Aug 30

Running a sweepstakes business is a great way to make easy money. Sweepstakes are popularized by large companies such as McDonalds and Coca-Cola in an effort to promote their products. The McDonalds Monopoly game has been introduced time and time again due to popular demand. In this game, participants can win prizes as small as a free drink and as large as cash prizes worth thousands or millions of dollars.

It is estimated that 60 million Americans play some kind of sweepstakes game every year, a quarter of them playing more than 4 times a year.  Although the odds of winning a sweepstakes game are less than being knocked off a bridge by an airplane, Americans love lottery style games. The question burns in their minds, the possibility that THEY could be the winner. Although the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes estimate that there is only one winner in five hundred million, Americans participate anyway. They dream what they could do with large cash prizes and figure paying for a product for a chance to win is a small price to pay.

The truth is the entity that truly wins a sweepstakes game is the one who runs it. That one ticket that only costs a few bucks is purchased by hundreds, thousands, even millions of people. The dollars start to add up. This is why becoming a promotional sweepstakes software partner is a powerful tool to make money–it’s a mathematical fact. With some guidance, running an internet cafe business with installed sweepstakes software proves to be a great way to earn extra cash with minimal effort.

Aug 22

If you have watched just concluded 2012 London Olympics you may have noticed that Omega was the official time keeper of the games. Omega is part of a company called Swatch Group of Switzerland. Other brands of Swatch Group beside Omega include Breguet, Blancpain, Léon Hatot, Glasshütte Original, Longines, Rado, Union Glasshütte, Tissot, Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry, Balmain, Certina, Mido, Hamilton, Swatch, Flik Flak, Endura, Tourbillon and Jaquet Droz. The story of Swatch, the world’s biggest watch maker by volume is also interesting as its time pieces.

Thirty years ago, pricy Swiss watch makers were under pressure from much cheaper products like Seiko, Casio, and Citizen from Japan. The owner of the Omega brand brought in Nicolas Hayek, a management consultant to develop a sales strategy for the company and the answer to the Japanese challenge was the introduction of Swatch, less than $100 watch in 1982. Today Hayek family controls about 48 percent of the company and Nick Hayek is CEO and Nayla Hayek is the Chairman of the company.

Swatch carries a wide variety of watches from $100 to $300,000 Breguet and Blancpain. Fifty percent of its sales come from Asia mainly from China. The Americas account for one third of its sales.

May 29

According to a report on CNN, at least one in thirty-seven people have served time in prison. And while some criminals change their ways in order to become better people, there are others for whom criminal activity is a compulsive behavior that cannot be stopped.

Whether you are a landlord or an employer, you would have shaken hands with one of these people at some point in time or the other in the form of a potential employee or even a tenant looking to rent your property. And you might not have been able to find any suspicious behavior that would cause you to conduct a criminal check, leading to losses and complications that you could do without in the future.

Most often, if a criminal does not change his or her ways, the results can be disastrous, especially if they are living on your property or work at your company. Theft, non-payment of rent, and even eviction procedures become a part of the situation that you have to deal with, and this is where a simple check on an applicant’s police records should tell you all you need to know about the candidate’s history.

This is also known as a background check, and while not everyone you meet is a criminal or has criminal intent, you can still ascertain whether or not they are a risk or liability by looking at their credit report. This will tell you a lot about how they handle their money and if that is likely to affect your payments.

No matter how you look at it, the importance of peace of mind is well understood by landlords and employers who have had to deal with losses caused by tenants and employees. One of the ways you can keep yourself from having to deal with these situations again is by running comprehensive background checks to protect your assets.

May 10

Physical pain can be as minor as a headache that signals hunger or as significant as a daily, overwhelming sensation due to arthritis, back pain or cancer. For most people, over-the-counter medication is enough to get rid of the pain and keep it under control. For chronic pain sufferers, however, prescription pain medication seems to be the only feasible solution. Yet, with the rise in prescription drug abuse in the U.S., many patients are considering alternative methods of pain management, such as Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS).

Here is a look at one of the best TENS units on the market today, the LG-TEC Dual Combo TENS Unit and Muscle Stimulator.

A TENS unit and muscle stimulator in one, this advanced device is an ideal solution for fast and effective pain reductions without drug use. How does it work? A TENS unit sends tiny electrical impulses through the skin to the nerves which modify the patient’s pain perception. Traditionally used by chiropractors and physical therapists, patients suffering from acute or chronic pain can now use the LG-TEC Dual Combo TENS Unit and Muscle Stimulator without having to leave the comfort of their own homes.

This device is more than a TENS unit; it also provides muscle stimulation. Electronic muscle stimulators can stimulate, re-educate, massage and build muscle for people with muscle spasms, long-term disuse after fractures or bed rest, muscle weakness or muscle injury.

To learn more about this incredible, drug-free method of controlling pain, please Visit LGMedSupply Online. LGMedSupply’s pain relief products are used by thousands of satisfied patients worldwide and all items are in-stock. You can also find additional information about the company and its products via its online customer blog.

Dec 28

Article submitted by ArtificialTurfSupply.com

If you live in the northeastern part of the United States, chances are you’ve noticed a growing number of white, domed structures popping up in local neighborhoods. While they might look alien and space-aged, they are in fact “sports bubbles” designed to let kids and adults play sports on a synthetic lawn field year-round. Patch.com reports that Connecticut is teeming with sports bubbles, including two extremely popular complexes near the town of Tolland.

Both the Star Hill and Sports world sports bubbles have become popular with local athletes, highlighting a growing trend in sports. Artificial turf manufacturers have seen an increase in synthetic turf uses for year-round sports complexes. Advances in the quality of wholesale artificial turf have overcome resistance to playing on “fake grass,” with local athletes realizing that artificial turf allows them to play their favorite sports any time.

Sports bubbles take this concept one step further. These indoor complexes feature multiple fields where athletes can play sports like soccer, football and softball. Using artificial turf means that they can play indoors and not have to worry about games being cancelled because of rain or snow or suffering through miserable cold weather. Parents who watch games appreciate being indoors as much as the athletes.

Dec 16

If you are a true fashionista, you know that the right accessories can make or break your outfit. If you are really looking for a way to make a splash with your outfits, you need a variety of purses.

Leather purses are a classic that will never go out of style. No matter the occasion or the time of year, leather purses look good with anything.

Whether you choose a basic color – like black or neutral-colored purses – or something far brighter, leather purses can make any outfit look more sophisticated. You can use them to add some class to your business suit, or to make your jeans look more formal. You can even use little clutch leather purses to carry with your cocktail dresses!

No matter what purses you like most, you do not have to spend a fortune to get them. Sure, there are plenty of expensive purses and exclusive brands out there, but there are also purses that look great – without breaking your budget. Even quality leather purses can be found at affordable or discount prices.

After all, purses do you no good if they are so expensive that you don’t have any money to put in them!

Jul 29

Every website that allows trading in forex or currency will display the live forex exchange rates for all the pairs of currencies that are being traded there. It is very much necessary to have an idea about the current currency exchange rates of the pairs of currencies you have decided to place your money and trade on. The trading platform usually has a chart of the currency pairs, and there are modifiable options like time, volume, properties etc of the chart. Selecting a particular time frame, for instance 1 month, will immediately display the currency exchange rates for the given pair, since the last 30 days. By doing so you get a fair idea about the general trend of the pair, whether it has been plummeting or progressively going up in the last 1 month

There are many people who are extremely interested in trading in forex, but cannot find enough time to sit in front of their computers to do so. Well, there is a ray of hope for such busy people too. The forex robots can behave as the trader on behalf of such busy people and execute the trades automatically.

Many people have all the time in the world, but lack confidence or adequate knowledge about the forex markets and trading in currencies. There is a solution for such ignorant people too, which is Forex trading software. A good soft ware should be easy to install and easy to operate too, to get maximum benefit out of it.

Jul 28

Customer support services have been around for a long time. With years of experience in varying fields requiring a degree of expertise that ranges from simple calls to specialized services such as medical answering and help desk services, one can safely say the answering service industry has come a long way indeed.

Contact center solutions have been through waves of change with the levels of competition growing day by day. Call centers are improving the quality of their services while also offering the best deals in order to increase their base of clients, and therefore, more and more is expected from the employees who are hired to take calls for these clients.

Call it the customer service solution if you will, but almost every client knows that in offering the best service, one can stay on top of their industry. If anything, almost everyone knows how a customer responds to lousy customer service which ultimately results in the customer (and his friends) taking their business elsewhere.

However you look at it, this paradigm has resulted in most customers getting what they want because after all, the customer is always right. And this is why call centers are getting more and more competitive these days, as small and medium sized businesses have realized that the way a company grows is by providing the best customer service.

Jul 20

Today, job marketplaces are condensed with helpdesk, technical support and customer service jobs. If you want to score a great-paying job as a customer support specialist, you will need to know the basics of the job as well as the perfect personality that matches the job qualifications. First, you need excellent listening skills. Many helpdesks aren’t physical, which means there’s only a telephone number which customers dial to get to you. With the distance barrier and lack of physical presence, a lot of messages can be lost in translation.

You must be equipped with good presence of mind, and ears that are ready to listen. Along with your listening skills must be exceptional eye for detail, and really fast fingers. This is crucial because you will need to learn how to multi-task. For instance, you will need to listen to a customer’s concern, open up an account, enter data in your PC, look up digits and other tasks all at the same time. Then, you will need to understand how it is to be a customer. Many a time has come when you were not satisfied with a product, or when you simply had an inquiry about a particular service. As a customer, you would turn to support specialist who are expected to help you out with your concern.

Why is this important? As a customer, you may have felt frustrated and disappointed. You may have called a hotline and screamed endlessly at the support specialist on the other end. Empathy is of utmost necessity if you wish to become a customer support agent. You need to understand that customers experience frustrations and vent these out in a variety of ways. The technicalities of the job differs from business to business but you must have these two prerequisites before you can consider becoming a support specialist.

    Jun 21

    The day is still a ways away that we’ll be able to walk into a hobby store and buy acrylic display cases that have been made from a renewable resource. However, biotechnology is slowly paving the way for an era where the computers we use for work, the sneakers that we wear for play, and the containers that we drink out of grow on trees. Scientists are continuing to work on improved methods of creating plastics and fuel from plant sources rather than petroleum.

    Currently, bioplastics and biofuels are created when specific crops undergo chemical and physical processes to extract the sugars contained within. Manufacturers take these sugars and transform them into the end product.

    Today’s bioplastic doesn’t offer the durability that consumers want from lasting products such as diecast car displays. Additionally, the process is still rather unwieldy and expensive. However, many hope that in the future, the plants themselves will shoulder some of the work. Biotechnology firms are working to genetically engineer plants that will streamline the biofuel manufacturing process. Such plants currently being worked on include corn and switch grass.

    The hope is that not too far in the future, the cost of creating renewable fuels will be much lower, meaning that biodegradable plastic containers made from renewable plant sources could become the norm. However, in order for this to happen, farmers will need to be willing to make the switch to a crop that would be considered a riskier investment than what they are currently growing.

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