Buying Aftermarket Auto Parts Online

In last couple of years the popularity of aftermarket auto parts has grown at phenomenal rate. Basically considered as an alternate automotive parts which are not made by auto manufacturers these aftermarket auto equipments compete with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. They are usually purchased and added to the car or truck only at the dealership or after the car or truck left the dealership. In terms of design and function, aftermarket auto parts are very similar to the stock automotive parts and primarily used to substitute a spoiled original auto part.

These days many auto owners or users are preferring aftermarket products because they are comparatively less expensive than OEM replacements. Though at times some aftermarket auto parts do not meet the high standards of original equipments, but it is also wrong to state that aftermarket products are usually second-rate in terms of style. Aftermarket auto parts are one of the few great ways to customize the appearance and feel of any car or truck. Depending on how much you want to do and your budget, you can even improve the performance of your vehicle with aftermarket automotive parts.

There are numerous sources of aftermarket auto parts. Nevertheless, online stores are new upcoming platforms that are gaining consumers’ attention and getting a good response worldwide. Today there are numerous companies that are even playing the role of wholesale distributors or resellers of a wide range of aftermarket auto equipments.

There was a time when shopping for aftermarket auto equipments was considered to be quite challenging task. It was very tiring, as one has to make rounds and move from stores to different shops just to look for the best car and truck parts along with the most competitive prices. But, in recent times with the emergence of online stores things have changed dramatically.

Buying aftermarket auto parts online can offer you some of best benefits, such as-

1 – You Get Factual Information About Supplier- Reliable suppliers are not those who talk impressively. The background of the sellers and the experience they have are few important concerns that you generally face while purchasing any product. Now in case of aftermarket auto parts there are several online buying platforms that are equipped with systems to allow you make informed assessment regarding the qualifications and experience of the online vendor. With online stores you have options to surf through like customer testimonials, feedback or some kind of a certification program that can help you get the right info about online supplier.

2 – You Have Numerous Options- At an online aftermarket auto parts store there are different suppliers who offer diverse automobile accessories. As a result, automotive parts for vehicles of almost every brand, model and make is made available for you online and this in turn increase the probability of finding right part an as per your requirement or specification.

3 – You Have 24 X 7 Hours Access- The best part of buying auto parts through online process is that you don’t exactly require to figure out the working hours of online store or wait till they open. It doesn’t matter whichever part of the world you are, all you require is just an online connection and just place right order.

Apart from all this, purchasing aftermarket car / truck parts online also help you greatly in accessing free information and advice. They at times provide news and updates regarding upgrades in automotive parts and accessories. As there is no need for a middleman, these online stores also offer great discounts.

Providing best deals at best price, along with so many benefits the practice of buying aftermarket car or truck parts from an online auto part dealer is definitely far better than having to go to the junk or surplus shops. The bottom-line is that the boom and easily accessibility of online stores has made aftermarket auto parts companies very successful and it is going to stay in business for a long time.

The Honest Truth About Your Business

29 Questions to Help You Determine if What You’re Doing is a Business or a Hobby

Are you a true business owner and entrepreneur? Or are you pursuing your business dreams more like a hobby but may not even be aware this is what’s happening?

In meshing business and personal life in the past…

I took a lot of time off when I felt like it… ,

I worked around the kid’s school schedule and family meals… ,

if I didn’t feel like making calls for a few weeks, I didn’t make them… ,

when the sun came out, the kids and I headed to the park and work was the last thing on my mind… ,

I would fit in a few hours here and there to work on my business… when time allowed around my other commitments…

What about you? Do you let family, friends and other factors take you away from working on your business? Or are you 100% committed and invested in your business success?

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help – you might be surprised with some of the answers if you’re being honest with yourself!

  1. Are you clear on your business’s focus – have you defined the product or service you provide and have stuck to it or are you continually trying out other things?
  2. Have you registered your business name with your local government?
  3. Do you have a business licence with your local community?
  4. Do you have a dedicated business phone line? A toll free number?
  5. Do you have business insurance?
  6. Do you have legal contracts in place dealing with the various aspects of your business?
  7. Do you have a clearly defined mission statement?
  8. Do you have a business plan? One that gives you a solid blueprint on how to achieve your business goals and how much it’s going to cost?
  9. Do you know who your competitors are and what they are doing?
  10. Is your business scalable in a way that it doesn’t depend on you being hands-on 100% of the time?
  11. Do you have a marketing plan that provides you with specific steps on how you are going to attract your perfect client and how much it’s going to cost?
  12. Do you have a set budget for advertising and marketing to build your client base?
  13. Do you really know who your target market is?
  14. Do you have a professionally designed logo to establish your brand identity and appeal to your ideal target market?
  15. Do you have professionally designed business cards, letterhead, promotional materials and other items to market your business?
  16. Do you have a professionally designed and developed website that represents your business brand effectively, 24 hours a day – 7 days a week?
  17. Do you continually update and employ SEO tactics to your website to ensure optimal results?
  18. Are you outsourcing certain tasks to help you with the things that are not your core competency such as bookkeepers, web developers, marketers, virtual assistants and graphic designers?
  19. Do you have a separate office space where you can shut the door at the end of the day and leave it closed until business hours start again?
  20. Do you have set business hours where no emails and no phone calls occur after hours?
  21. Is your office space organized and systemized so that anyone could come in and take over where you left off?
  22. Do you keep proper books and track all of your business receipts? Or is everything stuffed in a shoe box or file folder until tax time?
  23. Are you aware of all the tax write-offs that you’re entitled to and use them to the fullest?
  24. Do you have a dedicated business bank account?
  25. Does ALL of your business income go into this business account and you pay yourself on a regular basis?
  26. Do you work all year round with vacation breaks or do you take whole summers off and tell yourself you’ll get busy working again in the Fall?
  27. Do you diligently work at your to-do list of items that will help achieve your goals or are you telling yourself you’ll kick things into gear after… (fill in the blank)?
  28. Are you truly happy and passionate about doing what you do?
  29. Is your business fulfilling your life’s purpose or are you just going through the motions of trying to make some money?

The questions above do not cover everything when considering what is involved in running a business, by no means, but I hope they got you thinking enough to help you determine whether you are running your business like a hobby or are you seriously running your business to earn a healthy living.

I encourage you to take an honest look at what you are doing and decide today on what your future holds for you – nothing will happen until you make that decision!

Work Less and Travel More

For any number of reasons people, and perhaps yourself, believe international travel is expensive. This is a common misconception. Never forget, travel can be as cheap or as expensive as you want to make it. The cheaper you make it the longer you can stay away. Cheap doesn’t have to mean nasty and constantly skimping on things, another misconception.

Pause for a moment and conjure up images in your mind of where in the world would you rather be right now. Then think to yourself what is stopping you from going there. At this point most people will say money, money is stopping me, not having enough, bills to pay, etc. What is really stopping you is you. Your decisions or your excuses.

Excuses are the primary reason none of us achieve what we are capable of.

Sure you can’t just up and go right now because of money, bills and commitments you may have but if you start planning now, re adjusting your priorities, habits, spending now and make a commitment to yourself, your dreams can and will become reality. Just set a date say twelve months from now and draw up a simple plan that will guide you financially and that will help you to remain focused upon your goal. Planning and sticking to the plan is the key. So many people don’t do this, then they wonder why or make excuses as why they failed. Without sticking to a plan you will lose your way, your focus will slip as will your savings and your dream to travel will remain exactly that.

The following is a quick outline of some travel tips on how you may structure your plan.

Take control of your spending – Sounds obvious enough, but how? Work out exactly how much you spend on everything, rent, bills, food, insurances etc. Hopefully it is less than you earn for the remainder you must put aside for your trip.

Now that you know where all your money is going (sometimes this can be a shock) it’s time to see where you can make some spending adjustments that won’t impact too much on your life style. In other words stop buying crap you don’t really need to get by like new cloths, DVDs, computer games, TV’s or whatever. Remember the more you save now, the more you will have for travelling which means you can stay away longer or live it up more when on the road.

You must make your upcoming travels your priority. Until you do, you won’t save enough, you won’t make the necessary adjustments to your spending, and you won’t make it to the airport. Make it a priority, because like I said your travels will open your eyes and change your life.

Set a date and stick to it – Again obvious enough but many people make their goals a moving target then wonder why they don’t reach them. Fix a date that will be appropriate to your financial situation and then stick to it. Write it down and stick it on your fridge or something. This way you see it every day and in turn helps to keep you motivated and focused.

Don’t leave it to the last minute to book your flight. The longer you leave it the more expensive it will get. If you can, book at least six to eight months out from your set date of departure.

Make a list of things you must do before departure – By this I mean financial cut backs you can make, bills that will need to be paid up and maybe even closed depending on how long you intend to travel. Mail redirects, notify bank of your travel plans, copy your travel documents etc (these things are covered later)

Make a list of things to buy/pack – Obvious this one I know though a good packing list will prevent you from loading yourself up with stuff you don’t need or maybe only use once. The lighter you travel the easier it will be. Revise this packing list so as you can cut back to the bare essentials. Think of the part of the world you are visiting and then pack accordingly. Common sense should tell you what to pack and what not to.

Begin planning your trip – Write out a list of places/countries you must see, must do experiences and how much time roughly to spend at each. A short term traveller will likely plan out the entire trip to the day and pre book. A long term backpacker will not need to be so exact with their travel plans as time is not such an issue and their travels will generally evolve as they go.

Stay focused – Read up about your destination. Not only does this give you some vital information it will also help keep you focused and excited about your upcoming adventure and do not leave buying all your travel gear till the last minute. Not only could you forget something, though you should not if you made a list, actually seeing your new travel gear building up gets you pumped up for hitting the road, which in turn helps keep you focused and on target.

The hardest part is often making the decision to jet off on a long overseas adventure, the second hardest part is keeping your resolve, sticking to the plan, being strict on yourself with your spending, doing the extra overtime (if available) for the extra holiday money and possibly as it was for me, throwing in a well paid job that I actually did not mind doing. But guess what… it was worth it. That seven months of travel changed my life and to top it off within a week of my return home to Australia I got my old job back and so I started saving all over again.

Most decisions have their risks attached to them. They seem daunting to begin with and they feed your doubts, though never let the concerns of money stop you from either going or worry about not having much, if any cash left after when you get back for it is your travels that lay before you, here and now that matter and who knows what opportunities await you both on your travels and beyond all thanks to taking a risk and embarking on an awesome holiday.

Remember, the biggest risk in life is not taking a risk.

The following would have to be one of my favourite travel related quotes:

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Confucius

I look forward to sharing more travel tips with you in future articles

In my eBook: Work Less and Travel More – The Best Backpacker and Travel Tips Handbook, you will find the core concerns of the independent globe trekker are covered.

As an experienced backpacker I can put your mind at ease and provide you with the necessary clear and concise insight and knowledge that will not only make your dreams of international holidays become a reality, but will also guide and prepare you for what life on the road has waiting for you.