Previous Magazine https://www.previousmagazine.com Exclusive News About Tech, Software, Music and More Wed, 14 Apr 2021 18:52:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 https://www.previousmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-Previous-Magazine-Clean-Favicon-32x32.png Previous Magazine https://www.previousmagazine.com 32 32 The Best Types of Cameras for Active People https://www.previousmagazine.com/the-best-types-of-cameras-for-active-people https://www.previousmagazine.com/the-best-types-of-cameras-for-active-people#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 18:52:14 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34436 Sometimes active people like to document their outings and travels, so they need the perfect camera take with them. There are many kinds of cameras out there, so it can be difficult to choose which ones are the best. Here are a few of the best kinds of cameras for active people. Action Cameras Action...]]>

Sometimes active people like to document their outings and travels, so they need the perfect camera take with them. There are many kinds of cameras out there, so it can be difficult to choose which ones are the best. Here are a few of the best kinds of cameras for active people.

Action Cameras

Action cameras, also known as adventure cameras, are better suited for more adventurous people and extreme sportspeople because they are made to withstand the elements. These cameras are small, lightweight, and durable. They’re also weatherproof and waterproof—perfect for the outdoors! They offer high resolution images and videos and image stabilisation. Most of them have mounts and they can be attached to a tripod, helmet, bike, or wrist strap, so the camera can be used handsfree. Some can also connect with a smartphone to offer additional features.

A few downsides to action cameras are that some don’t have a viewfinder or a screen, they have limited digital zoom, and a limited battery life.

Compact Cameras

These are also known as point and shoot cameras. Compact digital cameras are small and lightweight, so they don’t take up much space in a person’s bag, and can be kept in a coat pocket. They’re often automated, and are quick and easy-to-use. Most compact cameras have an LCD screen so users can go through the photos they’ve taken. These cameras can be charged via USB and some can work with batteries. On the downside, they have limited settings, only one lens, and the images are not as high-quality as some other camera types.

These cameras are perfect for on-the-go people who want to snap a few quick pictures of their adventures to show their friends and families. Compact cameras a fairly inexpensive, so are easily replaced if gets damaged. If you want more details on specific cameras, you can read more camera reviews on Meta.reviews.

DSLRs

DSLRS, or digital single lens reflex cameras, are ideal for professional photographers who want to take high-quality images. These cameras take videos as well as photographs, and they have many settings options. Users will have the option of using interchangeable lenses and there are multiple accessories people can buy to use with it. DSLRs are ideal for people who are interested in nature photography and sports photography.

However, DSLRs can be inconvenient to carry around, especially when accessories are factored in, since they are heavy and bulky. They are rather expensive and can be costly to replace if they get damaged.

360° Cameras

As the name implies, 360° cameras take 360° photographs. These cameras are a less common option, but can take beautiful panorama photos. Some of these cameras can be quite small and allow users to livestream their adventures. 360° cameras are perfect for people who want capture the whole environment around them.

Those who are not familiar with this kind of camera may have difficulties with taking a seamless photograph. These cameras don’t take well to any kind of shaking, which can cause blurring, so users of 360° cameras, will likely need to use a tripod to stabilise the camera.

Smartphone Cameras

Smartphone cameras are quickly replacing most cameras. With a camera on their phones, some people don’t see the point in having a second camera. The quality of smart phone cameras is improving with the years, so people won’t have to compromise on quality. They’re especially convenient, since everyone carries their phone with them. The only issue is that people should be careful that their phone doesn’t get damaged or dropped while they are out an about, since some smartphones can be quite fragile.

While smartphone cameras have some features and filters, they may not be appropriate for professional use. However, if people want to take a few photos, all they have to do is pull their phone out of their pocket and tap a few buttons on the screen. Using the camera on a smart phone also means that people can share their photos with friends and family fairly quickly.

If you are an active outdoorsperson, hopefully this article has given you a better idea of what kind of camera you’ll need. You can read more about different cameras and other camera news on Telecomasia.net.

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Choosing a Neurosurgeon vs an Orthopedic Surgeon https://www.previousmagazine.com/choosing-a-neurosurgeon-vs-an-orthopedic-surgeon https://www.previousmagazine.com/choosing-a-neurosurgeon-vs-an-orthopedic-surgeon#respond Sat, 10 Apr 2021 12:36:51 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34424 Neck and back problems are one of the most serious issues affecting a majority of Americans today. These problems may be minor or lead to chronic backaches, so there’s an increasing demand for specialists in the field. Neurosurgery and orthopedics intertwine in this regard. As a result, not many know whether to approach a neurosurgeon...]]>

Neck and back problems are one of the most serious issues affecting a majority of Americans today. These problems may be minor or lead to chronic backaches, so there’s an increasing demand for specialists in the field. Neurosurgery and orthopedics intertwine in this regard. As a result, not many know whether to approach a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon for most back problems. This article identifies the overlap between both fields, as well as their differences.

Who Is a Neurosurgeon?

When the word neurosurgeon is mentioned, what comes to mind is a professional who carries out surgical procedures on the nervous system. Neurosurgeons specialize in performing surgeries related to the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. They deal with neurological disorders in all forms, and are not just restricted to the brain alone.

Who Is an Orthopedic Surgeon?

On the other hand, an orthopedic surgeon performs surgeries on the bones and joints. Their work is to ensure the perfect working of the musculoskeletal system; they deal with bones and ligaments and can combat infections, injuries, and degenerative bone diseases.

Differences Between Both Roles

The roles of neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons are closely linked. They both go through similar training to become qualified practitioners, and both fields address spine surgery. Both doctors can effectively diagnose and treat problems with the spine, and you’ll most likely find them working in complementary roles in the operating room. Still, many have a confusing time trying to choose which surgeon is the best for their spinal issues.

Surgical vs Non-Surgical Care

While orthopedic surgeons provide surgical and non-surgical care, neurosurgeons only specialize in the provision of surgical care. Neurosurgeons work with invasive procedures to address spine and neck problems, but orthopedic surgeons can do without the same invasive procedures. That’s why you’ll find an orthopedic surgeon recommending physical therapy for your backaches when a neurosurgeon wants to take you straight to the operating theater.

Working on the Brain

Another notable difference is that neurosurgeons can operate on the skull/brain. In contrast, orthopedic surgeons do not operate inside the skull or on the brain itself. This speciality is left within the exclusive power and ability of a neurosurgeon. This is because a neurosurgeon is trained to deal with this delicate and complex part of the body, while an orthopedic surgeon isn’t trained in that regard. As such, an orthopedic surgeon doesn’t have the requisite skill and expertise to carry out brain surgery. Neurosurgeons require slightly more training than orthopaedic surgeons because of the complexity of the body part they specialize in.

Who To Choose

Patients need to realize that both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons can perform spine surgery. The major determinant in choosing between a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon is the body system/part on which surgery will be carried out. If the problem is with the spine, you can seek consultation with any surgeon appropriately trained in spine surgery. This way, you can be sure that they have the requisite skill, knowledge and expertise to handle such surgery without any complications.

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5 Reasons for Hair Loss You Need to Know https://www.previousmagazine.com/5-reasons-for-hair-loss-you-need-to-know https://www.previousmagazine.com/5-reasons-for-hair-loss-you-need-to-know#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:24:34 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34428 Hair loss is a common problem for many people and is the result of many factors. It is worrying and disturbing because it normally affects your lifestyle and pushes many people to cover their heads with hats, scarves, and wigs. Hair loss can happen to any part of your body but it is most common...]]>

Hair loss is a common problem for many people and is the result of many factors. It is worrying and disturbing because it normally affects your lifestyle and pushes many people to cover their heads with hats, scarves, and wigs.

Hair loss can happen to any part of your body but it is most common on the head. It can be temporary, due to various treatments and other issues or it can be permanent if it is hereditary hair loss. Read on to discover the most common causes of hair loss:

Ageing

Aging is among the most common hair loss causes in many adults. As you age, there comes a point where your hair follicles no longer grow which leads to the thinning of the hair on your scalp. Your hair also starts to lose its color, and that’s when grey hair comes in. More so, a woman’s hairline may recede naturally. However, early treatment can help in re-growing the hair.

Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatment leads to hair loss in many cancer patients. When you start chemotherapy or radiation treatment on your neck or head, you lose most of your hair in a few weeks. But after the treatment, the hair can regrow slowly, but your doctors can give you some medication for hair growth. This helps in boosting the hair regrowth process so you can have your hair back in a few weeks.

Stress, Child Birth, and Other Illnesses

A few months after recovering from an illness, an operation, or giving birth, you are likely to see a lot of hair in your brush as you comb your hair. You may also notice hair on your pillow after waking up in the morning.

On the other hand, hair loss can also be the result of stressful situations in your life, like the loss of a loved one or divorce, among others. However, when the situation improves over time, your hair regrows slowly, but you can embrace The Hairy Pill for fast results.

Hereditary Hair Loss

This is the most common cause of hair loss worldwide and it happens in both men and women. It is called a male-pattern hair loss in men and a female-pattern hair loss in women. Its medical term is androgenic alopecia. It means you have inherited genes responsible for the shrinking of your hair follicles which stops your hair from growing. The first sign in women is overall thinning, and in men, it is a receding hairline. This condition can also be treated and you can regain your hair back in a few weeks.

Hair Care

Some hair care practices can damage your hair and lead to hair loss over time. Relaxing, perming, and the coloring of your hair can all damage your hair. They can create permanent bald spots on your head as they have dangerous chemicals that damage your hair follicles in a way that can’t support hair growth.

Regrow Your Hair

Don’t suffer from consistent hair loss, embrace The Hairy Pill and have your hair regrowth in a few weeks’ time.

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3 Tips for Opening a New Storefront in a Mall https://www.previousmagazine.com/3-tips-for-opening-a-new-storefront-in-a-mall https://www.previousmagazine.com/3-tips-for-opening-a-new-storefront-in-a-mall#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:28:05 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34421 While businesses the world over have been struggling to stay afloat over the last year or so amid the coronavirus pandemic, many stores within shopping malls have been some of the hardest hit. With restrictions on in-store shopping and capacity, many stores that were thriving in shopping malls have taken a huge hit. But now...]]>

While businesses the world over have been struggling to stay afloat over the last year or so amid the coronavirus pandemic, many stores within shopping malls have been some of the hardest hit. With restrictions on in-store shopping and capacity, many stores that were thriving in shopping malls have taken a huge hit.

But now that a lot of areas are able to relax their restrictions on businesses, shopping malls are able to reopen and businesses are able to open their doors once again. So if you’ve been considering taking your storefront to a shopping mall, here are three tips for opening your business in this type of environment.

Decide if a Mall Is Really Where You Should Be

Before you go through all the process of putting your store up in a shopping mall, you’ll want to be sure that this is the right decision for you.

According to the editor of HomeBusinessMag.com, there’s usually a very high rental cost for business locations inside shopping malls. Because of this, you’ll need to evaluate carefully if a shopping mall will create the best environment for you to make the most money. While many costs will be covered in your rental agreement, like the security shutters or gates in front of your store, other costs may be higher. So before you envision how great it would be to have a store in the mall, make sure that it actually makes sense for your exact business.

Start With a Bang

Once you’ve decided that you do want to have your store in a mall and you’ve been able to secure the exact location that you’ll be moving into, your sights should then be set on how to start your business with a bang.

Usually, the best way to do this is to create a grand opening event for your store. As you prepare for this, Bennett Conlin, a contributor to BusinessNewsDaily.com, advises that you spread the word by contacting local media outlets to cover your event, market in and around the mall itself, and use your business website and social media pages to invite people to come to your grand opening event.

Scope Out the Competition

Setting up a business within a shopping mall is a little different than having your business working out of any other location. Because there are often the same general types of businesses in the malls, WikiHow.com shares that you’ll need to do something that will set you apart from your competition.

One option you might want to consider is to set your pricing based on what your competition in the mall is already doing. By pricing a little higher or a little lower, you may be able to bring in your ideal demographic to your store over your competitors.

If you’re considering opening a new storefront in a mall, use the tips mentioned above to help you find success in this endeavour.

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Physical Therapy for Arthritis https://www.previousmagazine.com/physical-therapy-for-arthritis https://www.previousmagazine.com/physical-therapy-for-arthritis#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:07:30 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34412 Osteoarthritis, or Arthritis for short, cause stiff joints and hinder body movements. Building a healthy routine is important to relieve those joint pains and slow down the disease’s progression. Therefore, people often find Physical Therapy as a beneficial treatment for arthritis. Physical Therapy focuses on strengthening the movement of the joints that have been compromised...]]>

Osteoarthritis, or Arthritis for short, cause stiff joints and hinder body movements. Building a healthy routine is important to relieve those joint pains and slow down the disease’s progression. Therefore, people often find Physical Therapy as a beneficial treatment for arthritis.

Physical Therapy focuses on strengthening the movement of the joints that have been compromised by the disease. The practice has shown a remarkable success on helping arthritis patients to maintain a range of mobility and reduce strain on stiffed joints. If you have arthritis, the following benefits should encourage you to look up physiotherapy near me:

  1. Improved Range of Joint Motion

Osteoarthritis triggers joint inflammation and stiffness. Regular movement is integral to keep your joints limber and flexible. Maintaining regular Physical Therapy sessions will help your body to bend and straighten a joint with much ease. Simpler anecdotes include walking exercises which are low-impact activities to relieve arthritis pain and swelling.

Range of motion is an important factor for patients to continue even in the most mundane routines. For example, exercising an arthritic knee to bend better will bring significant comfort in sitting on or getting up from a low chair. On the other hand, restricting movements will develop immediate increase in pain, stiffness, and mobility disabilities.

  1. Strengthening Support Joints

It may seem unlikely but strength training, also referred to as weightlifting, has been proven to minimize pain and enhance strength and function for those with arthritis. Physical Therapy uses strength training exercises to reduce the friction between the joints, to counter the tear of protective cartilages caused by arthritis.

Therapists identify and locate the area of deficiencies to address it with functional strengthening. This improves the general strength and stability in muscles that support the affected joint, offloading much of that strain. It is important to find aid from an expert to figure out the exercises which are best suited for your particular type of arthritis. If you are experiencing a sharp pain or arthritis flare-up, switch to low-impact water exercises until the inflammation subsides.

  1. Posture Adjustment

Arthritis results in poor biomechanics when one sits, walks, or even stands. An impaired posture or balance can heighten the extra strain and cause damage to your joints. Physical Therapy help patients to discover the posture that will benefit their biomechanics and help slow the progression of arthritis.

Your physical therapist can educate you to put less stress on your joints by adjusting your posture. Simple changes in your posture while driving or sitting in office, can help make your everyday routine movements easier.

  1. Relaxing Massages

Massages help revive blood circulation and movement in stiffed joints as the practice focuses on soft tissue manipulation to help release muscle tension. Arthritis patients can look forward to a decrease in pain and improved flexibility in muscles due to a professional massage. Physical Therapists target affected joints and tendons to enhance blood flow in sore and sedentary areas.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMSD) recognizes massages to assist muscle relaxation, improve joint mobility and provide tension and stress relief. Do not ever undervalue the importance of an enjoyable massage at the end of your exercise session.

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Alopecia Areata: How to Treat and Prevent It? https://www.previousmagazine.com/alopecia-areata-how-to-treat-and-prevent-it https://www.previousmagazine.com/alopecia-areata-how-to-treat-and-prevent-it#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 13:53:17 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34409 Alopecia areata is an inflammatory disease in which the hair follicles are damaged and the hair falls out in such a way that patches develop on the scalp. The disease usually appears in childhood or young adulthood, in both men and women. The causes are not fully known. It is most likely an autoimmune disease,...]]>

Alopecia areata is an inflammatory disease in which the hair follicles are damaged and the hair falls out in such a way that patches develop on the scalp. The disease usually appears in childhood or young adulthood, in both men and women. The causes are not fully known. It is most likely an autoimmune disease, which means that the body mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. Sometimes alopecia areata is connected with excessive stress or hormonal disorders. Specialist treatment should be supported by home methods, which are extremely effective and are described below.

Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are a way to mask bald patches. With a tape extension remover, you can quickly remove the fake hair whenever you want.

Onions

Onions have a beneficial effect on hair growth and also regenerate the scalp. Sulphur, a large amount of which is found in onions, is responsible for this. Chop up a medium-sized onion and squeeze the juice out of it. Apply to the scalp in the affected area and leave for 30 minutes, then rinse with water. The onion treatment should be continued for 3 months, 2-3 times a week.

Honey and Egg Yolk

Mix egg yolk with a teaspoon of honey and apply to the scalp. After 20-30 minutes, wash it off with cold or lukewarm water. Do not use very hot water as this will lead to hair loss.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is best used to massage the scalp. Good blood circulation helps the hair growth process.

Vitamin E Oil

Applying a mixture of 2-3 ml of vitamin E oil and another hair oil to the scalp is an excellent treatment. If possible, the oil can be left on the scalp for several hours. It will then be perfectly absorbed into the skin and hair.

Aloe Vera

A plant for almost everything. It has a wide range of medicinal and cosmetic applications and is easily accessible and can be grown on your windowsill at home. It is also suitable for treating alopecia areata. Simply apply aloe vera juice to your scalp. It will accelerate hair growth and moisturise the scalp.

Hibiscus

Try a hibiscus flower mask. To do this, soak 10-15 flowers in water overnight and in the morning, crush the soft and moist petals into a smooth paste. Apply to the scalp affected by baldness for 45-60 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water. Use for 3 months, 2-3 times a week.

Gooseberry (Amla)

Gooseberry is a very strong antioxidant and a source of vitamin C. It is effective in stimulating hair growth. Fresh or dried fruit can be used for therapeutic purposes. Fresh gooseberries are simply mashed or grated and applied to the scalp. If you use powdered gooseberries it is a good idea to mix them with cottage cheese.

Diet

Sometimes, for various reasons, it is difficult keep up with a hair-supporting diet. Supplements, of which there are many on the market, may be helpful. However, you may find it ineffective or have to pay a lot for them, so it is worth consulting a doctor or a pharmacist before buying them. If you have more serious problems with your hair, you can also turn to a trichologist, i.e., a hair specialist. However, remember to tell your doctor what supplements or vitamins you are currently taking so that you do not overdose on them.

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Rory McIlroy Finding it Harder and Harder to Gain That Fifth Major https://www.previousmagazine.com/rory-mcilroy-finding-it-harder-and-harder-to-gain-that-fifth-major https://www.previousmagazine.com/rory-mcilroy-finding-it-harder-and-harder-to-gain-that-fifth-major#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 13:25:42 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34404 It seems that with every major championship that comes around, more and more golf fans believe that it will finally be the time that Rory McIlroy gets his hands on an elusive fifth major title. Expectations rise as McIlroy takes to the tee, but more often than not, by the end of play on Sunday,...]]>

It seems that with every major championship that comes around, more and more golf fans believe that it will finally be the time that Rory McIlroy gets his hands on an elusive fifth major title. Expectations rise as McIlroy takes to the tee, but more often than not, by the end of play on Sunday, his multitude of fans are left disappointed as another opportunity passes him by.

The approaching Masters is yet another chance for McIlroy to end his drought and win a first major since he triumphed at the PGA Championship in 2014. Not only that, but the Augusta major also brings forth the opportunity for McIlroy to complete a career Grand Slam of winning all four of golf’s premier tournaments. Only five men have achieved that feat in the history of the sport, so McIlroy would join elite company in the form of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods.

But sadly, there are few indications that McIlroy really has what it takes to win the Masters, and although he is one of the favourites according to the 2021 US Masters odds, his recent form in major championships suggests that it is unlikely. Indeed, McIlroy recently fell out of the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time in over three years, after a poor showing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It’s a slide that the Northern Irishman admits has been painful.

“There were some good parts this week again,” McIlroy said, “some stuff that I’m sort of, I don’t know what the word is or how to describe it, but just a little dejected. I’m maybe looking to go in a different direction. I don’t know. I need something, I need a spark, I need something and I just don’t seem to have it. Some days it’s good, some days it’s not.”

It’s clear that McIlroy is lacking a bit of confidence, but he’ll be hoping to find some kind of inspiration before the Masters rolls around next month. His best performance at Augusta was a fourth-place finish in 2015, but apart from that it’s been slim pickings in terms of challenging for the Green Jacket.

The reality is that for every major that goes by without the Northern Irishman getting his hands on the trophy, the harder it becomes for McIlroy to shake off the pressure that builds. In many of the sport’s biggest events, a poor start often leaves McIlroy playing catch-up after one or two rounds, or even missing the cut completely.

It’s hard to know whether the 31-year-old will ever get his hands on another major, but it’s clear that he needs to find a way to separate himself from the media attention and scrutiny that follows him from tournament to tournament. He has proven time and time again that he still has the quality to win competitions, and it’s only in the majors that the inflated prestige of the events seems to cause him to stutter.

McIlroy is searching for answers at the moment, but perhaps the best way for him to approach this year’s Masters is to simply play with the shackles off and try and treat it as any old PGA event. It’s easier said than done, of course, but for every year that passes where McIlroy doesn’t get his hands on that fifth major title, it feels as if the dream of doing so becomes a little less attainable.

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Top 7 Reasons Why IT Transformation Services are Key for Your Company https://www.previousmagazine.com/top-7-reasons-why-it-transformation-services-are-key-for-your-company https://www.previousmagazine.com/top-7-reasons-why-it-transformation-services-are-key-for-your-company#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 10:46:19 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34395 Over the past few years, there has been a significant influx of new and transformative technologies into the business world. Companies have innovated and grown their operations significantly with them, keeping up with the increasingly digital world. However, things got especially critical over the past year, with everyone having to stay home. The business ecosystem...]]>

Over the past few years, there has been a significant influx of new and transformative technologies into the business world. Companies have innovated and grown their operations significantly with them, keeping up with the increasingly digital world.

However, things got especially critical over the past year, with everyone having to stay home. The business ecosystem has been significantly disrupted, and companies have had to rely more on digital services to keep their operations afloat. Now, digital transformation has become a critical part of companies’ ability to respond to changes in their ecosystems and work environments.

Data from Dell’s Digital Transformation Index shows that 80 percent of organizations had to fast-track their digital transformation initiatives in 2020. In addition, a considerable amount of companies noted that the past year had forced them to understand the need for a quicker and more flexible IT environment.

So, it goes without saying that digital transformation is a must-have for any company looking to survive over the long term. This piece will look into what digital transformation is and why your firm will need to incorporate it.

What is Digital Transformation?

In its simplest sense, digital transformation is the use of technology to help your company adapt to doing business. It is a company’s ability to leverage technological innovation and change its operational standards over time.

Digital transformation differs between companies between industries because every space is unique. However, the premise is simple – a company needs to improve and become more operationally efficient, and they can find the solution through technological innovation. In a nutshell, that is digital transformation.

Why Your Business Should Embrace Digital Transformation

Increased operational automation

Thanks to an increase in available technology, consumer behaviors have also evolved. Now, an average person looks to get things done more quickly and with greater convenience. As expected, companies will also need to find ways to adapt to this.

Thanks to digital transformation, you can automate your workflows, audit your operational processes, and reduce lags in your daily functioning. Digital transformation allows you to switch the customer experience and remain fresh in customers’ minds, guaranteeing that they will be back in little to no time. When it comes to customer retention, providing convenience remains one of the best ways to win. With digital transformation, doing this becomes easy.

Greater workplace effectiveness

Every business owner looks to get the best out of their workers and push them to be more effective. Ultimately, increased efficiency helps both your workers and your company. With digital transformation, you can play an integral role in helping your workers to become more efficient and get better in their roles.

Digital transformation provides a golden opportunity for your workforce and core employees to move from the arduous manual processes dragging them back. They can automate their workflows and procedures, and they can get work done much faster. This freed time can be invested in building skills or seeing to other critical business aspects.

Improved security

Companies have become increasingly reliant on the internet over the past year. At the same time, there has been a noticeable growth in cyberattacks and other security issues. From malware and ransomware to phishing and brute-force attacks, companies need to be alert at all times.

IT transformation also primarily helps companies to improve their resilience. One of the exciting things about the current digital age is the fact that firms now have a myriad of tools and concepts that can help them to optimize their operations in the long run. However, these tools could also open them up to significant risks that they would need to address. By channelling the security benefits of IT transformation, you can turn your firm into a resilient organization and get the best of both worlds – use of the newest tools and proper protection.

Effective digital transformation keeps you ahead of the curve and abreast of cybercriminals’ tactics. Thus, you can protect yourself and your assets from these unscrupulous actors.

An opportunity to grow your reach

Your company’s ability to increase profits and efficiency will depend significantly on its ability to grow its reach. With digital transformation, you can break all physical and locational barriers and reach customers quickly and effectively. Instead of hoping to reach people in your location alone, you can get your business and services to people on the other side of the world.

Based on your service, the right business transformation consultants will be able to incorporate technology to bolster your reach and help you scale much faster.

Today, most customers use their mobile phones to access whatever they want. So, imagine being there whenever your customers need your services. Since the internet connects people globally, digital transformation exponentially increases your possible reach.

Ensuring your company’s longevity

As explained earlier, the introduction of technology has made it easy for business owners to innovate and improve their processes. Many call this era the Fourth Industrial Revolution – the period where we have cell phones, social media, the internet, and more. Obviously, these technologies have had significant impacts on how we do business and operate.

Now, consider the next era of technological innovation. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, robotics, and more are beginning to make waves and enter the business landscape. Very soon, businesses – regardless of the industry – will need to embrace these technologies and use them to grow their operations.

While the impacts of these new technologies will play out over the next decade or two, business owners must manage them seamlessly and get in as soon as possible. This way, you can ensure that your business benefits from them in the future when their potentials are fully explored and understood. If you’re a long-term thinker, this is an area you want to consider.

Enhanced customer engagement

As a business, everything you do starts and ends with the customer. Technological advancements have led to the embrace of Business-to-Customer (B2C) operations, where companies do their best to reach customers directly. Customers now have more information and options, and you will need to catch their attention if you hope to get their money.

Social media also provides an exceptional marketing opportunity, allowing you to meet customers where they are. Some of the most engaging digital transformation methods for customer engagement include:

  • Chatbots and other automated systems to answer customer inquiries and set appointments
  • Loyalty programs to engage customers and encourage them to always come back
  • Digital platforms like Email and social media to improve customer retention and relations
  • Lead management systems to help prioritize, organize, and convert leads
  • Customer self service portals driven by algorithms that mine product centred knowledge

Managing complaints and relating with leads

The increase in social media awareness also means that companies need to do more to stay on customers’ good sides. What you don’t want is to find that customers have collectively bashed your company because of bad service.

With digital transformation, you can react to issues and address them immediately. With customers appreciating speed, they will be more willing to give you a second chance if you falter once.

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Location Logic – 5 Tips for Determining the Best Regions for Property Investment https://www.previousmagazine.com/location-logic-5-tips-for-determining-the-best-regions-for-property-investment https://www.previousmagazine.com/location-logic-5-tips-for-determining-the-best-regions-for-property-investment#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 06:00:46 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34398 One of the best things to invest your money in right now is property. It offers a greater return on your investment than cash in the bank, and it can increase in value far quicker than you may have imagined. Of course, when you decide that property investment is the right move to make with...]]>

One of the best things to invest your money in right now is property. It offers a greater return on your investment than cash in the bank, and it can increase in value far quicker than you may have imagined.

Of course, when you decide that property investment is the right move to make with your money, you then have to decide on where to buy it. The following information may prove useful for determining the best regions:

Seek Expert Help

If you’re not familiar with how the property market is fairing or how to determine what a good region for investment looks like, seek guidance from a property investment advisor. Property investment is their bread and butter, so there are no better industry professionals than them to ask for help.

A property investment advisor can provide market information and valuable data that highlight some of the best-performing regions in your area. With their assistance, you can be on your way to making a sound property investment decision.

Understand Your Budget

Before you start hunting for an investment property, it helps to know your budget. Without this vital information, you’re essentially flying blind.

However, you need to know more than just how much the bank will lend you. Once you’ve established the range you can work with, you also have to calculate mortgage payments, down payment requirements, rental income from that property, capitalization rates, and more.

Map the Suburbs

Towns, cities, suburbs, and regions can be complicated. They are not all equally desirable, which means their value can differ dramatically.

If you’re not familiar with the different parts of your region, map them out. Talk to local property experts to determine the ‘up-and-coming’ pockets, which ones have remained steady, and which ones seem to be skyrocketing in value with each passing month.

With this information, you can determine whether you prefer to spend more with faster growth or spend less with eventual value growth.

Look at Infrastructure

What you will often find in any region is that the closer to major infrastructure a property is, the more it tends to be worth. After all, who doesn’t want a quick commute to their inner-city office block? Convenience can come at a cost.

Even if you’re not convinced that a specific region or property pocket is desirable, look at what is happening around it. If local councils and governments are investing heavily in infrastructure upgrades, there’s every reason to believe the surrounding properties could be worth a lot more in the future.

Become a Local

When money is burning a hole in your pocket, and you want to throw it into an investment property, it can be tempting to do so in an area you know. However, what if a region unfamiliar to you is where all the action is happening?

Acting like a local can give you insight into whether that area is worth your attention. Walk the streets, gather where everyone else is gathering, and take stock of who is occupying certain areas of that region.

You may even like to talk to people near where you see properties for sale. The more investigations you do, the more informed your decision will be.

Investing in property can be a massive step, especially if you have only ever been used to owning the property in which you reside. However, with interest rates low, it can be worth putting your money into something more lucrative, and property could be the answer. The tips above should help you get the ball rolling.

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Dupont Circle is One of the Most Convenient Areas to Live in – Here’s Why https://www.previousmagazine.com/dupont-circle-is-one-of-the-most-convenient-areas-to-live-in-heres-why https://www.previousmagazine.com/dupont-circle-is-one-of-the-most-convenient-areas-to-live-in-heres-why#respond Mon, 05 Apr 2021 22:55:05 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34390 Deciding where to move can be such a hassle, especially if you haven’t spent a lot of time in the area in question, so you’ll never know how it’s actually like to live there! But some areas are simply better than others, you just need to check all the boxes before deciding on the big...]]>

Deciding where to move can be such a hassle, especially if you haven’t spent a lot of time in the area in question, so you’ll never know how it’s actually like to live there! But some areas are simply better than others, you just need to check all the boxes before deciding on the big move! So here’s why Dupont Circle is one of the most convenient areas to live in!

Beautiful housing

If there is something you should consider your top priority, it’s the kind of environment you’ll be living in. This is extremely important, regardless of how old you are, peace and quiet are important, as well as the general state of the area you’ll be living in. You’d be surprised to see how dedicated and well kept the housing options are, as the professionals behind Sheridan Apartments point out, you can rest assured that you are in a good neighborhood. Dupont Circle is generally beautiful and filled with greenery, so the aesthetic is pretty prominent!

Lots of things to see

A lot of newcomers are afraid that they’ll move to another location and lose their regular going out spots and Saturday night activities – but Dupont Circle can offer plenty of that and more! There is so much to see here, starting from the famous Dupont fountain that acts as a gathering place, a place where you can rest and enjoy the company of friends and strangers! This iconic piece is only one of the plenty landmarks in DC. And if you are a fan of museums and galleries, you’ll love to hear that Dupont has a lot of those as well, so there are always things to see!

You’ll never get bored

With beautiful sights to see, from buildings to greenery, is there more to ask for? Well, Dupont Circle offers a plethora of things to do and places to visit, especially if you want to shop till you drop, there is something for everybody! Family-owned, small, and unique shops, restaurants, and small coffee shops grace the streets of this neighborhood, and you’ll soon notice how everyone is on their feet and running around from one place to another!.

Welcoming neighborhood

Moving is stressful, but knowing that your neighborhood is welcoming and open is certainly reassuring! Dupont has a long history of supporting gay rights and business to blossom, as well as creating a diverse space, so everyone could feel welcomed and above all else included! People have a lot of reasons to fear moving to an unknown area, so knowing that people are lively and friendly right from the bat is a good thing to know! It’s just more convenient to live in a happy, safe neighborhood where you can be yourself and enjoy your life!

It’s safe to say that you are one lucky person if you get the chance to move to such a good location, so make the best of it! It’s an aesthetically pleasing area, it’s welcoming and it has a lot of cultural and artistic backgrounds with lots of places to see and experience – what more can you ask for?

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5 Easy Ways to Make Your Bedroom Look Classy https://www.previousmagazine.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-your-bedroom-look-classy https://www.previousmagazine.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-your-bedroom-look-classy#respond Sun, 04 Apr 2021 03:33:00 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34385 You’ve undoubtedly come across many articles online that give you hints and tips on how to give your bedroom a complete makeover. Those pages will share information with you that virtually tells you to throw everything away and start from scratch. However, some people just want to make some subtle yet easy improvements to their...]]>

You’ve undoubtedly come across many articles online that give you hints and tips on how to give your bedroom a complete makeover. Those pages will share information with you that virtually tells you to throw everything away and start from scratch.

However, some people just want to make some subtle yet easy improvements to their bedrooms’ aesthetics. And that’s likely why you are here today reading this blog post! With that in mind, check out these simple and affordable ideas to add a touch of class:

1. Add a Plush Rug to Your Floor

Did you know that one of the easiest ways to boost any bedroom’s texture and warmth while making it look classy is by adding a plush rug to the floor? Rugs are affordable and simple additions to any bedroom and will create a fantastic style statement to yours!

The rug you choose could feature floral patterns, geometric shapes, or just have plain colours. Whichever one you choose, just make sure that it’s a tasteful addition to your bedroom.

2. Upgrade Your Bedside Tables

Are your existing bedside tables looking somewhat anonymous or even mismatched with your bedroom’s general style and décor? If the answer’s yes, it’s time to swap them out for some classy mirrored bedside tables.

Mirrored bedside tables have a timeless yet classy look to them. But, if you’re not a fan of mirrored furniture, you could look into alternatives such as oak bedside tables. It goes without saying that you should avoid mass-produced examples from flat-pack stores.

3. Display Some Art

If your bedroom walls are looking a bit bare, you should consider displaying some tasteful art on them. The art you hang up could be a signature piece from an artist, a colourful painting, or even a photograph of something or someone.

Make sure you select a premium quality frame for your art or photograph. That’s because it will be a focal point in your bedroom, so it should be one that ‘wows’ anyone who sees it!

4. Go for the Four-Poster Bed Look

You might think that a four-poster bed is a bit too much for your bedroom. However, if your bedroom has a large ceiling, it’s a great way to create another tasteful focal point in your sleeping quarters.

Don’t worry, because you don’t need to buy a new bed to achieve the four-poster bed look. You can purchase the materials needed to convert your bed, and they are relatively straightforward to erect. Once you’re done, your bed will have a first-class look about it!

5. Add Some Plants

One final addition you can make to your bedroom is by adding some greenery. Plants are a cheap and easy way to make any bedroom look classier, and they offer tasteful decorative features to it as well.

Whether you opt for a large fern or some small pot plants is up to you. What matters is the plants you choose will complete your bedroom’s new look.

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Different Kinds of Commercial Staircases https://www.previousmagazine.com/different-kinds-of-commercial-staircases https://www.previousmagazine.com/different-kinds-of-commercial-staircases#respond Fri, 02 Apr 2021 17:52:26 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34380 When refurbishing a commercial property, you need to look at the size and dimensions of the building and think about how to best use the space. One thing that can take up a lot of space are the staircases. There are plenty of options out there, but you need to know which ones will be...]]>

When refurbishing a commercial property, you need to look at the size and dimensions of the building and think about how to best use the space. One thing that can take up a lot of space are the staircases. There are plenty of options out there, but you need to know which ones will be the best suited for your property.

If you already know what kinds of staircases you want, there are specialists and designers like the ones from http://activemetal.com.au/ who can help you to design bespoke staircases for your commercial property. But if you’re unsure and you want to get a general idea of what kinds of staircases are available, read on for some information on the different kinds of commercial staircases out there.

Straight Staircases

Straight staircases feature a simple straight design, without any turns or bends. They do not need a supporting structure. These linear staircases are a popular option for commercial spaces and are the easiest to build. If a straight staircase is more than 12 feet in height, it must feature a central landing, allowing people to rest before climbing the rest of the stairs.

Splayed Staircases

Splayed staircases are similar to straight staircases, except the steps are wider at the bottom of the staircase and get narrower towards the top. This can often make a room look larger and grander, but it can make passing on the stairs more difficult at the top as it won’t offer people much room.

L-Shaped Staircases

Also known as ‘quarter-turn’ staircases, L-shaped staircases feature a 90-degree turn that goes either left or right, usually with a landing at the turning point. These staircases take up less space than straight staircases and can be used in the corner of a room, but they need to have a supporting structure.

Switchback Staircases

Also called U-shaped staircases, switchback staircases feature a 180-degree turn, with the two flights of stairs parallel to one another. Like the L-shaped staircase, the flight is separated by a landing. The shape of this staircase can make it difficult for people to maneuver large objects, such as furniture.

Spiral Staircases

Spiral staircases can fit into smaller spaces as the steps will be connected to a central vertical column which provides it structural support. While these staircases are compact and are visually interesting, they can be quite steep and because the wedge-shaped steps become narrower nearer the pole, it makes it more difficult for people to ascend and descend. This kind of staircase is probable not suitable for a building with heavy foot traffic as there is not enough space for people to pass each other on the stairs.

Curved Staircases

Curved staircases are similar to spiral staircases in that they follow a helical arc; however, the arc is not as severe as that of spiral staircases. This kind of staircase looks elegant and can make a statement in any commercial property. Because the radius is larger than a spiral, it is safer for multiple people to ascend and descend at the same time. These are a contemporary alternative to L-shaped staircases, but because they are more complicated to build, they can be more expensive than other kinds of staircases.

Split Staircases

Also referred to as bifurcated staircases, this staircase starts as a wide straight staircase at the bottom, which leads to a landing that then dissects into two smaller flights of stairs traveling in opposite directions. These are the epitome of luxury and sophistication, and are often a focal point as people enter a building. While these staircases look nice, they are only appropriate for larger commercial buildings as they consume a lot of space. These are more appropriate for commercial buildings with heavy foot traffic. They also offer a certain amount of convenience, but can be more costly to build.

Hopefully, this list has given you a general idea of what kinds of staircases would be best for a commercial property. Once you have decided on a staircase design, you will need to choose which materials you will want to use to build the staircase and used for the tread, what kind of handrails you want, and what sort of balustrades would go well with the staircase design.

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Top 4 Ways to Recover After an Intense Workout https://www.previousmagazine.com/top-4-ways-to-recover-after-an-intense-workout https://www.previousmagazine.com/top-4-ways-to-recover-after-an-intense-workout#respond Fri, 02 Apr 2021 13:22:30 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34374 During the past year, many people have taken up exercise. Whether that is simply walking around the neighbourhood, hiking mountain trails, or going from couch-to-5k, more of us are getting outside. However, not very many people know when and how to rest after an intense workout. So, read on to find out how to get...]]>

During the past year, many people have taken up exercise. Whether that is simply walking around the neighbourhood, hiking mountain trails, or going from couch-to-5k, more of us are getting outside. However, not very many people know when and how to rest after an intense workout. So, read on to find out how to get the most out of your exercise by perfecting your recovery!

Drink Lots of Fluids

If anything, there’s one thing that you’re going to be losing whilst exercising: fluids. Although you should ideally aim to replace fluids during exercise, sometimes you just want to run that extra half-mile and can’t stop on a whim. It’s really important that after exercising you drink some fluids, whether that is water or a sports drink – that way, you can properly support your body’s metabolic functions, allowing it to rest and recover at a quicker pace.

Stretch & Massage

After an intense workout, one of the best things you can do in order to help your muscles recover quicker is to practice a bit of gentle stretching. In particular, you should try and focus on hamstring stretches in order to relieve tightened, and sometimes painful, leg muscles, whilst also helping your lower back to recover. Try some side lunges and stretches, too, just to make sure that the muscles closer to your core are okay as well. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can also opt for a post-workout sports massage, which can really help to relax your whole body if done correctly.

Use CBD

CBD oil is an increasingly popular post-workout recovery supplement, chiefly due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Classic medication such as ibuprofen can have unpleasant long-term effects and, if used extensively, can develop allergenic properties. CBD gummies from herbalhealthcbd.co.uk  can supress inflammation naturally. This greatly reduces discomfort and alleviates pain, reducing the time spent resting in between workouts. Some athletes even opt to take CBD during the course of their exercise, with reports of it increasing their attention levels and thus allowing them to be more focused on the task at hand: performing at their very best.

Cryotherapy

If you have the necessary equipment, this is one of the best ways to recover your stamina after a workout. Simply put, this method involves alternating between very hot and very cold showers. The theory behind this is that the temperature differences cause your body to alternate between constricting and dilating your blood vessels, in theory helping to remove waste (e.g., lactic acid) from tissues much faster. Although it’s recommended that you do this right after your workout, studies have found that this technique can be effective for up to two hours after the workout session.

In conclusion, you should try and remain mindful of your post-workout relaxation practices. As many people are ready to get stuck in and become healthier in 2021, especially after the events of the past year, you should also take time to consider how you will let your body recover afterwards in order to be able to perform at your very best!

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CBD Products You May Not Know Existed That You Might Want to Try https://www.previousmagazine.com/cbd-products-you-may-not-know-existed-that-you-might-want-to-try https://www.previousmagazine.com/cbd-products-you-may-not-know-existed-that-you-might-want-to-try#respond Fri, 02 Apr 2021 10:04:31 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34364 If you are already informed of the potential health benefits of CBD and you are looking to purchase some products to try, then this is the article for you. Generally, CBD oil is one of the most preferred forms of CBD; however, there is a huge range of products on the market that you may...]]>

If you are already informed of the potential health benefits of CBD and you are looking to purchase some products to try, then this is the article for you.

Generally, CBD oil is one of the most preferred forms of CBD; however, there is a huge range of products on the market that you may not have known about.

Here are CBD products you may not know existed that you might want to try:

Flavored Gummies

Yes, CBD can be taken in the form of a tasty, edible treat. The flavor and contents of a CBD gummy can vary from brand to brand, although they will all be infused with cannabidiol. From sour apple to strawberry lemonade to tropical mixes, there is bound to be a flavor that makes your taste buds go wild.

CBD gummies also come in different shapes and sizes, from traditional gummy bears to sour rings and gummy worms; there is something for everyone’s preference.

Lip Balm

It is important to look after your lips. If you have dry lips and are looking for a nourishing lip balm, luckily CBD infused balms are available for you to try. CBD lip balms are made from a blend of natural hemp extract with a hydrating balm that may make your lips feel less dry.

Key signs of chapped lips to look out for:

  • Flaking skin
  • Cracks and bleeding when you smile
  • Sore to touch
  • Feeling particularly dry

Muscle Soak

If you have aching muscles, whether that’s from working out or due to an injury, CBD-infused muscle soak may take away muscle and joint tension in the form of a nice, warm bath. Simply pour in a drizzle of CBD-infused muscle soak into your bath water and relax.

You can purchase muscle-related CBD products at www.vapecbdworld.com.

Bath Bomb

There are various CBD bath bombs on the market for a variety of different purposes, although their key intention is to help moisturize the skin, which is particularly appealing to those with dry skin conditions.

The best thing about having a CBD-infused bath bomb is enjoying the experience of watching the bathwater change colours as you smell the bath bomb’s delightful aroma while you relax and enjoy time to yourself.

Chocolate

Believe it or not, chocolate is another edible version of CBD, which can be used for a variety of different reasons. Those who suffer from insomnia may eat CBD-infused chocolate to promote a better night’s sleep, or those who experience chronic pain may consume the product to suppress pain.

Facial Oil

Facial oil infused with CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which could be beneficial to those with skin conditions, such as eczema. In fact, there is a huge range of CBD skincare products on the market, from eye cream to facial moisturizer; there are plenty of options to choose from.

There is a huge variety of CBD facial oil brands, so it is advisable to do your research before splurging on any new products.

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Types of Senior Living Communities https://www.previousmagazine.com/types-of-senior-living-communities https://www.previousmagazine.com/types-of-senior-living-communities#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 08:39:55 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34370 As you or your loved ones age, there may be more help or support required to perform certain daily tasks. When this happens, senior living communities are there to provide you with the level of care required to help maintain as much independence and dignity as possible. There are many different types of senior living...]]>

As you or your loved ones age, there may be more help or support required to perform certain daily tasks. When this happens, senior living communities are there to provide you with the level of care required to help maintain as much independence and dignity as possible. There are many different types of senior living communities, and the one you choose will depend on a wide range of factors. Here are just a couple of the options you may choose from.

What are senior living communities?

A senior living community is a blanket term for the types of residential care available for elderly individuals who need extra care and support performing daily tasks. These tasks are called the Activities of Daily Living, and the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, and are part of the assessment criteria that a physician or adult care worker will use to assess the level of care and support an individual requires. This will help them, and you, understand the type of senior living community that would be most appropriate.

Senior living communities have a focus on a high level of care and improving and maintaining quality of life and independence. There are often lively and engaging social activities, restaurant-style dining, and facilities such as fitness centers, salons, and organized transportation.

Independent Living

Independent living aims to provide as much independence to residents as possible, with help and support available if it is needed. Individuals often live in apartment-like accommodation, with private rooms and sometimes kitchen areas. Daily tasks such as laundry and housekeeping can be taken care of by the staff, leaving residents free to spend more time on activities they enjoy.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is perfect for those individuals who need a little extra support in their daily lives. Residents typically have private rooms, and laundry and housekeeping tasks are performed by staff, as well as medication management and other services. There are regular social and cultural events, with a big focus on the community feel. At Brightview Bethesda, MD assisted living communities benefit from 24-hour nurse support and a gourmet dining menu that is always available. There is a big focus on the community feel and making sure that residents feel as though they are included and enriched in many different ways.

Memory Care

Memory care is a type of senior living community that is aimed at those individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other memory-related illnesses. There is a focus on creating a safe and secure environment that is personalized and stimulating and encouraging the residents to actively engage in the lifestyle and activities. Services are tailored to suit the individual’s needs to make sure they are receiving the best support possible both in the medical sense and in the social and well-being enrichment activities.

There are many different kinds of senior living communities, and it is important to find one that works best for the requirements and needs of you or your loved one.

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Off-Road Motorcycle Riding: Tips for the Beginner https://www.previousmagazine.com/off-road-motorcycle-riding-tips-for-the-beginner https://www.previousmagazine.com/off-road-motorcycle-riding-tips-for-the-beginner#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 07:47:44 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34352 While most people do experience motorcycle riding at some point in their life, many develop a passion for two wheels and this is often in the form of an off-road machine that enables the rider to traverse a range of environments. If you live in the UK, for example, you are never far from stunning...]]>

While most people do experience motorcycle riding at some point in their life, many develop a passion for two wheels and this is often in the form of an off-road machine that enables the rider to traverse a range of environments. If you live in the UK, for example, you are never far from stunning trails that can be found in all parts of the British Isles and the Internet can help you source great riding venues. If you have decided that 2021 is going to be the year you take the plunge and buy an off-road motorcycle, here are a few tips.

  • Buying a Bike – The ideal bike for a novice rider is the Honda CRF250L, which is lightweight and offers raw power and great handling. Think about the type of riding you are planning to do and this will help you make the right choice; if you will mainly be touring roads, you will want something different to exclusively riding dirt trails, so do spend some time thinking about where you plan to ride. Your first bike could be a used model and after a year or two, you would be in a good position to choose a bigger, more powerful bike, plus the dealer has competitive finance to spread the payment over a couple of years.
  • Riding Tuition – Riding a bike off road is very different to normal riding and if you search online for a nearby quad and off-road bike venue, you can book a half-day course covering the basics of off-road riding. You will learn how to brake safely, how to manage your weight distribution and cornering techniques and once you start riding, you can apply these techniques to improve your riding skills.
  • Winter Storage – Once you have decided that you are done for the summer, drain the fuel from the carburettors and cover the bike with a tarpaulin until the beginning of next spring. Don’t forget to disconnect the battery, which could cause corrosion if it leaked. Click here for safe ways to travel, which is a recommended read for all who like to travel.
  • Wearing Protective Clothing – It is critical that you are suitably attired when bike riding; a leather motorcycle jacket and leather pants are ideal, along with a good pair of hiking boots and a pair of motorcycle gloves. While you would normally wear a full-face helmet, this is far from ideal if you’re riding trails. An open face helmet and decent goggles are a good choice, as you must protect your eyes and wear layered clothing in cold weather, which really does help. Most riders garage their off-road bike at the end of September, as this is the time when the cold weather arrives. There are some riders who do brave the winter and if you are well-wrapped up, you should be fine. April signals it’s time to get the bike out of storage and prepare it for a season of riding, while the last week of September is the time to call it a day.
  • Motorcycle Licence – If you are going to ride on the UK roads, you will need to obtain the correct type of bike licence for the machine you are riding. Click here for further reading on motorcycle licence categories and requirements in the UK. It will take a couple of years to get the Class A licence that does not restrict you with the bikes you ride and aside from the licence, the bike must be taxed, insured and have a valid MOT Certificate if over 3 years old. You should also take out suitable bike insurance, which would cover theft and accidental damage.

Search online for suppliers of off-road biking equipment and accessories and kit yourself out, as you are just in time for the 2021 spring and summer months here in the UK. Book your basic riding course and you can become familiar with riding and explore many of the great riding trails we have in the UK and as you become more proficient, you can think about upgrading to a more powerful bike.

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A Guide to Buying a Holiday a Holiday Home in Europe https://www.previousmagazine.com/a-guide-to-buying-a-holiday-a-holiday-home-in-europe https://www.previousmagazine.com/a-guide-to-buying-a-holiday-a-holiday-home-in-europe#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 05:09:37 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34367 The last year has given us all cause to think about how we live and where we live. We have all spent far too much time in our homes and if you are one of those who have taken imaginary holidays abroad by looking at property on the net, you might well be thinking of...]]>

The last year has given us all cause to think about how we live and where we live. We have all spent far too much time in our homes and if you are one of those who have taken imaginary holidays abroad by looking at property on the net, you might well be thinking of turning those dreams into reality. Buying property in Europe has a strong appeal: the sun, the low cost, the lifestyle, the difference. The temptation is to dive right in and just do it, but however cheap that property might be, it’s still a big commitment and there are things that you really need to think through, before you take the plunge.

How will you use this property?

There is no point in owning a European holiday home, however beautiful it may be, if you can never get to stay there. Will your work allow you to spend extended periods in your holiday home? Would you be able to work remotely from this location? How expensive and time consuming will it be to travel there? If you have a family then the purchase becomes more problematic. With children in school, you will be restricted to travelling during school holidays when fares are at their highest. Will your family want to go to the same destination each year? You will also need to consider what will happen to the property in your absence. Will you let it out? Will you pay someone to maintain it? How suitable is the property as a lock up and leave? If the property is old, the answer to that question is probably, not very.

Local costs

You need to be fully aware of what you will be paying in local taxes and service charges. For example, will you need to pay for your internet connection during your absence or will it be possible to pay just for the periods when you are there? If you are planning to do restoration work on an old property make sure that you have researched the cost of materials and labour before committing yourself.

Local amenities

Transport connections will be important to you, particularly the location of the nearest airport. How will you manage without a car? Driving to your holiday home is likely to be expensive and time consuming. Is this a location where you can manage by using public transport. How close is the nearest supermarket? If you are restricted to buying your provisions from small local shops, charming though this may be, it will be expensive. Just how far are you from the nearest hospital and how would you get there in an emergency? Once the novelty of your new location has worn off, what will you do? Are there restaurants, bars and beaches nearby? What activities are there to entertain children?

Legal issues

Estate agents are in the business of selling property and they won’t necessarily inform you about all the legal issues of which, as a foreign purchaser, you should be aware. Be sure to employ the services of an independent bilingual advisor so that you don’t have any nasty surprises further down the road.

Location

This really is the big one. There will be thousands of properties within your price range and trying to settle on one of them can seem like an impossible task. Deciding on a country is the first step. How far are you prepared to travel? Is there a particular culture to which you are attracted? Are you chasing the sun? Do you want to be by the sea? In recent years Portugal has seen huge foreign investment, particularly from the British. It has year-round sun, a thousand miles of coastline, is one of the safest countries in the world and its property prices are among the lowest in Europe. There is of course a huge variation in property prices throughout the country. Lisbon and the Algarve are the most expensive areas, but if you head north to the ancient city of Braga, which is not too far from an international airport at Porto, you’ll find some of the lowest inner city property prices in Europe. The same is true of that other popular ex-pat destination, France. If you want to purchase on the Cote D’Azur, you’ll need in excess of €200,000 for even the tiniest apartment, whilst in the less fashionable but very beautiful Poitou-Charentes, you can pick up an old property for around €70,000. If it’s a real bargain that you are after, then you should explore Italy’s ‘house for one euro’ scheme, which, astonishingly, is not too good to be true.

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Influential Inventors of the 21st Century https://www.previousmagazine.com/influential-inventors-of-the-21st-century https://www.previousmagazine.com/influential-inventors-of-the-21st-century#respond Wed, 31 Mar 2021 10:34:01 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34345 As we move into the 21st year of the 21st century, more people are inventing than ever before. The world is changing and since necessity is the mother of invention, scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs have invented things and developed new technology that has brought us forward into this fairly new century and that has improved...]]>

As we move into the 21st year of the 21st century, more people are inventing than ever before. The world is changing and since necessity is the mother of invention, scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs have invented things and developed new technology that has brought us forward into this fairly new century and that has improved our lives greatly in the past 21 years.

We’ve interviewed some interesting inventors in Previous Magazine, such as the creators of the Bang Wrangler, but let’s take a look at the people behind other modern inventions. Here are a few of the most influential inventors of the 21st century:

Simone Giertz

Simone Giertz is a popular YouTuber and robotics enthusiast. She refers to herself as the “Queen of Shitty Robots” and many of her inventions are more entertaining than practical. Some of her most popular inventions are the tooth-brushing helmet, a robotic alarm clock that slaps the users, a butt wiping machine, and a hair-washing robot.

Simone has given a TED Talk and has given a talk at Brown University. She encourages others to learn about engineering and electronics and to just give it a go—even if things don’t work out as planned. Simone was also featured on the cover of Wired Magazine’s January 2020 issue.

Vadim Pinskiy

The COO of Pheno and former Vice President of Nanotronics, Vadim Pinskiy is a modern innovator. He got his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University in 2012 and has been a part-time professor at Medgar Evers College since 2020.

Vadim Pinskiy has patents for inventions such as ‘systems, devices, and methods for providing feedback on and improving the accuracy of super-resolution imaging’, ‘fluorescence microscopy inspection systems, apparatus and methods’, and ‘method and apparatus for capnography-guided intubation’.

Kira Radinsky

Kira Radinsky was the co-inventor of the predictive analytics software which sifted through 150 years of data to predict the cholera outbreak in Cuba in 2012—their first outbreak in 130 years. Kira Radinsky co-founded SalesPredict in while completing her PhD in Computer Science and was the chief scientist and the director of data science of eBay from 2016 to 2019. She currently works at Diagnostic Robotics as the Chairwoman & Chief Technology Officer.

In 2013, she was featured in the “35 Innovators Under 35” list in the MIT Technology Review and in 2015, she was featured in the “30 under 30” young innovators and entrepreneurs list in Forbes Israel.

Steve Wozniak

Everyone knows Steve Wozniak as a co-founder Apple, one of the largest technology companies in the world, and inventor of the Apple II. Since leaving Apple as an employee in 1985, this prolific inventor was the chief scientist at Fusion-io from 2009 to 2014 and became the chief scientist at Primary Data from 2014 to 2018. Steve has founded other innovative companies, such as Wheels of Zeus, Woz U and Acquicor Technology.

Previous Magazine has previously covered Steve Wozniak’s keynote speech at the Turing Festival in Edinburgh in 2012. Click here to read about it.

Christine P. Hendon

Christine P. Hendon has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. Christine has written and contributed to many peer-reviewed papers on the uses of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and has used it to create 3D images of biological tissue to help doctors more accurately treat cardiac arrhythmias, to more easily determine the causes of preterm birth, and to improve the detection of breast cancer. She is a member of The Optical Society (OSA) and was elected as Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) in 2021.

Christine is the recipient of many awards. In 2017, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and in 2012, she was featured in the Forbes’ “30 under 30” in Science and Healthcare. Like Kira Radinsky, Christine P. Hendon was also featured in the MIT Technology Review’s “35 Innovators Under 35” list in 2013.

These are only a few of the many influential inventors of the 21st century, and there is plenty of room for even more advancements in science, technology, and other fields.

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A Home Office for Success https://www.previousmagazine.com/a-home-office-for-success https://www.previousmagazine.com/a-home-office-for-success#respond Wed, 31 Mar 2021 09:37:26 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34348 A home office space is a positive investment for any homeowner. Now more than ever, a home office space is a coveted home area that will assist in your workload and offer a sense of calmness during this turbulent time. How can the home office be designed to support us and our work in a...]]>

A home office space is a positive investment for any homeowner. Now more than ever, a home office space is a coveted home area that will assist in your workload and offer a sense of calmness during this turbulent time.

How can the home office be designed to support us and our work in a healthier and more comfortable way? The right thing to do is to start looking at the home office space (or home space intended for work) as organizations look at their work environments. In other words, our ambition should be to create a work environment that will help us function in the best way, while supporting all aspects that contribute to our personal well-being: physical, emotional and cognitive. What is well-being? The intent is to look at all of our systems as connected to each other. For example, if we sit for a long time on the hard chair we dragged from the dining area, it will not only affect the body, but it will also have a cognitive and emotional effect – when we are uncomfortable in the body, it is harder for us to concentrate, focus and be effective. If our home is functioning incorrectly, such as a broken down boiler or AC system, you need to tackle this head on and call emergency AC repair.

Furniture and accessories

We can produce for ourselves home office furniture that will support better health and work performance, regardless of the type of space available for this purpose in the home.

Ergonomic seating: Naturally everybody is different, and we all need an office chair that supports our unique needs. Good ergonomic seating allows for more concentration and minimizes distractions that result simply from the fact that we are uncomfortable. It is therefore of paramount importance to choose an ergonomic computer chair with multiple adjustment capabilities for prolonged work so that it can be adapted to a wide range of people and their needs.

Added monitors: Many workers work at home with laptops, and these are not really designed for long-term work. If the keyboard is placed in front of us correctly, the screen monitor will be further back. A healthier approach to working with a laptop will include working with an additional monitor. Ideally the first line of the document on the monitor should be just slightly below eye level. This allows us to take care of our neck and not sprain it by constantly looking downwards.

Adequate lighting: Lighting has a crucial impact on our physical and mental well-being. What is the optimal lighting for work? Leading designers believe that if possible the work area should be located near a window or other natural light source in order to improve mood, energy, alertness and productivity. Look at a spot light lamp to ensure that you are not spraining your eyes, and also consider using the natural lighting to your advantage. As well as this, other lamps can be great during dull days to improve mood and assist your vision.

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The Benefits Of a Complete Home Renovation https://www.previousmagazine.com/the-benefits-of-a-complete-home-renovation https://www.previousmagazine.com/the-benefits-of-a-complete-home-renovation#respond Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:51:39 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34355 There are a number of reasons why someone might want to renovate your current property. From a business point of view, business may have been good and so the owner needs to create larger premises and more storage space. For the private individual, the home may have been big enough when the first purchased it,...]]>

There are a number of reasons why someone might want to renovate your current property. From a business point of view, business may have been good and so the owner needs to create larger premises and more storage space. For the private individual, the home may have been big enough when the first purchased it, but now that the family has grown, it’s possible that the kids and the adults need more room to breathe. Whatever your reasons, you can go through a renovation project with your current property, or you can move to a larger one. Moving to a larger property is easier said than done and your business may be doing really well in its current location, so this is definitely not an option. As a parent, you probably chose your current home because it was ideal and it was close to the best schools in the best parts and so you definitely don’t want to move either. This means that the renovation is the best idea that you have.

The wonderful thing about a home renovation is that it gives you the opportunity to put your ideas into place that you didn’t have an opportunity to do before. The property that you moved into was probably built by someone else and so there are many changes that you would like to make. One essential change that many people want to do is to create the opportunity for more natural light to be able to flow into their properties. One way to do this is to start incorporating a lot more glass into your design ideas and you can learn all about that from The Frameless Glass Company. These guys have so many applications and ideas that they want to tell you about and they have the necessary experience and know-how to be able to take your ideas and make them a possibility. If you’re still a little bit, up on whether or not you need to do some renovations in your current property, then maybe the following benefits can help to make up your mind.

  1. It improves the functionality – A home renovation allows you to completely customise your house to what you want and to what you need. It provides you with the perfect opportunity to create a space that is a lot more comfortable, useful and much more enjoyable for you and your family members. You can add glass throughout the home and if you’re going to convert the attic space into an extra bedroom, then a glass skylight is the perfect thing to install. There are many modern home renovation ideas, you just need to open your mind up to them and apply them to your property.
  2. It increases the value of your property – when you start making changes to your home like installing new glass Windows and doors or a glass worktop in your kitchen, you are immediately adding to the value of your property. Any money that you put in now will be easily recouped later if you decide to sell the property. Making your home more modern looking with the incorporation of glass from seeing to floor will also make your property much more appealing to prospective buyers. It is important that your building contractor knows exactly what he is doing when it comes to your home renovation and that he follows all the health and safety guidelines, which you can find out about here.

A home renovation will allow you to increase the space within your property and it will also help to lower your energy costs as well. If you incorporate glass into the structure of your home, then it will allow light to move more freely throughout the structure and this means that you don’t have to turn on lights is often. This will definitely save you money on your electricity bills and if you install those new patio doors and windows, then they will help to insulation your home as well and to keep the heat on the inside where it belongs. Using more glass will also allow the outside to come in and also the other way around. It makes your home seem more spacious and comfortable.

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After-School Clubs: Science Lab Safety Rules https://www.previousmagazine.com/after-school-clubs-science-lab-safety-rules https://www.previousmagazine.com/after-school-clubs-science-lab-safety-rules#respond Tue, 30 Mar 2021 19:10:44 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34309 Many students look forward to after-school clubs. These clubs allow them to learn and have fun without the stress of bring graded or tested on their work. There are all sorts of academic, music, and sports clubs available to students, but a firm favourite seems to be the science club. While science can be fun,...]]>

Many students look forward to after-school clubs. These clubs allow them to learn and have fun without the stress of bring graded or tested on their work. There are all sorts of academic, music, and sports clubs available to students, but a firm favourite seems to be the science club. While science can be fun, there are certain rules that need to be followed to ensure the safety of the students. If your school is hosting an extracurricular science club, all staff and students should follow these science lab safety rules. Here are the most important rules:

Following the Rules

Students should be paying attention and should be listening to any instructions given to them by a teacher. By not paying attention they could endanger themselves and others and break equipment by not following the rules properly and causing an accident. Handing out printed instructions after demonstrating an experiment and giving the students some time to ask questions is also a way to reduce the number of accidents.

Students should also be deterred from mixing random chemicals together or playing games. Any roughhousing should be also be discouraged. All mobile phones and other gadgets should be put away, so that there are no distractions.

Wear Appropriate Attire

Not all science experiments require the use of safety gear, but when handling chemicals or dealing with Bunsen burners and anything else that could be dangerous, students should have the proper safety gear. There should be enough lab coats or aprons, goggles, face shields, and gloves for everyone. Make sure students with long hair have it tied back and any loose clothing is tucked away.

No Food or Drink in the Lab

As desperate as you might be for Anthony’s Espresso after a long day of teaching, never eat or drink in the lab. This rule should be instilled in the students too. This will prevent unfortunate accidents, like drinking any chemicals or ingesting something toxic, since food can easily become contaminated. Food and drinks should not be stored in the same fridge or cupboard as the equipment and other substances. It is best that food and drinks should be kept out of the lab at all times.

Care for Equipment

You should make sure that all of the science equipment is properly cared for so that the children are not using dirty or damaged equipment. Damaged equipment can cause all kinds of accidents, for example a cracked glass beaker can easily smash in the middle of an experiment. Dirty equipment also poses a problem, for example if a student picks up a test tube that has not been washed, then they will pick up unknown chemicals on their skin and could possibly get chemical burns or irritated eyes if they touch their face with their hands.

If you do notice any broken equipment, it should be immediately replaced or you should talk to the head of the department about having things professionally repaired, for example, there are plenty of pipette repair services and other equipment repairing services available.

All equipment, tools, and chemicals should be locked away in the store cupboard, and not accessible to students.

Keeping the Lab Tidy

Towards the end of the club, all students should be asked to turn off any Bunsen burners and return any safety gear or tools they have borrowed. If there were any accidents or spills, students should tell their teacher straight away so that it can be promptly cleaned up. After any experiences, all surfaces should be cleaned to avoid contamination or harming the next group of students in the lab. Keeping the lab clean and tidy will help to keep it organised and will prevent students from accidentally walking away with any gear or tools.

By following these science lab rules, an extracurricular science club can be fun and safe for all students. Clubs like these are important, because they can inspire students, build their confidence, and enhance their love of science.

If you’re struggling to think of more creative ideas of things you can do in your science club, then maybe it’s time to do some research to learn more about what other schools are doing in their science clubs.

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Getting Back to Business After Lockdown https://www.previousmagazine.com/getting-back-to-business-after-lockdown https://www.previousmagazine.com/getting-back-to-business-after-lockdown#respond Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:10:48 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34312 With the roadmap out of lockdown in place, a lot of businesses will be opening back up, and those that are already open will probably face a few changes to their day-to-day operations. A lot of businesses aren’t sure what to expect, so here are a few ideas of what getting back to business will...]]>

With the roadmap out of lockdown in place, a lot of businesses will be opening back up, and those that are already open will probably face a few changes to their day-to-day operations. A lot of businesses aren’t sure what to expect, so here are a few ideas of what getting back to business will be like after lockdown and what changes companies will be expected to make.

Automating Repetitive Tasks

Since many struggling companies have had to cut down on staff, there are measures that they can put into place when the lockdown ends to keep their company going. The idea of ‘working smarter, not harder’ has changed many industries, and one change that businesses have put into place is automating repetitive tasks.

An example of this is using sensors and an AI to do 24/7 monitoring. The data can be logged and used to recognize trends via machine learning, which could save a company money or act as a failsafe.

Other way in which businesses are using automation are using social media management tools to schedule posts, automating sending out newsletters to clients when a blog post or new information is added to the company’s site, setting up automatic invoice reminders for clients, and having automated file backups and purchase orders.

Food Deliveries

Since lockdown started, employees have been unable to head to local cafes or shops to grab their lunch. This has started a trend in food deliveries to the office. Even when lockdown has ended, companies will likely still rely on fast food deliveries and vegan delivery services to reduce the COVID transmission rate among their employees.

People working from home are also having food delivered to their homes. By doing this, they can quickly do their weekly shop online or order takeout rather than going to the store, giving them more time to concentrate on their work.

Working from home

Since emergency COVID powers have been extended until the autumn, there’s a good chance that we could all go back into lockdown by the end of the year, it is a good idea for those already working from home to continue to do it.  It is more financially viable for companies to have their employees working from home as it cuts down the costs of renting an office space and buying furniture and office equipment. Those looking for work will have more job opportunities as companies looking for remote workers will be looking at applicants from all over the country and not just locally.

Updating the Company Website

Now is the best time for companies to update their website or to get a website if they don’t already have one. A lot of people have been shopping online during lockdown and that will undoubtedly continue after lockdown, so they’ll need a good website so you stand out from the crowd.

A business’s website should be visually interesting and well laid out. It will also need SEO-friendly content and a contact form so that customers can easily get in touch with the company. If a company is selling a product or service online, then they will need an e-commerce solution. The site should reflect their brand, be easy to navigate, and should be secure. If you’re website needs updating and you’re looking for fun and interesting web deigns, take a look at this website for inspiration.

Hygiene

Businesses that are opening to the public or are having staff return to the office after a long period of working from home will be need to be meticulous when it comes to hygiene. Just because there is no lockdown, doesn’t mean that COVID can’t be spread. This means businesses will need to think about how they will employ safety measures for customers and staff. Offices and stores will need a professional deep clean before reopening and have regular cleanings afterward. Businesses should check that employees are fit to work and ask any employee who displays any COVID symptoms to quarantine for 2 weeks. Companies may have to enforce social distancing to minimise contact, ask people to wear masks, and offer hand sanitizer to people who enter the building or supply gloves for customers to wear.

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5 Challenges in Refrigerated Transportation https://www.previousmagazine.com/5-challenges-in-refrigerated-transportation https://www.previousmagazine.com/5-challenges-in-refrigerated-transportation#respond Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:28:26 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34306 Refrigerated transportation deals in the movement of perishable products through the use of what is known as “reefer trucks.” It is not without its challenges, and there’s the need to have first-hand information about whatever hiccups you may encounter. Some of them include: Malfunctioning of Equipment This is one of the most critical issues that...]]>

Refrigerated transportation deals in the movement of perishable products through the use of what is known as “reefer trucks.” It is not without its challenges, and there’s the need to have first-hand information about whatever hiccups you may encounter. Some of them include:

Malfunctioning of Equipment

This is one of the most critical issues that many in this system face. Having an issue with your refrigeration equipment can jeopardize the condition of your product, so it is important to have a reliable temperature monitoring system that will alert you in case of malfunctioning. Having a backup plan when your equipment malfunctions will also save you a lot of time, money, and stress compared to when you have none.

External Heat Sources

As reefer trucks embark on their journey through diverse locations, they are bound to encounter different temperatures and conditions. The external heat sources can harm the temperature of the interior of the truck. Like we mentioned before,  it is important to have a reliable temperature monitoring system alongside a working refrigerating system to ensure that your reefer trucks stay at the proper temperature.

Inexperienced Drivers

Refrigerated transportation is no doubt a complicated task to handle. To effectively perform the needed configuration, the driver of the reefer truck must be experienced. It is not just enough that the driver can handle the steering wheel; the driver must be familiar with the operations of the refrigeration unit, including the temperature monitoring system. Only an experienced driver can handle whatever complications might arise during the course of the journey.

Proper Handling

Before loading reefer trucks with fresh produce, ensure that it is free of debris and contamination. A dirty truck can affect the durability of the fresh produce being transported and diminish its quality. Fragile products ought to be handled with utmost care to prevent them from being damaged even before they get into the truck. In a lot of cases, proper handling of refrigerated goods is neglected, and as such these goods which have been damaged before being loaded in the trucks are often mistaken to have been damaged in the truck.

Failure to Examine Goods Upon Delivery

Another issue that proves to be a stumbling block in refrigerated transportation centers around the failure to examine the goods upon delivery. The delivered products must be carefully and properly examined immediately they are delivered. On many occasions, you may find yourself needing to present a proof of delivery of the refrigerated goods. The best way to avoid this problem is to examine these goods as soon as it is being offloaded from the truck.

The challenges that have been discussed above are the foremost of the problems faced when operating refrigerated transportation. While there can be a few more hitches along the way, these issues are some of those that can give you the most problems. However, you can tackle these challenges by undergoing comprehensive supervision of the processes involved in running a cold chain/refrigerated transport system.

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Setting Up Your Own Business from Home https://www.previousmagazine.com/setting-up-your-own-business-from-home https://www.previousmagazine.com/setting-up-your-own-business-from-home#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 21:00:12 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34316 If you are looking to start your own business from home in 2021, you have a lot of planning and organising to do. Setting up a business is not easy and being self-employed can sometimes seem overwhelming. There are so many businesses out there and yours needs to stand out from the crowd. Read on...]]>

If you are looking to start your own business from home in 2021, you have a lot of planning and organising to do. Setting up a business is not easy and being self-employed can sometimes seem overwhelming. There are so many businesses out there and yours needs to stand out from the crowd. Read on for some advice on setting your own business.

Know Your Business

Before you do anything, get to know your business first. Decide on what products or services you will be selling and create a business plan. Make sure your business has a name and logo that stands out and create a brand identity, so that your business will be recognisable to potential customers. Do plenty of market research, so that you will have a good idea of who your competitors are and whether there is a gap in the market for your business. You should decide on where you will get the finances for starting up your business and how long it will take to get a return on investment (ROI).

Networking

Networking is invaluable to all businesses. By networking and reaching out to people, you can generate leads and bring in potential clients. Not all clients will come directly to you —you will need to find them yourself. You will have put your brand out there to increase visibility.

Networking is also important for building relationships with your existing client base (once you have one). Keep them updated with news and new products and services via a newsletter to keep your business at the front of their minds.

You can build connections with other businesses, which will open up the opportunity to collaborate on future projects. It is always a good idea to have the support of people in the same industry as you.

Getting the Right Tools and Equipment

Make sure you have everything you need, from external hard drives to packaging materials. You will probably need a printer and other basic office supplies too. Your service or product(s) will determine what equipment you will need. For example, if you are selling a bespoke product and need to ship it from home, you will need to know the weight of the item so you can calculate the shipping costs. To do this, you will need a high-quality scale, which you can get from somewhere like Johnsonscale.com.

Setting Up At home

Set up a quiet space at home where you can work in peace away from your family or roommates. Having the perfect work/life balance is difficult if your days are filled with distractions. Set up your desk and monitor, keyboard and mouse and make sure you have a comfy chair to sit in. Do not by a cheap plastic chair, especially when you will have to sit there all day. Get yourself a desk lamp, so you will have plenty of light. Make sure your office is cool enough in the summer and warm enough in the winter. For more info on how to do this click here.

Going Through the Legal Stuff

This is what most people consider to be the boring stuff. There are a lot of legal requirements when it comes to running a business.

Depending on what your business is, you may require a business licence. However not all businesses need one. If you’re based in the UK, you’ll have to register your business’s legal structure (sole trader or business partnership or limited company) with HMRC.

You will also have to do research on which licences or permits or permits you will need, and consider the different kinds of insurance your business will need, e.g., professional indemnity insurance, public liability insurance, cyber insurance, and gadget insurance.

You should also decide on whether your brand, product or services should be trademarked, patented, or copyrighted. Your clients and customers data will need to be protected, so you will need to be clued-up on local and international data protection laws. You will also need to learn about business accounting and filling out your taxes.

Hopefully, you have gained some valuable information from this article that will help you with starting up your business from home. If you need further advice on setting up your own business, check out this website. Good luck with your start-up!

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The Best Flooring Options for Each Room of Your Home https://www.previousmagazine.com/the-best-flooring-options-for-each-room-of-your-home https://www.previousmagazine.com/the-best-flooring-options-for-each-room-of-your-home#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 20:29:02 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34291 Picking the right kind of flooring for your home is one of the hardest things to do when designing your home. Some kinds of flooring may suit different rooms better than others. Read on to discover the best flooring options for each room of your home. Hardwood Flooring The hallway is arguably one of the...]]>

Picking the right kind of flooring for your home is one of the hardest things to do when designing your home. Some kinds of flooring may suit different rooms better than others. Read on to discover the best flooring options for each room of your home.

Hardwood Flooring

The hallway is arguably one of the most tread parts of any home, with people constantly walking from room to room and in and out of the house, which is why durable hardwood is the most appropriate kind of flooring for a hallway. Hardwood flooring can be made from different kinds of wood and be finished in different shades of tan, taupe or brown. When hardwood flooring begins to look worn a drab, it can be restored by being sanded and refinished.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is a good flooring choice for a living room. It is easily cleaned and can be used with under-floor heating. Bamboo flooring is similar to hardwood, except it is a more sustainable and eco-friendlier option. This is because bamboo is a kind of grass which grows much quicker than trees. Homeowners have a choice of planks or strand woven bamboo, which is stronger than hardwood flooring. Bamboo can be also carbonised, so there are more colour options than hardwood flooring.

Epoxy Resin Flooring

Epoxy resin flooring is just the right flooring for kitchen because of its heat-resistant, anti-slip and waterproof properties. This flooring is hygienic because its seamless and smooth surface is easy to clean. Epoxy resin flooring is long-lasting and can endure the weight of heavy kitchen appliances. It can come in a plethora of colours and designs. There are many companies which offer this service and if you look up something like “resin flooring with Hychem”, you’ll find many epoxy resin flooring options.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a good option for a dining room. Laminate flooring can imitate the look of hardwood, stone, or marble flooring, but is a cheaper alternative for homeowners looking for low-maintenance and stylish flooring. It is also functional and the planks and tiles are easy to install.

Tile Flooring

As you’ve probably seen in a large number houses, tiles are the most popular option for bathroom flooring. Their waterproof nature means that they can easily stand up to the humidity after showers, which is why they are often used to cover bathroom walls too. When the tiles become wet, they can simply be wiped clean. They’re also low-maintenance. The grout will only need to be resealed yearly. Tiles can be made from different materials, but ceramic tiles tend to be preferred by homeowners as they are more cost-effective than ceramic, glass or stone tiles.

Carpet Flooring

Carpet flooring is popular in bedrooms. A carpet will provide insulation and will be warmer to walk on, and it can be cosy and comfortable to walk on because it is a cushioned surface. Carpets can dampen sounds, which makes them perfect for keeping the bedroom a quiet space. They can have different piles and can come in a wide range of colours. Homeowners have the option of installing wall-to-wall carpeting or using easier to install carpet tiles.

Concrete Flooring

Concrete flooring is used in most garages because it is hard wearing and can withstand the weight and pressure of a car being parked on it and the storage of other household items. However, concrete is porous so it will need a sealant or coating so that it doesn’t absorb anything that is spilled on it and to prevent staining.

Foam Tiles

While this is not a permanent flooring solution, this is an ideal option to place on top of other kinds of flooring in a playroom. Since this is the room where children play and run around, having a soft surface for them to sit and fall on is a must. Foam tiles interlock in a similar way to a jigsaw puzzle. Foam tiles can also protect the flooring underneath from scratches and spills. These mats are often colourful and can come in a variety of patterns with punch-out letters and numbers aid children’s learning. These tiles can quickly and easily be laid out and put away at the beginning and end of every day.

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Things You Can Do After College https://www.previousmagazine.com/things-you-can-do-after-college https://www.previousmagazine.com/things-you-can-do-after-college#respond Sat, 27 Mar 2021 19:16:55 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34321 So, you’ve finished your degree. What next? There many options open to you once you finish your degree, but choosing what is right for you can be difficult. To help you make your decision, we’ve listed five things you can do now that you are a graduate. Pursue Further Education If you feel as though...]]>

So, you’ve finished your degree. What next? There many options open to you once you finish your degree, but choosing what is right for you can be difficult. To help you make your decision, we’ve listed five things you can do now that you are a graduate.

Pursue Further Education

If you feel as though you may increase your employability with further education or just love to learn, then you should look into doing postgraduate studies. You may want to specialise in a field while doing a Master’s degree and maybe progress to doing a doctorate. If you want a career in education, you may want to pursue a PGCE. If you’re not interested in going back to university, there are many apprenticeships, internships, and volunteering work that will offer you learning experience in various fields.

Search For your Dream Job

Many graduates apply for jobs in the retail or in the hospitality industry because they are quick to hire and require little to no qualifications. They see it as a quick and easy way to earn money. However, you don’t need to jump into a job straight after you’ve finished your degree.

Instead of applying for just any job, take some time to research different companies to find your dream job. Pick a career that interests you and is something you are passionate about. When you look at job descriptions and the list of qualities employers are looking for in their applicants, apply for the ones that will utilize your skills and strengths. You should also make a list the pros and cons of each company and look at what they have to offer you.

Move to a Bigger Place

If, like most students, you’re tired of living in cramped student accommodation, you should look for somewhere with more space. If you don’t want to move back in with your parents, you could rent a shared house with a few friends or rent a spacious apartment. You may need to hire movers to help you move your belongings if you have accumulated a lot of things over the past few years.

One of the things graduates look for when they’re searching for a new apartment is a larger garden where they can enjoy some time outside. Having some extra space means you can go out in the back yard to fly your Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual or have a few friends over for a barbeque in the summer.

Relocate

If you’ve just finished your degree and you don’t have a job, and if you’re sick of the same old scenery, then now is the best time to relocate. Take some time to research different locations and properties and accommodation in that area that are within your price range. You can also search for jobs in the locations you like. You never know—you may find your dream job at the other end of the country. If you’d like to read more about relocating after college, click here.

Take a Well-Earned Break

If you’re feeling mentally drained and stressed now that you’ve finished your degree, then maybe you need some time off. Take a well-earned break and relax for a while. Give yourself a set time in which to take your break (e.g., a few months to a year) so you don’t find yourself taking an indefinite amount of time off. You can use this time to travel to different places, to connect with old friends, to pick up a new hobby or to decide on what to do next.

Take a Gap Year

If you’re not sure whether you want to pursue further education or get a job, then you should consider taking a gap year after you graduate. A gap year can offer you a break from academia, and while it can offer your work experience in a specific field, it can also be a lot of fun. Remember, when choosing what you want to do with your gap year, you should try to keep it relevant to what you want to do in the future. If you’re interested in a career in education, you could spend your gap year looking after children in a boarding school or you could join a teaching programme in another country. There are so many other gap year opportunities for those with other pursuits and interests.

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5 Tips to Pick Your Perfect Car https://www.previousmagazine.com/5-tips-to-pick-your-perfect-car https://www.previousmagazine.com/5-tips-to-pick-your-perfect-car#respond Sat, 27 Mar 2021 18:58:06 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34358 Your car is a place where you’ll spend a lot of time, from your work commute to the school run. In fact, after your home, it’s where you’ll spend much of your life. That’s why getting the right car is so important, not just in terms of performance and prestige, but also comfort, safety and...]]>

Your car is a place where you’ll spend a lot of time, from your work commute to the school run. In fact, after your home, it’s where you’ll spend much of your life. That’s why getting the right car is so important, not just in terms of performance and prestige, but also comfort, safety and much more. We’ve put together some tips for when you go shopping to make sure you get the perfect vehicle.

  1. Find a great car dealer

You can buy a car privately, but this can often be more complicated, as you need to know what you’re looking for, and you don’t get as much choice. Visiting a car dealership is much more sensible. Dealers such as neneoverland.co.uk will have lots of different vehicles in stock, so you can try a few that you like and find the perfect one.

Dealers are often a better choice, especially the well-established ones, as they are experts in what they do, can show you a wide range of cars, and often offer things like warranties, so if something should go wrong, you have some comeback.

  1. Think about what you want from a car

Only you know how you use your car and what’s the most important to you. It’s worth sitting down and thinking about your priorities, such as:

  • Budget
  • Performance
  • Number of seats
  • Style
  • Mileage

Some people are happy to simply have a run-around car that’s reliable, while some people want lots of gadgets, bells and whistles. It’s important to set a realistic budget for the sort of car you want so you can tell the dealer how much you want to spend.

  1. Consider vehicle safety

Vehicle safety is always the number one priority, no matter what type of car you are buying. Luckily, there’s plenty of information about the safety of each make and model of car, and you can improve safety by making sure you fit the best tyres and use approved parts. Those with families will often be the most concerned about safety, so it’s important to check ratings before you make any decisions.

  1. Consider your car usage

If you take a lot of short journeys, then a big diesel engine isn’t going to be for you. It’s important to get the right type of car for your needs, as you’ll probably have it for several years, so it’s something you want to get right. From taking road trips, to commuting five days a week, think about the ways in which your car is used the most.

A lot of people will go for the biggest car, as they assume this will be the most comfortable, but if you’re a city driver, bigger isn’t always better. Also, some big cars come up short when it comes to internal space, which can be annoying. This is where a test drive is key. You should see if your dealer offers something like a 48-hour test drive, where you can get a proper feel for the car and what it can do, before you commit.

  1. Look at running costs

Most people look at the initial cost of buying the car, or monthly costs to finance, but then forget that certain cars can be more expensive than others to run each month. Nothing is worse than having a car that leaves you financially overstretched, so you need to think about what you’ll spend each month. From insuring your car to vehicle tax costs, and even how much it costs to get a full tank of petrol, all these things should be considered before you hand over your money.

Also, consider the best way to pay for the car. Some people prefer to finance, as they don’t spend a lot of money up front, while others like to simply pay for the car and be done with it. You should find out what type of finance suits your circumstances.

Finding the perfect car isn’t always easy. You need a vehicle that not only gets you from A to B, but also suits your lifestyle and budget, and has all the features you want and need. Follow the tips above and you’re more likely to enjoy your new car.

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5 Project Management Trends You Need to Know in 2021 https://www.previousmagazine.com/5-project-management-trends-you-need-to-know-in-2021 https://www.previousmagazine.com/5-project-management-trends-you-need-to-know-in-2021#respond Sat, 27 Mar 2021 18:37:22 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34285 Hardly any industry is growing as fast as information technology sectors. New technologies like AI, ML, and big data analysis bring to the table possibilities to create innovative software that the world hasn’t seen yet. If you don’t want to fall behind, this IT project management trends list should help you with that. It seems...]]>

Hardly any industry is growing as fast as information technology sectors. New technologies like AI, ML, and big data analysis bring to the table possibilities to create innovative software that the world hasn’t seen yet. If you don’t want to fall behind, this IT project management trends list should help you with that.

It seems that Agile has settled in our environment for good. Does this mean that we should remove Waterfall from our dictionary? Potentially, Agile methodologies should already be cured of childhood diseases. Despite this, still fewer than ⅓ of completed IT projects over the past years have been recognized as a success.

Knowledge of both traditional methods of software development and Agile ones allows us to combine them depending on the needs and environment in which they are used. This trend can be seen not only in software development but also in finance, HR and marketing and so on. It is worthwhile to consider which parts and which method should be chosen for our toolbox, depending on the context in which we operate.

What does this mean for project managers? First of all, the need for continuous development, searching for new methods and improvements, and extracting fragments that are important to the team. Secondly, you cannot forget that each project and each team is to some extent different. The biggest challenge is to find a sweet spot between following clearly defined methodologies and flexibility combined with an individual approach.

Remote Is Here to Stay

Because of the recent pandemic, a majority of IT companies have at least some remote workers. It is one of the IT project management trends which is the most influential in the changes in the approach to project management.

Today, we rarely find ourselves in a convenient situation when we have at our disposal a full team of full-time employees at a distance of several desks. Instead, we need to coordinate people’s actions in different time zones, countries and cultures.

Remote work undoubtedly brings many profits as the potential pool of talent or increased productivity increases. However, it is worth remembering the potential risks associated with it, such as a sense of isolation and faster burnout. Thinking about motivation and inspiration strategies, distributed teams can be a good goal for this year.

It’s All About Humans

MySpace, Google Wave, Foursquare are just a few examples of products that are painfully convincing of how relevant user experience is for success. Many companies have lost millions by neglecting the end-user feedback on application friendliness. On the other side of the scale, there are situations like the one where the change of one button increased the annual income by $300,000,000.

Nowadays, there is no room for the development team to work in isolation from the end user. If you want to be up to date with IT project management trends, topics such as customer design, design thinking, or service design should not be foreign to you.

Is Teal the New Black?

Is there a place in 2021 for a movement which in the extreme case says “let’s fire all managers”? I am convinced that yes. “No managers” is not synonymous with lack of management.

Frédéric Laloux, the writer of the book “Reinventing Organizations”, thought to be an important book when it comes to management, defines the basics of turquoise movement as self-management, wholeness and evolutionary purpose. Although the idea may sound wild, companies such as Patagonia, Morning Start, and AES have proven that much can be gained from this approach.

Does this mean that project managers should be concerned about the stability of their employment? Not really. However, it looks like the role of the project manager is being redefined. The command-and-control style is replaced by lead and inspire, and the hierarchy pyramid flattens.

Big Data Gets Popular

Some say that about 90% of all the data in the world today has been created in the past few years. Gathering data about how people interact with applications, their preferences, types of behaviour, location, etc., has never been as easy as it is today.

However, the data is worth as much as you can draw from it. Available algorithms will undoubtedly make the task easier. However, the project manager must be aware of the possibilities of using these technologies.

We should all care that the data we collect does not only introduce more confusion. Implementation of the role of data analyst and application of processes in this matter can be a good start. The task of the project manager is to help teams and stakeholders understand what collected and analysed data brings and how they can use it on a path to success.

Are You Ready for the Changes?

Changes in the IT world in the last few years are going in a surprising direction. The development of such technology branches as big data, AI, machine learning greatly supports the daily work of the project managers, among others through access to advanced statics and task automation.

On the other hand, you can see that advanced technology alone is too little to succeed. In the end, digital products are created by people, for people, so their close cooperation on many levels is essential.

Are you ready for the challenges that are waiting for project managers in the coming years?

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Things to Consider When Running a Sports Club https://www.previousmagazine.com/things-to-consider-when-running-a-sports-club https://www.previousmagazine.com/things-to-consider-when-running-a-sports-club#respond Fri, 26 Mar 2021 19:26:13 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34324 Sports clubs are places where people can go to enjoy recreational sports. They’re a great way to bring a community together. Once you’ve decided to start a sports club, there are few things you’ll need to consider. Check out our tips for running a sports club: Finances You’ll need to figure out how your club...]]>

Sports clubs are places where people can go to enjoy recreational sports. They’re a great way to bring a community together. Once you’ve decided to start a sports club, there are few things you’ll need to consider. Check out our tips for running a sports club:

Finances

You’ll need to figure out how your club will be funded and whether your club will have consistent and ongoing funds to keep your club going. While you can charge membership fees, you can also receive funding from fundraisers and reach out to local business to see if they would be interested in sponsoring your club. You can also apply for government grants or grants from your local counsel.

Unless you can get people to volunteer, you’ve also got to think about the costs of hiring coaches, instructors and managers, and think about the costs of creating a website and hiring a venue.

Finding a Suitable Venue

You need to find a suitable venue for your sports club. It needs to be in the right location so people can get there easily, and ideally have parking. In needs to have appropriate facilities, such as changing rooms and rest rooms, and should be wheelchair accessible.

Depending on how many members your club has, how often your club meets up, and whether you have the funds, you’ll need to make the decision of buying a sporting facility or renting a venue. If you decide to rent somewhere, make sure that the pitch, court, field, gymnasium, or swimming pool is pre-booked in advance before any friendly games, training sessions or matches so there are no mix ups.

Online Presence

Your sports club needs to have an online presence. You can use your sports club’s website to connect with your members and keep them updated about any updates or changes. You can also promote any team meetings. Your website can be used to promote the club to new or potential members or supporters.

You can collect payments from team members, have a page where newcomers will sign up for a membership, and have an online consent form. You can also send out newsletters to your email list with any new content and send out email reminders of upcoming matches or tournaments with other clubs.

If you want to expand your outreach or gain web traffic to your sports club’s website, use a service like Rexoriginals.com to get backlinks from other websites so more people will click through to the website and see what your club is up to.

Health and Safety

Health and safety are paramount when running a sports club. You need to have the right health and safety documents and any other permits. You’ll have duty of care to your members, so you’ll also need to regularly carry out risk assessments and make sure there is safeguarding in place so that the clubs code of conduct and health and safety measures are upheld. You’ll also need to make that members and staff are aware of fire safety procedures and all available fire exits in the venue.

Your venue should have appropriate first aid facilities, and you should appoint a health and safety officer(s) and make sure your employees have first aid training so that if anyone becomes injured, they can provide foot care for anyone who has had a fall or sprained an ankle and deal with cut, scrapes and bruises.

Properly Storing Sports Equipment

Properly storing your club’s sports equipment is essential for keeping everything clean and in good repair. Make sure you have the proper storage equipment, such as golf bags, shoe bags, ball storage trolleys, bike racks, crossbow cases, shelving units, and equipment hooks.

If you’re not storing your equipment at the venue, then you’ll need to figure out where it will be stored.

Other Things to Think About

There are other things to consider when running a sports club. You’ll need to decide whether your club will be open to everyone in the community or whether you’ll hold separate meetings and games for youths and seniors. You’ll also have to think about insurance, getting sponsors and, having a code of conduct for members.

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4 Reasons Why Leadership Skills Are Important https://www.previousmagazine.com/4-reasons-why-leadership-skills-are-important https://www.previousmagazine.com/4-reasons-why-leadership-skills-are-important#respond Fri, 26 Mar 2021 18:06:10 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34276 Running an organization is a tough task – managers need to have the essential technical expertise and the required people skills in order to ensure smooth running of operations within the firm. In addition to technical and people skills, managers also need to possess the right leadership skills to effectively lead and motivate their employees...]]>

Running an organization is a tough task – managers need to have the essential technical expertise and the required people skills in order to ensure smooth running of operations within the firm. In addition to technical and people skills, managers also need to possess the right leadership skills to effectively lead and motivate their employees to ensure all efforts are collectively focused towards achieving company goals. However, not everyone is a born leader and managers may sometimes have to work on their leadership skills – managers may have to undergo training by certified professionals such as leadership coaching with Performance by Design in order to polish up on their leadership skills. Listed below are four reasons why leadership skills are important and what they can do for your business:

1. Leadership skills help communicate company vision and values

Managers need to have the required leadership skills if they wish to communicate the company vision and its values to their employees and stakeholders in an effective manner. Stakeholders may lose sight of the company’s true vision and its values in their day-to-day activities and exhaustive company operations – it is the manager’s responsibility to ensure that all activities are aligned with company vision and that all stakeholders are in the know of what that vision and values entail.

2. Leadership skills help motivate your employees

Managers need to have leadership skills in order to motivate their employees to do their best. No matter how self-driven your employees are, chances are that their drive is likely to dry up after a certain period – managers need to ensure that they continue to motivate their employees by rightly exhibiting their leadership. Whether this be done by increasing their salaries or perks, or by giving constant pep talks is the manager’s discretion, but either way it is imperative that they possess the right leadership skills to convince and motivate their employees on a regular basis.

3. Leadership skills help boost employee morale

Managers need to boost their employee’s morale on a regular basis – an organization or a company is nothing without its employees and hence it is important you make your employees feel loved, valued and important. Managers with good leadership skills know the importance of this and are also aware of how to boost employee morale – whether they do so by communicating words of appreciation, giving them a raise, or increasing perks around the office is up to them and their decision. Managers need to boost employee morale and make them feel that they are an integral and an important part of the organization to boost their productivity and performance.

4. Leadership skills help ensure effective utilization of resources

Your employees need to have the right resources in order to perform their job well – however, as a manager and a leader, you need to ensure the effective utilization of those resources and minimal wastage. If managers have the required and the right leadership skills, they can not only provide their employees with the right resources, but they can also ensure that none of those resources go to waste and all are dedicated towards the righteous promotion of company goals and activities.

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Different Ways to Fund a Start-Up https://www.previousmagazine.com/different-ways-to-fund-a-start-up https://www.previousmagazine.com/different-ways-to-fund-a-start-up#respond Thu, 25 Mar 2021 20:15:22 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34332 Different Ways to Fund a Start-Up You have your business plan ready and you’re ready to start working. But where will you get the capital to do it? Sorting out adequate funding to get a business up and running can be difficult, but not impossible. If you’re not sure of how to fund your start-up,...]]>

Different Ways to Fund a Start-Up

You have your business plan ready and you’re ready to start working. But where will you get the capital to do it? Sorting out adequate funding to get a business up and running can be difficult, but not impossible. If you’re not sure of how to fund your start-up, read on for a few ideas.

Bank Loan

When entrepreneurs think about funding, they usually look to the bank to provide them with a loan. Banks will offer a repayment schedule that will depend on the amount of money you borrow. Like most loans, you’ll have to pay it back over a set time with interest. Banks usually ask people to sign surety bonds when they provide business loans, so that they know that the obligee will pay back the loan on the principal’s behalf if they default on the loan.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a simple way for you to raise funds for your start-up. People can crowdfund everything and anything, from phone apps, to movies, to technological convergence tools. You can learn more about them here.

When you set up a crowdfunding page, you can add images and videos explain your service or product, lay out your business plan, and tell potential funders exactly where their money is going. In return for their pledges, you can offer them rewards, such as merchandise or early bird offers. You can also keep people updated with how your business is going. Different crowdfunding platforms have different rules. When you set your crowdfunding target, some platforms will let you keep the money you raised even if you don’t reach your goal and some will only let you have the money pledged if you do reach your goal. When setting your crowdfunding target, you should factor in all costs, including the fees charged by the crowdfunding platform.

Grants

A grant is money that is given to a start-up to help them build their business. Grant money is usually offered by the government, charities, organisations, or foundations and you won’t be expected to pay it back. When it comes to getting a grant, the grant-awarding body will be very specific on how you use the grant money and they may ask for regular updates. Grants are often distributed to businesses with specific niches or in specific industry sectors, such as businesses ruin by women, building restoration businesses, or environmentally-friendly businesses.

However, you’ll have to compete with other businesses for these grants and even if you apply for more than one, you’re not guaranteed to get it.

Investors

There are two types of investors you should consider—angel investors and venture capital investors. Angel investors will ask for a small share of your business in exchange for providing seed money for your start-up. By going down this route, you’ll still have control over your business as you will have the most shares.

A venture capitalist will provide you with a greater amount of funds in exchange for a larger percentage of shares. Venture capitalists can offer you advice and can bring in valuable industry contacts to help you out, but you should look at a venture capitalist as more of a business partner and you may not have as much control over your company as you would like since you will have fewer or equal shares.

Ask Friends and Family

Try asking your friends and family to support your business endeavours by funding your start-up. Go through your business plan with them so they know what they could be investing in. by asking your family and friends to back you, you’ll get a good idea of whether you have a good idea on your hands by how supportive they are. It’s also a good idea to get some early feedback from people you know.

Save Up

There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that you are self-sufficient. If you don’t want to seek external funding, then you always have the option of funding your start-up yourself. Many budding entrepreneurs take on other jobs to fund their businesses. There’s no harm in working a 9 to 5 job to get your business started. By being self-reliant, you don’t have to worry about being in debt, keeping investors happy with updates, or funding falling through.

If you think you need to spend more time on setting up your business and going through your business plan, click here for some guidance. Good luck with funding your start-up!

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4 Ways in Which the Right Tools Can Increase the Productivity of Your Business https://www.previousmagazine.com/4-ways-in-which-the-right-tools-can-increase-the-productivity-of-your-business https://www.previousmagazine.com/4-ways-in-which-the-right-tools-can-increase-the-productivity-of-your-business#respond Thu, 25 Mar 2021 19:14:05 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34269 Regardless of the kind of business you are in, having the right set of tools is imperative and can make a huge difference. This is essential for a job to done successfully. You can visit sydneytools.com.au to pick the most suitable tools according to the kind of work your employees have to do and easily...]]>

Regardless of the kind of business you are in, having the right set of tools is imperative and can make a huge difference. This is essential for a job to done successfully. You can visit sydneytools.com.au to pick the most suitable tools according to the kind of work your employees have to do and easily empower them and encourage them to work more efficiently.

Many people argue that tools are only important for heavy-duty jobs such as construction, mining, and transportation, etc. However, it has been observed time and again that every business, including the desk jobs, needs some kind of toolkit to empower the workforce and keep them ready all the time. Having a little hands-on kit for petty repairs can save you plenty of time and money, prevent business outage and losses, and boost your overall performance. Here is a list of ways having the appropriate tools can do wonders for your business.

Having the Right Tools Can Increase Efficiency

Oftentimes, major tasks in different industries and enterprises get stuck due to minor breakdowns and faults. In such cases, you have to wait for the experts to come and make the repair to reinstate your equipment. This can impede your operations and even cost you several working hours. Another option is to have your people do the repairs and get the ball rolling. Having the right toolset can help them do this job quickly and efficiently.

Correct Tools Make the Workplace Safer

Workplace injuries can be catastrophic and can cost businesses huge sums. An employee working with improper tools is prone to injuries that can be fatal at times. Even if the injuries are not fatal, these can leave the employees hurt and impact their productivity negatively. For that reason, states also have laid down strict rules to ensure workplace safety. If you have the right set of tools in place, your employees can work safely and more productively.

Shift You from Reactive to Proactive Maintenance

More often than not, faults and breakdowns can be foreseen. Today’s enterprises are smart and have plenty of indicators to alert you about a possible flaw that might occur. If your employees are equipped with the right tools, they can fix the issue before it could become a major problem without having to wait for the technicians and professionals. This kind of proactive maintenance can incredibly increase productivity and performance.

Right Tools Can Be a Big Money Saver for Your Business

Given the aforementioned points, this is an obvious benefit of having the right tools. As your employees are working with the right tools, the work is not impeded for a long time, which can be a costly affair. Also, your employees are safe with these tools which can save you plenty of money that you might otherwise spend on compensation. Having minor repairs done by the internal staff also saves money on specialized maintenance. And last but not the least, proper tools ensure that the job is done perfectly and will not lead to any further or future damage that could have dug deep into your pockets.

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Developing a Strategy for Starting and Running a Virtual Summer Camp https://www.previousmagazine.com/developing-a-strategy-for-starting-and-running-a-virtual-summer-camp https://www.previousmagazine.com/developing-a-strategy-for-starting-and-running-a-virtual-summer-camp#respond Thu, 25 Mar 2021 16:13:17 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34264 A virtual world is not a new phenomenon. However, it became mainstream after the outbreak of COVID-19 when governments administered lockdown and forced people to stay indoors. People turned to digital tools to carry on their regular tasks and came across several technological wonders, which they did not know existed. Technical equipment and automated tools...]]>

A virtual world is not a new phenomenon. However, it became mainstream after the outbreak of COVID-19 when governments administered lockdown and forced people to stay indoors. People turned to digital tools to carry on their regular tasks and came across several technological wonders, which they did not know existed. Technical equipment and automated tools helped businesses stay afloat, as firms had to adopt work-from-home mode to have normalcy. Virtual meetings, conferences, and tradeshows became a new norm; seminars tuned into webinars and distant education became the only form of education. COVID-19 continues to evolve the situation. Many governments have started easing lockdown; several companies and educational institutes are sticking to their virtual practices.

Summer camps are the highlight of the year, and institutes and children look forward to them as they get a chance to experience something different from their routine activities. Organizations strive hard and work tirelessly to put together a camp packed with various academic, entertainment, and physical activities. Conventional summer camps do not seem set to return anytime soon. Most institutes had two options; to cancel it or organize a virtual summer camp. These summers will be unprecedented, and while people understand that they cannot revert to their old life, they want to have something to take their minds off.

Virtual summer camps are a perfect way out for their children, as they will get a chance to experience something different. While many organizations understand the significance of summer camps, they find themselves unable to venture into this unfamiliar territory of the virtual world and formulate a virtual summer camp. Below, are the different components of developing a strategy for starting and running a virtual summer camp:

Set Priorities

Before you develop a strategy, you need to set the priorities and list the activities you want to include and that people can do virtually. You might need to wipe your mind of previous summer camp memories and start a new one. Setting priorities help in devising a plan for virtual summer camp. Music is a common hobby of children and adults, and they often look forward to summer to learn some musical skills. If you are a Colorado resident, your kids can enrol in summer music camps in Colorado. They have maintained a name for providing children enriching experiences while giving them a safe environment. Music learning can happen virtually, and children can enjoy the summer camps without stepping out of their homes.

Eradicate the Aspects Not Applicable in Virtual Summer Camp

The first step is to admit that this is a new experience and probably the first ever for many people. You cannot replicate the traditional summer camp as the virtual world comes with its limitations. There must be many activities and things you want to do but may not pull off virtually. While eliminating some activities may make you gloomy, a vital aspect is that you will not have to worry about numerous critical things. Cleaning services, regular moving of the trash, punctuality, monitoring activities, and taking care of children’s behaviour are significant aspects of summer camp, which are not applicable in an online summer camp. Eliminating them will make your task of developing a strategy simpler. You can give attention to the critical yet functional aspects.

Decide the Activities

Even for a virtual summer camp, you must have certain enjoyable activities lined up, keeping children engaged and helping them learn new skills. Suppose you want to focus on only one aspect of art. In that case, painting can incorporate different painting styles and plan sessions accordingly. Another idea is to include multiple activities, such as physical activities, that help keep children healthy. You can have a specific portion for academics and formulate some sessions around various subjects. Deciding activities for your virtual camo will provide you with a roadmap for strategizing a virtual summer camp.

Develop a Marketing Strategy

Attendees of virtual summer camps are as important as they are for conventional ones. Formulating a plan and organizing a summer camp will not be beneficial if people are not aware of it. Devising a marketing strategy for virtual summer camp will be completely different from traditional summer camp. Many people may not be thrilled with the idea of enrolling their children in virtual summer camps. So, your promotional strategy should be persuading enough to make them believe that virtual summer camp will add value.

Hire Tech-Savvy Staff

You can’t run a virtual summer camp in a vacuum, and you need to have several people on board who can assist you in performing your tasks. Besides experts in summer camp activities, you need to hire IT professionals who can support you in conducting virtual sessions. Handling technical equipment and automated tools is not a layman’s job, as they often start giving trouble without warning. IT experts can look into them and fix the minor issues there and then. Technological experts may not be the standard summer camp requirement. However, you cannot run or devise a virtual summer camp strategy without their input.

Robust Internet Connection

During these uncertain and unfortunate pandemic times, having a good internet connection it has become essential. The internet is the channel that allows you to conduct the whole program and its various sessions. Internet connection is the basis of virtual summer camp. Before you start setting it up, it is better to have a robust router and modem. You don’t need to set up a place to run an online summer camp, and you can ask your staff to work remotely. In that case, everyone will need a solid connection to have a seamless and uninterrupted summer camp.

Redefine Value

The dynamics of virtual summer camps are entirely different from regular camps. As a director, you have to refocus on how to deliver the value in a new setup. Creating a mission statement that redefines your goal and vision with a set of core values will help you establish your identity. You need to figure out ways that allow you to provide children with meaningful learning, even in this new setup.

Conclusion

Summers symbolize beaches, fun-filled activities, and summer camps for many children. These camps are the source of creating life-long memories, establishing new friendships, and learning new skills. During these unprecedented times, people are adopting different ways to carry on with their lives. Virtual summer camps may be a unique experience for organizers and attendees. Still, it has given people an extra dimension and distinctive experiences—robust internet connection, a proper plan, and thorough preparations all pre-requisites of virtual summer camp.

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What Are Appliance Repair Tips That Help Save Time, Stress, and Finances? https://www.previousmagazine.com/what-are-appliance-repair-tips-that-help-save-time-stress-and-finances https://www.previousmagazine.com/what-are-appliance-repair-tips-that-help-save-time-stress-and-finances#respond Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:38:59 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34254 Appliances are a major cornerstone in modern-day life and without these appliances, people would have to do things physically, from cleaning, and manufacturing, and agriculture. That is why a breakdown of an appliance in a household brings problems and repairing it or getting a replacement creates high anxiety levels to the family members. Every appliance...]]>

Appliances are a major cornerstone in modern-day life and without these appliances, people would have to do things physically, from cleaning, and manufacturing, and agriculture. That is why a breakdown of an appliance in a household brings problems and repairing it or getting a replacement creates high anxiety levels to the family members.

Every appliance bought in the long run gets to a point where they need repairs or replacements. It is usually cheaper to fix appliances compared to sourcing new ones. You can always go to the appliance repair parts store in your neighbourhood or on online. When you want to carry out repairs, always request professionals to handle the problems to prevent further damage to the appliances.

What You Need

You need to be repaired. Different problems call for different expertise and licenses. For example, when you need to move or add an electrical outlet to accommodate new appliances, then you need to hire an electrician with relevant licenses and credentials. And if you are plumbing your laundry area then you require a licensed plumber as they have the relevant expertise of patching with the existing lines and carefully installing traps and vents correctly.

Is the Appliance Powering On?

If the appliances are not powering on, then check its breakers to identify if they have tripped. If that is not the problem, carefully check on the other appliances and the outlets located on the same wall. If you find that there are outlets that are not live with electricity, then you need to call for help from a qualified electrician. The reason is that the problem may be due to wiring and not the appliance.

Is Your Appliance Still Under Warranty?

Most manufacturers of appliances have placed stickers on the appliances with their names and model. So, you can call the number or run the model number on the online platform and search to see if your appliance is still under warranty. If the appliance is under warranty the request for recommendations for the service companies authorized by the factory. If the repair costs more than half of the initial cost then have replacement considerations.

Who to Call When Your Appliance Is Not Under Warranty

If your appliance is not under warranty, then you need to hire a repair person who is licensed. Contact companies or individual practitioners, and do not forget to enquire about their rates, the guarantee of workmanship, and the availability of spare parts needed. When you choose a company that works with your appliance brand, there is a higher probability that they will have the spare parts.

What You Need to Do When You Have Repair Personnel on Site

Provide all the details that you can remember so they can better care for your appliance. In case the appliance has had repairs in the past or malfunctions, mention it to the technician. When you correctly inform the technician, you can be sure of efficient diagnosis and problem fixation.

In conclusion, do not forget to ask for quotations when requesting spare parts and repair services. Once inspections are done, then the technician should list all the repair costs and include the cost of parts and labour. Do not forget to ask about the overall functioning of your appliance, so you have to option of replacing or repairing the appliances.

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New Events at SeaWorld San Diego https://www.previousmagazine.com/new-events-at-seaworld-san-diego https://www.previousmagazine.com/new-events-at-seaworld-san-diego#respond Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:29:19 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34257 2020 was certainly a year unlike any other. As the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the closure of theme parks and entertainment ventures, there is good news for SeaWorld San Diego fans. The park has reopened again as a licensed, permitted, and accredited zoo. Creative and Strategic Decisions Make the Reopening of...]]>

2020 was certainly a year unlike any other. As the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the closure of theme parks and entertainment ventures, there is good news for SeaWorld San Diego fans. The park has reopened again as a licensed, permitted, and accredited zoo.

Creative and Strategic Decisions Make the Reopening of SeaWorld San Diego Possible

SeaWorld’s Management Team has made strategic decisions to keep the park open during this pandemic, navigating evolving conditions and requirements. The Management Team is led by SeaWorld’s interim CEO, Marc Swanson, and Scott Ross, Founder and Managing Partner at Hill Path Capital and SeaWorld Entertainment’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The Management Team came up with ways to implement COVID-19 requirements and maximize the park’s zoo accreditation, while still providing a range of exhibits and events that will safely provide guests with memorable experiences.

Health and Safety Requirements

SeaWorld San Diego has instituted safety measures to minimize possible risk and exposure of COVID-19, and to comply with all evolving regulations. The park follows enhanced health and safety protocols. For example:

  • All guests must wear face coverings, except when eating in designated dining locations. Face shields are not acceptable.
  • Capacity for entrance to the park is limited to comply with physical distancing requirements. Capacity is also limited for SeaWorld’s educational presentations.
  • Guests must purchase tickets in advance by making an online, date-specific reservation. This ensures that capacity will be limited, so that guests will have ample space for physical distancing. Guests may reschedule if necessary, according to when reservations are available.
  • Guests may find a same-day opening, depending on the park’s capacity and how many other guest reservations there are for a designated day. SeaWorld San Diego does not keep a wait list.
  • Temperature checks for all guests and staff members will be taken at the entrance. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent to a secondary location to have their temperature retaken. If the second test confirms the fever, the guest will need to reschedule his or her visit.

Event Highlights for the 2021 Winter and Spring Seasons

SeaWorld is committed to rescuing and rehabilitating marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned, or abandoned. The goal is to return these animals to the wild. Meanwhile, at SeaWorld San Diego’s new Rescue Tails educational presentation, guests can visit rescued animals and learn each one’s story.

Guests can meander through the zoo’s expansive acreage, stopping to see and participate in the zoo’s educational presentations to learn about dolphins, sea lions, and orcas. Guests can roam about the grounds and enjoy all open-air outdoor viewing exhibits. These exhibits feature bamboo sharks, dolphins, flamingos, otters, Magellanic penguins, sea lions, stingrays, and more.

A new adventure that will be open throughout February and for a limited time after is the Sesame Street Parade of Lights Drive-Thru. Guests drive through the entrance and are met with thousands of twinkling lights while listening to Sesame Street theme music. The cars pass by parade floats, where Sesame Street characters are waving and interacting with the passengers while all remain socially distanced.

SeaWorld San Diego Hours

Currently, SeaWorld San Diego is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. Guests are encouraged to check the website since opening days and hours change as the COVID-19 mandates evolve. SeaWorld San Diego restaurants will be open for patio dining.

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Tips and Tricks for Quick Plumbing Repair at Home https://www.previousmagazine.com/tips-and-tricks-for-quick-plumbing-repair-at-home https://www.previousmagazine.com/tips-and-tricks-for-quick-plumbing-repair-at-home#respond Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:18:37 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34251 On average, 9,400 gallons of water go to waste annually due to household leaks. That’s a significant loss and dent to a homeowner’s pocket every year. To curb the shortage, every owner must ensure that they attend to plumbing problems as soon as they arise. Most of these damages often start as a minor leak...]]>

On average, 9,400 gallons of water go to waste annually due to household leaks. That’s a significant loss and dent to a homeowner’s pocket every year. To curb the shortage, every owner must ensure that they attend to plumbing problems as soon as they arise. Most of these damages often start as a minor leak in the kitchen faucet, bathroom, or plumbing joints that anyone can repair. If not attended to quickly, they can aggravate and lead to significant problems, calling for costly plumbing repair.

When to Call a Plumber

Most plumbers from different regions often charge $80 or more per hour of service. If a homeowner understands plumbing systems’ basic functioning and has primary repair skills, they can save a lot from minor damages. Issues like repairing a blocked toilet, and finding and correcting sneaky leaks around showers, bathtubs, and bathrooms are some of the common DIY-services that may not require a professional.

However, damages involving pipes running through the walls and under the ground take some hassle to locate and correct. While a DIY-er can still correct them, they may need a little more patience, take a lot of time, and require more knowledge and instructions since they aren’t easily accessible. If the homeowner has time to invest, is ready to learn, and has the patience, he can take up the task. If the reverse is the case, however, it’s better to hire a professional.

Similarly, most plumbing repairs require specific tools to correct. In the case a homeowner lacks the essential tools, it’s advisable to avoid taking chances and hire an expert straight away.

How to Evaluate and Estimate the Extent of Plumbing Damage

Some plumbing problems, like a clogged drain, leaking joints, or blocked toilets, are easy to detect at first sight. It’s essential to follow up on the root cause of the problem before correcting it, especially if it keeps recurring. For instance, a recurrently leaking pipe may mean the system needs replacement and not repair.

If the problem isn’t plain, or the homeowner doesn’t know how to determine the extent, it’s safer to leave it to the hands of an expert. The same applies to frequently recurring damages.

Similarly, having a basic knowledge of how plumbing systems work can benefit every homeowner, whether they want to work with a professional or do it themselves. With the experience, the homeowner can articulately explain what troubles they have with their lines to the expert or the attendant at the home improvement shop and get the right tools.

How do Plumbing Systems Work?

Every home’s plumbing consists of various systems that either work separately or conjointly in some cases. The water supply system pumps water under pressure to the copper and galvanized-steel pipes that feed the plumbing fixtures, sprinklers, outdoor hose bibs, faucets, and other home appliances. As a result, the lines for home supply often work under pressure.

On the other hand, the waste and drain system depends on the force of gravity to flow. The pipes carrying water and waste to the sewers and septic systems do not work under any pressure. For smooth flow, the drain plumbing system incorporates vent piping to exhaust sewer gases (typically out of the roof) and equalize pressure inside the drains.

Many people often confuse gas piping with plumbing pipes. While these pipes look similar to the water supply piping, each works independently. The gas pipes supply gas-fired appliances with natural gas from the home’s utility.

A good percentage of plumbing problems are often easy to solve and require basic knowledge and household plumbing tools to correct. Several videos, written guides, and tutorials can offer instructions to anyone aspiring to do the less demanding repairs.

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The Benefits of Offering Tea and Coffee in the Workplace https://www.previousmagazine.com/the-benefits-of-offering-tea-and-coffee-in-the-workplace https://www.previousmagazine.com/the-benefits-of-offering-tea-and-coffee-in-the-workplace#respond Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:01:53 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34246 Tea and coffee have become part of office culture. It does not matter what industry you are in or how big the office is, you will always see employees with a cup of tea or coffee at their desks. But, how did they get this hot beverage? Did they have to go out of the...]]>

Tea and coffee have become part of office culture. It does not matter what industry you are in or how big the office is, you will always see employees with a cup of tea or coffee at their desks.

But, how did they get this hot beverage? Did they have to go out of the office and purchase it or bring it with them in the morning? One thing that a lot of business owners do not offer is facilities to make tea and coffee in the office. This is a mistake since these simple beverages can offer a lot of advantages to a busy workplace. Here are some of the benefits.

Energise Your Staff

It can be difficult to roll out of bed early in the morning and get to work. It does not matter how much you enjoy your job, nobody finds it easy to get up when they are warm and comfortable in their home. When you get to the office, it can mean that you need something to get you going and ready for the day ahead. For many people, this means having a cup of tea or coffee.

When you provide a water boiler in the office, you can ensure your staff have access to a beverage that is going to energise them. This is going to help them concentrate in the morning and gain the energy they need to be productive for the day.

Boost Productivity

The midday slump is a real thing. A lot of people start to feel tired when it gets to lunch time and they need a boost to make it to the end of the day. So, if you want to increase productivity in the workplace, you need to offer a pick-me-up in the office. This is where tea and coffee come in. Due to the caffeine these beverages contain, your staff can enjoy an energy boost when they need it the most. This can allow them to focus and complete the tasks they need to do for the day.

Offer Comfort

On a cold day, there is nothing better than sitting down with a hot beverage. This is some comfort you can offer to your staff that are in the office. They have just travelled to work and it is cold outside. You can make sure that tea and coffee are available so that they can warm up and settle down. This allows them to feel comfortable to start the working day and know that they can relax. Then they can start their tasks and know that another beverage is there if they need it.

Make Staff Feel Appreciated

Sometimes, it is just good to show your staff you care about them. This can be something that is difficult to do in a fast-paced office. But, you can make simple gestures by providing hot beverages and snacks during the day. This is not only going to give your employees the energy they need, but it will make sure that they feel appreciated. This about the perks you can offer every day with the job and this can be a good way to improve productivity in the office. Therefore, simply offering tea and coffee can raise morale.

Reduce Sick Days

Did you know that there are many health benefits to drinking tea and coffee? It is thought that both of these beverages contain antioxidants, which may lower the risk of some serious diseases, as well as helping to aid weight loss. If these studies are true, providing your staff with some tea and coffee during working hours can be a good idea. It can allow them to work on their health. What’s more, it could mean that the number of sick days they have to take each year could be reduced. This could mean that your office is more productive in the short term and the long term with these simple beverages.

Provides a Short Break

During the day, most offices allow for only a one-hour break for lunch. But, the average concentration span is 20 minutes at a time. By providing tea and coffee stations, this can be a short break during working hours. Staff can go over and get themselves a beverage, which gives them a break from looking their computer and sitting at their desk. This five-minute trip can be just what you need to refresh. What’s more, they will come back with a warming beverage that provides them with caffeine to carry on with the working day.

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Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly https://www.previousmagazine.com/making-your-home-more-eco-friendly https://www.previousmagazine.com/making-your-home-more-eco-friendly#respond Wed, 24 Mar 2021 22:55:41 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34335 There are many ways in which we can protect the environment by making changes to our homes. Some of these changes are small, but some things will require us to make some serious lifestyle changes. Check out these changes you can make to make your home more eco-friendly. Lighting Swap out your incandescent bulbs for...]]>

There are many ways in which we can protect the environment by making changes to our homes. Some of these changes are small, but some things will require us to make some serious lifestyle changes. Check out these changes you can make to make your home more eco-friendly.

Lighting

Swap out your incandescent bulbs for energy efficient LED lightbulbs. LED bulbs save energy, last longer, and will save you money in the long run. Turn off lights if you’re not in the room, and keep your curtains open during the day to let some sunlight in.

Rather than relying on fossil fuels, you should think about using renewable energy. Solar panels are a great way to provide your home electricity by using sunlight. And if you’re smart about it, your whole house could run solely on solar power. It may be a little pricy, but saving the planet is worth it.

Heating

Solar energy can also be used for more than just heating and lighting the inside of your home. If you have a pool, you should invest in a solar water heater for pool. This will help you to save energy and cut costs.

While solar panels are a popular heating option, other heating sources for your home are heating pumps or water boilers.

Installing insulation in the ceilings and walls can help your home to retain heat. If this is a feature your home doesn’t have already, you should invest in double or triple glazing, which is also a form of insulation.

Instead of turning up the thermostat, stick on an extra jumper and wrap up in a warm blanket. Try to keep your thermostat set at 18°C. As simple as it sounds, using draught excluders and closing blinds are an effective way to stop cold air from entering rooms.

Conserving Water

People who live in colder climates tend to keep their hot water taps running in the winter to protect their pipes from freezing. By installing a frost protection pipe, people can use less water and protect their pipes from bursting.

Toilets take up around 30% of the water used in homes. By installing eco-friendly low-flush toilets, you’ll use less water per flush. Spending less time in the shower can lower your water consumption and using a water-saving shower head can lower it even more.

Recycling water is also an eco-friendly option for your home. Use grey water and collected rain water to water your flowers and plants and to flush toilets.

Setting your washing machine to the eco mode while washing your clothes will use less hot water and wash your clothes quicker, using less energy.

Recycling

Most people throw things into the bin without even thinking about it. Read the labels on packaging to see if they can be recycled and if they are biodegradable. Paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, tins, and some plastics can all be stuck in the recycling bin.

Try to be more conscious of the products you buy and avoid things like Styrofoam, plastic bags, cotton buds, straws, bubble wrap, and some kinds of wrapping paper.

Compost

People generate a lot of food waste, and rather than sticking kitchen scraps in the bin, they should be composting it. Keep a bag or pot in your kitchen to collect veggie peels and stalks, egg shells and coffee grounds to add to your compost pile. If you get vegan delivery or a fruit and veg box, make sure to compost any leftovers from that.

Other Small Changes

There are plenty of other small changes you can make on a day-to-day basis, such as swapping out paper towels for reusable cloths, and buying reusable tote bags to carry your shopping, so you don’t bring home more plastic bags. Try using your dryer less often and hang clothes out to dry on sunny days or hang them on a clothes airer indoors.

Go with natural cleaning products instead of ones that contain harmful chemicals, and switch to natural beauty products. Picking products that come in recyclable packing is a bonus!

You can also adapt the way you cook to be more eco-friendly. By using a pressure cooker, you’ll cook your food faster and save energy. If you prep your lunches for the week, you can cook it all on one go.

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The Differences Between YouView, Freesat and Freeview https://www.previousmagazine.com/the-differences-between-youview-freesat-and-freeview https://www.previousmagazine.com/the-differences-between-youview-freesat-and-freeview#respond Wed, 24 Mar 2021 22:49:58 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34243 Are you trying to choose a box recorder for your television? Suddenly, you realise that there is a lot to choose from and we are not just talking about brands. We are actually referring to the type of boxes available. Namely, you can choose between YouView, Freesat and Freeview. A lot of people assume that...]]>

Are you trying to choose a box recorder for your television? Suddenly, you realise that there is a lot to choose from and we are not just talking about brands. We are actually referring to the type of boxes available. Namely, you can choose between YouView, Freesat and Freeview.

A lot of people assume that there is not a lot of differences between these box recorders and what they can offer you. But, there are some important differences you will need to be aware of so that you can choose the best one for your family. Let’s take a look at YouView, Freesat and Freeview individually.

YouView

If your house has an aerial, you are going to benefit from getting a YouView box for your television. You are going to have the addition of more channels to watch and enjoy the ability to record live television. This allows you to schedule shows to watch later and record up to four programs at once.

The most common question people want to know the answer to is how many channels each of these set boxes have. With YouView, you can expect to receive over 70 channels. This is going to allow you a lot of freedom to find something that you want to watch on television, whether this is a movie or television series. There are also going to be radio channels available to listen to, as well as HD channels for sharper viewing.

Freesat

For those households with a satellite dish, you are going to be able to get Freesat. A lot of subscription television packages are expensive. This is particularly true when you think that a lot of these channels can be found on Freesat. If you want to lower your outgoings, an affordable option is choosing this box. It is easy to switch and you can use the existing dish you already have installed.

One advantage that Freesat has over the other two set boxes is the number of channels it can offer you. We are talking about offering over 200 channels, including movies, box sets and radio. This includes channels such as CBS Drama and Retro Movies. This includes there being around 13 HD channels. There are a lot of apps you can use for watching programs too.

With a Freesat box recorder, you are going to be able to pause, rewind and record live television. Since you have more channels with this type of box, you can find a lot of shows that interest you. You can record up to four shows at a time and view them whenever you want to.

Freeview

Homes that have an aerial can choose a Freeview box for their living room television. Just like the other boxes, you are going to have a lot of choices when it comes to channels. This means you do not have to spend money on an expensive subscription.

When it comes to Freeview, you are going to be able to watch around 95 percent of the most popular channels in the UK on your television. This is going to be around 70 live channels. You are never going to be stuck when it comes to finding a new television series or movie to watch. Freeview offers around 15 HD channels that you can enjoy watching. This is going to be a good option if you enjoy watching sharper channels and want a good viewing experience.

A similarity between all of these box recorders is the ability to pause, rewind and record live television. This is something that a lot of people like and it means that you do not have to miss your favourite programs. You can record any show you want on Freeview and watch it at another time. Since you can record several channels at once, you do not have to choose the show to skip. It is also good if the kids are going to fight over the remote. Everyone is going to be able to record the shows that interest them.

The Verdict

There is no doubt that Youview, Freesat and Freeview box recorders have something to offer everyone. The main similarity is their ability to add extra channels and record live television. But, if you are looking for a box that is going to offer a lot more channels, Freesat has to be the winner. You will have the ability to record more shows. But, they all offer options when it comes to HD channels.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Mining for Cryptocurrency https://www.previousmagazine.com/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-mining-for-cryptocurrency https://www.previousmagazine.com/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-mining-for-cryptocurrency#respond Wed, 24 Mar 2021 14:14:04 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34303 Cryptocurrency plays a major role in our everyday lives and continues to do so. No one could have predicted that Bitcoin, the most prolific cryptocurrency, would one day reach a value of over $40,000. Those who thought cryptocurrency was a fad are now waking up to the reality that crypto is here to stay—and they’re...]]>

Cryptocurrency plays a major role in our everyday lives and continues to do so. No one could have predicted that Bitcoin, the most prolific cryptocurrency, would one day reach a value of over $40,000.

Those who thought cryptocurrency was a fad are now waking up to the reality that crypto is here to stay—and they’re looking for ways to get in on the action. One way to achieve this is by mining.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are able to surpass traditional banking limitations using a distributed ledger, or blockchain technology. The distributed record is maintained by validators—or miners—that leverage that transaction to ensure there are no false transactions on the market. Mining is used to prevent fraudulent activity using the “Proof of Work” consensus algorithm.

Keep in mind that you have to pay taxes on the Bitcoin you successfully mine. The last thing you want is to end up with a bank levy for not claiming your crypto earnings; find a reputable IRS tax attorney to work with if you plan to mine. While mining isn’t as easy as it used to be when crypto was first introduced, there are still a few ways to get involved. Here’s what you need to know:

How Does Mining Work?

Cryptocurrency mining is the process of using your computer to solve complex mathematical equations and generate a 64-digit hash, or number, that’s used to help validate transactions made using crypto. Miners are rewarded for their auditing efforts with crypto.

For example, once an individual has successfully “solved” an equation, they’ll receive a certain amount of Bitcoin. Solving a “puzzle” allows the miner to post the latest block of transactions. At this time of writing, the reward is 12.5 Bitcoin.

It’s important to understand that in order to reap your reward, you have to be the first person to solve a particular puzzle. There are some instances where you might solve it, but someone else has solved it first, and in this case, the other person would receive the reward.

Supercomputers Are Necessary

Although mining is a highly secure process, it requires an enormous amount of computing energy. As previously mentioned, when you’re mining, you’re trying to solve a complex numerical problem. The good news is that there’s no complicated math computation necessary on your own behalf; coming up with the 64-digit associated with each crypto transaction is entirely guesswork, but with trillions of possible combinations, it can take quite a while for your computer to arrive at that number first.

Understanding Mining Pools

Cryptocurrency mining pools are designed to make the lucrative process of mining a little less complex—and maintainable—for everyone. Mining pools help individuals combine resources, allowing them to jointly mine and split any rewards acquired. When you work together, there’s a higher chance that collective blocks are recognized, which creates a consistent value. There are several mining pools you can choose from, but it’s important to do your due diligence and learn more about the structure of different mining pools.

Start Your Own Mining Business

Creating your own mining business allows you to earn a commission from the miners that work collaboratively to mine using your service. Setting up a mining rig and mining business is no easy feat, but it can be done. Although you’ll spend more with an upfront investment, it could be well worth it in the end—particularly during a time like now, when many crypto values are sky high. If you’re a programmer, this could be an ideal venture for you. After all, blockchain—the foundation of cryptocurrency—is often built with C++ (Bitcoin’s original implementation was built in this language).

A typical mining rig consists of a motherboard that supports multiple GPUs, a hard disk drive with at least 100 gigabytes of storage, a power supply, and a cooling system. Check out other mining pools to see how they structure from an operational and user-friendly standpoint. It helps to participate in those programs to learn key differences and come up with solutions to make your platform better.

Check Your Hashrate

To increase your chance of solving a mining equation first, your hash rate should be high as possible, which, of course, requires a significant amount of computing power. Hashrate is measured by the amount of megahashes, gigahashes and terahashes per second. If you plan to set up your own mining rig, you can use the Cryptocompare calculator to determine how much Bitcoin you could potentially mine.

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Questions Australians Frequently Ask About the Ketogenic Diet https://www.previousmagazine.com/questions-australians-frequently-ask-about-the-ketogenic-diet https://www.previousmagazine.com/questions-australians-frequently-ask-about-the-ketogenic-diet#respond Wed, 24 Mar 2021 14:12:50 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34315 Around 75% of Australian men are either overweight or obese. In women, the prevalence of obesity is at 60%. Together, they account for 67% of the entire adult population in Australia. The health situation in Australia is far from alarming. Still, there is a growing interest in a healthier lifestyle. One example is the emergence...]]>

Around 75% of Australian men are either overweight or obese. In women, the prevalence of obesity is at 60%. Together, they account for 67% of the entire adult population in Australia.

The health situation in Australia is far from alarming. Still, there is a growing interest in a healthier lifestyle. One example is the emergence of the increasing interest in keto diet and the other is the availability of a wide range of keto products Australia has on offer.

What is the Keto Diet?

The Keto diet consists of eating food with very small amounts of carbohydrates, high amounts of fat, and moderate amounts of protein. This forces the body to burn fat instead of carbs for energy, a state known as ketosis.

Does the Keto Diet Work?

The impact of the keto diet on weight loss is well-documented. Several studies show that it is more effective than a low-fat diet when it comes to losing weight. What is more, it can offer a wide range of benefits other than weight loss. It can preserve muscle mass and improve many disease markers.

The keto diet is ideal for people who do not want to count calories. All they have to do is steer clear of certain types of foods. Still, you may have to look at the labels before eating some food products to limit the total grams of carbohydrates for any given day.

Who Can Benefit from Going Keto?

The keto diet is suitable for all ages, even children and infants. However, the implementation must be closely monitored for younger people. The diet program is also best suited for people with certain types of epilepsy syndromes, people trying to lose weight, and those with type 2 diabetes. Some studies even show that people with cancer will have better chances of beating the disease if they practice the keto diet along with the other forms of cancer treatments.

What Are the Common Sources of Fats When On Keto Diet?

There are many variations of the keto diet, each one with its own method of calculating the consumption of macronutrients. In the classical keto diet, cream, butter, oil, and natural fatty foods are the primary sources of fats. The medium-chain triglyceride or MCT diet has more leeway in terms of carbs intake, and the fat intake is supplemented by an MCT emulsion mixed into food or milk.

What are the Most Common Keto Products in Australia?

Shopping for grocery items when on the keto diet can be challenging, especially for beginners. Fortunately, there are some online brands selling the best keto products Australia has on offer. Some of the most common items you can get are keto-friendly snacks, spreads, condiments and sauces, and baking products. Other brands have their own formulation for drinks, sugar substitutes, and even oils and fats.

What are the Short-Term Effects of Keto Diet?

When considering the keto diet for the first time, it is important to be aware of the possible short-term effects so you can be prepared. This may include constipation, which is the result of the lack of fibre. Some people experience dehydration, fatigue, and headaches. However, these are mild symptoms that disappear once your body adapts. You could also talk to your doctor for more information.

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Top Plumbing Tips You Should Know https://www.previousmagazine.com/top-plumbing-tips-you-should-know https://www.previousmagazine.com/top-plumbing-tips-you-should-know#respond Wed, 24 Mar 2021 14:11:54 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34249 Over 1200 Baltimore residents in 2018 complained of water leaks as the county was dealing with more than 132 broken main supplies. Leaking pipes is one of the major plumbing challenges that homeowners often experience. Ignoring a small leak may cause pipes to burst in the house, and you may have to carry out a...]]>

Over 1200 Baltimore residents in 2018 complained of water leaks as the county was dealing with more than 132 broken main supplies. Leaking pipes is one of the major plumbing challenges that homeowners often experience. Ignoring a small leak may cause pipes to burst in the house, and you may have to carry out a flood clean up exercise to repair or replace damaged items in your home.

While you can avoid some plumbing emergencies, they usually occur at any time. Experiencing a leaking faucet, a running toilet, or a clogged bathroom is inevitable at some point in your house. Therefore, it is essential to understand some of the common plumbing issues to help you prevent further catastrophes from happening. While most homeowners might prefer fixing the faults, hiring a trained and skilled plumber is better because they guarantee permanent solutions.

If you want to avoid common plumbing problems in your house, below are insightful tips that can help you save extra cash from the costly plumber visits:

Avoid Pouring Oil or Grease on Drains

Dumping grease or oil in the kitchen sink or any other drain in your home is disastrous. While you may think that the liquid oil is harmless, the substance gradually accumulates in the pipes. You will experience clogged pipes and low water pressure, resulting in severe problems.

It is better to prevent a problem by practicing safe disposal methods. For instance, you can leave the oil or grease to solidify before disposing.

Use Strainers

Clogged drains are a widespread problem affecting many homeowners. Bathroom or sink drains become blocked because of hair; soap remains, small items, and other foreign bodies. Over time, you will experience plumbing issues that you can avoid by using filters.

Place hair strainers in your bathroom drain to filter out unwanted debris from going down the drain. Not forgetting all the house sinks to avoid clogged drains in the future.

Identify the Location of the Main Valve

Plumbing problems may seem small until it disrupts your normal routine. Hence, learning about the basics might help you solve a midnight emergency when you don’t have a plumber’s number on speed dial. For instance, know the location of the main valve. Usually, it is located outside the main house.

Understanding the importance of the shut-off valve is essential if you experience plumbing emergencies like a running toilet or a burst pipe in the house. You can delay off a major disaster from occurring before a professional plumber arrives to solve the situation.

Watch What is Flushable

The toilet is quite a sensitive area in the plumbing system. Only human waste and tissues should go down the toilet drain; everything else will cause problems. These include hair, sanitary towels, baby diapers, wet wipes, floss, cotton balls, and other foreign substances that are not flushable. Thus, flush only what is flushable to avoid clogged sewers.

If you notice your toilet backs up water after flushing, there is an impending blockage issue. You need to call a trained plumber immediately before the problem persists. Therefore, place a trashcan in the toilet to avoid unnecessary flashing of solid substances.

Don’t Dump Leftover Food on Sinks

Dumping foodstuffs down your kitchen sink is a big blunder. Leftover foods such as rice, vegetables, green grams, etc., can cause serious blockage over time. If you are washing utensils, dispose of all the food on the dustbin before putting them on the sink. Even tiny food debris will accumulate on the pipes and cause clogged drains.

Leave the Main Sewer Drain Accessible

Usually, the plumbing system is invisible to the naked eye, hidden in the walls. But make sure the main sewer drain is always accessible. It is essential because you can immediately salvage the problem through the sewer drain. Sometimes one sewage line may have a blockage, and you need to unblock it using the main sewer. Thus, avoid covering it with carpets or rugs and make it easily accessible.

Prevent Freezing Pipes

Your plumbing system is an investment in your home. So, protect it from all hazardous aspects. Winter usually affects the plumbing system due to extreme weather conditions. Low temperatures usually result in freezing pipes. Therefore, have a working AC system that maintains at least 16o C with proper air circulation. Moreover, when building your home, ensure that all pipes have appropriate insulations to prevent winter disasters in the future.

Preventing issues like flood clean up is always a better option when it comes to plumbing. But over time, you will still experience problems due to the deterioration of certain components. Therefore, it is vital to conduct regular plumbing maintenance to ensure the system is working properly or needs repairs and replacements.

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How to Improve Your Ecommerce Offering https://www.previousmagazine.com/how-to-improve-your-ecommerce-offering https://www.previousmagazine.com/how-to-improve-your-ecommerce-offering#respond Wed, 24 Mar 2021 08:04:30 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34361 Online shopping has become the go-to for most people who want to buy stuff, and post-COVID, it doesn’t look like it’ll show any signs of slowing down. That’s why companies who offer online shopping should invest in making sure they have the best possible ecommerce offering. A few simple changes can make a big difference...]]>

Online shopping has become the go-to for most people who want to buy stuff, and post-COVID, it doesn’t look like it’ll show any signs of slowing down. That’s why companies who offer online shopping should invest in making sure they have the best possible ecommerce offering. A few simple changes can make a big difference to the service you offer, so here are some things you might want to implement.

Make sure shipping is fast

Customers expect more from shipping. They’re no longer willing to wait several days for items, and often prefer next day shipping where possible. You can also have a challenge on your hands if you ship specialist equipment, as you need the services to be reliable and safe. Consider using Rhenus High Tech, who can deliver specialist items, and also offer a general delivery service. This ensures you don’t have disappointed customers who could potentially damage your business’s reputation.

Ensure your website is easy to use

When you’re a customer, the most annoying thing is when you’re trying to buy an item online, but the website functionality is slow or unwieldly. It means you either have to try over and over or give up and use a competitor instead.

You can ensure better website functionality by:

  • Keeping video and images to a minimum for quick scrolling
  • Cutting down on tracking cookies and adverts, which cause lag
  • Making it easy to find the right product
  • Ensuring that the checkout process is fast and easy

When people shop with you, they want to be able to do it quickly, without a lot of hassle, and internet shopping should be secure for their peace of mind. Work on your website to ensure it meets your customers’ needs and get it tested by professionals if you’re unsure.

Offer a relevant range of products

A lot of online retailers fill their websites with huge amounts of products, which can be confusing for customers and can make them difficult to brand. However, too few products can make your website too niche. You should strike a balance, ensuring you have a good range, without looking like you’re stocking pretty much anything you can think of. This will ensure things are manageable and people can find what they want.

That said, if you aren’t getting the sales you want, you can look at ways to expand your customer base, which can include slightly tweaking the kind of focus you have. As with all modern businesses, flexibility and agility are key to success, so don’t stick with the same range for too long if things simply aren’t working.

No-quibble returns or refunds should be offered

The problem with online shopping, from a customer’s perspective, is that it can be a bit of a gamble. Ultimately, it’s hard to know what a product is like until it’s in your hands.

If you want to encourage people to buy, then you need to make it easy for them to return the things they don’t like. Accepting returns and giving refunds promptly and without hassle can improve your company’s reputation and ensure you have happy customers. If people are on the fence about buying, showing that you accept returns and won’t quibble can help encourage people to take the plunge.

The worst thing that small businesses can do is to quibble over refunds, insisting on restocking fees, or arguing with customers about whether you’ll give their money back. While you may save a little money on that particular transaction, one bad review from that customer can see your ratings tank.

Treat customers how you’d want to be treated

The best way to improve your ecommerce offering is to think about what you’d realistically want from an ecommerce provider and give it to your own customers. When you shop online, what do you look for? You’ll no doubt have shopped online yourself and have plenty of positive and negative experiences under your belt, so can use these experiences to build an excellent online store of your own.

There are many ways you can improve your ecommerce offering and bring new customers to your site. By working on building an excellent website and offering good customer service, you’ll soon build a great reputation in your industry.

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Virtual School Fundraising Ideas https://www.previousmagazine.com/virtual-school-fundraising-ideas https://www.previousmagazine.com/virtual-school-fundraising-ideas#respond Tue, 23 Mar 2021 10:32:07 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34329 Some schools have to work with a limited budget and budget cuts, and fundraising means that schools will have more funds for things like school supplies for students, sports equipment, extracurricular activities, arts programs, and so they can donate to whatever charities they support. Participating in school fundraisers can bring people together and can be...]]>

Some schools have to work with a limited budget and budget cuts, and fundraising means that schools will have more funds for things like school supplies for students, sports equipment, extracurricular activities, arts programs, and so they can donate to whatever charities they support. Participating in school fundraisers can bring people together and can be fun for the students, staff, parents, and alumni. Since COVID-19 has had a damaging effect on most schools and has been the catalyst for distance learning, here are a few virtual school fundraising ideas.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is the simplest way to raise funds for a school. Set up a donation page and send the link out to students, parents and alumni so they can support the school. Make sure you set clear goals so everyone knows what their pledges are going towards and try to come up with interesting rewards for people…

Open an Online Shop

Setting up an online shop with merchandise featuring the school crest and motto on them is also a simple way to raise money for a school. People may be interested in buying them to support the school and as reminders of their time there.

You could also host a virtual competition among the students and ask them to design t-shirts, hoodies, hats, tote bags, mugs, calendars, and stickers and other merchandise. The winners would have their designs featured on the school’s online shop. Parents and alumni will be more willing to show support for their friends and family members by buying a piece of merch designed by them.

Virtual Competitions, Challenges and Games

The school could host virtual competitions and charge £1 for people to vote for the student they’d like to win. You could host competitions for the students, like best costume, best dressed pet, best iced cake, and best nature photograph taken in their back yard.

Schools can host readathons and students ask their family and friends to sponsor them for every book read. You could also collect a baby picture from each member of staff and have the students match the baby picture to the person. To take part, students must pay a small fee.

Schools could also have activities where students and their families have to work together to win a competition. This will promote bonding between family members, especially siblings. You can learn more about it here.

Virtual Meet-and-Greets

Schools can contact local celebrities or authors and ask them to participate in virtual meet-and-greets with the students, parents and staff. This can be hosted on Zoom or another platform and people can be charged to join.

Virtual Tombola

Tombolas have been a part of school fundraisers for a very long time. Schools can ask for people to donate prizes and reach out to local businesses to donate gift vouchers or discount cards. Tombolas can be done virtually and work the same way. People can pay for as many raffle tickets as they want and the winners will receive their fabulous prizes!

Donate Your Commute

This is something that staff and parents can take part in. Because some children and adults are learning and working from home, they don’t need to spend money each week on travelling to and from school or work. Encourage staff and parents to donate the money they would have spent on petrol or public transport during their weekly commute.

Virtual Tea and Coffee Morning

Schools can host a virtual tea and coffee morning for staff and parents. They can sit down with a cup of tea or coffee during a virtual meeting and use this time to discuss the quality of the students’ education, how teachers can improve student engagement, and how parents can support their children outside of school and during distance learning. Staff and parents can even discuss further fundraising opportunities for the school and any other subjects that may arise. Parents can be charged a small fee to join.

Additional school funding can make all the difference to children’s education. Countries like Canada have shown how increasing spending on schools has improved their education system. Click here to learn more about it. Now that you have several school fundraising ideas, it’s time to put them to practice. Good luck on your future fundraising endeavours!

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How to Find the Best Web Design Companies on the Central Coast? https://www.previousmagazine.com/how-to-find-the-best-web-design-companies-on-the-central-coast https://www.previousmagazine.com/how-to-find-the-best-web-design-companies-on-the-central-coast#respond Tue, 23 Mar 2021 06:29:14 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34239 Website design is a complex process, and professionals do it better.  With the growing number of web design companies on the Central Coast, it can be daunting to choose the right one for your business. To make things easy for you, here are some characteristics you need to look at when searching for the best...]]>

Website design is a complex process, and professionals do it better.  With the growing number of web design companies on the Central Coast, it can be daunting to choose the right one for your business.

To make things easy for you, here are some characteristics you need to look at when searching for the best company on the Central Coast web design.

They Are All Ears to Your Ideas and Bring Exciting Ideas to the Table

According to recent statistics, there are around 24,546 local businesses in Central Coast, NSW. Most businesses in NSW are likely to have well-established websites with good traffic.

Every business owner has some ideas about their website. After all, no one knows your business better than you. To cut through the competition, you need a unique website design. In Central Coast, a web design agency will listen to your ideas and implement the best ones that can help online success. The agency will also put forth some new ideas that will help you cut through the competition and reach your target audience.

The Agency Understands the Importance of Content

While the web design is a visual feast to a visitor’s eyes, the content is equally important. Without good content, even the best design will fail. As per 2016 statistics, 73.1% of regional NSW households have an Internet connection. It means a large target audience would be visiting your website. However, this is only possible if your website has good content.

An experienced agency in the Central Coast helps in web design. It will also offer you copywriting services to ensure the web design works hand in hand with content to attract prospects and achieve higher conversion.

They Know Responsive Design

As you may know, today, people use a variety of devices to access the Internet like desktop, tablet, smartphone, and other devices. The primary difference between these devices is their screen dimensions. Hence, responsive design is a new approach to web design.

In responsive web design, the page elements are responsive to the device environment and user behaviour. If your website has a responsive design, the page elements will be adjusted automatically to offer the best user experience. The responsive design is beneficial when your target audience accesses your website from mobile devices.

As per the latest data, around 80.6% of the Central Coast population accesses the Internet from their dwellings.  People accessing the Internet from their dwellings could be using a desktop, mobile, tablet, or any other device. A responsive design ensures the visitor gets a good and consistent user experience across all devices.

They Have Been in Business for a Long Time

Anyone can start a web design agency and proclaim themselves the best web design agency on the Central Coast. According to the latest market data, around 1271 businesses in Central Coast are not classified in any business category. It could be a new business that has not yet got appropriate licenses as service providers.

Every year, hundreds of design agencies pop up and vanish. According to experts, web design agencies that are successful and deliver results as promised will survive in the market. The longer a web design firm stays in the market, the more clients and experience it will have.

To sum up, following these tips will bring you one step closer to the best web design agencies on the Central Coast.

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What You Should Know about VoIP Hacking https://www.previousmagazine.com/what-you-should-know-about-voip-hacking https://www.previousmagazine.com/what-you-should-know-about-voip-hacking#respond Mon, 22 Mar 2021 22:38:33 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34229 Voice over Internet Protocol, also known as VoIP, has become one of the favourite services for internet users and businessmen because of its benefits, such as mobility, efficiency, cost-savings and flexibility. VoIP phone numbers only depend on having a good broadband connection to work, which makes this service vulnerable since everything is hosted in the...]]>

Voice over Internet Protocol, also known as VoIP, has become one of the favourite services for internet users and businessmen because of its benefits, such as mobility, efficiency, cost-savings and flexibility. VoIP phone numbers only depend on having a good broadband connection to work, which makes this service vulnerable since everything is hosted in the cloud. This causes a big concern when it comes to security; VoIP devices are always connected to a network, so there is a potential risk of attack.

VoIP Hacking

Hacking is an activity whose objective is to compromise digital devices and even networks, but it is not always done with bad intentions. Nowadays, the terms ‘hackers’ and ‘hacking’ are highly related to cyber-attacks.

Just like other types of communication, VoIP numbers are vulnerable to hackers and usually targeted by cybercriminals looking for financial gain or information gathering. Since one of the pros and cons of the internet is the hyper connection, hackers take advantage of all the devices connected to a single network in order to make an attack and have all the data stolen.

In the case of VoIP, hackers use this type of attack to infiltrate into the phone system. They are then able to listen to calls, steal sensitive information, make long-distance calls, extort, and more. This kind of fraud has consequences, such as loss of time and money. Also, depending on the severity of the attack, businesses can end up in bankruptcy.

How to Know If a VoIP System Is under Attack?

Since VoIP attacks are on the rise, there are some tell-tale signs that will let users know when a VoIP system is being compromised. Let’s name a few:

Call history: Irregularities in the call history are one of the sings, which is why it is essential to regularly monitor it. It is important to take a look into outgoing and incoming calls in order to find patterns that tend to be unrecognizable.

Sudden antivirus messages: As said before, VoIP numbers work via internet, and since they have many features, as traditional numbers, they are capable of receiving and sending messages from any part of the globe. If the presence of fake antivirus is somehow detected, chances are that antivirus messages will pop up while the VoIP system is on. This way, users can notice when their system is being under attack.

Microphones and webcams: VoIP users can enjoy many features with this type of communication system, such as making voice and video phone calls. Therefore, it is necessary to use a device’s microphone or webcam, which leaves the doorway open for hackers. Once it is evident that a VoIP system is getting automatically activated and recording conversations, users must quickly take actions to prevent the system from being compromised.

Skyrocketing bills: A VoIP communication system is known for being very affordable, so if the bill gets extremely expensive, it means that someone is probably making use of the phone line to make international calls. This is another reason why monitoring the call history is important.

Preventive Measures

First things first, it is important to make sure that the VoIP system set up is configured correctly to avoid vulnerabilities; the smallest security hole can be enough for hackers to make an attack.

A VoIP is a very reliable form of communication, but it is important to take some precautions against VoIP hacking, many of them familiar to cyber security-aware users. Always change default passwords that come with any device, since it is easy for anyone to do a search on Google in order to get that information. For this reason, strong and secure passwords are very important, as is a two-step authentication process.

VoIP calls travel across the internet unencrypted, so encrypting communications could be an excellent way to avoid being hacked. Being aware of VoIP hacking could be the best preventive measure and it’s important to recognize if the system is under attack. Acting on any suspicious activities and having a response plan are steps that everyone should take, no matter if the service is used for business or personal purposes; the best weapon is knowledge.

The Best Non-VoIP Provider

For those who don’t know, non-VoIP numbers are virtual telephone numbers unattached to a specific physical location. An excellent option for users that still want to enjoy non-VoIP telephony is VerifyWithSMS, an online service provider operated by the Epsilon Technology LTD company. One of the best customer service providers on the market, they offer USA phone numbers to bypass validation process in any platform of preference.

With clients from every corner of the world, their mission is to facilitate and make affordable every phone verification step, making customers feel safe when using virtual numbers.

Without a doubt, this service is simple, fast and reliable. Security is nothing to joke about and VerifyWithSMS takes it seriously. Don’t be afraid to enjoy all the benefits that come with a non-VoIP number. Take a look and keep yourself safe!

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Does My Health Brand Really Need a Blog? https://www.previousmagazine.com/does-my-health-brand-really-need-a-blog https://www.previousmagazine.com/does-my-health-brand-really-need-a-blog#respond Mon, 22 Mar 2021 20:35:01 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34220 Most businesses and brands that operate with a website choose to have a blog. Unfortunately, not a lot of them maintain it. They start optimistically with a few posts and after that, they only update it occasionally after that. It is fair to say that a lot of businesses neglect their blog and do not...]]>

Most businesses and brands that operate with a website choose to have a blog. Unfortunately, not a lot of them maintain it. They start optimistically with a few posts and after that, they only update it occasionally after that. It is fair to say that a lot of businesses neglect their blog and do not realise its full potential.

So, does a health brand really need a blog? The answer is yes. This can be a very important asset for your business when it is nurtured and updated regularly. Here are the benefits of running a blog.

You Can Drive More Traffic to Your Website

If you sell health products and services on your website, you are only going to be successful if you have a constant flow of traffic. In other words, you need visitors to search for you and find your brand in order to make sales. This is a lot more difficult than is sounds and you need to use popular SEO techniques to make it happen. Having a blog is a good way to do this. Search engines love things like original content, keywords and link building. A blog is going to allow you to work on these things on a regular basis.

It can be time-consuming to run a blog. That is why a lot of health brands are choosing to work with a marketing agency. This allows them to concentrate on running their business while the marketing agency using their experience and expertise to build a get blog. This ensures there are new and old customers returning to the website.

Help Customers Make Buying Decisions

If you offer a lot of health products and services, customers might not be sure what ones they should choose. While you can provide information on them on your website, a blog allows you to discuss products and services in great detail, comparing them side by side. You can create content you are going to benefit from your products and services, helping to keep customers on your website and more likely to purchase from you.

Having a health brand means that you need to go that extra mile to make people trust you. Your blog is your opportunity to talk to your audience and do this. Everybody researches products and services before they purchase them. Make sure that your blog is going to be the source of information they need to add something to their basket.

Build Your Brand Identity

Your blog is a fantastic place to build your brand identity. Every business has values and principles that they want their customers to understand. Content on your website is a good way to show this and improve your reputation. On your blog, you can discuss subjects that matter to you and work on building a relationship with customers. This is going to have an overall positive effect and can help to increase sales.

Display Your Knowledge

Customers take a lot into consideration before they make a purchase. Cheap prices are no longer what people are prioritising. When it comes to health products and services, customers want to know more about the brand behind them. In particular, they want to ensure they are knowledgeable and can be trusted.

One way you can build a good relationship with customers is through your blog. This is going to be your way to communicate your expertise and show that you know what you are talking about. You can discuss topical subjects and display your research and expertise. You can demonstrate that you are experienced in your niche and that customers can respect your products and services. When customers realise you are knowledgeable, they are more likely to make a purchase from you.

Share Helpful Case Studies

When it comes to health products and services, customers often want to know how others have benefitted from it first before they purchase. After all, they want to ensure that it lives up to the hype and that it can work for them. It is recommended that you have case studies on your website to display how your health brand has been successful and helped others. Your blog is a good place to display these case studies and talk about them in more depth. You can explain a customer’s experience, while also sharing your expertise. What’s more, you can link to your products and services and call your audience to act and make a purchase after what they have read.

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Starting Your Own Moving Business https://www.previousmagazine.com/starting-your-own-moving-business https://www.previousmagazine.com/starting-your-own-moving-business#respond Mon, 22 Mar 2021 10:47:11 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34338 With housing prices expected to fall over the next year, you can be sure that people will be looking into purchasing new properties while prices are low. This will most likely drive peoples needs to hire a moving company to move their belongings into their new homes. Starting a moving business is pretty straightforward when...]]>

With housing prices expected to fall over the next year, you can be sure that people will be looking into purchasing new properties while prices are low. This will most likely drive peoples needs to hire a moving company to move their belongings into their new homes. Starting a moving business is pretty straightforward when you’re clued up, so here is some information to help you set up your business.

Permits and Insurance

Different countries require moving companies to have different permits and licenses, so it’s best to check with your local council about what you will need. In terms of insurance, you should have professional indemnity insurance, public liability insurance, and goods in transit insurance so that you are covered in case of accidental damage or injuries. You will also need vehicle insurance, or fleet insurance if you’re planning on having several moving vans.

Costs

You’ll have to factor in the start-up costs and the everyday costs of running a moving company. Here is a list of items that will cost your business:

  • Permits, licenses and insurance
  • Purchasing a van (or vans)
  • Van maintenance and repairs
  • MOTs (your van’s breaks may need to be tested with a dynamometer or you may need your lights changed)
  • Fuel
  • Paying employees
  • Storage facilities
  • Moving boxes (of various sizes)
  • Packing and wrapping materials
  • A toolkit
  • A first aid kit
  • Ropes and straps and furniture belts
  • Moving blankets and pads
  • Moving dollies and piano moving board
  • A ramp (to make moving things up steps easier)

Additional Services

If you don’t think that simply hiring out moving vans and trucks will be sustainable in the long run then there are other things your business can do to bring in money. Most movers provide additional services other than the hire of moving vans. Most people will want to know if your company provides the packaging materials, such as cardboard boxes, etc., and you can charge an extra fee for this.

You can also charge separately for loading and unloading and for packing and unpacking items. Some people may have valuable possessions or difficult to pack items, which your company can pack for them. Offering to unpack these items will also help your client with a stress-free move. You can also charge for furniture dismantling, if they have furniture that is to big or bulky to fit into the van, such as beds and wardrobes.

You should also consider investing in a storage facility and storage containers. Many people find it overwhelming to move all of their belongings all at once and may want to move things into their home gradually. In the meantime, they’ll need somewhere to store it all and that is where having a storage facility will come in handy.

Advertising and Promotion

You’ll need to set up a website for your company so that people can read about your business and services, book and hire your company, contact you with any questions.

You should also invest in onsite and offsite SEO to improve your search engine rankings. There are plenty of companies that can help you with this service whether you are looking to promote your work in the UK or want SEO Services in Mississauga.

Word of mouth is important to moving businesses. If you do well, then your clients will be sure to recommend you to their friends and family. You should also ask for them to leave an online review so other potential clients will see it when they look you up.

It may be beneficial for you to join an association or directory, such as the British Association of Removers, the National Guild of Removers & Storers, or the Association of Independent Movers, which will help improve your moving company’s visibility and to make it easier to find.

Hiring

When you start out, you’ll want to keep the number of employees to a minimum until work picks up, since you’ll have to factor in the cost of paying your employees. As your business expands and you get more work in, you can hire more experienced movers to join your company. Make sure that when you’re hiring that all potential employees have experience driving a van or a truck, have had previous moving experience and be good with customers.

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Industries That Have Taken a Hit Due to COVID https://www.previousmagazine.com/industries-that-have-taken-a-hit-due-to-covid https://www.previousmagazine.com/industries-that-have-taken-a-hit-due-to-covid#respond Sun, 21 Mar 2021 21:02:43 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34341 Most UK businesses have been negatively affected by COVID-19 in some way, and this has led to thousands of job losses and multiple companies shutting down. Many businesses are hoping to open back up at the end of lockdown, but some will still face disruptions. Let take a look at some of the industries that...]]>

Most UK businesses have been negatively affected by COVID-19 in some way, and this has led to thousands of job losses and multiple companies shutting down. Many businesses are hoping to open back up at the end of lockdown, but some will still face disruptions. Let take a look at some of the industries that have taken a hit due to COVID.

Hospitality

The hospitality industry has struggled due to the many restrictions caused by COVID. Restaurants, pubs and clubs were ordered to close during all three lockdowns to curb the rising COVID transmissions. Because of the major losses suffered by the hospitality industry, nearly 10,000 restaurants, pubs and clubs closed permanently last year. Fortunately, outdoor hospitality is set to open up later this spring, and the hospitality industry will fully open up in the summer.

Physical Stores and Retail

If you’ve walked through any city centre recently, you’ll notice that the highstreets have been pretty much deserted and that most stores and retail shops are closed. During the lockdown, all nonessential stores had to close and as a result, buyers turned to online shopping. COVID has affected many popular highstreet stores as well as smaller mom-and-pop shops. Last year, Debenhams went into administration, and not long after, its parent company Arcadia did too. Even Thorntons closed all 61 of its UK shops, laying off more than 600 employees.

Construction

Construction has been hit with the fact that demand has dropped since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been quite a few projects that have been dropped or indefinitely postponed. Some construction companies have also been struggling will the rising costs of materials and tools and have had difficulties with purchasing them. Some construction sites had to close during the most recent lockdown too. Overall, the construction industry had 2,042 insolvencies in 2020.

However, things are beginning to open up again and this will make it easier for construction to restart. Other companies, like Northern Mat, will also be open, meaning that construction workers can get ahold of the services and materials they need to start work again.

Entertainment and the Arts

The entertainment industry has taken a big hit, with theatres, music venues, and cinemas closing down completely during lockdown. Due to strict social distancing rules and limits on social gatherings, this has made it almost impossible for them to stay open. With the closing of theatres, not only do the actors loose out on work, but the production crew as well. The closing of cinemas means that the film industry has lost out on box office revenue. Thought theatres and cinemas will be opening as we come out of lockdown, they won’t be able to fill to capacity and will only be able to sell a limited number of tickets.

There have also been interruptions to the filming of movies and TV shows, since social distancing among actors and the film crew is difficult. This has resulted in films missing their release dates and delays in airing TV shows.

Care Homes

Care homes and retirement homes have been some of the hardest hit in the healthcare industry. Most residents rely on carers, nurses and family members to look after them, but between a lack of staff due to illness and layoffs and rules surrounding social distancing preventing family members from visiting, it’s been a struggle to keep things going. Many families are now opting for in home care services so they can keep an eye on their loved ones and make sure they’re safe.

Travel

The travel industry has been badly affected by COVID-19. Flights from the UK have been suspended under lockdown, which has affected some major airlines. It was reported last year that British Airways had plans to cut more than 12,000 jobs. This has affected most airports as well. Cruises have also been suspended until the end of lockdown. Between lockdowns and travellers cancelling their trips, the travel industry hasn’t fared too well.

As we follow the roadmap out of lockdown, many companies are relying on marketing services and SEO services from companies like https://www.rexoriginals.com/ to help them stay afloat. Hopefully, these industries will spring back we fully come out of lockdown.

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What You Need to Know About Blocked Drains in Hertfordshire https://www.previousmagazine.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-blocked-drains-in-hertfordshire https://www.previousmagazine.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-blocked-drains-in-hertfordshire#respond Sun, 21 Mar 2021 20:41:07 +0000 https://www.previousmagazine.com/?p=34223 When you are a home and business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities over your property. This means that when problems arise, you need to do something about it. Namely, you will have to act if your drains become blocked in Hertfordshire. Are you not familiar with what to do when you have blocked...]]>

When you are a home and business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities over your property. This means that when problems arise, you need to do something about it. Namely, you will have to act if your drains become blocked in Hertfordshire.

Are you not familiar with what to do when you have blocked drains? Let’s learn more about why this happens, what the signs are and what you can do about it.

There are Many Causes

A lot of people do not understand how their drains have become blocked. But, there can be things you are doing every day without realising that it is making the problem worse. Here are some common causes of blocked drains.

Food

It is common for food to be swept down into the drain. While you may think that small pieces of food are harmless, they are actually capable of causing a blockage over time. In addition, you will start to smell something rotten, which indicates you have a problem. This is when you are going to need FS Drainage Services in Hertfordshire.

Grease, Oil and Fat

You may think that grease, oil and fats from food are harmless liquids, but they can be very dangerous when they are put down drains. They are sticky substances that are going to solidify and cause blockages. You want to ensure that you do not put these substances down the drain, as you will face problems later on.

Baby Products

The only thing that you should be flushing down the toilet is toilet paper. But, you even have to make sure that you are not flushing too much at one time. Drains are very sensitive and any foreign objects in the system are going to cause problems. For example, baby products are notorious for blocking drains since they hold onto water and expand. The same goes for wipes and other sanitary products.

Leaves and Outside Debris

Your drains might be becoming blocked because of outside dirt and debris. In particular, leaves and branches can be culprits for causing problems and are going to be a nuisance in the winter and autumn. There is a possibility that tree roots can damage pipes too and interfere with the drainage.

There are Going to be Signs

Blocked drains can go under the radar at the start. In other words, it can take a little bit of time before signs start to show. But, they will begin to show eventually and this is when you should take notice. In particular, here are some signs that your drains are blocked.

Slow Draining Water

If water is draining away slowly in your property, this is a big sign of a blockage. Often, it will happen with a lot of appliances in your house. For example, sinks, toilets and showers. If only one of these appliances is having problems, then it could be the fixture. But, if you notice the water is draining away slowly in all of them then this means there is a drainage problem.

Horrible Smells

A lot of things that block drains will start to decompose after a while. This means that there can be a horrible smell coming from the drain. Household products are not going to be enough to deal with the issue and they can actually make the blockage worse. This is a sign that you are not going to want to ignore.

Gurgling Noises

There can also be strange noises coming from the drain when you run water. Again, this is a common sign that something is going on and there is a blockage somewhere. In particular, listen out for gurgling sounds. They should be noticeable and not have been heard before. Do not hesitate to seek professional advice when you hear new sounds.

Professional Help Can Be Necessary

There are a lot of household products out there that claim they can keep drains clear and destroy blockages. Unfortunately, some of them are not going to work when there is already something blocking the drain. In most cases, it will be advisable to seek professional help and ensure the drains are cleared properly.

A reputable drainage company is going to have the right equipment and expertise to unblock drains no matter what the problem is. Whether the blockage is caused by debris or grease, experienced engineers will be able to get to the bottom of it. This can allow your drains to get back to normal.

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