News

7 People Skills IT Pros Need to Succeed

For IT pros, success isn’t just found in the day-to-day technical challenges you solve. It’s also used to communicate positively with those around you, which isn’t always easy when you spend most of your time behind a computer. Learning a few key people skills will be what carries you to the next level in your career.

IT pros must deal with customer service too, and you should know that it takes approximately 12 good experiences to make up for one bad one. You’d hate to be the cause of that customer’s grievance, which could lose your company more money and reputation than you might realize. As an IT pro, you have a responsibility to develop some of the top skills required for dealing with people and businesses on a daily basis. Read More ›

3 Tips to Selling Your Home Faster

Some homes come on the market and get a dozen offers within 24 hours. Other homes spend weeks on the market before ever receiving a single competitive offer. What gives? Why can some homes sell in a matter of days, while others sit vacant for months at a time?

Well, the answer isn’t as straightforward as saying, “You must do this.” However, there are a number of tips and techniques that experienced home sellers, agents, and industry experts swear by when it comes to getting a house sold. By honing in on the ones that apply to your situation, you may be able to reach the closing table in a fraction of the time. Read More ›

The Top 5 Ways Professionals Waste Time

No matter how efficient you think you are, it’s incredibly likely that you waste time regularly. A professional work environment is designed to help you maximize efficiency, and with modern technology, we’re theoretically capable of higher productivity than ever before. Unfortunately, some of these office fixtures and technologies actively work against us, sabotaging how much work we’re able to get done in a finite amount of time.

Here’s the good news — if you’re actively aware of the distractions and habits that waste your time, you can start to fight back against them. Here are five of the most common: Read More ›

Women In Business: Financing For Female Entrepreneurs

It’s an increasingly recognized fact that empowering women through business financing is an important step in ending poverty on both a national and global scale. Globally this has taken the form of microfinance loans and other such resources that allow women in the developing world to pursue business opportunities. Nationally, however, there seem to be fewer initiatives to empower women in business. This manifests itself in such statistics as this – only 7% of start-up funding goes to companies led by women.

While investors clearly don’t favor female-headed companies, there are other financing opportunities that can help women make waves in the business world. Finding funding starts by recognizing the breadth of possible sources that might provide it. Read More ›

5 Fire Safety Tips for Your Family to Remember

As the head of your household it can be difficult to keep track of all of your responsibilities. From cashing a paycheck to getting the kids out of the bed in the morning, the sheer amount of obligations you have can be enough to stress any sane person out. And while some tasks are more important than others, you don’t want to forget about the importance of fire safety. It’s not something you think about all of the time, but you certainly don’t want to forget about it completely. The effects can be disastrous. Read More ›

Top Issues Families Deal With Today

Families are not perfect. They experience misunderstandings and conflicts due to various factors. These problems can happen between parents and children, among the kids or among the parents. Some of the most common causes of these family woes include lack of communication, financial pressures, alcoholism, anti-Christian culture, divorce and lack of balance between work and family among others.

Miscommunication

When communication lines are not open, there's bound to be some miscommunication which can lead to misunderstandings. As such, it is important to ensure that all family members is heard, understood and valued. A study published in the 2003 Journal of Family Issues noted that many couples admit that communication problems as leading causes for divorce. View Infographic ›

A Look at the Science of Professional Networking

Professional networking is one of those things that most people dread. It feels awkward, uncomfortable, and forced. However, you’d be hard-pressed to deny the fact that networking is directly linked to career success. As the old adage goes, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

5 Tips for Networking Success

Networking is a very personal thing in the sense that different personalities and careers require different techniques. However, regardless of your goals, the following tips have proven to be helpful. Read More ›

Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite: Identifying And Eliminating This Pest

Bed bugs are a nuisance. In fact, for all the discomfort and difficulty they cause, they’re a bit more like a plague. Unfortunately these dreadful creatures are on the rise in cities around the United States. From New York City to Anchorage, homeowners are increasingly calling on pest control to eliminate these bugs. This raises the question, why are bed bugs on the rise?

preventing-mold-mildew-outside-house

The Bed Bug Boom

Bed bugs have been around a long time; there is evidence of these pests over 3,000 years ago in Egypt. As for the United States, we had nearly eliminated bed bugs by the 1970s because of the use of DDT-based pesticides. Unfortunately, when we stopped using DDT, most pesticides were adjusted to specifically target cockroaches. Since cockroaches are a natural predator of bed bugs, the bed bug population flourished as the cockroaches disappeared. Read More ›

Drugs and Alcohol: Their Impact on Crime Rate

Among the developed countries of the world, the U.S. is one that continues to struggle with crime. Each year, it attracts international attention owing to the crimes committed by its citizens, young and old alike. Most of these involve murder which sometimes are attributed to drug and alcohol abuse. Research has also confirmed a correlation between drug use and criminal behavior.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in its 2012 report entitled Crime in the United States, said violent crimes went up by 0.7 percent or more than 1.2 million violent crimes. The ratio was 386.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants and this rate was the same as the 2011 record.

These crimes involving drug and alcohol use are costing the government and taxpayers billions of dollars each year. The cost of controlling drug and alcohol crime alone already costs $44.1 billion while the cost to taxpayers is pegged at $32.7 billion.

Drug-related Crimes

An estimated 14.8 million Americans were found to be drug users based on the 1999 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. Authorities stressed that this chronic use of illicit drugs is what causes criminal activity and damages the nation.

In 2010, 37,000 drug related deaths were recorded with 1.6 million adults and 196,000 juveniles arrested. The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported that more than 50 percent of inmates that are in federal prison were jailed due to drug offenses.

Drugs being abused in the U.S. are plenty these days. However, those commonly identified when crimes are committed include cocaine (27 percent), marijuana (22 percent), methamphetamine (16 percent), heroin (6 percent) and prescription drugs (2 percent).

Drug-related crimes are classified into three categories - victim/offender use-related, economic-related and system-related. Crimes that are victim/offender use-related refer to the ingestion of a drug that causes violent behavior. Economic crimes are those committed by drug users to support additional drug use while the system-related crimes are those directly or indirectly related to the system of drug distribution and trafficking which is also linked to the commission of violent crimes.

Alcohol-related Crimes

Crimes committed as a result of too much alcohol intake are also common in the U.S. Each year, nearly 13,000 of people are killed on roadways due to alcohol-related accidents. The 2010 record showed the arrest of 595,000 adults and 13,000 juveniles for such crimes.

In 2004, it was estimated that 17.6 million people in the U.S. were dependent on or abused alcohol. Additionally, while drunk driving is what commonly gets much attention, the use of alcohol has been attributed to other crimes including domestic violence, underage drinking and assault.

The Saratogian News reported that some 183,000 cases of rape and sexual assault as well as robberies, aggravated assaults and simple assaults recorded every year involved alcohol use.

Offenders charged with drug and alcohol related crimes can still seek legal help if they want to. They can turn to defense lawyers in their area such as a drug possession lawyer for those based in the state of Arizona. These legal professionals are skilled in defending their clients and supporting them throughout the trial process.

Drug Crimes IG

Sexual Violence: The Real Scenario in the Military

Violence against women is a worldwide concern. It continues to take place in many parts of the globe as confirmed by research. Studies have shown that sexual violence both by partners and non-partners prevail.

A report entitled Global and regional estimates of violence against women revealed that some 35 percent of all women will experience either violence from an intimate partner or
non-partner. The study further showed that intimate partner violence is the most common with 30 percent of women worldwide affected by it.

women in military

But while sexual violence can occur in the home or anywhere else, the military is perhaps the last place you will think it can take place. With mostly disciplined men making up the military, a common perception is that female members will be
well protected by their male colleagues and officers.
View Infographic ›

Infographic: Franchise Economic Trends for 2013

Franchising remains to be a popular business option in many parts of the world. With a small investment required as well as free training and marketing support already in place, those looking to start their own business can do so even in the comfort of their homes.

In 2012, the franchise industry achieved positive growth since four years ago. The Franchise Business Economic Outlook report showed a growth of 1.4 percent as the number of establishments in the industry went up.

This 2013, the forecast at the start of the year was continued growth at the same rate or exceeding that of the private sector. Amidst this positive forecast, however, industry leaders are not fully satisfied with the growth statistics. They attributed the minimal increase to uncertainties felt by business owners concerning the global economic situation and public policy. Read More ›

Google Drive

Google's cloud service is serious about taking on the competition. This infographic compares Google Drive to its top three competitors: Dropbox, Microsoft's Skydrive, and Apple's iCloud. Besides comparing size, pricing, and platform support, we also take a look at a brief history of these cloud services.
View Infographic ›

About Infographics

Even though infographics are hugely popular I'm still surprised by the number of inquiries we get from people who aren't sure exactly what they are, how they are created or why they are important.

So, we sat down and decided to make an infographic about infographics!

This design was published on Performancing.com

Share this infographic on your blog, website or facebook page

E-Reading Trends

E-reading has taken America by storm, with more and more people preferring their Kindles to any other medium. We take a look at the current trends in E-Reading, including what type of people prefer e-reading, and what the bestselling devices are. View Infographic ›

Luxury Brands

The truth is that your favorite luxury brand is probably owned by one of just three big companies- and it's possible you've never heard of them before. We take a look at LVMH, PPR and Richemont, the three giants in the world of luxury goods today- and compare their holdings. View Infographic ›

Which Came First?

Everyone believes that the iPhone came before the first Android phone, but is that really true? We decided to take a look. Especially revealing was the crossover of Andy Rubin, whose connections to both companies is telling in itself, even if Apple won the race to public release by more than a year. View Infographic ›

The Space Economy

Asteroid mining is now being touted as the next frontier for minerals and with big name backers such as James Cameron and Google it could be the next gold rush. Planetary Resources hired us to create an infographic for them explaining how these asteroids rich in minerals and ores will be harvested. View Infographic ›

Instagram at $1 Billion

With over 300 million registered users and a billion photos uploaded, Instagram's rise from a simple "snap a photo, apply a filter" mobile app to Facebook's newest baby is a developer's dream story if we ever heard one. This infographic takes a look at Instagram's journey to their billion dollar acquisition. View Infographic ›