How to Treat Eczema – Proper Nutrition and Mild Dermatological Products

There are a lot of triggers that can cause eczema. Look at your lifestyle, including what you eat. A simple observation of your environment may be the key. Is there enough moisture in your office or does the temperature leave your skin dry and flaky? Could you be allergic to any food? More often than not, you’ll probably have some difficulty finding these triggers. Be aware of your diet, your surroundings, and even the clothes you wear will greatly help in lessening the onset symptoms of this pesky problem. Preventive measure is one of the ways you can actively avoid aggravating the symptoms.

Certain foods can worsen your condition, which mostly include dairy products and other fowl-related products such as chicken and eggs. Wheat and cereal may also cause reactions. This is because these food are high-risk allergy foods, or goods that have a high rate of allergic reactions. Fish and some seafood such as shellfishes and squid may also cause an outbreak of skin itchiness. Sticking to healthy, organic food won’t only lessen your eczema, it may also contribute to the improvement of your health.

Nowadays, there are also a lot of dermatological approaches in order to treat eczema. Remember that your skin is sensitive, and the products that you use may worsen the condition. Generally, products with a lot of harsh ingredients may contribute to dry and itchy skin. Instead of using heavily perfumed products, go for the products that moisturizes the skin. Using mild lotion and body wash keeps your skin hydrated without irritating the skin with extra harsh ingredients. If it’s your scalp that needs attention due to itching, it’s likely because the skin of your scalp is affected. Use anti-dandruff shampoos, although try alternating it with a mild shampoo-even the baby shampoos will work-so you won’t worsen the condition. Remember that even anti-dandruff shampoos may have heavy ingredients, so try to stick to the milder ones.

This condition won’t disappear within a day; sometimes it takes weeks, months-even years-before they lessen considerably. However, you should always remember that the best way to treat eczema is to stick to the combination of routine healthy diet and useful products. With this, you’ll be able to counter the effects of eczema.

How to Successfully Use SaleHoo to Source Products – SaleHoo Usage Tips For Online Retailers

Experience is something that we should never under estimate. Knowledge gained from experience is definitely worth its weight in gold more so in the intricate world of the retail industry. Sourcing is one of the key aspects once one has studied the niche he or she would want to conduct business in. For those who have already subscribed to the SaleHoo directory listing then maximizing your sourcing will be easier for you because you already have more than 8000 verified suppliers accessible to you.

The following are helpful tips you can keep in mind on how to find the right product sourcing methods while using SaleHoo so you can successfully identify which methods are advantageous to your business situation. The advice eBay power seller Skip McGrath shares with retailers and resellers when stocking their stores is to use local distributors. As you know being able to inspect the offices and warehouses of your contact and conducting business face to face can considerably fast track negotiations.

Also you can leverage off of local products that other states or countries do not have and therefore earn off of the niche market you can offer. The SaleHoo directory listings can assist in this because it already has in its data base thousands of suppliers and a description of the general products they carry. All one has to do is narrow the search to wholesale suppliers, drop shippers or manufacturers within your area.

Another sourcing method that many online businesses are not maximizing is liquidation. This is an excellent source of brand name products at fantastically low prices if you are able to haggle well. Items from liquidators are of good quality and are brand new unless otherwise specified. Some stores liquidate their stocks for any number of reasons; this may include moving the store location, seasonal change of products, over stocks and others.

Because of the need to sell the items in a short amount of time the prices are very low and sometimes are just enough to cover production. Since most brand name products are of good quality and whose style is more sophisticated it is not faddish and even if they are from last season one can still use it for years to come. Using SaleHoo to find liquidators that are near your area so you can personally inspect the goods can reveal profitable opportunities.

Love Is Blind: Product Planning With Your Eyes Open

You’re sitting at your desk, and suddenly it hits you; a breathtakingly beautiful idea for a new product, that “one and only” offering to catapult your company into instant success. You know it will work. You know everyone will want to buy it. Even your family loves the idea. You invest a good deal of time and a substantial amount of money developing and introducing this product you love, but a year passes and not one unit sells.

What at first seemed like an exciting, profitable new concept has become an extremely expensive, disappointing undertaking for your company. How could this have happened?

Quite simply, you were blinded by love and you fell for the wrong product. More than a mere business decision the product became a powerful new passion for you or your company’s product development team. The obsession for this new product was so strong that normally pragmatic business people ignored logic to pursue the glittering profits they felt it promised. It’s not an unusual problem. Actually, it happens to 80 percent of new products and it’s not exclusive to small businesses. Remember “new” Coke, McDonald’s McLean burger and the DeLorean?

What can your business do to avoid the “love at first sight” new product mistake? Here’s how to identify the proper, and profitable, product needed for your business expansion.

A Proper Product Planning Process

We have combined a number of existing new product development systems into the following practical process. We explain each step in the process below and follow each step with a critical assessment question. This system can help you design a new product offering for your company with less risk and more control.

In the process, make sure you create a cross-functional product development team that includes representatives from sales, engineering, operations, marketing, finance, executive, legal and other areas critical to new product success. Also, guard against any one member of the team dominating the discussions or decision-making process. All team members must honestly critique and support the project, or the new product’s chances of success are minimized.

Step 1: Search for a Concept

This is the fun part of product development! Generate concepts for new products from employee recommendations, an engineering or managerial “think tank,” customer suggestions and brainstorming by the product development team.

Critical Question: None. Just be as creative as possible within the parameters of your chosen market.

Step 2: Select the Best Concept

Examine all the ideas generated in Step 1 and reduce the number of new concepts to a manageable size. Rank each new product idea by a set of criteria customized to your company’s strategic objectives. Some examples of important criteria are:

o Production / Technology Capabilities. Competitive / Legal Environment

o Financing Issues

o Marketing Requirements

Critical Question: Is the product compatible with company resources and objectives?
If the answer is no, you must modify this idea or return to Step 1.

Step 3: Develop and Test the Product Idea

Turn the broad general product concepts into a specific product idea that will appeal to your target market. You must decide how this new product will benefit your customers. It is critical to obtain their direct input or reaction to the concept through market research such as surveys and focus groups.

Critical Question: Do your potential customers have positive reactions to your new product concept?
If not, you need to modify the product or return to Step 1. Be sure to objectively analyze your primary research to confirm your answer to this question.

Step 4: Look at the Business Potential

Perform a complete financial analysis of your new product’s potential. This analysis should be as detailed and realistic as possible. Product costs, profit margins, return on investment, cash flow issues and volume projections are financial considerations to closely examine.

Critical Question: Can we manufacture this product profitably with our company’s current resources?
If the answer here is no, you must abandon the product and start over. Do not attempt to juggle the numbers to reflect positive financial impact when the impact is really negative. Remember, love is blind – trust your numbers.

Step 5: Make the Product

After answering yes to all critical questions in the previous steps, now, and only now, you can begin the prototype construction. This phase of your product development requires a complete commitment of the budgeted resources and the entire company’s support in a variety of unexpected ways. This level of commitment could strain the nerves as well as the pocketbook, so be prepared.

Critical Question: Does the product work? Do we have the ability to manufacture and market this product profitably?
If no is the response to either question, you will need to prepare for added expenses as you hire outside assistance, modify the product or develop a more suitable offering.

Step 6: Test the Product

Roll up your sleeves and get going! Manufacture a small quantity of your new product and put it in a test market. Your company should use the same marketing, selling, pricing and distribution tactics it plans to use in larger markets. This is the time to check volume potential, marketing effectiveness and customer perceptions.

Critical Question: Do the test market results indicate satisfactory market potential and customer acceptance?
If you feel the results are unacceptable, abandon or redevelop the product.

Step 7: Commercialize the Product

If your answer to each of the critical questions has been a resounding YES, you are ready to roll your product into an introductory market. Go for it! Start selling!

Critical Question: Are sales results satisfactory?
A no answer here means that you may need to modify your commercialization program or abandon the project. If the product still appears to have potential, it may be time to refine marketing strategies. Objective external assistance may help you modify your marketing program.

Although the success rates for new products are low, using these steps may help your company increase the odds of success by identifying a new product with good profit potential before you invest significant company resources.

Critical question: How can you tell you are finally in love with the proper product? Count your profits, of course.

Recommending Amazon Products on Squidoo

There are many ways to make money using Squidoo. A favorite way for many people is to recommend products for sale on Amazon which are related to your subject or niche. For example, if you have a lens built around Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, you can feature Skywalker action figures available for sale on Amazon. If you choose to use the Amazon modules on Squidoo, then you will most likely make 4.25% in commissions on your sale because Squidoo usually lands in the highest bracket for affiliate commissions on Amazon which is 8.5% on general products.

Many people like to use their own affiliate links for recommending available Amazon products, but once Squidoo axed the use of the Iframe, using your own affiliate links went the way of the dinosaurs. Squidutils.com then came along and added the ability to make your own links using their Amazon link building service. To use this service, you have to give up every 10th click on your affiliate link to Squidutils. It really isn’t a bad deal, but some commissions from your lens can be lost this way.

You can now set up your own Amazon RSS feeds for Squidoo with a small amount of work on the front end. You will first need to set up a generic Storestacker website which is real simple. Then you need to add a category to your site for the type of product you would like to feature. Once this is done, generate an RSS feed from your category, copy and paste it into the RSS module on your Squidoo lens.

The feeds produced by Storestacker and not as pretty as those generated at Squidutils; there has to be a way to make them look better and you can be sure that I will be searching for the solution.