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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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Top Things That Can Lead to a Breakdown for Your Car

Top Things That Can Lead to a Breakdown for Your Car

Owning a car is seen as an investment, which if not looked after can fail and breakdown. Having some idea of what could lead to a breakdown will help you to maintain the car better and try and prevent this. Breakdowns are highly inconvenient, especially if they happen when you are in a rush or on your way somewhere like work. So making sure they are as limited as possible is very helpful for your day-to-day drives.

If you are unsure what the top causes of breakdown are then hopefully these few tips will give you an idea, so you can keep an idea on them in the future to try and prevent your breakdown disaster.

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Car battery

Car batteries are one of the leading causes of breakdowns so keeping them maintained and knowing what to keep an eye out for will really help in reducing your chances of a breakdown. Batteries can go flat for a number of things mainly leaving your car unused for a period of time, faulty part, cars charging system is faulty, fault with the actual battery, and the age of the battery. These are the main causes which aren’t exactly easy to track but getting battery checks or turning the car over even if not using the car can help to keep the battery working and stop those breakdowns.

Damaged Tyres

Flat tyres like battery failure is a common and annoying event, usually, a flat tyre is caused because a sharp object has entered it somewhere and caused it to deflate. Other reasons you could get a flat is the tyre’s valve failing, if you hit a deep pothole or curb, collision, and worn old tyres. Keeping an eye on your tyres can be really helpful have the treads checked if they look low and worn and if you hit a curb or pothole make sure you check the tyre and rim for damage. You can change a tyre yourself or call out your breakdown cover to help you, usually, cars come with repair kits or spare tyres to do this.

Engine oil levels

Checking your oil levels is crucial especially before long journeys if the engine oil levels are too high or low then this can damage the engine and cause it to cut out. You can keep on top of your engine oil by checking it regularly with the dipstick, it should between the two lines on the stick which warrants correct levels. Make sure if you are replacing any oil then you check the handbook for your vehicle as oil grades change between cars and you could end up doing damage to your engine which will cost you a lot to fix running it with the wrong oil.

If you are worried about breaking down maybe you have an older car or you for some reason are prone to them then hopefully these few tips will give you an idea on the main things to keep an eye on to help reduce your issues.

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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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Making Plans For The Future of Aging Parents

Nobody wants to think about their parents getting old and potentially suffering from poor health.  We must, however, be prepared for the event that they develop a chronic health problem or increased fragility, because if or when the time comes you may need some extra help. Such decisions need to be shared with the whole family so that everyone knows what to do if the worst happens. Here are some helpful ideas on how to plan for the future of an elderly parent.

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Talk to your parents

It will never be a simple or enjoyable conversation to have, but nevertheless, it is an important one. This concerns your parents, and this is only fair that you speak to your parent(s) about the plans when they are fully in a position to have the conversation. If you have brothers or sisters, do try to include them in the conversation, because everyone needs to be on the same page to prevent any conflict from arising in the future. Things to take into consideration include:

  • Their needs when it comes to future care 
  • Their wishes as they grow older
  • Where they would like to live
  • Their financial situation
  • Any support that they may need now 

How this discussion will pan out depends on your family dynamic, so try to pre-empt any triggers for potential fall out and tension during the conversation. This way, you can have an appropriate response ready beforehand to try to keep the discussion as calm and as productive as possible.

Assess their needs

You may have concerns regarding your parent’s health and wellbeing now. Maybe they have recently lost weight or had a few falls, or began to forget the occasional thing. Maybe their vision and hearing are not quite what it used to be. If this is the case, you need to think about and assess whether they have any urgent needs, such as mobility aids or more specialist care.

Most people will have strong feelings when it comes to their living arrangements when they are older, so it is important to talk to your parents about the options available to them and be sensitive when it comes to it.

Talk about their housing options

While your parents might be lively and able to live an independent life at the moment, they might one day need a little more support. To ensure they enjoy a good quality of life, it is worthwhile talking about their different senior housing options, such as:

For example, a nursing home might be the best option if your mom or dad requires a high level of medical and one-to-one care. Assisted living allows them to retain independence as much as possible. However, in-home care can provide your elderly parents with extra support within the home, such as help with laundry and meal preparation so that they can maintain a reasonable level of independence. 

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Boost Your Immunity

Boost Your Immunity

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As the world braces after hearing The WHO declare a global pandemic, most search for ways to maintain health. How is it that some people that are infected with COVID-19 are barely showing symptoms while others are aren’t so lucky?

Lord only knows…

The infected number is climbing at alarming rates as the death toll continues to rise. Clean hands, closures and social distancing is helping slow the cases. But human nature tells us, ‘We need to do more’. The major organizations request that people stop buying masks. However, people are looking for ways to feel proactive. To keep fears and anxiety at bay, there are some helpful suggestions, finally, being sent our way.

We Know… Wash your hands

Yes, it’s surprising this is number one on every preventative list. It’s amazing how many folks can forget this on a regular basis. Many, many years ago, it was discovered that rinsing hands, alone, doesn’t have the same impact as adding soap into the mix. Nowadays, timing is everything. For as long as I can remember, I have sung my ABC’s while washing my hands. As a child, it was considered adorable. Yet, as a teen, my friends would tease. And as an adult, well… lets just say, I sing it in my head, along with a head bob every now and again.

Recently, people have created new versions of 20 second washing by using show openings and classic hits. However, according to a poll, what is the song that people are singing in their heads while scrubbing down their paws? The census appears to be ‘Happy birthday’. Good choice. Just remember to sing it twice!

Supplements

Supplements are always a tough suggestion when dealing with any illness. Their mere presence can cause backlash, especially since most aren’t FDA approved. Plus, as a nutritionist, I can honestly say, ‘I don’t know your personal history’ to safely recommend a one size fits all cure-all. (Btw, there is no, one size cure-all, as far as I know.) When the SARs outbreak happened, many took to natural viral fighters like, turmeric. Really? Yes, but listen… Supplements like turmeric are amazing as long as they are right for you, personally. Curcuminoids that are found in turmeric supplements are bad-asses that can kill many things in vitro (in a test tube). Yet, the way it works on your specific body could be different. Always talk to your doctor before starting a supplement or vitamin. They will know you best and what interactions to look out for.

Exercise

We all know exercise is good for us. But, seriously… there seems to be a connection to COVID-19 patients who exercise daily with things like, stretching or yoga and their lack of symptoms. So, why not add a bit of exercise into your daily. It’s good for your heart and your immune system.

Healthy diet

This is a given for any immune system. Eat fresh. Eat a variety. Green and leafy veggies have plenty of chlorophyll to toughen up your immunity. Veggies with lots of color tend to have lots of nutrients. Buying caned or frozen will still give you a good deal of nutrition. Look for foods that are packed with vitamins. Vitamins in the B family are always important to keep the cognitive aspects in check. New studies have shown intakes of Vitamin D have had effects on blocking and/or shortening viruses. And who could forget, Vitamin C. Look for some vitamins that might have the combo you need like Vitamin C + D chews. Eat several small meals a day, so you can get more variety. Also, it might be more beneficial to ration your meals if you find yourself in quarantine.

Rest

Getting a good amount of sleep is important for any immune system. However, getting extra sleep is important to fight off germs and viruses. Don’t neglect your body. If you feel tired, take a nap. Taking several periods of rest through out the day can cause a surge of healthy cells to do their job and fight off the bad guys trying to take up residence in your system.

Reduce Anxiety

Shortness of breath can also be a symptom of stress. This pandemic is unnerving for most individuals. Follow the guidelines of your country, city, town. The rules laid out to stay home or keep away from crowds are there to protect you and others. Don’t lie, we have all been self-serving at one point or another, but this is about the bigger picture.

Feeling overwhelmed? Try deep breathing exercises: Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale very slowly from your mouth. Repeat several times. Try a pressure point for relief. Pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth and holding it there for several seconds can ward off a panic attack.

Stay calm; stay kind. Make plans with neighbors if any one of you should get sick. Remember, pets can catch this! Keep your pets away from your tissues and bodily fluids and wash your hands thoroughly after dealing with theirs. Check on the family and the elderly with a phone call. Cover your mouth when you cough, yawn or sneeze, by using the crook of your elbow. Wash hands for at least twenty seconds. Don’t like to count? Try singing a song. Don’t fight with your fellow man over toilet paper or any other store item.

And God bless us, every one!

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Get Better At Saving And Save Yourself Hassle!

Get Better At Saving And Save Yourself Hassle!

After Christmas, we can find that our bank accounts have diminished and now we are into the new year, we are probably slowing picking up again but you may never know when you might need some extra cash. It may be something as simple as needing a new part for your fridge that has stopped working or perhaps you need some Towbars to assist with your car. So here are some tips to ensure that you stay on top of your finances this year and learn to get saving: 

1. Budget For Next Christmas

Start saving for even now for this coming Chrismtas. It sounds very dramatic and not necessary so early on in the year, but this will certainly be of huge benefit. This will help save money in the long run and you can do this by collect money in a little pot/fund, and let it accumulate over the months, which gives you a little bit to play around with. Look at what your bank offer in relation to offers and savings accounts which round off each penny to the nearest pound collecting it in a separate account. Over time, you could find yourself with a small amount to splash out on gifts for the people you love.

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2. Go Sale Hunting

Don’t buy anything full price and go to look at all the sales, thrift stores and more because this will ensure that you don’t overspend. Be wise with the sales, and look for things you only really truly need, and this will ensure that you don’t keep tapping into funds just after the busy period. Most things can be bought on a budget and this is the best way to help save those extra pennies for when you may need them the most. Many thrift stores will also have sales too, as they will want to get rid of old stock and bring in new ones. 

3. Leave It To The Professionals

Don’t let the worries of needing money get you down. It can be difficult to just forget that you have spent far too much and that you need to top your funds back up. Perhaps you have overspent on your credit card and you need to start paying back asap. Consider borrowing money and don’t fear your finances anymore. Borrowing money could seem scary but it’s important that you shop around and get the right deal for you with no interest rate. Some payday loans are certainly not good at all so look into what could work well for you.

Saving money is tricky, not many people have disposable income at the end of the month but it doesn’t mean you can’t learn to save a little and keep some extra for the little extras that we can take pleasure in. the more you save, the better you will become at it and soon enough you may have enough to take that break away in the summer sun! So start saving today! 

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Love Yourself Challenge

Love Yourself Challenge

We take time out of our daily lives to appreciate and show love to others that impact our lives. But do we take time out to show ourselves love?

Tiv Perfume, the fragrance of the Caribbean, has given us 7 challenges for us to love ourselves daily. Are you ready to begin the Tiv perfume Love Yourself Challenge?

Learn the 7 things you need to do to unlock self-love on a daily basis. And while you’re at it, unlock 10% off Tiv Perfume the scent of the Caribbean.

1. Do Something You’ve Always Wanted to Do

Think about it, we all have something that has been put on the back-burner. Maybe it’s time to make it a priority.

2. STOP Criticizing Yourself – And Start Saying Affirmations Instead

Daily mantas: Recite something to remind yourself that you are amazing. You probably have a plethora of talents. But if you can’t figure any of them out to start off with, try these simple mantras: I am good enough! I am worthy! I am awesome! I’m a good… (fill-in the blank) mom, …partner, …spouse, …friend!

3. Schedule Rest and Relaxation

Yep! You deserve it!

4. Invest in Building Quality Relationships

You’ve heard the phrase, you become what you surround yourself with… aim for quality, not quantity.

5. Move Your Body

If we stay still moss might grow. Get up, get moving. Start out small with a walk around your house or climb those stairs. But up endurance to achieve a good daily routine.

6. Get Crystal Clear On Your Goals

We all have dreams: Some big; Some small. Some dreams are etched in our hearts, while some are just pipe dreams. Get serious on what goals you want and need to accomplish and get started, Remember, grass is green where you water and feed it. Focus.

7. Find a Creative Practice

Check out the last challenge and all the other challenges in detail here

Be sure to find great ways to show appreciation to yourself on a daily basis. Even, if it something you already do like, washing your face or getting that extra shot of expresso… Tell yourself, you do this because you love and care about yourself. Self love and appreciation leads to a greater love and appreciation for others.

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Smart Ways to Make Money with Your Car

Smart Ways to Make Money with Your Car

If you’re looking for ways to make money, having some kind of asset that you can use can be very useful. You can have various options for making use of that asset, whether it’s investing your money or finding ways to make money from your home. Anyone who has a vehicle can also bring in an extra income in a few different ways. You can consider a range of options that allow you to make money with your car by driving people or things around, using your car as advertising, and more. Take a look at the following options to see how you can make money with your vehicle.

Be a Moving Advertisement

If you don’t mind what your vehicle looks like, being a moving advertisement could be a great way to make money. Brands want to use your car to wrap it in their branding so that as you drive around, people will see their brand. You can choose which brands you’re comfortable advertising and choose how long you want the branding. When you want to take it off or remove it, usually when the campaign is over after a few months, just find out how to remove vehicle wrap. You can often do it yourself if you’re willing to spend the time doing it. It’s also possible to get professional help if you need it.

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Drive People Around

Do you like people? If you’re up for having a chat as you drive people around, or leaving them alone if they prefer, your car could be great for this. One of the options is to sign up for one of the providers, such as Uber. Another possibility is using a rideshare service, which makes it possible to share your commute or a trip you have planned. Before you do any of these things, it’s a good idea to check any requirements for insurance, taxes, or anything else it could affect.

Become a Courier

If driving people around isn’t for you, driving stuff around might be preferable. Being a courier can help you make a bit of cash, or it could be a full-time job if you want it to be. However, many people prefer it as a way to make a little extra money, as it can be a struggle to make enough when doing it full-time. There are various courier services that you might choose to work with, which can provide you with packages to deliver.

Rent Out Your Car

Some people don’t use their cars very often. If that includes you, you could consider hiring out your car to make some money. Before doing this, it might be a good idea to check with your insurance company to be sure that it’s not going to invalidate your insurance. If you’re good to go, you could make some extra money on the side. That is if you trust other people with your car.

Your car could be a moneymaker if you’re willing to use it in a few different ways. Find a way that works for you.

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Have You Ever Heard Of A Lemon Law?

Have You Ever Heard Of A Lemon Law?

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Every once in awhile whilst scrolling the internet you’ll come across something you’ve never heard of before but that could serve you well and save you money later down the line – The Lemon Law, may very well be one of those occasions.

What is the Lemon Law?

Believe it or not, the Lemon Law has nothing to do with the sour citrus fruit with which it shares its name and instead is a law designed to protect a car owner whose car is considered a ‘lemon’.  We realize that is still a little confusing, so let’s clear things up a bit. When buying a car you expect it to be free from issues or faults but sadly this is not always the case. Generally, a car is referred to as a ‘lemon’ if it is still under warranty but has dangerous issues that aren’t able to be repaired. The Lemon Law, therefore, was designed to protect a car owner whose car is a lemon from falling into an endless cycle of faults and repairs, and when proved to be a lemon ensures that the car’s owner is suitably compensated with a new vehicle or cash to the value. 

Where is the Lemon Law active?

The Federal Government and each individual US state each have Lemon Laws to protect their inhabitants and the precise details of these laws do vary. In general, California is considered to have one of the toughest Lemon Laws that ensures the best result for the consumer and is referred to formally as The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty act applies not only to cars but to all consumer goods under warranty, and so it’s not just cars that can be classed as a lemon.  

Is your car eligible? 

In California, your car will be covered under the Lemon Law so long as it is under warranty, and so this doesn’t mean that it needs to be brand new. There are a number of different warranties that could apply to your vehicle including the manufacturer’s warranty, a powertrain warranty, the dealer’s written warranty or a CPO (Certified pre-owned). Where you purchased your car may also not matter as you could still be able to claim under the Federal Lemon Law. 

What should you do if you think your car is a lemon?

You can file a claim for the Lemon Law yourself but as with any legal matter, it is always best to contact an attorney.  A Lemon Law Lawyer will know the law in and out be able to advise you on how best to make your claim to ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation owed to you. A Lemon Law Lawyer will also be able to defend you against the manufacturer or car salesperson who will naturally want to fight the Lemon Law to save themselves some money. What’s even better is that when hiring a Lemon Lawyer you needn’t pay a thing! If successful the car manufacturer will pay your legal fees leaving you with the full amount of compensation owed to you.

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The Place to Get Your Holiday Attire

The Place to Get Your Holiday Attire

Looking for that perfect ugly sweater, funky suit or dress for the Christmas party? What about getting a novel suit or dress for the New Year? How about something to wear for the football season or summer fireworks?

I got the perfect wrap dress from Shinesty for the holiday/winter season!

The Quality

I was very pleasantly surprised by the weight of the garment. It is a good thick material that I have no fear of people seeing through. The craftsmanship of the dress is on point. And with it being a wrap dress, I looks as if it’s tailor-made just for me. I thought this might be a one-time novelty item, but with the great quality and versatility, I will be able to wear this dress again and again.

My Verdict

I would highly recommend getting any of your holiday or novelty attire needs from Shinesty.

I will certainly be shopping with them again! Look for upcoming photos of me in the dress on my Instagram

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