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Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Unique and Inexpensive: Ever Considered Opening a Business in a Shipping Container?

After an earthquake devastated much of the New Zealand city of Christchurch in 2011, the future of the city’s central business district became uncertain. The solution was a surprising one, and, though it was intended to be a temporary one, it is still very much in use. The central city is filled with more than 30 shipping containers which have now been converted into stores and food outlets, and have become a tourist attraction in their own right. While the Christchurch shipping containers were a matter of necessity, perhaps there is something to the idea of using a shipping container as your retail or hospitality premises. So what are some of the key benefits?

The Price Factor

The low cost of converting a shipping container into a business is perhaps the most alluring aspect of the idea. But how does it save money?

  • A shipping container business is infinitely cheaper than buying or renting an existing structure which will then need to be outfitted for your purposes. A shipping container is prepared offsite and then transported to its destination, requiring far less labour than a traditional retail or hospitality space usually does.
  • This destination can be a rather compact space. All it needs is power and water. Since a shipping container building doesn’t require much space at all, this means that less land needs to be leased.
  • You can also rent a portion of an existing prepared site, if subdivision is permitted by your local council.
  • You could perhaps take advantage of a temporary lease if desired. This is another way to keep costs down, perhaps allowing you to test your business before committing to a long-term contract.
  • Your shipping container can be anchored in place, but this is easy to undo, meaning it can quickly be removed and transported to a new destination or owner.

The Originality Factor

The concept of using a shipping container for something other than its intended purpose is becoming more common. For example, a shipping container can quickly be changed into a stylish living space. Having said that, there is still something unique about the idea of using a shipping container as a place to sell products or to serve food and drink. Changing the external look of a shipping container is quick and easy. So while your shipping container business will be unique, you can make yourself stand out even more by painting your new premises in a bright, bold colour.

Not every business is suitable for being housed inside a converted shipping container. But for those that qualify, it can be a fantastic way to save money and stand out from the crowd.

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Should You Rent Your Wedding Dress? Things to Consider

Your big day can be expensive in a big way. The average wedding in Australia costs a rather staggering $36,200, although the majority of that cost goes toward food and drinks. Even if you’re not planning to spend anywhere near that amount for your big day, your wedding is still going to be a considerable expense. And so it should be. After all, it’s going to be one of the most special days in your life. Having said that, you are probably looking for ways to save money without sacrificing any quality. If you’re considering saving a bit of cash by renting your wedding dress, it’s time to look at a few things you need to think about.

Can You Find Such a Service?

Before making the decision to rent your dress, you need to make sure that it’s a viable choice. Is there a wedding dress rental service available in your town? This is not always the case in smaller, rural towns. If you need to travel to another town to pick up and return the dress, this can make the process somewhat more complicated and expensive, although it will probably still be considerably cheaper than buying your dress.

Does Your Weight Tend to Fluctuate?

While the wedding hire company will do everything they can to accommodate you, there can be limits. If your weight has gone up or down between when your dress was selected and your big day, you might encounter some issues. It might not be possible to alter a rental dress, which can put you in a difficult spot. This might not be a concern if your weight has always been relatively steady, and you can double check with the hire company. Some minor alterations might be allowed, but this is entirely dependent on the company’s individual policy.

What If the Dress Is Damaged?

What’s your liability if the dress is damaged? Despite your best efforts, it can be possible to damage a dress that you will be wearing as you eat, drink, and dance. Check the company’s policy with regards to what will happen if the dress is damaged. Be aware that you might need to pay for the cost of a replacement dress in a worst-case scenario. There might be insurance available to protect you against this occurrence, so it’s a good idea to find this out from the hire company.

While there are some things you need to carefully think about, there are still some serious benefits to renting your dress. You can have an elegant gown in your preferred style while still saving a considerable amount of money. Perhaps that will leave you more cash for food and drinks!

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