The Best Tiles for Your Home and Where to Buy Them

What are the best tiles for your home? Obviously there are many brands of tiles out there that have nice packaging with pretty pictures, but from what I have found out from personal experience is that there is nothing that even comes close to the Mona Lisa brand.

Mona Lisa tiles have an excellent range (including porcelain panel), unbeatable value for money, and excellent quality. Isn’t that the same with any other brand of tile you ask? No. Although many tile brands do claim a measure of quality, they are so much more expensive than Mona Lisa tiles. Basically, with Mona Lisa you are getting a top quality tile for a fraction of what you would pay for a boutique brand.

You will notice though, that Mona Lisa tiles are manufactured in China – not Europe. Having said that, most things today (including designer label items) are manufactured in China now. Does this mean that these tiles are not as good as their European rivals? By no means! This is because the Mona Lisa factory uses the latest equipment shipped in directly from Italy. This is something that many other major tile brands in China don’t do because they are happy with the same old machines they’ve been using for the past 20 years! Because of this commitment to quality, Mona Lisa tiles are not plagued with the defects inherent in other tile brands such as, warping, black spots, time-wear, water retention, staining, color and pattern inconsistencies, and other major problems. Some people think that by paying more for a pretty picture that they are getting a better tile – nothing could be further away from the truth. Another reason to go for Mona Lisa tiles is that they are one of the only manufacturers of Porcelain Panel – truly incredible stuff if you ever get the chance to see it.

What sort of price difference are we looking at? While some brands sell for $100 m2 to $200 m2, or much more, Mona Lisa brand tiles are priced in general from $10 m2! Hard to believe? Just check out the Tile Factory Outlet online catalog and you will see for yourself.

If you are in Australia and interested in buying tiles, there are 3 tile companies in that offer the best deals on tiles for small-end to top-end consumers.

Tile Factory Outlet: You can visit their website at www.tfo.com.au. Tile Factory Outlet won the price war hands down, with consistently having the cheapest porcelain tiles. Not only that, they are one of the only distributors of Mona Lisa porcelain tiles Australia-wide. They claim to sell tiles at auction prices – and they do indeed. They are one of the only tile companies in the world that have a fully integrated online store that links directly to the items they have in stock and the online interface is updated in real-time in conjunction with sales from their store.

When you walk into their showroom, you will get the feel of walking into any major outlet store with samples stacked on top of pallets of tiles ready to be shipped out. Tile Factory Outlet sell more tiles in one month than most shops sell in a year – purely because of their unbelievable prices. The best thing is that Tile Factory Outlet can help organize shipping your tiles Australia-wide.

Tiles to Go: You can see their site at http://www.tilestogo.com.au Tiles to go sell Mona Lisa tiles along with a range of other brands. Their head office is in North Mead, Sydney, and they deal hand-in-hand with builders and architect firms. Whilst Tile Factory Outlet focuses on selling great tiles at cheap prices, Tiles To Go focus more on the customer as a person with specific tastes and desires.

As soon as you walk into their store, you will immediately receive in-depth support to help you find the design you want, how you want it, and how to make it a reality. The best part is that Tiles to Go still offer their range of tiles at excellent prices. True to their name, Tiles To Go can offer this fantastic service and pricing without taking up too much of your time. “Tiles to Go. For people on the go. At prices to go!”

Tile Gallery Imports: Tile Gallery Imports are a wholesaler. That means they sell to construction companies, independent retailers, and large quantity orders. The good news is that they also sell the Mona Lisa brand tile if you are looking to order them. If you have a large order in mind, it will definitely pay to check these guys out.

Buying tiles is easy when you know what you’re looking for. This article focused on Mona Lisa tiles and where you can buy them in Australia. But Mona Lisa don’t manufacture every type of tile out there. The important thing is that you do your research before buy tiles so that you don’t get tricked into paying too much.

Targeted Traffic is the Life-Blood of Your Online Business

Starting a new Business

Let’s look at a few possible businesses that you might start. They have the advantage of not requiring too much investment and you can get them by following the steps that we suggest. These are businesses that are in everyones range,with a minimum of capital and no particular need for business experience if you just follow the tips we give you.

These are tried and tested techniques. But lets get down to business right away and take a closer look at our suggestions:

MAIL-ORDER SELLING

Definition

Mail order selling, as its name indicates selling articles without the consumer being present. This means that the customer will buy his purchases fron your catalogue. You know most ot the major names in the mail-order selling field, for example, AMWAY, etc. AMWAY handles hundreds of thousands of orders every day and accounts for a very significant part of the North American retail market.

Such companies have the best market positioning in North America and in our opinion, it is currently impossible for a new company to pose any serious competition to them. Nevertheless, on a much more limited scalethere are still many things you can sell.

The financial outcome is highly promising, and the risks are limited in the sense that once you have done the necessary calculations, the investment might turn out to be surprisingly low. For between two and six thousand dollars, in your own home and in your spare time, you can start a business activity which could turn out to be extremely lucrative.

How to get started?

The first question you should ask yourself is: what shall I sell? There are several possibilities: Either look for new products in order to ensure you a degree of exclusivity which will allow you to break into the market quickly and to make a lot of customers, Or sell craft products.

Example: garden centre and farm shop products

Affiliate marketing of any craft products are on the rise and have been for several years now (link generic)

How to sell?

As with mail order there are many possibilities: First of all, whatever advertising you place in newspapers should be relatively limited to begin with. Use direct mailing to start with, buying a list of addresses. Or use door to door mailing. This is not advisable at the beginning, given the very low percentage of returns (approximately) two or three per thousand.

Advertising

For your advertising, you will need a clear suggestive ad.

If you are selling Hi-Fi equipment, do not say, a stereo with good musical quality, but rather, True Hi-Fi! Perfect audio quality! You really have to make people feel like listening to your stereo. The hardest thing, while you are trying to remain as truthful as possible, is to use advertising to help people get away from everyday reality.

Take a look at advertising on billboards or in newspapers they all suggest escape, and lots of them have very vivid images. To achieve this, your text must above all emphasize the essential advantages for the customer. Emphasize why it is in his interest to buy your product. As a result, when you are placing your ads, it is a good idea to use the services of an advertising professional. This is someone who will help you write your text, even your whole package.

It will cast you a bit more, but it will bring you far greater returns. And in this way, you will be able to pay his consultation fee very quickly. Begin with the classified, as we suggested for the Mail Order business. For mail order selling, the best advertising outlets are T.V. magazines from your local dallies and weeklies. It all depends on the kind of articles you wish to sell.

The ideal, in fact, would be to buy a magazine which contains ads of this kind. Take a look at the ads you find there and ask for background material. These will point you on the right path. Do this especially with people who place repeated ads since you can-not expect your business to get under way on the basis of one large ad that appears only once. On the contrary, this is more likely to be the last hurrah of a business that is in danger of going under.

Direct advertising.

In order to reach the consumer directly in his home, given that you do not possess any files to begin with, your only possibility is to rent a list of addresses. To do this, as we have already indicated in the case of the Mail Order business, you can use the services of specialized address brokers that you will find in the local yellow pages under the heading, Direct Advertising.

This is the best best method. Then you can do follow-up on your client file, the important thing is to make sure that your clientele is faithful because a customer should represent several orders, and it is thus very important to follow-up a few times a year. In order to do this, you have several ways of keeping up your files.

Keeping your list on computer is the best solution to storage of customer lists and account for Tax purposes. Computers are becoming less of an expense now, but as your business grows the cost of better software for your computer will be needed, this you should bare in mind.

Documentation

This must of course be related to your offer. At the beginning, it would be in your interest to specialize. Do not offer too many different products, so as to avoid building up a large amount of stock, causing you difficulty with regard to shipping orders.

Your documentation can be in black and white, later you will need to issue your catalogues in colour. Four colour printing is a far more expensive process that you will only be affordable when you have a much more solid base, at the end of about six months to a year.

This documentation must be clear, precise, detailed and well presented, without promising the moon! Otherwise, you will fall foul of the federal legislation relating to misleading advertising. It must be attractive, while remaining true. This means that it is in your interest to check existing examples of other such material.

Basic Supplies For Teaching Dog Agility

Dog agility is the fastest growing dog sport in North America. There are already several national organizations which offer competitions for all dogs and the AKC has recently welcomed mixed breed dogs to their agility trials, too. With such a rapidly growing sport there are many people who are getting involved in agility for the first time with their dogs. Here’s some information about what you need to get started if you’re interested in teaching dog agility.

First of all, it helps if you are familiar with what will be asked of you on an agility course. Visit a kennel club or agility training club in order to see a proper agility course. Watch the participants and their dogs navigate the course. You won’t need all of this equipment to get started but this will give you a good idea of what a full course will look like and what your students will be facing in an actual competition.

From watching the participants and their dogs you’ll be able to identify the key pieces of equipment that you will need. You’ll also be able to determine some pieces that you may be able to improvise on your own. You can build your own equipment but it’s best to make sure that it meets the same requirements as the equipment that the dogs will be using when they compete.

There are a number of dog supply outlets online that sell agility equipment. Some of them sell packages of 3, 6 or more pieces of agility equipment so you can get started.

AffordableAgility.com offers sets of agility equipment including tunnels, chutes, and weave poles. Their “Agility-In-A-Bag” set is $159.95. It includes a set of 30″ weave poles, an adjustable jump, an adjustable tire jump (24″ in diameter), a pause box, a tunnel and chute, a carrying bag, colored vinyl tape to decorate the poles and an instruction manual. This would be a good starter kit for someone beginning to teach agility.

You could later add another jump and another weave pole set, as well as a seesaw and a A-frame, for example, to make up a more complete agility course.

You could also offer some training supplies for your students, such as agility DVDs, treats, treat pouches, clickers, collars and leashes, and other materials that they might need to get started with agility.

If you’re relatively new to agility make sure that you spend some time reading up on the rules and regulations. You can visit the AKC web site to find their rules: akc.org/events/agility/index.cfm. You can visit the United States Dog Agility Association web site to find out more about their events: usdaa.com. And you can visit the North American Dog Agility Council site to find out more about their events: nadac.com. Dogs need to be registered with an organization and typically compete in different classes, depending on their height, so you will need to advise your students on entering the right classes when they compete. Some organizations also have age restrictions on dogs so you should familiarize yourself with the requirements.