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  • 01 Feb 2017
    Investing is a key factor that helps you reach your long term goals. There are some factors that determine your success in investing. Your knowledge about investing, the tools that you want to use during investing, your motivation, your time and most importantly, expert guidance, are some of the factors. If you are new to investing, you need to get the lay of the land first. Before investing, you need to know what stock, investment allocation, bond, ETF and mutual fund are. They are basically different types of investment markets where you can invest. Visit easyMarkets learn centre. In terms of investing money, there are different approaches that investors usually follow during the process of investment. Top five ways to go about it are described below. It is up to you to choose an option that is perfect for you. Do it yourself: If you want to invest money without any expert guidance, you need to execute a lot of things. First you should analyse the market before making a decision according to the right asset allocation. You also need to determine which investments you should buy, and implement the buys and sells. Once you have implemented the buys and sells, you have to monitor the portfolio and manage and rebalance the portfolio according to the prudent repeatable process (make sure that it is tax efficient). Seek the counsel of an advisor who provides you guidance and recommendations: If you prefer this option, the advisor will help you by giving you advice in terms of allocation and specific investments. However, it is up to you whether you will implement the recommended changes to the specific investments and allocations or not. The advisor never monitors or calls you proactively when change occurs. Your advisor and you can both co-manage your investments: In this option, the advisor executes most of the work, ie, analysis, recommendations, investment implementations etc., except the employer retirement accounts, where you make specific changes. The advisor monitors your asset allocation and investments constantly and reports to you frequently about the performance of your portfolio. If any problems arise, they take pro-active steps and contact you to discuss the problem. Money manager who can take your investment decisions: In terms of money managing, you are just an observer who will observe the process and the results of investments, as they invest money (according to the pre-determined plan), monitor your portfolio and take investment decisions on your behalf. You can take advice from a sales professional who earns money when a product is sold to you: As per this approach, the salesperson demands commission for the advice s/he has given to you. In fact, if any issue arises and you need to change investments, they can charge you another commission. These are the top five options for investing your money, from where you can choose one and try the investment process according to that option. Before selecting the perfect investment option for you, make sure it is indeed perfect for you.
    1500 Posted by AlfieDavies
  • 16 Jun 2017
    The best way to scan large documents is to use a large format scanner. The large format scanner is one of the best solutions if you are planning to generate a digital archive.  Some large format architectural printers have built-in scanning facilities. However, you can invest in a large format scanner to make excellent scans. Whether your documents are torn, have thick foamy boards, or have faded colors, no matter how difficult your project is, scanning with a large format scanner ensures accurate and high quality images.   Scanning a standard document is quite easy; the document feeder or the flatbed handle do not create many problems. However, scanning large documents could create a lot of hassles. Whether you want to print blueprints, long certificates, architectural drawings, or banners, a large format scanner is the one stop solution for all your scanning issues. (Information credit:   If you have never used a large format scanner before, here are some simple steps that will ensure a smooth scanning process.   1. Determine the Layout of Your Documents Before getting into the details of how to scan large documents, you must find out about the layout of your documents. Talking about scanning, a large document can mean several things: it can mean a document with large volumes of pages or simply an oversized document. Large documents may include architectural designs, exceptionally wide banners, long certificates and images requiring careful handling.  Irrespective of the type of documents, you must be thoroughly informed about their specifications.   2. Prepare the Documents Before sending your documents over for scanning, you must inspect them.  If there are any torn edges or paper folds, they might create problems while scanning.  Additionally, check if your document is clean or not.  Neat documents are the key to good scanning.   4. Load the Pages into the Feeder Once you have organized your documents into a neat pile, load them into the feeder. Large format scanners mostly involve feed rolls. This is why you should align the edges of your documents before placing them on the feeder. Once you have finished preparing the feeder, there is really nothing much left for you to do.   4. Calibrate Your Scanner Cleaning and calibration are important for a scanner’s optimal performance. Calibration will enhance the accuracy of your scanning. Calibrating your scanner to your monitor is very similar to calibrating your monitor to your printer. You can choose a good program, for instance, Adobe Photoshop, to do your calibration. Some people also buy third-party calibration programs that are readily available in the market. Regardless of what you are using, the process involves these following steps:   Generate a color reference sheet Scan this color reference sheet Make sure you clean up the scanned copy by removing dust and scratches. Analyze your scan either by making visual adjustments or allowing the profiling software to make adjustments.   5. Press Scan Once you have completed all the above steps successfully, you are all set for scanning. Check your set up and hit the scan option. Make sure that you don’t forget to save the file in the appropriate format — pdf, jpg or tiff.   If you have a sizeable scanning project to complete, switch to a large format scanner to get excellent scans. For large document scanning in fields such as construction, architecture, engineering and manufacturing, a large format scanner is extremely helpful. Talking about technicality, large format scanners have high cameras that set them apart from other forms of scanners. The excellent technology of large format scanner ensures hundred percent accuracy of the image.
    1466 Posted by AlfieDavies
  • 13 Apr 2016
    Wedding stationery is one of the most important things that you need to do, organise and buy in preparation of your wedding. Wedding is definitely a big day for you, and you need to let your guests know about your forthcoming big day in advance. The tone of your special day is set by the accessories and your wedding invitation. Also, they firmly establish your taste and style. Try to make it different and special, as it will be the first official message of your wedding that your guests will receive. Start with your wedding stationery, if wedding is important to you.   Make use of the internet In order to plan your wedding, make good use of the internet. You can do all your research online, and also, you can find the stationery items according to your choice. You can find hundreds of websites that offer personalised stationery in Cape Town and all over the world. All you have to do is choose the stationery that matches with your taste. There are a number of brides, who do their wedding research online, in order to know all the latest trends and available products. You can collect ideas from them and ask your wedding stationer to implement them in your wedding stationery. Most wedding stationery companies actually send you a sample of the stationery that you choose, in order to let you know how they will really look.   Personalised stationery  The dream of every bride is to make her wedding perfect and unique. For this, getting customised or personalised wedding stationery is the best thing that you can do. There are many advantages of customising your wedding stationery. One of the main advantages is that you can select the text size, typeface and colour, and also, enter your own wordings. You can personalise your wedding stationery according to the theme of your wedding. Wedding accessories and invitations can be bought in different kinds of styles including contemporary, classic, floral, layered, embossed and religious.   Select a theme Choose stationery that matches with the overall theme of your wedding. You may choose to have floral prints on your stationery items, if you are having a garden wedding. Matching with the theme of the wedding, you can choose accessory items that you can tie in your stationery. For example, hearts, ribbons, rings, white doves and many more. This also applies to the colour of your invitation.   Stationery items There is a large variety of wedding stationery items available in the market. Also, there are a number of companies that provide wedding stationeries. In order to match your wedding invitations, the other stationery accessories you can get are save the date cards, bridal shower invitations, monograms, menus, place cards etc.   Plan ahead Your wedding is the biggest event of your life. So you should plan it properly. Here are some tips to organise your wedding properly:   Double-check the wording in the invitation card, to see that there is no mistake. As soon as the time, date and place of your wedding are fixed, order your invitations. Mail your invitation at least six weeks before the wedding.
    734 Posted by AlfieDavies
  • 05 Sep 2016
    Flowers ignite our creativity like no other object in this word. From poets to common men, flowers are praised by everyone.  Fresh flowers have been used for decoration since ancient times as they up lift the mood at any time. But flowers bloom for a limited time; hobbyists and artists prefer to dry out the flowers so that they can be used for a longer period of time (Information Credit -   How are flowers dried? There are many ways to dry the flowers so they are well preserved. Mostly people put flowers inside a heavy book and leave it undisturbed for few days. This is known as the ‘press’ method. If you choose to dry the flowers using the press method, then you should make sure that you line the page with parchment or wax paper. This protects the pages of the book from getting destroyed from the moisture that come off the flowers. Flowers can also be left in the vase till they dry.    Another method is to hang them upside down in a well-ventilated place away from sunlight. Flowers can be dried in microwave or using silica gel. No matter which method you choose, you have to wait for the results except for microwave method. But microwave method is fussy as you have to use cat litter to cover the flowers. Ordering dried flowers in bulk quantity is an easy way to get dried flowers for professional or other creative requirements. Companies that supply dried flowers use the right method to preserve the flowers.    Uses of dried flowers Dried flowers have many uses. Dried flowers are used in cooking. They add distinctive flavour to teas. Preserved beauty of nature, dried flowers are used to make potpourris that can be used as decoration or as natural air fresheners. Dried flower sachets are full of fragrance, and placing them in drawers and closets act as insect repellent. They are used as natural dyes.   Dried flower can has many creative uses. From decorating a room for celebration to create beautiful creative works of art, dried flowers add beauty to whatever they touch. In the creation of candles, papers, scrapbook and many more, hobbyists prefer to use dried flowers to create unique pieces.   3 ways to use striking beauty of dried flowers to personalise items If you want to gift something special to your loved one or create beautiful items for personal use, all you need is a bunch of dried flowers.   Magical jewellery Beautiful pendant and bracelets can be made using dried flowers.  Dried flowers can be woven into headbands, crowns and bracelets. They look beautiful and go well with a dress to achieve a feminine or bohemian look.  It can be a good idea for your theme outdoor party or brunch. They are easy to make. One idea could be to use small hollow glass globes or tiny DIY jars and bottles to make pendants and charms. Just fill these tiny transparent containers with beautiful dried flowers and plant parts. Adding some glitter can add a fairy touch to your charm or pendant. Seal it and it could be used as a pendant or bracelet charm.  They look magical.   Nail art Dried flowers can be used to create attractive nail art which not only enhances your beauty but which is also unique. You will get many compliments for your nail art. There are many ways to use dried flowers to decorate your nail. One simple way could be to use white nail paint as base. Now arrange the dried flowers in desired pattern with tweezers. Seal it with clear coat and let it dry. Once it is dry you can flaunt it in front of your friends. Make sure you use good quality dried flowers or else you won’t get the good effect.   Cards, letters and scrapbook Dried flowers are used to make decorative handmade paper. Beautiful handmade paper with dried flowers petals appearing unevenly on its surface, are best medium to express your feelings.  Dried flowers are used to decorate scrapbook. Scrapbook decorated with dried flowers both looks and smells beautiful. If you want to add a unique touch to your scrapbook use the magic of dried flowers. One of the most personalised gifts is cards. If you are making a card for your loved ones then decorate them with dried flowers.
    625 Posted by AlfieDavies
Shopping 3,925 views Feb 17, 2016
Pertinent Advice When Shopping for Industrial Lab Furniture

If you are starting a business in the industrial sector, you are going to need furniture. Not just any furniture either, for all intensive purposes it must be industrial modern furniture. You may well be familiar with home furnishings and decor, but perhaps the thought of buying your items from an industrial furniture store leaves you perplexed. Exactly what should you look for in this segment of the furniture world? We will explain all about that right here and now.



Suitable Industrial Furniture


Although of late, it has become popular to use refurbished industrial lab furniture in residential homes, for the most part you are dealing with two separate animals. What is fashionable and useful in your home is drastically different than the requirements for furniture in an industrial facility. In the first place, it must be sturdy and durable. You want furniture that will withstand the everyday bump and grind of the tasks that will be completed on it. Delicate furnishings are definitely not wanted here. Forget furnishings that will crack or warp or break easily; those simply will not do! You need the toughest industrial modern furnishings you can find, period!



Industrial Strength Shelving


The next thing you want to look at is shelving, preferably made out of steel or another suitable material, with plenty of storage capability. More than likely the building you have chosen for your industrial business cannot be expanded. Plus it is highly impractical for you to move to another location. Therefore your shelving has to be able to store all of your tools and supplies, both now and in the future. In other words, the shelving you select must be able to accommodate the growth of your business. Here again, the material you choose must be a reinforced metal of some sort, like steel or copper or even chrome. It has to be able to withstand the weight of whatever you intend to store on it. If it buckles, falls apart, or tips over easily, it is no good. Think before you buy!



The Industrial Furniture Store You Should Choose


It goes without saying that you ought to find a superb industrial furniture store that you can depend on. It should be one you can keep returning to periodically that has what you need in order for your business to function. A brief list of criteria follows below.


  • Do they have the specific types of furniture you require?
                (antique stores will not suffice, it must be an industrial lab furniture manufacturer or distributor)
  • Do they have the quantities of industrial furnishings that you will need?
  • Is the quality of their furnishings appropriate for your business?
  • Will they custom build to suit your environment & needs?
  • Do they have a warranty on their products and materials?
  • Do they have a knowledgeable staff that you can rely on for assistance?
  • Do they deliver, and install in a timely fashion?



More Important Tips for You


Before you arrive at an industrial modern furniture store, do some homework. Make a list of exactly what you need for your business and note the specific materials you want. If necessary, seek the advice of an expert or a mentor who is already in that field. He or she will know exactly what kind of industrial grade furniture you need in order to function properly. Do not necessarily go with the first store you find; instead shop around to ensure you are getting the best quality. The store you ultimately select should, in effect, be your furniture partner for life. After all, you and they will probably be doing business together for a very long time. Therefore, make your choice of industrial lab furniture stores wisely.