admin / July 20, 2023

Five Vacation Planning Travel Tips to Save You Time & Money on Your Vacation

Vacation planning is fun and easy so you don’t need to get overwhelmed. The first thing I want you to do is to take a deep breath and don’t panic. If you’ve never done this before, relax. I am here to help you with some simple steps to plan a great vacation.1. Determine Your Budget.There are many ways to go about determining your budget, but I usually set a price of how much I want to spend (per person) and then go from there to determine how to find the best travel deals based on where I want to go on a cheap vacation. You need to be reasonable regarding what the budget will be for your vacation or getaway. A very realistic and reasonable budget for a cheap vacation is between $800-$1200 per person including airfare, hotel, car rental, food, tips, and airport parking. I’ve traveled all over the country on business and the average budget for a two-to-three day business trip is about the same amount so it’s a very reasonable for a cheap vacation for an entire week (especially when it involves air travel and a much longer stay).2. Choose Your Destination.Here’s a little insider travel secret. I’ve traveled to some amazing vacation destinations at amazing prices, but I don’t usually choose my destination. The destination chooses me. It can get a little frustrating but I can tell you that if destinations did not chose me, I would never have went to Jamaica and seen a live starfish swimming underwater when I was snorkeling off of a beach in Negril, climbed the Great Wall of China, traveled through the Panama Canal or met a baby sloth at a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica just for starters. I went to those vacation destinations not because I had a deep desire to travel to Montego Bay, Beijing, Panama City, or Puerto Limon, but because I was chasing a travel deal. Now, vacation planning via chasing a deal is a great way to get cheap vacations and save a lot of money. I have been on some incredible trips and gone to vacation destinations I never would have had at the top of my travel destinations “bucket list,” but I realize chasing the travel deal has prevented me so far from going to Tahiti’s island paradise of Bora, Bora (my life long travel dream) and I still want to do the “Sound of Music” tour in Salzburg, Austria. So you usually have a choice: chase the best travel deal or choose your travel dream.3. Book Your Airfare, Hotel, and Car Rental.When you’re vacation planning, the best way to save hundreds of dollars on your vacation is to book everything together as a complete travel package. I don’t have any technological reason as to why this saves you money, but it does. Feel free to experiment with your own online travel booking engine of choice with this concept by making queries separately and then as a package, but it’s been done before and proven to save you money. I do know that Rovia Travel has the best online price 68% of the time as compared to Travelocity and Expedia according to a recent independent survey by Topaz International so you may want to check them out.4. Research Your Vacation Destination & Plan Your Travel Itinerary.Researching my vacation destination and planning great itineraries is one of the things that I sort of excel at in vacation planning because I love researching the hot tourist attractions of the vacation destination I’m visiting. I know some people just like to “wing it,” but that lack of vacation planning can really add hundreds of dollars to your trip. There are two great ways to do your research. First, there are so many online tools at the local tourism offices of the areas your visiting that have all the main information at your fingertips, plus many have coupons or travel deals you may not have been able to find in other ways. The second thing I like to do is pick up a great guide book for the destination I’m going to. Frommer’s Travel Guide Books and Rick Steves’ Travel Guide Books for Europe are very well researched and written and these authors update their books almost yearly so you know you have up-to-date information.5. Make Two Checklists.Now you need to make two checklists for your vacation planning. One is a list of things to do before you go on vacation. This includes finding a pet sitter, getting a neighbor to pick up the mail, calling your mobile phone service to arrange for a text/email package while you’re away if you’re traveling internationally, secure a passport or visa (if you need them), get medical vaccinations if necessary, call your credit card companies to let them know you’ll be traveling and what cities or countries to expect charges to come up on, and things like that. The second list for your vacation planning is a list of things to pack.Now that wasn’t so bad, was it? Now you see how simple vacation planning is even for an inexperienced traveler. These are the basics of vacation planning and now that you know how to plan your vacation, we have a lot of extra bonus travel tips my travel website (see below) to help you discover a world of ways to see the world. Bon Voyage and have a fabulous vacation.

admin / April 18, 2023

10 Top Commercial Photography Tips

Here are 10 commercial photography tips to enhance your products or services. As an on-line or catalogue retailer, you will know the importance of having great photos to promote and present your products and services in the right way.A great picture can capture the imagination and draw a customer towards making a purchase. It can never be underestimated as to the power of what a good product image can achieve.Here is how to stand out from the crowd and make your products your heroes.1. It is a myth that great photography needs to cost a fortune. It is always recommended that you make contact with a photographer to ask for a quote on the work they do, and always ensure you get a few quotes from different companies.
2. Be prepared, and have a brief outline of the number of products you wish to have photographed (if you are not sure an estimate is fine), and in what format, and in what environment.
3. If you have a specific budget to work within, it is wise to let the photographer know up front. A good photographer will keep this in mind and recommend an approach that will keep within budget and start you in the right direction.
4. Outline where and how the products are going to be sold, or are currently sold. This helps the photographer understand how the photos are to be used.
5. It is an idea to consider product photography in two ways. The first being a standalone shot on a clean white, black or grey background that will present the features of the product without any distractions. The second is to place the product in a situation, environment, or setting, that shows how it enhances that setting, and maximizes its purpose.
6. Cut out images from magazines that you like and have captured your attention, especially if they are your competitors. This will help you to decide on the direction you would like to take.
7. If you have a brand and a current catalogue of work, then ensure the photographer can see what you have. The photographer can then look at how they can work and keep within any branding requirements.
8. Set a realistic budget for your photos as images can make or break a sale.
9. If you understand how important the right shot is then you are halfway there to increasing your turnover and strengthening your brand.,
10. To make your business stand out from the crowd, ensure you hire a good commercial photographer, one who will give you a no obligation quote, so you can find out how affordable it is to make your products look great, and let the pictures he creates for you do the talking.

admin / May 6, 2022

Making Delegation Work In Your Management

Many new managers know about delegation based on how they were (or were not) delegated to before becoming a manager. This is not always a positive or productive experience and when it gets translated and implemented into the new managers skill set the same old issues and problems managers have with delegating just continue to live on.Delegation is not a dirty word. Delegation does not mean giving away power; it empowers others, can help managers complete work, it helps succession planning… consider delegation as a friend or valuable tool.Some managers are often threatened by the idea of delegating; thinking that if they give more work to others then the manager will be seen as having nothing to do. Freeing up time could result in more time for completing other work, more time to ensure the team are engaged, more time to plan ahead rather than just catching up, to be more productive.Another common reason for not delegating is that it will result in others surpassing the manager who did the delegating. “If I give them tasks and challenging work, then they’ll be better than me and get promoted past me.” Well, maybe, but the most likely outcome is that the manager will also be promoted and the successful employee will step into the manager’s role, succession planning in action.Delegation RoadblocksWhen we understand why a manager won’t (or feels they cannot) delegate we can then get to the heart of an issue and address what could be some very real issues that affect productivity, motivation, morale.Here’s quite a lengthy list of reasons why don’t managers delegate:
Fear that someone might be able to do the task better.
Jealously of others who are capable.
Fear of becoming redundant if they delegate (or teach) someone aspects of their job.
Concern that they will have nothing to do it they give the task away.
Arrogance (maybe) or the belief they can do the job better.
Fear and/or unwilling to give over some authority.
Don’t know what to delegate.
Don’t know how to delegate.
Do not trust the team.
Fail to see, or acknowledge, that delegating is a dynamic and cost-effective tool for employee development.
Concern that if the task or job is not done well, they will be to blame.
Unsure who gets the praise if the task is done well.
Entrenched in the idea that “if you want something done, do it yourself”.
The tasks are enjoyable so they are not shared or delegated to others.
This list has been devised from years of training supervisors and managers and getting to the heart of why they do not delegate. When managers do identify their own roadblocks to delegating, the opportunity to explore strategies and options to move forward and be successful at delegating are far more accessible.When (& When Not) to Delegate Let’s start with, when a manager should not delegate:
When an employee is new, unskilled and still getting a feel for the current role.
When an employee is reluctant to participate in their own planning and productivity in their work area.
When an employee is reluctant to take responsibility for their own planning and productivity.
When an employee clearly is not comfortable or confident in a particular task.
Case Study:Many years ago, an administration officer I was responsible for supervising made it very clear that she did not want any more responsibility or tasks; she was not seeking to climb any career ladders, nor develop any new skills. She was more than content to just come to work, do her work, engage with her work mates; she had a life beyond work and she was happy with the balance! She was absolutely brilliant at her job and got on well with everyone. She was just not interested in taking on more than she needed to. The lesson: Sometimes we gotta leave things alone!So, when could a manager consider delegating:
When there is not enough time PLUS someone else has the time (got to have both here).
When delegating will provide an opportunity for someone in the team to stand out.
When there is a clear chance to provide training and development for a team member.
When someone has the skills already and can easily do the task.
To show confidence in the team.
To lift the motivation of team members.
Advantages and Benefits of DelegationThe advantages of delegating are found at many levels: the organisation; the team; and for the individual manager!The advantages of delegation for the organisation include helping:
the organisation increase and improve their reputation as an employer of choice.
increase productivity.
ensure continuity through smoother succession planning.
Delegation advantages for the team members include:
Skills development and enhancement
Increased loyalty as there are career growth opportunities
Decreased delays for those waiting on you, the manager, to make decisions or take actions
Increased and improved motivation and job satisfaction
Advantages of delegation for the manager include:
Increased available time for more strategic thinking and development opportunities for the manager, the team and the organisation
More, of what the manager is responsible for, can be achieved
In the manager’s absence, the work will still be done
The manager’s reputation will improve as being a trusting manager and someone who invests in the development of the team
The manager’s own career progression will be enhanced
Knowing what is involved in delegating and identifying roadblocks and barriers to delegating and overcoming them are keys to management success. As the skills and confidence of the manager improve knowing when and when not to delegate becomes easier. Delegating, when done well, results in the manager having a stronger sense of security: the team are engaged, enthusiastic and they see the manager as supportive and giving of opportunities.