How Do You Find Gifts For Couples?

Every couple is   unique . Each one has their own likes and dislikes and their relationship is built on different things. So, how do you find the right gifts for couples that are completely original?

It is not easy to find a gift that makes both people in a relationship happy but you can try your best by buying things that every couple needs. These things include gifts for the home, apartment or kitchenware and other necessities. They are traditional ideas that everyone appreciates.

The first thing to do is find out whether they live together or plan on getting a new house. This makes your shopping a little easier because you can focus on finding things they’ll need when they move in. Glasses, carafes and other items they might not have time to buy are great gifts for couples in this situation. It’s also something they will be inclined to hang on to for a number of years.

If it is a new couple you are shopping for you can choose from any number of fun gifts like clothes or novelty items. Usually, you will be celebrating an anniversary or special occasion. That means you can also choose from any number of favors and gift ideas for this event.

Finding special items to commemorate their engagement, or first date includes buying something that can be engraved or personalized with their names and dates. This makes the gift relevant to the occasion and it becomes something more than it really is. A set of wine glasses with their initials is now “their” set, and so on.

There are many more great gifts for couples like wine boxes, corkscrew sets and other festive things that can also be monogrammed to make it a part of their relationship. Shop around and find something like this to make your next party or occasion great.

PHCS Health Insurance Quotes, Plans, and Company Review

When looking for health insurance it is very important to keep in mind that there are many companies out there that will try offering you the best prices for your needs. However, not all of them are known all around the United States and not all of them offer you the same benefits. One of the many companies offering coverage in the continental United States is Private Health Care Systems best known as PHCS. They are the primary national PPO network and care management product of the company MultiPlan.

Before talking about PHSC it’s important to know a little bit more about the parent company. MultiPlan was founded in 1970 and is the oldest and largest of independent, network-based cost management solutions. They have more than half a million health care providers that service an estimated 40 million consumers. To top it all of the estimated millions of consumers have about 70 million claims that are processed through MultiPlan’s networks each year. How about that for a health insurance option?

On the other hand Private Health Care Systems (Owned by MultiPlan as said before) has the largest proprietary preferred provider (PPO) organization in all the United States. With about 450,000 members attending one of the 4,000 facilities PHCS members have access to a variety of providers around the United States. They are also the first and only propriety network to earn five endorsements due to quality from two nationally recognized quality assurance organizations, URAC and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

PHCS’ job is to contact their providers in order for them to allow their network member to visit them at lower costs. The network also has something referred to as a “High network retention rate” which means that once a customer selects a Primary Care Physician (PCP) that doctor will remain available all through their health plan. Most of the people that are members of this great network include large employers such as companies and enterprises, commercial insurance carriers, regional managed cared organizations and third party administrators. The PHCS network offers the following to its members:

National Access with Excellent Cost Savings: No matter where the members are, they offer a variety of services from coast to coast. You can contact them at (866) 750-7427 to see how much they can save you in health care costs.

PHCS Healthy Directions: Eliminates the need of having an HMO, PPO or POS because it pays full charges for services when a member travels or goes to school outside the coverage area. As a member you will be able to have freedom in order for you to choose a provider from within the national network, to lower your out of pocket costs for members with providers in the PHCS Network, and to call a toll free number in your I.D. card for provider information.

Quality: PHCS didn’t just link a variety of little networks and pierce them together, instead they created a national network that allows them to credential and re-credential their providers to maintain good quality healthcare.

Private Health Care Systems is a care management company as well as network based insurance. PHCS is the second largest independent care management company functioning in the United States today. Their care management specialists review any patients’ cases to make certain that patients receive the best treatment available as well as giving them freedom to from a variety of options that nest suit their unique utilization review needs. You are able to employ this care management system in the area of your business where it will make the biggest impact. PHCS Core Plan includes the following utilization management products, however, is important to keep in mind that you can add some supplemental products that will be discussed below in addition to the Core Value ones.

Core Value Plan:

1. Concurrent Review

2. Certification

3. Discharge Planning

Additional Supplemental Modules that can be purchased:

1. Chiropractic Review

2. Selective CT/MRI Review

3. Podiatry Review

4. Outpatient Rehabilitation Review

How to Make Your Short Term Rental Listing Unique

No matter how hard you try to give your listing its uniqueness to make people click on it, you may still not be getting enough responses for your rental space. Here are some tips to help you make that great listing unique!

1. Don’t Upload Unnecessary Photos.

So, you’ve figured out that informative photos make a good listing. That’s an important step. But what you forgot along the way is that viewers who look at listings want to get to the meat right away and avoid the bones, so to speak. The average online renter looks at dozens of listings per website. So take our advice, and keep the pics of your cuddly pet to a minimum (they’ll get that it’s a pet friendly house if they see just one of those pics) and the same goes for multiple pics of the same object. Try sticking to the main rooms of the house, and no matter how many bathrooms, include just one pic. If your rental’s amenities are the most attractive part of the rental, include a pic of those amenities (a pool, gym/spa etc.) as the featured pic.

2. Avoid Tacking On Links

The description of your property is the most crucial aspect of the listing because it not only describes what is offered, but gives you a chance to sound sincere. After all, it is your initial contact with someone who might rent from you. Often times, landlords and hosts will insert a link to another site that has more information about the listing. If you’ve taken the time to create an account on a site, and create the listing, you don’t want to leave the job half-finished by sending the viewer to another site. What you’re basically saying is that you were too lazy to take the extra couple of minutes to finish the description or upload the pics. Treat every site as if it is the ONLY site in the world to list a property on. That way, EVERY one of you listings will sound as important as you think it is and you will sound like you care about who you rent to.

3. Be Concise

When giving too many personal details you run into several problems. First off, you may sound like a spammer if you give details about an unfortunate former roommate who was a “disaster” or stiffed you for rent. You can also come off as a bit rigid and uncompromising and scare away renters. Finally, and most importantly, people just don’t have enough time to read through an entire bio of every single tenant (that’s what meeting people in person is for). It’s always good to be as forthcoming as possible, but the major details are what you should focus on. Keep the focus on the space being rented. Renters will appreciate a genuine, honest and concise listing because it will sound sincere and business-like, which is what a rental situation is, after all.

Here is a great example of an informative yet concise description:

Hi there! I am a 29 yr old professional female looking for a friendly, easy-going, professional temp roommate to fill my 2nd bedroom in my 2 bed/1bath apt in West Hollywood. Rent is $875 + utilities (approx. $950 total). Must be respectful and friendly, clean and tidy but not OCD! OK to share bath. I am a young professional in the fashion industry; polite and easy-going who is friendly and respectful. I work long hours during the week (up early and in bed by 10 – so no visitors over during the week and must be quite after 10). I am a homebody during the week, cook at home and watch my favorite shows, but occasionally meet for happy hour or dinner with friends. On the weekends I am usually catching up on errands or going out with friends. I don’t smoke and drink socially. I also have a small, really cute and really sweet dog. Email me if interested. Happy hunting!

4. Specify Move in/out Date for Sublets and Short Term Rentals

The renter needs to know the broad strokes before coming to see a rental. If it’s a short-term rental, indicate the duration of the rental and what’s expected in terms of security deposits. Include the termination date of the lease if you’re subletting your space. Flexibility is a virtue many strive to have even for rental dates, but you don’t want the renter under the impression that the rental is much longer or shorter than it really is. For one thing, they may not want to renew your lease when it expires.

5. Indicate Size of Rental Space ONLY

Too landlords and hosts will brag about how big a shared house or apartment is. While the common areas are important to quality of life in the house, you must remember that they are called “common” for a reason. Most renters in roommate situations remain faithful to their rented living quarters because that is the only part of the house that is truly theirs. So, when listing size, be honest and indicate just the size of the room rented plus any closets. If you don’t have the means to measure exactly give a good faith estimate.

Weslo Pursuit Bike Reviews

Weslo Pursuit exercise bikes are cheap, and I do mean cheap. You can pick one up for as little as $80 and the most you’ll ever pay is around $300. But, can a machine this cheap be any good? Well, the truth is that only some models are worth looking at and then only if you’re looking for an entry level bike and only plan on using it for light exercise. Here’s a review of Weslo Pursuit bikes.

The Weslo Pursuit 2.0 DS bike (WLEX0901) only costs around $80. Quite frankly the bike is simply too cheap to be anything more than a toy – a toddler’s bicycle costs more, so would you really expect to get any kind of decent workout from it? But, if you are still interested, the bike has cross-training arms that are designed to work the upper body. The arms can be operated independently of the pedals, so you don’t have to use them. Amazingly, it also comes with a small LCD console that displays speed, time, distance, calories burned. Well, that’s enough said about this particular machine, except to say that the seat and pedals are very cheap and uncomfortable – most toddler’s bikes have better but then again, they costs more and are better built.

It’s tough to find nice things to say about the next model up, the Pursuit 4.0 (WLEX1776). I suppose it’s cheap, costing around $150. It’s an upright model and does look quite nice and inoffensive in its green livery. You get a fairly decent console and a heart rate monitor in the handle bar grips. You also get 4 preset programs and a Target Pacer. The seat and pedals are okay and come with adequate adjustments. But frankly, you should only buy this bike if you plan on using it only occasionally; I can’t see it taking any kind of strenuous workout.

If you are going to buy a Weslo upright exercise bike buy the Pursuit E 40 (WLEX1994). For around $300 you get 8 preset programs, an EKG grip pulse sensor and a more robust frame. Again, I’m not sure how long it would last if it was really hammered, but for the casual user it’s a perfectly fine piece of fitness equipment.

Thinking of buying a Weslo recumbent exercise bike? Sure? Well, don’t even bother looking at either the Pursuit E21 recumbent (WLEX1402) or the Pursuit 6.0 DX (WLEX1304). I can’t begin to describe how inadequate these machines are, so I won’t.

Instead, let’s talk about the Pursuit E 45 or the Pursuit 4.5 R. They both cost around $180 and are the only recumbent models worth considering.

The 6.0 DX comes with a good sized LCD display, EKG grip heart rate monitor and 4 pacer programs. With the 4.5 R you get 6 personal trainer workout programs and an Easy Pulse heart rate monitor. Of the two machines I prefer the 4.5 R, it looks better and I like the overall styling as well as the 6 preset programs.

If you’re looking to buy a cheap exercise bike, then by all means consider a Weslo. Just be sure that you avoid the very cheap models and look towards buying the more expensive ones. Also, be sure that the bike is going to be okay for you in the long term; if you really think cycling is going to form a core part of your regular exercise program then maybe you should look at another brand instead.

17 Ways to Force Vista to Run Faster

Windows Vista has received so many complaints by average and experienced users alike. Most of these complaints revolve around slow performance and useless default settings. So, let me ask: is Vista killing you? Here are a few tricks that you can use to optimize it.

  1. I never run any Microsoft OS without having my handy crap cleaner installed. CCleaner, owned by Piriform, will remove all of the unwanted trash accumulated from various program installations, browsers, and windows in general. It will also remove any files left floating around, that Windows no longer uses. I always use it when I need to empty my recycling bin. After installing it, right click your recycling bin and press “Run CCleaner” and it will run in the background for a few seconds.
  2. Use a separate partition for your files (music, word documents, etc). Not only will it help with backing up your computer, but it will keep those files from hogging the same space as your OS. To shrink/change a partition, right-click My Computer->Manage->Disk Management. Click C: or whichever drive your OS is on and hit “Shrink Volume”.
  3. If you’ve been constantly installing and removing files, you may want to use the Disk Defragmenter (Start->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Disk Defragmenter)
  4. Pick your security software wisely. I have found that Norton is heavily taxing on RAM usage. Security suites with one or two programs max are what you should aim for. I love AVG.
  5. If you didn’t get Vista for Aero, disable it. It is a huge memory drainer. Right-click and hit “Personalization”. Then select “Window Color and Appearance”. Then “Open classic appearance properties for more color options”. You can select the window theme of your choice.
  6. Use a lightweight browser. Although I use Mozilla for the bulk of my work, I find Google Chrome’s simplicity to be perfect for Windows Vista.
  7. Limit your start up programs. You can do this in CCleaner or remove them using the Control Panel. Preventing unnecessary programs from loading at start up can drastically lower start up time. The only programs I absolutely have to keep are my security programs, my ATI graphics driver, and my wireless drivers.
  8. If you use external programs to check your email, Outlook, limit the number of times it updates your mailbox. Checking mail around the clock can slow down your computer, especially if you’ve missed a few days and have a bunch of email to receive. You can also opt to do a manual Send/Receive. To change Send/Receive settings under Outlook hit Tools->Send/Receive->Send/Receive Settings->Define Send/Receive Groups or use the shortcut Ctrl Alt S.
  9. Turn off your Bluetooth receiver if you aren’t expecting any files. There should be a switch on your computer.
  10. Disable your screen saver. Let’s be honest, if you aren’t using your computer, it should be off. If you need to keep it on, turn the monitor off.
  11. Stop using the hibernate and sleep modes. At least, change the settings to keep these modes from kicking on automatically. These extra “power save” modes may save a little electricity, but all of your running processes usually are stored in memory for a “quick” wake up. (Control Panel->Power Options)
  12. Don’t leave CD-ROMs in your drive unless they are being used. If your computer detects a disc in the drive, every so often, it will start to spin to get a quick read. During those moments, your computer slows down, and sometimes pauses.
  13. Manually install Windows Updates or change the time to a moment when your computer definitely will not be used. Heavy multitasking while downloading and/or installing updates is a pain and an awful idea if you don’t have a lot of RAM to begin with. (Control Panel->Windows Update->Change Settings or right-click the icon during an update)
  14. Close unused program during multitasking. I am willing to admit that I am a heavy multitasker, and every now and then I end up with 8 Notepads open, 3 different browsers running, and MS Office kicking in the background plus Microsoft Zune minimized to my taskbar. I know I rarely need all of those windows open at one time, so the smartest thing to do is to close the unused ones.
  15. Running memory intensive programs (usually programming IDEs) like Microsoft Visual Studio and Adobe Dreamweaver while multitasking is a HUGE no-no. These programs require most, if not all, of your available memory. Respect that or they will eventually shut you down.
  16. If you can afford it, buy a laptop fan. An overheating laptop causes the computer to work a lot harder than a cool one.
  17. If you can afford it, maximize your RAM by upgrading to 4GB or 8GB, but let’s be honest. If you can afford a RAM upgrade it’s time to upgrade to Windows 7.

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Create a Unique Engagement Ring

Whether “popping the question” as a surprise or shopping with his betrothed for a wedding set or engagement ring, many men are hesitant to set a limit on what they can afford. They often have no idea what that limit should “properly” be.

For some, it may be the largest single investment they have made, yet they don’t want to pay it off on their credit cards forever, nor appear too “cheesy.” A good starting point is the equivalent of two months’ salary, but it really boils down to what lies ahead in your budget. What you are willing to spend? Ladies, be sensitive to his pocketbook; after all, starting your lives together in debt does not sound too promising. If you are going shopping together, it’s perfectly okay to discuss the expected cost ahead of time.

The classic engagement ring is a diamond solitaire mounted on a choice of 14K or 18K gold or platinum. Platinum is rarer, therefore more expensive. It is harder to damage, won’t wear away, develops a rich, satin finish, and won’t tarnish. 18K yellow or white gold is an alloy of 75% gold to 25% copper or nickel. It is softer than platinum, will wear away over the years, and can be bent and damaged. However, it is easy to repair and polish, and won’t tarnish either. 14K gold is 58.3% gold and 41.7% other metals, and is less durable.

Some diamond solitaires have subtle designs on the band, or may have settings with side stones flanked on either side or set in a channel. For durability, the prong settings should be in platinum rather than gold. A four-prong setting shows off the diamond better, while a six-prong is safer if the ring may get a lot of rough daily use. There are also engagement rings that come as a set with the wedding band; the two rings complement each other to form a single ring when worn.

The shape of the diamond is what makes an engagement ring  unique . The most popular is the Round cut, which utilizes the most technology in the cutting process to maximize the fire and brilliance. The Princess is square or nearly square with pointed corners. If you prefer a more rectangular shape with cut corners, the Emerald cut highlights the clarity of the diamond with a larger table, or top surface. It is described as a ratio of length to width, e.g.,1.25., 1.5, or 1.75. The Asscher is like the Emerald, only square.

The Marquise can look bigger than its carat weight, and the longer length makes fingers look slender. They are described in ratios also, as are Ovals. Radiant cut diamonds have curved side cuts that make it versatile and very interesting, especially when set with side stones. The Pear or Teardrop is popular in necklaces as well as rings, and also has a slimming effect if the ratio is 1.75.

A  unique  shape, the Heart can be either slim or wide depending on the length-to-width ratio. And finally, the Cushion has been a popular choice for more than a century, with large facets and round corners to enhance the brilliancy of the diamond.

With so many shapes and choices in band metals and designs, creating your  unique  engagement ring can be easier than saying “I do.”

Interview Preparation – How to Create Your Unique Brand

Almost every article – or career coach – will tell you that in order to do well in an interview – and to ultimately get the job offer, you must “Be Prepared.” But what if you don’t know how to prepare?

– “What does prepared look like?”

– “How do I know what they are going to ask?”

– “How can I make them I hire me?”

– “What if I’m not REALLY qualified or able to do this job?”

These are common concerns and questions – but where do you find the answers?

Tough Job Market

You are more than aware that you are in a tough job market and that you will have to do something to make yourself stand out from the rest of the crowd. You realize that you are competing against the odds.

The question is, “How can you make yourself stand out when there are so many other candidates looking at the same job?”

The answer is: “BRAND YOURSELF.”

Branding

This is what companies do when they want to sell something – they use whatever methods necessary to tell the customers who they are, what they do and how they do it – they “brand” the product.

“How do I brand myself? I’m not a product?”

This is one of the main secrets of successful preparation. Begin to think of yourself as a product. What this means is that you have to discover What Makes You Unique – and to begin thinking of yourself like a product.

Effective branding used in the interview is the same as in business. It is telling the customer (in this case the interviewer) who you are; what you can do and have done in he past (your unique qualities); and why they should buy (hire you).

Call For An Interview

Let’s assume that you have an outstanding resume and that you make it to the top of the stack of resumes of people to be called for an interview.

First of all, Congratulations on getting this far.

The problem is that You – and maybe nine or ten other equally qualified people for the position will receive that same call.

Because companies have so many candidates to choose from they are interviewing more people so that they can select the “best.” Are you the best? You had better be prepared to prove that you are the best by letting the interviewer know what makes you unique and what you can do for them, what you will bring to the position.

When you are lucky enough to be invited to an interview it is essential that you be ready to sell yourself – to let the interviewer know what makes you unique – what makes you a “remember-able” person? What added value you can bring to the position?

In other words, why YOU are the best person for the job?

Your goal is to leave behind an impression of you and your “brand.”

Preparation

By doing some basic preparation, you can determine your uniqueness and where you should focus your attention. You can discover your “brand.”

The first step in this process is to identify the points you have to offer – the combination that makes you Unique.

This should be a combination of your education, experience and any special training or certifications you may have, as well as your area of expertise, your strengths, and your personal traits.

You can put your statement together by listing all of these qualities and then summarizing them into a concise statement to present to the employer when any of the standard questions come up.

– “Tell me about yourself.”

– “What makes you unique?”

– “What can you bring to this position that the other candidates can or can’t?

– “What are you strengths?”

– “Tell me something about you that will make me remember you after you leave the interview.”

You can develop the answers to these questions by using “5 points” to use during the interview. If you use your five fingers to keep focused you can jog your memory if you forget what you were going to say due to being nervous.

Point #1 – Your education and years of experience. (More experienced persons will talk mainly about experience and not education.)

Point #2 – Your area of expertise – or what you know a lot about. (For less experienced people you will have to rely on classes or courses you’ve taken).

Point #3 – Your strength – this is usually a trait that you can use in any job. In other words, a general trait. (Communication, Relating to Others, Analytical Problem Solving, Determination, Adaptability).

Point #4 – Your work ethic or work style (This is what coworkers would say to describe you).

Point #5 – Something interesting about you (A hobby, something that you volunteer to do, a sport or arts interest. If you can think of something that relates to the job you are applying for that would be a plus).

By summarizing what you have to offer in a methodical way, you will be less apt to wander or forget what you intended to say.

Regardless of the method you use – you should be prepared. It will make a difference in the way that you present yourself and in your being able to talk openly – without being modest about what you have to offer. You will be able to tell the interviewer why they should hire YOU – and what makes you unique.

In fact, preparation will help you in ALL your interactions – social, business, and your day-to-day life. The more you know yourself and are will to talk openly about yourself the more comfortable you will be in talking about yourself – to anybody.

Review of AVS4YOU

If you are looking for an honest AVS4YOU review which is based on personal experience and also on real testimonials collected from all over the Internet, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article I will try my best to enlighten you on some subtle and finer nuances of this software suit of products and also give you the major pros and cons of it. After reading my review I suggest you to visit the official website of AVS from which you can get more information if needed.

What is AVS4YOU

AVS4YOU is a collection of software tools (currently there are 18 tools available) for which you can purchase either an unlimited access license or a one-year access license and use ALL of the tools with that license. There is a Trial Download version for all of the tools from the official website. There is nothing better than using the software first before purchasing.

The official price for the Unlimited Access Subscription license is $59 and offers full access to all software tools with no time limits.

The official price for the One-Year Access Subscription license is $39 and offers full access to all software tools for one year only.

Who is Behind AVS4YOU

The company behind AVS4YOU.com is “Online Media Technologies Ltd” which is based in London, UK and specializes in software development for digital video and multimedia. That’s why the best software tools in the AVS4YOU bundle are the ones dealing with Video and Audio multimedia. The company developing the AVS products has been in the market since 2004 and has a very strong reputation as one of the best and most trusted software companies in the field of digital multimedia.

What’s included in the AVS4YOU package

As we’ve already mentioned above, the website offers a bundle of 18 software tools divided in 4 categories:

Video Software Category:

o AVS Video Converter (Most Popular tool)

o AVS Video Editor (Most Popular tool)

o AVS Video Remaker

o AVS DVD Authoring

o AVS Video Recorder

o AVS Media Player

Audio Software Category:

o AVS Ringtone Maker

o AVS Audio Recorder

o AVS Audio Editor

o AVS Audio Converter

Image Software Category

o AVS Image Converter

o AVS Photo Editor

o AVS Cover Editor

Miscellaneous Software Category

o AVS Disc Creator

o AVS DVD Copy

o AVS Firewall

o AVS Registry Cleaner

o AVS Antispam

The best tools included in the bundle package above are the first two categories (Video and Audio Software Tools). Indeed, the company is specializing in digital multimedia technologies, so their Video and Audio tools are the best. Especially the AVS Video Converter and AVS Video Editor are the most popular from what I have gathered after reading several testimonials.

If you are looking for firewall, registry cleaner, antispam tools etc, you will find better products from other vendors, not from AVS4YOU. However, if you purchase the registration license, you will have access to the Miscellaneous Category tools anyway, so why not use those software tools as well.

The software tools work ONLY on Windows Operating System (Win XP, Win 2003, Vista and Windows 7).

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages:

• Being a tech guy and video/audio fanatic, I can assure you that the video/audio tools that you will get in the bundle are probably the best in the market. I have not tried the rest of the tools (yet), but for the video and audio tools I have a great personal experience.

• Excellent price. Considering the price with which you get to download 18 top-notch software tools, there is nothing much to say about the value for money you will get.

• 30 Day Unconditional Money Back Guarantee.

• Free Trials for all the software. Just Download, Install and give them a try before you buy.

• Free Software Updates for life.

• Every new software released by the AVS4YOU website will be always free for customers that have already purchased a subscription license.

• Unprecedented Technical Support.

• The AVS4YOU website is full of excellent User Guides and Video How-To Guides to help you perform any supported task with the software tools.

Disadvantages:

• License is valid only for a single computer. If you are planning to change your computer soon, then don’t buy just before you get a new PC.

• Software works only on Windows machines (no MAC or Linux support).

• The company might go bankrupt if they keep the price so low (just kidding!).

Unique Home-Based Business Offers Stability and Massive Income in ANY Economy

Who benefits when the economy is “down”? Naturally, those actively seeking business opportunities and ways to succeed, which is why a down economy always produces innovation and great wealth. New businesses are created, products are invented, existing businesses become more efficient.

Paul Zane Pilzer has said that over the next 10 years, the U.S. economy will create 10 million new millionaires.

Where will these new millionaires come from?

Instead of shaking in their shoes, waiting for the next round of pink slips, employees are proactively seeking out part-time opportunities that can eventually replace job income, allowing them more control over their lives and creating true financial security.

Overwhelmingly, home-based businesses offer the best opportunities. Rising fuel costs, the desire to spend more quality time with family and the ability to make daily life choices that are not available in Corporate America, have all increased the popularity of working from home. With the Internet, being home-based no longer means being isolated. According to Entrepreneur Magazine, home-based business is a $427 billion industry.

One avenue of home-based business is Network Marketing, so popular, in fact, that even the ultra-wealthy like Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki have joined the mix. From a marketing perspective, you can’t do much better. Companies market their products via “word of mouth,” consumer-to-consumer. The middleman is eliminated and funds normally reserved for distribution and big ad campaigns are funneled to the army of individuals who are both distributors and consumers. No wonder Network Marketing has become the distribution system of choice for so many high quality products!

Distributors have their own business with support and training, akin to a franchise, only better. With a very affordable entry fee and relationships with other consumer-distributors, it is a neighborly business. No need to reinvent the wheel or the paperwork. And every consumer-distributor has the opportunity to build their own distribution empire if they are motivated.

Home-based, doesn’t mean low income. Fortunes have been made in the Network Marketing industry, which began in the 1930s. Since then, nearly every sort of product has become available, from personal and household care products (such as Avon, Tupperware, or Melaleuca, for example) to technology (ACN), children’s toys, books & games (Discovery Toys, Usborne), “edutainment” (PokerTrainingNetwork.com), travel (YTB, Trips), and more. What interests you?

According to studies by the Direct Selling Association (DSA), one in every 10 households has someone involved in Network Marketing or direct sales, nearly 12 million Americans. In addition, direct selling accounts for annual sales of more than $80 billion, worldwide.

A CNBC video stated that consistently, Network Marketing has grown during the “down” periods. Searching “network marketing companies” on Google yields 160 million results!

Even in a down economy, people continue to seek out entertainment. When an enjoyable, leisure activity can offer a legitimate income, it is worthy of attention. One  unique  company that offers this combination of fun and funds is PokerTrainingNetwork.com. Individuals can learn how to improve their poker game, while also selling the products to others. With 300 million poker players worldwide and growing, there’s plenty of market to go around!

The company’s theme is “Learn, Play, Earn.” Their revolutionary approach to training allows you to develop your own poker style and learn through Technology Enhanced Learning Center. They have uniquely combined easy-to-use, cutting edge technology with a world-class poker training center, helping their customers and affiliates “get the winning edge.”

There are hundreds of thousands of poker players online at any given time. And for those who enjoy playing in person, simply search “poker games (your city)” on Google and you will find thousands, or even millions, of search results, including groups on MeetUp.com, Bar Poker Leagues, fundraisers and gatherings of friends.

As people spend millions on learning how to become better poker players, affiliates with PokerTrainingNetwork.com can easily leverage the built-in poker market. Poker players also know where to find each other. The market is huge, willing to learn and easy to locate.

PokerTrainingNetwork.com offers its affiliates multiple ways to earn income, including commissions and several levels of bonuses, creating a viable side income or full-time career.

Going the extra distance, PokerTrainingNetwork.com created a social networking website for members callingallplayers.com, which allows players and affiliates to connect and socialize online, knowing that poker is a passion they all share.

Zig Ziglar said, “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.” PokerTrainingNetwork.com really seems to have hit the nail on the head!

About PokerTrainingNetwork.com

PokerTrainingNetwork.com is committed to becoming the global leader in Poker Education and Training. PTN has built a proprietary learning center that utilizes Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) as its primary teaching method, as well as, built a world class game room for its members to practice what they’ve learned.

Our award winning and accomplished staff has created compelling technologies combined with our custom reporting features and analytical poker coaching software that provides instant as well as historical feedback and guidance for all player levels.

To achieve its goals, PTN’s marketing vision combines poker with one of the most powerful distribution methods today – Network Marketing. PTN is building a worldwide team of entrepreneurs that have a common goal… to improve the sport of poker. We will accomplish this by producing better educated and trained players, who have a healthy respect of the game, who will play responsibly and who sincerely enjoy playing the game.

4 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Have you noticed holiday items are stocking shelves earlier each year? Valentine’s Day is no different. If you look around there are heart-themed shirts, candies and balloons. There are Valentine’s Day cards for kids and adults. It becomes overload making consumers unsure of what the best Valentine’s Day gift is right for their significant other. What could you get your honey that exhibits your affection without resorting to the predictable box of chocolates? Well, I searched online and found four Valentine’s Day gifts that help you think outside the box. I included a wide range of prices so there is something for everyone.

Buy Stainless Steel Appliances

This is a tricky gift to give. Not all women and men are going accept it happily. It could be taken in the wrong way. But if your significant other has been complaining about the outdated, non-working, ugly appliances for years then it is a step in the right direction.

Stainless steel appliances come in all shapes, sizes and styles. There is definitely one out there to suit all tastes. You just have to find one that is energy saving, rejuvenates family kitchen activities and elevates the interior design of a home. The kitchen is the heart of the home. With new equipment, it quickly encourages and solidifies this concept further. It gives everyone an excuse to gather around in the kitchen together building strong bonds within the household.

Book a Super Bowl Getaway

If you are a football widow then your mate will adore you even more for this extravagant gift. This is definitely not on the cheap side. There are different options to choose from. It varies from booking your mate with his/her friends for travel and the game to meeting players from the team prior to kickoff. If you can afford it then this is a valuable gift he/she will always remember.

Put Together a Digital Photo Album

Digital photo albums cost anywhere from $10-$50+. You can find them designed into key chains and pocket size presents. This is great for the business traveler, college student or for someone in a long distance relationship. Fill it with pictures of moments that mean something to the two of you. It is an inexpensive Valentine’s present suitable for the man or woman in your life.

Promise to Finally Finish Your Honey Do List

We all have written or implemented the honey to-so list sometime in our lives. Why not promise to finish the list as his/her Valentine’s gift? Trust me. He/she on the receiving end will appreciate you that much more. The best part is it doesn’t cost a thing. It is great for those on a tight budget.