The Only Tree Service I Will Use

I have never been bothered by weather forecasts that threatened high winds or thunderstorms. I have a lot of trees, but they are very strong and sturdy. I have a Queens tree service that comes out on a regular basis and prune them, making them even healthier and able to withstand a lot of what Mother Nature may throw at them. Well, that way of thinking worked for me for over 20 years, but my streak was broken with a late summer storm last year. One of oak trees was struck by lightning, and down she came.

That alone would have been okay, but it fell at the wrong angle. Instead of just hitting the ground, it hit my neighbor’s back porch. That is how huge this tree was. I imagine it was easily 60 foot tall if not taller. Continue reading

Winds Can Knock Down Dead Trees

We had a really nasty snow storm last night and not only was the snow wet and heavy, there were terrible winds as well. I knew I had to find a Long Island tree company to come and look at my trees before the next storm but I did not, and as a result I had a tree fall in my backyard. I am very lucky that the tree did not touch any other properties or cause any damage, but I knew that it should have been taken care of sooner. Continue reading

I’m Playing a Game That is Allowing Me to Spend Time with My Child

Our daughter is suddenly very into video games. Our son has been playing for years, and his sister took an interest after watching him play. However, he is much older than she is and he’s more interested in hanging out with his friends while he plays. I could see that she was really disappointed by that, so I used some Virtual Families 2 cheats so that I could catch up in the game to where she is. Rather than ask her outright if she wanted me to play with her, I simply started playing the game. I did that so that she would not feel that she needed to tell me that she didn’t want me to play. The plan worked perfectly, and now she is happy to have someone to talk to about the game with her.

After I had my son, I had hoped to have another child soon after. Continue reading

An Introduction to E-Business and How “Anyone” Can Make Money on the Internet

Very often we hear people saying there is an abundance of opportunities for online business because e-commerce is a huge industry! How true this statement is!In a matter of few years, the Internet has consolidated itself as a very powerful platform that has changed the way we do business, and the way we communicate. The Internet, as no other medium, has given an international or, if you prefer, a “Globalized” dimension to the world. It is the universal source of information.Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, you have probably heard about e-commerce, and you have probably heard about it from several different angles. You may have heard about all of the companies that offer e-commerce through their TV and radio ads, or maybe you’ve read news articles about the shift to e-commerce, or the huge valuations that some Internet companies get in the stock market, even when they don’t make a profit, or you may have purchased something personally on the web, so you have had a direct experience with e-commerce.The Internet is actually the most democratic of all the mass media. With a very low investment, anyone can have a web page on the Internet. This way almost any business can reach a very large market, fast and economically, regardless of its size or location. With a very low investment almost anybody who can read, and write can have access to the millions of people “online”.Still, you may feel like you don’t understand e-commerce at all. What is all the hype about? Why the huge valuations? And most importantly, is there a way for you to participate? If you have questions like these, then this article will help out by exposing you to the lucrative world of e-commerce.E-commerce
– E-commerce (electronic commerce) is the buying and selling of goods and services on the Internet, especially the World Wide Web. In practice, this term and a newer term, e-business, are often used interchangeably.

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Before we get into a complete discussion of e-commerce, it is helpful to have a good mental image of plain old commerce first. If you understand commerce, then e-commerce is an easy extension.Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary gives a few definitions of commerce:
1: social intercourse: interchange of ideas, opinions, or sentiments2: the exchange or buying and selling of commodities on a large scale involving transportation from place to place3: sexual intercourseWe tend to be interested in the second definition, but that third one is interesting and unexpected — maybe that’s what all of the hype is about?You can see that from this perspective, commerce is a fairly simple concept. Commerce is, quite simply, the exchange of goods and services, usually for money. We see commerce all around us in millions of different forms. The mere fact that you are reading this article you are participating in commerce. In the same way, if you were selling watches out of a trench coat on the street of New York, you are participating in commerce from a different angle. If you go to work each day for a company that produces a product, or service that is yet another link in the chain of commerce, all of commerce at its simplest level relies on buyers, and sellers.When you get down to the actual elements of commerce and commercial transactions, things get slightly more complicated because you have to deal with the details. However, these details boil down to a finite number of steps.
At the very core of the matter, you would like to sell something to someone in order to generate an income. Ok, so you need a product or service to offer. The product can be anything from retail inventory to virtual products such as a luxury resorts membership to website domain names. You may design your own products, or become an affiliate of a company that has a product, or buy inventory from wholesalers.You must also have a site from which to sell your products. You can build yourself one using simple software like Microsoft FrontPage, or you might hire someone to build you a professional one. Then you need to figure out a way to get people to come to your site. This process is known as marketing. If no one knows that your place exists, you will never sell anything. You then need a way to accept orders and collect money. You can use wire transfers or electronic checks through online banking, or you can accept credit cards through merchant accounts such as Pay Pal.If you choose a business that needs a way to deliver the product or service, that process is known as fulfillment. There are several companies like FedEx and UPS that have on line business solutions that you can outsource the fulfillment process to. More and more e-businesses are moving toward virtual products, or services where delivery can be done instantly.Many products today are so complicated that they require customer service and technical support departments to help customers use them. This process can also be outsourced to the company you affiliate with, or various out side companies. Travel memberships are a good example of this sort of product. On-going updating of packages that become available, changes in pricing through out the year, and the scheduling of reservations will require on-going customer service because customers want to change the dates and locations from time to time.So, how does a newbie to the online business world select a product, set up a site, drive traffic to that site, make sales, collect money, and handle customer service, and fulfillment. Wow, there is a huge need for proper planning. You need to do a lot of reading and research to get yourself familiar with the best industries, products, and practices. One of the easiest ways I have discovered to quickly start making money online is a business model that doesn’t take much works to get up and running, the affiliate program. Let me share with you why it is such a great idea.

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Affiliate programs are everywhere on the Internet, and are a great way for beginners to get into e-business. They are also great for professionals who don’t have a lot of time and can’t leave their current profession in order to develop their e-business. You can start earning money without having to reinvent the wheel, or spend months on end trying to develop and perfect a site, and a sales system that creates conversion. The use of an affiliate program is the ultimate method of being able to start a home-based business on the Internet. Self-employed professionals who are limited on the amount of time they can devote to their e-business are flocking to affiliate programs because once they are up and running they operate on autopilot. The right program can generate enough income through perpetual leverage to free anyone from his or her “golden handcuffs”, or “financial struggle”Finally, if you find the right affiliate program they are relatively quick and easy to setup and manage. They are in the business of duplicating professional results for all of their reps. Everything you need, will be organized into carefully packaged systems. Therefore, it is usually far less costly, and much less work for you to start generating money. Some programs are so well thought out and effective that they are attracting professionals from all walks of life.Even if you know nothing about website design, e-commerce, or online marketing, you will be able succeed if you align yourself with the right affiliate company. However before you run out and plunk down several hundred or several thousands of dollars, do your research. Not all affiliate programs are created equally.

I Just Started My New Job

I have been doing this work for a couple of weeks now. I work for a trucking company of sorts, but I am not allowed to drive the truck. This place seems to specialize in stuff that is heavy. For example today we delivered a big load of headstones to a place that sells Jewish memorials in New Jersey. They have a place that is right beside the Costco in Clifton and I had been by the place dozens of times without ever paying any attention to it. Obviously a big stone like this is going to be hard to move and my job is to help out so that nothing goes wrong. It is pretty boring for the most part so I carry along my school books, which I already have for next semester. Some of the time I have trouble reading while the truck is moving, but usually I can study quite well. I just want to have a good head start before I go back to school. Continue reading

Accounting In Business Management

In any part of the world, engaging in business ventures to participate in the ever growing number of players who want to make their mark in the business sectors will be one aspect that needs to be carefully studied. Key aspects that include the industry that anyone is planning to penetrate, the target market and the potential buying behavior of the consumer market are only some of the factors for consideration. A thorough study of the entire matter needs to be evaluated. It is not merely a venture wherein people can simply decide to put up a business and offer a service or good. Nor is it a matter of hiring the best marketing and sales people available today to ensure a successful business venture.

A business venture entails a lot of research work to be done. It needs consideration such as currency, basic necessities, affordability and brand familiarity. It is never simply about what the management team of a company that complete the whole business mix has. The need to also consider factors as actual consumer demands, the need for substitutes for a wider selection of variants and brands is what most consumers in the market today would look at and such is something that should be considered by would be entrepreneurs and business groups.

Such are points for consideration being taken into consideration in the overall evaluation and management process for Chin Chin products that are distributed today. The demand for products in areas such as Canada, the United States and the Philippines vary in nature, especially in terms of demand. Cultural familiarity and actual needs of consumers in the regions need to be carefully analyzed. It is not merely a question of trial and error. It is identifying what a consumer wants and would purchase for a specific price. While some would disregard this consideration, it is a step towards business disaster and corporate downfall. In any business planning ordeal, the key factor of targeting the right consumer market, assessing the volume of demand and supply and focusing on the actual goods that have potential that will surely be key indicators for successful business ventures.

The price at which people pay for a certain commodity or good would depend on the overall quality of products offered in the market today. This can range from basic needs to lofty paraphernalia that most people feel to be more of a vice rather than a need. Based on the belief using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, people have changed to total viewpoint when it comes to detailing what the important needs of survival are today.

For people who are not adept in understanding the whole business methodology, there should be something more than just plain reference towards the financial statements of a company such as the Balance Sheet, Income Statement and the Cash Flows. People need to also consider the overall operations, the level of investments made and the paid-up capital before they would start bellyaching about poor corporate performance.

The operations aspect of companies should be taken into account. It is not merely relying on revenues and expenses and not overseeing what the company’s actual operations are. Administration is one thing and operations is another, and both must be addressed to have a fully operating business.

The need for broader analysis and understanding of such cases is a must. Top managers cannot simply judge from what they hear. They should be able to learn how to properly evaluate a business and financial statements do not show the entire business operations of a company.

6 Steps to Effective Communication

Effective leaders are known for being excellent communicators. Here’s what to do.

1) Avoid “Not.” Negative talk encourages arguments, counter attacks, and attempts to solve your problems. It also creates a negative impression. For example, when you say, “I can’t,” you appear helpless and ineffective. Instead, talk about what you can do and what you want.

2) Deal with impossible requests by 1) acknowledging the request, 2) empathizing with the other person’s feelings, 3) saying, “I wish I could fix it.” and 4) suggesting a reasonable alternative.” For example, imagine that you work at a resort and it is raining. A guest walks up to you carrying a golf bag, slams it against your desk, and shouts, “This place stinks! I spent thousands of dollars coming here and it’s raining.”

You respond by saying, “You’re right it’s raining. And I know how upsetting it must feel to travel this far and be stuck inside. I wish I could make it stop. In the meantime, you may want to visit our indoor putting center. Our golf pro is offering instructions this afternoon.”

3) Deal with difficult requests by 1) affirming your willingness to help and 2) asking the other person to help you plan a solution.

For example, if your boss asks you to start another project, you could say, “I understand you want me to start a new project. And right now I’m working on another project. To help me set my priorities, I wonder which one you want me to finish first.”

4) When possible, offer choices that show the consequences of different options. This allows the other person to choose both the process and its impact.

For example, you can say, “That’s a great idea. And there are different ways I can meet your request. We can use our existing supplies, which are free, or we can buy custom materials, which will cost $500. Which option would you prefer?”

5) Deal with complaints by asking the other person to describe a fair settlement. You can say, “What do you want?” or “What would you consider a fair solution to this?” or “What would make you happy?”

6) A smile significantly affects how you sound. It also makes you more approachable. When you frown, other people hear anxiety, caution, fear, and rejection. A smile (or at least a pleasant expression) encourages open communication.

Advantages Of Outsourcing Infrastructure Management Services

Managing vital operational components, such as policies, processes, equipment, data, human resources, and external contacts, for a far-reaching effectiveness of an organization’s information technology essentially constitutes infrastructure management services. Effective infrastructure management primarily ensures conformance to standards and interoperability between an organization’s internal and external entities, while enhancing the flow of information throughout the organization. It seeks to promote adaptability necessary for a changeable environment and maintain effective change management policies and practices.

In-house infrastructure management is a complex, resource intensive and expensive proposition. Moreover it hurts core business of enterprises by taking their focus off the core businesses. According to a leading research & analyst firm, investments in infrastructure management constitute one of the single largest expenses for an organization.

A growth in infrastructure scaling does not necessarily have to mean a growth in expenses. The 21st century has brought with it a smart way of business operations – outsourcing. Outsourcing, infrastructure management offers enterprise customers higher reliability, reduced risk, and lower IT costs through one-stop management for the entire IT infrastructure.

Advantages of outsourcing infrastructure management services:

• Reduces total cost of IT operations.

• Restores focus of enterprises limited IT resources for core business activities.

• Rationalizes IT staffing and training costs.

• Optimizes IT asset utilization.

• Facilitates service delivery.

• Improves uptime and system availability.

In a world where the budgets are always shrinking and expectations always rising a world class service partner with exceptional talent is required.

CSS provides a complete portfolio of infrastructure management solutions and services for geographically distributed network resources, 24×7. Our infrastructure management solutions are based on an architecture that is open and scalable thus enabling easy integration of vendor or customer-supplied tools. CSS infrastructure management solutions for a broad spectrum of servers, storage, networks, security, databases, desktops, and applications

CSS infrastructure management solution goes beyond 24×7 monitoring to include proactive problem identification and resolution, thereby reducing costs and improving service levels. Built-in root because analysis aids in easy identification of potential problems and automatically fix them before they affect performance. By automating corrective actions, IT organizations decrease problem resolution time and improve system availability and reduce downtime.

Tips For Managing Your Money Wisely

Wise money management is essential for a balanced, happy life. Financial stress resulting from poor money management skills can affect our capacity to make good decisions, harm our relationships, affect physical and mental health, and ultimately to function well in life. It is no exaggeration to say that poor money management breaks up marriages and breaks down hope. Yet, money management is a skill which can be learned. Even if financial problems are largely the result of just not earning enough income, good money management skills can reduce the stress of these circumstances and provide a bit more mental room to focus on solutions.

Here are six tips for managing your money wisely, which, if applied, will improve the overall quality of your life:

KNOW WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING. It is important to stop the financial leakage. We all know what it is like to have our money dribbling away one coin or one note at a time. It is important to pay attention to our spending. It can be very helpful to record all expenditure for a set period of time just so you know where your money is going. Prepare to be shocked; most people have no idea how much money is being lost to unnecessary expenses. Once you know where your money is going, you can curtail unnecessary expenses.

DESIGN A BUDGET THAT WORKS FOR YOU AND STICK TO IT. You can design your own, or get a free budgeting form off the internet. Make sure at least some of your money goes to debt reduction and savings. Create a budget that will meet your financial obligations and if you have to cut down on certain expenditures to live within your budget then do so. Once you remove the stress of financial insufficiency through good money management, you will find you are able to improve your financial circumstances gradually. This is next to impossible when you are overspending.