Sep 27

Best Ways to Become a Nail Technician

Best Ways to Become a Nail Technician     A friend of mine was trying to figure out her path. I remember her telling me the story of how she came to her profession, and so, I listened as she told her story. Michelle questioned where she saw herself in the next few years and she definitely knew it wasn’t continuing a four-year university. One day, she sat back and pondered how she could get out of the financial situation she was in and make serious income for herself and her son Cody. One of her great talents was making a female look good; Michelle’s second talent was making people feel good about themselves. While grasping her water bottle, a practical idea came to mind. She was always great at keeping her fingernails as well as her toenails beautiful. Michelle reminded herself of this advertisement she read in a beauty magazine and how easy and rewarding it is when becoming a certified nail technician. I finally learned how her journey began.

She looked at the information and reviews at Michelle is a people person, so interaction was not going to be an issue. She learned about what she was going to do. Tidying up and keeping up grooming of a client’s hands and feet. One of the services that as a nail technician would provide are pedicures (feet grooming). The work Michelle knew she would have to do would go above and beyond just making her clients’ toenails and fingernails look beautiful.

Her mother was kind enough to lend her money for the education. In order for her to become a nail technician, she would have to attend a nail academy or cosmetology school. Michelle found an academy not far from her apartment and only a few minutes from Cody’s daycare. She knew that going to a cosmetology school would have taken longer because there, they do not simply teach nails, but hair and makeup. She learned in the classes how to sterilize her tools and the importance of health and safety. The instructors trained her for months and had her practice on real people. Michelle learned about hygiene, massage techniques, how to identify nail infections, and how to keep them healthy. Also, she learned how to do salon management and  how to start one’s own nail salon.

Altogether she had to complete 400 hours. It varies from state to state, but it takes between 200 to 800 hours of training before taking the test. It took her over a year before she could take her examination. Although there are online courses for part-time or full-time students, Michelle went for classroom (in-person) courses and full-time, might I add. Today, she works at a spa and has been for about two years. She loves what she does, and her and Cody are able to have more fun thanks to the income. She makes about $25,000 and everyone there loves her. I am glad things have improved for Michelle and her son. You can follow your dreams too if you are willing to do the work and put in the time and effort. The best way is to do it your way.

Jul 20

Increase Profits with This Investment

Increase Your Profits with This InvestmentI spend a lot of time out on the water in my Moth boat, a high performance machine that never fails me. I look for that same level of high performance elsewhere in my life too, like at the restaurants I visit, the hotels where I stay, and even the companies and ventures in which I invest my money.

Information has always been a valuable trading commodity. This was true in the past, it is true in the present, and I’d bet good money it will continue to be true in the future as well. Knowledge is power, or so they say. Well, I’m here to tell you that knowledge is also a sound investment for those looking to boost their portfolio and increase their profits.

I’m talking about investing in data centers. There are so many videos, songs, presentations, charts, movies, games and other files on the Internet, too many items for anyone to list them all, really. All of that data has to be stored somewhere in order to be retrieved at a later date. The data centers where this information is stored are constantly growing, or being joined by new data centers as more and more data is created.

To nail down an example, let’s look at cloud computing. Lots of people talk about “The Cloud” these days, but what is it, really? Essentially, it is a data center, or more like multiple data centers, where people store information they will want to access later from another computer, tablet, phone or other device. Once uploaded to the cloud, information can be accessed from anywhere a person is able to get an Internet connection.

There is no actual cloud. It’s a bunch of servers in several different sites, and it’s also not the only service of its kind available. I’ve actually invested in creating a handful of data centers in various locations around Europe, and each of these might be considered “The Cloud” by the people using them. I’m really more of an investor than a tech savvy guy though, so naturally I delegate conceptualization and development assignments to my partner, Citrus Solutions.

Anyone else looking to set up a data center might want to give them some consideration too. Data is a booming business that will only continue to grow as time passes, with more new data centers popping up regularly, not just in Europe, but in locations all over the face of the globe.

There is one last thing I think I should mention, since it’s a big part of the cost of running any data center. Those servers generate a lot of heat, especially if you’ve got a popular data center where lots of people store stuff, a place many people access often. Refrigeration becomes necessary for these machines to run without overheating and breaking down, and keeping a warehouse full of servers cool can be quite costly. In my experience, it is most cost-effective to build data centers below the ground, where outside heat sources (the sun) won’t add more to your monthly operating costs.

It’s Good to Be Wealthy


It’s Good to Be WealthyNo one will tell you that money solves all of life’s problems (well, no one with half a brain, at least) but you can’t argue that it does have its advantages. Wealth can bring security to your life and give you the reassurance that you can afford the necessities and even afford to have some fun and follow your passions. Being wealthy is still a huge responsibility and if you don’t spend or invest your money well, it can end up adding more problems and stress into your life. Being responsible with your wealth, however, can make you feel happy and fulfilled at the deepest levels.

Follow Your Passion

Whether you want to start a business, travel the world, or do your part to solve world hunger; money is the access key to getting started. Being wealthy will insure that you have—or can get—the resources necessary to pursue your goals and make your dreams a reality.

Investing your wealth in what you are most passionate about is one of the best ways you can spend your money.  This is your wealth and, more importantly, your life. So don’t let anyone else tell you what you should do with it.

Of course, money isn’t the only factor. You also need your fair share of ambition and perseverance. But as a wealthy person, you can be confident that the only thing that can stop you from following your passions is you. So stop making excuses, get out there and follow your passion! Continue reading