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The Way Not To Run A Business

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There are just so many poorly ran businesses out there and it is really sad to see. Running a business for many is their dream and to see people struggling is not at all nice. There are some fundamental points that these people need to bear in mind and if they do then the chance of success is much higher than it would have been before.

Too many people jump into running a business thinking it is a simple way to make money very quickly, I am afraid things don’t work like that in the real world and a company has to have a long term vision for the future if there is any chance of success.

We are in a period of economic hardship and people are struggling to fund businesses and thus jumping into a new one without a plan is a recipe for disaster.

I am not saying don’t start a business bust make sure that you have all bases covered before going for it. This article will highlight things to bear in mind when looking to start a business.

Poor Website

We live in the internet age and a company cannot afford to have a poor website, it is as simple as that. There is just too much competition out there and falling behind online is genuinely the worst thing a business can do nowadays. You have got to keep up with the market you are held within and if you can do that then the chance of profitability is much higher.

You have got to make sure that your website is well designed and well hosted. Check out Jaguar PC for web hosting and do a little research in regards to web-developers, there will be many high class freelance workers out there.

Competition is very high and you have got to be willing to go that extra mile to secure the online client base needed for long term prosperity in the modern era. The days have gone when business was done by word of mouth, what you offer has to be showcased online and in a way that is universally palatable.

Poor Product

You have got to have a strong product, if you have a strong product then you are much more likely to secure the clients you need. A business is all about profit and thus it is essential that you invest the right amount of time and money in the product you provide.

Try and be innovative, if you can do this then you again give yourself a further advantage over your market rivals. Just do a little research and make sure you cover all the bases.

Poor Leadership

You have got to have strong leadership, if there is strength and drive at the top you will be able to inspire your workforce to perform for you and get the job done to a high quality.

Interview rigorously and only hire the best, this is one of if not the most important way to run a successful business.

David writes a variety of articles about various topics. He worked at a London newspaper for a while before pursuing his own career as a freelance writer.

6 Reasons Why You Should Take The Leap And Move Abroad

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Everyone’s dreamed about packing up their lives and emigrating to sunnier lands, but few of us actually take the leap and sign on for the experience. Whilst living overseas might seem unachievable to most, relocating can easily become a reality rather than a fantasy. Assess your assets, start job hunting and give living in an exciting new environment a try. In need of a bit of convincing? Here are six reasons why you should take the leap and move abroad-

All the Great New Experiences

Packing up and moving to a different country is a completely new adventure, wherever your new location. Along with all the cultural differences that you will love experiencing, there is also a completely new environment that is waiting to be explored. Different cultures are wonderful things to explore, and many who spend time living outside of their own country will quickly develop a long lasting affinity with their second home. Although it may seem daunting moving to a country where you know no one, remember that language and culture barriers can be overcome, but good experiences will never be forgotten.

Better Weather

There is no guarantee, but moving overseas might mean that your new life is filled with warm sunny days, or even beautiful snowy landscapes rather than the in-between drizzly greyness that the UK regularly experiences meaning that you can fully experience the brilliance of the great outdoors. A warmer climate is shown to make individuals happier, so watch your smile grow as you spend more time in the sun.

You Might Get a Better Job

Aside from retiring, or taking an extended holiday, surely one of the main reasons for overseas relocation is the prospect of a better job? Although you may not be fully competent with a new language, when immersed you will quickly pick it up and being bi-lingual is incredibly beneficial and attractive to employers meaning that your linguistic skills may bring you a better paying job.

The World is Getting Smaller

It’s true what they say, the world is getting smaller. From cheaper flights, to increased internet speeds, you don’t have to leave loved ones behind when you move overseas. As long as you get the time difference right, you can easily keep in contact with friends and family using webcams and camera phones to see and hear each other. With the increase in international flights, and reduction in cost, you an easily host guests from your home country, or have much welcomed holidays in your native land.

The Move Can Be Easy

So an international move is obviously going to need more planning, and be more hectic, than if you were relocating within the same town or city, but it doesn’t mean that it won’t be relatively easy. As long as you do your research, that is. Assuming that you already have some kind of accommodation sorted, and a job lined up, a move overseas can be easily achieved providing that you seek help and advice from experienced professionals. By having a professional company assist you with your move, you can ensure that your move meets all legal requirements meaning that your concerns can be elsewhere.

Nothing is Set in Stone

This is possibly the most important reason why you should give living in another country a go. The fact is, is that if you move and only end up staying there for 6 months to a year and then find that for whatever reason you want to move back home, then you can. Nothing is set in stone, and, although you might feel a financial strain upon return, at least you will have had the amazing experience!

Beth Stubbings often dreams of moving overseas, but has yet to take that leap! She would recommend Intransit for those looking for help with their overseas move.

 

5 Tasks To Outsource To A Virtual Assistant

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Over the past decade, a growing number of busy professionals have decided to make use of virtual assistant services. If you are overwhelmed by the amount of work you need to get done each day, week and month, you may be thinking of tapping into these services yourself. Most assistants who work virtually or online, are contract or freelance workers who do their jobs from home. They work on a variety of tasks for their clients which are quite similar in nature to what executive assistants or secretaries do.

If you are unsure as to what tasks you could assign to the assistant you hire, here are five tasks which you probably need done regularly and which you could ask your assistant to handle.

General Bookkeeping

If you struggle to keep tabs on your bills, invoices and finances, you should try to find a virtual assistant who has some experience in bookkeeping. Of course, if you choose to outsource these tasks, you’ll have to give your assistant access to your passwords. This means you need to thoroughly screen everyone who applies for your open position of assistant as you need to be sure you can completely trust the person you hand this important info over to.

Researching

Do you regularly spend a lot of time conducting research online? Then why not free up your schedule a bit by having your assistant do the researching for you? It’s important that the assistant you hire has strong researching skills so be sure to ask any applicants what research projects they’ve worked on in the past.

PowerPoint or Slideshow Presentations

Having your virtual assistant handle the creation of your PowerPoint or slides how presentations can be a huge time-saver when getting ready for meetings, conferences and other presentations you’ll be conducting. There are plenty of virtual assistants on internet job boards who are very gifted in creating presentations using PowerPoint and other software so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a talented person to hire.

Responding to Your Emails

If you’re like the average business person, you probably struggle to keep up with all those emails you get. You could ask your assistant to manage your business email account so that he or she can filter out what’s important and what’s not. It wouldn’t take too much time for you to teach your virtual assistant what emails to respond to and once he/she manages your email for a few weeks, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without help.

Finding Leads

If your business depends on lead generation in order to grow as most businesses do, you could have your assistant take charge of finding good leads for you. This may be as simple as visiting websites of prospective clients and sending out emails. Or, it could consist of doing some cold-calling wherein your assistant would do a sales pitch for your business over the telephone or Skype in order to bring in new customers or clients.

Anna Novak is a freelance writer. She writes about business services and e-commerce.

What The Color Of Your Bedroom Says About You

Bedrooms are often the most personal rooms in peoples’ homes and color choice is a key factor in its design. It can also reveal plenty about peoples’ personalities. A dull person for instance, would easily settle for gentler color shades while boisterous and active individuals might go for the brighter bedroom colors. To help you choose a perfect color for your personality, here are common color themes and their corresponding symbolism:

Orange

Orange is mostly regarded to be the symbol of fire and warmth. Being one of the lightest colors, it is mostly used by cheerful people to signify their happiness and optimism in life. It further symbolizes an effervescent, welcoming individual who is glad to host other people within his/her room.

Blue

This color is often associated with water in the sea, pools and lakes. It therefore signifies coolness and calmness. Due to this, the color is especially suitable in areas which are generally quite warm and experience prolonged summer. Most people who choose this color are often calm and laid back.

Yellow

Yellow is a perceptively loud color. Everyone who walks into a yellow room always has a fuzzy feeling of warmth because of the luminous and reflective characteristics of the color. It is often regarded as the color of the sun, and therefore translated to symbolize light and warmth. People who use it as their main bedroom theme are considered to be quite playful and humorous. If not used on walls, splashes of yellow can be accented in the room on furniture such as bedroom chairs and tables.

Red

Red has always been used as the main attention grabbing color. Since it is associated with blood, most people use it to signify danger or caution. Despite being known for this, the color is exceptionally catchy and effective when it is used to enhance the decor. It is a favorite mainly due to the fact that it is one of the few colors which can be easily doubled and matched with other primary and secondary colors to complete an elegant bedroom theme. It is especially idyllic for confident individuals.

Green

This is the color of nature. It signifies utter freshness and life. It can therefore be efficaciously used by lively people who want bedrooms are seemingly full of life, freshness and optimism. Green may not be the easiest color to work with but when used with care it have a subtly powerful impact.

There are many other colors which can be effectually used in enhancing the overall bedroom decor. It is, however, advisable to contrast different shades to make the bedroom as appealing and restful as possible.

 

This article was written by Johnny P, a leading lifestyle blogger.

3 Ways to Make Money Without a Degree

For many people, getting a degree at the current time just isn’t an option. Whether you couldn’t afford college, or weren’t accepted, there is no reason why you can’t keep earning money. Here are 3 ways that you can keep making money without a degree:

  1. Start your own business- One of the best ways to make money without earning a degree is to start your own business. If you are passionate about something and know that you can earn a living then you should really consider starting your own company. Remember to start small and keep all your ducks in a row.
  2. Work freelance- If you are have a skill that you are proud of or that someone would be willing to pay for, then you can probably earn some good money doing freelance work. For example if you love photograph and have a knack for taking good pictures you can try your hand at stock photography. You could make a lot of money selling your pictures to another company to use, and it will also give you the chance to make your own schedule and work when you please. Another example would be someone who is a good writer and wants to make some extra cash doing freelance. There are a lot of people and companies that are looking for good writers to help them with all sorts of content. For the most part you can get paid per article that you write, so the faster you work, the better.
  3. Get a paid internship- One of the best ways to earn money without a degree is to find a paid internship. If you are currently in school or are trying to decide what it is you would like to do with your life, an internship can be just the ticket. It will allow you the opportunity to be in a real work environment, interact with other professionals, and even get paid at the same time. Many people see this as a chance to find out if a job is really a good fit for them or not. Often times many people will go through several years of school to get a degree, only to find out that they don’t actually enjoy the job itself that much. If this is the case then you are going to be stuck in a job for years trying to pay off your student loans, or you’ll have to go back to school for another four years to get a degree in something else. Save yourself some time and money, and look for a chance to be an intern.

Another great area to explore is real estate and property management. You don’t need a degree to do either of these things, you just need a certification which can be achieved in a few months. Ultimately there are tons of options you just have to set your mind on something and stick with it.

Author Byline: Micah is a freelance writer for Real Property Management East Valley.

Think High-Income Neighborhoods Are Crime Free? Think Again!

I’ve lived in many high-income neighborhoods. The median income is usually over $100,000. Home prices range from $400,000 to well over $1 million. These are neighborhoods where many feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked. Garages are open and unattended for hours. Neighbors walk their dogs daily. Kids run around freely. The schools are highly-rated, and lawns are perfectly manicured.

Experiencing Theft

Even in these neighborhoods, I’ve experienced theft and known neighbors who have suffered the misfortune of a burglary. A few years ago, someone entered my garage in the middle of the night and stole expensive sports equipment. Then, a few days later, someone entered a neighbor’s home during the day and took jewelry and electronics.

I live in a different neighborhood now. But after less than a year of living in my new house, a burglary occurred across the street. Unfortunately, when you get comfortable and let your guard down, a burglary incident can happen easily. It’s shocking. I’ve learned, however, that you can greatly minimize the chances of burglary by understanding how a thief targets a home and what preventive steps are most effective.

Sophisticated Thieves

Thieves that strike in high-income neighborhoods are usually very sophisticated. They are familiar with area. They pass through regularly because they know someone socially, or they are doing odd jobs in the area. As a result, they usually know the quickest escape routes and how to blend in while in the neighborhood.

Thieves tend to strike houses that are on quiet streets and not too far from a major street or highway. They are looking for unoccupied homes or an unattended part of a house where the thief can quickly enter and exit without being visible from the street. Houses on corner lots or next to open spaces are particularly vulnerable.

Deterring Theft

The easiest way to deter a thief is to take preventative measures that the thief can see from the street. For example, you should give the impression that someone is home at all times. While gone, keep a car in the driveway. Keep a light on or a television. Install automatic outdoor lights. If you are going on vacation, you should suspend mail and newspaper services or arrange to have a neighbor pick it up daily.

Another highly effective way to deter thieves is to install a home security system. You may also receive a discount from your homeowner’s insurance for installing one. It’s worth investigating the best home security systems. When thieves are scouting the neighborhood for targets, they will look for evidence of a security system and avoid a home they think has one. So you should put up a sign visible from the street showing that you have a security system.

If you take a few preventative steps, the chances that a thief will target your home are slim to none. I use most of these measures now and haven’t had a problem since.

This article is written by an author who researches and reviews home security systems. 

Should I Cosign for My Friend’s Bail Bond?

Cosigning for a friend in trouble seems to be a good deed. After all, who doesn’t stand up for their friends and help them in times of crisis? While this may be suitable for most other circumstances, it is best to be careful when asked to sign a bail bond. A large sum of money may be involved, and you stand a risk of dealing with a fugitive who has run from the law. Here is what you need to know before you cosign a bail bond.

What is a Cosigner?

A cosigner signs the bail bond along with the person being bailed, and effectively agrees to guarantee that the person in question will show up at court proceedings. In case of absence of the person, he will be responsible for covering all charges associated with locating and transporting him back.

You Will Have to Pay If He Jumps

As a cosigner, you should know that if your friend makes a run for it, you will be the one who is forced to cover all costs for finding him. While the bondsman has posted the bail and has a contract with the court to guarantee the return of the individual, it is you who is under the obligation to ensure that this happens. The bondsman may have the legal responsibility, but the contract between him and you transfers the responsibility on your shoulders.

Your Property and Belongings May Be Seized

A bondsman is taught to evaluate a good cosigner by determining how deep rooted he is in the community which he lives. For example, having kids that attend school, a car on lease, or a house on mortgage all point towards a well settled family. They will also look for assets that can be liquidized in case bail is jumped. In other words, the new house or car may end up being sold to cover bail charges in case the person flees.

The Money You Pay Is Non Refundable

Whatever you pay to the bail agent is not refundable, even in case the person does show up at the court hearings. The bondsman will of course recover his bail money from the court, but you will not be refunded. Further, if you decide to post bail yourself, the money that is returned may take months to be back in your hands. Be careful before you put a large sum of money into a bail bond. It is not an investment, it is a security. You may end up losing all of it if the person takes flight.

Evaluate Your Liability

Depending on how well you know the person, evaluate whether he is a flight risk. Remember, you are liable for all the costs to locate and bring him back if you are a cosigner. If the person is reliable or a close family member, the only fees you will have to pay are the costs to the bondsman to secure the bail.

When Should You Sign?

If you know the person well, and he has a clean background, it is safe to be a cosigner. However, do not do so if you think that the individual is a significant flight risk.

Author Bio: Francis Chapman is a freelance writer for a small bail bonds Riverside company. 

 

Is Good Customer Service a Lost Art?

Imagine that, for the fourth time this week, your Internet has failed you. Again, you find yourself sitting on the phone, listening to terrible jazz music, waiting for a customer service representative to take your call. By the time you receive a real person to complain to, you are probably frustrated beyond belief and are ready to throw in the towel with this Internet company. Sound familiar?

More often than not, people are frustrated with services over the phone; wishing they could speak with a live person right away and have their problem fixed accordingly. Customer service has become one of the most dreaded occurrences in this day and age; ranking just under getting an arm lopped off and being shot in the foot. They say the key to a successful business lies in quality customer service; but do companies value their customer support systems the way they should?

“Please, Don’t Transfer Me Again…”

Whether customers realize it or not, bigger chain companies often outsource their customer service departments to telemarketing agencies. These customer service representatives may be in this country, or might be in India; either way, this outsourcing method usually makes solving our technical problem much more difficult.

According to Joseph Serra, he’s had bad experiences with outsourced customer service representatives.

“I don’t usually deal with customer service if I don’t have to,” he said. “I have dealt with some customer service reps that are not based in this country and it just seems like the issue goes unresolved, usually because of a communication problem.”

In many instances, outsourced customer service representatives use a script given to them by their respective companies that they quote verbatim back to the customer. Though they may have a little wiggle room to try to solve your problem; most of the time they will need to transfer you two, maybe four times before you finally have someone who not only understands you, but can make the five second adjustment to allow your internet/cable/phone to work properly again.

“Your Call is Very Important to Us”

Instances like these make many people wonder whether “quality” customer service is viewed as a commodity by big chain companies; however there are still customer support representatives who can make your phone call less dreadful.

Serra says he feels fortunate to have avoided customer service calls for the most part; however, not all of his experiences have been bad.

“My son damaged his iPod Touch; so we got in touch with Apple and they walked us through the process of what it would be,” he said. “As far as I know, they were American-based; they were kind; they gave us all the pertinent information; and that worked out pretty well.”

Customer service may be becoming a lost art with many companies out there, but there are still companies that seem to appreciate its value. Ultimately, these will be the ones that continue to grow and prosper; while their competitors lose ground, thanks to short-sighted, cost-cutting strategies centered on weak consumer support services.

Shanna Laub covers a wide spectrum of topics for Off-Topic Media. Call center photo by vitorcastillo. Thanks to Novi, MI dentist, Dr. Joe Serra for sharing his positive and negative experiences with customer service.

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