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Jul 12, 2012
Getting products and services without paying
Has anyone ever given you anything valuable for free? Did you trust it? Was it a hoax? Don’t worry about it. Since the advent of the internet and internet marketing, business has boomed for many business owners who all vie for your spending dollar. They give away free stuff from yoga to holiday vacations, cell phones, e-books, free classes, and much more. The library is the number one source for free content, free WiFi, free classes; you can even take courses for free.
Free products for your email address
There are companies who offer free samples to people in the hope that they will try out the product, like it, and buy it. This could be anything from vitamins, coupons, things you find in your medicine cabinet and so on. What is the catch? They give you the free products and you sign up to register and provide an email address. You know what that means; they’re going to contact you. So as not to mix up your personal email from your business email, keep all their correspondence in a separate folder. Also take a look at the company’s terms and conditions to ensure you understand.
Types of products given away
Do you have a birthday coming up soon? There are shops which give you a free birthday gift if you visit them fourteen days before the event. You will have to show your free rewards card. You can also go online and check out places where you can eat for free on your birthday. You are not stuck to a menu and can choose from a list of restaurants which are offering giveaways on your birthday. There are also free scoops of ice cream on your birthday, or places where kids can eat for free on a Tuesday night; only one person has to order the main meal to get this. There are sites as well where they give away free stuff by mail, which are mostly small items like shampoo and toothpaste.
Why companies give away free stuff
For bigger items you can also check out the neighborhood giveaway site for things such as painted chests of drawers and other furniture items. You can also host a party for a sponsor to receive a package stuffed with products such as party decorations, cooking utensils and much more for hosting the event. WiFi for instance is free at some restaurants and coffee shops. What do they get in return: customers who will come back repeatedly for food and boost their business earnings. In a way it is like bartering; product for services or vice versa. If you are a chef and like to cook you can also get cook books for free from a popular site. The company makes money from advertising.
Here is a great one if you don’t want to pay charges to dial 911 for assistance. You dial a toll free number and follow the prompts to get your number for them to call back. It’s a great way to not pay for a long distance call; the only problem is that the person in the emergency might die by the time anyone arrives. The service is free because you have to listen to a sponsored message. As indicated earlier, there’s no free lunch.
Duties of a janitor at a high school
Arrival at school 6.30 a.m. - Being a janitor is not a walk in the park especially when you don't have an assistant and you are the janitor at a school with a lot of lively kids who litter floors and drop things. Before you can even put on the coffee pot in the cold winter mornings you have to be outside cleaning the ice off the sidewalk and parking areas to make sure students don't slip and hurt themselves; you have to be aware of safety issues also.
After coffee 10.00 a.m. - You wade through your list of things to do and decide whether it is a warm enough day to do the windows after a blistering winter, or tackle the restrooms to clean the toilets and mop the floors. A janitor has a plunger in his hands at least once or twice a day to clear out the blockage and wash the toilet floor which is wet most of the time. Mopping, sweeping, vacuuming floors is part of the morning routine. A janitor must know his job as he works with power equipment and chemical cleaners.
Lunch time recess at noon - Even though the janitor too should have his lunch and have a short break, he is always interrupted by having to attend to some emergency such as a blocked toilet or something that has to be immediately taken care of and can wipe out his lunch break. He has to have knowledge of cleaning solutions, what they contain and also have experience with insecticides and other poisons as there must always be awareness of the safety of young children who are inquisitive.
After lunch at school - A janitor's job is never done as there is always maintenance and repairs which have to be taken care of. He has to sweep, vacuum and mop the floors. He has to make sure signs are put out that the floors are wet. He has to answer questions from students. He has to take out the rubbish which is plenty and attend to the boiler. At all times he must be careful that students don't come to harm being where they should not be. His job is to keep the building clean and spotless.
Coffee break 3.00 p.m - As if all this is not enough, there is also the matter of cleaning the offices and shampooing rugs when the weather is good. Office furniture has to be vacuumed and dusted every day to keep the office fresh and comfortable. There are always desks and tables to be moved. The outside premises of the building always have to be free of rubbish and debris and when the weather permits it the janitor has to mow the lawn and tend to the shrubbery. He has to help move scaffolding and keep things like ladders out of the way in the event there are kids around. A janitor is the first person on the scene and one of the last to leave. Last, a janitor should have a strong constitution and a strong back for the job.
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