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Arte De Mexico : Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo

Checkworks-Blog-Post-Frida imgBy Jurissa Ayala

Arguably two of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Mexico’s Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo have left a rich and colorful legacy to inspire generations to come.  Choosing art over a medical career when she began painting at age 18, Frida Kahlo remains a world renowned artist. Though her work is attributed to the surrealist genre, she never considered herself as such.

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Armed Exterminators: Putting People First

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By MJ PLaster

On a beautiful California afternoon, you might find Dale Rodgers, owner of Armed Exterminators (www.armedexterminators.com), taking an occasional walk along the beach in Malibu. Those who rise with the chickens can catch him swimming laps at the YMCA most mornings. If you were to connect the dots between these two data points, you might conclude he lives a life of leisure. But things are not always as they seem.

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Internet Security : Creating Secure Passwords

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By Jurissa Ayala

In our day and age, we have the amazing ability to be hooked up to the Internet and perform our business, our banking, schooling and communication from anywhere we want. However, our security online depends greatly on our ability to protect our personal accounts from unauthorized access, as malicious users try to break into other people’s accounts thousands of times every day. Passwords are the linchpin in our security, and it is vital that we create strong passwords to protect our accounts and our identities.

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The First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Hackers

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By MJ Plaster

You know the line from King Henry the Sixth even if you’ve never read a word of Shakespeare: “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Here we’re talking about black hat hackers, the ones that wreak havoc with computer networks and Internet sites around the world. I’m probably next on their list after that headline, but how else can I tempt you to read vital information that could save your business?

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The Sharing Economy: Renting Luxury

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By Jurissa Ayala

Many women would die to reach into their closets and pull out a new designer garment for every day of the week. But considering today’s unstable economy and the exorbitant prices demanded by high-end brands, this is unrealistic. Luckily, businesses are capitalizing on the public’s desire for luxury apparel. America’s new approach to a sharing economy is via rental.

Eager fashionistas now flock to various websites to borrow high-priced handbags, jewelry, and gowns for a fraction of the retail cost. Each lender comes with its own unique system and policy, but all in all, fashion-hungry women are making out like bandits as they sell, borrow, and buy some of the most coveted pre-used luxury pieces on the market.

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The Ins and Outs of Outsourcing

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By MJ Plaster

Before you leap into outsourcing, consider how it could affect established relationships with current employees and customers? It’s one thing to save money, but you don’t want to lose key employees or have customers run for the exit.

What Is Outsourcing?

The term “outsource” has two meanings:

  • To contract with a person or business to provide talent that doesn’t reside within your workforce. The talent you hire is “work for hire” or sometimes hired on retainer and must fall within IRS guidelines for contractors.
  • To offshore work to a country with cheaper labor.

Both forms of outsourcing provide a service that’s cheaper than hiring an employee when you consider employee overhead.

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AMS: The Magic of a Winning Corporate Culture

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By MJ Plaster

When you click “Buy Now” on the Internet, you trust the retailer to deliver your package on time and in perfect condition—and that usually happens. But did you know that a third-party fulfillment company is often the invisible partner that handles all the pesky details to make it happen?

AMS Fulfillment (AMS), a privately owned business based in Valencia, California, provides a seamless end-to-end delivery system to retail partners who choose not to run their own warehouses. The company accepts delivery from the manufacturer, unpacks and inspects the merchandise to ensure quality control, repackages it for the end consumer, ships and tracks the delivery, allowing clients to share the HR resources at AMS.

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5 Unique Ways Baby Boomers Are Making Money From Home

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By Jurissa Ayala

In today’s fast-paced, technology driven world, opportunities abound for earning money while staying at home. This is especially beneficial for baby boomers who have graduated to the level of senior citizens.

While achieving senior citizen status has its benefits, many prefer to stay busy and productive. Through the years, seniors have learned a lot of things whether its through a specific career path, travel, hobbies or life experiences and now they are ready to put their lifetime of experience back to work, staying engaged, being involved, and all the while earning money from the comfort of home.

If you’re ready to “punch” a work-at-home timecard, consider one, or all, of these potentially profitable ideas.

Freelance Writing

Many seniors have a desire to write but don’t know where to begin or they don’t realize there’s a market for their knowledge on the Internet. Every website has content that has been written by staff writers or contracted to third party content websites that use independent writers to produce the work. As an independent contractor, writers are responsible for claiming the income and paying taxes but it can be a lucrative home job once a client base is established.

Use the many free writers websites that provide information to aspiring freelancers about companies that are hiring and links to the application page. There is no need to sign up for any service that charges for this information. It’s readily available by doing a little research on your own.

Share the experience you’ve garnered through the years to create informational content. If you have a career specialty such as marketing, finance, retail sales, fashion buyer, human resource or customer service representative, veterinary assistant, chef, home designer and decorator, home renovator, plumbing specialist, and much more, your experience and talent are worth money.

Create a Website

Set up your own at home business with a website where your experience and expertise can earn additional income. Whether you work as an independent travel agent, web designer, consultant, freelance writer, or any other online service related field, you set the prices, terms, and a schedule that works for you.

The website can also serve as a storefront to sell individual or bulk items. Whatever you choose to sell, it’s important to “network” or “link” your other selling venues such as eBay or Etsy to your website to showcase your online inventory. For flea market inventory, post pictures and prices on your website. Through networking, you’ll draw more customers which generate more traffic to the individual websites that can result in more sales.

You can buy and register a domain name and also sign up for an online store at GoDaddy.com or use an optional free service to create a website at WordPress.org that also offers an ecommerce shopping cart to sell goods and services.

eBay

eBay has been a source of making money from home for many years. The company takes a percentage of each sale and in return provides the platform to sell just about anything. You have access to plenty of information explaining how to set up an account, determine pricing and shipping, and how to receive payments through PayPal. You are responsible for keeping track of sale items, providing feedback to buyers, collecting payments, and shipping the item.

Etsy

Open a shop at Etsy and sell handcrafted, vintage, and collectible items or supplies. It’s fun, easy to set-up, inexpensive to post sale items, and Etsy, like eBay, takes a percentage of sales to keep the site running smoothly.

Telecommuting Jobs

Consider working as a customer service representative, data entry operator, medical coder,  virtual assistant, or other telecommuting jobs in the comfort of your home office. Many companies outsource work to at-home employees. Just a few of the telecommuting opportunities that exist are in the fields of home shopping sales, insurance companies, medical billing, graphic designers, software developers and virtual administrative assistants.

Each company has its own training and equipment requirements. Some may require onsite training for a short time, while others offer online training via a computer and phone where you will work through a paid training course over a set number of days with a trainer.

Companies may offer fulltime or part-time positions with various schedules during the day, evening, and weekends with set working hours and scheduled days off. Depending on the company, assigned schedule, employee status as a regular employee or a temporary employee, you may be eligible for insurance, employee discounts, paid holidays, and accrue time for sick leave and vacations.