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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

8 tips to help you become your own boss

Want to start a business but don’t know where to start? Fret not. You’re not alone. Lots of people have come to the conclusion they’d rather create work they love, built to fit around their lifestyle and goals.

Whether you want to become a freelance copywriter, artist, plumber, decorator, graphic designer or removal van, you can be your own boss today.

1. Business Funding.

As an entrepreneur, you’ll need to create a business plan and consider what sort of business you’re building – is it lifestyle (smaller amount of start-up funds), a franchise (moderate investment depending on the franchise) or a high-tech business (will require significant capital investment)?

Depending on where you fall on the scale, you’ll need a different amount of money to launch and grow your business. Funding is currently widely available at the moment on the web, making it a breeze for you to get the funds you need to get on the entrepreneurial bandwagon. I suggest checking out the Everline blog - they’ve got a great post that helps explain business funding for the first timer.

2. Get a Hold of Yourself.

If you’re unhappy in your current situation, man up. No one can sort the problem out apart from you. There’s no reason to blame the economy, your boss, your partner or your loved ones. Things can only change if you decide to get on the bandwagon.

3. What Type of Business is Right for You?

Identify your strengths, personality, social style etc. and take heed of your intuition. It’s no good deciding to be a builder if you’re scared of heights and in the same way, it’d be foolish to launch a business in copy-writing if you’re qualified in web design. Think about what gives you energy when you’re feeling tired?

Is there a gap in the market? Is there a service or product you’d like to bring to the market? What work have you done for others in the past? How can you package those skills and offer them as your own services or products? Once you’ve established a business you like, imitate it.

4. Plan it to Perfection.

Don’t think it’s important to plan? Think again. A business plan will help you gain clarity, focus and confidence. Check out this wikihow guide for more help on creating your plan - it needn’t be more than one page. When you write down your objectives, strategies and action steps, your business becomes real. Consider the following: what you’re building, who you’re serving, what your promise to customers/clients and yourself is, what your objectives, strategies and action plans are to achieving your own goals.

5. Who will Buy Your Product or Services?

Before you fork out, it’s vital you know your target audience. Ask yourself who, exactly, will actually buy your products or services other than family and friends? How big is your target audience? Who are your customers? How relevant is your product or service to their everyday life? Why do they need it?

6. Develop a Support Network.

The hard work doesn’t stop there. Sure, you’ve made the internal commitment to your business, now you need to nurture a network of supporters, ad-visors, partners, allies and vendors. No one will believe in your business unless you do.

Network locally, nationally and via social networks. When you’re at networking events, ask others what they do and think about how you can help them. And remember: regardless of what group you join, be generous, gracious, help others and make introductions without charging them. Do this, and you’ll no doubt be the first person that comes to mind when someone you’ve helped needs your service or hears of someone else who needs your service.

7. Serve, Don’t Sell.

Let’s get one thing straight. People don’t want to be “sold” to. Your best bet is to serve others – the more people you serve, the more money you’ll make. Sell by creating value. What can you give your clients/customers? By taking this approach, you’re more likely to find new ways to hone your product or service and deliver more appeal, which ultimately, your customers will be thankful for.

8. Spread the Word.

Be confident about what you are and what you do. Take full advantage of social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, all of which are useful, powerful tools for getting your news and messages across to your fans and followers. Aside from social networking, it’s essential to get out there and talk to people. That means word-of-mouth marketing. Other important methods to get the word out are blog posts, public relations, articles, speeches, e-mail, newsletters and telephone calls.

So there you have it. Your guide on how to become your own winning boss. You’re never alone. There are always other entrepreneurs out there to stay connected with – they’re right at your fingertips.

Taken from: Guest Post (article, By Jane Gibbons), Google (images).
Posted by Ammy Vega Darya

Thursday, 6 March 2014

3 steps to achieving optimum performance in the workplace

For those of us who work in office environments, the feeling of being tired, stressed and permanently hunched over our PCs can be familiar indeed. The office lifestyle can be unhealthy indeed - with ever-present junk food, a lack of exercise and movement, and constant exposure to digital screens and poor seating postures all potential concerns. Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the negative effects of having a sedentary job, and improving your energy levels and performance in the process.

Building movement into your day.

Many people drive to work, sit at their desks all day, drive home and watch TV all evening before going to bed. It is no wonder that avoidable diseases, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease are all on the rise. Simply going to the gym three times a week won't mitigate this kind of lifestyle either - so take action by building movement into your day.

You could start walking or cycling to work, or parking out of town if you drive and walking in for part of the commute - potentially saving you money in the process. Walk to see colleagues rather than emailing, take a tour of the office every couple of hours and go for a spin around the block when you feel your energy levels start to tumble. Bounce your knees, find reasons to stand up, and generally fidget; research suggests that fidgeters can burn up to 1000 calories more a day!

Eat right.

Forget office cookies, cakes and crisps - and stop buying lunch on the go. Instead, prepare balanced lunches and snacks that will give you sustained energy throughout the day. Opt for high protein foods that repair your body, avoid blood sugar swings, and keep you feeling alert and on top form. Try hard boiled eggs, chicken legs, ham or cheese - all with a large salad. Enjoy fruit and nuts, and try oat cakes and other slow release carbohydrates to balance out your meals.

Avoid eating sugar or adding it to your drinks. Also, drink plenty of water, tea or herbal teas to stay hydrated and alert - tiredness is often the first sign of being dehydrated. If you lack time to make your own meals, why not look at high protein ready meals, snack bars or whey protein shakes, such as those found at proteinfoodsdirect.

Take small breaks.

Rather than plugging away relentlessly and achieving nothing, build small breaks into your day, and break the day into achievable chunks. Plan and organize your time so that you have a small number of objectives and tasks, and focus on those.

Close down your email if necessary and promise yourself a reward when you have completed your task list - perhaps going to see a colleague that you like, stopping for a drink and a snack, or even going for a walk around the block if it is sunny outside. By planning, evaluating and monitoring your own progress, you will achieve more. Spend ten minutes at the end of the day reviewing what you have achieved and plan your goals for the next day and remainder of the week.

Taken from: Guest Post (article, By Mike Greaves), Google (images).
Posted by Ammy Vega Darya

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Main cause and treatment of Wilson’s disease

Staying fit is indeed very important in today’s tough and competitive world. However, we are often unable to understand how our bodies behave as there are many bodily afflictions which go unnoticed and uncalled for in common knowledge. One such affliction is the wilson disease.

What turns out to be the most silent disease in the human body, Wilson’s disease is a liver disorder that is both chronic and painless in nature. In fact, most of the symptoms are silent and hard to notice. They are always diagnosed at the last moment when the disease is already beyond control.

What causes Wilson’s disease? What are the main treatments available for this chronic liver disease? How frequently are cases pertaining to Wilson’s disease found in the medical history of the country? What are main symptoms behind this disease? These are few of the questions that have been asked about this disease which seems to take an important position in the society of late.

Well, tackling and answering all these questions is beyond the scope of this article. We shall go topic by topic. In the present article, we will discuss in detail the causes and treatment of Wilson disease.

Main Cause of Wilson’s disease.

Like it or not, most of us suck at reminding ourselves to take extra care of the main gift of God to us, namely, the human body. If there are any amounts of stress that bending or talking for hours causes on us, our body bears it. It is only natural that the body has only one way to complain about the stress, something that it always does by breaking down into a disorder or falling prey o the causes of the disease.

No, we are not talking of just immunity. Wilson’s disease is one affliction which can be both hereditary and stress-induced. The main cause of the disease is the fact that some livers are unable to flush out the entire amount of copper that it should be giving out.

Body copper content is considered important for maintaining healthy nerves, good skin, and proper collagen and so on. However, those who are afflicted with Wilson’s disease are unable to flush the excess quantity that builds up in the body entering through food. This excess gets stored in the liver and hampers the normal functioning and affects other aspects of a body’s functioning. Symptoms include lack of energies, portal hypertension, neuropsychiatric symptoms, and migraines.

Treatment for Wilson’s disease:

Wilson’s disease does not impose much of life hazard when diagnosed at early stages. The medication is simple and does not involve an integrated approach to treating all the symptoms all at once. Mainly, regular medication used to remove copper from the liver is used, and the medication basically encourages proper flushing of the liver.

In what happens to be a dire need at times of emergency, medication for pain control and bleeding control are injected into the body. This happens in the cases of emergencies like migraines and portal hypertension.

While migraine has no known treatment and can be aided only through the use of painkillers and sleep inducers, the scenario of portal hypertension is riskier and calls for immediate action. Portal hypertension is the term used for bleeding in the esophagus a condition that occurs due several factors including imbalance in body metabolism.

Excess of copper in the body causes this affliction. Amongst all the cases of portal hypertension that have been treated, diagnosis at an early stage of development was seen only in the case of 60 percent of the affected people. This clearly shows that every time there is an incident of bleeding in the nose or throat; you actually have to take it seriously and watch out for other symptoms.

If diagnosed early, this symptom does not pose any major threat. Neural distension is resolved using the relaxants. The treatment usually extends lifelong with positive results and patients leading a normal life.

Taken from: Guest Post (article, By Mike Greaves), Google (images).
Posted by Ammy Vega Darya

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Save money on the road

It is always a pinch on the pocket in the New Year after a heavy Christmas but we have put together some tips to make motoring a bit easier on your pocket:

1. Check your tyre pressure.

Correct tyre inflation means less fuel consumption and safer driving. Although, if your tyres are under inflated tyres mean more tread touching the surface of the road increasing resistance. This therefore means that you will need to use more power, resulting in a higher spend on fuel.

2. Remove excess weight.

The heavier your car, the more fuel you are likely to use. A lot of drivers collect things in their boot like unnecessary equipment or golf clubs for example. By removing this extra weight, you are likely to save money on fuel.

3. Keep your car serviced.

Over time parts in your car will become worn out and as a result, be less efficient. Having you car regularly serviced will help to keep everything under the bonnet as efficient as it can be.

4. Plan your journeys.

If you combine shorts trips like traveling to the supermarket with dropping off the recycling so you are traveling less miles overall. Reduce the amount of cold starts too (which use more fuel). Thinking about driving at certain times of the day will mean avoiding any congestion and therefore using less fuel.

5. Take off the roof rack.

If you haven’t used it for a while or don’t plan on using it for a while in the future, take it off. The extra weight will mean the car uses more fuel, resulting in higher fuel costs.

6. Slow down.

Everyone is always in a rush, but by driving at 50mph instead of 70mph can reduce your fuel costs by around 25%.

7. Keep an eye on what’s in front of you.

If you keep an eye on what is further ahead than the car in front of you, you will be able to see the speed of the traffic and can adjust your speed accordingly instead of needing to brake harder, which uses more fuel.

8. Try not to race away at the lights.

By accelerating harder to burst away at the lights, again you will use more fuel. It won’t necessarily mean you will get there any quicker either.

9. Drive in the correct gear.

If you change through the gears earlier you will have much greater fuel efficiency. By driving at a lower rpm the amount of fuel you use will be greatly reduced compared to driving at a higher rpm at the same speed.

10. Turn off unnecessary gadgets.

Using in-car gadgets like air conditioning, heated seats and heated windscreens will all increase fuel consumption so only have them on when you really need to. If it’s a hot day consider rolling the windows down at lower speeds and using air conditioning at higher speeds where open windows will create more drag.

If your existing car is using too much fuel though, it might be worth a change. By selling or using a scrap my car service, you can get rid of your old car and invest in a newer model which will be much more efficient and will save you money on fuel on a monthly basis.

Taken from: Guest Post (article, By Boris Dzhingarov), Google (images).
Posted by Ammy Vega Darya