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4 Start-ups That Save Lives

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drinking waterMany people start companies or invent products for notoriety or money. Some start-ups, however, are actually doing good in the world. Some start-up companies are even saving lives. Certain modern companies started by innovative people are helping to prevent dangerous situations, and helping people create safer environments for themselves. Below are 4 modern examples of start-ups that actually save lives:

Sober Steering

Sober Steering is a start-up company that certainly saves lives, as it helps stop drunk drivers. It’s led by a daughter-father team, Catherine Carroll and John Carroll. Sober Steering developed an advanced biosensor technology that non-invasively diagnoses the body’s condition to see if you are sober enough to drive.

Sober Steering has developed the world’s only touch-based alcohol interlock. Once you get behind the wheel and start your car, you simply place a hand on Sober Steering’s biosensor pad in the wheel, which detects alcohol by touch. If alcohol is detected and exceeds a pre-set limit, the vehicle is immobilized. If you pass, you can drive, but random re-tests ensure that the driver maintains sobriety while en-route.

This company is preventing drunk drivers from hurting themselves or others, and preventing legal repercussions of drunk driving such as DUIs. A DUI lawyer in Springfield il at Noll Law Office tells us: “Many people don’t understand the serious consequences of getting a DUI. This is just one more reason not to get behind the wheel when you’re under the influence of alcohol.”

Suncayr

Suncayr is a start-up team of intelligent engineers and scientists who are on a mission to save lives and spread awareness about skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of the fastest growing and most preventable (greater than 95%) forms of cancers. The key word here is that it’s preventable, which is why Suncayr is committed to changing the way we protect ourselves from ultraviolet exposure.

The problem with sunscreen is that you can’t see when it’s working. It’s invisible. And, you can’t see or tell when your sunscreen has stopped working, either. How are you supposed to know if your sunscreen is still protecting your skin? How can you tell for sure when it’s time to re-apply sunscreen? Suncayr’s SPOT UV Stickers help you to see when your sunscreen has stopped working.

SPOT UV Stickers change to a purple colour with UV light, letting you know how effective your sunscreen is all day long. SPOTs colour-changing designs that are easy to understand. SPOTs are designed to stick on your skin all day long, even when you’re swimming in the ocean at the beach or playing beach volleyball.

The UV index changes throughout the day, so you’ll see different shades of purple as the day goes on. If your sticker changes to any shade of purple, it means your skin is no longer protected and you need to apply more sunscreen. We can help prevent skin cancer by using SPOT UV Stickers, and stay safe in the sun.

LifeStraw

Unsafe drinking water causes countless illnesses and deaths in developing countries. LifeStraw purifies water as it is sucked through the straw, through filters and a chamber imbued with iodine. Travelers love it, because it’s a portable straw that keeps them healthy and safe during their travels. If a traveler is unsure whether water is safe or unsafe, they can simply use the LifeStraw just in case.

You could drink straight from a muddy puddle, and still be alright if you’re drinking through a LifeStraw This invention does give the water a slightly bitter taste, but that’s better than ingesting parasites and bacteria from unsafe water. Each LifeStraw can purify 700 litres of water before needing to be replaced.

They also have a water bottle with a built-in LifeStraw. LifeStraw Go uses award-winning filtration technology to remove bacteria, parasites and chemicals found in water. It lasts up to 1,000 gallons. It’s incredibly easy to use: simply fill-up the water bottle with any water source you find on the go, and drink through the water bottle’s built-in straw.

LuminAID

When architecture graduate students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta were asked to design a product to assist post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, they thought about the human need for food, water, shelter – and light. They considered how much more dangerous the conditions are at night if one is without light.

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, or in an unexpected emergency, you might be left without light which can make a dangerous situation even more unsafe. This is especially true if you’re stranded at sea, and the water damage ruins any sources of light you may have had. Anna and Andrea invented an inflatable solar light that packs flat. This emergency light is called LuminAID, and that is also the name of their start-up company.

In their start-up phase, Anna and Andrea made the first 50 prototypes by hand, and they traveled to villages in India to field test these prototypes of their solar-powered, inflatable light.

Now, more and more people are using LuminAID to stay safe. Hikers, backpackers and emergency workers all over the world are using LuminAID as a reliable light source to light their way.  

LuminAID was even featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and they landed a deal with Mark Cuban. LuminAID has helped thousands of sufferers. 1000 LuminAID solar lanterns wer distributed in Haiti as part of the Give Light, Get Light program after Hurricane Isaac, and LuminAID plans on continuing to help people stay safe.

Summary

Social enterprise businesses like these four startups are hugely exciting and thus attract a lot of interest and following from everyday consumers, philanthropists and business entrepreneurs.

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4 Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating in the Workplace

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foodA healthier workforce is a more engaged and productive one. A lot of people overlook the impact eating habits can have on cognitive functions, mood, and concentration. But by making a few adjustments to your workplace and company culture, you could help your employees make healthier food choices.

Here are a few simple ways you could encourage healthy eating in the workplace.

Use Snack Services

There are plenty of snack services out there that will allow you to provide snacks to your employees for cheap. They allow you to buy various snacks in bulk so you can save on total costs. They’re also a great way to show that you actually care about your employees’ wellbeing.

However, not all of them are created equal and some might be healthier than others. While an office snack service like Naturebox will be focused mainly on providing healthy office snacks like dried fruits, nuts, and low-calorie options, others won’t have as wide a selection and will offer your usual run-of-the-mill snacks with a few “healthy” options. If you want to know more about snack services and which one would be best for you, Bevi has a great article about them. Bevi also supplies beverages for the office, including water dispensers.

Incentivize your Employees

There are plenty of ways you could make things easier for your employees and incentivize healthy eating. Some companies, for instance, will have free fruit around the office or will allow their employees to have access to mineral water. If you have vending machines, make sure that you stock them up with healthy foods as well as the usual snacks. And make sure that healthy options are much cheaper as well.

Do not Neglect Break Time

You have to institute a culture in your business where your employees feel free to enjoy a full lunch break and sufficient screen break time as well. This will encourage healthy eating habits and reduce stress as well. Make sure that they don’t eat at their desk and consider giving flexible break hours so they can get out and stretch their legs. A lunch hour should be long enough to let them go out and enjoy a healthy meal if they want to. Enjoying fresh air will also leave them invigorated for the second half of the day.

Make Sure that it’s a Clear Part of your Company Culture

If you want your employees to truly dedicate themselves to healthy eating, it has to be part of your company’s mission and put down in writing. Make sure that your commitment to healthy eating and overall health is part of the staff handbook. You should also make it clear to your staff that your mission will translate into actual policy. Let them know that healthy eating options will be subsidized or completely free of charge. Also, make sure that you consider adopting a corporate food plan if you have a cafeteria.

Conclusion

Making sure that your employees adopt healthy eating habits is not only an investment in their well-being but in your business as well. If you want to enjoy a happier and healthier workforce that will run on all cylinders, make sure to make healthy eating a must in your workplace.

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How to Make Money from Home as a Freelance Writer

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how to overcome writer's blockIf you have ever considered becoming a freelance writer your first and biggest question is probably “how do I begin making money as a freelance writer”? Knowing where and how to look for jobs is the first step in your freelance writing career.

There are plenty of ways to get paid but in this article, we give you 5 of the best methods for getting work as a beginner freelance writer.

Enter Writing Contests

Writing contests are a great option for freelance writers of any experience level because they do not differentiate between beginner writers and established professionals. Winning of these would be a great achievement for any resume and are sure to spruce up portfolios.

There are many competitions open to the public so do your research and see what opportunities are available to you. Prizes range from small cash payments to publications of your written works. Many of these competitions are free to enter so take the opportunity and submit your works today.

Job Boards

There are many ways for freelancers to make money online, you can find out more here. However, a common beginning point for freelance writers looking to get their first clients is to pitch for jobs on job boards. It is as simple as registering for an account and filling out applications or bidding on jobs. There are a ton of wiring jobs available on these boards and the clients are looking for people with a base level writing ability and a strong work ethic.

Start a Blog

Every writer needs a blog and these days bloggers are monetizing their blog through affiliate marketing. Running a blog can benefit you as a writer in many ways including contributing to your portfolio, creating lead generation, build up your credibility and give you confidence as a writer. Your blog will help you develop your style and target audience. The goal to successfully monetizing your blog is to pick a successful niche and developing a strong social media presence.

Guest Post

As a writer you should be following and supporting other bloggers and their sites. Consider pitching a guest post to your favorite authors. Most blogs accept guest posts and a lot of them are willing to pay for quality content from their guests. Before you send your pitch make sure you take the time to research the blog extensively. What is the style of writing? What is the niche? Develop a pitch that fits in nicely with site you are hoping to guest post for.

Self-Publish your Own Books

Amazon Direct Publishing has made it easy for writers of all experience levels to self-publish paperbacks and ebooks. The best part is that it is free to publish through KDP. Al you have to do is upload your book and wait for people to start purchasing it. Write about your book in your blog and post it all over your social media accounts to help gain some traffic and awareness. With KDP you can earn up to 70% in royalties, keep control of the rights, set your own prices and make changes to the book at any time.

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4 Tools That Will Help You Keep Focus in Meetings

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Keeping everybody focused on any kind of meeting can be quite a challenge. People are easily distracted and they get bored, especially in long meetings that drone on. However, there are some tools that can help keep focus during a meeting.

Did you know that whiteboards are a critical part of meetings nowadays? It’s one of the focus tools we will look at today.

Visuals

One big help when it comes to the meeting is anything visual. There is a reason why people use tools like PowerPoint, graphs, images, and other types of visuals in meetings – because they help keep focus much better than words alone.

Have you ever been in a meeting, or maybe listening to a school presentation, where a person drones on? It can get boring if a person relies solely on words to get a point across. It can become boring and hard to focus on.

However, when you add snazzy visuals and colorful graphs into the mix, it helps to catch the eyes of those watching and listening. It also helps provide a minor break from word-only presentations that are hard to focus on.

Visuals always help with presentations, not to mention that they are great for getting across points and hammering them home, points out that words alone have trouble getting across.

Recording Device

One of the tools that can be used to help keep focus in meetings is a recording device of sorts. This could be anything; as long as it allows you to record a meeting, it should work fine. This could be an old-school tape recorder, a phone, tablet, or anything else that can record voice.

The point here is that during meetings, people often try and jot down notes and write down what the speaker is saying.

However, this actually distracts from the task at hand, because when people are writing notes, they are n’t listening or taking in additional information. It is actually pretty hard to take a new point in when you are also writing the last point down.

Therefore, a recording device to record all things said in a meeting can come in handy.

Instead of having people write down notes and lightning speed and not absorb information; people can actually listen to what is being said. Then, instead of referring to notes for reference, they can simply listen to the recording.

Stress Ball

This might seem like an odd tool when it comes to helping people keep focus in meetings, but it does work. Some people probably wouldn’t qualify stress balls as being tools, but in reality, they are.

Stress balls are those little softballs which people have in their hands and squeeze to relieve stress. They might be stress relief tools, but this is exactly why they can help people focus.

People don’t listen well when they are stressed out, and a stress ball helps to combat this. Furthermore, many people have to be doing something with their hands, which is why they invented those fidget spinners that were a big deal last year. It’s hard to focus on a meeting when you are constantly looking for something for your hands to do.

A stress ball in your hands can solve both of these problems quite adequately. Make sure you don’t get a noisy one, or else everybody else in the meeting room will not be happy with you.

Whiteboard

When it comes down to it, one of the most useful tools to help keep people focused during a meeting is undoubtedly the whiteboard. This has to do with our first point – that visuals help to keep attention.

Whiteboards are pretty big, they have great contrast between the surface and the colored markers, and they allow for great organization.

Whoever is leading the meeting can use various colors of markers to jot down the most important ideas, which are easy for everybody to see.

Whiteboards are also highly portable, so they can be moved from one meeting room to another. If you did not already know, whiteboards are becoming a staple of every meeting room and classroom out there today.

Conclusion

These 4 items or tools that we have discussed here today are fantastic for helping you and others keep their focus during meetings. It can be hard to keep focus, especially in a long meeting and in a room full of people. Hopefully, you can put these items to good use to increase focus and productivity.

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