Month: February 2013

How To Set Up A Motivating Home Office

Better known as SOHOs, small offices home offices are quite popular in western countries. Working from home is an emerging trend and is there to stay. So while you are going to work at home, why not stay organized and clutter-free. Working from home is not an easy task as much as it sounds easier. Chances of starting work late and ending early exist all the time and distraction multiplies. Constant noise of people talking or dishes or phone calls will disturb you a lot. So it is necessary to have a separate room with a door to stay away from interruptions. Apart from being organized and de-cluttered, maintaining timing and decorum will leave you satisfied.

Do It Alone: Working at home is a solo thing. So setting up an office at home is a task to be completed alone. Do not rely on your colleagues company for a tea break or a smoke. Set up your space your way. Pick up ideas from internet. Do not think that the room you would be working in would be a makeshift area. Make it look like a real office.

Lists: Make a list of things to keep in the office; like computer, its peripherals, al-in-one printer, phone, fax, a portable table and a chair. After arranging them rightly, work on the lighting. Adequate light is needed for any office. Place extra lamps and lights on your table. Having windows can be an added advantage. Find a place to keep your paperwork and extra stuff. Do not clutter your computer table with any extras and papers. As far as possible, go paperless.

Work Hours: Decide on your work timing. And follow it. Working 5 hours a day can be a god start. As you get used to your home office, add an hour extra to your work timing. Dedication is must while working from home. Indulge yourself into it for better productivity. Keep aside all distractions like mobile phones and personal phone calls.

Distractions: Television in the next room can be an easy distraction if you are addicted to your favorite programs. Similarly radio or video games should be avoided. Family members will demand your attention most of the time so try to lock the door with a placard saying “Do Not Disturb”. Also constant background noise from neighbors or door bells, pets and kids will stay. The best thing to do would be to concentrate and have self control.

Décor: Even the décor matters a lot when it comes to working from home. Once your office is arranged and organized, decorate it with some office tags and posters. Don’t overdo it though. Create a book shelf or buy a small wooden shelf where you can put your business related books and magazines. Have extra sitting space and chairs for your clients, if any. Place your awards and certificates where they are visible to everyone. Also place storage boxes, jars and binders neatly in a nice arrangement.

Julia is a project manager from Melbourne working for one of Australia’s leading manufacturer and hire company providing a complete range of transportable buildings and portable site office solutions.

Three Different Internet Solutions for Your Growing Business

The different types of Internet connections can be difficult to understand. There are many different types of Internet connections, and they vary in things like speed and cost. Choosing the right Internet type for your business is important, not only because you don’t want to spend unnecessary money, but because you need to make sure you’re getting enough bandwidth to get everything accomplished.

Upgrading your Internet isn’t hard, but it if you aren’t sure what kind of Internet you need it can be confusing. Thankfully, all it takes is some quick research to understand the differences between Internet connections, so you can find out which one is right for your business. Check out below for the basics on the different kinds of Internet.

Ethernet

In most cases, an Ethernet Internet connection is the most affordable Internet solution. Ethernet speeds typically range from 2 Mbps up to 45 Mbps, and it tends to be much cheaper than the other Internet types that are mentioned in this article. But just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it won’t perform. If you require any sort of business VoIP solutions, Ethernet should do the trick.

Ethernet is definitely the best value for your business if it’s available in your location. If you get Ethernet from a reliable company, it can have up to a 99.99% SLA guarantee, meaning you’ll practically never have to worry about the Internet being down. It’s great for metropolitan areas, as Ethernet is typically widely available in those types of areas.

DSL

If you work out of a home office or run a small business, a DSL Internet subscription might be a great choice for you. Affordable and reliable, DSL is widely available and comes in many different packages. For small or medium sized businesses that use the Internet frequently to download things, DSL is a great choice.

DSL is also very affordable, and service providers can get you speeds of up to 20 Mbps over a secure, private network. There are a few different types of DSL services, including standard DSL and dedicated ADSL; each has its own benefits and price points. Do some research into the DSL world and see if which type of DSL could be right for you if DSL is the Internet that you think will work for your business.

T1

For a large or growing business, a T1 Internet service might be the right choice. T1 Internet is incredibly fast and offers tremendous amounts of bandwidth, both things that a large or growing business needs. While T1 is much more expensive than the before mentioned Internet types, it also is much more efficient.

Whether your business needs a full T1 line or a bonded T1 line, upgrading your Internet to T1 will no doubt increase productivity and efficiency because the Internet will be so lightning fast. T1 is also incredibly secure, and you won’t have to worry about getting viruses or breached firewalls.

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Get The Hottest Cars to Get the Hottest Women

Looking for a way to step up your game? Get a new car. Usually all it takes to go from a zero to a hero in the eyes of the lady folk is a new ride, and if you can afford one of these rides, you’ll be good. You can have a $200 haircut, designer jeans, and a job in a high rise, but if you don’t have the right ride, you’re missing out. So drop the beater for a beamer, or pick up one of these sweet looking and performing rides that are sure to get you the most bang for your buck.

Audi R8

Nothing says, “I am a boss” quite like the Audi R8. The mid-engine, two-seater sports car uses Audi’s all wheel drive system and boy does it show. Built in Audi’s recently renovated factory in Neckarsulm, Germany, the R8 comes in both a V8 coupe and a V10 spyder. It was named car of the year by Playboy in 2008, so it’s no doubt got some things going for it. Back in 2007, it was also called the best handling and fastest car in the world by Autocar magazine. If you’re looking to step up your game, do it with an R8. They’re hard to come by, so contact your CT Audi Dealers to get your hands on one.

Lamborghini Aventador

Coming straight from the streets of Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy is the Lamborghini Aventador. This mid-engine all-wheel drive beauty features a 6.6 L V12 engine that is more than enough to get your where you need to go. The upcoming roadster model is said to be able to reach 60 miles per hour in just over three seconds, and it contains a removable roof built from two carbon fiber panels that weight just 13 pounds each. With a top speed of 217 miles per hour, it’s a definite possibility that the ladies will turn their heads every time they hear this beast of a vehicle drive down the street.

Ferrari 458

Also hailing from Italy (although this time from Maranello) is the stunning Ferrari 458. The 458 has a 4.5 L V8 engine that lets drivers hit 60 miles per hour in just over three short seconds. It’s top speed is 202 miles per hour, and uses a double wishbone suspension to keep that low to the ground feeling that Ferrari is known for. Motor Trend called the 458 the best driver’s car of 2011, and it no doubt will keep you looking fly as you whip around sharp corners.

Maserati Quattroporte

It’s still possible to impress the ladies without a two door, and the best way to accomplish that is by picking up a Maserati Quattroporte for your fleet. The beautiful 4-door saloon has either a 4.2 or 4.7 L V8 engine that will keep all your passengers at the edge of their seats. The engines on the latest model are actually Ferrari built, and come with a ton of power. Test drive a Quattroporte today, and you probably will be driving off the lot with it.

Three Easy Ways to Make Money Offline in a Downed Economy

In this economy, many people have turned to the Internet to make extra money. This is a great option for a lot of people, as making money on the Internet is easy and doesn’t take a lot of time. For many people however, making money on the Internet is not something that they’re interested in. Maybe it’s because they don’t want to deal with shipping, or they dislike sitting in front of a computer for a long time. Whatever it is, these people want to make money in different ways without using the Internet, which is totally doable. If you’re looking for some extra cash without running an online business, check out these tips on how to make money offline.

Promotion

You can make a ton of money by doing street marketing in addition to online marketing for various businesses. While many big companies have dedicated teams of brand ambassadors, you can probably make more money by setting up your own small company to promote local businesses. First, you’ll want to identify a business that you believe could benefit from promotion. Once you do that, you’ll need to develop a plan to present to that business on how you’re going to promote them. This could be by passing out custom flyers, or hosting workshops and small events. Market yourself to the business as an inexpensive way of marketing, in addition to the marketing that they already do. If you can grow a portfolio of a few local business that you’re doing promotions for, you’ll be on the road to success in no time.

Selling Personalized Stuff

One way to make some money offline is to create your own custom products business. Many local businesses love having small, personalized gifts that they can pass out to their customers and clients, so if you get behind the business of creating those gifts you’ll have huge markets. Meet with the business owners, determine what it is they’re looking for, and then offer them a quote on how much it will cost to fulfill that order. You can order personalized things online for very cheap in bulk, meaning you can sell that stuff at higher prices to the businesses. Make sure you have a list of the products that you plan to offer, and make that list diverse. Include mugs, Frisbees, and other types of small gifts that the business might be interested in. Tailor each presentation to the business, so you’ll have a better chance at success.

Day Trade Books

Day trading books is almost identical to day trading stocks, except you’ll be buying and selling books instead of stocks. Basically, go to your local bookstore and search through the bargain bin, which is usually full of books costing a dollar or less. Find the books that are the cheapest and the best quality, and buy quite a few of them. Then, all you need to do, is go to another bookstore that buys books and sell them there. You’ll likely earn at least double your investment, and maybe even a lot more if you get a rare book.

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