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I help therefore I’m

Bismillah

A few months back we started a HalalBucks Pioneer club on Ning.com and we accomplished at least one project :)

Here is the result of the project: Baba Ali sold more Kalimaat games in one month than he did in the whole year for his last game. Special thanks to http://princessolive.com for selling the games in Canada.

So, many members liked the idea of the club. However, this time we are going to modify the format of the club a little bit. The old format was all members focus on one project each month, but it was quite demanding considering everyone is busy with own projects.

So, here is the new format, each member help someone else, why?

The new idea is inspired by the authentic Hadith collected by Imam Muslim,

والله في عون العبد ما كان العبد في عون أخيه
“And Allah is in the assistance of the servant, so long the servant is in the assistance of his brother.”

So, as a member you serve another member (or many other members) at least once a month so you get Allah’s help.

The club will also solve another dilemma, which is how to avoid shameless self promotion :)

It’s awkward to self promote your business with your family and friends, and even when they know about your products, you often end up giving them for free.

With this club, at various social events, you can easily promote your friends’ services to your social circles based on the circumstances. At the same time, you get help from Allah for helping others.

So, want to join the club?

All those who paid for HalalBucks pioneer club will get to join the new club automatically. If you want to join, you need to be approved and pay a monthly fee ($20 USD).

Here are some FAQ:

If I’m serving others, why should I pay $20?
Well, money is the best way to formalize a contract. Otherwise, nobody takes things seriously.

Why should you get the $20, not just giving the money to the one who helped me?
The whole beauty of this club is nobody is looking to get paid back by any human beings. We are helping others so Allah will help us. As for who gets the $20, it’s a maintenance fee. Also, as a concrete value, we will, inshaAllah, promote your business through our network as well, so that’s just an added bonus for you.

Can I try your service?
You can click on the button below and get 3 weeks trial for $3 a week. If you don’t like it at the end, we refund you all your payment. So you basically get 3 weeks trial.

What if there are haram products/services that I don’t want to promote?
We take who qualifies to join the club very seriously. They have to be halal, and also the rest of the members have the veto right to object to a new member.

How can I join?
You click on the subscribe button. You don’t necessarily need a Paypal account, you can use your bank card to pay as well.





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Reviving the 1/3 business model

*This is a way to help both business and generate Sadaqah, inshaAllah.*


As we mentioned earlier about our HalalBuzz promotional service, we would like to explain here more about the 1/3 business model that we want to experiment with, inshaAllah.

The 1/3 model is mentioned in a hadtih where a man heard a voice from the cloud saying irrigate the garden of so and so; he then followed the cloud and saw a man in the garden and asked him what he did to earn this reward (dedicated rain from Allah). He said, whenever I have harvest, I keep a third for my family to eat, I donate a third, and I put back a third back to the garden. So, HalalBuzz wants to experiment donating 1/3 of our revenues, keeping 1/3 for the company, and giving 1/3 for those who spread the buzz.

Some people told us that it’s too much to give away 1/3, but still we want to try it and hope it works, inshaAllah.

So, we want to do this idea with the current buzz campaign (click to see).

Here is how it works:

  • This campaign revenue is $117. On top of that, we will give $1 for reach tweet and $1 for reach facebook link, according to the counters on the halalbuzz site. (Up to $1000, inshaAllah).
  • We will donate the 1/3 to one of the non-profit projects of our members.
  • To help, you can blog, send this link (http://halalbuzz.com/buzz/archives/142) to your friends, or post it on your facebook
  • To decide which non-profit project, you vote by leaving a comment. For example, “I just [sent/blogged about this and put the link] and I vote the 1/3 sadaqah to go to such and such school or project.”
  • The non-profit that gets most votes, will get the 1/3 of this buzz.

So, what do you think about this idea?

For our HalalBucks readers who want to learn how to start a business, other than the idea and a website, we are putting $1000 as a seed for this campaign. Of course, we have also invested in building a mailing list over the years.

Alhamdulillah, right now HalalBuzz has several projects waiting in line. We haven’t decided to take on all these clients, because our goal inshaAllah to make sure that our clients are fully satisfied and have their goals achieved.

Here is a partial list:
1- http://knowinterest.com Alhamdulillah, they covered their investment within the first day of sending out a mass email.
2- Ad-Duha home school Islamic children courses, who has an interesting story for this HalalBuzz campaign. One of their customer loved their product so much that she paid us to promote them, subhanaAllah.
3- Test preparation service for students 13-17 age
4- Muslim social networking site
5- Women clothing, click only if you are a sister :)

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Update about KnowInterest family

Assalam alaikum,

Two years back (wow time flies), we conducted an interview with the co-author of KnowInterst.

Recently, we’ve learned that the family, mashaAllah tabarakaAllah, is about to pay off their house using their pure installment method (as described in their book KnowInterest).

They approached HalalBuzz (our marketing service) to help them promote their ebook so they can pay off the outstanding balance, inshaAllah.

So, if you like to know how they bought their house interest free you can buy their ebook at http://knowInterest.com.

We also urge you to spread the word to support the concept of Halal economy and help families own their homes without Riba.

May Allah reward you and bless your family

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New Directions

Bismillah

InshaAllah, based on the suggestions we received from many of you, we are going to introduce these new services:

  1. Every week we will post the translation of financial Fiqh issue
  2. Every 3 months we will discuss a business case
  3. Every 6 months our private club will invest in one of these deals. We are not soliciting investment, the club is private for now, but we will share with you our insights as much as possible

Currently, we are investing in a seminar business in Malaysia. We will discuss the pros and cons and why we decided to invest in such a company.

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