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    3 Things that Make Your SEO Clients Stay With You

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  • Legitimacy of Children and How It Affects Inheritance

    Legitimacy of Children and How It Affects Inheritance

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    Organizing Your Dance Studio

    Men and women of all ages now find exercising in the gym and attending dance and fitness lessons as good ways to stay healthy and active. In this busy world, however, it’s not always easy to find time for these classes. Even for studio owners, keeping schedules and doing other […]

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  • Don’t Be Duped: Strategies for Smart Shoppers

    Don’t Be Duped: Strategies for Smart Shoppers

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  • Flatter Your Figure: Getting the Right Jeans for Your Body Shape

    Flatter Your Figure: Getting the Right Jeans for Your Body Shape

    “I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence” – Yves Saint Laurent For many women, there’s nothing more stressful than trying on a pair of jeans in a store, then only to find out at home […]

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get Rid of the Office Cubicle Just Yet

March 24, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Office CubicleWhile the open-office plan continues to take over offices from New York to Los Angeles, managers who have long ago jumped on the bandwagon are starting to realize that full-time collaborative workspaces and complete transparency may not be the ideal solution.

The office cubicle has been maligned in every way. From books to movies, people have acted as if the cubicle has ruined their lives. And yet workers now realize that working in a cubicle does have its benefits after all.

Productivity

The biggest and most important advantage of being able to work in an office cubicle is the increases in efficiency and productivity. By blocking out the distractions from your coworkers, you let yourself focus more on the work you need to do.

Privacy

In an open-office plan, anybody can silently stand behind you and snoop on your emails as you read them. This will not happen with the privacy that an office cubicle provides.

Flexibility

Modern office cubicles are not like the stuffy, gray boxes of old. There is a broad range of styles and designs that you can choose from, and employees have all the opportunity to personalize their cubicles to keep it their own.

Cost Effective

Used office cubicles provide the chance to re-install some of the much-needed privacy in the workplace without having to pay the high cost of brand new equipment.

As managers are now starting to realize, perhaps the open-office plan is not the best office plan after all. In the same way, keeping workers boxed in all the time may not be such a good idea as well.

As with everything in life, balance is the key. A good mix of open workstations for collaboration, cubicles for heightened concentration, and even a few fun, unconventional workspaces for inducing creativity will help create an atmosphere that your employees will appreciate.

Why Gold is a Better Bet Than Bitcoin

March 22, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Bitcoin MiningBitcoin is nice. It disrupts currencies, and it is valuable. If it manages to take off, a lot of Bitcoin miners will be very rich, rewarding their embattled faith in the world’s first decentralised cryptocurrency. By then, who knows what it will become: it could be the next gold, silver or even as a business opportunity.

That is where it ends for Bitcoin, despite what its biggest believers will say. It is a mystery to most people and the fact that you need a miner set up, register to Bitcoin’s official ledger and selling it is close to impossible. It is because most of the people you will find interested in Bitcoin are only in it to sell. A lot of miners, not enough buyers, and that is only the start.

Gold vs. Bitcoin

Gold has always been there, and it is always valuable regardless its form. Whether it is an ingot, jewellery or coin, gold sells wherever you bring it. Not that you would lug it around in your pocket, but there are places that may offer a smaller spread when you are selling. You can always play it safe and sell it back from where you bought it, though, and you will still earn a pretty penny.

Going back to bitcoin, it feels very limited, and there is a compelling reason why its momentary jump over gold is not a good thing. Moreover, it is worrying that a group can fundamentally control the currency. The very thing that makes bitcoin brilliant, its boundlessness, is something that the Chinese companies leverage to have a major hold over it.

Using Your Sense

If there is a challenge in gold investment, it is taking control. If all your money is in a single ingot, you are dependent on how the market will swing. It also does not encourage growth because ingots are the haymakers in the gold transaction. If you buy one, you had better have a clear plan on selling it. There is also the issue that you have no money left.

To address it, be a diverse metals investor. Spread your money on sovereign and minted coins, light gold bars or silver. This way, you will not corner yourself and be a one-big-swing kind of bullion seller.

Valuable, stable(-esque) and definitely for a thinker, investing in gold is a valuable move when you do it right. Its position in the financial world should tell you that no other ventures in precious metals that offer a better proposition.

4 Ways to Improve Workplace Safety at Construction Sites

March 18, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

A construction worker holding his hardhat According to figures from Safe Work Australia, more than a quarter of construction deaths were due to falls. The majority of these cases involved mobile ramps, stairways, scaffolding, and ladders. Here are some ways on how to improve workplace safety in construction sites:

1. Identify all the workplace hazards at the construction site.

A thorough walkthrough of the construction site allows you to identify the off-limits areas and workplace hazards that you need to safeguard. The identification of the areas and hazards will help you better train and inform your crew about the workplace safety.

2. Install a fence for construction sites.

Apart from protecting your actual construction site, installing fencing materials for hire for also protect your staff and site visitors. Superfence explains that a temporary fence ensures that people don’t go wandering in highly dangerous and off-limits areas where they can get hurt. Fences are great additions to ensuring construction safety.

3. Make sure all personnel are wearing complete protective gear.

One of the best practices in every construction site is ensuring that all personnel and visitors are wearing the proper safety gears at all times. Moreover, making sure that your staff knows the importance of each item is crucial. For instance, wearing a hard hat could define the difference between a fatal blow to the head or a minor head injury.

4. Regularly check scaffolding, ladders and other construction equipment.

Falls happen a lot on construction sites. To help lower the risk of falls from height, make sure that the scaffoldings, ladders, and other construction elements are erected and used properly. A regular walkthrough of the site can help spot any potential risks in the whole duration of the site work.

As an employer, the safety of your employees is your responsibility. Employ these recommendations to help improve the safety of your people at work.

3 Ways to Take Care of Your Excavator Undercarriages

March 11, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Excavator UndercarriagesFor businesses in the earth moving industry, you’ll find that you can rent heavy equipment any time for just a fraction of a cost. But there are many advantages to owning your own heavy haul equipment. Owning one has become easier, especially now that there are many excavator undercarriages for sale. If you already own one, here are some tips to make your investments last a long time:

1. Regular Cleaning

If you use your excavator undercarriage daily, you need to clean it daily too. This is because rocks, mud and dirt can easily get stuck on the components, especially in colder months, as they may easily freeze. This can lead to premature wear because these caked-on elements can prevent the undercarriage from rolling freely. It is best to use a pressure washer to get rid of the dirt, mud and rocks.

2. Regular Inspection

The sprockets are often the ones most prone to wear and tear. Check these regularly. If you find some pointed or crooked teeth on the sprockets, replace them as soon as possible to avoid damaging more components. During regular inspections, look for traces of oil leaks in the seals, which could lead to machine failure. Tuff Stuff also reminds owners that spare parts are important, as well.

When in use, check the track tension. If you feel that the tension is becoming loose, have it checked immediately. Unaddressed cases could easily lead to machine damage and even power loss. As you walk around the excavator undercarriage, routinely look for missing, loose or damaged parts so they can be replaced before you use it. Take note of the drive motor, main rollers and idlers, track bolts, rock guards, track chains, and track shoes.

3. Employ Best Practices

One of the simplest but best ways to extend the life of your power tools and heavy equipment is to make sure you’re using them properly. Some best practices include making wider turns, limiting time spent on slopes, reducing the need to make aggressive turns, picking the correct grouser and avoiding work in very harsh environments.

Use these tips to extend the life of your excavator undercarriage, even if you use it regularly in the field. Regular cleaning and inspection coupled with best practices ensure that you maximise your ROI.

Joining the Open Plan Office Movement: Is It Worth It?

March 10, 2017 at 7:31 am Comments are Disabled

A businesswoman in an open office Working in an office cubicle can be peaceful – but much like the desk mini-bar cart and ashtray stand of the ‘60s, it’s increasingly becoming a thing of the past.

As big bosses strive to save money and space, they’re reshuffling desks and fiddling with temperature gauges – and with that came the open office plan.

The open plan has turned concepts into projects, caused hierarchies to loosen up and more walls to come down. And in modern workspaces, the corner office is no longer seen as the ultimate spot. But that’s obviously not the case in the Philippines, where offices are still divided into walls and cubicles.

So why should you switch to open-plan?

Increases Employee Performance

According to a study published in the Harvard Business Review, companies that switch from closed-office to an open plan office experience performance increases.

Projectsunlimited.com.ph says such changes to the office floor plan must be carefully planned to be effective, however.

Facilitates Communication

An open-plan concept also facilitates communication between employees of different departments or those who do not interact regularly. This removes the idea that to talk to another employee, you must first talk to their supervisor, which is inefficient and only wastes time. In other words, an open plan space promotes a multi-level, free flow of information among co-workers.

Saves Space and Money

With fewer cubicles, more employees fit into less space. You can’t really put a person in a 6×6 cubicle comfortably – that’s like putting them in a prison cell. You can, however, easily put an employee in a 6×6 or even a 6×4 desk in an open plan environment, reducing the amount of space you use substantially.

The biggest fear in transitioning to an open concept is the lack of privacy. Yes, privacy will be limited compared to the traditional office layout, but that’s only a simple trade-off – increased employee performance, better communication, and more savings for privacy.

Acquiring Jewelry and Jewels as Viable Investments

February 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm Comments are Disabled

Jewelry as InvestmentThere are a number of investments that young professionals can get themselves into without having to worry too much about computations and constant supervision. The trading, sales, and acquisition of jewelry and precious stones have become a popular option. This type of investment has many great benefits.

They are Portable – Imagine being able to carry around a million dollars in a sling pouch. This is hardly possible with cash but probable when dealing with jewelry and precious gems. Transporting these small, but valuable items can be a convenient and secure experience for you provided you still practice practical safety procedures.

They are Multi-Purpose – Gems and jewelry, as mentioned earlier, can be worn, displayed, sold, pawned, loaned and they would still retain their value as long as they aren’t damaged. You wouldn’t need to panic over financial emergencies since you can easily pawn a diamond jewelry set or a few precious stones with the help of Hull Loan System.

They Provide Anonymity – It’s possible not declare your diamonds or antique jewelry; hence you can be totally discreet when selling or financially dealing with them. Also, unlike cash, they aren’t required to be taxed once you’ve profited from the sale. Dealings using jewelry and diamonds can be done with utmost discretion and secrecy to protect both buyer and seller.

They are Long-Lasting – Paper money can easily get soiled, stained, burned or destroyed. The same can’t be said of jewelry and jewels. You might need to have them regularly cleaned but some stones no longer need any polishing once they are stored properly. And they will never be pulled out of circulation unlike cash.

You won’t need to have any special license or should be within a certain age limit to invest in jewelry and jewels. All you’ll need is the cash and the reliable sources to buy your products from. If you find this a viable business to augment your finances do connect with a trustworthy company to start you off.

Gold: Give it a New Shape, But Do Not Give It Away

January 30, 2017 at 9:54 am Comments are Disabled

gold bar
Heirlooms that have been passed down from your great-great-grandmother down to your mother and now to you is done so because of its sentimental value. But aside from the memories, those gold jewellery set is entrusted to you because of its continuously increasing value. Something that not all people are aware of.

High value of gold

Most people know that gold is valuable. But not most people know why.

In the height of Brexit, the price of gold once again increased as the demand for the valuable metal increases. Gold is considered a “security blanket”, something people can always pull out and sell during tough times. This is the reason people who have money to spare, businessmen and even countries like South Korea and Thailand have hugely invested in gold.

The value of gold is affected by the movement of the economy, political events (i.e. Brexit, Trump triumph) and demands of different countries (i.e. continuous increase in demand of China). While people in the business know the value of gold, thus the demand, ordinary people see it as a luxury and is using the metal as a safety blanket literally. This is something you should avoid as much as possible.

Do not sell your gold

Do not sell those heirlooms for cash as you would definitely get way less that the price for your jewellery, especially if you are like the majority of the population who does not truly understand the gold market.

Instead, give those pieces new life and shape. Casting jewellery, especially those of high values like gold more common than you think. Cast them to your liking to be able to match today’s latest trend or shape them into something you can eventually pass down to your children.

It would not hurt to keep your gold pieces with you as long as possible, especially now that you know the real value of those pieces you tucked away for so long.