Why Legal Translations Are Necessary

It's a well-known expression that knowledge is power. In fact Africa continues to limp simply because its people are not equipped intellectually and lack support to translate the available knowledge into tangible benefits. So instead of the governments in Africa investing more in building libraries and supporting the creative process, they invest more in building…

It's a well-known expression that knowledge is power. In fact Africa continues to limp simply because its people are not equipped intellectually and lack support to translate the available knowledge into tangible benefits. So instead of the governments in Africa investing more in building libraries and supporting the creative process, they invest more in building more prisons and buying guns and teargas to suppress dissent.

Now consider the developed world; people there know their rights and demand better services short of which the leaders are impeached or voted out without fear. It goes without saying that Uganda and most countries in sub-Saharan Africa can never attain the long-cherished dream of middle-income status without equipping its people to know and stand for their rights.

The need to translate the constitution

The first step in equipping Ugandans to know their rights and play their role as responsible citizens is give them the constitution. It is the mandate of the government to make the constitution accessible in both print and audio versions and in all languages ​​that cover this multi-ethnic nation so that everyone can read it and understand it, while those who can not read can access it in audio format in their mother tongues. If the government can do that, then people will know their rights; they will know that they pay taxes so that the government can deliver services and when the latter fails as it has often, then people can rise up and demand accountability from the rulers. Thus the need to translate not only the constitution but also the penal code and other legislative and executive literature is paramount. Thus legal translations are quintessential and essential if Uganda is to achieve Vision 2030.

Translation services can also be provided in number of languages ​​within different African countries such as;

Tigrinya translation services

Somali Translations

Malagasy Translations

Yoruba Translations

Chewa Translations

Wolof Translation services

Kinyarwanda translation services.

All the above may also apply to a specific genre of work or expertise and this could be Financial translations, Court Interpreting and conference interpreting, Educational translations, Immigration translations, business document translations, and more.

At the end of the day hiring a professional translations company translates into effective interpretations of one's rights, the roles that have to be played by our leaders constitutionally that getting the message intended to all local citizens that may not have the chance to understand the English language or any other.

Automation: Time Saver and Convenience Maker, But Don’t Forget This One Thing

Information technology has changed the way the world conducts business. A letter that once took weeks to get from Point A to Point B is now delivered instantly with a mere push of a button. Automation has also made it possible for small businesses to streamline their processes, get a handle on their overhead, and…

Information technology has changed the way the world conducts business. A letter that once took weeks to get from Point A to Point B is now delivered instantly with a mere push of a button.

Automation has also made it possible for small businesses to streamline their processes, get a handle on their overhead, and improve their profitability.

While automation can be a time saver and convenience maker, do not underestimate the power of personal touch. Is not it nice to know there is a real human being behind the email or registered phone message?

My clients discover the productivity and profitability benefits of automating and systematizing their business. They have also found that the human touch is the secret ingredient to growing their client and customer base.

To balance my client's experience, I combine automation, systematization, and the human touch. There are many ways that I practice this approach and it has a distinct advantage.

One way I've combined automation, systematization and the personal touch is through my monthly random calls. I do not have a fancy name for it – I just call it my random client calls.

Here's how it works (and how it would work for your business, too!)

1. Automate

When someone engages in my company's services, whether it is registering for one of our online programs, requesting a customized team building, or enrolling in one of our mentoring programs, they will often interact with one of our automated systems at some point.

They may receive instant access to a program that they just enrolled in and receive a personalized message that welcomes them. Even though some messages are automated, this is a great way to instantly connect with your new client by adding your own special touch to your message, sometimes even asking a question to get a conversation started.

2. Systematize

Each month, I have an assigned appointment time to randomly call on any new clients who enrolled in one of our programs. With a recurring appointment set on my calendar, it ensures that this important connection point with my clients happens consistently.
3. Add A Personal Touch

Whether I leave a message, have a five-minute chat on their experience with the webinar, or answer a pressing question, these calls have made a world of difference. I find out about their registration experience, how the curriculum is working, and answer questions that help better serve them. It's easy, too, because I get to work with some of the coolest business owners.

The distinct advantage to this 3-step approach is that we have built in a personal touch point. Now, when we interact through email, they know there's a real person reading their responses.

What's the other benefit to adding a personal touch?

You get to hear firsthand how your systems, processes and programs are working (or not). If not, then you know exactly what needs to be improved.

Whether you are a start up or a second-stage business, you may find opportunities where automation and systematization enhance your customers' experience. This is particularly true when you're already at capacity and automation helps to provide a higher level of customer service.

Additionally, you may also find it helpful to add a personal touch to your existing automation. It could simply mean making quick phone calls.

There's always room for improvement. In your business, where could you automate, systematize, and add a personal touch?

A Money Plan and Your Creative Business – More Than Just Figures

If you are a creative-artistic entrepreneur – your need for a Business Money Plan (or commonly referred to as a Budget ) is a necessity for your best business creative good. This is not just for reasons of some business advisor or accountant telling you that you need it – you should want to need…

If you are a creative-artistic entrepreneur – your need for a Business Money Plan (or commonly referred to as a Budget ) is a necessity for your best business creative good. This is not just for reasons of some business advisor or accountant telling you that you need it – you should want to need and rely on it as part of your “creative stream.”

While I know it sounds like a cliché to “have a budget for your business” but all too often it is not clearly understood why a money plan for your creative business money needs to be in place.

Consider some of the more meaningful reasons of why a business money plan should be central to your entrepreneurial path and your creative well-being … please especially note that it goes beyond just the actual figures …

Allow yourself to experience the fulfilling aspects of your business money plan to allow yourself to:

Connect with having enhanced confidence about handling your creative business money

It is challenging to have confidence about something you know little about – right? Planning, whether personal or business is so misunderstood but it truly is one of the most important.

In order to have real, true confidence, you need to have the business skills that will make your creative business run smoothly – your money plan is one of those facilities that you should have a basic understanding of.

Bring about command of your business destiny through understanding proper money handling practices

While many creative and artistic entrepreneur's cringe at the idea of ​​”bookkeeping, accounting and anything number related” it is through these systems that you keep your business on a good course. Proper money handling practices is part of this. How do you intend on dealing with a payment system in terms of accepting payments, matching them to bills and reconciling the bank every month? It sounds easy enough, but to put a system in place that is manageable, practical and that can be kept up on a regular basis, takes an awareness that needs to be learned.

What you have set-up for money systems in your business are primary to enable you to get the information out of your business that you require. This will greatly help your ability to make operational decisions, allow for the proper filing of various tax returns while placing you in a strong position to best make future (strategic) plans for your business.

Achieve better money and financial results

It is important to be able to measure how your creative business is performing financially. It is impossible to keep it in your head! In order to see if you can improve, you need to know exactly what progress the business has made over time for both the benefit of short and long term decision-making.

Become faster at making decisions in your business

You can make more expedient decisions if you know the optimal earning point for your business along with the types of spending and investments that are being made along the way. In order to assess different vendors, suppliers and other players (stakeholders) in your business, you need to know your numbers and be able to place your hands on this information at any time. Also in order to take advantage of opportunities – you need to have quick and accurate access to the financial performance of your business.

Cultivate the feeling of being in control of your money

You can not feel in control until you are actually in control. You can not just make believe “control”, it has to be the result of actually having a money handling plan that is tailor to your business. It must take into account your aspirations, risk tolerance and other aspects of your being in business. The money skills that you learn are instrumental in moving you along to really know your money and connecting with the number aspects of your business. Once you have determined that, then you are really in control of your money and can start to gain momentum and the true feeling of control.

Have the time to create and promote your entrepreneurial offerings

As a creative-artistic entrepreneur, you have many hats to wear (oh goodness!) And to that end you need to balance your time between the management and strategic side of your business, together with working on your creative offerings and marketing and promoting what you have to offer. While this sounds exhausting, it does not have to be once you have enough in place to feel at peace about your business and its money dealings.

Encourage your creativity through not worrying about your business finances

If you have a money plan in place for your business, then you have a course to follow. You can find peace in knowing that you have a strategy in place and this can help you creatively. How? You can relax and encourage your creativity and not be so pre-occupied with what is occurring with your business finances. If you can not do this – then something needs to be fixed.

These are just some of the more important aspects. I do not want to upset your intelligence by listing the obvious, however they are worth mentioning and repeating:

  • Keeping your expenses down to improve your bottom line
  • Earning to your business potential
  • Pricing strategies
  • Identifying opportunities

This is just to name a few, but these are all gleaned with your business money plan. I want you to think beyond the traditional number reasons and consider the intrinsic and in my view, extremely more persuasive reasons for having a business money plan.

Remember, as I have said: This is not just one of those “need to haves” ideas that entrepreneurs are told by every money and business guru, it really is one of the few important items that should be created as early as possible in your creative business.

Booklet Tips – June Is Ideal

June is an ideal time of year in many parts of the northern hemisphere and in many businesses in a wide range of industries. Yes, other months have other advantages, positioning you for great success, depending on your market and your information products topic. Yet none is quite like June. The first glimmers of summer…

June is an ideal time of year in many parts of the northern hemisphere and in many businesses in a wide range of industries. Yes, other months have other advantages, positioning you for great success, depending on your market and your information products topic. Yet none is quite like June.

The first glimmers of summer are appearing in much of North America. School is ending or already did. Vacations, camps, summer educational programs are getting started. All of that is great, and what does it have to do with business or topics generally addressed in these articles?

Fiscal Year Means Opportunities

The fiscal year for many corporations and organizations ends June 30. That means decision makers are often in the “use it or lose it” mindset regarding their budget. They must spend whatever is left in their budget or lose it, which can negatively impact their request for the following year if they are left with a balance at the end of this year. When you are at the right place at the right time with the right offer, it could add up to product orders for you.

Your tips booklets, audio programs, card decks and other bits of bite size brilliance may be the perfect promotional tool for the marketing, sales, or product launch campaign a corporate manager is struggling to support. Your products become the ideal gift-with-purchase to increase their revenue.

Year-End Planning

With that turn of the fiscal year comes planning for the next fiscal year, which specifically includes year-end gift giving, customer appreciation, and starting the calendar year off right. The six months between June and the beginning of December allows for multiple decision-makers who are involved in the process to strategize which of your product formats is the best match to convey the exact message they want to send. There is plenty of time to get the product produced and delivered in December without getting into a rush order that costs everyone more in time, stress, and financial investment.

Time to Brainstorm

In a company or association where summer is generally a slower time of business activity, there can be more time to percolate on the overall process. The pressure to meet demands is somewhat or substantially less. The door is open to map out an entire year's campaign that can include utilizing various formats of your products, online and offline, for multiple purposes. Some uses are for marketing, as they license your bite size brilliance to use on social media sites or as downloads to increase their mailing list or to drip a tip a week on the existing customers or members as a way to stay in front of them. They can attract new followers and retain the existing ones. Your products could be positioned to directly generate new revenue for your customers' company, resold to audiences or bundled with other products your buyer sells. June may be the start to that slower time in their life to come up with best ways to continuously do business with you.

ACTION – Before you set your expectations unnecessarily low for this summer's income, look around at who you want to be sure to contact in June, especially if you already know or suspect their fiscal years ends on June 30. Reach out to them as soon as possible to determine if they are in “use it or lose it” mode on any budget line that can be applied to your products. Even if you miss making a deal in June, you've re-opened the door for ways to serve them within the next fiscal year, with time to easily and comfortably plan for it now. Either way, everyone benefits and lots of happiness gets spread around.

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How to Make a Great Impression in the First Five Seconds

On average you have a total of five seconds to make a good impression when you meet individuals. Consider how quickly that five seconds goes by especially when you're talking to a new prospect, on an interview, or meeting your date for the first time! Talk about pressure! Would have a deficit insight into how…

On average you have a total of five seconds to make a good impression when you meet individuals. Consider how quickly that five seconds goes by especially when you're talking to a new prospect, on an interview, or meeting your date for the first time!

Talk about pressure!

Would have a deficit insight into how people tick help you to cultivate that relationship even in the first five seconds?

You bet it would!

You might even be surprised to learn that spotting how a person wants to receive their information is a teachable skill. I teach it to my clients.

When you discover how others want to receive their information which comes from your natural wiring, watch how quickly you can develop rapport with someone. At a recent speaking engagement, I placed everyone in groups according to their natural wiring.

Once the exercise was complete, I asked everyone in attendance to notice two things when each group was reporting out their results. I asked them to notice what the group said and how they said it.

When you notice what people talk about from these two filters, you will begin to have some insights on how that person wants to receive their information. When you deliver information the way the other person wants to receive it, you're not only honoring the other person but you will be more effective in your communication and relationship building.

As many of the attendees discovered during the exercise, your wiring is always present and becomes amplified when under stress. For some people, meeting new people can be stressful so your natural wiring will become amplified.

For example, with people who are naturally wired to create and act on their own ideas, they extend their hand confidently and with a first handshake will often use both their first and last name when introducing themselves.

On one occasion, one of my clients who is similarly wired in this way, fired off a series of questions to someone who liked their information more methodically. Before she could answer his first question, he fired off another question. This rapid fire sequence was frustrating to the more methodical communicator.

In this case, it's important for him to notice the frustration on her face and slow down the conversation. If not, she might just shut down all together or simply erupt in frustration. In just this first five seconds, she would have already decided she was not going to do business with him.

There is always a fine balance with this, too. You're at your best when you work within your own wiring. At times, however, your natural wiring needs to be managed to be more effective.

USP – An Example Without Competition

While walking through Provincetown (known as “P-Town”, it's the very tip of Cape Cod) this weekend, DH and I entered “Whaler's Wharf” – little shops on both sides of a building with the front and back and an atrium open to the elements. All of a sudden a necklace done my eye. It was made…

While walking through Provincetown (known as “P-Town”, it's the very tip of Cape Cod) this weekend, DH and I entered “Whaler's Wharf” – little shops on both sides of a building with the front and back and an atrium open to the elements.

All of a sudden a necklace done my eye. It was made from copper and just kept “looking” at me.

We walked up to the display case (outside the store in the common walking area) and saw that, sitting behind it was an elderly Italian man smoking a cigarette.

I'm borderline allergic to smoke. Eyes water, I sneeze … it's not pretty and I typically walk the other way immediately.

Yet it did not phase me here. While the smell was, well, “ick”, I noticed something on the walls inside his shop that took all thought of the smoke away, so deeper in I went.

Covering the walls like wallpaper were handwritten cards and notes, pictures and foreign currency from all manner of happy customers who had bought his jewelry and, in many instances, were looking to buy more through the mail. (Talk about social proof!)

I asked Niko about his jewelry.

He makes each piece by hand and “with love for the energy” of the piece.

It was no longer just a necklace.

It was an element of Niko, of “the old country”, of my Dad who came from that old country and had the same sideburns, of belonging to this club of women worldwide who'd experienced the same and I had to have one.

Which, by the way, he helped pick out by telling me one “is not you” when I looked at another and letting me know which he felt complimented me best (and it was the less expensive one).

And Niko's parting words as I was leaving with my newly-acquired necklace?

“Women everywhere are going to want to know where you got this piece. be a secret we keep together. You get to choose. ”

One of the hardest things to identify and create, and do it well, is a USP or Unique Selling Proposal.

Personally I've found that trying to force them just does not work. Successful USPs are part of the business, ingrained in them.

Niko does not need an USP, he is one. He has no competition.

How about you?

How Merchant Cash Advances Help Your Small Business

In a competitive and ever-changing world, if you are a small businessman, you have your work cut out for you. With constant economic changes and unpredictable trends that often impact businesses, funding your business or getting your business back on its feet out of a loss can be quite a challenge. Getting quick access to…

In a competitive and ever-changing world, if you are a small businessman, you have your work cut out for you. With constant economic changes and unpredictable trends that often impact businesses, funding your business or getting your business back on its feet out of a loss can be quite a challenge.

Getting quick access to capital can prove to be of great assistance in these scenarios, and in view of this, business cash advances are provided by merchant cash advance providers. This is a win-win situation with the advance providers expecting a good amount of interest on the capital that you borrow, and with your business gaining as it gets the funding it needs to stay afloat.

What You Need To Know About Merchant Cash Advances

Most merchant cash advance providers offer a huge lump sum of money to businesses in exchange for a share on sales in the future. Most of those who opt for these loans are those who have a bad credit history and are not eligible for these loans otherwise. In cases like this, businesspeople may be desperate enough to opt for advance services, even paying interest rates from as high as 60% to 200%. The argument is that while the interest rates are intense, the capital then received will serve to cover deficiencies and to get the business back on track.

If you are considering opting for an advance for your small business, you need to understand that these are not loans. As the name suggests, these are nothing more than cash advances in view of future sales on which recovery of premium as well as interest will be made until the entire loaned amount along with interest is paid to the full. There is no due date or fixed payment for these advances, and is purely based on your sales and the income you derive out of it.

There is much room for growth in the merchant cash advance industry as there is much potential from these providers to help assist those in the industry who can not get a bank line of credit. For such businesses, the money obtained by these means can be a life-saver. Many business owners say that they would be happier with actual funding from banks. However, since they are unable to get this line of credit, merchant cash advances are the next best option to keep their business afloat and to get back on their feet.

While some of these cash advance providers take advantage of the situation and do not act responsibly, there are some that are regulated by internal policies and that have proved to be a boon to many businessmen. Therefore, prior to choosing one of these providers, ensure that you have all your facts in order so that you will be sure to work with the right merchant cash advance providers. Dealing shrewdly with these providers will ensure that you get the cash advance you need for your business, while making sure that you do not get caught in a web od irregularities that will drain your business' income as fast as you earn it.

Do Right By Your Business – Choose The Right Cash Registers

One of the most vital steps in setting up a small business is to choose the right cash register. Easy as it sounds, people do not always make the right choices by their business. The most important question is the choice between whether to buy a cash register or a point-of-sale system. Ultimately, the answer…

One of the most vital steps in setting up a small business is to choose the right cash register. Easy as it sounds, people do not always make the right choices by their business. The most important question is the choice between whether to buy a cash register or a point-of-sale system. Ultimately, the answer is dependent on many factors. Firstly, how much are you willing to spend, secondly what are your business requirements. Choosing an expensive POS system worth thousands of dollars would not seem like a wise choice if your business is only trading small and would take days or weeks before you get your money back. On the other hand, buying a small cash register for a business trading hundreds of transactions a day would of course result in unhappy waiting times, and reduced employee job satisfactions. That being said, the business may expect quick growth, so requiring a more advanced POS system.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when you are deciding on a cash register:

1. How many departments do you have in your store? Departments may be categorized into individual products or a group of products you may sell in the same price point.

2. What is your total inventory level? Do you have tens or hundreds of units or each of your products? And do you need a way to keep track of them more easily?

3. How many departments will you need in the future? Are you planning to grow your business further in the short-term? If so, you may need a more advanced system to avoid having to obtain a new POS system later on.

4. Will you need more than one cash register?

5. What tax structure will your business operate on?

6. Will you be accept coupons or does your business include membership benefits for your customers?

7. What type of payment methods will your business be accepting?

For new business owners and new entrepreneurs, remember to keep your decisions making objective. New businesses always involve a certain level of emotions, so make sure your decisions are based on the benefits of the business.

Benefits of POS systems:

1. More detailed reports.

2. Better track inventory.

3. Improved accuracy.

4. Easily grow with business.

Benefits of Cash Register

1. Low cost for startups

2. Most models easy to use.

3. Fewer components.

4. Basic functions and reporting.

In conclusion, despite the task sounds menial, choosing the right cash register is absolutely vital and may determine how smoothly your new business runs. So make sure that this step is included in the business planning stage.

Do You Want To Create A Successful Gift Basket Business? Follow These Tips

Did you know that you can make a business out of making gift baskets for people? Here are tips that you should put into consideration in order to create a successful business: Tips on How to Create a Successful Gift Basket Business Just like in any other business you should start by doing your research.…

Did you know that you can make a business out of making gift baskets for people? Here are tips that you should put into consideration in order to create a successful business:

Tips on How to Create a Successful Gift Basket Business

Just like in any other business you should start by doing your research. Here you need to find out the type of baskets that are already in the market. To stand out from the rest you need to come up with unique themes. For example, you can personalize the baskets with different names.

After doing your research you should test the market by making a few units of the baskets and selling them on popular sites such as eBay and Etsy. You should also sell the units in your local craft fair.

If people like the baskets you should go ahead and register it. You should also get the necessary licenses required by the government to run your business. To showcase your work you should make a few samples of the baskets and take pictures of them.

You should then write an inviting description on each basket and post it on the site that you want to sell from. In addition to selling your products on third party sites it's also wise to sell them on your website.

Advertising is very crucial for any business; therefore, you should invest a lot of time in it. To find the motivation to continue doing what you love you should sell the baskets at prices that allow you to make a good profit after deducting all the necessary costs.

To increase interest and attract more customers to your business you should create baskets of different colors and styles.

Awesome Tips

Remember that the gift basket making business can be competitive especially if you are making the same thing as everyone else. As mentioned above, you need to have different in order to attract a good number of customers. In addition to being different you need to ensure that you deliver the baskets within the agreed time.

You should note that you need to have some money to buy the materials to make the baskets. The good thing is that you can get the materials from wholesale companies, factory outlets and local stores.

To avoid being in a hurry when a large order is made, you should make plenty of baskets and store them in a room. You can rent the room or use your home.

Ideas on Setting Up a Mobile or Pop Up Juice Bar

It's a zany world, 'pop up' restaurants, shops, bars, cafés, comedy venues, you name it are popping up all over the world's major cities. This type of temporary retail outlet is ideal for the seasonal juice bar, but what do you need to set one up juicing equipment wise? Maximum Flexibility and Reliability Here are…

It's a zany world, 'pop up' restaurants, shops, bars, cafés, comedy venues, you name it are popping up all over the world's major cities. This type of temporary retail outlet is ideal for the seasonal juice bar, but what do you need to set one up juicing equipment wise?

Maximum Flexibility and Reliability

Here are a few suggestions from us, hopefully these make sense and help out. One of the things the discerning juice customer is now looking for is a cold pressed juice, this basically rules out using a centrifugal juicer to make the juices. The problem here is the gaping black hole in the availability of small commercial cold press juicers. So, to offer cold pressed juices we recommend using one or more heavy duty domestic vertical slow juicers, this will give you small, portable juicers that can meet with hard use, are quiet, efficient and high yielding. We would recommend looking at these juicers:

The KT2200 vertical slow juicer

The Greenis F-9010 vertical slow juicer

and the Omega VERT slow juicers

The idea here is to spread the workload over multiple juicers to allow them to cool down between juicing sessions and to keep the machine lifespans as long as possible while also giving your juice bar some extra reliability if there is a problem with one of the juicers. Multiple juicers will also allow a good production rate when business is brisk. Sticking to the same make and model will give interchangeable spares. The juicers above take about 250 watts each and are an inductive load, so this opens out possibilities for solar powered juice bars. A good solar array on the roof combine with a deep cycle battery bank and inverter can give you all the power you need.

A good blender is also required, a decent blender will blend in soft fruits and fleshy produce and serve as a mixing tool to blend in ice and easily cool drinks before serving. Blenders can be highly strung pieces of equipment, they run at high speeds and can get washed about a fair bit in normal use, so try and get a good quality blender or smoothie maker such as a BarTec Professional Blender we recommend the 435 or the 329cc . Make sure your power supply can handle these loads though!

The Theater of Live Juice Making

Machines running, noise, action and produce flying around the place makes for a great show and we totally recommend that this is part of your pop up juice bar or cafe, however to survive you'll need to capitalize on busy periods so making each juice to order may slow things down too much. You can maximize profit potential by pre – making juices ready to mix in your cold press juices or even filling juice bottles and capping them off filled with ready-made juice cocktails.

All or Nothing

Customers will not arrive in a steady stream, it will be groups and quiet spells so be prepared for the nature of things, previously we have filled a kiddies camping bath tub with water and ice as an inviting 'cold store' for ready-made juices.

Wheat Grass, Shots, Juice Boosters and Protein Powders

Another inviting way to boost trade is by offering a selection of juice boosters such as wheat grass shots (either on their own like tequila or blended into the juices and smoothies) or super food powders. BE CAREFUL here as these things have potent flavors that are not to everyone's taste and we would strongly advise getting a separate wheat grass juicer like a Matstone 6 in 1 juicer, this will allow you to produce unlimited wheat grass shots without the potent green mega juice contaminating everything else. Freshly juiced wheat grass is a great aroma; it will draw customers into you.

Full Commercial Machines

When you get busy you may want to make the switch to a full commercial or industrial juicers but be prepared, these machines are large, heavy and time consuming to clean. They are, however actually indestructible and when volumes go up, they are the beasts you need. We recommend juicers by Robot Coupe, Santos and Nutrifaster.

OK GOOD LUCK to anyone starting a new business you have our respect and support! Let us know how we can help!

Challenges Facing Tradespeople and Small Businesses

For some, being in the trades is just a job and a means to an end. For others, it's a calling – a part of their very existence. Some tradespeople hold themselves to the highest of standards and hold true to the things they believe and care about. The challenge for any homeowner is to…

For some, being in the trades is just a job and a means to an end. For others, it's a calling – a part of their very existence. Some tradespeople hold themselves to the highest of standards and hold true to the things they believe and care about. The challenge for any homeowner is to find a tradesperson who cares about and loves what they do – a tradesperson who is professional in appearance and in how he or she conducts business.

According to a recent survey, 58% of homeowners say they find it difficult to find a tradesperson they trust to help with either home repairs or improvements. Women are more likely to find it “very difficult” to find a tradesperson they trust to help with home repairs or improvements. In the United Kingdom alone, almost £ 2 billion a year is spent to repair botched jobs by tradespeople who were not qualified to do the work.

Although there are many trustworthy tradespeople throughout the world, why do so many homeowners experience difficulty finding an honest, reliable, professional tradesperson? The answer is not easy, but I will attempt to share my experience and opinion.

I have over 30 years experience as a tradesman, with experience in; building construction, plumbing, tiling, plastering and decorating. As a young man, I enjoyed going to school, but my focus was always on learning a living and raising a family. As a result, I decided to leave home during my late teenage years to attempt to make my mark on the world. Once out there, although I had good work-ethics, I found it difficult to land a good job because I did not possess the 'qualifications' required, nor did I have a University degree. Consequently, the only jobs available to me were labor jobs or working at a convenience store. Fortunately, I found a tradesman who hired me and jump-started my career by teaching me how to lay tile. From that point, I learned the building, plumbing, plastering and decorating trades.

Most schools are under pressure to keep kids in the classroom until they graduate. Unfortunately, there are many youngsters who are either academically inclined and have difficulty with studies, or for one reason or another have become a disruption to classmates. As a result, more schools are forming a Department called, “Alternative Provision,” or “Alternative Learning.” This is where many non-academic and / or disruptive children are finding themselves.

Alternative Provisional children are exposed to alternative forms of learning such as, the Work-Study Program. Here is where youngsters can apply to a Trades School or College, and they can experience on-the-job training doing such things as; working in the trades, learning how to be a beautician, and other fields that may not require a University degree. Thus, we have an abundance of youngsters becoming tradespeople because they can not find gainful, employment due to the lack of a university degree or another specialized training.

There are many people who are in the trades because 'it's the only thing they can do,' or because it's the only thing that they qualified to do. I believe most tradespeople want to do a good job and take pride in their work. The challenge is, many tradespeople do not possess the skills to set themselves apart from the rest. They are not good business people. I have listed some ways tradespeople fall short of a professional, high quality standard that will deliver positive outcomes in their business:

• They write estimates on a napkin or piece of dirty paper

• They show up to appointments late and are not dressed in an appropriate manner

• They forget to send out invoices or forget to follow up on outstanding invoices

• They do not schedule their time efficiently and live a, 'feast or famine' existence

• They do not provide clean, professional customer estimates and invoices, nor do they have systems to track them

• They do not manage conversations with customers. A customer may say one thing today, and another thing tomorrow. If you do not have a record of that conversation, the job will turn into confusion and become a 'he said-she said' challenge

• They do not carefully manage their time and miss or forget to respond to customer calls

• They do not have systems in place to maintain an accurate customer base

• They find themselves having to “chase customers” for payment

• They do not have a Professional Presence

The list can go on and on, but I think you get the picture …

Life is good when you're working. However, there always comes the time when you are not as busy as you would like. This is the time when many tradespeople begin to ask friends for work or they look into joining some website that promises to 'send them leads.' I have found these sites to be misleading because they do not address the real issue – helping tradespeople to become more reliable and professional!

These sites charge high fees but do not produce the goods. Let's be honest; How can anyone refer a “Trusted Trader?” The only referral anyone can give is; “He has done a fantastic job for me, or I would never use him again.”

Unfortunately, this tend to be much like Trip Advisor, where a hotel may receive high rating by someone, but your experience might be totally opposite …

The one thing any qualified, tradesperson can do is; become more professional at what you do!

I will address ways to become a more professional tradesperson, in my next article.

How to Make a Budget for Your Small Business

The budget of your small business is one of the most potential planning tools you have, as long as you use it well. Apart from your business plan, the financial blueprint developed by you with your business budgeting software will help you take critical decisions and guide you in staying on course through the year.…

The budget of your small business is one of the most potential planning tools you have, as long as you use it well. Apart from your business plan, the financial blueprint developed by you with your business budgeting software will help you take critical decisions and guide you in staying on course through the year.

What does Small Business Budget means?

A small business budget indicates the estimation of both your revenue and expenses for a specific period of time. It defines how you are planning to utilize your resources in the future. You can generate revenue from sales, accounts receivable, interests and other sources. On the other hand, expenses include the money that you spend on material, rent, payroll, marketing and other fixed and variable costs.

Importance of Creating a Budget

Making a budget helps business owners learn the usage of revenue to achieve their business goals. It also helps you get an insight on probable expenses that your business will most likely face for the years to come.

Here are some reasons regarding the significance of creating a small business budget.

Cash Flow Management:

With budgeting, you can monitor the input and output of your total revenue. It will enable you to assess cash flow.

Obtaining Financing:

Banks and other lenders are going to inspect your budget before they agree to give you a loan.

How to Calculate Your Small Business Budget?

Many companies develop their budgets for a single fiscal year. You can make use of the business budgeting software to develop a monthly, quarterly or semi-annual budget which will help you get a more clear picture of your entity's finances. Many experts suggest that a monthly budget is most effective to have a track of your finances.

How to Create Your Budget?
You can take expenditure inputs and estimate your income from your business budgeting software.

Go Through Your Previous Budgets

If you have the experience of developing a budget earlier, you can use it as a model and adjust the numbers as required.

Research

If you are about to start your business and do not have idea about business budgeting, you need to do research on typical costs and sales trends of firms that are working in the same sector. It will help you come up with forecaster rates.

Make it Simple

You do not have to list all the expenses in detail. If you want, you can categorize your budget in terms of sales, profit, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Maintain Flexibility

The main motive of a budget is to keep you disciplined in terms of monetary aspects. You should not be too rigid with your budget. Be flexible enough to make changes when and whenever required. A rigid approach can prevent your business from growing further.

Initially, you may face difficulty in planning a small business budget. However, with the passage of time, you will start finding it as a simple planning tool that helps you run your business in a streamlined manner.

20% More Profit In 60 Days

Time marches on, and we are well into the new year. Where do you think you will be by the end of December? This message is short but important. Welcome. My name is Peter. I am a fellow small business owner with 34 years experience in delivering solutions that help clients grow and make their…

Time marches on, and we are well into the new year.

Where do you think you will be by the end of December?

This message is short but important.

Welcome. My name is Peter. I am a fellow small business owner with 34 years experience in delivering solutions that help clients grow and make their business more successful.

Along the way I have picked up a number of successful steps fellow business owners can implement to create “20% more profit in the next 60 days” and following are a few initial steps that should interest you.

Was 2014 Everything you hoped it would be? Be honest, do you really feel we have left the GFC behind?

Enough! There are bills to be paid, so let's look forward and not waste time thinking about what could have been.

If you came into this year with more debt than last year, you must get some breathing space and free up capital. Following are three good steps to start with:

Step 1: Take the knife to Pet-Projects:

Fact: Every additional dollar from sales only generates an average of $ 0.17 to $ 0.23 to the bottom line. Whereas, every expense dollar saved is a dollar going straight to the bottom line.

The best place to start cutting so-called fixed expenses is to look at 'Pet-Projects'. Pet projects are activities and processes that are in place because somebody – with the best intentions, at a time long forgotten – put them in place, and they are now part of 'the way we do things'.

– This operation is painful and it is recommended an external party who can identify and make decisions to cut without any personal baggage do it.

Step 2: Run your business as if you are about to go bankrupt – because if you do not, you soon will be.

From psychology, we know that the most stressful situation to be in is 'not knowing'. You must have systems that can tell you exactly where your business is in terms liquidity. This means you need to have, and review, up to date worst-case-sales-forecast-scenario, detailed expenditure commitments as well as an agreed debtsors summary – on a daily basis!

Further, make sure not a cent is being absent without your knowledge. No verbal updates, you must physically sign-off every expense, and you must understand why you are paying each expense.

Step 3: Enforce the 80:20 rule

Again and again the 80:20 rule has been proven: 20% of your current clients represent 80% of your income. Further, that the remaining 80% usually also includes the majority of your complaining, time-consuming and bad paying clients.

Maybe it is time to fire some clients?

Do you know who, and how?

Start by implementing a 'Life-time-value-equation' for each of your clients. Make sure you know who, and how, to look after, and what clients to you should tell: “Sorry, but we can no longer afford to have you as a client – unless something changes'.

Imagine your life, and business, if you spend more time with more of your Top 20% clients?

What is your alternative? Unless You change, nothing else will change.

I hope you will have a generous payback by implementing these first action steps.

To the best of your success, Peter

Corporate Relocation Company

Any type of relocation effort is going to be tiresome, especially if you are not keen on moving. In fact, many people find that relocating to another city or state gives them a lot of anxiety and stress. No one likes to change their location or their lifestyles. The entire family also has to be…

Any type of relocation effort is going to be tiresome, especially if you are not keen on moving. In fact, many people find that relocating to another city or state gives them a lot of anxiety and stress. No one likes to change their location or their lifestyles. The entire family also has to be factored into the equation, which makes the move even more stressful for you. You can make it a fun filled event, if the family is closely involved. However, if you are moving because of your new job promotion, then it is best to hire a corporate relocation company. You will receive the appropriate assistance that you will need to make it less stressful. This is no time to be stressful when you should be happy about your promotion.

Business Expansion

If you are a business owner that is in the process of expanding your company, you may have to transition to a new branch location. This means that you may have to hire new staff and you may have to pay the expenses of moving them. You also have to factor in the entire family during the relocation process because no one wants to move without their family behind them. Although, this might cost you, if you use a corporate relocation company, then it will still make it more cost effective than soliciting the help of your own employees. Your employees can concentrate on doing the work that you hired them to do while the corporate relocation company can focus on the moving aspect.

Hiring a Moving Company

When you hire a corporate relocation company to move your staff, furniture, equipment and documents to another location, it must be a moving company that you can trust. There are many facets to moving. The duration of the move is important because you want to have a smooth transition and minimum downtime. You need a moving company that understands that time counts and the move has to be done in a timely manner so as to continue doing business. Your customers rely on you to operate your business every day and relocation can hamper that. So you want to get your business up and running within 24 hours after the move.

Easy Process

A corporate relocation company makes the process easy and simple, lightening your load and ensuring that you and your employees can take care of the customers. An efficient moving company will have everything arranged in the new office so employees can continue to function in their roles.

The Preparation Phase

Months in advance, you should make preparations by calling the corporate relocation company. In doing so, you will have time to discuss the terms and the services offered and make the appropriate arrangements to handle the move efficiently. Your employees will be relying on you to make their relocation less stressful for them. So, it is in their best interest to contact the corporate relocation company in relatively good time. This will also allow you to get other things done prior to the move date.

Affordable Corporate Relocation Services

For relocating your company, there is cause for concern because moving is such a stressful time. If you do not try to get corporate relocation services to help you with your business move, then it will be a worrisome time. If you are a business owner, you may be concerned about the safety and security…

For relocating your company, there is cause for concern because moving is such a stressful time. If you do not try to get corporate relocation services to help you with your business move, then it will be a worrisome time. If you are a business owner, you may be concerned about the safety and security of your important documents to be handled by a corporate moving company. However, you do not have to be concerned about this, if you use a company that has the experience, expertise and knowledge as well as the specialization in this field and industry. When you deal with a provider that offers specialized corporate relocation services, you can rest assured that your affiliations including documents will be in good hands. Your documents will not be misplaced and will be delivered on time to make the transition.

Business Expansion

These days, there are many companies involved in business expansion. With that being said, most of these business owners have to make a decision of whether to open up a new branch with new employees or just keep the existing office intact and find places to put their employees. Most business owners choose to open up a new location and transfer current employees or hire new employees from that particular location. Transferring employees means that the employer has the expense of finding corporate relocation services to move the employees. This is no easy task and can be challenging for any business owner. It takes professional assistance to get it just right with minimum downtime and a smooth transition.

Services Offered

Many moving companies that offer corporate relocation services will have insurance coverage to protect your belongings from the possibility of damages while transportation. If you are an employee about to be transferred, there are many of these companies that will help you to:

  • Sell ​​your current home
  • Help you to purchase a home in the new location
  • Help you to pack, load, unload and unpack your possessions
  • Transport your belongings to the new home

While the moving company is doing the transportation of your belongings, you, as an employee can concentrate on other things such as your current job and your family needs. Once you finally make the decision to relocate a business, it is time to outsource a moving company that understands the process of moving a business and making sure that it is systematically transitioned so that employees are ready to do business within 24 hours.

The Process

To start the process, it is recommended that you contact a company that offers corporate relocation services . Get an estimate of what it will cost and work this into your company's budget. Discuss the details of the move so that everything is handled efficiently. The moving company will ensure that computers are safely moved. Furniture, office fixtures and equipment will be securely packed or crated. When these things are transported and unloaded at the new location, they are placed in specific places for each employee to begin work as soon as possible. All of these semantics have to be worked out beforehand. Now that you have an idea of ​​what is involved in corporate relocation services, it is time to call a company that specializes in this type of move.