• 19Apr

    I was out cutting the lawn with a push mower. I had on ear protection that I could play music through. I just walked under the big oak tree in our yard as I mowed the lawn and felt the ground shake. I looked around startled, and saw that a huge branch split off that oak tree and fell just a few seconds after I cleared the tree with the mower. It hit so hard that I felt the ground tremor come up through my feet. I called a tree service in Long Island after I calmed down. I had a hard time even finishing the lawn that day. I was nervous about mowing close to the tree.

    It looked healthy. Every spring it leafed out and looked strong. It was a little windy that day, but not much. It was just a pleasant breeze on a hot day. I saw the limbs swaying from the porch just a little before I started mowing. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • 28Feb

    I figured my husband and I would have a time of it looking at Silver Spring Maryland apartments. The main reason I thought this is because it is so close to Washington D.C., so I figured that people would naturally want to live closer to here since the prices would be lower than what an apartment in the capital would be. We chose Silver Spring because there are two colleges here, and we hope that our daughter will want to go to one of them and commute from home since it is so close.

    She has shown interest in Monroe in the past, so we figured this was a good move for all three of us. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • 10Feb

    Moving is an interesting thing. I never liked to do it, but I have enjoyed the changes. Each time we moved, my wife and I ended up in a nicer place. I grew up in a very old and drafty house. When I got married, my wife and I lived in a newer trailer. It was huge compared to that old house I grew up in. It was nice to have the big kitchen and the separate dining room. The bedroom was small with a king-size bed. After that we looked at 2 bedroom Stone Oak Apartments.

    We finally found a really nice place that we wanted to live at for a long time. It was nice to go back to having a two-bedroom apartment. The last place only had one. It made it awkward for overnight guests, even though we had a really nice couch. We used an air mattress too. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • 19Jul

    Lately, gold as an investment has become a hot commodity. The ever-rising prices of gold have turned them into the best investment option. Though one can put the money in this expensive metal without any type of fear but still one must have some knowledge about this precious yellow metal.

    There are concerns amongst investors when buying gold, just as there are concerns when putting money into any investment asset. However, many of these have benefits. When prices of the metal rise when the dollar goes down. These two have the inverse relationship between them. The weaker dollar or the unstable stock market makes it more expensive. So, most of the people like to invest in gold instead of the other sources. The stock market doesnt remain stable all the time and also makes for the unsecured investment. On the other hand, the expensive metals procure their value and mostly provide the good returns.

    Gold is also liquidity and ease to sell. Buy gold coins to increase the returns value. These usually have the numismatic value and are more expensive than the bars. Over the time these yield more value than any other commodity. The historical coins never go for less if maintained in the perfect condition. Also these can be sold very easily owing to the higher liquidity.
    When investors buy physical gold, they are reserving wealth by buying gold coins and bars. Gold coins give the opportunity to preserve the wealth from the economic downturn or inflation. These have the intrinsic value so one can rely on them during the adverse situations also. They wont become valueless under any circumstances. The yellow metal also doesnt rust and one can keep them safely in a secure storage safe.

    Financial future security is another key fundamental when buying gold as an investment. Gold has proven to provide one of the best financial security for the future. As one can keep them for a long period of time because the metal doesnt deteriorate with time so it makes the future of the person secure. The financial security also gives the peace and prosperity in life.

  • 18Jul

    When it comes to publicizing a business on the internet, content development acts as the key to success as content rich websites draw the attention of target audience. Commercial websites have different types of content depending on the products and services they have to offer. Financial content is one such type.
    As a business owner, if you need any kind of financial content for your website, it would be advisable for you to take the help of an expert. Since:

    He/she is well versed with financial terms; they will be able to avoid the use of jargon so that common people will also be able to understand what they view.
    This expert will adopt certain financial content development techniques that will help your website with SEO and social media marketing as well.
    Here are a few financial content development services that an expert can assist with:
    Content for portals
    It is found that many businesses utilize portals to communicate information to target audience. So, equity and sector research along with detailed information about a companys operations with relevant data and analyses will be provided by the expert.
    Blogs
    The world of internet is awash with blogs. From a survey, it was found that 47.1% of bloggers were influenced after they read about a product or a service in a blog. This expert will research, analyze and formulate content. He/she will also update blogs on a regular basis with fresh content to ensure that visitors return to the site on a regular basis.
    eBooks
    The experts create eBooks based on the research that they do. These eBooks usually contain new financial ideas, information, and analysis presented through interactive text and rich graphics.
    Newsletters
    They also publish newsletters with valuable financial information like recent financial news, updates from the money market, and events and analyses in order to reach the target audience.
    Research
    The expert also provides research services on custom markets, investments, analytics, emerging markets, finance and businesses.
    Analysis and valuation
    They also provide an insight into a companys operations, based on information gathered from the companys website; like sales, valuation, mortgages and loans and trading movements.
    Now that you are aware of the services that an expert can offer you, it would be easier for you to do a need analysis of your website. Once you have analyzed your needs you should get started on your search for an expert. You can also log on to the website of Pi Media Services that has a team of trained experts to help you with a number of financial content development services after analyzing your needs.

  • 18Jul

    Countless foreigners nowadays would like to start up or perhaps expand their enterprise in Thailand. Starting a business in a foreign country could be both a rewarding opportunity and a daunting task. You’ll find One Stop Service Centers that include business services that will foreigners set up a firm in Thailand. The Thai administration has made great improvement during the last few years to raise the process of business registration in Thailand. A Thai Company could be registered in just one business day soon after receiving a confirmation in the name reservation with the Thai limited firm.

    Fresh businesses both huge and small can set up in Thailand easily. For a smaller new Thai business you can easily register your new Thai limited company with a minimum capitalization of 2 million baht. The Thai administration requires that at least 25 percent of the starting capitalization be paid through to the date with the meeting for corporation registration. This start up capital can be used immediately for business office rental, buying pc’s, purchasing inventory along with other business expenses. For big businesses, Thai government has their Board involving Investment (BOI) course for offering special sectors advantages for choosing Thailand as their initial location. This can comprise small software developers with just a couple people to great manufacturing operation. This incentives include levy holidays, reduce levy duties on imported machines, fast canning of work permits and visas regarding foreign staff, and as well as tax cost-free zones for importing raw materials that may be used and exported to be a finished product (for several designated sectors).

    The particular ownership percentage of this Thai company depends on any type of business registration you process using the Thai government. The most common type of registration could be the Thai Limited Corporation with 2 mil baht required preliminary capitalization. A foreigner can only support to 49 percent on the shares in this sort of structure. Thus, the Thai partners must have 51 percent. The BOI corporation structure offers the option of 100 percentage ownership in particular business categories. It is strongly recommended that you call a Thai corporation incorporation lawyer to help you in the planning of your respective new business within Thailand.

  • 17Jul

    An entrepreneur does many wonderful things. In fact, many people are amazed with how the entrepreneur’s mind works. But for some who have not taken the plunge, there is some wonderment….some real curiosity….and for some of us, even some questions about successful entrepreneurs morals and integrity….But for most onlookers there are two important questions to ask. How does an entrepreneur become successful? And most importantly, do you want to be a successful entrepreneur too?

    First of all, an effective entrepreneur should have great ideas. And then you need to test those ideas…You have to research to be able to make an informed judgement about whether your business idea is feasible. It really is critical to do this investigation, and in many cases its not necessarily a tedious task…Once you have gathered all the needed information, you can decide whether to pursue the business idea now, or simply file it and do it in the future.

    Sound Research

    The projects undertaken by successful entrepreneurs are normally done in a very careful manner. Research about Demand is a very important aspect to help determine business feasibility. Saturated and established markets can be a big no for entrepreneurs because their aim is to earn more money. Entering a saturated market can be suicidal (unless you have a very unique selling proposition), because of the extreme competition.

    If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, you have to work on some concepts such as ROI or return on investment, compounding capital, economy of scale, speed of business returns, and many others. You can’t work your way to success if you dont know these concepts. So you have to study and continue your learning. If you have the opportunity to study a business related course, do so. Gaining knowledge, skill and education, can only help you to succeed in the business world.

    According to many expert entrepreneurs, education is not enough. As an entrepreneur, you must have the right attitude and qualities. Now what are these attitudes and qualities? Firstly, you have to be hard working. You have to be willing to work many hours of the day or night especially if you’re a beginner. Almost eighty percent of your time will be allotted for encouraging customers or subscribers. In the case of an internet business, you have to attract a lot of traffic to your site otherwise, your business will fail.

    Secondly, you need to be a risk taker. Most entrepreneurs are not afraid to take risks. This does not mean that entrepreneurs enter the market with their eyes closed hoping for success. Entrepreneurs are willing to take risks especially if after a careful study they can see high chances of success. Not many individuals are willing to take risks because they are afraid to fail. But you see, an entrepreneur learns a lot from past failures. It’s all part of life and so you should not be scared. Its also important to be organized.

  • 14Jul

    Financial Prosperity

    Like so many people on the internet I have tried a number of ways of making “big” money on the web and yes, I have made at least one bad investment. There is more than one money making formula out there. Some formulas are good and some not so good. God knows more than a little about financial prosperity and He desires the Christian to prosper. However, God wants the Christian to prosper His way.

    Formula to a Relationship

    God desires that instead of looking to a formula, the Christian should look to Him and not to a formula. God wants you to shift your allegiance from a money making formula to a deep relationship with Him and then you will prosper the best way. Are you seeking to know God intimately and have a deep relationship with Him? He says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

    The Financial Prosperity Revelation

    God gave me a revelation of Matthew 6:33 and showed me if I would seek Him and put His agenda first place in my life then my prosperity would be manifested. Seeking God is the best investment in your destiny.

    In Hebrews 11:6b He states, “He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

    “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:4 KJV).

    Serve God or Money?

    Remember what is stated in Matthew 6:24 of the Living Bible, “You cannot serve two masters: God and money. For you will hate one and love the other, or else the other way around.”

    Seek and love God with all your heart and get involved with His program. Good investment. He has just the formula for your success: a deep relationship with Him which will unfold the glorious destiny He has for your life. And that destiny does include prosperity.

    But what if you refuse to do the will of God? Here is your answer: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21 KJV).

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  • 14Jul

    Blogs have revolutionized the way that people do business. It seems that all the big companies are making use of blogs to promote themselves and market their products. However, corporate blogs aren’t just for big companies. Blogs can also be utilized by small businesses with great effect.

    Setting up a small business blog is easy and has many benefits. They are powerful promotional tools and a great way to communicate with clients.

    Here are some tips on using a small business blog:

    1. Write Naturally and Honestly

    Small business blogs can be more personal than large corporate blogs. It’s best to write in way that feels natural to you. Avoid writing needlessly complex posts filled with technical jargon. Doing so will endear customers and promote conversation, which is what a blog is for, after all.

    As with any blog, you must always tell the truth. Blogs should address all issues, be it good or bad. This will ultimately beneficial as it helps builds trust the customers.

    2. Post often and Respond to Comments

    Remember to post frequently. Provide readers with plenty of content, so that they will keep coming back to your blog.

    Comments are a vital part of blogs, providing useful feedback. Respond to reader comments often to build strong ties between them and your company.

    3. Promote your business, Promote yourself

    A small business blog is an innovative way to promote a business.

    A good technique is to document your projects. This is good way to show how capable you are at your profession and to garner trust. This is especially important with small business, where reputations can make a big difference.

    Blogs allow for unparalleled interaction with customers. Use this to get closer to clients, and to build bonds of trust. The information gained from readers is invaluable for improving your small business.

    4. Be Informed and Informative

    Read plenty of other blogs to gain useful information. Post comments and promote your own blog. Be an active part of the blogosphere.

    Post links of related information on your blog, and use technology like RSS/Atom feeds to constantly provide your blog with interesting content. This is a great way to promote your business and be informed of everything concerning you industry. Besides informing your readers, it can lead to interaction and possible collaborations with other businesses, all of which will benefit a small business.

    5. Search Engines

    For those who wish to achieve higher search engine rankings, a blog can be an invaluable asset. The constant updating combined with the right keywords can raise search engine results dramatically.