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Shopify Review: How To Start Your Online Business In 1 Day


By | source: Aug 31st, 2020

Technological advancements have brought on a new era of business ownership – the online business owner. Having an online business means that you get to save money on traditional business costs, like rent for a warehouse or utilities. 

So, let’s say you decide that you want to set up your online store. How easy, or difficult, is it really to start an online business? Can you go from 0-100 in just one day? You can, if you use an online store hosting platform like Shopify. Keep reading to find out how you can start an online business in just one day. 

What is Shopify?

home page of shopify website

Shopify is an eCommerce subscription platform where business owners create their website using the site’s servers. This means that you can build and manage your online store, without the hassle of maintaining your own domain. No need to upgrade servers or update software – Shopify is globally supervised, so the site is monitored 24/7. 

Shopify has over one million users in 175 different countries. And these users aren’t just small-time business owners. There are dozens of big-name companies, like Heinz, Red Bull, Harper Collins, Nestle, and Hasbro that have websites hosted through Shopify. Even these major brands understand the benefit of outsourcing website management responsibilities. 

How does it work? 

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Using Shopify is relatively simple. If you already have a domain name, you can connect your existing domain to Shopify using two methods. This is possible whether your website is fully operational or still in the developmental phases.

  1. Transfer your domain

A domain transferral gives Shopify full management of your site. Once transferred, you will pay for and renew your domain through Shopify, and not the previous host site. You also will be able to adjust your domain settings directly from your Shopify admin account.

  1. Connect your domain

If you prefer to keep your domain hosted elsewhere, you can simply connect it to Shopify without the need for a full transferral. The payment for your domain, its renewal, and settings will continue to be facilitated through the third-party.

If you have not already purchased a domain for your business, you can purchase one through Shopify. Your domain will be registered for one year and can be renewed yearly until you move hosting from Shopify or delete the domain. The domain is yours to keep, even if you decide to cancel your account.

How to set up your Shopify account in one day

red and white old-fashioned clock sitting on a wooden table

There are various ways to use Shopify, so it can be a bit difficult to determine which use is best for you. To decide how to utilize the site to its full potential, you can ask yourself a few questions:

  • What type of products or services am I selling?
  • Do I plan to sell only on my site or also in person, an online marketplace, and/or social media?
  • Will I be selling my own products or dropshipping?
  • What payment providers are available in my country?
  • Will I package and ship my items myself?
  • What is my budget for a monthly pricing plan?
  • How many staff members do/will I have?

Once you have these base questions answered, you can choose the Shopify pricing plan that both suits your budget and your needs. But – let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Follow the four steps below to kickstart your journey to a fully functioning online store.

Getting started

Step One: Signup for a free trial

signup form for shopify free trial

Shopify starts off every user with an automatic 14-day free trial. This means your first two weeks will be commitment-free! All you have to do is head to the Shopify homepage and click the Start free trial button in the top right corner. 

You’ll be directed to enter your name and email address and sent an email confirmation. Confirming your email will open a separate window where you’ll have to answer a few questions to help Shopify customize your store.

Step Two: Answer basic store queries

shopify's 'about your business' questionnaire

This section is critical for your store, so take your time as you answer each question. Shopify will ask you questions such as ‘Are you already selling?’, ‘What is your current revenue?’, and ‘Which industry will you be operating in?’

Some answers will cause additional options to pop up, some of them about your logo, brainstorming names for your business, and signing up for business webinars. If you are interested in any of the additional options, you can click to select them and move on to the next question. 

Step Three: Add your address

shopify address questionnaire

The next page is where you’ll need to enter your address. Even if you only plan to work online, without entering your address you can’t be paid. So this part is important! If your business is already registered, you can click the box in the lower-left corner to indicate this.

Step Four: Explore your admin page

admin page of a sample shopify store, Jane's Flower Shop

After you’ve entered your address, your administration page will load and appear. This page is directly reflective of the way you answered the questions in the first step. You’ll see prompts offering to help you complete actions such as finding products, customizing your store’s theme, setting up local delivery, and adding online tipping. 

You’ll also have access to Shopify Compass, a free training offered (one-on-one!) to help you set up your store. Using Shopify Compass will help speed up the learning process and make your one-day setup goal all that much easier.  

Customizing your store

free customizing theme options for a shopify store

Once you’ve made it to the admin page, you’re well on your way to finalizing your store. Shopify will automatically create a domain name for you that will look something like your-store-name.myshopify.com. Your next big step will be to add a customizing theme to your online store. 

Shopify has 70+ beautifully designed themes in its Theme Store to choose from, each of which is fully customizable. If you’re tech-savvy and feeling a bit creative, you can even edit your theme using HTML and CSS codes. All you need to do is choose a template, add some unique personal touches, and then you’re ready to launch! 

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about your store’s inventory. Adding your products and services is the next step.

Adding your inventory

shopify product addition page

After you’ve designed your store to your liking, you’ll need to add your products. This process may be the most time-consuming, so block out a few hours – just in case.  

First, you’ll need to upload your product images. Thankfully, many of the nitty-gritty’s of this section (like resizing product photos) are automated for your convenience. After upload, fill out the item’s detailed description, like its title, price(s) and available size(s), and color(s). You can even import your inventory in bulk from eBay, Magento, and/or an Excel or CSV file.

Indicate in the shipping section whether your product is physical and if so, its size and weight (if you know it). This section is also where you’ll need to state if you plan to ship your items yourself or use a fulfillment center. 

If you need to add a dropshipping option to your site, you can do so now using the Shopify App Store. There are over 200 dropshipping apps and services available! Just create an account on the dropshipping platform of your choice and head back over to Shopify to integrate the platform’s app. 

Setting up your payment processing

shopify payment provider explore page

You’ll need to add a payment provider to your site so you can receive customer payments. The way to do this is to enable the payment providers you wish to accept. Shopify Payments is a payment system that removes the need for adding a third-party provider. If you’d like to use Shopify Payments, you can create an account with your business details and banking information.

Since PayPal is one of the most trusted global payment providers, Shopify has made it default for each store. Another perk to setting up Shopify Payments? If you have a Shopify Payment account, you won’t be charged any additional fees when transacting through PayPal. 

Not interested in using Shopify Payment? You can deactivate this feature and accept credit card payments from over 100 credit card providers. If you decide to do this, just note that this may decrease your customer base, since credit card use is limited in some parts of the world.

Managing your domain

two woman seated and pointing at laptop screen

A vital part of your business lies in establishing a domain for your site. Although Shopify generates a generic URL when your site is created, you’ll want to get a little more personal. Having a personalized domain also assures customers that your business is trustworthy and credible. 

shopify domain explore page 

As mentioned previously, you can buy a domain through Shopify or connect or transfer an established domain. If you have a subdomain, you also add this to your site. A subdomain is essentially a part of your primary domain and can direct your customers to your website’s store. 

Rather than directing to a page on your primary domain, a subdomain allows you to create an entirely new website subsection for your store. An example of this is store.yourwebsite.com – the ‘store’ portion is the name of the subdomain, hosted on the ‘yourwebsite’ section. 

Editing your site’s Content Management System (CMS) 

shopify 'add page' section

The ‘About Me’, ‘Contact’, and ‘Home’ pages of your site shouldn’t be overlooked. You can get creative with the way you title these sections of your site. Instead of an ‘About Us’ page, you can have a ‘Getting to Know Us’ or ‘What We’re All About’ page. 

These small changes can help set your site apart from your competitors, in originality alone. You should add descriptive text and links and visually appealing photos and videos to these pages to aid your customers in understanding your brand. 

Setting up shipping details 

shipping and delivery options with shopify

How you set up your shipping will depend on where your store’s items are shipping from. If you are in the US or Canada, you have access to Shopify Shipping. Shopify Shipping can be managed from within your admin and provides you with predetermined rates and shipping labels for your items. With Shopify, you don’t have to worry about managing shipping once your business grows. You can ship items from up to 20 different locations!

If you are outside of the US or Canada, you can add your local shipping option instead. Just head to the Shopify App Store to find shipping providers in your country that meet your criteria. Remember to create shipping zones only for locations you are willing to ship to. Want to attract more customers to purchase items? Consider using basic shipping strategies, like free shipping over $100, to encourage customers and help finalize sales. 

Understanding taxes and billing

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As an online business owner, you are responsible for maintaining your own tax information. You may be new to handling your own taxes, but the Shopify Compass portal can help guide you in the right direction. Shopify helps to automatically calculate these taxes by using default tax rates from around the world. 

You’ll do well to check with your local tax authority or an accountant to ensure that you are complying with your country’s tax laws. Making a mistake on your taxes can cost you greatly in the long-run, so be sure you are well-informed about the payments required of you.

Launching your store!

woman standing next to shelving on homepage of shopify store

When you have finally made it through the last stages of site planning, you are ready to launch your site! Shopify has a “test order” option where you can simulate a real order to ensure that all your features are functioning. You’ll need to activate a paid Shopify plan to actually do the test order, so now is the time to choose one. We’ll talk about the options for plans in the Pricing section of this article a little later. For now, let’s cover the launch essentials. 

There are three ways to create your test order: using Shopify as a ‘bogus gateway’, using an actual payment provider, or using Shopify Payments. You’ll get further guidance for this test order when you get towards the end of the Shopify Compass video guides.

When you’ve done your checks and balances and your store is ready for launch, the process is swift and easy. Your site is automatically password-protected so that it can’t be accessed by customers while you’re still constructing it. To remove the password protection, head to Online Store, Preferences, and then Password protection. Click the check next to Enable password to turn off the feature and save the changes to complete the action. 

And, just like that, your new Shopify site is officially launched and live to customers! You can keep updating and editing your site as needed, but customers can now browse your site and place orders while you continue your site’s evolution. 

Five reasons why eCommerce shop owners use Shopify

numbers one, two, three, four, and five on a red background sitting above legos

#1 – You don’t have to worry about choosing the ‘perfect’ server – Whether you choose to transfer your domain or buy it through Shopify, your hunt for the ‘perfect’ server is over. Unlike with many third-party servers, Shopify is designed to be the optimal online store hosting platform. Shopify has features for every site detail you can imagine – you’re guaranteed to have the best server possible for your online business.

#2 – The Shopify App Store connects you with 1,200+ useful app integrations – The Shopify App Store is utilized by over 80% of Shopify users to integrate different applications to their stores. These apps often make managing your store much easier, and help you focus on growing and building your business. 

Install apps for everything from social media marketing, to dropshipping, to inventory management. Apps are both paid premium and free, so you can choose which options fit both your budget and your needs.

#3 – Server security and reliability are almost guaranteed – When you manage your own site, its reliability is completely up to you. Many business owners know nothing about website management, and have to hire costly web developers to handle the more tricky, technical aspects. Security updates, software upgrades, and data analytics are all handled with Shopify – which leaves you free to manage your business.

#4 – The size of your online store isn’t a factor – You don’t need to have 100,000+ site visitors or hundreds of inventory items to have a successful online store. Shopify gives you all the tools you need to thrive as a business owner, even with a smaller-size store. You may only be selling three or four products and you’ll still have access to all the same amazing features, and benefits as larger stores. 

 #5 – Shopify’s interface is user-friendly and easy to navigate – Your customers need a website that isn’t overly complicated. No matter how great your product is, if your customers have a hard time navigating your site, they’ll likely never make it to the ‘submit payment’ stage. Shopify stores are all optimized for mobile use, so customers can comfortably shop from any of their devices.   

Shopify pricing vs Competitor pricing

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Before you decide to put all that effort into setting up your Shopify account, let’s compare its pricing plans to those of its competitors.

So, who are some of Shopify’s major competitions? There are quite a few, but we’ll be focusing on the top three most popular options: Wix, BigCommerce, and Squarespace. 

Here’s a quick table breaking down the three main tiers of pricing at each platform (in USD). 

 

Shopify Wix BigCommerce Squarespace
Basic $29 $17 $29.95 $26/annual

$30/month

Standard $79 $25 $71.95/annual

$79.95/month

Premium $299 $35 $269.96/annual

$299.95/month

$40/annual

$46/month

 

As you can see, the Shopify and BigCommerce plans are comparable in cost, while Wix and Squarespace have similar pricing. This is likely due to the fact that both Shopify and BigCommerce cater to customers interested in scaling their businesses. 

Online store owners who intend to increase their revenue without increasing costs (which is what ‘scaling’ entails) need specialized support and features to do so.

Wix and Squarespace

Both Wix and Squarespace are website hosting platforms that allow an online business website, but neither is directly designed for eCommerce. Their pricing is much lower than Shopify or BigCommerce to reflect less advanced features. A less complicated interface is certainly a positive for beginners, which is why both platforms are still solid Shopify competitors.

A significant downside? Both platforms offer less backend control than Shopify. This means that while your site may be easier to create, you have decreased flexibility in terms of your site’s functionality. 

BigCommerce

BigCommerce has a complex interface that both attracts and deters users, depending on how tech-savvy they may be. As an eCommerce platform, BigCommerce is formatted for online business owners that want a more streamlined start-to-finish service. In contrast to Shopify, BigCommerce is a fully integrated platform – removing the dependence on apps.

Although it sells itself on integration, BigCommerce has a complex interface that isn’t suited for beginners. The learning curve is a bit steep, but if you are more advanced or willing to put in the effort, it can be worth your while. 

Are there cons to using Shopify?

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No platform is without downsides.  Shopify is no exception to this rule. If you are looking for a cheap online store-building option, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Shopify also can be a little complicated to navigate without the help of its many tutorials and guides. Other platforms may offer more design themes than Shopify, which are easier for you to customize and add your own personal flair. 

Here’s a shortlist of some of the main points of contention that users have expressed about Shopify:

  • Shopify Payments is only available when selling from certain countries
  • Transaction fees are unavoidable when using third-party payment providers
  • Only nine of Shopify’s 70+ design themes are free – the rest require a one-time payment of $180 for use
  • The apps in the Shopify App Store often come with their own associated fees
  • No free version available, only a 14-day free trial
  • 24/7 tech support is available through live chat and email, but some users find these services slow and have to rely on community forums 
  • Changing your store’s theme requires you to reformat your site since many of your formatting is not automatically integrated

So, is Shopify the right hosting platform for you? 

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In the grand scheme of things, the downsides of Shopify are minor when compared to its benefits. You’ll need to be comfortable investing more money into your company than the average eCommerce platform might require, but the payoff is a powerful platform at your fingertips. 

Do you need to start an online business in just one day? Then Shopify is the easy, hassle-free, user-friendly eCommerce platform for you. There are plenty of other online business hosting platforms, but Shopify wins in the areas that matter. It continues to outperform its competitors in design flexibility, help and support, sales features, and customer satisfaction.

Your online business deserves the best backend and frontend development possible. Shopify offers you amazing, state-of-the-art web development services, perfect for setting up, launching, and growing your online store. 

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Mobile Games Critics Love


By | source: Dec 6th, 2022

 

If you went back around a decade, it would probably have been the case that most people still preferred to game on console and PC. But, as time has progressed, more people than ever are now gaming on mobile. Not only have smartphones come a long way in terms of their capabilities, but so have the games themselves, and there are some that critics are huge fans of.

 

Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO is one of the very few mobile games that has remained popular even though it’s been around since 2016, which is one of the reasons it’s a big hit with players. Another reason is that there is nothing better than an innovative game that breaks tradition, which is precisely what Pokemon GO does. It’s a game that utilises augmented reality, which allows players to explore real life as Pokemon trainers. So, effectively, players would explore their real-life surroundings and hunt for Pokemon who would randomly appear, thanks to AR.

Mega Moolah

Mega Moolah, a video slot, may seem a bit of a surprise inclusion, but hear us out. Playing online slot games on your mobile has long been the norm, largely because many iGaming developers are now mobile-focused. But Mega Moolah is exceptional, and you will get the impression that this is the case from the title. Microgaming, the developers of Mega Moolah, in creating this game, actually produced a slot that is renowned for turning some lucky winners into millionaires. Imagine just how fun it’d be to spin the reels of a slot, while also having an opportunity to win life-changing amounts of money. It’s why it’s a critic’s choice.

Fortnite Mobile

What critics are also massive fans of are games that are on-trend or ones that capitalise on trends. And, as everyone will know, battle royale titles have been all the rage for a number of years. Now, there are quite a few battle royale games that have made it onto mobile and done well. But it’s Fortnite that gets the nod from the critics, arguably because it was a worldwide phenomenon when it hit console, and that success transferred to mobile, as it gave players a chance to play the game, alongside friends, on the go. It’s a port that really hit the spot and is highly regarded as a result.

Alto’s Odyssey

Some games are a thing of beauty and catch the eye for this reason, with Alto’s Odyssey one of those to tick that box with aplomb. But it isn’t a game that is all about the visuals. It plays well too, and is one of the greatest runners of all time. Perhaps the combination of great visuals and exciting gameplay has caught the eye of critics for all the right reasons. But, when you factor in that everything that happens is incentive and reward-driven, you realise that the standout feature of Alto’s Odyssey is that it keeps you coming back for more.

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The History Behind US Student Communities


By | source: Nov 25th, 2022

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US student communities are special men’s and women’s organizations, they are literally called “brotherhoods” and “sisterhoods”, since the students included in them have certain rights and are subject to the charter of their community.

 

These organizations have been successfully operating in the universities of North America for about 3 centuries. In Europe, there are similar student organizations – student corporations, designed to organize young people into organizational groups for a more productive and fun life and study at universities.

 

Student communities in the United States, as a rule, have a name consisting of Greek letters and are divided into women’s and men’s. 

 

How to join a US community?

But joining one of the US communities is not so easy. First of all, one must have some financial position in order to be able to make fraternal dues and pay for their living in special campuses assigned to the community.

 

There were cases when for this it was necessary to walk naked around the campus or drink sour milk. But the desire of candidates to join the student community is so great that, despite the obvious health risk, they are ready to make even less of such sacrifices. 

 

The first student society was called “Fi. Beta. Kappa. It included people who were very popular at that time – writers, politicians, poets, etc.

 

There is a place in US student communities and strict laws, failure to comply with which can lead to expulsion not only from the community, but also from the educational institution. It is desirable to show progress in studies, no one likes stupid people. By the way, performance must be shown everywhere. So, sometimes students use essay writing service cheap to help them with homework.

 

For example, if a member of the student body is seen drunk in their fraternity uniform, they may be kicked out of the association. It is believed that by showing up drunk in a fraternity uniform, you are disregarding the values ??of your community, which means that such people have no place among the brothers. Therefore, such a student is expelled from the community, and for sure, no other student will want to accept him.

The most prestigious communities 

Being a member of Phi Beta Kappa is a huge honor that many students, now both men and women, aspire to receive. All participants must indicate this experience in their resumes, and potential employers check the information at the national office. Getting into such a prestigious society is not easy. For example, at the George Washington University in Phi Beta Kappa, they only take a very high average score – at least 3.7 out of 4.0. 

 

In addition, knowledge of a foreign language and a successfully completed course in mathematics or statistics are required. If you want to ask for professional’s help with college assignments, look for online writing services like writemypapers.me

 

The first officially registered student association was the Chi Phi fraternity. It opened at Princeton University on December 24, 1824, the eve of Catholic Christmas. The founders declared the main principles of the community to be truth, honor and integrity of the individual.

 

Later, similar organizations began to multiply rapidly throughout the country. Students wanted to unite to stimulate each other’s ambitions, to encourage the highest manifestations of courage, to develop leadership qualities, responsibility and composure.

Why should one join one of the US communities?

Fellowship provides a lot of benefits – and it’s not just about parties at the end of the school week. Most importantly, networking is the basis of social interaction with peers. Most university students will only keep in touch with 4-6 really close friends. As soon as you join your brotherhood, you immediately get to know 30-40 new people who you could trust and make real friends with.

 

It has been proven time and time again that your chances of getting a job are higher if your future boss or hiring manager belongs to the same fraternity. 20 or 30 years ago, when social media and job sites like LinkedIn didn’t exist, fraternity connections were even more rewarding.

 

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How to Manage Funds at Online Casinos


By | source: Nov 12th, 2022

With the current popularity of technology and online things, there are also now online casinos available for gamblers to play without having to travel to casinos. But when online gambling, it is important to have a proper management plan for your funds.

 

Having a good money management plan can go a long way when gambling at online casinos. This article will explain how to manage your funds at online casinos properly.

1. Creating and Sticking to a Budget Plan

One of the most common things you should know when gambling is that you shouldn’t gamble more money than you can handle to lose. This is a very important rule to stick by when starting to gamble. Gambling is risky as there is little assurance that you will always come out as a winner. This is why you must never gamble amounts of money you can’t afford.

 

Before gambling, you should create a budget plan to familiarize yourself with the extent of your funds. Even if you have a winning streak, there are always big losses in every gambling session. The risk of losses shows why you should always remember to stick to a budget plan to avoid major financial problems.

2. Create a Gambling Schedule

Compared to playing casino games at real casinos, it is much easier and more enticing to gamble at online casinos. Because of this, it is necessary to have a schedule to stick by and acknowledge that gambling is only a special occasion. Only have specific days in a week where you should allow yourself to gamble online.

 

When creating a schedule, you should only increase the time of your sessions when your income from gambling is increasing rapidly. But if not, you should maintain discipline and control yourself from gambling online too much. If you gamble on a schedule, you may win more than you lose. If that’s the case, let’s hope you are at a fast payout casino to help get your winnings more quickly.

3. Don’t Gamble Using Emotions

When gambling, it is crucial that your emotional responses don’t overpower your logical reasoning. Especially when you have significant losses from gambling online, you should be logical and take a break from gambling instead of trying to win your losses back out of anger. While playing some more after losing may seem necessary, taking the logical course of action will be more beneficial down the road.

4. Always Withdraw your Winnings

When gambling, you can consider your money from this activity winnings when your losses do not outweigh your winning bets. When left with money that is pure profit, it means that the personal funds that you have initially invested are not at risk.

 

You should maintain your bankroll at the total you invested initially, showing that you display a smarter and more professional way of gambling. Withdraw the house’s money and use it to increase your original investment.

Conclusion

Online casinos offer a fun and convenient way for gamblers all over the world to earn some money. However, it may be more tempting to bet your money on these online casinos irresponsibly because of their convenience. As a gambler, you should always know how to be responsible and stick to a money management plan to ensure you don’t suffer significant financial losses.

 

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8 Reasons Why Poker Is About Skill


By | source: Nov 11th, 2022

Poker relies heavily on fortune whenever done for just a brief moment. It becomes more of a skill-based card game the further you participate. Generally, most participants would’ve played this game for a lesser period. The veteran players, however, might have invested a lot of time in this game.

 

Whether you’re less about skill and more about luck, you should look at the best roulette apps and give it a spin.

Reasons Why it is a Game of Skill

You must take steps to lessen the influence of chance within your match. By accomplishing this, you’ll provide yourself with greater power regarding your accomplishment.

1. Game of Chances

If you’ve ever played this card game, you know how significantly your hand differs from your rivals’ in terms of cards. There is no longer luck because cards can potentially impact the game’s outcome significantly. 

 

Certainly, there is still a minimal amount of short-term luck left. In the long run, however, the likelihood is always true.

2. Your Abilities Matter

Poker is a mastery game that grows more complex as players play additional rounds. The ability required for winning such cards might be 100% as the maximum count of cards dealt approached infinitely. This isn’t feasible, rationally speaking. On average, the chances will ultimately be to your advantage.

3. Anticipated Variables

You could utilize mathematics to your advantage in each game of poker and choice you make. Each anticipated value is the average, long-term value of that situation. Beneficial or bad outcomes are also possible.

 

It is irrelevant what the outcome of the present round is for evaluating predicted value. The overall worth of the circumstance is the sole factor that matters. A skilled player will eventually prevail in a given circumstance.

4. Difference in Playing Abilities

There are quality and terrible players in the game of poker. The choices they make during the game greatly impact how it turns out. Greater compared to a player who makes poor decisions, a player who can make better decisions.

5. Varying Rules

As you are aware, players must obey regulations in this game. Poker can’t be played without such regulations. Additionally, whenever regulations are established, they apply to every participant. Not many factors can change the game’s outcome because everyone must adhere to the regulations.

6. Starting Cards

Poker games involve a variety of events, many of which have an impact on the result. All players initially receive 2 cards for each round. Before proceeding, every player must make their initial choice—whether or not they’ll accept the pot.

7. Set of Cards

Each event at a poker game is foreseeable. The issue arises when it is necessary to consider many potential outcomes. Because there are so many decks with predetermined values, each hand has a wide range of potential results.

8. It Requires Patience

You must develop the ability to manage your feelings and maintain a composed mindset. Maintaining your composure is critical since breaking it will result in financial loss. You’ll need to practice that talent over time.

Conclusion

Luck isn’t a factor in every competition with regulations and elements. The argument is that anything could be quantified and that doing so is perfectly legal. Every player who doesn’t factor in probabilities would claim that poker is just a match of luck.

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How to Make Interactive Google Slides Presentations


By | source: Nov 7th, 2022

One of your biggest fears as a presenter is probably getting bored listeners. Whether virtual viewers behind screens or live ones, you’re definitely seeking ways to attract, engage, and excite them. However, you don’t want to bore the addressees when presenting your ideas to them. Besides, a sleek and appealing Google slides design makes you credible in the eyes of the audience. Moreover, an interactive deck makes it easy to impress your target audience and place your business ahead of the competition.

As you plan your presentation, your aim should be to keep the audience glued to the content. That means you should have a robust content plan before preparing the presentation. If you don’t have the right strategy in place, your audience may end up overlooking the most crucial parts of your presentation. Making Google slides interactive for the business presentation to go smoothly shouldn’t be a hard task with the following tips.

Use Excellent Templates

Even before the listeners begin internalizing your content, your templates’ outlook will attract or repel them. So it would be best to create a memorable impression. The theme of your slideshow should correlate to the theme of the exhibition. You don’t want to confuse the viewers right from the beginning. Designing a suitable presentation template from scratch may be a daunting task. Fortunately, Google has pre-designed templates that you can choose from. They range from those with playful themes to professional and business-looking ones. With an exceptionally-designed template, you can make your deck stand out.

Incorporate Relevant Images in Your Deck

One of the aspects that the addressees assess when viewing the deck is the visual appeal. Slides that look jumbled and dull will likely kill the viewers’ attention. Therefore, if you want to have an outstanding presentation, it is best to master how to make Google slides interactive by incorporating the right images. Apart from emphasizing the message in the keynotes, the images help the participants to stay focused for a long time.

You shouldn’t pick any image and embed it on your deck. Instead, ensure it’s appropriate for the situation at hand. If you have previously downloaded and saved images, you’re at liberty to use them. Alternatively, you can search for the right pictures from Google to make the slides more engaging. However, you should use light files to prevent your business presentation from lagging.

Moreover, Google slides have different options when it comes to image shapes. Therefore, you shouldn’t restrict your images to the default rectangular and square shapes. Alternatively, you have many fun shape options to keep your audience glued to your presentation content.

Simplify Statistics Using Infographics

In some cases, your presentation may have complex data. Your audience may find it difficult to follow the discussion if you present the data in its raw form. Make infographics part of your deck to improve the appeal, make work easy for your participants, and improve your credibility. The infographics you decide to use should convey the correct information and be labeled well. For instance, the title, the y-axis, and the x-axis of a graph should be labeled so the addressees can understand it without asking what it represents. Examples of infographics you can use include:

  •       Flowcharts
  •       Bar graphs
  •       Pie charts
  •       Histograms

Put the Right Videos

Appropriate videos are a recipe for interactive Google slides. They also make your exhibition attractive and interesting. Just like in the case of images, you should ascertain that the videos add value to your presentation. If not, you shouldn’t add them to the slides. Ideally, you can use pre-save videos or search on platforms such as YouTube.

How do you ensure you embed the right videos in your deck? First, watch the video and ascertain it is related to the content in the slides. You can also edit it to ensure it’s of the right size, length, and lighting. Also, place it on the right part of your slides. As you add this video, put yourself in the audience’s position. If you feel the video isn’t appropriate, you can replace or remove it altogether.

Use Font Formatting Techniques

Fonts can make or break the presentation. Therefore, you should choose the most appropriate fonts to create a long-lasting impression on your participants. It is best to use one or two fonts throughout for consistency and neatness. The text should also be easy for the addressees to read. So choose the right text size, color, and type. Many text options are available on Google slides. Explore and experiment with different fonts before you choose what works for you. When it comes to the texts, you should be careful not to go overboard with them. If you do, you may end up losing the audience’s attention. So maintain brevity and clarity in every slide.

Pick an Appropriate Right Color Combination

Another element of your deck that you shouldn’t take lightly is the color combo. Remember that people have an emotional and psychological attachment to colors. So if you pick an inappropriate color combo, the deck will be less appealing. The most appealing colors for slides have high contrast for easy visibility. The color on the background should make it easy for the viewers to read the texts on your slides. If you have a dark background, then use bright accent colors and light text. If your business already has brand colors, use them to emphasize the aspect of identity to the viewers.

Bottom Line

Whether you aim to win investors, a lucrative contract or just inform, a properly-designed presentation would carry some weight. So making the presentation attractive is a key ingredient for making it outstanding. In addition, interactive slides will pass information effectively while keeping the audience engaged. So choose the appropriate templates, use images and videos in your slides, and format your fonts appropriately. Besides, you should choose the right color combination. Finally, remember to focus on the essentials, pare down the presentation to relevant facts, and motivate the viewers to action.