Having fun decorating our off campus dwelling

My first year away at university I had to live in the freshman dorm! It was a horrible experience, from top to bottom.

  • As soon as the rules allowed it I moved off campus.

At that university, freshmen were required to live on campus, it was the rule, so I just suffered through it. So many smelly people were living in that dorm, and hardly any of us had any sense of propriety. People drank and partied and caroused in the hallways, it was extremely scandalous. Sophomore year I got two roommates, and we easily decorated our new place with classic elegance and nothing but handmade furniture. For the group of us, going antiquing is about as thrilling a weekend as the bunch of us could have, so the bunch of us would drive the distance looking for the coolest seasoned wooden furniture. If you look not just in antique stores but flea markets and junk shops you can find wooden furniture far better than anything you can find in a big box store. What I love the most about seasoned wooden furniture is how it gives myself and others a sense of connection to local history and culture! Perhaps you just see a set of wooden chairs, each a little different, even though I see the farmhand who built them on his own. I see what his life must have been like. Back then people created wooden furniture because there were no stores around to go to, and if you didn’t want to be sitting on the ground then you had to put together a strong chair! They are sturdy, strong, and in their own way, good-looking. This easily matched the classic elegance of myself and my roommates.

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Decorating our apartment off campus

My first year away at college I was living in the freshman dorm! It was the most terrible experience, from top to bottom.

As soon as the rules permitted it I moved off campus.

At that college, freshmen had to live on campus, it was the rule, so I just completely suffered through it. There were tons of stinky people in that dorm, and hardly any of us had any sense of decorum. People drank and partied and caroused in the hallways, it was unseemly. Sophomore year I got numerous roommates, and the people I was with and I decorated our new place with classic elegance and all handmade furniture. For people similar to us, going antiquing is about as exciting a weekend as the people I was with and I could have, so the people I was with and I would drive for numerous hours looking for the coolest outdated wooden furniture. If you look not just in antique stores but flea markets and junk shops you are able to discover wooden furniture far superior to anything you can find in a sizable box store. What I appreciate the most about outdated wooden furniture is how it gives me a sense of connection to local history and culture! Perhaps you just see a set of wooden chairs, each a little different, however I see the farmhand who built them all by himself, and know about what his life must have been like. Back then people made wooden furniture because there were no stores in the least, and if you didn’t want to be sleeping on the ground then you had to build a bed! They are sturdy, strong, and in their own way, beautiful, befitting the classic elegance of me and my roommates.

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I’m trying to find commercial office space for rent for my business

The process of starting this dealer was quite a bit easier with the constant assistance from the entrepreneurial center

I wasn’t really planning on starting a dealer when I entered school to get a graphic design degree. I figured I’d get a job at some advertising firm and then head on through promotions for a few years until I establish job security. It’s not simple trying to go out on your own in the dealer world without knowing if it will all end up working out in the end. You might convince yourself not to make an attempt because of job security at an existing position. Although it was not especially easy at first, I’m glad that I believed in myself and moved towards creating my own graphic design dealer. I have been super busy developing logos and branding graphics for companies all over my growing community. When I first got started, it was just me entirely working alone in my dwelling doing everything on my laptop. As time moved forward and I secured additional clients, I started to get over taxed and made the decision to hire a few employees. That’s when I had to rent commercial office space for my graphic design business. However, now I’m trying to expand my dealer so I’m looking for greater commercial office space to rent. I contacted the dealer development who hooked me up with a property management dealer that rents out commercial office spaces to dealers just like mine. The process of starting this dealer was quite a bit easier with the constant assistance from the entrepreneurial center. They were able to help me find a seriously affordable office space to rent once I was looking to expand and hire more staff members. Now I’m getting more clients than I ever thought we could have.
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Using SEO to build my business

When I first started out with my business of selling rare collectables and comic books, Ebay was still a big thing.

I know that it’s still around and active and everything, but back in those days Ebay was basically the only place to sell things like this. It was the wild west of the internet, I swear, and I made large sums of cash that I have never seen since. Now I host private auctions through my website, and offer direct sales. Mastering the art of SEO, or search engine optimization, has really taken my business to a whole new level that I haven’t seen since Ebay. For anyone who may not know, when I talk about SEO it means “search engine optimization” and it is the process of making your website leaner, meaner, and more attractive to the Google rankings. The better your SEO, the higher you rank in search results, which gives you advertising and visibility that you don’t have to pay for. By focusing on my website SEO and web design instead of a big marketing campaign, I have started building a lot of organic traffic, which is the most valuable kind. I run a tight website, I work on the SEO several times a week to keep it current, and most of all I deliver what I promise. Google has a way of determining which websites are the most valuable by counting return business, positive reviews, and customer satisfaction. Can you believe SEO encapsulates so much about a business, it’s kind of scary how smart machines are getting.

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Finding the absolute smartest approach to advertising

Everyone and their uncle has a new podcast these mornings, which makes it harder than ever before to make yourself stand out from the huge crowd.

However, take our field, which is athletic interests talk, for example…

However, when I first started more than one years ago, it was already a crowded field. These mornings, there are really more than nine times more athletic interests talk podcasts than there were back then, but everyone who has a microphone and an opinion thinks they can do a show for whatever reason. However, it made myself and others realize that making a great show was only the first section of the equation… Then I still had to get people to listen, for me, using social media and internet advertising was just what I needed to split out of the doldrums and start building an audience. The way I see it, using social media management is like casting a hook into the ocean trying to catch a fish, then you never suppose what bait is going to work, or when, so proper social media management entails casting a lot of strange hooks in strange stadiums to see what actually works best. It is a process of trial and error, a single one that I could circumvent by using a social media management corporation. But, I don’t suppose that I can afford that just yet. If I had a few hundred extra bucks to spend on some internet advertising and promotion, I could absolutely make some real gains. In the meantime, I may experiment by running a few low-dollar pay per click ad campaigns on social media platforms, to see how it works out for us.
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My boss had to find a new office cleaning company after the last didn’t work out

My boss owns several locations for his data company. Although he’s usually at our office most days, sometimes he visits his other locations in neighboring counties. Last week he was dealing with renovations at his south county location, which consumed a lot of precious work time. He’s waiting to get renovations done to our building as well, but the pandemic has delayed everything. Hopefully the work on our location will start sometime this summer, but it’s anyone’s guess whether or not it gets delayed again. Despite having all of these different locations, my boss was utilizing one specific commercial cleaning company to clean all of the buildings each week. Since the business cleaning company would only hit each location twice a week, their cleaning cycles were on a rotation schedule. Unfortunately they stopped putting in the effort to do anything more than vacuuming and light dusting. At one point they quit cleaning the bathrooms altogether. My boss knew that he needed to find a new commercial cleaning company immediately. Thankfully he found a great office cleaning business after speaking to friends of his who have their own businesses. This new office cleaning company is highly reputable and has been operating in our area for the last three decades. It’s also a family owned and operated company ever since it was first opened. They put a lot of effort into their work and the results definitely show it. Some commercial cleaners are only interested in doing as little work as possible while pocketing your money in the process. It’s unfortunate that it’s difficult to find a cleaning company that puts pride in their hard work and efforts.

 

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I was afraid of mold growth in my flooring

I usually prefer dogs and have had few complications with them since I was a young child.

  • My family regularly had at least 3 dogs, usually a mix of sizes.

At a single point we had several German Shepherds before one away from old age. I am used to canines of all kinds and usually bond well with them regardless of their temperament. These assumptions all went out the window when my sister got her new dog. The first time I tried to pet him, he bit my hand. He did it with so much force that he broke the skin with his teeth. When she asked me to watch him for an afternoon while she traveled for work, I was reluctant. She said that he had a crate to stay in as long as I fed him twice and let him outside. When I left for an hour to go grocery shopping, I assumed it would be fine to leave him in his crate. These are supposed to restrain animals, at least that has what I assumed. Apparently he managed to loosen the bolts holding the top portion of the crate to the bottom. When I walked in the door, I was greeted by a dog running around and breaking apart my house. He broke my fish tank and all of the water had soaked into the carpet in my home office. I called my sister and told her to come get her dog. Then I called a local carpet cleaning company to get the water out of the floor before it started to get mold. Thankfully the carpet cleaners arrived within an hour of my call and instantly got to work. They used a deodorizing carpet cleaning product that I had never seen before, but it left my carpet smelling like fresh flowers.

 

 

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HVAC maintenance plan makes things easier

I don’t need to panic and wonder if I won’t have a working heater in the winter

With all my different construction projects going on it is hard to keep up with things around the house. I am constantly gutting a room and working all day on it. Little things like the garbage, watering the plants, recyclables and making dinner seemed to get forgotten. For a while I kept thinking I would finish all my projects and get back on track. However, I have now come to the conclusion that I like fixing up my house and won’t even finish my projects. I have a timer on my phone to do garbage and recyclables. I have meal delivery scheduled most of the time. For service appointments like with the HVAC system, I am on an annual maintenance plan. The HVAC business is the one to call me. They set the date, time and just show up. They don’t need me to babysit and the bill is sent via email. I then can pay quickly and be done with it. Having an annual maintenance agreement means my equipment is in the best possible shape. I hardly ever pay for a HVAC repair now that I have regular service on it. My machine no longer makes awful noises, smells weird or makes my air quality feel gross. I hardly notice the extra cost in my year long budget. The best part though is no longer worrying about it. I don’t need to panic and wonder if I won’t have a working heater in the winter. I never have a potential repair that I keep forgetting to call on. Everyone should do regular service.

Card Access Security System

Not enough security in our home

All of us substituted all of the old device and started fresh

When I purchased my house, there were signs of numerous unusual security systems left behind. It is an older house and some of the gear had been hardwired in. There was a sizable security panel set up in a closet that had once controlled a series of cameras and alarms. There were wireless sensors set up on all of the windows and exterior doors. There were floodlights mounted near the peak of the roof. All of us also had signs for the security monitoring contractor posted all the way around the property. I had no clue what to do with all of the equipment, none of it was functional. Some of it looked brand new. I considered calling the security contractor listed on the posted signs and seeing about starting up their equipment. In the end, I figured that the signs would be fine to stop a break-in. About two years back, I took our family on a 10 day cruise over the Christmas holiday. All of us had a neat time on a tropical beach. When we came home, every one of us discovered that our home had been broken into and robbed. They stole our televisions, jewelry, ipads, some currency and small appliances. They also caused damage to furniture and floors. Having signs advertising a security plan didn’t help. I realized every one of us needed a new, now working security system. All of us substituted all of the old device and started fresh. All of us now have state-of-the-art surveillance cameras, automated door locks and sensors for glass breakage, smoke, moisture and movement. The streamlined plan looks better, provides total peace of mind and has also lowered our insurance payments.

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Investing in rental properties

It’s starting to get a bit overwhelming.

I have gradually been buying up rental properties in my local area. I see it as a really great investment. People are steadily moving to this part of the country and housing is at a premium. I look for buildings that have been allowed to become rundown and outdated. I’m able to purchase these properties at a reasonable price. I then make renovations and improvements. I handle the majority of the work myself. Other than hiring an electrician, plumber or HVAC contractor for the more involved jobs, I manage to replace windows, put down new floors, install light and plumbing fixtures, paint walls and ceilings and complete general improvements. While fixing up the interior and exterior of the building involves quite a bit of work and expense, I’ve proven that I can quickly make my money back. A nicer apartment is worth more. I can charge a higher rent and also attract a better quality of renter. People who can afford a higher security deposit and rent are less likely to cause damage or fail to keep up with their expenses. I currently own 12 units and they are all rented. I manage the building maintenance, renter concerns, lawn care and all the demands on my own. It’s starting to get a bit overwhelming. It might be time to hire an apartment management company to help me out. I would like to concentrate my time and energy on buying and fixing up more property rather than the constant upkeep of the existing rental units. I believe the cost of getting some assistance would be worth it.

 

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