What Rushing Your Design Project Really Means

If you do not plan to allow enough time for your project to be designed, printed and delivered, then you may still be able to have your project completed in time, but the design will have to be rushed.

This means that your designer will put away other client's work and work late nights, even weekends, to get your project out – but at a price. And the price takes several forms other than just financial.

The cost of rushing your project includes:

– Skipping important parts of the design process: With less time there's often not enough time allowed for a designer to spend much time at all on a creative approach or concept for your project. There also may not be enough time for your designer to present a lot of concepts to you or to go through a lot of revisions. You'll also be rushed through the approval cycle – which means it's more likely that you might miss your deadline.

– Quality may suffer: With less time and more stress the finished product often will not be of as high quality as it could be. In design this could mean poorly prepared files, the details of the design are not always attended to, or that a website is coded poorly. None of this will greatly harm the effectiveness of a finished piece, but it's always nicer to have a beautiful, perfect finished piece that has one that's almost all the way there.

– Financial costs: Just like any other profession a designer will charge extra for the late nights and other sacrifices that a rush project requires. It's an industry standard to charge one and a half times the normal cost of a project to rush it.

– Not being able to ask your audience: I highly recommend that you run your desgns-in-progress past your best clients and your target audience. Doing this sort of mini focus-group will enable your clients to give you invaluable feedback on your designs, your text, and their impact on your potential clients. If your project is rushed, then there's often no time to run the design options by your clients to get their input – and you'll lose out on a valuable resource.

Lack of planning can cost you a lot extra. So I suggest allowing plenty of time to design well thought-out materials, at a leisurely pace. This will cost you less and will often produce a more effective design.

Top Workplace Harassment Questions

Harassment at work is a form of employee discrimination. It has many forms with varying degrees of seriousness and legal implication. While it is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights act, it can often be difficult to prove in a court of law. This can lead to unanswered questions. Below are five of the most common workplace harassment questions.

Q. What are some types of workplace harassment?

Harassment at work includes sexual, racial, religious, and age-related harassment. The fear of losing a job keeps many employees from reporting harassment. Many employers have what is called an "at will" employment. If you are an "at will" employee, technically you can be terminated for no reason at all. Since this is usually your word vs. their word, it becomes difficult to prove. However, if you can prove the harassment – possibly with witnesses or pictures – this could be an important factor in your case.

Q. What is the difference between workplace harassment vs. a hostile working environment?

Harassment at work is any type of unwelcome action taken by either one employee towards another, or by members of management to subordinates. Management includes supervisors, the boss / owner or any person in a position of authority. Any unwelcome action towards an employee that violates the employee from performing job duties or makes the employee feel violated or uneasy can be considered workplace harassment.

A hostile work environment is when an employee experiences acts that provoke fear of going to work. Often, these acts are offensive intimidation initiated by the harasser. Yelling, being rude, and creating an environment full of severe stress results in a hostile work environment. Typically, hostile work situations are created by a boss or manager to provoke an employee or employees to quit their job.

Q. Are verbal threats considered harassment?

Verbal threats are considered a form of workplace harassment in West Virginia and many other states. However, until the harasser actually acts on the threats, you would only have a civil recourse and it does not become a criminal indemnity.

Q. Is slander the same as harassment?

Depending on the situation, slander is often considered a form of workplace harassment, especially if it was sexually oriented. Heinous lies, verbal attacks and rumors can discredit a person and cause not only stress in the workplace, but in his or her personal life as well. The law for slander differs from state to state. However, if you can prove the accusations, you may also have a case.

Q. I have been accused of sexual harassment at work; can my employer reprimand me without an investigation?

Employers are bound by most states to show that some sort of investigation was made in the event that an employee was accused of sexual or any type of workplace harassment. Employers can reprimand an employee through a verbal and written warning to be placed in the employee's permanent record. Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious situation and can have a lasting impact on your career.

Is Marketing Direct Sales Different From Multi-Level Marketing?

Some years ago, I partnered with my first multi-level marketing company or MLM, not knowing exactly what a MLM company was. I thought I was just selling makeup and getting others to join me. Once I got into the industry, my eyes opened up to the conglomerate of marketing direct sales companies and all the various types of direct sales companies. There is multi-level marketing, network marketing, affiliate marketing, internet marketing and whatever other phrase that is hot for the new year. In either case, I was confused. I am always coming across people who don’t understand the difference between the different types of companies so I figured I will break it down simply for you all. In today’s blog I will focus on multi-level marketing.

Marketing Direct Sales: Direct Sales is an industry in which companies sell their products or services directly to consumers through a distributorship.

Basically, think of the term “direct sales” as the broad category for multi-level marketing and affiliate marketing. Marketing direct sales also goes beyond these two types of companies. There are also single-level companies that typically include industries such as real-estate and financial services. Single-level in which distributors are just compensated for the work that they do.

Marketing Direct Sales: Multi-Level Marketing

Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) is an industry in which individuals or an individual entity, called distributors, sell a company’s products or services through a down-line of distributors.

In MLMs, individuals are able to purchase the right to sell a specific company’s products or services and are able to earn a commission on the items she or he sells. What makes multi-level marketing so attractive is that not only do you earn a commission on the products/services you sell, but you also earn a commission on sales when people join the business under you.

In product based companies, like Mary Kay, Amway, Organo Gold, etc., distributors are able to buy products at wholesale and sell them at retail, which is usually a 50% markup on the wholesale price.

In service based companies, like Legal Shield, ACN, etc. distributors are required to utilize the service to maintain their distributorship.

Additionally, as distributors bring more people into the company and sell more products they are able to achieve certain rankings.

MLMs are based around rankings that incentivize people to produce more. As you move up the ranks, you are able to earn higher commissions and earn additional bonuses.

Marketing Direct Sales: The Downside of Multi-Level Marketing

The multi-Level marketing industry is often associated with a lot of negativity. Typically, when you hear the words network marketing or MLM, you will hear the following: SCAM! Before there were concrete regulations in place, there were people marketing direct sales illegally. There were many fly-by-night companies that came on the scene that were doing illegal activities such as Ponzi schemes. The issue here is that the majority of commissions were made off of bringing people into the business instead of selling products or services.

However, the Fed shut down many of these companies years ago. However, be mindful there are still a few illegal companies lingering out there.

Marketing Direct Sales: Conclusion

Overall, this is a viable industry that allows anyone to make a solid living and for the real go-getters an opportunity to create wealth. Deciding to partake in this industry depends on what you are looking for. Fortunately, there are a variety of companies for everyone. Whether you like to do home parties selling makeup, jewelry, I’ve even seen bread! There are also online businesses.

I suggest that you give marketing direct sales a try. If you are looking for a specific opportunity, I have a few options that I can suggest for you. I have participated in network marketing, affiliate marketing and online marketing so I have some experience to share.

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Travel Tips on What to Do and See While in Boston

Boston is a wonderful city and one that attracts many visitors every year. The historical significance combined with a large metropolitan area all located on the water makes it a very popular tourist destination. This article will offer travel tips from best ways to get there via airlines and Boston airport transportation or Manchester airport transportation, where to stay and things to do and see while being a visitor in Boston no matter what time of the year you go.

There are many airline deals to be found these days and if you are up to finding the best deal yourself, try the website kayak.com that offers the prices of all of the competing airlines giving you a great comparison of deals. Remember if you choose to travel on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, those are the least expensive days to go so plan accordingly. Because you will be in a city with great transportation of trains, taxis and even boats, a car will not be necessary and parking in Boston is horrible so just take an airport shuttle or the train to get to your hotel downtown.

There are so many things to do and see while in Boston that making a plan is probably the best way to see the most you can. One of the absolute must do’s in Boston is to walk the Freedom trail. This is a great way to experience colonial history and can see 16 different sites along the trail. It is easy to follow as it is marked by a stripe to follow throughout Boston. The best way is to start the trail in the morning and that will land you in Quincy Market around lunchtime which is one of the best food markets around. Try Boston’s holy trinity of lobster, clams or chowder to experience true local flavors.

The North End of Boston is a great section of Boston with the famous old North Church and Paul Reveres home that is a special piece of history to witness. Nearby the North End is Boston’s Little Italy that has more authentic small family owned Italian restaurants and bistros to count so be sure to stop in one to get a wonderful bite to eat.

Another section of Boston that many people enjoy visiting is Beacon Hill filled with a the oldest park in the country and beautiful old buildings. If shopping is what you are interested in, go to Charles Street to hit a variety of popular stores as well as fun local boutiques.

The waterfront area is the last place to see while in Boston and that is also a wonderful place to go if you are a family traveling with children. Located near the water is the Children’s Museum and the Boston Tea Museum as well as the beautifully renovated New England Aquarium. If you are a baseball fan, try to catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park although being able to find a ticket may be difficult as Red Sox fans are some of the most loyal.