Jul 022022
 

When you go out to buy an item like treadmill, you try to buy the best. Those who have some idea about the machinery know the problems of buying the second best.



What are the important points to be noted while buying a tread mill?




    Don’t give much importance to the superfluous things. Fancy accessories may add to the beauty but without any
    real utility to you. Over a period of time, you may find their presence irksome.




    Ease of usage. It must be easy to start and easy to close.




    It is better to have push button controls, instead of push and pull controls.




    If you accidentally fall, a safety key provision must also be there which should also be easy to reach from any
    angle.




    A heart-rate monitor.




    It should also incorporate front and side hand grips with wide, flat foot rails on either side of the
    belt.




    Articles in treadmills are not essential, but can be considered as luxury. You can pick a one with built-in fans,
    TV remote-control holders and CD players to your amusement.




    And last but never the least look for the machinery that provides good workout, which is the basic purpose of
    your purchase of treadmill.




After



You can opt for a wide range of models; the one falling under the bracket of $300 to the models whose price starts from $1000. The manufacturer knows their real worth.
They can explain you the artificial beauty v/s the real stuff! For the former, you will get the name-sake warranty of just 3 months!



There are special types of warranties. Smooth 6.25 Treadmill in Fast Answers, gives a lifetime warranty for its frame and motor, three years for parts, and service for
one year. The costlier models means, you are protected against breakdowns.



When you buy heavy equipments that weigh 200 pounds or more, naturally it will be inconvenient for you to carry them to the Works of the manufacturer/dealer for
repairs. A service technician will come to your home for inspection and carry out the repairs.



The cheaper treadmills are cheap—that is their only advantage. Once the problems begin, after the expiry of the short warranty period of 90 days, the
repairs/replacement costs mount.



Sometimes, unexpected problems arise for which you are not responsible. “Sportscraft recalled 12,000 treadmills in July 2005 because of unexpected acceleration,
which can cause users to fall. The manufacturer received 110 reports of unwanted acceleration, resulting in 14 minor injuries.”



Treadmills, if properly and regularly put to use, are excellent body-toners and help you to lose weight in a systematic and harmless way. You can compare it with the
exercise of Yoga.



And finally after you make the purchase, install the equipment in such a place where there is free movement of air. You should not feel suffocated, while exercising on
the treadmill.

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Jul 012022
 

Many families need a second income or some extra cash and starting a small home-based jewelry business is a good option for some folks. Like anything else, it takes work. But this author has helped hundreds of people in the beginning stages of their ventures and can tell you without hesitation that it is possible. This brief article outlines some of the considerations you should think through prior to making a significant investment of time and/ or money.

First, it is important to have a good plan. A formal business plan isn’t necessary unless you aim to get a loan or investors, but the plan should be thorough, especially in the financial section. The bottom line for most of us is: can I make a profit doing this? How long will it take to turn a profit? And, is this worth my time? Below I have outlined a few key factors to think about while devising your plan. I want to be clear that this is just a guideline, not a “how to” since everyone’s circumstances is different – what may work for one person may not work for another.

1. Why do you want to do this?

Is this something that you want to do for strictly for the money? For the thrill of starting something from scratch? Because you need to make extra money to pay your bills? Etc. The answer to this question will create the context you need to think through your plan. For example, if you want to start a jewelry business because you absolutely have to have extra money to survive – that consideration will limit your choices greatly because you will need to make decisions that lead you to a quick profit.

2. Market & Products

What do you plan on selling and why? Think about whether the jewelry or other products you intend to sell are right for your intended market. Diamond jewelry is probably not the right product for a flea market! Some good ‘off-line’ venues that I have used include:

Craft fairs and outdoor festivals — generally in the summer time. You can usually get a table at these events for $20-$50 for the day. You will want to have a good selection of inventory; if you do you can usually gross anywhere between $150-$400 (based on my experience). Your sales will be directly related to your quantity of inventory.

Winter bazaars, church sales, holiday festivals — Oct-December. Check the local paper. Many churches have these annual events and tables are pretty inexpensive. These events are nice because people come to spend $ on gifts.

Home-based jewelry parties. You can host an event yourself, or have a friend host it and give her some free stuff as compensation. I like to have a good friend or relative host – that way I am pretty sure they will follow through. Ask your friend to invite her friends, relatives, etc. for the party. You provide some light snacks and bring all your stuff. Again, people come to buy and you have no competition! If you get people to one of these you will make out pretty well, and you don’t need to have as large a selection. I have made up to $1500 in an hour and half! Typically, I’d gross $300-$500 in a pretty short time.

Flea markets– usually in summer and holiday season. These can be boom or bust. It depends on whether, traffic, etc. Generally people at these want to spend very little, so the low-end stuff sells best. Good place to experiment since the tables are usually only $20 or so. I know people that go to the same flea markets every week and do very well with lots of repeat customers.

Store/ mall-cart. This is a much bigger leap since the overhead is so high compared to the above venues. I have done neither so cannot offer any good advice in except to plan really well and consider all the costs involved.

3. Where will you get your inventory?

This is the place you will need the best research. Unless you are selling in large volume, you will probably want to get a markup of about 3 times (what you paid for inventory). The lower the price you pay for your goods, the lower the price you can offer your customers/ the more profit you will make. You will always save more when you buy in bulk, so look for a supplier you can form a long-term relationship with who can give you good deals, service and selection. Buying a large quantity now may seem like a big expense now, but the result is you make more profit on every single item you sell.

The more you spend the more you save. Find a few good suppliers and see what sells well and who is willing to work with you. Find suppliers who provide good service and are committed to your success.
Buy off ebay- many people buy stuff at good prices then just re-sell

Search the web for other silver jewelry wholesalers.

Search the web for manufacturers. Most are in Asia. And you will get the best deals this way – but you are going to have to spend $3000+ to get the best prices and give yourself 6 months to find the right vendors, get your inventory and develop a relationship. It seems simple, but trust me, the cultural differences alone will add 3 months to the process! Unless you need 20+ designs of each design you order, or actually want to get a mixed batch of random leftovers that you will not see in advance, this is not a great option for most small businesses.

4. Is an online business right for you?

I make a living through my website. My business is successful because I:

• Have an efficient system to manage business operations

• Provide excellent service

• Have several great, inexpensive sources for products – suppliers that I know well and trust 100%

• Purchase a high volume of jewelry each month (enabling lower margin on each item)

• Spent time researching/ testing products and marketing strategies and learning about ecommerce

As I said, everyone’s situation may be different, but this is what works for me. I started about 6+ years ago part time, and within about 6 months had a full time internet business. I never expected it to work out this way, but it’s still going strong. Now it is much easier to get started from the technical side — the major auction sites offer good services for beginners and there are products out there to manage your business. You can even start a fully-functional ecommerce website without knowing any html! It is the “systems” that are the key factor for me. I have a system for inventory, a system to communicate with customers and a system to manage the fulfillment and customer service process. Most of my systems are computerized but I always take the time to get to know my customers in person when I have the opportunity.


5. … Is an offline business right for you?

Many folks are intimated at first by the whole ecommerce thing. The truth is an off-line business can be just as successful. Unless you have a lot of capital you want to start off (and continue!) with low overhead. So, you don’t need to go out and buy a store front! You can start by buying a small amount of inventory and testing the waters.

Try selling to friends and co-workers

Host a jewelry party (or better – have a friend host it) and invite a lot of people. I once made $1500 in an hour an a half! Typically, I would make about $400 or so in a couple hours.

Rent a table at a craft show (summer fair or church bazaar around holiday time). Tables are usually only $20-$40 for the day.

Get a spot a flea market

Put stuff out at your or your friends garage sales. It really works!

My advice is until you really know your market and have a handle on your revenue stream, start small. This way you are not going to lose much, if any, money.

6. Business licenses, TaxID numbers, merchant accounts, etc.

Check with your state to see what is required to do business. My experience is that it is very simple. You can get a TaxID, which takes about 1 hour and you can do it by phone, and this enables you to buy inventory without paying sales tax. But keep in mind that most vendors will be out of your state and will probably not charge sales tax anyway. In this case most vendors may not even need a TaxID. In terms of taxes, you can file under your TaxID or your social security number. If using your social security number and keeping the business under your own name, I do not THINK you need a TaxID, as long as you claim all your income appropriately. If you plan to have a business checking account you will need a TaxID number.

As far as I know you do not need any special license to sell retail. But you should contact your state tax office to get all the paperwork you will need to remit sales tax to the state. You are required to collect sales tax on retail purchases (most internet companies only charge sales tax to customers that live in the same state as the business). And at the end of the year, you have to pay this tax to the state.

As your business grows, it’s a good idea to take credit cards, especially for online businesses. Nowadays this is pretty easy. I get about 20 offers a day via email to setup merchant accounts and accept credit cards online. Do a search on google.com and you will find hundreds of places to do this for you! The cost is about $25/ month + $200-$300 setup fee. Another option is to use only a PayPal account. The account is free to setup. Get a paypal account regardless of what you do because it’s essential!! I’d say 50% or more of online shoppers now, and 80% of ebay customers have paypal accounts.

+ I am NOT an accountant! This information is just based on my experience and may not be accurate.

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Jun 302022
 

Knowing which books to offer on Amazon can mean the difference between a good
income stream and total failure. Here is what you need to know.

First, how do I sell books on Amazon

Amazon.com has a feature called Amazon
Marketplace
. This service lets you sell your used books, CDs, DVDs, etc.
just by listing their code number (ISBN number for books, etc.) Listings can
literally be completed in a minute or less for each item you sell. It does take
a few minutes to set up a selling account but there is no charge for doing so.
In fact the only time you incur a charge is when something actually sells.

There is one small negative to this approach. It only works with products that
have a code number. So if you have antique books or other items without a code
number, you will need to set up an amazon shop. There is a monthly fee for setting
up a shop but the fees that amazon charges are much less in this method of selling
than the direct selling method in the prior paragraph. So if you become a volume
seller it is probably worth the investment in getting an amazon shop as the
investment will quickly be paid for by the savings in fees.

Second, decide your interest level (i.e. just list books or get a store)

The next step is to decide your interest level. It is going to be a casual
thing or will you be treating it as a serious business.

Lets say you were just cleaning house and wanted to make a bit of money on
some books or CDs you have. In this instance, it doesn’t make sense to set up
an amazon shop as you won’t earn enough to justify the monthly investment in
keeping your shop running. But lets say your passion was yard sales and bargain
hunting and you knew that every week you could find and list hundreds of books,
CDs, DVDs, etc. In this case getting an amazon shop would be a wise investment.

Basically amazon is structured to satisfy anyone’s selling needs and they have
a variety of simple tools that will help you achieve your selling goals in a
quick, cost effective and efficient manner.

Third, these are the types of books you should not be selling

Selling used books is not an obvious thing to do. Common sense would say that
bestsellers are the best kind of book to offer because they have sold millions
of copies. But it is their very popularity that makes them poor books to sell.
If you do a search on amazon for a bestseller, you will find that many people
are selling their used copies, many times for under $1.00. With millions of
copies out there, the market is glutted. This is true for any type of bestseller
– fiction or nonfiction. Other books types you want to avoid are biographies,
cookbooks and political books. And of course books like encyclopedias, readers
digest condensed books, dictionaries, etc. are also terrible for resale. Oh,
and also avoid old library books. There is nothing wrong with them per se but
they will be slow sellers because of the markings the library puts on the books.

The only exception to this rule would be signed first editions. If you find
a signed first edition, it will retain value and possibly be worth more than
the published price depending on who the author is.

Books you should be looking for are books about specific nonfiction. subjects.
(In other words, avoid all fiction books.) For instance, books about cars, boats,
playing tennis, collecting coins, herbal medicine, business (as long as they
are not best sellers), real estate, gardening, etc. are all excellent books
and have a very high prospect of selling for a very high price when compared
to a bestseller. I will typically get 50-75% of the cover price selling these
types of books on amazon.com.

One other thing to note when choosing books to sell. Try to find books that
are in perfect or near perfect condition. These books will have their dust jacket
if hard cover. The spine will not be broken. They will not be filled with writing.
People know they are buying used books when buying from you but they want a
book that is nice and presentable, not one that is falling apart.

Where can you find used books for sale?

Used books are everywhere but your goal is to get them as cheaply as possible
– preferably for $1 or less. Places I regularly check include yard sales, flea
markets, thrift shops and libraries. Libraries often have used books donated
to them that they just put right on the sales table. I think the people who
donate them think they will end up on the shelves of the library but they never
do. Estate sales and auctions can also provide opportunities to buy books. And
keep your eyes open. You never know when you might run into a buying opportunity.

Will all the books sell?

No matter how carefully you pick your books, you will end up with some that
just don’t sell or are just very slow in selling. This is normal. Chances are
good that the book will eventually sell but it could take several months. And
if you purchase your used books cheaply enough, the carrying cost of the books
that sell will be small. I find that if I list a random selection of 100 books,
about 25% of them will sell each month. That means that after 4-5 months, I
can pretty much assume that all the books that will sell have actually sold
and I may be left with 5-10 books that for whatever reason had no buyers.

At that point, I make one of two choices. I either lower the offering price
on amazon to try to attract a buyer or trade the book for something
more desirable.

The only time to buy bestsellers

There is one time and one specific reason I will buy bestsellers. If I have
the opportunity to buy a large number of hardcover (and sometimes paperback)
bestsellers in perfect condition for under $1 each (under $0.25 each if softcover),
I will usually buy them. However, I will not sell them on amazon.

There are a large number of used bookstores that will buy or trade books with
you. They typically give you 20-25% of the books list price if you want cash
and up to 50% of the books list price if you want a credit. That means I have
a ready outlet for liquidating these books. If it is worthwhile, I can just
swap them for immediate cash. Or I can trade them for other books I can sell
at amazon. In general, I make out better in a trading situation than in a cash
situation but sometimes if I have way too many books, I will just go for the
cash option to reduce my inventory. It is a really effective form of inventory
management.

Before you jump out and buy 100’s of bestsellers, do check with the used bookstores
in your area to see what they are offering for these books. Different shops
may offer different rates depending on their current inventory. A little shopping
around by phone can result in a lot more cash ending up in your pocket.

How much can I realistically make?

The amount you can make in any given month depends entirely on how many books
you acquire that month, how well you did at negotiating the cost and how well
your books choices were. This is a business where you can easily make several
hundred to several thousand dollars a month depending on the above items. Also
it is a business that can give you higher returns the longer you do it. The
more you sell, the more you get to know what will sell quickly and what will
sell slowly. That will let you be a bit more particular about the books you
choose in your book hunting. Instead of ending up with lots of unsold books
at the end of the month, you will have an inventory that turns over very rapidly.

Bookselling is a really fun and stress free way to earn anywhere from a supplemental
part time income to a full time income. And with the tools offered at amazon.com,
it is really easy to get started and keep the profits flowing. There aren’t
many businesses where you can make money by shopping but this is one of them!

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Jun 292022
 

Whenever a person enters a website, the first thing that meets the eye is, of course, the layout. And there are many sorts of layouts: simple, elegant, colorful or full of drawings. Despite being so different, the purpose is the same: to make the site attractive and to outline what the site has to offer. Obviously, not many site owners have the money or the time to create a website design. And here come the advantages of the web templates.

What are web templates? Well, in a few words, they are already made designs for sites, that can be modified and adapted to the user’s needs. All over the Internet there are countless web templates, ready to meet everyone’s wishes and expectations. And now comes the question: Why shall we use them? Let’s take it step by step.

First of all, for a person whose time is little, whose funds are limited or who is not a web design expert, it is not very convenient to pay another person to make a webpage layout. This is, logically, what everyone ultimately wants: a fully personalized site. But for some it is just not the right option. So, searching and applying a web template is the best solution. It is fast and can easily be handled even by the beginners.

Secondly, given the fact that they are already made, you should not worry too much about the errors that you can face with when hiring someone to design your pages. For instance, a line may appear in the wrong spot, or a box is on the left side, when it should be on the right. With web templates you can see from the start how your page might look, and moreover, you can choose from a large number of layouts. In addition, if you really want to modify something, it is easy to do by yourself, without the need to ask someone else’s help. Not to mention that by studying the code of the template you might actually learn something about the whole designing stuff.

On the other hand, as I mentioned above, it is true that web templates are not entirely personalized, and there may be some aspects that you may dislike (if you are not lucky enough to find exactly the layout you wanted), but they prevent you from many problems and lost time. Another problem that can occur is that another person might have the same web template that you have. However, these cases are rare, and can happen mostly when talking about the free templates. Nowadays there are thousands of web layout already made, for all needs and purposes.

As a conclusion, it is obvious that for those who do not dispose of much free time, for those who want to handle their site easily by themselves and for those who do not want or who do not have enough money to pay another person to make a website design, web templates are always the perfect solution. So keep searching, because in the end, the perfect layout will come out.

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Jun 282022
 

Online directories are locations where people go to find websites, the same way they do with search engines. However, there are considerable differences between the two. In order to be successful at increasing website traffic, it is crucial for people to understand these differences.

Whereas search engines usually accept almost any site that is submitted to them without looking at its quality, directories typically only accept sites that offer quality content. Since humans review all websites submitted to directories, low quality sites rarely get accepted.

Therefore, it makes sense to make sure that your website is ready before submitting it to any directories. Remember that directories list sites, not pages. In most circumstances, you should only submit the front page of your website to directories.

WHICH DIRECTORIES SHOULD YOU SUBMIT TO?

You should always begin your website promotion agenda by listing your website in the most popular online directories. These directories can significantly affect your search engine ranking so it is a wise move to list your website here before you submit to the search engines.

Directories can also send significant traffic to your website. Make sure you are listed in all of the major directories before you try any other promotional methods. In this way, you will have laid the groundwork for a successful marketing campaign.

Submitting your website to the directories is an easy process, requiring very little effort. However, making certain that the site will be accepted is the difficult part.

Since directories are far more selective than search engines and require much more preparation, you must become familiar with their policies before you submit your website. If you do not follow their instructions carefully, your website will be rejected.

If you are unsure about the appropriateness or quality of your website, research web page design articles to see what works and what does not. The primary goal of a webmaster should always be to have unique, high-quality content and lots of it.


OPEN DIRECTORY PROJECT: The best directory to start with is the Open Directory Project. Make sure you read their instructions carefully before you submit your website. The editors usually review sites quickly and will not reject them unless there is a good reason for doing so.

The Open Directory Project is free of charge, making it a perfect place to start. Once you are successful at listing your website on the Open Directory Project, you should move on to the number two directory.

YAHOO: Try to get your website listed in the Yahoo directory. Commercial websites are charged a fee but it is worth the price. Non-commercial websites are free. Again, make sure you read their instructions and guidelines carefully before you attempt to list your site.

LOOKSMART: The third biggest directory is Looksmart. A good listing in it can send a lot of visitors your way, but it is expensive. Looksmart does not draw as many visitors as Yahoo or the Open Directory Project. However, MSN, Altavista and Dogpile all use Looksmart’s data in their search results, making it attractive to a lot of people.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

Now you know where you should submit but how do you get started? It is quite simple. The first thing to do is to carefully read the rules and instructions on how to submit. They are usually displayed when you are beginning the submission process. Read them over a couple of times and follow them to the letter.

Most directories consist of various categories and subcategories. Each category consists of sites related to the category’s name (e.g. the Business category will only have sites relevant to business). You need to find the category (or more often, subcategory) that most closely fits the subject matter of your site.

You can accomplish this by browsing around the directory or by doing a search on the keyword or keywords that are most relevant to your website. There may be several categories that fit your website and you will have to choose the one that most closely describes it. Make sure you submit your website to the most accurate category for your site since submissions done to the wrong categories are usually thrown out.

All directories will ask for the title and description of the website you are submitting. Give careful thought to your choice. A good title can significantly boost the amount of traffic you receive. A bad title can work against you and decrease the amount of traffic you obtain from the directory.

Your title should be brief and include your most important keyword and start with a letter that is close to the beginning of the alphabet. Many directories list websites in alphabetical order and getting listed near the top can boost your traffic.

Since the title has to be the official title of the site and it must be used on your pages, you might be required to change the name of your site. The title must sound like it just happens to start with a letter near the beginning of the alphabet or it will get edited. Do not use hyperbole (best, unbelievable, etc.) or all capital letters.

As with your title, do not stuff your description with cheap filler words (greatest, cheapest, fantastic, etc.) Never use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Write a short (20-25 words) description that exactly describes your site and includes one or two of your best keywords. Your description should flow smoothly. If the editor thinks your description is just a list of keywords, he/she will reject it. Try to make it sound like an objective review.

After you have entered all the information, check and re-check for any possible typos or spelling errors. Be very careful typing in your URL as a typo in it would result in your site never getting reviewed. When you are ready, hit the submit button.

You will be notified by email if your website if accepted but not, as a rule, if it is rejected. Therefore, it is difficult to know whether your site has been reviewed and rejected or if it has not yet been reviewed. Give them enough time to process your submission and wait a few weeks before you resubmit your site.

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Jun 272022
 

Anyone that has ever worked in retail has wondered if they could make some money as a mystery shopper. The honest answer is yes, you can make some money as a mystery shopper. You shouldn’t expect to become rich when working as a mystery shopper, but you should expect to have a lot of fun, cash in on some fun perks, and make a little bit of cash on the side. Most people cannot afford for mystery shopping to be their only source of income, but it is a fun way to get some free stuff and make some cash while shopping, eating, and judging the experience!

What is a Mystery Shopper?
For those that don’t know, a mystery shopper is someone that shops or visits local retail establishments such as clothing stores, post offices, restaurants, electronics stores, jewelry stores, and more. The mystery shopper will be directed to interact with the store personnel and afterwards critique their services. A report will be generated by the company from the critique of the mystery shopper and that will be reported to the company. A mystery shopper doesn’t just visit any retail establishment, companies actually pay to have their services evaluated by someone that appears just to be an every day customer. The mystery shopping company will then give the mystery shopper a part of their revenue or will give them a small perk such as a gift certificate.

What Does Mystery Shopping Pay?
Mystery shopping usually isn’t a full time gig, unless you live in a big area where they aren’t many mystery shoppers. If you live in an area that doesn’t have a lot of mystery shoppers you might get a few assignments a month, but generally you can’t expect to have this be your one and only job. You can make as much as $30 or $50 an assignment, but more often you will get gift certificates to shop or eat for free in some of the establishments that you visit. This is a great way for the mystery shopper company to compensate you for your time and effort without actually having to put money out in the way of cash. If you don’t actually need the cash but you would like to shop or eat in the places that you visit as a mystery shopper it isn’t a bad deal at all! Just think, your mystery shopper job can get you and your family a free dinner a couple times a month. To some this sort of arrangement is just as good as being paid.

Making the Most of It
If you really want to maximize your opportunities as a mystery shopper you can register with more than one mystery shopper agency. This will allow you to stagger your assignments between the two agencies so that you can not only make more money because you are offered more jobs, but you can also visit a wider variety of businesses, which will also prove to be more exciting. You might find that some mystery shopper agencies specialize in one type of business while others have more of a variety. If you have a lot of free time you’ll find that these agencies can keep you reasonably busy.

Mystery shopping is a great way to earn some extra cash. It can be difficult to earn substantial amounts of money through mystery shopping, but if you are looking for something fun that pays to do in your free time this might just be it. Mystery shopping will likely bring you a mix of cash and other perks like free meals and such, which are just as good as cash if you enjoy eating out!

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Jun 262022
 

When moving long distance, can you afford not to hire a Professional Relocation Company?



Moving to a new place is equally exciting and stressful. Relocating to a different place can mean a whole new world to explore – a new town to settle in, new house, new schools, new work place, new people to meet, new paths in life. Hiring a professional moving company can ease the load. Our professional moving crews will pack up your belongings, inventory each items which needs to be moved, and deliver all belongings to your new home at your convenience.



It seems so overwhelming – Where do I start?



The earlier you start planning for your move, the better off you’ll be. Creating to-do lists can make your packing and moving process smooth and hassle-free. Here are some suggestions and tips on making your relocation a more pleasant, easier and more tolerable experience:



1.De-Clutter: Moving long distance is the best time to discard all that extra stuff that has been piling up over the years. List everything that is longer required or being used, be it old clothes, toys, books, etc. Inspect your basement, attic, garage and your wardrobes. Consider having a garage sale or donating clothing and toys to a local shelter. Libraries and schools happily accept books, videos and music CD’s. Since Long Distance Moving is generally charged for by weight, this is a perfect opportunity to save significant dollars, de-clutter and lighten your load. When deciding on furniture, consider if something is really worth transporting and retaining. It may cost more money to move an old bulky piece of furniture than buying a new one. In general the less clutter, the better!



2.Hire a Moving Company: Once you decide upon your approximate moving date, start searching and calling moving companies. It is prudent idea to acquire written estimates from at least three movers before making a decision. Also, get references from your family, friends and neighbors.



3.Box Collection: Some moving companies offer recycled boxes free of charge. You can try putting in a request for free boxes at on-line trading sites, who may be seeking to discard their collection. Take your time with packing and start early, as it will help you ultimately. Start by packing those things you can do without for a while. Pile up boxes in the room they belong to and don’t forget to label each box. You may even consider renting a separate storage unit to store these boxes until your moving day. This is especially valuable if you have put up your house for sale – your prospects will enjoy a neater house tour. It is never too early to start collecting boxes!



Starting to discard of unnecessary clutter, and packing up boxes early on, makes you feel organized, productive and in control. Stay focused and upbeat!



Although sometimes exciting, moving is often shadowed by the arduous task of packing and organizing the move. You spirits may dampen in a short while, leading to frustration as you may have qualms about packing away your most delicate possessions. This is where a credible relocation service comes to your rescue.



Role of Long Distance Moving and Storage Company



When needing a relocation service, on of the toughest tasks is finding the right moving company. There are many movers out there and some may dazzle you with empty promises. But if you do your homework meticulously, you can save yourself from a lot of hassle. When selecting a moving service, what you must to look for is the proper licensing and a proven record of quality, communication, and affordability. It is very important to be able to trust your appointed mover.



Quality Service: To find quality service, simply study the companies more closely. Compare company history, consumer reviews posted online and take time to look movers up on the Better Business Bureau’s website and with the local authorities. Ask for recent references and check to see if they actually have satisfied customers. You must inquire and make certain that the mover is licensed and regulated by the state you’re in for a local move, or with the Federal Motor Carrier Administration for a long distance move. In today’s Internet age, all of this information is easily accessible on line, or by looking in your local phone book under a Public Utility Commission (PUC) or Department of Transportation (DOT).



Effective Communication: Secondly, you should be able to communicate comfortably with the moving company representative. Does the moving company share an understanding attitude with your requirements? A good relocation service will always address your needs, availabilities and worries. Therefore, spend some time talking with different moving companies. If they seem to take their time to understand your moving needs, it is a positive sign of the service which will follow. If the company representatives aren’t friendly and helpful, move on. There are plenty of good movers to choose from, who will surely appreciate your business.



Affordability: As with everything else in life, good things come at a premium cost, and you generally ‘get what you pay for’. However, some relocation companies that provide a compatible service may also provide competitive pricing, especially during the off season. Once you have selected a few movers with proven positive records, shop around, get a few estimates and go with your gut feeling. Always remember that a deal that may seem too good to be true, generally is just that. Overall moving should not drain away your money or spirits. With the right due diligence, you’ll get through your move unscathed and ready to conquer your new domain. Therefore, the relocation service you deploy should support good reasons and value for you to trust them. For hourly rated moves, you can minimize the hourly charges by doing as much of the work yourself as possible.



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Weight training involves the use of equipment that enables variable resistance. This resistance can come in the form of “free weights” like barbells and dumbells, machines that use cables or pulleys to help you lift the weight and bodyweight exercises like pull-ups or dips.

Free Weights vs. Machines vs. Bodyweight Exercises

For maximum muscle gain, the focus of your workouts should consist of free weight exercises. Not machines or bodyweight exercises. This is not to say that you should not use machines or bodyweight exercises, but they should not be the focus of your training. To get an effective, muscle blasting workout, you must stimulate the most muscle fibers as possible, and machines do not do this.

The main reason for this is a lack of stabilizer and synergist muscle development. Stabilizer and synergist muscles are supporting muscles that assist the main muscle in performing a complex lift. The more stabilizers and synergists worked, the more muscle fibers stimulated. Multi-jointed free weight exercises like the bench press, require many stabilizer and synergistic muscle assistance to complete the lift. On the other hand doing a bench press using a machine will need almost no stabilizer assistance.

Since machines are locked into a specific range of motion and help to support the weight along that path, they fail to stimulate the muscles that surround the area you are working (stabilizers). This is a mistake. If your stabilizer muscles are weak, then the major muscle group will never grow!

Free weight exercises like the dumbbell press or squat, for example, put a very large amount of stress on supporting muscle groups. That’s why you will get fatigued faster and not be able to lift as much weight as you did on the machine. But you will gain more muscle, become stronger very quickly and have a true gauge of your strength.

If you use machines in your program, they should be used to work isolated areas and only after all multi-jointed exercises have been completed.

Beginners should begin with a limited combination of machine exercises, bodyweight exercises and multi-jointed free weight exercises. Before increasing the weight levels, they should work on becoming familiar with the proper form and execution of each. Soon, bodyweight exercises will become insufficient to stimulate growth and they will need to focus on more free weight exercises.

Multi-Jointed Exercises

The exercises that work the large muscle groups are called compound (or multi-joint) movements that involve the simultaneous stimulation of many muscle groups. These compound exercises should be the foundation of any weight training program because they stimulate the most amount of muscle in the least amount of time.

Here are the basic movements:

+ Bench Presses (works the chest, shoulders, tricep)

+ Overhead Presses (shoulders, tricep)

+ Pull-ups/Barbell Rows (back, bicep)

+ Squats (legs, lower back)

+ Deadlifts (legs, back, shoulders)

+ Bar Dips (shoulders, chest, arms)


They will overload your entire skeletal and muscular system like no machine could ever do, giving you and effective workout in a very short period of time. If you can only do a few exercises, then do these. They have been proven to encourage muscle and strength gain unlike any other exercises.

Lift Heavy Weight

To build mass, you must weight train with heavy weights. To consider a weight heavy, you should only be able to do a maximum of 8-12 reps before your muscles temporarily fail. A weight is considered “light” if you can do more than 15 reps before muscle fatigue sets in.

Heavy weights stimulate more muscle fibers than lighter weights. It’s that simple. More muscle stimulation means more muscle growth.

Don’t Overtrain

Heavy weight training puts a huge strain on your body, so adequate rest and recuperation after your workouts is essential. If you are prone to train too often, several things happen:

You don’t give your muscles enough time to recuperate between workouts. If your muscles have not repaired themselves, you will not be at maximum strength for your next workout. Rest is essential. Other than eating, this should be your main focus.

You are setting yourself up for burnout or an injury. You must pace yourself. You want to be able to keep this up for a long time, not burnout before you reach your goals.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not grow while working out; you only grow when you are resting.

Below is an example mass workout.

Wednesday (legs, abs)

+ Heavy Squats, leg extension superset

+ Seated Calve Raises, 4 strips sets

+ Crunches (4 sets of 20)

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Friday (chest, shoulder, triceps, abs)

+ Flat bench press, incline dumbbell flyes superset

+ Shoulder press, side raises superset

+ Tricep pushdowns

+ Reverse incline leg raises (3 sets of 20)

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Sunday (back, biceps, abs)

+ Wide grip pull-ups, latbar pulldown superset

+ EZ bar bicep curl, incline dumbbell curls superset

+ Crunches (4 sets of 20)

Nothing fancy, but effective.

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