Saving, investing and making money with technology

Day: October 4, 2015

Update Your Household Electrical Tech To Save Money

You may think a lot about how you want to remodel your home to make it look nicer, but something that may be more important as far as money goes is to update some of your electrical systems. Though they won’t necessarily be aesthetic changes, if you start by doing things that save you money on bills and such, you can used those savings at that point to purchase things that are more appearance-oriented.

If you’re at a crossroads about what to start fixing next, consider these four following ideas – the right handyman service makes a big difference, doing an appliance swap is good for energy use, your lighting systems can be made more efficient, and furnaces and AC units are worth updating over time.

Find a Handyman Service You Trust

When you find an electrical systems handyman company you trust, you’ll know that you’re getting the best service for the best cost, and the options they give you make sense in the long run. Different companies specialize in different things, but especially when it comes to the installation processes of major equipment, you don’t want to make costly mistakes on your own, so it’s better to have the experts come in and handle it.

Swap Out Your Old Appliances for Energy Efficient Ones

Energy savings relates directly to money savings, and new, tech-happy appliances that have better processing, more efficient methods, and better overall design are more than worth the money you’ll spend on the initial payments. Once you install resource-efficient appliances such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, and even things like computer monitors, you’ll see instant saving on water bills, gas bills, and electrical bills.

Think About Long Term Lighting

It’s time to throw out those old light bulbs. You’d be amazed at how much energy they waste in terms of heat and money. New CFL bulbs, and especially new LED bulbs will last dozens of times longer and save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. If you look up new lighting technology, it’s quite fascinating the path this tech has taken in recent years.

New Furnaces and AC Units Are Big Money Savers

Two of the biggest energy hogs and money wasters are furnaces and air conditioning units. If you purchase new models of these appliances, you can see a gigantic reduction in energy use, gas use, electricity use, and noise levels. Also, they are better for the environment, and are much easier for technicians to fix than they used to be. Call a qualified company today to find out what kind of a quote you can get for replacing these units, and then you can make a time chart to see when they will have paid for themselves by.

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5 Smart Investments for Small Restaurants

For new, small restaurants, there are a million details you have to concern yourself with, so sometimes it’s good to take a step back and just think about the first few investment you should make to help out your success rate.

If you find yourself overwhelmed in this position, consider that the five following investment won’t necessarily cost a lot of money, but they will help grow your customer base quickly – have the right kind of display outside your shop, have free wi-fi available for customers, have a professional design your menu, spend as much as you need to on comfortable seating, and pay your employees well.

Have the Right Display Outside

How many times have you decided to walk into a restaurant just because there’s a great display outside that tickles your interest? Probably a lot. Which is why, as a small restaurant owner, it makes sense to buy a good restaurant chalkboard that suits the size and style you’re aiming for. All other things being equal, just a good display in the right place aimed at the right demographic can make a huge difference with people just casually strolling by.

Invest In Free Wi-Fi

Having free wi-fi at your restaurant is a huge draw, and therefore a great investment. Especially if you’re small and just starting out, you want to give people all of the reasons in the world to just drop and see what’s going on. If they know that they can connect to the internet without having to use any of their data minutes, that’s just one more aspect of your business that’s going to be seen as good service to customers.

Have a Designer Make Your Menu

A poorly-designed menu, in terms of things like graphics, fonts, layout, and pictures, is a sign that you don’t care about the details of your place. If you hire a designer to make your restaurant menu, or perhaps even do some of the other artwork inside your environment, people will know that you care about what they think and feel there.

Comfortable Seating Is a Must

If people aren’t comfortable when they sit at your place, they aren’t going to come back. This is one expense that may be more than you’re super comfortable with, but buying good restaurant seating is an expense you won’t regret.

Pay Your Employees Well

The final expense that you should never shy away from as a great investment for the future of your restaurant is your employee payroll. Instead of thinking minimum wage, think about how much you can pay them to do an amazing job, and their extra effort toward keeping you and the customers happy will pay itself back almost immediately.

 

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