3 Things You Need to Know in Order to Use a Ceramic Tile Finder Successfully

Tiles most of us have them in our homes, normally in our bathrooms, kitchens and also as flooring. In this article we are going to look at the best way of using a tile finder in order to source the tiles of your choice.

If you are wondering what the purpose of a tile finder is the answer is two-fold and quite simple.

a) One purpose of a tile finder is as a very simple tool you can use to browse and view thousands of designs, patterns and textures in order to choose tiles that will go with your decorative plan. For this reason tile finders are classically used by design consultants.

b) Another key use is by people looking to add to or replace tiles they already have. For example it may be that they have extended a room and need to add to an existing area of tiling with tiles that match exactly. Also people turn to them when looking to replace lost or damaged ceramics.

Whatever the reason here are three things you will need to know in order to do the job well.

1) Size of area to be covered – Sounds obvious but unless you know this information you will not be able to make a purchase and may lose out on a deal. Simply measure the width and height of the area you want to cover and multiply one value by the other in order to calculate the area to cover.

2) Tile Size – Why not think about this and make a decision up front about the size of tiles you are going to use. Larger tiles make a room look smaller but also reduce the amount of time required to decorate.

3) Batch No – If you are adding to or replacing worn tiles make sure you have details of the make and batch id of the tiles you are trying to source. This will allow a good tile finder to go straight to the product you are after.

Become Rich Selling Your Products and Services in the 1.8 Trillion Dollar Tourism Industry

I’ve met so many interesting entrepreneurs recently offering wonderful gifts and services through their small businesses. I’m not involved in the gift market but I work in Tourism a market often misunderstood and over looked in the US. It is an industry which includes gifts, swag, decor, floras, services, events and opportunities for unique, upscale and personalized gifts and services.

Normally I’m an International Tour Director and Trainer. My students are leading international, domestic and local tours and programs. I can’t cover it all here but I will give you an over view and basic understanding of the needs of the companies involved in tours, programs and events. If you’re looking for a new market, hopefully you’ll be able to meet their needs in building your success.

I think everyone knows Travel Agents. They make reservations for travel, tours and cruises. Most like giving something special gifts to their clients. Some still do flowers but maybe you have something to offer that may be more specialized and appreciated that will remind them of their trip and the agent. Travel related gifts with the name of the agent? Travel bags? Personalized money pouches? Or?

I work for Tour Operators the companies with the beautiful brochures offering tours when you enter the travel agency. The tour operators also offer gifts to the travelers. When I started it was the old style flight bag with the company logo. It then went to fanny bags, document cases and etc. Their challenge is with repeat tour members and trying to come up with something unique. The tours may be domestic and or international. Do you have something unique to travel, the destination and or US?

I also give out gifts on my tours and cruises for repeat passengers, birthdays and anniversaries. The gifts have included pictures frames with the company name engraved, Kona Coffee, photo albums, make up bags with a Kangaroo logo, books and etc. Do you have something unique and easy for the Tour Director and passenger to pack?

The biggest market I see for gifts is the domestic market, especially the incentive market. Incentives are gifts offered to increase sales and production. It may be a special gift and or trip individually or as a group. Fortune 500 companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their VIP’s, meetings, incentives and team building events. Many meeting spend over $600,000 on just their hotel bill.

I recently assisted with coordinating a couple incentive events. The trip was a reward to the highest achieving sales persons. They stay at 4 and 5 Starr resorts. When they arrive they normally receive personalized bags and gifts. (As a person in and out of my car like a sales rep, I know something like the key finder we received at the LA Spark and Hustle would be appreciated.) They were awarded an iPad, watch and or diamond ring. The events are like staging a wedding each night with lighting, floras, plants, decorative curtains, luminaries, custom linens, entertainment, gifts and etc. Events may include an artist offering the guests a special gift to be sent to their home. These are all outside vendors. Think of producing a very upscale wedding with a theme. Each company producing the event tries to make it unique and very upscale. Do you have a gift and or service they may want to use?

Here’s where it can be a bit confusing. The Fortune 500 Company hires the Incentive House. The Incentive House works with the Fortune 500 Company to develop the program, keep track of the incentives, make the reservations and send staff to travel with the group. The Incentive House hires a local Destination Management Company in the location of the program. The DMC organizes and conducts the local activities, including arrivals, transportation, tours, events, team building and etc. (I train the staff that travels with the group and DMC tour directors and guides.)

I also want to mention services. Many of the smaller incentive companies, DMC’s, meeting planners, event planners and tour operators are owned by women. Do you have a service for them? Payroll? IT? Printing? Running an evening of games and or team building? Run a car rally? Bicycle day trips? Hikes? Special tours? Some type of fun and or team building activity?

Tourism is the largest and fastest growing industry in the world and the opportunities are endless. Fortunately, our industry is rebounding and especially the incentive and meeting market.

I hope this gives you ideas of new markets and helps in your success.

Product Review: Finders Key Purse – Puppy Dog Keychain

Shana Clagg, independent rep for Finders Key Purse, was wonderful to work with. She was very personal, and made sure my package got to me. The keychain did in fact arrive safe and sound in a padded envelop.

The style I was able to preview was the dalmatian puppy. He’s very cute – has a red collar and heart shapped tag. Instructions inside the envelope made it easy to use this keychane right away, and he looks adorable hanging on the side of my purse.

Finders Key Purse doesn’t offer “just keychains”, but rather a unique way to keep track of your keys. You attach it to your key ring, and then rest the hook on the purse’s edge. A stylish way to save time digging for keys!

Finders Key Purse come in many different styles – everything from retro to pets to sports. You are sure to find one that fits your unique style. In addition to the cute and functional keychains, Finders Key also offers designer keys to go along with your keychain. Makes it very easy to find your most used keys in an instant because of the special colors and designs.

This site is definitely unique, and offers a great way to save you time!

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