Thursday, 18 August 2011
Have you noticed how those electronic Chip and PIN card machines have made their way into almost every retail outlet within less than a decade? I noticed this occurring and I knew it was vital that my small business evolved with this financial trend.
I wanted to share with my followers here on Blogger because I know many of you own businesses and know how hard it is to budget but also keep up to date with the best equipment.
However, credit card processing is more than simple having a card machine, you will also need somewhere for the funds to be deposited when a customer is charged. It is not enough to have a regular bank account, you must get approved for a dedicated Merchant Account and the card users details are checked by the machine using a secret pin-code only they know and electronically transferred to your account.
I checked with my bank but they were asking ridiculously high rates to submit a Merchant bank account application and I decided to look elsewhere. Now that I knew it was Merchant Services I was looking for I typed in words like 'Merchant Account providers', 'payment service provider' and 'credit card merchant account'.
The top site that came up in Google UK was 'Seymour Direct' and it has a delightfully welcoming homepage with clear images and concise descriptions of various Chip and PIN card machines. There was also a helpful blog and resources that explained the history of credit card payments.
I used their live support chat function and a specialist Merchant's account adviser helped me organize the documentation I need and got me a great quote on a Merchant bank account.
Everything was handled swiftly and I was kept up to date with the process, my Bluetooth Ingenico Bluetooth card machine's were delivered within a matter of days.
Saturday, 13 August 2011
I have a very cool blog post to share with my followers today, it is aimed at Facebook users, which is almost everyone!
We all love Facebook for the apps, games and socializing capabilities it brings us and we often like to express our individuality to friends on our Facebook wall.
I often see a good friend of sharing very funny Facebook status messages on my News Feed and I realized he was getting them from article lists he found on Google.
I did some research myself and actually found a variation, some people were looking for 'Twitter status' and others were looking for 'love status' messages.
Often you can damage your social circle if you post a used and stale Facebook status, the best funny status messages actually come from websites. I found one specific website which updates daily with fresh status messages from all different subject topics and even provides ones related to current events.
Friday, 29 July 2011
In this week's blog post I wanted to talk to my readers about women's fashion, I have always appreciated the small things that ladies do to make themselves look beautiful, such as hair extensions, hair dyes and other beauty products.
It was while working on a website for a client of mine that I learned about the massive selection of clip in hair extensions that are available on the market. Not only can you buy 'Clip in human hair extensions' but there are other stylish varieties such as 'Feather hair extensions' and 'Luxury Indian Remy hair extensions'
You can see various brand name hair extensions at Afro-World.co.uk and they also stock a wide selection of other cosmetic supplies which is good because you can do a one stop shop for all your beauty products rather than having to rush around different websites.
I have also written a press release which explains why it is important to buy quality hair extensions like the ones on this website since everybody wants to achieve a celebrity look.
Take Jessica Simpson hair extensions for example, she gets to look amazing because she pays one of the top hair stylists to implement her hair extensions for her.
If you want to achieve a professional look it is important to buy only quality Remy hair extensions that have been sourced from only one place, by this I mean that all the hair should have come from one person. Luxury Remy hair extensions leave the cuticle intact and are flattened out to ensure all the strands flow in on direction.
Afro-World also stocks a large amount of hair dyes, although you can buy various clip in hair extensions which already include streaks and highlights.
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
In this article I wanted to talk about beautful Pattaya city, I recently returned from Thailands premier beach resort and I had to share my adventures since I not only enjoyed meeting the Pattaya bar girls and nightclubs but I also saw some beautiful landmarks.
Pattaya is a majority Buddhist community and many of the Pattaya girls you meet will have small necklaces with Buddha charms on them, I was lucky enough to have a holiday romance with one and she took me to see the big Buddha on the mountain. (See pics)
However Religous landmarks were not the only sites to be visited, there is also Bangkok which is only an hour and a half away by Taxi. In Bangkok there are obviously many things to see including temples but we chose to have a boat trip around the massive canal and river system.
Along the boat ride I saw where the Kings boat is kept and his Majesty is a prominent theme around the capital. There are many billboards showing the King in all his glory, you must even stand in honour of the King at the cinema.
On our way around the canal system we even fed some catfish, they were huge and fighting over the bread we bought from a merchant boat. Apparently the poor locals were'nt allowed to catch these because they were next to a sacred temple.
Another place you may like to visit is only 20 minutes Baht bus ride away from North Pattaya? road and this is the Sanctuary of Truth temple.It is not inhabited by monks and was only built around 10 years ago and remains constantly being updated with new sculptures. It has thousands of wooden carvings of Buddhist characters and looks like something out of Mortal Kombat and inside you can say a prayer at the shrines.
For a more active adventure I suggest another location called 'Elephant Village' which is also only 20 minutes drive via Baht Bus.
Here you pay 1000 Baht each person and can have a romantic elephant ride around the surrounding countryside, its a little bumpy but you see the beautiful Thailand butterflies as you pass through the trees and it even walks through a nearby lake. Hold onto your mobile phone!
If you would like to see more of my journey including videos and photos of the food we eat, please checkout my website GirlofPattaya.com