New Hybrid Battery Technology Needed – Interior Designs Considered

If it isn’t obvious to you, it should be. That is to say it should be obvious that we need a new battery technology, and we need more innovation in that sector if we are to enjoy the future of electric cars. Right now the batteries are too heavy, and they require elements and compounds which may not be readily available. Lithium for instance is in short supply worldwide.

Also, batteries only last so long before they are no good anymore and then we end up throwing them away, and this will cause problems for our landfills. There are many new research projects going on right now at some of the top universities in battery technology, but we need to move them along faster. Specifically, we need to work on the interior structure of the batteries, and consider some new designs. For instance, maybe the structures inside of these batteries need to take on the design and properties of;

Olympic Rings
Webbed Mesh
Foam Structure

Now then, if you’d like to learn more about battery technologies there is an interesting video that like to recommend to you online. It’s not too hard to find and you can probably discover it by using any major search engine: MIT Lecture; “How do we think against the grain? Pose the right question,” by Donald Sadoway.

The speaker makes very good points, and things we need to be cognizant of as we move forward into electric car future. Remember we need lithium for batteries for personal tech devices like cell phones, tablets, and computer systems. And that means the cost of the batteries for electric cars or hybrids goes way up. If we use other types of batteries, well they are not as good, and the batteries don’t last as long.

This becomes a problem for our nation’s dumps and landfills. It’s something we need to worry about, and it is unfortunate that we are moving ahead with electric cars before these problems are adequately solved. Nevertheless, here we go into the future, which brings me to my main point here; we need to accelerate research in battery technology to find the best combination for the forward progression of human technologies. Please consider all this.

Starting Your Business in Redesign, Home Staging and Interior Design – Just Go For It

I recently worked with a woman who was just launching her redesign business. When I had asked her why she thought she needed a business coach she said that she was not ready to begin her business, but wanted to be ready, with clients, at the end of 90 days. As a business coach, one of the first things I do with a new client is assess their business as it stands today, in order to establish the areas in which we need to focus.

As we went over the assessment, I became more and more puzzled as to why she wanted to work with me. Virtually every item listed under my “launching your business” category had been successfully completed. In fact, she had several items completed that I have listed under my “been in business a couple of years” category!

So again, I asked her why she wanted to work with me. Again she responded with, “Because I am not ready.”

After very little conversation, it was obvious she was not going to be ready any time soon. It wasn’t because the business aspects of her work were not covered; it was because she was hiding behind her tasks. The things she “had to do before she could possibly start her business.”

It is very easy to get caught up in the tasks of running your business. Aside from the fact that you actually will be designing for a client, whether you are doing real estate staging or a room redesign, you also have to act as sales manager, marketing manager, bookkeeper and administrative assistant. Don’t forget web designer and public speaker. So put together your to-do lists, and dive in, and in, and in.

There is a reason that large companies have departments to handle the various aspects of a business, because each facet, management, accounting, sales, etc. is a full time job on its own. Especially in the beginning, we typically don’t have the luxury to hire these tasks out, so we take them on ourselves.

I have found that it is very easy to use the “business” aspect of our work as a great big procrastination tool. It’s not as though the individual pieces don’t have to be done, because in fact they do, but the question to ask is “when?” When do they need to be done? Is it really necessary to have a three-page full color brochure ready before you tell all of your friends and neighbors that you are in business? Do you have to have a full blown computer accounting software program before you can accept a check for your services? Hiding behind business tasks is a very easy thing to do. I find that I do it most when the task I really should be doing, the priority task, is a task that I just don’t want to do: for example, invoicing clients. One would think that collecting for your services would be terribly exciting, but for some reason I find the task tedious, and have to use all kinds of tricks and techniques to actually find the motivation to do the work.

I tried to impress upon my coaching client that she could launch her business today! Right now! She could e-mail all of her contacts, and let them know she was open for business. She could call her five closest friends and ask them to call their five closest friends. She could pass out her beautiful fliers in her neighborhood this afternoon! We also talked about how you never can be, nor should you ever really be ready. There is always something new to try and something new to do, so have faith in what you have done to date and get started right now!

It turns out she was right after all. She wasn’t ready. And she has yet to launch her business. But you always have the opportunity to just jump in and go for it.

The Absolute Importance of Proper Photography & Interior Design & Home Staging for More Showings!

Realtors, Home Owners, & Home Investors pay very close attention to this article, it will affect all of you in more way than one. If you are not technologically savvy or are some how unaware of it you need to become aware of it quickly.

With over 80% of all home sales being directly correlated to being listed in a real estate MLS database, and now that over 79% of all consumers are actively searching the internet and websites for premium homes, the photo of the homes in these databases featuring properties will be what actually determines if a home buyer or home shopper chooses to see your property. Most disturbing is the fact that by ignoring this simple irrefutable fact in modern internet marketing may altogether eliminate your beautiful home from prospective buyers should there be some less than effective photographic or staging/interior design elements that are lacking.

Properly staged homes (lighting, props, interior design) + proper photography (proper agent selection of camera angles, lighting, proper lens & camera selection & photographic techniques) now weigh in more than ever on a potential home buyers making it to your home to actually view your property.

The question to be asked now is: Does the home I am selling look as good or better than the majority of competing properties. If not, potential home buyers may actually choose simply by the interior design and photographic expertise employed to see other properties.

Of course home price is still the largest determining factor, buyers with discerning tastes and no interest in fix-up properties or homes that may be perceived as less than “perfect” will not be getting the amount of buyers through the doors to effectuate a sale. Also considering that 62% of all home buyers are couples and 22% of all first time buyers are single females, anyone who ignores the new dynamics in internet marketing will be missing out on attracting these important buyers by failing recognize these new variables in the information age of marketing.

Cutting corners on not hiring a professional staging company or at least taking the time to either do it yourself or find a friend or family member help with the interior design/staging element could result in less than effective marketing results. Two more points are to remember to concentrate on proper lighting and the proper use of props where available. The consensus from most realtors that I have discussed this topic with is that it really comes down to being flexible mentally and using a lot of creativity and setting the time aside in your schedule where you can experiment with how the home looks through the camera frame. Many people are in such a rush to move that by ignoring the simple fact that this home will be on the world wide web with buyers actively searching 24/7 it may be one of the most important and under rated decision home buyers make when allocating resources towards attracting more buyers to the home. My opinion on this is that the more buyers who select you on their computer will = more people printing it out on paper or e-mailing it to their real estate professional for them to set up a showing appointment.

More showing appointments lead to more opportunities for a full price offer. “Change is going on all around us, let’s see that change and adjust quickly”, says Rick LeForce, my husband and local real estate broker here in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rick was recently highlighted in a local investor group as a keynote speaker:

“Investors, if you want to be able to see what properties to concentrate on after the home has been on the market for 90 days and will be there for another 90 days, look at the photos & the interior design, odds will be that seller will be ready to consider a discounted offer around the 180 day mark”

-Rick LeForce