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Why I’ll never use Air BnB

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As you know I love to travel.  I like to get away whenever I can whether it’s a weekend getaway or a week’s long vacation. However I have yet to jump on the Air BnB band wagon.  It’s actually kind of strange because I love a good deal and that’s why I’m able to travel often…because I do it on the cheap.  But for some reason I just can’t bring myself to book a room with Air BnB.

Why I love Air BnB

Don’t get me wrong I think it’s a great service.  It allows people to travel for a fraction of the cost of staying in a hotel.  It allows people who may not otherwise be able to afford to travel to take a vacation by renting someone else’s condo or home.

It also brings money to local economies and I love that. If someone needs to earn a little cash on the side they can rent out their living space or a part of their living space to help earn more income.

If people spend part of the year in warmer climates they can rent out their homes while they’re gone.  It keeps their home safe and sound because instead of sitting vacant for several months it can be rented.

3 reasons I’ll never use Air BnB

Although I think this renter’s haven is a great service, it’s just not for me and here’s why…

I like fresh towels

Air BnB is cheaper than renting a hotel room, but it’s also comes with a price.  When you’re staying in someone else’s home there is no maid service to pick up after you, no housekeeping to deliver fresh towels and no room service to bring warm meals.

One of the great things about staying in hotels is you can live like you’re not at home.  However when you’re renting someone else’s home you have to act like you’re staying in someone else’s space.

I like to take over a space

When I’m in someone else’s home whether I’m visiting, staying or renting I always need to be on my best behavior.  That’s not how I want to feel when I’m on vacation.  This is a main reason why I like to stay at hotels.  If you book on discount websites like Priceline or Hot Wire you can find cheap hotel rooms – cheaper than booking directly with the hotel chains.

When I’m in a hotel I can leave my belongings all around and I don’t know if I would feel comfortable doing that in someone else’s home.

Hotels are safe

The thought of someone else having keys to the place where I’m staying freaks me out.  I like the sense of security that comes with staying in a big hotel where there are lots of doormen, staff and other guests around at all times.

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Friday Faves: Why I love to shop local

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Good morning Loves.  There is nothing I love more than walking around a city, getting lost and discovering new places to eat, stores to shop in spots to hang out.  This recently happened to me on my weekend getaway to NYC.

Discover local shops in your area

I had to go to Union Square which I knew was at 14th street.  Unfortunately the subway line I was on didn’t actually go to Union Square but it did have a stop at 14th street.  So I got off an walked.  Along the way I discovered a great little jewelry store where everything was $1 because they were going out of business.

I was sad to see a local store going out of business, it’s sad because someone’s livelihood is ending and it probably also means that a big box chain is going to take over the prime real estate location, some type of store there are already too many of.  I bought two rings for $2 and to this day they are some of my favorite pieces of costume jewelry – surprisingly they also don’t turn my finger green.

Local shops need local customers to survive

That’s the thing about shopping local, you always find fantastic things but it’s hard for them to survive and compete against the big stores who have corporate dollars to fund their survival.

I like to shop local whenever I can whether it be at a farmers market, at my neighborhood restaurants or at independent shops.  With major purchases such as furniture and electronics I always shop at big stores like Best Buy because I know the quality is good and I can buy an extended guarantee.  I probably wouldn’t buy a sofa from Joe’s Furniture on the corner but I sure would buy my weekly groceries from Joe’s Fruits and Vegetables.

Shop local for your produce

Buying local produce is better than shopping in grocery store chains for several reasons including freshness and lower price.  I really love shopping at local farmers markets because I know the goods are farm to table which I love.

The produce hasn’t been transported very far and sprayed with chemicals to keep fresh.  The taste of cooking with fresh ingredients makes any meal so much better.  Since I’m a vegetarian having quality fruits and vegetables at a low price because we cut out the middle man is very important.

Local finds are one of a kind

There is nothing worse than walking in to a party and seeing someone else wearing the same dress or shirt as you are.  When you shop local you are bound to find unique items that are not sold to the masses.

Whenever I wear my rings I get compliments and that makes me feel good.  This is one of the great things about shopping local, you will most likely be the own person wearing it in the room.

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The 1 Way to Get Out of Debt

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Good morning Loves.  Let’s talk about two of my favorite subjects, shopping and money.  As you probably know I’ve had my money troubles in the past.  My bad habits of overspending, constant shopping, and spending carelessly as a way to keep myself busy landed me over $50k in debt in my 20s.  Bad habits.

It’s not about the money, it’s about the mentality

It took me a few years to realize I had a problem, another few years to actually change my habits and a couple years after that to become debt free.  I think the hardest part about paying off debt was trying to change my mentality towards money and savings.  And that my friends is the one and only way to start becoming debt free.

If you want to achieve a financial goal – actually any goal in general – it’s all about changing your mentality.  I honestly believe that.  They say the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.  This logic also applies to your money management tactics.  I wasn’t able to physically change my money habits until I started to change my mentality towards money and spending.

You have to make changes to see change

I thought spending money made me happy and not until I overcame that urge to spend could I actually start paying off my debt.  I became so addicted to the adrenaline feeling of taking my finances into my own hands that I kicked it in to high gear.

My income wasn’t allowing me to pay off my debt as fast as I wanted to so I got two jobs to pay off my debt.  Honestly the hard work and long days weren’t even the hardest part, it was not spending the extra money when pay day came around.

Constantly remind yourself that you can do this

I think my debt – actually I know – my debt would have been paid off a lot quicker if I would have overcome the mental obstacle of spending money a long time ago.  When you’re addicted to shopping, spending money and carrying around a handful of bags life can be fun.  However if you don’t have the money to support your lifestyle it can become a total nightmare.

This was absolutely the hardest part for me to get over.  Every Saturday I would go out for brunch with friends and spend the afternoon walking around shopping until it was time to go out for dinner.  This was a terrible habit, but it was my routine.

Saying no to my friends and cutting down my social activities was the hardest part of changing my money habits – and it was completely a mental and emotional obstacle.  I was lonely at the beginning but then I started working more and kept myself busy.  The rush of paying off my debt became more addicting than spending money and that’s why I’m debt free today.

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How to Make the Most Out of Every Conference You Attend

087894a15dbf45869b908297913d4669As an entrepreneur, attending conferences is probably something that you try to do on a regular basis in order to learn new things and meet new people that will have a positive effect on your business. If you’re planning to attend some business conferences this year and would like to know how you can get the most from your visit, here are some tips that you might find helpful.

Network

Any businessperson will tell you that networking is vital to your business’s success, but it’s time to ask yourself if your networking skills need some care and attention. If you find that you’d rather hide in the corner waiting for people to speak to you at conferences, you should change your attitude towards networking when you attend a conference. Actively seeking engagement with other entrepreneurs, especially those who have made a great success of themselves, will not only help you massively with your business, it’ll also give you an opportunity to make friends and connections that could really help your business grow.

Engage

If you find yourself sitting around at conferences watching the clock, it’s time to start engaging and listening to what’s being said. Speakers are chosen for a reason – they really know what they’re doing, and they have their own, successful businesses to prove that they really do know their stuff. When you visit a business conference this year, don’t sit falling asleep when the guest speakers are on – listen, ask questions and even take notes – you never know how handy they could come in the future.

Share

Sharing your own experiences, tips and advice is also a huge part of visiting a business conference. Entrepreneurs and businesspeople of all levels visit conferences as an opportunity to further their knowledge, so if you meet somebody that has just started or is simply thinking of started their own business, the advice that you have to share might be what helps them to achieve their dream. Conferences are as much about learning as they are about helping others, so if you’re asked for advice, give as much as you can.

Ask Questions

It’s important not be shy when you’re at a conference, and ask as many questions as you can – the information won’t just come to you! Whether it’s after a speech, or during a time set aside for networking, having a list of questions that you’d like answered can be a handy way of making sure that you gain as much information as you need from attending the conference. Whether it’s a small conference, or a large event held at a venue from Venuesearchlondon.com, most successful entrepreneurs will be very happy to answer even what you think may be a silly or trivial question, so ask away.

Are you a businessperson who regularly attends conferences and knows exactly how to make the most from your visit? Do you have an advice, tips or ideas that you’d like to share with any budding entrepreneurs planning to visit a business conference for the first time ever? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.