4 Easy Tips For Finding The Right Wholesale Vendor

If you’re a store owner, you know the importance of establishing a solid working relationship with a good wholesale vendor. According to data gathered from the past few years, there are more than 300,000 companies who identify as U.S. wholesale distributors.  That’s a large pool of potential wholesalers to choose from. So how do you choose? We’ve got four easy tips to keep in mind before you choose your next wholesale supplier.

Quality

You might think that the right price is the first thing you should look for when seeking out wholesalers, but in reality, your first step should be to inspect the quality of the product you’re buying. You might find the right price for a particular product you’re purchasing from a wholesaler, but if that product is low-quality and prone to malfunctioning, are you really getting a good deal? Your customers expect high quality out of the products they buy from you, so you have to keep them in mind as well. Do a little research on a company before you make a deal with them, and maybe request a hands-on demonstration of their products as a precautionary measure.

Price

Now that we’ve gotten the most important aspect of choosing a wholesale supplier out of the way, it’s time to consider the second most important thing: price. The relationship between a wholesaler and buyer is symbiotic; they both need each other to survive. If one business suffers, then the other does as well. And if one succeeds, then the other is likely to see success, too. This is why it’s important for both sides to work together on a fair price that benefits each company. A wholesaler can’t give a buyer a bad deal and expect that relationship to continue, and vice versa. If the price is right, both sides will benefit.

Goals

Do you have a common goal in mind with your wholesaler? Are you both working toward reaching that goal through a similar business strategy? Finding a common goal with your wholesaler, whether it be through customer service, easy negotiations, or maybe even environmental concerns, is an important factor to keep in mind. It’s hard to work with another business that doesn’t share, or perhaps is even downright against, the goals and values that your business upholds. Finding common goals helps new relationships form, and maintains the strength of decades-old partnerships.

Research

It’s pretty easy to find the right wholesalers once you start looking around. We recommend you browse through the hundreds of categories on FGmarket to find exactly what you’re looking for. There are also plenty of trade shows to explore where vendors come out to show off their products and services. For more on trade shows that are going happening in 2017, check out our Marketing & Show Schedule!

Give Your Customers More By Selling Made In The USA Products

When you buy products in retail stores or online, do you check first to see if the product was made in the USA? Does it matter to you if it wasn’t made in the US? For many consumers, this one simple difference in where the product is made makes all the difference on whether they’ll buy the product.

Many consumers feel that a product that is made in the USA is of a higher quality than a product that is made in China for less money and shipped back over to the States. As with any decision, there are advantages and disadvantages to making products in the US. But if you’re a business owner who’s trying to make this important decision, we have a few tips that can sway you toward making your products in America.

Job Creation

One of the easiest pros to see about making more products in the States is the creation of more jobs for American workers. Trade policies have both hurt and helped American job growth, as evident by the 5.7 million manufacturing jobs that were lost between 1998 and 2013. But by keeping many of the manufacturing jobs in America that many corporations send over to foreign countries, the number of available jobs in America could increase significantly.

Economic Boost

Not only does domestic manufacturing create more jobs in America, it can also add a significant boost to the economy. More jobs mean more workers making awesome products for consumers to buy. And happy consumers are more likely to keep buying and stimulating the economy. According to the Economic Policy Institute, every U.S. manufacturing job supports 1.4 additional jobs in other parts of the American economy. This adds a steady growth to the U.S. economy year after year.

Conservation

If you’re someone who cares about the conservation of natural resources and protecting the environment, then you might be interested in selling made in the USA products for that reason alone. Because of lax regulations in foreign countries (such as China and India), as well as the burning of fossil fuels used to transport goods across the ocean to the States, importing products often hurts the environment. Greenhouse gasses are continuously released into the atmosphere thanks in part to loose environmental regulations in those foreign countries. Manufacturing in America helps to reduce our carbon footprint thanks to EPA regulations.

Human Rights

Another big factor that can sway a business toward going American made products only is the human rights factor. Although this isn’t always the case, in many countries the rights of workers are vastly different than in the US. Instead of having strict laws that protect employees, many workers in poor and underdeveloped countries have to work in harsh conditions for long hours and little pay. Even in China, where much of our products are imported, the working conditions are inhumane, with workers spending 12 – 13 hours a day working and then spending the night sleeping in crowded and dirty dormitories with other workers. Child labor is also a big contributor to some overseas manufacturing plants and farms. You can check the International Labor Rights Forum’s website for more info on this subject.

As with anything, there are advantages and disadvantages to selling Made in the USA products. As a business owner, you must make the decision yourself based on research, budget, and what works best for your business model.

For more on the wholesale vendors who supply Made In The USA products on our website, click here!

What’s The Deal With Veganism? 4 Quick Facts

Have you ever encountered someone who was on a Vegan diet, or who preferred to buy only Vegan-made products? Veganism is defined by The Vegan Society as, “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” It’s a lifestyle choice that millions of Americans take seriously, and therefore expect stores to supply products that are made in a Vegan-friendly way.

So what should you know about vegans, veganism, and its benefits to your customers?

1. Vegan Products Are Animal-Friendly

This one should be a no-brainer, even for those with limited knowledge of vegan products, due to the fact that vegans refrain from any and all animal products, even dairy and eggs. If you care about the treatment of animals, which many of your customers surely do, then you might want to consider supplying people with vegan-friendly options. To be clear, this does not simply mean selling vegan foods; vegan products can also extend to apparel, toys, jewelry, and more.

2. Veganism Is Practiced By A Large Portion of the US Population

It’s estimated that around 15 million residents of the United States are vegetarian, and half of those vegetarians are vegans. That makes the total population of vegans in the U.S. around 7.5 million. Although that’s only a small percentage of the total U.S. population, it’s a continuously growing number of people. Many of these people refuse to buy from businesses that don’t supply some sort of vegan option in their store. Whether you’re a grocery store or a retail store, consider adding some vegan options into your inventory. And, if you’re really looking to go all out, consider switching to a vegan-only business model.

3. Linked To Many Health Benefits

Although veganism isn’t the healthiest diet a person can go on, it does offer a number of health benefits due to its restrictions. For example, since vegan diets eliminate animal meat, and meat is often associated with saturated fats and high cholesterol, vegan diets help to greatly reduce the risk of heart disease. In addition, most vegan diets require you to replace animal products with vegetables (much like a vegetarian diet) therefore adding some much-needed vitamins and minerals into a person’s diet. Vegan diets can also aid in reducing chronic diseases, such as diabetes type 2, and cancer. Your customers care about their health, and you might want to consider this point when deciding whether to supply them with vegan products.

4. Profitable For Businesses

You’re a business owner (or, at least, someone who is hoping to enter the business world), so you know how important profit is for business. In fact, a recent study shows that the market for plant-based, vegan meat substitutes will reach $5.17 billion by the year 2020. That’s a huge amount of potential profit for curious vegan-friendly adopters. If you’re looking to bust into the vegan market, consider starting small with a few vegan-friendly options, and then, if you see it working for your business, add more vegan options later.

If you’re looking for more info on vegan products and vegan wholesalers, FGmarket has you covered. We’ve got a fantastic selection of vegan vendors who would love to pursue a partnership with you. 

For more on FGmarket’s vegan vendors, click here.

The Pros of Buying Organic

Organic and natural foods have been on the rise in America for a number of years, bringing hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue for grocery stores around the country each year. It’s more than 15 percent of all grocery store sales, and it’s quickly growing.

Organic products are regulated by the USDA, meaning they have to stick to a strict set of rules to be considered organic. Many times, this means cutting out pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and genetic modifiers from the process of growing or manufacturing the products.

But why are organic products so popular? There are a number of reasons that people from all around the world are turning to organic products instead of many of the most conventional products found in stores. Factors such as environmental concerns, health and safety concerns, GMOs, nutritional values and more are causing concerned citizens to turn to more organically grown and produced products.

FGmarket supports a large number of vendors who specialize in organic and natural products. It’s not just food vendors, either; we have vendors from all different industries who make organic products that are affordable, environmentally-conscious, and more desirable to many consumers.

If you want to know the pros of buying organic and supplying organic products to your customers, keep reading! We’ve got some helpful info that could convince you to go organic!

Free From GMOs

GMOs are genetically modified organisms, and for a lot of consumers, they are bad news. That’s because many people don’t trust the process by which these foods are engineered. GMOs are oftentimes untested and unlabeled, therefore making them dishonest toward consumers. But it’s hard to avoid GMOs in our food, as they make up more than 75 percent of all non-organic foods in the U.S. If a food or product is certified organic, it is prohibited from being made with GMOs. Consumers care about which foods are made with GMOs and which are non-GMO, and you should too!

Better For The Environment

Climate change and environmental damage have become an important topic in our day to day lives. Many consumers shop organic because of the more environmentally friendly methods used by organic farmers and manufacturers. Food and farming systems in North America cause between 35 – 50 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions released into the air. These gasses include CO2, methane, and nitrous oxide. But organic farming protects our environment and the natural climate of the Earth by reducing these gasses. Organic farms use far less fossil fuel and emit less methane and nitrous oxide. Chemical fertilizers, which number about 24 billion pounds used each year, also run the risk of polluting the soil and water supplies in many areas. Organic farming uses more natural fertilizers, such as different types of animal manure.

More Nutritious Foods

Although the ruling is still out whether or not organic foods are actually more nutritious for you, many people, including consumers, argue that they are much safer and healthier for you to eat. Because they are free from harmful chemicals, synthetic material, and artificial ingredients, they are seen as better for you than GMO products.

Consumers See It As Better For Them

Many consumers conclude that organic products are better for them just by seeing the name “organic” printed on the packaging. They see organic products as the healthier, safer, more environmentally conscious option for their families. And many times, that is what will push them over the barrier to finally purchasing organic products. Selling organic products gives your company an advantage of those companies who do not supply organic products to their customers. Buying organic is a lifestyle change, but it’s one that many families all across North America are adopting.

Humane Animal Treatment

Organic livestock farmers are required by law to treat animals with more care than their non-organic counterparts. They are prohibited from keeping livestock in intensive confinement areas and are barred from the cruel and unhealthy confinement of their animals. In addition, organic farmers oftentimes give their livestock natural feed options. I’m sure you’ve heard of grass-fed beef before, right? That’s an organic farming practice that keeps harmful artificial pollutants and steroids out of livestock. Many of the feeds given to livestock in North America consist of artificial ingredients, corn byproducts, and other unsavory additives.

Helps Smaller Farms

Organic foods and products overwhelmingly help out small farmers all across North America. These are farmers who don’t rely on giant fields of produce, or large machinery run by gigantic farming crews. They are hardworking people who wish to make a living the same as the bigger farms. Organic farming helps small farmers because they get a better price for their products from buyers. Many organic grocery stores and organic retail stores support local and small business farmers by selling their products directly through their store. This gives the farmers equal footing with many of the much larger farming businesses. FGmarket supports many small business vendors who buy their products from these small farmers. There are more than 2 billion small business farmers around the world, and shopping organic helps to support their businesses and livelihood.

If you’re looking for some of the best organic food and product vendors in the world, you have to check out FGmarket! Browse through our organic section today, and find all the organic products you need for your store.

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Black Friday Tips For Attracting Hungry Shoppers

Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the entire year, is almost upon us. It’s a time when buyers expect to get deep discounts and fantastic deals from retailers and will spend their hard-earned money on your products (if the price is right, of course).

Is your shop ready for this hectic shopping season? Have you stocked up on all the products you’ll need this year? As always, we’re here to help you get through this year’s Black Friday (or Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday) and show your customers that you want to give them the best deals around!

Promote Specials to Certain Customers

Black Friday is all about deals and specials, and you need to promote some really great specials to your customers in order to attract them to your store. But, you don’t have to promote certain specials to every customer. In other words, you can promote exclusive specials to only a select number of loyal customers. This could be people who are subscribed to your email list, mailing list or follow you on your social media accounts. Giving loyal customers exclusive deals is a great way to make them feel special, and increase their loyalty to your store or brand.

Offer Extra Customer Support

Customer support is extremely important during Black Friday. Inevitably, your customers are going to encounter some issues, either with you, with another customer, or with a deal you’re offering. Prepare your employees beforehand, and educate them on some different ways they can handle belligerent or unhappy customers. Teach them some new phrases to use to calm down customers, and assure them that their problem is the highest priority for your company. If you’re an online store, make sure you have plenty of customer service representatives to answer phone calls. If needed, you can also hire temporary work to help out during Black Friday and into the holiday shopping season.

Up Your Ad Game

Whether you spend most of your budget on online ads or print ads, upping the number and quality of your ads in preparation for Black Friday will help you out exponentially. If you have old ads running, be sure to update them with your Black Friday deals (Google Ads, etc.). If you’re looking to reach more people for Black Friday, maybe increase your budget for ads and get them in front of more eyes. You can also use social media and sponsored posts to increase the reach of your ads. A few extra bucks will go a long way when trying to reach customers.

Offer Online-Only Deals

If you’re more of a Cyber Monday person than a Black Friday person, work on giving your customers some very exclusive online-only deals. You want more customers to visit your website anyway, right? Then give them a reason to do so. Offer some online-only deals (like percentages off, exclusive products, free shipping, etc.) to bring customers to your website, as well as your storefront (if you have one). Advertise your online-only deals alongside your normals deals to bring in more customers.

Constantly Remind Customers Of Your Deals

Repetition is oftentimes the key to success. Your customers might have heard about your Black Friday deals, but then life got in the way, and “Oops!” they’ve now completely forgotten. Make sure you’re sending out emails, posting social media messages, and reminding your customers that these deals are exclusive and are going to be gone before they know it.

Gmail Tips and Tricks That Will Help You Get Work Done Faster

Gmail, Google’s proprietary email platform, is one of the most popular email platforms in the world. In fact, according to Google, Gmail has more than 900 million users around the world. That means, almost 1 in 7 people has a Gmail account, an astounding number for any piece of software or technology.

But with so many people using Gmail, there are still tips and secrets out there that many might not be aware of, or know how to use.

Today, we’ve got five great tips for you that will help you make the most of one of the best email platforms in the world!

Filter

Do you ever wish you could categorize your incoming mail into separate folders before they get placed in your inbox? Well, with Gmail, you can! To filter your incoming messages, click on the down arrow next to the Gmail search box. You’ll then enter the details of your email that you want to filter, by things like “From,” “To,” “Subject,” “Has The Words,” “Doesn’t Have,” “Has Attachment,” “Don’t Include Chats,” “Size,” and “Date Within.” After you’ve entered your specifics, click “Create Filter With This Search” and then you’ll see options for placing incoming messages with these filter options into specific folders or categories. So, as you can see, you can filter your messages very specifically, so you’re only seeing the emails that you care about!

Send Big Files

Have you ever tried to upload a large file attachment to an email, and gotten the message “This File Exceeds the 25MB Attachment Limit”? Well, good news: there’s a way around that limit! Instead of sending your large file as an attachment directly in the email, you can instead send your email recipient a link to your attachment through Google Drive, Google’s cloud storage software. Just click the Google Drive icon, directly to the right of the attachment icon. You’ll then be given options for what source you want to upload your file from.

Search

If you need to find an old or important message very quickly, and can’t risk wasting time sifting through pages and pages of old emails, then the Gmail Search function will become your new best friend. Filtering your searches works in the same way that filtering your incoming messages does (by clicking the Down arrow next to the search box), but you can also familiarize yourself with search shortcuts to search through your inbox even faster. Here are the main ones:

  • Filename: show only emails that have a certain filename
  • Is: pulls up emails that are marked a certain way, such as starred, read, unread, etc.
  • In: finds emails that have been placed in a certain location.
  • ” “: You can search for certain keywords by placing them in between quotes in the search box.
  • Before: or After: searches for emails before or after an entered date.

Canned Responses

A Canned Response is like an automated response for sending reply emails. It could be used when you don’t have a lot of time to type out a long response to someone, or if you have a certain answer or phrase that you send a lot. To set up a canned response, go to Settings, Lab, and then enable Canned Responses. When composing an email, just click More next to the trash icon, and then select Canned Responses. You can enter new Canned Response here as well.

Mute

Sometimes, you really don’t care about what everyone else at the office is eating for lunch. But, for whatever reason, you’ve been included in the email thread about it. If you’d rather not have these messages clog up your inbox, you can choose to mute the conversation by clicking More above your message, and selecting Mute.

Follow these tips and you’ll be a Gmail pro in no time!

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Avoid The Spam Folder With These 6 Simple Email Tips

So, you’ve just created the perfect email. You wrote all the write words, created a beautiful design, and crafted an awesome subject line. You’ve even placed an exclusive deal inside of it that only email recipients can take advantage of! What could go wrong?

Well, turns out, a lot of things can go wrong. Your email could still accidentally end up and someone else’s spam folder. And what’s the worst part of all of this? Your emails could be landing in their spam folder every time you send one, with your customers never even noticing you sent them an email.

Nobody wants to see their beautiful email get ignored and trashed. But, you’re in luck. Today, we’ve got a few tips that will help you keep your amazing emails out of the spam folder and into the inbox where they belong.

Don’t Use Exclamations or All-Caps Words in Subject Line

There are a plethora of different factors that cause your emails to land in the spam folder, but one of the most common and easiest to fix is your subject line. This is the first thing customers will see when they receive an email from you, and it’s what pushes them to decide whether to open your email or trash it. One of the biggest red flags in an email is the use of exclamation points and All Caps words in a subject line. Customers will look at these and automatically determine that your email is spam, without even opening it. They might also flag your email address as spam in their email hosting platform, therefore preventing future emails from ever reaching their inbox. Avoid using these types of subject lines in your emails.

Avoid Sales-y Words in Subject Line

Subject lines are super important for making sure you stay out of the spam folder. Not only do you have to make you’re avoiding the use of certain punctuation and capital letters, you also have to avoid language that appears too sales-y to customers.

Examples of this would be saying “FREE” or “GREAT DEAL” in the subject line. That information is fine to include in the body of your email, but including it in the subject line is a big red flag for customers. A lot of email providers will also automatically send these types of emails to the spam folder, so it’s best to avoid using them altogether.

Have a good text/image ratio

Do you have emails with a lot of text and not a lot of images? What about emails with nice images but almost no actual text? This can be a problem for you since many spam filters check for what’s known as a text-to-image ratio.

Most experts agree that a 60/40 (that’s 60% text, 40% graphics) text-to-image ratio is ideal, and will keep you from getting automatically flagged as spam by filters.

Use Spam Checking Software

It’s also a great idea to use spam checking software before you send your email to customers. Constant Contact already has a pretty great spam checker built-in, but for a more detailed idea of whether your email will be flagged as spam, consider using services like SpamAssassin and IsNotSpam.com to check your email or newsletter. Both tools are free software and can be used to give you a clear idea whether your email is spam-like.

Don’t Include Large Attachments

Most of the time, sending attachments in an email, such as .jpg and .pdf files, are okay. But, if you’re sending .exe, .zip, .swf, or anything similar to those, you run the risk of being marked as spam.

In that same vein, avoid sending large attachment files, such as those above 20MB. If you’re using Gmail, it will tell you if your file is too big to send through email, and will prompt you to send it through its file sharing and cloud storage software, Google Drive, instead. You can also use Dropbox to send larger files if you absolutely have to.

Ask Customers To Add You To Their Contact List

Scared that your emails still aren’t reaching your customers? Ask them to add your email address to their email contact list/address book. This is a great way to ensure that they’ll always receive your emails, even if your email doesn’t pass a spam filter’s strict test. You can even say “add us to your contact list!” at the bottom of your emails, to better encourage customers to add you.

The Best Ways To Reduce Your Business Expenses And Save More Money

Running a business is a tough endeavor. Inevitably, you’re going to run into a situation where you have to make a decision regarding expenses. What do you do in these situations? Do you have to make huge cuts in necessary expenses just to save yourself money, or lay off employees to save a little extra cash?

Thankfully, you don’t always have to take the most extreme approach to penny pinching. There are other, more respectable ways to save money, that don’t involve making huge decisions like the examples above.

Saving a few dollars here are there can really add up in the long run. With that in mind, here are some simple ways that you can save money each year, with only minimal changes in what you’re currently doing!

Negotiate Lower Prices With Suppliers

Most suppliers are used to people negotiating prices with them. In fact, they’re probably more willing to negotiate a price with you rather than lose you as a paying customer, so you have the upper hand in most negotiations. If you feel like you could be getting cheaper prices from your supplier, let them know. Telling them that you could do business with another supplier could encourage them to match their competitor’s prices, too.

Outsource

Need to get some work done, but can’t afford to hire more full-time employees to do it? Considering outsourcing some of your work to freelancers. It could be something like web development, or it could be freelance blog writers. Whatever it is, outsourcing your work will shave off a few extra dollars on your budget, plus, you’ll be getting important work done at a quicker pace, therefore reducing your expenses for time-consuming projects.

You can find lots of great freelance work on sites like Freelancer and Upwork.

Reduce Unnecessary Subscriptions

Do you have subscriptions to software, social tools, or ad campaigns that you forgot you were paying for? It’s easy to subscribe to an inexpensive subscriptions service and then completely forget you have it. Sometimes, this happens when you sign up for a free trial of something, and then forget to cancel it before the trial period is over. A few bucks a month for a subscription may not seem like much but could add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year in charges, depending on how many you’re subscribed to. Make sure you’re checking all of your expenses, maybe do an internal audit, and eliminate unnecessary subscription services.

Credit Card Rewards and Points

You probably already have a few company credit cards that you use for things like travel expenses for employees, new tech, office supplies, etc. But do you know what your current credit card company offers as far as rewards points for purchases? You could be racking up points that will seriously deduct expenses later on. For example, if you have a credit card that’s just used for travel expenses, and that card earns you a certain amount of points per purchase, you could quickly earn enough points just from using the card to maybe get employees discounts on hotels, plane tickets, dining and more. If you need to do some research on which credit card companies will work for your needs, check out Nerdwallet.

Every dollar counts when you’re trying to save money. Use these tips, and start cutting your expenses today!

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LinkedIn: A Quick Guide To Using It For Your Business

Are you on LinkedIn? Well, if you’re not, consider this a reason to jump on board right now: LinkedIn boasts a user base of more than 400 million members.

That’s a huge chunk of the social media presence online. By comparison, Facebook, the most popular social media platform, has more than a billion users, and you’d be hard pressed to find a business out there who doesn’t currently have a Facebook Page.

You can think of LinkedIn as the more professionally-minded Facebook. It operates in much the same way as Facebook, with status updates, connections, profile pages, and messaging. But LinkedIn is primarily a recruiting and networking tool. It’s your Swiss army knife for professional networking online.

So, what do you need to do to make the most of your LinkedIn profile? We’re here to help.

Make Connections

LinkedIn is all about making connections, literally and figuratively. You want to make figurative connections with people when you network, of course, but LinkedIn gives you an actual way to do that, too. When you Connect with someone on LinkedIn, you are adding them to your online network. It’s sort of like adding someone as a friend on Facebook. You can see their profile, status updates, job updates and more, and they can also view that info on your profile. Making connections helps you to find people who might be able to assist you in the future. After all, a contact is only a click away on LinkedIn.

Post Updates

Much like other social media platforms, LinkedIn encourages sharing what’s happening in your life with your followers. This can be in the form of status updates, job updates, fun and informative articles, pictures, and more. If you have a company LinkedIn page, you can post updates of the latest news that’s happening within your own company, such as new projects, new employees, and maybe even a cause or event you’re sponsoring. Social media is all about being social, and you can’t be social if you keep everything to yourself.

Inform Followers Of Job Postings

One of the main reasons companies get a LinkedIn page is to supplement their job listings. You can post job listings and applications on LinkedIn, making the hiring search that much easier. You can also message potential candidates for a job directly if you’d like to offer them a job that way. But be sure to always keep your job openings updated so people know when and how to apply for a job!

Fill Out Your Profile Completely

The profile page was created to be filled out completely. Not some of the way, and not half of the way, but 100 percent. Not only is filling out your profile the best way to give visitors to your page all the info they need to know about you, it’s also important in getting your page found. When you fill out your profile with info such as your website URL, company bio, skills, interests, and more, you’re helping your pages SEO (or search engine optimization). I filled out profile is more likely to rank your page higher in search engine results, leading to more people finding out about your company.

Gather Endorsements

This is more for a personal profile rather than a company LinkedIn profile, but endorsements are another great way to utilized your account. You can be endorsed by your followers for an enormous variety of skills, such as customer service, professionalism, social media, writing, accounting, etc. Basically, any skill that you believe you have, you can have your friends, coworkers, and colleagues endorse you for it. These endorsements show visitors to your profile what you excel at doing, and how professional you are, which could lead to even more business opportunities.

Cross Promote Your Other Accounts

Social media thrives off of cross promotion, or sharing content from one social media account on another one. A good example of this is whenever you have an event that’s coming up. Instead of just promoting the event on Facebook and hoping that people see it, you can also post the details of the event on a LinkedIn status update. This will reach more people than just posting on one website alone, and will also reach a different kind of crowd. Be sure to let your followers know about all of your social media accounts, and encourage them to follow you on everything you have.

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Celebrate Fair Trade Month With FGmarket!

Fair Trade Month is here! October is all about fair trade business practices and products, and at FGmarket, we’re excited to celebrate all of our wonderful fair trade certified vendors!

What is fair trade? Well, fair trade is a way of doing business that ensures workers in developing countries are being treated fairly for their hard work. Fair trade business practices make sure workers earn fair wages, work in safe working conditions, and for reasonable hours. If a business bears the Fair Trade badge, then you know they treat their laborers with respect and fairness.

FGmarket has thousands of vendors, and many of them are proudly fair trade certified. Whether it’s jewelry, toys, personal care products, packaging & gift wrap, etc. you can be sure that the fair trade products sold by our wholesale vendors are top notch!

Want some more info about fair trade around the world? Check out these statistics from the Fair Trade Foundation.

  • There are more than 1.65 million farmers and workers in Fairtrade certified producer organizations.
  • 1,226 fair trade certified producer organizations exist in 74 countries.
  • 26% of all farmers and workers in fair trade are women.
  • 106.2 million euros, which is about 119 million U.S. dollars, was paid as premium to producers through fair trade deals.

Fair trade not only supports hardworking farmers and artisan crafters, it also helps to combat poverty in many parts of the world. This only works though if you and your customers actually buy fair trade products.

If you’d like to browse our Fair Trade section, click here and check out all of our fantastic fair trade certified vendors.

If you’d like to know how you can support fair trade business practices, and what you can do to make the fair trade movement more apparent in our world, check out some of these tips from Fair Trade USA.

Celebrate Fair Trade Month throughout October, and support hardworking farmers and workers around the world!