With so many people trying to lower their carbon foot print, there does not seem to be many arguments as to why people should not harness solar power. The challenge now is the same one that existed at the inception of the solar power industry: convincing people that it is worth the money invested. It can be difficult to convince people that they are paying for a long term investment. You may not see huge returns, but every year you will make some of it back until they pay for themselves. At that point your solar panels will be making you money!
There has been a lot of buzz going around with new types of solar devices that are hitting the market: solar paint, solar shingles, and even solar film. The biggest problem is that there is a lot of confusion about solar power. Not many people knows how solar energy works, and sensational news stories don’t exactly help. There is so much information out on the web, but how much of it is true? Here are some myths about solar energy.
Various forms of orthodontic treatment have been around for a long time, evolving from primitive processes to highly complex and advanced solutions. Orthodontic treatment is a fantastic example of advanced science and technology contributing to the betterment of human health and well-being. There are many myths surrounding orthodontics, however. Some of these myths may prevent people from seeking treatment that can improve their appearance, better their lifestyle, and boost their confidence. Below I will set the record straight on four common misconceptions regarding orthodontics.
Social media is everywhere. It has become something that doesn’t need to be advertised and yet every company freely advertises many social media sites in the process of advertising their own company. Social media now touches every piece of my life.
In a slow economy small businesses must struggle to keep up with their competitors and sometimes to just break even. Online there are so many different tips for what you can do to pull through these difficult times, but it really depends on the type of small business you own. Figuring out how to bring in new clients is about marketing in a way that highlights the aspects of what makes your small business an essential to your intended market. This isn’t always easy because you may have what feels like a very average small business. For example if you own a bakery, you may feel as though there are tons of other bakeries that make the same type of pastries or other baked goods that you do.
One of the most basic steps to giving your small business an advantage over others, is remembering to give yourself regular evaluations. If you really want to change the way your business is received, you should reflect on it with an honest and open mind. Make a list of the most positive and negative aspects of your company, and use this information to start thinking of creative ways to improve upon the negative while accentuating the positive.This process of reflection may surprise you because it forces you to take the time to think critically about all aspects of your business and not just a select few. Also make sure to write down ways that your business may be able to save a bit of extra money, this might entail doing a bit of online research into tax deductions or credits. The infographic below was one online source that I found particularly insightful for small business to know about the new 1099K tax form. It’s nice because it simplifies some very complex and confusing information into a infographic that is easy to understand in detail and yet quickly process.
Overall, I strongly feel that the greatest skill a small business can rely on in this slow market is creativity. If you can learn to see your own business in a new light, it will allow you to help others see it that way too.
This infographic made by outright.com shows how the new 1099-K affects small businesses.
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The speed at which information can be transferred is getting more insanely fast each day. There are phones now that just tap together to share photos without even having the number of the person with whom you are sharing them. On my phone it only takes a few seconds to share a photo and I thought that was incredibly fast. The top stories in technology news are generally about the ongoing competition of tech companies everywhere, battling it out to edge past their competitors with new features or styles that help them rise above. This is only possible because customers feel the need to have the next best thing before anybody else. Customers who pay a high price for a new computer or cellphone don’t want to find out a few months later that something else is going to take its place. This puts companies in a bit of a bind. They don’t want customers getting angry because they just bought a new laptop, which is suddenly old news after only a few months. In order to keep customers loyal they must make an effort to keep their products at the cutting edge of what’s on the market, and this becomes increasingly difficult to maintain.
Today the technology headlines were filled with a courtroom dispute between competing technology companies over patent violations. The companies at the top of the market are concerned that their products, and the thought process that goes into creating them are being ripped off by other companies creating what are essentially mirror images. So where should companies draw the line? Some believe that companies mirroring each other’s products is unavoidable. Many companies probably wouldn’t exist without this. But shouldn’t their be a limit to just how much companies piggyback one another?
One major change this past school year in classrooms around the country was due to the suddenly affordable e-readers. I love to read so even before e-readers were popular I owned an original version of one. It made sense for me to pay a bit more for my e-reader when it offered much less expensive book prices, and in some cases free books. Now, thanks to the level of competition for e-reader companies, they have had to greatly lower the prices of their devices so as not to lose customers for their books altogether. This means that this past holiday season many happy book lovers found e-readers in their stockings. When I returned to school from winter break, almost everyone in my english classes had one, and those that didn’t professed their undying love for traditionally bound books with textured pages and the smell of inked paper. I love traditional books too, but buying an e-reader gave me many important advantages that I could not let pass me by.
E-readers are especially important for students of all ages, because suddenly required texts are not as expensive as they once were. As an English major, you can imagine why not having to pay the regular price for all my books was a blessing. Also if texts were somewhat old, but not classics they tended to be less than a dollar to purchase. There are some downsides of course, and one of these was that you couldn’t sell your text back at the end of the course. You may have gotten a discounted price, but you had no chance of making that money back. This is still better than the many websites available for renting books because for those books you pay a price and are left with nothing. Some of my textbooks were worth having copies of so I didn’t regret getting them. The other more frequently mentioned issue is that readers do not have the availability of books that a bookstore does, because ebook databases are still catching up. This is only a small problem in my opinion, because since I bought my first e-reader there has been a major improvement in the availability of the books I want. I rarely ever find a book that I cannot get some version of online.
As far as the upcoming school year, I think the amount of e-readers in classrooms is only going to increase with time. They are a great way of cutting down long term expenses and their many pluses outweigh their few negatives.
I just graduated from college and one of the things that I will miss most about living on campus is the free computer support. It’s not just that it was free, it was also incredibly convenient, with staff members that I could trust. If I had a problem I knew that I could easily drop my laptop off on campus or have someone look at in in the IT office. This was very comforting to me when I had twenty page papers to write and powerpoint presentations to create. The only downside was that sometimes in order to get real help I had to go through students who didn’t know a thing about computers. I didn’t blame them though, because I knew they probably just got stuck working in IT for work study. No matter what I always made it to someone who could help me, and since it was free I could not have asked for more. Now that I no longer have the safety net my school once provided for me, the choice of where to go for computer support is somewhat disheartening. There are so many places to choose from and it’s hard to decide which ones are reliable. I hear so many horror stories from friends who pay a fortune just to have their laptop looked at in store, only to find out these “professionals” can’t actually help them at all.
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My father and I are always trying to find that groundbreaking seed of an idea that turns out to be worth millions. We make notes on what is selling fast online and on the websites that are getting the most hits, we also think about the things in our everyday lives that could be improved upon. If I see an article about new money making idea I send it to him and vice versa. I also love websites where people share their own experiences of formulating successful ideas with in-depth descriptions or videos documenting their process. I study the ways that other people have made a name for themselves, so that I may put these methods to use with my own talents. After all the time I have spent in researching how others made it big, I believe one key factor in coming up with my own original idea is in keeping my mind open and readily aware of the possibilities around me. This morning while I was waiting for the train a woman started talking to me about how she wanted to start a blog with all the inspirational experiences and stories she had gathered over the years. I was able to give her some advice on good blogging websites, and somehow this turned into giving her names of sites she could make money off of online. Suddenly, she had a notebook out and was jotting down all of the names I was telling her. Just like me she knew that the internet holds so many possibilities, and just like me she was constantly searching for the opportunity of a lifetime. I sometimes feel like the internet provides a free lottery for us all, the chances of winning are small but the prize is great.
A good education is one of the most important things that a child can have. Preparing your child for the future is the greatest thing that you can do for them, and without the proper tools to succeed, they may fall behind.
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