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Elena Matei Models Ricki Brazil On The Cover, Proving The Brand Remains On Top

29 Jan

Smashing the August cover of QP magazine, Romanian supermodel, Elena Matei wears a head to toe Ricki Brazil look on the tennis court, proving once again that the urban fashion label is still on top. Often boasting bold color and statement prints, this Ricki Brazil outfit takes monochrome sass to the next level, featuring a complete white on white on white look, accentuating every one of the European model’s curves.

Paired with statement vintage, high-top sneakers from Reebok, the model rocks three pieces from the Ricki Brazil mesh collection, layering up for a semi-sheer look. Slung low on her hips, Elena shows a sexy hint of skin through the Net Web Sweatpants, cut in a relaxed fit with a tapered shape and elasticated ankle cuffs.

eaming the sweatpants with the Web Net Sports Bra, the look is head to toe semi-sheer, finding just the right balance between sexy and sporty athleisure, like Ricki Brazil does so well. The sports bra dips low at the front and is finished with a racer back, complete with iconic Ricki Brazil labeling and perfect to style with anything from sweatpants to denim.

Finishing the look, Elena layers the Net Turtleneck Bodysuit, available in both white and black, over the sports bra, showing a flash of tanned skin at the hip. Designed to bring out the best in every contemporary woman’s style, this Ricki Brazil bodysuit can be worn buttoned up as a true semi-sheer turtleneck or sexily slashed to reveal a hint of shoulder.

Layer up like Elena or wear each piece solo for a statement look that perfectly rides the barrier between urban athleisure and overtly feminine pieces.

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Cell Phones For the Deaf – Data Only Cellular Plans

29 Jan

For deaf individuals or for those with significant hearing loss, cell phones can still be a great way of staying in touch. By selecting hearing aid compatible cell phones, those with a mild to moderate hearing loss can often make use of these handy communication devices especially when a neckloop, amplifier, or an induction coupler known as Hatis is added. For deaf individuals or those with a more severe hearing loss, the ability to use text messaging features is critical and the use of voice calling frustrating or useless. In such instances, paying for costly voice plans makes no sense when the individual can only make use of the data features.

Fortunately, some of the major US cellular providers now offer data only plans that can be purchased without any voice plan required. T-Mobile offers the Unlimited Data Plan which offers unlimited e-mails, messaging, web surfing, and instant messaging for only $29.99/month. AIM comes installed on the phone and users can download Yahoo!Messenger. Users can also sync up to three of their POP3 e-mail accounts to their cell phone and they receive a free account with 6MB of storage. Voice calls, if needed, would be charged at 20 cents/minute.

AT&T offers the Text Accessibility Plan (TAP) for iPhone. This plan includes unlimited SMS messages, unlimited data usage (e-mail and web) as well as visual voice mail for $40/month. Any voice calls would be charged at 40 cents/minute. The AT&T site indicates that potential users need to complete a Disability Certification form, sign up for regular iPhone activation via iTunes, and then contact AT&Ts National Center for Customers with Disabilities to change their service to the TAP plan for iPhone. Availability is sparse in Alaska as well as parts of the western US.

Sprint provides the Sprint Relay Data Plan. This $29.99/month plan provides unlimited e-mail, internet access, instant messaging, domestic text messaging (SMS), and unlimited Phone as Modem. Incoming and outgoing calls are blocked to avoid any unwanted expenses. This block can be removed by the user and voice calls would then be charged 20 cents/minute for local calls and 40 cents/minute for long distance.

US Cellular offers a number of data only plans. They have a “Standard Wireless” plan for $24.95/month which provides unlimited text messaging and, if needed, voice calls for 25 cents/minute within area and 69 cents/minute when roaming. For those interested in a plan without a contract or any credit checks, they also offer a Prepaid Plan. This $24.95/month plan also gives users unlimited text messaging but any voice calls are charged at 50 cents/minute in area and 69 cents when roaming.

For those wanting additional data services, US Cellular offers the Blackberry Plan which provides unlimited texting messaging for $14.95 and e-mail and web service for an additional $44.95/month. Any voice calls are charged at 99 cents/minute. Users get not only text messaging but Yahoo!Messenger, GoogleTalk Messenger, and Blackberry Messenger as well as the ability to link up to 10 personal POP3 e-mail accounts. The final offering is their Windows Mobile plan which provides unlimited text messaging for $14.95/month and Windows Mobile e-mail and web for an additional $29.95. Users get the Microsoft OS with Internet Explorer web browsing, MSN Instant Messenger and the ability to link up to 8 messaging and e-mail accounts.

Data only plans make sense and certainly there are at least a handful of options available; making cellular based communication a more affordable option for the deaf and hearing impaired.

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Is Entrepreneurship for Everyone?

19 Jan

I recently came across an article listing the toughest jobs in America, and it wasn’t surprising that professions such as fireman and deep-sea fisherman topped the list. But after finishing the article, I realized that one profession was completely omitted from the list: entrepreneurship!

While being an entrepreneur is not as physically dangerous as a being a deep-­sea fisherman, I would say I have had several bouts of heart palpitations since I started my entrepreneurship journey.

So Why Isn’t Entrepreneurship For Everyone

Years back, I stopped encouraging people into entrepreneurship. These conversations usually started with the person complaining about how much they hated their job and that they wished they could just (insert perfect life here).

My usual response was, “Then do it, and how can I help you in the process?” After finding out the steps required, the frustrated person would usually begin to backtrack, using phrases like “Be realistic”, and “I am not like you.”

Or even better, you get past the first excited conversation and then they slowly whither away back into their job, of which they hate, only knowing they are dying a slow, painful, and awake death.

“Entrepreneurship is not about money or business, it’s a mindset.”

Why Everyone Should Be An Entrepreneur

Both the best and the worst aspect about entrepreneurship is that there isn’t an endpoint. There is always something you can do to grow yourself individually or as an organization. You can always research and implement new sales and marketing strategies to reach your target audience, become a better communicator, or oddly enough, try to find the personal balance to take 15 minutes for yourself to remove the inner-­chatter that may be holding you back to even greater success.

This can be a good thing or a bad thing. As an entrepreneur, you are charting your own destiny and reaching the final “x” has different paths. Sometimes the path is covered with miles of trees and debris and you are hacksawing your way through the forest blindly, cutting down the trees one by one, hoping that the next one you cut down will be the buried treasure. But you can’t quit because you never know if the next tree could be the one. You have already put in so much work that there is no turning back.

To some, this may feel like a giant leap and they are leaving all sense of predictability and security at the door. Questions may cloud your mind such as, “What if I fail?”, “What if no one likes my idea?” “What if it’s too hard?”

Yes, yes, and yes! All of these questions and concerns will be brought up time and time again. The beauty of all of this is that you will have to answer these questions in order to grow as an individual and an organization. You will have to determine your value, as well as how to communicate it and to take aggressive action in order to make it into a reality.

This doesn’t happen just once, but over and over again… sometimes daily!

So why put yourself through so much? Well, it’s all in how you think about it. I believe entrepreneurship is job security, obviously not running it, but the vast amount of skills you will gain firsthand in the process.

Let’s think again about the tree example. People neglect to see that every tree they knock down in their forest of a journey is slowly building little muscles one­by-­one. When you started the journey at the beginning of the forest, it took you several swings to knock down a measly branch, let alone an entire tree.

In the business world this could be like asking questions such as “How do I get an EIN?” or “What is a domain?” At the time, the answers to these questions felt like a redwood tree and caused you great frustration, but you gained little muscles in the process without knowing it.

What used to take several hacks, now takes a single swipe even though the trees are becoming more frequent and larger. “How do I reach my target audience with limited financial resources? Got it!­ Social Media and Affiliate Marketing!

“How do I expand my operations in a different country? Develop strategic partnerships!

Bigger trees and bigger swipes, all with the same effort it took when you started your trek way back when. Only you didn’t realize you have gained 30 pounds of muscle in the process.

Knocking the initial tree down at this point, looking back, seems almost comical.

“Get those puny weights out of here!”

You Need To Take Action

A tree has never been knocked down by just thinking about it. I am not telling you to swing blindly, but after a point, trying to think about the perfect swipe without actually taking a swing is useless. The best way to determine if your swipe is going to land on the right spot or even how much force is needed is by winding up and taking a swing.

I have heard countless business ideas and read several business plans. In all honesty, what you imagine in your mind and what you scribe on paper may not pan out as you hoped when put into physical action. The real world has a personality, competition, and most of all a lot of noise. Trying to break through is not easy, but the reward is great!

You will learn much more about yourself and your entrepreneurial endeavor, by actually doing it. Making the calls, selling your idea, and experiencing rejection. Each action slowly building those tiny little muscles! Yes, you will be sore and it is hard, but greatness has never been created through taking the easy way out.

“I never knew it took years to become an overnight success” -Coach AK

So is Entrepreneurship for Everyone? No

But should everyone try it? Yes.

But will you do it? Probably not!

But if you do it, will it be worth it? YES!!!

So we go back to the title of the article and consider whether Entrepreneurship is for Everyone. Truthfully, it may not be for you, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try picking up the ax and taking a few swings along the way. You may get a few splinters or miss your target a few times, but I assure you that you will gain some significant muscle in the process.

In my next article I will be talking about finding your “Why” and how that will help you push through the crowded forest. Stay tuned…

Disclaimer: Now this isn’t a knock against the 9­-to-5ers, the stay­-at-­homers, the underrepresented, the MLMs or the list goes on. This is an article for anyone who wants to take action, but their inner-­voice disguised as fear, worry, and inadequacy take over. This is for entrepreneurs as well, who may have just been hit with a rejection, and are thick in the forest of entrepreneurship and are deciding whether to drop the axe or continue to swing on. I encourage you to keep swinging, you may have to re­-grip or change your angle, but continue because you never know when the next tree you hit will be the buried treasure. Enjoy the journey!

Let’s Be Great!

Coach AK

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The Pros And Cons Of Online And Traditional Education

17 Jan

Today, online education has become more than a cheaper and less time-consuming alternative to classroom or traditional education. Online bootcamps nowadays provide students with programming and design skills that will take less time to get as opposed to the usual college setting. But if you are currently on the verge of choosing between taking an online course or a traditional one, consider checking out some of their pros and cons.

Online Education

Savings – Prices for online courses and training programs are getting cheaper. Also, there are free tutorials being offered already. In fact, there are people who managed to build their careers with free resources alone.

Flexibility and Convenience – Even when you are employed or taking care of a family at home, boosting your current knowledge and skill can still be possible. There are online courses that will only require around 10-20 hours per week. The mere option of working from home will make it a lot easier for you to fit this into your hectic schedule.

Marketable Skills and Job Focus – As opposed to traditional education, online courses will focus much more on teaching hard and specific skills that will help you get the job you want. Boot camps, for instance, are designed to prepare you for design and programming jobs. Rather than learning general critical thinking and analysis skills, you will be practicing for tasks you will be doing in the workforce.

Digital Skills – There are certain skills born Online like how to use social media sites and learn content marketing. Hence, it is only natural that it will be the easiest to learn them through online education.

Keeps Skills Updated – This form of education is indeed the best way of keeping your skills updated, most especially when it comes to programming. Bear in mind that the world of online courses is rapidly adapting to the latest and new trends.

As for its cons, it has limited career options. This means that through this route, you can’t be a lawyer or doctor. You won’t also have the usual college experience. This is only recommended for those who are self-directed and motivated.

Traditional Education

Experience – This is actually what you are paying when you go to college. You will experience living in a dormitory, attend communal activities and parties, and be a part of a team or a club. In fact, the actual education is just secondary for some students.

Network – It will definitely be a huge advantage if you are in close physical proximity to people who will help you get a job. They will also help you get internships that often lead to jobs.

Recognized Degree – Though a bachelor’s degree does not guarantee you to get a job, people are at least assured that this is a valid form of education. It is a proof that you spent years studying and earned passing grades.

Facilities – There are courses requiring certain pieces of equipment and facilities. Traditional education provides such so you can gain experience in these areas.

As for its disadvantages, this route is insanely expensive. Apart from that, it doesn’t always save you from unemployment. Oftentimes, it may not give you the skills you needs.

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How Much Should You Spend On A Pay-Per-Click Advertising Campaign?

17 Jan

Running a business is really hard work, and even for those of you out there who have multiple businesses, the work does not necessarily get easier. Not only are you dealing with the day-to-day operations of what your industry is, but you are also navigating the 21st century in terms of spreading the word about your business, and this will undoubtedly include a pay-per-click advertising campaign.

As companies have begun to understand what it means to be relevant players in the online advertising game, being able to know how best to drive traffic to their website is critical for success. Moreover, not only is the initial push of traffic vital, but there is a need to understand what it takes to maintain a static ad campaign. In today’s world of online Advertising and marketing, clicks are what it is all about. There’s just one problem – how exactly does a business’s advertising budget factor into funding a successful pay-per-click advertising campaign?

The truth is that all businesses struggle with making sure their advertising budget is efficiently spent and that there is a worthwhile return on investment. Thus, the question comes up about the amount of money that should be spent when it comes to a pay-per-click advertising campaign.

Here are a few things to consider:

Determination of Goals – What’s it all about for your business? Numbers of leads or sales per ad dollars? Knowing what you want & what means the most to your business is the best guide.

Find Out Where You Can Save Money – Advertising experts note that only about 25% of small businesses are active in their PPC accounts. Getting your hands a little dirty may actually save you money because you’re taking the time to see where issues have arisen & trying to nip them in the bud before they become problems.

Factor in Room for Errors or Changes – Advertising budgets need some room to maneuver so that changes can be made when necessary. A dynamic advertising plan is always vital for any business because standing still without financial wiggle room means you get left behind.

Have An Actual Budget From Which to Work – Perhaps the most important part of any pay-per-click advertising campaign, businesses need to have a budget from the beginning. This lets you know how much you can spend & allocate funds for changes that may come up.

As with most things pertaining to advertising and marketing, determining a specific dollar amount to be spend on your business’s per-per-click advertising campaign is not an exact science. Full disclosure: there are a number of websites that provide their versions of equations to give you a ballpark figure, but again, it’s all an estimation. In the end, knowing what best works for your company’s advertising dollars is teaming up with a killer advertising agency that can get a handle on your business, understand your needs, and help you put together a plan to make every advertising dollar work for you.

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Buy Pepper Spray and Mace Online

17 Jan

Ever have that creepy crawly feeling that someone or something is watching you when you’re walking alone down the street? Even more creepy crawly is being alone at home and feeling that someone is peering at you through the windows or hearing a door rattle when you’re sure no one else is in the house with you.these are times you wish you had something quick and easy to grab and carry with you as you check to see what’s making those disturbing sounds; a few canisters of mace and pepper spray could be just what you need to carry with you.

Traveling to a new city can be intimidating and a little scary, especially if you’re traveling alone. You want to spend some time seeing the sights but you’re not sure about going out by yourself, you just don’t feel comfortable walking out on the streets, no matter how brightly lit, by yourself. You can feel much less vulnerable simply by slipping a little pepper spray or mace in your pocket or purse. You have the security of knowing that you have the means to protect yourself and stop an attacker just by activating that little canister of pepper spray or mace if it becomes necessary.

These little canisters can be used at a moment’s notice. You can choose from a variety of sizes and styles; some are stream shots and some are foggers. They even come in designer styles for the sophisticated gal who wants to be fashionable at all times.

There are several different strengths of pepper spray. For instance, Wildfire 18% Pepper spray formula is hot, hot, hot. It instantly permeates the skin, closing the eyes of the attacker, and inhibiting the respiratory system. It’s a pepper spray that will give you the time to get away from the danger and run to safety.

Mace is available in all shapes and sizes. There’s a pink pepper gun that sprays like an aerosol and will even spray upside down. It has a trigger-activated led light that allows for better aim. Mace will temporarily disorient the attacker and you’ll be long gone before he finds a way to follow and attack you.

We all want the feeling of safety and security no matter where we are so carrying a little pepper spray or mace canister with you will often give you just the added self-confidence you need to walk down an unfamiliar street or travel to another city.

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The Importance Of Cell Phones In Modern Society

12 Jan

Cell phones have become a necessity for many people throughout the world. The ability to keep in touch with family, business associates, and access to email are only a few of the reasons for the increasing importance of cell phones. Today’s technically advanced cell phones are capable of not only receiving and placing phone calls, but storing data, taking pictures, and can even be used as walkie talkies, to name just a few of the available options.

When cell phones were first introduced to the public, they were bulky, expensive, and some even required a base unit that had to be transported along with the phone. Good reception was a major problem and in general, early cell phones could only be used in certain locations were the signal was particularly strong. As cell phone technology advanced, the difficult in using them became less of a problem. Today, cell phone reception has improved greatly due to the use of satellites and wireless services. As cell phones improved and became simple to use, the importance of cell phones increased accordingly.

Cell phones are the perfect way to stay connected with others and provide the user with a sense of security. In the event of emergency, having a Visible Phone Service can allow help to reach you quickly and could possibly save lives. However, the importance of cell phones goes way beyond personal safety. Modern cell phones are capable of internet access, sending and receiving photos and files, and some cell phones are equipped with GPS technology, allowing for use in most locations around the world and allowing the cell phone to be found or the user located in the event of loss or emergency.

Cell phone reception has become reliable and of high quality due to advances in wireless technology. Wireless service providers offer excellent packages and promotions for cell phone users. Finding a dependable service provider is no longer an issue for cell phone users. The expansion of the wireless service provider industry gives cell phone users a choice and the increased competition has caused a drop in prices of wireless cell phone service. The importance of cell phones goes way beyond the ability to make or receive phone calls. Cell phone users can instantly send data to the home or office, check for important email, use their cell phone as a PDA or calendar, and store photos which can be easily transferred to a PC or laptop computer.

Cell phone manufacturers have produced a wide range of cell phones, which sell for prices that range from very inexpensive to over one thousand dollars. The available options give users the choice of purchasing a basic cell phone to use simply for making calls, or choosing a complex, technologically advanced cell phone that can perform as many or even more tasks that a home computer. Over the past decade, the increasing importance of cell phones has made them almost a necessity for most people. Even remote and underdeveloped countries have some access to cell phone technology and wireless services.

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