Getting Divorced? Avoid These Top Financial Mistakes

Divorce is a messy affair that leaves you with half of what you had and can lead to denial of change. You are not only getting emotional distress, but you also can get into financial crisis. Economic implications of divorce last for quite a long time before you get back on your feet. Below are the financial mistakes to avoid during the divorce process.

Underestimating Your Expenses: A lot of people do have an idea of what they earn but can hardly tell where the money goes. Take note of all your expenses and create a realistic budget. As divorce will bring about a change of lifestyle, consider the cost of your future living expenses. Consider the inflation fluctuations of the coming months and factor it into your budget.

Keeping the Family Home: It is normal that the parent who gets more custody time of the children keeps the family home. This is one of the many financial mistakes that a lot of people make. Consider if you can afford to keep the home running. A house comes with many expenses, property taxes, mortgage, home maintenance, amongst other expenses. Avoid getting into financial trouble by considering first if you can afford the house you used to pay as a couple.

Miscalculating the Value of Assets: There are always headaches when you are splitting property. When it comes to the splitting of assets, whose value is changing, you will require a professional to calculate the worth of the assets while keeping in mind the increase or decrease in value over time. This way you will not be left with the short end of the stick and in a financial mess.

Failing To Take Insurance Cover on Alimony: You can only collect child support and alimony if your spouse is in a position to pay. With the death or disability of your partner then the payments will stop. In the settlement hearings, request that your spouse gets life and disability insurance. This works to ensure the payments keep coming even after the death or disability of your spouse. Ensure that your spouse has made all the right designations by reviewing the policy before finalizing the divorce.

There are a lot of financial hurdles to overcome during divorce. Professionals will help you get through the divorce and set you up with a budget to help get your life on track. Bypass many of the financial headaches that can possibly arise after dissolution with proper planning so that you can enjoy a stress-free future.

Source by Vincent M George

The Pros and Cons of Discount Travel Clubs

If you love to travel, but can’t seam to do it as often as you would like, you should consider looking into a good travel club.

My wife LOVES to travel the world as I am sure many of you do, but it was always so expensive. I am here to tell you, it does not have to be.

This is how travel clubs work.

When you think about it owning a resort property is just like any other business. They need a steady flow of customers to be profitable. Their unique challenge is, they also need a consistent flow of customers preferably evenly spaced throughout the entire year otherwise many issues start to become problems for them. To many customers all at once is lost business, probably to your competition. Not enough customers means empty rooms and lost business and revenue, which makes staffing as well as many other things VERY difficult.

The challenge is to keep a steady flow of customers, preferably evenly spaced all year long. But how do they do that?

One way resort owners have discovered to help with this is by affiliating with travel clubs to offer club members unreserved rooms at deep discounts. This helps keep a steady flow of customers all year long, and helps the owner keep a properly staffed business running.

Think about it from their perspective, would you rather have an empty room and NO income, and have a staff to pay with no customers to serve or income being produced? Or, to keep a good quality staff busy, have customers that may only be paying enough to cover your expenses with little or no profit?

It does not take long as a business owner to figure out that “when possible” you sell at full price, when necessary you take a discount and less profit, and when push comes to shove at least cover expenses to avoid taking a loss.

Even taking some loss is acceptable if it helps with staffing issues, inventory, food shelf life, advertising, budgeting, exposure and many other business issues. As long as it is not the norm, obviously.

Now, keep in mind, all travel clubs are NOT created equal.

The owner of the travel club is also doing business. He wants to provide his members with an attractive offer to build membership, but also wants to make money in HIS business, which IS the travel club. If the owner is more concerned about profit, than they are about giving value to their members, that club has a limited future.

The saying that just popped into my head was “It is better to have a little bit of something, than a whole lot of nothing.”

The resort owners are constantly negotiating deals (level of discount) with hundreds of travel club owners.

The owner of a particular travel club may have negotiated with the resort owners the best prices for his club, but if he is trying to make to much profit with his travel club, his members would NOT be getting the best deals!

It is very hard to negotiate however, without something the other party wants. Therefore, the more members you have in your club the easier it is to negotiate great deals. But getting lots of members is no easy task in itself.

The most successful travel club owner has figured out how to build a large following (with minimal cost) so they have the leverage to negotiate great deals other clubs can’t, but because of their low overhead they can pass most of the savings along to their members.

We all know that the BEST form of advertising is, word of mouth. As luck would have it, it is also the least expensive. (free) So, if you (as a club owner) were to pay your current members (for new memberships) to advertise by word of mouth or however they choose, and generate members for you just by telling potential members about your club and the huge savings they had received, you would have a growing membership with minimal expenses, therefore, you could pass dramatic savings on to your members which in turn would help generate more members more easily and get better discounts.

As I stated earlier, not all travel clubs are created equal, just as with any other business. You must do your research to find a club that offers a large inventory of locations, at deep discounts to its members, without charging too much for their membership. That travel club will continue to grow in size and value, and provide you with a lifetime of deeply discounted travel for minimal cost so you can travel the world and enjoy what the world has to offer.

Travel clubs can be a great opportunity to save your hard earned money. Just make sure you do your research and find the right one, otherwise you are not going to get the most value possible for your money.

Good luck, and I’ll see you on the beaches of the world.

Source by Timothy L Phillips

Eating Gluten Free – Is Mustard OK?

Is mustard gluten free? In its raw seed form, yes, but when it is mixed into prepared mustard paste, flour, beer, or malt vinegar is sometimes added. This is a “read the label every time” products but if the ingredient list doesn’t include flour, beer or malt vinegar, go ahead an enjoy it.

Commercial mustard comes in many forms from raw seeds to powdered mustard flour to rich creamy or oily spreads that go well with roasted meat and in sandwiches.

Mustard seeds are tiny round seeds – about 2mm or less than one eighth of an inch in diameter. The seed color ranges from almost white to black. These seeds are naturally gluten free and are vastly different in size from any gluten containing grain. When the seeds are separated from the pods and stems, a sieve with very small holes will also separate out any volunteer gluten-containing seeds. Most commercially exported mustard seed comes from Canada, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Mustard seeds are mixed with water, vinegar, oils, and other spices and flavourings to make the spreadable prepared mustard pastes. Depending on the type of seed and the processing traditions, the final product ranges from white to bright yellow to black. The seeds may be crushed into a fine powder or left whole. Prepared mustards may be thick or quite thin.

Dry mustard, mustard flour or mustard powder is very finely ground mustard seeds. It has a flour-like texture but it does not contain wheat flour. Mustard powder is often added as an ingredient in other commercially prepared foods as a flavoring agent.

Wheat flour is sometimes added to prepared mustards to adjust the texture, taste, and cost of the product. If wheat flour is added, it must be listed on the ingredient list. Beer is occasionally added to specialty mustard, making the product not gluten free it must also be included on the label. Malt vinegar does not seem to be used in commercial prepared mustards, but it often appears in recipes for home made mustards. If so, the mustard will not be gluten free.

As a summary, mustard has a very low risk for cross contamination at planting and harvesting. A few commercial prepared mustards use flour or beer as an ingredient. Homemade prepared mustard may use beer or malt vinegar. Don’t worry about mustard powder or seeds used as an ingredient in other condiments like mayonnaise or salad dressing.

Source by Sue Newell

Guide for Accountants on How to Survive the Busy Tax Season Marathon

Robins chirping in the backyard, geese flying back north, opening day of baseball season, the smell of blooming flowers……

Sure signs of spring.

Long hours at the office, short weekends, little time with family and friends…..

Sure signs of Busy Season for many accountants.

We all know Busy Season is that work marathon that so many accountants run each spring to get their work done before taxes are due. To be able to compete in such prestigious marathons as the Boston Marathon, takes a great deal of training and you must be in peak physical form. But even to run the ‘Busy Season’ marathon, you must be in shape – both physically and mentally. And, number “crunching” does not count as an exercise.

Exercise is not only important for your body’s health, it is also important for your brain. According to a study done by the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Georgia, even briefly exercising for 20 minutes a day improves information processing and memory functions. This means you also get a brain boost by hitting the gym or going for a jog.

Many accounting firms provide fitness credits or even have fitness classes within the office to keep their employees in shape. Some firms sponsor a variety of employee sports teams and clubs including running, scuba diving, curling, hockey and cricket to help their accountants have fun and reduce stress.

And during the chaotic times, many firms offer stress busters which can range from chair massages to bean bag throwing contests. But, what seems to make stressed accountants the most happy is food. Some firms will provide their staff with treats like ice cream socials, catered meals or breakfast on those “I want to hit the Snooze button again” Saturday mornings.

While food can be a big incentive, it can also lead to problems as many people will use food to relieve stress. A 2010 study from the University of Michigan showed that when levels of the stress hormone cortisol, were boosted in healthy, non-stressed adults, they ate more snack foods. Many nights at the office can result in late night snacks and trips through the fast food drive through.

And then there is coffee – the official beverage of Busy Season. For some it is what is needed to start the day and stay alert. And for others, it is what is needed all day long – it really could be listed as a dependent on their tax return. A study by researchers at Duke University Medical Center shows caffeine taken in the morning has effects on the body that persist until bedtime and amplifies stress consistently throughout the day.

The long grueling days in the office can also have a major impact on one’s sleep. Sleep is essential to allow your body to function properly. Not only does a lack of sleep increase stress and cause one to be irritable – sleep deprivation can have many negative side effects including overeating, headaches, and lack of judgement impacting decision making. A recent study performed at the Sleep Disorders and Research Centre found that sleepiness takes a significant toll on effective decision making. A good night’s sleep is important to accountants to help them make accurate and informative decisions for their clients.

Potential Unlimited, a coaching and stress management firm, works with accountants to help them avoid burnout and stress during this hectic time offers a few tips.

– Don’t skip breakfast or work through lunch just because you’re busy. You’ll become fatigued or starved and end up filling the void with junk food. Instead, fuel up at regular intervals on foods like fruit, nuts, and yogurt. These foods are healthy and easy to pack.

– Get a good night’s sleep.

– Don’t use food to relieve your stress. Try stretching, deep breathing, or a little exercise instead.

– Exercise is a great way to manage stress levels. Even just 20 minutes a day can help keep you energized. Or if you have to, modify your fitness program during busy times. If it takes too much time to go to the gym, then do light exercise at work. Take the stairs or walk to work.

– Limit caffeine.

– Be sure to build time into your schedule for the important people in your life – your family and friends. Work-life balance is so important.

– Try meditation.

– Laugh.

Not only does Busy Season take its toll on accountants but also on the families of these professionals. Some spouses consider themselves to be “tax season widow(ers)” during this time as their accounting spouse becomes married to his or her job.

“The increased workload requires sacrifices from the accountant’s family who don’t get to see their loved one as much as they would like”, says Barry Heaney, Chartered Accountant at BDO and father of four young boys. “But the light at the end of the tunnel for most accountants’ is the chance of getting some extra time off during the summer when things typically slow down at the office.”

While it may not be considered part of the Income Tax Act, there are some unwritten rules when it comes to this time of the year for accountants. No weddings or births should be planned during this time. And needless to say, no one would want their birthday during this hectic period.

There is a finish line at the end of the marathon.

A beautiful afternoon round on the golf course, a nice evening out with family or friends, a day at the spa, a well earned day off or vacation….

Sure signs of the end of busy season for accountants.

Source by Jeff Paul Oestreicher

An Introduction To Real Estate Property Management Software

The real estate market is a booming industry. The success of the industry is a result of competition and the intervention of modern technology. Most people in the business prefer to use real estate property management software to stay ahead in the race. This software has been designed to cater to commercial and residential property, office buildings and apartments.

Real estate property management software is an effective and easy-to-use tool. This software helps people understand the real estate business. It is a quick response application that can store each detail of every transaction. This helps study non-payments and full-payments of rent, and maintains a detailed report of rent receipts and invoices.

Property owners are able to key inputs as and when required. The secured system is intelligent and allows changes from authorized personnel. Real estate property management software can evaluate an unlimited number of properties and units simultaneously. The software stores detailed data related to rent payments for all individual properties. This systematic approach eliminates any problems due to taxation.

Real estate property management software generates automated reports in cases of wrong payments and non-payments. The software does away with the practice of owners waiting for rent payments. All maintenance expenses or any extra revenue statements are regularly updated. The software also stores tenant information.

Residential property managers must select property management software that is most suited for their work. These applications are available with one-month money-back guarantees.

The residential property management system is considered to be time- and cost-effective for a manager and resident. The application can create a personalized website for an individual company in a relatively short time. This allows prospective and existing customers to visit the web site. This is a convenient method to view pictures of property, pay rent and submit maintenance requests.

Source by Josh Riverside

Car Donation – How To Turn Your Old Worn-Out Car Into A Nice Car Donation Tax Deduction!

If you’re thinking about a charity car donation I’m going to outline some of the facts you should know. You can receive a nice IRS tax deduction for your old car or used car and help someone in need in the process.

It’s called car donation or charity car donation when you give a charity organization your vehicle – automobile, car, truck, ATV, RV, airplane or any other vehicle which might or might not be in useable condition. In the U.S. charitable vehicle donations provide a great tax benefit for the donor and it’s rapidly gaining in popularity.

First you want to learn the mission of any charity you’re considering. If you have a specific charity in mind for the car donation do some research on it, especially if you’re not sure how reputable the charity is. There are many national and local charitable organizations that advertise in newspapers or on television and openly announce they are looking for car donations. You have probably seen some of these, but are they your best choice?

Sometimes charities will use the car donations themselves in their daily charitable activities – sometimes to transport people. Perhaps they may use it to transport people in need to doctor’s appointments, social worker appointments, hospital tests, etc. More often though the vehicles will be sold at auction or off their car lots to raise money for the charity’s programs or their general fund. Yes it is not common knowledge that many charities have their own car lots. Many Goodwill Industry stores have their own.

Many people do choose to donate their used and unwanted cars in order to help others. If you buy a new car or own a car that isn’t running, you can consider donating the car, truck, or other vehicle. You can also donate boats, RVs, ATVs, airplanes and other vehicles or even real estate depending on what your charity accepts. Your donation is tax deductible which helps you and the organization that you donated the vehicle to.

Day in and out, charities provide services and needed support to people in communities all over the nation. While some may receive government grants or private donations, this is never enough to take care of the many causes they pursue. Charity car donations are a planned part of the non-profit organization’s budget. These vehicle donations can make the difference in the kind of services they can offer. So if you donate vehicles you will help these organizations continue to function

In a nutshell, car donation means acquiring old cars from donors and donating them to charity organizations. There are car donation companies that are intermediaries or links between the donors and the people who benefited from these donations. They are a big help in funding for charities. Some companies even help organizations that do not have their own charity programs. The car donation companies can auction the donated car or other vehicle in the marketplace and the money is given to the charities or the car can be used by the charity organization or be sold on their used car lot.

When you give your car to charity you are given a charitable gift IRS Tax Receipt. The vehicle donations when made to a reputable and bona fide charitable organization are tax-deductible. The IRS allows the donor-taxpayer to claim a tax deduction on the estimated value of the vehicle up to $500. The donor of the car or vehicle must have title, so make sure you have it handy when you start the process.

Make sure to ask if the charity handles the car donations – have their own charity car donation program or pays an outside company to do it. If the for-profit company handles the car or vehicle donations, find out just how much money the charity receives from the sale and how much will go to the for-profit company.

You will see car donation program in just about every major city in every state in the U.S., including California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Michigan. There are no laws preventing charities from accepting these types of donations.

Some of the car donation charities you might see are: Target, Purple Heart, Kidney Foundation, Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries and various cancer organizations.

In any case you will greatly benefit for your charity car donation both in claiming a nice car donation tax deduction or benefit and in helping charities continue to operate so they can help people in need.

Source by Helen Hecker

The Development and History of Tri-Cone Drill Bits

The history of tri-cone drill bit development stretches back over 100 years. It may seem strange to think that such a precision piece of equipment from the present has roots dating back to 1908, but the road to the level of innovation in modern tri-cone bits is a long one.

Howard Hughes and the beginning of a business empire

Before there was the tri-cone drill with its 3 interlocking rollers Howard R. Hughes Sr. invented a dual-cone rotary drill which revolutionized the oil drilling rigs of the time. When he founded the Hughes Tool Company in 1908 (then the Sharp-Hughes tool company until 1912) he had a patent for the first roller cutter drill ever made and had founded of one of America’s most notable corporate dynasties. When he died in 1924, ownership of the company passed to his famous son, Howard Hughes jr. who had himself declared legally an adult so he could fend off relatives squabbling over his father’s will and take full control of the company that would soon create the tri-cone drill bit.

The young Mr. Hughes and his powered stranglehold on the drilling industry take off!

In addition to a high-flying life of Hollywood glamour, gorgeous actresses, death defying aviation, and producing the original 1932 film “Scarface” (50 years before Al Pacino made it famous in the better known remake) Howard Hughes Jr. was also a business magnet who saw the tri-cone drill bit invented by a Hughes Tool Company researcher, and reinvented the oil drilling industry a second time. Five years before the invention of this bit, Cemented Carbide, an early Tungsten Carbide alloy was developed and brought over to America. Although not always combined at first, the Hughes company patent along with the new synthetic metals allowed the Hughes Tool Company to become the only way for Western drilling companies to use tri-cone drill bits. The speed and competitive advantage of these early bits was massive compared to the technology previously available, and every serious drilling company had no choice but to use Hughes brand bits… or move to Russia for Soviet knock-offs.

The patent expires and drill bit race is on

In 1951 the Hughes company patent on the tri-cone drill bit ran out, and competitors around the world began to start manufacturing drill bits with the superior design. Although the Hughes company initially maintained a huge market share thanks to the initial patent, the number of competitors reduced this dramatically over time. As of 2000 they no longer had market dominance, and as of 2011 the company was acquired by a conglomerate.

Contemporary tri-cone drill bits

Luckily, Tri-Cone drill bit innovations didn’t stop with the expiry of the Hughes patent. Additional improvements in manufacturing allowed TCI (Tungsten Carbide Insert) drill bits to become much more commonly used. Tungsten carbide inserts allow bits to have remarkable hardness, endurance, and strength, while making the shaft out of more conventional alloys means the drilling rig does not have to worry about the material’s brittleness under extreme pressures. Tri-cone bits have also seen significant innovation the design of the drill bits themselves: Open roller bearings are the conventional standard, but sealed roller bearings improve the life span of the bit dramatically. Sealed roller bears can also incorporate journal bearings for excellent durability and resistance to wear and tear. Innovation is a constant process and further refinement continues to improve drilling capacity around the world.

Source by L R Lindsay

Importance of Communicating Your Needs to Your Web Designer

Communication is the key to success in any business. In order to accomplish a great web designing assignment, clients and web designers should have good communication between them. Otherwise, the web designer may never know what the exact expectations of the clients are from the website. The success of web design services depends a lot on this communication.

Your Vision

In order to make the website reflect your vision, it is very important that you communicate the same to the web designing professional. Unless you convey your thoughts, the designer would not have any idea about what the site should stand for. Moreover, it is your site and your business. The designer is just there to help you. But you will need to be proactive about passing your thoughts to the designer to get a good end product.

Sharing Ideas

Communication between companies providing web services and their clients can turn into very fruitful brain storming sessions. As a client, you may know perfectly well about your vision and the kind of links you would like to get. But what you do not know is how to implement all this, and it is here that the web designer comes into play. Now, you can communicate your ideas to the designer and check their feasibility. The professional designer may suggest you some different course that may be more beneficial for the website.

Talking about Budgets

It is only through communication that you can let the designer know about the kind of money you can really spend on the project. This is essential because the budget will decide how much of your current vision can be implemented. Web services can be expensive depending on the size, complexities, and designing aesthetics of the site. You should be clear about the budget, and make an effort to get the best within it. Many competent companies offering design services have unique designs for each of its clients based on their budgetary constraints, which does not compromise on the quality.

When Should I Start Communicating?

You should start communicating as early as possible. In fact, it is advised that you start it even before appointing a web designer. Talking with more than one designer will give you an idea about the budget and the practicability of your vision. This will also help you choose the most suitable providers of web services for you. Whether you are practicing law or pursuing any other profession, you should start talking to your web designers right now.

Communication for Revision

This is another reason for communicating. Your site will be ready only after you revise it. This process will help you find out whether the designer has been able to incorporate your vision or thoughts in the website. Companies, due to their vast experience in the fields of web design services, always ask for client feedback at every stage of the development. In case you feel that something is not coming up as you had visualized it or you have any doubts, convey them to the designer.

Next time you hire a professional for design services, make sure that you keep the communication channels open. This way, you will see how the entire process becomes a smooth sailing affair.

Source by Dipankar Maitra

The Highest Form of Persuasion Revealed

Influence is a key element in mastering the techniques of Magnetic Persuasion. Influence is the highest form of persuasion. With influence, people are spurred on to action because of your character, not your maneuvers. Persuasion is what you do or say, but influence is who you are.

How does one gain this type of influence? How do you gain a strong enough influence over people that they will act simply because an idea came from you? How about having a strong enough influence over people that they are still compelled to move forward even when you’re not around?

Presence is the ability to empower and influence others into believing in you, trusting in you, and jumping on the bandwagon. You give them the energy they need to bring to pass the results you want. You help them see themselves in the future carrying out your vision. They become excited and energized by your passion and enthusiasm. They are magnetized and motivated by your charisma. They are lifted and inspired by your optimism and expectations. In essence, you’re a source of empowerment, encouragement, inspiration, and permanency to them.

For some, charisma is a mysterious attribute. It’s challenging to describe someone who exudes charisma because there’s really no way to quantify the effect this kind of person seems to have on others. It seems that you either have charisma or you don’t. Charisma is not leadership, assertiveness, or enthusiasm and it’s not exactly personality either. It’s its own unique characteristic. Charisma empowers others to like you, even if they don’t know much about you and even when there hasn’t been enough time to develop trust in you. If you have charisma, not only do people want to be around you, but, whether they realize it or not, they also want to be influenced by you. Charisma gives you power, allegiance, and devotion with your audience, without leaving them feeling powerless and it creates instant support. So, are you born with charisma or is it learned? The answer to both questions is yes! Some attributes are inherent; others can be acquired.

The word “charisma” comes from the Greek goddess Charis. Charis’ character was one of total beauty and charity. Today, the word has to do with an individual’s magnetism, intensity, vivaciousness, and so on. Gerry Spence’s said it best: Charisma is energy from the heart zone. If the speaker has no feeling, there is nothing to transfer. Charisma occurs when the speaker’s feelings are transferred in the purest form to another. Charisma is not a diluted feeling. It is not disguised. It is a raw feeling. Charisma is the passing of our pure energy, our pure passion to the other.

People who are charismatic often hold us in awe. Their energy prods us, motivates us, and inspires us. They fulfill our need to have heroes. We feel better for having met them, seen them, listened to them, and interacted with them. Why and how do they have this effect on us?

So, how would one go about developing charisma? Here are eight ways:

1. Develop self-confidence in yourself and your message. Don’t appear nervous or out of balance. Be confident that you possess self-worth and know your message.

2. Have a lighter side. Find your sense of humor and happiness. Have fun and don’t take life too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself.

3. Have great presence and energy. Project a presence of the Five C’s of Trust: character, competence, confidence, credibility, and congruence.

4. Have a definite opinion about your subject. Be knowledgeable and make sure that knowledge is based on a solid foundation. Develop a sense of the audience’s emotion and conviction for your subject.

5. Look good. Make sure your clothing, hair, shoes, and jewelry match your message’s tone. Dress the part.

6. Be able to inspire and uplift. Be sensitive to people and their needs. Develop rapport with your audience. Connect with them and become a great listener.

7. Be organized and easy to follow. Make your points connected and your structure clear.

8. Be dramatic, unique, and enticing. Be interesting to be around. Make sure the things you talk about are exciting. Tell spellbinding stories.

Conclusion

Learning how to persuade and influence will make the difference between hoping for a better income and having a better income. It is the missing puzzle piece that will crack the code to dramatically increase your income, improve your relationships, and help you get what you want, when you want, and win friends for life. Ask yourself how much money and income you have lost because of your inability to persuade and influence. Think about it. Sure you’ve seen some success, but think of the times you couldn’t get it done. Has there ever been a time when you did not get your point across? Were you unable to convince someone to do something? Have you reached your full potential? Are you able to motivate yourself and others to achieve more and accomplish their goals? What about your relationships? Imagine being able to overcome objections before they happen, know what your prospect is thinking and feeling, feel more confident in your ability to persuade.

Source by Kurt Mortensen

Becoming a DJ – What Does the Job Entail?

A disc jockey (DJ) is a term used to describe a variety of performers who make use of pre-recorded music for entertainment. Mobile DJs or DJs for Hire tour with mobile sound systems and typically perform at various types of events including wedding receptions, company parties, school dances, anniversary and birthday parties, etc. In the past, mobile DJs utilized formats such as vinyl records or cassettes, nowadays most mobile DJs use compact discs, computer-based files (such as MP3s), or a combination of sources.

With the ever changing faces of music, to become a great DJ for hire you need to have an extensive knowledge of all genres of music, an extensive music library and the ability to listen well and use equipment to make seamless transitions between tracks. Remember it is unethical and illegal to download songs from online sources and use it for commercial purposes. There is also a quality issue associated with downloaded songs so a DJ for hire must ensure that his music is legal. To establish a solid career, a DJ for hire must have professional grade equipment as this is more suitable for commercial use; it allows for faster set-up and break-down and provides a superior quality of performance.

A professional DJ will display many of the following skills and attributes: Master of Ceremonies, Party organizer, Sound technician, Light technician, Ability to read a crowd and pick the right music, Flexibility to adapt to sudden changes, Presentable and Organised, Ability to follow an agreed plan, Audience motivator and the Ability to blend music from different genres without altering the mood on the dance floor. Working closely with their customers, their guests, and other vendors (such as venue staff and photographers / videographers), many mobile DJs also promote themselves as event planners, organizers, and Master of Ceremonies A professional DJ for hire should strive to provide quality entertainment that fits the type and theme of each event. To achieve this, a DJ for hire should engage prospective customers in consultations and become familiar with the client’s requirements, location of the event and the itinerary for the event.

With stricter regulations and legislation to adhere to, the DJ must make sure that they are fully insured, and also comply with regulations that may apply to a specific venue/location. Obtaining an operating licence will give the DJ the legal capacity to enter into business transactions. Membership with professional organizations will ensure that the DJ grows in his career, is kept up to date with recent trends and developments within the industry and is continuously trained on ethical standards. If you want to establish yourself as a professional DJ for hire you need to ensure that you will be in a position to present a customer with a legal document detailing your terms and conditions of service, a planner explaining how you intend to handle the customer’s mandate and any other documents that the customer may request such as insurance certificate.

Source by Derek JJ