The other day, I was in a high-end neighborhood in California and I noted that it was quite noisy. There were landscapers with air blowers, landscapers using weed wackers, and even a mobile detailer across the street using one of those 5 horsepower shop vacuum. “Why all the noise,” I thought, this is a nice neighborhood. You see, I was surprised that the customers would put up with that noise and nonsense. Apparently they had no choice, but I would submit to you that they actually do. Further, there’s opportunity here and I’d like to explain why.
If you own a mobile detailing business you should consider noise reduction strategies. Perhaps you should buy a portable generator such as the Honda which is very quiet, and use an electric pressure washer, an electric buffer, and find a way to reduce the noise of that shop vacuum. Now then, before I retired I franchised mobile auto detailing units around the country. We set up these mobile rigs on trailers, in vans, and on pickup trucks using skid units. In many locations we would clean vehicles right in office parking lots where office windows were adjacent to the cars we were cleaning.
Our customers were on the phone and having meetings so it was unacceptable to make noise. Nevertheless, those shop vacuum cleaners have a terrible squeal to them. What we did was we took a plastic trashcan cut a hole in the side for the vacuum hose and a small opening in the top with some air-conditioning vent mesh. Then we used insulation around the inside of the trashcan, the kind that is silver on one side with sticky tape on the other. This did the trick. You can hardly hear the sound, unless you stood right next to the trashcan, which was upside down covering the vacuum.
This should work just about anywhere, and we never made any noise. Best of all, we got more referrals, and folks used to tell us that they likes us better than the people they had before because we didn’t make any noise. They would tell their friends, and we got more business. It was that easy. Using best management practices for mobile auto detailing and noise reduction makes sense, and it makes dollars.
Interestingly enough, you can’t buy anything like this in the store, no one sells them, you have to make your own. But since I’ve explained how, I hope you will do this as soon as possible, and help keep the peace and quiet.
Every weekend, my neighbor gets out and washers, waxes, and details his sports car. I swear he must love that thing, probably more than his wife. Interestingly enough, I know a thing or two about cleaning and detailing automobiles. In fact, I had built up a mobile auto detailing and mobile car washing business, and then franchised it serving some 23 states and 450 different cities. We cleaned fleets of vehicles, car lots, and personal cars and office buildings. It was a fun business because I loved cars, and it grew from there.
Might I suggest if you are considering starting your own business, that you consider doing something that you love to do? Whatever is your passion, that’s where you should be focusing your energy, and you should try to stick within that category. Running a business is hard work, and you’ll have to spend lots of hours, so you may as well do something that you love. Then it doesn’t seem so onerous, and the time spent isn’t boring. Now then, if you love automobiles, especially high-end cars, then you might like to do mobile auto detailing.
This is where you travel to the customer’s car in a specialized mobile detailing rig with everything set up inside, and then you clean and detail a person’s car for a very high price onsite. Basically, you are making their car look new again, and you are building your business through referrals in the process. What does it take to start a business like this? Well, there are tools of the trade, and you can find out about these things online. Once you have the right equipment you’ll need to do some marketing, and you can find books on this.
Why would you wish to be stuck in an office, when you are a car buff? You see, it would hardly make sense to be stuck in a career that you didn’t enjoy, and you felt as if you were stuck in an economically enslaved prison set up just so you could pay your bills. You must follow your passion, follow your dreams, and do what feels right. Far too many people start businesses that they think will make money, but they don’t enjoy doing. As they lose interest, they stop paying attention to the details, and eventually the business fails.
It doesn’t have to be this way, and if you are like me, and you like cars, then starting a mobile car wash, or a mobile detailing business might be right up your alley. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.
As an online marketer you would definitely have spent a lot of effort to get visitors to your site. However, are you doing anything to retain them and convert them to customers? Do not commit the mistake that many marketers are guilt of – doing nothing to retain visitors. One of the simplest ways you could engage their attention is by using live chat. In fact, you can use live chat software to get this done with a surprising degree of ease.
You might already be using email marketing software to send personalized messages and newsletters to your existing and potential customers. Live chat software is equally easy to use and it is as important for your business.
It is indeed very important to get many visitors to your site, but not all of them will stay there. You do need to ensure that you have high quality content that will be interesting to them or else they will exit the site. At the same time, if you have a chat box you will be giving your customers the opportunity to get their questions answered quickly and with the least possible fuss. You risk losing your customers to another website if you cannot answer their questions to their satisfaction.
There is another advantage to using this software. You will also be able to analyse exactly how your customers use it, thereby enabling you to use it more effectively. For instance, you can get reports on exactly what your customers are requesting when they come on chat. You can also find out when they are most active so that you can devote more resources to that particular time slot. You can also track all the pages that your visitors view when they come to your website. All this data will enable you to customize your services better so that you can induce visitors to buy your product or service.
You need to ensure that you buy the best possible live chat software in order to get the greatest results from it. Be sure to buy your software from a reliable company that will give you as much customer service as you need as well as lifetime upgrades. As a matter of fact, you should buy your software from the same company that provides you with email marketing software and other business solutions so that you can integrate them fully for the best results.
Due to current economic conditions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off…
I saw this posted at the end of an email I received today. I know it was meant to be funny, and I did laugh when I first read it. Then I couldn’t get the impact of the statement out of my head. It kept repeating like a song that gets stuck in your head.
I want to believe the glass is half full. As a person trying to live in the real world and on the internet, the very thought that there is no longer any light at the end of the tunnel is devastating.
Fortunately I surround myself with fantastic people who always believe in a better tomorrow. Small business entrepreneurs, they come from all walks of life and they all believe in the light.
One guy buys distressed homes in the nicer blue-collar parts in town, doing most of the contractor type work himself he fixes them up. A new coat of paint, kitchen floor and clean the carpet so he can make them available for rent at affordable rates. Investing his future in the housing market in these economic conditions is a very risky and long-term investment. But he believes the light at the end of the tunnel is on.
Another couple of business owners started their own niche bar and club, party style, tour business. They work to bring paying customers to not only the larger clubs in Las Vegas, but the smaller locals style mom and pop bars around town.
They lead by example. Not only do they have fun making money while having a rolling party, but they are actively bringing the stimulus through the doors the local businesses need.
And another guy, no longer working at a local Vegas club decided to build an online business he could pass to his son after his college graduation. I’m assuming that he’s going to need a good hearty income to pay off his college loans.
He chose the niche market of sports clothing. He’s not trying to run Nike out of business or take jobs away from Big-5 Sporting or even Wal-Mart. But he does believe that even in these economic times, if you have a dream your willing to combine it with hard work there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.
By surrounding myself with people who still believe in a brighter future. The people who will never except that economic conditions are so bad its time to turn the light off.
I can change that song in my head, change it to a song I learned as a child.
And with the current economic conditions, it’s needed more today than ever.
This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…
One of the most significant reasons that people abuse drugs is for the euphoric effects they provide. While many might argue that people use substances to escape reality, to cope with stress and an unlimited number of other reasons, the fact of the matters is that euphoria makes these things possible: drugs cause people to feel good, even if they weren’t necessarily feeling bad to begin with. Unfortunately, the neurological nature of addiction tells us that substance abuse actually makes it more challenging for people to feel euphoria, happiness and contentment.
How Drug Abuse Works: Understanding the Role of Dopamine
The following is a highly simplified explanation of the processes at work when a person abuses drugs:
1.) Drug is consumed which sends signals to neurons in the brain to release the neurotransmitter dopamine (or others in some cases).
2.) Dopamine binds with specialized receptors and produces a feeling of well-being, contentment and euphoria.
3.) Drugs prevent dopamine re-uptake, essentially leaving the substance in the brain for much longer than would ever occur in a natural environment.
4.) Dopamine stimulates the reward center of the brain, which creates a contextual log of the event to use as cues to prompt the user to repeat the behavior. (This is based on the theory that addiction is a byproduct of an innate evolutionary survival mechanism.)
And with these four steps, the groundwork for addiction has been laid.
Tolerance: Another Evolutionary Survival Mechanism
In order to offset the effects of chemical substances, the central nervous system will make changes to receptors and neuronal circuitry to create a resistance to the drug. This can be accomplished by making fewer receptors available, altering the structure of receptors, limiting or restricting their ability to bind to neurotransmitters, or by “disconnecting” parts of neuronal circuits.
The chemical resistance created by adaptations at the neuronal level means that the user will obtain less and less euphoric effect because the CNS essentially views the drug as an invading foreign substance that interferes with the proper working functions of the brain. Of course, this is exactly what drug abuse is; persistent self-inflicted poisoning.
In order to offset the euphoria-limiting effects of tolerance, drug users will simply increase their dosages accordingly. This prompts more changes in neurons – changes that by this point are becoming permanent for many addicts. Ultimately, these changes only make it harder to feel euphoria and generally lead to depression, thoughts of suicide, feelings of worthlessness and other debilitating emotions.
In fact, feelings that are specific to certain drugs, such as high-energy to cocaine, relaxation to marijuana and joy to opiates, are often reversed as the body becomes tolerant to the drugs that cause these responses. This is especially true when an addict suddenly stops using; by forcing drugs into their bodies for so long, they have effectively developed a tolerance to the very feelings they sought to achieve with their substance abuse in the first place.
To summarize, drug abuse can destroy a person’s ability to feel good. And because addiction often comes with repeated relapse events, each successive period of active drug addiction results in additional, permanent changes within the brain – changes that can have a lasting effect on the emotional and mental well-being of the user for the rest of their lives.
This isn’t information to be used as a scare tactic to keep people away from drugs; it’s nothing more than science expressed. People take drugs to feel good, but once addicted those feelings become harder and harder to achieve, even long after active drug use has stopped. This is why it is absolutely critical that if you or someone you love is abusing drugs, they must stop now. With each passing day and each successive “high,” the one thing that they seek – happiness – becomes more difficult to come by; often leading to personal disaster.
The ultimate paradox of drug abuse is that it robs from you what you seek from it.
Life may be hard, but you have no more reason to slack and complain because there are lots of ways to earn if you only know where to look. The best part about this is that you can even earn during your spare time and while you are at home. You just need to learn more about the ideas and techniques on how to make money from home online.
You can opt to pursue various opportunities, depending on the time and money that you are willing to spend in the venture, your skills, capabilities and interests. You can begin an online business, start your own website that you will monetize or apply for jobs that you can do at home.
For starters who are still not adept with how things work in various online schemes, these are some of the factors that you ought to look into as you search for the kinds of ventures that you can take part of.
1. If you will be asked to invest money in an online business, you have to read everything about it and pay attention to how you will be compensated and how long it would take before you get a good return for your investment. The opportunity must be able to pay investors like you in cash. Do not settle for points or rewards, even though the capital is small.
2. If the opportunity involves marketing, you must not choose something that involves hard selling. You must also think like a consumer. With so many gimmicks and schemes that can be found in the cyberspace, many people are getting more cautious before participating in any of these. There may be many people who have benefited from internet marketing, but if you are not an expert in the field, it is best that you focus your efforts on tasks where you can utilize your skills and work hard on your earnings.
3. When you see opportunities on how to make money from home online that sound too good to be true, such as the types that offer high compensation for less work, you might as well skip these and settle for the types, where you are required to do tasks that are commensurate to the earnings that you will get.
To make it easier for you to spot the right and suitable opportunities on how to make money from home online, you have to limit your options on the types that you are willing and capable of doing. In the beginning, your goal may be to learn more about the process and pursue other opportunities that will give you higher compensation after you have gotten the hang of how things work in this kind of venture.
Portugal stands as one of the most popular overseas locations for Britons moving abroad. It is geographically diverse and has a laid back attitude towards life so it’s no wonder that two million of us visit annually, many of which decide to stay over and make Portugal their new home.
Portugal is a country on the Iberian Peninsula. Located in south Western Europe, Portugal is the western most country of mainland Europe and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are also part of Portugal.
Portugal’s economy is based on services and industry such as software and automotive. Business services have overtaken more traditional industries such as textiles, clothing, footwear, cork and wood products as well as beverages such as wine, beer, juice and soft drinks. The country has increased its role in the automotive, mold-making and software sectors. Services, particularly tourism, are playing an increasingly important role.
It comes as no surprise that more and more of us are now trading in our lives in the UK for a fresh start in this beautiful country. The weather is better, the lifestyle is relaxed and the people are friendly. If you are one of the many people who are hoping to move out of the UK for a new life in Portugal then there is a lot of planning to be done and there is a lot of research to be carried out.
The advantages of living in Portugal are extremely high and far outweigh the disadvantages; in fact I would suggest there are only two slight disadvantages, the first being the language is complicated and difficult to learn as most people struggle to get past the basics but you will find that English is widely spoken anyway. The second is that house prices can be extortionate as they have risen dramatically. These are however minor problems that are easily overlooked.
Moving abroad to any country is not something that can be done within a few weeks and moving to Portugal is no different. You need to have planned your move well in advance, at least up to a year as there are a lot that needs to be done. You have aspects to sort out both in the UK and over in Portugal as well as sorting out personal paperwork to do with your passport, visa and your job over in Portugal if you have one lined up. One other consideration that you have to make is how you are going to move all of your personal belongings and household items over to Portugal. You will need to enlist the help of a removal company in the UK who performs international moves.
Take your time when you are looking for a removal company to ship all of your belongings over to Portugal. You need a removal company who is established and who has a lot of experience in performing international moves to various parts of the UK.
Once you have found a removal company that you are happy with you should make arrangements to have your belongings shipped over to you so that it coincides with your flight over to Portugal.
No matter what your reasons may be you’ve decided its’ time to remove that old faded bumper sticker from your vehicle. Lucky for you in just a few minutes and with a small amount of effort your car can be bumper sticker free. This process can be repeated for just about any type of adhesive stuck to your vehicle. It can be used to remove inspection stickers from windows, or vinyl lettering/vinyl graphics from the vehicle as well. The most important part is to be very patient and not try to rush through any steps. All of the steps below should be completed in a garage, under a carport or during dawn/dusk to provide as much time as possible before the adhesive remover dries on the car.
What You Will Need:
Razor Blade (Single Sided Square Blade Recommended)
Citrus Based Adhesive Solvent (Goo Gone Automotive Cleaner Recommended)
Automotive Paint Safe Bug Brush (Can be purchased at Walmart, or any auto parts store)
STEP #1: Take your razor blade and carefully slide the edge of the blade under a corner of the sticker. With the edge of the razor blade under the sticker gently tease up the corner of the sticker.
STEP #2: Grab the freed corner of the sticker and slowly pull the sticker in the direction of the remaining sticker. NOTE: If the sticker becomes too difficult to pull without tearing, apply your citrus based adhesive solvent to the adhesive sticker backing during this step. The solvent will loosen the adhesive, making it easier to remove the sticker. It is recommended to wait at least one minute to allow the solvent to penetrate and break down the adhesive.
STEP #3: Once you have removed the entire sticker, there will still be bumper sticker adhesive left behind. Now apply the citrus based adhesive remover to your automotive paint safe bug brush. Using the bug brush, apply some citrus based adhesive remover to the remaining adhesive on the vehicle in a circular motion. NOTE: This step may will most likely have to be repeated in order to remove all the adhesive from the vehicle. To ensure everything is removed, run your hand across the area once dried. Any remaining sticker glue will create a rough/sticky feeling. If there is still some leftover then repeat step #3. If there is no residue or leftover you may proceed to step #4.
STEP #4: Remove the excess adhesive remover with your microfiber towel.
Note: There will be some slight scuff/mar marks as well as a discoloration of the paint depending on how long the bumper sticker was on the car. This will need to be removed by compounding and polishing the area to smooth out any blemishes and blend the clear coat to match the rest of the bumper.
STEP #5: Now that the bumper sticker has been removed and all adhesive cleaned up it is time to make it look like the rest of the bumper. Follow the steps on how to properly compound and polish a car to remove light swirls and scratches.
STEP#6: Inspect the area where the sticker was to ensure it is satisfactory. Remember to apply a couple coats of wax, since it has been a long time since this portion of the bumper saw any.
Removing a bumper sticker can seem like an insurmountable task, and often people will give up because of the difficulty. With a little patience, the right tools and know how anyone can learn how to properly remove a bumper sticker without any blemishes to the paint.