CubeClerk Simplifies 5 billion Dollar Used Furniture Market

| Press | August 27, 2012

Cubeclerk.com has successfully launched the second version of its online used office furniture marketplace.

Significant time and thought has been put into re-architecting Cubeclerk.com. We listened to both our customers and dealers and took what we learned to create an innovative, yet easy way for sellers to quickly liquidate their furniture and cubicles while letting buyers find great deals on premium inventory.

“Unlike many other ecommerce businesses, buyers and sellers in the used office furniture market have a huge challenge finding one another.” states Cubeclerk CEO, Grant Jones. “We have cracked this and have made used office furniture market much more liquid with the introduction of Cubeclerk Marketplace. While we still have a few more things to fine tune, our goal is to provide sellers with a fair market offer for any lot of furniture within 10 days of listing.”

“Used office furniture sellers typically don’t have the luxury of time or extra resources to sell their furniture”, said Grant Jones. “There are significant re-configuration and logistical challenges that come with selling 10 or 1000 cubicles, desks, and chairs. Our in-house experience and network of shipping and installation teams makes Cubeclerk the one stop shop for buying and selling used office furniture.”

Jones said, “The new updates have significantly enhanced usability and back-end workflow. We have been welcomed with a great deal of customer traffic and listings. In the past two weeks alone we have received over $9 million in high quality used office furniture listings.”

Future planned updates this year will include additional dealer integration and updates to inquiry and instant user notifications.

Cubeclerk is the fastest growing used furniture marketplace on the internet, specializing in top quality brands from Herman Miller, Haworth, Steelcase, Global, ION, Knoll, and Allsteel. Cubeclerk provides listing, configuration, and shipping services to greatly speed time to sale and processing. Dealers nationwide use Cubeclerk to promote their furniture to greatly improve visibility and capitalize on Cubeclerk’s active advertising and online promotion. For more information visit http://www.cubeclerk.com or call (800) 283-5947. For press inquiries, please email press(at)cubeclerk.com.

Cubeclerk and the Cubeclerk logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of SENJONS, Inc.

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7 Frugal Startup Tips from Millionaire Entrepreneurs

| Press | August 27, 2012

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You don’t win in business by wasting money. Even the most successful entrepreneurs pinched pennies in the early days–and many still do. Here, several multimillionaires share their best cost-cutting tips when you’re trying to get your startup off the ground.

1. Cash in credit card rewards. Before the success of the George Forman grill super-charged sales at his direct-response television marketing firm, Rick Cesari became resourceful in using his credit card points to buy event tickets or thank high-performing employees by sending them on weekend getaways. Today, the founder of Seattle, Wash.-based Cesari Direct, charges between $125,000 to $200,000 on an Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card, and still uses the rewards to save several thousand dollars each year on employee perks at his $5 million company.

Related: Three Things to Know About Business Credit Cards

2. Skip the fancy furniture. “I didn’t buy new furniture for the first six years I was in business,” says Brett D. Reizen, CEO of Entertainment Benefits Group, LLC, Aventura, Florida, a $100 million provider of travel and entertainment services. Of course, you can start by checking out local used furniture shops or search on Craigslist. There are also furniture rental services likeCORT, which can reduce the upfront cash you need to outfit your office. It also sells that rental furniture at deep discounts when clients are done with it. Find more online at CubeClerk, an office furniture marketplace.

3. Recycle and reuse shipping supplies. Even though his online garden supply retail business, Growers House, skyrocketed to $2 million in revenue in its first nine months, founder Nate Lipton only spent $300 on shipping supplies. Whenever the Tucson, Ariz.-based business receives its shipments it turns around and reuses all the boxes. If you’re shipping via Priority Mail, the U.S. Postal Service also offers free boxes and envelopes. Of course, there are discount cardboard box sellers, such as UsedCardboardBoxes.com, you can turn to as well.

Related: Five Tips for Saving Money on Shipping

4. Be creative about space. Instead of springing for a posh office to sell RetroFitness health club franchises, founder Eric Casaburi used an extra room in one of his health clubs. It wasn’t pretty, he says, but it saved him more than $10,000 in office rent and also fit with the company’s bare-bones brand image. Co-working spaces are another option to cut costs. Cambridge, Mass.-based HubSpot was headquartered in a Boston co-working space until it hit 100 employees, sharing conference rooms, coffee machines, and even a receptionist and phone system. LooseCubes and CityFeet are good directories of shared and co-working office spaces.

Related: How Small Shops Economize by Sharing Space

5. Check out deal sites. Liz Gaspari, co-founder of Gaspari Nutrition, an $8 million nutritional supplements company based in Lakewood, N.J., uses daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial to offer employee perks. Whether it’s through discounted meals and shows or gym memberships, the coupons have saved the company hundreds of dollars, she says. When it comes to business purchases, sites like RapidBuyr and Bizydeal can help you save on computers, office furniture and supplies, and even training courses.

6. Cross-train employees. Startups are no place for a “that’s not my job” attitude. After Jeff Platt began to train employees to fill multiple roles at his Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Parks, he saved more than 5 percent on payroll for the $15.7 million Los Angeles-based recreation company. Casaburi did the same thing at RetroFitness, attending his first International Franchise Association trade show with the manager of one of his gyms acting as a franchise sales representative. “Having employees move from hat to hat to hat saves you money and keeps your operations lean,” he says.

Related: 10 Free Online Resources for Business Tech

7. Do your own research. In his boot-strapping startup days, Casaburi also used to conduct his own market reach by sitting in parking lots of prospective locations and counting the car and foot traffic to see if there was enough activity to support a new gym. He analyzed every metric, such as population, vehicle and foot traffic, and other aspects of his most successful locations and tried to find locations that had similar activity and characteristics. Now that he’s staffed up, he no longer does this himself, but he estimates he’s saved more than $100,000 per year in salary or consulting fees before he hired help. Instead of hanging out in parking lots, you can take advantage of technology like ZoomProspector, a free service that lets you find communities by parameters like community size, education levels, and recent job growth.

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