So many styles to try out, so little time… I don’t agree with people who just come up with the excuse of not having the budget to bring the breeze of style change at home and do a bit of makeover. You don’t have to buy everything on the market representing a certain style to liven up your living space. A little change goes a long way because you break away the monotony that’s bound to happen every so often. I’ve had my share of playing with different interior décor styles and I’ve come to notice they all came to be out of practicality.
Let’s take the style I’ve adopted not so long ago: the coastal style. I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind to everyone is a home next to the coast, with a beach right by the doorstep – dreamy, I know. It’s what caught my attention in the first place, since I love the beauty of summer and beaches (then again, who doesn’t). It didn’t start out as a style but rather came out of practicality to people who lived along the coastlines and dealt with sand and salt from the sea destroying their furniture so the solution they came up with resulted as a new style.
Great thing about it is even if you don’t exactly live anywhere near the coastline, you can still implement it and bring the charms of the ocean and warm sandy beaches right in your nest with coastal furniture.
What I love about this style is its essence is making it seem like it’s summer year round. It helps create a sense of openness, warmth and brightness altogether due to the soothing colours with shades of white, blue, brown, grey and green, be it from the bits and pieces of coastal furniture, or texture elements such as curtains and rugs as well as the accessories. I don’t have to tell you how effective yoga is in this kind of surrounding as I soak up all the serenity in a single glance whenever I do my asanas.
As Albert Camus, French philosopher and author, once said: “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” It won’t be long until we say bye to summer, but my preferred season won’t be over for me as I get to see it every day whenever I’m spending time home, surrounded by my coastal décor. If you haven’t given this style a try yet, now is as good a time as any to do so. Trust me, it’s not one you’d grow tired of seeing!
There’s hardly anyone that hasn’t heard of superannuation funds. The reason why SMSF is getting so popular is because it gives people the chance to become involved in the process of investing in their future while having the crucial role in its management. However, setting up an SMSF is a really important investment that takes a lot of prior knowledge on the subject. If you want to get the best outcome, you need to make sure you get a proper introduction to anything SMSF-related, from what is the whole purpose of the superannuation fund to how to set it up and how to get an SMSF loan.
This particular superannuation fund is highly encouraged by the Australian government and most importantly, it’s supported with tax benefits. It’s important to note that every SMSF member can choose between the two types of SMSF pensions: the account based pension and the transition to retirement. The account based pension gives you unlimited access to superannuation but the preservation age of 55 or older must be reached or the person must be 65 years old and retired. The transition to retirement pension on the other hand runs practically the same way as the account based one, the only difference is that you can’t withdraw lump sums. Also, the transition to retirement pension can start once the member has reached preservation age.
However, one of the fastest growing SMSF benefits are the SMSF loans. Using your SMSF to buy property gives you access to some of the best tax benefits for investing in property. The SMSF loan is a residential investment or a commercial property loan offered to anyone who wishes to invest their superannuation in property. For a property SMSF loan the interest rates are usually higher than the normal interest rates for residential home loans. Most banks and lenders process their SMSF loans from their commercial or business banking division and these parts of the banks offer higher costs than the normal home loan department, that’s why they charge more for their loans.
SMSF loans require a lot of documentation that needs to be carefully prepared and reviewed. However, standard commercial and residential loans offered by different banks and lenders can vary significantly and for SMSF loans there can be even larger differences in fees and interest rates. Some banks and lenders offer good deals on SMSF loans for residential properties, while others have good deals for commercial properties, so choosing your bank or your lender is an essential step for starting a successful SMSF loan.
When deciding to make the switch from incandescent lighting to a more eco-friendly alternative, you don’t have to limit yourself to LED bulbs or CFLs only. Instead, you should consider using LED strip lights. They’re a great choice for functionality, as well as for a wide array of decorative uses. Because of their durability, safety and range of colours, they can be used pretty much anywhere! Read More
Bought a camera? Know how to push its button? Awesome! You are a real photographer now, let the money roll in! Umm… Not so fast! Unfortunately, nowadays many people seem to think it’s easy to become a photographer. Buy a camera, take a few birthday photos of your relatives, charge them, and you’ve started your own enterprise. But even your relatives won’t hire you if you are not serious and professional about it. That’s why many business ventures in photography are short-lived.
But you can do it differently if you’re wise enough not to follow their path and start with the proper business mindset. Here are the first baby steps you need to take to transform your photographing passion from a simple hobby to a profitable business.
Invest in Equipment
We’ve already talked about the essentials for equipping your own studio. You can start from there and piece by piece create your personal studio with more complex gear. Just don’t go for the cheapest option and always try to get the best quality equipment as long as your budget allows it. The gear you choose will reflect on the quality of your photos. And remember, every piece of equipment will be different. Therefore, study it thoroughly by making a few test shots before you put it to use.
Make Yourself Stand Out by Offering Printing
Typical photographers offer only the digital version of their creations, leaving it up to you whether you want to print your photos or not. And the truth is, most of the times customers get inevitably disappointed later on when they print their beautiful memories themselves because in most cases they ruin them with too much grain and bad printing paper. So save them the heartbreak and make yourself stand out from the crowd of photographers by offering your printing services. Many people will turn to you especially for this reason. Keep in mind that most of the clients will want an impeccable large print of their portraits and wedding photos, so know that there are many quality large format printers specially designed for that matter. Moreover, many up-and-coming photographers looking to make an impact use large format printers for their first art exhibition to make their photos look as good as possible.
Constantly Work on Yourself
Never stop learning! If you want to invest in education, there are many renowned colleges of art and photography. Moreover, in the modern world of today, there are many online courses that can help you learn just what you need. And don’t stop there. Be constantly hungry for the latest developments in the photography industry. Engage yourself in constant experiments, discover your shooting style and philosophy and start learning more about that. It’s better to focus on one field like black and white or event photography and become a master at it, rather than trying to do everything at once and be average in everything. Definitely something worth considering.
Embrace Networking and Social Media Presence
Joining an existing photography business will enable you to work and learn along side experienced photographers. These people can show you how things are done and introduce you to different client bases. The right contacts are necessary for every business to thrive. Then, after you’ve gained the needed experience, you can open your own studio. My tip is to invest in high quality photography gear and not to spend much money on flyers and advertisements just to get the word out that you’re the new photographer in town. With the amazing possibilities of social media today, all you need is to invest some time in creating the perfect online ad. Your own Facebook page and an Instagram account are the best and fastest ways to promote yourself. Make sure you post quality material that is sure to be shared, and people will soon start flocking to you to make their special moments last forever.
With the very high competition in almost every industry, the products that are being manufactured on daily basis need to be of a consistent and high quality while still maintain a competitive price so they make it on the market. In order to reach that goal, a lot of industries rely on automated devices so they can meet the demand at a fast pace while also maintaining quality. One way to do this kind of precise and quality manufacturing, is by using controlled automation.
Industrial automation, or more widely known as controlled automation, is the technique used to increase rate of production, product quality and reliability with a relative ease, while reducing the manufacturing costs of a product and design. In its main definition and form, it’s a term used for a selected few control systems mainly used in industries like gas, electronics, water, oil and data.