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The Benefit of Being Virtual

15142235124_46089cd54d_kWhen Solamar started, we were completely virtual. In those days, the decision was made both out of necessity and a desire to escape from the confines of the traditional corporate environment. For five years we stayed that way, but as we grew, we wanted to have a place to call home, so we opened a fantastic space in Birmingham, AL, in which those of us who live there have been happily working away for the last four years. Now, with nine years of business under our belt, and a staff that’s grown to around 20 people, we’ve decided to return to our roots and go virtual once again. Continue reading

HEAD HOME HAPPY

The holidays are in full swing, and for many of you that will mean engaging in one of the most frustrating activities it is possible to undertake — holiday travel.

The holidays should be a time for relaxation, comraderie and indulgence, but in order to reach such things, first we must brave the crowded airports, interminable delays, cramped rental cars and start and stop traffic that is our beleaguered transportation system.

Here then, are a few tips for the tech-savvy to make your adventure home a little more tolerable. We can’t stop your flight from being delayed or your toddler from spilling yogurt all over the back seat, but at least we can take the edge off a bit. Cheers!

Don’t Tech and Drive!

This one should be obvious by now, given the numerous anti-texting and driving laws out there, but it can’t hurt to reiterate. If you are the one doing the driving, unplug. Turn off that cell-phone. It’s not just texting that can be a problem. These days, smart phones alert you every few seconds to something or another, and try as you might, it is almost impossible to ignore those little dings and chimes completely. Don’t risk it! If you were to have a wreck, not only would it ruin your holiday, but also every other car on the road with you that is delayed by your irresponsibility.

Hashtag Angry

If you are flying this holiday season, then you should already be prepared for delays. One single storm or error light can bring the already tight flight schedules to a grinding halt, forcing your flight to be delayed or worse, cancelled. So, don’t be surprised! Traditional methods of dealing with these wrinkles involve waiting on hold for hours with indifferent customer service reps, but in this modern age, you have other recourse. Namely, Twitter! Many of the airlines have begun to pay close attention to their twitter feeds, and have actually sent confirmation of new flight info via the social media service. It’s not always so, but it can’t hurt to try and it’ll certainly be faster and less filled with awful hold music.

Leave Work Alone

This is the one time of year that we all have an excuse to take a break from the daily grind. If you are on vacation, the likelyhood is that so are your co-workers. No matter how urgent it might seem, try to avoid contacting them about business. Most people will feel obligated to respond, even if it interrupts their well-deserved off time. If you absolutely must make contact, apologize profusely first.

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