Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Eway Rapid and Magento Integration Guide

All requests to eWAY’s Rapid API need to be authenticated using basic authentication. This uses the eWAY API Key and Password in the username and password fields respectively.
This authentication is sent in the HTTP header, most frameworks and libraries provide a way to set these. The eWAY SDKs accept the API key & password along with the endpoint (sandbox or production) when they are initialised.

Creating an eWAY Sandbox API key

1. You will need an eWAY Partner Account – if you don’t have an account, sign up for free!
2. Navigate to the Sandbox using the link below for your country
  • Sandbox Australia
  • Sandbox New Zealand
3. Go to My Account > API Key
4. Your Rapid API Key will be displayed in the API Key field
5. Click Generate Password to create a password for the key. A password can only be viewed once after it has been generated – if you forget it a new one can be generated by clicking Generate Password again (the old one will no longer work).

Install TrexleMagento module by browsing to the root folder of your Magento installation and issuing modman clone git@github.com:Trexle/TrexleMagento.git. You can also download the module from our github repository and see full installation details.
In your Magento admin interface, browse into System/Configuration.

Browse into Sales/Payments, and configure Trexle with live and test API endpoints and your Trexle API keys, then click Save Config

Finally, create a test product, logout from your admin session, and test the normal customer checkout.
INSTRUCTIONS
There are several test credit card numbers available to use. All provided test cards listed will pass a Luhn check, however all the below cards will be declined on the live gateway.
Visa – 4444333322221111
Mastercard – 5105105105105100 / 2223000048400011 / 2223520043560014
Amex – 378282246310005
Diners – 38520000023237 or 30569309025904
Q. What expiry date should be used?
A. Any valid(future) expiry date can be passed with the card.

Q. What Name should be used?
A. Any name can be used, we recommend using eWAY test to identify these as your test payments in the live gateway.

Q. If a CVN is required, what number can be used?
A. If CVN’s are required for testing the following formats should be used:
Visa/Mastercard/Diners – Any 3 digits
Amex – Any 4 digits
Q. What result will the eWAY test card (4444333322221111) receive on the live gateway?
A. On the live gateway, this card will always fail, usually with the error 58 Function Not Permitted to Terminal or 92 Unable To Route Transaction.




Monday, January 14, 2019


Anyone who's ever purchased or sold property knows the real estate industry is a fickle one. Changing demographic makeups, economic conditions, interest rates and other factors play a role in how "good" the market is for a buyer or seller, and in a few short years, prices in any given area can dramatically shift.
Despite the ebbs and flows of local and national real estate markets, there are certain things about the homebuying and selling process that remain constant. We asked a panel of Forbes Real Estate Council members to share their evergreen tips for prospective buyers and sellers that hold true regardless of market conditions. Here is what they had to say:



1. Always Conduct Thorough Research On The Current Market 
Although real estate values fluctuate due to local supply/demand dynamics and broader national economic considerations, it's important to remember that properties always sell for no more or less than what the market will bear at that time. Whether buying or selling, do your research, plot your data points, use a variety of resources so that you're confident in your list or offer price.



2. Don't Reject Low-Priced Offers Without Negotiating
Selling your home can feel like giving up something you love, so a low-priced offer can leave sellers feeling insulted. Home buyers base their offer price largely on their own affordability, but will consider raising it if the location is just right or if there is value in renovations already done. Stay open to negotiations and working with the buyer rather than turning down a low-priced offer.
3. Buy Whenever You Can
There's never a wrong time to buy. There is only a wrong time to sell. If you look at real estate trends over the last century, prices go up and down and we have booms and busts. The buyers who win are the ones willing to ride the wave, see a purchase through the cycle. Buy when you can, and hold till the sale is profitable.
4. Get Into The Rental Market Where It Makes Sense 
People will need shelter for the rest of their lives. With the life expectancy what it is here in the in the U.S., that's a lot of rent to be paid. Buy what you need now and do it in an area where the population is on a rising and sustainable course.
5. Factor In The Fees
In real estate, there are middlemen and a lot of them — the escrow company, the title company, the brokers, the lender, etc. Each one of them is taking a drop from the well. While these fees will all likely go down, they aren't ever going away and buyers and sellers need to accept that.
6. Buy A Home To Secure Personal Rent Control
Although the real estate market fluctuates over time, there's one thing would-be first-time homeowners often overlook. Yes, there are tax advantages. Yes, you paint the walls any color you want. Yes, you build financial equity. But you also have a built-in rent control. With a fixed-rate mortgage, you'll know what your house payment will be for the next 30 years — not so when you're a renter.
7. Always Invest Based On Location
Regardless of the interest rate or transaction environment, good locations with strong demand and access to transportation infrastructure will continue to outperform in the long run. Location is certainly the evergreen factor telling you where to invest. Interest rates and transaction volumes are better indicators of when to invest.
8. Find Trustworthy Partners In The Real Estate Process
In an industry that is heavily commission-based, it is very important to find and work with trustworthy and genuine individuals who will have your best interest at heart over their own pocket.
9. Keep Your Home's Condition Pristine If You're Looking To Sell
Well-maintained houses always sell faster, even in a slow real estate market. Buyers appreciate houses that look move-in ready and are updated versus those that need a lot of work. In a hot real estate market, most houses sell quickly. But during a cooler market period, buyers can get very picky, so it will be the nicer ones that continue to sell.
10. Be Selective And Don't Be Afraid To Walk Away
The old real estate adage is true: You make your money when you buy, not when you sell. By being selective about your real estate purchases and using larger amounts of cash in the transactions, you insulate yourself from the ebbs and flows of the market. Deals don't always work, so do not be afraid to step away. Sometimes the best investment to protect principal is no investment at all.
11. Approach Negotiations From A Collaborative, Not Competitive, Standpoint
It's a mistake to go into real estate negotiations thinking that the other side is your adversary and to be fixated on a specific price. The goal should always be working together to come to an agreement that satisfies both parties. Digging in your heals can sabotage a negotiation. Take a step back and put yourself in their shoes. What's a win-win for everyone?
12. Find An Experienced Local Real Estate Agent 
The internet has changed real estate forever. Home sellers and buyers can get more information about real estate than ever. But what they can't get online and can only get from a local real estate agent, is that insider knowledge. That local "go-to" agent who is a neighborhood expert knows things about the homes and the community you just can't Google. Their value will never change.
13. Remember That A Home's True Value Is Determined By The Buyer
No matter what the market conditions are, one aspect always remains the same — the true market value of a home is only equal to what a buyer is willing to pay. Just because a seller believes their home is worth a certain amount of money, it does not mean that the ask will be equal to what a buyer believes to be an appropriate "bid" price.



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Nowadays there are many tools that can be used to help you manage your online business. It’s easy to find them, but it’s a bit harder to choose the best one. In this article, we are going to review Systeme.io, the funnel app created by AurĂ©lien Amacker.

For most companies, they are using content to promote their products. So the goal is to use a software that is allowed to attract traffic on specific keywords, have the visitors subscribing to a newsletter and then trying to provide value to this prospects. In the end, you get the trust of the prospects and they will be willing to buy your product. It’s the fundamental of content marketing and funnel let you handle it from the discovery up to the sale.

Systeme.io reviews: what is it?


Systeme.io is an online application thought to help you successfully manage your business in an online environment and follow your digital marketing strategy much easier. It doesn’t matter whether you are selling products or advertising services online. This app will save you a lot of time, at the same time as it helps you improve your results.
Systeme.io gathers all the necessary characteristics you need to manage in order to run an online business:
  1. Email marketing strategy (unlimited emails)
  2. Sales funnel creation in order to have a place to locate your web pages, blogs, and an online platform used to promote your products and services
  3. Manages money transaction and the delivery of the product to the client
  4. Run evergreen automated webinars
  5. Host membership sites
  6. Control over your affiliate program

How much does a all-in-one funnel software like this cost?

If you weren’t still impressed by all the features offered by the French application (that is now open to worldwide users), you’ll surely be by its price. It costs only 27 dollars per month. Thanks to its affordable price, it is available for any type of business no matter its size, from small local business to big international enterprises. Depending on the needs of your business, you have three different offers to choose from:
  • Start offer – you pay only 27$ per month and you can enjoy an unlimited service, excepting the number of contacts allowed (only 5000), member sites (three maximum) and no access to automatic webinars.
  • Webinars offer – for only 47$ you can enjoy unlimited services, except for the number of contacts allowed (10.000), member sites (three max) and access to a maximum of three webinars per month.
  • Enterprise offer – you pay 97$ per month and have unlimited services, except for the number of contacts allowed, with has a limit of 15.000 contacts.
Moreover, you have a 14-day trial where you can try the app and see how it works and if it fits your business needs. If that’s the case, you’ll have to choose among one of the offers mentioned above. If you don’t like it you just need to delete your account.

Advantages of Systeme.io

There are many things that make this app a great marketing tool. Here you have some examples:
  • It is very affordable. In fact, it is one of the cheapest marketing tools of the market. Thanks to that, it is accessible by every business, no matter its size.
  • It combines all the elements of a digital marketing strategy under the same interface to make it easier to follow the progress and to analyze the results.
  • It offers every single tool you need to create an online presence for your business: video platform, automatic response, sales page, etc.
  • It offers automated webinars and allows clients to make their purchases with just one click. Easing the purchase procedure actually increases sales.
  • Constant updating with improvements for the application. It never gets outdated.
  • Modern design and intuitive interface.

Systeme.io customers’ reviews

Systeme.io has been already used by more than 1000 clients, and all of them have given a positive review of Systeme.io. There are no negative reviews on the Internet.

Conclusion : should you use Systeme.io for your marketing

As a Systeme.io user, it’s obvious for us that this software is a must-do that an online entrepreneur must have as his toolbox. Creating funnels that convert is a priority because the world is changing and consumers are less “easy” than before. They need to receive value first, are more sensitive and have plenty of choice so it’s necessary for a business owner to forecast those goals and overcome them using a tool like Systeme.io or Clickfunnels.
When it comes to the price, it’s definitely what push us in the direction of Systeme.io: it’s way cheaper, the interface is more user friendly and the features are kind of unlimited without any worry about growing our business up.
If you are still not convinced, join the free trial today on Systeme.io by using our special link bellow and you can enjoy testing the tool without paying anything. Then you will see by yourself if this software can help you to make your business going bigger.
Match your skin tone with the right jewelry. Now that you know what your skin tone is, you can match your tone to the right gemstone and jewelry metal colors for a perfect personal collection that will look best on you.
  • Cool skin tone looks best with red, purple, and blue gemstones. Red stones include the ruby, garnet, and tourmaline. Purple stones include the amethyst, fluorite, and sapphire. Blue stones include the blue sapphire, topaz, and aquamarine.
  • Cool skin tone also matches best with white metals. Examples of this would be silver or white gold.
  • Warm skin tone looks best with yellow, orange, and green. Yellow/gold stones include the yellow sapphire, citrine, and zircon. Orange stones include the spessartite garnet, imperial topaz, and moonstone. Green stones include the emerald, jade, and peridot.
  • Warm skin tone also matches best with yellow metals. Examples of this would be yellow gold or copper.
  • Diamonds look good with any skin tone.

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Match your skin tone with the right pearls. Pearls generally come in three shades. Most people are familiar with the traditional white pearls but there are also rose tinted pearls and silver tinted pearls. Knowing this, you can match your skin tone to the proper tint of pearls.
  • Cool skin tone looks best with the traditional white pearls and rose tinted pearls.
  • Warm skin tone matches best with silver tinted pearls, but can also pull off white pearls.
Take measurements of your face. These measurements are going to tell you what shape of face you have so you can match your face to the best jewelry that complements that shape. You will need a flexible tape measure and something to pull back your hair (like hair clips or a hair tie). It helps to look in a mirror while you are taking measurements.[12]
  • Tie back your hair so that it is out of your face. If you are using clips you can clip your hair to the back or top of your head.
  • Measure your hairline (in inches or centimeters). With your tape measure, place one end at your left front temple (just below the hairline), and the other end at your right temple. Write down that number.
  • Measure your cheekbones (in inches or centimeters). With your tape measure, place one end at the top of your left cheekbone (just above the apple of your cheek), and the other end at the top of your right cheekbone. Write down that number.
  • Measure your jawline (in inches or centimeters). With your tape measure, place one end at the left edge of your jawline (just below your earlobe), and the other edge of your right jawline. Write down that number.
  • Measure the vertical length of your face (in inches or centimeters). With your tape measure, place one end at the bottom of your chin (at the very tip), and the other end at the very top of your forehead (right at your hairline or widows peak). Write down that number.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Exercise for a Healthy Heart

Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. It's never too late to start exercising, and you don't have to be an athlete. Even taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day can make a big difference.
Once you get going, you'll find it pays off. People who don't exercise are almost twice as likely to get heart disease as people who are active.
Regular exercise can help you:
Ready to get started?

How to Start Exercising

First, think about what you'd like to do and how fit you are.
What sounds like fun? Would you rather work out on your own, with a trainer, or in a class? Do you want to exercise at home or at a gym?
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If you want to do something that's harder than what you can do right now, no problem. You can set a goal and build up to it.
For example, if you want to run, you might start by walking and then add bursts of jogging into your walks. Gradually start running for longer than you walk.
Don't forget to check in with your doctor. He'll make sure you're ready for whatever activity you have in mind and let you know about any limits on what you can do.

Types of Exercise

Your exercise plan should include:
Aerobic exercise ("cardio"): Running, jogging, and biking are some examples. You're moving fast enough to raise your heart rate and breathe harder, but you should still be able to talk to someone while you're doing it. Otherwise, you are pushing too hard. If you have joint problems, choose a low-impact activity, like swimming or walking.
Stretching: You'll become more flexible if you do this a couple of times a week. Stretch after you've warmed up or finished exercising. Stretch gently -- it shouldn't hurt.
Strength training. You can use weights, resistance bands, or your own body weight (yoga, for instance) for this. Do it 2-3 times a week. Let your muscles recover for a day between sessions.

How Much Should You Exercise and How Often?

Aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity (such as brisk waking). That amounts to about 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. If you're just getting started, you can slowly build up to that.
In time, you can make your workouts longer or more challenging. Do that gradually, so your body can adjust.
When you work out, keep your pace low for a few minutes at the start and end of your workout. That way, you warm up and cool down each time.
You don't have to do the same exact thing every time. It's more fun if you change it up.

Exercise Precautions

You'll probably be able to exercise with no problem if your doctor says you can and if you pay attention to how you're feeling while you're working out.
Stop and get immediate medical help if you have pain or pressure in your chest or the upper part of your body, break out in a cold sweat, have trouble breathing, have a very fast or uneven heart rate, or feel dizzy, lightheaded, or very tired.
It's normal for your muscles to be mildly sore for a day or two after your workout when you're new to exercise. That fades as your body gets used to it. Soon, you might be surprised to find that you like how you feel when you're done.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Restaurant Management 101: 10 Things to Never Do At Work


There are 10 things that can damage your image and reputation in restaurant management. These are things that everyone does, and that no one may condemn you for. They may even be considered acceptable in today’s society. But, if you do these things you will find that they do matter when it comes time to pick the next manager.

Answer Your Cell Phone

Turn cell phones off at work. You do not need to text your husband about dinner when you should be finishing a report. There is no need to check facebook between jobs, or just before a break. While being on your cell phone at work is acceptable in some workplace environments it is a definite ‘no no’ for management candidates.

Cell phones disassociate people from what is happening ‘now’ in the real world. Professional managers and psychologists know that it can take up to 15 minutes to regain your focus. This is lost time. The impact on the workplace costs the restaurant money.

Don’t think that you can escape to the bathroom for a quick text. No one needs the bathroom several times a day. It is a dead give away

Social Networking

I don’t know how many times someone had facebook open in the background on their computer as I walked by. The ‘twinge’ of annoyance is a visceral response. As a manager I am counting on people to do their part so the job is done – properly. When management candidates come to me with excuses as to why their project isn’t done, or why they need overtime, my mind instantly flashes to that facebook tab on their computer.

It also creates a level of suspicion. If you are facebooking what more are you doing? How much time do you waste in a day. It inevitably comes down to one thing. ‘Can I trust you with more responsibility?’ To which the answer is always, ‘no.’

Mentally Arrive Late – Leave Early

As a manager the first hour of my day is intense. The last hour of the day is chaos. I can’t go home until the ‘flow’ is balanced and the problems dealt with. I quickly identify who arrives at work and needs an hour to ‘wake up’, or who mentally ‘clocks out’ 30 minutes before the end of the day. Am I prejudiced against them? No. I just ignore them. I have no time for them. I will focus on the people who will help get the day started, or solve problems. I am especially interested in the people who will solve their own problems in the last two hours of the day.

Do you Give or Take?

There are two types of people in the world. People who give. People who take. If you want to be a management candidate then you need to consider what type of person the current managers see you as.

Givers

    Add to their job
    Add to their environment
    Solve problems
    They plan quickly and take action to finish a job
    Are work and task oriented
    Measure a good day by successful results
    Talk about facts
    Are groomed to be Management Candidates

Takers

    Drain everyone emotionally
    Don’t finish tasks
    Talk about doing things and spend a lot of time planning
    Are social and emotional oriented
    Measure a good day by whether they feel happy
    Talk gossip and are toxic
    Are given low risk, low responsibility, repetitive jobs.
6 Hotel Management Tips for New Hospitality Managers

You’ve finally done it. After years of working long, low-paid hours as a bellhop or concierge, you’ve worked your way up to hotel manager.

Now you’re the gal or guy in charge. And it’s terrifying.

After all, so many people depend on you. The guests depend on you to make their experience a happy one. Your staff depend on your direction to do their jobs. And most of all, the owner expects you to meet revenue goals. No excuses.

But don’t worry, you’ve got this. After all, all those years you’ve invested in the hospitality business is what made you such an attractive hire as a hotel manager to begin with.

So relax, trust in your abilities, and take these tips for new hospitality managers to heart. We’ve scoured advice from all sorts of great resources around the web on hotel management, and have compiled some of the best advice below.
1. Find a mentor

Mentors are such an awesome resource, especially ones who have experience in the hospitality industry. It’s one thing to read about the industry in a book, and it’s another to have a discussion about the subject with someone who knows what they’re talking about and wants you to succeed.

But what if you don’t know anyone who would make a great mentor? That’s OK. You just need to find someone and it’s not as hard as you think.

Go through your professional network and ask a hotel manager you respect to meet you for coffee. Spend that time asking some of your deepest questions, and really, really listen to the responses.

You’ll find many hotel managers would love to become a mentor to someone, if they were only asked. Even if they’re a complete stranger at first, most will be flattered to be approached. And anyway, the worst thing they can do is say “no.”
2. Be selective in your hiring
A hotel manager is only as good as his or her team. You’re not hiring a line cook to work an idiot-proof system at McDonald’s. You’re hiring people who need to be both highly skilled and highly personable.

Hiring the wrong person will just cause immense frustration for you. Your job is tough enough as it is—if you’re going to have to clean up after another employee’s messes, forget about doing a good job at running a hotel.

On the other hand, good employees are a force multiplier. When you can trust employees enough to give them the authority to make decisions, it frees you up to do the really important activities that can help your hotel grow, such as talking with customers and promoting the hotel.

But how do you do that? For one thing, don’t hire only when you have an opening. If you do, you’ll feel rushed to fill the spot and won’t take the time necessary to sort through applicants to find the person with not only the requisite experience, but also the right people skills for the job.

Instead, recruit throughout the year to help you find star talents that will make your job easier and inspire your hotel guests to rave about you later.
3. Focus on leadership, not management

Yeah, it’s in your job title. But if all you’re doing is managing, you’re not really doing a great job of being a hotel manager.

You absolutely must be a leader, and that requires being proactive about how you approach your job, and not simply reacting to every single crisis that rears its head.

One big way you can be a great leader is to delegate. By taking advantage of that great staff you hired, you can free up your time for the more important stuff. But you’ve got to work hard at first, because delegation is not easy. You’ll have to create training materials and take your employees step by step through them until they can take the reins.

Training materials should include clearly defined objectives and performance measurements so your staff knows exactly what you expect from them. Arrange weekly or at least bi-weekly meetings with each individual staff member to make sure they are meeting those standards. And don’t forget to attach nice little bonuses to meeting them so it becomes a positive and motivational experience.

Another part of being an effective leader is being prepared for emergencies. When a crisis happens, you’ve got to be calm and decisive.

Let’s say you overbooked this evening and now a guest doesn’t have a room, and they’re not happy. Treat the guest to a drink on the house and hit the phones to find a nearby hotel room that is even nicer than what they booked, pay for it out of your own pocket, apologize profusely, and bring them to the other hotel yourself. Then consider offering some vouchers redeemable at your hotel should they decide to come to the area again.
4. Communicate, communicate, communicate

This could be a subset of leadership, but I feel like it’s such an important aspect of your job that it needs to be broken into its own section.

You must, must, must keep your staff in the loop, whether that be about a change in policy, new hotel management software, or a problem with the plumbing. If your staff is in the dark, that’s when mistakes happen, and that leads to unhappy customers, which leads to bad reviews, which leads to fewer bookings. It’s important.

As mentioned above, regular meetings with individual members of your staff can help. But you need to go beyond that. Schedule regular meetings with the entire staff to talk about all changes, even small ones.

Send out regular email blasts to your employees. Put up a bulletin board in a space visible to all employees where you can post announcements. Or perhaps find an hotel management app that offers the ability to directly message any employee in the hotel.
5. Listen to your guests

Who’s the best person to talk to in order to find out how well you’re running your hotel? No, it’s not you—you’re a terrible judge of your own performance. Neither is it your staff—they can only offer you limited perspective from their point of view.

Ding ding ding, it’s your guests. At the end of the day, their opinion is the only one that really matters. So talk to them at every opportunity.

Did a customer complain about your hotel online? Great! You’ve just spotted an area of weakness you can correct, and you have a rare opportunity to reach out to the customer and make it right. Many guests simply leave silently and never come back if they don’t enjoy their experience.

But again, don’t be reactive, be proactive. Conduct surveys of your guests to ask them about their experience at your hotel. Use hotel management software with a guest experience management feature, so you can track guest preferences and wow them when they (hopefully) return to the hotel with a personalized experience.

Also, take advantage of the miracle of social media to both promote your hotel and interact directly with customers on a regular basis.
6. Keep learning
All of the most successful people in the world have one thing in common: they read voraciously. There’s a wealth of information out there to absorb, and those who gobble up as much knowledge as they can have the edge over the 99% of people who don’t.

Take just a half hour each day to read up on news in your industry. You’ll be surprised at what you pick up throughout the week. Set aside time every day to read a book on the hotel industry. Reading 10 pages per day may not seem like much, but after a year you’ll have read 3,650 pages, or about 10 sizable books.

Imagine the advantage you’ll have over your peers if you absorb such a huge volume of industry knowledge every year.
What hotel management tips do you have?

If you’ve been around the hotel industry for a bit, you’ve learned a few things yourself that you wish you knew when you got started. So share them in the comments below.

Or, if you’re struggling with one aspect of hotel management, feel free to chime in as well. There’s always someone willing to help.