Thursday, September 1, 2016

5 Ways to Make Vaping More Cost Effective



When you first decided to quit smoking cigarettes for the healthier option of vaping, you probably thought that you were going to save tons of money by making this change. But now that you have been vaping for a while, you’ve come to see that this is kind of an expensive hobby now that you’re really into it.


The world of vaping is constantly being supplied with new companies creating amazing new devices and e-liquids for your vaping pleasure. It’s very easy to spend more money than you intended to when you constantly have all of these great new products and flavors hitting the market on a regular basis.

If you’ve ever struggled to keep the price of vaping cheap, we’ve put together a list of five cost effective ways to make this delicious hobby much less expensive.

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5 Tips for Cost Effective Vaping

·        DIY E-juice – one of the most expensive aspects of vaping the constant need to buy new e-liquid supplies. You could literally end up spending hundreds of dollars a month if you aren’t paying careful attention. Although making your own e-juice might cost quite a bit initially, once you’ve taken care of all of the setup expenses you’ll literally end up spending about $.30-$.50 per milliliter of e-liquid. If you find this too complicated, then it’s obviously best to ignore this advice and stick to your current plan. Visit www.ecig-city.com to find cheap, inexpensive e-liquids.
·        Enter vaping contests to win new gear – whether you realize it or not, there are numerous contests being held on various vaping websites all the time. If you take the time to enter these incredible contests, you can win all sorts of cool vape gear without having to spend a penny in expenses. And if you prefer, you can enter contests that give away coupons and discount codes to help save money that way.
·        Use referral programs to your advantage – if you love vaping, and many of your friends and family members do as well, you can easily start referring them to certain products that you find useful and interesting. If they buy products through your affiliate link, you will earn a commission. If you get serious about this, you could literally turn this into an online business that makes hundreds, even thousands of dollars a month. Or, you can promote certain products lightly and hopefully make enough money to pay for your own vaping expenses.
·        Create a vaping budget – nobody wants to create a budget. It’s the last thing that most people want to do at the end of the day. But if you’re spending too much money on vaping, you’ll need to rein in your spending. The easiest way to do that is to pay attention to the amount of money that you are spending and set limits through budgeting. We highly recommend going this route if vaping is becoming too expensive a hobby to handle.
·        Take advantage of online sales – so many of the best vaping websites have incredible cost savings sales all the time. Instead of buying vaping paraphernalia whenever you need it, do your best to plan further in advance. The further in advance you plan, the more you’ll be able to take advantage of incredible coupons and online discounts. So please do yourself and your wallet a favor and plan accordingly.

Use this quick and dirty guide to make vaping more cost effective.

How to Avoid Cash Flow Problems in Business

On occasion, your business will find itself in a cash flow crisis. Maybe you have too many unpaid invoices and your clients aren’t paying on-time. Or maybe you are completely disorganized and need to get the fundamentals of your business under control.
At the end of the day, having poor cash flow can literally put you out of business. And truth be told, it’s one of the biggest reasons why as many as 25% of companies do not survive for longer than one year.
Are you starting to recognize the seriousness of this problem? Let’s take a look at some potential problems and come up with solutions that are easy to implement.
6 Potential Cash Flow Problems and How to Avoid Them
First, a proper definition of cash flow is the money coming in and going out of your business. Businesses often measure cash flow based on set periods including monthly cash flow, quarterly cash flow, and annual cash flow.
Some ways to avoid potential problems include:
  • Are your books disorganized? – Unfortunately, many new businesses do not focus on bookkeeping when first starting out. They push bookkeeping activities to the backburner. This is especially true when a company starts out busy and has more work than they can handle. Instead of letting bookkeeping issues get out of hand, tackle them immediately and prevent future cash flow problems from ever starting.
  • Do you have bad debt? – Bad debt is another reason why businesses will find themselves in cash flow crises. To reduce bad debt, when bringing new clients into the fold, run credit checks prior to offering credit terms. If a business has a poor credit history, only work with them if payments are made upfront for services rendered. When all else fails, hire a debt collection service to collect past-due invoices.
  • Are your credit terms out of sync? – Negative cash flow will become a problem if customer credit terms and vendor credit terms are out of sync. As an example, let’s say you offer a customer net-30 credit terms. But the supplier that you use to help service this vendor only gives you net-14 credit terms. This is obviously out of sync and can easily create a negative cash flow problem. Either convince your supplier to give you net-30 credit terms, or tell your customer that you can only offer net-14 terms for the foreseeable future.
  • Do you have profit problems? – If your company lacks profits, you should obviously expect to lack cash flow. Bring in new business to correct this problem quickly before your business goes under.
  • Are you cash flow forecasting? – For new businesses, cash flow forecasting is a necessary step. Talk to your accountant about creating this forecast on your business’s behalf.
  • Are you growing too quickly? – Everybody wants their business to grow as fast as possible. This can actually be a problem sometimes. If you grow too quickly, potential cash flow issues will arise. To prevent this concern, ask your bank for a line of credit. If that doesn’t work, see if you can obtain a short-term loan.


Cash flow problems do not need to overwhelm your business. Prevent potential business destroying crises by recognizing potential cash flow problems and take the necessary steps to avoid them.

Tools To Manage Your Virtual Staff

The business team of today includes office personnel, “in the field” workers, and remote or virtual staff. Smart businesses have discovered that utilizing freelance workers saves time and money on many different levels. Business expense is kept low because virtual workers and freelancers do not require traditional benefits such as insurance, retirement, sick pay, holiday pay, or over-time. Office space is reserved for the employee that is on the company clock. However, as the footprint of the modern business is created, supervisors and managers find it challenging to keep up with responsibilities and assignments of virtual and field workers. Jobs, contracts, and virtual assignments are given to various people in order to keep a job on schedule. While the work is to be completed by freelancers, virtual workers, and in the field workers, the job management, and tracking (and re-hiring of new field workers) is done by someone in your company. In order to accomplish this, businesses must work smarter.  Today’s business manager has a host of tools available that were created and designed to track jobs and associates from anywhere and to merge functionality allowing efficient tracking.

Below are the top five tools we have chosen to help your office team work effectively.

Google Docs  
Google docs is the best way to share your reports, spreadsheets, calendars, letters, contracts, and training materials.  Google docs allow more than one person to edit the same document, without the need of copying a file and emailing.  If the person you are working with does not have Google Docs, files can be emailed as an attachment.  
Clockspot
Clockspot is an amazing tool to use with virtual staff, freelancers, “in-field” workers. This program provides an online time clock, tracking job codes, and tracking of real-time employees. Incorporate job costing. Use IP addresses and GPS to know where the staff is, at all times. Watch and verify payroll. 
Skype
Skype has been around for a while, but it has matured and is a great tool for today’s office. Texts, phone, video, or face-to-face meetings are virtually available at any time. Never lose another meeting.  
Bitium
Bitium is the 2015 winner of “cool vendor” Bitium is password management program. Bitium provides a secure and private long-on screen for collaboration without needing password lists.
Confluence
Team collaboration at it’s best. This is the way to keep agendas, schedules, manuals, emails, processes, and manuals all in one place. This is the easiest way to keep up-to-date, in an easy to use program.

Never before has there been more options for the business owner or for the company associate. Whether traditional staff is employed to complete a project, or freelancers are utilized, there is a program that will allow you to work more efficiently. The business team of tomorrow will bear little resemblance to the team of yesterday, but with the right tools in place, they will be more profitable than ever before.

Author Bio
Wendy Dessler

Title: Super-Connector at
OutreachMama

Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.
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