Tips and Tricks Every Job Hunter Should Know – Part I

Finding a job is not just about the interview and impressing the recruiter. Before you can even think of snagging an interview you have to get the attention of the recruiter.

And how do you do this? In the past, people would just print a cv, go from one company to another and drop their CVs. The times have changed and so should you. This also means that finding a job is not just about preparing one cv and sending that one resume to dozens of companies. If anything, most of the top companies out there will not ask you for a resume but will instead ask you to fill in a form on their website!

So, if you want to get that dream job, or work for the best company in your state there are a few things you need to sort out first.

Let’s Look at The Things You Need To Bear In Mind When Filling Out Application Forms

Tip #1: Ensure you have all the necessary documents.

Most job application forms take a relatively long time to fill because of the details they ask you to put on the system. Do not make the process any longer for you. If you are still filling in the form after 1 hour, you are likely to give up! So, don’t waste time running around the house and rustling through drawers. Before you even begin filling in the form, find all the documents you may need. This includes your social security number, latest resume (in case they ask you to upload one), your job reference list and the contact numbers of your previous employers.

Tip #2. Read the instructions carefully.

Don’t start immediately filling in the form. Carefully read the instructions and skim through the webpage or the form you’ve been given to ensure you have all the information you’ll need on hands.

Tip #3. If it’s an application form you need to fill and send by post, ensure your handwriting is legible.

You’ll typically he to do this if you are applying for a job in the public sector. What’s the use of filling in the application form if the recruiter does not understand a word you’ve written? Use correct spacing, capitalization, grammar (if necessary) and write neatly.

Tip #4. Accuracy is key.

Ensure you’ve gotten past employers, dates of employment, contact details, job title and references correct. This will serve no purpose if it’s wring. If the mistake is obvious, it will send a clear message to the recruiter: you either don’t care enough about the job, or you are lying. Either way, it’s a huge red flag!

Tip #5. No matter how long the application form is: Do not look for shortcuts.

Here’s one thing you want to avoid at all cost: Writing “Refer to attached resume” when filling in the blanks on the application. Complete the details as requested and ensure it matches your resume.

Tip #6. This is a continuation of the tip above: Describe your qualifications FULLY.

Avoid acronyms. The recruiter might have never of them. Write every qualification in full and ensure they are accurate.

Tip #7. Don’t leave out questions

Some companies reject applications that leave required sections blanks. When you’ve scanned the form at the start you must have seen these sections. Ensure you complete them. If there is a question that does not apply to you, write “Not applicable” instead of just leaving it blank.

Tip #8. Do not be too strict with your salary expectations

If your salary expectations do     not fall within their grid, they will probably reject you before even calling you for an interview. How will you get to impress them then? Instead, give them a range or write “negotiable”. That way you at least get the chance of meeting them and proving to them that not hiring you would be their loss. 

Tip #9. References: Know when to mention them.  Provide references if requested

While you must prepare a reference list before starting the application, it does not mean that you must mention them. Here’s the unspoken rule about references: do not provide them unless requested.

Tip #10. Do not leave any grammatical mistakes

Once you are done with filling out the form, PROOFREAD! The recruiter reviewing your application will most definitely notice spelling mistakes. And, unfortunately, sometimes this is enough to sabotage your chances.

Tips for When You Are Going Through Recruitment Agencies

If you are choosing to go through them, you need to make sure to build solid relationships with the recruitment consultants. To do that, here are a few things you can do:

Tip #1: This is your career. Don’t expect them to take the lead. Instead, be ready to do a good amount of chasing.

Tip #2: Do not rely on these agencies alone. Get on as many jobs boards as you can. The more exposure you get, the higher the chances of you getting hired are.

Tip #3: Do NOT apply for jobs you don’t care about. You are wasting both your time and the recruiters time.

Want more information about recruitment agents? The second part of the post will cover this. Click here for more.

Safe Crane Hire: A Comprehensive Guide

Planning to rent a crane for an upcoming project? If this is your first time renting a crane, you might need a bit of help finding out the right unit for your project.

If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the different types of crane available for hire.

What Are the Types of Cranes Available for Hire?

If you are already in the industry, you know that there are several types of cranes available for hire. If you are new to this, though, you may have trouble distinguishing one from the other. The size and configuration of each crane serve a specific purpose and vary according to the type of job they are meant for.

From their lifting capacities to the environment they will be used in, you have a lot to take into consideration. For example, the heavier the job, the greater the lifting capacity will be.

So, what are the different types of cranes?

1. Crane Vessel

Crane vessel, also known as floating crane and crane ship, is a fixed type of crane that cannot be moved. Great for lifting heavy loads, this type of crane is mostly used to lift sunken ships from the water or load or unload ships.

2. Telescopic Crane

Equipped with a large boom fitted with tubes, telescopic crane is high enough to handle the transportation of goods from a low place to a high place and vice versa. They are also good for rescue operations as their height can be adjusted.

3. Harbour Crane

The harbour crane, often called mobile harbor or port harbour crane is a flexible machine able to lift very heavy loads. This makes it perfect for unloading and loading ships in seaports.

4. Crawler Crane:

Designed to move on tracks, the crawler crane is a very heavy type of crane that can move on almost any kind of surface.

5. Rough Terrain Crane

Mounted on four rubber tires, the rough terrain crane is mostly used in off-road applications.

6. All-Terrain Crane

Very similar to the rough terrain crane, all-terrain cranes travel at the same speed on the public roads as well as on the off roads. They differ from the rough terrain crane in two ways: 1) they have more tires, and 2) all-terrain cranes can be used both on off roads and on public roads.

7. Truck Mounted Crane

Mounted on a truck with rubber tires, this type of crane is equipped with only one engine. This engine is responsible for the operation of both the undercarriage and the crane. Able to travel on highways, the truck mounted crane is a relatively cheap crane that does not require any other vehicles to transport it. Most truck-mounted cranes have a rotation of 180 degrees but you should be able to find some that can do a complete revolution (but these tend to be on the more expensive side).

8. Level Luffing Cranes

Level luffing cranes are equipped with a hook that stays fixed and a hinged jib that can move in a vertical direction.

9. Rail Road Cranes

Exclusively used on railway tracks, the railroad crane is used for railway lines itself. Its flanged wheels make it impossible for this type of crane to travel on roads but perfect for the construction, maintenance and repair of railway lines.

10. Telescopic Handler Cranes

Resembling forklift trucks, the telescopic handler cranes have a telescoping extendable boom-like crane and can do a full 360 degrees rotation. They are mostly used to install frame trusses in buildings.

11. Aerial Cranes

Also called sky cranes, aerial cranes look like helicopters. They are very versatile and can be used for a wide array of things, such as carrying large loads in places that are difficult to reach by land, lifting loads to high rise buildings and for rescue purposes in the wake of a disaster.

12. Tower Cranes

Fixed to the ground or attached to the side of structures, the tower care is the most commonly used type of crane. Their ability to lift heavy weights to great heights make them great tools in the construction of tall buildings.

Hiring Cranes: Everything You need to Know

Now that you the different types of cranes there are, here’re a few additional things you need to know when hiring:

  1. Know your project well. You need to know this to hire the right type of crane.
  2. Determine how long the project will last and for how long you’ll need the crane. If you’ll need for a few hours, it will make no sense to hire it for a full day.
  3. Do not settle on the first rental company you find. Shop around and look for other rental companies. You might find a better deal somewhere else!

How to Delete Your Personal Data from Google

The information that emerges from queries to your name on search engines is not to your liking? You have the power to make them disappear. Here’s how.

Step 1: Alert the site manager

It is not the search engine that is responsible for the information it references but the webmaster of the original site. You must therefore contact him, justifying your desire to see the content concerning you:

– modified: the article is modified;

– or removed: the article remains unchanged but is no longer found by search engines, and therefore no longer appears in search results.

Next:

– The website then has 1 month to answer you.

– If there is no answer within 1 month, you can appeal to the National Commission for Information Technology and Freedom. All you have to do is fill in a form.

– You can also contact them  if you were not satisfied with the webmaster’s answer.

Good to know: the content in question must harm your e-reputation or your security (compromising film, bank data, letter of insults, etc.).

Step 2: remove the content from the cache

Even if the disputed content has been removed from the site, its trace will continue to appear in search engines for a few days to a few weeks: this is the cache.

Indeed, the indexing robots that update search engines sometimes only crawl the sites every 3 weeks! This is how you sometimes come across classified ads that have expired.

If this happens with content that should have been deleted, search engines provide a procedure to make the cache disappear.

For Google, for example, all you have to do is go to this address and click on “here” from the following phrase from the last paragraph that has a yellow background. The phrase must read something like: “We may also publish similar information from your notice to our Transparency Report. You may find out more information about the Report here.

Note: You need to have a Gmail account. The procedure is accessible to the webmaster of the site but also to Internet users.

Hope the above helps you out if you have an issue with your privacy settings on Google. You might also like to read 6 Tips to Secure Your Smart Phone.

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6 Tips to Secure Your Smart Phone

If you use your smart phone for your social accounts and online payments, the theft can be dramatic. The thief could pay for purchases with your pre-filled information, spread false information in your name, and send emails to your contacts. You can prevent all of this with 6 steps to protect your smart phone.

Beware of public Wi-Fi

Admittedly, it’s convenient: today, in almost all airports, train stations and cafés, Wi-Fi is free. It’s an opportunity for you to check your e-mails for free, but also for hackers to retrieve some very useful private information!

Avoid, therefore, on these public networks, to connect to:

– your bank accounts;

– merchant accounts to make online purchases;

– any type of application containing sensitive data.

Good to know: your phone’s Bluetooth is also a privileged access for hackers. Be vigilant.

Encrypt your smart phone data

Android and iPhone operating systems include an option to encrypt data.

Some smart phones include the factory application, for others you need to download it. It’s simple: some data appears scrambled and unreadable. You need a code to decrypt it.

Good to know: write this code down somewhere, except in your smart phone!

Complicate access to your Smartphone

You have different possibilities to protect the access to your smart phone:

– Using an unlocking scheme and an access code.

– Use a facial recognition system.

– Use a digital recognition system.

Note: All models now have an access code system to lock a smart phone. Facial recognition systems are beginning to develop, finger recognition systems, biometrics, are only available on high-end models.

Keeping the IMEI number

IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. This 15-digit number uniquely identifies each mobile phone.

If your mobile phone is lost or stolen, simply consult your operator and provide them with the IMEI number. The operator will then be able to completely block access to your mobile phone remotely.

The IMEI is obtained by entering the following code on your keypad: *#06#.

Note: keep the IMEI code somewhere on a remote server (storage, e-mails…). You should be able to access this number as soon as possible, and from anywhere.

In case of theft, erase your data remotely

Few people know this, but manufacturers allow you to remotely erase your data through applications:

– Built-in to the operating system.

– Third parties.

If your mobile device is lost or stolen, you can access your data on your personal account and can erase everything on your smart phone.

Note: as this operation is irreversible, take the time to search a little beforehand!

Do not let access to your cards

When making repairs or changing phones, always remember to remove:

– your SIM card;

– your memory card.

They contain sensitive data such as personal SMS messages, contact details, photos or private files. By leaving them in the phone, you run the risk that someone will take them, use them on your behalf or monitor your whereabouts.

WHAT IS DOCUMENTUM?

Documentum Overview

Initially developed for Boeing, the Documentum system is a software that makes storing, maintaining and organizing a massive amount of information into a common repository easy. Not only is the software perfect for converting paper-based documents into application-ready files, it also makes managing content from other applications (ranging from ERP to portals) from across the organization possible. Acting like a file system, this document management software is a fancy tool that increases productivity by allowing users to save a lot of time, cost and effort. 

Benefits of Using Documentum

There are many Content Management Software available on the market. But there’s a reason Documentum is known as the best:

1. Advanced Usability

In an organization, files containing parts of other documents from different authors is called a virtual document. Documentum is a great software for streamlining the use of virtual documents throughout an organization.

2. Superior User Interface:

The software is better than most in that it is equipped with widgets and easy-to-use tools that make navigating the software faster and easier.

3. Event Notification 

There are a few risks associated with having several authors accessing one file. One of those risks is the possibility that one author overwrites the work of another author when they are both working on the file. Another drawback to these types of files is that you are unaware of any changes that another author brought to the file. The great thing with Documentum is that the system will provide a real-time update notification to all authors when a change has been made. The notification system also includes showing who made the changes and who read the file last. So, instead of checking a file every now and then to confirm that no change has been made, you can rely on Documentum to let you know whenever something is changed.

4. Content Capabilities

Documentum is known to be very flexible as it includes workflow features, lifecycle, and auditing. These can be all be adjusted to fit your requirements.

5. Has Features that Allows for Automation

Instead of having to manually number and name a file, Documentum makes it possible for the numbering system and naming of files to be automated, leading to a significant increase in productive time and a decrease in efforts.

6. Documentation is Highly Configurable

Documentum is known to be highly configurable as it offers users the possibility of arranging documents according to specifications provided.

7. User-Friendly

Since the Documentum software can adapt to many requirements, it can be personalized making the interface very much user-friendly.

8. High Level of Security

An Enterprise Content Management (ECM) programme, Documentum enforces top-notch security. Documentum has a controlled repository that makes keeping the files safe and organized possible. But there is an added advantage to using Documentum. Unlike a filesystem where anyone who has access to the hard drive can read, edit, and even delete any file on the hard drive, Documentum it is possible to give limited access to certain people. This means that they can either not see the file at all, or be able to view it without being able to edit or delete it.

9. Comes with Search Engine

Documentum can be searched the same way you search the web. The software has a search engine similar to the web search engine and involves using certain words or phrases to find a file. But Documentum surpasses your typical search engines in that you can filter using additional attributes, such as document title, subject and author. You can even make up special attributes and use any number of keywords to describe it.

10. Display of Content Made More Efficient

With the option of preview content in thumbnail form, Documentum facilitates searching for documents and provides a smarter way of viewing content.

11. Workflow

The software lets you route documents inside the system itself. Since each user has his own inbox, you can simply reroute the document to the correct user for approval or rejection or look at the files, approve, reject it yourself. You can even set up a multi-level approval process where the document goes to the supervisor for approval, before going to the team manager and eventually the project manager.

12. Version Control

When working with a typical excel or word document, you have to be extra careful when saving since one save can overwrite the whole file. If you want to keep several versions of your work, you’ll have to use the ‘Save as’ option. With Documentum you won’t have this kind of problem: any time you make a change, the software will create a new version of the file. It will also keep track of all the different versions of the file. If you ‘check it out’ when you edit, it will also prevent anyone else from editing the file while you are editing it.

Space Tourism

Imagine you have already traveled everywhere on our planet. There is nothing new to discover. You’ve witnessed the Aurora Borealis from the Artic and climbed to the top of Mount Everest. You’ve swum with sharks, had safaris around the Savannah and ran with the bulls. The only place left to visit is outer space. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford it, space tourism looks like it’s just around the corner.

The idea of space tourism wasn’t considered real a few decades ago. During the 1960s, space exploration was entirely under the control of government-run agencies, namely the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The two super-powers competed in the 1960s and 70s in what is known as the “Space Race.” It was a test of each nation’s intelligence and strength.

Over time, a different kind of super-power discovered space might be within their rich. In 2001, Dennis Tito, an American businessman, with no space travel experience, was the first to pay (around $20 million) to go into space, making him the first space tourist. Experts all agree that this was the moment when the commercial space race started. Tito inspired a generation of CEOs and billionaires to strive to reach the last frontier. In 2004, the U.S. made this easier to accomplish when it officially legalized private space travel. Before 2004, some laws had made it easier for companies to build space crafts and launching pads mostly as they related to satellites and telecommunications. This bill made it possible to privatize human space travel. Only six months before George W. Bush officially signed the 2004 bill into law, the first privately funded spacecraft left earth’s orbit, partly financed by Microsoft’s co-founder Paul G. Allen. The very first major opening for private companies to step into space travel happened in 2011 when, after 30 years of operation, NASA officially ended its space shuttle program. The Obama administration decided to relaunch the program, choosing to direct more funding to private companies looking to build new space ships. The move was intended to begin an era of public-private partnerships between private space companies and NASA.

In the U.S., the space travel industry is thriving. In 2012, a private American aerospace manufacturer sent the first commercially-built vehicle to carry cargo to the International Space Station, a task which only government-run agencies had ever done before.

Questions and concerns galore and need to be addressed before the private space industry can be fully launched. Virgin Galactic’s 2014 crash highlighted just how difficult and risky it can be to launch successful and safe space vehicles. The risky nature of such projects, not to mention the lack of international treaties and laws to govern space, makes the prospect of running a viable space travel business much more difficult.

Whether or not it is a good idea to leave space exploration up to a generation of big-dreaming entrepreneurs, it’s happening. If you are a thrill-seeking adventurer, you need to start asking yourself if the price tag for space travel is worth it.

Geography: What is it for?

Geography helps us understand and explore our world in a particular way. Geography is deeper than just knowing where places and places are situated on a map. Take the Olympics for example: We might investigate the location of participating countries and research their notable characteristics, but unless we consider the stories of these people and places, we won’t gain a deep understanding of what life is like in these countries and their place in the world. We need to question, how come some countries have only a few competitors? Why do some excel at specific sports while others do not? Geography allows us to see the interconnections and relationships between places and people, and use that understanding to inform our decisions in the future.

So what is geography for and what drives geographers to be inquisitive about our world? Is it the desire to locate the amazing places of the world? As well as paying attention to the world, thinking geographically nurtures an understanding that places and people don’t exist without interconnection. In geography, these interconnections are considered and explored in spatial terms. Geography makes use of a range of modern technological tools to explore and identify the different areas of the world. Geographers do not only focus on where places are and their interconnections but exploring the meaning of a place to people and its importance to their identity.

Students studying Geography view and analyze the world through the lens of the 7 geographical concepts; place, space, environment, scale, change, interconnection, and sustainability. To develop geographical thinking, both subject’s concepts and the content need to be highlighted. So with this in mind, let’s turn to the geography student. How might his teacher encourage him to think geographically? The student is meant to know where places are on map, to explore the nature of places, to understand why places are what they are, to analyze the impact places have on people and people have on places.

Geography forms us and the world. Globalization, made possible by the rise of technology, gives us many advantages but also exposes us to new threats that influence our lives and, in fact, the wellbeing of every life form on Earth. As we have “peopled” the Earth, we’ve used up and sometimes renewed its resources. We’ve massively increased the “built” environment. Technology has enabled the construction of skyscrapers, allowed people to live in virtually any environment, and enabled the construction of megalopolises. Now more than ever before, geographic learning must be considered a fundamental and essential focus of every person’s education.

Boiler Maintenance: The Comprehensive Guide

To get the most of any equipment you own, it is essential to ensure that they are serviced regularly. The regular checkups, not only bolster the longevity of the building’s heating system but also minimizes operating and energy costs in the long term.

Boiler Servicing: What to Expect?

All boiler maintenance is conducted by experienced engineers and most of these maintenances lasts around half an hour. They typically start with a visual check before checking the inside of the boiler. The visual check is done before so as to ensure that the associated pipework is installed and positioned correctly and that the boiler is working properly. The engineer will be able to identify some superficial problems just through this first check itself. To inspect the inside of the boiler, the engineer will remove the boiler casing and examine each of its components. This second inspection will confirm whether the boiler is working safely and efficiently.

Engineers who maintain boilers will typically have a list of that they will have to check. This checklist will include some of the following:

  1. Check the gas pressure and gas flow. Correct if necessary.
  2. Use a flue gas analyzer to confirm that the boiler is burning the appropriate amount and mixture of gas and air. Ensure that the flue is not blocked. 
  3. All safety devices must be checked.
  4. Check water and gas pipework to ensure that there is no blockage.
  5. Ensure that all electrical connections are in good condition.
  6. Check the fans. It is essential that the fan and other key components of the fans are working efficiently.
  7. Ensure that no seals have been damaged or ripped off. The seals must be intact.
  8. All electrodes must be in good working condition.
  9. Ensure that the condensate trap and pipe are not blocked. Clean if necessary.
  10. Clean all components inside the boiler.

Once the maintenance is over, the engineer will inform you if any building and safety legislation and regulations have been breached. Do not be afraid to ask questions, especially when they are recommending changes and repairs. Make sure that all parts that have to be changed are replaced by parts from a reputable manufacturer, ideally from the boiler manufacturer itself. The engineer will also give you a full-service report that you have to sign once the checks are over. Only sign this report if you are happy with every element of the service your boiler has received.

But How Often Must a Boiler Be Serviced?

Generally, boilers have to be serviced every 12 months. But if you just got a new boiler, talk to the manufacturer and confirm when you must get the first service done. This is mostly because you’ll have to ensure that you meet the terms of your warranty.

There are several problems that can arise if the boiler is not properly maintained and regularly serviced. One such problem is gas leaks that can actually lead to the deadly gas carbon monoxide seeping into the building. This is especially important if your house is not equipped with a carbon monoxide alarm. Engineers who service boilers would detect if there is a risk of a gas leak when they conduct their maintenance. But since carbon monoxide is virtually impossible to detect, consider getting such an alarm even if you regularly get your boiler services – as an added measure of precaution.

Things You Can Do Yourself

Even though people recommend getting your boiler maintained at least once a year, it does not mean that you have to wait for that once a year’s appointment to make sure the boiler is in good condition. There are a few things you can do on your own, on a daily basis and on a monthly basis.

Boiler Maintenance: Things You Can Do on a Daily Basis

  1. Ensure that there is no water leaking from the boiler.
  2. Conduct a visual inspection of air piping and flue gas vent piping to ensure that there is no sign of blockage.
  3. Inspect around and under your boiler equipment to make sure that the area around the boiler is unobstructed. The vent termination must also be free of any object that may block the vent.
  4. Your manufacturer must have recommended a designed range for temperature and pressure for the equipment. Check that these read within the recommended range.
  5. If there is a display panel, ensure that there are no error codes being displayed. If you see one, jot them down and immediately contact the service contractor.
  6. Ensure the combustion air opening is not blocked.
  7. There must be no unusual vibration coming from the equipment. If you hear strange noises, don’t wait for the next scheduled service. Get in touch with your service contractor.

Why Should Your Business Get a Green Roof?

What Is a Green Roof?

Also known as vegetative or eco-roofs, green roofs are essentially a term used to refer to the roof on which a layer of vegetation has been planted on. The roof is typically either flat or slightly-sloped and covered with a waterproofing system. The layer of vegetation is actually planted on that waterproofing system.

Green roofs can be classified into three major categories, namely semi-intensive, intensive and extensive.

  • Semi-intensive vegetative roof

Semi–intensive eco-roofs are a combination of intensive and extensive green roofs. The requirements, such as the depth the medium, the plant chose, and stormwater performance, for this type of roof depends on the roof structure and annual rainfall.

Intensive vegetative roof has a deep growing medium and a lot of soil. The growing medium is sometimes several feet deep and can support a diverse plant selection as well as small trees. Considering this, intensive eco-roofs not only require substantial structural loads but also need maintenance and watering on a regular basis. This type of roof is usually accessible.

  • Extensive eco-roof

A green roof is called ‘extensive’ when it has a shallow growing medium of about six inches or less. It also typically has a modest roof load with marginal watering requirements and restricted plant diversity. An extensive vegetative roof tends to be inaccessible.

A green roof cannot be installed directly onto the roof and instead require that specific layers of roofing materials are added. The growing medium can be installed and the vegetation can be planted only after those layers have been placed. Whether it’s a semi-intensive roof, an intensive roof or an extensive roof, the basic structure remains the same. It must consist of structural roof support, a vapour control layer, thermal insulation, roofing membrane support, waterproof/root repellant layer, drainage layer and filter membrane. The growing medium is above the filter membrane and will be used to plant the vegetation. Each of these layers is important as they each serve a specific purpose. They are key elements to keeping the plants alive and protecting the structure beneath.

Benefits of Installing a Green Roof

1.      A Green Roof Can Extend the Roof Life

Since vegetative roofs can shield the roofing materials from direct ultraviolet radiation and extreme temperatures, they are believed to be able to increase the life expectancy of any roofing system. Protecting the roof from extreme weather conditions means that the roof structure will probably require less maintenance and can, thus, save the owner money in replacement expenses over the long–term life of the roofing system.

2.      Green Roofs Confer Other Economic Benefits

This may come as a surprise, considering that the installation of such a roof requires higher upfront costs than traditional roofs, but as mentioned above, green roofs can prove to be more economical in the long term. Eco-roofs can also help drive down energy bills through its increased R–value. The reduced temperatures on the roof lessen HVAC loads also contribute to saving energy.

3.      Eco-roofs Can Improve Storm Water Management

One of the best things about green roofs is that it captures significantly more rainfall during rainstorms than other conventional roofs. This is a great way to reduce both flooding and erosion, while at the same time supplying the plants on the roof with the necessary minerals and water to mature and develop strong root systems. Some cities require that building owners pay a fee for stormwater management. Building with eco-roofs might be eligible for lower fees.

4.      Vegetative Roofs Can Help Improve the Efficacy of Mechanical Equipment

Mechanical equipment has been shown to perform better in cooler temperatures. The vegetation on the roof are great at producing cooler temperatures and can, therefore, contribute to boosting the efficiency of rooftop mechanical equipment. HVAC equipment, for example, must cool outside air, get it to the required temperature before transmitting it into the building. By making the air on the roof cooler, the green roof makes the cooling process is easier causing the HVAC equipment to use less energy.

5.      Eco-Roofs Can Insulate the Building

Not only does the eco-roof cool the temperature, it can also act as an insulation and decrease the amount of heat passing into the building. The extra layers of this roof reduce cooling loads on HVAC equipment helps a lot during warmer seasons.  

6.      A Vegetative Roof Can Provide Additional Amenities

If the green roof is installed over a building that’s in an urban area, it will increase green space and improves the comfort of your employees or residents by offering an aesthetically–pleasing view and environment. The roof can be used both for meetings or recreation. The plants can also include herbs and vegetables that can be harvested by the occupants of the building. Provided it is accessible, of course.

How to Start a Food Truck Business?

If you enjoy cooking and want to launch your business, you can start with a food truck. A restaurant business can be very costly, whereas food trucks are more affordable. Here is your guide to begin your restaurant on wheels.

Startup costs

Many factors determine the startup cost for a food truck business. There are also other costs that can vary by location. For example, one-time costs can consist of purchasing a food truck, a register or a point of sale, website design, office supplies, advertising and any professional, legal or consulting fees.

There are some upfront expenses when you purchase the food truck itself as you will probably need to spend further to have it modified to fit your local fire and health regulation, which vary quite significantly depending on your county.

In addition, you will have recurring costs such as payroll, equipment rental, credit card processing, food supplies and of course, fuel. Every new food truck will also have to obtain the proper licenses, permits and insurance.

How to find food trucks for sale?

Resorting to online classifieds is a good option as used trucks are cheaper and if those are local, you can easily inspect them. Buying a used truck can open a lot more inventory, as such try to get as many details and pertinent information as possible about the truck from the seller. Since you won’t most likely see the vehicle in person before a pickup, you better find out as much you can about the truck.

While new custom trucks are the most expensive options, it is the ideal way to ensure that your truck is up to standards and codes. New trucks can be customized to your specifications.

You can possibly find a local truck to lease from a national truck leasing company. Another way is to franchise a truck from an established company, as such it is essential to bear in mind that you have no control over the product marketing or menu.

Funding options

Acquiring funding may be the biggest challenge you will face when beginning a food truck business. It would be best if you first aimed to put together a solid business plan. You should also possess personal savings as this will increase your chances of receiving a business loan.

If traditional financing doesn’t suit you, there are other more creative ways to get funding for your new food truck business. Here are ways to start your business with minimal funding.

1. Talk to someone who already owns a food truck and negotiate a rental or lease agreement.

2. Start with a low cost used car door trailer.

3. Begin selling at a farmer’s market fair booth.

4. Get to meet successful restaurant owners and ask them about running a food truck for the owner’s business.

If your truck idea includes offering a public service or benefit to the community, seek to obtain sponsors. The chances are that you might qualify for a loan advance if you already have a payment processor.

Food truck advantages

Numerous tax advantages come with business ownership. Choosing menu items, the vendor you want to purchase from and the events at which you wish to sell, are just some of the freedoms you will enjoy as a food truck business owner. You will also have full control of your social media, advertising, marketing and schedule mobility. For instance, you can bring your business to different locations based on demands during a different period of the day.

Permits and regulations

It is important to research the areas you are considering for your food truck business location and consider the necessary regulations and permits. Here are the main things to look out for food safety and regulations.

1. You will need to comply with food safety requirements. Get into contact with the local health department to find out more information, such as if you need to prepare food in a professional kitchen or if you are allowed to use your own facilities.

2. There can be restrictions on where you can park your truck, so make sure to research that before setting up a shop there.

3. There could be commercial and noncommercial zoning restrictions, parking time limit or distance restrictions from other business establishments. Your town and local motor vehicle department can clarify you about such the matter.

You will need specific licenses to operate your food truck including a tax ID number also called an employer identification number obtainable from the IRS and a state sales tax permit. Check your home state’s requirements and for an easy option try an online legal service to guide you in deciding which legal structure is best for your business.

Mobile POS options

Most food truck customers have got used to paying cash but credit cards and mobile pay are more popular than ever. A food truck means long hours of work with shopping, marketing, event booking, cleaning, truck maintenance, accounting in tax obligations. Running a food business is more than a full-time job.

Competition and market

Get to know the market to maximize your chances of success since you will most certainly have competition with other food trucks.

Ordinances and zoning

Every area differ in terms of where you can park your food truck and how long you can park there. Ensure you know the rules in each location where you plan on operating to prevent tickets and fines.

Food trucks are trendy these days and show no signs of slowing down. A food truck is a good option for anyone who wish to foray into the food business as it offers low startup and overhead costs. You can now decide if you are ready to leap into the food business.