15 Signs You Own a Business in Florida

Summer is instilled deep inside you. The sun energizes you and gives you yet another reason to get up early to go grind. Your customers are both fun to talk to and serve. These are just a couple of the signs that you were cut out to own and run a business in Florida.

That said, the business of running your company isn’t easy. However, the rich entrepreneurial culture in Florida is something you feel proud to have adopted. It runs deep in the bones, you see?

So, here’s to the millions of business owners in Florida – and the perfectly unexpected happenings that you undergo in your daily life, which add up to create the dream life you currently have. Here are the top 15 signs you own a business in Florida:

  1. Dress Code

Business casual is different for you. The Florida casual dress code has evolved over and beyond the culture of quirky, globalized startups. You define how the world dresses – at least the forward-thinking part of the globe.

Unlike Wall Street executives in their stuffy suits, you closet features graphic tees and flip-flops. However, that’s not to say that you’re cheap. After all, Mack Zuckerberg allegedly forks out as much as $2,000 for cashmere hoodies.

  1. Towels

That said, you have invested seriously in the towels you end up bringing to the beach for relaxation purposes after hours. If you don’t already have a circle-shaped one, you are out on the prowl for something priced under $100.

  1. Crowds

You have no qualms with the beach being packed or not. A beach, for you, is exactly that – a beach. You even have a personalized playlist specifically dedicated for the beach – because, you know, who wants to be in the sham and drudgery when you have more interesting, inspiring things to hear?

  1. Sharing

More specifically, the sharing economy gives you good and bad chills. While online platforms and apps like Airbnb and Uber continue competing with other similar small businesses, you know that you can still leverage on this economy to reduce your operating costs.

You even go a step further and use PostMates for shipments, TaskRabbit for finding new hires, Kickstarter for crowdfunding, and (best of all) Funding Circle to raise capital for your business.

  1. Tans

Getting a tan not only energizes you, it is also a part of who you truly are. Nothing positively rocks your boat – both literally and figuratively – as wearing one on your day to day business.

  1. Marketing

You are a master when it comes to your target market. In particular, you have learned how to sell to college-age customers. College towns exist around vibrant entertainment venues, retailers, bookstores, and cafes.

As the owner of any or several of these businesses, you have learned how to tap into the incredibly lucrative spending power of college students. With more than 100 universities and colleges in Florida, you have a rich diversity to pick from.

 What is more, most of your target clientele are conscientious, young, and love shopping locally. As a small business, you have gained incredible mileage from providing products and services these students need.

  1. Food Truck

At one point or another, you’ve seriously considered getting your food truck. Perhaps, you even run a food truck. With Florida being the epicenter of the food truck renaissance – and Californian metropole breaking smack into the top 25 food trucks per capita according to the Business Insider – it wouldn’t really come as a surprise that food trucks (for you) are an excellent way to add some income to your net worth.

  1. Keeping Up

You’re always ahead of every new trend. You are aware of what’s popping and what’s not. You know and understand the community you work in, basic marketing requirements, and the technology that cuts it for you.

For instance, if you sell remotely, you are still able to run a credit card right through your smartphone. Therefore, your business survival depends on your ability to tap into every single thing going on in the industry you serve.

  1. Employment Laws

With increasing legislation and lawsuits, you will never dare to err on the wrong side of the law where employment is concerned. You know that the law protects local employees and you already have outside counsel or an in-house legal team to ensure that your company is always in compliance with Florida employment laws.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is life for you; so much so that you’d attempted it at least once during a lunch break. Long before the world discovered the Downward Facing Dog, you had already started on Chaturangas.

Why? Because you understand that exercise increases productivity while cutting back on stress.

  1. Traffic

Staying in traffic is part and parcel of your daily routine. You’ve spent most of your time on it – especially when the rains come. If you live in Contra Costa or Riverside, then traffic is normal for you.

  1. Ice Coffee

You drink iced coffee religiously – but never from Dunkin’ Donuts. A recent survey of small businesses by Funding Circle found that 49% of small business owners take in 2 or more coffees a day.

With our iconic sunny weather, the caffeine you order is almost always on the rocks. After all, who wants to be sweating and sweltering over a business date? Certainly not you.

  1. Green’s Good

The environment matters greatly to you. As such, you compost and recycle to cut back on your environmental footprint. The law even requires that you institute a responsible recycling program because your business probably generates four cubic yards of solid waste a week (or more).

  1. Startups

Almost everyone you know assumes your business is an actual startup. Just because your company employs fewer than 100 locals, everyone assumes that you must be a startup. The fact that your business is in Florida further compounds the belief that it must be a startup.

However, they just might be wrong!

  1. Excitement

You’re not in it for the money as much as the passion, the opportunity, and the energy your Florida business gives you. As your own boss, you need to motivate yourself. Every. Single. Second. Daily.

And that, fellow Florida business owner, is why you are typically excited by what you do.

If you know any other small business owner in Florida, please share this list with them now.

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The Best Long Hairstyles for Men

A head full of hair is a sign of great genes and good health, so why should you hide such a treasure from the world? Not only do long locks look sexy and non-trivial, they also render a certain je ne sais quoi if well taken care of.

With so many long hairstyle varieties for men, finding the right one shouldn’t be hard. Use the information below to get some inspiration on how to style yours and make it stand out from the rest of the crowd:


Just because you have long curly hair doesn’t mean you can’t work it to fit into your chosen lifestyle.

Styling: For the perfectly long curly hairstyle, wash your head and apply a pea-sized amount of gel on it. Then, let the curls dry up.

Who It’s For: This hairstyle works on every face shape and hair density.

Tips: If you want to look bohemian, add some leave-in conditioner and argan oil to a wet head. Then, twist the curls and let them dry before fluffing the curls into the shape you desire.


Long straight hair works well both for the young and for the mature. With the right styling, you can even make yours distinguished enough to wear to formal business meetings.

Styling: To achieve this style, you should wet your hair and add some pomade in before allowing it to dry.

Who It’s For: The long straight hairstyle works well on all face shapes. However, you’ll need to have thick or medium hair density.

Tips: After air drying your hair, smooth it down with a flat iron.


Long kinky hair works best for anyone who is looking for something carefree and laid back. It is also suitable for black men especially when styled into dreadlocks and afros.

Styling: While your hair is still wet, add some leave-in conditioner from the roots up to the ends. Then, allow your kinks to dry before using a wide-tooth comb through the kinks.

Who It’s For: Long kinky hairstyles work best for men with curly hair – regardless of the shape of the face.

Tips: Although you can style it yourself, you might want to check in with a professional hairdresser who has experience working with kinky hair.


If you’re into surfing and outdoorsy sports, then the long coiled hairstyle will look good on you.

Styling: For this hairstyle, you should add texturizing spray to your wet hair going from the roots up to the tips. Then, crumple out all excess moisture before air-drying your hair.

Who It’s For: Long coiled hair works on all face shapes. Although it looks best for men with naturally curly hair, you can also achieve the same tousled and slicked back style by working a couple of waves into your straight hair.

Tips: While attempting the long coiled look, ensure that your hair stays out of your face and eyes. Alternatively, add some wavy volume to gain some gravitas.


Nothing defines your style more than the way you choose to wear your hair. Use the inspiration above to find the perfect long hairstyle for you.







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The Best Security Cameras for 2017

With such a wide variety of security cameras in the marketplace, you need a guide to help you pick the right one. In this security camera buyer’s guide, you will find all the information you need to help you get the perfect security camera – one that will keep your family, home, possessions, and location safe.


Security cameras are designed to survey homes or places of work. Apart from capturing video footage of any suspicious events, security cameras also serve to deter criminals. By getting a surveillance camera, therefore, you will get peace of mind knowing that those who care about are protected.

However, since there are so many price points and features available in the market, choosing the right security camera can be a bit difficult. This is why you need to go through this guide – so that you can understand the top 10 security cameras on the marketplace, the features they come with, and what to expect from each.


There are two main types of security cameras – IP (network cameras) and Analog cameras. Below is an explanation of each type:

a) Analog Surveillance Systems

Most security cameras are of the analog type. They are connected to a digital video recorder and consist of:

– Digital signal processing (DSP) chips

– Lens

– Housing

Connecting an analog surveillance camera to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) kit through transmission cables will give you an extra pair of eyes to the outside world. The heart of the system is the DVR that receives video footage from the camera. It also compresses and stores footage on the inserted hard drive so you can retrieve it later.

Some DVRs will convert the analog video file into its digital equivalent – which you can stream over the internet if you add a built-in web server to your home surveillance system.

b) IP Surveillance Systems

Also referred to as network security cameras, IP systems are unique in the sense that they double up as DVRs. They work by compressing the captured analog video footage, converting it to digital format, and streaming it live through the Ethernet.

Some IP cameras come with SD card slots where the video gets stored directly on an inserted SD card. However, you can also connect it to a network video recorder (NVR) instead of a regular DVR. Through these connections, the camera system can stream the video captured over the internet on the accompanying mobile app, on your phone, or personal computer.

That said, consider the following leading security cameras:


As experts in the home security industry, we did a market research. The findings from this study showed that the following are the best bets among consumers:

  1. Vimtag 361 HD

The Vimtag 351 HD security camera comes with an enviable list of features as well as an affordable price tag. This means that when you buy it, you will get everything any homeowner needs – boosted security, high-quality surveillance, as well as the two-way talkback and motion sensing capabilities required to keep your place safe.

Apart from these, the Vimtag 351 HD also comes with 4X digital zooming functionality as well as proper night vision up to 32 feet. Another handy feature is the 720p resolution that puts the Vimtag smack in the High Definition range.

As mentioned above, this security camera will detect motion. It also features Pan-Tilt capabilities, meaning that you get 360-degree coverage with it, high-quality imaging, and being able to use it both inside and outside your home.


– High-quality night vision mode

– Excellent 2-way voice communication

– Affordability


– Some customers have complained that the camera frequently disconnects from Wi-Fi

– The software is not the most stable you can find

  1. Foscam FI9803P

The Foscam FI9803P works both during the day and at night. As a Wireless IP camera, it offers the 70 viewing angle you need to capture larger areas. Further, you can use it to record video up to the 720p HD resolution.

This handy security camera also uses H.264 compression to limit storage and bandwidth requirements. It supports two-way audio communication through the optional external speaker and microphone combo.

In the same way, the Foscam FI9803P supports both Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet connection. As such, you can use it to survey your home around the clock. You will also be able to quickly setup privacy zones and motion detection with it – as well as take advantage of the 36 infrared LEDs it comes with for improved night vision.

Last but not least, this camera supports remote viewing through mobile apps for Android and iOS, as well as for regular internet browsers. What we liked most, however, was the affordability of the camera, the high-quality imaging, and 8X digital zooming capabilities it offers.


– Professional-quality imaging

– A full field of going up to 70 degrees

– Night vision up to 65 feet

– Sends notifications when it detects motion

– It is both waterproof and weatherproof


– It isn’t a PTZ camera per se

  1. AmCrest IPM-721S HDSeries

Designed and manufactured by a reliable home surveillance brand, the Amcrest IPM-721S HDSeries provides excellent recording service. You should be able to comfortably set it up for Wi-Fi from your Android Smartphone or iPhone using the accompanying AmCrest View application.

In the same way, this security camera streams video seamlessly and provides reliable 2-way audio communication straight to your phone, laptop, or Apple product. What you will like most, however, might be the 85-degree field of view, the remote Tilt/Pan, the intelligent digital zooming, and the IR LED night vision mode of up to 32 feet.


– The Amcrest IPM-721S HDSeries provides excellent imaging

– It features reliable pan and tilt capabilities

– It is useful in low light situations


– However, it does disconnect frequently

  1. Flir FX

If you need a DIY home security IP camera, you might want to consider getting the Flir FX. The dual battery, the 160-degree viewing angles, and the combination of cloud and local storage all work hand in hand to deliver excellent performance.

Further, the camera comes with high-quality video recording in the 1080p resolutions, provides decision clarity in night vision mode, and features two-way talkback capabilities. You will also find the 5X digital zooming abilities dependable.

As a wireless camera with its dedicated mobile app, the Flir FX is relatively easy to use even for beginners. You can even configure the motion and sound detection, meaning that it has every feature needed to keep eyes on your home’s security.


– Excellent video quality

– Comes with both cloud and local storage options

– The 160-degree viewing angle is highly reliable


– However, the software isn’t as stable as you might expect

– The Flir FX comes with a pricey subscription

  1. Nest Cam

Even though it is quite pricey, the Nest Cam is something that you might want to consider buying. The high resolutions set at 1080p, seamless integration with the Nest Home Automation Suite, and 8X digital zooming and two-way talkback capabilities, all work hand in hand to deliver the reliability you need.

That said, it does lack tilt and pan capabilities. However, the manufacturer has made up for this by providing a 130-degree field of view, which means you don’t need the camera to move for it to work. In case you are concerned about the quality of your current camera’s video recording, or you need a home security automation system, then the Nest Cam will prove useful.


– High-quality audios and videos

– Comes with 2-way audio capabilities

– It provides clear night vision

– It sends push notifications


– The subscription fees for data storage are quite high

– It doesn’t come with a microSD for local storage

  1. Amcrest ProHD

Are you looking for an affordable motorized tilt/pan home security camera with wireless IP handling? Then you might want to give the Amcrest ProHD a try. This camera delivers high-quality videos in the 1080p range, night vision up to 32 feet, and still imagery.

Further, with it, you will get the stable pan and tilting functions you are looking for – although handling this on the mobile app is a bit sluggish. However, the Amcrest ProHD does have a microSD slot where you can locally store recorded videos – or opt for the cloud storage service.

Among the other things we liked about this camera is that it comes with alert and camera settings as well as the 2-way audio capabilities– to name a few.


– The camera pans through 360 degrees

– You get to store recordings on Cloud, NAS, NVR, and SD cards

– It sends email alerts and push notifications

– It can record videos with clear audios


– The software isn’t all that stable

– This camera, unfortunately, isn’t waterproof

  1. Samsung SmartCam

Most of the cameras that can pan and tilt tend to be expensive. Not so with the Samsung SmartCam. Like other competitors, this camera will monitor your house and send automatic alerts in case of any suspicious movement or sound. What is more, it does all of this without requiring you to subscribe to anything.

The camera also has IR LEDs for proper night vision, 62-foot clear visibility, and 10X digital zooming. All of these make it rank among the top wireless IP security cameras for indoor use.


– This IP camera is completely customizable

– It comes with limited lag time


– The video quality could use some improvement

– Some buyers have complained about connection issues

  1. Y-cam Indoor HDS

The Y-cam Indoor HDS has been designed to allow users to schedule recording. It also comes with amazing motion detection capabilities. However, that’s just about everything you get from this camera.

Users have complained that setting up this IP camera is a bit of a hassle and that it tends to lose Wi-Fi connectivity on the regular. That said, it does offer an 87-degree viewing angle, and you will be able to use it to record video up to the 720p resolution range.

The night vision is also reliable – with a range going up to 49 feet. Further, the camera does come with free cloud storage for recorded video – which you can later view from the Y-cam Indoor HDS application. Still, it isn’t the best home security camera with regards to connection quality, features, and video quality.


– You get free cloud storage

– The camera is pretty affordable

– It is easy to install


– The night vision mode is a bit blurred

– The video quality is quite poor

  1. Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I

Both capable and affordable, the Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I is one of the best HD home surveillance cameras on the market today. It comes with infrared LEDs that you can use to capture images and videos up to 30 feet at night, as well as a solid construction.

Designed for use indoors, you can still use it outside if you find a way to protect it from getting wet. It also features 70-degree viewing, video recording up to 1080p, and powerful night vision up to 49 feet.

If you buy it as an outdoor security camera, you won’t get sound detection. However, if you are looking for PoE technology, high-quality videos, and more, then we’d recommend the Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I.


– It features advanced PoE technology

– The video quality is high


– It doesn’t detect sound

– There’s no wireless capability

  1. Microseven M7B57-WPS 1.3 MP HD

Rated well by both users and industry experts, the Microseven M7B57-WPS 1.3 MP HD is among the best wireless IP cameras in the market today. It comes with stable Android and iOS apps, an inbuilt MicroSD card slot (going up to 64GB), and remote PC playback functionality.

As a high-def camera, you also get weatherproof and rustproof construction and an IP66 rating. It also comes with a 3MP 3.6 mm fixed lens, a wide viewing angle of 70 degrees, and two-way audio capabilities.


– Affordable camera

– It comes with its microSD card

– It is water-, rust, and weather-proof

– It features PoE and Wi-Fi capabilities

– The image quality is excellent

– The night vision range goes all the way up to an impressive 100 ft.


– The sound quality is quite poor


So, there you have it – the best security cameras for 2017. Each of the above cameras is unique in pricing, features, construction, and value. As a last word, we would advise that you consider each option carefully before making your final buying decision.

Happy hunting!

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