelry, art, baskets, furniture and other things with our hands. How can we let others know about our skills and talents?
Talented, Pennsylvania

Dear Talented:

If you engage in a hobby or craft that people have told you they would love to learn, then you can cash in on your craft. If you play an instrument, speak another language, make birdhouses for pleasure, create beautiful quilts or afghans, make jewelry, art, work on distress furniture, make baskets, make crocheted, metal or glass items -- then you can be all set.

You can also volunteer to teach your skills at educational night schools. People everywhere are looking for your skills. Sell your service to clients who are willing to pay for your mastery in one subject or another. 

Consider selling them to shops or directly to individuals. Sell them at fairs or sell directly to stores or even to catalog owners. You can also form a meetup.com group that caters to your particular skills then you can hold regular classes and teach your skills and sell your products.

If you have the space to invite 50 or 100 crafts people to set up tables and sell their wares, then you can set up your own crafts co-op. You don’t sell anything but tables or booth space. 

Make sure you have enough bathroom facilities and parking spaces. Make sure your property is zoned to accept the amount of cars this type of sale can attract. There are several books on the market available that can help you learn how to market your arts and crafts.








Sunday, March 26, 2017

Why Should I Form My Own Network?

Mar. 26, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I am a 30 year old African American female single mother. I keep to myself so many people call me introverted. I live in a very small town. Many people have told me that I need to form my own network, especially on social media. Do you think this is a good idea and how do I get started? Own Network, Birmingham

Dear Own Network:

Today since there are no black talk radio stations in most states, which has the greatest potential to reach more people, it’s important for everyone to form their own networks. 

You need a group of individuals that you can reach out to in the good times and that can help you conduct research on issues relevant to you and them. 

You can do this with a weekly, semi-monthly or monthly e-newsletter at mailchimp.com, which is free. If people like your e-newsletter, they will let you know. It can be about topics that people really like reading about.

Whether you are a business owner or not, you need a group of people that you refer others to also. Ideally you want to list these individuals on your website or somewhere online such as a group on facebook.com, and other social media networks, including starting a group on meetup.com or just joining groups on meetup.com.

These individuals will become your extended family and will also use their networks to help you understand how things work today. No one should live their life like an island and it’s important that people know exactly what’s happening today. 

So therefore, you should also join some of the independent media websites online, so you can learn the truth about what's really happening in the world and figure out your place in it. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Legs Shaking Uncontrollably

Mar. 24, 2017

Dear Cathy:

My legs won’t quit shaking so I don’t know if this is the last of my days. Doctors said I am fine. Sick in Alabama

Dear Sick:


It's always a good idea to get 2nd and 3rd opinions, so even though your doctors tell you you are okay, then you need to go to other doctors or specialists in your network. Doctors don't know everything and many will tell you something different.

The human body will always give you trouble if you are not eating good, natural, clean organic foods, taking good supplements, drinking good water, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep. If you have other bad habits like drinking alcohol and taking drugs, then it will be even worse.

It’s a lot to think about and the problem is most folks don’t know where and how to get started. The goal is to find holistic and natural communities in your city. They can work with you to obtain access to good foods and holistic healers can work with you on your health.

Remember no matter what is going on with your body, if you are still above ground, then you still have time to figure it out and save your life.

Monday, March 20, 2017

How Can I Turn My Computer Artwork into a Legitimate Business?

Mar. 20, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I make positive computer artwork. So far I make the pieces digital online. My pieces are very inspirational and I was wondering do you have any idea on how I can turn this into a legitimate business? Artwork, Texas

Dear Artwork:

You can continue to do this type of artwork and sell from your computer or put it on some type of canvas or paper and sell in physical locations. If you sell from you computer, you will need a signature on it and probably file some type of copyright. 


You should register your artwork and literary works with the copyright office. Registered works provide more protection and benefits in the court of law, especially if someone uses your work without permission. 

It is NOT REQUIRED to register your work with the Copyright Office because the creator of the work is the official copyright owner, BUT, if you want to sue for damages when someone violates the copyright laws, your work must be registered. 

Check out the copyright office official website for more information and to register your work online or by mail! Google search the words "U.S. Copyright Office" to find the website. 

Copyright applies to all visual arts - drawings, paintings, digital art, photographs, sculptures, etc. According to the copyright laws, the official copyright owner has the exclusive right to do and to authorize the following: 
1. Reproduce or make copies of the artwork 
2. Prepare derivative works based upon the original artwork 
3. Distribute the artwork to the public by sale, rental, lease, lending, or transfer ownership 
4. Display the artwork publicly 


A trademark generally protects brand names and logos used on goods and services. It is not required to register your trademark BUT registered trademarks provides more protection and benefits, such as allowing you to take legal action in court if someone uses your trademark without permission. Check out the "United States Patent And Trademark Office" website for more information!

If you sell your work in a physical location, remember that many people are making art but don’t have a place to hang it. You can set up an art gallery right in your home or another facility, maybe a local business who has a storefront. Be careful setting up any type of business out of your home, especially today.

You can hang the work of local artists and host a party once or twice a month. You can give the artist 60% of the sale price and you keep 40%.

Another idea is your artwork is similar to graphic designing so you can take a course in graphic designing and start making positive logos, flyers and banners that people will buy.

Graphic design is the practice or profession of designing print or electronic forms of visual information, as for an advertisement, publication, or website.

Graphic designers are also called graphic artists and they can also do logos, business cards, flyers, brochures, etc.

To stand out from the rest, you need to offer cheaper prices with good quality. You can obtain clients by joining business groups. Most business owners don’t realize that a professional business card and logo is a great marketing tool.

Many people will recognize your business just by looking at your logo. For more business ideas, read "The New CEO: 185 Easy-To-Set Up Businesses for Youth and Adult Entrepreneurs" available as an e-book and paperback.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Business Owner Moving To New City

Mar. 15, 2017

Dear Cathy:


I have a business and I am moving to another city. This is scary for me so can you tell me some of the things I need to know about? New City, Philadelphia

Dear New City:

Moving to a new city can be a little scary for anyone, especially if you have always stayed in one neighborhood your entire life. However, at the same time it should be exciting. 


Remember if you have an income coming in and a car, you can essentially move anywhere, but you don’t really need a car, just some type of income. With urber.com, fasten.com, and other new ways to get around, getting around is just easier today.

This is a good outline on what to do:

1. Some cities have welcome groups or you can find these groups online such as “Newbee Network” https://www.newbeenetwork.com, which can tell your about your new city.

2. Sometimes meetup.com groups are more proactive than local Chambers of Commerce so check out these groups. Join meetup.com groups in your new city even before moving there, that way you can start talking to people about the city right away.

3. Many cities have extended stay hotels, where you can stay until you figure out what area to move to. There are also furnished apartments so check with local realtors or apartment locators.  

4. Find health and wholefood stores on google.com.

5. Locate local gyms at google.com.

6. Open new business P.O. Box.

7. Obtain new business cards, flyers and other marketing material.

8. Join local business meetup.com or form your own business meetup.com.

9. Collect business cards and email addresses at these meetup.com groups and find out about other networking events.

10. Ask around and retrieve names of local media (talk radio, print news, etc.)

11. Subscribe to any local newspapers.

12. Sit down with publishers and editors and introduce yourself with an updated BIO.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How Do I Set Up My Yearly Conference?

Mar. 14, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I am a new business owner dealing with relationship coaching. I would like to start a yearly conference. What do I need to know about yearly conferences and how do I set it up? Conference, Alabama

Dear Conference:


There are two types of conferences that work really well for yearly conferences – a 1 or 3 day conference. You can also have a "bi-annual" or "semi-annual" event (twice a year). If you choose to do this then a 1 day event should suffice.


If this is your first event, I would only start off with a 1 day conference. This way you can see some of the problems you will encounter down the line.

Once you have the first event you should name it “The FIRST ANNUAL…” so participants will know this will be a yearly event. To get even more exposure y
ou can move this event from city to city or keep the event in your own city. 

At the one day event, the event does not have to take place at a hotel, however, all the speaker/trainer events should be held in the same room.

For the one day event the food can be brought in and catered or if you have the event at the hotel provided by the hotel. If you break for lunch and eat at other places, you might lose some of your participants or you can have some type of dinner event at the end of the day.

For a one day event it should be held on a Saturday from 9:00-6:00 p.m. 
Some people will only come for the morning event and others for the afternoon event or some dedicated followers will stay all day.

To collect funds it should be posted at www.eventbrite.com or on your own website. With a 3 day event, the goal is to get other clients and customers to come in from out of town, so you should hold this event at a hotel. 

Most hotels will work with you by providing a block of low-cost rooms for those who register early so you should encourage everyone to register early. You should also have someone to work with the participants who would like to share a room.

You will need to have all your marketing material and your website set up ahead of time. Anywhere from 3 to 4 months out is when hotels should allow participants to start registering, but you want to start using word of mouth to talk this event up throughout the year.

First of all you need to come up with the speakers and topics that will be presented. For a 1 day event 4 to 5 speakers/trainers should be adequate. 


Remember you will be the host and this will be the time for you to highlight your business - your services and products, which should be displayed everywhere.

For 3 days events you can have several speakers and trainers throughout the day and you can move the workshops to several different rooms and even outside.

You can also have vendors, which can make more money for the event. To alleviate stress, assign someone to deal with vendors specifically. 


All they will have to do is make sure the vendors have 6 feet tables with table cloths if provided by hotels or if it is a one day event, let potential vendors know they will need to bring all the decorations for their tables.

Don't overcharge for vendors. For a 1 day event, you can charge anywhere from $50.00 to $75.00. For a 3 day event, you can charge anywhere from $100.00 to $150.00. Remember because of the noise, the vendor event will need to be away from the Speaker's training events.

For 3 day events, people usually register or sign in at hotels on Friday and you might hold one event that night – a seminar, town hall meeting, speed dating session, etc.

Remember on Saturday starting at 8:00 or 9:00 a.m., you want a full day of events. On Saturday night there is usually some type of dance with entertainers. And the event should end at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. 


Many people might leave on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, but many of your faithful followers will stick around for the end of the event.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

My Boyfriend Cheats On Me

Feb. 28, 2017

Dear Cathy:

My boyfriend cheats on me. He thinks I don’t know it but several of my friends have seen him in the act. Should I tell him I know what’s happening or continue to ignore it? Boyfriend Cheating, Pennsylvania

Dear Boyfriend Cheating:

Sure you should tell him that you know he is cheating and end your relationship. Some men can’t help the way they treat women, but believe me there are men out there that would be willing to go the extra mile to show you that you are special.

So end your relationship with your current boyfriend and get out there and make yourself available for Mr. Right to come into your life.

Meanwhile, work on your ownself and ask yourself why you were willing to put up with the cheating in the first place. Many women would never have allowed a man to treat them that way in the first place. So seek out the answers from within. Know that you are special and you deserve the best that life has to offer.









Monday, February 27, 2017

Boyfriend Hangs Out At Clubs Too Much

Feb. 27, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I met my boyfriend at the club so we eventually moved in together. After a couple of years, I no longer enjoy the club scene but he still does. My goal is to start a business. What can I do to keep him from wanting to go out to the club 4 or 5 days a week. Club Scene, Oklahoma

Dear Club Scene:

If either person in a relationship is spending 4 or 5 days a week at the club, unless it is business-related, then there is a good chance not too much will be happening in their life.

There are certain businesses that you can start out of a club, but if he is going to the club just to be going to the club, then that might play havoc on any relationship.

You wanting to start a business shows that you want more out of life, so therefore, you will need to decide the best way to proceed forward. Talk to him and tell him how you feel. Sometimes when men are not motivated about life, it could be a lot of things happening.

It could be the food that he is eating or the people that he is hanging out with. If it’s the food, that’s something you can change by opting to buy and prepare healthier foods, but if he is associating himself with other people that also like hanging out at the club, then you might have a hard time getting him to stop his destructive habits.

Try to see a family counselor to discuss the different directions you both are headed in. If he is not opened to doing this, then you might have to investigate other options.




Sunday, February 26, 2017

Where Can I Receive A Grant To Publish My Book?

Feb. 26, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I am trying to publish a small pamphlet or booklet, which will be around 50 pages so can I get a grant to pay for publishing my book? Seeking Grant, New York


Dear Seeking Grant:

There are a very limited amount of grants out there and the majority is not for book writing. If you are publishing a small book, pamphlet, or booklet, you can actually get it printed at Federal Express, (formerly known as Kinkos) Office Depot or Staples.

So go into their establishments and ask to see samples of their work. The only thing you need to worry about is the ISBN. I don’t think they will put the ISBN on the pamphlets or booklets but you don’t need these anyway unless you will be selling your books.

If you work as a counselor, therapist or some other field, where these will be parts of package deals, then again you don’t have to worry about the ISBN.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Should I Self-Publish or Submit Book to New York Publishers?

Feb. 24, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I know I have a great book and it’s finished so should I self-publish or submit it to the big New York publishers? New Author, New Jersey

Dear New Author:

You can write a letter or get an agent and submit your book to the New York Publishers, however, the chance of getting your book picked up to be published by New York publishers is very slim. 

Today because of the economy, these companies are publishing books for family members, friends and others that they have a relationship with. So don’t spend the next few years of your life submitting letters to these publishing companies.

Instead go ahead and self-publish or submit your book to other smaller publishing companies as long as they are not print-on-demand companies. If you self-publish and have a good book, the New York Publishers can still pick up your book after you mail them a copy, however, just remember upfront that if these New York publishers pick up your book, because of the contract you sign, it gives them the right to do whatever they want with the book include shelving it in 6 months.

If you really want to write a book and keep it out there for the rest of your life, then your best bet would be “self-publishing.”

You can find out more about writing query letters and submitting books to book publishers or self-publishing by reading "How To Write A Book: The Complete Guide To Writing and Selling Your Own Paperback or E-book" -- available as an e-book or paperback.





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Desperate To Move

Feb. 22, 2017

Dear Cathy:

My last child is finishing up high school next year so I plan on moving. I am so desperate to move to another city. I am frustrated with everything where I live now. What can I do meanwhile to make the time I have left more bearable? Desperate To Move, South Carolina

Dear Desperate To Move:

You need to slow down and just breathe. Things will be better for you when you move simply because you plan on making it better. Your life is strictly up to you and it’s important for you to keep taking action in order to create the life that you can truly love.

You feel the same way that most people feel, when they don’t like their jobs. When you don’t like your job, you need to seek out another job, even in another city; go back to school and reinvent yourself; or start your own business.

If you have funds coming in and a car, then you can essentially move anywhere. You don’t really need a car, but you certainly need funds to live off. Most people never leave their neighborhoods so for you to think about relocating, it will be a breath of fresh air as you create a new beginning and life for yourself and your family.

Meanwhile, seek out new adventures where you currently live that can help the time pass. Join some of the groups on meetup.com, even if you are leaving. Some of the friendships you make on these groups can be for a lifetime so check out www.meetup.com.

Also when you get to your new city, check out these groups or form your own group. Right now you need to be around like-minded people, with similar interests as yours and sometimes you can find these people online so check out some of the groups on social media.

Now is the time also to be kind to your brain. When your brain works right, you work right so eat good brain foods such as green foods that releases serotonin; exercise regularly, which releases 'feel-good' endorphins, and get enough rest. Put yourself first as you prepare for your new life. Good luck!







Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Living in a Shelter - Even With a Job

Feb. 21, 2017

Dear Cathy:

We are a family of three -- my husband, me and our 17 year old son. Even though my husband work for the post office, we could not pay our bills so we have ended up in a shelter. We can’t move anywhere else because of my husband’s job and our son was recently awarded a scholarship to pay football at a local college. Do you have any suggestions on what we should do? Desperate, Arizona

Dear Desperate:

First of all the number one goal is to gain access to some type of housing. Since you are in shelter, stay vigilant and try to work with some of the agencies bringing supplies and resources into the shelter. 


Remember that the shelter is only a temporary transitional housing so don't get too comfortable there because these facilities do not want "able-bodied" human beings there.

You can't qualify for any FREE money from the state because you need to have a home or residence to receive this free money (food stamps, etc.). If you are a member of a church or know of a local church, see if the pastor can appoint a family to sponsor your family, who can also help with resources and maybe even temporary lodging.

Also since you have some income coming in, look into extended stay apartments. I know you want to be there to make sure your child is taken care of, but you might need to go ahead and allow your husband to take care of your son, while you move in with a relative, even in another state, just to get you out of the shelter.

I know you want to be there to make sure your child is taken care of so this might not be possible. Your son need to keep his grades up and ask the school for a tutor if you gets behind so he doesn’t lose his scholarship. He can also check with his high school counselor for other scholarships because it’s possible to receive more than one scholarship at a time.

You need to make sure he fills out all the necessary paperwork for college -- and on time. He will be eligible for funds right away with most financial aid offices, so find out the earliest he can apply for these funds.

Even though he will probably be forced to stay on campus as a freshman, he still can qualify to receive money through scholarships and loans, that he can share with the family. So check on this.


I would love to send you my book "Recessive Survival Guide: How To Get Back Into the Driver's Seat," which list several steps on getting into and staying in college.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Can My Boyfriend Be Sabotaging My Health

Feb. 19, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I just turned 55 years old and I am retired. I have never been on any medications. I moved in with my boyfriend, who is 65, about 2 years ago. Because my boyfriend is such an unhealthy eater and is on several medications, we both have agreed to prepare our own meals because he refuses to eat what I eat. However, everytime I prepare to go to the doctor to take my 6 months physical, the weeks before, he brings home tempting foods, to tempt me to eat them.

If I eat these foods, they will usually cause my numbers on my physical to be high. I have noticed that he has done this on more than one occasion so I feel he is sabotaging my health and want me to be like him, on several medications. Is this possible? Worried, Missouri


Dear Worried:

You might be right about what your boyfriend is doing so you need to tell him how you feel about all the tempting foods that he brings home, especially around the time for you to take your physical.

When some men get with women later on in life, they really don’t want you to go anywhere, so they will do things to sabotage your health so you can’t leave. This doesn’t seem crazy at all. I have several friends, who got with men later on in life that also think this might be happening to them.

What you need to have is “will power” and “self-discipline” to not eat the foods. Get two refrigerators and tell him as soon as he eats, you want the tempting foods out of sight so tell him to keep the foods in the refrigerator, instead of having the smells go all over the house tempting you.



Monday, January 30, 2017

Is Wal-mart Organic Foods Any Different From Whole Foods Organic Food?

Jan. 30, 2017

Dear Cathy:

Is there a difference in the quality of organic food at Wal-mart and other health and whole foods stores? Going Organic, Alabama

Dear Going Organic:


When Wal-mart started going organic, it was just a way to grab market share, while driving small stores and farmers out of business. However, whatever Wal-mart does has major repercussions. 

Most important, the vast majority of Walmarts carry a large range of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. And Walmarts serve many “food deserts,” in large cities and rural areas—especially including farm areas.

Whole Foods currently bans roughly 54% of Wal-Mart's food merchandise due to the presence, in its words, of "unacceptable ingredients for foods." These 78 banned ingredients include everything from recognizable sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup to everything else.

Consider the following statistics:

- 97% of the soft drinks sold at Wal-Mart contain ingredients that Whole Foods considers "unacceptable".

- Wal-Mart's "Great Value 100% Whole Wheat Bread" contains seven ingredients that Whole Foods scoffs at, including everything from high-fructose corn syrup to calcium propionate. Not one or two "unacceptable" items, but seven.

- More than 80% of the candy sold at Wal-Mart would never be found at Whole Foods due to artificial flavors, while 31% of the bacon and sausage products have been blacklisted due to monosodium glutamate, or MSG.


Even though the Food and Drug Administration has deemed every food product sold in a Wal-Mart store safe for consumption, Whole Foods, however, holds itself to a higher standard. 

And the government itself has been outdated for years so you certainly do not want to listen to any statistics coming from the government.

Is Whole Foods, then, playing the role of Big Brother for health-conscious customers or simply catering to the finicky demands of foodies? The bottomline is Whole Foods is about making healthier food options.


Also don't forget the better food quality - the less doctor's visits so personally I chose Whole Foods. I rather pay the extra dollars for good quality foods, especially if it will keep down my doctor's visits. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

How Do I Make My Own Videos for My Business?

Jan. 29, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I am an African American female business owner. I know my business need videos but I can't find an expert to help me. How do I make videos for my business? Video Maker, Nevada

Dear Video Maker:

You are right today you do need videos for your business because most people are "visual" and would rather listen and see presentations, instead of just reading about them. 


My answer will be very generic because there are so many people out there, especially Millennials, who are much more knowledgeable than me that can answer this question for you but let me give it a shot.

First of all get a video editing program that you can use. I use www.cyberlink.com, which is a very low-cost and easy program to use, however, there are many more programs out there. To learn how to use it I went on YouTube.com, just like I do when I try to learn how to do other things in regards to my business.

Also today many people use their Smartphones or IPhones for making videos and even editing but you can also buy a video camera on HSN.com or Amazon.com. Amazon has everything out there and they will also allow you to break down payments, just like HSN.com. If you are a Prime member, then you will receive 2 day shipping and other rewards from them.

The problem is as a business owner, you have to wear several hats (Owner, PR/Marketer, etc.) and trying to get a professional to help you with your videos might be extremely hard and expensive. 

You can hire someone else to do your videos for you but if you don’t have the funds, you can use a video editing program and purchase a tripod, lights, microphone, etc. yourself and do your own videos. These videos can also be professional.

Sure you rather spend your time on what it is that you are good at -- however in the world of business today, that might not be possible so instead of waiting around to find the perfect professional to help you make your videos, you might need to do your own videos.

The "Dummies" (www.Dummies.com) series books has a book on everything and again, you can figure out how to do anything today by watching it on YouTube.com.

If that doesn't work, you can get a group of friends to help you with your videos and you can help them, so you can help each other. Again, there are several ways to get things done in the world of business.

For more on how to set up and run a successful business read "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Starting Your Own Business" (Series 2) - available as an e-book and paperback.



Friday, January 27, 2017

What Happens When You Don’t Drink Enough Water

Jan. 27, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I am 65 years old but I know I am not drinking enough water so what is happening to my body? Not Enough Water, Arkansas

Dear Not Enough Water:

You body needs water to survive. Over 75% of people are “chronically” dehydrated. Pay attention to your body. If you crave salt, it’s a good chance you are dehydrated. 

If you feel faint, or have purple lips, you are probably dehydrated. If you have thin, brittle hair you might be dehydrated. Many people eat too much food because they are dehydrated. The body is simple saying “give me water.”

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. We lose water every day in the form of water vapor in the breath we exhale and as water in our sweat, urine, and stool. 

Along with the water, small amounts of salts are also lost. When we lose too much water, our bodies may become out of balance or dehydrated. Just remember severe dehydration can lead to death!

Many conditions may cause rapid and continued fluid losses and lead to dehydration such as fever, heat exposure, and too much exercise; vomiting, and diarrhea.


Not drinking enough water can also lead to kidney issues so make sure you are sipping on water every half hour.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Which Herbs Can I Take to Help My Eyes?

Jan. 20, 2017

Dear Cathy:

My mother is having eye trouble. Her mother lost her sight to glaucoma. I take the herb bilberry. Is there any other herbs I can take? Eye Trouble, Louisiana

Dear Eye Trouble:

There are several herbs that you can take for your eyes including bilberry. Many people also take Ginkgo Biloba and Vitamin E, which are great for circulation, which will help the eyes, however, these are blood thinners, which means you can’t take them with certain medications, especially other blood thinners. You only need to take these a couple of times every week.

You also need to inform your doctor that you are taking these if you get scheduled for any type of surgery and if you have any type of injury, you need to inform any medical personal that you are taking these because again they are blood thinners.  


Also remember the kidneys are the organ connected to the eyes so it's important to engage in a regular detoxification program for your kidneys, if you plan on having good eye sight for the rest of your life.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Can I Slow Down My Glaucoma?

Jan. 19, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I am an African American female. I am retired and 60 years old. I take drops for glaucoma and have 2 relatives that have already went blind from the disease. Is there anything else that I can do at this time to take better care of my eyes? Good Eyesight, Georgia

Dear Good Eyesight:

During my research on glaucoma, I found it is a hereditary disease but what you need to keep in mind is that most families eat the same foods and live in the same environments so it’s only natural they have the same health issues and diseases.

Glaucoma is not only hereditary, and are many times found in African Americans, but if the veins at the back of your eyes close down, you will go blind, because there is no way to open these veins back up and this is why you should be checked by a doctor every 3 months.

Now that you are on the glaucoma eye drops, I am sure like most medications, if your eyes started improving then you might be able to get off the drops so again you should be visiting the doctor every 3 months because the drops are considered medications. And because of your age, if you are on any medications, you should see a doctor every 3 months.

What you need to understand once you get on the drops, like most medications, you will start experiencing other health issues and chances are you will be recommended to take other medications.

One thing will happen once you go on drops for glaucoma is your HDL (good cholesterol) number will go down, which means you will then be at risk for heart disease and other diseases of your body. So chances are your doctor will recommend medication for this.

Now more than ever you need to eat a good diet, especially green foods, that builds your body. You need to take a daily multivitamin for women and other supplements for aging women and for the eyes, along with getting regular exercise and plenty of rest.

There are several herbs good for circulation of the eyes but you can’t take these if you are on certain medications or take them away from your medications. 


Your kidneys are connected to the eyes so it’s extremely important that all your organs are working properly, especially your kidneys, so you should engage in regular detox programs for your colon, kidneys, liver and a heavy metal detox.

Since your kidneys are connected to your eyes, once you improve your kidney function through regular detoxifications, eating good foods and living in a clean and natural environment, then your eyesight should improve. Also try drinking alkaline water and once a month buy the natural cranberry juice from health food stores and flush out your kidneys for several days.


You can also go for walks periodically and stare off in the distance for 2 to 5 minutes, which is a good exercise for your eyes. For other great health tips read my first health book "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide To Becoming Healthier Over the Next 30 Days" (Series 3) - available as an e-book and paperback.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Where Can I Receive A Holistic Certification?

Jan. 16, 2017

Dear Cathy:

As a holistic or natural healer, do you offer any options for holistic certifications, if not where can I receive holistic certifications? Soon To Be Holistic Healer, Alabama


Dear Soon To Be Holistic Healer:


You need to know up front, whether you receive a holistic certification or not, you will still be looked down upon by medical industry as a “quack.” Only a third of the U.S. population believe in holistic and natural healing, and this is why there is so much sickness today.

Holistic and natural healers, like our ancestors years ago, have many answers when it comes to healing and taking care of the the human body. However, since the medical industry, and especially the pharmaceutical industry is BIG BUSINESS, this is why they look down on holistic healers because we are actually taking money out of their pockets.

I 'self-educated' myself because I had become sick and that’s why I became a holistic healer. Many holistic healers got started in holistic healing because they too were able to heal their ownself -- like me. So many holistic and natural healers today, don't have any type of certification, like our ancestors, but it doesn't mean we do not understand holistic healing.

There are many holistic certification programs out there and you can always attend naturopathic school, which is a two year course, which should give you a majority of the information that you need. But you need to understand many of these schools and other certification programs won't cover everything so “hands on” training will be extremely important when learning how the human body works.

When you 'self-educate' yourself, you learn by reading books, ebooks or paperbacks, listening to audiobooks, listening to other holistic and natural healers, on and off the internet, including on youtube.com, teleseminars, webinars, seminars, workshops, attending continued education courses in night schools and correspondence programs, etc.

I also made it a point to visit several health and wholefoods stores and 'self-educated' myself on most of their natural products. My health book "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Becoming Healthier Over the Next 30 Days" (Series 3) is a good first start if you are trying to learn holistic and natural healing.

The 12 chapters has 12 steps to take. Also try to get mentors and subscribe to holistic healer's websites and read their books and other material. You can also find these groups on facebook.com and other social media sites.