Thursday, July 15, 2010

Where To Get Poster Templates


Nowadays, you need not to hire the services of a professional designer to create a poster. Of course, a professional design can give you a one-of-a-kind poster. You can be provided with different ideas and even unlimited revisions. But if you are penny-pinching, saving money when possible, as your business is just on the get-go, you may have to consider alternative options for hiring a professional.

As everything is available over the internet, you can browse, choose and download any poster you wish. Some requires fee, but there are also others who offer their designs for free. You can go to websites, such as the homepage of the Microsoft Office, for free downloadable poster templates. Just go over the category for poster, and you will be provided with different choices. Take your time choosing which design suits your preference.

Once you have already chosen one of those poster templates, click the download button and save it to your computer. The next step would be editing. This is the part when you replace text, images, or even design elements. Anyone who has computer skills will not have a hard time doing this.

It helps if you organize your design ideas first. Take time to brainstorm with your colleagues or business partners as to what design style you want. Just make sure that the design you choose is professional and that it matches the image you want to portray for your business. If you want to make it fun, create a very engaging poster design that will grab anyone’s attention. You can also consider creating thought-provoking or an inspirational theme for your poster.

Once you have already set the design, edit the poster template as you wish. Drag, cut, paste, resize – take the necessary changes or alterations that it would take for your design to be attractive. Use a lot of colors or put vivid images. People are so visual that they pay attention when something striking catches their eyes.

If you are going to use images, you need to consider the resolution. If you are going to print large sized posters, pick high resolution. This will avoid pixelation. You can adjust the settings for the color and other aspects on your computer. You also have to consider the size of the poster, too.

With regards to paper stock, you will need thicker paper for your poster. It also has to be coated to make the poster resistant to wear and tear. If you wish to increase the longevity of your poster, you will need to invest on thick set paper types which can be expensive, Invest on quality materials if you want to keep your poster for a long time. Always remember that thin paper is meant for temporary use. They will not last long, especially if you put them outdoors, where weather elements such as rain and wind can tear your poster. Another option, though, for those who want resistant posters is using tarpaulin or plastic mesh for material. Yes, posters can be printed in plastics, too.

Inkjet Printer Cartridges: How Do They Work?


When one looks closely at the famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat you can see the basic principle behind the modern inkjet printer. Seurat excelled in the painting style known as pointillism, which is the creation of a cohesive image from a multitude of small dots of color. It is the same idea you can see at work in modern newspapers. If you look closely you can see the photos printed on the front page are constructed with thousands of tiny dots clustered closely together.

The modern inkjet printer works on exactly the same principles. Using miniscule nodules on the printer cartridge head your inkjet printer can make images of stunning clarity and vibrancy. So clear in fact that it might be hard to see the individual dots without a magnifying glass. Most modern inkjet printers create dots between 50 to 60 microns wide. How small is that? For a good comparison look at an average human hair, at its widest it will only be 70 microns in diameter.

How does an inkjet printer cartridge make such tiny dots? The key is the print head, the small rectangular area at the base of your printer cartridge closest to the paper itself. The print head is the most precise and the most active part of your printer. It's for this reason that it is usually attached to the ink cartridge, so as to assure it gets replaced when it has been used to the maximum of its potential. In the majority of inkjet printers the print head uses a tiny heating element to warm the ink, causing it to expand and create a microscopic bubble. Quite quickly the bubble bursts, forcing ink out of the print head and creating a tiny vacuum which draws more ink out of the cartridge reservoir. As you might imagine all of this happens quite quickly and on an almost unobservable scale.

Alternatively, Epson printers achieve ink application to the paper is through the manipulation of piezoelectric crystals which change orientation through the application of an electrical charge. By aligning the crystals tiny holes appear to allow the warmed ink to pass from the printer head onto the paper. This allows for a very precise application of very small ink droplets.

The average print cartridge can deliver 5,000 drops of ink per second, traveling across the breadth of a piece of A4 paper in the same amount of time printing one line of pixels as it goes. The average inkjet printer can make a full color printed page in less than one minute, with the ultimate top speed of any printer defined by the number of dots per inch (DPI) it is designed to deliver. The higher the DPI the more microscopic nodules can be found on the print head and consequently the more dots that can be printed with one pass.

Many inkjet cartridges can contain more than one color of ink. Usually this means the average consumer printer can function in full color capacity using only 2 ink cartridges; one for black ink and one for a combination of basic color elements.

As with any piece of sufficiently small and exceedingly complex technology there is a chance for malfunction or error but in the case of the inkjet printer cartridge problems rarely occur. Despite the fact that many functions are taking place at a high rate of speed the basic mechanics are relatively simple. This reliability and continuing high level of print quality is why inkjet printers continue to be so exceedingly popular among both personal and business consumers.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Web Site Design Keys


Web site design is the process of designing a template or web site on the internet. This is used for many different types of web sites. Each web site design is unique and individual to the particular site in question. The site designer will begin by asking you some basic questions about the site and based on the answers, will begin to build a site for you and your particular product or service. All designs will be passed to you for approval and any changes asked for will be made into the site.

There are also web sites that will allow you to be the web site designer. Places such as Homestead, Angelfire and GeoCities will allow you to design your own web site. If you are a small business, it may be advisable to either consult with the designer at the place that hosts your site, or consult a web site designer. A poorly designed and made site will drive away traffic and cost you sales, time and money. This is why a web site designer needs to be called in, to make the site look professional and clean. This is a must when selling on the internet.

When you are looking for a web site designer, please bear in mind the following: How many of these sites have the designer done? Are they reputable? Can you talk to clients of this web site designer? These questions will need to be answered. Take time to research the designer in question. This is a must to take action on. As with anything else, there are cons out there willing to take your money and leave you to hold the bag. Sufficient research will net you the honest ones out there.

Make certain that you receive everything in writing. This way will protect you in case of a fraudulent web site designer that skips out on you. The contract can and will be enforced. It is no longer acceptable to have a gentleman’s agreement in this age. For your protection, a written contract is necessary to protect both yourself and your business. That fact cannot be stated enough. With the advent of the Digital Age, comes the need for protection in any and all business matters at hand. With a written contract, there will be no dispute over what is ordered and what is not.

Once you have found your web site designer and fleshed out the contract, then work can begin on producing your site. The time limits will be specified in the contract. Once work is completed, the designer will contact you and submit the final design for approval. Once approved and paid, then the site is yours and can go live immediately. Once your site is live, then the orders can commence and your business will flourish and grow. Having a well developed functioning web site is crucial in the constant struggle for the consumer’s hard earned dollar.

Want to Live Debt Free? These Tips Will Help


Do you dream about being debt free some day? This can be a reality if you follow some basic rules and do what it takes. To start down the road to financial freedom you need to do a few things first. Are you ready? Let's go.
Tip #1. You need to admit there is a problem.

Is there not enough cash coming in or is it spent too quickly, or both? Is the money being spent on non-essentials? Is the income being spent unwisely on luxury items that you cannot really afford? Do you know how much you really have to spend? Do you know how much you owe and to whom?

You need to honestly answer these questions and be prepared to take some action.

Tip #2. You need a make a plan and stick to it.

First of all, you need to know your financial situation. Take out all your credit cards' statements and add up the outstanding balances. Make a plan to reduce the debt to a certain level within a fixed period of time. Once this is done there are tools you can use from the Internet to track your spending and your debt reduction.

Imagine what you will be able to do with the money you currently use to pay off debt.

Tip #3. Never add to your debt. Cut up the credit cards and live within your means.

Work out ways to cut down on your expenses so that you can live within your means. Start to put some funds aside for emergencies. You can cut down your expenses easily if you just think creatively. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

a) Anything you need (not just want) can usually be bought at a sale. Commit to not buying at retail prices again. Look in newspapers, wait for sales and be patient.

b) Cook at home a lot more often. Freeze leftovers. Plan you food needs for the week. Make your lunch for work instead of buying it each day.

c) Read magazines, get DVDs and Videos for free from your local library.

d) Take up a hobby. Get busy - shop less. Maybe your hobby can create some income?

e) Give up the coffee bought while shopping or at work.

f) Maybe if you tried you could get away with only 1 car. Travel by bus or train if possible.

Tip #4. Don't compare yourself with others.

If you spend to keep up with others, think whether they may be in a similar position to you. Work out and understand how much you can spend and how much needs to be put aside for saving or emergencies.
Tip #5. Pay off one small debt completely.

This will give you a boost and help you keep on track more easily and you'll be more motivated to pay off all the debts.

Tip #6. Keep some fun money.
This process needs to be fun, not a misery. If it becomes a chore you will be tempted not to meet your goals. Keep some money aside that allows you the freedom to spend on things you want, occasionally. You'll feel so much better about spending on items that you can afford.

To truly solve your debt problems you need to keep yourself under control. There's no one else who can do this for you. Ask for God's help also. You'll be so glad you did, once the debt burden has been lifted and you can become your own person.

How to Overcome Procrastination in Two Simple Steps


Key Secret #1 – Do Only One Task at a Time

If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both
- Ancient Hunter’s Proverb

Modern life, with its hectic pace, has created the illusion that people can multi-task; that is, perform several tasks simultaneously. Perhaps you have found yourself multi-tasking in an effort to become more productive. If that is the case, then you might be shocked by what you are about to discover.

The human mind is a marvelous device. So marvelous that it can focus on practically any one task, no matter how intricate. However, give it two tasks, even trivial ones, and it virtually shuts down.

If you doubt what you just read, then I encourage you to do an experiment: recite the alphabet while you are reading this article, and then see if you remember anything that you read while you were going through the letters.

Or, if you would like to have some fun, you can even try performing a mechanical, automatic task while reading this article. Try singing your favorite song as you continue to read.

I probably don’t need to tell you what just happened, as it is obvious: It took monumental effort to perform both tasks well at the same time, if you were able to carry them out at all (most people cannot, and the rest are probably lying when they say they can).

So why is it that so many of us harbor the illusion that we can do several things at once and truly accomplish anything meaningful?

What is Multi-Tasking?

Multi-Tasking is a sleek-sounding name given to any case in which a person focuses on more than one activity at any one time. It may be as simple as reading e-mail while on the phone, or writing a letter & stopping to respond to an e-mail in the middle of the task.

Generally speaking, it is easier to lose motivation when focusing on multiple activities at the same time. For example, if your to-do list includes five items that need to be done the same day, then rotating the tasks and completing portions of them in turn will probably take longer, and result in a lower-quality result, than focusing on one task until it is complete, and then moving on to the next.

The world’s most successful people have written in-depth about the power of focus. By focusing on just one task at a time until it is complete (and not moving on to another unless an emergency compels you to do otherwise), you will enjoy the pleasant feelings that come with making true progress towards your goals. Your motivation will improve and your quality of work will increase.

The top people in society use this simple secret every day. To start using it in your life, you need only say ‘no’ to interruptions, and refuse to move on to another task until you have completed the one on which you are working. This habit makes it easy to start each with a clear mind. You will be boosted by the satisfaction of having made real progress. Remember, three one project fully completed is always better than three projects half-finished.

Key Secret #2 – Do Worst Things First

One of the biggest problems with most time management systems is that, aside from being overly complicated, they force you to include all of the day’s activities in a to-do list. Unfortunately, such a habit can create the ideal conditions for the worst thief of time of all: procrastination!

When you place items in a to-do list, even a prioritized to-do list, small routine tasks tend to end up side-by-side with crucial activities. Most of us will tend to tackle the small activities first, perhaps because we enjoy feeling the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing any task on a list.

Unfortunately, the result is that that your most crucial tasks will end up being passed over, put off, and ultimately unfinished. As we procrastinate more by performing several easier tasks, we start feeling anxious and worried.

Before long, thinking and worrying about an unfinished task becomes more time-consuming than actually completing the project in the first place. Successful and highly productive people, however, know the key secret to turning this habit around: Doing Worst Things First.

By starting out your day with the worst, most unpleasant task on your list (which also tends to be the most valuable task), you will dramatically improve your productivity. Once you have focused on and completed the unpleasant task, all other items on your list will seem pleasant… almost a reward. As a result, your motivation will skyrocket, and your self-confidence will soar.

A CEO of a large company once revealed a secret of his success: He ate a frog every morning when he was young. By doing so, he then knew that whatever happened during the day, no matter how terrible, would be more pleasant than his slimy breakfast.

Of course, you needn’t eat any frogs to experience your own success. However, the power of doing Worst Things First is undeniable – you will immediately complete tasks that you may have been putting off for weeks, months, or even years. All the while, you will also be improving your motivation and energy, which will easily carry you through the smaller tasks on your list.

You may be thinking: “But what if every task on my list is awful? After I finish the first task, I’ll just have more unpleasant activities to look forward to."

If that describes your situation, then try breaking down your tasks by unpleasantness. Take the least desirable tasks and place them in a category of their own. Then make sure that each day includes only one of those, and start the day out with it.

A good tool for staying on task can be found here. Before long you will be confidently completing tasks that might have filled you with dread before. And you’ll feel great.

Thursday, July 8, 2010



Most small businesses market their products and services like this:

Step 1: Buy a bunch of leads or generate leads with a mailer or other campaign
Step 2: Distribute leads to sales reps
Step 3: Reps call on the leads to find the "hot" ones who are ready now
Step 4: Reps work with hot leads to close a quick deal
Step 5: Throw away, postpone or neglect the leads that aren't "hot"
Step 6: Repeat the process

Just about every business on the planet does this. And it's not bad... until you realize how much money you're leaving on the table. The fact is, for every deal you close using this common process, there's another 2 - 3 deals (or more!) you COULD close.

So, how do you do that? Well, that's what Secret #6 is all about--How to properly follow up using EDUCATION, REPETITION AND VARIETY.

You see, over 99% of small businesses don't properly follow up. Why? Because they don't have a system, they don't have time, they don't know how valuable it is, and the truth is, they don't know how to follow up! But...a few simple secrets could make you a "follow-up master."

Effective follow-up must take a combined approach that incorporates these three elements:

1) EDUCATION. Your follow-ups must inform your prospects. You need to provide valuable information. You need to communicate to your prospect that you are on their side and deserve to be trusted. You'll accomplish this if you provide them with accurate, insightful information. The sales process is confusing and intimidating for your customers. They WANT to trust you. Give them the information they need and you'll earn their trust.

2) REPETITION. It's a proven fact that human beings have to hear the same thing over and over before it sinks in. Marketing and Sales is no different. YOU know your products and services like the back of your hand, but your customers don't "get it" the first time they hear the message. Don't make the mistake of thinking that if a prospect heard the pitch once, they understood it. Chances are, they didn't. Tell them again, and again and again.

3) VARIETY. This doesn't mean you vary your message!!! You need to consistently tell your message, but your follow-up DELIVERY needs variety. To maximize your sales, you must use multi-step follow-up sequences that incorporate direct mail, phone, email, fax, voice broadcasts, and other media! There is serious power that comes when you contact your prospects using multiple methods.

However, I can't tell you how many times I've heard the argument that this kind of follow up is tedious, it's time-consuming, it's overkill, it's belittling to the customer, it's... whatever.

Guess what? It might be all of those things. But it works. Period. When you begin to properly follow up with your leads and customers using Education, Repetition and Variety, your numbers will absolutely shoot through the roof. You will be completely amazed!

So, you might be saying that this is just too much work for any human. You know what? I agree with you 100%!! I can't imagine trying to do all of this manually. You need an automated system to handle all of this for you.

Send me an email or give me a call and I'll tell you how you can put an automated system in place that will do all of this and more for you. Once you get that system, you will flat out make more money. Your capacity to handle more deals will increase, your customer acquisition costs will go down and you will get the freedom you've always wanted your business to provide you.



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