More For Your Money With Wholesale Patio Set Furniture

Wholesale patio set furniture can be a good investment, especially if you manage to find a high quality company. You can find more about wicker patio set furniture “”>resources on wicker patio set furniture at his website.You could be lounging around on designer furniture and having more money to spend on accessorizing too. What more could you possibly want?

If you are looking to update your patio but you simply do not have the money to get a whole new patio set of furniture, then why not look into getting wholesale furniture?

With wholesale wicker patio set furniture you get to save money and make your garden look nice and homely again. Wicker patio set furniture can really add a little character and many people prefer it for its bright, modern look.

Ensuring That You Purchase Good Quality Patio Set Furniture

Whilst purchasing wholesale patio set furniture is certainly a good idea for your bank balance, it might not always be the best choice. This is because you want something which is going to look sophisticated and good to look at. Something so cheap will not always be of good quality and that is why you can purchase it in bulk at wholesale prices. So always do a little research into the wholesale patio set furniture you are thinking of purchasing.

If you find that all wholesale patio set furniture you see is not overly great, remember that you can still find cheappatio set furniture from ordinary department stores. If you shop online for example you will find that most stores offer discounts and you can save quite a lot of money potentially. Also not everyone wants a large amount of patio set furniture so it would be a waste of money anyway if you were buying something for the sake of it.

Can Wholesale Patio Set Furniture Be Good Quality?

It is possible to find wholesale patio set furniture at a good price and of a high quality. It is just a lot harder to do. The great thing about it too is that there are designer sets that you can purchase at wholesale prices and they are usually designed to an extremely high standard.

Wholesale prices allow you to buy more patio set furniture for a cheap price and that does make sense if you think about it. Many people could benefit from purchasing a whole patio set rather than just one or two pieces. So if you could benefit from a set of patio set furniture then wholesale may be the way to go.

One of the main advantages of wholesale patio set furniture is that whilst you save money on the actual patio set furniture, it leaves you with money to spend on accessorizing the garden. You could buy a beautiful water feature or some amazing flowers which will really capture the eye. Your garden is a sanctuary where you can go and relax and forget about everything. So by making it as beautiful as possible it will make you a lot happier and you will have a garden that you are truly proud of.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

For More Workers, Home Is Where the Office Is

  • On 8:06 pm EST, Sunday January 3, 2010

So maybe 2010 will be the year that you finally break out on your own. Voluntarily or not.

As we continue to dig ourselves out of the deepest recession since the Great Depression, many of us have lost corporate jobs. Others worry that layoffs are lurking. We're taking on free-lance assignments, contract work and short-term projects -- and getting them done in the extra bedroom, eat-in kitchen or spare corner in the utility room.

The home is the new hotbed of entrepreneurial activity.

For those who have temporarily joined the ranks of the self-employed, a home office is the natural (and cheapest) place to get work done. For others who are using severance packages to take a shot at entrepreneurship, the home can be an ideal incubator to test out ideas. Many a successful venture began life in a garage (Hewlett-Packard, in 1938) or launched from a living room (LinkedIn, in 2003).

In many cases, it makes sense to grow the business at home before moving into a separate physical location. Other times, your new venture, career or sideline is simply well-suited to be run out of your home. And in a tough economy, a business owner who has rented office space might return to a home office to trim costs.

About 52% of all small businesses are home-based -- representing a broad swath of industries, from software development and mail-order sales to plumbing and general contracting -- according to statistics from the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy.

What are the advantages of working from home? The easy commute, for starters, followed by the flexibility and the informal dress code. There also are tax write-offs: As long as you use a portion of your home exclusively and regularly for business, you can deduct a percentage of your rent or mortgage interest, utility bills, repairs and other costs.

Yet there are some distinct disadvantages, too. Most frequently cited is the lack of social interaction. For others, the home is one giant distraction. A pile of dirty dishes, a screaming child or even a sunny patio might compete for attention. Often, friends and family who don't understand you are truly working might call or stop by.

The home can be a difficult place to meet customers or clients, especially if you don't have an extra room or an appropriate place for a business discussion. When it comes to hiring employees, some home-based entrepreneurs say there isn't enough space or that it feels too invasive to have staff in the house. Most home-based businesses (about 93%) don't have employees, according to SBA statistics. Often, it's the need to hire employees that forces home-based entrepreneurs to rent space elsewhere. Lastly, the line between work and personal life can easily blur when working from home.

As such, it's important to come up with a set of practices to maintain some degree of separation between your work and personal life. Here are some ways to do so:

Have a separate office space. Ideally, your work space is in a separate room, with a door that closes, good ventilation and lighting. The bedroom is the worst place for a home office, as work becomes the first and last thing you see each day. If you don't have a spare room, screens or cabinets can help divide your work and living spaces.

Install office equipment. Make sure you have a phone line and a computer (with high-speed Internet access) dedicated to your business. Install any necessary business software on the PC, and consider other office-grade equipment as needed: copiers, scanners, work desks, filing cabinets and the like.

Set a timetable. Keeping regular business hours (such as 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with weekends off) will assist you in dealing with clients, customers, suppliers and vendors -- and make it easier for you to have a social life.

Fashion work hours around logical periods of productivity, such as when a spouse leaves for work or kids go off to school. If you live by yourself, set a finite end of the day.

Take breaks. A big challenge for home-based business owners is setting aside time for small breathers or lunch. Short breaks can reduce stress, improve productivity and prevent burnout.

Limit household tasks. Be disciplined about not letting household errands and chores interfere with your work day. Consider getting housekeeping help to free up more time and energy for work.

Get child care. While many parents choose to be home-based to be closer to their kids, young ones can easily distract you from work. Consider getting full- or part-time child-care help, or sharing responsibilities with a spouse or family members.

Communicate to others that you are really working. Make sure those close to you respect your decision to work at home. Ask friends and family not to call or stop by during the day, or if they do, to keep it brief.

Chris Russell, founder of the job-posting site in Trumbull, Conn., says even his wife, who works outside the home, sometimes forgets that he's trying to work. "My wife will say to me, 'Can you go to the dry cleaners for me? Can you start dinner early?' " he says. "I give her a little friendly reminder: 'I'm working, dear.' "

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