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Estimated Costs for Starting a New Business!!!

Here’s some information about starting Businesses!

How Much Does It Cost to Start a Business?
by christopherjanb

How much money do you need to start a business?

Of course, there is no easy answer. It depends.

While the average cost for starting a business is $30,000, some businesses may require more money or less.

Your startup costs will depend on many factors, including the type of business you want to start, whether you plan to work from your home or rent office space, etc. Your startup costs will also depend on how much you can feasibly handle on your own.

But one thing is for sure — a common mistake many entrepreneurs make is underestimating how much it costs to start a business and keep it going. Insufficient capital is one of the major reasons for small business failure. So it’s important to nail down that figure so you can start out strong.

In this article, you will find out:

The difference between expenses and assets.
How your wants and needs factor into the equation.
How to realistically calculate your startup costs.
Categorize your startup costs.
According to the Small Business Administration, you should first categorize your startup costs in terms of expenses and assets. What’s the difference between the two?

Startup expenses can include legal expenses, permits, paying someone to design your logo or website, initial advertising costs, and office supplies.

You may also have assets that you purchase for your new business. These tangible items include inventory, equipment, tools, or a company vehicle, plus some cash until the customers start rolling in.

You also need to factor in the business costs that will recur on a regular basis: rent and utilities, payroll expenses, business insurance, ongoing advertising and marketing costs, and more inventory.

Are they wants or needs?
Once you figure out the possible expenses and assets and assign ballpark figures (be realistic!) , organize them in terms of wants and needs. You will need to purchase some items right away for your business. Other items may be nice to have eventually.

For example, can you get by without a dedicated office space for your startup? You can save money on rent and office furniture by working right at the kitchen table. Or you may envision a shiny new truck with your business logo on the side. But for the time being, you might have to hang onto your respectable-looking old truck.

Do the maths.
After you define your wants and needs, it’s time to get serious and crunch the actual numbers. Using a tool like the Wall Street Journal’s Startup Calculator can give you a ballpark idea of how much you need to start a business.

Once you add up your startup expenses, assets, and recurring costs, be prepared for that sobering moment when you see your estimated startup cost in black and white. But armed with this information, you will know how much to scrape together before you officially launch your business.

Keep track of everything…
Once you start spending, keep track of where your money is going. Learn the basics of accounting so that you can track your expenses — and eventually your income — on your own. It’s crucial to make sure your books are in good order!

But be ready for anything.
With proper business planning, you can improve your chance for success. But forget about doing everything perfectly — you will make mistakes somewhere along the line. Trust me.

Someday, you will look back on your list of wants and needs and probably laugh. If you don’t believe me, let’s ask the other business owners out there:

What was the first expense for your new business?

Can you think of a business item that you splurged on and then later regretted? I’ll start: in one of my startups, I purchased a brand new printing press that turned out to be a real lemon! I was much better off later on, when I found a dependable secondhand printing press at a fraction of the cost of the new one.

For more see;

http://omhub.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/how-much-does-it-cost-to-start-a-business/

The Estimated Costs for Starting a New Business page was Posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Content Marketing Tools!

Tools for content discovery

Before you can start writing, you need to come up with ideas, ideally ones that will be popular.

Quick Sprout – if you put in a competitor URL on the home page of Quick Sprout and then click on the “social media” tab, you will see a breakdown of the most popular content your competitor has written. This should help you generate some ideas.

Buzzsumo – type in a word or a phrase, and Buzzsumo will show you the most popular posts around the web that contain that phrase.

Portent – if you are struggling to come up with a cool idea or title, just type in a keyword on Portent, and it will generate catchy titles for you.

Quora – this is a great place to look if you need some inspiration. People ask questions in every industry, and Quora will help you spot the hot ones.

Google Trends – the last thing you want to do is blog on a topic that isn’t popular. Google Trends will point you in the right direction as it shows search volume for different keywords and phrases.

Alltop – not every blog is worth following. Alltop ranks and organizes the top blogs around the web so you can see what others are writing about.

Twitter – most people use Twitter for distribution, but I also use it to see what’s trending.

Pulse – LinkedIn created a product that is like an RSS feed. It allows you to subscribe to specific topics and interests so that you know what is being discussed.

Evernote – as a blogger, you’ll eventually have more ideas than time. With Evernote, you can keep track of all your ideas.

Trello – the more organized you are, the smoother the content marketing process will be. Trello is a great place to organize all of your ideas.

Once you have figured out your blogging subject, the next step is for you to start writing.

Tools for writing

If you use the tools below, you will find that not only will you write better but you will also be able to create content faster.

Google Docs – instead of blogging in WordPress, consider writing your content first in Google Docs. It will help you spot grammar and spelling issues, plus you can collaborate with others when you need help.

Wunderlist – if you want to write list-based posts, check out Wunderlist. It makes it easy for you to create lists on everything.

Meme Generator – who said creating funny images is hard? With a few mouse clicks and keyboard strokes, you can start generating memes in minutes on Meme Generator.

Visual.ly – infographics don’t have to be expensive. Visual.ly will help you create your own.

Infogr.am – graphs and pie charts don’t have to be ugly anymore. You can now create pretty ones that generate social shares.

Skitch – from screen captures to quick photo edits, Skitch is a simple photo editing tool. It may not have as many features as Photoshop, but it is much easier to use.

Uberflip – sometimes you’ll want to create ebooks or PDFs on your blog. Uberflip is a simple tool that will allow you to do so, plus it gives you stats that show you how popular your content is.

TinyMCE – if you prefer blogging within WordPress, this tool will ensure you are using correct grammar and spelling.

Text Broker – ideally, you should be writing your own content, but if you don’t have the time, Text Broker can take care of the writing process for you.

Problogger Job Board – similarly to finding help on Text Broker, you can find freelance writers on Problogger.

Shareist – from capturing content around the web to embedding links and videos, Shareist helps with the whole content marketing cycle. It’s a platform made for small and medium businesses.

Kapost – if you want a tool that does everything, Kapost is worth checking out. It’s worth using if you need help with scheduling and writing, but it can do much more than that.

Editorial calendar – once you get the hang of blogging, you will want to use a content calendar to organize publishing of your posts. This will help you spot holes and figure out how often and when you should be blogging.

Now that you have nailed down the writing process, it’s time to focus on distribution.

Tools for Content Marketing distribution

Promoting your content doesn’t have to be hard. There are a lot of tools you can use to help you out.

Yoast – search engines are a great source of traffic. Yoast will optimize your blog for you so that you can maximize your rankings.

Buffer – pushing out your content to all of the social sites can be a pain. But with Buffer, you can do so with just one click.

Click to tweet – by making quotes and phrases within your content tweetable, you will get more social traffic.

Tweroid – your followers may not be online when you are tweeting. Tweroid will help you determine the optimal twitting time to get the most exposure.

Slideshare – why not turn your content into a presentation? Submitting your content to Slideshare in a presentation format is a great way to get extra traffic and more branding.

Outbrain – if you want to generate more traffic, Outbrain is a good source for cheap traffic. For a few cents a click, you can get more people reading your blog.

Flare – social sharing buttons don’t have to be ugly. Flare lets you take control of the way your sharing buttons look, plus it tells you the number of clicks they get.

GetResponse – email is the best way to generate traffic to your blog. Through GetResponse, you can start collecting emails on your blog and then do an email blast to your list every time you publish a new piece of content.

Google Webmaster Tools – if you want to know where you rank in the search engine results, this is the only tool you need. You can then take the keywords that rank on page one, build some links to them, and increase your rankings.

LinkedIn Groups – one of the simplest ways to get more traffic is to submit your content to LinkedIn groups. Join groups that have over 100,000 members and are in spaces related to yours. Submit your content, and watch your social traffic grow.

Audience Bloom – these guys have an internal tool that helps companies get guest posts. They only charge you when their tool helps you land a guest post from relevant sites. It’s a great way to increase your referral traffic and gain new readers to your blog.

Google Blog Search – through Google’s blog search, you can find relevant blogs within your industry. Once you find a handful of blogs, read their content, and start commenting, providing great information. This will help drive people back to your blog, which will increase your readership.

Content Marketing Tool page posted “By Mike Armstrong”

10 Top Buffer Tips – Web Marketing Tips

Please find a list of 10 Top Buffer Tips:

https://blog.bufferapp.com/little-known-buffer-features

If you use social media and haven’t yet given buffer a try, there’s no time like the presence!!!!

Top 10 Social Media Marketing Tips for using Buffer Page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Locksmiths in South Wales

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South Wales Locksmiths Mr Locks can provide lots of Locksmith & Safe Engineer services to hones and businesses in South Wales.

These experienced South Wales Locksmiths supply and install Access Control Systems incuding Mechanical Code Locks, Door Entry Systems, Fire Door Hardware and Master Key Systems.

If you are locked out, have lost your keys, need to change locks, or need to fit new locks to BS 3621 standards in order to meet your insurance company requirements contact your Local South Wales Locksmiths Mr Locks who will be happy to help., They are polite and helpful, they turn up when agreed, and they finish the job properly in one visit.

If you are in need of some advice or information about locksmiths or our South Wales Locksmiths services, then please call your Local South Wales Locksmith free on0800 083 2882. Mobile users can also click to call on 07976 961473 . Rest assured they will not let you down.


Change Locks in South Wales

South Wales Locksmiths Mr Locks often change locks when Customers move into a new home or business premises. This safeguards against previous key holders gaining access. They can also replace broken or faulty locks in South Wales, in addition to replacing locks after keys have been lost or stolen.

Change Locks in South Wales – More Information


Locked Out – Open Locks in South Wales

Your local South Wales Locksmiths provide a professional service to open locks for customers that are locked out of their home or workplace in Cardiff and the surrounding areas in South Wales.

Locked Out in South Wales? – More Information


Fit New Locks in South Wales

South Wales Locksmiths Mr Locks, Locksmiths based in Cardiff but servicing South Wales, are able to supply and fit new locks and upgrade customers locks in the South Wales area to comply with British Standards and Insurance Company requirements.

Fit New Locks In South Wales – More Information


PVC door Lock specialists in South Wales

South Wales Locksmiths Mr Locks based in Cardiff, specialise in changing locks on PVC doors and Aluminium Doors in the South Wales area. They stock a huge range of replacement locks for PVC and Aluminium doors. They are also able to open and replace broken or faulty multipoint locking systems at customers homes and commercial buildings.

PVC Door Locks in South Wales – More Information


South Wales Car Locksmiths

Your local South Wales Locksmiths now offer a mobile car locksmith service in cardiff and throughout South Wales.

South Wales Locksmiths Mr locks are able to open your car for you, if you are locked out due to lost or stolen keys. They can also replace car locks and cut new car keys on site, In addition to programming new car keys for most makes of vehicles.

Car Locksmith Service in South Wales – More Information


South Wales Safe Engineers – South Wales Safe Specialist

South Wales Locksmiths Mr Locks, Locksmiths based in Cardiff can open safes in Cardiff and surrounding South Wales areas when customers are locked out of their safe. They also replace locks on safes, cut new safe keys on site and change combinations on safe locks. South Wales Locksmiths Mr locks also supply freestanding and floor safes for domestic and high value commercial use, in addition to Media safes which are designed to protect computerised data and documents in the event of a fire.

South Wales Safe Engineers in Cardiff – More Information


Access Control Systems in South Wales

South Wales Locksmiths Mr Locks from Cardiff can supply and install mechanical and electronic Access Control systems at customers homes and commercial buildings in the Cardiff and South Wales area.

Access Control Systems in South Wales – More Information


Master Key systems in South Wales

Your Local South Wales Locksmiths can build and install master key systems at your business or home in and around Cardiff and South Wales. This allows you to operate your locks with one key, no more heavy bunches of keys and bulging pockets.

Master Key Systems in South Wales – More Information

The South Wales Locksmiths Mr Locks can provide their Locksmith services to businesses and homes across South Wales from Bridgend to Newport including RCT, Caerphilly, Pontypridd, Barry, Penarth and Vale of Glamorgan.

Mr Locks is MLA approved.

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If you want to find out more see: http://locksmith-cardiff.co.uk

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The Locksmiths South Wales page was written “By Mike Armstrong”

LinkedIn Training Wales

MA Consultancy LinkedIn Training Services to Welsh Businesses in Wales including all of the following LinkedIn Training Services:

  • LinkedIn Profile Set Up Training
  • LinkedIn Networking through Groups Training

If you are a Welsh Business in Wales and you are looking for any of the above LinkedIn training services please email: maconsultancy1@gmail.com or call: 07517 024979

LinkedIn Training Wales page posted “By Mike Armstrong”

South Wales Plumbers!!

About South Wales Plumbers – Pure Heating Solutions:

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In need of Emergency plumbing and heating in South Wales

Description of Plumbing & Heating Services offered by these South Wales Plumbers:

From essential boiler servicing to installing bathroom suites, South Wales Plumbers Pure heating Solutions (providers of plumbing & heating solutions) cover it all.

Pure Heating Solutions of Cardiff in South Wales provide first-rate plumbing and heating services for domestic and commercial clients.

They can provide South Wales plumbing and heating emergency repairs as well as longer-term projects including;
Energy-efficiency upgrades in South Wales,
Boiler Replacement & Servicing in South Wales,
Bathroom Suite Installations in South Wales and kitchen plumbing installation in South Wales etc.

About the South Wales Plumbers:

South Wales Plumbers & Heating Specialists Pure Heating have a full team of technicians, all boasting years of experience in the plumbing & heating industry.

South Wales Plumbers Pure Heating Solutions have the knowledge and training to provide a superior service.  They offer competitive prices as part of there commitment to customer care.

So contact these South Wales Plumbers for:

Emergency repairs in South Wales
Gas safety checks in South Wales
Boiler servicing in South Wales
Bathroom installations in South Wales
Kitchen fittings in South Wales
ECO deal work in South Wales
Green Deal installations in South Wales

The Pricing for our South Wales Plumbing Services is totally transparent:

Their price promise is that all of our South Wales plumbers charges are issued in a 100% clear manner, meaning that you know exactly what you are paying and why.

Customers across the Cardiff and South Wales area come back to them time and again because they treat every client fairly and with the respect that they deserve.

All staff at South Wales plumbers Pure Heating Solutions strive to offer you:

  • Professionalism
  • Reliability
  • Fair pricing
  • 24-Hour availability
  • Green Deal and ECO installations

As part of their commitment to fair pricing, they are heavily involved in bringing the Green Deal and ECO package installations to vulnerable and lower-income housing in South Wales.

Check their South Wales Plumbers website to find out if you might qualify for government assistance on vital home heating improvements.

How to contact these South Wales Plumbers:

For more about these South Wales Plumbers follow the link or you can call the plumbing and heating engineers at Pure Heating Solutions in South Wales on 02920 627145.

The South Wales Plumbers are also available by e-mail at info@plumberscardiff.org.uk.

The South Wales Plumbers page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

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Networking Event in South Wales for this Friday – October 10th

Introbiz & Lexus Business Club *Special Networking Event* at Lexus, Cardiff

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Introbiz are extremely proud to announce their next collaboration with Lexus, Cardiff. This collaboration is going to be a very special networking event like no other networking event they have ever hosted.

Lexus have announced a creative partnership with global entrepreneur, innovator and musician, Will.I.Am.

The Grammy-Award winner will be working with Lexus to champion provocative design and technology, as part of its Striking Angles campaign to launch the new Lexus NX.
Introbiz members and visitors will be lucky enough to witness the first unveiling of the brand new Lexus NX car whilst networking at the home of Lexus, Cardiff on Hadfield Road.

There will be a VERY special guest attending but our lips are sealed!

You will be entertained by one of the world’s top Quick Change Artists, Magician and Illusionist Keelan Leyser, check out his website here. Spiros Caterers will be serving canapés and champagne whilst all attendees network and make new connections and Venture Photography will be there to capture the event.

So come and join us at the fantastic event for 2 hours of networking with Introbiz members, visitors and Lexus guests. Spaces are limited so please book today to avoid disappointment.

To book please contact..

Tracey at info@introbiz.co.uk or 07581 564371

Paul on 07920 772707
Introbiz office on 02920 291 002

We look forward to meeting you!

Key Networking Event Details;
Hadfield Road, Cardiff, CF11 8AQ
10 October 2014 / 15:00 – 17:00
Members: £10 / Non-Members: £15

Networking Event in South Wales for this Friday – October 10th page posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Are you looking for SEO Services Cardiff?

Would you like to get more leads, website visitors or customer from the Google Search Engines?

Do you want to get to the top of the Internet result pages for your core Keywords, including the products & services that you offer?

If you answered yes to the above and you are from Cardiff or the wider South Wales area then the SEO Services Cardiff on offer from MA Consultancy are for you!

About our SEO Services Cardiff!

The SEO Services Cardiff we offer include On-site Optimisation and Off-site Optimisation.

On-site Optimisation includes Blogging, Content writing, Key Word Grouping, Image naming and Keyword improving within Meta tags, Meta Page Descriptions, URLs and Headers etc. This also includes increasing time spent on site and page views as well as decreasing bounce rates.

Off-site Optimisation includes Social Media Marketing, Link Building, Content Marketing, Directory Listings, Adwords Marketing and other Marketing techniques & ways of increasing traffic to your website!

What the SEO Services Cardiff we can provide can do for your business!

All of the SEO Services Cardiff that we offer including the on-site optimisation services and the off-site optimisation services will help your business website to increase its ranking and it’s position in the Search Engines Page ranks. This will improve the number of web visitors and enquiries that you receive which (*as long as the products and services that you are offering are in demand and competitively priced against others) would result in you getting more customers!

*If the increase in traffic and enquiries were not resulting in more customers I would also be able to help you improve your product offering or proposition in order to help you get more customers.

As well as getting you more website traffic, enquiries & customers our off-site optimisation services including Directory Listings and Social Media Marketing services will also help to increase your brand awareness whilst the on-site optimisation service of blogging can help improve your standing within your industry as well as increasing the number of Keywords and subject areas / topics that your website gets associated with.

Costs for our SEO Services Cardiff!

As the amount of SEO work required can vary on the competitiveness of the Keywords you are looking to rank for and the geographical territory that you want to be found for my costs are quoting for on a bespoke basis once I’m able to review the market and determine what is involved to get you the results that you need.

Our SEO Services Cardiff can cost from £100 a month up to £1,000 a month and would be subscribed for a minimum of 3 months but can often be required for 6 months or even 12 months to achieve the desired results.

If you need to rank high on page 1 for less competitive keyword phrases, on a local Cardiff basis, against competitors with less SEO activity the costs would be far lower than of you were looking to rank high on page 1 for High competitive keyword phrases, on a UK basis on a Sector where all competitors are taking part in a high level of SEO activities themselves.

What to do if you are interested in our SEO Services Cardiff?

If you would like our SEO Services Cardiff or simple want a free review or a no obligation quotation please call us on: 07517 024979 or email: maconsultancy1@gmail.com

The SEO Services Cardiff page is posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Learn to cook at Giovanni’s Italian Cookery School in Cardiff, South Wales!

Giovanni’s Italian cookery school!

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ABOUT GIOVANNI’S COOKERY SCHOOL

Welcome to Giovanni’s Cookery School. Where their passion for great food, meets a desire to share their wealth of knowledge. Located in the heart of Cardiff, South Wales the state of the art facility provides both the enthusiastic amateur and the already skilled chef the opportunity to broaden their abilities and embrace new challenges.
Led by their experienced chefs, they offer a diverse selection of courses covering all aspects of cooking, from Parents and Childrens Pizza Classes to all aspects of Italian food.

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They also offer advanced Cocktail Training and everything in between.
Be sure to visit their “What We Offer” section on www.giovanniscardiff.co.uk for a full list of classes, events and courses.
They are happy to cater to special requests and can create bespoke packages for all occasions including providing professional photography and video services as a keepsake. Please enquire for full pricing on these packages.
The Giovanni Cookery School is proud to be a part of the Giovanni’s Group which includes the famous Giovanni’s Italian Restaurants, which have an outstanding reputation for producing some of the best authentic Italian food available in the UK.
Established in 1983 the restaurant chain has played host to numerous celebrities over the years including Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Jones and even Shirley Bassey.
Gift vouchers are available to purchase and make a wonderful, unique gift for your loved ones and can be tailored to suit your exact requirements with vouchers availalable in denominations of £10 or to cover an entire class.
Whatever you’re looking for, their team are here to make your cooking experience one you’ll remember for years to come – so please get in touch, they will be happy to help.

Book today on 02920 678707

CORPORATE EVENTS AVAILABLE, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

CONTACTS:

For booking and queries, please contact Giovanni’s Marketing Department on:
02920 678707 / marketing@giovanniscardiff.com
Visiting:
Giovannis Cookery School, 10-11 Mill Lane, Cardiff, South Wales. CF10 1FL

The learn to cook at Giovanni’s Italian Cookery School in Cardiff, South Wales page was posted “By Mike Armstrong”

Estimated costs for New Business Startups!

Here’s some information about starting Businesses!

How Much Does It Cost to Start a Business?
by christopherjanb

How much money do you need to start a business?

Of course, there is no easy answer. It depends.

While the average cost for starting a business is $30,000, some businesses may require more money or less.

Your startup costs will depend on many factors, including the type of business you want to start, whether you plan to work from your home or rent office space, etc. Your startup costs will also depend on how much you can feasibly handle on your own.

But one thing is for sure — a common mistake many entrepreneurs make is underestimating how much it costs to start a business and keep it going. Insufficient capital is one of the major reasons for small business failure. So it’s important to nail down that figure so you can start out strong.

In this article, you will find out:

The difference between expenses and assets.
How your wants and needs factor into the equation.
How to realistically calculate your startup costs.
Categorize your startup costs.
According to the Small Business Administration, you should first categorize your startup costs in terms of expenses and assets. What’s the difference between the two?

Startup expenses can include legal expenses, permits, paying someone to design your logo or website, initial advertising costs, and office supplies.

You may also have assets that you purchase for your new business. These tangible items include inventory, equipment, tools, or a company vehicle, plus some cash until the customers start rolling in.

You also need to factor in the business costs that will recur on a regular basis: rent and utilities, payroll expenses, business insurance, ongoing advertising and marketing costs, and more inventory.

Are they wants or needs?
Once you figure out the possible expenses and assets and assign ballpark figures (be realistic!) , organize them in terms of wants and needs. You will need to purchase some items right away for your business. Other items may be nice to have eventually.

For example, can you get by without a dedicated office space for your startup? You can save money on rent and office furniture by working right at the kitchen table. Or you may envision a shiny new truck with your business logo on the side. But for the time being, you might have to hang onto your respectable-looking old truck.

Do the maths.
After you define your wants and needs, it’s time to get serious and crunch the actual numbers. Using a tool like the Wall Street Journal’s Startup Calculator can give you a ballpark idea of how much you need to start a business.

Once you add up your startup expenses, assets, and recurring costs, be prepared for that sobering moment when you see your estimated startup cost in black and white. But armed with this information, you will know how much to scrape together before you officially launch your business.

Keep track of everything…
Once you start spending, keep track of where your money is going. Learn the basics of accounting so that you can track your expenses — and eventually your income — on your own. It’s crucial to make sure your books are in good order!

But be ready for anything.
With proper business planning, you can improve your chance for success. But forget about doing everything perfectly — you will make mistakes somewhere along the line. Trust me.

Someday, you will look back on your list of wants and needs and probably laugh. If you don’t believe me, let’s ask the other business owners out there:

What was the first expense for your new business?

Can you think of a business item that you splurged on and then later regretted? I’ll start: in one of my startups, I purchased a brand new printing press that turned out to be a real lemon! I was much better off later on, when I found a dependable secondhand printing press at a fraction of the cost of the new one.

For more see;

http://omhub.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/how-much-does-it-cost-to-start-a-business/

Posted “By Mike Armstrong”