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Strategies to help you get the word out there about your company

To promote your business, create a brand name and a logo that accurately represent your business. You can design your logo yourself or you can hire a graphic designer if you're not artistic. Use your brand name and logo on your business cards, signs, and advertising materials, and display it prominently in your shop or office. Once you have clients coming to you, focus on building relationships with them to encourage customer loyalty. For advertising tips, continue reading!


Create a brand image, or logo.

Widespread brand recognition is your goal, as it will give your business credibility and inspire others to spread the word about your business. Grow your brand by placing your logo in your business stationary, business cards, email signatures, brochures, signs, website and merchandising materials.


Meeting professionals from other, related businesses is an effective form of business promotion, as it provides you with opportunities to learn about your competitors, ask for referrals, form mutually beneficial partnerships in complementary industries and spread awareness about your business throughout a group of like-minded people. Network with other professionals in the following ways:
Attend networking group meetings. You can find networking groups and clubs on the Internet, in newspapers and in trade publications.
Introduce yourself to people at the meetings. Explain what it is your business does, what you offer that makes you stand out from your competition and what you are looking for in business relationships.
Ask relevant questions during group discussions. In addition to promoting your business, you can learn a lot at networking meetings. Additionally, asking open-ended questions encourages others to participate in the conversation, and sets you up for more introductions.
Hand out your business cards. Set up private meetings with those who express an interest in getting to know more about your business.


Consider these methods for advertising your business:
Signs. You may opt for storefront signs, billboards, marquee boards or street-side yard signs.
Print. Place print ads in magazines, newspapers, coupon books, trade journals and industry magazines. Choose print mediums that are suited to your business. For example, if you run a technology parts recycling warehouse, then you may consider placing ads in computer classifieds and technology magazines.
Commercials. Television and radio commercials are effective ways to promote your business to a broad audience, but they are relatively costly forms of advertising.
Advertisements. You may opt to pass out promotional materials at trade shows, at store fronts, in parking lots or in any other highly-populated areas. Some businesses, like nightclubs and entertainment venues, hire street crews to hand out advertisements and attract new customers.
Direct mail. You may purchase mailing lists targeted to your segment of the consumer market, then mail out letters, brochures, catalogs or postcards. This method is effective when you want to provide potential customers with paper coupons, vouchers, business cards or promotional merchandising.
Public relations (PR) firms. You may hire a PR firm to create publicity for you in the form of news write-ups and press releases.
Internet. Promoting a business online involves setting up a business website, participating in industry/trade forum discussions, running a blog , setting up accounts on social networking sites, using pay-per-click and banner ads, listing your business information in business directories and employing search engine optimization (SEO) techniques. Every business, regardless of its size or scope, could benefit from Internet marketing, and many Internet marketing mediums are free to use.
AR Advertising. Short for Augmented Reality Advertising. It enriches the user experience by bringing life to the prints, when it's enhanced with extra layer called a digital layer.

Build business partnerships with other organizations.

In effect, piggyback off the success of another business. Taco Bell has recently unveiled the Doritos Locos Taco, which is a branding coup for both Taco Bell and Doritos. Whenever you think of one brand, the other brand comes to mind, and vice versa. Business partnerships can be very effective advertising tools.
Note: it's tough to build a business partnership with an established company when your company isn't yet established. Businesses understand the value (or lack of value) you're giving them, and may want something in return or simple avoid business with you in the first place.

Rely on the power of social networks.

Social networks have become the new darling of advertising because much of the legwork is being done by dedicated fans, for free. You could pay someone to advertise for you, or you could establish a social community of fans who advertise by word of mouth, at little or no cost. What's it going to be?
Try harnessing the power of viral media campaigns. Dollar Shave Club did very good business for itself simply by making a (funny, exciting, relatable) music video. It took off on social networks and now has over a million combined subscribers and followers on Facebook and Google+.


Offer freebies.

Pass out merchandise with your company's name and/or logo on it to everyone you meet at networking events, trade shows, client meetings and even personal social gatherings. Things like pens, magnets and calendars are good merchandising ideas, as these tend to stay in use, and within view, for extensive periods of time.

Develop relationships with your customers.

Customers are people — not numbers — and it is important that you put consideration and effort into building personal relationships with them. For example, when you send out Christmas cards each year, you not only gain customer loyalty but you also inspire customers to promote your business to the people they know.

Encourage customers to talk about their experience using your business.

There is no tool more powerful than people talking with their family members or friends about your product or the quality of your work. If your customers are fully satisfied then you should ask them to refer you or your product to their family or friends. It is important to realise that your customers may not do so automatically and sometime a little poke requesting them to refer your business may work wonders. Go ahead, be bold and ask for more work.

Driving for UberEats

UberEATS is on-demand food delivery from local restaurants. Customers can choose any menu item from a restaurant and drivers pick up food at the restaurant and bring the food to customers. It is similar to Postmates and DoorDash.

What UberEATS drivers do

- UberEATS drivers pick up and deliver food to customers. Drivers don’t handle payment, only deliveries
- UberEATS drivers can be 19 years old
- UberEATS cars can be 1996 or newer. Read the full UberEATS vehicle requirements
- You can choose to do only food deliveries while you work, or if your car qualifies you can also do regular Uber rides
- You receive requests that tell you where to pick up and drop off the order
- The app will tell you if the drop off is curbside, or if you have to go to their door
- You are paid a pickup fee, a drop off fee, and for mileage. Uber takes a 25% cut
- Customers can tip inside the Uber app. You keep 100% of tips

How to become an UberEATS driver

You can apply directly with UberEATS on the UberEATS website without becoming an UberX driver, or if you’re already a regular Uber driver you can opt into receiving EATS request. In the earlier days of EATS, only active UberX drivers could drive for EATS, so this is good news for those of you who don’t have a car that qualifies for UberX.


UberEATS driver requirements

You must be 19 years old or older (21 years old in Canada)
You must have a driver’s license, regular insurance, and proof of vehicle registration
1 year of driving experience
Expect to lift up to 30 pounds
Vehicle requirements: 1996 or newer for cities that allow Eats-only profiles. Otherwise vehicle requirements are the same as UberX vehicle requirements

Note: These requirements are for UberEATS in markets that allow you to apply directly with eats. You may find that some markets require you to also be an UberX driver.


Already an Uber driver? How to opt into Uber EATS

If you’re not an Uber driver, you can apply directly to UberEATS with my referral link. If you use my referral link, I may receive a commission for referring you. If you’re already an Uber driver, you can opt into eats deliveries at Click on the menu, then click “Deliveries.” You’ll reach a page that contains an opt-in button. You’ll then be told to wait for an activation email. In my experience, activation took around one day.

The activation email will have a subject line like “Welcome to Uber EATS” and will contain a training video and other basic tips that will help you understand how to do deliveries.

How to enable or disable UberEATS delivery requests

You can choose whether you want to receive EATS requests or not, and it’s possible to drive for both UberX and UberEATS at the same time. Inside the driver app, click the icon in the upper right corner, then tap the Settings icon. From there, you’ll see the “Trip Preferences” section. If you don’t want to accept EATS deliveries, tap on “Deliveries” to uncheck it. You can enable and disable other trip types too.

How much do UberEATS drivers make?

UberEATS drivers can expect to make around $8 – $12/hour after factoring in vehicle expenses. Pay can vary quite a bit from day to day and hour to hour, and it’s crucial to work lunch and dinner rushes if you want to earn on the higher end of the pay scale.

Getting UberEATS delivery requests

UberEATS delivery requests come in the same way that regular Uber requests do: Requests come in, and you get around 10 seconds to accept requests. After you accept the request, you see the customer’s location. You’ll then receive an automated text message that gives you order details. You’ll only receive requests for food that you already have, so don’t worry about having to run back to the distribution site in the middle of an order for an item you’re not carrying. You won’t see order details inside the app, which seems quite far behind the features that other delivery apps like DoorDash and Postmates have.

Here’s where deliveries can get tricky in the app: You have to use the ‘Slide to begin trip’ and ‘Slide to end trip’ buttons, just like regular Uber. But instead of sliding to begin the trip when you actually begin the delivery, you slide to begin the trip when you arrive at the customer. And, after you slide to begin, you immediately slide to end the trip. It’s not very intuitive, but once you do a delivery or two, you’ll get the hang of it.

Is driving for UberEATS a good job?

Uber EATS has easier vehicle requirements than regular Uber, so just about anyone can deliver for EATS and earn money. You can drive whenever and wherever you want without having to work about scheduling shifts or dealing with a boss. That’s a big benefit if you need flexible work right now.

UberEats, the delivery arm of the ride-hailing giant Uber

For years, Bob Gordon, the owner of Footprints Cafe in Brooklyn, handled the delivery of his restaurant’s meals, like his Caribbean-inspired “Rasta Pasta,” to customers. So when he decided to work for the first time with an outside delivery service — UberEats, the delivery arm of the ride-hailing giant Uber — he was nervous.

Then, the orders started pouring in.

“We weren’t prepared for the volume that came in”

through UberEats this year, Mr. Gordon, 46, said. “I myself, as an owner, had to work three weeks straight cooking on the food line just to keep up.”

By winning over restaurant owners like Mr. Gordon, Uber has barreled into the crowded, cutthroat space of food delivery. As its new chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the company with an eye toward an initial public offering in the next 18 to 36 months, top executives believe UberEats could generate enormous growth. Even as Mr. Khosrowshahi grapples with issues such as Uber’s loss of its operating license in London, he has said UberEats has been a “wonderful surprise,” according to a person who has spoken with him.

UberEats stands out even from the rest of the company’s fast-growing — and unprofitable — business. The delivery service, available in more than 120 markets globally, sometimes eclipses Uber’s main ride-hailing business in markets like Tokyo; Taipei, Taiwan; and Seoul, South Korea, the company said. The number of trips taken by UberEats drivers grew by more than 24 times between March 2016 and March 2017. As of July, UberEats was profitable in 27 of the 108 cities where it operated. Uber declined to reveal the service’s revenue.

“There’s a global trend towards delivery,”

said Jason Droege, vice president of UberEverything, the division under which UberEats operates. “As people use mobile phones more and more for everything in their lives, we’re starting to see a secular change in how people eat.”

Uber came late to food delivery, which is a $100 billion-plus market, or about 1 percent of the total food market, according to a study by McKinsey. Typically, food delivery companies fall into one of two categories. The first is aggregators like Grubhub, which collect restaurant options and menus through an online portal for customers, and which usually require restaurants to handle delivery themselves.

The second is full delivery services like Postmates and UberEats, which take orders through an online portal and deliver the food for restaurants. The restaurants generally fork over a fixed percentage of an order as a fee, while customers also pay a fee to the delivery service.

The competition is stiff.

Postmates, which established a foothold six years ago, has raised more than $250 million, has more than 100,000 delivery drivers (the company calls them “postmates”) and makes 2.5 million deliveries every month. Grubhub, a public company, had $3 billion in gross food sales in 2016, with an active base of 8.17 million customers.

There is also the threat of Amazon, which has tried food delivery in a few markets. The Seattle retail giant’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods provides hundreds of potential bases for drivers to pick up prepared food for delivery in major urban areas, where takeout orders are popular.

“The number-one concern for all of these delivery companies is Amazon,”

said James Cakmak, an analyst at the equity research firm Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Company who follows the food delivery space. “How could Amazon use its network to crush our business? They have the logistical network and the balance sheet to be able to compete on the price side with all of these players.”

Matt Maloney, the founder and chief executive of Grubhub, said his company’s focus on food orders set it apart.

“Uber has built a great company focused on black car service and human transportation, but succeeding in food delivery is a different game,” Mr. Maloney said in a statement. “We are known for one thing only — takeout ordering — and we have engineered our entire product around this purpose.”

Both Amazon and Postmates declined to comment on UberEats.

Uber first dabbled in food delivery in Los Angeles in 2014 under the name UberFresh, offering prepackaged lunches and dinners from restaurants. Uber also tried other experiments, like UberEssentials, a way to deliver pantry and drugstore items quickly.

“If you can hit a button and get a car in a few minutes, what else can you get in a few minutes?” Mr. Droege said.

But the situation wasn’t ideal, with drivers usually carting food around in a safe storage container in their car trunks. That led to issues with food quality, and customers were unhappy when their food arrived cold. People also wanted a greater selection of restaurants, something that competitors like Postmates provided.

In December 2015, Mr. Droege’s division introduced a separate app, UberEats, in Toronto, working with restaurants to provide freshly cooked meals that could be ordered with a few touches of a smartphone button. The service took off, and over the next 18 months UberEats expanded its sales force to bring more restaurants on board and to open in new cities.

Uber executives said UberEats, which is now in more than 120 cities, had several advantages over rivals. For one, Uber has a network of more than two million drivers who can also deliver food. Cars used for UberEats also do not need to pass all of the inspection standards required to carry passengers, widening the potential delivery labor pool. (Drivers need not own a car at all; UberBike is a popular delivery method for food orders.)

Uber has also spent the better part of a decade mapping cities and finding the most efficient routes, which the company said may help improve delivery times. And since the problems with UberFresh, it has invested in better technology and added more drivers in participating cities. The ideal UberEats delivery has the driver arrive at the restaurant just as the food has finished cooking, and has it delivered to the customer while still warm.

“What Uber has are the last-mile logistics, and that’s crucial,” Mr. Cakmak said.

Uber has taken the partnership approach to speed up the growth of UberEats, echoing a strategy of companies like Postmates. Uber struck a deal with McDonald’s this year to offer delivery from thousands of its restaurants. Lucy Brady, a McDonald’s executive, said on an investor call in July that the initial results of the partnership were positive.

The service has stumbled at times, including this month when it faced complaints that an ad in India — telling husbands to use UberEats so their wives could take a day off from cooking — was sexist. The company apologized for the ad.

Uber said it had invested in increasing its UberEats sales force, as well as hiring data scientists to analyze daily information on customer orders and preferences to help restaurants improve their service or promote their more popular menu items.

For Mr. Gordon, the owner of Footprints Cafe, Uber’s investments have been a boon for business. He said the delivery service had helped his restaurant reach new customers outside its loyal Caribbean community, without spending on advertising or promotion on Facebook or Groupon, as he did in the past.

“We’ve employed people who just work on Uber deliveries, and have a counter just for Uber driver pickup,” Mr. Gordon said. “It has definitely been worth it.”

Maintenance of garage door springs is crucial to keep your equipment in perfect working condition. The cables, tracks and individual panels of a garage door demand attention at fixed intervals. But, springs are those maintaining which you can save a good deal of money and trouble in the long run. Let us have a look at the ways how garage door spring repair can aid to keep the functioning of your overhead door like a new one.

It Expands The Lifespan of The Garage Door

There are certain simple things you can do to extend the life cycle of your garage door. For instance, you can lubricate the track, pulleys and other components with silicone spray or mild oil on a routine basis. You can also fix the loosened screws, bolts and nuts and also replace the weather stripping. The frequent examination is a must to enhance the longevity of your garage door system. You need to look for wear and tear in the cables and corrosion in the tracks. You can also hire professionals to repair garage door and do the other related tasks effectively. 
Handling torsion springs is difficult and need the attention of qualified professionals. If you use it casually, maintenance on a yearly basis is enough. If you cycle your garage door numerous times in a day in a commercial setup, examination and preservation for two times in a year are  recommended by the skilled professionals.


Security examination  


Do you know thousands of people are wounded by garage doors each year? People do not only suffer from minor cuts and injuries from defective portions. They also get hurt when the damaged doors fall off due to crippled torsion springs. Besides frequent maintenance service, request your repair garage door professionals to offer a security examination for once in a year. The experts are capable of finding out the components, which require being replaced or repaired. They will also upgrade your garage door with the latest security features.


The Value of Garage Door Spring Repair and Restoration


As the garage doors are opened and closed multiple times every year, they need to be maintained regularly. If you do not do so, the rollers can become frigid, making it necessary for you to replace the tracks. The opener mechanism can stop working, which can block your garage door blocked midway. Irregular maintenance can also lead to disbalance of torsion springs, which can result in the sudden fall of the garage door. The portions of the firmly coiled spring can also become loose and fly via the air. This can cause destruction to property, serious injuries or even death. Garage door spring repair at the right time will keep your family protected and save you from any unexpected problem in future. 
So, get in touch with the best garage door repair professionals today for the desired results.

If you are a content writer, it does not matter what sort of write-up you generate, but you should know some of the brilliant secrets. One of the biggest issues that any of writer face is producing plenty of content and at the same time maintaining its quality. Professional content writer in India try to keep up with this struggle on a daily basis. However, there are certain tricks and tips that can help you to scribble high-quality content each day.

The top secrets writers must know: 

1) Gather resource - 
As soon as you start your researching, look out for the useful materials that can help you to develop your blogs or articles. If you come across a social media posts or article that relates to the story you are writing, paste the URL into the notepad. Add notes why do you require this material so that when you sit down to write, you have your research already.

2) Create your own individual style - 
Your write-up should have a unique tone and an individual style for content writing. Once you have developed your own voice, you should never stop brushing up your skills. Style should continue to evolve throughout your career.

3) Get hold of an unique angle for your story - 
There are many writers available in the market and they too are writing over a topic that you choose. Henceforth, it becomes important to add new angles to the story. If there is no unique fact, your story might appear dull and repetitive.

4) Make your first sentence the best - 
As a writer, you get only a few seconds to capture the interest of your readers. If you cannot hook your readers and get them reading your blog, you need to work on it. Experts working as content writer in India suggests that the first sentence of your blog has a lot of job to do. After headline, this persuade the readers to read other points.

5) No hype, just keep it believable - 
If your content isn’t accurate and trustworthy, your readers won’t waste time on it. Stop stretching the truth and create no hype because it will tend to make people feel manipulated. If you write a surprising fact or figure, provide quote, reference link, report or a book to back it up. This will make people believe in you or else they will stop reading.

6) Keep it simple - 
To make your content readable use short sentences, short paragraphs and easy words. Short and crisp is the only mantra that you can follow.

7) Craft a tempting lead - 
The first two paragraphs is called the lead, which is often termed as the introduction to your content. If you want to provide content writing services to your clients, make your lead compelling without being long. There are certain types of leads that perform well in a content, like lesser-known fact, new information, breaking news, fascinating story, contrarian viewpoint and more. 

By following these seven secrets you can easily excel yourself in the content writing domain.

The kitchen is one of the most important assets in the house. People are willing to renovate their kitchens in order to make it more attractive. However, renovating your kitchen is not as easy as it seems. It takes a lot of planning and preparation before going for it. If you are planning for kitchen renovation near Central Coast you should go through the article. The discussion focuses on the basic factors to renovate your kitchen in a new style and we hope these tips will also help you to save money in the process.


Kitchen renovation requires a lot of preparation. According to the experts, people should invest limited budget for a kitchen renovation, which is spending about 15% of your home’s value. They have suggested an approximate costing for renovating your house and here it goes:

•    Readers are recommended to allocate about 30% on cabinets  
•    10% for the countertops  
•    14% of the cost of various appliances  
•    4% for plumber works 
•    5% on lights and other electronic gadgets 
•    1% or 2% on tiles 
•    3% for the color 
•    35% of various construction expenses for flooring, labor cost and windows.

Look for an expert designer

Kitchens Gosford renovation companies always suggest hiring an expert designer for renovating your kitchen. It is true that the designers don’t ask their fees but, they will not work for free. In reality, their paychecks are generated from the seller or manufacturer of the products. An expert designer can help you to save thousands of bucks while renovating your kitchen. So always look for an expert designer whenever you are planning on renovating your kitchen.

Don’t need to replace everything

If you are planning to renovate your kitchen in a cost-efficient way, you have to be aware of replacing the things. There are many things that can be used and doesn’t require to be changed frequently. You don’t have to replace your window whenever you plan on renovating your kitchen. You can keep the wooden floor under the layers of vinyl and linoleum at the time of kitchen renovation near Central Coast.  

Invest for a long time

Renovation gives a new look to your traditional age-old kitchen. Renovation sounds good, but the renovation companies for Kitchens in Gosford suggests you to avoid investing on the same if there are chances for shifting your base or something else. You can go for a casual cosmetic upgrade rather than renovating your kitchen if you wish to move someday.  A cosmetic upgrade can give a new look to your kitchen and you can save lots of money at the same time.  

Nowadays, you can get many services at your doorstep. Make sure to hire an efficient contractor to meet all your requirements in an effective way.

Are you new in this world of business? Are  you aware of various kinds of problems that a business owner faces daily? There are solutions of every kinds of problem. If you are new in this business field you can go for one of the procurement companies to get help from them.      Procurement is basically an effective tool for companies of all sizes to cut costs and improve customer satisfaction. The procedure of procurement has been changing over recent years and becoming a far more strategic part of a business.  

Working with a procurement company can be beneficial for your company for two main reasons. The first reason would be cutting back on the costs of an entire department. So that would be the advantages brought by hiring a procurement company: cutting back on the cost of an entire department, while working with skilled and experienced people.

Procurement is basically an effective tool for companies of all sizes to cut costs and improve customer’s satisfaction. The procedure of procurement has been changing over recent years and becoming a far more strategic part of a business.

Procurement generally involves making buying decisions under the condition of scarcity. There are procurement solutions services who will help you out by supplying products and services to run your business. The companies will help you to decide which supplier is trustworthy and which is not. It will inform you about product quality of the suppliers. The procurement firms play a very important role like doing research, communicate, negotiate contracts and many more.

The firms are taking some initiatives like:

 Increase cost savings: A business’s main motive is to get profit out of it. The firms are helping to avoid unnecessary costs by digitizing invoices and minimizing traditionally paper-based exchanges.

 Improve supplier relationship: By promoting on-board campaigns with suppliers, which makes it easier to connect, and improving this relationship

 Simplify approvals : Remove all unnecessary and complex factors to simplify the whole matter. The  procurement companies are always there to help the business owners with their business.  

 Include technology: The right technology allows the procurement process to be more engaged and to empower organizations with key analytics. Daily transactions can be used as source data to make strategic decisions. Procurement has the privilege –and responsibility- of having an overview of the entire organization. The challenge is to comply with the business requirements and identify the scenarios where the organization can increase efficiency and cost saving.

These are few useful information that you should know before going to get help from one of the  procurement solutions services for your own benefits. So, what are you waiting for! Do not waste your time and hire a procurement company to promote your business and make a brand name.

This blog post covers the information about the ways to get around New York City through cheap methods for travelling as there are so many amenities available for New Yorkers and a detailed introduction about UGO Shuttle that is shared shuttle bus service.

There are many ways just as buses, trains, taxis and shared rides but which is the best option that suits your pocket and comfort?


This is the best economical way to get to Newark Airport with just approximate $3, however, travelling through subway depends upon how much you are aware of this service. Additionally, arriving subway station with luggage can be nightmare as this is not door-to-door service. Therefore, it may be cheap way to travel if you are residing with group or family in New York because they can help out with luggage.

shuttle service ny

UGO Shuttle:

This service is still new for New York as just started this service approximate two and half year ago that was in November, 2016.

Shared ride shuttle service can be its second name as you can get to airport without hustle and spending less money from pocket.

Benefits of Booking Ride to Airport with UGO Shuttle:

1. UGO Shuttle is transportation service which was started to provide more comfort to the travelers as our buses have comfortable seats and different luggage compartment. Addition to this, two bags are free to carry that is do not worry about your heavy luggage.

2. In these shuttle buses, traveler can spent quality time before their flight by using services available in buses that includes Television, Wi-Fi and Music systems. Because of this, you can have luxurious ride and avoid the troublesome situations before riding to airport.

3. UGO shuttle is happy to serve 24 hours as they are available 24/7. Hencetherefore, do not worry if you are arriving at airport at midnight, their professionals drivers are available to pick you.

4. UGO Shuttle is delivering quality services that includes door-to-door services. Hence do not worry about arriving the pick-up location, just share the information of complete address while booking ride and they will pick you up from that location.

All the above services are available and starts from just a small cost that is 20 dollars per passenger.

Book the most reliable shuttle bus services with UGO Shuttle by website or phone call at 212-288-7400. They also serve other destination too that includes JFK, LGA airports. For more information look at the zip codes listed at website in reservation section.

Garage plays an important role in urban civilization. Maintenance of your garage is as necessary as your vehicles. Negligence can often cause trouble to your garage doors and you need to fix it. Proper maintenance can help saving the costs of garage doors repair. The discussion will highlight the importance of maintenance of your garage doors and how to avoid frequent problems with your garage door openers.  

Spring Damage- A Common Scenario

A garage door is made of several mechanical parts and the spring is often damaged due to wear. Nowadays, you can get garage door spring repair services at your doorsteps but a few simple guidelines will be helpful to save your repair costs.  


Call the Experts


Garage doors problems are mainly caused by the damage of springs. Spring takes the torque of the door and helps opening it easily. If you feel that there are some problems with the spring, make sure it is all right or you can call an expert garage doors repair service to fix the issue.  


Is the Spring Broken?


There are times when it is difficult to find out whether the problem is caused by the springs. If you feel you are putting more energy while lifting your garage door, maybe the spring is broken. Check your cables whether it is in working condition. Remember, the door cables will be disconnected from the spring in case it is broken. Get a new spring and everything will work fine like before.  


Loud Noise


You can hear loud unnecessary noises while opening the garage door.  You have to understand that there might be some problems with the spring and you need to fix it as soon as possible.  The loud sound in the door mechanism is probably caused by a gap in the Torsion spring. Adjust it and it will work fine again. If the problem is not solved check whether the doors fall fast when you are shutting it down.  Don’t forget to check the emergency rope of your garage door whenever you face similar problems with the garage door.  


Do Not Neglect Rust


We all know the garage door remains neglected in most of the houses. While it is very important to keep an eye on the garage doors on a regular basis to avoid unwanted accidents and troubles.  Rust often causes various problems to your springs. Spraying oil on a regular basis can help you avoid the troubles of rust. Moreover, maintenance is a necessary thing. Poor maintenance can harm you in many ways.  



Now you can avail garage door spring repair services anytime at your doorsteps, so good maintenance can save your repairing costs easily. If you find anything wrong, just call the expert services to fix them. Hiring a professional service and changing springs is easy but it is expensive.

Cryptocurrency scams

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you've probably heard a little something about a digital currency called Bitcoin. The price of this and other cryptocurrencies has been soaring, and it's driving a tulip mania-style frenzy on Wall Street.

There is so much hype about alt-coins lately that there are now reports of people even taking out second mortgages and home equity lines to buy them. The volatility is so great that the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) halted bitcoin trading twice on Dec. 10 and once again on Dec. 13, and Coinbase halted litecoin and ethereum trading on Dec. 12.2017

For years, financial analysts have warned people away from cryptocurrency by arguing that it was too volatile to be a safe investment. However, with prices going sky-high, it's hard for investors and entrepreneurs to sit on the sidelines while a major new asset class emerges.

However, before people take the plunge, they need to understand the risks. The cryptocurrency markets aren't just volatile, they are also extremely murky and riddled with fraud. Since the launch of bitcoin in 2009, these markets have been plagued with cyber attacks and scams that have cost investors millions of dollars. To make matters worse, cryptocurrency isn't protected by the FDIC, so losses due to theft may not be covered.

There are two main ways cryptocurrency investors can lose their shirts to scammers.

The first is when hackers attack the infrastructure underpinning these coin markets (ex: exchanges, digital wallets, mining companies, web host services, etc.). Reuters estimates that 980,000 bitcoins have been stolen from cryptocurrency exchanges since 2011, the equivalent of $15 billion to $18 billion at current prices. Recent examples of this include the NiceHash hack in December, which lost $64 million in investors' money; also, in November, Tether was hacked for $30 million; and someone exploited a software bug in Parity to freeze $160 million in investors' accounts. And let's not forget the massive Mt. Gox hack in 2014 -- $460 million was lost as a result.

The second is when criminals target investors directly. There are a variety of these online scams, which often use "social engineering" tactics, but the primary ones to worry about are initial coin offering (ICO) fraud, phone-porting, fake wallets and malware.

While there is not much investors can do to protect themselves against attacks on the cryptocurrency system, they can take measures to lower their own risk of falling for a targeted attack.

Here is a breakdown of these four attacks and ways to reduce the threat:

Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fraud
An ICO is when a newly invented cryptocurrency is launched to investors. Needless to say, this is an unregulated and risky activity all by itself, but it is also plagued by scammers.

There are two ways ICO fraud happens. The first is when criminals create a fake ICO and steal any money that investors give them. This is what happened in December, when the SEC shut down the PlexCoin ICO, which it alleges was a $15 million fraud.

The second type of ICO fraud is when hackers "spoof," or impersonate, a legitimate ICO and trick investors into paying them instead of the real company. This happened recently with messaging giant Kik's ICO, which goes to show it can affect even well-established companies. Typically, cybercriminals will create a fake website or social media account and use phishing emails to promote a phony "pre-sale" offer or other trick. Chainalysis recently estimated that ICO spoofing has victimized 30,000 investors this year alone, to the tune of $225 million.

 Security tip: Do sufficient research on an ICO before buying in. Check industry sites like CoinDesk to verify the legitimacy of a claimed ICO. Don't fall for hard sell tactics or too-good-to-be-true offers, especially when received over email or social media messaging, as these are likely phishing attempts. See the SEC's tips on ICO investments.Phone-porting

Cell phone identity theft, also known as "phone-porting," is when criminals commandeer a person's phone number by tricking the mobile provider into giving them control of the account. Once they have the phone number, they can reset the password to a digital wallet and drain the account. Since these cryptocurrency transactions can't be reversed, the investor can lose everything. According to Federal Trade Commission statistics, phone-porting attacks in general rose by 256 percent between 2013 and 2016.

Security tip: Mobile providers usually recommend adding a unique PIN and verification question to the account to improve security. However, a better solution is to switch two-factor authentication from SMS to a third-party service like Google Authenticator.
Fake digital wallets

Cryptocurrency has to be stored somewhere, and investors often use virtual wallets. The problem is that fake wallets occasionally appear online or in mobile app stores, and they may steal investors' savings. This happened recently with the bitcoin gold wallet scam, which reportedly stole $3 million. On Dec. 10, the popular service MyEtherWallet warned customers about a fake MyEtherWallet digital wallet app, which had risen to No. 3 in the iOS App Store's finance category.

Security tip: Before selecting a digital wallet provider, do your homework. Only use services that have a solid track record. Another option is to use an offline hardware wallet.Bitcoin-stealing malware

It's estimated that nearly one-third of all home computers are infected with some type of malware. Recently, a new category of malware has emerged that specializes in one activity -- stealing bitcoins. It can do this in a few different ways, such as stealing log-in credentials or the wallet itself, or getting in the middle of a transaction. Dell SecureWorks estimates this malware increased 11-fold between 2012 and 2014.

Security tip: Use a robust antivirus program and an inbound/outbound firewall to protect your computer. Use two-factor authentication and a password manager to protect the log-in.

Cryptocurrency investors face a lot of risks, not the least of which is scamming. Since this market is largely unregulated and unprotected, it is up to individual investors to account for their own security. Follow the above tips, and also take additional measures, such as encrypting the internet connection with a VPN (virtual private network). It's also not a bad idea to consider using a dedicated computer (i.e., it does nothing else but log in to your bitcoin account) to be safer when performing these transactions.

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