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5 Moving Checklists to Help If You’re Moving to Tampa

August 24, 2017 - By 
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The word is out about Tampa Bay. In fact, according to a recent article in WalletHub, Tampa ranks number 14 in the best cities to live in the entire country!

That’s the highest of any city in Florida, leaving popular destinations like Miami (which came in at number 54) in its dust.

One of the only downsides of moving to Tampa is that it’s a bit of a hassle getting there. However, with the help of a moving company, you can cross that downside right off of your list.

And speaking of lists, here are five checklists, organized by timeframe, that will help you prepare for the big move:

1) Two Months to Go

Get to know the area. Sure, you’re moving to Tampa, but there’s so much more to it than just the city. They call it “The Bay Area” for a reason. Research other awesome places like St. Petersburg and Ybor City.

If you have kids or plan to some day, get to know the school systems, particularly in your neighborhood. Consider the decision between private and public schooling based on what you’ve been able to determine.

Leave behind clutter. While a moving company will help you with the boxing and hauling process, two months out is a great time to start sorting your stuff into piles of what you plan to bring to your next life, and what you can do without.

2) One Month to Go

Take care of clerical business like an official change-of-address with the Post Office. Do this now. It may seem early still but the next 30 days are going to fly by.

Now is a good time to have the realtor assisting with moving to Tampa send you measurements for the new place. As you begin the packing process you are going to want to know if it’s worth bringing a couch that will never fit through the door.

Find a new primary care physician in the Tampa area and have your records transferred over to their office. If you see specialists, you may want to repeat the process for them as well.

3) Two Weeks to Go

Not to judge, but you probably should have done this already but it ought to be said: If you haven’t done so already, now is a good time to give your two-week’s notice to work.

Get a routine car repair. Get the oil changed and the tires rotated, especially if moving to Tampa means a long drive. Keep in mind that Tampa is the fifth most humid major city in the country. Make sure your car is equipped to handle that.

Now is a good time to get on the same page with professional movers, particularly ones who are used to the process of moving to Tampa.

4) One Week to Go

You should hopefully be finished with packing up the house by now. With one week left now is the time to pack your actual suitcases.

Add specifics to boxes to help the moving company like “fragile”, as well as the rooms that the different boxes are meant to go in.

Do a major trip to Goodwill or another charity organization. Donate everything you don’t need that you wouldn’t consider trash.

5) Moving Day

Take stock of everything. Count all the boxes. Make a list of all the furniture. Check this list again in Tampa.

Go over everything above once more to be certain you’ve forgotten nothing. Consider doing this the day before as well.

This is sappy, but take a photo. This will always be your home, no matter how many you have in the future.

The Move to Tampa

The transition to Tampa is an easy one. Between the year-round summer weather, the museums, and the booming job markets, this should be a pretty easy place to find your footing.

With the right attitude, the right checklists, and most importantly the right moving company, your move to Tampa will be a breeze.


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How to Create Your Own Digital Manual

August 3, 2017 - By 
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In a digital age, what happens to non-digital information?

Most often, it gets ignored! These days, most people will hit Google the first time they encounter a problem – even when it’s their health!

But that’s a good thing if you can take advantage of it. By offering digital manuals online, you extend the promotional reach of your company.

That’s why we’ve put together some points to consider for creating an effective digital manual.

Determine Your User

The single most important step in writing a successful manual is knowing your user is.

First, create a single sentence that defines who your user. This can be something as simple as “Users of Plantronics Headsets“. This short scope will keep you focused on answering your users’ questions.

Without thinking about your user in advance, you risk drifting off-topic. You may find yourself answering questions outside the scope of your intended purpose.

Create a Logical Outline

Knowing your user should help you create your structure.

Without a logical outline, you’ll just be winging the content. Your guide won’t have any rational flow. A good user guide works step-by-step, beginning to end.

Build a general contents page first. Write down all of the topics you want to cover in your manual. Then rearrange these topics into their most logical pattern. You may find yourself having to shift a section as you write the manual, but creating an outline at the start will give you a structure to work from.

Make It Visual

There’s nothing more boring than a manual without images. And what’s more, images will help your users understand the content!

Words without a visual guide can be hard to follow, so consider using the right images to highlight key points and hold your users’ attention. With a digital manual, you can offer full-color images and even links to videos! It’s a lot harder to do this with a traditional manual, and that’s one reason digital downloads are outpacing physical media.

Diagrams, step-by-step images, and tables are all great ways to present your information visually.

Make It Easy to Access

If you’ve gone through all the trouble of creating a manual, you want your users to see it. If users can’t find your manual, you’ve wasted your time creating it.

Especially in an age of short attention spans, where you display something is as important as what it contains. Make your user manual very easy to find. Link it from the product page, or even your main page if appropriate. Make sure the link includes the word “manual” and the name of the product.

This kind of forethought not only helps your users, but it builds their confidence in you. Making this information easy to obtain gives your users a positive attitude toward your company. How many times have you been frustrated by trying to find something on a website? That feeling translates into frustration with your company itself.

Create a Digital Manual Now

As you can see, creating a digital manual doesn’t have to be complicated. By keeping these points in mind, you could create one easily and improve your promotional reach.

Be sure to follow our blog for up-to-date digital hints and tips!


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5 Tips For Growing Marijuana Indoors

July 12, 2017 - By 
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With marijuana becoming legal in more states each year, many people are choosing to start growing their own plants.

Growing your own marijuana is a fun way to watch the process from start to finish. It allows you to know the quality of your marijuana. It’s also relatively simple and inexpensive to get started!

If you’re thinking about starting your own operation, check out these five tips for how to grow marijuana indoors!

1. Set the space

Before you can start growing marijuana in your home, you need to set up your growing space.

Whether you plan to grow one plant or one dozen, you’ll need to create a dedicated space that helps to control the environment around the plant.

There are several ways to create a space in your home. If you’re growing several plants, you may want to dedicate an entire room to them. It would need to be a room with doors that close, as well as ventilation or a way to add it, and electricity for heat lamps.

If you aren’t dedicating an entire room, you might choose to purchase or build a grow tent.

A grow tent features reflective interior walls that help to reflect light and keep your plants warm.

2. Think ahead

While buying seeds and setting up your space, it’s important to carefully consider how many plants you’ll have.

Even if you think that you’ll have many plants in the future, it’s a good idea to start small.

This will give you a chance to set up a space that functions well, and lets you learn the in’s and out’s of growing before you have several plants on the line.

Keeping your numbers small doesn’t necessarily meaning that the space that you grow in should be. When planting, think ahead, and remember that marijuana plants will flower and double or even triple in size.

3. Order the right seeds

Choosing and buying seeds for the first time can be a challenge. There are many different quality seeds and options out there.

If you are learning how to grow marijuana for the first time, you may want to start with feminized seeds. These are guaranteed to grow into female plants.

If you don’t buy these, you’ll have to go through the process of sexing your plants once they begin to grow, and may end up throwing out several male plants.

4. Give your plants some air

Ventilation is key when growing marijuana indoors.

If your growing space isn’t properly ventilated, it could lead to several health problems for your plant, including developing insects like spidermites. While you can treat these with insecticides, it’s easier to stop them before they start.

A window or duct in your growing room, along with a fan, will help keep air circulating and keep your plants healthy.

5. Be conscious of the smell

Marijuana plants have a strong smell. While this may not bother you, if you live in a neighborhood, this could be a problem.

To help reduce the smell and keep from bothering your neighbors, you’ll want to add an air filter. The filter should be installed in front of your fan to cut down much of the scent.

Start growing today!

With a small investment of time and money, along with these five tips, anyone can learn how to grow marijuana indoors!


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Caught With Your Pants Down? What to Expect During a Drug Test

June 30, 2017 - By 
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You spent weeks – maybe even months – searching for your next job. Then you got called in for an interview, and you nailed it!

Your dream job is right there within your grasp. The only thing standing between you and that first big paycheck is…the drug test.

Even if you don’t use recreational drugs, the idea of submitting to a pre-employment drug test is intimidating. However, since 57% of U.S. companies require drug screening from new employees, chances are you’ll face it eventually.

What types of drugs are employers testing for? And what can you expect during your screening session?

Read on to find out!

What Drugs Are They Testing For?

Most employers will order either a 5-panel or 10-panel drug test.

A 5-panel drug test looks for the following:

  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opiates (heroin, codeine, morphine)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • THC (marijuana) – even in states where it’s legalized!

The 10-panel drug test also looks for these common painkillers and prescription drugs:

  • Propoxyphene
  • Methadone
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Amphetamine

Is it possible to “beat” a drug test? To be sure, many have tried.

Methods include diluting urine or providing someone else’s urine. Some have even created synthetic urine with devices such as the Whizzinator.

However, providing tainted or fake urine is highly illegal, with penalties ranging from fines to jail time. For this reason, it is highly NOT recommended to try it!

(Worried about painkillers showing up in your urine test? Try some of these natural pain remedies instead!)

What to Expect During a Drug Test

Well, the big day is here. It’s time to step into that clinic and provide the urine sample that will determine your professional fate.

The process will probably go something like this:

  1. Smile nervously at the receptionist as you present identification. This is to verify that you are actually you.
  2. The collector will ask you to remove unnecessary layers of clothing (coats, jackets, etc.) and empty your pockets. Basically, she has to be sure you’re not planning to tamper with the collection process.
  3. In most cases, you’ll have privacy while you urinate. However, if the collector has any reason to think you might tamper with the sample, she may assign a same-sex observer to accompany you.
  4. The collector will give you a sealed container with measurement markings and a wide mouth. Before you touch it (or yourself), be sure to wash your hands to remove any trace chemicals on your skin. This could adversely affect the test results!
  5. Once you’ve filled the cup, the collector will examine it for any signs of tampering. She’ll also check the temperature and make sure there’s enough for the ordered tests.
  6. You and the collector sign paperwork stating that the specimen is correctly labeled. You also sign off that there were no issues during the collection process.
  7. Exit the clinic and give a big sigh of relief. It’s over!

Depending on where the clinic processes the test (in-house or sent to a lab), it may take a few hours or a few days to get the results back.

We know it’s difficult, but be patient! And try not to worry.

You’ll pass that test with flying colors and be on your way to your new job before you know it!