Who Should Use Myspace Layouts?

If you are familiar with the Internet, you are most likely to have an account on MySpace.
This is an exciting online community, which allows people to have free memberships.


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ou can post the profile for free, and there are many options available for this community. There are free MySpace layouts available for all members to use.

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Anyone having an account on this site should use MySpace layouts.

These layouts come with various themes as well as colors, and all members will find what they want. Some may wonder why they should apply new layouts when there are already default settings on the site. However using MySpace layouts will give a completely new look and feel to the profile.

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Any member on this site should take some effort and should try and find a good layout that will suit their profile.

Trying to match the profile with some good layout is very important. This is because it will speak volumes about the person’s interests and also outlook towards their presence on the community. Members could be present for networking in various groups.

Thus a member should try and pick an appropriate layout for his profile.
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MySpace layouts are probably the simplest techniques that one can follow with any site creation.

Each one has a code, and the code has to be copy pasted on to the profile homepage and it is immediately updated. Within a few seconds the profile is sporting a new look and it will make it all the more interesting to read.

This is the greatest benefit for those using MySpace layouts.
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They may not only access these for free, they can apply it very easily.

Even if you are a fan of a Hollywood movie star, you can find that layout on some site. All you need to do is hunt for it in the right way and on the right site.

If all members use the MySpace layouts that are available on the sites, then they would make the whole community more interesting.
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People are always navigating through sites, and looking for new friends.

When they access profiles, and they find a layout that they like, they are sure to even apply it to their own profiles. However that is not the main part of MySpace layouts. It is to provide a lot of creativity to the profiles, and also allow the members to get as versatile as they can.
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While it is not a compulsion for users to pick MySpace layouts, it is always better for people to use a variety.

It would make a huge difference from default settings, as the themes available are simply astounding. Designers are constantly coming up with various layouts, so that members will be satisfied.

The variety will allow the members to have a fine time, what with the choosing and applying.


Wireless POS And Wireless Mobile Computing- Restaurant Software That Increases Profits

Until recently, restaurant and hospitality owners were wary of adopting wireless POS systems for their establishments.
Issues such a cost, ease of use and a general uncertainty about new technology caused them to take pause.


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owadays, however, with the popularity of PDA’s, Blackberries, cell phones and the like, mobile technology and wireless mobile computing has become main stream, and hospitality providers are taking a second look.

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In a high cost and competitive market, it’s no wonder that those in the hospitality industry want technology to help them increase revenues.

But how can a wireless POS device help them achieve this?

Wireless mobile computing can help in many ways.

One such instance is by eliminating the need for staff to line up at a specific POS terminal to place orders.
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By utilizing mobile technology, serving staff are more productive since time spent during the order taking process is decreased. Wireless mobile computing also allows serving staff to place orders instantly, and then go directly to the next table, thereby increasing table turns.

And because serving staff are more productive, significant savings can be seen through decreased labor costs.

Another drawback to stationary POS terminals is that serving staff usually place a number of orders at once to the kitchen, overwhelming kitchen staff.

Placing orders tableside eliminates this problem, as orders are more evenly spaced.
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One important benefit to also consider with a wireless POS solution is that by placing orders directly at the table, order taking is more accurate and less food is wasted. This directly translates into decreased food costs.

Also, serving staff can spend more time with customers, which significantly increases up-sell opportunities.

Utilizing wireless mobile computing in a hospitality environment also allows restaurateurs to approach staffing in a more cost effective and efficient way.
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Instead of scheduling a large number of serving staff who are responsible for all the order taking and food delivery, a wireless POS solution allows restaurant owners the opportunity to hire just a few skilled staff, give them larger sections, and make their primary focus greeting customers, taking orders and up selling.

Non-serving staff can then be hired (at significant payroll savings) to dispatch food and clean sections. When serving staff are able to remain on the floor, the result is superior customer service and again increased sales through up selling and faster table turns.

Now, Volante POS Systems of Toronto, Canada has come along and revolutionized the wireless POS industry in a creative and innovative way.
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By using PC notebooks (not much bigger then a handheld) the entire POS software is loaded on the unit and it runs as a terminal with peer to peer, data synching etc. PDA’s don’t work in this manner- they require writing to the unit (in other words, new code, separate product) plus they’re not robust enough for Food and beverage.

Volante has evolved its software into the peer to peer architecture, and now POS software can be loaded onto a small wireless notebook with amazing results. The technology is revolutionary – nobody else can do what Volante is doing.
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This approach can work exceptionally well in venues that aren’t traditional table side establishments, such as stadiums, trade shows, casinos, arenas, race tracks and outdoor sales areas (such as rooftop patios for instance) where conventional POS terminals aren’t practical nor feasible.

Wireless mobile computing from Volante offers even more important and innovative features. For instance, the menus on the notebook or handhelds are the exact same menus as on the traditional register.
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The databases are in sync with one another. You don’t have to program them separately; they’re an extension of the host computer. This approach is less expensive because it doesn’t require separate servers for handhelds and traditional registers.

And because Volante POS software is written in pure Java, its real time as well.

For more information on how wireless POS technology and wireless mobile computing from Volante can help your business increase profits and productivity, email them at sales@volantesystems.com or visit their website at http://www.volantesystems.com.

Wireless POS solutions truly allow Hospitality leaders to enter the 21st century, while also giving them an extra edge in a fiercely competitive industry.


Things To Keep In Mind When Starting A Home Business

Things To Keep In Mind When Starting A Home Business

There are a lot of reasons to start your own business from home.
The freedom from the corporate world, the ability to make your own schedule, the opportunity to do something that you love for a living are all lures to start up your own business.


Do not be fooled into thinking that because of all the appeal, starting a home business is an easy prospect.

There are many considerations in starting up your own business, and many areas that people will not realize when they start out. Having a heads-up about some of these areas can help you avoid some of the pitfalls of the new business owner, and may help to save money and keep the funds coming in in the future.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job Yet

This is the cardinal rule in starting up a home business.

The advantage of this business is that you can run it on your spare time, when you are away from your regular job. Most businesses can expect to lose money in their first year of operation, this is just part of the cost of starting up and the learning curve.
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You will inevitably make misstates, and you will likely have to cut into your market through competition by offering lower rates than you could otherwise expect to gain. It is important that you keep some kind of income flow in order to succeed, so you should not quit a regular job until you are absolutely positive about your new business’ potential.

Assess your situation after you have been operating for a year; do you have an established base of clients? Is there a potential for more growth? Will the time you gain from leaving your regular job and concentrating on the home business allow you to make greater profits? If the answer to all of these questions is yes, then it might indeed be the time to concentrate solely on your business as your only source of income.

Set Realistic Targets

When you start your business, you should have an idea of how much money you would like to make.

It is best to make these targets on several levels, in terms of time.
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Start out with the most basic- is the hourly rate you are making worth the amount of work you are putting in? Some home business owners will find that a job at minimum wage pays more than they are receiving from their own business. Unless you really enjoy what you are doing, this type of business is probably not worth it.

Secondly, have a two week amount in mind. This is the standard paycheck period for most people, so you will want to set your amount at whatever you would be earning at your regular job. You can also substitute this with a monthly goal, as some weeks will inevitably be better than others. Finally, consider your yearly goal.

Do not count your first year when considering whether your business is worth pursuing- as stated above, most businesses will lose money in their first year. Instead, start your yearly analysis in the second year.

TAXES!!!

A lot of home business operators neglect to consider their tax burden, whether purposely or not.
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It is best to always set aside a portion of the month’s business income for tax purposes- always operate under the assumption that you will be caught if you try to cheat. This will save you a lot of grief and money in the end.

A good way to put aside money on the taxes that you will owe is to invest in a safe area such as mutual funds or GICs; this way, your money is safe and you will make a small amount in the year before your taxes are due. In effect, your taxes will actually make you money!


The Myth Of AutoShip

The Myth Of AutoShip

AutoShip, or the automatic delivery of products or services on a monthly basis primarily serves two functions:
1) To create consistent consumption and repeat purchases of that product or service by the consumer;
2) Customer convenience, by eliminating the need for the customer to have to repeatedly reorder the same products or services over and over again.

Unfortunately, the benefits of AutoShip for either of the above purposes are vastly overrated.


It is true that network marketing companies would love to see their customers continue to come back month after month to make repeat purchases.
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However, in reality, it simply doesn’t work that way. Unless you have a product or service that by nature is generally delivered via ongoing subscription, i.e., newspapers and magazines, utilities (including communications and Internet), insurance, loans, financial services, etc., just getting the customer to agree to go on AutoShip is no guarantee that they won’t cancel it.

Many companies and their representatives like to rely on the fact that a certain percentage of customers will indeed stay on AutoShip for extended periods for no other reason than habit, and/or because they simply don’t know how to cancel it.

Is that really the position that you want your customers to be in, though? People who are buying your product simply because they forgot or don’t know how to cancel the recurring AutoShip order?
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Most friends and associates tend to view me as a well organized person. And certainly I’m not one to waste money.

Yet, despite that, I will admit that in any given year it is not uncommon for me to spend anywhere from several hundred to over one thousand dollars on products and services that I simply didn’t have time (or didn’t know how) to cancel. It is not by accident that many companies make it easy to sign up for the automatic delivery of their products or services, but provide no easy way to cancel.

In the case of one MLM related service that I decided to try out, not only was there no way to cancel online, but their Contact form didn’t work, so there was, seemingly, no way to send them an email either!

At first, they provided only a Contact form and no email address. When eventually I found an email address and sent an email asking them to cancel my account there was no reply!

Finally I found a phone number and called them, and even then they often had problems with their voicemail box being full or not taking messages, etc.
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So, while it is possible to retain some customers longer simply because it’s easy for them to signup for AutoShip but not so easy to cancel, again, do you really want your customer to feel like he or she is being held hostage?

Ideally, you should have high quality products and services that are well understood and in demand by your customers. Customers should continue ordering because they WANT or NEED your product or service, and not simply because it’s on AutoShip.

In the majority of cases, companies, and their representatives, want people on AutoShip for ONE reason and one reason only, to attempt to extract ongoing consistent revenue from that customer.
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At least from the company’s standpoint, that’s the real bottom line. And, from both the company’s standpoint and that of the representative, that AutoShip may very well be tied to that representative achieving or maintaining a certain compensation level, often with names like Silver, Bronze, Gold, Platinum, Executive, etc.

The more money you spend each month (especially on AutoShip) the more money you qualify for in the compensation plan. Often this results in inflated and/or artificial consumption. In other words, people either buying things they don’t really need, and/or buying more than they really need.

Rule #1 For Keeping AutoShip Under Control: For your own long term financial success and in the best interests of your customers, is to make sure that you buy only what you need! If you need a particular product or service delivered every month and in that quantity, great. If not, don’t agree to have it continue to be auto-shipped to you.

Rule #2 is to remember that, whether as a representative or a customer, YOU are the ultimate consumer and purchaser. It’s your money! Therefore, it should be up to you as to when and how much of it you spend. Don’t be intimidated by your company or upline into buying more than you need, or fall into the trap of trying to make your representatives and customers to do the same (buy more than they need on AutoShip).
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In the short run you may make less money than if your numbers are artificially inflated by people buying more on AutoShip than they really want to.

But, in the long run, you’ll have a stronger customer and rep base, and your representatives and customers will respect you far more for keeping their best interests in mind by encouraging them to buy your products and services because they want and need them, and in the quantities they need them in.

At the very beginning of this article, “Customer Convenience” was mentioned as one of the reasons that companies claim to offer AutoShip.
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However, after decades of experience ordering a multitude of products worth tens of thousands of dollars, and watching others do the same, I’m absolutely convinced that AutoShip can be just as much an inconvenience as it is a convenience.

And please let me be quick to point out that, yes, I absolutely DO have products and services that to this very day are delivered to me each and every month on AutoShip. I’ll go even further by sharing with you that in just one category, nutritional products, I order as much as $400 to $600 PER MONTH worth of those kinds of products.

HOWEVER, in a “slow” month I might order as little as $100 to $150 worth of product. So, you might be wondering, why the difference, and what do I mean by a “slow” month?

Just one example: Health Packs (or Paks). Keep in mind that this is most commonly applicable to health and nutritional products, but it can apply to many other products and services as well.
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Most health and wellness companies offer at least one, “Health Pack,” which they’ve stocked with items they feel that most people would always want to purchase every month. Again, these packages may also be designed to qualify the representative for a particular level in the company’s compensation plan.

The problem with this approach is that, especially if it is a pack that contains many varied products, it is highly unlikely that you will consume all of its contents equally over the entire month. So, at the end of the month it is very possible that you’ll end up with too much, or too little, of some of the products included in any given package.

If you just keep ordering that same package then before long you’ll end up with a whole surplus of some items, and perhaps run short on others. That’s what I mean by a “slow” month.
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Slow months for me are those months where the previous months’ AutoShips have caused me to be overstocked on certain items. If I end up getting overstocked on many if not most items, then I may only spend as little as $100 to $150 that month buying just the few items that I’m running out of.

On the other hand, if it is a month during which I’ve almost run out of everything, or soon will be, then I can easily spend as much as $400 to $600 purchasing all of the health and nutritional products that I might typically buy in any given month.

Do I continue to keep receiving products on AutoShip every month even when I already have too many, or don’t need them? Absolutely not!
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If I see that I’m getting too stocked up on certain items then I’ll remove those items from my AutoShip order for that month. Some companies let you put AutoShip on “pause” and then resume it again when you are ready for exactly this reason.

However, if no such options are provided I am not at all shy about simply canceling my AutoShip order for a particular month altogether. Then, when I see that I’m going to be running low on those items, I’ll go back on AutoShip.

AUTO SHIP DEADLINES

Especially if you are new to receiving products on AutoShip, be sure to familiarize yourself with your company’s policy for submitting changes or cancellations to your order. Some companies will allow you to literally change your order almost at the last minute.
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More commonly, however, they will have a policy that states that you must do so well prior to the actual AutoShip date, sometimes by as much as 10 days in advance! If your company has such a policy and you wait until after the deadline you may be unable to stop your AutoShip for that month, even if you don’t need any more of the product!
 
 
 

To Summarize:

1. Emphasize the value of your products and services so that both you and your customers are purchasing because they need and want your products, and not just to meet some compensation plan requirement. Ask yourself, “if I weren’t personally involved in this company, would I still be buying this product?”

Almost all of the products and services that I mentioned above that I buy, sometimes to the tune of as much as $400 to $600 a month, are for my personal consumption only and not at all because I’m trying to qualify for a spot somewhere in a company’s compensation plan.
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In fact, in most cases, I do not push the opportunity at all, and in most have never signed up even a single rep. (Though I’m a huge fan of health and wellness and practice it daily, it just so happens that my primary focus is on building organizations outside of the strictly heath and wellness area.).

So, I can definitely answer with a resounding, “yes,” the question, “would I buy these products anyway even if no opportunity were involved?”

If you can answer, “yes,” to that question and you happen to be in the health and wellness area, awesome! You’ll be much better off and build a stronger organization and customer base as a result.

2. Do not buy and certainly do not continue to receive on monthly AutoShip anything that you do not really want or need. Buy products because you actually intend to use them, and not just to qualify for a certain level of compensation.

3. Monitor your AutoShips and your usage of the products and be ready to adjust as needed, ordering more, or less, whenever necessary.

4. Finally, remember that YOU ultimately are in control and are the one who determines what you need, and in what quantity, and when. So, if you are simply getting too stocked up on certain items, or you simply don’t need them during a certain month, don’t be shy about canceling your AutoShip order if your company doesn’t give you more flexible options. You can always resume your AutoShip order when you are ready.

And, lastly, let me point out that, all things considered, as long as you actually need and want whatever products you are buying, then by all means DO take advantage of any specials, bonuses, and/or compensation plan benefits that you will enjoy by ordering on AutoShip.

In other words, if your company offers advantages to placing your order on AutoShip, as opposed to placing a “regular” order, there is nothing wrong with that. Very few companies have a policy that states that you won’t get those same advantages just because you don’t stay on AutoShip every single month.
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If you cancel your AutoShip this month for instance, naturally you probably won’t enjoy for that month any of the perks that are offered for being on AutoShip. However, when you DO decide to order again, if you place your order back on AutoShip, you’ll probably enjoy the same benefits as if you had been on AutoShip the entire time.

Some people like to shop at sales just because items are on sale. Hence the old saying, “no sale is a good sale if you don’t need the item that’s on sale!”

Likewise, AutoShip does have it’s place, but no benefit is likely to worth it if you are spending money each month buying products on AutoShip that you don’t really need or want.


The Miami Heat As Your Business??

The Miami Heat As Your Business??

What do I mean by this title “The Miami Heat As Your Business?”
Simply put they just won the NBA championship and many of the elements they used to be Number 1 will allow you to be Number 1 in your business when you apply them.


You get many of the things that led to their success by listening to the comments of the players and coaches after the clinching game Tuesday night (June 20, 2006).

Success leaves clues and some of the ones they cited were 15 strong (as in it takes 15 players on a basketball team) and no browbeating your teammates when they make mistakes.

Now to the 4 Championship Factors:

1. The ‘Zo Factor…as in Alonzo Mourning

He was diagnosed with kidney failure and announced his retirement from the NBA on October 3, 2000 to deal with his health. Fortunately for him his cousin donated him a kidney. Because of what he has done he is an inspiration to many others.
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While in the hospital receiving the kidney he read both of Lance Armstrong’s books to pull inspiration for himself. He actively took part in his own healing process.

After the game he was talking and credited his mindset for his recovery. He never gave up, always knew and believed he’d get better, visualized himself as healthy again, never got pissed and asked “why me”, and realized there is always someone out there worse off and found something to be thankful for.

You can overcome setbacks in your life and business as well.
 
 
 

2. The Riley Factor…as in Coach Pat Riley

He said he really started achieving success when he stopped worrying about what others thought of him. So he felt no pressure when the media said it was on him to win the title this year.
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He said he would give up his 6 previous championships (4 as a head coach, 1 as a player, and 1 as an assistant coach) for THIS ONE! Why?

Because it was 18 years between championships so it seemed like an endless pursuit and there were many frustrating failures along the way making this one so much sweeter.

It was so special because of the long drought, media and fan criticism through the failures, the great adversity faced by this year’s team, and the ULTIMATE GOAL finally realized.

He was so confident he brought only 1 change of clothes to Dallas believing they would win despite having ZERO WINS there. His 15 strong concept allowed former superstars to put their egos aside for the good of the team.

3. The Shaq and Flash Factor…as in Shaq and Dwyane Wade

Shaq is aware of his fading career and was willing to defer to current superstar Flash. The close relationship between the 2 stars yields tremendous team chemistry.

Flash learned to lead by example on the court. Shaq was a mentor to Flash and only player on the team with championship rings.

4. The Teammates Factor…as in 13 others

The others were open for 3 point shots when the 2 big guns were covered. They provided timely defense and blocks when problems arise and assignments are missed. They would take charges and pain for the good of the team.
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Also, they provided timely scoring when the team was in need and veteran experience and leadership to weather the in-game storms.

These elements outlined above are what yields success. They are the fingerprints of the Miami Heat’s championship. When you apply them to your business obviously you see they will maximize your profits don’t you agree.