How to Use a Dolly Like the Pros

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Moving house without a hand truck – or a dolly – is like riding a bicycle without a seat. It’s technically possible, but honestly, who does that?

A sturdy, reliable hand truck is any mover’s best friend. Used properly, it saves you time, rescues your back and it can singlehandedly keep your stuff from getting damaged.

(Thinking of a square furniture dolly? CLICK HERE.)

But they’re not as easy to use as they look, provided you are using them in the proper way. With that in mind, here are tips compiled by moving pros as to how to optimize that hand truck you found in the back of your moving truck, or that one your friend let you borrow and you don’t want to return broken.

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5 Ways to Show Your Movers Some Love

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Not many people love to move. But doesn’t it feel good to be moved? To have your entire world hauled safely onto and off of a truck by a crew of quick, efficient, polite movers?

This week in honor of Valentine’s Day, we’d like to share five things you can do to return that love, whatever time of year you move.

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The 12 Best DIY Posts of 2016

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Before we officially close out 2016, we wanted to take a stroll down memory lane with the ultimate #TBT.

Just like we did in 2015, we are taking time to look back on the year by highlighting our favorite moving posts from 2016. We’re so grateful to be DIY contributors here at HireAHelper and we feel honored for the opportunity to share DIY projects and simple tricks to turn your new house into your home sweet home.

So without further ado, here are our favorite posts from 2016, each designed to make your next move an AWESOME one!

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A License to Make Money: The Basics for Upgrading Your Driver’s License

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[Synopsis: Before you go for your CDL there are some things you need to know. Psst…here they are!]

As an operations manager, one of the first questions I asked anyone who walked in to apply for work was, “Do you have a CDL?”

That is, a commercial driver’s license, which allows you to operate large or extra heavy vehicles.

A “no” answer was fine. Obviously, having a CDL has nothing to do with one’s ability to be a hard-working mover. But more CDLs on the payroll means less chance of being stuck with a truck no one can drive. (Plus it got them thinking about the value of having one for themselves.)

For all of you who need CDL drivers now – and for all of you who plan to need them eventually – this feature is for you. We’re going to go over the basics to make your road to work as smooth as possible.

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The Movers Who Hire the Homeless

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It was only my second day as a mover when I was sent on a pack job. I was with two other guys. They’d been with the company a while, so it seemed totally natural when one asked me to label his carton of picture frames for him.

“Here, just use my marker,” I said, holding it out for him.

He just stared at it.

“He doesn’t label boxes,” the other guy said.

What he meant was, he couldn’t label boxes. My fellow packer was functionally illiterate.

But boy, could he pack a house.

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Rethinking Customer Service

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The Importance of a Positive Workplace

Since 2007 the Los Angeles Business Journal, in conjunction with the Best Companies Group, has been publishing an annual report on the ‘Best Places to Work in Los Angeles.’ This report, the result of researching and surveying businesses – including the employees – all across the county, is a shout out to those area companies that have shown great success in both business and employee satisfaction. (more…)

Text Messaging Banned by Department of Transportation

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26 percent of people admit to text messaging while driving. And that is only the percent of people who admit to it.

We all know the dangers of talking on the phone while driving. And recently texting has become a problem too. This is a dangerous act to perform while driving, and some people don’t fully realize the effect it can cause. The Department of Transportation has banned text messaging while driving for commercial trucks and bus drivers. This new rule took affect on January 27, 2010, and a severe fee has been set for those who violate this. Cell phones are used a lot for business related work such as communicating with truck drivers who are on the road and delivery companies.

Warn your drivers and employees of this new law. I know a lot of people use their phone for emailing and texting for work, but while you are driving it needs to be avoided.

I think this is a good choice by the Department of Transportation. Big Riggs should not be distracted by cell phones. Those large vehicles can cause major damage if a crash was to occur. This is for the safety of the drivers and everyone else on the road.

Work Environment Affect Employees Productivity

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People spend almost as much time in the office as they do at home, sometimes even more. The average American spends about 8.7 hours a day working and doing work related activities. That is more time than they spend doing anything else on an average day. A work environment affects the productivity that takes place during these long hours.

Places affect a person’s mood and feelings in different ways. Walking into a pitch black room is going to make you feel differently, as opposed to walking into a bright lite room with numerous windows. The environment in which an employee is surrounded by can affect their productivity. There are some things an employee can do to spice up their office life. For example, would you rather come into every day to a empty desk or walk into a section of the office that is personalized just for you? Put pictures on your desk and a name plate. Make it a place you want to come into everyday, whether it is an office or a cubicle.Take breaks so that you come back refreshed and ready to start work again.

For the employer, ask your employees for ideas that may help improve the office environment. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just a little gesture like bringing in food. Food is always a good thing to make people happy and productive. Once a week or once a month, the whole office could go to lunch. We do that here at HireAHelper. It provides an opportunity for co-workers to bond outside the office and take a nice break. As an employer, you wants your employees to feel comfortable at work. This will help increase creative thinking and productivity. Celebrate holidays and birthdays in the office by bring in a cake and a couple decorations. It’s the little things that take away the monotony of the every day office life.

This is a place you spend a majority of your time, so it should be a place you feel comfortable.

Check out ways on how to design your office space.

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