Why a Projector Is Better Than a Television

By: Alek Sabin If you’re putting together a home theater, you’re going to be faced with a lot of decisions. Where does the seating go? Do you try to fit more people, or go for larger seating? What kind of ambient lighting? What posters do you want on the wall? Yada yada yada! None of these things matter if your entertainment watching system isn’t blowing Mr. Next Door Neighbor’s out of the water! This brings you to the most important binary decision of the theater-making process: projecto...
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Learning to Say No (In Business & In Life)

Christine Hill I was recently struck by a powerful statement from Brene Brown: “The most compassionate people are also the most boundaried.” This statement completely rocked me. What does it mean?   As a compulsive people-pleaser and one given to fits of empathetic suffering, I’ve kind of seen a roller coaster effect in my life. One moment, I’m bending over backward to accommodate someone. The next, I’m turning a blind eye to someone I know needs my help. One moment, I’m blubbe...
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Budgeting Tips: How to Prioritize Expenses

By: Maurine Anderson Prioritizing expenses can be one of the hardest aspects of budgeting. How do you decide where to allocate your money first? Which expenses can or should you choose to forego?   Many smart budgeters live by the mantra ‘pay yourself first’. The phrase ‘pay yourself first’ refers to putting money into personal savings, such as your retirement fund, emergency fund, and any other savings funds you might have going (money for a down payment, for example). Beyond ...
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5 Countries Not to Take a Vacation or Work In During 2016

By: Maurine Anderson   Still hunting for what your next international travel destination should be in 2016? Here are five popular destinations that you may want to cross off of your list. Mexico The State Department issued a travel warning in April of this year, warning prospective travelers to Mexico that the country remains host to high levels of organized crime. (This warning, by the way, replaced one that was issued earlier in the year in January.) The warning reports th...
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Harnessing the Power of Free Samples

By: Christine Hill   Free samples! We all love them. Something about “free” just makes things more delicious, more fun, more interesting. Psychologically, we all see the direct appeal of free samples. But how well do they actually work for businesses? Pretty darn well, if Costco is any model. The numbers are amazing. Free samples drive a 300% increase in sales on wine, a 500% increase for items like lipstick and mascara, and a whopping 600% increase for cheese and pizza. T...
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How to Produce High Quality Videos for Your Blog

How to Produce High Quality Videos for Your Blog By: Maurine Anderson If you’re a blogger who makes frequent use of video for your blog, be it for tutorials, reviews, or Q&A sessions, you’ll probably want to step things up beyond using your laptop’s webcam for a video shoot. Doing this can really set your apart as a blogger. Here are some easy ways that you can take your blog videos from average to profesh. Invest in a higher quality camera. You don’t need to invest in an ult...
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How to Stay Motivated as a Blogger

It happens even to the best of us: you started a blog, highly enthusiastic about all of the great things that you were going to post there, only to start losing steam just a few months in. Your blog becomes more of a chore than a creative outlet, and you begin to feel guilty when you aren’t posting as regularly as you used to. It’s the classic “blogger’s rut.” In case you yourself have hit a rut in your blogging, here’s a step-by-step guide to rekindling that blogging excitement you had when...
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Courting Your Customers: Simple Ways to Be a More Attractive Business

Running a business involved many different aspects, however, none of them will make a lick of difference if you aren’t able to bring people through your front door. Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year in the advertising and marketing industry, all for the purpose of trying to accomplish this one goal. However, you don’t necessarily need all of the fancy bells and whistles of an ad agency to make your business appeal to people. Getting foot traffic into your business can be a...
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The Most Business Friendly States in America

America, as a whole, is a relatively friendly country to start a business. We currently have the largest GDP on the planet, weighing in at a whopping $16 trillion, and are the second largest purchasing power in the world, only surpassed by the entirety of the European Union. Many policies in our country are geared towards capital investment, and are designed to help businesses thrive. Obviously, there are still great debates to be had about the directions that we still need to take, but on t...
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The Hourly Office Workout

Are you trapped inside your office all day and have no time to hit the gym after a long workday?  You are not alone.  Thousands of Americans live a sedentary lifestyle, sitting in their car on their way to work, sitting at a desk for 8 hours, and then driving home just to sit on the couch for the rest of the evening.  The simple truth is that if you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight, and sitting all day does not burn any calories.   Instead of sitting all day, try to g...
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