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How to Buy a Mack Dump Truck

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We all know how difficult it is to buy a new or used vehicle, what some might not know it that buying a Mack Dump Truck is much harder. It is not like going out and buying your son the Tonka version either.

Much like buying a vehicle, you should do your homework first. Know your budget, know how many miles is going to be too much and never pay what the seller is asking, if the price is too low, and it sounds too good to be true, you can bet there is something wrong with the truck. And this is an expense you can’t afford.

For instance, a used Bell B30D made in 2004 with 3701 hours of use to it is selling for $78,000.00. Another Bell B30D made in 2007 with 4135 hours of use on it sells for $94,000.00. I think unless you know someone or perhaps know who had the truck and how well they took care of it, buying a Mack Dump Truck is going to be a job

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You have a enormous selection of truck brands to pick from when you’re buying a used truck. While there are so many to choose from like Caterpillar, Kenworth, and Peterbilt, over and over again when people buy second hand trucks, they usually purchase the Mack Dump Trucks. The reason being is that the Mack trucks are famous for there strength, durability and not to mention, style. Mack dump trucks adapt very well and are ready to stand the test of the highway, farmlands, city, and construction sites

The best thing for anyone looking to purchase a heavy dump truck is to look at a used heavy equipment classifieds website. Unless you have a lot of money to shell out for a Caterpillar 797B which costs in range of $4.6 to 5.7 million. Yes, I said million. Maintaining this huge toy is not cheap by far. Just one of the four-ton thirteen foot tall tires is $40,000. each.

If you can find a web site that doesn’t charge up front down payments and buyers fees, then you will save thousands of dollars alone doing this. A lot of times if you call your local Mack Dump Truck dealer, they usually know of someone wanting to sell a used one. Word of mouth is always the best way to find out anything.

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Erectile Dysfunction-What You Need To Know?

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To understand better what erectile dysfunction is, we have to understand first what refers to an erection then only then we’ll be able to know about this sexual problem.

During sex, penis is being stimulated and caused stiffness and enlargement in it. The whole process is known as erection. However, it is not so that it only occurs during sexual situations, it may also occur in non sexual activities as well. How it happens? In the primary body system, penis arteries automatically expand due to stagnation by which more blood is filled in the tissue cells of the penis and gives it growth and stiffness. This blood filled tissue shrinks by pressing on the veins that retract the blood back, causes more blood to enter and less blood to return. After a while a balance comes into reality where the same amount of blood starts flowing in the dilated arteries and narrowed veins and because of this penis gets a certain posterior shape automatically. Erection is necessary for sexual intercourse but not necessary for other sexual activities.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction, also referred to as ED, is an inability to sustain an erection during sexual intercourse and it is a quite common problem in men. In this article, we are going to find out if this problem can be controlled. According to a study, a part of male population over 35-40 years of age group is suffering from this problem and the worst thing is that this percentage is increasing in young men also. First, we should find out about types of erectile dysfunction’s problem.

Types of Erectile Dysfunction’s Problem:

Short Term Problem: This is the case when the problem occurs for sometimes.

Long Term Problem: In this case the problem remains prolonged.

In the first case, lifestyle is majorly responsible for short-term problem’s existence. The type of problem is for a short period of time because of the following reasons like anxiety, stress and excessive intake of alcohol. The second type of problem may be physical and keeps for long time because of high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and blood flow in private organ is affected, which may lead to erectile dysfunction.

Treatment: In my opinion, if you are going through from a long-term condition, you may want to consult with a specialist for the treatment of your prolonged problem. Curing of erectile dysfunction is completely depends on its causes. Your personal call has an importance for its treatment right from changes in way of life to medication.



Self-Help: Listed below are some self-help techniques, you may try before involving into medical assistance.

1. You may want to do exercise on a regular basis to improve blood flow for a strong erection.

2. You can take healthy diet for preventing erectile dysfunction.

3. You can try to improve your sleep schedule as it increases testosterone levels.

4. You can try to quit smoking as it narrowing blood vessels.

5. You may stop extravagant intake of alcohol because it affects on central nervous system.

Medicine: You may use prescribed oral medication to get and maintain an erection, if none of the self-help techniques are working.

1) Viagra, Levitra and cialis these all medications act in smooth muscles relaxation and also increase the flow of blood in penis during sexual stimulation.

2) Other alternatives include Alprostadil (Caverject) to treat erectile dysfunction either through penile suppository or self-injection at the base or side of the penis.

3) Testosterone therapy is a primary treatment for testosterone’s low levels.

In my opinion, you may try some self-help techniques mentioned above and if none of them are working then you may seek for medical assistance if you have the problem of erectile dysfunction.

Article Source: http://www.articlesfactory.com/articles/health/erectile-dysfunction-what-you-need-to-know.html

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Internet Access in Jos, Plateau State Ngeria

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Internet access in developing and underdeveloped counties generally face big challenges in terms of infrastructures like fiber optic cables, back-bone cable connections, lack of reliable internet Service providers (ISP), slow or not very fast internet connection speed (poor services), limited internet access to the general public, and high cost of internet access/connection.

Nigeria is not an exception to these problems even though there seems to be significant improvements in recent times and big plans for the future, the problems still exists and stands as a challenge yet to be conquered. Plateau State and Jos its capital city are both in Nigeria and are not exempted from the Nigerian situation.

Internet access in Jos city and indeed Plateau State and even Nigeria as a country has been mostly through the use of satellite (VSAT) which is considerably a very expensive means of internet access. People who cannot secure the high cost of owning or maintaining one usually patronize the public internet cafes or go for the internet access services offered by mobile telecommunication companies present in the State.

Locally it costs from about $1.00 to $2.00 (N150.00 to N300.00 as at march 2010) or even more for every hour of internet accesses at public internet cafes within the Jos metropolis. Notable local internet cafes and internet service providers in Jos, even though some have gone out of business include; Net-link 24hr (Jos Business School), Bethnan Internet Café, Rabjib, Zecon, Afrione, Zebeh, Logic Systems, UCL Internet Café, System Links, Metro Cybercafé, MD Internet café, etc. Also worthy of note is that most of the local Internet Service Providers (ISPs localized in the Jos-Plateau) make use of the Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) technology, MMDS (Multipoint Microwave Distribution Service) and sometimes fixed WiMax (World-wide Interoperability for Microwave Access) through the ISM bands to connect customers to their VSATs (internet access satellite) equipment for internet access. This involves the use of customer premise equipments like antennas (receivers) and wireless routers and Telco-Office transmitters mounted on pole/masts which operate mostly on line-of-sight (LOS) and sometimes on non-line-of-sight (NLOS).

With all the speeds that these Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) and Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (WMAN) offers; the through-put at the end of the day for the customer drops down to the actual shared internet access speeds available to the internet service provider (ISP) for its customers which is at most 5-7kbps (kilobits per second) on a very good day.

However, internet access today in Jos city and in Plateau State is generally being dominated by mobile telecommunication companies offering mostly General Packet Radio Services (GPRS), Enhanced General Packet Radio Services (EGPRS), Third Generation mobile internet access (3G), and EV-DO RevA type internet access technologies with the use of customized modems unique to each mobile telecommunication company operating as an internet service provider which are in a few cases better than what the local internet service provider (ISP) alternative has to offer. These mobile phone and telecommunication companies are the likes of MTN (MTN Fast Link), Zain Mobile, Starcoms, Zoom, Visafone, Multi-Links Telkom, and Glo Mobile.

Generally, the internet is very accessible in Jos and in Plateau State even though not at real broad band speeds, it is still very usable depending on the Internet Service Provider (ISP) you chose to use. However the best we have tested so far, even though not devoid of down time problems is the Multi-links Telkom’s EV-DO Rev A hybrid internet access modems. We rate it our best in terms of speed, and reliability, even though is fails in terms of reach-ability (it is not usable in some rural areas), setup (first time installation) and affordability (compared to the cost of what other mobile phone telecommunication companies are offering).

In the midst of all these, one thing is for sure; you will never lose torch of the internet to connect with family, friends, and colleagues or to surf the web and do some downloads or whatever you use the internet for whenever you find yourself in the lovely city of Jos or in most parts of Plateau State.

Markets & places of interest on the Jos-Plateau; Building Materials and Vegetable Market, Gada Biyu Market, Faringada Tomatoes Market,, Langtang Street, Rukuba Road Market,, Ahmadu Belo Way, Jama’a Junction, Mangu Market, Jengre Market, etc.

The Jos-Plateau in Nigeria is also the place to find the following commodities in abundance and at good wholesale and retail prices. Commodities like; vegetables (including Irish potatoes, Cucumber, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Green pepper, Green peas, water melon, Water, Onions, Carrots), grains (including Popcorn, Sorghum, Millet, Yellow Maize, White Maize, Beans, Acha, Rice, Soybeans, Sesame seeds), fruits (including; Oranges, Bananas, Mango, Pineapples, Strawberry, Grape), (including Cow, Calf, Goat, Sheep, Goat, Chicken Eggs, Broiler chicken), and gem stones (including Topaz, Ruby, Tourmaline Blue, Pink Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Quartz, Sapphire), and many more.

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Designing a Process For Customer Service Issue Escalation

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Most companies have some sort of customer service. However, the companies that are good at customer service do more than just offer it. They have a process for escalating customer issues to prevent their losing the customer. Then they train their customer service staff in that process, as well as how to best serve the customer within company policy and manage to keep them happy too. Consider documenting a customer service escalation process and training towards using it. At a minimum the process should include the following levels of escalation.

Always start the escalation process with the first person to talk with the customer. For a phone or internet customer service, this is typically a customer service representative (CSR). When the CSR is working with a customer, it is their responsibility to try to resolve the customer’s issue or problem in a pleasant manner. The CSR should make an effort to really meet the customer need without lying or bending company rules. Often a solution at the first level will make the customer happy enough that they continue business with the company. Training on how to improved customer service offered on the phone and in-person will help make this step more effective. This type of training should include role plays to allow the new CSR to practice. Since the CSR job can be stressful and new information is always pertinent, it is important to offer periodic retraining as well.

If the customer’s issue is related to a technical problem or a specific product and the CSR does not have the information to help the customer, then they should pass the issue onto an appropriate expert for resolution. The CSR should let the customer know that an expert will need to handle the issue and give an idea when the customer may expect to heat back from the expert. The expert should reply as soon as they find an answer for the customer, even if they must take the time to leave a voice mail or compose a detailed email. If a customer’s problem goes this far, only a quick and great solution will result in a happy customer. Providing a list of product or technical issue experts that CSR’s may refer to will make this second escalation step easier. However, the experts should receive some additional training in people skills so that they treat the customer appropriately as well.

When there is no expert or the expert does not resolve the issue, the CSR should request the issue be promoted to the customer service supervisor or manager. Or the customer may request this third level of escalation if they are unhappy with what they have encountered thus far. The supervisory person should resolve the issue for the customer immediately after they receive the escalation. The supervisor or manager will have to sincerely apologize to the customer and explain what they are going to do or have done. It they do not, the problem will only get bigger as customer may choose to personally escalate their complaint to a fourth level that can result in unfortunate consequences for the customer service group.

A customer service escalation path that is well designed and has properly trained representatives should indicate no need for customers to want to seek a fourth level. However, the fourth level the customers could choose to implement their self. This might be to write a letter or email to the division manager, the company president, or the organization’s CEO. Or for external customers, they may choose to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Customers that chose to escalate to a fourth level will be lost to the company unless they get a solution that they feel is above and beyond anything that could reasonably be expected at the other levels. Prevent the need for the customer to desire this level of escalation by answering their need and resolving their problem at one of the first three levels.

For the reasons outlined above, consider documenting a customer service escalation process and training customer service staff appropriately. An effective process for escalation of customer issues will help maintain current customers as future ones. Be a company that offers more than a customer service contact, but be one that is good at delivering the service as well.

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Smooth Operator: 5 Simple Ways To Help Your Business Run Smoothly

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If you run a business, you will appreciate how many protocols and processes must be overseen on a daily basis. You may have automated where possible, and delegated what remained. But it is still likely that there are some areas of your business that could run more smoothly.

While running a business is a process of continual refinement and improvement, some areas are regularly identified as requiring attention. These areas are vital for the overall functionality and effectiveness of your business. Supporting them in running smoothly will allow the business to run smoothly overall – allowing for the inevitable road bumps and adjustments along the way!

Read on to discover these five simple, but highly effective, ways to help your business run more smoothly.

1. Review Regularly

Reviews and assessments may only seem valuable once a year – or even only when something goes wrong – but the reverse is true. Reviews and evaluations should be undertaken well in advance of anything going wrong or getting severely off-track.

You can help facilitate this by scheduling regular reviews in your calendar, and especially the key areas that should be assessed such as budget, processes, and deadlines.

By incorporating regular reviews, audits, and assessments into the overall day-to-day running of your business, you will always have a clear overview of your operations and be able to stay in control. Reviews are especially effective in spotting small problems before they have a chance to develop into big ones.

Don’t forget that you can also hire professionals or those with an objective ‘outsider’ perspective to assist with this, such as auditors and accountants.

2. Use Professional Couriers

Many businesses report that one of their biggest areas of stress and disruption is in mail and deliveries.

Using the conventional postal service often simply is not good enough for a business. It can risk losing supplies, being unable to track the package or contact the driver, and leaving customers disappointed as a result. They may also be waiting on supplies and equipment of their own.

Using professional, reliable couriers may involve an initial outlay, but it can be an investment overall. There are many reasons why businesses are choosing to use professional couriers, but some of the most common are speed, reliability, and price.

If this is an area that your business relies on – or even struggles with – consider consulting with a professional courier service.

3. Hire Experts

Know when someone else knows better! Many businesses waste countless hours trying to figure something out that an expert could have solved in minutes. This may be true of budgets, business plans, logistics, social media, Search Engine Optimisation, and more.

Expand your network by bringing in experts and professionals. Have them assess your processes and offer ideas for improvement. Consider hiring experts regularly to oversee the most crucial aspects of your business too.

While it is important to understand and appreciate your own processes, it is still likely that an expert could offer more than you have had time to learn.

4. Update Key Equipment

It can be helpful to identify key pieces of equipment that help keep your business running smoothly – and ensuring they are always in excellent working order.

This might include computers and electronics, machinery, software, or even a car that you use for business. Ensure that you get things serviced regularly, such as taking your car to a reputable garage and driving in the most fuel-efficient way between visits.

Upgrade your equipment where necessary as a legitimate business expense, and continually assess whether your processes are as streamlined as they could be.

It is not just about accumulating or upgrading equipment for your business. These assessments could also show if there are things you are hanging onto needlessly that are not vital for your business. You could declutter and save money as a result!

5. Take Breaks

One of the most vital aspects of the smooth running of your business is you. Invest in your health and wellbeing, being especially conscious of stress or circumstances that may harm your mental health.

Mental and physical health concerns in the workplace are on the rise, so it is important to be vigilant. Take scheduled and effective rest breaks – throughout the day, but also throughout the year where possible.

Prioritise your health and wellbeing, as well as that of your team, and your business will stand the very best chance of thriving!

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Copywriter Jobs for the Talented Wordsmith – A Satisfying and Well-Paying Career Option

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“All the news that is fit to print” and all the other catchy slogans you hear from time to time that you either find impossible to forget or that become a part of the popular culture, come from the pens of copywriters. If it weren’t for those clever word artists who work endlessly behind some of the most well-known catch phrases, slogans, tag lines and popular rhymes, businesses would probably have no way to sell their products. Copywriter jobs aren’t just for the creation of advertising catchphrases though, of course. Copywriters design brochures, they design the websites of companies, and almost anything written that can affect sales, almost anywhere where using the right words can attract better business.

As with any position that involves creativity in a business setting, copywriter jobs work best for people who do well in a team – a team of project managers, editors, developers, graphics designers and accountants – all these people focused narrowly on getting someone to buy a product. That doesn’t mean that all copywriter jobs exist in large corporations or advertising agencies though. While those do make up the bulk of the copywriter’s employment market, freelance opportunities success as well.

When copywriters come to be employed by a large company, they work on the company’s internal creative team. The copywriter in such a job needs to have a great understanding of the business of the company, and needs to accept responsibility for the company’s performance. He can be asked to come up with materials to serve almost any marketing need at the company – the production of a brochure, a press release, material for a tradeshow, anything. And advertising agencies that provide corporations with all the advertising solutions they need in multimedia, social media and all kinds of marketing, are all about narrower specialization. Since an advertising agency constantly receives work from clients, it can afford to keep specialists on the payroll for each specific job. A press release writer in such a position would probably get to constantly write press releases for all of the company’s clients. A copywriter who writes advertising scripts would probably gain such expertise doing his job repeatedly, that they wouldn’t let him write anything else. Now a copywriter working in these kinds of organizations is spared the trouble of finding new clients when a job is done. That’s what the business he works for is there for. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works for a freelance copywriter.

A freelance copywriter needs to be completely competent not only in the writing of great slogans and arresting copy, but also in the talking up of a strong game. He needs to be able to network, to find clients, maintain business relationships. Still, creative types like copywriters do tend to gravitate in any direction that offers them more freedom. Copywriters make a pretty decent living – about $50,000 a year on average. It’s rewarding work, and if you a have degree in communications, journalism, advertising or language, and if you have a great way with words, you’ll probably find the hiring managers coming after you.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing Business Card Printing Services

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In any business setting, business cards are important and this is because they make it possible for customers to learn more about the company. In addition to this, when used appropriately, they also come in handy for the purposes of branding. In order to enjoy the benefits that come with this, it is therefore advisable to hire business card printing services. There are hundreds of service providers to choose from and while this is supposed to make things easier, it can only complicate them. For this reason, there are a couple of things you need to consider in order to make an informed choice.

Excellence

Regardless of what you buy or sell, quality is the first thing you look at and it also plays a major role when choosing a service provider. Quality shows that you care about you’re the image you project to your customers and as such, this draws them closer. Unless the service provider can assure you of meeting this end, you are better of not hiring the services at all.

Price

Price plays a crucial role when choose business card printing services. In this case, you don’t want to settle for extremely cheap prices that comprise on the quality and at the same time, you should not settle for high prices that do not measure up to the desired expectations. It is therefore advisable to weigh your options carefully and carry out thorough research and comparisons in order to make the most informed and appropriate decision. Set a budget and work within its confined to see whether you can afford the services.

References and Reputation

These aspects work hand in hand and as such, they cannot be overlooked when making your pick. Talk to people who have used the services offered by the company before you and make enquiries about the quality of service offered. This will also go a long way to determine the type of reputation they have built. Make sure that the business card printing service provider is well known for following the agreed timeline and meeting the customer’s needs. This is the only way to increase the probability of getting the most out of the services.

While at it, it is also advisable to research and have a clear picture of what your competitors are doing and the type of services they are using. There is no doubt that competition has become rife in the industry and for this reason, it is important to find out the type of printing they are using. This will is important as it gives you an idea of what you ought to settle down for and as such, increases the possibility of getting the most out of the cards.

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