Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

As 2011 comes to a close, we would like everyone to reflect on the last year. Think back on all the good and bad things that may have happened in our lives. There are events to be thankful for that made us happy, and, there are events that made us sad. Some of the events are out of our control. We like to focus on the events that are in our control. Things that are a direct results of our actions. Why should we reflect on the bad as well as the good? Because 2011 is now history. Forever etched in the book of our lifes story. History helps form a path to our future. We learn from not only our mistakes, but our successes, as well.

We all can make 2012 a happy and successful year by looking back and learning. What we did right. What we did wrong. Success is possible depending on the actions we all take. The sky is the limit if we duplicate what we did correctly and minimize or eliminate the mistakes we made. And, we don't have to do it alone. There's family, friends, Facebook friends. Lot's of help is out there for everyone. We all need support on occasion. And, we all need to support others as well. Teamwork will take us MUCH further in our quest as opposed trying to go at it alone.

The coming of a new year seems to be a great time to make resolutions.Think ahead to the end of the new year. What do you want it to bring? Make your resolutions accordingly. Stay positive, treat others as you would want to be treated and make 2012 a successful year.

Happy New Year! 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wishing You a Merry Christmas

TCS would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our friends and family Happy Holidays!

We created TCS on Facebook back in March, 9 months ago with the aim to help people, small businesses, work at home parents and handmade artisans, to network, grow your fan bases, make contacts, friends and customers. It's amazing that we've grown to over 24,000 friends in this amount of time. Maybe we are doing something right huh? Our intentions are to help everyone grow as much as they want to. We'll continue in the upcoming year to strive to coming up with new, fun ways to network for everyone. Networking can be a long, hard process if you don't have some help. Thats what we are here for, to help you. As we've grown, we've seen some awesome businesses grow right along with us. The ones that grow the most are the ones willing to put the time and work into networking by not only thinking of themselves, but thinking of others as well. No one will grow without getting help and helping others as well. The morale of this story is, networking is a give and take tool for your business. If you give, you'll get back. If you just take, you will fail.
This is Christmas time. A time for giving. Let's make the spirit of giving a year round event.

We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and may Santa grant all your wishes :)
ps. Feel free to comment on this post and wish your friends and families a Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Giveaway 12/19

Todays giveaway:
Free entry in our Shopping Directory for your website, Blog, Store or Facebook page.
$20 value.
To enter:
Congrats to Christie, the winner of this giveaway :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Giveaway 12/16

Giveaway 12/16

Personal Sketch. Graphite sketch of 1 subject on 9x12 paper.
Winner will send a picture to the Artist to be sketched.
Congrats to Cathy, the winner of this giveaway.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Giveaway 12/15

Giveaway 12/15

1 ea. 2 piece pack of Cinnamon Stick scented feathered palm wax votives
1 ea. Container candle scented Apple Jack n Peel 100% all natural soy candle
1 ea. Container candle scented Eucalyptus 100% all natural soy candle

(I will ship this free to the winner in the U.S.  if in Canada the winner will have to pay the freight)
Congrats to Frankie Martire for winning this giveaway.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Giveaway 12/14

Giveaway 12/14
 8 x 10 inch Fine Art Print Called Nutcracker .
No water marks on actual print.
Shipping is Free worldwide.

Congrats to Vivian McCormack,  the winner of this giveaway.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Giveaway

Giveaway 12/13

 Black Tie Affair Hair Pins.  They are perfect for Moms and Daughters alike.

Congrats to Janice, the winner of this giveaway :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Giveaway

Todays Giveaway:

Giveaway 12/12 

Stitched With Care Duos
Cute little piggy tail bows on ribbon lined alligator clips.
Winner will receive both sets shown!!

Congrats to D'anne Dzon, picked to receive this giveaway.

Please like the sponsors fb page then comment on this post with name and email. Winner will be chosen tomorrow morning for this giveaway.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Random Ramblings of the Day

Happy Sunday everyone!

Todays post will focus once again on networking our businesses on Facebook.

First, let me say what a great tool Facebook is for small and home based businesses. It's FREE advertising and promotion for you and your business. You can make a business page, promote it, your products and most importantly, Yourself. That's right, we said it, "Yourself". When promoting your business and products, you must promote yourself, as well. People will not only want to see your products, but will want to see what type of person they are thinking of dealing with as a business. People want to know that they are dealing with someone who is honest, trustworthy, willing to help and friendly. You are a reflection of your business. How you conduct yourself will be a deciding factor if someone "likes' your page, your business and ultimately you.

 Promoting and networking is a two way street. You have to be willing to give to get. We have to remember that Facebook is a "Social Network".
All to often we see business posting their ads on pages, then leave. This is fine if thats how you want to promote yourself and your business, but, is that really being "social"?  Your ad may or may not get noticed. On the other hand, if you placed an ad on a page, then bothered to look, like and maybe even comment on someone elses post, your odds go WAY up that you'll get noticed. Try it. We bet you'll see a difference in how your page will grow. Again, Facebook isn't about just showing ads, it's about being "social" and networking. We encourage you to show your ads on our wall. We also encourage you to show that you are willing to help others. Come and post your ad and when you do, visit some posts close to yours. Like their post and maybe make a comment. You might just make another contact, friend or customer.

Another subject we'd like to comment on is networking events. In particular, cruises, climbing, ladders, tagging, etc. These are events that are designed to help fan bases grow quickly by getting on a list, hovering the links and liking pages right from the list without having to go to each page. When considering that not long ago you had to actually visit pages, post on their wall and hope they like you back, this is a great tool to get your 'like' number up. The bad side of these events is their isn't a good way to monitor who is "playing fair". Some people get on these lists looking to get likes without giving a like in return. These people make a great tool very frustrating. Not only to the people who play fair, but to the page hosting the event as well. I can't speak for the other pages that host these events, but when we put these events on, we work hard to monitor the list, make sure the instructions are understood and keep the list clean and easy for those on it, only to see complaints at the end like "I liked 30 pages and only got 10 back. People aren't playing fair." The cold hard truth is that you will never get back the same amount you put in. Even in the days past when you had to visit pages, like them and post on their page, never did we get a 100% return in likes back. So, decide which way you want to network, it is totally up to you, but you'll never get back what you put into it. This isn't to discouraged anyone, it's to educate and hopefully keep the frustration level down when it happens.

In closing todays ramblings:
-Be "social".
-Don't portray yourself as one who always wants and never gives back.
- Post your ad, it's ok, but visit some other posts as well.
-Don't tag and run on a networking event. (word travels fast if you are found out)
-Network, make friends and promote your business and yourself.

Have a great week ahead :)