Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog for the First Time

Are you thinking about getting a dog for the first time? If so, then hopefully you have thought the decision through thoroughly. There are a few things that you may not have considered yet. Keep reading to learn a few things to consider before you make your decision.

Dogs aren't goldfish. You can't buy one and expect to be rid of it a few weeks later. Although various breeds have differing lifespans, dogs live approximately 12 years. This is a lot of time to take care of something.

You need to realize that you'll be making a huge commitment before getting a dog for the first time. Dogs need to be fed and walked daily. Don't forget about other tasks such as brushing teeth and hair, especially for longer-haired breeds.

Owning a dog isn't for everyone's lifestyle. Do you spend all day at work? Your dog will get lonely without attention from you. Also, if you frequently travel out of town, you would need to make arrangements for your pet's care.

Before you get a dog, you need to think about your family's situation. Is everyone in the household fine with bringing in a canine? After all, they will likely care for and love him too. However, if there are small kids around, certain breeds won't be suitable.

The amount of space you have to offer is something else that you should think about before you get your first dog. This is especially important if you plan on getting one of the larger breeds. However, small dogs need space to run around too, since they're often more energetic.

Even if you have a big enough yard, it's best that it also has a fence around it. Not only does it keep your dog from getting out, but it keeps other animals from coming into your yard to bother your dog too. Living in close proximity to a dog park will come in handy for daily exercise.

Even if you have adequate space to accommodate a dog, you need to consider the community that you live in. Not all of them are pet-friendly. Your apartment manager or home owner's association may have something to say about it. It's vital to understand the rules that apply to pet owners before you go about getting a dog for the first time.

Owning a dog can be relatively costly, so make sure that you have enough room in your budget. In addition to standard items such as food and toys, your dog may need medication for some reason. In fact, flea and heartworm medication on a monthly basis is often recommended.

Keep in mind that you don't always have to get a cute little puppy as your first pet. Older dogs are in need of rescue too. There are plenty of benefits like not having to go through the housetraining process.

How to Save Money at the Atlantis

If you're planning a trip to the Atlantis, then you've probably budgeted a couple thousand dollars for your airfare and hotel fees, but have you planned for the estimated $300-plus, per day, that it costs just to feed a family of four? Knowing some tips for saving money on food, and other items, while on your dream vacation is key to being able to return home without fear of your next credit card bill. Here are four tips to save money at the Atlantis:

Opt for the cheapest room that will be comfortable for your family. You didn't travel thousands of miles just to hang out in a ornately decorated room and watch television all day, did you? You should get a room that is big enough for your family, but there's no need to splurge on the higher priced rooms since you'll be spending most of your time exploring the many activities that the resort provides. That said, do make sure the room has enough beds and will be suitable should you end up stuck in there with a sick child or due to bad weather.

Don't forget your sunscreen. While the resort has plenty of shops that sell sunscreen, and other necessary sundries, you'll find that they are extremely expensive compared to what you can get at your local supermarket. If you do find that you forgot something, take a walk outside the resort and buy it at a local store instead.

Eat breakfast in your room. When you arrive, head off-site to a supermarket and pick up granola bars, yogurt, muffins and any other must-have breakfast items for your crew. By avoiding on-site restaurants for breakfast, you could knock $300 off of a five-day stay. Also stock up on bottles of water and snack items so you're not tempted to buy overpriced potato chips at the guest shop when you get the midnight munchies.

Skip the souvenirs. If your kids are little, bring a few trinkets that you bought at home along with you. When they start begging to buy something, tell them there are souvenirs in the room and they'll get one at the end of the day. For older kids, this provides a great lesson in finance and priorities. Explain that you're on vacation as a family, so money will be spent on experiences that create lasting memories, not t-shirts that will be in next summer's garage sale.

Keep these in mind as you plan your vacation to the Atlantis. They're painless ways that can save you hundreds of dollars--dollars that are better spent swimming with sea creatures and splurging on an in-room babysitter so you and your partner can enjoy an evening child-free!

Why Do I Need a Website?

A question that has come up frequently when I speak to people who don't have a website is: I don't think I need it. Usually my first response is to ask them for reasons as to their belief.

The thing is, if you've done the research and have made an informed decision after receiving the information, your reasoning will be sounder. However if you are making a decision against a website without evaluating the pros and cons then quite honestly, that can affect your business negatively.

So, with that said, if you're someone with an open mind and practice good business strategy and planning then read on. These five reasons are by no means the only reasons for getting a website. These will get you started in helping you to determine the feasibility of a website for you company. If you require more information for your particular situation follow the link at the end of this article. We will be more than happy to give you free advice and information.

Reason 1 - Professionalism

Before even thinking about whether this website is going to bring in money (which is certainly a valid thought), you need to look at other businesses in your industry. Do some investigation.

A good contact and information website can be had for very little money. People seem to be getting more and more impatient. The current generation of kids grow up with more computer skills at 7years of age than I had at 20. (And I'm not that old.) Technology is developing at a very rapid pace, and it won't be slowing down.

My point is simple. The mere fact that your business has a website, establishes your company as one that is forward thinking. Forward thinking companies often are the ones coming up with new ways of doing things or better ways of doing the same things than that of their competition. These days, the trend seems to be that new companies often get their domain name registered simultaneously with their business name, simply because the internet has become so prevalent and widely accessible that a large percentage of your market is already online.

Reason 2 - Service Enhancement

I think you will agree with me that the quality of service is one of the most important factors of running a successful business. Having a website offers your customers possible opportunities to have them send you requests without having to call you and allows them to gather information about your products and services. There is only so much information that a sales person can convey to the potential client before they start to get annoyed or feel pressured.

A website offers a subtle yet very effective approach where your visitors can review your information at their own leisure and leave your site when they choose without feeling like they have offended anyone. If a customer can do something on your website that they can't do on your competitors' website then you begin to develop a sense of being ahead of the game in your customers' mindset. A website quite clearly allows your business to offer better service, instantly. Better service is what will separate you from the competition.

Reason 3 - Wider reach and availability

It is very costly to start an ad campaign using traditional methods. They often involve print and are usually harder and more costly to find quality targeted potential clients. The internet is enormous. You can reach and communicate with potential clients and other businesses much faster and more effectively than you ever could by traditional means. Having a simple contact form on your website and marketing the website so that it shows up in the search results is a great way to reach many highly targeted clients. Your site does not have to cost a fortune for it to be effective. It can be used as a very effective marketing tool. Your availability to answer questions by a simple faq page that is available around the clock is something that you can't do with traditional methods. Availability means that you can cash in on those impulse buys when people are looking for products and services in the early hours of the morning.

Reason 4 - Branding and lead generation

Create brand name recognition with a good internet marketing campaign. At very little expense you can generate quite rapidly a reputation for your business online. Your business name and what services you offer can become known to people in other states or countries that otherwise would not have known you existed. People do a lot more research using the internet than the yellow pages than they used to 10 years ago. Branding yourself allows you to develop awareness and build trust in your product. Word of mouth does result from online searches and it travels fast. If someone finds a good website, you can bet that they are going to tell their friends about it. This, together with your contact forms and email gathering databases of visitors who come to your site allows you to generate leads that you otherwise would not have had.

Reason 5 - Automation and streamlining

Most people want things now. They love the instant quick fixes. Regardless of the type of product or service you offer, you can benefit from a website that has the ability to allow your client to do something online, like place orders, or request new products or services. Again, this does not have to be expensive, depending on who does your web design and or programming. If your clients can do something online this adds another reason for them to remember your business, or to follow through with future purchases. Make things easy for your customers and they will love you for it. Automating many aspects of your business means that you need to do fewer tasks by hand. This saves time. Saving time saves you money.

I sincerely hope that this article has been useful to you and that you now have a better understanding for the benefits that a website can bring to your business. I am offering free advice to all who contact me and want to know more. You are not required to buy anything either.

How to Have a Hassle Free Road Travel

Traveling on the road can be fun and at the same time full of stress if you are not well-prepared. So here are some tips that will surely make your road trip hassle-free.

1. Secure your house.

Before you leave for your road trip, make sure your home looks lived in. Leave at least one light on inside your home. Be sure your alarm system is on, your gas and water are turned off, and your windows are all locked. Keep all your valuable in a secured area. Never change the message in your answering machine to one that says you are out for a vacation. If you have plants that need care, ask a trusted friend or a family member to visit and water them maybe once, if you'll be gone for only a few days.

2. Plan your route carefully.

First, decide on the farthest place you like to go. Decide how far you can go for each day. Plan on taking a different route as you return home so you can see different sites, experience different things, and meet different people. Make sure you know where the road constructions and traffic problems are just so you can avoid them. When traveling along busy cities, try not to drive between 7-9 am or 4-6 pm in order to avoid delays. As much as possible, use bypass routes.

3. Pack the right things.

To lessen the stress level while on a road travel, make sure you pack all the things you need. As much as possible, bring those that are travel-sized to save space. Also, see to it that you pack your things in your roof rack properly and tightly. Roof racks for 4wd should have a lot of space for your bulky stuffs. And, do not forget your emergency blanket, hand warmers, flashlights, maps, ponchos, and of course your provisions. If you are traveling for three days, the food and drinks you will bring must be good enough to last up to four or five days. Your emergency kit is also important. You can make your own or just buy one at the stores. It must include ointments for stings or cuts gauze, bandages, thermometer, and adult and kids' aspirin. Also, bring toys for kids to keep them busy while traveling long miles.

4. If you plan to bring your pet with you, look for a hotel that accommodates pets. Do this before your travel so you do not have to do so when you are all fatigued and ready to take a good night sleep.

5 Tips to Successfully Leverage Time Tracking in Your Company

IT-service providers live by selling their employees' time who work with customer on their projects. Therefore, tracking the hours spent on a customer's project (project-base time tracking) is crucial. However, project-based time tracking is often not implemented easily. Here are five tips we consider being essential when introducing project-based time tracking.

What is the use of project-based time tracking? Communicate your goals.

The best software does not support a business process if users who should use the software do not see its benefits. That also applies to time tracking. If no clearly defined goals are communicated, people will jump to the conclusion that their employer only wants to monitor their work. Everyone should be aware why project-based time sheets are important.

  • IT-service providers generate over 70% of revenue from consulting services. At the same time, the cost-driver of an IT-service provider is usually personnel costs. Both, revenue and personnel costs are driven by the hours employees are working. Employees should be aware of how project-based time tracking influences key figures like revenue or personnel costs.

  • The intention of a project-based time tracking software is not to monitor employees. Explain what time tracking data is used for and how it influences the organization. Time tracking data is used for billing, project post calculation, project controlling and management. Besides explaining what the data is used, it is also important to be clear about what the data is not used for. It goes without saying that you have to be true to your own word.

  • As an entrepreneur you need to define a set of minimum requirements. Together with your team you should specify the details everybody commits on (e.g. to book each day or each week).

  • Management often tends to not following its own rules. You as a manager should lead by example and keep your time sheet up-to-date. You should serve as a prime example.

Time tracking for the sake of time tracking.

Your employees' prime task is to focus on your customers and deliver business value. Time recording is just an operational necessity to run your business. Your business goals should drive the granularity and content of your time recording policy. If you demand to track tasks exactly to the minute you will end up with "creative" time sheet entries at best.

It is important to have a set of rules to gain the most of your time tracking solution. For us, the following rules proved useful and practicable:

  • Track your time exact to 15 minutes.
  • Time sheet entries must be tracked by the last day of the work week. Ideally, employees should track their time daily.
  • Breaks, private phone calls, etc. shorter than 15 minutes do not have to be tracked.
  • Work which is not done at the office counts as normal work time (e.g. phone call with customer on private mobile phone). However, it proves useful to mark those hours as "Work done at home".
  • There should be a common understanding on how to track travel time.

Be consistent in your time tracking! Track your time continuously.

In Austria, tracking the attendance time of your employees is mandatory. If you decide to introduce project-based time tracking, you should go the full distance and do not only track billable hours but also administrative hours. If you treat administrative hours differently from billable ones, you risk losing billable hours cloaked as administrative work. We agreed on the following rules:

  • All time sheet entries need to have begin and end time. Further, input an informative text for your time sheet entries. Descriptions like "administrative tasks" do not allow conclusions whether the task hides billable hours.

  • Think of your administrative work as a conventional project and create specific projects and tasks accordingly. Then you are able to discover extensive administrative effort.

  • Internal projects are to be treated as customer projects. Employees should be able to track their effort on those internal projects. Then you can compare if the actual effort spent on an internal project exceeds the budget you have set.

Automation over manual processes.

No matter how big your company is, automation of manual processes is a critical success factor. Automation helps you to avoid errors, saves you time and is an enabler for growth.

  • Neither you nor your management team should be occupied with consolidating time sheet entries scattered over different Excel sheets at the end of each month. Make sure that your time tracking software supports the rules you and your team have agreed on. Time tracking should be done in one single integrated solution. For us it has not proved applicable to allow various different time tracking solutions and consolidate the data afterwards.

  • Automate your reporting and run it regularly. A good time tracking software will provide some reporting capabilities or offer interfaces to exchange data with specialized reporting tool conveniently.

  • Standardize and automate your billing process. No matter if it's invoicing or sending the invoice to its recipients. There exist specialized tools and services for each step of the billing process. Most of the time these tools are reasonably cheap and you are freeing precious resources that are better spent otherwise. Do not fall for the "not invented here" syndrome.

Gamification: Celebrate the goals of your teams.

Introduce key figures that represent the achievement of objectives and gamify getting there. Everybody in your team should know how the company is doing in terms of revenue, ratio of billable hours, administrative effort etc. Admittedly, this is a very transparent approach. For us, it proved quite rewarding, because employees are more committed to contributing to the company's success.

Agree on ambitious but realistic objectives and provide reports and dashboards in your time tracking solution that allows the team to monitor its progress. Take the time and celebrate if you achieve your objectives. You will notice a positive momentum, especially when it comes to small businesses. Each time sheet entry contributes to achieving your objectives.

Time to Retire - Or Just Rethink?

Baby Boomers are often referred to as "the lump in the snake" when describing their effect on the economy. And right now, that lump is nearing retirement, taking with it an enormous amount of experience, wisdom and time-tested street smarts. "Companies could lose everyone who remembers how they handled the last economic downturn," said Alison Sander, in a recent New York Times feature on retirement.

On the other side of the issue, boomers approaching retirement age may not be prepared, mentally or physically, to simply walk off the job and into retirement. Between the declining value of the dollar and unstable economy, the expense of individual health insurance and lengthening life spans, many potential retirees find themselves at retirement age unready, unwilling or unable to quit.

If you're facing this dilemma, what are your options? What things do you need to consider?

For starters, you should ask yourself if you even want to retire. While some people may look forward to retirement, others find the idea of spending the final years in enforced leisure repellent. If the idea of not working fills you with dread, now may be the time to start planning for your second (or third, or fourth) career.

One option is internships. As the Times points out, adult internships have seen a major upswing over the past years as more and more mature applicants began looking for ways to extend their working years and use their hard-won knowledge. On the other hand, this can be a new concept to many organizations, so keep that in mind when you apply - you may have to sell yourself more than a younger applicant simply because you're unexpected.

Another option is going into business for yourself. This is an increasingly popular option for retirement-age folks with a lifetime of experience and a desire to continue working in the same (or related) fields. It can be a risky and sometimes complicated route to take, but many professionals are finding that the rewards far outweigh the risks.

Finally, you can find a way to stay at your previous job. Perhaps you could go on flextime or part-time, if full time is no longer practical or desirable. Other options involve moving into a mentoring-based position, using your experience to create training curriculum or finding other ways to provide insight and guidance to the company. You might even be able to find or create a completely different position within the company that's a better fit for your skills and desires - maybe moving from production to sales, or transferring to another branch.

Another question you should ask yourself is whether or not you can afford to retire. The answer, of course, depends on many variables, including how much you've managed to save, what types of investments you have, how well the dollar does over the next few decades, and how long you're going to live. This last factor can be a big one. People are living much longer than they used to, and in some cases those extra years become extra expensive when health issues come into play. Your investment figures have to allow for these possibilities in order to be accurate.

Another issue is health insurance. Can you afford to buy your own? Can you even get accepted? Many retirees are discovering that insurance companies are reluctant to insure seniors, even if they're in excellent health and have had few or no previous claims. And if you do get accepted, the premiums and deductibles may be far higher than anticipated. Since health care will become increasingly important the older you get, you have to make sure this base is firmly covered before making any retirement decisions.

Finally, you need to think about what you want to do with the rest of your life, and how you want to do it. Are you more interested in spending time with family than traveling? Is full retirement the only option, or could you simply slow down to part-time or seasonal employment. If your goal is to see the world, there may be many more options besides retirement - does your company have international offices? Could starting your own consulting firm play into those dreams? Do you want to fill your days with volunteering, or go back to school? Could you take better advantage of paid time off for volunteers or tuition assistance, or is it time to cut those ties and go off in a new direction?

There are many different pathways to reach the same place, and the world isn't as black and white as it was in previous generations. Just because you've reached retirement age doesn't mean retirement is the inevitable choice. Flexible work schedules, portfolio careers, alternative career paths, volunteering, internships, entrepreneurship - there are so many different ways you could spend your golden years. It pays to take the time to research your options and do a little creative thinking about what you want and why - before you make any knee-jerk decisions.

Network Marketing Myth Buster 1

Don't waste your time approaching people who already have money

If you have a preconceived notion that people who have already achieved professional or financial status is a waste of your time... then do me a favor and send them to me. If this were true, then why is it that so many of the top earners in Network Marketing programs like Amway and Herbalife and others, were Doctors, Dentists, Attorney's and existing business owners?

Approaching potential prospects usually will necessitate you get around a few obstacles before getting them into your program. One obstacle might be that the person is not success or financially motivated. They are content with their jobs and paying their bills. And many times this can be a mask to the fact that they don't believe they can be successful. Approaching professional people eliminates that obstacle.

They have to be success and/or financially driven or they wouldn't be putting in the long hours and carrying the responsibility of running a practice or a business.Another obstacle is money. How many times have you had someone excited about your program but found your prospect to be flat broke without enough money to buy your distributor kit or order the required amount of product? Obviously you can eliminate that obstacle when dealing with professional people.

Even though many companies today have lead generating programs through the internet where you can work solely through emails, you still get the "I am not interested" before they even know what your program is all about. You will find that with the right approach, successful people are more receptive to hearing new ideas. Speaking of approaches, you certainly don't want to approach a person making 7-figure income with; "how would you like to make a few hundred dollars extra each month". That could be rather insulting. However, these people all have to retire sometime, and once a Doctor or Attorney takes down their shingle, the income stops. "How would you like to have a program you could work at your leisure AND provide you with a residual income when you retire from your practice".

I have also found many professionals who will partake in a Network Marketing program to get their children involved for future college expenses or again a long time residual income. One of my attendees at a training workshop I was teaching had built an entire organization through Professional Football, Basketball and Baseball Players. These are people holding million dollar contracts, but these are also early retirees and although they may have other business endeavors, the residual income aspect was exciting to them. Many of them because they travel so much, got their wives and children on the program to work while they were away from home.

And lastly, many prospects will reject your offer because they feel they don't have a big enough circle of influence of friends and relatives to be successful in the business. Of course you explain the internet advantages and lead programs, but still in their mind they feel they have to start with a center of influence. With professional people you never have to worry about that obstacle. They are members of business organizations, fraternities, country clubs and normally do a fair share of socializing. And they are usually highly respected in the community. So if they should get involved and they approach their center of influence, their social standing and respect will get them very attentive audiences. If your doctor or Attorney who you obviously respect highly, said he wanted you to look at a business opportunity, you would more than likely pay attention and even sign up just because he said it was good. It's the ole "wow, if its good enough for him it's surely good enough for me"

Everyone is a just need to alter your approach to suit the status of the prospect. A single mother on fixed income with 3 kids, might jump at the opportunity to make "a few hundred extra dollars" each month, while to a Doctor it would most likely be taken as an insult. Be creative, don't stereotype your emails or voice approaches...think outside the box. Ask yourself before you make the approach, "what would most capture the interest of this prospect". So don't be afraid to go after the "big boys"

The Benefits of Serviced Offices

Some people work from home, some also use cafes, hotels and client sites and some are constantly on the move. However, if you feel your business needs an office space, then a serviced or virtual office will give you many benefits.


Your local business centre will provide very flexible terms: facilities are available for an hour, a day, month or year; you can grow and contract as business demands; and you do not need to commit further into the future than you can realistically see.

This is great for your business as you can react easily to economic or other environmental circumstances, you need never pay for facilities you are not using and your growth plans can be accommodated without moving buildings.

Costs are manageable

There is a wide variety of services to choose from to meet your budget and requirements, including a virtual office, hot-desks, co-working space and dedicated office suites. You can use these on an ad-hoc basis or on a more regular footing, temporarily or permanently - it's up to you.

Whether you work from home, but want more professional space occasionally; or you are working on a specific project or contract; or if you want to test an office environment to see if it's right for you, there will always be an option to exactly suit your needs at a business centre.

Sharing resources

You share services like leased-line broadband, telecoms and utilities with the building as a whole, saving you money and significantly reducing your time spent in procurement.

You do not have large in-going or exit costs; plus, the costs you do have are - or should be - all inclusive, so you know exactly what you are paying each and every month.

Another benefit is that of saving space (which also saves money) because you rent ancillary space like meeting rooms and hot-desks only when you need them and because the other shared resources (like reception, secretarial support, photocopier, fax, etc.) mean less staff.

Professional reception

Telephone management is also a huge help in saving time. Calls are answered even when you are unavailable so you never miss an important client or prospect contact. Unwanted calls are fielded so you don't waste time getting rid of sales and other irrelevant calls.

Central reception is also there to meet and greet visitors, clients and prospects, whether you are a tenant or simply using a meeting room at the centre.

Improving your profile

Even if you are only using virtual services you are still adding credibility and a higher profile to your business. You can choose an address that suits you - maybe city centre or out-of-town - and gives your business a little extra prestige.

You can be where your customers are or in among the competition; and you can appear in relevant directories and listings without having to publish your home address; and, if you need to, you can use the centre address as your registered address.

Business support

Many business centres will provide their clients with a wide range of support, which might include networking opportunities with other tenants, other events, seminars or training, meeting rooms, IT support, free consultations with business advisors, marketing opportunities, discounted third party services, start-up advice and more.

So, wherever and however you work, you will find that serviced offices provide a range of products and services that are helpful to your business. Some you may be aware of, others less so, but if there is anything here that interests you, why not get in touch with your local business centre?

You will be amazed at the benefits it could bring to your business.

Preparing for the Interview - Questions

You've sent your resume everywhere, you've tweaked it so that
it fits each position you've applied for and finally someone
thinks you're a fit, at least enough to call you in for an
interview. The people doing the interview however are not going
to be professional interviewers but people working for the
company that want to get as much information about you as
possible. It will be your job to make that information positive
and in your favor.

Typically your interviewers will share a list of interview
questions that has been put together by students and faculty at
business schools and universities. The good thing is that there
are many of these lists that are all just about the same, and you
can find them on the Internet.

I have taken some of those lists I have found on the Internet
and have condensed them down to an essential 54 questions. Go
through my list at your leisure and prepare an answer in your
mind to each of them. Consider what your answer will mean to the
employer. Will it be in your favor or not. They are not obliged
to like you.

If you are ambitious and of course you should be in this job
climate, seek out interview question lists on the internet and
formally prepare answers to as many of these questions that you
can find. Practice your answers just like a politician practices
his presentations. Be more honest and truthful though, of

Beware of trap questions. One typical trap question is asked
of candidates of permanent positions. It goes something like,
"would you consider a contract position with us?" If you are in
this situation the wrong answer is "yes". The trick is that the
company is looking for permanent candidates, those who will stay
on no matter the pressure and stress of the job for years and
years. It doesn't matter that you're willing to take anything to
get into the company.

The Condensed List

  1. Describe yourself.
  2. Why did you decide to seek a position in this company?
  3. What motivated you to leave your last job?
  4. What are your short-range goals and objectives?
  5. What are your long range goals and objectives?
  6. What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years from now?
  7. What do you really want to do in life?
  8. How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
  9. What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
  10. What do you expect to be earning in five years?
  11. Why did you choose this career?
  12. Can you explain this gap in your employment history?
  13. How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams?
  14. How well do you deal with conflict?
  15. How do you handle difficulty with a supervisor? How was the conflict resolved?
  16. What do you consider your greatest strengths to be?
  17. What do you consider your greatest weaknesses to be?
  18. What was best job you've ever had?
  19. Describe the best supervisor you've ever had.
  20. How would you last boss describe your work performance?
  21. What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job?
  22. Why should I hire you?
  23. How are you qualified for this position?
  24. What does success mean to you?
  25. What would success be with a company like ours?
  26. How do you think you can contribute to our company?
  27. What are your hobbies? How do you spend your spare time?
  28. Have you ever been forced to resign or fired?
  29. Describe a successful manager.
  30. Can you see yourself in a leadership role?
  31. Describe a good leader.
  32. How great was the workload in your current (or most recent) job?
  33. Compare creativity and efficiency. Which is more important? Why?
  34. What books have you've read? What is the most recent book you've read?
  35. What is the relationship between the supervisor and those reporting to him or her?
  36. Describe the two or three accomplishments that have given you the most satisfaction.
  37. What was the most rewarding experience of your career thus far?
  38. What qualities would you look for in a job seeker for this position?
  39. Are you continuing your studies? Are you considering an advanced degree?
  40. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  41. Can you delegate tasks? Can you give some examples?
  42. Describe one of the hardest decisions you've ever had to make.
  43. What do you know about our company?
  44. What are our products? What interests do you have in them?
  45. What competitors do we have? What do you know about them?
  46. What are the things that are most important to you in your job?
  47. What promotions or salary increases do you expect?
  48. How do you judge the company for whom you hope to work?
  49. What are your geographic preferences?
  50. Would you relocate? Can you relocate yourself?
  51. Would you travel for the job?
  52. What about the community where we are located attracts you?
  53. What have you learned from your mistakes?
  54. What in your past shows initiative and willingness to work?

Arrive at the interview 15 minutes early in order to fill out any paper work
they may require. Be appropriately dressed. The first five minutes is crucial
and your last chance to make a good first impression.

At the end of the interview, be sure to close the interview. It will
be up to you to ask for the position. That may be the hardest part,
but it is the most important part.

Some Useful Links

There are several links below of guides and resources you might also go over.

For technical jobs try:

and always:

The person doing the interview will do their research, so do yours too.
That extra edge could put you over the top.

What To Consider When Looking For Homes In Siesta Key

Siesta Key is an 8-mile long barrier situated off the coast of the city of Sarasota. This are has been long-famous for its year-round vacation climate, and its sprinkling of lovely resorts, shopping districts, restaurants and many residential developments.

Many have visited this place, and have fallen in love with the area's natural surroundings, as well as in its lovely stretch of white sand beaches, which are arguably among the world's best.

The Beaches Have Been A Top Tourist and Home-Buyer Drawer

The key has a total population of about 12,000 full-time residents, and this doubles with the influx of tourists in the winter season, however its residents don't mind this, for they too like to enjoy the charms and splendors afforded by this relaxing and naturally-blessed location.

Many come here to experience the sunny and active lifestyle that Florida is famous for, and enjoy doing a wide array of leisure and water activities like swimming, snorkeling, jet skiing, boating, fishing, kayaking, and a whole lot more. We all know for a fact that this is not the first time that the Siesta Key's beaches have been awarded a lot of local and international many accolades, because it already ranks among the best in the world.

In 2007, the Travel Channel named it as one of the state's top 10 beaches, and in a recent USA Today reader's poll, around 3,000 respondents across the country voted this Key as one of the top three U.S. beaches, for having "the whitest, finest beach sand in the world".

How Real Estate Options Figure Here

The market for residential and commercial real estate here includes not only Siesta Key, but also the following neighborhoods and islands including Lido Key, Longboat Key, Casey Key, Venice real estate, and Lakewood Ranch. The whole area is filled with a cacophony of deluxe and upscale residential developments, ranging from simple single-family units, townhomes, apartments, to middle-income and upper level condominium units as well as lavish waterfront estates.

What To Consider When Buying Real Estate Here

There are a lot of factors that real estate investors need to keep track of in order to ensure that their home purchase investments are justified in the track. The city of Sarasota has plenty of professional services, from real estate agents and brokers, and they may help you with your home-purchase decisions, ranging from giving you information and facts like investment and market analysis, acquisition services for the property that you are investing in, property management and leasing services for your properties.

Due to the complexities surrounding the current US real estate markets, it is advisable that home buyers look for expert professional services before investing in any home option here. In doing so, you would be able to properly discuss your goals related to buying homes or property investment options. Local real estate experts here can also assist you in making proper calculations and provide you with the latest market and investment information when you are going about looking for new homes.

What Options Are Available To You

As a prospective home buyer in this Key, you need to find out that there are too many choices available to you within this field. There are many options, like real estate foreclosures. A foreclosed property happens when the owner of a home or property is unable to meet their monthly repayments of the mortgage or loan, which will result in a default where it is legal for the lender to foreclose the property and resell, so that they will be able to recover the money that was earlier lent.

You need to keep in mind that while foreclosure represents a desperate sale and you may find affordable deals in it, there are certain risks involved with it, that's why there are times where it is possible to purchase the property in what is known as pre-closure.

Siesta Key's rise to fame has been quite fast, that in the past few years the island has become a haven for the development of elegant, tastefully created and lavish housing and residential projects ranging from waterfront estates, apartments and condominiums. It has outgrown its name from being formerly called sleep key, yet it still manages to retain the peaceful and relaxing nature it has been always known for. - Siesta Key Homes

Students Say 'No' to the Office

A new survey by StartUp Britain, as highlighted by Business Matters*, declares that '63% of students* are now looking to start a business', '... 70 per cent... believed a laptop was the most essential piece of equipment for starting up.' and '... only 0.3% believed having an office was important... '.

Well, I don't know where the survey is, I can't find it online, but I hope they didn't spend too much time or money on it just to get these nuggets.

It is obvious that students will be concerned about their chances in the job market and want more control over their lives. Equally clear is that, as they are growing up in a highly technological age, they understand the relative ease with which a business can be started.

You might not expect me to say it, but of course they don't need an office.

Who needs an office?

Business is hard enough; patently any business should not be burdened with unnecessary costs. And with mobile and cloud technology getting more sophisticated all the time, an office could easily be described as an unnecessary cost.

For some this will change: as they grow and gain staff they may feel they want a hub: a central space to share knowledge, spread ideas and keep control administratively. It is also true that not everyone can or would like to work from home.

However, for many, it is clear that an office will not be required.

How will we work?

Well I have talked about the future of work a lot, so suffice to say that we are entering the age of the ' Agile Worker '. Someone who may have no fixed abode, who may use third places like business centres, coffee shops, hotels, libraries, etc., to work and meet people and who uses cloud and mobile devices to facilitate this.

This is why many business centres are adding new facilities: they need to develop their services to accommodate these new styles of working. Things like hot-desks, co-working space, ever-more flexible arrangements, networking and learning events, business support and more.

And it isn't just graduates.

Larger companies are looking at the benefits of giving employees more flexible working hours and spaces and reducing real estate and utility costs. Indeed, many have already gone through this process and seen staff productivity increase and costs go down.

A laptop and a dream

So does this say anything about the people that will be looking after us in our dotage?

Well, it probably says they are as naive as every generation before them. How many of us didn't idealise our future and see it all laid out before us at that age?

It also says they are somewhat cynical about their chances of getting work and aware that, regardless of how we got here and the fact that it wasn't their doing, they are nevertheless victims of this latest recession.

But mostly it says they are aware of the opportunities, aware of what technology enables them to do and aware that the old rules just don't apply anymore. They are not burdened with traditional career planning, traditional ways of running a business or traditional ways of working.

They see the world as one big melting pot. Through the web, they have the world at their fingertips and through social media and mobile phones, their support network is always close at hand.

Those of us a tad older have had to get used to these ideas, but these students have grown up with them.

Intuitively, they know the whole world is within their grasp: of course they believe they can make it on their own; of course they know they only need a mobile device to be able to work; and of course they realise they don't need an office.

* Business Matters article

Meditating in the Forest (Part 2 of 6)

After my accidental encounter with the young, good-looking Thai woman, I was washing my bowl in the stream alongside a Thai novice monk who had seen the entire episode. He smiled at me and said, "No problem, just ask her to shit in a plastic bag, then keep it in your kuti and open it whenever you think of her, and take a good wiff." Then he laughed and laughed. These Thais were tough little guys.

Many minor rules had to be followed, such as not standing when urinating, not picking flowers, picking fruit or killing plants in any way, even breaking live twigs. No digging in the ground, touching money, alcohol, etc. I could only eat what was offered, and only once a day before noon. And I could only eat food that I was offered that morning - I wasn't allowed to save or store food, and when I did eat, I had to eat quickly, not leisurely. This was definitely a life of dependency and discipline, and it had more of an effect on me than I imagined it would. It really calmed down the urges that had blinded me in the past and kept more subtle things at arm's length.

Some monks lived in the forest quite comfortably without irritation, not desiring the touch of a woman or the taste of exquisite foods, or for that matter the security of a home or the comfort of a bed. They were fortunate; for their interests in these things fell away naturally due to the simple practice of meditation, and they were not obliged to give these things up painfully. This disinterest in worldly enticements seemed to be a measure of progress in their quest for truth and their ever-closer approach to Reality.

Other monks, unfortunately, had difficulties. They continued to desire things of the world, and only abstained from them as a discipline or austerity for the sake of their practice. For those with these lingering worldly desires, the measure of their progress, or lack thereof, was the obstinate strength of these desires and the resulting discomfort that resulted. I had to remind myself constantly that suffering and dissatisfaction are the real precursors to greatness, while luxury and security is always the road to the mediocrity of temporary wealth and power. Wasn't it more of a dissolution than a construction, this spiritual enlightenment? Everything I gathered to myself was subject to loss, so the answer could only be in non-accumulation. Was this the secret of meditation . . . nothing gained? But how could I ever get anywhere if I didn't gain something?

My life in the States was admittedly decadent, 180 degrees from my experience at Shasta and in this forest where hardship and constant danger cut through all the crap and made life real. I found, however, as my quest continued over the years, that outward, obvious austerities never determine the spiritual depth of seekers; inner peace was the key, regardless of the seeker's position in life. And I could already see that the innate tendencies of true seekers were always inclined toward a life of simple means, a life with no extreme aversion or attachment to anybody or anything, and a life reflecting humility, kindness, and love.

What was it that was keeping me from freedom? Not conventional freedom - traveling the world, or doing whatever I pleased -but freedom from myself? My bondage was unquestionably related to some strange, heavy responsibilities. Wouldn't having nothing left to lose be truly liberating? What exactly was I terrified of losing? If only I could mystically exchange my feelings of attachment and clutching for feelings of compassionate indifference. What would happen then?

Sardinia Is The Perfect Destination for Families!

"Family first" is a very important value in Italy and Italian's love talking about their families and family life. They regard the family as giving you roots and a stake in society. This is why family holidays in Sardinia are such fulfilling holidays to take! Family is centre to the Italian lifestyle and the Italians are probably the most child friendly people in Europe, so you can see why family breaks in Italy are so popular!

Today we are going to take a look at family holidays in Sardinia, one of the best destinations for fun-filled family holidays. Sardinia is the second largest Mediterranean Island just off the coast of Italy and any family would have a blast on this island. Sardinia has its own unique culture compared to Italy but it still hold close the value of family first.

During your holiday in Sardinia, you can explore the Roman ruins or amazing ports and towns or visit wonderful places such as Alghero, Porto Cervo and Bosa. Or why not keep the children occupied with exciting activities such as watersports or cycling. Family holidays in Sardinia are as popular as ever, perhaps because of the Italian's approach to family life?

So, why Sardinia? Sardinia is a very family friendly destination and is only a short two-hour flight from the UK. There are safe sandy beaches, warm clear sea ideal for paddling, swimming and loads of watersports. There is a variety of accommodation options available such as family rooms in hotels to luxury campsites with all the amenities. There are lots of children's clubs, play parks and children's pools on offer, so you know your child will have fun and be safe! There is abundance of welcoming restaurants with pizza, pasta and ice cream always on the menu! Lots of reasons why family holidays in Sardinia are perfect.

There are a number of travel providers who offer fun and exciting family breaks in Sardinia and choosing who to book with really depends on your own personal tastes and budget. There is a lot to choose from so do some research for yourself and see what is really on offer in Sardinia. If you just can't choose, try calling a company and speak to a specialist who can tell you about the best family holidays in Sardinia! You'll be surprised at the variety of holidays available and the mix of activities on offer for your family to enjoy!

Choosing a Notebook That Matches Your Lifestyle

Life is about work, play and communication, when it comes to technology. A good notebook will help you accomplish all this with great ease. A notebook should not be that burden you carry on your backpack, but it should be like a personal assistant ready to help whenever need be. Knowing the dynamics of your life will make you know what laptop you want. Just like an AIO PC, a notebook PC goes a step further when it comes to fitting everything in a sleek design.

What is your main occupation? You could be an architect, graphic designer or animator. Depending on your occupation, you will know which notebook PC will best suit you. If you are a graphic designer or a video editor, then you will need something powerful. If you are shopping for the latest notebook that will give you power, you will be looking at large laptops which are 17" and over. Now, if your career is being a teacher then probably you just need a medium sized laptop, which is pretty much average. The most you will need as a teacher will be to mark, and review some papers, with some occasional indulgence with the Internet. Another scenario is you could be a student, which will mean the perfect laptop for you will be a small sized one or an ultrabook.

As a student you do not need much, and with the hefty sum spent on your fees, you might need something that will not have you stretching your budget. As a student you need a laptop that will be able to connect to the Internet for your research, and will be easily portable over all the stacks of books you carry around. When your occupation involves a lot of traveling you need a thin notebook. With airlines charging the weight of your luggage, you need a laptop that will not be too much to carry around. Probably, you will be shopping for small sized laptop which tend to be 12" and smaller.

Other than your occupation, you may want to add your own personal imprint on the device. When it comes to customizing even AIO PCs it can be a bit tricky, but laptops are so easy to customize, as they have many manufacturers making customized parts. You could have a color or even a logo that you have an affinity for placed on top of your latest notebook.

Maybe you love music, games or movies and you just cannot get enough of either. There are some laptops made with music in mind, and come with a free pair of headphones. In case you love watching movies, you should get large laptops which are over 17". Large laptops are a treat to movie lovers, as they deliver with a high resolution and great sound. Also, large laptops are probably the best when it comes to gaming. These laptops have been tuned up so that they do not overheat, when you are having your play time. Your laptop needs to complement your life, remember, it is an expression of you in a technological way.

Williamsburg and Virginia Beach Make a Great Golf Vacation

Virginia is a popular golf destination and one of the best kept secrets for golf travel on the east coast. Featuring 16 Championship golf courses, Williamsburg, Virginia is rated as one of the top 25 golf destinations in the world. Just one hour south of Williamsburg is Virginia Beach, a perfect combination with Williamsburg to create a terrific golf vacation. It is hard to beat the quality of the golf courses in the two towns, given the number of courses rated 4 stars or higher by Golf Digest. Both Williamsburg and Virginia Beach are less than a day's drive from most of the Northeastern United States, so you can leave in the morning and be on the first tee shortly after lunch, making this a perfect location for a cost-effective weekend golf getaway.

Williamsburg's large number of high-quality courses more than compensates for the fact that its total number of courses is somewhat lower than other top-rated East Coast destinations that spend significantly more money marketing their regions as golf destinations, such as Ocean City, Pinehurst, and Myrtle Beach. Williamsburg offers plenty of top-notch courses and golf package pricing that can stack up with the best that all other East Coast golf destinations have to offer.

Williamsburg is headlined by Kingsmill Resort, which features the River Course, a current host to the LPGA with amazing views of the James River. The Gold course at Golden Horseshoe is a top 100 course in America located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. Are you familiar with Mike Strantz and his unique and unforgettable creations of Tobacco Road and Tot Hill Farm? Golfers looking for more value and great golf courses on their next golf vacation need look no further than the many other great golf courses in Williamsburg such as Royal New Kent, Stonehouse and Kiskiack. Love him or hate him, Mike Strantz-designed golf courses feature unique golf layouts that provide beautiful views with plenty of undulation and elevation changes. More great Williamsburg courses at a great value include Colonial Heritage, Viniterra Golf Club, the three courses at Ford's Colony, and Williamsburg National with its pair of courses. Williamsburg's status as a family vacation destination also allows golfers to enjoy an array of lodging options at a very good value, especially in the shoulder seasons. Whether you are looking to stay in 3 or 4-bedroom villas or a comfortable hotel with a complimentary breakfast, Williamsburg is a growing golf market, and those groups who decide to check out Williamsburg usually make it their annual golf trip destination year after year!

Virginia Beach, Virginia sits less than one hour southeast from Williamsburg down Interstate 64 and offers not only unique golf courses but scenic views of the coast. Furthermore, you will find one of the most beautiful golf courses you will ever play at Bay Creek in the Palmer course, with 4 holes that run along the Chesapeake Bay, 8 holes featuring a view of Plantation Creek winding in and out, and multiple other holes that are framed by large beach bunkers and sand dunes. If you want more enjoyment from Bay Creek, try the Nicklaus course, which provides another great experience with more breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay. Both Virginia Beach National and The Signature at West Neck should also be added to your play list while visiting Virginia Beach on your Virginia golf package. Virginia Beach features great views of the Atlantic Ocean, while there are many nearby oceanfront accommodations, endless dining options, the boardwalk, and the famous "Virginia Beach Strip."

Searching For Buddha in Thailand

Just looking at a Buddha statue produces feelings of calm and tranquility. You can't help but feel captivated by the facial features, the position of the body, and the majesty of the posture. Throughout the world there are countless revered Buddha statues, and Thailand has its fair share. Here we run down the top five spots for seeing Buddha statues in the Land of Smiles.

5. Sukhotai

Sukhotai is a small city with a population of around 35,000. It is in lower northern Thailand and is the capital of the Sukhotai province. Old Sukhotai, about 12 kilometers west of today's main city, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and where you'll find the ruins of the ancient capital of the Sukhotai Kingdom. The old city has remained a permanent fixture on the tourist trail for years, not least of all because of the stunning Buddha images here. The Central Zone has been subject to extensive restoration, but the real delights can be found with a bit of exploration. The best way to see the ruins is to hire a bike and ride around by yourself.

Mat Mahathat has a large seated Buddha as well as two standing Buddha. Wat Sri Chum in the north zone has another enormous seated Buddha that's great for taking pictures of. If you can get up early enough to see the sun rise, you'll be able to witness the incredible effect the emerging sunlight has on the Buddha statues. There are plenty of budget places to stay and eat and Sukhotai is served by a small bus station.

4. Ayutthaya

When Thailand was in its most glorious era, Ayutthaya was the capital and, you could say, the center of the world. The city was an incredible sight to behold until the Burmese invasion in 1767 that left it in ruins. Today, the remnants of Thailand's golden years are here for all to see. Ayutthaya is a great place to walk around, and because it's so compact you can hire a bicycle and see it all at your leisure. Be aware that it gets very hot, so take lots of water with you while you're out and about.

Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopitah is home to a large, bronze Buddha statue. Wat Phra Mahathat is the famous site of the rows of headless Buddha's. They are amazing to see, and somewhat spooky in their decapitated states. The biggest bronze Buddha in Ayutthaya can be found a little outside of town at Wat Nah Phra Meru, while Wat Phanancherng boasts its own enormous statue. Ayutthaya is easy to get to, either by bus or by train. Accommodation can cost as little as 100 baht with most of the guesthouses on soi Torgorsor. The locals are all very friendly and there is a strong feeling of community in Ayutthaya.

3. Chiang Mai

The jewel in Northern Thailand's crown is Chiang Mai. With a population of 170,000, it is a favorite spot for both tourists and locals, with many preferring the forgiving climate to Bangkok's scorching heat. Chiang Mai is rich in cultural depth and beauty. There is so much to see and do, not least of all an impressive collection of Buddha images.

There are a number of famous temples. Wat Chiang Mun has two Buddha statues that are said to be 1,800- and 2,500-years-old. The story goes that they were already there when the city of Chiang Mai was being constructed. Also in the same temple is a tiny crystal Buddha believed to have the power to bring rain. Lai Kam chapel in Wihaan Lai Kham houses the Phra Singh Buddha, the head of which was stolen almost 100 years ago. A reproduced head can now be seen. Chiang Mai is a fantastic place to visit, and it can be reached by overnight bus or train from Bangkok. The 12-hour journey is worth making to see a different side to life in Thailand. If you get a chance to go during one of Thailand's many festivals, you'll be in for even more of a treat.

2. Chachoengsao

Chachoengsao is the capital of the province of the same name. It's not so well known amongst tourists, but the locals certainly know about it and they flock there in their thousands every day. In terms of Buddha statues being revered, they don't come much more so than here. Situated only 50 kilometers East of Bangkok, traveling to Chachoengsao is easiest by bus.
The only real attraction is Wat Sothon, which is allegedly one of the biggest temples in the world. People visit this temple to pay their respects to Luang Por Sothorn and to make wishes. Luang Por Sothorn is one of the most sacred Buddha statues in all of Thailand, and there are around 20 other statues in the temple. For a glimpse of Thai culture away from the touristy areas, this is a great place to visit. A little known secret is that the real Luang Por Sothorn is housed next door, and the one people pay their respects to is an exact copy.

1. Bangkok

The City of Angels is full of temples and tourists whizzing around in the backs of tuk tuks. There's plenty to see and almost everyone sees it, but that doesn't stop Bangkok from being full of ancient wonder and charm. The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is one of the most famous Buddha statues in the world. Incredibly, it's as long as the Statue of Liberty is high.

Wat Pho itself is the largest and oldest temple in Thailand. There are more than a thousand Buddha images in total, with the Reclining Buddha taking center stage. It is decorated with gold plating and mother of pearl. Wat Pho is also where you'll find the famous massage school. The grounds are certainly worth a bit of exploration, so get your camera ready and enjoy. All the tuk tuk and taxi drivers in Bangkok will be happy to take you to Wat Pho, so you should have no problems finding it.

The Buddha statues are in some of the most interesting and striking areas of Thailand. What's more, they are all relatively cheap to see. All you really need are enough space on your camera's memory card and a strong pair of legs for all the walking around.

2013 Tourist Information for San Francisco

Positioned along a bay on the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco is the 14th largest city in the United States with over 8.3 million residents. This booming metropolis has plenty to offer, including thriving business, distinctive culture and ample recreational opportunities. All this makes San Francisco one of the most alluring skylines on the entire West Coast.

While people from all walks of life call San Francisco home, the city also welcomes countless tourists each year. Fortunately, San Francisco is well developed for tourism, giving guests a full range of choices for everything they need for a perfect getaway.

Historic Neighborhoods

As one of the largest cities on the West Coast, San Francisco has a colorful history. Although much of the city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1906, there are still many areas that are recognized by tourists. San Francisco is broken down into distinct neighborhoods. In total, there are more than 40 such sections throughout the city. Each neighborhood has its own ambiance, often reflecting a different piece of San Francisco's eclectic history. For example, many people enjoy visiting the Mission District. This neighborhood is the oldest in the city with a history that can be traced back to 1776. Because of this, the Mission District has strong Mexican ties, and many guests enjoy visiting Mission Dolores, where the earliest Mexican residents of the city are buried.

Another unique neighborhood is Japantown, which is also known as Fillmore. This area was established in 1906 and is home to nearly 12,000 people with Japanese ancestry, making Japantown one of the most vibrant Japanese communities in the United States. Interestingly, Japantown also has a soulful connection, and every summer guests visit the neighborhood to attend the Fillmore Jazz Festival, which is an open-air celebration of jazz music.

One of the most recognized neighborhoods is Haight-Ashbury. Haight-Ashbury is perhaps best known for its iconic Painted Lady Victorian homes. These historic homes are still well maintained, attracting visitors looking for a quintessential San Francisco experience. This neighborhood was one of the few to survive the earthquake in 1906 with relatively little damage. However, Haight-Ashbury has not been without its share of drama. In the 1960s, this neighborhood was the center of the Summer of Love, attracting hippies from around the country. Since that time, the area has been significantly renovated and now Haight-Ashbury is thriving with independent music shops and art galleries.

Recreational Activities

San Francisco is not just popular for its history. To the contrary, people love visiting San Francisco for all the things to do. To start, San Francisco has some of the best parks in the world. In particular, Golden Gate Park is a must to visit. With over 1000 acres, this sprawling park was established in the late 1800s. The vast grounds have something for everyone, including a Japanese tea garden, museums, lakes, wooded areas and more. Of particular interest is the Conservatory of Flowers, which houses over 1,700 plant species. There are also iconic windmills, sports complexes and even a bison paddock.

In addition to other parks throughout the city, San Francisco is also well developed for biking. There are over 200 miles of bike paths in San Francisco, including several that offer impressive views of the bay. In fact, the city is planning to start a bike sharing program downtown to promote the use of bikes throughout the area. San Francisco also offers plenty of options for water sports, including boating, sailing and windsurfing.

For those who enjoy watching more than doing, San Francisco also has several professional sports teams. In the fall, the San Francisco 49ers are a popular draw, and during the summer months, many guests like to catch a game with the San Francisco Giants.

Cultural Attractions

SF is often noted for its vibrant culture. There are countless options for museums throughout the city, ensuring that everyone can find a cultural attraction that suits their interests. One of the most visited attractions is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This museum features 20th century art, including an impressive selection of works by artists like Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollack.

The California Academy of Sciences is another popular option. Located in Golden Gate Park, this museum provides an impressive look at natural history. The museum was rebuilt in 2008, and now features numerous exhibits. The grounds are divided into three major sections, including a planetarium, an indoor rainforest and an aquarium. While visiting, guests can see unusual habitats and rare animals, making the California Academy of Sciences a great choice for the whole family.

Other museums in the city include The Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Asian Art Museum and the Cable Car Museum. There are also two historical ships that now serve as museums in the bay, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien and the USS Pampanito.


It is not just culture that draws people to San Francisco. The city also offers diverse shopping options for those in need of a little retail therapy. Many tourists like to start in areas like Pier 39 or Fisherman's Wharf. Both of these areas are designed for tourists with numerous shops featuring trinkets and other novelty items. However, for a bit more refinement, many people try Union Square. Located in the Financial District, Union Square is home to a number of high end stores and boutiques. There are six major department stores there, and numerous upscale brands have boutiques in Union Square. Some of the stores include Macy's, Prada, Apple and more.

Other Attractions

No trip to SF is complete without taking in a few of the classic sights. In particular, the Golden Gate Bridge is simply a must during any trip to San Francisco. While crossing the bridge by car may be time consuming, some people opt to walk or bike its length for a more distinctive experience. If crossing is unnecessary, there are still several iconic lookout points to take in the spectacle, including South Vista Point and Fort Point.

Another must-visit is Alcatraz Island. This famous island has an unusual history. Located just off the coast in the bay, Alcatraz was developed as a prison and once housed some of the most notorious criminals in American history. When operating costs became too much, it was closed and eventually turned into national park. Now, guests can take a ferry to visit Alcatraz and go on a tour of the facility.

Other famous sights include Coit Tower, Chinatown, the Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf. Many people also try to take at least one cable car ride during their stay in San Francisco.


With so much going on, it is no wonder that San Francisco has a wide range of dining options. The city has over 200 restaurants with menus featuring every style of food imaginable. This range includes casual eateries and upscale dining rooms with everything in between. Many local restaurants are proud to feature fresh food and local ingredients, often with seafood plucked right from the bay.

For pizza, guests can consider Tony's Pizza Napoletana. For Italian, the landmark John's Grill is a good choice. Hearty burgers are available at Super Duper Burgers, and sushi fans will love Ichi. La Taqueria is good for Mexican, and for classic seafood, be sure to try the Swan Oyster Depot.

If all this eating makes guests thirsty, there are fortunately many options for wine and spirits in San Francisco. With Napa Valley nearby, there are numerous wineries and microbreweries open to the public. One option is Anchor Brewing, which has been making beer since 1896. Although tours must be booked in advance, many guests find it well worth the effort. For the refinement of wine, Treasure Island Wines is a good choice. This winery is open for public and private tastings, and it is among the best urban wineries in California.

Hotels and Lodging

In a city like San Francisco, the idea of sleep may seem like a secondary concern. However, San Francisco does have numerous choices for hotels and lodging. This includes a wide selection of high end hotels. For travelers on a budget, there are affordable options as well. San Francisco also has an ample selection of bed and breakfasts. Lodging facilities include new developments and historical buildings. This ensures that guests can find accommodations in any part of the city and at any price point.

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Enchanting Trans Vietnam Tours at Affordable Price

Travel in Vietnam while exploring the vibrant beauty of nature, traditional culture of local people and places of heritage on getting well informed about various Vietnam package tours organized by well established tour operators. Searching online you will find websites providing you with all information about notable tour operators in Vietnam and different tour packages including the Mekong River cruise.

Travel in Vietnam in style and comfort while making it inexpensive when you find information about Trans Vietnam tours covering all the regions of Vietnam, a country which has become a popular destination for travelers from all around the world. Get all information about travel formalities, places of interest, hotels at budget price, places to eat and areas for shopping. Find the perfect Vietnam tour package from a wide range of exciting offers among which Mekong River cruise promises to be an exotic one. Choose from a range of attractive package offers which include standard and luxury type accommodation and breakfast, lunch and dinner at moderate prices. You will find economy class and luxury class Mekong River cruise packages and those which can be customized to suit your preferences and budget. You will find deluxe package offers on Mekong River cruise trips and the ones offering discount on large entourage. Overnight journey on an exciting Mekong River cruise is on the cards when you book your date with the tour operator online.

Travel in Vietnam from North to South stopping over at the Central region to explore what till date had been unknown. Search for the perfect package while travelling in the Southern region of Vietnam which includes places like Saigon and Ho Chi Minh. There is the 4 day stop over tour at Saigon, tours to provinces in the Mekong delta, Ci Chu Tunnels trip and many more well organized trips to various places of interest. North Vietnam beckons you to places like Hanoi and Sapa. Find details of trekking tours and village tours to experience fabulous village craft. Your travel in Vietnam will not be complete if the Central region is not covered. Places like Hue and its surroundings are some of the most exciting locations to explore through enticing package offers by tour operators, information about the details being available on the net.

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What to Consider As You Plan Your Rehearsal Dinner

If you are planning your rehearsal dinner before your wedding, you need to include several details in your preparations. You want the event to go smoothly and help your friends and family members get more excited for your big day than they already are. Here are some ways to help with this endeavor as you decide where to host the meal.

The main thing to think about as you decide on a venue is the number of people who will go. Of course, anyone who will need to rehearse for the ceremony should be there, so this includes your bridesmaids and groomsmen. You also need to invite your flower girl and ring bearer, as well as their parents and any ushers and readers who will be part of the wedding. In addition, your parents and the parents of your soon-to-be spouse should be in attendance. It is also customary to invite immediate family to the rehearsal dinner, such as any siblings not in the ceremony and even visiting relatives who will be traveling to see you get married. Clearly, you will need a decent sized venue to fit everyone.

Then you need to think about the price. If you are trying to stick to a modest budget, the cheapest option tends to be having the rehearsal dinner at your house or someone else's home. You can either have a relative or friend make the food as your wedding gift, or you can get it catered by a local restaurant. In some cases, the meal, or at least the venue, will be included in your wedding package at the place you have chosen to have the ceremony and reception at. If you decide to go to a restaurant, this will probably be the most expensive option, but you may be able to work out a deal in which you get a discount on the food.

You also need to figure out what to serve. You can go with your favorite food, or you can choose something that you think everyone would like. You can also get creative by matching the food for the rehearsal dinner with the overall theme for the ceremony. For example, if you are having an Irish wedding, seafood, potatoes, corned beef, and other typical Irish foods may be fun to have. If you are getting married in a French-style castle, you may want to research typical French food for your guests. Just make sure it is not the same meal you will be having at the reception the next day.

Many local venues can likely accommodate your rehearsal dinner. You just have to do some research months ahead of time to make sure you get the results you want. But the process of planning should be exciting, especially if you make an effort to be stress-free. Consider having your friends, parents, or bridal party help with the arrangements.

What to See on Holiday in Madeira

Madeira Island is a safe refuge from the modern and hectic society of today's age and the best part is that it is located at a very short distance from most of the major European cities.

The pearl of Atlantic, the Madeira Island, was found by the British more than a century ago as an island to spend holidays and due to this, it is the oldest tourist spot of Europe.

The spirits and wines are cheap and there are several casinos, discos and night clubs in Funchal. If you like to travel alone then Madeira Island is a nice place to select as it is safe. Locals are extremely friendly and you will not get bored for a single minute on this island.

Madeira is part of Portugal and in recent years has become a popular holiday rentals destination. There are many superb holiday villas and self catering apartments in Madeira that can be rented as holiday homes.

Madeira Island offers you a huge array of opportunity which will satisfy all your leisure time requirements. The first thing you should never miss to enjoy in the island is the water activities, including fishing, sailing, dolphin and whale spotting, surfing, diving, swimming and water skiing.

Recently, some of the excellent surfing destinations were located in Madeira Island and since then, it has attracted a large number of surfing lovers every year.

The mild climate throughout the year, crystal clear water and the probability of viewing creatures, such as barracudas, dolphins, rays, monkfish and mantas have resulted in a large number of scuba divers coming here to spend their holidays.

Because it is located in the middle of the ocean, the Madeira Island is blessed with some very special events of visiting dolphins and whales. Many of these tourists book self catering holiday homes as their holiday accommodation.

The second thing to do in Madeira Island is enjoying the golf and tennis. Apart from all the natural attractions provided by the island, it also offers perfect conditions to practice outdoor sports all through the year.

As far as golf is concerned, there are two spectacular courses on the island: Santo da Serra golf club and Palheiro golf. There are 27 holes in the Santo da Serra golf club and 18 in the Palheiro.

The Santo de Serra club hosts the Madeira Island Open every year and it has been rated as one of the best golf courses in Europe. There is also a golf course in Porto Santo which has two 9 hole circuits and one 9 hole illuminated pitch and putt course. Many golfers rent some of the splendid holiday villas that are located near and around the golf courses.

The third thing to do is mountain biking. The journey, which goes through some of the most excellent trail roads ends up down alongside the stunning beachs. The fourth thing you should not miss to do in Madeira Island is visiting its beaches.

Almost all the beaches of the island are pebble and can be very exciting for those who are fed up of visiting sandy beaches that are very common. In spite of that, if you still want to see some sandy ones, you can take a ferry to the Porto Santo Island that leave generally from Funchal.

The fifth thing to do is enjoying the nightlife of the island. Depending upon your preferences, budget and mood, you can visit any of the discotheques, night clubs, bars, cafe bars, casinos and pubs located throughout the island. Many holiday makers rent self catering apartments in the local towns and use them as an ideal base to sample the local food and culture.

Conference Accommodation - Find the Best

Conference accommodation in New Zealand is regularly sought after in Taupo. Lake Taupo offers a centrally placed location in the North Island for corporate and executive company members to meet at easily, while also having the choice to incorporate some team building or personal leisure activities into the mix which are abundant in Taupo, New Zealand. Fly fishing, skydiving, sailing and confidence courses are amongst some of the many popular activities available.

If you are travelling to Taupo, New Zealand for your next business conference, there are several fundamental aspects to consider when selecting the quintessential conference accommodation and function room. From amenities that add to your level of comfort to critical facilities for your business needs, you should be confident in the accommodations you choose before you even arrive there.

You will most likely be looking for a motel or hotel with a function room that incorporates all of the latest technology to run a successful meeting. Conference room features to ask about include: high-speed wireless internet, a whiteboard (or two), an overhead projector and a flipchart pad with accompanying pens, microphones and surround sound systems for larger groups. These features are all necessities during a business presentation. In addition, the conference centre must be able to fulfil your needs as far as your meeting schedules and time frames are concerned, such as having a catering service available for mid morning, lunch and afternoon tea breaks. Alternatively, Taupo has a wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants available, and with many Taupo lodgings located close to the centre of town the commute will not take up too much of the attendee's time.

Furthermore, you will be looking for a conference accommodation that can offer suites with comforts like electric blankets, an in-room telephone, a kitchen area with microwave and an LCD television with DVD player. After all, this may be a trip to be taken for business, but you should certainly be able to be comfortable where you are staying, and have the peace of mind that other attendee's will be comfortable and well catered for also. When you are trying to make a good impression with business partners and clients, meeting in a desirable location such as Lake Taupo is essential in providing the most enjoyable business experience for everyone.

In addition to comforts, you will be grateful for a suite that features a large workstation and offers services for dry cleaning. Comfort and functionality is a balance that many motels and hotels attempt to achieve, and some attain a more desirable success rate than others.

Taupo, New Zealand is an excellent place to find a top-quality conference accommodation motel or hotel that will meet all your business needs. The next time you need to book somewhere to stay during your business trip in Taupo, rest at ease knowing there are lodgings that you can choose from which feature every one of the amenities mentioned above. Now is the time to take pleasure in your first of many enjoyable conference accommodations in Lake Taupo.

Resort to Professional Luxury Car Rental Agencies for Wedding Car Hire

It is quite natural for a person to use his or her personal car for general commuting and weekend trips to adjacent places. However, in certain occasions, you may feel that your personal or family vehicle will not be adequate. This becomes even more evident when you are invited to attend a celebrity wedding or reception. Attending the wedding of a wealthy relative or friend may also make you feel like hiring luxurious cars. When you attend a prestigious wedding event, everything like the ornaments, attire and the vehicle you use to arrive at the venue matters. That is why a lot of people opt for Wedding Car Hire agencies.

What do you Get from Professional Wedding Car Rental Agencies

When your limousine hire or sedan from a regional car rental company, there are some obvious advantages. First of all, you do not have to worry about the distance and reaching the place in time. The car hire agencies have expert and reliable chauffeurs who drive the cars rented by their clients to destinations in a proper manner. They ensure that the clients do not have to face any inconvenience during the transit. These cars can accommodate more than 20 people if required and they have spacious interiors fitted with plush upholstery and modern entertainment provisions like LCD TVs.

Additional Benefits Offered by Wedding Car Rental Entities

Attending a grand wedding with cars offered by luxury vehicle rentals can be beneficial for you from many aspects. These agencies offer cars for transportation needs for bridal parties as per client needs. If you want to go to a marriage reception from a hotel or vice versa, these agencies can rightly cater to such demands. The limousine or sedans hired by clients are decorated with flowers, ribbons and accessories to gel with the wedding theme if required.

Factors to Consider Prior to Hiring an Agency

Before you hire a Hummer or Chrysler Limousine from a local car hire agency to attend a wedding reception, a few things should be checked. You can check out wedding car hire packages offered by these agencies to find one that rightly suits both your wallet and needs. If necessary, these companies can customize their packages for customer requirements. You may also see client feedback of these agencies online. For any issues regarding the cost and amenities in rented cars, a discussion with their staff of the agency will be useful.

The Importance of a Database Management System to Businesses

Database management systems (DBMS) reinforce the use of papers in recording business transactions. Before, it was necessary to take note of every purchase and customer data. Employees had to go through a pile of documents to search for and update company or client information. Now, with DBMS software, you do not need to spend time browsing forms in the office. You can just encode, look up, change, and manage important business details with a computer and a server.

Data management has come a long way before software rose to popularity. Manual typewriters and filing cabinets were useful, but they lost their spots in the modern workplace. Almost all businesses replaced them with computers and internal servers to make work easier and faster. Read on to know how this technology changes companies.

What is a database management system?

A DBMS is a pool of information. Here is where you can store data for your perusal. You can also trace reports from previous years, provided the system covers the duration. This keeps the details organized and reduces errors in your business. DBMS have different features, which can range from adding entries to retrieving them when the network fails.

A DBMS can help in many ways. If your company focuses on commerce, you can manage a deal and provide for your clients faster. Whether it is for orders or payments, you can complete a transaction with the help of a DMBS and an SQL server support. Your staff can also save time from looking through old documents and be more productive in the office.

How DBMS software works

Modern DBMS comes in the form of software. You only need to install these programs in your computers at work. For you to share information, however, a Structured Query Language server is necessary. This SQL server manages the database and lets you work in a network. Other computers can access and request data that the SQL server covers.

Who can use DBMS software?

More industries are discovering the potential of DBMS software. Libraries and bookstore find it easier to catalogue books according to authors, titles, and subjects. Customers can just consult the system to look for the documents they need.

Airline companies and hotels also use DBMS for their reservation and payments. This allows clients to check-in faster and make the most of their travel or accommodation. Some health and academic institutions are starting to install DBMS to record medical and educational information.

Where you can get DBMS software?

Database administrators (DBA) can arrange your server and keep your data safe. These specialists are well versed in computer languages and database issues. With their help, you can store, recover, and secure information. They provide support services to make sure that the system works well in any situation.

Before you work with an SQL team, check if they are Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professionals (MCITP). Microsoft, as one of the top SQL brands, grants certification among IT specialists who went through trainings for their software.

Your business can do better with a Database Management System. Increase work productivity and consult companies offering SQL server support for reliable solutions.

Which Are The Best Limos To Choose

There are always a lot of areas that people need to look at when they are trying to determine which are the best limos to choose, and there are always assorted companies vying for business. There are a great variety of limo services that will provide safe, reliable, and consistent service anywhere in the metro area.

Some of the requirements that clients should consider include the following:

  • Reliability - This is one of the biggest concerns for most customers because when they have appointments or need to travel to the airport in a timely manner they require a limo service that they can depend on to get them to their destination safely and at the right time.

  • Cleanliness - Another area that is important is how clean the vehicle is, both inside and outside. It's understandable when the weather is inclement that the outside be less than spotless, but the inside must be dirt-free and have a fresh clean aroma.

  • Assorted Fleet - Because there are many different occasions when a limo would be a great solution, the service must have a variety of limousines that will meet the customer's needs. Whether it's a wedding, graduation, anniversary, or special guests arriving in town, the ideal mode of transportation should be available from the limousine service to accommodate the travelers.

  • Billing - Another very important aspect is billing. Many limo services have regular clients and can set them up with monthly billing or maintain a credit card on their account for convenience. They should also be able to accept a variety of credit or debit cards, or simply send a bill via mail, fax, or e-mail to the client.

  • Safety - Everyone wants to be sure they arrive at their destination safely and the vehicle should have a great record of safety as well as employing highly experienced drivers.

  • Professional Driver - The most important aspect of looking for a great limo service is to know the drivers are professional and well trained. The drivers should always get out and help load the luggage, open and close the doors for all passengers as well as ensuring their safety.

  • Reasonable Rates - In many cases a limousine is less expensive than a regular taxi service, and when they can provide reliable, professional services the value of these rates increases. Some limo services charge by the mile while others charge by the trip or the hour. For some companies, the charge varies with the type of vehicle that is being utilized, so be sure to verify the rate and the vehicle before reserving the limousine service.

There are so many occasions on which a limousine would be the perfect touch for the evening out. For corporate executives, trips to and from the airport or to other locations for corporation meetings are a great reason to hire a limo service. National and international guests will also appreciate the extra comfort and care when they are delivered to their hotel, airport, or meeting in a clean, luxurious, and comfortable limo with a professional driver who has provided a great service during their stay.

Typical Spray Tanning Costs

Spray tanning offers a perfect alternative to exposing your skin to the UV rays from the sun. It entails spraying a special cream on your skin's top layer to give it a tanned tone. The formula works like a makeup and may last for a couple of days or weeks. It's an easy and quick way to make the skin glow attractively without exposing it to damaging sun rays. For those who want to indulge in this activity, you should know the spray tanning cost to decide which service corresponds to your budget. The following paragraphs outline the typical costs.

Spray tanning may be performed in two different ways - air brushing by hand or using spray tan booths. The cost of air brush spray tans is about $35-$100 and is often more than the cost of a tanning booth, which is about $20-$30 for every session. But the costs may be a bit higher in the major cities.

When it comes to hand air brushing, the technicians spray the tanning formula on your skin by hand. This kind of tanning may be done on the face only, half the body or the body. Whole body air brushing can cost around $45-$90, while a half-body tanning (often just legs, arms and chest) may lower the cost to about $25-$50. Air brushing the face only costs $10-$30 at most salons.

Moreover, a spray tan technician can "contour" the body; this is a shading technique which is used to show an illusion of defined abdominal muscles or slimmer physique. This service can cost you $10-$15. But remember that this illusion would seem nicer in photos than up close.

Even though air brush tanning is usually performed in salons, you will find a number of professional technicians who are willing to travel to your home. The cost of such services ranges between $60 to $250, based on the reputation of the technician and whether they carry along some tanning supplies for every appointment such as a vinyl tent.

A tanning booth offers a mist that covers the entire body. Therefore, booths can't target any part of the body. Apart from the normal charges, salons may also charge you an extra fee of $10 if they use the darkest tone spray, number 3. Some salons offer an extra service known as "pH optimizing," which makes the skin friendlier to sunless tanning. It is advisable to seek the services of professional spray tanning technicians as they can help you find the right tan for your body.

The more the skin is exposed to regular spray, the more it will get used to some of the chemicals contained in the tanning formula and the longer the tan will last. Beginners would need around 3 sessions with about 5 days in between every session to enable the skin become accustomed to the spray. Once you have identified a perfect base tan, you'll be able to match the tan with corresponding tan extending products. With this, you will just must one spray tan session once in a while. Therefore, the spray tan cost for the first month would be much higher compared to that of the next months.