The Importance Of Websites For Business

Nowadays, the internet is so well known and wide spread through the globe, that if you run a business, it looks like you should have a website too. You might have some reservations initially. Is it expensive to design, to run, to update? Do I really need to have an online presence? Will it make any difference at all?

These are common questions and lots of business owners have them. Either they are getting by fine or not computer savvy enough to understand the full benefits of having a websites. The truth is that having a website will do your business no end of good and will give it a great chance of even more success. This is even more evident with home-based businesses, where a lot of the customer base is reliant on establishing a presence over the internet to expand.

By having a website, you are immediately giving your business added credibility. The internet is so big now, that people often become suspicious of businesses that do not have website. It makes them question that business and wonder why they have not got involved online yet – do they have something to hide?

In terms of marketing and finding new customers, having a website is cheaper than ad campaigns in newspapers and magazines. The cost of running a website is minimal in comparison, so in many regards, you will save money, rather than waste it. Furthermore, there are more people searching online than in magazines now, so the potential is greater with a website, especially if you cater for a global market.

Websites are always 'switched on' and so you can keep in contact with customers all day, every day. It is the ultimate in convenience, especially if you work from an office that is closed during the evening.

One of the greatest benefits of having a website is that your target market is instantly expanded beyond anything you used to have. A global audience is at your fingertips, which, for a business can mean some really exciting prospects. The website will also give you the opportunity to 'show off' your brand and identity. With the use of great graphics, reviews, testimonies etc. you can really start to express your business how you always wanted to.

There are lots of other benefits to having a website; not least that it saves time in all kinds of different ways, such as retaining information, sending emails out, updating details etc. They also make customer service so much simpler and more efficient. Emails save paper, time, energy and money and that's just the start of it. Your business desires to have a website, so start looking into it and establish an online presence. …

10 Top Ways to Build My Own Computer

You may have pondered about buying a computer for a long time. When you finally decide to take the plunge and get yourself a computer, it is time to weigh your options carefully.

The first question on your mind may be whether to go for a pre-built computer or to build your own. Both approaches have their pros and cons. When you go for a pre-built computer, what you really buy is convenience. Such computers are guaranteed to have no compatibility issues among the various components used, have technical support available and may come with warranties and service plans offered by the manufacturer.

With a computer built with your own hand, you get none of these facilities. What you get is customization and price advantage. On the side, you get to learn a lot about how a computer is put together when you build your own and you get a computer that fits your needs perfectly.

You can build your own computer in several ways:

1. You could buy the individual components of a computer and then put them all together to build a computer.

2. A barebones computer kit comes with a pre-built skeleton to which you add a couple of components and have a computer ready to run.

3. You could go to an electronics retail store like Fry's and use the in-house experts to guide you in deciding what components to buy and use them to build your own computer

4. Your neighborhood computer technician is another good option that could have been specially explored when you know what components to buy but are not sure how to go about building the computer.

5. Several computer component warehouses sell large volumes at low cost. If you have a tight budget, sourcing your components from such stores is a good option. The price savings can be significant in this case.

6. If you do not have an idea of ​​how to go about building your computer, the Internet is an excellent source of information. Many websites guide you on how to select components, and give guidance on building the computer. There are also videos available online that show you how to do so.

7. Another preferred option could be your friendly neighborhood computer geek. Geeks can be very helpful when it comes to Do-It-yourself projects like building your own computers. They have the requisite level of knowledge coupled with the research skills required to get the job done.

8. Another valuable source of information on how to go about building your computer is the public library. You may find several resources here that can help you build your own computer.

9. The science teacher of your local school is also a resource-person who can help you can see your project through.

10. If you know someone who has a home built computer, you could ask him for guidance when you build your own computer. …

How to Be Mindful With Technology

I feel that our increasing reliance on technology is affecting our mental health in multiple but disturbing ways. I can not tell you how many times I've been in the middle of a yoga class doing my best to balance on one leg, when someone's cell phone goes off. Recently, it took four separate rings before the woman attached to it decided to turn it off! Needless to say, I had trouble practicing Loving Kindness during that class-as I'm sure many others in the room did also.

Obviously, I'm not the only one who feels this issue needs addressing. A recent issue of Psychotherapy Networker, dedicated an entitlement issue to this topic entitled, Left to Our Own Devices: Is It Time for Therapists to be Concerned? I read the entire issue cover-to-cover and had trouble putting it down because it was so thought-provoking. In essence, a multitude of experts weigh in on whether or not it's possible to be 'addedicted' to technology- mostly smartphones. Both sides are argued with equal conviction and make complete sense. I tend to sit somewhere in the middle, agreeing mostly with those who liken checking emails, texts, and surfing the internet to a 'compulsion' rather than a full-blown 'addiction'. In an article called, The Age of FoMo: Our Brains on 24/7 Alert, One researcher, Moez Limayem, differentiates the two this way:

The underlying motivation to use a mobile phone is not pleasure (ie, as in the addiction model), but rather a response to heightened stress and anxiety- We feel anxious if we're not making use of every tiny slice of time.

In other words, we have become increasingly uncomfortable with moments of time when we have nothing to do other than be with ourselves. Another study led by Timothy Wilson of the University of Virginia, offered research participants the following two choices: do "nothing" for 15 minutes or give them a small electric shock. Guess which one the majority opted for? THE ELECTRIC SHOCK.

There you have it dear readers- the major of us would rather receive an electric shock than be left sitting quietly with only our own thoughts and feelings to entertain us. In the study, this applied more to Millennials and those younger than us older folks, but I believe it still serves as a wake-up call to all of us. This speaks directly to an issue that my clients bring up consistently in therapy. It sounds something like this:

YOU KEEP SUGGESTING THAT I BECOME MINDFUL, BUT EVERY TIME I JUST SIT AND SLOW DOWN, I DO NOT LIKE THE WAY I FEEL OR THE THOUGHTS I THINK. IT'S FEELS YUCKY AND I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH WHAT COMES UP.

What I point out to people when I hear this response at attempts to slow down, go inward, and to look out the landscape of our inner worlds is this:

YOU BET IT'S DIFFICULT. THAT'S WHY MOST OF US DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO AVOID BEING MINDFUL …