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How to Take Your Business to the Next Level

If you have a business and are planning to take it to the next level, there are a few steps you can take to do so. These include:

  • Getting a celebrity to endorse your product
  • Working with other businesses to have a marketing campaign that benefits both products simultaneously
  • Drawing in new customers by altering the demographics to which you are marketing
  • Improving the product to create better reviews which will, in turn, generate more revenue
  • Going international

Going international can cause your product or service to grow at incredibly high rates. Instead of generating more sales in just one country, you’re increasing sales all over the world!

With any luck, millions of people will now be able to see your product on the shelves no matter where they are. Now, there are a lot of factors to consider when branching out into another country. Here are just a few of them:

Make sure your product or service is relevant to the other country.

What is useful in one country may not be needed in another. Before making such a huge jump to another market, check to see that people will actually be able to use what you’re selling.

Make needed adjustments to account for any cultural changes.

Certain fashions won’t fly in certain countries, and the same goes for a host of other things. Slight alterations in a product line may pose a small upfront fee, but the care taken in doing so can make it attractive and usable to markets other than your own.

Don’t forget to account for the different fees incurred with branching out.

Going international is going to be pretty pricey at first. Costs include hiring a new team of people, creating a marketing campaign to wow the audience, export fees, and of course, taxes. Taxes are going to be the number one expense that you have to take care of correctly.

Doing business in another country means spending money to make money. And it also means dealing with a ton of import and export fees. THEVOZ Attorneys, LLC understand that making sense of all these rules and regulations is a difficult task. That’s why they can help. No matter what you do, always consult an attorney before going international.

If you get caught up in the swing of things and fail to handle the tax side of the business properly, you can wind up in a lot of trouble. Nothing ruins the rush associated with starting a new business or growing a current one quite like the fines associated with tax fraud.

That is if you’re lucky enough to only get off paying fines. A lot of people who get caught by the IRS for doing something that they shouldn’t end up having to do time in the big house.

Even though that’s a worst-case scenario, take the right steps to file all the tax information properly so that there’s absolutely no chance of that happening to you.

Learning that Strict Liability is a Thing

Recently, I was reading about injuries caused by defective products and was surprised to learn about the concept of strict liability. So I know that for many personal injury cases, the victim of the accident can seek compensation from the person that caused the accident.

My understanding thus far hinged on the knowledge that the person being sued had in some way, through negligence or carelessness, caused the accident. Because that person was careless and not doing or accounting for something they should have been accounting for, it left someone else worse off. In this way, the conduct of the defendant matters a lot in establishing responsibility.

In the case of strict liability, the conduct of the defendant does not matter. They could have done everything that they needed to in order to clear the product to be sold, but if it poses an inherent threat to consumers, strict liability dictates that they are ultimately responsible for those injuries.

If a company makes housewares and they don’t test their products properly, when the products later harm the consumer, the company is on the hook for the injury. According to the site of William J. Luse, Myrtle Beach Personal injury lawyer, accident victims shouldn’t be left to cover their expenses if their accident was caused due to no fault of their own. Simple enough.

However, strict liability takes this concept even further, mentioning that even if the company did everything in their power to ensure the product’s safety, the company can still be held legally accountable if a consumer is injured while using their product.

Apparently, strict liability became a legal option in order to help victims who were having trouble winning their cases. Victims who were clearly injured for using the product correctly were not able to achieve favorable legal results because proving that the manufacturer behaved a certain way was too difficult.

In order to successfully win a strict liability case, the victim and their lawyer must be able to prove that the condition of the product was unsafe as sold, the manufacturer did not intend for any changes to be made to the product before it reached the consumer, and the victim sustained physical or property damage as a result of using the product.

The blame for product liability cases can fall on multiple parties which include the product manufacturer, the distributor, or the retailers. A lawyer is useful in determining if one or a couple of these parties can be held responsible for the harm caused by the product. In the chain of production and distribution, there are plenty of things that can go awry so having some perspective from a seasoned lawyer is typically helpful in making a useful determination.

How to Deal with Bad Creditors

The old story goes that some people just dont pay their bills. They try to get something for free, or they extend their finances too far, and they end up dragging businesses and other creditors down with them.

This view of credit is so strong that many people dont realize that often, its the creditor who is acting in bad faith, and it’s the creditor who needs to be brought in line.

There are plenty of reasons for why creditors act poorly. They may be under some financial strain themselves and so may fudge their numbers and place the blame on others to avoid repercussions to themselves. They may also simply do this out of practice without any particular strain. Others may just get tired haggling over a debt and try to force the hand of the debtor to pay what the creditor wants.

In the end, it doesnt matter what the creditors motivation is. What matters is that it can ruin the debtors credit, which can make their life incredibly hard.

It can make it impossible to get loans, raise mortgage payments, or find a place to rent. These are serious risks, and particularly awful when the person hasnt actually done anything wrong.

So, what should you do if you are confronted by bad faith creditors who are placing the blame on you? Try these tactics to get your credit returned to the level it should always have been at:

Keep track of everything

This is crucial. If your creditor is mistreating you and trying to ruin your credit or manipulate your debts, you need to keep as much evidence as possible. Keep track of all paperwork that comes your way and keep it organized. Keep track of every payment you make and whether it meets minimum payment expectations. Keep track of all your communications with the business.

That may also include recording calls with the business. Simply tell them upfront (as they tell you when you wait on hold) that youre recording the call for your own records.

Keep in contact with the creditor and demand explanations

If you see that there are some irregularities in your debt or you are noticing problems with your credit, always contact the creditor and demand an explanation. Do so in writing and by phone. Ask for written explanations of everything and again, record phone calls. This will help establish what has been happening.

Explain what you are doing to the creditor

Tell your creditor you are going to contact other professionals and experts to review how they have handled your credit and debts. This may be enough to resolve the problem on its own without requiring the last and most drastic step.

Contact a lawyer

If you are unable to resolve the dispute on your own, it is time to contact a lawyer who can help you. Go with a lawyer of good repute (in my area of Alabama, for instance, Greenway Law, LLC is spoken highly of on this account) that can guide you through the necessary steps and can take on the creditor to return your credit to the level it should be at.

My serious injury story

I’m bored, laid up in the hospital, and I’ve decided I want people to tell me some stories. To be thematic, I’m looking for people to tell me about their most serious injuries. Let me throw mine out there to start:

I was riding my bike down the street. This is a nice suburban street, mind you, with a 30 mph speed limit clearly posted. I was riding off to the side of the road because my town doesn’t have bike lanes. All of a sudden, some guy flying down the street in his SUV clipped me and drove off. I wish I’d gotten the license number, especially after the story I’m going to share after mine, but I was too shocked. I broke my arm and lost a pretty decent amount of blood on the side of the road before a good samaritan called 911.

I’ve been in the hospital the last couple of days healing up and making sure that knock of the head I got wasn’t too serious (thankfully, I was wearing my helmet). And getting bored, laying around, I asked the guy next to me about his story. What did he do to end up in a hospital bed?

What’s amazing is his story was actually really similar to mine. He was on a motorcycle, not a bike, and got edged off the road by a truck changing lanes. The truck kept going.

The guy’s injuries weren’t that serious, but the one area where he was much smarter than me was he was smart enough to get a license plate number.

I was pretty impressed by his state of mind at that moment, but he said he was prepared for such things.

Because you ride a motorcycle, I said.

No, because he’s had family that had serious injuries before, and they made a bundle off of it. The guy had an uncle who received some spinal cord damage due to an incident at some shop, a spill or something that led to a fall or something. He was a little vague on the details there, but he was crystal clear on the result. The poor uncle was impaired for life, but he was also suddenly a rich man.

It’s an interesting trade. Would you rather be impaired somehow for life and get rich off it or else keep your health completely and have to continue struggling?

There are lawyers for this type of stuff, and as far as I can tell, they tend to have more than a few multi-million dollar cases each, which means it’s not that rare this stuff happens.

So, now I want to know, what’s the worst injury you’ve ever had? Was there an upside? And would you take that deal (some impairment for a lifetime of riches) or not? How much would it take to make the deal worth it?

Get back to me soon so I can have some interesting reading while I recover. Then, I have to go bike shopping.

But more on that next time.

Deadliest Car Crashes: Rollovers

Rollover accidents are not exactly the first things that come into your mind when it comes to deadliest car crashes. You are probably thinking about speeding, drunk driving, and street racing as the main culprits, and that is totally justifiable. But you shouldn’t overlook rollovers, because they are just as deadly.

But what is a rollover anyway? A rollover accident happens when the vehicle turns on its side and “rollover,” hence the name. According to the website of Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., those who have suffered injuries in rollover accidents caused by someone else may have legal options.

Common Causes

Momentum from turning – When a vehicle is traveling at a high enough speed and suddenly makes a turning maneuver, it may have enough momentum to counter the turn and end up rolling over.

Elevated crash – A vehicle crashing from an elevated space can rollover because of physical forces. Examples include a vehicle crashing from the highway onto an embankment and from the freeway onto an adjacent road below.

Broadside collision – A vehicle getting hit in the side with enough force by another vehicle may rollover. The best example is a broadside collision in an intersection, when one vehicle runs the red light and crashes into another that has the right of way on the adjacent road.

High center of gravity – Some vehicles are more prone to rollovers than others, such as those with high centers of gravity. These are the vehicles that are both long and thin, like trucks and vans.

Dangerous weather condition – External factors like weather can also cause a vehicle to rollover. The most dangerous culprits are ice, rainwater, and snow on the road, because they can make a vehicle lose control. If the vehicle’s poor control ends up in a turning or braking maneuver, with enough force, it can rollover.

Dangerous road condition – Another external factor is the road condition. Slippery roads and road defects like cracks and potholes can cause a vehicle to rollover, in the same manner as how weather conditions affect roads and chances of accidents.

Full Attention is of Utmost Importance When You’re Behind the Wheel

No matter what brand and model of car you drive, only one thing is necessary as soon as you sit behind the wheel – your undivided attention on the road. Direct that attention to something else and you may end up causing a tragic road accident.

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that distracted driving is one of the top causes of car crashes in the U.S. With it are driving over the speed limit (and sometimes driving too slow along major roads), reckless driving and drunk-driving.

Alcohol impairs a driver; scientific studies have consistently declared and proven this. So too does distracted driving, though the impairment it causes is of a different kind. While alcohol makes a driver’s reflexes weaker, causing him/her to fail to steer hard enough to stay clear of danger, distracted driving can cause a driver to fail to react on time to avoid danger or to steer the wheel much more than necessary, directing his/her car where it should not be.

Driving always requires a driver’s undivided attention to enable him/her to safely control his/her vehicle, as well as veer it away from anything that may cause an accident. Anything that will take away your focus on the road is a distraction – a major contributory factor to car accidents.

Despite being aware that any form of distraction compromises everyone’s safety, many drivers confess to being distracted. Records from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the (NHTSA) show that individuals aged between 15 and 24 are the ones with the greatest tendency to get involved in accidents due to distracted driving.

The many faults seen in teen drivers are blamed on juvenile behavior and driver inexperience. Due to this 47 states have resorted to using the graduated driver licensing (GDL) system, a program intended to delay full licensure to beginners, while simultaneously letting them have their primary experience under less dangerous conditions.

The three major types of driving distractions identified by authorities include:

  • visual – involves taking one’s eyes off the road
  • manual – when one takes his/her hands off the wheel
  • cognitive – this happens when the driver’s mind wanders off

Specifically, these distractions include chatting with friends, cell phone use, texting, playing DJ, eating, playing your favorite tunes full blast, toying with the controls, putting on makeup or brushing your hair while driving, driving angry, reading maps or directions, using in-vehicle technologies or navigation systems, eating, drinking, smoking, lighting a cigarette, reaching for something from the back seat, playing with a child, getting distracted by a pet, and so forth. Many drivers do not even consider these as distractions any longer, especially those who have converted their car or vehicle into a personal room on wheels.

Whatever the type of distraction is, the fact remains that distracted driving is an act of negligence; an act the liable party will have to face and take responsibility for, especially if his or her act results to an accident and injures someone. As explained by West Palm Beach car accident lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., “a lapse in attention for just a few seconds is all it takes to lose control of a vehicle and subsequently cause an accident. Paying full attention to the road and your surroundings is of utmost importance when you’re behind the wheel.” Thus, those who get injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness, “should not hesitate to reach out to a personal injury attorney for legal help.”

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Betonite Clay: The Many Benefits of Using Healing Clays on Your Pets

Many people use bentonite clay for its countless health benefits, particularly its ability to cleanse the body of harmful toxins and substances. Bentonite clay can be mixed into a mask for external detoxifying or it can be dissolved into water to be ingested. It effectively rids the body of waste and strengthens the immune system that it’s growing popular no longer comes as a surprise.

Among its many uses, another way to utilize bentonite clay is to use it on your pets. In the same way that it can detoxify your body, bentonite clay can also rid your pets of any toxins they might have unknowingly ingested in their day-to-day activities. In particular, it can help eliminate and internal parasites, heavy metals, and other dangerous substances in your pet’s system. Mixing bentonite clay in your pet’s water can help address issues like arthritis, diarrhea, kidney disease, dental plaque, vomiting, and lack of appetite. Earth’s Natural Clay’s calcium bentonite clay for pets is good for such cases.

Bentonite clay can also be used as an external detoxifier for your pets. It can be used to disinfect wounds and prevent scabbing, as well as treat insect bites, hot spots, itching, and other problems in the skin and fur. All you have to do is to rub bentonite clay solution on the affected area. Unlike other medication, you don’t even have to worry if your pet manages to lick it off since high-quality bentonite clay is always safe and all-natural.

Whether you’re planning to use it internally or externally, using bentonite clay for pets is especially advantageous. Start by dissolving the required amount of bentonite clay powder into clean filtered water to come up with a mixture that will work well for your furry friend. Remember to consult with a veterinarian as well if you have other questions.

The Fair Labor Standards Act and the Portal-to- Portal Act

It is stated under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the the maximum time of work an employer can require form his/her employees is eight hours per day or 40 hours per week. Anything beyond this number of hours would already be treated as overtime work. These daily/weekly hours of work stipulated by the FLSA is to make sure that employees will have enough
time for rest and ample time with their families. Any increase in the daily/weekly number of working hours may render an employees exhausted every day and, therefore, not very inclined to work the following workday.

The Fair Labor Standards Act is a U.S. Federal law that was passed in 1938. It defines the legal daily and weekly number of working hours, the national minimum wage, and the computation of overtime pay, among others. Another law that touches on overtime pay is the Portal-to- Portal Act, which was passed in 1947.

This Portal-to- Portal Act is actually a modification to the Fair Labor Standards Act; is was then intended to make clear various issues regarding pre-work and post-work activities. Both the FLSA and Portal-to- Portal Act do not consider pre and post work activities as overtime work, unless activities performed during these times are directly connected to one’s type of work and performed either in the workplace or anywhere else, so long as it is upon the instructions of the company manager and for the benefit of the company (such as delivery of goods).

Not all employees are allowed to render overtime work, though. Only those who are non-exempt are considered eligible to render overtime work and, so, receive overtime pay. Workers who are exempt, or not eligible to render overtime (as well exempt from receiving the minimum wage, as their wages can definitely be higher) include administrative, executive, professional employees, outside sales employees, certain skilled computer professionals, employees employed in certain recreational or seasonal establishments, switchboard operators of small telephone companies, seamen in foreign vessels, those engaged in fishing operations, farm workers working in small farms, those employed as companions to the infirm or elderly and casual babysitters.

No law is intended to limit any business firm’s operations aimed at earning profits. Strictly observing the mandate of all employment laws will only result to satisfied employees and, thus, (probably) zero discrimination or unfair labor practice lawsuits. As explained by the Leichter Law Firm, however, employers often do not pay workers overtime even if they are entitled to it. This is illegal and employers who act with such disregard for the FLSA hurt their workers by withholding money that they have earned. Violation of the overtime law can result to lawsuits against guilty employers who may be required by the law not only to pay overtime work rendered by complaining employees, but also to compensate them for the troubles and damages they have been made to suffer.

Elements of a Car Accident Claim

Car accidents can happen anytime. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, more than 2 million auto accidents occur in the United States every year.Most of them are severe which could mean expensive medical bills and other expenses. Getting involved in a car accident can be a hassle as you could find yourself getting delayed if you are on your way to the office. If the accident happened in an “at-fault” state, you can make the person liable for the accident. You can be compensated as long as the requirements for negligence are satisfied.

In a car accident case, you can make the other driver liable for damages by proving that they were at fault. This is where having an experienced attorney can come in. Your lawyer will be the one to prove liability and work out the amount of damages you can get. When making a car accident claim, certain elements would have to be present and here they are:

1. Duty of Care

Observing traffic rules, driving slowly, avoiding distracted driving, and others are examples of duty of care. Duty of care means doing your best to ensure the safety of other people or properties. Doing the opposite is negligence and can make you liable for damages.

2. Breach of Duty

Any negligent act by a driver that results to injury or death to another driver violates the duty of care. When you drive recklessly or intoxicated, or use your cell phone while driving, you are breaching duty of care and hence can be held liable when you get involved in a car accident.

3. Causation and Damages

Causation comes in two forms. There is direct cause as well as proximate cause. The former refers to breach of duty as the direct cause for the accident while the latter means that even though there is breach on the part of the driver, it may not have been the direct cause of the accident. A car that runs over a pedestrian who then breaks his leg is an example of direct cause. On the other hand, if a drunk driver loses control of his vehicle, bumps into a utility pole which then falls into a pedestrian resulting to a broken leg is an example of proximate cause.

Damages, on the other hand, may refer to injuries to a person, physical damagae, monetary damages, or pain and suffering. Damages may involve economic and non-economic damages. The first type of damage is quantifiable while the second one is not.

Car accidents can be traumatic for some people especially if the crash caused the death of another person. Be a responsible driver so you would not get into trouble and hassle of car accident claims.

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