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How much to tip?

May 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you found a place that provides great service? Did you tip your server generously? We use tips to appreciate service we received.

Consider the service you received. Many places suggest tipping a certain percentage while others may suggest a flat rate. Tipping is not just for restaurant servers. At the car wash or someone who brought in your new furniture, consider giving a flat amount. Waiters at the restaurant and your hairdresser should get 15 percent or more of the bill. Many give 10 percent to the pizza delivery person.

When tipping you should consider your financial situation too. If you can afford, be generous and others can follow the established norms.

Use your judgment. If you are trying to decide between 15 and 20 percent, use other factors too. When you are tipping your babysitter or the house cleaner, keep in mind you are expecting an excellent service each time. Tipping in this instance is appreciating the excellent service provided. Also, it is important to the receiver so that they can feel that excellent service rewards.

When giving or leaving a tip, be discreet. Keep the money under the bill at a restaurant and put it in an envelope when you leave a tip for your babysitter or the house cleaner.

How To Choose A Good Colorado Ski Package

May 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Planning for your next group ski vacation? Through the Internet, you will find numerous options with a simple click of a button. A ski vacation is a cool way to bond with your family and friends, while some may think that a trip may cost a lot, there are a lot of ways to save yet never run short on fun and excitement! Colorado is a good place to find a ski resort, one of the main attractions on this area is the purgatory ski resort. There are also numerous family ski packages you can choose from, simply search through the web to find a package that will best fit your demands and budget.

Before you book your trip, there are a few factors that you need to look into to ensure that you and your family will have a fantastic time. First, you need to verify if the resort’s course has an open wide area as well as well-groomed slopes. It is also a plus if the resort has installed a trail system to make sure that everyone will follow the same track. Lodging service is another thing that you have to check as you will also need to relax after an eventful day at the ski resort.


How to Start Selling Your Recipe Commercially

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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Many entrepreneurs in the food business are enjoying great success with their recipes. They may own a restaurant and customers are asking them where they can buy their special recipes. Dinners from Marie Calendars and Sauces from Lucille’s Barbeque can be found in stores all over the country. How can a small time start-up enjoy the same success as these franchised restaurants? Many entrepreneurs looking for the opportunity to start their own food business wonder how much money it will take to commercially produce their recipe. The amazing fact is that it doesn’t cost as much as you would think

Recipe costs will vary significantly depending on its specifications but you can find a ballpark estimate by considering the following information. Recipes with ingredients that don’t cost very much and products that require little cooking will not cost you very much to reproduce. Foods with perishable ingredients need to be stored in a cool place and require a higher overhead cost for refrigeration and freezing than foods that can be stored at room temperatures do. Purchasing small amounts of product is advised first, and as sales increase you can buy more in bulk over time to save money. But if you don’t know how much you are going to be able to sell buying in bulk will cost you more in the end.

You can apply this conservative mindset to selecting containers, packaging, labels and general administrative costs. Keeping your costs low help increase your profits after sales. You don’t want to sacrifice quality for quantity of course but there should be some balance to enable you to achieve success.