Shopify’s Buy Button

Did you know you can use Shopify’s Buy Button to allow visitors to your WordPress blogs, Squarespace, Wix and Tumblr pages to purchase your products directly from that page?
It is in your sales channels and the button and appearance is somewhat customizable. Shopify is an e commerce solution that is simple to customize and have a web store up and running in no time. If you are familliar with wordpress, you can handle putting together a Shopify store.

I have created a buy now button for a pair of Charles and Coulvard Moissanite stud earrings available on my website flynnjewelry.com. See Below:

 

You can add one of these buttons to one of your pages or blogs by accessing the “sales channels” in your Shopify store. If you have not activated this feature yet you will need to do so. There are a host of other sales channels that you may find useful such as Twitter and facebook depending on where your target audience likes to hang out. Have you used Shopify’s Buy Button for your store? Do you have suggestions for other places it works well?

Thanks for reading, if you have other Shopify advice that others can use to help make their store a success, please leave a comment in the comment section below. Keith

Image of the Shopify logo

Shopify’s Buy Button is a great tool on sites that you manage other than your main e-commerce site.

Valentines Day Engagement Ring Special

I wanted to post about the Valentines Day Engagement Ring specials I am having this year. I will be posting engagement rings on my site www.flynnjewelry.com and they will have special prices from now until a few days before Valentines Day. Click on the Valentines Day 2017 page of my website to see a selection of Valentines Day themed jewelry available. Want something that you don’t see on the site? No problem, get in touch with me and I will do my best to get it.

Please understand that most of the rings offered are considered custom orders, this means that they are made after you place your order. If you don’t see a style of ring that you are looking for on flynnjerelry.com, you can contact me and we can get you what you are looking for.

Valentines Day is traditionally one of the most popular times of the year to get engaged, so if you are thinking about it, I am here to help you with the ring and wedding bands.

Valentines Day Engagement Ring  special at Flynn Jewelry

Valentines Day Engagement Ring special at flynnjewelry.com

Click this sentence lsee the first engagement ring that is included in the special. This is a traditional Tiffany style solitaire mounting that is classic yet, stylish. The gold colors available are white , yellow and rose. This stunning soliataire  will come mounted with a half carat* diamond with the specifications below:
Cut: Full
Color:I-J
Clarity: SI1

I can’t wait to hear form you and help you decide on how you are going to show her you love her forever.

Not in the market for an engagement ring? No problem, I will be glad to help you with any other jewelry needs you may have as well.

Thanks for reading,
Keith

 

(* diamonds are natural and the carat weight may vary slightly, between .47 and .57ctw)

Blog Posts at Flynn Jewelry

Here is another blog post I posted on my business site www.flynnjewelry.com.  I am trying to keep the posts short, to the point and helpful. I am looking through the questions that I most often get from customers and answering them in my blog and will soon use other media platforms to help others answer their questions pertaining to gems and jewelry.

If you are looking for a special piece of jewelry, engagement ring, wedding bands or a gift, please let me know, I would love to meet you and help you acquire what you are looking for.

 

I am often asked by my customers what their birthstone is or what their family members birthstone is. Below, I have compiled a birthstone list of gems. Please let me know if I can help you find a special birthstone piece of jewelry for one of your family members. I would love to help you out and answer any questions you may have. Thanks, Keith

Have you seen our customizable and engrave-able family birthstone rings? The perfect gift. 

January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Alexandrite or Pearl
July – Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire
October – Opal or Tourmaline
November – Topaz or Citrine
December – Blue Topaz or Turquoise

Valentines Day 2017

This year Valentines Day is on Tuesday, February 14th 2017.

I know it feels like we just finished celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year,  but 2017 is in full swing.  With our busy schedules, Valentines day will be upon us before we know it.

 

Need Valentines Gift Jewelry Ideas, click here.

But don’t worry, you still have time to get that special custom engagement, family  or special ring that says I love you. Don’t know where to start? Worried that you don’t have time to shop around? That’s okay. My custom jeweler service does all the work for you. I work on your schedule and we communicate how you feel comfortable communicating (email, internet messenger, skype, facebook messenger).

I am here to save you time. I will get some information from you, provide you with some options and we will have conversations on your schedule to finalize the sale.

I want my business to be convenient, time saving and fun for my customers.

Please contact me with any questions,
Keith Flynn
850-889-0925

My First Experience with Uber Eats in Tampa

Uber Eats is the new home delivery food service from Uber, the ride sharing company some love and some love to hate.

I wanted to share my first experience with Uber Eats in Tampa with you.

It was last Thursday and I had a long day, I had no food in the house that could be ready quickly. I decided tonight may be a great night to try Uber Eats. I was on my laptop so I started searching the Uber Eats website and had a taste for chicken wings. I saw that Hooters USF location had the quickest time to delivery and I settled on several items.
After I signed up, I entered my order.

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UberEats logo

I ordered the Daytona style wings, Uber gave me a choice of sauces so I assumed my sauce choice would replace the bbq sauce on the wings which I was not feeling that night.
I then decided I would try their cole slaw, I love cole slaw and very few restaurants make one that I really enjoy, but I always try.
Then I decided I needed something else so I ordered some tater tots along with it.
Okay, all set I thought, then I clicked order.  A screen comes up asking me to enter the four digit verification code they were sending me via my phone. Okay, no problem. No code arrives. I click the option to resend the code. A code arrives, I enter it, it thinks, then says it cannot verify my phone. Ummm well I am on a laptop. After trying to enter several codes, apparently Uber Eats will only work on a device that has mobile network. I install the app on my phone, enter my information and have to place my order all over again and then verify the device. After finally verifying my phone and submitting my order, the app told me I could expect to have my food by 8:09pm about 40 minutes away, which was the time displayed on the restaurant.

The Uber Eats app has a cool little meter to keep you informed where your order is. It displays the order being transmitted, when the restaurant is preparing your order, when the order is on the way to the distribution center and when your food is arriving. All of these informative tidbits seemed accurate. When I received the message notifying me that the Uber driver was arriving  I walked to the front of the house in time to see the delivery driver pull up in the driveway.

The delivery driver was very nice, I handed him a tip and he seemed very appreciative. Out of curiosity I questioned him about how he enjoyed driving for UberEats and what he thought about it. He said if you drive steady, it is good part time income. He said he works a couple of hours on Saturday and Sunday each weekend and makes a couple of hundred dollars. The delivery driver was smiling, had a smile on his face, was very personable and his car was clean.

The food quality and correctness:
The food was delivered in a Hooters plastic bag. There were two Styrofoam containers, three napkins and a plastic silverware set in plastic with salt and pepper packets in it. So this was the typical packaging you could expect if you picked up a togo order from the restaurant. I was interested to see if UberEats kept food in packs to keep it warm like pizza delivery drivers, nope, they don’t. It appeared I was missing something since I ordered three items and there were two containers. I opened the first container and it solved the mystery, they had put my cole slaw in with the tater tots. The cole slaw was in it’s own container but it was warm since it was sitting on the tater tots for about 20 minutes. This was disappointing, the cole slaw was not good anyway but may have been tolerable if still cold. I opened up the wings and they had bbq sauce on them, not the hot sauce I ordered. They were pretty tasty but you could tell they were hanging out for a while. As far as the tater tots, you could tell they had been sitting in their own steam for a while but were surprisingly still crunchy, not overly salty and tasty.

Overall I think the food quality and correctness falls on Hooters and not UberEats. I would love to hear what you think. Tell me in the comments below.

Will I use UberEats again? Yes, I feel the service was timely and met my expectations. When I worked at restaurants and we had third party delivery services, their drivers would always check the order before leaving the restaurant. Maybe UberEats could institute this. I for one would rather get my food a little later and the quality be higher and the order correct.

Tell me what you think in the comments below and thanks for reading.

Where to Find the Best Hamburgers in Tampa Bay?

Where to Find the Best Burgers in Tampa Bay? Isn’t this the question every new Tampa Bay resident asks upon moving here?

In this post I am going to focus on where to find the best hamburgers in Tampa Bay. I have had some good burgers in the bay area and only a couple have stood out as above average. I will be revisiting these places and trying new ones in the quest to find the best hamburgers in Tampa Bay. I will be using some past postings from food critics and social media sources as reference but if I see or hear of a place that may have an extraordinary hamburger, I am gonna try it and document it for you.  So keep checking back and I will keep eating so you know where in your neighborhood you can find the best hamburgers in Tampa Bay.

The Mafioso Burger from Bacon Boss Food Truck Tampa Bay.

The Mafioso Burger

The Mafioso Burger from Bacon Boss Food Truck Tampa Bay.

The Mafioso Burger

 

Above is The Mafioso Burger from the Bacon Boss food truck with some of the crispiest tater tots in Tampa. The pink sauce is a sauce that is unique to The Bacon Boss truck for dipping fries and tots. The Bacon Boss menu describes this burger as a Frisco style burger infused with bacon and topped with American cheese, grilled onions and BBQ mayo. In my opinion, the burger is tasty and bacony with a sweet flair form the BBQ sauce. This burger is $9 and comes to about $12 in a combo form with tots or fries and a drink. Other notable items from this truck are the Lucky Luciano BBBLT (my go to), the Bugsy Burger if you are looking for a more traditional bacon burger and the Fat Tony Tater Tots covered in mac and cheese and of course, bacon.

Bacon Boss is a Tampa Bay area food truck that is very distinctive and is dedicated to Everyone’s first love,  BACON. I admit, I have a bacon problem and Bacon Boss is always a friendly supplier of my pork habit. You can find Bacon Boss online here baconbossfl.com . On their site you will find a menu, schedule of appearances and more information about the truck.

Gaspar’s Patio and Grille in Temple Terrace:
One evening when some friends were visiting from Seattle we were looking for somewhere to go for dinner. As I read off the list of various area restaurants we could not find one without an objection to at least one person in the group. When I called Gaspar’s the bar tender who answered the phone told us of the shrimp po-boy special they had that night and told us they are open until 3am . Gaspar’s also has a full bar and a good selection of local beers.

On this day, we had a dozen oysters, cheese sticks and I of course ordered the hamburger. The great thing is, on Sunday’s Gaspar’s has a $6.99 hamburger special that comes with fries. You can sub tots for .75 more. The waitstaff is friendly and I would put money on them having your favorite game on one of the numerous tv monitors, if not, just ask.
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Picture of Gaspar's Mainland Burger with Swiss Cheese

Gaspar’s Mainland Burger

Gaspars Mainland Burger With Tots

Gaspars Mainland Burger

But I want to get to the meat of our this post, the hamburger. As I bit into the burger, there was a crispness to the patty and a flavor to the meat that brought back memories of hamburgers past. This was the taste and texture of the family vacation burger that you have at an unknown stop on the road that you will compare other burgers to. The meat was tasty and cooked to order as medium. The burger is served “All The Way”with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles mustard and mayo. You also have your choice of American, Swiss, Jack or Gouda cheese. If you just order the burger, and don’t specify the cheese, it will come with American. I suggest the American cheese, it goes well with the burger.

I thought, I was enjoying this burger so much because I was with good friends and we were having such a good time. That was not the case, we had a great time however; I had to go back and try the burger knowing it would not be as good. I was wrong, it was just as good, and it continues to be as good each time I go back.

Remember, check back here often or follow me on twitter @keithdflynn to know when I update the site and this list of deliciosness.

Do you know where to find the best hamburgers in Tampa Bay? Where is your favorite burger in the Tampa Bay area? I want to hear about it in the comments section below. Point me to a great burger and I will let everyone know right here.

Thanks,

Keith

 

Be Obsessed or Be Average

Be Obsessed or Be Average: by Grant Cardone #BOBA

Be Obsessed or Be Average illustrates how Grant is one of those people who is obsessed with his success, his employees success, his customers success and the success of anyone who knows of him. Be Obsessed or Be Average in my opinion, is one of his crowned jewels. It is right up there with The 10X Rule. It gives you permission to be obsessed with your life mission, your family, your community or whatever the important  success points of your life are. The ones you want to make successful. In today’s society, being obsessed is often viewed as a bod thing. Grant flips that theory upside down and shows the reader how incorrect that theory is. You just need to be obsessed with the right things, most people today are obsessed with the wrong things in life.

Photo of Grant Cardone. Author of Be Obsessed or Be Average.

Grant Cardone

What Obsession is right for you?
Are you wanting to be successful in your career? With your family? With your kids? With being happy? Why not every aspect mentioned above and more? If you decide to be obsessed and make yourself successful in these area’s this book will serve as a guideline on how to do it.

If you have never read a book by or you are unfamiliar with Grant Cardone, you are in for a roller coaster ride for sure. I would suggest getting the audio book, I use Audible. In his audio books, Grant reads them himself and tends to go off in a diatribe sometimes which is both entertaining and sometimes some of his best content. Grant reads with the energy that conveys to his listener that he is obsessed with you getting all you can out of Be Obsessed or Be Average.

Again, if you don’t know about Grant and are the politically correct touch feely type. this book could possibly trigger you and make you run for your university’s safe place.  You will hear what we as Americans do not hear enough of. An unapologetic push for Capitalism and a need to get rid of those employees not constantly performing at the top of their game or bringing opportunities to the organization. Grant does use himself as a example throughout the book, the book afterall is illustrating how Grant created his 10X Superlife by being obsessed. You will look at the information in Be Obsessed or Be Average as a true game plan.

I would love to hear about what you thought about this book. Please leave a comment in the comment section. Or, tell me what you think about it on twitter.

 

Thanks for reading,
Keith

 

Stockpile Stocks Easy, Cheap and on Your Budget!

Screenshot of the Stockpile.com home page.

Stockpile Homepage

Stockpile has created what I believe to be the easiest way to Stockpile Stocks Easy, Cheap and on Your Budget for yourself and for gifts!

So you want to get in the stock market and secure your financial future but all the great stocks like Amazon, Alphabet (formerly Google),  Tesla, Space X, facebook and Apple are Way Too Expensive?

You would like to teach your kids about investing using the stocks of high profile companies they are interested in but a share of stock is over several hundred dollars and out of reach for an investment lesson?

Not anymore! There is now a way for you to invest within your budget no matter how small and a simple way for you to purchase stocks for your children, Grandchildren, nieces and nephews. It’s called Stockpile. And you can literally invest any amount you want by purchasing fractions of stocks. So, if you want to put $25 into a share of Amazon, you can. If you want to break down that $25 into several stocks, you can! You figure out what you would like to buy and then go for it.

How much does it cost? Would you believe only .99 per trade? Yes only .99 to buy or sell your stock. No monthly fees and no account minimums. Stockpile is by far the most convenient and most affordable way to purchase stocks through self directed investing that I have come across.

The sign up process is easy and takes only a couple of minutes and you do not have to have an account to buy a stock gift card for a gift. If you plan to trade stocks on the Stockpile platform you will need to link a bank account for easy purchase and receipt of funds after you sell shares when you decide to do so.

Imagine getting the children in your life interested in trading stocks at a young age. Maybe some of them will turn out to be the next Warren Buffett.

Let’s look a little further into how buying fractional shares of a stock work. I am writing this on April 19th 2016. as of the close of the stock market a share of Amazon stock closed at $627.90. Now, if you had $50 to invest earlier today and you want to buy part of an Amazon  share. After you set up your account on Stockpile and have funded your account with at least $51.00 you can then choose to buy $50 worth of Amazon and the trade will cost you .99. Your stock price will be the price at the close of the day when you place your order so, your price in this example would have been $627.90. With your $50 investment would yield you 7.9% of one share of Amazon stock. It may not make you a stock tycoon just yet, but you are now on your way.

If you combine these small purchases with the investment strategy known as dollar cost averaging, over time you could have several shares of stock in high profile hot companies. Dollar cost averaging is simply investing the same amount of money in a market over a period of time on a steady basis. An example would be investing $25 per month in Apple over the course of several years. The reason for Dollar Cost Averaging is two fold. One, it is investing with your monthly budget in this example and two, it will even out the risks from stock highs and lows as you invest. Some months you may get a smaller fraction of a share and other months you may get more with your $25 investment. It all depends on the price of the stock when your order is completed.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how you think Stockpile will do in the e-commerce marketplace of trading platforms. Do you think Stockpile will allow for you to Stockpile Stocks Easy, and on Your Budget? Please leave a comment below.

Thanks for visiting,
Keith

Disabled Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

A disabled business owners in a wheel chair holds potted flowers at his nursery.

Disabled Business Owners

I want to meet disabled business owners & Entrepreneurs?

I am looking to meet with Disabled Business Owners and Entrepreneurs.  I want you to be the example for other disabled individuals.

If you are a disabled individual who is a business owner or entrepreneur, please get in contact with me either through commenting on this post, my facebook page or my twitter account.  I may want to speak with you and interview you about your business and the struggles and challenges you have faced as a business owner with a disability. If we connect, I will gladly give you a mention or promote your business through this blog and other social media to show my appreciation.

I have been given the exciting opportunity of presenting to a group of people within the disability community this June in Orlando Florida. My presentation will focus on finding out if owning a business is a good alternative to other types of employment or disability for people with disabilities. Even though, most information will apply to anyone who has an interest in business ownership, I am trying to concentrate on business ownership by individuals who are disabled.

The main focus of this presentation will be the ability for an individual to identify if they are a good candidate to start their own business. They will also see there are different levels of businesses they can be involved in.

I would like to bring to the audiences attention the various levels of business that individuals with disabilities could get involved in depending on their level of interest, experience and experience. Individuals will realize they can get involved in business with little to no cost with reputable work at home companies all the way up to running multi-million dollar enterprises. With the technological advances we have seen in the past two decades, the possibilities are limitless.

Small Business Ownership is the Future:

With the growth of the shared economy and companies such as Uber and AirBnb, it is now easier than ever to take an automobile or a spare bedroom and start producing income on your own. The entrepreneurial spirit is growing every day again in this country and around the world. This is a great thing, especially for those individuals with disabilities.

Behind every successful business is a problem that is being solved for it’s customers. Especially today with internet and niche marketing this is more important than ever. People will Google their problems looking for solutions and the more specific the answer you have for their inquiry, the closer you are to a sale. This is how businesses today find success.

The above criteria for business success is what makes it a fertile environment for those with disabilities to start a business and succeed rather than looking to jobs as income options.

As far as solving problems, what better than for people with disabilities to find solutions for their every day challenges and share that discovery with the world through products and services that can make their customer’s life better.  This is the pure essence of being an entrepreneur.

Going forward with future posts on this blog, I will be using it to highlight some points that will lay out why I conclude that owning a business could be a a better fit for individuals with disabilities than a traditional job.

Again, I am looking to meet Disabled Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. Lets get to know each other and network, together we can help each other succeed.

Have a great day,
Keith

 

Renaissance Festival, the best in the land?

2016 Bay Area Renaissance Festival flyer featuring a knight and event information.

2016 Bay Area Renaissance Festival flyer

 

Or so I have heard. I am extremely excited to go to the 2016 Bay Area Renaissance Festival (Website) this weekend at MOSI in Tampa. I have heard many good things from past attendees and I have watched them prepare for it since the beginning of the year. I pass by this site many times during the week, I have watched props being readied and tents being put up. There is a lot of work and preparation that goes into this and it looks to be huge.

Looking at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival (Website), it has a long history of 38 years and many options for entertainment.

I will mainly be looking forward to seeing the artisans and browsing the jewelry that is for sale. I really admire the past styles of jewelry and  the look of antique jewelry. It will be interesting to see what is there.

I will be taking pics and possibly videos as I explore the Renaissance festival. I will be sure to post after I return.

After my first visit to a Renaissance Festival,
I am very impressed. The attendees are there to play their part as well as the vendors, craftspeople and entertainers. I don’t think it is the place to showcase merchandise from my company Flynn Jewelry but I did enjoy browsing the vendor sections which features a lot of affordable jewelry. I did notice a common theme among the jewelers offering Peruvian stone and silver jewelry (I have included and example photo below). This was something I sold on the west coast about 10 years ago. I had customers who loved it and I am glad to see it is appreciated by the Renaissance crowd. This jewelry goes well with many of the costumes and dresses.

 

Picture of a handmade peruvian stone and silver necklace.

Handmade Peruvian stone and silver necklace.

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