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Columbia Gorge. Hi Everyone! Welcome to my site and blog! Here I’ll be talking about all kinds of things, many based on my own experiences.

Things such as, how I moved from one state to another and what I did to make it more successful, what I’ve gotten from the different jobs I’ve tried, what I’ve learned about selling items at flea markets, and tips about using some of the features on computers, such as Windows Live Photo Gallery, and other things as well.

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Setting Up an Online Business

Setting up an online business looks easy. You probably have several friends who are selling their works on Etsy and eBay and you think that’s what an online business is. That’s just part of it.

Many sellers are simply putting up ‘displays’ in online shops, but that would be like a coincidental marketing strategy. It’s a coincidence a buyer would go to the shop, and it would be a coincidence that the buyer would see the seller’s goods. It may earn some, but it could not hold up in the long run. A real online business goes beyond these electronic shops that only act as a middleman.

We have here some tips you could think about before you set up your online business.

Business documents

Many online sellers skip this. That’s because they’re just riding on the electronic shop’s permit to operate. Although you may opt later on to also display some items in these shops, your business is a separate entity. Make sure you’re doing it legally, get the right documents, and pay the appropriate taxes. The only difference between an on-site shop and an online business is the market, the people you are targeting to reach to sell your products.

Your base: a website

Your website will contain everything your target clientele would need to know beyond the items you’re selling. The importance of your website is important for your visibility. It will have content about your company, contact details, and possibly even a feedback mechanism for those who would want to share their experiences about your business.

The most you can show in online shops and social media are parts and portions of your business. You would want to offer answers to questions your clients might have without necessarily having to communicate with all of them individually. You will have all of this information on your website.

Search Engine Optimisation

To make sure your target buyers will find their way to your website, you need to maximise search engines like Google and maybe DuckDuckGo. For this, you could find anSEO company to do the job for you.

As what had been pointed out earlier, buyers seeing your products in online stores depend on chance. But what you need is purposive marketing. Meaning, they would intentionally find you. To compare it to an on-site store, going to an e-store is like going to a department store, they would find your dress because they looked through a rack. On the other hand, making a search engine work for you is like having a personal shopper bring your dress to the client because it fits the descriptions the client wants.

Building Your Team

You might want to just work alone at first, cutting costs. But as your business would expand, so would the work increase. You can hire part-time staff instead.

First, you will need a social media manager. Although it seems to be easy work you can do, doing marketing in social media is not as simple as your personal postings on Facebook and Instagram. You will need to make fresh posts so that you have more chances of getting into the feed of strangers. Remember that you’re not posting for a group of friends who are already following you, but people who may not even be interested in your products at first.

At the start, you might be doing all the logistical work. You monitor the orders, shipping, and stocks. But once your business takes off, it might be too much. You could hire an assistant to oversee parts of these. You could even just get a virtual assistant who will be dealing with inquiries, customer relations, and orders.

The financial records should be handled by you. But if you lack this expertise, get someone who could guide you with it. Hire an accountant to periodically work on your books so when the time for taxes and other matters comes, you wouldn’t have to worry about it. Once you expand, you should hire a financial manager who will ensure you’re not incurring losses.

Finally, you could get an Information Technology expert. Since they tend to cost a lot, you could just get a consultant. Aside from the usual online marketing strategies, you could ask your IT expert to develop specific programs that could benefit your business. For example, your website could be made more navigable, you could have a mobile app, or you might want a comprehensive database that would gather information from all your online engagements to develop better strategies.

Setting up an online business, again, is not simply posting goods and getting orders. Like any business, it needs you to build networks, be part of a business community, and adhere to rules and regulations.

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Taking Stress-Free Travel Adventures

Who doesn’t love to go on an adventure? For many people, it’s the most fun aspect of life — it’s an activity that allows you to enjoy all that the world has to offer. You meet new people, push yourself, and see the world’s most breathtaking sites. However, while it’s true that travel adventures can be life-changing, they also have the capacity to be stressful. Sometimes, this stress is unavoidable, yet there are always things you can do to reduce it. Below, you’ll find some handy tips that’ll help your adventures to be nothing but fun, fun, fun. 

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Make Sure You Can Afford It

You’ll always have a nagging voice in the back of your mind if you’re doing stuff that you know you can’t afford. It’s easy to get carried away when we’re traveling, but if your excessive spending goes on for more than a day or two, then it’ll become a problem, even while you’re away. You can avoid this by picking destinations that you know are in line with your budget. If you do find yourself in a more expensive spot, then do some research, and find where the cheap food and accommodation is located. Even the most expensive spots can be done on a budget!

Give Yourself Enough Time

You’ll want to be kept busy when you’re on your travel adventures, but you won’t want to be rushed. There’s always a lot to see and do when you’re exploring somewhere new, but it’s good to have some downtime too. Plus, you won’t enjoy the attractions you see if you’re continually thinking about the next place that you have to visit. So either extend your trip so you have time to see everything, or get more selective about the spots you see.

Home and Vehicle Protection

You might be enjoying life on the other side of the world, but let’s not forget that life at home will continue on as normal while you’re away. To ensure that you have peace of mind while you’re away, look at ensuring that your car and home are both kept secure. There’s nothing that’ll spoil your trip quicker than getting a call from home, informing you that you’ve been the victim of a crime. For your vehicle, look at affordable car storage. For your home, hire a house sitter or invest in top of the line home security. 

Learn the Essentials 

While you’ll hope that everything runs smoothly while you’re away, the fact of the matter is that when you’re so far away from home, things can go wrong. One of the best ways to avoid this becoming a bigger problem than necessary is to learn the essentials of staying safe. For example, you could learn the basics of the language. Even a little bit of language can go a long way! You could also look up where the nearest hospital is. Knowing that you have comprehensive travel insurance will also give peace of mind that things will be OK if something goes wrong. 

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Why Solar Is Becoming an Increasingly Prominent Source of Energy in the Home

As the years go by, more and more of us find it increasingly important to protect the environment by changing our habits. In most cases, the biggest way to contribute to a healthy planet is to cut our reliance on carbon-based fuel sources that can pollute the environment and increase our carbon footprint. Thankfully, there are many eco-friendly alternatives for generating power, but only a few of them are practical enough to fit into a home.

In fact, one of the only renewable sources of energy that we can recommend for the home is solar. As the technology improves over time, it’s becoming clear that solar will be the go-to source of energy generation in the future for many different reasons.

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It reduces your electricity bills

Solar isn’t good enough to power your entire home just yet, but it can offer immediate savings to your energy bills. They’re efficient enough to power certain parts of your home and will contribute to your overall power usage. These savings might seem insignificant at first, but as solar technology improves over time, we can expect to see even greater energy savings. In the future, we’ll likely see more solar panels that produce more energy and are far more efficient, so it’s never a bad idea to adopt the technology now.

It’s surprisingly space-efficient

One of the best places to put solar panels is on your roof. This is a part of your home that you’re rarely ever going to use. Your roof protects your home and suffers general wear and tear which requires maintenance. This means you’ll eventually need to climb up and clean it, but other than that, there’s no real use for your roof and there’s no downsides to having a couple of solar panels on it.

It’s easy to install and maintain

You could try and install solar panels on your own, but it’ll require you to have some electrical knowledge and the tools required to fix them onto your roof. The alternative is to contact Iowa Solar or another local solar panel company to help you install it. They’ll likely perform a quick site inspection before offering different solar panels choices, then they’ll be hooked up to your local electricity grid and you’ll instantly start saving money. Maintaining them is also simple. All they need is a quick wash every couple of months to clean off any debris or dirt which could prevent them from working correctly. They have no moving parts which mean they won’t suddenly stop working due to wear and tear.

It has many different applications

You’d be surprised at just how diverse the applications of solar in the home are. Solar is typically just integrated into your home’s electrical grid, but you can also set up solar panels so they power specific parts of your home. For example, if you carry out important work at home and are worried about a power outage affecting your productivity, then you could route all of the solar energy to your home office to ensure that you can continue working even during adverse weather conditions.

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Budget Friendly Business Tips

Running a successful business is one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do, and when it comes to post-pandemic, things get even harder. 

Now that we are all stuck in a tight financial situation, the important thing for us to do is learn how to scrimp and save wherever possible. There are many ways to make a difference to your working processes to save money, and today we want to discuss some of those things with you. 

Stop buying paper 

One of the biggest hidden costs that offices face is paper. Paper used to be the staple of every office and every important piece of documentation would be printed out and filed. But these days with the rise of the digital age, this is no longer necessary. It is now the time to get out of the habit of using paper as much as you can, and instead save the money and store things online. You’ll be surprised how much money you can save every year by not buying as many office supplies. 

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Work from home 

Since the start of the pandemic, many companies have had to move quickly  from typical office working to working from home. This has been a big adjustment for a lot of businesses, but six months on it has actually proved successful for many. If you have been working from home for the course of the pandemic, now is the time to consider whether you need to go back to your office at all. Renting an office space is incredibly expensive. As well as the rent itself, there are utilities to pay for, amenities, coffee and tea, bathroom and cleaning supplies and equipment too. If you choose to let your employees work at home, you don’t have to pay for any of these things. The difference it will make to your revenue will be incredible. 

Outsource services 

One of the other big expenses of running a business is hiring staff. When hiring a member of staff to work for you in house, there are a lot of things to consider. As well as a good wage, you also need to think of health insurance, pension fund, and any perks and benefits. However, if you choose to outsource a service such as managed it service providers – you’ll save all of those extra costs. As well as not paying a full wage, you’ll avoid all of the niggling costs involved in hiring an employee- and when the job becomes obsolete you won’t need to make anyone redundant or keep on dead weight. You can simply end your contract with your outsourced agency. 

Use free tools 

Don’t waste your money paying for lots of applications and software that you can find elsewhere for free. For example, although outlook is the usual email and office provider – it can be costly, and Google offers all of the same things for free. Switching to Google drive will allow you to use docs, sheets, forms, and slides for free with 15GB of storage for free. Instead of using expensive marketing scheduling tools, instead use Buffer for free which can hold up to 8 accounts at a time. Research and look for free options because it will make a big difference to your margins. 

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Saving Time When You Have To Move In A Hurry

Usually, when it comes to moving home, you want to ensure that you have all of the time that you need to prepare, get organized, and move as effectively and as stress-free as possible. However, some situations require you to get a move on sooner rather than later, and any delays can end up costing you big time. When that’s the case, here are a few time-saving tips to help you get the move underway.

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Get rid of some stuff

If you want to reduce the time that it takes to move all of your possessions, then why not give yourself fewer possessions to move in the first place? Websites like Ziffit make it a lot easier to sell just about anything nowadays. There are also plenty of ways to donate unwanted items and, although wasteful, you can always simply discard the things that you don’t need anymore. This can make it easier to find cheaper moving vehicles since you need less space, and will also reduce the time it takes for both packing and unpacking.

Be organized in your pack

One of the biggest time-wasters when moving is disorganization in your packing. If you don’t know where things are and where things go, you’re going to spend a lot of time looking from box to box. You don’t need to keep a precise inventory of everything that you’re moving. You can simply use a labeling system to get a good idea of what is each box. Packing a box per each room tends to be the easiest way to organize them. Then, when you need to fetch or put something away, it’s a lot easier to know where it goes.

Have your car taken care of

If you’re moving a long distance, then you might think to drive the car yourself. However, this trip alone can take a lot of time and can disrupt the schedule of getting settled on the other side. You might even have to plan the drive ahead of the moving van to meet it on the other side. Or you can decide to take another means of transport and have teams like CarsRelo take care of it for you. This frees you to otherwise organize and deal with the move rather than being stuck on the road.

Make sure you have the accessories that you need

If you don’t have the right equipment, then moving your possessions is going to take a lot longer. Heavy objects are going to need things like furniture dollies. You’re going to want to use furniture pads to protect your objects from damage in transit. Ropes and fasteners can help you ensure that things don’t move around on the road. If you don’t prepare these in advance, you’re going to spend a lot more time figuring out how to move certain objects and make sure they stay safe on the road.

Moving is rarely an easy thing to do, but the above tips can at least ensure that it doesn’t take all year to make it happen.

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How to Improve Your Driving Experience

Ah, the open road. You’re behind the wheel, you’re cruising along, you haven’t got a care in the world. This is the image we have in our minds when we invest in a vehicle. Yet, alas, this isn’t always the experience that we have. Sometimes it can feel as if driving and car-ownership is a double-edged sword. We’re happy that we have a vehicle in our life, but it’s not without its problems. The important thing to remember is that you can always improve your driving experience and car in general. In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few ways for you to do just that.

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Service Your Car

Your car might be an excellent vehicle; it’s just that it needs a little bit of TLC if it’s going to reveal that side of itself. If it’s been some time since your car has been serviced, then look at booking it in with professionals. When we say ‘service your vehicle,’ we mean two things. One is to make sure that everything’s working under the hood as it was intended. The other is to give your vehicle a deep clean. You might just be amazed at how much more fun it is to drive your car when it’s completely clean and refreshed!

Invest In New Parts

It doesn’t matter whether you put your car used or new. At some point, you’ll have to invest in new parts. Cars, after all, are not intended to last forever! To know which parts you’ll need, it’s best to take a look at your vehicle and see what might not be as high-quality as it could be. If you know the different parts of a wheel, then you’ll be able to check that everything’s in full working condition. If it’s not then, then upgrade — you’ll feel the improvement straight away. If you suspect that you might have some issue under the hood, then you’ll need to take it to a professional, who will be able to recommend part upgrades. 

Keep the Costs Down

You might generally like driving your vehicle, but if the costs aren’t manageable, then at some point you’ll begin to feel a little worn down by driving. So why not look at keeping the costs down? There are plenty of ways to do this. The best way is to reduce the amount of money that you spend on gas. A lot of people overspend in this area, all because they don’t know how to drive properly. If you’re accelerating quickly and braking harshly, then you’ll be burning more gas than you should — and you’ll be visiting the gas station more frequently. Work on improving your MPG rate, and you’ll have money in your bank account.

When to Upgrade

Finally, it’s important to know when you should upgrade your vehicle. There’ll come a point when your current car just doesn’t become viable. For instance, you might find that you’re spending too much on repairs, or you’re just not enjoying driving. At that time, it’ll be time to look for another vehicle! 

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How To Save Money On A Daily Basis

How To Save Money On A Daily Basis 

If it feels as though you have to pay out for something every single day, and any money you earn slips through your fingers as soon as you get it, it’s time to step back and take a god, objective view of your finances. It could be that you are actually able to save more money than you think by making just a few small changes in your life, and it won’t take long until you are saving money on a daily basis. Read on to find out more. 

Plan Your Meals

Whether you’re a real foodie who loves to cook and try new things or you prefer to stick with simple recipes and food that you already know you enjoy, you’re going to have to go grocery shopping, and you probably do it more than you really want or need to since the average shopper heads to the store 1.6 times every week. 

You might be spending a lot more money on your groceries than you need to if you don’t plan ahead and know exactly what you’re going to be eating in the upcoming week. If you can plan your meals, you won’t buy anything you don’t need, and you’ll always have enough to sustain you until the next time you go to the store. This means you’ll be buying less on each visit, and you won’t be going there quite so much.

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Buy High-Quality Items

“Things of quality have no fear of time.” – Author Unknown 

Buying high-quality items will cost you more at the point of purchase, so of course, this might not appear to be the wonderful money-saving idea you’re looking for. Yet think about it this way; if you buy the best quality you can afford, whether you’re looking for custom cable assemblies, clothing, a car, a good contractor to carry out repairs around your home, tools, or anything else, those things are going to last a lot longer than if you buy something cheap and of much lower quality. 

If you do buy cheap, the likelihood is you’ll need to replace that item fairly quickly, and certainly much sooner than you would if you had spent more to start with. Replacing broken or faulty goods will cost you money, which is how buying quality will save you cash in the long term. One good quality item might cost more than one inferior quality version, but how many of those poor quality versions will you need to buy over the lifetime of the good quality one? 

Don’t Be Impulsive

Spending money is so easy, isn’t it? You can be browsing online and suddenly you see something you want, so you buy it. It’s done in an instant, and whatever you’ve purchased will arrive immediately if it’s a digital download, and in a few days if it’s a physical item. This is the world of instant gratification which, although fun, is terrible for your finances. 

Instead of buying something as soon as you see it just because you can, don’t be impulsive and simply wait. Wait for 24 hours, or even better, 48 hours (or as long as you can), and then go back to the item in question. If you still want it or need it, you can buy it. If you’ve realized you can manage just fine without it, don’t buy it and save money. It might be hard to do at first, but it’s a great habit to get into.

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IV Hydration At Home: All You Need to Know

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Staying hydrated is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. Hydration is responsible for many vital functions, including regulating our body temperature, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping organs functioning properly. Staying well-hydrated can also help increase our sleep quality, heighten our mood, and boost cognitive retention.  

Why IV Hydration? 

And as we all have learned, hydration is especially crucial in preventing illness and hangovers. Staying hydrated during flu season can help you fight off sickness and boost immunity. Making sure to load up on fluids before going out for a long night of drinking with friends can also eliminate the possibility of feeling sick the next morning.

But nobody’s perfect, and more often than not, we don’t take the preventive steps to avoid feeling less than our best. Luckily, modern medicine has come to the rescue yet again! You no longer have to leave your home to get your necessary wellness boost – those fancy IV treatment centers can now be at your doorstep in minutes.

How does it work?

Like treatment centers in casinos and at festivals, IV hydration at home brings registered nurses to you. IV therapy delivers vitamins and minerals to your body, bringing you back to tip-top shape. The only difference is the treatment center is now your living room!

Does it hurt?

IV treatment is relatively painless. You may feel a slight pinch or poke when the nurse first inserts your IV, but the pain is exceptionally dull and only lasts for a second or so. Highly-skilled nurses make the insertion as quick and painless as possible.

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How long will it take?

Usually, IV treatment can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. A nurse will remain by your side until your treatment is complete, but the short wait time outweighs the day-long hangover or impending flu or cold. It’ll get you back to what you need to do.

How much space will it take up?

At-home IV treatment is both minimal and efficient. Pick out the comfiest chair in the house and let your nurse set up the equipment around you! You won’t have to rearrange your furniture—all you need is a bit of space for an IV pole.

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Can I get treatment with another person?

Yes. Nurses can manage multiple individuals at once, so get your friends together to drip!

Why leave your home when you’re feeling low? IV hydration at home brings you back to ultimate wellness – no matter the time, situation, or place. 

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Keeping Your Healthcare Employees Healthy & Motivated

There is a level of stress that comes with a territory when you work in the healthcare sector. There is pressure during emergency situations, during the regular working day when people are getting on with their work and even when trying to hire new people. Your healthcare employees are working long shifts in situations where time constraints are hard to manage, and yet there are ways that you can relieve this stress for your staff. They’re the ones on the frontline, and if you can make life easy for them, why wouldn’t you? Below, we’ve put together some of the best ways you can keep your healthcare employees healthy and motivated.

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Be A Good Leader

Your job here is to lead by example. If you want to wear protective equipment and things like https://barriertechnologies.com/leaded-eyewear/ while you are working in harsh environments, then you need to ensure that your staff has access to those things, too. Leading by example is one of the best ways that you can keep people motivated, as it shows that you want your staff to work in the same standards that you would.

Hire More Staff

If the workload for your current team is huge and they are spread too thin, spread the load out. Hire in some temporary staff to lend a hand. They can work together to minimize how hard things are and give your permanent team a break. 

Pay Attention

When people give you feedback, listen to them! Complaints are never nice to listen to, but if you don’t listen to the complaints and feedback that people give you, you’re never going to learn. Happy and motivated employees have well-balanced and motivated leaders, so be one of those leaders and make sure that you’re paying attention to their needs.

Offer Rewards

If your staff are using personal protective equipment accurately, meeting their targets and generally working well, then the very best thing that you can offer are rewards that will keep them on track. Everyone deserves recognition for the time and effort that they put into their job, and it’s no different for your staff. Offer them the rewards that they deserve to be the best they can be.

Encourage An Open Environment

For employees to feel motivated to work, they need to know that you have an open communication policy. It’s important in any walk of life, but more so when you are looking to make sure people are happy. Employees work better when they know that their well being is being looked after. Provide counselling at your cost to your healthcare workers who deal with regular trauma, and make sure that you are working to keep a high morale. 

Motivated employees can only work that way if they know that their employer is motivated to ensure that they are happy and protected. Speak to your staff and ask them for their feedback with how they feel about how you are managing their wellbeing. Take your time here – their opinions matter!

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Are You Ready For Your Next Construction Project?

If you are someone who buys homes to refurbish and sell on, or perhaps you are looking to build a home from scratch, you have come to the right place. Construction projects can take a long time to complete, but are highly exciting when you see your dream home come together before your eyes. Yet when completing a construction project, the number of different factors that all need to work perfectly in order to continue can be mind boggling. A construction project can swiftly turn into a full time job if you aren’t careful – so here are some tips for how to prepare for your next construction project!

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  1. Preparing For The Extra Hours

If you have a full-time job aside from organizing this project of yours, you need to set aside some time for when construction actually begins. Otherwise, you will find yourself with huge bags under your eyes, dragging yourself through your workday because you were up late sorting out logistics for the build. Ensure you don’t take on extra projects or responsibilities at work before undertaking a construction project – or, if you have the luxury, take some time off to oversee the project. 

Similarly, you should prepare your family for the extra strain on your life together. This will be a big project which will take up lots of energy; although only for a short time, it might impede on your quality time with your family and friends. 

  1. The Quality Of Equipment and Workforce

A construction job is only as successful as those completing it. If you aren’t sure who to hire and where to source your materials, your best bet is searching online for well-reviewed contractors and construction companies who will achieve the greatness you set out for. In addition, you should research the best quality equipment and materials, such as the right wood for the project you are doing, and the best brand of equipment such as pugmills. An experienced contractor will explain everything you need to know about pugmills, wood types and other essential factors which can make or break your construction project. 

  1. Budgeting For Mishaps

The best laid plans of any construction project often go astray. That’s how the saying goes, right? No matter how effectively you plan your construction project, there is bound to be something that goes wrong, takes longer than planned, or puts a spanner in the smooth running machine of your build. When embarking on a new construction project, ensure you have budgeted enough money to support any mishaps that occur along the way. Consider it a financial safety net for your project – hopefully you will not need it, but if the situation does arise, you will be glad to have this extra budget to hand. 

Conclusion

No matter how experienced you are in the field of construction, every single project throws up new challenges to overcome. Use this helpful guide to ensure your construction project runs smoothly and is completed efficiently, with as few hiccups as possible!

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