Advice When Renting Or Building A Garage

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Looking for a cosy little place to store your vehicle? Or maybe you’re just an avid DIY lover who’s looking for a little workshop and mancave? Getting yourself a garage is the answer. But what are the expenses? Is it is better to rent or build? And what maintenance does a garage need?

Renting vs Buying

Renting out a garage is definitely the cheapest option, although not the most convenient. Some homeowners will rent their garage out for a very affordable rate. Council owned garages are also very cheap.

Building your own garage takes a lot of commitment and work, but can be worth it in the long run, especially if you want one that’s personalised for your needs. You’ll need to check out your local planning and permit rules. These can be fairly strict depending on where you live. From here on you can hire contractors and builders (or if your extremely savvy, build it yourself!).

Maintenance

You may well want electricity in your garage. When renting this cost may already be included. Some rented garages however will not come with electricity and you’ll have to sweet talk the owner if you want a chance of getting wired up.

Garage doors can be fickle things, although affordable garage door repair is easy to find. Most garage doors will come self-lubricated but some older models may need to be regularly cleaned to stop them getting stuck.

Cleaning the garage is important, not just to keep it looking pretty for guests, but for the safety of the structure. Many treat it like a shed or outhouse. However the concrete floor can chip and become slippery over time if not regularly hosed down. Keep on top of this to prevent having to replace the concrete flooring for a hefty price. Various sealants can be bought to stop wear and tear and make this process less laborious.

It also pays to keep an eye out for cracks in the walls. These can let in pests such as ants, mice or wasps that could nest in the garage. If it’s a rented property your landlord should be able to attend to such matters, but if this is your own property you’ll have to do the dirty work.

Perks of owning a garage

Having that extra storage space can do wonders. If you’re always struggling to find somewhere to park your car, a garage is a permanent and secure solution. If you need an office or workshop outside of the house, a garage can be the perfect escape from distractions. It can also be a great place to store things you wouldn’t otherwise want in the house (gym equipment, mechanical tools, your son’s new drumkit…).

Whilst the costs may seem like a drawback in the beginning, you should look at it as a new multi-purpose extension on your home. It’s more accessible than an attic, more homely than a shed, more outdoor friendly than a conservatory. When used to its full potential, a garage can in fact be a bargain purchase.

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More Efficiency Could Really Reduce Stress Levels In Your Business

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If you make your business more efficient, you should find that it’s easier to run. This, in turn, will reduce the levels of stress that you feel on a daily basis. It should also benefit your employees. There will be less pressure on their shoulders to work fast. This will just happen naturally, and in doing so, you’ll see productivity levels increase. So efficiency could be good for your health and great for your business. But how do you reach this goal?

Well, first let’s think about what efficiency is. If your business is operating efficiently, you’ll be delivering a high-quality output for the lowest possible cost. This may mean reducing time spent on certain processes or even spending less money. It could also relate to the amount of energy you use producing a product. So, now that we know what we’re trying to achieve let’s think about some of the steps you can take.

Introduce New Tech

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New technology could certainly make your business more efficient. With new tech, you can even connect everyone and everything to the same network. Just think about how much time this will save with different processes. If an employee wants to print off a document they can use their phone or tablet and still connect to the business printer. It saves the trouble of having to switch files to different sources. Or, even converting them into new formats. As such, it will dramatically reduce the time your employees spend on unimportant tasks that can be completely avoided. You can have a look at a site like www.atb-tech.com/it-consulting/device-integration/ to research this.

It’s not the only way new tech can help efficiency levels either. You can also look into the possibility of a cloud server. With a cloud server, all information in your company can be transferred effortlessly without delay from one source of another. Your customers will be getting a better service, and you will be cutting down time wastage.

Energy Savings

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Have you ever thought about how to make your business a little greener? You can do this simply by saving energy, and you’ll cut costs at the same time. One of the ways to do that is by looking at your energy provider. You may find that they are not currently offering you the best rates on the market. If that’s the case, then you should consider switching to a new company. Alternatively, you may want to think about making your own energy savings. You can do this by altering your business in little ways. For example, you might be surprised to hear that switching to LED bulbs in the office will likely save you a fortune. You can find these on sites such as www.screwfix.com/c/electrical-lighting/. There are lots of other ways to save too, particularly if you are creative. We think that the energy bill at the end of each month causes a lot of stress for business owners. So, this type of change is certainly worth investigating.

Train Up Employees

Last but certainly not certainly not least, you can think about training your employees. With more training, your employees will be able to complete certain tasks without help or guidance. As such, they will become a more valuable resource and bring your business to a higher level of efficiency.

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These Ecommerce UX Goofs May Kill Your Business

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Messing up on the creation of a regular business website is one thing. But messing up the business website when you run an e-commerce business? Well, that’s a whole new level of messing up! After all, your website is the business. A lot of businesses make basic user experience goofs in this field. Here are the common goofs you need to avoid.

Forcing users to register before they buy

I get how this makes sense. You want people to register to your website, after all. And it doesn’t sound like that big an ask if they’re already willing to purchase something from you! And it’s not as if some of the most popular e-commerce businesses don’t already do this. Just look at Amazon, for example. They’re the biggest business in this game. If they do it, surely you should emulate it?

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The problem here is that Amazon is a well-established, very famous brand. And most people seem to have an Amazon account anyway! With smaller websites, people are more willing to simply make a purchase as quickly as possible and be done with it. People are reluctant to register to more websites these days. Especially when registering is often nowhere near as quick as websites claim! Consider offering users the option of checking out as a guest.

Swift information entering

When it comes time for a customer to give their information to you, they want to get it done as quickly as possible. But a lot of e-commerce websites get this part wrong. Forms are one of the most frequently ‘mis-developed’ features of any website. And there are plenty of opportunities to get things wrong here.

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First off: you need to allow for autocomplete to work on your website. Some businesses make the bizarre decision of disabling this on their website. Don’t do that. Secondly, don’t make users rely entirely on text fields. Give them drop down lists to make the process easier. Finally, don’t over-rely on drop-down lists! When an American wants to enter their state, for example, it’s so much quicker to let them enter those two letters.

Better photos and product descriptions

Heck, even Amazon sometimes has blurry product photos. But this problem appears on such a  small number of products. The fact is that you have to remember that people like to interact with things before they buy them. They like to hold them and inspect them before sealing the deal. Obviously, you can’t replicate this experience in e-commerce. But if you provide high-quality photos of your products from several angles? Then that goes a long way to scratching that particular consumer itch!

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Of course, you can’t tell everything about a product from simply looking at a photo. You need to make sure there’s plenty of in-depth product information. In fact, this is even more important that the pictures! You have to make sure as many possible questions a consumer could have about the product are answered. You should include technical details – don’t assume the customer doesn’t want to know them! And do try to get to the point. Writing some long introductory text before getting to the actual details will simply turn customers off.

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