Listing Your House With a Local Realtor

So you’ve decided to sell your home – great! It’s a big decision that no one takes lightly. But it can also be a very stressful decision that leaves you unsure of what to do next. That’s just one of many reasons you should consider using a realtor to sell your home.

A realtor takes, “I’m going to sell my house” into “I’m selling my house.” And they save you stress while they do. Otherwise, you can spend weeks just finding the right platform to sell your house on. Not to mention you have to filter all the potential buyers yourself. This is incredibly time consuming and comes with a ton of drawbacks. Only one of which is hearing every reason you should either give your home away or do owner financing. You can even end up potentially putting yourself in danger.

When you work with a realtor, you work with bigger numbers. Your agent can set you up with more verified, serious buyers than you can find yourself. They also have access to bigger advertising funds and more resources for home listings. All of this leads to a much better, happier sell.

Have you ever wondered why some homes have handwritten signs on a post while others have full-color gloss sheets? The answer is usually one has a realtor involved. Realtors know exactly what potential buyers want to see and know. They have the funds to create professional, appealing advertisements for your home. You aren’t left waiting for someone to call a number written on a sign that could fall off the next time it rains.

The combination of professionalism, knowledge, and connections leads to faster sales with bigger dollar signs. While time might not always be a huge factor when you’re selling, you are responsible for the costs of your home even when you aren’t living in it. That does make selling quickly a priority for most. It can also lead to a much bigger payout, meaning that you will get the money you want and deserve when selling. This isn’t something most people can say when they choose to sell on their own.

So do you need a realtor to sell your home? No. There are plenty of ways to sell it on your own. But it does offer you protection, alleviate stress, and get you more out of your home sale if you choose to go with a realtor. So do yourself a favor and go with the best!


Is It OK to Break Open Fish Oil Pills In Order To Make Swallowing Easier?

Let’s face it! Lots of us have trouble swallowing pills and capsules. Breaking open fish oil pills or capsules, however, is not the easiest way to deal with the problem.

There is no fundamental reason not to break open a capsule of a high quality supplement into a clean spoon or even into a glass of V-8 juice or some other salty, flavorful vegetable juice. As long as the oil is consumed right away, it will not oxidize and the essential fatty acids it contains will not spoil. You can just throw the capsule away, although some brands like Nordic Naturals add flavoring to the capsule itself to make it tasty enough to chew. But don’t! You don’t really want to squirt fish oil in your mouth unless you have tasted it before and grown accustomed to it.

There are reasons, however, not to break open a capsule of any product that is labeled as containing “marine liquids.” Another term for marine liquids might be fish juice. Just as a fish would go bad if you put it in a bottle and left it on your shelf for six months or more, marine liquids ferment inside the capsule. They don’t really smell rotten. They smell fishy. They are the component of low-quality products that give you fishy burps and indigestion. Never open a fish oil capsule if the label lists marine liquids as an ingredient.

There are two easy ways to deal with the problems of swallowing omega-3 supplement pills.

One is to buy chewables. Usually offered in fruit flavors, such as cherry, lemon, orange, and lime, these omega-3 gummy bears are meant to be chewed and swallowed. The best brands don’t taste fishy and both children and adults usually enjoy them.

The other way to get your fish oil dose without having to break open a pill or capsule is to buy liquid fish oil in bottles.

Back in the days when the only available type of this oil was rancid, nasty cod liver oil, getting your daily omega-3s, vitamin A, and vitamin D from fish oil seemed more like punishment than nourishment. The awful flavor of the oil was due to the fact that fishing vessels lacked storage and basic sanitation.

Fortunately, today this problem no longer exists. Fish are caught in cold waters and immediately put on ice. Supplement makers do not tolerate bacterial contamination in the catch and they test their products for any signs of spoilage or bacterial contamination.

It is still possible to buy fermented cod liver oil, and, believe it or not, it is actually the most nutritious form of fish oil on the planet. Just a teaspoon (5 ml) a day is enough for your daily requirements of vitamins A and D.

There are other types of these oils not made from livers which are also available in fruit flavors. In Norway, they are even a popular breakfast drink.

Make no mistake about it! It’s OK to break open capsules of high-quality fish oils. But it’s a lot easier to use chewable DHA capsules or fruit-flavored oil.

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Everyone Loves a Gross Margin Report

What would we do without the good old Gross Margin Report? It is a handy guide that helps analyze our staffing firm’s profitability and forecast future revenue. It is a very important tool if checked regularly because the information can help us make adjustments to ensure good profitability. Gross revenue is one thing but the true bottom-line is profit.

The Gross Margin Report should be analyzed from a number of perspectives. For example, when calculated by customer we can see which of our clients are the most profitable. If you simply look at highest revenue, you may be missing the fact that one of your smaller customers are producing more revenue after costs.

Another great perspective is by employee. Which employees are the good producers? If you are processing credits because of low quality work or are lowering rates because of client dissatisfaction with the employee, it is good to know. On the other hand, well-liked employees that are producing nice profits may be worth a raise or some other benefit in order to keep them loyal and happy.

What about internal employee productivity? When the gross margin report is produced by consultant you can determine which of your internal employees are yielding the most profitable placements. Are they reaching for low hanging fruit just to say they made a placement? Is your placement leader really your “highest producer”?

Other great ways to review the gross margin data is to procure the numbers by: average gross profit $ per hour; # of employees considered in the equation; # of customers included in the calculation; by branch and by line of business.

In order to make the data more meaningful and provide more flexibility, you can view the data utilizing a “big-data tool”. Big data tools are great because they offer graphical depictions that help identify data trends and alarming business problems. In addition, most allow you to “slice & dice” the data from different perspectives. This is important because often your environment will change beyond your control. However, you do have control over how you are doing business and the gross margin information can help you avert bad business practices before it is too late and harmful to your business.

Often, you and your employees may not be aware of detrimental business numbers without looking at the reality of what is really happening. It is very important to identify business issues as soon as possible. This is why it is valuable to study the gross margin report weekly and over the course of several weeks. If you spot something unfavorable in your weekly numbers you can learn if this is just a bad week or an ongoing problem that must be addressed.

Make the Gross Margin Report your best friend.