March 24, 2014

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Top Tips For Organising Your Next Work Function

Your office is having an event and you’re the person chosen for the planning and taking care of everything. You may feel pressured, especially if this is your first time taking this role.

But don’t fret as there are tips that can help you prepare a successful event, whether it’s for your company’s anniversary, Christmas party, employee appreciation or whatever occasion it may be.

Create a Planning Committee

You don’t have to shoulder everything alone. Remember, two heads (or maybe more) are better than one. Pick a few people that you believe could help you with the event planning.

Decide on a Specific Date

Choose a specific date for the event. This is important as you would need this when making reservations for the venue and other things that you would need for the function. When choosing a date, take into consideration the availability of the attendees. Pick a date that the majority of them if not all could attend.

Know Your Budget

Ask your boss the specific budget that you will be working on. This is another vital thing that you should know early on. It would be difficult to plan the details of the event if you don’t know how much you can really spend. Once you know the specific budget, then you can base your decisions depending on what you can afford.

Choose the Venue

Another reason why you must plan ahead and decide on your date is to reserve the perfect venue earlier. With this, you can book your first choice instead of having to settle in another place that is not your first option.

Some of the things to consider when choosing your venue are the number of guests, if it matches your theme and if it’s easily accessible for the guests. For instance, there are venues that are better for casual events, while others are appropriate for formal occasions.

Select the Foods

If you are having the event in a restaurant, then they are probably serving the foods. If not, then you must find a caterer that could prepare the foods for your event.

Whether you are having the foods served in the restaurant or by a caterer, make sure to be involved in picking the menu. Have a test taste to ensure that the guests would enjoy the menu.

Prepare for Entertainment

Depending on the theme of your event, you may hire a band, a singer or a DJ if it’s a dance party. This is important to make the event more enjoyable for the attendees.

Send Out Invitations

The news about the party could easily spread in the company through word of mouth. However, to make it official and to make sure that everyone would be notified, you may send out an invitation via e-mail.

If not everyone has access to e-mail, then have printed copies of invitations, especially if their family members are also invited to come.

With these tips, planning for the next function at work would not be as stress free as you think.

July 31, 2014

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Networking Tips For Today and Tomorrow

If you choose to advertise with newspapers, magazines, television / radio or even giving away promotional items you have an effective way to increase awareness of your brand for sure. However, networking is also a viable technique for expanding your consumer base and an essential technique for any organization.

Networking is effective because it is a more individual strategy for linking with your clients and creating rapport with individuals. Over the last few decades, the concept of networking has seen many major advancements. They are all really ways to make traditional networking easy.

The introduction of the Internet and social media has turned the idea of networking on it’s face! I believe there is still some value in the old ways, though it is a longer term project. As it is a dying art form, I would like to give some tips to help make it easier. Whether you decide to go for the online or offline methods, you can be sure that your results will correlate with the amount of effort you put into it.

Here are some ideas to help with your offline networking strategies:

Select The Correct Event

This one is fairly obvious, but you need to select an event that is suitable for your organization. Visit events that are related to your products and precisely where the guests are most likely to be in need of your products or services. If you are in business selling trail cameras (cameras used to help hunters track game), you would not want to show up at an animal rights convention and expect to make new contacts! Trade shows offer great networking potential, you will be able to link with other companies as well as people who may be able to aid your organization.

First Impression

First impressions are important in all walks of life and certainly no different here. You will generally only have one shot to sell your ideas, so be sure to make it count! Maintain direct eye contact while speaking. Always be ready to provide a firm, steady handshake. And remember people! If you have recently met somebody, it will go a long for you to remember their name and title in subsequent meetings. Always remember to be genuine as well. It really is that easy to make a great first impression!

Be Obvious

State clearly what it is you do and what your business offers. A friend of mine and I were at a convention last month. She works as a medical coder. She was approached by a gentleman who was inquiring about the salary she earned. She just passed him off as being strange. Turns out, he runs a medical billing firm and would have been able to help advance her career!

So be sure to quickly outline who you are and what you represent in the industry you are in. Highlight how you will be able to assist people and let them know of the other possible benefits they may be able to enjoy by linking up with you.

These are a set of basic, and easy to employ tips that will be able to help you increase your online network. Once you have built up a bank of people related to or interested in your industry…you can call on them if a situation or need arises down the road!

July 23, 2014

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Make Sure Your Warehouse Workers Are Qualified. They May Need A Forklift Licence

There’s no doubt that the government is gradually enacting more and more legislation in an attempt to make our workplaces safer and reduce the risks to workers, and others, of industrial accidents. And there’s no doubt also that this applies to your forklift drivers.

If you run an Australian workplace which has any form of warehousing or other form of loading requirements then chances are you will have at least one forklift on your premises. And of course if you have at least one forklift that you need at least one forklift driver.

Many businesses, particularly those with only occasional need for the use of a forklift, rely on drivers on an ad hoc basis. In other words just grab someone who’s on the floor at the moment, point them at the forklift and tell them to get on with it.

However the days when you can rely on a forklift driver on an ad hoc basis, in other words just pick someone to get on with the job, are gone. There are now very specific requirements for forklift licensing, which you can see here, http://www.forklifttrainingaustralia.com/ and these requirements must be strictly followed by any Australian business which operates forklift’s.

The Federal government has enacted legislation, which is picked up by each individual state and territory, so that there are now, in Australia, uniform laws governing the operation of forklift’s and the licensing of forklift drivers. Whilst each day is individually responsible for the full licensing of forklift drivers forklift licences are transferable from state to state. In other words a forklift driver who is licensed in one state will have that license recognised in other States.

And the same applies where the licence has been removed. This is also recognised in all other states and territories.

The implications for any employer using unqualified forklift drivers can be quite serious. And the implications will be even more serious where there is an industrial accident caused by the operation of a forklift where that forklift driver is not suitably qualified with a current forklift licence.

The licensing process is relatively straightforward. Each person wanting to become qualified as a driver should undergo a reasonably short course teaching them all aspects of safe forklift operation, and at the end of the course will sit a test to establish their suitability for a forklift licence.

At the end of the course, assuming the student has passed the course satisfactorily, he or she is then able to apply for the appropriate forklift licence, and is also issued a temporary licence which permits them to drive before the final licence arrives.

And there are also requirements for renewal of forklift licences over time.

It’s very important that Australian businesses be familiar with the requirements for licensing forklift drivers, as well as the requirements for renewing licences for forklift drivers. Whilst, in the past, it might have been suitable to grab someone off the floor and point them at the forklift, those days are gone and there are now strict training and licensing requirements.

Businesses ignore these requirements at their own risk.

July 21, 2014

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Does Your Body Affect Your Networking Skills?

It's a thought none of us ever really want to acknowledge. After all, we're well aware of how un-PC it is, among other things. But the more those in the know in psychology study the workings of the human mind, the more one fact stands out- we like attractiveness. From our homes to our working spaces and even our own bodies- and those of those around us- we like things to be appealing, whatever that means for each individual. And even though we don't really expect it rationally, deep down inside we would really like to only deal with the pretty people.

It's a fact you can rail against, for all sorts of good reasons. It's stupid, it's judgmental and it’s a false premise- whether or not someone lines up with what you personally find attractive bears no correlation at all to their possible future use in your business network. All the same, it's a fact that's hardwired- to a certain extent- into our psyche. And rather than ignoring the elephant in the room, it will serve you a lot better to embrace it.

Which is not to say I'm advising that your successful business networking will come from heading straight out and booking a surgeon's skills! Not only is it unnecessary, but the constant pursuit of this ephemeral idea of beauty is not all that sensible to start with. As I was writing this post, just for the sake of it, I actually Googled some plastic surgery questions- things like 'how much does liposuction cost' [click here if you're curious] and 'how much are breast implants' [again, here's a great resource for the curious] and I almost fell off my chair. If you were considering these procedures- whether to get on in life because of some imperfection you see in yourself, or for any other reason, I'd strongly advise spending some time with those sites. They give you a thorough grounding in what to expect, reasonable pricing information and more, as well as tips for choosing your doctor and finding the right procedure for your needs. All in all a fascinating read, and I have to say they rather impressed me.

But back to my main point. Attractiveness sells. And while it may not be fair that we live in a world in which that ephemeral idea gets those perceived as 'blessed' in the genes department preferential status even in the job world, it's also an indisputable psychological fact. If you're in the market for landing that great contract, or just hoping to capitalize on a great networking opportunity, rebelling against the system and rolling up in your pajamas is not the way to go. Sure, you should be judged on your talents alone, but you will be judged on appearances and it’s a simple fact.

The takeaway from all of this? You can't- and shouldn't feel the need to- change your physical self just to get ahead in life, but if you're looking to make the right impression- in interviews, on potential networking sources, on a new boss- take the time to double check your physical appearance as part of your preparation. Spend a little time on what you're wearing, clean your shoes, make sure you're well groomed- you literally never know when it might make the difference and get you the result you want.

June 22, 2014

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Best Small Cars for Entrepreneurs on a Tight Budget

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Entrepreneurs are known to take financial risks more than any other kind of businessmen do. Newbie entrepreneurs face the more challenge as they try to be stable while making sure their first venture will be successful. With that, entrepreneurs would need and save as much money as they can and that goes without saying they would have to cut down on costs especially when buying expensive investments such as vehicles.

If you are an entrepreneur or simply someone looking for compact and cheap cars, here are some of the best choices you can consider.

2013 Honda CR-V

Honda has been one of the leading brands when it comes to crossover vehicles since way back 1997. The price of the 2013 Honda CR-V ranges from around $22,700 to $28,700 with a fuel economy of 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The model has just enough space for solo rides and also for small families which makes it very versatile. It is fuel efficient, has spacious truck and good to go under any kind of weather.

Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is often labeled as the ‘Goldilocks of all SUVs’ because of it is compact for parking and very easy to maneuver even on traffic yet it can ride a maximum of seven passengers. Its price range from $24,100 to $39,800 and has a fuel economy of 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. It is one of the most fuel efficient among all three-row SUVs.

Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is probably one of the most versatile SUVs down there you can get for around $21, 995 to $32, 995. It boasts an amazing stellar all-wheel driving system and a very modern look for this current year. It has a fuel economy of 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. It also has a good base 2.5 L H-4 engine, produces 170 horsepower. A pretty good buy for an SUV you can purchase under $25,000.    

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan has been noted as the most affordable premium SUV. It has a price range of $22,995 – $37,130 with a fuel economy of 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. It boasts an amazing driving dynamics and a fine interior design. This famed German engineering is perfect for starting entrepreneurs out there who are looking for sporty yet classic looking vehicle that is not put a whole on their pockets.

This website will show you the top 10 small cars available in Australia. Visit now by clicking here!

June 15, 2014

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Indicate a Professional Image with a Luxury Vehicle

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They say that first impressions often last. In the ever-shifting world of marketing and business, this saying has some definite truth to it. Anyone who takes their careers seriously would never want to mess up a first impression as that is often the benchmark with which you will be compared to from then on. This becomes especially important during business meetings where the clients you will be speaking to will likely be crucial additions to your business in the foreseeable future. But how does one make a good impression without having to resort to magic tricks and miracles?

The trick to maintaining a professional image and making a good impression is to make sure that your clients see you arriving to your business meeting in a true luxury vehicle. It might seem like a shallow tactic but your vehicle is a reflection of who you are and what you bring to the table. You want their impression to be as high as possible as soon as you arrive – which is why entrepreneurs will want to give these SUV models a shot.

Maintaining a professional image is all about arriving in luxury. As far as SUVs go, there are none as luxurious as the Range Rover. Aside from all the quality features that it offers, the attractive yet intimidating look of the Range Rover alone can guarantee that as soon as you arrive, your clients will already be taking you seriously. The only setback is that the Range Rover can be quite expensive, making investing on this beast quite a challenge.

Fortunately, there is a cheaper alternative to this Range Rover model that still shares the same label and luxurious design, and that is the Range Rover Evoque. In some ways this model is even more effective than the conventional Range Rover due to its interestingly sleek but powerful design. You can certainly tell that it is a Range Rover, but there is something about it that some people just find more attractive – and it is likely that your clients will think the same way. The only real problem with this model is that even though it is less expensive than the Range Rover, it is still more expensive than other luxury models.

While it may cost a pretty penny to invest on either of these SUV models, sometimes you have to spend money in order to earn money. No matter how you look at it, gaining the respect of your clients is always worth it in the long term.

Related article: The benefits of buying SUVs.

June 11, 2014

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Working from Home or the Office Should be a Firm Decision

For contemporary corporate planners, the main problem is not how employees would work but where. Flexi-time has been used in the corporate world for more than thirty years. The concepts of working from home has also been in place for more than twenty years. Telecommuting has been widely accepted in big and small corporations for around fifteen years. However, through it all, there has been a flip-flop of ideas about what to do with employees.

It has come to the point that even those companies which helped create the technologies for telecommuting have given word to their employees that they should go to the office. This directive was counter to the trends of the time. However, companies have been known to change their policy about attendance and staffing almost as often as the change in quarterly earnings.

The real challenge for companies is how to show that employees working from home are more productive than those in the office. At the same time, management should also show that a company’s identity is also at stake. If employees do not see other co-workers, how does a corporate identity come into being. Sadly, the answer is no, it does not. Like a sense of community, camaraderie springs from human interaction on a personal level.

This dilemma is not any different from investing in new financial instruments. Going with traditional securities has been proven to be a sure way to make money grow. However, there are still those who would rather be day traders or invest in hedge funds or some other new financial instruments. Binary options trading has come to the fore lately. It is not a hedge fund, and it is not a long-term instrument, but it does hold a lot of promise. This may the reason for its current popularity.

The idea behind binary trade options trading is that the economy will swing either one way or the other. In this simplified context, the investor puts his money on whether the economy will be bullish or bearish. This simplicity is easy to understand. What sets this instrument apart is the low risk involved, as well as the relatively small ante to enter. In the end the investor really has only to choose one event or the other.

Corporations are also stuck with this position. At some point, either they let employees work from home, or they don’t. For large companies, there is no real difference for operations because offices still have to be maintained, meetings still have to be attended, and there are still clients which have to be met face to face.

The future may be wholly in favor of working for home telecommuters. However, for now, companies have to take a stand and not treat this as a seasonal decision. At least for now, getting the word out that employees have to be at the office or the warehouse or some other workplace should not be something to be ashamed of. This should be just a matter of the way a company operates and does business.

June 8, 2014

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How To Connect With An Audience Using Youtube

Video marketing has really grown over the last few years and it evolves every day. YouTube has helped video marketing dramatically and many online marketers are cottoning onto the fact that they can build up a lot of traffic using this social medium. If your video reaches anywhere near viral status, you will be in for one heck of a ride. YouTube, in its current state, works almost like a regular search engine but catering just for online videos. In the following paragraphs we are going to give you some tips on how to get as much as possible from the YouTube world.

Use relevant and engaging content
One of the very first things that you need to do is plan out the content you want to put on YouTube. Do your homework and be sure of what content your target audience would like. Don’t just film any random video and publish it. You need to offer targeted content to your viewers so that they will actually like watching it. If your content is about chiropractors for example, answer frequently asked questions in your videos such as “what is a chiropractor salary?” Source the info at specialist niche sites which have salary info like this. If you are doing more of a hobby blog about say, being pregnant, include info to sites about an online calculator for pregnancy, such as http://onlinepregnancytestcalculator.com This also provides incentive for your followers to share your videos more with their visitors.

Branding and bonding
Make sure you put the power of video branding on YouTube to work. Don’t just create and put a video on the site, use it as a way to brand your website. Make use of the annotation feature in YouTube for publishing the name and URL of your website. The viewers of your videos won’t much mind your branding efforts if you can still deliver high quality content. It doesn’t even take a lot of effort to do so. You will get a much improved response rate if you create lots of videos to use for your branding. At the end of the day, YouTube is all about building a strong viewership of followers who have put their faith in you. This will only work for you if you focus on your branding. It doesn’t matter what type of site you’re driving YouTube traffic to, it all comes down to quality of one’s video.

Expanding your social footprint
Don’t limit yourself to the creating of just one video and stop at that. It is important to promote your videos beyond YouTube as well. Promote them on social bookmarking websites, put up tweets about them, stumble them on StumbleUpon, share them on Facebook and anything else you can think of. You need to focus your efforts on getting as much exposure for the videos you create as possible because you just don’t know when it will go viral. The more exposure you get for your videos, the more traffic you can generate. So put your focus on getting your video out there in front of as many people as possible.

June 4, 2014

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Top 5 Ways to Connect with Your Business Online

For those people who work in a company with offices scattered around the globe, or those with small companies, but would like to collaborate with a vendor in the countryside, or to contractor who works from a far distance remote place or a home office,as you can imagine, coordinating or the need for team collaboration in such a scenario can prove to be great challenge. Therefore, you will require services that will allow you connect with your team, collaborate with them, share documents and in other cases even share what you have on your screen or on the web camera with them. Hence, with the advent and the advancement in technology, lots of programs have since come into the picture to help teams connect online. Some of these are the top 5 ways to connect with your business online.

1. GoToMeeting:
This is a tool that can be used by individuals or a business to hold and to collaborate online meetings, collaborate and to share documents, desktops and the screen, virtually among your company colleagues. This program provides a wealth of enterprise online features such as HD video conferencing, desktop sharing as well as mobile apps, that enables one even to go to a meeting through their iOS or from their Android platform and devices.

2. Cisco WebEx:
This is perhaps one of the oldest and the most commonly employed online meeting services available in the market.Besides being an incredible easy to use service, its customer portfolio is quite impressive since it will allow you to quickly host and to join meetings, work together with your team, pass around and to share files and documents, chat face ti face,share screens. Through the webEx, you can schedule an appointment and even be able to join a meeting on your mobile device. Although this program do not come cheap, it has numerous products and plans both for individuals,large enterprises as well as for small businesses and can be packaged depending on your requirements.

3. Google+ hangouts:
For this program the only thing you require is a Google account, a webcam and a microphone and you are good to go. This is of course one of the best online meeting services that have been introduced in the recent times. It offers the possibility of screen sharing, and documents collaboration, free clear and video and voice calls. Plus, one is able to share and to collaborate through Google Docs in a very easy and in a simple way. Whether you’re designing the new best social media site or just collaborating on a niche smoking site, it’s an amazing tool to keep in touch with your team.

4. Team Viewer:
Like its name suggest, this is one of the greatest ways to get your team together in a virtual platform. It has a reputation for being hassle free and fast enough to aid in trouble shooting remote computers. With this program you can chat, share screens, work together on your documents. Team members can schedule and start instant meetings as well as be able to email other attendees when they need to join, as well as the access code that is required to see one’s screen. Moreover, it allows for video calls as well as video conferencing through the webcam. Its other advantage is that you can easily install it on your Android or iOS device to enable you attend meeting even through your mobile.

5. Skype:
Skype is now a common place, as it is being used by almost everyone, it is free and has become the standard for voice calls, chat, video conferencing as well as for file transfer and screen sharing over the internet. It enables a number of people to be able to hold meeting together and concurrently. It is free to use in a number of devices and platforms such as in PCs and through the mobile devices as well as in all the operating systems. I take a puff in the morning and walk right into my home office to skype with my team.  All you need to do is to have a separate work account and this will enable company members to meet, collaborate on ideas, develop the team and many more.

June 1, 2014

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Insurance Options for Australian Small Business Owners

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Small business owners have so much to think about when building their own enterprise. Aside from the particulars, like where to draw the capital and how to use it to facilitate the business principles, they also need to mind about insurance and how they can keep their enterprise well covered. With no umbrella coverage to save them from the rainy days, it must be the business owner’s initiative to find an appropriate insurance policy that will give them both the security and confidence to run the business right.

In any line of work or any form of business for that matter, there is always the potential for something to go haywire. Not that you are drawing closer to it but simply preparing for it so that when unsightly circumstances do happen, it will not cost you everything.

When you work in a company, the company is held liable for the accidents that could happen and companies do get sufficient insurance policies to cover them. When you are on your own, however, your business could be held liable and the effect could be very costly you might need to shut down the business altogether. That’s what you need to avoid. That’s why there is public liability insurance made available for small business owners who want sufficient coverage against everyday accidents that could cost them what they have worked for earnestly.

Public liability insurance is a policy that provides coverage for businesses in case it causes loss or damage to a third party. If you have a small café, for example, the chances of a customer tripping onto wet floor are fat. If that customer suffers an injury and makes a claim against your café, the public liability insurance will provide it for you.

Public liability insurance is very useful for those who are running establishments where customers/clients pay a visit. If in case your small business has other requirements, you can ask your agent to add on other features to your insurance policy. This website will show you the guidelines in public liability insurance in Australia.

Self-employed professionals who run their own business, offering their services to clients, also avail of professional indemnity insurance for extensive coverage. Mostly, professional indemnity is tailored for engineers and dentists and doctors and consultants who have their own agencies. In case a customer who feels dissatisfied with your service suffers costly repairs and makes a claim, the professional indemnity insurance will provide the cover for you. Find out more about the professional indemnity insurance Australia by clicking here.

A skilled insurance agent can walk you through other insurance policies or add-ons that you can avail of to give your business the coverage it needs.

May 19, 2014

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Tips to Moving Your Business into the 21st Century

For any business old and new alike, it is important to take note of the entire industry in the past few years in order to see what has changed as well as what needs to change. Just like how the younger businesses of yesteryear managed to integrate themselves with the Internet – something that other businesses thought was just a passing trend – going on to become the biggest businesses of the industry, so too must the budding businesses of today.

However, that is definitely something that is easier said and done. How do the businesses of today catch up with the 21st century in a similar way the older businesses did with the Internet? As was said, it is all a matter of observing and taking note of the industry as a whole in the past few years. When we see the entire digital world for what it is, suddenly the answers become a little clearer. Here are a few tips to moving your business in the 21st century.

Email marketing is still in – make liberal use of it.

While a lot of businesses might find it hard to believe, a medium that existed for almost as long as the Internet itself is still going strong today, and that is email marketing. While it is true that the birth of spam and spam filters had come from lazy businesses using email marketing the wrong way, this medium still holds plenty of stopping power. All you have to do is to integrate it into what the people are doing today. This means utilizing social media to get your email marketing campaign more exposure.

Observe the most popular online activities.

While this might come across as a little obvious, you need to be observing the most popular online activities today and find a way to integrate your business into it – or at the very least use it as an example. One good example would be the world of binary options trading. While it might be obscure to the social media, traders all around the world are always trading binary options because it is a good and easy way to make a profit if you do your homework. It’s the low risk low reward system that seems to attract traders of all kinds, which is something you can definitely take note of.

Use Instragram as a marketing tool.

While it might be strange that a single application makes this list, mobile devices are experiencing a boom because of Instagram. With so many people uploading and sharing photos every single day, it is the perfect place for your business to promote some of your brands – but not in a blatant manner. Use Instagram wisely and you will find it to be one of the best marketing tools today.

There are many different ways to integrate a business in the 21st century, but making use of these tips is a great way to get your business’ feet wet straight away.

May 14, 2014

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The Cost of Starting a Business

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people who like the idea of setting your own hours and choosing what you do for a living, you have probably contemplated starting your own business. Whether it be an idea for a new product or some service you would like to offer, the thought of being your own boss is appealing.

However, starting a business from the ground up is not an easy task. Thousands of people just like you experience the failure of their business in a relatively short period of time. For the majority of these people, the failure does not mean the core concept was bad. Instead, failure generally means a lack of preparation.

Research is Vital!

The first thing you need to do after deciding what business you would like to start is conduct research regarding what it will take to get it off the ground. Some of the things you need to take into consideration include:

  • How much money will I need to start my business?
  • What kind of equipment do I need?
  • What type of advertising will work best for my business?

An example of this is if you wanted to start your own lawn care business. You would not just start knocking on doors in the hopes that people will decide they want to trust you with their lawn care needs. Instead, you would first take a look at a website offering lawn mower reviews like http://www.lawnmowerjudge.com/.

This is an excellent example because the owner of the site has compiled a list of the different types of lawn mowers as well as provided reviews for different brands in each category. If you already know you want one of the newer models of gas powered machines, and you want the best gas lawn mower, you can go right to the author’s reviews of these types of machines.

Consider the Start-Up Costs

When you are trying to figure out how much capital you will need to start your business, you also need to do your research. From the cost of equipment to maintenance expenses and advertising, you need to know as closely as possible how much it is going to cost. By having this information readily available, you can show the bank exactly how much you need to begin.

When calculating the costs to start your business, do not forget to calculate in any costs associated with any licensing or permits you may need, as well as things like insurance expenses. People often forget to add in a salary of some sort, but the reality is you have to have enough start-up funding to allow you enough money to live on! This is especially true if you are planning on leaving a job to start your business.

Lower Your Expectations

When I say this, people often feel like I am advocating the acceptance of failure. This is far from true! Instead, this is a reminder that creating and maintaining a successful business is not going to happen overnight. If you go into it with the expectation of becoming a millionaire in your first year, it is highly unlikely that will ever happen.

Instead, focus on short-term goals and accept that it can take several years before your business begins to be a profitable venture. As long as you have done your research, you will know from the beginning that you have to do the hard work to reap the long-term benefits!

May 4, 2014

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Improving the Efficiency of Dental Office

The world continues to change each and every day. If you do not keep up with the times you will get left behind and lose to the competition. All industries go through changes with technologies, the internet, but also offline things including staffing. More and more companies are attempting to cut costs and increase efficiency by bringing on less doctors and more highly trained and qualified assistants. Two great examples of this are in dental offices and laser eye surgery offices.

Dental offices are obviously run by the main partners which are dentists. However, as dentists attempt to get through more and more clients each day, they are forced to higher assistants. One of the main assistants in a dental office is the dental hygienist. Dental hygienists assist the operation by doing activities for the dentist to save him time. Some of the tasks completed are: providing x rays, assisting in oral cleanings, assisting in surgeries such as cavities, root canals and implants. Other tasks may include paper work and answering the phones. Salaries for a dental hygienst range from $40,000 and up.

Laser Eye centers are very similar operations as dental offices. The amount of money to be made is by how many patients the surgeon can see. If the surgeon has to do all the tasks of the office it leaves him less time to see patients. Therefore, it is necessary to higher as many trained laser eye surgery assistants as required to serve the patient load. Laser eye surgery centers typically employ about 3-5 laser eye surgery assistants depending on the size of the office. Laser eye surgery assistants must go through training and often times need to get certified.

All other medical offices are going through the same staffing efforts to lower costs and increase efficiency. Physician assistants also known as PA’s are replacing the role of the doctor and take on more and more responsibility in the practice.

Besides staffing other technological advancements in medical industries include computer and software upgrades. Being able to keep track of client information, scheduling, billing and other crucial information is imperative to increasing efficiency. Billing systems can often cost tens of thousands of dollars plus the time and effort to train the staff. However, it is far worth the effort and time. The amount of time it will save multiplied by the wages paid will far out weigh the initial cost of the system.

Reduction in paperwork is absolutely necessary. The cost to print paper, store and file everything adds up immensely. Getting information into the billing software instead of on paper will save cost and time which leads to profit to the bottom line.

The bottom line is competition is getting tougher and tougher. In order to compete and stay profitable it is necessary to upgrade your systems and see as many patients as possible. Fortunately there are many great schools and programs that produce fantastic assistants to take the load off and allow you to focus on the higher paying services. Also, having these efficiencies will help streamline the office saving you time on paperwork and other remedial tasks.

April 29, 2014

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How technology helps policemen fight crime

Gone are the days where officers have to spend countless hours at a desk to file reports. This has since been replaced with tablets which are carried on their person and reports can easily be filed from their vehicle. From portable facial recognition devices which can compare a suspect’s face to the national database to license plate scanners attached to patrol cars which immediately provides all details of a vehicle, technology has certainly provided a change in crime prevention.

Recon Scout XT
The Recon Scout XT is a throwable, wirelessly controlled robotic camera which can be used in areas where there is no clear line of sight, especially in an active crime scene for example gunmen holding hostages inside a building, during a search warrant to inspect an upstairs level or under vehicles for bomb detection. The robotic camera which is practically silent has ruggedized wheels enabling it to cover more inaccessible areas. In the past, dogs were used, yet suspects could fatally shoot a dog which costs the department thousands of dollars as well as the emotional attachment to the dog by officers and the robotic camera is therefore an ideal practical replacement.

ShotSpotter Gunshot Detection System
The ShotSpotter GDS is a sensor based network installed in areas where gunshots are fired frequently. ShotSpotter identifies the gunshots fired and returns an alert to the 911 dispatch center, thus enabling faster response times for officers rather than a resident calling in to report the shots fired.

Livetime Fingerprint Units
This device electronically scans an individual’s fingerprint, relays the information to the national database and returns a match supplying details of the individual thus aiding in the apprehension of suspects with outstanding warrants.

T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicle
The T-Hawk MAV is an aerial camera drone which allows a bird’s-eye-view of a crime scene during an emergency thus enabling a more efficient tactical approach. The drone has come under scrutiny as it raises major privacy concerns from the general public.

StarChase Pursuit Management System
A high speed chase can hold many dangers for both officers and the general public. To minimize this danger, StarChase has developed a special GPS-equipped dart that lodges itself to a fleeing vehicle. This allows the vehicle’s movement to be tracked, thus eliminating frantic pursuits on busy highways or populated areas. The suspect vehicle can be monitored and traced with the help of the dart which is aimed using a laser and fired from an air-compressor-powered mechanism which is attached to the police car’s grille. Once attached, the officer in pursuit can ease chase, causing the suspect to become more relaxed in the process, although unknowingly being tracked.

Satellites
Law enforcement agencies uses satellite images to identify sites where marijuana is grown. Once established and the location is identified, they are able to obtain a warrant to enter the property and confiscate the illegal plants, thus preventing drugs from reaching the streets. These images also aids in arresting suspects who are found at the location during the search.

April 26, 2014

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Overseas Nursing Jobs Expo – Coming Soon

Recently, I received a pre-press release from a friend of mine living in the United States for a job expo which invites nurses looking for employment overseas. Job opportunities are mostly connected to the States, but there are also a fair number of jobs for nurses in the UK and Europe, as well. A higher standard of living dictates better health care, which means there is a heightened demand for trainee medical professionals of all profiles. Since the United States have a high living standard, this demand is even more pronounced, so much in fact, that they have to enlist personnel from overseas in order to have a sufficient number of nurses and medical assistants. This concept is hardly new, since we’ve doing the same thing in Australia for years, by enlisting skilled professionals from all fields and countries.

For those of you who are considering going overseas and working as medical professionals, let’s consider a few facts. In today’s economy, it’s hard to find a job, and there are only few professions which are in demand. I like to say, the only job that is 100% secure is that of the undertaker. That is both grim and to some extent true. But, medical professionals are also experiencing a high chance of employment since people aren’t likely to skimp out when it comes to their health. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the Nurse Salary Guide, which lists lots of nursing career data – for salaries, the number of employees and expected employment growth figures for RN’s, LPN’s and Nurse Practitioners. If you were to take a more in-depth look, you would realize that the medical assistants and nurses have the highest chance of employment of all professions. Keep in mind, though, that the salaries can vary significantly based on the location of the facility.

But, regardless of the location, working as a medical assistant or a registered nurse has some additional benefits as well. For example, it allows for all personnel to advance and climb the ranks through proper hands-on training, and formal education process, with the top level being nurse practitioner. Needless to say, as you get more educated, you will also have responsibility, but with greater responsibility comes a larger pay check. As I mentioned before, Australia has been doing this kind of thing for years, and now the others are starting to catch up slowly.

All things, considered, if you are looking to relocate overseas, or if you are a medical professional looking for a higher pay, visiting one of these expos might just be the best decisions you will ever make. Visit the website that I’ve mentioned above and go over the numbers in more detail. There is a real future in medicine for those who are willing to dedicate themselves and work hard. So, if you are a trained medical professional and you think you have what it takes to work overseas in medicine, stay tuned, and I’ll be sure to give you more information about the expo than was shared in the pre-press release, as soon as it becomes available.

April 24, 2014

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How an Insurance Company Can Benefit From Sharepoint

Insurance companies are notoriously slow to change when it comes to technology (but they sure do love corporate events), so it is of no surprise that insurance companies that specialize in Funeral Insurance have lagged compare to the rest of the industry in keeping up with IT investments in their businesses. Thank fully with some pressure from the government all financial focused businesses need to upgrade and stay up today with new technology innovations.  One of such innovation is Microsoft SharePoint, an advanced software beyond the typical IT intranet systems you might be familiar with.

Used by more than 80% of top-ranking companies listed in Fortune 500, this powerful web based platform is not only a tool for online collaboration but provides additional functions for organizations like insurance firms such as the all important audit trail to keep track of who made what change to a legal document. Additionally, it can manage your business data or records, and can provide more than what the typical intranet can do in terms of ease in team communication, access of data, systematized knowledge base of the company, facilitate ease in managing your contents and keeps an automated workflow that is friendly to future audit of information and log-ins. It is an all-in-one online collaborative communication tool to serve business needs to modernize organizations like insurance companies focus on funeral insurance and other related insurance cover.

Let’s face it, companies are eager to recoup their losses from the latest episode of the global financial downturn that hit modern economies 6 years ago. While a number have bounced back, the insurance industry is one of the most affected in terms of loss in volumes of sales as more and more people find it hard to invest in pre-needs and “what-if” protections. Thus, funeral insurance firms have resorted to developing new products like funeral bonds and pre-paid funeral plans to attract new younger clients in addition to the more typical funeral plans for seniors. The language and form verbiage has changed from the complicated legal only to include more easy to understand summaries so as to not intimidate the customer. The focus has expanded from simply looking into the client’s capacity to pay monthly or quarterly dues but also assess their assets and long-term needs to better suit them and not the insurance company selling the product.

With so many changes, databases have also expanded needing new systems of storing, accessing, managing and safeguarding so many sensitive documents. The networks of insurance agents working for insurance companies have also evolved. While in the past, only brochures and hard copies of plans are stuffed into briefcases, today, the modern insurance agent is further equipped with a laptop or tablet which he can then use to access the office’s SharePoint server that has tools to help compare funeral insurance quotes from different insurance providers instantly.

Some companies still find the use of basic file share intranets sufficient for their operations. Others have however shifted to more agile and modern systems like SharePoint. These developments will continue in the future. As needs change and clients’ preferences shift, insurance firms have also to keep up with the pace to get ahead in the race.