SmartChick at the Blog Carnival: Green Business

I’ve been doing some blogging for Maverick Hammers, a really cool company that creates hydraulic hammers for the demolition industry. I’m happy to say that two of my posts for them were included in blog carnivals recently.

First, I wrote a post for them about being green in this industry. It’s not an industry that’s focused on green issues at all so it’s been interesting for me to learn about how they stay green and continue to get greener even though it’s not an industry focus. This post was included in the All Things Eco blog carnival. That carnival is filled with tons of great green links to check it out if being green interests you.

Another interesting thing about this company is how it considers itself to be part of a chain of businesses. Maverick Hammers believes in a job well done because the company knows that failure at that results in problems for many other businesses as well. The post I did about this topic was included in the Muse on Everything carnival.


Do You Buy the Add-Ons?

When you purchase a product, do you purchase the add-ons and accessories that come along with that product? If you’re a frugal-minded person then should you always skip those add-ons? In most cases, it’s smart to be wary of the add-ons but you shouldn’t automatically assume that they are a waste of money.

An add-on is an item or accessory that is suggested for purchase along with the item that you purchase. For example, if you order a hydraulic hammer from Maverick Hammers then they might suggest that you get one of their accessories. Such an accessory could be a stand for the hammer which would allow you to store the item without it getting damaged.

Is this a necessary purchase? It isn’t necessary but it may be worthwhile. The stand is beneficial to you in that it allows your new product to last longer because it prevents damage to it over time. It would be worth purchasing it if you thought you’d use it and it was being offered at a fair price.

In contrast, you might be offered something else with your hammer purchase such as touch-up paint. This is a great add-on for someone who needs it but if you don’t need it then it would be silly to go ahead and buy it just because it’s offered as part of the sale.

It’s tempting to get lured in to purchasing the add-ons for different items that you buy. There’s no harm in considering the purchase. However it’s definitely important that you make sure that this is an item that you really want / need so you don’t end up with buyer’s regret.


It’s Harder to Be Green In Some Businesses Than Others

One of the topics that interests me as a SmartChick is the topic of being green. I’ve researched and written about numerous green topics including green interior design, green technology issues and green money-saving habits. However, the topics that interest me most in the world of being green are those topics that don’t get touched on much by the mainstream writing world.

For example, I’ve written a lot about green creativity, including green writing. And recently, I started to take an interest in what it means to be green in industries that aren’t focused on being green. What I’ve learned is that it’s fairly easy to be green in industries that have already gotten on the green bandwagon. Farmers have a lot of options for going green as do real estate professionals and home builders. However, it’s not nearly as easy to go about being green in industries that haven’t adopted an emphasis on this topic yet.

For example, I recently did some research into the business of construction and demolition. There is definitely attention to being green in the area of construction. However, the emphasis on being green is a lot less visible when it comes to demolition. The green efforts of this industry seemed to be limited to proper recycling of waste from demolition jobs.

So what do you do if you’re a green business that wants to contribute to the world around you in a healthy way but the industry that you’re in doesn’t make that easy? The answer to this can be explored at least in part by taking a look at Maverick Hammers. This is a company that manufactures hydraulic hammers. That’s not an industry that’s particularly green but the business tries to do its part anyway.

The key ways that the business does this are by using durable materials to decrease continued waste, reducing the amount of shipping they do to limit transportation waste and staying informed about green issues and options. These are things that any business could work on doing even if the industry that the business is a part of isn’t quite at the top of the green supporters list.

Have you discovered industries that are tougher to be green in? What are the best ways to make it easier for those businesses within these industries to be green?


Writing About Demolition Equipment

One of my favorite things about being a web writer is that I get to do a lot of research into topics that I probably wouldn’t come across naturally on my own. I believe that this broadens my experience of life. It allows me to become a more interesting person. And it lets me have fun at work!

A great example of this has been my recent work doing research into hydraulic hammers and other demolition equipment. This isn’t a topic that I knew too intimately before this year but it’s something I’m rapidly learning a lot about.

Some of the cool things that I’ve learned so far about hydraulic hammers are:

  • There are regular hydraulic hammers that are used in above-ground construction jobs but there are also specialty pieces of equipment that can work in unusual locations like underwater!
  • There are tons of different sizes of these hammers. There’s a hammer for every job out there! I know that having the right equipment makes it a lot easier to get any job done so it makes sense that there are a lot of options available for this equipment.
  • There are some businesses that really pride themselves on the work that they do and others that are just in the industry to be in it. The business I’m interested in most is Maverick Hammers because it seems to be a solid company.
  • There’s a whole community built up around this business. I’ve been checking out forums like Demolition Forums and Heavy Equipment Forums. A lot of neat people have interesting things to say in these forums!

So I get to learn a lot. And I also get to spend time watching cool demolition videos to gain a better sense of what this equipment is all about.


Learning About Hydraulic Hammers

One of the best things about the Internet is that it allows you to rapidly read up on a topic that you don’t know much about. I love this because it means that I can explore new interests without having to invest a lot of money (or even much time) in finding information about them. I think this lets me learn about things that I wouldn’t take the time to learn about otherwise.

One of the things that I’ve been researching recently is hydraulic hammers. Just a few short weeks ago, I didn’t know anything about hydraulic hammers. Now I have a really good understanding of the purpose of these tools (which are primarily used in the demolition of large buildings).

The hydraulic hammers that I’ve been looking at recently are Maverick Hammers. This company seems committed to providing high-quality demolition equipment at a fair price. They also provide tech support which I’ve learned is important since the average buyer wouldn’t know what to do if this type of heavy equipment wasn’t working properly.

What’s been really interesting for me about this research though has been the chance to learn about the issues related to manufacturing heavy equipment. One of the biggest issues seems to be the fact that a lot of this work has been outsourced to developing nations. This has put local workers out of jobs and created changes in the industry.

Maverick Hammers has been active in bringing the business back to the U.S. Reading about that has allowed me to learn about the things that U.S. businesses can do to reduce their own costs so that it’s cost-effective for manufacturing to take place here rather than being outsourced.

See what happens when you start to research something online. You start with one topic and end up learning a lot of other great information. Without access to the Internet, I might never have learned about these things!