5 Dryer Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Following regular maintenance will help your appliance run efficiently and safely. Ignoring regular dryer maintenance may pose a fire hazard. Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Below are several dryer tips for properly caring for your dryer:

Ensure proper installation
Be sure to have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional. Check your manual to ensure that your electrical outlet is appropriate for your plugs. If you have a gas dryer, have it inspected by a professional to make sure the gas line and connection are working properly and don’t have leaks.

Clean the lint filter
Always clean the lint filter before drying each load of laundry. If you are drying a new item that creates a lot of lint, such as a bath towel or bath mat, consider drying it for half a … Read more

8 tips for restaurants to thrive in the new normal

This article originally published on GoDaddy’s OpenWeStand.org website.

Restaurant owners have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Historically, restaurants have depended on serving food to people indoors and in person, but with the lingering threat of the novel coronavirus, small business owners have had to adapt.

For months, some restaurants pivoted to offer takeout only, or provide delivery services. Others closed down entirely, hoping for the pandemic to end quickly. Now, both types of restaurants are trying to reopen, while managing new stay-at-home orders and constantly shifting customer expectations.

How can you thrive as a small business in this “new normal” of COVID-19?

How restaurants can thrive in the new normal

We don’t have all the answers, but these tips can help your restaurant thrive in these uncertain times:

1. Pivot your model

Your initial business model has probably changed a great deal since the pandemic hit.

If you
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5 Reasons Why Should Start Your Own Business in a Small Town

When thinking about starting a business, you may also consider where . Big cities, home to a range of fast-growing industries and a diverse, talented workforce, would seem ideal for launching a business. But business owners scouting out potential cities should look beyond just New York City and Los Angeles.

While lacking the flashiness of big cities, small towns can be great environments for up-and-coming businesses.

Why start a business in a small town? Here are five reasons:

1. Lower costs

It’s no surprise that it takes money to thrive in a large city. Besides the cost of renting a workspace, even the most mundane goods and services tend to be more expensive in big cities. Throw high city and state taxes into the mix, and emerging business owners face an uphill battle.

If you’re operating on a modest budget, smaller markets tend to be much more financially accessible to … Read more