Last year, my wife was injured on the job. She was just standing there, minding her own business, doing her job which is not at all “dangerous”, and a coworker dropped a heavy package on her foot, shattering the bones and leaving her in need of surgery to repair the damage.

Once the surgery was complete, she still had significant nerve damage and pain, as well as a slight limp to her walk. We were frustrated and angry, and had no idea what to do. She had tried the physical therapy through the hospital where her surgery was done, and she saw little results. Plus, they weren’t very helpful or friendly, let alone understanding. We had given up hope and accepted that she would never be the same. Her pain was so severe some days that she didn’t want to leave the house. She stopped running, which was her life outside work and family, and she missed out on family time with our kids because she didn’t feel like “slowing everyone down”. It’s amazing how pain can change a person. It was affecting our entire lives.

One day a friend from our church noticed my wife’s changed disposition and her trouble getting around. She told me that a similar situation had happened with her husband and that they began therapies and treatments through Advance Health and Wellness, a chiropractic office in Franklin. A chiropractor? But she wasn’t experiencing back pain, her problems weren’t at all related to her back…They stemmed from a foot injury… A break at that. Why would we go to a chiropractor? How could they possibly help? I was skeptical, but she assured me that the chiropractors and team of other specialists at Advanced Health and Wellness Chiropractic worked wonders for her husband. I figured why not… We may as well try all we can to get her health back…And our lives!

When I told my wife the idea, of course she was skeptical like I was. A chiropractic practice? No. She wasn’t going to get her hopes up again just to have them dashed by nothing changing. She didn’t want to miss more work, go through more pain doing therapies that wouldn’t help, just to be disappointed. And to use up money in our Spending Account or put more claims on our insurance? That was out of the question, too. After a lot of discussion, and a plea from our kids, she caved. We called and scheduled a no-obligation consultation, and readied ourselves for the unknown. I prayed we’d see results.

At our first appointment, everyone was so friendly, not at all judgmental, and walked us through the entire process: what she could expect, what results she may see, what exactly all their therapies were… They were honest and open and informative. All things the last place was not. Though we were more comfortable, my wife and I were still skeptical, until that first appointment. There was some pain relief right after her first treatment! And as we continued, as she went to appointments, saw the different specialists, and completed different therapies and treatments, my wife saw a complete change in her pain, her limp, and perhaps most important of all, her outlook and attitude.

Thanks to Advanced Health and Wellness Chiropractic, my wife has her life back…And I have my wife back! Call them today. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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I’ve heard there are a lot of benefits to search engine optimization, but it wasn’t until I was assigned the job of optimizing a company website that I understood the complex nature of it. I remember there was a time when the main thing you would focus on was keywords and stuffing them in every article you could put out there. Boy, have the times changed! Now there is a SEO expert on every corner because it is so lucrative.

Now, a website must provide quality and purpose. You can’t just throw anything on the screen and expect people to be thrilled with the results. They want more because so many other companies have not only optimized their websites, but they have done so in a way that offers a quality experience. Once I realized that I was doing everything in a dated manner, I had to do some research and change the way I looked at managing and optimizing a website.

I started looking at all of the information available. I found that I was using some black hat tactics, and didn’t even know it. The more knowledge and experience I gained about SEO and the best practices to implementing the strategies behind it, the better the company website become. It was easier for customers to find.

In fact, it wasn’t long before my boss told me that the return on investment was well worth it. The funny thing is, I had learned so much for my company, but I still had my old obligations to take care. I found that learning about SEO in my spare time and then implementing the optimization strategies at work, may have a been a great return for my company, but my own ROI was not that promising.

What happened next shocked me. I found an SEO company that was looking to hire someone and willing to pay for any additional education that was required. Well, I knew that I had done a great job at my current workplace, so I took the leap. The SEO company hired me and to my surprise, my boss was happy for me when I turned in my notice. When I asked what they were going to do about the website, my former boss told me that I could take their business with me.

Not only did I get hired to work for an SEO business, I got to bring a client with me! I still keep in touch with everyone that I used to work with, but I get paid much more. And I have learned how to keep up with the trends. I optimize websites for mobile devices and understand what makes a website responsive. It’s an exciting time for me in my career and I’m finally doing what I love.

There is an overwhelming amount of information out there when it comes to search engine optimization. If you don’t understand it completely, it can get really tricky and you don’t want to get stuck in a situation where you have done something incorrectly because that can cause some major issues in the future. Hire the right company, or be like me and work for them!

It was exciting to watch my business grow. What started as a four-person operation now employed over two hundred people and stretched across three states. For a long time, we used would just reimburse our employees for the computers they bought and we asked that they start a free email account using any outlet that they wanted. We just asked they incorporate their name and the company’s initials in the address. It didn’t take long to notice that this method just wasn’t working anymore.

We started seeing problems when employees that did not have to work out of our main office were having issues with their email. They didn’t know where to turn when this happened and we could see that our business was suffering because of it. I called a meeting with all of the top executives, so we could come with a game plan.

The first thing on our list was we knew we needed to hire someone for IT work. We didn’t know if we wanted to contract someone out, or if it would be better suited to bring someone in internally for all of our information technology needs. So we decided to make a list of all of the things that we needed to hire an IT companies in Nashville TN employee for.

It was our email system that caused the problem that alerted us to this meeting in the first place. We wanted a more professional email system with better email addressed for our employees. We also wanted to have the technical support to fix the email if any issues came up. We had always relied on our employees to resolve the issues with the particular email they had decided on.

Once we added emails to the list of reasons to hire an IT specialist, we decided we wanted a system for company files that would often have to copied, scanned, and emailed to the different people that required it. Basically we needed to have an information hub that all of the employees had access to. We wanted our customer service representative to have one as well, but with separate information because their job is unique to the sales force.

We also wanted a person who was responsible for the hardware that we provided our employees. In the past, we had always allowed the individual choose the laptop they wanted, but we found that some people were getting laptops that lasted years, while others would need repairs or replacements more frequently. Having an IT specialist would allow us to be on the same page and understand any computer issues that people were having. They would also have the knowledge to choose the best brands.

Security was another topic of discussion. We wanted all of our company information to be protected. Once we started brainstorming about why we needed an IT specialist on board, the decision become easy and we started searching for the a good company and candidate for the job the second our meeting was over. We couldn’t wait to get someone in place.

There are so many exciting things you can do to your landscape in every season. I have always had a lot of ideas about how I want my landscaping Franklin TN business to look, but it is my landscaping company that makes it alive. When you dream of having a beautiful landscape that will make your neighbors envy your lawn, you should enlist a little help. Here are a few things that I did to give my lawn that extra touch.

First, I made a list of everything that I wanted to achieve with my landscape. I then decided what I had the capabilities of doing with my family or on my own and I did those things. There were a few items on the list I thought I could do myself, but once it really came down to it, I realized that they were harder than I initially realized.

Second, once I completed the tasks on my own, I called in a professional landscaper. I knew I had to find a local company that I could trust because my lawn is so important to me. It is one place that I find joy in life after a long day at work, and it has the ability to distress me. So, I knew that if I didn’t get the most honest landscape service available, it would take a toll on the landscape that I loved so much.

Third, I decided that if I was going to hire a professional landscaper that I needed to go all out. I had always wanted a stone fire pit to entertain my friends and family around. All of the kids could roast marshmallows around it, but let’s face it, when reading a good book I would be the one roasting marshmallows and hot dogs myself.

I also decided that I wanted to have more seating and a water feature to drown out the noise of the busy road that is a fourth of a mile from my house. It’s not always loud, but when traffic gets heavy, dogs start barking and horns start honking. You can hear semi-trucks rushing by and it can be a huge distraction when entertaining. I wanted to resolve this issue, but I didn’t want to do it in a way that was tacky or involved everyone having to stay indoors on the most beautiful nights.

The fourth thing I did was managed my budget, so I could afford everything that I had been dreaming of. After getting a quote from my local landscaping company, I realized that I wasn’t that far off. And that was exciting news for me. It only took about three more weeks of saving and soon everything was underway.

Once the project was complete, I couldn’t believe that I had waited so long to make it happen. Sometimes there is only so much you can do on your own before you have to call in the experts. My patio and landscape look incredible and the only problem is I have gained five pounds because of all of the marshmallows.

CPR NashvilleOne of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had is being an instructor for a first responder course. I enjoyed showing people the proper way to perform at CPR Nashville, what signs to look for when it needed to done, and then some basic knowledge on how to remain calm in an emergency situation. I saw people from many different walks of life, and when the course was over, it always made me feel better that I had done something that made a difference.

Some of the companies and people that became certified in CPR needed to because of a requirement for work. Many people in the medical industry were part of the courses. Doctors, nurses, and technicians were often part of the courses throughout the years. Many times even those who worked in the office would also want to be certified in CPR, even though not all of them were required to. Many secretaries and human resource workers wanted to have the skill because they worked so closely with the doctors and their patients. They did not want to be in a situation that they could not handle because they lacked a little bit of basic knowledge about the industry they were in.

Almost all first responders are required to be certified in CPR. Police officers, Firefighters, EMT’s and more all get called to emergency situations and never know what to expect. They have a lot on their plate and their reaction at a moments notice can make all of the difference in whether or a not a life is saved. I noticed when I taught the first response course, that even if these people were not required to be certified, most of them wanted to be in order to be able to perform their best.

Fight attendants and pilots also made a point to be certified in CPR. After all, when you are in the air, you don’t have the option to call an ambulance and get help immediately like you can when you are grounded. They want to be prepared in any situation that can occur. Especially when people can get very nervous before flying and may even take a medication to calm these nerves that they are not used to taking.

Teachers and daycare workers aren’t always required to get certified in CPR but many of them choose to be. They want be able to understand how CPR can be different when performing it on a child versus an adult. Knowledge is a great way to stay calm in a stressful moment that can make the difference between life and death.

Even though I no longer teach first response courses, I take them every two years in order to keep up with my certification. I think it is an important skill to have and you never know when you’ll find yourself in a place that it will come in useful. I take my entire family with me and that gives me peace of mind knowing that even when I am not with them, they’ll be educated.

The first time I met with my small business Nashville accountant, I realized how unprepared I was. I walked in the door with nothing but myself. The accountant started asking me for different documentation that I didn’t have, and honestly had no idea where I had put them. It took me weeks to finally locate most of it and some of it I came up empty handed. It was at that moment that my accountant sat me down for a very serious talk about how to properly care for my tax information.

First he went over everything that I was able to write off on my taxes. Then he showed me a few cool apps that I could download on my phone in order to take pictures of receipts. This was really helpful because a few of the receipts I did locate were so old you could no longer read the writing on them. He recommended that I keep as many hard copies as I could, but it was always better to have something rather than nothing. The apps also made it easy to turn my receipts into a PDF file, so I could print them if I needed them and they were a file and not just a picture.

The next thing my accountant recommended was that I start contributing more money to my retirement funds. He noticed that I barely contributed to my 401K and that I had never even started a Roth IRA. This would not only help me in the future, but it is beneficial during tax time.
We came up with a safe number for me to contribute and I’m so happy he talked me into it. There were a few other areas that I contributed to such as my savings, and I made the pad I have for when taxes are due larger, just in case.

He also told me to go out and buy a filing cabinet. While most of the information could easily be stored online, he said that shoeboxes just weren’t the way to keep hard copies. He said I should keep the hardcopies for about five to seven years, and then I was free to get rid of them. By having them safely stored in a locked file cabinet, I was better off for safety reasons and I would be more organized for next year.

After exploring my budget and how much extra money I had left over from the previous year, my accountant said the best thing I could do was hire a bookkeeper for the year. He said I did not have to put one on my staff, but could easily benefit by hiring one to work part-time. This would eliminate all of the lost receipts and missed write-offs because I didn’t know that I could. I took the advice of my accountant and this year I have hired my first bookkeeper, and my accountant couldn’t be happier. He knows that next years taxes will be much easier, and I’m thrilled because I won’t have to stress about it when I can’t find a receipt from a year ago.