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How to Impress Your Boss

Do you think your boss realizes what a good worker you are? It is always difficult to prove that you are the best of the best, especially to your employer. The true key is finding ways to stand out and make your mark. Thinking proactively and applying a few bits of knowledge will make it so.  Follow some tips and you’ll be... Read More

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Do you think your boss realizes what a good worker you are? It is always difficult to prove that you are the best of the best, especially to your employer. The true key is finding ways to stand out and make your mark. Thinking proactively and applying a few bits of knowledge will make it so.  Follow some tips and you’ll be winning employee of the month in no time!

Come Early When There is a Deadline – When there is something to do, do not be afraid to get to work at 7 a.m. This will not only alleviate the stress for the day, but prove to your boss the dedication you have to the project. Even if the deadline is not met, there is no way you can be held at fault! Your boss will notice this dedication and see you as a core player on the team!

Place a White Board in Your Cubicle – This board will allow anyone in the office to see how extremely
busy you are. By simply looking over, your boss can admire all of the projects that you are working on.  Just make sure that the board is clean, organized, and free of any inappropriate doodles.

Keep Your Boss Informed of Problems – Communication is a key factor in the workplace. If something goes wrong, feel free to tell your boss and let them know. You might think this is a bad idea, but even if your boss does get frustrated, it is much better than them getting surprised and yelling at you for keeping them out of the loop. Realistically, they’ll appreciate the fact that you were completely upfront with them.

Help Others – If you have some free time, give someone else a hand. Your workmates will appreciate you and your boss will take notice as well. By learning more skills from others, you will become more viable around the workplace and prove yourself as a great employee.

Some people might look at these tips and think that they are common sense, but you would be surprised how many employees think their bosses do not like them. These guidelines are sure to improve your work relationship and you might even get a promotion out of it. Once you get that big raise, what will you put the money towards? We suggest a brand new car to make  you really feel like an executive. Once you don’t get that new car we obviously want to remind you to make sure the vehicle is insured. Give us a call today and we would love to let you know more about CT Auto Insurance, including discounts because even the boss loves a great price!

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Featured Partner of the Week: Whirlwind

Time to come out of hiding and enjoy the nice weather. If over the weekend you found yourself in the backyard or sitting on your front porch, you might have received a friendly reminder your landscaping needs work. It may be time to call the experts at Whirlwind Fine Garden Design in Amherst.  Not only can they come up with... Read More

Time to come out of hiding and enjoy the nice weather. If over the weekend you found yourself in the backyard or sitting on your front porch, you might have received a friendly reminder your landscaping needs work. It may be time to call the experts at Whirlwind Fine Garden Design in Amherst.  Not only can they come up with a great design for your landscaping and planting needs, but they also have experts that specialize in stone masonry work. They offer a great combination of design and construction services that can really improve your outdoor spaces.

Their design team can meet with you for a free consultation and start coming up with a plan for your outdoor space. They can help with everything from conceptual drawings to full planting, lighting and irrigation plans. Once it is time to start construction, they are there to help with patios, walls, walkways, and stairs. Their work doesn’t stop there. They also can help with water gardens, ponds, and fountains. If you’re thinking of a more small scale project, they can also help with your planting needs. Coming up with a great design, specializing in the best local plants. The experts at Whirlwind Fine Garden Design can truly help you improve your outdoor space. Check out our blog for more featured partners!

 

 

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Vine Tops the Charts

Many businesses have already realized the many successes of using social media to connect with their target market and reach new customers.  Now, there is an even more innovative way for businesses to accomplish such goals: Twitter’s new app, Vine. So, what’s all the hype about?  In just four months, Vine has climbed the charts and is currently the number 1... Read More

Time to Ride My Off-Road Vehicle…Now What?

As the temperature is rising, so is the temptation to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.  I bet you can hardly wait to take the winter-tarp off your four-wheeler and tear up the brown grass in your backyard. Or does Spring time to you mean dirt-bike season? Perhaps you just bought your first off-road vehicle and are worried about taking... Read More

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As the temperature is rising, so is the temptation to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.  I bet you can hardly wait to take the winter-tarp off your four-wheeler and tear up the brown grass in your backyard. Or does Spring time to you mean dirt-bike season? Perhaps you just bought your first off-road vehicle and are worried about taking your beautiful, shiny new toy out for a spin? No matter what it is you plan to ride, you are probably thinking “I took out my off-road vehicle…now what?” Don’t be afraid to get a little mud on the tires, as long as you’re insured!

It may seem like we’re trying to be a big rainy, storm cloud trying to rain on your parade by reminding you that accidents can happen; but we just want to insure that your fun in the sun continues. We can help protect against damaged, wrecked, and stolen vehicles. This way, even if you hit a bump in the road, you can rest assured that you’re protected. So before you take to the trails, call us about our Off-Road Vehicle Insurance to make sure you have the right coverage.

 

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Going Green Can Save You Green

Earth Day has come and gone, but that doesn't mean it’s too late to think about going green. One of the great things about being more Eco-friendly is that it can also save you money. Energy costs continue to go up every year and many homeowners are left wondering what they can do to fight back. Turns out that turning to... Read More

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Earth Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to think about going green. One of the great things about being more Eco-friendly is that it can also save you money. Energy costs continue to go up every year and many homeowners are left wondering what they can do to fight back. Turns out that turning to Eco-friendly improvements on your home could really save you money. Sometimes the more green alternative is more costly, but when you weigh how much it will save you in the long run with energy costs, it’s sure to have you considering that option. What am I talking about? Take a look at some of these examples of Home Improvements that Pay You Back:

  • Solar hot water is when you channel water from rooftop panels to an existing tank. This can eliminate the energy used for a regular hot water heater. In a little less than 9 years it will pay for itself by saving you $280 annually and over $5,000 over 20 years.
  • Low emissive windows can help reduce energy costs by altering the way windows transfer heat. They pay for themselves in less than 3 years by saving you $300 a year and $6,000 over 20 years.
  • Green Roofs are plant filled flat rooftops that can eliminate run-off and provide better insulation than a basic roof. They can save you about $800 annually, $16,000 over the course of 20 years, and will pay for themselves in 10 years.
  • Programmable thermostats are a great addition to any home and will in less than a year they will pay for themselves. Who doesn’t want to save $180 in just a year?
  • Radiant floors are a pretty big expense, but they can decrease heating costs. It takes a little over 7 years to make your money back, but in the first year alone you can save about $550.

These are just a couple of ways that going green can save you money. If you’re going to make improvements on your home why not make improvements that will end up saving you money and the environment? These can also be a great selling point if you end up putting your home on the market. Another way you can save money when it comes to your home? A good New Jersey home insurance policy can make all the difference. Our agents can help make sure you are getting all the discounts you are eligible for, while also getting you great coverage.

 

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Google+ & Blogger

Much like social media, the best part about blogging is the potential for interaction. When you post a blog that is engaging and entertaining, your readers want to comment and discuss it with you. This is very exciting as a writer and gives you the opportunity to build relationships and potentially have those people become new business prospects. Unfortunately, monitoring these... Read More

Much like social media, the best part about blogging is the potential for interaction. When you post a blog that is engaging and entertaining, your readers want to comment and discuss it with you. This is very exciting as a writer and gives you the opportunity to build relationships and potentially have those people become new business prospects. Unfortunately, monitoring these comments is often times just another venue that you have to keep a watchful eye on and that can take up time. Google+ just announced they will allow you to bring your Google+ comments to your Blogger blog.

This feature would give you the ability to comment and discuss your content with not just direct blog
commenters, but also people talking about your blog on Google+. It also gives commenters more options. They can share privately or publicly with their circles which could help your blog get more exposure. The great thing about this is that it makes things easier for you and your commenters, encouraging them to comment and share more. Talk about a win-win situation.

Let’s face it, as marketers we have a lot to monitor so for me just the idea of combining two things in one place is appealing. If you want to enable Google+ Comments, just visit the Google+ tab of your Blogger Dashboard, and check “Use Google+ Comments.” Do you have any advice on monitoring blog comments? We’d love to hear them!

-Brittany

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Avoiding Allergies This Spring

It is that perfect time of year for enjoying the outdoors. The only issue is when your allergies do not agree with you. A stuffy nose and puffy eyes will not only make you look in pain, but feel badly as well. You can definitely change your mood this season by changing your patterns and following a few new rules.... Read More

Life Insurance Connecticut It is that perfect time of year for enjoying the outdoors. The only issue is when your allergies do not agree with you. A stuffy nose and puffy eyes will not only make you look in pain, but
feel badly as well. You can definitely change your mood this season by changing your patterns and following a few new rules.

Open Windows –  Cracking your windows is one of the first things you might want to do as the snow melts. The big issue arises when all the pollen comes flying on in! A way to get a cool breeze without putting yourself at risk is to use your air conditioner. Setting it to a circulate setting will make it so your unit is not taking in any air from the outside either.

Exercise at the Wrong Time – Your early morning job would be better done on a treadmill instead of outside
unfortunately. The worst time for allergies is the morning and early afternoon so it’s best to avoid those times when working out.

Clutter in the Home – There should be no reason to avoid spring cleaning anymore. Objects, such as stuffed animals can hold onto dust and pollen. This means that you could even be getting allergies if your windows are shut tight.

Doubt the Power of the Purifier – Just because you cannot see it, does not mean it’s not there! An air purifier can remove any of the dust and pollen you can’t do away with yourself.

There is no guarantee you can suppress your allergies completely, but hopefully these tips can help. With all
of the things that you have to do and have to worry about…wouldn’t it be nice to cross allergies off the list? After you cross that off the list and while we are talking about health, take the time to get a Connecticut Life Insurance policy. Our agents can help you choose the right policy and get you the coverage you need. It’s not something we want to think about, but life insurance can help you provide for your family, even after you’re gone.

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Buy a Car AND Car Insurance Online

If you’re in the market to buy a car, new or used, buying online is becoming more and more popular. It makes sense that more people are turning to the internet to buy their cars, after all you can’t argue with how convenient it is. There are some things to look out for if you are shopping for your next... Read More

MA car Insurance OnlineIf you’re in the market to buy a car, new or used, buying online is becoming more and more popular. It makes sense that more people are turning to the internet to buy their cars, after all you can’t argue with how convenient it is. There are some things to look out for if you are shopping for your next car online. Here are just a couple of things to keep in mind:

Check out the seller. When you connect with the seller ask to meet up in person and make sure they agree.  Sometimes you complete a transaction online, then the person vanishes so it’s important to make sure they aren’t afraid to handle business in person. No one wants to get car shopping cat-fished, right?

Research your choice. Make sure you get the VIN and do your research. You may also want to have a mechanic
take a look at the car and remember the risks that may come with buying a vehicle “as is”.

Be safe when paying. Don’t send a check or wire money. That could very easily turn into a scam. If you are paying online, make sure you see a lock sign on the site to assure you that you are on a secure browser. Use a trusted credit card too because if something does go wrong your credit card company may be able to help you out.

Did you know you can also buy your Massachusetts car insurance online too? Unlike buying your car online, buying your car insurance online is safe and if you run into any problems, just  give us a call! We want to help make your life easier, while getting you the coverage you need.

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ThingLink: A Great Social Media Asset

Social Media is a major hub of innovation. That is an inarguable fact in our day and age. If the move from text, to photo, to video was not enough, you won’t believe what is next – interactive photos. Yes, if you could not believe it, now there are photos that let you interact with them. This might be a... Read More

$2,000 Video Scholarship Contest

Are you a senior in high school heading off to college in the fall? Or maybe you just know someone who will be heading off to college in the fall. Either way, amongst the excitement of getting into college is also the worry about paying for college. Encharter Insurance is having a Distracted Driving Video Scholarship Contest and you could... Read More

Are you a senior in high school heading off to college in the fall? Or maybe you just know someone who will be heading off to college in the fall. Either way, amongst the excitement of getting into college is also the worry about paying for college. Encharter Insurance is having a Distracted Driving Video Scholarship Contest and you could win a $2,000 scholarship. All you have to do is submit a video to us by April 29 that is 1-5 minutes in length and exemplifies distracted driving. Be sure to mention “Encharter Insurance”, but most importantly be safe while filming (don’t actually make yourself distracted while driving)! On April 30th the videos will be put on YouTube and people will vote for the best one.

Check out our video with some more information or click here for all the information you need to know about submission and rules.

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