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Choosing Packaging Options For Your Mail-Order Food Business

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Packaging Options For Your Mail-Order Food Business

Mail order food subscription businesses are growing in popularity, and having a good way to package your items can help your business to stand out. If you operate one of these businesses or you are considering starting one, here are some packaging ideas you can use to get your customers excited about your products. Custom Printing Your boxes don’t have to be plain and brown. Custom-printed boxes with your company’s signature colors and branding let customers know when they’ve gotten something fun in their mailboxes. You can have the outside of the boxes printed, or you can add the color scheme and branding to the inside as well for a more professional look. Be sure to add your company name and logo to help spread brand awareness. Dry Ice Coolers If the items you ship are temperature-sensitive, dry ice coolers designed to fit inside your corrugated shipping boxes can help to ensure safe delivery of perishable items. Work with your box supplier to create coolers that are the right fit for your items, and make sure the exterior boxes include a warning to postal carriers that the items inside are perishable.  Compartment Boxes Whether you sell bottles of wine, hot sauce, or condiments, having compartment boxes can keep the breakable items safe during the shipping process. Have custom corrugated boxes made to fit the dimensions of your bottled products, and choose the number of compartments you’ll need to meet your subscription commitments. The corrugated cardboard provides added cushion for glass bottles, and the separate compartments also create a beautiful presentation when customers open up the boxes. You can also use compartment boxes for snacks and other small items to prevent them from shifting while they are in transit. Produce Boxes When shipping fresh fruits and vegetables with your subscription food order business, you’ll want boxes that allow air to circulate during shipping. Produce boxes feature holes for ventilation, and they can be custom-printed to let postal carriers know there is delicate produce inside the boxes. Don’t forget to add your company name and logo to these boxes so your customers can be reminded of where they got their delicious fruits and vegetables from. The right packaging is essential for your mail-order food subscription business. Use these different packaging ideas and partner with your box supplier to create the custom boxing options that make sense for your products and for your loyal...

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It’s All In The Packing: 3 Ways To Prepare Your Belongings For Storage

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on It’s All In The Packing: 3 Ways To Prepare Your Belongings For Storage

If you’ve decided to join the throng of homeowners who’ve traded their large homes for a tiny one, you might be trying to figure out what to do with everything you no longer have room for. Don’t worry. You don’t have to get rid of it. All you have to do is rent a personal storage unit. Renting a storage unit will allow you keep your personal belongings, without cluttering up your downsized home. Before you start packing up your belongings, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s done correctly. Here’s a step-by-step guide that will help you pack your belongings properly. Family Photographs If you’re going to be storing family photographs, you’ll want to protect them against moisture and extreme temperatures. When storing photo albums, place tissue paper between each page. The tissue will prevent moisture buildup and will keep the pages from sticking together. All photographs – whether individual or in albums – should be stored inside acid-free containers. The acid-free containers will protect your valuable photographs. Home Furniture If you’ve got pieces of home furniture that you want to put into storage, you’ll want to take some extra precautions to prevent damage. The first thing you should do is place plastic sheeting on the floor of the storage unit. The plastic will prevent moisture buildup that could damage your furniture. It’s also a good idea to cover your furniture with padded coverings. If you don’t have actual furniture covers, you can use old blankets or comforters. If you’re going to be storing mirrors, you can protect the glass by taping a sheet of cardboard to the surface of the glass. Electronic Devices Electronic devices require special handling during storage. Moisture, dust and extreme temperatures can damage the electronic wiring. To protect your electronic devices, you’ll need to take the following precautions. Disconnect your equipment and wipe them down with a soft cloth to remove dust. Place your equipment into their original boxes and place packing peanuts around them. The peanuts will prevent the equipment from moving around during transport. If you don’t have the original packaging, place them in a box of similar size. If you’re going to be downsizing, you’re going to need a place to store everything you won’t be taking with you. Don’t throw your treasured possessions away. Rent a storage unit. The tips provided here will help you pack your belongings so they’ll stay safe while in storage. For more information, contact companies like Gorst Self...

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Opening Your Own Business? 4 Tips To Help You Choose The Right POS

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Opening Your Own Business? 4 Tips To Help You Choose The Right POS

If you’re about to start your own business, you need to make sure you choose the right POS, or point-of-sale system. The last thing you want is to have your POS go down while you’re trying to make a go of your business. Choosing the wrong POS can cost you money. You’ll lose the money from the initial purchase and you’ll continue to lose money as customers take their money elsewhere. Here are four tips to help you choose the right POS. Easy to Use When you’re running your own business, you don’t want to spend your day trying to figure out how to set up and use your POS. When choosing a POS for your business, make sure that the system you decide on is easy for you and your employees to use.  On Time Customer Support If you have a problem with your POS, you need to know that customer support is going to be there to help you solve the problem. Business problems don’t always happen on a 9-5 schedule. Before you sign up for a POS system service, make sure that the company you’re signing with offers 24/7 customer service. That way, you’ll have the peace-of-mind in knowing that customer support is going to be there when you need them. Simple Pricing System You don’t want to have to spend your day worrying about how your system pricing is being affected by business fluctuations. For ease of use, make sure that the POS you choose for your business has a simple pricing system attached to it. The simplest way to go is a with a pay-as-you-go system. With a pay-as-you-go system, you’ll pay for the services you use and nothing more. Increased Data Security The last thing you need is a security breach involving your POS system. To protect yourself and your customers, your POS system should have increased data security attached to it. With increased security, you’ll know that your customers’ credit information is safe and secure with each transaction. It’s important to note that most debit/credit cards now come equipped with chip technology. The chips are designed to provided additional fraud protection. Be sure your new POS is capable of processing chip cards.  Now that you own a business, you need to make sure that your POS is fully functional. Use the tips provided here to help you choose a POS that will serve you, and your customers,...

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The Three Things You Need To Make An Impression On Potential Employers

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Three Things You Need To Make An Impression On Potential Employers

Trying to land your dream job? Make sure you have what you need to make the best possible impression on the individuals interviewing you for the position. The three things that you need for an impressive job interview are: A killer resume. When interviewing for a job, your resume is the snapshot of you and your abilities that is taken away from the meeting. If you are unsure about your resume or if you feel it could be better, don’t hesitate to invest in some professional assistance in creating a great executive resume. Keep the following in mind when building your executive resume: Keep it concise. Most employers are only looking for a one-page resume. Opt for professional over unique when it comes to your resume. Unless you are applying for an artistic or creative position, don’t go with anything too flashy. Rely on your qualifications and abilities to bring strength to your resume. Inform your references that you will be using their name for your resume. Give them some basic information about the job you are seeking, so they will be able to attest to your qualifications if contacted. Make sure to confirm the reference’s contact information for accuracy and to ensure the potential hiring supervisor is able to reach these individuals promptly. A watch. Showing up late for an interview is a huge red-flag for potential employers. Do yourself a favor and show up punctually, even early, on the big day. Wear a watch but don’t get caught sneaking a peek at it during your interview, as this may give prospective employers a less-than favorable impression. Self-confidence. Most employers are seeking candidates that are qualified, but that also exude a feeling of self-confidence. Even if you feel a bit insecure about the job you are interviewing for, don’t let it show! Some tips for feeling your most confident include: Take the perspective that you are interviewing them, to see if the potential job is a good fit for you. Remember, you will be an asset to their company. Make sure to make eye contact with the individuals interviewing you. Practice attentive listening and don’t let distractions throw you off course. Get plenty of sleep the night before your interview and eat something that will make you feel good, like a whole-grain, high-protein breakfast for fuel. There are many elements that can contribute to a great interview, and if you have a killer resume, show up punctually, and exude self-confidence, you may find yourself a shoe-in for the position that you desire! To learn more, contact a company like Jackson Stevens...

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Tips For Preventing Motion Sickness During A Helicopter Ride

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Preventing Motion Sickness During A Helicopter Ride

A helicopter rental can be a fun, unique way to explore a new area. After all, when you rent a helicopter to tour an area, you get to experience some amazing aerial views. But you might be a bit leery about the ride if you’re someone who is prone to motion sickness. However, don’t let your nervousness keep you from leaving the ground. Check out these tips to learn how you can prevent motion sickness during your helicopter flight. Focus On an Earth-Fixed Object People get motion sickness because the movement that their brain perceives and the movement perceived by the inner ear don’t match. So it’s common for people to feel a wave of nausea when the helicopter takes off or lands but to not feel nauseous during the flight. This is because once you’re in the air and level, the signals that your eyes and ears are sending to your brain catch up with each other. You can help prevent feelings of nausea during the take off and landing by sitting in the front seat and focusing on one fixed object that isn’t moving with you — such as the horizon or a specific landmark. Unfortunately, your view is more limited in the back seat of the helicopter so focusing on an Earth-fixed object might be difficult. If you don’t have a good view of an object to focus on, try closing your eyes completely until the rough swooshing parts of the ride are over. Talk to the Pilot If you’re renting a helicopter for a sightseeing tour, there’s a chance that you’ll get a pilot that likes to show off a bit during the tour. This isn’t a good thing if you’re prone to motion sickness. So before the flight, let the pilot know that you have had motion sickness issues before so that he or she knows to keep the turns as smooth as possible. Suck on Peppermint Candies Unfortunately taking an over-the-counter anti-nausea medication isn’t an ideal solution for preventing motion sickness during a helicopter ride. Anti-nausea medications can make you drowsy, and you don’t want to rent a helicopter only to fall asleep during the ride. Instead, try sucking on hard peppermint candies. Peppermint naturally helps relieve nausea, so consider taking some peppermint candies with you during your helicopter ride. You can suck on a piece of candy throughout the ride if necessary, but you should definitely consider eating a peppermint when you take off and land. Renting a helicopter to tour an area you’re visiting, especially if you’re in a large city or tropical location, is an experience that you don’t want to miss. So take precautions to fend off your motion sickness so that you can enjoy the...

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Ways To Cut Costs On Your Golf Course Maintenance

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ways To Cut Costs On Your Golf Course Maintenance

For golfers, a day out on a golf course can be serene and fun. However, if you’re in charge of running the golf course, when you look onto the course you might start to feel stressed. When considering all the grass, sand traps, ponds and other things on the course, maintenance can be a big and expensive job. Maintenance must be done so that the golfers will keep going, but you might need to find some ways to cut costs so that you can keep the course looking great without spending too much. Here are some things you can do to save on maintenance for your golf course. Spray Less When Spraying Pesticides As part of your ongoing efforts to keep insects from causing damage, you may periodically spray certain areas with pesticides. To save a little money and conserve the pesticide, ensure that your spraying volume is rather low. That makes it more likely that extra pesticide falls by the wayside instead of where you want it to go. A high spray volume that blankets everything in site is somewhat wasteful. Raise Mower Height You might imagine you’re saving time by having the grass cut as short as possible; you might think you won’t have to send mowers out as often. However, this can end up costing you more money. When the grass is “bald”, the blades of grass aren’t as capable of providing shade to the soil. In the hotter months, this can mean that the soil dries out more quickly, which can mean trouble for the grass. If you start seeing brown spots and brittle grass, you are going to have to spend money on seeding sprays and other products to get the grass looking good again. You can avoid that by simply raising the mower height a bit. Don’t Overstock Inventory A lot of managers keep extra fertilizer, additional mowers and other equipment on site. Not only does this inventory take up space, it’s also eating up your budget. You are unlikely to have a mulch or seed emergency, so there is rarely a need to keep so much on hand. Try to keep the bare minimum on hand instead of regularly making maintenance purchases. That way, you only spend money on things that you use. Recruit Member Volunteers One of the things that drives up maintenance costs is having employees to do the maintenance work. It might be a good idea to recruit volunteers from among the membership in return for discounted games and other perks. This way, volunteers provide the manpower and hands to help get the work completed, and your current employees oversee the work as it’s being done to ensure it’s done properly and to the standards you expect. If you use the information in this article, you may be able to cut costs on golf course maintenance without too much sacrifice. For more help, contact a golf course management company, such as Classic Golf Solutions LLC, who can provide you specific solutions for your particular course....

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Tips For Storing RC Planes

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Storing RC Planes

Collecting RC and model airplanes is a fun hobby, but the aircraft models can be fairly large to store at home between flights. They can also be delicate, which means careful storage is needed to make sure they aren’t harmed. A storage unit provides a safe storage spot that also frees up space in your home. The following tips will help you store the planes properly. Tip #1: Clean carefully RC models often end up with dust, dirt, or grass on them from landing and flying outdoors. Some of this organic matter can attract pests, or at a minimum cause discoloration on the plane. You can clean the difficult crevasses with a small detailing vacuum attachment, such as those sold for vacuuming computer keyboards. Then, wipe with a slightly dampened cloth. Avoid using cleansers since they can damage or even dissolve the foam base of an RC model. Tip #2: Break it down Many of the larger RC models come apart – at the bare minimum you can separate wings from the main body. This is the best way to store the model if it is possible because then the wings won’t be as prone to breakage. You may also want to remove the propeller and wrap the protruding propeller shaft with foam sheeting or bubble wrap. This will prevent the prop from becoming snagged on something and bending the shaft. Tip #3: Bust out the batteries Always remove all battery packs from the plane and its controller before storing. Keep the rechargeable pack in a plastic bag, just in case it corrodes or leaks, with the plane. The regular batteries in the controller can also be stored this way, although it may be a better idea to simply replace them with fresh batteries next time you fly. Tip #4: Box up properly Store the RC planes in their original boxes if you still have them and if they plane breaks down easily enough to fit into the box. Otherwise, wrap the plane carefully with a white cloth, such as a painter’s dropcloth or a sheet. Place the wrapped planes on a shelf – never store them on the ground since they are more likely to suffer damage. If a shelf isn’t possible in your unit, purchase plastic tubs large enough to hold the plane and its accessories. Make sure accessories are also in bags labeled with the plane they go to if you own multiple planes. For more storage tips, contact a storage facility near you, such as SaveMor Self Storage...

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Buying New Office Furniture? 3 Mistakes You Should Make Sure To Avoid

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Buying New Office Furniture? 3 Mistakes You Should Make Sure To Avoid

It can be extremely fun to order new furniture for the office. However, it can also be incredibly overwhelming. This is because there are so many factors that go into the buying process and you don’t want to make a mistake as you are giving your office a makeover. So, during your office transformation, here are three mistakes that you will want to avoid at all costs: 1. Opting for Appearance Over Comfort When choosing furniture for your office furniture, one of the first things that you are going to be drawn is the way the furniture looks. While appearance is great, there is one more thing that is just as important – if not more important: comfort. Your decision must consider the comfort of not only yourself, but your employees and clients as well. So, think about how those office chairs are going to feel after you have sat in them through a three-hour business meeting. Ultimately, you should opt for an ergonomic office chair that helps to support proper posture, which helps to reduce back pain and neck problem. This actually leads into mistake #2. 2. Not Trying Before You Purchase There are a lot of things that you try before you buy, such as a car, eyeglasses, and clothes. Well, the same holds true for any furniture that you are going to put in your office. Before you purchase office furniture, head to the store and take the time to look around. When you find chairs that you like, sit in them. Are they comfortable? Find some desks that you like, and see if the desks that you like look good with them and fit well under them. Your next step is to see if it’s possible to have the furniture delivered to your office to see how they look there for an in-office test. This could potentially save you a lot of money in the long run. 3. Failing to Ask Your Employees What Works and What Doesn’t Since you’re buying new office furniture and you need to consider the comfort of your employees, you should think about asking them their opinions on the matter. For example, consider putting out a questionnaire requesting feedback from your employees on what they like about their current furniture and what they would like to see in the new furniture. While you won’t be able to make each employee 100 percent happy, you may be able to get some insight from them that will help keep them happy and potentially increase productivity in the office. After all, they will be using the furniture every single day, so it is critical that you purchase furniture that works well for them. For office furniture, contact a business such as D & R Office Works,...

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Purchasing A Vintage Laundromat? How Can You Tell Whether Upgrades Are Worth It?

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Purchasing A Vintage Laundromat? How Can You Tell Whether Upgrades Are Worth It?

If you’ve recently purchased or inherited a small laundromat that hasn’t been updated for decades, you may be wondering how you’ll be able to afford the upgrades you need while also paying to repair and maintain aging appliances. Fortunately, advances in energy-efficient laundry technology can mean that upgrading your washers, dryers, and other fixtures will save you enough in utilities to quickly offset the initial investment. Read on to learn more about some of the money-saving laundromat upgrades that can help pay for themselves, as well as those you may be able to bypass until you have a few years of profit behind you. Which laundromat upgrades are worth the investment? As businesses go, a laundromat may seem like a fairly simple one — washers, dryers, and change machines as the three primary components. Indeed, if your laundromat hasn’t been updated for years, these appliances and some folding chairs and tables may be all the fixtures you purchased along with the building itself. However, one of your first steps may be to consider the installation of security cameras or another type of wireless surveillance system, especially if you’re opting for a 24/7 laundromat or one without a staff person available during all open hours. Not only will this help your customers feel more secure and allow you to quickly detect and respond to burglary attempts, vandalism, or other criminal mischief, having a surveillance system can reduce your business’s insurance costs.  You’ll also want to carefully look at the amount of water and electricity being consumed by your current washers and dryers by requesting detailed copies of the utility bills for the last several months. Depending upon the utility rates charged in your area, switching from washers that use a static quantity of water to those that weigh each load and use only as much water as needed could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your monthly water bills. By that same token, a dryer that can sense the moisture level in the clothes inside and adjust its heat accordingly could allow you sip, rather than siphon, electricity.  Most new commercial-grade washers and dryers include information about the electricity and water consumption in their published specifications. By dividing your monthly water and electricity usage by the number of units in use during that month, you’ll then be able to plug in the projected numbers for a new washer or dryer and determine your energy savings. You may also qualify for some business tax rebates if replacing older, inefficient appliances with newer and more energy-efficient ones. Contact a company like Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc. to find out what options are available for new equipment. Which upgrades can wait for a while?  If your change machines are still in good working condition, you shouldn’t need to upgrade them — even if they’ve clearly seen better days. The same principle goes for chairs, tables, and waiting area vending machines. While a clean and well-lit environment is expected (and appreciated) by customers, having working and efficient washers and dryers takes priority over the ambiance of an otherwise safe area....

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Four People You Want To Read Your Business Plan Before Going Forward

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four People You Want To Read Your Business Plan Before Going Forward

If you are starting a brand new business, there is no such thing as being too prepared. You want to make sure that you check your financials regularly and that you have a business plan that is prepared from all aspects. Choosing excellent, professional business plan writing services (such as Adarah Living LLC. DBA Written Success) is one of the best ways to make a top notch business plan that is acceptable to investors, banks, and possible partners. Once your business plan is completed, test it out on four people before you make it official. Here are the four groups of people you want to read your plan and why. Your spouse or partner/ For a vote of confidence If you are married or in a long-time partnership your partner has just as much riding on the success or failure of the business as you do. Providing for the family and providing for a brand new business can be stressful. Ask your spouse to read the business plan and tell them if they think it is worth giving a go. If thry say yes, this means that they believe the plan is worth depending on for the livelihood of the family. This is a major vote of confidence. Skeptical parents and family/ For the investor questions For parents or family members who are skeptical about your business, they should be presented with your business plan. Even if you think it is iron clad, the skeptics will be the first one to find any holes in an airtight plan. This is excellent practice for figuring out what to say to investors who may have questions about your plan.  Entrepreneur mentor/ For the business standard Every person with a new business needs to have entrepreneurs to help mentor them. Present your business plan to your mentor to get a good idea on if you should add or subtract any portions of the plan. They will be able to give you insight on the industry standard for business plans and alert you to any information that investors and banks will need added in order to see you as a low risk/high success possibility. The teenager/ For understandability You want to know that a business plan is complete and also that it is easily understood. Have an older teenager read your business plan. There may be parts of the legal jargon that they don’t understand, but knowing that they can follow the overall gist of the plan and the thesis of your business means that the language is perfect for presentation to a wide range of...

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