Posts tagged with "commute"

Lime Scooters

By Vaughn Lowery x Krishan Narsinghani x Alexandria Baiz

Across the globe, Lime scooters are the newest ride for transportation and commute. One may have seen these green-tinted electric motor scooters zooming down major city roads in Los Angeles, Paris and even university campuses. With over 100 markets and 5 countries there is plenty of supply, and all one needs to do is download the Lime app to find the nearest scooter. With LED front lamps, green recessed lighting and red LED taillights for nighttime riders, Limes are functional at all times of the day in major cities. Technology in automation advances as the little green boxes on each scooter contain a GPS system and 3G built-in hardware to track the location and route of each ride. Aggregating routes and location data is vital for cities so that there is proof of this pilot program performance and for future infrastructure to be aware of heavily utilized routes.

The logistics of the Lime scooters are easy to follow with instructions accessible every step of the way on the Lime app. Depending on location, (ex. California State Law) riders must be 18 and over and required to wear a helmet. Helmets are offered for free through the local business partners, which can also be found on the app. To avoid clutter on streets, users are required to submit parking photos at the end of each ride to ensure the scooter is parked responsibly. Docking stations are also being added – physical locations like Monrovia and Santa Monica will soon be paired with designated parking locations.

Rides are effortless and affordable. Costing one dollar to unlock and fifteen cents per minute, rates beat that of car share fares. Take a solo trip to get to work or visit a hot attraction with a group of friends. 360 Magazine had the opportunity of riding a group of scooters throughout Los Angeles, revealing a beautiful scenic ride for any tourist or local in the area. Explore the Ballona Creek bike path, an 8.8-mile-long waterway that extends as a shortcut from Central LA to the coast of Venice. Enjoy a traffic-free, uninterrupted riding trail that offers rest stops and views for a perfect sunny day.

Transforming the mobility of cities into a clean environment is a major win in Los Angeles, especially with limited transit systems, it’s a great alternative to keep traffic and pollution under control. Diving in further, Lime travels up to 20 miles in distance and speeds up to 14.8 MPH. Lime Access offers a 95% discount on pedal bike rides and 50% discount on electric scooter rides. Lime Access is eligible for riders who belong to any state/federally-run assistance program in order to make Lime accessible for all. Download the Lime app today and use promo code “360MAG” to get a special discount and embark on a new experience where #CitrusGotReal.

Be Your Own Boss – Tips for Starting Your Own Business

It sounds great, doesn’t it? No more 9-5 hours, forget the daily commute, and just work when you feel like it, but the reality of being your own boss is often very different. While choosing when to work, or not, is possible for some, there has often been a lot of hard work for them to get to that point. But, with now more people than ever declared as self-employed, it has never been a better time to be your own boss. If you are dreaming of quitting the day job, starting your own business and becoming your own boss, this guide gives you some tips on what you need to do.

Find the Right Business Niche

You might have some idea already about what area you want your business in, and that is great, as long as you play to your strengths. Pick a business niche that you are already knowledgeable about, because if you already have the expertise, then you are far, more likely to achieve success. Also, make sure you choose a business idea that you are really passionate about also. Otherwise, you might see your enthusiasm dwindle after a few months.

When deciding on a business niche, it is important to do your research and identify a gap in the market that your business can fill. It will be much harder to make a successful business if you are just doing what your competitors do. Offer something extra, and you will stand out.

Create a Business Plan

Having a solid business plan gives you a focused look at what your targets are for your business and the strategies to implement. Your business plan will have detailed information about your target market, and how you intend to sell to them. Not only does a business plan to keep your project on track, but it is also a worthwhile document to show to possible investors.

If you are not sure how to create a business plan, there are examples and templates you can use online, as a way to get you started. At first, your business plan might seem a little basic. But keep coming up with ideas and flesh it out as you learn. The more you learn, the quicker you will be able to grow your business.

Learn New Skills

So you might have a great idea for a business, but if you don’t know how to run a website or have any marketing experience, then that is going to be a weakness. You will also need to learn accounting skills to keep track of your business spending and keep records for tax purposes. Learn the basics before you start, and it will make running your new business much easier.

Finances

Financing a start-up business can be hard, so make sure you know exactly what you need to spend money on and what you don’t. It is a good idea to save up some funds before you start your business, to get you up and running.
If finances are tight, you could consider bootstrapping which where you build a business by only investing the profits it makes and keeping costs as low as possible, rather than spending a lump sum of your own, or an investor’s, cash. This might mean keeping your business small until you have raised enough to invest in growth, but you won’t be getting into debt to fund your business. If you are bootstrapping, it is often worth having another source of income to keep you afloat until your business is making more money. Don’t forget that you still have everyday living expenses to consider, so it might not be the right time for you to completely give up your day job. Try to begin your business alongside your regular job, or at least work part-time, so you still have a source of income.

Sometimes, new businesses face problems with cash flow, so you might have to supplement it with your own money. Or, you might be putting much of your own money into funding your business that you might temporarily be finding it difficult financially. If so, a short-term loan can be beneficial, such as from Bonsai Finance.

Entrepreneurial Mind-Set

Your attitude is what drives your business, so you need to get into the mindset of an entrepreneur to get success. That means having the will to succeed even when times feel tough. It also means having discipline in your working day to get tasks done and to also have the confidence to make decisions.

It takes effort and hard work to achieve anything worthwhile, but if you show up ready to work consistently, you will soon see your efforts pay off.

Don’t Overdo It!

Remember why you wanted to be your own boss in the first place? It was to get that work/life balance you have always dreamed of. So while it might be tempting to work all the hours you can to make it a success, remember to take regular breaks and days off. Too much work and putting pressure on yourself can lead to stress, and that is not productive for your or your business.

If you find yourself under pressure, delegate what you can. If you have clients waiting, call them to rearrange a time for completion of a project, or consider outsourcing work if you have too much.

Being your own boss gives you the opportunity to manage your own time, rather than being dictated to by regular employment. However, it does come with risks. If you get sick, you won’t get sick pay, there is no paid annual leave, and if you don’t make it a success, you could stand to lose any money you may have invested in it. Treat starting your own business with caution, but don’t be afraid to try! Every successful entrepreneur had to start somewhere, and most experience failure as well as success. If you believe in yourself and have the will to succeed, then you have already won half the battle.

Fastest Commute Cities in California

The team at HomeArea.com created a graphic of the Fastest Commute Cities in California.

See the 79 places in California with the lowest average travel time to work below, and the highest average travel time to work places at the bottom of the list.

This is based on the latest estimates from the American Community Survey for all cities in California with a population of 60,000 or more.

Everyone hates sitting in traffic. Less time commuting means more time for work, family, and fun.

The California average travel time to work from the latest estimates is 29.4 and has risen 1.8% from 28.9.

This year saw several big changes:

· Chico, CA ranked for the first time

· Fresno, CA fell from #1 to #2

· Santa Maria, CA ranked for the first time

· Napa, CA fell from #2 to #4

· Davis, CA ranked for the first time.

· Citrus Heights, CA saw the biggest percentage increase in average travel time to work at 12.4%,

· Pasadena, CA saw the largest percentage descrease at -8.6%.

Commutes Are Killing Small Businesses

A recent, in-depth study conducted by researchers in the UK confirmed every commuter’s worst fear – the long drive to work is not only impacting job performance, but the health and happiness of you and your employees.
Though a UK study, the results speak to life in modern cities across the world. Researchers analyzed data from a government-run questionnaire called the UK Household Longitudinal Study, a survey that quizzes adult members of 40,000 households throughout the UK. Using questionnaire data collected between 2009 and 2016, the results are undisputed. Because they exhaust your body; take up so much time during the day; and can lead to becoming overweight – your productivity at work is drastically reduced. In fact, long commutes can be the equivalent of taking a 19% pay cut. For business owners, that means your company is not reaching its maximum potential.

But, what to do? On the surface, this seems like one of those cases where ignorance is bliss. For most people, it’s impossible to upend their lives just to spend less time on the road. The answer, however, may lie with exercise.  

John Abdo is regarded world wide as an authority on life motivation, health, fitness and athletic conditioning. Renowned for inventing the award-winning home gym, the Ab-Doer Twist, John is a former Olympic trainer, working with numerous Olympic and World-Class athletes, including Bonnie Blair, a multiple Gold Medal recipient. Recently inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, John ranks among one of the most visible motivational educators for legions of athletes, fitness enthusiasts and coaches nationwide. As a highly demanded editorial consultant, John is a regular contributor to such popular magazines as Men’s Health, Details, Outside, Women’s World, and Muscle & Fitness.

The most significant side-effects of sitting in a car for a long time can be erased with a few minutes of exercise per day. John specializes in teaching people that they don’t need a gym to build an effective fitness routine. By understanding how muscles work, it’s possible to perform short bursts of physical activity right at your desk. In an interview, John can discuss how chairs, stairs, desks, and wall corners, can transform your office into a work-out center.

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