If you are a new business owner who has just opened a packing and shipping store, no doubt you’ve got piles of standard-size moving boxes lying around. These sizes, such as the standard medium box with approximate measurements of 18 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches, are very helpful and can often cover most general moving needs. But it’s to your advantage to stock other sizes of boxes, from very small to poster tubes to other sizes because moves aren’t one size fits all. Weight Sometimes the items that people need to move are very heavy, like textbooks. Standard small boxes are usually easy to carry, but if they’re packed full of heavy books, the boxes can become nearly impossible to move. It’s better to have smaller boxes available that are large enough to hold several books but small enough so that, even when filled with heavy books, the full box is still something you can carry. Efficient Use of Space When moving, you’re undoubtedly going to end up with some empty spaces in the truck or in your storage unit, if you’re placing items in there. If you pack some smaller boxes or thinner boxes, for example, you can squeeze those into the open spots for more efficient truck or storage unit packing. Odd Items Not everything fits neatly into a square or stout rectangular box. If you have a bunch of thin but long items, for example (things like ornamental swords, for one), those need to be in a thin but long box. Buying a large box that’s long enough in one dimension to fit the swords isn’t very efficient because then you have to find other things that you can pack in the rest of the space that won’t damage the thin items. Or, you have to cut the box down and try to seal it well so that it won’t spring open while in transit. Sometimes it’s better to give those oddly shaped items their own boxes. Talk to a box manufacturer (such as Contempo Card) about creating different sizes of boxes, ones that fit what your store’s clientele seems to need. Once you find out more about what your customers are looking for, you can have the manufacturer create more and more custom sizes for you. Your customers will appreciate the fact that you’re listening to them and trying to give them products that are well-suited to what they...

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Going through winter and seeing extremely high heating bills come in is not something that you look forward to as a homeowner. However, you need to keep your home comfortable for your family. Instead of succumbing to the idea that you need to pay such a large amount to get proper heating, you should look into alternatives that allow you to start saving money, but without spending a lot of money. Add Plastic Film or Bubble Wrap to Windows One of the quickest things that you can do is apply plastic film or bubble wrap to your windows. Bubble wrap will work in a pinch, and it is an excellent solution for windows that are not regularly used. However, plastic film does not obstruct your view of the outside, so it is generally the better solution. The thickness is not really an issue, mainly because the plastic film acts as a barrier to prevent outside air from getting inside, which is perfectly accomplished through a thin layer of properly applied film. Eliminate the Gap on Doors If you have exterior door gaps, which you should be able to figure out by looking at a door during daytime and seeing if natural light pokes through the outer parts of the door, you should fix the issue. These gaps will leak air both inside and outside, which reduces energy efficiency. This problem is fixed by either adding new weatherstripping or making an adjustment or two to the door hinges to get it tightly sealed. Caulk the Electrical Outlet Covers It is easy to forget that electrical outlets may not be well-insulated. The electrical outlet cover naturally conceals everything but the sockets themselves, so it is a good idea to take a look on the inside. If air is flowing freely, all you need to do is fill the areas around the sockets with caulking. Let the Hot Bathroom Air Roam When you take a shower in the morning or a bath in the evening, you might keep the door closed after you get out and leave the room. However, leaving the door shut will prevent the hot air from spreading throughout the hallway and into nearby rooms. It will not make a noticeable difference to every room in your home, but it can help certain rooms feel a little warmer right after a shower or bath. It is not necessary to spend a lot of money to lower your heating bill when you are willing to get creative. For more information, talk to a professional like Glendale Heating & Air...

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The sales performance of your call center agents plays an integral role in your company’s overall financial success. Your agents are the first line of contact for customers and when agent performance is poor, things like call hold times, abandonment rates, and overall customer satisfaction tends to suffer. So it’s important to incorporate a few agent management practices that will effectively optimize performance throughout your call center overall – consider these options: Commit to Regular Team Meetings Task your call center managers with holding team meetings at least once a week, preferably daily if time permits. Regular team meetings encourage agent camaraderie which should help each one of them to better serve customers on a collaborative basis. Possibly more important is that each meeting will give your managers an opportunity to expand on training topics such as overcoming objections, dealing with angry customers, and upselling products. Schedule Monthly Performance Reviews Measuring the individual performance of each sales agent is an excellent way to maintain a team of strong and reliable employees who have interest in and passion for the tasks that they perform. Scheduling monthly performance reviews for your call center agents is one of the best ways to monitor their progress as time goes on. The process involves tracking and compiling employee statistics and then incorporating them into a report that can be shared during each performance review, at which time you and managers will have the opportunity to provide personalized training, acknowledge specific strengths, and address perceived weaknesses. Hire a Motivational Speaker Once a Year Hosting a motivational workshop once a year is an effective way to ensure that your agents stay engaged in the workplace on a day-to-day basis. It’s important to hire a motivational speaker to head up the event to ensure that your agents learn about the most up-to-date sale techniques, phone call handling, and de-escalation methods in the industry. You’ll find many motivational speakers who focus on your specific industry and niche, making it possible to deliver your agents with exceptional knowledge and skill building practice that competitive employees don’t likely have access to. You should also find that yearly motivational workshops help to improve employee morale, increase confidence levels, and even optimize employee insight in terms of market share statistics as well as customer retention rates and goals. These techniques will not only help to improve the performance of each agent within your call center structure, but it should improve overall employee turnover as...

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While most people may think of ADHD in connection with kids, all those kids grow up to be adults with ADHD. If you were one of those kids and you are now one of those adults working in an office, you know that you can have a really hard time staying focused and getting your work done. Your brain often just feels every little shiny thing is grabbing your attention, which distracts you from getting your work done. You may not realize that the very office furniture you use can help you control your ADHD while you are at work.  Balance Balls You’ve probably seen those big balance balls in gyms or yoga classes. You could just go with a plain balance ball, or you can find chairs that use the balance ball. The balance ball is set within the chair’s framework so that it doesn’t roll away while still giving you the benefits of the balance ball. The balance ball absorbs all the fidgeting and bouncing that people with ADHD tend to do, which can be distracting for you and for people around you.  Stand Up/Walking Desk Moving around can help your focus to0. A desk that will let you stand up or walk while you are working can help you keep your mind on your task. You can find a desk that converts from one that you can sit at to one that is the perfect height for you to do work standing up. The benefit of this is that you can switch around as needed and switching from sitting to standing can be a good way to refocus you on your task. Walking desks are usually associated with treadmills. This may be something that you use at a home office or if you have a private office. For some people with ADHD, the physicality of moving sort of quiets the distracted part of the brain.  Organizers Staying organized makes it much easier for anyone to get their work done. A lot of people with ADHD have a hard time with organizing and unorganized desks can make it very easy to get distracted. An organizer that will help you keep everything in its proper place will make it much easier on you. There are several kinds of things you can look for when you are looking for desk organizer. One is that you want to have one that only has a few slots for papers and files. You may think that your organizer should have several slots, but if it does, you are just going to end up with too many projects sitting on your desk at...

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Winter is a time when snowy, dark conditions can make it difficult to see your sign. In addition, harsh de-icing strategies can cause some signs to deteriorate. Knowing how to maintain your sign and make it easier to see in the winter can help your business draw customers. Bright Colors Stand Out If your sign doesn’t use bright colors to draw attention to your business, it’s time to think about changing that fact. If your sign uses a white background or light colors in its lettering, a snowy landscape can cause your sign to lose all definition in winter. If your sign is paintable, have an artist paint brighter colors over the existing sign. Warm, bright hues like reds and oranges will help your sign stand out among other colors in the landscape. If your business’s sign can’t be easily altered, you can still use bright colors to bring attention to your sign. Try rimming your business’s sign with garland and other colorful decorations. Doing this can draw attention to your sign during the winter months, and the decorations can be taken down in spring when they’re no longer necessary. Lights Help With Visibility It gets dark fast in winter, and the nights are longer than at other times of the year. If your sign isn’t lit (either from inside or from the exterior), you could be losing business from customers who are unable to locate your store. Even if your sign is already moderately lit, your sign may be competing with holiday lights from nearby businesses and homes. Adding extra lighting in winter can help draw attention to your sign. If your sign is lit from the inside, use brighter bulbs. If it’s lit from the outside, point extra lights at the sign to keep it bright. Height Protects the Sign from Salt If your business’s sign sits on a metal post, de-icing salts may be corroding the metal, causing the sign to deteriorate. Putting the sign up on a concrete pillar can help. Contact a sign repair company to have them fix any corroded parts, then have your sign moved to a higher location on a concrete structure to prevent this from happening again in the future. For more information about how you can make your business’s sign more effective in winter, contact a company like Apogee Signs or others that design and repair signs. Your customer service representative can give you suggestions that will help your business have a more effective sign this...

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