Posted by: admin in Business,General,Home Office,Office,Office Improvement,Services on December 11th, 2014


My GE room AC has begun to act up. It will run for 5-7 mins and then quit. The fan will come back on after 30 seconds but the compressor won’t. When the compressor tries to kick in again it grinds down to a halt. It’s drawing a lot of current as the TV will brown out. So I checked my thermostat to see if maybe there is some cold air blowing on or near it causing it to prematurely shut down. As soon as it warms back up though it tries to turn the compressor back on. The refridgerant though has not had enough time to bleed through the system in 30 seconds, so the compressor is trying to start against a heavy load.
It infact is stalled so the built in thermal protection turns it off. It eventually clicks back on and repeats until it gets going. This is normal activity when the compressor is “short cycled”, but its not particularly good for it, so I did not run my unit until it gets fixed. The compressor does not have enough it is shutting down the unit too soon and back on right away.

I also checked if the condenser clean and if the condenser fan running at full blast. I do not have too much on the line so it could not be the compressor is overheating and kicking out on thermal overload. The unit is directly connected to a 110VAC voltage outlet.

I tried calling around to get quotes to me general idea of what I am facing. I might may be better off with little mom and pop shops compared to national chains. Sometimes they will give you a better deal that a chain won’t.

I had someone come out and take a look at it, and he said the capacitor went bad, so we had it replaced. The cool air started flowing again, and we enjoyed cool AC for about a month, then the AC again stopped working. The same guy took a look at AC unit and he said this time the problem was a bad compressor. He said it is still under warranty but that labor to replace the compressor would be well over $1000.

I went to other repair guys to take  look at the unit to and for a quote of the cost of repair on the unit.  Based on all the feedback, it sounds like the clear thing NOT to do is to just get a new AC unit, but probably trying to get the current AC fixed (compressor replacement) and wait for the old furnace to fail before changing the entire system as a matched set – new furnace and new AC unit.

$700 does seem kind of high for compressor replacement labor (considering the part would be replaced under manufacturer’s warranty), and the cost of installing a new AC unit seems kind of low by comparison since the Goodman the AC guy quoted is probably costing them $1350 wholesale… so $1500 total would mean labor is $150.

I don’t get these AC repair guys.. the first guy said around $1200-1400 to replace the compressor under warranty, the second guy is saying $700, which is better but still does seem high.. if in fact the same type of work goes into installing a new unit, you’d think the labor would be $150 or in that ballpark.

A friend told me that in his area, it costs at a bare minimum, $60 to get someone just to come out on a service call, and if the unit is not worth repairing, the repair cost will be put toward a new unit, which, according to what I’ve been told, would cool better using less energy than the old one. Air conditioning units are really heavy, so taking one in to a shop for service would be a lot of work. Then, the shop would most likely charge you about the same as a service call to diagnose the problem. I don’t like the idea of throwing something away and buying new, but maybe this is one of the times when that is the most practical decision.

So I tried looking around and searched online for other ac repair Phoenix  to find out who can give me the lowest price to repair my unit. The guys that gave me the lowest repair cost are from Cool Touch and they also have promos. They have vastly experienced technicians to assure the best satisfaction. These  also solved my problem at an affordable price. Extensive testing procedures and quality control methods employed by them will guarantee a perfect service.

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A variety of business tools and solutions are necessary to give a company or a business a competitive advantage in conducting its day-to-day operations. These tools and solutions can make a big difference in their bottom lines, specially for businesses that don’t have their own integrated information system yet.

Essential pieces of equipment are needed specifically if your business requires to keep a database of customers, needs a lot of research and innovation or the monitoring of inventory or records of complex transactions or documents that need to be delivered to your customer. We all know that a fax machine transmits hard copies through telephone lines which are important specifically for businesses that need to send printouts.  Internet Fax is a better option compared to the conventional standalone fax as  the plain fax machines are notorious for their bad paper feeders which result in bad image quality. The Internet allows people to send and receive faxes anywhere in a more convenient way as Internet fax does not require a software or fax device.

Acquiring a solution like utilizing the Internet fax to implement an integrated information system is a great tool to be competitive even if your business is a a new entrant in a certain industry. Develop a competitive advantage in terms of management information accessibility needed for your own information requirements. Maximizing the use of the Internet has long-term benefits as well to achieving crucial tasks like meeting the company’s revenue commitments and getting easier and faster access to sending out and receiving information that could give your business a better operational and cost control. Imagine being able to receive and transmit important documents efficiently at the convenience of your home, office cubicle, coffee shop, or even out in the field. You can even save on expenses for additional phone lines and paper costs. This tool indeed provides big or small businesses the agility they need to survive in an increasingly competitive environment.

Setting up your business at home could be the great option for first timers to save on overhead expenses. This could sound like a simple solution,  however, many challenges also come with the comforts of doing your business at home. Some of these are the tendency to slack off, the problem of privacy, or not being taken too seriously by people in the industry. Here are some guidelines on how to make your home-based business work for you:

Make your office space look professional. Make sure that your office contains no distractions such as TV. You may make a soundproof office with a glass sliding door especially if you have kids that make noise. Dress in a professional manner as well when you are going to meet with someone and make your business cards and letterheads brochures and other printed matter look professional.

Set boundaries. There may be a tendency for you or if you have employees to slack off because of the homey environment. Work in a professional manner to stay focused with this type of work environment.

Keep your books in order. Have a good accounting system and a reliable bookkeeper to keep every cent that comes in and go out in check. This way, you can really gauge if you are making money, breaking even, or just enjoying your hobby.

The year-end offers the chance for many entrepreneurs to review the business’ economic standing in preparation for the next year. During the month of December, a business’ sales could double or even triple, which can help determine the final profitability of the business.

The year-end should be the period when you should be reviewing your business performance. Knowing your financial standing before the close of year brings you benefits. By reviewing your year-to-date sales, you could estimate how much more in sales you would need to generate in order to surpass your previous year’s record. You may then strategize your sales promotion in order to achieve the year-end goal. It would also be easier to identify the variances year to year if your business has an annual budget, particularly those that are unfavorable to the business and investigate their causes.

If you know your business’ financial report, you may also decide to reward yourself and your investors with dividends. Looking at your sales quota could also help you determine the amount of cash bonus you could allocate to your managers and staff. Setting up an accounting system and getting a qualified accountant or bookkeeper to assist you could help you anticipate your cash flows, dividend requirements and budgets to assure better profitability on your business.

The World Wide Web has surpassed the leaders in media forms like the newspaper and the magazine. The extent and speed with which the Internet could serve its followers has truly pushed the frontiers of communication, making for one compelling reason for small and medium-sized enterprises to take advantage of online marketing to boost their business.

These days, one of five persons globally is connected to the Internet, making the World Wide Web an effective marketing ground. The web also offers low-cost and even free marketing to entrepreneurs were anything written and uploaded on the net has the potential of being seen and read by millions. Creating websites, for one, is powerful because it gives Internet users a resource for latest updates on products and services, and possible sales leads to the business.

Putting up a business website a secure domain will cost a minimal fee, though, but the returns for such investment are always good. If carried out well, online marketing could also help a business retain its customers, generate referrals and renewals, spread awareness of the brand, and generate direct sales.

Below-the-line marketing or simply BTL is the marketing mode of choice for businesses that don’t have a lot of money but are desirous of making a meaningful connection with their customers. BTL has also been used by big companies as well like McDonald’s and Nike. Now that technology is shifting power away from the mainstream media, people are taking control. Customers have a powerful voice, and the Internet and social media are their amplifier- the largest distribution channel of communication in the world.

BTL enables companies to deliver a highly targeted, personal message to consumers. Among the BTL methods that companies commonly use are as follows:

1) Price promotions. These include percentage discounts and two-for-one promos.

2) Vouchers and coupons. The objective of using them is to maximize the number of people who redeem them. When doing coupon campaigns, retailers must ensure they have enough products in stock for customers redeeming the coupons.

3) Refunds or rebates. The retailer or manufacturer pays customers a certain sum when they submit proof of purchase of a product.

4) Gifts with purchase. This is a common promo technique that gives customers something extra when they buy an item or subscribe to a service.

Network marketing, or networking, is a marketing strategy typically done by an individual, rather than a company, to retain and enhance contact or personal connections for promotions of a product or service, in lieu of traditional advertising. It is a great means to expand one’s business to a wider market, beyond your current contact. Here are tips to help you know how to utilize networking properly:

1) Choose the right business networking group. Select a networking group that will secure you the most benefit, do not join every networking opportunity. Ask the opinion of other entrepreneurs who have joined these events.

2) Avoid being an aggressive salesman. Aggressive sales talk is bad. Learn to create perfect business spiels that may last for a few seconds, but are appealing.

3) Remember the names of the persons within the group and their business profile. Listen to other people and utilize interpersonal relationships and social networks.

4) Follow up. Thank the people you have met before the networking event is over, and hand a professional business card. Ask politely if you can meet up soon, and then ask when you could make a follow-up call.

Obstacles in the workplace or business can become a positive opportunity to focus on a more intelligent path toward your goal. It is the kick in the seat that moves successful people forward rather than the pat on their back. Here are some useful tips to turn setbacks into greater opportunities:

1. Cultivate your mentors. Seek for the people with whom you can consult on a given situation to help you get sound advice and to help you continue in rough waters.

2. Change your strategy. Absorb and adapt why your prospect is saying no to help you gain access to that difficult account.

3. Be willing to grow. Accept negative feedbacks and let uncomfortable spaces allow you to grow.

4. Disengage yourself from the conflict. When you come back to it, you will be in a better frame of mind to decide on the best course of action.

Even in the midst of the global economic crisis, it should not let a true entrepreneur resignedly accept financial loss as an unavoidable pit stop. If you are selling your business, be vigilant so as not to sell you business for so much less than what it is actually worth. Here are some useful tips if you are selling your business:


1)
 Assess the value of your business. Get help with a reputable accounting firm to go over your assets, inventory, receivables, and profit-and-loss records. This will boost your confidence in asking for a fair price.

2) Give your business a presentable look. A clean, orderly, functional and well-managed business will make it easy for you to get your asking price. Do some repair, clean up the clutter, throw out the junk, and make your business presentable to the full extent that you can.

3) Negotiate price and terms of payment. Don’t go below your bottom line by referring to your business valuation report. A bad economy is also a great opportunity for speculators looking to buy a business. If your prospective buyer withdraws, simply push your broker to find other buyers.


The exhibition industry is growing fast. Having knowledge of the nitty-gritty of putting up exhibits can dramatically change the productivity and recall of your product or service.

Trade shows exhibit products, services and other ideas from exhibitors or companies. Exhibitors would set up their own booths to showcase their products. The booths are set up according to their company’s colors or logos with tables, banners and stands and there are also companies that make floorings, stands, and other things that can be put in the booth.

A business can indeed hit the mark with prospective customers using exhibits with careful preparation and creativity. This technique, just like any other marketing tools, would of course need support. Know who you want to reach, and what you want them to remember about your product/service. Build relationships and connect on a personal level and help your business achieve better penetration of its core message.