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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Too Faced Damn Girl! Mascara Review

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Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! Too Faced came out with a NEW mascara this year... It's called Damn Girl! I think we're all familiar with their Better Than Sex Mascara. I've always hated the name, but I felt the mascara was nice. It's a great everyday mascara. I even purchased Too Faced's Limited Edition Tutti Frutti Better Than Sex Mascara, because of the cute packaging. So what's the difference? BOTH lengthen, provide volume and promise dramatic lashes. But Damn Girl (Nordstrom, ULTA, Sephora, Macys) has a "special blend of whipped melting waxes" that provide extreme volume and locks in 24 hour of smudge and flake resistant curl. Damn girl also has polymers to keep lashes flexible. I have flat lashes and this mascara truly brought them out. It lengthened. It provided volume. The mascara is very lightweight and I could bend my lashes. I like this better than the Better Than Sex Mascara formula. Below is the travel size that can be found in their Christmas Collection. It's a cute Christmas Tree Ornament that can be gifted (To and From on the back). It's a more economical way to try it, before committing to the larger size. I think you'll like it too.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation in 330W Review and Swatches

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Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! I've been testing the NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation (Nordstrom, Sephora, Harrods, QVC, Bloomingdales, Macys, Selfridges) in shade 330W. Let's first talk briefly about packaging. The foundation is housed in a really nice bottle with pump. The bottle has a nice weight to it. The side with the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo is nice. What I detest is the side that says FOUNDATION in blaring CAPS. As consumers, we know it's foundation. It doesn't need to be on the side of the bottle at all. Lots of good things about this foundation! It's Vegan, Gluten-Free, Alcohol-Free, Clinically-Tested, Dermatologist Tested, Ophthalmologist Tested, Non-Comedogenic, Suitable For Sensitive Skin, Long Wearing and there's No Flashback. Whew! So it checks off all the boxes that people usually ask for. How do I like it? It's ok. It provides medium to full coverage (definitely buildable). It was long-wearing (lasted all day). It stayed put on my face. To me it's an everyday foundation. As far as luminous? Maybe just a tad. Overall, I felt this foundation was a little bland/dull/masky for my dry skin in both color & luminosity. I still prefer my Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

How To Gain More Energy & Live Life To The Fullest

Lack of energy, dizziness, aches and pains - these are all complaints that almost anyone over the age of 25 begins to know so well. Gone are the days of having that all-important get up and go feeling, as each day motivation to get out of bed and face the day with vigour disappears to a greater extent. Now, there might be an actual medical reason for your fatigue, but whatever the cause may be, there is always a solution. If you’re struggling to chase after your children like you used without needing a lie down afterwards, or perhaps you’re just getting bored of yawning your way through each day, then read on to uncover some of the best tricks and tips that you can implement in order to reach new levels of vitality in no time at all!

Head For An MOT
Much like sending your car to the garage for a once over, it’s so beneficial to boon yourself in at the doctors just to check the basics like blood pressure and vitamin levels, as you may be able to identify a more serious issue that’s causing your excess of fatigue. There are several different conditions that can affect your quality of life in this way, but seeking out the right medical organisation for your specific needs, such as a POTS treatment center, can aid you in discovering ways to heal and deal with the symptoms.

Change Your Diet
The foods that you eat can have a massive effect on your energy levels, as overconsuming products like ready meals, highly processed packaged food with endless ingredient lists and drive thru deals dripping with fat, will only leave you with an ever expanding waistline, shortness of breath and enough cholesterol for 2 healthy individuals. As you get older, it's normal to stop caring so much about your aesthetic, but if it’s beginning to affect your ability to operate normally then of course you must begin to pay attention. A nutritious diet consists of a few major food groups, such as complex carbohydrates, lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and a few portions of healthy fats like nuts or avocado. Big portions may make you happy when you dish them onto the plate, but repeatedly overeating will cause havoc for your insides.

Working Out
Though exercise may be the last thing on your mind when you have little or no energy, pushing to get out there and do a quick work out can improve your energy levels dramatically. When you take part in high energy cardiovascular activity that makes your muscles work and body sweat, you will release what’s known as endorphins which are considered “runners high chemicals” by many seasoned sportsmen and women. These endorphins can give you a huge rush of energy, and make you feel positive and full of life every time. It doesn’t take long to achieve this release, and regular exercise can ensure that you have a constant flow.

Say goodbye to fatigue with these top tips!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Four Common Problems For New Businesses And How To Avoid Them

Starting a business can be a steep learning curve and all new businesses can have many teething issues along the way. Some difficulties are inevitable, but if you’re well prepared, you can often some common first year issues for new businesses.

1. No business plan. First time business owners can sometimes leap into running a business without proper experience and understanding, leading them to start without a proper business plan. Not having a plan leads to a lack of direction, which can then lead to poor decisions and bad communication. Even if you have lots of excellent ideas, your need a formal plan in place. A carefully constructed plan will help you to launch your idea, saving you time and money. It will also help you to solve future problems and guide you in working through problems.

2. Trying to take on too much. The first year of business can be tough, as you can’t be good at everything, but money is often tight the first year making you reluctant to hire much help. It can also be difficult to let go enough to let someone else be part of your new business. If you can, bring in an advisor to help make the tough decisions and guide you through. Be realistic about what you are able to do yourself and where you would be better off hiring a specialist. For example, bringing in an accountant to manage the finances or handing over your IT to someone like www.egistech.com.

3. Bad management. Finding employees in your first can be difficult, thanks to tight budgets. If you are able to take on employees, it is important to manage them in the right way. As a small company, it can be easy to assume that your staff will put in the same amount of work that you, as the business owner, are putting in. This can lead to you putting too much pressure on them, which can drive a high staff turnover. Be honest with your employees and allow them to set clear boundaries. You should set fair and realistic targets, and account for any shortcomings in your business plan. Reward staff who do go above and beyond to encourage loyalty.

4. Financial problems. Financial issues are very common issues in the first year of business. These can be caused by new entrepreneurs having a lack of understanding about business financing, or by them underestimating how much money the start-up stage will require. These errors can falter a business before it really starts. With your business plan, you can better work out how much money your first year will need to succeed. Allow for costs and realistic income forecasts so you are prepared. Cash flow can be difficult in the first year too, but be careful not to fall into bad habits like late payments of invoices.

Many of these common early issues can be steered away from by building a proper, in-depth business plan and by taking advice from those with more experience.

Weekend Suggestions For Friends Who Need To Spend More Time Together

When you become an adult, it becomes harder to spend as much time with your friends. Time is suddenly taken up by work, mundane adult responsibilities, sleeping (we need more of that, as we get older), and, for many people, kids. Still, that doesn’t mean your social life suddenly becomes far less important. And it certainly doesn’t mean that your friends become less important. It just means that you have to try a little harder to spend time with the people who matter to you. You might not be able to spend every single with your buddies, as you probably did at school, but you can certainly make arrangements to see each other regularly. So, here are some weekend suggestions for friends who need to spend more time together.

Go on a road trip.
You might want to go on vacation with your friends if you’re trying to spend more time together. That would be a great way to bond if you feel that you need to reconnect. In particular, a road trip can create the perfect situation for friends to make lasting memories. If you struggle to choose where to go on your outings, then this would be the perfect opportunity to make all of your friends happy. You could visit multiple destinations on your journey so you have a trip which suits everybody’s interests. That’s how to plan a trip which is memorable for the right reasons.

And the journey itself will be enjoyable, too. After, the whole point of a road trip is that you enjoy driving to the destination as much as arriving at the destination itself. Make sure that your car is prepared for the adventure before you set off. Alongside practical preparations, such as filling up the tank, packing a spare tyre, and bringing a first aid kit, you should make some fun preparations for the trip, as well. You might want to put together a great playlist for the drive. Put on some nostalgic songs which will put you and your buddies in the right frame of mind. Bring plenty of snacks for everyone, too; without snacks, it’s not a road trip.

Have a party.
Having a party would be another fun way to catch up with friends. You don’t have to go out on an adventurous outing to make some lasting memories with the important people in your life. Sometimes, a relaxing evening at home can be a great way to catch up. Maybe you could watch some movies, have a few drinks, and maybe even play some classic games, such as Pictionary. Perhaps you could have a dinner party, too, if you want to reconnect with your pals in a sophisticated manner.

You might even want to host your party outside. You could look into printed marquees for the event. That could really spruce up the aesthetic of your garden and give you somewhere to host the gathering if you’re planning to put together some food or even hire a musician to perform. Who’s to say your small house party can’t feel like a proper concert venue? In the evening, you could relax with your friends on the patio and have a BBQ, whilst you unwind. Remember, the nature of the gathering isn’t as important as bringing your group of friends together and enjoying a relaxing weekend.

Do an escape room.
If you want to test friendships, then an escape room could be a great place to start. You might not have done one before, but the concept is quite straightforward. Every brand is slightly different, but the general idea is that you’re locked in a room for an hour or slightly longer and you have to figure out how to escape (don’t worry; there’s always a fire exit or some other way out because it’s illegal to actually lock people in a room, obviously).

Some escape rooms involve riddles which must be solved and mathematical questions which must be answered, in order to ensure escape. Other rooms involve more active hands-on puzzles which must be completed, in order to ensure escape. Of course, it’s more about having fun with your friends than taking it too seriously; the type of escape room doesn’t matter. On your first try, you might have no idea what you’re doing. Still, if you really enjoy it, then you’ll get better after doing more and more rooms. Escape rooms are certainly addictive, so you might find that doing them becomes a regular outing for you and your buddies.

The Essential Guide To Getting Your Garden Fit For Winter

For many people, their garden is a seasonal aspect to their home rather than an all year round useable space. If you are keen to utilize your garden area a little more, you need to ensure that it is fit for purpose come winter time. With Christmas fast approaching, it is nonsensical that you might choose to forget about your glorious outside space. Yes, it might be chilly but there are clever ways and means to make your garden a winter wonderland for the festive season.

Your garden doesn’t have to simply be a haven for summer flora and fauna. Instead, start to think of your garden as another room of your home. You’d never not use your dining room or your spare bedroom just because it’s winter time. Think of your garden in the same way. You will need to head outdoors and make some external tweaks, but you can make your outside space fit for winter.

Your garden needs to have well thought out zones to ensure that it has meaningful purpose. For the holiday season, food is one of the most joyous parts of Christmas. If you are keen to be sociable and you want to invite your nearest and dearest around to yours for a festive soiree, consider opening up your garden for a spot of al fresco dining. This doesn’t mean having your guests shivering outdoors as they try to enjoy your canapes with their near frost bitten fingers.  You need to ensure that your guests are comfortable and that you can inspire your nearest and dearest to utilize their own outside spaces during winter.

Think about installing a chimnea or firepit close to your patio. A flat patio of paving slabs complete with outdoor dining table and chairs, surrounded by some twinkling Christmas fairy lights adoring your garden boundaries can create an atmospheric winter hideaway. A firepit will give you the heat you need to make sure that your diners remain warm and cozy as they sample your festive gastronomic fayre.

Couple your al fresco dining area with a lawn area that remains well coiffed and consider an alpine rockery. This evergreen plant filled area will require very little input from you and will maintain itself even in the hardiest of frosts. While you can’t use a rockery as such, the scents from the heather and lavender that you plant will fill the air making your garden a pleasant place to be.

Enjoy sowing some vegetables in the winter by installing a veggie trough or greenhouse. This can help keep your garden a useable and meaningful space even in the coldest climate. Becoming a little more self sufficient needn't be a summer only thing. There are plenty of winter vegetables that can be grown in your back garden. Consider the hearty stews, the winter soups and the pies that you can cook from the food that you grow in your own back garden.

If you have a patio space directly next to your house, you may need to cover it. When it is raining, you don’t want to be held hostage indoors if you want to enjoy dining outside. An awning can be ideal, as these can now be smart and controlled from your smartphone. You can keep your patio free from moss if the excess water doesn’t hit it, and you can also maintain a dry area if you have any pets that need to do their business outside in the winter.

If you have relatives who are struggling with their mobility and you are having them over for Christmas, consider adapting your home a little to make it easier for them to get around. There are plenty of stair lifts for outdoor stairs to enable your elderly parents to get directly for the garden to the upstairs rooms of your home. This can be great for those people who need to access the bathroom quickly. These stair lifts are weather resistant and resilient, making them a good choice for the long term.

Winter time needn’t mean not enjoying the outdoors simply because the weather has taken a dip. Instead, embrace the colder snap and enjoy getting into your garden to grow vegetables, tend to your plants in their pots and welcome your friends and family over for some al fresco dining. Tell your guests to wrap up warm and be prepared to enjoy some hearty culinary delights in your festive garden. Follow this guide and think about how you can extend your living space outdoors this winter season.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Sara Happ Passion Fruit Lip Scrub Review

Not Sponsored: I'll keep this review VERY short & sweet! Sara Happy came out with a Limited Edition Passion Fruit Lip Scrub. It must've been REALLY limited and popular (it was offered nearly everywhere) because the only place I can find it now is on eBay. Absolutely delicious you guys! Think of sugarplums! Great berry fruit taste and of course (as usual) exfoliates & moisturizes the lips :) One silver lining! She does bring back popular lip scrubs that did well from the previous year. For example, her Pumpkin Spice lip scrub that I tried last year IS STILL AVAILABLE on her website.

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Philosophy Pink Chocolate Macaroon, Vanilla Chocolate Crumble, Candy Cane Shampoo, Bath and Shower Gel Review

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Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! I would like to take the rest of this year and review what's left on my beauty desk. It's been awhile since I've purchased any Philosophy shower gels. I think a year and a half ago, I asked them over social media to bring back their chocolate body washes. I LOVED their Fudge Cake and Hot Cocoa body wash! Both were so good, you would want to eat them. Instead, they came out with a spicy chocolate body wash. I didn't like it AT ALL. I've always loved Candy Cane (ULTA, Nordstrom Rack, QVC) (sometimes I would mix it with the chocolate shower gels). They've continued to offer it every holiday season! Candy Cane is exhilarating (a great peppermint candy body wash perk me up) and refreshing. If you need something to get you going in the mornings, Candy Cane is it. It is awesome. Two new ones, that I just purchased are Pink Chocolate Macaroon and Vanilla Chocolate Crumble. Pink Chocolate Macaroon (Nordstrom, ULTA, QVC) has a hint of chocolate and pink frosting to my nose. It's very light. To me it was ok. The scent is more noticeable in the bottle, than when you apply it to the body. A lot of people raved about the Pink Chocolate Macaroon's Body Souffle on QVC (QVC, QVC). So maybe that is the extra touch you need to keep the scent going. What is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING is Vanilla Chocolate Crumble (Nordstrom, Macy's, ULTA, QVC). Ahhhhhh! I LOVE IT! I wasn't expecting it, but it has a wonderful CHOCOLATEY scent! Its everything Philosophy says it is, "vanilla chocolate crumble blends coconut, almond, cinnamon, salted caramel, praline, cocoa beans, vanilla, and warm milk." There should be a body souffle for it Philosophy! Why isn't there a body souffle? I love the packaging for these this year. Tea cups, peppermint candy, spoons filled with sugar and such adorn the bottles. These really put you in the holiday mood. They'll definitely make a great gift for either yourself or others. Do you like my SWEET sign? I just purchased it. It's by Valerie Par Hill who makes a lot of Christmas decorations for QVC. I purchased it to compliment my Nutcracker "Sweet" Christmas Tree :) Unfortunately its no longer available. I've noticed a lot of Christmas items selling out quickly this year :( I think people are putting more into home decor. The red & green version is on eBay.

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We Will All Need Some Home Care Assistance At Some Point In Our Lives.

When you are growing up in Australia, your family is always around you and they are all there to help in any way that they can. It is a great time in life and the majority of us can look back and have fond memories of those times. However, time moves on and age creeps up on us and before you know it, you are in your seventies and your family have all moved away. It is expected that kids will move away from home to find their own lives, but the problem with that is if family members run into difficulties, there is no one close by to help like in the old days.

Many families really make the effort to be there for their aged parents, but even with the best intentions in the world, it is impossible to be there all the time. You have your own family to take care of, as well as hold down a job and all the time, trying to raise money to pay bills and pay for the mortgage. It is no wonder then, that we drift apart from our parents and after a time, they really need help that we cannot provide. Thankfully, there are businesses out there in Australia that understand our difficulties and they have set up a business to help out. Having a care giver from service providers such as Right at Home, allows our loved ones to get the care that they need, when they need it and if you need someone to be there 24 hours a day, then that is possible also.

There is a wealth of benefits to having home care assistance and we will explore some of them here today.

  • These home care professionals can be there when you are unable to be, and that gives you and your parents the peace of mind that they need. They are fully trained and qualified and they can make judgements on safety needs and requirements the moment that they walk into the property. It might only be simple things like a rug on a slippery floor, but the little things make all the difference.
  • The fantastic thing about home care assistance is that it is there to assist and it doesn’t change how the person living in their home lives their life. Life just continues as normal with just a little bit of help here and there. This allows the occupants to keep their dignity and pride intact and that’s very important.
  • If your loved one needs specific medical care, then that can be organised for them. Fully certified and licenced nurses are available with a vast knowledge of your parent’s needs. They will even insure that your parents are getting the right foods with the correct nutrition needed to keep them fit and strong.

Everyone needs a break once in a while and it’s great to know that there are home care assistants ready and willing to help out when you need them the most.

The Top 3 Benefits Of Using Branded Clothing For Your Employees.

Being in business now is all about the image and the brand and it is important to get both of these out there for the world to see. People are influenced by your brand and they will associate it with the image that you project. The marketplace has become huge due to the internet and before, you only had to compete with the local stores on the high street. Now, you are competing with literally the whole world. When you go to the hospital of the chemist, the person to whom you give your trust is the one wearing the white coat and that is their uniform. People have, historically, give recognition to uniforms and we associate them with professionalism.

Think about it, even when you wear a uniform, you feel more confident and the customer sees your confidence and they associate that with competence as well. If you are a new, up and coming business or a business that has been in the market for decades, you can’t be left behind in the brand image stakes and so getting your staff uniforms projects the right image. Now, you don’t have to go full out uniform, but something as simple as business polo shirts with your name or brand image on it, is definitely going to project a professional image and customers will trust you and your staff more. The benefits to staff wearing uniforms are well known, but let’s have a short refresher course just to remind you.

  • Anyone will tell you that first impressions last and you want that new, prospective customer to see your workers and know that they have entered a professional and competent business that is going to take good care of them. The uniform helps to promote your brand and helps to differentiate your brand from other similar ones. Your employees are always promoting the business even when they are on their way to work and on their way home again.

  • Advertising is expensive as any marketer will tell you and putting your brand on the television, the radio, or the internet is going to cost thousands of dollars. When your staff wear their uniforms with your company name and brand, they are effectively a walking billboard and they are advertising for you all the time that they are wearing it.

  • Depending on your type of business, uniforms can protect your staff as they are created with the job and the functions that they need to do in mind. Some uniforms are made from fire retardant materials, while others are cut so that there are no bits sticking out that could get caught in machinery.

These are only a few of the excellent benefits of having staff uniforms. They create a great team spirit and customers can easily identify who works in the store and who doesn’t. It is important for employees to have pride in their company and uniforms assist with that. Make your business more recognisable today.

How To Choose A Sculpting Clinic

Keeping fit as well as eating a healthy diet is a simple way that you can keep your body in shape at all times. However, you may not have considered that there are other nonsurgical treatments that are available if you want to shape the contours of your body. Indeed, the emergence of revolutionary technologies has allowed a variety of new treatments to emerge over the last few years. The process of body contouring is a means of developing your body shape without having to undergo an invasive surgical procedure. Furthermore, it is also important to note that cool sculpting can be used as an alternative to reducing the level of fat in the body or undergoing a liposuction procedure. In addition, you should also be aware that this particular treatment uses laser technologies, ultrasound and radio frequencies which cut the level of fat and tighten the skin on your body.

Choose the right clinic
If you are looking to undergo a non-invasive treatment that can reduce the amount of fat in your body, then you should be aware to take your time to choose the right clinic for your needs. Indeed, if you are looking for fat freezing services from Contour Clinics, then you should think about consulting an online business directory which can provide you with a number of clinics in your area. Furthermore, you should also be aware of which areas of your body you want to treat as more than one area can be treated in a single session.

Check for testimonials or reviews
It is also important to note that if you are thinking about undertaking a particular type of treatment, such as shaping the contours of your body, you should check for reviews and testimonials from former customers. In addition, you should also understand the techniques that are used, so that you are familiar with the relevant procedures that will be conducted on your body.

Enjoy superior results
You should also be aware that the process of cool sculpting can also provide superior results, especially when compared with other methods of fat removal. For more information about the various processes that are available or to book yourself in for a treatment, you should think about consulting your local sculpting clinic as soon as possible. It is also important to note that the non-invasive nature of fat freezing means that recovery times are substantially less than if you were to undergo an invasive fat removal treatment, such as liposuction. In addition, as a result of the non-invasive nature of cool sculpting, it means you are exposed to a significantly lower risk than if you were to undertake other forms of treatment.

Understand the process
Lastly, it is also imperative that you understand the processes involved with fat freezing while if you are worried about any part of the process, then you should think about consulting your local treatment centre. By asking questions if you do not understand, you can make sure you aware of how this particular process will be conducted.

Therefore, in conclusion, if you are thinking of undertaking a fat removal treatment, you should consider fat freezing services from your local clinic as soon as possible.

Could You Do More To Protect Your Hearing

Often we can take things like our senses for granted. The fact that we can see our loved ones and the beauty around us. The fact that we can smell gorgeous things, taste incredible food and also hear the laughter and words spoken by our loved ones. Hearing specifically is one of the senses that we can think about the least, but once things start to dwindle, we can notice a huge difference to our lifestyle and how we feel. So is there anything that we can do to protect our hearing? Here are some of the options to consider.

Make sure you protect yourself
Often we work in places that have loud noises, and if that happens to be part of your job and a more consistent thing then ensuring you have protective gear for your ears will help. There can be common side effects to working in loud environments such as struggling with tinnitus later in life or losing your hearing altogether. However a small thing like ear defenders when working in areas that are loud can help you do your part to keep the damage to a minimum.

Reducing the volume on earplugs and headphones
We all love to hear things clearly, and perhaps many of you love to listen to music, podcasts, etc while you are out and about, working out, or on your commute to work. It can be very tempting for you to switch the volume up high, especially when it is your favourite song, but doing this too often can cause damage to the inner workings of your ear. Causing you to struggle with hearing loss in your later years of life. Try and keep the volume to a minimum o avoid any issue with this moving forward.

Keep your ears dry
Would you believe that excess water in your air opens it up to attack in your inner ear canal from bacteria? It is true and things like swimmers ear or even other infections can be painful and annoying. This is when you should always give your ears a completely dry out if they get wet during swimming sessions, in the shower or the bath. If you regularly swim then perhaps using earplugs when in the water could be a great way to help protect them now and for the future.

Get regular checks
Finally, like anything it is always worth ensuring that you get your hearing checked out, just like you would other areas of your body. You may have regular screening tests for female health and eyesight. Perhaps you go to the doctor the moment you start to see and feel symptoms that don’t feel right for you. So why should your ears be any different to those body parts? Getting regular check ups can also help against the build up of wax and other issues that your ears may face, and not just a preventative measure for the worst case scenario such as losing your hearing altogether.

Let’s hope these tips help you to protect your hearing.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Easing The Stress Of Running Your Own Business

Running your own business is a fantastic way to take charge of your future. Working for yourself is great, and having a business to own and be proud of is an amazing achievement. But despite all of the benefits of running your own business, there’s no denying that it’s hard work. Stress can soon set in, which not only puts your health at risk, but your business too.

Finding ways to cope with stress is the best way to beat it. Take a look at the following tips to help you ease the stress of running your own business.

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Find a good work/life balance
Finding the right work/life balance is important for any job. But when you work for yourself, it can be difficult to shut off from the business and give yourself the space you need to recharge.

Some of the ways you can create the right work/life balance when working for yourself include giving yourself office hours and making sure you get out of the house if you work from home. Having those boundaries in place will protect you, and let you switch off at the end of the day. Remember to take vacations too - it’s important that you get the chance for a relaxing break.

Make the most of the tools available to you
Running a business can cause a lot of strain. There’s a lot to remember and a lot to do. Fortunately, there are tools that can help you with this. There are business management tools to help you with everything from taking payments to balancing the books, allowing you to free up your time and carry out work in a more effective way.

Learn to manage your time better
To reduce the risk of stress at work, time management is important. You can use productivity tools to help you plan your day and make sure you’re not overstretching yourself. Set aside time for tasks like reading emails and paying invoices - by splitting your workday into tasks and processes, you can start to build a routine that works for you.

Time management is something you’ll get used to, but it’s important not to take on so much that you end up working all day and all night just to keep your business afloat.

Get some help
If things are starting to get too much, consider getting in some outside help. Even having someone to do your admin can help you free up your time for more important work. Bringing in a virtual PA or someone to help with marketing can be an expense for your business, but finding other ways to save money could compensate for that. We all need help now and then, so if you’re struggling, make sure you reach out.

Learning to run a business takes time, but you’ll get the hang of it in the end. Finding ways to manage and tackle stress is important, and will help you stand the best chance of succeeding in business.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Fun Ways You Can Get People Talking About Your Small Business

If you want to make waves in your area, then you’re going to want to get people talking about your small business. If you’re going to get people talking, then the best way to do this is by making sure they have fun - and there’s no reason you can’t have fun while doing this, either! Below, you’ll find a few fun suggestions that should help you to get people talking about your small business. Take a look:

1. Come Up With A Competition Idea
Competitions are a great way to get people talking and interacting with your business. Plus, there are many ways you can set up a competition so that more people learn about it and get involved. For example, lots of competitions on social media involve liking, commenting, tagging friends, and sharing the post on their own social channels. Not only does this give them a chance to win your competition, it also encourages them to tell others about it, and so the competition spreads and helps you to get a bigger audience.

However, another great thing you can consider doing, is have your audience create content for you. For example, you could task your audience with the job of taking a fun picture of themselves using something you sell. Get them to tag you, and you have social proof and a competition entry all in one!

2. Put Out Work That Really Shows Off Your Skills
Make sure you put out work that really shows off your skills. If you’re a hairdresser, get people talking by creating a rainbow hair look. Think of the craziest thing you can do, and do it. All you need is somebody who is willing to model for you for free. People will usually let you do what you like providing they don’t have to pay!

3. Give Away Free Branded Stuff
Give away free branded stuff to get people talking. Things like custom air fresheners come in handy and mean that the person using it will see your brand name every day. Bags mean people are constantly seeing your brand name, and not just the person using the bag. Choosing something unique can be a good idea, but tried and tested branded items are great to use too.

4. Host An Event
Why not host an event? You could host a party on your premises where people can come down, have a drink and a chat with you, and learn about the various treatments or products you offer. You could even offer freebies and goodie bags on the day to encourage people to come down.

5. Find A High Profile Satisfied Customer
Finding a high profile, satisfied customer will help you to no end. This could be an influencer in your area, but it doesn’t have to be. Anybody with a decent social following can work! You might like to set up arrangements with influencers to advertise your products, but in some cases this can seem inauthentic. Instead, you might just like to invite influencers for a no-obligation free product/treatment. If they love it, they’ll talk about it!

How To Clarify Your Business Objectives

There are few things more futile than starting your own business objective without clarifying your business objectives. Flying blind and in the dark will only lead you to improve in areas that may not need that attention, while ignoring critical processes that do. For example, you may find that chasing research and development is fruitless if you’re failing to actually gain a healthy cash flow first. These are the kinds of issues that can occur when you fail to orient your direction as a firm.

But having a few ideas as to the direction you wish to go in and actually putting those into practice can be two separate ideals. Thankfully, even businesses that start on somewhat the wrong foot can quickly course-correct, provided the sunken cost fallacy hasn’t proven too difficult to overcome. If you’ve failed to clarify your business objectives thus far, but have already started to operate selling, it’s time to consider your approach once more. With the following advice, we will help you not only understand how to do that, but why it’s important:

Objectives should be measurable. For example, read more about IT services that can help you apply a stringent, completely coherent, newly accessible set of managed IT to your firm, allowing you to move forward with higher measurable efficiency each day. This may also lessen the onboarding time necessary to acclimate new employees to your systems, while also ensuring a higher degree of security protection. When you can measure the changes that are applied in this way, and you can focus those within your targets, you will often have a much more insightful approach.

If your refined business objectives are not achievable, then there’s almost no point in considering them. Of course, you may have the fundamental business objective of gaining a large market share, but this in itself is a flawed goal, because it isn’t something you can easily define by a certain point. Instead, keeping goals that are worthwhile, such as improving your customer support satisfaction survey by 20% in the next two months can help you make incremental yet powerful changes as time moves on. Thinking of your business as an ocean liner and not a race car can be much more realistic in terms of how you try to handle it.

Keep your business objectives timely. They must always be considered on not a temporary basis, but rather a basis of streamlined scheduling. This can help you move forward to the best result and actually follow up on your ambitions, instead of always putting them as a future consequence to someday hit. This can give you an accelerated focus as you try to secure certain tasks, grind or crunch when appropriate, or truly see if a given direction is even feasible. In this way, you will be much more secure in your progress.

With this advice, we hope you can clarify your business objectives well.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

5 Ways to Stay Safe Online

When you spend a lot of time online, either browsing or working, you want to make sure that your details stay safe. With so many hackers, spammers and scammers online these days, you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your identity online.

So when it comes to protecting your personal information online, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure you aren't giving your details to someone who will steal them.

Use A PO Box.
For those who shop a lot online or work online, for example, bloggers or influencers, you may find that you are continually giving out your personal address. However, another option for this could be setting up a PO Box to have your packages and mail delivered there so you don't have to give your details out.

If you shop internationally or work with international brands, then look package forwarding services which can help you receive your packages from companies who don't deliver to your country. These can then be delivered to your nominated address too to save you share your details to a company in a different country. There is no such thing as too safe when it comes to giving out details to third parties.

Never Click Links in Emails
Scam emails are becoming more and more sophisticated. People who may never have been fooled by a scam email could find themselves being convinced easily. If anyone asks for your details via email, or even in a phone call, don't! Hang up on the call or close the email. Then access the site or company the way you usually would. Some of the most common emails are;

  • Your account has been blocked/suspended/closed
  • Your Card details were declined and payment is needed.
  • There has been a new sign in to your account.
  • Thank you for your purchase of (insert product or service) for ($ random amount), if you didn't make this purchase please click this link.

Change Your Password Regularly
This is the best way to keep your accounts online secure is to regularly change your passwords. Never have the same password for more than one sight and try not to use easy to guess words or number sequences. Think of random words with numbers included and symbols too. Add in capitalisation for extra security.

Check URLs online.
Most sites will have a green security padlock next to the URL for sites that are secure. This means any information you enter will be encrypted and not easily accessed by hackers. You should look for this padlock on every site you use to determine if it is the correct and official site.

WiFi Networks
Public WiFi networks are mostly unsecured. This means any information you send when using open WiFi could possibly be intercepted by hackers and used. If you can, refrain from accessing sites such as banking sites and apps or sites that hold sensitive information. If you're unsure, then stick to using your home network or your cell phone data.

Why Home Security Is Important For Your Home

Home security should be a priority for you as a homeowner. Protecting your household from the dangers of the outside is a wise thing to be aware of. No matter how much good we can try to see in people, there will always be those who try to take advantage or break the rules. Here are a few reasons why home security is important for your home.

It Makes Your Home More Secure
Investing in your home security will help make your home more secure. When it comes to most homes, they only have the very basic security of door and window locks. Some front doors can come with multiple bolts to help keep those who might be trying to crack their way into your home, out. By having cctv installation, you also have extra eyes watching your property, and that can be useful if you’re on holiday or away from your property. Some now have that voice control option where you can answer the door, even if you’re not home. There are plenty of options available out there in terms of security, and you can never have too much of it.

Gives Peace Of Mind For Your Family
Many of us can have our worries, and a lot of the time, it’s to do with our families and how to keep them safe from home. Your home can bring a lot of comfort to your household, and so by adding in extra security, it can help bring some more peace of mind that they can relax without worry and sleep soundly. Of course, your home won’t be impenetrable from the outside, but if you put enough things in place to add protection, then it will definitely be harder to break in. It becomes less of an easy target if you put in plenty of security measures.

Useful For Emergency Services
Emergency services can benefit from home security in the event of a fire or medical services needed. Home security systems can have add-ons to alert you when smoke is detected and automatically call emergency services if you’re in danger. It may take some time to set up, but it’s all worth it to have those extra procedures and back-up options in place.

Deters Would-Be Criminals
Unfortunately, there’s always going to be those people who exist to cause trouble, and there will always be criminals. So what you want to try and achieve through home security is a deterrent from would-be criminals. Having things like patio lights that come on if anyone stands near the front or back door. Sensors that connect to your phone and go off when something is near your home or perhaps your car. You can use this in turn with remote-controlled lighting that comes on to frighten anyone who might be trying to break in.

Home security is essential for your home, so if you spot any weak spots, get them fixed and protected. You can never have enough when it comes to the safety of your household.
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