Monthly Archives: December 2012

Newbies Guide to Make a Website

computrworkSetting up a website seems like a planet far, far away from us. An area somewhat vague and unknown yet a daily part of our lives with that computer, we have in our homes. Now, how would we get our own website out there? can I get a website too? It can be done!

A website put together by yourself will give you a great sense of pride and accomplishment. As mentioned, it may seem as a task only for professionals but it really can be simple. A lot of web design software can be simple copy, drag and paste programs. A few steps must be taken and one very simple program is Print Shop Web Designer.

The steps to assemble your own site with this program, goes as follows:

Register for a Web host that allows uploads of your own files.
Need a FTP program to upload.
Print Shop Web Designer software program
Free clip art
Free HTML codes
Experiment with the various design tools in the Print Shop Web Designer program.
Design and set your text and images
Save
Upload

A very easy method to get a web site up. This was a few years ago for me, and am sure the process hasn’t changed too much. I’d also recommend if you can’t afford paying for a host, check out a free web host, where you can eventually upgrade to paying for your own domain. There are many free web hosts available such as the following :

web hosting

The use of the Print Shop Web Designer software allows you to build your site, on your computer, in it’s own ‘environment’. You’ll also be able to see how it will look online without actually being online. Once your design is set to your satisfaction, you are able to save and upload your ‘files’ with your FTP program, directly to your host and be ‘live’ on the internet.

A few web hosts may also offer other web building programs. One hugely popular site is WordPress and can be quickly ‘launched’ quite easily. They will assign you an ‘account name’ for your FTP program and for the other ‘tools’. A web host will have a ‘panel’ with various ‘tools’ and ‘programs’ which can provide for further exploration into building other sites, such as classifieds, forums, ecommerce, along with other blogging platforms such as Joomla.

A few of the ‘tools’ found inside your web host ‘panel’ will have strange names, such as ‘My SQL’, PHP, file manager or htaccess generator. Consider them as ‘attached’ to your WordPress or other site, as they are used to store the files to operate these sites. You may need to enter these areas to ‘tweak’ your site. Again, your web host will assign you an account ‘name’ for security reasons. I’m sure you don’t want to get ‘hacked’. You will also usually find a ‘Back Up’ area in the ‘panel’ and you must use this regularly, in the event you’re ‘blocked’ from entry. A back up will restore your site to it’s original place and appearance.

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The skills you gain and knowledge you learn along the way are beyond priceless and you will enjoy this project. I assure you, that this is one very fun skill to learn, which you will also be able to share or offer to others, for a reasonable fee.

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Article(C)2012 An Informal Cornr, all rights reserved. Ginsense writes articles on business skills, development, health, science, technology and society and enjoys advocating for independence, security and a better world for all of us.

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Discover the Manufacturer-Independent Jetsetting Rep

airballonridebThe world of Export and Importing from your own home office speaking
with manufacturers’ and business professionals from around the world,
can prove an interesting career choice. This can be quite a exciting
and potentially high earning self-employment opportunity.

A Manufacturers’ agent or representative will need to be a highly
energized and positive self-starter. As a Import or Export agent you
will be required to represent at least two or more manufacturers and
operate on a commission basis.

Small to medium sized manufacturing companies advertise for
manufacturing reps as a alternative to a in-house sales person or
staff. Manufacturers are looking for a person to help sell their
products whether national or international.

Products are exported and imported around the world and range from
sunglasses, shoes, raw materials, machines, electronic equipment or
parts, textiles, industrial compounds, all sold to either wholesalers
or large retail stores across the country or around the world.

Basic start up equipment will be transportation, answering service,
machine or voicemail, telephone, fax machine, laptop computer,
business cards, brochures and enough cash to cover initial expenses
incurred to enter this business opportunity.

The basic steps involved with this business are ;

Product, decide on the products you are confident and knowledgeable
about, as if you were employed with the company (or least research
and build your knowledge). Set yourself up to become a Specialist
with the product(s). Take on complementary products but never
competing products.

Bank, open a bank account for every business transaction that will
occur.

Introduction, send a letter introducing yourself and your services
to a prospective manufacturer. Schedule and accept invitations, to
meet if necessary (incurred expense). Bring your Sole AgencyAgreement for review and negotiation of terms – for payment and commission rate, scheduled payments (monthly, quarterly, bi-annual), assigned territory, responsibility of packing, shipping, forwarding, advertising, duration of contract, option to renew contract, improved rate of commission after one year, termination clause, compensation for unreasonable termination, method of payment, supply of adequate promotional literature. Settle these important points before heading out to making sales and contacts.

Sample, request a few samples, for presentations purposes at your
meeting, or sent by mail.

Meeting, discuss price of items (c.i.f. quotation) and request any
available in-house leaflets, brochures or labels.

Locate Buyers, locate through Overseas Trade board or similar
institution. Also, ask your Banker if they can help as they may have
branches in the particular country you are seeking to make sales who
may know of prospective customers for you.

Vital Sources of Information, write to your Trade Commission,
Embassy, Consulates, Association of Manufacturers, Bank, Chambers of
Commerce, Business management Associations. They will all assist or
direct you to someone who can help you find buyers and manufacturers
as they would see this as a economic boon to their own country.

The business of import and export is very competitive. If you ensure
that you can compete in terms of quality, delivery and price then you
will be assured of entry with a particular buyers market. You will
have to work with your manufacturer to discuss lowest price possible
and top quality is always sent to the buyers.

I highly recommend that further in depth research be done in this
business opportunity to ensure your own success. I have only touched
the surface of the possibilities and written it in a easy as possible
format.

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Dainty Mug of Tea

asugarforteaThe legend of the first cup of tea is said to date back to 2737 B.C.E. China and the emperor Shen Nung. Do you have a favorite tea?

Most popular blends of tea available today can be bought in the half or one pound as loose tea or in tea bags. Tea keeps longer than coffee but should be stored in airtight containers and far from food so not to absorb their flavors. Can you imagine drinking tea with a hint of additional flavoring, like potatoes?

Herbal teas and Tisanes originated when England taxed tea and colonial American women protested. They made tea with infusions of raspberry leaves, sage, seeds, herbs and flowers. Many of these remain popular today such as comfrey, peppermint, verben, sassafras, rose hips and camomile.

Tea can be drank around the clock and your decision whether hot, cold, black, green, pick-me-up or lay-me-down. Some tea’s will have caffeine that is slow release and lower than our morning cup of coffee. As for me, I will drink coffee in the morning but end my day with a cup of black or herbal tea, especially in winters. A few suggestions for tea are as follows ;

Mornings

Gyokuro or Sencha, Japanese green tea
English or Irish Breakfast, brisk taste with a modest kick of caffeine to get the day started.
Ceylonese, iced, add lemon and lavender to combat dryness within.

Afternoons

Earl Grey, usually with splash of milk and provides slow and low release of caffeine.
Rembeng Assam black tea, a rich malt flavor and a coppery finish, organic.

Evenings

Silver Needle White Tea, subtle and sweet, low caffeine
Peppermint, need I say how it tastes?
– Rooibos Red tea, no caffeine

Tea and Iced Tea Cocktails

Blueberry Tea, add Amaretto liqueur
Green Tea, add Grand Marnier
Peppermint Iced tea, lemonade, peppermint tea, lemon liqueur, garnish with mint sprigs.
Lavender Iced tea, lavender flowers, black currant tea, lemon juice, Cassis liqueur, brandy.

Tea can be enjoyed by our children also. Offer them iced, no caffeine tea’s, herbal or fruit tea rather than soda beverages especially when they’re bored with water. Tea in England can be quite the posh and swanky event with their ‘low’ tea tradition, to ward off hunger, usually held after lunch and before dinner and far more elegant than vending machine offerings. ‘High’ tea refers to the working and poor class having tea around dinner.

Today as in the past, hosting or attending a tea party can be entertaining with the use of elegant tea accessories and done for graduations, bridal shower, baby shower, retirement party or gathering of close friends. A opportunity to decorate with linens, silverware, fine china, sweet delicacies or a casual affair with a pot of tea and plate of cookies. I appreciate those events that offer tea next to the coffee pot, how about you?

I hope you found this article informative. Please feel free to leave your comments and share your own observations or experiences. Use the ‘Ask a Question’ form on a topic of your own interest. It is FREE to subscribe by email or RSS feed.

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