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The Companies You Can Run Completely Remotely

The Companies You Can Run Completely Remotely

With the pandemic giving no real signs of letting up any time soon, keen entrepreneurs are going to need to consider what they can do to survive. If you are someone who loves a new project and you are wondering what you could do to get your new business off the ground, it’s going to be important to try and find an idea for a company which can easily survive through remote control. Here are some examples of the kinds of companies you are probably going to be able to run entirely remotely.

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E-commerce

Not only is it possible to run an e-commerce store completely from home with the help of other remote workers, it is also the kind of business that has actually been doing really well the past twelve months. The e-commerce industry is booming, and there has rarely been a better time to get into this side of things than now. To make this a successful operation, you need to sell items that you and your team can easily make and package from home. You might even want to use it as an opportunity to sell on your arts and crafts that you might have made.

Dropshipping

This is a similar kind of business model to e-commerce, but it varies in that you are not generally making the products yourself. Of course, that makes it ideal for a time such as this during the pandemic, as you neither need to make products yourself at home nor use factories and warehouses to do so. Essentially, you don’t actually keep any goods in stock – instead, you act as the go-between for the providers and the buyers, and in this way you can actually make quite a considerable amount of money. Find out how dropshipping works here.

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Tutoring & Coaching

Do you have something you can teach others? Perhaps you have some skill that you know people would love to learn. Whatever it might be, if you get a few other people together with you who also have that skill, or something similar, you could set up your very own tutoring and coaching service online. There are few skills which you can’t teach online these days, with video conferencing software being as good as it is, and you could find yourself making a considerable amount of money in no time at all. This is definitely one to think about.

Digital Marketing

One effect of the pandemic has been that businesses have started to truly appreciate just how important the digital aspect of marketing might be. This has led to a surge in sales in this industry, and it’s something that is worth taking advantage of if you know how. By setting up your own digital marketing campaign, you should be able to help other businesses get ahead, and you can provide all of the services you need to provide completely remotely.

These are all worth looking into if you want to run a business completely remotely, so make sure you are considering them.

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Dry Skin, Dry Hair, Dry Nails

DRY SKIN, DRY HAIR, DRY NAILS

It’s been a fairly mild season for a lot of regions, which is nice when it comes to the health of our bodies. Did you know that harsh weather can wreak havoc on our skin, hair and nails. However, due to the pandemic, several other factors are terrorizing these things instead.

Washing hands is a MUST

Since the beginning of the sweep of Covid-19, health officials have agreed on one thing… Washing hands. It’s necessary to wash our hands much more frequently and for a long period of time than ever before. Ergo, our hands can become extremely dry and cracked, which isn’t good when it comes to any kind of virus or bacteria that could creep in through little cuts in the skin.

Prevention is key

Keeping our hands from cracking and staying clean is the goal. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Next apply a moisturizer of some kind. My favorite is Argan Oil. It’s light. It dries quickly without leaving a thick, oily residue behind. A little goes a long way… a drop will do you well. And best part, Argan Oil can be used on other parts of the body, including the scalp and hair!

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Stop falling out

During the pandemic, a common theme of hair loss has been reported for those that haven’t gotten sick. Quarantine hair loss is a thing. It’s a strange phenomenon that no one can really explain. Is it a deficiency in vitamins or a lack of sunshine? Is it just as simple as common hair loss brough on by stress? Argan Oil is a natural strengthener to hair and is nurturing to the scalp. Again, a little goes a long way. But before you try to douse your head in Argan, be sure to do a test spot on the back of your wrist to make sure you don’t have any adverse reactions. Practice safety first, always.

Natural nails

With the closing and reopening of salons, who knows when it’s possible to get a refill on the nails? Some have asked is it even worth taking the risk of COVID-19 exposure since no one is seeing my nails but me? That’s a question only you can answer for yourself. But many have gone all natural with their nails over the last several months. Repairing the insult of what we can put our nails through just to look fabulous can take some time and patience. And lots of nourishment. Argan oil can help with that, too. Pack with vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties, Argan has the ability to strengthen nails and heal damage. Another bonus, Argan can help treat nail fungus, naturally.

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Rediscovering The Spark In Your Relationship In Spite Of Covid-19

Rediscovering The Spark In Your Relationship In Spite Of Covid-19

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The coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of our lives in a big way. This is particularly noticeable for couples, and reduced levels of romance are a very common issue. Unfortunately, ignoring the problem won’t suddenly make it disappear. You need to tackle the issue head-on by putting the spark and excitement back into the relationship.

There’s no escaping the fact that the continued limitations caused by the pandemic will pose obstacles. Nonetheless, the following steps will give you the best shot at getting love back on track.

Make Time For Home Dates

If you’re both working from home, your schedules are probably up in the air. This can lead to a situation where you are cohabiting, but not coliving. It will take a conscious effort to rectify this issue. Try to find time where you can sit down for a home date night. Whether it’s watching a film, eating a romantic meal, or doing something creative together doesn’t matter. The time spent together can bring romance back into your lives while also making the home surroundings more enjoyable. This is the perfect starting point.

Get A Break From The Norm

The chances of jetting off for a vacation are a lot less likely than usual. And, quite frankly, you could probably use the break more than ever. Simply giving yourself a chance to forget about the stresses of daily life and concentrate on each other will work wonders. Even if it’s just a day trip or weekend away to the next town. Hire a luxury vehicle from experts at Burswood Car Rentals and take a road trip. A little spontaneity goes a long way, even if your options for attractions are limited. In many ways, making your own entertainment may be even better.

Turn Off Social Media

Social media can undoubtedly play a positive role in our lives. Right now, though, life is hard. So, seeing influencers post their seemingly perfect lives can create an inferiority complex. In turn, it can make you question whether your relationship is enough. In truth, it probably is but has become a victim of the warped view you’ve gained. Taking a social media detox will give you time to focus on each other. You can still stay in contact with loved ones via other tech means, like video chat. Your mindsets will undergo a significant transformation.

Enjoy Hobbies Together

Getting to know your lover is very exciting at the start of a relationship. Sadly, there is a very strong chance that you’ve stopped sharing those moments together. Take it in turns to introduce each other to your passions. Whether it’s listening to a band, enjoying a certain type of art, cooking, or playing Fortnite doesn’t matter. The love of those activities is still a very attractive feature, and partners can learn to love the activities too. When you find a good balance between his and her pastimes, love and laughs will be restored.

Seek Expert Help

There is nothing wrong with accepting that your relationship needs help at any time. However, these unprecedented times mean that there is even less shame or guilt involved. While most people naturally jump straight to the idea of therapy, it’s not the only option. Speaking to couples that have experienced the same difficulties, such as being unable to get away from each other, can feel comforting. The fact you want to fight for your love shows that there is still something there. Do not forget it.

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How to Survive Lockdown With Your Partner

How to Survive Lockdown With Your Partner

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It’s a difficult time for everyone at the moment. There are lockdowns going on over the world, and people are unable to do many of the activities that once brought them joy. There are restrictions on going out for dinner or drinking at bars, and don’t even think about going to a concert or sports event in the foreseeable future. As winter continues to settle in, more and more people will find themselves stuck at home for long periods of time. You may be working from home or unemployed due to the pandemic. Perhaps you’ve had to self-isolate or shield to reduce your risk.

Whatever your reasons for being stuck at home, it can be an incredibly frustrating and isolating experience. Having a loved one to share the experience with can help, but it can also present challenges of its own. You may think spending more time with your partner at home would help strengthen your relationship, but if you’re not careful it could do just the opposite. When you are together 24/7, with little room to get away, you may find yourself getting increasingly annoyed with one another. Your partner’s habits will go from cute to unbearable in the blink of an eye, and you may find yourself engaging in constant shouting matches and passive-aggressive silences.

But if you are prepared for the challenges of being stuck indoors together, you will be better equipped to avoid putting a strain on your relationship. To help your love make it through the winter, here are a few helpful tips for surviving lockdown with your partner.

Face issues together

You and your partner are both completely different people with different minds, experiences, and habits. One of you may be coping perfectly well with the situation, while the other is silently suffering. It’s important that you are open and honest with each other about how you are feeling, and face your anxieties and worries together. If you bottle up your emotions inside, they will eventually overwhelm you and lead to cracks in your relationship. Keep an open line of communication and constantly check in with one another. Speak up about any irritations you have as well. Perhaps your partner puts the heating on too high or leaves their clothes all over the floor. You probably have some habits that annoy them too, so talk about them together and be prepared to make compromises.

Give each other space

No matter how in love you are, everyone needs some alone time now and then. But if you’re stuck at home together day and night, this space is harder to achieve than you would like. Make sure you schedule some alone time every day, to give your thoughts a chance to breathe and check in with yourself. You could go for a long winter walk, or spend an hour in the bath with a scented candle and a cup of tea. Once you return to your partner you will be in a much better frame of mind.

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Financials For Coffee Shops

Financials For Coffee Shops

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You won’t have to walk far to find a coffee shop in the United States. We love our coffee, which is great for you in terms of demand, but means there is always going to be strong competition coming from all angles. 

This is why you need to create a loyal consumer base by reaching optimal levels of efficiency and organization. An effective online management system ensures you stand out from others in the industry. 

Needless to say, COVID-19 has also brought further troubles to the industry, making it more difficult for small businesses around the country. Social distancing can mean that you are able to take fewer coffee orders throughout the day, which is why it is critical to look into the financial side of things. 

An online accounting system can help you to make sure that you have all of your money in order. Below, we are going to look at the different areas to consider, all of which can be managed with a financial solution that is integrated and tailored to suit your coffee company.

Payroll – By managing your employees’ payroll electronically, you can be sure of ultimate ease, efficiency, and less margin for human error. 

Debt Payments – Managing debt is vital for any business owner. Read up on DTSS sovereign if you need some help and assistance with this.

Cash flow forecasting – Cash flow forecasting is a vital component when it comes to business success. Inefficient handling of this area of your business can lead to huge problems. You should automate your cash flow so you can have a firm grip on daily finances, bills, and expenses.

Credit control – Stay on top of your credit for optimal financial security. 

Card payment facilities – Most customers will want to pay using their credit or debit card due to COVID-19. Make sure you give them this option with card payment facilities. 

Budgeting and profit projections – You can’t stay in the here and now if you want to reach your ultimate potential. By staying ahead of the game you’ll reap the rewards in the future by maximizing profits.  

Management reporting with KPIs – This is an essential component in driving your business to achieve its strategic goals. 

Point of Sales systems – Effective Point of Sales systems ensure this area of your business is handled successfully, whilst also presenting you with excellent data for moving forward.

Stock control across a number of outlets (for those with more than one shop!) – There is nothing worse for a coffee shop than running out of supplies. Make sure this does not happen by keeping track of your stock and orders. A good system should enable you to do this.

Customer loyalty programmes – Everyone has a favourite coffee shop. Make sure you are that shop with our effective customer loyalty programmes. 

• Sales discounts – Customers love a good discount! By managing sales and discounts effectively you can make better decisions so that you reap maximum profit potential from any sales are discounts you have running. 

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So that’s what $1,000,000 looks like

So that’s what $1,000,000 looks like

With all this recession and Covid talk going around there are some huge numbers being used and it desensitizes you to how much money that really is. This many millions of dollars being lost. That many billions being spent. Well, I found this infographic to be a fun way to put it all back into perspective. One million dollars isn’t really a huge amount of money for the government, and it can even fit in a briefcase like in the movies. If you put it in real items though it really adds up. This guy uses burritos!

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The Importance of B12

THE IMPORTANCE OF B12

Now is not the time to feel bad. Staying healthy is on everybody’s mind. The list of symptoms for Covid-19 is long, but fever and shortness of breath are at the top of the list. But you should know, those two symptoms are on the list for several ailments. One ailment is the last thing most people will think of… B12 deficient.

How do you check your B levels?

With every yearly doctor’s visit that contains a full blood panel, you can request that your doctor runs Vitamin B testing. This will be able to see where all your B’s are. B vitamins are important for the brain and most bodily functions that we take for granted. Hair growth, nails and mental health are closely related to vitamin B. If you are feeling bad or have deficiency symptoms, you can request your doctor to check your levels if he/she feels your could possible point to lower levels.

B12 deficiency can cause unlikely symptoms

Fatigue: It is tough to call a symptom in the busy world today, but it certainly can be a sign that your body needs attention.

Shortness of breath: This is a symptom to never ignore. breathing issues can detect or lead to serious respiratory infections.

Confusion: Yes, we all forget sometimes. However, confusion can be a symptom that can determine underlining issues.

Pin and needles: Tingling in the limbs are usually caused by poor circulation. If it is a recurrent issue, it’s important to let your doctor know.

Moody: Mood swings are widely accepted in a quarantine world. Yet, mood swings can be a sign of imbalance.

Yellowing of skin or eyes: Jaundice is when the skin and eyes turn a yellowish color. This is a sign that your body could be going through a few different scenarios. Don’t panic. But also, don’t hesitate to let your doctor know right away.

Fever: Not the most common symptom in B12 deficiency, but a fever can be a symptom. The body temperature can rise anytime it tries to fight off something that is abnormal with the body.

Rapid Aging: When the organs are depleted from nutrition, the skin can react by rapid aging. Wrinkling skin from dehydration or sinking or loss of mass from malnutrition can be a sign that something major is missing inside.

How to increase B12 when needed?

Increasing B12 levels in your body is fairly easy in most cases. Your doctor may recommend a B12 injection or supplements to increase your levels quickly if it is necessary. However, only your doctor can tell you what is necessary for your individual care.

Increase B12 Naturally

Eating foods enriched with B‘s is the best way to make sure you are maintaining your B needs. People who lead a gluten-free lifestyle must use alternatives to pastas and breads, but grains and breads are a simple daily staple for many.

Oysters, clams and other shellfish can be a great source of getting your natural B12.

If seafood isn’t for you, eggs and dairy can be another great source for ingesting the B’s needed on a daily basis.

If you have a strict diet that leaves you with a lack of B daily intake, you must to talk with your doctor on the best ways to get a supplemental B vitamin. B’s are incredibly important for mental and physical health.

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Working at Home: When the Going Gets Tough, What Do You Do?

Working at Home: When the Going Gets Tough, What Do You Do?

‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’

In the middle of a global health crisis and social unrest in most parts of the globe, the admittedly overused quote reminds you to persevere and find ways to come out stronger. That is particularly challenging when you’ve been stuck at home for months to prevent getting infected by the coronavirus.

Working from home might have doubled your coffee consumption to stay alert for Zoom calls and all-nighters. You might be lathering on an extra pump of hair loss shampoo to make up for all the times you frustratingly pull on your own hair throughout the day because of seemingly never-ending tasks.

It’s a tough situation. But it won’t go away by deciding to toughen up your exterior and focus on what you need to do. You might find it even more stressful when you keep blinders on and disregard self-care.

The lines of work-life balance might be blurred now that you’re working at home for an extended period. And the best way you can reconstruct and sharpen those lines is by being strict with yourself.

Take a look at these ways to make space between your work and personal lives at home.

Set a work schedule and stick to it.        

One of the best things about working at the office is that you’re free once your eight hours are done. When you work from home, on the other hand, it might feel like your workday never ends.

Observe your work patterns to determine your most productive hours. Work during those hours, shut down your computer when your shift is done, and turn it into a routine. Stick to this schedule to maintain that same level of freedom that you used to feel in the office whenever you clock out.

Stay connected but limit social media.   

Social isolation is one of the worst enemies when you work at home, especially now that the coronavirus situation is forcing us to stay at home and away from social gatherings.

It’s easy to lose energy and enthusiasm when you feel alone, so make time for regular video calls or text messaging with your closest family and friends. Just be mindful of social media usage. Too much time online tends to make you lose focus on your work.

Never sacrifice your sleep hours.

You might think it’s okay to stay up late every night because you don’t have to get up extra early to prepare for work. But the next thing you know, it’s 3 AM, and your shift starts in five hours.

Irregular sleep patterns affect your concentration and productivity throughout the day. You might not feel it, but your body is struggling to keep you moving, and your mind is working overtime to keep you awake. So be mindful of those sleep hours and be strict with bedtime.

The novelty of working from home wore out a couple of months ago. Now you’re faced with stressors like the lack of structure, blurred boundaries between work and leisure hours, and social isolation. These tips help you manage the stress of working at home. Be strict with yourself to be productive.

So when the going gets tough, don’t hesitate to toughen up.

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Plugging Up Your Home’s Spending Leaks While on Lockdown

This is a time of great anxiety for many of us. The Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown are beginning to take their toll on our health, our wellbeing and our budgets. Many of us are struggling financially. Some freelancers and business owners have lost clients, some employees have lost their jobs or been placed on furlough without pay. Even the luckiest of us will likely have had to take a pay cut of at least 20%. 

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Still, it’s easy to think of our financial wellbeing as something beyond our control. However, this mentality does us no favors in the long term. All it does is cause us additional stress, and as we all know, stress can compromise our immune function. Which is the absolute last thing we all need right now. As such, let’s look at how we can take control of our financial health by plugging up some of the spending leaks that can occur while we’re on lockdown.  

Electricity

We’re all relying heavily on our energy supply right now. Most of us are cooking more at home, but we’re also spending more on heating and / or AC since the whole household is indoors all day. Not to mention powering the myriad TVs, computers and electronic devices that the whole family relies on to work and stay entertained all day and night.

That all adds up to a lot of energy usage. While much of this may be unavoidable, spending over the odds is not. Here are some ways you can take control of your energy spend;

  • Carry out a price comparison and see if another provider can give you cheaper energy in line with your usage.
  • Limit use of TVs and games consoles to specific hours in the home. 
  • Encourage kids to read books, play board games or spend time in the garden
  • Stop charging your phone overnight
  • Stop leaving TVs, consoles etc. on standby overnight. This uses almost as much energy as if they were switched on. Turn them off at the plug. 

Auto insurance

Many of us will be overspending on our car insurance during lockdown, but this is entirely avoidable. First, see if your current insurance company is prepared to offer you a smaller premium in line with your reduced vehicle use. Failing this, there may be options to pause or cancel your policy or remove members of your family to save money. If all this fails, maybe you should consider switching to a new auto insurance provider. It’s a common fallacy that insurance companies will reward your loyalty. The truth is that they’re counting on you to let your policy roll over so they can hike up your costs.

Food

Finally, food is an essential expense. But paying a fortune for it isn’t. As important as fresh fruits and veggies are, resist the urge to overspend on them. If you don’t use fresh produce quickly, it will start to wilt and it may end up wasted. Get plenty of canned and frozen goods in and master the art of batch cooking. You’ll be amazed how far you can stretch your grocery budget. Not to mention emerging from quarantine leaner and healthier than ever.

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My Nose Has Never Been So Itchy

My Nose Has Never Been So Itchy

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While under the self-quarantine and social distancing affects of COVID-19, we all find ourselves highly acute of certain bodily habits. I can hear a person sneeze from a mile away. And there’s a very distinct difference in the sound of someone covering their mouth when they cough and when they don’t!

It’s not paranoid; it’s awareness

Paranoia is defined as being panicked over something that is unlikely to happen. Awareness is when you realize there is a potential for something to happen and you take action on prevention.

So, why is my nose itching?

Particles in the air touch our noses multiple times a day, every day. From dust to a stray hair, we have never thought twice about brushing it away. However, since we have been told repeatedly not to touch our face, we are now fully aware of when we actually want to.

Is it safe to touch my nose?

Yes. But with the pandemic in full rise, it’s best to wash your hands before you touch your nose and, here’s the important part, AFTER. This has always been the case. Yet, it’s so obvious now with the coronavirus and it’s ability to be so contiguous. For example: COVID-19 could be on your hands. You touch your nose and within hours or days, it could enter your system. Another example: The virus is in your nose. You touch your nose then, touch a surface. The surface now has COVID-19 on it which has the ability to survive for days just waiting for someone to touch it.

So, Washing hands before and after can help reduce this problem.

Reduce chances of catching a virus through your nose

Yep, you read that correctly. The most likely reason for a virus getting in your bloodstream is that the nostrils are dry. This allows the virus to rest within the canal, to eventually, seep through the dermis and enter the bloodstream. An easy prevention is to keep your nostrils moisturized. Saline solution kits and refills for the nose are a good routine to help keep your nose clean and moisturized. If a virus enters a clean moisturized nose, mucus has a change to potentially cover the virus, which you will eventually expel through blowing your nose or coughing out.

The ears, nose and throat are all connected so well to help prevent catching bacterial, fungal and viral infections. But remember, we need to help the system out by washing those hands before and after, as well as cleaning the kit after use.

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