Monday, October 31, 2016

Making The Internet Work For You: How To Become An Overnight Sensation

The Internet is an incredible thing. Everyone uses it, and if push came to shove, it would be a struggle to survive without it. For many, going online involves contacting friends and checking what’s going on in the world. But the Internet is also a really effective resource for making a name for yourself. Are you a singer or do you play in a band? Are you a budding artist or an ambitious blogger? If so, take these tips on board to make the Internet work for you. You could be the next overnight sensation.



Making a name for yourself
Have you been rehearsing in your spare room or garage for the last few years? If so, you could be the best band in the world, but you’ll never crack the charts. If nobody knows who you are, you’re not going to sell records or gig tickets. The key to success in any career path is making a name for yourself. In the past, it was incredibly tough to get people to hear your music or read your articles. Today, thanks to the Internet, there are opportunities for everyone. Online platforms enable you to show off your talents and connect with millions of people. You can share music or set up your own blog in a matter of minutes. The online world is your oyster, so get out there and make the most of it.

Getting people talking and building a client or fan base
In order to establish a client or fan base, you need to attract attention and get people talking. If you post a video on YouTube, for example, you want to make sure people see it. You can do this by linking your clips to your website and setting up social media profiles. Ask people you know to share your page, and look into advertising to boost traffic. Once you’re up and running, build your presence. Interact with fans, and encourage them to spread the word. You can also use social media to get in touch with people or businesses that could propel you to the next level. Somebody who works on a radio station, for example, could see your track on Twitter and like what they hear. The next day, your song could be on national or local radio. If you’re a blogger, an online publisher may spot your work, and you could be featured in a magazine.

The Internet is a great way of generating interest in live events, such as gigs or gallery openings. You can invite people and build a buzz by sharing images and video clips. You can stream gigs or encourage people to share their photos with unique hashtags, for example. If you’ve got a gig coming up, don’t lose sight of the opportunity to sell your music. It’s satisfying to know that people are listening to your music online. But you need to make money too. Go online and use services like Nationwide Disc duplication to order bespoke CDs. You can sell these at the venue, as well as on your website. Make sure any merchandise has links to your social media accounts.




The Internet is a wonderful entity. If you’ve got ambitions to be the next overnight sensation, hopefully, these tips will help. Good luck!

This is a contributed post.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Joys of Beautiful Stationery

If you think that stationery is just for kids ‘back to school’- you’re seriously missing out! Not only can you get some beautiful designs, but it’s incredibly useful as an adult too. In a world where we’re all so busy, it’s a great way to keep us organized. Here are some of the different types of beautiful stationery items out there.

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Paper Products
Notebooks, diaries, Filofaxes, calendars, post-it notes- not only do these things look beautiful when they’re neatly arranged at your desk, but they also keep you organized too. Whether it’s writing out your daily to-do list or shopping list, keeping appointments, planning meetings or working out your bills- these kinds of products are really useful to have. It’s true that you can save this kind of information online, or use apps or computer programs. But often it’s a lot quicker and easier to put pen to paper instead. The act of writing things out actually helps you to remember them better. Plus, you know you’re not going to have your whole calendar or notepad wiped due to a technical fault on your device! As the old saying goes, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. If you do better having your notes or information in front of you using pen and paper, then there’s no reason to switch. Let's face it, a beautiful large wall calendar, for example, is always going to be easier to navigate around than a tiny little app on your phone. Decide on the products you’re most likely to get your use out of and invest in those. You could co-ordinate your pieces to either your home office or your handbag (depending on where you keep them). Plus, choosing beautifully made products will make you more inspired to use them!

Other Stationery Accessories
Other useful pieces of stationery for your home office include a hole punch, a stapler, a calculator, scissors, tape, paperclips and pushpins. There are some beautiful looking pieces out there that can really dress up your desk as well as being practical. Perspex and metallic items such as those in Kate Spade’s Strike Gold range look chic, and are the kind of thing that would work with any color decor. There are less expensive alternatives available on the high street too. These are useful if you aren't looking to spend as much, but they still look a lot nicer than your average office stationery. To keep everything looking tidy and beautiful, good storage is crucial. Pen holders, drawer dividers, mini drawers or even baskets help to keep everything in order. Again this just helps you to keep organized and stay on top of everything. Docking/ charging stations for your phone and tablet are another way to keep everything looking neat and get messy cables out of the way.

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Wedding Stationery
Choosing the paper products for your wedding is always going to be fun when you love stationery! Save the date cards from Pure Invitation are good looking examples. Wedding stationery also includes things like invitations, RSVPs, wedding programs, table numbers and place cards. It’s a way to show a little bit of creativity and another way to incorporate your wedding colors on the day. You could browse through beautifully made pieces and have them printed up with your details on. Alternatively, you could speak to a designer from somewhere like Etsy and have them put together a custom design. If you’re a crafty or creative kind of person, you could even have a go at designing them yourself. There are a few online programmes you could use, or if you’re skilled with Photoshop start something from scratch. Since it’s all about having a good, high-quality finish- have them printed up on some heavy paper. If your home printer isn’t up to the job, you could get them professionally printed. Whatever direction you choose, be sure to do your research and go with a design you love. This is something you and your guests will be seeing from the invite to the wedding right the way through to the thank you cards afterward.

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Beautiful stationery is always a good investment, whether it’s to get more organized at home or to wow your guests at your wedding. When everything is now online, it’s important not to lose the beauty in these traditional methods. Something like a hand written thank your card, for example, is always going to be more meaningful than an email or social media post! If you’ve transitioned your life organization onto your computer and find it annoying or a struggle, it might be worth taking it back to traditional pen and paper!

This is a contributed post.

Make Your Fear Of The Night Shift A Thing Of The Past With These Tips!

If you are a shift worker, you are just one of millions of people who makes up 3.2 percent of America’s workforce. Shift-based jobs can take many different forms - from truck drivers, to factory workers, to police officers, to bar staff. These types of shifts are referred to in popular culture as the 'graveyard shift'. This doesn't mean to say that your job is boring, or that you don't enjoy it. In fact, one of the reasons people take shift work is because they simply love the job that they do. In these instances, working unsociable hours is a sacrifice they are happy to take. But even in this scenario, shift work can be extremely demanding, especially if you have a family. Chances are, you will need to be asleep when your family are awake, and vice versa. This makes it extremely difficult to lead a 'normal' life - plus you are likely to feel a significant effect on your health. But, shift work can be coped with - as long as you know how to handle it.


Don't just turn to the coffee
When you're feeling groggy on a night shift, the first thing most of us would do is turn to the caffeine. Whilst a small amount of caffeine can help us feel more alert for a period of time - whether in coffee or energy drink form - too much can be detrimental. Making a habit of regular caffeine intake on your night shift can mean that you are constantly lunging between being on a caffeine 'high' and the dreaded 'slump'. This can be dangerous for your mental health and your heart rate too. Plus, drinking coffee too close to the end of you shift might mean you struggle to sleep when you get in - not ideal for someone who has to to back at work in 12 hours.


Implement a positive sleep plan
If you have been doing shift work for a while now, you may be showing symptoms of shift work sleep disorder. Signs of this disorder include a lack of energy, problems concentrating and irritability. There is no official 'cure', but there are a lot of things you can do to make life easier for yourself whilst undertaking shift work. Firstly, as you will be sleeping during the daytime, it is vital that you have blackout blinds in your home, to make the room as dark as possible. Get rid of anything that might distract you from your slumber, such as your phone or your doorbell (everything except smoke/intruder alarms). Make your bedroom into a relaxing den that you know will be able to help you drift off to sleep, and learn your sleep triggers. Reading, or listening to soft music often helps people get to sleep quicker.



Try and stay healthy
Staying healthy whilst working night shifts can be a challenge in itself. But, if you choose to take up the challenge, you will probably feel a lot better for it. Adopting a diet high in proteins and complex carbs will help you stay alert on the job. It is also best to eat smaller, more frequent meals rather than large, infrequent ones. This is because eating a lot in one go can often make you feel lethargic. Make sure you drink plenty of water too, to avoid dehydration, and if you can, get regular bursts of fresh air. The night shift might be a challenge, but with a bit of extra knowledge, there's no reason why you can't ace it.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Business Boss Essentials: When Employees Collide

The job of being a boss can be many things. It can be rewarding, watching a plan come together to a successful conclusion. It can be lonely, being the focus of ire for a set of employees who are dealing with more than work related issues. It can be exciting, nurturing a new team and looking on as they produce results. It can be exhausting, working long hours to make sure success happens.
It can be all of these things in the course of about fifteen minutes sometimes, which means it can also be overwhelming. But as the boss, you are not in a position to complain, run away or palm your duties off to someone else. You just need to get on with it. And sometimes, things happen suddenly that need prompt action. How calm can you be in a crisis? Because as a boss, that's where the biggest tests are.

Dealing With A Clash

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When managing a team of people, it is inevitable that from time to time there will be bickering. And while a certain amount of competitive ribbing may be okay - even adding to a team ethic - you need to know when lines are crossed. Workplace bullying is never acceptable. Outright violence, although rare, can never be ignored. As a manager, it is your job to ensure that things don't get a chance to turn nasty.
Handling A Grief-Stricken Team
Grief is a term associated almost always with death. And yes, if a member of your team dies, or is bereaved themselves, then the grief from that can spread through a team. But even when no-one has died, grief can still arise from other situations. You may have to let a favorite member of staff go. Another may be headhunted for another job. Relationships may flower and wilt. And you're the one who needs to keep heads up.

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Economic Stressors
Look, hopefully, your business will thrive and only ever grow, but sometimes things don't go that way. It may be for reasons beyond your control, but sometimes not as much money comes in as was expected. In situations like this, there may be the fear of job losses - and that's always stressful. Always be aware when there is a need for critical incident management. A team under stress is a team that will underperform.
Dealing With Your Own Issues
A manager needs to be calm in a crisis but also needs to be human. Think of a President whose country has been attacked. How many countries would be reassured if their leader responded by saying "Well, we need to get on with things. Everyone chill a minute?". Let's go with "none".
When times are hard, you need to acknowledge that they are. Any personal, outside-the-office stuff should stay out there. But if any of the above situations arise, then you should be able to speak to employees on their level. Even if you just say "This is a terrible time. I'm here for you guys; we'll all help each other." That's what people want to hear - not a faceless boss who never feels the impact of a stressful situation.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bouncing Back From Heartbreak: Practical Steps To Help You Heal

Breakups can take their toll, even if you’ve known your relationship wasn’t working for a long time. It can be really tough to be with someone. But it can be even harder to be without them. If you’re recovering from relationship breakdown, here are some steps you can take to help you bounce back.



Taking time out
We all react to difficult situations differently. Some of us maroon ourselves far from civilization turning to junk food and Netflix to get us through. Some of us cry for days on end. Some of us try desperately to soldier on and keep busy. Whatever your way of coping, make sure you take time out. There’s no need to feel like you need to get back to normal straight away. It can take a long time to get over a breakup, so don’t rush. Take every day as it comes. Some days, you may feel fine. Others, it may hit you like a ton of bricks.

Seeing the positives
They say every cloud has a silver lining. It may take you months to realize this, but there may be positive outcomes of your breakup. It’s not all bad being on your own. The end of one chapter marks the beginning of a new one. If you’re single, you have control over how you spend your time and money. You can devote your attention to people you’ve lost touch with or not spent enough time with over the years. You can indulge your hobbies and interests. You could travel the world, or try new things. Life doesn’t end because you’ve had a failed relationship. You may well look back in a few years and think it was the best decision you ever made.

Having a clear out
It’s tough to move on when you’re surrounded by memories of your ex. Perhaps you’re living in the same home you shared together, or you’re wondering what to do with the gifts he bought you. You don’t need to rush into making decisions. But it may help you to have a clear out. If you have valuable items like designer bags or jewelry, you don’t want to give them away. If you want to sell without any hassle, consider using firms like Luxury Buyers. It may be upsetting to part with sentimental items, but it may give you that push to start moving forwards.

Talking
It can take a long time to get to a point where you feel comfortable talking about your relationship. But when you reach this stage, it’s really healthy to be open and to get things off your chest. If you don’t fancy speaking to friends or family, you may find seeing a therapist helpful. Bottling up your emotions can set you back.



Many of us have had our hearts broken. At the time, it may feel like the world is crashing down. But time is an incredible healer. Be patient, and don’t rush. Take time to heal, and try and be optimistic. Talk to others about how you feel, and try and move on when you’re ready. Focus on the positives and look forward to what the future holds.

Take Over the Internet Today! Check Out This Guide


Most people are online because they’re bored. They want to read this article and that article, or watch YouTube videos, basically to pass the time. Some people, however, are online because they want to leave a mark. They want to make their presence known to the world. And the Internet provides a great opportunity to pursue this dream.

There could be several reasons someone would want to do this. Maybe they’re running a business and want to bring more attention to the company. Maybe they’re looking to turn their online adventures into a source of income. Whatever the reason, here are some essential tips.


Come up with a plan
You need to start thinking about what it is you want to get across to people. Remember that whatever you put online can basically by retained and remembered forever. (This is called your digital footprint.) So from the beginning, you need to be careful. Think carefully about the personality you want to develop. About the sort of content you want to deliver. About the sort of audience you want to attract.

Social media
One of the best ways to get people to keep up with your antics is by using social media. This should be obvious enough, right? But not everyone is using the platforms they should be using. To an extent, this is understandable. Someone might be using Facebook, but don’t feel they’re “interesting” enough to use Twitter. Well, you’d better find some inspiration. Because Twitter is essential here!


Start a website
A lot of people aren’t bothering with websites these days. They think that platforms like Twitter and YouTube are all they need. But this is a mistake. You should have a space where you can add content outside of the rules and parameters that those platforms set. When you have your own website, you’re much less restricted when it comes to content. It also gives you an opportunity to put your thoughts down in more detail. A blog really allows your personality and intellect to shine through. If you’re not too confident about such a pursuit, don’t worry. You can learn blogging online!

Network
Whatever you’re up to online, I have no doubt that there are others up to similar things. Who are in similar fields of business, or who share your mindset. A lot of these people may even have their own strong Internet following. One of the best ways to make your mark online is to get to know these people. And that’s where networking comes in. After all, they don’t call it social network for nothing! Whether you’re a business owner or an Internet personality, online networking can help you succeed.




Keep track of everything
All of this advice is all well and good. But how do you know that any particular tactic is working for you? You need to keep track of the right numbers. Your presence should be growing, and it should be growing at a particular rate in comparison to others. Google Analytics is probably the most popular way of keeping track of this sort of thing. Never underestimate its power!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Treat Yourself To The Ultimate Pamper Night At Home

Fall is a magical time of year. Changing leaves, bonfire parties, awesome fashion trends and delicious hot drinks are just a few of the reasons to savour and enjoy the season. But what we all seem to forget when we’re waiting for fall to roll back around, is just how tough the colder weather can be on our bodies. It’s not long before hands start feeling dry and sore, lips get chapped, skin dries out and hair looks as though it’s seen better days. Thankfully there are a few things you can do to prevent all of this from happening- and that's by having regular pamper nights using all of your favorite products. These are the perfect way to enjoy a little ‘me time’ and relax and unwind, plus you’ll look and feel a lot better afterward too. Here’s how to have the ultimate pamper night at home.

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Hair
Start by putting a pre-wash treatment in your hair. This could be a store bought hair mask, a rich hair oil or a homemade treatment. You can whip up really great masks yourself just by using common kitchen ingredients. Banana, avocado, olive oil and eggs all make excellent additions. Whizz everything up in a blender and apply it to dry or slightly dampened hair, a few hours before getting in the bath. Once you have your hair mask on, wrap your hair in plastic wrap. Not only will this stop it from getting everywhere, but the heat from your head will help to open the shaft of the hair. This then allows your chosen treatment to get in their and hydrate each strand more efficiently. After a few hours, rinse it all out and follow up with your regular shampoo and conditioner. A post-wash treatment such as a conditioning spray or some argan oil run through the ends will finish everything off and give it a stunning shine.

Body
Before getting into the bath, use a body brush to ‘dry brush’ your skin. This helps to remove dead skin, improve circulation and help the body to excrete toxins trapped in the skin. A hair removal wax will leave your skin feeling silky and smooth. Use a body exfoliator while you’re in the bath or shower, and then use a body butter to replenish moisture afterward. Don’t forget to treat your hands and feet too. Giving them a soak, and then moisturizing and painting your nails will make you feel much fresher and more put together.

Face
Start by cleaning your face using micellar water and some cotton pads. This will remove the surface layer of makeup and grime. With this gone, you can then go on and do a full double cleanse. The first cleanse should be done with an oil based product. This is because ‘like attracts like’ and using oil will actually help to remove excess oil from your skin. The second cleanse should be done with a cleansing milk, gel or foam formula which will remove everything else. With your skin thoroughly clean, you can then go in a third time with an exfoliating product. This will sweep away any dead skin cells, making your complexion look more glowing and vibrant. You can then apply a face mask which is targeted to your specific skin complaint. It could be a clay mask to draw out any further impurities, a hydrating mask or a sheet mask.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Getting On The Job! Careers That Don't Need Qualifications

It can be difficult to try and find the right career when you don't have the right qualifications. There are careers where you can train while being on the job. It  has become more commonplace since the recession that people have gone to jobs as an apprentice or training while doing the job itself. As people cannot always afford the time or the luxury of going on a course or going to university then this is the best option. There are many benefits to working on the job. Apart from pay itself, you get a more valuable experience from working in the environment. Instead of sitting in a training room or a lecture theatre! When it comes to working in a job there needs to be an option for progression or moving up the ladder. There are many careers where you can train on the job or require minimal qualifications while  still being able to progress, and here are a few.

Carer
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There are many options when it comes to being a carer. You could look after disabled people. You could look after old age pensioners. Or you could work with underprivileged children or the homeless. With so many avenues to go down as a carer the career options are endless. And getting into care doesn't require qualifications. All that they ask sometimes is if you've had personal experience or so the right attitude towards helping people.

The great thing about being a carer is that you are helping people to live their lives much more fuller than they are used to. For example, if you work with disabled people, whether they have a mental or physical disability. You could be helping them complete tasks that are simple or easy for the vast majority of us. But for them is a big mountain to climb. It is incredibly fulfilling to work as a carer in this capacity. This is because you are helping someone achieve independence when they never used to have any. For example, if you help someone complete a task as basic as feeding themselves when they were never able to do it before. It is incredibly fulfilling.

In terms of career progression, having experience in working in care experience of working in care opens doors for you to work as a social worker or to run your own care home.

Working as a carer is incredibly challenging but it is also incredibly fulfilling at the same time. If you want a career that will challenge you mentally and physically as well as feeling you've completed a hard day's work then this is a career that will benefit you.

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Another career with a tough atmosphere is working in a kitchen for any restaurant.The norm with working in a kitchen is long and unsociable hours and is a high stress environment. As diners we underestimate the effort that chefs and cooks put into getting food onto your plate. We don't see what goes on behind the scenes. The precision in which chefs and cooks work makes for a very high pressure environment. When it comes to ordering a meal that is complex you never have to wait too long in comparison to when you cook it at home. So what goes on behind the scenes is a combination of skill, timing and incredible focus.


When it comes to career progression it doesn't require qualifications. People start their career in the cooking business by working a menial job such as a dishwasher or someone that chops up the vegetables. They then work up the ladder (or food chain) to become sous chef, which is the second in command to the head chef. They supervise the staff and assume role of head chef if there are any issues, for example, illness. Finally after working their way up the ladder, they end up as head chef. As head chef, they run the kitchen, and choose the menus and food to serve.

Working as a chef in a great way to combine your love of food and your working life. The downside to this is that you won't ever want to cook at home ever again!

Dental Assistant
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Training in dentistry is something that normally requires years at university. But if you wish to work as a dental assistant then this can be side stepped. The duties of a dental assistant are varied. Such as administrative tasks including scheduling and confirming appointments. Also updating patient records or ordering dental supplies. It could also stretch to clinical duties such as handing the tools to the dentist during treatment or examinations. Also operating devices such as suction, processing X-rays or scans. As well as making impressions for dental fixtures .

In terms of qualifications, it depends what state you are in, some states do not require certificates well as some require training. But this is not as long as it would take to be trained as a dentist. Being a dental assistant is lucrative because of the pay but also the career progression. After so you or branch out into medical hygiene or similar careers. Is this something that may interest you? If so, visit edentalassistant.com for more information on training as a dental assistant.

Running Your Own Business
Last, but by no means least. Running your own business, in some respects is one of the easier approaches to make career progression work for you. If you have a skill or a talent that you haven't used, then why don't you make a business out of it? Many people make a good living out of embroidery, knitting, sewing or just selling items from their loft.

The benefits to running your own business are many, such as dictating your own hours and the luxury of working from home. The issue with running your own business is that it's not a quick way to earn money. Many businesses do struggle in the first year. But if you have a business that is unique enough and you know how to advertise it well, the payoff can be very lucrative.