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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Your hobby could be the key to starting and succeeding at a second job. Forbes Living TV explains how you could make money from your hobby.
There are very few people who do not have something they like to do or make in their spare time. Photography is a strong interest for lots of people, and some have gone the extra mile to learn more about the skills needed to take professional level images. Baking and crafting are two other hobbies some enjoy. The products and goods made can easily bring in extra cash. Someone we know is an expert baker and specializes in birthday and special occasion cakes. This little side business generates the extra income for her family to take extra special vacations. People who love animals can advertise pet sitting or dog walking (or both) in their neighborhoods, or on websites that offer this kind of service such as DogVacay and CatVacay.
Forbes Living TV suggests exploring what you like to do outside of work. Hone the skills needed to master it, and then go advertise it. Start small with friends and family. Ask them to refer you to other people. Set reasonable prices. And keep track of the money spent on the hobby and how much income is generated from it. Making money from a hobby might just lead you to a new and more fulfilling job. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Friday, March 20, 2015
There are morning people and night people. Then there are those who function better in the middle of the day. Forbes Living TV likes the morning as the best time of day to get things done.
There is nothing like the bright and refreshing sun to wake up the body, mind and spirit. The light signals the brain to stop producing melatonin, which in turn wakes us up and makes us more alert. It also warms up our body temps which helps us feel more awake and ready to take on the day’s challenges.
Morning is also the best time to step on the scale. We lose about three pounds of water overnight from sweat and visiting the bathroom. For the most pleasing results, weigh in before eating and about a half an hour after waking up.
For optimal work results, have healthy, protein and fiber-rich breakfast from 30 to 60 minutes after waking. This kick-starts the metabolism to work steadily all day.
Mid-morning and afternoon people are those who are energized to make it through the rest of the day. This is the best time to give a presentation, lecture or run a meeting. Body temperatures peak and so does mental energy. Grab some lunch around noon but be sure to have some protein (for afternoon stamina), fiber (to feel full) and something tasty.
The Forbes Living TV show believes that the hours before noon are best for optimal results at work. Of course, if it’s dark outside when the alarm goes off and the drive to work is done in darkness, it may take longer to feel alert. Pour your favorite morning beverage in a commuter cup and heat up a frozen breakfast sandwich to power down on the way to the office.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Today’s businesswoman is a sharp professional. She is keenly aware of her surroundings. She knows how to handle herself. But what if she were someplace unknown? Forbes Living TV explores business travel challenges for woman.
The world we live in today is not the same world we lived in 10 years ago. There is more danger and more uncertainty. There are newer and better digital gadgets to make professional presentations. The businesswoman has so many options, and more so when she travels internationally.
Some of the international travel questions a professional woman might have are:
Is the hotel close to the business center where I need to be?
Which taxi company is the safest?
Does the hotel room door have adequate safety measures such as deadbolt locks?
Does the hotel room door have adequate safety measures such as deadbolt locks?
Most of these can be answered before she leaves. Others are answered upon arrival. Fortunately, there is an abundance of information online to find from business customs around the world to the safest food to eat. The Forbes Living TV show also suggests getting a hotel room on the second the seventh floors, don’t get off an elevator is a man is following you, use all hotel room door locks, keep money, credit cards and the room card key out of sight, and travel with a “clean” tablet or laptop and cell phone. If stolen, thieves cannot get personal financial or other data. Business challenges can be managed with forethought, planning and awareness.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
We love our pets so much that some of us let them sit at the table when we eat. But there are some foods which are dangerous for pets that Forbes Living reviews below.
Never give these foods to cats or dogs because it can be terribly harmful if not fatal:
Avocados: all parts of an avocado, including the pit and skin, contain persin, which is a substance which can produce vomiting and diarrhea in dogs and perhaps cats.
Chocolate: Theobromine, an alkaloid in chocolate does not metabolize in dogs and reach toxic levels which lead to cardiac arrest. Dogs love sweet stuff. Keep all chocolate locked up high and away from the family pooch.
Onions: Onions and garlic contain sulfoxides and disulfides which can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia in pets. Onions are worse for pets than garlic. The sulfoxides and disulfides can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia in pets. No hamburgers with onions and garlic for the four-legged kids.
Lemons and Limes: The ASPCS reminds that both of these are bad for dogs and cats. The fruits contain a substance called psoralens, which when combined with the acidity in lemons and limes, can make ingestion dangerous. Also, the essential oil found in lemon peel can be toxic to cats when taken internally, applied to the skin or simply inhaled.
: This is a common sweetener in candy, gum and vitamins which is fatal to dogs if they find and eat it. Five grams of it (three pieces of gum) is fatal to dogs. It only takes 15 to 30 minutes before a dog’s insulin levels surge and blood sugar levels drop causing the dog to feel lethargic and losing balance. Keep food, gum and vitamins out of reach from pets at all times.
Lettuce: Maybe the family feline is a health nut or just likes the fresh, crunchy taste of lettuce. A few small, small pieces is okay but a regular salad every night is hard on the cat’s digestive system. The leafy green (or red) contains enzymes which are not absorbed and digested well. Forbes Living TV suggests growing some cat grass instead since it is healthier for them and more fun to chew on.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
It is a well-known fact that women in the
United States get paid 78 cents
when men get paid a dollar. This cause was brought to the world’s attention
during the recent Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22, by Oscar
winner Patricia Arquette. Forbes Living weighs in.
Over the years, actors who win an Oscar for excellence in their craft, have taken a stand for a cause important to them. This year, actor Patricia Arquette accepted her award and reminded the world that women have fought for everyone else’s cause, supported everyone else, and that the time is now to implement equal pay for women.
Fifty-two years ago, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. And 52 years later, women are still fighting to be paid equally in
hold nearly half of today’s jobs, and their earnings account for a significant
portion of household income. But the pay gap is still prevalent and run even
wider for African-Americans and Latinas.
Female full-time workers earn 18% less per week than men. Female CEOs make 20% less. The gap opens to 43% in the legal field. Four out of ten family breadwinners are women.
Forbes Living TV believes that all women deserve to be paid equally. But this will not happen unless it is made a Federal law and applies at the state level. If you believe women should be paid fairly and equally, now is the time to speak up. #demandwageequality #womenworkharder #equaljobequalpay
Monday, February 16, 2015
The thought of spring break stirs the imagination to places where great and wild things take place. It inspires college-age kids to borrow, scrimp and save for a terrific few weeks off from classes before finals begin. Forbes Living TV shares news of a contest where voters can vote for their favorite spring break destination.
Admittedly, we worked in the hometown mall over each and every spring break. But for those who were fortunate enough to go someplace wild and crazy, here is the link for the contest. As we looked at the choices, we are compelled to vote for
Venice Beach, California on the West Coast, Daytona
Beach, Florida on the West Coast,
and Negril, Jamaica
in the Caribbean. The Forbes Living TV show
hears that South Padre Island, Texas is also a fun place to chill out on Spring
Break. Voting for this contest ends March 16 at noon Eastern Time. So, where do you want to go on Spring Break?
We sure hope you don’t have to spend it working or else it really can’t be
called a break, now can it?
Friday, February 13, 2015
|Get out of town for less money|
Spring break and wedding season are not too far away. This might just be the right time to search for a buy an airline ticket if an event takes places out of state. Forbes Living shares some tips on finding the cheapest airfare.
Domestic airfare prices are at the lowest at 47 days before departure. The best days to fly are Tuesday and Wednesday since most business passengers travel on Mondays and Saturdays. If there is an out of state special occasion to attend this spring, don’t procrastinate. If the airfare is low, book it. Lower priced tickets can be found online by using airfare tracking apps such as Hipmunk and FareCompare among others. When the fare is right, go straight to the airline’s website and book it there. If changes to the flights are needed during travel, it is always best to contact the airline directly than a consolidation site.
Another suggestion is to keep one credit card clear to charge tickets to when the price is right. This could be the card with the best reward points program or one with the lowest interest. When booking flights with connections, Forbes Living TV recommends allowing more than an hour in between flights to allow for flight delays and long commutes in larger terminals or airports. Don’t let spring and summer special events and vacations take a back seat because the airfare is too high. Start looking now and set up email alerts. Snag that cheap ticket when it pops up.