Doing Business During a Recession

It has be a few years since we went through a recession. According to some economist it has been since 2001 that we have enjoyed a recession. It might be a good time for a refresher course in how to do business during a recession.

There are a few key points to consider during tough economic times. Some have to do with common sense, which is always in short supply during a crisis. Others have to do with things that slip our minds and things we simply forget about until they come up again.

Customers, Shoppers and Buyers become more Cautious

The squeeze of every economic slowdown and recession is first felt by the consumer. They will know of a problem long before any government economist will admit that there is a problem.

Energy prices rise, food prices rise and pay days don’t. In the case where there is a commission based job in the household the paycheck may even take a dip during slow economic times. Combined with the rise in energy and food prices this puts a terrible squeeze on the household budget.

Therefore, your customer is going to spend less simply because they have less to spend. Be aware of this in your marketing and you can still garner your share of their spendable income.

Know your Strengths and Capitalize on them

If you are a casual dining restaurant that has a menu with items priced under $10 now is not the time to introduce your new, higher priced menu. Save that for when your customers have more spendable income and can afford to pay more to eat out.

Your mission during tough times is to survive like anyone else. Take a look at your menu. Find the high profit items on your menu and feature them in your advertising. Also know what your most popular items are and help people to know that you have them. Do you have a sign board outside of your restaurant? If so, use these items as your daily specials and price them right for your customers.

Be Smart with your Purchases

A very wise businessman taught me that there are 2 ways to make money when you sell something. Obviously, you make money on the difference between your cost and the selling price. However, what most people don’t realize is that you made money when you bought the item if you paid less for it.

Now is the time to comparison shop. Now is the time that you might pick up a new vendor or 2 through comparing what you are doing now and the other options that are available to you.

You have to understand that tough economic times reach way up the food chain. Your vendors are also having to scramble to do business. They too will be looking at how to continue selling during a recession. Being competitively priced is going to be one way that they survive. It is not wrong to competitively shop and force your vendors to cut prices in order to keep your business.

You should also take a look at what you can do yourself that you once hired out. For instance, there are probably maintenance items that you might have hired out that you could do yourself if you put your mind to it. Washing windows, plunging a toilet or maintaining equipment are all examples of things you might once have hired out that you now must do for yourself. Don’t hire an electrician to change a light bulb and don’t call a technician to replace a printer on your poit of sale system.

Be sure to use the Internet and search engines to help locate better pricing and help maintaining equipment. There are thousands of resources on the Internet that can help with better prices on inventory items, do-it-yourself help sites and even sites to buy equipment at drastically reduced prices.

Be smart in all aspects of your business and you will survive this recession.

Garnering Traffic Online – Why Use Twitter For Business?

If you own business, whether it is a new business or a business that has been around for a long time, you will know that marketing your business is very important if you want it to survive. There is no business in the world that can survive without some sort of marketing. In the older days there was word of mouth, and almost all business depended on their loyal customers and clients to tell the people they knew about a certain business.

New Method of Marketing:
This type of marketing was very effective and did the job for almost all of the businesses around. Then, a few years later, came newspapers, and people started using those as a marketing tool, and then came the radio and that become a marketing tool and then after that came the TV and that too became a marketing tool. After all of the changes in the marketing arena word of mouth fell away, and people were paying to get word of their business out to the general public, and other people stopped talking about great service they got at places.

Marketing Cost Effectively!
However, word of mouth marketing has made its way back on the scene, in a way. This has come about with a brand new marketing tool, and probably the biggest marketing tool that mankind has ever seen -the internet. There are many different types of ways to market your business on the internet. Yes, you do get the paid ways, and many people are using these ways to get their messages out, but word of mouth has made it back through social networking websites. Take Twitter as an example, it has not been around for a very long time, but it has helped many people market their company at no cost, and all they needed to do is sign up to get a profile.

Social Networking and Marketing:
With most social networking websites, like Facebook for example, you need to have people on your profile in order for them to see what you are doing. However, with twitter, if you made your profile public, anybody searching the network with a keyword that relates to your blog will be able to see what you are up to.

Marketing For Your Business:
This is why so many businesses have started using this method of advertising. Say you sell houses in the US and want people to visit your site. All you need to do is join Twitter, make your profile public and start tweeting with keywords you think people will type into the search function of the Twitter site, like House for Sale. Once people find your tweet, they find your site and you start getting more traffic at your official website because of the Twitter blogging network. The more people that find your blog, the more potential traffic you get.

Low Thyroid Levels And A Free Test You Don’t Need To Pay For

With Low Thyroid Levels, no honest progress is made not including the open mind of discovery. A clever Russian expression is accepting as true everything but confirm it. Are you prepared?

The deep pot hole in your smooth ride to diagnosis is the gold standard of thyroid diagnosis, the TSH blood test. It is the one test most often used. I believe you will be missed and suffer significantly longer if you trust only it.

Herein is a pathway you can add more authentication to your alleged low thyroid diagnosis. It will rule it out. It will warn you that is an effective indicator of low thyroid levels. Its philosophy are well recognized by world published Dr Omura at Columbia University Medical School. To be clear, this is a combination of lots of authors and presented here for your deliberation. Ready? No Pain now. No expense. To proceed, bunch up your fingers on your left hand and place the 5-bunched tips 2 inches higher than your belly button. Keep them there for the duration of the whole test. This will make the test more accurate.

Write the word shame on a 3×5 card and turn it down on the table face down. Now note the word God on another card. Turn it face down. Write the word low thyroid on a card and turn it face down. Write the word malaria on a card and turn it face down. By now you should have 5 or 6 cards to “try with” Okay? Now remain standing with your feet close together. Pick up a card and place it at the base of your neck. Close your eyes and check which way you tilt, (Forward or back) keep with me now. Review the piece of paper and comprehend what it says. If you chose the card “shame” and you leaned rearward then you distinguish that the statement-card disrupts you. If the statement “God” caused you to you hunch, then everything explicitly honorable and powerful will incite you to lean forward. Now for the body muscle trial, be accepting this works rather well. Its secret is that it will disturb your body balancing or sturdiness when things are put into its field. Deposit anything in the field namely unhealthful and you will sway to the rear. Even if you just put the name on paper. BUT if you laugh please progress on. I don’t want you to lose a chance to garner a fair diagnosis… Try this, test a pouch of aspartame. Investigate some strong substance… don’t hurt yourself. You will realize bad things force you sway backward. Now put out some blank cards. Put the title low thyroid on one and turn it face down. Put the designation high thyroid levels on a new card and turn it face down. Stick malaria on a card as well as shame and a million dollars. Now choose one card. Don’t scan. Situate it at the starting point of the neck. Close your eyes. Situate your feet close together and wait. Inquire you slant back or to the fore. Then examine every card. Test every piece of paper. So how about the low thyroid card? Did you teeter backward? In that case you in all probability have more heavyweight verification you are low thyroid. Believe me If you swayed backward you should suppose you are low thyroid. Carry on amassing confirmation.

Practice makes perfect. Get familiar here with test. It can help you to see if this food is beneficial for you or it the deodorant you wear unbalance you. Test your coffee and some green tea. Sway forward it is probably good for you… Sway back well you know….

Well, so to assess the conditions we are going to apply what is called kinesiology. This is regularly referred to as the muscle test. So bear the card with malaria printed on it and fix it close to the navel. If you lean forward then that means you do not have malaria. If you lean backwards, then that measures that you do. This is a high-quality reference to support that this check works. I do not recognize how but it is the most perfect examination I have ever used to date. So now do this with the piece of paper that says Low Thyroid Levels and do the same check. This will signal whether your Thyroid Levels are not optimal for your body.

If the body temp is 97 F or below for 10 days you have low thyroid operation according to Dr Broda Barnes and his oceans of study linking low thyroid levels. He found no correlation concerning the TSH and further blood tests involving the body temp. So is your way of thinking still available? Lend it a go.

Has it occurred to you to put to the test the expressions “I necessitate natural thyroid supplements?” and “I necessitate more Iodine?” Supplementing Iodine with any thyroid treatment is unconditionally a necessity. Do talk about this with a medical practitioner who is acquainted with its application. (The body sway experiment or Kinesiology) I expect it foolhardy to poll a reverend regarding meditation, or perhaps not.

Lawless Government – The Great Non-Sequitur of the Last Days

The idea of lawless government seems like a non sequitur but through the eyes of Biblical prophecy it is not. Indeed it is a promise of scripture and a description of a time when government will be at a peak but the laws governing personal moral behavior will have reached all new lows beyond anything in past history.

It is interesting that the call to this non sequitur will be much like the slogan of the Obama campaign catch phrase used in the 2008 election. Put simply it is the call for change: the definition, final outcome or stated purpose of the change does not have to be clarified. It is akin to the exasperated cry of the weary worker who says to his wife “We just need to get out of here for a while and maybe take a little vacation.” The feeling that a change is desired comes long before it is actualized or planned. The call for change is seeking only agreement not necessarily a definition or any specifics.

The promised rise of the world’s last and worst dictator says that he too will be a man that calls for change. He will think to change the very way we perceive time and history. Not possible you say? Consider Adolph Hitler’s call for a thousand year rule of the Third Reich. He pulled that one out of the little hat that housed his very large megalomaniacal head and actually got thousands of Germans on board with his idea of Nazi supremacy.

The Antichrist will do pretty much the same thing but rather than waiting for a new millennial period to begin he will simply propose that we rearrange the history preceding him and all the events that follow. “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” (Dan 7:25)

It could be said that one of the chief reasons Hitler failed and Antichrist does not is because Hitler came before his time. The Antichrist however comes at exactly the right time. The world will have been well prepped in his time. Religion will be apostate having replaced the call to salvation with ceremonial and traditional beliefs that leave out accountability to the creator God and his singular Savior who rather than being a great teacher or leader is the very incarnation of the living God, in the form of a man, namely, Jesus Christ.

The world banded together to defeat Hitler but due to moral conditions in the last day the world will join with the Antichrist to bring in their own all new version of the thousand year reign. It will not look as militant and aggressive as the schemes of Hitler but will be a seemingly homogeneous meld of political correctness, global cooperation, environmentalism and happy days of worldwide brotherhood. John Lennon would be delighted.

The antichrist’s rise will be predicated on the need to solve worldwide problems such as war and economic instability. He will be a man who knows full well the meaning of yet another slogan that came into vogue during the 2008 election year, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

The world is mesmerized by pop figures that seem larger than life in our culture and problem solvers who are larger than life in our leadership and government. Antichrist happens to fit the profile for both. He will, for a time at least, find a way to cut back warfare in various parts of the world and stabilize a teetering worldwide economy. It might be said that; to the world he looks just too good to pass up.

Lawless government is hard to understand apart from a clear understanding that law has different levels and administrations. The best example to explain these levels is in the ancient Law of Moses. Comprised of three basic divisions the Mosaic Law is the perfect example of how nations can split the hairs just as ancient Israel has done, by picking the part of the law they found easiest to enforce, they brought their nationhood to an end.

Mosaic Law is comprised of the ceremonial law, the hygienic law and the moral law. Ceremonial law spoke to the methods and practice of religious ceremonies and concerned itself with proper procedures in the practice of the ancient temple system of worship. Hygienic law had to do with washing of hands, temple vessels and what meats were clean or unclean.

The third and most important aspect of the Mosaic Law was the moral law but this is where Israel failed the most. At the top of the moral law were the Ten Commandments.

The moral law was fully incorporated by Christ into a singular and final law sometimes referred to as “The Royal Law of the Scriptures.” That law is defined by a single verse of New Testament scripture, “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” (Luke 10:27)

The Royal law held God as the main focus of our love and our neighbors as well. No one goes after his neighbor’s wife if he loves his neighbor. No one steals from someone they love. No one murders anyone, if they love them.

In the hands of secularists, the deviant and the generally disobedient this law has been twisted to mean that if you love people you will not charge anyone with immoral behavior because that would be overtly un-loving and thus not in keeping with the Royal Law of Scriptures.

It is the Royal Law that comes under serious attack as the last days approach. Speaking of conditions that will prevail near the end of the age Christ said, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Mt 24:12)

To proclaim that God’s pronouncements against homosexuality are binding moral laws will be detested, challenged and rejected as un-loving. Following those objections many will conclude that such proclamations are contrary to civil rights, first amendment freedoms, or injurious and defamatory to the homosexual.

To reiterate, preach, or attest to God’s proclamations will be seen as un-loving and defamatory yet all the while the real reasons for proclaiming his laws are exactly the opposite. To the Christian, not telling someone of a behavioral choice that will cost someone their eternal destiny is extremely irresponsible and anything but loving. Proclaiming the moral laws that are intrinsic to the Royal Law is an ultimate act of love.

The ultimate master of lawlessness and anarchy in the last days is called the “man of lawlessness.” (2 Thess 2: 3 NAS) The height of perversion will have been reached and surpassed because he will actually be ruling the world from one end of the globe to the other. (Rev 13: 7) Here is where the incongruity reaches critical mass. How can a lawless individual propose, legislate or enforce any laws if he is “lawless?”

The kinds of laws that are loosened, changed or disregarded are all those that have to do with our personal behavior and matters of choice. We are now accustomed to abortion on a world wide scale (150 million to date) and nationally (50 million) and now it is no longer considered a hot button topic but is often covered with a simple; “It’s the law of the land.” I’m not sure where the word originated but someone of late has referred to abortion clinics as “abortuaries,” a term that should invoke national shame.

Stretching the credulity of the humblest minds today’s stop academics and scientists send probes across our solar system looking for the source or beginnings of life but don’t seem to know when life begins in a mother’s womb. Most children know that life begins at the beginning (conception) without studying Hegel’s Science of Logic. Today’s top minds say the God who can’t lie (2 Tim 1: 2) must have been mistaken when he referred to himself as the creator of everything well over forty times in the scripture. The convulsions of the modern mind do not end here but the final chapter is yet to come.

Every choice regarding gender, trans-gender, sexual preferences or the promotion and promulgation of sexually deviant materials will have almost no limits. Prurient interests will fly on every level from Hollywood to the classroom. The sense of the big party will create euphoria for a while, until people are forced to pause long enough to see that while they were reveling, the biggest political farce in world history is forming like a giant tsunami and is about to break out just behind them.

The pursuit of riches will take up the slack for the rest and out of that mindless hot pursuit will come a come a worldwide economic system that will enter and meddle with the details of virtually everyone’s personal finances. It will be a mandatory system without which no one will be able to buy or sell so much as a postage stamp unless they are included in it. George Orwell’s 1984 will come into its own and then we will see the only thing he may have had wrong in his un-nerving prognostication was the date.

Those with a gut sense that things are about to burst open have begun to take measures to avert the worst, howbeit, they have sought the wrong path. Today there is a flurry of gold sellers selling the public the idea that buying gold will assure their future financial security. I cannot help but make them angry by saying that gold will be worthless when these events are in full swing.

We hear the repeated claim that gold has never gone down in value. This is a complete lie because those who stocked up on gold when it hovered around $400.00 per ounce in the eighties saw it plunge rather than rise to the expected $800.00 per ounce that was predicted. But let’s go further back than the eighties. From 1933 to 1975 Americans were not permitted to own or hoard gold, gold coins, gold bullion or gold certificates under the executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 5, 1933. The Antichrist’s complete control of our personal finances will also be subject to executive orders of the same kind.

If all of this sounds dastardly we must remember that no one ever said that prophecy was meant to titillate. Of the 167 Messianic prophecies that are found in the Old Testament all were fulfilled completely during the life of Christ but none of the less attractive aspects of them was left out. The brutal slaying of Christ on a cross was the worst death the ancient Romans could conger and every detail of that death was both prophesied and fulfilled in the last twenty four hours of Christ’s life.

There are about one hundred times more pre-millennial (Second coming of Christ) prophecies than Messianic prophecies and every one of them will be largely fulfilled in the last seven years of human history as we now know it. So why doesn’t everyone just tune in to these dire warnings and turn it all around?

Nothing new here; the first reason that we don’t pay heed to the warnings is because we will not take them into account. Science, academics, the media, apostate churches and the general attitudes of most people is one of skepticism and doubt. The second prevailing reason they are not heeded is that age old matter of unbelief. The “seeing is believing” crowd will get what they want but, it will be a moment too late.

I usually appendage my work with an appropriate scripture passage to complete or embellish the points and drive home a sense of urgency to my readers. This time I will use a message garnered from the annals of American southern gospel music. In 1917 the song “Life’s Railway to Heaven was copyrighted and later was printed and popularized in Chicago in 1933. The words came from the pen of M.E. Abbey and the music was written by Charlie D. Tillman.

Abbey says that all of life is like a mountain railroad a metaphor few people find hard to understand.

Life is like a mountain railroad, with an engineer that’s brave;
We must make the run successful, from the cradle to the grave;
Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels; never falter, never quail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle, and your eye upon the rail.

The question that is posed by Abbey’s prose is, just how could anyone keep a powerful fast moving train from de-railing in times that are roaring louder than the old train whistle itself? As with so many of life’s best solutions for problems the answer is simple yet profound. In the next verse Tillman explains.

You will often find obstructions; look for storms of wind and rain;
On a fill, or curve, or trestle, they will almost ditch your train;
Put your trust alone in Jesus; never falter, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle, and your eye upon the rail.

Your weight is found on what or whom you trust. If you trust government, your riches, gold, the Antichrist, the new liberalism or apostate churches the result will always be; a ditched train.

How Do You Choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer and How Much Should You Pay For One?

If you find yourself in trouble with the law, the first thing the police will usually do is read you your “rights” which means your Miranda Rights which start out with “You have the right to remain silent; anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law; you have the right to an attorney at all stages of the proceedings; if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you free of charge.”

That is a very important admonition because it sets the stage for everything that is to follow in the criminal justice proceedings. The very first thing to do is remain silent and ask to speak to a lawyer. But then the question arises “Who do I call?” and “How much will it cost me?” That’s the purpose of this article – to answer those questions and give you some practical advice.

First, as for requesting a lawyer, it’s important to remember that just by saying those words you set into motion the requirement that the police should stop their questioning as soon as you demand a lawyer. Please note that you must remain silent for that to work, so remain silent until you speak to your attorney and afterward too.

Second, who do you call? Well, it is be a good idea to do a little research beforehand so you’re prepared in the off chance you may need a criminal defense attorney in the future. I suggest you take a look at the legal sites, such as Avvo.com, Lawline, Lawyers.com, etc. or look up lawyers on any good search engine. The important things to look for are the length of time practicing, whether they primarily practice criminal defense law, any distinctions like awards, etc. and any publications or higher offices they’ve held. (I happen to like Avvo.com because it actually gives you a rating for each lawyer between 1-10 and prior clients’ comments and other attorneys’ endorsements which are a helpful way to make a preliminary decision.) Of course, if you’ve already been charged and are sitting in a police station, call home and ask for help in getting a lawyer and do the best you can in the moment. You can always change attorneys later if the first one doesn’t work out. The following advice is for those who have the time and energy to really look for the best lawyer available for themselves at the best price.

Since each person is going to be unique, you must look at all of their characteristics before settling on a group of no less than three or more than six attorneys to interview. Of course, make sure that the attorneys you choose to interview all practice in the jurisdiction where your case is pending or likely to be pending. This is important because it always helps to have an attorney who knows the local Judges and prosecutors. Its also important that the attorney’s reputation is known by the prosecutor and Judge because they are the very people that will decide much of your case and it can make a big difference.

When interviewing each attorney, do your best to meet them in person so you can see if you have rapport with them and whether you feel respected by them as you speak with them. This is important because you may one day have to put your future in their hands if they are chosen to represent you. Look into their eyes and make sure they look you back in your eyes rather than looking away. If they won’t look you in the eye, they may not look the prosecutor or Judge in the eye either and that would not go over well once your case is underway.

You should also ask each one you interview how much they charge for various types of cases, from the lowliest traffic ticket to murder. Get some idea of how they charge, whether on an hourly or flat fee or a combination of the two. If the attorney is uneasy with setting out his or her fees, you should note that since it may become a problem down the road if they cannot communicate with you about fees up front.

Many attorneys in the criminal defense area offer flat fees for the entire case in order for the client to feel comfortable with their financial exposure. While this may feel pretty good up front for you because you get to know exactly what it will cost you, remember there are more ways to “skin a cat” than one. Often if an attorney sets a flat fee, he or she may want to spend as little time as possible to complete your case. It stands to reason because if they are only going to earn just so much on your case, they want to finalize it as quickly as possible. On the other hand, if you want to fight the case as hard as possible, that attorney could be thinking to him or herself that “this person wants to fight this case with MY blood” and may be resistant to pursuing your case beyond trying to get you to accept the very earliest plea reduction offered to you by the prosecutor. This doesn’t always work as well in reality as it seemed at the outset.

On the other extreme, if an attorney is charging an hourly fee, there is always the chance that he/she will want to spend an inordinate amount of time on your case in order to build up their bill as much as possible. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get a better defense, but it does mean you have the potential of an unlimited bill for the defense of your case. That may mean you get a better defense, but not necessarily. So what’s the answer.

Perhaps the best approach is a combination of the two ways of charging for criminal matters. To do that, the attorney may charge a flat fee for a set number of court appearances (3-5 times) and then set another amount for more than the initial amount of appearances. By doing this, the attorney will use his/her expertise to give you a fair fee schedule for the number of court appearances it usually takes to conclude a case of that nature and then, in the event the case requires more court appearances, then the client will pay a set amount of each additional appearance. That way, if the client is being unreasonable in their demands, they must pay for the additional court appearances it will take to pursue their defense. In other words, both parties compromise a little and that usually is the best arrangement for both.

As far as exactly how much you should pay for a defense attorney, that varies a lot from place to place and from attorney to attorney. In the metropolitan areas where competition is keen, fees can vary widely, however, in the field of criminal law you usually must pay a premium for an experienced attorney who has a well known reputation and who brings more knowledge and personal experiences along the way than a less experienced attorney might. Of course, if you want a less expensive attorney, you may have to settle for one with less experience who is looking to gain more experience. This will also depend upon the type of case you have pending against you.

If it’s a simple Driving While Intoxicated case and you really don’t want to argue about whether you did it, but want to get it over with as little discomfort as possible, then you might want to go to a less experienced lawyer and get reasonably good representation at a more reasonable fee. However, if you want to fight the case to the very end, then you will have to “pay up” for a much more experienced attorney who will take every part of the case apart and attack it with a vengeance.

Of course, that will cost you dearly, but it may make all the difference in the end, which often makes it well worth it. This is especially so if suffering a conviction could have a negative impact upon your employment or any licenses you may hold. This usually applies to those who have been charged with Felonies, however, it can also hold true with Misdemeanors.

One more factor can be the area in which you live which may have fewer attorneys. That can often lead to higher fees because there is less competition and often none of the attorneys want to break the lower limits of fee schedules to garner more business, so they all keep their fees high and clients have no choice but to retain one of them at the higher fees.

Last, but not least, if you find yourself charged with a very serious matter and you absolutely must be acquitted by a judge or jury after a trial, then all bets are off. In such a situation, you must pay up for the best trial lawyer you can find in your immediate vicinity who has vast trial experience. If none of the attorneys in your area meet that standard, then you may have to reach out to those who do meet that criteria in other areas of your state or elsewhere. There is no way to adequately advise you about how much to pay for such representation, but when it comes down to it, if you are innocent and must be found not guilty, then the sky could be the limit and all that’s left is to figure out how you’re going to pay for it because there’s no choice.

Most important of all considerations is whether you trust the lawyer you finally choose. Remember, you are about to enter into a “War” with the authorities. Both the police force as well as the Prosecutor’s office generally have unlimited resources and usually have the intent to convict you once they have their eyes set on you. It’s up to your attorney to thwart them at every turn and attack everything they do through legal means. It often feels like the odds are overwhelmingly against you, but luck tends to favor those who are prepared and that is the hallmark of a great criminal defense attorney.

Of course, they must also be expert at cross-examination and that’s rather difficult to determine on your own. Perhaps the best way to determine who is the best cross-examiner in the local courthouse where your case is or may be pending is to visit it on a quiet day and watch a few trials to see who is most impressive to you. If there aren’t any trials or you’re not quite settled yet, then quietly ask as many Court Officers as you can find who they think is the best defense lawyer at cross-examination. You might also ask Court Clerks or Court stenographers if you can strike up a conversation with them. Remember, they are the people who actually get to see the majority of the lawyers do their work and they usually form their own opinions about them. Of course, don’t rely solely upon them, but ask enough people to get a feel for who they think is the best and then add that name to your list of lawyers you intend upon interviewing.

There are probably many more ways to choose a lawyer and get an idea about how much to pay them for their services, but these are perhaps the most salient and practical and I trust they assist you in this important decision.

Students – Modern Day Stress, Pressures of Students in Daily Life!

Although it may seem that gifted students are lucky to have been bestowed with intellect and talent, such a classification can come with problems of its own. In fact, gifted students can experience high levels of stress to excel at everything they do.

Because of their gifts, gifted students also tend to be more perceptive than other children when it comes to picking up on environmental cues, so they may be more sensitive to judgments from others (both real and perceived), as well as sometimes feel overloaded and overwhelmed by information. A lifetime of high expectations can lead gifted students to be extremely hard on themselves as they strive for increasingly higher standards and packed schedules.

Gifted students are usually placed in school environments that are filled with pressure. Although students often need these accelerated tracks to keep them from getting bored in school, the demands of both the coursework and the environment of other gifted students can cause a great deal of stress. Children may work so hard to keep up (and stay ahead) that they begin to burn out from stress-which can be a dangerous state, both physically and mentally. Stress can create a vicious cycle, as it is more difficult to concentrate and pay attention when stressed, so students may experience low performance, leading them to be even harder on themselves. Be on the lookout for significant changes in behavior that indicate burnout and stress, such as:

Physical symptoms that are often related to stress, such as stomachaches, backaches, and headaches. Other physical symptoms of stress and burnout can include frequent colds and other minor illnesses, and nervous behaviors, such as tics, stuttering, pulling out hair, or skin-picking.

Negativity or resentment towards school in a child who used to be generally happy or excited about learning.

Difficulty sleeping, fatigue, or low energy. (Please note that changes in sleeping patterns are a normal part of adolescence, as teenagers tend to prefer to stay up later and sleep later, so tiredness is often a normal part of the life of an adolescent who has a tendency to stay up very late, and then has to be at school very early in the morning.) Concern should arise when children are exhibiting sleeping difficulties without other explanations, or are consistently losing sleep due to worry about excelling in school.

Extreme irritability, moodiness, insecurity, inability to make decisions, and/or overreaction in the face of events that the child was previously able to handle.

Acting out through destructive or aggressive behaviors

Self-medication with alcohol or drugs.

Some parents may read the list above and feel that all of the points describe behaviors of the typical adolescent. The key in recognizing stress and burnout is to notice major changes in behavior that persist for more than a few weeks, and that seem to be more extreme than other children of the same age.

Parents can help students who are experiencing stress and burnout by trying some of the following ideas:

Put the focus back on effort, rather than innate talent. Gifted children are often very used to excelling (and therefore garnering a lot of praise) without having to put in a lot of work. When they are faced with tasks that require a lot of time in order to succeed, gifted children may feel that they have hit the limits of their ability, and experience stress as a result. Help them be realistic in terms of their expectations for the relationship between time invested and results.

Sometimes gifted children who are grouped together can engage in intense competition. Do not get involved in this competition by comparing your child to others. Make sure that your child knows that you appreciate his uniqueness by supporting the path that he wants to take, even if it is not the most prestigious one.

Consider limiting the number of accelerated classes and/or extracurricular activities that your student can be involved in. Help students find activities outside of school where the focus is on enjoyment, not for the purpose of eventually filling out a college application. Make sure children have outlets for self-expression in an area that they enjoy, through activities such as writing, art, music or physical activity. Try to provide opportunities for unstructured time engaged in such activities; otherwise, lessons or clubs may feel like one more source of pressure.

Make sure that gifted students know that even if they feel burned out or disillusioned about school, they still need to be polite to teachers. Many gifted students are taught that they are as smart (or smarter) than adults, and therefore have the right to question and/or mistreat those that they feel are being unfair or giving them “busy work.” Talk to children about making choices on what assignments to work on when prioritizing, but also help them understand that they have to accept the consequences of their choices. Teach them how to stand up for themselves and question by being assertive without being rude or disrespectful.

It Pays to Combine Search Engine and Social Media Marketing

Search engine marketing (SEM) and social media marketing (SMM) are two of the most commonly used and cost-effective forms of Internet marketing. A system that brings you greater return on investment should never be ignored and so the companies that aim to reach the sky and make it big in the industry must combine search engine marketing and social media marketing strategies.

The mixture of these two forms of online marketing is a perfect recipe for online business success. Now a days, search engines and social media networks are two of the most widely used platforms from where you can garner as much information as you want. While search engines lead you to the most well-optimised and useful websites for your respective searches, social media networks allow you to connect with the people and businesses that you find interesting. Thus, if you want your business to become visible and reachable to your existing and potential customers, establishing a strong online presence is mandatory; and this can be achieved by merging SEM and SMM strategies together.

The cost of getting listed on the search engine result pages (SERPs) and signing up on social media networks is nominal in front of the traditional marketing costs. Moreover, the end result of online marketing is far more immediate and encouraging than the other forms. Thus, there are no two ways about the many benefits of search engine and social media marketing.

While larger organisations have been exploiting these platforms to their full potential, SMEs and freelancers are also taking this advantage of this highly beneficial opportunity. Search engine marketing strategies include search engine optimisation (SEO) and pay per click (PPC) advertising. In SEO, on-page and off-page optimisation is conducted for organic searches. PPC is paid advertising with a difference as in this form of advertising you pay when your ad is clicked and the user is directed towards your website. The primary purpose of SEM is to increase the traffic towards your website and to spread awareness about your brand so that more visitors convert into customers. SMM focuses more on building relationships and spreading awareness about your brand. By targeting and networking with the right kind of people on social media websites, companies can enhance their customer relationship management and engage users with their brands.

Some of the benefits enjoyed by business enterprises and professionals from properly integrated search engine marketing and social media marketing strategies are discussed below:

  • Prevents the scenario of ‘out of sight, out of mind’- The more people see of you online, the better it is for you, your company and your brand. Intense marketing efforts through traditional methods can have significant benefits for your business, but search engine and social media marketing can take your business’ marketing efforts to new heights. Search engine marketing and social media marketing leverage your corporate reputation and make it easy for people to know about you and contact you.
  • Saves significant amount of money and time- Online marketing is a relatively cheaper way of marketing your brand in front of a massive audience. A planned approach towards SEM and SMM can save you a lot of time and money that can be invested in other crucial areas that facilitate the company’s productivity and quality.
  • Best platform for word-of-mouth advertising- While SEM alone aims at popularising your website on the Internet, merging of SMM strategies can facilitate word-of-mouth advertising of your brand. If your brand is popular on the social media, more people will talk about you and reach your website to know more about you and your services.
  • Establishes business’ credibility and professionalism- These days it is a status symbol as well as a necessity for businesses to mark their strong presence on the Web. This is so because Internet is the number one source of information about businesses across the globe and having a search engine-friendly website and well-established social media profiles can add credibility and professional appeal to your business.

Why Day Job Killer Should Be Called Day Job Replacer Instead

Seems these days every Internet mass marketer, and their brother, has the secret ingredient or method of replacing your current day job grind with an instant, or near instant, million dollar a year from Internet sales and marketing gimmick. Well I’m here to tell you Day Job Killer is another one of those gimmicks or fads if you will. The only difference between Day Job Killer and other such Internet marketing methods is that Day Job Killer will work – for now. I’m going to divulge the truth behind it and from there let you make your own decision if you should proceed with using the methods it provides for affiliate marketing.

But first for the new people to affiliate marketing and to those of you who want to read some credibility about myself the next 5 paragraphs will be on my background and a general lesson on affiliate marketing. I will get back to Day Job Killer I promise.

Ok, so let me give you a little history on myself. I’m sure it will sound like countless others you’ve heard and maybe even close to your own story. I got my first Internet access account way back in 1991 and since then I have always thought that the Internet was going to be the advertising/sales medium to replace the traditional direct mail,newspaper,magazine methods of advertising. I still believe that, although its going to take several more years for it to happen than I thought it would initially.

Those were the days of free domain name registrations through Internic, or Network Solutions as they are called now, and anyone could register a domain name for free and have a website on that domain within minutes or hours and it was all free. I won’t go into the story of how all of that changed but lets just say that Network Solutions figured out that there was money to be made from domain name registrations and thus now you have to pay for them.

Anyway, I dabbled in setting up some websites and shopping carts, bebopped around on eBay with a few items I had to sell and actually made a little money here and there. Not much mind you but a little extra change every now and again. Along came a new concept in sales on the Internet back about 1994 or so called affiliate marketing. If you don’t know what that is its basically advertising a product for sale that you don’t own, or stock, for someone else that does for a cut, or percentage, of the sale.

This method of sales on the Internet for the average Joe grew tremendously fast. It was so successful for companies that participated that Internet websites like Commission Junction began springing up to bring Internet average Joe’s and companies together. Today there in excess of over 10,000 affiliate programs one can join and begin marketing products on the Internet.

Of course it had to happen, there came individuals out of the woodwork claiming they made millions off of affiliate marketing and was ready to divulge their secrets to all – for a price. This information came to you by varied means usually secret insider websites that you logged into or, as is most common today, an eBook about their secrets. Again another avenue for affiliate marketing sprang up for selling access to these secrets for the publishers. And you guessed it websites were created to bring these publishers and average Joes together to form alliances, or affiliate associations between themselves. The most popular for this type of affiliate referral websites today is ClickBank.

Alrighty so there you have a brief history on myself and a primer on affiliate marketing. Now lets move on to Day Job Killer and why it should be renamed Day Job Replacer.

Day Job Killer is the latest release of eBooks on using PPC (pay per click) advertising to capitalize on affiliate marketing. The book is written by Chris McNeeney who also wrote “Affiliate Project X” back in Oct of 2006 and “Adwords Miracle” the year before. When his eBook APX came out it was a smash success among affiliate marketers because it revived a new way of using AdWords to promote affiliate product sales.

For the bulk of this report I will focus on the one technique in Day Job Killer known as “Direct Linking X”. I will do this primarily because: A) It is the ONE method in Day Job Killer that the average Joe can implement right away B) It is the easiest of the methods to start with and see results C) I have actual personal proof of the results of using it.

Altogether there are 6 different techniques revealed in Day Job Killer. All of them require cash and time to implement. The techniques are described as being nasty,ruthless and to be quite honest some of them do require a degree of “take no prisoners” attitude towards PPC advertsing.

Direct Linking X is or should be part two of Chris’s Affiliate Project X eBook. Actually it is a revamped method of performing the GoogleCash method of PPC that Google banned some time ago. This method puts a spin on it in that you link directly to affiliate partners such as Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Target product pages.

As I mentioned of the methods revealed in Day Job Killer this is the only method the average Joe can participate in right away. But be fore warned even this method is not for the truly dedicated to succeeding and absolutely requires research and cash investment into PPC.

Basically you find high ticket items on your affiliate partner’s products list and create PPC ads to promote them while collecting a commission for each sale. The explanation of how to implement Direct Linking X give clear examples of what grabs attention in these ads and will garner higher click through ratios.

The problem is while one could setup a couple of test ads fairly quickly to really employ this method of PPC and affiliate marketing you will need to devote a significant amount of time into research for the ads. Thus Day Job Killer becomes Day Job Replacer as you find more and more of your time being invested into implementing the methods in the eBook. And this is the easiest one to do. The other methods described in the eBook such as “The Leveler” could require a week or more of research just to get started and then the constant staying at the process to stay in the game.

OK so I promised results of how well Direct Linking X performed for me so here it is in all of its glory or lack of. I followed the advice to a “T” in the method and chose two ads to run. Both of them were Amazon products, both of them according Amazon’s Hot Sellers page were hot products in their categories. One was a Weber Smoker/Grill and the other was a hiking boot made by Rocket Dog.

I setup the two ads exactly as described in Day Job Killer and turned the AdWords campaign loose on Google. Both ads I started out at 80 cents each to garner high position for the first day and then lowered the bid price the second day to 20 cents. The Weber ad received 4582 views or impressions and 109 clicks about a 2.39% CTR. Out of this I made one sale for a grand total of $8.20 in affiliate commission. These 109 clicks cost me $26 in AdWords advertsing expenses so as you can see I lost on that campaign. The Rocket Dog ad performed about the same and had zero sales so I totally lost all of my ad dollars on that campaign.

Now some will argue that I picked the wrong items to market or that my ads were not effective enough, but I beg to differ. A 2.39% CTR is excellent for such a targeted specific ad usually you are doing good if you can get around a 1% CTR. So in essence what I’m saying here is that you really need to pick and choose which products to market and they had better be high end products that pay a healthy commission. Dealing with Amazon you can get anywhere from a 4% to 10% commission so you really have to be on your toes to find a really hot product that will sell easily. Also you need to do what they call “split testing” ads which in essence means creating various ads for the same product and seeing which ones perform best. I haven’t gotten to that point yet. I just started with Day Job Killer a few days agao so I am really still on a learning curve with it as well.

This all of course adds to credit to my statement that Day Job Killer should be renamed Day Job Replacer. It is not a method of setting up ads and letting them run on auto-pilot and sit back and collect great financial rewards. It is in essence another job for you to work at and invest time into.

The biggest problem I have with Day Job Killer is that now that over 10,000 people have bought the eBook the methods will get exploited over and over again and the GoogleCash slap (banning of ad types) will in no doubt be around the corner. So Day Job Killer and its methods are what I like to call FAD marketing, here today and gone tomorrow. Another problem is that you are not building up a long term income strategy plan. Once the methods get banned the cash flow ends abruptly and you will have to scramble to replace the income.

So to sum it up do I recommend Day Job Killer? Yes and No. Yes, if you want some excellent PPC marketing strategies to experiment and work with that will eventually make you some extra cash and maybe a lot of it if you happen to hit upon a highly profitable product thats not over marketed already. No if you are looking for any kind of long term return on your investment of time and money. Day Job Killer brings several new strategies to light on PPC advertsing but is not for the faint of heart when it comes to time and money investment.

If you have bought Day Job Killer and want to make things a little easier on your self I have a video and an Excel spreadsheet that will help creating your Amazon affiliate links and PPC ads easier. It is called The Day Job Killer Success Kit [http://www.daelectronics.com/djk/day_job_killer_success_kit.html]. It comes with 2 videos that further explain Direct Linking X method and shows how it should be done, an example of the type of ads to run in PPC advertsing campaigns, and the Excel spreadsheet for creating the ad contents. Its an excellent addition to the eBook since it does show you exactly how to use Direct Linking X by example.

Remember When – Dick Allen’s $250K Highest in MLB, $15K Minimum Pay

Baseball Library records The 25th and 27th of February, 35 years ago, marked two groundbreaking events which have served to shape fiscal and economic reality in contemporary baseball. The former date being the root for the evolution of MLB salary arbitration and free agency.

Baseball Library records on February 25, 1973;

A new 3-year Basic Agreement is reached between players and owners… Among the provisions of the agreement are a $15’000 minimum salary’ salary arbitration’ and the “10 and 53 trade rule’ which permits a player with 10 years in the ML’ the last 5 of which are with his current team’ to veto any trade involving him.

The latter date in 1973 made Dick Allen baseball’s highest paid player having received a 3 year, $250,000 per year deal from the Chicago White Sox.

Allen burst onto the Phillies scene at the beginning of the 1964 season, a season memorable for Jim Bunnings’ Fathers Day perfect game against the Mets, rightfielder Johnny Callison’s All Star game 3 run walk-off homer and the club’s late-season collapse blowing a 6 game NL first place lead in the final 12 games of the season.

Allen’s rookie season reflected the same sort of promise of a great career as Ryan Howard’s rookie season did in 2005. But Howard hit his 22 homers with a .286 BA in 88 games where Allen’s 29 homers, 104 RBIs, 201 hits and .318 BA were full season stats. Although he committed 41 errors at 3rd base, having never played there previous to arriving in the big leagues, Allen wooed the baseball writers with his stats and was voted 1964’s NL Rookie of the Year.

While Howard also won rookie of the year honors in 2005 season, he also went on to garner a wall full of awards for his 58 homer, 149 RBI, .313 BA 2006 season which, by comparison, blew away Allen’s second season. Further, it took Allen 4 1/2 seasons to duplicate Howard’s 129 homers accomplished in less than 3 full seasons.

Although Allen would put together impressive numbers in 1965 before really blossoming for the Phils with a 40 homer, 110 RBI, .317 BA season in 1966, his off-field turmoil eventually spilled over onto the field.

A glimpse at the future disruptiveness which would dog Allen throughout his career was seen a year later in 1965 in his run-ins with veteran journeyman utility player Frank Thomas who was near the end of a 16 year career. Thomas, who packed some thump in his bat throughout his career, provided some clutch pinch homers for the Phils after his acquisition late in the 1964 season. But perhaps the turbulence that marked Allen’s career was rooted in his minor league experiences with the Phillies affiliate club in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Wikipedia records this regarding Allen’s minor league experiences;

His career got off to a turbulent start as he faced racial harassment while playing for the Phillies’ minor league affiliate in Little Rock; residents staged protest parades against Allen, the local team’s first black player. Nevertheless, he led the league in total bases.

My recollection is that the run-ins occurred when Allen took issue with alleged “racist” comments made by Thomas.

Wikipedia goes on to record some of Allen’s scrapes through his years with the Phillies;

He quickly wore out his welcome due to erratic behavior. He got in a fistfight with the popular Phillie Frank Thomas in July 1965, gashed his throwing hand by pushing it through a car headlight on August 24, 1967, and earned a 26-game suspension in June 1969 after being stopped by police for erratic driving, and showing up late to a doubleheader; he also began drinking heavily.

Even Allen’s name was a source of controversy: he had been known since his youth as “Dick” to family and friends, but for reasons which are somewhat obscure at this late date, the media referred to him upon his arrival in Philadelphia as “Richie,” possibly a conflation with the longtime Phillies star Richie Ashburn. After several years, he asked to be called “Dick,” saying Richie was a little boy’s name.

The Phillies’ Boo Bird fans, known for being tough on hometown players even in the best of times, exacerbated Allen’s problems. Initially the abuse was verbal, with obscenities and racial epithets. Eventually Allen was greeted with showers of fruit, ice, refuse, and even flashlight batteries as he took the field. He began wearing his batting helmet even while playing his defensive position in the field, which gave rise to another nickname, “Crash Helmet”, shortened to “Crash”.

One of Dick Allen’s most infuriating moments to fans was on June 24, 1969. Allen was fined $2,500 and suspended indefinitely when he failed to appear for the Phillies twi-night doubleheader game with the Mets. Allen had gone to New Jersey in the morning to see a horse race and got caught in traffic trying to return.

When the Phillies had finally had enough of Allen’s antics, they traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals before the 1970 season. But even that deal was wrapped in controversy, although not of Allen’s doing.

The Phillies had traded him to St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Curt Flood who wanted no part of playing in Philadelphia.

Wikipedia notes;

Flood refused to report to the Phillies as part of the trade. (Flood then sued baseball in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the reserve clause and to be declared a free agent.)

Flood, it turned out, sat out the 1970 season before signing with the Washington Senators where he played 13 games before retiring. The Phillies, who sought Flood, were given young outfielder Willie Montanez instead.

Meanwhile Allen had a productive 1970 season of 34 HRs, 101 RBIs and .279 with the Cardinals. But in 1971, he was traded to the Dodgers and then to the White Sox where he played from 1972 through 1974.

In 1972, after Allen clubbed a White Sox club record and league-leading 34 HRs with a .316 BA, he reached the pinnacle of his career, winning the AL MVP award. In 1973 after receiving the 3 year deal from the White Sox, Allen broke his leg in a base-running collision at the end of June and missed the rest of the season. In 1974, he came back with 32 HRs and a .301 BA but quit the team, without giving a reason, in mid-September.

Former Phillies great centerfielder, Richie Ashburn, now doing play-by-play announcing for the team, coaxed Allen out of retirement to rejoin the Phils. But Allen had 2 disappointing seasons with the club.

Allen’s career came to an end in Philadelphia at the conclusion of the 1976 regular season in which the Phillies won the NL East championship. He jumped the club over their decision not to include veteran 2nd baseman Tony Taylor on their post-season roster for the upcoming NLCS with the Cincinnati Reds. Taylor had been a 2nd base fixture and a rock of consistency in the Phillies infield throughout all of the lean last-place finishes of the 1960s.

Allen may have had a point regarding loyalty to a player, but the Phils had to do what was best for the club and Taylor was an aging player visibly at the end of his career. And after the litany of all of his previous tumult, this was just the topping on a very tasteless cake.

The Reason Why Paying For A Higher Priced Article Writing Service Makes Good Business Sense

Allow me to read your mind. You are reading this because you KNOW you need to start marketing your business with quality content, but either don’t want to create it yourself OR don’t have the time to create it yourself.

Okay, maybe I am way off or maybe I am way on. Regardless of how you found yourself here, the fact remains that 1) You need relevant, quality and engaging content on a regular basis and 2) You need to focus your efforts on other areas of your business to help it grow.

Well, the good news is that you can address both of the issues mentioned above by utilizing an article writing service. However, not all writing services are created equally.

You see, with larger services you will find that the costs may be cheaper, but you may not be able to get the same writer EVERY time. Why is this a big deal? For starters, just think about it. Writers have a voice all their own and it comes through in their writing. If you got a piece that garnered tons of attention and new subscribers, then hit your readers with another writer, then you may find people asking what happened.

Or worse, they won’t even ask, they’ll just unsubscribe.

With a smaller service, say a one man shop or individual freelance writer you will get the SAME voice EVERY time, BUT you can expect to pay a bit more. Sometimes double or triple or more than you may be willing to pay.

I won’t get into specifics about how higher priced writers produce better work, because this is not always the case, BUT if you think abut it logically it would make sense that you get what you pay for.

Imagine if you were paid $100 to do one job at work, while someone was paid the same amount to do 10 different things at work. Chances are good that the person, in this case you, working on ONE thing would produce something MUCH better than someone having to work on several other things.

Make sense?

Okay, if it didn’t then think of it this way. You pay someone $100 to write ONE 1,000 word article that needs to be delivered at the end of the day. You pay someone else $100 to write TEN 1,000 word articles that needs to be delivered at the end of the day.

Can you see where I am going with this?

The higher priced writer will have MORE time to research, MORE time to write, MORE time to edit, take a break, then go back and reread and rework it to make it EVEN better.

The other person, on the other hand will be scrambling to get piece after piece after piece done to be able to make that deadline. At one point, that person may throw his or her hands in the air and say, “This one is good enough, gotta move on to the next one.”

This is PROBABLY not the line of thinking you want your writer to have. And believe me when I say it WILL show. Seriously.

The only time you may be able to get away with finding a writer who will deliver high quality work at a lower rate is when he or she is just starting out, and trust me when I say that those rates won’t last very long. As soon as the word gets out or they get enough clients to be able to raise their rates, then they won’t be writing for peanuts any longer.

I can already hear your arguments in my head “Yeah, sure, you’re just saying that because you want to convince me that paying more money is worth it.”

Well, at this point if I haven’t convinced you, then I’m not sure what else to say. It really just makes good business sense to find someone who produces quality work. After all, that content will be representing you and your business. If you aren’t willing to invest in your business, then perhaps you may want to look into going back to a regular job.

Brutal, yeah, I know. But as I always tell my friends “A good friend tells you what you WANT to hear, BUT a great friend tells you what you NEED to hear.”

Don’t skimp on your content. Either do a quality job and write it yourself OR find someone who can produce the kind of quality that you need.