Make A Business Success With Writing Copy

With millions of companies online these days, and all of them fighting for business for the products and services they sell, it has become more important for them to ensure that their sales pages are high quality, and for this they usually need to hire someone who has a proven success with writing copy. Sales copy is used to tempt the customer into purchasing the products or services on offer. This demand now makes starting a business in copy writing a good option, and it can be used both online and offline.

If this is the way you want to go with a new business then you must already have proven success with writing at a reasonable level. You need to ensure you have a good knowledge of grammar, excellent spelling skills, and how to be creative when writing copy.

One major bonus with this kind of business is that you have very few overheads, you do not require any stock, and all you need is a laptop, word processor, maybe an online grammar checking service, and your own web site. Once you have all that setup it is just a case of getting noticed by publishing articles on directories, using forums with signature links and if you have the budget to start with, paid for advertising.

Write To Sell: The Ultimate Guide to Great Copywriting

Write To Sell: The Ultimate Guide to Great Copywriting

If you are looking to build up a portfolio then using online services that offer your copy writing skills very cheaply is a good way to do this. Once you have established yourself in this field then you can move on to the freelance sites where you can charge higher rates.

If you prove to be a success and start to get in more work than you can manage it is then that you switch to the freelance sites as an employer. Hire people to show that they are a success with writing copy to see how good they are before using them for doing copy for your own clients.

Remember that with this kind of business there are no restrictions to which country you can do work for so your potential customer base is enormous, however make sure you take note of the countries culture when writing copy, and also whether they want UK or US spelling.

You should always purchase a book on grammar and copy writing even if you think you do not need it, refreshing your memory is always a good thing, and the better you are in the copy writing business the more money you will make.

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Posted by admin - December 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm

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UK Urban Designers

You may not be aware of it, and you might not even believe it, but urban design is all around the place in which you live. From cities to towns and villages, the arrangement and design of buildings, open spaces, transportation and amenities have been shaped in such a way as to provide a physical setting for people to live within.

But simply creating a network of streets lined with buildings isn’t enough. UK urban designers look closely at the framework of a place to ensure people are able to move freely about interesting surroundings. The place should be enjoyed by different people for many different purposes.

Successful urban design

What makes a successful place is dependent on a number of processes which can occur progressively over a long period of time or through urban regeneration. Unfortunately, what sets apart the places we like from the places we get is typically due to poor planning applications.

New developments are often created with short-term aims such as developments which can be sold on quickly or buildings which only serve the purpose of the user rather than being aesthetically pleasing to people who pass by or live in close proximity. The challenge for urban designers is to create a place that will be used and enjoyed by the community as a whole.

So why don’t we get well thought-out planning in the places we live? Much of the blame can be placed at our obsession with motoring. The 20th Century saw an abundance of planning ideas that gave cars the priority and were poorly implemented. Large roads with high-rise buildings were favoured over historic street patterns. Planners and UK architects argued over their roles in planning and the needs of the residents were ignored. Fortunately, we are beginning to learn from the mistakes of the past.

The urban designer

Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design Since 1880

Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design Since 1880

Urban design as a profession is a relatively new one – perhaps little more than three decades old. Beforehand, the task of shaping a place to live was performed by various professionals who were usually at odds as to what works best.

Now architects, planners, engineers, artists and other professionals pull resources and provide urban design services in UK and Europe to create public spaces, neighbourhoods, city-wide systems and whole regions that have a character all of their own.

Designers strive to create successful places with streets and buildings that have defined public and private spaces which are easy to move around in with clear routes and landmarks; places that are sustainable, adaptable and have diverse facilities that respond to local needs.

Communities at the heart of master planning

With the advent of urban design as a profession, planners and designers realised that residents should be at the centre of any change. Nobody knows an area better than the residents – they are aware of the problems which exist, the solutions, and the aspirations for a better future. Designers now spend time working with communities to draw on these views and experiences before any designs are drawn.

By engaging the public in urban design workshops, designers can get residents to focus on how their place works, what they value about it and what they would like to change. Only then can professionals ensure they have the desires of the community at the top of their list.

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Posted by admin - October 27, 2014 at 8:44 am

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Ethical clothing and toys for comfortable, happy kids

You’re never too young to go ethical! That’s why there’s a growing trend for ethically produced clothing for little ones. So how can kids’ clothing be produced ethically? Take the fabulous Fozia range, a collection of delightfully fresh, stylish babywear with solid ethics in mind. Every Fozia product is designed to last and last, so you don’t waste money but can pass on your Fozia garments to friends or relatives when your little one grows out of them.

Fozia’s garments are all made with chemically-untreated organic cotton, so you can be certain your baby will feel just as good as he or she looks! They only use organic cotton, certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. The cotton used doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals or pesticides and all the dyes used are non toxic, perfectly safe for soft baby skin.

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Dotty Playsuit – White with Navy Dots

Fozia baby wear is also Fairtrade, delivering a fair deal to the cotton farmers who produce it. In practical terms this means social projects like schools and clean water are supported within the makers’ communities. The factories used by Fozia are in India. They provide free staff health care to workers and their families, and everyone works in really good, clean, safe and fair conditions. Better still Fozia products also help support Life Association, a UK based charity that works in India to provide a loving home and a decent education to some of India’s poorest orphans.

So what’s on offer? A gorgeously sweet dotty playsuit in white with navy or pink dots. A smart navy or a bright, bold pink playsuit. And a fab Kimono grow. All soft and comfortable, warm and cosy, with plenty of room for easy movement and creative play.

There’s also a growing range of ethical toys and games available for children, both educational and fun. The popular ‘I Love My Planet’ dangly monkey is a delightful chap, made from soft organic cotton and sustainable wood with a safe recycled filling, cupped rubber wood hands and feet.

There’s a range of ‘grow your own’ kits from Grow My First, with garden flowers, vegetables and weird and wonderful plants to teach your kids about growing real, live plants themselves. And there are some fabulous model kits available to encourage creative play, by Calafant toys, which children can build, decorate and play with for three-in-one fun. Made from sturdy recycled cardboard, they come with cool illustrated instructions, can be built without glue and best of all, be recycled when their useful life is over.

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Posted by admin - October 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

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Wofi Lighting and the New Wave of LED Lights

How would you like to save 80% on your domestic energy costs, benefit from a very long lighting lifespan, experience highly consistent lighting output that requires no maintenance and know that you’re buying an eco-friendly product that is also highly safe because of its low energy output? If that sounds appealing to you, then the new range of LED lights on the market could be well worth investigating.

One of the leading manufacturers on the market currently, is Wofi. Their range of modern LED lights has been designed to provide excellent functionality, warm lighting finishes and incredible energy efficiency. The company aims to be a market leader in new product development – rapidly identifying new trends in the lighting world and attempting to capture them quickly within modern, quality designs. There are around 400 products in the brand’s full range, which offers plenty of options for buyers.

Why LED lights are different

LED lights have often been associated with colder appearance lighting that can feel a little unwelcoming in the home. But Wofi lighting is different, as the company uses an advanced design process to make sure the LED lights used in their products provide a cosy and warm light, very reminiscent of old fashioned incandescent bulbs. This is heralding a new wave of LED lighting and other manufacturers are certain to follow suit shortly with their own expanded offerings.

Technology is moving on

Wofi Action 725809010000 360 Watt Incandescent Crystal Ceiling Light, Chrome

Wofi Action 360 Watt Incandescent Crystal Ceiling Light in Chrome

Previously, LEDs have mainly been used to illuminate phones, technology controls or novelty lights, but the technology has moved on and OSRAM and other light manufacturers have now been able to develop LEDs that provide suitable mood lighting for the home. With modern systems such as Wofi lighting, with latest generation light-emitting diodes built in, design and technology combines to great effect. Not only is the resulting illumination attractive and soft, but it’s also highly energy efficient. In fact, LEDs will consume an average of 80% less energy, whilst providing five times greater luminosity. They also throw out far less heat than old-fashioned glass bulbs, which makes them far safer and a great choice for families with small children or pets. The LED bulbs are also stronger and more durable and they aren’t affected or damaged by vibrations. They last for many times longer than glass bulbs, making them highly efficient in several ways and offering a great service life.

You’ll find a wide range of products in the Wofi lighting range which encompasses everything from floor lights to trackers, for all rooms in the house. You’ll find minimalist and sleek pendant lights and ornate and sparkling chandelier and art effect lights, with a huge range of products in between. Everything in the range shares the excellent lighting technology that has made Wofi so well known and is made with quality and durability in mind. It’s well worth experimenting with a lighting piece with the new LED technology and seeing how it makes a difference to your internal decor, before considering whether to make bigger changes to your scheme.

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Posted by admin - October 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

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Crystal Reports Training – Escaping The Data Trap

Crystal Reports training is certainly something most business can benefit from, but perhaps there’s one thing in particular which is of more value than anything else. If there’s one important fact that businesses need to understand and appreciate as far as what Crystal Reports courses can offer it is this: Crystal Reports really do make a difference, even when you think they probably won’t.

The real problem is that businesses today are torn between two completely opposing forces. On the one hand, there’s the rock – the huge mountain of pressure that eats away at time, creating more and more pressure, taking up every spare minute you thought you had, and then finding a few more spare minutes to devour after that.

On the other hand there’s the hard place – the need to develop, expand, manoeuvre into new markets, flex the business muscles and take advantage of fresh opportunities.

The need to do more, versus the need to find an extra thirty or forty hours in a day. The pressure to move forwards versus the strain already being experienced just treading water. The rock, and the hard place.

Yet the truth is that as Crystal Reports training can show, these two forces aren’t entirely opposite, because there’s a single factor that can make them both work to your advantage.

By taking advantage of a few Crystal Reports classes and learning more about initially daunting subjects such as Business Objects Crystal Reports it is possible to discover that the solution to the problems being experienced is, well, crystal clear.

Beginner's Guide to Crystal Reports 2013: A Step-by-Step Procedure

Beginner’s Guide to Crystal Reports 2013: A Step-by-Step Procedure

Because as Crystal reports training will show, it is possible to take the hard place, and make it a foundation, and place the rock on top of it, and get up on the rock, and discover that the view is crystal clear. Crystal Reports training can show you how to take the reams of data you’re already struggling to catalogue, store, filter, sort and manipulate, and automatically feed it into a system that provides you with the ability to see not just data, but information, displayed in ways which make it visually relevant. Suddenly you’re able to make sense of the meaningless numbers staring you in the face before, and develop reports that make sense.

Crystal Reports classes can show anyone how to take the workload that’s currently causing so much pressure and which is preventing you from finding the time to step back away from the trees, and take time to see the wood. Crystal Reports allow businesses to explore data visually, rather than crunching data in the hope that they will one day find time to actually do something with it.

Stop battling the data, and make it start to work for you for a change. Crystal Reports training is not the hard place, or the rock, but the way in which intelligent businesses can start to move forwards, fully confident that they’re also moving forwards in the right direction.

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Posted by admin - October 25, 2014 at 7:46 am

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On Man, His Dog and Dog Beds

“Love me, love my dogs” – sometimes we just have to laugh a little at the seriousness with which some take their relationships with their canine companions.

Last year television viewers were aghast at the sight of an otherwise intelligent man crawling on all fours in his underwear across the thin sheet of ice that had formed upon a river in Essex to reach his dog – it many times smaller and lighter than him – which had fallen through the ice into the freezing cold water below.

Thankfully both dog lover and dog survived the perilous experience, and are destined to live happily ever after together. But it could, of course, have been so much different.

This faithfulness beyond duty and reason is by no means a one-way relationship. In Edinburgh stands a statue of Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier who was alleged to have stood guard over the grave of its owner for fourteen years before passing away himself. This touching story has, to our displeasure, been called into question however by a researcher who claims it was all a publicity stunt to attract tourists and that the pet had simply been trained to remain in the graveyard, and was in fact two different dogs in any case.

No matter, history is resplendent with tales of man’s wholly reciprocated affection for his canine friend. Not for nothing was ‘Old Shep’ one of Elvis Presley’s most famous and best loved songs.

An ideal gift for our faithful four-legged friend

Even for those of who prefer to remain clothed during the gloomiest depths of midwinter and who would in all likelihood shun the dubious delights of a tentative four-legged crawl across the freezing surface of an icy river there are ways and means of demonstrating our affection for our faithful pets. One is to buy them a present, something they will love and cherish – and will love and cherish us for.

Take a look at this exquisite range of dog beds from Wooff by way of a fine example. Available either in large or small size and in a wide range of different colours and designs, this stylish and comfortable bean bag with a white paw motif will win your pet’s heart forever.

Made from a washable nylon with PVC coating, the Wooff Dog Bed naturally repels moisture and shuts out unpleasant odours.

What better way is there to show your dog you care? Short of crawling across a frozen river in your undies, that is.

Wooff Dog bed beanbag mattress various colours and Size (Large 70 x 110 x 15, Red)

Wooff Dog Bed Large Red

Wooff Dog bed beanbag mattress various colours and Size (Medium 55 x 75 x 15, Black)

Wooff Dog Bed  Medium Black

Wooff Dog bed beanbag mattress various colours and Size (Large 70 x 110 x 15, Green Camouflage)

Wooff Dog Bed Large Green Camouflage

 

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Posted by admin - October 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

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Classic zip leather jackets ‘investment pieces’ for the fashion future

How many of the items in your wardrobe will deliver value and style for decades? How many could you pass down through the generations, so your kids can enjoy them just as much? We’re betting the answer is ‘none of them’. Except, of course, your leather jacket.

The classic zip leather jacket is a case in point. Hit any big city vintage outlet or online vintage clothing store and you’ll find beautiful old leather wear in great condition, often costing as much – if not a great deal more – than a new one. It’s a style that never goes out of fashion. It’s simple and elegant, practical and stylish. And it’s a hot favourite with celebrities this season. Actress Hilary Duff has been spotted sporting a wonderfully zippy Doma zip leather jacket. Lily Cole, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have obviously fallen head over heels with the Rick Owens version, in amazing pre-wrinkled leather with side zip, lovely wide collar and smooth, unobtrusive chest zip pockets for a super-slim silhouette.

Ordinary mortals can’t always afford to push the boat out and splash out vast wads of cash on an expensive designer zip leather jackets. Thankfully there’s a host of excellent alternatives without the huge price tag. All you need to do is invest a bit of time and effort and get your internet surfing finger in position!

Mens Leather Biker Jacket Black Vintage Look Biker Style Crinkle Retro BNWT

Men’s Leather Biker Jacket

Choose from the fold down shirt-style collar, the large ornamental collar – a bit hit right now – or the classic Nehru collar, neat and stylish. None of them will date. And they all suit any occasion. There’s the ‘blouson’ style jacket, AKA the leather sports jacket, massive in the ’70s and equally popular right now. Choose from an elasticated waist or a contemporary classic with a straight waist band that isn’t elasticated.

Zips are always easier to handle than buttons. The zip leather jacket is endlessly versatile and easy to wear. Best of all it’s really handy for the British spring and summer when, no matter how high the temperatures climb during the day when the sun’s out, the evenings and nights are usually disappointingly chilly.

Think jeans and t shirt, topped off by a wonderfully soft, supple leather masterpiece. Or a simple but very posh frock, finished off to perfection with a big necklace, huge earrings and a chunky leather blouson. Pick your favourite from a vast range of gorgeous colours from cherry reds to purples, creams, beiges and of course brown and black. Or go for broke and choose ’70s tan for a look that’ll never die!

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Posted by admin - October 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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What to consider when choosing church furniture

The process of purchasing church furniture can seem like a difficult task, after all, it isn’t the type of furniture you are likely to replace for many years, so it is important to choose the pieces carefully. You have a number of options when deciding on which design would suit the church building. You can choose from a range of standard designs and have them made to suit the measurements of the building, or alternatively, you can take the basic structural design of, for example, an altar or pew and change the materials used, or add a carved image to the piece. Finally, you could choose to have bespoke church furniture made, which would be an entirely new design made exactly to your required specifications.

Today there are many different types of church décor and, of course, the furniture chosen to furnish the building should be perfectly in keeping with the rest of interior. For a more contemporary look in a church, keep things simple, with unadorned benches in a uniform colour stain and materials that are consistent with the others used in the interior. If a more traditional look is preferred there is more scope for decorative imagination, as embellishments and ornamental décor are characteristic of this type of interior design. You can add ornate carvings to the side panels of benches or other decorative additions as you see fit.

When deciding on the materials, colour and style of the church furniture you wish to have made, it is essential that the practicality and durability of every aspect of the pieces are thought through thoroughly. This type of furniture must be built to last and is going to be in use on an almost daily basis by many people. The comfort of furniture such as benches must be taken into consideration as well; pews with leather kneeling rests beneath them are a good choice. Choosing hard wearing woods such as teak or ash will save money and time in the future, as these types of wood are capable of withstanding everyday usage.

When choosing numerous pieces of church furniture, bear in mind whether you want everything to match perfectly, or if you have a preference for some contrasting materials that will create a more unusual look. When the focal pieces of the interior, such as the alter, pulpit, confessional box and pews match, this makes less of a statement in terms of design, but can help in creating a more welcoming, harmonious atmosphere. If you choose to keep the furniture uniform, you can still bring colour and life into the room with decorative flower stands.

Having the furniture for the church stained and varnished is an important point to remember, as this will save repair or even replacement costs in later years. When the wood is treated initially, all that is required afterwards is maintenance painting every few years, which is relatively simple and inexpensive. These pieces of furniture are a large investment and should be treated accordingly; a small amount of care on a regular basis will save time and money in the long run.


Guest contributon by William Garvey.

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Posted by admin - October 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

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The Business of Forestry

A very interesting infographic from Crowe Sawmills.

In case you are wondering what NTFP near the middle of the infographic means, it’s an acronym for Non Timber Forest Products.

business of forestry

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Posted by admin - September 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

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