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A Guide to Hiring Removalists for the First Time

Our guest post today talks about hiring a moving company, otherwise known as a removalist in Australia, and what to be aware of when you do so. The same principles apply to our readers here in the United States.

AUTHOR BIO

Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia, and around the world.

A Guide to Hiring Removalists for the First Time

Moving house can be an ordeal. You must sort through everything you own and pack everything properly, making use of high-quality packing supplies to make sure that nothing gets damaged or lost during the process. You also need to deal with other moving-related tasks on time, so you don’t put your relocation on hold.

But a home relocation does not have to be a tiring and frustrating undertaking. You can hire an interstate or international removalist in Australia to make your move easy and hassle-free. Depending on the services you choose to get, these pros can pack some or all your items, provide you with sufficient storage space, and transport all your goods safely, even including your pets and car.

If you are moving for the first time, here is a guide to hiring the best removal company.

Why Hire a Removalist?

Professional removalists will save you stress and time because they offer beneficial relocation services like man hire and moving help. Due to all the tasks involved in the removal process, as well as the associated pressure to get everything done right and on time, you tend to become too stressed even before the process begins. As a result, you may forget to do some of the important things, making your move more difficult and unmanageable.

But if you get expert help, rest assured that all moving-related tasks will be dealt with on time and within your budget. Also, you get help with heavy lifting, thus preventing potential injuries due to improper handling. Best of all, you will have peace of mind knowing that all your items will arrive in your new home safely and damage-free.

Furthermore, having professional removalists helping you out will give you more time to do other important things. For instance, if you are moving abroad, you will have enough time to process and acquire the right visa, especially if your moving day is coming up soon. Also, you can spend time organizing things that will help you settle quickly into your new home.

Professional Removal Services to Consider

●   Pre-Move Assist and Decluttering Service

Decluttering is probably one of the most dreadful activities related to a move. The task can become more challenging to finish if you suddenly feel under the weather, or perhaps if you are moving with kids or elderly parents.

Luckily, removalists can help reduce the clutter in your home to make sure that you will only bring the things you need.

●   Packing Service

Packing is another stressful undertaking when moving house. Fortunately, you can ask professional removalists to do this task on your behalf depending on your needs.

For instance, you can let them pack only the fragile items, your entire kitchen, or all your goods. If you want to pack some of your items yourself, removalists can provide you with high-quality packing materials. Take note that the right packing supplies and techniques will make a huge difference in ensuring the safety of your goods.

●   House Cleaning Service

Removalists can help you clean your house before handing the keys over to its next owner or your landlord. An end of tenancy cleaning service will save you time and energy, and ensure that the house is tidy and organized enough to meet the contract requirements.

●   Pet/Car Transport

If you have a pet or car to bring with you, removalists can be a huge help. Whether you need to bring a dog, cat, goldfish or horse with you, the removal team will move them safely.

The same is true if you need to transport a car. Removalists will care for your vehicle like it is their own, making sure that it will arrive at your new residence in excellent condition. Also, they can give you advice regarding the requirements for transporting it, along with the right insurance to cover it.

●   Storage

If you need a secure space for your items while you travel overseas or while waiting for your house to be move-in ready, removalists can give you reliable storage solutions. Whether you choose to store your items for weeks, months or years, rest assured that all your stored items remain damage-free and secure.

What to Look For in a Removalist

Today, choosing a removal company can be challenging. To help you choose the right removalist, here are four important considerations.

●   Reputation

An established reputation is crucial when choosing a removalist. Make sure to hire a removal company that has been delivering excellent service. Don’t hesitate to ask for references so you can be sure that you are hiring someone competent and reliable.

●   Experience

Experience is the best teacher, especially in terms of packing and moving. A removalist who has been operating for years will make sure that all your items are properly packed and handled with care.

●   Insurance

Despite hiring a removalist with the right packing and moving expertise, accidents can still happen due to natural causes or human error. So make sure to hire a removal company with comprehensive insurance coverage.

●   Customer Service

Nothing is better than finding a removal company that prioritizes the needs and demands of their clients. So make sure to determine how promptly the company replies to any of your concerns or if anything unplanned happens while in transit.

Indeed, professional removalists can help make the removal process run smoothly. So don’t hesitate to get some or all of their offered services, especially if you are moving for the first time. While this entails an added expense, the cost of hiring them will surely be outweighed by the time and energy you save and the safety of all your items.

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What to Consider When Looking For a Removal Company

Our guest post today comes from Sydney, Australia, where movers are known by a different name than those in the United States. 

AUTHOR BIO

Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.

What to Consider When Looking For a Removal Company

If you have decided to relocate to another city, state or country, there are plenty of things you must take into account. Aside from organizing everything you need and working through the logistics, you are most likely to hire a removal company.

Hiring the best removalists in Sydney, for instance, can simplify the removal process. With their moving expertise and tools, they are indeed your best partner in making your relocation a breeze and hassle-free. But not all removal companies are created equal, so you must be careful in choosing who to hire. Otherwise, you might end up working with an incompetent removalist, risking delays in delivery and loss of or damage to your possessions.

Here are the five most important things to consider when searching for a removalist to ensure that you hire the best.

1. Referrals

Asking recommendations from your family, friends, and other people you trust remains the best way to find a reputable removalist. So if you know someone who recently used the services of removalists, don’t hesitate to ask about their experiences.

A removal company that has been operating for years is not necessarily your best bet. How they deal with their clients matters most. This will give you a clearer picture of how they will be dealing with your specific needs and requests.

2. Customer reviews

If you can’t get referrals from people you know, the online world is also a great alternative resource. With just a few mouse clicks, you will be provided with a list of nearby removalists.

The best way to narrow down your options is to read through the reviews of their past clients on their webpage. This will not just inform you of other people’s experiences with specific service providers, but will also give you a clue about other significant variables that you may not have thought of.

In addition to reading customer reviews, it is a good idea to read any replies from the removal companies. This shows their commitment and responsiveness to customer feedback.

3. Licenses and insurance

Anyone can simply purchase a big truck and other moving equipment and call themselves a removal company. However,  those who do have the proper licenses and insurance are more likely to ensure a safe relocation and will respect your rights as a consumer.

So once you have narrowed down your options to at least three different companies, check if they are all licensed and insured. Licenses offer guarantees that they comply with industry standards. Knowing that the company has insurance, on the other hand, means that you can choose to take cover for any damages or injuries incurred during the removal process.

Here’s an important tip: When checking insurance, make sure that it is currently in effect.

4. Services offered

Each move is different, so make sure to look for a company that can accommodate all your items and needs.

If you are moving to another country, make sure that the company is experienced in dealing with international removals, not just interstate. The same is true if you need services other than moving, such as packing and unpacking, storage, and car/pet transport.

Make sure that the removal company you are considering offers all the services you need. You don’t want to hire two companies at the same time just because the first company doesn’t offer storage solutions or car transport for example.

5. Rates

Once you contact a removalist to book certain services, expect that you will be provided with a rate depending on how many movers or hours you’ll need. But this rate does not include other moving-related essentials, such as the necessary packing supplies, and factors such as how difficult the move will be.

Take note that a removal company won’t be able to provide you with an exact estimate until they assess your home.

Also, don’t be afraid to negotiate. You can use the competitive market to get discounts. This way, you can get significant savings that you can use for other important things, such as buying essential furnishing or adding a bathroom for your new home.

And once they have provided you with an estimate, ask them to put it into writing to prevent any disputes in the future. This will also remind you of everything you have talked about as you are reading through the contract and preparing to sign it.

The key is to pick the best removalists. Before giving your hard-earned money to a removal company, make sure to verify if they are legitimate and competent by checking their licenses and insurance, going through their track record, and knowing the services they offer, plus their rates. Ideally, work with removalists who have been proven to provide excellent quality service and customer experience. After all, this is the best way to ensure a successful, stress-free removal.

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What It’s Like to Write “The End” Again

Honestly, it has been a few long years, and it feels like even longer since I have written “The End” on a book, mine or otherwise. In some ways, I was beginning to wonder if I could still do it. By that, I meant carry a story through until the end. 

Don’t get me wrong. I knew I still had it in me, and from my freelance writing career, I knew I could still write. However, writing is novel is much different than an article, a blog post, or a short story. Even those bait e-books they talk about are different when you write the end. 

But after the last year, things changed for me a lot. First, my freelance writing and even a ghostwriting book took off in ways I could not have imagined. I grew as a writer and a person and got back into the writing groove. I took on gigs I would not normally have and transformed my life to once again put writing at the center. 

I wrote “The End” a few times in recent months, and it feels good. If you are a writer and struggling to do the one thing we all struggle with from time to time, finishing, here are some thoughts for you. 

Personal Satisfaction

While we all know that writing is a business and “The End” is just the beginning of a larger process, it is the end of one of the toughest parts. There is something immensely satisfying in the completion of a large project, and whether that is a novella, novel, or a non-fiction book of some sort, you have proven you can see something through to a conclusion. 

Why are NaNoWriMo and other such programs so popular with writers? Because they give you a chance to finish something, even if you do not see it through to publication. Writing “The End” whether the first time or the fiftieth, matters. 

Inspiration to Do it Again

One of the truths of the writing craft is that no matter how good you get, no matter how long you work at it, you will never be truly a master, because there is always something new to learn. The only way to learn those things is to write something and finish it over and over again. 

Writing the words “The End” inspires you to do it again, and again, and again. Maybe you are like most writers and have a lot of projects in the works. When you write “The End” it is time to move on to whatever is next. You should have a plan for that too, by the way. Goals set are goals achieved. 

The Psychological Victory

Let’s put things in a bit of perspective. A big part of writing fiction or anything else is psychological. If you have chosen writing as a career, you can type pretty fast (probably) and you probably have enough ideas to fill a book themselves. Then life happens or people give you other ideas, and you feel like you can write forever. 

Until you sit down to write and then somehow our brain blocks us from doing what we love if we let it. The ability to get through those blocks and to the end with something that is at all good and worth working through the rest of the process is a huge breakthrough, and not just once, but every time. 

I endured a lot of personal criticism about many aspects of my life, including my decision to be a writer and do that for a living for a few years before a relationship ended and I started over in many ways. Whatever is going on in your life, whatever you need to do to finish or get started again, the ability to complete something and write “The End” will boost your confidence and morale. 

What a Relief

To be a successful writer, you need to need to be a writer, to the point where nothing else will really do. Whether this is a hobby for you or a way to make a living, you still need to have the same need. 

Writing “The End” this time for me was a relief. I need to be a writer. An extensive collection of nametags, hairnets, and various unsuccessful careers tells me this is true. The question I had after the last few years was whether or not I could do it anymore. Freelance was one thing: my books and novels were another. 

But I found I could. First, I wrote “The End” on Tilting With Windmills, a Monster Marshall’s story coming sometime this year, wrote “The End” on a ghost writing project I am involved in, wrote it in Harvestedformerly of another title after a major re-write, and am about to do it again on a non-fiction project about writing as a business, also coming out this year. 

This isn’t to brag. It is to simply say this very act proved I can do this, I can be a writer, and I can make it my living. I can keep writing “The End” over and over again until it is written the final time for me by someone else. What’s it like to write “The End” again? It is all of these things. What is standing in your way? No matter what it is, you can get past it. After all, what better satisfaction is there in this crazy business of ours? 

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Keeping Fleas Off of Your Pets

It’s pretty evident that a house full of fluffy fur babies will always be prone to a flea infestation. In fact, the more fur filled your home is, the more likely chance you have in facing fleas at some point. Fleas become a pest when they make their way in and begin multiplying, leaving irritating, itchy, red bites on us and our pets, and carrying a risk of disease. As a pet owner, you need to protect your fur friends with the greatest flea prevention techniques that you can. Why? Because you love them! Fortunately, there are several flea treatment pills, shampoos, sprays, and collars available for you to purchase from your local store and use in preventing fleas or keeping them away. For this, you will need the best of the best, not just any self-acclaimed flea prevention products on the market. We’re here to help!

Flea Infestation

It is easy to evaluate whether or not you have a flea infestation. Most people become aware of their flea problem from sighting the fleas themselves or from experiencing those agitating flea bites. Generally speaking, once you see one flea there are likely many more around (…or soon to be). It does not take long for a few fleas to breed into a major and rapid-spreading infestation. Fleas are also notorious for carrying and spreading disease. For example, the bubonic plague was transmitted to rats by the fleas on them! Although this doesn’t seem likely, it is possible that you can fall ill from a flea problem. Along with this, fleas can cause your four-legged friends to have an allergic reaction from their bites, causing severe itching, hair loss, and irritation.

Flea Control Methods

When it comes to flea control products, the options to choose from are innumerable. Before you rush into the store and purchase what you deem to be the best option, it is necessary to consult with your vet and obtain their opinion as well. You can also consult with your local pest operator regarding the treatment of fleas in your home and gather information regarding that.  With this being said, we have listed some of the most effective cures for fleas below.

Shampoos

One of the best ways to stop fleas from feasting on your innocent pets will be to use shampoo explicitly created for your pet. This will not only aid in treating the fleas on your pet, but it will also help in preventing the likelihood of them returning in the future. However, the downfall of some of these shampoo brands would be that they remove natural oils from your pet’s coat and skin in order for the treatment to be effective. Again, it is advisable to consult with your vet before buying a particular shampoo product from the store. You can get a waterproof shampoo if you prefer to treat your pet to a nice cool bath or swimming, as the effect of waterproof shampoo does not leave after 48 hours. Though more than likely if you’re facing a flea issue, a flea bath is needed in some cases. Ensure you wait 24 to 72 hours after the bath to enable complete drying of the coat and give the natural oil time to replenish. You can use non-insecticidal shampoo to remove debris and flea dirt, while it also soothes skin-irritated skin.

Flea Combs and Consistent Grooming

Consistent pet grooming helps greatly in removing fleas. Flea combs happen to be a fine-toothed-comb designed to specifically remove flea and flea dirt, which is food for larvae. The flea comb can be successfully used by putting it in a mixture of mild soapy water and gently brushing your pet to trap the fleas. This method also helps to monitor the effectiveness of your flea control and extermination process. After your treatment efforts, you may see fleas around, but that does not necessarily mean the treatment was completely ineffective. It takes time to eliminate fleas from your environment. The already laid eggs, pupae, and larvae in the environment may hatch and infest your home or your pets, which will lead to an endless cycle of your constant attempts to eradicate them. This brings us to our last proposal of treatment, being your local pest control expert.

Unsuccessful? That’s ok!

Don’t give up just yet, because these fleas definitely aren’t. If you’ve tried DIY treatments and differing solutions from your vet and none are seeming to do the trick, it’s time to call in the professionals. A professional pest control service may seem like an extensive route, but in reality, it will be the safest, effective, and quick option. A professionally trained and equipped flea control expert can eliminate your fleas for good, and prevent them from ever returning. Your pet doesn’t deserve to endure fleas, help them out today! Comments closed

SOME PROS AND CONS OF PLAYING ONLINE POKER

The game of poker is one of the nerve-wracking and logic-intensive games that any gambler can try their hands on in a casino regardless of whether the casino is situated at a physical location or online.

The game of poker provides gamblers with fun and the recent advancements which have made it possible to play poker online make it more fun. You can check online poker out for yourself. Find out here.

Normally, the game of poker involves you sitting and playing against an opponent sitting across from you. This is with regards to playing at brick-and-mortar casinos.

This is not the case when playing the game of poker at online casinos as you won’t be face to face with your rival. In spite of this, one can enjoy the game as long as they are well versed in what it entails.

Here are some pros of playing online poker:

1. You reduce cost when compared to in person casinos. The online casino provides a lower overhead on cost, as you’ll get to cut down on expenditures on travel needed to get you to a game in person.

2.  You will have a larger variety of tables to pick from when you play online poker. Online casinos have loads of table options available.

3. You won’t be nervous playing online poker when compared to sitting across from your opponent in a physical setting. Playing online poker is the best bet for beginners who are just starting to get a grasp of the game.

Cons of playing online poker

1. If your exploits in the game of poker are dependent on tells and how you observe the moves of your opponent, then online poker will leave you severely disadvantaged.

2. You will be exposed to game addiction as the game will be readily available on demand. You’ll be able to play from where you want and when you want, and this can lead to an addiction if it’s not handled properly.

3. Playing online poker is very fast and gives you less time to make decisions. This can lead to gargantuan losses if you can’t keep up with the pace of the game on the online mode.

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Embalming: Preserving The Body A While Longer

Today our guest blogger looks at the process of preserving the body a little longer for those who prefer funeral services, viewing, or other celebrations of life. 

Before someone is buried, a funeral home performs the embalming process. This is sometimes a personal preference for families who want to have their loved one cremated or who might not believe in embalming due to religious beliefs. Most of the time, embalming is done for visitation benefits as it can prolong the body from discoloring and deteriorating at a rapid rate after death.

As a part of the process of embalming La Grange IL funeral homes perform, the body is thoroughly disinfected. The muscles are massaged so that they aren’t stiff as this often occurs shortly after death and makes it difficult for the embalming process to take place. It can also make it difficult to position the body in the casket. Shaving occurs at this time as well. Either glue or plastic caps are used on the eyelids to hold them shut. Wires are often used to secure the jaws closed, but some funeral homes will use stitches instead.

All of the blood and bodily fluids are removed from the body. A solution with formaldehyde is injected into the veins so that it courses through the body. Water, dyes, and ethanol are also used in this solution. The cavities in the body are then embalmed. This is done by making a small incision in the lower abdomen so that a tube can be inserted into the body to deliver the solution. Any gas or fluid in the organs is removed before the solution is injected. After the body is full of the necessary amount of solution, the suture is closed. Makeup is used on the body to give a natural appearance according to the wishes of the family. Clothing that is provided by the family will be put on the deceased, and the hair is styled in a manner that the family requests before the body is put in a casket.

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Advanced Amazon SEO Tactics You Need to Know

Amazon has made many businesses a lot of money. Its unprecedented growth has transformed the world of eCommerce.

And yet with all this, sellers are facing more competition than ever. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get a product on page 1, let alone becoming the top-ranking product.

This is why we are writing this article. 

Here are some of the best Amazon SEO tactics you need to know to get your products further up the SERPs.

Become familiar with how Amazon ranks in the first place

Amazon’s product ranking system is controlled by an algorithm named A9. A9 uses simple keywords as the major part of their ranking criteria.

To quote them directly:

“Customers must be able to find your products before they can buy them, and searching is the primary way they can do that.

Customers search by entering keywords, which are matched against the information (title, description, and so on) that you provide for a product. 

Factors such as degree of text match, price, availability, selection, and sales history help determine where your product appears in a customer’s search results. 

By providing relevant and complete information for your product, you can increase your product’s visibility and sales.”

So, to rank a product on Amazon, the product listing must aim to meet each of these points.

Optimize the product title

If your product title is not optimized, you are going to be losing out on a lot of sales. The product title has a big impact in terms of rankings.

Titles must include product keywords, your brand name and a brief description eg the color and size.

Keywords are by far the most important aspect of a product title. They must relevant to the product, so it appears when searched for. If you have a few short and longtail keywords, use the primary keywords for the product title.

This is where keyword research and selection become very important. You should be using an Amazon tracking software that keeps an eye on how well a keyword performs for your product.

The best product listings have their most relevant keywords at the beginning of the title. This is because customers can quickly tell that your product is what they’re after and A9 likes relevant keywords in the title as early as possible.

The more that you can satisfy what A9 wants from a product listing, the better.

Optimise the product features and descriptions

Product features play a large role in conversions. This section should focus around what the product does, rather than how it benefits the customer from using it. You should be looking to use secondary keywords in the product features section.

Another thing you need to know is that the features must be written in bullet point form. This makes it far easier for a customer to scan through and read what the product does.

Now for the descriptions.

This is the section where you say why the customer should buy your product, describing all the benefits they will get from using it. Like the features, the description is also important in terms of increasing conversions. 

If possible, try and incorporate some high-quality images of the product. These should be different from the lead product images and focus on it being used.

If applicable, include a link back to your website in this section. From an SEO perspective, this affordable link building tactic (we say affordable, it’s free!) places a link in a very authoritative site, boosting rankings in Google at the same time.

Encourage product reviews

Amazon is very much aware that people will buy products that are favored by past purchasers.  Having great product reviews are key to getting your product higher in the rankings.

Reviews are essentially social proof that you have a good product. Amazon is looking for products that have a high number of reviews because they realize it will sell more, which makes them money.

Products that have both a high number of reviews and high ratings boost conversions. 

There are several ways you can get people to leave a review, the simplest being just by asking.

Once a sale has completed leave it at least a week for before following up with the customer to leave a review.

For newer Amazon seller stores, take a look at Amazon’s Early Reviewer Program.  This is a service provided by Amazon that is aimed at getting new products reviewed.

Amazon reaches out to a random number of customers who have bought the product and asks them if they would be interested in writing a review.  They will offer a small incentive to that customer in return.

Amazon will only contact customers that have an honest record when it comes to previous reviews.  You can be sure that their opinion will be genuine.

If you’re going to use other methods to encourage reviews, be sure to check Amazon’s Terms of Service beforehand.  The last thing you need is your account banned from selling activities, with little to no chance of successful appeals.

Back end search terms

The search terms section is only shown in the back-end of the listings. There is a lot of debate around this section, but honestly, it is something that does not need to be complicated.

Simply place your primary keywords in this section, entering only one keyword per line. 

Remember to not only input keywords people are searching, but change these if you find that, for example during your PPC campaign, some keywords convert a lot better than others. Always remember to mix the keywords up in the search terms. Do not just put the same thing but with connectors. It’s also worth considering using misspelled keywords here too. Mistakes can happen when typing so if your product has some words that can easily be entered incorrectly, include them here. This will improve the product’s visibility in search results.

Our guest author, Tom Buckland is the Founder of an organic marketing agency based in the UK. Specialising in increasing revenues on Amazon & Google, he’s the #1 ranked Amazon marketing consultant with http://amazonseoconsultant.com/ & the owner of HQ SEO.

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Overcoming Insecurities as an Early Startup Owner

One of the essential character traits that most successful business owners have is confidence. After all, it takes a considerable amount of confidence to leave behind a salaried position with relative security and to pursue a bold idea through your own venture.

For some entrepreneurs, this bold step has never been taken before. The entire experience is filled with uncertainty based on a profound lack of experience.

For other entrepreneurs who have tried to launch a startup previously, there may be memories of failure or intense challenges floating in their mind. After all, some entrepreneurs will have several learning experiences before they ultimately launch a successful startup.

Insecurities are normal, and they can even be healthy to a degree. After all, your insecurities now can help you to think through your startup activities more thoroughly. By doing so, you may be able to overcome some of the obstacles that you may face in the future.Of course, for many people, this will only address some of many insecurities. These are a few other steps that you can take to target your insecurities directly.

Find a Mentor

One concern that many entrepreneurs face involves making a false move. This may be a move in the wrong direction, or it may be a move in the right direction that is unfortunately taken too soon. You could spend ample time reading books and articles on the topic of entrepreneurship, but another idea is to find a mentor. You may join a local group for entrepreneurs or small business owners as one possible way to find a mentor who can provide you with guidance.

A mentor is someone who has already walked down the path that you are preparing to venture down. This person may have a huge amount of knowledge that is now relevant and even critical for you to know. By consulting with this person periodically, you may get many questions answered that you otherwise would have had to learn through trial and error. When you have a mentor available to lean on, you may feel more confident as you prepare to move forward with your launch.

Improve Your Credentials

Many of the largest and most successful companies today were founded by individuals who lacked a college degree, and some did not even have formal experience in their field. While there are no firm requirements in this area, it can make you feel more confident about pursuing your dreams if you have a higher level of education in a relevant field. If obtaining a full degree is not ideal, you can consider at least taking a few relevant courses or working toward a certification

An alternative to improving credentials that could be placed on a resume is to improve your knowledge base. This could be through books, articles, seminars and more. Education comes in many forms, and you should always strive to improve yourself so that you can give yourself a better chance of being a successful entrepreneur.

Develop a Business Plan

After you have taken steps to improve yourself and to get the extra support that you need, you can turn your attention directly to the new business that you plan to start. Even the most well-qualified and well-supported individuals may still feel uncertain about a new venture when they have not carefully researched and planned it. Developing a business plan that is detailed and accurate is a wonderful way to improve your confidence in your efforts to launch your business.

A complete business plan may take you weeks to prepare. It covers all relevant aspects of your operation, such as marketing, product development, logistics, finances, taxation and more. Before you develop a business plan, you may simply have a product or service in mind that you think will be well-received by customers. After you develop a business plan, you will have a clear concept of what it takes to run your business and to make it a success. By developing this plan, you may determine that your business idea is not as lucrative as you initially thought. On the other hand, you could dramatically improve your peace of mind with the understanding that your plan is amazing.

Review Your Finances

Most startups fail because of financial reasons. There are many underlying causes, such as an inability to generate sales, being assessed fines because of legal violations, growing too rapidly and more. You may be aware that money is a serious concern from the inception of your operation, and you may be one of many aspiring entrepreneurs who have uncertainties related to generating revenue or turning a profit.

One of the primary ways to mitigate this type of concern is to review your finances carefully on a regular basis. Always know where you stand financially, and seek additional funding well before it may actually be needed. The time to seek funding is before you have a critical need for cash.

Wrapping Up

There are many factors that can make a startup owner feel insecure and relatively unconfident. However, you must find a way to overcome these feelings and to feel bold enough to take huge leaps forward at opportune and well-planned times. If you are struggling with insecurity in any way, take time to assess the reason for this. Determine if these thoughtful ideas may work well to help you improve your situation, or look for other effective ways that are suitable for your specific issues and concerns.

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5 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Being a Freelancer

There is a good reason behind the recent trend of quitting regular jobs to go freelance. People started to realize that nobody is forcing them to choose jobs that dictate the tempo of their lives in a way that makes them feel stressed or even depressed. Millions of people have already decided to become freelancers instead. Will you follow their example? Who knows – life is pretty unpredictable.

Regardless of your career path, it is good to know that you can always opt for alternative sources of income. If you are interested to find out more about benefits of going freelance, take a look.

Relative independence

One of the greatest advantages of going freelance is the fact that it’s much easier to organize your day.

While working from 9 AM to 5 PM five days a week has its pros, the truth is that there is no worker who genuinely enjoys being forced to come to the worksite every single morning. There are tens of possible situations that could make coming to the workplace at 9 AM almost impossible. What if a person has a terrible headache or stomach pain? Would they really be of any help to their colleagues? Or what if they’ve had an awful night because someone close to them had an accident or any other kind of a problem? Unfortunately, not many employers understand this issue.

Freelance jobs allow people to organize their business hours relatively independently. Depending on the nature of the job, a person who hires a freelance worker usually sets deadlines too. However, unlike other employers, they don’t interfere with a freelancer’s time management. Two things are very important though – to meet deadlinesand complete tasks in accordance with their expectations.

Multitasking (and more sources of income)

For many people, having only one source of income isn’t enough. But if a person works forty hours a week, it is highly unlikely that they’ll be able to find additional jobs. And, even if they do, would they really be able to manage all tasks successfully?

On the other hand, freelancers are far less limited when it comes to multitasking. For example, one can work as a pet sitter in the morning, and finish their data entry tasks in the afternoon. Similarly, many freelancers get paid to take surveys onlinefrom home because they have enough time to do as many surveys as they want. Online surveys can be filled out in a restaurant or on public transport. It’s no wonder that online surveys have become one of the most popular ways to earn extra money.

Better social life

Going freelance enables people to manage their personal commitments more easily. In comparison with other workers, freelancers are far less likely to miss family dinners or night outs with friends.

Because they are enabled to organize their working hours in a way that benefits their daily routine, freelancers who are highly organized have much more spare time. Not only does this make them more satisfied with their professional life, but it also positively affects their work performance. Having this in mind, companies who care for performance measurement are bound to be satisfied with the performance of an individual who works as a freelancer.

Both well-being and the quality of social lifeare tightly linked to a person’s work performance. Workers can’t fully enjoy their jobs unless they are given enough time to share the benefits of the efforts they put into work with their loved ones. For example, a person who works as a freelance event manager is probably going to have a vivacious social life because of the number of people they get in touch with.

Stress-free work environment

Another immensely important benefit of going freelance is that nobody is around to make noise or create unnecessary drama. Unfortunately, workers around the globe are victims of mobbing. Surviving workplace mobbing can be very challenging even for the more experienced workers. Sadly, in many cases, the employer is the one who is responsible for the harassment. This generally leads to a high rate of employee turnover.

On the other hand, freelancers are able to create their own work environment. Setting up a home office is a smart move for anyone who decides to become a freelancer. Not only is it far less likely that a person will be bothered by a representative of a company who hired them, but they could also be in full control of the working hours.

Social media managers usually have nicely set up home offices because of the time they spend using their laptops and phones. In order to satisfy the needs of their clients, people who manage social media accounts of other individuals and companies have to feel completely comfortable with their work environment. Similarly, bloggers and freelance writers will produce better content if their home offices are set up according to their own standards. Needless to say, it is essential to obtain office supplies. However, adding plants and scented candles will make a real difference. While plants reduce stress, scented candles help freelancers work in a completely relaxed atmosphere. Not to mention that listening to music during work is only possible if one works from the comfort of their own home.

Healthier lifestyle

Arguably the most important benefit of going freelance is the healthier lifestyle that comes with it.

When a person works in a stress-free environment and is completely happy with their professional life, their health improves too. Scheduling in accordance with their habits allows freelancers to regularly visit gyms and yoga centers. Besides, they don’t need to worry about whether they’ll have enough time (and money) to carefully plan their meals.

Extra benefits of going freelance include more time for outdoor activities, more time for learning new skills, more money for traveling, as well as more possibilities for soul-fulfilling relationships.

All things considered, it’s really hard to argue against becoming a freelancer. This is because jobs are supposed to complement peoples’ lives, which is far more likely to happen if they opt for a freelance lifestyle. The possibilities that come with such a decision are practically limitless. At the end of the day, the way we feel about our own lives is what matters the most. In 2018, there is no need to stick to your present job if it doesn’t enhance your life in any way.

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4 Steps to Surviving Your Home Office Renovation

With remote work on the rise, more and more people are needing to create a space to work at home. While you can always use almost any extra room in your home as an office, there are a number of benefits to actually custom renovating an empty space into a home office. Renovations not only take time, however, but they also create a great deal of chaos, confusion and noise. While the outcome will almost certainly be worth the headache, it is important to create a plan for sailing through your home office renovation. Here are 4 tips to surviving your home office renovation.

 

Plan Thoroughly

One of the most important aspects of any home renovation is to have a detailed plan in place that covers every aspect of the remodel. Before you begin renovations, you should already have your office furniture picked out and a detailed floor plan laid out. You will want to plan exactly where your desk is going to be so any electrical needs can be met.

You’ll also want to have a lighting plan in place to take advantage of or even create natural light in your space. Make sure you have any lighting fixtures ready to install so the appropriate installation mounts can also be installed. In addition, you will want to have all materials ready and waiting when work begins. Many remodels and renovations have been held up for days or even weeks by materials that didn’t arrive on time. As the old saying goes: if you fail to plan, plan to fail.

 

Choose Your Contractors Carefully

Whether you are doing a full-on remodel or just an all-out renovation, you are probably going to need help. While it is possible to do some of the work yourself, doing it yourself will often cost more in lost income than simply hiring someone. In addition, professionals will generally accomplish the task far more quickly. Remember, time is money. The less time it takes, the more you save. Ultimately, however, you will need to decide whether to hire your own contractors or hire a general contractor to oversee the entire project.

When choosing a contractor, the lowest bidder is not necessarily the best. Many are the nightmare stories of hiring a bad contractor. Take your time, do your research and choose wisely. Hiring a bad contractor can result in everything from costly delays to actually having to rip out work that may not have been performed up to code.

 

Backup and Pack Up

While renovations are taking place, you will want to vacate your space entirely. This means you will need to pack everything up, but you will also want to be extremely detailed about doing so. Unlike a home move, your livelihood is dependent on being able to find certain things in an emergency. While your renovations may only be planned to last a few days, when it comes to renovations it is always best to plan for the unexpected. This means planning as if the renovations may take several weeks or more.

Make sure you have a full backup of all computers on portable hard drives, particularly if you are going to be packing up your desktop and using a laptop. If you pack things in boxes, make a detailed inventory and color code each box. Take pictures of how electronics are set up or anything that needs to be dismantled. Make sure that you tape any hardware, fixtures, screws, nuts or boils that are removed to the piece they belong to. The more care you take in packing up your office, the more likely you are to find what you need when you need it.

 

Relocate

While you may want to check in every day on what progress is being made, you are unlikely to be able to focus or concentrate while all the business of remodeling is going on. In addition, if you need to meet with clients, be on the phone or hold a video conference, there is no telling what kind of noise or other distractions you may have to deal with. Sometimes, remodeling can even require water or electricity being shut off for a time. Ultimately, your best bet is to get out of the house while renovations are happening.

If all you need to do your work is a phone and a laptop, you might be able to simply relocate to a local coffee house. There are a number of other options, however, that may be more conducive to doing business. Co-working office spaces are a great solution because they often have daily and weekly options available. In addition to providing a space that is more conducive to doing business and getting work done, most co-working spaces have available conference rooms and other amenities that help you accomplish everything you need to.

Wrapping Up

Most people labor away for years in offices they have little to no control over. Creating your own home office gives you an almost unheard of opportunity to create a space specifically designed down to the very last detail to help you do your best work. Remember that you will spend a great deal of your life in your office and ultimately you probably want that time to be at least productive if not completely enjoyable. Yes, every job will have some unpleasant tasks, but at the very least you can create a great space to accomplish even the most unpleasant tasks.

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