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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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Outsourced Help For Small Businesses

If you’re a small business owner, then you know you have to wear a lot of hats to keep business running. Whether you’re working from your spare bedroom or an office, you can easily end up putting all your time into managing tasks like admin, and be left with almost no time left to actually run your business. To free up some time for more important jobs, you can outsource some tasks to a third party vendor. But which tasks should you outsource?

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Reception

Hire a virtual receptionist to answer your phones from a remote location. They could also take on tasks like taking messages, managing your schedule, checking emails, and more. 

Some virtual receptionists can also offer a live chat option so you have another option to respond to contact from customers, which makes sure customers are greeted by a professional receptionist. These services are often offered by freelancers and can be very affordable. 

Managed IT Services

There are lots of companies that offer Managed IT Services. You can run your IT yourself, but this means paying for a staff member, while your business and budget are still small, who won’t have much to do at first. Outsourcing means you can get the help you need when you need it and avoid paying for someone who you don’t need full-time. 

Graphic Design

Graphic design can be used to help your marketing campaigns look more professional. Many skilled graphic designers work freelance, so you can outsource this to get great skills without paying a full-time salary for them. There are lots of lists of designers online where you can find the right person to take on work for you. 

Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping and other accounting are some of the most common tasks for new businesses to outsource. It’s important to get your accounts right, and if you’re not an accountant yourself, keeping your books straight can be difficult. 

Look for a company that can also get your tax return ready for you so tax season is much less stressful. 

Web Design

Your website is one of the first impressions potential customers will get of your business, so it is very essential that it is designed to be functional, on-brand, and easy to use. You need to have a website that is responsive so it will be usable on mobile devices, in order to drive more conversions. 

If you aren’t sure where to start, you can outsource web design to agencies or freelancers to make sure you have a website that impresses. 

Customer Support

If you don’t have the time to effectively handle your customer service needs, then you can outsource to make sure this is still being handled by someone who knows what they’re doing. Proper customer support services are very important if you want to have loyal customers and drive conversions. 

You can hire a freelancer to manage this, but an agency or other professional company is usually a more effective option, as they will have more operators to pick up each call. 

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When Your Business Is in Trouble: How to Save It

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Your business can be in trouble in a few different ways. You might think of a struggling business as one that has financial problems and is soon going to go under. However, you could find that your business faces several difficulties when you’re trying to grow it. Understanding the problems that you might face and what you can do about them could help you to rescue your business when you need to most, and could even mean that you can prevent the problems from occurring in the first place. So how can you rescue your business if it’s in trouble?

Struggling with Cash Flow

Financial problems will occur for many businesses, whether they’re small and just starting out or they’re larger and more established businesses. When you don’t have as much coming in as is going out, or it’s not happening at the right pace, you need to do something about it. Your cash flow problems can often be solved by encouraging customers to pay on time. Give them incentives to pay as soon as possible, and you could find it improves your cash flow. Cutting down on expenses can often be the best solution to cash flow problems too, which requires a thorough audit of what you’re spending.

Dealing with Legal Problems

The idea of facing legal issues might be one that you haven’t considered properly. Although you know that it’s a possibility, you perhaps think that it won’t happen to you. If you’re faced with a lawsuit, you can be left scrambling to try and find legal representation. It’s essential to find a corporate law firm to help you. When you’re looking for the right firm, check out their track record. At https://www.fleeson.com/practice-areas/corporate-and-commercial-litigation, you can clearly see some of the firm’s past successful cases. Look for attorneys with experience in your field or dealing with your particular issue.

Failing to Stay Relevant

If your business is an older one or you are in a fast-paced industry, there is a danger of getting left behind. As your competitors keep up with the demands of modern customers, you might find that you’re struggling to do the same with your business. It’s important to stay in touch with what’s happening in the space that your business occupies. What are your competitors doing, and what do your customers want? Something as simple as making sure you have a modern website can make a big difference.

Growing Too Fast

Your business growing quickly should be a good thing, but it is possible for your business to grow too quickly. If you’re not prepared, you could end up having more demand than you are able to meet. If you’re struggling to get everything done, you might need to hand some tasks to others and perhaps expand your team. Borrowing money could also be a necessity if you don’t have the cash to meet your customers’ demands.

If your business is in trouble, it’s essential to act fast. Don’t wait too long to fix it or it could be too late.

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Train To Gain: Learning Skills That Could Make You More Important At Work

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It always feels good knowing that you’re secure in your job. The idea of losing your role at any given time can be a stressful one, and a lot of people find themselves in this position in their working life. Of course, if you have a solid contract, it will be quite hard for your boss to fire you for no reason. Redundancy and corporate restructuring can often leave perfectly good employees without their job, though. To help you to overcome to fear of losing your job, this post will be exploring some of the best skills to gain to make you invaluable to your employer.

Computer Literacy

While computers are one of the most common tools in today’s professional environments, many people don’t know their way around machines like this, and this can cause a lot of trouble when they go wrong. Having the skills to make on-the-fly repairs to computers can be a great feather in your cap when you are working in a large team. Working with software is usually more important than hardware, giving you something to focus on as you learn.

Understanding Tax

Companies often have to spend a small fortune getting their accountants to handle their tax for them. This sort of job doesn’t have to be too complicated, but you need to do some learning if you’re going to handle it effectively. Companies like https://www.tri-merit.com/tax-training-and-cpe/ will be able to help you to train to work with taxes, giving you the ability to save your company money and make sure that they are following the rules with their work.

Data Protection & Compliance

With governments across the world breathing down the necks of businesses, compliance has never been more important to your company. Of course, while companies work extremely hard to make sure that their teams follow the rules, it can be very helpful to have someone on the ground who knows enough to post mistakes being made. You can learn about the laws that control your employer, while also keeping your eyes open for new developments in this area.

Scouting Skills

It would be a mistake to assume that every business has the same needs. These entities are unique, and this means that it can be a good idea to look for skills that are missing from your team to try and fill in the gaps. For example, if your company doesn’t have a training team, you could start working towards filling this role. This can be an excellent way to make yourself invaluable at work, though it’s worth being careful to make sure that you’re not wasting your time.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to get started on learning the right skills to make yourself important at work. This process can be tricky, but it will be worth it for the security that comes with it. As time goes by, you can think about picking up even more skills, making yourself crucial to the company you work for.

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Tips To Help Make You A Safer Driver

Being a safer driver is important because when it comes to road safety if everyone took a safe attitude to the way they drive, the roads would be a better place. With that in mind, you may have been driving for a while now or only driven for a short period of time, but here are some tips to help make you a safer driver.

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Watch Your Speed

First things first, you want to try and keep an eye on all the time is your speed. There can be areas that you are familiar with when it comes to speed limits, but not every place you drive to is going to be familiar with. You might want to keep an eye on the speed you’re doing regardless of where you are because you can always end up edging up a few miles per hour without realizing it. That can actually be the difference between braking safely or crashing into the car in front of you. It’s important that you understand the speed at which you’re going at and to try to remember to take your time instead of pushing down on the pedal. It’s important to always be watching your speed as this can end up being dangerous.

Keep Both Hands On The Wheel

When you’re driving, you are taught to keep both hands on the wheel, and it should stay like that. It can be very easy to relax when you’re driving, and therefore, many people can end up taking their hand or both hands off the wheel when driving in their car. This often comes with years of driving but it’s important to keep them both on in order to ensure you’re safety is met. If you have a habit of taking your hand off the wheel, try to remind yourself when you do find it happening, and hopefully, you will get used to driving with both hands on the wheel again.

Have A Safety Kit

A safety kit is worth having when you’re driving, and it’s mentioned on https://tcsupfitting.com/personal-safety-items/ about the personal safety items that are worth having. When it comes to a safety kit, you always want to try and have the ability to jump-start your car, change a tire but also to help you in a situation where you might be hurt. A medical kit can be a good thing to have in your car, should you need it.

Fix Any Problems With Your Car

Unfortunately, your cars aren’t invincible and often enough, you might run into problems along the way. However, some people will tend to leave these problems until their next annual service, and as a rule of thumb, you should be fixing any problems that happen or become apparent immediately. If you don’t, then you run the risk of making your car vulnerable, which in turn makes you and your passengers vulnerable.

To be a safer driver on the road, use these tips as a guide, and help protect yourself and others.

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Biohacking Guide: How to Increase Your Overall Wellness

Originally posted on iveeapp.com by Amber Theurer | May 26, 2020 Biohacking Guide

What is Biohacking?

Biohacking is a way to hack (I’m sorry I had too) your biology through DIY methods. It covers a vast range of activities, such as sleep, diet, and even using technology to enhance the body’s natural capabilities. When combined, biohacking modalities can lead to an impressive improvement in your overall health. Here is a biohacking guide with different methods you (yes you!) can use to increase your wellness and live a much more fulfilling and healthy lifestyle! 


Hack Your Metabolism 

Metabolism is the process in which living organisms extract energy from their environment and use it to grow and develop. We use the food that we intake, and through chemical reactions inside of our cells, turn it into energy. The more energy we use, the more calories we burn. To hack your metabolism, make sure you are getting enough sleep every night – for an adult, 8 hours is usually ideal. Another way to improve your metabolism is to regulate stress. Stress releases hormones that encourage fat storage and slow metabolism. Self-care methods like meditation and exercise can help reduce stress and heighten your metabolism. Speaking of food…

Hack Your Diet

Dieting —if done correctly — can improve both your physical and mental wellness. Intermittent fasting, when you don’t eat for an allotted time, can particularly help in doing so. Intermittent fasting can promote weight loss, reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and boost brain function. It can be done in a myriad of ways, so pick which method will work best for you and your body. While fasting, you want to abstain from foods that are high in sugar, alcohol, and turn to superfoods.  If you’re not a fan of fasting, you can also try taking supplements such as magnesium, which you can find over the counter at your local drugstore. This supplement can increase your overall wellness by reducing anxiety and heart disease. As with any supplement, be sure to consult with your doctor before you take magnesium.

Hack Your Mind 

Your body can only work as well as your mind can. So, when following a biohacking guide, paying attention to your mental health is just as important as your physical health. One way to care for your mind is to keep a gratitude journal, where you can reflect on the top 3-5 good things that happen to you each day. Doing so can help reframe your mindset into a more positive one. Meditating when you wake up or before going to bed can help you keep you clear your mind. Meditation can also increase your awareness, focus, and relieve pain related to stress. Stay mentally sharp by exercising your brain with activities such as reading or Tetris. You can also challenge your usual mental patterns by picking up a new hobby, such as photography or learning a second language.

Hack Your Skin 

Your skin is your largest organ and your body’s first line of defense against toxins. Therefore, skin health is more important than you may have once believed. Take a look at your current skincare and makeup products, and start tossing out the ones that aren’t vegan or use animal testing. Many of these products are likely to have harmful toxins, as the United States has only banned or partially banned 30 ingredients used in skincare and makeup products. Many commonly-used skincare ingredients are linked to cancer and can break down your skin overtime through hormone disruptions. Try switching to brands such as Adorn CosmeticsIlia, and Credo to clean up your beauty routine!

…And the Biggest Hack of Them All

 Cue the drumroll please for EARTHING! Haven’t heard of it? It refers to walking, sitting, working, and even sleeping outdoors on the bare ground. Why do this, you ask? The earth transmits electrons from the ground to our bodies when we let our bare skin touch it. Studies show that earthing can reduce stress and pain, as well as improve our sleep. Earthing is quite possibly the simplest way to up your wellness game. However, you might want to wait until this quarantine is lifted to try this hack out. #stayathome

Ready to Optimize Your Whole Self?

Using this biohacking guide, you can begin to step into a better you and improve your wellbeing. If you implement these methods and still want to take your health to the next level, we recommend trying higher-level modalities, such as IV treatment, red-light therapy, and sensory deprivation.  These methods can help you boost your immunity, flush out toxins, and accelerate muscle recovery. Happy hacking!

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Safety Precautions to Take During Coronavirus

The Coronavirus has changed the ways of life around the world. The fear of contracting the potentially deadly virus has led government leaders to enforce shutdowns of certain businesses. Now that there are quite a few businesses opening up it is time to be as careful as ever before. The infection rate of this virus is quite high with quite a few people carrying the virus with very few if any symptoms. People that have immunocompromised systems or are older need to be more careful than their younger and healthier counterparts. The last thing that anyone wants to do is bring the virus home to their family and potentially infect a grandparent. Below are just a few of the many safety precautions to take during Coronavirus.

Routinely Wash Your Hands

The largest lesson that has come out of this global pandemic is the importance of regularly washing your hands. The general public understood this but this is the best way to combat the spread of COVID-19. Keeping hand sanitizer in your pocket or purse can be a quick fix to washing your hands. Even if you wear gloves during the course of the day you should still wash your hands when they are removed. Take time to wash your hands as a simple 5-second wash is not going to get rid of all the harmful germs on your hands.

What Precautions to Take When Leaving Home

Leaving home can be quite intimidating as people have been on lockdown for months. Being trapped inside your home watching the news can scare anyone into thinking that the world is ending. The world hasn’t ended and people are beginning to go back out into public. Do not leave your home if you are not comfortable or the anxiety is too much for you as this is your decision. When leaving the home wearing a mask and gloves is recommended along with keeping hand sanitizer in your vehicle. There are going to be those establishments that do not respect the new rules so it is wise to avoid these places. Wash your hands when you arrive home and avoid hand to mouth contact until this has been done.

What Areas of Your Home You Should Clean?

Coronavirus cleaning for homes has spiked in popularity as everyone wants their home to receive a deep clean to make sure it is virus-free. Door handles should be a priority as the virus can spread from the hands to the mouth quickly. For people that live in apartment communities it is imperative to wash your hands after touching doors to get to your home. People that have home contractors or home service professionals visiting to touch up a room or fix an HVAC system need to be careful as well. The last thing you want to do is leave the home dirty after these people leave instead of cleaning the home thoroughly. You might feel like this is all overzealous but it is important to maintain the health of your family and friends.

Have Delivery Drivers Leave Items at the Door

With people yearning for social contact it can be quite easy to forget and interact with the delivery driver. Most delivery services have a leave at the door option in today’s climate which comes in handy. You do not want your pizza being delivered being the reason you contracted the virus after being safe in every other manner.

As you can see staying safe has a lot to do with being proactive and getting into the right habits. Humans are social creatures but have the wherewithal to stay away from others when personal health is on the line.

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6 Things To Know Before You Self-Build

How exciting is it to be in charge of the build for your own home? Well, we’ll tell you: VERY EXCITING!

You can be in charge of a build and watch your dream home come to life before your eyes. There is a huge process involved in building your own home, and it’s important that your build progresses as smoothly as possible. You must have a clear understanding on what the company you’ve chosen can do for you. If you’re going independent and choosing a builder yourself, you should consider everything from the fact you may have to hire an independent builder with a linear actuator for construction applications to the size of the land you have bought. A self-build takes a LOT of work, and you will need some help. So, let’s look at six things that you should know before you begin.

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  1. Do Some Research

Before you can build your own home, you need to get your research done and understand exactly what the build is going to entail. The more you understand how the project is going to go, the more you can weigh up the benefits of calling in some reinforcements. You should also know when you should budget for the experts, such as in plumbing and electricity.

  1. Think About Finance

Independent financial advice is as valuable as the advice that your bank manager can give you. Speak to the experts and get the information that you need for your finance. You need to make sure that you can afford your project before you get started, or you will risk being behind with the build.

  1. Think Of The Possibilities

You want to build your dream house, but that doesn’t mean that you should go for the biggest house that you can fit on the plot. You need to think about enlisting the help of an architect or a designer to help you to map out your home. You can still have the house of your dreams, but with their help to scale the space, you can see it come to life and approve it properly.

  1. Get Motivated

A self-build project is not a small project on which you should embark. Establishing your forever home is not easy, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it a beautiful place to be. If you want that energy-efficient house, you can have one, but you need to get motivated about this project. It’s important that you’re excited to live in this house!

  1. Have You Got Standards?

The final costs of the house will be dictated by the fixtures and finishes that you choose. There are variations in price between all construction systems and yet it’s not as much as you may think it is! Think about your standards and what you want for your home and you can predict the costs more accurately.

  1. Get Assessed

You may be building this house yourself but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use the services of an assessor. They can check in the ground for buried pipes, soil contamination and a range of unknown issues that you may not know about that could end up costing you!

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