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Build Home Library with These Simple Tips and You will Probably Never Want to Leave!

The art of creating a reading nook in your home to curl up with a good book is a great way to unwind after a long day

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A well-decorated library establishes a more relaxed mood and inspires your creativity. Pixabay

Home libraries are deeply personal and therapeutic. A well-decorated library establishes a more relaxed mood and inspires your creativity. The art of creating a reading nook in your home to curl up with a good book is a great way to unwind after a long day. While e-books might be convenient, there is a different joy of holding an actual book. Build a home library with these simple tips and you will probably never want to leave!

Maximalist Grandeur

The idea of maximalism is to have lots of it. Start with a basic colour palette and move on to experiment with a lot of bold colours thereon but remember to have a few common colours and patterns. You may opt for a bookshelf that’s not only vertical but also horizontal, enlarging not only the storage space but also the enhancing the aesthetic appeal. One can make use of interesting objects collected over time as bookends to create a visually inspiring space within the book shelf. Stacking up different sized cabinets one after another can uplift the space by providing a well-defined character to the space.

Contemporary Cues

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Home libraries are deeply personal and therapeutic. Flickr

If you are someone who loves a contemporary space, opt for bookshelves with subtle hues. You may have a single colour dominate the entire space or just have your bookshelf in a bold colour, making it stand out. This will also create symmetry and set the tone and vibe of the room. You may opt for wooden or glass shelves, with a sleeker and shinier look to add depth to your living ecosystem.

Serene Minimalism

Minimalism has a quaint charm of its own. But getting it right, is an art. Calm and muted colours set the right mood for a soothing aura. You may opt for mini portable storage spaces and have these stationed at different corners of the house to help organize essentials you need during the day. For instance, have a culinary bookshelf in the kitchen, novels in the bedroom for bedtime reading, craft bookshelf in the play area, etc.

An Eclectic effervescence

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Let the artistic flair of a Bohemian setting take over the library. Bring in a burst of colours and patterns to give this space an instant makeover. Grab your favourite classic and perch yourself on an Aztec patterned plush wing chair whose cushy comfort will ensure that you’re at ease for hours at end. For less compact spaces, introduce an element of the outdoors by bringing in a hammock to unwind on while you binge read your favourite volumes. Add some throws and pillows in shades of living coral, powder blues and luscious yellows to add a sumptuous vibe to the setting. Give your hardcovers and paperbacks the attention they deserve by bringing in distressed wood bookshelves in serene white hues. Elevate the set up further by adorning the walls with quirky wall murals and tasseled wall hangings. Illuminate the space with pastoral jute lamps and quirky reading lights.

Vehemently vintage

Take a trip down the memory lane by creating a classic vogue home library inspired by the 70s. Curl up on the vintage scalloped or floral accent chairs paired with an ottoman while you unfold the chronicles of your cherished volumes. Add an unconventional industrial touch to the space with gold-rimmed metallic tables to hold essentials. Or you can opt for wooden tables with cabriole legs. Adorn the table by placing atop metal tripod lamps along with your antique curio collection. Display your paperback treasures in flair by bringing out that old ladder from the storeroom and set it up against the wall. Layer up the ladder with a refreshing assortment of climber plants, small candles and vinyl. (IANS)

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Handy Tips To Quickly Scale Your Business

It may also mean jumping into managing sales and marketing

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It means going through various laws and compliance-related issues. Pixabay

Starting a business is hard, considering all the fund arrangements and the effort that goes into bringing it to life. However, scaling and maintaining optimum growth is, in many ways, even harder. It means going through various laws and compliance-related issues. It may also mean jumping into managing sales and marketing. However, there are ways in which you can grow your business at a faster pace. Here are a few pointers.

1. Build a sales funnel

To automate business and quickly scale it, it is very important to build a sales funnel. While there is a lot of efforts involved, especially on the end of the developers, it can help in streamlining the process and improve sales and thus, revenue. If you do not have a sales funnel, do not wait for too long to create one. Also, before settling on one, analyse the data carefully since each funnel has a different effect on the business. 

2. Use a CMS (Customer Management System)

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Starting a business is hard, considering all the fund arrangements and the effort that goes into bringing it to life. Pixabay

Once your business takes off, it is hard to maintain a manual record of transactions and then spending a ridiculous amount of time tracking them. Not only is it a tiring process, but it also weighs your business down. Investing in or developing a customer management system can take you a long way in reducing the time and efforts required to crunch the numbers and churn the data. 

3. Competitor Research

You should always research what you are walking into as soon as you start looking to scale your business. There might be some companies already offering something similar to what you have, making it all the more necessary to test the waters before diving. Platforms like SimilarWeb and Adbeat help in gathering information on market competition. Adbeat also helps you understand the marketing and advertising strategy of the said competition. If it is working for them, it most likely will work for you too. 

4. Launch Loyalty Programs 

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Whichever way you look at it, getting new customers to buy from you is expensive. In fact, it is said that it takes thrice the amount of money to acquire a new customer than it takes to sell your products to an existing customer. In some cases, and industries, the numbers can go up to an outrageous 10 times. This is where customer loyalty programs come into the picture as they help you in retaining customers and keep the sales steady. 

5. Build a list of email subscribers

Sending routine emails is a great way of making sure your customers know what is new and how they can benefit from the latest developments. However, this is not be done by spamming, but by making an email list. Once you have your lead magnet in place, all you have to do is place it right. Once prospective customers start subscribing, you will have enough user base to send out routine emails and spread the word out. 

6. Licensing and partnering

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However, scaling and maintaining optimum growth is, in many ways, even harder. Pixabay

If you have the type of product that may be licensed, then it can help your business grow without any hassles. The revenue share that you will receive from licensing deals can help you make it big, especially if larger, well-known brands are involved. This can also be done in the case of the hospitality industry, as suggested by Ryan Hibbert of Riot Hospitality Group.

Even if you do not have a product such as this, you may partner with companies with similar interests or target audience in order to increase your outreach. Spotting and closing such partnerships may be a challenge, but if done right, can reap loads of benefits. 

7. Leverage global platforms

Depending on the type of business you are running, you can capitalize on the popularity of certain other sites to boost your sales. For example, if you are in the eCommerce business, you can use Amazon’s FBA services or use Airbnb if you have a vacation home rental service. Simply, using a saturated platform to boost your business can help you a lot.

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Scaling a business can certainly take a toll on you. However, instead of getting hassled by short term issues, focus on the long term outcomes of your work. Putting in time into understanding the behind-the-scenes operations can also give you an insight into what out to be done.