Archive | November, 2018

Top Tech Tools for Coaches

22 Nov

Are you a coach that’s looking to get organized and in the loop with technology? Coach Dan Kreiness \took the time to link his best calendars, organization, reflection, and collaboration tools. Some of his favorite include Google Drive, Dropbox, Voxer, Slack, and Pear Deck. What digital tools do you use online?

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Baby and Car Care: Tips for Keeping a Little One Safe in the Car

21 Nov

It’s amazing how much your priorities change once you become a parent. A new father who once swore he’d never give up his vintage, high-performance Camaro suddenly finds himself shuttling a precious new life around to doctor’s appointments and play dates. Before you know it, high-performance driving quickly gives way to safety features, good gas mileage and a conservative attitude behind the wheel.

Remember, no matter how careful you are, a car is still a dangerous thing, and never more so than when a little one is in the back seat. Here are a few safety tips to consider the next time you fasten your pride-and-joy into that child safety seat and head into traffic.

Err on the side of caution

This may seem an obvious point, but there’s more to it than not hitting the gas when the light turns yellow. When your child is crying, your impulse may be to turn and check on her, but if the car’s in motion, you’re asking for trouble. Wait until the next exit or pull-in before devoting your attention to your little passenger; when you’re behind the wheel, all your attention should be on driving and what’s going on around you.

Remember how short your reaction time is, and how quickly a bad decision can lead to a crash. Put the smartphone down until the car’s in park and the engine’s off, and do the smart thing if you start to get the head-bobs – pull off and rest your eyes with a short nap before resuming. One smart decision can make the difference between life and death.

Brake safety

Few parts of a car are more important than the brakes, especially when there’s a little one on board. Pay attention to how your brakes feel and perform in traffic. If they feel mushy or they’re making a high-pitched squealing, clicking or crunching sound, you definitely need a brake job. If you need new brake pads, opt for a quality brand so everyone stays safe when you do have to hit the brakes hard.

Don’t neglect upkeep

Are you the kind of driver who laughs when the “check engine” light comes on? Performing regular maintenance and responding when your car’s computer says something’s not right is part of being a responsible driver and a good car owner, especially if your family has recently expanded. Take a careful look through the manual to find out when you’re due for oil changes, when filters should be changed, and what to do when a brake light or turn signal is out.

If your windshield wipers are leaving the wind shield streaky, get the blades changed as soon as possible. Impaired vision when you’re going through an intersection or changing lanes at high speed is extremely dangerous. Set up regular appointments at the local garage to have every component that keeps your car running safely checked.

Be nice to your car

Your car will take care of you if you return the favor, so avoid slamming on the brakes at the last instant. Get an oil change at least every 5,000 miles (using the oil that’s recommended for your vehicle), and pay close attention to the wear and tear on those tires. If the tread’s looking like a flat surface with little or nothing left to grip the road, it’s time to head for the nearest tire dealership. Of course, you can control this by having your tires rotated regularly, at least each time you go in for an oil change. This will ensure that all four tires wear evenly and reduce the likelihood of a blowout.  

Being a safe driver means making wise decisions on the road and when it’s maintenance time. Your vehicle is a very important investment, not just as a means of conveyance, but as a safe place for your child. Go the extra mile to make sure that it is safe.

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Take Me Back To

17 Nov

Want to know something that happened back on a particular date? I stumbled about this site that allows you to type in a date and find if there was something significant that happened. What date is matters to you?

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Getting Started with a Side Gig

11 Nov

How to Freelance Your Way to Financial Freedom

If you haven’t heard of the
gig economy yet, you soon will. The so-called “gig economy” refers to the current rise of popularity and success in short-term, contract, or freelance work. This is in stark contrast to the traditional economy, which primarily depends upon salaried workers and employees with steady jobs. With the job market so uncertain lately, many Americans are finding creative ways to make money and pay the bills. Many people are seeing success with freelancing, taking short-term jobs and contract work, or even starting their own businesses.

Whether you’re working from your bed or the beach, these jobs provide freedom from the corporate world while also paying well and allowing people to make ends meet. Best of all, it is possible to work multiple freelance contracts or “gigs” while also continuing to search for a full-time job, if desired.

If you’re looking to break into freelancing, take the leap away from corporate America, or simply pick up a side job for additional income, keep reading for some tips on how to get started in the gig economy.


Start With Your Talents

When it comes to picking up freelance work, there are limitless possibilities. You may consider starting with what you’re already naturally good at. Do you enjoy art and design? You might consider picking up some freelance design work, which is always in demand. If you enjoy photography, see if you know anyone who would be willing to pay you for headshots or family photographs.


Know What’s in Demand

In addition to considering what you’re good at, you should also consider the demand for the services you’re trying to offer. What services would benefit people in your local area? Is there a shortage of Uber or Lyft drivers, for instance? Do you have a room in your home that you could put up for rent on Airbnb? Ideas for stepping into the gig economy are all around you, if you’re willing to look for them.


Set up a Workspace

Working from home has its advantages and disadvantages. While it’s great to work from a place where you feel the most comfortable, it can easily disrupt productivity if you don’t get organized — and stay that way. With this in mind, it’s important to set up a workspace somewhere in your home that’s dedicated to your job. Consider it your personal office, even if it’s just a corner of an existing room. Invest in some quality equipment, get your supplies in order, and treat it with respect. Keep distractions to a bare minimum and make sure you remain on top of clutter. After all, this is where you’ll be earning your money.


Learn a New Skill

When it comes to finding new work, why limit yourself to skills that you already possess? Whether you’re looking to leave the corporate world and start your own business or test the waters for an entirely new career direction, treat this as an opportunity to learn something new. There are many high-paying freelance or contract jobs that do not require degrees. Why not use this as an opportunity to learn a new skill? You never know; this might open up the doors for you to embark upon an entirely new career path.


Ask Your Friends

When you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to find clients. One way to start making some money is to ask your friends and family if they’d be interested in any of the services you are offering. We live in a world where we’re always connected thanks to social media, mobile devices, and the internet, and social channels are a great way to get the word out about the products or services you offer. Facebook is a great place to start, since it’s free to use and you can connect right away with people you know; check out this ultimate Facebook advertising guide to get started. However you decide to do it, go ahead and put the message out there that you’re offering a service and/or looking for new clients. Perhaps even offer an introductory discount just to get the ball rolling.


Get Advice from Experts

One final note about the gig economy: it’s not for everyone. Running your own business can be hard, and you’ll want to talk to a business lawyer about setting up your business and an accountant to learn about any tax implications. An accountant may also be able to help you decide if you need a small business loan to get the ball rolling, and explain the difference between the options, including startup, short-term, and SBA loans. You’ll also want a mentor and maybe even a consultant to help you streamline your processes. More importantly, the real experts are your customers. Once you get established, reach out to your client base for advice to steer you in the right direction.

That being said, working when you want, where you want, and for whom you want can be deeply rewarding. By following the tips listed above, you can start building your own successful gig-based business.

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