Ask Away Blog: January 2021

The Best Passive Income Options For Anyone

Friday, January 29, 2021

 
If you are keen to try and get to a place of better financial security, there are many things you can do. One option that you might want to consider is to seek out various passive income streams and then try to make the most of them. By doing this, you can make a lot of money on the side without having to do a great deal. That will mean that you can develop a lot of financial prowess in very little time and without much effort. Let’s take a look at some of the best passive income options for anyone who might be keen on getting started.

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Invest In Property

Although you need some capital to begin with, if you are in a position to start investing in property, it’s absolutely one of the best things you can do for better financial security. By investing in property, you are putting your money into a market that only tends to grow and grow, with very few and rare cases of the market going downhill. Remember that you can always sell a home, even if you think you might need some help, there are options that you can always consider to make it happen. On the whole, it is one of the safest kinds of investment you can make.

Create Media Assets

If you have a creative side, or you have some information to offer people that they will be likely to find useful, then you can make some money on the side in this way too. All you need to do is to create some media assets that you know people are probably going to pay well for, and then put them online for people to find. That might be ebooks, podcasts, audio files, videos, or whatever else, but the point is to put them up there and then draw an audience towards them. If you do that, you are going to find that you are making a surprising amount of money in no time, and in a way that is probably going to be particularly rewarding.

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Run An Online Course

Do you have something to teach? If so, you might want to consider running an online course for people to follow along with. To make this work, you will have to be a true expert in the area that you are teaching in, but as long as you have that under your belt you should find that this is perfectly achievable. Given that you can even use a range of online sites designed to help you run online courses, this is actually easier than ever to achieve. And it is a great way to make a passive income, as all you really need to do is create the course in the first place and put it online. Again, this is a great one to think about if you have a lot to teach people, and you love doing so.

Any of these could give you the perfect passive income opportunity in 2021.



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5 Tips to Be A Better Entrepreneur Like Dan Lok

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

 



As a blogger, I consider myself an entrepreneur because my blog is my brand. I am responsible for the success or failure of my blog. For me, blogging is not just a hobby, but a way to get extra income as a side hustle. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur like Dan Lok, or are a writer, influencer, small business owner, blogger (like me), there are several tips that can help you be a better entrepreneur.

Get to Know Your Audience

Depending on the product or service you specialize in, you will certainly need to determine your audience so you can put the focus on them.

Is your audience aspiring entrepreneurs looking for reliable training and advice? Is it millennials seeking to become first-time homeowners? Perhaps, it is most of the people in your hometown that could use a specific service or product you offer locally?

Some people try to branch out too quickly too soon and that is why they say to know your audience first. You need to reach the target people who are looking for what YOU offer. It is always wise to see how successful you are with your original audience before thinking of ways to expand. Make sure you take time to get to know the people that engage with you on social media and the people that come to you for business. Don’t forget to ask them what they like and do not like, so you can do an even better job in the future to attract more customers or clients.

When I first began blogging, it was for the sole purpose to give advice to a broad audience. I ended up determining the topics people wanted advice on based on feedback from my readers. Now, I can focus on the different types of readers I have by offering them the specific type of content they want to see.

Market Your Brand

Unless you hire someone to do your marketing and PR work, you must be able to do it on your own and sell yourself to your audience.

There are several ways to market yourself like: networking at events, promoting on social media, or collaborating with people who can promote you to their own audience.

Some brands will collaborate with another brand to create a new dual product that gets their name out to more people. Bloggers and influencers are a very useful way to get the word out through sponsorships and shoutouts. Make certain you sign-up to attend events in your field where you can meet people and brands to collaborate with. Their audience could easily become your audience as well.

Invest in Yourself!

That old saying that it ‘takes money to make money’ may seem very cliche, but it is also true. You cannot expect to turn a profit without investing in your brand. Do not be afraid to spend money to invest in a professional logo or website and do not be stingy with paid advertising.

The better the quality your brand reflects, the better the impression it will give potential customers. Remember, as an entrepreneur, you are worth it! Keep your confidence!

When I first started blogging, I did everything myself. However, as hard as I worked, I wasn’t really growing like I wanted to. I had to invest in professional web designers to help make my blog look clean and to create an attractive, professional logo. I also paid to promote my posts on social media and I have invested in myself by paying for conferences that have allowed me to network and learn how to be more professional.

Take Notes from Others in Your Field

Some people view everyone else in their field as ‘competition’. Though they are a competitor, if they are successful, you need to pay attention to their advice and what they seem to be doing right.

If you notice your advertising campaigns do not have great results, look at what other brands in your field are doing. Sometimes growth just means trying out different things and learning lessons along the way.

I am friends with lots of other bloggers. I see them as friends and mentors because I always reach out to them for advice and they do the same with me. When I feel like I’ve plateaued in my growth, I will ask for guidance from other influencers and later return the favor. Other entrepreneurs are always great to get to know and to collaborate with.

Think Like Your Client

At the end of the day, you need to think like your target audience because that is how you can critique your brand. If you think your website is hard to navigate when you visit when you are viewing it, you should consider making it more user friendly. If something does not seem right to you, it probably doesn’t seem right to your audience either. Always ask yourself: “if I were a customer, what exactly would I want” and then focus on delivering whatever that is.

Hopefully, these tips help you look closer at what you may be doing right as an entrepreneur or areas where you could improve.



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5 Secrets to a Happy and Healthy Heart

 

The heart is the powerhouse of your body. The amount of work your heart does is enormous and keeping it healthy is essential. One of the leading causes of death worldwide is heart and circulatory illnesses. It can be very easy to take the role of our heart for granted, however, by just adding a few changes to your lifestyles and diets; you can help safeguard your heart health.

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Here are five ways to have a happy and healthy heart.
 
Bring Down your Cholesterol Levels

Your body needs cholesterol to form healthy cells, however, high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of developing heart illnesses. High cholesterol leads to fatty deposits in the blood vessels. The deposits then grow and make it harder for blood to flow through your arteries. The deposits can cause a heart attack or even stroke by breaking and forming a mass.

You can inherit high cholesterols, but it is normally a result of many unhealthy choices. High cholesterol is avoidable and treatable. Exercise regularly and learn why you can’t lose weight by visit a doctor. Your doctor can prescribe medications to help reduce high cholesterol.
 
Control your Blood Pressure

Typically, your blood pressure should be 120/80mmHg. Higher readings are considered stage one hypertension and might be controlled by making some simple lifestyle changes. An uncontrolled blood pressure puts you at a higher risk of having heart problems like heart attack, and stroke by almost three times. The best way to control your blood pressure is by cutting down your salt intake.

Avoid sprinkling salt on food salads and reduce the amount of salt you use in cooking. Additionally, when shopping for foodstuffs, make sure to check the labels to check the levels of salt. Avoid foods that have more than 0.6g of sodium per 100g food.
 
Consume More Fruits and Vegetables

You can increase the quantity of potassium in your diet by increasing the quantity of vegetables and fruits that you eat. Fruits and vegetables have minerals, vitamins, and fiber, which can help keep your heart happy and healthy. Some fruits and vegetables like mango, citrus fruits, and sweet potatoes are packed with soluble fiber that helps reduce the cholesterol levels in your body.
 
Exercise

People living a sedentary lifestyle have a higher risk of suffering from heart complications. One step towards a healthy heart is by being physically active. Exercise is one of the best ways to strengthen the heart muscles, maintaining your weight, and keeping artery damage due to cholesterol at bay. Exercises to help keep your heart healthy include;

Dancing

Walking

Swimming

Cycling

Hiking

To get better results from your exercise, try incorporating aerobic, strength training, and stretching exercises. Remember to have your doctor recommend the best workouts that you can do at home.
 
Eat Fish

Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and fresh tuna are packed with lots of omega-3 fatty acids that are very helpful to your heart. Omega-3 fatty acids improve your levels of cholesterol. They can also be found in walnuts, spinach, soya pumpkin seeds and canola oils, flaxseed, and flaxseed oil.
 
Bottom Line

Other than exercising, and making some lifestyle changes, you can keep fit this year by getting enough sleep, reducing stress, and limiting your alcohol intake. Reduce your salt intake to control your blood pressure and eat foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids to improve and maintain the health of your heart.




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My Favorite Home Decor Items from Amazon

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I love when people round up their favorite items and Amazon is one of my favorite places to get things for around my house so I figured I'd do a roundup of my absolute favorite Amazon finds!


We Bet You’ll Love These Low Maintenance Home Design Ideas

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

 

Have you recently purchased a home? If so, then you might be interested in exploring a few different design ideas. You could, for instance, choose to design your home in a way that makes it easy to maintain. These are some of the best ways to do this.

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Astro Turf

Let’s start with the exterior and look at your garden. It’s possible that you don’t have green hands and hate spending time outside working to keep your garden well maintained. If that’s the case, then Astro turf could be the right option. Previously, this was only used for commercial purposes. However, times have changed and now it’s quite a popular choice for private homes too. The benefit of this is obvious. You won’t have to cut the grass or worry about it going brown. Instead, it will look green and great all year around.

Flooring

Next, you should think about flooring choices for the interior of your home. Carpets used to be the most popular choice for home flooring. This was largely chosen to provide insulation within the home and give it some texture. However, if you want to ensure that your home is easy to maintain, this isn’t the right choice. Instead, you should think about solid wood flooring. A big benefit here is that you’ll be able to wipe away marks and stains on the floor. Flooring like this can also remain durable and beautiful for years.

Minimal Decor Design

Of course, if you want to ensure that your home is easy to maintain, then you should definitely think about your overall decor and the theme that you choose. Reducing clutter will be a great choice here. By reducing clutter, you can guarantee that it will be easier to tidy and vacuum your home on a regular basis. The best way to achieve this is with a minimal design. You can reduce the amount of furniture and accessories that you have in your home. To do this, think carefully about the items that you need to complete a room and just add a few accessories for decor purposes.

Choosing Different Materials

Finally, you should think carefully about different materials that you use as part of your home design. Some materials cause more maintenance issues than others. There are certain materials that shed and leave marks everywhere which will mean that you’ll need to spend more time vacuuming and tidying your home. Other materials are far easier to maintain. One example would be leather. Leather furniture is great as, like wooden floors, you can just wipe away any marks and it will continue to look fantastic years after the original purchase.

As you can see, there are countless options if you are interested in a home that is easy to maintain and keep clean. With these ideas, you can guarantee that you don’t have to spend a lot of time or energy on keeping your home looking great. Instead, you’ll be able to focus more of your energy on your family, your personal life and even your professional goals.



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Finding The Best Place To Purchase Your Engagement Ring

 
After the year that was 2020, we all need something to look forward to in 2021, and what better occasion than getting married? If you want to get engaged this year and want to get the most engagement ring that you can for your money, you will need to know what you want and shop around.

There is a wealth of variety available when choosing an engagement ring. Educating yourself before you go shopping is an excellent way to make your money go further.


What is Botox Treatment and what are its Benefits?

Monday, January 25, 2021

 

You have probably heard of Botox and automatically assumed it’s a celeb thing. While it’s true that lots of celebrities get Botox treatment to maintain their youthful looks, so do many of us non-celeb folks. There is nothing wrong with taking care of how you look as long as you can afford the treatment and select your treatments carefully.

But what is this popular Botox treatment?

Botox is a naturally occurring protein used in form administered as an injection to treat most visible signs of aging such as frown lines and creases.

Botox blocks chemicals released by nerve cells that cause the muscles to tighten, leading to wrinkles and lines. Botox blocks these chemicals and weakens the muscle contraction a little leading to a smoother skin appearance. This is because you cannot wrinkle the brow that causes wrinkles.

However, it is a temporary solution lasting about six months, but the results are worth it.

However, regaining youthful skin is not all Botox is all about. Some people also get Botox to treat or relieve conditions such as underarm sweating, neck pain, migraines, eye problems, muscular dysfunctioning, and bladder and bowel incontinence.

In general, it treats a myriad of conditions that come with aging.
 
 Benefits of Botox treatment

Botox is a common skin procedure done in many spas and practices. Botox treatment in Manhattan is very popular not to mention in other states and other parts of the world as well.

If you are not aware of Botox’s benefits, here are some of them.
 
Treats migraines

One of the greatest benefits of Botox is that it helps relieve migraines. Botox does this by entering the nerve endings and blocks them, preventing them from releasing chemicals that transmit pain associated with migraines. However, this is a treatment for those who frequently suffer from migraines and not treat current migraine.
 
Treats a drooping brow

A drooping brow causes a person to look beaten, unhappy and tired even when they are happy. While some drooping brows can be treated with a proper diet, some require some particular intervention. Botox treatment is one such intervention. The treatment results in the relaxing of the brow muscles and keep them aloft.
 
Stop eye twitching

Eye twitching is often a temporary irritation. But in some cases, the twitch is too rapid that it becomes more than an annoyance. It can sometimes cause permanent muscle spasms. Other times, it can be painful and can interfere with a person’s vision.

Botox relaxes contracted facial muscles and stops those twitches.
 
Takes some years off

Yes, Botox takes away moderate to severe smile and frown lines and forehead lines. Years of those lines forming on the face can take a toll on the skin, visibly seen on the face. Not to mention, the natural aging process that causes the skin to lose elasticity causing deep wrinkles and lines.

All these lines and wrinkles are easily treated with Botox treatment.
Stops excessive sweating

Hyperhidrosis is a common condition that causes a person to sweat excessively than usual. People with this condition sweat even when they are inactive or when the weather is cool.

Botox acts as a shield for sweat glands to stop excessive sweating in areas such as armpits, feet, and hands. While a patient will need to repeat the procedure every few months, it solves that embarrassing problem.
 
Safe and effective

Botox is extremely effective in dealing with fine lines and wrinkles on the face. It is also effective in treating some health conditions, as discussed above. What’s more, the side effects are very mild and temporary. And of course, Botox treatment needs to be repeated every few months but the results last during that duration.



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Ways to Spruce Up Your Home in Winter




 
 Winter time is when we are all stuck inside our homes just waiting for the warmer weather to come back.   Personally, I prepare my home for Winter so that I can sit around and just enjoy the inside of it during the cold weather but this year we started working on inside projects more so that once the weather warms up we can focus more on the outside projects.  Whatever things you have to do, here are some ideas of ways to spruce up your home over the next couple of months.


Books I Recommend You Read [January]

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Starting this year off with some great books, check em out!


Making Your Home More Comfortable For Everyone

Friday, January 22, 2021

 
It’s important that you are always doing your best to make your home as comfortable as possible. You want it to be this way for you, for your family, for anyone else that lives with you, and for the people who visit your home. There are a number of ways that you can do this, so it’s just going to be a case of simply implementing the things that need to be done as soon as you know what they are. But, you might be struggling to come up with ideas that will make your home more comfortable. If that is the case, then you have come to the right place because down below, we’re going to be taking a look at some of these things. Keep reading to find out more.

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Soft Furniture

The first thing that we are going to recommend is that you make sure your home has soft furniture. Unless you want to end up with a bad back and you want your visitors to be extremely uncomfortable when they visit your house, you need to make sure that you’ve got some soft furniture. Sitting on hard furniture all the time is going to have a number of consequences for your health, none of which are particularly pleasant.

It’s not difficult to find good furniture for a decent price if you are on a budget. We understand that not everybody has the funds to be able to splash out on fancy furniture, and you don’t need to. There are plenty of pieces that you can pick up for next to nothing that are going to be super comfortable. The only piece of advice that we will give you about furniture is that you should always try before you buy. You don’t want to end up with something that looks super comfy, but when you sit down, it feels as though you are sitting on a plank of wood.

Candles

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Another thing that will make your home feel more comfortable is the addition of candles. Candles have a soothing feeling about them, and they make people relax. You don’t want everyone in your home to be sitting there, feeling like something is missing, and candles could be this thing. If you have kids, then you can still have candles in the home, just make sure that they are high up so that the children can’t reach them. Also, ensure that any lighters are well out of the way because you do not need them getting their hands on one.

You can buy different scents depending on what kind of mood you are looking to create. You can even buy tea lights and then buy candle holders to make them look a bit prettier. It’s these small touches that can make a big difference.

Heat And Air Conditioning

You should also make sure that you have working heating and air conditioning. When the weather is at one extreme or another, you want to make sure that you and anyone else can be kept at a comfortable temperature. We’re sure that you have experienced being indoors in the blazing heat without air conditioning at least once in your life, and it is certainly not pleasant. It’s also not pleasant not to be able to feel your toes because they are so cold.

Sometimes these things can be expensive to own and run, but it is going to be worth it. Think of it as an investment into the future because trust us when we say that you are going to be thankful for this when the weather turns. You don’t have to have either on all the time, just enough to make sure that the home is staying at a temperature that is comfortable for everyone. This is especially true if you have guests in your home, or you have invited someone to stay with you for a while. You can’t expect them to stay somewhere that is too hot or too cold.

Go Green

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Have you ever thought about going green? Well, now might be the time. Plants and flowers have the ability to positively impact the way that we think and reduce our stress levels. Even if you don’t think that you have the ability to look after something like an orchid, there are plenty of houseplants that you can take care of, even if you are a serial houseplant killer. Just make sure that you are taking the time to water the plant everyday. When you have plants in your home, it brings you closer to nature, and this is thought to have an impact on the human mind. Humans are connected to nature, and that is why being around it or in it is known to make us happy.

Keep It Clean

You should also make sure that your home is clean at all times if you want it to be comfortable. There is nothing comfortable about walking around a home that has trash everywhere, where there are things all over the floors and clutter surrounding every available surface. This isn’t comfortable, this is simply lazy, and it is going to make other people feel uncomfortable when they come. Think about how you would feel if you walked into someone’s home and it looked in the same state that yours does right now. Would you be comfortable there? Or, would you be waiting until you could leave without looking impolite.

Get A Pet

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Finally, you might want to consider getting a pet for your home. Your home is not going to be complete without a furry little friend there to look out for you. Remember though that it is their home too, so if anyone has a problem with the pet, then you’re going to have to think carefully about what you are going to do. The pet has a home with you from the second you purchase it, and you can’t let someone who doesn’t live in your home tell you that it can’t be around them, unless they are allergic because that is a completely legitimate reason.

You can either buy a new pet, or you can go to the shelter and pick one up. There are so many cute animals that are in need of a forever home in the shelter so it’s worth going to take a look, see what you can find. It might be the case that you don’t bond with anyone there, but it also might be the case that you find the pet you have been searching for.

Pets always make homes feel more comfortable because they give a sense of ease and happiness. When you have a pet wandering around your home, it’s hard not to feel as though you are in a place of family, and in turn, feel comfortable there. For anyone who currently lives there, it’s just like expanding the family with something that doesn’t scream all night but still gives you all of those warm and fuzzy feelings.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do if you are hoping to make your home more comfortable for everyone. This includes the people who live in your home, and the people who are going to be guests in it. It’s important that you are creating a space where people feel comfortable, so take this advice, and this is exactly what you are going to get. We wish you the very best of luck.

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4 Compelling Reasons For Owning a Family Pet in 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021

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Did you know that pets are remarkable not just for adults but kids too? Your pets' ability to adore, care for, comfort and be funny makes them a fantastic addition to every home. A 2019 study proposed that approximately 85 million US homes have a pet compared to 35 million households with children. Meanwhile, the APPMA claims more than $60 billion is spent by American pet owners due to the numerous advantages of having one at home. Want to know more? Here are some compelling reasons to have a pet at home this year.

They are great for kids

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Pets are scientifically proven to be useful for children to become responsible, confident, and kind. Additionally, several studies have proposed numerous health advantages, including reduced risk of developing asthma and other sensitivities when interacting with pets. Households with pets tend to have more active and dynamic children since they always have a partner to play with. If you have shy kids, consider getting them a pet since they'll likely engage other pet owners during a walk or at the park.

Pets are great companions

Companionship is one of the essential needs for each individual triggered by the need to feel affection and closeness. Pets make the best of allies as they stay with you regardless. Unlike your ex or best friend, your pet won't pass judgment or desert you when you need it the most. After what has been a long day, you return home to see someone eagerly waiting to welcome you home. How's that not a great feeling? For a person that frequently takes road trips or travels, a dog can be great company. Find a travel-friendly breed, spec up with a dog car hammock, get some supplies, and you are set for a worthwhile experience. Dog breeds like Toy Poodle, Affenpinscher, and Brussels Griffon are considered great travel dogs.

They make great guards

Pets, particularly dogs, are great rescuers. They are notable for their ability to guard and fight even in dangerous and life-threatening circumstances. Dogs will stay close to protect you from anything that may appear as a danger. Not just dogs, other creatures like birds are exceptional watchmen for your home since they can sense immediate danger. Against the widespread perception that only dogs can keep you safe, few other pets can undoubtedly flag a threat to their owner immediately.

Pets can help build social connections

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Pets are great for expanding your social circle. A study has proposed that pets can help you build more social connections since pet owners have considerable mutual interests. For instance, taking your pet for a stroll in the park can get you to meet and interact with other pet owners. Many individuals, especially children, will want to get close to you and your pet at the park or recreational facility. These associations, no matter how little, can get you feeling glad and positive about everyday life.

With over 6.5 million pets being admitted to shelters every year, an estimated 1.5 million are euthanized due to limited resources for the upkeep. The numbers aren't reassuring; knowing individuals can't take care of these beautiful creatures is quite disheartening. But why not try having one and create unforgettable memories.




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