Thursday, August 31, 2017

Weekend Workout: Why It’s OK to Work Out Only on Weekends

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Weekend warriors, rejoice! Science has some great news about your exercise regimen. If you’re tight on time during the week and can hit the gym only on Saturdays and Sundays, you’ll welcome the results of a new survey published by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Weekend Workout: Why It’s OK to Work Out Only on Weekends
After crunching the numbers on 63,591 adults, a team of researchers from Harvard University School of Public Health and universities in England and Australia, found that when compared with sedentary adults, weekend warriors who performed the recommended 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity in one or two sessions per week had a 30 percent lower risk of death from all causes, including cardiovascular disease (40 percent lower) and cancer (18 percent lower). That means 8,802 fewer deaths from all causes, including 2,780 from heart disease and 2,526 from cancer.

These findings suggest that when it comes to exercise, quality trumps quantity. “One all-encompassing workout is worth more than several poorly planned workouts,” says New York Health & Racquet Club Personal Trainer, Greg Peck. And perhaps more significant is the evidence that some exercise is better than none. “There is no such thing as dangerous use,” Peck adds.

If your sweat sessions are limited, Peck suggests enlisting the services of a personal trainer even for a few sessions, because he or she can show you how to maximize your time and also use the proper form, so you don’t get hurt. If personal training sessions aren’t in the budget, Peck recommends doing least 30 minutes of cardio such as jumping rope, walking on a treadmill, cycling, or using the elliptical machine, followed by weight-bearing exercises: Try doing three sets of 12 to 15 reps of weighted squats, chest presses, deadlifts, bicep curls, triceps kickbacks and ab crunches. If you can’t get to the gym, go for a brisk walk or run, and do three sets of 12 to 15 pushups, body weight squats, leg raises, sit-ups, triceps dips, and lunges. Get the most out of each session by concentrating on upper body with cardio one day and lower body with cardio the next. (Here are more home workouts to try.)

And per the study findings, it’s also a good idea to crank up the physical activity during your leisure time as well. Maybe go bowling with friends bowling instead of happy hour, or going on a hike with your family instead of parking it in front of Netflix. In case you need them, here are some exercise motivation tricks you haven’t tried.
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10 Healthy Tips to Live By

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Eating healthily is all about balance. Every now and then it’s perfectly OK to have pie for dinner or a nice slice of cake at teatime – treats are a part of life – but it's also important to recognize when we're pushing things too far. Indulgent food should be enjoyed and savored, but only occasionally – it's important to remember that the majority of our diet should be made up of balanced, nutritious everyday foods. Make healthy food a priority in your life and allow it to bring your family and friends together. Learn to love how it makes you feel, how delicious it is and remember that a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise are the keys to a healthy lifestyle.

1. COOK FROM SCRATCH

This is one of the most valuable life skills you can learn. It allows you to have complete control of what goes into your food.

10 Healthy Tips to Live By

2. EAT A BALANCED DIET

Aim to eat a balanced diet that contains each of the food groups in the correct proportions.

3. VARIETY IS KEY – EAT THE RAINBOW

Fill your diet with a broad range of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, eggs, pulses, nuts, seeds, whole grains and naturally low-fat dairy foods. When it comes to fruit and veg, different colors provide your body with the various nutrients it needs to stay active and healthy – it's not just greens that are good for you!

4. UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE EATING

Make an effort to learn about the food you're eating – we all need to know where food comes from and how it affects our bodies.

5. EAT NUTRITIOUS CALORIES

Make sure the majority of your energy intake comes from nutritious calories that also provide your body with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and healthy fats. Avoid empty calories.

6. DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST

Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and helps you to be alert and awake throughout the day. Make sure you always eat a nutritious breakfast. Make it wholesome and make it count.

7. READ THE SMALL PRINT

It's important to read packaging correctly. Be aware of the recommended portion sizes, and the sugar, salt, and saturated fat contents. Remember that not all E-numbers are bad, but too many is often a bad sign.

8. DRINK MORE WATER

Water is an essential part of your diet. Drink plenty of water and avoid empty calories from things such as fizzy drinks, energy drinks or juices with added sugar. Eat your calories don't drink them.

9. KEEP ACTIVE

Exercise is a significant factor in staying healthy so try to be as active as you can.

10. SLEEP WELL

Make sure you get enough sleep – it's an essential part of being healthy and directly affects how well we are able to learn, grow and act in life. While we're asleep, our bodies have that all-important time to repair.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

20 Best Smartphone Apps That Pay You Money

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Incredibly, there are genuine, real ways to make money online without getting scammed. All you need is a smartphone, some (lots) free time and a relaxed attitude to constantly being bombarded by adverts.

These apps might not swell your bank account, but they might buy you a beer or two. Which, if you're honest with yourself, is the only reason you go to work. Right?

Earn Free Mobile Recharge and Gift Cards

The all-in-one messaging app lets you call for free, earn credit and redeem for recharge mobile anywhere in the world. It's simple to earn free credit in Vodi app. Simply send text, make a call to get rewards. 
Use Promo code "FHM" to earn 50 Bonus credits.

BitMaker 

BitMaker is a money making app that’s only available for Android devices. Earn cash by simply leaving the app open on your phone. Since you don’t have to do anything, you’re essentially earning passive income.

A great way to earn with this app is to leave it open when you’re charging your phone or when you’re sleeping. Instead of earning directly with cash, you earn in BitCoin or Satoshi (a smaller unit of BitCoin).

When you enter the promo code KIEV9L you get a 2,500 Satoshi bonus. You also get the same amount when you refer a friend

20 Best Smartphone Apps That Pay You Money

Google Opinion Rewards (Only for Google Play)

Google’s Opinion Rewards app sends you quick surveys to your smartphone. You’ll get paid with Google Play credits, which you can redeem for anything in the Google Play store.

Roamler

This is the app we use most, but it’s pretty difficult to sign up to, unfortunately. You need to be invited to download the app which is available on Android and iOS.

We got accepted by searching “Roamler invite” on Twitter and asking someone for an invite, so it's not impossible.
There are almost always tasks available and they tend to pay out between £2-£6 each.
Tasks we’ve completed in the past have included taking photos of plant pots in a garden center and reporting which teas are on sale in the supermarket.

Perk TV

Perk TV has been featured multiple times on Frugal For Less, mostly because it’s such a great earner. However, Perk TV has been constantly changing their earnings structure, and unfortunately for the worse.

Where you could once leave the app running 24/7 for a complete passive income, now you’re required to press a button every 1 – 2 hours to show that you’re actually watching videos.

With that said, you can still earn some decent cash. If you install the app on a maximum of 5 devices, expect to earn around $50 – $75 per month with Perk. It used to be the case that you could earn $150 or more, but these days are far from over.

Viggle 

Viggle is one of the most popular streaming apps that lets you earn points for watching TV. Check into your favorite shows, and earn more points the longer you watch. You can trade in your points for one of over 800 gift cards. Or, opt for cash by transferring your earnings to Perk Plastik.

Smart Panel

The Smart Panel app starts off great by giving you a $5 bonus. You’ll need to first determine your eligibility by taking a short survey. As long as you have a smartphone, you shouldn’t have any troubles getting approved.

Smart Panel gives you bonuses along the way for keeping the app installed. For example, leave it installed for 1 year to earn a total of $110, but leave it installed for 2 years for a total of $230.

Users report a 1% – 5% reduction in battery life and data usage of anywhere between 2MB – 5MB per month. In short, the drag in phone performance is almost negligible. Before you can cash out for that $5 bonus, you must leave the app installed for a minimum of 30 days.
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BeMyEye 

One of the busier tasking apps out there – both in terms of jobs available and a number of registered users.

This also means the jobs are quite varied, too. So if you get bored easily, this one's probably a good shout!

Swagbucks Watch 

Swagbucks Watch is an app that lets you earn Swagbucks for watching videos, just like you would on the website. Link your account and watch your SB pile up, which you can then redeem for PayPal cash and other gift cards.

SavvyConnect

SavvyConnect is a branch off of the popular survey site Survey Savvy. For every month that you leave the app installed, you can earn up to $5/month for a total of $60/year. Install the app on a maximum of 3 devices to earn a total of $180/year.

When you become a member of SavvyConnect, you’ll be given exclusive access to the higher-paying surveys on the SurveySavvy website. Simply complete your profile to get these surveys sent to your inbox.

One of the best ways to earn with SavvyConnect is to invite your friends. For each friend that you invite that completes their first project, you earn anywhere between $5 – $15. And it doesn’t stop there. For any friends that your friends refer, you can earn anywhere between $2 – $6. Unfortunately, they only pay by check.

Streetbees

Tasks are a lot less frequent on Streetbees but tend to be a fair bit higher paid – we’ve seen a lot of tasks available with a £10+ payout!

Therefore, even if just one job pops up a month, that could be the equivalent of one job per week on some of the other apps.

Media Insiders Panel

The Media Insiders app is supported on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices. They collect data by tracking which ads you watch, your social media activity as well as what web pages you visit.

The app can be installed on a maximum of 3 devices, with each device earning $2 per month. In total, you can earn $6 per month or $72 per year. You can increase your earnings a bit further with the use of the VPN. However, as mentioned above, other rewards apps on your phone might not permit the use of a VPN.

Keep in mind that you will need to wait a minimum of 48 hours after signing-up before your account is verified. When active, you’ll notice a green check and a statement that states that your phones are currently earning cash.

Clashot 

Upload your best photos to the Clashot app, and clients using the app can buy them! You’ll earn commission on every photo sold.

Stockimo 

Stockimo is a mobile stock photo app, which lets you sell your favorite photos easily to those in search of beautiful stock photos.

TaskRabbit 

TaskRabbit merely serves as a tool to help you find work in your area. Help others complete tasks such as delivering groceries, building furniture from IKEA, waiting in line and more.

Keep in mind that all those who wish to work as task workers must complete a background check. The amount you earn per task depends on how much the person who’s looking for help is willing to pay.

TaskRabbit is available in 19 major cities across the US.

Bing Search

Bing Search is another money making app that pays you to surf the web. Each time you surf the web, you have a chance of earning points that can be exchanged for gift cards.

You can also earn cash on your desktop by installing their browser toolbar. We estimate that you can earn about $20 – $25 a month. While it’s not much, surfing the web is something you’d probably be doing anyhow.

You can cash out once your account reaches 525 points for a $5 gift card. Refer your friends to earn points more quickly.

VODI

All-in-one messaging app to text, call translate, send eGifts and more.

Vodi is a mobile messaging app that lets you text, call, translate, send eGifts, and more—all from one place. Over 68% of American adults have a smartphone in their pocket and more and more smartphone users are turning to free messaging apps as their main form of communication. Vodi makes it easier for smartphone users to save time, money and data on their phone–no matter where you are. Vodi is so easy to use that we already have a million downloads from 160 different countries worldwide.

FreeEats

Read texts from advertisers through the FreeEats app, and earn 25 cents or more for each text. You also get $1 when you join.

NiceTalk

Registration Bonus: $10 (promo codeRU3N2Ra)
NiceTalk is a money making app that pays you to teach English. This app was was originally created in order to help Chinese students learn English.

The only requirement to join is to be a fluent English speaker. Expect to earn $10 for every hour that you teach.

What I really love about this app is that they pay you by the minute. This means that if you only want to do a short 15-minute lesson, you’re still going to get paid 15 minutes. Use promo code RU3N2Ra to get the $10 bonus upon registration.

Bitwalking 

Bitwalking is a new app that lets you earn Bitwalking dollars (BW$) simply for going about your daily routine.

Launched in September last year, it’s still in a private beta phase – but you’re free to request an invite to the platform.

Once you get in, all you have to do is keep moving to start earning. You will need to do rather a lot of walking though – somewhere around 10,000 steps for 1 BW$. If you spend all day wandering around for your job anyway, however, what is there to lose?

At launch, the company said you’d be able to redeem your earnings against items offered through its own store, or transfer the cash to your bank account. The service is still being tested though, so could be subject to change in the future.
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Monday, August 28, 2017

7 Lies That Are Holding You Back From Your Best Life

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They usually mean well, but your family, your career advisers, college counselors, and anyone else who follows the "traditional path" to success has been lying to you your whole life. They tell you what they know: the recipe for a fulfilling life is going to college, getting a job, buying a house, getting married, and having children.

Now, if this is actually what you want — go for it. But if you're not sure — if you never realized you have the right and the ability to question these expectations — today's the day you learn you do.

7 Lies That Are Holding You Back From Your Best Life

Ask yourself, are you doing what you do because you want to do it, or because it's expected of you?

Here are seven of the most common lies we're told about how we should live. Challenge yourself to contrast these rules with your innate needs and desires, then make it your mission to align your external path with the hopes, ambitions, and truths you hold most dear. It's a lifelong process, but you only ever have to worry about the very next step.

1. The Lie: Professional success starts with a college (and maybe graduate school) and ends with an office job.

You can't get a good job without a college degree, and if you don't get a good job, how will you buy a house and provide for your family? You want to be a musician? An artist? Hope you like your parents' basement.

Real talk: It isn't black and white.

There are creative office jobs, and many successful people don't have college degrees. Start by asking yourself how you define "success." You may not care if you have a large income or even consistent work. You may be happiest as a freelance designer or session musician.

If the security of the office environment appeals to you, it's not only possible but necessary that you pursue your passions regardless. Engaging in projects that energize you and harness your creative talents is not only possible. It's necessary to your well-being. 

2. The Lie: Marriage and kids are integral to success and happiness.

The end of all the fairy tales is "they lived happily ever after." Your life will be meaningless if you don't find a partner, and pass on your beliefs, your genes, your wisdom.

Real Talk: No one can know what you want or need except you.
But does the idea of spending your life with one person excite you? Does the idea of spending 18 years devoting your life to raising another human being seem fulfilling? You might feel the pressure mounting with every wedding invitation and birth announcement, but a long-term partner and family life is just one way to live.

If you don't want to be a parent, you will not be a good one. Drown out the noise and advice and figure out what you want. The path that makes you happiest, most excited, engaged, and fulfilled is the right one.

3. The Lie: You're not respectable until you own a house.

It's the best investment you can make.You can't live in the city, in an apartment forever. You need room for your family, a dog, a garden!

Real Talk: It's a huge commitment that should only be made if you're committing to something you actually want.

Owning house forces you to live in one place for quite some time, often sacrificing a lot of your income to mortgage. There are so many things you could do with all that money, all that freedom. If you don't have so many financial obligations, you have more flexibility. You can leave a job that doesn't make you happy. You can travel to Nepal. Don't invest in someone else's ideals. Invest in your dream life.

4. The Lie: Other people have it figured out.

If people look like they have their lives together, they probably do. You should replicate their choices to find your own fulfillment.

Real Talk: The approval of others isn't a good reason to do anything, ever.

What are your values? What do you care for and what do you want to accomplish in your life? Visualize what you want your life to look like — without other people's opinions factoring in at all — and begin to take steps toward creating that. Just because a certain lifestyle or career makes someone else happy doesn’t mean it will make you happy. 

5. The Lie: Happiness is something you earn after years of slogging through life.

You'll get to enjoy yourself when you retire. The first sixty years of your life are preparing you for that eventual relaxation.

Real Talk: We're not promised a tomorrow. Not even a today. Happiness is not something to postpone.

You can find joy in every moment. Be mindful, be present, and look for things in your life to be grateful for. If you’re unhappy with something, change it. Happiness is not the result of fulfilling other people's expectations. It's the result of listening to your heart and following it.

6. The Lie: Job security, relationship security, real estate security are worth more than taking a risk to find something you love.

You'd give up all this to pursue underwater basketweaving? That's crazy. You'll lose everything.

Real Talk: If you're living a life you're not absolutely in love with, anything you lose will be a small price to pay for unearthing your true path.

Listen to your intuition. Do some research, prepare, and take calculated risks. If you’re going to quit your job, know what you’ll be doing next. If you’re going to start a business, have some capital saved up. If you succeed, you win. If you fail, you learn. 

7. The Lie: The more stuff you have, the happier you'll be. 

If it doesn't look like an episode of MTV Cribs, you're wasting your life.

Real Talk: Cars, TVs, real estate, clothes — it's all just frosting. In fact, it might be distracting you from what you really want.

If you get rid of the junk, you'll simplify your life, and start to live more consciously. Recognize that success doesn’t come from external achievement; it comes from internal growth and fulfillment. It doesn't matter what it looks like to anyone else. It only matters what it feels like to you.

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15 Interesting Facts About Human Body

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  1. Your nose can remember more than 50,000 different scents.
  2. The lifespan of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on average.
  3. After eating too much your hearing is less sharp.
  4. The two strongest muscle in the human body is the masseter (jaw muscle) and the tongue.
  5. Our eyes can distinguish between 10 million different colors.
  6. Our brain has the capacity to read 1,000 words per minute.
  7. Men burn fat faster than a woman.
  8. Woman blink twice as much as men.
  9. Babies have 60 more bones than adults.
  10. All babies are color blind at birth, they only see black and white colors.
  11. Everyone has a unique smell, fingerprint and tongue print, except twins.
  12. Your eyes remain the same size after birth.
  13. Bananas share 50% of our DNA.
  14. Cornea gets its oxygen directly from the air, making it the only part of the body without a blood supply.
  15. Most babies are born with blue eyes, which will change later due to the exposure to ultraviolet light from the Sun and melanin.


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Ways to Make Money From a Home Business

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Starting a home-based business can save you money over renting office space. A home-based business can be started with little upfront capital and can reach profitability quickly. Another benefit is the tax deduction for home-office expenses. There are many ways to make money from a home business, using space and equipment that you have already paid for.

Ways to Make Money From a Home Business

Computer-Based Business

Many home-based businesses can be run with a simple laptop or desktop computer. Whether you are providing services for clients through the Web or email, or preparing documents for local customers, a computer-based business takes little start-up money and can produce steady revenue. Check your existing equipment (CPU, printer, monitor and so forth) to make certain it is up to standard and will be able to handle higher volumes of processing. Buying new home-office computer equipment may be necessary, but it is becoming increasingly affordable. Plan on replacing your computer every two to three years, as new software often takes more space, and eventually you will need to upgrade.

Day Care Business

Running a day care or baby-sitting service is another way to use your home for a business. Check first with your local bylaws to get up-to-date information on licensing, restrictions and child care laws. Childproof your home and put all dangerous items in locked areas away from the care space. Most municipalities will have restrictions on the number and ages of children that can be cared for in home-based day care businesses. You may have some children with you throughout the day and some only before or after school, so remember to count all the children for by law purposes.

Meal Preparation Business

Starting a meal preparation business allows you to use your kitchen to make money. Many busy families do not have time to cook from scratch and don't have the budget to go out to dinner regularly. A meal preparation company cooks dinners at home and then distributes them to customers on a regular basis. You can set up a website to take weekly orders and track deliveries. The main cost of starting up is a stock of ovenproof baking dishes with lids.

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Ideas on How to Start a Work-From-Home Business

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If you want to do your job in the comfort of your pajamas on your own time and be your own boss, a work-from-home business may be ideal. Working from home is not all fun and games, however. As with any new business, it will take a lot of hard work, planning, and discipline to get a successful start. Armed with some business ideas, tips and planning, you can prepare for a successful launch.

Ideas on How to Start a Work-From-Home Business

Follow Your Expertise 

When searching for home-based business ideas, consider areas in which you have expertise that translate well to working from home. Service businesses, consulting, online buying or selling, bookkeeping and crafts can all be successful work-from-home businesses, according to Entrepreneur.com. Virtual assistants provide office work from the comfort of home in areas ranging from data entry to making customer service calls. For more specialized office work, consider offering tax services or marketing services. Whichever field you choose, glean some experience working in the field before diving head-first into a new business.

Planning Your Business 

Before launching your work-from-home company, you'll need to do your research, on your industry and on small business in general. Figure out what your competition is charging, what kind of services or products you will offer and what your pricing structure will be. Draw up a detailed business plan. You will also want to check into licensing regulations and register your business with your state. Calculate your projected expenses and income, and apply for any financial aid you may need. Have an accountant help you with the calculations or use a small business accounting program, such as QuickBooks.

Setting a Schedule 

Working from home can be challenging because of all of the distractions. From errands to children and pets, there will always be someone or something vying for your attention. Create a set schedule for yourself to help you stay on track and complete your projects on time. Hire a personal assistant, babysitter or dog walker if you need help managing your household while you work. Have your own workspace that is generally off limits to other household members while you are working.

Outsource 

Owners of work-from-home businesses wear many hats, as it takes a variety of skills and tasks to run a company. If you do not know much about a particular area -- such as finances, graphic design, marketing or customer service -- hire someone to help you. You can use online job boards such as Elance.com or craigslist to locate an expert in your price range. Even if you can do everything your business needs, maximize your efficiency by hiring help for tasks that take up too much of your time. Paying contract workers to help you instead of hiring employees can save you money, while freeing up your time to run and manage your business.
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How to Start a Bounce House Rental Business

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If you enjoy working at events, consider learning how to start a bounce house rental business. Because every kid loves them, they can be found all over.

If you enjoy working with event and party planners, then consider learning how to start a bounce house rental business. Because just about every kid loves to bounce, they are so popular at birthday parties, corporate events and fundraisers. Start with one inflatable and add more as the business grows. Since most events occur in the evening or on weekends, it’s the perfect part-time business that can be parlayed into a full-time venture once a following is established.

How to Start a Bounce House Rental Business


Purchase an inflatable bounce house from a manufacturer or supplier. An Internet search will yield many possible sources. Most companies provide guidance in starting a business and direct you to financing sources. As the business grows, purchase additional models to provide a variety and to service multiple customers simultaneously.

Buy or rent a truck or trailer to transport the bouncy house to an event. Each inflatable can weigh more than 100 lbs. A dolly will be useful in moving the equipment at the destination.

Secure a storage facility for the bounce houses. Depending upon the number of inflatables owned, the space requirements will vary. The storage facility should keep equipment clean, dry and away from animals that might harm it.

Decide on a legal structure and name the business. Possibilities include sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation and limited liability company. The latter two afford protection from claims if anyone gets hurt. Check with the state secretary for registration requirements because they vary by state.

Obtain licenses and permits. The requirements vary by state and local jurisdiction. An occupational license is generally required. In addition, some states consider an inflatable rental business a type of amusement park. If so, additional filings and inspections of equipment may be required by the state.

Obtain liability insurance to cover accidents that may occur on the equipment. General business insurance will cover damage to the equipment. Consult an insurance agent to determine the amount of coverage necessary. Some states dictate the level of insurance coverage if the business is classified as a type of amusement park.

Prepare a rental agreement. 

A number of key provisions should be reviewed with an attorney. For example, the rentee must understand the proper use of the equipment and agree to hold the company harmless in the event of injury.

Advertise services. Send out a news release when the business opens. Place ads in the phone book, newspaper and local magazines that parents might read. Prepare business cards and fliers. Make sure to focus on social-media marketing with things such as likes/shares and Instagram shots of kids having a blast on your bouncy castle. Display the business name and phone number on the equipment used at parties. Provide business cards to party-goers for their next event. Ultimately, referrals especially through social media will become a valuable source of ongoing business.

Items you will need 


  • Bounce houses
  • Truck or trailer
  • Storage facility
  • Permits and licenses
  • Insurance
  • Rental agreement

Things Needed


  1. Bounce houses
  2. Truck or trailer
  3. Storage facility
  4. Permits and licenses
  5. Insurance
  6. Rental agreement


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How to Start a Business With Under 500 Dollars

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Starting your own business can be a good way to replace a traditional job or even earn supplemental income. However, the startup costs can be intimidating. Fortunately, it is not necessary to spend thousands of dollars on a new business launch. You can start a business with $500 and nurture it into a part-time or full-time money maker. The secret to starting a business on a tight budget is choosing the right business and buying only what you need at the outset.

How to Start a Business With Under 500 Dollars

1. Choose a business that has low startup costs.

Businesses that require little upfront expense and low overhead are the best choices for starting a business on a budget. Some ideas are house and pet sitting, child care, blogging, car detailing and cleaning services. You can also start a gift basket, party planning, courier or answering service with $500 or less.

2. Plan of action 

Develop a business plan that includes details on how you will start your business, what your startup costs will include and how you will find your customers. A solid business plan may help you to stay on track and avoid exceeding your $500 budget.

3. Purchase a business license. 

Many jurisdictions require them even if you are starting a small home-based business. Getting this out of the way early may make it easier to determine how much you'll have left to spend on inventory, equipment and advertising.

4. Opening a business account 

Open a business bank account and fund it with your remaining startup investment. A separate business bank account will help you avoid mixing your business money with your personal funds and possibly overspending your budget. In addition, it may make keeping track of your income easier as your business grows.

5. Don't make unnessasary purchase 

Spend as little as possible on startup equipment and supplies. If you need computer equipment that you don't already own, go to the library or a friend's house to make use of a computer, printer or scanner. Purchase only what you need to service customers initially, and opt for quality used equipment when possible. If you will sell or make products in your business, keep your initial inventory minimal and replenish it as you get paying customers.

6. Keep advertising costs low. 

Make your own fliers and purchase budget-priced business cards. Word-of-mouth advertising is free, so ask your family members and friends to spread the word about your new business.

Tips To Start a Business


  • Barter for things you want for your business but cannot afford right away.
  • If your budget allows, purchase a domain name and cheap hosting, and then create a website. You can use the website to advertise your business and give your startup credibility. If you cannot afford a domain name and hosting, you may create your website through a free hosting service and upgrade it later.
  • Consider using a drop-shipping service if you will sell products that have to be shipped. Drop-shipping services stock and ship products, so all you have to do is make sales and process payments. You can save on inventory this way.


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How to Take Control of Your Personal Finances

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The mere thought of money fills many of us with a sense of dread. Indeed, a third of Brits would say that this brings them the most stress in their life. If your heart sinks every time you think about the state of your finances, then it’s time to grab things by the scruff of the neck and take control. If you can manage it, you’ll feel a good deal happier about life. Think it’s easier said than done? Here’s how to manage your money effectively…

Personal-Finance-Control

Get your act together

First things first, you need to understand the current state of your finances. How much money do you have coming in? How much do you spend on bills and essentials? When do your bills come out? How long have you got left to pay any loans off? What do you spend on extras?

Go through each of your last three months bank statements (three ensures that you don’t miss any quarterly bills) and make sure you know the answers to all of these questions. Put all of that information into a budget planner (there are some examples here) and use this going forward to help inform your financial choices.

Knowledge is power

Once you’ve got this information, you’ll be fairly well informed about the state of your finances. It’s important not to slip from this by keeping track of your spending. Use your bank’s app to keep an eye on your account or, if you wish, download a tracker app so that you can log your spending on the go.

The more you know, the more you can stay in control. If you’re out shopping, it helps to be up to speed on the state of your accounts so that you can make informed spending choices.

Cut unnecessary spending

While you had your own ‘spending audit’ you might well have noticed a few bills that were higher than you expected or a few bad spending habits that you want to cut out. Use this as inspiration.

Whether that means shopping around for a better deal for your utility bills, cancelling a subscription that you never use or maybe cutting out that morning coffee on your way to work every day – you’ll feel the benefit in the long run. Being in control means being aware of every pound you spend, and being happy that you’re getting a good deal.

Make your money work harder

Speaking about good deals, what your savings? With interest rates for current accounts and most savings accounts at rock bottom rates, you’re probably not getting a good deal if your cash is kept in either of these places.

Take a more active approach to your personal finances by looking at ways to make your money go further. How far you go with this will depend on how experienced or confident you are with investments. You could lock cash away in a fixed term savings account, look into a stocks and shares ISA or go further and consider products such as CFDs.

Once you’re making your money go further, you’ve had a thorough audit of your finances and you’re on top of what you’re spending and where, you’ll have the control you crave and needn’t feel so worried about your finances.
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4 Tips to Achieving the Perfect Balance Between Your Home and Business Lives

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Running a business from home is what many people on the 9 to 5 treadmill dream of, and it is possible. But how do you balance business and home? Here are 4 tips.

4 Tips to Achieving the Perfect Balance Between Your Home and Business Lives

Time Management

One of the key issues to successfully running a home business is making the switch from the traditional office routine that is often heavily reliant on teamwork, and adapting to a far more flexible arrangement. It is crucial to be able to establish a schedule that enables you to balance your enterprise with your domestic situation, and the keyword here is prioritise. In most commercial environments in the outside world there will be a longstanding hierarchy of who decides which tasks are most important. When this is down to you it will take getting used to, but it is so important to take on-board this responsibility, right down to delegating work. Some people prefer wall charts with key dates and deadlines highlighted; others utilize technology to set up calendars and alerts. You’ll soon become familiar with what works best for you.

Networking

One business dynamic you must devote time and energy to is setting up your network. While a lot of this will depend on the nature of your enterprise, there are common issues. Seek out mentors who are already working in your field. There are numerous help initiatives such as Business Gateway, who will provide contact details for potential advisors or training course providers. Once you’ve successfully done business with someone keep their details on file for future reference. Keep a finger on the pulse of your respective field by monitoring similar ventures online, via sites like TopOffers.

Setting goals

Issues like self-motivation are particularly important to any solo enterprise. But having the confidence to set your business targets and then focus on the optimum methods of achieving these will be a huge drive for everything else you do. The downside is that there are fewer people in your organization on-hand to flag up areas needing tightened. But with the correct support network in place you’ll be able to set about hitting milestones. Having done so off your own back will feel immensely rewarding.

Relaxation

Although it might not seem an obvious factor compared to dedication and putting in a lot hard work, it is so important to focus on the time when you’re not involved in your business. It can be so tempting to dedicate every waking minute to your great venture, especially when you’re still in the early stages of getting everything off the ground. But burning too much midnight oil will have a detrimental effect, impairing your ability to work properly – not to mention your overall health. So find time to relax. Flip that laptop lid firmly down at regular intervals and take some exercise, listen to some uplifting music or catch a movie at your local multiplex – anything that allows you to switch off from the stresses for a while.

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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Home Based Business Will Fail

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I know you don’t want to hear it, but I want to share with you the Top 5 reasons your home based business will fail.

Everybody thinks they can run a successful home based business, but can they?

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Home Based Business Will Fail

Honestly, no. The biggest problem that people face when it comes to their home based business is themselves. How do you overcome yourself as your biggest obstacle? Well, that is what I want to help you with today. Keep reading and you will see the top 5 reasons your home based business will fail and how you can avoid this.

Most people assume that home based businesses fail because the owner doesn’t have enough money to keep them running. This is completely false. Money going into the business isn’t what makes business fail, it is when the owner can’t get enough money out of the business which makes it almost impossible.

Trust me, as a longtime business owner the money coming from the business is extremely important to it surviving, but there won’t be any money if you are doing all 5 of the reasons listed below.

Top 5 Reasons Your Home Based Business Will Fail

Not Investing Enough Time

I see this more than anything else as a business owner. More and more people think that they can spend very little time on their business because they are doing it from home. This is not the case. When you have a home based business you need to spend as much time as possible running it. Sometimes spending 8 hours just isn’t enough, sometimes you need to spend 10-12 hours per day just to get it going as smooth as you need it to. Do yourself a favor and invest more time into your business before it is too late.

Treat Business Like A Hobby

Never and I repeat, NEVER treat your business like a hobby. This happens very easily since you are working from home. Don’t be like so many people and fall into this trap. If you feel that working from home is going to be a downfall for you, then get yourself an office or convert a spare bedroom into your office. You need to treat your business like a business and nothing else.

Don’t Outsource

If you don’t outsource any part of your business you will fail. I am not saying this to scare you, I am saying this from personal experience. I tried to run every single part of my business without letting anybody else help out. What eventually happened is some of my websites and businesses started to fail. I quickly enlisted the help of a few virtual assistants and I was back on track. This is what you need to do as well because almost every business that you run from home can utilize a virtual assistant in some way.

Quit Before Things Get Hard

Did you know things get hard right before they get much easier? This is what happens to every business, so if you don’t know this then you will most likely quit before your business even gets started. One piece of advice that I have for you is to plan for the times when things will get hard. How will you overcome this time? What steps will you take to reach a new level of success? Who might you bring into help you with everything that is going on? Planning is key and it has always been that way in business.

Stopped Learning

This is by far one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make. If you ever stop learning then your business is as good as dead. What I try to do every week is read a new book. The books are not always on home based businesses, but they are always on success, motivation, life, and fitness. All 4 of these things are important to keep a healthy and strong business and life. Just remember, if you stop learning you are definitely not moving forward.

My favorite book for learning new things has to be the Third Circle Theory. You can see it here.

These are the top 5 reasons why your home based business will fail. As you can see, all of these reasons have something to do with you. You are the one that either makes or breaks the business. If you want your business to succeed, then you must put in the work. Nobody else is going to run your business for you, so do what you need to do to make sure it is a complete success.

If you have any questions on running a home based business and taking it to the next level then please comment below or send me a message on Facebook.

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The Complete Guide to Having a Business at Home!

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Leaving your job and starting your own business at home is a scary but an exciting time. You need to ensure you separate your home life and your work if you want to make it work. Here is the complete guide to having a business at home.

The Complete Guide to Having a Business at Home!



You need to keep organized

One of the top things you need to know about having a business at home is that you need to stay organized to make it work. You need to have a separate room where you store all the paperwork that comes with having your own business. You should make sure you keep a diary with all the dates of when you need to complete the work and who for. You should consider storing documents online rather than in your home to help you make space. As discussed on Entrepreneur, it’s ideal for invoicing and time tracking, so you have everything in one place.

Find somewhere quiet to work

You need to find somewhere quiet to work which is away from your family if you are going to have a business at home. Consider changing one of the spare bedrooms into an office so you can work in there. You are never going to get anything done in time if you work in the kitchen or in front of the television in your lounge. Keep the room door shut so you can have some peace to get on with some work.

Consider making a separate building

Another thing you need to think about when having a business at home is whether or not you can actually do it at home. You may want to construct an extra building in the garden if there is space. Remember to check if you require planning permission though if you are considering doing that. You may want to get a separate building if you do decide to hire some employees. That way, there will be enough space for you all. But remember you may need a Smart Access Control system, so you know who is going in and out in case theft occurs.

Don’t release your address online

If you are going to have a business at home, you need to make sure you don’t release your address online. You don’t know who could get hold of it and end up coming to your house. When you are communicating with clients, stick to giving them a number or an email so you can communicate that way. You may want to pay out for a separate phone so that you know when it’s a business call. You can get a business address online on sites such as https://physicaladdress.com/. It will save you having to give a real address, but will still look professional to clients.

Meet clients somewhere else

Business owners should arrange to meet clients somewhere else other than their home. If you haven’t met them before, it ensures you are safe as you will meet in public. It also means you won’t have to keep tidying your home for when clients come over. Hire a conference room space or book a room in a restaurant to meet them in.

Hopefully, these tips will help you when starting your own business at home!

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A Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business

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For those who prefer the opportunity to own a business and the flexibility of working from home, starting a home-based business can be an excellent venture. Starting any business is a challenge, though, so it is important to take the time to plan and prepare carefully to avoid errors and costly mistakes. By reviewing your abilities, skills and personal situation, you will be better prepared to start a home-based business that will be profitable and will survive over the long term.

A Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business

Identify Personal Abilities

Knowing your own strengths is one of the most important elements of starting a home-based business. Getting a new business off the ground requires more than just choosing the type of business to run: it means understanding the market that you will target, recognizing the administrative responsibilities that you will have and managing the day-to-day tasks of the business. It might also mean taking a few business classes to ensure that you understand your responsibilities as a business owner.

Review Legal Requirements

Although a home-based business is usually small and requires few legal steps, it is still important to follow-through with any obligations that you may have to run your business legally, as well as identify any available tax write-offs. Check with your municipal area or county to find out what the zoning requirements are for the type of home-based business you will be operating. In some cases, the zoning laws will not apply, but in others you might need to obtain a permit. Also, file your business name with the city or county, and file for a business license, where required. For some industries you have to show proof of licensing to customers, so be sure to verify this as you start your business. Houston does not have zoning laws, while zoning laws for the rest of Texas vary by city (See Resources).

Establish Business Plan

The business plan is the overview of your goals for your business and your expectations of how to run it. It also includes elements such as a vision statement for your business, the number of employees that you will need and the marketing goals that you have for your business. The business plan does not need to be elaborate, and it can certainly evolve over time, but it represents a clearly outlined place for small business owners to start.

Create Website 

Almost any business can benefit from a website, and in this day and age business websites are easy to find and set up. What is more, professional website templates provide users with the chance to utilize the overall design while making any relevant changes for his or her specific business. For those who feel uncomfortable handling the design part, there are services such as Web.com that specialize in creating websites for a variety of business types.

Establishing Tax And Financial Situation

Even the smallest of home-based businesses can benefit from services, such as a business bank account, business loans from local banks and a Federal Tax ID Number. In addition, look into acquiring accounting software that will assist you in managing your accounts. Software such as Microsoft Excel can be helpful in keeping track of finances, although programs, such as Intuit QuickBooks, was designed with the small business in mind.

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6 Social Media Trends to Prepare for in 2018

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2018 is only four months away, and brands have prepare to take advantage of the opportunities social media presents -- or their competitors will.

When it comes to reaching audiences, effectively distributing your content, and building a following around your brand, social media offers a wealth of possibilities. It's where your audiences live and engage with content already, which makes it a convenient platform for brands. Its built-in analytics allow you to track and improve your efforts over time. Plus, all the free social media tools make it easy to use and maintain an active presence.

As you look ahead to 2018 and begin planning for ways to strengthen your social strategy, it's important to keep a pulse on trends. To help, here are six social media trends you need to prepare for if you want to hit the ground running in 2018:

1. More robust social analytics signal more opportunity for content personalization.

Nobody likes content that's irrelevant to his needs. This is especially true when you're interacting with a brand you know and love -- the last thing you want is a piece of generic content that doesn't offer anything unique to you as a member of that audience. In fact, nearly three out of four of us get frustrated when content isn't relevant to our interests.

Improved personalization for audiences is a major trend in content marketing, and it extends to social media, too. As social platforms evolve, their analytics tools and business-specific features will become more detailed and valuable to brands.

This kind of data means marketers will have the insights they need to craft better and more personalized content for their audiences. It's past time for marketers to be creating and distributing content that truly speaks to and engages audiences on a personal level; social media will help make that easier.

2. Platform feature overlap means you'll have to be more selective.

Both Snapchat and Instagram feature timed videos and visual content, so the main points of differentiation are audience and reach. Instagram Stories has a significantly wider reach and receives more engagement; Instagram influencers see up to 10 percent of their audience members open their Instagram Stories on a daily basis, which is more than can be said for Snapchat. Snapchat, on the other hand, continues to dominate among members of younger demographics.

As more platforms continue to offer overlapping features, brands and marketers will have to be increasingly selective about which ones they invest in. Take advantage of analytics and reporting features to identify which platforms could offer you the best return, and start there.

3. Social listening will give brands an edge to their messaging online.

Instead of just tracking what kind of content your competitors are developing or what they're sharing on social media, you should also monitor their mentions and what people are saying -- and use it as a metric to compare your performance.

"Using web monitoring, we can collect an enormous amount of data on our company and our competitors that can be used in our marketing strategy. At Brand24, our research showed that in one month, 14,000 online searches started with 'Can anyone recommend?' and about 30,000 searches started with 'Where can I buy?' About 60 percent of these questions never received responses from companies; this is a huge opportunity," Magdalena Urbaniak, global communications manager at Brand24, said.

She went on to share that monitoring these social mentions can show you what people in your shared audience like and don't like, which can give you insight into where your brand can improve. Engaging in social listening can give you valuable information about your competitors' performance and your own audience that you can use to your advantage in your own content strategy.

4. Video will only take a stronger place in your social content strategy.

Everyone and his mother knows that video content is popular and, therefore, important for brands. And as social algorithms keep updating, video will only grow more valuable for generating engagement and building your following.

In fact, in our experience at Influence & Co., videos on Facebook receive higher engagement; we see more people commenting on them and giving them more likes and more shares. Facebook's reporting features also let us know how video content performs compared to our other posts, and you can't deny how good video is at engaging audiences.

Instagram's Stories feature and Snapchat's entire platform also give brands the chance to create video content and share it immediately with their followers. Obviously, video is only becoming more important. Having the ability to create that kind of content -- and the strategy to tie it to your written content for your blog and outside publications -- will be critical for brands in 2018.

5. Facebook is becoming almost entirely mobile.

By 2020, it's predicted that 59 percent of U.S. users will access Facebook through mobile exclusively, and 80 percent of the company's ad revenue already comes from mobile ads.

Facebook was one of the last social media platforms that wasn't really designed from the beginning to be on mobile. Looking at popular apps like Instagram and Snapchat, we've seen the trend of mobile-only (or mostly mobile) social apps for a while. Sure, mobile optimization has been an industry best practice for savvy marketers for a while, but with Facebook not far from being dominated by mobile use, brands will (finally) have no excuse left for creating or distributing content that's not optimized for mobile.

6. Chatbots will make customer service faster and easier.

Instant connection and widespread internet access have conditioned us to want things yesterday or, when that's not possible, in the next five minutes. Unfortunately, I've seen this prompt a lot of brands to do one of two things: respond so quickly that mistakes are made and service quality suffers or freeze in their tracks because they're not quite sure how to meet this demand for speed.

That's part of what makes chatbots -- especially through Facebook Messenger -- so valuable. Chatbots give you the chance to interact quickly with members of your audience in a way that feels personal; you can customize your brand voice and send personalized content directly to users. Maybe that's why there are at least 100,000 monthly active bots on Facebook Messenger -- and the reason 2 billion messages are exchanged between brands and their audiences each month. If you aren't already, 2018 might be the year to test chatbots for your business.

Social media presents so many opportunities for marketers to connect with audiences, create and distribute better content, and build their brands (and their following). To take advantage of all that opportunity, you've got to understand that these shifts happen frequently, so staying ahead of the trends is imperative. 2018 is only four months away, so what are you planning for? Let me know any trends I missed by leaving me a comment.
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The 10 most popular apps people keep on their home screens

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Most people have a handful of go-to apps that never leave their home screen. 

For some, it's the clock app or a calculator for quick access. For others, weather and maps apps are must-haves. Still others prefer to keep their home screen a blank slate, putting all their apps on the second page. 

As part of its 2017 US Mobile App Report, comScore recently surveyed phone owners 18 and up about the apps they need to have on their home screens, whether by themselves or grouped with other apps in a folder.

For most people, Google's apps like Maps, Gmail, and YouTube took precedence, while others preferred keeping their social networking apps front and center. 

Here are the 10 apps most people keep on their home screen:

10. Apple App Store

23% of people have the App Store app on their home screen. 

9. Instagram

24% of people have Instagram on their home screen. 

8. Google Play Store

26% of people have the Google's Play Store on their home screen. 

7. Google Search

32% of people have Google's Search app on their home screen.

6. YouTube

33% of people have YouTube on their home screen. 

5. Facebook Messenger

34% of people have Facebook Messenger on their home screen. 

4. Amazon

35% of people have the Amazon app on their home screen. 

3. Google Maps

37% of people have Google Maps on their home screen. 

2. Gmail

41% of people have Gmail on their home screen. 

1. Facebook

46% of people have the Facebook app on their home screen. 

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Best Way to Organize Evernote: Use Tags

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You’ve been using Evernote for years, with your entire life stored on your account. Everything used to work so well. But that meticulous notebook structure is now nothing more than a blight on your existence.
Trying to find a specific note? You may as well try to find a fart in a windstorm.

But remember, the problem doesn’t rest with Evernote here. Evernote is actually an incredible tool. You’re just organizing your notes in a way that can’t be scaled. There is a solution, though. And it’s a solution that can work for anyone, no matter how many notes you’re trying to keep on top of.

The Best Way to Organize Evernote: Use Tags

The Problem With Evernote’s Notebooks

Evernote has three layers to its organizational structure. It’s pretty simple, but you need to understand it to get the most out of the app.
First off are notebooks. These are like “folders”, where you save individual notes.
Next are stacks. These are like parent folders to help better organize your notebooks.
When most people start using Evernote, they fixate on these notebooks and stacks. It’s probably a hangover from organizing your files on Windows in the same way. But Evernote’s notebooks and stacks have two main problems.
  • Notebooks can’t be nested. This means your organizational structure can only be one level deep. In other words, you can have a child folder within a parent folder. But you can’t have a child folder within another child folder.
  • Second (and most frustrating) is that you can only place each note in one Notebook. If you have a note that’s relevant to two notebooks… tough. You can only choose one.
As your library of notes grows, these problems are almost guaranteed to turn your otherwise organized notes into a complete mess.
Luckily, Evernote has a third organizational tool: tags. You can assign descriptive, searchable tags to each note to help granularly organize your notes. You can also nest these tags, and assigned several tags to each note. Problem solved.

Fixing Your Notebook Problem

If you have a complex system of notebooks, your first challenge is to narrow these down to as few as possible.
Before I reorganized my own account, I had over 40 individual notebooks. Now I have five. You, however, might choose to have only two or three. These new notebooks are simply a way to organize everything extremely broadly. The real organization comes later.

Your Collection Box

The most important of your few notebooks should be the initial notebook created for you when you set up your Evernote account. By default, this is named “[Username]’s Notebook”. Rename this to something like “-Inbox” or “-CollectionBox” to make it more descriptive.
Tip: Placing a symbol like “-” before the notebook name keeps the notebook at the top of your notebook list.
evernote collection box
This notebook is where you’ll save pretty much all your new notes by default. When you create a new note through the mobile app or grab a screenshot with Evernote’s Web Clipper, these should all be dumped into your “CollectionBox”. This saves you the hassle of tagging each and every note as soon as you create it.
It’s far more productive to batch process that tagging every week (or month). Having all these new notes in a single notebook like this makes tagging quick and simple.

A Limited Number of Other Notebooks

You should create any other notebooks sparingly. The more notebooks you create, the longer it will take you to decide where each note belongs. And the harder it’ll be for you to locate notes later on.
Since this new system relies so heavily on tags for organizing notes, notebooks are barely needed. If you take this to the extreme, you could create just one other notebook called “FilingCabinet”.
evernote moving notes
Tip: Avoid placing spaces in your notebook names and tags. This makes searching a lot easier.
After you tag each note in your “CollectionBox”, just move it over to your “Filing Cabinet”. This way, you’ll always know where you’re up to. And if you have a decent tagging system, it’s easy to keep a huge number of notes organized with just two notebooks. More on this later.
I chose to create a few other notebooks, however.
current evernote setup
  • Ideas — Any notes detailing ideas I want to save, including article ideas, places I’m hoping to travel to, etc.
  • Personal — Where I store non-work related notes.
  • Reference — Where saved articles, book notes, screenshots, quotes, PDFs, receipts etc. are stored. Basically, any “knowledge” I might want to find in the future. This is by far my largest notebook.
  • Work — Where I store any work-related notes.
Your own notebook structure will be different to this, for sure. Just be mindful of creating notebooks sparingly. The more notebooks you have, the harder it is to keep everything organized.

Getting Serious With Tagging

As I said, your notebooks should just be the broad foundation of your Evernote structure. The essence of your system should rely on tags.
The unscalable option here is to tag notes with a couple of rough topics, and hope you remember these tags in the future. Good luck with that!
The scalable option (a small sample of my own tags is below) is far more elegant.
evernote tag structure
Essentially, when tagging each note you want to know a few things about it:
  • What area it relates to, broadly speaking; preceded by “1”.
  • What type of content it is; preceded by “2”.
  • What theme(s) it covers, more specifically; preceded by “3”.
The system I’m advocating does just this. When I tag each note using this system, I know I want to tag these three specific things about it. Each note should have at least one tag that relates to each of these three points. This makes it very easy to sort and find notes on a granular level.
For example, when I review the below highlight from Jack Kerouac’s book On The Road, I can see at a glance that I’ve tagged all three points. This is a personal note (meaning it’s not work related), it’s a book note, and it’s on the topic of life and travel.
evernote practical tags example
Your own individual tagging taxonomy will be different to mine. But a relatively similar structure is an extremely scalable way of organizing your notes. It takes some time to get used to this, but it’ll soon become second nature.

Finding Specific Notes

When it comes to finding notes in the future, there are two features that are especially useful: the search bar and saved searches.
When using the search bar, you can search multiple tags to find exactly what you’re looking for. Let’s say you remember saving a note from a conversation you had with a friend about traveling to Brazil. If you tagged this note properly, the following search would pull up that specific conversation.
evernote search tags
This is the real beauty of using this kind of tagging system. Searching for a quote about politics? No problem.
evernote search
Tip: Placing numbers before tags like this helps you to know that you’ve assigned tags for each of the three areas relating to each note. This ensures you cover all angles to help you find the notes in the future.
For searches you find yourself performing routinely, set up a saved search. To do this, set up your search. At the bottom of the search box, you can also add other parameters such as notebooks, tags, keywords, etc.. Below, I’ve set up a saved search for ideas relating to work.
evernote search parameters
When your search is complete, on Windows click File > Save Search, On Mac click Edit > Find > Save Search, and name your search. From now on, when you click the search box, you’ll see a link to that saved search to pull up the results instantly. You can also drag the saved search over to the shortcuts widget for even easier access.

Automate Where Possible

There’s no point spending more time tagging your notes than is necessary. Luckily, you can automate this in a few areas. The main way of doing this is by using the automation platform IFTTT(if this, then that).
You can use IFTTT to connect different services to your Evernote account. You can then tell the platform to save certain kinds of notes to certain notebooks. It can even assign specific tags.
I have this set up to save all my Instagram posts to my Reference notebook, and tag this 
1. personal, 
2. instagram, 
3. travel.

I’m also addicted to reading articles on Instapaper, and take a ton of notes on what I read. It therefore makes sense to have another automation set up that saves all of my Instapaper highlights to my CollectionBox notebook, with the tag “2contentnotes”. This saves me some time when it comes to tagging everything in my CollectionBox each week.
evernote automation
To see a more comprehensive list of how else IFTTT can work with Evernote, see here.

Could This Work for You?

This method may not seem quite as simple as just dragging and dropping your notes into vague notebooks. But it is far more scalable. In short:
  • Save pretty much all of your notes to a “CollectionBox” notebook.
  • Routinely tag each of your notes, using a taxonomy that works for you. This should explain:
    1. What the note relates to.
    2. What type of content it is.
    3. What themes it covers.
  • Move the note to one of the few notebooks you’ve set up.
  • Use these tags to find specific notes in the future.
This tagging system (or something like it) can help you locate specific notes in flash. It keeps everything far more organized than most other systems out there. And it stays organized no matter how many notes you have.
If you decide to go ahead with a system like this, it will take some time to re-organize your Evernote library. But once you’ve got into the routine of tagging your notes like this, you’ll start to realize just how useful Evernote can be.
Is this a system you think could work for you? If not, how come?
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