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Young Paracording Entrepreneurs
Posted by Jackson Yakowicz on 7/16/2014 to Jack's Jargon


Young Paracording Entrepreneurs


Tomorrow's Business Leaders are Crafting Paracord Today


Theo Waitkus, Paracord Planet fan


The value of a dollar is vastly inflated in the eyes of a child. As a kid, I used to do anything for a few bucks. I remember the dog days of summer, when my neighbors and I would set up a streetside lemonade stand, beckoning walkers-by to make a purchase. It took us about 6 hours to accrue a whopping $5 in total profit, and only 30 seconds to blow that entire amount on candy at the local gas station. We didn’t care. We were young, ambitious, and hungry for any little portion of wealth we could find. The same entrepreneurial passion is alive and well in the hearts of youth ten years later. I grant paracord some of the credit for this. Paracord crafting has not only become a way to spend one’s afternoon, but also has become a viable business venture for children of all ages.  Listed below are the most valuable lessons a child can learn about running a business from selling paracord bracelets to friends and family.


Lesson #1: How to be creative


Image from Rothco


The first thing a paracord crafter must establish is their competitive advantage. What can you make that nobody else can?! You have to keep a watchful eye on your competition and make it your sole objective to create more original products. This requires creativity. A child’s imagination is his/her most coveted asset. The uninhibited mind of a child is able to develop an unfathomable range of ideas. This means an unlimited amount of paracord designs. Creative weave and knot patterns will be the stepping stone that children use to further their business. When they enter the corporate business world, it’ll be the same. A creative product is as necessary in the industrial market as it is in the market for paracord bracelets. Young entrepreneurs will learn how to continually expand their creative minds through selling paracord designs.


Lesson #2: Understanding supply and demand


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My first economics course in high school was nearly the death of me. I also never crafted nor sold paracord bracelets while growing up. Coincidence? Maybe. Seriously though, kids can learn a major lesson in basic economics through their bracelet business. How many bracelets do I have to craft this week? How much raw paracord and how many paracord buckles will I have to buy to satisfy these orders? Not only will a child learn the relationship between supply and demand, but also will learn how to increase demand through marketing. Whether they choose the word-of-mouth route, wherein Billy tells Jessica that Little Joey down the block can make an awesome bracelet, or they go to social media to post listings for their products, children have the opportunity to make their brand known. Learning how to price their products is another lesson for these young saleschildren. Selling paracord bracelets is the ultimate Economics 101 lesson for a kid.


Lesson #3: Distributing your product


Image from Mambo Sprouts


After a product is created and a customer is interested in purchasing said product, your saleschild is going to need to get the product to their customer. This is where their lesson on distribution will come in. Whether the distribution involves packing bracelets in one’s backpack and delivering them at school or sending them in the mail, kids will learn a valuable lesson here. Not only does the product have to stay safe and in-tact, but it also must be delivered at a reasonable time. The same concerns emerge in the corporate world. Quality and timeliness are the keys here. Our young entrepreneurs will learn the benefits of having a proper distribution system during their bracelet-selling endeavor.


Lesson #4: Managing customer relations


Image from Cindy Tansin


The final, and arguably most valuable, lesson a child will learn from crafting and selling paracord products is customer relations. In an ideal world, every customer we ever encounter will be exuberant and joyous with their love for our product. Unfortunately, universal satisfaction is a mythical goal. A child may encounter a few customers who are less-than-happy with their order. They will learn the ramifications that come along with an unhappy customer, and will learn how to improve the quality of their product to avoid encountering this unpleasant event again. Children will learn how to respond to adversity and persevere, which is very possibly the most important lesson for any businessperson to learn. Our young entrepreneurs’ early lessons in regards to customer relationship management will really set them ahead in the business environment of their future.


Making paracord bracelets most likely will not make your child rich. However, it will make them rich with knowledge of important business concepts. I firmly believe that the best entrepreneurs and business executives of our future are busy crafting and selling paracord bracelets today. So, encourage your child, younger sibling, or neighbor to get into paracord crafting; it just could be what leads them to success in their future.



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Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern


Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com


For more of Jack's work, view his full blog.

Bracelets for Men
Posted by Jackson Yakowicz on 7/9/2014 to Jack's Jargon


Bracelets for Men


Four paracord bracelets designed for guys




I’ll always remember the time I was emasculated by a 4-year-old. I’m entrusting you readers with a hallmark moment in terms of my awkwardness, so feel honored. It was last summer, and I had just finished playing some beach volleyball at the local lake. On my drive home, I became flooded with an overwhelming urge for ice cream (these things happen, just go with it). I swerved into a Cub Foods parking lot, quickly found the freezer aisle in the store, and grabbed a carton of Haagen-Dasz. It was late in the afternoon, and naturally the lines for the cash registers were jam-packed. Behind me in line were a young mother and her son (my future nemesis). The boy piped up “Hey mom, why is that guy wearing a bracelet?! Is he a girl?!” I blushed, looked down at my yellow Livestrong bracelet, and nervously shuffled my way into a different checkout lane. Bill Cosby wasn’t lying; kids do say the darndest things.  I realized however that this little boy’s opinion reflected a greater societal belief. The rigidity of gender roles in modern society limits jewelry to the confines of a female-only accessory. I’m here to change that. Listed below are some of the roughest and toughest paracord bracelets that will change the preconceived notion that bracelets are for girls only.


#1: The Fire-Starter Bracelet



Man’s obsession with fire is virtually universal. From the early days of cavemen creating sparks with stone to the more modern applications in campfires and fireworks, I think every male is at least partially pyromaniac. With a flint-rod buckle, your paracord bracelet can be transformed into a fire-starter, too! Using the seven interior strands in your paracord as kindling, you can easily set your kindling aflame with the buckle. This bracelet is applicable in a multitude of survival situations, but also in simpler situations such as creating a smaller bonfire. Check out this video to see how the fire starter paracord bracelet works.


#2: The Fishing Bracelet


Image from Paracordable


My frequent readers are already well aware of my fascination with paracord’s fishing applications, but I can’t help it! A paracord bracelet that can be used to reel in some dinner out on the lake is just incredible to me. By removing the interior strands of your paracord and filling the outer shell with fishing line instead, you are well on your way to a successful pontoon ride. Take the picture above as an example of how you can better use your paracord bracelet as a makeshift tacklebox. Check out this video to see how the fishing paracord bracelet works.


#3: The USB Bracelet


Image from Finders Keepers Creations


Now this one is unique. As an office worker, I’m accustomed to the frustrations of a missing USB flash drive. I’ve seen a lot of ways in which a flash drive can be better accounted for, including attaching it to a keychain or the handle of your watter bottle. However, this is new. A USB that acts as the buckle on your paracord bracelet is as awesome as it is creative. While you’re at the office, you never have to worry about misplacing your flash drive or being unable to access your files. Check out this tutorial to see how you can make your own USB paracord bracelet.


#4: The Monkey Fist Bracelet

  

Image from Paracord Forum


I’ve always been intrigued by the monkey fist. When I first started working here at Paracord Planet, my desk buddy was playing around with one. I asked him what he was holding, and then he started whipping it around in the air. Accidentally (or so he claims), he lost hold of it and it missed my head by only a matter of inches. I literally dodged a bullet. Whether you are using the monkey fist for self-defense or demolition, it surely does the trick. Attaching a monkey fist to your paracord bracelet makes for a pretty awesome piece of jewelry. Check out this tutorial to see how to create your own monkey fist paracord bracelet.


The next time I’m approached by a 4-year-old sexist in a checkout line, I will proudly boast my paracord bracelet. The paracord bracelet is truly a unisex accessory, and designed for people of any age, as well. The applications of paracord bracelets and capacity for creative crafting are infinite. What ideas do you have to enhance your bracelet? Let me know in the comment section below!


Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your Google+ circles, check out our Pinterest, and add us on Snapchat at “ParacordPlanet.” We frequently run contests and giveaways on all of these social media venues, and would love to get to know our fans even better!!


Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern




To read more of Jack’s work, view his full blog.

Stars, Stripes, and Paracord
Posted by Jackson Yakowicz on 7/2/2014 to Jack's Jargon


Stars, Stripes, and Paracord


The history and expansion of paracord in the USA



U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A. Go anywhere in America, start that chant, and I can almost guarantee the room will erupt into a thunderous roar of national pride. OK, don’t try that in a movie theater or at a silent auction, but you catch my drift. Say what you will about Americans and the shortcomings of the United States, but one thing we have in surplus is pride in our country. The Home of the Brave and Land of the Free also deserve a lot of credit for the discovery and expansion of paracord. As the 4th of July approaches, I want to dedicate this blog post to the unique relationship between my beloved country and paracord. 


The History


Image from WW2 in Color


To trace the lineage of paracord, we have to journey to the battlefields in World War II. The United States Military introduced a new form of cord—“paracord,” as it would be later known—to be used as the suspension lines for their parachuting expeditions. Once paratroopers were in the field, they began to develop new uses for this paracord. The slender, strength-resistant rope fulfilled many functions including attaching equipment to harnesses, tying rucksacks to vehicle racks, securing camouflage nets to trees and vehicles, and being used as a pace counter to estimate ground coverage. Outside of the initial uses discovered by the military, paracord’s versatility continued to expand domestically. In 1997, during one of the early shuttle missions (STS-82), NASA astronauts accessed the highly useful cord to repair damaged insulation on the Hubble Space Telescope. It could be said that over the seventy years since its inception, paracord has subtly shaped American history.


USA-Themed Paracord Projects


The popularity of the red, white, and blue combination amongst bracelets is indicative of how prideful paracord crafters from the States truly are. We love our country, so why shouldn't our crafts indicate that?! Displayed below are some of my personal favorite USA-themed paracord products. How sweet are these?!


Image from Etsy


Image from Survival Straps


Image from The Hansens


Image from Unique Rope Craft



The "Made in the U.S.A." Promise



To be honest, before interning with Paracord Planet, I didn't realize the intangible added-value of a domestically-made product. Paracord Planet is a true American company. We hire employees right here in Fargo, choose domestic suppliers to responsibly source from, and pride ourselves in helping the U.S. economy continue to climb upwards. Not only that, but parachute cord was originally created by Americans. We can manufacture the best paracord, because we invented it. Every package you receive from Paracord Planet displays the "Made in the U.S.A." emblem to serve as a reminder to our customers that they are helping their country with every purchase they make. Stars, stripes, and paracord: that's my America.


Have an awesome Independence Day!! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your Google+ circle, and check out our Pinterest. Also, add us on Snapchat at "ParacordPlanet." We are giving out free paracord ALL THE TIME on all five social media venues!! Don't miss your opportunity to win all you can!



Written by: Jack Yakowicz, Paracord Planet Intern


Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com


For more of Jack's work, view his full blog.

You Ain't Messing With My Click
Posted by Jackson Yakowicz on 6/25/2014 to Jack's Jargon



You Ain't Messing With My Click


The 5 Coolest Paracord Buckles



Nobody has respect for a cashier. Stick with me; I have a point to make. I spent three years working as a cashier at my hometown Target store. My days were replete with half-hearted conversations, redundant coupon scanning, and the occasional “hey, that’s not that price!!” I was rarely thanked, and seldom bestowed sympathy for my mundane job. However, without me, a transaction could not be completed, a customer could not exit our store, and our company would receive no profit. Likewise, a paracord bracelet is incomplete without a buckle (OK, there’s a few exceptions, but let me make my point). We often overlook the importance of the buckle that will ultimately complete our project. I mean, we don’t call it a “paracord BUCKLE bracelet.” This post is dedicated to the underappreciated paracord hardware out there. The five buckle options discussed below not only clinch and clasp our paracord jewelry, but also illustrate the covert coolness that can be the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary bracelet.


#5: The Aluminum Buckle



I admit to some nepotism, here, as my paracord bracelet—which was finished with an aluminum buckle—is my baby. The aluminum buckle has two main attributes that give it a leg up on its plastic predecessor: first, it’s flashy. The shiny metal exterior helps add a more aesthetically pleasing look to one’s bracelet, and contrasts perfectly with the cordage weaved around it. Second, the aluminum buckle is heavy duty. The durability of your buckle should not be understated. It’s important to have a buckle that can withstand the natural wear-and-tear that will occur during its tenure around your wrist. An aluminum buckle is able to offer longevity. Paracord Planet’s aluminum buckles can be purchased here


#4: The Whistle Buckle



Since this blog post has already discussed my troubled past with jobs, it’s time for me to bring up another stint from my past; I used to referee in-house basketball games. Having a hard time retaining my attention during those games, I was often yelled at by parents and coaches. Get your head in the game, Ref!! Blow your whistle. I now hate whistles. However, I will swallow my pride and admit to the benefits of a whistle buckle. While you are out in nature with your paracord bracelet, having a whistle can be a great asset. The whistle buckle can both curb the chances that you or that someone in your group will get lost during a hike through the woods. Paracord Planet’s whistle buckles can be purchased here.


#3: The Reflective Dog Collar Buckle



Do-it-yourselfers have found a real niche in the market for paracord puppy accessories. Harnesses, leashes, and toys are amongst the numerous items that are weaved with paracord. No item is more popular, however, than the paracord dog collar. For those of you who create these awesome collars, I would highly suggest the use of a reflective buckle to conclude your collar crafting. Using this reflective buckle is a precautionary initiative more than anything else, protecting your dog by making him/her more visible on a late-night walk. Make cars aware of your pup’s presence when crossing the street by equipping the doggy collar with this awesome buckle. Paracord Planet’s reflective buckles can be purchased here. 


#2: The Fire-Starter Buckle



When my co-worker first told me that his buckle could start a fire, I thought he was joking. Sure man, I thought, and my buckle can predict the weather. After trying out the flint-rod buckle for myself, I’m a believer. The applications of this flint-rod buckle are infinite! Whether you’re trapped in the middle of the wilderness, or aiming to impress a crush at a summer bonfire, let your buckle help you out. The seven interior strands inside paracord’s outer shell can seamlessly transform into kindling, and your buckle can be used to set that kindling aflame. Before you know it, you will have erected a fire from near nothing, and be able to stay warm in a testing climate. Watch this video to see how it works, and check out Paracord Planet’s flint rod, fire-starter buckles here.


#1: The Secret Handcuff Key Buckle



There’s nothing scarier than a prankster friend who owns a pair of handcuffs. We’ve all had that friend who takes a neighborhood game of “Cops and Robbers” a little bit too far, right? I wish I had a secret handcuff key buckle back then. Whether you’re in a bind like I was, illegally detained, or simply wishing to have a back-up key in the event that your original one goes missing, I would highly suggest purchasing this buckle. The Secret Handcuff Key Buckle takes the cake when it comes to cool paracord bracelet buckles. Watch this video to see how it works, and check out Paracord Planet’s secret handcuff key buckle here



Special shoutout to Joe Medina for the photography and editing.


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Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern


Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com


To read more of Jack's work, view his full blog.


5 Paracord Projects for the Couch Potato
Posted by Jackson Yakowicz on 6/18/2014 to Jack's Jargon


5 Paracord Projects for the Couch Potato


Consolidating your electronic addiction & paracord passion



My reliance on my iPhone is almost embarrassing. This past winter, my mom treated our family to a vacation to the Riviera Maya in Mexico. Most people would have been satisfied with the tranquility provided by the beach waves, but the entire week we were down there I was like an addict experiencing withdrawals. No wi-fi?! No 4G connection?! What was I to do with myself?! Like I said, it’s embarrassing. However, I am not alone in my addiction to technology. The rapidity of life in the technological era leaves us feeling excluded if we can’t see the most recent Facebook posts, or receive texts from friends and family. Here at Paracord Planet, however, we have a company-wide devotion to the great outdoors. Our products are ready to be utilized in an assortment of outdoor adventure and survival situations. To instill in our readers a love for paracord, however, we realize that we have to also succumb to the fact that we’re competing with technology. So, why not consolidate technology and survival gear by introducing you to a few ways you can improve your technological devices with paracord?! Listed below are five great paracord projects for the couch potato to undertake that involve enhancing and protecting their electronics.


#1: Phone Charger Protection Wrap


Image from Life Hacker


“Stay, stay, please, stay,” Jack whispers to his phone. He watches as the lightning-shaped icon blinks on and off. The end of his charger is so badly frayed that it’s a guessing game every morning as to whether or not he will wake up with any battery remaining. We’ve all been there, right?! Nothing is more agitating than an inoperable phone charger, and a $30-$40 replacement fee leaves us feeling hopelessly defeated. Lucky for you, there’s a more cost-efficient route to pursue. Wrapping the end of your phone charger with protective paracord is a surefire way to alleviate any emotional irritation caused by a faulty or frayed charger. Here’s a tutorial on how to create your own phone charger protection wrap


#2: Paracord Headphone Sleeves


Image from Instructables


Music brings me sanity. I always have my headphones on me—when I’m at work, when I’m at the gym, and even when I’m trying to fall asleep. The upsetting reality behind this headphone dependency is that I can spend upwards of fifteen minutes in every day untangling the cords I balled up in my pocket. Whether you’re an avid music listener, or occasional earphone wearer, the overwhelming disdain for tangled cords is universal. By encasing your headphones in a paracord sleeve, your day has one less hassle to deal with. Here’s a tutorial on how to create your own paracord headphone sleeves.


#3: Paracord Flash Drives


Image from Load Out


Paracord puts the “flash” in flash drive. Sorry, that was a corny introduction. It’s true, though! Paracord, as bracelet and necklace wearers everywhere have learned, is the recent buzz in do-it-yourself fashion. Why not add some paracord to the outside of your flash drive?! Covering your flash drive in a paracord weave is sure to make your USB harder to misplace, as it adds a more visible shell as well as a nifty hook that can attach to a keychain or lanyard. With just a few feet of spare-a-cord, you can weave your own flash drive wrap. Here’s a tutorial on how to create your own paracord flash drive.


#4: Paracord Phone Stand


Image from Instructables


Here’s a fun one for the smart phone crowd. With the aid of some metal wire (found in a coat hanger, for example), the outside casing of your paracord can be used to make an ever functional phone stand. The paracord shell around the metal wire helps keep this stand phone-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. Keeping your phone in a stand is a great idea for you to consider at the office, as calls can be seen and responded to with greater ease, and spills and messes are diverted from the direction of your device. Here’s a tutorial on how to create your own paracord phone stand.


#5: Paracord Extension Cord Lock


Image from Instructables


We all remember different things about the day we moved into our college dorm room. Most people remember the long goodbye with their parents, while others remember the battle over who gets bottom bunk. I, however, remember thinking 'shoot, there’s only 2 plug-ins in this entire room.' Extension cords became a necessity for me, which created a set of subsequent issues as these cords would frequently fall out of the plug. I wish I had known then what I know now. Paracord can solve your extension cord headache by acting as a makeshift cord lock. Here’s a tutorial on how to create your own paracord extension cord lock.



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Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern


Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com


For more of Jack's work, view his full blog.



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