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The Difference Between a Bonus and a Gift and the Appropriate Time for Each

The Difference Between a Bonus and a Gift and the Appropriate Time for Each

Do you know the difference between a bonus and a gift? You may have seen a sales page or an advertisement on TV where they list all the bonuses that come with your purchase. A bonus is something that is expected. It’s already been advertised ahead of time and it’s packaged with a purchase.

A bonus might include a special report, CDs, a workbook, a strategy session, or other things like that. It might be offered for a limited time. The important thing to remember about a bonus is that it is not a gift. It adds value to whatever you’re offering but it is not a gift.

You may be wondering when you can call something a gift. A gift should be unexpected. It should be a surprise. It should not be a marketing piece or an educational product. It should be something the receiver would enjoy receiving.

You might think that the products and things that you’ve created in your business are wonderful and valuable, and they are. But don’t offer them as a gift, use them as a bonus.

Think about what your client would want to receive as a gift, not just as an extra bonus. It should never be a product from your business. If it’s a product from your business, then it’s a bonus. It becomes a marketing piece because it probably has your logo on it and your contact information, but it’s not a gift.

There is a place for both bonuses and gifts. Bonuses add value to what you offer your clients. They can help sweeten the deal and make it more enticing to buy. They help your customers feel like they are getting more than what they are paying for.

There is also a place for gifts. Gifts should be used to thank, to show appreciation, and to reward your most loyal clients. If you really want to show appreciation to your clients, make sure you take the time to give a real and sincere gift, not just a bonus. When you send a gift, it makes the recipient feel valued. It makes them feel that you care about them. When they feel valued by your business, they are more likely to stay longer and refer their friends to you.

The key difference between a bonus and a gift is a bonus you’re expecting, it’s advertised. A gift is a surprise. It’s unexpected. It will make your clients feel valued and special.…

Gift For a Throat Cancer Patient – 3 Tips For Finding the Right Gift

Gift For a Throat Cancer Patient – 3 Tips For Finding the Right Gift

When people talk about throat cancer, they are usually referring to one of two types of conditions: a. head and neck cancer, which can affect the lip, mouth, nasal cavity and related organs and tissues, or, b. esophageal cancer, which is a malignancy of the esophagus.

In either case, throat cancer is something to be taken very seriously by both the patient and their friends, family members, and acquaintances. Fortunately, there are various cancer treatment methods for throat cancer patients, including radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and other specialized treatments.

If you know someone who has contracted throat cancer, you probably would very much like to cheer him or her up. And, your instinct is spot on. They likely need some cheering up. If there is anything as hard as having cancer itself, some forms of the throat cancer treatments themselves are good candidates. Both the throat cancer itself and the treatments can wreak havoc on the mind and body.

Happily, you can contribute to keeping the cancer patient’s spirits up with the right get-well-soon gift. Giving a gift to a cancer patient whom you know and care about is a great way to show that you wish them the best. A well-chosen get-well-soon gift can lift the spirits, calm the nerves and warm the heart.

If you are looking for a gift for a throat cancer patient, here are 3 tips for finding just the right gift:

Tip #1: Your gift choice should be sensitive to their medical condition:

Throat cancer patients often have dietary and physical restrictions given their medical condition. For example, certain types of foods are likely to be avoided, especially during treatment cycles. Also, the treatments may be making him or her more tired than usual. So, of course, you will want to avoid any gift that might cause him or her to strain themselves when using it.

Tip #2: Find something that is joyful and uplifting:

Going through cancer can be a dark time in someone’s life. Even people with generally sunny and positive attitudes may be going through a lot on the inside. The person may be more sensitive than usual. Your gift should bring joy to the person and should be uplifting. While you do not need your gift to get “all mushy,” anything that can bring humor, hope, and joy will be appreciated.

Tip #3: Take into account their living environment and situation:

Make sure you choose a gift that can be used given the person’s current living environment and overall situation. Take into account the size of their living quarters, how much room they have, and whether or not they have regular access to the outdoors. If you are not sure about these things, ask a spouse or another friend or family member about any potential restrictions of this nature.

Follow these 3 tips to find the right gift for a throat cancer patient.…

My Handmade Wedding Invitation Business – How to Start One

My Handmade Wedding Invitation Business – How to Start One

Everybody always wants to know how I set up my handmade wedding invitation business. It wasn’t all that difficult really. Anybody could do it. All you need is a little artistic ability and an imagination. And with all the neat stuff they have in the craft shops now, you don’t really even have to have that.

Have you seen all the beautiful papers they have out now. When I first started out you had your choice of white, ecru, and maybe a few pastel colors. And if you wanted them to have any kind of floral design or pattern on them, you had to do it yourself. But when it comes to wedding invitations, you have to be very precise and exact. Nobody wants a paint spattered wedding invitation and the more “store bought” they look the better. Even though it’s an original design, it still has to look professional.

But now you can get all kinds of beautiful papers. Floral patterns and stripes and polka dots. And some of the most breathtaking colors, too. Those days of peach or lavender are long gone! Another thing that’s helped in my design business is the increasing popularity of scrapbookking. With so many people turning to this as a hobby now, the manufacturers who create those products have created hundreds and hundreds of embellishments for those scrapbooks that are just perfect for wedding invitations and stationery.

No matter what theme the bridal party is looking for, you can find something useful in the scrapbookking aisle at your local craft store. I had someone ask me for a beach theme for their wedding stationery a few weeks ago and I found the most beautiful embellishments at the craft shop. They had these little pearlized seashells that matched perfectly with this muted seashell pattern paper that they had. I also found a lovely sand colored paper to use for inserts and finished it all of with a natural raffia bow. They were gorgeous! And the bride loved them!

Computers have helped a lot, too. Years ago, when I first started out, my only option for the lettering on my invitations was calligraphy. Can you imagine?! Hand lettering an invitation is a very time consuming process, even when you know what you’re doing. But now, I can let the bride sit right beside me as we choose the font styles for her invitations and I can even print our samples for her to help her decide. And in the blink of an eye, I can print out all of the inserts I need without ever lifting my calligraphy pen.

Of course, I make sure to make an extra of all of my invitations so I can put them in my portfolio. I have people ask to see samples of my work all the time. Which is only natural. No one buys wedding invitations without being able to see them first. So you see, setting up a handmade wedding invitation business these days is easy!…

The Pros and Cons of a Corporate Clothing Allowance

The Pros and Cons of a Corporate Clothing Allowance

When it comes to the corporate clothing your employees wear, do you prefer to provide it yourself or give them a clothing allowance so you don’t have to worry about choosing their attire? While each has their benefits, here are some pros and cons to giving your employees a clothing allowance.

Advantages of a Corporate Clothing Allowance

You may not have the time to delegate each item of clothing your employees wear, especially if you run a large corporation. By providing your employees with a clothing allowance, both you and the employee can benefit in the following ways:

  • You will not have to take the time to choose the best clothing for each of your employees
  • Your employees will have a little bit of freedom when it comes to deciding what they wear to work.
  • A certain colour or fabric may look better on their frame than another, and if everyone is wearing different types of corporate clothing, they don’t have to wear something that isn’t flattering.
  • Employees don’t have to worry about the cost of their clothing. A clothing allowance allows them to choose the type of clothing they need, whether it is pantyhose, socks, shoes, suits, or dress shirts.

Disadvantages of a Clothing Allowance

While there are several advantages to providing your employees with a corporate clothing allowance, there are quite a few disadvantages as well.

  • Employees may fail to provides receipts as proof they used the allowance for clothing
  • Clothing items that are not needed for use in the work place may be purchased and worn other places.
  • Employees may not reserve certain items, like belts, shoes, and shirts for just the workplace. As a result, these clothing items may become worn from excess use.
  • They may provide proof of a clothing purchase, but may sell the item and keep the extra cash for themselves.
  • Certain employees may choose inappropriate clothing items, which may not reflect the professional attitude of your company.
  • Employees may spend all of their allowance on one expensive item of clothing and may not be able to afford the rest of the clothing they need to work with your company.

The Bottom Line on Clothing Allowances

While clothing allowances can give your employees the freedom to choose the clothes they want to wear, you may not be happy with the results. Some workers may even take advantage of your kindness, especially if they already own professional attire.

Consider the advantages of using a clothes allowance and see if you can provide your employees with the same advantages when you supply corporate clothes. Many times, corporate wear can be altered and tailored to fit and hang well on many different types of body frames. You may want to provide other needed items besides the basic clothing, such as shirts and socks.

All in all, you may find it is better to provide your workers with the corporate clothing you wish for them to wear in order to avoid problems.…

The Purpose of Wearing Beauty Tunic While Working In A Beauty Salon

The Purpose of Wearing Beauty Tunic While Working In A Beauty Salon

Can you imagine getting in a salon or spa and not knowing who the staff is because everyone seems to wear different clothes? It could be troublesome. That is why many store owners make sure their workers wear something that makes them easily identifiable. Wearing uniform tunics when inside working premises is part of making customer experience easy and comfortable. Clients can get disappointed when they can’t tell store clerks and customers apart. That is the reason why people in a spa or beauty clinic should wear beauty tunics and sales workers must wear uniform shirts to make them recognizable.

Beauty tunics are usually worn by people working at salons and beauty spas. In other establishments, wearing of tunics may not be that necessary. Some uniforms are also not too necessary but many garbs are actually worn not just for purposes of identification but also for purposes of function. For example, chefs wear coats that make working in the kitchen as convenient and comfortable as possible. On the other hand, there are some instances where uniform tunics are not much of a requirement.

What people in a beauty spa know is that a beauty tunic allows a spa or beauty clinic worker to exploit convenience and freedom of movement. Many tunics worn by people in these establishments are made of washable material that is easily cleaned. Also, tunics give a comfy feel without unneeded tightness as they usually fit just right.

Like chef coats, tunics for beauticians are not the same everywhere. A salon owner may want a unique set of uniform for his or her workers, so they look different from those at the other salons. Salons are places that can get messy and if people wear their everyday clothes, they might run out of clothes to wear after a month. The good thing about beauty tunics is they are well designed to withstand the tough environment inside salons which are places that could give your clothes unwanted stains each day.

Aside from purposes of recognition and easy maintenance, tunics for beauticians allow them to look decent and professional. You may not pay much attention to someone working on your hair who isn’t wearing the proper garb. Clients expect that the people working on their nails and soles don the right attire.

Gone are the days when salon tunics just come in plain colors and un-embellished fabric. Today’s professional tunics are made with such artistry that one can wear them without hesitation. Being in uniform at beauty salons isn’t a daunting task anymore and many women and men in salons have already known this. Tunics they wear have embraced modern trend of stylishness, sporting colors that are inviting. Nonetheless, a spa center manager can always opt for the classic design without much interplay of colors. In beauty spas, workers are usually seen in simple garbs that come in one color (such as magenta, black, brown, etc) with some accent. It is common to find the spa logo on the …

Reliable Prepaid Calling Cards – Where to Shop and Buy

Reliable Prepaid Calling Cards – Where to Shop and Buy

Shopping for a reliable calling card to make international or long distance calls can be quite frustrating. Many times consumers have no choice because most home phone service providers charge expensive rates. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there are no honest calling card providers to shop and buy from.

One of the biggest tips for finding that perfect calling card is to never pay for one in cash. Especially at a small local neighborhood grocery store. Many of the cards sold in such locations are cheap. But they’re cheap for a reason. Most of these inferior cards have false advertised minutes and most won’t even work properly. Many small local grocery stores won’t even accept credit cards. There’s a reason for that.

When you’re purchasing any product with any major credit card you’ll have a certain degree of consumer protection. Some examples of businesses that will accept credit cards to purchase calling cards are Walmarts, major pharmaceutical chains such as CVS and even Targets. These major commercial shopping giants also make sure they carry products that perform as advertised.

You can also purchase prepaid calling cards on the Internet. You should look for companies that have been in business for at least over 5 years, offer toll free customer service phone number and give away some sort of free trial minutes. Most importantly they have to accept credit card payments.

It’s also best to find a calling card company on the Internet that accepts PayPal payments. If you’re familiar with eBay then you’ll know that PayPal is a good method to protect online transactions as well as offer consumers an extra layer of protection against defective and false advertised products.

So when you’re looking for a prepaid calling card make sure you never pay in cash. Always use a major credit card to purchase one either at a well established sources online or in major stores.…

Brooks Brothers Vs Paul Frederick

Brooks Brothers Vs Paul Frederick

Is there really a difference between Brooks Brothers and Paul Frederick? A brief side-by-side comparison will show the similarities and differences between the two companies to find out if they have more in common than a name for quality men’s wear. In fact, you will find that each brand has its own style as well as its own way of handling business. However, you will also find that there are a few common factors in their selections.

Brooks Brothers

One of the first things that you will see with Brooks Brothers that you will not see with Paul Frederick is women’s clothing. In fact, Brooks Brothers has selections for women’s and children’s clothing and accessories as well as men’s. However, Brooks Brothers may still be most known for its selections of men’s clothing and accessories including casual clothing according to season as well as its perennial selection of quality suits with no-iron dress shirts and other formal wear.

In addition to clothing, there are many other selections such as watches, belts and suspenders, hats and gloves, cuff links, sunglasses and even umbrellas, pens and stationery, key chains and fragrances from Brooks Brothers. In fact, the company has its own brands of books and music to compliment the brand’s style. Furthermore, you can always look for promotions and discounts from the site and other specialty sites that offer coupons and promotional codes for the clothing and accessories you like.

Paul Frederick

While Brooks Brothers has branched out its options to include women’s and children’s items, Paul Frederick continues to cater exclusively toward its male target audience. In fact, this company tends to keep its offerings simple but upscale with dress shirts, ties, trousers, sport shirts, knits, sports coats, outerwear and accessories. The company also has its own Big and Tall selection for men who need less conventional sizes but quality cuts for their clothing.

While you will not find the books and music to set the mood with Paul Frederick wear, you will find accessories such as hats and caps, pocket squares, belts and braces. Of course, you will also find a quality shoe collection among these items. Like Brooks Brothers, you can also find promotional codes and perhaps a Paul Fredrick coupon for discounts. However, you can also go to the site and look at its clearance section that carries specials on all kinds of items from clothing to accessories.…

Traditional Chinese Elements in Fashion

Traditional Chinese Elements in Fashion

As we all know, China is a country which has a long history. The historic Chinese civilization gave birth to an unique Chinese style. Chinese style fashion is a form of Chinese elements based on traditional custom and oriental culture. The combination of Chinese elements adapt to global trends. Especially after the 2008 Olympic Games, Chinese style shoes and clothes slowly became popular. Many world-class designers are focusing on adding traditional Chinese elements into newly fashion trend.

After spending most of the time in the bustling city, modern women should let their soul relax in the pure land and find a peaceful area for themselves. For many people, it is difficult to achieve this. Traditional senior designers use silk cotton as the main material to make thin and breathable clothes which make people feel comfortable and relaxed, at the same time, uphold their spirit. Modern Chinese clothes are designed with soft colors and showing an elegant and dignified image. The Chinese people pursuit a freedom and equality life style, just like the natural of Zen which is simple but has a profound meaning.

Designed for young women in a modern city and fully consider every aspect of life, a range of stylish traditional Chinese accessories appear in the exposition. Women who live in Yangtze River delta are getting used to wearing flower embroidered flat shoes. With an oiled-paper umbrella in hand, a pretty girl walking in a quiet long alley, just like a fascinating classic picture.

At the same time, popular Chinese style handmade jewelry also become popular. In central area of China, some housewives using the original method to make Chinese style canvas bags which are welcomed by tourists from all over the world. In fact, Chinese style fashion sense is to carry forward China’s five thousand years of splendid culture and the unique character. For example, China is the birthplace of red, the color red is a very important part of traditional custom. Derived from China’s red auspiciousness, red is a color of decorative, festive, and praying for welfare. Another example is the Chinese national printing dress pattern is different from the concept of western dress in performance, its biggest feature is the blessing of connotation. The key lies in maintaining a distinct personality of country and unique ethnic style.

Now Chinese elements in clothes and jewelry have come to the world fashion stage, more and more people are focusing their eyes to this unique historical country which has unique cultural charm and personality traits.…

30th Corporate Anniversary Gifts

30th Corporate Anniversary Gifts

If your company is coming on up their 30th anniversary, then you need to start thinking about gifts. What kind of gift would be good for your 30th corporate anniversary gift? Something that’s unique would be idea. Something that’s personal if you know your company well could also be idea. Here are some great general ideas.

Years of Service Plaque

You can get these in acrylic, glass or just about any other material you would like. You can personalize these per person or you can just have the company name on it. Many come with special sayings and some type of clip art that has the amount of years of service. These range from $20-$70 and are very practical.

Memory Lane Photo

These are a bit pricier, but defiantly a cool 30th corporate anniversary gift. These are large poster pictures that have all your progress on them. The beginning of the picture would have things like the building designs, car designs, and anything else your corporation started with from the very beginning. The memory lane continues to show picture on how the company continued to grow, until you reach the end, where you show how the company looks now. It’s really a neat poster. These can cost a few hundred dollars.

Personalized Heart Paperweight

These paperweights are unique and can be personalized. Most will come with a note, so you can also personalize that. The heart can usually fit a few lines of text on there. The heart is silver, so it does not look cheaply made. They only cost around $20, so you can purchase a lot if needed.

Leather Folders

These can be purchased in large quaintly and you can personalize these with your company logo and a few lines of text. Great for companies who do a lot of computer work or something where a folder would come in handy. Can be purchased for a decent price when ordering a large amount. You can also get a discount on matching pens, if you would like to have a pen and a folder. Pens can come in many types including sterling silver or leather to match the folder.


For your 30th corporate anniversary gifts, stay away from the traditional gifts or add a small gift to a dinner package. You can set up a family dinner at a banquet hall, or if your company is smaller, you could rent part of a pool hall and eat and play pool. Using your judgment will be best here, but employees love having a paid for dinner with their family and co workers.

Cookie Baskets

Individual cookie baskets can be made up with your company name on the package and some places will even place the company name on the cookie. You can choose how big you want your baskets to be, and what type of cookies you want. I have seen some places ordered these baskets for everyone, and the basket has the companies name, logo and a funny …

Watch Out for Desperate Chinese Women

Watch Out for Desperate Chinese Women

Just as there are opportunistic foreign men who take advantage of vulnerable, lonely, and hopeless Chinese women, there are also desperate China females who take advantage of kind-hearted and sincere foreign men on online Chinese dating sites. Unlike the opportunistic men who are only prowling dating sites to get laid with as many women as they can, these desperate women of China are not inherently bad and are actually very serious about finding a lifetime partner.

These women are on a dating site because they need to find a husband in a hurry; this does not mean, however, that they will not be loving and devoted wives. Their hurried need to get married is caused by the immense pressure they are under, from parents and friends, to do so; they endure this pressure for years, from the time they reach marriageable age until they finally settle down. The longer they stay single, the heavier they are leaned on to find a life partner fast. Being unmarried for a long time is considered a source of shame for families and becomes a stigma for the single daughter; other people, or society as a whole, often take this to mean that the daughter is undesirable or unworthy of a husband.

Although less common, part of the pressure to get married may also come from pressing financial obligations that a woman and her family need help with. In modern day China, even in the big cities, many marriages still entail the “passing on” of a woman and her family’s financial obligations to her husband. This may seem unfair, and even absurd, to foreign cultures, but it is an accepted practice in the Middle Kingdom. These women’s source of desperation does not automatically make them gold diggers because, again, the expectation that the husband will shoulder the financial obligations is an acceptable one in Chinese society.

These desperate women, however, are not always upfront about the real reasons why they are looking for a husband, especially when they are interacting with foreign men on Chinese dating sites. The dishonesty, or lack of honesty to be more accurate, is the product of their desperation and, at the same time, is what makes their behavior deceitful and their intentions seem malicious. And then there is also the duplicitous means some of them employ to reach their “justifiable” ends.

To increase their chances of finding a man who would want to come to China to meet them and eventually propose marriage, they usually engage in multiple online relationships. Until somebody proposes, they would spend time with these foreign men when they visit, even sleep with them if they thought it would count against them if they didn’t. They immediately accept the first offer of marriage they receive after which they end all other ongoing relationships.

As they say, the ends justify the means. While these Chinese women act out of desperation and their desire to please their families and society, they do end up causing pain to …