Homestays and Farmstays

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Imagine waking up to the sound of a rooster on a farm in New Zealand, or sitting around a kitchen table with a Tuscan family to enjoy a homemade Italian meal. Sound appealing? If you're sick of sterile hotel rooms and you'd like to get a closer look at the local culture on your next trip, you may want to consider a homestay or farmstay. [...]

Video Conferencing: A Better Way to Conduct Business Meetings

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Conducting business meetings can turn out to be a very complicated process, especially in today’s busy world. Yet they are a vital aspect of a business’s welfare, so it is important that they are handled efficiently. Fortunately, advancements in technology have made it possible for businesses to outline their goals as well as keep track of successes and failures in a better way. This is [...]

8 Reasons To Hire A Family Law Attorney

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The question, “Do I Need a Family Law Attorney?” comes up in discussions involving Divorce, and other issues such as, Child Custody, Child Support or Alimony (known as, Spousal Maintenance). In Minnesota, there is no law that requires you to hire legal representation in a family law case. Therefore, you always have the option to represent yourself. However, when we hear this question, often the [...]

Small Business Accounting 101: Ten Steps to Get Your Startup on Track

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This list of 10 small business accounting steps will give you the confidence to know you’ve covered your bases, and are ready to move on to the next item on your business to-do list! 1. Open a Bank Account After you’ve legally registered your business, you’ll need somewhere to stash your business income. Having a separate bank account keeps records distinct and will make life [...]

Niseko Is Japan’s Mythical Powder Paradise

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After three sunny days, Niseko is finally getting back to normal. It's snowing. I'm with a dozen members of a snowboard club from Tokyo, and together we zip down a short run covered in fairy dust, then ride the lift back to the top of the mountain, only to discover that, in the ten minutes we spent on the chair, a fresh sifting of white [...]

Farmstay – how to have a great holiday without paying the earth

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The concept of ‘farmstay’ has been around for some time. Farmstay, as the name suggests, relates to staying on a farm, and is growing in popularity as a holiday option. This is due to the unique nature of the holiday and in most cases, the high affordability. Farmstay – why are they cheap? Why is a farmstay likely to be a more affordable holiday than [...]

Top five reasons to ski in Japan

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1. No jetlag Jetlag can take days to adjust to and can seriously impact an active holiday from muscle fatigue to missing out on apres fun. The time difference between the east coast of Australia and the ski fields of Japan is just two hours, so when it's 6.00am in Japan it's 8.00am in on the east coast of Australia (even better if you're in [...]

What Everyone Should Know About Skiing in Japan

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How to navigate the emerging winter mecca. For the past decade, Japan has been gaining traction with America’s snow obsessives. No wonder, with the dollar trouncing the yen and a maritime climate that drops insanely good powder for a full five months. The best conditions are on the northernmost island of Hokkaido, which gets 600 inches of snowfall annually, nearly twice that of Vail. Families [...]

5 Ways Family Lawyers and Clients can Be Happy when Using Fixed Rates

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While there are many documented benefits of fixed fee (or flat rate) billing, like that of cost certainty, increased efficiency, and administrative simplicity, there’s no specific guidelines how lawyers can put in fixed fees in practice. Many lawyers do not implement fixed-fee billing as they fear that if they keep their rates low, they’ll be stuck in that rate even if eventually, the case winds [...]

Five Questions About Fixed Fees You’re Afraid to Ask

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1. How on earth can you make money with fixed fees? It’s easy! At least, it is if you’re one of the many firms that calculate their fixed fees by multiplying the estimated number of hours by their hourly billing rate and doubling it just in case! (Click here to watch “Cometh the Hour” on YouTube). New Math New Money DownloadThere’s a better way, of [...]