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Monthly March 2016
New Anthology: Sideshow

Sideshow has been a long time coming. It’s been a number of years now since the first idea was posted on Facebook inviting writers to contribute a horror story that was linked in some way to the old fashioned sideshow. And now look – we have a book. It’s a lovely looking thing, full of terror and fear and blood and tears.

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sideshow-How-Dark-Your-Shadow/dp/1523758848/ 

The Sideshow … … found on the boardwalk, set up on a grassy field, a Detroit rave, a darkened alley, or on the plains of a blasted future America, tantalizing, forbidden, electrifying beyond imagination. It is everywhere and every-when. And at some point, everyone gets a ticket. The Sideshow … … a mirror to the blackness inside the human soul. How dark is your shadow?

Authors include:

Rob M. Miller, C.B. Doyle, Jody Neil Ruth, Phil Hickes, Leigh M. Lane, Shawn Pfister, Carole Gill, E.A. Irwin, Tina Swain, S. MacLeod, and me! The illustrator is Melissa Stevens.

One reviewer said:

A good scary anthology! I love the illustrations which give this book a very vintage circus feel. There is a good variety of psychological horror, monsters and gore and supernatural mystery. My favorite stories so far at Punch and Judy, Tattoo and Karma Carnival. It just keeps getting better each story I read. Especially recommended for fans of American Horror Story Freakshow. It has a lot of the same throw back feel but even more horror!

Fiction: A Tangled Web by Lisamarie Lamb

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I killed a spider tonight and now I sit alone and stare up at the empty space on the ceiling where it should be. Where it had been for the past three days and nights, disgusting me and fascinating me in equal measures.

And now it’s gone. Quickly. Cheaply. An ignoble death, knocked from its flawless, warm web and crushed beneath the sole of a dirty once white trainer, laces frayed and leather cracked. A weapon used in panic, in defence of my self in the end although I know – I know – that a spider, a tiny little spider sitting alone in its web and waiting with such patience for something to come along so that it could survive, could not hurt me. I know that. But I couldn’t bear it being there. I could not share my space any longer with that monster.

Shocked at myself, skin crawling with revulsion and stomach squally as though to suggest I had done wrong, I hurled the shoe away, my hand contaminated just by holding the thing that had touched the furry body of that spider. And as for that body… I left it there, crumpled, folded in on itself, legs in pieces on the carpet, hardly daring to walk past it for fear of… What? For fear of what? It was dead, very much so, I had seen to that. Yet the idea of being near it still sent shudders through me, my limbs dancing their own funeral jig, backing away from the broken thing that had, moments before, lived.

Just as I had watched it for the past three days and nights, making sure it didn’t move or, worse, disappear completely, building my cowardly courage to the point where I could finally get near enough to kill it, I watched it now. To make sure it was dead. Hoping it was because if it was not then surely even a thing such as a spider must feel pain and I hated that thought more than I hated the thought of leaving it where it was, to give it free reign and to let it, possibly, crawl over me as I slept.

Its body is much smaller now, trampled and beaten, lesser in defeat. And as I watch the empty, broken web wave in a breeze that I cannot feel, I wonder why I waged war on it.

I killed a spider tonight. And now I am alone.

I’m Afraid Of Pandas…

I’m afraid of pandas. Don’t laugh, it’s the truth. Oh, they may look cute and cuddly, they may seem soft and soppy, but they are, in actual fact, cruel and creepy. They are evil.

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Who’s afraid of pandas?

I don’t say this lightly. I say this with a heavy heart and a troubled mind. But, you see, the thing is… I have had first hand experience with pandas. With a panda. And it was not pleasant.

I was four years old, and that is long enough ago that I really shouldn’t be able to remember it, but I do. The entire episode is as clear to me now as it was then.

I should probably explain…

One night when I was four, I had a nightmare, as children often do. I’m sure that I had many a nightmare at that age, many before and many since, come to that, but this one was so vivid, even though it made no sense in any way, that it’s never left me.

I awoke – in my dream – to find a giant panda sitting on my bed, watching me. There was nothing unusual about this panda (apart from the fact that it was there in the first place). It wasn’t some demon creature, it didn’t have bulging red eyes or scales or horns, it wasn’t holding a knife or even baring its teeth. But it was terrifying. It didn’t blink. It barely moved. It just watched me, and the part that worried me the most was that I didn’t know how long it had been there before I woke up.

Even at four that unnerved me.

To think that it had been waiting for me, silently, patiently.

I wanted to cry out for my mother, but I was too scared to make a sound. I wasn’t sure it knew I was awake.

So I lay there, paralysed with fear, my heart slapping against my ribs, my eyes mostly closed but just open enough to watch the panda watching me.

We stayed like that, the panda and I, for an eternity.

And then, out of nowhere and for no discernible reason, the panda plucked a cigarette out of the air, lit it with an unseen match, and smoked it, right there, in my bedroom. On my bed. It’s large, furry rump nudging up against my stiff, sweating legs.

I found my voice.

It was meek and weak, trembling and far too soft to attract any attention, but I called out anyway, desperate, needing to do something; “Mummy! Mummy! Help!”

Now the panda looked at me. It turned its head and stared into my eyes, smoke curling from its snout. It was angry. Its eyes narrowed and it hunched backwards. And then it was gone, I could feel its weight lifting from the mattress, and I saw it bolt.

The dream becomes hazy after that. My mother appeared in the doorway and I think I must have woken up by then because she was really there. She remembers it still, remembers me calling out so pitifully, so quietly, and yet waking her anyway. But what she doesn’t remember, and what I can’t explain, is that she passed the panda on its way out.

It ran out of the door as she ran in.

She never saw it, but it saw her. It growled at her.

She took its place on my bed and told me not to worry about it. It was just a dream, after all. Just a panda, and it was just smoking a cigarette. Nothing else.

I believed her then. But in the morning I cried out for her again because in the dawn light I could see something that we had both overlooked the night before.

There was a cigarette burn on my duvet cover.

We still talk about it. Every now and then it comes up in conversation. And neither of us can explain it.

I’ve been trying to exorcise that demon ever since.

I don’t think I’ve quite made it yet.

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I’m afraid of pandas
Hitting The Wall

Brick Wall

It happens to us all. That sinking, shrieking, sudden moment of realisation that we simply cannot go on. No matter what. No way. No how. It doesn’t matter what the goal is, what the reward is, why we have to do it, we just hit that figurative wall (not Pink Floyd’s fabulous album) and that’s it. Done. Finished.

We slink away, defeated, feeling terrible, wishing we had the energy or the will to carry on, but knowing that if we even attempted it, we’d fail miserably.

It’s horrible.

It’s humiliating.

It’s human.

You’ve done it. I’ve done it. Bill Gates or David Beckham or J.K. Rowling (insert role model of your choice here) has done it. And the thing of it is, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s natural and normal and it’s the ones who just keep going that we really ought to worry about… After all, they’re only going to hurt themselves, right? Right.

So rather than panicking when we hit the wall, we ought to embrace it. Or at least take the opportunity to step back and reassess. Perhaps there’s another way around that you hadn’t considered before. Instead of barrelling straight ahead, why not change direction, go sideways, under, over, even backwards. It’s a wall, not a mountain. Walls are scalable.

Walls are also a bit like bullies. There they stand, big and bold, basically laughing at you and your efforts to get through them and find whatever it was you wanted on the other side. Despite their nastiness of them, we do all know what it is we’re supposed to do with bullies, don’t we? Yes. Ignore them. Ignore them and they’ll go away. And it’s exactly the same with walls. Ignore the wall that you’ve suddenly come up against, and turn around. Leave it. Come back after a rest and a think, and you might find that it’s disappeared, crumbled away leaving your path perfectly open.

What if it hasn’t, you might ask? Not a problem. If it’s still there you have two options: either ignore it some more, or try the alternative route.

You’ll never have to hit a wall again. It’s a pain we can all do without.

What’s The Link Between Ian Fleming and Sting?

Could it be a specific talent? The same barber? A liking for peanut butter sandwiches? The link between Ian Fleming and Sting sounds like a truly unanswerable riddle, but there is actually a solution – and it is a rather surprising one.

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Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels in Jamaica, sitting at a certain desk. Decades later, that same desk was used by Sting to pen his famous song, Every Breath You Take.

Finding this out made me wonder whether creative talent can be passed on. Not necessarily through inanimate objects (although why not? Why shouldn’t a desk or pen or chair or anything else become infused with creativity? We don’t know what causes it in the first place, so we can’t dismiss anything when it comes to skill and talent, and I may just use this idea in my next short story… we’ll see if it has legs (pardon the pun)), but perhaps through being in proximity to someone.

According to some scientists, everyone has some kind of talent, even if it’s hidden in most people (that’s what it’s only a handful in the grand scheme of things who can sing, compose, write, paint, draw, and so on). But what if, simply by spending time with people whose talent is most definitely out there, we can soak up some of that creativity and be better at the things we want to do?

Talent by osmosis certainly has a ring to it; and could this be why some children follow in their parents’ footsteps, or some siblings go on to be just as talented as their brother and sisters, even though the law of averages would say it should really be possible?

It’s an experiment I’m willing to trial… Now, where would I find J. K. Rowling?

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Complaining Is Essential – Isn’t It?

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Don’t complain. 

It sounds like a simple philosophy for life, a mantra that can be repeated over and over until it sticks and no more ungrateful, complaining words come out of your mouth.

It sounds like bliss, and at first glance the above quote does seem to be a good one. Don’t like something? Change it. Don’t complain.

On second glance, thinking about it, changing a situation isn’t always possible without a bit of complaint.

But it’s okay, because of the second part of the quote – if you can’t change the situation that’s making you unhappy, change how you think about it.

Gotcha.

Only, actually, I don’t get it at all.

I can’t suddenly make myself like something that I didn’t before. If I don’t like it, I don’t like it. I have my reasons. It’s not just a matter of looking at whatever it is from a different angle and realising that my original thoughts were wrong all the time (oh look! Actually the fact that my car broke down and there are no buses and I have a broken leg so I can’t walk anyway is actually fine! It’s great! I was just looking at my situation from the wrong angle! Now that I’ve changed my attitude all is well!).

I think complaining is essential in life.

I don’t mean complaining for the sake of it, just for fun, but if something is really wrong, and no amount of attitude changing will right that wrong, then a complaint may well help you. And, although it may not feel like it at the time, if the complaint is aimed at you it can help you too. Don’t just assume that whoever is doing the complaining is wrong – they may have a point, and if you think about it, that point may help you grow and succeed.

So, yes, if something is bringing you down, change it. If you can’t change it – and sometimes you definitely cannot – then by all means complain. You never know, the situation might change after that. It could even get better than ever.

If you want some help writing a complaint letter, just ask. As a freelance writer I’ve often complained on other people’s behalf!

Award-Winning Journalist Gives Prize Money to Charity

Moira Kerr is something quite special, not only in terms of her writing, but in terms of her humanity as well. The freelance journalist who hails from Oban won both the feature writer of the year award (this was thanks to three articles written for the Daily Record) and journalist of the year award for her diverse portfolio of articles, news reports, and features at the Highlands and Islands Media Awards.

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Oban RNLI received a donation

Moira said that she appreciated the awards, and was excited to receive them – but that it was all down to her contacts, kept in her Smartphone, who kept her up to date with everything that was happening all across the Highlands and Islands. She called these contacts her ‘phone-a-friends’, which caused a laugh, but which is also absolutely true!In her spare time, Moira is a volunteer fundraising secretary for the Oban RNLI Lifeboat, and so she decided to donate the majority of her £500 prize money to that cause which is clearly so dear to her heart. She gave away £300, and it went towards buying the volunteers at the Lifeboat some Wellington boots which, they say, were much needed and very happily and gratefully received.

If you need any freelance articles, news stories, or blogging done, please contact me; I’m happy to help.

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I studied English theory at university and have always been interested in the mechanics of writing, but it wasn’t until 2010 when my daughter was born that I started to write professionally. Although this was out of necessity (it was a job that I could do from home, and it brought in enough to pay the bills!), it soon became a passion. Since that time, I have been published in over 40 fiction anthologies and have written seven novels.

Find out more about my publications on my Amazon Author Page.

I am now a full-time freelance writer. The majority of my time is spent writing SEO-friendly blog posts for businesses in all kinds of niches from bakeries to florists to roofing specialists and plenty more in between. 

Between 2014 and 2020 I was the features and online editor for insideKENT magazine.

Today I live with my husband, daughter, and a cat called Cheryl in a cottage in the Kent countryside, writing, painting, and – whenever possible – watching horror films.

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Caring For An Elderly Cat

After only a short time in your home, a cat can become a beloved member of your family. Even though this will make you want to help your cat in any way you can, you might not realise that their needs will change as they get older. Elderly cats, or cats that are 11 years old or older, have different needs than younger cats. If you know more about how a cat’s health changes as it gets older, you can give your cat a better quality of life for longer.

Adapt To Dietary Changes

Since a cat’s metabolism slows down as they age, they have different dietary needs. This means that if you keep feeding them the same food and the same amount, your cat will gain weight and get sick. Talk to your vet about switching your cat to food that is made especially for older cats.

Senior cat food is made to give cats more nutrients without giving them more calories. You should stop feeding your elderly cat just once or twice a day and instead give it small amounts of food at different times. This will make sure they get the nutrients they need without giving them a chance to eat too much. Also, make sure your elderly cat always has fresh water to drink. If older cats don’t drink enough water, they are more likely to get kidney disease and other problems with their metabolism.

Pay Closer Attention To Health Changes In Your Elderly Cat

Since cats can’t talk, it’s up to you to tell if your cat is in pain or suffering. Especially, it can be hard to tell if your cat’s joints are hurting from arthritis. Most of the time, a pet that moves more slowly or wants to be left alone is hurting or sick, so if its behaviour changes, you should take it to the vet. If your elderly cat moves more slowly or shows other signs of arthritis, you can help them by making changes around the house. Get them a litter box that is much bigger or new bedding that is easier to get to. Talk to your vet about what else you can do to make life easier for your older cat.

Keep Your Elderly Cat’s Teeth Healthy

It’s always important to take care of your cat’s teeth, but as your cat gets older, it’s even more important. Cats that are older are more likely to get tooth decay and gum disease than cats that are younger. They are also more likely to get cavities or tumours in their mouths. Also, if you have an infection in your mouth, bacteria can get into your bloodstream and cause infections in your liver, kidneys, or stomach. Follow a good routine for cleaning your cat’s teeth to take better care of its health as it ages. If you’re not sure how to take care of your cat’s teeth, ask your vet.

Physical And Mental Stimulation Is Essential

Physical and mental stimulation will make your cat happier and more active, but their physical fitness requirements may alter as they age. This may need relocating cat toys closer to the floor. Hang toys over your cat’s bedding so that they can play as they rest. Carpeted cat ramps may also assist your elderly cat in getting to locations that are now more difficult for them to access. Reposition food and water bowls if they are already on a cat tower or other high location. Look for more methods to make playtime more enjoyable for your cat.

Take Your Elderly Cat To The Vet Twice A Year

In the past, you probably only took your cat to the vet once a year for a checkup and booster shots. When your cat gets older, he or she will need to go to the vet more often. Unless your vet says otherwise, you should take your elderly cat to the vet every six months. This will help the vet figure out if there are any health problems coming up. When liver disease, tumours, and other conditions are caught early, there are more ways to treat them. The treatments you choose for your senior cat will also work better if you find the problem early.

You should give your cat good food, water, and exercise, but don’t do too much. Remember that an older cat isn’t as active, and they may be sore all over, which makes them less likely to play. You’ll give your cat the quality of life it needs if you pay attention to what it tells you and let it rest when it needs to.

How To Create The Best Playground For Your Children At Home

Kids love being outside because they get to try new and exciting things. Nature gives kids chances to learn, discover, and understand STEM education. Our front and back yards aren’t always safe places for kids to play, which is a shame. Parents want their kids to play in places that are safe and fun.

If you follow these tips, making a home playground for your kids shouldn’t be hard.

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Decide On The Best Playground Features

Start by making sure the home playground has things that kids will like. Think about how old the child is. Often, a child’s age determines how hard it is to use playground equipment. Get things that will make your child’s senses happy.

There are different kinds of best playground equipment, like water tables, sandpits, playsets, and intricate towers with swings and slides. To get kids closer to nature, you might want to add things like rocks that they can climb on. Make sure you buy structures that are strong, weatherproof, and fit your child’s needs.

Choose The Best Surfacing Material

It’s important to know that the play zone surface is an important part of a home playground. It’s important for the kids’ safety and comfort. By putting down the right kind of surface, you can keep kids safe and make sure they are comfortable.

Many home playground surfaces soften the impact of falls and keep kids comfortable. If you can’t afford the more expensive materials, you can use cheaper ones like wood chips, sand, and gravel instead.

Rubber surfacing is the safest and best choice for the best playground that kids can use. It takes up the kids’ weight and cushions their feet at the same time. Artificial grass for playgrounds is also a great surface material for your own backyard playground.

Install Fencing For The Best Playground

If the playground is only a few metres from your gated home, you need to fence it. Set up complete fencing systems with gates that can close and lock themselves. Your kids and pets will stay in the yard with these high-tech gate systems.

If you can’t put these kinds of gates in your yard, you might want to use garden hedges to make clear lines. These keep your children in the yard and keep them safe. Add a high-tech GPS tracker that kids can use to make sure you can find your kids if they leave the gated area.

How To Save Money On Your Next Move

Modern life often makes you move your home, business, or place of work. So, you’ll have to move your things and other household items, which will take some planning and preparation.

Moving doesn’t have to be hard and expensive all the time. Use the services of professional movers to get a lot of useful information about planning a move, or just follow the simple advice of moving experts to get things done quickly. Read on to find out more. 

Get Rid Of Unnecessary Belongings

Get rid of all the “trash” that has built up in the cabinets and drawers. If you drag around things you don’t need or haven’t used in a long time, you will have to pay too much for their delivery. Donate good things to charity or give them to friends if you don’t want to throw them away.

Use The Right Packing Materials

You can save money if you take care of your own equipment and fragile things to keep them from getting broken. Use things like blankets, foam sheets, cardboard, and packing paper. When you get your boxes from a moving company, they will cost more, and if you don’t use them, you may have to pay to fix them. Use things you already have, like old boxes and bubble wrap.

Don’t Overbuy For Your New House

You should take your time making a list of the most important things you will need in your new home. First, plan the move, unpack all the boxes, and clean the house. Then, decide what you need to buy for your new home. Don’t buy things ahead of time, because you don’t need to fill your new apartment with new things.

Move During The Off Season

The first thing you should think about when moving is the time of year. Many people do think that late spring, summer, and early fall are the best times to move. This means that this time of year is busier. Since there is a lot of demand, prices are higher. If you want to save money, you should avoid moving on weekends and during the summer.

How To Make The Most Of Promo Codes

Promo codes can be used in many different ways when shopping online. For example, when you use a code for shipping, you can ask for a gift. It’s best to use coupons that offer both free shipping and a discount.

And if you can combine more than one discount code, you can save even more. Read on to find out more about how to use a coupon code when shopping online. Here are some of the most useful tips for shopping online.

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Free Gifts Are A Great Way To Use Promo Code

Gifts are a great way to move stock, and they work best when they come with a certain amount of spending. You can let people know about the gift separately or add it to your code at checkout. Make sure to include a specific time and amount to qualify for the gift, and tie it into your buyer persona. Here are some ways to use a free gift to get more people to buy.

If you’re giving away a free gift with a purchase, make sure your offer says “while supplies last.” This makes people feel like they need to act quickly and keeps them from getting angry if you run out of the gift. Also, make sure you have enough of the freebie. Running out of freebies is one of the most frustrating things for customers.

Free gifts, samples of products, and discounts can all be used as incentives. A loyalty program is another way to get people to buy from you more than once. A customer loyalty program is based on a simple idea: give a free gift to people who buy from you more than once. If you give free gifts with purchases, customers will be more likely to buy from you. You can make a good impression on potential customers and get their business if you give them free gifts.

Coupons That Give Both A Discount And Free Shipping Are Better

Even though coupon codes can get you a discount on a certain product, it’s often best to combine a discount with a free shipping coupon. But you should think about the shipping costs and compare them to the discount hobby lobby coupon. Coupons that offer both discounts and free shipping are better when shopping online, especially if you want to buy a lot of things. It’s important to keep in mind that some stores have rules about which coupon codes can be used together and which ones can’t.

Some people may not be able to spend enough to get free shipping, but many stores offer discounts for shopping in-store. These kinds of deals are common on Black Friday, but you can also get them in the form of bonus coupons to save even more money. Think about which type of coupon is more valuable to you when deciding which choice is best. You should also think about whether it’s worth the risk for your business to offer both discounts and free shipping.

Stacking Promo Codes Can Be Tricky

When you shop online, combining coupons is a great way to save as much money as possible. When you use two or more coupons at the same time, it can be tricky, but you can save twice as much. Sign up for store newsletters or keep an eye on coupon sites to find out about the latest deals. If you follow these tips, it’s easy to stack coupons and save a lot of money when you shop online. Here are a few tips on how to successfully stack coupons online:

Using more than one coupon code when shopping online is becoming more and more popular. It used to be a common thing to do at grocery stores, but now more stores are letting you do it. Retailers like Kohl’s have made it easier for customers to save even more money by combining multiple coupon codes. One store, Kohl’s, lets customers use up to four discount codes at the same time on their website or mobile device. As the number of people who want to stack coupon codes keeps going up, more stores are starting to do it to keep up with competitors. But be careful as you do it. Stacking can cause you to spend more than you need to, so not everyone should do it.

Why It’s Important To Dress Comfortably

When most individuals consider the advantages of wearing comfortable clothing, they consider the physical comfort that is delivered. However, people who make it a point to dress comfortably on a daily basis might reap several additional advantages. The next article will go over some of the most important advantages of wearing comfortable clothing and how they can enhance your life in a variety of ways.

When You Dress Comfortably It Can Help To Improve Your Mood

When you’re feeling down or stressed, the last thing you want to do is put on an outfit that makes you feel bad. When you wear clothes that are too tight or scratchy, your mood can get worse. On the other hand, putting on a pair of soft, cosy pyjamas can help you relax and feel more comfortable. This can make you feel better all around.

Also, if your clothes are too tight, you might feel self-conscious about the way you look. This can also make people feel bad. You can avoid these kinds of bad feelings when you dress comfortably.

Lastly, when you wear comfortable clothes, your brain gets the message that it’s time to chill out, and that’s never a bad thing. 

Dressing Comfortably Can Help To Reduce Your Stress Levels

You already know that stress can hurt your body and mind. To improve your health as a whole, you need to find ways to lower your stress levels.

One way to do this is to wear clothes that are easy to move around in. When you are stressed, your body tightens up, which can make you feel bad. Wearing loose, comfortable clothes can help your body and mind relax, which will make you feel less stressed.

Also, worrying about how you look in your clothes will only add to your stress if you do it all the time. If you dress comfortably, you won’t have to worry about this and can instead focus on more important things.

When You Dress Comfortably You Can Get A Good Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep is important for staying healthy. Unfortunately, many people have trouble sleeping because their clothes are too tight or too loose. If your clothes are too tight or scratchy, you will have a hard time getting the restful sleep you need.

Putting on comfy clothes to bed can help you unwind and fall asleep faster. Also, if your bed is comfortable, you are less likely to wake up in the middle of the night. This can help people sleep better in general.

In the end, there are many reasons to dress comfortably. There are many benefits to making comfort a priority in your life, like better moods and less stress. So, the next time you get dressed, choose clothes that make you feel good both physically and mentally.

4 Ways To Win Customers Back After They Return Or Cancel An Order

When you run a business, you have to deal with both known and unknown problems. We will talk about a specific problem that many companies could face and how to solve it. That problem is when a product is sent back or a service is stopped.

We’ve looked at a lot of companies that have this problem and we will talk about how a business can win customers back.

Offer An Incentive To Win Customers Back

As soon as they return or cancel your purchase, take urgent action. Make an effort to make it up to them; this will demonstrate your sincerity in apologising for not living up to their expectations. You could offer them a discount right away, or you can give them a free swap. In order to win customers back, you must respond quickly and make them a repeat customer.

Acknowledge The Problem

Accepting responsibility for your actions is the most effective strategy for retaining and gaining new clients. Ask your consumer why they’re feeling the way they are. Also, provide them with a remedy to this problem. This may help them focus and create a strong first impression, which might lead to a second meeting and ensure you win customers back.

Offer Discounts On New Products

If you don’t act right away, you might lose that customer for good. It is very important that you talk to unhappy customers right away. It doesn’t have to happen right away every time.

If you’re making a new product and focusing on fixing the problems that your customers are worried about, you can take your time, but it will take more work to win them back than it did before.

Focus On How To Win Customers Back In Groups

The first thing you should do is address any difficulties that the bulk of your clients are having. As a result, fixing this issue might help you gain a larger share of your current client base. You must address the issue and target a certain segment with your product or service in order to be successful.

Top Tips for Going Home After a Lovely Holiday

There’s always a little bit of dread when you think about going home after a lovely holiday, but after a perfect one, that feeling gets stronger. You start to miss the warm weather, the freedom, the late mornings, and how carefree you are when you’re on vacation.

This means that your last few days are sad because you can’t stop thinking about leaving that amazing place. But by feeling this way, you don’t enjoy the last few days, when you should be living and experiencing everything even more than before.

What can you do to stop feeling this way, enjoy your time off, and be okay with going back home? The following tips will help you when you don’t want your lovely holiday to end and you don’t want to go back to real life.

Enjoy The Time You Have Left On Your Lovely Holiday

Instead of letting yourself think about how those are the last few days, you should really enjoy and value those last moments. Live in the moment, enjoy that walk through the old town, read a book under that palm tree, swim in the sea, and go snorkelling.

You’re right, it will be back to real life soon, so why would you want to miss out on some pretty amazing moments on your lovely holiday? Take a deep breath in and open your eyes to see what’s around you.

Photographic Evidence

Yes, take many pictures! Not only for social media, but also because you’ll want to remember those times. If you spent it with family, that’s one of the best ways to remember it, so take pictures of it so you can look at them months or years from now.

If you start to miss your vacation, you can look at the photos and, if you try really hard, you can almost be back there.

Schedule Your First Week Back

After a lovely holiday, the first few days or week are the worst. The hardest part of being back home is getting back into a routine, like going back to school or work and getting up at a certain time.

Make sure your week is busy and full of things to do. This will give you a purposeful diversion and make the process easier. So, plan things to do with your friends after work, run errands, and do your laundry in the first few days. If you keep yourself busy, your first week back will go by in a flash.

4 Signs Your Business Is In Need Of A Bigger Office

It’s likely that if you have a successful startup, you’ll outgrow your first office and need a bigger office space. Moving can seem like a hassle, but it can lead to better organisation, a smoother workflow, more inventory, and more employees. All of these things can help your company keep growing. But how do you know if you should move? Here are a few signs that you need a bigger office for your business.

Standing Room Only

If your employees feel or look like sardines in a can, you need a bigger office. It shouldn’t be hard to move around freely to get things done. Staff spend a lot of time at work, so they should be able to spread out projects, set down items and inventory, or even just hang their coats in the winter. Also, it’s best if each employee has their own desk and doesn’t have to share with anyone else. If people on your team have to turn sideways to pass each other, it’s time to call an estate agent.

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Storage

If you’re running out of space to store inventory or files, getting a bigger office might be a good idea. Putting old papers and files in boxes is a good idea, but the stacks get big fast. Boxes of inventory can also be stacked, but these stacks eventually make it hard to open doors, make it hard to walk, and look bad. With more space, you’ll be able to find records and inventory quickly and store these things in a place where customers won’t see them.

Meeting Rooms and Private Spaces

If your team is always meeting in tight spaces or around a single desk, it’s time to move to an office with more meeting rooms. Someone typing on a computer shouldn’t be in the same room as private conversations or meetings with clients. It’s hard enough to talk on a conference call without a lot of noise and movement going on in the background. It’s also important to have a good place for breaks that people want to go to. Your staff will like having more places to plan and rest.

No Vacancy

If you have to turn away customers because you don’t have enough space, you need to improve your office. The hardest part of moving is packing and moving everything, so when the time comes to make the move, you’ll need a good plan. It can be scary to think about, but it doesn’t have to be. Movers for businesses aren’t just big guys with dollies. These companies are made up of serious business people who have the transportation, tools, equipment, and core strength to make moving easier for your business, employees, and current customers while getting you into an office with plenty of room for new customers.

If you decide it’s time to look for a new office space because your business is growing, remember that investing in a bigger place will help you stay organised and efficient and can be well worth the cost and effort in the long run. It will also make you look more professional to your current customers and give you more chances to find new ones.

Hidden Sources Of Dirt That You’re Missing When You Clean Your Home

We all know that keeping our homes clean is important. Because of all the bacteria in the air, you’re more likely to get sick if your home isn’t clean. This is probably why you spend a lot of time cleaning every week. But do you really know that your house is as clean as you think it is or are there hidden sources of dirt? Dust and dirt are good at hiding in your home, and there are a lot of easy-to-miss places. This can be a problem because it means that all of the dirt and bacteria are building up over time and that your house might not be as clean as it looks. If you want to make sure your home is a healthy place to live, it’s important to keep up with these dust and dirt sources that are hard to see.

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Air Conditioning Units Can Be Hidden Sources Of Dirt

The purpose of air conditioning is to keep the house cool and clean the air, but could it be doing the opposite due to hidden sources of dirt? If you don’t clean the filters in your air conditioners well, dust can start to build up on them over time. When you run them, they send all that dust back into the air, which is a big problem. A lot of people don’t realise that air pollution is one of the greatest potential dangers in the home. In fact, the air inside buildings is often more toxic than the air outside on the streets. Indoor air quality can be bad for a number of reasons, but dirty air conditioning units are one of the most prevalent.

To stop dirt and dust from building up on the filters, you need to take them out and clean them often. It’s also a good idea to have them serviced every so often. If you clean your air conditioners, you shouldn’t have any problems, but if you don’t, they’ll just make your house dirtier thanks to being hidden sources of dirt. 

Old Rugs

Just about all people know that carpets collect a lot of dust and dirt, which is why they vacuum often and sometimes give their carpets a deep clean. But a lot of people forget about rugs, even though they have the same issue. A quick vacuum won’t be enough to get dirt and dust out of the fibres of an old rug. But you can’t always clean them the same way you clean your carpets because they’re more fragile and you don’t want to damage them. So, every once in a while, you should take them to a rug rejuvenation service to have them serviced by a professional. They’ll be able to clean them well with gentle cleaners that don’t hurt the rug, so you can get rid of the grime and keep the rug in good shape.

Hidden Sources Of Dirt Underneath Furniture

When did you last move the couch out of the way and vacuum under it? You probably can’t remember, but don’t worry, we all do this. Moving all the furniture around every time you clean the house takes a lot of time, but you do have to do it sometimes. You’d be surprised at how quickly dust can gather under furniture, and if you don’t clean it up for a while, it can get pretty gross. It’s a pain to dust under furniture, but you can do it easily if you have a duster with a head that you can move. It doesn’t have to be done every time you vacuum or dust the rest of the house, but you should try to do it at least once or twice a month, if not more. If you do it more often, it will be easier because you won’t let it pile up for as long.

The Tops Of Kitchen Cabinets

In many people’s homes, the top of the kitchen cabinets is rarely, if ever, cleaned. That’s a problem because that area is usually one of the dirtiest. When you cook, grease, fat, and dust can build up up there. If you haven’t cleaned up there in a while or at all, it will be very dirty. The first time you clean it, it will be a bit of a job, but after that, it should be easy. If you do it about once a week, it will only take a quick wipe.

If you don’t deal with these hidden sources of dirt in your home, it won’t be as clean as you think it is, so make sure to clean these places often.

3 Ways To Make Your Next Zoom Call Fun

Since the start of the pandemic, a Zoom call has become more popular, and there are no signs that video calls will slow down. Some people do it every week because it’s the only way to keep in touch with relatives, especially older people, and friends who still keep their distance. As businesses start to open again, many people may not be as eager to see their families just yet. There’s nothing wrong with being careful, so if you’re one of those people who likes video meetings, here are some ways to make your Zoom call and FaceTime calls more fun.

Make Coffee Dates A Thing

One of the best ways to use a zoom call is to have coffee dates. Customizable best buddy mugs, for example, can be delivered as a surprise gift to be used during a phone conversation. This increases the excitement for the next phone call amongst the group and is also helpful for the hot cup of coffee you all love. DoorDash, Uber Eats, or GrubHub may also bring a coffee and croissant from a coffee shop to both of you at the same time so that you can enjoy them together in the morning. Coffee dates are convenient since you may meet early in the morning before everyone gets to work, in the evening after work, or on a weekend morning when you have more time to spend together.

Have A Virtual Cocktail Hour Zoom Call

If you’re not a fan of coffee or tea, you can always prepare your own drinks at home. When everyone has the ingredients and utensils, have a cocktail hour where you all may enjoy creating the same cocktail at the same time and sip while you catch up on current events during your Zoom call. Having fun with your female pals on Friday night after a hard day at work is a terrific idea. This can also be a great double date for couples to enjoy an evening of drinks at a favourite pub or club that would otherwise not have been possible.

Play Games

It’s easy to play games like Pictionary, Bingo, or Cards Against Humanity through a Zoom call, making it an excellent addition to your cocktail hour. With a group of friends or as a potential double date, this is an excellent way to kill time and have a good time. It’s an excellent reason to send the game of your choosing as a “just because” gift if no one in your group has access to or owns any of these titles. You may make this a tradition and have each person host a game night once in a while.