Plastic Cellphone Accessory Markups Create Drastic Profits

For a brief period in my younger days I worked temporarily for an importer of cheap Chinese goods. Indeed, I was completely amazed at the markup of some of the plastic things we import, so cheap in fact, I used to pull them apart just to look at what was inside, after all, I could buy some of these items for around a dollar. I remember pulling apart a little cigarette adapter for a cell phone. I was blown away how cheaply it was made, yet how good it looked on the outside. It worked, worked well, but there was nothing to it.

Buy 1,000 at a time and your price was $.89 and if you buy 100 still only $1.19 and yet, they sold retail for about $15.99 as an impulse item – talk about a mark-up, wow. Okay so, let’s talk shall we?

While I was in the car wash business we used to have such items in the lobby of the car wash for business folks who needed them. At that time cellphones were new and the minutes were costly, not like today, thus, only business people really had them, as they could justify the cost, and yet, they still made their phone calls as brief as possible, and some had cellular phone bills of well over $800 per month.

Today, the quality of these small accessories hasn’t gone up much, although I’m sure they are a little better due to rules and regulations and UL ratings. The price too isn’t very much more than they were back then. The markups are still unbelievable, so there is plenty of money available in that deal. In fact if you offered a small business owner who was selling a cell phone accessory device a mere five dollars, their markup would still be 100%, and that is paying one-third the normal price. So even with all the inflation over the years, and the loss of the value of the dollar, folks that sell plastic cell phone accessories still have incredible markups that truly create intense profits.

It is amazing how valuable information is in this day and age – those that know where to get boxes of these types of items can make a killing, and all those little cell phone stores that can sign you up for service with one of the larger carriers, you wouldn’t believe how much money they make on all those accessories, or how much in bonus they’re willing to pay the sales people were able to get you to buy these items on impulse. Please consider all this and think on it.

Source by Lance Winslow

5 Most Important Things to Remember While Designing a Site

How many sites have you visited so for in your life? Well, this is not really a simple question to start with. But it's really relevant to this topic of discussion. You must be thinking what kind of a freak I am to ask such a nonsense question.

Now if I ask you to tell me the name of your favorite sites that you visit regularly, then you probably give a realistic glance at me. I am sure the ratio will be an outlandish one. So what's the reason do you think? Are there any certain features of a site that pulls you to it every now and then? There must be some.

Actually this parameter varies from person to person. But I think there are some common parameters or features that draw our attention almost immediately we visit them. In this jungle called World Wide Web, you will find sites on almost any subject, but only a few of them are worth a second visit. God save the designers of those sites. I think it mainly happens because of the poor research work or lack of it! Hardly any web design company performs a market survey before the building process, so most of the time they deliver you a poorly designed site with zero market value. But you can not complain as they had included all the features you asked them to do. Here I have pointed out some features that every web designer must consider before going for the building job.

o Load time: loading time is one aspect that always plays in the back of our mind before we visit a site. No matter how effective or captivating the site may be, if it's taking longer time than your tolerance level, you will most likely navigate away to a faster alternative. These are the factors that should be considered;

-Code length, huge coding are likely to cause slow loading.
-use of graphics, heavy graphics can make your site an eye candy, but you must first ensure your visitors a smooth entry to your site. So make a proper balance between both.
-make sure that your site is hosted in a high end server. This ensures faster speed.
-use of music files is not recommended.
-You can put your content on one server and the database on another. It will make your site faster and it is also secure to do that.
-use a slash at the end of the domain name of your site, which will indicate that it is a directory page and so server will take less time to load it.

o Compactness: what I first notice in a site is its compactness. It not only saves space but also sends a right no fuss signal to your audience.

o User friendship: your site must be user friendly; too much complicity will definitely spoil the soup. So keep it simple and avoid including unnecessary features.

o Open up your data: this is not the age of keeping the data in your volt; it is the age of exposing your data as much as possible.

o Think out of the box: you need not be conventional rather history never remembers the followers, it remembers the trailblazers. So if you think any of your approach is a bit absurd, do not get retarded rather if you think it will work for you and then go for it.

Hopefully these tips will come in handy for your website design

Source by Rupam Chakraborty

How to Cut and Clasp Jade Bracelets

Typically, jade bracelets come cut as a solid bangle or as a flexible bracelet with several sections of jade held by metal end caps and joints between pieces. With your bracelet, adding the spacer is a good idea but you will have to have two spacers, not one.

Since the solid jade is not flexible, the bracelet will need to be cut on opposite sides so each half may be connected with a spacer. You will need to find someone with a fine blade diamond saw to cut the jade. These saws are motorized using a 6″ or so circular blade of thin design. Steel tools simply will not do the job. You want a fine and neat cut so the ends are parallel and match nicely.

If a jeweler cannot do this, most will not have fine diamond rock saws, one suggestion is to contact a local rock and gem shop. The rock and gem shops cater to folks who like to do their own stone polishing and a diamond saw is one of the basic tools of the hobby. Ask the rock shop if they can recommend someone has a “thin kef” rock saw. People who do faceted stones or cut opal are most likely to have the diamond saw with a fine (thin) blade and may cut the bracelet for you. The rock shop may also offer this service for a minimal fee.

Spacers will take the form of “end caps” or shallow cups into which the jade is cemented. The spacers could be made with two opposing caps (shallow tubes) for joining the jade ends, with one spacer on each side of the bracelet. Any competent bench jeweler should be able to fabricate the spacer from silver stock or use available silver “findings” to make the caps. Findings is the word used by jewelers to describe the “parts” used in jewelry work, such as ring shanks, stone settings, clasps, catches, etc. Depending on the diameter of the jade, there is the possibility of the jeweler using “bezel cups” to make the spacers.

Bezel cups are stamped cups of silver (or other metal) used to mount stones onto bracelets, rings and other jewelry. Purchased, the bezel cups should work and will cost a fraction of the price if hand fabricated from silver sheet stock. Some silver design should be between each cap to allow the angle of the caps to match the angle of the jade ends for a clean look and secure fit. The use of a single section of silver tube for each spacer is possible but that depends on the angle of the jade at the cut ends and availability of silver tube of large enough diameter.

Yes, the job is certainly possible and not very difficult to do. The problem is getting the bracelet sawn in-two cleanly. After that, having the spacers made should not be a daunting task at all.

If you wanted, the spacers could be made one with a clasp and the other with a hinge, providing a bangle which opens and closes to be placed on the arm.

Joining the jade to the spacer cups (or tubes) will be cement designed for such work. I suggest fine quality epoxy cement which cures to a water clear color. One such cement is Hughes 330, designed for joining gemstone material and metals. Other epoxy cements will work just so long as the cement is applied with care with little excess to show at the caps.

Source by Victor Epand

Hip Hop Culture and the Rise of Bling

Hip Hop culture has added a variety of terms, fashion trends, music styles and even personalities to the culture at large. Nothing has captured public interest more than “Bling.” The late 1990’s first saw “Bing” come into the general vocabulary. Bling, originally used in several different rap songs of the time, was coined to describe elaborate jewelry and personal accessories that show that the wearer has taste, talent, and lots of cash.

Hip Hop culture has had a tremendous impact on fashion in general, well beyond the world of Hip Hop. Much of what is “cool” today originally derived from the world of Hip Hop. Jewelry has been particularly impacted by Hip Hop.

Bling is now more commonly used to refer specifically to flashy types of jewelry, including earrings, necklaces, watches, body jewelry, rings and grillz (braces and caps for the teeth). Of course it can also include other accessories such as cell phones or even jeweled glasses or purses. Bling is commonly associated with diamonds and other precious gems, and precious metal such as gold and platinum. This term has become so universally accepted it was actually added to Webster’s Dictionary in 2002.

Hip Hop has made ornate jewelry as prevalent for men as for women. The popularity of Hip Hop culture and bling has drawn a lot more attention to larger pieces of jewelry that are selected to become the center of focus, not to just add to the overall outfit. Hip Hop artists can be seen on music videos sporting huge link chains in gold and platinum with large diamond and gem-encrusted pendants. The designs are specifically designed for men, with heavier weight and larger scale.

Bling is big, bling is flashy, and bling is meant to impress. It is meant to symbolize success. The use of various symbols including dollar signs, ornate crosses and other religious symbols, gambling symbols, and even different breeds of dogs and animals are all popular within the Hip Hop jewelry world.

Bracelets and necklaces tend to be very large link or dog collar-type chains, however solid bracelets are also very popular for both men and women. Rings tend to be chunky, wide, and feature multiple small diamond chips or several larger diamonds, either real diamonds or cubic zirconia, depending on your budget, in elaborate patterns and designs. There is a general sense of more is better with regards to wearing Bling. Rarely will you find any piece being worn alone. More typically, pieces are worn in multiples.

Jewelry designers outside the Hip Hop world have integrated the concepts of large, heavy, and flashy elements into their own jewelry lines. Over the last ten years jewelry styles have definitely been impacted by the Bling style, becoming larger, bulkier, and more ornate. You can now find Bling-style jewelry everywhere from fine jewelry designers to department stores. Available Bling jewelry ranges from the high-end, in gold and platinum with genuine gem,s to the more affordable, in sterling silver with simulated gems. Today, everyone can sport a little Bling.

Source by Amy Carrington

Always be Bikini, Monokini, and Confidence Ready

Always be Bikini, Monokini, and Confidence Ready

Every year, summer comes around and it’s such a hectic shuffle trying to find the perfect swimsuit that is fitting confidence, flattering on your body, and fashionable. Feeling summer ready or not this year, one thing doesn’t change. Summer comes around each year like revolving door and each year women around the world trying to squeeze into swimsuits. They are ready to party and searching for that perfect cover up for that long-awaited beach or summer party. No matter the preferred style, another thing that sure is out there meet your needs and leave you feeling unstoppable. After putting on your bikini or monokini, choosing from bathing suit cover ups and that eye-catching peep toe wedge, don’t forget to show your style and strut your stuff in your summer-ready outfit of choice.

Confidence

Bikini

One of the most popular styles of swimsuits are bikinis because they have been around for ages and get the job done for those looking to show a bit more skin. For women, fighting beauty standards are a constant battle, but Fashion Spot teaches us that EVERY body is a beach body. Bikinis are know to be the most revealing of swimsuits. Which has proven to be frightening to women all around the world. Dating back to beginning of commotion, bikinis are create to fit the times of WWII where fabric was being ration. But who would have thought it to become the significant fashion statement that it is today? From cute ruffles to upper cut Brazilian styles, women have embraced them and rock them well.

Monokini

Next to the bikini, the monokini is among the most popular styles of swimsuits and is know to be a bit less revealing with women who are not looking to expose as much skin. Despite majority beliefs, mokinis have since been revolutionized and are structured to be more and more fashionably forward. Hence more women are opting to choose the monokini style for their comfortable yet stylish approach to such sensitive subject. Learning to be comfortable in your own skin is a confidence in itself and no beachwear is complete without it.

Back when bikini styles were necessity due to conservation in fabric usage, to the revolutionizing of monokinis as new trend. Swimsuit season is to look forward to and and prepare for. As the popular swimsuit season, known as summer, falls upon us. It is very important to know that no bikini is complete without the very confidence we possess. No matter how summer ready you feel, don’t forget that there’s always a swimsuit out there ready for your skin and Huffington Post has the perfect guide to teach you how to choose the one that’s just right for you. Most importantly, choose the right swimsuit to accentuate your assets. Cover to expose your bright personality and don’t leave behind your confidence because no outfit is ever complete without it.…

How To Read Jewelry Marks

The number markings on precious gold jewelry are a bit of confusion to lots of people. We are generally used to seeing a karat or silver mark like this: 10K, 14K, 18K, Sterling, etc. The numbers mean the same thing.

For 14k the number is technically 583 but most manufacturers adopted the European way and make 14k gold a tiny bit over 14k, so the mark is 585 in most 14k jewelry. 18K is marked 750. If the mark is valid and there is a makers mark also in the jewelry, the number means these items are 18k gold.

Here is where the numbers come from. Pure gold is called 24 karat. For 18k gold, there are 18 parts of pure gold mixed with other metals to make the metal suitable for use in jewelry. 24k is too soft alone to stand up or to hold stones well. 18 parts pure gold divided by 24, or 18/24 equals 750. That is where the number comes from. The jewelry is 75% pure gold, 750 parts gold with 250 parts other metals out of “1000” parts. It is easier to think of it as a percent which is pure gold in the recipe.

Sterling silver is marked 925. Sterling is 92.5% pure silver and the rest is other metal, generally copper.

What does it mean if the ring marked 14K PR? The 14K simply means it is 14K (Karat) gold and because of the K means it would have been made in either South East Asia or The United States. The PR marks are just the Maker or Store ID or even a design mark, and have no relevance to the Value.

The basic decimal formula to work out the quality of gold content is quite simple, as they are all measured in ‘Parts per Thousand.’ This means that 9ct gold is calculated like this: 9 (for 9ct) is divided by pure gold (24) and then multiplied by 1000 (for pure gold as a decimal). ie: 9/24*1000=375 That 375 is the decimal quality for 9ct gold and is sometimes shown with a decimal point in front – .375

The old Victorian standard of 15ct gold is calculated the same way – 15/24*1000 = 625 (Not quite the numbers you have on your jewelry. Dental gold is 16ct or 666 recurring. But you can also reverse this formula by starting with the decimal and working back. ie: 375/1000*24 = 9

In your case we can use 698/1000*24 = almost 17ct

I have a platinum engagement ring and found a wedding ring that I really like but the band is made of palladium. Is it safe to wear these two metals together without one damaging the other?

It will wear the softer metal OVER TIME but that could take many years. My Grandmothers wedding ring eventually wore away the band of her engagement ring but it took over 20 years to do.

Platinum and Palladium and quite good together but I would take the advice of your local friendly jeweler and have them check both rings. Sometimes the Platinum may be a lower grade in order to make it harder – so have that checked.

Source by Victor Epand

The History of Elastic and Its Use in Clothing

Elastic is a small narrow loop of rubber or similar material used for tightening, gripping, and holding of things with ease purposes. It has the quality of being stretched and then returning back to its original shape. Elastic has different names like rubber bands, gum bands, binder, and lacquer band.

The history of elastic has its roots back to thousands of years. The modern elastic band goes back to the mid 19th century. From the very beginning, man knew there were certain objects that would spring back to their original shape when the pressure applied on them was removed.

At first, this thing annoyed man but with the invention of fire and creating the wheel, man also thought of using elastics in his life. This property of elasticity was commonly showed by the animal parts, which man ate. Thus, the first elastic strings were born, which were made from animal gut to hold things together. With the passage of time, man realised that these strings of elastic could also be used as weapons. When a bullet was loaded in to these elastic strings, they were thrust through the air at a great velocity. This resulted in the invention of bow and arrow.

Rubber is a very popular elastic material. Many of the products made from rubber are bounced around, stretched, and pounded, and since they are elastic they return to their original shape. Because of this property, people use rubber in a lot many ways. It was named rubber because people found out it could rub the pencil stains. Rubber was used by the Early American Indians before Columbus even set his foot there. They called it Caoutchouc derived from the word cahuhchu meaning weeping wood.

This substance was obtained from the sap of the rubber tree. The original rubber bands in older days were made from the latex sap of rubber trees. However, today rubber bands are made from technology that is more modern and materials. The Mayans also added juice from vines to the rubber sap to create a durable and elastic material to bind things together. This was the first type of the rubber band. Later in 1845 modern rubber band was invented. In 1923, first mass production of rubber bands was started by William Spencer.

Other elastic materials have also several uses. Rubber has various uses in today’s world. Rubber is used for tires, elastic bands and other bouncy and stretchable objects. Elastic materials are also used in sports. Insulated, elastic balls are essential to many sports as non-elastic balls would deform when used. Basketballs, volleyballs, and soccer balls have to be elastic to allow them to their normal shape.

Elastic is used in clothing as well mostly for fitting purposes. Elastic provides a room for stretch ability and recoverability of clothes. The elastic waistbands are especially very much in use. They help you choose pants, trousers, etc of size smaller than your original waist, thus making you look slimmer. In addition, they can be used for a longer period, since they don’t get wasted if you gain or lose weight. They are adjustable. Elastics are also used for chest fitted gowns or shirts. They also act as an accessory to create various designs on your shirts. The elastic laminated sheet is also used in many articles of clothing. Such articles include shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, socks, athletic wear, swimsuits, shorts, medical and surgical garments et cetera. The stretch ability and recoverability in these clothes because of elastic sheet helps movements easy and make clothes more durable since they don’t get torn or ruptured.

Source by Sarah J Jones

The Mystery of Pandora Jewelry

In fact, there is not a definition for Pandora Jewelry. This kind of Jewelry consists of two aspects, one is the jewelry of Pandora style the other is the jewelry of Pandora brand.

Firstly, we should know that what can be called Pandora. Pandora (originated from Greek) is the first woman on the earth. She is a clay sculpture made by the God of fire, Hephaestus in order to punish Prometheus who steals fire to the human beings. The god makes Pandora very beautiful. The mythology of Pandora has been handed down for a long time in various editions. In all of the literary editions, the mythology of Pandora is used to explain the existence of evil.

In a word, Pandora is an alluring beauty who is filled of mythology. In ancient Greek, “Pan” means all the things, and “dora” signifies gifts. Pandora means a perfect woman who possesses both beauty and wisdom. In our daily life, Pandora presents all the enticing things. Later, we combine Pandora with jewelry, Pandora jewelry becomes the collection of all the alluring things.

Generally speaking, Pandora jewelry presents the pearls with big holes which cross a thick string. This kind of jewelry is original and individual, and the style is ethnic.

Pandora jewelry is purely handmade, and is made up of pure colored glaze and sterling silver pipe. The Pandora jewelry has fine shadow effect. It can show three – dimensional effect from different angles. The jewelry can bring you a feel of tranquility and peace, and take you to enjoy the natural beauty of the pearls which is limpid. Pandora pearls are made of colored glaze before, nowadays, owning to the needs of customers, some are made of Zircon which is also beautiful when made to necklaces, bracelets, and other strings.

As for the brand of Pandora jewelry, people often mingle it with the jewelry of Pandora style.

In fact, Pandora style is in advance of Pandora brand. Pandora brand is founded by a couple in 1982. It is a small company in Denmark. To begin with, the company only products necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets and so on. In the movement of time, the company begins to produce other kinds of jewelry in the need of customers. There are new products every year in the end.

In the first, Pandora jewelry is alluring as the word “Pandora”. In the process of manufacture of bracelets and necklaces, they achieve the target of necklaces and bracelets without joints.

Do you also think the Pandora jewelry is mystery?

Source by Mary Deng

The Significance of Pearls and Brides

Congratulations!! If you are reading this then you must be planning one of the biggest days of your life. One you have been dreaming about since you were a little girl. So this article is intended to give you some insight to the significance of pearls and brides.

Pearls have been the most popular accessories with bridal wear historically and still continue to be a strong favorite today. The innocence and beauty symbolized by the pearl is also symbolized by the bride, so the match is perfect. From the traditional princess length pearl necklace to a stunning pendent, earrings, or bracelet mixing pearls with other precious gemstones, pearls are a fast favorite for weddings. Even many bridal gowns, veils, and headpieces are adorned with pearls to create a stunningly elegant effect.

Eastern cultures believe that pearls symbolize purity and spiritual transformation. Simply wearing a pearl reminds the wearer to be honest, pure, wise, and to walk with the utmost dignity. Different colors of pearls bear different meanings. As expected, white pearls symbolize purity, innocence, faith, and honesty. Gold or black pearls symbolize prosperity and riches. Rose or pink pearls work well with the heart Chakra, while all pearls work with the solar plexus Chakra, beneficial for digestion and immunity.

Pearls have for many years been considered ideal wedding presents because of the symbolic meanings of purity and innocence. They have also come to symbolize a happy marriage and is much preferred by girls during their engagement days or by brides as their primary jewelry. Pearl jewelry is often found as family heirlooms, passed on from a grandmother to mother and from a mother to the daughter. Being the most magical and feminine of all, pearl jewelry has long been considered as one of the most romantic items that can be gifted to a lady.Today, the tradition of bestowing pearls upon the bride continues. Often the father of the bride or the groom gives the gift of pearls. Many brides give their bridesmaids pearl necklaces, bracelets or earrings too.

Pearls were once called the ‘wedding gem’ and are still a popular choice for brides today. The only gem born inside a living organism, a pearl is truly a matchless gift of nature. Each pearl is truly one of a kind. Pearls embody those words in every facet of their being. Every pearl is a unique creation much like everyone of us. This significance is what makes the pearl and the bride a perfect match.

Symbolic Historic Meaning of Pearl Colours:

* White = Purity

* Rose, Pink = Love

* Golden = Wealth

* Peacock = Eternity

* Black = Dignity

So for all you brides who would like to wear pearls for your wedding please visit my website http://www.BrandisBridalBoutique.com where you will find pearl jewelry of many colours, haircombs, tiaras and much, much, more.

Source by Judy Arnold

Guess Bags – The History Of

Guess (the designer brand) is a us premium designer label that creates a collection of different of fashion clothing and fashion accessories including Guess designer handbags.

This company was started in America in the early 1980’s and was created by a group of brothers who were raised in the city of Marseille in the south of France.

The Marciano siblings always had a fascination with the way of life on America’s West Coast and moved to California in the late 1970’s. Showing both their admiration of classic American fashion with a European eye the Marciano sibliings very soon recognised a niche in the American fashion world.

Towards the end of the 1970’s, denim was perceived to be old fashioned and far removed from it’s level of popularity of the 50’s and 60’s. The Marciano family had designed a new type of jeans labeled as the “Marilyn” jeans. This 3 zip design was not appreciated by the fashion press or retail boutiques and it was only after a lot of negotiations were the Marciano siblings able to secure a sample order with the Bloomingdales store. Even then the buyers at Bloomingdales agreed only to buy two dozen pairs of jeans and this was more of a favour than a financial strategy. Shortly after displaying the jeans for sale Bloomingdales had completely sold out and a completely new fashion brand was born in the eyes of the world.

Over time the business have incorporated even more accessories to the Guess clothing brand and Guess bags are now one of the many fashion accessories this company now creates.Proving to be particularly successful these purses and handbags add a real look of sassy style to any women’s wardrobe.

In recent years the company has changed into producing accessories for the home such as bed linen, scents and wrist watches and the firm seems to be continuing to go from strength to strength.

Source by Marek Kamella

Can You Wear Gold and Silver Accessories Together?

Accessories can either make or break an outfit, but with the right piece you’re sure to complete a stunning wardrobe.

Fashion mishaps often happen with either the wrong choice of style, wrong color combination, mismatched wardrobe, and mismatched accessories.

The common (and old) rule for accessories or jewelry is to never wear gold and silver jewelry together. But with the trend nowadays, a lot of women are seen wearing gold with silver bangles. Let’s admit it, it does look nice. So, what is the rule now? Should silver and gold go together or not?

Nowadays, with women’s accessories, it’s safe to just forget all about it – forget about the so-called rule on mixing accessories. Besides, the trend these days are all about mixing and matching! With all the fashionable jewelry and accessories out there, it would really be a shame to wear them only with some pieces. These days, women need not be afraid to layer silver and gold – be it with bangles, necklaces or other pieces of jewelry.

While breaking some old fashion rules is now accepted, let’s face it, there are still some people who have a preference for one type of jewelry over the other. For instance, some women feel that gold doesn’t look good on their pale skin, thus, so they only wear silver or white gold jewelry.

Again, it’s perfectly alright to mix silver with gold. For one, many top jewelry designers and jewelry manufacturers use gold and silver (or white gold) on the same jewelry piece. There is no reason why women cannot wear gold and silver jewelry at the same time.

But to some women who want to break the old don’t-mix-silver-with-gold rule but want to play it safe, they can always mix silver with white gold. Such a combination never clashes and looks elegant at the same time.

While women are a combination of adventurous and reserved personalities when it comes to trying new trends in fashion, men are a bit more on the conservative type – simply because their accessories are pretty basic – watch, ring, and cufflinks.

Imagine seeing a man in a suit also wearing a gold watch with a silver ring. It may not look obvious from afar, but once he gets upclose you would see the difference.

Gold is actually one of the basic and safest color for an accessory to choose for a man’s attire. The only rule though in wearing men’s gold accessories is that it should match well with other ones you’re wearing For example, if a man chooses to wear gold cufflinks, he has to make sure that they match with the color of his belt buckle, and other pieces of jewelry he’s wearing, like a gold-tone wristwatch, bracelet, or ring. On the other hand, if he’s wearing silver cufflinks, all other accessories should be silver-toned as well.

Source by John Lavoie

The 7 Biggest Mistakes Most New Daycare Owners Make – And How to Avoid Them!

What does it take to be successful in child care?

Obviously, you should have a deep & passionate desire to take care of children, a huge amount of patience, and the ability to juggle several tasks at once (such as warming a bottle while helping toddlers with an art project).

It also helps if you have a separate space in your home, such as a finished basement, where you can run your child care business.

But as if that isn’t enough, there are many things that a successful home daycare owner needs to be good at besides caring for children. Honestly, it can be quite daunting.

Things like getting paid on time from parents, writing solid policies & contracts, marketing your business to new potential clients, obtaining the right insurance policy, understanding record-keeping and how it affects your taxes, and overall, just getting started in a manner that will optimize success.

To help you get started more successfully, here are seven of the biggest, costliest mistakes women make when starting their own home-based child care business, and how to avoid them.

BIG MISTAKE #1: Not doing the proper research on the child care market in your town or city.

This is a crucial step that many new child care business owners miss, usually because they’re not sure how to go about it. Or they may think that it’s not really necessary to do the research, because they don’t understand how it could impact them.

After all, it’s just a small home-based business, right? Why do you need to do all that extra work up-front?

The goal here is not to spend weeks or months completing some huge market research project that you’re not ever going to use.

I’m talking about spending a few hours over the next few days, calling around (or maybe visiting some other child care businesses) and asking key questions.

Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about. My neighbor Mary, who runs a child care business in her home, discovered a couple things about our local market that helped her create a more profitable business. The first thing was, our town has ½-day Kindergarten, not full-day. By talking to other Moms in our town, Mary found there was a need in our town for “before-and-after care”, that is someone who could watch Kindergarteners & older kids before and after school. She structured her daycare to fill this need. All she had to do was make sure the buses were able to pick up & drop off these kids at her home, and she was able to start taking kids.

So what you want to uncover, when you do your upfront research, is a “pocket of unfulfilled need” in terms of child care. You don’t need it to be a huge pocket, but something unique about your business that will bring you customers who have that need.

Other examples of this are:

– offering second or third shift care if you have large companies in your town who employ people on evening or overnight shifts

– offering bilingual care or special languages, such as sign language for babies

– offering special meals (such as organic or vegetarian) if you live in a town where that would be considered desirable (like Boulder, Colorado or a similar college town)

Again, you are asking key questions and trying to uncover an unfulfilled need in your town or city. You can begin by calling your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R), your local elementary schools, talking to neighbors and friends, and visiting other child care businesses in your town. You can even call other home child care businesses and talk to these women about what they are seeing in the market. Usually, women in child care help each other out by forming friendships and partnerships, so don’t be intimidated.

By taking the time to do the research, you will gain a huge advantage by understanding your market and how you can be successful within that market.

BIG MISTAKE #2: Not getting the right liability protection for you and your business.

If you want to be able to sleep easy at night and not worry about getting sued, you’ll need to be properly covered. You need the real scoop on what type of insurance to buy, and how much it should cost, so you don’t overpay.

Many new child care business owners make the mistake of thinking that their homeowner’s policy is enough to cover them if there’s a problem. But the truth is, that policy usually doesn’t provide enough protection, nor the right kind of protection you need for special situations that a daycare owner can face.

An example of this situation would be if your house had a power outage, and you had to close …

Scorpion Jewelry

There’s something on your neck!

What will they think of next? When the hip-hip movement began, and teens started wearing car hood ornaments around their neck, you probably thought that was strange. Well, that’s nothing compared to the latest fashion in teen jewelry. You know those poisonous bugs with the pointy serpents tail you see on television (or in real life if you live in one of those dry desert climates)? Or you may recognize them as a popular zodiac sign. Yes, Scorpions! The latest fashion in jewelry is to where these acrylic encased real bugs as jewelry.

Now, what happened to good old fashion jewelry? You know, back in the days where young girls wore crosses and hearts, and the boys a gold chain? That was before teens would seek out their own “identity” by tattooing barbed wire around their arms and Chinese letters across their lower back. Or, piercing any parts of their bodies, they can fit a piece of metal into.

Well scorpions are now the “new thing”. Originally worn by young boys, and probably purchased as a souvenir at the local science center, scorpion jewelry is now a main stream jewelry fashion worn by both men and woman. Sold at retails up to thirty dollars, these once feared exoskeleton members of the insect family are not shown off in a assorted color acrylic pendants, and incorporated into a slew of stylish bracelets, necklaces and anklets. So, the next time you look over and notice a scorpion on a strangers ankle, don’t scream. Take a closer look and you may notice it only to be a piece of new scorpion jewelry.

Who really knows how long this latest fashion will remain? Will it be a fad or will this be a fashion such as wearing shark teeth, that stands the test of time? You’d have to admit, wearing a piece of deadly scorpion jewelry around your neck would symbolize strength, but would you wear one on your upcoming job interview? I wouldn’t risk it in today’s economy.

Source by Julie W Hall

Fashion Tips and Advice – How to Pick Clothes That Flatter Your Particular Body Type

One of the most common mistakes women make when shopping is not purchasing clothes that flatter their particular body shapes. There are four basic female body shapes:

1) Pear shape – upper body is noticeably thinner than lower body. Weight gain tend to accumulate around hips and thighs.
2) Hourglass shape – very curvy body with clearly defined waist.
3) Apple shape – upper body is noticeably larger than lower body. Weight gain tend to accumulate around the waistline.
4) Rectangle shape – figure appears "straight up and down", and curves are not very well-defined.

Pear shaped figures are flattered by clothes that enhance and draw attention to the upper body while emphasizing the waist. Wrap shirts and off-the-shoulder or V-neck tops are very flattering. Jackets with nipped-in waists and pockets and enhancements around the bust work well with this figure. Pants or jeans should be cut to where they fall straight down from the widest part of your hip with a mid-rise waist. Boot cut and slightly flared pants are ideal, but stay away from tapered legs.

Hourglass shapes are flattered by clothes that are proportional on both the top and the bottom, and attention should be drawn to the waist. Wrap tops and shirts that are gathered around the waist look great on this body type, but stay away from boxy styles. Pants and jeans that fall away from the widest part of your hip look best. Fitted, straight, or flared jeans work well as long as the flare does not exceed the width of your hips.

Apple shaped figures are flatted by light, layered fabrics. Proper layering around the midsection can make you look shapely versa thick. Monochromatic themes work best on this body type, as wearing the same colors on the top and bottom will create clean, straight lines. Tops and shirts should never be tight or clingy, and should always be long enough to at least hit the hip area. V-necks and wrap tops are very flattering, while chunky styles and long, thick jackets should be avoided. Bootcut jeans and pants that fall below the ankle are a great choice. A little stretch in the jeans goes a long way to pull in the midsection and emphasize the right curves.

Rectangle, or "straight shaped" figures are flattered by more form-fitting clothes with mixed and matched tops and bottoms to create the image of curves. Wide belts are recommended around the waistline. Tops and jackets with nipped and flounced waists are ideal, and the bottoms should not extend beyond the hipbones. Off the shoulder, wide necked, or V-necked tops are very flattering. Pants or slacks with wide waist bands and full or flared legs that fit low on the hips are ideal.

Remember, all body shapes are beautiful, and there is no "ideal shape". Relax and have a blast while shopping for funky, fun clothes, and enhance the beauty that Mother Nature provided!

Source by Melanie Dodd

Buying Skateboard Accessories

Accessories are essential to complete any sports gear. Numerous skateboard accessories are available at online stores and in market which not only enhance your skateboarding experience but also help in protecting you from injuries. Skateboard accessories also help in making the skateboards attractive. The funky skateboard clothing is very popular amongst skateboarders. Some skateboard accessories are optional while it is important to buy others. Lots of top brands are manufacturing and marketing skateboard accessories at affordable and competitive prices. Here are some accessories which are really popular:

o Skateboard Logos and Decals: The logos and decals are used extensively by skateboarders for decorating their skateboards. Skateboard logos and decals are available in various shapes, sizes, and colors and these can be placed anywhere on the skateboard. You can also go for customized designs to suit your personality. Some of the leading brands that offer skateboard logos are Baker, Alien Workshop, Black Label, Bones, Destructo, etc.

o Protective Gear: A protective gear is mandatory to protect you from minor injuries and accidents. Whenever you go out for skateboarding, do take care that you are never without your protective gear. A skateboard safety gear includes ankle brace, skateboarding gloves, skateboarding helmet and skateboarding pads. The protective gear is helpful in case of falls and helps in protecting a skater from cuts, bruises, sprains, and abrasions.

o Skateboard Apparel: Dressing up in proper skateboard clothing is essential to enjoy skateboarding comfortably. It is also a style statement in itself to dress up in funky skateboard clothing. You can impress your friends and other skateboarders with your colorful skateboard apparel. Skateboard apparel comprises skateboarding hats, T-shirts, jackets, sweat shirts, shorts, trousers, etc. Various top brands like Alien Workshop, Fourstar, World Industries, Habitat and many more manufacturers appealing apparel for skateboarders.

o Skateboard Maintenance Accessories: Maintenance of a skateboard is equally important to enjoy a safe and smooth ride. Periodic maintenance of skateboard is essential for optimum performance. Various skateboard maintenance kits and accessories are available to help you in maintaining your skateboard. Some of these are skate tools, skateboard bearing lube, skateboard rails and skateboard wax. Skate tools can be used to replace the non working or worn out components of your skateboard. Bearing lube can be used for cleaning and lubricating the bearings whereas skateboard wax can be used for lubrication purposes.

Source by Camille Parker

Bangle Bracelets Signify True and Everlasting Bond of Friendship

Every human, living on this planet has a common desire, and that is to look beautiful, gorgeous, stylish and elegant. Women have always been seen with jewelry on their beautiful neck, ankles, ear lobes and so on. However one thing that one might have noticed is that the jewel piece that they wear on their hands seems to be the most elegant of all; the jewel piece is a bracelet that would exceptionally accentuate the beauty and glamor of the lady.

There are one too many varieties of bracelet, like for example Sports & Charm Bracelets, and Bangles etc, and these bracelets could be made of metal, leather, wood, shells which becomes expensive items when coupled with expensive stones, or humble materials such as cloth, fiber, beads etc. The sport bracelet was really famous with the famous cyclist Lance Armstrong promoting the Live Strong message on his rubber bracelet. It became an absolute rage among youngsters, and popular in promoting brands, for charity purposes, for creating awareness and so on.

Bracelets are worn by some communities in order to ward off evil spirits, they believe that wearing these bracelets would protect them from evil eyes, most often babies and toddlers are made to wear tiny bracelets made of little beads of gold or silver. Some people also believe that wearing bracelets can bring in good luck and fortune; people often try to find easy way to success, or when they face failures instead of correcting their mistakes or making changes in themselves, they say it's because of their bad luck and for that if they wear a bracelet, their luck would change and success would come running to them. Besides these beliefs, diamond bracelets are often worn by people to enhance the beauty of their beautiful hands and also to bring in a spark and a glitter to their lives.

Bangle bracelets are timeless and have always been popular among women. Colored stone bracelets are also very much fancied by women as they bring bright colors to their personality and are very trendy and classy. In short, a bracelet is one accessory that you should not hide from, as it would definitely bring in the class and style to not just your outfit but also your entitlement personality as well.

Source by Elitha William

How to Choose the Right Micro Bikini

Unless you know everything that there is to know about choosing a micro bikini, chances are that the task of picking the right one can prove to be very stressful. However, it is possible to pick the right option and it in fact only requires making use of a few useful tips.

In the summertime, you will want to look your best and if you have a nice body and are also young and wish to have some fun, then you need to think about wearing something skimpy and sexy such as a nice micro bikini. This item of swimwear can help you make a decent fashion statement and if you have the body to show off, then this is certainly what you ought to be wearing this summer.

Before picking this particular item, be sure to understand which color and design will suit you the best. If you wish to attract eyeballs then you need to pick the string version which is perfect summer candy. Also, ensure that the item you pick has enough pizzazz about it.

Next, look for a certain type which can be anything from a string top, triangle top, Bandeau top, bra top and even string bottom as well as G string and more. Size is another important factor that has to be taken into account. You may want something short and sexy such as a string bikini or one with G string.

Just remember to pay special attention to the fabric which could be anything like matte, liquid metal and mesh as well as fishnet. However, the most important aspect of picking your micro bikini is that you must always try one on for size and to see how it feels when worn on your body.

If you feel good in it then you can go ahead and buy it; otherwise, look for a better option.

Source by Melissa Bennett