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There are hundreds of direct sales companies on the block, and even more network marketing companies that refuse to label themselves as “direct sales” in fear that they will send potential customers running in the other direction, although that’s pretty much exactly what they are. These companies have hundreds, often thousands, of affiliates, so it’s safe to say that everyone knows someone who has tried network marketing at some point. A lot of people have dubbed it a “scam”, when in reality they didn’t have the marketing skills they needed to be successful. That’s not to say there aren’t scam companies out there, because there most certainly are. However, not every multi-level marketing company is going to rip you off. After all, people go to college for years to get degrees in marketing, why should the random average individual believe they can run an entire personal business with no prior experience? As someone who has been network marketing and online marketing for upwards of 4 years now, I’m going to let you in on a major secret: the 3 biggest mistakes you’re making when it comes to network marketing.
First of all, you have to keep in mind that you’re branding yourself. If you don’t follow through on promises, or you do nothing but post in random Facebook groups three times each day, then you’re branding yourself as a scam artist, and that’s what your entire potential pool of customers are going to brand you as. Once you’ve set this image for yourself, it’s pretty much set in stone, so you have to be very careful not to make yourself look spammy, regardless of how excited you are about your company in the beginning. One way to combat this is to build legitimate relationships with your potential clients and partners. I’m not talking about the kind of relationships that send you out on fancy dates or makes you propose, I’m talking about the kind of customer/business relationships that remind you why one of your clients just bought that cocktail dress, or which of your clients are going through a tough time and could use some extra cash. Thanks to status updates and the wonderful world of social media, this is a bit easier to accomplish than it was in the days of door-to-door selling.
Second of all, you need to remember that visual effects are everything. If your website looks sloppy, that reflects on the entire business. By sloppy, I mean hard to navigate, displeasing to look at, or confusing for the customers that may not be so tech savvy. Another part of this is grammar and spelling. If you can’t type proper English, many people won’t want to sign on as your recruit. Obviously, your grammar isn’t always a reflection of your marketing skills, but in the average human brain, the two are very closely related, because they’re both fairly simple to learn and majorly based on effort. One way to keep your grammar and spelling in check is to read more and make sure to proofread and edit any blog post, status update, product description, etc. If you’re looking to improve the layout of your website, there are professional options, or you can attempt to do it yourself with a little coding!
Next up on the list of importance is attitude and enthusiasm. If you don’t genuinely love the products and care about the company, then your recruits aren’t going to love the products and care about the company, and your potential customers won’t find your products worth purchasing. After all, you’re trying to sell these products! This can’t be a just for money ploy, you should love these products more than even your most loyal customer, and if you don’t then there is a very serious problem, and you should either address your concerns with the company’s management team or choose to resign and find a different company. If it’s the work itself that has you down, there are other options in that department, as well. You can work from home in many different ways, you don’t have to result to network marketing if it’s not something you enjoy.
If you’re looking for a legit company that can make you money from home, then you’ve come to the right place. First of all, though, let’s get something straight: You cannot be lazy if you’re planning on working from home. It takes blood, sweat, tears, and a series of disappointments before you’ll finally get the hang of what does or doesn’t work well for you and your business! You’ve probably already experienced some of those disappointments in the form of scams. Scams and spam go hand-in-hand. Are you talking with a representative that sounds like a real person and shares personal stories on her own blog, or are you talking to some generic Instagram page that’s set up for nothing more than to sell products and is constantly flooding your timeline? As you can see, I’ve been running a blog for years. I’ve shared with you my health, heartaches, deepest thoughts, and most joyous discoveries. I’ve advertised my favorite products and businesses, all while supporting aspiring entrepreneurs and young artists. So, it’s safe to say that the opportunity I’m about to present to you isn’t a get-rich-quick-scheme. It’s a legitimate work from home opportunity that will not only provide you a way to make a passive income, but will also provide you with a support group like you’ve never seen before. We train each other. We win together and fail together. We congratulate and welcome one another with open arms, and we defend one another when someone tries to knock us down. If that kind of comradery mixed with business is what you’ve been looking for, then you’ve been looking for Luxury Fashions Boutique, the only affiliate program on the internet that not only provides you with an income opportunity, but also provides you with a family.
Some people get weary when they hear that this program is free to join. I like to brush aside those fears. “So, you’ll take just ANYONE?”, they exasperatedly ask. “You could look at it that way, but I choose to look at it as never turning away a serious and dedicated, yet less fortunate individual.”. After all, just because you don’t have $99+ in your pocket to spare, doesn’t mean that you’ll work any less than someone that made a $500 order on their first day just to get themselves started. In fact, those that don’t have the money to start up often work harder than those that do, because they have the ambition to reach a more stable financial condition. Then again, you have the people who have dealt with companies that are supposedly “free”, yet took their credit card numbers and ran with them straight to the mall. Luxury Fashions Boutique will never as for your credit card information or social security number during the signup process. After all, you’re about to become a part of our family, and we wouldn’t want to do anything that would make you uncomfortable.
Once you sign up and follow the instructions in your email to set up a password, your direct upline will proceed to add you to any and all free Facebook training groups and group chats. In these groups you can talk with your co-affiliates, ask questions for your superiors, find valuable tips and selling tricks, as well as gather up some gorgeous advertising material to pull your customers in! This business has only been up and running for a few weeks, but we’ve already got everything ready for you, right at your fingertips!
Once you start selling, you’ll start making 30% commission, and down on a 6-tier basis! You can sign up affiliates under you, and move up in your leadership rankings, earning you new opportunities for company advancement with each step up. All you have to do is love our products, talk about our products, and hand out your link to our products. Honestly, it’s that simple. You’ve heard about these types of programs before. They’re set up kind of like a direct sales company, but with no startup cost, and no merchandise to handle, it’s actually more like the affiliate program released by Amon or eBay, than the Mary Kay or Avon that your mom or grandmother sold when you were a child.
The most important part of the business is the products. We are a worldwide company, so we try to include a little something for everyone! We have clothes for women, men, children, couples, best friends, families, and more ranging from size small to size 5xl! We pride ourselves in staying up-to-date on the latest fashion trends, just like RoseGal, Zulily, Dresslily, RoseWholeSale, Bellelily, or SammyDress, but the difference is LFB ships their products from the United States or United Kingdom, our quality is to die for, and our products actually fit to size. When it comes to our beautiful makeup line, you won’t have to worry about any fur babies being harmed in the making of the products. Everything in our beauty section is all-natural, hand-made, and cruelty-free, which means it’s not only goof for you and your skin, it’s good for the environment, and your pocketbook! If you’re not a fashion or makeup type person, you’ll still have to fall in love with our home décor products. Whether you’re into more of a nautical look or a princess vibe, we’ve got something to suit your household needs. Pillows, wall décor, mirrors, musical boxes, and more round out our Castle section! Of course, what would a fashion boutique be without a line of jewelry? We’ve got precious gemstones, hypoallergenic metals, and design that you’ll be racing to get your hands on! Whether you like sporting the leather look, the cross chain, or the turquoise beauty, you’ll find something to match your favorite outfit and spice up your wardrobe in our shop.
So, if you want to shop our products head on over to: http://www.luxuryfashionsboutique.com/#a_aid=sierawoodcock
If you want to sign up as an affiliate visit: http://luxuryfashionsboutique.postaffiliatepro.com/affiliates/signup.php?a_aid=sierawoodcock
So, it's Friday, and like many other small town workers, I checked my bank account this morning and was satisfied to see another $300 or so for a hard week of part-time work. In my spare time, I'm grinding away at my freelance writing business, as well as this little blogging job I try to keep up with, although I've been letting this blog slip through the cracks, lately. Hopefully, with new month, and the coming of the last half of this year, I'll be able to do a better job of juggling my responsibilities.
One of those responsibilities will be writing weekly blog updates for the new 'Small Business Friday' series, as well as the upcoming "Direct Sales Review" series. As the title may have made you guess, this is the first blog post in the Small Business Friday series. Each week, we'll be featuring a new small business. We'll start out in my hometown of Hartford, Kentucky, and we'll move across the map from there!
Today, I want to introduce you to a hidden little gem in the small town of Hartford, Kentucky. A town that I've grown to love very much over the years. This little shop is called "OmaDarlings", and it is a darling little place, for sure. This shop is run by a woman that is a grandmother, but whose name is actually also Oma. I stopped by for the first time this past spring with my mother and grandmother, whom I call "Oma" (the German name for grandmother). My grandmother has been very adamant lately about teaching me to sew, quilt, knit, and such hobbies. She tells me it is a dying art form, which I truly believe. Of course, I would much rather take up pottery or painting than do something that is considered such a "boring" skill...or so I thought.
OmaDarlings sheds a new light on what I previously considered a boring skill. The glittery fabrics and the shiny machines caught my eye before I ever walked in the door. The tye-dye buttons and butterfly clasps were much different than the brown buttons and blue jean patches that I'd watched my mother work with when I was just a child. Suddenly, there was a new spark of hope for the dying art as I walked through the door, and I could see it in the eyes of all the children that sat in the pictures hanging around the store. They were learning a craft, something other than the drawings they'd been taught to copy in middle school, and something about it gave them more freedom of expression.
If you've been looking for some way to wind down at the end of the day, or you're searching for a route to find the meaning of life, I'll never fail to suggest art to you. Like in all good things, you get out what you put in. So, if that coloring book just isn't doing it for you, anymore, maybe you should reach a little deeper, try a little harder, and challenge yourself a little more. Working with cloth and fabrics is not only an art, it's a survival skill, it's also a professional skill, and it's a stress reliever. A hobby that could make you pocket cash, chill you out after a long day of chasing after your children, and possibly even save your life one day is something you can't afford to pass up.
So, if you're looking to live your life a little slower, if only for a week, you can travel down to Hartford, Kentucky, take a class at OmaDarlings, eat some dinner at Taco Bell in the neighboring city of Beaver Dam, where you'll find me smiling behind the front counter, and top off your night with a $3-6 dollar movie ticket at Cinema 33, which I'll be featuring in the next installment of this blog series. It'll be the most relaxing and fulfilling vacation you've ever taken, almost as if you're stepping back in time in order to prepare yourself for a leap towards a brighter future.
I’m excited to finally be typing this for 2 big reasons! First of all, this is the first installment of the much-anticipated Direct Sales Series!! As you may or may not already know, I’ve made it my mission to buy a product from a direct sales representative on each payday (biweekly) in order to support small and local businesses and entrepreneurs. Repeat companies are welcome, so if you’re an Acti-Labs representative or you happen to see your company in an upcoming post, never fear! You are still eligible to participate, just drop your link in the comments below and I’ll take a look at your products as SOON as I get the chance. Bonus points if you show my blog some love! (Thank you in advance, by the way.) Second of all, I’ve finally found the time to sit down and write this review for my new FAVORITE hand cream, which I happened to have purchased from Acti-Labs. I’m reviewing it as a foot cream, because it’s quite the multi-purpose skincare tool, but it’s good to use wherever you’re needing a little bit of rejuvenation! Also, I’ve already put in my order for Younique’s lip stain, which should be here sometime next week for me to review, and I’m super excited about that as well, so keep your eyes peeled! All of these reviews are going to be based on a 5-star scale. The first star is based on affordability, the second on the quality of the intended use, the third on whether it has any additional uses, the fourth on the quantity and shelf life, and the fifth is based on the customer service that accompanied the product. Each star will either be added as a full star, a half star, or no star.
Alright, now let’s get down to business. A little backstory: I posted in a direct sales group with an inquiry for a great foot cream that could save my poor little footsies from the monster that I’ve recently encountered called “the fast food business”. Basically, I explained that I’m on my feet anywhere from 4-8 hours a day, depending on my shift, I’m walking on concrete constantly, and I’m being forced to wear non-slip shoes…which I’m going to tell you more about in an upcoming blog post (go figure!). However, I’m not used to this type of activity. Sure, I love to walk and run, but I would take frequent breaks, run on softer grass and dirt, and only wear my running shoes for 2 hours max. As a consequence of this, my feet have been drying out, cracking around the heel, and throbbing with pain after (as well as annoyingly in the middle of) every single shift. I needed relief. So, I posted my inquiry and got upwards of 200 replies! Obviously, I couldn’t click through each individual one, so I read the ones that I could manage to make time for, and eventually bought a hand cream from an Acti-Labs representative that I figured would just have to be good enough, because honestly it was the most affordable at the time. Which leads me to my first kudos:
This hand/foot cream is affordable! I’m giving it a full star for affordability. Most people have this misconception in their head that direct sales products are always expensive, when that’s simply not the case for all companies. I bought this hand cream for a total of $10.00, and that’s including the shipping cost! That’s comparable to Wal-Mart or Target prices. It’s not what you would expect to pay for a top-of-the-line hand cream. When I say top-of-the-line, I mean exactly that! This is a dermatologist formulated, French designed hand cream. It doesn’t come out of a perfume shop, it comes out of a lab, hence the name, and it actually works wonders! Like I said when I first used it “This isn’t a hand cream, it’s a miracle”. So, a full star for the intended use. Also, we’ll give it a full star for additional uses. I mean, it’s technically a hand cream, but look at the results it gives my feet after just 1 application!
The heel and the sole of my foot (which I put the most pressure on) are VISIBALLY smoother!
I’ve been using this cream every day for about 2 weeks now, and I still have half a bottle left. That means I would only need to buy one bottle a month. At $10.00 per month, I’m not going to complain, especially when it makes my feet feel so much better. If for some reason I do run out (even I forget to schedule things…oops), it wouldn’t take long to receive another bottle! This one arrived in less than a week. I was just as impressed by the shipping speed as I was by the price, before I even opened the box! Since the rep was friendly and the box arrived quickly and intact, I would be crazy NOT to give this product, seller, and company a 5th star. This was truly one of the best experiences I’ve had with the purchase of a skincare product, and I WILL be ordering again!
If you’re interested in ordering some of this fabulous hand cream from the same sweet lady that I did, just follow the link below. Don’t forget to check out the rest of her store as well. She sells a lot more than hand cream, for sure!
If you want to enter your name onto the list of direct sales representatives that I’ll be sifting through bi-weekly, please fill out the short form below! It’s completely FREE, you get EXPOSURE, and a for-sure SALE!
Amazon.com has been the biggest online retailer in the world for a while, now. However, they recently made history by becoming the biggest retailer in the world...period. That means, the most-shopped store doesn't actually own any stores, if that makes sense at all. This is yet another testament to the way times are changing, and if you've been keeping up, even in the slightest, you've probably added more than a couple items to your Amazon cart, recently. Why wouldn't someone want to get in on the action? There are always coupons available. The gift cards are the best to give and receive, because almost anything can be bought on the site. The prices are, for the most part, ridiculously cheap. You can shop conveniently in your pajamas from the comfort of your home, and you don't have to worry about the stress of keeping up with your kids, long lines, store hours, or traffic! You can buy in bulk, and if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can even get 2 day shipping, right to your front door! Not to mention, many Americans are starting businesses by selling through Amazon. So, when you purchase something on this site, it isn't like buying from other major corporations. You actually may be helping the family down the street pay their electric bill this month, without even realizing it!
So, we've established that Amazon is the best place to shop, and it's also the most shopped retailer in the world, so most everyone knows how great it is by now. However, did you know that a company called "Gruupz", has made it easier than ever to earn free Amazon gift cards? All you have to do is create a free profile, and either shop Amazon products through their site, or install their toolbar and shop on the Amazon site as normal. Either way, it won't cost you any additional money, and you can earn a kickback on ALL of your purchases, no matter how big or small! Once your account has been credited $5, you'll be able to cash out and receive an Amazon gift card. You'll even be notified at checkout that you have a card ready to use, so you don't have to constantly check!
As always, I won't promote anything on this blog that I don't or wouldn't use, myself, so I'm proud to say that I am actually a member on Gruupz, and I've been loving their website for a while now! In fact, at the bottom of this blog post, you'll find a referral link. If you click that link, not only will I make a few dollars that will help me keep the Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates office stocked with Amazon supplies, you will ALSO be credited an automatic $3 to your account! That means that with just one click, you'll already be more than half way to earning your first Amazon gift card. How amazing is that?
If you don't believe me, click the link below. I promise you won't regret giving this company a shot. They know what they're doing when it comes to customer satisfaction, and you know what you're doing when it comes to Amazon shopping. It's a win-win.
Con season is right around the corner, so if you haven't already begun piecing together your outfit, you're probably feeling the stress of running a bit behind. Maybe you're hoping to dress up as one of your favorite anime or manga characters, or perhaps you want to put a new spin on a classic superhero or villain. You could even be anticipating what your version of a Guardians of the Galaxy character or Moana will look like, since those were some of the hottest box office movies in this past year. (Unless you're less than a foot tall, I suggest you forego the opportunity to dress up as Baby Groot. You won't reach that level of adorableness, sorry.).
If, in fact, you are still looking for the perfect wig, the best material for a kickass belt, or the entire outfit because you've already bought your tickets, and you're well aware that you're not going to be able to throw something together in time, this year, Never Fear! Fast Cosplay is here! You're probably thinking to yourself: "What is Fast Cosplay? I've been cosplaying for years and I've never heard anything about a Fast Cosplay before...". You're in luck, because I've taken the liberty of spelling it all out for you, today...literally. Fast Cosplay is an online costume store, but they aren't your average Halloween costume store, they're specifically a cosplay store. They present you with the option to buy realistic and accurate cosplay outfits or materials that aid in the creation of your next cosplay masterpiece! The beauty of this versatile store isn't even in the low prices or the wide selection of products, the real amazing feature is the option for WORLDWIDE shipping! I know that I have a lot of readers from all around the world, currently over 30 countries to be exact, and it' very important to me that none of you lovely souls be left out of the fun! So, no matter where you are, and no matter what you're looking for, they've got something to suit your needs!
Okay, you probably think I'm bluffing on that last part. After all, the store probably just has a couple of stereotypical Harley Quinn costumes and maybe a few characters from Harry Potter, right? Wrong. You'll find depictions of characters from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Zelda, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Game of Thrones, Minecraft, Sherlock, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Adventure Time, Assassin's Creed, Marvel Universe, DC Comics, DOTA 2, and SO much more! Whether you're roleplaying a character from a movie, an anime, or a video game, they've got you covered. Heck, if you're just looking for a waitressing outfit like the kind you'd find in 2 Broke Girls, since you're so upset about the show being cancelled, you'll find a whole section for that as well. Don't worry, because if you buy that waitress outfit too tight, or you don't like the way your Batman suit hugs your curves, there is a 100% money back guarantee, no questions asked, no hassle to deal with! Most stores these days don't have that type of confidence in their clothing, so that's something to be very proud of!
Right now there's a HUGE limited time sale taking place! All Superhero series, Disney princess series, Anime series, and Harry Potter series costumes and related products are up to 60% off regular price! That's an amazing deal! So much so that you're probably thanking yourself for being a procrastinator right now, am I right? Of course I am. If you're a con lover of any kind that thinks you might be interested in what Fast Cosplay has to offer, you should head on over to the link listed below and start scrounging around for the perfect cosplay to make con day a true happily ever after!
The past year has been a huge one for Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates. We’ve launched multiple new blogging series, one of which will actually be launching this month. We’ve partnered with countless new affiliates. We’ve launched our first email campaign, revamped our Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as participated in a number of civil and women’s rights campaigns. We’ve encountered a lot of struggles along the way that we never expected to encounter, a lot of obstacles were tossed in front of us that we had never considered facing. That’s why we’ve come to the conclusion that we simply must recognize the hard work, team work, and all round blood, sweat, and tears that other small businesses and institutions are putting into their organizations, as well.
We’re dubbing this new recognition our “Award of Excellence”. The Award of Excellence isn’t an honor that we’ll be bestowing upon just any organization that we may have brushed elbows with once or twice. This recognition will be given only to the organizations that we are certain are deserving of such a title. These will be businesses that we have an active, working relationship with, and that we have an in-depth history with, as well. In other words, these will be businesses, or public figures for that matter, that you’ve probably seen on our blog before, and will probably see on our blog again. We’re doing something that we don’t normally do, we’re guaranteeing that you’ll have a positive experience with these companies and/or individuals, because we trust them that much, and we’ve seen first-hand how hard they work to make sure their customers are always satisfied with the outcome they receive.
The blogging team here at Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates didn’t even have to think twice about which company we would be recognizing first. We’ve written about their incredible new institution many times in this blog over the past few months, and we plan on keeping an eye out for any advancements they may be making in their programs, because we appreciate and admire the work that they do. This quarter, the Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates Award of Excellence goes to: The Capstone Institute!
We believe that a business should focus more on the community it serves than the way their pocketbook is looking. In today’s society, we get too caught up on making money, and we don’t stop to look around at the neighbors next to us, or the coworker that is struggling. Many times, we don’t even notice anything is wrong, until that person asks us for help, and honestly, that’s a bit sad. You all know that Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates strives to improve the lives of our customers, readers, and followers. Whichever title you fall under, we aim to improve your relationships, your career, your health, your happiness, and even fight for your basic rights as a citizen of well…the world. With this Award of Excellence, we’re commending The Capstone Institute for thinking outside of the corporate box and paving a way for individuals within the Jacksonville community to improve their own quality of life, as well as their family’s quality of life.
Jacksonville, much like other smaller town in the United States, is facing an economic crisis of sorts, at the moment. In fact, the founder of the Capstone Institute states that the average yearly income for a family in Northwestern Jacksonville is around $13,000. With a pharmaceutical tech degree, students could raise that average to $30,000 or much more! That’s a difference that could put food on the table that small children are eating at, or even buy a car that’s proven safe for a family to drive! In other words, it’s a difference that you just don’t understand until you’ve experienced.
Not only does The Capstone Institute provide educational services, this semester they were also able to find sponsors for each of their students, giving their entire first class of willing-to-learn young adults the chance to earn a degree tuition free! Student loans and debt can be overwhelming, and many times defeats the purpose of the degree, itself. The Capstone Institute has a mission to treat their students like students, not I.D. numbers, and give them the God-sent opportunities that they’ve been searching for to improve their lives, and in turn, influence positive change in the community, as well.
Thank you, Capstone Institute for:
- Thinking of the community before yourselves.
- Providing young people paths to stability.
- Recruiting sponsors to help student avoid immediate debt.
- Staying true to your faith and actively pursuing your purpose.
- Refusing to discriminate against any person for any reason.
- Fighting against the cliché that a viable education requires many years and thousands of dollars that students simply do not have.
- Growing the healthcare field of tomorrow.
- Guiding individuals that may be confused or worried about their future.
- Helping driven individuals reach their capstones.
For this, we extend to you, the Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates 1st Quarterly Award of Excellence. Congratulations. Dr. Albert Chester & The Capstone Institute. Thank you for all that you do for the community.
It’s that time of the month again, the time of the month that this blog dedicates to recognizing brilliant minds from all around the globe. Last month, we featured a young author and poet. This month, we’re featuring a man named Rolando Gapud. Rolando isn’t nearly as young as the “successful youth” that we featured in our last brilliant minds issue, but he is certainly just as, if not even more, brilliant. As a a Filipino businessman and current Executive Chairman of the Board of Del Monte Pacific Limited (DMPL), Gapud aids his business in their efforts to cater to today’s consumer needs for premium quality, healthy food and beverage products.
Rolando Gapud has been a driven and achieving person since he was still attending school. In 1961, Rolando Gapud graduated with honors from Ateneo University in Manila, Philippines, where he received his B.A. in Mathematics. In 1964, he received a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During this crucial time period in his life, he researched management theory in depth and went on to publish a book titled “A Measure of Information System Efficiency”. Through his research and writing efforts, he has become a businessman and author that has touched the lives of millions of individuals from around the world.
According to Gapud’s website, he makes regular large contributions to his community and surrounding communities. Through the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Del Monte Foundation, Gapud has contributed to the development of effective leaders in our society and provided housing, schooling and medical services to all 5’000 employees and their families of the Del Monte Foundation, as well as aiding in the development of the company’s pineapple operations in the Philippines, which happens to be the world’s largest integrated pineapple plantation, encompassing 23,000 hectares.
Rolando Gapud does his part to support his family, his neighborhood, his community, his country, his work industry, his company, and individuals that inhabit the world in which we live in today, on top of the future generations that will benefit from his advances in science, technology, and management techniques. Honestly, it’s impossible to write a series of “brilliant minds” without including someone with this type of ambition. He may not be a “successful youth”, but he is a major reason that our future youth will be successful, just like businessmen and women before us are a major part of the reason we’re currently as successful as we are. He inspires change across multiple generations, and after all, that’s exactly the spirit that this blog attempts to encompass.
If you’d like to learn more about Rolando Gapud, just visit his website: http://rolandogapud.com/
Let’s talk about the “wage gap” for a moment. Some say it’s a real and discriminatory thing, others say it’s a ploy made up by liberals to distract Americans from legitimate issues. Women leave work to protest over it, and men demand to see women’s paychecks in order to honestly compare and contrast. It’s something that has been discussed, and recognized as a legitimate issue, on major news networks, as well as popular award shows and reality talk shows. So, what exactly is this “wage gap”, when did it become an issue, and what should we be doing to prevent it from affecting Americans in today’s society?
Well, the wage gap, according to a quick Google search, is a 20% gap between what the average woman is paid, compared to the average man, for the same amount and type of work. Now, that last part is extremely important, because many people argue that men get paid more because they are more apt to partake in dangerous or more difficult positions. That statement does have some merit, which we’ll discuss later on, but for right now, let’s focus on that 20%. Apparently, black and Hispanic women earn even less than white women, which means at least 21% less than the average male, and possibly more!
Since today is Equal Pay Day, and has been since 2010, proving that this isn’t a new issue, Google is showing their support for working women around the world by including a link at the bottom of their website to a YouTube video that is meant to raise awareness about the 20% gap. If you’re interested in watching this video, simply for reference purposes, you’ll find it listed below. It’s quite short, just over a minute long, and it’s slightly humorous, but it claims to carry a powerful message along with it. The caption clearly states: “This video from Funny Or Die, Hulu, and LeanIn.Org shows what life is like when you get 20% less—of everything. The video is funny, but this is no laughing matter. It's the reality women face every day because of the gender pay gap. Women deserve their 20% today and every day. #20PercentCounts. Learn more and show your support at leanin.org/equalpay”
So, we know what this so-called “wage gap” is, and we know how it obviously affects women of all ages, and across all different types of careers, but what do the reliable statistic say? Is this a real thing? Should we be rallying, or should we ignore the hype of it all? Well, there is no simple answer. Yes, the statistics clearly show that there is a difference between the pay that men receive and the pay that women receive. Yes, we know that women are capable of doing the same work at the same rate as men, whether they’d like to admit it or not. So, if women are so used to accepting unequal pay, why aren’t women being hired more frequently than men? Shouldn’t the companies want to hire women in order to save a dollar, much like blue-collar companies are hiring illegal workers because they’re likely to accept a smaller paycheck?
Well, yes that does seem reasonable, but there are actually laws put in place to prevent that from happening. In 2014, Former President Barack Obama signed into order the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act” that was meant to provide women with paycheck transparency and safer work environments to decrease the number of sexual assault and harassment cases taking place in places of business. However, President Donald Trump revoked this act on March 27th, making it easier for women to earn less than men and/or be sexually assaulted in their place of employment, because companies no longer have to maintain certain standards of business. So, the statistics are showing that companies are still using the loophole that they’ve been using since the Equal Pay Day was put into place in 2010…companies are hiring more men, but giving them more benefits and paid time off than their female counterparts. So, yes, their paycheck looks the same at the end of the week, and you’re more likely to walk past a man in the office than a woman, but when you do happen to walk past a working woman, take note that she has worked an average of 39 days more each year than her male coworkers, because women are not as highly regarded in the workplace.
That’s actually an interesting statistic, because many conservatives claim that the wage gap does exist, but only because women tend to work less hours than men, when that simply isn’t the case. Women are actually working longer hours, at the exact same hourly rate, but being rewarded with less paid time off, promotions, and other benefits that men receive. If that doesn’t seem fair to you, that’s because it isn’t. Especially considering that there are 6,000,000 more single moms in the United States than there are single dads. Regardless of whether they’re parents or not, it seems as though it would only be fair for women to receive more compensation than man, considering they are actually more likely to hold a college degree. According to the Pew Research Center, 71% of high school graduate women were enrolled in college, but only 61% of high school graduate men were enrolled in college. If education matters, and we’re constantly being told that it’s a requirement on job applications, then why are women receiving less promotions, less benefits, and simply less care overall…shouldn’t they be the more desired workers?
If you’re still rolling your eyes at this whole “wage gap” thing, or you just don’t think it’s important enough to protest over, consider this – In a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 77% of women and 63% of men said “this country needs to continue making changes to give men and women equality in the workplace”. More men agree that women are being treated unfairly than disagree. That’s a major statement. This goes to show that the wage gap isn’t something that women are making up, it’s something that legitimately exists, and if a social group in our society is being treated unfairly, it’s probably a good idea that we attempt to remedy the problem instead of ignoring it or potentially making it worse.
Yes, women are more likely to take extended breaks from their career to focus on childcare or care of another family member in need, but why should this affect their ability to return to work with the same respect they had earned when they left, or to find a job after their caretaker days are over? Another valid question to ask ourselves would be “why do we stigmatize working mothers, and shame them for deciding against staying home with their child”? I’ve experienced this discrimination, first-hand. I watched a young mother be criticized because she stated that she didn’t want any more children until after college. She was scoffed at, because she stuck by her dream to pursue a college education. This stigma is damaging to the female demographic, and it’s one that needs to be done away with as soon as possible.
Another stigma that prevents women from pursuing higher-paying, male-dominated careers is that women can’t participate in certain lines of work. While women have been generally accepted as doctors and nurses for some time now, they’re still questioned and teased when they decide to pursue a career in technology, engineering, or the military. Is it ultimately the decision of the woman, whether or not she’d like to work as a nurse or a soldier? Of-course. However, her father, brothers, cousins, school friends, boyfriends, grandparents, uncles, and teachers certainly aren’t encouraging her by urging her to leave the “man’s work” up to the men. They aren’t fully supporting her if they’re encouraging her to take art class as an elective in place of shop class. The media isn’t inspiring young women to pursue STEM careers by displaying solely men on the job site in movies, books, ads, etc.
These are the questions we should be asking ourselves. Equal Pay Day isn’t about “why do women make less per hour than men”, because conservatives would be right on that account, they don’t. Equal Pay Day also isn’t about “Why do women earn less benefits than men, when they’re actually working more?”, because we know exactly why, and I’ve listed the reasons throughout this article. Equal Pay Day is about figuring out how to break the stigma that women are lesser or weaker workers than men. It’s about permanently implementing laws that will protect both men and women in their places of employment, because no worker deserves to feel like their company doesn’t care for their wellbeing, while they’re contributing to our society. Equal Pay Day is a day to encourage young girls to pursue the careers that they want to, even if those careers are STEM careers that all of their family members may not support them in pursuing. Equal Pay Day is a day to ask ourselves “how can we protect single mothers and fathers, as well as their job security”, or “why aren’t we encouraging men to take time off to bond with their child, as well as the mother, and why are we frowning upon the idea of working mothers when this is the 21st century and childcare is safer and more readily available than ever before?”.
Equal Pay Day isn’t something to scoff at. It’s not what you might have thought it is, and it’s not just another distraction concocted by liberals to distract you from “real” issues. Equal Pay Day is a day to set aside our insecurities and preconceptions, and encourage one another to kick ass in the careers that we love! It’s a day to review our policies, fight for equality, and laugh at the stigmas that generations before us have created. Equal Pay Day means equal pay for women, equal pay for single fathers, equal pay for different ethnic groups or backgrounds, equal pay for age groups, and equal pay for everyone that’s doing the same job as someone else, ensuring that they receive equal benefits and opportunities, as well.
The world we live in is becoming more fast-paced every single day. Constantly, we look for ways to make our daily activities quicker and simpler, so we can have more time to rest or work. Aside from scheduling, we look for mobility. The average person doesn’t stay home on a daily basis. With more transportation options than ever before, it seems as though we’re always on the go. Due to this change of pace, we look for ways to take care of our households while we’re not even in them. While we may mop the kitchen floors while sitting in the grocery store parking lot, we can monitor the home to be certain that everything is safe and secure. We can connect cameras to watch particular rooms or doorways, and we can even press a button and operate certain electronics within the home. Today, I want to share a new service with my readers that will bring them an entire other level of convenience.
BuzzMeHome is a cloud-based service that allows you to control your apartment building buzzer or intercom remotely through the use of access codes and the ability to connect to multiple phones. When you sign up, you will be given a personal BuzzMeHome number that you need to provide to your building manager – simple as that. Now your intercom is managed by the BuzzMeHome system. Log in to your dashboard to setup forwarding to any cell phone or landline and create access codes.
If you’re curious about whether or not this system will work for you, you’ll be happy to know that the system operates in all of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Unfortunately, hardwired buzzer systems cannot yet be connected to the BuzzMeHome service. However, the company is working on that little flaw and should have it fixed very soon. If you’re interested in being contacted when the hardwire systems are allowed, you can contact them through their website, and they will be more than happy to help you out. Still not sure whether this service will be compatible with your building’s buzzer system? Well, a simple way to figure out is by looking into whether or not your buzzer system can be forwarded to a mobile phone. If the answer is “yes”, then you’re good to go!
What is the coolest part of this service? You don’t need any devices. You don’t need to crowd up your phone with any additional apps. You don’t have to purchase any software or equipment, no will you have to set any up. The service is 100% cloud-based! Is it safe? Well, you’ve probably heard quite a bit of hype regarding cloud based services, but this service pays extra attention to safety. All data communication is transmitted through encrypted channels. Login information is encrypted. Your BuzzMeHome phone number will only accept calls coming from your apartment buzzer, and all other calls will be rejected. BuzzMeHome will send you a text message every time somebody enters a correct or incorrect access code at your apartment buzzer. So, you don’t have to worry about someone hacking into your service. You can keep an eye on your home from a distance, while feeling secure that you’re the only individual watching.
As any home business owner knows, working at home can be both a curse and a blessing. Today, since it is motivation Monday, I’ve chosen to focus on the latter. This morning I asked myself: How has working from your bedroom been a blessing in the past year or two? I almost shocked myself, as I came up with more than five answers in under two minutes. It wasn’t difficult to make a list at all! However, the blessing that I’ve chosen to spotlight today is my long-distance relationship.
In this age of technology, we’ve probably all had a love affair of some form with someone that we’ve never got to meet, or are just waiting for their plane to arrive. Many of us find ourselves in long-distance relationships. Whether these relationships span the small distance of a couple of states, or the longer distance of half-way-across-the-world, love knows no boundaries. As you might imagine, long-distance relationships are hard…like, really hard. In fact, they are so difficult that some people believe they are actually impossible to maintain long-term. If you were to step outside today and announce that you’ve just entered a long-distance relationship, you’d most likely hear at least one person say “It isn’t going to last!”.
Luckily enough for all of you long distance love birds out there, love can survive distance, and I’m living proof of that. “Love makes the heart grow fonder”, is a phrase that I firmly believe in, as I live each day happily in my own L.D.R. of nearly 6 months. Though it isn’t always sunshine and daisies, as it never will be, I can truthfully say that both my partner and I are happy, and looking forward to our first face-to-face visit this summer! The biggest issue we’ve faced together so far is scheduling. Thankfully (this is where work comes into play) I have a job that I can mend and mold to make time for him.
Working from home gives me the flexibility that my partner lacks. While he has to work a 9-5 shift, or a 12-8 shift, or a 6-2 shift, I can work any hour of the day that is convenient for the both of us. For the sake of both our nerves, we make a point to communicate every single day, with absolutely no exceptions. I could share with you our secret of how to avoid running out of things to talk about, but that’s a different blog post entirely. Whether he wants to ring me up at midnight to give me his “Goodnight Darling, I love You”, kissy faces, or video chat me as soon as he wakes up so I can be the first thing he sees, I can always be available.
Another positive aspect of working from home is the fact that I can mix work and hoe without much consequence, as long as I stay organized. This has been a huge plus in my long-distance relationship. I work solely online, so I’m not calling or meeting up with clients. I communicate through social media, instant messaging and email. This way, my man can actually see some of my work in progress! I have written rough drafts for speech, designed posters, and edited photos all while on the phone with him. Granted, I have to double-check y work for any oopsie-I-know-better mistakes I might have made while I was laughing at his latest joke, but any good freelancer or solopreneur will double-check themselves regardless of the distractions in the room. The freedom to let him be a part of my work is priceless. It’s not a matter of him needing to “check up on me”, but a matter of involving him in my day-to-day activities. If I can ask him “does this look better, or that?”, without a supervisor breathing down my neck and getting hostile because I’ on my mobile, he can feel more connected to me by feeling like he has contributed to my day.
Yes, it’s true what they all say: Long distance isn’t easy by any means. I’ve wanted to pull my hair out more than once over some simple miscommunications, and it hasn’t even been a full year yet, but when you love someone, you’re willing to give up a bit of your sanity to be with them…even if it is completely virtual. Communication is more important than ever when that’s all you have of each other, and working from home has opened my lines of communication in ways I would have never imagined. It has also improved my communication skills…yes, it takes skills to deal with clients day in and day out while remaining calm, cool, and collected. So, I feel like becoming a freelance writer has not only boosted my career, but saved my relationship. If I were trying to match up a 9-5 schedule with my partner’s hectic schedule, there’d be no hope for us.
Working from home has been a real blessing for me. If you’re in a long-distance relationship, you’re a single parent looking to stay home with your child, or a parent looking to become a homemaker…or any other individual that has decided you’d like to try your hand at the work-from-home game, I’ve got some articles that should help you get started. You never know, hitting the laptop instead of the timeclock every morning might save your relationship, your marriage, or even your sanity!
The word on the street last year was that content marketing is dead. Slapping an abundance of keywords into a short article no longer yields results…that is certainly true. However, just because content hacking is dead, doesn’t mean content marketing is dead. The content you add to your website, blog, or portfolio still has as much significance as it did in the early days of the internet. Rest assured: If you’re starting up your first attempt at a blog in this new year, you haven’t arrived too late to the party…you’ve just got to reinvent your method of entrance.
Have you noticed that Hollywood seems to be releasing more remakes than ever in 2017? Have you ever thought about why that’s the case? In my opinion, they’ve run out of unique, interesting storylines. Every time they release something “new”, critics want to deem it “predictable” and “boring”. Every storyline seems to have been filmed over and over again. Hollywood is hoping that the young generation will bring in new issues to enhance, new stories to create, and new characters to make the nation fall in love with…but until that happens, they’re stuck working with what they already have. Bloggers are facing many of the same problems. Readers are just average people…and the average person is busier than ever before. They don’t have time to browse blogs just for the sake of browsing blogs. They have questions, concerns, and curiosities, that they need answered quickly and completely, as to not disturb their busy, daily schedules. If your blog doesn’t offer something new, fresh, and thought-provoking…you’ve got no chance at making it in the marketing world.
The good news is, as I said at the beginning of this article, content marketing isn’t dead…you just have to be ready and equipped to use your imagination a bit more than your blogging ancestors. Luckily for you, I’m here to help you figure out how to inspire that creative brain you’ve kept under lock and key for so long.
First of all, you need to stop looking at stories from the “common-folk” perspective. “Beauty and the Beast” is a classic princess tale that has been retold time and time again…but nearly always from the perspective of the beauty or the beast. How would the story be different if it were told from the perspective of Chip, the little teacup that so admired the princess? Would he have heard her innermost wishes and dreams that she dared not tell in her version of the tale? Would he have been angry at his master, the beast, for the treatment that the princess received, or would he have felt sympathy for the beast, because the beast had confided in him the level of pain and loneliness that the curse had cast upon him? The reader, no doubt, knows the story of the Beauty and the Beast, but casting a new perspective on the age-old tale could be exactly what is needed to attract a larger audience to the tale.
Another way to spruce up your writing is to pay attention to your own life. This may seem like an obvious statement, but the issues you face in daily life are quite similar to the issues your readers are facing. So, if you wouldn’t Google a question…don’t write about it. If you do Google a question, pay attention to the answer and critique it. If there is something you would add or take away from the answer you find, there is no shame in rewriting the article. Of course, make sure it is in your own words…plagiarism is a big no-no, but the idea is definitely a good place to draw inspiration. So, for example, if you run a cooking blog, you already know that there are thousands of online recipes for butterfly-cut chicken. However, butterflying a whole chicken in a cast-iron skillet in less than an hour is something not many people know how to do. Although, it could be turned into a very useful article, because nowadays, everyone is looking for a time-saving tip, especially when it comes to cooking.
The third piece of advice I must give you is this: Don’t be afraid to be controversial. In today’s world, everyone is walking on eggshells to be politically correct, and while it isn’t a good idea to walk around deliberately insulting every person you meet (remember, connections are still everything), it could be beneficial to business if you decide to disagree with the crowd, every once in a while. Take a glimpse at Kanye West. His career as never boomed as much as it has in the past couple of years. Surprisingly, he can’t say his success was from marrying a Kardashian, his success was actually from calling out Taylor Swift on an award show stage. Did this move piss off her fans? Of-course. Have his rants been controversial in the music industry, all around? Yes, they have. However, his little fits onstage have earned him extra stage time at recent award shows (+1 for publicity), an abundance of mentions in social media (+2 for publicity), and even some talk-show conversations focus…(+3 for publicity!). Controversial marketing has built the image of Kanye West that we all know and love (or hate), today. He is living proof that in a country founded on freedom of speech, you should never be afraid to give your opinion. It could save your brand.
The bottom line is: Offer a fresh perspective, get a little controversial, and solve the problems in your own life…follow this formula and you’re going to have readers coming back to your blog day in and day out looking for your latest article. Content marketing isn’t dead, and it probably never truly will be, you just need to stop playing it safe and start actually playing the marketing game. Your brand, and possibly even you’re career, depends on it.
Some of you readers might recognize the name "Dr. Jeff Shuford". Dr Shuford is a decorated Army veteran and software engineer, as well as the proud founder of "Tech From Vets", which has become well known as a software and programming company, run by veterans, for businesses. I thought that this week would be a good time to spotlight this company once again, because they have recently agreed to expand their outreach by partnering with Bunker Labs Jacksonville to leverage their resources and create a network of investors for veteran-owned startups.
When Tech From Vets was last mentioned in this blog, they were a company focused mainly on application and web design. It's important to note that the company has expanded their horizons since that time, and are now focusing primarily on marketing and building an investor network specifically for small and veteran-owned businesses. With this change of focus has come a change in partnerships as well. In addition to teaming up with Bunker Labs Jacksonville in the coming year, they have also appointed former NFL superstar, better known as Dryaton Florence, to be director of strategic partnerships and create that network for the company.
Many people are now asking the same question: What do football players and veterans have in common? Afterall, it's important that the new director of strategic partnerships understands the needs of the company, and in turn, the perspective of the company's clients, which happen to be composed mainly of veterans. John Fails, executive director of Bunker Labs Jacksonville answered that questioned exquisitly when he was quoted as saying: “There are parallels between the two. They are two different professions that have a certain culture, attitude and drive that push people who belong to them to their limits. When they leave that culture, it can feel alien without a network. Bunker Labs creates a network for veterans who are missing one, and to the same extent NFL players need that same feeling, to depend on the person next to you.” When asked whether Drayton Florence is personally the best man for the job, Tech From Vets’ Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Colonel Rickey Pope, responded smoothly by saying: “Drayton has the ability to expand us into various markets that are not only local but also international. His drive and initiative are unique in the tech industry and will foster the blueprint for tech companies in the future."
Personally, I am excited to see what this change of direction will bring this growing company in the new year. With strong leadership behind it's efforts, a supportive community surrounding it, and promising new business prospects on the horizon...it seems as though 2017 might truly be Tech From Vet's breakout year. The writer's here at "The Writer's Blog" plan to continue to follow this company and the impacts that it makes in every life and buiness that it touches.
See that little picture I just included? That's MY personal account. Notice that I have 12 orders on the way, and the next delivery is actually scheduled to happen within a couple of hours. Here's the kicker: Every single one of those 12 orders were 100% free of charge! I didn't even have to pay shipping and handling costs! (This was because I am currently operating under an Amazon Prime 30-day free trial. I actually love the service so much...and am expecting so many more orders in the future, that I plan on keeping my Amazon Prime membership once the 30 days are over! You can click the button at the bottom of this article if you're interested in your own Amazon Prime free trial.) Yes, you read all of that correctly: I am receiving 100% free, full-size products from Amazon without ever completing a survey or signing up for paid offers.
Why are the orders free?
The orders are free for a very simple reason: The companies want feedback on their products. Now, don't jump ship just yet. I promised you that you wouldn't have to complete any surveys or waste any time...and I still stand by those statements. You see, instead of answering up to 20-30 personal questions or product related questions, you're simply going to be asked to write 4-5 honest sentences (at the least...more if you would like to improve your ranking and receive more approvals) about the product that you've ordered. I think that is a very small "price" to pay for these completely free products.
What kind of products do you receive?
Any kind of product that I'm interested in. From kitchen and dining to books to clothes to weight loss supplements...I can select any category of offer that I wish. If you're wondering whether all of the items I'm receiving are cheap...I can assure you that they're not. If you combine the original prices of all the 12 orders I have in que, you'd see that I have over $150 worth of free products on their way. That's an average of over $20 per product. So far, I have received a pack of grill mats that I will happily use next summer, a bottle of "Brain Booster" supplements that load me up with Vitamin B, a couple of e-books on weight loss and nutrition that are jam-packed with incredible recipes I can't wait to try, and a bottle of "Joint Support" supplements that my mother has laid claim to. On the way, I have a beautiful Gold-Plated classic double-cross women's necklace, a pre-workout fat burn supplement, an iron & wooden wall mount with a cross design for my guitar, a 4 month supply of vitamin D + organic coconut oil, and so much more.
Okay...okay...how do I start receiving free items from Amazon in MY mailbox?
To start receiving free items and writing reviews, you'll need an Amazon account. Then, you'll need to go to www.amzreviewtrader.com (link included on button at bottom of article) and create a FREE account there, as well. Just follow the instructions in the "New Blog" on AMZReviewTrader and you should be ready to go! You'll have the opportunity to select the "Go Shopping" tab and start applying for offer. (By applying, I mean a one-click-and-done button.) If you don't want to see the incredible discounts, and you'd rather ONLY see the 100% free products, just change your refine options to "lowest price first" at the top of the page and click "search". If & when a company decides to approve your offer request, you'll be sent a promotional code to redeem at the Amazon checkout!
There you have it: 100% FREE products from Amazon without any hassle! Click the buttons below to get started on your reviewer journey and come back to the blog in a few days for some tips on how to set up your public Amazon profile (yes, you have one of those). If you'd like more cool tips and tricks like this, sign up for our newsletter through the little red tab at the top right-hand corner of the page (desktop) or bottom of the screen (mobile).
Since the very first day this blog went live I, as a blogger, have had two missions: Make a profit and make a difference.
This TED Talk by Audrey Choi is absolutely stunning, inspiring, motivational, sensible, and everything in between.
Everyday, I aspire to write speeches of this quality for my clients.
Everyday, I aspire to make a difference in the world with the few clicks I make.
This TED Talk reminds me why I keep working for what I am working for.
I couldn't help but pass this on to you, my readers.
Calling all my WordPress junkies: This one is for you!
I know there are quite a few of you readers using WordPress to run your own writing blogs, health blogs, business pages, etc. So many of you, in fact, that I’m starting to feel a bit left out. This new WordPress platform is almost incentive enough to make me sign up, to be honest. I’m just trying to work out where I would find the time to run an extra blog. I’ll let you know when I get that epiphany. *hysterical laughter*
Anyway, this blog post isn’t about me, it’s about YOU! You are the reason I endorse and advertise the products. You are the reason that I spend my time researching these products before I endorse them…it’s all about you. I want you to have the absolute best blogging/business experience from home possible. I started out the hard way, and I want to make things easier for you.
With that being said, this new WordPress platform that is available for pre-order will most definitely make your life (inside of WordPress at least) easier! WP | Forever is a container based platform designed from the ground up with one objective: Provide the fastest, most reliable WordPress Platform available on the market. If that doesn’t sound useful, then you’ve been staring at the computer screen too long, my dearest reader.
Straight from the http://www.wpforever.com/ website: “In a typical shared environment every other site on your server will impact your performance. Using a container based approach shields your site from bad neighbors and ensures you get consistent performance. Your site is also replicated across multiple, load balanced containers. In the event one container goes offline, the other will pick-up the slack while a new second container is instantly and automatically deployed. Database and files issues? This is one of the biggest problem areas of existing WordPress hosts, a single shared Database server for a group of sites. WP | Forever uses load-balanced MySQL database servers. This ensures highly available database services to all sites. So you get the very best in speed and reliability. All files for your site are distributed on a GlusterFS distributed file system.”
This platform offers: High availability, fast caching, clustered database, application monitoring, self-healing, auto-scaling, version backups, AND security monitoring! The most appealing part of the entire offer? There is no catch. While I was reading a bit more about the new platform, I come across this little quote: “There is an old adage in business: “You can have it good, cheap, or fast. Pick two”. We think you can have all three” I’ve never been the kind of girl that is good at making too many sacrifices. I want what I want, and many times to my disadvantage, I decide I want it all. Well, now WP|Forever has found a way to give that too me. Everything I’ve ever wanted in a website…simply everything.
Click on the button below to visit their website. If you’d like some more in-depth information on how the platform works, just visit the “About Us” page. It gives perfect explanations for all of the “too good to be true” skeptic out there, like me. You will also find links to each of their social media pages. I encourage you to like and follow, not just because I’m a nice person, but also because they post some pretty cool stuff. (I checked it out for myself).
I focus a lot on small business strategies and useful business tools in this blog, because I know that many of my readers are trying to make money online. If you guys aren’t trying to start your own business, then you want to improve your social media following, and if you don’t want to improve your social media following you want to make some extra cash side-hustling or simply share your opinion and hopefully make a difference in the world. All of these are legitimate reasons for desiring to build your own website. Nowadays, it seems as though the most popular website builder is WordPress. In my opinion, they also seem to be the most difficult. I guess that’s why I’ve never even attempted to build a WordPress blog…it’s just too daunting for me, and one of my biggest rules is keeping business simple. However, if you do find yourself stuck in the black-hole that is WordPress, fear not dear reader, there is light at the end of the tunnel for you and all of your wonderful ideas.
While I was working on the lovely platform of Fiverr, I stumbled across an account with a VERY catchy username: LittleBizzy. Now, LittleBizzy basically describes my day…everyday…in a single word that I didn’t even know was a word. Obviously, I had no other choice but to be intrigued. After chatting with them for a few minutes, I was informed that they are a WordPress Optimization company. Basically, they make business easier for you. Those are the words that speak straight to my heart, no joke. Thankfully, this team was nice enough to share their information with me, so I can share it with you. You know how much I love sharing business hacks with you. In fact, I have an entire Pinterest board for it. It’s brand-new…*wink**wink*.
How can LittleBizzy help me?
- improve your website loading speed
- offer technical advice 24/7
- offer SEO advice 24/7
- offer WordPress advice 24/7
- offers FREE CodeGuard (backup accounts) for all users
- Plus, a few other services! (You should go check them out.)
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A free-runner with a dream of competing on an international level starts a clothing company designed to motivate and inspire athletes. What's the product of this little scenario? Skill Clothing Co. According to their website: "Skill Clothing Co. is an urban apparel company that represents those with a passion for their craft and work hard at it to achieve greatness and accomplish the goals they have set out for themselves." When you take a moment to consider the story behind the brand, it's easy to see where the motivation comes from:
For about 3 years, the founder of the clothing company dreamed of becoming a professional runner and competing on an international level. Suddenly, that dream was shattered. Not by a sports injury or chronic illness...but by doubt, worry, and lack of motivation. In a split second he decided to stop training...stop running...and give up on their biggest dreams. Nothing seemed to be going right for him, especially regarding his training, so he decided it would be best to cut that dream out of his life. As many people might say: "Just forget about it." His reasoning was simple: "I cannot become great because I was not born that way." Life continued on for him, as it always does, until one day something changed. One day, out of nowhere, he came across the Will Smith quote "Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, godlike feature that only the special among us will ever taste, it's something that truly exists in all of us." He began to train again. He pushed himself harder, and he ran faster. Now, he has been invited to his first competition...and he's started this clothing line to share his newfound optimism and motivation with athletes around the world.
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To understand one of the most useful tech services on the market today, you first need to understand the man behind it.
Jeff Shuford PhD, President:
Dr. Shuford has many accomplishments and achievements to his name, a couple of those being decorated U.S. Army veteran, and award-winning software developer. It's not often that you see both of those prestigious titles side by side on the same resume. He earned the prestigious Combat Action Badge at age 19 while serving in Bagdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-07. He is now a marketing consultant for a multi-million dollar real estate corporation, as well as the founder of the ever-growing software development company titled "Tech From Vets". Dr. Shuford enjoys spending quality time with his wife and young daughter, in addition to the vast amount of time he spends giving back and volunteering in his Florida community.
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I've been in the world's worst position more than once: You have a task that MUST be completed, but it's dark and you need a flashlight. No problem, right? Well, that's what you think, until you realize that there isn't a working flashlight in the house, and if there is, it doesn't suit your specific needs. So, if you've been looking for a flashlight that can combat this problem and accommodate nearly any situation, you need look no further. I recently published a blog post pertaining to a specialized flashlight. It sounded pretty incredible, and if you were impressed then, you are definitely going to be impressed now, because this flashlight is just as efficient!
What exactly does the Shadowhawk Flashlight do? The answer is simple. This particular model has five operation modes (High, medium, low, S.O.S., and strobe). It also comes equipped with up to 2000x focus and zoom capabilities, 100,000+ hours of durability, and 72+ hours of power with one charge.
The real question though, is what will this particular flashlight allow YOU to do? In the end that's all that really matters, and the makers of the Shadowhawk knew that when they were designing it. That's why with this specialized device, you can attain a sense of protection while travelling alone through your town, or another urban area, defend yourself against threats by disorienting your attacker with the strobe setting or striking them harder by using the Sharp Strike Bezel, and of course this flashlight can be used for leisurely events as well. Camping, boating, hiking, fishing...anything that requires a light source after dark, we've got you covered.
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