4 Genius Ways You Can Relax At Home

Relaxation is something everyone can do with now and then. Our society seems to be built around stress, stress, and more stress. The cost of living is on the up, meaning we have to stress about having enough money to survive. There are terrorist attacks and tragedies every month, which causes us to stress about our safety. And we have the normal stressors in life such as children, education, work, weight, health – the list goes on and on.

To put it simply, the more time we have to relax, the better. One of the best and most effective ways of relaxing is getting a nice deep tissue massage. Alternatively, you can visit a spa and spend the day having a detox to cleanse your spirit. Unfortunately, you can’t do either of these things every day. Some people can’t even afford to do them ever, so there needs to be other options.

Have no fear, there are a lot of ways you can relax, and most of these things can be done without leaving your home. So, if you’ve had a stressful day, or you just have some free time and want to de-stress, here are a few genius ideas you can steal:

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Gaze At The Stars

This is a wonderful way of relaxing at home, and there are many ways you can go about it. If the weather is nice, you can sit outside or lie on a mat and gaze up at the stars from your garden. In fact, if you have a sunlounger or deck chair, then that’s even better. Doing this is so effective because you can lose yourself in the sky. You get to stare at all the stars and see them twinkling. It gets your mind racing as you think about what else could be out there or you attempt to draw things with the stars. Factor in the fresh air filling your lungs and all your stress seems to fade away.

This is the best way of doing it, but you do have two other options. The first is to get a telescope so you can look at the stars from inside. This is really fun as you can try and identify certain stars or planets, and you get a better view of everything. The second alternative is to get a virtual reality space game or app. I think there’s one on the Google Play store for Android devices, it basically gives you a tour of space, but you feel like you’re there because it’s virtual reality.

I don’t know why, but the stars and space are just a very relaxing thing to think about. Maybe it’s because we concern ourselves with things that are millions and billions of light years away from our own problems on earth.

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Chill Out In A Bean Bag Chair

Relaxation is all about letting all tension leave your body and just getting comfortable. You want to be able to sit down, stretch out, and hear a huge sigh leave your body. Some people have a favorite armchair that they sit in to relax, but I find conventional chairs and sofas to be a bit hit and miss. Instead, you should get your hands on a bean bag chair. If you visit Fombag online, you’ll see a huge range of bean bag chairs that are filled with foam. This type of chair is ideal for relaxing in, as you get maximum comfort levels. With bean bags, you pretty much just sink into the chair and become part of it. You melt down into the bag, and it’s incredibly relaxing.

Get yourself a bean bag, and just sit in it while listening to music, reading a book, or watching TV. The effect will be instantaneous. The only bad thing is that you might struggle to get back up because you’ve relaxed so much your body now feels part of the chair.  

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Take A Long Bath

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a spa, you can give yourself some spa treatments in your bathroom. One of my favorite ways of relaxing is running a nice hot bath. Sometimes, I drop in a bath bomb, so it smells and looks really nice. Then, I turn the lights off and have my bath in candlelight. Bring in a radio or some speakers, and you can listen to some relaxing music as well.

The warmth of the water helps with circulation and can soothe any tight spots in your body that have built up through tension. It’s a good way to help relax your muscles and get yourself ready for a long night’s sleep. If I could, I’d do this every night before bed. Those of you without children should do this as often as possible before it becomes hard to do regularly!

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Stretch Every Morning And Evening

Staying on the topic of relaxed muscles, tight ones can be a source of stress for everyone. When your muscles become tight and knotted, they develop trigger points that cause pain and soreness. It means you wake up every morning with a stiff back or neck, and this soreness stays with you throughout the day.

Getting into the habit of stretching can help you get rid of a lot of tension in your body, and relax a lot more. My advice is to find a stretching routine online and do it every morning and evening. It will be the perfect way to start the day by getting your body moving and loosening up all your tight points. Then, a stretching session in the evening can relax your muscles and get you ready for bed. It doesn’t have to be a long routine, I say five minutes minimum and maybe thirty minutes max.

As you can see, there are plenty of genius ways you can relax at home. The best thing about all these ideas is that they’re easy to fit into your routine. Everyone can find a spare ten minutes or so to relax in a bean bag chair or do some stretches. We’ve all got time for a bath once or twice a week, and you can stare at the stars whenever you like. Give everything a try, and you can relax more and see so many health benefits as a result.

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Why Your Business Needs To Fully Embrace Technology

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Your business already uses technology in its day to day workings, of course. Every company uses computers and the internet; it would be impossible to reach clients and deliver any sort of service in the modern age without using at least some manner of technology within your business’ operations. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean your business is fully utilizing the potential of current and upcoming technologies in the modern age. You need to have your eyes on the digital industry so that you can spot new and exciting opportunities to really build your small or medium-sized company into a real empire with the help of computer science. Here are some reasons as to why your business needs more technology.

Automation is the future.

One of the most intriguing ways in which technology has changed business over recent years is through the increasing improvement of automated systems. Of course, the big question that scares people is: “When will computers become as smart as humans?” However, singularity isn’t really a concept that should scare you. As a business owner, the idea that you could automate increasingly complex tasks with the beauty of artificial intelligence should be exciting; it means free labor (until computers become self-aware and demand equal pay).

Still, you don’t have to fire employees just yet or worry about a computer taking over your role. We most likely won’t be completely replacing humans with robots in our lifetime (perhaps that’ll be a worry for people a few hundred years from now), but it is becoming increasingly possible to help your employees use their time more efficiently. Utilizing new programs, such as accounting software, you can leave administrative and menial tasks to automated systems so that your workers can focus their brainpower on more complex and creative issues. Essentially, your company can increase its workforce virtually, save money, and maximize time. And whilst automated labor has been replacing manual labor for many years already, the ways in which it does so are looking to multiply over coming years. That’s why you need to keep your eye on new technological solutions.

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Exist on the cloud.

What is important to understand is that the cloud isn’t infinite or disconnected from the physical realm (that’s a big shocker, I know). Cloud computing is physically based but what makes it a better solution than storing your business’ data on-site is that it can increase security, reduce the costs that come with a large server room, and help to keep your workforce connected online. It means any remote workers can access company files online, for example, but it’s secure and smart enough to block out unwanted access. It means your business’ data is backed up offsite should something ever happen to your company’s physical premises. The positives are endless.

You have two options: you can either fully embrace technology or your business can be left behind. The world may have changed but the way in which business works remains the same. You need to stay ahead of the curve if you want to be successful; you can’t always play catch-up. Consumers are looking for stand-out solutions and you have to be ready to separate yourself from the cloud; simply “having technology” isn’t enough. What are you doing to address the gap in the market? Are you fully embracing technology to offer more to potential customers?

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Business Promotion: 9 Strategies For Winning At Trade Shows

Collision conference and trade show in New Orleans on May 4, 2017

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Depending on the nature of your company, some of the people reading this post might have to exhibit their brand at trade shows in the future. That can become somewhat of an expensive exercise because the business has to pay a fee to the organisers in most instances. There are also lots of other areas in which you’ll have to spend cash if you want to achieve the best results. There are some expert strategies listed below that all entrepreneurs should consider before arranging their next big trade show date. Failure to take note of this advice could mean your firm never reaches its full potential, and you never make the level of profits you deserve. So, take a read through this information and apply it to your business model as soon as possible.

Choosing the most suitable events

Before you do anything else, all business owners will have to make sure they identify the most appropriate trade shows for their brand. There are thousands of different exhibitions all around the country every single year. So, even those in niche markets should manage to find something that works for them. Get in touch with the promoters as soon as possible and ask about the process of getting a stall at the event. In most instances, you will have to send a small deposit and pay the entire cost at some point before the date. Some organisers are known to charge a small fortune, and so it’s wise to discover the price as soon as possible. That way, you have enough time to prepare. Ideas for reducing the price include:

  • Sponsoring the event
  • Striking a deal with the promoters

Just make sure the events you select will enable you to chat and network with the owners of rival firms, and any members of the public who show interest in your marketplace.

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Taking your best team members

No entrepreneur should go to a trade show without lots of back-up. That means it’s vital that you take a look at the people working in your office and try to work out which of them will provide the most assistance during the event. Ideally, you want someone who knows the company inside out and has an excellent approach to customer service. When all’s said and done, whoever you take along to the trade show will represent your brand just as much as you. They will have to speak to new potential clients and customers while trying to convince them to spend money. So, you want someone who deals well with stressful social situations of that nature. Bear in mind that anyone you take will have to:

  • Speak to people who show interest
  • Answer questions about the business
  • Present themselves in a professional manner

Once you select the right employees, you can write a script and ask them to learn it. That way, you still control 100% of the things they say to any attendees during the event.

Looking the part

First impressions count in the business world, and so anyone attending an exhibition will need to ensure they present themselves in the right light. If you run a fun company aimed at young people, wear some jeans and a funky t-shirt for the best results. If your brand focuses on providing legal services to large corporations, you’ll probably want to invest in a designer suit or something similar. Make sure any workers you take along to the event also follow that strategy. The last thing you need is for someone who looks like they’re about to go jogging to deal with new potential clients. That is not going to encourage anyone to part with their hard-earned cash. Some quick tips might include:

  • Wearing a uniform
  • Dressing to suit the occasion
  • Wearing branded clothing
  • Visiting a tailor

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Investing in promotional materials

It’s vital that you have lots of promotional materials available at your trade shows. That is because lots of other companies will occupy the same space, and so visitors won’t have enough time to stop off at every stall they encounter. Still, the last thing you want is for people to walk away without learning anything about your products or services. So, promotional materials like flyers, business cards, and other items are going to come in handy. Also, take a look at some cheap ID carrying ideas, so attendees have no trouble distinguishing between those working for your brand, and those stopping for a chat.

You might also like to buy:

  • Branded t-shirts
  • Mugs
  • Pens
  • Mousemats

Creating a quiet area

Some of the people who stop and have a conversation at the trade show might want to learn more about your company. For that reason, it makes sense to create a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle where you can chat. There are lots of tools that will assist during that process if you don’t mind investing some money. Indeed, it’s possible to find work pods online that should cancel out most of the background noise. That will make it much easier for individuals to hear themselves think and learn some more information about your business. Of course, those who can’t afford to do that should consider arranging meetings for the following day. Just hire an office somewhere near to the convention centre and book people in for a discussion.

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Getting in touch with graphic designers and printers

There is no getting away from the fact that you need to make your exhibition stand appear as attractive and appealing as possible. That is why you shouldn’t try to cut back on spending when it comes to contacting graphic designers and printers. Just search Google for renowned specialists in your local area and then visit them to discuss the work. Ideally, you’re going to want lots of posters and banners to ensure your stand catches the eyes of passers-by. Anyone on a tight budget should aim to use the same company for both the design and the printing work as that is the best way to get a discount.

You can also use some of the same graphics for the leaflets and flyers you hand out during the day. There is nothing wrong with killing two birds with one stone, and in most instances, the imagery will work well. Just ensure that every large graphic contains:

  • Your logo
  • Your business motto
  • Your website address
  • Other contact details

Making the stall interactive

You’re living in the digital age, and so it’s wise to use technology as much as possible at trade shows. There are lots of ways in which you could approach that goal. However, most entrepreneurs choose to invest in iPads and other tablet devices for exhibitions. Load them with product catalogues or brochures that explain your services, and then fix them to the stall. Some attendees won’t want to hold lengthy conversations with your team members because they’re shy or in a bad mood. However, those folks will often find the time to stand around for ten minutes taking a look at one of your tablet devices. Other ways you could make the stall interactive include:

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Giving something away

Everyone likes getting something for free, right? Well, maybe you could use that psychological knowledge to ensure you make an impression on everyone who takes the time to attend the trade show. Giving something away that contains your logo, or alternative branding is a fantastic move that doesn’t have to break the bank. As mentioned earlier, promotional materials are essential for all exhibitions. So, why not take it a step further and create some goodie bags that people can take away? In those bags, you could place:

  • Branded stationery
  • Magazines
  • Music CDs
  • Mousemats
  • T-shirts
  • And pretty much anything else you like

Assessing the results

It’s critical that all entrepreneurs work out a method for evaluating the results from their trade show activities. The easiest way to do that is to ensure everyone at the event gets a discount code they can use on your website. You then just have to get the marketing guys to see how many individuals entered that code after a couple of weeks. That idea shouldn’t take too much time to arrange, and it’s quite useful. However, feel free to think outside of the box and develop a new concept. Just make sure that you have a way of working out how many attendees bothered to research your brand and spend money after the event. That way, it’s easy to perform a calculation and determine if the exhibition assisted your company in making a profit.

Now you know how to win at trade shows, nothing should stand in your way of success. Just remember the first point mentioned on this page before you rush into anything this year. If you fail to identify the most suitable events, you will always struggle to achieve the best results. In most instances, everything else relates to common sense and trial and error. So, now is the time to start the ball rolling and improve your business’s prospects in time for 2018. Good luck!

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Employees Matter: How To Pay The Workforce When The Business Is Broke

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There is no doubt that a team of workers is essential to a company’s success. From increasing output to completing critical tasks, they are the lifeblood of the organization. In short, they help to dig a business out of a deep ditch and keep it on track.

The thing is employees won’t work for free. Even worse, a typical startup doesn’t make money for at least tent to eighteen months. The problem is finding the funding to ensure they stay at their desk and help the company through the complicated process.

Thankfully, there are solutions. Here’s how to pay the workforce when the business has no money.

Take Out A Loan

Normally, an organization doesn’t want to get involved with a bank, especially when said enterprise isn’t cash rich. The potential drawbacks are significant, yet it’s the only way to pay employee’s wage on time. Think of it as an investment where the loan is a stopgap until the money begins to roll through the door. By taking out an advance now, the business can turn a profit in the future. An excellent tip is to use p2plenders.co to avoid banks altogether. A peer-to-peer loan is an agreement between private lenders, which means the details tend to be favorable.

Offer Stake In Firm

The interest rates mean that a loan is going to be a risky option. Even if the employees make money, they have to make double to cover the overall costs. It’s for this reason that business owners offer employees a stake in the firm. The total amount might be less than 2% each, but it’s an offer of good faith. If the team believes the company is going to make it big, they might accept a percentage of the business. In the long-term, anyone with shares stands to make a killing. Usually, it’s a great way to offset a basic wage and appease employees.

Hire Interns

Paying employees nothing is the simple solution to this conundrum. However, it isn’t possible to pay people nothing for their time, right? Surely there are laws in place to prevent it from happening? Yes there are, but not for every worker on the spectrum. People who are young and want to gain experience, interns, generally work for free. By volunteering, they hope to gain experience and make contacts to further their career. They are hard workers who want to impress, and they don’t cost a penny.

Go Part-Time

Full-time workers demand a big salary. Part-time employees, however, cost half as much because they work less. The trick is to use a mixture of full-time and part-time employees in conjunction with interns. That way, the firm can avoid paying over the top for workers while maintaining a high standard. Also, it is possible to pay people for the work they complete. Marketing and sales people, for example, don’t get a basic wage but do take a cut of any sales.

Just because the firm is broke doesn’t mean it can’t afford a quality workforce.

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