Why Millennials Prefer Being their own Boss

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The times have indeed changed. Technology has all but taken over the world and the characteristics of people have drastically changed through the course of time. Lifestyle choices now are also vastly different from before. That said, enter Generation Y, otherwise known by many as Millennials.

Millennials are often misunderstood by many, especially in terms of their lifestyle and career choices. From wanting to start up their own companies to choosing to work in virtual offices in areas like Manila, the corporate aspects of employment have been somewhat considered “obsolete” in the sense where most millennials simply don’t want to work in the traditional sense, but rather take on more innovative and ingenious approaches to work.

To better explain the concept, here are some reasons as to why millennials prefer being their own boss:

1.  They’re motivated by their own personal goals in Life

This one is sort of a broad statement. Essentially, millennials are so focused on their own aspirations in life that they are driven to do what it takes to reach it. When millennials are employed and they feel like resigning after a period of time because they might feel like it’s going nowhere, they just simply lost the drive to stay and want to venture to new heights. It’s a characteristic that’s often misunderstood, yet, applauded by many as millennials actually show the courage to redefine themselves not just as employees, but as human being as well.

2.  They would rather work at their own pace

No one likes it when they’re suddenly stacked with deadlines to meet. But by being their own boss in their respective fields, they have the ability to set their work at their own pace. No matter how long it could take, rest assured that millennial employees will still deliver their full potentials and make sure the output of their work is of the best quality.

3.  They thrive better in a carefree work environment

The feeling of being pressured to meet deadlines and other expectations is not something one likes to feel. When an office space promotes things like board games, snack bars, and something like an all-you-can-eat buffet, the atmosphere it emits  can motivate any millennial to work extra hard for the reward of just sitting back with their feet up.

If they’re being their own boss, the value they would want to instill into their employees is to “work hard, play hard”.

4.  They set their own rules and regulations to abide by

It’s not because they detest authority but, as mentioned before, they just choose to take on a new approach with how they work. When they become their own bosses at their own companies, they will now have the ability to set their own company rules, regulations and other policies for themselves and their employees to abide by. Also, they’re a bit more lenient on the rules they make but nonetheless strict on having them followed.

Times have changed for everyone but it doesn’t mean that tradition should be completely disregarded. With millennials preferring to work by themselves, for themselves, think of modern employment as “reinventing” the times. Besides, they are among the independent people you see nowadays, focusing on putting their plans to fruition and taking matters in their own hands all while expecting the many forms of authority.

If you think about it, corporations can learn a thing or two about millennials. They work at their fullest, while making work as fun as it can be.


How To Make The Most Out of a Vacation

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For most of us, vacations are times where we treat ourselves to services or places that we would have otherwise not experienced during the working season.  Each person has preferences that they want to fulfill during their vacation; some want to go to the beach, some stay at home and relax, some want spa treatments, and some just want to go out with long-time friends. But, there are times when people often think about their vacations a little too much and they tend to focus on the details of their vacations instead of simply enjoying their free time. This is a common occurrence to those who rarely spend theirs times on vacation, but it can still happen to ordinary people that go on vacations. Simply put, vacations should be enjoyed but some forget the essence of it, and instead shift their focus to unnecessary details.

If you’re on of those people, then here’s something that can help you make the most of your vacation and enjoy it in it’s totality.

#1. Take it Slow

Yes, we know that you’re excited, but you don’t have to plan out everything that will happen in your vacation. You can potentially ruin your vacation by preparing an itinerary that contains too many activities, conversely, preparing an itinerary that contains too little activities will also ruin your vacation. The key here is balance, consider the length of your vacation, and make your itinerary in accordance to the length. Making an itinerary that has many activities for a two-night stay will only ruin your vacation.

If you didn’t know, “slow-travel” is a thing; when travelling, take your time in each destination. This will sure give you fewer places to travel in, but with the time you spend in each place, you’ll have a more intimate travel experience.

#2. Avoiding the Feeling of Work

Most of the time, working-class people are the ones that desperately need a vacation, but what often happens is that before they go to their vacation, most of them would work overtime to not leave anything unfinished while they go on vacation. But, what mostly happens is that because of their overtime in work, instead of being energized because of the vacation, they become tired and have no urge to explore the place that they’re travelling to. Another occurrence is that when on vacation, people already wrack their minds on what will happen when they return to work - or worse, people from work contact them regarding a work problem. Don’t fret because if this happens to you, there are some ways that you can do to avoid experiencing these things.

Before your vacation - at least a week before - spend extra time at work finishing the things that need to be done instead of doing it a day before your work. In this way, you can remain energized during your vacation. For those people that experience the second occurrence, you can avoid this by informing your colleagues about your vacation leave a few days or weeks before it actually happens. By doing this, you can indirectly influence them that whatever they need to tell you, they should do it before or after your trip. And, practicing mindfulness while at your trip will keep you away from the thoughts of work while you’re in your vacation.

Enjoying a vacation is hard for anyone, but with the things that was stated above, you can enjoy it to the fullest of your heart!

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only.*


Ways to Create an Amazing Customer Experience

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Presently, more and more venturing business persons are aiming to create a successful enterprise. They spend more time and effort on making their products and services better. But what they do not know is that they should also focus on making their customer experience great, especially in a customer acquisition career.

For this reason, here are some of the most effective ways to create an amazing customer service that will ultimately lead their business to success.

Identify Where is the Customer in the Customer Journey
Knowing where your customers are in the customer journey is the primary step in creating and attaining an amazing customer experience. Are the customers just browsing through your page and your products? Or are they purchasing from time to time? When your customers look for a certain product but are unsure of which brand is the best choice, they will most likely be in one of these four vital stages:

§  Discovery
This is the first stage of the customer journey – when your customers are just looking but not yet ready to purchase something. Offering and providing them with reliable and accurate information about your brand, product, and service will greatly aid them to move on to the next stage.

§  Assessment
The assessment stage is when your customers are thinking thoroughly about their needs and how a particular brand, product, and service will help them. By this stage, your customers still have still a lot of queries point. This is why they will still reach out to your business or company directly to find out more of the product and service that you offer.

§  Selection
In this stage, your customers are already prepared to make a decision about the specific product that they will purchase from your business or company. When this happens, you have to make sure that you have built a rock-solid trust between you and your customer by offering personalized deals that can ultimately lead to your customer making a purchase.

§  Purchase
As a customer firmly decides about the product that your company offers, then they will finally purchase it from you.

These four stages in the customer’s journey is an essential factor in creating an amazing customer experience. By remembering these phases, you are ensured that you know where your customers stand and can confidently pinpoint what problems your customers may encounter with.

Use Marketing Tools in Creating a Personalized Customer Experience
In today’s digital age, there are a number of marketing tools that you can use in order to make your job a lot easier. In addition, these marketing tools can also aid you to generate better results for your business. But in order to attain this, you must first have enough knowledge and a better understanding of who your customer is. As a result, this will help you in knowing where your customer stands in the customer journey and you can freely and effectively use these marketing tools.

Given that we live in a digital era, there are a lot of marketing tools’ categories and platforms that can help you and your business to obtain the right funnel and acquire customers in the process:

§  Analytics
Analytic tools will enable you to thoroughly evaluate customer behavior. Additionally, it will also help you to find out the effectiveness of conversion funnels and traffic channels.

§  Helpdesk
Having a help desk to aid your customers is one of the best marketing tools any business can have. By acquiring and obtaining a help desk, you are systematically answering queries in a timely way. Remember that email is not enough when you are controlling and managing a whole business.

§  Social Media Automation
Hootsuite, Buffer, and other social media applications will ultimately enable you to schedule posts in advance. Additionally, you can also use these social media applications and platforms to track the social interactions you are getting.

Monitor and Understand the Customer Behavior
Keeping a keen eye on your customers can greatly help you to make further improvements to your product offerings and sales process. This is why analytic tools such as Google Analytics, Lucky Orange, and Online Conversion Insights will ultimately play an essential role in your business or company.

What you need to look at is where your customers are located, what device are they using to access your business’ website, how your leads are discovering you, how many times a visitor has visited and viewed your site, and how many purchases they’ve made. By understanding your customers and their interests, they will surely notice it and the more you gain leverage amongst your competitors in the market. Additionally, this will ultimately provide you with valuable insights and reflections that you can use and adapt for your next step.

Key Takeaway
Creating, procuring, and attaining an amazing customer experience is not all about your products. Though your business or company’s products are important, but then, selling your product is not entirely the solution. Remember that you should also vend experience. When you provide the experience, then the customers will love you and they will surely keep coming back for more.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only*


Easy Meal Recipes for a Student Budget

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Various universities in Manila offer the best of the best in educational materials and the means to access and practice it. The experiences you will encounter in and out of the classroom are ones that will surely shape you as an individual. It is a great time to be a student except for one thing, the budget.
Being a student means you’re living on a student’s budget, you cannot always indulge in your favorite foods and end up settling for the next best thing. With these recipes you don’t have to live on instant noodles or budget meals that don’t fill you.

One-Pan Rice

This is a simple recipe that makes use of what you probably already have in the kitchen. Basically this is a mixed rice recipe that will definitely fit any meal or occasion for any student. Feel free to trade off any of the ingredients for a substitute you already have.
-       Beat and cook 1 egg into a pan and set aside to cool
-       Use the same pan and pan fry 2 rashers of chopped bacon and 175g of Sliced Mushrooms
-       Add in 1 clove of crushed garlic, 200g of frozen peas and a small knob of grated ginger
-       Pour in 2 tsp of dark soy sauce, 1 tsp of sugar and 250g of cooked rice.
-       Stir the mixture until ingredients are evenly spread
-       Finish off by adding the previously cooked egg and mix

Skinny Pepper, Tomato & Ham Omelet
This is a great option for any breakfast needs or any meal for that matter. Omelettes are a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. It is also very simple to cook and filling.
-       Mix and beat 2 whole eggs and 3 egg whites
-       Heat 1 tsp of olive oil on a non-stick frying pan
-       Cook 1 finely chopped red pepper for 4 minutes
-       Mix in the white parts of 2 spring onions that have been chopped
-       Pour in the egg mixture and cook until almost set
-       Set a few slices of ham and 25g of shredded cheese on top and continue to cook until the center is set.
-       Fold the omlette onto a plate and sprinkle the remaining green pieces of spring onion on top

Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is probably on the top of every comfort food list out there. This simple recipe puts a twist on an old classic.
-       Mince 1 clove of garlic and cook it over a skillet until soft.
-       Add ¼ pound of frozen spinach and turn up the heat until the moisture evaporates
-       Season with salt and pepper
-       Take 2 ciabatta rolls and cut both in half
-       Add ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese and ½ oz of feta cheese on the bottom half of the ciabatta rolls  
-       Split the spinach mix on the skillet between the two sandwiches
-       Add ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella onto the top of the spinach mix
-       Toast the upper half of the ciabatta roll using the non-stick skillet and serve the sandwich warm

These recipes will surely fill you up and get you ready to conquer whatever workload you have. The ingredients are easily accessible and the meals can fit at any time of the day, which means that your time will be well spent and well managed. You have no reason to settle for anything less anymore.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only.* 


How Honey Can Change your Life for the Better

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What you’re about to read may bring out your inner sweet-tooth. No need to worry though, as this is the natural and well-known substitute to the usual sugar you would use in your morning cup of tea. This time, honey and its benefits are where it’s at.

Honey is a natural sweetener used in a lot of recipes. Preparing it can be a bit tricky but once it comes out, it can be presented in various forms depending on how you like your honey. It can be in liquid form, crystallized, cut, comb, or even creamed. Another thing about honey is that it contains a lot of components that make it the superfood known by everyone today. From its benefits to medicine and everyday life, here are other things one can benefit from honey:

It is anti-bacterial

Honey can be a great food preservative as its structure as an ingredient makes it an unsuitable environment for bacteria buildup. So if you ever want to use sugar when you bake, think about what you can gain when you substitute it with honey: a pastry that stays fresh and lasts longer without the fuss.

It can last forever

This may seem a bit of an exaggeration but this is actually fact. Your honey may start to age in appearance after many years on the shelf but believe it or not, it is still okay to consume. Of course, it all depends on how you store your honey. The ideal storage environment for honey is room temperature. That way, it will still look gold and clear for your eyes to behold.

It can double as an antiseptic

If ever you get a cut or a scrape and you have to disinfect it, honey can be your ideal ingredient as it releases hydrogen peroxide from an enzyme called glucose oxidase, which allows it to kill any bacteria on your wound, decreasing the chances of infection.

It can get rid of Parasites

This can be used in extreme cases of emergency. If ever you find yourself with intestinal worms, just mix equal parts of honey, water, and vinegar, then drink it.

It can boost your stamina
Honey can also help athletes in their performances as it is a carbohydrate without the fat and sugar content. It’s sweet enough to consume and it regulates one’s blood sugar. Also, if you mix honey with some water, it can help boost your energy so you can eat through the day hassle-free.

It can treat burns

This one works in tandem with disinfecting your wound. Apply honey to your burn and the peroxide it releases will clean your burn and lessen the swelling.

It can reduce the risk of heart disease

Not only is honey satisfactory for one’s confectionery cravings, it may also be a key to preventing casualties among people. A study conducted in 2008 had 32 overweight individuals consume at least 70 grams of honey for thirty days. The results showed that while there is a reduction in weight, there was an even greater reduction in cholesterol among these 32 people. The reason for this is because honey contains flavonoids and antioxidants that help reduce heart disease and, to some extent, some cancers.

So if ever you crave some sugar, consider honey instead; and think about what you can gain from this golden super-food.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only.*


How to Make Chicken Satay for Kids!

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From its beautiful attractions, profuse culture and heritage, stunning landscapes, and their affordable HDBs, Singapore is indeed a place worth visiting. But what makes the land of Merlion distinct is their discernable food culture. From chaat, roti, smoked duck, lemak, and to their famous hainanese chicken, Singapore offers a unique and exquisite taste experience for locals and tourists.

Moreover, satay is another Singaporean cuisine that is known to be a favorite in the country and to its Southeast Asian neighbors. Satay is a dish that consists of seasoned, skewered, and grilled meat that is usually served with sauce that can be found in hawker and food centres in Singapore. Though satay may comprise different versions such as fish or tofu satay, the dish’s is usually made up of meat products like goat, mutton, beef, and pork. Hence, majority of the people, even kids, prefers the chicken satay style.

Yes, you’ve read it right. Even your kids will love this cuisine.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Is there a kid-friendly recipe for chicken satay? The answer to that question is yes. This recipe can be served to your toddlers and kids aged 1 to 4 years old! (seriously) Now that I got you all pumped up for this local favorite, keep on reading to know the steps in creating this superb dish that your kids will undoubtedly relish!

Preparation Time:    45 minutes
Marinating Time:      15 minutes
Cooking Time:          15 minutes


For the Marinade:
·         1 garlic clove (crushed)
·         1 ½ tbsp. lemon juice
·         1 tbsp. soy sauce
·         1 tbsp. runny honey
·         1 tbsp. peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

For the Sauce:
·         1 tbsp. vegetable oil
·         ½ onion (finely chopped)
·         ½ tbsp. dried chillies (crushed) or 1 tbsp. sweet chilli sauce (optional)
·         100 g. peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
·         75 ml coconut milk
·         75 ml water
·         1 tbsp. soft brown sugar

For Cooking
·         4 chicken breasts (cut into long strips)
·         Wooden or bamboo skewers

Steps (Marinating and Grilling the Chicken)
1.    Mix the garlic clove, lemon juice, soy sauce, runny honey, and peanut butter together in a bowl to make the marinade.
2.    Leave it for a while.
3.    Proceed to flattening the chicken breast with a rolling pin. Then cut each breasts into 4 to 5 strips.
4.    Place the stripped chicken into the marinade mixture.
5.    Leave for 15 to 30 minutes.
6.    Prepare the skewers by soaking them in cold water for 20 minutes – this will avoid the chicken from burning while it is being cooked.
7.    Proceed in heating the grill.
8.    Thread the chicken strips onto the wooden or bamboo skewers and grill for at least 4 minutes each side.
9.    Serve with peanut dipping sauce.

Steps (Peanut Dipping Sauce)
1.    Heat the vegetable oil in a pan.
2.    Fry the onion, chillies (optional), peanut butter, coconut milk, water, and soft brown sugar for 4 minutes.
3.    When fried, combine the mixture with the heated vegetable oil.
4.    Boil and stir for 2 minutes until mixture is thickened.
5.    Serve.

Aside from its delicious tang, this specific recipe is packed with nutrients such as folic acid, calcium, and zinc. Plus, it also provides energy, which is perfect forthe overall wellness of your kids. Remember that you can always add nutritional ingredients such as cucumber, lime wedges, and lemongrass to add more flavor to your chicken satay.

Follow these simple and easy steps and it will definitely make your family meal time more fun and exciting.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only.*


Innovative Trends in the Catering Industry

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In today’s modern world, the catering industry is currently experiencing a huge demand. As a result, the number of the best caterings in the country has incessantly increased since it obviously gains huge profits.

Along with the success of the catering industry comes the birth of new trends in the catering world. These trends will definitely help you in crafting and recreating traditional and modern dishes that your guests and customers will surely love. These are some of the latest trends in the catering industry that every chef should know.

Special Diets
As of today, including a single vegetarian alternative to your main dish no longer meets your attendees’ needs. This is why the number of vegan, gluten-free, organically grown, and nut-free food are the most common diets at present. But be careful and be aware in using these certain ingredients in your crafted diet since it may cause allergies to your customers.

One example of a diverse diet food is changing Asian noodles into a rice bowl station that includes toppings such as lemongrass chicken, brisket, and vegetables. By doing this, you are enabling your guests and customers to choose based on their preferred diet.

Right Garnish
How you design and present your dishes will have a great impact on our attendees and customers. Designing your diet food intricately and adding delectable toppings and side dishes will ultimately entice your customers.

If you opt to serve fish, you can remove and bake the skin to serve it as a skin chip to complement the main course. You can also use beef, red wine, and mushrooms to create a red hibiscus wine sauce with dehydrated mushroom chips. Or you can opt to serve edible flowers, charred lemons and limes, or carrot ribbon chips. Experiment and try other food ingredients to successfully craft an impeccable garnish.

Recreation of Appetizers and Small Plates
Famous chefs like Keovorabouth highly recommends that every food caterers and planners must start to be creative with their hors d’oeuvres and small plates. Recreating and experimenting with your appetizers will ultimately make your guests and attendees more attracted to your dish.

For instance, you can recreate the traditional bruschetta to spice it up a little bit by setting it up to tomato shells that is filled with parmesan mousse. Add a little garnish with balsamic glaze and basil crystals, and you now created the same traditional bruschetta plate with a twist.

Moreover, you can also try using Iberico ham in different presentations. Just add an Iberico bacon and an onion apple tart, Fuji apples, Spanish pepper, and manchego cheese with the Iberico ham in small plates and voilaI You have now created an innovative and delectable hors d’oeuvres in no time. If you are feeling more creative, serve your guests and attendees with chorizo with a saffron risotto of manchego cheese, leeks, onions, and shallots.

Interactive Food Stations
The biggest innovation in the catering industry today is the activeness of the interaction between the chef and the guests. This is the one of the reasons why food stations are so popular in today’s catering industry.

Being interactive with your guests may involve you telling stories about the key ingredients you used or how your meat and hams were fed and prepared. When you do this, you will ultimately make your guests happy and contented, which will lead to them being loyal to your food brand.

If you are thinking of starting your own food station, you can always opt to start with a cheese station. Serve pimiento cheese, smoked cheddar, jalapeƱo, and creamy corn with bacon, cheese, and shrimp gravy toppings. By offering more than one option, you are ensured that you will achieve the positive interaction successfully.

Use Clod Heart Cuts for Your Beef Services
Finally, well-known chefs like Peter Rosenberg highly suggests that every chef should use the clod heart cut of beef. Seasoning it with garlic will neutralize the livery taste that it has. The best part of using this type of beef cut is its more affordable compared to other meat cuts.

Key Takeaway

Being unique and standing out in the catering industry competition entails more research and experimentation. Though it may seem tiring and hopeless at times, you have to keep on moving forward and do your best to be on top of your game. This will also help you to be more innovative and creative with your dishes which will lead in a respectable reputation and a number of loyal customers.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only.*