Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Great Habits Of Successful Real Estate Investors

Investing in real estate is one of those fields that many people would love to get involved with - and with good reason. Property and real estate investment have long been known as a fantastic addition to your portfolio, and the vast majority of successful investors have a huge amount of real estate assets behind them. But, whether you are looking at buy-to-let, vacation homes, or fixing up a rundown property and selling it on for a profit, there are some key characteristics you need to develop before turning your dreams into reality. Let’s take a look at some of the great habits possessed by successful real estate investors. 

Pitch perfect planning 

Real estate investment needs to be seen in exactly the same way as you would see running a business. And like all successful companies, great real estate investors know the importance of planning. Long-term and short-term goals all need to be laid out properly to align with the big picture. You’ll need planning to focus on your goals, and keep you on track when things might go awry. And finally, you’ll need a robust plan to protect yourself from potential trouble - financial or legal risks, for example.

Feeling Crabby? Get Your Freekeh On

Ah, we love a good pun although we probably have you asking ‘What the Freekeh is that?’ well don’t worry, make yourself a nice cup of green tea and we will tell you. 

Freekeh is the next super food that you need to know all about. Put the Quinoa down guys, finally we have something better which is a lot easier to pronounce. Freekeh (literally pronounced Freek-eh) is the ‘new’ ancient grain. Sometimes referred to as Farik it is a wheat that’s harvested while young and green. Roasted over an open fire, then the straw and chaff are burned and rubbed off. The grain on the inside is too young and moist to burn, so what you're left with is a firm, slightly chewy grain with a distinct flavor that's earthy, nutty, and slightly smoky. It would go well with the earthy flavours of a beetroot salad

Where is it from? It’s pretty much a staple food in Palestine. But you can find it across most of the Middle East. 

Brand Building Benefits Of Buying A Fleet For Your Business

Not all companies are in the financial position to consider creating a fleet of vehicles, of course. But if there is a valid business reason for doing so - and you can find the capital to invest - a fleet of cars, trucks, or vans could well prove hugely beneficial. In today’s guide, I’m going to take a look at some of the incredible advantages that a fleet can provide to your company, and achieve a level of brand building that will end up paying for itself. Let’s take a closer look.

The portable billboard 

If your business model relies on delivering goods or services, there is a good chance that those products and services will spend a long time on the road. So, instead of relying on second-rate delivery companies, why not invest in a fleet and go down the DIY route? Doing this will give your business exposure on every single journey, and if you can create a stunning visual impact on your cars, trucks or vans, it will get you noticed. 

The customer-friendly company reputation 

A fleet of cars or other vehicles need to be driven - and the people you hire to do it can make sure that every encounter they have with the general public is first-class. Take the delivery company example again - you have no control over another company’s customer service levels. Going down the fleet route means you can ensure that courteous and friendliness are part of the job description for drivers - and your brand will benefit as a result.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Paper Will Never Die

There’s a huge movement surrounding paperless businesses that has been rearing its ugly head over the past couple of months and it’s something that needs to be discussed before too many entrepreneurs get the wrong idea or start to make drastic changes to their business that are simply ludicrous and don’t need to happen. Let’s dive straight into the article and skip the intro because the quicker you ingest this information, the faster you’ll realise that these “go paperless” articles are a complete joke. 

Going Paperless Doesn’t Save Trees 

Forget all the nonsense you’ve read about going paperless and saving the environment. First of all, a single company making the switch to paperless doesn’t mean they will stop cutting a tree. That tree is going to be harvested for the sake of other products. For instance, it will be turned into lumber for buildings and structures, it might turn into fuel, or it might turn into tissues. If someone is serious about saving trees then they’d better stop using tissues to wipe themselves after going toilet and they should probably stop using wood-based furniture such as their desk—see how ridiculous this notion is? 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Deal With Your Debt The Easy Way

If you have any kind of debt, don’t worry - you’re not alone. Of course, just because you’re not alone doesn’t mean it’s a nice position to be in. Having debt is a terrible situation, and when it is really bad it can affect your life in some seriously negative ways, ways which can have lasting effects. However, it is worth trying to stay grounded and present moment focussed if you want to properly deal with your debt. Getting too worried about the future will only lead to a mindset which brings about more poverty, so make sure you do your best to think positively. You will also want to take some practical steps towards easing your debt; let’s take a look at what you can do now.

Take Stock 

The first, and most essential, step is to take stock of what debt you actually have. No matter how bad it is, you need to actually look it square on, as this is the only way you will have any chance to deal with it properly. If you do not take stock of your debt, then you might continue to bury your head in the sand rather than deal with it. This might be tempting, but it is not the way to solve your problems. So sit down and work out the exact, full extent of your debts. You might actually be surprised at how much better you feel after doing this. 

Consider Consolidation 

If you have never heard of it before, then you might be asking: what is debt consolidation? Actually, it is pretty straightforward to understand. It is also a viable option for anyone who has a lot of debt that they don’t know how to properly handle. When you consolidate your debts, it simply means that you combine them into one payment. This has some benefits which are worth noting. In some circumstances, it might be that you end up paying back what you owe even faster than you would currently.

Go Big With Your Business Or Go Bust

There was a report yesterday about a designer who complained Kate Middleton caused her business to fail. Long story short, the royal one day queen bought a dress from the woman’s company. This immediately lead to a rapid increase in demand that the business wasn’t prepared for. As such, they couldn’t meet the requests, the reputation was damaged, and the business was forced off the market. Business owners might be thinking the message here is to expand slowly. Don’t rush things and let your company grow naturally with the level of demand. But actually, the message here is to be prepared for a huge bubble of growth. Be ready to expand your company and always think on a grander scale. How can you do this? 

Awesome Marketing 

If you want your business to grow at a rapid rate, you do need to think about some awesome marketing tactics. These days that means using the tech at your fingertips. For instance, you can think about investing in an app. With a mobile developer, you can bring an idea that you already have for an app to life, and this is a smart move. On average, people look at their phones approximately one hundred times each day. If you don’t have an app, you could be missing out on huge marketing potential. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Signs Of A True Gentleman

Men want to appear sincere, down to earth and gentlemanlike. It isn’t easy, but if you present yourself in such a way you will see your personal life excel in all of its dealings. You should present yourself well to everyone, but if you are in business it has exceptional value. People are more likely to do business with someone who presents themselves well instead of someone who looks scruffy or comes across in the wrong way. You can spend hours shopping for the right stuff, but it isn’t just clothes that matter. There are other things to consider too. Here are some top tips regarding how you can present yourself. 

Stay Well Groomed 

If you are presenting yourself as a businessman at an important event then appearing well groomed is important. You can keep a beard or stubble, it just needs to look neat and classy otherwise people will think you don’t invest time in yourself, and someone who does not invest time in themselves may not do so in their business. It is a strange connotation to make, granted, but it is how many people think across the world. Keep your beard and facial hair touched up. The best way to do this is with a razor and you can find the best ones reviewed at http://www.manlymatters.net/. Stay well groomed and you’ll appear as such.

Make Your Product Incredible!

There are a lot of things that are important when it comes to your business but there's no doubt that there is one thing that is more central to your success than just about anything else: your product. Without an amazing product to offer, your business is as good as useless. All of the drive and passion in the world isn't going to do any good if you're not actually able to offer your customers and clients something truly fantastic. That can often be a lot of pressure, but the fortunate thing is, if you're setting up your own business, there's a pretty solid chance that you're going to have an idea of exactly what you want your product to be. But that doesn't mean that you've got everything figured out. With that in mind, here are a few things that you need to think about in order to make sure that your product is as incredible as possible. 

Your audience 

If you have an idea of the kind of product that you want to create then it's an incredibly good idea that you also know exactly who it is that your product is for. Unless you've created the single most useful and universal product of all time, there's a chance that you're going to have a specific demographic in mind. Think about your product critically and try to understand who it will appeal to the most and why. When you know that, you'll be able to gear the product itself towards that audience as effectively as possible. Don't be afraid to get specific with it either. If you try too hard to make your product appeal to everyone then your run the risk of making it generic and uninteresting. 

No More Road Rage: Making Your Commute More Enjoyable!

I'm well aware that not everyone is lucky enough to get to work from home. In fact, most folks have to climb into their cars every morning and drive through the traffic to get their office. For some, their commute can be a relaxing time of the day. Where they get to center themselves and prepare for the tasks ahead. For others it a can be a stressful rush through heavy traffic, and other angry drivers in a bid to not be late to work again. To be the former commuter rather than the latter you should check out my tips below for a much more pleasant trip to work. 

Get Up 

So your alarm goes off in the morning and your pull the cover back over your eyes and hunker down to get 10 or 20 minutes more sleep before you have to get up. But is it worth it? All you are doing is back loading your morning routine which inevitably puts you in a stressed mood and behind schedule for your commute. 

Yes, it is agony sometimes to drag ourselves out of bed. But this feeling soon fades. Is it not so much better to arrive at work on time, calm and ready to start your day than having 10 lousy more minutes asleep? 

Back Breaking? Chiropractor Businesses

If you want to run your own chiropractic business, either by yourself or with a business partner, it is not just about the treating of patients, although that is a fundamental part of it. While you are striving to provide a service to people who need it, you are running a company, and with running a company comes having to deal with more than just spondylolisthesis! If you are hoping to embark on this journey, here are some things that you will need to bear in mind…

Build A Brilliant Business Plan

If you are looking for funding to get your business ready, you will need to create a business plan that details every aspect of what you need for the business and your estimations on how much it will all cost. If you are looking for a location for your business, you will need to do as much detailed research as you can. Maybe there are aspects that you can do from home to keep the costs down. Or you could start the whole business from home. By itemizing how much you estimate everything will cost, with the research to back it up, you are helping your potential investors make an informed decision, which will help you massively rather than having a half-finished idea without any projections for the first few years. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bringing Your Business Into The 21st Century

It’s 2017, which means that if you aren’t fully on the technology bus then you need to hop on soon because otherwise it’s going to leave without you. Leaving that metaphor aside, it’s important to do your best to keep up with the latest innovations in business. Here are some tips on how to do so…

Make Your Office Beautiful

There’s nothing more depressing than the idea of going into a grey, gloomy office on a Monday morning – so as a boss it’s your responsibility to lift a little of that doom and make it a beautiful work environment. Provide pot plants (although make sure you water them regularly, because a row of dead plants has a slightly apocalyptic vibe) and make sure that there’s plenty of open space, as well as facilities to make food, tea and coffee. You should also make sure that the bathrooms are equipped with quality soap – treating your employees well will make them feel valued at work and loyal to the company.

Easy Paleo Cod

There are many diets going around that are very trendy, but have you heard of the Paleo diet? It’s just a posh term for just eating naturally, things that we’d find on this earth, instead of the processed pizza and ready meals we tend to consume a lot of in the western world. Your diet would rely a lot on organic meat, vegetables, and fruit. For a lot of people, the Paleo diet is just an excuse to eat lots of meat and fish, and why not? Red meat is a great source of iron and vitamin B12, and fish has a lot of healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, and both are an excellent source of protein. 

The whole Paleo approach to food also encapsulates the whole “catch it, cook it” method, which is difficult if you are after venison for your evening meal! But fishing provides a lovely way to catch your own food, and it’s also very relaxing! When it comes to this specific atmosphere, you need to be adept in cutting and filleting your fish, because you don’t want to cut away most of the fish nor do you want to throw away the edible bones, because that’s where the nutrients are, but beware of choking hazards on larger fish bones. There is a fine art to filleting which can be explored online. But the best thing about catching your own fish and cooking it is the joy of experimenting with flavors, and fish is such a staple part of the Mediterranean diet as well as the Paleo diet, there are millions of healthy and tasty options for meals. Here is one that’s restaurant-quality, but it’s also easy to make. Cod with tapenade, and celeriac fries. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Biggest Flaws Of Your Device Resolved

We are all after the latest gadgets that are on the market. After all, every time a new Samsung phone or an iPhone gets released, people are queuing out the doors at the tech shops. And they can’t wait to see what the latest gadget has to offer. But while they are amazing inventions, they can provide a nightmare when it comes to flaws. And you might be surprised to know how many people end up Googling for help when it comes to their phone or tablet. Here are some of the biggest flaws when it comes to your device, and how to resolve them so you can use it effectively.

Struggling to see website content 

One thing which can be annoying is when you are trying to look online on your mobile or tablet, and you find that you can barely scroll through the content on a website. In fact, it can become unbearable to move across the page and read the article. But this flaw can easily be fixed if you look to see if there is a mobile or tablet friendly option. More sites than ever are creating mobile-friendly sites as they know their viewers are looking at the sites while on the move. Therefore, see if there is this option to ensure you can look without any trouble. And if you are still having issues, check out the settings on your phone to make sure it’s aligned correctly. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

How To Maximise Your Next Gaming Experience

Playing games isn’t just about the great outdoors anymore. The way technology has advanced in leaps and bounds is incredible to watch. In the past, we used to be told not to sit too close to the television screen, or we would get square eyes. Now, we have gaming masters creating virtual reality games that require a headset of screens right in front of your eyes – ironic, isn’t it!?

Anyway, gaming has come on so far that now the choices have moved from a game of rounders outside with a bat and a ball, to an online role-playing game experience (RPG) requiring two games monitors and a decent graphics card with your computer. Gaming can be expensive and it isn’t just the game you’ve paid for either, it’s the kit that comes with it! From graphics cards to headsets, the larger monitors you’d need for PC gaming and the extra memory cards, your games equipment can be as expensive as you need it to be. If you are willing to spend some bucks, then check out the top models mentioned on this page! 

Maximising your gaming experience is the only way to be able to enjoy the game and normally, games companies do this for us by upgrading their consoles or their games. Handheld consoles have gone from button pads to touchscreens for our convenience. Games consoles with controllers have gone wireless to allow us more comfort and distance from the screen. PC games have evolved to graphics that look almost realistic. You can save money on your tech upgrades by searching for the best deals, overclocking your video cards and backing up your game data onto external drives to have less burn-out on your graphics cards. If you want a little satisfaction and are a hardcore gamer, never pay full price for your PC games. Steam often have tons of games go on sale through the year so rather than get a brand-new game with a brand new price tag, just wait a little and watch the pennies at the same time. 

The Keys To A Strong Financial Strategy For Your Business

It might not be the be-all and end-all of your business. But there’s no denying that money is an essential factor in keeping any business going. Not only making it, but knowing how to use it. Even the most successful of startups can stumble because of mishandling their finances. In how they track them, how they protect them, and how they use them to create a better business. Here, we’ll look at how you should be using your business finances.

Be thorough in watching where your money goes 

This is an essential business finance practice, but there are many who keep their eyes off how their finances are running. You need to have a full understanding of your expenditures. Know your regular bills and track individual payments and expenses down to the penny. Every month, you should be looking at where you spent your money and how you might be able to spend less of it next month. Without constant review, it’s all too easy for certain expenditures to get out from under your feet, burning a hole in your bank account. To better track your finances, it’s a good idea to keep your personal money separate from your business account. You’ll be glad you did when tax season comes around, too.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

5 Things Employers Get Wrong All the Time

Running a business means being an employer. Unless you work for yourself and hire no one else, this is always the case. But there are some things that employers always seem to get wrong when it comes to managing a team. If you run a business, you need to ensure you don’t make these common mistakes. Read on to find out more about them now. 

1. Encouraging Teamwork 

Teamwork is something that is certainly very important in an office setting. There is no doubt about that. People need to be able to collaborate to produce the best results for the good of the business. That’s just the way it is. However, encouraging teamwork is something the employers often do terribly. Team building exercises tend to be formal wastes of time which no one enjoys. Instead of trying to force teamwork on people, encourage it more casually and naturally. That way, it won’t feel like people are being forced into it.

2. Firing Employees 

Firing people is something that is never very pleasant. Even if you have a valid reason for doing so, it can still be pretty tricky. You should always use the help of an employment law expert, such as Ellis Whittam, if you want to fire someone. You need to ensure that you are doing it for a valid reason. You could end up paying out compensation for unfair dismissal if you get this wrong. And that is very common these days. It’s also a good idea to look for ways to encourage employees, rather than instantly sacking them. 

3. Goal Setting for Staff Members 

Goals have to be set for your employees if you want them to do well and reach their full potential. That’s just the way it is. They give everyone something to set their sights on and aim for. That can be really useful, but only when it is done in the correct kind of way. If you set goals that are too high, as many business owners do, you will only succeed in demoralising the team. They will feel like too much is being asked of them, and they won’t even try to reach their targets.

Business On The Go: How Technology Has Changed How We Work

The never-ending march of technology has changed the way we all work. Rather than everyone having to be under the same roof, businesses are now finding a range of natural advantages to giving their staff freedom to work from wherever they choose. Laptops, tablets and smartphones mean that people are contactable 24/7, and realistically everything can be turned into an office from your cosy bed to your local coffee shop outlet.

Despite all this, a lot of businesses are still slow to embrace the trend. Trust is one of the key issues, but with many talented individuals now embracing flexible working ahead of salary increases, companies that have faith in their staff members are starting to reap the rewards.

Escaping the Office 

There’s still a level of distrust amongst both business owners and other employees about flexible working, but for office workers in particular, it just makes sense. Eliminating the daily commute and cutting out dead time are just two of the reasons workers love flexible working, while companies can find themselves saving thousands without the need for desk space. Some businesses are even looking at virtual offices, offered by companies like The Hoxton Mix. Ultimately, employees are more productive when their life is more balanced and they have the freedom to pursue other interests and spend time with their families. 

Farming For The Future: Protect Your Investment

Any farm owner, farm manager and farm worker will be able to tell you the same thing; agricultural equipment and machinery do not come cheap. It is a serious investment and one that can either make your break you. It can raise your bottom line or it can sink you. As such, it is important you do all you can to reduce the chances of anything going wrong so that you can maintain a steady production line that will increase your profits. 


One of the big machinery killers is the weather, and that is why it is imperative you store your most valuable machinery inside and away from harm. Not only will this protect your machinery and ensure that it runs at maximum capacity year after year, but it will also allow you to command a higher trade-in value if, and when, that time comes. But it isn’t just the trade-in value that you are looking after. A well stored machine will also save you money when it comes to repairs, or the time it has to spend being repaired, both of which can affect your wallet in a big way. To specify a bit more, good storage will have a direct and positive impact on certain vulnerable parts, such as belts, hoses, and tires. 

How Technology Can Streamline Your Business

Over the last few years in particular, technology has totally transformed the world of business. While many companies are quick to adapt to change, others are a little more slow on the uptake and find themselves falling behind. Technology often helps businesses to cut costs in a number of different areas. While some employees feel threatened by the march of technology, it should be used as a facilitator, rather than a way of replacing people. As the world continue to advance at a rapid pace, here are a few areas in which you could be making crucial savings for your business.

Phone Systems 

We all know about the importance of communication in any business, and technology has advanced this particular area at warp speed. Still, many companies have not updated their phone systems in many years. Modern systems have call forwarding options to various staff members’ mobiles, internet access and adaptable voice mail settings. This means that people are more contactable than ever before, making doing business more flexible than ever before. 


Many companies now use specific business software to handle their various accounting needs, streamlining the payroll, invoicing and payment functions of the business. It is now also possible for companies to sync their website product orders with their other sources of income. This helps to prevent any errors or duplications which may occur. Much of the top business software combines various functions that reduces the need for investing in various different ones. 

Doctor Or Nurse? You Decide

If you want to enter the medical industry and work in a hospital or a clinic, you really have two main options. You can either be a doctor, or you can be a nurse, and it’s entirely up to you on what choice you make here. Although there are certainly advantages and disadvantages of each option. Let’s take a look at a few and see which one could be ideally suited for you. 

No Time For Patients As A Doctor 

Yes, it’s true, as a doctor you’ll have very little time for patients interactions. In fact, essentially, you’ll spend about 90 seconds each day with one of your patients. That doesn’t give a lot of time for human interaction and is certainly not the picture medical dramas paint of the situation. 

Long Hours Low Pay 

Nurses on the other hand, often work for long hours, usually staying later than even the doctors and work for less pay. As a doctor, your salary can be anything all the way up to half a million a year. The highest position as a nurse will pay somewhere in the region of forty, thousand. 

No Degree Needed 

Although the main benefit of being a nurse might be the best option. As a nurse, you won’t need a degree. Instead, you can enter into the medical professional without the eight years of training and huge list of qualifications. You can jump right into helping people and your choices won’t be limited there. It’s even possible to be a midwife, delivering babies without a full doctor's degree. You can read more about that in the infographic below.

Have A Nice Day! How To Train Your Retail Staff

How To Treat The Customer Well 

Remind your retail staff that it’s important to be welcoming towards customers and to make eye contact with them and smile and greet them in whatever manner is your store policy. Although it’s great to be helpful towards customers, retail staff should not be too pushy or follow customers around – sometimes it’s nice to simply browse in stores without feeling as though retail staff are aggressively trying to sell products. Encourage your retail staff to rely on their instincts when they’re interacting with customers – be friendly but don’t go over the top, and remember that it’s important to give them a little breathing space. Remember that older customers may be frail and require a little extra help and kindness.

How To Use Technology 

There’s very little that makes you feel more uncomfortable than not understanding how to use technology at work, unless it’s not knowing how to use technology in front of an audience. Every store has a different till system and even though you might have used your NCR counterpoint system to the point where you’re dreaming about it at night, you need to remember that new technology can be confusing and difficult to a new employee, particularly if a customer is standing there looking at them. Don’t leave them alone behind the cash desk until they’re completely confident. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Madonna’s “uncomfortable questions” During Petition to Adopt Malawian Twins

Being one of the biggest pop stars in the world is not an excuse for Madonna to experience some uncomfortable questioning during her petition to adopt her Malawian twins. 

I think it’s safe to say that the singer charmed the Malawian adoption judge by her selfless answer when she was asked questions because the judge somehow feels like Madonna might be “robbing” the country’s greatest assets, which are the children. During the petition, Madonna was asked by Judge Fiona Mwale about her age, her health, her celebrity status and her motivation for wanting to adopt the twins, when she already has 4 kids of her own, with two of them also adopted from Malawi.

Madonna answered, "There is no doubt that the petitioner can offer the infants not only the best money can buy, but also guidance with a high likelihood of ensuring that the two infants grow to be self-sufficient adults… [Madonna] is motivated by her desire to offer a home, love, protection and guidance to the infants." 

Extra Cash? Here’s What To Do With It

Now, we’re not saying we’re too familiar with the idea, but from time to time you might find that you’ve got a little extra cash than normal. Perhaps you received a bonus from work, perhaps you got a windfall inheritance from a family member, or perhaps you’ve managed to sell one of your larger assets. It’s all good and well, we’re sure, to have some money burning a hole in your bank account, but what on earth should you do with it? Luckily, there are a few tried and tested areas where you can put your money. Here’s a few of the most common (and one that’s the most rewarding).

Save It For Your Retirement 

If you’re at a loss as to where to spend your money, then why spend it all? It’s not going to anywhere if you don’t spend it the first day you get it (and it’s unlikely to disappear ever unless something goes drastically wrong in Donald Trump’s America...yikes). Instead, keep it in a savings account and wait until you’re retired. It’ll take the stress of saving a portion of your monthly wage away, and you’ll be able to sleep easy knowing you have the cash for that cruise in the Arctic you always wanted to go on! 

Creating A Big Splash As A Little Business

As a small business, you are going to face plenty of obstacles. One of the obstacles you don’t need in your way is appearing as a ‘small business’. The mom’n’pop store appeal works for some, but not for all. If your eyes are aimed at a bigger future, you need to be moving toward it now. Think about the business you want to be, not the business that you are right now.

The face of the business

Regardless of where your business is situated, nowadays the website serves as the public face of the business. If your site is poorly designed with generic imagery and little content, it’s going to reveal the small operation behind it. Invest in your site, populating it with compelling content and a sharp image. This is doubly true if you’re starting an ecommerce business. You need to implement the tools the bigger businesses use, from live support when available to breadcrumb navigation to keep buyers informed of their purchasing process. 

Know your story 

Big businesses don’t just market a product. They market what a product and, in turn, what they stand for. They boil down the value of a product to its emotional value, creating a narrative of how the product can impact someone’s life. Similarly, they have a story for the business as well. Tech companies will create a story of innovation and young minds breaking the barriers of the past. Food companies might create a story of love and dedication to the craft that goes into creating masterworks. Finding your product story and your brand story can give your business the finish it needs. 

Is Anybody Out There? How to Entice Visitors to Your Website

There are a number of reasons why you might want to improve the traffic to your website. Firstly, web traffic can, in of itself, generate revenue. Online advertisers are willing to pay lucrative sums to be displayed on high traffic sites, providing your business with a valuable income stream. Another factor is that the more people that visit your site, the more opportunity they will have to view, and subsequently purchase, your products and services. And finally, a high traffic website lets you communicate with your customers en masse. 

However, attracting visitors to your site isn’t easy, particularly considering the amount of competition on the World Wide Web. If you’re struggling to get the traffic figures that your website deserves, then here are a few tips to consider. 

Check out the competition 

As anyone with an internet browser will be well aware, there are a lot of websites to choose from. Even if you narrow down your search criteria to a particular industry, a niche one perhaps, you’ll receive hundreds, if not thousands, of results. For businesses, this is both a challenge and an opportunity. 

Take a look at your competitor’s websites and try to be as objective as you can. What features work well and which ones leave you cold? If there’s plenty to admire then think about whether you can incorporate similar features within your own design. Don’t steal ideas, but take inspiration from any avenue you can. 

Common Areas of Small Business Overspending & How To Stop It

All small businesses are guilty of overspending in some respect. Whether it’s due to a careless attitude towards company credit cards or just a lack of financial nous and naivety makes no difference. Ultimately, there are money drains everywhere which you can target, fix, and make a significant difference to your business profits. Let’s take a look at some of the most common areas of small business overspending - and how to stop the waste.

General spending 

The first step is to get a grip on your overall finances. Many small business owners decide to do their accounts themselves and don’t want to have the expense of hiring an accountant or bookkeeper. The trouble is, a financial expert can help you save a fortune. Not only can they help you reduce your tax exposure, but they can also show you precisely where you are spending money. The end result is a massive return on your investment, for a relatively small monthly outlay. 

Costs of good and services 

How much are you spending on raw materials, equipment, and services that help your business make sales? These direct costs are all responsible for a significant proportion of your business expenses and make up much of your cost per sale. It makes sense, then, to ensure you are getting the best deal possible on every service or product you are regularly buying. Consider hiring a buying or procurement specialist to help you build deeper relationships with suppliers and get better deals - take a look around for local procurement recruiters if you are struggling to find the right people. The result will be a lower cost of sale, meaning you can reduce your prices, get more customers, and start being more competitive in your industry. 

Freelance? Think About A Startup

The freelance life can come across as a laidback, easy and reposed way of making a living. However, often it is the complete opposite of that with freelancers working to short deadlines, waiting for what can be a long time for payment and their working hours fluctuate to all hours of the day. A freelancer can often feel a lot of pressure to hand in work by a deadline, especially if they are working on more than one project and even though they may feel their work is to the best quality possible, if companies need something changed or edited, the work will be sent back to the freelancer to make those changes. This means more working hours, and often the extra hours do not get added onto their final payment - particularly if they have agreed to work for a flat fee. 

However, a freelancer does tend to have a lot more creativity in their work and also have more spare time than people in traditional 9-5 full time jobs. This allows them to live more free lives, and they most probably will not be sat in an office for most of the day. Freelancers can choose to work anywhere, their kitchen, their living room, at a friend’s house or at cafes and bars. This enables them to have more freedom in their lives.

Once a project is done, though, it means a freelancer’s time with a company comes to an end - until more projects are sent their way. A freelancer then has to look for more work, approach companies and business owners, or contact previous employers to ask if there is any work available. If a freelancer doesn’t manage their income and future jobs properly, money and work can dry up pretty quickly. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

How To Stop Taking Chances With Your Finances

None of us know what’s going to happen in the future, but that’s exactly why we should be planning for it. You might be raising an eyebrow in confusion, but this makes perfect sense, if you really think about it. Unexpected expenses or money troubles can arise at any point in our lives, and they usually do for the majority of us, but it’s about the possible routes out that we’ve paved for ourselves which determine how we deal with such situations. It’s about planning for multiple eventualities and always having a safety net, because time can be a funny thing where money is concerned.

Of course, in an expensive world, it’s all very well and good to promise yourself that you’ll look after your finances, but the cost of living can quickly put a dent in a healthy-looking bank account. Still, there are always ways to better safeguard your money and stop wasting it away on unnecessary things. Here are some tips for the anxious spender or those of you who simply don’t know how to protect your wealth. 

Be strict with yourself each month. 

Yes, I know that brand new drone looks like an enticing new gadget, and I know that restaurant down the road is beckoning you because you’re tired of cooking, but sometimes restraint is all it takes to completely secure your financial future once more. You likely have a substantial amount of disposable income every month, as most people do if they’ve ensure their rent and bills fall well within their spending means, but the majority of people who end up struggling to make ends meet simply dwindle away their excess funds on excess luxuries and non-essentials. 

Making your Website Stand Out in the Busy World Wide Web

Having a strong website is the cornerstone of any successful business today, but this is not easily achieved considering the amount of competition out there. Currently, there are in excess of a billion sites online, which makes standing out from the crowd a tricky task. 

Getting the design right 

The design of your webpage can really make a difference to how memorable your site is, for good and bad reasons. If you want to ensure it’s the former then make sure you invest in talented web designers for your business. Although you may have plenty of ideas regarding the kind of content you want on your site, remember the importance of clarity. A simple design that is easy for the visitor to navigate will be appreciated much more than a cluttered mess. 

By enlisting the help of an external design agency like PRWD, businesses can create a user-centred design backed up by data and customer research. Creating a webpage to cater for your users, rather than just your business, will set you apart from other organisations. 

Cement These Construction Safety Essentials Into Your Everyday Operations

Keeping everyone safe in the construction industry can seem like a mammoth task. There are lots of things that could go wrong, and you need to take as many precautions as possible. That isn’t always easy when your company employs hundreds of contract workers to get the job done. However, there are steps you can put in place to avoid major issues. I’m going to offer up some tips today for all building firms in operation. If you want to make money without having to deal with injuries and hassle, it makes sense to pay attention to my advice. Don’t worry too much if you’re just starting out because nothing on this page is complicated. Still, it could mean the difference between making a killing and ending up in court. 

Always provide ALL workers with the correct safety equipment 

Firstly, and most importantly, you need to purchase lots of safety equipment for your team. Of course, you can ask contractors to provide it themselves. However, you’re still going to require backup supplies in case they forget. The last thing you want to do is send someone home and lose a talented professional for the day. At the very least, you are going to need protective goggles, and steel toe capped footwear. Still, it’s possible you could have to buy a lot more than that. So, now is the best time to assess the needs of your employees and ensure you have everything ready for the working day. Failure to do that could mean injury claims cripple your firm. 

The Business Presentation: Aced

Presentations are used and needed all the time in business. Perhaps you are pitching to a firm for your services, or maybe to a retail change to stock your product, or you could be presenting to a bunch of investors whose choice could make or break your wonderful idea. When you are on the go presenting, it can be quite easy to make a mistake or mess up. As a result, you want to stack the cards in your favour to try and ensure you get the best possible result. Here are some ideas and tips that can help you get the answer you want most. 

Make It Look Good 

This extends to beyond the powerpoint presentation. Use great props and aspects that really draw attention. Think about the kind of things you would use at a trade show. These are what really makes the difference. You can get some retractable banner stands which can really make your presentation look professional. Use posters and really try to brighten up the room. Positive colours and great advertisement can swing it in your favour if they think you have gone the extra mile to prove your worth.

Use Software You Are Comfortable With 

Don’t use a different kind of presentation software just because you have heard it is good. Stick to what you know and this will mitigate the chances of error during the presentation. If you are mainly comfortable with Powerpoint, then use it. Don’t switch out to something like keynote if you don’t know how it properly works. Being comfortable is a key first step in making sure it all goes really well.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Give Thanks To The Systems That Make Your Business Tick

It is tempting, sometimes, to think that our business success is down to more or less ourselves. While we give thanks to our staff, deep down we believe that it’s our own drive, intelligence, and creativity that makes our business work as it does. And to an extent, it’s true. You should give yourself a pat on the back every now and again for taking an idea or product and making it into a viable, profitable enterprise. However, there’s a much broader reason you’re successful, and it is: that you exist in a society that allows you to be so. Don’t believe me? Take a read of some of the reasons below and tell me which you could live without.

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Local Infrastructure 

You might marvel at your prowess on the phone, your ability to call up a potential customer and talk them into making an order, but what would you do if the infrastructure to make the call wasn’t in place? Most people, business people or otherwise, don’t give much thought to the spectacular infrastructure that surrounds them and allows them to live and do business comfortably. There’s clean water that comes out the tap, roads to take goods and services across the country, planes to take them across the road, and public transport to get you to work. Without the efforts of other people, you’d be nowhere. 

Power To The People! Working Online When There's A Power Cut

It is a wonderful feeling to be able to work at home. There is no need to get up if you don’t want to. Or if you really had to get up, you can make a coffee and relax in your home office ready to start a day’s work. But then disaster strikes! You get a power cut. All your day’s work at home, either lost, or you have to make the trip to the office after all, but are there any ways to prepare for a power cut so you can still work from home, and not lose your work? There are a few methods you can go for!


Short for Uninterruptible Power Supply, this is a way for you to have a battery backup on your computer. A laptop generally has less need for a UPS, but they can benefit should your laptop battery be on the quick-to-drain side! If you live in an area that is prone to power outages, you will be grateful for a UPS supply to your computer. If you are stuck for what type to go for, here is a list for you to peruse and enjoy. There are plenty to choose from, so you are likely to find a UPS that suits your needs and fits in your home. By having a UPS installed, if you suffer a power cut, it will give you enough time to safely save your work and shut the computer down.

Pimp Your Ride With These Top Tips

Whether you buy a Bugatti Veyron or a van, you want to make sure you ride in comfort. There is no point in paying a lot of money for a vehicle only to hate the interior. Instead, driving the car should be one of the highlights of your day. And, it can be if you take the time to invest the effort and money. The good news is that it won’t cost you much and it will make all the difference. Even better, you don’t need to hire Xzibit to make it happen. Here is a few of the best tips to pimp your ride. 

Steering Wheel Desk 

There is just no stopping some people from eating and driving. Are you one of these people? It is easy to see why. You’ve been driving for a long time, spot McDonald’s, and decide to pull over for a break. But, when you look at the clock, you realise you don’t have time to stop. So, you decide to multitask. The only problem is that eating and driving is so hard and you don’t get to enjoy your meal. With a steering wheel desk though, it all changes. The pull out desk attaches to the wheel and pulls out to form a mini table so you can even access your laptop too.. Cool and practical.

Wireless Camera 

No, this isn’t for vanity purposes. A wireless camera has a far more practical use as well as looking killer. The camera allows you to see out the back of the car without stopping the engine. The result is that parallel parking has never been easier. In fact, you will never worry about backing into another car again. Of course, this feature is available in a lot of models but it is also very expensive. A cheap wireless camera does the same job and is a lot cheaper. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Finding The Perfect Fit For Your Business

More important than any other resource your business has at its disposal is the team that makes it all happen. The best plans go wrong when carried out the wrong people and a crisis can easily be weathered with the right minds in the business. Excellence needs to be your approach to marketing, so how do you ensure you’re getting it? Here, we’ll look at the right steps to make sure you’re filling the business with exactly the right people.

Have some firm expectations 

It doesn’t matter how skilled or experienced a person is. If you don’t have a full understanding of the role they’re going to play, they will have trouble becoming a fit for the workplace. The job description isn’t just useful for advertising your position. It’s how you define not just the responsibilities of the position but also the skills, hard and soft, that have to define whoever steps into it. A thorough job analysis has to be done, weighing both the physical and mental demands, the reason for creating the role in the first place and even the details of the tools they’re going to be using. Without defined expectations, you could hire someone with promising skills, but entirely the wrong makeup to fit the role. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Business on the Go

The average business is changing. The entire landscape has changed compare to what it was a couple of years ago, and now we are thinking about more and more things when it comes to setting up a business. For example, if you run a humble retail store selling homemade goods, you don’t worry just about your store anymore. You have to worry about deliveries, you have to worry about getting noticed online, and you have to worry about your digital presence and how you can expand your business through the use of the internet. 

Another facet of business that has been steadily increasing in popularity is portability. In fact, many business owners simply can’t afford to rent out an office, or they find it an unnecessary expensive. With the growing popularity of cloud storage and online collaborative tools such as Google’s suite of cloud office software, you can technically run a business entirely in the cloud and only have a single physical location to act as a contact address.

Equipped for Movement 

Although it’s always a good idea to have a static business location, much of your work can be done on the go. To accommodate this, you need to have the correct tools and equipment to be able to move around while you work. For instance, you can start by equipping your staff with smartphones and laptops to carry out their work wherever they are. Business laptops can be bought in bulk for a very low price and they don’t have to be extremely powerful depending on the type of work you are doing. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

What Are Your Potential Employees Really Looking For?

The relationship between employer and employee is something that your business needs to get right. You want people as motivated and engaged in their jobs as possible. You want to be able to retain those who prove valuable to the business. Most importantly, you want to be able to attract the top talent to the business, no matter what the position is. One of the keys to all three of those is finding out what people really want from the job. What can you offer that will draw them in, keep them happy, and keep them with you?


First and foremost, we have to be aware that everyone has a future they want to aim towards. Even if they don’t know it yet, the value of upward mobility becomes apparent to everyone in time. If you’re offering a dead-end job, they will likely only treat it as a stepping stone. You need to present a workplace that helps people develop. That can mean offering formal training sessions, acting as a mentor, or helping them get to grips with more responsibility through appropriate delegation. It’s a good idea to ask your team to be candid about what they see from the future. If they know you’re invested in them, they will invest themselves in the business. 


Of course, they won’t be able to think about that future all that much if they know their current needs aren’t being properly provided for. Some of the best benefits a business can offer make it easier for people to work reliably with a company, helping them deal with their needs outside the workplace. Some of them are the crucial needs of the future, like retirement contributions with the best 401k plan providers. Others help them deal with demands separate from work, like offering top-notch child care services to parents in the business. If you can help them deal with the demands of their life outside the workplace, your job offers the kind of security that few people will turn their nose up at. 

You Don't Have To Move To China To Start Your Own Factory

Many people in the West tend to think that manufacturing is something that happens overseas. But the USA is still the largest manufacturing powerhouse in the world, despite the shift to Chinese production in recent decades. 

Manufacturing has a dirty and low-tech image, but this simply isn’t the case in the modern, manufacturing sector. Plants and facilities are clean, safe and well run

It’s also becoming more and more economically viable to set up factories in western countries, thanks to the falling price of automation. So where should you start if you want to get into this industry? 

Build Mutually-Beneficial Partnerships 

Small startup manufacturers aren’t always taken seriously by the big players in the industry. But often they need to get the bigger players on board to bring their products to market. For instance, if you set up a factory to make a new wearable electronic device, there’s every chance you’ll have to go to Foxconn or some other printed circuit maker to get the circuitry you’ll need. 

Expert George Burciaga, CEO of Elevate Digital wanted to set up his own outfit to make touchscreen displays. He realized that he needed the help of another company to produce the various parts he needed for his enterprise, so he used his capital to his advantage. He asked a company to work with him, and in return, he offered the use of a large assembler he had for their future product lines. The result was a partnership that helped to make Burciaga rich.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Recreating The Authentic Foods That You Experienced While Traveling

Whenever you go away - whether it’s for a two-week vacation or an extended period - there are always restaurants that you fall in love with. So naturally, when you get home, you want to attempt to try and recreate the dishes that you loved while traveling, the only problem is you may not be sure how to go about it.

The first thing that you should know is that recreating the foods that you loved on vacation isn’t always easy. However, it is doable; it’s just a case of being willing to be patient and understanding that it may take some time to perfect the dish. To help you to do that, below are some suggestions and ideas to take note of.

An authentic recipe is a must 

If you are going to be able to recreate your favorite dishes from your travels, you need to be willing to find an authentic recipe. This may mean spending hours scouring Google until you find a recipe that sounds as close to what you had while on vacation as possible. Or, it may mean getting in touch with someone whose native to the country that you visited and asking them to provide you with a recipe - thanks to social media this shouldn’t be too difficult to do. 

Refer to photos 

Another option is to refer to photos. If you’re a bit of a foodie, then the chances are that you will have taken photos of lots of your meals while you were away. You can refer to these to get a better idea of what the finished dish should look like - giving you an idea of what’s needed to ensure that it tastes authentic.