Five Productivity Tips for
Working From Home this Summer

For some, the arrival of summer brings with it a variety of reasons for remote work. Be it summer break for the kids or a flexible boss, working from home can be a wonderful experience for both employer and employee. However, it’s important to be fully prepared for the challenges you might face, such as having your documents e-filed or having all parts of your home organized for peace of mind. Just like working in an office, working from home has its upsides and its pitfalls.

A major problem is how to remain productive when there are so many distractions at home that can get in the way of your work. Stay on target with these five productivity tips that will help you stay focused and get the job done.

1. Have a Dedicated Office Space

Whether you have a room set aside to be your office or a section of a room dedicated to work, it’s important to have a place to “go to work.” Be sure to have all the office necessities there: a desk, a comfortable chair, computer and telephone, filing or storage solutions, office supplies, and adequate lighting. This room or space should put you in a work mindset, so when you go there you’re prepared mentally to do your job.

Your custom office space should appeal to your work ethic and mindset. While a TV is generally distracting, some people work better with background noise. You know yourself better than anyone – just be reasonable and practical about the setup.

In other words, don’t just pull out your laptop and work from your bed in your pajamas. That might put you in a state of mind to update Facebook or even drift off to sleep!

2. Set and Enforce Boundaries

When you’re working from home a major productivity-buster can be the people you live with. The child who wants your attention. The pet who wants to hop in your lap or go out for a walk. The friends or family members who call just to talk because you’re home. To combat these distractions, it’s important to set and enforce rules for when you are working from the comfort of home.

If you have a door, close it. If you don’t, try hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the back of your chair or set up some other notice that you are not available. Distractions are the downfall of productivity, and working without some healthy boundaries will cause more harm than good.

Post a schedule so others can see when you’ll be taking a break or are finished. Tell family not to call unless it’s an emergency. Enforce these rules from the get-go so they become a habit for everyone.

3. Set Regular Working Hours

Just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean you should roll out of bed at 10 a.m. or take a two-hour lunch break. Schedule hours to work, just as you would in an office setting. Set your alarm, take a shower and get dressed, and eat breakfast before you begin work. This will help put you in a mindset for working, not lounging.

No matter your profession, there will still be deadlines to meet. Set reminders that you have responsibilities and stick to a schedule. Do take a lunch break, but keep it to a reasonable time, no longer than an hour. Take this opportunity to eat, enjoy the summer weather, spend time with family and friends or make those personal calls. If friends and family are adhering to the second tip, they will know that this is a time you are available.

4. Keep it Clean

It’s tough to be productive when your desk and office area is a cluttered mess. Be sure to keep your desk clean and clear of any clutter. Keep a trash can nearby to toss unwanted items and a filing system to keep your important papers organized. Have an in-bin for items that need your attention. Make sure only work-related items are in your office; no kids’ toys (which could attract the kids) or piles of junk from elsewhere in the house. Your office space should be for your work only!

At the end of each workday, take a few minutes to put things in their proper places so you have a clean slate the next morning, not a mess from yesterday to deal with.

5. Eliminate Background Noise

Noises and other distractions will kill your productivity. Crying children, noisy lawnmowers and email alerts can all jolt you out of what you need to be doing. Turn off all alerts and vow to check email only at certain times of the day, such as first thing in the morning, before and after lunch, and at the end of your workday. Have your personal cell phone send all messages to voicemail during working hours.

If you live in a noisy household or neighborhood, consider a set of sound-cancelling headphones so you can truly work in peace. You can also invest in a good white-noise machine to replace distracting sounds with soothing ones, or run a small fan for the same effect.

For more tips on  how to make working from home a productive and convenient experience or for help organizing your home-office environment visit In Order to Succeed’s website.

 

Working around a temporary disconnect between Evernote and NeatConnect

NeatConnect, a cloud-connected digital filing system, is our favorite in-office productivity device. It syncs effortlessly with Neat’s desktop software, NeatCloud, as well as with Dropbox, and Google Drive, allowing us to classify a variety of documents, from receipts to contacts. However, over the past few weeks we have not been able to sync to Evernote and are receiving an error message stating, “Items Could Not Be Sent. You’ve exceeded your upload capacity for this service.”

After several back and forths between the always-helpful NeatConnect and Evernote tech support, we have learned what the root of the problem is: because Evernote has increased its upload capacity for both Premium and Business accounts, there needs to be some sort of firmware modification before NeatConnect will go back to seamlessly connecting with Evernote.

Nevertheless, we were anxious to use our new scanner alongside our go-to digital workspace and organizing tool. Thus, after much trial and error, here are our work arounds for when you experience obstacles linking your NeatConnect Scanner to your Evernote Premium or Business accounts.

Upload into the Neat desktop software. Once a file is in the application, you can e-mail notes right into Evernote and easily name and direct the note right into its correct notebook and tags. To do so, address the e-mail to your Evernote e-mail address. If you don’t know what it is, you can find it by going to your Account settings. In the e-mail’s subject line, first put the note’s title, followed by the @ symbol and name preferred notebook destination, and, finally, #’s to incorporate tags.

For example:

Subject: NeatConnect and Evernote disconnection @Tech Issue Fixes #NeatConnect #Evernote #Tech Issues

So, this note called “NeatConnect and Evernote disconnection” would go into our “Tech Issue Fixes” notebook under the searchable tags NeatConnect, Evernote, and Tech Issues.

Upload and transfer. Upload files into one of the destinations that are working without any problems and then download notes to your computer to then upload into your Evernote. To try this method out, we tested by uploading client receipts from our Neat scanner into our Google Drive destination. When you upload into Drive, files will automatically go into a folder called “From NeatConnect”. You can then download the files from your Google Drive folder to your computer and manually upload them into Evernote. Though this is a 3-step procedure, it will allow you to route your notes to their proper places.

Set up a Free Evernote account to scan into. Right now free accounts are the only ones not experiencing any NeatConnect-to-Evernote issues. Once you upload into your free account, you can export your notes from this account and then import them into your Premium or Business account. To do this, open Evernote and login to your free account. Then right click on the notebook name and choose “Export Notes”. Choose the location of the export file, making sure that you choose the .enex file type, not .html when saving. Now, to import into your Premium or Business account, log in and for each of the .enex files you exported from your Free account, click File > Import Notes and choose the .enex file when prompted. After the import completes, you’ll see a dialog box explaining that your notes have been imported into a local (that is, not synchronized) notebook called “Import [the .enex file name]” and asking if you’d like to place these notes in a synchronized notebook. Choose yes. You can now name your newly imported notes, tag them, and move them into their rightful places.

**But keep in mind that Evernote Free accounts have a small capacity and even if you delete notes, you will not free-up quota. It resets at the end of each month.

Denise Caron-Quinn is now an Evernote Certified Consultant

Evernote is a remarkable productivity tool that offers cloud-based storage, flexibility, and multi-platform support. We’re pleased to announce that In Order to Succeed Founder, Denise Caron-Quinn, has become an Evernote Certified Consultant. Having completed the comprehensive Evernote Business training, Denise is recognized as an Evernote expert. She can help show clients how to quickly get Evernote Business set up for their team and guide them towards maximum productivity.

Benefits of Working with an Evernote Certified Consultant:

Custom-designed workflows tailored to meet your needs
Guidance on how to best deploy Evernote in your business
In-person assistance to ensure fast adoption of Evernote among your team
Access to a personal go-to expert when you have questions
From small tasks to major projects, Evernote is where you’ll achieve your best work, day in and day out. As one workspace that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, Evernote is the most productive office for modern teams.

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5 Tips to manage emails

Is your email running your life? Here are five tips to help you manage your inbox so it doesn’t manage you.

Merge accounts: to the degree to which you are able to do so, to avoid having to check multiple inboxes.
Mute emails: when you are one of many on a distribution list. This way anyone who hits “reply all” won’t reach you.
Be an aggressive unsubscriber.
Delete immediately any email that does not require you to unsubscribe, respond or is basically just not important.
Sometimes it is sufficient to fit your message in just the subject line and leave the body of an email empty. Fight the urge to over-communicate and hopefully others will follow your lead.
Respond to everything within one day: any email that requires you to do anything besides delete immediately should be taken care of within 24 hours. After 24 hours people start to get annoyed and may send you more messages. It’s not always possible to make a full reply immediately, especially if it’s a low priority request that you can’t delegate. But when a request or notification is read, simply ask if they can connect with you the next day. By putting the onus on them, they’ll remind you or manage the problem themselves. If it’s something you really have to do, just type back, “I got this. Stay tuned.” Then flag it to deal with when you are ready.
Establish a routine: Set aside time during your day to focus on your inbox. Maybe you check and respond to emails for 30 minutes in the morning and then again for 30 minutes at the end of the day. Figure out the best time for you to manage your inbox and then stick to it so it doesn’t manage you.

5 Ways to get organized before tax season

Taxes are challenging, especially when you’re self-employed. Use these five tips to streamline your tax process and save time this coming year.

1. Maintain an organizational system to save time

Since you need the same basic documentation every year, even the simplest steps to getting organized will save you time. Begin by reviewing the list of needed materials, which includes receipts and forms demonstrating all income and expenses (e.g., W2s, 1099s and interest statements from stocks and bonds). Review all bank statements for deductible expenses, such as business lunches, business cards, office flowers and professional training. As Intuit notes, the IRS often takes a closer look at solo entrepreneurs, especially those that take a home office deduction. Get your records in order now so that they’re ready in the event of an audit.

2. Track down information to minimize delays

As you get organized, you may discover you’re missing documents. Get on top of this now by calling clients, reaching out to your bank to get duplicate bank statements, reviewing your bank and credit card accounts for discrepancies and so on. At this time, determine how to handle any expenses that are both business and personal. If you bought a new truck to haul supplies but also use it for grocery shopping, do your best to evaluate its personal use vs. professional use now. Any information you need to prove your business use, obtain at this time.

3. Understand how to classify contractors and employees

As a solopreneur, you may have hired a part time or temporary employee—and this person needs to be classified properly for tax purposes. Generally, you’ll be using a contractor so you do not have to withhold tax money. If you try to get by with a contractor who should be an employee, you can run into trouble. Have that person complete a 1099 form so you can report her earned income to the government. If you use Intuit payroll services, you can easily complete the needed paperwork and send it directly within the system.

4. Start saving for your SEP tax

Solopreneurs are subject to a self-employment or SEP tax, which is around 15.3 percent. In essence, you are responsible for paying your own taxes since no company is withholding income and sending it to the IRS for you. Consider using a money tracking app like Mint to establish a savings goal and automate regular savings. This way, you can pay your taxes without cutting into your cash flow.

5. Seek help early

If you’re confused or short on time, look for an accountant who specializes in solopreneur taxes. You’re best off finding an accountant before mid-April, so she can devote the full time needed to your finances and maximize your deductions.

For more tax organizing tips visit In Order to Succeed on Facebook and on Twitter.

5 Ways to salvage December deals month

If you’re like most American consumers, you’re eagerly awaiting the holidays to roll around. Prepare to be immersed in family, good cooking and shopping. Black Friday is great, but who wants to fight with their neighbors over that last toy just to stand in line for a few hours?  The real way to do it this year is to participate in Cyber Monday. There’ll be free shipping and great deals that will compete with the Black Friday sales that you wish you had the energy to go out and pursue.

But wait, Cyber Monday already passed! No worries, the reality is that Cyber Monday ends up lasting all week and ends up molding into some other “Holiday Savings” event. Most sites just use this time of month as marketing opportunities, so there will be endless savings. Even more niche sites, like custom furniture, are maximizing on holiday spirit. For example, Country Lane Furniture features a large “News Alert” for Christmas ideas.

Here are some tips to continue taking advantage of December Deals Month.

Organize Sites and Deals

Open up a Google spreadsheet or Excel and start logging all the big eCommerce sites like Amazon, BestBuy, NewEgg, etc. For each site, record upcoming deals (they usually announce them in advance) and prices.

If you’re not a fan of spreadsheets, you can always create a new email for the occasion, and sign up for deal-specific feeds from these sites. For example, Amazon has an exclusive “Gold”  deal feed that displays the biggest discounts.

Search for Coupon Codes

Most people think that the cheapest prices available are those advertised on the website.  However, many retailers will offering coupon codes to further reduce these prices. You’ll have to do a little searching to find them, but you should be able to access codes ranging from free add-on items to a certain percentage off the purchase price.

Also, if your retailer doesn’t automatically offer free shipping, make sure to check for a coupon code. There are hundreds of retailers who are all competing for your business on the same day, so you should be able to find a code for free shipping if you aren’t already automatically provided with it.

Use Cash Back Rewards

Shopping online in December is usually a great way to capitalize on cash back rewards.  For example, the Chase Freedom card offers 5% back on all Amazon purchases for the month of December. If you check with your credit card provider, you’ll often find that there are financial incentives for shopping at certain online retailers. Not only will you snag a great deal, but you’ll receive cash back to use on future purchases.

Sites like Ebates and NerdWallet are helpful as well because you’ll receive a set amount of cash back with each purchase.

And don’t forget about mail-in rebates. If you have the patience, MIRs can add massive future savings to your orders. Most MIRs go for at least $10 and upwards of 40-50 depending on the product. If you’re spending ~$200 on Christmas gifts, a few MIRs could net you 25% return. This would  take a few weeks to process, but if you stick out you’ll end up with enough for free gift!

Shop With Trusted Retailers

One of the easiest ways to ensure that you have a smooth online shopping experience is to stick with trusted retailers. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. You should avoid clicking on third-party advertisements on websites, because scam artists and hackers are notoriously on the prowl around this time.

If you’re trying to get a good price on a TV, but it seems a little fishy, just stay away from it. No matter what the deal is, compromising your financial security isn’t worth it.

Pro Tip: If you’re unfamiliar with a site, you can look up their info with “Whois.net” and just look for the age of the site. If it was created a couple months ago, you should be skeptical.

Social Media is a Goldmine

As social media continues attracting businesses that used to be skeptical, many “regular” users have been faced with a tough decision:

  • Do we go up in arms with all the business propaganda in our Facebook feed?
  • Or do we take in stride and follow brands that market respectfully?

If we take the later route, we’ll experience some very unique opportunities that many people are still missing out on. For example, the leading pest control company in the country Victor Pest, created a Facebook contest to receive one of their high-end products. The contest was exclusive to social media channels and your chances of winning were extremely better than.

An Organized Hard Disk: The Best Organization Tool For Your Laptop

The data wizard within your laptop may appear somewhat skillful, but it won’t reach its full organizational potential without your personal intervention. To prevent your storage from eventually reaching a stage of accumulated chaos, you must take control of data management.

The wizard dumps some documents into the My Documents folder. Others end up in custom storage as designated by the creator application. Newly installed software may store critical program components in the system’s common AppDat folder, or it may dump everything into a custom program group. Icons show up on the desktop and you may not even know how they got there. If you fail to keep track of information destinations, the laptop tools you use to organize your life may end up crashing your wizard.

Information Organization – Plan Before You Walk

The best organization tools for your laptop are tailored to your specific needs. Finding the applications you want is easy. Coordinating their functions on your system can be difficult, but controlling the software installation process is the key to efficient information management.

Warning: Moving data files, program files or renaming directories can make them unable to read or even result in program failure.

The tips focus on tracking and changing program features during the application installation process. To create a simple disk organization program:

  • Integrate your programs by function and work type
  • Install virus protection
  • Install a file compression utility
  • Take control of where specific programs are installed
  • Distinguish data files from program files
  • Follow proper file-naming principles (UNC Charlotte has a quick guide for file naming)
  • Use meaningful file names

Customizing Your Hard Disk Organization

If starting from scratch, go with a laptop vendor that permits factory-installed software customization. For example: The Lenovo ultrabook can be built from scratch, enabling the buyer to make decisions concerning preferred operating system, productivity suits, security software and more before ordering. Follow up by organizing your hard drive in accordance to your work methods. According to the University of California San Diego, synchronization plays a major role in data storage. Nearly every data storage device and application relies on periodic synchronization. The better you organize your hard disk, the more efficiently your laptop will function.

The process is simple:

  • Plan data paths in a way that assist you in data saving, data retrieval and data backup
  • Develop and maintain a precise naming convention for directories and files
  • Layout the hard disk organizational-map and create all directories prior to any new application installations
  • Place data files in folders set aside for data
  • Place program files in folders designated for programs
  • Use multiple subdirectories with limited file content in lieu of massive subdirectories with many files
  • Use short but distinctive and descriptive folder naming conventions.

Take control of your computer’s internal data wizard and organization. But don’t forget that the wizard is there as your helper. Don’t reinvent the Microsoft storage system.

Visit In Order to Succeed on Facebook and on Twitter.

An Organized Hard Disk: The Best Organization Tips For Your Laptop

The data wizard within your laptop may appear somewhat skillful, but it won’t reach its full organizational potential without your personal intervention. To prevent your storage from eventually reaching a stage of accumulated chaos, you must take control of data management.

The wizard dumps some documents into the My Documents folder. Others end up in custom storage as designated by the creator application. Newly installed software may store critical program components in the system’s common AppDat folder, or it may dump everything into a custom program group. Icons show up on the desktop and you may not even know how they got there. If you fail to keep track of information destinations, the laptop tools you use to organize your life may end up crashing your wizard.

Information Organization – Plan Before You Walk

The best organization tips for your laptop are tailored to your specific needs. Finding the applications you want is easy. Coordinating their functions on your system can be difficult, but controlling the software installation process is the key to efficient information management.

Warning: Moving data files, program files or renaming directories can make them unable to read or even result in program failure.

The tips focus on tracking and changing program features during the application installation process. To create a simple disk organization program:

  • Integrate your programs by function and work type
  • Install virus protection
  • Install a file compression utility
  • Take control of where specific programs are installed
  • Distinguish data files from program files
  • Follow proper file-naming principles (UNC Charlotte has a quick guide for file naming)
  • Use meaningful file names

Customizing Your Hard Disk Organization

If starting from scratch, go with a laptop vendor that permits factory-installed software customization. For example: The Lenovo ultrabook can be built from scratch, enabling the buyer to make decisions concerning preferred operating system, productivity suits, security software and more before ordering. Follow up by organizing your hard drive in accordance to your work methods. According to the University of California San Diego, synchronization plays a major role in data storage. Nearly every data storage device and application relies on periodic synchronization. The better you organize your hard disk, the more efficiently your laptop will function.

The process is simple:

  • Plan data paths in a way that assist you in data saving, data retrieval and data backup
  • Develop and maintain a precise naming convention for directories and files
  • Layout the hard disk organizational-map and create all directories prior to any new application installations
  • Place data files in folders set aside for data
  • Place program files in folders designated for programs
  • Use multiple subdirectories with limited file content in lieu of massive subdirectories with many files
  • Use short but distinctive and descriptive folder naming conventions.

Take control of your computer’s internal data wizard and organization. But don’t forget that the wizard is there as your helper. Don’t reinvent the Microsoft storage system.

Visit In Order to Succeed on Facebook and on Twitter.

5 Simple Tips for Uncluttering Your Inbox

Long gone are the days of “letter mountains” where the only reasonable way to cut through the clutter was paper shredding. Digital has taken over practically all forms of communication – funneling everything into one place: our inbox.

Between social media updates, work correspondence, and personal emails, we’re getting a larger and larger influx of emails daily. How can you tame the disorder of the typical Gmail inbox in 2013? The following five tips should get you started:

1. Unsubscribe!

Maybe you’re still getting campus news emails years after graduating or maybe you forgot to say no to a company’s newsletter when making a purchase. Either way, a lot of us are subscribed to newsletters and ads that do not interest us. Think of the time you’d save if you never had to see this junk again! Most of these emails contain unsubscribe links near the bottom of the page. If they don’t, you always have Gmail’s “Mark as Spam” feature.

2. Take advantage of customizable tabs.

While changes to tools we use so frequently, such as Gmail, often seem aggravating at first, the new tabs in Gmail can be quite useful in un-cluttering your inbox. With tabs like “social,” you’ll never have to sift through Facebook updates to find work emails or bank statements again!

And, since these tabs are optional, you can always revert your inbox to its previous settings. You really have nothing to lose.

Also, consider integrating apps into your workflow to keep files out of your inbox and in the cloud.

3. Utilize stars and folders.

Maybe you received an important email this morning that you need to set aside until you have time for it. Rather than letting it get lost in the abyss of your inbox, star it! Then, regularly check your starred mail by clicking “starred” under “more” on the left side of the screen. Once an email is taken care of, you can un-star it.

Alternatively, create your own customized folders for important messages. For companies and practices like real estate law, organizing files, transcripts, records, and documents is essentially the glue that holds everything together. If you get a particularly large number of important emails, creating folders that you regularly check are a good alternative to stars. And if you really want to be sure you’ll look back at an email, mark it as unread.

4. Create a designated “email time.”

In the 21st Century it’s easy to fall into the trap of constantly checking your email 24/7. Many of us would start to panic if we were “disconnected” from our email for only several hours. Life as an email addict, while it may seem efficient on the surface, is a very inefficient lifestyle. You can never get big projects done without constantly taking breaks to check your email, even when you have no important messages waiting for you the majority of the time! Organize your routine so you have one or several designated times during the day when you check your email and type up any necessary responses.

5. Consider other communication methods.

Remember the phone’s original purpose: making calls! While email is perhaps a more stress-free method of communication, think of all that the information that is lost and the misunderstandings that can arise when your recipient can’t hear the tone of your voice!

Think about companies that have recently emerged over the past 10-15 years to fuel the digital world. These practices are new and confusing to people who’ve grown up working without all the digital interference. A company offering SEO cannot explain everything in a few emails or on a PDF. They must make calls to educate new and/or foreign organizations.

And when you need a response right away, a 20 message email conversation is much less efficient than a 10 minute phone call or IM conversation.

Author: Jesse Aaron is a professional blogger with a passion for homebrewing and recommends using quality metal for any homebrewing project.  Follow Jesse on Google Plus.

How to Declutter Your Inbox

Long gone are the days of “letter mountains” where the only reasonable way to cut through the clutter was paper shredding. Digital has taken over practically all forms of communication – funneling everything into one place: our inbox.

Between social media updates, work correspondence, and personal emails, we’re getting a larger and larger influx of emails daily. How can you tame the disorder of the typical Gmail inbox in 2013? The following five tips will tell you how to declutter your inbox:

1. Unsubscribe!

Maybe you’re still getting campus news emails years after graduating or maybe you forgot to say no to a company’s newsletter when making a purchase. Either way, a lot of us are subscribed to newsletters and ads that do not interest us. Think of the time you’d save if you never had to see this junk again! Most of these emails contain unsubscribe links near the bottom of the page. If they don’t, you always have Gmail’s “Mark as Spam” feature.

2. Take advantage of customizable tabs.

While changes to tools we use so frequently, such as Gmail, often seem aggravating at first, the new tabs in Gmail can be quite useful in un-cluttering your inbox. With tabs like social, you’ll never have to sift through Facebook updates to find work emails or bank statements again!

And, since these tabs are optional, you can always revert your inbox to its previous settings. You really have nothing to lose.

Also, consider integrating apps into your workflow to keep files out of your inbox and in the cloud.

3. Utilize stars and folders.

Maybe you received an important email this morning that you need to set aside until you have time for it. Rather than letting it get lost in the abyss of your inbox, star it! Then, regularly check your starred mail by clicking “starred” under “more” on the left side of the screen. Once an email is taken care of, you can unstar it.

Alternatively, create your own customized folders for important messages. For companies and practices like real estate law, organizing files, transcripts, records, and documents is essentially the glue that holds everything together. If you get a particularly large number of important emails, creating folders that you regularly check are a good alternative to stars. And if you really want to be sure you’ll look back at an email, mark it as unread.

4. Create a designated email time.

In the 21st Century, it’s easy to fall into the trap of constantly checking your email 24/7. Many of us would start to panic if we were disconnected from our email for only several hours. Life as an email addict, while it may seem efficient on the surface, is a very inefficient lifestyle. You can never get big projects done without constantly taking breaks to check your email, even when you have no important messages waiting for you the majority of the time! Organize your routine so you have one or several designated times during the day when you check your email and type up any necessary responses.

5. Consider other communication methods.

Remember the phone’s original purpose: making calls! While email is perhaps a more stress-free method of communication, think of all that the information that is lost and the misunderstandings that can arise when your recipient can’t hear the tone of your voice!

Think about companies that have recently emerged over the past 10-15 years to fuel the digital world. These practices are new and confusing to people who’ve grown up working without all the digital interference. A company offering SEO cannot explain everything in a few emails or on a PDF. They must make calls to educate new and/or foreign organizations.

And when you need a response right away, a 20 message email conversation is much less efficient than a 10-minute phone call or IM conversation.

Author: Jesse Aaron is a professional blogger with a passion for homebrewing and recommends using quality metal for any homebrewing project. Follow Jesse on Google Plus.