BVNN Stories

With the BusinessVoice News Network (BVNN), your callers on hold will hear news and lifestyle stories mixed in with your existing On Hold Marketing. We upload three new BVNN stories each weekday. And with the no-touch system we provide, your staff doesn't have to do a thing.

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To build a better resume, make it a list of achievements instead of a roster of jobs. Offer measurable evidence of accomplishments to demonstrate what you can do for a new employer. A listing of job titles doesn’t help because a common title can mean different work in different professions. Source Link 

Bubbly water might be a good alternative to sugary soda, but is it healthy? Sparkling water or carbonated beverages without added sugar or other artificial ingredients can be a good choice but sparkling water that’s not natural does have acids that can erode your teeth. And be mindful about drinking sparkling water with a meal rather than by itself. Source Link 

If you love to browse the clearance racks you can do the same thing when you’re shopping online. Amazon Outlet features discontinued or sale items and Amazon Renewed offers pre-owned tech for less. And Amazon Coupons gives you digital discounts on a wide variety of products with just a click. Source Link 

Here are some telltale signs that you’re a victim of identity theft. Your personal information may be compromised if a merchant refuses your check or that monthly bill you’re expecting never comes in the mail, or you get a credit card for an account you didn’t open. Keeping a close eye on bank statements and bills is one of the best defenses against identity theft. Source Link 

Working from home makes it easier to overeat but you can fight the urge by not doing both at the same time. Don’t eat while you’re working because distracted eating usually means you eat more. When you’re hungry, take a break from work to eat and create a schedule for meals and snacks to keep you feeling energized all day long. Source Link 

Does it seem like you’ll never be able to tame that overflowing Camera Roll or Photo Gallery on your phone? Try tackling it one day at a time. Sort through one day, one week or one month of photos while you’re watching TV or turn on your favorite podcast and sort pictures until you finish an episode. Source Link 

Getting the perfect shave is about timing as well as technique. Wait until after a shower when your skin is warm, moist and free of dead skin cells and let the shaving cream sit for a few moments before you begin. Rinse the razor after each swipe and finish by splashing your face with cold water to ease any inflammation. Source Link

Are you paying an in-home nanny instead of sending your child to daycare? Don’t forget your tax obligations. If you pay a nanny more than $2,300 a year, the IRS requires you to treat them as a household employee. You must withhold taxes and you have to pay the employer’s share for Social Security and Medicare tax. Source Link 

Powering down a computer and restarting it can fix many performance problems but be sure to do it the right way. Don’t hold down the Power button; select the restart option on the Power icon from the Start menu on a PC. If you’re a Mac user, select the Apple icon in the top left corner and press restart. Source Link 

There are some simple ways to avoid wasting money. Don’t transfer a balance to a “zero interest” credit card unless you really plan to pay it off before that rate climbs high and check your phone bill for extra charges that might sneak in without you knowing it. Make a list before every shopping trip to avoid overspending and don’t forget to return unwanted items for a refund. Source Link 

It doesn’t matter what kind of music you listen to because any of it may hurt creativity. Testing found that instrumental music, songs that had lyrics and even familiar songs all negatively affected creativity. But you don’t need total silence because the typical noises heard in a library had no effect on creativity. Source Link 

There’s a handy reason why bedtime stories for kids work better with a real book instead of a tablet reader. A study found that children and parents often battled to hold the tablet and that took away from the experience. Other research has shown that toddlers can become focused on tapping or swiping an e-reader screen and didn’t pay as much attention to the story. Source Link 

How can a soda can help you double your closet space? Remove an empty can’s pull tab and using two hangers, slide the hook of one hanger through the hole on the top of the pull tab. Then slide the hook of the other hanger through the hole in the bottom of the pull tab to hang two items in the space of one. Source Link 

Being anxious about a visit to the dentist isn’t unusual but there are some things that can help. Tell the dentist or hygienist about your anxiety so they can help ease your fears and offer the best options to reduce pain. And keep a regular schedule of check ups so problems can be caught before they require major work. Source Link 

Remember the numbers 4, 7 and 8 when you want to fall asleep faster. A breathing technique that can have a calming effect has you inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and then exhale for 8 seconds. You get the full benefits by lying down on your back while doing this exercise, even if you usually sleep on your side. Source Link 

It’s something found in most homes, but you might want to lock up those cotton swabs. More than 12,000 children suffer ear injuries each year and many happen when kids try to use cotton swabs by themselves. It’s an injury risk for anyone because using a cotton swab usually pushes wax deeper into the ear. Source Link 

Getting the best price on a prescription takes some planning and a bit of research. Always ask your doctor if there’s a generic or cheaper alternative to a pricey brand-name drug and then use a website like WellRX.com or GoodRX.com to compare pharmacy prices and find discounts. You can also look into a patient assistance program from the drug maker to lower the cost. Source Link 

You may want to re-think that habit of taking long afternoon naps. A study found that people who regularly napped for over one hour had a 34 percent higher risk for heart disease. Researchers think that long naps could have a connection to higher levels of inflammation and that could affect heart health. Source Link