Winter Preparation for Small Business Owners

Preparing the winter season is important. Even as a business owner, there are certain preparations you need to make sure you are taking for your offices. This is going to increase the comfort and security of everyone in the office, making them more productive and focused on work.

Healthcare Specialist

People are prone to getting sick. It’s inevitable, especially during the winter months. With everyone in such closeness to one another, viruses and germs easily spread. Having a healthcare specialist readily available to handle any minor crisis is vital to keeping the workplace sanitary. read more

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The Common Latino Financial Outlook in America

As a Latino male, I find my culture is one that can vary when it comes to financials. Many individuals of Latin descent grew up as I did, with little to no money. Latinos work hard but are not afforded the opportunity of college or higher paying jobs as others in the United States. Thankfully, I was able to gain an education and find a wonderful job. But my past is still molding how I spend my money. I am very frugal as I worry about being poor. I do not want to go backwards, only forwards, so I am very careful as to how I spend my money. read more

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Ways We Can Improve Our Local Economy

In today’s poor economic climate, you may be asking yourself, “What can I do, I’m just one person?” There are many things you can do, and it all starts at home! If every community would support and encourage their own local economies, the larger national economy would begin to really recover, and in the meantime, your community would be strengthened and improved, helping your friends and neighbors!

 
Shop at Small Local Businesses
First and foremost, you can shop local. Shopping at local small businesses year round (and not just on small business Saturday!) is a great way to jumpstart your local economy. Local small businesses are owned, operated, and staffed by the people in your community. When you shop, eat, or use the services of the small business rather than the large chain store, you are contributing to the success of that business and keeping your friends and neighbors businesses viable and growing. When these businesses stay strong, and the people who own and work at these types of businesses spend their money at other local businesses, it keeps the community vibrant and thriving. There are many types of local merchants who need your business. When you want fresh fruits and vegetables there are farmer’s markets, local farmers, and even pick your own produce. When you pick your own produce or purchase from local farmers either at their farms or at farmer’s markets, you are getting the freshest produce your money can buy! This isn’t produce that’s been treated, waxed, and artificially kept looking nice while tasting bland and uninspired; it is garden-fresh produce that is delicious, naturally ripe, and at its best. Not only are you helping your local economy, but your meals just got tastier! read more

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How My Hobby Turned Into A Money Maker

I’ve always loved making my yard look nice. From the time I was a child and my father paid me five dollars to mow the lawn, I took pride in making the yard look neat and trim. Over the years, I learned more and more about how to keep the yard clean and well-tended. When I purchased my own house, I really began to branch out. Instead of simply mowing and edging, trimming hedges and weed-eating, I decided to add a touch of artistry. I began to add seasonal flowers and plants, adding them in creative arrangements, configurations, and planters. I learned to make raised planters that make growing seasonal vegetables and fruits easy and fun. I started trimming the hedges into shapes other than round! It was surprisingly straightforward to trim my hedges into beautiful topiaries that got my yard noticed. I even taught myself how to place and arrange paving stones. I made a pathway in my front yard from my driveway to my front door, replacing the ugly cement sidewalk.  I used pavers to make raised planters and garden markers for my fresh fruits and veggies.  I even made a beautiful patio deck in my backyard that my family enjoyed year round to bar-b-que, entertain, and just spend time together. read more

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How I Started Up My Own Frugal Garden

Cooking is one of my favorite things to do. When I cook, I like to use the freshest, tastiest ingredients possible. When I realized how much I was spending on produce at my local grocery store and farmer’s market, I decided that I needed to find a less expensive way to get my produce without sacrificing taste, texture, or the incomparable essence that fresh produce provides to meals. One of the most cost effective ways I’ve found to get fresh, delicious produce for my cooking is to grow my own.  When I decided to start growing my own food, I went to the Lowe’s to buy plants, pots, tools, mulch, fertilizer, and everything else I would need to get started. I looked at the prices adding up in the cart, and began to rethink my decision. How could I save money by growing my own produce when it was so expensive to get started? I took all the items and put them back on the shelves and decided to come at this from a different angle. read more

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Top Lessons I Learned From Growing Up Poor

When you grow up poor, you can learn valuable life lessons. As a young Latino, I have learned many lessons from my parents and family members as they struggled to provide food, clothing and housing for me and my family. As a child, you learn the value of a dollar and how money doesn’t necessarily mean that you are happy. My childhood was a happy one, despite the fact that I did not have all the toys, gadgets and electronics that my friends at school had. I am a better person for the way I was raised and hope I can instill these values into my own children. read more

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