Quick Easy Fit » Living http://www.quickeasyfit.com Care of your Health And Life Start Here Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:40:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 4 Tips for Finding the Right Real Estate Appraiser for Your Needshttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/4-tips-for-finding-the-right-real-estate-appraiser-for-your-needs/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/4-tips-for-finding-the-right-real-estate-appraiser-for-your-needs/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:17:55 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6124 Even the most thorough of prospective homeowners can benefit tremendously from the services of an appraiser. Trained to identify flaws and intricacies in houses and commercial buildings alike, experienced, professional appraisers have the difficult task of placing monetary value on individual properties, each being unique and different from the last.

Like homes, each appraiser is unique, and choosing the right one requires good judgment and some homework. Follow this guide to hiring the right real estate appraiser.


Real estate appraisers can find the unique value of individual properties.

Keep it in the Neighborhood

Find out specifically what percentage of the appraiser’s business is done in the neighborhood where the property in question is located. Appraisers who work where they live – or who do the majority of their business in one concentrated place – tend to have an intimate, instinctual knowledge about neighborhoods, down to the micro-area. For example, if you’re looking at a property in Eastern Long Island, you want to search for local real estate appraisers in Suffolk County, NY.

Hire the Right Specialist

Property appraisal is broken down into two distinct specialties – those who do appraisals for homeowners and those who do appraisals for real estate professionals. They are two distinct niches that serve two different types of clientele. If you’re a prospective individual buyer considering purchasing a home, make sure the appraiser you choose specializes in that kind of work.

Licensing

Licensing for real estate appraisers is handled at the state level. Some states recognize out-of-state licenses; others do not. Others still don’t require any license or certification at all. Make sure that the appraiser you choose is licensed or certified to do business in the state in which the property you’re considering is located.

Although the states dictate the terms and requirements of local appraisers, the federal Appraisal Subcommittee monitors and compiles lists for each state. Ask to see their license, as well as documentation proving they are adequately covered with liability insurance for any damage incurred, and worker’s compensation in the case of injury.

Get it it Writing

Generally, appraisers work by the hour. According to research, their fees range from about $48-$71 per hour. When you hire an appraiser, make sure to get a “not-to-exceed” clause in a written contract beforehand.


Make sure your appraiser is trained to valuate homes for buyers, not agents or firms.

When hiring a real estate appraiser, be certain he or she is licensed in your state. But get even more local by identifying an appraiser who does the bulk of his or her work in your specific neighborhood. Insist on appropriate insurance coverage, and get a contract in writing that doesn’t allow an hourly pay structure to be abused. Make sure you choose someone who serves individuals, not businesses – and always meet the appraiser in person beforehand.

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Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about real estate and homeownership.

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5 Pointers for Packing for That Tropical Winter Vacationhttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/5-pointers-for-packing-for-that-tropical-winter-vacation/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/5-pointers-for-packing-for-that-tropical-winter-vacation/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:47:29 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6111 When the weather gets cold, all you want to do is go somewhere warm and preferably tropical where you can soak up some Vitamin D and put the layers away for a while. Deciding to go is easy. Heck, even picking out a destination isn’t that hard (what’s the warmest, safest place you can afford to go?). What’s hard is packing. There’s this weird break that happens in the head of a person who is packing to go somewhere warm but is still standing somewhere super cold.

To keep yourself from showing up in paradise with a bikini and a parka and nothing else (or 80 sweaters and no bathing suit), here are some tips to help you make sure you’re ready for anything.


The most important part of any tropical vacation.

1. The Bathing Suit

Obviously you’re going to want to pick out a great bathing suit for your vacation. Unfortunately, trying on bathing suits while there’s snow on the ground can lead to some questionable choices. You want to look good, but you also want to disguise your winter holiday weight. Tank suits are great for this, or bikinis that have “boy short” bottoms can also work well. Pageant swimwear (the kind that has the side skirt) works really well also. And remember, you can always pack a sarong – they fold up really small.

Tip: You need to take more than one bathing suit with you if you plan on spending most of your day poolside or in the water. Humidity can stretch out the drying process, and sitting around in a wet bathing suit isn’t anybody’s idea of a good time.

2. Daily Wear

Your instinct is going to be to pack just shorts, tanks, flip-flops, and swimwear to wear on your vacation. Resist this urge! There’s nothing wrong with packing mostly those things, but you’ll also want to pack a nice (lightweight is fine) pair of slacks and a dressy shirt and dress. This way you’ll be prepared if you decide to go out to a fancy dinner or if you find that the weather isn’t as warm as you had thought.

Pro Tip: There are several different brands and designers out there that make clothing designed to be convertible and can be worn as a top, a skirt, even a dress. Invest in a few of those to save space in your suitcase and to keep you covered no matter what the weather brings.


Beach fashion doesn’t have to be complicated.

3. A Sweater

Seriously! Even if the days are blazing hot where you’re going, the evenings and nights are probably going to cool way off. Having at least a light sweater to wear can help you stay warm. Plus, you can layer it during your trip home (we’ll talk about that in a second).

4. Prepare for the Sun

Make sure to pack some strong sunscreen (to avoid having to pay exorbitant prices at tourist shops). It’s also good to pack a hat (or at least a visor) and some sunglasses to keep your eyes protected. Make sure, even if you don’t plan on wearing makeup, that you pack lip balm with sunscreen in it so your lips don’t get sunburned.

5. The Trip There and Back

Seriously. You’re excited to get going, yes, and you don’t want to have to even think about your “at home” winter gear – but the last thing you need is to step off a plane from a tropical vacation and into sub-zero (feeling) temperatures without having any cold weather gear handy. That’s a shock that nobody needs!

Have you recently taken a tropical vacation? What do you wish you had done differently in the packing department?

Erin Steiner is a regular contributor to Quick Easy Fit as well as a number of other websites.

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Staying Stress-Free: Six Things You Can Do To Make Your Home More Relaxing And Keep You Calmhttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/staying-stress-free-six-things-you-can-do-to-make-your-home-more-relaxing-and-keep-you-calm/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/staying-stress-free-six-things-you-can-do-to-make-your-home-more-relaxing-and-keep-you-calm/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:09:34 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6085 Home should be a place to escape from the stress and chaos that bombards you when you walk out of the door. The following six home decorating ideas can help you turn your home into the tranquil haven you need it to be.

 

Colors

 

Decorating your home with neutral colors that are known to be calming is a great way to immediately feel a sense of calm when you walk through the door. If painting the walls is not an option for you, bring in the calming colors with pillows, rugs, window treatments and upholstery fabric.

 

Technology-free Zone

 

Find an area where you have some extra storage space and put an organizer there for all of your technology gadgets that disrupt your peace and quiet at home. The advantage to creating a technology-free zone that you can’t see is that it reduces the temptation to check for messages or to engage with the outside world. This should be your retreat when you are feeling overwhelmed – a place to escape the responsibilities of life.

 

Declutter

 

It’s almost impossible to feel stress-free in a room filled with clutter. If you need more storage space than your home has, Extra Space Storage has various size storage units where you can store holiday decorations, seasonal sports equipment, furniture or other items that are cluttering your home.

 

Spa-like bath

 

Pamper yourself by creating a spa-like bathroom. Indulge in luxurious towels, bathrobe, bathmat, aromatherapy candles and anything else that makes you feel special. Be sure to have a source of soft lighting such as candles or a wall sconce to create a calming atmosphere.

 

Comfort Zone

 

Designate a space in your home as your personal comfort zone. Furnish it with items that make you feel calm and special. Include things such as a plush throw, a soft pillow, pictures that calm you and other special items. Include soothing music in your comfort zone and visit this place daily.

 

Lighting

 

Your selection of lighting can bring a sense of calmness to a room. Table lamps, wall sconces and electric or battery candles can bring serenity to a room. A dimmer option is a convenience in a bedroom, dining room or family room.

 

It may not be possible for every room of your home to feel exceptionally calming, especially if you have a home filled with lots of family activity. However, you can decorate certain areas of your home so that just stepping into that space is a calming experience. Adults and children need a comfort zone that they can retreat to for some stress-free, calming moments.

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Exterior Cleaning: The 5 Tips For Making Your House Look Brand Newhttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/exterior-cleaning-the-5-tips-for-making-your-house-look-brand-new/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/exterior-cleaning-the-5-tips-for-making-your-house-look-brand-new/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:38:26 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6072 First impressions are the most important. When people walk up to your house, what do they see? Do they notice the unique architectural details that give your home its special charm, or the junk in the yard? If you want people to see your house in its best possible light, then start with a good exterior cleaning. Follow these tips for a house that looks bright, shiny and new.

Roof

The house cleaners who take care of the inside of the house follow the rule of working top to bottom. Applying the same rule to exterior cleaning, we start at the top. Take a good look at the roof. Dirt? Moss? Streaks? It could probably stand a good power wash. Call a professional.

Gutters

Cluttered gutters are just ugly. Unsightly leaves that have turned black stick out in a line across the crown of your house. Remove them! Get up there on a ladder. Your house will be healthier for it.

Walls and Windows

Have you washed your windows lately? Can you see your beautiful interior shutters through them? Do they sparkle? Start by sweeping away the cobwebs and the debris collected in the corners of the frames. Wash the windows and the sills. Cleaning can have as much of an effect as a new coat of paint.

Now look at the walls beside the windows. Do they need a light power wash as well? In wetter climates, black mildew will grow on the shady sides of the house.

Landscaping

The walls and windows are clean. How are they framed by the hedges? Is that shrubbery intentionally irregular, or has it gotten scruffy through neglect? Trimming the hedges does as much for your house’s clean appearance as mowing and raking the lawn.

Front Door and Walk

When you walk up to the front door, do you have to kick a few toys out of the way? Picking up your things (or the kids’ things) applies equally inside and outside the house. At the front door, look down. Is the door mat welcoming, or frayed and dispirited? Get a clean, new, cheery one to set off your bright and shiny front door, which you have washed with the same attention you applied to the windows. If there are any windows in or around the front door, make them extra sparkly.

Now, when visitors arrive, your house greets them with a fresh face. Watch them smile. A good first impression has been made.

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Determining the Best Accounting Software to Use for Your Businesshttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/determining-the-best-accounting-software-to-use-for-your-business/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/determining-the-best-accounting-software-to-use-for-your-business/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:33:48 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6063 If you’re tired of keeping track of your business’s accounting the old-fashioned way, maybe it’s time to look into accounting software that can streamline the process. You’ll spend less time working on the books and more time on the actual business.

With several different accounting platforms to choose from, ensure you compare features, pricing, and the needs of your business. Keep future business plans in mind and be sure to pick an application that can grow with you and your business.


Still using pen and paper to keep track of your business’s accounting? It’s time to look into software to help automate the process.

Focus on Your Needs

The best accounting software is the one that works for your business. If you choose a program and find that it’s lacking in features or is overly complicated, make a change. If you plan on keeping the business small and only need basic features to keep track of your accounting, choose a program that focuses on small business needs. There’s no point in purchasing an enterprise solution for a business with only a few employees and limited expenses and income.

If you’re just starting a business and plan on growing, ensure you choose software that can handle the growth. If you don’t have any employees to start, you probably don’t need accounting software that includes payroll services, so keep your costs down by only purchasing what you need. Just be sure the option to add these features are available to you if you need them in the future.

Keep Things Mobile

Find yourself traveling frequently or working from different locations or computers? Consider cloud-based accounting programs that allow you to keep track of your business’s accounting by utilizing a program that stores your data in their cloud.

Not sure if cloud-based solutions are right for you? Many services offer free trials, demo versions, or free versions with limited services that may be just right for your business.

Cloud-based services can also be helpful if you have multiple users who will have access to your business’s accounting data. Cloud-based services keep all of your data in a central location so everyone with access has the most up-to-date information. If your team is located in different locations or works remotely, a cloud-based solution could work best for your company.


If you’re constantly on the go, look for software that integrates into devices like smartphones and tablets.

Talk to Others

If you’re unsure of where to start, speaking with people in the same industry can help you get an idea of what they’re using and where to begin researching. Reach out to other businesses, software consultants, and even a few competitors if you’re able. Checking user reviews online, engaging in discussions in online forums, and asking questions to software sales representatives can also help making a decision more informed.

Don’t forget to include your accounting department or relevant team members in the decision if you’re not the one who will be using the software on a daily basis. You may find that you have people on your team with experience in a variety of programs, or you may find they specialize in one application. If you can include these team members in the initial conversation about choosing accounting software, the decision could already be made for you.

Keep the features you’ll need in mind as you explore different accounting options. Need inventory management, sales tracking, budgeting, payroll, tax reporting, or integration with other programs? Ensure that the product you choose addresses your business’s needs now and in the future. Remember to check out free trials and demo versions if they’re offered before making a purchase, also.

Brian Flax is a freelance writer based out of the Washington, D.C. area. He is experienced in a variety of topics including education, Internet technology, and business management.

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Four Facts that Can Help You Overcome Your Fear of the Dentisthttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/four-facts-that-can-help-you-overcome-your-fear-of-the-dentist/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/four-facts-that-can-help-you-overcome-your-fear-of-the-dentist/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 04:10:54 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6049 Visiting the dentist is something many people dread. There are several reasons why your next visit to the dentist needn’t be an overwhelming experience. The following describes why you should feel more than confident when scheduling your next dental visit.

 

Your Dentist is Highly Trained

To become a dentist an individual must not only complete four years of undergraduate school, then four more years of dental school, he or she must past several stringent exams along the way. The amount of time and level of difficulty that is required to become a dentist is almost as much as what is required of a medical doctor.

 

New and Improved Technology

Many offices are now using state of the art software, such as Dentrix dental software, that enables the dental team to easily access patient records and individual treatment plans. When the office runs smoothly and efficiently this affects the patient’s overall experience. There are also new and improved tools and medications that are at the dentist’s disposal to make your visit as easy and painless as possible.

 

The More You Go, The Less Trouble You Have

Most people who visit their dentist regularly will have fewer problems down the road. Getting your teeth cleaned twice a year will eliminate much of the plaque and tartar that can cause cavities and problems with teeth. And if there is a problem, regular visits will almost guarantee that the problem will be caught sooner rather than later, making the correction of the problem less painful. Getting regular dental cleanings and checkups is similar to having preventative tests done at your doctor’s office.

 

Keep Your Mind Occupied

The more you focus on something that may be unpleasant the more worked up you’re likely to become. Keeping your mind occupied with thoughts that don’t involve the dentist and the procedure you’re about to have done will help keep you calm. Bring a magazine along, your iPad, or paper work that can be completed while sitting in the waiting room. Even a squeezable stress ball to keep with you in the dental chair can make you feel more comfortable.

 

Understanding how competent your dentist really is and the kinds of technology he or she is using are things to focus on when getting ready to visit the dentist. Keeping regular appointments and your mind occupied will also improve your experience.

 

About Author – April Labarron is a native of Southern California. She has her BA in English/Literature from MSJC in Menifee, Ca. She views her freelance writing, not only as a career, but as her passion. Other areas of interest include; movies, food, singing, soccer, traveling, shopping and a continuous desire for learning.   She lives on her own and is accompanied by her Pomeranian named, Elvis. She currently resides in Temecula, CA.

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Control Your Home’s Security, Thermostat and More with Mobile Appshttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/control-your-homes-security-thermostat-and-more-with-mobile-apps/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/control-your-homes-security-thermostat-and-more-with-mobile-apps/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:47:22 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=6021 How many mobile devices do you have? C’mon, count ‘em! In a time when most people own at least one mobile device, new apps are popping up every day for those devices to help us manage our home lives more easily. Apps for turning your lights on remotely, managing your home security system, and even apps for opening your garage door exist.

Here, we’ll share some of our favorite home management apps to make managing your life just a bit easier.

Home security and lighting.

XFINITY Home is a home-monitoring app that allows you to manage multiple aspects of home security remotely. You can turn on your lights remotely to make it appear as though someone is home or to prepare the house for your own arrival. You can also monitor event history, noting when your kids got home from school or when the motion detector was tripped. Forget to disarm your security system for a guest, or set it on your way to work? Do it all with ease with the XFINITY Home app.

The XFINITY Home app allows you to remote control many aspects of your home, including security and thermostats.
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Manage your thermostat.

Nest is the next great energy-saving and money-saving app. Did someone forget to turn the heat down before leaving for work? Turn it down from your mobile device with Nest. Do you want your home to be cozy and warm before you walk in on a winter’s eve – use that app.

Nest is particularly cool because it is smart enough to learn your schedule and adjust its settings based upon that schedule. You can then modify as needed.

Make coffee.

Would you like to wake your wife up to a fresh latte but you need to get to work early? Get the TopBrewer app and she’ll awaken to the smell of a freshly brewed cup of coffee thanks to you and your favorite new app. With the smallest milk foamer in the world, and the ability to provide you with cold milk, cold water, and hot water for tea, this app does it all in combination with the TopBrewer machine.

Heat up your hot tub.

Save time and energy by heating up your hot tub just in time to use it. With the Balboa app, you can turn on your hot tub and adjust the temperature to the perfect setting so when you get home from work, it’s ready for you to jump in and enjoy.


Save water and money with the Sprinkler Times app!

Turn on your sprinkler.

The Sprinkler Times app enables you to save money on your water bill and help with global water conservation by allowing for remote access to your sprinkler. The app leverages local weather data, the types of plants you have, sprinkler type, and soil type to help you determine water volume needs. Sprinkler Times will also help you consider varying seasonal needs for your landscaping, making recommendations for different water use based upon the current season.

Manage Your DVR.

Have last-minute plans and need to DVR your favorite show? Never fear – with the XFINITY TV app, your DVR can be remote controlled via your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android. The app also enables you to watch any On Demand show right from your phone as long as you have a WiFi connection.

In short, you don’t actually have to be at home in order to manage your home life anymore. These days, you can do everything from heating your hot tub to managing your security system from afar with your favorite mobile device. Essentially, if you can think of a home-related task you’d like to be able to do remotely, there is a decent chance ‘there’s an app for that’!

Cara Aley is a freelance writer who covers a variety of topics ranging from digital marketing strategy to the life of Lindsay Rosenwald.

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Supporting Your Loved One In Rehabhttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/supporting-your-loved-one-in-rehab/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/supporting-your-loved-one-in-rehab/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:22:16 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=5996 When a loved one has a problem with addiction, everyone close to that person is affected. If it is determined that rehab is the best form of treatment to break the addiction, everyone in your loved one’s life needs to be supportive and encouraging as they move towards sober living.

 

The Detox Process

The first step in rehab is detox. This can be extremely stressful for everyone involved. Your loved one is suffering from physical, psychological, and emotional changes as they fight to break the addiction. To learn more about a safe medical detox program, visit www.nexstepdetox.com.

 

At this point in the rehab process it is a good idea to step back and give your loved one the space to go through the detox and regain their strength physically and psychologically. Try to be understanding of what they are going through.

 

The Next Steps

Following the initial detoxification, your loved one will need some time to continue to regain their health. It can take days or even weeks for them to feel healthy again. They will be attending group therapy and individual therapy sessions tailored to their needs. They will also get the medical care they need including a balanced diet and exercise. During this time, you should visit your loved one when you can. Some rehab centers have limited family visiting times, but if you are available, go to see your loved one to show your support. You may even be asked to participate in some therapy sessions alongside your loved one. Research has shown that including family and friends in the rehab process can significantly improve the probability that an addict can maintain a sober lifestyle. It may also be helpful for you to join a support group to learn how to help your loved one after rehab.

 

Aftercare

Many rehab programs last about 28 days, but some are longer. After the 28 days of treatment, there are options for your loved one. This can include residence at a halfway house, outpatient treatment or attending 12 step meetings. Regardless of the aftercare program chosen for your loved one, they will continue to need your support as they fight to avoid a relapse.

 

Going through rehab and recovery with your loved one is a difficult process. It has its ups and downs. Your role is to be supportive and don’t lose hope. It can be a long road, but helping your loved one beat addiction is worth it.

About Author -

April Labarron is a native to Southern California. She has her BA in English/Literature from MSJC in Menifee, Ca. She views her freelance writing, not only as a career, but as her passion. Other areas of interest include; movies, food, singing, soccer, traveling, shopping and a continuous desire for learning. She lives on her own and is accompanied by her Pomeranian named, Elvis. She currently resides in Temecula, CA.

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5 Budgeting Tips for Freelancershttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/5-budgeting-tips-for-freelancers/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/5-budgeting-tips-for-freelancers/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:58:03 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=5978 Freelancing does have its perks. Not everyone gets to work in their pajamas, set their own hours, and schedule their break around a new episode of Dr. Phil. But there is a downside to this lifestyle as well. Irregular workloads means sporadic pay. Self-employment equates to no paid benefits. And, if not handled properly, these can add up to fiscal disaster.

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Freelancers should be extra careful with their finances to avoid breaking the bank.

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Here are a few tips to help you keep your piggy bank intact.

1. Separate your personal and professional finances

You need to have two bank accounts—one for your personal banking and one for your business. Expenses that relate to your daily life should only be charged to your personal account, and legitimate business expenses should be paid through your company one. This not only takes the terror out of tax time, but it will also enable you to create budgets for both aspects of your life.

At the end of each month, pay yourself a salary out of your business account. The money that remains after your business expenses are paid should be saved to pay your taxes. You don’t want to be caught by surprise at tax time with a huge bill and no money with which to pay it.

2. Tighten your belt

You need to curb unnecessary spending. Odds are that you can no longer add to your Imelda Marcos-like shoe collection or continue pimping your ride.

A great way to start cutting back is to make a list of all your current expenses and prioritize them. Bundle your internet, telephone, and cable costs. Dump services that aren’t needed. Start clipping coupons and shopping for deals. Not only will this help you to develop a nest egg, but it will also give you a safety net for the lean months.

3. Save for those rainy days

It is important to have an emergency fund—a backup for those months when work runs dry. This safety net will keep your household and your business afloat in case of recession, illness, or times when your work simply isn’t in demand.

You may wish to open a separate bank account—preferably one that pays a healthy rate of interest. Just make sure these emergency funds are accessible when you need them and not locked in to a term.

4. Pay in cash

Avoid using debit and credit cards. Paying with plastic tends to cause people to spend more than they would have if they had to pull actual cash from their wallets. Cash transactions will also help you avoid racking up a hefty credit card bill—necessitating the waste of valuable currency on interest payments.

If you’ve budgeted a certain amount for your grocery bill, simply withdraw that amount of cash to pay for that purchase and leave the credit card at home. You can’t spend what you don’t have.

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Adhering to your budget is much easier when you use cash only.

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5. Don’t go crazy when times are good

Sure, everyone needs to celebrate their successes, but don’t break the bank to do it. Remember that next month may be a lean one. As wonderful as that Mediterranean cruise may sound, just make sure you don’t have to deplete your safety net to do it.

You can have your cake and eat it, too. If you manage your money wisely, keep your business and home expenses separate, and save for skinny times, you can survive as a freelancer. So stay in your pajamas. Watch Dr. Phil. And keep busy.

What tips do you have for freelancers struggling with financial issues?

Kimberley Laws is a freelance writer and avid blogger who has written on a variety of business-related topics such as online reputations, payroll services, and reviews of budgeting tools.

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Why Your Social Media Presence Is Your Resumehttp://www.quickeasyfit.com/why-your-social-media-presence-is-your-resume/ http://www.quickeasyfit.com/why-your-social-media-presence-is-your-resume/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:54:43 +0000 http://www.quickeasyfit.com/?p=5973 What many don’t realize is that a prospective employer is likely to Google your name prior to scheduling any meeting. Before entering the interview, that person will know what social media networks you belong to, if you have a website, and whether you have a blog. They’ll also know how much time you spend socializing, building networks, and sharing pictures or videos.

They will be able to immediately tell whether your online presence is as professional as your face-to-face conduct.

Develop Strong Networks

In addition to connecting with friends and family members, social media is an important business tool. Not only are employers looking to see how hard their prospective employees are working toward building strong networks, they are also checking to see how much content is being shared. Social engagement builds strong networks because, in addition to keeping audiences interested, additional followers are compelled to join in on the conversation.

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Be Clear About Your Brand

When sharing content with an audience, strong consideration should be made toward brand management. For example, if you are a graphic designer, your social media profiles should clearly indicate your profession. Share pictures, content, blog posts, videos, and other material relevant to your expertise and the brand you’re building. Your social media presence should not consist primarily of your own work because, at the end of the day, the last thing you want is to appear like a streaming commercial.

Keep Profiles Consistent

In addition to cross-referencing your professional background against your resume, your social media profiles should all match each other. Keep track of how often they are updated as career changes are made, awards are received, and other career-related goals are achieved.

When keeping all social media profiles organized and maintained on a regular basis, your level or professionalism is increased because it shows your business management strategies. Online reputation is strongly linked to how accurate information is about you, including what is presented on social media profiles.

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Stay Up to Date

If you are a member of five social networks, it is important to keep all of them updated on a regular basis. Avoiding certain networks in favor of others not only damages your online presence, it makes those who are following you on the neglected network feel less important. Eventually, this will lead to the loss of followers and important connections. Post updates to your profiles that are similar to each other to help with time constraints. That way, when you schedule time for social media, you are using that time wisely.

Work within Each Network

While use of sites like TweetDeck.com and Hootsuite.com are popular for those who would rather schedule posts, they should not be used exclusively. We all want to save time, but actually working within the social networks will deliver better results. Followers want to see that users are actually on the site and not using a service to post for them. If followers don’t believe they’ll be able to engage with someone, they aren’t likely to stick around. If you’re going to be away from your computer for a long period of time, or if you’d like your stream to go on “auto-pilot” while you’re sleeping or not working, these services are a great alternative.

What other tips about properly using social media do you have to share?

About the Author: Jenn Greenleaf maintains a number of social media networks and, admittedly, is still learning the value of hashtagging and services that help post while users are away. You can learn more about Jenn’s career and her interests on her Google+ profile.

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