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Author: Mandy Young

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Tips for selecting a virtual assistant

The modern world has become more connected than before. With the internet now you don’t have to congest your office with any more workstations.  With the cost of running a business now skyrocketing, you do not have to worry about setting up another office and buying new computers for your employee. Your virtual assistant will have his/her work station at their expense. Hiring a virtual assistant will help you with almost everything your current office assistant will do. The good news is virtual assistants are way cheaper and can work extra time without additional charges. If you are looking forward to hiring a virtual assistant the here are some points to guide you.

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With Google, you will find many companies that are offering virtual assistant services. This companies have contacts and some have trained people who can work as a virtual office assistant. You will be able to get recommendations of the different assistants who are familiar and can work with your company. However, you should do some background research on the company that is offering to handle your office work.

Qualification

Most virtual assistants are qualified. They have been well trained and exposed thus giving them an understanding of how to deal with different types of clients. However, before you commit all your office work to your virtual assistant, you should start with small office jobs to see if that’s the person you will like to work for you.

Dedication to your work

This may be the most significant issue to consider. Most virtual assistant are committed and work hard depending on your relationship with them and the type of work they are supposed to handle. Knowing the dedication of your assistant is simple, just monitor how they handle the work you give them. Dedicated assistant will handle their work timely and professionally.

Working hours

sfsfsgssaThe best reason for hiring a virtual assistant is the flexibility of working hours. All that a virtual assistant requires is a computer preferably a laptop, and he/she is good to go. Depending on the number of hours you agree on per week, you do not have to worry about your client’s emails not being replied or missing an important meeting.

 

Cost

Hiring a virtual assistant cuts on your daily office expenses. With a virtual assistant, you do not have to worry about additional bills and allowances for the extra work done. The amount of money you pay your assistant remains constant regardless of the workload.…

Ways to save money on household bills

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Many families deal household expenses issues. Even though it might not cause inconveniences for some families, it is hard for others to juggle their budget each month to keep up with their heating bills. Learning some few tricks can help you reduce your bill costs and help you save money. The following tips can be very useful in helping you reduce your expenses and fit within your every month budget without any problems.

Check if your windows are energy efficient

Old windows trigger energy losses. Dealing with drafts regularly is normal if your windows are not in an optimal condition thus leading to energy loss. Research shows that drafty windows increase energy bills by 25% making you lose a lot of money in the long run. Inspect each window of your home and know the ones that require repair or replacement.energyleftsdfghj

Cut back on all extras

Try making a list of the bill you pay every month and consider if you are in need of all the services you pay for. Make up your mind on all those things you can and cannot live without and try cutting back on the extras.

Paying bills on time

Most homeowners overlook paying their bills on time. Not paying bills on time brings further fees. Take care of all your expenses during an optimal period, monthly, and you will no longer deal with late fees payment, which adds up over time. Solve this by planning and keeping a record of the expense. Also, you can switch to a more convenient method of payment.

House insulation

insulationsdafgdhjkmjnbEnergy consumption is one of the major expenses of a household. This is probably because you regularly desire to live in a comfortable indoor environment, turning your air conditioner or heater until you get to the temperature you desire. What you need to know is that, without having a home that is energy efficient, your expenses can rise higher, especially during winter.

Therefore, to make your home more energy efficient and save money on cooling and heating costs, you need proper house insulation with proper materials. You can significantly cut down on energy costs by replacing an old and faulty insulation with a more efficient one like spray foam. You will not have to rely on the cooling or heating system since your indoor temperature will be kept at a level that is comfortable.

It might seem complicated at first to manage to reduce your household expenses, but if you wisely use these tricks, you will notice the difference.…

Protecting outdoor and patio furniture

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Even though outdoor furniture is all-weather materials made, you have to act wisely to prolong its life. Manufacturers are not the end users, and so you should not leave everything on their hands. Here are steps you need to follow on outdoor furniture protection to improve furniture utility.

Step one

Brush patio furniture to remove dust since they are exposed to all forms of pollution.Check if there are any damages and if there are, deal with the issue. Otherwise, all the efforts will be in vain.Separate upholstery and furniture piece frame as you should clean them separately.upholsterydgshfjvmk

Wicker furniture is different. You need to cover them with a hose. You can use a sponge to clean metal and wooden furniture.
Use a cleaning solution that is particular to the material you are using to ease the process of cleaning.

Step two;Protection of upholstery

The outdoor upholstery furniture is quite sensitive. You need a bit more maintenance for fabric upholstery. The beauty of the furniture is defined by the upholstery. So you need to wash it properly to shed its dull look. After you have washed it, dry it properly to avoid mildew. Use electric dryers if there is less sunlight. Dry it until the moisture level gets to zero. Then apply a protector that does not affect the fabric’s nature. You should seasonally spray all the fabric pieces to raise their life.

Step three;Protection of the frame

The primary causes of damage are the sun, rain and UV radiations. Find an outdoor protector for furniture that negates the negative effects of weather. You can apply it to metal and plastic furniture frames using a paintbrush.

Apply a normal paint for wooden frames. The pigments in the paint will protect the furniture from water and heat. Periodically paint the wooden frames since the paint on the frames withers and chips.Apply the protector in an area that is ventilated using gloves and masks to avoid untoward incidents.

Step four;Make them water and stain resistant

DIYleftfsvdbghfngEven the smallest stain can damage the furniture appeal. So, after every two years apply a water and stain repellant. Water repellant prevents water from getting to the bottom layers of the wood and fastens the process of evaporation. Repellants with high oil content should be avoided.

During periods of extreme conditions, cover the patio furniture with furniture covers that can protect from dust and heat.…