Author Archives: Tom Peters

Cutting Down a Tree Instead of Trimming

Some trees in my yard were growing a little out of hand. They were getting too tall and too big for even me to deal with with trimming or having to find someone who would trim them. It was also getting costly to continue the upkeep with those trees, so I decided to see if there was a way to have them removed. A friend of my told me about a company that was in Hendersonville tree removal services and had removed a few of her trees quick and easily. So I called them the first chance that I got!

When they came to my home, I explained to them what I wanted and to see if there was an easy way to take care of that. I really wanted all their options before making a choice on having it totally removed or not. I was told that they could trim it all the way back so only new growth would show, but in 10 or so years, I would be having the same issues that I was before. I could also have it removed, they would take the wood off for me and it would be the easiest and more logical for me and my situation. I did go with the full removal.

Cutting it down was a breeze for them and took no time at all from them to go from a 50 ft tree down to a 2 ft stump in the ground. When they got to that point, the rechecked with me to see if I wanted to have the stump removed or would I like to keep it there. I was told that if I kept it there, I was running the risk of insects taking it over. In the long run, it was the best option to also have the stump removed so I did that as well. Not too long after that, they were complete with their task and hauling the wood off. I couldn’t believe how easy that was and they made it look simple!

Having an Alarm Installed in My Daughter’s Apartment Keeps Her Save in Another City

When my daughter told me that she wanted to go to school in another city, I looked into what the prices for getting ADT in Knoxville would be for her apartment. We are from a small town, and I had heard so many stories about crime in larger cities. My daughter doesn’t think about these things, but she is my only child, and I wanted to keep her safe because that’s my job and she means everything to me. She teased me at first when I told her about my plans, but she is grateful that I was diligent after she got her own place there and someone tried to break in only one week later.

My daughter’s father ditched the two of us when our daughter was still a baby. The hardest thing I have ever done in my life is to be a single mother. Continue reading

I Just Did Something Rather Strange

In fact I think that everyone knows that I used to model a little. When I was in school I was really fit, I lifted weights, played basketball and football. I am still in good shape, but back then I never did any modeling with a shirt on. That was my niche, I was the guy who looked good bare chested. At any rate I met a lot of guys and one of those guys is now in corporate video production. So when I ran into him he asked me if I was still working in modeling. Of course I am a mid level drone at an insurance company, but if he had something I might well take it so long as it did not interfere with my job. He sent me to see this woman to start out and she fitted me with a suit. Continue reading

Know How to Start Your App

Being considered a mobile app developer is something that takes really hard work and a dedication to the job at hand. Unique designs, creating something that stands out, and really capturing what a company wants can be really difficult without a plan. There are a few things that you can do to help app development along.

First of all, what is the idea? Are you looking to make a business app for your company or making a gaming app? Knowing what kind of app you are going for will help you narrow down a developer who is specialized in what you are looking to create. You wouldn’t want a gaming app created by a social media app developer.

Now that you know what type of app you want, what is going to make it different? Is there an element to the app that is going to make is stand out against all the other apps in the same category? Basic apps are great, but when you want your apps to be noticed among the others, you have to add something special that no other app has. This can be anything from an added feature to improving on a already added feature. Being able to included special features and bonus features is always something that app users are looking for!

The layout is also important. Continue reading

I Got a Promotion and Something I Did Not Want

I was really more than a little pleased when the supervisor called me up to his office, because I knew at once that I was going to get promoted. It started about three weeks ago when one of the real big wigs started acting crazy. He had been cheating on his wife, but when she caught him and kicked him to the curb the guy could not take it. At any rate I really found out how much sleep matters when I ended up on third shift. I got promoted, but they took a guy off of third shift to have the job I was expecting to get out of this. That guy was really happy. He had apparently never made any bones about not liking third shift and if I had known they were going to put me on it, then I might have tried to find a different job.

In fact the money I am making is pretty good. I got a fifteen percent pay raise along with the promotion and it is really a pretty good job because all the people I am supervising are good at their jobs and eager to do them. Continue reading

Sales Are on the Rise

Business at my car dealership has really picked up, and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the espresso machine that I purchased. I saw the espresso machine on Cuppabean and knew that I have to have it. People often come to the dealership and think about buying a car. It’s my job, along with the other salesmen at the dealership to persuade people into a final sale. While the potential customers are deciding on whether they actually want to buy a car, I want them to be as relaxed as possible. I feel that the espresso machine puts the customers in a good mood and aids in getting a sale out of someone who would have left the dealership without making a final decision.

When a potential customer comes in, they will often want to have a test drive of a car before making a decision about it. I offer the customer an espresso at this point, and if they decline, I ask them again later. Usually they say yes before the drive, but the few that say no will get one after. A lot of thoughts can go through a person’s mind when they’re deciding on a car purchase. They compare one car to another car, they wonder if they can get a lower price on a car by haggling with the dealer, and they even wonder if they even need a car in the first place. The espresso helps to calm their mind and focus on a definitive decision.

We’ve offered beverages in the car dealership before, such as water and soda, but the customers haven’t responded to those in the same way that they responded to the espresso machine. I wonder what else we can add that will help us get more sales. There’s always the occasional customer who only drinks tea, and a nicely brewed cup would probably win them over.

An Old Memory for Everyone to Experience

There was this game that I used to play with my friends as a kid. Every day we would go outside and try to sneak towards a person who would turn around randomly. Anyone who was caught moving would have to go back to the starting point, and the person who touched the looker would become the new looker. I thought it would be cool to make an online game based on this game and host it on a website so other people could play. I looked at a website design by Kiwiwebsites and made the decision to have them help me make the website.

I wrote all of the code for the game in JavaScript. I learned how to write in this language using a series of online tutorials. It was pretty easy for me to get the hang of it, and I was able to complete the game in just a couple of weeks. I spent more time working on the graphics and sounds for the game than actually programming it. Since the game was done, all that was needed was for the website to be built. Continue reading

You Can Make an Appointment

Someone told me that I could actually go and make an appointment with the condos that were available for sale. I wanted to go and look at three condos that were for sale, but they all had open houses on different days and I was really trying to find time to go while they were open and I could not make it. A friend told me to get a real estate agent and go and look at the condos with the agent by appointment. I called to look at the one at parc esta condo complex and I wanted to see it with one of my friends so we called the person that was the listing agent and told her that we wanted to go and look at it and she told me that was going to be fine and I was glad that she was going to help me.

My friend and I got there and it was one of the nicest ones that I had seen, even online. I had been looking for a long time because my current lease was going to be up and I was going to have to either let them know that I was moving or I had to sign on the dotted line so that I could stay longer. I was really nervous to go and look at the other two because they were really were going to have to be something really nice in order for me to forget about the first one and I was right. The second one was really not so clean and I could not ever imagine living there and the third one was worse. I found someone to help me navigate and make an offer and now it is my new condo, I am so happy.

The Best Battery Charger for Me

I knew it was finally time to buy a battery charger not that long ago. I was just getting too many power tools added to my collection, and it would definitely come in handy. The only problem was that I had never purchased one before. I knew that I needed an 18v charger, but that was it. I am a firm believer that with any product, there are good brands and bad ones. That is the main reason I wanted to find a site that had an 18v battery charger review for different brands. I read so many good things about the Ryobi battery charger, and I knew that was the one I was going to get for a number of reasons.

Even something as simple as the color was important to me. I did not want anything that was a solid black color. Continue reading

I Learned to Be a Professional Tax Preparer

I had some friends ask me to help them do their taxes after they found out I had been doing my own taxes since I was a teenager. I stay up on the latest tax code changes. That kind of stuff was not hard for me. I would do taxes manually using forms and brochures. I never got questioned or had an audit. When more friends asked for help, I bought tax software for professionals tax preparers and took some classes. I started my own tax preparation business.

My first clients were just individuals and married couples as I spent a couple of months brushing up on business and corporate tax law. Continue reading

Socks for the Entire Family

My grandmother decided to give everyone socks for their birthday this year. She has some kind of thing about cold feet, and didn’t want us to have that, so she found a website where she could make personalized pet socks using a picture of her dog. My birthday was just a few weeks ago, so I got them in the mail around that time. When I took a good look at them, they looked kind of funny, but they were also cute. I tried the socks on, and they were a perfect fit. My grandmother has a way with knowing our sizes.

I called my grandmother thank her for the socks and she was glad that I liked them. I wanted to get something for her to show my appreciation, but I didn’t have a dog of my own to use for socks. Then I had a good idea. Continue reading

I Am a Female Who Works Hard to Make My Business Work

We had some terrible weather that lasted several weeks in our area. Then, one night, there was a horrific storm that caused damage to a lot of properties. I own quite a few rental units, and I was unable to handle all the cleanup afterward, so I had to get some help with home cleaning services in Singapore so that I could try to stay in control. When I tried to tackle everything without any help, it was easy to see that I was going to get further behind if I tried to go it alone. I can be very stubborn, but I’m not stupid. Simple math showed me that it would be less costly to hire someone to help, but even more costly if I remained stubborn enough to continue to try to do it on my own.

Most women I know personally do not have the luxury of owning rental properties. I own 5 of them, and I have them thanks to my parent’s money that I inherited. I had always been a good worker, but had never really saved money on my own. Continue reading

Betting It All on the Brain

My son sometimes likes to make bets with the other kids, even though I often tell him not to do it. He once made a bet with a kid where he would beat him in a foot race for a pair of shoes. He won the race, but I made him give back the shoes. Most recently, he bet a kid that he would get a higher grade in physics, and put his favorite gaming console on the line. He thought physics would be easy, but it was harder than he expected, so I went to to get a tutor for him.

I told my son that since he made another bet after I told him not to, I would take his video game system away for two months. He’s going to have to learn to obey my rules or face the consequences. Continue reading

Using a Hack to Get Ahead in Forge of Empires

My 12-year-old son has discovered the game Forge of Empires and seems to play it during a lot of his free time. He plays the game on his phone and absolutely loves it. I overheard him talking to his sister one day and was complaining about how long it takes him to get diamonds, coins and other tools in the game. She told him that she heard about a hack for Forge of Empires that will allow him to instantly generate the diamonds, coins and supplies needed in the game. He got so excited and started searching the internet for the hack.

I myself don’t play this game and had no idea what they were talking about but it must be something helpful because of the excitement he displayed. At dinner that night I brought up what I overheard the children talking about. It was kind of funny because they looked at each other with a look of alarm on their faces and then looked at me to see what kind of expression I had on my face. Continue reading

Patiently Waiting Saves Me Money

I have had the same smartphone for nearly six years now. It used to be a joke with my friends, but they found out that I was the one getting the last laugh. While they were busy buying new phones every single year, I was saving money by using the one that I had since nothing was wrong with it. They had newer phones, but they also paid a lot of money for them too. Unfortunately, I knew that I was going to have to look at Cyber Monday cell phone deals 2017 because my phone has really started acting up lately.

It still does everything that I need it to do, which is mainly phone calls and texting. I do have some apps on there but not many because it is just too old to support a lot of them. What made me realize that I needed a new phone was when I had to start charging it twice a day, and it would still be dead again at the end of the day. I needed a phone that can keep a charge much longer than that, but I did not want to pay an outrageous fortune for it either. Continue reading

I Love That I Have a Relative Who Cares About Me

When I go to the community center in my town I always stop to look at the plaques on the wall that give honor to the veterans who are well known around town. When my Uncle Horace died, I knew that I wanted to find a place that makes custom Jewish bronze plaques in NJ so that I could put a really nice one on the wall at the community center. I knew that they would pay for one, but I felt that it would be best to donate one to them because of all the activities and other things they offer at a low cost to people in our city.

My uncle and I would often go to the community center on weekends when I was growing up. Sometimes we would go to Simply participate in a chess game or a card game with other people. Other times we would play table tennis or watch a movie with everyone else in the common area. After spending a couple of hours there, he would walk me home and then he would sit for a bit with my parents. These are some of my fondest memories with my uncle. He and I were very close from the time I was a small child all the way up to the point that I became an adult.

At some point, I found a job in another state and needed to move away. I couldn’t see my uncle as much, but we kept in touch often. I always spent time with him when I went back home, too. I credit him with a lot of my good sense, and I think he deserves to be honored as a vet with a plaque. Everyone I know loves him, and I don’t know what I would have done without him.

DWI Lawyer Leads to Help when Needed Most

An old high school friend and I had recently reconnected on social media and agreed to meet at a bar in our home town for a few drinks and discussion of the good old days. I was shocked to how much Susan had changed and was instantly thinking a bar was the last place Susan should be. She told me not to worry as she had a dwi lawyer in Saratoga NY on speed dial, but was going to be careful because her next offense would mean the loss of her driver’s license.

It seemed the inspirational messages and happy face Susan had portrayed on her social media pages were all just a facade. She had been in an unhappy marriage for many years and with her kids all grown and out of the house, she had turned to drinking. I was happy she felt comfortable enough to confide in me, but terribly sad at hearing how her days were spent. Continue reading

I’m Still Wary Working Up on High Roofs

I work maintenance for a big building. There are about 50 of us who work round the clock inside this building. We have guys that do most of the work outside and on the roof, and I was not one of those guys. It is a flat roof, and it is windy up there. I was only up there once to call a guy down whose radio was not working. I prefer being inside. Then I was tasked to fix an air handling unit up on the roof, and I had to learn the wind resistant demarcation path instructions and everything.

Up on the roof there are walkways that are laid down over the roof surface. They have upright posts with heavy square rubber bases that support chains. You do not step off of the demarcation paths, or go beyond the chains. Continue reading

Delivering Flowers to the Customers

I started a business of selling flowers from a shop in Jakarta. A lot of people come to the shop each day to get my flowers, but I figured I could be making a lot more money by bringing flowers directly to people who can’t make it to the shop. The problem with that idea was that I didn’t have a vehicle to make the deliveries. I almost scrapped my idea, but then something happened. That’s when I came up with a plan for using sewa mobil pick up in Jakarta to have the flowers delivered.

I worked out a schedule of when I would start taking orders and when they would be delivered. Continue reading

Becoming an Effective Leader Takes Work

Business is a funny thing if not handled properly. One day, a company can be a household name, and the next day it can end up filing for bankruptcy. These things might seem like they happen overnight because of how people on the outside see it, but it is a very gradual process that is typically a result of poor management. That is why I wanted to look into top leadership development programs before I even began to consider who I wanted on my management teams. I have a fairly large company that has seven branches and a total of nearly 800 workers. Continue reading