Joy's Flair http://www.joysflair.com Lifestyle, Fashion, Shopping, Beauty, Home Improvement, Business and more Tue, 19 May 2015 07:05:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 4 Things to Consider When Setting up a Boutiquehttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/05/4-things-to-consider-when-setting-up-a-boutique/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/05/4-things-to-consider-when-setting-up-a-boutique/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 07:05:24 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4096 ‘Boutique’ is such an evocative word – it means so much more than ‘shop’ or ‘store’. A boutique is not just a simple place to exchange goods for money;it creates a unique experience for the customer. Here are four tips to help you set up a boutique and differentiate yourself from the thousands of mundane, […]

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‘Boutique’ is such an evocative word – it means so much more than ‘shop’ or ‘store’. A boutique is not just a simple place to exchange goods for money;it creates a unique experience for the customer. Here are four tips to help you set up a boutique and differentiate yourself from the thousands of mundane, boring ‘shops’ out there.

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1. Unique Selling Points

What’s your angle? What’s separating you from the crowd? Look for a product or service that might be a bit niche but still in high demand. What are people loving at the moment but can’t easily find? The easiest way to compete with established businesses is to not really compete with them at all. Don’t attack them head-on by trying to beat them at their own game; instead, sidestep and attack them from the side. Maybe focus entirely on one particular service or product, which will allow you to concentrate on delivering the highest possible quality rather than spreading yourself thin.

2. The Experience of Shopping at Your Boutique

Service is key to further differentiating yourself from your competitors. Anyone can exchange a product or service for money, but how you make a customer feel during that process is what’s going to get people talking (and nothing’s as powerful as word-of-mouth when it comes to marketing).Outstanding customer service will get people looking for an excuse to visit your boutique. And service goes beyond the sale;after-sales support is key to generating a loyal customer base and a fantastic reputation.

3. External Warehouse Storage for Surplus Stock

You’ve got to put your stock somewhere. Dedicated storage space is nice and handy,especially if you develop a surplus of stock. Since you’re focusing on a very niche product, you will probably need a highly specialised storage and warehousing system that allows you to best manage your products, especially if your business is slow to start. It’s well worth looking into professional, commercial storage solutions from a company like Elbowroom, who could provide you with pallet racking, shelving, and storage equipment.

4. Atmosphere and Style

How you promote, decorate, and style your boutique cements the image of it in your customers’ minds. Again, the key to success here is differentiation;find out what your competitors are doing and then don’t do that. Pick out colour schemes and layout/design ideas that separate you fully from everyone else. Find unique packaging ideas and materials for your products. Offer promotions and discounts that other stores wouldn’t dare do. Keep it different.

Boutiques should be unique, they should be focused, and they should be fun! That’s what differentiates you from mainstream shops. Ideally, your boutique should provide something above and beyond the product or service you offer – simply going into one should be as much of a draw card for shoppers as buying something. These are four ideas, but there are many, many others you could come up with.

What would you suggest to someone who wants to set up a boutique? Share your advice or thoughts in the comments below.

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5 Ways to Increase Brand Awarenesshttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/05/5-ways-to-increase-brand-awareness/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/05/5-ways-to-increase-brand-awareness/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 03:06:06 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4094 No matter how big or small your business is, building your brand is imperative for your survival in the marketplace. Whether you’re promoting your company to consumers or other businesses, you have to compete in a very busy and crowded market and against established brands with big marketing budgets. So how do you increase the […]

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No matter how big or small your business is, building your brand is imperative for your survival in the marketplace. Whether you’re promoting your company to consumers or other businesses, you have to compete in a very busy and crowded market and against established brands with big marketing budgets. So how do you increase the awareness of your brand amongst new and existing customers? Here are five classic and fundamental brand-building strategies.

1. Social media

Whether you love it or hate it, social media can make or break a business. Even if you have a minimal online presence, you can still promote your brand and reach your customers easily and cheaply through channels such as Facebook and Twitter. The nature of your business and industry will largely determine how much online marketing you do, so make sure you tailor your presence and activities on the World Wide Web to suit your business needs. You don’t have to spend hours on the Internet – unless your business is web-based – just enough to get your brand noticed by your customers.

2. Product quality & customer service

Well before the Internet was born, these two factors alone built brands. It’s good old fashioned ‘word of mouth’ and nowadays, social media now provides customers with the ability to spread their word far and wide in the blink of the eye.On or offline, what your customers say about your products and customer service is absolutely critical to the profitability and longevity of your business.

3. Online marketing

Given the impact the Internet can make on any business, it pays to invest in quality online marketing rather than relying on social networks to spread the word for you. Paid advertising can be in the form of website development and maintenance, online ads, search engine optimisation and even blogs. If these words mean very little to you, it’s probably a good idea to engage a professional to help you with your online marketing efforts.

4. Events

Events are also a powerful way to spread the word amongst your target audience. They can also be a very cost effective way of doing this as you can reach a large number of people in one go, promote your business and then let them spread the word for you throughout their networks. To do this, planning and marketing are critical and the event itself must run smoothly and professionally. Events also provide a superb opportunity for you to really get your brand out there. Every piece of marketing material – both prior to and on the day – should have your brand plastered all over it. This includes invitations, event programs, registration table cloths, name badges, pop-up or pull-up displays and other promotional materials. If you truly want to bring your events and brand to life, take a look at some of the amazing marketing merchandise now on offer from specialist suppliers such as Signal Events.

5. Be strategic

As mentioned previously, when trying to promote your brand, you’re up against a lot of competition. Gone are the days when marketing meant printing and distributing loads of marketing materials and/or adopting the ‘spray and pray’ method of advertising. These things are now far too expensive and highly unlikely to yield the results your seeking. Marketing needs to be strategic, with clearly defined and measurable objectives. You need to clearly understand who you are seeking to influence, what kind of messages will resonate with them and how to reach them effectively. Invest a bit of time and effort upfront by undertaking some market research and doing some proper business and marketing planning. This will ensure your brand gets noticed by the right people and ultimately, will give you the ‘biggest bang for your buck’.

There are many ways to promote your brand. Make sure what you do is strategic as this will give you better results with the least amount of money. Capitalise on social media for low-cost brand exposure and also look into some paid online advertising. Face-to-face is also a really great way to grow your reputation, so host some awesome events that showcase what your brand is all about.

 

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The Best Ways To Improve Curb Appeal With Little Efforthttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/05/the-best-ways-to-improve-curb-appeal-with-little-effort/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/05/the-best-ways-to-improve-curb-appeal-with-little-effort/#respond Fri, 01 May 2015 06:56:55 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4091 A beautiful landscape is a wonderful thing to behold. Somehow it adds order and beauty to our complicated lives, allowing us to breathe in nature for just a moment and forget troubles. Curb appeal is nice for visitors, but it’s even nicer for those who reside in their own home. If you’ve been thinking that […]

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A beautiful landscape is a wonderful thing to behold. Somehow it adds order and beauty to our complicated lives, allowing us to breathe in nature for just a moment and forget troubles. Curb appeal is nice for visitors, but it’s even nicer for those who reside in their own home. If you’ve been thinking that curb appeal is reserved for those with large budgets or a lot of time, here are six ways to improve your own landscape simply and without a large expenditure of money.

Begin With Your Front Door

An entrance door can be easily painted to coordinate its color with the rest of the home. Remove and replace any old hardware on the door. Add a feature to the outside that will enhance the look of the door, such as a brass doorknocker or a welcome sign. Replace any other brass or metal items that are rusty, scratched or dirty beyond repair, such as your mailbox or address numbers. These small items can make a big impact in the look of your entrance.

Potted Flower Garden

You may not have the time to grow an extended flower garden, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a punch of color to your landscape with potted flowers. Try grouping bunches of potted flowers in one focal point near your front door. Add hanging pots of trailing leaves to the eaves of your home. Purchase window boxes that are easily installed on your window ledge, and fill them with small potted flowers. Ask your garden center what potted flowers are the hardiest for your weather zone, especially if you aren’t gifted with a green thumb. When the weather turns too cold to have potted flowers outside, you can still display them at your front windows from within. You can also add dried flower wreaths at your front door for a perennial winter display.

Install A Small Fountain

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t enjoy the look of a running fountain. Contrary to what you might think, modern fountains don’t have to waste tons of water. They simply recycle the same water over and over. Garden fountains run from the whimsical, such as a hanging bucket in a well, to the more modern approach of stylized art. They look beautiful in a front landscape, even when the water is not running. Ideally, a front landscape ought to be balanced, with visual features that are the correct size for the landscape they are on. This may be difficult to achieve on a lot of acreage. If you are unsure of the best way to decorate your landscape, ask a professional landscaper for help.

Solar Lighting

The most beautiful landscapes have lighting which gives off a soft glow at night. Lights with colored diffusion are even prettier. Solar lights can be placed anywhere on your landscape to highlight an area or define it. Try placing them along your walkway or nearby garden art as an accent. The advantage of solar lights is that while they are not particularly bright, they take their energy from the sun. No electrical wires need to be installed. You simply stake them into the ground wherever they are needed.

An Inviting Garden Trellis

For years, the garden trellis has been used as a symbol of love. To this day, wedding couples are photographed beneath it. A garden trellis can be an inviting open doorway calling visitors onto your walkway. If you long for the nostalgia of a country scene, consider placing a trellis or garden arbor at your entrance way. Enhance it with delicate flowers planted at its base.

Cast Iron Fire Pit

Fire is another visual feature that is loved by most people, particularly in the summertime at night. There’s no reason to confine it to your back patio. Choose a tall fire pit that emits a vertical flame, placed somewhere near the front steps. Just be sure the fire is contained within the pit, and the pit itself is heavy and durable. Be sure to supervise its use for safety.

 

Simplicity is the key to a beautiful landscape. Simple features added to your front landscape can have a very pleasing effect, if they are chosen to harmonize with the look of your home. Professional landscaping in Provo, UT can make your yard look great without all the extra hassle. Be sure to get expert help on designing your yard.

 

 

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Whether you have to force yourself to stick to a super tight budget or you simply are not a fan of spending more money than you have to, you might want to consider various ways to save on hotels in Rome and on the various things you will do while there. To help you get started on the right path, you are going to want to check out the following tips.

The very first thing that you are going to want to do is to make sure that you are making reservations for a quality hotel as quickly as possible. It is important to remember that Rome can become extremely busy during major holidays and events so if you will be traveling during that time, you will want to make sure that you are making your reservations as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the less likely it is that you are going to have a lot of options to pick from.

Another thing to consider is that you do not always have to pay the price as advertised on some major website. You might be able to get a cheaper deal by doing a few things. The first thing you are going to want to do is to make sure that you are contacting a travel agent that is very familiar with Rome. He or she might already have access to cheaper rates that can be passed directly to you. Then there is the option of calling the hotels in Rome to ask about available discounts. Depending on their specific hotel policy and what you might qualify for, you might find that there are senior citizen, college student, large family, and auto insurance discounts that you might be able to take advantage of.

You are also going to want to plan your activities before you leave for Rome. While you might want to make sure that you are leaving a little wiggle room in your schedule for the random things you could not have foreseen, you are going to want to make sure that you are going to Rome with a game plan. This will not only ensure that you are getting to do and see as much as possible with the time that you have, but that you are able to research the best ways to save money.

All you have to do now is take these tips and put them into action.

 

 

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How to design tiny yet functional spaceshttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/how-to-design-tiny-yet-functional-spaces/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/how-to-design-tiny-yet-functional-spaces/#respond Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:21:40 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4086 If you have a tiny space for living, there are some ways you can make it functional, comfortable and inviting. Here you will learn some of the tricks and approaches you can apply in furnishing and decorating it. Use them to make your small home look larger. When space is limited, it is certainly valuable. […]

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If you have a tiny space for living, there are some ways you can make it functional, comfortable and inviting. Here you will learn some of the tricks and approaches you can apply in furnishing and decorating it. Use them to make your small home look larger. When space is limited, it is certainly valuable. These innovative approaches will help you design your rooms in a practical and aesthetically pleasing way.

First make calculations to estimate your floor plan and the size of each room. Then measure how much of the space of each room you will use for furniture and appliances and how much will be left free. Make sure you leave enough space to move freely in every room. Avoid cluttering your rooms.

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Store your books, magazines and newspapers in bookshelves. This way your rooms will be more tidy, organized and you will save more of your space. Buy storage containers to keep your possessions and make your rooms more functional. Floating shelves can be used to organize and store your belonging, so that they are tidy and functional. Buy bookshelves, floating shelves and storage containers and position them in different rooms in your home. This will reduce the clutter in it and save you a lot of living space. Keep these pieces of furniture tidy and make sure you don’t forget to provide their regular cleaning.

If you want your rooms to look larger than they really are, a great way to accomplish this is by adding mirrors in them. Not only the rooms will look more stylish but visually they will seem bigger. Lean a mirror stretching from the floor to the ceiling against a window and the effect of vast space will be impressive. Position your mirrors in a way that they will reflect the light in the room. This way you will add natural colour to the dark corners of the room, making them brighter.

Buy multi-purpose furnishings like couches, sofas which offer place to pack away and hide blankets, pillows, toys and other items. This way you will need less pieces of furniture and reduce the clutter. You can also buy a bed with high platform to have the additional storage space you need in your bedroom. The bed should have options for hidden storage, where you can put away bedclothes and other things.

Another thing you can do to keep your small space tidy and functional is de-clutter regularly. Give away or throw items which you don’t use and need. This way you will not only free space in your rooms, make them easier for cleaning, but also make space for the new items you decide to buy and add in your home. Use room dividers to make your home areas more livable. You can place a bookshelf or other storage solutions to split one room and use it as two. This will make your home more functional and attractive.

Tiny spaces should have clear and easily accessible walkways. To achieve this, buy the self-storage units you need and keep the furniture and possessions you don’t need for the moment there. You should choose the furniture in your rooms very carefully. If you decide to have a large piece of furniture, make it the focal point in your room. Don’t use more than one large pieces of furniture in it. Instead choose only one and furnish around it accordingly. Arrange the furniture, appliances and all things in a way that the movement in every room will be free and unobstructed by anything. This is very important for tiny spaces and will make them functional and comfortable.

If you use these ideas and tips for designing tiny yet functional spaces, you can make your rooms comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and easy for maintaining. Small spaces take less time for cleaning and once you furnish them properly, you shouldn’t have problems keeping them functional.

 

The article is written on behalf of Decorators from HomeMates

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Make Your Home Look More Lived In With These Easy Tips and Trickshttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/make-your-home-look-more-lived-in-with-these-easy-tips-and-tricks/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/make-your-home-look-more-lived-in-with-these-easy-tips-and-tricks/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:53:34 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4083 When you move into a new home, it can take a while before it feels like it belongs to you. Even after months or years living there, it can seem like it doesn’t quite belong to you. But if you’re living in your home yet it still doesn’t feel lived in, how can you make […]

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When you move into a new home, it can take a while before it feels like it belongs to you. Even after months or years living there, it can seem like it doesn’t quite belong to you. But if you’re living in your home yet it still doesn’t feel lived in, how can you make it seem more homely? Luckily, it’s really not all that difficult. You might not have had the time to think about what makes a house feel like a home before, but it doesn’t take much to inject that warm and welcoming atmosphere. Start enjoying your home more and looking forward to returning to it each day with these techniques for creating a more lived-in home.

Use Every Room

The first thing you should do is make sure you get proper use out of every room in your house. If you have rooms that you leave shut up or that you only use as a throughway to get to other parts of the house, it’s time to start using them. There more you use a room, the less sparse and empty it will become. When you start spending more time at home and doing your day-to-day activities there, you’ll want to make it more liveable. However, don’t expect the house to decorate itself magically. You need to make an effort to add your personal touch to your home if you want to give it some personality.

Don’t Keep Everything Too Tidy

You may be a very clean and tidy person, but try to resist keeping everything too neat. Although you want to avoid too much clutter, if you make the decor in your home too minimal it can look like no one lives there. You don’t want everything to feel cold and empty, so try to resist picking everything up as soon as you notice it. It’s alright to have some magazines on your coffee table or a throw draped across the arm of your sofa, instead of folded into a neat square.

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Go for a Cozy Look

Warm and homely houses need to feel cozy and welcoming. It’s not difficult to create that kind of feel in your home. Once you know not to keep things too minimal, you’re already part of the way there. One of the things you can do is focus on a more rustic decor, which is casual but can also look smart and sophisticated at the same time. Using dark, neutral colors is a good place to start, perhaps with some brighter accents to add some character. It’s also  a good idea to use lots of textiles and upholstery, from throws and cushions to rugs and curtains.

If you want to give your home a personal touch, you need to use things that mean something to you around the house. A vase you saw at the store might look good, but it’s nothing compared to a photo of your family or a gift from a friend. Use your space to show your personality and the things that matter to you, and you’ll feel right at home.

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4 Seasonal Services to Take Advantage of the Summerhttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/4-seasonal-services-to-take-advantage-of-the-summer/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/4-seasonal-services-to-take-advantage-of-the-summer/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:58:41 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4081 With summer quickly approaching, you may have visions of relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather dancing in your mind. From barbecuing in the backyard with family and friends to traveling on a summer getaway, there are many plans that you want to include in your summer schedule. When you take advantage of the services offered […]

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With summer quickly approaching, you may have visions of relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather dancing in your mind. From barbecuing in the backyard with family and friends to traveling on a summer getaway, there are many plans that you want to include in your summer schedule. When you take advantage of the services offered by some businesses, you can more fully enjoy all that the season has to offer.

Professional Landscaping

During the summer, your lawn and flower beds may require your regular attention, and some property owners find themselves spending several hours or more per week mowing, trimming, edging, fertilizing and more. Homeowners can engage a professional landscaping company to provide you with these services. This is a great way to keep your yard looking great during the prime growing season without having to exert the effort on your own.

Pool Services

Whether you have a pool, a hot tub or both, you want to spend your free time enjoying these features this summer rather than cleaning and maintaining them. You can use the services of a pool management company such as USA Management to take great care of your pool and hot tub. These services can assist you with chemicals, filter replacement and more on a regular basis, giving you more time to relax in the soothing waters.

Travel Assistance

Many people will travel during the summer season, and you may have plans to go on one or even several trips with your family or friends. Planning trips can take many long hours, but you want to devote adequate time to ensure that everyone has a great time. You can work with a travel agent to plan your summer getaway.

Pest Control Services

Many pests and critters are dormant or have limited activity during the cool weather seasons, but summer inspires them to become more active. Your yard may become a haven for everything from wood destroying or biting insects to bothersome rodents. You can set up recurring pest control services throughout the summer season to keep these bugs and rodents out of your yard and home.

 

While summer is a great time to relax, many people find that they become overwhelmed by some of the many seasonal tasks that require their time and attention. The good news is that there are a number of fabulous seasonal services that you can start putting to use soon. By doing so, you can enjoy all that summer has to offer more fully.

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Health Advantages of using a Dehumidifierhttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/health-advantages-of-using-a-dehumidifier/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/health-advantages-of-using-a-dehumidifier/#respond Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:40:24 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4079 Cleaning the house on a regular basis may not be enough to protect the family from allergens and viruses. Ensuring good indoor air quality is also essential in providing a healthy environment. Home appliances like an air purifier and dehumidifier are some of the tools that can be used to accomplish this task. Humidity level is one […]

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Cleaning the house on a regular basis may not be enough to protect the family from allergens and viruses. Ensuring good indoor air quality is also essential in providing a healthy environment. Home appliances like an air purifier and dehumidifier are some of the tools that can be used to accomplish this task.

Humidity level is one of the factors considered in determining indoor air quality. High levels of humidity can lead to growth of molds and mildew around the house. Moist air can also be conducive for the survival of bacteria and viruses that may cause respiratory infection. Dust mites and other allergens can also be a problem in a humid house. According to an article published in PubMed Central, maintaining indoor humidity levels at 40% to 60% can help minimize most of the ill effects on health that may be caused by relative indoor humidity.

A dehumidifier can help reduce the level of humidity around the house during summer months when humidity levels gets too high. They are usually installed in bedrooms or areas that are prone to dampness like storage, garage, or cupboard areas. If you have asthmatic or allergy prone kids, then a combination of air purifier and dehumidifier can be an option to consider. This can help ensure that the air your family breathe around the house is both clean and healthy.

Regulating the humidity levels around the house can reduce the risk of having allergens, bacteria, and viruses in the environment. However, if they are not used properly then they can also be tools for spreading these health nuances.  Always check humidity levels to make sure that they are at just the right levels. High humidity may cause illnesses like cough and flu from viruses while low humidity may cause dryness around the nose or dry sinuses, cracked lips, and nose bleeds. Follow cleaning and maintenance instructions to the dot to ensure that the dehumidifier is running efficiently. They can also be breeding grounds for molds, mildew, and bacteria if they are not cleaned properly and regularly.

 

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Pay for Protection or Download Free Antivirus?http://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/pay-for-protection-or-download-free-antivirus/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/pay-for-protection-or-download-free-antivirus/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:26:25 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4077 Computer crashes, hacked accounts, and deleted files are some of the horrific possibilities that can happen if your PC, laptop, or smart phone gets infected with viruses and malware. As such, it is imperative that all these devices are equipped with security tools to protect them at all times. Antivirus software is a basic internet […]

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Computer crashes, hacked accounts, and deleted files are some of the horrific possibilities that can happen if your PC, laptop, or smart phone gets infected with viruses and malware. As such, it is imperative that all these devices are equipped with security tools to protect them at all times. Antivirus software is a basic internet security tool that shields your device from malicious malware, viruses, and other cyber attacks. This tool can be purchased from retailers or can simply be downloaded for free. But what exactly do you get when you download it for free?

Internet security software companies provide a wide range of products that have different levels of protection. Antivirus programs that can be downloaded for free usually offer basic protection only or have limited trial periods only. At a minimum, your device can block viruses, spyware, and malware when you download free antivirus. Other features that may be included are e-mail scanner, link protection, identity protection, firewall, wi-fi protection, parental control, browser clean-up, etc. Internet security providers have products that are free for an unlimited period but they mostly offer minimum protection only. Given these limitations, a premium version provides a better alternative for those who rely heavily on their devices for business, finance, and professional transactions. Aside from blocking viruses and malware, premium versions can also provide password protection, data encryption, automatic updates, enhance firewall for online banking and shopping, file shredder, online back-up, and online support.

Availing of free antivirus programs has its own benefits. The minimum protection offered by basic packages may be suited for devices that are for home use only. If you are shopping for a premium version then it can also be beneficial to download free antivirus for a trial period. This allows you to test the product before actually paying for it. The right brand of antivirus software can give you more than your money’s worth whether you pay for protection or download it for free.

 

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How to Dress to Impress at Your Job Interviewhttp://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/how-to-dress-to-impress-at-your-job-interview/ http://www.joysflair.com/2015/04/how-to-dress-to-impress-at-your-job-interview/#respond Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:31:43 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=4068 So, you have a great CV, and your covering letter impressed somebody enough to get you called up for an interview. That means you’ve got to get your look right. Remember, first impressions are rarely changed once established. It’d be nice if your skills are what got you the job, but the way you look […]

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So, you have a great CV, and your covering letter impressed somebody enough to get you called up for an interview. That means you’ve got to get your look right. Remember, first impressions are rarely changed once established. It’d be nice if your skills are what got you the job, but the way you look matters too!

If you haven’t attended an interview for a while though, you might be nervous or unsure about what to wear. Here’s how to dress to impress at your big job interview!

Men

When it comes to men’s job interview styles, the simple option is the best one. Go for a fitted black suit, and make sure it’s the right size. You can go for grey or blue instead, but black is always the safest option.

The other thing to be careful about is your tie. You’ve probably got a wonderful array of ties in all patterns and styles. But your job interview tie should be plain and simple, don’t go for anything too daring or risky.

Women

Women have slightly more scope than men. You can go with either a skirt or trousers. If you do choose a skirt, make sure it isn’t too high above the knee. Use your common sense and choose something you see as being sensible.

Like men, black is always the safest option when it comes to picking a color. You can add small splashes of color in other ways using a scarf or necktie if you want but don’t make your outfit too bright or offensive.

A Good Pair of Black Shoes

Whether you’re male or female, a good pair of black shoes is a must for almost any job interview. Women should make sure the shoes are stylish, yet remain sensible. Don’t go for a huge heel, pick something more modest.

Men need a well polished, solid pair of black shoes. There’s no need for anything fancy. You could go for brown shoes, but they look best with a grey suit, not a black one.

Get the Accessories Right

If you want to stand out and look a bit different to your fellow interviewees without looking garish, accessories are the way to go! You might want to exude style by wearing a watch. You can get designer watches from Houston Gold Exchange, they’ll show the employer that you mean business.

Remember not to go overboard with the accessories though. Only use things that are relatively conventional but hint towards a stylish instinct.

Don’t Forget to Tailor Your Look to the Employer

These style tips are giving you a broad overview of what’s expected of you when it comes to dressing for a job interview. But all jobs and job interview are different. If you’re applying for a niche job that would require a different way of dressing, tailor your approach to what is wanted. If you’re not sure about how you’re expected to dress, just contact the business and ask them.

Having a strong CV and top skills is only one thing you have to have to land your dream job. Make sure your style doesn’t let you down by following these tips.

 

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