I bought my first home a few months ago. Up until then, I had been living in an apartment for all of my adult life. I knew that I was ready to make the move to my own house, and I was able to buy a really nice one that has about an acre of property with it. Having a house over an apartment has been a learning experience though since I am now in charge of my own maintenance. The first thing I needed was to find the best washing machine so I could pressure wash the sidewalks, driveway and even the siding on the house and garage. Continue reading
When I found out my husband was cheating on me, there was actual relief. That might sound odd, but it was actually very liberating, I had not been happy in a very long time, and I was happy to have the excuse I needed to change the way my life was. The first thing I did was go online to look at apartments for rent in Lewisville TX. I wanted to have everything ready before I told him I was leaving, because I knew he would try to change my mind.
It took me a few hours to look over all the apartments that I could find in Lewisville, which is where I used to live before getting married. It had been 12 years though, and there were a lot more options since I had been living there. I wanted to see as many as possible, but I kept going back to the apartments at Toscana Valley Ridge. I just needed something small, but that didn’t mean that I wanted something uncomfortable. Continue reading
I had always wanted to live the beach life, but never had a chance until after I graduated from school and got a job in Tampa. I knew that I could not afford a million-dollar home on the beach, but at least I would be close enough to hit the beach on the weekends. I wanted to live in one of the downtown Tampa apartments that I had been looking at. I would be very close to work, but still close enough to the water to be happy.
I was not sure if I would love downtown life, but I really like it. It is nice to be able to walk home from work and be in my apartment in just 10 minutes or so. Continue reading
When I discovered the Pirate Bay website, I was opened up to a world of things that I had been missing out on. You can find just about anything on the website. I’ve found many books that I’ve been interested in reading, but couldn’t find at the library. I’ve found old games that I used to play but couldn’t get my hands on anymore because there were no more copies of them in stores. I’ve even found mix tapes from some of my favorite musicians.. The best thing that I’ve found on the website is a manual for an old television.
Most people would think that an old television manual wouldn’t be something to get excited about, but this was no ordinary manual. This manual contained instructions on how to take apart the television. Again, a normal person wouldn’t care about something like this, but to me, it meant that I could try my hand at repairing an old television. I have a television that has problems with the images it displays. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered what happens when you flush your toilet? It’s so nice and convenient that after flushing we’re given clean water with nothing to remind us of the horror that we left behind in that pure white porcelain bowl. I doubt the majority of Americans are the kind of people who are going to be thinking of their own wastes in such a context but there are times when I cannot help but wonder what happens to it all and the people that are forced to work as sewer cleaning in Bronx NY. Those men and women have to be some of the bravest people in the world, I used to think, which is what drove me into the local employment agency in order to discover first hand what kind of terrible stories they have. Stories that come from their actual worldly experiences of diving into those unholy human-carved and human-soiled depths.
When we were kids I no doubt I was the only one who used to imagine vast cities hidden within the sewers. Imagined places that were like Neverland. Continue reading
I take my business very seriously. I know there are a lot of owners of companies that let others handle most things, but I like to get my hands dirty, so to speak. When there was an accident at one of our locations, I went there myself to find out what had happened. A worker escaped serious injury when one of the ladders to the roof came lose while he was on it. I wanted to make sure nothing like that ever happened again, so I did a search for a fixed access ladder. I also went and examined the other locations in person and saw that the potential for the same kind of accident was present at quite a few of them. Continue reading
The first thing is to figure out what we are going to do and how much money we are going to be willing to put in to this. It is not like you can not plow tons of cash in to this sort of project. In theory we would like to do as much of it as we can by ourselves, but some of it might not be that practical. For instance we found this place that has a good deal on some really nice tempered glass shower doors in Essex county NJ, but we are looking at this thing and we were asking the guy in the store if he knew how to install it. Continue reading
My boss and I sat down with some of the guys in tech and the marketing staff this morning. We are getting ready to open up a new web page and we are trying to figure out how to promote it. Of course that is not an easy thing to do and so we are looking for help. There are a lot of guys who do Internet marketing, but it is really hard to figure out who has the ability to produce results. For example I checked out some Ewen Chia reviews and this guy really makes a lot of big claims. The essence of his pitch is that if you listen to him, then you stand to make millions. In fact that is a common thread when you listen to people in this field. They are in marketing after all and the first thing that they need to be able to do is to sell their own services. The fact is that this is really complicated stuff and no one who is not trained is going to be able to really understand the stuff. Continue reading
The general office model has served businesses well over the past few decades, offering every employee a dedicated working area within a specific part of the building. A new employee, on joining a business or organisation, is usually given a guided tour of the building before being shown a desk and workspace at which he or she is expected to conduct most aspects of the job for that day, and for all subsequent days within the company.
The recent years of austerity have affected the way we do business and the way in which we approach our working day. Now firms are desperately trying to trim their expenses and many organisations are finding that the ‘one employee, one desk’ policy is no longer appropriate or desirable.
Allowing for staff absences due to holidays, illness or business travel, many companies have identified the expenditure of providing heating, lighting and electronic equipment for unused workstations. The answer for many is to drastically reduce the number of available desks, doing away with the concept of each employee having an exclusive working zone.
It’s not just the recession to blame for this new trend. The rapid technological advances of recent years have made computers lighter, faster, more powerful and much more portable than they used to be. Tablets and smartphones can be carried in a pocket, allowing an employee to access data no matter where they happen to be, providing greater mobility to staff.
Furthermore, the rise of cloud computing means that members of staff no longer need to carry around bulky and heavy laptops in order to stay in touch with the office. The businessman or businesswoman on the go can receive emails, phone calls and other information from the office quickly and easily wherever there is Wi-Fi connection, which provides a degree of flexibility and freedom never before experienced by the business world.
Hot desking and teleworking
More and more companies are turning to the hot desk model of providing a limited number of workstations at which employees can work for a period of time. Desks can be booked for an allotted time or simply made available to any employees within the vicinity.
Teleworking allows employees to work from home, or even on the go. In some instances employees may rarely need to set foot in the office at all. Some hotel chains have seen their own business opportunity and have created ‘drop in’ business facilities up and down the country to provide the perfect solution for business people on the move. With just the click of a mouse or a brief phone call it is perfectly possible look at booking anything from one of the meeting rooms Kings Cross has to offer, to‘hot desking’ it in Manchester.
Businesses have learned that trimming budgets is vital to ensure continuing success in these challenging times and have been quick to see the savings that can be made. A flexible workforce which can operate seamlessly from a range of locations has the advantage over a static business based at one site with all of the associated costs this model entails. The traditional office set up is beginning to look like a dinosaur.
If there’s one thing that virtually all of us have in common, it’s the fact that we’re constantly looking for ways to make more money. Well, one way that you can do that is by investing, and one kind of investment that has proven to be successful for many individuals is buying a franchise. That’s because many franchises already have a proven track record of being profitable, a solid brand and a lot of the support that franchisees need in order for their franchise to do well. This would include training programs, marketing and real estate assistance and ongoing operational support from the franchisor’s staff as well.
So, if this is something that you feel you would be interested in getting into, we have provided you with a list of five things that you should consider before investing into a franchise below:
Does your area need the product or service that the franchise provides?When you’re looking into purchasing a franchise, you definitely want to buy the kind that will prove to be profitable for you. Therefore, it’s important to do some thorough research beforehand on if the product or service is in high demand in your area. It’s always wise to look into how many competitors that you might have within a 100-mile radius as well.
What is the franchisor’s business track record? You don’t want to go into business with a franchisor without knowing a significant amount of information about them. This would include inquiring about the business’s track record and reputation, if they have a strong infrastructure and if there are any current legal issues that they are battling with. This brings us to the third thing that you should consider.
What is the financial strength of the franchisor? It is important to do business with a franchisor who is financially stable. For this reason, you are well within your rights to ask them to provide you with relevant business documentation that you can take to your lawyer and/or accountant to review. It’s also a good idea to ask them about their 3-5 year future plan and if they are willing to provide a “disclosure” statement upon your request as well.
What is the franchisor’s fee and financial interest? Being that it can cost several thousand dollars to own a franchise, you need to know what the franchisor’s initial fee is. Not only that, but since a lot of franchisors desire to have on-going royalties too, you should also find out how much they plan to earn from the franchise even once you buy it.
How does the franchisor select the individuals that they do business with?Say that you go to a website like Franchise Expo to see what kind of franchise business that you want to invest in. As you’re narrowing down the options of the one of that you would like to by, also seek information on the kind of individuals that the franchisors tend to hire. Many franchisors will share their franchisee profile along with any education or training that they would prefer for them to have. That way, you can be thoroughly prepared before you actually meet with the franchisor. For more information on franchise investments, visit Franchise.