Things To Consider When Building A New Home Office

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My wife and I recently built a new home. Since I work from home I needed a home office. It was not a want it was a need. To make it happen we had to give up a little a little bit of space in the kids rooms but since they are little it was okay. We are planning on building another house when they get a little older so I was not worried about it at the time. Below are a few things to consider when adding a home office to your house.

I have lots of electronics in my office including a copying machine. Because they copy machine is such a huge electricity suck we opted to have the office on its on circuit. In our previous house it was not uncommon for the copy machine to cause the breakers to go off. So consider how much electrical equipment you will have in your office and talk with the electrician about this.

I wish at the time I would have had custom shelving installed. Built in shelving and cabinets would have given my office a more refined look and made it a little bit more functional as well as creating more usable space for books and storage.

The home builder in Medford Oregon we used saved us a great deal of pain with my office and the laundry room by making one simple suggestion. Flipping where they were located. The way we had it originally the office was next to the garage and the laundry room was next followed by one of the kids bedrooms.

By switching this around we got rid of the door that would have led into the dining room, free up space, and that door goes directly into the laundry room. Now my wife can run laundry at night and not worry about our youngest being woke up when the laundry hits the spin cycle. It’s amazing when you have professional help with a trained eye. I don’t think we would have noticed this one little thing until it was too late. So kudos to our home builder.

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Improve Shipping Efficiency Using Mailing Boxes

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320_xl_thumbnailShipping is a critical component of a web-based business. After a customer has indicated his order and the address where the items will be shipped, the next logical step that should be taken is to ship these items and make sure that the items will be received in good condition, as advertised. Failure to make this happen can be problematic for your business- there’s a big chance that customers will end up disappointed and can even forget your business in favor of other online stores. Don’t let this scenario happen to your business; consider shipping services as part of your strategic plan and only use the right shipping materials and supplies. Your shipping efficiency is defined by the quality of shipping materials used. If you use quality-made shipping materials, you can be sure that the products will be safe and secured while in transit.

Mail Boxes for Shipping Can Help Move Different Kinds of Products

If you sell DVDs, literature items like books and magazines and even automotive parts and accessories, then boxes can serve as important tools of the trade. Mail boxes can help secure your items while in transit, keeping it safe and will help make a satisfied customer. These boxes or corrugated mailers are best used for small items or products that are generally flat like magazines and books. These shipping supplies are great options for shipping purposes since they can be stacked up to a certain height without crushing the boxes or damaging the contents. The reason can be found in the design and construction of these mailing boxes. If you fold a mailer made from cardboard, two or three walls of cardboard materials will be made. The extra materials help secure the items inside the boxes.

Mail boxes come in different designs and measurements so it pays to shop for only the appropriate boxes to suit specific products you carry. The mailing boxes should provide a snug fit for your items so that the items will not slip or move around while in transit.  To ensure the right fit, consider first the measurements of the items before ordering your mail boxes. These boxes come in different measurements and styles like Kraft and White so you can customize the mailing boxes you think are suited for your business. And since these boxes are easy to assemble, you can be sure that your shipping requirements will be addressed with confidence.

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Avoid Making Mistakes When Laying Glass Tile

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thumbnail (8)When it comes to home improvement projects, you can save a lot of money by doing the labor yourself. In many cases, labor costs make up a good chunk of any estimate you get from a contractor. If you are considering tackling a project that involves laying glass tile, there are a few tips you can take from the pros to avoid making common mistakes.

Go Slow

The No. 1 rule of any do-it-yourself project is to take your time. That is a given. When it comes to grouting tile, rushing through the process can mean you are not distributing the grout evenly, which can leave holes that make your tile susceptible to coming loose or becoming damaged.

The Right Grout

Always pay attention to what the tile manufacturer recommends you use. When it comes to glass tile, you will either be using sanded or unsanded grout. Typically, if you are laying a glass mosaic tile that has small grout lines, you will be using an unsanded grout because it fits into the tiny joints better.

Use a Sponge

You have the grout spread over the tile, so now you need to clean it up. A soft sponge will remove the excess grout and also smooth the surface. On glass tile, you might notice that a haze has started to develop after you grout. Again, take a clean sponge and gently wipe down the tile to remove the fog.

Allow Floors to Cure

It is imperative that you give glass tile floors enough time to completely dry before you begin to use them. If you walk on them too early, the grout can come loose and you will have to redo the work. If, for some reason, you cannot avoid walking on the floor, cover it with a piece of wood. This can protect the tiles and grout while still enabling you to move through the room.

Your tiling project can be successful so long as you follow these few basic tips.

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Your Dental Office’s Waiting Room Design

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]The design of your dental office’s waiting room is more important that you’d think. It is often the first part of your dental practice that people see, therefore having a large impact on the first impression new and potential clients will have of your practice. As we all know, first impressions are very important, which is why your waiting area design is actually part of your practice’s marketing. Not only can a well-designed waiting room help you attract more clients, but also help keep your current patients relaxed before their checkup or treatment. Relaxed patients will have a better experience in the dental chair and thus be more satisfied about your services. This will again help out your marketing since word-of-mouth is still crucially important for dental practices to attract new clients. Below are a few ideas you may want to implement in your waiting room.

Get Some Comfortable Furniture

Spend some money on good looking, comfortable furniture. This will help your waiting room look less like an actual waiting room, but more like a comfy sitting area. Your waiting area should be a place in which you wouldn’t mind spending some time relaxing or reading a book or magazine. Decide on a specific style for your waiting room (and actually your entire practice) before buying your furniture. You don’t want to buy a mix of traditional and modern pieces of furniture that don’t go well together at all. Don’t be afraid to add some other design elements such as plants, paintings and other pieces of art. They can help make your waiting area more cosy.

Get Your Lighting Right

Good lightning can transform a sterile, boring looking waiting room into a pleasant, relaxing area. Avoid fluorescent lighting, which is fine for your actual examination rooms, but horrible for a waiting area. The lights themselves generally look awful and the light they give off isn’t very pleasant either.

Play Some Music

Playing some music in your waiting room is one of the most important things you can do to improve your clients’ waiting experience. Music will help your clients feel more relaxed and happier and make the time in the waiting area feel shorter than it actually was. Contemporary or light pop radio is the best choice for waiting room music. Avoid very soft elevator or jazzy music because this can make people feel tired. Play music that your patients likely know. You may need to pay for rights to play the music so it’s a good idea to consult with your lawyer about this.

Get Some Great Reading Material

People expect outdated magazines, most about topics which they are not interested in, in waiting rooms, which is why you should surprise your patients by getting some different reading material. Get some different kinds of newspapers, some interesting books, crossword puzzles, sudoko books, etc.

If you don’t know much about design, you should consider hiring an interior decoration firm to design your waiting area and even your entire dental office. A great design can really have a significant impact on how your patients as well as your personnel feel in your dental office.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Fahrenheit Marketing, an Austin web design office. Zane enjoys well-thought-out dental offices.

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The Impact of Packaging

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to become an online entrepreneur. Your Ebay or Etsy store is full of great photos of product, you have your payment options in place via Paypal, and the orders are flying in! How in the heck are you supposed to ship all this stuff, and make sure it arrives safely and attractively packaged? How do you set yourself apart in the virtual marketplace and ensure repeat business and great reviews without losing all your profit to the postman? One great way to accomplish all these goals is to find a discount shipping materials retailer.

Online stores like offer a wonderful selection of packaging materials at much lower prices than if you went to your local office supply place of post office. Regardless of your product, they have attractive packing and shipping solutions that won’t break your fledgling business’s back. If your Etsy store is selling clothes, they offer a range of sturdy garment boxes, and tissue paper in a rainbow of colors or standard white. They also sell kraft paper, blank newsprint, and even wax or butcher paper if you want to get really creative with your wrapping options. For plastic-wrap or shrink-wrap concerns, they offer a full variety of Exlfilm-Plus (which is 25% thinner than standard shrink wrap, but still works with all standard shrink wrap equipment).

Imagine your customer’s reaction when they open their bubble wrap shipping envelope, expecting to find the standard catalogue clear plastic garment bag, only to find an attractive garment box wrapped in newsprint hand-stamped with your company logo! Inside, colorful tissue surrounds their new item, proving to them that you value their purchase as much (or more!) than they do. As your competitors seek to minimize the impact of their shipping materials, you can maximize the emotional and marketing impact of yours. Branding yourself in the Etsy world isn’t easy and companies like provide the creative entrepreneur with many low-cost, high-impact ways to stand out from the crowd.

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