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According to recent news reports, more people now shop online using mobile phones instead of computers and laptops. Are you falling behind by not shopping online using mobile phones? The key to a great experience is having the right shopping apps. Here are the top 10 apps you should consider downloading today.

 

Also recommended is this article on PC Mag on the same subject. After reviewing the video above and reading the article we've linked to, you should be ready to get started with mobile shopping like a pro.

Online Dating Mistakes to Avoid

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Online dating is immensely popular and most people I know have tried out at least a couple of dating sites. But surprisingly, most people who date online just wing it, without approaching dating in a more well-planned manner. At the very least, you should read some tips on dating and know some of the most common pitfalls. Here are some online dating mistakes you should try to avoid:

1. Don't place too much emphasis on pics.
Most people who date online tend to make snap judgments based on pictures. It's hard to avoid doing this because it's one of the first things you'll notice about a profile. But you should try to make your decisions based on more comprehensive information. Read the entire profile, evaluate their personality traits, and look at all the pictures before deciding whether or not you want to move along to the next profile. Also, be aware that some people may not look that great in photos but end up being quite attractive to you when you meet them in person.

2. Reserve ultimate judgment until you actually meet.
There is a difference between online and offline chemistry. Sometimes, a person you hit it off with terrifically online may not be that interesting to you once you meet. On the other hand, someone who seems a bit dull in online communications could end up being very appealing to you in person. It's best to therefore view the profile as a starting point, and understand that the information you get from the picture is invariably going to paint an incomplete picture.

3. Draw conclusions about personality based on what you observe, not on what someone claims.
People on dating sites often make claims such as "I have a great sense of humor." Such claims may reflect what someone thinks about themselves, but they are not necessarily based on reality. Even if someone does not claim to have a good sense of humor, if they say things that are funny, you'll know that they do. Therefore, it's best not to give much credence to the personality claims people make.

4. Don't place too much emphasis on small things.
Nobody is going to be exactly everything you're looking for. So don't eliminate people just because there is one or two small things that don't line up with what you want in a partner. Instead, look at the whole picture and start conversing if there are enough big things that you have in common.

While it's important to read as much as possible about online dating before starting, at some point, you need to learn by doing. One thing you can do is obtain a Match.com 3-day free trial from couponleaf.com and check out online dating for a few days. This will give you some idea of what online dating is like before you have to purchase a membership.

Many dating sites offer a free trial you can use, but I think it's best to get started with a popular site like Match.com, since such sites have a lot of activity.

Tips for New Small Businesses

Every day, hundreds or even thousands of people quit their jobs and start their own business. But many people dive into this rather large endeavor without much of a plan or without much though. To help you get started, here are some small business tips you may want to heed if you are getting started with your own business.

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1. Incorporate.
This may seem like a hassle, but in the long run, incorporating is the smart way to go because it will limit the amount of liability you have. The easiest and least expensive type of corporation to form is an LLC. Other popular corporations for small businesses are S corporations and LLPs (for partnerships). A good way to incorporate at low cost is by purchasing an incorporation kit from companies like legalzoom.com.

2. Buy supplies online.
If your businesses uses a lot of supplies (and most businesses do), then you can save a lot of money by purchasing office supplies online. A good combination of things to do is find a good discount office supply store and also use online coupons for additional savings.

Buying online is also a smart thing to do for things like checking products and stationery. For such purchases, I prefer a company called Deluxe, where I can get some of the highest-quality checking products available today. I always make sure I use Deluxe coupons to get the best prices I can when I place an order with this company. Visit Freebiebulletin.com for the latest Deluxe Checks coupons.

3. Establish a web presence.
Building a website today is much simpler than it used to be. A lot of free platforms like Wordpress make it possible to create a website with little effort and little to no cost. If you are not web savvy, it shouldn't be difficult to find someone who knows more about the Internet and is willing to help. There are also many how-to guides online as well as books you can purchase to learn the basics on your own.

For most small businesses, a small website is more than sufficient. If you can, you should, however, get a logo designed as this will increase the professional look of your business. If you search for a logo designer online, you can usually have an attractive logo designed for well under $100.