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The Enigma of a Land Package Community

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Market & Money | Comments Off

The Enigma of a Land Package Community

Many people don’t seem to notice, but different living areas encourage different lifestyles. Living in a condominium is different from living in the suburbs or in an apartment. Each mode of living has its own unique circumstances, but there’s a steadily rising interest in land packages. It’s another different style of living, but does have anything new?

condominiumWhen it comes to the more established living modes, the differences are much easier to spot. Finding these differences allows buyers to accurately gauge if the property is for them, and anticipate any adjustments.

Land packages offer a different challenge for many homeowners, because the developers are trying to build a community from the ground up – literally. That kind of careful coordination of properties is reminiscent of what building strategists use in designing condominiums. Industry authority The Hunt Club explained that developers today design their properties to look more familiar to the average buyer, and the result looks similar to a suburb.

In this respect, land packages present both similarities and differences to other living styles that it’s difficult to prepare for them in just one way. Many promoters like to combine the positive selling points of whatever buyers think land packages look like. They can sell a lot with the convenience of a condominium complex, with the privacy of a suburban home.

An unbiased look at the positives and negatives of each similar lifestyle may give people a better picture what it would be like to live in a land package community. First, condominiums are definitely not popular for space, and most of them are marketed towards young professionals who want to get everywhere quickly. Suburbs are almost the complete opposite; space is paramount, but some prefer the city’s surroundings.

The balance of space and time is something that land package buyers need to consider carefully. How far is the development from the nearest CBD by car? Are the properties arranged in such a way to make the commute easier? Until more people try the lifestyle for themselves, the answers to these questions will remain a mystery.

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Australia, How Much Water Are You Wasting?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Study Time | Comments Off

Australia, How Much Water Are You Wasting?

AustraliaThe world is made up mostly of water – about 97% salt water, 2% glacier ice, and only 1% fresh water. This 1% is what everybody uses for drinking, heating and cooling, transportation, and other purposes. Billions of people are sharing that small percentage, so it’s a wonder why many are still careless about their water usage.

Australia is among the driest continents in the world and yet Australians use more water than other countries do. According to Clean Up Australia, an average Australian uses (and wastes) more than one million litres of fresh water every year. That’s the same as filling 1,000 Olympic-sized pools every day.

Small Repairs Matter

A single drop of water every second or two may not seem much, but it can be a big problem altogether. Imagine if your tap drips 24/7, it might collect a bucket of water overnight. Imagine if this is happening to your entire neighbourhood, too. These drops of water are a different matter anymore. If you don’t call for plumbing services right away, you’re not only increasing your water bills, but also putting stress to the environment.

Household Water Usage

Australian households use most of their water in the bathroom. They usually take 10-minute showers or even longer and use more than 91,000 litres of water. Every single drop leads down the drain, which is a waste. If people can simply limit their showers to five or seven minutes, then they can save at least 50 litres every time. The same goes for water usage in general.

Water is a basic need, so you should put every drop to good use. It’s possible to save a few litres overnight if you’re willing to take action. Start by changing your habits, then work your way to inspecting your home and hiring the necessary experts for help. You’ll appreciate how doing these can make a big change.

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Three Road Trip Myths

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Travel and Tours | Comments Off

Three Road Trip Myths

car on the roadTravellers are often bombarded with myths and stories that are confusing and misleading; this is true not only for air travel, but also for those going on long and winding road trips. Many people find themselves confused on protocols when driving in unfamiliar places or renting from a car rental company.

Here are some myths and realities you need to remember if you are planning a road trip with family and friends:

Driving Slower in Unfamiliar Locations

Road trips to distant locations or another city may involve having to drive along unfamiliar cities and areas. While there’s a temptation to drive slower in an attempt to take in more of the place without making a stop, this may increase road hazards. The chances of an accident happening go up if you don’t know the roads well enough.

You Don’t Need a Rental Car insurance

It is highly recommended to rent a car for your road trip. According to Aries Car Rental, this gives you the opportunity to drive something different. Some car rental properties, however, do not include car insurance. It is still best to get insurance or choose a car rental company that offers comprehensive coverage, in case the unexpected happens

The Tires Matter More Than You Think

Remember that the state of your tires affect fuel efficiency. This is why it is important to make sure the tires are in optimal condition – to ensure a better driving experience. It will be easier to make turns if your tires make better contact.

The right tires also make a huge difference when it comes to long distance trips. Make sure to use tires fitted to your vehicle. If you’re renting a vehicle, however, choose a car rental company with well-maintained or newer car models.

When planning a road trip, the best tip is to think ahead. Do your research and come up with a detailed itinerary with plans in case emergencies happen. This will ensure that you have an exciting and safe journey with your family and friends.

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Fear Pressure: 3 Biggest Event Planning Fears (And How to Overcome Them)

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Service and Reviews | Comments Off

Fear Pressure: 3 Biggest Event Planning Fears (And How to Overcome Them)

Will anyone show up? Will they get bored? How do I get the word out?

Hosting an event is a great way to meet new people, market your brand, and just have some good old-fashioned fun. The task can be a frightening one, however, if you are the organiser. Not only will you have to plan all aspects of the event itself, you also have to make sure everything is executed properly and that everyone has fun.

thinkingHere are some ways to combat the biggest event planning fears:

Fear #1: No One Will Show Up

Most event planners are afraid that no one, or only a handful of guests, invited will show up. The best thing you can do is promote the event as much as you can, especially through social media and other digital platforms.

Most people want to find out where the venue is before they decide to go. This means you need to look for function venues that are appropriate. From there, pick which one has all the elements that you need, such as the food, drinks, and decor, so you can get rid of all the unnecessary stress.

Fear #2: Guests are Not Mingling

Event planners are always worrying that only the same people from the same organisation will interact with each other. Mingling and networking is one of the key components of any event.

Sometimes nametags and business cards just won’t cut it. Aside from this standard, there are other ways to get people to talk to one another. Place food, beverages, and seats in different areas, so people have no choice but to move around and mingle.

Fear #3: People Would Either Leave Early, or Would Never Leave

All event organisers want to keep everyone excited until the end. In corporate events, however, you are lucky if half the guests stick around until then.

The fix to this problem is simple: as the hour approaches, remind everyone — politely — that the event is nearing the end. Do not be too strict about what time people should leave, unless you have something big planned to end the night.

Try as you might, an event rarely ends without a single hitch. When something happens, just keep your cool. As long as you did your best, the event will be successful one way or another.

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5 Steps to Creating the Company Culture that You Want

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Service and Reviews | Comments Off

5 Steps to Creating the Company Culture that You Want

When it comes to business priorities, the company culture tends to take a backseat. After all, you’re busy meeting with clients, chasing deadlines, and building the company. Who has time to worry about culture?

inside officeBut culture significantly affects everything in your company. It decides how committed and loyal everyone is, how passionate they are about their jobs, and how they deal with conflict and stress. Will they be eager to work together and put in long hours to finish a vital project? How comfortable are they with change and innovation? Culture decides this and much more.

Culture happens whether you like it or not, and it’s something that is very difficult to change. If you don’t deliberately create your culture, it will come together on its own. Chances are, you won’t be very happy with the result.

Here are the steps to achieving that company culture that you desire:

1. Define – As the culture is effectively the personality of your company, it’s important that you clearly define it early on. What are your beliefs and goals? What do you do, and how do you behave? How do you treat customers, the company, and each other? Make sure that you and everyone in the company knows the answers to these questions.

2. Hire – It’s much easier and more effective to hire someone who already “gets it”, instead of trying to force a person to accept the corporate values. By doing this, you make sure that they get along well with existing employees, and contribute positively to the environment. These new hires also see that the workplace is exactly what they are looking for, rather than something they have to adjust to.

It might be difficult to find a person that fits in with your organisation while still possessing the right skill set, but i-recruit states that taking the time to hire correctly will save you many headaches down the road.

3. Demonstrate – Culture is not something you say, but a set of actions and habits. Leading by example is necessary if you truly want your employees to take the company culture and values to heart. This is especially true for start-ups, due to the high stress environment and close working conditions.

4. Measure – Every now and then, take a detailed look at how things are going. Are your employees satisfied with the way the company does things? What measurable benefits does your unique culture provide?

5. Reinforce – Now that the company culture is in place, it’s time to make sure that it stays. Provide regular feedback and advice, and reward those who truly live the company culture and contribute to developing it.

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Before the Exchange of Vows Comes the Rehearsal Dinner

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Service and Reviews | Comments Off

Before the Exchange of Vows Comes the Rehearsal Dinner

While the rehearsal dinner might be tradition more common in America, more Australian brides are hosting the event. Rehearsal dinners are a great way to bring everyone together before the big event. This also relieves pre-wedding tensions to ensure everyone is prepared for the upcoming wedding.

wedding receptionHere are the things you need to know about rehearsal dinners:

The Organiser

Although the groom’s family traditionally organises the affair, this is not a strict rule to follow. Nowadays, both parties or close friends and relatives can host the event. If you and your partner decide to host together, give yourselves enough time to look for function venues and book in advance.

The Guest list

The rehearsal dinner usually includes immediate family, and wedding entourage members and their partners. It is also tradition to invite the celebrant or minister.

The Venue

The rehearsal dinner can be a formal sit down dinner, though more informal than the wedding reception, so the food and atmosphere should complement the event. The location of the dinner depends on the number of attendees, the budget, and the kind of party the host wants to have. A sit-down dinner is usually held at a hotel ballroom, function room, or fine dining restaurant.

The Invitation

Send formal invites if you’d like the event to be something guests prepare for. You may also want the guests to confirm their attendance to know the head count. Of course, it is generally understood that all entourage members are invited, so a simple reminder would also do.

The Toast

While family and friends commonly offer the toast, it is also tradition to thank your guests. Offer a toast to the attendees and thank them for their support and express your excitement for the big day.

Organise your intimate rehearsal dinner with these tips. You can also provide some entertainment or activities to make the event more interesting.

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SEO Does Work

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Service and Reviews | Comments Off

SEO Does Work

People take the Internet for granted every day. Many admit that their lives would stop almost immediately if the web suddenly disappeared. That assessment, however, comes from personal experience, and does not look at the big picture. The effect of the Internet is so big almost no one realizes that the web is one of the rare things that spawn entire industries simply by just existing.

seoThe Internet practically made the richest people on Earth what they are today, and remade the entire structure of the business landscape. One of those new structures is SEO. The people who do know what SEO is have two different opinions about it.

There are only two sides when people talk about SEO. They either love it, hate it, there’s no middle ground. The thing is, any SEO mentoring program will show that the industry is grounded in statistics and numbers.

Unfortunately, many of the negative feelings about SEO stem from misunderstanding the industry. A number of business people have no idea what the service is all about. This causes mistrust and enmity when something goes wrong later on. There are myths making their rounds in business circles, none of which are true.

The most prevalent piece of misinformation is a straightforward idea that SEO just does not work. This myth comes from the fact that the success of SEO depends on algorithms from the search engines. Search engines frequently change their algorithms to keep the search results relevant, which apparently make many people give up and not bother anymore.

True, the algorithms change a lot, which is exactly why companies need SEO. Who can better help these companies cope with these changes, and keep their rankings in the search page than SEO? The very thing that people think makes SEO useless is the reason they need the industry in the first place.

SEO works, that is for sure. The only question is whether businesses take enough time to know the industry, or understand that meaningful results take time.

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