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3 Unique and Creative Ways to Market Your New Restaurant

Did you recently open a restaurant? Are you struggling to get customers in the door? Gaining traction as a new restaurant can often be difficult, especially if you’re in an area that already has a lot of popular dining restaurants. People in your area may not be aware that your restaurant is open or they may be unwilling to try something new. You probably can’t afford to sit back and wait for them to change their minds. To get business in the door, you’ll have to get out there, make a statement, and give them a reason to visit your restaurant. Here are three creative ways to do just that. Take over the side of a building. Many businesses will rent billboards to get spread their message. However, a billboard can be costly and they often don’t have the impact that you want. After all, people are used to seeing billboards, so the message has to be special to really stand out. Instead, think about taking over the side of a building in your area. Find a building where the side is visible to a high volume of passing traffic. Talk to the building owner about renting the space and then hire an artist to create a unique and attractive mural advertising your business. Or you could use a projector to shine a unique ad on the side of the building at night. That will get people talking, especially if you do it during a festival or another time when there are many people in the area. Use the sidewalk. Are you in an area that has a lot...

Options For DIY Pond Liners

A small pond can be a great addition to most any yard’s landscape. Not only does a pond help to create a feeling of tranquility, but it can also attract various types of wildlife, from ducks to deer. Adding a pond to your yard doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking. In fact, it can actually be a great DIY project for the weekend. If you’re considering installing a pond in your yard, you’ll need to think about what kind of pond liner you will want to install. Here’s a look at some easy liner options you should consider when you’re considering a pond installation. Kiddie Pool Small plastic kiddie pools are a great foundation for shallow pond spaces. If you want something that you can put a rock formation and other water features in, this may be a great way to do it. Simply dig out the soil to the depth of the kiddie pool, level the bottom and then place the pool into the space. Consider adding a decorative brick or stone surround to cover the lip of the kiddie pool at the ground level. Then, you can fill the pool and add your water features. Large Tarp Large, thick tarps are another great option for pond liners. They’re inexpensive, flexible and easy to work with. You can find tarps in many shapes and sizes, making it easy to create the pond you want in any shape on your property. The tarps are durable, hold water without seeping and can be anchored easily. Just make sure you choose one without polyethylene or other dangerous chemicals so that...

Design Your Office Using The Advice Of Ancient Chinese Feng-Shui Practitioners

Planning the design for your office space can be a lot of fun, especially so if you are excited about leaving a small office space and moving into a larger one. During your move to a new office is a great time to consider some of the problems of the old one when planning your design. One good way to help ensure your office employees are productive and always on task is by following the principles outlined by ancient Chinese practitioners about Feng-Shui. What Is Feng-Shui? Ancient Chinese practitioners believed the objects in a room are able to deflect and interrupt the flow of positive life energy (Chi). This belief is called Feng-Shui. When your office furniture is out of alignment and cluttered, the energy flow through it becomes slow and stagnated. When he energy flow is off kilter, your employees and you will bee as well. Healthy Feng-Shui is simple to achieve and can be done for making improvements in your workplace morale and production. Always Being Aware Of Possible Opportunities If possible, arranging all the desks in your office to face the doorway is best. By doing so, you are giving all your employees a bird’s eye-view of people coming in and out. In Feng-Shui beliefs, this is compared to being able to see when opportunity walks through the door. Knowing you have greater chances of avoiding a missed opportunity can help boost your morale and that of your employees. The Key To Applying Successful Feng-Shui One of the most important aspects of applying Feng-Shui is about organization. However, the difference between Feng-Shui and simply organizing your...

Pre-Funeral Planning: Small Tips to Make the Stress Easier

Planning a funeral is never easy, especially for those who have never done it before. For the most part, your funeral home should give you a step-by-step checklist to follow. Still, there are a lot of decisions that will have to be made in the coming days, and they will need to be made quickly. Here are a few ways that you can reduce your stress and get the funeral done right. Delegate Responsibilities  Delegation will help you when you feel as though you’re overly burdened by the things that you need to get done. Choose tasks that fit the individual that you are going to delegate it to; the family musician can choose the music that will play during the viewing and the photographer of the family (amateur or professional) can find the photos that best reflect your loved one. A few other things you can delegate include choosing the burial outfit and choosing flowers for the funeral itself. Trying to make all the decisions yourself will often be too stressful; if you delegate, you can still have a final say, but you don’t have to take on everything at once. Figure Out Funding First Before you make any plans, you should determine the exact amount you have for the burial and work within that budget. The amount may be more than you think; make sure you consult with all relevant insurance policies. Keep track of all your expenses on a spreadsheet and make sure you know about how much you can expect to spend for each item (casket, burial ceremony, and so forth). Otherwise you will be...

Storage Tip For First Time Auto Storage

If you are storing a vehicle for the first time and you aren’t sure what you need to do, start by preparing your vehicle properly and finding a safe self-storage provider. The car should go in for a tune-up at the mechanic shop before it’s stored, and you’ll want to pay attention to the following things before you drive it into a unit and lock it up for the winter. Care for the Tires Fill the tires with extra air because the changing temperatures throughout the seasons will cause the tires to deflate while in storage. You don’t want to find the car has flat tires when you try to drive it out of the unit, and you don’t want the tires ruined by flat spots. You could even jack the vehicle up to take pressure off the tires. Remove the Battery Cold temperatures will drain the battery, and condensation can cause rust and corrosion. Detach the battery and store it at room temperature or in a heated garage. Change the Oil Dirty oil sitting in your engine over the winter can deteriorate and break down, causing damage to the motor. It also may not lubricate like it’s supposed to when you’re ready to drive the vehicle. Fill the Gas Tank Condensation occurs because of temperature changes, and this can cause dilution in your fuel tank. Top the car off and add a fuel stabilizer before you put it away. Change the Brake Fluid The brake fluid should be changed 1-2 years, and it attracts moisture. Replacing it before you put the car away prevents you from having brake...

Workplace Diversity: Good For Business, Good For Customers

Diversity is a hot topic in meeting rooms across the country. Companies employ entire departments to study and incorporate diversity into their workplace culture. But what does diversity really mean, why is it good, and how do companies champion diversity? Diversity Defined Diversity in an organization was once limited to meeting quotas and ignoring differences. Employees were expected to check their individuality at the door. Upper management rarely represented the diverse perspectives of its employees or a company’s customers. But, that all began to change during the 1990’s when IBM deployed their groundbreaking model that led the way in diversity and inclusion. Today, companies take pride in employing a workforce comprised of individuals with a wide variety of experiences. Various awards are sought after in the race to move beyond the numbers and show how diversity is valued and employed. Workforce diversity is more than race and gender and includes ethnicity, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and educational and work experiences. Good for Business and Customers Other than being fair and inclusive, how is diversity good for business? As Charles Darwin predicted, the strongest species are diverse and productivity increases with diversity. Simply put, the more diverse a population, the more successful it will be in life and in business. Business is about the bottom line. The marketplace is diverse and multi-cultural, and at companies such as IBM, diversity is a market-based issue. Diversity of experiences or points of view lead to challenging discussions around product development and placement that reaches a broader audience. Customers will get what they want. The bottom line is a better bottom line. But,...

Learn How An Employment Agency Can Help You Find A Job After Being Released From Prison

When you are released from a long stint in prison, it can be hard to find a job. Many employers do not want to hire felons because they are worried that it will be too big of a risk for their business. If you have recently been released from prison and are looking for a job, an employment agency may be the perfect option to help you find the work you need. Learn a few ways an employment agency can find the right job for you in the guide that follows. Determine Your Skill Set Many people do not know how to market their skills properly. If you have been locked up in prison for many years, you may think that you do not have any skills to market to potential employers. The agent at the employment office will take the time to learn what you did while you were in prison to learn if there are any marketable skills you can use. There are many times that the job you did in prison can be used as a skill or trade when you leave prison. Find Training Programs While the agent is searching for great jobs for you, he or she may be able to help you find training programs to enroll in while you are waiting for the perfect job to be found. Arming yourself with a skill or trade can help broaden the employment options that are available to you. There are some employers that offer to train their employees in a certain trade, which could be a great way to help you learn a skill...

3 Things To Look For When Hiring A Security Guard For Your Business

If you operate a business in a high-risk industry, if your business is located in a high crime area, if you handle a lot of cash on a daily basis or just want to keep your employees and customers as safe as possible, you might have thought about hiring a security guard. However, you should know that not all security guards are created equally, and you shouldn’t hire the first guard that you find. Instead, look for these things when you hire a security guard to help ensure that you are happy with your decision. 1. Look for a Security Guard Who is Armed A person who has a taser and a pair of handcuffs might not be able to keep you, your employees and your customers safe in the event of a major emergency. Therefore, it’s generally best to look for an armed security guard. Not only will an armed security guard be better equipped to handle emergency situations, but he or she will also be more likely to deter crime. Just make sure that you hire someone who has the proper permits and who has taken gun safety and shooting courses; a good security guard should not mind showing you proof of this training and certification. 2. Seek a Security Company Rather Than An Individual In most cases, it’s best to avoid security guards who offer freelance services. Instead, consider hiring someone through an agency that specializes in providing these services. These agencies usually do extensive background checks and provide better training. Plus, if your security guard is unable to come to work, there will be someone...

When Is It Time To Consider In-Home Care?

As people age or their health deteriorates, living at home by themselves becomes difficult. Unfortunately, when this happens to a loved one, you have to decide how to proceed with his or her care. Before you decide to move your loved one into a nursing home or senior housing, you should consider hiring in-home help so that he or she doesn’t have to deal with a major life change. But, how do you know when it’s time to consider in-home care? A History of Falls It’s common for elderly people to experience severe injuries from falls, so you should consider hiring an in-home care service if your loved one has fallen before, especially if your loved one has a history that includes multiple falls. You should also consider in-home care if he or she has problems walking, balance issues, problems getting up and down, or problems transferring in and out of bed. Memory Issues If your loved one begins to develop memory issues or become confused easily it’s time to consider hiring in-home care. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine whether or not your loved one is experiencing memory issues, because it’s not something that many people want to discuss. If you’re unsure, watch for changes in your loved one’s personality and/or times that your loved one has trouble concentrating. Both of these traits could indicate that your loved one is having memory issues. Some other things to watch for include: Forgetting to take medication or get prescriptions refilled Unpaid bills Paperwork piling up Loss of interest in socializing or activities that were once enjoyed Appearance Changes in...

4 Essential Pieces Of Gear To Make Airport Life Easier

Do you have to travel frequently for work? Do you spend a lot of time in airports? If so, then you likely know how challenging it can be. Charges for things like checked baggage and internet access can quickly add up. Your time can also get consumed quickly by things like flight delays and long security lines. While you may not be able to avoid the airport, you can make it easier to manage. The next time you go on a business trip, bring these four pieces of gear with you: A personal hotspot. Wifi access in airports can be notoriously expensive. If you spend a lot of time in airports, those costs can add up quickly. On top of that, the connection isn’t always fast enough for you to be productive. You can get around both problems with a personal hotspot. They tap into your mobile network, just like your cellphone. If your cellphone has connectivity, so does your hotspot. Instead of tapping into the airport’s wifi, you can simply turn on your hotspot and connect your laptop or tablet. You don’t pay airport charges and you don’t have to share your connection and data with other travelers. A reusable water filtration bottle. How many water bottles do you go through on every trip through an airport? If you’re like most travelers, the answer is a lot. A bottle of water may only cost a few dollars, but a few dollars every time you go through an airport can turn into a significant amount of money very quickly. You can avoid buying bottles of water by packing your...

About Me

Hi there, I’m Ginny Rickets. As a business owner, I always pay close attention to reports of identity theft. In my area, people were stealing documents out of the garbage to obtain personally identifiable information about their victims. The biggest impacts were to businesses that threw all of their old client and employee information into the trash at the end of the year. I began researching ways to avoid this crime and stumbled across shredding service companies. I was instantly won over by the services offered by shredding professionals. I now take all of my old documents into the shredding department to dispose of them properly. I hope to use this website to inspire others to do the same. I will share the benefits of using a shredded service over the other document disposal options. Thanks for visiting.