Friday, August 29, 2014

Motorcycle Accessories by BikersBuzz of Florida

Motorcycle Accessories by BikersBuzz of Florida

Keith and Diane Gracely of Ocala, Florida founded BikersBuzz in 2012. BikersBuzz began as a web site to raise motorcycle awareness for bikers around the world.

Keith and Diane ride and after losing friends that ride through motorcycle accidents they were determined to do something about it, that's when BikersBuzz was born.

Diane designed a web site to support motorcycle awareness and a Facebook page.

In June of 2008 Diane and Keith founded "Ashes2Urns" by making custom personalized cremation urns after Diane lost her father. Keith and Diane have a talent for woodturning on a wood lathe and began designing wooden cremation urns for people and pets and personalizing them with an inlaid photo of the person or pet that passed away.

As time went on due to their involvement locally in the biker community they began receiving requests from biker families for cremation urns.

Keith and Diane have a knack for crafts and hobbies and they came up with the idea to begin making custom motorcycle accessories with 550 paracord and wood. They designed motorcycle tassels, get back whips with 1 inch steel balls, monkey fists with 1 and a half inch steel balls, blackjack key rings with 1 inch steel balls, and survival bracelets with 550 paracord. They also began making wood products for bikers, they designed a wooden kickstand pad and began personalizing them by woodburning names and wording on them. They design refillable lighters and matching ashtrays from logs of wood and other wood products.

As the word spread about their motorcycle accessories and cremation urns, the local biker community requested Keith and Diane to set up a booth at local biker fundraisers for downed and sick bikers. They offered to donate a percentage of their sales to each cause. And in some cases donated a custom cremation urn to the families of a few downed bikers.

Diane decided to combine the two businesses and rename BikersBuzz, "BikersBuzz by Keith and Diane". 

Today, "BikersBuzz by Keith and Diane" is about raising motorcycle awareness, making custom motorcycle accessories, and personalized cremation urns for bikers and their pets. 

Keith and Diane have become volunteers for a local organization "Florida Bikers Helping Florida Bikers". They help downed and sick bikers and their families by hosting fundraisers to raise money to help the families with medical expenses and household bills.

Diane says, "Our business BikersBuzz by Keith and Diane" is not just about earning a living from making and selling motorcycle accessories and cremation urns, it's about giving back and helping our local biker community here in Central Florida. We enjoy what we do."

Due to Diane growing up and coping with a neuromuscular disease, "Charcot Marie Tooth", Diane has always had a passion to help others, she says this has given her a way to offer compassion and help others while they build a business to earn a living designing motorcycle accessories and cremation urns for bikers.

BikersBuzz by Keith and Diane can be found online at
They sell their products through their web site and on eBay and Amazon.

Monday, August 25, 2014

BikersBuzz by Keith and Diane Gracely

BikersBuzz by Keith and Diane Gracely of Ocala, Florida was founded in June of 2008. We began making personalized cremation urns for bikers and their pets after Diane's father passed away. 

We had to choose a cremation urn for my father at the funeral home and although we did choose one I know my father would have loved it was quite costly and there is nothing personal about it other than the color, dad loved his black pickup trucks, so we chose a black metal urn.

I would have much rather had my father in a custom urn like this...

A few years later Keith's dad passed away and this is the cremation urn we made for him with his photo inlaid on the front of it. And two metal crosses from Keith's sister inlaid on the urn. It makes it so much more personal.

Keith and I moved to Florida 4 years ago and bought motorcycles, a dream we've had since we were teens, we've wanted to ride our own since an early age, due to finances and life's ups and downs we were not able to do it until 2 years ago. After buying motorcycles and meeting some other riders locally we got involved in events, poker runs and fundraisers for downed bikers and bikers with health problems whom local's raise money for the families to help them out.

We decided to design motorcycle accessories and add them to our business. I designed a wooden motorcycle kickstand pad on my wood lathe and Keith began tweeking them to perfection. I also designed wooden refillable lighter and ashtray sets on my wood lathe and began selling them. Keith and I created other wooden products for customers too.

Keith then began designing motorcycle accessories with 550 paracord. He makes get back whips with 1 inch steel balls on the end, monkey fists with a 1 and a half inch steel ball on the end, motorcycle tassels for the brake and clutch levers, and blackjack keyrings with a 1 inch steel ball, and Diane began making survival bracelets.

Our business BikersBuzz by Keith and Diane has continued to grow over the years and with our love of riding and making products for bikers we are working to grow our business to create an extra income.

We set up a booth at local biker events, fundraisers, etc... to sell our motorcycle accessories and donate a percentage of our sales to the cause.

We have also donated several custom made cremation urns to biker families in need. We enjoy our local biker community and have made lots of friends within the community.

Our mission is to help families in need while also creating an income for ourselves with the business we started and enjoy very much. BikersBuzz by Keith and Diane

Our goal is to grow our business worldwide online through our web site and selling our products on eBay and through our Facebook page BikersBuzz

We are always using our creative minds to design new products to add to our Biker Stuff by Keith and Diane business. I am in the process of designing embellished denim handbags for the ladies and knit fingerless gloves. They will be available soon on the web site.

Tell your friends about us, SHARE our Facebook page with your biker brothers and sisters.

Follow Diane's blog for updates on products and stop back to see our VIDEO page. We will be adding lots of videos from biker events we attend throughout Florida.

Monday, August 18, 2014

How to Create a Niche Product or Products

How to I create a niche product?

I've been asked this question many times over the years. My family and friends didn't believe I could create a successful home business out of knit golf club covers. They all laughed at me when I told them I was starting a home business designing knit golf club covers for golfers with pom pom tops back in 2006. 

I knew what I was doing, I had faith in myself, I had done my research and knew there was a market for my knit golf club covers with pom pom tops. 

When I started my home business in February 2006, I knew I was going to succeed. I had done my research and did not have much competition at the time. I found one major competitor and I knew I could beat their quality and prices. So I started "Kewl Tubes" and it took off. By my second year in business I had sales exceeding $50,000. I was taking custom orders online for different designs and colors through my web site and on eBay. by 2011 I was overwhelmed with orders, I couldn't keep up, I was working 7 days a week 12 - 16 hours a day to get orders fulfilled in a timely manner. In February 2011 I decided to sell my business and move on to creating another home business. I sold "Kewl Tubes" for a $50,000 profit to a family who was looking for an established family business.

My husband and I started Ashes2Urns in June 2008. I had lost my father and he was cremated, after looking for a cremation urn for my father we discovered there was a need for affordable cremation urns because the urns available for purchase through funeral homes were outrageously priced. My husband enjoyed woodturning on a wood lathe as a hobby. So we began experimenting with making cremation urns on the wood lathe.

We designed a few and designed a web site to sell them and also listed them on eBay. We began selling them almost immediately.  We came up with the idea to inlay a photo of the deceased on the front of the wooden urns and also woodburn wording on the front of the urns. This gave them a real personal touch. People loved our creative designs.

We decided to start making personalized urns for pets too. 

In 2012 my husband and I bought motorcycles because we have wanted to ride for years. We then came up with the idea to design motorcycle accessories for bikers. We turned Ashes2Urns into "Biker Stuff by Keith and Diane". I created a new web site to sell our motorcycle accessories and make cremation urns specifically for bikers and their pets. 

We make wooden motorcycle accessories such as personalized wooden kickstand pads

and motorcycle tassels

and other motorcycle accessories made out of 550 paracord.

By reading this article you should get some ideas as to how to create a niche product or products. I just explained to you how we did it, how we came up with the ideas to create products. Everything I have done over the past 17 years was created through our love for crafts and hobbies. We just used our imagination to create products that people want or need. 

My first business in 1997 was a laminated bookmarks business called "Diane's Creative Bookmarks" I loved using graphic software on my computer to design custom personalized bookmarks. I began designing them for weddings, funerals, schools, and so many other occasions, and businesses and even book authors.

I grew the bookmarks business for 8 years until I came up with the idea to make knit golf club covers, once I started "Kewl Tubes" I put Diane's Creative Bookmarks business on the market for sale and sold it within a month to someone in North Carolina for a profit.

It's not hard to create a niche product. Use your imagination and your crafts or a hobby and do your research. Think of a product you can make and sell. Do your research, search out your competition and consider if you can make a better product than they do? Can you beat their prices? etc... 

I am currently in the process of designing some new products to add to our motorcycle accessories. I am designing unique denim handbags and knit fingerless gloves for the biker ladies. They will be added to our "Biker Stuff by Keith and Diane" web site in the very near future.

I have a friend who crochets, she just started her own business making some very unique products and it's going very well for her. 

The internet gives us the opportunity to sell products worldwide. It's so much better than a brick and mortar store where you have high overhead. Making and selling products online does not have to cost you a fortune to start a home business. I designed my own web sites, that alone saved me a lot of money. I do NOT pay for advertising either. I do all of my advertising online through free social media, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and more. 

I know you can do it, you can figure out how to create a niche product. Have faith in yourself and don't let anyone stand in your way. GO FOR IT!

Do you want help? Do you need ideas? Feel free to leave a comment on this article and I will offer you some advice.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone Stop Making Excuses

People make excuses because they don't want to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. Believe in "yourself". Get out of your comfort zone and TRY something NEW. Many people are leaving their comfort zones and starting a home business because they know that a J.O.B. is not stable any more in today's economy. Online sales are increasing year by year and we are creating more entrepreneurs every year. 

It's NOT as hard or expensive as many people think to start your own home business. We have the internet today, you don't have to pay for the overhead of brick and mortar stores any more. And all it takes is some creative thinking, you can design products using your favorite craft or hobby.

My husband and I have done it several times over the past 17 years. I started my first business in 1997 making custom laminated bookmarks for all occasions, schools, and much more. I loved designing the bookmarks on my computer. 

Then in 2006 I used my knitting experience to design a knit pattern for golf club covers and started Kewl Tubes, my golf business making custom golf club covers for thousands of golfers around the world. I sold the business in 2011 to a family looking for a family business because we could not keep up with orders any more. We were working 7 days a week 12 - 14 hours a day. We had no time for our own family any more. I didn't want to hire others to help us because I knew they would not take pride in the golf club covers and put out the quality that my customers were used too. I sold Kewl Tubes for a $50,000 profit.

And in 2008 Keith Gracely (my husband) and I started another business making wood products on a wood lathe, and this past year we added custom motorcycle accessories to the business.

I've also been selling on eBay on and off for 14 years. I recently started selling on eBay steadily again after finding a drop ship course that has taught me so much and given me many other choices to source products to sell on eBay.

It's all about believing in yourself, working and pushing yourself to make dreams come true.

Think outside the box... believe in yourself, seek help and advice from others who have a positive outlook and experience. Follow people who are successful and inspiring. Don't let family and friends talk you out of something you are passionate about. My family and friends thought I was crazy when I started my golf business. They didn't think I could succeed with it. I believed in myself, I knew I could create a successful business by working it, growing it, and learning by watching others online who have succeeded. Get inspired!

TAKE ACTION, get out of your comfort zone. I know you CAN do it. You can start a home business. Stop making excuses.