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Digital Wallets: The New and Efficient Way to Pay

October 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Digital wallets are becoming a worldwide trend, and one of the most convenient methods to pay for freelance contract work. A digital wallet is a piece of software engineered to assist in the transfer of money from one account to another, without the need for high risk credit card processing. Today, wallets can be used to pay for goods and services anywhere. As smartphone adoption rates rise, expect the digital wallet phenomenon to grow alongside it.

Faster Payments

The big story right now is the adoption of micro-chips on credit cards. These so called “chip cards” utilize high-tech security measures to prevent thieves from stealing your data. They also take up to a minute to complete your transaction. Even though they are getting faster, the system slow down hurts both businesses and consumers.

Digital wallets use Near Field Communication (NFC), which is a wireless protocol used to transfer data quickly. New phones also have fingerprint scanners. No more PIN to enter, just scan your finger print and approve the transaction. In addition, new wallets allow you to program your credit or debit card info into it.

More Options

When you own a digital wallet or a merchant account provider like Charge.com for example, you can tie that account to your other bank accounts. This gives you more options to pay at a register, without having to dig through your checkbook. You may designate your primary account, but it’s never too difficult to access any of the other accounts you might have at your disposal.

Final Thoughts

Digital wallets are the next big thing to come to financial technology, and it’s only a matter of time before they are used as frequently as cash or debit cards. With improved security, encryption and smartphone technology, the digital wallet can accomplish a lot in just a short time.

How to Overcome Common Freelance Expenses

August 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In today’s economy, freelancers have grown exponentially as more opportunities open up to work from home. The freelance economy relies on being able to save money in small ways, including on how they get paid. Since many contractors come from outside the US, it’s important for employers to do everything they can to help freelancers get the payment they deserve. That starts by examining the way freelancers are paid. Here are some thoughts on ways freelancers can help employers, and themselves, save money getting paid.

Digital Wallets and Bank Accounts

Mostly, freelancers utilize digital wallets in order to send and receive money. If they attach that wallet to a high interest savings account, they may be able to recover some of what they may lose in fees using credit card payment processing at a store or to withdraw funds. It’s also helpful to have a second bank account so that freelancers can keep their income and savings separate. It will help long term savings for vacations and rewards.

Transfers

Freelancers tend to work with people outside their home countries, says Charge.com. That’s where a good digital wallet with low fees can be useful. You can keep funds in your wallet and use them to pay for goods and services in your own country, or transfer them to your external bank account.

This way, you’ll be able to easily create an emergency fund for yourself. Once you quite your day job, you lose your guaranteed paycheck. You can earn more money working on your own, but it takes quite a bit of work to get to that point. Creating a solid savings plan early helps you get past those early-stage hiccups.

Five basic supplies needed to start an ice cream store

January 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Gelato Products

Starting your very own ice cream business will require a bit of planning so your business runs smoothly. Here are a few key items that you will need to purchase.

Cones, toppings, syrups, and dispensers – Most customers will want to customize their deserts and therefore will want the choice of a wide selection of toppings and syrups. Therefore, buy dispensers to hold toppings and whipped cream.

Soft serve supplies – Soft serve ice cream is a favorite and a good soft serve machine will ensure that you never run out.

Waffle cone supplies – Most ice cream stores make their own waffle cones. Therefore, you will need a waffle cone machine and additional molding equipment.

Storing and dipping supplies – To ensure your ice cream stays fresh and holds its texture it is important to invest in a good quality commercial freezer. Make sure you buy a freezer that has crocks to hold different flavors. If you intend to sell your ice cream in large qualities for at home use, it is a good idea to source a supplier who sells ice cream cups wholesale.

Serving supplies – You will have to invest in serving supplies to ensure that your customers can enjoy banana splits, sundaes, and other frozen treats. You can choose from glass, plastic and disposable containers depending on your budget and purpose. It is also best to buy tasting spoons to offer samples.

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Gelato Products is a store specializing in gelato cups and other Los Angeles gelato supplies.

 

The paid loyalty program

December 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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When it comes to loyalty programs, there are several types a brand can choose from. Often the choice will depend on the type of product or service on offer. The most popular (used by approximately 70%) program is the points based program. However, there is another program that is popular with larger retail outfits and luxury outfits, which is also a supported feature of most shopping cart solutions.: the paid loyalty program.

The paid loyalty program provides a sense of exclusivity to the customer. They gain access to special offers, discounts, and services only available to the program.  The eCommerce cart software will automatically show the customer the special offers that they are entitled to when they log in. One of the most recognizable examples of this is Amazon Prime.

Amazon has proven that the increased transaction value of a program like Prime is worth the additional overhead. Thanks to the free two-day shipping, Prime members spend significantly more than non-members. The upfront payment is usually a problem. Amazon uses a 30-day free trial to overcome to hurdle.

The benefits of this program are many. There is the higher spending per customer. Then there is the fact it is very easy to understand, unlike some of the tiered points based programs. There are also some drawbacks. The upfront costs will be a definite barrier to entry and only regular customers will see the value of the program.

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Secure Net Shop is a provider of shopping cart services for e-commerce sites.

Quick Tips to Find an Honest Car Salesman

October 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

buying-a-carWhen you’re trying to buy a new or used car, it’s very easy to come across dishonest salespeople who prey on a lack of knowledge to sell cars. There’s not an easy to way to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to buy a car (in fact, most people don’t even know what make or model they want to buy before they step onto a lot), but you can use this advice from Bidlane, located at 1107 Flower St in Burbank, to make sure you’re dealing with someone honest.

Avoid the In-Store Visit

One tactic people love to use when you’re trying to sell your car in Burbank is to ask for an in-store visit to negotiate the price of the car you want to buy. They may say they want to assess your trade-in value, or show you the car themselves. This is a red flag. Avoid sales people who won’t give quotes over the phone.

Trust Referrals

The turnover for car salespeople gets pretty high at certain dealerships. It’s not a job cut out for everyone, and many people lose the motivation to keep going. Those who do stay tend to build lifelong relationships with customers who will then refer friends. If you’re getting a referral, odds are good your friend trusts that sales person to sell your used car in Burbank.

Lead Them

One ingeniuous tactic used to discover an unreliable sales person is to start discussing “facts” that aren’t really true, but not in any obvious way. Asking for the base model with leather seating, for example, is a good tactic. Most base models don’t have the option for leather seating, so if the sales person responds and affirms they can help you out, they are probably just looking to sell anything.


Bidlane, located at 1107 Flower St in Burbank, is the best destination to sell your used car in Burbank. At Bidlane, appraisal only takes ten minutes and the offer is good for three days.

Six fun ways to serve ice cream

September 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Gelato Products

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Ice cream is a fail-safe dessert, that is loved by both children and adults alike. If you are planning on serving ice cream for your next family dinner or event, try the following serving suggestions to make your dessert extra special.

A striped ice cream cake – This is a great alternative to serve ice cream, which is less messy than serving your ice cream in a cone. Buy your favorite flavored cake and cut thin slices. You can then place ice cream between the layers. Simply refreeze and serve.

An ice cream sandwich – Buy a berry pound cake, cut slices and fill them with your favorite ice cream. Serve immediately on plates with ice cream spoons.

Brownies with ice cream – Make your favorite brownies and layer them at the base of a glass bowl. Then add some mint ice cream and finish off with cream and chocolate shavings.

An ice cream pie – Make a pie crust with digestive biscuits and butter. Then add an ice cream layer, top with cream and fresh fruit.

Ice cream cups – Instead of serving your frozen treats in gelato cups and spoons, make your own edible bowl. Simply make vanilla cupcakes and scoop out a bit of the center. Fill your centers with your favorite ice cream.

Ice cream popsicles – Place your ice cream into popsicle molds and refrigerate. You can also include a mix of ice cream flavors, for a fun, tasty popsicle.

Get all your frozen yogurt cups and other ice cream shop supplies from Gelato Products.

Three Important Tips when Buying a Used Safe

May 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s good to have a safe to protect your important papers and expensive items, but a good safe can be expensive. For example ISM safes can easily run you several thousand dollars. You can save money by buying a used safe, but if you do, you need to be careful. Here are some tips to follow when buying a used safe.

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Make sure it’s right for your needs

With any safe, it’s important to make sure you are getting what fits your needs, and that is especially important with used safes. Make sure the safe you are looking at will fit your home and that it offers the protection you are looking for. For instance, if you want something that will protect your items from fire, make sure you are getting a fire-rated safe.

Make sure there is no damage

Safes are pretty durable, but they still can sustain damage over time, so make sure the used safe you are considering buying is free of damage. Have the seller demonstrate that the door and locking mechanism work, for instance.

Focus on security

When buying second-hand safes, such as AMSEC safes, you need to make sure the security isn’t compromised. If there is a code needed, you need to be able to change it after the sale. If the safe uses keys, make sure you get all copies and have the lock rekeyed after you buy it.
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How to Increase the Appeal Factor When Running a Gelato Shop

April 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When customers enter an ice cream or gelato shop, the first thing that they’re going to look at is the menu. Otherwise, they’ll run straight to the visual appeal of seeing the frozen treat behind the glass case. However, many shops tend to lack that visual appeal that gives their product that extra “oomph”. If you’re just starting out as a gelato shop owner, remember to focus on the niceties and amenities that will make your guest feel welcome. This obviously comes after serving some of the best frozen treats – quality should always be prioritized.

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Create a Brand Image

Many gelato shops aren’t recognizable by name, unless they’re a local favorite. Branding is one of those things that give authenticity to your shop. By having something simple like your shop’s name and logo on your gelato cups instead of the standard bland ones, you’ll be creating a public image. It doesn’t have to be flashy either; all you need is a color scheme that your shop is known for, and the business name. If it’s a sweltering day, most people are going to look for a way to cool themselves down from the blistering heat, if they know about your shop through this public branding, there’s a high chance that they’ll at least pass by your shop.

Emphasize the Quality of Your Product

The quality of the products that you serve should always be a priority. If you have the most up-to-date shop in the entire city but serve awful gelato, you’re just digging your own grave. Contact some of the best gelato suppliers to schedule regular deliveries to your shop. Or, if you want to go about the DIY-route, always look for ways to improve the flavor and quality of your product. It’s all about experimentation when it comes to finding the perfect balance in your gelato. But, once you’ve achieved that, people will be clamoring for more. Therefore, your business could blossom into a crowd favorite.

The Bottom Line

Being an owner of a frozen dessert shop is tough nowadays. With so many people going to the popular franchises, there’s very little room for success. However, small business owners have successfully made a name for themselves with many people actually preferring these “mom and pop” shops over the more well-known ones. How did they do this? They branded themselves, served high-quality and tasty gelato, and always put the customer first.
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Gelato Products offers a large selection of gelato supplies such as gelato spoons, frozen yogurt cups, and more.

Top “Secret” Tips on Perfecting Gelato’s Stubborn Texture

February 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

For homemade gelato, one of the most common issues that people face is achieving that perfect texture. If you’re somewhat of a gelato enthusiast, then you’re probably aware of what type of decadent experience a perfectly crafted bowl of gelato is capable of. The smooth, creamy texture packed with volumes of flavor in every bite is enough to have people chasing after the secrets to this fine-tuned dessert.

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The professionals have an obvious advantage over the home cooks – high-grade gelato suppliers, $20,000 heavy-duty machines, etc. However, this doesn’t mean that your home’s kitchen isn’t capable of creating a dreamy bowl of gelato. These tips below will help strengthen your current recipes and even possibly be that tiny detail that you’ve been missing out on.

The Machine

As mentioned earlier, restaurants do have the advantage when it comes to dessert “hardware”. However, consider this. Are you pumping out gallons of gelato for incoming customers on a daily basis? There’s no need for you to invest in a multi-thousand dollar machine when your needs are different from the restaurants.

Sugars

Ice cream recipes typically call for a basic table sugar. Consider making a switch to liquid sugars to enhance the depth of flavor and consistency of your gelato. Products like inverse sugar, honey, and corn syrup will supplement the base of your gelato, drastically impacting its overall texture. Note that by adding corn syrup to your recipe, it’ll not only enhance its’ body, but it’ll make it more resilient to melting and re-freezing – which helps if your freezer isn’t the best quality.

Freezers

One of the biggest keys to making great ice cream or gelato isn’t looking at the machine itself, but the freezer that it’s stored in. Many home freezers aren’t designed to maintain subzero temperatures and their auto-defrost cycles will melt and refreeze whatever’s stored inside, sacrificing quality and texture in the process. You can consider investing thousands into a better freezer, or you can take a look at special storage units that are designed for frozen desserts and treats. It’s not mandatory, but if you’re chasing the perfect texture, you might want to at least take a look at one of these – you might even continue the trend and add some gelato cups and spoons to compliment your masterpiece.

The Bottom Line

These small, but impactful, tips can help improve your current gelato recipe and turn it into a quality dish that your whole family will love. There isn’t a “cookie cutter” setup when it comes to making gelato. It’s important that you take the time to experiment with several recipes as it’ll only bring you one step closer to an end-result that will exceed your expectations.
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Gelato Products is a premier supplier of gelato pan liners, gelato spoons, ice cream cups, and more. Visit their entire store online today.

How to Invest in Your Gelato Business

October 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Gelato Products

If you’re like a lot of small business owners who serve gelato at your shops, you may be making a critical mistake. That is, you may be thinking that you’ll be sure to succeed as long as you have the right gelato.

Geletoproducts3Of course, this makes a lot of sense on paper. After all, gelato is what you’re selling, so why would you need much more than that in order to see your customers come through the door again and again and again.

The truth, though, is that you’re also going to need some incredible supplies too. This means everything from the spoons to the frozen yogurt cups you serve your gelato in. Think about it. Even the most amazing gelato could take a hit once you put it in a cardboard cup or bowl. This is why it’s vital you invest as much as possible in your frozen yogurt paper cups.

You should take the same approach with your shop’s décor as well. It should be as inviting as possible. Nothing short of that will suffice. Otherwise, customers won’t look forward to taking friends and family to your restaurant. Give them something they’ll be able to show off to their loved ones and you’ll see business on a regular basis.

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If you have your own gelato restaurants, it’s going to take more than just great products. That’s what Gelato Products is for: they have all of the frozen yogurt supplies you need to be a success.

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