June 15, 2013
You’ve been concentrating on making all the arrangements for your vacation and it’s very nearly time to start packing. Only one problem – you wanted to make at least a marginal investment in a new wardrobe that will perfectly complement not only where you’re traveling, but how you’re getting there.
One of the most important things to remember when traveling, at least regarding your choice of clothing, is that you can look good yet still travel in comfort. Being uncomfortable while traveling is just no way to go. You might as well just stay home.
Shopping For Just The Right Outfits At The Last Minute
There is really only one way to shop these days and that’s online. Open up your favorite search engine be it Google, Safari, Bing, Yahoo or something else and enter a search involving the following: choose your city, style and shop. Don’t worry so much about having to drop a bundle of cash right before going on vacation, because the online stores want you to shop, via your computer, make it as attractive as possible, by going above and beyond to bring you the best deals they can possibly offer.
It’s already pretty attractive considering that you don’t have to drive all over town just to find that perfect new vacation wardrobe. But the online stores go the extra mile by offering coupons, coupon codes, and special sales that are exclusive to online shoppers only. And, the money you save online means and you’ll be able to buy a little something at those boutiques on vacation.
How To Be Comfy And Cute
Lets break this down into several categories – and remember, we’re going for not only comfortable but cute and attractive as well:
- tops – sweaters are a good thing to have along just in case even the warmest vacation spots end up a little cooler than planned. They also come in handy in case the air-conditioning is turned up to a ridiculous level. An attractive, cozy sweater is something that no traveler should ever be without.
- socks – while we’re on the topic of air-conditioning being set to the level of freezing let’s talk about footwear that will keep your toes warm and your feet snuggly. Have some fun here with crazy colors and designs.
- shoes – namely, sneakers. These are the perfect traveling shoes because they are not only some of the most comfortable shoes on the planet but they can make a fashion statement all their own.
Just a Couple More Categories To Consider
Whether plain, polka dots, striped or some other print jumpsuits are capable of offering style and comfort for the woman on the go. These outfits can run the gamut between sleek, elegant and stylish to fun and crazy and everything in between.
Last but not least of course is your choice of pants, provided you don’t go with the jumpsuit idea. There’s only one word necessary here: jeans. Dress them down with a pair of sneakers or dress them up with a pair of heels once you’re on location – jeans are comfortable, stylish and versatile.
The economy, the war, job loss, the real estate market… What’s next? Fortunately the government is doing a little something that will actually help some of the families suffering from the floundering economy, foreclosures, and job losses and so forth. It’s probably not something you would ordinarily expect – like food stamps are affordable health care.
It’s a free cell phone and cell phone service. That’s right, you might qualify for free cell phone with 250 minutes of texting and talking every month. Interested? Read the rest of this and if you think it might be something that you qualify for and you could benefit from you can read more about it.
Sounds Great, How Do I Jump On Board?
Take it easy there Sparky, first things first. If you are currently accepting any of the following you might be eligible for this government-subsidized cell phone and service: TANF (temporary assistance for needy families), the free national school lunch program, SSI (Social Security income), LIHEAP (low-income home energy assistance program), Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI), Pennsylvania’s blind pension program, federally assisted public housing, Income Eligibility (Income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level), General Assistance/Disability Assistance or section 8 housing, SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid.
Who Might Need To Stay in Touch?
It doesn’t matter who the breadwinner is in your home. It could be mom, dad, grandma, grandpa… But someone in your home may be looking for work or a new residence and that search may take them far from your current home. So having a cell phone with them is going to be very important in order to keep in touch with family and friends.
Government-funded cell phones are good for everyone that can truly utilize them and that truly needs them. The elderly can call for help and stay in touch with their children and grandchildren, low or no income mothers can speak with the doctor regarding their children’s health, low income workers can call their job if they need to (or call home with the good news that they got a new job or home).
Please do keep in mind that these plans vary from state to state and from situation to situation.
June 2, 2013
Of course you would save money on commuting, if you ride a motorcycle. Everyone knows that. There, that’s the end of this article…..Wait, there are other things that need to be considered? It’s a no-brainer, right? You will save money riding a motorcycle; that should end the argument right there. But, what if you don’t have a motorcycle? Well then……well….I guess there might be other factors to this answer that need to be taken into account, before you simply answer yes, you will save money. Bikers are always looking to save a little money whether it’s repairing your own bike, buying after market parts, or even buying motorcycle parts online rather than going into the name brand parts stores.
If You Are Not Currently Riding
The problem of trying to save money is the initial start up costs, in order TO save money. So, if you intend to save money on gas by riding a motorcycle rather than taking your car, you will first have to purchase your bike. The decision then becomes whether you should you go new or used, when purchasing a bike. This all comes down to what your financial situation is. If you want to go extravagant and purchase (or finance) a brand new bike right from the start, you could wind up with a coat rack costing thousands of dollars. And, not because of mechanical break downs.
If you have never ridden before and are only looking at it from the stand point of saving money, you run the risk of not enjoying the love of the road, on a motorcycle. Some people make large investments of thousands of dollars in a motorcycle, ride only a handful of miles and decide to call themselves a biker. If you have never ridden before, it is always a better choice to buy used and buy something so that, if you make a mistake and drop the bike, you will not be out a lot of money for repairs.
If You Are Currently A Rider
The answer we’ve been trying to reach is already known to those who ride. Absolutely yes! You will save money and you will save a lot if either you already have a bike or you intend to ride a lot. Providing of course you are just riding from point A to point B. Those who ride regularly, however, never seem to travel in a direct route anywhere, because once you are on the back of that bike, you always seem to manage to find an alternate route that takes you even a few blocks out of your way, just so you ride, just a little more. Not that riders waste gas, we just tend to ride a little more to get somewhere. Then again, for those who ride already know…..it’s not the destination, it’s the journey!
May 29, 2013
Immigration is a hot button issue presently in the US. Many people feel that the current laws don’t do enough to punish illegal aliens. Some states have taken matters into their own hands and enacted local, state specific immigration laws. Arizona was one of the first states to decide that the laws of the US were not stringent enough to deal with the problem of illegal immigration. The measure, known as SB 1070, was signed by the Governor but it has been challenged and some of the most controversial parts of the law have been struck down in Federal Court.
This setback has not stopped other states from enacting their own immigration laws. Georgia recently passed its own bill that is designed to make it difficult for illegal immigrants to live and work in the US. The Georgia law gives police the power to check suspected criminals for their immigration status. The determination as to what constitutes a suspected criminal is rather vague. Therefore, if you hold a visa or a green card in Georgia it is good idea whenever you travel around the state to carry it with you at all times.
Check Your Paperwork
Since Georgia is cracking down on immigrants, it is also important to keep your paperwork up to date. Georgia has a lot of workers in the agriculture industry who are here on work visas and federal guest worker permits but many are also here illegally and that is what this law is designed to eliminate. Even if you are here legally you can easily make a mistake in your status, there are over 20 different types of work visas and it can be a complex thing to make sure you are abiding the law. If you have any doubts about your status, look for a knowledgeable deportation lawyer Atlanta has, that can help you figure out what you need to do.
If you are living in the United States on a visa or a green card you have certain restrictions on travel abroad too. If you want to leave the US and return home or visit another country and re-enter the US, there are some requirements. When you get a visa, there is a stamp on it which indicates how many times you can leave and re-enter the United States. It is important that you remember to check the stamp before you leave the country. Whether you are traveling locally or abroad it is important to always have your visa or green card on you at all times.
May 22, 2013
When you are traveling, sometimes the hardest thing to do is find time, to pull over to smoke a cigarette. Especially, considering how easy it is to just smoke in your car. There are plenty of reasons to avoid smoking in your car, but the main fact being that while you are smoking, you are letting the smoke get into your upholstery, clothes and hair, all while taking in an extra dose of carcinogens, by also breathing in all of that second hand smoke, that lingers long after the butt has been crushed. In other words, smoking in your car while traveling is a great way to make sure that you are in line for every health issue that smoking is happy to bring you. If you want to avoid getting to the grave before everyone else, maybe you should try some alternatives to smoking.
When you are traveling, there are definitely other ways to get that nicotine fix, without filling your vehicle with cigarette smoke. For instance, there are nicotine patches available in different doses and nicotine levels that could help you get through that long drive. Nicotine gum is another way to get that dose of nicotine, when you want it and it will also give your mouth something to fixate on instead of a cigarette. Even with the nicotine and the oral fixation taken care of, there are still smokers that feel these alternatives aren’t very helpful to them. For these people, an electronic cigarette may be the best bet.
Electronic cigarettes can really be the most convenient and enjoyable way to get that nicotine fix, when you are travelling. The shape of the electronic cigarettes is generally the same shape as a cigarette or cigar and the hand and arm motions that you use in order to inhale the vapor are the same you use, when you are smoking a cigarette. In other words, you are tricking your body into thinking you are actually smoking, when in fact, you aren’t.
Smoking is dangerous and even worse when you are trapped in a car, with the second hand smoke. By switching to an alternative, even just while traveling, can make things a bit better. Not to mention, if you travel enough, you may soon make the complete switch to a less harmful alternative to smoking cigarettes and be all the healthier for it.
May 17, 2013
Details, details, details… It seems like there are never ending specifics needing your attention when you own your own transportation business. And God for forbid you let any one of these details go unattended because that will be the one that takes you down, guaranteed. With all of the details that need your attention possibly one of the most significant and essential is checking the driving history report of all potential employees and additionally continuing to check it on a regular basis for throughout their employment.
Starting A Transportation Business
Here are a few additional things you might want to keep in mind if you are just in the beginning stages of starting your own transportation business:
- Location, Location, Location
- Insurance (Liability and Cargo)
- Transportation License And Possible Carrier Number
- A Business Plan
- Commercial License
- Your Competition
- And of course just exactly what kind of things you’re going to be transporting
That’s All Well and Good But…
Let’s get back to looking at that driving record when it comes to potential employees. What exactly can you tell about a potential employee just by looking at their driving record? Well, for starters more than one DUI on a driving record will very likely point to a drinking problem. If you own a transportation business you simply cannot have an alcoholic behind the wheel. Never mind that your liability and insurance company will go right through the roof, when they find out this individual is dangerous, not just behind the wheel,, but can be a detriment to your business in general.
And an excessive amount of speeding tickets can mean that this person could be chronically late – and you don’t need your shipping arrivals to be late. It could also mean they have a blatant disregard for the law, in thinking that it does not apply to them. And, who needs that? You have enough things to worry about without having some headstrong driver taking his and everyone else’s life into his own hands and ignoring the responsibility that goes along with it.
May 7, 2013
Where would we be without all the various modes of transportation? If we were still relying on the horse and buggy we would be in a sad state indeed. Everyone needs to be somewhere at some point throughout the day… unless they are of course a hermit. But even if the hermit got there somehow! The business of transportation is a necessary one and, in the right hands, can also be a profitable one. If you are beginning or expanding a business that caters to the need for transportation methods you may well need to purchase used vehicles, new vehicles, or update your service in general. And as we all know… it takes money. If you don’t have that kind of immediate cash flow available you may find yourself in need of a business cash advance.
To Whom Do You Turn for Your Cash Flow Needs?
Well, the place you probably don’t want to turn to is the bank. Why? Using of bank from which to borrow is, best case scenario, a hassle plain and simple. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quick and easy alternative with which to get a cash advance for your business when you need it? And if your repayment schedule could be somewhat flexible, if collateral was not a necessary requirement, and if the money that you need now could simply show up in your account via electronic wiring… This would truly solve your needs so that you could continue to better solve your area’s needs for transportation. And if, god forbid, you were late with a payment wouldn’t it be awesome if you weren’t socked with a fee?
When Time Is of the Essence
Each and every day that your business remains outdated and inferior to its competition is another day that you aren’t making the kind of profits that you should be making. So because time is of the essence, the company from which you borrow should understand not only how quickly you need the approval process to go but how quickly you will need that cash advance after the approval is concluded. And rest assured of course, there is an approval process. Whereas collateral may not be a necessity chances are that your business is going to have to show some kind of reasonable intake.
Be prepared to provide your Visa, MasterCard or other credit card sales, as well as cash if that actually applies, in order to speed up the approval process. Being prepared can mean the difference between getting your money quickly or having the process prolonged unnecessarily.
April 30, 2013
If you are still a cigarette smoker, you are part of a dying breed. The impact on your health is terrible and there is plenty of scientific evidence to back it all up. Not to mention, cigarettes really smell badly, to anyone who doesn’t smoke. If you are going on a road trip with some friends and you are the only smoker, chances are that they aren’t going to want to stop for many smoke breaks, just so that you can bring that cigarette smell into the car. And, if you are a considerate person, you aren’t about to subject people that are stuck in a car with you, to the poisons that you choose to put into your body. So, your best option may be finally switching to an electronic cigarette.
Electronic cigarettes have become very commonplace and for good reason. This invention allows you to vaporize a much safer “juice” that contains the nicotine that a cigarette would, allowing the user to breathe in the vapor to get their nicotine fix. Since it is a vapor, you are not subjecting yourself or those around you to the deadly carbon monoxide that comes along with smoking. In addition, you also aren’t inhaling the tar or any of the other truly harmful properties that cigarettes carry. If you really need to smoke, this is the way to do it as safely as possible.
In addition to being less harmful, electronic cigarettes are also much less invasive than cigarettes are. When you are smoking a cigarette in a car, everyone in that car is breathing in your cigarette. Not to mention, you are making them smell like cigarettes, which doesn’t smell great. With an electronic cigarette, however, you can “smoke” in the car without the others being bothered by the smell or subjected to the poisons in a cigarette.
If you are a smoker, travelling can be pretty stressful just trying to figure out when you can take your smoke breaks. With an electronic cigarette, though, you can feel free to puff away without poisoning those around you.
April 22, 2013
As fantastic as vacations are, it isn’t always possible to leave town, whenever the mood suits you. These trips can be expensive and hard to plan, not to mention, they can be absolutely exhausting, especially if you have a large, busy family. However, when it comes to relaxation, everyone needs a bit of a break from the everyday world to have a little piece of mind, so it really is important that you have a bit of sanctuary, even when you are just home for the weekend. If you have been having a bit of trouble trying to figure out a way to experience that relaxation, it may be time to consider setting up your own backyard oasis.
Planning it Out
The great thing about building your own piece of heaven right in your backyard is that you are building it specifically to your tastes rather than aiming for the mass appeal most vacation spots try to achieve. So, you really can have a blast with it! Maybe you want to give yourself a taste of a tropical island, complete with tiki torches. Maybe you love the southern lifestyle and want to create southern hospitality, all year round. If so, perhaps some wicker furniture or a nice barbeque pit may be in your future. Whatever your taste, before you start building your sanctuary, it is important to plan it out as much as possible.
A “staycation” is exactly what it sounds like: a vacation without having to go anywhere. More and more, people are considering spending time at home relaxing rather than taking the expensive trips that may not be in their budget. This is an excellent alternative for those families, or even couples, that love the relaxation of a vacation, but for whatever reason, are unable to go on one. You staycation may include taking the family to some local museums or attractions that you have never been to or even just staying at home enjoying the time alone, with your loved ones.
You work hard to put food on the table and to keep a roof over your head. You spend the majority of your life doing your best to fulfill responsibilities and because of this, you may not have time to stop and enjoy the finer things in life. By creating a nice oasis in your backyard, you are giving yourself room to relax and to sink into the relaxation that you deserve. Vacations are fun but exhausting and expensive events that aren’t always possible to plan and can leave you more tired than before the vacation began. Give yourself the gift of a staycation any time you want to relax by building your own outside oasis.
If a person is posing an email question to a transportation website, the chances are that they need as immediate a reply, as possible. Whether they are stranded or lost, or are even just trying to route their trip or purchase tickets, the chances are that they need your help and they need it quickly. Considering the urgency of the matter, it is very important that no question or comment go unnoticed as it comes in.
Customer service is important to any business and it becomes doubly so for any online business. With so many competitors in cyberspace, retaining current customers becomes just as important, if not more so, as attracting new customers. Your online business is likely not to be the only one out there offering similar or identical services, even if the service you offer is transportation. Without great customer service, you are likely to be forgotten or worse, remembered as a bad business.
If you are a small company, it may be easy to address each email as it comes into the company email system. However, this gets to be a bit tougher the more your company grows. Many online merchants have found that saving time and money responding to online customers is easy with the use of email reply software. This software will alert you anytime a new email comes in and can even be programmed to respond to emails with a prewritten response, while also allowing you to screen the emails for those that are the most urgent. Sometimes, all a customer needs to know is that someone is working on their issue and email reply software can be that extra helping hand you need.
Transportation websites always come with their own unique problems and situations. However, customer service is an issue that stretches across the board and touches every business. Great customer service will bring people back, while bad customer service will force people away. If you want to keep the customers you have and bring in new ones, it is absolutely important that you never miss a customer email.