Frugality On DIY Tour: Some Simple Suggestions

Published on March 28th, 2016.
Originally appeared on Music Think Tank.

A DIY tour is expensive. There are ways to be successful, but for a band just starting out, I would recommend trying to spend as little money as possible. Here are some suggestions on how you can do that.

Alternative Fuel

If you’re a new-ish band planning on touring a lot, you may have bought a van or an RV. If you have purchased such a vehicle, I highly recommend converting it to run on a cheaper, more efficient type of fuel. The fact is that you can save hundreds of dollars in gas by doing this.

Read the rest on Music Think Tank!

Top 5 Excused for Using Your Smartphone While Driving

Article is property of Impact Teen Drivers.
Published on March 23rd, 2016.

I recently came upon this article about preventing car crashes (written by a personal injury expertise who sees this kind of thing all the time), and it got me thinking about how easy it is to just be a safe driver. A lot of it comes down to a little patience – to wait until you get to your destination to do something that otherwise there would be less risk for. But we always find ourselves making excuses. Here are the top 5 excuses you and I probably use on a regular basis for texting, tweeting, reading – smartphone activities etc., and why they are completely invalid.

Read through my list here!

Albums Punk Forgot: Million Dead – ‘Harmony No Harmony’

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Article is property of Dying Scene.
Originally published on March 23rd, 2016

You may not know that before his solo career took off, [Frank Turner] played in a moderately-successful post hardcore band called Million Dead, which was absolutely fantastic.

Taking influence from bands like At the Drive-In, Refused, and Black Flag, Million Dead played a type of punk rock that featured a wide range of dynamics, quite a bit of technicality, and whose songs were written to challenge the players as well as the listeners. The band released two full length albums, the second being the focus of this piece, entitled Harmony No Harmony.

Learn more about HNH over at Dying Scene!

Five Terrible Life Choices That Could Ruin Your Career

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Originally posted on March 22nd, 2016.
Article originally appeared as a Buzzfeed Community Author publication.

While it’s easy to think of your work life and your home life in two different categories, employers view your more personal life as reflective of their company. While you may be getting away with some risky business, there may still be enough to put you out of employment.

What “risky business” am I speaking of? Read the article over at Buzzfeed!

Music Review: Spring Cleaning? Here’s 10 New Releases To Check Out While You Work

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Picture and article both belong to Musichacker.co.
Originally published on March 16th, 2016.
Thanks to my good friend Dan for allowing me to write something for his great new website!

I like to listen to new music while I do any kind of work. And with Spring Cleaning being more of a thing every year I further my sad trek into adulthood, I optimistically find that the opportunities to explore new music increase. Every year, some amazing band puts out an incredible record and nobody knows about it. And while there’s plenty of great articles that might help you with spring cleaning there’s never enough that compile those early-year releases.

My iHome recently broke, but yours may not have, so blast these records and do some work.

(P.S. Yes this is mostly an excuse for me to write about records I like).

Read about my favorite releases of the last three months, including albums by Basement, Southtowne Lanes, Face to Face and a 7″ by the all mighty Starting Line here.

 

 

A Tech Checklist for Startup Owners!

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Picture and article are the property of Small Business Can.
Originally posted on March 15th, 2016.

While technology is in a constant state of change, there are a few things that are guaranteed to stay the same for the time being within the world of Entrepreneurial business. That said, sometimes the basics are forgotten, so I created this checklist for startup owners to remind all of the things you should get out of the way if you haven’t already.

Read my checklist over at Small Business Can!

 

Being a Company “for the Customers”

Article is property of Medium.co
Originally posted on February 15th, 2016

The first real job I ever had, they pushed the cliche of “the customer is always right” hard. Like, really hard. Sometimes that was a difficult mindset to embody as an employee, as customers weren’t always right. While I get the concept in things like food service, and the main goal of business is to attract customers, as a consumer I appreciate a company that respects me and doesn’t pander to me like a mindless fool. Also, those are the companies I keep giving my business to — those that are run by human beings, for human beings. I like companies that put out things customers their customers will appreciate, after seeking their opinions, while still maintaining personality, individuality, and quality.

Read more here.