<![CDATA[retiredbrains.com - Blog]]>Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:01:39 -0700EditMySite<![CDATA[How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient?]]>Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:32:56 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/how-to-make-your-home-energy-efficient​We are living in an age dominated by innovations and technology. To live efficiently, you might use smart technologies, transportation, the latest mobile applications, and more. With all these necessities of life, people are looking for different ways that can make their lifestyle more energy-efficient. The truth is people have become more conscious when it comes to consuming energy as it saves them money as well as keep the environment green. Wonder why the majority is not living greener!
Not everyone has taken part in making their living energy efficient where everybody must contribute to it. If we all start making just one eco-friendly change from today, we would meaningfully affect the planet, our communities, and energy bills. As the quote goes like ‘be the change you want to see in the world’. Therefore, if you are willing to bring a small change from your side and want to make your home more energy-efficient, then you have come to the right place. Below in this article, we’ve mentioned a few effective ways that can help you reach your goals. If you are interested in learning about them, read till the end!

Properly Seal and Insulate Your House

The foremost important thing you should do is to improve the insulation in your house. Wondering why? In cold wintertime, if you do not have a good insulation system or properly sealed home, then you are more likely to let out a lot of your heat. As a result, it can cost you a lot of money plus it will be potentially damaging to the environment. Therefore, to prevent such situations, make sure your home is properly insulated. Either you can do this by yourself, or you can get the job done by professionals.

Use Energy Efficient Appliances

We all know for a fact that the appliances we use at home can be detrimental to our environment. While switching to energy-efficient appliances, make sure to choose air conditioner, gas heating system, heat pumps, etc. with the HE logo on them. Such appliances use less energy, which may cost you a significant amount in the beginning but save you money in the long-run. Moreover, these home appliances will have a less negative impact on our planet.

​Replace Incandescent Bulbs

​The average household pays 11% of its energy bill for lighting only. Traditional incandescent bulbs convert around 10% of the energy into light, while the rest 90% becomes heat. However, to resolve this issue, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), halogen bulbs, and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs were introduced. They offered lasting light and are more energy-efficient as compared to old incandescent lights. Moreover, the average home would use over 40 incandescent bulbs, which can result in a significant bill. Therefore, switching to greener lights is the best way to save on hefty electrical bills as they can reduce your energy use by 50% to 75%.

Consider Solar Panels

​What could be a better way to ensure energy-efficient home than installing solar panels. This can be a little expensive option to consider, but if you can afford it, they can be a great investment. Nevertheless, once you have installed them on your rooftop, they will actually cut down on your energy costs and will produce your own electricity. If you really want to save money in the long-run, then this option is something to consider.
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<![CDATA[Essential Coverage Features Every Handyman Liability Insurance Needs to Have]]>Thu, 19 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/essential-coverage-features-every-handyman-liability-insurance-needs-to-haveIf you want to take out handyman liability insurance, then you will know how frustrating the whole process can be. You may feel as though there are just too many options to choose from and that you can’t possibly keep up with them all. Either way, with this guide, you can be sure to find out whatever you need to know.​

What Is Liability Insurance?​

When you take out liability insurance, you will be covered for everything that you could be responsible for. On top of that, you will be covered for events that are out of your control. In other words, if your partner or even an employee happens to be responsible for an accident that causes damage to a third party then you can protect your livelihood. A lot of policies will cover a certain amount as standard. Usually this is between $2000-$2,000,000. The amount that you choose will be completely up to you and sometimes you can even set the terms of your policy too. When you take out this kind of cover, you are essentially going to be covered for any loss of earnings, loss of future earnings or even compensation too. It will also cover you if you have to defend the claim or if you are found to be at fault for any reason at all.

When do you Need Public Liability Insurance?

If you take out handyman liability insurance then you will be covered for a huge number of things. As mentioned above, you will be covered for personal injury to a member of the public or even to a customer. When taking out your policy, you have to make sure that you are covered for injury to the public and injury to the person who you are working for. You should have this type of cover if you are a handyman who deals with any kind of trade, regardless of how much or how little business you have.

What to Look For

If you’re not sure what to look for when taking out your insurance policy then you need to try and look for things such as public liability cover and temporary employees too. When you have this kind of cover, you will usually be covered for a certain amount of people and you will also be covered for a set duration of time too. This is ideal because if you need someone to help you out in a hurry then you don’t need to worry about your liability regarding the situation. You also need to make sure that your policy covers any working partners you have if you are registered as being in a partnership. Cover for your business stock can also be an optional extra too. If you are not sure if your insurance policy has this or not, then you can easily talk to your provider to find out more. This type of cover will protect you if any of your equipment becomes damaged during an accident, involving the public or a third party.
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<![CDATA[Turn Your Home into a Money-Making Machine]]>Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:14:05 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/turn-your-home-into-a-money-making-machineOwning a house is one of the most significant and most exciting accomplishments. However, with all the utilities, property taxes, and mortgage payments you have to make, it starts to feel like a burden really quick. But what if you can turn your home into an income-generating machine that can pay for itself? Here are six ways your home can give you income;

1. Rent to a film company

Film companies are always on the lookout for prime locations to shoot their movies. If your house has that homely feeling or it looks a bit haunted, you could be sitting on a goldmine. According to Locationshub.com, film companies could pay you enough money per day to clear your monthly mortgage payment.

2. Renting out a spare room​

Are your kids off to college? Have you turned your attic or garage into a spare room? You can rent out space rooms to a college or exchange student who will not give you any trouble. Be sure to contact a lawyer for the paperwork and also do your due diligence to ensure they are good people.

​3. Airbnb

Airbnbs are the next best thing after the internet and Uber. The app does all the hard work for you, and all you need is to prepare your home. The great thing about this is that you can rent out a few rooms or the whole house depending on how much they are offering. Use a stamp duty calculator to find out how much money you need to source out. You have to get used to sharing your haven with other people, but it’s worth it at the end of the month.​

4. Rent out your parking space

If you are fortunate enough to have a house near a popular venue and you have ample driveway, you can rent it out as parking. There are plenty of parking apps like JustPark and ParkLee that you can use to advertise your driveway. Be sure to check with the authorities whether it’s legal first.

5. Add a rental suite

​You may not be comfortable sharing your space with some strangers, but you can still have renters if you build a separate rental suite. Make sure the suite is self-contained with a kitchenette, bathroom, and appliances so it can fetch good money. Just like renting your driveway, ensure it’s legal to build a rental suite on your property.

6. Become a gardener

Are you blessed with a big lawn or garden? You can transform it into an organic market where you plant everything from tomatoes, green vegetables, carrots, and fresh herbs. The organic industry has grown in leaps and bounds so your vegetable garden can bring in a good income.
There is no limit to how you can utilize your home to make money. Some people decide to work from home, rent out their garages as storage, and even give out their vast front lawns for events. All you need is a bit of creativity and of course, reading such resources to get ideas.
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<![CDATA[7 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Protect Your Finances in 2019]]>Tue, 10 Sep 2019 17:30:48 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/7-questions-you-need-to-ask-yourself-to-protect-your-finances-in-2019​As we hurtle towards a world of uncertainty after Brexit, now is a good time to check your finances are protected. Ask yourself the following questions right now:

1. Are you saving for a rainy day?

Let's face it, we have plenty of rainy days ahead, literally and metaphorically. If the economy shrinks, pay rises won't keep up with inflation, and the cost of living will increase. If you have savings, check they are they protected - 96% of UK savings accounts are protected by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme). For the best protection, save no more than £83,000 per institution (the extra £2,000 allows room for interest as the upper compensation limit is £85,000 per institution). If you don't have savings, it's never too late to begin. You can start small with an app that rounds up your purchases to the next pound and deposits the difference in a savings account.

2. Are you repaying your debts in the best order?

​Repay your highest interest debts first, with credit cards and loans always taking priority over student loans. This will save you money in the long run rather than paying higher interest on larger amounts. If your debts are interest-free or have similar interest rates, repay the smallest ones first so you have fewer separate debts (and see results more quickly). Also check when any promotional interest-free rates run out on credit cards or if there are any charges for repaying loans early.

3. Do you check your finances daily?

​Getting into a daily habit of checking your account could reap rewards (especially if you replace your daily coffee habit with it). The sooner you spot any fraudulent transactions (e.g. if your debit card has been cloned and £500 blown on a designer watch), the more likely your bank will repay it. Most people have heard of credit scores; you can find out yours for free then work on improving it if it's not where you want it to be.

4. Could you have a mis-sold pension?

Hot on the heels of the PPI scandal is the mis-sold pension scandal with compensation payouts reaching £40m in 2018. Seek independent advice on your pension and get claims advice now, in case you are one of the growing number of people who were poorly advised by unscrupulous financial advisers.

​5. Have you updated your budget lately?

Our lives can change very quickly. It pays to update your budget regularly and live by the 50-30-20 rule (50% of your income allocated to bills, groceries, commuting etc; 30% on fun and frivolities; 20% in savings, debt repayment or and investments). Also check your direct debits in case there are any that could be cancelled (cough *the gym* cough).

​6. Are you about to buy a house?

If you're considering getting on the property ladder or remortgaging, consider a ten-year fixed rate mortgage. With the economy teetering on the brink of instability, spending a little more in terms of interest could reap rewards in terms of long-term security.

7. Have you consulted an independent financial advisor?

​Although there are apps for this, it's still worthwhile seeking advice from an actual human being (preferably a certified independent financial advisor), especially if you have any big life changes on the horizon such as moving in together, buying property, marriage, children etc. They can conduct a financial health check and advise on protecting your assets and investments. You can also get claims advice and expertise on wills. Some workplaces offer this service for free; make sure you take advantage if they do.
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<![CDATA[Yoga for Writers: How Can it Help You Write Better?]]>Fri, 06 Sep 2019 15:57:51 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/yoga-for-writers-how-can-it-help-you-write-better
​In recent times, yoga became a fashionable trend. Year after year it becomes a hobby for more and more people. Nowadays, there are many various directions, specialized centers, schools, and coaches of this hobby. Anyone can choose something suitable for him or her.

PaperCheap professional authors who practice yoga for more than two years think this popularity growth to be legit and definitely not accidental. The point is about the physical and mental effect a new hobby can cause. This article appeared after the careful analysis of our authors' personal experience. They said the impact is, without doubt, tremendous.

Usually, when they write or say about the usefulness of yoga, they mean its effect on the physical health first of all. It is the fact that nobody should doubt. We know many people who used ancient Indian exercises and principles to recover after serious diseases or injuries. Nevertheless, yoga exercises can bring another value. People know much less about it. The mental effect is the aspect able to help writers improve their skill.

Actually, many newbie adepts or those who only plan to start exercising don’t even try thinking about the mental usefulness of yoga. Particularly writers lose a lot when avoiding this kind of activity. The article below will explain why the Indian practice is useful, and how exactly it brings its value.

Yoga Lets Writers Feel Well

Any correct physical exercise improves your general physical shape. For writers to be productive and creative, it is essential to have a good mood, to maintain positivity, and to feel healthy. Yoga is one of the best activities text authors can find to give them that wanted confidence.

After the writer starts practicing yoga, even such elementary things like breathing or walking begin to bring the feeling of harmony and happiness. Those are important for writers to remain inspired. You will feel your body becoming light and easy to move. There won't be the overtiredness or low energy feeling. Instead, correct exercises can charge you with that energy dose needed to live and to work on your texts creatively. Besides, after every yoga session, you'll notice it's easier to think and generate ideas.

When practicing exercises regularly, writers sooner or later will get used to feeling themselves cheerful and full of life energy. Through moderate efforts and some time spent for yoga, writers can gain the way to add some creativity and enthusiasm to their work. As a result, they write better texts.

Yoga Teaches Writers to Relax

The skill of relaxation (the ability to relax physically) is essentially crucial for any person. It is especially useful for writers, as relaxation is one of the main methods to prevent stress and negative emotions it causes. When having relaxation skills, writers can calm down quickly with a conscious effort. As a result, you prevent stress from exhausting your physical and mental resources. You also can prepare yourself to work with text or to go through any stressful situation without actually feeling depressed or anxious. 
Without the relaxation skill, the writer can be unprotected from stressful factors attacking them during their job and life activities both from the inside and outside.

When practicing yoga, writers or any other people can consciously learn how to stay comforted and relaxed. There is an opinion that the ability to remain in relaxation and comfort, even in the most "uncomfortable" yoga pose will then reflect on your everyday life and professional activities. You'll stay calm, comfortable, and relaxed, even in the most robust life situations.

Yoga Lets You Be Conscious About Your Body

As a writer, have you ever thought about how vital the health of your fingers is for your work? Your typing and writing speed depends on your hands entirely. Do you take care of your high-priority instruments as intended?

Try asking a modern human where his or her "self" lives. Most probably, they'll point at their head. And if you ask some aborigine tribe members from Africa, Australia or Amazonia about it, they will look at their stomach.

The trouble of the modern human is that they live "by their head" and "from their head." They perceive their body as a useful but still secondary attribute which “fails” at the most unsuitable moments. 
Yes, unfortunately, writers and other people try to pay attention to their body only when it's something wrong about it. And while it functions normally, they don't care about it at all. They dive into thoughts, memories, plans, and worries. See? People concentrate on their head.

So, here is the point. When exercising yoga, writers are to be concentrated on their body. Otherwise, nothing will be done as required. Practice makes you pay attention to your body and be careful about it during the entire training session. It’s the only way to succeed in yoga.

How is it useful for writers? Through yoga exercises, you can learn how to perceive, feel, and "hear" your body. It develops your ability to notice and understand the body, muscle memory, and experience. As a result, writers know how to sit in the right pose while working. Additionally, fiction writers can use this knowledge to describe their characters in details to add truth to their stories.

Yoga Keeps the Writer’s Mind Calm

A usual person’s state of mind can be compared with a candle flame in the wind. It is very unstable, chaotically running around because of various inner and outer factors. An average human can’t control or even notice them.

And this chaotic state of mind is the frequent reason for writers to do their job poorly. It is why people suffer and feel unsatisfied on purpose. When you try to protect your mind from "hostile" winds and "stabilize" its flame, your job and the whole life will become different. Most likely, it will turn into a calmer, more conscious, and happy process.

The main goal of yoga is essential for text authors. This practice aims towards calming your mind down, preventing your thoughts from wandering. First of all, it is not a complex of funny and useful physical exercises though most people understand it only at that level.

Yoga is the method of turning people into calmer, more balanced, and forceful personalities. It teaches you not only to generate and store energy but to use it with much higher efficiency.

People say that the best way to make sure about something is to check personally. Try making a conscious choice and practice yoga for at least three months regularly. Sooner or later, you'll start noticing positive effects stated above in this article. After that, you won't even choose whether to practice yoga or not in the future.

By the way, writers should pay special attention to their skills. Balanced, conscious, and attentive persons naturally write much better texts.
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<![CDATA[Three Reasons to Buy Your Own Memorial Stone]]>Tue, 27 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/three-reasons-to-buy-your-own-memorial-stonePeople planning their own funerals has become quite a trend. There’s a feeling that the burden of grief on your nearest and dearest when you pass away is more than enough for them to cope with. Having to organise a funeral is something they could do without.

But what about taking things to the next logical step and buying your own memorial stone before you die? In many ways, this is actually a more sensible idea than pre-planning a funeral. While you might be able to write an order of service for yourself and pay for a funeral director’s services, what you can’t do in life is book a venue for a wake and send out invitations. There’s still plenty for your loved ones to do.

Pre-ordering a memorial stone, on the other hand, is far more straightforward. You can commission a headstone or plaque at any time, and it can either be made in advance and kept in storage, or you can arrange for the mason to make it when they get notification from your relatives.

So, what are the benefits?

Ease the financial burden on your relatives

​Memorial stones don’t come cheap. Many people worry that the cost of a funeral alone will put their family under duress - a key reason why they choose to pay for a funeral service themselves in advance. Throw in a headstone or memorial plaque, and expenses do start to mount up.

If you have expressed your wish to be buried, or you’d like a commemorative plaque to be put up at a crematorium or some other special place, you may feel it’s your responsibility to help out to see that your wishes can be fulfilled. Paying for your own memorial stone, whether commissioning it yourself or leaving funds for the purpose, is certainly one way you can make sure your family is not left in a difficult predicament.

​Get the memorial you really want

​Another key reason why you might choose to buy your own memorial is to ensure you get something to your tastes. Some people might argue that, once you’re gone, you’re no longer in a position for such things to bother you. But for others, the idea of having a legacy they approve of is important. In fact, to some people, just knowing what kind of memorial will be left in their name is enough to inspire them to commission their own.

It might be that you have a very specific type of design in mind. It might be that you are very taken with a particular material - a rare coloured marble or granite, perhaps. It might be that you have strong feelings, one way or the other, about religious symbolism. Or you could really want your name to be associated in perpetuity with a favourite poem or quotation which you would like engraved on your memorial. All of these are good reasons to set out to get the monument you would like.

Choose the right place for your memorial

There are stories of grief-stricken family members facing the frustration and indignity of having memorials they have already paid for refused by the cemetery where their loved one is interred. There are no definitive rules and regulations for what you can and cannot have on a gravestone, it depends on each individual location. Suffice to say, some places are more conservative than others. If you have your heart set on being buried in your local churchyard, but also have an unusual idea in mind for a memorial stone, then it is worth you taking the initiative and finding out what is and isn’t allowed. If you really have your heart set on a particular monument or inscription, then it might be necessary to seek an alternative option for where it could be located.

Kenward & Son is a family-run firm of monumental & architectural stone masons based in West London. To find out more, visit our site here.
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<![CDATA[A Guide To Equity Release]]>Mon, 26 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/a-guide-to-equity-releaseYou might think that the only way to access the capital in your home is to move. This isn’t the case. Another option you could explore is equity release. With equity release, you can free up capital in your property without selling.

What Is Equity?

Equity is the amount of money your home is worth minus the mortgage that is left to pay. So, if you have a home that has a market value of £300,000 and you still have £50,000 left to pay on your mortgage, your equity would be £250,000. You could also have a secured loan on the home which would reduce your level of equity further.

There is a range of different plans that will ensure you can release cash.  You can either take out a loan that is secured against your property. Or, you can sell part of your home. Regardless of which plan you choose, you will be able to continue to live in your home up until you pass away or move into permanent care.

How Is The Cash Provided To You?

The cash from equity release can be provided as either a lump sum or through instalments. The option you choose here will depend on your individual needs. Crucially, there are no set rules on how you spend this cash. For instance, you could use it to make renovations on the property. Or, you might want to use it for a holiday. The choice is entirely up to you.

However, you will need to use it to pay off an existing mortgage first. Once you have done this, you can spend the rest however you want and the sum is tax-free.

How Much Equity Can You Release?

​You will usually be able to release between 20 and 50% of the equity on your home. However, the exact amount will depend on both your personal circumstances and your age. Use this equity release calculator from Lending Expert to get an exact quote.

There are two different types of equity release plans:

​Lifetime mortgage - With this option, you can borrow some of the home’s value with a capped or fixed interest rate. Since no repayments are made, the money that you owe increases all the time. However, some drawdown versions will allow you to pay back the interest, thus reducing the cost.

Home Reversion Plan - This provides a tax-free lump for a percentage of the home below market value. You will be able to continue to live in the home rent-free. When it is sold, the proceeds split based on how much the lender now owns and you own. If the property rises in value, the amount the lender gets also rises.

How Much Does Equity Release Cost?

Lifetime mortgage equity releases are usually around 5%. There are also arrangement fees which may be between £15000 and £3000. This will depend on your individual plan. Other fees including legal work and application costs.

We hope this helps you understand what equity release is and how it could benefit you. Remember to explore a range of different plans on the market before committing to a company providing this option.
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<![CDATA[5 Ways to Create a Passive Income in Retirement]]>Mon, 12 Aug 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/5-ways-to-create-a-passive-income-in-retirementIf done right, passive income can match or even surpass your pre-retirement income. Like a seed planted at the right time, passive income only requires a small amount of concentrated work to get you a big return.

Sound interesting?

If you’re retired or soon to be retired, here are the best 5 ways to develop passive income so you can keep a high standard of living well through your golden years.

#1: Loan Money Via Peer-to-Peer Lending

​Yes, the idea with passive income is to make money and not give it away, but when you loan money through peer-to-peer lending, you get a return on your investment the same as banks do.

People who take out money through peer-to-peer lenders are usually turned away from banks because they don’t qualify (meaning they have no to low credit). They need independent lenders to get their project off the ground.

The returns usually aren’t huge (say around 5%), but it’s still an easy way to make a few bucks.

#2: Rent Out Space in Your Home

Though the thought of renting out a spare room in your house or the second floor of your finished garage may put you on your back foot, renting is an excellent way to make easy money.

You have two options when it comes to renting: Long term versus short term renting.

Long Term Renting

Long term renting is more hands-on at first. Initial work solely revolves around getting the space ready. You’ll want to paint the walls if they’re looking faded, and may even want to consider furnishing it. To advertise it, you will have to post the space online at a site such as Craigslist or through your local newspaper. Because it’s a long-term situation, you will definitely want to interview the potential tenant to make sure you two are a good fit with one another.

If it sounds like a lot of work at first, it is, but after you’re through it’s easy money month to month.

Short Term Renting

Short term rentals take just as much staging in the beginning, but you don’t have to do any background checks. And when we say short term, we mean it: only one night to a few weeks. To find tenants for short term rentals, the best route is to use sites such as Airbnb, VRBO, or FlipKey. These sites do all of the background checks for you, and each time a guest stays at someone else’s house, that owner leaves him or her a review. So if you don’t like what you see, you can simply hit decline when they request to stay with you.

Short term rentals require small amounts of work each time someone stays with you. This means you’ll need to clean up after them by sweeping the floors, wiping the counters, taking out the trash and changing the linens.

#3 Invest in a Turnkey Rental

Turnkey properties are sold ready to rent, so nothing has to be done to them to make them move-in ready. The only things you need to do are purchase the property and find a management company.

Management companies take care of maintenance and tenant placement so that you don’t have to do anything. Just know that every service they provide comes with a fee, which will eat into your monthly ROI. Because of this, do your research, read reviews of past users (at sites such as Bigger Pockets) and go over the fine print to find the best management company that has your best interests in mind.

#4 Purchase Dividend Stock

Dividend income comes from stocks you have purchased. It’s money that is deposited straight to your bank account every quarter because you are a shareholder of the stock.

With any type of stock purchase, you’ll want to do your research. You don’t want stocks that may only perform well for the next couple of years. You want stocks with reliable and consistent stock so that you can rely on money for years and years.

Though dividend-paying stocks require an up-front investment, they can provide consistent cash-flow.

#5: Purchase an Existing Business

When purchasing a business these days, you have two options: purchase an existing brick-and-mortar business or an online business. Before you do either, you definitely want to sit down and have a hard look at the financials with a certified accountant.

As with all passive income options, you want to purchase a business that will give you passive income that is easy and reliable. Strong brick-and-mortar options are laundromats, gas stations, and fast-food restaurants. Though they don’t sound like million-dollar ideas, they’re businesses that, no matter what time of year, are busy every day of the week.

Online businesses, on the other hand, can be very diverse, so you’ll want to take your time to choose the best one. There are literally thousands of options to choose from. You can buy online businesses at places like Biz Buy Sell or Exchange. The businesses are usually sold by people who are simply looking to move on.

Obviously, when you buy a business, that business is going to take day-to-day care and handling. Though it will eat into your monthly cash flow, you’ll want to find someone to manage it for you if it requires a lot of up-keep. No matter which option you choose to go with, brick-and-mortar versus online, you’ll need to understand the market and the daily/ monthly requirements first before you buy. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as simply writing a check and watching the money come in!

Invest in What Excites You the Most

Even though the idea is to keep a distance from your passive income projects, you’ll have more success if you choose something that energizes your brain. And for real success, don’t simply rely on one course of action. You’ll want to have multiple passive income streams if you truly want to be financially free.

Luke is a writer and editor based out of Los Angeles. He specializes in finance, as well as health and wellness. In his free time, he enjoys watching Astros baseball. You can find him on LinkedIn.
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<![CDATA[The benefits of cosmetic dentistry and dental tourism]]>Wed, 24 Jul 2019 19:33:05 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/the-benefits-of-cosmetic-dentistry-and-dental-tourism​Have you ever dreamed of a Hollywood smile? Would you like to know the secrets behind a perfect smile? It is time to find out the benefits of cosmetic dentistry and to see what option fits most to your needs.

Dental implants for persons suffering from tooth loss

The dental implants are recommended for a patient who, from varied reasons, suffered from tooth loss. Nobody wants an unattractive smile and luckily, today’s technology in cosmetic dentistry allows anyone to repair his/her denture with the help of dental implants. These can be endosteal dental implants composed of a cylinder inserted in a jawbone and the artificial tooth placed above. The advantage is that a dental implant is custom made so there is no need to worry whether it fits among healthy teeth or not. Patients can ask for one or more dental implants, depending on their problems, the rate of success being quite stunning.

Reshaping the teeth

Cosmetic dentistry is ideal for those looking to correct the shape and the position of the teeth. After a complete verification of the denture, a tooth reshaping procedure can be recommended, in order to re-model the problematic teeth. The main benefit is that the changes are instantly visible, and besides that, you can also receive additional procedures like teeth whitening or dental veneers. Your dentist will know what’s best for you and what kind of procedures are necessary for creating a correct and beautiful smile.

Dental veneers for a perfect smile

​Dental veneers represent in many cases the secret of a beautiful and perfect smile, especially among Hollywood stars. These tiny pieces of porcelain are placed right on the teeth with the help of a solid adhesive. Such a dental procedure is recommended for patients with chipped, discolored or cracked teeth, the result being quite impressive.

The dental tourism and its advantages

Dental tourism is not just a phenomenon that developed in the past decades. People looking for complete medical services, at reasonable prices, had to travel to other countries or continents and ask for all sorts of cures and treatments, way back in history. This is, in short terms, how the dental tourism appeared, highlighting the fact that countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia, Germany, UK, France or Switzerland are today’s important destinations that offer complete facilities and excellent medical conditions at high standards. The dentistry developed quite fast in recent years and people can benefit from a series of non-invasive treatments. Even 3D dental implants are now available for anyone wanting to improve his/her smile and get out of a dental office with the confidence they’ve always wanted.

As a short conclusion, the benefits of cosmetic dentistry and medical tourism are enormous and that because anyone can achieve the dreamed smile by paying for quality medical services and taking advantage of affordable prices.
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<![CDATA[How to Sort out your Financial Strategy as a New Parent]]>Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/how-to-sort-out-your-financial-strategy-as-a-new-parentIf you're an expectant parent, you've probably thought about all of the things you need to plan for - a nursery, the child's college fund, and the various expenses involved with having and raising a baby. In the US, it's not just paying for food and extra accessories that parents have to worry about, but the actual cost of having a child in a hospital too.
Just getting a safe delivery sorted out for your bundle of joy can cost thousands. It's no surprise that countless parents find themselves worrying about how they're going to make ends meet.
The good news is that if the idea of parenting expenses has you overwhelmed, there are a few things you can do to get your strategy back on track. Here's what you need to do to prepare for the financial side of becoming a mother or father.

Design a Personal Budget

The easiest way to upgrade your saving strategy instantly when you're becoming a parent, is to start with a household budget. This is how you make sure you know how much money you're spending each month, and how much you're earning. The more you know about where your cash is going, the easier it will be to identify areas where you can start to save.
Your budget will also allow you to become more aware of your trigger areas. For instance, if you're the kind of person that buys a lot of food but also throws a lot of it away, you'll learn how to make sure that you always go shopping with a list to keep waste to a minimum.

Go Online to Reduce Monthly Expenses

With your budget in hand, you'll have a crucial tool you can use to begin cutting your monthly expenses. You should be able to save on things like entertainment and utilities fairly easily, by looking for free things to do in your spare time. However, other expenses can be more difficult to deal with. For instance, you might be wondering how you're going to cut the costs of your insurance bills or personal loan repayments.
The good news is that the internet can help with more than you might think. Online comparison websites allow you to check the deals you can get on everything from your health insurance, to your loans, so you're always paying the least you can on monthly costs. The less you have going out each month, the more you have to spend on your new baby.

Create an Emergency Savings Account

​Although there's a lot of things to pay for when you decide to have a baby, including healthcare, cribs, and food, you can't afford to forget about savings too. Ultimately, you're going to need an emergency savings account now more than ever. This will be the money you can use to tide you over if your maternity pay isn't enough, or you're struggling with just one income when maternity is over.
To make the most out of your emergency savings account, try living on just a single income for the nine months leading up to your due date. This will be tough at first, but it will help you to see whether you can afford for only one parent to go back to work after the birth. It will also mean that you have more money to spend when your child arrives.

Look for Places to Reduce Discretionary Spending

One of the easiest areas to cut costs in when you're expecting a new child is discretionary spending. Now that you're becoming a mother or father, you should be able to see that you can't always afford to go out to movies with friends or pay for an expensive dinner. Instead, you might need to think about finding some less expensive ways to spend your free time.
Consider going for a walk around your neighborhood to burn off some extra energy or cuddle up on the couch with a Netflix show. Having fun doesn't have to cost a fortune these days. If you want to catch up with friends, invite them for a meal at your place rather than going out.

Don't Overspend on Baby Buys

Finally, remember that you don't necessarily need to spend a fortune on your new bundle of joy. There's no point in buying shoes for a newborn who is probably never going to wear them. Additionally, there's a good chance you can rely on friends and family members to overwhelm you with gifts like free clothing and toys when you're expecting too. 
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<![CDATA[Non-Physical Health Symptoms You Need to Pay Attention To]]>Fri, 19 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/non-physical-health-symptoms-you-need-to-pay-attention-toHealth is a big deal, but people will often ignore health warning symptoms and put off going to the doctor as long as possible. It may be because they don’t have the money for a checkup, they don’t want to deal with any health problem and don’t have to if they don’t know what’s going on, or they don’t realize that they’re experiencing symptoms of underlying health problems. Some symptoms are not always easy to recognize, especially as people begin to age and get used to aches, pains, and creaks that never used to be there before. It’s important to pay attention to your body and what it’s trying to tell you about your health through various symptoms, though.

Although many people think of symptoms of health problems as being physical, (such as pain), there are many non-physical symptoms of health problems that you need to watch out for as well. Although some symptoms may not be indicative of serious, underlying health issues, certain or recurring symptoms should be checked out right away

​Trouble Sleeping

Findings show that approximately 25 percent of Americans suffer from acute insomnia each year. The good news is, around 75 percent of those are able to recover without developing chronic insomnia. Still, if you’re having trouble sleeping even just for one night, it can drastically affect your day. If you find yourself having trouble sleeping for more than just a few nights in a row, your body may be trying to tell you something. You should discuss the issue with your doctor since it can affect you in many aspects of everyday life and could be indicative of an underlying issue.

​Tiredness

​According to a poll by Amerisleep, nearly 52 percent of respondents confessed that they had taken a nap while at work. Everyone gets tired now and again and may be in need of a nap or two, especially as they get older; if you’re having sleeping trouble, then tiredness and fatigue during the day are no surprise. But if you find yourself feeling excessively tired, it would be a good idea to discuss it with your doctor since tiredness can be an indicator of certain health problems.

Brain Fog

Brain fog is something that you may have experienced every now and again, perhaps when you’ve had a lot on your mind or if you haven’t been getting enough sleep, but if you find yourself having a hard time remembering things, thinking clearly, etc., then you should discuss the matter with your doctor. Brain fog and depression can go hand in hand, and it can be a symptom of something other than a long day or sleepless night.

Excessive Worry/Anxiety

Most people can agree that they worry more than they need to, but just knowing that doesn’t necessarily make the worries easier to deal with or make it easier to stop worrying. While it’s natural to worry about finances, your family, and other aspects of life, excessive worrying and even anxiety—especially when they manifest consistently—could be symptoms of underlying an underlying condition. If you are worrying about things excessively or that you don’t need to worry about and are finding yourself experiencing anxiety, especially if it’s for no reason, you should talk to your doctor to look into possible causes so that you can get the help and treatment that you need.

Unexplained Mood Swings

There are a lot of different factors that can affect your mood—even food can affect how you feel. While it may be normal to experience minor mood swings during the day, if you’re having unexplained, dramatic mood swings and find yourself swinging a lot, then it is a good idea to talk with your doctor. There are some things that would definitely justify some changes in mood, but if you’re finding yourself extra irritable or sad, your body could be letting you know that there’s something going on that you may not already be aware of.

In Conclusion

Good health is important so it’s imperative that you pay attention to your body and are aware of the symptoms that it shows so that you can get the treatment that you need and avoid potential illnesses and issues becoming worse than they already may be. In some cases, the body may even show symptoms that aren’t physical at all and may let you know of issues by giving you brain fog, mood swings, or even make it difficult for you to sleep. While many symptoms are normal when experienced every now and again and do not indicate an underlying issue, if you’ve noticed them persisting or are ever concerned about a symptom, it’s important to see your doctor right away.

Are there any other non-physical health symptoms you would recommend watching out for?
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<![CDATA[Things that Ruin Romance]]>Wed, 17 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/things-that-ruin-romance​The flame of love may fade at any stage of the relationship. Some kill it on their first date, others pull off three or four, and some begin self-sabotage once things get serious. For most individuals, the longer the relationship lasts the harder it is to overcome the eventual failure. However, there are commonalities that should be spotted and avoided at all costs.
If you have not found love, this article could help you realize the flaws that made your past experience unpleasant. Relationships are never smooth from start to finish. If you would like to know more about Russian brides, check out the beauties you can find here in our database of candidates. Love can find you anywhere, but internet-assisted dating is the most convenient way to find it. 

First date errors 

1. Oversharing

​Some candidates rush right to the subject of marriage after the first 15 minutes. Do not pressure the potential soulmate to discuss family life scenarios. During the first few dates, they will not want to hear about your plans for childbirth, your endless battles with anxiety or abusive family background. It should be an introductory period allowing you to learn more about one another, but the information you share must be positive and relevant. Do not turn it into a stress test to see if the person can withstand your emotional imperfections and past flaws.

2. Being opinionated

​Of course, we all have the right to form our own opinions on religion, politics and everything else. But should you always express them straight away? Unless you meet at some rally of religious gathering, try to remain neutral. Do not express any strong judgments if they can potentially spark a conflict or offend the candidate. Keep the conversation light.

3. Bringing up your ex

​Nobody wants to hear horror stories about your aggressive/abusive/unfaithful ex-partner. You have to focus on the present and the future. Those who live in the past are hardly ready to start a new romance, and it is exactly what the other person will think. Such behavior communicates your inability to get over your past failures and to emotionally disconnect from your previous lover completely. Besides, who wants to feel like a psychoanalyst on their first date?

​4. Being desperate

if your first date seems to have gone well, it is not an excuse to get obsessive. Make a few calls or leave a few messages here and there, but never let this feel like bombarding. Say something along the lines of “I was really enjoying the time spent with you yesterday, and I think you are awesome”. Frequent attempts to connect will only convey your own insecurity and neediness, which is a turnoff.
​Many things may ruin a seemingly perfect couple even after years or decades together. For love-seekers, first dates are the first essential stage in bonding. Do not let it go awry by falling victim to these common mistakes.
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<![CDATA[Why More Seniors Need to Plan Their Estate Before Retirement]]>Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/why-more-seniors-need-to-plan-their-estate-before-retirementYou’re nearing a new milestone in your life. Retirement is something most older adults dream of. The day they can stop working so hard and simply enjoy the fruits of their labor. Spending more time with family, starting passion projects, traveling, and enjoying their days is at the forefront of their minds. While these are all great things to look forward to, living out your best years won’t be as enjoyable if you haven’t properly prepared.

By this point, it is likely that you’ve accumulated some sort of savings, invested in your retirement account, and perhaps even started reducing your debts so you can live comfortably. Yet, have you given any thought to what will occur should something happen to you? As you get older the risk for serious health problems, injuries, and even death are more likely. Though it’s not something you really want to ponder on too long, it’s best to deal with matters while you’re in good health.

Estate planning is an essential process that seniors should consider before retiring. Working with a firm like Lawyer in Blue Jeans Estate Planning can help you in the areas listed below:

Passing Down Financial Assets

Though you hope you have many years ahead of you in retirement, you simply can’t predict the future. An estate planning attorney can work with you to ensure you have the proper paperwork in place to pass down your financial assets to your surviving loved ones. Here are some ways they help you transfer assets after your passing:
  • Drafting a will - Many people die without having a will in place. This means that their assets will go through the probate process. The courts ultimately decide who gets what. A will, however, eliminates the need for probate and gives your loved ones the access they’re entitled to. 
  • Updating Beneficiaries - From your life insurance policies to your retirement and bank accounts, most financial institutions require you to designate a beneficiary who would receive the funds in the event you pass away. Most people apply for these accounts decades ago and have no idea where their money is going. An estate planning attorney can collect all account information to disclose beneficiaries and help you take the necessary steps to update as you see fit. 
  • Creating a Trust - A trust is another avenue individuals can take to pass down their assets. It allows you to transfer all of your assets into a trust and manage them while living. You appoint a trustee, who, after you’ve passed will be responsible for making sure each surviving relative gets what you asked for. It too keeps you out of probate court and can save you money on estate taxes.

Planning for Future Care

Right now, you’re in decent health and ready to experience retirement, but who is to say that will be the case in a few years? When you plan your estate prior to retirement, however, you give yourself an opportunity to make arrangements for your care when you’re unable to make decisions for yourself. 
  •  Living Wills - A living will is simply instructions on how you wish to be cared for. Should you get sent to the emergency room for an extreme condition, the will can outline whether or not you wish to be revived at all costs. Essentially, it serves as a guide for healthcare providers. An estate planning attorney can work with you to ensure you have a living will in place that best spells out your wishes in the event that you’re unable to speak for yourself (like in the event of a stroke or other disability).
  • Healthcare Proxies - If you should suffer a stroke that leaves you unable to speak for yourself, who will be there to ensure that you’re cared for as you want? Healthcare proxies are people you appoint to speak on your behalf about any and all matters relating to your medical care. Even if this person is your spouse, having it documented will make things easier going forward.
  • Power of Attorney - If you’re sick or disabled you’re also not capable of making financial decisions. If you plan your estate before retirement, you can appoint someone to take care of financial matters for you. They can have access to your financial accounts to pay medical expenses, household expenses, and more.
If you really want to retire and enjoy yourself, it is important to get the hard stuff out of the way first. Having an estate plan ensures that you have all the necessary documents in place to secure your future and the future of those you love. An estate planning attorney, as you can see from above, can be very instrumental in making sure that you’ve dotted all your eyes and crossed all your tees.
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<![CDATA[Dementia: what’s the best way forward?]]>Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/dementia-whats-the-best-way-forward​Dementia is a horrible, cruel disease. We hear horror stories on a regular basis, through soaps on TV, magazines, and through friends and family. However, there are ways to make dementia that little bit easier on all affected by it. We share some of our top tips to help you all move forward in the best possible way.

Keep your cool

It is really easy to become frustrated and raise your voice when you are feeling that way. This response to forgetfulness or repetition will not do anyone any good. Try to remember that annoying you is never the intention. Responding to something negative in a negative way will not produce a positive outcome. Remain calm, in control, and loving.

Socialise

Dementia can make the individual feel as though they are losing their identity. Doing things to allow them to have fun and meet others, potentially in the same position, is really important. Some areas have memory clinics or cafes where both patients and carers are able to meet up with others. However, it is important not to restrict outings solely to activities linked to this disease. Continue going to church each Sunday, if that is what used to happened, and take the grandkids to the park. For as long as possible, try to maintain some sort of normality. For the person with dementia, everything will have been tipped on its head. A familiar routine can stop things feeling quite so daunting.

Focus on health

For some people, the diagnosis of dementia can prompt an ‘I give up’ attitude. It is important to encourage the opposite. Focusing on positive physical and mental health is vital. Walks in the countryside or a swim at a local pool are great options. Cutting back on smoking and drinking, plus making sure they have a balanced diet are all things that will help stay healthy.

Plan for the future

​Living for the moment is great and encouraged. However, it is also imperative that you do think ahead to the time when current care is no longer suitable and sufficient. As much as we may feel that on our own, we are able to meet the needs of our loved ones, that can’t always be the case. Other members of your family, friends and professionals can be there to help. Just don’t feel as though you are failing by asking for assistance. It will help you avoid burnout and to maintain a closer, more positive relationship. Whether you choose a Senior Care Center or hire nurses to come into your home to supplement the care already being given, research your options carefully before finalizing anything.

Trigger memories

​Photographs are a great way to trigger memories. They don’t always work, but it is nice to sit down and share an album together. Moreover, music can really enhance life for everyone. Putting your friend or relative’s all-time favorite songs onto an MP3 player or even a CD could prove a real hit. Music brings joy to so many people and you could be doing just that for your loved one.
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<![CDATA[How Much Financial Support Should You Give Your Adult Children]]>Wed, 10 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/how-much-financial-support-should-you-give-your-adult-children​This is a very important and also current question. We hear of ‘The Bank Of Mum & Dad’ all the time, but is this really the reality for most families. Do you do it, should you do it and can you even afford to do it? I’m sure we all want the best for our children but how far should that go and when is it appropriate and when should they fend for themselves. You will no doubt want to leave money long term for your children and providing support will actually be more tax efficient than inheritance later on.

When Young Adults

​I think most of us would agree that when the children are going through that difficult transition between childhood and adulthood then we should be there for them. I think it’s extremely rare for a child to hit the age of 16 and be sent out to fend for themselves. So usually we would provide a roof over their head between their teens and early twenties before thinking about asking them to move on. We even hear of some households where grown up kids in their 30s and 40s still have never left home, this is where you really should consider strongly encouraging a bit of independence.

Help With College Or University

If they have chosen to attend college or university then many parents feel a duty to support them through this time. But what level of support is appropriate, if you can afford it should you pay all of their rent and living expenses, this might be a big help but then does having to earn at least some of their keep not teach them valuable life lessons? It’s probably best to strike a balance here.

​For The Deposit On A House

This is a big one, we hear of many young people struggling to get on the property ladder. It’s common now to need a 10% deposit or more in some circumstances. You can help them out with this or even provide help by way of a shared ownership mortgage, this way helping them out without actually making it a handout.

To Help Get Out Of Financial Difficulty

​Here is a tricky one and it is often the one that can cause most upset and thought for parents. If they have made big financial mistakes is it appropriate to bail them out? On one hand you don’t want them getting in a downward spiral of debts, bad credit and money issues but on the other if they get a bail out will they have learned the lesson of how to manage their money? Tread carefully here and if you do choose to help out make it very clear it is a one off and they need to alter the behavior that got them there.

For The Grand-Children

​Saving the best until last and that’s why I’ve left writing about the grand-children to the very end. If you are lucky enough to be furnished with grand-children then, of course, go on and spoil them, that’s your right and role as a grandparent.
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<![CDATA[Resources for Staying Happy and Healthy in Your Golden Years]]>Mon, 01 Jul 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/resources-for-staying-happy-and-healthy-in-your-golden-years​Aging isn’t supposed to be a part of life that’s feared. In fact, to make it to your golden years used to be looked at as an honor. It signifies that you’ve lived long, experienced a lot, and have a lot of memories to show for it. Now that your children are grown and the 9 to 5 grind is behind you, it’s time to enjoy and experience life from a whole new perspective.

While some believe that becoming a senior means that you’re doomed to fall ill or develop a disease that puts them in the nursing home, the truth is lots of seniors live long, happy, and prosperous life. All it takes is sound decision-making and the right resources.

Natural Supplements

Whether you have a vitamin D deficiency or are struggling with pain management, taking too many medications and unhealthy over-the-counter solutions can have adverse side effects. This, in turn, reduces your quality of life. So, whenever possible, talk with your doctor about using an alternative but natural supplements to treat certain health issues.

They can answer questions like what is willow bark and how does it help to treat pain? Or which are the best dietary supplements to take to boost iron and calcium levels. Either way, the more all-natural alternative solutions you can use, the better it is for your overall health and wellness.

Technological Healthcare Solutions

​When it comes to senior care, there are proactive healthcare solutions on the market that have been proven to make their lives easier. Such technologies can be used on the go or installed in the house to help keep seniors happy, healthy, and safe. These systems can be instrumental in monitoring daily activities, recording vitals, and generating reports for caretakers and healthcare providers. They’re also ideal for reporting emergencies like slip and falls, heart attacks, or strokes which could essentially save lives.

Community Centers

Staying active and social is vital for seniors both physically and mentally. Visiting a local senior community center or program on a weekly basis is an effective way to stay in touch and in shape. Many of these community centers serve meals, host games, and even encourage fitness for seniors with trained instructors that visit regularly. Find out where the nearest community center is as well as potential transportation for getting around and remain active in your neighborhood.

Meal Delivery Services

Nutrition is important at any age, but as you get older your body starts to lose some of its efficiency. This means that seniors need to make sure they’re consuming well-balanced meals on a daily basis. For seniors who are homebound and unable to get around well, there are government funded meal delivery programs available. You can get fresh hot meals delivered to your house on a regular basis to ensure you’re getting the proper nutrition.

For seniors who are able-bodied and can still carry out daily functions like cooking, there are meal delivery services online you can sign up for. These services drop off pre-packed, prepped, fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes so you can make your own nutritious meals at home.

Your golden years are meant to be enjoyed. You should be living the life you’ve always planned for without the added stress. It all starts by taking care of your physical and mental well-being. With the help of resources like those listed above, you can easily socialize, exercise, eat right, and ensure your safety and happiness.
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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know About Travelling with a Gallbladder Condition]]>Fri, 28 Jun 2019 16:31:12 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-travelling-with-a-gallbladder-conditionMedical conditions affecting the gallbladder are very common. Worldwide, it is estimated that anywhere between one in five and one in 10 people have gallstones - a build-up of solid matter usually made up of either cholesterol or bilirubin, a by-product of red blood cells.

On their own, gallstones can be completely benign, and most people aren’t aware they even have them. However, once they become too large, they can start to cause acute pain. Even worse, if they get stuck in the bile ducts leading to the liver, they can cause cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder, which in turn can lead to persistent pain, jaundice and fever. If left untreated, cholecystitis can also lead to death, with 10,000 fatalities a year recorded in the US alone. 

Being diagnosed with gallstones and/or cholecystitis can raise many questions, including whether or not it is safe to travel with the condition. This is especially relevant to people who have to undergo surgery to have the stones removed, one of the most common ways to treat gallstones. Many patients wonder how safe it is to travel, and to fly, both before surgery and immediately following, during the recovery phase.

For general travellers, there is not too much advice out there on travelling with a gallbladder condition. For gallstones that aren’t causing any symptoms, there are no real restrictions on your movements or the activities you take part in.

Some measure of guidance can be found in the advice offered to pilots and aviation staff. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) places no restrictions on its members flying if gallstones are found but there are no accompanying symptoms. Where it does advise caution is if patients are suffering pain and/or have a diagnosis for cholecystitis, in which case they recommend no participation in “safety sensitive” activities. For ordinary fliers, this should be read as meaning air travel could exacerbate symptoms. The best path is to take professional advice from your physician.

Gallbladder disease and travel insurance

If you have had a diagnosis for any gallbladder condition, including symptomless gallstones, you must declare it when buying travel insurance. In general terms, insurers want to know of any pre-existing medical conditions before they offer you a policy. This is because, if you already have a condition, your insurer will consider the risk of you making a medical claim against your policy higher, and will therefore seek to charge you a higher premium.

The amount of the premium you have to pay will depend on the nature of your circumstances. You will probably be quizzed about your symptoms. If your gallstones are symptomless and have been for six to 12 months or more, you will likely see very little increase in what you have to pay for insurance. If you have a diagnosis for cholecystitis, on the other hand, or if you are awaiting or have had surgery, you could face a higher charge.

The other key factor in how much you are charged is the provider you turn to. A mainstream provider is likely to impose a high surcharge, if they choose to offer you cover at all. But a provider who specialises in cover for medical conditions, including gallbladder condition insurance, will offer you much better rates, based on a thorough evaluation of your personal circumstances.
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<![CDATA[What to Do If Partners Have Different Religious Beliefs?]]>Fri, 14 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/what-to-do-if-partners-have-different-religious-beliefs​In the modern world, the situation is quite common when partners have different religious beliefs. Often, this is detrimental to the harmony of relationships. It isn’t a rare situation when it causes a break up. Until recently, such a problem arose very rarely, because the partners found each other in their environment. Suppose there is some kind of society in which there is one general order, its own rules, and values. If a man and a woman belong to it, then they have no problems in the religious sphere.
Due to the mixture of nationalities and religions, it is impossible to say with certainty that in a particular place all people share the same views. If it is crucial for you to find a partner with the same religious beliefs, the best solution is to find your match over the Internet. For example, you are a Catholic seeking for Catholic. Just enter Catholic dating site and choose parameters according to your preferences.

How to Solve a Conflict Because of Religious Differences?

Faith is the most important thing in human life. Family relationships are much lower in importance, so for their sake, you should not neglect your principles. But this does not mean that you need to destroy the marriage. The fact is that faith is that which is deep in the heart of every person. This is a personal relationship with God, which the other person is unable to comprehend and realize because he or she has his or her own faith. So, to have a harmonious relationship, it is worth looking for Christian singles if you are a Christian, for example.

Most often, people have a conflict on the basis of differences of the religious level, because faith is a personal matter for everyone, but the traditions should be the same in a family. And this conformity should be sought by a woman. It is her responsibility to accept new religious traditions if she and her husband have different religions. It is due to the fact that it is much easier for a woman to adapt to a new situation. At the same time, she should tell her husband: “I can accept your traditions, but in my heart, I will continue loving my God, and this cannot be changed.” Then the husband will say: “Well, let it be so, but the main thing is for the relatives to see how you follow our traditions." In this case, the relationship will be harmonious.

Is There Any Way to Avoid Problems in Relationships?

​A man is not able to divide religion and faith - for him, it is one and the same thing. He just confuses these concepts. A woman can distinguish faith in the heart and her behavior.  Problems in relations where partners adhere to different religious traditions can be avoided if a woman accepts the views of a man. For her, it is easier. It is enough to observe religious rituals, attend the temple with her husband, and at the same time adhere to her own relationship with God so that there is harmony in the family.
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<![CDATA[What is a Probate Solicitor?]]>Mon, 10 Jun 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/what-is-a-probate-solicitor
​As you may already know there are many different types of solicitors and they all help with different problems that people may face through their life. For example, if you have been injured, faced with criminal charges and even divorce as well as many more. Since there are so many different kinds of solicitors, it can be difficult to know all the different kinds of a solicitor, for example, probate solicitors. Let’s take a look at what a probate solicitor will do and how they could help you out with your legal issues.​

What is a Solicitor?

A solicitor is a type of lawyer that can give advice on one or more type of law and can also help you in the process of making a claim. Solicitors can be used when it comes to seeking legal advice if you have been involved in a crime or if you are going through a divorce as well as dealing with family issues or even if you have been injured.

What a Solicitor does

A solicitor will go through with a client what services they will need and go through documentation and evidence to help you. For example, a solicitor can give you advice on what to do and how you should go about doing it. For instance, if you are involved with crime, a solicitor can tell you what you should plea and what the outcome of this would be. They can advise you on having custody and visiting of children if you are going through a divorce and if you have been involved in an accident, either at work, outside or have suffered from medical negligence and can help you get a claim. Solicitor services can cost a lot of money although it is worthwhile to use their services as they can help you a lot.

What is Probate?

Probate is the process of administering a deceased person’s estate which involves organising money, possessions, inheritance and many other things. If a will has been left behind, someone will also have to administer the estate. There are many different solicitors all over the world and if you live in Nottingham you can find some of the best Nottingham probate solicitors.

Why a Solicitor is Needed

A solicitor is needed for probate because they can help you with everything from where the estate goes and who is entitled to what. Although a probate solicitor is not necessarily required, they can make the job a lot easier and take a lot of the stress off the family. If a will is not included, you may need a solicitor to help you to determine where the estate will be going.

In Conclusion

Solicitors can be a big help and can get you out of all sorts of messes which you never imagined you could be in. When it comes to probate, they will give you some much-needed advice in a calm and patient manner during what otherwise might be a grief-stricken time. Trust them, they are there to help you.
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<![CDATA[RV Retirement: Things to Consider Before Living Life on the Road]]>Fri, 31 May 2019 06:07:20 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/rv-retirement-things-to-consider-before-living-life-on-the-roadReady to trade in that mortgage of yours for a home on wheels? Lots of retirees (or those nearing retirement) make this decision. Not only can it be more cost-effective to live in an RV than a traditional home, but it provides you with a means to travel the country during retirement. Whether you intend to do this on a seasonal, long-term (but temporary), or permanent basis, there are some things you’ll want to know about life on the road during retirement.

RV Type

​There are several types of recreational vehicles to choose from to meet your retirement needs. While you want to consider factors like safety, maneuverability, and affordability, size is a factor you don’t want to overlook. Consider testing out or viewing a few different rigs to determine which one is large enough to comfortably fit you, your significant other, and your belongings.

Minimizing Personal Belongings

There are varying sized RVs that you can purchase or rent, however, you won’t have as much space in the recreational vehicle as you would at home. That means you need to get really serious about the things that are most important to you. Holding on to essentials and letting go of the rest may be emotionally challenging, but it’s necessary for your safety and finances.

You’ll need to get rid of excess baggage as it can weigh you down and clutter up the space you do have in the RV. If you’re not keeping your home, ideally you’ll want to donate or sell the items you don’t need. Anything you want, but don’t want to travel with you in the RV can be placed in storage, however, keep in mind this is another bill you’ll need to budget for.

Creature Comforts

Though minimizing your personal belongings is necessary to live comfortably on the RV during retirement, having certain creature comforts on board is ideal. What are some things that you should purchase for the RV to make it more suitable for full-time living?

Perhaps you would like a television set or a computer for entertainment or business purposes. You might need an RV screen room enclosure for your awning so you can get out of the sometimes cramped space and enjoy the outdoors. Maybe your RV has a nice kitchen area, but you’d like to cook outdoors whenever the weather permits it. Then you’d need a grill and other cooking essentials to prepare your meals.

Safety and Protection

Car accidents aren’t the only thing you have to worry about when you’re living in an RV full-time. There’s also the possibility of natural disasters, theft, vandalism, and illness. Should your rig get robbed, damaged in a storm, or vandalized, it is imperative that you have enough insurance protection to cover the costs.

It goes without saying that as you get older, the risk of developing certain medical problems is higher. That’s why it’s important to have high-quality health insurance to protect you no matter where you are in the country. The right insurance coverage allows you to keep up with well visits and preventative measures while also seeking the treatment or emergent care you need in more serious circumstances.

Budget

RV living full-time as a retiree may seem like the most affordable thing in the world, but it’s not. Though it does provide significant financial relief from being a homeowner, there are still expenses attached. Such expenses can include the lease or RV loan, gas, maintenance and repairs, parking fees, tolls, insurance, and more. You’ll need to get a detailed list of expenses together to compare it to your retirement income to be sure you’re able to live comfortably. If not, there are a lot of remote and seasonal working opportunities you could consider to boost your retirement income.

Relinquishing the burden of a mortgage, utilities, and other expenses during retirement and simply exploring the country sounds like a dream come true. It can be, of course, as long as you’ve considered factors like those listed above. If living in an RV full-time is something you’re seriously considering, start planning well in advance to ensure that life on the road is everything you dreamed of and more.
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<![CDATA[Tips to Ensure You Have a Grand Time at Your Next Family Reunion]]>Wed, 29 May 2019 22:30:17 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/tips-to-ensure-you-have-a-grand-time-at-your-next-family-reunionEvery few years families gather together in a neutral location to reconnect, bond, and spend quality time. While getting together with loved ones may have always been something you enjoyed, as you age, you realize just how important family support really is. You want nothing more than to be able to really enjoy your time with loved ones whether it’s just for the day or a week. To ensure you have a marvelous time, here are some family reunion travel tips to keep in mind.

Reach Out to the Coordinator

The moment you receive notice from relatives that there will be a family reunion you want to reach out to the coordinator. This is important so you can bring forth any ideas, concerns, or questions you may have about the upcoming event. If you have certain mobility issues, health conditions, or dietary considerations that need to be considered during the planning stages be sure to provide this information in advance.

Reserve Your Travel Accommodations

Now that you have an idea of what, when, and where the family reunion is going to be holding it’s best to reserve your travel accommodations. This is particularly true if the reunion is going to be somewhere popular. Look for hotels near the reunion site. You can ask other relatives where they’re staying as you may be able to get group discounts or save on a room by sleeping with one of them.

Decide on how you’ll get to and around at the family reunion destination. If it’s further away, obviously, you’ll need to make arrangements to fly. However, if it’s at a nearby location, perhaps you could drive yourself or carpool with another relative who lives near you.

Pay a Visit to Your Doctor

As you already know, the body doesn’t always work as well as you’d like it to as you get older. So, before leaving for your family reunion, it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor. Let them know where you’ll be going, how you’ll be traveling, and the types of activities you intend to participate in just to get the all-clear. This is also a good time to have any prescriptions filled in the event that you’re going to be away from home for a few days.

​Get Packing

Now that you’ve made your travel plans and got the go-ahead from your doctor you’re ready to start packing for your family reunion trip. There are a few things you’re going to want to take with you even if you only plan on going for a day or two. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you have enough clothes and shoes for the trip. Don’t forget to preorder your Bella + Canvas 3001CVC Unisex Heather CVC T‑Shirt with the family name and logo on it.

You should also remember to pack your medications, supplements, undergarments, sun protection, cosmetics, and other toiletries. It’s also a good idea to pack a few sources of entertainment for the trip there and back (and for the downtime). You can bring along a good book, some board games, or yarn and needles for knitting and crocheting. Try as best you can to get everything into one bag to make it easier on yourself during the commute.

It’s not often that you get to see generations of loved ones all in the same place enjoying each other’s company. So, why not go and enjoy these experiences for yourself? The love and support of those closest to you will not only put a smile on your face but can enhance your overall well-being. After you’ve completed the things on the above-mentioned list you are all packed and ready to go and experience the fun, excitement, and love that comes from being with family.
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<![CDATA[The Ultimate Family Gift Guide for Grandparents]]>Fri, 24 May 2019 18:57:38 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/the-ultimate-family-gift-guide-for-grandparentsInterested in giving your loved ones something more meaningful than a fruitcake, handmade sweaters, and other traditional gifts from grandparents? Sure, those gifts are from the heart and your intentions are in the right place, but it would be nice to give your loved ones something they can really appreciate. With so many items to choose from, however, narrowing it down can take some practice.

The best way to shop for gifts for your family is to consider their personalities and/or interests. Using this information, you can buy some of the most trendy and useful gifts they’ll enjoy. Below, are a few of the top categories/interests to choose from

Technology

If you want to buy a present any member of your family can appreciate you can’t go wrong with a tech purchase. Technology is used in just about everything we do these days, so whatever you get is sure to be enjoyed. Here are some popular tech gift ideas to consider:
  • Computers/laptops - computers and laptops are used for just about everything these days. Whether your grandkids need a new device for school or your children have just started a home-based business this tech gift will come in handy. 
  • Smartphones - Mobile phone technology evolves constantly. Today, they have so many new advancements that they can take the place of a computer or laptop while also serving as a communication device. 
  • Bluetooth devices - Wireless connectivity is a must these days so why not invest in tech devices that operate with Bluetooth technology? A vintage vinyl record player with bluetooth capabilities, for example,  allows music lovers to combine their love of nostalgia with their favorite tunes. 

Antiques and Collectibles

The great thing about giving antiques as presents are that they’re a gift that keeps on giving. When well-maintained, over time, these items become more valuable. Whether passed down as a family heirloom or preserved and traded in one day, it’s a present your loved ones can appreciate. 
  • Silverware - Got a son or daughter who recently purchased a home? Maybe they were recently married? If so, antique silverware is a meaningful gift to consider. 
  • Sports Cards - If you have a grandson who loves baseball, basketball, or football the right card could make their day. You can find rare sports cards online and in specialty stores for sale.
  • Paintings - Vintage paintings are another anitque or collectible that’s a great gift for an adult relative. Great as home decor pieces these paintings can be hung and enjoyed by everyone.

Health and Wellness

Everyone is trying to take a better approach to living healthy lifestyles. From dieting and exercising to reducing stress and more, there are a lot of ways to approach this. Needless to say, there are a ton of products on the market that your health and fitness enthusiasts will appreciate.
  • Spa Essentials - Relaxation and the reduction of stress are at the top of everyone’s list. Help your loved ones to unwind with spa essentials. Anything from aromatherapy candles to bath salts and essential oils will suffice. 
  • Gym Gear - When it comes to exercising the gym remains one of the most popular places to go. You can buy your relatives gym gear to make their experience more successful. Yoga pants, tank tops, mats, water bottles, duffel bags, and running shoes are all examples of gym gear that would be useful. 
  • Cookware or Meal Programs - Healthy eating is often difficult as a result of lack of resources, or limited time. You can give your family a jumpstart in eating right by purchasing cookware or meal delivery services. Cookware that makes cooking easier and healthier frees up time in the kitchen while meal delivery services ship fresh ingredients and delicious recipes right to their front door. 
Every grandparent wants to purchase gifts that their family will receive, enjoy, and use. Admittedly, however, finding the perfect gifts isn’t always easy. There are always so many new things on the market that narrowing down your options can seem daunting. Fortunately, all it takes is a little consideration to their personal interests. Once you’ve figured out what they love, you can then start looking for gifts that can help them enjoy and indulge even more. Hopefully, this family gift guide has given you some insight on how to find meaningful gifts for everyone no matter what the occasion.
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<![CDATA[9 Simple Yet Effective Ways Seniors Can Stay Healthy]]>Mon, 20 May 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/9-simple-yet-effective-ways-seniors-can-stay-healthy​As you age, you face unique and specific health concerns. You’re also more likely to get sick alongside other negative health effects. But there are a few things you can do to improve your health and wellness.

1. Take Supplements

As your body ages, it doesn’t absorb vitamins and nutrients from nutrition the way it once did. Your doctor will likely recommend taking vitamins and minerals on a daily basis in order to prevent deficiencies.

A simple, yet often underappreciated supplement is gummies with CBD. This supplement derived from the hemp plant has no psychoactive properties like marijuana, but it comes with a host of health benefits like pain relief, reduced inflammation, stress relief, and more. It’s a legal supplement in some form in almost every state, and those who have tried it have reported numerous health and wellness benefits with minimal side effects.

Consider using a weekly pill separator to ensure you won’t forget to take your pills daily for optimum wellness and nutrition.

2. Drink More Water

​Everyone could benefit from drinking a little more water, but seniors need it more than most. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body requires hydration to work properly. If you want your immune system to fight off illnesses, your joints to heal from injury, and your body to stave off serious illnesses like heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes, you’ll drink more water.

Consider getting a water chart and filling it out through the day as you strive to reach your goal of at least 64 oz of water daily. If you’re tech savvy, you might consider an app that keeps track of your water intake instead.

3. Socialize

Mental wellness is just as important as physical, particularly for the aging mind. You’ll soon find that your cognitive responses will slow and struggle more with each passing year. Socializing with others stimulates your brains and continually fires synapses to keep it healthy.

Seniors are often lonely too. They’re at a higher risk for anxiety, depression, dementia, and other mental health issues. Connecting with others who are in similar positions as your own allows you to let off steam that might otherwise build into serious mental health issues.

To make sure you’re getting proper socialization, it might be time to move from your long-time family home to a community where there are more people with similar life experience. There are many communities, both outside of nursing homes and within, that offer the senior-friendly socialization you subconsciously crave.

4. Join a Gym

Exercise will protect your joints, muscles, and tendons from falls and old age. You should achieve about 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every day. A gym membership is ideal because you’ll kill two birds with one stone: exercise and socialization.

Choose a gym with plenty of senior-friendly activities. Many wellness centers like the YMCA have dozens of programs designed to help seniors with varying health problems and concerns stay active and healthy through fitness classes. They’ll teach you how to exercise without hurting yourself and give you opportunities to socialize with those with which you have things in common.

5. Sleep Better

Getting a better night’s sleep is an essential part of physical and mental health. While you sleep, your brain archives memories and replenishes energy stores. Your body repairs torn muscles and invites greater rest and relaxation for the next day. If you’re not getting the recommended 6-9 hours of sleep each night, your physical and mental state will suffer.

The sleep industry offers many potential solutions for those who struggle with sleep. Shop around, asking for reviews and recommendations from trusted sources. Your doctor can likely point you in the right direction for a better night’s sleep if you bring it up at your next appointment.

6. Stimulate Your Brain

Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory loss problems affect more than 40 percent​ of those over the age of 65. Each year, about one percent will progress from slight memory loss to dementia or worse, which is devastating to both those experiencing it and their families.

Stimulating your brain is a great way to slow memory-related health issues. Find ways to stimulate your brain. Pull out a crossword puzzle, watch trivia game shows, visit museums, and participate in other activities that require cognitive activity. Regular mental stimulation can delay or even prevent mental health problems at the end of your life.

7. Add Color to Your Plate

The standard American diet involves a lot of yellow and white foods. These hold very little nutritional value. As you age, you already struggle to get enough nutrition in the foods you eat, so eating monotone-colored meals won’t help.

As a general rule of thumb, every time you sit down to a meal, look for opportunities to add color. Carrots, bell peppers, oranges, leafy greens, cabbage, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrition and taste to improve your overall diet and health.

8. Have Regular Teeth Examinations

Your mouth is linked to your overall health in ways that you might not realize. Receiving an oral examination once every sixth months will decrease your risks for developing certain illnesses, prevent cavities, and help you keep your original teeth as long as possible.

In the meantime, brush and floss regularly. Good dental hygiene goes a long way in promoting your overall health and wellness.

9. Focus on Prevention

​Some things are inevitable with old age. Your memory will worsen, your hearing and vision will degrade, and you’ll have wrinkles and age spots. There’s nothing you can do about those things. However, there’s a lot you can do to prevent serious health concerns, simply by taking preventative measures.

Prevent falls and injuries by removing trip hazards and improving lighting. 
Receive yearly screenings for cancer and other illnesses at your yearly checkups.
Avoid certain risk factors for heart disease and other illnesses.
Eat healthy and exercise to stave off heart disease.
Quit smoking and limit your alcohol and caffeine intake.

Your prevention efforts will not only keep you healthier—they may also save your life one day!
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<![CDATA[Writer's Block: How To Cover a Wedding Story]]>Fri, 17 May 2019 07:00:00 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/writers-block-how-to-cover-a-wedding-storyFor those who write for a living, trying to find the right words to convey a message to your audience can present some challenges. This is particularly true when it comes to telling stories about personal moments like weddings. Capturing the very essence of the celebration to give your readers a true understanding of the occasion requires great skill. 

From color schemes and themes to the best venues and where to find the right wedding catering San Diego, New York, or Florida, a writer must learn to cover a wedding story in a way that provides sound advice and gives engaged couples a glimpse at what their wedding could be like. Though there is certainly more than one way to accomplish this, the best wedding posts should include the following elements. 

Talk to the Couple

Your wedding story won’t be much without some specific details and opinions from the couple themselves. If you have the means to do so, start by having an in-depth conversation with the couple. Find out more about their personalities. 

Where did they meet? How did they fall in love? What was the engagement like? What did they like or dislike about the wedding planning process? What were some special moments? What advice might they have for other couples getting married?

Asking those types of questions helps you to add character and personality to the story. It gives the readers something to identify with from the moment they start reading. If you can’t, however, talk with the couple, or you’re writing a fictional piece, try to create answers to the question based on the interests of your target audience.

Write From Personal Experience

Another angle you might take when writing a wedding blog post or story is to write from your own experiences. Whether you’re married or not, chances are you have some experience with weddings. Talk about how you felt as the bride or groom to be during the planning process, before, during, and after the wedding was over. Discuss how it felt as a guest. What things stood out most? What dishes were your favorite and why? Did you like the venue and entertainment? This gives the story more character and brings it to life for the audience. 

Be Very Descriptive

​To truly give readers a real glimpse of the wedding you have to be descriptive. As you’re writing the piece, try to draw on emotions, your own experiences, and the descriptions​ provided by others. As you walk through the venue, what do you see, how do you feel, what were your first thoughts? When you look at the bridal party what about their attire stood out, what were some of the latest trends, how were they acting? What was the day like? The weather,  mood of the audience, and even the taste and smell of the foods? This provides readers with the opportunity to really visualize themselves being there and being in the moment with you.

Weddings are beautiful and sacred ceremonies celebrated all around the world. When presented with the opportunity to write a post on a true love story it may require you to dig deep. Take advice from other writers and blogs, identify your audience, connect with real-life stories or opinions, and be as descriptive as possible. In following this advice you will create a story that your readers fall in love with every time.
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<![CDATA[4 Things New Business Owners Don't Always Think About But Should]]>Fri, 17 May 2019 00:24:15 GMThttps://www.retiredbrains.com/blog/4-things-new-business-owners-dont-always-think-about-but-shouldNo matter where you were born, what economic circles you run in, or the type of education you received, every American has the opportunity to try their hand at being a business owner. However, though owning your own business is a romantic notion, it's also important to note that it's no small feat and takes a ton of hard work and determination to pull off successfully. There are a few things you should prepare ahead for when starting a new business, things that you might never use, but need to prepare for anyway.

Legal Issues

Many small business owners think they don't need the services of a lawyer, especially when they're just starting out. This couldn't be further from the truth. There are many eventualities where an attorney could be needed, such as debt consolidation, business planning, and asset protection. They can also make sure your business plan and licensing paperwork is accurate and filed correctly. It's better to have a lawyer on retainer for your small business than to be without one when you need them. To find one, a simple internet search for a small business lawyer San Diego if you happen to be in Southern California, should yield several good results.

An Emergency Plan

In the rosy haze of starting a new business, any kind of disaster is unconscionable. However, in reality, lots of things can happen that are beyond your control. Natural disasters, power outages, fires, floods, internet connectivity issues. Do you know what you would do if your office building were to flood and you had to relocate for weeks? What if your servers go down? Do you have offsite backups? 

If you don't have a clue on how to answer any of these questions, you need an emergency plan before you ever open your doors for the first time. It doesn't have to be an elaborate plan, but having the basics in place could save you a lot of grief if the worst should happen.

Expansion

Even though the thought of expanding might sound crazy when you're first starting out, but building in scalability from the beginning is a wise move. This could mean investing in a larger network server now to save the cost of upgrading later, for example. The same applies to things like phone systems, POS networks and even leasing a copier. Less tangible things might include just a paper plan for how you will expand when the time comes. Is a second location the right move? Is the office space you have going to support 50% more staff? Planning is key to a successful expansion.

Cleaning Services

​No business owner wants to stay after hours to give their business a good cleaning. However, bathrooms, windows, floors, carpeting, and other janitorial services have to be performed regularly. Since you're already going to be busy making a name for yourself in your chosen field, it's a good idea to hire a company that does the commercial cleaning for you. In this way, you will be able to concentrate on growing your business through marketing and hard work instead of putting your efforts into cleaning your business. If you have an outdoor space, don't forget to plan for its upkeep as well.

​Starting a small business is daunting, exciting, frightening and oh so rewarding...if you do it right, that is. Preparing for the eventualities beforehand will help you and your business succeed in the long run. 
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