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Community Clean Up Project Ideas

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Community Clean Up Project Ideas

Community clean up is a great way for volunteers to come together to help improve public spaces. Cleaning, repair, and improvements to public access areas or vacant lots and abandoned buildings are all projects done by the community. Being involved provides a way to give back to your neighborhood. It is also an effective way to teach your children about the value of community. There are many projects to be involved in to help clean up in your community.

1. Recycling

Picking up trash in your community is a simple project. Much of the litter on our streets is made from recyclable materials. Picking up the trash will give an immediate sense of accomplishment and instantly make the neighborhood look cleaner. It is easy for children to learn what recyclable items are. Picking up trash and collecting items to recycle can be a community project or an individual activity. Be sure to wear plastic gloves whenever handling trash, and have a bag for throw away items and a separate bag for recyclables. You can also use a pickup stick to save from excessive bending and prevent direct handling of trash.

2. Repaint and Redecorate

Painting is a form of creative expression, as well as a great way to spruce up the neighborhood. There are many items to perk up with fresh paint such as curbs, mailboxes, playground equipment, and benches. To add an extra touch of fun, give the kids an opportunity for some creativity. For example, children could be assigned teams and given a planter or park bench to design and paint however they wish.

3. Trimming Up the Foliage

As shrubs, bushes, and trees grow, they may block or interfere with sidewalks or paths. A good way to help keep the foliage in order is to walk around the neighborhood and offer to help trim back trees and bushes. Be prepared by bringing gloves, your own cutting equipment, and bags for the kids to gather up the clippings. The bags can be emptied into a compost bin. Many elderly or infirm neighbors will appreciate the help in keeping their greenery trimmed and neat.

4. Planting Trees and Flowers

Trees play an important roll in our environment. They provide oxygen, improve air quality, help support wildlife and even contribute to conserving water. Besides the practical value of trees, they also make the neighborhood look fresh and green. Planting trees and flowers can brighten up the neighborhood. The bright colors will be sure to give the community a sense of cleanness and freshness.

5. Community Garden

A community garden is a piece of land which is maintained by a group of people. The plot of land is utilized by a collective of people who want to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers for use. Everyone helps out in the work, and everyone gets some of the harvest. The garden can be created on public or private land and can grow both edible and non-edible plants. Some community gardens also donate the surplus produce to shelters or food banks.

6. Fundraisers

Community projects can cost money, so funds may be needed to see them through. There are many types of fundraisers in which to participate. Here are a few ideas:

  • Community Yard Sale
  • 5K Run/Walk
  • Chinese Auction
  • Local Concert
  • Bake-off
  • Pub Crawl
  • Raffle
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Sports Tournament
  • Dance-off

7. Community Clean Up

After an abandoned building is taken down, there may be an opportunity for a community clean-up day to help clear some of the debris. It can be a daunting task, so having the help of a quick removal service is necessary. There will be lots of trash that needs to be hauled away. With the community pitching in to help, the job will get done much faster.

Many hands to make light work, and living in a community will give you lots of opportunities to help clean up the neighborhood. Keeping our areas fresh, clean, and pleasant is worth the effort.

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A Detailed Checklist For Moving Into a New House

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Moving is stressful, but if you plan the right way, it doesn’t have to be an awful experience. A little preparation and work done gradually over time will help ease the stress of moving; here’s a checklist for moving into a new house that will help you get organized.

1. Figure Out the Moving Plan

If you’re planning on moving yourself, start collecting boxes about 6-8 weeks before the big day to give you ample time to pack. If you are hiring professional movers to do the job, read reviews and call around to get quotes. You’ll want to reserve the best day with your removalists for yourself but also lock in the best price ahead of time.

2. Forward Important Documents

Depending on where you move to, you’ll need to find new doctors, accountants, and other professionals that will require your information to handle your business. Call your current operators and get your info transferred to the new location a couple months before you move.

3. Purge Your Closets

No one wants to move junk that they won’t be keeping long-term anyways, so utilize your packing time to purge out the stuff you don’t want it. Sell it online or donate it to charity get some killer tax deductions.

4. Start Packing Non-Essentials

Wall decorations, long-term storage things, and everything else you won’t be using over the next few months can start going into boxes as soon as possible. The more you can do now, the less you’ll have to do later, which gives you more time to plan and less time to stress.

5. Switch Utility Providers

As soon as you have a move-in date, contact your future utility provider and ask for service to start the day before, and tell your current utility provider to stop the same day. This way, you won’t have to worry about the lights or water not working on move-in day. As a bonus, take a few minutes to schedule a deep-cleaning, including that of your carpet of your current house with your maid service for the same day as well.

6. Clean Out Your Storage

If you’re moving quite a distance away and will be changing banks, don’t forget to clean out your safety deposit box before you move. Furthermore, start “eating down” your refrigerator so there’s less to throw out on moving day. Also, call the post office to set your new forwarding address.

7. Prep an Overnight Bag

Once you’ve put everything into boxes, you’ll need to get your bare essentials into an overnight bag to use the day that you plan on moving. This will be your overnight clothes, toiletries, underwear, prescriptions, or anything else you need on a daily basis.

8. Double-Check Particulars

Make sure that payment and schedule for your movers are on time, that you have the keys for the new house, have left the keys for the old house with new owners, and anything else you need to verify. Once you’ve moved in, check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are operational as well. Locate the water shut-off valves and circuit breaker, reprogram the garage door openers, change the locks, and place fire extinguishers around the house. Then, start enjoying your new life.

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REVEALED: What Are the Disadvantages of Staffing?

Of course, there are obvious advantages to staffing. Businesses cannot succeed without adequate and competent work teams. There is both internal and external staffing to consider. External staffing brings people in from the outside. Internal staffing can lead to positive outcomes, but it can also lead to a number of problems that external recruitment may be able to bypass. As such, many marketers ask, “What are the disadvantages of staffing?”

Organizational change and staffing are not always easy. Internal recruiting can make it difficult to create changes in the way things are usually done. One of the complaints about recruiting from within is that new managers will likely continue to do things the same old way.

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Resentment from Employees

For one, it is a challenge to draw from an internal employee pool even when there is an abundance of talent and business acumen. Employees within are bound to feel slighted if not chosen. This happens even if management has done everything within its power to give every qualified person a fair and equal chance. Someone will always feel angry that management passed them over.

Choosing from within the company may also create limit options. Choosing only from among the people within the company may overlook the talents of someone who may be more qualified for the job from the outside. From without, there may be a better fit waiting to interview.

Hiring from within also means that a vacancy somewhere needs to be filled. Eventually, someone from the outside will need to bring in to fill an opening. Also, taking someone competent out of a position can alter the smooth flow of operations. Even for entrepreneur staffing, success is impossible without being able to build the right team.

It is never just about impressive ideas or theories. Success is a result of qualified and motivated people working together as a team to bring concepts and ideas into the world of reality. While you may have an amazing vision, or even if you are a decision-maker, there is no enterprise that can accomplish with just one person. There is a number of advantage to working with a staffing firm:

  • Saves Time – Staffing companies have access to an array of talent. They have people in their database that may not be available through traditional job search sources

 

  • Temporary and part-time temp workers may be privy to insurance benefits. This can save a hosting company a lot of money in the long run. Some temp employees may be eligible for insurance benefits or retirement plans if they have worked long enough.

 

  • Staffing agencies may also have a pool of employees who do not mind flexible working conditions. Candidates are instrumental in helping staffing agencies decide jobs that best fit the candidate’s needs. Candidates are able to arrange their work schedule to fit the client’s needs. It becomes a win-win for everyone.

A staffing agency may also provide temp help that can serve as a bridge to a permanent position. Temp work allows an individual to get their feet through the front door, and for companies to access their abilities

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Computer Basics: What Are Servers and How Do They Work?

In the modern era, you’re forced to work with remarkably advanced technology every day. It’s easy to take that technology for granted without truly understanding how it works. That is never truer than in the case of using servers. You may have discussed the potential of a home or office server, but do you really know how they work? They aren’t as complicated or mystical as they may appear, and a basic grasp can help you make informed decisions.

Examples of Servers

Servers are already a part of your daily life. Before you look at how they can affect a home or office, you can learn how they work through some very common examples.

Email

Email was probably your introduction to interacting with servers. The premise is pretty simple. Someone can send you a message that you access with an internet connection. But, have you ever stopped to wonder exactly how that works? When you send an email, you communicate with a server that is run by your email provider. That message is physically stored on those servers until the recipient accesses it from their own device via the internet. They can then choose to download the message, save it, delete it or leave it alone. In any case, they are sending commands to a computer in the email server cluster that is actually carrying out these actions.

Websites

In case that isn’t entirely clear, another easy example of servers is with websites. Just like with email, when you interact with a website, you’re really just looking at information stored on a server (often called web hosts in this case). If you fill out a form or otherwise interact with the site, the changes aren’t really saved on your computer. Think of Facebook. Once you post a message, you can see it from any computer as long as you can sign in. This is because your message is ultimately stored on a device outside of your physical control. This is also how the cloud works. You are simply using the communication power of the internet to access and control data servers that are professionally maintained somewhere else in the world.

Personal Servers

This brings us to home and office servers. They work on the same principles that we have discussed so far, but there is one major change. A personal server would be under your physical control. In an office setting, a central login server can be used so any employee can access their profile and data from any of the computers in the office. This standardizes many functions and makes it easy to complete jobs in a fluid environment. The central server is a computer that will actually be on the premises, but employees will only ever interact with it through the network — much the same way you interact with websites.

The advantage of personal servers is that they centralize your technology. Personal computers in the office don’t need to be nearly as powerful and expensive because the server can do the heavy lifting. The server can also manage security for the whole office which makes network security easier, cheaper and more reliable. Servers can also save money on software. With the right license, one copy of professional software can be accessed by every employee. The server is actually running the software; the personal computers are just access points.

Ultimately, a server is just a computer. It is typically built for specialized functions and is often more powerful than your average PC, but it’s still just a computer. Its utility comes from network access that enables lesser devices to borrow the server’s power and stored data.

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7 Best Car Signage Ideas You Didn’t Think Of

Choosing the best car signage can help gain interest about your company and bring in even more leads. However, the majority of companies often look for unoriginal signage which people look past. To see the best possible results, your business needs to choose signage that brings attention to itself. To give you a better idea of what you should be choosing, here are the seven most unique car signage ideas.

1. Use a Theme

Most businesses use a theme with their car signage that attracts customers. This can be anything from intricate designs to a meaningful quote people can relate to. For example, FedEx painted a competing delivery company on their car trying to catch up. This plays into a delivery theme, telling people that FedEx is much faster than their competition.

2. Take Advantage of Large and Eye Catching Font

If you’re not too big with themes, using large and eye catching font is another way your car signage can lead people to your business. Often enough, the larger you make your display, the more people can see and respond to it. However, you should always make sure you’re using a font that fits well with the message you’re presenting. Plus, if you ever need help picking a type of font, you can use Google Fonts.

3. Incorporate 3D Images

Among the problems that business have with their car signage is getting people interested in their company. However, incorporating 3D images in your signage can gain public interest. For example, a zoo signage could have a snake wrapped around a car.

 

Advertising concept: black text Advertise under the curled piece of Red torn paper with Hand Drawn Marketing Icons

 

4. Display Funny Messages

In signage, humor can take away the seriousness or boringness most ads have. It can make the car signage more conversational for a larger audience. For example, Charmin had an ad showing a toilet seat under each window of a bus.

5. Use Engaging Signage

Using engaging signage can help you get your message across to more people. For example, displaying messages such as “honk if you love food.” This sort of engagement can increase the popularity of your ad, however, you should make sure it pertains to your business and doesn’t confuse people.

6. Add an Animal Print

If your company uses an animal mascot, consider using their coat pattern in your car advertisements. For example, if your logo contains a cheetah, consider covering your entire car in a cheetah print. This is the sort of bold advertising that allows small businesses to really stand out and get their name out there.

7. Use Cartoon or Sketch Designs

People often ignore car advertising when they see it. However, by using a cartoon image, you can stand out from other car advertisements and gain the attention your company deserves. A lot of car ads are boring and overly professional. Cartoon ads are unique and visually interesting, which will draw more people in. They can also add a bit of fun, while still being professional.

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Maximise Your Content Shares With These Handy Tips

Sharing is caring- but how to do it properly? In this article, we will look at the best methods to successfully reach your social media-related goals.

Use a strong headline

Using a strong headline is the best way to catch the reader’s attention. When thinking about a new piece, try to take your time to remember to include all the elements needed. If you want to make your text digestible, in fact, you will have to mix simplicity and visual elements such as pictures or infographics to be entertaining. Do that and share it all over your social media accounts, but try to adjust your copy to the platform. You will have to use a picture on Instagram, while on Twitter you can use an important sentence of the text, providing the link to the full version on your website.

Vary your content

Variety is also key to keep your audience engaged and entertained. Change your content regularly, switching between multiple text forms such as polls, user-generated content, and promotions. It will also help to spark conversation between the brand and the audience.

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Make your ending effective

How do I end my posts? There are many ways to do that, but the best ones, in this case, include a clear call to action that incentivizes people to answer with a comment or a picture. Promotions, in this context, are perfect. You could, for example, offer your customers a discount or start a contest so that they will be more involved with your products. Remember not to be too self-promotional. Valuable information, in the long run, is more profitable than the shameless self-promotion many businesses do.

When to post?

Common sense says you shouldn’t spam your audience with multiple messages at once. Remember- quality over quantity. Check when your audience is the most active so that you will share your content when there are the highest levels of engagement.

Build a relationship with customers

Feature your customers on your social media feeds, and encourage the others to do so as well. You could incentivize them to post a picture with their favorite product or write a brief comment on how your business is the one they prefer the most, and then reward them with a giveaway. Doing that, you will build a meaningful relationship with your audience, and you will show them you care about what they have to say. It will also increase your visibility.

Keep an eye on messages

How you message your audience is important as well. Use tools to schedule your content and messages. Respond quickly to any inquiry so that everyone can be satisfied in the shortest length of time.

To recap, your posts must be engaging and suited for the social network you publish them to. Post periodically so that you will make sure your content is high quality, and do it when your audience is the most active. End your posts with a clear call to action and incentivize your customers to have a direct relationship with your brand. Don’t be too self-promotional.

Optimize for search engines

One of the most overlooked ways to get traction for your content is to get it ranked in Google using Search Engine Optimization. By following various tactics and best practises you can dramatically grow your business rankings and help get your content into the hands of many more people.

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What Happens If You Get Audited and Don’t Have Receipts?

If you go to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website, their wording about not having receipt backups to accompany your tax filing to prove your deductions. The IRS emphatically state that you must keep all your receipts. They state that if you don’t have them, simply put, they accept tax software records, but not much more than that.

It is common knowledge that you should save all receipts to back up any deductions you show on your tax return. The IRS will audit individuals sometimes as much as 3 – 6 years after their filing. You just don’t know when it will happen. But when your time has come – what happens if you’re getting audited and don’t have receipts?

 

When you are notified by the IRS that you will be audited, their representative or auditor naturally will ask for receipts to prove any deductions you have claimed. If you don’t have any receipts, the IRS auditor is willing to accept other types of documentation associated with your deduction.The IRS would much rather have a physical paper or the picture of an online receipt, but if you just can’t produce receipts, then consider a credit card statement which is a great paper trail to verify the tax deduction expenses. They will accept a bill or a canceled check to verify your expense.

You can produce canceled checks but the IRS will usually require corroborating proof to go along with the checks. This can include some type of business or personal accounting journal entry. Also, if you can produce any other receipts from that time and area that helps to prove that you were physically in that place and time. No, the IRS will not accept a selfie.

When we talk about a journal entry, the IRS will be looking for a deduction claim of at least $75. If your journal entries or other identification documentation can’t bear fruit, then it is almost a given that the IRS auditor probably will not allow you to keep the deduction as ‘disallowing the deduction.’ Whatever your amount is for that deduction, the auditor will dismiss it as a legitimate deduction.

The auditor will then add that amount to your taxable income, immediately placing you into a higher tax bracket for that year. Unfortunately, when your supposed deduction is placed back into your taxable income you must now pay taxes on your new income and at a much higher tax rate.

In summary, when you can’t produce receipts to prove that you really did spend money on one of your deductions, it could result in a tax penalty. This penalty amount will be based on when you originally filed during your tax deadline.

This also leads to a penalty which is based on the amount that you still owe, plus interest. This penalty amount will have to be paid at the end of the audit, as well paying the extra amount of taxes that you owe. Uncle Sam is not totally heartless, the IRS auditor and you can talk about time to repay all that you owe.

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