Xara web designer is unique piece of software for designing websites. It is a what yous see is what you get type of deal. This makes it very easy for none techy people to draw up cool looking websites.
Web design is a very fast growing industry all over the world, it is predicted that there will be a hge shortage of web designers in the next 10 years so now is the time to get involved in learning this skill. Xara makes it really easy.
What makes it even easier is using xara web designer templates, a template does all the hard work for you. You just change the text and images to suit and bang you are done!
The web design software comes in 2 versions, premium and standard. The price difference is around £30. You may as well get the premium version in my opinion as it’s only around £60 anyway. Pretty cheap start up cost really.
Add in some hosting and you are good to go. There are many good web hosts out there. Godaddy and 1and1 are very reliable and popular. There customer service is excellent and is what you would expect from 2 massive American companies. I highly recommend using either of those.
If you do fancy trying Xara web designer then you can use my affiliate link if you like! 😉
This isn’t the purpose of this blog though, I genuinely use this software on many projects as it’s quick and easy and allows me to get exactly what I want on screen without any coding dramas.
I had never heard of matched betting until a friend told me about it. I immediately assumed it was a scam or pyramid scheme. I have a very suspicious mind when it comes to money making schemes, especially ones that purport to be risk free, which amazingly this pretty much is.
Could I really sit at home and make easy money from the bookies, who are notoriously tight fisted.
The answer, to my surprise, was yes. Over the past year I have partaken in this practice and made myself around £8500! Writing that sounds crazy but it is true.
The money I have made has been absolutely risk free, I havent gabled a single penny. Lots of bets have been placed but I wasnt gambling.
It’s not 100% risk free as mistakes can be costly but that’s like anything in life. The way to reduce of remove risk completely is to get a membership at Oddsmonkey. There are a lot of matched betting sites out there but none of them compare to this one. Especially for value for money. They teach you everything you need to know and lay everything out for you each day so you can keep making money week after week after week.
You might be wondering if I work for them but I don’t. I just highly recommend their services.
If you are not sure what matched betting is, it is the way of betting with no risk. You back all outcomes so you can’t win but you can’t lose. You then get awarded bonuses like free bets which is where you make your money.
There is commission to take into account but oddsmonkey will work out everything for you with their amazing software and calculators. You don’t need to worry about the maths, which is good for me as I am rubbish at maths.
What we are doing is playing the bookies at their own game and leveraging the odds in our favour for a change. I can’t see this gravy train lasting forever so I would encourage people to jump in now before they come up with a way to banish these bonuses for good.
It’s perfect for people who work from home or want an extra income to help out in these hard times. How does an extra £500 sound?! Awesome, and it is. It’s made my life a lot more comfortable. You have to put the hours in but £30 per hour is a rough earning potential in my opinion. Not bad at all.
Unfortunately, it’s that time of year again, nobody likes it but it comes to all business owners, it’s tax return time! yay! You might be thinking this is way to early for tax returns but not according to my Darlington Accountant.
Taxes are definitely not enjoyable, no one likes paying them but it has to be done so we might as well get organised and get them done as early as possible. I need to be more organised this year in regards to my incoming and outgoings.
If you aren’t self employed then you are lucky as it is all handled for you, your employer automatically deducts your tax each month. It’s very different for the self employed. If you are doing your financial paperwork yourself you might be paying too much, sometimes quite a lot more than you need to. This is why I would recommend a good accountant, if you are in the North East you can find one here http://www.accountants-northeast.co.uk/ and see what they suggest. You may get a nice surprise. They could end up paying for themselves and then some.
The busier you are the more paperwork you acquire. This is why many businesses prefer to use an accountant. It saves a lot of hassle and is definitely worth the expense. They will often help you with savings you weren’t aware of like charging for having a home office! Keep receipts for everything on the off chance you get audited. It’s never happened to me but sounds like a nightmare if you aren’t organised.
Now if you your accountant does a good job you might be in line for a big refund. Definitely good news but not what we want to happen again. That money is better off in your pocket from the start. The government have essentially had a interest free loan from you.
It might be a good plan to start saving in a savings account a little money each month for your tax bill. You know it’s coming so don’t get caught short. People who mess the tax man around will inevitably end up getting investigated.
Getting your taxes under control now can save you a great deal of problems and heartache over the coming years. Ger into the habit of filing your paper work well, print invoices and keep receipts in a safe place. Most importantly consult a financial expert who will make your life so much easier when it comes to this annoying time of year.
Our hotel was in need of some repairs. Hotels are crazy expensive to keep in check and you can’t skimp on the repairs and maintenance or your customers just won’t come back. After a failed attempt to repair our buildings cladding with spray paint aerosols I decided to get a professional cladding repair company in to sort it all out for me. http://spray-clad.co.uk came to my rescue big time.
Not only did they repair the mess I had made with pantone spray paint aerosols but they did colour matching on anodised panels
Once the work got started I was amazed at the transformation, our hotel starting to look shiny and new again. I felt very ashamed at how it had looked before hand but extremely happy with how it looks now. The other hotels on the complex have all commented and asked for details on the company so the boys at spray clad look like having a very busy few weeks ahead.
Interestingly it didn’t cost anywhere near as much as I anticipated so it was good news all around. I meant I had more money to spend elsewhere on the hotel. Updates on those coming soon.