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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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How Men Can Look Their Best

Men are often not taught as much about how to look their very best as women are, but it is something that might be worth looking into. For one thing, you might find that you can feel better about yourself and have more of a sense of self-esteem if you know how to look your best. You might also start to enjoy it as a kind of pastime in itself, which is something that a lot of people say. In this post, we are going to look at some of the things a man can focus on if they want to look their absolute best.

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Consider Growing A Beard

Some men have trouble growing a beard, and such men should probably forget about it altogether. If you generally can’t grow a beard very well, then you should not think about doing so any time soon. But if you are able to grow a full beard, then do so proudly, and try it out at the very least. You might find that it is the kind of thing that really suits you, and in any case it is worth trying out. If you want to make sure that your beard really looks the part, you can learn beard care and how to keep it in the best possible condition. All in all, a beard can make you look manly and attractive, and it’s something to think about.

Get Grooming

Something that men often overlook, but which is so central to all this, is basic grooming. If you want to look attractive, then some simple daily grooming is going to do a lot for you. That essentially means washing and keeping clean, and doing all those basic things like brushing your hair. If you start grooming every day, you are going to be showing to the world that you care about yourself, and in that you will find that you end up looking much more attractive indeed. So consider grooming more if you are currently not doing it all that much.

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Change Up Your Dress Code

If you don’t generally tend to think much about what you are wearing, then starting to pay attention to it could be one of the best things you ever do for trying to look your best. By changing up how you dress and how you think about how you dress, you are going to find that you have much more chance to look your absolute best, if nothing else this will help you to practice a new style which you might then find you can stick with for good. Make sure that you are thinking about this if you want to look your absolute best, and that you are happy to experiment a little until you find a style that really suits you.

These are all going to be important ways to look your best as a man, so make sure that you bear them in mind.

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Are Your Employees Reaching Their Full Potential?

There are many things that you might want to do to ensure that you are getting the most out of your employees. Arguably one of the important changes you can make, and one which a lot of business owners are starting to do, is to try to engage with your employees’ potential. If, as an employer, you begin to help your employees to reach their full potential, that is going to be beneficial for both them and the business’ performance itself. Here are some of the best ways you can ensure your employees reach their potential.

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Encourage Their Initiative

If you have ever worked one of those jobs where you don’t have a great deal of freedom to approach the work as you please, you will be fully aware of just how stifling it can be. However, when you are encouraged to use your initiative, it allows you to approach the tasks you are working on in a completely different, creative kind of way. And that opens up your full potential. As an employer, you can bring this out in your people simply by making it clear that you encourage them to use their initiative in their work. It will make everyone happier.

Provide A Mentor

Often you need to provide your employees with a range of different kinds of help if you are to ensure that they work their best. If you are looking to open this up in your business and provide your people with a new kind of help, you might want to consider mentoring. With decent mentoring, your employees can really unleash their own creative power and imagination, and get closer to their potential in no time at all. You can find out more info here on how to achieve this in a workplace setting.

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Promote The Best

People are much more likely to work hard and to their fullest capability if they know that you are the kind of employer who promotes the best. Avoiding any cronyism and nepotism, and promoting people instead based on their skills, is always going to help people to reach their full potential at work. Also try not to fall victim to that style of promotion which keeps people in the job they are good at, for fear of losing them. Instead, promote people who deserve it, and this will naturally improve morale and everyone’s work ethic.

Train, Train, Train

Whatever the business does and whatever industry you are operating in, it is important that your employees feel capable of working their job. That means you need to train them, and as long as you are training them well and regularly they are going to be able to put their all into the work. In the long run, this will mean a workforce who are clued up and know what they’re doing, and who enjoy their work a lot more too. It’s absolutely worth training your employees as best as you can.

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How Technology Is Helping Businesses During The Pandemic

Technology helps all people in all walks of life. Think about how much you use a piece of technology each day. Even if that piece of technology is boiling the kettle, or waiting for an automatic door to open. Even if you may think you’re totally anti-technology, you’ll be using technology every single day. That’s why we think it’s important to understand how technology can help your business, no matter how big or small it may be. If there’s one area of the world that’s totally dedicated to technology, it’s business. A business can’t function without so many different ways of using technology, especially during the pandemic we’re going through. The way that the world works is still fluctuating, with some countries bringing in new restrictions as others relax them. So, if you feel like your business is struggling a bit at the moment, or perhaps it will as we head into the festive season, we want to show you how technology can help. Keep on reading to find out more.

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Technology That Improves Processes

There are so many pieces of technology that you can use that improve the processes that might not be working well at the minute for you. Depending on the work environment you’re in, different technology is going to suit you better. If you run a warehouse building parts, you might benefit from a tube laser cutter or a 3D printer, something that works so much more efficiently than old fashioned methods. If you work in an office then you might benefit from the latest and best computer technology as well as telephone technology to bring you closer to your customers. Or you might benefit from software that helps make managing customers far easier. All you need to do is consider the industry that you’re working in and the technology that you might benefit from. It might make it easier to pick out parts of your processes that you know cause the most problems and look to see if technology can change that.

Technology That Generates Leads

Leads are so important, especially during the pandemic. Generating leads is the process fo reaching out to potential customers and gathering information, with the idea that leads to then become a sale. There is marketing technology that allows you to see where it might be easiest to gather your leads from. You can see where people are clicking on your website from, and whether they follow through to a sale. You can then hammer that area where you’re generating the most leads, as well as identify areas that might need a little bit of work, in order to turn more leads into sales.

Technology That Keeps You Safe

Finally, you’re going to need technology that keeps you and your business safe. Robberies to businesses are at an all-time high since the pandemic, so consider installing high tech security cameras for your premises, and research ways that you can make your database more secure. Business hacks so that hackers can steal personal details are so common.

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What Does Your Business Need To Start-Up Successfully?

It’s important to be aware that 90% of startups do ultimately fail on the market. If you’re not careful, then your company could be next. To avoid this, you need to think about why businesses fail. Once you understand the recipe for success you will be able to make sure that you follow the right steps to guarantee that your company is one of the few triumphs. The good news is that if you get things right at the beginning of your business journey, things will be far easier further down the road. 

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The Finances 

The first thing that your business is going to need is the correct finances to start-up. Some people are fortunate enough that they can fund this out of their own pocket, and if that sounds like you then you are going to have an easier time getting everything together. The other option that you have is to find an investor. This is someone who agrees to fund your business for a certain percentage of ownership of your company. 

Investors are usually how most people start a business, so don’t feel as though this is not an option you should consider. If you don’t want to give up ownership though, we highly recommend looking into crowdfunding options. You start a fund on one of a variety of websites, and people can donate money to you. The best thing about this is that you don’t owe anyone anything because it was a voluntary contribution and nobody but you own any of your business. 

A Business Office

You might think that these days your business doesn’t need an office. It’s understanding why you would assume this. However, while there are certainly benefits to running your business from home, it’s not recommended. Home businesses make it notoriously difficult to find the right team members and support. It also makes you look weaker in the eyes of customers and clients. They may assume that you won’t have the skills or resources to deliver the high-quality service that they want or need. A business office is always going to make your company look far more professional and help you attract bigger, better clients. 

A Fantastic Idea

Finally, you need to have a fantastic idea or you won’t fit in on the market. You’ve got to find a gap that you can fit in or else you’re going to be directly competing with a whole host of other companies. It’s too easy to get drowned out this way, so you want to do something new. Once you’ve got an idea, look into welding services and whatever else you’re going to need to create a prototype. This will give you an idea of what the finished product will be and whether it will stand up on the competitive market. 

We hope this helps you understand the best ways to start-up your company successfully and ensure that you don’t make any critical mistakes. By taking the right steps early, you should be able to guarantee the longevity of your company. 

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Essential Qualities to Look for in an Orthodontist

An orthodontist is essentially a dentist who specializes in transforming crooked teeth into a set of perfectly straight and well-spaced pearly whites. If you know of people with retainers or braces on, then you’ve seen the handiwork of an orthodontist.

Now, not all orthodontists can offer similar benefits to patients because they have different skillsets and personalities. If you’re currently searching for one that matches your needs because your present orthodontist doesn’t provide the results that you expect, you have to read carefully. These are five qualities that you have to look for in your orthodontist:

  • They are skilled. Your orthodontist should be highly skilled at their craft and should have the ability to handle every imaginable concern of the client. For example, your orthodontist should know how to have different orthodontic appliancescreated that are requested by clients, such as retainers, distalizers, and space maintainers. These products should be customized to the client’s specifications and should be functional to provide their intended benefits.
  • They follow a holistic approach. The best orthodontists are known to have the foresight and not just a limited approach to ensuring the client’s great oral health. Your orthodontist should follow a holistic approach-meaning, they have to design an oral health care plan that encompasses your overall needs. Your orthodontist must understand what you want to achieve and what your oral health care needs are. This is so that you can be appropriately guided and motivated to adhere to a tailored plan towards realizing your personal goals.
  • They manage the client’s pain well. A lot of patients experience traumatic visits to dental clinics due to some painful procedures handled by an inexperienced or indifferent orthodontist. Whether it’s adjusting the braces or installing retainers, your orthodontist must know how to do things without causing unnecessary pain. In instances where a certain level of pain is inevitable, your orthodontist should manage it well through specific techniques like applying the pre-numbing gel before injecting anesthesia. Patients react to pain differently, and the orthodontist must be fully aware of such.
  • They are highly qualified and trained. Your orthodontist must have the necessary professional education and training in the field. They should be duly licensed and a member of industry organizations. You may simply ask for such credentials to be sure about the qualification of your orthodontist.
  • They offer a flexible schedule and reasonable rates. For patients with busy schedules, having an orthodontist who can offer flexible appointment schedules is a definite plus. The orthodontist should also charge reasonably. That means that they must have professional rates that are within the acceptable range. You may do quick research to know the going prices for specific orthodontic services so that you’ll know if your orthodontist is ripping you off or charging reasonably.

Use these qualities as your guide when scouting for an orthodontist. These essential traits should be more than enough to guarantee you a pleasant experience each time you come into your orthodontist’s clinic for a visit. You’ll also know that you’re getting the service that you should receive.

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What’s Next For The Oil And Gas Industry?

Earlier in the year, the oil and gas industry went into shock. The pandemic led to a massive contraction in demand for the industry’s products, thanks to industrial and consumer squeeze. In short, businesses weren’t operating, and customers weren’t buying. 

Things got so bad at one point that the price of crude futures went negative. Owners were paying refineries and storage facilities to take excess production off their hands. It was a crazy situation – and something that had never happened to the market as a whole before. 

The oil and gas industry is having to deal with more secular long-term issues as well. The current crisis will eventually pass. But whether the industry has a future in its current state depends on a variety of factors and how they ultimately play out. 

Companies such as T Bailey Inc are currently supplying the oil and gas industry. But like so many other ancillary services to the industry, they’re diversifying their portfolio, striking out into other areas such as paper and pulp or marine. 

For many, the writing is on the wall. So what’s going to happen? 

Oil Demand Will Peak In 2022

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According to Our Energy Policy, the oil demand will peak around 2022 as we reach peak fossil fuel transportation. Countries like India and China are expanding their demand for ICE vehicles, which is likely to reach a head in a couple of years. 

From that point onwards, however, a combination of demand and supply factors are going to limit production and lead to the deployment of alternative technologies. 

On the demand side, we will see the number of new ICE vehicles hitting the road coming down substantially, replaced by hybrids and full battery-electrics. 

On the supply side, easy-to-access shale and ground oil wells are going to dry up, making it more costly to remove oil from the ground. Eventually, this will hit a critical point where the current low price of oil will have to rise. And when that happens, consumers will switch away from gas and find alternative, cheaper fuel sources for their vehicles. 

OPEC’s Role Is going To Change

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The role of OPEC is going to change as well. The organization is going to have to accept that it no longer has a monopoly on the transport market. Other producers, like Panasonic and Tesla, are now direct competition, thanks to technological innovation

Gas Will Continue To Expand

At the same time, the non-transport use of gas is going to continue to expand. Renewables are not yet able to provide a ready source of energy for grid load, and many governments see gas as a greener alternative to coal. Already, most western countries derive the majority of their power from gas outside the US. 

Financing New Projects Will Become More Difficult

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Finally, the oil and gas industry is going to find financing new projects more challenging. Many lenders will be skeptical of the long-term profitability of drilling for new oil fields if prices rise and demand for products falls. 

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Are You Making The Most Out Of Outsourcing?

When it comes to your business, time is the most valuable commodity that you have. The problem is that the bigger and more successful your business becomes, the less time that you have. And, when you are doing everything that you possibly can to grow your business, you need that time more than ever.

It is a no-win situation for many small business owners; they spend so much time managing basic business tasks that the ones that will help them to grow are often neglected.

There is one way around this: outsourcing.

Outsourcing involved giving specific tasks to a third party, whether that be a freelancer on an ad-hoc basis or an agency which enters into a long-term contract with you.

 Here, we look at some of the tasks that you may want to consider outsourcing so you can focus on growing your business.

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Information technology services

As your business grows, you will need to consider implementing more sophisticated technology. It may be that you need to organise a network that remote workers can access easily, a software system for your retail business or just general IT needs. 

The problem with technology is that there is a lot that can go wrong, and it can be expensive to deal with. Outsourcing the management of your IT services to NetQuest means that you do not have to worry about this as there is always a team of IT experts on call to sort out any issues, and make sure it is running as smoothly and as efficiently as possible.

Accounting and finances

It can be overwhelming for a small business to manage payrolls effectively and everything to do with the financial organisation side. Outsourcing this service to experts has been shown to improve business performance and minimise costs. According to studies, businesses that have outsourced their accounting and financial save on average 18 per cent more than those who try to do it in house. Trying to do it on your own can lead to inaccurate payments and late filings, which incur fines. Hiring a third party or automated programme to perform accounting duties will significantly minimise these risks and save you money.


Marketing is vital if your company is to succeed. Technological advances have made e-commerce, webshops, social media and online marketing important to small businesses. But, before you set up an in-house marketing department, ask yourself if this is economically sustainable. However, trying to do it all yourself can mean that you do not have enough time to attend to core business tasks. It is also a task that requires expert knowledge much of the time. 

Outsourcing certain operations will help your company grow while paying careful attention to core competencies. It is also usually more cost-effective to outsource these services compared to hiring full-time employees. Outsourcing would allow the company to concentrate on priorities instead of spending their time on tasks that could be best done by experts.

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Saving The Environment One Car At A Time

Saving The Environment One Car At A Time

It is not uncommon to find the local salvage yard filled with different car models. While this may seem like a waste, an extensive process goes into ensuring that whenever possible, all 30,000 parts of each car are put to the best use. 

So don’t be so worried about the environment when you sell your car for scraps. As you will see in this infographic below, lots of junkyards are protecting the environment by making sure that they recycle as many car parts as possible. Parts like the battery, electronics, glass, plastics, rubber, fabric, steel and aluminum, can and will be used in other ways, such as being turned into fuel for cement production and asphalt. This means that none of those components will get to the landfill, significantly reducing the amount of waste that ends up there. Considering how long it takes some of these components to degrade, that is very positive. 

Aside from making extra cash for yourself, you will be doing the environment a big favor by selling your old car to a junkyard. By helping to reduce landfill waste harmful greenhouse gases are lowered, as are the levels of additional pollutants and chemicals released into the surrounding land and bodies of water.

Whichever way you look at it taking your car to the junkyard is a win-win situation. But to fully understand what goes into it, you will need some vital information, all of which can be found in the infographic.

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A Millennial Homeowner’s Guide When It Comes to Common Household Issues

Millennials are today’s largest number of consumers. Both older and younger millennials managed to beat other generations when it comes to home buying. Most millennials are first-time home buyers and many are still navigating how the whole homeownership works. The reason behind this is that owning a house is a lot different from renting.

Now that you are a homeowner, you are left to fend for everything you might need, including home upkeep and maintenance. Are you having trouble getting rid of that musty smell in your new home? Is your yard in great need of a makeover? Maybe you are worried about how you can afford your next home renovation or maintenance project? The following are just some of the best ways to deal with such issues.

Getting Rid of Bad Smells in Your Home

Your garbage bin and garbage disposal are not the only places where that unpleasant smell could be coming from. Even if you buy abrand-newhouse, it can house than the unwanted smell and your job is to investigate where that bad odor is coming from.Somecommon causes of bad smells are as follows.

Mold. Most people associate mold with a musty odor. But in reality, mold can be different odor depending on the type. Some molds have a sweeter smell while some have that earthy smell. Some mold smells like rotten meat, fermenting alcohol, or even cat urine. If you are not sure where the moldy odor comes from, consult the pros to find the source. They can do professionalmold removal serviceson your behalf.

Dried-out P-trap. Is what youare smellingresembles a raw sewage smell? Then a dried out P-trap could be the culprit. You must use all the drains inside your home to create a blockage in your piping’s P-section. If, you tried running water in your drain but the bad, stinky smell still won’t go away, it is time that you call a local plumber for help.

The Smell of Sulfur. Some people smell sulfur smell like rotten eggs. If this resembles that odor you often have in your home, it is crucial that you rectify the issue asap. This is since there can be three reasons for a rotten egg smell and these are electrical issues, old anode run, or a serious gas leak. If your gas company confirms there is no gas leak and a plumber claims your anode rod is still in good condition, then it is time you call an electrician to diagnose the issue.

Fixing an Ugly Yard

As many real homeowners and real estate experts say, ugly yards should be a crime. Your yard is among the first things people will see in your home. It can boost your curb appeal or drag your home value down. Even if you are a first-time homeowner, it becomes a must that you take care of your yard.

You may not be here to impress your loved ones or neighbors, but a beautiful yard will always be a worthy investment for your home. You and your family would want to spend more time outdoors if you have a beautiful yard to relax in. Maintaining a yard is also good for the environment since it encourages wildlife to thrive. Don’t forget about thehealth benefits landscaping haveto offer.

You can start bydeclutteringyour yard and getting rid of anything that does not belong in the yard. Get rid of overgrown weeds, mow your lawn, and mulch your garden. You have the option to choose which pesticide to use, but you can always go for an all-natural solution to get rid of lawn pests. If you have no time to fix or maintain your yard, there are landscaping services you can take advantage of.

Preparing for a Home Maintenance or Renovation

Home maintenance is no joke. If you don’t tackle regular maintenance tasks, then your home will deteriorate faster. You can end having to pay for bigger and more expensive repairs. The same goes for a renovation. Some will require you to hire contractors to make sure the project goes smoothly.

All homeowners need to make it a point to prepare for home maintenance and possible renovations. You don’t want to end up using all your savings just topay for repairs and renovations. Homeowners should also prioritize saving up for a home maintenance emergency fund. This is since most millennial homeowners chose fixer-uppers instead ofbrand-newhouses. Save a portion of your income to cover for future home repairs and you will be better prepared in case your home needs a few maintenance tasks, a minor repair, or even a major renovation.

Now that you are a homeowner, every decision will fall into your hands. It is time to step up your game and better prepare yourself for any household issues you may encounter in the future. For best results, save up enough emergency funds for renovations and repairs, know what to do in case you encounter bad smells, and be sure to give your yard some TLC.

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How To Choose The Best IT Support

When they’re scaling their business, a lot of companies decide to outsource some or all of their IT needs. There are a lot of companies out there offering IT services, but choosing the best one for your business can be hard. Handing over a business-critical function like IT to someone outside of your company can be a daunting idea. How do you know who is reliable/ Is there service good value? What happens if it goes wrong? To get the best IT support, interview each vendor and ask these questions. 

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Where Are You Based?

It doesn’t matter that much where your IT support has their head office, but you should know where their servers are. The location is important if they will be offering you services like cloud hosting, computer networking, or VoIP. Server location can impact on the quality of your services. Local law about GDPR may also have implications on the way your data is stored, especially if your company works in an industry with a high level of regulation.

What Geographical Areas Do You Cover?

You don’t need your IT support vendor to be based in the same city as you these days. However, you do need to know what areas they cover, especially if you might move your premises in the future, or want to expand your business into new areas or different countries. You need to know that your provider can keep supporting you. 

Do You Offer Different Levels Of IT Support?

IT support companies usually offer a few different levels of service, which can suit different budgets, businesses, and requirements. For example, you can choose between:

  • Pay-as-you-go or ad-hoc support
  • Break-fix support
  • Managed service support

Look for a company who can offer the level of support that you need and can afford. 

What Exactly Is Supported In The Contract?

You should be careful with a company who says they support everything, without giving detail about what that actually means and what is included in the agreement with them. It’s not unusual for companies to assume they will get complete coverage, only to find out that they can actually only log a maximum number of support tickets every month, or that some services will be charged as an extra. Get this laid out clearly from the beginning, so you understand exactly what kind of support you will get. Otherwise, you run the risk of signing a contract that doesn’t actually work for your business. 

What Isn’t Covered In The IT Support Contract?

You could assume that this is covered by asking what is included in your support, but it’s still wise to get more detail by asking this question as well. There may be some services which are not covered by your contract. It’s better to know in advance what will be billed separately so you can budget more accurately. If there are any services that are not included in your contract, then you need to know about ad-hoc or hourly pricing. 

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