Is your Home Business ready for the Holiday season?(read these 5 tips)

 

Black Friday sales, Holiday season
Home Business Holiday Season

The holiday season has started out already from Black Friday sales set to hit this week to Cyber Monday, Christmas sales, Small business Saturday to end of the year outright sales etc, actually I will say this my post is a bit late but between lining up  other posts, this kind of slipped my mind but better late than never.

If you have been a constant reader of my Blog you will know by now that I am that woman that believes in encouraging stay at home moms and any other person that is interested to start a Home business that supports their lifestyle. This is because I believe that what one does for a living should allow you to enjoy life as well and not just squeeze in your own lifestyle into it.

The Holiday season has already begun and of course, some early birds already have their gifts all wrapped and set to go.

If you are a Home Business owner no matter what is it you sell, this is a season when you will be selling more so why not be strategic about making the most of this season.

To enable you to do just that, I have some 5 tips you could make use on to ensure a successful Holiday season business delivery

1 Check your Sales Data from the last Holiday Season

This data will give you an idea of what worked last year and what did not work, that way you can learn what to tweak in other to get moving for the Holiday season.Y

-Your ability to pull this data out and have a thorough look will also reveal to you what marketing channels were the best in pulling over your customers and getting them to buy.

-If you just started your Home business this year as a result of reading my Blog then this is obviously your first sales season, I will advise that you look out your last 90 days of sales and know what has worked for you and what has not worked that way you can identify your top sellers and stock up on that product.

-You can also use that information you have gotten to plan your marketing campaigns, what are the advertising channels that have given you more sales than others? what can you do to increase your sales via those channels?. Remember that the season flies by fast so this is not the time to be trying out new sales strategy but the time to use proven marketing and sales strategy to get your customers.

2 Prepare your Marketing and sales strategies:

In this season, there will be a lot of people willing to buy products because it is the season for gift giving but this does not mean that you should not plan to target your ideal customers in your marketing campaigns.

-Set up your marketing campaigns to hit the sweet spot for your consumers, offer deals and discounts that will enable people who will not ordinarily buy from you to capitulate and buy from you.

-Your marketing strategies should be geared towards ensuring that your most converting audience: be it on Instagram, Facebook or via emails will be targeted and given the opportunity to buy from you.

3 Season proof your website:

-Your Website is your Mobile shop front, so you have to ensure that you are ready to sell at any point in time that your customers find you.

-Ensure that your sales cart is working well, test it out to be sure that there are no hitches in purchasing your products to avoid a high rate of abandoned carts.

-Ensure that you have a good customer service line or email available to attend to customer requests and issues and ensure speedy resolution of issues that may arise from purchasing your products. This will create repeat purchase from new customers and make them loyal to you.

-Advertise your coupons or discounts codes clearly for anyone that is on your site so they can know that there is a discount or sales period currently ongoing  in your shop or business. In fact, do everything possible to ensure that anyone who visits your site is aware of what possible deals are on currently ongoing.

-Ensure that your site is Mobile friendly, Most people will access your website via their mobile phones ,so ensure that your site is tested ahead for mobile friendliness, you can check it out right now here. If there are issues, fix it and get ready.

-Check with your payment platforms to ensure that you have a sizeable limit that will accommodate your sales period, this is to avoid shut down of your account during the sales period.

-Protect your Site from Hacking and other security-related issues. Take correct security measures like installing an SSL certificate for your site if you haven’t already, putting in security plugins like Loginizer and wordfence. Ensure that your site is security proof to avoid theft of credit card details from your site.

4 Stock up on inventory

This will only apply to you if you are selling tangible products only if you are selling digital products you only need to create them once and set them on automation and you are good to go. However, if you are selling physical products which need to be made then you have to take it into consideration while preparing your store for the holiday season. Your diligent preparation will ensure that you do not run out of inventory during the holiday season.

If drop shipping is your method for your home based business, then you have to contact your suppliers or vendors to ensure that they have a good stock of products that will fulfill all your orders during the holiday season. I believe that proper communication will ensure a seamless build-up and delivery of products and services without hitches.

-It’s also important to clearly set out your delivery days and how long it will take for your products to arrive at your customer’s doorstep, this will ensure that you have fewer refunds and returns and also reduce the loss of customers.

5 Market Like a Pro:

Prepare yourself for the very big sales days e.g Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas sales and small business Saturday. These are days that a lot of people are offering huge discounts to attract customers, ensure that your products you have on sale have these price markdowns visible where your customers are can see it so they know what is available. Trust me nothing makes shopping for Christmas or any occasion for that matter better like 20% off the original price. It often makes one feel like you are getting a good deal.

To ensure that you drive this season to the get the last bit of sales, set a target for yourselves in this season and aim to beat it.

With these preparatory tips in your kitty and your commitment to apply it, your sales season should be a breeze.

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5 things I am Thankful for in 2017 + Free Thanksgiving Printables

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of remembering to be thankful to God for all that he has done for us. Even though we are admonished to always be thankful in the Bible, I will like to say that I am grateful that there is a special day set aside to be really thankful for all that we have.

You see in this world where people tend to always be looking for the next great thing, we seem to forget where we were before and how God has changed our lives. As soon as we have what we once dreamed of we become dissatisfied again and we are looking for the next big thing.

I think America is the greatest nation on earth, I know there will people who will read this and be like what? my country is great too. That’s okay but the reason I said this is because they have a dedicated Holiday just to be thankful and  I think it’s a wonderful thing.

My first time of celebrating Thanksgiving in America was about 3 years ago when my son came back from school and handed me a handmade card which was his own thanksgiving gift to me, I was so overwhelmed with joy. I snapped it and kept it, take a look:

I said this to indicate that Thanksgiving brings memories of Joy, togetherness love, brotherhood, family and general good will. I know there will be a lot of eating going on, lol I also prepared for that in this post but I am thankful that we have the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving day.

Here are 5 things I am Thankful for in 2017

The Gift of Life:

First, all I am Thankful that I am alive today were it to be according to the devil’s plan I would have been dead a long time ago. God who kept me has fulfilled his promises to me. I am thankful that I am living a life that God has called me to.

Without life you can’t begin to talk about achievements so it is life itself that makes everything worth it, while my life may not be perfect in itself, I am slowly moving to where I have been destined to be. God has surrounded me with a life that has opportunities and I intend to make use of every of that opportunity as I live my life.

I love the Thanksgiving month of November a lot because some of my greatest love moments happened in November. I was born in November, my little daughter was born in November and you know what I got married in November so you can see why I call it my love month.

The Gift of Family:

I am thankful for the gift of Family, what could one do without Family, God sure knows what he did when he made Families, difficult as they can be sometimes, they are also our first port of call when we need help. They are our prayer partners, mummy helpers, kids babysitter. Everything but the ordinary like they say in Bonanza. I am also grateful for my Hubby and the kids who make my world worth it.

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A Healthy Body and Mind:

Its one thing to be alive, it’s another to be healthy. The only time I was in the hospital this year was when I had my little son. God has kept me healthy, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit the doctor for any illness. My little ones were barely ill this year, just some stomach bug they got in early February and a little cough and that was it. I am thankful I wasn’t held up on admission in the hospital nor any of my Family held up in the Hospital for any reason. The Bible says with food and raiment lets us be content so I am really grateful for all that free gift of good health.

My Blog:

This year I bit the bullet and started a Blog, a decision I made when I decided that I wanted to earn from anywhere I am in the world, I dived into the world of online business this year.

I am grateful for the journey I have had in starting this blog and for the different skills I have learned while pioneering it, this Blog has given me a voice to champion what is dear to my heart.

That any mom who wants to stay home and raise their kids do not have to struggle with a 9-5 if they don’t want to, I can’t say I have made an income from this blog, hence you have never seen an income report Lol, but I am thankful that I am impacting people and helping them make decisions that will better their lives.

My Spiritual Life:

In this year I have seen the Hand of God in my life in various ways, God has taught me his word in various ways and helped me to work more closely with him. If you are a constant reader of my posts you will notice that I have Christian posts as part of my Blog, while some may say it doesn’t belong here, but for me, that’s what makes it all worth it. That I can take my small Blog and use it to preach the word of God and glorify his name that makes it the best thing that happened to me this year.

In my walk with God this year, I have learned and I have grown, I have also made some mistakes too but in all, I give God the glory, it’s his will that is being perfectly worked out in my life just like Rom 8: 28 says.

I end this piece with a scriptural inspiration on giving thanks:

Psalm 28: 7: The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

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Do you have anything you are thankful for in 2017? leave a comment below.

10 best sites where you can find work at home Job options.

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Work at Home Job

In my quest to support moms who would like to stay at home to take care of their kids, I have often encouraged moms to start a home business that suits their lifestyle. While that is my main passion, I cannot say that I am not aware that there will be moms who do not and would not want to start a home business.

Not everyone has the strength to pursue and invest their energies in starting and running a home business in addition to taking care of their kids, hence there will always be those who may just want to get a work at home Job

In today’s post, I will be listing some reputable sites who offer work at home job options. I do know that some sites are prone to scams, it’s the duty of anyone reading my post to take time to research your options before acting on them.

Some of these sites provide other types of full-time jobs in addition to remote job options while some are solely remote job sites or work at home Job sites

I hope you do find what suits you by going through this list, let’s get to it

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1 Working Nomads

Working Nomads is predominantly a Job site that curates job openings that have work at home job options, they make it easy for you to apply because all you have to do is register on their site and you get to choose the different categories where you had like to work in.

Once you do that, you can then choose how often you can receive the emails for Job openings from them.  Enter your email address and you are registered, you have to confirm your email address though before you can start applying, registration is free.

Currently, the following companies are recruiting on the platform: VIPKID, Telereach corporate, Booz Allen and co, Tele Tech Just to mention but a few. These companies were listed amongst the top 100 companies that offer work at home Jobs. So I know it’s not a scam.

2 FlexJobs:

Flexjobs is an online Job curating platform that offers an opportunity to those looking for part time jobs, freelance jobs, telecommuting jobs and work at home job options. They are amongst the highly rated Job platforms because they take the time to scan the employers to be sure they are no scams.

Flexjobs is fitting for anyone who wants flexibility in their job schedules and also would love to work from home or telecommute. They cater to people from different levels of career from low-level jobs to professional career jobs. In accessing their job sites they promise, professionalism, the legitimacy of job offers and flexible work options, that’s why they are called flexjobs right?

Flexjobs is also named amongst the top ten sites that provide work at home job options. To access the site you have to pay a fee, their fees range from 14.95/month to 49.95/ year. The good thing is if you are not satisfied you can ask for a refund.

Flexjobs caters for parents who need flexible jobs due to child care, to retirees who want to work on their own schedules, and also spouses of military personnel who have to move at any time, people looking for second work options to supplement their income. Stay at home moms who want to utilize their skills in other ways. Click here to see current listings.

3 Skipthedrive

Skipthedrive is an online Job portal that lists work at home job options, they do not require registration of any sort and they do not also collect any fees from their users. They offer a ton of resources for work at home jobs and also makes it easy for you to begin your search. They also offer Job application tracking.

Amongst the Top companies that hire them are Amazon, Aetna, Apple, Google, Xerox, American Express.The platform is categorized into different career groups for ease of search and use. Click here to learn more

4 Virtualvocations:

Virtualvocations is also an online job curation platform that offers telecommuting job options or Work at home Job options, They tout to have hand screened all their offers to ensure that you get a real work at home job without scams. Registration is free but they also have a paid option if that’s what you seek.

Top companies using them include VIP desk, Red visions, Appen, Lionbridge, Linode. Click here for currently open positions.

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5 Outsourcely:

This is an online job platform that offers remote and Work at home Job options to people around the world. Registration for those seeking for jobs is free. It’s a platform that gives the opportunity to start up companies to find great talent around the world for free.

They feature about 180+ countries. If you are looking to use their platform all you need to do is to sign up and create your profile on the platform and wait to be discovered or you can apply to actively open positions and set up an interview with the companies. Once hired, you get paid and you keep  100% of your pay, you don’t pay any commissions for the job you get.

They provide interactive communication features between the remote workers and the companies they use via instant chat messages, live video interviewing platform, direct emails,  and voice messaging.

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6 Indeed.com

Indeed.com is an online Job site just like the above-mentioned ones, the only difference is that it’s not solely dedicated to Work at home Jobs. It has a section that is dedicated to that aspect though, you will have to type in the keyword work at home for you to find what suits you.

7 Glassdoor

Glassdoor is an online Job portal where people can search for jobs, however, it is not dedicated to work at home Job options or remote Jobs alone. If you desire Work at home Jobs, you will have to diligently search for it. The good thing about the site is that you have a ton of resources to help you make a decision; from salary ranges for your job type to resources concerning what is the average that your state pays for that job, that way you are better able to make an informed decision while negotiating our pay.

Through their company review system, you can see which companies are the best and which one is not doing so well. A good thing to note before you accept an offer.You need to register with the site to be able to use their site. They have tons of info that will make your search worth it.

8 Remotive:

Remotive is an online platform dedicated to connecting companies to Talents who want work at home Job options or work remotely, it offers a variety of options in the job search. In checking out their various available jobs I found that it indicates if the Jobs being offered are for the US only or otherwise. That way people who are international searchers will refrain from applying. You may need to register with the site so as to get good job leads every week.

9 Remote Ok:

Remote Ok operated much like remotive, they feature lots of opportunities that are solely dedicated to those who want to work from home or remotely. They are able to categorize their jobs into different industries to make it easier for you to apply.

10 we work remotely:

This also an online Job site that charges the employers who will like to list their jobs so as to keep it free for people looking for jobs. They post jobs that are not restricted to a specific location so as to make it easy for employees to apply. Majority of their Jobs are Tech jobs just a fees are nontech so keep that in mind while applying.

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Do you have more ideas about work at home Jobs? leave a comment below.

How to Build your Empire like Gurbaksh Chahal

 

Gurbaksh Chahal

Today I will be featuring an inspiring post about how one man(Gurbaksh Chahal) started a business from barely anything and built an empire out of it. While this site may be predominantly a mom blog, I do not forget the fact that there may be readers who do not fall into this main category but who for various reasons may want to start a home business.
To everyone who reads this post I say, if he can do it, so can you

 

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Every telling of Chahal’s story begins the same way: Chahal was born in India but moved to the slums of San Jose with his family when he was one month shy of four.

A Sikh, Chahal wore a turban growing up and was bullied in school as a result. At one point, he claims, kids threatened him with a knife on the playground.

While his parents struggled to make ends meet, Chahal didn’t care about school and found his own way to do business. He was turned away from a McDonald’s job. He started buying and reselling printers on eBay.

Then, at 16, Chahal decided to start his own business. DoubleClick was “the big Kahuna” of internet businesses, Chahal says in his memoir, but he knew he could build a different business that tracked the number of clicks on an ad. He contracted with a programmer in London to build an ad-clicking program for him. To help get the gig, he created a fictitious name, Gary Singh, and said he was much older, according to his memoir.

Twenty-one months after he started Click Agents, ValueClick bought the startup in an all-stock deal valued at nearly $40 million.

The 18-year-old bought a Lexus and paid off his parents’ mortgage. His rags-to-riches story had happened in a blink of an eye.

In 2003, after Donald Trump rejected his application for “The Apprentice,” Chahal returned to the ad-tech business. The 21-year-old cofounded internet-advertising company Blue Lithium with Krishna Subramanian.

Chahal, meanwhile, used the success to explore other areas. MySpace was hot back in 2007, and Chahal wanted to launch his own social network called MingleNow, designed for club-goers and party people. Even this had Chahal’s Midas touch. MingleNow landed a partnership deal with Anheuser-Busch.

Within three years, Yahoo bought BlueLithium for $300 million. Chahal’s personal stake was valued at around $100 million. MingleNow shut down after the acquisition, but Chahal was just getting started.

That year was pivotal. He landed a book deal to detail “The Dream” — his story from a starting a company in his bedroom to selling his second company to Yahoo for $300 million.

In October, Chahal appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show — “He’s single!” she kept gushing twice — addressing the bullies of his past and the opulence of his present. They had a detailed conversation about his Lamborghini doors, only to swivel back to the subject of him crying when he got home from school.

Weeks later, Chahal was featured on Fox’s “Secret Millionaire.” The multimillionaire lived in a hotel in the Tenderloin neighborhood for a week, volunteering for neighborhood charities, including a battered-women’s shelter. By the end, he had donated more than $100,000 to charity.

He was also written up in Men’s Health as No. 7 on the list of the world’s fittest and richest men — one of the other techies on the list was PayPal co-founder Max Levchin — followed by an appearance on “Extra” as one of the most eligible bachelors. In his memoir, Chahal reveals the one show he promised not to do was “Dancing With the Stars.”

That didn’t stop Chahal from seeking attention everywhere else. Chahal appeared on talk show after talk show, expounding on the world economic situation while talking about his fortune.

“What is the American Dream? That you can come from nothing and make something of yourself not once, not twice but three times, only to have all of it come crashing down from misinformation, that is spun wildly out of control into the world of make-believe and then goes viral into the blogosphere. We need to hold on to the American Dream, and reject those who would rather make it a nightmare,” he added.

Today, Gurbaksh Chahal’s story is one to keep an eye on. His rising fame, ability to build something out of nothing and keeping his empire alive is what many strive for in this day and age. He continues to inspire, uphold and take pride in his work both on and off social media. So what is your dream for you and your business? Do you hold the American dream for you and your family? How can you bring your business to life? leave your comments below

10 Online Marketplace where you can sell(with high shopping traffic)

Online marketplace to sell your goods
10 online Marketplace where you can sell your products

If you are a follower of my blog you will know by now that I am someone who is passionate about starting home businesses from the comfort of your home. In my older posts, I have explored different ways you can give expression to the Idea of starting a home business. You can check my post on Drop-shipping if you are interested in reading more or my post on how to start an Etsy shop.

While I have always recommended starting a shop, nothing beats the flexibility of online marketplace. It gives you the opportunity to stay at home and showcase and sell your products to the whole world. I have delved into the individual online marketplace like Bonanza and Etsy but today I am going to be exploring the 10 different online marketplace you can sell on in other to have a thriving and successful home business.

I know that many people know the online marketplace giants  like Amazon, Ebay and Etsy  I will leave it and go to the less known but also popular and unique online market places this will make it easy for you to make a decision as to which one you would like to start with. As you read through, you will be able to make a decision based on the online marketplace you like most.

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1 Rubylane

Rubylane is an online marketplace where you can sell Vintage, Handmade , Antique, Artisan or Upcylced items. They feature different categories like Jewelry,Dolls, Fine art,Furniture and lighting, Glass decors,Porcelain and Pottery, Vintage fashion. Etc.

If you are someone who loves to hunt for vintage and antiques that you will like to resell, then this may be the ideal place to open your online store and sell such items. When you open the online marketplace you will notice that their items are quite pricey, of course it denotes the quality of what they have to offer so you can judge how to position your shop. It costs about a 100 dollar for the first time set up fee, they also charge various fees for the different categories of items. Click here for further details.

The good thing about this online marketplace is that they enforce MAP(minimum advertised price), this means there is a threshold to which you can price your products, this prevents unnecessary price wars and helps ensure that every one has a good price fro their products.

2 Wanelo 

Wanelo is like your  average shopping mall,you know the Macy’s of this world, only that it is online. It is an online marketplace where people can apply to sell their goods, it features basically fashion items and has about 350,000 stores on it.

The good thing about Wanelo is that you have independent sellers and also Fashion brands who open stores on their platform. Wanelo was opened in 2012 and has listed about 30 million products. Millions of shoppers use Wanelo as their place to shop for items they love without having to set foot in a brick and mortar shopping mall. They can shop from their different brands and combine all into one shopping cart. Kind of like your regular Polyvore without having to visit each shop independently.

You can apply to sell on Wanelo by installing their sales channel, this costs you nothing. Your shop is then sent in for approval, once approved you can begin to upload pictures  of products you wish to sell. The Wanelo systems charges you 15% commission for every order fulfilled and will also help you sync your products from your shopify store in case you already have one before you went to sell on their online marketplace.

3 Zibbet

Zibbet is an online marketplace that features basically handmade items, it is like an alternative to Etsy if that suits you. They have different categories like Jewelry, vintage items, soft furnishings, supplies, home and living, kids, photography, Fine art. Zibbet online market place is unique for the following reasons

-zero listing and sales fees

-standalone shop front

-Easy set  up and seamless integration

-Offer promotional tools and also have effortless and seamless order fulfillment options

-They offer advanced tracking analytic and can also import your Etsy listed items

-You can have your own custom domain name and they also offer multi currency support.

If you are a stay at home mom who love handmade and crafted goods, you may consider this as an answer to your prayer of getting your goods out there for others to buy. They offer you the easiest way out with listing of unlimited items for no fees. Its something one should consider. It’s a good alternative to Etsy if you feel that Etsy is so big that your items will not be noticed if posted there.

Zibbet has about 54,000 online stores currently on its online marketplace.

4 Sears.com:

I know when you think of sears you are seeing a brick and mortar shopping mall, scratch that  sears is online and is currently offering individuals who want to sell an online marketplace where they could sell their products just like Amazon does. It also offers fulfilled by sears, just like you have Amazon currently doing.

All you have to do is sign up in their online marketplace and you are good to go. Sears takes its payment after you have made a sale. You can read up on this on their page, if it interests you.

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5 Artfire

Artfire is an online marketplace where crafters and sellers of handmade goods can showcase and sell their goods just like you would on Etsy. It features different categories of items like Jewelry, kids, wedding, home and living , clothing and accessories and also entertainment. It’s a great alternative if you seek to showcase your goods on a smaller platform where you feel your goods will gain more buyer attention. One of the good thing about this platform is that it has no listing or selling fees, it also features a well developed online community forums, because people who visit Artfire are looking for specialty items, they are more likely to buy from the shops on the platform.

6 Flipkart:

Flipkart is an online marketplace that is founded by Indians and available for all to sell on. Gist has it that the founder was refused an immigrant visa in the US after schooling there hence he went back to his home country and founded Flipkart. It’s a billion dollar  eCommerce giant much like Aliexpress and Amazon. It helps people who want to showcase and sell their products especially to emerging markets like India to do so.

7 Jet.com

Jet.com is a new online marketplace as compared to others that are listed above but it is making waves especially since Walmart said it will acquire it. So if you want to tap into a market place that will have the backing of Walmart retail giant, then now is the time to open your online store on jet.com.

It features different categories like Grocery, appliances, home decor, furniture and lots of other features which you can find on their online marketplace. Just picture your average Walmart store and you won’t be far from the truth.

You can start your online shop on this platform by applying and once your application is approved you will be allowed to set up your retail portal on their platform.

Benefits of this platform is that its that they help you manage your competitiveness and profitability via their search engine optimization.

 

8 Toucandeal.com:

This is an online market place which is a bit new but has the opportunity to list your items for free and pay a commission after you make a sale. The commission is usually about 10% of your total sale.

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9 Triple clicks.com :

Tripleclicks.com is an online marketplace that operates much like ebay because you can sell there, and also bid for items if you are a buyer. The fun part is that you can also play games and win prices on the platform. The listing fee is free and you can sell  unlimited number of items

10 Offeritem.com:

This is an online marketplace where you can sell things for free, there is no listing fee and they have the advantage of featuring your items on Bing shopping, Google shopping , Thefind and Shopwiki. Your products also gain exposure through their RSS feed and other social media button options that they provide to make sure that millions of shoppers find your products.

Do you have an idea of any other Online Marketplace where you can sell, please leave a comment below