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You see them everywhere. In coffee shops, hair salons, dentists offices, waiting areas, etc., and you can’t steal them because they’re free!

I always wondered how magazine publishers could leave stacks of their magazines everywhere I went. Now I know. But I’m still curious about how to get them going and what type of money free magazines can make.

I was recently contacted by a couple of 14-year-old magazine publishers from the UK and they helped answer these questions.

Sean Spooner and Louis Porter started Corby Magazine in June 2010 and they’re preparing to release their third issue. In this email interview, Sean walks us through how they got started and how they’ve already turned a profit in four months with their free magazine.

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Your brand is your promise of quality to your clients. Brand identity can’t be built in a day. It takes a lot of time, money and effort to turn your small business into a recognized brand. But a strong corporate identity is a must if you want your business to be successful.

A brand identity is the most basic of reasons for customers to choose you over other companies. It makes your business appear professional and experienced. Your brand highlights the unique qualities of your business and therefore, attracts potential customers.

The logo is the most important component that determines your brand image. Let’s quickly learn about what it takes to have a successful logo for your business.

Learn the Basics of Designing a Logo…

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Marshall Haas got his start selling Pokémon cards on the street corner with his friends. But by the time he was 17, Marshall had moved on to architecture. He got a job working for a high-end architect in the Dallas area and began taking classes at a local community college.

Marshall noticed that many architecture firms weren’t offering images, or renderings, to their clients. He decided to fill the void by starting his own company, AllRendered, LLC. Marshall recruited a team of 20 artists in the Philippines to create architectural images from floor plans and he began attracting as many as eight clients a month.

Today, Marshall is 20 years old and still working to build AllRendered into a premier rendering service, while pursuing a degree in computer science. He is also in the process of developing a mobile web application called Podums, which will use game mechanics to encourage people to be productive. Whenever he finds the time, Marshall gets his thrills by riding his motorcycles.

Keep Reading. Marshall’s work was on a billboard…

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As an 11-year-old growing up in a backward sector Northern India, King Sidharth and a few friends began organizing events and competitions for other children. They would make tickets and charge an entry fee, then award little prizes to whoever won. In an area where there wasn’t much else to do, Sidharth’s first business was a big success.

Seven years later, King Sidharth has just graduated from high school and he has already made a name for himself as one of India’s top young entrepreneurs. His primary work is in website development and design (see websites like MeditationRocks.us), but – like many young entrepreneurs – he’s never content working on just one thing.

King is also a speaker on topics of entrepreneurship and spirituality. He’s currently writing an e-magazine for teens (Friendz) and a book about the intersection of spirituality and science (Bhagvad Gita & the Law of Attraction). He’s also developing a movie that peeks into the lives of ten young entrepreneurs (“Friendz: The Movie”). Lastly, King is organizing a conference for teenagers called Createens. It will give young people an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, blogging, and more from world-wide experts.

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