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LASIK Laser Eye Surgery – PRK and LASIK Today – LASIK Postoperative Tips #lasik,

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  • As soon as the anaesthetic wears off your eyes will be sore, watery, and light sensitive. This phase of the healing lasts for 6 to 8 hours until the surface layer at the edge of the flap heals.

During this time it is recommended that you take your eye drops and if possible, sleep wearing your shields.

  • The next day your eyes will still be blurry and light sensitive. It is typical to be able to return to most of your normal activities from 3 – 7 days.
    • You may experience a fluctuation in your vision from morning to evening, and you can also expect to see halos around lights at night. This is caused by normal postoperative swelling (edema). This is a normal part of the healing process and may take several weeks to resolve.
  • Some patients note that even though they see 20/20, it may not be as sharp or well defined as before. This is caused by a small loss of contrast and is regarded as a minor tradeoff for acceptable vision without glasses.
  • LASIK Postoperative Tips

    Things you should do

    Things you should avoid

    • Wear the eye shields at night for the first 4 nights. This is to prevent you from rubbing your eyes while you sleep.
  • Rest and relax for 24 – 48 hours immediately following the procedure.

  • A cold cloth gently placed across the eyelids for the first 24 – 48 hours will help greatly with comfort.

  • Prepare to take 3 – 7 days off
    from work.

  • Tylenol and Aspirin may be used for discomfort.

  • Eye drops and antibiotic drops as prescribed by your surgeon.
    • Do not rub your eyes.

  • Avoid getting soap or shampoo near eyes.

  • Avoid dusty and/or smoky environments for 1 week.

  • Avoid pools, hot tubs, saunas and water sport activities for 1 week.

  • Refrain from activities that could result in a direct blow to the eye for several months.

  • Refrain from driving for the first 3 – 7 days until you have achieved 20/40* vision correction.

  • Eye make-up must NOT be worn for 1 week postoperatively.

  • Watching TV, reading and computer use will strain your eyes. These activities should be done in moderation for the first few days following the surgery.
  • * This is the legal requirement in most jurisdictions to operate a vehicle without corrective lenses.

    LASIK Postoperative Medication

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    How to Buy and Invest in Stocks Investing Ideas and Tips #sba #grants

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    Investing Ideas: How to Buy and Invest in Stocks

    How to Invest in Stocks

    So, you want to invest in stocks? The first rule is to invest in what you know, but it s actually not that simple. It s not enough to simply understand the underlying business you have to understand what makes a good investment, well, a good investment. There exist different schools of thought here, and investing is part art and part science. You can predict and hypothesize as much as you desire, but no one really knows exactly what s going to transpire. Some different styles of investing include:

    Swing Trader

    A swing trading position is held longer than a day trading position, but shorter than a buy and hold investment strategy that can be held for months or years. Typically, a tradable asset would be held for days at a time in order to profit from price changes or ‘swings. Profits can be attained by either buying an asset or by short selling.

    Value Investing

    A value investor believes that the market overreacts to both good and bad news. He/she would look for stocks that they believe the market has undervalued; thereby profiting by buying when the price is deflated.

    Growth Investing

    Growth investors invest in companies that show above-average growth. Growth investing focuses on capital appreciation. Growth investing kind of contrasts with value investing.

    Great chess players don’t sit at a board and just…play.

    Masters of the game have a very concrete plan of how they intend to play. They decision-making that can adapt to whatever their opponents throw at them. Investing is no different: you need a plan to guide your investment decisions!

    Deciding What to Invest In

    You know you are ready and willing to invest. Now it s time to decide in what. Make sure to:

    Research ETFs

    Find the exchange-traded fund which track the performance of the industry and check out their holdings.

    Choose Sectors

    Select your stocks based on specific criteria (sector, industry etc.) Use a screener to further sort companies by dividend yield, market cap and other super useful metrics.

    Stay Informed

    Keep up-to-date. Read stock analysis articles. Read financial news releases. Stay critical.

    Types of Investments


    Bonds

    Bonds, or fixed-income securities, are debt investments in which an investor loans money to an entity, with interest. The borrower borrows the funds for either a fixed or variable period of time.

    Mutual Funds

    Mutual funds are operated by money managers and should match the investor s objective. They are made up of a bunch of funds collected from many investors and the purpose is to invest in securities like stocks, bonds, etc.

    Small-Cap Stocks

    Small-cap investors are the risk takers. These small companies have huge potential for growth. However because they are often under-recognized, more research is necessary. This requires the investor to have more time available to properly crunch numbers.

    Large-Cap Stocks

    Large-cap investors are more conservative these guys like to play it safe. With their steady dividend payouts, these big-cap blue chip companies are as stable as they come

    Penny Stocks

    Penny stocks are super high risk because of their lack of liquidity. Beginners are often lured in to these stocks because of their crazy low share price. This allows investors to hold thousands of shares for a relatively small amount of invested capital. With a scale like that, the gain of just a few cents per share can translate into major returns.

    Finding Good Stocks to Buy

    Within each stock sector, the ultimate goal is to find the stocks that are showing the greatest price appreciation. In the same way that one would pay attention to sectors, multiple timeframes should also be examined to make sure the stock in question is moving well over time. There are two main things to keep an eye on when selecting stocks:


    Liquidity

    It isn t smart to invest in a stock that has very little volume. What if quick liquidation is required? Selling it at a fair price will be extremely difficult if not impossible. Unless you are a seasoned trader, invest in stocks that trade at least a couple hundred thousand shares per day. Save yourself the headache.

    Price

    Trade in stocks that are at least $5. Don t shy away from a stock just because of its high price. Don t buy a stock just because of its low price.

    Investment Ideas

    Want to invest like The Greats? Take a look at the strategies these big guys used to earn their names:

    Warren Buffet

    Warren Buffet is considered a value investor. Essentially, he selects stocks that are priced at a significant discount to what he believes is their intrinsic value. When Buffett buys stocks, he buys them for keeps. This requires a lot of discipline: it s hard to resist buying or selling when the market seems perfectly ripe to act.

    Buffet views the stock market as temperamental. He doesn t panic when stocks plummet, or celebrate when they skyrocket. Instead, the Oracle of Omaha maintains the keep calm and carry on mantra, only buying stocks he intends to hold indefinitely, if not forever.

    Peter Lynch

    Lynch is also a value investor who stresses fundamental analysis. Lynch s bottom-up approach involves focusing on an individual company, rather than the entire industry or the market as a whole. The idea here is that what really matters is the quality and growth potential of a specific company, regardless of whether the industry is under-performing or even in a tailspin.

    Here are 3 additional Lynch stresses when looking at a company from the bottom up:

    Good research pays off

    Shut out market noise

    Invest for the long term

    Philip Fisher

    Philip Fisher was a growth investor. He consistently invested in well-managed, high-quality growth companies. He would hold on to these for the long term. His famous fifteen points to look for in a common stock were divided up into two categories: management’s qualities and the characteristics of the business itself.

    When Fisher found an investment he liked, he wasn t afraid to take an outsized position of the stock within his portfolio. In fact, Fisher sometimes downplayed the value of diversification. He often found himself scouring the tech sector because the pace of c hange there creates an environment that is ripe for disruptive innovations.

    Best Stocks to Buy in 2015

    Here are some best performing stocks of 2015:





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    Navigate iPad – Switch Apps with Shortcuts and an External Keyboard #os #x #daily,

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    Navigate iPad Switch Apps with Shortcuts and an External Keyboard

    Did you know you can navigate around the iPad using only a keyboard, without touching the screen at all? It s part of iOS Accessibility options, and using keyboard navigation makes the iPad feel a lot more like a traditional computer, even sharing some of the keyboard shortcuts that Macs have to do things like the ever useful Command+Tab app switcher. This is a very underused and little-known feature of iOS, but it can really improve and speed up workflow on the iPad for those who use external keyboards with the device.

    To use keyboard navigation, you ll need a keyboard connected to the iPad either through Bluetooth or another external keyboard attached through the power port. Next, you ll need to turn VoiceOver on by doing the following:

    • Open Settings , tap General , go to Accessibility , and flip VoiceOver to ON

    With VoiceOver enabled you will gain access to the keyboard navigation feature, but there s also a potentially annoying speaking aspect that comes with VoiceOver, just hit Control+Option+S to silence that. Now for the commands.

    iPad Navigation Keyboard Commands

    Basic keyboard navigation shortcuts on iPad are as follows:

    • Control+Option+H Home button
    • Control+Option+H+H Show multitask bar
    • Control+Option+i Item chooser
    • Escape Back button
    • Right Arrow next item
    • Left Arrow previous item
    • Up + Down Arrows simultaneously tap selected item
    • Option + Down Arrow scroll down
    • Option + Up Arrow scroll up
    • Option + Left or Right Arrow scroll left or right
    • Control+Option+S turn VoiceOver speech on or off

    These keyboard shortcuts can be used from anywhere. You ll notice many of them are shared between OS X and iOS, making them familiar and quite easy to use for Mac users who are using the iPad.

    iPad App Switcher Keyboard Commands

    Arguably the most useful set of commands are related to app switching:

    • Command+Shift+Tab switch to the previous app
    • Command+Tab switch back to the original app
    • Left+Right Arrow. then Option + Left or Option+Right navigate through Dock

    These shortcuts speed up multitasking in iOS so much that they should be considered mandatory knowledge for anyone trying to do serious work on the iPad with an external keyboard. Memorize and master these and you re sure to be more productive.

    Whether you have a keyboard dock, case, or just a bluetooth keyboard, check these out, they can completely change the way you use an iPad.

    Thanks to Eric for pointing us to the great basis of these tips at TaoOfMac. topmost iPad image from Flickr

    I just tried this out on my iPhone 5 tonight and yes these features do work! Its actually really cool. There is a bit of a learning curve and a tonne of shortcuts to learn but once you get going with it its great. I couldn t however get the command-tab feature mentioned above to work so I am thinking that its iPad specific or I am missing something. I tried on both an Apple Wireless Keyboard and a Logitech bluetooth keyboard and both worked. Great tip! Thanks OSX Daily.

    What are the windows keyboard keys please? as a normal KB does not have the CMD and option keys 🙁





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    Install OpenStack Juno on CentOS 7 #linux, #linux #tutorials, #cloud #computing, #cloud #tutorials, #openstack,

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    Install OpenStack Juno on CentOS 7 / RHEL 7


    OpenStack is a free and open source cloud computing platform developed as a joint project of Rackspace Hosting and NASA. Users primarily deploy it as an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution. OpenStack cloud consists of many well know technologies like: Linux KVM, LVM, iSCSI, MariaDB (MySQL), RabbitMQ or Python Django.

    OpenStack architecture overview:

    1. Horizon: web browser user interface (dashboard) based on Python Django for creating and managing instances (virtual machines)
    2. Keystone: authentication and authorization framework
    3. Neutron: network connectivity as a service
    4. Cinder: persistent block storage for instances based on LVM
    5. Nova: instances management system based on Linux KVM
    6. Glance: registry for instance images
    7. Swift: file storage for cloud
    8. Ceilometer: metering engine for collecting billable data and analysis.
    9. Heat: orchestration service for template-based instance deployment

    In this tutorial we will install OpenStack Juno release from RDO repository on two nodes (controller node compute node) based on CentOS 7 / RHEL 7.

    Environment used:
    public network (Floating IP network): 192.168.2.0/24
    internal network: no IP space, physical connection only (eth1)
    public controller IP: 192.168.2.4 (eth0)
    public compute IP: 192.168.2.5 (eth0)

    Controller node network interfaces configuration before OpenStack installation:

    Compute node network interfaces configuration before OpenStack installation:

    First of all, stop and disable NetworkManager on both nodes (controller and compute):

    Update your system on both nodes (controller and compute):

    Install RDO repository (controller node):

    Install packstack automated installer (controller node):

    Generate answer file for packstack automated installation (controller node):

    Edit answer file (/root/answers.txt) and modify below parameters (controller node):

    Here attached: answers.txt file used during our installation.

    Launch packstack automated installation (controller node):

    Installation will take about 1-1,5h, we will be prompted for root password for all nodes (in our case: controller and compute):

    After successful installation we should get the output similar to the below:

    Test your installation login to the Horizon (OpenStack Dashboard), type the following in your web browser:

    Let s go back to the console, create OVS (openvswitch) bridges and bind them to physical network interfaces on both nodes

    After OpenStack installation we have following network interfaces on controller node:

    and on compute node:

    Type following commands on controller node:

    Modify ifcfg-eth0 file on controller node to look like:

    Modify ifcfg-br-ex file on controller node to look like:

    Modify ifcfg-eth1 file on controller node to look like:

    Connect eth0 interface to br-ex bridge on controller node.
    Below command will trigger network restart, so you will lose network connection for a while! The connection should be brought up again, if you modified ifcfg-eth0 and ifcfg-br-ex files correctly.

    Now let s connect eth1 interface to br-eth1 bridge (this will restart network too) :

    Now your network interfaces configuration on controller node should look like below (public IP is now assigned to br-ex interface):

    Check OVS configuration on controller node. Now port eth0 should be assigned to br-ex and port eth1 should be assigned to br-eth1:

    Modify ifcfg-eth1 file on compute node to look like:

    Now on compute node connect eth1 interface to br-eth1 bridge (this will restart network) :

    Check OVS configuration on compute node. Now port eth1 should be assigned to br-eth1:

    Time to check our new OpenStack cloud status and functionality.
    After each OpenStack installation a file /root/keystonerc_admin is created on controller node. This file contains admin credentials and other authentication parameters needed to operate and maintain our cloud. It looks like below:

    Let s source this file to import OpenStack admin credentials into Linux system variables, to avoid being prompted for password each time we want to invoke OpenStack command:

    Check OpenStack status on controller node to ensure mandatory services are running:

    Verify hosts list on controller node:

    Verify services on cloud hosts (execute on controller node):

    Thx for prompt answer .

    Yes I m using Liberty release.

    As it is if I try to run an instance on the faulty compute node. I got following error in neutron logs :

    Failed to bind port e3167852-2ff6-4b33-8cad-a901b29d23d8 on host lptxopsvnode01

    AFAYK. could it be related to this bug ?

    On the controller/compute node. no problem to start an instance.





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    Use – Keep Both – to Merge Same Name Files into Single Folder of

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    Use Keep Both to Merge Same Name Files into Single Folder of Mac OS X

    The Mac Finder offers a variety of methods of merging two folders contents together into a single directory. One option allows users to join different directory contents together that contain files with the same names, using the keep both function in OS X Finder.

    This can be a little confusing at first glance, but after a bit of practice you ll understand a bit more how the feature works and how you can use it to merge directory contents with files that share the same names together into a single folder, entirely by using the OS X Finder.

    If you re going to try this yourself, it s strongly recommended to do so with unnecessary files or folders, and preferably make a backup beforehand. The reason is quite simple; you don t want to accidentally replace essential files or folders while discovering how the keep both choice works and behaves.

    How to Merge Files with the Same Name into a Single Folder in Mac Finder with Keep Both

    In this example, let s say you have two folders with contents that share the same name but the files are different like 0.png, 1.png, 2.png, etc, thus, you do not want to overwrite any files, you simply want them all to be in the same folder, thereby joining them together and merging the directories into one:

    1. Select all files from the source folder, then hold down the Option / alt key and drag and drop them into the destination folder (remember, the destination folder has files of the same name)

  • You ll get a message saying An item named file already exists in this location. Do you want to replace it with the one you re moving? DO NOT choose Replace as it would overwrite the files
  • Instead, assuming you held down the Option key (you can also hold it down after the fact), you ll see a third option button Keep Both choose this instead (optionally, check the Apply to All box if you re confident you want to keep both of all files and don t want to approve each one)

  • The Finder will move the source files into the destination folder and rename them automatically so they do not overwrite one another. The naming convention is rather basic, it simply appends a counting number to the end of the files coming from the source. Using the aforementioned filename example, that means copying 0.png, 1.png, 2.png, etc into another folder with the same named files will rename them automatically to 0 2.png, 1 2.png. 2 2.png , and so on.

    Because of the naming convention of simply appending a number to the end of the source files being copied, perhaps a better option is to first batch rename the file contents of one folder, and then just drag and drop the newly renamed files into the other folder. In that case, because the file names are different, it will not triggering the keep both option at all and the files would drop into the folder as you would moving any other items around. This is often preferable since you can choose the file names yourself rather than going with the naming convention that keep both assigns to the files, but it s really up to the Mac user to figure out what s best for their situation.

    It s also worth pointing out that you can enable the Keep Both Option after the dialog box has been triggered for file copies. If you see a Skip option in the dialog instead, hold down the OPTION key to switch to to Keep Both like so:

    Note: The Keep Both choice only appears with identical named files in folders, if the file names are different, the button will not appear. and if you held the Option key it would simply copy the files into the other folder.

    Admittedly, the way Finder handles this is a little confusing at first glance, but it works as advertised. For Mac users who are more advanced, turning to the command line and using ditto to copy files between directories is another excellent option, or even using ditto tomerge directories in OS X. And yes, there is a merge option hidden in the Finder, but it s behavior is sometimes even more peculiar than Keep Both , so we ll focus on explaining that in another article.

    I use Keep Both often, and I also use Batch Rename often which I think, as you outline, is a better choice.

    Then the third option is the Merge option, which is hidden probably because it s behavior is weird and requires the folders to have the exact same name irregardless of the folder contents. From Apple description of the Merge feature:

    Merge two folders with the same name

    If you have two folders with identical names at two different locations, you can merge them into a single folder.

    Hold down the Option key, then drag one folder to the location that contains a folder with the same name. In the dialog that appears, click Merge.

    The Merge option appears only if one of the folders contains items that are not in the other folder. If the folders contain different versions of identically named files, the only options are Stop or Replace.

    Clear as mud, right? Much room for improvement when merging folders together in Mac OS, where OS X 10.11 is the same.

    Mike Jennings says:

    What I want is a way to merge folders, automatically skipping the files that are already in the destination.

    Too often I end up having to abort the entire copy because of one dupe, or else replace the existing dupe(s) with exact copies, which takes a long time and monkeys with modification dates.

    Is there a way to do this with Finder, cp or ditto?

    The Merge option is one the most limited and silly options in OSX. I ve lost hundred if not thousands of files because this option doesn t not merge at deep level. Windows is absolutely more clever copying files since windows 98 bad bad.

    Uncle Badger says:

    We have just started having a problem on our PC server that when people go to overwrite a folder it won t let them. Merge seemed to work but now I am worried that as one of your co tributary said it won t merge at deep level.

    Is this a Yosemite/El Capitan bug because it only seems to have manifested in the last few weeks?

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    HCM Process and Forms – Tutorials Part 1 #sap,abap,tips,tutorials,hr-abap, #hrabap, #hcm, #process #and #forms

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    HCM Process and Forms – Tutorial Part 1

    Now switch back to the layout tab so you are in the designer mode. The first thing you should do: from the Utilities menu, choose Insert Web Dynpro Script:

    This will include a file into your project (ContainerFoundation_JS) which includes lots of JavaScript used by the Process and Forms framework.

    From the Object Library Palette, drag an “ISR Text Display” onto your form. The “ISR Text Display” object can be found in the ISR Native Controls section:

    We now have this object on our form:

    Double Click the text to change it to something appropriate:

    Now from the Data View tab, we need to find the ENAME data element and drag it (BIND) onto the “ISR Text Display” object we just created.

    Locate ENAME in the Data View Tab:

    Drag the lowest element “FIELD” from ENAME and drop it onto your “ISR Text Display” object. To verify that binding is correct, you can select your display object and look at the binding properties:

    This completes our very basic form. Save and activate. You should be prompted to activate both the form and the interface.

    Exit the form and you will be returned back to the configuration of your form Scenario. You will now notice that your Form Status displays active:

    So far we have created a Form Scenario and a Form. Now we need to create a process. Open Design Time for Processes and Forms – Transaction: HRASR_DT. Select Process and enter ZPR6. Press enter and you will be prompted to create it. It will then ask for you form scenario ZFS6.

    In the object hierarchy, double click the root node for ZPR6. Select the checkbox “Permit Parallel Run”. This will allow running the same WF for the same employee in parallel – good during testing. Also, the Process Name is what the portal uses to alphabetically order and the Process Description is what will show in the portal for users to select. Leaving the Process name as ZPR6 will put the process at the bottom of the process selection list.

    In the object hierarchy, double click the workflow node. Enter NO_WORKFLOW since we are not using WF at this time – that will come later. Press enter and save your changes.

    Now is a good time to test. You can either logon to the portal and select your process or launch directly using:

    http://yourserver.com/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/asr_process_execute?sap-client= your client # sap-language=EN

    Search for an employee:

    Choose Select Process and you will see your process in the list:

    Select your process and choose “Edit”. The form will load and ENAME will be displayed:

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    Tips for choosing your professional email address #start #up #business #grants

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    Tips for choosing your professional email address

    Andréa Coutu wrote recently about 7 terrible secrets revealed by your email address (and how to fix them). Her advice is good, and I recommend reviewing each of her points before you decide on your “official” email address.

    If you’re in business as an IT consultant, you have no excuse for not having your own domain name. If domain registration and hosting breaks your bank, then you shouldn’t be in this business. Even if your niche has nothing to do with the Internet (as unlikely as that’s becoming), nothing says “I’m not really serious” like an account on hotmail.com, yahoo.com, especially aol.com, and even gmail.com (unless you’re a Google employee). Not that you can’t also have one of those addresses (except aol.com, what were you thinking?! ), but don’t use it professionally.

    When choosing your domain name, you should use the name of your business. If your business doesn’t have a name, get one. Even if it’s just “your name here Consulting,” you should present yourself as a commercial entity. If you feel that your business name is too long for a domain name, you should make sure your abbreviation seems natural and obvious. For example, my business name is “Camden Software Consulting,” and my domain name is “camdensoftware.com”. If I had chosen something like “camdenswcnsltng.com,” then my contacts would always have to look it up to remember how I abbreviated it. Also watch out for unintended words that arise from combining abbreviations. You wouldn’t want to abbreviate “Megara Associates, Inc.” as “megastinc.com” for example.

    I’ve seen some independents who treat their domain name like an 800 number: they make it into an ad. Domains like “peoriacomputerwiz.com” may be cute, but unless it’s also the name of your business, your client will have one more thing to remember when they want to contact you. “Was it peoriacomputerguy.com, or peoriapcguy.com? Or wait, isn’t their office in Pekin?”

    For the top-level domain (TLD), I think “.com” is preferable. It means “commercial” (you’re in business here, aren’t you?) and despite being US in origin, it has international applicability. It’s also what flies off people’s fingers automatically when they’re typing a domain. If you limit your business to one country or region, then a nation-specific commercial TLD could also be appropriate. The “.org” TLD says “I’m a non-profit!” even though you don’t have to use it for that. The “.net” TLD is a little better, but people tend to infer some sort of online community instead of a business. You should avoid “.biz” and “.info” — the spammers polluted that space years ago, and your emails will get filtered for that reason alone.

    There’s nothing wrong with registering the same domain in several TLDs and redirecting them all to the same address, though. In fact, it’s a good way to keep other people from using your business name.

    So, how does your email address compare with these criteria?





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    Catering Beginner? Three Tips to Get You Started! The Burkett Blog – From Burkett

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    Thinking about starting your own catering business? The wedding and events industry can be very lucrative, but before you start handing out your business cards or promoting your business online, we’ve listed the top three aspects that new caterers should never miss.

    There is no better way to learn, than actually doing the task. If you’re interested in catering, you need the practical, real-world experience to successfully launch and maintain your business. Catering is no joke – it requires passion and stamina to work the long hours and big events. Getting some hands on experience will prepare you with the tools you need to move forward. You’ll also get insight on market trends and other major catering firms, allowing you to build your business to meet the needs of your customers.

    What are the most important items to get you up and running? First you need to apply for and obtain a business license. Secondly, you’ll need approval from the department of health, certifying your facility. If you plan to start out of your home, contact your local health department. There are various zoning requirements and safety codes that are specific to each state. Also keep in mind that some states do not consider a home as a foodservice facility. Do your homework and be prepared to make some costly renovations.

    Once the business end is covered, you’ll need to invest in professional catering equipment. That’s where Burkett Restaurant Equipment comes in! Commercial restaurant equipment and catering supplies streamline your operations and make every event flow smoothly. From serving utensils to storage pans, we carry all of the essentials for your new business.

    A little Business 101: In order to have a successful start-up, you’ll need a strong customer base to boost profitability. Social media is a great way to get your name out there and to have real-time interaction with potential customers. Sign up for twitter, set up a Facebook page, and monitor sites like Yelp for customer reviews. Every business owner can set up a free account on Yelp to post photos and message your customers. Don’t forget print advertising if it’s in your budget. You might consider flyers and advertisements in your local paper and magazines.

    Finally, develop valuable relationships with other event industry vendors such as florists, bands, event planners and organizers. This network of businesses can help refer customers to your catering business, and vice versa.

    Most importantly, successful caterers have three things as their strongest attributes: Talent, Flexibility and Organization. Focus on the food. Be a savvy business person. Plan your events down to the last detail, but be ready to accommodate any last minute changes. The rest, including your customers, will follow.

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    Many business owners send greeting cards and corporate gifts to show gratitude to clients and business partners. These gifts are often useless and end up being thrown away or regifted. The purpose of the gift is to standout and remind the individual about you or your brand long after the holidays.

    Here are eight tips, from Entrepreneur. to help you select a gift that will leave an impression:

    1. Make it useful. Give people something they can use throughout the year. Desk calendars, pens, small flashlights and letter openers are great examples of items every business person could use.

    2. Give your product. Skip the shopping and extra spending, and give your product as a gift. It allows you to show gratitude while promoting your business.

    3. Make a donation. Create goodwill by making charitable donations in the names of your business partners. An added bonus is the tax writeoff.

    4. Look for exchanges. Ask other businesses about exchanging products and services. This will reduce costs, result in better gifts and serve as a marketing tool. Some companies you may want to talk to include movie theaters, restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment venues.

    5. Personalize it. Include your business name on the corporate gifts you give. There is nothing wrong with branding the items you give to your business partners.

    6. Spread it around. Give a gift that employees can benefit from. They are often left out while the owners and managers get all the corporate gifts.

    7. Keep it simple. While it can be tempting, it is best not to go overboard. Remember that gift giving is a marketing strategy and does not need to cost you a lot of money. Be sincere and tactful in your gift choices.

    8. Keep it healthy. Everyone loves treats, but too many sweet snacks go around during the holidays. There is no need to add to the cookies and chocolates your business partners are already receiving. The fall from a sugar rush can negatively impact businesses. If you want to send something edible, make sure it’s healthy.

    Gift giving during the holiday season is a great gesture for business partners. Be sure to be reasonable, choosing items that are useful, cost-effective and serve to market your business.





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