How to Make Business Travel Easier

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Health sector innovation: a success story  

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How to Make Business Travel Easier

If you’re someone who’s constantly logging miles out on the road, considers an airport their second office and can pass through security with their eyes closed, you probably know that business travel can be quite grueling. It’s a necessary part of many careers, but can be exhausting if not done right. If you’re traveling often for business, it’s important to take the right steps to save your energy and make the whole traveling experience more efficient, so you feel great when you arrive and prepared to do your job well! The fact is, a few handy tips can help your business travel become much easier and more enjoyable.

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Make a checklist

You might travel all the time, but it just takes a small slip of the mind to forget something totally crucial for your trip. Avoid this situation by using a checklist that you use each time as you prepare for your trip. Think about things like chargers, Wi-Fi card, tickets, reading material, headphones, and anything you need to do before leaving such as taking care of pets or syncing up your phone and laptop.

Use a business travel agent

Business travel agents are designed to make your business travel far more efficient and seamless, so you don’t have to worry about the details of your trip. Not only that, but they work with you to save money on your corporate travel expenses and organize conferences and events when you arrive. Basically, their job is to make sure that your travel feels as easy as possible.

Stay healthy

Your business travel will feel far more smooth if you’re maintaining healthy energy throughout your trip. Eat a healthy meal before you go, so you’ll be less likely to binge on unhealthy airport fast food. And bring your own snacks aboard like nuts, dried fruit, whole-grain crackers and hummus, especially for domestic flights which no longer serve meals aboard. If you’ve forgotten to pack something from home, you can find some healthy options at the airport: try granola bars, packaged nuts or juices and smoothies with no added sugar for a healthy boost.

Get plenty of sleep

Especially if you’re traveling abroad, getting proper sleep is crucial for functioning at your optimal level when you arrive. Remember to put on comfortable clothes before you board the plane so you’ll be able to sleep easier. You can pop a natural sleep aid like melatonin to help you nod off more easily on international flights. When you arrive to a new time zone, make sure to sync immediately with the new time rather than napping at an odd time. You might have to push through the first few hours but it will be much easier to adjust if you get in sync right away!

5 Tips for Successful Stock Trading  

Choosing to invest is one of the most important and wise decisions that you will make in your adult life. Once you’ve been working enough to save up some money, the next step is investing your money so that you can build enough to retire on later. But investing is a complex procedure that takes knowledge and know-how in order to be successful. And you don’t want to invest your money without this knowledge, as you could end up losing everything. So follow these 5 tips and you’ll be on your way to successful investing.

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Consider your trading style

All stock trading is not the same; there are many different styles which you will need to consider before just diving in. Do you play to engage in day trading, where you close out each of your trades every day? Are you more interested in short-term or long-term trading? Each of these has different strategies and different types of brokers you will want to work with.

 Be patient

As a new investor especially, you must be prepared to take some losses in the market before you see gains. If you are expecting to see results right away, you had better stay away from the stock market. Long-term gains happen for people who exercise patience in the market, not those who pull their money out the minute their investments head downward. You can stay on top of the latest trends in the market by using the best Forex signals to help you.

Concentrate your investments

Rather than spreading your investments thin, putting a little bit of money into lots of different places, try concentrating your investments in just a few high-quality stocks. If you choose your investments wisely, a few is all you will need. And avoid investing in super risky places like futures and options as these are more volatile and hold a greater risk that you’ll lose your money, especially if you’re not an expert trader yet.

Re-think the old strategy

One of the most common sayings in the stock market is “buy low and sell high!” But this strategy isn’t always necessarily the wisest. You don’t always want to invest in companies that start at a very low value, because this might not indicate their strength or potential for success. Instead, invest in companies that are already doing well, that you foresee climbing much higher. In other words, replace that old mantra with the new one: “Buy high and sell much higher!”

Know when to sell

It takes a lot of experience and practice to know exactly the best time to sell off your stocks. You might have to experience some losses before you gain this knowledge, so be prepared to invest as a long-term practice. You’ll need to do in-depth research into the companies you invest in as well as the industry in order to learn when you should sell. You can also invest in education for your investment strategies or hire a broker to help you with these strategies.

Health sector innovation: a success story  

Founded in 2005 by John Stinson, Clear Image Devices LLC aims to resolve the challenges faced by radiology technology, namely how to keep patients correctly positioned, stationary, and comfortable during x-rays and scans so that accurate results can be obtained. Providing award-winning and innovative technology to health care facilities nationally, the company has gone from strength to strength in recent years and is consistently recognized as the most reliable and high quality supplier of positioning and protective devices.

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Clear Image Devices, or CiD, after which the company is named, ensure that all patients are kept comfortably in position during their x-rays. This ensures that images aren’t spoiled by movement, which can occur during particularly lengthy scans, or in instances of infant x-rays. The company also provides panel protection devices, which can be used to safeguard x-ray equipment against damage, as well as helping to increase their longevity.

 

Clear Image Devices: the product range

The latest innovation in imagery technology includes the pediatric positioning device, ‘Pedi-Poser’, which offers, “fast, gentle, and secure positioning” for pediatric x-ray procedures. Designed for children from infancy to four years of age, the device features a rotating chair for multiple imaging options, lockable casters that provide mobility and stability, and a chinstrap to support infants’ heads during x-ray.

 

The ‘1-Step’, ‘2-Step’, and ‘3-Step’ Patient Positioning Platforms assist with the easy capturing of weight-bearing x-ray images, such as those of knees, ankles, feet, and the lower leg. Featuring a guardrail, the device offers comfort and support to patients who are required to stand for long periods of time, while the varied steps make it easy for radiology technicians to capture images at different heights.

 

Providing assistance during digital radiography, the ‘2-Step Platforms for C-Arm and U-Arm DR Systems’ are compatible with a range of existing digital technologies. This means that systems won’t require costly updates before the devices can be installed.

 

The benefits of Clear Image Devices

Each Clear Image Device has been consistently proven to improve patient safety, provide more accurate imaging results, and ensure quicker scans and readable results. As well as benefiting the technician, the devices also provide a better level of comfort and reassurance to patients; more accurate results can be achieved much more quickly, allowing for a minimum number of retakes and reducing the time a patient must remain immobile.

 

Each device is portable and can be transferred between departments at the hospital or clinic. Simple to use, the Clear Image Devices are easily cleaned and maintained, while numerous adaptions and innovations to early designs mean that patients of all shapes and sizes can be accommodated; this makes for a much more cost effective solution to the challenges faced in radiology departments. More than that, though, each device is designed to offer cassette protection, ensuring that expensive imaging cassettes remain intact during lengthy or complicated radiology procedures.

 

Custom design

For those with more complex imaging issues, Clear Image Devices is happy to provide a custom service, designing units that will better meet a hospital or clinic’s patient requirements. The company welcomes the opportunity to work with health care providers in order to identify a clear need for Clear Image Devices, and is constantly developing its products to suit an ever-demanding market.

The future looks bright for IT contractors

While it has long been known that the IT sector can be lucrative area to apply your trade, it seems that for contractors, it is about to get even better.
New research carried out by Giant Group has revealed that 64 per cent of IT contractors who responded to the survey have indicated that they are expecting a pay rise in 2014.
This would be the third year in a row in which such a rise has occurred, with 63 per cent predicting an increase in 2012 and 62 per cent the year before that.
What’s more, the vast majority of respondents (81 per cent) indicated that the average gap in between projects stood at just 31 days, highlighting the number of opportunities currently available to IT freelancers.

Optimism is high in the profession, and with good reason. Recent UK skills shortages in the IT sector have left contractors with specialist skills in high demand.
“The nationwide shortage of permanent applicants, especially in the software development fields, is also fuelling demand for contractors. As permie vacancies go unfilled, clients are turning to contractors to keep projects on track. This increasing demand is putting upward pressure on contractor pay rates,” Greenfield IT’s Hannah Falfoul said.
Matthew Brown, managing director of the Giant Group told Greenfields Recruitment, “It’s very encouraging to see such strong results posted, particularly when compared to the previous two years. What can be seen here is continued growth, representative of increasing confidence in the contractor market.

“Across the board we’re seeing anticipation of increased earnings and opportunities which hopefully will continue to be a reality in 2014 and onwards. The results aren’t entirely surprising; as many organisations increasingly look to update their IT systems, experienced contractors will be needed to handle system migration projects,” he added
Mr Brown went onto say that the ongoing regulation developments in the finance sector could also explain the increasing confidence shown in that industry, to some extent.
This last point appears to be accurate, as a recent report from Robert Walters found that IT contractors working in the financial services sector have seen their pay rise by 13 per cent so far this year.

Improved market conditions in the industry have allowed banks to focus on other areas outside of regulatory spending and led to double-digit pay rises for freelancers.
Average growth across the private sector saw rises of five per cent over the first few months of 2014, but it was the year-on-year improvements of the financial sector that showed the greatest wage boosts.

Some 67 per cent of financial contractors who responded to the Giant Group’s report stated that they predicted a pay rise in their industry this year. This is an impressive rise of seven per cent on the 2013 estimate.
It seems then, that the two reports support each other in determining that it is set to be a bright year ahead for contractors in the IT and financial sectors.
Contractors wishing to calculate their earnings can use umbrella company calculator to do so