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About Tracy_Barnhart

I was born and raised in Princeton, West Virginia. Both of my parents were scientists and educators. My mother was a middle school biology teacher and my father taught chemistry at a nearby university. I remember doing a 6th grade science project on plate tectonics but I never knew that I was headed toward geology. I attended Furman University, planning to be a business major. Since it’s a liberal arts school the students must fulfill a series of science requirements so I chose two geology classes my freshman year. It was during those classes that I realized that geology was fun, but microeconimics made me want to scratch my eyes until they bleed. After Furman, I received a Master’s degree in Geology at the University of South Carolina where I specialized in groundwater computer modeling. I have been a professional geologist for almost 20 years now. Yikes! It feels weird to put that in writing. I work with environmental companies to assist with the assessment of soil and groundwater contamination. If a property has contamination, I work with engineers to design and implement a remediation system. Several years ago, I took my love of rocks and minerals and turned it into a small business. Our line of rocks, minerals and fossils keep me busy when I’m not assessment contaminated properties. You can find out more about my business at www.MiniMeGeology.com.

How to Price Your Physical Products for Retail and Wholesale

How to Price Your Physical Products for Retail and Wholesale Hours of thought, research, and planning goes into a good pricing strategy when you are running a physical products business. The perfect balance is a price that is attractive to … Continue reading

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Shoestring Creativity: How to Launch Your Product on a Budget

No matter how much money you have to start your business, it will never seem like enough. Different types of businesses require different levels of funding to get off the ground. When you have limited money it takes more creativity … Continue reading

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Enough Planning, It’s Time to Launch Your Business…Get Moving!

This is the question that people ask me the most: “How do I start?” You have a great idea and are ready to get underway but where do you start? Where do you turn? Research? Plans? How do you know? … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Start a Business, Not an “Amazon-Business”

I’ve been an entrepreneur for a long time now and I think it is important for new business owners who are starting out by selling on Amazon, to understand that you are starting a BUSINESS, not an Amazon-Business. Amazon is … Continue reading

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How to Choose the Right Business Model for Your Product Business

Once you choose your initial product, it’s time to decide how you want to sell to your customers. Take some time to consider the demands of your potential business before you make your final choice. For example, if you want … Continue reading

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How to Choose the Right Product to Sell

Choosing the type of product to sell is the hardest decision you will make on your road to product entrepreneurship. The two most important things that I can tell you about choosing a product is to pick a product type … Continue reading

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To Be or Not to Be an Entrepreneur

It seems that today everyone wants to start a business either to earn more money, have more freedom or a combination of both. I started my businesses so that I could work from home and spend more time with my … Continue reading

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