Is The Appeal Of IKEA Furniture On Its Last Legs?

The roots of IKEA can be traced way back to the early 1940’s when founder Ingvar Kamprad first began to sell furniture under the IKEA brand name. However, back then IKEA was only a small business that had virtually no impact on the furniture market. The same cannot be said about IKEA today.

Since then the company has expanded rapidly, spanning across multiple continents and has impacted the global furniture market in numerous ways. The biggest way was the introduction of flat packed furniture, which allowed people to save money if they are willing to assemble the furniture themselves. Although nowadays flat pack furniture isn’t anything special, as many other companies have jumped on the bandwagon, back then it was a revolutionary idea.

However, there have been rumors that IKEA flat pack furniture is starting to lose its appeal. This article will discuss whether these rumors are true by looking at some of the advantages and disadvantages of IKEA style, quick to assemble, flat pack furniture.

People Still Want Cheap Furniture

The biggest reason people tend to opt for purchasing IKEA furniture is because of its low prices. The reason why the price of IKEA furniture is so low, is because they can fit more goods into shipment crates because the furniture hasn’t been assembled. This helps to keep transportation costs right down, meaning they can sell the items to their customers at low prices.

Continue reading

The Top Gadgets for Students

In today’s  ever changing technology business professionals as well as students want to have the gadgets that make daily life easier. Gadgets such as smartphones, digital cameras, and tablets, come in quite handy for business, for learning, and for pleasure.

We, the staff of MyCareerTools, a website about GED classes, advise students to use gadgets as much as possible. They are not helpful, maybe, but can make routine tasks fun.

However, it’s hard to figure out which ones to buy. That’s where this list comes in. These items can be purchased for not much money, especially at sites like Newegg. So, what are the top 3 gadgets on the market for business professionals? You’re about to find out.

Samsung Galaxy Note

The Galaxy Note is basically a hybrid-both smartphone and tablet computer. Needless to say, it’s one of the hottest gadgets on the market right now. First off, the Galaxy Note has a 1.6 GHZ dual core processor with 16 GB of memory, which can be expanded to 32GB.

It currently runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system but will be upgraded to the newer Android operating system very soon. There are also the standard features on any phone or tablet computer-a 2 mega pixel camera on the front and an 8 mega pixel camera on the back. Whatever you use it for; this gadget has the respect of its competitors because of its features, which are many.

Continue reading

The story of moving to the USA

As some of you may or may not know, I was set to fly over to the United States of America (more specifically to the state of Oregon) a little more than a week ago. And well, after a 17 hour journey and an emotional ride like I’ve never experienced before I said “see you soon” to my parents, I was held at border security in Seattle for two hours and I finally saw my fiance again, after having been separated from him and having had to miss him for 7 months. In other words: I made it, but only barely…

Off to a shaky start

On August 11th, my parents, brothers and I drove over to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. My family had decided they all wanted to see me off to the USA and so we went, all together.

After a 15 minute walk from the parking lot we got to the main hall of the airport, I was again overwhelmed by the amount of people there. Just like last year. Schiphol Airport is truly a metropolis in its own right, the center is so big that I imagine one could find everything he/she needs in his life there. All in all, I always find it to be very imposing.

Continue reading

How Technology changed our education and our habits

Today we talk  about technology, education and business.  The world of business has been completely changed by the collaborative world of technology and the Internet.

Let’s take a look for example how brands connect with customers. Traditional flyers, business cards and commercial ads became less effective and therefore brands use websites, apps, social networking to reach their targeted audiences.

Over 15 million brands around the world have Facebook brand pages primarily because of the fact that over one billion people have active accounts within this growing social media platform, according to Socialonomics.

The other thing that seems like an outdated relic is the cash register, says Alice. Thanks to new technology and the Internet the traditional cash register is perceived as old-fashioned and irrelevant.

The vast majority of offline and online businesses on a global scale make use  of POS hardware and touchscreen displays or even self-checkout systems that eliminate the need for a human cashier entirely.

Continue reading

Sustainable Jobs: Places to Put Your Green Degree to Use

The first sustainability degree was offered by Arizona State’s School of Sustainability in 2007. Seven years later, many major universities have created their own programs. These sustainability degrees can fall under nearly every academic discipline, from history to engineering and are offered as majors, minors, or even masters degrees.

However, this broad scope can sometimes make it difficult to narrow down your options in the business world. Here are four areas of business where your green degree sets you apart.


From interior decorating to high fashion, the green movement has made its mark. The movement has revolutionized the materials and processing in industrial fields, and enhanced the recycling actions in others.

Whether your interest lies with solar-powered, self-sustaining houses, or fashionable and comfortable clothing created from recyclables, the design world is a great place for you to use your education in other fields, such as engineering and urban planning, hand in hand.

Continue reading

Don’t Just Plan – You Must Take Action

There are aspects of my work life that I find very easy and pleasant, and others where I’m conscious I have some real weaknesses. One of my greatest failings is that I enjoy learning about a new subject — a new technique, a new subject and I am a sucker for every career quiz. I prefer doing all of it much more than I enjoy getting down to work. If you are like me, here is the top advice for us. You and I must take ACTION!

I’m not sure exactly why I find it so hard to take action. I don’t think the pop-psych generalities are necessarily accurate in my case … I’m certainly not afraid of success, nor do I believe that I’m incapable of achieving good work.

Part of the problem, I believe, is that I like to fully understand something before I start working on it. I’m one of the mythical customers who actually reads the manual … I’ve never been willing to just jump in, get to work, and learn new software as I go. At least, not in a situation where the results actually matter; if I’m investing time and resources in order to have a better life, I don’t want to get things wrong. I joined the newsletter, it’s a truly awesome confidence boost.

Continue reading

Is creativity better than Intelligence?

The majority of educational organizations and businesses still continue to value intelligence above creativity, but this begins to change. You can find increasingly more attention for innovation and creativity.

Just lately, I was reading an interview with Gatorade inventor Dr. James Robert Cade’s daughter, Phoebe Cade Miles, and she states that creativity is a more substantial forecaster of success in a persons life than intelligence. Phoebe strongly believes in the power of creativity.

She explained that indeed intelligence is easier to measure, easier to control, and easier to recognize, but that it is definitely worth to check out creative people and to educate yourself to think in a creative way because thinking creatively will result in success.

Cade Miles is now busy working on the new project, The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention. This museum, is scheduled to open in 2015 and it explores the history of the famous Gatorade athletic drink, and highlights the vital role creativity played in the invention.

How To Be More Creative

Continue reading

Perceptions of Electric Cars

Based on the results of an Indiana University study, American drivers don’t understand electric cars, and base most of their judgments about plug-in vehicles on preconceived and faulty notions. This lack of awareness could hinder the auto industry’s push to produce more electric and hybrid vehicles.

The study, run by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, surveyed 2,300 adult drivers in 21 different U.S. cities. Misconceptions about price and mileage were most common.

Price Perceptions

Ask a car enthusiast about the price of 1986 mustang parts and he or she can probably give you an accurate response. Ask the same person about the cost of electric cars, and they’ll often be way off the mark.

People understand electric cars are more expensive than gas-powered vehicles, but they don’t realize the difference can be expressed in thousands of dollars. Instead, they expect to pay a few hundred dollars more for a plug-in car. So when people go shopping for electric cars, they’re shocked by the extra cost, which makes gas-powered vehicles seem more attractive.

Continue reading


I am absolutely ecstatic to announce that my hiatus from running has finally ended, and although I’ve only got about 3.5 miles under my feet so far this week, the ankle feels good as new, and I’m ready to take on my own personal trail turkey trot tomorrow.

I know I have been pussy footing around getting back into running. Erring on the side of caution in order to push back my return to doing something I love so much, going mildly psychotic in the meanwhile,and growing more and more irritable as the days went by.

I have to be honest though… I probably could’ve started back a week earlier, but I was scared.

First of all, I only started running in April, so I know how bad it sucks when you first start running. At least for me it did. It’s uncomfortable, your lungs hurt, your legs hurt, your pride takes a beat down, it’s time consuming… Starting running and sticking to it takes balls.

Since I have been injured, I have been counting the days I’ve gone since running, knowing each one that passed would make my “comeback” that much more like starting all over again.

Continue reading

Why I Crossfit and You Should too

Crossfit Deadlift

It’s effective. After I first started Crossfitting, this chick, who couldn’t even do 5 girl-style pushups started doing regular pushups within 2 weeks…and lots of them too. I saw muscles, I had innate strength for daily life.

It just freaking works, you must have faith in the methodology and the programming.  If you’ve been trying boring treadmills and elliptical and traditional strength, bodybuilding routines and have gotten burnt out and bored and haven’t seen results, give Crossfit a try.  The reasons why and how it works are found at the official Crossfit site.

It doesn’t take very long. The longest Workout of the Day (WOD) I’ve ever done took me about 30 minutes and that was only once. So, it’s effective and it’s quick – WIN!

It’s not boring. Every WOD is different.  Even if I’m doing the same one I did 3 months ago, it’s still different because I’m lifting more, jumping higher, running faster, running longer distances, etc.  So you never truly repeat the same work out twice.

And, it’s so intense that for those 10 or 15 minutes you’re WODing you cannot focus on anything else on your mind. If you’re worried about something, or your mind wanders, or if you can’t turn off all the ideas in your head, you’ll get a reprieve during your WOD.  The result is better focus and increased concentration in other areas of your life.

Continue reading