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When it comes to buying and selling homes, home inspections are among the most nerve-wracking and essential processes. The purpose of the home inspection is to ensure the sound condition of the home and to identify any additional repairs (and related expenses) that must occur. Home inspections can reveal a home’s deepest, darkest secrets: from termites in the basement to malfunctioning oil tanks and electrical wiring not up to code.

There are plenty of reasons for prospective sellers and new homeowners to be nervous about home inspections, but understanding the process and arming yourself with accurate information can help.

Let’s demystify the home inspection process. …


At some point in your business career, whether you’re a small business owner who realizes the importance of inbound marketing or a writer who is hungry for work, you’ve probably heard the siren call of the content agency.

Content agencies promise to handle the production of materials (usually written) such as web pages, sales pages, emails, and blogs.

In my career of over fifteen years, I’ve written content for the web in various capacities: for corporations, start-ups, agencies, with one-on-one freelance clients, for my own blog — and I’ve even worked for dreaded content mills. …


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The tl;dr answer? Privilege.

Regardless of my varying financial situation in the past five or so years, I’ve been fascinated by the trend of becoming a digital nomad. A digital nomad performs work remotely (primarily), and can therefore work from anywhere: a hotel, a garage, on the road, or at some super fancy location. Since I found out about the digital nomad life, I’ve wanted to give it a go.

When I had some income but a dubious future work situation, I committed to it.

Becoming a digital nomad, however, isn’t something you do without research. As easy as it sounds, packing up your life and bouncing around comes with all sorts of challenges (financial, physical safety, and more), and it takes both planning and flexibility (neither of which are fully my strengths for various reasons). It tends to suit the freelance life well, but it works better when you have steady or predictable pay. …


You get it: the internet is saturated with content. And video, though newer to the scene, is exponentially popular, with 87% of digital marketers using that format. Whether you’re going for a classic blog post, an engaging video, or a lead magnet sure to capture valuable email address for your list, coming up with fresh and engaging topics can be rough. Beyond the standard practice of surveying your audience and monitoring trends in forums, there are some underutilized tools you can use to find content ideas.

You don’t have to go in without guidance — if you find a catchy topic, you can always run it through you tried and true software to verify its relevance and potential. …


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Once upon a time, I was an ambitious employee at a large business selling websites to small and medium-sized businesses.

As a web content writer, I was a top producer, and I was picked to help pilot a website specialist program because I enjoyed making live web copy changes for clients while they were on the phone.

But alas! There was villainy. It was still corporate culture, with a very rigid management structure. That happy start-up vibe at a large company meant one thing, in my experience: outsourcing was imminent. …


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You’ve got the best business concept or existing successful company: don’t lose the momentum. Whether you’re starting or expanding, you’ve likely come to a point where you know it takes money to make money–and it’s time to consider a small business loan. Before you drive to your bank, source money from friends, or sign up to launch a Kickstarter, you’ll have to assess where your business is and exactly where you want it to go.

Lenders need that information, and they require it in the form of metrics.

How should you prepare that information, why might you need a loan, and what steps should you take to acquire one? …


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Managing chronic illnesses and chronic pain from injuries is overwhelming. While I am fortunate enough to have no standalone mental health issues, longstanding chronic pain brings with it all sorts of difficulties, a lot of them small and practical.

You know how it can help to tackle a larger, seemingly impossible task by starting with the small bits? It’s even easier when you have a friend to help.

Health is kind of like that, and when a bunch of people do small things, it can add up and make a real difference in the quality of life of someone with chronic pain. …


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I lay on the bed. My mind is empty of thoughts, worries, and anxieties. I focus on my breath; on the here, on the now — not on my deadlines. Not on perfection. The here and now.

The breath that pulls my back.

The way each movement reaches for the root of pain, delivering to various points in my form like a poison.

The level of pain in my body.

I am so very aware: my mind void of all else, I am aware that pain is ever-present and inescapable. I defend my mind against thoughts of lack of insurance. This isn’t the time to think of how to escape pain. …


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From kids on the soccer field to collegiate beer pong to intellectual live action role playing experiences, I have complicated feelings about competition and my place in it as the defined individual I was raised to become. I find that–as an American–I am not at all alone in this, especially given our current socio-political climate and the many urgent needs no longer met in the lives of many Americans as a result.

As a game designer, I constantly wonder: how can I provide a space for gamers to find fulfillment and meet their own needs in a world that has taken so much away from them? …


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If you’re fortunate enough, there will come a time in your career when the things you like to do and the things you do for a living have more in common than not. If you’re approaching that point, you may consider merging the personal brand you’ve built for yourself and the professional image you’ve curated over the years for a brand.

Prospects, clients, and content partners get it: you’re a brand; you represent a brand; but you’re also a person — and that’s actually acceptable now. …

About

Tara M. Clapper

game designer | RPG book editor | storyteller | LARPer | writer | Find me at: GeekInitiative.com | Clips: tmc.pressfolios.com

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