Get Ready to Take the Throne: Game of Thrones Recap

Anyone know where I can score some nice mutton? I’m guessing that is the best thing to serve at a Game of Thrones viewing party. Yes, GOT is back for season five (has it really been a year?) Well, if they can top season four, then we’re all in for a wild ride. Or should I say, “wilding ride?” For the purposes of this post, we’ll assume you’re all caught up on the first four seasons…in other words: SPOILERS AHEAD. There. Now we can dish about what happened in season four.

GOT Box Set

Are you ready to take the throne? Image Source: flickr user: Robert

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Written by Rick B.

April 10th, 2015 at 11:44 pm

Finding the Right Staff for Your Startup Business

So you’ve finally got your startup business up and running. Good for you! If you’ve followed the advice offered in this blog, then you’re business is a runaway success by now! More good news. Does this mean you’re ready to start hiring? The goal of every business should be to expand since you can only make more money by taking on more clients. Many startups rely on family members for the initial staff period; this is especially true with new restaurants. The drawback with hiring family is you might have trouble firing them. Yes, if your cousin Claire isn’t working out, she’s got to go. But before you develop your firing skills, you need to hone your hiring skills. Here are some great tips to help you find the right staff for your startup business.

Employee Resume

Somewhere in this stack of resumes could be your new employee. Image Source: Flickr user woodleywonderworks

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Written by Rick B.

April 9th, 2015 at 9:00 am

Opening a Restaurant? Avoid These Common Mistakes Many New Owners Make

Are you one of those people who receives rave reviews for every meal? Whether you’re making a holiday dinner or a birthday cake, do you have friends and family lining up at your door for a taste? No doubt, all those folks have told you at one point that, “You should open up your own restaurant.” That is a very noble dream and one that can be both financially and emotionally rewarding. It can also be financially and emotionally draining. Opening a restaurant is going to require a large investment of capital and time. Let’s assume that you’ll have amazing food. But guess what? That’s unfortunately not enough to create a successful restaurant. Here are some common mistakes new restaurant owners make that spell doom:

Eatery

Cool restaurant space. All they need now are customers. Image Source: Flickr user Sam Howzit

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Written by Rick B.

April 8th, 2015 at 9:30 am

Mobile Army Monday: Score a Hit with Every iPoll Survey

This week, you might be experiencing a seasonal epidemic known as “Openingdayitis.” A lot of your co-workers might be calling in sick to attend the opening day of their favorite baseball team. Yes, baseball is back and taking in a game at the ballpark is a great excuse to call in sick from work (just don’t tell that to your boss). As for those of us left behind to carry the workload, perhaps you can find comfort in iPoll. While it is true that taking an iPoll survey might not be as exciting as a ball game tied in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded, it can be very rewarding. Think of every iPoll survey as a base hit; every time you complete a survey, you can earn a little something. Get enough “base hits” under your belt and you’ll have a grand slam of cash waiting for you in your rewards account. Have you checked in with your iPoll app this morning? Here’s what your “scorecard” could look like:

Groceries

There's a new product worth $500 somewhere in here! Image Source: Flickr user Nicholas Eckhart

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Written by Rick B.

April 7th, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Opening Day: A Brief History of Baseball

You might have never played the game, watched a game or attended one, but it has always been there. Baseball is America’s favorite pastime. For many, spring hasn’t officially started until the opening day of Major League Baseball. This is the week where the teams will take to the stadiums all across the country for their first “at bats” of the season. At this point, anyone can become the World Series Champions because the field is wide open. Even if you’re not a diehard fan of the game, you almost certainly appreciate a little baseball history to welcome in a new season.

Baseball Game

Great seats to a great game. All you need now is the hot dog to go with it. Image Source: Flickr user Mathew Ingram

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Written by Rick B.

April 7th, 2015 at 10:15 am

iPoll Quiz Results: Best Pranks

As we learned this week, April Fool’s Day has many different origin stories. Maybe they’re all pranks in and of themselves. However it evolved, we’ve all become accustomed to expecting some kind of prank from somebody on the first of April. Even corporations get into the pranking spirit, as well as your coworkers. Among the iPoll community, the art of pranking is alive and well. The quizmasters asked you to share the best pranks you ever played on friends and family. Clearly, there are a lot of tricksters out there. Here are some of the highlights:

Office Prank

I think it would be fun to unwrap my cubicle. Image Source: Flickr user AussieGold

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Written by Rick B.

April 3rd, 2015 at 6:46 pm

How to Make a Living Working the Flea Market Circuit

The short answer to the question posed in the headline is, “Yes.” The more nuanced answer would be, “It depends on how much effort you put into your stall.” When it comes to selling your stuff, you have three basic options: Yard sale, sell as an online vendor or operate a flea market booth. If you’re going into the resell arena, I would suggest online sales and flea markets to be your best options for making money, or even an actual business, out of this endeavor. Yard sales can be fun, but they have low traffic, and you’re only doing it for one weekend. So, that leaves flea markets. The good news there is that working the flea market circuit in your neck of the woods could turn a decent profit and make a living.

Selling Stuff

You could be making money at a flea market. What are you waiting for? Image Source: Flickr user jay8085

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Written by Rick B.

April 2nd, 2015 at 5:11 pm

A Brief History of April Fool’s Day

Do you suffer from hoaxacruxious? That is the fear of being pranked on April Fool’s Day. Reported cases of hoaxacruxious are so severe that sufferers go into a blind panic on April 1st and need to be hospitalized. In fact, emergency rooms around the world staff heavily every April first because of an influx of hoaxacruxious patients. Okay, I’ll stop now; there is no such thing as hoaxacruxious, but there probably are a lot of people looking over their shoulder today. That’s because we all have license to pull a prank. Before you bust out the silly string or zombie mask, you should know a bit about the holiday. That way, at least you’ll be able to impress your friends with your historical trivia.

 

Office Prank

Looks like somebody just got pranked. Image Source: Flickr user: Kyle and Kelly Adams

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Written by Rick B.

April 1st, 2015 at 7:22 pm

How to Earn Easy Money Then Beat the Odds in Vegas

True confession time: How often have you dreamed of winning big in Vegas? Actually, you don’t even have to limit yourself to Sin City. You could dream of being a winner at any casino. Just imagine rolling the dice or hitting blackjack and have stacks of chips pushed your way; it’s a nice dream. Unfortunately, the harsh reality for the vast majority of players is that the house always wins. Still, if you’re planning a trip to a city or if you’re taking a cruise that offers gambling, you might want to bolster your chances at success by embracing the following tips for beating the odds to earn easy money.

Casino

One spin and you could be a millionaire- or not. Image Source: Flickr user Ted Murphy

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Written by Rick B.

March 31st, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Share Your Opinion and Earn Easy Cash

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that we all have a lot of opinions and, therefore, tend to disagree. Try counting up all the times you shared an opinion during the course of any given day. Such opinions can address everything from The Walking Dead season finale (amazing!) to mushrooms on your pizza (not a chance!). Some of us are more vocal about sharing those opinions. Thanks to the wonderful wide world of the Internet, we can now share every opinion about local restaurants, the latest comic book movie adaptation, or even which flavor potato chip is your favorite (crab seasoning!). Even more exciting, there is one amazing website that offers cash in exchange for your opinions: iPoll. You might not even have thought about some of these topics, but once iPoll poses the question, you can’t keep your opinion to yourself. Why should you? You can earn easy cash with every share!

Driverless Car

Google's driverless car making a test run around the track. Image Source: Flickr user Steve Jurvetson

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Written by Rick B.

March 30th, 2015 at 6:03 pm