How to Avoid Startup Failure

Despite the growing popularity of startups, small companies and independent businesses fail each and every year. While some companies fail due to product errors, a dip in the market, or, unfortunately, a particularly bad idea, many companies actually have the skills, product (or service), and passion to build a financially stable company.

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However, there are key mistakes many startup owners make, unknowingly sealing their businesss fate. Before quitting your current job and opening the doors to your new business, make sure you have researched the venture adequately, and know to avoid these specific mistakes:

Hiring In-House for All Positions

Small businesses should avoid hiring in-house employees for all positions. When building a business, the beginning financial stages tend to fluctuate dramatically, and hiring too many employees on can lead to an unstable financial structure. Moreover, in todays economic business age, many businesses are downsizing marginally, using third party companies to outsource certain business tasks to, such as accounting, payroll, and other human resource positions.

Companies like National PEO work to provide small and large companies alike the ability to delegate tasks and work more efficiently by outsourcing. This is a smart business practice, as you are not only confident in the ability of the company, rather than relying on an employee, it also saves you a great deal of money.

Being Unprepared

Starting your own business will turn your life upside-down temporarily. First-time business owners are often not prepared for the upset running a company brings to their accustomed lifestyle, as they find themselves working more hours for less pay. This unexpected change can leave business owners feeling drained and overwhelmed, thus it is important to ensure that if you are going to start a business, you are prepared for the changes.

Thinking Your Product Is Your Business

Many people have a brilliant idea for a product or service, but they have absolutely no idea how to run a business. More often than not, they attempt to build their business around the product, but, unfortunately, that often leads to quick success but longterm failure.

While a product does solve a problem, providing customers with an answer to a need, it is not a stable foundation for a business, as it does not bring customers back to a business. There needs to be something deeper within the business than a product.

Ignoring the Market Research

Many people who believe they have a great idea often ignore the market research, especially if the research is telling them they need to change their business plan. Most first-time entrepreneurs are guilty of holding onto their idea and being resistant to change, as they are adamant that their idea will work.

There is nothing wrong with hanging onto an idea that you believe in, as it is critical to be passionate about your business if you want to be successful; however, when the market and experts are educating you on tweaking your idea, it is a wise idea to heed their advice. The results are usually astounding, as their expertise can provide you with the link you were missing before.

Expecting Overnight Success

Unfortunately, all businesses take a great deal of time to pick up momentum. Many new owners underestimate the amount of time it will actually take to sell a product, find clients, or, generally speaking, turn a profit. It can be easy to attribute the competition you are facing to getting lucky or having overnight success, but building a solid business takes time and dedication. Most overnight success stories are filled with financial woes, sleepless nights, and plenty of almost-failures, but they managed to overcome the problems and build a stable business. Thus, when starting a company, do not be surprised at the amount of time it takes for you to grow. Keep your head down, work hard, and visualize the future success.

Believing Money Solves All Problems

Many business owners are guilty of thinking that if they could just turn a profit, find financing, or make another sale, all their problems would be solved. While all of those thoughts might be helpful to the business, it will not solve all of the businesses problems. Throwing money at problems will never solve them, thus you need to fix the holes in your business model first.

These tips can help you avoid devastating mistakes that could lead to ultimate failure.

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The important role of the quality control supervisor

The quality control supervisor, often referred to as just QC, is the person tasked with monitoring production on an assembly line, and coordinating the activities of workers whose job it is to inspect materials and products to ensure they meet the standards set out by the company. Quality Control is an essential aspect of all manufacturing industries, be it clothing, electronics, food, fabricated plastic products, glassware, molded components, pharmaceuticals etc.

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The QC supervisor’s exact duties vary from industry to industry, and from company to company, but usually include creating sketches of product prototypes and the standards required. They also include creating inspection procedures for new products, identifying the devices needed to complete these tasks, and supervision of workers. Once a sketch of a new product prototype is completed, it’s then distributed to the necessary departments, such as engineering, inspection workstations and production control.

Quality control will carry out inspections of products at each stage of the manufacturing process. To carry this out, QC supervisors will need to use various devices such as shadow compartors and gauges to measure the quality of each product tested. If defects are found, the product will be examined more closely to see if it can be rectified. If no remedy is available, the particular batch of products may be scrapped. In the case of prototype products, these will be scrutinized even more closely to ensure they meet the company’s standards.

One crucial, yet not always obvious, aspect of the QC supervisor’s job is customer service skills. QC supervisors are often tasked with satisfying customer’s needs or resolving their complaints, while at the same time maintaining good relations with them. In addition, QC supervisors often have to work closely with suppliers and subcontractors to ensure the materials, parts and outsourced work are received to the company’s satisfaction.

The minimum qualification for a quality control supervisor is a high school diploma in most countries. However, certain companies that have more stringent standard requirements may demand a higher education from their candidates. In particular, companies usually look for employees with strong communication and math skills. Other necessary skills include an extensive knowledge of assembly lines, machinery and the industry itself. In addition, QC supervisors must also be trained in the use of specific tools, computers and gauges that are required to test the company’s products and materials. Finally, quality control supervisors need to have a solid understanding of the company’s production processes, needs and requirements, health and safety standards, and also the products being manufactured.

 

In our perspective, production companies must always try to find ways to make systems easier. This is not to make the company more cost-efficient necessarily, but to keep their workers happy. If tasks are too physically and mentally strenuous, people will leave their jobs. ITO has more than 55 years in the industry making companies more streamlined, profitable, efficient, and most of all, people happy.

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Don’t Fall Victim to a Sexual Assault

Whether it is in the workplace or at home, sexual assault is a terrifying ordeal that no one wants to go through. That said it happens all too often to so many people.

One venue that should seem safe is college.

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Unfortunately, some schools get bad grades when it comes to educating the public and preventing sexual assaults on campus.

For many victims (oftentimes women), recovering from a sexual assault can take a long time. In some cases, the recovery time can seem infinite.

With that in mind, what are some of the warning signs of sexual assault on campus and what can be done to prevent it?

Be Pro-active in Preventing Attacks

First and foremost, those sexually assaulted on college campuses should never feel like they brought the crime on themselves.

Yes, some activities on campus (especially excessive drinking) can put students in harm’s way, but that still does not legitimize someone being sexually assaulted. Whether it was one drink too many or the manner in which someone is acting and/or dressed, the bottom line is that sexual assault is never justified.

That having been said, here are some ways to be pro-active in lessening the chances of becoming a sexual assault victim, along with how to deal with the crime if you’re a victim:

  • Environment – Always be sure to put yourself in as safe an environment as possible. Sexual assault criminals look for individuals that they feel are “soft” targets. If you’re out partying, always use the buddy system, especially on the way home. That means not leaving a bar or other venue by yourself if you’ve had too much to drink (oftentimes, individuals feel like they’re capable of getting from one location to another after a few drinks). If you or your friends call a cab or other form of transportation for you, ride with a friend. Placing someone that has had too much partying in a cab etc. by themselves is not a 100 percent guarantee they will arrive home safely;
  • Aggression – If you’re at a venue on or off campus, be on the lookout for individuals that are too aggressive towards you or your friends. Aggression can be either verbal or physical, including unwanted advances, lude comments, asking for lots of personal information etc. If someone is being too aggressive towards you, let them know immediately that you want them to stop. In the event they continue such acts, report them to friends or security;
  • Assault – In a case where you feel you’ve been sexually assaulted (sometimes it is not immediately apparent if the victim is not aware of what is taking place or happened), seek help as soon as possible. Not only should you report the matter to authorities, but also look to get a sexual assault defense attorney on your side. Those that perpetrate sexual assault crimes oftentimes figure and/or hope the victim will not file charges. This can be due to a number of reasons, including not remembering all that happened, fear of retribution, embarrassment etc. Never feel like you did anything to warrant the crime against you;
  • Educate – In the event you have been sexually assaulted, use your experience to educate others. While you may feel it was your fault or you are scared of speaking out, know that you could help prevent the next attack. Oftentimes, such crimes go unreported, leaving the criminal or criminals to act out on others, this being a casual encounter or someone you have known for some time now.. If your experience can prevent one other person from going through a similar ordeal, educating others on the signs to look for of a possible attack are well worth it. Lastly, seek the support of others that have been victims. Joining sexual assault groups, talking with those that have had similar experiences, can be mentally rewarding, reminding you that there are others out there having gone through sexual assaults.

While it would be nice to live in a world where sexual assaults are not reality, the bottom line is they happen far too often.

Preventing yourself from becoming the next sexual assault victim is something you should not have to worry about, though the possibility is always there.

Don’t fall victim and become the next statistic.

 

 

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Are You Game for Added Income?

Times are tough for many people across the country, but there are ways to add a little bit your income if you are resourceful enough.

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Sure, picking up extra work can help the situation, but do you really have the time and energy for that matter to do more work if you’re already holding down 40+ hours a week?

You can also opt to sell some of your possessions for a little extra money, but that can oftentimes come with some remorse, especially if the item or items have a lot of sentimental value to you or loved ones.

So, where can you turn to find those additional monetary resources to make life a little easier and less stressful?

You Could Land More Money

One avenue to explore is renting out a portion of your landing for those individuals that enjoy hunting.

Okay, while this will not work for those city-folks, that is unless of course they have a piece of property out in the country, it can be the answer for many other individuals and/or families.

Keep in mind that land for hunting, farming, and just general outdoor usage nationwide seems to be harder and harder to find, this as more developers snatch-up land and put down office buildings, shopping centers and more.

As a result, hunters find it more challenging to locate hunting grounds, grounds free from nearby residences and essentially the outside world.

So, this presents those who own a few acres of land with the opportunity to allow hunters the right to hunt on it, provided of course that they abide by the rules you set.

If you’re thinking this might be an opportunity for you to make a little extra money, keep the following factors in mind:

  • Advertising – Make sure any advertisements you post (online, newspapers, hunting-related magazines, in town etc.) are clear about what you will and won’t allow. The last thing you want is getting embroiled in a suit where someone says you lied or misclassified what they could or could not do on your property. Also be sure that any ads you post have been cleared by your lawyer or attorney, thereby keeping you at a harm’s way in the event something goes wrong (see more below). Essentially look at yourself as a small business, one that must properly market what you have to offer hunters. You could market this on your own, though there are companies out there that will do all the legwork for you;
  • Safety – Above all else, be sure that safety is always your top priority. It just takes one accident on your property to turn into not only a nightmare for one or more individuals, but a financial headache of potentially imaginable size for you and/or your family. As noted with prior advertising tips, make it abundantly clear where hunters may and may not go on your land. If you have neighbors in the distance, it is wise to alert them that you are thinking of or in fact have rented your acreage out to hunters. Sure, some neighbors may not take too kindly to this, but better they be pre-warned than have an accident involving one or more of them occur;
  • Finances – Another item that must be spelled out clearly is the financial terms of the deal with anyone wanting to set foot on your property to take advantage of hunting land for lease. Just as you would in many other instances in life, draw-up a contract so that all financial language is clearly understood by both parties. This lessens the chances of there being some negative repercussions for one or both sides;
  • Reviews – Once you have allowed hunters onto your property to hunt game, review with them each time should they want to come back and work out a new deal. Just as you would hopefully scrutinize any other land deal you are involved in, make sure having others on your land with weapons is in your best interests and those of your family.

If you have an abundance of land or property that is still convenient enough for hunting, do your research and see if you’re game for added income.

 

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All About Personal Injury

You may have heard commercials on TV, on the radio and seen the billboards. But what really is personal injury? Is it something that has happened to you that you could benefit from? It’s quite a common occurence and you may qualify for some benefit if you have been injured.

All About Personal Injury

Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured or disabled due to someone else’s negligence, you may qualify for compensation. To get the best compensation that you deserve, you should search for a personal injury lawyer. Make sure you go local and be specific in your search, like personal injury attorney in San Francisco, rather than using a general search like lawyer or attorney.

A personal injury lawyer will be able to help you have a successful case with fair compensation if you have a legitimate injury. They are trained in this area, and know how to proceed in the best way. Look for a lawyer not only qualified and respected in this area, but one who will spend the time on your case that it deserves. Check out the firm’s credentials and see if they have some testimonials published or references they can share. Ask question so you know what you’re getting into. Once you find a lawyer you’re comfortable with, you’ll be off to settle your case.

What Exactly is Personal Injury?

As mentioned, if you have been injured or disabled form someone else’s negligence, you may qualify for personal injury compensation. Some types of compensation are attorney fees, medical bills, or compensation for emotional distress or loss of job or ability to work. Some examples of personal injury are:

  • Injury from a car or motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault
  • Getting hurt in a fall on someone else’s property due to negligence
  • Injury from repetitive motion at work, like back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome

These are only some examples of what qualifies for personal injury. Other types result form medical malpractice where negligence comes into play or even assault. Though these may be the types of personal injury most frequently experienced, there are some more common types of personal injury:

  • Injury from a defective product – This could be something like a defective part in a car causing a wreck with injury or even death. If a product is used as it is intended but injury results, there could be a case.
  • Injury from a dog bite – If a dog bites you, you may be entitled to compensation from the owner depending on the circumstances.
  • Injury form a misdiagnosis – Whereas this may fall under malpractice, if you are misdiagnosed and your condition becomes worse, you may have a personal injury case.

The Steps in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Once you know you have a case and you’ve found a lawyer to represent you, you should know the process and the steps in this case.

A complaint will be filed and served on the defendant. The defendant is the one who was negligent – whether the owner of the property, the dog, or the one who hurt you through negligence. Once the defendant has a lawyer (or opts not to) there will be some pre-trial litigation. This is where the information is shared through discovery. It may take a short time, like just a few days, or it could last years. Many cases are settled before trial, because it’s just easier that way, especially if it’s a clear case. It saves everyone time and money. It may end up going to trial, where it will be tried in court. A jury may decide in either favor depending on the evidence presented. This is where you want the best lawyer you can find.

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Personal injury is serious, and valid, and if it’s happened to you, you deserve compensation. However, it often is connected with fraud and some people look at it as a quick way to make a buck. Slip and fall cases are huge in he fraud department, where people fake slips and falls to collect damages. Unfortunately, this may make a valid case harder to prove. That is another reason to seek a good, highly qualified, specialized attorney to help you in your personal injury case.

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5 Reasons Why Hair Extensions May Be For You

Do you ever feel pangs of envy when you see a woman with a mane of long, luscious hair? Maybe when you watch the Academy Awards and see all the movie stars with their flowing locks, or the Victoria’s Secret models, you wish for hair that like that. But your natural hair just isn’t, and that’s just the way it is. Or is it?

5 Reasons Why Hair Extensions May Be For You

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Hair extensions just aren’t for the rich and famous. You can have these, too. Talk to your stylist or take a look around at some of the online sites for hair extensions; you may be surprised to learn how easy they are and how much of a difference they’ll make to your hair. Here are some of those reasons to go for it:

1. Hair Extensions are easier than you think. Many people tend to think of hair extensions as damaging to your hair, hard to get put in and taken out, and time consuming. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Some extensions, especially the tape-in type, aren’t bad for your hair and don’t take long at all to put it. You can do these yourself or have your stylist do it. It takes about the same amount to get them in as it does to get your hair highlighted. They are easy to get in with the tape and easy to get out with a solute that dissolves the tape.

2. Matching is easy. With all the different types of extensions, it’s easier than ever to match the extension to your natural hair. Make sure you match not only color, but also texture. That doesn’t just mean just wavy or straight, but also take into account the coarseness and thickness of your own hair. You want to go with human hair as it looks better and is as easy to care for as your own. As far as color goes, you may want to have a little fun and go with something that blends but adds some visual contrast. You also may want to add a fun piece, like a bright color. Remember, you won’t have it forever so you can experiment if you want to go bold. If you just want the natural, long look, go as close to your natural color as you can.

3. Extensions are easy to care for. As long as you’re going with human hair as opposed to synthetic, you’ll care for your extensions the exact same way as the rest o f your hair. And that will make it much easier. You’ll want hair that takes the same kind of shampoo and styling products that you use, and that can even be colored if you’re going to be doing that while you have the extensions in. remember, you should be pretty gentle with your own hair, but you can blow dry, flat iron and treat your extensions just like your natural hair. Some people like to sleep with their hair in a loose braid when they have extensions to further protect it.

4. You get long, thick hair! With hair extensions, you’ll have that movie star look you’ve ben craving. It’s hard to grow hair out to a long length and still have it look good, thick and healthy. Many women’s hair begins to break or look thin the longer it gets. With hair extensions, you’re adding not only length but also volume; your hair will look red carpet ready, even if you’re only gong out for happy hour or to walk your dog.

5. It’s easy to look good. Once the extensions are in, you’re hair is going to look great. You can still wear a ponytail at the gym and any other style. You’ll have more options with your new length and volume. It’s not only easy to look good, but easy to change the look. You won’t be bored with your hair if you have extensions.

It may be time to take a look into getting hair extensions. Remember, it’s not a forever commitment, and if you don’t like them once you have them, just take them out. They are easy enough, whether you are doing it or your stylist. The key is to match up to your real hair as best you can, treat them gently and you’ll be stunning!

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Guide to Buy the Right Elliptical or Treadmill

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Fitness is such a passionate domain that a person who is actually conscious about his / her health would never miss on taking up all possible measures to keep it perfect. To meet your fitness goals, you need many tools like gadgets, diet plans, and above all fitness equipment. The prime two machines that you would surely see in each and every gym are elliptical and treadmill. The market offers you load of models like horizon elliptical and others, but even more than these machines what you really need to know is how to use them to get the best out of it. While buying these two machines, often people bank on what the store keeper is saying and promoting; that would not be a wise take for sure. You need to know extensively about these two before making the right choice while purchase.

What are treadmills?

Treadmills are machines that offer you the opportunity to increase weight loss, cardiovascular functioning, and bone density, all good for your overall health. It burns more calories (approximately 50 to 250 more calories an hour) in comparison to bike or elliptical trainer and assures building the bone density of lower extremity at its best. You get the decline and incline feature to customize your running.

What are elliptical trainers?

Elliptical trainers offer you the benefits of all kinds of weight-bearing exercises without the impact. This is basically for low impact workout and does not strain your body and joints. The arm handles in this machine allows you a full body workout. This machine is a combination of stairmaster, treadmill, pedal movement of an exercise bike. You can have a complete workout session without pressurising your back, knees, joints and hips.

With ample models in stores like nordictrack x9i and many others, it is quite natural for customers to get confused as to which machine would be the right choice. Here are some points to remember while you plan to buy either of these two fitness machines –

  1. Budget – This is of course the first criteria when you buy anything; if the price is exceedingly high try to look for other models or similar machines that provide similar kind of effects.
  2. Quality and Durability – These are supposed to be one time investment items; you don’t buy treadmills or elliptical trainers every year thus make a wise choice by keeping quality parameter upmost. Check the products minutely before buying and take a test session of around 15 minutes before making the deal.
  3. Space needed – If you evaluate the folded up machine you will not be able to actually gauge the area it needs to be kept. Especially for treadmills, you need to leave space all around to minimize the chances of injury. Also for elliptical trainer, you need to check if the full body movement can be done freely considering the final space it takes.
  4. Stability– Check how stable the model is; just like individuals the machines also have different characteristics and traits. The stability is not the same for all. Test out few models and check the construction. For treadmills, make sure you do the testing without shoes.
  5. Motor and Warranties – The motor capacity should be decided on the fact if the machine will be used once or twice in a day or rigorous by many users. A continuous duty rating of most of the home treadmills are around 1.5 to 2.5. Consumers should not compromise on warranties. Motor warranty for 1 year is compulsory and the warranty for other parts should be for around 3 years.

These pointers if remembered while buying, you are sure to get the best elliptical or treadmill at home.

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Steps to Take Before Shopping for a Patio Furniture Sectional

Have you ever heard of buyer’s remorse? If you’ve ever felt guilty after making a purchase, then you’ve experienced it. It can be a terrible feeling especially when it’s justifiable. It is often felt by consumers following the purchase of what is considerably expensive. 22% of homeowners suffer from this guilt after purchasing their homes. Consumers purchasing other items, such as expensive handbags, furniture and other household items also experience it. It stems from the fear of having made a bad decision and spending too much money.

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If you’re planning to purchase a patio furniture sectional, you’re likely to suffer buyer’s remorse. However, with the right kind of planning, you can avoid this sense of guilt. The following are some steps you can take to ensure that you’re satisfied with your purchasing decision.

Begin by researching

Carrying out research is one of the most important steps when making a purchase. This step will help you make an informed decision. Consider the style you want and what you want to achieve with your outdoor furniture. If you want to create a small space for family, consider simple and cozy pieces.

Research styles, fabrics, materials and sizes. Find out what brands are available and which offers the best quality products.

Measure your space

You may have identified a style that you like, but it may not fit in the space available for your furniture. Measure the space available to determine the size of furniture you can purchase for the space. You’ll need to consult these measurements when making your purchase.

Create space

You can create more space for your furniture by clearing items from the space. This may give you even more room for the furniture you plan to purchase. You may be able to purchase a larger piece by simply ensuring that there is adequate space available.

Choose a color scheme

What’s your current décor? What look are you trying to achieve? Your furniture should complement the overall design of the space. Be careful to choose a color that will complement the décor. Keep in mind that the sectional you purchase will be the centerpiece of your outdoor space. If you like a sectional in a specific color, you may consider adapting the space to suit the color or pattern you’ve chosen.

Determine your budget

One of the main reasons people feel guilty after making a purchase is because they did feel that they’ve spent too much on an item. You can avoid this by setting a budget for your purchase. This will be your guide when searching for furniture. Although sectional furniture can be more expensive than traditional sofas, it provides more seating space than the traditional sofa. Taking the time to compare costs and styles from different suppliers will help you identify a good deal for your sectional.

Visualize

Visualize just how your purchase will make a great difference to your outdoor space before you make the purchase. Ensure your selected style will have the desired effect. If not, keep searching.

 

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Are You Cashing in on Credit Cards?

How is your small business standing apart from competitors? In some cases, it is the customer service that you and/or your employees (if applicable) provide those buying from you. Others, meantime, turn to stellar advertising and marketing to attain success.

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Then again, there are also those small business leaders that work feverishly on bringing the latest technology to their companies, making the shopping and buying experience as smooth as possible for the public.

No matter where you fit in these areas – there is one aspect of being a good business man or woman that one should never overlook – credit cards.

Stop for a moment and think about where your business would be if it did not accept credit cards.

Sure, you could make sales with cash and even checks, but accepting credit cards makes life much easier for you and of course your customers.

With that being said, are you up to speed on the latest in credit card technology?

Credit Cards and Informed Consumers

It should not come as a major surprise that credit cards are a booming part of purchasing products and services across America.

While many consumers still deal with sizable credit card debt, still others have worked to reduce such debts in recent years. That said your small business should make the credit card buying experience as simple and informative as possible.

As part of your small business branding strategies, make it clear to consumers that you accept credit cards, but customers may also pay with cash, checks, debit cards etc.

If you have a small business blog (and you should), you can add posts about how consumers can and should be responsible when it comes to their credit card usage. Sure, you want them to buy your products and services, but a customer saddled in credit card debt is not good for them or your business for that matter.

There are countless articles, infographics, videos and more out there talking about the role credit cards play in the lives of American consumers, so add some of that material to your website’s blog, giving consumers a whirlwind of financial information.

Technology Continues Expanding

Another topic of recent interest is the nationwide chip-card explosion.

For those consumers and/or businesses not fully up to speed on this, chip-cards are credit cards that provide added security measures, making it harder for identity theft thieves to manipulate them and use for their own financial gain.

When one’s current credit card expires, more card providers are now sending new cards that have the chip in them. Instead of swiping the traditional credit card through a machine at check-out, consumers now place the card inside the card-reader, removing it after several seconds.

Again, informing consumers about this latest technology is another way for your business to cash-in on credit cards, showing customers that your business is adapting to the changes.

Speaking of identity theft a moment ago, what is your small business doing to limit the possibilities of you and/or some of your customers becoming the next victims?

With all you have to do in running a small business, it can be easy to overlook security needs from time to time. When that happens, identity theft thieves and others looking to cause you and/or your customers financial pain can strike at a moment’s notice.

Stay a step or two ahead of such criminals by continuously reviewing your in and out of office security procedures. Yes, this means extra time and effort is needed on your part (and your employees too), but the benefits far outweigh the time spent doing this.

Reviewing your security measures on a regular basis will also help assure many of your customers that they can continue to trust you as a reliable source to do business with.

Given how just one lapse in credit card security can cause financial pain for both the customer and the small business owner, you never want to take credit card protection for granted.

Take the time today to see how the credit card industry is not only helping your company, but also how card usage needs continuous monitoring.

When you play things as safe as possible, you can cash-in on having a successful small business.

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Don’t Let Depression Get the Best of You

Has depression been getting the better of you recently? For countless individuals, depression is their biggest opponent on a daily basis. While there are myriad of means to fight depression, not all those efforts prove successful.

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In order to make you one of those successful patients, have you tried various methods to combat that what is making you depressed?

Taking the Fight to Depression

The first step to take in battling depression is realizing you have a battle on your hands.

For some people, they choose to try and sweep depression under the rug, figuring it only happens to other individuals and families. If that’s you, then you need to alter that mindset.

There are various ways to combat depression including:

  1. Medicine – Different products on the market have helped many individuals in their fight with depression. The trick is finding the right medication that best suits your needs. In order to take control of your life once again, work with your doctor and/or psychologist to see what pill or pills are most likely to be effective in assisting you. It is important to note that everyone reacts differently to medication depending on the prescribed pill, dosage etc. If you do take medication to fight depression, make sure you closely follow the instructions from your medical specialist;
  2. Support – One of the best ways to fight depression is having a support system to lean on. Whether it is family, friends or even a trusted co-worker, it just takes that one person (the more the merrier) to listen, offer advice, and be there for you when you need a helping hand. In some cases, those that are depressed feel like the support system they truly need is not there for them, thereby making matters worse. Even if you have limited relations with family, friends or even your co-workers, reach out to someone in those groups when you feel like help is needed. Too often, those who are suffering from depression think no one will listen to their problems. In retrospect, there is always almost an ear or two that will in fact listen, so don’t be afraid to ask for help;
  3. Exercise – You may not think that a simple workout or two can help you in the battle against depression, but you’d be quite surprised. In fact, exercise can help you in several ways. One, it temporarily takes your mind off of that which is depressing you. Secondly, the physical benefits to your body via exercise are numerous. Lastly, exercise can oftentimes be done with one or more people, meaning you have someone to talk to while getting your workout in. Before beginning an exercise program, talk with your doctor or a fitness pro so that you can put together an exercise strategy that not only is good for you physically, but also is achievable, meaning you are less likely to quit;
  4. Diet – How many times have you turned to food when depression has set in? Unfortunately, millions of people do just that. In turn, the depression becomes not only a mental issue, but also literally weighs on someone’s opinion of their physical appearance. If you’re turning to food in order to combat your depression feelings, make a change in your diet starting today. Instead of eating items that are high in calories, turn to more nutritious offerings. Also avoid overloading on food during the typical three meals a day. Instead, eat four or five smaller meals a day, that way you are less inclined to overeat at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Never turn to alcohol or smoking as ways to battle your feelings of depression. Both have negative long-term side effects on one’s health;
  5. Wellness – Finally, do periodic wellness checks on both your mental and physical well-being. Just because you overcame depression this time around does not mean it won’t come back again down the road. If you see a sign or signs of your depression returning, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. You oftentimes know the warning signals, so get the jump on depression before it takes over your life. In the end, you and those in and around your life benefit from a happy and health you.
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