The Benefits of Owning a Pickup Truck

Shopping for a new car can be tricky. You have to consider things like your budget, where you live, how much you drive and what kind of terrains you drive on. If you have young children, you might also have to consider their safety, the ease of fitting a car seat, and how easily you might be able to get things like pushchairs in and out of the trunk. You might spend time looking at family cars, small city runners, larger vehicles, sporty numbers, off-roaders, and pickup trucks.

If you’ve never owned or driven a pickup truck before, you might find the idea a little overwhelming and cross it off your list without too much consideration. But, looking at a Toyota Tundra for Sale can be worth it. Many people drive pickups, and you’ll often find that once people have made the switch, they never drive a different kind of car. But, why is this, what are the benefits of driving a pickup? Let’s take a look.

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It’s Versatile

Some cars are great for driving in the countryside, but only on roads, they aren’t quite as good when taken onto rough terrains. Some drive well on city streets, but just don’t have the power for more adventurous drivers and certainly wouldn’t be capable of towing a caravan. A pickup can do it all. It’s versatile, which allows you to be more spontaneous.

There’s Plenty of Space

Space is a big pull of a pickup truck. If you are fed up of struggling to get everything into the trunk of your car, or you find yourself playing enthusiastic games of Tetris to try to get all of your shopping into the back, around any other equipment that you might need, you might find a pickup a complete game changer. The extra space is ideal for many people and can make life much easier.

It’s Perfect for Outdoor Activities

A pickup truck is a perfect car for anyone that likes to spend time in the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy camping, hiking, skiing or any other outdoor activity, a pickup gives you plenty of storage and a powerful car to get you to where you need to be.

Safety

Most modern vehicles are packed with up to date safety features to protect you and your family, and any new car had to undertake plenty of testing before it’s released to the public. But, pickups still have a few advantages over most of them.

Firstly, you sit higher up above the road. This gives you much better visibility when you are driving. You’ll be able to see more of the road and keep yourself safe. Secondly, if you were involved in an accident, the sheer mass of your vehicle would help to protect you.

You’ll Gain Respect on the road

When you drive a truck, you look like you know what you are doing. You appear to be a confident driver, that handles power well and other people treat you as such. You’ll gain respect on the road, and your confidence will grow.

Life Will Feel Like an Adventure

When you are in a truck, you’ll always feel as though you can go anywhere at any time. Driving like this makes your life feel like one big adventure.

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Overload Principle: Training with Purpose

How do you know you’ve hit a plateau?

Have you trained for countless hours with sparse results? Strict dieting with little to show for it? Strength training without the ability to increase weight? When was the last time you hit a PR, anyway?

Plateauing happens to athletes at all levels. It’s good for training regimens to become a way of life, but doing those sessions over and over again can become like mindlessly checking a box. Inputs remain the same–which can be detrimental to increasing performance outputs.

Incorporating overload principle into training may be one of the steps you need to get off that plateau.

A runner sitting on a plateau overlooking a vista

Building Muscle–How it Actually Works

Overload principle states that in order for muscle to increase in size, strength and endurance, it must be regularly challenged to produce an output that is as near as possible to maximum capacity. The technique pushes the body past its limits, further breaking it down to force adaptations that lead to performance gains.

Skeletal muscle is composed of fibers that contract when our muscles are put to work. During high intensity, challenging exercise, muscle fibers are broken down. These small breakdowns are called “microtrauma,” and cause the muscle to rebuild stronger, overcompensating to protect itself from other breakdowns with new muscle-building protein.

The rebuilt fibers increase in thickness and number, resulting in muscle growth. To support this, we need enough dietary protein to ensure the rate of muscle protein synthesis is greater than the rate of muscle protein breakdown; this is how our muscles grow.

The same process happens in all of the muscles of our body. The heart muscle also gets bigger with training, enabling more oxygen to be used by other muscles. An exercise-induced release of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) stimulates the formation of blood vessels, leading to the capillarization of the muscle, allowing increased blood flow, oxygen, and nutrient delivery (which is a critical factor in muscle growth).1 More enzymes are also produced that are utilized in energy production.

A woman squatting in the weight room using overload training, which says that muscle fibers and broken down during exercise, then muscle growth is a result of the fibers increasing in thickness and number

Interestingly, when it comes to muscular hypertrophy (the building of muscle), the exact mechanisms aren’t totally understood; there are likely many factors at play. Current hypotheses include some combination of mechanical tension, metabolic fatigue and muscular damage.

But with training adaptations like overload principle, there can be results like slower utilization of muscle glycogen, greater reliance on fat oxidation, less lactate production during exercise, and adaptations to skeletal muscle.2 To produce muscle growth, athletes must apply a load of stress greater than what those muscles have previously adapted to.3

The idea of overload principle is rooted in how muscles grow–and it begins immediately after exercise, but can take weeks or months to actually manifest.

Practice Before Overloading

Before introducing heavier weight or adding more miles to an exercise program, it’s essential to have the correct technique for those exercises cemented. Muscle memory and the repetition of techniques with proper form are crucial for executing an exercise flawlessly.

Normally, these skills are best learned when fatigue doesn’t impact an athlete’s ability to perform the movements correctly.

But once introduced on top of a good skill base, overload principle can be a powerful tool to reducing the overall risk of injury.

Implementing Overload Principle

Without overload principle, fitness level is less likely to increase; training programs might not yield strength gains because the body adapts to static repetition.

There are two basic components of overload principle: the overloading, and the progression. Overloading is what we’ve discussed above, the adding of stress, weight, etc. to achieve greater fitness.

Progression is the way in which the overloading should be added to training. This can be achieved through an increase in frequency, intensity, time of exercise, or a combination of these.

There’s lots of misinformation online about the best ways to exercise. We’re setting the record straight by analyzing the latest scientific studies–so you don’t have to.

Are You FITT?

The FITT principle is a way to approach overload training strategically and safely, by overloading these different aspects of exercise.

Frequency: How often physical activity is performed, which is normally about three to five times per week.

Intensity: How hard a person exercises during physical activity, which can be measured in different ways and is different for everyone. Heart rate is one way to monitor intensity during endurance, while weight can illustrate intensity of strength training; however, neither of these measures something like flexibility.

Time: The length of physical activity. Again, time varies depending on the person and fitness goal. Stretch-training for flexibility may take 15 minutes, but the minimum for aerobic activity is about 20 minutes of continuous exercise.

Type: The specific physical exercise one is training to improve. Someone trying to improve strength might overload weight and reps; a runner looking to improve endurance might overload distance and time.

By using the FITT principle to understand overloading, this may also help with burnout. Often, we seek performance gains, increasing intensity wildly in the hopes of achieving our goals. This can lead to overly fatigued muscle and even injury.

Compartmentalizing overload training, and already knowing the movements on which you’ll overload, can help reduce some of the dangers of pushing your body past its limits.

How to Overload

You probably already have a training plan. It has days with long runs and short runs, rest days and strength training days.

But do those workouts all look the same, week after week? If so, you may be treading in workout water. It’s time to budget overload training into your workout plan.

A note: if you’re serious, it may be worth getting help from a coach. You can’t keep overloading the same thing over and over–that defeats the purpose of overload training in the first place. Always increasing the same element, like volume, may lead to another plateau. It’s important to mix it up, looking at your training plan like a journey: there will be peaks and troughs to keep the body guessing.

A runner using overload principle, which stats that runners should increase distance, increase intensity and increase speed

When Running

Running with overload principle in mind applies the same techniques as strength and resistance training: increase difficulty (in some way) systematically.

Adding intensity to your workouts is a good place to start. Speed workouts and hill training can help improve muscle strength, overall speed and eventually, race day performance. These intense workouts should come twice per week, incorporating things like interval training, tempo runs, hill workouts or lactate threshold training (which could serve a dual purpose as being both a difficult workout and help you improve your lactate threshold).

Adding duration to runs is also an essential way to overload. One long run per week should be added to a training plan. Many runners prefer to conduct these long runs on weekends (specifically Sunday), because Monday is a popular rest day. You can even add mileage to this run over the course of several weeks.

There are also tools that can help overload training. A weight vest can be added while running or walking to increase lower-body strength and endurance. And running with a training mask on can make your respiratory muscles work harder, which increases respiratory compensation threshold (RCT) and can improve endurance performance.5

Ample recovery time is also important; muscles need time to recover. Work in a rest day after a day of overload training. Since you’ve just pushed yourself further than you’re used to going, recovery will help encourage those gains. If resting isn’t an option, try alternating hard training days with easy training days.

When Weight Training

You probably already strength train or cross-train between regular workouts–these strengthen muscles and joints, decreasing the risk of injury.

The type of strength training varies by athlete depending on their goals. Many employ circuit training, weightlifting or plyometrics training. In general, overloading would include increasing the number of sets or increasing weight used in this training.

The safest way to overload is first to increase reps or sets, getting as comfortable as possible with the exercise, then increase weight.

For example: let’s say you’re doing three sets of eight reps of bicep curls with 10 lb dumbbells. When overloading the following week, jumping to 15 lb dumbbells would be a 50% jump in weight–which is too much to overload. Instead, overload by increasing the number of reps or sets. Try for three sets of ten reps or four sets of eight reps before increasing weight.

On the flip side, someone pushing 100 lbs on a bench press would likely be able to increase weight to 105 lbs–that’s only a 5% jump in weight. For exercises with larger muscles, the overload increment can also be larger. Still, it’s best to focus on increased reps or sets before jumping up in weight.

To approach overloading systematically, make sure you keep a training log to track each increase in weight for all your exercises.

A woman lifting a barbell using overload training, which states that lifters should first increase the number of sets and reps, then increase the weight when the movement has been mastered

Overloading Outside of Exercise

Even though overloading happens in the gym, building muscle happens outside of it. All that overloading might be for naught if you don’t recover properly.

We’ve outlined the best supplements for runners to take, but here’s a high-level look at what can help increase muscle and improve recovery.

BCAAs: These branched-chain amino acids provide the body with building blocks to maintain lean muscle mass.6 The body breaks down protein into these amino acids, which then are sent throughout the body to be used again in protein building–and thus, muscle-building. One study even showcased they alleviated skeletal muscle damage.7

HVMN Ketone: Can be used before, during and after workouts. HVMN Ketone has been shown to increase the efficiency of working muscle by 28%,8 and in testing, athletes went ~2% further in a 30-minute time trial.9 For recovery, HVMN Ketone decreases the breakdown of intramuscular glycogen and protein when compared to carbs alone,9 while also expediting the resynthesis of glycogen by 60% and protein by 2x.10,11

Protein: Whey, casein and soy protein are the most popular choices here, and all should be taken post-workout. Whey is a great source of BCAA, and is absorbed the fastest by the body. It’s largely considered the most effective protein for building muscle.12 Casein protein is slower to absorb, so it can be taken before bed. One study showcased consuming it before bed led to a 34% reduction in whole body protein breakdown.13

Overloading to Measurable Gains

Overloading may be the best way to break the body out of its routine and spur the growth you’ve been looking for. By pushing the body past its limits, even for a set or an extra mile, your body will adapt to be able to handle that stress during the next training session.

It’s important not to over-overload. This can lead to injury and be detrimental for your overall training goals by putting you on the sidelines for a few weeks. Measured overloading is the best approach, tracking the increases to understand how they’re helping work toward your goals.

Take it one step at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be off that plateau and on your way to climbing a whole new mountain.

How do you get off the plateau? Share in the comments below.

Marginal gains?

You train, you work hard, you put in the hours–you should be seeing results. We’re developing more resources to help you get the most out of your workout.

Authored by Nate Martins •
September 25, 2018

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Top 3 Ways To Test For Ketosis

Top 3 Ways To Test For Ketosis

Originally published on HVMN by Justin Liau, Michael Brandt and Nate Martins

HVMN lives on the bleeding edge of science. We try to stay up to date on the best methods to enhance human performance, including how to measure personal biomarkers. It’s a core principle at HVMN, an ethos to help anyone be the best version of themselves.

It’s also something we practice. CEO and Co-founder, Geoffrey Woo, measures his blood BHB levels using a blood reader device after drinking HVMN Ketone. These ketone levels are an excellent biomarker for tracking the effectiveness of fasting, ketogenic dieting, and exogenous ketones.

But there’s more than one way to test ketosis.

Why should you care about how high your ketone levels are?

HVMN takes a systems engineering approach to human performance: optimize inputs to achieve desired performance outputs.

Understanding blood ketone levels adds transparency and data fundamental to biohacking. It offers insight into where you might feel best, or help optimize diet to achieve personal goals. Many people monitor blood ketone levels while on the keto diet or taking exogenous ketones to verify that they’re actually in ketosis.



Setting a baseline while on the keto diet is helpful, especially if you’re using the keto diet for weight loss and other health benefits like controlling metabolic syndrome. For those on the low-carb, high-fat keto diet trying to lose weight, moderate ketone levels could be an indicator measurement of your dietary needs to reach those weight loss goals.

When on the keto diet, fat stores are broken down and fatty acid concentrations increase in the bloodstream. Those fatty acids are turned into ketones in the liver. When ketone levels exceed 0.5mM, that’s considered to be a state of “ketosis.” Nutritional ketosis is defined as blood ketone levels ranging from 0.5 – 3.0mM by pioneering ketone scientists Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney in “The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living.”1

There are three methods to measure ketone levels; with this data, you’ll have the power to optimize your biohacking protocol.

Blood Testing

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Pros

  • Most accurate way to measure ketosis in mmol/L (mM)
  • Measures BHB, the predominant ketone in the body, rather than acetoacetate or acetone

Cons

  • You need a handheld device (i.e., Precision Xtra or Keto Mojo) and test strips, which can be expensive relative to other techniques
  • You have to take a finger prick blood sample which can be bothersome and invasive at first until you get used to it

When testing blood using a BHB/glucose meter, you’re getting the most accurate measurement available. The meters measure glucose or ketone levels depending on which test strips are inserted. Those with diabetes commonly use the same procedure and the same blood meters to measure their blood glucose levels. It’s critical for people with diabetes to control blood sugar levels and also to avoid dangerously high levels ( > 20mM) of ketones, known as ketoacidosis.

A blood BHB/glucose meter provides the most accurate measurement available. These meters measure glucose or ketone levels depending on which test strips are used. Those with diabetes commonly use the same procedure and the same blood meters to measure their blood glucose levels. It’s critical for people with diabetes to control blood sugar levels and also to avoid dangerously high levels ( > 20mM) of ketones, known as ketoacidosis.

Using a blood ketone meter device is simple. You’ll need the device itself, compatible test strip, a lancet device (to pick the finger), lancets (needs to prick the finger) and an alcohol swab for sanitation.

To take a reading, follow these steps:

  • Remove the cap from the lancing device and insert the lancet into the device
  • Rotate the tip of the cap of the lancing device and set it to the desired depth of puncture
  • Arm the lancing device by sliding the control button until you hear a click
  • Insert a strip into the reader
  • Swab the tip of your left index finger with a sterile wipe
  • Place the lancing device firmly on your left index fingertip
  • Press the button on the lancing device to puncture your fingertip
  • Gently squeeze your fingertip to extract a large drop of blood
  • Hold the reader and touch the bottom of the strip to the blood sample
  • Hold the reader in place and allow the strip to absorb the blood sample

Wait a few seconds for the reader to analyze the sample

All things considered, using a blood meter might seem like the obvious choice to measure ketone levels. But the finger prick and cost may lead you to explore other avenues for testing. Here are a couple more options.

Urine Testing

Pros

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Widely available in pharmacies
  • Non-invasive

Cons

  • Less accurate than blood
  • Over time the body adapts to excrete fewer ketones in the urine

Urine testing was designed to measure acetoacetate–one of three ketone bodies. But it doesn’t account for BHB, so urine testing may not be the most accurate measure of ketosis.

Since urine is a waste product, what’s displayed on the ketone urine strips is what the body is excreting. By nature, that may not be the best indication of how well the body is utilizing ketones as fuel. As you become more keto-adapted, you’ll excrete fewer ketone bodies through urine. Hydration status can also affect these ketone readings, and leads to inconsistent results–as relative hydration level can dilute the concentration of ketones in urine.

It comes down to this: urine ketone strips are a cheap and easy way to get an understanding of early ketone levels, but for long-term use, they’re not the most accurate option.

Breath Testing

Pros

  • After purchasing the device, it’s free each time you test

Cons

  • You need a handheld device (e.g. Ketonix)
  • Less accurate than blood meter

Breath ketone meters are relatively new to the market for testing ketone levels. They specifically measure the amount of acetone excreted in breath, providing readings that relate well to blood ketone levels at low concentrations.

But the research is limited. There haven’t been enough studies done to confirm the accuracy of breath acetone meters at higher levels, such as the level achieved after drinking HVMN Ketone. Acetone is the simplest and smallest of the three ketone bodies.

Choosing the Right Ketone Meter for You

In general, we recommend testing ketone levels if you’re trying to achieve nutritional ketosis or using exogenous ketones like HVMN Ketone.

Fat burning mode via the ketogenic diet is tough to maintain–so it’s helpful to monitor ketone levels to make sure your efforts are worthwhile. While ketone readings don’t paint the whole picture of ketosis, they’re a large piece of the puzzle. You’ll have more transparency into what’s happening inside the body, developing an understanding of how fast and the level of ketosis you’re able to achieve.

Over time, some people develop intuition around what diet or routines lead to a given ketone level, but it’s helpful to establish a periodic basis for using an accurate ketone measurement device to get reliable objective data.

This article was originally published by HVMN.

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What to Do When You Experience a Power Outage

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You don’t realise just how much we come to rely on the energy that powers our homes until it cuts out. Once the power goes, we cannot light our properties, cook our food, shower or complete our beauty regime, or entertain ourselves with television, games, and laptops. An extended outage can cause stores to close, disrupt communications and transportation, cause food spoilage, and even prevent use of medical devices. It’s not all too surprising that this can cause serious disruption to our lives and is a relatively daunting situation to face. But not to worry. Here are some steps that you can take in order to tide yourself through a power shortage as effectively as possible.

Preparation

Seeing as you can never be entirely sure when a power outage will occur, it can prove to be a relatively difficult situation to deal with. However, there are a few preparatory steps that you can take which will help to see you through the situation seamlessly if you do experience it down the line.

Invest in a Generator

The first, and perhaps most effective, step that you can take is to have a power generator installed in your home. This works as a great back up supply of energy that can simply be switched on and used as and when needed. This will quite literally allow you to carry on about your day to day tasks and business without having to wait for power to return. Make sure to have your generator installed by reliable professionals, such as Assurance Power Systems. This will give you the best chances of your generator working properly and always being something to fall back on in times of need.

Stock Up on Candles

If you do not intend to invest in a generator, there are other steps that you can take. Consider stocking up on a bag of tealights and a few lighters or boxes of matches. While these will not power your standard electrics, they can be used to light up your property when your electric lights shut out if it starts to get dark. This way, at least you will be able to find your way around your home! Just make sure that candles aren’t left lit unsupervised, as this poses a safety hazard.

Purchase a Portable Charger

You may need to get in touch with various different people when you experience a power outage. The first number that you should call is 105. This is a nationwide number that will connect you to your local electric network operator. They will be able to inform you what is happening and when power will be restored. Next, you may want to call for family or friends to let them know what’s happening. This won’t be possible without any charge on your phone. So, purchase a portable charger and ensure it is full at all times. This can then be used to boost your phone’s battery levels.

As you can see, preparation is key when it comes to dealing with a power outage. So, start taking steps to secure yourself today!

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Has Your Business Yet To Reach Its Full Potential?

The answer to that question is probably “yes”. Every successful business should be growing and evolving on a continuous basis if it wants to remain important in a fast-moving industry. How often do you return to the drawing board when it comes to your business plan? Are you making the necessary changes to take your company to the next level? These are the questions you need to answer if you want your business to stay ahead of the curve and beat other companies in the marketplace. The following suggestions could help your business to realize its full potential.

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Push your employees in the right direction.

A good brand, quality services, and a strong marketing campaign are all examples of things that create a successful business. We’ll talk about some of them throughout the rest of this article, but the very first thing that demands your attention is your workforce. Your employees are the ones who keep your company running; they deliver the products and communicate with your clients. A shiny brand is nothing without substance behind it. If you want your business to reach its full potential then your employees need to reach their full potential.

Of course, we’re talking about more than increasing productivity levels here; we’re talking about improving the skills of your workers as individuals. You might even want to check out this library of engaging IT training courses so as to help your employees improve their technological skills. It’s very important for your employees to have current and relevant knowledge if they’re going to compete with the professionals at competing companies. That’s how your business will maximize its potential.

Exceed customer expectations.

The best way to increase your business’ potential is to exceed customer expectations. Retaining a client base (and growing it) can be tricky in a competitive landscape. There’s always the risk that customers will be swayed by rival businesses offering better deals and offers. That’s why you need to go above and beyond to win over clients and build a loyal relationship with them. There’s nothing like surprising them with a great deal, for example. You could offer your customers a discount on their next purchase or surprise them with an email out of the blue with a freebie as a way of showing your gratitude. If you exceed customer expectations with unexpected deals and offers then you’ll make a long-lasting impression on them. That’s the way to ensure customers stick around and increase sales. You might have the potential for a larger client base than you think if you just work on your customer relations. You just need to show that you care about what the customer wants.

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Focus on online marketing.

Another way in which your business could increase its potential in terms of sales and long-term customers is to improve its online marketing approach. There are so many consumers that you might not yet be reaching, but a better digital campaign could change that. You should create a captivating homepage, for starters. It should be well-designed so as to make navigation easy for visitors. A responsive layout is important too; your website should look good on mobiles, tablets, or laptops. You don’t want potential clients to be put off by an unappealing website. In addition, search engines algorithms value well-designed websites, so you’ll stand a better chance of ranking highly on sites such as Google or Bing. You could increase traffic and see a better conversion of traffic to sales. It’s time for your business to realize its online potential.

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Is Faxing Still Business Relevant?

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In the last 20 years alone the technology industry has grown exponentially and we have left the days of the VHS far behind us. With the fast advancement in technology it is easy to move on to the latest tech and leave the old stuff behind without a second glance, but there are still certain things we used to use which can be used today.

The prime example of this is a fax machine. If you are young enough not to know what a Fax machine is: it is a way of sending post through a machine which is similar to a printer. Every Fax machine has its own number just like a telephone, and you can send documents and messages to the machine, and it will print off at its destination. So why do we need this machine when we have email?

Many people still use it

The easiest reason to get on that Fax train is that it still has a huge user base around the globe. Back in the day this was state of the art technology, and people who used it back then still love to use it today. You can get fax solutions for small business and you will see what a difference it can make with communication. You will end up with more messages than you think.

It’s quicker

Believe it or not a Fax machine can be quicker than using your computer to send a document across to another office. Let’s say you have a document which needs to be scanned and sent to someone else in another building. You will need to first scan the image, then download it to your computer, make sure it is a good enough copy and then send it. However if you have a Fax machine you simply place the document in the top, type in the recipient’s number and send. Quicker, and much less stress.

Better way to send your signature

Our signature is a private thing which ideally we never want to be available for anyone else to use. However with online apps that offer digital signatures, you have the risk of someone else using your signature on a document you haven’t authorised. However, if you have a Fax machine all you have to do is sign the document and send it. You don’t need to let your signature get anywhere on the network.

Confirmation

One of the things which seems to have been lost in the years of technical advancement is the idea of sending a message and receiving a confirmation that it has been sent and received. This is something which might not sound like a big deal but you want to know that the right person has received your message.
Whereas when you send an email you get nothing back, with Fax you get a confirmation page printed to prove that the message went through successfully. This gives you the peace of mind to know that you have sent the document to the right person and they have received it.

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Selling Online When The Very Site Of Websites Gives You The Fear

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Do computers frighten you? Does the very sight of them send shivers down your spine? For those of us who didn’t grow up with computers, these small plastic boxes can seem like black magic. What kind of madness is this? And, who would risk of using it?

Quite a lot of people, it seems. While you’re stuck in the past, the rest of the world is growing and expanding. And, it’s all thanks to the internet. The computers you were convinced were evil are helping the lives of millions of each day. They’re also helping to expand businesses across the globe. And, if you want to keep up, you need to find a way to do the same.

It may seem daunting, but selling online is now a prerequisite to success. And, to help you get a grip on it, we’re going to look at three ways to get your head around this.

Limit your learning

The first thing you need to do is limit your learning. In case you hadn’t guessed, the world wide web has a pretty broad reach. As such, it’s impossible to get a grip on every little aspect. And, in trying to do so, you’ll only set yourself back. Instead, you should limit your learning to what you need to know. In truth, selling online doesn’t require a wealth of information. You’ll only need to visit and understand a handful of sites to make this work. You may also need to know some basic HTML (don’t worry about what it is for now), but that’s easy enough when you set your mind to it. Take your lessons one step at a time, and make sure not to get bogged down with unnecessary websites.

Find your platform

At some point during your learning, you may find that every e-commerce store needs a platform. This is software from which you build your selling site. Most platforms also promise to make your life easier by streamlining your processes. In short; they’ll keep all your information in one place. To make sure you get this right, it’s worth doing an ecommerce platform comparison which can lead you to the best options in the field. Once you’re working with a company, you can rest easy that they’ll help you with the stuff you don’t understand.

Study social media

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have heard of a little thing called social media. Well, this is also essential for your success. That said, for those who have never used them, sites like Twitter can seem like a whole other world. While studying social media may sound strange, it’ll go a considerable way towards helping you here. You can learn to use sites like these in the same way you learn anything. All you need to do is research and read up on how they work. A quick search in an engine like Google is sure to lead to you to a wealth of information in this field.

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