When a natural disaster strikes, the majority of the chaos and confusion that arises comes from a lack of open channels of communication. In both relief efforts and the apartment communities struggling to get back on track, communication is absolutely vital. 10ants.com provides this communication, we'll take a look at how the cloud offers a resilient communications solution that won't fail when you need it the most. And it's free.
Your fellow tenants in your apartment can become a powerful force for good if you learn about the needs in your community and explore ways you and your neighbors can make a difference. There are many national nonprofit groups that tenants can join make a huge difference in their communities.
Big Brother, Big Sister
This popular, nationwide mentoring program pairs adults with children who need an additional adult influence in their lives. Oftentimes the Little Brothers and Sisters in this program come from single parent homes.
A study from 1994 through 1995 found that after children were paired with their mentors for 18 months, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in the program, were:
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
27% less likely to begin using alcohol
52% less likely to skip school
37% less likely to skip a class
33% less likely to hit someone
Those results show a significant return on investment for only three or four meetings per month. Share your favorite activities with your Little Brother or Sister and plan an event at your apartment building with everyone’s Little Brothers and Sisters.
Race for the Cure
If you know someone in your apartment building who loves to run or who has battled cancer, the Race for the Cure is a wonderful event to share together.
Apartment tenants who have a clear grasp of their financial situations will ensure the long term security of their families by saving money for the future. Setting up a budget can be stressful because it forces us to both look at our limitations and to face any of our past choices that may have been irresponsible.
Though setting up a budget can be tough at first, the long term benefits are excellent. In fact, once you have a budget that you can follow, you may find that you have more financial freedom and less guilt.
Identify Your Income
There’s no sense in setting up a budget that doesn’t match your actual income. Therefore, review your income tax statement from last year, your anticipated salary for your work this year, and your total expenses from your previous year’s bank statements.
If you’ve moved recently, then it may be tough to settle on precise numbers. Always overestimate what you’ll spend and underestimate what you’ll earn. This will save you from surprises down the line.
Living in an apartment with a roommate is the perfect option for many renters, but that doesn't mean it's the best choice for you. Before you jump on the roommate bandwagon, make sure it's what you want.
There is nothing better than coming home after work and settling into a comfortable apartment that feels like your very own place. You can create the feeling of being "at home" by decorating your apartment with your own personal touch.
There are many simple ways you can add your own touches to an apartment without embarking on a major renovation project. In fact, decorating does not have to cost much money at all.
If you have an odd corner or a narrow space where you can’t fit a standard set of shelves, you can build your own book shelves by picking up some simple pieces of pine at the local hardware store and building a set of custom shelves for that space. Shelves are perfect for storing books, speakers, and other decorations in your apartment.
Renting is all about enjoying the relationships you build with your neighbors on a daily basis and interacting with the people who live nearby. You'll learn how to live around and to appreciate all kinds of people, which is a great way to hone your people skills for a career. Whether you work in retail, in an office, or in a shop, your success will be directly linked to your ability to respectfully interact with all kinds of people.
Tenants who live among their neighbors on a daily basis are no strangers to this, and they will be more adept than others at successfully building relationships. The very act of living among a diverse group of people will pay off down the line in the business world.
Tenants Have Larger Networks
Neighbors provide another strong advantage for your career by providing a wider network of contacts. Your neighbor could provide the key connection you need in order to find a better job or your neighbors can connect you with new potential clients.
A friend of mine who wanted to start duck hunting posted a message in an online duck hunting group's forum, “Does anyone have some extra decoys I can use?”
The following week thirty decoys arrived in the mail from various group members who wanted to help a new hunter.
Another friend needed to find tips on how to weld, so he started looking through online welding forums. While there, he learned about the best helmets, tried and true tips, and welders to ask lots of questions.
In a world where books such as Bowling Alone lament the loss of community, the internet has provided a simple way for people with common interests to form groups and to share their knowledge with one another. Once these groups become large enough, local chapters sometimes form and host in-person events for their members. While group members spend the majority of their time interacting with one another through their computers, these in-person meetings strengthen their ties online.