5 Trends That Will Change The Workspace

1.Wearables

Gartner predicts that sales of wearable devices are about to reach USD 322.6 million by the end of 2017. Wearables offer utmost convenience, as executives do not have to lead sedentary lives anymore. They offer a completely mobile and hands-free experience, which leads them to attend calls and emails without being chained to their desks. Additional features such as access to music and connectivity with multiple devices are boosting further sales. Gartner predicts that wearable security for businesses will take shape and form with the help of wearable processors and biometric authentication of the devices.

2.BYOD Policies

In 2017 more than 50% of businesses have some sort of BYOD policy in place. With the cost of IT estates escalating and newer software and technology being invented everyday, it makes sense for businesses to allow their employees to bring in their own devices.
Also by allowing employees to bring in their own devices, employers big and small alike are allowing them the convenience to work from and use technology that they are familiar with and excel at, giving way to a richer end product.

3.Companies Investing In Bettering Employee Experiences

From offering training to allowing employees to book their own business travel options, employers are letting employees decide what works best for them. Firms that form the Big 4 – EY, Deloitte, KPMG, PwC have their eyes set on strong diversity and inclusiveness programs, and small and medium businesses alike are following suit. Training is not restricted to the skill-sets required for employees to perform their jobs well, but are targeted for the holistic development of the employees.

4.Annual Reviews Converted To Quarterly Or Even Monthly Counselling

Workforce management is changing. Leaders across levels are being compelled to review their KPIs and even the way that employee evaluations take place. Instead of having generic KPIs for the entire organization or its verticals, companies are now considering customized and skill-driven evaluations thanks to the growing popularity and efficiency of workforce management software.

Instead of annual reviews where the employee is handed a judgement, it is turning into a bi-annual and even a quarterly process in some cases, where performance is reviewed and constructive feedback provided at regular intervals.

5.Wellness Will Feature A Key Role In Business As Usual

Companies are investing in preventive care more and more both to improve the productivity of employees, as well as save on future costs. With employers paying more than 50% of the healthcare costs in the USA, it is not unheard of that they would rather pay for preventive wellness programs than pay for the recovery of their employees. Slowly, the APAC region too is learning to adopt this trend and is investing in the right infrastructure that will help employees work better.
Awfis offers shared workspaces that are ergonomically designed and help employees work in a space that enhances their productivity.

A Guide to Commercial Awnings

The overall appearance and design of a company can determine their productivity. A company must showcase what they sell by marketing a creative design space. The design space can show creativity by adding elements like color, unique flooring, doors, and awnings. For the point of this article, we are going to explore the different types of business awnings and their styles.

The different types of awnings:
Entryway: The entryway awning is a priority for keeping the entry protected by sun, wind, rain, and snow. It is also the best place to display the brand and style of the company.
Pathway: Pathway awnings extend from the entryway to or along a sidewalk to add extra shading and protection from the weather. This is an ideal option if the parking lot or street is far from the entryway. Customers will appreciate the added protection.
Window: Window awnings work to enhance curb appeal and also serve to reduce sunlight and heat from entering through windows. It can be a very cost-effective way to save money on the energy bill.
Patio: Patio awnings allow for that extra seating or entertainment area. They give guests the ability to enjoy the outside scenery while being protected from the weather.

Different build of awnings:
Stationary or Fixed: They are welded permanently to the wall and can not open or pull back.
Retractable: Also attaches to your business and can be opened or pulled back to display the amount of sunlight wanted.

Awning Styles:
Traditional: Traditional awnings are those that are hung over doors and windows using bent steel rod frames. They form and look like a 90-degree angle.
Dome: Dome Awnings are pretty self-explanatory. They create a dome style, allowing for space to display a brand or design.
Quartered Round: Quartered Round awnings kind of show the appearance of a circle cut in half. They are permanently welding to your business wall.
Concave: Concave awnings can have the same look as traditional, but slope down more in the center.

Types of Covers:
Fabrics-
Cotton: Strong and durable. Cotton is easy to clean and does well against water.
Polyester: Can withstand weathering. Polyester can be wiped down and is breathable.
Treatments-
Vinyl or Laminate Coated: Water and fire resistant. Add the seal of the material to prevent damage.
Acrylic Coated: Color can last long and adds a beautifully finished coat to any material.

Choosing an awning for your business can take some time. This is just an outline of the different options and styles you can choose from, but there are still numerous color and branding options for decision making.

5 Great Benefits of an EPoS System for a Restaurant or Bar

The challenges of running a successful bar or restaurant are very different from other forms of retail environments, but an effective (Electronic Point-of-Sale) EPoS system can help drive your business to the next level with minimal investment and a very quick payback. John Henry, CBE’s Sales Director, highlights 5 Great Benefits of an EPoS System for a Restaurant or Bar:

1) Speed and accuracy
Your Epos system can seamlessly link in to your kitchen for printing and food automation. This will make sure that every order ends up in the kitchen is 100% accurate. So if the customer has specified that the dressing is served on the side or to ‘hold the onions’, this is what will be delivered. It’s hard to over-estimate how important this can be in delivering great customer satisfaction.

And in a food to go environment, customer-facing screens can act as a ‘virtual receipt’, as the customer clearly sees what’s been charged for and what buttons the waiter has pressed. This verifies the order before the final bill even arrives – something that increases customer satisfaction levels to a very significant degree.

It’s also worth stating that a contemporary EPoS system can be configured to match YOUR specific requirements. The days of off-the-shelf systems with minimum flexibility are long gone – and good riddance to them! Today’s systems work with equal effectiveness for the cashier, the waiter (through great screen interactivity and intuitive interfaces) and the management (through better and timelier reporting).

2) Integration
A typical EPoS system in not capable of being all things to all men, so it’s essential that it has the capacity to be integrated into other systems within the business. This can include anything from kitchen automation to your online reservation system or a click and collect system for your takeaway offering.

It should also be able to link seamlessly with credit card payment at the table, for example, or with a loyalty application or gift voucher platform.

3) Staff management
If you source the optimum EPoS system, it will have full loss prevention suite, making sure that all elements of your staff’s interaction with cash is completely above board. But don’t believe for a moment that it’s all about ‘checking up’ on your staff. It can also reward your staff for hitting their upselling targets – anything from pushing the Wine of the Month to the Dessert of the Day.

And by letting your staff take an order just as easily at a table as at a cash point, you can dramatically increase speed of service, which is important at any time of day, but especially so when customers are on a time deadline, such as at lunchtime. A further benefit in managing your staff is that it can facilitate easy rota management and scheduling, which can also tap into the payroll system of your HR department.

4) Reporting with an EPoS System for a Restaurant or Bar
The great benefit of modern cloud-based systems is that reports are available to local or regional management in real time, which greatly enhances the quality of decision-making and future planning in areas such as stock and inventory, staff performance, branch comparison and margin control.

It can also be extremely beneficial in helping you to analyse your customer trends. For example, you can easily find out who wants to be contacted via SMS or email, or what sort of promotional offers they respond to.

5) Reliability of hardware EPoS System for a Restaurant
There’s a wide proliferation of tablet-style devices on the market which have a limited ability to interact with your IT system or EPoS system. But better still are the durable touchscreen devices which are specifically built for purpose, and come with IP ratings for water, dust etc. – perfect for a pub or restaurant environment where liquid spillages are commonplace.

There is an initial capital outlay for this dedicated hardware, of course, but when their durability and longevity are taken into account, the lifetime cost of ownership is significantly lower than their rival tablet devices.

And by opting for bespoke hardware, of course, you future-proof yourself against obsolescence, as your devices can adapt to any emerging technologies in your sector.

The bottom line is that if you’re in the pub or restaurant business, there’s never been a better time to invest in an EPoS system that has the power to totally transform your bottom line.

7 Effective Strategies on Marketing Your Business Locally

When I was studying for my business degree and before eVision Media was formed, I was in need of an outlet to be around other like-minded women. Years previous I was a member of the local Valley Women’s Network so revisited their luncheons.

Even though funds were very tight at the time, it was important for me to have some human interaction – even if only once a month.

Little did I know, going to these meetings ended up being the catalyst for eVision Media’s birth.

During this time I connected with women entrepreneurs who where either eager to start a new business or take their business to the next level. Being the former webmaster for the Vancouver Sun and Province, it was a natural thing for them to ask me questions about branding and websites. I was more than happy to share my knowledge.

Eventually conversations evolved into them hiring me so they could get the help they wanted with their marketing presence.

The next thing I knew I was in business as a web developer!

That was over 12 years ago and I’m proud to say a handful of those women are still clients today.

I have to smile when I think about it because I really had no intention of starting my own business. I was going back to school with the idea of landing a CIO position somewhere.

Turns out my calling was much more important than that – helping business owners realize their dream.

The Many Benefits of Attending Local Live Events

Fast forward to present day, I still value the connections made when attending networking and other similar events.

Recently I was in Vernon attending the WOW-Woman of Worth Conference where I had an opportunity to get to know many incredible women I would never have met otherwise. (I was inspired to write these networking tips while there.)

I am also a member of the Business Professional Women’s Group and attend meetings in Langley and Abbotsford.

The connections found at events like these have been invaluable – not only professionally but also personally.

Social Media and Online Marketing is Not the Only Way to Generate New Business

Sometimes with Social Media and online marketing being so prevalent we forget about our own back yard and the opportunities available to us. All we have to do is simply step away from the computer and check them out.

My business was literally created by connecting with people locally.

And just because Social Media has taken over the online networking landscape, doesn’t mean there’s any less value in building your business at that grass-roots level.

Do you market your business in your hometown?

If hiding behind your computer has become the norm for you, I encourage you to explore local opportunities to get better known in your home town.
Here’s seven tips, ideas and suggestions on how you can take advantage of generating business through local efforts:

1. Network where your target market is hanging out. First be clear on WHO that target market is and then do some research on where they gather.

This is an easy one if you are a B2B business like eVision Media; there’s plenty of networking groups available tailored for that crowd.

But you might have to look at other shared interests. For instance, if your target market is very health conscious, join a popular yoga group and get to know those people who attend.

2. Volunteer at community groups. Volunteering in community groups are a great way to boost your visibility. Not only are they a great way to give back to your community but also an excellent way for you to showcase your skills and expertise.

Do a search for groups that could use your skillset. A great example is if you are a bookkeeper or accountant – volunteer to be the bookkeeper for the group.

3. Create your own Meet-up. Setting up local, more casual events on a subject you know would be of interest to your target market is a great way to build your brand visibility.

These types of gatherings can be very beneficial to the attendees where you can offer something of value to them and showcase your expertise at the same time.

4. Set up a trade show booth. Many trade shows have thousands of visitors. They are a great way to build your brand visibility and bring more awareness to your business offerings with the local crowd.

Set up a professional display and strike up conversations with those showing interest in what you are offering.

Be sure to have a way for them to get onto your mailing list by offering a draw or free giveaway. Just be sure they check off a box giving permission to receive your regular newsletters.

5. Join the local Chamber of Commerce. Even if your target market is not business owners, there are still plenty of great reasons for you to get to know other business owners in your area by joining your local chamber.

Not only can they be a great referral source for you, but they are still people who could be interested in what you have to offer at a personal level.

6. Nominate others for awards. We had the honour of being nominated for, and won the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence award in 2016 in the home based business category.

I was also nominated for a WOW – Woman of Worth award in the Business & Prosperity category. The amount of free publicity and exposure we received for each of these awards was priceless.

I encourage you to nominate someone for similar awards. Not only is it very gratifying to make someone else’s day, you also gain a lot of exposure from being the person who nominated them. Another option is to be an award sponsor, again bringing you great satisfaction and business exposure.

7. Don’t forget your business card! While some may poo-poo this, I’m still a believer in the value of business cards.

Get professional cards designed and printed. Use them wisely – always ask the other person you’re talking with for their card first and reciprocation will ensue.

Your business card is a first touch-point that person will see your visual brand so ensure you give off the right first impression with a professionally designed one.

Aside from getting out there and getting involved in local community activities, you could also take advantage of various paid advertising opportunities. Newspaper advertorials, radio ad spots, sponsorships and even billboards can all be taken advantage of at a local level.

Don’t Forget About Your Website

No matter what kind of activities we are doing when trying to drum up new business, don’t forget the importance of your website.

With every potential customer you meet, assume they will be heading to your website to check out you and your services. They might even do it right there so ensure your website is mobile friendly and shares the right brand messaging that will compel them into action and hire or buy from you.

Always be seeking opportunities where you can build your business exposure and double bonus points when you can couple those opportunities with giving back!

10 Superstar Networking Tips to Grow Your Business

One of the best investments you can make as a solopreneur or business person is in your personal development. As a business owner you can only grow as far as your skills and knowledge can take you.

That’s why attending seminars, conferences and workshops is such a valuable experience.

I recently attended the WOW (Woman of Worth) Conference in Vernon BC and it was a fantastic experience. The founder, Christine Awram, has been holding these conferences for several years. Each event promises excellent motivational and inspirational speakers plus great opportunities to meet and mingle with like-minded women.

This year was exceptionally great due to one of our clients, Dana Smithers, being invited to be one of the keynote speakers.

She talked about the Law of Attraction and started a chain reaction of events that lead me to being up on stage taking a bow to a standing ovation! (The exercise was to put my intention out to the world that I am open to receiving speaking opportunities so hey, if you know of any….)

In addition to gaining next-level strategies, events like these offer an incredible opportunity to meet prospects, JV partners, and vendors.

So how can you make the most of your next event? Here’s some pro tips to network like a superstar.

1) Rock Your Appearance. Let your outfit be a conversation starter. Wear something that makes you feel like a million bucks and helps you radiate confidence.

Bring a killer accessory like a unique pin, scarf, or pair of shoes that gets you noticed. Make a great first impression that makes people think “I have to meet that person.”

2) Prepare Yourself Mentally. Know your purpose for being there. Be passionate about what you do and let it shine.

What do you want to learn? Look at the list of speakers and make a point to say hello to them. Ask yourself what 3 types of people you’d like to meet. Get specific. Visualize these people in the morning before the workshop or conference begins.

This will help you attract exactly the right type of connections you will benefit most from.

3) Show Up Early. Arrive with extra time so you can grab a coffee, visit the vendor tables, and get to know a few people before everything starts to get busy. Be on the lookout for people with whom you feel you can connect with and strike up a conversation with them.

Attending early also gives you an opportunity to get a seat close enough to better see and hear the on-stage happenings.

4) Be a Giver. Have you ever met someone whom you feel wants to get something from you? It gives off a bad negative energy, doesn’t it? Avoid this from happening to you by shifting your energy to one of abundance and ask yourself how you can best serve others.

When you meet someone be curious. Get to know them. Ask questions. Find out how you can help this person.

There is always a resource, compliment, connection, book, tip, or tool that you can offer to help someone.

Can you interview them on your podcast? Can you review their book on your blog? Can you co-host a webinar with them? While I was at the WOW event, I recorded 3 video eTips and did a couple of Facebook LIVE videos. How can you capitalize on your time in a similar manner?

5) Ask for Their Business Card. It is always better to ask for the other person’s card. Asking for their card feels better than shoving yours in their hand.

Plus that leaves you in control so that you can send a follow-up when you return from the event.

Write a note about what you learned or spoke about with them on the card so you can reference it when you write them afterwards.

6) Share the Event Socially. Social Media is a great tool for building and maintaining relationships. Take plenty of pics at the event to share on social media.

Do Facebook LIVE on location. Your followers want to see where you are. Take pictures with the speakers and other people you meet.

This is me with Christine after the event was over. As you can see, wine is a big part of her brand. That and chocolate!

Plus you can send these pictures to the friends you meet in your follow up.

Try tagging them on social media and give them a shout out saying how nice it was to meet them. You can attach a picture with them in a follow-up email. This is a heartfelt way to share warmth with a new connection.

7) Switch it Up. Try sitting with different people at lunch. Join groups for after workshop dinner and conversation. Sometimes the chit-chat that occurs before and after the event can lead to the best connections.

8) Step Up to the Mike. If there is a Q&A opportunity, step up to the microphone and let your question be heard. You’ll get a chance to introduce yourself to the whole room and get expert answers to your question.

Often times people will come up to you afterwards and say how they related to what you shared.

9) Give a Testimonial. If you loved the event, be vocal about it. Tell the event coordinator and offer a testimonial. You can also record a Facebook video testimonial and tag the event coordinator on social media.

Email a written testimonial to the event host. They may post it on their website and give you massive exposure.

10) Love ’em Up. There is a Chinese proverb that says “A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.” When you get back home after the event, the most important part is following up with and nurturing relationships you made.

Here it’s a strategy of quality, not quantity. Sort through the cards you received. Narrow them down to the few people you had a real connection with and send a warm, genuine email.

Is there any further suggestion or resource you can send them as a follow-up to your conversation? You want them to experience their life is better now having met you.

And don’t forget to post to your social media accounts and send an email to your list about your experience too!

Attending industry conferences or seminars keep you up-to-date with the latest changes that are occurring within the industry. But equally valuable is the chance to meet other like-minded individuals and build connections that can last a lifetime.

10 Tools to Check if Your Idea Can Bring the Money and Become Your Business

Do you have ideas for a new business? Starting from small investors to millennials, everyone nowadays looks for good business ideas, but it is only a few of them who end up on the right path. So, how can you know if your business idea is worth the time and investment?
If you want to check your business idea and see if it is a solid solution for earning the good income, follow these 10 tips and tricks:

Browse Top Sellers
Look at websites such as Amazon to get some idea of what is selling. If you have a product or service in mind, take a look around to get an insight of whether this particular item will sell or not.
The first thing on your list is seeing if the category you are considering is existent on this website. If it is, your next step is to check whether this category of products has a wide number of competitors. The more companies there are, the bigger the demand for the product is.

Use Google Trends
Google Trends can help you get a bigger picture of the business idea you are considering. By checking out the latest trends, you will easily validate the demand, which is a key factor in your decision about starting the business.

Build an MVP
A minimum viable product or MVP is the simplest way to check your business idea. According to Eric Ries, an entrepreneur and author of “The Lean Startup”, an MVP is ‘the simplest form of an idea that you can actually sell as a product’. Having a simple version of your product for testing in the early development process is crucial if you want to make the necessary changes before the big investment.

Build a List of Customers
Use various tools and methods to build a list of potential customers that will purchase your product or service. This will not only help you determine if your business is worth giving a shot, but will also prove to be very beneficial once you decide to launch.

Run the Idea by Your Target Customers
Once you have an established for business, make a prototype and take it to the potential audience. Select the most appropriate method – speak to acquaintances that would be interested in the product, conduct a survey or even ask for help on the social media groups with the goal to check your business idea. “Identify people in that target you know to be skeptical and critical.” says Chip Bell, the founder of The Chip Bell Group.

Test the Product on the Social Media
According to Susan Solovic, one of the key things to take into consideration when making a business plan is the importance of social media. Once you get the word out about the product or service, you will get information on how much interest this produces with your target audience. You have to make engaging social media profiles with high-quality content. In this case, you can use such tools as Pocket, Hemingway App, Admission service.

Get an Expert’s Opinion
A wrong investment can present a serious failure, which is why you must check your business idea carefully. When in a struggle with various ideas, get the opinion of experts who can advise you on which business to start and how to promote it.

Use Landing Pages to Check Your Business Idea
Test out how well you can reach the target market and convert them into your customers. Conversion rates’ market testing is the best way to establish how your numbers will work with people and if these numbers are actually viable.

Ask People to Pay
If you test your product or service on friends and acquaintances or even people you randomly found on the Web, they are very likely to give you an email address or subscribe to your website. However, the best way to establish if they are really interested in a product is if you ask them to pay you money for the product or service.

Know the Competition
Of course, big competition indicates high demand for a product or service, but this can be a cause of many headaches that are about to come. Research and study the industry to analyze the best way to present your product since big competition means that only the best marketers make sales. Once you establish how to promote your product or service in the best way, you are ready to beat the competition.

Starting a business is a scary thing to do, especially if you are not experienced or trained in business planning. Even if you are, chances are your idea will fail due to a small number of customers, bad marketing strategy or enormous competition. However, if you make sure that your business idea is solid and you know how to make it happen, you are only a few steps away from becoming a rich man!

How to Save Energy & Money in Different Business Sectors

Whilst there are ways BAS Energy can help a business to save money, there are also ways in which they can help themselves to be more energy efficient whilst being in the workplace.

Here are four different examples of how some businesses can save money and energy consumption:

Restaurants & Cafes
How to Save Energy & Money in Different Business Sectors – Restaurants & Cafes

Businesses in the food and leisure industry can save money on their energy by training their staff on efficiency usage measures and by installing energy efficient boilers and appliances across their kitchens and dining spaces.

They can look at green energy solutions such as biomass boilers which may be able to use waste products from the kitchens for a cyclical recycling approach.

Shops
How to Save Energy & Money in Different Business Sectors – Shops

The retail sector is a tremendously heavy user of energy where physical premises are in play.

Stores have lighting and heating requirements around the clock, so one of the first priority areas is to carry out a tariff review to see if savings can be made. Lightbulbs should also be switched to the most energy-efficient LED models.

If you have chilled units, keep them away from doors and keep them covered with blinds to prevent chilled air from escaping.

Evaporative condenser systems – rather than air-cooled condensers – are also recommended as being more energy efficient.

Offices
How to Save Energy & Money in Different Business Sectors – Offices

Heating and air conditioning is a real energy guzzler, and older systems are particularly inefficient and can also lead to health issues. Consider investing in the newer models and ask a specialist to review your premises with the view of recommending efficient heating and cooling methods.

New smart technologies can adjust the temperature automatically to optimise usage and bills. Similar technologies can be used in bathrooms to minimise water usage, such as smart sensor controls on taps. Intelligent light controls are also a worthwhile investment.

Making sure staff are turning off PC screens and electronic equipment at the end of the day should be a high priority. Action Energy, a government-funded body, estimates that £90m is wasted annually by UK companies that leave computers turned on when not in use. As well as energy and cost savings, there’s the environmental impact too, as reducing this would produce a saving of one tonne of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

Factories
How to Save Energy & Money in Different Business Sectors – Factories

Again, smart sensors can help to ensure that temperatures are optimised correctly in warehousing and production spaces, and staff training can help ensure that teams follow the correct efficiency processes and are motivated to seek out continuous energy improvements.

An energy efficiency consultant can be a valuable service to use in a larger factory as various efficiency savings may be possible, including running lines at certain times of the day, switching tariffs, using standby functions and investments such as combined heat and power installations, supply voltage optimisation and increased process automation.

Though we may have only looked at four examples here, all types of companies can benefit from making changes in the way they run their company to make savings on business energy.

The Woes of Seattle Traffic

Tim had always loved Seattle. Although he was not a native, he considered himself a native because he had lived in Seattle for so long. Originally from the Midwest, he had visited Seattle on a business trip and fell in love with the city. He loved the beautiful view of Mount Rainier from the city, he loved the music scene, and he especially loved the food! It seemed as though he was meant to live in Seattle.

Later, when he returned from his business trip, he walked in his front door and pronounced to his wife triumphantly, “Dear, we’re moving to Seattle!” His wife thought that this initial excitement would eventually wear away, but Tim made all the necessary preparations. He secured a position in his company at the Seattle office, selected an apartment to rent, and rented a moving van to trek across the country.

After years of living in Seattle, Tim’s love had not grown dim. While driving, he would frequently think to himself that Seattle was the only place for him. It seemed as though he was always finding new and exciting things about the city. The city was inexhaustible to him. He never grew bored.

If there was one thing Tim did not love, however, it was the Seattle traffic. Every day, Tim had to prepare himself mentally for his commute. Although in miles it was not far away from his house, all the other cars made the whole process a mess. It seemed as though every year the traffic would worsen. Although Tim detested the traffic, he would not let it get him down on the city. It was only a minor inconvenience.

This morning’s traffic was nothing new. There were cars in all the usual places. The on-ramp to the I-5 freeway was busy as normal. Tim merged into the stop and go traffic. His response to such heavy traffic had become habitual, almost unconscious. He pulled forward, the morning radio telling him the day’s news. Traffic picked up for a few feet, then stopped, then picked up, then stopped. Suddenly, while stopping, Tim felt a sudden jolt forward even though he had stopped. An abrupt burst of pain, like lightning, was sent shooting down his back. He quickly peered into his rear-view mirror to see that someone had slammed into the back of him.

Many people have been the victim of an accident just like Tim. While there are thousands of things to love about Seattle, most residents will admit that one thing they dislike is the constant, horrendous traffic. Whether you are on Denny Way between First and Fairview Avenue or driving the I-5 through downtown, during rush hour, these areas are bound to be severely congested. According to the Washington State Collision Data Summary, the number of collisions increases during rush hour, peaking from the hours of 3:00-6:00 in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the more drivers there are on the road, the more likely you are to be involved in an accident.

Sometimes, like Tim, there isn’t much you can do to prevent someone else’s bad driving behavior. For example, if someone behind you is looking at their phone or fiddling with their radio, a split-second crash can happen. Many insurance companies are aware of this. Some insurance industry estimates project that average drivers will file a claim for a collision about every 17.9 years. Sadly, even when the collision is not your fault, the crash can be costly. A serious car accident can result in expensive medical bills and property damage.

Traffic in Seattle ranks among the worst in the United States. The US News and World Report lists that people living in Seattle will spend an average of 66 hours a year in traffic! As the city continues to grow, the traffic continues to worsen. According to the TomTom Traffic Index, Seattle ranks as the sixth worst in the United States for its congestion levels. This ranking places it alongside cities like San Francisco and New York. Obviously, big cities will suffer from burdensome levels of traffic; however, more densely populated cities like Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia all ranked better in terms of traffic than Seattle.

Infrastructure further intensifies Seattle’s traffic problems. Poor roads and bridges can contribute to worse traffic because the roads and bridges are unprepared to handle the increased number of cars each year. Washington State received a D+ on its infrastructure report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers for its roads. The report indicates that “the bulk of [the road and freeway system] was built more than fifty years ago and has lasted for longer and carries more traffic that it was originally designed for.” Similarly, the report identifies that poorer pavement conditions can increase congestion.

While there is an infinite amount of great reasons for living in Seattle, one of the downsides is the traffic. It is something residents just have to endure. The long commute can sometimes result in unfortunate accidents like Tim’s. As mentioned, some accidents can result in severe injury and property damage. When such an event occurs, sometimes being open to the idea of hiring a personal injury attorney can be a good option. A good personal injury attorney can help you recover lost wages, defer medical bills, and reach a fair settlement with the insurance companies. These benefits can offset the damages because of your accident.

FOCUS on Your Business Program

Power of Focus !

If you are anything like me, you probably find yourself often thinking of new projects to start, new things to achieve.I did that in my beginning on Internet. That in itself is very beneficial and indeed a required ingredient for success. The trick is to know where to draw a line.

The trap I kept falling into was hoping and looking for new and better programs all the time,easy to find new once,but i forgot about them the next day,instead of working on the programs you already joined and going for the results there.

I would often actually get dragged into gathering more and more information on new opportunities. I would spend time on developing them right then and there. I would be stealing the precious time away from the current project I was supposed to be working on. Obviously, it was a trap.Be aware of this trap! The current project would suffer, because there is only so much time in a day.

No one gets results form Surfing the Internet for “Get Rich Tomorrow “and thinking,there must be an easier way!There is not,only hard work will give you success.Focus and work on your Business !

Then I would get discouraged with my current project and drop it because I didn’t see any results.

Think long term!

One of my future projects would become my current project for the time being, until I’d drop it in favor of the next project.Its a trap,yes. This is how most of New to Internet do it!!Don’t do the same!

Can you see the trap?
And it gets even worse: If you keep on doing this for long enough, you will actually program your subconscious mind NOT to complete a project EVER. You will forever keep on failing.

Eventually it may even filter through to other areas of your life.I did the same in the beginning,so much waste of time and money!

There is to many Traps out there.

It’s easy to see how working on your on line business can become such a trap quickly.
Internet is overloaded with information. I won’t even mention the plethora of rubbish that exists on line. But there is so much valuable information out there, go and find them,that developing your on line business to a profitable stage can take forever, UNLESS you start employing the tremendous power of focus.Its the only way to do it,when you understand this you will get results!

Here is only one way,focus.To be a success in your on line venture, you must not be working on more than two projects at a time, EVER. And preferably work on just one project, particularly if you only do your on line venture on part-time basis.

And by that I mean, don’t get distracted. Don’t dilute your precious time. Work on your project, whatever it may be, until completion.
Learn the program,take the training section over and over again,until you really know how it works!

Many programs can be difficult to understand,but take your time to understand it!

Learn how to!

By all means, plan you future. If you want to work on the future ideas,
set an hour per week aside for doing just that. And then each week spend that hour thinking
about your new projects, write them down. When the time is up, go back to your current project.

I will guarantee you one thing:
If you develop and use the power of focus, your success will get better and better with each project. That’s how i got from not getting any results to see great results every week.Focus.
On the other hand, if you keep falling into the trap of working on too many projects at the same time, the chances are you will get nowhere.

Top hacks to create a shopping app

Everybody sells on the internet today. According to the 2016 stats research in the USA, over 44% of online purchases were completed by mobile phone users. Which vividly shows us that it’s not enough to have just a desktop shopping website. A mobile shopping app is a must-have today. So how to make customers use your shopping app? This article will give you some worthy ideas!

What can shopping apps sell?

Shopping apps are widely used in various spheres like fashion, electronics, traveling and so on. If your project is about services but not goods, you can still use the idea of a shopping app.

Clothes, gadgets and interior goods
It has become a mainstream already to choose clothes, furniture or electronics on the internet. It’s way easier to compare prices, find some feedbacks and a huge diversity of goods online than going shopping in a traditional way.

Traveling and booking
By means of a shopping app in this industry, you can find all the necessary information, book a hotel, choose seats and make the order 24/7 without any days off.

Goods’ delivery
A lot of us buy things worldwide today. Your app can assist users to buy stuff worldwide or just deliver goods, but people are always willing to control their money and purchases. Isn’t it comfortable to let your customers track their package and anticipate the time of its arrival?

How to monetize your app

There are a lot of different ways to make your app earn money. We’ll tell you about some which can bring you income, both from the users or your partners.

Money transfer commissions
This way is definitely great for any kind of e-commerce app. People press the button “pay” anyway, so they can pay for using the app at a time.

Commissions for producers
This method makes your app free for the buyers, but not for the sellers of goods. This is a good idea to monetize your app. But you will have to invest efforts to guarantee the growth of sales to the producers to get their interest and make them pay to you.

Some paid features
To implement this idea successfully you must get 101% creative. The app should be almost perfect to make your users feel they need those features to make the app complete.

Paid subscription
The possibility to use your app can cost some money to those, who wants to download it. But this option is probably the most complicated. Why? Because your app should be horrendous! There are tons of free shopping apps today, so to make people pay for yours, you must steal their minds! Propose some unique features and cool perks to make users want your product.

You may choose some of these methods for the monetization or make up some others. But the decision should be made before the app creation because it influences the development process.

Technologies to use

Imagine, you have an app where users create their accounts, search for goods in different categories, add them to their wishlist and of course, buy them. How to interact with the customers if they have questions or when they make a purchase? Today, there are 4 main ways to stay in touch with the users. Let’s look at them briefly.

Live support
When your client needs a consultation about your services or has pressed the button “buy”, there should be someone to talk to him. In case you choose a live communication, it’s a person who writes in the chat or makes a phone call. An alive person sounds natural and can handle requests quickly. But may cost you a lot and is not effective in case of a heavy influx of customers.

Chatbot
If you don’t want to hire staff for the support and spend a bunch of money for the development, it’s a pretty good alternative. You will just have to implement an existing solution. But you should be ready that chatbots can only use predefined answers and may seem pretty small minded. However, a chatbot is enough to perform simple tasks, like asking for personal contacts and giving some instructions.

AI
But you can turn a chatbot into a very intelligent assistant by means of Artificial Intelligence technologies. Using AI algorithms, it will not only improve itself but can also provide you with precious information about your customers. Intelligent shop assistants can also give another level of services to the clients by learning their preferences and save their time and money.
It’s surely a meticulous job to use AI, but your product will stand out from others!

Mixed type

This type of an app is a fine line between the usage of technologies and human resources. AI will help you automate routine tasks, collect information and upgrade the shopping process for the customers. Live support can be used just to complete some tasks. It’s a very effective solution, yet a pretty expensive one too.

Shopping app logic

So, you have chosen the sphere, the platform, the technologies and ready to start the development process. Let’s make sure you haven’t forgotten about the basic things.

Functionality
We really advise to start with an MVP product. Let it first be a shopping app that can assist users find things which they need, buy them and get them in time. Take care about the clarity of the user interface and data safety. Customers want your app to work without fails and they want their money and data to be safe. Pay attention that your product works great both for the buyers and sellers too.

Comfortable catalogues
We just want to remind you that it’s enormously important to place detailed, good quality pictures, create a comfortable search and provide the information about the product availability.

Notifications
Is the item from the wish list going to be out of stock soon? Has the payment process been completed? Has the package arrived? Use notifications to keep your clients informed about such things.

Delivery processing
As the task is not just to sell but also to delivery the buy, this stage should be carefully planned too. Clients must be able to track the purchase and get it in time. You may deliver the goods by post or some courier services. It’s great if you can propose various options to your clients.

And surely don’t forget to promote yourself!

E-commerce is conquering the world today. Huge retailers and small businesses pay much attention to their presence in our mobile phones. If you have an idea of a shopping application, do not hesitate to live it out with a great team of developers.