Why don’t planes crash more often from mechanical failure? With all the moving parts inside a plane, it seems that something would break fairly easily. So, why doesn’t that happen? One primary reason: checklists.
Before pilots push the button for taxiing and take-off, they perform an extensive pre-flight checklist to make sure everything is functioning exactly as it should be.
Entrepreneurs hoping for strong SEO (search engine optimization) rankings might take a lesson here. They can create a checklist of their own to make sure everything is perfect for their next website article. No, an SEO checklist won’t protect you from crashing and burning. But it will help ensure that your post has the best chance it needs to rank high in Google.
So, before you publish your next piece of web content, run it through the following 9-point checklist for the best SEO tips.
1. Pick a good keyword to focus on.
The first step is to simply pick the search term or phrase you want the post to show up for. If I am writing about the best dog toys for small dogs, I’ll want to find out what people are actually searching for.
The easiest way to do this is to useGoogle Keyword Planner, a free tool that will show you an estimate for any search phrase. (Although Keyword Planner is free, you may need to set up an AdWords account to gain access.)
For example, I noticed that “small dog toys” receives 590 monthly searches — higher than any other related combination of words. However, I’m still not totally ready to start writing about this topic. First, I need to do some research.
2. Research the competition.
Now that I have a term I want to try to rank for, I’m going to go undercover and do some recon!
Jump over to your “private browsing” mode on your web browser (“Incognito” in Chrome, “Private” in Safari and Firefox, “InPrivate” on Internet Explorer) and head to Google.com. (At my company, we do “private mode” because we don’t want Google to use our past search history to influence what we see on the search results page.)
Take a look at all the content on page one of Google, ignoring any ad results at the top. The 10 (or so) results are your competition! What are they missing? Can you do better?
3. Write the best content.
Now that you know what your competition looks like, it’s time to create the content that is going to blow those folks out of the water. This is perhaps the most difficult part, but it’s the most important. It needs to be amazing.
I don’t care if you are creating a blog post, eCommerce store page or sales-landing page. It needs to be better than the rest, or else neither Google nor your audience will ever take note.
For an example of an article I recently wrote — with just this goal in mind — check out “How to Become a Millionaire: The Ultimate Guide.”. My goal with that post was to write superb content about that topic. How did I do?
Related: 5 Ways Small Businesses Can Compete With Giants in SEO
Additionally, the title must also be interesting enough that people will actually want to click on it! A good example of this would be PT from PTMoney.com, who wrote a great post about “making extra money.” However, rather than a boring title, like “Make Extra Money,” he titled it “52 Ways to Make Extra Money.” Now that is something I would want to read.
5. Put the keyword in your header.
You can organize most webpages by having a large title at the top, followed by several sub-headers throughout the page (like the sub-headers in this post).
This organization is helpful not only for people in skimming blog-post articles but it’s also helpful in showing Google exactly what your blog post is about. Therefore, be sure to use your exact keyword phrase at least once in your sub-headers.
6. Put the keyword in the name and alt-tag of your image.
Next, if your blog post contains images, you can use those images to cement the idea to Google about your post’s topic. There are two ways to do this:
The image name
The image alt tag
To change the image name, simply change the name of the image on your computer before uploading. Instead of a file called “2831274.jpg,” you can re-name it something like “small dog toys 1.jpg.”
The “alt tag” is something you designate after you upload the photo to your website. Without getting too technical, the alt tag is simply the text that the web browser will show if the photo can’t load for some reason.
7. Use the keyword in the URL and in the post.
Another way Google is able to determine what your blog post is about is the URL. In other words, we’re talking about what comes after the “.com” in your URL (or .net, .org, or whatever you use). For example, which of the following URLs do you think Google will like better when deciding whether or not to show a certain page?
You’re right if you guessed the second one. While the former might not completely kill your SEO efforts, the latter definitely helps show Google exactly what the post is about.
8. Insert internal links.
If you aren’t talking about your best content, why should anyone else care? For this reason, it’s important that your best SEO content is linked to internally by other pages on your website.
9. The most-important SEO tip: Get external links.
Okay, finally we’re finally at the big one: external links.
External links are links from websites other than your own. Google relies heavily on external links to determine how good a post is. And this makes sense, doesn’t it? You can talk about yourself and your own skills all day long, but no one will believe you. But as soon as other people begin bragging about you, others take notice.
Starting your own engineering department can provide your business a wide range of benefits, from being able to complete projects faster, hiring the employees that work specifically for you, taking on more business and much more.
However, creating a new department is no easy task. It’s not as simple as bringing in one new engineer and then being magically able to handle twice the design workload as you could before.
There’s much more to it than that. Your company needs to hire the right talent, you need to implement the right technologies and processes, you need to acquire the right tools and you need to be able to manage your new team both efficiently and effectively.
Thankfully, engineering services, such as those offered by Sparta Engineering, are not just for outsourcing project work. In fact, they can help your company design its products economically and on time – all while allowing your new department to get up to speed.
If you have decided it’s the right time for your company to set up its own engineering department, we have created a list of three tips that will help kick-start your new program:
1 – The first engineer you hire should have broad engineering knowledge
While in most cases, and for most large organizations, it makes sense to hire highly technical and experienced employees that can focus on a specific task – this isn’t the case for small companies hiring their first engineer.
Small organizations need engineers that can do everything. That’s why your company’s first engineer should be an expert in everything, from concept design to the manufacturing processes, in order to get products out the door on schedule.
If the talent you want to hire can’t do it all just yet, then engineering services can often fill in the gaps. For example, Sparta Engineering can provide expertise in projects where your current engineer may lack the necessary skills and knowledge.
2 – Early team members will set the tone for your company culture
The first engineer that you hire will pass on your company values and their passion for anyone you hire in the department after them. This means it’s essential that your first hire is enthusiastic about your organization’s vision and comfortable leading your new engineering department as it grows in the future.
Finding the right first employee is essential. The first engineer in your new engineering department will either drive the success, or failure, of your business for years to come.
3 – More can go wrong when you have more employees
Once two or more engineers start working together, there is a chance that communication issues and other problems will start to push a project back and allow mistakes to creep there way in.
Work that’s already been done can be repeated, past data on what’s needed to be done can be lost and engineers can begin to start working over each other and stepping on each other’s shoes. These all lead to mistakes, wasted money and lost time for your company.
A data management strategy, however, will allow your business to put into place processes and technologies that protect your company’s intellectual property and make it easier for various team members to reuse work.
Sparta Engineering frequently works with more established companies, which have already faced the many challenges that come with setting up a new engineering department.
As a result, we can help advise your business on exactly what you need to when setting up your new engineering department – so that you can avoid any issues or potentially project-slowing surprises.
Blog Source: Sparta Designing Solutions | 3 Tips That Will Help Your Business set up its new Engineering Department
1. Figure out what you like. The better the education you have, the better the collection you’ll have.
I suggest going to museums and art galleries and trying to familiarize yourself with different periods and styles. This is also where the internet, and specifically Artsy, can be a wonderful resource in figuring out what your taste is, and discovering artists you didn’t know exist. For example, you might come across emerging artists on the Artsy network, through galleries organizations like The Rema Hort Mann Foundation, which supports the careers of emerging artists in New York and Los Angeles.
Very often you evolve from what you originally thought you liked—sometimes it’s before you buy your first piece because you did a little research. But unfortunately sometimes it’s after you buy your first piece; this could be because your taste becomes more sophisticated or you find that you like abstract or conceptual work better, which is often tougher to take as a first piece.
2. Determine what you’re buying: Are you buying something that you love and you want purely because you think it’s great? Or are you buying something that you love but you secretly want to be an investment? There are different types of purchases in the art world.
If you’re buying it because you love it, it’s much easier. All you have to do is figure out if you can afford it, and if the price is something that you think is worth the passion you have for it. If you’re buying with an eye toward investment and you want it to actually have long-term value in the future, it’s a little bit more tricky. It’s very important for a first-time collector to know that there are various factors that affect the price of the work, for example, a work on canvas is generally more valuable than a work on paper by the same artist; or if it’s an edition versus a one-of-a-kind piece.
3. Set a budget. In your mind, you really need to set a budget in terms of what you can afford, and I would say you have to be prepared to spend a little bit more. The things that I regret in purchasing are not any works that I purchased, at least so far, but the works that I didn’t purchase. They were things just a little outside my price range but, man, I loved it and I didn’t buy it. And then I lost the opportunity. If you really love it, trust your instincts. As my grandmother used to say, true love is forever. Set a budget and be prepared to spend a little more, A, because there are shipping and insurance and things like that; but, B, because if it’s the something you really love and it’s a little bit over your price range, I would say “stretch”. Life is short and you want to be inspired.
4. Do your research. The art world really can be overwhelming, so you should talk to people. I suggesting talking to other collectors, or appraisers, consultants, or other gallerists (but be aware that gallerists are trying to sell you something). When you learn a few things about the art world, you’ll learn that the listing price is always the sale price. Galleries will sometime give discounts to collectors because sometimes they’re rewarding a collector who’s been loyal or sometimes they’re trying to build [a relationship] with a new collector. So do your research.
5. Understand that size does matter. You want to be sure that this [work] fits in your apartment or home. I can’t say how many times people I know—especially early collectors—fall in love with a piece, buy the piece, and then they bring it home and it doesn’t fit over their mantle. You must have a pretty good idea that you have the right wall space for artwork before you buy it.
7. Track your purchase. There should be a clear, traceable path from artist to owner, and it should be documented: save emails, invoices, and receipts. If you eventually want to evaluate or sell a work, it’s important to have this documentation.
Blog Source: Artsy.net | 7 Tips on Buying Your First Piece of Art
Essays. Coupons. Last-minute directions to Grandma’s house. Whatever you need to print, there’s a home printer that can do it. And intense competition among competitors such as HP, Epson, Canon, and others has forced prices to such absurd lows that you can now walk into a store — even your local supermarket — and walk out with a brand new printer for $60 or less.
But selecting a home printer can be tough given the sheer amount of options on the market, not to mention the convoluted terms that only seem to complicate the process. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick-and-dirty buying guide for selecting a home printer, with simple explanations of some of the most common terms and recommendations that will serve the majority of users.
Color inkjet printers comprise the bulk of the market simply because they can print just about anything: Essays, pie charts, or glossy photos, you name it. And today’s inkjet printers and all-in-ones are fast, often with print speeds that rival or surpass their laser counterparts.
Laser printers are still a good bet for office settings when most of the printing that you need to do is in monochrome. For the most part, monochrome laser printers can be purchased at affordable prices, offer good print speed, and in most cases, provide prints at a lower cost per page than a color inkjet. But you have to decide whether to give up the flexibility that a color inkjet printer offers. Color laser printers are another option, but they generally have a higher cost per page printed than a color inkjet.
In the past, laser printers have offered a higher page yield per cartridge than an inkjet printer. That’s changing, however, with some newer inkjet printers offering as many as 10,000 printed pages from a monochrome ink cartridge and 7,000 pages or more from each color cartridge. That translates into a lower cost per page, and less frequent cartridge changes.
For home use, a multifunction unit makes a lot of sense, not only because it’s cheaper than buying a printer and a standalone scanner, but also for the sake of saving room. Since all-in-ones are extremely common and manufacturers rarely charge much of a premium for them (you can often find one for as little as $50-$60) we highly recommend them for home users.
Note: Soon, you may not have to decide whether to purchase a standalone printer or an all-in-one. While manufacturers continue to bring out new printer-only units for the office, many of the new devices being introduced for home users are all-in-one models, phasing out print-only models.
If you’re more interested in preserving family photos on paper than printing off homework assignments and pie charts, consider a dedicated (single function) photo printer. Though they lack the flexibility of multitaskers, the quality of prints is typically better, and often rivals or exceeds the quality of what you would receive from a kiosk or mail-order service like Shutterfly. The price you’ll pay for this kind of convenience comes out in the print cost, however.
Many of the printers sold only for dedicated photo or graphic use are small-size units capable of printing photos up to 4 x 6 inches in size, or wide format models designed to print media up to 24-inches wide. Supplies for these specialty printers are also generally more expensive than those for the typical multifunction printer. Both Canon and Epson have models which print 8.5 x 11 inches and use five or six colors of ink to produce photos with greater color accuracy. And many all-in-one devices are capable of turning out photos up to 8.5 x 11 inches in size when you use the right paper.
Remember the mantra “give away the razor, sell the blades”? That century-old business model is still alive and well in the printer business, where many companies entice consumers with unimaginably low prices on their budget printers, knowing they can milk them over and over again when it comes time to replace the ink cartridges.
Research the cost of replacement supplies before you buy any printer to know what you’re in for when the initial cartridges finally run dry. Depending on how often you plan to print, it can actually be worth it to purchase a more expensive printer in order to buy into a cheaper line of cartridges. Also, look into the possibility of refilling your own cartridges, which can cost dramatically less than buying new cartridges every time. Keep in mind, however, that printer vendors now add tiny chips to their cartridges that track ink or toner life to make refilling more difficult.
Finally, investigate new models and ink plans. HP offers an Instant Ink program that automatically sends you cartridges when your ink runs low and promises a fixed number of pages for a fixed monthly fee. Both Canon and Epson now offer “ink tank” models which you can fill from small bottles of ink, providing a very economical cost per page, while Brother has a number of printers with multiple cartridges in the box so you needn’t run out to buy refills for quite some time.
Duplexing (two-sided printing or scanning)
Many all-in-one devices with an automatic document feeder (ADF) for the scanner also have duplexing, allowing you to scan both sides of the page as the document feeds through the ADF. An all-in-one without an automatic document feeder can’t duplex scan without you turning the page over on the scan glass.
Duplex scanning is a major convenience if you frequently scan two-sided pages, like those torn from a magazine. And duplex printing is almost a must these days, helping you save paper when single-side printing isn’t necessary.
Today, nearly every printing device offers multiple connectivity options. USB has been the standard interface for years, and every computer has several USB ports. Because USB is generally a short, direct connection, it requires that the printer or AIO be located near the PC or laptop. There are some wireless routers outfitted with USB ports, however, which you can use to connect to a printer and thus enable wireless printing on a home network.
But most modern printers can now be shared by multiple devices via a network. That could be via Ethernet, where you connect a cable to the router or switch in your network. Ethernet also makes for a faster connection. However, this wired setup is more common in an office environment than in the home, so few low-end models will have a built-in Ethernet port.
More common is Wi-Fi, which has become the most popular method of home networking, and just about every new printer sold for the home or small business has Wi-Fi capabilities. Many even offer one-button wireless setup — if the router it’s being connected to supports it — making network pairing a snap. A new option called Wi-Fi Direct also lets you connect your printer to a laptop that supports it, without having to connect the printer to a network first. Wi-Fi is also used to connect many new smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras by select printers that support mobile printing, such as Apple’s AirPrint protocol. NFC (Near-Field Communication) is also available on some models, letting you connect your printer to a smartphone or tablet by simply touching the device to a specified area on your printer.
Memory Card slots, PictBridge, and the cloud
If you plan to print a lot of photos, consider a printer with built-in memory slots, Bluetooth capabilities, PictBridge, or cloud-based support. All will allow you to print photos directly from a camera or smart device, preventing you from having to transfer them to a computer fist. Memory cards can be popped out of the camera and into a slot on your printer. Some printers even have a multi-format card reader, while some support only the more popular Secure Digital, or SD, format.
PictBridge-enabled cameras, on the other hand, can be plugged into a printer with the same USB cable you might use to connect to a PC — assuming your printer is equipped with a PictBridge-capable USB port — while cloud-based connectivity allows you to send photos directly from Google Cloud Print, Dropbox, and other internet-based services. Just don’t overestimate the usefulness of these convenience features. You may still want to transfer your photos to a computer in order to empty your memory card, and most photographers will want to examine their prints on a bigger screen before printing them.
Many fully-featured printers, particularly AIOs, now offer internet-based features that let you access photos stored on sites such as Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, and Google Drive, as well as remote printing and access to arts and crafts you can print out. Keep in mind that if your printer isn’t connected to the internet, you won’t be able to access said services or print to it remotely from devices such as a smartphone or tablet.
Blog Source: Digital Trends | Home printer buying guide: How to choose a printer that best fits your needs
What is some construction equipment used for heavy lifting?
In any largescale construction site, there will always be a need for equipment that is specifically used for lifting heavy objects. Construction sites almost never run out of heavy lifting. Even in some smaller-scale projects, heavy-lifting equipment will always be a requirement.
There are many kinds of equipment used for heavy lifting in the Philippines. from Forklifts to giant strand jacks, there is a wide variety that has different uses. For those who want to know more about each construction equipment, here is a list of 4 construction equipment used for heavy lifting:
Also known as the lift truck, a forklift is a powered truck that is mainly used for transporting materials and goods. It is available in many variations and load capacities. The usual capacity of forklifts is between 1 to 5 tons. Some of the variations of forklifts, the ones used for extremely heavy lifting, can lift up to 50 tons of materials.
Forklifts can be powered either by fuels like diesel, gasoline, and propane or by electricity which usually means it would have its own battery. Forklifts are also customizable through many different attachments that can increase its functionalities.
This list will include 2 kinds of cranes, one is the mobile one that is mounted on a truck for increased mobility, and the other one is a fixed contraption, for greater control and load capacities.
Mobile cranes are more commonly known by the names of its variations. These include rough terrain cranes, crawler cranes, hydraulic cranes, and a lot more.
Most of these cranes have very specific uses like the rough terrain cranes. These are designed particularly for off-road sites these are perfect for construction sites in rough terrain thanks to its all-wheel capabilities and incredibly durable rubber tires. They are known for their high maneuverability and lifting capacity.
Crawler cranes are tracked mobile cranes that are self-propelled when compared to the other kinds of mobile cranes, they are very quick to set up and boast a higher level of versatility. They usually have either telescopic or lattice booms.
Loaders, or wheel loaders as they are professionally known, are fitted for any construction job there is, especially if the job is on rough terrain. Their wheels make it easier for any worker to traverse through the rough site and also come equipped with large mobile shovels, which can be used for loading large quantities of cement and gravel onto trucks.
For consistent heavy lifting that doesn’t need the mobility of cranes, strand jacks are the perfect option. It is a small contraption that relies on hydraulic pressure and strong steel wires to lift and move materials precisely. As compared to the other construction equipment mentioned in this article, strand jacks are small in size and relatively simple to operate. It is used mostly in areas where the size of cranes makes it impossible for them to reach it.
Strand jacks are also known to be the most sophisticated out of the other construction equipment that is listed in this article. This is because it relies mostly on complicated software to control it. However, to an experienced operator, using this system will look really easy
In every construction site, there is a plethora of equipment that has many different uses, when it comes to heavy lifting, the mentioned equipment is the most common and the most used out of the different construction equipment used for heavy lifting. When managing a construction project that requires heavy lifting equipment, choose the most practical among the list mentioned above!
Blog Source: Multico | 4 Construction Equipment for Heavy Lifting
The coworking space phenomenon that is gripping the business industry is an ingenious and creative concept. Office space is made available for young entrepreneurs, small enterprises and freelance workers to have a conducive space to work on private projects, to share knowledge, exchange ideas and work together on projects that each entity has. It’s an amazing space for creativity, innovation, and support.
Noise distractions run rampant, like Sally publicly announcing what ingredients went into her banting salad from the kitchen. Or, listening to a one-sided conversation between Mark and a college mate from yesteryear, reminiscing about the good old’ days. Alternatively, too strong a work ethic advocated in such a space can also take a knock on one’s productivity in a coworking space. Most people making use of this space are passionate about their work and want to be productive and use their time effectively.
So what can you do to gain the benefit of such a space, but still achieve optimal productivity?
Productivity will be dependent on you and your self-discipline. At Work & Co, we want everyone to do their best work and enjoy the best our environment has to offer. That’s why we compiled the following tips to help you get there!
Here are 11 helpful tips to improve productivity in a coworking space:
1. Keep yourself accountable
It is easy to allow the distractions of a social environment like a coworking space to keep you from achieving your goals for the day. Self-discipline is key here.
Write down the tasks for the day, tick them off as you complete them (there is nothing more satisfying) and do not let yourself go home without completing them all (unless it’s past midnight, then you abort mission faster than dropping a stink bomb in an elevator). Being strict in this department will lay a good foundation for a healthy and productive habit.
2. Make the work meaningful
When you do something that contributes to the end product, it’s easier to do the work. Furthermore, knowing why the work you are doing is important, makes it less laborious to do. This results in faster and better quality end-result. You will always have certain things to do that are less fun (like administration), but understanding the purpose behind it, makes it easier to do.
3. Break regularly
The brain is an organ that can only take so much abuse at a time. According to this scientific study, the optimal time work ratio is 52 minutes of hard, constructive and effective work, with a 17-minute break in between. The point? Figure out what works for you, and implement the principle behind the ratio.
The brain just needs to “reset” every once in a while. It may even be best to have scheduled, forced breaks (because we all know how young professionals become addicted to work, right?). Another alternative is to make sure you have a rest day scheduled in your bi-weekly routine. This means you can plan your rest ahead and feel like it’s part of a two-week productivity flow!
When you work, engagement should be productive and beneficial to your project or to the team. Otherwise, it is simply a matter of wasting time, keeping the other person from doing their work and a nuisance to those who share the same space and wish to be productive. Having good relationships with your coworking space team is important, but there are a time and place to cultivate a friendship. At other times – you will need to exercise restraint!
5. Reward yourself for good work
By rewarding yourself upon the completion of a task or reaching a specific milestone, you encourage hard and productive work. You know yourself best, so if you are a coffee nut, treat yourself with a delicious chai latte with skimmed milk and a hint of caramel (it that floats your boat)! This, instead of the office coffee that has been reheating for the past 3 hours, should make your day feel a little more worth it.
Rewards make hard work easier, and just because you might be a lone wolf reporting to yourself, it doesn’t mean that you should neglect yourself.
6. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail
In such a social and high-energy environment, it is easy to get swept up in the excitement of things. Next thing you know, 2 precious hours of your day is gone and productivity in a coworking space is an afterthought.
It is also very easy to get distracted by non-trivial tasks and effectively, the day is a waste. Exercising some time management skills are vital in a coworking space environment. Having a general plan for the day, or the week gives your day direction. A little bit of structure can take you a long way.
It’s not necessary to enforce it with military precision (we all love some flexibility in our lives), but a guideline works wonders. Do some minor recon at the end of the day, see what was done and what was not, and write down a specific task list for the next day.
Not all those items you’re not getting done – the 5 things that will take your business or venture forward!
7. Defeat Procrastination
A coworking space, being an interactive and social environment can lead to procrastination. And quite honestly, procrastination is a problem in any working environment, whether you are a student, postponing studying for the subject you hate. Or, you’re a CEO that deals with smaller matters first before jumping into a 100-page report because it will take a lot of time.
Changing your modusoperandi by breaking the task into smaller milestones, setting tough deadlines for yourself and catching a breather when the stress starts strangling you are all great ways to curb procrastination and boost your productivity.
Many freelancers, entrepreneurs and team members’ success lie on the other side of their consistent procrastination.
Keep your day flexible and avoid falling into a boring routine that never enjoys any constructive breaks or engagement. And no, we’re not saying that 6-hour ‘board’ meetings are the ideal either!
9. Keep your workspace clean and tidy.
There is nothing more demotivating than having to work in an untidy space with mounds of papers on the verge of an avalanche and the dustbin overflowing with paper balls. And, the previous night’s midnight snack wrappers when you were playing your work catch up won’t help either! A clean, open space is an inviting space where one will want to work.
10. Use technology to your advantage
There are hundreds of apps and websites out there, designed to make one’s life easier and to save you some time. It can be:
An app that syncs your emails and events to the calendars of your portable devices,
One that generates “to do” lists for you,
Web sites that allow you to store all your documents and data in a cloud,
Or apps that check your grammar and record your time expenditure.
P.S. We’d recommend sharing the apps you use on the Work & Co Slack Channels and check-in for recommendations from others!
11. Take care of yourself
In such a constructive and creative environment, it is easy to fall into a workaholic mindset and start neglecting your personal health. Sleep is one of the biggest inhibitors of productivity. According to the National Sleep Foundation who ran a worldwide study on sleep, young adults (18-26) and adults (26-64) need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep for optimal function.
Lack of sleep contributes to concentration issues, it stimulates a negative attitude towards one’s work and ultimately, it takes longer to do basic things that would not be an issue with a fresh mind. Further, it is amazing what an injection of endorphins can do to productivity and creativity. Go for a jog or work in a gym session and one will see an increase in one’s levels of productivity in a coworking space.
If you’re getting the work done, it might then even be time for that ‘board’ meeting!
Achieving productivity in a coworking space is not just achieved through constant working, but by taking a break too and giving yourself time to recover! Remember, there is no point in doing something if it doesn’t bring you meaning or joy. So be productive safely, and don’t type and drive!
Blog Source: Work and Co | 11 Tips to help you with productivity in a coworking space
For commercial cleaning contractors, there are plenty of fleet washing jobs to take on. Start the job with the best pressure washer because, for every truck that needs cleaning, the application will be different. Here are our top pressure washing tips for fleet and truck cleaning and a few additional insights to help you grow your commercial cleaning business.
Power Wash Tip # 1: Temperature
The warmer the climate, the easier it will be to power clean the trucks. During those cooler and cloudier days, you may find yourself needing to power wash a second time because the soap did not penetrate as quickly as expected.
Power Wash Tip #2: Prep for Power Washing
To ensure an efficient cleaning job, create a preparation list, which includes detailing the following information:
Downstream injection system for soap and brightener
Power Wash Tip # 5: Wash Site Selection
As a commercial cleaner, you will need to stay up-to-date and understand local environmental regulations as well as use the right chemicals and select the proper site for washing. Make sure you follow governing laws for disposal via sewers or establish a system to collect wastewater and dispose of it according to local rules.
Fleet washing does require an investment in a facility with wash bays and direct connections to sanitary sewers. At Unimanix, we’ve worked with power washing contractors to find the best wastewater solution for their growing business. Contact us for more information.
Power Wash Tip #6: Fleet / Truck Washing Techniques – Single Step Fleet Washing Method
Power Wash Tip #7: Two Step Power Wash Method For Fleet / Truck Cleaning
A fleet with an excessive amount of grime, grunge and faded aluminium will need additional cleaning. For aluminium brightening, start with an acid or aluminum brightener, followed by soap and then rinse.
If you are using soap that doesn’t remove road film, you may find yourself needing to hand brush with the soap, followed by a rinse.
Power Wash Tip #8: Cleaning Interior of Enclosed Trailers
Enclosed trailers are more aligned with tank cleaning and should follow regulatory requirements for safety and cleaning. Also, please note that if trailer trucks are used to move fresh food or anything perishable, regulations for this type of cleaning can be subject to recordkeeping that includes cleaning, sanitizing, and inspecting transportation equipment.
Power Wash Tip #9: Billing
When bidding on fleet washing jobs, remember to include the cost of detergent. The quality of the soap used should also be factored into the price as it will have a direct result on labor costs. A superior soap will produce better cleaning results and may also help to speed up the job.
Choose the best – choose a Unimanix pressure washer or power washer for commercial or industrial applications! Unimanix has been manufacturing durability since 1993, with features that can handle the challenges of heavy-duty trucks, trailers, buses, and trains. Whether it is to design, install, build a complete washing facility or customize a trailer for mobile pressure washing services, Unimanix is committed to meeting your exact needs. Proudly and serving Quebec and Ontario! Canadian Made.
Blog Source: Unimanix | 9 Pressure Washing Tips For Fleet Cleaning
It’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a new home. You don’t want to take any big chances with your credit profile. Lenders need to see that you’re reliable and they want a complete paper trail so that they can get you the best loan possible. If you open new credit cards, amass too much debt or buy a lot of big-ticket items, you’re going to have a hard time getting a loan.
Buying Secret #9: Get Pre-Approved for Your Home Loan
There’s a big difference between a buyer being pre-qualified and a buyer who has a pre-approved mortgage. Anybody can get pre-qualified for a loan. Getting pre-approved means a lender has looked at all of your financial information and they’ve let you know how much you can afford and how much they will lend you. Being pre-approved will save you a lot of time and energy so you are not running around looking at houses you can’t afford. It also gives you the opportunity to shop around for the best deal and the best interest rates. Do your research: Learn about junk fees, processing fees or points and make sure there aren’t any hidden costs in the loan.
Don’t obsess with trying to time the market and figure out when is the best time to buy. Trying to anticipate the housing market is impossible. The best time to buy is when you find your perfect house and you can afford it. Real estate is cyclical, it goes up and it goes down and it goes back up again. So, if you try to wait for the perfect time, you’re probably going to miss out.
Buying Secret # 6: Bigger Isn’t Always Better
Everyone’s drawn to the biggest, most beautiful house on the block. But bigger is usually not better when it comes to houses. There’s an old adage in real estate that says don’t buy the biggest, best house on the block. The largest house only appeals to a very small audience and you never want to limit potential buyers when you go to re-sell. Your home is only going to go up in value as much as the other houses around you. If you pay $500,000 for a home and your neighbors pay $250,000 to $300,000, your appreciation is going to be limited. Sometimes it is best to buy the worst house on the block because the worst house per square foot always trades for more than the biggest house.
Buying Secret #5: Avoid Sleeper Costs
The difference between renting and homeownership is the sleeper costs. Most people just focus on their mortgage payment, but they also need to be aware of the other expenses such as property taxes, utilities, and homeowner-association dues. New homeowners also need to be prepared to pay for repairs, maintenance, and potential property-tax increases. Make sure you budget for sleeper costs so you’ll be covered and won’t risk losing your house.
Buying Secret #4: You’re Buying a House – Not Dating It
Buying a house based on emotions is just going to break your heart. If you fall in love with something, you might end up making some pretty bad financial decisions. There’s a big difference between your emotions and your instincts. Going with your instincts means that you recognize that you’re getting a great house for a good value. Going with your emotions is being obsessed with the paint color or the backyard. It’s an investment, so stay calm and be wise.
Your opening bid should be based on two things: what you can afford (because you don’t want to outbid yourself), and what you really believe the property is worth. Make your opening bid something that’s fair and reasonable and isn’t going to totally offend the seller. A lot of people think they should go lower the first time they make a bid. It all depends on what the market is doing at the time. You need to look at what other homes have gone for in that neighborhood and you want to get an average price per square foot. Sizing up a house on a price-per-square-foot basis is a great equalizer. Also, see if the neighbors have plans to put up a new addition or a basketball court or tennis court, something that might detract from the property’s value down the road.
Sellers respect a bid that is an oddball number and is more likely to take it more seriously. A nice round number sounds like every other bid out there. When you get more specific the sellers will think you’ve given the offer careful thought.
Buying Secret #1: Stalk the Neighborhood
Before you buy, get the lay of the land – drop by morning noon and night. Many homebuyers have become completely distraught because they thought they found the perfect home, only to find out the neighborhood wasn’t for them. Drive by the house at all hours of the day to see what’s happening in the neighborhood. Do your regular commute from the house to make sure it is something you can deal with on a daily basis. Find out how far it is to the nearest grocery store and other services. Even if you don’t have kids, research the schools because it affects the value of your home in a very big way. If you buy a house in a good school district versus bad school district even in the same town, the value can be affected as much as 20 percent.
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To protect your vehicle and keep it looking its best, you need to wash it regularly. This prevents minor wear and tear from becoming noticeable, thereby maintaining your car’s value, and keeping your car looking better for longer. Provided you use the right technique and the right tools, washing your car is easy to do at home.
Here are some do’s and don’ts for how to wash your car at home.
Tip #1: Tools of the trade
To keep your car looking its best, it’s important to have the right cleaning tools. These include a hose with a variable nozzle, a soft sponge and/or car wash mitt, some car washing liquid, a wheel brush, several microfibre cloths, and at least one large microfiber towel for drying. In addition, a vacuum cleaner for the interior, rubber gloves, wheel cleaner, paper towels, and window cleaner are all useful tools to have on hand.
On the other hand, don’t use hand soap, dishwashing liquid, or anything other than proper car wash detergent to clean your car’s exterior. Car wash products are specifically designed to provide ample lubrication to prevent dislodged grit from scratching your car’s paint, and they’re gentle enough so they don’t remove existing wax.
Finally, you will need two buckets. This is extremely important. One of the biggest car washing blunders is rinsing out a dirty sponge in the clean suds bucket. When you do this, you’re not removing the dirt – you’re just putting the same grit and filth right back on the car and spreading it around. So use one bucket for your clean, sudsy water, and a second one (full of clean water) for thoroughly rinsing out that grimy sponge. Once the sponge is thoroughly rinsed, dip it back in the soapy water and continue.
Tip #2: Location, location, location
While it seems tempting to wash your car on a warm, sunny day, this is actually a common mistake. Rather, if you clean your car when it’s warm and sunny outside, it tends to dry too quickly, meaning you’re more likely to end up with spots on your paintwork and windows. As such, it is better to wash your car on an overcast day to ensure it doesn’t dry too quickly.
You’ve gathered all of your cleaning equipment and found the perfect location to wash your car. Now, it’s time to get down to business. We recommend beginning by washing your wheels. This is because wheel wells, hubcaps, and rubber tires collect all sorts of abrasive gunk that you don’t want anywhere near your car paint.
While most wheels will only require soapy water and a good scrubbing, if it has been a while since you cleaned your wheels, it might be a good idea to invest in a dedicated wheel/tyre cleaning product. Water-based, non-corrosive wheel cleaners that are suitable for all types of wheels are the safest choice. Further, don’t forget to wash around the wheel nuts, as well as scrubbing the outside tires.
Tip #4: Cleaning the exterior
Your wheels are shiny and clean, now it’s time to make the rest of your car match. But before you start scrubbing, make sure you hose off the entire vehicle to remove any loose dirt or debris that might otherwise scratch the car’s surface. It’s especially important to clean off bird droppings, dead insects, and tree sap, as these can be very harmful to your vehicle’s paint.
Once the car has been thoroughly rinsed with the hose, wash it by sections, moving systematically from top to bottom in the following order: roof, then window supports and windows, then the top of the bonnet and upper panels, followed by the middle of the doors and the boot, the front bumper, lower panels, lower part of the doors, and finally the back bumper. Remember to use separate buckets as you do this, while also raising your microfibre cloth regularly (or replacing it if it gets too dirty).
When you give your vehicle a final rinse, it is best to use a hose without a nozzle, so the water flows gently down over the whole car in a sheeting action. This way, you will leave fewer spots. Water spots are faint mineral deposits left behind when water evaporates, so drying your car thoroughly is just as important as washing it correctly. Use a large microfiber towel for scratch-free drying; you could also use a silicone ‘paint-safe’ squeegee to remove most of the initial moisture. Microfibre towels are much more absorbent than chamois or terry cloth towels, and they dry more quickly.
Once your car is completely dry, you can rejuvenate the shine of your existing wax with any number of spray wax products.
Tip #5: Cleaning the windows and glass
Not only are clean mirrors, windows, and windscreens aesthetically pleasing, they’re also important for your safety. It’s hard to be a safe driver if you have to squint to see out of your windscreen and your rear-view mirror is covered in smudges. There are a few important things to remember when cleaning your windows and glass.
Firstly, standard glass and tinted glass need to be cleaned in different ways. Cleaning untinted glass is fairly straightforward – a trusty glass cleaner and paper towel combination should get the job done. As always, remember to spray the glass cleaner directly onto the paper towel, rather than onto the glass surface. That way, you avoid the spray dripping down and damaging other surfaces.
Untinted glass, on the other hand, requires soapy water and a soft microfibre cloth to avoid damaging the film.
Finally, be careful not to knock or damage electrical connectors as you’re cleaning things such as side mirrors.
Tip #6: Cleaning the interior
It’s all well and good to have a clean exterior, but if your interior is dirty, then your car probably isn’t going to be much fun to drive. As such, cleaning the interior is an integral part of cleaning your car. First things first, remove any rubbish from your car, while also removing any loose, personal items to ensure they aren’t sucked up while you vacuum. Next step (you guessed it), is vacuuming – try to get into every nook and cranny, particularly underneath the seats. Following that, it’s time to grab an electrostatic cloth and clear all of the hard surfaces of dust, crumbs, and other debris. The electrostatic cloth is also an excellent tool for cleaning air vents and other hard-to-reach areas. Finally, if you want to be really thorough, grab a small brush and soapy water and clean your pedals, remembering to place a towel down first so that your carpet doesn’t get damp.
Tip #7: Keeping your car clean
Now that your car is sparkling clean, you would probably like to keep it that way. While it is inevitable that your car will get dirty again eventually, there are a few pre-emptive actions you can take to ensure your car remains as clean as possible for as long as possible. Firstly, it’s important to consider where you park your car. Whenever possible, try to avoid parking under trees (particularly during autumn), or anywhere that birds are likely to gather, as bird droppings can be difficult and time-consuming to remove.
Additionally, try to steer clear of newly sealed gravel roads. When it comes to keeping the interior clean, common sense is key. Obviously, avoid messy food and drinks, and be sure to remove any loose debris from your shoes before getting behind the wheel.
Last but certainly not least, the most important advice for how to wash your car at home is this: wash your car more frequently than you do now. Once a fortnight (or even once a week) isn’t too much at all, especially if you drive in an area where your car gets dirty very quickly. Think of it like this: the dirtier your car gets, the harder it will be to clean next time!
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