Farming and Heart Condition Warning Signs

Many farmers think of themselves as pretty tough characters.

They like to think that many forms of cardiac problem are a symptom of unhealthy city lifestyles and to some extent, that’s correct. However, farmers are NOT immune from heart conditions.

Here are some signs that should give you a little cause for concern and suggest that you should seek the opinion of a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional.

Please note: What follows is only generalist information and it is not qualified medical advice. You must contact a doctor or similar if you wish to have comprehensive information and assessment of your condition and risks.

1. Breathlessness. This condition can arise for any one of many minor reasons but it can also be a symptom of pending coronary problems. You should be particularly alert to attacks of breathlessness that appear to be linked to no obvious cause, such as recovering from running.

2. Chest pains. Contrary to what is sometimes shown on TV, many early warning chest pain signs relating to cardiac causes are in the very upper chest regions almost at the base of the throat and neck. They can also be felt in the upper arms and top of the back. Sometimes the pain can travel down the (usually) left arm. They are not always extreme or agonising. If you’re suffering such symptoms at times, get them checked out. It’s probably just your chest muscles but it’s better to be sure.

3. Feelings of impending crisis. This is very hard to describe but many people who have experienced heart attacks report it as a precursor symptom. It’s just a sensation that something is “not right” inside and can feel like a form of fear or panic when there is no obvious cause or other symptom.

4. Stomach unease and hot flushes. These are most likely to do with that over-strong curry you had last night but they can also indicate coronary issues.

5. Palpitations. Some forms of palpitation are relatively harmless, if sometimes distressing and uncomfortable. In many cases, their exact cause is never diagnosed. Again though, just as with some of the above symptoms, they may be an early sign that something’s not right with the ‘old ticker’ and should be investigated.

6. Fatigue. It’s hardly unusual for hard-working farmers to feel a bit fatigued after a hard few hours’ work on that zero turn mower, tractor or krone hay making equipment etc. That’s perfectly normal. However, if you find you’re feeling tired and exhausted when you haven’t been doing very much, that’s not usually a good sign. It might just indicate you need a few good nights of sleep, a bit less stress in your life or to ease up on whatever tipple it is that takes your fancy but it might also indicate other conditions, including coronary ones, if it’s happening regularly.

5 Incredibly Useful Mushroom Spawn for Sale Tips For Small Businesses

A farming business that readily includes mushroom spawns can reap bigger returns and profits in the long run. This is because in just a few weeks one can get the mushrooms that can be quickly sold. In addition to growing them is comparatively easy. It is conventionally easier for one another aspect, and that is it does not require a vast acreage of land to be grown even in large quantities. Any of the mushroom types can be grown traditionally either outdoors or on logs. The spawn can be easily bought from the best suppliers who have substrate and growing media in it and come fully colonized. Hence this shall be of great help. Here are the incredibly useful tips for sale.

1. Getting substrate and spawn

For culturing one must get mushroom spawn for sale. Using a sterile culture one’s spawn can be easily produced. The ready to buy spawn that is already inoculated is also available by some very efficient suppliers. Though anyone can also make their spawn that can render high costs of start-up. Therefore using ready spawns is the way to go. The substrate can also be bought, or wood chips and straw can be utilized.

2. Preparing substrate

After having received the mushroom spawn for sale, the preparation for substrate needs to be done. Thus the straw needs to be chopped and wetted well. After having soaked the hay, it is advisable that in a boiling water pot these pieces of straw must be heated. The boiling has to be continued and straw pieces removed.

3. Packing bags

In this stage, the plastic bags must be packed with spawn and straw. Two to three inches of straw must be packed into the bag made of plastic, and the spawn must be evenly sprinkled on top. This process has to be repeated while the bag is almost filled after that holes have to be poked and the top closed.

4. Incubating

At this stage, it is the right time to nurture. The temperature of the growing area must be maintained around more than seventy degrees Fahrenheit. The bags then have to be placed on shelving units. There should be provisions made so that natural light may not enter. Every crack in the window and the windows itself must be covered completely. A darkroom light red must be used to check on it. After a few days, tiny pinheads of mushrooms shall be noticeable near the made holes.

5. Fruiting it

A high level of humidity is the prime requisite for mushroom spawns to be bigger mushrooms. The required temperature ought to be more than sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike incubation loads of light is needed in this phase. The mycelium finally needs to be shocked that shall force produce mushrooms

Getting to business and selling it

Strawberry Farming – In Kenya

Did you know that from an eighth acre piece of land, you could reap as much as Ksh 100000 per month doing straw berry Farming?

The most popular category of strawberries that is planted by most farmers in Kenya is the Chandler type since it is fast growing, produces big fruits that are tastier and juicier and the plant is easy to manage. The seedlings may be expensive but there is a way round this since one can simply propagate a few seedlings to get more seedlings to plant on their farming space.

The seedlings come in the form of splits which could cost at least Ksh 15/= per split which you can acquire from Kalro Njoro/Thika, Horticulture directorate or Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils (Egerton University). These institutions produce quality planting materials.

Soil Preparation

To start with, this variety of strawberry is not so choosy with soils, it can do well both in clay soils and red volcanic soils provided you treat the soil well before planting and add enough organic manure(Chicken refuse, rabbit urine and/or plant manure. Inorganic manure which is good for top dressing can be used in later stages of the plant development.

The seedlings should be planted at the end of the Rainy season and incorporation of a good drip irrigation system on your small piece of land is essential for better results. in the event that you cannot afford this system, you can opt for the sprinkler irrigation system or just buy a sprinkler can and do the watering yourself but this would consume so much of your time and energy as the soil needs to be moist at all times. The plant has shallow roots and therefore water is critical survival element.

Raise the soil in your piece of land into beds that run parallel to each other 60 centimeters apart. While planting, ensure that there is a 30 cm distance from one split to the other.

Choose areas that receive enough sunlight as the plants are very reactive with frost.

During the first season of flower production, pinch of the flowers to ensure better berry production the next season.

Introduce mulch as the plant grows 2 cm above the ground to help control weeds.

Diaznon, Kelthane and other appropriate acaracides and pesticides can help control pests and diseases.

Harvesting

Harvest when the top of the berries are completely red. Once picked out, it doesn’t continue ripening as other fruits. This fruit is however highly perishable and refrigeration at a constant 4 Degrees Celsius can help keep them fresh for seven days. Note that you should not wash or allow contact with water to the berries unless you are ready to eat. Picking the fruit during morning hours also increases shelf life.

Because the fruit is highly perishable, ensure that you have a ready market before the harvesting period reaches.

The direct community would be a good place to start marketing your strawberries. Local fruit stores, restaurants and other small users such as cake makers are also good buyers of strawberries in Kenya. Industries which produce food flavors, natural flavored yogurt, jam etc also buy strawberries.

7 Ways to Increase Your Likeability

I recently had a university graduate going for an interview with a large bank and the interview was over Skype. Even though he was in my office, we did the practice on Skype and I was in the next room to see what the experience would be like for the panel chair.

My experience of him in person was different to that of him on Skype. He came across as warmer and friendlier in person but that part of his personality was lost quickly online. So we had to really amplify those character traits to show that he was likable.

We know that in a recruitment context, a candidate can be extended the offer more than 50% of the time if the recruiter likes the person. According to the Wall Street Journal, a study of 133 managers by the University of Massachusetts found that if an auditor is likable and gives a well-organised argument, managers will tend to comply with his suggestions, even if they disagree and the auditor lacks supporting evidence.

So can likeability be taught? I believe it can. I spent over 15 years teaching rapport building and connection in the retail industry. Every time I went into a situation where sales needed to be lifted, I focussed less on the dollars and more on the staff and how they connected with people. As a result, in one store the turnover doubled in 12 months.

So the 7 steps I reckon make the biggest difference to your “in-person” likeability are:

1.Read people: Watch all the non-verbal cues and body language. Look for micro expressions and their eye contact. I was in a hurry to catch a flight to a conference last week and my shoe broke on my way to the check-in counter. I ran to one of the stores in the airport frantically looking for a new pair of shoes to replace them. I was quickly scanning the shoe section, trying on styles and looking for something that would fit me to get me to the conference. My flight was boarding in five minutes! The sales assistant casually came up and asked me if I was happy browsing. Now, maybe they had other things on their mind but clearly, I wasn’t there because I had nothing to do. This was serious shoe shopping! They didn’t read my body language and pace to realise that I was in desperate need of help to solve my issue. I had to say “no, I’m not just browsing, I need help!”. If you can read people you can anticipate their needs which leads to asking the right question. A better question to ask would be “You look like you’re in a hurry trying to find something, let me help you.”

2. Asking questions: Everyone loves to talk about themselves. Each person is their own favourite subject and everything you say they will relate their own experience to it and tell you what that means for them. The way to shortcut this process is to just go straight to asking questions about how they are, their weekend, how their last meeting went, how their project is going, how their kids are, is the dog back from the vet? The likelihood of someone taking too much interest in them that day is quite low so it’s easy to connect by helping them feel as important and as special as they are. Ideally, a conversation flows 30 seconds to one person and 30 seconds to other. Keep an eye on how long you’re speaking for and if it’s too long or too short to connect.

3. Knowing what the person might be thinking: This shows empathy and that you understand the person’s world. The more you can connect with what they’re not saying, the more you’ll remove the barrier between them and you. They will like you because you understand their pain or challenge.
4. Give compliments: People are absorbed in their world of daily problems of dealing with kids, colleagues, issues and things that need to be fixed. They’re often in overwhelm and stress. A simple compliment like mentioning their hair, an item of clothing or if they have nice shoes, saying they have really nice shoes. It’s important to be sincere and show that you noticed. Don’t say they look nice if they look terrible, that’s just being inauthentic. People love compliments. It was Maya Angelou who said, “people will forget what you said but they will remember how you made them feel”.
5. Appropriate touch: This one you really need to be able to read people well. I’m a natural toucher and by that I mean I often hug my clients, when I work with them and that’s my style, but I know when I need to keep my distance. If you can read people well, a gentle touch on their sleeve can make them connect quickly with you. For example, when I coach people and they have wins I will always shake their hand. It changes the energy and the personalisation of the experience amplifies.
6. Friendliness: Smile. I know this seems so simple. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live? Regardless of what country you live in or language you speak a smile cuts through everything and is contagious. If you wrote down how many times you smile in a day how many would there be?
7. Eye Contact: Direct eye contact builds trust quickly. By looking down or away makes the person feel like you’re not interested in what they have to say. When they speak look them in the eye. By maintaining eye contact when you speak will help keep them engaged and more likely to hear what you said.

7 Crucial Elements to Building an Effective Personal Brand

How to Gain More Income, Influence and Impact Through Building a Personal Brand

It used to be that if you had a logo and a website you had a business brand. But today’s consumers demand a lot more. Branding for them is about the experience of being with you, the owner of that business.

Today businesses have to look a lot deeper when it comes to creating a personal brand that is in harmony with their business brand.

When you have a strong personal brand, you become a mini-celebrity in your field. With that strong brand comes clout and credibility. People look up to you.

When people think of your industry, you’ll be the first one to come to mind. It also gives your offerings a higher perceived value – suddenly you can charge what you are worth to clients who are happy to pay.

If you want to build a dynamic and effective personal brand that will help grow your business but don’t know where to start, let’s break it down…

7 Key Elements of a Personal Brand that is Infused with Your Business Brand

1) Embracing Consistency

When prospects know what to expect of you it creates a feeling of familiarity and trust. That’s why consistency of everything you do and how you present yourself is so important.

But many business owners go willy-nilly with their brand, not paying attention to colours, fonts, graphics or style of messaging that all makes up a personal and business brand. This can be confusing for your audience. Your brand should be developed with consistency and standards that reflect well on how you want your business to be perceived.

For instance, take colours – one way to be consistent with your business brand on a personal level is to wear similar colours to your visual brand. For many years, Mari Smith wore her signature turquoise blue wherever she went, which was a match to her business brand. She has since changed this strategy, but it was very effective in her brand positioning while she was building her leadership presence.

Dana J. Smithers, one of our long-time clients is another one who fully embraces her brand messaging by consistently wearing only her business brand colours: Black, red and white. (Stay tuned for an upcoming eTip where I interview her on this subject.)

Consistency is king when it comes to branding. Aside from your personal appearance, other things you do also affect your personal brand. For instance, if you say you provide a weekly newsletter, you need to honour that commitment and make sure a newsletter goes out every week. If you post twice a day on Facebook, keep up that frequency.

That kind of consistency will win over the trust of your followers, which will make them more likely to make a purchase when they are in need of your product or services.

2) Forming a Compelling Story

Your story is the single biggest differentiator for your business. Make your story be a part of your personal brand.

Hundreds of people may sell what you have, but you are the only one who is exactly like you.

Your followers yearn to know who you are, how you got to where you are at and why you love what you do. Think of it as your Cinderella rags to riches story. It allows people to see how you came from no-where, learned the lesson, and came out on top.

Connecting to your story gives followers that feel good, heart-to-heart connection with you. Once you craft your story you can add it on your about page, your bio, in presentations, your book, and more!

3) Owning Authenticity

When you share from your heart you inspire and connect with people on a deeper level.

Share the real you. Let them see your values. Talk about what you stand for. Give them a peek behind the scenes so they feel included.

4) Being Visible and Accessible

Out of sight means out of mind. There are many ways you can showcase your personal brand by becoming more visible in front of your target market. Here’s just a few ideas:

– Have a great, professional headshot.

– Post photos of you in action at work.

– Leave your office and go to networking meetings.

– Get featured in the media.

– Be a podcast or telesummit guest.

– Show photos of events you attend and the people you meet on Social Media.

– Hold webinars and Facebook Live Q&A sessions with your followers.

– Follow up and nurture your network through newsletters so you are unforgettable.

5) Creating a Value Proposition

This is such an important brand element but sadly most businesses do not have a clear value proposition statement.

A value proposition is a clear declaration that explains who you serve, how you serve them, and why your solution is better.

A good one is clear, specific and easily understood. When you can articulate this in a compelling way, it’s a powerful client attraction tool.

6) Defining a Focused Ideal Client

Many businesses aren’t clear about their ideal customer. They cast their net too wide when it comes to customers.

Once you clearly identify who is in your tribe, it not only supercharges your marketing messages but also helps you better understand how to present yourself in front of them in order to win them over.

7) Showcasing Your Expertise

Personal branding also means being the best and most knowledgeable at what you do. Don’t just be a follower of other top experts, instead lead the industry with your perspectives, findings and views.

Create studies to publish new results. Develop your own signature system. Craft terms that become the coined phrase for the industry.

The more you differentiate yourself from others in your industry the more you will become the go-to expert people will be drawn to.

5 Easy Ways to Get More Twitter Followers for Your Organization

Twitter is a social media site that permits you to post short, concise status updates, or “tweets,” regarding important information about your business. As a business proprietor, tweets are an excellent method to spread your message about promotions, coupons, company policy updates, industry news and business changes, and even to ask for feedback and input through your customers. Just as with any type of marketing plan, marketing through social networking outlets such as Twitter is really a numbers game. The more followers you’ve got, the more popular you then become, and the more your business’s online reputation grows. For that reason, it is very important increase your Twitter following as much as possible. Here are 5 easy ways to increase your Twitter followers for your business:

1. Request retweets. Retweets are when your followers like something you tweeted so much that they repeat it as being one of their own tweets (giving you credit, of course). Make sure to tell your followers how important their thoughts are, and ask they share your news with their followers in the form of retweets, so that their followers can start to follow your Twitter page.

2. Put plenty of thought into your page bio. When you consider that a lot of your followers won’t know you or your business personally, it is clear how important your profile bio is to making an impression. Get your business’s message across and pique peoples’ curiosity with an accurate and appealing bio.

3. Supply the url to your Twitter profile on everything and whatever you can. You ought to include your Twitter link in emails, on your business cards, on your company website, on your blog site, and in every other social media site you use in promoting your business. Moreover, integrate your Twitter account together with your other social media accounts so that your tweets are viewed across a multitude of Internet outlets.

4. Post photos. Pictures that are tweeted are highly apt to be shared by your followers, and are a great way to personalize your followers’ Twitter experience with your company.

5. Involve yourself in discussions about the latest trending issues. Issues that are trending are topics that are having the most conversation on Twitter. You can look-up trending topics through search.twitter.com and, when you find one that relates to your industry or business interests, you can jump into the discussion in order to get recognized by a totally new set of Twitter consumers.

Twitter is an invaluable business marketing tool that, when used the right way, can exponentially grow your business’s online presence and increase your customer following. Make the most of your Twitter account by putting it in the hands of professionals and contacting us.

Top Home-based Business Ideas

Some of the most popular and highly rewarding home-based businesses that we come across these days are online auctions, affiliate marketing and freelance writing. These kinds of jobs enable people with a steady earning opportunity. In addition, people are their own boss while they do home-based businesses and most people like the freedom and flexibility they give.

Online auction is a suitable business arena for those who like painting, sewing and embroidering. To do online auctioning, the sellers will have to post their items for sale letting a vast number of buyers to submit their bidding. At the close of the deadline for bidding, you will consider the highest bidding and sell your item to the customer who has made that bidding. There are many people who carry on this type of business with their smart phone or iPad.

A number of people take up online writing assignments. Freelance writing is today one of the most popularly practiced home-based business. There are a lot of websites that are actively looking for good content to meet their various needs in addition to that of their customers. They pay you in return for your original writing. To start with, you will be asked to forward your resume along with some unique samples of your writing. This will enable them ascertain your capabilities in writing. Creating a rapport by consistent track record as a writer will increase your business value and will help you make a good earning thereby investing on your own skills.

One of the best home-based businesses that you can hope to get today is affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is done in two ways. Affiliates link their websites or online content with that of their clients’ websites. This will result in more traffic to their website, which will in turn get them new business. The clients will pay you corresponding to the business they could get through your website and active content. The second type of affiliate marketing enables you to generate more traffic to your website with the help of affiliates. In this process, you can improve your business prospects.

The success of every home-based business depends on the amount of hard work you put in, in addition to your strategy and planning skills. Working at home provides you multi-various ways of earning. In fact, having your own website, you can create a number of income streams as many others do

How to Become Rich with Online Work?

People who lost money due to their own ignorance often tell others about the ‘dark side’ of Forex. But these things are not truthful at all, and the reality can argue with false myths. Still, some impressive newbies believe everything they hear. In this article, Justforex team will reveal all secrets and myths about Forex to you and tell whether they are true or false.

1. ‘Forex is scam/gambling/pyramid’. We bet this myth won’t die even if one more hundred of years will pass. If you are a newbie, you’ll hear that Forex is like a big casino for approximately a million of times. In fact, trading on Forex is more serious than gambling. It’s just a market like any other one, food or property market. At the same time, many scammers came here to cheat people, that’s why this myth appeared. It’s not a pyramid either, because pyramids don’t require any logic and experience. In Forex these things have paramount importance and you just won’t be able to make money without them.

2. ‘Choose: Forex or your job’. Many people consider that you’ll have to be glued to your monitor waiting for a signal to open a trade. Fortunately, it’s just a myth, and you can easily combine your job and trading on the Forex market. This legend appeared because of short-term trading. It really requires maximum concentration of a trader. But deals usually are too short, up to 10 minutes. If you are a long-term trader, you’ll need just 5-10 minutes for checking your transactions. Remember that it’s no guarantee that 24-hours trading will make you profitable. Statistics says that 90% of traders combine their work and Forex successfully.

3. ‘Any broker wants to deceive a client’. Though there are really some scam brokers on the market, not all companies want to deceive a client to have some little one-time profit. The benefits of such an approach are unpleasant and small. If you have some issue, you can send a complaint to the regulatory authority. Here is a short list of regulators: Belize – International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) China – China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) Hong Kong – Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) India – Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Indonesia – Commodity Futures Trade Regulatory Agency (CoFTRA) Latvia – The Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK) Malaysia – Securities Commission (SC) Russia – National Association Of Securities Market Participants (NAUFOR) Switzerland – Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) The UK – Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), National Futures Association (NFA).

The Importance Of Setting Trading Targets In Forex Trading

Even the most seasoned of traders can never guarantee with certainty the direction of a market. They can always place predictions on the market. However, to be successful in the long run, the effort has to be from the traders’ end, who figure out different methods of forex trading in different market scenarios and overcome the various hurdles.

The key to making the best returns out of a position is to stay in the market as far as one can and not a moment longer. Traders should always develop the discipline and set targets for their forex trading activity before entering a competitive market like Sri Lanka.

What should be the trading goals that a trader operates with?

Goal 1: Traders should never trade with money that they cannot afford to lose. This is vital to ensure that they do not go bankrupt after a few online trading losses. They should always start with a corpus that can be afforded to be lost while trading.

Goal 2: Setting realistic profit targets should be paramount. Traders should be clear on what they intend to accomplish with their trading account and how they intend to go about it.

Goal 3: Traders should also be clear about the trading volumes they are going to engage in the market every day. They should ensure that at any time only a fraction of their account is exposed to the forex trading market.

Goal 4: Traders should hold a detailed documentation of their trading activity and ensure that every tiny detail of it is carefully scrutinized. This helps traders discern patterns in their trade activity.

Goal 5: It is important for traders to stay on the side of the market momentum and ensure that they derive the maximum gain from it. To accomplish the same, they will have to look out for the trends meticulously and know how a market may sway.

Setting goals while online trading is the hallmark of a seasoned trader. For novice traders, bringing this aspect into their trading routine is highly vital as it aids in long-term success in competitive markets. They can also approach reputed forex brokers in Sri Lanka like WesternFX for the right guidance in developing these attributes.

Tips For How To Successfully Sell Your Home

Your net worth is most likely made up of the real estate you own. As you prepare to sell your residential or commercial properties, it will be in your best interest to look for ways to improve your selling skills. If you want a sale that has more profit and less stress, make sure you arm yourself with knowledge, such as that found in this article.

Make a Facebook or Twitter page for your properties or real estate agency. On these types of sites, you can post information about new listings, interest rates and many other types of real estate information.

Once you decide to sell your property, add some energy efficient updates to increase the interest of buyers. Get LED bulbs, solar-powered outdoor lights or an energy monitor to convince buyers that they will save money on their energy bills after moving in.

You must have patience when you deal with your Realtor. For example, your real estate agent’s take on the situation might differ from your own. You may want to really get the ball rolling, only to find that your agent has a different opinion. Though you can disagree, it is often advisable to listen to their suggestions.

Unless the house is currently uninhabitable, you shouldn’t think about making comprehensive renovations. There are a lot of investors who waste time and money on remodels that will not bring them a return on their investment. By enhancing the current interiors, you will spend less and profit more.

When selling a home, try to empty out the home as much as you possibly can, even if you are still living in the home. Potential buyers like to envision themselves living in a home in which they’re interested. The more open and uncluttered your rooms are, the easier it will be for them to do this, and the easier it will be for you to pack when it’s time to move.

When marketing or looking for real estate, it is important to use many different channels. Plan to use every viable outlet to market your property successfully, including realty websites, newspaper listings, and the services of a good real estate agent. You will want to exercise every option available in order to achieve the fastest sale for the largest profit.

Just by making some small updates in your kitchen you can make people want to buy your home. Even upgrading just one appliance can make it the focus point of the room. If you have space, add a popular butcher block island and overhead storage. If you cannot afford to change your cabinetry, apply a fresh coat of paint on it.

Unless you are a professional in the field, most people only occasionally venture into the the real estate arena. Not surprisingly, it is easy to get overwhelmed when you do venture there. Without the proper approach, trying to sell your property can be quite risky. The information in this article will, hopefully, help you minimize your risk and get the most out of your sale.