Consumer 6: Hunting for deals lead Tulsa woman to form new company
Wednesday, September 27th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
The Internet has produced hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country. Tulsan Maggie Booneâ€™s job could be of benefit to you. She finds good deals and shares them online with others, without leaving her home and her children. Booneâ€™s company is known as Deal-Hunting.com. "We have discounts from over 160 online merchants, and usually at least a 10 to 15 percent discount," she said.
Booneâ€™s venture as an entrepreneur began as a hobby. "I found that I was doing a lot of my shopping online, trying to find the best deals,â€ she explained. â€œSpending a lot of time doing research, I got some really good deals." Her hobby then blossomed into a business.
"I thought that other people might be interested in finding these deals for themselves,â€ Boone said. â€œSince I was looking for myself, I thought if I posted them on the Internet, people might be able to take advantage of them as well."
Boone bought how-to computer books and software. She also learned to create her own web pages. "Then I became an affiliate with a lot of merchants through several different agencies, and they pay me a commission for each sale," she said. Booneâ€™s investment of time and money is paying off.
In her third month, she earned about $1,800 without advertising. She credits word of mouth, and a website packed with good deals. "Old Navy -- $10.00 off a $50.00 dollar purchase,â€ she noted. â€œStaples coupon -- $10.00 off a $30.00 order."
She has links to several websites offering product rebates. Some products are free to the buyer after the rebate. She also just launched her second website - sandsprings.com. "My husband is from Sand Springs, so we wanted to do something for the community," Boone explained. The site has information about events as well as real estate in Sand Springs. She says the best part of owning her own company is that she can work from home without leaving her children. "It's just a lot nicer to be able to be home with the kids,â€ she said. â€œTo be able to teach them, and help them with their homework, and not have to worry about day care. I get to spend a lot of time with them."